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October 18, 2009 Leave a comment

Hey peeps! I’m back from that self-imposed break! Now there hasn’t been a whole lot that happened during this time, but I’ll tell you about what did happen.

1) Two nails on my right hand broke. These were my pinky and thumb. Luckily, neither broke too far down, so I still have something to work with. Unfortunately…
2) My ring nail on my left hand split and peeled at the quick last night. Now I’ve got a nubbin to try and grow back out as soon as possible. Not to mention I’ll have to order some NailTek online in order to regrow and strengthen tht nail (since it looks so odd paired with three longish ones). And finally…
3) After that month and a half of not smoking a cigarette, on Thursday and Friday nights I caved in and smoked a couple. I was starting to have some self-doubt over whether I could quit or not, but last night breathing in the smoke through my mouth has proven to me I can do this.

Without further ado, let me show you the problem nail.

Naked Nails

Naked Nails

You see, this is why I never like to have my nails naked even around my b/f let alone out in public. The smile lines look weird, and I always have swatch syndrome every time I swatch my nails. And let’s not forget to mention the nub that came from the broken ring finger. Argh!

I hope y’all have a great evening. SilverDiva signing out as always.

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Quitting Smoking Chapter 3 and OP-I Hate This Color!

October 13, 2009 1 comment

Hey there, peeps, and welcome again! I promised you that I would post on Tuesday and Wednesday only this week, so here I am. This time detailing the fourth month anniversary that I’ve chosen to quit.

This time things are going much better. I haven’t had a cigarette since 9/4, when I could only smoke half a cigarette before my nose began to burn. And quite frankly, I’m excited about this. I’m also one step farther on my patch–I went from step 1 to step 2, and I may simply have to cut my step 2 patches in half to accommodate for step 3.

I also have a polish for you. Remember the second part of the title? Well, here is that polish.

Time-Less Is More

Time-Less Is More

Time-Less is More is a very sheer, angelic white jelly. Now, while this sounds good, let me point out something. With a color of this opacity, one of two things has to happen. Number one, you either have to really love sheers to put up with two coats, or number 2, you have to really pile on the coats to get it to full impact. My choice was number 2, since I hate sheers.

Well, I’d already put on three coats before my b/f came knocking at my door last night. So I brought the bottle up with me when I went up to his place. And during that time, I had to sneak in a fourth coat, then a fifth coat, and then a sixth. And all that time, the polish was very dentable. When I woke up this morning, I had to put on a seventh coat since the polish dented while I was trying to sleep.

And taking piccies of this polish was also no fun. I couldn’t get a very good shot, so I ended up taking almost 30 just to get one good one. And the one you see is the best I could do.

Until tomorrow, then my dears, SilverDiva signing out. Have a great day.

Categories: Health, Nail Color, OPI

Going Green For Mental Health

October 8, 2009 Leave a comment

Hello folks! Today we have some very serious shit going on, so please listen up. This post from Scrangie is the reason why I decided to do mine, since this issue hits home for me too. You see, not only do I know a few people who suffer from depression, but I have dysthymic disorder as well as AD/HD. However, instead of going through the stats (since I hate to be that detailed anyway), just read Scrangie’s post for the information.

In my experience, dysthymic disorder is kind of like a zombie state. There’s this haze of sadness around you, but it’s like a part of you. You’re never happy, but you don’t need a reason to be sad either. Dysthymic disorder is malicious in a way because if you have a real ‘episode’ (no, I’m not talking television shows) it hits you that much harder. People with dysthymic disorder who also have these ‘episodes’ are said to be going through a ‘double depression’. You’ll live with it for a very long time, but it is treatable. So there is hope for you. Wow, now I’m about to cry.

To show my appreciation for Depression Awareness Month, and to do the little bit I can to help spread the word, I’m going to show you two of the truest green nail colors I have, in swatches. Check out the piccies.

Emerald City on Four

Emerald City on Four

This has to be the best picture I took of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Emerald City. It’s a true green jelly shimmer and you can really see the shimmers on my pointer and middle nails. This was four coats to full impact, one thin and the rest thick. Check out an even better view in the piccie below.

Emerald City on Three

Emerald City on Three

This is probably the most perfect view you’re going to get of the shimmers. Check out the second green I’ve got for you. This one’s a little bit bluer.

Jumpin' Jade on Four

Jumpin' Jade on Four

Jumpin’ Jade is a deep green shimmer, but on my nails it looks more like a blackened teal. It definitely has a cool base to it, so is a great color for Winter women. This was three coats to full impact. Check out the next piccie for a better view.

Jumpin' Jade on Three

Jumpin' Jade on Three

Here you can better see the green and the shimmer.

Since this is a most serious subject, I would love to hear your thoughts on it. In a sense, I bared my soul by bringing a personal touch to this entry so my greatest reward would be if you read it and then comment.

My Introduction and Quitting Smoking, chapter 1

June 30, 2009 Leave a comment

Hey there, and welcome to Nail-ing Life! This is my first post, so please bear with me.

About Me

Okay, now I’ve already given my ‘About’ information on the given page, but I want to talk about it a little more. My name is Samantha Bradley, and the main reasons I started this blog were:

  1. To document my ‘exploits’ in quitting smoking, and
  2. To show off my stash of nail polishes, as well as what I’m wearing on my nails for the given day.

Now, the main reason, above all, as to why I started this blog: to document my ‘exploits’ in quitting smoking. I’d like to do this because, why?

Basically, to garner support from all those who are trying to quit smoking and encourage their comments. Also I’d like to hear your stories on quitting smoking. It gives me peace knowing that I can do it, and it allows me, in turn, to support you in your efforts.

Quitting Smoking

Today is Chapter One in my story of quitting smoking. It began on Saturday, June 13, when I started using the patch. Unfortunately, I’m not fully ‘quit’ as I’d like to be. I still smoke one cigarette at the least and three at the most, although this is going to change. Now.

I decided to quit smoking for three distinct reasons.

  1. My meager budget cannot handle buying carton after carton of cigarettes, month after month. There are better things to buy than cigarettes, am I right?
  2. There’s a lot of crud in my nose and around my nostrils every time I smoke. It’s nasty, and I am absolutely sick of it.
  3. Every time I smoke, sometimes I go overboard, and I end up with chest aches around the lung area, or headaches. I’m tired of battling those aches, and I want to breathe easier.

I have learned two things on my own along the way in my quest to quitting smoking. Yes, I’m sure those of you who have already quit are telling me this is remedial, but for me it’s a breakthrough that I would love to share.

  1. Quitting smoking is not a destination that you can achieve simply by putting down the cigarettes. It is more of a journey, trying to learn new ways of coping with life without a cigarette. It is as much a mental toughness as it is a physical strength. And the journey, in this case, can be the best thing that will ever happen to you after you get past the roughest parts.
  2. I had an epiphany while I was sweeping up my kitchen and living room floors, and taking down old newspapers that I never bothered to read. The epiphany was: What could I have been doing all this time I was smoking a cigarette? And then it hit me–I could have been cleaning my apartment. I could have stopped to smell the roses. Yeah.

Now, after reading articles on about.com that deal with quitting smoking, I have learned two key things. The first is that I have to eliminate junkie thinking. The second is that I have to learn to see smoking for what it really is–a nasty, killer addiction.

In all this time, I have gone three entire days without smoking even one cigarette. I would love to make it four entire days, and two in a row. The only thing I can do now is to take it one day at a time.

Tomorrow will be a new day. And by then I will have my camera to take pictures, so there will be COTD (Color of the Day) posts and the like, for all you nail polish lovers out there.

Categories: Health