Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Bazinga Nails

Oh my goodness, this has been a busy school year so far!  There hasn't been a single day out of the past three and a half weeks that I haven't worked at least 10 hours.  Phew!!  But I love my job and I know it will calm down soon.  Meanwhile, I barely have had time to sleep, nonetheless blog, so I apologize for my absence.  I have things to write about but no time to do it!
On to the nails!  I did these nails for the first day back to work.  All of the teachers on my fifth grade team thought it would be fun to buy and wear matching Bazinga shirts from The Big Bang Theory.  We are all big fans of the show and science is really important in fifth grade.  I wanted to make my nails match but still keep it simple.
I started with just one coat of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Cherry Red.  It's a great blue toned red creme that is super opaque and only needs one coat!  Then I stamped over it with Wet N Wild Black Creme and Bundle Monster Image Plate 305.  I got tons of compliments and my team thought they were super cute too, especially since they matched our shirts!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Sally Hansen Salon Effects: Attempt #2

Way back in June, I gave Sally Hansen Salon Effects a second try and I sort of forgot all about the pictures until I found them again on my computer.  The second try went way better for me than attempt #1.  I'm not sure if it's just the difference in the kind of strips or what but I found them far easier to apply and remove.  They also lasted much better this time around.
The strips I used this time were the Checker Out strips.  These are a light green and white checked pattern, which I got on clearance at Target.  They are super cute and I got lots of compliments while wearing them.
At the time that I applied these, I didn't really have the best lighting, as I put them on back in June when we were staying at a hotel in Saint Pete Beach for a workshop Brian was attending.  The top two are natural sunlight and the photo above this paragraph is in the shade.  The sunlight pictures are rather color accurate.
The application was much better than my first try, although you can still see many bubbles and wrinkles from where I had some trouble.  It's most noticeable on the thumb above, as well as the index and middle fingers.
I was able to remove these quite easily using 100% pure acetone polish remover.  I have one more set of the neon orange strips I used in attempt #1 that I'm going to try again and see if it's just that particular type of strip or if it just takes some practice to get used to how to apply them.  They are definitely fun for something like vacation but I think for everyday purposes, I still prefer regular polish and my stamping kit.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Bare Minimum

I spent the entire day today working on stuff for my job.  Lesson plans, making signs, cutting out laminate, and counting out copies... I pretty much spent twelve hours at home working.  I knew that was how I would be spending my day today so when I put on my makeup this morning, I just applied the bare minimum.  Some people are perfectly happy wearing no makeup to just hang out at home, but even a small amount of makeup makes me feel good about myself and this is about the bare minimum that I wear, even just at home.


1. eye primer - I use the e.l.f. $1 eye primer to prime under my eyes so that my corrector goes on more smoothly, creases less, and lasts longer.
2. undereye corrector - Pixi Brightening Peach Correction Concentrate is my favorite for covering my really, really dark circles.
3. concealer - If I have any blemishes, I cover them with Maybelline Super Stay Concealer in Cream.
4. powder foundation - Today I used Physician's Formula Mineral Wear Talc Free Mineral Face Powder in Translucent Light.  This isn't my absolute favorite foundation but it covers well.  As you can see, my compact is almost empty.  It sets everything and blurs any imperfections.
5. lash curler - e.l.f. $1 lash curler does a great job of curling my lashes.  My lashes are naturally very long but not very thick.  Curling them helps make them stand out more.
6. mascara - Wet N Wild Mega Lash Clinical Mascara makes my lashes stand out without getting mascara all over my eyelids.  This is one of my favorite mascaras ever!

What is your bare minimum?  Are you fine with going makeup-less?

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

My Classroom Pictures

A few people have been asking where I've been lately.  Well, it's back to school time for this elementary teacher and I've spent loads of time making my classroom cute and preparing to meet my new batch of students this year.  I had mentioned on my Facebook page that I would maybe post some pictures of my room and several people seemed interested in pictures so I figured I'd share them!  (NOTE: Most of the amazing ideas you see in my room are not my original ideas.  You can find most of the original sources by checking out my teaching pinterest page.)

This book is so..
This is a bulletin board idea where students can share fiction and nonfiction book recommendations that they have written.  I have this posted near my classroom library so students can see what their peers have recently read and enjoyed and perhaps it will help them to chose a book to read that they might also enjoy.

I bought these floral paper lanterns at the Dollar Tree.  There was one in each pack along with a cylindrical paper lantern with a Tiki design.  I hung them from the ceiling with ribbon.

On this wall, I posted several math anchor charts.  Again, look on my Pinterest page for close ups of these charts.

My little "office" area of my classroom.

Science anchor charts on the wall.  The black cabinet has a weekly figurative language station that I created.  In the corner, tissue paper fans from the Dollar Tree are hanging as decorations.

The purple charts are from The One Spot at Target and are $1.00 each.  They come in the small size pictured on the left.  For the right one, I stapled two together.  I use them to display what station students are going to for small group time in reading, math, and science.

Hanging from the ceiling is basically a laundry line that I use to hang more anchor charts.  I also used the Dollar Tree fans to make my group signs.

A wider shot.  The baskets on the groups are less than one dollar from Walmart.  They have pencils, markers, glue sticks, and scissors for the kids to use when making foldables.

My student computer area.  Some reading posters on the wall.

My office area again.  Paper lanterns from Party City.  The pack of three was $6.  The large pocket chart on the wall is used as a word wall.

This bulletin board will be used to display our classroom data.

The two posters on the doors were both in a pack from the Dollar Tree so basically $0.50 each.  "Be Kind To Your Neighbors" and "Think Before You Talk".  I had them laminated for free at my school.

Classroom Library/Small Group Area #1:
The smaller pink baskets were each $0.97 from Walmart.  The pink milk crate was around $3.50 at Walmart.  Instead of having a table for small groups to meet at, I have a chair for the teacher and students sit or lay on the floor and grab a clipboard from the milk crate.  The kids would rather be on the floor and it takes up less space in the room and allows for about seven students in a group instead of four.  On the bottom right shelf, next to the clipboards, are materials for my push in teacher to use in her small group.

Read Aloud Area/Small Group Area #2:
This is the area where my students sit for read alouds.  You can't see that well in the photo, but there is lots of room for the entire class to sit.  On the table I have student mailboxes for sorting checked work.  It also houses flower pens in a vase that students use to sign in and out of the restroom.  There's hand sanitizer there for after the bathroom too.  Under the table are more clipboards in a milk crate and an easel with a chart I use for small group differentiated phonics.  Paper lanterns again from Party City hang from the ceiling.  The reading word wall is a blue pocket chart.  Two more small pocket charts are stapled together to hold the classroom schedule.  A pink and green no name plaque with clothespins hold no name papers hangs on the wall next to the mailboxes.  On the far left is my bucket bulletin board.

Have You Filled A Bucket Today?
These little metal buckets were bought at the One Spot at Target (again, $1 each).  I use this bulletin board to encourage kindness and good citizenship among my students.  You can search my Pinterest page or Google to see some different ways that teachers have used these boards.  The bucket is basically a metaphor for your feelings.  Every person has an imaginary bucket that holds positive or negative feelings.  When you are nice to others, it fills their bucket.  But it also fills your bucket because you feel good about being nice too.  When you are mean to someone, it dips from your bucket and theirs.  So if someone else is nice, I allow students to write them a bucket note.  I review the notes and both the writer and the student who did the kind deed get a pom pom in their bucket.  I never take anything out for being mean, as I want to keep the board completely positive.  The students don't get any reward for this: no candy, no prizes, no free time.  It's based only on the good feelings that you get from doing good things.  And it works wonderfully, especially on those catty preteen girls.  They truly want to be bucket fillers because it makes them feel good!

So that's what I've been up to lately!  If you have any questions about any of the pictures or things I wrote about, please feel free to leave a comment and I will clarify and write you back.  For now, I am off to get some more work done for school!  I love my job!  :)

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Essence Haul

So my husband is out of town for the week and he took our other camera but the cord he took goes to the camera he left... so I'm out of commission with my good video camera for the next week.  So forgive the crummy picture from my cell phone.  It's the best I have right now.


Last week my friend and I went on a road trip to Orlando to check out Ikea and generally have an adventure!  We stopped into Ulta and they had some Essence items on sale so I picked up just a few things.


Essence Stay All Day Creme Eyeshadow in Glammy Goes To...  I picked this up because I have another shade (Coppy Right) that I love and I wanted to try a different color.  It's okay but not super pigmented.  It was $2.99.


Next, I picked up a Colour & Go Nail Polish in High Spirits.  It was the only polish they had from Essence that I didn't already have and it was only $0.29 so I went for it!


I also bought a new mascara.  This is Get Big Lashes Volume Boost Waterproof Mascara.  The price point was $3.49.


Last, I bought a creme nude eyeliner.  This was such a score!  It is Essence Kajal Pencil in All I Want.  It was only $0.29 as well and I am so impressed by how amazingly opaque this nude liner is!  If you like nude liners to line your waterline and make you look more awake, you need to try to find this pencil!  It is by far the best liner of this type that I have ever found.  And for this price, I can't believe how amazing this is! 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

31 Day Nail Challenge: Recreate Your Favorite

By far, my favorite manicure from this challenge was this one but I thought it would be silly to redo the exact same thing I did a few days before.  So I went with a new spin on my favorite technique, which was definitely the gradients I did here and here.  I also wanted to use my all time favorite color, so I went with a purple color scheme.
You'll have to forgive me because I forgot to take a picture of the lighter shade on its own but it looks pretty much like what you see at the cuticle area.  The lighter shade is Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Violet Voltage, which is a super opaque medium purple creme.  One coat was all I needed with this polish!  Next I sponged on Violet Voltage and Sally Hansen Insta Dri in Grape Escape following The Nailasaurus's awesome tutorial.
Finally, I stamped on this lovely design using Sally Hansen Color Quick in Gold Chrome and Bundle Monster Image Plate BM316 then followed with top coat.
I really love the way this looked and I got lots of compliments and people asking me where I got my nails done followed by people asking me how on earth I did that myself.  I actually wore this one for more than a day too!  But my days of painting my nails every day are over, as I start back to work next week and I've been super busy this week preparing my classroom.  I'm hoping to have a minute or two tomorrow to take some pictures of my recent Essence haul to share with you.  It's only four things but I still think they are worth sharing.  For now, I'm off to bed!