What you can do with a six-pack of tealights

Friday, July 10, 2009

…make a brush holder for your mini brushes! I used cue cards, cut up and taped in carefully, in order to make three compartments: one for brushes, one for q-tips, and one for nail implements.They’re cute, cheap, and then you have another couple for actual tealights. (Well, I don’t really burn tealights, but I do use that black one to hold fragrance vials.)

Take it on the road

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

(note: this is old, from when I was still using Nivea Soft and Olay Total Effects! I soon found out I was allergic to the latter. Ugh — I hate revamping my skincare routine!)

For: a roadtrip, a DIY facial at a friend’s place, a one-night stand. (Oh yes, the latter is so likely planned.)

Start with your daytime and nighttime moisturisers and an empty (clean!) contact lens case.
Scrape up product from a tub with a cosmetic spatula, in a wheel. Sure, you could just scoop it up – but then you’re left with a whole lot of ugly.
If you’ve got a pump- or squeeze- style container, pump or squeeze some into the other side. Drop the case gently from about an inch off the table to help it settle!

Finally, attach the darker lid to the night cream, or draw on some sort of symbol to signify which is which – perhaps a moon with some stars?

That’s all! In no time flat, you have moisturiser that can get through airport security, won’t leak, is much lighter (and smaller!) than bottles or tubs, and that will last you about a week, depending on what you use and how much.

Relabelling

Monday, June 8, 2009

Just few quick photos! This is from back when I pressed my Swimming Pool into an empty MAC blot powder compact — I took the label from the EM jar and moved it to the compact!
First, I covered the MAC label in white-out. Then, after a half-assed attempt to take off the EM label without harming it, I put that one on top of the white-out (after it dried!) Smooth it out, and cover with clear polish if you’d like (it’ll help hold it down).

Reboxing

Sunday, May 24, 2009

I got tired of having to deal with three stacking palettes, so I reboxed my Senna Makeup Box — here are the photos!
I considered depotting, but that would have cost around $40, with a combination of MAC, Stila, and Japonesque palettes. Instead, I bought three thin boxes at $1.50/each, put some ceiling tile in the bottom (lightweight and the perfect thickness!) and cushioned one palette in each.

They’re “strapped in” with strips of overheads; the palette itself has no glue etc on it!It took about two hours, but was so worth it- they’re much easier to handle (and therefore getting even more use!) Plus, I love day projects ^^

Solid swimming pool

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

I finally pressed my Everyday Minerals Swimming Pool in something other than a sample jar!

Materials:
Empty compact (this one’s an old MAC Blot Powder one, cleaned thoroughly.)
What you’re pressing (EDM blusher and Fyrinnae Clear Mineral Finish, to lessen the pigmentation and make it easier to work with)
Cosmetic spatula or a small spoon etc (I used a skewer to mix, because it can get into corners, and doesn’t “scoop” product and hold it)
Mixing medium and/or alcohol (I used both Fyrinnae pressing solution and alcohol, in an equal ratio, for the perfect texture. More mixing medium = more solid finish to the pressed product, more alcohol = more dusty.)
1. Mix ingredients if there are different ones, to get an even powder.

2. Add solution, bit by bit, and mix in. Keep adding until it’s a mucky substance that is evenly wet, like a paste.
(see? I added the Mineral Finish to ensure my final product would be the same shade as the loose one, because when I tried it the first time I found that the finished product was a little more brown. And now they’re the exact same!)

3. Keep adding solution until pasty, then smooth down as best you can with the spatula.

4. Clean edges and let dry almost completely. (I was so tempted to leave it looking like this!)

5. Using a flat-bottomed object the same diameter on top of a piece of fabric or paper towel, press. I used the bottom of a small wine glass, and it fit perfectly!Tomorrow: relabelling that compact!

DIY projects

Monday, September 29, 2008

I want to make these, inspired by Martha Stuart. The first is a ribbon storage box, and the latter a charging station. (tut on the latter, just follow the link) God, I’m lame. I should be clubbing and having fun, not doing weekend projects like a lame-ass fortysomething burnout.

On the other hand, everything will be clean! I love clean!

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