25 January 2019

21 January 2019

Flickr Wants The Money

Back in my world of old news... Flickr is making changes... again...

The date of November 1, 2018 indicates that I am MONTHS late on this "news".

When you are struggling to keep track of life because of shitty life reasons, months could be another word for minutes, I dunno, whatever. Point is, this is news that I'm still trying to process, ever so slowly as is the unintentional pace of the rest of my life.

Last month or so (because I've been seriously neglecting my flickr account) this note popped up...

A few days ago, the note was "upgraded" to...

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For the record, the last time I'd uploaded images was August 31, 2017... yeah... life totally sunk for a long while there... I even missed the memo when Yahoo first acquired Flickr. Which was fine but then they made it so that you had to sign into Flickr VIA Yahoo. Yeah shit. Before that, to get into your Flickr account, you signed in through Flickr, duh. I had been seriously ill when that happened and completely missed that transition. The runaround to try to fix that was fun, NOT, but it was done. And now, you can choose to sign into Flickr via Flickr itself OR Yahoo. Flip flop flap blap. Oh and SmugMug owns Flickr now (Flickr bought by SmugMug as Yahoo breakup begins, by Samuel Gibbs, 23 Apr 2018 @ theguardian.com).

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Welcome to Misty Hollows PP115 (2017)

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Oh yeah, I also collect dolls and other toys. The way I've been seeing it, the photos that I've uploaded are a form of community service for the collecting community to help identify and give background to their collectables. I am not going to pay to provide free work. That's just, simply illogical.

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So, as of NOW, it appears that I have 3912 photos... since I'm too poor to pay to share my photos for free... I guess this number is expected to gradually shrink...

And now, in ongoing weather watch...

Today is the coolest day, with the lovely low of 29°C HAHAHAHAH. (low temperatures are greyed out because that's sleeping time and the building never gets to cool down enough to get that low.)

Forecast is, more hot and hot and a touch of crazy hot. Summer is ongoing and it still sucks.

For the record,
25°C = 77°F
30°C = 86°F
35°C = 95°F
40°C = 104°F
45°C = 113°F
50°C = NOPE ... but gLoBaL wArMiNg dOn'T rEaL
(Formula = (x°C × 9/5) + 32 = y°F)

20 January 2019

A Few Purples From Colors By Llarowe

I wish nail polishes came with a little pamphlet to tell you what collection they're from and what other colours are in said collection... you know, like Lego mini-figurines... but then Lego is a multi-billion dollar company and most indie polish makers are not billionaires.

So, I have 3 new-to-me purple polishes by Colors of Llarowe. They are from various collections, those collections happen to be...

Mild & Wild 2018

Sugar & Spice is the lilac creme with shimmer from a collection of 8 polishes.

80 Degrees - light aqua base holographic
Burning Down The House - medium plum holographic
Dainty - blue to copper to pink shifting topper
Fast Cars & Rowdy Bars - blackened teal crelly
On The Prowl - jelly topper with iridescent glitters
Snakeskin Boots - blackened charcoal grey base with original Unicorn Pee pigment
Sugar & Spice - light lilac creme with pink shimmer
Tease - medium periwinkle blue crelly

For actual real pictures and swatches, Delicious Nails has them (28/01/2018).

Sugar & Spice is the only real deal here 

Winter 2015 - the Crellies & Jellies

Violet Haze is the deep purple jelly from a collection of 18 total polishes, of which 6 were crellies and/or jellies, which is what will be listed below.

Camo - muted green
Devilish - warm red
Emerald Isle - emerald green
Red-y Or Not - true red
Regal - rich blue
Violet Haze - purple

For actual real pictures and swatches, Cosmetic Sanctuary has them (21/11/2015).

Violet Haze is the only real one in this line-up

Doctor Who 2014

Weeping Angels is part of a massive collection of 16 polishes. Overall appearance as follows:

Allons-y Alonzo - turquoise
Amy - green teal
Davros - beige
Face of Boe - pale lemon
Jackie - light blue
K-9 - red jelly
Madame Vastra - magenta
Mickey - blue teal
Mine is Nine - bronze
River - bright blue
Ten is Tops - silver
The Eyebrows - brown
The Master - deep teal
The Ood - coral red
Vincent - black creme
Weeping Angels - lavender

For actual real pictures and swatches, Set in Lacquer has them (13/12/2014).

this image seriously needs to be redone some day... 

- sort out glittery colour shifty graphic textures

Colors by Llarowe also released this cheeky colour for Polish Pickup last year.

Instagram image from 27/09/2018

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Poor USA...

... and TIL that Scandinavia and the World is not on Instagram *shocked*

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please go to satwcomic.com for the rest of this image 

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In other news... at least it's just regular hot now instead of crazy hot.

The forecast (of inactivity) for this following week...

Seriously can't wait til summer is over!

14 January 2019

Baby Vervet Monkey Tantrums

Growing up is hard.

Youtube: Vervet Monkey Foundation

From 2017-2018 baby season...

Adorable Orphaned Baby Vervet Monkeys Peggy & Joli Meet Their New Foster Monkey Moms

Published on Jan 8, 2018
The Vervet Forest Episode 7 - Orphans Peggy and Joli are moved to a Skrow troop intro enclosure where they meet their new foster mom monkeys. Baby Groot struggles to learn the feeding cage.

Video Length: 4:30

Tantrum @ 3:08

WARNING: high pitched squeals

So tiny, such fury!

Instagram: vervet_forest

From 2018-2019 baby season... Pakko taco throwing a furious fit! (Jan 11, 2019)


Convincing the babies to drink from inside the feeding cage is not the easiest task. Here’s @hiptothehop95 talking Pakko into being a big boy, but he ain’t interested. 😂 The feeding cage is a crucial step in the foster mom process. Since the adoptive mothers are not lactating, the bottles are where the babies get their milk from for the first year or so of their lives. Once they’re in the troop we try to minimize human exposure which means no more hand feeding. This also means the bottles are exposed to the troop, so to avoid any pesky juveniles or adults getting at the bottles, the bottles are placed inside this small cage with openings just big enough for the babies to fit into. Once the babies get the hang of climbing in and out to drink then bottle life is great, but in these early Disneyland days the concept can be a bit frustrating for a hungry baby. #vervetforest #notpets #animalrehab #wildlifeconservation
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It's amazing to be able to watch baby animals growing up :)

Meanwhile, counting down the days til a bearable daytime temperature comes around again...

12 January 2019

Recently Read Blogs

In the long ago (pre-2010) people used to do a blog roll call or follow or shout out thing... I'm not sure how things are done these days (lol omg so old), so I'm going to link specific blog posts that I've enjoyed recently... and by recently I mean months ago because I've had this post on "draft" mode for a while...

The Polish Playground
(active 2013 - 2018)
- no particular post, just a had a general browse

Pretty Girl Science
(active 2012 - 2015)
- they've moved to Bedlam Beauty (Nicole) and Some Weird Sin (Amanda aka Kate Lux).

they've moved...

www.pollypolish.com is no longer online :(
(active ??? - definitely not active anymore!)
- SEE!?! NOT everything remains on the internet forever!

Other pages I'd bookmarked for some reason that I've forgotten... ordered from newest to oldest...

16/11/2018 by pishnguyen Swatch My Stash! Pretty Serious #2: Blue, Purple, and Neutral
- It's so nice to see new blog posts of Pretty Serious polishes still being swatched. With well researched back stories to boot!

12/10/2017 by M.M. Chouinard Morgan Taylor Flirty Florals stamping kit
- her stamping is so neat and clean... I'm so impressed! And those plate patterns are quite pretty too.

19/07/2017 by Marisa Inspired By Your Partner // Beer Appreciation
- a cute beer themed nail art tutorial that also includes PSC's Wish You Were Beer as one of the polishes used.

29/10/2015 by Jae DOUBLE STAMP ALL THE NAILS!!
- apparently there was a Paint All The Nails event a while ago... I must look into that more.

14/04/2014 by Amanda Reviews and Swatches: Nfu-Oh - 51 (Flakie)
- I'm just here for the weird bottle shape.

18/03/2012 by Jen A Nail Fanatic's Glossary
- which has since been added to the List of Glossaries Page.

It looks like another scorching week ahead so minimal productivity to be expected :(


I've got too many drafts and ideas to clean up and finalise!

07 January 2019

Awkward Pet Names by PSC (2015 - 2018)

I am on a creme-y adventure! That sounded wrong. I love the cremes! I love cremes! Cremes are the best!

Creamy cremes from The Well Meaning But Ultimately Quite Awkward Pet Names series by Pretty Serious Cosmetics. From hereon to be referred to as Awkward Pet Names... or just Pet Names... because LAZY efficiency!!!

Crappy overexposed oversaturated overmurdered photo via potato phone camera
under sh*tty dungeon lighting. Why yes, I did buy two polishes just because they
had "bunny" in their name.

From 2018 - 7 pastel shades!

Bitsy Boo - teal
Bon Bon - blue
Chicky - yellow
Dollface - pastel
Poppet - pink
Smoochie - green
Tootsie - peach

(swatches & reviews by... I can't find any by Olivia Jade Nails - 08/05/2018  minus the keywords "awkward" AND "names", that's why I'd missed it earlier)

BONUS swatches & reviews via Youtube video by Kelli Marissa - 24/06/2018, I've done a time breakdown of the swatching here.

Alas, I am unable to find actual images of the real products... so here are some blah drawings instead!

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From 2016 - 6 shades that were also pastels!

Bunny Foo Foo - turquoise
Cutie Patootie - lavender
Doodle Bug - blue
Fluffykins - pink
Little Duckling - yellow
Peachie Poo - peach

(swatches & reviews by Peachy Polish - 27/06/2016)

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From Halloween of 2015 - 4 shades that definitely weren't pastels!

Baron von Bootiful - dark teal
Darkling Squishy - forest green
Gloomy Kitty - dark red
Pumpkin Head - orange

(swatches & reviews by Kellie Gonzo - 04/01/2016)

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And now back to the beginning in 2015 - 6 solidly bright shades for our solid pet buddies who brighten our world and put up with cringe-y* names with endless love!

Cuddle Bunny - lavender
Honey Puff - yellow
Pookie - turquoise
Snugglebutt - blurple
Stud Muffin - red
Sugar Cakes - hot pink

(swatches & reviews by Vampy Varnish - 22/10/2015)

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Maybe one day I'll do swatches when it stops being so very stupidly hot (very exhausting) and dark (potato dungeon or something) :P and when I get my camera bits sorted and... and world peace is achieved... and... mother of dragons... and...

*I don't even know what words are real anymore, everything gets a red wiggly line under it!

Awkward Pet Names by PSC 2018 Edition

I couldn't locate any blogs talking about the 2018 edition of the Awkward Pet Names* series by Pretty Serious Cosmetics. so I had. to go to. YOUTUBE! *groan*

I like the convenience of blogs, you go to an address, and BAM, all the info in front of you, 2D life for the win! Just a little bit of scrolling up and/or down. But with videos... urgh, gotta hunt down the ear phones, gotta use LINEAR TIME to watch the video (life is soooo hard) and gotta pause and rewind and blah to get info.

What do you mean you just turn it on and watch it?

Anyway... so, here we have celebrity nail artist, Kelli Marissa reviewing BOTH Pastel Pet Name* collections by Pretty Serious, she notes the earlier one as being from 2017 which I will continue to insist that it is actually from 2016 because I've got too many pastel pet names things filed under 2016 already and I'm not changing it! AND I file the second pastel edition as being from 2018 which she notes as being from the end of 2017, kinda into 2018... so yeah... either way, there are two sets, one is from an earlier time period than the other.

Considering my general resistance of having to sit through Youtube videos AFTER the effort of hunting for earphones (you try being organised in a shoebox!) to experience the in-fo-may-shon... things could be worse... Kelli Marissa is clear and concise, while going through a good amount of content in a reasonably short duration of time.

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Giant Pastel Neon Nail Polish Swatch/Review
Published on Jun 24, 2018

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Video Length: 9:46

She goes through each of the new (2018/2017) colours with their earlier (2017/2016) colour counterpart.

Poppet (pink) 0:53
Fluffykins (2016) 1:27

Tootsie (peach) 1:57
Peachie Poo (2016) 2:30

Chicky (yellow) 3:11
Little Duckling (2016) 3:46

Smoochie (green) 4:23
(no green from 2016)

Bunny Foo Foo (turquoise from 2016) 4:55
(no turquoise-y version in 2018)

Bitsy Boo (blue) 5:32
Doodlebug (2016) 6:06

Bon Bon (periwinkle) 6:40
(no pastel blurple version from 2016)

Dollface (lavender) 7:13
Cutie Patootie (2016) 7:40

Roundup 8:15

Fun Fact 9:24
ie. Kelli Marissa uses "super expensive" candles as decorative background props but she will probably never light them because they were "super expensive".

No screenshots this time because nah.

*known by many names...

The Well Meaning But Ultimately Quite Awkward Pet Names Collection

... so much so that Olivia Jade Nails actually did do swatches & reviews (08/05/2018) but minus the keywords "awkward" AND "names", and that is why I missed it earlier... OOPS!

06 January 2019

Grace-full Cremes of 2018 (and 2017)

Grace-full is an Australian nail polish brand that I've been meaning to try forever but I never seem to have enough funds to get the real stuff. So, I shall be drawing crappy pictures to demonstrate instead.

They currently have a few creme collections available and I WANT THEM ALL... alas, we all know I can't because things cost money and I have no money... so I must resort to... drawing pictures of imaginary polish bottles!

I do try to refer to different blogs but it seems like Olivia Jade Nails was the one to go to for 4/5 of the listed collections... I TRIED!

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Sweet Treats (review & swatches by Olivia Jade Nails - 22/11/2018)

Pretty colours named after sugary goodness? GIMME!

Black Currant Cake - pastel purple
Candy Swirl - fuchsia thermal (NOT just a creme)
Fairy Floss Cupcake - pastel pink
Hawaiian Punch - medium turquoise
Lavender Tea - pastel lilac
Lime Chiffon Pie - lime green
Watermelon Sorbet - coral pink

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Pruglies (review & swatches by Olivia Jade Nails - 20/03/2018)

Brick Your Heels - orange red
Mustard Been Love - mustard yellow
Teal Or No Teal - medium teal
Under My Marsala - burgundy

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Facebook Fan Group (review & swatches by Olivia Jade Nails - 19/03/2018)

By Any Other Name - dusty rose
Calm Life - light blue
Dark and Twisty - blurple
Devine Ametrine - medium purple
Kissed by a Rose Quartz - baby pink

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Serenity (review & swatches by Olivia Jade Nails - 19/03/2017)

Most of these aren't available anymore but I had to include them because they look so pretty!

Antique Pink - dusty pink
Dreamy Cloud - light grey
Eucalyptus Dew - soft sage green
Japanese Violet - medium purple
Lavender Bouquet - grey lavender
My Cup of Tea - neutral cream
Peony Bloom - peachy pink
Verbena Blossom - dusty purple with pink flash (NOT just a creme)

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Fruit Salad (review & swatches by Procrastinating Polishr - 14/06/2017)

Again, most of these are no longer available but LOOK AT THEM! they look so delicious! (even if they're just pictures of fake polish bottles)

Apple - green
Blueberry - blue
Grape - purple
Lemon - yellow
Mango - peachy orange
Raspberry - red
Strawberry - pink

The raspberry being the redder one and the strawberry being the pinker one really confused me while doing my copy paste fun times. In my experience, raspberries tend to have a more pinkish tone and strawberries are usually pretty much red unless they're green yellowish babies. But bleh. Berry colours are berry coloured :)

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So many purples <3

DISCLAIMER: images are NOT of actual products, in case that wasn't obvious.

01 January 2019

Clips of Baby Rhinos Galloping for Day 01 of 2019

Why rhinos? ... because they're super cute and they (and all other babies and non-babies) need the world to care more about them. Plus, they're our real life unicorns :D

... when an image goes viral and reverse google image search just sends
you to pinterest and you still have no idea who the original artist is... HALP?

I love maps. I'm also very lazy. I'd group "Oceania" and
"Antarctica" together but Wikipedia doesn't and I am lazy.

Our (ie. belonging to the WORLD) wondrous chubby unicorns are mostly located in Africa and some in the southern parts of Asia, both areas are part of the gigantic Afro-Eur-Asia landmass. Sometimes, I call it the old world because I'm obviously stuck in the 15th century or something. Being of the taxonomic order perissodactyla, that makes them related to horses. Therefore, real life unicorns.

However, today will be focused on the little ones (as in the babies... the adults are actually the larger rhino species of remaining extant species) of Africa. And by Africa, I mean the tiny parts that make up Kenya and South Africa and they're not even close to each other. (Political borders are subject to change because political borders are stupid like that.) And by little ones, I mean only the little ones of the erroneously named white rhino kind.

some kind of map of Africa 

Look at little baby Maarifa galloping (instagram* 30/11/2018) about under the watchful eyes of her DSWT keepers.

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Check out Summer and Arthur (instagram 30/10/2018) galloping in their boma while under the care of Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary.

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Here's Khula the (big) baby rhino and his bestest buddy (instagram 26/08/2018), Buzi (short for Imbuzi) the goat, horsing (heh heh) around together at the Zululand Rhino Orphanage.

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And last but not least, baby Sparkle (instagram 29/12/2018) being cared for by the folks at Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary. How can I not include her, with a name like that!

✨Introducing Sparkle!✨ In the Christmas spirit, the newest arrival at Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary has been named Sparkle. ✨ Sparkle arrived at the sanctuary just less than a week ago after her mother was killed by poachers. She has been progressing incredibly well and has settled into her new home. With 16 liters of milk and many mouthfuls of grass, we are happy to say that Sparkle is quite the happy chubby unicorn! If anyone would like to support this sparkling little rhino, please send us an email to donate@careforwild.co.za #careforwildrhinosanctuary #sparkle #orphanedrhino #babyrhino #rhinosofinstagram #savetherhino #rescue #rehabilitate #release #protect #donate #support #endwildlifecrime @shanekluivert @babyrhinorescueorg @spiritwildlifefund @africanconservation @africanwildlifefoundation @conservationorg @thewcs @wildlifesos @world_wildlife
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Obviously, the babies are super cute but they all come from depressingly unfortunate circumstances. They are all orphans, their mothers being victims of poaching. Let's hope that this year, 2019, more protections will be put in place for them. We can't let our real life unicorns go extinct :(

*why can't instagram embed code be nice and easy like youtube embed code?