Monday, October 8, 2012

This CoverGirl shadow in Lavender is a matte light purple. I like to use this for a highlight when doing purple looks.




Swatched with no primer. This shade is super light. Click the picture to get a better idea of the color. It's a very pale lavender. Still not anything spectacular. I was hoping for some darker pigmentation. I only paid a dollar for this so I use it as a highlight.

10/08/2012 07:48:00 PM Danielle
This CoverGirl shadow in Lavender is a matte light purple. I like to use this for a highlight when doing purple looks.




Swatched with no primer. This shade is super light. Click the picture to get a better idea of the color. It's a very pale lavender. Still not anything spectacular. I was hoping for some darker pigmentation. I only paid a dollar for this so I use it as a highlight.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

A while back I posted a stained glass votive that I made using nail polish. I decided to do this again with some jars I had around for my q-tips in the bathroom and my makeup area.





I also did a larger jar that I will be using for my makeup brushes.


This jar was layered with a purple polish first, then the blue and purple glitter polish on top. I layered some cheap top coat over all these to give them a glossy finish and I love how they look in my bathroom and makeup area.
7/15/2012 06:11:00 AM Danielle
A while back I posted a stained glass votive that I made using nail polish. I decided to do this again with some jars I had around for my q-tips in the bathroom and my makeup area.





I also did a larger jar that I will be using for my makeup brushes.


This jar was layered with a purple polish first, then the blue and purple glitter polish on top. I layered some cheap top coat over all these to give them a glossy finish and I love how they look in my bathroom and makeup area.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

I found this mirror at the Dollar Tree and decided to glam it up a little with some rhinestones. I don't think it looks like it was from the dollar store anymore!



This mirror now sits on my desk at work.
7/11/2012 05:52:00 AM Danielle
I found this mirror at the Dollar Tree and decided to glam it up a little with some rhinestones. I don't think it looks like it was from the dollar store anymore!



This mirror now sits on my desk at work.

Monday, July 9, 2012

I have been doing lots of surfing through Pinterest lately and found a craft I wanted to make my mom for mothers day.



I followed a tutorial for making this. I think I should have stuck with making the butterfly one color and the flowers should have been groups of color. I think it looks pretty in my window. When I finish the one for my mom, I'll post that here as well. All I used for this was a picture frame from Dollar Tree, glue from the Dollar Tree and paint that I got at Walmart for about fifty cents a bottle.
7/09/2012 05:33:00 AM Danielle
I have been doing lots of surfing through Pinterest lately and found a craft I wanted to make my mom for mothers day.



I followed a tutorial for making this. I think I should have stuck with making the butterfly one color and the flowers should have been groups of color. I think it looks pretty in my window. When I finish the one for my mom, I'll post that here as well. All I used for this was a picture frame from Dollar Tree, glue from the Dollar Tree and paint that I got at Walmart for about fifty cents a bottle.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

When I was on vacation in North Carolina, I spent some time collecting sea shells that had washed ashore. I did this thinking I would find a frame and glue the shells to the frame when I got home. I made one for myself and one for my mom. We had such a great time on vacation, this will be a great way to remember it. The picture is of myself and my boyfriend Andrew.



I purchased these two frames at the Dollar Tree. To hold the shells onto the frame, I just took some E6000 glue and stuck them on there. I like that I had all different size, shape and colored shells. It makes the frame more interesting than if they were all white. If you're not going to the beach anytime soon, I saw a package of shells at the Dollar Tree if you want to try out this craft too. I'm sure they also have shells at the bigger craft stores like Michael's or Joann Fabric too.
7/07/2012 05:31:00 AM Danielle
When I was on vacation in North Carolina, I spent some time collecting sea shells that had washed ashore. I did this thinking I would find a frame and glue the shells to the frame when I got home. I made one for myself and one for my mom. We had such a great time on vacation, this will be a great way to remember it. The picture is of myself and my boyfriend Andrew.



I purchased these two frames at the Dollar Tree. To hold the shells onto the frame, I just took some E6000 glue and stuck them on there. I like that I had all different size, shape and colored shells. It makes the frame more interesting than if they were all white. If you're not going to the beach anytime soon, I saw a package of shells at the Dollar Tree if you want to try out this craft too. I'm sure they also have shells at the bigger craft stores like Michael's or Joann Fabric too.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Back in March, I took my brother to the opening night of the Hunger Games movie. We didn't go to the midnight showing (like we did for Harry Potter) but we still had a great time. Here is the nail look that I had for that night.






This look was inspired by the flames Katniss wore on her nails when she was in the Hunger Games. She talks about them while she is in the arena. Right before the premier of the movie, CutePolish did a tutorial of how to create this look. I followed this video to create what you see above. Painting the design on the plastic bag was super easy and they stuck right to my nails with a little bit of clear polish. I did my flames twenty four hours before I was going to apply them so they had time to dry. Now I couldn't go to the movie with just awesome nails, I had to get myself an outfit to go with it. I made myself a Mocking Jay pin by printing one out and taping it over one of my broaches. I did my hair in a side braid and did a smokey eye for my makeup. My necklace and earrings are an iridescent red that reminded me of fire. I had a great time seeing this movie. It's almost time for it to come out on DVD so it will give me the chance to watch it again!

7/03/2012 05:32:00 AM Danielle
Back in March, I took my brother to the opening night of the Hunger Games movie. We didn't go to the midnight showing (like we did for Harry Potter) but we still had a great time. Here is the nail look that I had for that night.






This look was inspired by the flames Katniss wore on her nails when she was in the Hunger Games. She talks about them while she is in the arena. Right before the premier of the movie, CutePolish did a tutorial of how to create this look. I followed this video to create what you see above. Painting the design on the plastic bag was super easy and they stuck right to my nails with a little bit of clear polish. I did my flames twenty four hours before I was going to apply them so they had time to dry. Now I couldn't go to the movie with just awesome nails, I had to get myself an outfit to go with it. I made myself a Mocking Jay pin by printing one out and taping it over one of my broaches. I did my hair in a side braid and did a smokey eye for my makeup. My necklace and earrings are an iridescent red that reminded me of fire. I had a great time seeing this movie. It's almost time for it to come out on DVD so it will give me the chance to watch it again!

Monday, July 2, 2012

I went to a salon recently to use my Groupon for a mani-pedi. I was going to get DS Mystery but the bottle of polish broken when it got opened and spilled all over the lady who was going to do my nails. Instead I chose DS Extravagance. I think I need to buy this.

7/02/2012 05:30:00 AM Danielle
I went to a salon recently to use my Groupon for a mani-pedi. I was going to get DS Mystery but the bottle of polish broken when it got opened and spilled all over the lady who was going to do my nails. Instead I chose DS Extravagance. I think I need to buy this.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

I recently picked up some polishes from the JulieG nail polish collection. One of my favorites right now is Mermaid's Tale. I also picked up my first Spoiled polish (made by WetnWild). My Spoiled polish is called Use Protection. The JulieG polishes are exclusive to Rite Aid and the Spoiled polish is exclusive to CVS right now.



I love all the different shades of teal, blue and gold flecks in the Spoiled polish. Mermaid's Tale makes a great base under this glitter.
7/01/2012 05:57:00 AM Danielle
I recently picked up some polishes from the JulieG nail polish collection. One of my favorites right now is Mermaid's Tale. I also picked up my first Spoiled polish (made by WetnWild). My Spoiled polish is called Use Protection. The JulieG polishes are exclusive to Rite Aid and the Spoiled polish is exclusive to CVS right now.



I love all the different shades of teal, blue and gold flecks in the Spoiled polish. Mermaid's Tale makes a great base under this glitter.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

I took a quick picture via Instagram of my first attempt of Galaxy Nails. I saw NouveauCheap do Galaxy Nails and decided I needed to give it a try. How do you think it turned out?

6/30/2012 05:27:00 AM Danielle
I took a quick picture via Instagram of my first attempt of Galaxy Nails. I saw NouveauCheap do Galaxy Nails and decided I needed to give it a try. How do you think it turned out?

Sunday, June 24, 2012

It has been a crazy past three months or so. Around the beginning of April my boyfriend and I decided that we were going to move into a bigger apartment. I spent most of April packing up my belongings and moving a few doors down and three floors up to a new apartment in the same complex. After that we've been on vacation to New Jersey and North Carolina. I feel like now is time to start blogging again as I will have the time and space to do so. I haven't been doing anything special on my nails lately but I plan to start doing so again soon. I have been posting a lot on instagram lately so if you want to follow me on there, my user name is withasparkle. I have also been doing a lot of crafts from pinterest that I want to share with you. Most of them have been successful but I might need to submit one to CraftFail.
6/24/2012 03:09:00 PM Danielle
It has been a crazy past three months or so. Around the beginning of April my boyfriend and I decided that we were going to move into a bigger apartment. I spent most of April packing up my belongings and moving a few doors down and three floors up to a new apartment in the same complex. After that we've been on vacation to New Jersey and North Carolina. I feel like now is time to start blogging again as I will have the time and space to do so. I haven't been doing anything special on my nails lately but I plan to start doing so again soon. I have been posting a lot on instagram lately so if you want to follow me on there, my user name is withasparkle. I have also been doing a lot of crafts from pinterest that I want to share with you. Most of them have been successful but I might need to submit one to CraftFail.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

This is my first Elf Studio Blush. I found this one for a dollar at my Dollar Tree. This is a berry shade of blush with lots of gold shimmer. I find that this one is slightly chalky in texture and will crumble easily in the pan. It looks pretty on my cheeks so I can get past the chalky texture.







3/21/2012 04:00:00 AM Danielle
This is my first Elf Studio Blush. I found this one for a dollar at my Dollar Tree. This is a berry shade of blush with lots of gold shimmer. I find that this one is slightly chalky in texture and will crumble easily in the pan. It looks pretty on my cheeks so I can get past the chalky texture.







Tuesday, March 20, 2012

For Christmas my wonderful boyfriend got me two packs of the Sally Hansen Salon Effects. The one I wore first is the glittery one in Blue Ice. When I opened these, I was surprised that they were not gritty like glitter nail polish tends to be on your nails. They were smooth and super easy to apply. I had a hard time getting them to sit straight on my dominant hand but overall I had an easy experience applying them.






Sadly I decided to apply my Poshe fast drying top coat on top of the strips to help them wear longer. I do not recommend adding a fast dry topcoat. The cuticles of the strips started to peel up and were very sharp and rough feeling. They felt annoying if I ran my hand through my hair and looked really bad. I must not have wrapped the tips very well because by the second day, I was missing lots of chips on the tips of my nails. They came off after three days. I don't know if the removal is like this for all of them, but the glitter strips were like glitter polish and did not want to come off. My cotton rounds were tearing when I tried to rub off the now gritty glitter since the smooth surface was removed. I soaked some of my cotton rounds in removed and held them on my finger for a bit. This seemed to loosen the glitter and made the removal easier. I can't wait to try another design now that I know what NOT to do. My boyfriend got me some really cute butterflies that I want to try next.
3/20/2012 04:00:00 AM Danielle
For Christmas my wonderful boyfriend got me two packs of the Sally Hansen Salon Effects. The one I wore first is the glittery one in Blue Ice. When I opened these, I was surprised that they were not gritty like glitter nail polish tends to be on your nails. They were smooth and super easy to apply. I had a hard time getting them to sit straight on my dominant hand but overall I had an easy experience applying them.






Sadly I decided to apply my Poshe fast drying top coat on top of the strips to help them wear longer. I do not recommend adding a fast dry topcoat. The cuticles of the strips started to peel up and were very sharp and rough feeling. They felt annoying if I ran my hand through my hair and looked really bad. I must not have wrapped the tips very well because by the second day, I was missing lots of chips on the tips of my nails. They came off after three days. I don't know if the removal is like this for all of them, but the glitter strips were like glitter polish and did not want to come off. My cotton rounds were tearing when I tried to rub off the now gritty glitter since the smooth surface was removed. I soaked some of my cotton rounds in removed and held them on my finger for a bit. This seemed to loosen the glitter and made the removal easier. I can't wait to try another design now that I know what NOT to do. My boyfriend got me some really cute butterflies that I want to try next.

Monday, March 19, 2012

I decided to try the Epielle Makeup Remove Wipes after seeing Nouveau Cheap's review. I can find these at Big Lots in a pack of 60 for two dollars. I like the green tea ones but they also come in aloe and original. These wipes are soft, moist and take off makeup. This is my second package of these wipes.

3/19/2012 04:00:00 AM Danielle
I decided to try the Epielle Makeup Remove Wipes after seeing Nouveau Cheap's review. I can find these at Big Lots in a pack of 60 for two dollars. I like the green tea ones but they also come in aloe and original. These wipes are soft, moist and take off makeup. This is my second package of these wipes.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

I've been looking though some of my polishes and I wanted to show you my older Sally Hansen Chrome polishes. They don't make these any more but boy are they beautiful! I received one from a friend and the other two I got when I did  Freecycle.

This is Amethyst Chrome. It's a pinkish purple metallic polish.



Opal Chrome is a lighter shade of pink than Amethyst Chrome.


Topaz Chrome is a beautiful golden shade.


Since these are chrome finish polishes, they can easily streak and cause brush lines in your manicure. My favorite thing to do with these polishes is to wear them with black shatter, which really brings out the chrome polishes. I also like to use them for stamping.
3/18/2012 07:41:00 AM Danielle
I've been looking though some of my polishes and I wanted to show you my older Sally Hansen Chrome polishes. They don't make these any more but boy are they beautiful! I received one from a friend and the other two I got when I did  Freecycle.

This is Amethyst Chrome. It's a pinkish purple metallic polish.



Opal Chrome is a lighter shade of pink than Amethyst Chrome.


Topaz Chrome is a beautiful golden shade.


Since these are chrome finish polishes, they can easily streak and cause brush lines in your manicure. My favorite thing to do with these polishes is to wear them with black shatter, which really brings out the chrome polishes. I also like to use them for stamping.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Golden Sunrise is a more yellowy shade of gold from Cover Girl. I like wearing this shade all over the lid with a matte brown in the crease to complement the shimmer in this shade.




Swatched without primer.

3/17/2012 04:00:00 AM Danielle
Golden Sunrise is a more yellowy shade of gold from Cover Girl. I like wearing this shade all over the lid with a matte brown in the crease to complement the shimmer in this shade.




Swatched without primer.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Now this is a great shadow from Cover Girl. Purple Potion is a dark purple with a metallic finish. The metallic finish looks sort of blue in some lights too. I love this as a crease color or applied lightly all over the lid. If you love purple, this is a great shadow.





Swatched with no primer.

3/16/2012 04:00:00 AM Danielle
Now this is a great shadow from Cover Girl. Purple Potion is a dark purple with a metallic finish. The metallic finish looks sort of blue in some lights too. I love this as a crease color or applied lightly all over the lid. If you love purple, this is a great shadow.





Swatched with no primer.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Cover Girl single eye shadow in Mauve Berry is a light pink color that is great on the brow bone. This shadow isn't really anything spectacular in my collection. I was really hoping that it would be a darker pink than how it comes off in the swatch.




Swatched with no primer.

3/14/2012 04:00:00 AM Danielle
The Cover Girl single eye shadow in Mauve Berry is a light pink color that is great on the brow bone. This shadow isn't really anything spectacular in my collection. I was really hoping that it would be a darker pink than how it comes off in the swatch.




Swatched with no primer.

Monday, March 12, 2012

I'm continuing to blog about the makeup I have in my collection while I take better care of my nails for you. This blush and bronzer duo is something I picked up last January during the CVS Beauty Clearance sale. I got the shade 400 Pink Rose. The bronzer in this is a really light shade and I have fair skin. I wasn't looking for a dark bronzer, just something to help give some more color to my face. The blush in this duo is also on the light side as well.



Overall I like this for a wash of color on my face. I did pick the lightest shade of the colors so I knew what I was getting into.
3/12/2012 04:00:00 AM Danielle
I'm continuing to blog about the makeup I have in my collection while I take better care of my nails for you. This blush and bronzer duo is something I picked up last January during the CVS Beauty Clearance sale. I got the shade 400 Pink Rose. The bronzer in this is a really light shade and I have fair skin. I wasn't looking for a dark bronzer, just something to help give some more color to my face. The blush in this duo is also on the light side as well.



Overall I like this for a wash of color on my face. I did pick the lightest shade of the colors so I knew what I was getting into.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

The Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer is my favorite concealer right now. After hearing MakeupByTiffanyD rave about this product for several months, I decided I wanted to try it. It really helps with the dark circles I have under my eyes. It doesn't seem to settle into any lines or melt off my face during the day. I got mine in the shade Fair and it works great!

3/11/2012 04:00:00 AM Danielle
The Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer is my favorite concealer right now. After hearing MakeupByTiffanyD rave about this product for several months, I decided I wanted to try it. It really helps with the dark circles I have under my eyes. It doesn't seem to settle into any lines or melt off my face during the day. I got mine in the shade Fair and it works great!

Friday, March 9, 2012

The Almay intense i-color trio number 023 for hazel eyes has some pretty silvery blue colors.


Swatched with no primer.

I love the silvery shade in this pallet. While the shadows look great swatched, I find that my Almay shadows fade and crease if I don't wear them with a primer. Overall I like the shades I have from Almay in my collection. I don't see myself going out to buy any new ones.
3/09/2012 03:00:00 AM Danielle
The Almay intense i-color trio number 023 for hazel eyes has some pretty silvery blue colors.


Swatched with no primer.

I love the silvery shade in this pallet. While the shadows look great swatched, I find that my Almay shadows fade and crease if I don't wear them with a primer. Overall I like the shades I have from Almay in my collection. I don't see myself going out to buy any new ones.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Today's post is a versus between Wet n Wild Cool as Cucumber and Almay intense i-color trio for green eyes. These pallets have very similar colors

Swatched with no primer. The Almay shadows are on the left and the corresponding Wet n Wild shade is on the right.

Both shades of green in these pallets are very similar. What I like most about the Wet n Wild pallet is the purple. It is much more intense and pigmented compared to the Almay one.The reason I bought the Wet n Wild pallet was because I was so disappointed with the performance of the Almay one (with or without a primer). I'd say Wet n Wild wins this battle.
3/08/2012 03:00:00 AM Danielle
Today's post is a versus between Wet n Wild Cool as Cucumber and Almay intense i-color trio for green eyes. These pallets have very similar colors

Swatched with no primer. The Almay shadows are on the left and the corresponding Wet n Wild shade is on the right.

Both shades of green in these pallets are very similar. What I like most about the Wet n Wild pallet is the purple. It is much more intense and pigmented compared to the Almay one.The reason I bought the Wet n Wild pallet was because I was so disappointed with the performance of the Almay one (with or without a primer). I'd say Wet n Wild wins this battle.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

I have two of the Almay intense i-color trios for Blue Eyes in number 102 and 002. These are two different versions of the trios with slightly different shades of blues and brown.



In the pans, these products look pretty similar. The high light shades are very different. The one on the left is more blue while the one on the right is more white/silver. I think you can see the differences more in the swatches. Swatched with no primer.


The brown shade from the 102 pallet on the left is more golden while the shade from 002 on the right is much deeper. I think these two are different enough to have both since the shade of blue in the center isn't very similar either. These shadows need a primer. If I wear them without one, I see major fading after a couple of hours. I also feel that they work better with a sticky colored base under neath them. I usually use my L'Oreal Color Fresco Eyeliner / Shadow Sticks.
3/06/2012 03:00:00 AM Danielle
I have two of the Almay intense i-color trios for Blue Eyes in number 102 and 002. These are two different versions of the trios with slightly different shades of blues and brown.



In the pans, these products look pretty similar. The high light shades are very different. The one on the left is more blue while the one on the right is more white/silver. I think you can see the differences more in the swatches. Swatched with no primer.


The brown shade from the 102 pallet on the left is more golden while the shade from 002 on the right is much deeper. I think these two are different enough to have both since the shade of blue in the center isn't very similar either. These shadows need a primer. If I wear them without one, I see major fading after a couple of hours. I also feel that they work better with a sticky colored base under neath them. I usually use my L'Oreal Color Fresco Eyeliner / Shadow Sticks.

Monday, March 5, 2012

The Almay intense i-color shadow trios come in shades for all different eye colors. This shade is number 034 for green eyes. Can you tell what my favorite shade is in this pallet?




Swatched with no primer.

When I wear this pallet, I typically wear the lightest shade on the brow bone, the gold shade on the lid and the darkest shade in the crease. The packaging on this one is rather odd since the largest shade is the highlight shade. I wish that the golden shade was larger in the pan as I use that one more often.
3/05/2012 03:00:00 AM Danielle
The Almay intense i-color shadow trios come in shades for all different eye colors. This shade is number 034 for green eyes. Can you tell what my favorite shade is in this pallet?




Swatched with no primer.

When I wear this pallet, I typically wear the lightest shade on the brow bone, the gold shade on the lid and the darkest shade in the crease. The packaging on this one is rather odd since the largest shade is the highlight shade. I wish that the golden shade was larger in the pan as I use that one more often.