Tuesday, May 04, 2010

China Glaze Sun Worshipper (!)

Good morning, everyone. I had a fantastic night last night and it's sunny this morning so I am in a good mood. First thing's first: did y'all know that I'm having a giveaway? Click here or the picture on the righthand sidebar to take you to the post.

I'm not sure why, but yesterday I was really feeling like I needed to wear something bright...

So I used China Glaze Sun Worshipper from Poolside. You may remember that when I initially did my Poolside mini-haul I kind of didn't super-want this polish. I got it because China Glazes were buy two get one free at Sally's and I wanted neither Towel Boy Toy, Pool Party or Yellow Polka Dot Bikini. Sun Worshipper was left so I took that one. I am so glad that I did. This nail polish is made of awesome. It is awesome sauce. Awesome in a bottle. So many people commented on my nails.

And how could they not? They're so bright that they practically glow. Before I put Sun Worshipper on I was trying to decide whether or not to use white under it. Luckily The Nailphile did a post about this same polish yesterday and literally said she lost count of the number of coats she had to do to achieve opacity. That settled it for me. I did two coats of Wet n Wild Wild Shine French White and then two coats of Sun Worshipper. I think the formulas competed a little bit; the Wet n Wild was thick and streaky, like most whites, and the China Glaze was quite thin. It turned out alright in the end. Not perfect application, but not a hot mess either. I had so much fun wearing this polish. I went up to work yesterday even though I had a day off and hung out with some of the regular customers. They were mesmerized by my nails. Then I went to go see another friend and our conversation went like this:
Me: Hey.
Him: Hey, wanna get something to eat or somethi...OH MY GOD WHAT IS ON YOUR HANDS?
Me: It's neon! Do you like it?
Him: Holy. Shit.
Me: Yeah. Do you like my new sunglasses?
Him: *staring at me* Oh, I'm sorry. I literally cannot look at or think about anything else but your hands.

Hahaha, so funsies. So. Funsies. Maybe I'll wear another neon today.

Okay, so I'm about to get a tad personal; if you don't want to keep reading that's fine, I understand. Yesterday I said that I didn't want to get mushy, but today's the day that I do. My regular readers will know that this year hasn't been an easy one for me. I worked really hard to graduate from a really good school...and then when I did I had to move back home with my mommy and daddy and it took me forever to find a job. Then when I did find one it was a shitty one. Right before I found that job I started this blog. I was so depressed. Depressed enough that I just didn't know how to climb out of my hole or how to make things better for myself. This blog, though...this blog really helped. Even when no one was reading it it helped. I am a creature of habit, so to have something to do consistently, every day, like posting here (which I try to do five to six days a week between 9 and 11am) gave my life a little bit of structure. Then I started meeting people who are just so nice. The ladies in the nail polish community are some of the sweetest ones around. For months I just kept plugging away; I didn't have any friends, I didn't go anywhere or do anything but work, and I tried my best to keep this blog going through my daze.

Then finally in February things started looking up. I got a job I really, sincerely do like. It's not like it's going to be how I make my living for the rest of my life (I am still a barista), but I love interacting with and getting to know our regular customers and I love most of the people with whom I work. I made friends. Then I got into grad school for art history and museum studies. Then I got a full ride to grad school. I have a plan. I have a goal. Most importantly, I have things to look forward to. I honestly do think that this blog is what helped me the most through the six-month dark time that I had. You all have no idea what each and every one of you means to me. Your comments make my day, every day. Knowing that people read what I have to say is so amazing. So I just wanted to say:

I appreciate all of you. Thanks for helping to bring me back to life.


  1. Awww. :D
    I'm happy you got a job that you like.
    Your nails look effin' awesome.

  2. Sun Worshipper is beyond awesome, I'm glad you got it!!
    I love those little signs you made :D and that convo between you and your friend cracked me up.

    And Steff, I want to say thanks to YOU because you helped me when I was worried about rambling on my blog.

  3. So sweet and sincere of you. Though not much of a commenter or a part of the nail polish community (I've quietly collected a 100 polishes in a year thanks to gals like you) I wanted you to know that as a creature of habit, reading your posts regularly keeps me going at the other end of the world. Thank you. Tesekkurler.

  4. Oh man I donno if I could handle a neon like that! But congrats again on the job and grad school. I'm graduating in 2 weeks (AHH) semi-jobless (I'll be interning for the summer).. sort of terrified.. so it's good to hear success stories like yours.

  5. That color is amazing! Congratulations on getting into grad school, having it covered and getting a new job! Woohoo!

  6. And I thought Sugar High was almost neon! haha
    Wow! What a bright fun colour!

    I'm new to your blog but I'm still so happy to hear that life is good for you again. :) We all have dark times, but it truly is the people around us who help us through. And by doing this blog, you're helping others through their own dark times, even if you don't know it. :)

  7. What a colour! The effect positively picked me up and threw me off my chair! Great against denim too!

  8. Steph, you're a girl I wish I knew in real life! :D If the world wasn't so big, I'd be drinking a cappuccino right now starring at your neon orange nails (or maybe I'd do some polish shopping, I don't know). :P

    I'm so glad your blog helped you through bad days - mine does have the same effect on me. Also reading you're doing better in your life really motivate me. Weird eh? I love that your blog has always been funny and light hearted, even in the hardest moments of yours. You're a strong girl.

    (Your skin on the first pic looks WEIRD no? But I love this color <3 - Ok I'll have to order this one :P)

  9. bazinga! i love it!!!

  10. The color is awesome! I totally need it!

  11. awwwwwwwwwwwww ((((Hugs))))) and thanks alot. now I have to go get the Poolsides that I skipped...

  12. Today I discovered your blog and I already want to comment on your amazing swatches of Sun Worshipper, they are stunning!!!

    You seem like a really nice person. Good luck on your new job!

  13. *Wibble* *Blubbers on you* *Blows nose on your shirt*

  14. I loveeee this colour and your bloke's reaction to it!! So funny!

  15. Wow, this color is so bright and pretty! I love how wearing such a bright color can cheer you up!

    I am also new to your blog. I've been reading it for a while, but I've never commented (I guess my shyness carries over into the online world too)! I just thought that this post was so nice. I think that it's comforting to know that there are other people out there who are going through something similar to what I'm going through. Anyway, I just thought I'd say how much I enjoy reading your blog!

  16. Congratulation on.... well.... EVERYTHING!

    I started YGN at a really dark time too and it's been cathartic and wonderful. The nail blogging community is the sweetest out there.

  17. aww...that's such great news! i'm so happy for you that things have been looking up :)


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