Archive | May, 2012

Diy: Ombre Flower Headband


Headbands are an easy way to add color and an accessory to your outfit. I love them and own a lot, probably more than I should. Even though I have so many I’m always looking for a new and different headband. This ombre flower headband I made is super easy and should take you no more than a half hour to create. And as usual, you will only need a few materials to create this headband!
Materials needed:
  1. A stretchy headband
  2. Faux flowers (I used paper ones from Michael’s, found in the scrapbook section)
  3. Felt
  4. Craft Krazy Glue
  5. Scissors
Start by cutting small circles from the felt. They should be about the size of a quarter, and if anything a little smaller rather than bigger.  Next gather your faux flowers and arrange them how you would like so when you are gluing you know which way you want them. Start adding glue to the felt. Add small amounts, rather than large amounts as to much will just make a mess. Attach felt circle to the headband. Press for 20-30 seconds. Then add glue to the headband and attach the flower. Again press 20-30 seconds. Then add glue to the sides of the felt not attached to anything and bring them up to adhere to the flowers. Press again for 20-30 seconds. Continue adding flowers until it is to your liking. And that is it! It’s easy, fun and gives a pretty bohemian look!
diy ombre flower headband

ombre flower headband materials

diy ombre flower headband

I would love to see who everyone’s turns out! How many of you will try making your own ombre flower headband?

 

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How To: Taupe Smokey Eye


Sometimes a smokey eye can be a bit harsh on the face. With all the dark colors like grey, silver and black it can make you look more like a raccoon than anything else! To tone it down a bit, I like to use a more neutral taupe color to create one of my favorite smokey eyes. Add a little dark brown and black and some liner and mascara and you have a super easy, yet pretty smokey eye!

I used my Naked 2 palette by Urban decay, but you can use any taupe, dark brown, and black you like. You will also need a black pencil liner, black liquid liner and mascara.

First pat the neutral taupe all over your lid and slightly into the crease. Then add a dark brown to your crease. Be sure to blend well as you do not want a harsh line. Next add a touch of black to your outer v and lower lash line. Blend again until there are no more harsh edges and the colors meld into one another. Next line your upper and lower waterline with your black pencil liner. Also slightly line under your lower eyelashes with the pencil. Smudge the liner with a bit of the black and dark brown mixed together. Line your upper lid with the liquid liner creating a small cat eye. Curl your lashes and add mascara and you’re done! It’s easy, yet still looks put together.
naked 2 smokey eye

If anyone was wondering the exact colors I used for this look, it was tease, busted, and blackout shadows from the Naked 2 palette. I hope you all give this look a try! I would love to see how your’s came out, so please share!

 

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Must Have Monday! Butterfly Magnets


I love butterflies because of their fluttery, delicate wings and beautiful colors. So when I saw these magnets at Michael’s Craft Store I had to have them! Best part, they were only $1! I think they are totally gorgeous and will be a fun addition to my fridge. They are made of light weight paper but seem to be covered in a plastic coating. Their bodies are completely made of plastic. To me they look like the would cost way more than a buck. If you love butterflies I think you will love these! These pretty magnets are a must have!

butterfly magnets

butterfly magnets fridge

Have you spotted these at your local Michael’s? Do you already own them and love them?!

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Favorites of the Week


Yay! It’s Saturday! I know that I usually post my favorites of the week on Friday but I was so tired yesterday as I had been up since 3am for work, so when I got home around 10pm I immediately fell asleep. I had a great week and I hope you all did too. I’ve been shopping for summer clothes and makeup items. Trying new recipes and rediscovering old favorites! I hope to share some of my favorite things for summer with you all soon. Until then, have a great rest of your weekend and I’ll see you all Monday!

<Crazy looking billy button flowers! I love the name of these and their really fun pom pom looking flower!>

<Unique chocolates I found at Cost Plus World Market. My favorite was the Hibiscus Peach...very tasty!>

 

<Strawberry shaped coasters from Target's $1 section! I couldn't resist them!>

<I've always loved gnomes! They are sweet, charming and adorable...these little guys became mine without hesitation!>

<Two of my new favorite lipsticks for summer...L'oreal's Fearless Fuschia and Coral Seduction. They are so bright and really opaque!>

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Diy: Homemade Chili Oil


I recently had some yummy pizza that was suggested we eat it with chili oil. So I drizzle a small amount over the pizza, and wow was it amazing! The chili oil was bursting with flavor and lots of spiciness! I kept thinking about that chili oil and how I wanted more for using at home on pasta, to dip in bread, or grilled vegetables. So of course I made my own!

The recipe I found was super quick and easy, and as you all know I love easy and simple cooking! You only need two ingredients, olive oil and red chili flakes. Heat on low for about 5 minutes, cool for several hours and then strain the chili flakes out with a strainer. The recipe did not call to strain the flakes out, but I didn’t want my chili oil crazy spicy! I wanted just a subtle hint of chili, the kind that leaves a tiny tingle later. So happy I decided to make this and you will be too, once you taste your own!

diy chili oil 01

Have you ever made your own chil oil? Have you made any other kind of flavored oils before? Please share!

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