Tuesday, May 4, 2021

The secret is out! Cabochons for Box Tops!

My friend Connie Davis and I used to meet up twice a year before the pandemic, and during those meet ups we would have some really good discussions. One of them was troubleshooting how to make a polish color visible outside a box without messing up the box. While it seemed to be an impossible task, Connie kept thinking about it during the lockdown.

She came up with a brilliant solution! Using cabochons for the box tops, but not adhering them to the box. She's so clever ya'll and she's letting me share this secret with her photos!

First - here is her workspace. You can see she's got the cabochons and twist ties organized in cups at the top, and she's covered her table top to protect it. On the paper towel, she's got e6000 glue, and she's showing how she cuts the twist ties to the right length. To the right of that, she's showing the cabochon glued to the twist tie, and at the top, she shows how it is used on the box. The tie slides down inside the box and bends over the box top to show the painted cabochon. She got all her supplies at Amazon.

Cabochon Box Tops

Finished result!

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Sunday, May 2, 2021

Hella Handmade Creations / HHC: May

I have two HHC polishes to share with you this month. These along with many others launch on May 14th at 12:01am Eastern time through 21st at 11:59pm Hawaiian time at hellahandmadecreations.com

xoxoJen's swatch of Hella Handmade Creations / HHC: May


Alter Ego Absolute Treasure Tall Bearded Iris
Lighter blue base with blue and gold shimmer
no cap

Shown in two coats with topcoat. Application was smooth and easy, no issues to report.

xoxoJen's swatch of Alter Ego Absolute Treasrue Tall Bearded Iris xoxoJen's swatch of Alter Ego Absolute Treasrue Tall Bearded Iris xoxoJen's swatch of Alter Ego Absolute Treasrue Tall Bearded Iris


LynB Designs White Witch
A teal based green to silver to gold to purple to blue multichrome with linear holo
Inspiration is Claire from Outlander
cap: 250

The rainbow flame in this holo polish is super vibrant! I struggled to capture the multichrome shift, but it is there. In most lighting I see teal / green. Shown in two coats with topcot, formula was good.

xoxoJen's swatch of LynB Designs White Witch xoxoJen's swatch of LynB Designs White Witch xoxoJen's swatch of LynB Designs White Witch


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Saturday, April 24, 2021

Polish Pickup: Guilty Pleasures

The theme this month for Polish Pickup is Guilty Pleasures. Launching May 7 at 10a Central through Monday, 11p Central. A lot of brands have offerings this month, and I have some of them to show you!

xoxoJen's swatch of Polish Pickup: Guilty Pleasures

Alter Ego Get Yer Red Hot Dog Here
An almost velvety looking metallic red
Inspired by the original hot dog cart saying, Get your red hots here!
cap 100
In love with this polish. I don't think I've worn or swatched anything like it in the 12 years I have been blogging. If you love reds, you need this one. Shown in two coats with topcoat.

xoxoJen's swatch of Alter Ego Get Yer Red  Hot Dog Here xoxoJen's swatch of Alter Ego Get Yer Red  Hot Dog Here xoxoJen's swatch of Alter Ego Get Yer Red  Hot Dog Here


KBShimmer Everything is A-Bouquet
A deep, grape-purple jelly nail polish. A strong green to blue shimmer accents the purple hue, showing off a vibrant indigo blue in lower lighting. In brighter lighting, the green glimmers and shifts at angles into gold and royal blue
Inspired by fresh flowers that often mark life’s special moments
no cap

The jelly base had a reddish violet hue on first coat and morphed to a grapey purple on the second. The shimmer is insanely vibrant and shifty - totally love this polish!

xoxoJen's swatch of KBShimmer Everything is A-Bouquet xoxoJen's swatch of KBShimmer Everything is A-Bouquet xoxoJen's swatch of KBShimmer Everything is A-Bouquet xoxoJen's swatch of KBShimmer Everything is A-Bouquet


KBShimmer Freshly Blended
A sweet and tropical medley of fresh berries, cantaloupe, and lychee. Sweet sugarcane and vanilla orchid round out the scent. Swirls of cream and orange colors topped with a hint of biodegradable glitter.
Inspired by freshly blended beverages served at a tropical getaway.
no cap

This scent is diffcult to describe! It is refreshing, sweet and creamy at the same time. I enjoy KBShimmer's scrubs moisturizing oils, it's a one minute mani in a jar!

xoxoJen's swatch of KBShimmer Freshly Blended xoxoJen's swatch of KBShimmer Freshly Blended xoxoJen's swatch of KBShimmer Freshly Blended xoxoJen's swatch of KBShimmer Freshly Blended


Lynb Designs Surreal Estate
A green to blue to purple shifting magnetic multichrome with green to blue to purple to pink shifting UCC flakies and holo flakies
Inspired by Jenalyn's love of all things house hunting and her obsession with stalking houses on Zillow and Realtor.
cap 300

Like little galaxies right on your nails! Such a pretty magnetic. Shown in two coats with topcoat.

xoxoJen's swatch of Lynb Designs Surreal Estate xoxoJen's swatch of Lynb Designs Surreal Estate xoxoJen's swatch of Lynb Designs Surreal Estate


Nevermind A Forbidden Ride
A black polish packed with so much chrome and holo flake you won't be able to stop staring at your nails. (comes with standard brush, wide brushes can be purchased separately)
Inspiration: The black and chrome harley from EB Slayer's book "The Bearded Lumberjack"
cap 220

Definitely an edgy polish and I totally get the inspiration when looking at this polish. Ride or die! Shown in two coats with both matte and glossy topcoats.

xoxoJen's swatch of Nevermind A Forbidden Ride xoxoJen's swatch of Nevermind A Forbidden Ride xoxoJen's swatch of Nevermind A Forbidden Ride xoxoJen's swatch of Nevermind A Forbidden Ride xoxoJen's swatch of Nevermind A Forbidden Ride xoxoJen's swatch of Nevermind A Forbidden Ride

The Soapy Chef Does This Coffee Make Me Look Alive?
This spa manicure treatment is a combo scrub and rich moisturizing mask. Rejuvenate your skin, leaving it soft and smooth after just one use.
Inspired by the best guilty pleasure of all - coffee!
Scented like roasted coffee, aromatic cocoa, sweet cream, vanilla, herbaceous tobacco, almond and burnt sugar.
cap 120

Super sweet, creamy and coffee - this reminds me of a Starbucks Frappuccino. The scent is long lasting after rinsing too! The butter is solid in the jar and quickly melts on warm skin and the exfoliant is very gentle. Quite a luxurious spa-like treatment.

xoxoJen's swatch of The Soapy Chef Coffee Make Me Look Alive? xoxoJen's swatch of The Soapy Chef Coffee Make Me Look Alive? xoxoJen's swatch of The Soapy Chef Coffee Make Me Look Alive? xoxoJen's swatch of The Soapy Chef Coffee Make Me Look Alive? xoxoJen's swatch of The Soapy Chef Coffee Make Me Look Alive?


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