Saturday, October 4, 2014

SHADE CHEAP: MIDNIGHT BLUE NAIL POLISHES

Prepare yourself for another post in our Feeling Pretty series....

Hello, nail-painters! Today, we are introducing our new girly series, called "Shade Cheap," where we pick a shade (like midnight blue!) and a product type (like nail polish) and share the best, affordable options that fit that bill! It is our fun way of seeing what the drugstore has to offer in color, as well as quality, at prices that fit our college student budgets! Let's give three big cheers for having fashionably painted nails AND enough money left for food and books! Yay!!! :)



We are kicking off the series with midnight blue nail polishes! And we have four cheap polishes in stunning shades of midnight blue to share with you (in no particular order)! 



Let's start with the Sinful Colors "Midnight Blue" Nail Polish. The name fits it perfectly--it is that classic color that comes to mind when you hear "midnight blue!" This goes on smoothly, looks flawless with two coats, and has a gorgeous finish with a beautiful shine! This classy shade of deep, bright blue is a must-have!






Next up, we have the NYC Quick Dry Nail Polish in "Pier 17." The color, quality, and finish of this is extremely similar to that of the Sinful Colors "Midnight Blue," but there are three differences to keep in mind: the NYC one dries WAY faster, is slightly less long-wearing, and has a slightly cooler undertone. 






The Wet n Wild MegaLast Nail Color in "Root of All Evil" (from the "Pick Your Poison" collection) is another gorgeous shade of midnight blue. Honestly, on the nails, you cannot tell much of a difference between this one and the Sinful Colors "Midnight Blue," and the dry time and longevity is pretty much the same, too. But, "Root of All Evil" does have the advantage of the wider brush, which makes the application process is a little quicker and easier.






And the last polish we have to show you is the Wet n Wild Fast Dry Nail Color in "Saved by the Blue." This one is definitely a little lighter than the others, it dries slightly faster than the MegaLast and Sinful Colors polishes, but not nearly as fast as the NYC Quick Dry one, and like the other three, it looks great with two coats.





All four are great options if you are on the hunt for a fabulous midnight blue at your local drugstore! If we HAD to pick a favorite, we would say the Wet n Wild MegaLast Nail Color in "Root of All Evil." If you cannot get your hands on it, though (since it is a limited edition shade), we suggest the Sinful Color Nail Polish in "Midnight Blue" for the classic, high quality midnight blue nail experience!! ;)

Don't forget to leave us YOUR nail polish recommendations in the comment section below! Thanks for reading!

Love, the Sisters of Hot Glue & Sparkle,
Kaitlyn, Breann, & Cami

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

SKIN CARE TIP FOR SOFT, CLEAR, HEALTHY SKIN

Prepare yourself for another post in our Feeling Pretty series....

This took a big longer to post than I intended...but, as promised, here's another one of Breann's blog posts just waiting to be published.

If we could share one skin care tip, it would be this: EXFOLIATE! It is a little thing that makes a BIG difference in the condition of your skin! It not only helps soften and smooth your skin, but it also helps even out your skin tone and reduce/remove pimples. It helps your makeup go on smoother, but also allows you to wear LESS makeup because it is improving the appearance of your skin as you use it more over time.  

Kaitlyn, Cami, and I discovered a wonderful recipe for a DIY sugar scrub that is PERFECT for exfoliating back in February (almost a year ago!), and this magical exfoliating scrub has made a huge difference in the health and appearance of our skin over the last eleven months!

Kaitlyn, who has acne since she was eleven or twelve years old, swears this stuff helped rid her acne! This did way more than expensive ProActive ever did. After using this daily for a few weeks, the zits started to go away. After two or three weeks of NOT using this scrub, the pimples started coming back. So she knows THIS scrub really helps rid her acne!!

I have combination skin (dry on my cheeks, oily and black-head-prone nose and forehead), and this exfoliating scrub has really helped with both issues. It rids the dead, dry skin so makeup goes on smoother and my skin is much softer. And it has drastically reduced the amount of oils and pimples on my nose and forehead). My skin looks and feels SO much better when I use this two or three times a week.

We hope you found this skin care tip helpful. It has really made a big difference for us and we love it!

I imagine exfoliating with any kind of sugar scrub would induce these kinds of positive results, but if you want to use the same recipe we do, then please check it out here!!

Thanks for reading! Don't forget to share one of your skin care tips in a comment below! 

Love, the Sisters of Hot Glue & Sparkle,
Kaitlyn, Breann, & Cami
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Monday, March 31, 2014

WET N WILD COLOR ICON EYE SHADOWS: REVIEW + PICS

Prepare yourself for another post in our Feeling Pretty series....

Breann passed away in February. She was the best friend and sister anyone could ever hope to have. She was funny, smart, talented and beautiful. Working on projects, painting our nails and shopping for fun things [often using the blog as an excuse] were just some of the things we loved doing with her. Breann was the voice of this blog. We all loved contributing to it, but the blog was Breann's baby. She wrote all the posts, took most of the pics, and just made everything wonderful and polished. She had a few drafts saved, waiting to be published. And as a tribute to her, we'll be posting those over the next few weeks.

Makeup is the perfect way to enhance your natural beauty, isn't it? But it can be expensive, and nobody wants to spend big bucks on fancy eye shadow to make their eyes pop--but at the same time, no one wants to settle for bad quality to save money, either. That's where the Wet n Wild Color Icon Eye Shadows come in! :)


They are extremely affordable, and super high quality--these shadows are soft, easy to blend, long lasting, and very pigmented! What you see in the palette is what you get on your eyes when you apply it!! We love Wet n Wild to pieces for offering such amazing products at such affordable prices: $4-$5 for 8-color palettes, $2.39-$2.99 for trios, and $1.49-$1.99 for singles (depending on where you buy--Smith's Marketplace is on the lower end, Walgreen's is on the higher end, but often has sales). The price is just one of many reasons to love these shadows--even our puppies love them!


Between my sisters and I, we have a pretty big variety of Wet n Wild eye shadows. Unforunately, not all of them are still available (since several were limited edition/discontinued), but there are plenty of gorgeous ones from their permanent line that you can still find at almost any store that sells Wet n Wild products!


I took a lot of pictures for you, and I tried to get the best lighting possible. For the most part, I think the pictures show the colors fairly accurately, but some of the shades are more vibrant in person. I'll do my best to describe the colors, so you can pick and choose wisely what palettes you want to check into!! :)



Here are the two 8-color palettes we have picked up (excluding limited edition/discontinued palettes):




"Petal Pusher" includes (from top to bottom, left column, then right column) a very light pink highlight shade; a soft, satin lilac color; a deep, gorgeous purple; a blue-toned, shimmering violet; a cool toned, light pink; a sparkly, rosy mauve shade; a dark, shimmery burgundy; and a very deep, sparkling green.


"Comfort Zone" includes (from top to bottom, left column, then right column) a shimmering champagne; a stunning, peachy copper; a satin bronze; a deep red-toned brown; a silvery taupe; a light, mossy green with shimmer; a very sparkly gray-green; and a unique shade that changes from a brownish red to a gleaming green depending on the light.


These are the eye shadow trios we have (excluding limited edition/discontinued trios):




 "Walking on Eggshells" includes (from top to bottom) a light, sparkling champagne; a light, slightly shimmery bronze; and a neutral peachy-pink with a pearly finish. 



"Silent Treatment" includes (from top to bottom) a very light, shimmering pink; a deep, sparkly brown; and a pretty, purplish taupe. 


"Knock on Wood" includes (from top to bottom) a mauvey, cool toned pink with sparkle; a medium to dark shade of brown with a little shimmer; and soft, mulberry color.



"I'm Getting Sunburned" includes (from top to bottom) a unique, metallic shade that changes from a cool pink to lilac purple, depending on the light; a very shimmery, rich brown; and a metallic golden color.



"Cool As A Cucumber" includes (from top to bottom) a very light, cool green; a rich eggplant color; and a soft, earthy green.



"Don't Steal My Thunder" includes (from top to bottom): a sparkly white; a true black with shimmer; and a soft, shimmery silver. 



Here's the one single I have to share with you, a black called "Panther:"


Those are all of the permanent eye shadows we have, but we also have a bunch from various limited edition collections. Since you probably won't be able to find most of these anymore, we won't go into a lot of detail...but we would like to show you some examples of what else they have come out with, so you can look for similar palettes in future collections! Here are a few pictures....










Well, that pretty much wraps up this post! We hope you enjoyed it! Now go get you some awesome eye shadow!! ;)



Love, the Sisters of Hot Glue & Sparkle,
Kaitlyn, Breann, & Cami

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Monday, February 24, 2014

EASY WAY TO KEEP CURLING RIBBON IN PLACE

Prepare yourself for another post in our Quick Tip series....

Curling ribbon is great, right?! It's the perfect way to add that extra "oomph" to any gift, but sometimes it can be a pain to use, because it does not stay curled around the ribbon bobbin. Even tape does not always keep it in place. We dare you to tell us the situation in this picture doesn't look familiar to you.... 



It is SO annoying. But fortunately, there is a pretty easy fix! Simply make a small incision (I just wanted to know what it felt like to talk like a doctor--apparently it's not as cool as I expected--so scratch that).... Just take some scissors and make a tiny cut on the, um, top part (I don't know what to call it) of the bobbin, and slide the end of the curling ribbon in there, and it will actually STAY!



Okay, so maybe that was not the best way to explain this little tip, but hopefully you found it helpful anyhow! This is such a quick and easy way to keep your ribbon (and sanity) in place! Thanks for reading!

Love, the Sisters of Hot Glue & Sparkle,
Kaitlyn, Breann, & Cami

P.S. If you like this post, then don't forget to check out our other posts, and leave us a comment! We love hearing readers' feedback! You can also follow Hot Glue & Sparkle on bloglovin' (click the blue + button on the top right), so you will be notified every time we post something new! Thanks for showing your support! xoxo