Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Feeling Patriotic - The Americana Collection

It's collection time again!! This time I take inspiration from the upcoming 4th of July and the national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner, to bring you the ultimate Americana Collection. :)

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This collection has a little of everything. 2 glitter toppers, 2 shimmered holographics in red and blue, and a creamy white crelly with red and blue glitter.

And did I mention how amazing they look together? I used all 5 to create this amazing mismatched mani - perfect for any patriotic holiday. It is seriously easy too! This is 2 thin coats of Star Spangled on my middle fingers, 3 thin coats of Rockets Red Glare and Twilight's Last Gleaming with one thin coat of Home of the Brave and Bombs Bursting in Air over each respectively.

Stick around to get a look at each polish. :)

Twilight's Last Gleaming is a blue holographic with a chunky blue shimmer. It dries to a matte like finish so a top coat is a must to really bring life back.

Bombs Bursting in Air is one of those very simple polishes that manages to be something amazing! It's a mix of red, white, and blue stars and bar glitter with a dose of rainbow colored shimmer. I am reminded of fireworks exploding in a night sky every time I look at this. Shown here over Carbon Copy from The Neutrals creme collection.

And here is a close-up of how it looks over Twilight's Last Gleaming. That shimmer is just to die for!!

Star Spangled is a creamy white crelly with red and blue hexes and stars that is just sheer enough to showcase every piece of glitter. Shown here is 2 thin coats. The key is keeping your layers thin so you show glimpses of the previous layers glitter. :)

This may look familiar to those of you who have been with me from the start. This is the reformulated Miss 'Merica that was tucked into orders around the 4th of July last year. Now going by Home of the Brave, this polish is a perfect fit for the Americana Collection. It's a mix of red, white, and blue glitter with blue stars. It adds a patriotic touch to any polish. Shown over Hearthstone from The Darks creme collection.

Last but no where near least is Rockets Red Glare. This one is so hard to photograph, and I really didn't manage to capture the true awesomeness of this polish. It is a red holographic with a fine red shimmer. I direct your attention to the mismatched mani at the top of this post as it really shows a lot more of its shimmer and shine in that pic. This polish also dries to a matte like finish so a top coat will really help add shine and sparkle. :)

If you stuck around through the whole post - congrats and I hope you enjoyed the Americana Collection. Do you have a favorite from this collection?

And here's a bit of real life news if you stuck around. One of my nieces just turned 16 yesterday. Where does the time go?? For the first few years of this little girl's life I helped raise her ... so I'm really feeling old. 

Until next time,
♥ Ashley

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Spellbound Nails Cremes and Holo Toppers

Hello lovelies! I have such exciting news to share with you. Having my own website, where I could sell all my pretties in one place without all the horrendous fees Etsy tacks on, was one of my goals for the new year. AND I DID IT!! I worked tirelessly and 6 months later my new shop is up and ready for orders!

Spellboundnails.com will now redirect you to the new website so come check us out.

Did I mention we open with 5 new creme collections and 2 new holographic toppers!!! So many polishes, so little time so forgive me while I spam you with nail polish pics ... lots more after the break so keep reading. :)

The Darks are deep, dark cremes perfect for any Spellbounder. Based around witchcraft and magic ... whether real or make believe.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Butterflies & Roses - Born Pretty Store Water Decal Review

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

When given the chance to try some products free from the Born Pretty Store I jumped at the chance. The first product I chose were these gorgeous gold butterfly water decals. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them!

A quick note: these butterfly decals are on sale right now!! Originally priced $2.86 you can now buy them for only $1.72. And even better - I have a discount code for you! Just use the code SBN10K31 at checkout for 10% off your order.

I already had the rose decals from a previous purchase. You may remember them from my Valentine's Day nail art. And my initial thought of how perfect they would go together was spot on!

The Born Pretty Store water decals are so easy to use. You start with a base color on your nails and let them dry completely. Cut out the decal you want to use - these packs come with a variety of different butterflies and roses so choose what you like best. Remove the protective plastic film and dunk the design into some room temperature water for about 10-20 seconds ... just long enough to let the decal become completely saturated and the design slides off easily at your touch. I then lightly wet a piece of paper towel and swipe it across my nails to wet them, laying the design over and positioning it into place. You can blot at the design once it's where you want it with a dry paper towel, lightly pressing to get out any air bubbles and to shape it around your nail. Once it's settled and dry, top it with a top coat and you're ready to go with some beautiful nail art and none of the hassle!!

I started these nails with Airy Berry, a lovely baby blue creme from my upcoming The Lights creme collection. This is 2 coats.

I chose various roses from the set and arranged them around my nails first. The butterflies were then positioned over and around them. It was so quick and easy to get such an elegant and summery design. I got so many compliments on these nails.

Stick around because I have another product from Born Pretty Store to review just as great as this one!

Until next time,

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