Need a quick an inexpensive Christmas gift for yourself or someone else? A few years ago I shot a few videos to show you all how to make some easy and quick DIY Christmas gifts. I actually bought most of the suppliers from the Dollar Tree, so you know these gifts are cheap to make. If you are into making things, you can always buy something from my Etsy store PotentQuotesEtsy. I sell easy printables that you can download and print out.
FTC: I was given the Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil from Apothercary Extracts. This is an honest review.
I use tea tree oil on my face and body, but now I can use it in my home. Tea tree oil has so many different uses. The Tea Tree Oil from Apothercary Extracts comes with a free recipe book that shows you the many uses of this magical oil. I used a recipe from the book to make an all-natural cleaner from my apartment. Watch me make the quick and cheap cleanser in the video.
- 2 tsp. Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil
- 1 clean spray bottle
- 2 cups of distilled water
- 6 oz. white vinegar
- 20 drops of cassia or lemon essential oil (optional)
You can buy the oil here.
I saw this glittery lampshade on Pinterest and thought about how this would be a great DIY project. Apparently the people of Pinterest thought so too. Maybe you could use some glitter or some sequins? I think it would be great either way. Maybe you could try different color glitter or some fabric? That would be nice too. This seems like something that would be really fun to do on a Saturday. I’m getting ideas.
The We Love Colors contest winner is Ruhamah Dunmeyer. The Sonsi winner is Kimberlee Van Der Wall. The Eden Body Works contest ends tonight!
I found a wonderful homemade bath salt recipe from Martha Stewart. Now this is not something for you to sniff, snort, or smoke and go zombie on someone. This is to make for yourself or for a friend so that you all can relax and soak your worries away. The instructions for the homemade bath salts are super easy. You know how I love a good beauty DIY.
We (Shanika, Eb, and I) had so much fun filming this video about our knitting, crocheting, and yarn crafting adventures and drinking Cafe Strudel’s Cozy Cocoa (which we bought ourselves) that we are coming back for part two, three, and four! Check out all of the yarn crafts videos in the series here.
I am so loving this DIY tutorial on how to make a custom lip palette and custom lip color from AprilAthena7. I really want to try this. I don’t have an old palette case, but I did find some lip gloss containers at Coastal Scents. They always seem to have make up supplies. This is a great way to recycle old lipsticks that you just can’t throw away. I know I hate to lose the last little bit of my favorite lip color.
This is an awesome diy for those interested in tinkering with the denim vest. I would love to do this to a white denim jacket. I might have to get on that pronto.
Today I am bringing you a video where I talk about how I made a sleeveless trench coat, which is very chic right now, and I review some beauty products I bought. I recently bought the 3D Glitzy Glosses from Milani Cosmetics and the Jumbo Eye Pencils from NYX Cosmetics. Check out the video to see how I liked or disliked them.
For the Trench Coat- You can take a trench coat from anywhere. I just happened to buy mine off of Ebay. You can either cut the sleeves off or use a seam ripper like I did. Seam rippers are cheap. Also make sure you buy some fray check from Walmart or any craft/fabric store. This will help you keep the frays in check.
Now that I know how to sew and use a sewing machine, I should probably learn how to tailor my shirts and make a dressform. This tutorial should come in handy.
Not really. I haven’t actually made this P.S. I Made This project yet, but I do feel like this would be a quick and easy DIY to do. I have decided to start my side project, where I do wardrobe consultations. I think I also want to do personal shopping. One of my friends wants to wear a corset dress with a feather skirt bottom for New Years Eve, and she wanted me to help find her some options. I already sent her some options last week before I saw this DIY. I think making this skirt would be great for New Years Eve. What do you think? Would you be interested in doing something like this? Are you even interested in the feather dress trend? Check out P.S. I Made This.
So for fashion week this year I will be covering makeup trends and how to do them as well as the top models who walked this season. The first makeup tutorial I would like to spotlight is for Max Azria’s Spring RTW line. It’s a very natural look with a little tint of color in the lips. Natural makeup is one of my favorite types because it looks effortless but also let’s people know you care enough to enhance your already lovely features.
The Things You’ll Need for This Look:
A Light Moisturizer– I chose DDF Ultra Light Dew Moisturizer
A Primer– I chose Smashbox Photo Finish
A Brightener– It’s actually made for under the eye but I use it on my upper cheek bone to add a little light.
A Liquid Concealer– I chose Smashbox High Definition Healthy Foundation
A Powder Foundation– I chose Bare Minerals in Medium including the Mineral Veil to reflect light and give a more even poreless finish.
A Skin Toned Blush– I chose to use the warmth from My Bare Minerals set because it isn’t pink but still adds definition to the cheekbone
Light Gold Eyeshadow & A Shade of Darker Brown– I chose the YSL quad with gold, brown, plum, and blue(not used).
A Mascara and Mascara Base– I chose a Lancome mascara base and used Bad Girl by Benefit Mascara.
An Eyebrow Pencil Or Filler Compact– I chose a Chanel eyebrow pencil
A Lip Tint or Stain– I chose Maybelline Color Sensational in Feelin’ Rosy.
A Plain Gloss (optional)– I chose LipFusion plumping gloss because I have small lips.
Makeup Brushes I chose a max concealer brush for problem areas, a max coverage kabuki brush for optimum coverage, a lighter kabuki brush for the mineral veil, and a feather light brush for my blush max all from Bare Minerals. I also used 2 MAC brushes for my eyeshadow. A medium flat for the lid’s base and a very small flat used to line the upper eyelid.
Take your moisturizer and apply lightly to the entire face.
Add some brightener under the eye if you have any dark circles or just want to add a luminous touch.
Take your primer and also apply this to the entire face. Make sure to only use small dot amounts and don’t over apply as this will make your face feel wet which will be bad for the powder based concealer.
Next take your liquid foundation and apply it to your problem areas or your whole face depending on how even your skin tone is. I always apply my foundation to my entire face just to ensure that my skin tone is even and it also makes the powder foundation look more even and allows it to stay on better.
Now take max concealing brush and apply it to your problem areas and under your eyes. Dab it lightly and even out the power around the area you’re covering.
Next take your larger Kabuki brush or foundation brush and cover the rest of your face. Apply in a circular motion for maximum coverage. Do this lightly as pressing hard can cause your skin to turn slightly red or irritated (especially if you have sensitive skin like me). Remember to apply a little powder under your jawline and onto your neck so it doesn’t look two-toned.
Take your lighter larger brush and apply a light reflecting powder like the mineral veil on your upper cheekbones, chin, nose, and forehead. This adds more dimension to your face and also reflects light to minimize the pores.
Now take your feather light brush or very light brush and apply some blush starting from the hairline right below the top of your cheekbone and bring it in until you reach the outer point of where your eye is. Do not bring it all the way over onto the front of the face. Keep it to the sides. Also apply it lightly because you don’t want it to be too dark but more so natural.
NOTE: If you want to highlight your brush take a little brightener and dab it onto your upper cheekbone very lightly.
Take your medium flat eyeshadow brush and apply some gold shadow to the base of your eyelid. Apply generously but not TOO generously. Bring the eyeshadow out from the corner of your eyes slightly but not too much. Make sure to keep your area straight and don’t stray too far up or too far down. You can also apply a lighter color eyeshadow closer to the brown to highlight the eye if you prefer. Keep it light though.
Take your very small flat. This brush is used more for lining and not covering. Take a nice shade of brown that isn’t to dark and line your upper lashline with it to add a little bit of darkness. If you want it to be a little darker use a darker shade of brown to line it once again. I chose to use the plum in my YSL quad because when it’s mixed with the brown you can barely tell it has a purple tint.
Once your finished with your shadow, take your mascara base and apply it to your upper eyelashes only. Once it’s dry apply your regular mascara lightly. Make sure it doesn’t clump and none of your lashes stick together. We want your lashes to look as natural as possible. if anything they need to look tinted dark not full of volume.
Once your eyes are done move to the eyebrows. I simply lined and filled mine with the Chanel eyebrow pencil but if you’re using a filling compact take a very small brush and fill them with a nice natural shade of brown. Use a lighter brown on the outer edges around the brown to make it look more shaded rather than very dark and bold.
Last take your lip tint or stain and apply lightly to the lips. Make sure the stain is a lighter pink and nothing too dark. Keep it within the natural bounds. Be conscious of your lip line and make sure not to go outside of it or else the stain will make it look like you have liner on. To make the stain even rub lightly with your finger for even coverage. You can either leave the stain plain and matte finished or apply a little gloss like I did to add some shine.
And there you have it. A great natural look that can be worn anyday.
OK so I attempted to do a DIY just to try it out and see how it would turn out. I bought a sweatshirt , Aleene’s Platinum Bond Fabric Glue, and some bows from Walmart. Here is what I did. Sorry my images suck.
- 4-looped Bow
- Aleene’s Platinum Bond Fabric Glue
- Fabric chalk or Sharpie
- Find your sweatshirt and bow.
- Put your shirt on and figure where the center of your shirt is, especially if the shirt has the V shaped thing under the collar. Sometimes the collars aren’t sewn that well anyway.
- Mark the center of your shirt.
- Glue the back of the bow and place it where your mark is. Press the bow on your shirt for a few minutes.
- Now sew through the middle of the bow and the sweatshirt. Now you will see why I chose a four-looped bow. Pull back the front loop and sew through the bottom loop on both sides of the bow.
- Then hang your sweatshirt up so the rest of the glue can dry.