Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Sponsor Review: Viva La Nails

*Disclaimer* This is a sponsored review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own and honest critiques. I will not report positive opinions based on sponsorship.

A few weeks ago I came across the site: VivaLaNails.
They had a promotion running, anyone who has a blog / youtube acount about nails (or crafts)
could sign up for some products and needed to write a review about them.
(you only pay for the shipping costs)
These are the products I received.

Stickers and water decals :


 First, I tried are these black 'n white flower nail stickers.

My opinion: easy to apply. Some of the stickers stayed on well, the more larger ones which didn't bend with the shape of the nails, kept falling off and wouldn't stay on. (Too bad I don't have a picture of it, might have to do this again) After a while this really buggered me and I undid those nails.
Conclusion: smaller stickers work better, bigger drive me nuts. A so-so.

Next was the purple glitter and orange circles.
1 base coat, another coat only on the white of my nail, adding the glitter, and a topcoat

My opinion: Easy to apply. It stayed on really well. In the end of the day there were some fallen of but the majority was still on there.
Conclusion: Good for a night out, not for longer than 1 day.

I had never tried anything like this before, which was a water decal.
You spot the image you like, cut it out, drop it under water, peel of the protective paper and press the design onto your nail.

My opinion: A bit trickier to apply (I got my design out of the water and couldn't find it anymore, turned out it got stuck to one of my fingers :D). Stayed on for 3 days, it could last longer but my nail polish was chipped so I had to remove it.  
Conclusion: do want! One negative thing, there wasn't any explanation on how to apply these things. I had the luck that I knew what these were since I saw them a few days before.

I took a look at the site, and I think the prices are reasonable for the nail-art designs. They are actually cheaper than when I buy ones in the store.
Hope you found this useful!
If I try the other ones I'll post them too to let you know!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Day Zero Project ~ update

First up, my very first lolitaskirt (lolita is a Japanese fashion which goes back to the Rococo period, dressing modestyl in frills and have good manners)
I bought the skirt a while ago and it arrived last week ^^ I love it!
The pattern on the fabric is just gorgeous and the lace too.
It's a skirt from Bodyline, a Japanese brand for cheap lolita-clothing.

Secondly, I joined a Start-to-run project and it'll start next week. I hope I can keep up with it!
On Friday I'm going to see the musical Oliver!!!!! Whooooooooot!!!!! It'll be my very first real life musical ^^
For my spoilement in January I bought myself two pairs of earrings, each for 2€, as seen in my earring organizer.
and for the one in February, another lolitaskirt, which was 8$. Hope it arrives soon!
I also tried to make a smoothie, tried that is ... I looked gross, but it tasted, well, not too bad... Need to find a better recipe and more fruit :D
That'll be it for today. I'm going back to my books!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Easy DIY Earring organizer from a pictureframe!

Remember my earringholder tutorial made with a old record? if not, here's the link
I wanted one that was smaller and still pretty so I could use it in my dorm.
All you need is:
- a frame, this was mine
  You can find these for cheap in thriftstores, wholesale store or others.

- a panty; choose a colour that fits your frame. Don't use a new one, perhaps ones that don't fit anymore, have a hole in them, ... If you (or your mum) don't use these, take a look at thriftstores.
- fabric, napkin, drawing, ...; for this project I used a pretty (non-used) napkin
- scissors
- pencil
- elastic

How to?
1. Open your frame, take out the glass and place it onto your napkin. Trace it and cut it out.
   That will be your background for your frame.
2. Put your piece of napkin back in the frame (without reinserting the glass) and close it.
3. Take your panty and slip one leg over the frame, bringing the opening to the back. (it'll get clear in the next step and picture)
4. Snip off the rest of the panty and put on the elastic, so the back will look like this

5. Now add your earrings and enjoy the result :)
This was mine, showing my new pairs of earrings (both for 2€ ^^)

I also used a box which held new Christmas cards, 

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial :)
If you try it out, let me see!