Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Halloween Nail Art

I finally have a chance to share my Halloween mani's with you guys! I've done two so far this year: a quick & easy dotticure that any beginner can do and a more detailed intermediate freehand design. I'll probably squeeze one more in before Halloween to match my costume but I am LOVING how cute this one turned out.
I wish I had taken photos along the way so I could have showed you guys a step-by-step of how I did it but I didn't think about it until it was too late. I painted the base colors Saturday night and did the art throughout the day on Sunday. It was a lot of fun even though I almost took the whole thing off about 3 times during the process. I over-think everything and it didn't really come together until the very end. I'm so glad I didn't give up on it though because it really is adorable!
I always grab a couple of swatch sticks to practice on before doing a design on my nails. The purple on this stick is different from the purple on my nails because I just had this one laying around already dry. You might also notice I ended up adding a touch of silver to the spider's web on my nails. That helped it look more separate from the spider and gave it that slight shimmer web tends to have.
For this mani I used: 
Bonita 'Lacquer Treats', 'Cocktails & Carving', & 'Wicked Good Time'
Sinful Colors 'Snow Me White' & 'Black on Black'
Sally Hansen - Tripe Shine 'Pink Coconut'
Salon Perfect Striper 'Silver Plated'
L.A. Colors Art Deco Striper 'Black' & 'White'
Seche Vite
Dotting Tools
Also shown: Plastic lid used as a paint pallette & practice nail sticks.
My original inspiration for the mani was Bonita's 'Witches Ball' collection which was new for Halloween this year. I found mine at Rite Aid for $2.50 a bottle. They all have adorable Halloween themed names like 'Dying to Party' & 'Too Cute to Spook'. Each color is a really nicely pigmented opaque cream packed with shimmer. It's rare to find this much shimmer in a polish that's more of a cream so I had to get the whole set. There's also something about the shape of these bottles I find really nice on the eye. Even though these are Halloween polishes I'm already planning a couple of Christmas mani's with the red, white, & green.
 You might recall the design I did on the orange nails from last year around this time. I didn't want a big design on every nail because often times I think it's just too much. After I painted the spider and Frankenstein's bride I found the plain orange nails to be quite boring but I didn't want a lot on them so this simple design I painted last year came to mind. This is a great design for beginners and it can be done with a single striper or striping brush.
Even easier than lines is this quickie dotticure I did a few days ago. I had this on right before I spent the weekend creating the detailed mani above. The color combos are endless and all you need is a dotting tool.

Wishing you all a safe and happy Halloween!
      (These products were not sent to me by their maker, brand, or a sponsor to review.I purchased the products myself or acquired them on my own.As always,the views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Seche - Snapdragon & L'Oreal Color Riche Nail Lingerie

How gorgeous is this mani!!??
I received this polish and these wraps in swaps with a couple of my awesome polish pals. I absolutely love the fishnet pattern and the little touches of bling here and there. Although I'm a die hard Seche Vite fan, this was actually the first Seche polish I've used and the formula is wonderful. I will definitely be on the lookout for deals on more Seche colors in the future.
For the mani above, I used 2 coats of Seche 'Snapdragon' which is a bright pink creme with a hint of magenta. I topped it with Seche Vite top coat and let dry completely before applying the wraps.
I applied the L'Oreal Color Riche Nail Lingerie wraps in 'Razzle Be Dazzle' as directed on the package and they looked great at first. I did my mani in the evening after dinner and it looked awesome when I went to bed that night but sadly, I woke up the next morning to this...
All peeling up was from the tips. Now, I can't say this is for sure an issue with the quality of the wraps because I don't use wraps often enough to say. It very well could have been something I did wrong or didn't do at all. I was a little bummed but I got a good pic first and they did peel right off without ruining the mani underneath or leaving any stickiness behind so I wasn't that mad.
     (These products were not sent to me to review.I purchased this product myself or acquired it on my own.As always,the views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.)

Friday, October 24, 2014

Costume SuperCenter - Leg Avenue Women's Plus Size Tulle Petticoat

Halloween is right around the corner!

Costume SuperCenter offers over 8,000 different costumes and accessories in the latest styles and from the hottest licenses including Disney, Marvel, Nickelodeon, Barbie, Star Wars, Superman, Universal, Playboy, and so many others. In addition to a huge selection of full costumes, Costume SuperCenter also has all sorts of accessories to really bring your costume together.
I have been wanting a petticoat to go under the cute costumes I already own for quite a while so when Costume SuperCenter offered to send me a product to review I was excited to see this White Tulle Layered Plus Size Petticoat from Leg Avenue on their website. 
The petticoat instant puffs to life as soon as you take it out of the package. It's made of 100% nylon and is super fluffy which is exactly what I wanted to give my skirts lots of poof.
The elastic waist band is super stretchy and comfortable. This should fit any plus size gal from a 1X-3X quite comfortably. Why would a girl who's already curvy want to wear a petticoat? Check out this fun post from the adorable XOJane, 8 Reasons to Wear a Petticoat (Even If You're Curvy).
I took this shot from underneath using my hand as a reference to show you how awesomely fluffy this petticoat is. I just love it and couldn't have asked for anything better!
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Firmoo Prescription Sunglasses - Review

 
 Firmoo offers a wide range of glasses for both men and women. They have prescription and non-prescription glasses available as well as sunglasses. Even if you don't necessarily need glasses but want to be a part of the popular glasses trend, you are in luck. They even have an entire section dedicated to nerd & fashion glasses which are available in prescription or non prescription.

Way back in February of last year I reviewed a pair of nerdy computer glasses from Firmoo. A few months ago, they offered to send me a pair of sunglasses to try out as well.
I went with this unisex pair I really liked the style of on the website. I really love the gold accents on the sides. These glasses are available in Burgundy (pictured) or Black. You are able to choose prescription or non-prescription as well as how dark you would like the tint.
I added my prescription which was super easy to do and selected the darkest tint available.
My sunglasses arrived safely in this really nice hard shell case. They also included a soft drawstring case, cleaning cloth, and repair kit.
 They are a bit big on me but everything is nice and clear from my side of the lens. Yes, I am wearing them in the house for the pic. And yes, I'm without makeup. Everyone has these days, right?
Firmoo is offering all new customers a FREE pair of glasses with their 'First Pair Free' program. How cool is that?

"Firmoo has launched a First Pair Free Program to people  worldwide. You will absolutely fall in love with the excellent quality, affordable prices, fashionable designs, fast delivery and the good service after trying them with paying shipping only! You even can get a refund/exchange if you are not satisfied with them. It's totally Risk free, so why not have a try?" 

Any questions you might have can probably be answered at their help center.

 Disclosure: The owner of this blog is compensated with free products and services to provide a review of. Even though I receive compensation for posts or advertisements, I always give my honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those products or services. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.Any paid advertising will be identified as such.

Zoya - Pixie Dusts - Tomoko, Carter, & Arabella

Like I said in yesterday's post... I've really been feeling the Zoya's lately. Quite literally since these are Pixie Dusts! lol

I did this mani last Thursday and kept it on until late Monday night. I didn't want to take it off it came out so pretty. I kept thinking I would get sick of it and add top coat but I didn't even do that. I went into the mani with no real idea of what I wanted to do aside from using those three colors. I just got 'Tomoko' in a recent promo and hadn't used 'Carter' or 'Arabella' in a while. Usually when I'm not getting any artsy inclinations right away I just break out the dotting tools and striping tape. Two of the cheapest and easiest nail art tools you can get in my opinion.

I started this mani with 2 coats of 'Tomoko' and let it fully dry. Working with one nail at a time, I laid striping tape across the nail and painted under it with 2 coats of  'Carter'. Be sure to remove your tape while the second coat of polish is still wet to prevent it from pulling up. Using a dotting tool I made three dots across each nail with 'Arabella' using the purple line as a guide.
'Arabella' is a rich fuchsia pink in a matte, textured, sparkling finish.
'Carter' is a royal purple with magenta sparkle in a matte, textured finish.
'Tomoko' is a romantic champagne silver in a matte, textured, sparkling, metallic finish.
          (This product was not sent to me by it's maker, brand, or a sponsor to review.I purchased this product myself or acquired it on my own.As always,the views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Zoya - Magical Pixie Dusts - Cosmo & Vega

I've been really into my Zoya's lately and I recently received these two in a swap. Thanks Brenda!
'Cosmo' and 'Vega' are my first two Magical Pixie Dusts which have larger pieces of iridescent hex glitter in addition to the awesome micro glitter you find in regular Pixie Dusts. They have much more depth and texture than regular Pixie Dusts. Photos really don't do them justice. They are absolutely stunning in person!

For the above mani I started with one coat of Sally Hansen's 'Celeb City'. When dry, I used striping tape across the center of each nail and applied 'Cosmo' and 'Vega' to each side. Be sure to remove your striping tape while the polish is still wet. This will help prevent pulling up any polish that has started to dry. It's helpful to work nail by nail. I sealed the nails with Seche Vite but they looked great without it too. One of the things I love most about Pixie Dusts is their versatility.
'Cosmo' is a silver crystal sparkle and 'Vega' is a blue opal sparkle.
     (This product was not sent to me by it's maker, brand, or a sponsor to review.I purchased this product myself or acquired it on my own.As always,the views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Zoya Reece + Glitter Overload (My DIY polish featuring Fantasy Makers Confetti)

I've been so busy lately I haven't even had time to share my last two mani's!

This is Zoya 'Reece' with my 'Glitter Overload' creation on the accent.
'Reece' is sooooo pretty! Aside from my Pixie Dusts, this is my favorite Zoya I own. I had this mani on last week and looking at it now makes me want to use it again already. I love how it looks creamy yet shimmery at the same time. If I didn't know this was a single color I would definitely guess it was a gold shimmer layered on top of a magenta cream. This is a shade I will wear year round. I can see it looking good in literally every season.

On my accent nail I have my creation I call 'Glitter Overload' that I made using Fantasy Makers Confetti. You can see how I made that in, THIS POST. I have it layered over Sally Hansen 'Celeb City'.

I'll be back soon to share my current mani which includes 2 of Zoya's Magical Pixie Dusts.
     (This product was not sent to me by it's maker, brand, or a sponsor to review.I purchased this product myself or acquired it on my own.As always,the views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.)