Thursday, January 24, 2013

Nail Polish Rack ::homemade::

Calling all nail polish fanatics! 

I was sitting around interwebs and my  bestie sent me a link to another blog where this girl had her dad build her a nail polish rack. For months and months I had been looking for a rack that I could hang on the wall. To no avail, did I find one I would like. I would find a nice acrylic one, but it would be way pricy. I would also find dinky wall hanging displays, but they just were not meant for volume. One day I saw one in a catalog from one of my vendors I buy from at work. They had one that was really not meant for a wall, but I figured at the time it was better then nothing. It was a graduated, kind of stair step design. I put it together and it was ok for a while, but it soon was over flowing, and was too bulky to sit on top of ANYTHING!! I did do a previous blog entry showing pictures of it, Here is the LINK to that entry. 

Well after seeing what this girls dad built for her, I figured my brother, being as handy as he is, could build one better. The original one was built with wood, that over time could start to splinter and bow. Mine is made from something else but I cant think of what its called. I bought all the materials which was less then $35 bucks including the pricy paint. I think my finished product came out WAY better, so here are the pictures of what I have now! Enjoy :)

This was what it looked like before I painted it. Sorry for picture quality (cell phone picture). I was so sad knowing I was going to have to wait longer to get to use it, it still needed to be painted. My brother primed it with white spray primer and I painted it with a Martha Stewart Glitter Specialty Finish paint. Pictured below:

This is what it looked like after it was painted and hung, my brother just anchored it with some screws right into the studs of the wall. That thing can hold some serious weight and isn't going anywhere!!

In the top, I store a lot of make up (mostly becuase I haven't acquired enough nail polish to fill it with JUST nail polish). This makes it easier to get to some things faster, rather then pulling out my train case and grabbing stuff from that.

This is my nail polish collection as of right now and as you can see I have room for 70+ bottles with plenty of room to go.  I love being able to display my nail polish in a nicer, cuter way, less bulky too!

 And for those of you who are wondering, its not very deep either.

I hope you all enjoyed this post, and if you have any questions, you know what to do

Sunday, January 20, 2013

January Ipsy Vs. Birchbox

Well for starters, I would like to say hello, and happy New Years to everyone! I do realize it has been a long time since seeing me around these parts, but the latter half of 2012 was less then stellar for me. Needless to say Im here now and ready to make 2013 better by far!

When I first started up with Ipsy (formally known as Myglam) and Birchbox, I had every intention on doing comparison posts. Considering I have been with each company since April 2012, and never did one, my intentions have not come to fruition until now! Better late then never I say...

This month, I received both my Ipsy bag and Birchbox on the same day, and I don't know about anyone else, but it felt like christmas alllll over again!

So starting with my Birchbox, the theme of this months box was all about a new you for the new year. Kind of cliche but great none the less.

I added a picture of the contents,  plus what was in packaging that you couldnt see.

What I received was (all wording from the card provided):

  • Number 4 Clarifying Shampoo- Gentle enough for everyday use, this cleanser has a low-suds formula that removes buildup without stripping hair of essential oils. 
 I have only tried the perfume sample so far. It smells better to me in the tube,  but does not mesh well with my body chemistry and  kind of turns when I wear it, most likely will be passing that on to someone else. I am always excited to receive a moisturizer sample becuase I'm constantly hunting down a better one then the last (but aren't all women ;) ). The Eyeko liner is also exciting becuase I wear liner everyday I wear make up, and if it lives up to the "user-friendly" statement, I will be very pleased. Anything that makes my life easier is welcomed, especially if it might save me some time in the morning getting ready for work. Shampoo is not usually something I like seeing in my box but seeing as how its clarifying shampoo, I might save it until its starts getting warmer,  and oil and build up worsens (lovely living in the desert). And finally, the beauty extra, ugh... That is all that comes to mind. It does say that it contains acetone so its got that going for it, but I'm not giving up plain nail grade acetone for these things anytime soon. I understand the concept...but its not something I would buy.

Next, we have the Ipsy Bag. This months theme was "Super Stars" . In with the box, on a card, thay are offering a special deal with each item that was in the bag.

Here is a list of what I got:
I cant complain at all. This months bag was great! The bag was also cute by the way... First off, I love getting new brushes, and you can never have too many. The last Soho brush I received was one I had purchased a few months before getting one from ipsy (so I passed it on to my bestie) but it was an awesome brush and I still use it quite often. I can not wait to try this one. I am also happy to see red nail polish, I am a fan of red (more so with lip stick but nail polish is just as nice to get). The blood orange body butter smells amazing, and already has a home come tuesday in my desk drawer at work. The argan oil is something completely foreign to me. I have never used anything like it but upon doing a little bit of research, I found it has many uses, one I'm interested to try is as a way to soften lashes run down and britle from mascara. Lastly we have the hair spray. I have thin hair so knowing its good for all hair types is good. This will be going in my car for the "oh crap I was running late and forgot to spray these pesky fly aways..." days. Thanks Ipsy!
So overall, I think if I HAD to choose a favorite item from the two would be the Eyeko Liner. I am always striving to perfect that timeless and precise skinny line across my eye and if this can deliver, its a home run! Hope you enjoyed reading!