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Happy Valentines Day & Hearts Nail Art – Holiday Beauty

Kissing Cupid Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day!

What are you doing today?

Here I will be popping popcorn tonight, as my husband and I have decided to rent the new 007 Movie “Skyfall” on our Direct TV’s Pay Per View (or whatever they call it, “showcase”?). Rick and I simply love Daniel Craig’s portrayal of James Bond in his movies.

Did you get anything for Valentines Day? Or buy yourself something special?

When I was single I would buy myself something special on Valentines Day… just because you haven’t met your soul mate yet, doesn’t mean you cannot celebrate! Me? I received a beautiful card with “Lady and the Tramp” on it (always a favorite of mine and my husband as it represents us in a way) and the card scared me when it started singing. lol That’s a first for me! And a received a lovely box of Russel Stover Chocolates, which I plan to share with Rick my sweet husband, though I may eat an extra one or two myself. lol

Me, Mariah forming a Heart with my hands fingers, red nail polish on with white stamped hearts
Me forming the shape of a Heart to send to all my lovely readers… love you all!

Onto the Hearts Nail Art Project

Today I finished decorating my fingernails, for Valentines Day. Late lastnight (so hubby didn’t have to smell the fumes) I did my acrylic nails, for the first time in years. I tell you when I was a teenager I was self taught with Acrylic and in Cosmetology training we were taught just simple manicures, just filing the natural nails and polishing. So the other students and I would play after classes with Acrylics together and later as a Cosmetologist we often got together and had a day of beauty together, dying our hair and putting tips and acrylics on each others nails.

So basically I know a little about acrylics but I usually just grow out my natural nails and deal with the breaks by cutting them off and cutting down other nails to match. So my Acrylic application is now far from perfect as I picked up the products needed for this at Sally’s for the first time in ages.

Anyhow, I polished my nails red after I finished applying the Acrylic over my natural nails  last night, leaving off the top coat planning on decorating them this morning.

The 2 sided stamper, scraper, stamping plates and holder that was in my Salon Express Kit
The Nail Stamping Kit I used, “Salon Express”. This is all that was in the kit.

Today I got out the supplies for decorating my nails, I decided to try out the kit that I bought a while back at the drug store for stamping the nails. I knew there were some hearts on the plates and I was vacillating between Pink for a delicate look over the red or white. I opted for the white finally and decided on one design on a plate.

Well the first design I tried the narrow area on the plate was too very thin to really look good on the nails… I have heard that these cheaper plates are not as good as the more expensive products, but I admit I am frugal and I am a skeptic sometimes when it comes to other experiences. This time I do think that the reports may possibly be right and that these cheaper plates are not as deeply carved as the more expensive ones.

Plate for nails stamping with apple, palm tree, flower, hearts, star and butterfly on it.
The Plate I used for Stamping the design on my nails.

Now I admit that I am new to using the plates and I did a rather sloppy job, but I wanted to share with you my nails for Valentines day with hearts on them. ­čÖé

The product I bought at the Drug Store was called Salon Express, and I found it in the area where Walgreens has the As Seen On TV products, though I never saw it on TV myself, I kept walking back to them and examining them and decided I just had to try. My Mother had purchased the more expensive stamps and when I looked into them I decided not to purchase since I am so frugal and hey we are constantly budgeting to even try to get our medications and bills paid here since hubby and I are disabled.

The Nail Polishes I used, Sally Hansen in 1 Natural White, Zoya in Diana, Beauty Secrets Base coat and O.P.I. Top Coat
The Nail Polishes I used, Sally Hansen in 1 Natural White, Zoya in Diana, Beauty Secrets Base coat and O.P.I. Top Coat

For my nail decoration and base color I used:

  • Base Coat was Beauty Secrets Base Coat (from Sally Beauty Supply)
  • Red Base Color is Zoya “Diana” polish
  • I used Salon Express Nail Stamping plate #SE18 (one of the 5 plates that were included in the Kit that I purchased at Walgreens).
  • For stamping my nails, I used Sally Hansen’s “1 Natural White” polish (I bought this in a French Nail kit that they sell, I am not sure if you can buy this one separately)
  • Top Coat I used was, O.P.I “Top Coat”
  • And I use Beauty Secrets Non Acetone Nail Polish Remover (since you should not use an Acetone Polish Remover with Acrylic Nails) – this was for cleaning up the plate, scraper, plate holder and 2 sided stamper as well as any mistakes around the nails.
  • An Orangewood Stick for clean up around the nails
  • Cotton Balls

After trying out one of the plate designs that I really liked and finding that it wasn’t stamping well as the narrow areas of the scroll-work type heart. I gently removed the attempt with the Non Acetone Remover, this did remove some of my red base coat, so I re-polished my nail and as I waited for it to dry I used another heart pattern on this same plate. This other heart design worked out well.

Close up of white scrolls with hearts stamped on red nails towards middle of nail

The problem with the stamps is that it is so difficult to get exact placement on the nails, but mind you, I am new to doing this so perhaps with practice the location on the nails can look much more uniform.

First did my right hand, attempting to center the stamp on the nails. They look pretty good only one heart in the design got left out and it was on my narrow pinky finger. Not bad.

Now I went to my left hand and by mistake I got the design nearer my finger tips on my thumb. Looking at it and first thinking to myself “oops”… as I looked at it I decided that I like the design better on the tips then on the middle of the nails. Well I decided to do all my right hand like this but messed up with the pinky finger as I got that more towards the middle of the nail.

close up of white scrolls with hearts stamped on my nails towards tips.
close up of white scrolls with hearts stamped on my nails towards tips. Sorry Blurry.

Instead of making the other hand look just the same, I decided that I would share with you, both looks so you could decide what you like better… next time I may use the little gem like nail decorations that I have a nice little ziplock bag of with this design it may look good with it, though it takes a lot more clear polish to help keep them from falling off even with nail glue.

I am not perfect, the acrylic coating over my natural long nails isn’t done “right” with the 3 ball method (easier to do on others then on yourself) so you may notice it’s not perfect. lol

white scrolls with hearts stamped on my red nails in the middle of the nails
My hand with the stamp toward middle of nail bed.

 

I think that these plates are great, except for the other design I tried on the same plate. This opens up a new world of decorating nails, I may play with these some more and share with you what I’ve done, I think I shall try to multi color some of those applying 2 colors to the plate and carefully scraping it so as not to mix the colors sometime soon. I do wish that the application could be more exact with the stamp however, but I bet that someone somewhere has developed a product with deeper carving in the plates and a more exacting application on the nails.

scrolls with hearts in white stamped onto my red nails
My Hand with the stamping closer to the edge of the nails

While closing out this post I want to share with you the direction in which I wish to concentrate more on in the new blog

I hope to share with you a lot more Beauty Products (hints, tips,experiments and just plain playing around), a lot of DIY, Creative Stuff (with Arts and Crafts mixed in), Fashion, Food and Beverages, and get more into Computer related posts here… These things are my passion and I have a lot of knowledge in these areas, I hope that you too share in my passions and have some fun.

Thank you all for reading and Happy Valentines Day!

Love and hugs,

Mariah

 

 

Twinkle Twinkle Like A Star With Mont Bleu’s Bling ÔÇô Review and Giveaway

Singing to myself (to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)

(a song by Mariah Lockwood, dedicated to Mont Bleu)

“Twinkle Twinkle like a Star, with Mont Bleu, There You Are. Twinkle like the Stars Above, with this Bling you’ll fall in Love!” “Twinkle Twinkle like a Star….”

The Monte Bleu Logo - "Crystalized with Swarovski elements"

One day, as I contemplated my needing to give myself another manicure,┬á I just happened to think of my lovely Mont Bleu Nail File. I decided to write Mont Bleu to see if they wanted another review and giveaway on the blog and as I went to my email to write them, I discovered that they happened to have been trying to contact me! I was so very thrilled that they too thought of me… talk about being on the same wave length at the same time from way over here in Colorado USA to The Czech Republic, how cool is that?

bubbles czech glass nail file, with Swarovski Bling on it, and I surrounded the picture with some flowers to display the picture. :)
My Glass Nail File in the “Bubbles” Swarovski Crystal Arrangement. This is what I reviewed a year ago and it is still going strong!

Some of you will remember my Mont Bleu Nail File Review and Giveaway from about a year ago. My beautiful glass nail file is holding on strong and still working like a charm for me. Below is a picture of my glass nail file as a reminder of these beauties.

I received a marvelous package in my mail one day, with matching SWAROVSKI┬« Crystals in them. I received a bobby pin, a ring and earrings. They are so very lovely and once again the wonderful people at Monte Bleu didn’t fail to show their wonderful quality and craftsmanship in their products. I love my jewelry set.

Mont Bleu Blin on me (Mariah). Swarovski Crystal, hairpin, earrings and adjustable ring.

What a FUN Ring!

two red swarovski crystal ring, adjustable to your sizeThe Ring that I received is perfectly adjustable, with 2 SWAROVSKI┬« Crystals on either end of the metal ring. I would say that the ring size as is was about a size 6 or 6 ┬Ż in US ring sizing (hard to say, since I failed to measure it before adjusting it down a little to fit my size 5 ┬╝ finger). The size of the ring can be adjusted down or up to your needs. The metal is good and strong so you will have to put a bit of elbow grease into sizing it, but it’s a good sign of the longevity of this Ring.

Getting The Hair All Blinged Out!

hair clip (bobbypin aka hairpin) with 2 red Swarovski CrystalsThe Hairpin or Hair Clip (or Bobby Pin, as we call them here in the US) with 2 SWAROVSKI┬« Crystals is just breathtaking. I admitted to the representative that I almost cried when I saw their newest offerings of these gorgeous bobby-pins. Why? My Grandmother had once come to visit us along with her she brought a hairpiece that was on a maniquin head, on the hairpiece was a simple little clear crystal bobby pin and the pictures reminded me of something I hadn’t thought about in ages. God rest my sweet Grandmother’s Soul, when I admired her bobby pin she promptly gave it to this wide eyed little girl and I was in heaven! I don’t know whatever happened to this little prize, knowing how careless I was at about 7 years old, I probably lost it as little girls do.

The Bobby-pin is a great way to hold your hair back out of your eyes and to add an accent to any hairstyle on any occasion. I can see this worn for fun with a pair of jeans or to add an adornment to your hair with a fancy dress. You can wear it tucked in a bun, I seem to remember wearing the one my Grandmother gave me in my hair in ballet class. Or as an addition to a lovely French Twist or as a fun addition to the side of your hair, in a pony tail. Do you have shorter hair? Then just find a fun place to put it in your hair, cannot fail. There aren’t any rules friends, just have fun and place it where you want it in your hair and you couldn’t go wrong with this beauty. The only part missing in these Bobby Pins, is that there is not plastic to the very ends of these so be cautious when placing them in the hair so you don’t scratch your scalp.

Bling Up Those Lobes without Irritation!

red swarovski earrings from Mont BleuFinally the Earrings, the SWAROVSKI┬« Crystals the crystals in these beauties again make it just so very versatile. These are just lovely and smaller in size then the SWAROVSKI┬« Crystals in the other pieces of jewelry, don’t let the smaller size of these crystals deter you from loving them, they certainly haven’t deter me from loving these! The size is excellent for any age and any occasion, I think that the size of these crystals are just perfect, if they had been as large as on the ring or in the bobby pin I think you take the chance of making it look cheap or limit yourself with wearing these.

The earrings are covered with Hypo-allergenic Rhodium, so no itching and swelling with my sensitive ears and I can get away with wearing these just as long a period of time as I can with gold posts! Yay! The posts are made well, not too long a post in back so that they stab your head behind your ear and they don’t have any sharp edges to irritate either.

In Conclusion:

Swarovski Crystal Bling on Mariah (of HonestlyMariah,com) in Red Bling from Mont Bleu ring earrings and hairpin

Put the Bling Bling of Mont Bleu on your List! I know I’ve placed Mont Bleu on my wish list for Christmas (again this year) as well as started a Christmas Shopping List for my Friends and Family full of Mont Bleu items I just know they’d love. Mont Bleu has once again proven themselves to have the most beautiful, tasteful craftsmanship and great quality as they have had with my previous review of their beautiful Glass Nail File with Swarovski Crystals.

I highly recommend taking a good look around the shopping site for Mont Bleu and I am sure you will fall in love with so very many of their products, just like I continue to do every time I visit.

Bling Bling, Baby Bling Bling…

Bling on the Holidays, Bling in the New Year! Enter the Giveaway:

This giveaway is for a gift card towards your choice of middle size nail file with crystals, ring or earrings. The earrings come highly recommended for this giveaway, as the rings may not all be in stock, they are a very popular item folks! So if you want their rings, don’t wait to see if you’ve won, go and purchase them while they are still in stock, okay?

Disclaimer: 
Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, Mont Bleu provided me with a free sample of this product to test. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. ┬áNor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. . All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s used in this review were provided by Monte Bleu and Me.┬á

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I Entered A Cutest Couple Photo Contest

Please send a vote my way… http://photobucket.com/ibeatyou?entry=1619257
After my DH and I got married, we went outside of the little chapel and when I saw the grocery cart, I laughed and asked around for a Magic Marker… you can’t see it, but on the front of the Cart it Says “Just Married”… I had DH hop on in and we clowned around for photos! lol Now come on we may not be the cutest couple around but the idea is cute, isn’t it? lol Please give us a vote.

Thank you, luv & hugs,
that silly Riah