Thursday, November 29, 2012

What does the future hold?

Hey everyone, I hope you all are doing well!  I am working like crazy and trying to get things ready for Chanukkah and my dad's birthday.  I also might be starting a new mini-job babysitting two mornings a week.  Ben also just got a job offer for a big-boy job, and that's really got me thinking about my future.  Once his job starts we decided that we are going to have to move, and that means the future is coming up quick.  Do I have enough skills and experience to get a full time job? Will I be able to relocate my life? My cat? Will I be able to get medical, dental, and vision insurance and all new doctors?  I am not really sure what I'm going to do.

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Ok. Ok. so that's Christmas

I have been thinking about becoming a dog trainer, or dog and cat behaviorist.  I was doing a lot in order to achieve my dream.  I took a college course, and volunteered at an animal shelter training dogs.  But once I get my job, I didn't have time for that anymore, all that all fell to the wayside.  Now with the inevitability of moving in just a few months, I have come to the realization that I do not have the skills to go out and just get a full-time job right away.

 I felt like I needed a quick way to get that experience in order to get a job as soon as possible.  The dog trainer at my job went to a dog training school, about 30 minutes away, so I decided to look into that.  It looked like a great place!  It would only be 6 weeks long, and short classes. And upon graduating, you are a certified dog trainer.  it looked perfect, until I talked to Jamie about it.  She said that the school leans more towards correction rather that reward, which is not the training method I like to use.  And also that there are a lot of out of class room hours that you need to graduate, so I would probably not be able to work and go to school.  I was torn.

I did a lot of research, and what I found was most dog trainers get experience though apprenticing, rather than a school.  However, if I start and apprenticeship now, I would have to end it when I move in a few months, which would suck.  I could wait and start it when I move, but I don't know how long I would be apprenticing before I could get a job, and being on my own, I need a job ASAP.

Then I remembered Steve Diller.  He was my dog training class professor, and an amazing dog trainer.  He gave me his number when I finished the class and told me I could call him anytime if I needed anything.  Stupid me, I didn't call him for a whole year.  That is a YEAR I could have been gaining experience, all down the drains. Bleh.

I am still looking into different options, like Petco, and the Karen Pryor clicker training school, and I am waiting to hear back from Steve about any advice he may have for me.  I am still worried about what the future will hold for me, if I will be able to move in with my boyfriend and split the rent...or if I will be living in a box.

Claws up!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Geometric and Neon

Good morning everyone!  How has your week been?  I am still catching up on life since the craziness of thanksgiving week.  It is hard working full time, tending to two blogs, cooking for TWO thanksgiving dinners, and attending the Dental Show all in a week.  Yes, I said Dental Show.  Every year, ever since I was about 6 years old, my dad and I went to the Dental Show the Sunday after Thanksgiving, and I have not missed a year. The Dental show is basically a large convention of vendors selling new dental products.  They also have classes and live dental demonstrations.  Before you start to think I'm REALLY weird, my dad is a dentist.  I usually get lots of free stuff, and its fun walking around and looking at all the products.  The best find that day would have to be my new Lady Gaga toothbrush.  Yes that is exactly what I said.

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It sings Bad Romance and Born This Way.  Shut up this is the coolest thing I have ever owned!

Anyway, after all the shenanigans this week, I finally found some time to do my nails.  Lately I have been so busy that nail art has fallen to the wayside, so it was nice to get some in.  Today's design is inspired by one that I saw on Pinterest.

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I really loved how the geometric black and white paired with the bright neon.  I know this is more of a summer look, but I abide by no season's rules!  I wanted to bling it out a little and added a row of colorful beads.  Because it it wasn't bright and crazy, it just wouldn't be me.

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Here's what I used:

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Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in White On
Sally Hansel Xtreme Wear in Black Out
Milani in Techno Red
Ciate Caviar Pearls in Multi Color

I started by painting all my nails white.  I painted Techno Red on my accent nails, and stamped the rest.  Then I added the caviar pearls down the middle of my accent nails. After I saw it all done, I thought it would look perfect matte, so that's what I did!

Over a I really like this look.  Its really bright and fun, but the matte affect takes it to a whole other level!

What do you think of this matte geometric and neon mani?

Claws up!

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Shipping Polish

Hey guys just a quick post tonight, I have a question for everyone!

So, I am really starting to think about starting a polish line.  I love looking at all the indies and reading their blogs, and it just seems like so much fun, and a really wonderful way to connect with other polish addicts out there.  I have seen a number of indie makers that even donate some of the proceeds of their polishes to charity which I think is awesome!  I often day dream about what I would call my line if I had one, and the different collections I'd make, and even which animal shelter I would want to donate to.  Right now I am living at home and do not have the money or space to start it up.  But I plan on moving in a few months, so I have been thinking more seriously about my own line.

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Here's the problem.  When I had my 100 post giveaway, I mailed the winner her 3 polishes and 1 loose glitter.  I went to the USPS but they turned me away and told me they could not ship polish.  So I had to use FedEx which charged me $12 to ship them! I know from indie stores that its only costs about $4-5 to ship 3 bottles of polish.

So my question for everyone is how do you ship your polishes? I don't want to charge my buyers $12 for shipping, that is insane!  I know most of you either have indie lines or have held giveaways.  I would know to know how you guys ship your polishes so cheap. Who do you use to ship? Do you lie and tell them its not nail polish? HELP!  Any input would be appreciated!

Thanks every one!
Claws up!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Deborah Lippmann Gaga's Workshop Edge of Glory

Hey ladies! I have a very exciting post for today! As you guys know my mom got me Debroah Lippmann's Edge of Glory nail polish for my birthday.  Why is this so exciting? Well Deborah Lippmann made this set of polished for Lady Gaga's Workshop at Barney's department store last year.  I wanted it so badly, but it was just a bit to expensive for me.  So I was thrilled when a year later, it ends up in my hands, thank you mom!




However, this wont be the first time this duo appears on my blog.  The lovely Jessica from Nail Polish Anonymous guest posted on my blog to show us her swatches of Edge of Glory.  But that wont stop me from showing you how this baby looks on my fingers.  Sadly, my nails had a bad week, and I suffered three breaks on my swatching hand. Poor little hand. Although I do like dark polish on short nails better, so I guess it was a sign for me to try these polishes.

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Edge of Glory advertises itself as a two step 3D holographic polish.  However, we all know that these would be called flakies, not a holo.  In the box you get a black base polish, and a flakie top coat, because we all know flakies really come to life on top of black.

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As any Limmpann polish, the formula is perfect!  The black went on so smooth.  Here I am showing two coats of the black base, and two coats of the flakies, just for some extra pop.  Once the flakie top coat is applied, you can see a majority of purple and orange, with a bit of yellow and blue hidden.  I wouldn't call this the most unique polish, but it is definitely pretty! And anything Lady Gaga is a win in my book!

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Here's what I used:
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Deborah Lippmann for Gaga's Workshop Edge of Glory:
Edge of Glory Base Color
Edge of Glory Holographic Top Coat

What do you think of this Lippmann Duo?  Would you pick up this set of Lady Gaga inspired polishes?

Claws (and paws) up!

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

My trip to Florida

Hey everyone! I finally managed to sort through all my photos from my trip to Florida.  I had a really great time!  My dad and I used to go on vacation together all the time, but it has been a while since the two of us went away together.  We spent some time with my grandpa.  While we were there we went on this nature walk where we saw lots of local Florida animals.  It was so pretty and really nice spending time with my dad.  Then we drove to Orlando and spent one day going to two Disney parks.  It was magical getting to be a kid again!  My face lit up at every turn.  My dad and I used to go to Disney World every other year from when I was 2 until I was 18.  But we had so much fun we even started talking about going again next year!

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Do you guys love Disney as much as I do?

Claws up!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Pretty & Polished Spring Fling

Hello everyone! If you guys like my Facebook page, you would know that I am home from Florida!  I had a really awesome time spending time with my dad in the Happiest Place on Earth!  I am still sorting through those photos, but I will post them soon.  What I want to show you guys is the lovely polish my best friend, Sara, got me for my birthday!  She actually surprised me by stopping by at my house the night before I left for Florida, talk about best friend timing!  She got me an awesome leopard print make up bag, some wonderful pumpkin things, and of course, an indie polish! Does my best friend know me, or does she know me?

I have been drooling over indies for the past year now, but I never took the plunge to buy one for myself.  The only other indie I have is Connect the Dots, which I won in a give away, so my face lit up when I unwrapped the mini bottle of Pretty & Polished Spring Fling.

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Spring Fling is a color changing polish, that is a gorgeous forest green when cold, and an awesome lime green when warm, with some glass flecks.  Sara and I were recently obsessing over color change polish, what a thoughtful gift :)  The polish was a bit on the thinner side, needing three coats.  When its dark green its completely opaque, but when it is lime green you can still see the VNL.  I might try layering it over white next, I hope that doesn't reduce the color change effect.

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I was having a lot of fun putting my hand in hot and cold water making the colors change!  It reminded me of a tea party set I used to have that was pink when it didn't have water in the cups, and turned purple when you poured water in.  Do you guys remember that? No, just me...that's ok.   I really love when my hands are room temperature, then the polish is lime on my nail bed, and forest green on the tips, like a no work french manicure!

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Some times, with the right temperature  it would even look like a gradient! So cool! Like a thousand different manicure in one bottle, with just a change in temperature! So awesome!

Here's what I used:

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Pretty & Polished Spring fling (and a little bit of water for fun!)

Thank you Sara! This polish is so awesome!  I love the lime green, forest green, and all the colors in between that come in this little bottle!

Do you guys have any Pretty & Polished polishes?  What do you think of color changing polish?

Claws up!

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

One Year Blogiversary - Cosmic Charlie Revisited

Hello everyone, are you ready for this very special blog post??

DRUM ROLLLLLL....

Today I my very first blogaversary! Wow, I can't believe its been a whole year already!  Thinking about my life one year ago when I was writing my very first blog post makes me realize how many things have changed already.  One year ago I was still volunteering at the Bronx Zoo, and I just started my dog and cat behavior class.  I didn't even start working at Best Friends yet, and of course, I was writing a post to zero followers.

I can't believe how far my blogging has come.  Looking back on my posts and photos from a year ago makes me cringe, and so does thinking about how my blog used to look (yellow and black!). I wanted to thank the followers I had since the beginning for sticking around while I worked out the kinks and figured out this blogging thing. I want to thank all the followers I have gained since then too, you have all been so amazingly supportive, and you really make it worth while :)

So for this special post, I wanted to re-do my very first nail post that went up a whole year ago.  It was actually really laughably embarrassing, so I wont post a photo, but if you want you can check it out.  For my first post, I decided to try out galaxy nails for the very first time.  I was not well equipped at all.  Since this time last year, my polish collection has doubled, and I have acquired more nail art tools, and learned more techniques. I have never tried galaxy nails since then, so here is my second try!


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While making my galaxies, I was thinking about the guest post my very best friend, Sara had on my blog a while back.  I love space and stars and astrology so naturally I loved her idea to create constellation nails!  I always knew I was going to try them some time.  But then I was talking to Sara about them and she told me she wanted to add the Scorpio (MY SIGN!!) constellation to her nails, but they were too small to fit the large constellation.  That's when I came up with the idea to create the Scorpio constellation using two nails, so I could fit it all on my small nails!


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I thought constellation nails would go great with some galaxy nails.

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Here's what I used:

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Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Black Out
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in White On
Sinful Colors in Unicorn
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Bubblegum Pink
Hot Topic Nail Polish in an unnamed dark blue
Milani in Diamond Dazzle

The only polishes that are the same from last time are Black Out (same color but a new bottle) and Diamond Dazzle.  I built up a polish collection with more variety and better polishes since I started blogging.  I was warned blogging would be hard on the pocketbook!

So it has be one fun and enjoyable year, and I can't wait to see what another year of blogging brings!

Also I wanted to let everyone know that I will be in Florida for the next three days visiting family and going to Disney.  I will see all you guys in three days!

What do you think of this galaxy mani compared to my original?

One year of CLAWS UP!


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Friday, November 9, 2012

Makeup looks: A Night Out

Hello everyone!  I present to you my last post about my birthday weekend.  As you can tell it was jam packed with fun times, it made becoming an adult a little easier getting to go out and be crazy.  I showed you guys my Halloween makeup, now I have the makeup I wore out to my birthday dinner, which I posed about yesterday.  Don't worry, no 2-colored crazy eye makeup this time.

I decided I wanted a classic and dramatic look for my birthday, so I went with the smokey eye. You can never go wrong with a smokey eye night look.


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How I got this look:
I started with my normal powder/concealer/blush base
I next applied Revlon Diamond Lust in Night Sky on my upper eyelids just above the lash line
Then, I applied Milani in Silver Charm under my eyebrows and in the crease of my eye
I took a brush and I blended Night Sky and Silver Charm together just below the crease of my eye and above my lash line for a black to silver ombre look

I lined the top and bottom eyelid with Urban Decay;s eyeliner in Zero
I then used Urban Decay's Big Fatty mascara on my lashes
I like pairing a dramatic eye with a nude lip, so I used MAC Viva Glam Lady Gaga

After My birthday dinner, Ben and I went to see a live showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  If you don't know what it is...its really hard to explain.  Basically people act out the movie (which is weird and crazy enough as it is) in scantily clad outfits while the audience yells call lines, which are funny lines or other profanities at certain parts of the story.  Like it said, it is really hard to explain, so I suggest just going to a show and seeing it for yourself! Its really fun.  I actually performed in 2 shows while I was in college.  You get to dress up and yell and just be crazy!

Since I was going to see Rocky Horror, sexy outfits and red lips are a staple of the attire, so I just took off the nude lip and replaced it with NYC's Retro Red, my go-to red lipstick.


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While normally this would be an extremely inappropriate outfit, its normal garb for attending Rocky Horror. Fishnets, corsets, and red lips!

Its always a great time going to Rocky Horror. If you ever get a change to see it, I would totally recommend it!  I even got up on stage at the end of the show and danced the time warp (AGAIN!).  It was great re-living my college rocky days!

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What do you think of this night-time smokey eye look? Have you ever been to a Rocky Horror performance?

Get ready because tomorrow I have a very special post! Hmmm what could it be?

And for a bonus, here is a photo from when I performed in the show!

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Claws up!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Look Book: 23rd Birthday Dinner

Hello everyone and welcome to the third post in my week of birthday weekend posts!  Don't worry guys, I know I havn't been posting about nails in a while, but I have a special nail post planned. To me, turning 23 is a big deal, a mini milestone.  I think going from 22 to 23 is the transition from young adult to adult. ADULT. Paying bills, responsibility, and living on your own, are all things associated with adulthood, and all things that I still don't do.  I have always been scared to grow up.  While most people can't wait to turn 18, I dreaded it.  Thought, many people get older, but still never grow up.  Turning 23 is making me think a lot about how I want my future to play out, what I want to be when I "grow up" and where I am going to live.

For my birthday dinner, Ben took me to a restaurant in Penn State called Mario's.  I've written a blog post about Mario's and the amazing food I had, but I'm going to show you what I wore. Shameless plug: If you want to read more about Mario's and eating as a vegetarian, check out my other blog, Simple. Easy. Vegetarian!


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I picked this dress up at Target, on a shopping trip with my best friend, Sara.  I fell in love with this dress right away but it was way too long, I made sure to get it tailored before my birthday, and this is the final result. I love this dress even more now! It fits me like a glove, and I love the colorful floral pattern on the black. Like a revised Little Black Dress.

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What do you think of my birthday dinner dress? At what age did you feel the impending doom of adulthood?

I promise a nail post soon!

Claws up!

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