Friday, October 21, 2016

Fall Fun Series: Halloween Decorations

Today's topic for the Fall Fun Series is Halloween decorations. I wish I really could go all out with Halloween decorating, but as I explained in my fall decor post I'm really limited on space. Space to decorate and space to store decorations. I manage best, by keeping my fall decor inside the same and breaking out the Halloween decorations for outside.

I live in an apartment, but I live on the third floor. I like to give out candy to Trick or Treaters, but it's hard to convince kids to want to walk up three flights of stairs for candy. I do my best to decorate my balcony to let the kiddos know that I have candy and it's worth the trip up the stairs!

These are my balcony decorations.....
The glitter Halloween sign, pumpkins, and owl all came from Dollar Tree. The witch cat wind sock came from Walmart. The purple rope lights and orange light came from Target. The lights are super bright, and our apartment faces the parking lot, so it definitely makes a statement!

I also have these decorations on my front door...
The Trick or Treat sign came from Target. The "Boo!" sign came from Walmart. My glitter pumpkin and owl came from Big Lots. The pumpkin sign came from Dollar Tree. I wish I could do more with my front door with lights and such, but there isn't an electrical outlet out there, and they're pretty strict on how much decoration can go by our front doors.

If I had more time, space, and money I'd love to do more. I'd love to decorate inside too, but that's not going to happen right now. I just hope we get trick or treaters this year. In 2013 and 2014 we had tons of kids stop by, but last year we hardly had any. I'm hoping that was because Halloween fell on a Saturday last year and I know people tend to go out if it doesn't fall on a school night. I'm hoping with Halloween on a Monday night this year we'll get trick or treaters!

Check out my friends Halloween decorations below! 
Amanda at ThriftyPolished
Hayley at Polished at Heart
Jessica at The Meltdown Blog
Lauren at LoloLovesScents
Liz at Furianne
Sandra at Finger Candy
Sunnee at Our Sunny Life

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Throwbacks Week: KBShimmer Kiss And Spell

Are you all ready for Halloween? I'm all decorated but have nothing planned for Halloween itself. Most likely, I'll just be passing out candy to the kiddos. I did that last year, but we hardly had any trick or treaters which was depressing. We had several in previous years, and I just wonder if because Halloween fell on a Saturday last year some people went out rather than stick to the neighborhood? I hope we get our usual crowd this year as Halloween will be on a Monday. Speaking of Halloween, I have a Halloween throwback to share with you today from KBShimmer!

Kiss and Spell (over KBShimmer Hugs & Wishes)
Kiss And Spell is a Halloween-themed glitter with a mix of yellow, black, orange, purple, and green glitters in varying shapes in a clear base.

Collection: KBShimmer Fall 2014

Color: This is a great Halloween mix of colors and shapes. I love how Halloween colors have expanded from just black and orange and now include purple, green, and in this case yellow.

Formula: This formula was easy to apply over a base. I used 2 coats.

Price: N/A. Discontinued.

Overall: This is a fun glitter topper. I enjoy the color, shape, and size variation of the glitters in this polish. Glitter toppers are not really a thing anymore, but revisiting polishes like this make me miss them. I may have to break this one out for my Halloween nails this year!

My Rating: 5 out of 5 *Golden* Paint Splatters
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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Throwbacks Week: Beautifully Disney Diva of the Deep

A few years ago Disney had their own makeup line called Beautifully Disney that was sold at Disney Parks. It was a high-end makeup line and it really offered a lot of great products with perfectly Disney themed seasonal collections. Unfortunately, the line only lasted two years 2013-2015 and was discontinued due to poor sales. I was bummed out by this because the line offered nail polish. I have one of those polishes to share with you today from their first release of the Beautifully Disney line inspired by Ursula from The Little Mermaid.

Diva of the Deep
Diva of the Deep is a deep purple with a pink-purple shimmer.

Collection: Beautifully Disney Wickedly Beautiful Summer 2013

Color: This color is so rich and saturated. I love rich jewel-toned shades like these. The pink-purple shimmer inside this polish really makes it glow from within. You really can't go wrong with a purple shade like this one.

Formula: Excellent smooth and creamy 2 coat formula.

Price: N/A. Discontinued.

Overall: This is a beautiful and classic nail polish color. Everyone needs a color like this in their collection, and thankfully while this color is beautiful it's not a rare color. This reminds me of Zoya Yasmeen, which is still available. This was a beautiful color with a great formula and I certainly miss this Disney beauty line! 

My Rating: 5 out of 5 *Golden* Paint Splatters
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Monday, October 17, 2016

Throwbacks Week: Milani Gracious Green

It's time for another week of throwbacks! I came across this Milani texture polish while rearranging my nail polish stash this past weekend. I'd say the texture trend has come and gone, but I know Zoya is still making PixieDusts for the upcoming holiday season? I don't think textures are really on trend now, but they're still out there. I never really got into the trend myself, outside of a handful of colors. This Milani one is really interesting. I'm not sure I love it, but I'm intrigued by it enough to give it a second go.

Gracious Green
Gracious Green is a sage textured green creme.

Collection: Milani Fall Textured Cremes 2013

Color: I like the color of this polish. I love sage greens in fall and this color is really flattering for me. It actually makes me wish I had more sage green polishes! The texture I'm not so sure about. It has that stucco wall type texture. It's certainly unusual and I kind of like, but kind of don't at the same time? I don't make sense!

Formula: I used 2 coats for this polish and it applied nicely.

Price: N/A. This is no longer available.

Overall: I'm so on the fence on this polish. I really don't hate it, and I kind of love it, but still not sure about it either! It's a great color I think that's why I love about it most, but that texture is just odd. It's definitely a unique polish in my collection that's for sure.

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Paint Splatters
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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Sinful Colors Nice Guise

Sinful Colors notoriously has good Halloween and holiday collections. Sinful Colors is pretty much the only brand in the drugstore these days creating interesting nail polish even that is few and far between. I was happy to spot some cool colors in their recent Halloween collection. This one caught my eye.

Nice Guise
Nice Guise is a deep blue jelly with green,blue, and gold glass fleck glitters.

Collection: Sinful Colors Halloween 2016

Color: This is an impressive color for Sinful Colors! This color is rich, deep, but still vibrant. What I was worried about was that this color being dark would look black on the nails. Nope, this is definitely blue and that sparkle pops!

Formula: This had a great formula. It was easy to use and applied nicely. I used 2 coats here.

Price: This was $1.99 at Walgreens.

Overall: Great polish by Sinful Colors! The color is great and interesting. The formula is good and it's only $1.99!

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Paint Splatters
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