Thursday, January 29, 2015

A-Z Weekly Challenge - Lines

*Some products were sent to me for testing and review, completely complimentary, from Barielle. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

A post? A real post? I know it's been forever, and I really apologize. I hate saying it, but I always thought a little badly about bloggers who started making nail polish and suddenly disappeared from the blogging community, but I totally get it now. Running a business is insanely hard. Having a life while running a business is next to impossible. Blogging (a job in itself) while juggling getting a new business on its feet and real life? Impossible, or simply so much extra, stressful work that most never even try after the initial rush.



But things are finally settling into place for me. I'm still super busy, but I finally feel like Spellbound Nails the business is easing into a rhythm and life is slotting into the open areas of this. After a year of the only polish on my nails being something that got there accidentally while mixing I'm finally finding time to do my nails at least once a week. They usually don't last more than a day ... a few hours depending on how many orders I have to get mixed and shipped, but that's more than I thought would ever happen this time last year. So I'm going to try my best to share my nails with you again. I'm not going to promise quality pictures every time. Sometimes the best you'll get is a quick picture snapped on my phone, but I hope you'll enjoy them all the same.


Sunday, January 18, 2015

DIY Macro Lens

I'm sure we've all seen the wonders of macro photos on social media and blogs - especially the magic of macro photos with a cell phone. How do they do it?? Attachable macro lenses. I became obsessed with getting one for Christmas. I searched and searched and found two that I thought I might like to ask for ... until I realized that they couldn't be used with a case!! I'm clumsy and constantly dropping my phone. This would NOT end well! One said it might not even work with a screen protector (really??) and the other had a specially made case but said case wouldn't fit my phone. The iphone 5c seems to be the unicorn of phones ... or maybe just the ugly duckling - nothing works with it. I thought my dreams of having pretty macro photos was going down the drain until I wondered if I could just make my own.


It may not be perfect but I did it! And I am going to show you how.


What You Need
*depending on your phone's camera size you may need a smaller or larger hole punch and cabochon.
Heavy Card Stock
Scissors
Epoxy (Etsy)
1/2" Hole Punch (Amazon)
16mm Cabochon (Etsy)
Pen (not shown)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Spellbound Nails Harry Potter Inspired Book 1 Collection

Hello lovelies! I am so very excited for today's post. It's part one of my Christmas gift to you and something I've been planning for months and months ... pretty much since I started making nail polish I knew I wanted to do this collection. The idea has grown since then to be a massive, multiple collection idea that has taken so much planning but I'm finally ready to start sharing this with you. What is this massive top secret idea? Harry Potter, of course! Those of you who know me even a little know how utterly obsessed I am with Harry Potter! So many years after the last book and I still pick them up occasionally for a re-read.


I started this series in a way I thought was very appropriate - with Book 1. I took some of my favorite things from the book and turned them into polish. And in an attempt to be symbolic, I created 7 polishes. 7 books, 7 horcuxes, 

Since this will be such a long, image heavy post please click the Read More below. If you'd like to simply skip this post and check out the polish for yourself you can find it here.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Spellbound Nails Christmas 2014 Collection

Hello lovelies!!! Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate. I don't know about you but I'm more than ready to eat my weight in turkey and stuffing and all the fixin's today!

I'm also really excited to announce that my Christmas Collection is finally being released. :) I'm going to attempt to keep this short and to the point as I know a lot of you will be spending the day with family, some of you resting up for late night or early morning Black Friday shopping. So onto the polishes!


I used a little of everything Christmas in this collection and then added a dash of carefully chosen scent for each polish - optional of course.


I've always admired theses kinds of bottle/brush close ups so I decided to try my own. They're not hard to do and they look amazing so you'll definitely be seeing more of them in the future. Now I just have to work on getting the angle of each picture the same. :)


Reindeer poo is a brown tinted jelly with gold and tangerine flakies. The optional scent for this polish is reindeer poo - a slightly fruity scent with hints of woods and vanilla.


Candy Cane Kisses is like crushed candy canes for your nails with rainbow shimmer, red micro-glitter, white hex glitter, and red and white bar glitter. This polish comes with optional candy cane scent.


Elf Sweat is like candy in a jar. It has a clear rainbow shimmered base with dots in a variety of sizes and colors. This polish comes with optional elf sweat scent - like candy, candy canes, candy corn, syrup, and soda. It's a very sweet scent.


What Happens Under the Mistletoe (shortened to Under the Mistletoe to fit on my labels) is a green tinted base packed full of micro-flakies. The gold-green and red-gold flakies create an amazing gold shimmer that has an almost rainbow effect in various lights. This polish comes with optional mistletoe scent.


And last but not least is Frosty's Melting. I created this polish to look like a melted snowman with orange triangles for the nose, large and small black dots for coal eyes, mouth, and the buttons down the front. All packed into a white crelly base with blue shimmer and blue micro-flakies. This polish comes with optional snow/snowman scent - a vanilla mint with a hint of woods.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving ya'all. Be safe, happy, and healthy. :)

Until next time,
Ashley

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Barielle Jetsetter Collection | ZigZag Gradient Nail Art

*Some products were sent to me for testing and review, completely complimentary, from Barielle. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Hello lovelies!! Some of you may have seen the black & white sneak peek of this mani on my Instagram account (@spellbound_nails) - now see it in full color! I was sent some really gorgeous fall colored polishes by Barielle from their fall/winter Jetsetter Collection. I'm not a great swatcher, but I pride myself on my nail art. With this in mind, I set myself the challenge of using them all in one mani. 6 polishes in one mani? It was a little challenging, but I love the final product!!


I started by painting my index and my pinky nails with my all time new favorite brown Autumn in Seoul. This is seriously the most gorgeous brown. It's a little bit red and a little bit gold with a light shimmer and a metallic-y finish that does streak a little but a good layer of top coat took care of that. This color leaves me wanting to paint my nails and just leave them that color all fall long so you know it's an amazing color!! While the brown was drying I took a sponge and created a gradient using (from cuticle down) Irish Eyes, Gondola Ride, Rain in Spain, and lastly Kiss Me Kate. There's not a huge difference between the green shades of Irish Eyes and Gondola Ride but the fade between greens is actually more visible in person than in pictures so I was pleased! I added some Born Pretty 2mm round gold studs to help it compete with the pattern I knew I was adding to the gradient. And lastly I did the pattern with Midnight in Paris.


I found this really awesome pattern while browsing for zigzag patterns to use. I was going to do a simple zigzag but then this one popped up in my search so I ran it through my Silhouette software and printed/cut it with my Silhouette vinyl cutter. It was tricky because the pattern was nowhere close to the simple peel and stick patterns I've been using but thankfully I had some vinyl transfer paper on hand and after 4 trials and errors before this I managed to get the pattern on my nails nearly perfectly. After that it was the simple paint over and peel off of regular vinyls. :)

L-R: Autumn in Seoul, Kiss Me Kate, Irish Eyes, Gondola Ride, Midnight in Paris, Rain in Spain

Here are the shades I used in case you were wondering. And I'm very sure I'll be finding all kinds of fun things to do with these all fall and winter long ... and probably longer because most of these are such great basic shades that can be used all year long and ones that everyone should have in their collection.


And I leave you with one last mani pic. ;)

What do you think? Do you have a favorite color from the Jetsetter Collection? As always, let me know in the comments.

Until next time,
Ashley

*Some products were sent to me for testing and review, completely complimentary, from Barielle. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!!! Candy, Nail Art & My Halloween Costume - Image Heavy

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Hello lovelies and happy Halloween. This is my favorite time of year so boy do I have a post for you! It has candy and nail art and my Halloween costume! Are you ready?



Candy is essential to Halloween. No matter if you're manning the door for the hordes of fairy and monster (or Anna and Elsa this year) dressed trick or treaters, going out and knocking on doors yourself (with or without kids), or turning off your lights and gorging yourself on it while vegging with a night of horror movies this holiday kinda revolves around candy. So I thought, besides chocolate covered candy bars, that I would share one of my favorite candies with you.


I am being completely serious when I say Torie & Howard have some of the best, most amazing hard candy - and it's organic too if that makes a difference to you. The d'anjou pear & cinnamon candy (as seen in the Halloween bowl above) is my favorite of favorites.

How did I get enough to fill a Halloween bowl ... and still have some left over you ask? Is this a sponsored post where you get free candy to feed us a line? NO! I was subscribed to the Love with Food monthly box and got a sample in last year's Halloween box. Love ... there's no more to say. I searched and searched but couldn't find them around here and couldn't talk myself into paying shipping for candy (yet). I was at my breaking point when Love with Food had a sale on their website. I immediately used my referral and review points ... and bought a 5 pound bag. Yes, you read that right - a 5 pound bag.


Image Credit: Torie & Howard

Torie & Howard were so nice. They sent me my 5 pound bag of candy, a handwritten letter, a sample bag of all their flavors and an info packet that told me they were getting a new flavor! Meyer Lemon & Raspberry. How will I ever live without trying this new flavor? I don't know. If you can't live without trying these hard candies (and believe me you really can't!) head over to the Torie & Howard website and pick up some of your own or use their store locator to see if they're being sold near you. ;)



Halloween (at least for us nail people) is about what Halloween inspired nails we're wearing. Mine used a base of Instant Primordial Soup Mix from my Casper inspired Give Up The Ghost Collection.



Very simple to do with the right tools. I used my Silhouette machine to cut out spooky pumpkin faces and used the outside shape as a guide to sponge into instead of using the vinyls themselves. I just like the smoother feel this gives my nails better than painting over vinyls. As for the pumpkin faces ... I'm seeing Jack Skellington, Oogie Boogie ... and oddly The Snowmen from Doctor Who. Not sure about any others ... what do you see in the faces?


But the very best part of these nails ... they glow in the dark!!! And since I painted black over the glow you can see the faces perfectly when they glow. :)



And what Halloween is complete without a costume? For me - no Halloween! It's a tradition of mine to dress up and hand out candy and last night was the night for our community. Sadly, we live on the outskirts of a small town and the kids around here have pretty much outgrown trick or treating. We got one trick or treater and they came early so I wasn't fully in costume. :( So I'll share with you in hopes of curbing my disappointment.

I was a deer/faun this year. And I spent a few days and a few dollars crafting my leafy headband and my own ears. And then I took a day earlier in the week to test my makeup (if you follow my instagram @spellbound_nails you've already seen this test) so I'm very very happy with how I looked.

What did you or will you be getting up to this Halloween? Did you dress up? Leave me comments and/or pictures in the comments section below. ;)

As always, have a safe and haunting Halloween.
Until next time,
Ashley

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Happy Birthday To Me - Sale & Giveaway

Hello Lovelies!!! For those of you who don't know my birthday is November 3rd and I thought to myself what do I want for my birthday? Besides a new pair of boots and some jeans? Both of which I bought for myself ... how about a giveaway? And how about a big one day sale too??



Let's do the sale info first as it's a quick one. It's one day only - the day of my birthday from midnight to midnight. Use the code HAPPYDAY for 29% off your entire order on any of my sites. That's my main store plus Storenvy and Etsy :)

Now the giveaway!



The Prizes: 


A zebra print OPI makeup/nail polish bag, 2 packs of nail stickers, and a pack of Sally Hansen Gel Strips in Hooray Ombre (opened only for pictures).


Rimmel Lash Accelerator Mascara in black, Baby Lips Dr Rescue Medicated Balm in Pink Me Up, and a mustache necklace.


2 packs of Revlon 3D Jewel Appliques, L'Oreal True Match Crayon Concealer in Light/Medium (unopened but the tip does have a small amount of damage), and Maybelline Super Stay 24 2-Step Color lipgloss in Forever Chestnut.

*All items are brand new, never used. They were either purchased for this giveaway, given to me, or free gifts (usually with a purchase).

The Rules:

Giveaway starts 12:00am EST October 29th and ends 12:00am EST November 4th. Giveaway is open worldwide - however it is up to you to check your own country's customs requirements. I take no responsibility if your package is destroyed by customs.

Once the winner is contacted, they will have 24 hours to reply and claim their prize. If they do not reply within that time period, a new winner will be chosen.