Glitter Nails/Makeup Blogging/Redesign


It is so cheerful!  When you are stuck sitting at a desk all day, seeing your glittery fingers clicking around improves morale.  Let's talk about it!

Some people are all like OH IT IS SO HARD TO GET OFF, but who gives a fuck about that?  That is just another reason I like it, because it doesn't chip off as much as other kinds.

It is so fabulous and flashy that it looks BETTER if you keep your nails a little shorter.  When you break a nail and have to cut the rest of them back, you just put some glitter polish on and it makes you feel better, and you nails still look great even though you had to cut them all stumpy.  If you grow your nails out, you can put glitter polish on and look like a showgirl.

You can put a single coat of fine gold or silver glitter on with some clear topcoat, and it just makes your regular nails look nice and pretty.  You can paint your nails with a regular color, and add a coat of the same color glitter polish, and your nails will look like the paint job on a sweet donk (this is my personal favorite polish style.)  Or you can do different combos of paint + glitter and make your shit look all custom.

Anyway, I was inspired to sing the praises of my glitter fingers after I did my nails today.  I took off my old polish and saw that I had a little crack starting in one of my nails, so I cut them back and painted my business.  I hadn't used this polish combo before, and I was extremely pleased.  I love it!  I like magenta, anyway, and the magenta with all the sparkles just make me want to stick my fingers in everyone's face and be like LOOOOOOOOOK!!!

This shit looks tight, even though you can see my
crooked pinky that wants to be W-A-Y  O-V-E-R  T-H-E-R-E.

I used Orly Bonder as my base coat (that link to the Bonder is REALLY cheap, and Bonder is good stuff), Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Obsess, Orly Bubbly Bombshell, and Sally Hansen Insta-Dri topcoat.  I put the Illamasqua varnish on first because I hadn't used the Orly glitter polish before, and I wasn't sure how the coverage would be, but I don't think I needed to.  The glitter was pretty solid once I got two coats down.  Also, it is brighter and flashier in person.  Good game, good game.


So, this is the 14th post on this new blog (I think... it might be the 13th or 15th... whatever.)  I've been enjoying myself!  I think it's nice to have a topical blog, because it makes it easier to write all the time.  

I will admit, since starting, I've been poking around other makeup blogs more...  you know, just seeing how they make the sausage or whatever.  I've been putting things online for a very long time.  When I figured out that you could use the internet for things other than looking up Danzig and doing email and chatrooms, I was like WAIT, YOU MEAN I CAN POST WHATEVER I WANT, AND PEOPLE WILL LOOK AT IT, EVEN IF I DON'T HAVE AN EDITOR OR ANYBODY VETTING WHAT I SAY????  It was awesome.  Since then, my M.O has been to do whatever I want.  That's what is good about being online instead of working for a paper or a magazine.  Nobody tells me what I can or can't say or make.

I look at other makeup blogs, though, and it seems like they came to the opposite conclusion....   They were like YOU MEAN I CAN OPEN AN ACCOUNT ON THIS BLOGGING SITE, AND THEN HAVE A BUNCH OF COMPANIES PUT WORDS IN MY MOUTH??  YEAH, THAT SOUNDS AWESOME!  THEY DO THINK IT'S OK FOR ME TO SAY IT'S AWESOME, RIGHT?!  IS THAT A GOOD BUZZWORD?  

I look at some of them and every post is about something they got for free, and rarely does anyone have anything bad to say about the free stuff they got.  Like, if someone makes a post, and they are like "Here is the new makeup thingy from Whatever Company!  I just so happen to have every single color in this new line, here is a pic of me wearing every single one!  The Red One: I love it!  The Pink One:  It's so great!  The Orange One: OMG, I can't believe it, this made my dreams come true!  The Purple One: I look terrible in purple, but I still love this so much!!!"  I don't know, 2 or 3 posts like that, and I just don't trust anything that comes out of that person's mouth.

Here's the down low, y'all know I am gonna keep it real with y'all.  I've had companies write me since I've started this blog, wanting to send me stuff and have me write about it.  This is their proposition-- they want to send you a paltry amount of a product that you never even wanted in the first place.  Then, you write about it, and they want you to say certain stuff, like, you gotta say the company name and product name in a certain way.  You have to link to a certain page.   Sometimes they want you to open up the comments on your post, and prompt your readers to talk about how much they love their product.  Sometimes they offer to double the free stuff they send, so you can write about it, then give the second set to a reader in a contest, so they get you to mention it at least twice-- once in the post and once when you announce the winner.  So, where do you get to write what you want?  Where do you get to phrase what you say in a way you want?  Where is the pleasure in making the people who read your site say dumb shit to improve some company's Google page rank?   The bullshit is thick, people.

That is not to say there is a single thing wrong being compensated for what you do.  I have a price!  I will sell out, but my price is NOT $12 worth of drugstore makeup.  That is like fucking for a $5 footlong at Subway (What?  You only want a blowie?  I guess I'll do it for some donut holes.)  

Besides that, if you want ME to write about something, you don't get to put words in my mouth.  If you want Natalie Dee to write about something, Natalie Dee is going to write about something.  I'm not going to be like THIS IS THE MOST AWESOME CANDY CABANA COLLECTION BROUGHT TO YOU BY COVER GIRL.  THIS IS THE BEST MAKEUP FOR A SUMMER OF FUN IN THE SUN AND DRINKING PINA COLADAS WITH YOUR LADIES!!  EASYBREEZYBEAUTIFULCOVERGIRL!!!!  :D :D :D

Anyway, I thought I would talk shop with y'all for a minute.  I'm dipping my toes into something new here, and I am trying to figure out ways to make it work without compromising the content I want to put on this site.  I'm planning to do some giveaways in the future, but they are going to be bankrolled by me, not a company that wants me to bullshit you guys*.  I'm going to keep brainstorming ways of making the most of this project, and of making it fun for y'all, too.  As always, you can write me if you have any suggestions or ideas!  nataliedee@nataliedee.com

*This is totally off topic, but I read somewhere that saying "you guys" is an Ohio thing.  I had no idea.  I didn't know that the rest of you guys don't say "you guys."  EDIT: according to about 900,000 people, everybody in the universe says "you guys."  I guess the article I was reading about regional sayings/dialects was full of shit.  I was surprised for a reason, I guess.


One last thing....  do you like my redesign??  I am still working on it, but I think it's coming along.  

I have a couple more posts in the pipes, so I am probably going to update again this week.  Today's post wasn't too substantial, but I've been sick for the last couple weeks so I wasn't feeling up doing pictures or making a video while I look like I have the plague and sound like Harvey Fierstein.