Tuesday, June 30, 2015

SinfulColors Green Ocean over Tempest

SinfulColors Tempest & Green Ocean

SinfulColors Green Ocean over Tempest

SinfulColors Green Ocean & Tempest

SinfulColors Green Ocean over Tempest

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
2 Coats SinfulColors Tempest
1 Coat SinfulColors Green Ocean
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Essie Good to Go

Green Ocean has an interesting history for a nail polish. Waaaaay back in the day it was a really big deal because it was one of very few affordable flaky polishes available. Usually, it would only pop up around St. Patrick's Day, and if you didn't get to the display quickly, this little shimmery lemming would be gone. Thankfully, SinfulColors included it as part of their summer collection this year, and polish enthusiasts everywhere collectively cheered!

When I look at Green Ocean, I see glittery mermaid magic. In a bottle. But that's probably just me. It's honestly a really well suited name considering the aqua green base that's just loaded with green and blue flakes. And I mean loooooaded. Just one coat for all that shimmery goodness in the photos. Sadly, the sun doesn't want to come out and play today, but I know this polish would just light up in a ray of sunshine!

Application was good. This polish is a little thicker than most SinfulColors polishes, but you don't have to use a lot to get great results! I can feel some of the flakes and see some of them in the photos, but they're not the sharp kind of flakies that some polishes have. In the future, I'd probably go over this again with another coat of clear, just to be sure.

Green Ocean is part of SinfulColors Having a Blast Collection. You can find it on display at Walgreens and other mass retailers for $1.99 a bottle! The full Having a Blast Collection also contains Blue By You, Hot Spot, Out of This World, Ruby Ruby, Snow Me White, and Star Blast-Off. Follow SinfulColors on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

*provided by PR for review. All thoughts, views, and opinions are my own.

PLL: "Don't Look Now" (6x4)

Previously on Pretty Little Liars... The girls were starting to really deal with what happened in the Dollhouse. Each Liar handled it a little differently, as each girl experienced something very different during their time in captivity.

Emily, Aria, Spencer, and Hanna PLL Don't Look Now
c/o PLL Wiki (RedCoatKatrina)

Alison explained to the other girls what her father told her and Jason about Charles/Charlie. Charles was born 15 months before Jason. He was described as "troubled" by Kenneth. When Alison was a year old, Jessica and Kenneth decided that Alison wasn't safe around Charles. So they had him institutionalized. In Radley. Wondering why no one in Rosewood knew him, Mr. DiLaurentis claimed that they moved to the area after Charles was admitted. Jessica wanted to be close to him, so that prompted the move back to Rosewood. (Spencer was five when Ali moved to Rosewood, so we can probably assume that Ali was five years old, too.)

Jason and Alison were furious with their father for concealing the truth. Kenneth claimed that he and Jessica both thought that Charlie would get better. But he only got worse. When Alison claimed that he could be the mastermind behind everything, Kenneth told Jason and Alison that he killed himself when he was 16. He never left Radley. His death happened when Kenneth was out of the country, so Jessica had his body cremated. Then, when the time came to spread the ashes, Jessica did so on her own.

The Liars were mostly sympathetic, but Hanna didn't believe the story. "No body, no grave, no proof." As she and the other girls talk, they decide that the best way to find out the truth is to find evidence of Charles' death. Again... Radley. The girls quickly remember that Radley was closed, and soon learn that all of Radley's files are about to be shredded.

Sara Harvey Pretty Little Liars 6x4
c/o PLL Wiki (-JasonsGirl)

Meanwhile... with the help of Pam Fields, Sara cut her hair short. Emily was telling her how much she liked it when Mama Fields came in to remind Sara and Emily about a session with Dr. Sullivan. Sara ran off to take a shower, while Emily reminded her mom that Sara might not be ready to talk. Pam reminded Emily of the shooting range and told her she was going whether she liked it or not.

At Casa de Montgomery, Aria's dad seemed happy that she was taking up photography again. He asked if Aria wanted to talk about what had happened in the Dollhouse, but she brushed him off. When she claimed she was going to the photography lab at Hollis, he wanted to give her a ride there himself, but settled for a text message when she arrived so he would know she was safe.

On the other side of town, Hanna was finding Caleb's constant presence to be a little annoying.

Haleb Pretty Little Liars Don't Look Now
c/o PLL Wiki (RedCoatKatrina)

At the Brew, Spencer called the operator to try and track down the Radley files and found the location where they were being stored before shredding. Ezra came over and asked how she was doing, and she told him that they were right back where they started now that Andrew wasn't A. While the two talked, he told Spencer about his new baker, a girl who made fabulous pastries, but was a little clumsy thanks to medical marijuana for her migraines. When Sabrina spilled a cup of coffee, Spencer flashed back to the Dollhouse. There was what looked like blood on the floor and blood all over her. Ezra noticed her acting weird and got her to come back, but she didn't tell him what she had remembered.

Later, Spencer told the girls about the location of the Radley files. The girls decided to go and ask for Spencer's file, just to see if anything had been shredded yet. From there, they'd wing it. Hanna wanted to tell Caleb, but the other girls talked her out of it. Spencer asked if Aria's sleeping pills were helping, but she claimed she threw them away because they gave her headaches.

Alison learned that her father hadn't helped spread Charles' ashes on the lake. Her parents decided not to have a funeral for him. Ali asked her father point blank if he was sad when Charles died, and he claimed it was a relief.

At the Data Center, Spencer was told that she had to go through her Doctor to get her file. The girls figured that meant the files hadn't been shredded yet. They were about to leave and formulate a plan when the back door of the Center opened. Hanna noticed it first and walked toward it as soon as the employees had their backs turned.

Inside, the girls managed to find a Radley file for Charles DiLaurentis from the age of 13-16. They see that his doctor requested an increase in his medication for severe depression, and that two people were on his visitor's log. His mother, Jessica DiLaurentis and Carol Ward, Jason and Alison's Great Aunt. Before the girls could look for anything else, the employees came back and they had to make a run for it. Outside, Caleb was waiting. He had put a tracker on Hanna's car and followed it.

When Aria got home, her father was worried that she hadn't texted him. He told her that he would drive her to the lab the next day. He told her that she needed to understand that was the new normal after the Dollhouse.

Emily got home to find that Sara had been missing for a certain amount of time and Pam found her on the roof, staring at the sky, watching the sunset. Pam wasn't sure that they should let Sara stay with them, that they weren't really equipped to handle everything that she had been through. Pam reminded Emily that she would be responsible for anything that might happen to Sara while under her roof. Emily reassured her mom that if anyone could help Sara, someone who went through the exact same thing could. Later, Emily couldn't find Sara again. When she did, she found out that Sara had tried to go home again. She thought things might have calmed down, but they didn't. She didn't want to be a burden on Emily, she knew she was screwed up, but she also didn't want to sit in a room and be analyzed. She just wanted to live and enjoy a couple of simple things.

Spencer stopped at the Brew to find Sabrina. She asked her if she had any dealer connections, but Sabrina claimed that she couldn't let her pay. She would just put together a little "gift basket" for Spencer.

c/o PLL Wiki (RedCoatKatrina)

At the DiLaurentis Estate, Jason was looking at a picture of himself and Alison. The two expressed their disbelief at the whole Charles thing. Alison gave Jason the Radley file the girls had gotten for her. She mentioned that Aunt Carol had visited him multiple times. Jason remembered trying to stay at Aunt Carol's house after the Elevator thing, and his mother wouldn't let him, claiming there was a plumbing issue and the water had been turned off. He said he didn't mind, but Jessica was insistent on him going home. Jason didn't think anything of it at the time, but found it strange with the new information about Charles.

Aria went to the Darkroom at Hollis to develop some pictures and found a note from A, complete with the hair dye that Charles made her use while she was in the Dollhouse. She flashed back and remembered that she resisted at first, and Charles cut her hair while she slept. The second time around, he threatened to cut it all off if she didn't dye it, so she complied. Aria came back and tried to leave the Darkroom, but couldn't get out. She pounded on the door and eventually someone came to help her.

Later, Spencer, Alison, Jason, and Hanna took a car trip up to Aunt Carol's house. As they were searching, Spencer started into a flashback but was pulled out by Hanna. Spence asked her if she remember everything Charles made them do, and told her about being covered in blood. Hanna told her that she probably didn't do anything, it was just another mind game. Spencer wondered if she had hurt someone in the Dollhouse, but Hanna wondered who else it could've been.

Meanwhile, Emily took Sara for a very sweet moonlight swim. While swimming, she claimed that no one had ever looked out for her before. She thanked Emily for sharing something so simple, peaceful, and nice with her.

And back in the Darkroom, Aria and the boy who rescued her showed each other their prints and exchanged pleasantries. Aria admired one of his prints and he gave it to her as a parting gift when her Dad came to pick her up.

c/o PLL Wiki (Mother of Dragons)

Back at Aunt Carol's, Jason found a grave and assumed that it was the reason Jessica didn't want him staying at the house. Hanna claimed that the headstone was a fake, planted by A, but the others weren't sure. Hanna started to dig up the grave, while Alison pleaded with her not too, that was her brother's grave. When Jason noticed that there were roots wrapped around the headstone, Spencer confirmed that the headstone had been there for a while.

After leaving Aunt Carol's and regrouping back in Rosewood, the girls wonder what Charles DiLaurentis meant to the mystery of A. They were frustrated with Spencer, thinking that she lead them down the wrong path when she claimed that someone must be taking his identity and acting in his name. She sited the home movie, and told the others that A had to be someone who didn't just know about Charles, but someone who knew Charles.

At the Montgomery household, Aria and Byron were talking again, and Aria started telling him about the room in the Dollhouse. How it was exactly like her real room. But there was no way out. She broke down, and Byron awkwardly hugged her.


Hanna got home to Caleb practically moving in to her house, and she told him he was suffocating her. She claimed that she understood that he went through a lot while she was gone, but she needed a break.

Spencer went to the Brew to pick up some brownies, and Ezra tried to help her reconsider. She broke down, telling him that she just needed to turn off her mind for one night and quiet the noise, before leaving.

Back at Casa DiLaurentis, Alison arrived home to her father drinking. He asked where she had been and she told him that they went to Aunt Carol's. He started to say something, then told Alison that she should know why they decided to send Charles to Radley in the first place. He told her this... (according to the transcript from ForeverDreaming)

"When you were 11 months old, your mother was out in the garden with Jason. I put you in your crib to take a nap and then went outside to turn on the grill. When I came back I heard you screaming. I ran upstairs and found you in the tub. The water was on, it was scalding hot and rising fast and... Charles was just there watching you slip under..."

Alison interrupted, telling her father to "Stop it. I don't want to hear anymore. Let him rest in peace."

We see A in front of his monitors, watching trackers that are on Emily, Spencer, Aria, and Hanna, showing them all at home.

Thoughts, Theories, and Random Facts

I really enjoyed the answers that we got in this episode. Finally we're addressing where Jason went after the Elevator thing. Sort of. I mean, it explains a little bit of where he was.

Spencer, Jason, and Alison need to do more sibling outings/investigations. I really like having Jason onboard. I'm beginning to doubt the possibility of Jason really being Charles, too. I mean, I think it's still a possibility, but it's getting to be more of a longshot.

One thing I'm wondering about... is Peter Hastings the father of Jason, or Charles? I'm wondering if he was Charles' father considering the agreement that Jessica and Peter had. Or maybe Jessica trusted Peter with the information about Charles' existence?

Is Charles really dead? This question was raised so many times over the course of the episode that it really makes me think he's alive. Because if he's not, and someone is doing this in his memory... what's the point? And even more so, what's with the obsession with the Liars?

I loved Alison's reaction to find out about Charles. She was truly shocked, saddened, and asked her father to stop speaking badly about him. It's very bittersweet sisterly love.

Back to Bethany Young for a moment... She drew a picture of a boy being taken away. Could that boy be Charles? I mean... Charles would be 25 if alive, Bethany would be 19 considering that in Rosewood it's 2012. Marion Cavanaugh died in 2007, and Bethany seems to have been in Radley when that happened. She would've been 14, and Charles would've been 21. But supposedly he died at age 16, making Bethany only 9 years old when that happened. I think we can rule out romance between the two...

Hanna telling Caleb that she needed space was definitely refreshing. I love them as a couple, but I was waiting for one of the girls to start feeling a little claustrophobic and overprotected.

I understand Kenneth's story about Charles and why he and Jessica would've taken such action. But what about Alison's broken arm? Is that also an injury from Charles? Ali also seemed to have a lot of other "incidents" in which she was mysteriously hurt. Hmmm...

This Week's ChArles

1. Wren... But at the same point, I feel like he's everyone's choice for Charles right now. We don't know an awful lot about him. It could be easy enough to make him into Charles DiLaurentis.

2. Ezra... Mainly because he's right around that same age that we think Charles is. But he's showing a lot of concern for the girls, so I'm thinking they're positioning him for a red herring plot. Or a frame up, considering 6x8 is titled "frAmed."

3. Wilden... I know, I know, he's supposed to be dead. But, he's the one guy out of all the dead boys that would make a little bit of sense. He was definitely more involved with Alison, CeCe, and that whole crew than he let on. And who knows what happened in Cape May...

That's really all I've got for right now... I'm super excited for the next installment, because Mona Vanderwaal will finally be back in Rosewood. Seriously can't wait! So, until next time...

-S

Monday, June 29, 2015

SinfulColors Hot Spot

Hot Spot by SinfulColors

SinfulColors Hot Spot

Hot Spot by SinfulColors

Hot Spot by SinfulColors Having a Blast

SinfulColors Having a Blast Hot Spot Summer 2015

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats SinfulColors Hot Spot
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

Dark blue shimmers don't always call my name mid-summer, but this one has serious nautical cues, so it just works! Hot Spot is a royal blue with a little bit shimmer and a whole lot of depth. And isn't the shine factor just incredible?!?

Application was great. Most people could probably do two easy coats and be done, but like I mentioned last week, the Sparkle Studio hasn't been fully unpacked and set up. So, I'm dealing with lighting that I'm not used to yet, and erring on the side of caution! And in case you were wondering about removal? I didn't experience any staining when taking this one off. So that's always an added bonus!

Hot Spot is part of SinfulColors Having a Blast Collection. You can find it on display at Walgreens and other mass retailers for $1.99 a bottle! The full Having a Blast Collection also contains Blue By You, Green Ocean, Out of This World, Ruby Ruby, Snow Me White, and Star Blast-Off. Follow SinfulColors on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

*provided by PR for review. All thoughts, views, and opinions are my own.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

SinfulColors Out of This World

Out of This World SinfulColors

SinfulColors Out of This World

SinfulColors Out of This World

SinfulColors Having a Blast Out of This World

SinfulColors Out of This World

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
4 Coats SinfulColors Out of This World*
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

Waaaay back in the day, silver nail polish was definitely my thing. Just not on my nails. On my toes. All summer long. It matched with everything and added a little bling, so I never really needed to change it! Thankfully I moved on from that phase, but as a result, I don't normally wear silver polish, unless it's for an accent nail. So, I was surprised when I loved wearing Out of This World! So much so that I've already worn it twice!

The formula on Out of This World was awesome. It's buildable, slightly sheer, and falls somewhere between a heavy shimmer and a glass fleck. It's a very light shade of silver, too. At one coat, it could be mistaken for a pearly white. Four coats later and not only have you got a perfect match to bottle color, you've also got a super clean look. This polish was definitely giving off bridal vibes. It definitely wouldn't be out of place on a bride or her bridesmaids!

Out of This World is part of SinfulColors Having a Blast Collection. You can find it on display at Walgreens and other mass retailers for $1.99 a bottle! The full Having a Blast Collection also contains Blue By You, Green Ocean, Hot Spot, Ruby Ruby, Snow Me White, and Star Blast-Off. Follow SinfulColors on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

*provided by PR for review. All thoughts, views, and opinions are my own.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

SinfulColors Ruby Ruby

Ruby Ruby by SinfulColors

SinfulColors Ruby Ruby

SinfulColors Ruby Ruby

SinfulColors Ruby Ruby

SinfulColors Ruby Ruby

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats SinfulColors Ruby Ruby*
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

One of my favorite things about red polish? It's always in style. It's not a color I reach for often, but when I do? I like when its a classic tone of red, with slightly jelly tendencies like Ruby Ruby. And given the fact that there are all sorts of Independence Day festivities coming up... red nails are just one way to show a little patriotism!

Ruby Ruby is a bright red jellyish creme polish. Application was easy and flawless. Just three coats for what you see in my photos! Because this polish does have jelly tendencies, there's a little VNL, (visible nail line) but it's not as noticeable in person as it is in the pics. In my opinion, the jelly finish and resulting shine are definitely worth a tiny little bit of VNL!

Ruby Ruby is part of SinfulColors Having a Blast Collection. You can find it on display at Walgreens and other mass retailers for $1.99 a bottle! The full Having a Blast Collection also contains Blue By You, Green Ocean, Hot Spot, Out of This World, Snow Me White, and Star Blast-Off. Follow SinfulColors on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

*provided by PR for review. All thoughts, views, and opinions are my own.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Fishbowl Friday *034*

Unpacking is still very much a thing around Chez Sparkle. I've got my nail polish sorted into baskets according to color, and two separate baskets for glitter polish. My stash is an organized mess that's slowly making its way into my Helmers. I am definitely grateful that this week's prompt was a simple one, and that that the polish I wanted to use was so easy to find! I give you nails with TEXTURE...

Work of Tart by Sally Hansen

Sally Hansen Work of Tart

Work of Tart Sally Hansen Sugar Shimmer

Sally Hansen Sugar Shimmer Work of Tart

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
4 Coats Sally Hansen Work of Tart
2 Coats SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

Back when textured polishes became a thing, (late 2013) Sally Hansen came out with their Sugar Coat and Sugar Shimmer line. I really loved Pink Sprinkle, so I'm pretty sure that's why I picked Work of Tart. Sadly, it sat in my stash for over a year before I was actually able to try it.

Applicationwise, I can't really complain about Work of Tart. It went on nicely enough, and the formula didn't build up on the brush too heavily while I was applying. The polish went on cleanly, too. That's something I love about textured polishes. No flooding into the cuticles or anything.

Work of Tart went on well, and it's a nice enough color, but I was a little disappointed by the lack of sparkle. Maybe I'm too used to the texture polishes that are loaded with glitter these days? I think that could be it. In this one, the glittery gold just sort of blends in, and it's not built into the texture. It's not bad, it just is really lacking in the sparkle department, you know?

So, as much as I would love to leave this on, I think I'll be switching polish again tonight. Or at least adding some sort of shimmer polish to Work of Tart. I still have a lot of nail polish to put away. I made it through orange, yellow, green, teal, blue, and purple last night, but that only filled up 4 drawers. I've still got pink, red, tan, grey, black, and glitter left to go! Wish me luck!!!

#FF2015


Thursday, June 25, 2015

China Glaze Violet-Vibes

Violet-Vibes by China Glaze

China Glaze Violet-Vibes

Violet-Vibes by China Glaze

Violet-Vibes by China Glaze

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats China Glaze Violet-Vibes
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

Blindingly bright purple is thee best way I can think of to describe Violet-Vibes! It's one of 2 neon purples in the Electric Nights collection. So pretty!

Application was great with Violet-Vibes... three easy coats and done. Oddly, I see a little patchiness in the photos that isn't really there in real life. So... maybe four coats next time? Neon polishes do tend to be more on the sheer side. Aaaaand it probably doesn't help that I'm not painting in my normal Sparkle Studio.

Did I mention we moved? And that Mr. Sparkle came home? So... the Sparkle Studio has moved once again, and is a little bit of a disaster at the moment. That 2nd Helmer? Mr. Sparkle definitely put it together for me. Procrastination Station... what?!?

So, for the time being, I'm painting while sitting on the floor, in not the best but not awful lighting, using my train case as a desk. Tonight's task definitely consists of organizing my sparklestash into 2 Helmers. I'll go into this a little bit more in a separate post, though. For now... back to Violet-Vibes!

This was purchased alongside DJ Blew My Mind and Red-Y to Rave. In all honesty, Peanut totally picked it out to paint her toenails with. But like most of her other polish choices, I ended up using it first. She'll get there one day, but it is really hard for her to sit still for a pedicure right now!

In a perfect world, I'd like to use this as a base for whatever prompt Fishbowl Friday throws me. So we'll have to see. I'm definitely ready to flex some creative muscles, though!

-S

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

PLL: "Songs of Experience" (6x3)

Slowly, the Liars are returning to normal, everyday life, like going to school. Well, Hanna went to school, while Aria, Emily, and Spencer were all preoccupied in other ways. Maybe that's why Hanna got into all those schools?

Anyway...

Hanna & Dr. Sullivan PLL Songs of Experience
c/o PLL Wiki

While Hanna was waiting for all her friends to show, she ran into Dr. Sullivan, who now consults with the guidance counselors of Rosewood High. Hanna talked to her a little bit, and decided that it might be good to talk. But not just her alone, she wanted to talk in a group so that she and her friends could sort through some of the issues from the Dollhouse together.

Sara and Emily PLL Songs of Experience
c/o PLL Wiki

Emily was going to go to school, just as Sara Harvey emerged from the shower. Sara seemed a little jumpy at the idea of being alone, so Em offered to stay at home with her, rather than go to school.

Aria stopped at The Brew on her way to school to pick up coffee, but wasn't leaving. Ezra asked if she was really ready to go back and suggested that Aria stay and hang around. She could work in the back, she could write, take pictures, she would be safe. But Aria made it clear that she didn't want to write about any of it. Later, as she was going through her pictures, she paused on a candid photo of Andrew. Ezra saw her looking at the picture and when she tried to hide it, she eventually told Ezra that the girls didn't really know anything about him. So, Ezra offered to try and track down some information by pretending to be a Doctor. The two didn't get much information, but they did find out that Andrew was adopted.

Alison & Spencer PLL Songs of Experience
c/o PLL Wiki

Spencer stopped by Ali's house to talk, and tell her not so gently that her father was a Liar. Alison was taken aback by the confrontation and asked Spencer to leave. But she looked like she wasn't in total disagreement with what Spencer said. Before leaving, Spencer mentioned talking to Jason and Ali asked to leave him out of it. She then claimed to be the root of all the problems in Rosewood. Spencer disagreed, but Alison wasn't convinced.

Alison ran into Lorenzo again, as he was working as a coach to a youth soccer team. He mentioned that the girls team needed a coach and asked if Ali would be interested. Despite seeming flattered and interested, Ali told Lorenzo that no mother in Rosewood would want her coaching their daughter. Lorenzo didn't seem phased by Ali's reputation, and Toby watched the exchange between the two.

Pam, Emily, Sara PLL Songs of Experience
c/o PLL Wiki
Back at Casa de Fields, Emily, Sara, and Pam were talking in Emily's bedroom. When pressed about the details of her family, Sara explained that she ran away because she couldn't pretend her family life was okay, or pretend that her father was going to come back anymore.

After watching Lorenzo and Alison, Toby went to Spencer's house and told her about the possibility of a relationship between the two. Spencer reminded Toby that Alison had helped to save the girls, but Toby pointed out Ali's history of using people. Spencer told Toby that if she trusted Alison this time around, he should do the same.

Hanna went over to Emily's house to tell her about the group session and Aria showed up at the time same time. She told the girls what she and Ezra learned about Andrew being adopted.

Jason & Spencer PLL 6x3
c/o PLL Wiki

True to her word, Spencer stopped to speak with Jason, who told her that Charles DiLaurentis didn't exist. Charlie was Jason's imaginary friend when he was a kid.

Aria, Hanna, Emily, Spencer PLL 6x3
c/o PLL Wiki

At Dr. Sullivan's office, the Liars gathered for their session and were waiting for Spencer to arrive. When she got there, she explained what Jason told her, just as the session was about to start. Emily received a call from Sara's burner phone, only to find that it's a video of Sara sleeping, and A was standing over her with a knife. A instructed them to leave the office within 30 seconds, or A would kill Sara. The girls obey and leave the room, rushing back to Emily's house to check on Sara.

Back at Chez Fields, Emily's mom was glad to see all the girls. She informed them of Andrew's impending release and told them that they all need to go home and inform their families. Rosewood PD couldn't build a case against him as he had alibis for both Sara and Mona's kidnappings. The girls realized that if Andrew was still in police custody, he couldn't have been responsible for the video call.

Jessica, Alison, Jason, Charles DiLaurentis PLL Songs of Experience
c/o PLL Wiki

Armed with the news about Andrew, the girls head over to Casa DiLaurentis to share the news with Alison. They also tell her about Jason's imaginary friend. She suggested they search the house for proof in her parent's hiding places while her father was away. Hidden in a jar of buttons, Aria found a photo of Jason and Charles, proof that Kenneth DiLaurentis was lying. Alison told the girls she would confront her Dad with the picture as soon as he got home.

While walking home, the girls happen by the police station at the exact time that Andrew was released. Aria called out to him, and Andrew responded. He claimed that he had been looking for Aria, trying to figure out what had happened to all of them, trying to protect them, and look what had happened. He claimed that other towns had nice toxic dump, but Rosewood had the Pretty Little Liars. Toby offered Andrew a ride home, but Andrew declined and went on his way, leaving the Liars feeling guilty and surprised.

Emily, Spencer, Hanna, Aria, PLL Songs of Experience
c/o PLL Wiki

The girls stand and talk about Andrew, and eventually Hanna tells the others that Charles made her play a game in the Dollhouse. She told the others about the switches, and the girls learn that all of them played the game. However, despite what Charles led them to believe, none of the girls were ever shocked. Spencer claimed that it was all about control, and what Charles could make them do.

Back at Camp Fields, Emily arrives to find that Pam helped Sara cut her hair. She tells her that she likes it, and seems to understand why Sara did it.

Mama Hastings PLL Songs of Experience
c/o PLL Wiki

At Chez Hastings, Veronica Hastings is typical Veronica Hastings. Spencer tells her that all she looked forward to while in the Dollhouse was making it out. But now that she's out, she doesn't see a happy ending coming for any of them anytime soon.

Across town at the Marin House, Hanna looks through paint chips, trying to decide what color to paint her room.

In Montgomeryville, Aria snapped pictures of her room, focusing on one of her old dolls.

Charles watches Kenneth tell Jason and Alison his story PLL Songs of Experience
c/o PLL Wiki

Kenneth DiLaurentis returned home to Alison and Jason, who teamed up to get some answers. As Kenneth explained the story to his two children, a hooded figure stood outside the window.

Thoughts, Theories, and Random Facts

I'm not sure why it surprised me, but A sending that video of Sara sleeping, telling the girls not to talk to Dr. Sullivan? Wasn't expecting that.

Andrew being innocent on the other hand, that I think we all pretty much figured out.

Almost immediately after 6x1 aired, theorists on Tumblr called out the Dollhouse Milgram Experiment. It was nice to see the girls finally talk about what had happened.

Surprise, surprise, there is a Charles DiLaurentis in this family. Huh.

Sara Harvey takes a lot of showers. She acts really weird. Not sure if it's because of her experience, or if she's up to something? She constantly leaves the room at just the right time...

Alison thinking that everything is her fault. So far, I'm really liking how she's dealing with coming back to Rosewood. I want to see a lot more character development!

There's been a lot of focus on the Doll in Aria's room. Is there a clue in the Doll? Or is it just a little creepy given the Dollhouse?

So... this was the 3rd episode of the Summer Season. 7 more to go, and we haven't been given very many answers yet. But... I will say that this episode was very solid and entertaining. They moved along at a good pace, which is saying a loooot, lately. I'm liking what I've seen so far!

This Week's ChArles

Still sticking with my main three, but I'm switching up the order a little bit...

1. Wren... general shadiness, we don't know much about him...

2. Ezra... what is with him trying to convince Aria to write about everything lately? I'm beginning to wonder about that book of his, and I know that I'm not the only one. He could be writing it for himself, maybe he's doing it because A is blackmailing him? Outside of book potential, he's still acting really odd.

3. Jason's Twin... I can't shake the idea of this, given what we know about Jason. I have a lot of guesses about the Charles potential, but nothing really solid at this point.

Up next... Don't Look Now... wherein we hopefully get to find out what Kenneth DiLaurentis whispered to his kids, and why the people of Rosewood never turn around to look at their windows and see A staring them in. the. face.

-S

Friday, June 19, 2015

Fishbowl Friday *033*

Ohhhh what a week it has been. There's so much going on, between moving into Le Nouveau Chez Sparkle, getting Peanut adjusted to said new Maison, new Bedroom, aaaaand her big girl bed, plus Mr. Sparkle coming home? Craaaaaziness!

When I sit down to think about it, through all the change of the past 2 or so years, this blog has been such a constant. I've really needed that. And for the past 32 weeks, so has this series! So, despite all the packing, unpacking, scavenging, to-do lists, and organizing of all the things... it's nice to be able to pick a prompt out of the Fishbowl, just like every other Friday. I give you... TURQUOISE nails! 

Fishbowl Friday Turquoise Nails

Bright Pool by GAP

GAP Bright Pool

Bright Pool by GAP

Polishes Used: 

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats GAP Bright Pool 
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

To start off, let me apologize for the fact that these really only look like they're turquoise in the photos. In reality, Bright Pool is much more of a dusty teal. In fact, the last time I wore this in a layering, I used my iPhone rather than my Sony Cybershot. This time around, I stuck with the Cybershot. So... there's actually a little more of a green tinge to this than what you're seeing here. 

Bright Pool is a really pretty dusty teal with a faint purple shimmer running through it. It's a pretty shade that I've been meaning to wear again for a while now, so this prompt gave me the perfect chance! It's an older shade, and I remember being a little surprised that GAP had a polish like this in the first place. It's a dupe for Rescue Beauty Lounge Aqua Lily, a polish that cost 3 times the amount of this one! I haven't bought any polishes from GAP since this one, and I'm wondering if they still do polishes like this? I think I have a trio of minis somewhere that I still haven't tried. O.o 

And speaking of untried... I didn't fully realize just how many untried polishes were in my stash until I packed them up for Le Grande Move. I mean... seriously? It's a little embarassing. But, I'll probably just embrace it and turn it into a blog series! But don't get me started on indexing polishes for the stash... 

As much as I would love to sit down and paint my nails as usual this evening, it happens to be thee evening I've been waiting for, precipitating the weekend I've been looking forward to, and the time in general that Mr. Sparkle, Peanut, and I have all been counting down to. Mr. Sparkle coming home. For good this time. So... Happy Friday... hope you have a GREAT Weekend. I know that I'm definitely going to! It's time for a sparklepack reunion... aaaand it feeeeels so goooooood!!! 

#FF2015

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

SinfulColors Snow Me White

I don't know about you, but I love the look of white nails during any season, especially Summer. It's got that whole fresh and chic vibe going on. And this is one of the first white polishes I've used that hasn't been problematic! Snow Me White FTW!!!

Snow Me White SinfulColors

Snow Me White by SinfulColors

SinfulColors Snow Me White

Snow Me White by SinfulColors

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats SinfulColors Snow Me White*
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

Today, my nails are fresh, happy, blank little canvases. And I kind of like them that way! It's funny... I read a lot about how Snow Me White was the perfect white and a great base for nail art, but I never really tried to see if the rumors were true!

Until now!

I was honestly surprised that this polish covered so well in just 3 coats. No streaks, and if I'm not mistaken, a little bit of self-leveling going on. Nothing wrong with that! Snow Me White is a really clean, bright pop that I just looooove right now. It honestly would be the perfect canvas for some nail art, but I'm not sure if I want to try anything new right now. It's been 2 nights at Le Nouveau Chez Sparkle and I've still got a ton upon a ton of things to do! So... we'll have to see!

In other news, if you haven't checked in a while, SinfulColors Official Website has been redesigned. I've noticed there's been a big push for responsive design all around the web lately. Thankfully, this old theme has it already. But it's got me thinking about trying out a new look, not gonna lie!

Snow Me White is part of SinfulColors Having a Blast Collection. You can find it on display at Walgreens and other mass retailers for $1.99 a bottle! The full Having a Blast Collection also contains Blue By You, Green Ocean, Hot Spot, Out of This World, Ruby Ruby, and Star Blast-Off. Follow SinfulColors on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

*provided by PR for review. All thoughts, views, and opinions are my own.

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