A Dose of Reality

Posted on October 1st, 2011 by Jean

There’s not much I like more than being sucked into a reality show. I have a real addiction to mind-numbing reality t.v. I’ll record my favorites when they’re not on hiatus, like Project Runway, Flipping Out, Giuliana & Bill, Worst Cooks in America, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Next Food Network Star, and Design Star.
This week I caught three shows that were new to me. The first was Nail Files. Nail Files stars an entrepreneur, Katie Cazorla, as she builds her business, The Painted Nail, a boutique salon in southern California. As I tuned in, she was confronting a thieving employee and trying to fire her publicist all while launching her new line of nail polish. Her bubbly personality kept me enchanted whether she was greeting a celeb. who happened to stop by, or showing her fiance how to use his new Shark steam machine. I’m rooting for Katie to make it.
Nail Files airs on TVGuide Network. You can catch three episodes Sunday, October 9th at 11am EST.
The second show I caught was Sweet Genius. Oh my goodness, the host is a visual freak. I was distracted by how much eyeliner and mascara he was wearing. Then, when he opened his mouth, nothing but snobby remarks with a french accent emerged. Who’s the genius? Why do we care?
Sweet Genius is hosted by Ron Ben-Israel. He dares the entrants to create a dessert with unusual required ingredients inspired by objects which in no way resemble or remind one of a dessert. For instance, using potato chips, brie and dragon fruit, remind us of a pair of high heels. No matter what is presented, he’ll lift his bulbous nose and declare it unfit for human consumption. Yet, at the end, someone is crowned the Sweet Genius. Don’t waste your time.
Sweet Genius airs on the Food Network Thursdays 10pm/9pm central.
The third reality show I caught was Lizard Lick Towing. One word: scripted. I hate the obvious script in reality shows. The key players are Amy, Ronnie and Bobby. We can just lump the guys into one because I really couldn’t tell you who was who. Scene 1: Ronnie Bobby has to fly to Florida to repo. a boat because his scrawny little repo. friend can’t attempt it on his own. As Ronnie Bobby arrives at the beach, little friend calls and requests immediate help. Ronnie Bobby putt around on a boat for about an hour before spotting the delinquent boat owner. Cutting to the chase, Ronnie Bobbie leaps from a jet ski into the boat and tosses the driver overboard. Unbelievable. Meanwhile Amy is being yelled at by a couple whose car was towed at a company party. Her water breaks (did I mention she was pregnant?), and the verbally abusive couple apologizes and calls her an ambulance. Ronny Bobby catches the next flight home in time to kiss his new baby girl, Maggie May “Magpie” atop her scrumptious little head. Total waste of time.
Lizard Lick airs on TruTV Mondays at 9:30pm EST.
• Have you been sucked into Reality TV?
• Name a favorite and least-favorite reality show.
• Would you give any of these three shows a chance?

Fiverr Review

Posted on July 20th, 2010 by Jean

Fiverr is a new site where you can offer or purchase services for $5.00. Fiverr makes money by keeping $1 of every sale. There is no fee to open an account, and no fee for placing an ad.
Offering your services is simple. Just fill in the blank.

Within 24 hours of placing my ad for photoshop services, I received four job offers.
• Job One ~ Create a banner for a website.
This client was easy to work with. He provided a sample, dimensions, favorite colors, and a vision for his end product. I created his banner and allowed for two revisions. He liked both samples, and asked if he could hire me to create an entirely different look for $5.00. I declined, but he contacted me a week later, saying he liked my work the best, and hired me for one more revision.
• Job Two ~ Create a button for a website.
It was a little trickier understanding what this client needed. He directed me to two “iffy” websites. One site had multiple pop-up windows, and the other was a blank template. He finally sent me a jpg of what he wanted, which I easily recreated. This is a good time to note that Fiverr is not responsible for any viruses you may download.
• Job Three ~ Photoshop a sign.
The client provided one of his real estate listings, asking me to change the business signage. I didn’t feel I could do so believably, so I turned down this offer.
• Job Four ~ Create 5 banners.
This client wanted 5 banners in various sizes for her gecko related website. She really expected more than what I was offering, so I turned her down.

One year ago, I paid CartoonMe $5.11 to cartoon me, and to be frank, it stunk. (Original post here.)
I thought I’d try my luck at Fiverr.
I browsed the ads, found an artist, placed my order, and paid through Paypal.

The artist’s ad promised completion of work within 4 days. She contacted me immediately and shared that she was extremely busy. Five days after placing my order, she claimed her Paypal account was frozen, and canceled my job.
My second artist offered to transform me into a Spongebob character. One day later, well under the deadline date, Beck sent me this work of art.

I love it!
If you want to hire Beck, click here. For all the ins and outs of Fiverr, check out their website here.
• Can you see yourself using Fiverr?
• Can you see yourself as a Spongebob character?

Operation Rewind

Posted on May 16th, 2010 by Jean

If you hadn’t seen someone for twenty years, wouldn’t you want to look your best for the reunion? That is exactly the predicament I recently faced. Facebook reunites me with friends from my past, and lucky for me, one was was planning a trip to Vegas. We conversed for months making plans to meet for lunch while she was in town.
Although I dragged my feet for a while, by April Operation Rewind was underway. I needed to recapture my youthful glow!
Step 1: Exfoliate.
I’m a big fan of Bobbi Brown’s Beach Scrub. Alas, my wallet is not. I was able to find a new creation, the Bobbi Brown Sandbar. Quick Review: Bobbi, your sandbar hurt me. The sand was so rough it was akin to rubbing cut glass on my legs. A bit harsh? Yeah, so was your sandbar until the sandy layer washed away after only two uses. Now I am left with a 1″x2″ bar of beach-scented soap.
My first and possibly 2nd layer of skin removed, I was now ready for …
Step 2: Self-Tanning.
Jergens Natural Glow for Fair Skin turned me from translucent to pale without a hint of orange. I still have my Chanel face tanner from last year, and slathered that on too. Slightly bronzy facial skin achieved.
Step 3: Teeth Whitening
Found Crest’s Premium Whitestrips under my sink and said, “What the heck.” Noticeably whiter teeth after three uses.
Step 4: Pedicure
No funds for the local nail salon, so I clipped, filed and painted my own toes. Rocking OPI’s – Sweet As Annie-Thing! from their 90210 Collection.
Step 5: Wardrobe
Grabbed a lovely Forever 21 sundress from my closet, a gravity-defeating Victoria’s Secret strapless bra from my lingerie drawer, comfy Havaianas flip-flops, and I was good to go!
Unfortunately my friend was not. Her hotel overbooked and bumped her to another resort, causing her a lot of stress. Thus our lunch plans went kaput.
I hope her travels bring her back to Vegas soon. I’m not sure how long the effects of Operation Rewind last.
• How do you bring sexy back?
• Are you reconnecting on FaceBook?
• Are you cool with plans changing at the last minute?

Get Your Shopping Groove On!
Bobbi Brown Beach Sandbar
Jergen’s Natural Glow – Fair Tones
3) Chanel Precision Soleil Identite Perfect Colour Face Self Tanner SPF 8 – Dore ( Golden )
4) Crest Premium Whitestrips
5) OPI – Sweet As Annie-Thing!