Monday, August 26, 2013

WET N WILD LE TOUGH GIRL BEAUTY ARMY EYESHADOW & NAIL POLISH: REVIEW & PICTURES

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

We come bearing good news and bad about Wet n Wild's latest collection. So get excited for the good and brace yourself for the bad! Let's get this post started....

Wet n Wild has another limited edition collection out called "Tough Girl Beauty Army." This one includes eyeshadow trios and nail polishes, which come in army-inspired colors. They remind me a bit of Sinful Colors' "Haute Rebel" collection from last fall. I love these rich autumn shades!

Kaitlyn and I each picked up one eyeshadow trio (which comes with a free Mega Protein Mascara). 

Mine is called "Enlisting for Beauty," and it has three neutral shades (a warm, matte tan; a dark, cool shade of brown; and a shimmering taupe):


 Kaitlyn's is called "Zero Dark Flirty"  and it has three purple shades (a light, sparkly purple; a deep eggplant with a satin finish; and a pretty pansy purple):



I would have swatched these for you, but honestly... when it comes to Wet n Wild eyeshadow, what you see is what you get! Yay for true color pay off! These shadows are amazing quality--silky, pigmented, and long lasting. I have only tried the free mascara once, so I can't tell you if I love it or not (but I know I don't hate it)!

**PLEASE NOTE: The eyeshadow colors are much brighter and warmer in person...sorry for the off lighting!

They had gray and blue trios, too, but we liked the brown and purple trios best...

Wet n Wild also has six shades of nail polish in this line, but they cost $3.19 each (pretty pricy for a Wet n Wild nail polish), so we each only purchased one! These are kind of expensive because they claim to have a textured finish. The one I got is definitely textured and gritty (my nails feel like sandpaper!), but the one Kaitlyn got does not have a rough, textured finish it all (it's as smooth as can be). We think this is because mine is more matte and hers is quite shimmery. Of course, it is possible that Kaitlyn just got a bad bottle....

I got "Fatigue Glam" (a warm, mauvey pink):



Kaitlyn got "ATTEN HUT!" (a shimmery, forest green):

 I think "Fatigue Glam" is pretty cool and unique, but I don't love it enough to buy more from this collection--especially at the higher price. Kaitlyn, unfortunately, does regret buying hers because she feels she overpaid for a regular old nail polish. The color is undeniably gorgeous, but the texture is not what it claimed to be. Also, the brush is pretty weird... It's short and wide, making it very difficult to not make a total mess in the application process. 

So the bottom line is: we LOVE the eyeshadow, we don't love the nail polish. Wet n Wild is amazing and we continue to buy their awesome eyeshadow, but we are not impressed with the price, brush, and fail to live up to its claims with nail polish shades in this collection. 

But hey, we are crazy excited for the Halloween nail polish collection from Wet n Wild! Last year's collection was AMAZING, and I regret not buying every single color! So excited to see what they come up with this year! Hope to see it in stores soon! :)

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

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

FAIRY TALE HALLOWEEN COSTUMES, PT. 1: INTRO + CHARM NECKLACES

Prepare yourself for another post in our Crafty Chaos series....

Alice in Wonderland, The Queen of Hearts, & Little Red Riding Hood--Oh, my!!

Halloween is our very favorite holiday for so many reasons! Because with it comes red and golden leaves that clutter the sidewalk and crunch beneath your feet. Because with it comes the chance to embrace your love for classic tales and characters, like Frankenstein's creature. Because with it comes the possibilities of decorating with delicate potion bottles, elaborate cobwebs, personified pumpkins, and bony skeletons.  Because with it comes the excuse to spray paint pumpkins and cover them with glitter. Because with it comes the opportunity to use the ghost and bat shaped cookie cutters you bought on clearance last November. 

And, because with it comes the chance to dress up and become whoever you want to be for one magical night--and remain socially accepted.

In all truthfulness, Kaitlyn and I have not dressed up for Halloween since we were in elementary school (and now we're in college)! But once we realized how cute it would be if we dressed up our puppies for their first Halloween, we knew we had to dress up with them! So, this year, Halloween costumes are somewhat of a family affair for the first time in a very long time. Pretty exciting, right?! So exciting that you would love to see this project be turned into a series of multiple equally exciting posts, right?! I thought so!!

Aww, look how excited the puppies are for Halloween!!


Okay, so we are all going to be fairytale characters! Cami is going to be Little Red Riding Hood, and our darling puppy, Sprinkle, will be Little Red Riding Hood, too! Our other cute puppy, Shadow, will be The Big Bad Wolf. Kaitlyn and I will be characters from a different fairytale: Alice in Wonderland. Kaitlyn will be the Queen of Hearts, and I am going to be Alice. We are SO excited for Halloween, and we have already started shopping for our DIY costumes so we have plenty of time to find great deals and put the costumes together. All the materials we have purchased so far are in this cute basket, which Cami will use as a prop for her Little Red Riding Hood ensemble....



Before I dive into the specific items we have, let me give you a general idea of what we have in mind for the costumes. Cami picked up a long, basic black dress at a thrift store that she wants to wear as Red. We are putting a fun twist on the red cape by making it with tulle! Kaitlyn and I are going to wear tulle too, but we are actually going to have tutus! Kaitlyn's will be red, black, and white, and mine will be blue. We will each have tights and a white top, too, and I'll also have a white apron. Kaitlyn found lots of inspiration for Queen of Hearts costume on Pinterest, and I found a few fun ideas for my Alice costume on there, too! So we are taking a bunch of different ideas and tying them together to make unique, fun costumes. Now that you have a general idea of what we're going for, let's move onto what we actually bought o far....

Obviously we have the different colors of tulle I mentioned! Kaitlyn and Cami got their matte tulle on sale for 70 cents a yard at JoAnn's and 79 cents a yard at Hobby Lobby. Oh, and I should thank Kaitlyn for being kind enough to buy some extra red tulle for Sprinkle's tutu! I got my shiny tulle for 89 cents (or was it 99? I can't remember!) per yard at JoAnn's. 




Kaitlyn picked up a deck of cards (to add to Kaitlyn's tutu) and a wand for a dollar each at The Dollar Tree. We looked for a tiara there too, and they didn't have one, so we'll keep an eye open for cheap tiaras! We also picked up Fairytale charms (each costing between $1.43-$2 with coupons) at Hobby Lobby--one for each of our individual costumes. I was amazed that we were able to find PERFECT compliments! We also picked up scrap fabric at Hobby Lobby for $1.40-$3; a roll of white fabric for my apron; some red and white patterned fabric for the inside of Cami's basket (which holds all of our materials now); and some light pink for Shadow's old granny cap (although that last one was actually a quarter flat from JoAnn's). We found his granny dress at a thrift store (Deseret Industries) for just a dollar; it's a dress for a baby that looks pretty old school...like something my mom would have made me in the '90's, even though it belongs in the '70's or '80's...





Okay, that pretty much wraps up our introduction to this Halloween costume series... so let's move onto our first project: charm necklaces!

Now, this is probably the most difficult and complex project of them all, so pay very close attention. 

Step 1: Go buy a charm that fits your costume. As I said, we found ours at Hobby Lobby. 


This is Cami's (AKA Red Riding Hood's):


This is Kaitlyn's (AKA Queen of Hearts'):



This is Breann's (AKA mine, AKA Alice's):


Step 2: Remove the charm from the packaging. Do so cautiously. This is quite tricky indeed.



Step 3: Find a silver or gold chain necklace, and carefully, VERY carefully, put the charm onto the chain. 





 
Whew! That was a lot of hard work, but you did it!! You're done, and you now have a beautiful charm necklace to show for it! It will totally take your costume to the next level! 

  Thanks for reading, and please stay tuned for more posts in this series. We can't wait to share more tips and pictures with you as we go on this fun journey in preparation for what might be the most fun Halloween ever! 



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

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**Supplies (for charm necklaces):
Charms--$1.43 (on clearance) to $2 (with a coupon), Hobby Lobby
Chains--FREE, already had some 

Saturday, August 24, 2013

WET N WILD LE CHROME NAIL POLISH SETS $3 AT WALGREEN'S

Prepare yourself for another post in our Bargain Alert series....

If you are a nail polish fanatic, you might want to sit down for this... this is HUGE news!! Are you ready for this?? Okay, here it is: you can get a pack of FOUR Wet n Wild nail polishes from the LIMITED EDITION "Chrome" collection for only $3!!! 



In case you're not squealing with joy, let me help you understand the significance of this life-brightening opportunity. Wet n Wild (one of our FAVORITE cosmetic brands) released a limited edition "Chrome" collection in summer of 2012, and they were $3-$4 a piece. The colors are beautiful, varied, and metallic in finish, and we haven't seen them for over a year now, until today at Walgreen's....



So the fact that they are back at Walgreen's in sets, allowing you to get four polishes for the price of one, is a MIRACLE! Kaitlyn & I were talking about how pretty these polishes were earlier today, and then we went to Walgreen's a few hours later and made this discovery. I'm not making this up--it is truly a miracle!! I can hardly believe these beautiful metallic gems are back and available at such an affordable price!!



Since we just picked these up today (and since we cannot guarantee that all Walgreen's locations are carrying them at this time, and you might not be able to get your hands on them), we will not be doing a full review on them. We haven't even had a chance to try them out yet. But we would like to share lots of pictures and color descriptions so you can be on the look out for the shades you like best! If you don't find these at your local Walgreen's, you might want to consider checking for them at Burlington or Ross. We have been known to find discontinued Wet n Wild products there, too.

Okay, so they had at least three different sets, some of which overlapped a little. Kaitlyn and I each got one, and one of the colors I have is also in her set. Here are the two different sets we have:



Mine includes the shades (from left to right): "Steel the Spotlight" (a classy silver), "A Show at the Palladium" (a beautiful, true gold), "Precious Petals" (a bright, cool pink), and "Penny for Your Thoughts" (a pretty copper). 



Kaitlyn's includes the shades (from left to right): "A Penny for Your Thoughts" (the same pretty copper), "Stay Outta My Bismuth" (a medium shade of blue with silver undertones), "Grew Up in Cobalt-imore" (a stunning cobalt blue), and "I Got a Com-pewter" (a funky light green that leans yellowish). 


Of course, all of them are shimmery, metallic, and beautiful! We are SOOOO excited about finding these, and at such a bargain! We just had to share!! Our sweet Sprinkle loves them too!




Thanks for checking out our blog! We hope you can find this great deal near you!! If you do find these nail polishes (or any other discontinued/limited edition Wet n Wild products), leave us a comment and tell us where you found them and how much you paid!! Happy bargain hunting!!

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

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

DIY DOG TREAT CANISTERS!!

Prepare yourself for another post in our Crafty Chaos series....

We love our puppies, and they love their treats! We figured we needed a way to easily store a variety of treats in one place to help save space (so we don't have five different bags of treats), so we ran to WalMart and picked up a couple of these clear canisters (one to keep inside, and one to keep outside)....


First, we peeled off the stickers and washed the canisters with soap and water...


Then we gathered the supplies we wanted to use to create a "bone tag"--or, a label that says "TREATS" on it! We picked some paper, ribbon, stamping ink, and stickers, and we printed bones in the size and shape we wanted (using Microsoft clipart for the bones--we printed a few different sizes to use as templates so we could layer the bones on top of each other)....



After gathering our supplies, which were all things we already had on hand (this is a great project for using up paper and ribbon scraps), we cut out the bone shape, inked the edges of the paper with the green stamping ink, mounted it on the green paper and cut that out, and added our stickers and cute doo-dads (the eyelet, paw print, and bone). That landed us with this cute label....


And then of course it was time for the ribbon! We chose one with dog bones on them, and we tied them around each canister....



Then we added the label to one of the canisters with thin jewelry/crafting wire (the indoor one--if we put it on the outdoor one, the weather would just ruin it)...


And that's it! We hope you like this idea! You could do something similar for a non-dog-treat canister. Maybe a Goldfish Cracker canister? Or a cotton ball canister? Or something? Haha, let us know if you come up with any creative ideas for a dolled up canister!


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

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 *Supplies:
Canister--$3ish, WalMart
Paper--FREE, already had some
Ribbon--FREE, already had some
Doodads--FREE, already had some
Wire--FREE, already had some
*If you don't have random paper and ribbon scraps, etc, you can pick some up from Hobby Lobby for just a $1 or $2. 

Friday, August 9, 2013

STORAGE TIP: ORGANIZING STUD EARRINGS!!

Prepare yourself for another post in our Crafty Chaos series....

I recently picked up this super cute jewelry box at Ross for just $6!! Although I loved how it looked, I was little disappointed when I tried to actually store my jewelry in it, because all my stud earrings would slide all over the place every time I opened a drawer. After a little trial and error, I found a cool way to stop the sliding and keep my earrings in place, and I can love this jewelry box even more!!



Basically, I cut down some canvas to the size of the drawers (the top two, where I want to store my studs). I didn't use anything super special to do this...I just grabbed a pair of scissors and started chopping away at a cheap canvas I got on sale at Hobby Lobby (you could also get canvas off a bolt in the fabric section). Then, I taped a small piece of ribbon to the back of each sheet of canvas, so I can grab the ribbon tab when I want to easily lift the canvas out of the drawer. And obviously, I stuck my cute studs into the different sheets of canvas! Now, my earrings stay exactly where I want them, and I don't have to search frantically for an earring's match! This is such a simple, effective tip--I just had to share it! :)



Another cool thing about this storage solution is that you can actually stack multiple sheets of canvas in one drawer if you want. Since the ribbon tabs make it easy to pop the canvas out to reveal the next layer, it is not an inconvenience at all. I don't have enough studs to need to do that yet, since I just have the two sheets (one for each of the two top drawers)... But if I ever get enough earrings to need more than the two canvas sheets, i will definitely start stacking! I tried stacking these, just to experiment and see if it was a good idea, and I was definitely impressed! It is a pretty nice space-saving trick!



This simple tip has saved me a lot of time and sanity! We all think it is pretty clever, and were excited to share it with you. I hope it helps you out, too! Let us know if you give this a try! We would love to hear about your experience in the comment section below! Thanks for reading, and have fun organizing!!

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

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Supplies:
Jewelry box with drawers--$6, Ross
Canvas--$5 (pack of two on sale, but you can also get it on a bolt in the fabric section), Hobby Lobby
Scissors--FREE, already have 'em 
Ribbon--FREE, already have scraps (but if you don't, ribbon can be found for under $3 at Hobby Lobby)