Totally Cool Nails – For Kids

totally cool nails book

Every little princess loves nail polish and my 6 1/2 year old daughter is no exception. She absolutely LOVES polishing her nails. She always begs me to let her use my computer so she can get on Pinterest and check out fancy nail art.

Luckily, we found Totally Cool Nails: 50 Fun and Easy Nail Art Designs for Kids so we have step by step instructions complete with pictures of each step so we can recreate 50 different nail art designs any time we want!

Of course we decided to try out the easter-themed nails first! Aren’t they adorable?!

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First we started with 2 coats of Jamberry Nail Polish in “Hint of Mint”. Then we picked out the Stripe Rite nail art polish in the colors we would need.

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I was glad the instructions were simple and easy to follow because my pregnancy brain couldn’t handle anything too complex right now! The book clearly pictures the step by step progression for each nail design and I was able to (horribly!) paint little bunnies and carrots on my daughter’s microscopic finger nails.

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Even though my hands were not very steady and I made quite a mess, she was absolutely over the moon about her nails and was happy to show them off to all her friends.

I enjoyed it because it was a great mother/daughter activity for us. We can’t wait to try the ombre dot, splatter, cupcake, flip-flop, and union jack nails.

BUY IT: Get Totally Cool Nails on Amazon or in your local bookstore ($12)

I received the book mentioned above in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own and I did not receive compensation for this post. 

3 Non-Food Easter Gift Ideas For Kids

Looking for something to stuff the Easter baskets with that won’t give kids a sugar high and rot their teeth out? We’ve got a few ideas to help! You’re welcome.

Idea #1: BOOKS

First off, just out this month is Cynthia Bardes latest children’s book, Pansy in Paris: A Mystery at the Museum

pansy in paris

My kids (boy 3, girl 6) thoroughly enjoyed this book and asked me to read it again when it was over. It really is a cute story with delightful artwork. This is definitely one children’s book worth checking out. There are more books in the “Pansy” series as well that we can’t wait to read. Visit www.cynthiabardes.com or click here to read more about the author and her dog Pansy (a real-life poodle!).

BUY IT: Get Pansy In Paris on Amazon ($14.99)


 

Idea #2: NAIL POLISH

What little girl doesn’t love nail polish? I know my 6 1/2 year old daughter absolutely LOVES polishing her nails. She’s always begging to use the computer so she can get on Pinterest and check out fancy nail art. Luckily, we found Totally Cool Nails: 50 Fun and Easy Nail Art Designs for Kids

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Of course we decided to try out BUNNIES first! The instructions were simple and easy to follow and clear pictures showed the step by step progression to it’s completion. We were both very happy with the result and she got tons of compliments, of course!

I enjoyed it because it was a great mother/daughter activity for us. We can’t wait to try the ombre dot, splatter, cupcake, flip-flop, and union jack nails. This would be a great book for a sleepover too!

BUY IT: Get Totally Cool Nails on Amazon or in your local bookstore ($12)


 

Idea #3: MOVIES

I’m sure every kid on the planet already owns a copy of Frozen, so why not get them something a little different.

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Meet Iesodo, (YAY-sa-doe) a highly acclaimed Telly and Accolade Award winning series featuring a cast of animated birds who live in a Cypress Tree on the shores of Galilee.

As soon as I saw the cover of the DVD for this series, I immediately thought of Rio! My kids loved that movie so I knew they would be interested in Iesodo. The movie has cutting edge imagery that is somewhat unexpected for a Christian DVD series. Click here to read our review of the DVDs.

With each and every story in the series, Iesodo and his cute feathered friends “present the essence of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a winsome, compelling way” through music and adventure (MovieGuide.org).

BUY IT: Get Iesodo DVDs on Amazon ($14.99 each)

 

Day 3 Giveaway – SensatioNail® Gel Polish Starter Kit worth $59.99

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me…


SensatioNail® Gel Polish Starter Kit
Worth $59.99

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We are excited to team up with SensatioNail® to offer our readers a chance to win a SensatioNail® Gel Polish Starter Kit worth $59.99 in their choice of color (depending on availability!)! We are also excited to share their amazing SensatioNail FIAT Sweepstakes that are going on right now as well. See details below…

About The Fiat Sweepstakes:

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One lucky winner will drive off with a Fiat in the SensatioNail Color of their choice and it could be you!

The sweepstakes will end December 31, 2013, with the winner receiving their car in January of 2014.

While you might not drive away with the grand prize, SensatioNail will give iPad Mini’s to 20 second place winners, SensatioNail Starter Kits to 100 third place winners and 400 participants will receive iTunes Gift Cards! There is no purchase necessary to enter – you simply go to www.sensationail.com/fiat or visit selected Walmart, Walgreen’s or Rite Aid locations and fill out your entry.

SensatioNail Just launched an E-Commerce site so you can now purchase product direct from the website! Visit http://www.sensationail.com/


Our Giveaway:

ONE winner will receive a SensatioNail® Gel Polish Starter Kit worth $59.99 in their choice of color (depending on availability!). Details on how to enter for a chance to win are below…


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ALL ENTRIES WILL BE MODERATED! Do not enter this giveaway if you are going to cheat and not follow the rules. Your entries will be removed and you will receive a warning. If you are a repeat offender, you will be banned from this website and all future giveaways! Please do not waste our time!

100% Pure Natural, Vegan and Organic Pregnancy-Safe Makeup

Phew! Now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over, let’s get back to business!

I’m 17 weeks pregnant (just in case anyone cares!) and I’ve made a huge change in my beauty routine in the past few months. I’ve switched to all natural makeup, thanks in part to 100% Pure Cosmetic’s all natural, organic, vegan beauty products.

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I recently read several articles about the horrendous and toxic ingredients in mascara. Since mascara is something I wear EVERY DAY I figured it was an important thing to make sure what I was using had helpful ingredients instead of potentially harmful ones. I was pretty addicted to my Covergirl Lashblast Mascara, I must admit, so making the switch to all natural mascara took some getting used to.

mascaraThe first thing I noticed about 100% Pure’s Fruit Pigmented Mascara was that the container is absolutely darling and it smelled WONDERFUL. I mean, I love putting this stuff on just so I can smell it. Seriously. No chemical scent, just a light, fruity-floral fragrance. I wear “Black Tea” every day now. My lashes don’t look like stunning falsies, but for everyday use this stuff is perfect. Best of all, it washes off easily without harsh makeup removers. It doesn’t dry and get flaky either. It stays on well through out the entire day and doesn’t run or give me raccoon eyes unless I go to bed with it on. But seriously, the only mascara that won’t rub off while you are sleeping is some pretty intense waterproof stuff anyway.

I also replaced my regular foundation with Fruit Pigmented Tinted Moisturizer and I’ve been using Fruit Pigmented Eye Shadow as well. I love the tinted moisturizer but for some reason eyeshadow just DOES NOT stay put on my eye lids without Urban Decay Potion Primer. Even if I powder my eyelids, don’t put on eye cream or moisturizer, no matter what I try, I just can’t get eyeshadow to stay PUT. This wonderful eyeshadow is no exception… It works wonderful and looks gorgeous as long as I put on Primer Potion first. If I don’t, it’s no where to be seen within an hour.

Here’s a picture of me wearing the tinted moisturizer, mascara, eyeshadow and Naked Lip Gloss from 100% Pure. I posted this on instagram last week.

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Lastly, I decided I wanted to eliminate SLS and other chemicals from my hair care routine. Last time I was pregnant, I actually made my own shampoo. I just don’t have time for that now! So I switched to Yuzu and Pomelo Glossing Shampoo and Conditioner. OH. MY. GOD. It smells sooooo gooooood. Course I love anything that smells like grapefruit and I recently realized about 50% of the products in my bathroom, are grapefruit scented. I guess “Pomelo” smells just like grapefruit because I’m in love with this shampoo and conditioner. Plus it makes my hair really silky and soft. I’m hooked. I don’t think I will be switching back to my regular shampoo and conditioners after baby arrives in May.

Overall, I highly recommend 100% Pure Cosmetics if you are looking for a more natural alternative to drugstore makeup.

100% Pure provided me with the products for this review/post.
My thoughts and opinions are my own, regardless of monetary compensation.
My opinion is that 100% Pure Products are awesome.

Nails INC “Leather Effect” Nail Polish in Noho Black

Nail Inc Leather Effect Polish

Leather Effect Polish in “Noho” Black

When Ebates informed me I could get Double Cash Back at Sephora, I ran right over there to grab a bottle of nail polish that has been sitting in my shopping cart for a couple of months… Nails Inc Leather Effect Polish in “Noho”. Black was still full price at $11, but three other colors were on sale for only $7! I decided to get the black though and I’m glad I did.

I was so surprised how easy it applied and how quickly it dried to a ripply “leather like” finish. I applied a second coat several hours later just to be sure I had good coverage.

I was unsure what my husband would think about black nails nails, nevermind with a weird finish to them. Surprisingly he thought it was really neat. He said it looked like “rhino lining” for your nails. LOL

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After 5 days, my nails were still in almost perfect condition. Rhino Lining indeed! I touched up the edges of 2 nails and they lasted for 3 more days before completely chipping and cracking. I did NOT use a top coat after reading several other famous ‘nail bloggers’ reviews of this particular polish. I was surprised that some other ladies said it didn’t wear well. I got over a week of wear out of just two coats and a tiny touch up. I was super impressed at the staying power of this nail polish, plus it just looked infinitely cool. The long lasting nature COULD have been because I used Nails Inc Caviar Basecoat ($10). It’s one of my favorite basecoats and it seems to work the best of all the ones I’ve tried.

Overall, I would definitely recommend giving this Leather Effect nail polish a try because the finish really does look like leather and it stays on quite well.

What do you think of the leather-look? Think it’s worth a shot?

A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Campaign to Launch Natural Bath and Body Line

My name is Shannon Smyth, founder of A Girl’s Gotta Spa!, a beauty blog that just celebrated its 8th year!

I’m SO excited to tell you about our newest venture–creating our namesake natural bath and body line!

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Just like you, I too, am tired of hearing all about the next “trendy” ingredient. Brands are launching products just based on this ingredient alone (and most of the time it is the last ingredient on the label, which means it is barely in it!)

Just like you, I too, am tired of hearing how this or that product is the next “miracle” product that will solve all your skin care woes…heck it’s even a multi-tasker and it’s going to de-frizz your hair, make your nails grow stronger AND make you feel better about life in general. How could you possibly not want it??

Just like you, I too, am tired of reading advertisements and brands boasting the amazing effects of their products, even photoshopping to try to make you believe this is JUST what you NEED.

I don’t claim to have developed a bath and body line that is so unique that it will blow you out of the water–no trendy ingredients, no miracle solution.

What I do have, is something purely honest and simple, something effective and natural. No marketing hype. No photoshop.

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My product line is for women who read the labels. Women who care about not only what goes IN their bodies, but ON their bodies. Women who are looking for an effective skin care solution that aren’t persuaded by hype, but by proof.

A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Bath & Body will be a product line with ingredients that are 94-100% natural and are cruelty free.

It is purely without:

    •Formaldehyde
    •Synthetic Colors
    •Petrochemicals
    •Sulfates

Sounds great, right? But we need YOUR help! While we are in the works of creating the line, we need the funding to actually launch it. Our crowdfunding campaign ends on November 8, 2013 at midnight PST. As I write this post, we are only 8% funded. Our goal is $4600. Perks begin at a $25 donation (can you say Lavender Lip Balm? I can!) However, every donation– no matter how big or how small, MATTERS and makes a difference.

Click here to donate/read all about it: http://igg.me/at/a-girls-gotta-spa

Thank you so much for your consideration! I look forward to bringing you a line that you’ll love and use for years to come!

Must-Have Beauty Products for Halloween Makeup

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We can’t help you make your costume or promise your Halloween party will be flawless, but we did put together a list of our favorite and most recommended beauty products to help you get the perfect Halloween makeup look!

 

FOR LIPS

 

 

cargoCARGO Essential Lip Color in Bordeaux

Create the perfect vamp look with CARGO’s high color saturation and lip plumping benefits in one covetable product. The formula includes Maxi Lip, a combination of peptides that greatly increase moisture and reinforce connective tissue for instantly fuller and more voluminous lips. Olive Oil, Jojoba and Shea Butter Extracts also flood lips with essential moisture to enhance the wear and feel of the lipstick.

Price: $22

Get It: CargoCosmetics.com, Ulta/Ulta.com, Beauty.com and Nordstrom.com

 

 

zen zinniaFLOWER Shine On Lip Gloss in Zen Zinnia

With a quick swipe of the wand, lips take on an alluring crimson appeal. This rich, creamy, formula will leave your lips feeling smooth and luxurious, while the gorgeous sheer color can be built up for a more intense look while leaving a long-lasting, non-tacky softness.

Price: $6.98

Get It: Walmart and Walmart.com/Flower

 

 

FOR EYES

 

 

primerUrban Decay Complexion and Eyeshadow Primer Potions

This is my #1 makeup must-have! I don’t even both putting eyeshadow or foundation on unless I have my Primer Potions! If you want to look frightening for all the right reasons, keep your makeup intact all night with Urban Decay’s Primer Potions. They are perfectly formulated to keep makeup locked in place until you are ready to wash it off. Brightening and Tightening and Pore Perfecting Complexion Primer Potions are formulated to smooth and perfect skin, forming the canvas for any Halloween look and holding it in place for hours.

Price: $12 (Eyeshadow Primer Potion), $31 (Complexion Primer Potion)

Get It: Sephora, ULTA, select Macy’s, Sephora.com, Ulta.com, Macys.com, Beauty.com and UrbanDecay.com

 

 

black lineL’Oréal Paris The Blackbuster by Infallible

Inspired by the bold, graphic eye looks seen on the catwalk, this easy-to-use liquid eyeliner delivers a bold, Cleopatra-like line with just one stroke. Whether creating spooky or sultry looks this Halloween, bold and defined eyes are now attainable for any woman with this easy to use eyeliner.

Price: $8.95

Get It: Target.com, chain drug, food and mass market retailers

 

 

flowerFLOWER Color Play Crème Eyeshadow in Midnight Garden

The undead look is so hot right now, ladies. Give your eyes a smoky and spooky look with this gorgeous, lightweight cream eyeshadow. Sure to glisten in the misty moonlight, the smooth texture allows for easy, buildable and blendable coverage with a magically, weightless finish that will last from dusk to dawn.

Price: $7.98

Get It: Walmart, Walmart.com/Flower and Amazon.com

 

 

lioneyezerKardashian Beauty LionEyezer

The Lioneyezer eye shadow has two flattering neutral shades in one chic package so it’s perfect for creating the most fascinating eye to compliment any Halloween costume you can dream up. Whether you are looking for a subtle hint of color or a bolder smoky look, the Lionizer has got you covered baby. A double-ended mini brush is included which allows you to apply the shadows traditionally, or as a liner. Great for halloween makeup looks and a double-duty must-have for your purse.

Price: $9.99

Get It: ULTA, CVS and Sears

 

 

FOR FACE

 

 

maskbliss fabulous skin-reviving rubberizing mask

Don’t scare anyone this Halloween with dull, lack-luster skin. The bliss fabulous skin-reviving rubberizing mask is a weekly must for all skin types. Perfect for pre-Halloween face prep and post-Halloween skin recovery, this brightening, skin-renewing formula is packed with powerful antioxidants and nourishing, detoxifying seaweed. Other ingredients such as bilberry + vitamin C calm skin and fend off free radicals for beautifully clean skin.

Price: $38 (6 masks)

Get It: bliss spas, blissworld.com, Sephora and Ulta

 

 

FOR NAILS

 

 

leather nail polishNails Inc. Leather Effect in Noho

Give your Halloween costume a finishing touch with the new Leather Effect polish from Nails Inc. This is not only a gorgeous black, but the cool leather-effect has a high-fashion, textured finish you won’t see anywhere else. Surprisingly, this nail polish applies glossy but dries down into a chic leather look without the need for a top coat. Perfect for Halloween or any girl that wants to let her inner biker chick out.

Price: $11

Get It: Sephora and Sephora.com

Photo Credit: scarletnaildiaries.blogspot.com

 

 

chromegirl spiritual hunter swatchChromeGirl 4-Free Nail Polish in Spiritual Hunter

ChromeGirl Nail Polish is 4-free, which means it is produced without formaldehyde, DBP, toluene or camphor. That means it’s safe for everyone including children and pregnant women. The different between ChromeGirl and other “free” nail polish brands is that ChromeGirl is on-trend and ultra-cool, offering unique colors you won’t see anywhere else.

Price: $11

Get It: ChromeGirl.com