Thursday, October 30, 2014

Cat Eye Liner Made Easy

Still struggling with cat eyes and winged liner? So are 99% of women.

I consider myself pretty good at doing my own makeup, but always have trouble doing the winged liner thing. Some days it will come out decent, other days I will use a half a box of q-tips to get the ends even.

Enter: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper. This felt-tip marker liner is the shit. My brother’s girlfriend generously shared her liner with me while we were on vacation, and I was obsessed with it. The second we touched down in NJ, I had one of my very own.

It really makes the application flawless. The pigment is great – it is a pretty dark black which I love. It has great staying power too – doesn’t fade or smudge throughout the day. Doing winged liner in the morning before work is always daunting to me. I always worry I’ll mess up, have to do it over and be late for my bus. With this liner, I’ve been wearing my wings proudly all week!

Here are some of the looks I tried this week:

Small cat eye
I had a cosmetics industry event last night, and swiped this liner on at my desk using only a compact mirror. It's really that easy. I like starting the liner in the middle of my eyelid vs. extending it all the way to the inner corner. I feel like it makes my eyes look bigger.

Thick wing
This is me today! You are getting this post in REAL TIME haha.
Today I used two of my old stand by's - MAC's Cork and Shroom eyeshadows.
I used Benefit's They're Real mascara and of course, the liner.

A little piece of beauty heaven. 

You can buy this liner at Sephora for $18. If you wear black liner often, this is a good piece to have in your beauty collection. If you're in a rush, swipe this on with a little mascara and you'll look crisp and put together. 

Have you guys tried? If not, you're honestly missing out. You don't want to be THAT guy, do you? Didn't think so.

Until next time! xo

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

How I Decorated My Guest Room for $20


Spray paint + old picture frames + photographs = redecorated guest room!

We moved into our new home in March of this year, and have been slowly but surely decorating each room. We have a nice size guest room which I LOVE. Aside from the essentials – bed, dresser, nightstand, TV, etc – it was kind of plain. I was in search of a nice piece of art to go over the bed to no avail. My mother – always the crafty mind – said why buy something when you can make something?!

She had given me 6 old picture frames that previously lived in their basement. We lined one big wall with family photos, all 8x10. When my parents moved, they had no use for the frames anymore and gave them to me. My mom suggested I re-purpose the frames – spray paint them to match the guest room and cluster them together over the bed. I love the idea, and think it came out awesome! I am also a big photography person, so being able to showcase some great photos I took felt great. The photos are all from vacations and trips my husband and I took together!

What I used:
Old frames that house 8x10 photographs
Rust-Oleum Hammered Spray Paint in Copper
Photographs of your choice (I got mine printed from Costco and was very happy with the quality)
Picture hanging hooks

1. Set up your spray paint area. I did mine in the backyard and put some newspaper down.
2. Take glass and matte out of frame
3. Spray one coat of spray paint, making sure the frames are well covered.
4. Wait one hour (or the amount of time it says on the paint can) then spray another coat.
5. Let dry for 24 hours.
6. Put glass back in frame, put matte on top, tape the back of the photograph onto the matte to avoid sliding.
7. Hang them up! Or get your awesome husband to hang them up =)

And there you have it! $6 for the spray paint, about $13 to get the photographs printed, and $0 for the recycled frames! We also had the picture hanging hooks left over, so we didn’t have to buy those either. They are cheap though! You can find them at Lowe's or any home improvement/hardware store.

 Here is what the original frames looked like. 
They were in great shape, just didn't match the guest room.
The copper spray paint warmed them up to go with the light colored wood furniture.

I’m so happy with the result, and glad I got to give the picture frames another life! Don’t have any old frames laying around? I’m sure someone you know has some in their basement, storage, spare room, etc. Ask around! There are also HUNDREDS of spray paint colors to choose from, great creative! Hope you guys enjoyed this post, happy crafting!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Marionette Makeup

Hi dolls! My beautiful, hilarious, charming bestie, Mel, is back with another guest post! You may remember her from the Benefit - They're Real mascara post (link here). Check out her awesome take on marionette makeup - what she used, and what she'll do differently for next time. Enjoy! XO

Every year around the first week of October, I have a sudden epiphany that Halloween is actually a thing that's about to happen again. Then the panicking starts. What am I gonna be this year? I take a couple days to ponder how I'm going to pull off finding the perfect mix of scary and slutty, then my EUREKA! moment comes. And naturally, it's genius every single year.

2013 was the year of "Melly Krueger." Ripped sweater for an enhanced cleavage experience, great hat, gloves- and an opportunity for killer makeup. This year is the year of the MARIONETTE. Why? Because I'm pretty. And Marionette's are too. I literally did this as a practice run in 10 mins. Very messy and not polished. But trust me, I'll bring the heat on the actual day. Enjoy xo

Here's what I used:
• Maybelline Concealer Cover Stick in White
• NYX Cream Blush in Red Cheeks
• Bed Head Eyeliner Pencil in Black
• Various purple eyeshadows I have

What I'm doing differently:
• Not doing purple eyes. I think I'm going more for a "porcelain" look, so will do my eyes to go along with that theme more
• Applying bold, fake lashes!
• Making my freckles smaller and fewer
• Priming my lips differently using a solid matte white base
• Making my red lipstick more defined and heart shaped

The perfect mix of haunting and chic, and so easy- even Helen Keller could do it. xoxo

Monday, October 20, 2014

Sugar Skull Makeup – My First Stab At It!

Hi guys! So, spoiler alert, I’m being a sugar skull for Halloween! I was so inspired by the beautiful makeup all the talented ladies on youtube and elsewhere did, and decided to try it myself. I did a quick and dirty version just to see if I could do it. We’re having a Halloween party at our house, so my skull makeup needs to be on point!

Here’s what I used, and my tips:
  • Maybelline cover stick concealer in white for all over face
  • MAC black liquid liner for the details
  • Laura Mercier shadow in Onyx for around eyes
  • Estee Lauder lipstick in Scarlet Siren details around the eyes

Here is what I’m going to do different for next time:
  • Use a black pencil eye liner instead of liquid liner. The liquid was tough to use over the white concealer and didn't give me dark enough lines.
  • Instead of the black eye shadow, I might use black pencil liner for this also. For some reason, the Onyx shadow wasn’t dark enough and looks kinda gray here.
  • I’m going to apply black rhinestones around the eyes vs. doing the flower/lipstick details.
  • Spend more time on my forehead and chin – try to draw a spider web or other cool design.
  • Buy black lipstick and color my lips in all black vs. the white and black. I think it will have more of an impact that way.

Do you love my Giants t-shirt? HA! I am in no way a master makeup artist, I’m just a lover and a consumer! It was fun being creative and drawing all over my face LOL. Hope everyone is gearing up for a fun and makeup-filled Halloween!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Before and After – Tiffany Blue Furniture Makeover!

Helloooooooo lovely readers! It’s been a while, huh? Well, I’ve been working on some pretty awesome projects that I’d love to share with you guys. I finally finished one that I’ve been working on for a few months – my very first furniture makeover!

I’ve had this dresser since I was a little girl. It was part of my first “big girl” bedroom set. As you can see, this piece held up wonderfully throughout the years, it just needed a little…love. I have an art studio in my house, a little room where my husband and I can paint, craft, etc and it really is a blast. This piece of furniture is in the studio, and it was practically begging for a makeover.

Choosing the shade wasn’t difficult – I knew I wanted something bright and impactful. I was between tiffany blue or a bright coral color. I thought the coral might be too seasonal, so went with the blue instead. I read a lot about refinishing furniture online before I started, and really picked up some helpful tips. If you’re going to try this at home, I will try my best to share some tips with you!

Among these tips, I found that a shade called Seafarer by Valspar was the closest shade to achieving the Tiffany Blue color I wanted. It is SUCH a beautiful color guys. The photo does not do it justice. Before painting on this fresh shade, I used 3 coats of Valspar primer to make sure the color adhered to the dresser. For the hardware (they are original to the dresser) I used Rust Oleum’s White Gloss Spray paint. I love how the white pops against the paint! See below for some photos, and my tips for other first timers!

Before and After! What a transformation, huh?
The original piece had drawers of course, I had already taken them out to prime them =)
Getting started - one coat of primer! I did this over several days. 
One coat took awhile since it's a big dresser!

Oh hi, this is me! 

Beautiful paint ready to get used!

Painting this was so much fun! See - from the top down.


My tips and tricks for painting wooden furniture
• The first step (which I did not take) is definitely to sand your furniture, if needed. If it has a lacquered or already painted finish, you need to sand that off and start new (sand, primer then paint).

• Use a roller (like I did above) for the larger, flatter pieces of the furniture, and a regular paint brush to reach the smaller spots.

• Definitely take the time to prime your piece WELL. It might look great with just 2 coats of paint, but soon enough the paint might chip off and all your work went down the tubes. I was aggressive with the 3 coats of primer, you may only need 2. I wanted the primer to look as even as possible so I didn’t have any bumps when I went to paint.

• Work from the TOP DOWN. As seen above, I started painting the top of my piece and worked by way down to the legs. Think about it – if you don’t, you can’t lean against your piece for support or get closer to it if the bottom is already painted.

• Follow the direction on the primer and paint cans. There’s a reason they put drying times on them. If it says to wait 2 hours to apply another coat, try to be patient =)

• This might sound silly – but mix your paint well each time you use it. Since I did this project over a few months, my paint was opened and closed a lot. Paint separates, so make sure you mix it well to get the same color each time.

• Spray painting hardware is AMAZING. I can’t imagine having to actually paint those tiny details on each handle. If you have a garage or outdoor space, lay down some newspaper and give the hardware a good spray. I did one coat, then did another coat the next day. I love how they came out.

• Another helpful tip I read – try doing more very thin coats on your piece vs. one or two thick coats. The thin coats dry more evenly and quickly. Don’t keep going over the same spot with the roller – do it once and move on to a different spot.

• Drink wine while painting. I’m convinced this step is essential.

• HAVE FUN! You are giving an old piece of furniture new life! And you get to show off your awesome painting skills to friends and family. Imagine saying “yeah, I painted that.” YES, it’s worth it.

Hope you guys enjoyed this post! My newly painted dresser is now loaded up with all my art and crafting supplies, so awesome! Please comment with any questions, I always read them and love hearing from you guys!