Archive for 2013

December 1st, 2013

Essie Lots of Lux and Belugaria Swatches, Reviews

One reason I enjoy the winter holidays is that lots of fancy nail polishes hit the stores!  I’m always a fan of glittery, colorful, and festive shades.  Today when I was in Target I picked up two new colors from Essie’s Holiday 2013 Encrusted Treasures collection.

Essie’s website describes Lots of Lux as a “shimmering blue lapis lazuli lacquer with a sleek matte finish.”  However I noticed a distinctly sandy, not matte, finish.  The strong texture complements the particles of royal blue, green and gold hiding in this polish.  Below I used two coats, and no topcoat (which would negate the sandy finish).  Two coats provided plenty of coverage as this is a thick (but manageable) polish.  A word to the wise – be sure to wear a base coat!  The blue is highly pigmented and will stain your nails.   I really liked this and will be wearing it during the holidays and beyond.

 

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Essie Lots of Luxe Blue Lapis Sandy Holiday Nail Polish Swatch

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The second polish, Belugaria, is far from dazzling.  It consists of a black creme base with hexagonal silver hologram glitter.  What I didn’t understand is the spotty, caviar-like texture.  It’s very thick – here I’m wearing two coats.  It built up unevenly on my nails and just looked wrong.

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Unfortunately I bought Belugaria without reading any online reviews first, and it looks like it’s been universally panned.  I enjoyed Lots of Lux however.  Have you picked up any Encrusted Treasures polishes this holiday season?

 

~ Allison ~

October 31st, 2013

Halloween is here!

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Have a spooky one with lots of candy, costumes and fun!

Happy Halloween Gearbunny 2013

Happy Halloween Gearbunny 2013

 

September 6th, 2013

Getting a head-start on Halloween crafts

Labor Day has come and gone, which means that I’m starting to see Halloween displays in stores.  Fall is my favorite time of year and I love Halloween – so let’s prepare early, shall we?

A real zombie heart would probably be all blackened, gooey and putrid, but I created this one in fun but toxic cartoon colors.

Gearbunny Zombie Putrid Heart Necklace creepy Halloween goth polymer clay

It’s been featured in a Halloween Guts N’ Gore Etsy treasury – take a look.

Halloween guts gore horror polymer clay handmade crafts jewelry

Are you getting excited about Halloween already?

~ Allison ~

July 4th, 2013

Happy Independence Day!

Today we Americans honor our freedom from Great Britain and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.  I am celebrating with some patriotic eye makeup (and a beer)!

Patriotic July 4 Eye Makeup

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February 17th, 2013

Monster Mash!

It’s never too early to begin thinking about Halloween…. we’ve got only eight months to go!  Like my shop tagline, “cute and morbid,” I am always thinking about different ways to put a sweet spin on the dark and spooky.  Maybe it’s a way to make the grotesque more palatable; taking the edge off of our worst fears.

My Tiny Anime Frankenstein Charms are a good example.  Forget big and lumbering, these guys are petite and kawaii.

Gearbunny Frankenstein anime kawaii polymer clay charms beads craft handmade supplies

 

You can see a lot more cute and creepy items in this Etsy treasury by Lauren, Monster Mash.

Monster Mash Etsy treasury handmade creepy halloween cute crafts

 

 

Thanks for looking!

 

~ Allison ~