Thursday, October 10, 2013

Dexter series finale - all a big WTF

 This post contains spoilers about the series finale of Dexter 

Just finished watching the series finale of Dexter and I am so seriously pissed. I am even more pissed than the time after watching the Lost series finale. 

This show had definitely past its prime but I was still hopeful that the series finale would tie things up nicely if not satisfactorily, at least provide some closure for the fans. But noooo, the whole episode was just one big mind fuck. Pissed! Pissed! Pissed! 

I would have been happy with 
(i) everybody dead
(ii) everybody not dead + happily ever after
(iii) Dexter dead
(iv) everybody dead but Dexter (in a twisted denial of happiness ending)
(v) fade to black on an ambiguous ending
(vi) Hell, suddenly go black a-la Sopranos. 

so you see, I'm good, I'm flexible, you had options writers!

Things that made me go WTF!?

1) They killed Oliver Saxon like what? Halfway through the episode? At least it felt like halfway through cause the rest of the ep after that just dragged on FOREVER unnecessarily.

2) WTF was up with Masuka's daughter?? Why the hell did they intro her as a character at all if they weren't going to build anything of it? Was it just for the excuse of showing us her titties in that titty bar scene? Hell, they weren't even all that great!

3) The final scene of Dexter at the log cabin. Who else was like "Holy Brokeback Mountain scene stealing shit!"?

4) WTF did Debra say to Quinn at the hospital as they're wheeling her away?

5) So, basically, Dexter was able to unplug the ventilator without any alarms going off, wheel Deb out of the hospital IN FRONT of all those people (when he clearly was not staff), pick her up and carry her to the boat and NO ONE stops him or even flinches!? I'm all for suspending belief but this is freaking fantasy land!

6) GSR test on Saxon hours and hours later!? Writers, you could have at least have the decency to come up with a more credible excuse!

7) How fucking impotent is Angel? He's the biggest easy-going, hippie police captain on TV I've ever seen.

8) What freaking rhyme or reason is there for Dexter to give Deb a sea burial?And he somehow manages to utterly destroy his boat but still make it out alive?

Only Hannah McKay somehow manages to come out of this still smelling like roses. She didn't do anything out of her character and Yvonne Strahovski is at the very least, easy on the eyes.

Goodbye Dexter. Good luck on your new role as Paul Bunyan.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

31DC2013 Day 29 : Inspired by the Supernatural < bloodlust >

When did vampires become sexy?
I blame Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt!

Day 29 of the 31 Day Challenge is "Inspired by the Supernatural". Thinking about what to do for this theme gave me all sorts of ideas for Halloween nails. ;)

Vampire films/ TV shows seem to be everywhere now. You have pretty boy ones, ferocious undead ones and those that look like they walked out of GQ magazine. One thing they all have in common though - the fangs and the whole blood sucking thing. So while I was inspired by this promo poster for the TV series "True Blood", this imagery is definitely applicable to all of those creatures of the night.

The focus of this image is on the lips and that's what I chose to do on my nails. 

It looks like a simple lips design but I took a really long time trying to do the shading on the lips and tongue (which seems to have a life of its own, lol).

The nail polish is Revlon - Scandalous, a black jelly with regular sized + tiny sized magenta hex glitters. The jelly is a little on the watery side, with a tendency to flood the cuticles but I think the polish is so pretty! The glitters really give off that glow from within look! This is 3 coats with no topcoat.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

31DC2013 Day 28 : Inspired by a Flag < patriotic flowers >

The theme for Day 28 of the 31 Day Challenge is Inspired by a Flag. Well, it would be awesome to do a mani inspired by Singapore's flag. However, we just celebrated our national day in August and I did a mani inspired by our flag then so I thought I'd do a mani inspired by our national flower, the orchid instead!

Just something simple: a two orchid nail design featuring one in full bloom and one still in the bud. 

On my other nails is one of the awesome Julie G series of gumdrop textured polishes. This is Crushed Candy, a pink base with LOTS of silver micro glitter that's so super sparkly even without top coat! It dries really fast and removal is a piece of cake. Love these so much! Wish they'd put out more colours!

This mani is also part of a series of Breast Cancer Awareness manis that quite a few girls on Instagram are taking part in. Come join us! Paint your nails pink and tag your manis #bcaMani2013 and #PolishUsPink.

here's my post on Instagram for this mani: link

Sunday, September 29, 2013

31DC2013 Day 27 : Inspired by Artwork < the universal language >

Many western cultures have Saint Valentines and Cupid. The Chinese have the legend of the Weaving maiden

The Italians call it "Amare", the French call it "Aimer". In English it is called "LOVE" - the universal language that transcends race, borders and in many cases, even language!

And so, that famous "Love sculpture", created by Robert Indiana, replicas of which are present in many countries, is my inspiration for Day 27 of the 31 Day Challenge - Inspired by Artwork.

There are several colour variants of this sculpture but we most associate the colour red with love so that's the main colour I chose for my design, with blue as the background accent. 

I've swatched Jindie Nails - Burrrberry on my other fingers. This is 3 coats with topcoat. Burrrberry is an off-white (sort of grayish white) crelly, with different sized round, hex and square glitters in pink, blue and magenta. Just the perfect amount of glitter to base mix. Really good formula! One of my favourite white based glitter polishes!

Friday, September 27, 2013

31DC2013 Day 26 : Inspired by a Pattern < retro circles >

If you look closely enough, you'll see patterns everywhere, in our daily life. On the grooves of the sidewalk, the perfectly aligned metal steel rods on worksites, your grandma's curtains... *chuckle*, that's what this pattern that I've chosen for Day 26 of the 31 Day Challenge reminds me of.

It's a groovy, repeating circles design, in these very retro colours. I can picture those dancers on Soul Train wearing pants from these patterns!

This is the original pattern that served as inspiration for my design

And my corresponding mani

If you'll notice, the colours on my middle and ringfinger are slightly different. I painted the design on my middle finger first and felt that the colours looked too washed out, so I made all the shades a tad darker for my ring finger's design and I think it turned out brilliantly, although one could argue that the colours on the first attempt give off an overall softer feel.

The polish on my other fingers is Darling Diva Polish - Caramel Martini. I's an off-white crelly base with black, yellow, pink glitters in various sizes. As with all her polishes, a dream to apply! This is 3 thin coats with top coat.

I was a little unsure about how successfully this pattern would translate to my nails but I think it turned out well. Let me know what you think!