December 29, 2013

Sinful Colors SinfulShine Polish is Amazing!

Sinful Colors introduced SinfulShine nail polish colors a while ago, but I only noticed them before Christmas. Even with a higher price, the SinfulShine colors are still way cheaper than most of their competitors. I was with my daughter at Walgreens, shopping for blush for me and a kid-friendly lipstick for her, when we saw the very enticing Sinful Colors display. I'm sure you aren't surprised to hear we went home with three new polish colors.

Penny picked a purple and a pink, which I'll talk about another time. Today, I really want to shout from the rooftops about the SinfulShine collection.

I bought VIP #1231, which is a lovely, rich pink that is very work-appropriate, feminine, and fun, but not super cutsie or immature. I quite like it, though I admit I normally wear reds for work and less traditional colors (black, green yellow, etc) for weekends and vacation.

It's not the shade, or the bottle, or the brush, that's awesome about SinfulShine. It's really, truly the staying power. For less than $3, I have a polish that doesn't look like crap after a couple of days. The photo above was taken 48 hours after applying the polish. In that time, I did 7 loads of laundry, cleaned 3 toilets, the kitchen sink and stove, baked 4 loaves of bread, and washed my hands a bunch of times. Any other polish that I've done at home would have been half worn off with that type of abuse, especially since I didn't use a base or top coat.

It was 8 days before I decided to take off the old polish and reapply, but I could have done some touchups instead and it would have looked fine. Seriously, 8 days!

Now, I'm not super picky about perfect nails, so I'm not saying they had a "just polished" look after 8 days, but unless you were staring at my hands, you wouldn't have noticed any chips or fading.

I've been telling my husband how I want to dump all my old polish and buy up every shade of SinfulShine. He's probably tired of hearing about nail polish now, hehe.

The real test will be on my daughter's nails. She can go to school with fresh polish and come home with almost none left. Working in the dirt does major damage to a fresh coat of nail color. I may have to get a SinfulShine purple shade to convince her to try "mommy's polish."

If you want to see more shades, there's a great post from Mommy Needs a Manicure Stat with photos of 12 of the 32 colors on someone else's nails.

Want to know more about Sinful Colors? Check out their Twitter feed and their Facebook page for the latest updates!

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December 20, 2013

Smart-Fab Review & Sample Roll Giveaway!

I was contacted recently by Smart-Fab representatives who offered to send me a sample pack for review and 3 sample rolls to offer as a giveaway to one lucky winner. This will be the first giveaway on this blog, so I'm super excited to kick things off!

First, I want to say that I hadn't heard of Smart-Fab before, so I checked out their website to better understand the product and how it's used before agreeing to do the review. Since a good friend of mine is a public school teacher and Smart-Fab looks perfect for classroom decoration, I decided this review would be best done as a team, with my friend, Andrea, trying it out too.

Smart-Fab is a non-woven fabric that is great for art projects and for classroom use. It can be easily cut, glued, and painted on, sewn, stitched, and stapled.

Andrea and I spent an evening playing with the Smart-Fab color swatch book, which let us see all 15 assorted colors and get a sense of the texture. We were both impressed how bold and bright the colors are (there are a few more subtle shades to pick from) and the unique, lightweight texture of Smart-Fab.

Smart-Fab offers 45-pack sheets in 2 sizes and 3 color variations: 15 assorted colors, black, and white. You can also buy it by the roll in 3 sizes and 15 colors. Rolls are great for bulletin board backgrounds, table covers, and large banners. The smaller sheets are perfect for smaller projects, like flowers, bugs, and backgrounds for the alphabet and numbers.

I downloaded a few project ideas from the Smart-Fab website and their Pinterest page and saw that Smart-Fab can be painted, drawn on, stapled, glued (use fabric glue), and taped. Below, you can see where I used a Sharpie to sketch the outline of a butterfly, and using paint dappers, with blue paint on a brown sheet of Smart-Fab. You can definitely draw and paint on this stuff, but be sure you have something underneath when using paint because it will seep through.

For the first project, I made a small butterfly with two shades of red for the wings and yellow for the body. I really appreciated how detailed the sample project ideas are. Definitely visit the Smart-Fab website if you are looking for creative ways to use this product!

Unlike paper, Smart-Fab was quite easy to sew. I'm quite good with a machine, but not the best at hand sewing, yet did just fine with my butterfly project.

You could easily make a bunch of cute flowers and butterflies and tack them to your classroom bulletin boards for seasonal decor, or plan a craft project with the kids to decorate their play area or bedroom!

You can see above, Andrea's having fun cutting Smart-Fab pieces to make a flower. She's probably not thrilled I posted this, but I wanted to show how vibrant the Smart-Fab colors are.

Check out this neat flower Andrea made! It wasn't difficult at all and reminds me of those paper flower parasols I used to make as a kid. With large rolls of Smart-Fab, you could easily make huge flowers, or use the smaller sheets to make cute little flowers to use as a boutonniere.

Smart-Fab gave me three sample rolls to give away to one lucky blog reader. Each roll is 24" x 10'. The winner will get dark blue, dark purple, and grass green.

This giveaway will run until January 6, 2014. Please feel free to spread the word about this giveaway, especially to anyone with an interest in crafting, art projects, and definitely teachers!

This giveaway is open to US residents over 18. A winner will be randomly chosen by Rafflecopter. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the announcement email or a new winner will be announced. The giveaway prize is sponsored by Smart-Fab.

For more information about Smart-Fab, check out their Facebook page. They often have product giveaways!

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FTC compliance: While I did receive product samples at no charge for review purposes, I was not compensated for this post and all opinions are my own. This event is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.

December 12, 2013

Dr. Teal's Foaming Bath Review

When I am desperate for a relaxing evening, I run a hot bubble bath, light some candles, and turn on a scented wax warmer. It's been a while since I've bought bubble bath, so when I saw Dr. Teal's Foaming Bath in the store, I grabbed it. It was a good price at less than $6 and the bottle looked appealing.


Dr. Teal's promises to "transform an ordinary bath into a relaxing spa." After a 20 minute soak, I felt relaxed and calm and my skin was soft and gently scented. I love that a little goes a long way. Just a capful loaded my tub with long lasting foam.

Check out the Dr. Teal's website for deals and special offers on their products.

December 6, 2013

Claritin-D Update

About a month ago, I wrote about how helpful Claritin-D is for cold symptoms. Since then, I've even overheard my husband bragging about how it helped his cold and kept him going all day.

Today I came down with flu-like symptoms. I'm not sure what's wrong with me, but I've got a fever, lots of aches and pains, a major headache, earache, and sinus pressure. I'm pretty sure without Claritin-D, I wouldn't have gotten through my workday today. When the Claritin-D wore off, it was clear I need a long night of sleep because I'm hurting bad.

We'll be keeping Claritin-D around for colds this season. It's good stuff and for me, works way better than Sudafed.

December 2, 2013

You Wanted to Know: Does Garnier Olia Contain Gluten?

I am not familiar with gluten allergies and sensitivities, but since there are people looking to find out if gluten is in a hair dye product, it must be fairly serious. People are asking if Garnier Olia is a gluten-free product.

The answer is yes. Olia doesn't contain gluten.

Just to be sure, I asked Garnier's customer service. Garnier (a part of L'Oreal) was very clear in saying there isn't gluten and that if ever there is an ingredient question, be sure to check the product label. If the product is very small, ingredients may be found on the in-store display. To ensure there is consistency and make life easier for customers, Garnier uses FDA-recognized industry standard ingredient names.

So there you have it. Olia is gluten-free.

December 1, 2013

Holiday Gift Ideas: Crafting and Sewing

With the holiday shopping season already in full swing, I thought I'd recommend a few books for your favorite sewing fan. I consider myself an intermediate sewer, able to make kids clothes and craft projects without a pattern, and adult clothing from altered commercial patterns. Before I buy a sewing book, I either browse the pages and projects at Barnes and Noble, or I'll borrow a book from the library and try out a project before committing to buying anything.

These are the books that made the cut and ended up in my collection:

Fabric Reference
More Fabric Savvy: A Quick Resource Guide to Selecting and Sewing Fabric by Sandra Betzina
I rely on this thorough resource all the time when selecting fabric for projects and making sure I'm using the right needle, foot, and stitch length. I can't say enough about how valuable this book has been. There are some obscure fabrics included, but overall, definitely a great reference book.

Beginner and Intermediate Sewing Projects
Stitch Savvy: 25 Skill-Building Projects to Take Your Sewing Technique to the Next Level by Deborah Moebes
I like this book for the project ideas, particularly the crafts. Be warned there are some downsides to Moebes' book (check out the Amazon reviews for info on that), but an experienced sewer can figure it all out and make some cute projects.

Projects for Your Fabric Stash
Fabric-by-Fabric One-Yard Wonders: 101 Sewing Projects Using Cottons, Knits, Voiles, Corduroy, Fleece, Flannel, Home Dec, Oilcloth, Wool, and Beyond by Hoskins and Yaker is my go-to book for sewing and crafting ideas. I've made so many projects from this book and every one has looked amazing and wowed people. I love using up my fabric stash for handmade gifts and such. This is my absolute favorite sewing book.

Home Decor
For the person who wants to make stuff for the home, like slipcovers and curtains, The Home-Sewn Home: 50 Step-by-Step Projects for Curtains, Shades, Pillows, Cushions, and More by Arbuthnott and Abbott is outstanding and thorough.

One of the best books on making cute, yet simple dresses is Built by Wendy Dresses: The Sew U Guide to Making a Girl's Best Frock by Wendy Mullin, Eviana Hartman, Beci Orpin and Dana Vacarelli. Definitely important to have experience making clothes from a pattern before trying this book since the authors don't really hand-hold. I'd say an intermediate sewer would enjoy it, but an advanced sewer might not find it useful.

Patterns and Clothing Design
For people who have more interest in the the technique and drafting side of sewing clothes, How to Design Your Own Clothes and Make Your Own Patterns by Claudia Ein is an older reference (1975) that explains quite a bit about drafting and altering patterns. The slopers are super old-school stylistically, but that's all fixable once you know the basics. I found my copy at a library book sale for a dollar and it's one of the more used books in my collection now.

Kids Clothing
Cute Clothes for Kids by Rob Merrett is a book I referred to quite a bit when my daughter was younger. I now rely on it for ideas when I'm making clothing gifts for friends' babies and toddlers. The clothes are fairly easy to make but look lovely. I'd say the results look homemade, but not cheap.

Fashion Drawing
My husband got me Fashion Drawing for Dummies a while back when I was struggling to sketch my ideas. I went to art school, but never got the hang of life drawing and didn't get an opportunity to take a fashion class. I learned quite a bit about proportion and drawing style from this book. My drawing ability isn't any better but I am more confident about my ideas when I put them to paper.