Addicted to Art @ Painting with a Twist

Hi! Just a quick post to show you my new addiction. I painted these two colorful canvases at my new favorite hang-out, Painting With A Twist. I love everything about this place, the atmosphere, the music, the people, and of course, the art. You sign up and pay online for a painting that you want to do on a designated night, and you get a step-by-step art lesson with the materials to create your masterpiece. You can bring snacks and beverages to make the experience complete, and you leave with your cool new painting. I would much rather do this than hang out at a smelly bar. Art was always my favorite subject as a kid, until I got to college, where it was stressful and filled with silly discussion about how each brush stroke had a profound meaning. Well, I ain’t got time fo’ that! There is no judgment, no critique, and you are free to make your painting your own at this place – all while jammin’ out to your favorite tunes. If you love to paint, check it out!

L’Oreal Feria Wild Ombre Review

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Last weekend I finally tried L’Oreal’s Wild Ombre after watching countless YouTube tutorials and reviews on the product over the last six months. I was becoming quite blasé about my solid dark brown, so I thought what the heck, if it doesn’t work out, I’ll just chop my hair short, which has happened a few times in the past due to bad DIY hair experiments. Having a professional do this costs major beaucoup bucks at the salon, and this nifty ombre-in-a-box is $9 at Walmart. So how’d it go? Well… me likey, me likey a lot!!! It was as easy as brushing your hair. I pretty much followed the directions, leaving it in for 30 minutes. I was nervous about damaging my hair, so I deep conditioned after rinsing it out, and no damage at all! I would definitely use it again and recommend it to friends. It was the highlight of my weekend for sure…is that sad? Oh well. Sorry I didn’t do a video on this, but there are a bagillion video tutorials on this product already. I’ll try to post more pics soon. Bye!!

DIY Braided Rhinestone Necklace

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Well hello! I made this necklace over the summer after perusing one of my favorite creative blogs, Honestly WTF.  If you haven’t checked out this site, oh my gosh, go now! So inspiring. I followed this tutorial pretty much exactly, making two necklaces, which I eventually decided to stitch together to make the one necklace shown above. The bottom rhinestone necklace is an old piece of pageant jewelry that I wore to a formal dance back in grade school. The top single rhinestone strand I found at Joann Fabrics. Now I’ll be honest with you, this maybe one of the trickiest DIY projects that I’ve tried, especially because I’m new to working with embroidery thread. It was a little challenging to braid, but hey, if I can do it, YOU can definitely do it. After I finished this piece, I felt a huge sense of accomplishment, especially because I’ve seen necklaces like this retail for BIG bucks, while I spent about $6 for the materials. It was so much fun picking out thread colors, I guarantee you will spend most of your time staring at the embroidery thread selection trying to decide which color(s) you want for your necklace. Hope you give it a try!

Watercolor Nail Tutorial

Hi! Here is a simple and fun nail idea for you. I am obviously obsessed with using makeup sponge wedges to paint my nails. Trust me, it is not any more time consuming than painting your nails the traditional way. You can use any combination of colors – pastels, neons, glitters, metallics – the options are endless. I think pastels look best with this look, but use whatever floats your boat. Watch the tutorial in HD for best quality.

DIY Ombre French Tip Manicure Nail Tutorial

Hello! Here is a super easy nail tutorial on the ombre french tip manicure. You will see that this modern version of a classic nail look is much easier and less time consuming. I always have a difficult time getting the silly white line straight anyway. Lets face it, white nail polish is a stubborn color to work with. Nails will dry quickly because you are not using very much polish, and this method is basically fool proof. This look would be great for your wedding, no? Want to turn this into a gel nail manicure? Well that’s easy, click here for my DIY gel nail tutorial. Watch the video in HD for best quality.


Cups Tutorial “When I’m Gone” Pitch Perfect (The Cup Song)

I thought now would be a good time to take a little reprieve from DIY-ing, makeup, and other frivolous things to kill some time doing something random. In comes Cups. You know, the Anna Kendrick cup song from Pitch Perfect. I decided to make a little tutorial on how to perform the cup pattern for this clever little ditty. Hope you are intrigued. This is quite addicting, and you may get the urge to bust out in song at the sight of a plastic cup. Maybe this can be your next party trick. I added Anna Kendrick’s cover in the Grooveshark player on my homepage if you want to clap and tap away to the actual song. Have fun! Tutorial starts at 1:48.


DIY Sailor Knot T-Shirt Headband Tutorial (No Sew)

There are many T-shirt headband tutorials out there, but do you really want a headband that looks like you cut the sleeve off your shirt and put it on your head? I saw an adorable multi-colored sailor knot headband at the mall, but after seeing the $18 price tag, my heart broke as I placed it right back on the rack. I dug through all my old shirts and found quite a few candidates for the new headband I was about to fashion. Advice? Pick the right T-shirt(s)! You want your shirt to be long, stretchy, and, if you are like me, colorful. I made quite a few of these – one for everyday of the week. Hope you enjoy! Watch the video in HD. 


Gradient Ocean Glitter Nail Tutorial

Watch the tutorial in HD – it’s better that way. To make up for the lack of nail posts over the past few months, I’ve apparently made nails and nail art my main focus the past few weeks. Here’s another one for you, perfect for these upcoming summer months: ocean nails, mermaid nails, beach nails, whatever you want to call it. It took me five nail polish colors and some blotting action with the makeup wedge to create this gradient, glittery beach manicure, which sounds awfully time consuming, but it really didn’t take any longer than just normally painting my nails with one color. It is more sparkly in person – very eye-catching.

Here is the photo I posted on my Instagram. This was my first time working with makeup sponge wedges, a technique that always intimidated me. If you feel the same way, don’t worry- it is easy! You really can’t go wrong with these colors together, and the glitter is really the highlight of the look. Hope you give this manicure a try!

DIY Gel Nails (No UV light)

Hello! This is my fourth time doing my own gel nails at home, and let me tell you, this stuff is amazing. Did you know that you can do your own gel nail manicure at home using your own normal nail polish and no UV light? It will make your nails look thicker and freshly polished even after two weeks. Here’s how:

You will need GELOUS Advanced Nail Gel Coat from Sally Beauty Supply, ANY nail polish color of your choice, and ANY clear top coat of your choice.

1. Apply one coat GELOUS onto clean, smooth, dry nails. Let it set for a few minutes.
2. Apply another coat GELOUS. Let set.
3. Apply one coat nail polish. Let it dry.
4. Apply another coat GELOUS. Let it set for a couple minutes.
5. Apply another coat nail polish. Let it dry.
6. Apply one layer clear top coat. Let dry. DONE.

To remove your gel nails, use acetone nail polish remover, and it’s a breeze. Enjoy your beautiful nails! Watch in HD for best quality video.


DIY Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair

Dry shampoo has been a MUST HAVE in my daily hair care routine for the past three years. I’ve gone through countless spray cans of different brands (Psst!, Tresemme, John Frieda, Garnier, Oscar Blandi, Batiste…to name a few), spending way too much for very little product. I started to use plain old baby powder, sprinkling it directly on my roots and rubbing it in, and I found that it worked just as well or even better at giving my hair added volume and combating greasiness. I continued to do this for months until one day I was at work, and I happen to catch a glance of my hair in the mirror. It looked like I had smeared a powdered doughnut all over my head. It was even more noticeable because I had my hair up in a ponytail, a voluminous, bouncy, GRAY colored ponytail. Horrified, I vowed to figure out a way to darken the powder… and that is just what I did. Oh, and your hair will smell a little chocolatey. Yum!

THE RECIPE: Mix 3 parts cocoa powder and 1 part cornstarch and/or baby powder in a small container. I lucked out and found an old Maybelline loose face powder container, which is perfect because it sprinkles just the right amount. Depending on how dark your hair is, you may need to tweak the recipe to make it lighter or darker. To darken the mixture a little bit more, add some cinnamon to the mix. Sorry for the lack of specific measurement, but I don’t measure anything. I just go freehand! Mmmm…my hair smells like cookies.Because this container works so well, I just hold the container in my hand and sprinkle the powder directly onto my roots and rub it in with my fingers. If you don’t have a nifty container like this one, you can just take a fluffy face powder brush and dip it into the dry shampoo and dab on to your roots. Other container ideas: salt/pepper shaker, mineral powder foundation containers (like BareMinerals), powdered sugar container/shaker, empty baby powder container.

QUICK TIP: Did you know that the best way to use dry shampoo is to apply it BEFORE you actually need it? If your hair is already oily before applying it won’t work as well. Apply at your roots and rub it in right after your hair is washed and dried. It will extend the life of your style, give you volume and thickness, and it will prevent your hair from becoming oily.

Watch in HD for best quality video! If you like this post, you should check out my DIY Mineral Veil! It’s the bomb :)

DIY Shoe Clips

Shoes: Gianni Bini

My shoes now have their own accessories! These shoes clips will transform the look of your shoes from drab to fab in no time! Instead of buying new shoes, just clip on a bow or flower to your old pair. You can easily switch the clips to another pair or move it from the front to the back of the shoe for a new look. Read on for the tutorial!  Continue reading

DIY Heart Print Pattern Dress

Hey girl, whatcha doin’? Hey girl, where you goin’? Who’s that girl? Who’s that girl? It’s me, knockin’ off Zooey Deschanel’s red heart print dress. The adorable New Girl wore an adorable red dress with adorable white hearts during her SNL monologue last year. Well, I also have an adorable little red dress from H&M, but it was missing something….those little white hearts! So I went to the craft store, bought some white fabric paint, and went to town on my little red dress. It was a success, and I’m going to share with you how to do it! You can paint those hearts anywhere- dresses, jeans, shirts, whatever floats your boat!

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DIY Nail Decals

Do you or someone you love have a problem with drawing designs on your nails? You are not alone. I’m elated with joy as I bring you this mind-blowing tutorial on how to make your own nail decals. My nails are rocking the fleur-de-lis like no one’s business. Let me show you how easy this is to do. Continue reading