Monday, December 9, 2013

Christmas Wine Cork Decor, Personalized Stockings and Dog Reindeers

Hi guys!
I am totally getting into the Christmas spirit lately! It’s been three months since Greg and I got married, and it’s already time for Christmas! This is how we’ve been decorating and celebrating. Enjoy!

Since it's our first married Christmas together, we decided to get new, personalized stockings! We thought the cableknit stockings were kind of cool and unique - they are from Hopefully mine won't have coal in it come Christmas day... =)

Who knew wine corks and beer caps could look so festive? This wreath was one of Greg's creations! We got a cheap, plain wreath from Michael's, a red bow, and had no trouble rounding up extra wine corks and beer caps. Hot glue them onto the wreath in the pattern of your choice, and you have the coolest wreath ever. Ours is hanging proudly on our front door!

My awesome sister in law got us this village piece last year! We love it and it's under our tree. Hopefully one day we can add to our collection and get a Christmas village going.

And last but not least, I got Seamus these antlers from the dollar store. Even he was getting in the Christmas spirit! Well, actually he was just trying to get them off and was only sitting nicely for the photo because I was holding a treat =)

More Christmas fun to come, hope everyone is enjoying the season!!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Be Bold - Daytime Red Lips!

Feeling the winter blues? I am. I'm not usually a daytime red lip fan, but decided to bite the bullet the other day and wore it to work. I loved it! I kept my other makeup very minimal - foundation, some blush and 2 coats of mascara. MAC's Ruby Woo is a beautiful color - it's a matte red that is muted and not super showy for the daytime. What do you guys think? Take the plunge and try something different! Xo

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The BEST lash curler ever. You'll Never Guess What Brand It Is!!!

Guys – this eye lash curler will change your damn LIFE. If you want ehh lashes that fall flat for the rest of eternity, the stop reading. If you want kick ass, long and curled lashes that STAY curled, this is your ticket. I have my wonderful mother to thank for this gift.

Between the 2 of us, we have tried multiple brands of lash curlers – everything from Kevyn Aucoin, to Shu Uemura, to Maybelline and so forth. This one trumps them all. And guess what? It’s Sephora brand. Yup. I was surprised too. I sometimes have the unfair feeling that buying a Sephora brand item is like buying the store brand cereal at the supermarket. Sephora has more than proved themselves – this tool is wonderful. It seems to fit the eye area perfectly too. The tool comes in 4 solid colors – pink, blue, purple and green ($17). For $1 extra, my beautiful momma bought me the awesome technicolor one! Everyone needs a lash curler – if it’s cared for and cleaned properly, it will last for a longgg time. Check out the lash height I got this morning!!

Happy shopping!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Tinkerbell Beer Cap Clutch - DIY

Hi everyone! Wanted to share a fun project I just finished – an upcycled clutch decorated with decoupaged beer caps! Can you tell I love Tinkerbell?

I was searching Pinterest for inspiration, and kept reading a lot about Mod Podge Dimensional Magic and how kick ass it was. I have the original and photo Mod Podges and love them, so I went to Michael’s and picked up the new one without really having a project in mind.

Greg and I have this awesome magnetic beer cap holder on our fridge, and let’s just say it was FULL. Like really full.

New project? I think so. I decided to try out my new Mod Podge on the beer caps and my Tinkerbell clutch was born! Well, almost.

I bought a deck of mini Tinkerbell cards in the dollar store because, well, there were just cute and I needed them. Using a 1 inch hole punch (Michael’s has them) I cut out parts of the playing cards.

This hole punch was a savior. I can't cut a perfect circle to save my life, and I will definitely use the hole punch for future projects. Now that I had everything cut out and ready, I glued my Tinkerbell circles into the beer caps using regular Mod Podge. Then I filled each cap with Mod Podge Dimensional Magic!

Let them dry overnight - they will harden to a hard, shiney finish! I watched mine, and started getting some bubbles on top (if you don't pop them, they will dry like that, yikes!) So I took a pointy kitchen knife and got most of them out.

When they dry, they will look something like this! Awesome! I used E-6000 glue, and glued the finished bottle caps onto an old black clutch I had laying around. I also let this dry overnight, just to make sure the glue set and the bottle caps didn't come sliding off.

The finished product! I am pretty happy with the results. I think it would be cute to take to the bar or to dinner if you're feeling particularly...Disney. The one thing I might add is a little wristlet or something to carry the clutch by. What do you guys think? Hope you enjoyed reading!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Zombie and Witch Jack O Lanterns

Carving pumpkins is one of my favorite things to do when Halloween comes close! We bought the book of stencils at Michael's, and here are the results! What do you guys think? =)

Monday, October 14, 2013

Cosmic Princess Pumpkin - DIY Cool Pumpkin Decor!

Isn't she beautiful?! Fall is by far my favorite season. Fall brings some pretty sweet crafts, one being pumpkin decorating! I do love carving jack o lanterns, however I wanted to decorate a smaller pumpkin this year and try something different. The result? My cosmic, crazy, princess pumpkin.

I had an old coffee table book lying around of Planets and Stars that I used to decoupage my pumpkin. I cut the photos I wanted into long strips, then stuck them to the pumpkin using mod podge. I painted over the strips with more mod podge, then layered over more strips until I went all the way around. It looked pretty cool, but was missing something. Where would a princess pumpkin be without a crown? I used a skinny bracelet and the same Planets book and cut the paper into points. I used mod podge again to stick the points onto the bracelet.

What do you guys think? What are your favorite crafts for fall? Thanks for reading!!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Decoupaged Bracelet Made From Concert Photos

Hi All! I know I’ve been posting some of my art stuff on here, but some of you seem to enjoy the projects so here goes nothin!

Growing up, I’ve always enjoyed making collages – of my friends, from magazine clippings, using other mixed media for texture, etc. I’ve been trying to take my hobby to the next level, so I checked out what the cool people on Pinterest were decoupaging. Previously, I made a pair of decoupaged comic book heels, which I was pretty proud of! (click to see that post) After some more research, I thought it would be really cool to decoupage a bangle! The project itself was NOT difficult at all!! It probably took me about 2 hours in total. And it was really fun! Here is what you’ll need, and a simple step by step to make your own cool jewelry piece!!

What You’ll Need
A plain bangle
Mod Podge
A magazine or book to cut up
Scissors or X acto knife

1. Choose what photos you want to work with. Magazine pages work really well, because they’re thin and stay bent on the bracelet. I took band photos from my Motley Crue book (my fave band!) I tried to alternate my images, so I used one photo of a large crowd of people at one of their concerts, and another picture of the band from a photoshoot they did from the 80’s (lots of big hair, makeup and bloody guitars!)

2. Cut the images in small strips. Try to make them about the same width, I just eyeballed it and it came out fine.

3. Now the fun part! Apply the mod podge onto the bracelet, and press one of your photo strips on top of it. Be sure to do the inside and outside of your bracelet, since you will be wrapping the strip all the way around.

4. Mod podge on top of the strip you just applied. It will dry clear so don’t worry! This helps keep the image intact. A good tip – make sure you can see your image through the mod podge. If you can’t, you’ve applied too much. Simply wipe some off with a paper towel and you’re good to go.

5. Repeat this process until you’ve gone all the way around. I overlapped my images so that none of the original bracelet was showing, but that part is entirely up to you. You could also apply your strips diagonally for a different look. I only did one layer, but again you can always add more.

6. Generously apply mod podge over the entire bracelet (inside and outside) and let dry overnight. This will seal the bracelet and give it a shiny, finished look. You did it!

Nothing is cooler than getting compliments on something you've made!! Hope you guys enjoyed!! Xo

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

MAC’s Retro Matte Lipstick in Flat Out Fabulous

Hi All! My first makeup post since my wedding woohoo! I’m happy to get back into the swing of posting regularly! I went on a bit of a MAC binge last week, and discovered MAC’s Retro Matte line of lipsticks. 8 gorg shades, but the one on the model caught my eye. It’s the perfect fall shade, in my opinion. Often times, I reach for lipsticks and glosses that have a touch of sparkle or shine to them. This lipstick is your ticket into womanhood. It’s no joke and beautiful. Use a lip liner to really define your lips, then go in for the lipstick kill. I used a nude lip pencil, but MAC also has the matching lip pencil for each retro matte lipstick – your choice. The result is a pretty, pin-up pout. Another plus – matte lipsticks tend to last longer than other finishes. However be careful – they can be drying. My trick is to put on a really moisturizing lip balm first. I do the rest of my makeup and let the balm sink in, then carefully wipe it off with a cloth or tissue. I’ve found it cuts down on dryness and cracking throughout the day.

Thoughts? Please note that I used a flash in my photo - it looks slightly lighter than the lipstick on the model. It's the same shade! Thanks for reading, will be back again super soon to post my new favorite eye look for fall!! xoxo

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

My Wedding Day!

Hi beautiful people! I know I’ve been a ghost on my blog lately, but as many of you know I got married!! It was hands down the best day of my life. I can’t believe it’s over already, but we are SO happy! Wanted to share a few photos with my wonderful blog friends. More to come once the photographer sends me some, these are photos taken by family members! Well, except for the first two =)

Hope you guys enjoyed! I will be back in action with reviews and posts soon! Xoxo

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Comic Book Decoupage Shoes DIY

This is one of my favorite projects ever. I’ve always been into mixed media art and collaging, but usually work with boards or canvas. I got the idea from Pinterest to decoupage a pair of platform heels and I am in LOVE with them. You can totally do these yourself – the “how to” is the easy part, having to cover two whole shoes is the time consuming part! I took a comic book, cut the parts I wanted to use into tiny pieces using a razor blade, and used Mod Podge to apply them to the shoe. It took me a few weeks to complete them – I worked on them for a few hours here and there when I had time - it was well worth the labor.

 I used a Spiderman comic for this project – he is Greg’s favorite superhero and happened to be red like my shoes. Match made in heaven. Greg suggested I do a Good and an Evil shoe which I thought was an awesome idea. I did one shoe that was mostly Spiderman themed, and the other that was Doctor Octopus, Spiderman’s nemesis. Let’s begin, here’s what you’ll need:

-Comic book
-Something to cut with – razor blade, x acto knife or scissors
-Mod Podge (original)
-A pair of old shoes (or buy a cheap pair)
-Paper towels

OK you ready? Let’s go…

1. Flip through the comic book to get inspiration for your shoes. Are you going for a certain color scheme? Do any words or images jump out at you? Start cutting out and collecting images.

2. Once you’ve collected enough material to work with, cut the images into smaller pieces. For large images, cut them into long strips. The reason for this, is large images tend to crease or bubble. By cutting a large image into a few smaller parts, it will bend and adhere better to the curves of the shoe.

3. Take your paintbrush and use Mod Podge on an area of the shoe. Place the comic book image onto the Mod Podged area. Paint over the image with Mod Podge to seal it into place. That’s all there is to it guys! Just do this step about oh, 1,000 more times ha! Try to overlap the images – you want to cover as much of the shoe as possible.

4. Repeat step 3 until the entire shoe is covered. Remember to keep painting over the image with Mod Podge so it stays in place. The Mod Podge will dry clear. If you accidentally apply to much Mod Podge, don’t worry – just wipe off excess with a paper towel before it dries.

5. When both shoes are covered, paint them all over with Mod Podge and let sit over night. The photos I’ve taken have about 3 layers of Mod Podge on them, I think I might do one more. If you plan on wearing them (and WHY wouldn’t you?!) you might want to buy an acrylic sealant to finish them off so they don’t get damaged. I am considering this as well.

Here are more photos from different angles! I put some tips and tricks at the bottom also. Enjoy!

Tips and Tricks

-When painting over an applied image with Mod Podge, make sure you can actually see the image. If the Mod Podge looks milky or too thick, wipe some off with a paper towel.

-You certainly don’t need to have all of your images cut out in the beginning. Just enough to get you started. When I got tired of gluing, I would sit back and flip through the comic book to find more images to cut up.

-I used a razor blade instead of scissors for this project. It might have been more time consuming, but when cutting out intricate or small images, scissors sometimes don’t get the job done. An x acto knife would work too.

-I didn’t want any part of my actual shoe showing. I cut out some background images and cut them into small pieces. If there was a little bit of the shoe peaking out, I put a small piece on top to cover it. The overlap effect is what makes these look textured and cool!

-If you don’t like how a certain part of the shoe turns out, just layer right over it with other images! -I chose not to decoupage the heels or the platforms on my shoes – this part is totally up to you!

Thanks for reading!

Canvas Photo Transfers DIY

So my first post in a while won’t be a makeup related one, but I think you guys might enjoy it! I’ve been consumed with wedding planning lately – only a few more months to go – so blogging has unfortunately taken a backseat for now. We also moved to a new apartment and love it! So lots going on. Here is what I’ve been spending some of my precious time on.

I’ve got back on the art wagon, and I’m so glad I did. There is nothing like coming home, having a glass of whiskey or wine, and getting to work on something creative. Here is a how to on Canvas Photo Transfers. You can do so much with these! The idea is – you take a photo you like, and using photo transfer medium you essentially rub the imagine onto another surface. Takes some patience, I won’t lie, but I think it’s worth it. I used mini canvases, but this also works with wood, fabric, clay, and so much more. The result looks kind of antiquey and worn, I love them! My inspiration behind this project, was to make an art piece for our new apartment. All of these images were places my fiancé and I visited together (I did 8 altogether)! Here is what you’ll need, all available at Michael’s:

-Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium
-Scissors or Razor

1.Print the photo/photos you’d like to transfer on an inkjet printer on normal paper. Regular photographs or photos printed on photo paper won’t work.

2.Trace the image and cut to fit it on the canvas. I always use a razor blade but you can use an x acto knife or scissors.

3.Paint a thick coat of Photo Transfer Medium onto the actual image. Make sure you cover the whole thing!

4.Carefully place the image face down onto the canvas. Smooth out any bumps, and remove excess Mod Podge from the edges with a paper towel.

5.Repeat if you are doing more than one transfer.

6.Let sit over night – that’s when the magic happens =)

7.Using a damp sponge, carefully rub the paper off the canvas to reveal the transferred image. This part is a bit tricky. Be careful not to rub too hard, or the transfer will be removed from the canvas. I found a good process for myself – wet the whole image with the sponge and rub paper off in little circles. Remove the remainder of the paper by using your fingertips in little circles. This is a bit time consuming and messy, I put paper towels down so I didn’t have bits of paper everywhere.

8.Your beautiful image has been transferred! You might find that the next day, your image is a little foggy with some excess paper. I repeated step 7 the next day to make sure all the paper was removed. Not nearly as time consuming, the fogginess seemed to reappear only at the edges. Same thing here, be careful not to rub to hard. As you can see, many of my images have cracks around the edges. That’s OK though – I think it gives it character! You can expect to have little imperfections, but that’s what makes them cool. If you wanted a perfect image, just hang a regular photograph right?

9.You have the option of sealing the image with Mod Podge to give it a shiny finish. I didn’t seal mine, I like the worn look, but it’s of course up to you.

10.Have fun! Experiment with different canvases or materials of your choice. I used 4 white and 4 black canvases for a different effect. I’m trying to figure out if I want to mount these little guys onto a bigger canvas, or just hang them on the wall individually. Side note: I didn’t use any photo filters on these images – I wanted you guys to see what they actually looked like =) Hope you guys enjoyed!

#1 - Viva Las Vegas. Taking a walk on the strip

#2 - Beautiful tree outside of my old apartment building

#3 - Whale watching in Cape Cod! Such a cool experience

#4 - The marina outside of our engagement dinner

#5 - Vegas fountains

#6- Wine country in Long Island. Greg took this photo of me!

#7- Disney World - Epcot Center. Favorite Disney park hands down!

#8 - The beautiful Manhattan skyline on Blvd East in West New York

All together now! Capturing my glass of whiskey was completely unintentional HA