DIY Printed Clock

This DIY by PS I Made this (which is one of the coolest DIY Tumblrs) is genius in its simplicity. Seriously! It’d also make super cool (plus easy heehee) housewarming gifts.

 

Calling all analog girls living in a digital world: put a little boom in your tick tick with this wall clock makeover! We gave a plain old timepiece a graphic upgrade with some rooster print wallpaper from Voutsa; it adds major face value and instantly wakes up any wall.

To create:  Disassemble the clock by removing the cover, clock face and hands. Use a pencil to trace the clock face onto the back of the printed wallpaper, then cut out the circle with scissors. Adhere the printed clock face to the base with double sided tape. Reassemble the rest of the clock, insert batteries and hang where desired.

Isn’t that neat?  Just brainstorming, here:

  • Walmart sells lots of plain, black framed plastic clocks for cheap.  Target has some cheaper black clocks but they also have a small collection of affordable, neat colored ones, too!   I have a green clock from Target, I know they make white, teal, red, black, and…silver?  You’ll have to check your local store or online.
  • I’m thinking that it’ll be easier to switch out that wallpaper with regular scrapbooking cardstock.  Or fabric.  I think cardstock would be easiest.
  • Cool way to dress up your new clock: put accents where the numbers are supposed to be!  I’m thinking flat-backed crystals, some metallic scrapbooking elements…Ooh, this will be fun!

This project is definitely up there in my DIY queue.  Fast, easy, and cheap!  Those are my favorite criteria, haha.  If you do end up making this clock, I’d love to see it!  :3

September 2014 Birchbox: Fashionista Forward Box

I feel like whenever Birchbox offers a special curated box (and gives the option to pick it vs. a regular box for that month), I HAVE to pick it.  I just have to.  I kind of feel that BB makes these special boxes….special?

This month, BB offered the Fashionista Forward box—they partnered up with Fashionista.com!

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What do you guys think?  I’ve actually gotten two of these products in the past…two months or so: the CR Eyeliner and the Naobay lotion.  I actually really like the eyeliner, even if it is in silver—it glides on really smoothly!  I wish it was waterproof though.  I normally wear it by drawing a rough line then smudging it, then neatly defining my lashline with black.

I’m REALLY excited for that dr.brandt kit—I’m hoping that it’s (generous) samples of every item in that kit!  I’m rather fond of dr.brandt products…plus, I’ll be going on a week long business trip and you know how much I love it when BB helps me pack.

Interesting—that conditioner looks like hair spray, but it’s not.  Supposedly it cleans and volumizes at the same time.  Neat? And that mascara—it promises to fulfill the 3 golden ideals of mascaras: curl, length, volume!  We’ll see (I’m partial to Japanese fiber mascaras.  To be fair, I’m using the Makeup Is Forever mascara that came in Sephora’s Birthday Kit for this year and I like it a lot!)

Did any of you guys get a regular BB this month?  I’m kind of jealous!  It’s BB’s anniversary box so they’ll be sending out specially printed ones.  So neat!  :)

New Box Subscriptions

Why, hello Stranger!  Or rather…I am the stranger.  ;_;   I’ve fallen off of the posting wagon lately so I just wanted to give you guys an update on future posts, to come!

Walmart Beauty Box

Yes—Walmart!  Walmart is offering a $5 beauty box that ships every season.  Technically, the box is ‘free’ and the shipping costs ‘$5′.

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I ordered my box about two weeks ago—once it comes in, I’ll definitely be sharing!  I think it’s pretty clear that it’ll all be drugstore items…but now I’m wondering what the variety will be?  If it’s all products like NYX or Wet N Wild, I will be disappointed but not entirely surprised.  BUT if Walmart is teaming up with Maybelline and Revlon to perhaps launch new products….then that would be something else, entirely!  But overall, I guess you can’t go wrong with 5 bucks.  (Or can you?)

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Total Beauty Boxes

Total Beauty is doing a ‘Better than Black Friday Warehouse Sale.’  Buy 2 bags for $30 with their promo codes!  Not bad, given that a regular bag goes for $20.  (I was able to use this code to order 3 boxes, maube two weeks ago, but not sure if that code still applies)

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There were only a few grab bags to pick from when I ordered—they added a lot more, and these new choices seem more appealing that then one I got!  I’ve never ordered from Total Beauty before so this will be interesting.  Just got confirmation that this will be in my mailbox soon.  :3

 

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POPSUGAR Must Have September Box

I got suckered into getting this box because of the scarf.  But why?  I don’t even get to wear scarves?!  (It is still 90 degrees, sometimes.  *SIGH*)  Thank you godessy!

popsugar-sept-2014What do you guys think?  I love the scarf (I think it’s perfect for fall), I’m rather fond of Rifle Paper Co (Idk about those dancing girls though)….but hair spray?   My first impression was meh but I think if i can learn to use it properly, I will love it.  And those pencils are adorable!  I wish I had them for my bridesmaid gifts.

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PS:  Just curious—-when in fall can you guys bring out your leather jackets and boots?  I saw all these cute leather jackets on Pinterest the other day and I am in love!  I will never, ever, EVER have a reason to wear a leather jacket in Hawaii…but they’re so cute!  I have to make sure my future vacations are all in fall and spring on the Mainland.  Haha~

DIY Pumpkin Spice Lattes/Frappuccinos

Confession: I have never tried Starbucks’ legendary PSL—Pumpkin Spice Latte.  Or the even more legendary PSF—Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino!  (I’m more of a peppermint person, I love skinny Peppermint Mocha Lattes!)

All of the ladies at my office were super excited this week—PSLs are now available at Starbucks!  Once September rolls around, everything automatically starts rolling into ‘Fall’ mode…(I can’t do it!  Not until the temperature starts to drop.  It was still in the high 80s yesterday)

So to help myself transition, I’m going to make my own PSLs at home!

First up is Recipe Girl’s homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte!

It looks delicious but a bit too sweet.  I’m going to skinny-fy it (less sugar/more Splenda) and omit the whipped cream…I’ll add frothed skim milk, instead.  OH I have to share my Nespresso machine with you guys!  Mine has a frother built-in—it’s so easy and it’s. the. BEST.

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If a frap is more your thing (blended ice?  yes please!), come over and we’ll make skinny Pumpkin Spice fraps.  And we’ll blow kisses to Sally for the recipe because we’re saving $$$ and cals!

 

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I think it’ll feel more like Fall once it hits….late September.  Or rather—when I can *FINALLY* wear jeans outside without feeling like I’m being baked alive.  And a sweater!  I can’t wait till it’s sweater (albeit with shorts haha) weather!

August 2014 From the Lab: Summer Essentials Collection 2

Sometimes, I feel like…August is the beginning of summer.  This is purely from a weather perspective (of someone who lives in Hawaii).   June was beautiful and still cool (like Spring), July was beautiful and a little warm (still like Spring), and August is beautiful but SO GOSH DARN HOT!  Full on Summer mode.   June and July were fun beach months but August is making sure that I must absolutely be at the beach (its a requirement) because it’s too hot and humid to be anywhere else but the water.

Which is why From the Lab’s August 2014 collection is coming in handy: Its the Summer Essentials Collection 2!  (This is the companion to July’s box—the Summer Essentials Collection).

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The Summer Essentials Collection 2 comes with 3 products:

  • Transforming Hair Cleanser No. 724
  • Body Serum No. 580
  • Face Scrub No. 597

The hair cleanser is interesting because its a combination of traditional oils and stem cells (from raspberries???!!!) that cleans and protects your hair—without suds.  I’ve never used an oil-based product with my hair before, and I was a bit wary because summer = oily hair + sweat….and I have fine hair so anything ‘heavy’ weighs down my strands….but I’ve been throughly pleased with this cleanser so far!  I LOVE that I don’t have to use a conditioner with this product, and my hair is never greasy.  My hair feels soft and clean (without being stripped) and I have a pretty healthy amount of volume, without styling!    The only thing that’s just meh for me is the container.  It’s a squeeze bottle with a twist cap that would normally work fine with other products—-but it’s a bit awkward in the shower when you squeeze oil in one hand and try to twist the top back on one handed.  Also—B thinks that it smells like Fritos.  *SIGH*  I swear it doesn’t.  BOYS.

The body serum is plain amazing.  Because it’s hot as u97859-951-lk;jfkl;dajdf;a in Hawaii lately—I never ever ever want to put on moisturizer, even though I know my skin would love it, with all the sun I’ve been getting.  Shea Butter is definitely a no-no.  It really does feel like you’re slathering thick, creamy butter on your skin.  And it just sits there….ugh.  This body serum is extremely *EXTREMELY* light.  And it’s like a gel so my skin absorbs it really quick.  Yay for antioxidant benefits!  I apply this after I get out of the shower (it’s still like…85 degrees and higher at night) and my skin doesn’t feel claustrophobic under my moisturizer at all.

I’ve been raving about these products….but honestly, my favorite in the whole box was the Face Scrub.  It smelled nice—totally like a high-end luxury product (a faint hint of raspberries!).  Think—super luxury St. Ives!  Haha.  The granules are super super fine and I feel like my skin was gently (yet effectively) exfoliated.  I alternate between this and my Clarisonic Mia (I exfoliate every other day) and I have been really happy with the texture of my skin.

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Voila!  I think this is definitely my favorite From the Lab box so far (yes!  I do like it better than last month’s box) because I have used every single product since I got it in the mail, and I’ve been pleased with them all.   I hope they send more skincare next month—-or perhaps a tinted moisturizer?  I haven’t tried a face moisturizer from them, yet.  I’m definitely looking forward to next month!

PS: If you wanted to try, From the Lab subscriptions are monthly and start at $21.20 a month!