2.15.2017

DIY Lancome Blush La Rose (4 Methods)

Hey y'all! I hope you had a lovely Valentine's Day. My social media was just flooded with love--it was a nice change from the usual negativity I see lately.



I loved seeing all of the roses, and speaking of roses, remember a few weeks ago when I shared my review of the Lancome La Rose Blush? See the original post here. I talked about making my own and a few of you suggested that I do it, so welcome to today's post!

Since the original Lancome La Rose is $60 and sold out in most places, I had to make a comparable diy version. And it is SO easy.

You'll need--

artificial rose
blush, shadow, or highlight
round box
optional: pink paint for box, rose gold marker for edge
glue gun
brush
rubbing alcohol


Choose your rose. I wanted one that closely resembled the original Lancome rose in color. Make sure the rose is clean and free from dust. I used a blast from a keyboard air cleaner for mine.

Remove stem and all leaves.

TIP: Make sure the rose fits in the small box.


Choose your color. I have an eyeshadow from Maybelline in Seashell that is pretty much a dupe. But for those not into highlight, you can choose an eyeshadow or blush.

TIP: If using blush/shadow, make sure the shade matches the rose in color as well.

METHOD 1: Just dip the clean rose into a blush/highlight/shadow and swirl around to coat the top. Just to apply to face, use a brush.


METHOD 2: Add a little rubbing alcohol or makeup setting spray (not the dewy kind) to a small bowl and scrape into it your shade. You should have more color than alcohol.  Mix well. I used the blush for this demonstration because it photographed better.

Using a small brush, paint the top of the rose petals with your mixture and allow to dry. I used a different rose for this one, since it was blush, so you could tell the difference.

Paint box pink if desired. The rim on the original Lancome is rose gold, so you can use a paint marker for the edge to mimic it.

Hot glue the rose to the bottom of the box. Use a brush to apply product to face. Keep the lid on when not in use.

METHOD 3: Pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol into a spray bottle. Spray the rose gently and then brush pigment on top. Allow to dry.

METHOD 4: Mix makeup setting spray with the pigment and spray on rose.

Other things I tried but didn't like as much: vegetable glycerin with color (too heavy/greasy), coconut oil with pigment (too thick, no matter how I did it), painting just individual petals (like those in the background of my pics) and rubbing them on my face (kinda silly, but a good idea for travel but there's paper blush/highlight already).






I'm wearing the blush and the highlight. It is very natural-looking on the skin.


I found Maybelline Seashell to be a pretty good dupe. On the first finger is the Lancome and on my middle finger is the Maybelline.

And here they are side by side, with the Lancome on the bottom. Pretty similar!

What do you think of this DIY?


2.13.2017

Yes, You Need to Try Lip Gel Masks


Happy Monday, y'all! I took a blog break for a few days last week and traveled this past weekend back home for my niece's 2nd birthday. I had a great time and gave the kids all my sugar--that's what we call kisses! ;) Speaking of kisses, since Valentine's Day is tomorrow, I had to share current obsession: lip gel masks--have you heard of these before? Y'all! You need to try these!! I actually shared one around three years ago here (see also: Asian Beauty Haul), but they've recently been popping up on the faces of celebs.

So what is a lip gel? It's a jelly-like mask that you put on your lips. Most soften and hydrate. Some plump the lips. They're a super-easy way to get kissable lips. No lip scrubs or DIYs required. Just leave them on for a certain amount of time and discard. Here are 4 you'll want to check out:

$15, Ulta

5 minutes

clear hydrogel

--these come in travel sizes, too and are a great quick fix in 5 minutes.


$35 for 5, ULTA, online

clear

They actually did plump my lips, as in I had fewer lines in them.



$6.99, Ulta

Gold

45 min

You have to leave on for 45 minutes, but if your lips are super dry and cracked, it's worth it.






$24.99, 5, Violet Grey.com

15-20 min

These are made with natural ingredients, and are supposed to be the best.
Emma Stone wore them recently getting ready for the Golden Globes.



Yes, you look ridiculous for a few minutes.

But in the cooler months, or for instant kissable lips, lip gel masks are awesome!
 I've tried making my own version, like I do with my DIY Lush shower gels, but this is a case of easier, faster, and more convenient. 

Have you ever tried lip gel masks or heard of them?

PS: Happy 2nd birthday to my niece Emmalyn. Aunt Nanny loves you!





2.08.2017

DIY Donut Bath Bombs With Sprinkles


I wanted to share a cute idea that makes me think of Valentine's Day, but it's adorable anytime of year. And y'all already know I love to make DIY beauty that looks like food. Get ready to get all pinked up with these adorable DIY Donut Bath Bombs (With Sprinkles and More):







Ingredients:

  • bath bomb mold (I got mine at Hobby Lobby
  • 1 c baking soda
  • 1/2 c cornstarch
  • 1/2 c citric acid (online, canning section, health food stores)
  • 2 tsp water
  • pink soap colorant or food coloring (I used neon food gel)
  • favorite essential oil + 4 tsp coconut oil or oil of choice (optional)
  • for decoration: candy sprinkles and meringue recipe




Instructions:

Mix all dry ingredients in one bowl. In another bowl, mix the water and coloring (and oils if doing that). 

Very carefully add a few drops at a time of the colored water to the dry ingredients and mix. Be patient with this step because the mix will begin to bubble if you add too much at a time. It should look as pictured above. 


Allow to dry for an hour. Package or display. These keep for around a year.



FOR SPRINKLES:

Place candy sprinkles in bottom of donut mold. Then add the mixture on top. Allow to dry.

OTHER IDEAS:




I used this recipe for the meringue and placed it on top of the mixture. I then baked it. But for this, I didn't bake it so I could add the sprinkles.

How cute are these?
Do you make Valentine's Day crafts?




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