Friday, November 20, 2015
How was your Halloween? Mine was a bit nuts. We did a lot of activities and had a party. I went as Mavis from Hotel Transylvania. I didn't get a good picture, of course. It just gave me a really good excuse to get stripy tights and canvas high tops. #winning
Since then, I got my November ipsy bag! Woot! Woot! This bag is so daggon cute! Seriously. Look how cute it is! November's theme is Beauty Blast. I like pretty much everything I got, so in no particular order here we go.
1. tre'StiQue Mini Matte Lip Crayon in Florence Fig - I really, really like these Mini Crayons. I got the Shadow Crayon in June and enjoyed that, as well.
It's creamy, comfortable, long lasting, and doesn't really smell like anything. The shade that I received is very much what I'm into right now. It's one of those nude-ish shades that goes with any eye look.
(Mini Trios $32. Sample Value $10.67)
2. Mai Couture Blush Papier in Sicily - How cool is this?!?! I'll be the first to admit that it's a bit gimmicky, but it's just sooooo cool!
It's thin sheets of paper with blush on them. Think blotting sheets infused with powder. Super travel-friendly.
I was able to get three uses out of one sheet. I did use a big, fluffy brush to blend it out on my cheeks, but you could use your fingers in a pinch. This shade is a warm shimmery bronze.
(Full Size $17.50. Sample Size 3.50)
3. Coolway Stronghold Spray - I think ipsy believes I use hairspray a lot more often than I actually do. Fun fact: I still have every hairspray ipsy has sent me. Really, the only time I need hairspray is when it's time for my daughter's dance recitals. And then I go for something that sets like cement. That being said, this one's a bit different. It can be used with wet or dry hair. And it smells like Froot Loops. It seems to work well. And I really like Froot Loops. So #winning. Again. If it matters to you, this has a pump instead of aerosol. Some people care about stuff like that.
(Full Size $19.95. Sample Size $3.02)
4. Beaute Basics Gel Eyeliner in Navy with Gel Eyeliner Brush - This one is a bit mixed for me. The color is gorgeous.
I'll give you a minute to appreciate that blue. Dat blue doe!
This liner sets to a matte finish, however it is not smudge-proof. It was very easy to work with and is super creamy with a great color payoff.
However, this brush...that's after one use. I used it to swatch the liner, tried to wipe it off, and that happened. As you can tell from the swatch, the lines are thick and uneven. The brush is a total throwaway. When I tried the liner on my eyes, I just used a brush that I already owned.
5. Smashbox Cosmetics Full Exposure Mascara in Jet Black - I'm too lazy for this mascara. I really am. It takes forever to build it up to look like anything at all. It didn't flake or smudge on me, but that's about all I can say for this. I'm hoping it'll get better when it dries out a bit. Some do that, you know.
(Full Size $20.00. Sample Size $5.34)
The bag - It's a pink and purple galaxy!!! I'm in love!
The grand total for this bag is $32.52. I'm happy with it. If you're interested in signing up, ipsy is a $10/month customizable beauty subscription service. Click here for my referral link (I get points) or just go to ipsy.com to check it out.
Friday, November 6, 2015
I suppose I could save this post for Monday and revive my old "Makeover Monday" series, but meh. Yesterday I saw a video that showed how to cover bangles with old sweaters. It's prettier than that sounds, I promise. I was inspired to try to cover a couple of old bangles with crochet. And guess what? It worked!
I picked these beauties up for about 25¢ each at a yard sale. And then I may have worn them once. Turns out I'm not an 80's plastic bracelet kind of girl. Who knew? I should have known, to be honest. If you're not a yard sale shopper, craft shops have blanks in many different sizes.
I had bits of yarn left over from previous projects, so this didn't cost me anything. Yay for free(ish) projects! I did the blue one using a Double Stitch. The rainbow one was done using a Half Double Stitch. When beginning the bangle, leave a tail of a few inches. When you've filled up the whole bracelet with as many stitches as you can fit in, tie the last stitch off and then connect it to the beginning by tying the tails together. Both bracelets took me about 20 minutes total, which qualifies this project as Super Simple. Here's a tip for you: yarn is bulky, so make sure your bracelet will still fit over your hand with the added mass. I didn't think of that until after, but they still fit. Yay, again!
I love how the yarn isn't really attached to the bracelet. The pattern is constantly changing as the yarn slips around the bangle, which makes it a bit more fun.