DIY bathroom cupboard shelf

The bathroom cupboard in our master bedroom was basically a waste of space so I added a shelf in it to use up the rest of the space. I went with the “assembly required” bookshelf motif for my shelf since I had a bunch of shelf clips left over from our bookcases. This meant drilling a teeny hole into the cupboard under the sink but not THROUGH it. To achieve this I set the torque on the drill at 8 and the speed at low. I also tied a string around the drill bit at the maximum distance that it could enter the wood.

string tied on drill bit to indicate length of hole for shelf holder clip

string tied on drill bit to indicate length of hole for shelf holder clip


I measured the length of the cupboard and cut it out of a pine board that I bought for $6.80. Now, if you use the clip in the above photo you will have to cut your board smaller than you measured in order to fit. I switched to plain ol’ straight bookshelf clips
bookshelf clip

bookshelf clip


Now I have an extra shelf that I will eventually put most of my makeup on.
diy bathroom cupboard shelf

diy bathroom cupboard shelf

Upcycle mirror for little girl

My father in law left this little round shaving mirror behind during one of his visits and while I tried, I never could find a space or a use for it. Now that my daughter has a wee vanity table of her own to hold her body lotion in this incredibly dry winter air, I decided to give it to her. The “mirror” that comes on this novelty “Rapunzel” vanity is basically a reflective piece of paper, so not a real mirror after all.

plain 'ol 6 inch mirror

plain ‘ol 6 inch mirror

upcycle mirror

upcycle mirror

I used multipurpose paint; glass, ceramic, International Space Station, whatever, and drew some flowers. Because that’s pretty much the only girly thing I can draw and my daughter picked the colours. Now she can apply her “rainbows, lipz and poudz” in her own room (eyeshadow rainbows, lipstick lipz, and blush poudz from the French word “poudre” for powder).

Organize and Decorate bedroom dresser

There is no need to bother with a “before” picture, it sucked. We moved in, I put stuff wherever and voilà, cluttered dresser.

Now I’ve had some time and a bottle of Martha Stewart vintage decor paint in antique sky ($9 with coupon vs $16). I used a foam brush (I had a bag of them from somewhere) and I’ll never use a bristle brush again.  The foam gives the most even and uniform application ever.  I’ve also rounded up some bottles and containers to use said paint on and voilà, beautiful, grown up dresser.

Jewellery storage

Jewellery storage

One empty wine bottle, one empty beer bottle and one empty coffee can. I soaked and peeled the label off the beer bottle and buy then it would have been cheaper to just buy a jewellery stand- but not as pretty. I didn’t bother removing the label from the wine bottle and it turned out ok.  The ribbon came from a box of chocolates Hubby bought me.  I sort of wove it around the bottles to hold them in place.  The two bottles are for my bracelets and the can is for bulky necklaces.

jewellery storage

jewellery storage

This was an Illy coffee can that I painted.  I tore a strip off a large white cotton sheet that I use for multiple sewing projects and stuffed it in the can so the jewellery would be near the top.  I put my bulky necklaces in here.

store jewellery in shallow crochet basket

store jewellery in shallow crochet basket

reuse bowl to hold hook earrings

reuse bowl to hold hook earrings

reuse plate to hold beauty tools

reuse plate to hold beauty tools

makeup brush storage

makeup brush storage

I found a Tupperware drink container with no lid and painted it. I filled it with rice and shoved all the makeup brushes in it. For the shorter brushes I put a Dixie cup inside another and painted the outside, then tied it to the larger Tupperware with a nice ribbon.

display makeup palette

display makeup palette

I put my eye shadow palette on a small wooden easel used for plates.

jewellery storage

jewellery storage

This was a little nail and screw organizer for the tool room but I have something better for that in the garage so that left this piece homeless.  I painted the outside and wanted to pain the drawers but they wouldn’t have fit back into their little slots if I’d done that so I lined them with pretty scrapbook paper.

organize and decorate bedroom dresser

organize and decorate bedroom dresser

PS- about the paint.  It says it takes 2 hours to dry between coats, not on glass it doesn’t.  The glass bottles required 4 coats, the paper Dixie cup 2 coats, the plastic brush holder 3 coats and the coffee can 3 coats.  You’re best off waiting 4 hours between coats although 6 would be better.  Otherwise the new coat strips off the one underneath and you have to start over.

Labeling a plethora of eye makeup brushes and mark. Eye dream of glam ultimate eye shadow palette

I recently bought the gigantic eye shadow palette from mark. Avon and it’s amazing. I don’t think you’d ever need another palette. Until of course they stop making it. Anywho, the colours are all perfect for everybody, don’t require blending, shading, shaping or whatever and you still look like you spent hours on your makeup. You can blend of course if you are of that mind set, or your daughter needs to look like Elsa for her ballet recital.

Because there are a lot of colours, and I have been experimenting with eye shadow for a few years, I have a lot of brushes. In order to know which goes with what, I labeled them with nail polish. A pink swatch of polish on the brush for pink eyeshadow, a “L” on the brush for other light colours, a “dark” label on the other brush, “blending” written on the Avon eyeshadow brush which totally sucks as an eyeshadow brush and is only good for blending. Etc.

I also wrote a little colour note like “brown-pink” or “great blue” beside each colour so I could remember which was which and wear appropriately depending on my mood.

You can even wear the blackish colour all over your lids with nothing else and it looks good. How cool is that!?

I've got way more brushes, but you get the idea.

I’ve got way more brushes, but you get the idea.

labeled sponge brush too

labeled sponge brush too

Futuristic French manicure “going off the rails on a crazy train”

My daughter and I love to watch the mark. makeup videos together. Her because she’s a prima dona who loves and understands all things of the mystical, beautiful feminine; me because I have no effing clue what’s going on.

I recently gave her the summer triangle manicure http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cS0tqf6N4Z0&list=UUVnHJlLh0T4vPP1PexHg0ag&index=10 and chose this futuristic french for myself because she wanted to paint my nails. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpzUxnvV_B0&list=UUVnHJlLh0T4vPP1PexHg0ag

This is what I look like.

4 year old done manicure

4 year old done manicure

As she’s painting, I hear her singing what sounds an awful lot like Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train”. I think, that can’t be, she’s 4. But I do listen to the classic rock station in the car, so it’s always possible. I youtubed the video just to check and sure enough, that was the song. I also found out where she learned it when she pointed at Ozzy and called him Megamind. I guess they play Crazy Train in that movie.

Then we played air guitar and air drums as we sang along.

That’s my girl.

Label and date makeup for health and safety

Now is as good a time as any for makeup spring cleaning. Basically Avon has Christmas sales on makeup which made me realize just how old my current makeup is. Once opened, makeup has a shelf life after which bacteria, molds and fungi can breed in your makeup. This is also why you wash your makeup brushes. No need to have dirt kicking about to cause acne etc.

Bacteria gets introduced into your product from dirty hands, wet hands, brushes picking up bacteria from your face (there’s a natural flora there, but if the balance is upset they become opportunistic infections) and going back in the makeup pan. Products can simply degrade over time due to temperature or light or a 3 year old finding them.

Here are the “trash by” dates for makeup from Allure magazine.

Mascara 3 months once opened
Liquid foundation 6-12 months
Concealer liquid 1 year
Concealer solid/powder up to 2 years
Face powder up to 2 years, depending on water content
Blush up to 2 years if you keep your blush brush clean
Cream blush 1 year
Eye shadow, cream and powder, every 3 months
Eye liner every 3 months
Lipstick 1 year
Lip gloss 1 year
Nail polish good until it breaks down and has no colour
Tools wash every 2 weeks with mild shampoo and store upright for good air flow to dry them

Obviously if anything smells funky, turns a funky colour, or suddenly gives you a rash; throw it out.

I had pink eye two years ago and had to throw out all my makeup and start over. GRRR. This time I’m doing it because my collection has expired. Too bad too, because it took about 2 years to get all the right colours and formulations for my personal self. Naturally, in that time, Avon stopped making that blush etc so I’ve got to start all over. At least I’ve learned a few things about colour in the meantime so this shouldn’t hurt too much.

And one more reason to keep your makeup clean, in my case, I let my daughter do her makeup with my stuff so I want her skin and eyes staying pristine. I’ve already scoured the ingredient lists, only buying the ones I approve of so I don’t want anything contaminated with bacteria.

label and date makeup for health and safety

label and date makeup for health and safety

This is my cream eyeshadow tray. First, with a toothpick and nail polish, I wrote the colour on each pot lid. There are correspondingly labeled brushes to go with them. Then I used my label maker to print the purchase date and stick that on the lid too, in this case Oct 2013.

This means I need to buy the new Mark. Clutch and Go palette to replace my eyeshadow by December-mid January (can’t remember exactly when in October I bought these).

Mark gloss gorgeous stay on lip stain swatches esp Showy, Spicy, Vibe

I found this blog post that does an excellent job of reviewing the gloss gorgeous lip stains.

http://www.beautyjunkiesunite.com/WP/2013/06/05/mark-gloss-gorgeous-stay-on-lip-stain-review-photos-swatches/

She does Spicy, Showy, Vibe, Frilly and Lolli.

The only one that isn’t accurate is Showy and I just happened to have ordered that one so here it is. When it fades to a stain it stays the same colour.

Showy in natural light shade

Showy in natural light shade

Showy in sunlight

Showy in sunlight

Showy is exactly what the name says, a showy fuchsia.

Bella and Pop go on as exactly the same colour, a pale rose that will suit anybody. When the gloss turns into a stain however, Pop stays rose and Bella goes coral.

Bare is a useless colour because it’s basically a clear gloss for anyone with pigmented lips. If you have very pale lips you might get some colour out of this one. Otherwise, just use Vaseline.

Spicy is a very nice, light cinnamon brown.

mark gloss gorgeous Spicy, natural light, sun

mark gloss gorgeous Spicy, natural light, sun

mark gloss gorgeous Spicy, natural light, shade

mark gloss gorgeous Spicy, natural light, shade

mark. gloss gorgeous Spicy painted on a white kleenex

mark. gloss gorgeous Spicy painted on a white kleenex

Vibe

mark gloss gorgeous vibe swatch

mark gloss gorgeous vibe swatch

It’s a bit more concentrated in real life, something about the lighting again, but it’s gorgeous. An easy, wearable but date night appropriate pink-red.

Reuse empty makeup compacts

I bought the Mark. Mosaic blush in Love Rush because it was on sale for $3 and is the perfect rose pink for everyone. These mix-&-match items sell for less than average because you have to buy the makeup case separately. I didn’t want to spend an extra $8 for the small case or $12 for the large case to put the blush in so I made do with an empty compact I had and my glue gun.

I used the circular one and glued the pan in place.

I had just given the empty compact to my kids to play with but now I know better and I have one or two (ONLY, don’t want clutter) on hand at all times, in case they come in handy.

Avon Mark Juice Gems reviews

I’m referring to the current Juice Gems that you can buy, as of July 2013 which are:
Honeydew
Raspberry
Pomegranate
Fig
Papaya and
Snow Peach

These ones no longer exist (unless you go on ebay):

Mango Tango, Berrylicious, Blackberry, Strawberry, Cherry Pop,
Candy Cane, Gingerbread, Iced Cookie, Candy Apple
Lemon Sugar, Retro Red
Crème Caramel, Chocolate Fondue and Buttercream Brioche

and that’s all the internet and my memory had to offer up for previous incarnations of Juice Gems.

The difference between pictures and reality:

(Box 1)The fig juice gem looks like the palest part of the swirl, the honeydew juice gem is clear, the snow peach juice gem looks like the honeydew, the papaya juice gem looks like the snow peach, and the pomegranante juice gem looks like the papaya.

Only honeydew, raspberry, pomegranate, fig, papaya & snow peach are available.

Only honeydew, raspberry, pomegranate, fig, papaya & snow peach are available.


None of these below box 2 colours are accurate at all, they’re way too dark, except for the raspberry juice gem. It’s bright.
Only honeydew, raspberry, pomegranate, fig, papaya & snow peach are available.

Only honeydew, raspberry, pomegranate, fig, papaya & snow peach are available.


(Box 3)The pomegranate juice gem (4th from bottom) is the snow peach (bottom swatch) colour. The papaya juice gem (2nd fr bottom), honeydew juice gem (2nd fr top) and fig juice gem (3rd fr bottom) have SPARKLES. The snow peach juice gem (bottom) is practically clear.
Only honeydew, raspberry, pomegranate, fig, papaya & snow peach are available.

Only honeydew, raspberry, pomegranate, fig, papaya & snow peach are available.

Here’s what I think. The colours are very, very pale, much more so than these pictures. They are also much lighter than the colour in the tube even. For $7 I expect more pigment or I’d just put Vaseline on my own lips.

I tried them all but the only one I kept was pomegranate. It does give a hint of soft and toned down pink to my lips with loads of moisture. As for each juice gem having the same flavour and smell as its name, meh. I didn’t find that true at all which is preferable to me because I don’t like flavour in my lipgloss.

The application tube slant is fine but once the tube is half empty you better start storing it upside down or you’ll never be able to squeeze out your gloss in any kind of hurry. The finish is what husbands call sticky, but I like that heavy feel in my lipglosses so it doesn’t bother me. These don’t wear out or off during the day and since they’re so pale they’re very easy to reapply.

Here are a few swatches http://makeupfancyblog.blogspot.ca/2013/01/review-mark-juice-gems-old-favorite.html Raspberry juice gem, Pomegranate juice gem and snow peach juice gem

$7 is a lot to pay for a chapstick so I financially advise you to pick something else.

Repurpose coffee mugs

One of the things I am really looking forward to as a mother is starting my collection of “#1 Mom” coffee mugs. Since my kids are still too young to buy me Mothers’ Day gifts, I bought myself this angel mug:

Sadly my son got a hold of it one day and that resulted in the three chips in the top rim. Nonplussed I moved it to the bedroom dresser to hold my makeup brushes. Powder brush on the left, to add a light dusting of bronzing powder to the face to warm up the complexion; blush brush (both from mark. Technically I sell the stuff, but mostly I just buy it) on the right to delicately place blush on the apples of my cheeks. Honestly, I am surprised by how essential these brushes are to the whole made up effect. I bought a kabuki brush too, but it’s not actually good for anything.

Yes my brush cup is resting on a hand towel but my sister monogrammed it with my initial and some fantasy dragons. This way it’s getting used but not dirty.

Hubby had a green, funny face coffee mug that our son (again) dropped on the floor and the handle broke off. I relocated the cup Hubby didn’t want to throw away to the bathroom to hold his toothbrush and toothpaste.

I grew a delicate orchid in a bunny shaped mug (those things are so hard to CLEAN).

We’ve got a promotional NSCC travel coffee mug on our little kitchen island to hold the drinking straws for the kids.

There’s an ugly mug on the computer table to hold the pens and pencils.

Extra glasses make excellent impromptu flower vases.

If you don’t care about the mug breaking, put bubble mix in it and send the kids outside to blow bubbles. They may start digging with the cups after.

Grow a herb garden on a kitchen window sill.

The kids like to snack on marshmallows occasionally so I put a bunch in an insulated, travel, coffee mug with lid on the island counter beside the straws. Then I printed a picture of a marshmallow to tape to the container so they’d know what’s in it.

If you don’t have little ones or husbands who’ll eat the whole lot, put tasty candies in a mug on a coffee table.