The Nail Files - Alex

Hello beautiful people out there in blog land!  It's another Friday and another round of The Nail Files with Jennie. I totally love this link up. Anywho, let's begin with what I'm wearing this week on the nails.

I decided to try out Julep's Alex this week. I just got it not too long ago and so I was excited to try it out. I love pulling new polish right out of the box.



I'm not a big fan of purple, but I really like this one. It's a microglitter and the color is really beautiful. This is just one coat as well. So it goes on really easily and the coverage is pretty decent. 

And for not being such a big fan of purple, I would say it's more of the purple shade I can dig. Can you feel me on this one?



I will be wearing Alex again in the near future. I know I can mix this up with another color to create a really fun mani!

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Makeup by ONE DIRECTION Review


Everyone seems to know the popular boyband ONE DIRECTION. The band has branched out to brand a line of cosmetics. In fact, several lines. I was really excited to be able to score and try out one of the newest line of products that was released during the holidays.

The first product up is the ELECTRO GLAM MASCARA

Give your look a jolt of electric colour, with this limited-edition trio of ultra-bold coloured mascaras for hair and lashes, in three heavily pigmented, buildable colours.
FOR LASHES- Make a subtle statement by adding a pop of colour to the tips of your lashes, or add coats to your entire lashes for a shockingly chic look. The more the better!
AS A HAIR MASCARA- Apply to small sections of hair and swipe through for instant ELECTRIC highlights.


Why don’t we go there- Shock of blue
Does he know?- Pinkest hot pink
Story of my life- Amped canary yellow 





The second product from the kit is the LIQUILIGHTS GLOW GLOSS

Liquilights Glow Gloss sparkles brilliantly during the day and illuminates under UV black light after dark. Enriched with natural oils and vitamin E to keep your lips soft and hydrated all day and all night.
Gloss can be worn alone for a pop of sparkle and color, or paired with One Direction crème lipstick for a bolder look.

Through the Dark- Electric glitter poppy lip gloss that glows to neon red-orange under UV light
Kiss You- Orange glitter rush lip gloss that glows to neon yellow under UV light
Taken - Powerhouse glitter pink lip gloss that glows to neon orange under UV light



And finally we have the ROCK ME NAIL KIT

ROCK ME NAIL KIT, featuring NEON UV-REACTIVE Nail Varnish and UV-REACTIVE GLITTER nail toppings that add even more sizzle to your mani, for nails that light up day and night.
Sprinkle the glitter over wet polish for a subtle accent, or go for the glitz and dip your entire wet mani in mega-watt sparkle!

Nail Varnish:
Happily– UV iced blue glitter
Moments- UV neon pink
Diana- UV 3D holographic

Glitter Toppings:
Kicks- UV snow cone blue
Not afraid- UV electrified pink glitter
Star-- UV holo glitter  




Makeup by One Direction are available at the following stores near you:
Macy's
Dillards
Boscov's
Stage Stores
Beauty Brands
Lord & Taylor 


Check out their Facebook page to keep up with all the latest kits and tips

*disclaimer - I received one or more of this product in exchange for a blog post*

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Fun With Symmetry For Kids

So this week in one of our school lessons, I wanted to try a fun project to learn about symmetry. This project was inspired by this post from Step Into 2nd Grade. I thought it would be fun to learn this way. Not only does this teach about the mathematical part of symmetry, but it also teaches to focus on detail, being artistically creative, and thinking about where things fall into place.

So I snapped a photo of my beautiful 8 year old daughter and took it into Photoshop. I then used the masking tool and made a white box over half of her face. I then printed out the photo for her to start looking at, paying attention to detail to see how her face has different shapes and how to look at things that would go together.

 

She began to draw the shape of her face first. I made a few guiding remarks as how to really focus on the couture of the facial structure. And then I let her go on her own to see how well she would do.


I think she did pretty well with the outcome. She did a lot better than I expected. I don't know what I was expecting but I thought it would be very lopsided and not very symmetrical. But she proved me wrong. She did a great job all on her own.


I wish we made it a bit darker, but you can still see it pretty good. So I think this was a pretty successful lesson and not to mention, a fun one at that!

How do you teach children about symmetry? Have you tried this one with their picture? I think it is one of the cutest ideas I've come across.