Saturday, 19 November 2011

Lion Paperweight - Stay away from my textbooks!

Hello all!

 Because I am on a school term right now, I am rarely ever actually at home. Normally, when I do get home I have to turn around and rush off somewhere else shortly afterwards...But don't we all?

Thus, I'm (slowly) working on a DIY revamp of my bedroom. I would like to make it as organized as possible to facilitate my rushing about... Any suggestions??

Here is a tutorial for a paperweight I just make. Paperweights seem to make any messy pile of book look a bit more organized :)

Supplies Needed
- Plastic Toy Animal (you can easily find these at most dollar stores, if you don't already have one lying around at home)
- Newspaper
- Spray Paint (any colour that you want, just make sure that the label says that it is suitable for plastics)

Step 1: Insure that your animal is cleaned and not oily. You may want to give it a quick soapy wash.

Step 2: Find a well ventilated area and lay your animal on top of a couple sheets of newspaper. This is to protect the floor, if you are doing it inside, and to keep your animal from sticking to the grass, if you are outside.

Step 3: Spray on your first coat. Make sure that you keep the spray can continuously moving as you cover the animal, this will prevent the paint from forming droplets on the surface and keep an even colour.

Step 4: Let the animal dry for an hour and then add another coat. Depending on the shape of the animal that you have chose, you may need to rotate or flip it to make sure that it is all covered.

Step 5: When completely dry, set it on top of your books to guard them!

- J

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Sparkle Sparkle - Eyeshadow Nail Polish

Howdy! I apologize for the recent lack of postings, midterms have monopolized my life for the last couple weeks...

I did, however, get a chance to try out a new nail polish trick that I had been pondering. I seem to have an abundance of makeup, specifically glittery eyeshadow, from my high school days and I have absolutely no plans on glittering up my lids ever again. So what should a girl do with an excess of glitter?

Solution: Use is as nail polish.

I've come across several tutorials for manicure that have glittery ring fingers but have been unhappy with the consistency and sparkle size in most glitter polishes. Therefore, I propose the following:

1. Paint all nails with a base coat.
2. Paint all nails with the solid background colour that you have selected. In my case this colour was grey.
3. Apply a second layer of base coat ontop of the background colour on your ring finger (or whichever finger you choose!). Base Coats are stickier and will dry with a tackier surface than will top coats or other polishes.
4. Using a Q-tip, dab the glittery eyeshadow powder ontop of the, still wet, base coat.
5. Continue to dab until the nail is fully covered. If you feel that the eyeshadow is losing its stickiness, add another layer of base coat ontop and continue dabbing until you are happy with the coverage. Make sure that you wipe off the base coat brush after every use on the eyeshadowed nail so that it does not contaminate the rest of your polish.
6. Finish off all of your nails with a top coat.

Sparkle away!
- J