October 30, 2012

Sation I'm Not A Cougar

You can see a few more of Sation's new Glitters in this post. Sation bottles are oval with thick glass bottoms. The new brushes are great for ladies like me that love wide brushes. You can purchase Sation's Big 3 Free polishes at their website. This new Glitter collection retails for $7.

Sation I'm Not A Cougar is another great polish for fall & Halloween! This is one thick coat over one coat of American Apparel Hassid.

Thanks for reading!
April

This polish was sent to me for review. All opinions are my own & were not influenced by Sation! For more information you can read my disclosure policy.

Fab Lab Tulsa Halloween!


Fab Lab Tulsa is a non-profit entity that has collaborated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to assemble a diverse collection of state-of-the-art equipment and computers into a community workspace. For a small fee I have access to a 3D printer, vinyl cutter, laser cutter & a ShopBot!! I was able to use the Fab Lab for three fun Halloween projects: a "Bat Mobile", a shadow caster & a some concrete stepping stones.

I saw this cute bat mobile project on Martha Stewart's site & decided to make my own version. I love Batman so I used different Batman logos throughout the years. The bats were cut from card stock on the laser cutter.
My favorite bat!

This post inspired me to make a shadow caster of my own. He's scary! I cut him on the laser cutter too.

The ShopBot is the machine that I've been most excited about at the Fab Lab. It's a CNC router that can handle material up to 8' x 4'. I needed a fun, stress-free project to get started with the ShopBot & settled on using it to make foam molds for concrete stepping stones. The ShopBot is actually fairly simple to use & our foam turned out great! Here's a video!
video


The pink skull is the positive & we used the leftover for our mold. I think we'll paint the foam skull & use it for decorations. We also made a ghost, black cat, Frankenstein, & stabbing hand!


Thanks for reading & Happy Halloween from April, Will, & Wally!

October 29, 2012

Sation Polishes Perfect For Halloween!

Here we have one coat of Sation Miss Emo Shun All topped with one coat of the amazing & totally unique, Sation Ego Friendly. Ego Friendly is a great glitter polish, no fishing & a great formula. It's a mix of small turquoise glitter & shards of black & lime green in a clear base. What a terrific Halloween combination!!
 

Thanks for reading!
April

This polish was sent to me for review. All opinions are my own & were not influenced by Sation! For more information you can read my disclosure policy.

Dexter Halloween Costumes!

I wasn't sure what I wanted to be for Halloween this year until my sister showed me this Dexter & victim costume. Will & I love the show (you can my my Dexter manicures here!)& he already has the official Dexter Kill shirt so we decided to go for it! Also we took these photos at 3 in the morning after going out Saturday so please excuse any fuzziness.

There are so many accessories to choose from for both the victim & the Dexter costumes.This site has lots of great ideas & sources for buying them. I've seen some folks attach a knife & lots of fake blood to their chests, which looks great. But I knew that a dress made of cling wrap would probably be pretty fiddly even without a knife sticking out of it & the forecast also called for freezing temperatures so I wanted to be able to button up my warm coat. We kept my costume very simple but I love the results!
Chances are you probably have everything you need to make this costume work in your house already. I used my trusty Hanes strapless underwire bra, a half slip I picked up for $8 at Target & a pair of hose. Just make sure everything is as close as possible to your skintone. I wanted to make sure that the cling wrap wasn't actually touching my skin very much & I wanted to make sure that there was a distinct top & bottom for ease of mobility & to make sure that I didn't end up looking like a shapeless tube. Other ladies who have done this told me that it tends to bunch up around your waist! Also if there isn't anything between you & the cling wrap, it gets tighter & sweatier as the night goes on. You'll also use a ton of cling wrap!
My version ended up being as comfortable as any strapless dress (not my favorite article of clothing) and only a tiny bit fiddly. Two people can make this costume come together in under 30 minutes. We wrapped about 6 or 7 layers of the cling wrap around my slip, (make sure to keep a wide stance during this step so you can walk easily later!) securing the cling wrap at the top with packaging tape. Super easy!
Next we decided to start with a layer of bubble wrap for the top; we needed only a few layers of cling wrap on top to hide my undergarments this way & the bubble wrap doesn't feel as bad touching your skin as cling wrap. (My hose ended up almost meeting my bra so I had almost no exposed skin anyway.) I decided to go for a strapless dress look. This required about 10 extra minutes for making sure the bubble wrap laid nicely. We used lots of double stick carpet tape & some strategic cuts & folding to basically get what looked liked a bubble wrap bustier. Don't worry about perfection here because the layers of cling wrap will smooth out any small lumps. Be liberal with the tape! Use the double stick just for attaching it to your bra & packaging tape for everything else. Next we started the first layer of cling wrap under my arm, over one breast, then under the other one, & finally around your ribs, back to your starting point. Keep a few inches exposed between your top & the slip. Continue wrapping in that pattern until the bubble wrap is covered. At this point you'll basically have half of a sweetheart neckline finished. Just repeat starting under your other arm. Add more tape anywhere you see fit.

Now you're almost done. I kept that gap in the middle because I was worried about bunching & I'm glad that I did! Before I left the house I added just one more layer to the exposed part (almost like a belt). Think of this as a sacrificial layer that you can easily replace should the need arise. It really kept me from feeling constricted and uncomfortable all night. I readjusted it twice over the course of four hours.
Will & I made complementary facebook headings with these pictures too.

Thanks for reading & Happy Halloween!
Will & April

October 25, 2012

Preview Of Six New Sation Glitters


Just a quick peek at some amazing Sation's from their latest release of 24 glitter polishes! Sation bottles are oval with thick glass bottoms. The new brushes are great for ladies like me that love wide brushes. You can purchase Sation's Big 3 Free polishes at their website. This new Glitter collection retails for $7.
Calorie Countess, Ego-Friendly, For Better Or Never
Rich In Opportunities, Tall Dark & Has Some, I'm Not A Cougar
Thanks for reading!
April

This polish was sent to me for review. All opinions are my own & were not influenced by Sation! For more information you can read my disclosure policy.

October 24, 2012

EEK!

My new nail art pens again! This time I used a base of Julep Annie & Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen Purple. I was inspired by a Pumpkin Masters template. I added more more monster parts & I love it!
 
Thanks for reading!
April

October 23, 2012

Julep Annie

I love any polish that looks this great in just one coat! Julep Annie is about two shades lighter than Zoya Breezi & OPI Suzi Says Feng Shui. This is my first Julep polish & it's definitely a keeper!

I made a GIANT concrete skull for Halloween!



Thanks for reading!
April

This polish was sent to me for review. All opinions are my own & were not influenced by Julep! For more information you can read my disclosure policy.

October 22, 2012

Scary Monster Nails!


I wanted to try out my new Sally Hansen Crackle, Cherry Smash (love that name!) so I did a quick layer over the amazing Pomegranate Curator. Cherry Smash seems to be a crackle jelly. Is that a thing? Anyway it applied nicely & cracks best over dry nails.


I didn't really like the results at all so I had to come up with a way to save my manicure. I really loved the skull nails I did last month & they are very easy so I tried them again. So scary! They look like some sort of demon or burned, bloody monster. I love them!
Thanks for reading!
April

October 21, 2012

Pomegranate Curator

I love Pomegranate Curator so much! I don't have anything like it & the formula is excellent. Black jelly base with small silver glitter & medium gold glitter. Shown here at just two easily applied coats with one coat of topcoat.

Thanks for reading!
April

This polish was sent to me for review. All opinions are my own & were not influenced by Pomegranate! For more information you can read my disclosure policy.