10.17.2015

Book Review: Spectacular Nail Art by Larit Levy

Spectacular Nail Art: A Step-by-Step Guide to 35 Gorgeous Designs
Notes: ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Crafts, Beauty
Print (80 pages, IMAGINE)
No woman is fully dressed without the perfect manicure: it’s the final touch, the must-have accessory to any outfit. And today, spectacular nails mean more than a coat of pink polish. It’s fashion art, with a world of fabulous colors, unique patterns, and gorgeous embellishments to choose from. These 35 designs are eye-catching and ultra-stylish, whether you’re looking to liven up an everyday look or get glam for a special occasion. Novices needn’t worry, either, because every project—from sparkling Champagne Chic to the wintry, Christmasy Snappy Snowflakes—includes easy-to-follow instructions and handy step-by-step photos, and most are really simple to create.
Have a spooky Halloween with black-and-white cobwebbed nails; hail the red-white-and blue and stars-and-stripes forever with Positively Patriotic; and celebrate the coming of spring with vintage fancy flowers. Go wild with animal prints, like leaping leopard spots or zebra zigzags on your "claws." And even if you can’t make it to Hawaii, your nails can, with designs featuring the island’s famed hibiscus. Whether you’re choosing elegant, wedding-ready pearly bubbles or playful retro dots and fun characters, every pattern here makes an unforgettable statement.
Tips on nail care, products, and basic manicures (including a French one) help you keep your hands in tip-top shape. One thing’s for sure: with this art on your nails, you’ll never want to wear gloves again!


A Basic Nail Art 101 for Offline Artists (3 stars)

I've been in the market for some simple nail art instruction books for my husband of all things. He recently decided he wanted to learn some because our young daughter loves having her nails done and he's a good artist so why shouldn't he be able to do it?

SPECTACULAR NAIL ART turned out to be just the sort of book that's great for a beginner. The ideas and styles are all pretty simple and well instructed. But they're just that, the basics. If you're looking for some really different or fresh ideas this really doesn't have them. I've seen most of these already done in other books and on Pinterest multiple times. With that in mind this might be a great choice for a child or tween who is learning or for someone who doesn't regularly access the internet. Otherwise it's just too basic and the concepts so common that it doesn't offer anything special.


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10.14.2015

Book Review: Jem and the Holograms: Showtime

Jem and the Holograms: Showtime

by Kelly Thompson and Sophie Campbell
Notes: ARC received in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley.
Release Date: October 29, 2015
Graphic Novel, Young Adult
Print (152 pages, IDW)
Meet Jerrica Benton - a girl with a secret. She and her sister Kimber team with two friends to become... JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS! But what does it mean to be JEM today? Fashion, art, action, and style collide in Jem and the Holograms: Showtime!

Outrageously good! (5 stars)

Since the live action movie had to go and drop a number two on one of my favorite IPs from my childhood I've been hoping someone else would do something good with it. And this, my dears, is it! A lot of the time I find that with comics I either dig the art or the story, and not often both on equal with one another. This is absolutely phenomenal on both. I love love love it! Even though I got to read it as a digital galley I'm going to pick it up in trade and add it to my preorder list.

If you're an adult who grew up with Jem and the Holograms and you love Rat Queens or Batgirl for their great balance of art and story you will love it. Not of the generation that grew up with Jem? If you love feminist themes, body and racial inclusivity, and gorgeous pages I definitely recommend picking it up!



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