Monday, June 30, 2014

Orly Va Va Voom

Orly Va Va Voom Accent Mani
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Orly Va Va Voom, SOPI Meet me at the Disco
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Orly Va Va Voom, SOPI Meet me at the Disco
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Orly Va Va Voom Accent Manicure
sunlight

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats Orly Va Va Voom
4 Coats Sephora by OPI Meet Me at the Disco
1 Coat Borghese Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

Neon polishes have really become a thing for me this summer. Honestly, I blame my hesitancy on the incredible over-neonization that was the 80s. I'm dipping my feet in the shallow end of neon... experimenting with neon accents. Don't expect me to wear anything that's full-on neon just yet!

The last time I was at Sally Beauty, I picked up the Orly Baked mini-polish set, Tropical Punch, and Va Va Voom. I figured I should probably swatch it, considering this is the 3rd time I've worn it in just a matter of a few weeks! Knowing that I wanted to do an accent mani, and since Va Va Voom is so bright, I knew that the accent needed to be super sparkly and bright. So, I turned to Meet Me at the Disco, a recent TJ Maxx find, and one of the few holographic glitter polishes in my collection.

Application was great for both polishes. Va Va Voom is ever so slightly jellyish, and I think that helps it glow, from the color to the finish! Meet Me at the Disco is a ton of small silver holographic glitter packed in a clear base. Super shiny and tres sparkly!

-S

PLL: "Surfing the Aftershocks" (5x3)

The saga that is Pretty Little Liars continued last night, but the Whirly Girly ride is slow-i-n-g d-o-w-n... I'm not the only one feeling it, right? But it's not a bad thing... it's just... different.

Alison DiLaurentis Surfing the Aftershocks
c/o PLL Wiki

Surfing the Aftershocks began with Alison in her bedroom, mourning the death of her mother. The girls helped pick out a dress for Alison to wear to the funeral, but she came downstairs wearing something completely different. Alison wanted to feel close to her mother, so she chose something from Jessica's closet. In a darkly ironic twist... she chose the dress her mother wore to her own funeral back in Season 1.

Skipping over the events of the funeral, the Liars found themselves back at Rosewood High, being "briefed" by Principal Hackett. The girls assured him that they'll try to keep the disturbances to a minimum. After the meeting, the Liars talked about keeping up appearances and wondered how long Ali's lie could possibly last. If they could only figure out who killed Mrs. DiLaurentis, they could give that information to Detective Holbrook...

Pretty Little Liars Surfing the Aftershocks
c/o PLL Wiki

After their conversation, Mona approached Aria, asking her to sign the card for Ezra... to "keep up appearances." Hanna walked over to intervene between the two when Aria got a little testy with Mona. Mona admitted to knowing that the girls were in New York, and we definitely got the feeling that she knew about more than just Ezra being shot. Aria was afraid Mona knew about Shana, too.

Sydney Driscoll PLL Surfing the Aftershocks
c/o PLL Wiki

Emily met new girl Sydney Driscoll who seemed to be an Emily Fields fangirl. After mentioning all the trophies bearing Em's name, Sydney asked Emily to watch her in the pool and give her some pointers and tips. Emily misses swimming, so she agreed.

Melissa & Spencer Hastings Pretty Little Liars Surfing the Aftershocks
c/o PLL Wiki

Back at Chez Hastings, Spencer stared off into Alison's bedroom window, as Melissa entered her room. The sisters discussed their relationship with the DiLaurentis family. Melissa suggestsed that Spencer stay away from all things DiLaurentis, but Spencer reminded her that they are all related because of Jason. Melissa didn't seem to care, pointing the finger at Jason for Jessica's murder while expressing her disdain for Alison and the entire DiLaurentis family.

Alison & Hanna Surfing the Aftershocks
c/o PLL Wiki

Across town at the Funeral Home, Alison and Hanna went to pick up the guest book from Jessica's funeral. Alison saw a painting, freaked out, and left the room. The funeral director walked in, mistook Hanna for Alison and gave her the registrar. When Alison came back into the room and cleared up the confusion, she claimed that it used to be a lot easier to tell the two apart.

Mona Flashback Surfing the Aftershocks
c/o PLL Wiki

Hanna flashed back to roughly two months after Alison's disappearance. She was sitting outside Lucky Leon's, and had just polished off at least 3 cupcakes. Mona approached Hanna, suggesting that someone had to take Alison's place. Why not the two of them? In a slightly Snape-ish revelation, she claimed she could teach Hanna the secret to being unforgettable.

At Chez Hastings, Peter asked Spencer's opinion on selling the house. Spencer sarcastically traded quips with her father. Continuing to stick up for Jason, she asked Peter to make Melissa stop pointing the finger towards her half-brother. Spencer's dad disagreed, telling his daughter that it wouldn't do any good.

Across town and outside 3B, Aria contemplated knocking on Ezra's door and decided against it, for him only to hobble out into the hallway and catch her. He assured her that he'll keep the New York Thing a secret, but was still worried about Shana. Aria claimed the girls didn't have to worry about that so much, thanks to Alison's story and the heightened level of police protection. She failed to mention that Shana is actually dead, or that she was responsible for killing her.

Ezra and Aria Surfing the Aftershocks
c/o PLL Wiki

Emily and Sydney were walking back from the pool to the locker room, with Sydney asking all kinds of questions about her stroke, form, technique... Paige interrupted the two and tried to compliment Emily, but her attempts backfired and the two come across as extremely awkward in front of the new girl.

Hanna saw Mona at school and flashed back again to their budding friendship. Hanna had lost weight, and Mona suggested a new wardrobe to go with her new figure. She pulled a top out of the closet that Alison left at Hanna's house after a sleepover. Claiming it would never fit, Hanna was still insecure about her appearance. Mona urged her to try it on, and when it fit, Hanna was happily surprised.

Mona and Hanna flashback Surfing the Aftershocks
c/o PLL Wiki

Alison and Aria met at Ali's cabin in the woods, as Ali requested Ezra's manuscript. Aria assured Ali that Ezra would keep the New York Thing a secret. She seemed agitated towards Alison, and quickly left.

Back in Philly, Emily and Hanna played detective more succesfully this time around, and ran into the same guy outside of the apartment building Jason was visiting last week. The girls were honest with him, and he tells them that the building is a sober house. Jason wasn't recovering in some swanky facility, he was living there, recovering.

In Rosewood, Spencer finally told Jason about the email his mother drafted on the night she disappeared. He didn't seem surprised, acknowledging that his mother had plenty of secrets. He warned Spencer to get out while she still could, but Spencer refused.

Hanna & Mona PLL Hallway Flashback
c/o PLL Wiki

Hanna and Emily were in Emily's car, driving back to Rosewood from Philly while Hanna flashed back yet again. Mona and Hanna's makeovers were complete and we saw the two take their first steps down the halls of Rosewood High. The memory caused Hanna to question what it was like for Emily to come out. Emily claimed that she was just becoming who she really is, while Hanna mused that she never had any clue who she was.

Hanna & Emily PLL Surfing the Aftershocks
c/o PLL Wiki

Alison paid Ezra a visit, returning the manuscript Aria had just given her. Alison seemed to be looking for something in his manuscript... something that she thought he knew that could help her and the girls.
When she called Ezra out for forgetting a few details, he claimed that he had other information that he was holding on to just for Aria. He claimed he would only tell her when she was ready to accept his help.

Ezra & Ali PLL Surfing the Aftershocks
c/o PLL Wiki

Back from Philly, Em and Hanna made a pit-stop at the Brew. Hanna saw Mona and confronted her about the makeover. She asked if Mona knew Alison was really alive at the time, why she insisted Hanna get an Alison-esque makeover. Mona reminded Hanna that she was just as into the makeover as Mona had been. Mona asked Hanna who she would've been if it weren't for the Alison upgrade, and Hanna claimed she would've still been herself. Mona laughed, telling her that Hanna doesn't even remember who she used to be.

Mona at the Brew PLL Surfing the Aftershocks
c/o PLL Wiki

Spencer and Aria shared a moment where Aria understood Spencer defending her brother, and Spencer comforted Aria over killing Shana. Spencer reiterated what she told Aria moments after Shana's death... that if Aria wouldn't have killed Shana, Shana would've killed one or all of them.

Sparia PLL Surfing the Aftershocks
c/o PLL Wiki

Outside of Ezra's apartment, Alison ran into Peter Hastings, who insisted upon giving her a ride home.

When Emily got to her house, Paige was waiting on her porch. Paige attempted to reconcile, telling Emily that she loved her, but it didn't change Emily's mind. She said that the two might be able to be friends at some point and that Paige deserved "the best of everything." Paige claimed that's what she thought she had with Emily and walked away.

Paige McCullers Surfing the Aftershocks
c/o PLL Wiki

At Chez Hastings, Peter arrived home, blaming his absence on a soft pretzel run. Spencer confronted him with the email and outlined her opinion of what happened that night. Melissa walked in as the two were talking, ripped up printout of the email, but suggested to her father that they tell Spencer what's going on. Mr. Hastings quickly ended the discussion, sending Spencer to bed and shutting down Melissa at the same time.

Hastings Meeting Surfing the Aftershocks
c/o PLL Wiki

Aria went to see Ezra again and told him the truth. Shana was dead and Aria had killed her. Ezra asked how he could help and the camera cut away.

Hanna makeover Surfing the Aftershocks
c/o PLL Wiki

At a salon, Hanna was headed to the shampoo bowl when the stylist asked if she wanted the same shade of blonde. Hanna told her that it's time for a change. Behind a frosted partition, we saw Mona's face. Beside her stood the silhouette of a girl, with what looked to be long, wavy hair. Although Mona's face was recognizable, we couldn't make out any details on the face of the silhouetted girl. (Black Widow?)

Frosty Mona Surfing the Aftershocks
c/o PLL Wiki

Black Widow is Frosty Silhouette?
c/o PLL Wiki

My Thoughts

I loved everything about the Hanna and Mona flashback scenes. Finally! I can't be the only one who has seriously missed the friendship between these two! That being said... these little reveals did raise a few questions. When Hanna asked Mona why she made her into Alison 2.0 when she knew Ali was still alive... I think a lot of us were wondering the same thing! But more than that...

Why did Mona "pick" Hanna? Did Alison tell her to do that? Was she trying to make duplicates of Vivian Darkbloom and Alison DiLaurentis? Mona would become Vivian, Hanna would become Ali?

Did Hanna regularly pig out on cupcakes at Lucky Leon's? If that was an isolated incident, shouldn't she have realized a little sooner that Mona was A?

Furthermore... why all the juiciness about Mona now? Not that I don't like it... I'm allllll about good character defining backstory... it's just... it feels like the moment in the movies when the old man starts spilling all his secrets, and you know it's because he's going to die. I'm kinda concerned that Mona might be the next character to wind up in the Rosewood morgue.

Backing up that theory... I've heard rumors that we're going to meet Mona's mom in 5x12. The title? Taking This One To The Grave. Yikes. Sounds like Mona could very well be the next PLL casualty.

Or could Mona's mom be Jessica's twin? Maybe Marion's twin? That would explain a little more about Toby helping Mona...

The Hastings continued their shady antics last night. I'm not sure who is acting stranger, Melissa, or Peter? You'd think that for being so smart, they'd do a little bit better of a job of lying and hiding what's going on. Is the next step buying a billboard?

Spencer tried to confront them and Jason about their general shadiness... but, nothing. Melissa acts like she wants to tell, but according to Peter, no one can know... not even Mrs. Hastings, so that makes me really wonder what the two of them are hiding.

Emily and Paige had more of a concrete breakup last night, which almost felt like it was more about taking up time in the episode than anything. I feel like they had already covered that, but perhaps they're at a loss for an Emily story?

Speaking of Emily... what's the deal with Sydney? She came out of nowhere acting all chummy and fangirling all over Em. Can we trust her? Has she been sent by A? She seems likeable enough, but you really never know in Rosewood. I'm honestly surprised that Emily was so quick to befriend her. What I do like about this particular storyline, is that we're finally addressing Emily and swimming. It was such a huge part of her life, and that future was taken away when she was mowed down by A.

Watching Hanna's transformation was really fun. I never imagine that Mona brought Hanna under her wing. I just assumed that the two of them met, realized they had common interests, and were inseperable ever since. The more I think about Mona offering Hanna the Ali upgrade... the more I feel like Mona was deliberately trying to one-up Alison. Ali had all the secrets of being an It Girl, but she was also pretty rotten to her friends. Rather than surround herself with a group of follower, Mona befriended Hanna and treated her as an equal. I think that speaks a lot about Mona's character. At the end, she watched Hanna from behind a frosted partition in the salon, with a rather ambiguous and indifferent look on her face. There's little love lost between Mona and the other girls, but I think she genuinely has a soft spot when it comes to Hanna.

Being mistaken for Alison in the funeral home made Hanna realize just how much she had stepped into Alison's shoes... but it also gave us the opportunity for Alison to comment on it. The tone of her voice was slightly sad, if not completely indifferent, but she couldn't resist the urge to throw some snark into the conversation. It's led a lot of people to wonder if Alison has really changed at all? I don't know that Ali meant it as being mean... it almost sounded like she was sad that she missed the transformation and all the time that went along with it.

Aria and Ezra are at least back on speaking terms, and I'm not really sure how I feel about that. I get that he took a bullet for her and everything, I just don't really see the appeal anymore. The Novel Thing really made me look at Ezra in a whole new light.

Jason has been painted as suspect #1 lately, with even Melissa accusing him of matricide. I think there's a chance he might know a few things he's not telling, but I don't think he killed Mrs. D. At this point, Melissa and Peter are looking very guilty in that regard, but their issue could turn out to be something completely different. Although, that family meeting did remind me of that time in the books when Melissa wanted to tell Spencer about Alison having a twin and warned her to stay away from the DiLaurentis family... coincidence? Rarely is there such a thing in Rosewood, PA!

Oh, and don't think that I've forgotten about that shady figure behind the frosted glass that looked like she was in cahoots with Miss Mona. I mean... Black Widow? Is that really you?!? If Black Widow really is the "twin" of legend... this suggests that twinnie belongs to someone around the age of the girls, nawt the parents. So, is my Leona Vanderwaal the sister of Jessica or Marion theory squashed? Well, it could very well be. A lot of people have pointed out that Frosty Silhouette might simply be one of the members of Mona's army... guess we'll have to wait and see.

In the next episode, Thrown From The Ride... we should see the results of Hanna's makeover, learn more about Sydney Driscoll, and see more of Rosewood's reaction to Alison returning from the grave!

-S

Thursday, June 26, 2014

NYC Jacaranda Flower

Jacaranda Flower by NYC

Jacaranda Flower by NYC

NYC Jacaranda Flower

NYC Jacaranda Flower

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats NYC Jacaranda Flower
1 Coat Borghese Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

I popped into Rite-Aid over my break yesterday, on a quest for the Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Electric Summer Collection....... and found the NYC City Samba Collection instead! In addition to Jacaranda Flower, I picked up Sweet Melon, Ocean Blue, and Tropicoral. I knew I wanted to wear purple today, and since new polish is always at the forefront of my mind... Jacaranda Flower was the natural choice!

Application was really good. I like the brush size on NYC polishes... not too big, not too small. I probably could've done just two coats, but my painting environment was humid, and I could've sworn I needed a third coat. I topped it off with a coat of clear followed by Seche Vite, and this time around... no smudges or re-painting necessary! Woohoo!

Oh, and if you're wondering what a jacaranda flower looks like? I was wondering too...

Jacaranda Flower
c/o Wikipedia

The color is spot-on... don't you think? Such a pretty blue-leaning bright violet! Despite the fact that Jacaranda Flower comes from a summer collection, I think you could wear it any time of year, and it doesn't feel particularly trendy. But it is Limited Edition... so if you want it, I'd grab it while you can! The display in my store had $1 off coupons attached to it, so my polishes were just $.99!!!

What do you think of Jacaranda Flower?

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

SinfulColors Sweet Nothing

When I said "no more coral and blue..." that didn't apply to teal, right? Phew. Didn't think so...

Sweet Nothing by SinfulColors

SinfulColors Sweet Nothing

SinfulColors Sweet Nothing

SinfulColors Sweet Nothing

Sweet Nothing by SinfulColors

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats SinfulColors Sweet Nothing
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

Sweet Nothing is one of those polishes my Cybershot just can't seem to photograph correctly. It's teal, I promise! I'm not sure how, but the shutter of my camera ate alllllll the yellow required to properly view this shade.

This manicure is totally one of those lemme pick a random bottle, paint my nails realquicklike, and go to bed. Yep. Three easy coats and off to marshmallowland. I just needed to plug in my phone, and... oops... forgot to pull out the plug in the Otterbox. No problem! I'll just use the end of my glasses, and... there goes the right thumb. It's okay, I'll just de-blanket and fix it... ooof... there went left middle.

Sigh.

So, I removed the polish from those two nails and started over. Ridge Filler, Sweet Nothing, Sweet Nothing, Sweet Nothing, Clear, and Seche. Back in bed, plug in phone... sleeeeeeeep.

Color Correction Sinful Colors Sweet Nothing

Here's my attempt at a color-correct. It's still a little off, but it's as close as I can manage. If you own Bright Pool from Gap... it's almost identical to that, minus the pretty purple shimmer. If you don't own it and want to re-create that look, I'm pretty sure you could top Sweet Nothing with Pink-Grapefruit from Sally Hansen, or NYC Sweet Candy.

Not sure if I'll be sporting Sweet Nothing again tomorrow, or if I'll change my polish after PLL. Decisions, decisions... (...and talk about first world problems!)

-S

Monday, June 23, 2014

Nicole By OPI Lay It On The Lime

I'm still very much into the brights over here at Chez Sparkle...

Lay It On The Lime by NOPI

NOPI Lay It On The Lime

Lay It On The Lime by NOPI

Lay It On The Lime by NOPI

Lay It On The Lime by NOPI

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
5 Coats Nicole By OPI Lay It On The Lime
1 Coat Borghese Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

So, you can't really tell by my pictures, but Lay It On The Lime is bright... really bright, I swear! It's not a neon... more of a bright chartreuse. Take a tennis ball, tone it down a little, and that's the shade we're talking about.

This lovely yellow-leaning green is part of NOPI's Seize the Summer collection. I probably walked by this display at least a dozen or so times without checking out what was on it. It was hanging out on a higher shelf, and I wrote it off as a few random shades and a bunch of clear coat and treatments. It moved to a bottom shelf last week, and Lay It On The Lime finally drew me in...

Seize The Summer NOPI

See how it's practically glowing? It's just a really bright and fun shade... perfect for summertime! How did Seize the Sparkle walk right by this Seize the Summer display? I'm blaming it on the fact that the display was on a higher shelf, and it's sooooo not time for what G from Nouveau Cheap calls "look up" season. That's not happening for quite a while! Also, there's just not enough brightness... and I'm human, so there's that, too! :)

Application was a little finicky. The polish kept dragging, leaving bald spots at the base of my nail bed. I had to go back and paint thicker and thicker coats to fill it in. I could've sworn there was more visible patchiness when I was done with the 5th coat, but I was tired and it was time to call it a day. So, there might have been a little bit of self-leveling sorcery at work here. O.o

Overall, I really like this color. It's bright, fun, and a little unexpected. Also, Lay It On The Lime is a nice break from that coral and blue rut I was stuck in for a while... :)

What do you think of Lay It On The Lime?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

PLL: "Whirly Girlie" (5x2)

Our little Liars may have escAped from New York... but that doesn't mean the game is over, or that the lies have stopped. In fact, Alison started spinning a whole new lie last night, involving her friends a la The Jenna Thing. (Some things never change, huh?)

After their bus pulled into Rosewood, PA... Alison almost hightailed it right outta there. (Can you blame her? Really?) Emily convinced her that everything was over (yeahright) so it was time to stop running and come home. The other girls agreed, telling Alison it was time to tell the police the truth about everything... A, the Jenna Thing, Aria killing Shana. The 5 liars marched into Rosewood PD and found Detective Holbrook. The truth would set them free... until Alison decided to spin a story about being kidnapped and held against her will for nearly 2 years.

PLL 5x2 Holbrook & Ali D.
c/o Alloy Entertainment

What?!?

Probably not the best idea! (but we'll get to that later.) Alison and the girls tried to piece together their story to a rather doubtful Holbrook. They didn't squirm for long, though. Thankfully, Mr. DiLaurentis interrupted their interview. Yes, the timing was nice, but the reunion was a little bittersweet. Alison wondered where her mother was? Well... (eventually, we'll get to that, too.)

PLL 5x2 Alison & Kenneth DiLaurentis
c/o Alloy Entertainment

All the Liars decided to head home, where they each faced family members and a lot of questions...

Spencer's mom couldn't believe she would've kept the Ali-is-alive secret for almost a month. Oh, and her father and Melissa were in Philadelphia, picking her car up from the impound lot.

Ashley wondered how Hanna was processing the news of Alison being alive after all this time. Hanna wondered if Havarti melted. "All cheese melts, Hanna." ~Ashley Marin (best line in the episode, BTW.)

Aria's mom and dad didn't get screen time this week, instead, Mike found his way into her bedroom. Her little brother was shocked at the news about Ali, and surprised that Alison didn't kill her captor.

When Emily went outside to call her mom, Spencer eventually made her way out into the backyard and expressed her anger that the girls were right back on Planet Alison. During their conversation, Em and Spence saw Jason cleaning out the backseat of his car in the dark. They walked over to the DiLaurentis yard, and Alison tossed a toilet paper roll out the window to them. Inside was her cell phone, with an anonymous text... "The truth will bury you in a New York minute." Emily and Spencer asked Alison who sent it, and she wrote a question mark on the window. The two told Hanna what happened, but decided that telling Aria probably wasn't a good idea, considering her current mental state.

Mona texts Alison PLL 5x2
c/o PLL Wikia

Later, Hanna ended up calling Aria and telling her anyway. Turns out, Alison got the message at the police station. That's why she lied to Detective Holbrook.

The next morning, Alison came out to sit on her porch, and found Jason standing outside. He warned her about the press at the end of the street. As the two were talking, a woman showed up with a dog, claiming that Mrs. DiLaurentis had agreed to rescue it. Jason didn't want to keep it, but Alison insisted upon learning that the dog would be put down otherwise.

Alison and Jason DiLaurentis talk PLL 5x2
c/o Alloy Entertainment

Across town, Mona was picking up coffee and taking her whistles to a meeting with Principle Hackett when she ran into Mike Montgomery. She told him about the whistles and an app that would hopefully prevent anyone else from sharing Alison's fate. Mike asked if he could help her, confessing to Mona that he missed her. 

Back at the Montgomery household, the violin music was seriously messing with Aria's head. She heard it the night she returned from New York, in her house, on her iPod... Killing Shana clearly was beginning to take a toll on Aria.

Ali, Em, and Spence PLL 5x2
c/o Alloy Entertainment

Over at the DiLaurentis house, Emily, Spencer, and Alison were together in Ali's bedroom. Spencer and Emily told Ali their suspicions about Jason. Alison told them how he came into her room while she was sleeping the night before. The girls supposed that Jason could be the person Mrs. D. was so intent on protecting. Spencer expressed her anger about Ali's most recent lie, and Alison claimed that she lied to protect Aria. Spencer asked Ali to fill them in ahead of time in the future, so they could at least all get their stories straight.

Meanwhile, Ashley Marin was tasked by Mr. DiLaurentis to sort through Jessica's emails for any clues pertaining to her whereabouts. Hanna snooped through the emails when her mother wasn't looking, finding an unaddressed draft that read, "I can't protect you anymore."

Back at Chez Hastings, Toby came back from London with some surprising news. He had indeed gone to London to seek out Melissa and get some answers for Spencer. He went to the place where Melissa was supposedly living and found Wren, who told him that Melissa was no longer in London. Despite Melissa's lies, Spencer and Toby were happily reunited. While in bed together, Spencer's phone kept ringing, but she ignored it. Toby asked her a few questions about what has been going on, but she didn't tell him much of anything, let alone the truth.

Across the street, Jason and his father argued. Mr. DiLaurentis seemed to be of the belief that Jason knows where his mother is and why they've been unable to reach her. Jason swore he didn't know anything, and it was that there's still a whole lot of resentment between the two.

Aria arrived home to her house to find Mike and Mona reuniting. While Mike was out of the room, Mona let Aria know that she knows the liars were in New York, and she knows what happened to Mr. Fitz.

Emily Fields and Hanna Marin PLL 5x2
c/o Alloy Entertainment

Hanna shared the draft email with Emily, and the two sat in her car across from the DiLaurentis house. Jason came up to the window while they were talking, scaring them, and effectively telling them to mind their own business. They followed Jason to a shady apartment building, but were chased off by a drunk before they could figure out who he had been visiting.

Ali in a black hoodie PLL 5x2
c/o PLL Wikia

Alison brought a rose to the mausoleum to pay her respects to Jane Doe. Mona met her there and Alison told her that she doesn't want to be the same Alison that she was before her disappearance. She asked Mona to be her friend, but Mona, clearly still holding on to her past torment, wanted no part of it. Mona told Alison that she should've just signed the text she sent Alison earlier, because she is done hiding. She told the former Queen Bee, "I don't have to hide. You do. You're going to wish you stayed dead."

Over at Chez Hastings, the Liars called an official meeting. Spencer went over to the DiLaurentis house in an attempt to distract Mr. D. so Alison could sneak out. Instead, she found Jason downstairs, and he told her about his father's suspicions. He accused Spencer and her friends of thinking that he had been the one to kidnap Alison and hold her hostage. Before Spencer could answer, Pepe started barking. Outside, Emily, Hanna, and Aria rushed over to see what Pepe was barking at... a hand protruding from a shallow grave. The girls screamed, and Spencer and Jason rushed outside. Jason looked horrified as he realized that the hand was that of his mother... Jessica DiLaurentis.

Police, paramedics, and parents were called. In the midst of all the chaos, Alison stood in her backyard, still wearing her black hoodie, almost transfixed, but clearly upset. The episode ended with everything slowing down around her, the camera circling around Alison as she processed what had just happened.

My Thoughts

Another lie? And not just a little one or anything... this is a pretty big lie! I mean, you've got to hand it to Alison, she knows how to come up with a good story, quick. But was it really the best idea to lie about everything that had happened? She claimed she did it because of the text and to protect Aria, but can we really trust her?

Mona and that mausoleum scene? Did we just witness the return of crazy Mona, or has she been with us all along? She's not happy with Alison's return, and says as much to the former Rosewood Queenie. She claimed that Alison will wish she stayed dead... so what is she up to? I get the anti-bullying aspect and safety in numbers... but will Mona really turn into the bully? I'm very curious to see how the dynamic between these two shakes out, especially when Ali goes back to school!

Part of me thought that Mona would've been somewhat grateful to hear that Alison hadn't ratted out her initial involvement in her disappearance, or any of the more illegal shenanigans she pulled during her time as A... but I guess not.

Melissa just keeps getting shadier with each episode that passes! If she wasn't in London... where was she? New York? Philly? Why would she lie about Toby coming to find her? Is it possible that she came back because of Spencer's relapse, but had heard about it from someone else...?

Mona claimed to Aria that she knew that the Liars were in New York. We already knew that as of the last episode, but Mona acted like she knew about Ezra getting shot. So, does she know about Shana too?

and speaking of Shana... when is that news going to hit Rosewood?

and when it does... How long will it take for Holbrook to piece it all together? A dead body found in the very same theater that he called and Alison answered? Detective H. has already shown that he's fairly smart, so I'm guessing it won't take long before the girls are all called in for questioning again.

How long will it take for Alison's story to begin to crumble?

Is it possible that the girls will be framed for kidnapping Alison?

Was Jason really in New York at the same time as our Liars? I want to say no, but there's still that group of masked hoodies that's unaccounted for. Could Jason have been a part of that?

Was Mrs. D. protecting Jason? I don't think so. But I think the show wants us to think that.

Is Jason Uber A? Again, I don't think so. The show is certainly setting him up to look that way, and even the girls are beginning to suspect him. While I think he may have some secrets that have yet to be unearthed, I don't think that attacking his sister, or moonlighting as A is one of them. He seemed pretty clueless as to what really happened with Alison, and seemed genuinely shocked when he discovered his mom was dead.

Am I the only one who's wondering when the last scenes are going to start depicting some gloved hands at work, or a black hoodie in the shadows?

Overall, I enjoyed this episode. I kind of like the rebooted feeling I'm getting from the show. I'm just wondering if that's going to change as the season wears on. Next week's episode... Surfing the Aftershocks should provide a little more insight as to where Season 5 is headed.

-S

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Nail Art: Saturated Neon Striping Tape Manicure

I've mentioned many times how I'm not the best artist. Which is frustrating, because I love a lot of the nail art I see on other blogs, especially some of the free hand designs! They're ah-mazing!!! But, Renoir I'm nawt, so I typically stick to layerings and gradients, which still let me play around with color, minus my D- drawing skills. Every now and then, though, I get a little adventurous... I tried the Staricure, I tried Distressed Nails... so now, after owning a roll of striping tape for almost 6 months without even opening it, I ripped into the package last night, and set to work...

Orly Baked Striping Tape Manicure

Orly Saturated Neon Striping Tape Manicure

Neon Striping Tape Manicure

Orly Saturated Neon Striping Tape Manicure

Striping Tape Mani

Polishes Used:

Orly Neon Watercolor Manicure (base)
Striping Tape
2 Coats Orly Saturated
2 Coats Sinful Colors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

So, while I was painting my Watercolor Manicure the other day, I was planning on attempting this one once my "base" was good and dry. What better way than to wear it for a day? Honestly, this is a good method when using any kind of tape or sticker for a mani! You're practically guaranteed not to pull your basecoat off right along with the sticker!!! (Trust me, I've done that!)

Orly Saturated was the only member of my Orly Baked mini-mani set that didn't join the watercolor party... totally for a good reason, though! I wanted to do some sort of layering that incorporated all of the colors. Originally, when I purchased the set, I thought I would do a gradient of some sort. But, I've been wanting to try a striping mani for a while now, so... Bonjour, Saturated Neon!

I mentioned this was my first time working with striping tape, right? It actually was really easy to use, it just took a little time and patience. Other than the two triangles, I didn't have a particular design in mind. I tried to be as random as possible while applying the striping tape, but I did actively try to make each nail different! I applied the striping tape to all my nails, then went back and trimmed some of the edges. After firmly pushing down the tape onto each nail one final time, I brushed on 2 coats of Orly Saturated, removing the tape immediately after applying the 2nd coat.

Then... I waited. (lalala...)

After about 5 minutes, I painted on 2 coats of clear, and a final coat of Seche Vite to set everything. For my first attempt at this type of nail art, I was really happy with how it turned out. Yes... my triangles got a little wonky, but they both got wonky, so it looks like it was planned, right? (Right!) Other than that, the pointer on my right hand is the only one that got a little polish underneath the striping tape, but it didn't turn out too badly.

So, what would I do differently next time? I think I would stripe and paint one hand at a time. I'm pretty sure that would help quite a bit. It was hard to paint and take the tape off my nails with tape on my fingers, all the while trying not to smudge anything. Also, I totally forgot about using tweezers to help remove the tape. Oops.

Like I said, I'm really happy with how this turned out. The only question I have now, is do I leave it on for more than one day? Or is it time to move on to the next one? What do you think?!? (...and please keep in mind, Pretty Little Liars is on tonight!) 

-S

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