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Some PWIs and some reflections on blogging

It’s been a few weeks since I posted. I’ve been painting my nails; in fact, I think they are literally the longest they have ever been, right at the moment. (Usually they grow until one breaks, and I hack them all off. I don’t know why nothing has broken yet. Random chance, perhaps.) But although I have had PWIs to do, I haven’t had anything else to talk about, and I find that just posting pictures of swatches is not really as rewarding as blogging when I feel like I have something to talk about.

It’s not like nothing has been happening. Friends have visited for the first time since very early 2020, work always has something going on, life continues on. It’s just not the sort of thing I’ve been in the habit of talking about on this here blog, or perhaps the spark that makes it fun to write (and, one hopes, to read) has been missing.

I don’t really know, nor do I know what exactly I plan to do about it. Blogging is definitely good for me when I’m in the groove for it. Maybe I’ll just… post about nail polish for a while and see how I feel. Here, have a dump-o-polishes.

Leesha’s Lacquer, Huddled by the Heater. A pretty pinkish-copper with lots of bright sparks.
Pahlish, Heroes in a Half Shell. A lovely spring green with lots of gold shimmer.
OPI, Sweet Heart. A mellow, blush-y almost-nude pink. Much prettier in person.
Noodles Nail Polish, Lend Me Some Sugar. Basically a tan crelly with gold flakes. In reality it looks speckled rather than gold-flecked, which is okay but not what I was after. Very thick formula and no fun to take off.
MTK Design, All the Hype!. I didn’t end up getting a pic of this one that wasn’t just ugly. It’s a very sheer thermal jelly that goes back and forth between a bright (clear) peach and a rather dingy (clear) lavender-brown. Pretty in the bottle but on the nail, I was not enamored.

More to come, probably, perhaps. It depends apparently, in part, on the muse.

Another magnetic polish, another disappointment

Magnetic polishes look so pretty in other people’s swatches. 🙁

These are polishes with ferromagnetic particles in the polish. You paint them on, then when they are still wet, hold a strong magnet over them to attract those (differently colored) particles in an appropriate pattern until the polish dries. The result is a cats-eye effect, where a stripe or curve or shape shows up and appears to move as you move the nail around. This lets you get cool chatoyance and galaxy effects.

In theory. In practice, I rarely get it to work. The result is weak or off-center, or just doesn’t look good, or I dunk the magnet in the wet nail polish, or whatever. I only remember ever getting really convincing results a couple of times. Usually it’s a fiddly, time-consuming disappointment.

So, uh, meet today’s PWI: The Lycurgus Cup, by Heather’s Hues!

Sure, why not.

If you look closely, you can see the brighter gold stripe down the centers of some nails. That’s actually the polish, not a reflection, but even moving it around under the light I can barely tell. I gave up and did the other hand without the magnet:

Huge difference is lacking!

Basically indistinguishable.

To trouble-shoot: I could get a stronger magnet. I could build up a little stand so I could hold it near my finger without trying to hover it in midair. I could let it dry longer. I could use a different top coat. (Top coats partially dissolve the polish under them, so more magnet-ing is necessary at that stage.) I could have more patience for extremely fiddly shit. However, of all of those, the last is the least likely.

So now I am wearing a not-terribly-chatoyant bronzey-greeny-gold color, which is quite unobjectionable but does not do anything for me in my current mood, and I am disappointed. Bad Friday night time investment.

Also, my wordpress tag cloud has stopped updating. I don’t wanna debug my blog. I wanna drink something girly and go out with friends. Double bah.

PWI indie gold, plus random cleanup

Interestingly randomly, I started writing here in early February 2014. Now it’s early February 2022, so I’ve been casually intending to update this blog for eight years, almost to the day. Maybe it’s something about the season.

Almost everything I used to link to from this space is defunct. That’s hardly a surprise. Eight years is basically forever in blog-land, plus a lot of the people I used to follow were students. Students graduate, have life transitions, and move on. It’s actually one of the sometimes-good, sometimes-hard things about being faculty—you form relationships with your students, and then they go. I don’t mind the defunct stuff so much (blogs, not students), but the stuff that now links to “Buy this domain now!!!1!one!” can pretty much piss up a rope. Camping on a used-to-be-popular site name that you aren’t using, in hopes of getting someone to buy it, is one of the many sleazy bits of How It All Works.

As of today I’m wearing Make It Stop, by Quixotic Polish, also a Polish Pickup pickup. This is a slightly difficult one to describe. In the bottle it’s a color-shifting scattered holo, but on the nail the holo is quite lost except in really good lighting:

A hand with nail polish holding a bottle.
The centering and wrapping of captions in my new wordpress theme is rather messed up. 🙁

This was three fairly thick coats. Nice formula, if rather thin, but more coverage would have been nice. It comes across as a sort of a slightly holographic nude color? It’s gold with a lot of green-to-pink multichrome shimmer, so it really depends on the angle at which the light hits it. I do wish the holo was more pronounced.

A hand with gold nail polish with holographic flecks.
See, holo! Only in my bedroom, though.

One of the notable things about nail polish (and nail art) is how different it looks in practice, which is to say, not up close to the camera and holding still. Hands move fast and nails are small, and different polishes come across very differently. Despite its lovely complexity, “in practice” this one looks like a gold nail polish with occasional pink reflections. But it is lovely, and flattering, and I am glad I went to the trouble of stripping off Glass Fish for it (and it was a PITA to remove).