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Friday, April 13, 2012

Pretty and Polished - Candy Coated

Today I have yet another indie polish to share with you. Candy Coated is a lacquer created by Pretty and Polished; you can purchase her polishes from her Etsy shop. Candy Coated consists of small round purple and pink glitter in a cool pink base. It covers nicely in three coats, and gives the appearance of a "jelly sandwich", without the extra layering that kind of manicure usually entails.


I actually kind of dislike taking manicure pictures while holding the tiny miniature sized bottles... so instead, you'll get this:





Yep, that's a mace. A Ukrainian "bulawa", to be precise. I got it during my first trip to Ukraine; I couldn't resist it, because honestly, how cool is that?! Don't worry, I didn't attempt to bring it home in my carry on luggage. I think that might have raised a few eyebrows. 

Early on in the lifetime of this blog, I wrote a post about some of my experiences travelling in Ukraine; I think I'd like to tell you a little more about my first impressions of life in Ukraine. The second time I visited Ukraine, it was to spend a semester teaching at a university. When people ask me what the biggest adjustments to life in Ukraine were, I often talk about the apartment I was living in.


Okay, so admittedly the trees weren't at their most photogenic, and the pavement was pretty ripped up, but after awhile I began to realize this was a pretty good area of town. Very close to the city centre, and a lot of the buildings were lovely old relics of the Austro-Hungarian era, but unfortunately in a state of disrepair.


Arriving at my apartment very late at night, and after a long couple days of travel, I wasn't exactly heartened by my first view of the interior of the building. Nor was the natural gas I could smell in the entryway very reassuring (especially in the older areas of the city, natural gas is the main way of heating buildings- with gas lines running everywhere, there is often a small leak here or there). 


The shower was another big adjustment for me, coming from the land of instantly available hot water from every tap. In order to have hot water for showering, one manually lights a gas fire under that metal cylinder of water, and then waits for it to heat up. After about 45 minutes, the water will be hot, and you'll have about 10 minutes for a shower. Additionally, when it comes to water, drinking from the tap is a no-no; only drink bottled water in Ukraine.


These gas burning furnaces were the method by which I could heat my apartment (apparently this style of heating is very common in the older areas of the city, but they do have more modern features in newer areas). They were quite inadequate for heating my apartment during the colder parts of winter, but once it turned into spring, it wasn't such a problem. It was a huge adjustment for me, to learn how to manually turn on the gas and light it safely. I was so worried about not doing it quickly enough and letting too much gas out! My elderly landlady laughed at my squeamishness, and I did get the hang out it eventually, but on my first night in the apartment it was a lot to take in. I was very careful to listen for the sound of the flames while I had the gas on during a windy day, because sometimes the flame would blow out, and then gas would just be running... not an ideal situation! 

These were the bigger challenges I experienced initially while adapting to Ukrainian life. Eventually I did adjust to the differences, and I'm very glad I spent time there! I met a lot of kind people, and it was very interesting to immerse myself in a different way of  life. 

I'll leave you with a quirky picture I took while in Ukraine; I often saw these teapots-on-a-fence-post around town, and I'm not sure what the deal is with them. If you know, please tell me!



21 comments:

  1. I love this color on you, so cute and lady-like! Having to light a fire every time I want hot water for my shower... I'll never complain about lukewarm shower water again! :D

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    1. Thanks! I thought it was quite a cute colour, too. And I agree- never again will I complain when my shower has slightly less than hot water.

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    2. By the way- thanks for following me! I love seeing new commenters! :)

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  2. I love Pretty and Polished so far as an indie polish.
    And omg the shower...it's like that in a lot of places I've traveled to myself, so sad! I never take running water (and running HOT water) for granted!!

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    1. I also ordered Jawbreaker by Pretty and Polished, and can't wait to try it- it looks so awesome.

      Oh, and I'll never take drinkable tap water for granted again, either. It's so nice to be able have safe drinking water straight from the tap!

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  3. Very cute polish, and know that you own a bulawa I'll thread carefully around you in the future LOL

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    1. LOL. Having a mace around the house is always a good idea! So useful. Especially in the event of a zombie attack. :P

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  4. That is a gorgeous color! They only come in mini bottles?

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    1. I believe they also are available in the full size, but I just decided to get the smaller one for this colour. I just took a peek at her Etsy store, and there are a couple mini polishes left, but most everything else seems to be sold out.

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  5. That is so pretttty and the bulawa is super cool looking! Haha and I love the teapots-on-a-fence trend, I wonder what it means!

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    1. I wish I knew- it's so quirky and cute looking!

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  6. oh wow! i have to agree, carrying that on your carry on would had raise more than a few eyebrows! lol amazing pictures! :) and i love candy coated on you!

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    1. Thanks- and I'm glad you liked the pictures!

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  7. That polish is super cute! And as for hot water, I learned it was something I took for granted when I went to Brazil. Boy, did I learn my lesson...

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    1. How long did you spend in Brazil? I'd love to see some of your pictures! Maybe you can do a blog post about it?

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  8. I never even knew there was nail polish on Etsy...and I love Etsy!! Thanks for sharing! Such a uniquely pretty color!

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    1. Selling handmade nail polish via Etsy has become a big trend lately- there are some really awesome and unique handmade lacquers out there! Definitely worth checking out. Glad you liked this one. :)

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  9. Lovely polish! I LOVE the teapot on the fence. It's so weird and cute!

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    1. Hah, it's pretty quirky and adorable, isn't it? If I ever find out what the deal is with that, I'll be sure to enlighten everyone!

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  10. Great stories, thank you for sharing!! :) It was pretty cool to see the bulawa as a manicure prop...you may be the first person in human history to ever do that.

    I asked a local about the teapot on the fence and he didn't know, said he had never seen anything like that in his life. Maybe it's a western Ukraine thing? I'll keep asking around!

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    1. Hah! Yeah, that could definitely be a first ever. Ohh, thanks for asking around- if you ever do find out, please let me know! And you've never seen them in eastern Ukraine? Hmm, maybe it is just a western Ukraine thing.

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