Monday, January 27, 2014

DIY WINTER GREETING CARD: SPARKLY SNOWMEN

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

We have another fun DIY card design for you! We loved this simple, chic design enough to make three of them! These fun cards feature some cute snowmen, and they SPARKLE! Just look at them shimmer and shine!! 





Follow these easy steps to make your own....

Step 1: Emboss the snowmen and "Let it Snow" onto white card stock, which you want to cut into a nice rectangle.



Step 2: Mount the white card stock onto colored card stock, which you'll want to cut into a slightly larger rectangle. 

Step 3: Mount that onto the colorful card.

Step 4: Add some ribbon along the bottom edge!



Isn't that easy?! Talk about simple--and cute, obviously!! Here is the materials list for ya....

Materials:

  • White cardstock
  • Blue cardstock (in varying shades)
  • Light purple cardstock
  • Sparkling embossing powder
  • Ribbon (light purple was 50 cents from Walmart; silver was in Hobby Lobby’s Christmas craft stuff for about 50 cents)
  • Snowmen and “Let it Snow” stamps come from “Winter Snowmen” stamp collection, by Stampabilities

We hope you enjoyed this quickie card post! Thanks for reading, and have a good one!


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

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

DIY JEWELRY BOARD (CAMI'S PEACOCK-INSPIRED VERSION)

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

A while back, Kaitlyn and I made some gorgeous jewelry boards, which you can check out here! Cami finally decided to jump on board with us, and make a jewelry board of her own! It turned out amazing, and we just had to share Cami's gorgeous board! 



She followed basically the same steps that we did, except for she used a "swirly checkered" stencil to paint her frame and she used Behr paint (instead of Krylon spray paint, like we did). Since our techniques were so similar, we are going to refer you back to our original post for the instructions, but also share a few pictures of Cami's board in the making! 





We all love our jewelery boards! In fact, Kaitlyn and I love them  so much that we have even made second ones (which match our first ones) since our initial jewelry storage post! Aren't they pretty?!




Thanks for reading, and don't forget to check out the first post for detailed instructions on making your own jewelry board!




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

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

WET N WILD MEGALAST NAIL POLISHES: REVIEW & PHOTOS

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

If you have been following our blog for a while, then you already know that we LOVE the Wet n Wild MegaLast Nail Polishes. We obsessed over the deep and mesmerizing shades in the Pick Your Poison collection and we raved about the fun and sparkly shades in the Be a Runway Beauty collection! But, we haven't actually shown you the permanent polishes in the line...until now!! Get ready to be blown away by gorgeous color and impressive quality that is ALWAYS available at your local Wet n Wild retailers!!





Okay, if you're anything like us, then you are probably squealing with joy just LOOKING at these pretty pictures! But, remain calm, because we still have a lot to cover in this post! Stay with me!!



Before we jump into color descriptions, let's talk about the packaging, formula, and overall quality of these polishes. Basically, they come in classy square-ish bottles that say "wet n wild" down the sides, "wet n wild megalast salon nail color" on the front, and the shade name on the back. They also come with black caps that have WIDE brushes! The bottles look chic enough, and the wide brushes make the application a breeze! We LOVE the brushes! The actual nail polish in most of them is creamy (but some have shimmer), and they need about two coats to look opaque and even--which is pretty typical of a nail polish. The dry time is pretty average, as well. The lasting power might be just a titch better in these than your average nail polish, though, which is great! And the pigmentation is FABULOUS! We really appreciate that these have so much vividness, and come in a variety of stunning shades! We absolutely adore this line of nail polishes--it is one of our favorite lines because the quality is phenomenal, and the price is fantastic, at just $1.99 per polish at Walgreen's!



"Break the Ice" is a pretty white loaded with fine shimmer! It is absolutely stunning, and has a snow-princess-like quality (yes, that's a thing)! The "icy" name fits is perfectly!



"2% Milk" is a very light, fleshy color with a hint of a pink undertone and a cream finish. For those of us with fair skin, this makes a fantastic nude! Oh, so classy!



"Private Viewing" is a slightly deeper nude shade with a peach undertone and cream finish. I imagine this would be a great nude for those with tanner skin tones. 



"Wet Cement" is a very pretty, creamy taupe! What a beautiful, cool brown shade! (This is slightly darker in person than in picture--sorry about the slightly off-lighting in this one!)



"Candy-licious" is a medium shade of pink with a bright, candy-like tone and cream finish! It is such a fun, pretty pink and we LOVE it! The name suits it so well, too.



"Tropicala" is a fun, creamy coral! It is a little brighter than "Candy-licious" and has a definite orange undertone, but it still has more pink than orange in it. This is such a tropical, warm color! It is another polish with a fitting name! (This is brighter in person.)



"Heatwave" is pretty much an oranger (I know that's not a word, but you know what I mean, so just roll with it) version of "Tropicala." It is another bright, warm shade of coral, but it has a lot more orange in it!



"I Red a Good Book" is a pretty shade of red that has a strong orange undertone, and is on the lighter side of red. It also has a cream finish. Very classy!



"I Need a Refresh-Mint" a pretty, creamy, light shade of blue. Unfortunately, despite the name, it is NOT a lovely shade of mint green. It is almost more of a cotton candy blue! I could go on and on about how much the unfitting name bugs me, but it is a cute enough color that I'll shut up about that and let you enjoy the pretty picture peacefully. 



"On a Trip" is a very cool, light to medium shade of purple. This lovely violet also has a cream finish. 



"Disturbia" is a very dark, shimmering purple. It is simply GORGEOUS! 



"Through the Grapevine" is a bright and beautiful magenta hue. It is this warm, pink-ish purplish color with a cream finish!



As you can see, there are loads of pretty shades in this line (and we do NOT have them all)! While it's hard to pick only a few favorites, if we had to do so, we might pick "Candy-licious" and "Disturbia." What are a few of YOUR favorites?! Let us know in the comment section below! 

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

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Monday, January 20, 2014

DIY WINTER GREETING CARD: WINTER WONDERLAND

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

We have another crafty card to share with you today! This one is a "Winter Wonderland" card! Isn't it cute?! We think so! Just look at all those pretty snowflakes, and those ADORABLE MITTENS!! We love, love, love stamps!! 



This is a fun card, and pretty easy to make, too! If you want to make your own stamped-up card, just follow the simple steps below....

Step 1: Cut a piece of white card stock into a square.

Step 2: Use different shades of blue to stamp snowflakes onto white card stock.

Step 3: Mount the white square onto a slightly larger purple square of lavender card stock.

Step 4: Stamp "Winter Wonderland" (or other winter salutation) in blue ink onto a white rectangle, and add a few other winter-inspired designs on the sides (we used mitten and ice skates). 

Step 5: Mount everything onto a blue card.

That's simple enough, right?! You have a crazy-cute winter card in just five easy steps! 



Here's our list of the materials we used, but obviously you can substitute items for what you have or want to use (except for the mittens--you simply MUST stamp mittens, because they are SO CUTE):


Materials:

  • Blue cardstock card
  • white cardstock
  • Purple cardstock
  • Studio G set of mini stamps (4 snowflakes)--from dollar bin at JoAnn’s
  • 4 different shades of blue ink pads (used 4 different shades of Studio G ink pads from dollar bin at JoAnn’s)
  • “Winter Wonderland” and mittens stamps--”Winter Snowmen” stamp set, by Stampabilities
  • Ice skate stamp from “Wonderland” stamp set, from Dear Lizzy by American Crafts
  • Paper cutter
  • Adhesive

Thanks for reading, and happy card making!

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

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

WET N WILD MEGASLICKS BALM STAINS: REVIEW & SWATCHES

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

Is it a lipstick? Is it a lip liner? Is it a lip gloss? No, it's a balm stain! To be more specific, it is the Wet n Wild Megaslicks Balm Stain, and it rocks! It is creamy, smooth, pigmented lip color that glides on beautifully and leaves a long-lasting stain of color. And it only costs $3-$4 (depending on where you buy it--we picked a few up at Walgreen's for $2.99 each with the $1 coupons that were on them), and it is available in six stunning shades!


These balm stains are truly fabulous, but that doesn't mean they are flawless--there are a few cons we want to point out. Perhaps the biggest con is that they tend to dry out the lips after a few hours of wear (even though they feel moisturizing when applying them at first). Another thing is that the stain is not quite as bright as the color of the initial application is--it is a bit duller, and depending on how dry the lips are underneath, may look a bit uneven (if the lips are dry enough to have "lines" or "cracks"). Another fresh application (or a little lip balm or gloss on top) fixes the slightly dull and uneven look an instant, though! Also, they are not exactly true to color. In other words, what you see in the tube is not necessarily the color you get on your lips. Some shades go on a bit brighter than they look, or a bit pinker, but they are still very pretty and stay basically the same color (until they fade to a slightly less vibrant shade after three hours or so). Although, we heard some bloggers say that they did not just fade on them, they turned a brighter, slightly different shade over time--which obviously was not our experience.... 

So there are a few cons to consider, but they are not a big enough deal for us to dislike them. Which I guess is pretty obvious, since we went back and bought the whole rest of the collection after trying our first two!!


If you want to know EXACTLY how well and how long they wear, here are the details of our little test....

Basically, we took these two pictures right after applying them. Aren't they pretty?! The lip color is so smooth and pigmented. (I am wearing "Rico Mauve" in the top picture, and Kaitlyn is wearing "Pinky Promise" in the bottom picture.)




After wearing them for about four hours, we took these updated pictures, where the color looks basically the same, but a little faded, and our lips might look a bit drier--they also FELT drier after wearing them for four hours! (By the way, the sun was in a different place in this set of pictures, since it is four hours...so please ignore the slightly different lighting and trust me when I say the lip colors are nearly the same color as before, just a bit duller.)



We wanted to see how our lips would look if we put on some lip balm and lip gloss. It turns out that either one helps resolve the "dried out" look and feel, but does not take away any of the color! It just adds a smooth, shiny look to the stain!



So, see what we mean about the whole longevity thing? The application is super pigmented, the actual stain you see later is a bit duller than the initial application, and it seems drier, too. But, it's easily refreshed with another application of either the balm stain, or a little gloss or lip balm on top! So, the cons can pretty much be reversed in an instant!


Now that we have given you a pretty thorough review and shared our little longevity test with you, let's talk about the individual colors! In the "swatched arm" photo below, from left to right we have: "Lady and the Vamp," "Red-dy or Not," "Rico Mauve," "Pinky Promise," "A Stiff Pink," and "Nudist Colony." 


"Nudist Colony" is a light peachy, nude with pink undertones. 



"A Stiff Pink" is a super bright, creamy pink. 




"Pinky Promise" is a light peachy-pink that looks peachier in the tube than it does on the lips. It goes on pinker with a bit of a frosty sheen to it.



"Rico Mauve" is a pretty berry shade with a lovely shine.



"Red-dy or Not" is a bright, yet understated red--so pretty!



"Lady in the Vamp" is a deeper berry shade, and oh, so pretty!



Aren't these colors all so lovely?! We really enjoy these balm stains! They are fun additions in our makeup collections! And we love that you can wear them alone, or with gloss or lipstick on top! We love the idea of wearing this under a lipstick, so as the lipstick fades, the complimentary color of the stain shows through! Here is an example of this ("A Stiff Pink" underneath one of my favorite bright pink lipsticks, Wet n Wild's "Noveau Pink"):


The Wet n Wild Megaslicks Balm Stains are versatile and fabulous, and we highly recommend them! If you have tried these out, let us know what you think in the comment section! And if you have not tried them, tell us what color you would be most likely to try out!

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

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