Tuesday, June 26, 2012

DIY: White Dress

I lost my goddamn USB thing for the camera. I'm an irresponsible piece of shit. I found an old graphing calculator USB cable which fits. 

New DIY. It's a circle skirt attached to a simple bodice. 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Review + Giveaway: UTATZ Airbrush Tattoos

I recently got a sample pack of this airbrush tattoo by UTATZ. Normally, I don't spring for airbrush tattoos because.. I'm not a tattoo kinda person. However, I like reviewing stuff for companies and hosting giveaways, so I decided to give this a shot. 

Image courtesy of Utatz

This is actually pretty great. The instructions are simple: wipe area clean with rubbing alcohol, paste on the stencil, spray and then remove the stencil. I got a really rich, black, non drippy tattoo that I would have taken pictures of, if I didn't put it on my thigh. It's kinda hard to tattoo yourself you know. 

The spray feels cold, but dries really quickly. The stencil sticks to your skin, but doesn't rip any hair out. Honestly, if you're going to tattoo yourself, just give the area a quick shave. It's not going to look nice on a hairy arm or leg.  I think it's like some powder because it "cracks" a bit when you move. It doesn't come off too easily in the shower (provided that you don't incessantly rub it), stays on for 3+ days. Anyway, I used this one:

Star Swirl
Courtesy of Utatz.com
Each individual stencil is around 2 dollars and the spray itself is 15 dollars. Currently, there's only black but I was told that in the next couple months, they will be releasing new colors (gold, glitter, silver, white, pink, brown etc). That sounds exciting! I would actually like a gold one, but that's because I'm obsessed with gold. 

Recommended: Yes. Pick one up for that person in your life who loves tattoos, someone who is scared, but wants to try it out and that special child in your life who just.. like tattoos. What kid doesn't like tattoo? Hell, I used to draw on myself with marker. 

ANYWAY, I will be giving one lucky reader a chance to try out a value pack! This is a special blogger pack and it is valued at 20 dollars. Just enter in below! This ends on 7/21/2012. 

And POOP I didn't realize that the stencils were multiuse. I threw mine out after 1 use. Just replace the backing and go again. 

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Review: Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Detoxifying Scrub

I got this mini sample of the Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Detoxifying Scrub in the Target Summer Beauty Bag. It's actually pretty nice. 

Let's get started. 

Consistency: It's white, grainy, and like a softer wet sand. I like how it exfoliates without ripping half your face off. 

Smell: It smells nice, almost floral and clean. 

Result: I really like the results. I had a bunch of little ones between my eyebrows, under my lip, under my nose, blackheads, gross shit. It basically cleared out everything in about a week. It's also good for sensitive skin. My sister didn't get an allergic reaction to it and she gets a reaction to EVERYTHING (Biore, Garnier, Dove, Suave etc). 

Price: 7.49$ at major retailers. 

Recommended: Yes. I like this. I already bought a full size at Target. 

Friday, June 15, 2012

DIY: Adam Lippes Inspired Maxi.

If there is only 1 thing that is super cliched, I think that it would be the maxi + the tight belt. I'm so tired of seeing all these super flowy maxis with the tight bodice or with the cinched belt: especially the strapless maxi+straight cut on the bodice+belt. I'm so sick of seeing that style. So, I was really happy to see a really long column maxi by Adam Lippes and it's actually really easy to make. 

Adam Lippes

My interpretation

Step 1: Cut out a long denim strip that fits right above your boob. It should wrap just around the top of your boob. 

 Step 2: Pin fabric to the strip, pleating it slightly as you go. I used about 1.5 yards of silk. Sew that shit down. 

Step 3: Then, fold the denim strip over once, and use a herring bone stitch to stich it down. 

Step 4: Pop in a zipper. Use this tutorial to make an non invisible zipper look like an invisible one: http://www.costumedesignblog.com/?p=37

Step 5: Since most people look like shower curtains when they wear maxis without some sort of waist, then we're going to add a pseudo waist. What you basically want to do is pin together folds of fabric and regular intervals. This will create a fake waist without being too tight. It will still be super loose and flowy. Sorry for the shitty picture. 

Step 6: Add a pseudo belt. My belt is super thin, only goes half way around the dress, and is used to hide seams. If you have some puffy areas, just sew that down. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

DIY: Bustier-top minidress

Finally back with a few DIYs. 

Ew the mirror is so friggin gross. Here are instructions to make the top: 


The only thing I don't like about this tutorial is the way the pieces are cut. It makes you look thick in the waist. Something I would recommend is to make the thing out of newspaper, then recut the pattern pieces. This isn't actually a hard project, but you need to be accurate. If you make the lining first, sew yourself in, adjust to fit (aka seams and shit), then use the lining as "pattern pieces" for the outside, it'll work a lot nicer. 

Monday, June 11, 2012

Target Summer Beauty Bag: Why is this not a beauty box?

I FINALLY got my Target summer sample bag! It's so friggin awesome. 

The only sample I'm not happy with is the revlon lip butter sample. I expected a mini tube of it! It would have been so awesome. Besides that, I I love everything, even the coupon book. Even though these are all drugstore products, I really like everything.

Friday, June 8, 2012

The Style and Go by Marcy Mckenna

Hey my lovely ladies! I know that this is a departure from my regular posts, but I promise that I'll get to the DIY soon. I'm expecting some zippers to fly in tomorrow and I'll be posting a bunch of designer inspired DIYs over the week. 

First, I want to tell you about this new product I wish I had. It's called the The Style and Go by Marcy Mckenna. It's like this cabinet and it's a really great way to store your hair appliances. At school, all my shit is just crammed under my bed and it's kinda gross there lol. 

How cool is this shit? It has a little mirror, a place to pop in an extension bar, some space for your hair products, and most of all, space to hold your hair drying, iron, curler. I wish I had one but they don't start selling at HSN until 7/25! Until then, you can head over to her website here!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Firmoo: Beautiful eyewear, a wonderful giveaway!

Hey ladies! It's crazy but I'm going to be hosting a *second* giveaway. This one is sponsored by Firmoo. Firmoo is this awesome eyewear company. They supply women and men eyewear (both prescription and non prescription). They have very very very reasonable prices and they are a company worth checking out! 2 lucky ladies will be winning a pair each of eyewear: even prescription ones! When a winner is picked, the information will be forwarded to the company and they will send you the pair. 

You can choose your prizes from these links:

My favorite is: 
This is my favorite pair of sunglasses! They are so adorable and you can get prescription lenses in there too. Note, if you are a first time buyer, you can get the glasses for free! You just have to pay shipping. Also, you can use EVE3030 to get 30% off your order of ANY eyewear (until July 7th). This giveaway ends on the 7th of July! And remember to check out my other giveaway, located in the sidebar! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, June 4, 2012

My new favorite supplier of zippers!

I'm possibly always on the hunt for zippers. They're friggin expensive in stores such as Joanns or AC Moore! I normally don't shop on Etsy due to all the resellers, but I love shopping there for supplies. It's a REALLY great way to get sewing supplies on the cheap: aka wholesale prices without having to buy like 100 zippers in bulk. I mean, who the hell uses that many zippers in a day?

Zippers - Wholesale Brass zippers - 10 bright pink 9 inch brass zippers
My favorite!! I love pink!

My new favorite person is : Irina from KandCSuppliers! She takes custom orders which is really great for people like me who are on a really tight budget. The shipping is also quite reasonable. She has a huge selection of zippers, from separating to brass, to nylon and they come in all sizes. She even sells handbag zippers which is really great! 

Visit her blog here!

*I was not paid for this at all. I just wanted to share a new find on etsy*
New DIY's coming up soon loves