Monday, December 19, 2011

DIY: Holiday Gift

Here's a cute and fun do-it-yourself holiday gift; a specialty made piggy bank! The piggy bank was originally white and I found it at Michael's. I'm sure they sell already pink ones but I painted mine. I put 2 coats. It's best to let the first coats dry. It can get very streaky otherwise. The ears look unfinished but I added a special touch to them. Keep reading to find out what ;).
For decorations I have some pink glitter letters, pink and white glitter circles, and some hearts. All of these are stick-ons! The person I'm making this for LOVES pink, glitter, and hearts so these are perfect for her. You can find different colors, shapes, and finishes at a craft store like Michael's.
Here's what I did with the ears. My friend also loves leopard print. I'm using a sheet of leopard print duct tape. I measure out the shape and marked it with a pen (if any marks show up you can just wipe it away easily) and cut it out. Then just peel away the piece and stick it on the best you can. Mine's not perfect but that's okay.
If any white-ish areas like above are still showing just paint over them.
With the letters I spelled out her name. The letters didn't stick on fully because of the shape of the bank. But they didn't fall off either and it's still legible.
Stuck on the hearts and circles all over and we're almost done.
Heart eyes! I also added some of the circles (alternating colors and shapes) on the legs. It was a fun little project and I can't wait to give this to her!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Glitter Nails

ELF Golden Goddess, Kiss Pearl Blue, Sally Girl Glitter Midnight Blue

I got this glitter about a year ago and I never knew what to do with it then I got the idea to use it on my nails. But there was a problem. I was taking a printmaking class this semester and the ink easily messes up my nails. So I felt it wasn't worth it to do it then but now that the semester is over I tried it out. Here's what I came up with.

Started out by taping half my nails diagonally with some Scotch tape after my base coat was dried.

Here's what my nails looked like after I painted them. The lines weren't perfect but that's okay because it was going to get covered with quite a bit of glitter.

The ring finger with the gold glitter polish didn't work out how I wanted it to! Oh well. You live and learn I suppose.

Loose glitter is pretty messy but here's how it looked after I applied my top coat. I had to wait for that to dry completely so I could wash the remaining glitter off with water and a washcloth.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Small Revlon Haul

So I decided to check out CVS because I've been reading about the 50%-70% sale going on. It seemed like nothing was on clearance but I did find a few with that bright orange sticker (all Revlon cosmetics!) so I thought I'd share them with you. I also saw 2 new Rimmel displays. One for the lipsticks that Kate Moss chose colors for. I only saw I think 5 or 6 shades. They come in a sleek black case. I might have to pick one up and try it out. The second was for their new eyeshadows. I was tempted to pick one up but the way they were packaged turned me off. It seemed like it would be difficult to get a certain color on the brush because it was a small space and not all the colors were the same size.

Anyways on to the three make-up items I picked up.

This foundation might be a little too light for me. I'm not sure yet as I haven't tried it on my face. It seemed very liquid-y. I had to shake it quite a bit but then that causes the top to get dirty. But it does have SPF 20 which is always a good thing. The shade I got was Cool Beige.

Not even too sure what this is? I'm gonna use it as a highlighter though because I THINK that's what it is for. It's a pretty light pink pearly color. Note every time I click it on it squirts out and can get a little messy. This has SPF 18.

I made a post yesterday about how much I love the Colorburst lipsticks so when I saw this color on sale I picked it up. The Pink Sugar and Icy Nude was on sale also but I didn't really love the colors. I'm pretty sure they wouldn't go with me so I declined them.

Savings! (I also picked up a free pack of gum)

Bonus: I reached over $50 for the Beauty Club and have $5 ExtraBucks!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Collection: Revlon Colorburst Lipsticks

I absolutely love this line of lipsticks. They are nicely pigmented and apply so smoothly. I was at Walgreens yesterday and saw that Fuchsia and Raspberry were on the "last chance sale" and I thought that meant that maybe those colors are getting discontinued or something. I always wanted these two colors so I thought it's better to buy them at a sale price then have to hunt them down later. These are definitely lipsticks I would recommend.

(no flash and on a dark rainy day)

with flash

Friday, December 9, 2011

New Find: L'oreal Balm

So I planned on doing a blog post every day in December but the weather got crazy here and I guess the wind messed with the wifi and I was without internet for a while :(.

But back to some blog posts. I found L'oreal Balm display at HEB and I decided to pick up a shade because 1.) I can't for the life of me find Revlon Lip Butters and 2.) L'oreal cosmetics were $2 off. I picked up the shade "Tender Mauve". Where I purchased this it was originally $7.95 (but it MIGHT be a few dollars more at Walgreens or CVS). For almost $8 I feel like there isn't that much product (picture below shows how much comes in the tube). I do like the feel of this balm. It's not a really long lasting balm. I found it to last about 2-3 hours. It's not a completely matte color but when applied the shimmer isn't overpowering. The color payoff is pretty sheer. I actually kind of like that for a balm because then I won't have to be so careful applying it. It also has SPF 15 in it which is always a plus.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Palette Love!

So I have decided to do blogmas but instead of the 25 days of I'm gonna go something like "the 25 days of blogmas and then some." I'm going all the way until the new year :)!

For the first day I want to share an eyeshadow palette that I am in love with. I've been using this for my eye look for the past few weeks and it's awesome for a neutral look. I've been pairing it with Radium liquid liner (blue) from Urban Decay and I'm really loving the look.

The palette is "Baking a Cake" from Wet n Wild. This palette is only sold at Walgreens. It sells for $4.99. I really love using the second shade in the first column wet as a lid color. I use the darker pink color in the crease (really lightly and dry) and blend that out. Then I use the dark brown in the outer corner. For a highlight I use the light color. I haven't tried the other colors wet but the one I use for my lid is BEAUTIFUL.

If you see this palette at Walgreens I wouldn't hesitate to buy it.