Tutorial

Mermaid Dry Shampoo

There are certain things that simplify life, dry shampoo being one of them! Luckily I get away with two washes and styles, and dry shampoo the other days of the week. After reading an article on the scary ingredients most dry shampoos contain, I checked the label on my regular go-to and saw ingredients like liquified petroleum gas! No thanks. Since it’s the hair product I use the most, I recently switched to a version free of parabens, sulfates and phthalates. The other major benefits is it’s all organic, and doesn’t have any harsh chemicals. I noticed that dry shampoo in the powder form goes a really long way. Sprinkling it into my palms and rubbing it into my roots absorbs oil and creates a ton of volume, without the damp white residue the aerosol form can leave behind.  How cute is the packaging?

Tufted Cornice DIY

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Tufted Cornice DIY - TheSubtleStatement.com #homedecor #diy

What you need:

Upholstery Fabric

Heavy Duty Staple Gun

Heavy Duty Staples

Decorative Nailheads

Hammer

Scissors

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I covered old cornices that we already had instead of buying or creating new ones. My overall vision was during a textured grey cornice, tufting it with nickel nailheads, and adding textured drapes in a contrasting color, to give it depth, instead of trying to make it “matchy.” Tufted Cornice DIY - TheSubtleStatement.com #homedecor #diyMeasure the width of your cornice, including each of the sides and add at least 2″ to each side to staple, and determine the amount of yards of fabric you will need. Cover your cornice with the fabric, pulling it tight as you go, and stapling it along the edge to secure it.
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Next, measure a straight line around your cornice, making a square, of where you will apply your nailhead trim. Carefully, place the nails and hammer in to secure. Tufted Cornice DIY - TheSubtleStatement.com #homedecor #diy

I bought a basic curtain rod and we installed it underneath the cornice and added contrasting textured curtains.
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Loose Waves Hair Tutorial

 

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detangling brush / volumizer / protein cream / hydrating oil / shine spray / shine brush / curling rod / hairspray  / dry shampoo / shower cap

I rock my best “loose/undone waves” once they have been slept in. I sometimes style my hair the day of, but it gives a more done up look instead of an I woke up like this perfectly fallen waves (literally.) Doing this routine the night before makes for an extremely easy morning, eliminating any styling, while achieving perfectly fallen waves, that with the help of dry shampoo and shine spray will last a day or two afterwards.

After washing my hair I use a detangling brush to smoothly brush out my wet strands. I then spray a volumizer at the roots, a protein cream from the crown down and the layers around my face (it works wonders!), and use a couple drops of a hydrating oil on my ends (it keeps ends shiny & speeds up the drying time.)

After blow drying or letting it air dry, or a combination of the two, I spritz on a shine spray from the crown down, and around my face. I grab a section of hair and smooth through it with a shine brush (this helps eliminate frizz & great for blow drying too) and use a curling rod to make slightly undone curls. (Video tutorial coming soon!)

To do this, I hold the curling rod upside down, vertically, and wrap the section of hair around it in the direction away from my face, and holding the ends with my fingers to secure it. I hold each curl for about 20 seconds and then unravel, as I still hold the curling rod vertically upside down. I do this until all sections are complete, in no particular order so it doesn’t look too uniform, then spray my favorite medium finish hold hairspray throughout. It keeps curls intact, but keeps hair feeling and looking soft, instead of crunchy or straw-like. Once cool, you can work your fingers through it.

By the next morning the sections have fallen into the perfectly loose waves. I have never been a fan of shower caps, because they have always held more humidity and moisture, until I came across this one by Drybar (at Sephora) The terrycloth lining prevents moisture, and keeps your locks looking exactly the same before you slipped it on. I usually throw my hair into a loose messy bun and slip on the shower cap while showering. When I’m finished, I remove and spray a little dry shampoo at the roots for volume and to avoid greasiness, while holding the rest of my hair away, not to get it anywhere else. I then spritz a little shine spray and work my fingers through if needed, and it’s complete! Having extra time in the morning without having to style and having a good hair day at the same time equals double perks! For the following days, repeat with the shower cap, dry shampoo (roots only), and shine spray around the face and crown down. You can use the shine brush and redo any waves to touch up, as well.

Loose Waves Tutorial | TheSubtleStatement.com

 

Links I’m Loving

Links I'm Loving - TheSubtleStatement.com

1. Lauren Conrad’s Cool-Girl Guide to Holiday Dressing.. I’m loving Lauren’s new locks! This shoot ups her usual simple meets classic style to a new notch of glam and edginess

2. Get Cozy.. 20% off all pillows, throws, bedding, and rugs going on here

3. The new unlimited program to hit Rent the Runway.. busy year? Your wardrobe will be once less thing to worry about

4. 6 Steps to a Sassy Ponytail

5. Checking off the gifts on your list, or having shopping spree is easier with $45 off $100 at Gap (use code SPREE)

Weekend DIY: Fix a Broken Compact

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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.

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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.
Weekend DIY: Fix a Broken Compact | TheSubtleStatement.com What You Need:

  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • sealable sandwich bag
  • flat knife
  • a spoon
  • a tissue

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Pour the contents of the compact into a sealable sandwich bag, let out the air and seal.

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Using the spoon, flatten the broken pieces of the compact to form a smooth powder. (It may not come completely smooth)

Weekend DIY: Fix a Broken Compact | TheSubtleStatement.com

Put the smoothened powder back into the compact.

Weekend DIY: Fix a Broken Compact | TheSubtleStatement.com

Add a small amount of alcohol to the compact, gradually, reaching all areas of the compact.

Weekend DIY: Fix a Broken Compact | TheSubtleStatement.com

Using the flat knife, mix the alcohol throughout the compact, to form a paste and smooth out the mixture evenly.

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Let dry for one hour.Weekend DIY: Fix a Broken Compact | TheSubtleStatement.com

Once dry, use the tissue to blot the compact, absorbing any excess alcohol. Weekend DIY: Fix a Broken Compact | TheSubtleStatement.com Weekend DIY: Fix a Broken Compact | TheSubtleStatement.com Weekend DIY: Fix a Broken Compact | TheSubtleStatement.com

Weekend DIY: Floral Cake Topper

Weekend DIY: Floral Cake Topper

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.
Weekend DIY: Floral Cake Topper

Materials:

  • 3 Striped Straws
  • Scrapbooking Flowers
  • Coordinating Brads
  • Baker’s Twine
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Punched Out Cardstock Circles

Weekend DIY: Floral Cake Topper

Place flowers together and secure with coordinating brads.
Weekend DIY: Floral Cake Topper

Tie baker’s twine around one end of a straw and hot glue the knot to secure.
Weekend DIY: Floral Cake Topper

Weekend DIY: Floral Cake Topper

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.
Weekend DIY: Floral Cake Topper

Apply a second dab of glue over the baker’s twine and place a piece of cardstock circle over it.
Weekend DIY: Floral Cake Topper

Continue to do the same for the remaining flowers.
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Once finished, tie the end of the baker’s twine to another straw, and hot glue.

Weekend DIY: Floral Cake Topper

Glue a straight line directly in the middle of back of the flowers, and place the remaining straw across.

Weekend DIY: Floral Cake Topper

Turn over, and hot glue one petal of the two outter flowers to each straw to secure.

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Happy Mother’s Day! xo

Weekend DIY: Floral Arrangement

Weekend DIY: Floral Arrangement | The Subtle Statement

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.

Weekend DIY: Floral Arrangement | The Subtle Statement

Weekend DIY: Floral Arrangement | The Subtle Statement

Weekend DIY: Floral Arrangement | The Subtle Statement

Trim individual stems to desired length.

Weekend DIY: Floral Arrangement | The Subtle Statement

Mix together bottles of Acrylic Water Epoxy Resin and Curing Agent, until clear.

Weekend DIY: Floral Arrangement | The Subtle Statement

Pour the acrylic water mixture carefully into the vase, to avoid splashing the sides.

Weekend DIY: Floral Arrangement | The Subtle Statement

Arrange the flowers, and let set for 24 – 48 hours.

Weekend DIY: Floral Arrangement | The Subtle Statement

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Happy Weekend! xo

Brittany

Weekend DIY: Housewarming Gift

DIY Housewarming Gift

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.

Weekend DIY: Makeup Brush Cleaner

Makeup Brush Cleaner

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.

Ingredients:

  • 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!

[DIY Makeup Brush Holder Tutorial here.]

The Mess-Free Manicure

Key to a Mess-Free Manicure 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.

  1. 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
  2. Apply base coat, polish and top coat (letting each coat dry in between)
  3. Once dry, rub in the Aquaphor onto cuticles

Key to a Mess-Free Manicure The end result: A mess-free manicure (no need to spend time on touch-ups!)