DIY Rapunzel Braid

  
Another Halloween, another Disney Princess costume.  This year I’ve got two princesses, My four year old Allison wants to be Rapunzel, and my 16 month old Ashley is going to be Snow White.  While we were picking out costumes, I saw a couple of Rapunzel hair options – which weren’t that great, so I decided to make my own.

I came across a few pictures of these hair braids that you can make from yarn online.  I saw a Rapunzel colored one, but this could also work great for an Elsa costume!  Just change the colors of yarn and ribbon, and you have an Elsa braid.  Maybe we will do that next year, she hasn’t gone as Elsa yet!

What you need:

 
Yarn

Colored ribbon

Flowers 

Scissors

Glue Gun

Big piece of cardboard (the size of a poster board)

  
You’re going to start off with taping the end of the yarn to the large piece of cardboard.  Pull the cardboard to the edge of the table, and start wrapping the yarn around.  You are going to wrap the entire thing of yarn around this board.  

  
It should look like this when you’re done.

  
Take your scissors and cut the top of the yarn, making one long strand of yarn.

  
Secure the top of the yarn with a ponytail holder, and thread some ribbon through the top going all the way down the yarn.

  
Start to braid the yarn.  You might need someone to help you hold the end of the braid 🙂

  
Trim the top of the yarn as short as you can get it, and trim the bottom so it’s even.

  
Bring the top part over and secure with a ribbon.  This is where the child’s head will go, so make sure to see if it fits them before securing.  Make sure to also cover up the ponytail holder with the ribbon.

  
Tie a ribbon to cover up the bottom ponytail as well.

  
Using your glue gun, glue on the flowers and any other embellishments that you want to add.

  
And there you go!  A pretty Rapunzel braid fit for a Princess!  Allie loves this, and it’s just as pretty as the ones that we saw in stores (or prettier).

Hope you guys liked this DIY, let me know if you try it out!

Thanks for reading! xx

NYX Prismatic Eyeshadows

   
I love a great shimmery eyeshadow. I rarely do a complete matte eyeshadow look – the sparkly my eyelids are, the better!   Recently, I have been trying out these eyeshadows by NYX called the Prismatic shadows.  I love NYX, and I’ve never been disappointed with their products.  These eyeshadows range from $6 -$7, depending on where you go.  ULTA usually has NYX at buy one, get one 1/2 off, so that is a great place to go to save a little bit of money on them.

The packaging is simple and cute, kind of like MAC shadows – except the top is silver, and there is cute bow detailing at the opening.

I have four shades to show you.  All of these shades are super pigmented and chock full of shimmer and sparkle.  The texture of them reminds me a lot of the Loreal Infallible shadows (which I love).  They are a soft, fine powder that almost have a creamy feel to them.

 From left to right:  Punk Heart, Girl Talk, Bedroom Eyes, Blue Jeans

  
These shadows work for me with or without a primer; they don’t crease, and they last throughout the day.  I like to apply them using my finger, or pressing them into my lids with a flat shader brush to avoid fallout.

Usually, I will put down a base eyeshadow, work a darker shade into the crease, and then put these on top.  I also LOVE how these look smudged into the lower lashline.  

Have you tried these?

GLAMGLOW Dupe?

Mud masks are some of my favorite types of masks to use, and I am always looking for a new one to try out!  Mud masks are good for purifying and clearing the skin, and the best one that I have ever tried is the Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment (the one in the white jar).  Got a full review for it here.  Now, this mask is a luxury to use from the cute packaging, to the smell, to the wonderful results you get using it.  I may have found something just as good, though!  The Sephora Collection Mud Mask.

So let’s compare the two.

  
Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment retails for $69 for 1.2 oz of product.  It comes in a heavy white jar, and is a dark gray color with chunks of tea leaves for exfoliation.  You apply the product to your face, wait about 20 minutes until it dries, and rinse it off.  This mask has a strong minty scent, and gives a nice cool tingle to the skin.  When the mask is drying, you can actually see dark spots on your face where the dirt and oil are being pulled out of your skin like a vacuum.  After rinsing, my face feels so clean and I notice an immediate difference of tightened pores.  I purchased this mask last year, and it lasted me a good 6 months using it once a week.

  

The Sephora Collection Mud Mask retails for $19 for 2.03 oz.  $50 cheaper, and a little bit under twice the amount of product (just gonna throw that out there).  Now, this mask doesn’t have as cute as packaging (with the fancy stars and stuff) as the Glamglow, but it does come in a nice heavy glass jar.  It is also a dark gray color with chunks for exfoliation, and contains zinc and copper for purifying.  You apply the product to your face in a thin layer, and immediately it is very cooling and tingly.  The scent is very strong, and I noticed it right away.  It smells like a spa – kind of floral, very strong, but nothing I can’t handle.  It dries faster than the Glamglow, after about 10 minutes it was dry and I was able to see the oil and dirt extracted from my skin (same as Glamglow).  After I rinsed, my skin felt refreshed and my pores were minimized.

VERDICT

I would consider this a dupe for Glamglow.  The application is a little bit different (the chunks and the smell), BUT the way that it feels while it’s on and the end results are the same.  I use this mask once a week, and you only need to use a little bit for a thin layer.  This is also great for spot treating pimples (they will be significantly reduced if you leave it on overnight).

I do love the Glamglow mask, but it is really hard for me to pay the $69, especially now since I’ve compared the two.  I will definitely be repurchasing the Sephora Collection mask from now on!

Have you tried either of these masks?

thanks for reading! 🙂

MUST HAVE Makeup From the Drugstore

  
The drugstore has a ton of hidden gems!  If you are on a budget, or just want to save some money, you can find everything you need to look your best right at the drugstore!

Here are my faves.

  
Loreal True Match LUMI Healthy Luminous Makeup

This is a great foundation.  Not only does it have a PUMP (which is sometimes hard to come by), but it is such a smooth and silky foundation.  So blendable, perfect for normal to dry skin, and lasts all day!  It is super easy to find your correct shade, they are categorized by warm, cool, and neutral.

  

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer

I’ve only talked about this concealer a million times here on this blog – but I need to mention it again!  I use the Brighten shade, and it is a salmon pink tone that totally cancels out dark circles.  Love this stuff.

  

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder

This powder is so soft and silky, and keeps my skin nice and matte all day long.  I use the translucent shade.

  
Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso

Peachy pink shimmer perfection, and lasts all day long.  It’s a blush and highlight all in one product.

  
Maybelline Color Tattoos

I have loved these since the day they came out.  These are no joke when they say they last 24 hrs.  They will not crease or get patchy throughout the day, and they come in a ton of beautiful colors.

  
Revlon Lip Crayons – Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains and Colorburst Matte Balms

I am drawn to anything in “lip crayon” form.  These are amazing from Revlon.  The balm stains are just like applying lip balm to your lips (so soft and moisturizing), and also leave color that lasts all day.  These matte balms are long lasting balms that dry matte but are not uncomfortable on the lips.  

  
Maybelline Master Precise liquid liner 

This is a great liquid liner from the drugstore.  Super black, dries down matte, and has the sharpest felt tip making it so easy to wing out.  

  
Maybelline the Rocket Volum Express Mascara

Favorite drugstore mascara EVER.  Black, gives tons of volume, holds a curl, gives a false eyelash look – this mascara does it all!

  
DUO Brush-On Eyelash Adhesive

I had to include this because it is life changing.  Way back when, I used to use the DUO squeeze tube adhesive, and then I found this – it is so much thinner (like superglue consistency) and easier to apply.  If you have a hard time applying lashes, try this! 

What are your favorite drugstore makeup products?

Fall Nail Colors

   
It’s a great time to switch up your nail color!  Going into the cooler seasons, I find myself swapping out my bright and pastel nail color for more bolder and richer ones.  Here are some of my favorites!

 
Julep Laken – azure iridescent shimmer, this color reminds me of a mermaid’s tail

Loreal Paparazzi Pleaser – a royal purple creme

Essie Buy Me A Cameo – metallic, rose gold neutral

Essie Style Cartel – deep regal blue creme

   
Loreal Rough Around The Edges – black with golden shimmer (textured polish – a great alternative to black creme)

Julep Bette – electric purple creme

Essie Dressed To Kilt – berry red creme

Essie Merino Cool – purple-y taupe creme, so sophisticated and chic

LVX Viola –violet blue creme

   

What is your favorite nail color for fall?

Thanks for reading! 🙂