Thursday, April 3, 2014

Vintage Bargain Buy Screwback Earring Restyled as an Earcuff

 I was on a lunch break earlier this week, and I stumbled onto this vintage pair of screwback crystal earrings. They were marked $3.88, but I got them for 20% off, along with some other bargain goodies. 

Anyway, I don't wear screwback or clip on earrings because they hurt my ears... but I turned them upside down (as shown in the photos).

So....I put them over the tops of my ears, and twisted the screws until they stayed put. Gravity did the rest. Selfie time!

Close up.... I got a lot of compliments at work from the other ladies. They loved my ear cuff, but they were annoyed that they were vintage.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Review: Fuse Gelnamel by Sensationail: Lightning Jolt

 I went to my local CVS, with a coupon for saving $5, if the customer spends $15 on beauty on nail products. I'm a sucker for gel polish, and I found "Fuse Gelnamel" by Sensationail. I've tried their gel polish before, and I've enjoyed them. So, my curiosity was aroused, and I bought two "Gelnamel" colors.

Lightning Jolt                                                             Gone Fission

I used the gelnamel with a thin gel primer coat, a thin gel base coat, two THIN coats of the Lightning Jolt, and followed with a thin coat of gel top coat. I used it all with the original LED light.

Here's what it looks like in "indoor" light. 

By judging the color of the bottle, I was expecting an opaque hot pink color, with glitter. But, it's a transparent pink with lots of glitter.

This is what it looks like in daylight.... very pretty, girly and sparkly. I really like it!

If you want to check them out, here's a link to Fuse by Sensationail on Youtube:

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Quickie DIY Marc by Marc Jacobs Top Refashion

I bought a Marc by Marc Jacobs top through an online "previously loved" threadflipping clothing website. My size. Love the colors. I can wear it with lots of things I have in my wardrobe. Figure flattering.

In came in, and it looked great. The "girls" look fantastic, but the arms... Meh... the elastic and sleeve length was not great. So, out came the seam ripper. 

No more elastic..... So much better. I love it now!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Quickie Refashion: The Silk Animal Print Button Front Top

I'm sorry for not posting for a while. A lot has been going on in my personal life.... I got a new day job at a local utility company. I love it! 

Anyway..... This is my latest refashion. It's a "quickie" that anyone can do. It's "August Silk" 100% silk button front top that had two front pockets. I got it at a local thrift shop for $4. Men usually have shirt pockets. I don't like them because they make my ample "girls" look weird, and the pockets gape open.

Here's the before, complete with my male ginger tabby, Mookie in the background. 

Here's a close-up of the top with the pockets. Look... the pattern on the pockets don't even match the shirt. They look really "not-so-good".

Here's the after, with the pockets removed. Much better, and very appropriate for my day job. All I did was take my trusty seam ripper to the seams that held down those offending pockets. It took no more than 10 minutes to do.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Fun with Hershey's Chocolate Almond Spread from Crowdtap

I received a container of  Hershey's Spreads (Chocolate with Almond) from Crowdtap

We had a small family gathering of 7 people. We had  Bartlett pears and Red Delicious apples with the Chocolate Almond Spread.

We also made Chocolate-Almond Banana Frozen Puddings. Yum! We had six bananas, about half of the jar of spread, and a snack size of chocolate pudding in the blender.

It was messy, but quite yummy. Hey.... I'm not a food stylist... I'm a DIY-er.

Needless to say, the Chocolate Almond Spread was great, down to the finger-licking leftover bits!

Monday, January 6, 2014

DIY BB Cream from Samples and a Repurposed Container

I was doing some cleaning and organizing this weekend in my makeup area, and I found a BB Cream Sample from Pond's Luminous Finish BB Cream (Light)Urban Decay's Naked Skin Beauty Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 20 and Boscia's BB Cream Light Broad Spectrum SPF27. I also had a partial tube of Garnier BB Cream Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector

I also just finished a tube of Philosophy's Miracle Worker Dark Spot Corrector. I had a "brainstorm" moment.... instead of throwing out the used up (airtight) tube, how about I repurpose it for my BB creams?

I used a pair of vise grips, and grasped down on the bottle where the top joins the rest of the bottle.

I applied just enough pressure to remove the applicator (top) off the bottle.

Then, I used a pair of tweezers to depress the floating bottom of the tube, and I cleaned out the tube.

I depressed the nozzle, to make sure no product was left behind.

Then, I emptied the samples and partial tube into the "new" container.

I had to make sure to tap the bottle periodically to ensure that all the BB cream made it in there, while minimizing air pockets.

I took an end of a makeup brush to thoroughly mix all the BB creams. Again, I made sure to tap the bottle to "burp" out the air pockets.

I put the applicator end on the top of the bottle, along with the clear cap, and pressed down firmly to seal the bottle. 

I peeled off the old label and hand-wrote "BB Cream DIY Mix" on it, and cleaned out the sample containers. The containers are good for holding tiny beads.

Here's the BB cream on my finger, before I applied it to my face.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

DIY Aerogarden 7 Reflector Power - Grow Light Booster

We received an Aerogarden 7 for Christmas. We are very excited to try gardening indoors, and we are hoping that this will be a jump on healthier living.

Here's what it looks like on their website:

Here's how it looks now. 

We have set it up just a couple day ago, and I saw the Youtube video
Grow Light Boosters Time Lapse:

So, I decided to make one with what I had.  I cut open an oversized cardboard box.

I cut a slit for the lamp power cord.

Sized it to make sure it wrapped around only three sides.

I ate a bag of chips with the family. For science. of course.

I cut open the bag, cleaned it and used it for reflector material.

I taped the bag, along with some aluminum foil to the box while taking care to make sure it folded up around the Aerogarden.

Here it is, all set up. Wish us luck, please. I am hoping to get a bounty of herbs: basil, dill, cilantro, chives, parsley, thyme and mint.