Thursday, November 28, 2013

JuicyCanvas : Customizable Art & Fashion

Hello everyone!

This is not a regular beauty post.  I recently stumbled upon a website called JuicyCanvas and  I loved the concept so much I thought I’d share it with you.

Founded by husband-and-wife team Artur Maklyarevsky and Deb Brugiati,
JuicyCanvas is the first art and fashion marketplace that allows you to customize (or “remix” as they call it) trending art and print it onto beautiful daily-life products, such as; American Apparel t-shirts, baby onesies, tote bags, mobile cases, hoodies and stretched canvases.

Take a look:




They are currently fundraising to take their project to the next level, on Indiegogo.  They plan to build a mobile app and launch new products they've been testing for months.  They are seeking the backing of art and fashion enthusiasts and they are also rewarding contributors with customizable perks.  You can get more info about this here.  Every little bit will help!

Support JuicyCanvas and help them reach their goal!



Follow JuicyCanvas on social networks:
Facebook
Instagram
Twitter

Eyebrow pencil tips

Hello everyone!

As we all know, well groomed eyebrows balance your features and frame your eyes As I told you previously, I'm kind of obsessed with eyebrows

A common way to groom your eyebrows is by using eyebrow pencil.  This post will explain how to use it correctly.

If you want well defined, natural-looking eyebrows, all you have to do is follow these few simple steps and additional tips below.

Step 1: Fill-in the eyebrows with your pencil using thin, hair-like strokes.  Use short strokes that overlap, to make the eyebrows appear fuller.


Step 2: Blend colour and groom brows with an eyebrow comb or spooley brush.
Step 3: (Optional) For very defined brows, take a small flat brush and apply creamy concealer around the brows to tidy up the edges.  
Step 4: (Optional) Keep you eyebrows in place with a brow gel.

Tips:
  • Choose the shade closest to you natural colour.
  • Never, ever fill in your brows with black pencil!  Unless you want the black Sharpie brows, don’t do this.  Even if you have black eyebrows, you want to fill them in with a dark brown colour - not black.
  • Make sure your eyebrows are groomed, before applying any make-up.  
  • When it comes to filling-in your brows, the key is to remember to imitate the look of the hairs.
  • Never use solid tick lines to “draw in” the eyebrows.  A series of thin, overlapping strokes provides a more natural-looking result.
Remember eyebrows are sisters, not twins.  



Related posts:
Re-grow over-plucked eyebrows!
What is the point of clear mascara?

Photo from iStockPhoto

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

DIY: Perfumed body powder

Hello everyone!

Today I will show you another beauty DIY; your own customized perfumed body powder.  This also makes a great last minute gift, and I bet you can find all the necessary ingredients at home.

You will need:
  • cotton balls or cotton disks
  • a  perfume/essential oils of your choice
  • corn flour (cornstarch)
  • a glass jar with a lid
  • powder puff


Method:
  1. Get a cotton ball or two and spray them with your favorite perfume.  About 30 sprays.  You can also put drops of essential oils like rose or lavender on the cotton balls instead.
  2. Place the cotton ball(s) in the bottom of the glass jar.
  3. Fill the container about half full with corn flour (cornstarch) and close the lid.
  4. Shake the container vigorously.
  5. Let the perfumed powder mixture stand for 10-14 days so the perfume/oils can penetrate the powder.
  6. Use a powder puff and enjoy your own customized perfumed body powder!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

NEW launch! GlamST: Try beauty products virtually and receive advice

Hello everyone!

Imagine if you could try your make-up virtually just by posting your photo, and also get the best beauty advice.  This is the main idea behind GlamST (GlamStreet).


GlamST is a new platform that helps women find the perfect beauty product.  It combines virtual tester technology with intelligent recommendations and social advice to help choose the best beauty products online.



GlamST aims to combine technology with blogger and social recommendations to help women choose the best make-up for them.

The app is already available in Windows 8 store - click here!.  


Features

  • Try make-up virtually in face and lips in your own picture
  • Get inspired and create and save your own look
  • Learn how to apply make-up & discover latest trends in beauty products

And on December 2013 (mark your calendar), GlamST will be launching their web platform!  I’m so excited!  Register now - click here.


Saturday, November 09, 2013

DIY: Translucent face powder

Hello everyone!
Today's post is a simple recipe for translucent face powder!  Not only is it easy to make, but it also gives your skin a break from all the toxins and chemicals found in commercial face powders!  The ingredients are items that you probably already have in your kitchen.



This powder is very effective at mattifying the skin and setting your make-up and because it’s made with skin-loving ingredients, it will also nourish your skin!  Here’s how you make it:
Ingredients:
  • Arrowroot powder: this powder is made from dehydrated and ground arrowroot, which is known to have skin-smoothing effects.  
  • Corn flour (cornstarch): absorbs excess oil, helping to give your skin a matte finish
  • Cocoa powder: has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which help to firm and renew your skin
All three ingredients can be found at the cooking and baking supply section at the store!

Method:
  1. Combine 2 tablespoons of arrowroot powder and 2 teaspoons of corn flour in a bowl.
  2. Add in a little cocoa powder until it reaches a shade similar to your own natural skin tone.  This is a translucent powder, so I suggest you only use between ½ and 2 teaspoons.
  3. Mix thoroughly.
You may keep your powder for up to six months in a sealable container.

really love this DIY loose powder and I'm pretty sure you'll love it too!

Saturday, November 02, 2013

DIY: Nail art dotting tools

Hello everyone!

Today I want to talk to you about dotting tools.  Nail art dotting tools come in a variety of sizes and are used to help create dot and circle patterns. 


How to use: As you probably know, just dip the end of your dotting tool in nail polish, and dot away!


It’s also easy to create your own nail dotting tools using stuff you have lying around at home.  I use these all the time to create polka dot designs. (Check out some of my designs below!

Here's how you can make four different DIY dotting tools.  Enjoy! 

1

From micro points to polka dots, a toothpick is the obvious and most popular choice for dotting.  Be sure to purchase picks with flattened bases for an extra shape to play around with!
2

Bobby pins are another cheap and convenient alternative.  Just bend them out straight, and use the round tips at the end like regular dotting tool.

3

You can also use ballpoint pens.  I suggest that you use an old one with no ink left. 

4


You can also create your own dotting tool by sticking a straight pin into the eraser end of a pencil.  I really like this one because if you use a bigger straight pin, you'll have bigger dots, while with smaller straight pin,  you'll have smaller dots.  It's very versatile.


 

Well, there you have it.  Have fun experimenting!  And here's a little nailspiration...


Nails Of The Day (NOTD): 
Christmas tree nails
Neon, polka dots and glitter
Easter/Spring nails




Photos from here, here, here and here.

 

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