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  1. Quick Tip, Saving Your Broken Makeup


    January 5, 2013 by Emily

    I’m sure every make-up wearer has accidentally dropped an eyeshadow on the floor of their bathroom, looked down and discovered it in pieces. Worst.


    And I’m particularly rough on my makeup…. I toss things around, when I’m done with my powder I’ll just drop it (literally drop *plunk*….I’m a bull in a china shop most days) back into the plastic drawer I keep everything in… not the nicest way to handle my products.

    But, did you know you can RE-PRESS powdered makeup? Its easy, just a couple of minutes and some rubbing alcohol and your once destroyed makeup will be solidly back in its pot, ready to roll!


    You’ll need:

    Your broken makeup
    Plastic bag/plastic wrap
    Something to break up and eventually smooth the makeup (I used a mini spatula from an at home waxing kit Don’t judge me! I have out of control eyebrows…I’m part wookie)
    Rubbing Alcohol


    Place the plastic over the surface of the broken makeup and use the spatula to completely break up the makeup into a fine powder.

    Gently remove the plastic, and wiggle until the powder settles in a even(ish) way.

    Slowly drip the rubbing alcohol onto the powder, you want the powder to become saturated with the alcohol.

    Let the mixture meld together a bit, the powder will absorb the alcohol in a few minutes.

    Use the spatula to smooth the surface of the makeup, you can also use the spatula to compress the mixture a bit which will help it stay together.

    Allow to dry for 24 hrs, the use as normal!






  2. DIY Hair Accesories


    December 27, 2012 by Emily

    Tis the season to dress festive! With holiday parties of all kinds happeneing every weekend I need to look fancy!  While my wardrobe can work it, my go-to ponytail doesn’t make the “fancy” cut.

    Being the rough and tumble tomboy most of my life I’ve had chopped pixie hair cuts for most of my life, so it’s no surprise that I’m pretty terrible at styling my now shoulder length hair. What’s a girl to do when they have no idea how to do anything beyond a ho-hum pony tail? Dress that pony tail up!


    Just like when I had short hair, I ususally dress up my normal hair style with a glitzy hair accessory! Headbands are your friend…especially when they’ve gotten a facelift.

    Here’s how to jazz up a regular headband with a few dollars worth of supplies from the craft store:

    Option 1, ORNAMENT headbands:

    Xmas Ornament Headband
    Here’s a quick, cheap and easy option. I took a quick look in my local craft stores clearance section the day after xmas, and what did I find? These glittery golden snowflakes and ribbon wracking up a grand total of $1.50! I wrapped a headband I already owned with the ribbon, being careful to hot glue the ends down, then I glued the two snowflakes slightly off centered on the headband. A total of 5 minutes of work for a super cute and festive hair piece! 
    Take a look around you the next time you’re out scouting for supplies you may find your crafting inspiration in surprising places!
    Option 2,  Rocking some Rhinestones:
    headband2This one takes a little more time, but it’s just as easy!
    What you’ll need:
    Large “Rhinestones” (I found these in the jewelry section for $2)
    1 piece of felt in the same, or similar, color as the stones
    Hot Glue Gun
    1-Cut the felt into the size and shape you would like your adornment to be, I like the way the football shape tapers on both ends and made it about 6 inches wide.
    2- Arrange your stones on top of the felt, allowing a little bit of space around each stone to allow it to bend over the headband. Once you’re happy with the arrangement hot glue them securely to the felt.
    3- carefully trim the excess felt from around the stones, I got fairly close (1/8in) to the stones.
    4-Glue to the headband.
    Now I have a pretty, sparkly accessory to wear to my parties without having to stress over how to style my hair. I can swoop my hair into an easy bun or ponytail, add my headband and run out the door!

  3. DIY Lotion Bars


    December 13, 2012 by Emily

    There’s a store in the mall that sells solid lotion bars, they feel great and smell delicious. They’re $11 each…wait what?!  I’m a teacher on a pretty tight budget…. can I get that lotion bar on lay-away?! Oh yeah, and I can’t get near the store without going into sensory overload…strong, overwhelming mixes of smells, even yummy smells, give me headaches. *sigh* 

    So while these lotion bars used to be my treat to me, and one of my favorite gifts to give to people I think I’m going to have to take a pass on the mall and move my love of lotion bars into the kitchen.

    What You’ll Need:

    -100% Beeswax, You can find this in the candle making section of craft stores…I’ve even used 100% beeswax candles from the grocery store!

    -Grape Seed Oil, my grocery store carries this but if you can’t find it Olive Oil works as well

    -Coconut Oil

    -Essential Oils (if you want scented lotions)

    -Molds, silicone bake ware works perfectly

    -Metal container for mixing lotion.Only use a container you don’t mind using only for waxy materials!! I used a large can that was set for the recycling bin.


    Measure out equal portions of chopped wax, grape seed oil and coconut oil. I weighed mine, only because there was a kitchen scale next to me, but you can use volume measurements as well… mine ended up being 1/2cup or 4 ounces of each ingredient.

    Prepare a double boiler; a small sauce pan with an inch or so of water set to simmer, you’ll place your “don’t-care-if-this-never-gets-clean” metal container into the water to gently heat the ingredients.

    Put the bees wax into your metal container and set in the water and allow to melt. Next add the grape seed oil and coconut oil stirring until everything is incorporated and remove from heat…we’re almost done!

    If you want to scent your lotion bars now is the time to do so. My essential Oil bottle told me how many drops (4) to add per ounce of “base” so I gentely stirred in about 48-50 drops.

    One a side note:  pure aromatherapy grade essential oils can be found in stores like whole foods or MOMs, but they can also be found in craft stores like Michaels in the candle and soap aisle. The only real difference I see is that craft stores have a smaller selection and often the craft store oils are “pre-mixed” into scent combinations like vanilla-lavendar or “serenity” and you aren’t able to smell before you buy.  

    You’re ready to pour! Carefully pour your liquid lotion mixture into whatever mold you like and allow to set until solid, about 2 hours. Then pop them out of the molds and package for presents or personal use!

    I put my personal use lotion into a little metal tin that I can throw into my gym bag or glove compartment so I didnt need to worry about fuzz on my lotion or getting lotion on my gym shoes…but for gifts I placed them into little bakery boxes with brightly colored packing fluff inside! I think they’ll make great stocking stuffers and presents for some of my co-workers!


  4. DIY Nebula Nails


    December 2, 2012 by Emily

    I’m not one for girly or fussy manicures, but every now and again I need something on my fingers that’s really special.

    I’ve been seeing a lot of space and nebula inspired clothing items lately and decided that since I can’t pull off wearing outer space leggings in the classroom I should put the trend on my nails.

    Water marblings been a popular nail technique for a while now but with the bright colors I’ve seen people use it never looked like something I would wear, but with a dark base and more subtle polish choices it turned into something amazing.

    1- What you’ll need:

    Black nail polish
    2 or more colors for marbling
    Glitter top coat
    Water, in a disposable cup

    2- Paint your base color, this does not need to be perfect or opaque because mostly it will be covered with the marbling effect.

    3- Tape off the skin surrounding your nails, I only do 1-2 nails at a time so I can really focus on the marbling

    4- Carefully tap drops of nail polish into the cup of water, they should spread over the surface a bit.

    5- Continue to add your colors on top of ,or very close to, each other.  I try to use 3-4 drops total. They should swirl and blend together a bit, and you can help this by dragging a toothpick through the surface.

    6-Carefully dip your nail through the nail polish and slowly remove from the water, repeat with all your nails.

    7-Remove tape and clean up any areas where polish reached your skin

    8-Add glitter polish and a top coat and your good to go!


    Now your nails are out of this world!

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