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.
If you live in Europe, you probably have noticed that the sun isn’t up for as long anymore. It goes up late, and down early. Which means it is officially winter, and the dark means outside isn’t as tempting anymore.
That’s why I’ve decided to make a small list of things to do when the night fills you with the kind of restlessness I’ve been feeling lately.
1.Make a Journal, DIY style.
If anyone knows how to do the DIY’s and do them pretty, it sure is Elsie. Her blog is filled with fun and super cute DIY’s, so if you haven’t already seen her blog, do it now!
2. Raid the flea markets!
Well, this one is of course best done during daylight, so you can actually see anything. But if you get a chance, try to look at every piece, take your time and bargain a lot. Redecorating has never been so much fun.
But nowadays there’s also online flea markets, like eBay of course, and now is the ultimate time to find cute and quirky Christmas gifts online. Can easily be done with a cup of tea and a computer. Which I guess you already have, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this.
If you’re surfing around Etsy a lot, you know how incredibly huge that site is. So it’s easiest to find the best things if you know what you’re looking for. There’s a risk you might buy everything from everybody otherwise.
3. Take up knitting!
You probably already know how to knit. If you don’t, this is the time to learn! Extremely relaxing and minimizes the chances of you freezing when the snow comes around. It also keeps your restless hands busy when watching television. Awesome, right? And imagine the looks of awe you’ll be getting from people when you tell them that you knitted your scarf yourself.
If you remember this week’s post, then you know that our editor Jai highly recommends knitting, too!
The seasonal nail polish is in full bloom. The millions of different red shades cleverly named Christmas-themed and they are everywhere! I still have my “Cupid loves Comet” from OPI last year. Still works great.
So why not treat yourself to bright nails on both the top and bottom when the colors are slowly disappearing? Intern Angelena gave tips a few weeks back on how to do crazy junk nails. That will surely fill up your dark winter nights. And while you’re at it, put on a face mask and lie down, because there won’t be any calm when the Christmas shopping begins. And that’s soon.
(all images are linked to their original source)
xo, Sofie from Ok, Bowtie
I totally think Intern Angelena has a new career…Nail Technician. Seriously her nails look so good, and this is the first attempt.
So lately I’ve been obsessed with nail art and what we would like to call “junk nails”. Basically it’s over the top nail art that isn’t so much wearable as it is fun to look at. It’s basically a anything goes type of nail art where anything you could possibly think of is put on nails. Lots of little acrylic pieces, gems, etc. I’ve seen some pretty crazy designs and also found an amazing supply store for starters interested in trying it out for themselves. It can get a little pricey, but if your looking for a new creative hobby like I was, you’ll find it incredibly fun as well as time consuming. So without further mention I would like to put some focus on my ignorant attempt to do some nail art of my own. It took me an entire night to do these nails and I will explain very briefly how I did them and what materials I used. So enjoy =]
The camera made it look like the gold nail polish has gaps but in reality it turns out one solid gold color.
The things I used to make these nails:
-One set of 200 Kiss glue on nails. You can choose to do gel but I decided to go with a faster approach because this was only for fun.
-OPI Nail polish in Rumba Romance
-Some Kiss press on jewels
-Very small copper leftover chain from my jewelry line. You can find chain at any craft store just make sure it’s the smallest size you can find.
-Sally Hansen top maximum growth top coat
And here are the steps:
(1) First find the nails that match your nail size. If the preset nails don’t fit file them down to the appropriate size. Take some acetone nail polish remover to clean your nails and run over them with a cotton ball. After that take a nail and apply a little nail glue to the nail and on your nail as well. Press an hold for 10 seconds. Do this for each nail until all nails are on.
(2) Next take some clippers and a file and shorten them to the length you desire. I kepy mine the size they already were so I would have room to stick the chain and jewels. If you don’t file yours down simply clean the edges up so they’re nice and smooth.
(3) Apply OPI nail color in 3 separate coats until the glitter is built up and doesn’t have any gaps.
(4) After applying the nail color take a length of chain and ready it to be applied. Apply a thin layer of topcoat to the nail and stick the chain on quickly but try to make it a straight diagonal line from one of the top corners of your nail. After it is secured on the nail take a pair of nail clippers and clip any excess chain off. Repeat this for each nail.
(5) After each nail has chain secured on it take a pair of tweezers and pick a jewel and ccarefully place it along the chain in a straight diagonal line. Work your way to the tips of your nails until the space is filled. Repeat for each nail until all of the are bejewled.
(6) Once your nails have all the decor on them take a generous amount of topcoat and paint over the jewels, chain, and nail. Do this for each nail and let them dry… preferably in front of a fan or with a manual nail dryer. And you’re finished!
Here are some other nail art examples that I died over when searching:
The last image was the one I used to inspire my simpler design.
Be sure to follow me on bloglovin if you want to see more nail DIY’s because after this first attempt being so fun I can’t wait to try my complex designs. And I will definitely give junk nails a try.
-Angelena We Are Hipster Scum
So I have talked about wanting to sew since I was a little girl and on this blog since the beginning. The problem is that I have broken about 6 or 7 sewing machines. I think the number is at 6. The last time I tried to sew something I got to the bottom of the dress and the machine stopped working. It literally let out a large sigh and blew up or clonked out on me.
I really like this Hello Kitty Janome Sewing Machine. Everybody says it is easy to use and sews slowly. One of the reasons my last sewing machine broke was because I wasn’t used to the speed of the needle. It was way to fast. Every website that I have been on has given this sewing machine great ratings. I think this is going to be my Christmas gift to myself. Wish me luck!
Also I haven’t spoken on the Maura Kelly controversy because I feel like everyone has said what I wanted to say. Fat people are people. Skinny people are people. Black-Mexican-Indian-Insert Any Race Here are people. Gay people are people. Insert any and every marginalized person here. I think the people that said what I wanted to say the best are Depeche Mode.
Here are the lyrics to their song People are People.
People are people so why should it be
You and I should get along so awfully
So we’re different colours
And we’re different creeds
And different people have different needs
It’s obvious you hate me
Though I’ve done nothing wrong
I never even met you
So what could I have done
I can’t understand
What makes a man
Hate another man
Help me understand
People are people so why should it be
You and I should get along so awfully
Help me understand
Now you’re punching and you’re kicking
And you’re shouting at me
I’m relying on your common decency
So far it hasn’t surfaced
But I’m sure it exists
It just takes a while to travel
From your head to your fist
I can’t understand
What makes a man
Hate another man
Help me understand
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.
Before I get into the post someone asked me if I design and if I knew of any plus size designers. Well I just started dabbling in design this year. My flats aren’t great, but I try to practice from time to time. You can view some of my flats here. As far as plus size designers are concerned, Marie Denee at The Curvy Fashionista has a really good, no GREAT post on the plus size industry that I think everyone should read, including straight sized people. It breaks the industry down into categories and then list the designers and stores that fit under that category. I couldn’t write a better article or explanation, so check it out here.
Soooooo I found this website called PS I Made You a while ago, and it is TRESMAZING! It seems like they have great DIYs that totally make sense to someone like me who loves crafts but usually screws them up. This necklace would make a great Christmas present for someone. I can’t wait to try it out.
From PS I Made You:
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.