Thursday, April 24, 2014

DIY Gel Manicure *hack*

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Have you admired those shiny new Gel Nail Polishes? Ever wanted to get a pretty Gel Manicure for your nails but don't want to pay the high cost of having it done at a Salon? Well you are in luck! Just watch this short video from my You Tube Channel and find out 3 Easy Steps to get that perfect Gel Manicure look for much less than it costs in a salon.

There are several options to purchase Gel Manicure polishes and the lights that go along with them. Sally Hansen has a great system, you can purchase anywhere from Target to Wal-Mart. But even at discount store prices the light can cost up to $30 and the polishes can run you $8 to $10 each. Not a great deal. You could choose to go the salon route, and let a professional nail artist give you a Gel Manicure. But be prepared to spend as much as $35 just for one set of polished nails. Either of these options are a little too rich for my blood. So when I ran across a *hack* that you could Do Yourself with a few simple steps I just had to give it a try.

DIY Gel Manicure - 3 Easy Steps:

1) The first thing you will need is bottle of Sally Hansen "Hard As Wraps" polish. This is a blue tinted polish that works as a base coat and will set the nail for the other coats that you will apply after this. One coat should do the trick. *Make sure your nails are clean and cuticles trimmed before applying. And be sure to let this coat dry completely before you move on to the next step...

2) Next, you can use Any Brand and Color of Nail Polish you prefer. A thicker formula of polish is best and you will need to apply two coats. Essie, Sally Hansen, or O.P.I are the best polish brands to use.

3) The final step is to apply one top coat of Sally Hansen "No Chip Acrylic Top Coat". *It has to be the Acrylic formula.* This will act as a shellac and harden over the other coats to give a high gloss, glass like appearance.

Click the link above to visit my You Tube Channel for the review video.

The final look is beautiful! This system typically will last about a week, you may need to do a few touch ups here and there to extend the look if you use your hands a lot or are very rough with your nails. But otherwise they *hack* works very well. And compared to the price of purchasing a polish + light system or having the Gel Manicure done at a salon, it's a great deal.

I purchased each of the items at Target. I used a Wet 'n Wild MegaLast polish for the color, it was about $2. The Sally Hansen items ran about $5 a piece.

My favorite feature of this DIY Gel Manicure is that the base coat of the "Hard As Wraps" allows you to peel off the polish saving you from having to go through the hassle of nail polish remover.

Give it a try! And come back and comment to let me know how it works...

Sending you Shiny, Polished HUGS - xoxo - The Dixie Pixie

Twitter: @RobinFretwell

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

T.M.I. Tag - You Tube Video

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Hi everybody! I haven't blogged in a while, and I'm sorry. I am still working on the re-build of my blog and getting things ready for the re-launch coming on June 1, 2014. That's when everything will change over from the mainly-themed Disney posts to the new Makeup/Fashion/Etc. posts.

Until then, I will be posting here and there. So today I thought I would share my newest adventure...My You Tube Channel!

I'm very new on You Tube, and only have a few videos up so far. But I am planning more and will be coordinating my blog posts along with my videos. Please click the link below to view one of my earlier videos, which is a fun TAG video that features questions and answers that will let you get to know me, The Dixie Pixie a little better.

I hope you enjoy the video! Please visit my channel and SUBSCRIBE! Thanks!!!

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Twitter: @RobinFretwell

Saturday, March 29, 2014

How to start a You Tube Channel

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I have been blogging for several years now, and along the way I was introduced to You Tube channels by fellow bloggers. I enjoyed jumping on You Tube to check out channels and clips from some of my favorite bloggers and just fun little random clips too. I actually thought for a long time that in fact those little fun random videos were the only thing on You Tube.  Boy was I wrong! There is an entire community of "Vloggers" with great channels that host video tutorials, tips, reviews, and much more on a myriad of topics. So recently, being inspired by those You Tubers that I have enjoyed over the years, I am jumping into the "vlog-isphere" and have created my own You Tube Channel. This article will give you a few tips on how to start your own You Tube channel.

My channel originally began as my blog did, as an extension of my Disney travel planning business. But, as with the blog, I have recently changed over the focus of my You Tube channel to feature tips, reviews, and tutorials having to do with makeup/fashion/and more.

You Tube
Video Cover from my latest upload...March 2014 Empties - Things I liked and disliked that I used for the first time in March.

Starting a You Tube channel is very simple. Just go to the You tube website and sign up for an account. From there I would suggest that you first spend some time researching topics you may be interested in to find some favorite channels and subscribing to follow vloggers as they post videos. This will give you a base to create a community to get feedback from and start online/You Tube relationships with people who will become cheerleaders for you own channel once its up and running. After you get a base of channels you like and follow, then its on to setting up the components of your own channel. Create a "creation" video, this will be a welcome to those coming to your channel that introduces yourself and tells a little about what you will be focusing on in your videos. Make sure to complete all of the sections, especially the "About" page, giving a description about yourself and your channel and linking to your blog or any social media accounts you may have. After you set up the basics of the channel pages, you will want to visit the "Dashboard" to set up your settings, make sure to set your channel to be monetized. Even if you have very few views and subscribers in the beginning, you will want to get that set up early, as it will pay off in the long run - literally. Finally, the last step will be to start making videos and uploading the to your channel.

Creating videos is very simple. Some channels feature great lighting and lots of technical aspects to their videos, but for the most part, its just people like you and me who have something to say and sit down in front of a camera to get it out. Making your video can be as simple as using your smart phone (iPhones have great apps for creating and uploading videos quickly all from your phone), or you can use a video camera and upload the videos to your computer for editing and loading to You Tube. However you choose to create your videos, start simple and then you can add creativity and know how as you become more comfortable with your videos.

So come on! Join me on You Tube and lets have some fun! If you aren't interested in starting your own channel, please visit my channel and subscribe for fun videos on fashion, makeup, and a whole lot more!

Ya'll have a great weekend!....The Dixie Pixie

Channels I love on You Tube:
Elle is for Living
Kandee Johnson
Mattie Roberts
Nisha / Sugar Puff and Fluff