W..W..W.. Wednesday! (June 27)

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

My Answers:

What are you currently reading? Ultraviolet by R.J Anderson for YA Book Club at Chapters Brampton! Live in the area? Come join me on Saturday @ 3pm! R.J Anderson will be joining the book club for our 1 hour meeting!

What did you recently finish reading? I would say most recently finished Insurgent by Veronica Roth

What do you think you’ll read next? I haven’t decided yet! Maybe a John Wyndham novel from my Kobo!

Friday Finds (June 22)

Another new feature I’ll be posting weekly is from Should Be Reading’s blog. How does it work? Well.. FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased). I’m always adding new books to my Goodread’s account and have created numerous shelves for them.

My Finds:






You can click on any one of the covers and you’ll be directed to the GoodReads info page for the novel.

What are some of your finds this week?

Booking Through Thursday – Quotable (June 21)

I was checking out Two Weeks From From Everywhere’s blog the other day and figured I would take part in this fun weekly feature. This week’s question they’ve asked is:

Do you have a favourite quote from  a book?

I absolutely love this book from beginning to end. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro is a must read for those who love dystopian, sci-fi novels. The quote from this book really got me through a tough time and spoke loudly to me. It’s that whole idea that everything happens for a reason and sometimes you can’t control what is meant to be.

“I keep thinking about this river somewhere, with the water moving really fast. And these two people in the water, trying to hold onto each other, holding as hard as they can, but in the end it’s just too much. The currents too strong. They’ve got to let go, drift apart”

Nicole by OPI Nail Apps Not So Hot!

I took a little time off to review and prepare for some awesome Summer features I’ll be posting soon! Today I figure I’ll go back to my roots and post about nail art. Back in May I wrote about my experience with the Salon Effects by Sally Hansen. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out I’ll provide a link in this post but basically in the grand scheme of things they weren’t my favourite thing. A few months back I decided to purchase some clearance Nicole by OPI Nail Apps. This is the direct competition for Salon Effects by Sally Hansen, so I wanted to see how they compared to each other. All the packaging for these sticker applicators all say how easy they are to apply yourself. I have still to find a product that I can completely apply myself without any assistance. I found this one to be extra tedious since there were instructions to warm the strips before hand. Shaping and cutting the nail strips to fit my nails was a super task to attempt as it left me screaming and cursing at my hands. Each package comes with a 5 step checklist for you to follow to ensure there is success when applying these.
Although, these semi-helpful instructions were provided I still ended up with excess around the edges of my nails, bubbling and creasing. The nail file provided is too abrasive for my liking and left my nails rough along the edges and wasn’t successful in trimming the excess as it should have done. A duo-nail file with a rough and soft side wouldn’ve been preferred for this type of product.

Finally! The finished product! In addition to the strips provided in the packaging I used:

* Scissors
* Soft nail board
* A lovely assistant
* Of course, a Top Coat.

Why a Top Coat? I find that any look liquid or not can always benefit from a Top Coat being applied. When the Top Coat is applied I figure it provides an additional sealant between the nail and strip. Hopefully, it does help in the life span of the strips while being exposed to everyday life.

So now what? Whaddaya think? Well, to be honest.. I only put them on a day and a half ago and already hate them. I don’t hate the design, that’s kinda cool. I know I’m highly intense when using my hands while at work but these just aren’t cutting it. They’ve bubbled, creased and started to lift away at the edges of my nails. The Salon Effects by Sally Hansen did not do that until the 8 or 9 day mark. I’m hoping that maybe the insane heat wave going on in Ontario is the possible perpetrator for this short lived nail design. The only reason why I won’t actually remove them is because it’s too hot for me to paint them with polish right now. I’m glad I didn’t actually pay the intended $14 for these! But rather paid $3. Maybe the markdown in price should’ve cautioned me not to buy them. Whatever the reason may be it will only get a 1/5 on my vote this time around.

Rate for this product: 1/5!

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Nostalgic Gaming

In the spirit of everything gamer related to E3, today I’ll take a look at a couple of awesome games that caught my interest over the years. Now I don’t consider myself a gamer by any means! Please don’t judge me too much with my amateur review or game choices. Most of the games I’ve tend to play over the years have been mostly simulation or roleplaying in some aspect. If you are looking for a legitimate review/gamer web site, please check out my friend Patrick’s gamer web site. Him and his gaming guru’s have been following the E3 conference in L.A and have been writing responses to the conference on their site. Check it out!  GameJudgment.com

I can still remember the first time I played Pokémon Blue on my Gameboy Colour. It was such a thrill to pretend that you could travel through a mythical world battling, collecting and trading futuristic creatures. In some respect, believing you could be a Pokémon Master amongst your fellow pokémon collectors. I’ll be perfectly honest — The game hasn’t gotten old to me. Recently, I was terribly bored and was looking for something mindless to do online. I thought to myself, ‘I wonder if I could find a way to play a version of Pokémon online..’ Thanks to all the powerful geniuses who created Google because my random idea became an actuality after I typed in ‘PLAY POKEMON ONLINE’. I got my game set up and immediately got into Pokémon mode. I decided to play a version that I’m not all too familiar with, you know.. to try and mix it up a tad. Of course, it’s the same formula as always. Start in a small town, make your way around the world, catch legendary pokémon, elite four at the end and complete pokédex. My trick always in the beginning is to pick the water pokémon out of the 3 offered from the Professor. I almost immediately try to catch a flying type pokémon in the grass. I haven’t gotten too far yet but it’s not like I’ve been dedicating my life to playing it either.

The second series of games I’m truly fond of are the many Grand Theft Auto’s Rockstar has released. Like really, it’s the ultimate game ‘guy’ game. I say this while being a female and loving it because I know a lot of women who dislike this franchise. I think they’re crazy! Who doesn’t wanna (virtually) steal a car, beat someone up for money, unload a firearm or hire a hooker?! My favourite GTA game is probably San Andreas. I loved the characters and the creation of the map.

The third franchise I love playing is anything related to The Sims! To me, these are the ultimate simulation game. I would love creating my own character and playing her. But truly, the best thing about this game would be building the house. I learned fast how to get a cheat to have unlimited simoleons, so I could create the ultimate Sims crib. I would buy the best furniture, appliances, and hobby related equipment. I would also create the craziest love triangles ever. I wouldn’t just stick with my character, I would dysfunction the lives of the computer players too. A few years back, I met someone with a serious addiction to the franchise and who had the luxury of working at EB Games. She let me borrow/permanently keep all of her The Sims 2 expansion discs. I had one of the male characters I was playing get abducted by aliens which was pretty awesome! I like some expansions more than others but had fun with them nonetheless. I haven’t had a chance to try out The Sims 3 yet! But I’ve heard I’m missing out and need to jump on the bandwagon.

Have you had a favourite game over the years? Been following the E3 conference? Leave me a comment below! =)

Sally Hansen Products!

So, it’s been a little while since I last posted — My apologies! I felt like I didn’t have much to write about since my nails were nubs and I weren’t testing out any new products on them. Fortunately, patience prevailed and my nub nails now have some growth. Recently, I tried out 2 products from my absolute favourite nail polish brand. If you haven’t heard I love Sally Hansen’s nail products. A few days ago, I tried Sally Hansen’s Xtreme Wear. I got it as a gift at Christmas and hadn’t had a chance to try it out. The colour I used was Green with Envy (product #: 4860-02) Image

This is right after the fresh 2 coats I applied to my nails. I found it lasted pretty well since I’m out of my usual Top Coat. From the bottle it looked lighter than what it appeared on my nails. I was actually surprised by the rich tone it got after 2 coats. I work with money, so I tend to knock my nails off hard surfaces (cash register, etc). I found it lasted for about 3 or 4 days but I feel like it would’ve lasted longer if I applied a proper Top Coat to them.

Tonight I took off my Green with Envy and applied another polish that was a gift. The polish I applied is another variation from Sally Hansen. Tonight I tried Sally Hansen’s Diamond Strength polish. The colour I applied is called Lavender Marquis (product #: 4032-57). I really like the colour because it has a opally, iridescent tone. I’ve been wanting to try something like this for a while. I haven’t applied a Top Coat yet but I did apply 2 coats of the polish. I did end up taking a photo of it freshly applied. Please be kind! My nails need a manicure.


Stories from the River’s Edge – the fifth estate

Stories from the River’s Edge – the fifth estate

I watched a documentary on the weekend about aboriginal kids attending high school. Unfortuately, many children who live on reserves in Canada don’t get the opportunity to attend school past grade 8. This documentary discusses the program that is offered to these children and the controversies surrounding them. This is a moving social and political documentary that really captivated me.

Do you enjoy watching documentaries? The Fifth Estate offers many documentries online through YouTube or on their Website. Check out the link I posted above!

Live Your Life

12. What is the difference between being alive and truly living?

Being alive is having a heart beat and air in your lungs. Truly living is the capability of actually living a life while being alive. Truly living requires you to actually take action and DOING something with your life. Being alive is having an active heart beat but it doesn’t necessarily have to be fully functioning. You always hear people saying, ‘I want to live my life’. When I hear those words, the word LIVE stands out to me. I associate ‘live my life’ with control and determination. Making things happen and actually steering the car in the right direction.
Are you truly living your life? What do you think?