Monday, October 20, 2014

Halloween Series: Jack - o - Lantern Nails

What's Halloween without a couple of Jack-o-lanterns??

As a kid I always remember my parents bringing home some pumpkins and I knew it meant family time!
Even though my younger sisters were always annoying me, carving the pumpkins was one of the few times we actually got along!
Then mom would roast up the pumpkin seeds and we would have yummy salty pumpkin seeds for weeks.

It was a no-brainer that I had to include a jack-o-lantern nail pictorial.

This pictorial was actually really easy, mainly because I wasn't being super particular with the lines being perfect - I know when I carve pumpkins the eyes and nose are not always a perfect triangles.

The only tool I used for this design was a toothpick.
I am amazed how a toothpick is able to make different sized lines and also can be used to make dots - the best DIY tool in my opinion :)

Here is what you need:

- Base Coat
- Orange Nail Polish
- Yellow Nail Polish
- Black Nail Polish
- A striping tool ( see DIY Nail art tools)
- A Dotting tool ( see DIY Nail art tools)
- Top Coat

Step 1:
Prepare the nails by applying a base coat. This next step is optional. Apply yellow and orange polish to a makeup sponge and gently dab onto nails, you may need to reapply the polish and continue to dab onto nails a few more times. I found this gave texture and depth to the pumpkin.

(If you don't want to use this option, apply orange polish to the nails using 2 coats.)

Step 2:
Using a striping tool, make two black triangles for eyes,  make 3 dots in a triangle  then connect the dots and fill in. ( It doesn't need to be perfect)
(sorry, blurry pic...)

Step 3:
Using a striping tool, make two black slanted lines and fill in for the mouth. Again it doesn't need to be perfect. ( The imperfection gives the pumpkins more of a scary look)

Step 4:
Now take a dotting tool dipped in orange polish and apply 2 dots in the eyes. Apply 2 - 4 dots in the mouth for teeth.

Step 5:
Let polish dry for a few minutes to avoid smudging. Apply a generous amount of top coat to give the pumpkins some shine.

Cute but scary Jack-o-lanterns!!
So Adorable!

To see more of my Halloween Series Nail Designs, click HERE and HERE!

Here is a great Blog Post on Nail Care Questions Answered!

Halloween Themed Welcome Box

Friday, October 17, 2014

Wantable October Makeup Collection

I recently wrote about the Wantable Subscription service and how much I loved the intimates collection I had received. 

I had to try the makeup collection and once again was very pleased with my items!

I will admit it is nice to have high quality products that I would purchase.

I know it is not completely within my "Beauty under 10" range but if it's worth it, why not?

Here is what I received in my collection:

Always a mascara skeptic, I didn't think I would like this but it really gave my lashes volume and length.

This Mascara contains silk fibers to increase volume and add length.

It offers a beautifully dramatic lash with a build-able formula, and has a specially designed brush to encourage thickness from root to tip.

The SPELLBOUND Collection features 7 shades ranging from pastels to brights, cremes to shimmers.

These seven polishes cover the essential colors range in polishes.

The Nail Lacquers are 5-free ( formaldehyde,camphor, Dibutyl phthalate, Toluene, formaldehyde resin), Vegan friendly and not tested of fluffy adorable, animals. 

This is also a theme throughout all the Wantable boxes as well. Which I love!

My favorite item! Unfortunately the pictures just don't do it justice...
The duo colors were a really nice gold and brown.

These shadows deliver a gorgeous metallic finish to the eye. The reflective properties diffuse light, creating a luminous soft focus effect. 

Each shadow's smooth texture blends easily and feels silky soft on the skin.

Formulated with diamond and platinum dust, this opens and brighten eyes. 

I've used these shadows with some of my own shadows and they compliment other shadows perfectly.

I like to complete my look with highlighted inner corner and brow bone.

When I wore this duo, both shades lasted a full eight hours without creasing or fading–whether they were over a primer or applied to bare lids.

This lip liner glides effortlessly over the lips to allow for easy application, blending and long wear.

It comes in a  range of colors.

I tried wearing it with lipstick and it definitely extends the wear of lipsticks and lip glosses.

Wantable has  4 collections you can choose from Make up, Accessories, Intimates and their newest addition Fitness.

Each category has a style quiz which allows you to customize your collection.

I really loved the detail the quiz went into. It shows colors and pictures, you click like, neutral or dislike - simple as that!

You receive 4 - 5 premium items - exactly what you like! Keep what you like and return what you don't - simple and hassle-free! How great is that!

Subscribe for $36.00 per month 

- or -

One time purchase for $40.00

I received $75 worth of items and I only paid $36 + tax!! 
That is an amazing deal!!

To receive your collection, click HERE!