Friday, September 27, 2013

Golden Sculpey Clay Cuff Bangle Bracelet with Upcycled Vintage Pin Focal

I inherited a vintage pin with a broken pinback. Oh, what to do? I decided to make it a focal point to a golden swirled Sculpey Clay cuff style bangle bracelet.

Step 1: Prepare the pinback

I turned over this pinback and broke of the remaining bits of the pin, but I left the brackets that hold the pin. I really liked the detailing with the faux gold and faux pearls!

Step 2: Prepare the clays

I had three different colors of Sculpey Premo Accent Golds: 18k Gold, Antique Gold, and Gold. I chopped them into pieces, and swirled them, flatten them several times. 

Here's the link to the colors.

Step 3: Make the Cuff

I rolled the clay to match up with the size of the premo! Sculpey® Cuff Bracelet

It's a reuseable metal form to make cuffs. 

Then, I set some broken "pearl chain" into the borders of the cuff.  After that. I took the broken brooch and embedded into the clay. 

Step 4: Bake, Cool and Enjoy

I baked the cuff and the embedded components, per the Sculpey website's directions. 
Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275 °F (130 °C) for 30 minutes per 1/4” (6 mm) thickness.

After the bracelet was baked and cooled, I slowly and gently peeled the clay away from the bracelet form. Finally, I added a couple of drops of epoxy under the pin to reinforce the bond. I let it cure, and wore the cuff the very next day.

Here it is, the finished project!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Rubber Heavy Duty Car Floor mats are great under cat boxes

We have two cat boxes for our two cats, and we were tired of constantly sweeping up cat litter. Eew.... Yuck.

So, while I was out at my local Walmart, I spied a set of heavy duty car floor mats for $16.96. 

Here they are in use. Happy, happy, happy!

To clean, wash and go.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Review: Killer Queen Fragrance by Katy Perry

She keeps her Moet and Chandon is a pretty cabinet....

I received a sample of Katy Perry's "Killer Queen". It arrived on a fold-out postcard.

This is the outside of the card. I removed my address. 
I like that it has a QR code.... scan it with your smart phone (I used Scanlife), and it takes you to the website.

This is the inside of the card. To sample, peel off on side of the blister packet.

One to try today, and another to try tomorrow. The sample swab can be used to freshen a drawer or your car.
Here's the scent breakdown:

  • Top Notes: Dark Plum, Wild Berry, Bergamot
  • Middle Notes: Natural Jasmine Sambac, Rainbow Plumeria, Red Velvet Flower
  • Base Notes: Cashmeran, Natural Patchouli Heart, Liquid Praline

  • I found that it's warm, cozy and sensual. Feminine and empowering. Gourmand and yummy. It smells similar to Viktor and Rolf's "Flowerbomb", similar to Beyonce's "Heat", and similar to Rihanna's "Nude". 

    The bottle is gorgeous!!!! I love the color and shape. 

    If you're interested in buying it, "Killer Queen" is available in many locations, including Sephora and Ulta

    Tuesday, September 17, 2013

    Gel Manicure Monday: Gold Fingers

    Last night, after work, I gave myself a LED light gel manicure. The colors and products used:

    Base and Top Coat: SensatioNail Clear Transparent

    Here's the finished Gold Fingers (indoor lighting).

    Here it is, in outdoor lighting.

    Monday, September 16, 2013

    Review: Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick: Catfight

    I am one of countless members of Sephora's VIB Club. I had earned over 100 points, and the clerk asked me if wanted to redeem points for a sample. I spied the sample of Urban Decay's Revolution Lipstick, in "Catfight". Of course, I opted to redeem my points! 

    So..... this is the outside of the card that was holding the lipstick.

    This is the inside of the card that was holding the lipstick.

    This is what it looks like. Nice packaging! Catfight is a punchy, fuschia.

    Here's what Sephora has to say about the line:
    "What it is: A luxury lipstick that delivers intense color payoff plus creamy shine. 

    What it does:
    Revolution Lipstick is rich, buttery lipstick at its best—with the signature Urban Decay pigment-rich color you crave. Addictive to apply (and even more addictive to wear), Revolution Lipstick glides on without dragging or skipping and hugs every curve. Just one swipe gives you a big, gorgeous lay down of color. And with shades that range from gorgeous nudes to bold brights, there’s something for everyone. 

    What it is formulated WITHOUT:
    - Parabens
    - Sulfates 
    - Phthalates 

    What else you need to know:
    Urban Decay’s Pigment Dispersion System™ gives Revolution Lipstick its super creamy texture, intense pigmentation, superior color dispersion, and extended wear. Maxi-Lip™ defines and hydrates lips while making them look plumper and fuller. And a nourishing blend of jojoba oil, avocado oil, cocoa butter and shea butter keeps lips super moisturized and cushiony soft. The luxe, custom-designed gunmetal tube (lined in Urban Decay’s signature dark purple) looks so gorgeous, you’ll want to keep pulling it out of your bag."

    A swatch on my pasty pale forearm:

    Here's what it looks like on. Yes, that's a bare face, if you forget about "Catfight" on my lips. It wears very well, and leaves behind a nice stain. I highly recomend it.

    A full size tube of Urban Decay's Revolution Lipstick is $22.00. It available through your local Sephora, Ulta, and online through Urban Decay

    Saturday, September 14, 2013

    Project Refashionista: Boho Circle Top Downsizing

    I bought a pretty boho light and airy circle top early this summer at a thrift shop for $3. I really love the fun, girly print, the lacy collar, the buttons down the front, and how light and floaty it is. But.... it is a circle style cut, and very tent-ish. So.... here's the before.

    I turned it inside out, and cut down the side seams, freeing the sleeves from being fully attached. I also cut out a bunch of volume. Then, I sewed up each side of the top, and down the underside seam of each sleeve, all while making sure the hems of the sleeves and the hem of the top all lined up.

    Here's what the after looks like on. It's still loose and airy, but NOT tent-ish. It went from being a size petite XL to a petite L.

    Here's how it looks on the hanger. It's perfect with skinny jeans!

    Saint Salvage strikes again!

    Friday, September 13, 2013

    Review: Mary Kay® True Dimensions™ Lipstick Mystic Plum

    I am a member of People Style Watch Style Hunters. It's a great sampling and review program! 
    I had the pleasure of RSVP-ing for a sample of Mary Kay® True Dimensions™ Lipstick, in the color Mystic Plum, #2026. It's an on-trend fall berry color.

    Here's the color name:

    Here's the tube from the side. Sleek, silver and modern. I'm sucker for great packaging.


    To open the tube, push down on that clear center.

    After you pull the clear top down, the inner tube slides down, and then you pull out that tube.

    Check out the bullet color. Thankfully, it's not too dark and vampy. I'm very pale-skinned, and "Goth" just doesn't work for me.

    A swatch on my forearm. The color went on smoothly, with my skipping, pulling or dragging.

    Here's how it looks in daylight, looking in my parked car's driver's side mirror. It didn't have an obvious scent or flavor. It felt balmy, and very light and comfortable. The satin, semi-sheer color lasted approximately four hours, and left a decent "popsicle" type stain when it started to wear off. It didn't leave that nasty "ring around the mouth" stain, was nice and even.

    Thank you, People StyleWatch Style Hunters and Mary Kay! This is definitely NOT the formulations that my grandmother used in the 1970s.... I played with them then, when I was a little kid.
    If you're interested, here's the link to buy Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick. The Mary Kay site has 10 different colors available, at $18.00 each. The price falls in line with other "mid range" lipsticks.