Last year a trip to the beauty department at Saks, left me with an obsessed with Armani Beauty. I came home with the serum, primer, foundation, powder, bronzer, blush, etc. (the whole shebang) and I’ve been loyal to every product ever since. Last month when I was traveling from LA, my new bronzer took a tumble and shattered. Determined to make it as good as new, I searched Youtube for tutorials.
I came across this Youtube Video, and the simple steps saved the day. Since the video is pretty lengthy, I broke down the steps for an easy quick fix.
What You Need:
sealable sandwich bag
Pour the contents of the compact into a sealable sandwich bag, let out the air and seal.
Using the spoon, flatten the broken pieces of the compact to form a smooth powder. (It may not come completely smooth)
Put the smoothened powder back into the compact.
Add a small amount of alcohol to the compact, gradually, reaching all areas of the compact.
Using the flat knife, mix the alcohol throughout the compact, to form a paste and smooth out the mixture evenly.
Let dry for one hour.
Once dry, use the tissue to blot the compact, absorbing any excess alcohol.
I was looking to brighten up the sweet-themed Hummingbird Cake I made for Mother’s Day/Birthday. I searched for supplies on hand and came up with bright hued scrapbooking flowers and always festive striped straws. A day-brightening daisy-themed cake topper was the perfect puzzle piece, complete in under 15 minutes.
3 Striped Straws
Hot Glue Gun
Punched Out Cardstock Circles
Place flowers together and secure with coordinating brads.
Tie baker’s twine around one end of a straw and hot glue the knot to secure.
Using a hot glue gun, dab the glue in the middle of the back of the first flower and place the baker’s twine directly through it.
Apply a second dab of glue over the baker’s twine and place a piece of cardstock circle over it.
Continue to do the same for the remaining flowers.
Once finished, tie the end of the baker’s twine to another straw, and hot glue.
Glue a straight line directly in the middle of back of the flowers, and place the remaining straw across.
Turn over, and hot glue one petal of the two outter flowers to each straw to secure.
After a two year search for the perfect peony arrangement, I came across my favorite shade of individual stems and decided to create my own. Why haven’t I thought of this sooner? I picked up a vase, wire cutters and an Acrylic Water Kit. For under $30, in under 30 minutes my ideal arrangement was complete.
Trim individual stems to desired length.
Mix together bottles of Acrylic Water Epoxy Resin and Curing Agent, until clear.
Pour the acrylic water mixture carefully into the vase, to avoid splashing the sides.
Arrange the flowers, and let set for 24 – 48 hours.
If you opened a storage closet, you would find a vast amount of apothecary jars. I love to use them to display goodies for parties, decor for holidays or use them for simple storage solutions (statement necklaces, makeup brushes, etc.) I thought it would be the perfect way to display a housewarming gift, because it could be put to use in any kitchen, bathroom or laundry room and can easily fit any style.
I filled this one with decorative hand soap and dish towels. It’s an easy DIY that not only looks great, but most importantly is really useful.
I’ve purchased countless makeup brush cleaners from my favorite beauty stores and brands only to find that nothing was actually removing all of the residue. I came across a Pinterest recipe (& tweaked), and just had to share again because it’s still blowing my mind.
1 Cup Hot Water
2 T Dish Soap
2 T Distilled White Vinegar
Just swirl brush around in the cup with mixed ingredients. Rinse with hot, then cold water, pat dry excess water & let dry brush side up in a cup.
My makeup brushes look brand new in seconds, tell me you don’t love it!
I love sporting deep hues during the Winter months (right now I’m loving navy.) Unfortunately, they aren’t the easiest to apply. This Pinterest found beauty tip is key for a fool-proof manicure in just minutes.
Using a Q-tip, apply Aquaphor (a must-have multifunctional healing ointment) around each nail, making sure not to get the lotion on your actual nail
Apply base coat, polish and top coat (letting each coat dry in between)
Once dry, rub in the Aquaphor onto cuticles
The end result: A mess-free manicure (no need to spend time on touch-ups!)
Happy Halloween! Halloween is my favorite time of the year. I love the crisp Fall weather, cozy knits, and pretty hues. I got creative today with some festive DIYs. With inspiration from my favorite color combo, I decorated a pumpkin, by painting it mint and sprinkling Martha Stewart gold glitter.
When I spotted the recipe for these No-Bake Pumpkin Spice Cookie Balls on the Free People blog, I couldn’t wait to get home to make them! I’m so glad I did, because they are delicious! If you love anything pumpkin, you have to try this vegan and gluten-free recipe.
By now, you’re probably fully aware of my obsession with nail polish. I created a fun Candy Corn inspired design for the Holiday.
Start by painting your nails solid orange. Let dry completely.
Cut thin strips of tape and place one in the middle of each finger nail.
Paint the tip of nail yellow & the bottom of the nail white. Let dry completely.
I’ve decided to share this How-To Organize Your Closet post by including a glimpse of my own closet. When your closet, dresser, and jewelry are organized it causes less stress, saves you time, and money! You don’t need built-ins or a customize closet. Follow these tips to organizing your own to find out!
My closet is divided into sections. Each section has a category, then a subcategory, and then organized by color. This system is the most useful to me, because it lets me find everything I need, without wasting time.
Necklaces. Statement necklaces are a vast part of my wardrobe. I don’t like them to be hidden, or tucked away. I use hangers to organize them. I divide my necklaces by color: gold, silver, multi-tone, and colored. This eliminates using 1-2 hangers where they can easily tangle or brake, and they can all easily be seen.
Jewelry. I separate my jewelry by costume and fine jewelry. Then I organize them by type. Bracelets, rings, earrings, hair accessories, etc. Jewelry drawers really help keep me organized. But these drawer dividers work just as well!
Belts. I organize my belts by style, color, and width. I can view all of my options when looking for something specific. An Over-the-door Multi-Hook is a great option for keeping your belts organized.
Handbags. I organize my handbags on shelves. I categorize by type, style, color, and brand. I keep all clutches, crossbodies and wristlets together. A hanging shelf, or over-the-door organizer are also great options.
Hats. I organize my hats by season, then style. Keeping them in drawers is the most effective solution for me. If you lack drawer space, an over-the-door hat organizer works well, also.
Seasonal Accessories. This is my drawer for Winter accessories. I keep heavy scarves, hats, headbands, and gloves organized together. This makes it easy for me to adjust from season to season.
Seasonal Shoes & Coats. Like accessories, I group Winter boots together. I organize them by type, height, style, and color. I organize by jackets by heaviness, style, and color. I keep my heaviest in the back so they aren’t taking up space when I’m not wearing them. Boot hangers are also a great way to keep boots’ shape.
Travel Accessories. I have a travel drawer, in which I keep garment bags for shoes, laundry, and swimsuits. Included are also wallets, organization bags and additional handbag straps. This eliminates some of the stresses of packing. An accessory organizer is another option for these items.
Scarves. I own quite the scarf collection, due to the fact that it’s own of my favorite accessories. I have them categorized by color, then by thickness. A multi-use hanger also works well.
Denim & T-shirts. I keep my denim and tees stacked on shelves to eliminate hanger creases. I organize them by color, style, and length. Hanging shelves are another great option.
Knits. All of my knits are stacked on shelving, as well. Hanging knits can deform their shape. This includes, sweaters, cardigans, wraps, and knit jackets. They’re organized by type, thickness, and color. Hanging organizers and sweater organizers are a great way to organize as well.
Shorts, Skirts & Blazers. I hang all of my bottoms on wooden hangers with clips. This eliminates hanger creases, and easily lets me navigate through the items. My shorts and skirts are organized by casual, or dress, then by color. All blazers are organized by color, heaviness, and season.
Maxi Skirts, Pants, & Dresses. I organize all of these items together on a rack where I have the most height. This keeps all of my lengthier items neat. I organize by color, style, and season. A garment rack is a great option if you don’t have the length in your closet.
Casual Jackets & Swimwear. Along with my necklaces, I group casual jackets that I wear for lounging and the gym, and swimwear and coverups together. Divided drawers are another great way to store swimwear.
Sleeveless, Dress and Button-Front Tops. I group sleeveless tops together and organize by color, then strap thickness. Dress, and button-front tops are organized by sleeve length, then color.
Vests, Casual Tops & Casual Footwear. I group my vests, and casual tops together. They are categorized by sleeve length, then color. I have separate shelving for casual footwear, such as tennis shoes and flip flops.
Keeping the same style and color of hangers throughout your closet, shows consistency and organization. I like velvet non-slip hangers.
Organize clothing, accessories, and shoes by season. This makes for an easy transition. If you don’t have the closet space to fit all seasons in at once, under-the-bed drawers, bags, baskets and storage boxes are a great solution for off-season items!
Go through your closet once per week, and decide whether to keep clothes you haven’t worn in the past month. Make three piles: clothes to keep, clothes to consign or sell on eBay, and clothes to donate. If you’re on the fence, let this aid in your decision-making: If it’s in season, and if you aren’t going to wear it within the next month, choose to consign. This way you’re gaining closet space and making money for future purchases.
It’s a good idea to invest in wardrobe staples that will bring you from season-to-season. Classic staples include, black and nude pumps, a chambray button-front top, a lightweight utilitarian jacket, a lightweight peacoat, a classic LBD, and your favorite denim. H&M, Forever21, and TJ Maxx are great for purchasing trendier items that you may only wear for one season. But don’t be fooled, you can also find many designer staples at affordable prices at TJ Maxx. It’s my favorite place to find amazing deals!
A clothing steamer is a great item to have in your closet to eliminate wrinkles, and a trip to the dry cleaners. Travel versions work great too!