Saturday, September 28, 2013

Luxe Coat: Velvet, Petal Pusher - Swatches and Review

Hello dearies!
Happy weekend!
Today I have some bright pink polishes by Luxe Coat to show you all. 

First up is Luxe Coat - Velvet
This is a bright pink slightly matte nail polish. It's sheer, but builds up nicely when applied carefully. 

I'm usually not a fan of sheer nail polish, but this actually appealed to me. I think it's because of the bright color.

The Visible nail lines bothered me a bit though I must confess.

Next up is Luxe Coat - Petal Pusher.
This totally makes me happy!
This nail polish is everything! Everything I tell you!

It is so beautiful I wish I could have it on my nails as I type this. Looking at these pictures remind me of how in LOVE I was with this as I swatched it. 

Perfect formula. What you see below is two coats.
The shimmer, sparkles, and hints of purple makes this a very cherished nail polish in my collection.

I am sure you can tell my absolutely favorite of these two is Petal Pusher. 
I am impressed with the formula and color!

If you're interested in either of these, Please, CLICK HERE to learn more about LuxeCoat.

That's it for now darlings.
Till Later, God Bless.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

KOR Professional - Solid Ceramic Straightener and Mini Straightener Review

Hello Beauties!
On the blog today is a review of what I can seriously without a doubt call the best flat Irons I have ever used! 

Seriously! I am in Love! 
Starting from the packaging, the design of  the flat iron, the way I can control the temperature on the bigger iron, all the way to HOW WELL THESE BEAUTIES really do straighten the curliest, thickest hair! Yessss honnneeeeyyyy! lol... 

I shared my review of  Kor Professional Curling Wand with you all, and I loved that wand so much, so I was certainly hoping that their Straighteners would WOW me as well, and boy am I glad!!!!
I have great news! I am beyond wowed!
So WOWED that I had to show this quick picture below to you all yesterday on my Instagram page @thediylady. 
I was very impressed with how this Iron straightened my wavy 28" Vanessa Nabi Super Weave Kobe - Sabe that I shared with y'all in THIS POST

Alright now, lets get down to the real review after that preview you see above! 

The two flat irons I'm reviewing today are by KOR Professional, and they are the Zebra Print Solid Ceramic Straightener and Mini Straightener.

These two came in a kit with the curling wand I reviewed in this post. This is what the front of the box looks like below. 

And the back of the box looks like this. With pictures and description of each of the items inside the box. 

Packaging was completely amazing! I love how the box also had zebra prints! I didn't throw my box away because of this fact. lol

There were some pamphlets and ONE glove inside the box.

As I stated in my review of the Kor Curling Wand, you certainly WANT to use this glove with the Wand y'all - if you don't want to burn your hands.
The Glove is not so necessary with the straighteners.

The pamphlets had warranty info and some other products by KOR inside of them.

Now, Y'all know by now that this DIY Lady LOVES a thorough review, so let's get to it. 
First up is the big mama Straightener - the Solid Ceramic Straightener. 

Aside from the on and off button, this straightener has a control center that allows the user to control how hot the straightener gets - and this is something I LOVE SO VERY MUCH about this product. You see, the weave I used for this review specifically stated that Heat shouldn't be used more than 350-400 degrees, so I was very happy I could control the setting to work better with the kind of hair I had on.
Interestingly, I actually went higher than the number recommended by my weave company, and the hair wasn't damaged, because KOR Boasts that the heat from their Irons are GOOD HEAT, and I say, YES INDEED the heat is good, because it didn't damage my weave!
If I'm not mistaken, 450 degrees is the highest number on this straightener.

Next up is my review of the Kor Mini Straightener!
This one has a simple Power On and Off button but it gets hot to a very good degree!
I was able to use this to straighten my natural hair, especially the baby hairs I have around my hairline. Works great for short hairs that are usually really hard to grab with the regular sized flat iron. I certainly recommend this flat iron if you have short hair. It allows for better control of your short hair when straightening.

And a Side by side comparison to show you the difference in sizes.
See, the Mini Straightener is indeed mini, but it is NOT useless. Again, I love it for my natural hair/short hairs.

Now let's get to some before and afters.
These were taken after a busy day, soooo uhmm hence the natural face look. But Bahhhh!!!!

Alrighty.. Well, I decided to straighten my weave because I washed it and it decided to poof out a bit on me. The more colored parts of the hair were getting a bit dry, and I knew a straightener would solve that tiny problem. So I whipped out my Kor Straightener!
I'm sure looking at this picture below, you can tell which is the before, and which is after using straightener. :-D

An up close look! Look at the difference. Brushed out Before on the left. Straightened and curled a bit on the right.

I didn't use any product on the hair before I straightened. The Kor Straightener did its job and also seemed to add some extra shine to my hair.

Why so sad Lizzy? Lol... Just tired loves.. like I said earlier, this was done after a busy day. I needed to straighten the hair before going to bed.

Oh lookie, my Closure that I spoke about briefly in this post! Doesn't it just look so natural? Like it's growing out of my head!

Completely done straightening!
I am aware I look a bit sad.. lmbo, seriously I didn't know I looked this sad while taking these pictures. being tired is no fun ehhh.

Who likes straight hair? I do, so very much, even though I don't look it. 

 Oh yay, a Happy FACE!!! I really love how straight my hair looked after using the Kor Straightener! It was much more manageable and my brush ran through it easier.

I definitely recommend these straighteners if you're in search of a new one or just need to replace an old one. :-)
Interested or want to check out other products by KOR Professional, please visit their website. They have different styling tools and some of them have variety of designs from zebra print to Pink Cheetah.

My Review of Kor Professional Curling Wand in THIS POST.

That's it for now darlings.
Till Later, God Bless.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Tutorial + Video: How to DIY - Zooey Deschanel EMMY 2013 Checkered/Domino Nail Art

Hello Sweets!

Hope y'all are having a wonderful day so far...
So today, I have another video up on my YouTube Channel. Have you subscribed yet?

Anyhoo, as most of y'all know, last Sunday was a day where Celebrities all got dolled up for the 2013 Emmy Award show. Lots of the ladies were glowing in gorgeous dresses and hairstyles, but lately, I love how more and more attention has been given to their NAILS!!!
Some news channels actually have mani camera, and a lot of pictures have flooded the internet with what some of the female celebs had on their nails to compliment their dresses!

Just about everyone's favorite nail-fashion-forward celebrity is Zooey Deschanel and this year, she did NOT disappoint! On her nails for the Emmy was a checkered dominoes style black and white nail art done by her wonderful nail artist Tom Bachik!

When I saw the mani, I was baffled at how complicated it looked, yet I knew it would be easy to do!
So I whipped out my video camera for a tutorial since I caught wind that a couple of people wanted to know how her nail artist DID HER NAILS!

Here's a collage of Zooey's nails and my result.

To recreate this look, I whipped out a black and white polish from one of my favorite brands - Zoya. 

Here are the basic things I used. 

Left to right: Zoya - Purity (White Polish), Raven (Black Polish), and a black Nail Art Pen thingy I got from ebay.

Zoya Purity was such an amazing canvas for this mani, and I couldn't have asked for a better white nail polish.
After painting my base color, I used the nail art pen to draw crosses on all of my nails, and then I used Zoya Raven to fill in the black checks you see on my nails. Simple right?

I then used a dotting tool to place dots on each opposite color.

Are you more of a visual person and don't understand what I just said above? lol.... 
Watch this video below. :-) 

Feel free to share your thoughts with me darlings... Love it? Hate it? 
P.S: Do not be limited to using just black and white polishes. Try this in other colors for even more FUN/WOW factor! 

That's it for now. 
Till Later, God Bless. 

Monday, September 23, 2013

DIY Gradient Mani + Leopard Print Freehand Nail Art

Hello World!
It's officially FALL season, but this diy lady is still dwelling in summer colors!

I am somewhat proud of myself for today's mani. I did a gradient mani once again, and it wasn't completely horrible. AND I also did a freehand nail art and it too looked decent!! Who am I y'all?? I don't know what's going on with me! Haha!

I started my gradient with Luxe Coat - Velvet  and used a sponge to do a gradient with Velvet and Butter London - Wellies (A pretty green polish from their fall collection). Then I applied One coat of China Glaze - Fairy Dust  to blend my gradient together and add a bit of shimmer/holo to my nails.

Fairy Dust always makes me extra happy when used over ANY Color!

My Camera took a blurry picture and I had to show you, because it shows the holo is such a good way!

Here's the sponge I used and How I layered the colors for my gradient. Just dab the sponge on your nails to create the gradient.

Yes, I took a LOT of pictures. lol

More blurry Holo goodness.

At this point, I was like, OK, I took enough pictures, let me try some freehand nail art. If it turns out good, GREAT, if not, Whatevssss! 

I was so amazed at the result! I had always had a hard time with freehand leopard print, but this time, I NAILED it (pun intended). lol

Whatcha think?

Here's what helped me nail it! I used a cuticle stick as my instrument! I dipped it into a black polish, and Just made lots of random C's U's and Dots on my nails to get the leopard print look.

I went ahead and did another nail, to create TWO accent nails. :-)

Even my mistakes looked like they were planned. lol..

See I took lots of pictures of this mani.

Isn't Fairy Dust such a beauty? Look at the bottle!

And That's it for now y'all. I will definitely be trying more freehand designs.
Feel free to share your thoughts with me.

P.S: Butter London - Wellies and Luxecoat - Velvet's individual swatches  will be posted on the blog soon. 

Till later, God bless.

Some Products in this post were provided for review. 

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Nail Art and Review - Born Pretty Store Neon Studs

Hello Sugars!
Hope y'all are having a happy weekend thus far!

Today I have a review of some pretty nail art studs from Born Pretty Store - the online nail art store that ships FREE worldwide.

Below is what the studs look like. I got two wheels for review, filled with studs in different shapes and neon bright colors.

Each wheel came in a little bag shown below. 

There are quite a lot of studs in each of the wheels, and I Love the variety of colors. The wheel below had square and circle studs, and that's the one I'll really be using for my nail art today.
It is the 2mm Round Square Fluorescent Dark Colors Stud Rhinestones Nail Art Decoration W/Box.

I didn't really have a plan in mind when I started this, but I chose this pretty polish by Butter London called Cake-Hole as my base color.

Then I applied a clear top coat on my base color, and started placing the studs in random orders on my nails to give a sort of polka dots look.
I picked up the studs using a dotting tool dipped in clear polish (YOU can use bobby pin, tooth pick, etc).

I settled with this after a while. The Neon dots LOOKED amazing in real life. My camera certainly freaked on these pictures because cake-hole was also a neon polish! 

Notice how I did my index finger half way? Yes, this was very random and intentional, lol. I'm not the best at nail art, but I figured, I couldn't go wrong with Polka dots. lol.. 

These studs aren't complicated at all. They sit well on the nail and stayed put using just clear nail polish. I will suggest using glue if you want to wear  this for weeks and weeks though. Or, just use about 2-3 coats of Topcoat over your complete mani to ensure  that the studs are SEALED!

I want to try these over black nail polish y'all! The Neon and bright look of these studs give me a feeling that they'll be gorgeous over black.  Do you agree?

Welppp, that's it for now darlings.
I love how simple studs such as this can take a completely plain mani into another dimension!
Tell me, what kind of nail art would you create with these? Looking forward to reading your comments.

If you are interested in these nail art studs, or want to check out other wonderful products by BPS, please CLICK HERE to go to this product on their website.
Discount code Below.

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Till Later, God Bless. :-)

Products sent for review. Opinions are 100% nine.