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Ritzy Glitzy Revlon – Nail Varnish Review

So yesterday I tried Reggae Splash from the Kate Moss Salon Pro Rimmel nail varnish collection and the colour was very nice and unique but without a separate base coat and top coat, the varnish itself does not live up to its claims of both of the base and top coat in one.  I had stopped painting my nails at 8:00 p.m.  I went into bed at 10:00 p.m. and this morning I woke up and they were completely smudged, imprinted and ultimately ruined!  I would have taken a picture and put on here but they were too messy, I was embarrassed to upload a picture of them.  Hence, less than 24 hours later, I took them off and tried something completely different taking a break from the Kate Moss collection.

***Note: next time I use Reggae Splash, I will incorporate my usual base and top coat, then I will let you all know what it is like and upload pictures.***

In the meantime, other than buying from Rimmel, this week I bought some new nail varnishes from Revlon.  I have tried these previously and have always been impressed (as long as a base coat and top coat are applied in the process!)  When I was at Boots I bought Siren, One Perfect Coral and Ritzy.  I had always wanted to get a coral, Siren was the mix of orange/red I was also looking for and Ritzy intrigued me.

My most recent purchases to my Revlon nail varnish collection.

My most recent purchases to my Revlon nail varnish collection.

So having a temporary break with my fascination with the Kate Moss colours, I indulged in my curiosity with Ritzy.  Continuing to be vigilant with my base and top coats I used Ritzy and with only two coats, I was ready to use my Seche Vite.  Usually black nail varnish on long nails does not work, kind of verging on The Addams Family Morticia style, but mixed with micro glitter particles and larger hexagonal glitter particles, it puts my long nails in the stylish territory.  That and I prefer my nails to be long.  The only times they are short is if I snap one and then I have to begrudgingly get out my nail scissors!

The brush is thin so it makes application more precise.  The fact that it only takes 2 coats is a plus, it is less of the product you are using and it makes the whole process quicker in comparison to 3 coats to reach opacity.  Although I am always dubious with nail varnish products claims on only needing 1 coat so 2 coats needed is the best for me.  Usually you would think that putting on a second coat the black would ruin the glitter particles already applied to the nail but I did not see that happening.  If anything, the second coat gave the nail more sparkle – you can never have too much sparkle!

And here is the finished product…..

Current nails with Ritzy applied - black with glitter.  Something different and edgy for spring.

Current nails with Ritzy applied – black with glitter. Something different and edgy for spring.

 

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Kate Moss Salon Pro Nail Varnish Review – Atheists LOVE Make Up Too!

The full range in all its glory - need need need!

The Kate Moss Salon Pro nail varnish range in all its glory – wonderful colours, consistency and results – need need need!

Today I want to talk make up.  I love make up, it makes me happy and when I go to work I feel naked without some foundation and blusher.  With that being said I am going to do a little review for you all because looking on Google, there are not that many reviews about the Rimmel Salon Pro Kate Moss nail varnishes.  I personally was not a fan of her lipstick range she brought out with Rimmel (I know that is quite shocking to say but I just was not).  Plus as well, I kind of found it a bit contradictory that she brought out her own line of lipsticks and she fronted a Dior Addict lipstick campaign around the same time.  Both the Dior and Rimmel lipsticks she fronted were completely different – preferring the Dior out of the two!

Anyways, onto the nail varnishes……I originally bought three nail varnishes:
1. Britpop (blue)
2. Punk Rock (light grey with purple tinge)
3. Rock and Roll (tomato red)

Now on the website itself it says “Hot shades fresh from the catwalk.  Up to 10 days chip-resistant colour with gel shine finish.  Precision maxi brush for salon perfection.”

I bought Britpop because blue is my favourite colour and I can never resist them in nail varnish form!  I bought the other two because I like those kinds of music……I am currently wearing Britpop with Rock and Roll and I was so impressed with them.  The consistency was not watery or too thick and I did not get any air bubbles with them.  The brush is reeeeeeaaaallllyyyy really beautiful!!  It made it so easy to apply the varnish and in record time too.  Literally, the colour you see in the bottle translates well onto the nail, the pigmentation in other words is a dream come true!

Being so impressed with what I had used so far, the following day I went to Superdrug and bought 4 more colours from the range.  I would have bought more but they did not have any others.  The other 4 I bought was Hip Hop, Jazz Funk, New Romantic and Reggae Splash.  I am really looking forward to trying Reggae Splash, it is an apricot type of colour and it is very unique to my collection.

****Please note:  I do not know how long this offer is going to be on for but if you spend over £10 on Rimmel products at Superdrug, you get a free Scandaleyes mascara (the orange tube – original version).  A free mascara is a free mascara!***

The advertisements online state that this nail varnish is base coat, colour and top coat all in one and lasts for 10 days without chipping.  To be fair, when nail varnish products boasts such claims I am ALWAYS very dubious.  Regardless of Rimmel’s claims, I would definately recommend a base coat for the darker colours of the range such as Rock and Roll to stop nail staining.  The finish of the varnish itself is very glossy – as if there was a top coat on top.  But again, to ensure maximum longevity, I would still recommend a top coat.
[To note I use OPI as a base coat and the famed Seche Vite for the top coat.  No matter what I buy as a top coat, I ALWAYS come back to Seche Vite.]

And so in conclusion, with there being in total 10 nail varnish colours in this range, I have 7 of them already and with what I have found with them already I am now on the hunt for the final three!

Blue colour is "Britpop" and the red colour is "Rock and Roll."
Current nails of the moment – Blue colour is “Britpop” and the red colour is “Rock and Roll.”
 

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Hard Rock Monkeys & Kick Ass Shoes

Before we get started properly on this blog entry, I just want to say that not only is this blog about my atheist musings but I also want to show that we are all the same.  I do not believe in god and I am not destined to go to hell when I die.  Instead, I am still an everyday lass – hence the subheading underneath my blog title – and I like girly stuff.  Atheists do have normal lives too!  With the aforementioned disclosure out there lets get started:

So this week has been buttloads of fun!  On Wednesday I was admitted back into hospital after 11 months of being able to stay away, I am back home now recovering from the pain and in the meantime as I write this I am listening to some quality rock.  If any of you are interested, take a peek at http://www.arfm.co.uk/ and listen to Ian Spencer’s weekly Hard Rock Asylum Live.  I listen to his Friday show between 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Usually I am at work so I am unable to listen to his live shows – being off work sick certainly does have its advantages in this respect!

Exudes the essence of fierceness and kick ass all in one!

Exudes the essence of fierceness and kick ass all in one!

So the countdown has begun for my mother’s wedding – 15 days and counting down.  I have already got a text from my mother telling me that she is getting really excited now.  I am visiting her on Sunday to try on my outfit with THESE shoes on the right.

I am going to wear them and I am going to look awesome in them.  To be fair, I am getting excited now about the day to just wear these shoes – ha ha ha!
Seriously though, my next challenge is to get my partner a suit.  He has one, just the one, it has been in his closet for over 6 years.  It is black, it is from Tesco and by his own admission its a bit tight over his manly chesticles!  All the boxes are ticked to justify why he needs to buy a new suit so last night he was dragged kicking through the internet world to find him a better suit.
We found one in his size at http://www.greenwoodsonline.com and it was bundle suit.  So for around £80.00 not only does he get the suit jacket and pants, but also the shirt, tie and shoes – bonus.  Suit sorted – just need to wait for it to be delivered.  Possible nightmare scenario – he got his measurements screwed up and it does not fit him!

For me, I am still rummaging around my extensive make up collection to figure out what I am going to use.  I am watching YouTube tutorials daily.  Today I watched a video uploaded by Dior and saw this product I have not seen from them before – Diorliner Precision Eyeliner at http://www.houseoffraser.co.uk/Dior+Diorliner+Precision+Eyeliner/804005212,default,pd.html

This is the eyeliner I have been waiting for them to bring out for YEARS – not an exaggeration here.  So next pay day that will be bought.  I am also looking at the brand new dior twin sets – http://www.houseoffraser.co.uk/Dior+Twin+Set+Eye+Duo/178931268,default,pd.html

I like “Grey Sight” and “Fishnet Black.”  Recently I have been liking the grey smoky eye but black is classic so I am torn between the two.  Knowing me, I will just buy both of them and use them both on the day!

Monkeying around with my nail art this week.

Monkeying around with my nail art this week.

On another note, when I got released from hospital earlier this week, that same evening I did some nail art on myself.  I like monkeys!  Ha ha ha – I have even painted sheep on my nails at one point.  My nails have been a bit crazy previously, at the moment, they are pretty tame – my tame monkeys!

This Sunday I am visiting family.  I have not been out much the past couple of weeks since my operation so I am enjoying looking at my closet and choosing what dress I am going to wear.

If you have had the strength to get this far in this blog entry, firstly I say thank you for sticking with me and secondly, thats all for today folks!

What are you guys getting up to this weekend?  Are you having any better adventures (probably) than me?  Also, are any of you into nail art?  I am interested in buying the Ciate Caviar Sets.  If you have used those sets, what are your opinions on them?  Are they worth it?

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Paint my Background an Atheistic Shade of Red

I have always been a make up fanatic/junkie.  Playing with my own make up and watching countless videos on You Tube it has always been a source of fascination that I can mess around with and be happy whether I end up looking like a model or in most cases end up looking like a mess.  The path to getting there will always be worth it.

Christmas 2012 was my make up dream, my partner spoilt me very much and reminded me how lucky I am to have him in my life.  I have not been able to stop using my presents since then.  I am starting to do make up trials for my mother’s wedding on myself.  I will be doing my mother’s make up on the day and so the make up trials on her will be starting very soon now.

In the meantime, I am experimenting on myself.  I know that I will be using the Karl Lagerfeld Mon Shu Red lipstick and also using the red nail varnish again from the same Shu Uemura range designed by Lagerfeld.  My mother bought them for me for Christmas alongside the bag with Mon Shu on it that she got for free for buying two products from the range.  ***I love that bag by the way, I have been using it for the past couple of weeks now even for work!***

Through this experimenting though I got to think about masks in general.  I do not have to hide my atheism that much in comparison to other people.  There are some countries where you would go to prison and worse if found out.  But I begin to wonder if I still do hide my atheism to a certain extent.  My partner loves me but prefers if I keep my non-belief to myself.  Whether its a notion of “well as long as he knows about my non belief” or the question of is he hampering my own freedom of expression?  Both are debatable.

I do wonder what response you the reader would provide in relation to the aforementioned…..are you happy to keep your atheism in the background when your partner knows about it but prefers it kept in the background or is that not good enough and you would want to express your atheism more fully and without it being hampered?

I know that I am happy with my atheism being in the background and him knowing about it.  I feel comfortable and I know I have other outlets for my atheistic ideas such as this blog here.  Is that good enough though…..should any relationship where non belief is in the background allow atheism to move forward from this background to be more integrated within it?  I am happy with the agreed status quo within my relationship but would you be?

I would even extend this to other relationships I have….my mother knows that I am an atheist.  Whenever she talks to me about it I give her my argument against the belief in god/religion.  In the end I get a response worse than “god works in mysterious ways” crap.  Instead I get the whole I am a lost cause and that I could never be persuaded otherwise to believe about a magical invisible man in the sky!

At work, on paper they know I am an atheist, when I filled out my job application they have that questionnaire at the end (most places of employment do these days) to make sure they are abiding alongside the whole “equal opportunities” stuff.  It will state in my file that I am atheist but without looking at my file they would be none the wiser so I wonder, based on natural assumptions, would a colleague look at you and think either a) you are a believer or b) you are an atheist?  I appreciate this question would have different answers based on your own geographical location and the various cultures within those locations.  But based on where you live in the world would it be answer A or answer B?

Do you choose to freely hide your atheism in the background or the opposite….are you forced to hide your non belief for fear of any violent response whether physical or mental?  If your answer is no to both then do you express your atheism in all areas of your life or just some?

I leave my atheism in the background in my relationship with my partner but then again, I choose to be very expressive with it with my friendships, my blog, Facebook statuses and if given the opportunity at work.  I say “given the opportunity” because the question of belief in religion or god does not materialise in my line of work.  It does not matter.  But if it did, then I suppose it depends.  If I knew I would not be put at a disadvantage by being discriminated against then I would be freely expressive, but if I knew it would hamper my career….I do not know.  I would like to say that would not matter but then again, if put in that position, I think I would be a weakling and be forced stay quiet as a result.  Would that make me a bad person to not be so steadfast alongside my principles if that was what I did in that situation?

This is hypothetical but I know that whether a response if from a real situation that has come about or you manufacture a response you think would result from a hypothetical situation, it allows me to learn more about myself and how I would handle myself in those situations either real or not.  Hence all the questions in this blog based on real and not real circumstances.  And if you have got this far in reading this blog entry, then firstly well done and secondly, if you have the time I would really appreciate your input in the comments section below.  I do read them all and its brilliant to learn from other perspectives.

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Achieved My Very Own Hitchslap (diluted version) – Victory is Mine!

This afternoon I had a really interesting conversation with my partner….he believes in Christianity and god.  Picture the setting, we are chilling on our settee, both of our armchairs at either side are raised so we are slobbing out good and proper.  I am looking at the Ciate Caviar Nail Sets deciding whether or not I should buy one and he is watching “The Real Housewives of Orange County!”  I SHIT YOU NOT!!!!

Anyways, one of the wives on the show (do not know her name and do not care to) claims she is religious.  The bible is the guidebook for all to live by and that her marriage is based on the notion that the husband makes the decisions on their lives.  He even makes the decisions on what she wears on a daily basis.  Firstly, that makes me cringe.  I wear what I want when I want.  I have my own style of fashion that I follow and my partner would not dare tell me to wear something else simply because he did not want me going out wearing a particular dress or something.  He has that healthy respect for me and I reciprocate back.

Secondly – and on to my main point of this blog – he turned round to me and said that this housewife has very traditional values that she lives by based on her religion.  But he then was perplexed by her because he said that in spite of all this traditionalism, the low cut tops and the mini dresses she wears is in contradiction to her “traditional religious values.”

I told him that religious people are essentially contradictory in nature.  The bible is full of rules that contradict each other.  If you are going to follow a religion based on a contradictory book, then the product of that religion – its followers – will be contradictory as well.

I gave him the good old example of the book of Leviticus in the Old Testament.  (And yes, when I mentioned the book of Leviticus, he asked me what book that was!)  More proof that we atheists know more about their bible than the followers themselves!  On a side note – that notion scares me where followers of this religion blindly obey and submit to this god’s will, yet they do not have sufficient information or knowledge about the book that their religion is based on in the first place.  Tell me, how is that rational!?

Anyways, moving on from that mini rant, I told Richard about the verse in Leviticus where it bans the consumption of shellfish.  Leviticus 11:10 states: “But whatever is in the seas and in the rivers that does not have fins and scales among all the teeming life of the water, and among all the living creatures that are in the water, they are detestable things to you.”

From this I told him that christians are contradictory with how they choose to live their life which at times can be in spite of their beloved bible.  These housewives lead opulent lives and have an opulent diet to match.  One item of which they love to consume is lobster – a food that evokes a style of class and upper living in the first place.

He agreed with me and said that Christians pick and choose what they want to abide by from the bible.  I then told him that the bible is contradictory in nature, what it will say in one book, it would then say the opposite in another book.  For example, in Leviticus 20:13 it states amongst other notions that gay men should be put to death.  Yet in the 10 commandments it states that we should not kill and Jesus’ “Golden Rule” from the New Testament states to love one another as you would want to be given love from others.

How can these examples reconcile with what is said in Leviticus?  They cannot.  It is a contradiction.  When christians are presented with such contradictions, they then attempt the impossible by squaring off the circle.  From what I told him I then finished off with my conclusion that because the bible is contradictory and in his own words due to its followers “picking and choosing from the bible” what they want to follow as they see fit – this means that followers of Christianity are contradictory by their very nature.

My partner then started to stutter, mumbled something that I could not recognise and then carried on watching the “christian hypocrite” on tv.

I would like to announce right here, I have succeeded for the first time in my life my very own version of a “Hitchslap.”  Now what I said to my partner and how I worded it would not have been as eloquently put or as intelligently insightful compared to the great man himself, but it was a diluted Hitchslap none the less.

In the comments section below, it would be awesome to read some of your own examples of your Hitchslaps.  I do not doubt that your examples will be better than my own.  So do not be shy, what is your most recent Hitchslap?  Or better yet, what is the best Hitchslap you have dished out to an unsuspecting or deserved religious follower?

***By the way, I am not going to buy the Ciate Caviar Nail Polish sets – instead I have found a really good present for my partner to buy for me next month for Valentines Day!***

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Coeliac Plexus Block: Double the Needle Usage = Double the Trouble

Yesterday I was at the Pain Clinic undergoing my second operation – Coeliac Plexus Block.  Whilst I was waiting to be called into the operating theatre I was really scared because the last time I had this operation in August 2012, I was off work for over 1 month because my back was in so much pain.  The physiotherapist told me that the left hand side of my back (where the operation focused on) was in total spasm.  Back spasm hurts like a bitch people, be warned!

Anyways, I was really scared with this one because this time, the pain clinic surgeon was focusing on both sides of my back.  He was going to subject me to 2 big major needles on either side of my back to anaethetise my solar plexus (a mixture of anesthesia and steroids).  I had every reason to be scared as well!  In the operating theatre, one of the assistants was being really stingy with the sedative.  Last time, a different assistant gave me the right amount of sedative and the procedure went along fine with minimal pain (just a few pricks from the local anesthetic to numb parts of my back they were operative on).  Even the surgeon, when I spoke to him before the operation, told me that he remembered I got through it fine.  This time though, I was screaming in pain, during which I did tell the surgeon to carry on with the operation and not stop.  Coming all this way and being on the operating table, it would make no sense for him to stop now!  Every time the assistant gave me some more sedative through the drip they hooked me onto, it was very minimal (1ml at a time it seemed) and it did not do much judging by my screams!

***In this instance, when I mean “screams” I mean me going “Argh” in pain.  So not screaming like a female opera singer.  Glad we got that all cleared up there!!!***

The coeliac plexus is otherwise more commonly known as the solar plexus.  All the pancreas nerves go through this plexus and then runs up the spine to the brain.  The pain signals would travel this route and when it gets to the brain I then start feeling the pain.  With the solar plexus blocked, the pain signals will not be able to get to the spine and get the chance for the brain to be alerted for me to then feel the pain.

So far so good, but that big ass needle in August caused so much back pain and issues and this time I had to have two of them at either side!  Double the needles, double the trouble me thinks!  In exactly one month time it will be my mother’s wedding and I really do hope I will be well enough to get through the day without too much pain.  I kinda think though that this is me we are talking about and nothing ever goes to plan but at least with that second dress my mother bought me, I will look nice whilst getting slowly killed off with the pain!

So after the first 24 hours I am out of the woods as far as any possible internal bleeding is concerned.  Best thing about that was that if the surgeon had punctured a vein, he would not have known there and then.  We would have only found out that lovely surprise when I got home, my heart beats would increase to the point where it would feel that it was trying to thump its way out of my ribs and I would then pass out.  Glad to say that has not happened to me so yay for me!

The back spasms have started though, I have called my physiotherapist earlier on this afternoon and an emergency appointment has been set for next Wednesday.  The medication I have is helping and my partner is looking after me.  I am very lucky to have him in my life.

As a thank you to my wonderful partner, yesterday I bought us a take out curry.  I am a wimp when it comes to spices.  I love my dishes plain – I am the lass that goes crazy for bread sauce and turkey at Christmas.  But never the less, I do like a chicken korma with boiled rice and chippattis (9 in total).  BUT not a hint of spice in the dish.  You see, some curry houses think that with a korma, they can put a little but of spice in and it would not hurt.  It does with me, even a little bit and I can’t eat the rest of the dish, it does burn the roof of my mouth off – NOT an exaggeration.  I am simply a wuss/wimp/[enter your own appropriate descriptive word here] when it comes to curries.

If anyone tells me that they are going to pray for me and my health I really get so frustrated.  It is like they are bypassing the praise that should actually go on the doctors, nurses and surgeons trying to get my pain under manageable circumstances.  Their efforts mean nothing because there is a big invisible man in the sky that will make everything better for me instead.  Well by your logic, it was that big invisible man in the sky that gave me this sodding illness in the first place…..why would he then want to make me better when he was the cause in the first instance!?  You have just proven that your god is incompetent and contradictory, well done!

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2013 in Health Related

 

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De Converted: A Journey From Religion to Reason By Seth Andrews

I have finally received my book today, De Converted: A Journey from Religion to Reason by Seth Andrews aka The Thinking Atheist.  I ordered this in December a little before Christmas and I am so happy it has arrived and you can start getting really jealous in a minute because I was lucky enough to get it signed with a personalised note from the man himself!!!

I will include pictures at the end of this blog entry but I wanted to do a first review on the book as is.  At the moment it is available on Amazon in paperback, Kindle and audiobook format.  I will add the links below.  I originally ordered the book from The Thinking Atheist website.  It is very easy to order from this website (even for international orders such as ones I place myself).

I was impressed with the envelope packaging.  With air mail sometimes the item inside can get damaged but the envelope had a lot of cushion inside protecting the book.  The book itself feels really nice and looks very professional.  I love the design of the front cover with The Thinking Atheist logo prominently displayed.  On the back with the obligatory blurb that outlines what the book is about, it is short and to the point.  To the side of the blurb is a picture of Seth Andrews.

On a side note, for ages I always wondered what Seth looked like before he came out from behind the wall of internet radio for us all to see him.  I laugh at what I thought now but I thought he always looked like a guy with long brown hippy like hair, glasses, tall and lanky!  Kind of hippy circa 1960 kind of dude!  (My mind is in a world of its own!)

So this book is essentially one man’s journey from believer to unbeliever.  My only concern is that it is one guy’s story in 183 pages, is that enough?  I do hope so and all the reviews that I have read so far suggest that this is a cracking read so I better get on with it!

Amazon Atheist Book Chart as of Friday 11th January 2013 - absolutely awesome.....could we get it to number one though?

Amazon Atheist Book Chart as of Friday 11th January 2013 – absolutely awesome…..could we get it to number one though?

Links where you can buy different formats of the book from:

Audiobook Version

Kindle Version

Paperback Version

The Thinking Atheist

http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/

Pictures below of the book I received this evening :-D

De Converted: A Journey from Religion to Reason by Seth Andrews SIGNED with personalised message - I am so lucky :-)

De Converted: A Journey from Religion to Reason by Seth Andrews SIGNED with personalised message – I am so lucky :-)

Debut book from the creator of The Thinking Atheist community and podcast.

Debut book from the creator of The Thinking Atheist community and podcast.

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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