Taking care of a garden

Many of you are aware that I actually have a tiny pot garden. I mean tiny. I have a pink to yellow tree rose, a tall grafted Fuchsia that I am struggling to deal with it’s diva behavior as a plant, and a little hydrangea who actually is a true champ. I really had to research how to care for it. These plants actually talk to you. If a hydrangea is thirsty, it will wilt, but within an hour of watering it will perk up. It was an amazing thing to see. 

Now, I’ve had to cut it back and dead head many of the branches which were producing green blossoms, but after I transplanted it into a new pot with better quality soil and some additives, it’s been doing much better. 

Things I’ve been using:

  • Coffee grounds — I take the coffee grounds from our maker and spread it around the base of the plant and water once s a week using the grounds. It helps make the soil acidic, but this doesn’t seem to harm my plant and has actually promoted lots of these new sprouts.
  • Rabbit puffs — Since I have a bunny, the best fertilizer comes free. Bunny poop is by far the best fertilizer you could ever get from a pet. (Do not use feces from your cat or dog. It does not break down the same way) I spread this in the pot once a week when I clean her cage. I, of course, separate the pellets from the litter since I use pine pellet litter in her pan.

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My next plan of action is to add some aluminum into the soil as different metals in the soil actually affect the color of the blooms I am going to get, except in the case of a pure white hydrangea which will never change colors. Some older whites may get red blooms, but I have a multi-colored mop head breed and so I can actually help influence what color my little buddies are going to be. It’s fantastic! 

Figure haul post #1

Amiami is a death trap. Financially. My poor wallet is looking at massive hits this year due to some undeniably irresistible figures.

These are my January preorders. It was only two this time as I wasn’t too interested in anything else except for Super Sonico Yukata version (Explaination below)

Nendroid; Homucifer -- Akemi Homura

First, Akuma Akemi Homura.  If any of you follow the Madoka fandom, she is commonly (and lovingly) called Homucifer, the counter part to Godoka or Madokami (Or you know, plain old Madoka) She came with two item hands, so I felt like getting a religious scales theme going by having them both on at the same time. She comes with two faces (not shown) and it is like I will change to the more benign face. 

Homucifer - Akemi Homura

Details.

Her legs are also interchangeable and can both sit or stand. I like the sitting pose the best.

Homucifer - Akemi Homura - Grief seed closeup

Details of the crown grief seed/soul gem.

Homucifer - Akemi Homura - Kyubey closeup

Close up of Kyubey.

In all, I really love this figure. Probably because she is jointed and pose-able. The only thing I have about nendroids is that these buggers sell out fast in pre-order.

On to Fuuri Watanuki! She is the drummer from Super Sonico [Nitro+] and is pretty much my next favorite after Sonico and Pachacho. This particular figure comes from a spring yukata set and the only reason why I did not buy Sonico from this set is because Richard already preordered her and received her earlier this month.  Such is the life of living with a collector living with another collector. 

Fuuri Watanuki - Top off - Yukata version

To be fair, she has great plot. 

All the figures from this series are top-off versions, which means their clothes are removable and can be displayed mostly naked. (panties are an appeal point, so most characters have these sculpted and painted on permanently. 

Fuuri Watanuki - Yukata version

And because I am a giant food junky aside a boob junky, you can see the insane takoyaki details. Plus plot. Great plot.  I think the only thing I really hated about this figure was that the chopsticks in the yakisoba were LOOSE which is a huge hazard for getting lost or even broken.  I got lucky a few times putting them in the soba (which can be tricky) cause I dropped them onto beige carpet.

Semi sweet haul

I went and got my makeup done, just to play around with some looks and the girl who has done my makeup twice now is just…the best. She is sweet and she is really good at building customer rapport without being pushy and irritating. I love it. 

We played around with liquid foundation and I found one that I really enjoyed. Urban Decay; Naked Skin foundation #6. It’s smooth, and goes on very easily. It blends well and if you don’t intend on wearing much else, it provides both semi-sheer and opaque coverage without looking like you’re wearing heavy makeup.

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Next up is the Semi-Sweet chocolate bar palette from Too Faced. I don’t know if you guys can tell, but I really really enjoy Too Faced products.  It’s got some different qualities from the original palette which I did enjoy. Now, I’m seeing reviews that the “gurus” had one reason or another not to like the palette this time around, but I don’t know. I’m just an amateur anyways. 

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Out of the package, it’s got a lighter and creaming color than the original bar. So, I suppose it’s the milk chocolate version versus the dark chocolate of the original? 

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Together, you can see some obvious differences. Now, I think that the new semi-sweet is a little cooler than the original bar but that’s just me. The colors are definitely richer very pigmented. There is a black and a sheer glitter included in this palette and lots of shimmers. The mattes are extremely creamy. They feel like touching frosting. I’m in love with ’em. 

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Here is the new bar. The colors are labelled, and they are very warm and inviting to me. I really like that they included a black for those of us who are partial to using a black shadow for blending and liner.  The blue is a surprise and at first it seemed like it just doesn’t go with the palette. I used it the other day though and the look turned out successful to say the least. 

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The original Chocolate bar. If you guys remember, this bar was made way thicker as far as the package goes. They did re-release the bar in a slimmer package like the semi-sweet but the one I have is the 1st release. 

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Swatches!! Unfortunately, I feel like my skin tone is incredibly difficult to swatch neutrals with as many of them blend into my arm tone. My face is considerably lighter than my arms and even my neck. I also do a lot to protect my face skin though. 

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Cognac colored lipgloss from Smashbox! It’s super neutral. I wanted a darker color for my lips but not so dark that it gets back into fall colors. It worked out really great, has awesome staying power and it can go from sheer and light to dark and pigmented.

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Now this illuminizer. I just, I had my doubts because I’ve bought the Josie Maran highlighter and the Watt’s Up from benefit. They’re both good, especially for dewy evening looks but this one is better for day or classic looks. It’s matte so if you’re oily, it doesn’t play on your oil zones. The way it looks applied just really brightens up my face in a way, I can’t describe. 

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BONUS!!  For rouge members’ birthday!! Nars lip crayons! 

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