Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Halloween with Oriental Trading

Oriental Trading is best known for their party supplies and crafts but they have a large selection of toys, novelties, gifts, and home decor as well. With a stock of over 40,000 products they are able to meet the needs of individuals, businesses, educators, non-profits, schools, and more. You can order their products online or via one of their colorful catalogs (Request One Here). Personally, I love the simplicity of ordering on their website. Everything is easy to find and they have several nice categories for browsing including seasonal and holiday areas. 

I've bought from and reviewed items for Oriental Trading several times so I'm sure you've seen me post about them before. I am so excited to share some of their Halloween items because I always love their stuff.

The first thing I think of when I think Halloween is pumpkins. Bringing home a pumpkin is tradition but carving them can be a lot of work not to mention, a mess. I spotted these adorable Frog Pumpkin Poke-In's and had to have them. Wow, so much easier and this pumpkin is way cuter than anything I've ever carved. Also, it took me about 60 seconds to stick these in. I will be using these every year!
After pumpkins, the next thing that comes to mind when I think Halloween is candy and decorations!

 Oriental Trading not only has a huge selection of candy but they also carry items to create your own candy bar like this 3 piece Canister Set. These jars are made of nice thick high quality glass and the lids vacuum seal so your candy stays fresh longer. I picked up the Tootsie Roll Miniature Pops and Day of the Dead Buttermints at Oriental Trading as well.
Also pictured are some adorable Halloween Jars that I set out for decoration with the candy jars. Each ceramic jar features a fun label including 'Tongue of Bat', 'Skin of Toad', & 'Lizard's Legs'.

Another really fun and cute decoration I found are these Ghosts with Lights. These guys come 3 to a set and are so much fun to have around. They're made of plastic and each one has a switch on the bottom. They also include batteries which is always a plus!

They're cute enough during the day just sitting on the shelf but once it gets dark, that's when the fun happens. Flip the switch on the bottom of each ghost and they come to life!
 As soon as you turn them on, they light up and begin to cycle though a variety of beautiful colors.
I love watching them shift and change. It really sets the mood for a spooky evening or party!
Once again, a big thank you to Oriental Trading for allowing me to review such awesome stuff!

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Born Pretty Store - Hologram Effect #4

Today I have another polish to share that I received to review from Born Pretty Store. This one is from the Hologram Effect line and is #4. This polish is a reddish coral color and has a nice linear holo throughout. See those pretty little rainbows where the light hits it? All swatches below are 2 coats of this color topped with Seche Vite.


The formula was really easy too work with. Not too thick or thin and it was nice and opaque in 2 easy coats. I did find the brush to be a little awkward to use because it's really short. These polishes are closer to a mini size... only .2 oz. compared to a normal size polish which is usually .5 oz. These sell for $12.88 on Born Pretty Store which I do think is pretty pricey for this size polish but you can catch them on sale quite often. Also, when you consider the fact that they offer free shipping every day and using my exclusive code 'AG10K31' you can save 10% off, it's a pretty great deal.
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.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Born Pretty Store - Chameleon Polish #217

Born Pretty Store recently sent me a few polishes to try out and I had to share this one first. This beauty is one of the new Chameleon Polishes in color #217. Much like the reptilian creature this line of polish is named after, all the colors shift depending on the lighting and the angle you hold them at. Super fun to wear and hard to stop looking at! This shade shifts from a sparkly midnight blue to a deep dark purple. All of the Chameleon polishes are designed to be used over a black base so all swatches are 2 coats of #217 over 1 coat of Sinful Colors 'Black on Black' are they are topped with Seche Vite.


I didn't have time this weekend but eventually I want to create a galaxy mani over this polish. I think it would be absolutely perfect for that. I did add a quick Swirl from my shop, Vibrant Vinyls. It's so cool seeing the color shift inside the swirl!
The formula was really easy too work with. Not too thick or thin. I did find the brush to be a little awkward to use because it's really short. These polishes are closer to a mini size... only .2 oz. compared to a normal size polish which is usually .5 oz. These sell for $12.88 on Born Pretty Store which I do think is pretty pricey for this size polish. However, when you consider the fact that they offer free shipping every day and using my exclusive code 'AG10K31' you can save 10% off, it's still a pretty good deal. This polish is definitely a must try!
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.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Vibrant Vinyls - Large Scallops

It's almost Valentine's Day! Aside from being my favorite holiday, it's also my hubby and I's wedding anniversary. Yes, we're the saps who got married on Valentine's Day. We celebrate 12 years this Saturday!

I created a fun new mani I couldn't wait to share with you guys. I used my newest design of Vibrant Vinyls that I just released on my shop today.  I absolutely love how this turned out. And it was so easy!
I started with 2 coats of Color Club 'Endless' and topped it with Seche Vite.
It's always important to wait at least 15 minutes after adding a quick dry top coat before using the vinyls. This prevents any smudging or fingerprints being left behind after you smooth the vinyl over the nail.
 Working one nail at a time, I added a vinyl a little higher than the center of each nail and polished below them to the tips with Sally Hansen 'Reef Raf'. I added another coat of Seche Vite and let fully dry.
Once dry, I added another vinyl just below the line I created with the first one and painted below it to the tips of each nail with Lusty Laquers 'Ravage Me Red'. I thought that was a fitting color for Valentine's. lol
The vinyls can be used for so much more than hearts. They make really nice tips and the vinyls themselves actually look like little seagulls!
I can't wait to see what everyone else creates with these and I hope you guys like them as much as I do.

As of today, they are available to purchase on www.vibrantvinyls.com for $5.00 per sheet which includes 50 nail art vinyls. I offer free domestic shipping every day with no minimum order and international shipping is a flat $1.50 for as many sheets as you'd like.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Just Released! Vibrant Vinyls 'Bolts'

I just released a brand new design on my Vibrant Vinyls shop today!

I hold giveaways quite often over on the Vibrant Vinyls Facebook page so be sure to 'like' the page for a chance to win.
I'm so in love with these bolt vinyls and the mani I created with them. I used Orly 'Luxe' for my base mani then I added the bolt vinyl and polished over with CBL 'Hellcat Oops'. I removed the vinyl and topped with Seche Vite. Easy!
 The could be angled in a variety of ways for all sorts of looks. I can't wait to use them again!
 Each $5 sheet includes 49 vinyls and I offer free shipping for all US orders with no minimum purchase. International shipping is a flat $1.50.
I offer a wide variety of vinyl colors. Simply leave your choices in the notes section of your order. Most people don't care what color vinyls they get for these types of designs since they are usually removed from the nail right after use but they can be trimmed into decals if you'd like to leave them on the nail and top coat over.

Friday, January 23, 2015

My Vibrant Vinyls Shop Is Open!

My new Vibrant Vinyls shop has been officially open for a few weeks now and it's going so much better than I expected. I've gotten so many orders and everyone is loving the vinyls, my prices, the every day free US shipping, and even the personal touch I add to each order I package up. I also offer low cost international shipping so I've got to send orders to all sorts of different countries which is really fun!
I'm having a blast with every part of making these from creating the designs to hand packaging each order. Even when I have 15 orders to fill in a sitting, I still make a point not to "mass-package" as I call it. I fill and package orders one at a time and I take the time to write a thank you to each customer because I appreciate them choosing Vibrant Vinyls. I'm certainly not the only place that sells nail art vinyls so the fact that my customers have picked my shop to buy from means a lot to me. I've already had satisfied customers placing second and third orders too which really warms my heart. I must be doing something right!
I have a couple dozen designs to pick from right now but I plan to add at least a couple more every week and you can always expect special seasonal and holiday sets. I've already released a Valentine set which is available as a sampler or you can purchase each design individually. These are designed to stick on your nail and just top coat over. Yes, you read that right. 2 steps, it's that easy!
Some of the other vinyls are designed to polish over and remove which isn't as hard as it sounds. Each item's description will tell you which way the vinyls are designed to be used and I include full instructions for both ways with every order.
Here's a peek at some of my items but be sure to visit the shop to take a look at the full selection.