The Nail Polish Shades We’re Most Excited about in Fall-Winter 2014

This is a post mostly for the girls in our readership, so sorry guys if we’re boring you with nail polish shades talk, but as most of my female buddies know, there’s no such thing as too many nail polish bottles in one’s collection, if you happen to have a thing for this. Getting your hands on a new order of polishes is like receiving Christmas gifts in advance or the best candy of your life. I’ve witness female friends exhibit a strange Smeagol glow in their eyes while they were unwrapping their new polish bottles and calling them “precious” (ok, that may be an exaggeration, but you get the idea). The point is, everyone using nail polishes is always a bit excited about how shiny and candy-like new nail polish shades can be, and as soon as a new season hits, it can be pretty awesome to see what new collections the big brands will release.

So, for today, we’ve made a small selection of the nail polish shades we’re most excited about in the current season of fall-winter 2014. If summer seasons are usually known for neon colors and jelly textures, when fall hits in, nail polish shades take a turn to the darker side and become rich and saturated. But besides this general guideline, not every shade you can expect to see in the fall is along the dark red or brown or plum lines. Things can get pretty interesting, especially since fall colors are usually released together with nail polish shades for the winter holidays, which are especially glitzy and creative and party-fit. Without further ado, these are the top 5 nail polish shades we’re most excited about for this current season of fall-winter 2014.

1. OPI Cinnamon Sweet (from the Gwen Stefani Winter Holiday 2014 collection)

OPI Cinnamon Sweet

OPI Cinnamon Sweet

Everyone loves red nail polish shades since they are considered a classic and feminine answer to matching almost any outfit. A drop of red can revive anything and works with every skin tone. But even though red is a classic for all the right reasons, it can also get a bit predictable and boring. Well, this seems to be precisely the kind of dilemma which the Cinnamon Sweet shade was created: a different kind of red, with a softer edge and velvet undertones crossing the borders between pink and coral. You can’t quite put your finger on what kind of a red it is, all you know is that it looks soft and pretty, like a cinnamon bun. Oh, and the color was Gwen Stefani’s idea, so now we have all the more reason to get it.

2. OPI Viking in a Vinter Vonderland (from the OPI Nordic collection for Winter 2014)

OPI Viking in a Vinter Vonderland

OPI Viking in a Vinter Vonderland

Speaking of fall colors, purple is another classic, and from all the nail polish shades that we’ve seen over the last years, Viking in a Vinter Vonderland is the prettiest. It’s as deep as a six-month Finland night and you feel tempted to stare into it as into a bottomless purple abyss. Also, any dark purple or dark blue would make a wonderful base for our next entry on the list, the star of the nail polish shades for this season.

3. OPI Comet in the Sky (from the OPI Nordic Collection for Winter 2014)

OPI Comet in the Sky

OPI Comet in the Sky

The prettiest nails in the entire galaxy, pun intended. Sure, we’ve all seen our fair share of glitter nail polishes, but not quite as fascinating as this one. Applied over a dark blue base, as in the picture here, this irregular galaxy-like glitter can create the most mesmerizing effect on your nails, the kind of thing you previously only got from a pro session at the salon.

4. Orly Tinsel (from the Holiday 2014 Sparkle Collection)

Orly Tinsel

Orly Tinsel

Another great glitter polish, this one basically screams Christmas when applied over a simple white base, as in the picture here. The long green bar glitter looks just like pine needles, white the small red glitter makes everything festive and tingly. One of the best choices of the season to apply over light nail polish shades (right after Comet in the Sky, which remains our absolute fave).

5. Zoya Dovima (from the Matte Velvet 2014 collection)

Zoya Dovima

Zoya Dovima

You will be going to a lot of parties in the coming holiday season, and a little black dress never fails to impress. While shiny and glittery nails are almost a go-to for any party opportunity, consider how classy and satin-like a matte black would look on your nails, especially one with such a delicate and eerie silver shimmer. Even though glitter nail polish shades are awesome, try something different.

The 10 Funniest Hair Salon Names

It’s clear that going to a new hairdresser for the first time is one of life’s scariest experiences. Would it help if they have a funny hair salon name for it? It sure would.

Curl Up & Dye

Funniest Hair Salon Names

This is a classic name for a hair salon in the UK, with a very nice play on words. I’m sure I’ve seen a few places with this name in my time but I can never resist a little smile every time I see one.

Hair Dot Com…b

Funniest Hair Salon Names

This is either the cleverest funny hair salon name I’ve seen or the worst. I just can’t seem to make my mind up about it. Actually, I reckon it might be the worst and most contrived but still funny.

The Chainsaw Massacre Salon

Funniest Hair Salon Names

When it comes to scary hair salon names it doesn’t get much better than the Chainsaw Massacre Salon. What the hell do they do to your hair in this place anyway? Most times I’ve had my hair cut they’ve used the traditional scissors and comb approach instead of whipping out large pieces of industrial machinery.

You’re Gorgeous, But What’s With the Hair?

Funniest Hair Salon Names

This is a very good question in this funny hair salon name. You might be smartly dressed and looking good but what about your freaking hair? If you are gorgeous but your hair is an utter disgrace then it seems to make sense to get it sorted. Why didn’t you think about this before?

Ass Hair Salon

Funniest Hair Salon Names

I have genuinely no idea why you would call your hair cutting business Ass Hair Salon. To be honest, the possible reasons for this name don’t really bear thinking about anyway.

Hairkiller

Funniest Hair Salon Names

Do you want your hair to be cut or killed? It might not be a question you are used to being asked but this funny hair salon name does just that.

Rock Paper Scissors

Funniest Hair Salon Names

This is a pretty ingenuous name for a hair salon, although I hope that the stylists don’t choose between those three different implements to cut your hair with. My nephew has just learned how to play this game but he simply chooses scissors every single time. He still manages to beat me most of the time.

Shear-N-Dipity

Funniest Hair Salon Names

This is another of those hair salon names that treads that fine line between creative genius and blooming awful puns. It is based on the word serendipity, meaning happy surprise or coincidence. Does this means that you will get a pleasant surprise when you get exactly the haircut you wanted?

Hair Potato

Funniest Hair Salon Names

This is another inexplicably funny hair salon name. In fact, I’m not even sure that it is a hair salon, although the internet tells me that it is. Why would you call your hair salon Hair Potato? It sounds like the kind of place where they would make you look like a tuber. What would you even want that?

Destroy Hair & Beauty Salon

Funniest Hair Salon Names

Do you want your hair destroyed or just cut? It’s a tough choice, isn’t it? I’m not sure if they use chainsaws in here or not. It would certainly give me a bit of fear about going in here, which might make the whole hair salon experience a bit more exciting.

Twitter Vs Facebook: What is Best?

Twitter vs Facebook is the battle of giants in the social network world. It’s difficult to compare the two websites and decide which one is ultimately a vector for the Internet’s future, due to their inherently different roles in the impossibly complex system of Internet pages. They each became online icons that cover a different niche in your needs and that can be considered the main reason why both of them survived, with neither engulfing the other. What are their strong and weak points, and how do we determine which business is better than the other? 

1.     Facebook has more features

Twitter vs Facebook

It’s not the just the two and a half years head start that Facebook’s logo has over Twitter’s. It’s also the fact that Facebook always aimed to become an all-encompassing product, going beyond the basic pokes and friend’s feed. Of course, it managed to accomplish its integration aims with various levels of success. Facebook is still the main instrument for those who want to organize events, particularly unofficial or small scale ones, like house parties or local concerts. It also has the instant chat feature that, alongside Google Hangouts, basically killed the need for an IM client like MSN or Yahoo! Messengers. Add to that the option to sync a permanent photo collection that you can choose who to share it with, the plethora of apps that are available and the “group” option, which pretty much made mailing lists obsolete. Hence, you can see why people find it so difficult to disconnect from Facebook, even when they declare their intentions in doing so, with Facebook’s management going all the way to integrate every possible online need into one product.

2.     Twitter has less features (and that’s a good thing)

Twitter vs Facebook

Twitter is keeping it simple and, although it is possible to have most of the Facebook options through third parties (the possibility of posting status updates by linking to YouTube videos, photo websites etc.) that is not and was never the point, the main appeal being still the ability to communicate small messages to large crowds. Twitter clicks much better with the millennial crowd, which know that less buttons on a device is a good thing and that it’s the freedom to use those buttons the way you want that makes or breaks a product.

3.     Twitter is for new friends, Facebook is for the old ones

Twitter vs Facebook

“Facebook is for connecting with the people you went to school with and Twitter is for people you wished you had gone to school with” they say. But the use of the word “friend” for other accounts you are connected to is not incidental. Facebook is much more a medium through which to keep contact and send messages to people you have already met, while Twitter rather enables us to follow people that you will never meet in person. In the Twitter vs Facebook debate, Twitter is the one that a fan of privacy would rather use. Twitter gives the opportunity to connect with people that you would not be connecting with in everyday life, and less of an emphasis on using a real name makes it easier to keep your Internet persona separate from your physical world.

4.     Facebook can be overwhelming and is turning into a corporate playground

Twitter vs Facebook

An Internet adage decrees that the reason Facebook is losing its young users is because “young people see Facebook the way adults see LinkedIn”. The fact that your mum, your teacher and your future (or current) boss are buying into Facebook pushed many of its users, particularly the all-important teenage demographic to other social network solutions, like Snapchat, Tumblr and Twitter. Furthermore, Facebook has become such an obvious way of reaching audiences for companies that the ads, the deceiving apps and the constant asking for likes can get quite tiresome.

5.     Both of their future is uncertain

Twitter vs Facebook

While both Twitter and Facebook continue to increase the number of users who login every day, recent studies are finding that the rate at which new users are joining in is going down and has been doing so for a while. The best guess is that some sort of social network peak has been reached for both services, which might announce the end of the Twitter vs Facebook era, with a new generation looming on the horizon.

The Worst Poetry in the World

There are good poems and there are bad poems in the world. Then there is the worst poetry in the world on a whole different level of its own. These are the poems that make your eyes bleed and make you want to forget all the words you have ever learned.

My Heart is a Wiffle Ball / Freedom Pole – Kristen Stewart

I reared digital moonlight

You read its clock, scrawled neon across that black

Worst Poetry in the World

The readers of Marie Claire magazine were deeply honoured to be able to read all of Kristen Stewart’s bold attempt at writing the world’s worst poem. She said that doesn’t want to sound “f**king utterly pretentious” but that after writing her delicious poems she thinks, “Holy f**k, that’s crazy”. With those delightful turns of phrase and imaginative use of vocabulary it is easy to see why she writes poetry.

The Tay Bridge Disaster – William McGonagall

For the stronger we our houses do build

The less chance we have of being killed.

Worst Poetry in the World

Scottish poet McGonagall is widely regarded as being the worst poet to have ever written horrible stuff on pieces of paper in an overly earnest way. His Tay Bridge Disaster is a genuine disaster and is often called the worst poem of all time. Oh I don’t know, a lady called Jennifer might have a thing or two to say about that.

Lucky in Love – Jennifer Aniston

You’ve brought luck to love

I’ve been hit by a truck in love

Worst Poetry in the World

Anyone who has ever been hit by a truck in love – and I think it’s safe to say we have all been at some point – knows exactly what Jen is getting at in this profound poem. She’s telling us that when someone brings you luck in love you can expect to get smashed by a heavy goods vehicle before they dump you. She wrote it as a tribute to the charming and not at all sleazy slimeball John Mayer.

Remembrance of Who I am – Britney Spears

You trick me one, twice, now it’s three

Look who’s smiling now /Damn, it’s good to be me!

The Worst Poetry in the World 

Ah Britney, you had the world at your feet and you tripped up and fell over it. Hit Me Baby One More Time was clearly a word of dark, twisted, poetic genius. However, this cringe inducing poem is just awful. It might not be the worst poetry in the world ever but it has got to be in the top ten.

A Poem for Dzhokhar- Amanda Palmer

You don’t know how orgasmic the act of taking in a lungful of oxygen is

Until they hold your head under the water

Worst Poetry in the World

Is it time to be controversial yet? As this is now the 21st century I reckon that it’s safe to say that I really don’t like Shakespeare’s poems at all. We all know phrases from his works, like “star cross lovers”, “all that glitters is not gold” and “a gangster’s paradise”. Hang on, that was Coolio, wasn’t it? Bill wrote about “a fool’s paradise”. He is said to have contributed more phrases to the English language than anyone else. That was nice of him but I still don’t like his poems. Having said that, next to Amanda Palmer the Bard looks like, actually, he looks like Shakespeare.

A Dog Named Beau – Jimmy Stewart

He’d dig up a rosebush just to spite me

And when I’d grab him, he’d turn to bite me.

Worst Poetry in the World

Jimmy Stewart turned up on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson to delight the watching world with a hideous poem about his dead dog. It was gruesome stuff.

A Tragedy – Theophile Jules-Henri Marzials

Drop

Dead

Plop, flop

Plop

Worst Poetry in the World

Some people have called this the single worst line from a poem in history. It’s really hard to build up a convincing case to suggest otherwise.

The Weird Magazines You Can Read if You Really Want to

 

 

 

 

 

 

We already knew that the world was a strange place but who knew that it was this freaking strange? The list of the weird magazines you can read if you want to is long and unsettlingly compelling.

Sheep!

The Weird Magazines You Can Read if You Really Want to

For me, the thing that really elevates this magazine into the realms of the best ovine publication around is the fact that there is an excitable exclamation mark in the name. They really, really want this to be a cracking good read that gets you excited, don’t they? The story about making buttons from sheep horns sounds especially fascinating.

Crappie World

The Weird Magazines You Can Read if You Really Want to

Apart from having the best magazine name in the entire known universe, Crappie World also looks like a riveting read. Spawn’s Over What’s Next? they ask. If I’m being honest I have absolutely no idea but now that you mention it I wouldn’t mind finding out.

Knives Illustrated

The Weird Magazines You Can Read if You Really Want to

If you thought that knives were just for cutting things then it could be time to think again. These useful kitchen implements can also form the basis of a satisfying and moderately healthy obsession. I mean hobby.

Fashion Doll

The Weird Magazines You Can Read if You Really Want to

Anyone who likes to dress up creepy dolls in a sinister fashion outfit will be rushing to buy this weird magazine as fast as their legs can carry them. Sadly, it appears to be only a quarterly publication, so you will have a few sad, empty months in your life while you wait for the next edition.

Miniature Railway

The Weird Magazines You Can Read if You Really Want to

I find it scarcely believable that any person of sound mind could fill a magazine with “52 pages of miniature railway content”. My mind is at least put at ease by the banner proclaiming it as the “UK’s action-packed miniature railway guide”. Here was me thinking that it might be just a little bit dull and lacking in action.

Portable Restroom Operator

The Weird Magazines You Can Read if You Really Want to

It must be a lonely business operating a portable restroom. Sure, there’s the buzz of taking it to the latest destination and the thrill of seeing people from different cities poop in it but wouldn’t it be great if you could reach out and network with other portable restroom operators? This weird magazine promises very little to anyone who hasn’t built a career out of transporting toilets around. Which is just about every single person in the whole world, really.

Miniature Donkey Talk

The Weird Magazines You Can Read if You Really Want to

Owning a miniature donkey used to be a hobby fraught with danger. It really was a step into the unknown, as you worried about what would happen if the little chap became obese, suffered from winter colic or even got a deadly cough. Even worse, what is the situation with regards to your liability for loose donkeys? It was almost enough to put you off the idea of buying a tiny donkey in the first place.

Bacon Busters

Weird Magazines

So, you not only like hunting hogs but you also like reading about other people hunting them, eh? Have you ever considered a new hobby? I hear that miniature railways offer a lot of pleasure and action.

Girls and Corpses

Weird Magazines

In the world of weird magazines you need to go a long way to beat Girls and Corpses. I chose one of the more subtle covers for you to peruse but I reckon that you get the idea.