DIY With A (Re)Purpose: Gypsy Candle Holders

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If you’re anything like me, you have about one thousand (and two) empty once-upon-a-time candle holders. Just chillin’, hangin out around your house. Why? I don’t really know, maybe I’m a hoarder? All I knew is that I need to recycle half of them, and the other half I want to paint. So last night started out with Pukka Harmonise tea, which I’m really loving lately (however, let’s be honest, I moved on to beer right afterwards), lots of splattered paint, and jammin’ to Mazzy Star. P.s. that’s the best jaded radio station ever, I’m kind of addicted. Anyhow, this is what became of my collection, so far. I’m sure I’ll do about 1000 posts of ideas of how to paint them. It’s super easy, and I’m always wanting to add pretty colors to my apartment without calling (or spending) out for a tacky vibe. Also, my lighting last night was less than impressive, we’ll pretend it was amazing:

{I used: Martha Stewart Acrylic Crafts Paints via: Bubble Gum, Habanero, Metallic Gold + Martha Stewart Crafts Frost Glass Paint via: Ballet Slipper}

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 Directions: After your first base-coat dries, you want to continue with lighter paint and use swift, upwards, strokes. After the first round of the using the lighter paint around the base, you don’t want to let it completely dry. Only about half-dry. Wait until it’s a bit, well, ‘gooey’ still. That way, you can get more of a ‘swirling effect’ as you continue with your second-coat, continuing painting upwards. I played around with about a total of 3 to 4 ‘half-dried’ coats.  The colors then become more blended, and it gives the, as seen, ‘rustic-gypsy’ effect. For the ‘Bubble Gum’ candle holder, you can see I just put flecks of the ‘Habanero’ (aka red) by simply dotting where I wanted the color and used the same upwards technique. Easy & pretty cool.

I was clearly just playing around last night, so mine are pretty simple, but I was thinking how cool would black look swirled-in with all the light colors? Also, feel free to use a gloss for a more polished look- I chose the more rustic route, clearly. Here’s how I’m using mine:

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Blushing Berries: DIY Beauty

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Speaking of keeping myself balanced with fun projects, I am always up for a good DIY project- especially when it involves homemade products for your skin. There is something really light and refreshing about not questioning whether you are applying some sort of heavy synthetic chemicals or disease-causing additives on your skin. Not to mention using fun, summer-inspired, ingredients that won’t cost you ten bucks for a tube of questionable goo. I’ve been playing around the idea of creating a natural, berry cheek & lip stain…and I think I finally got it down. It’s not a hard process and definitely fun for a lazy weekend ‘craft’. It’s my first time playing around with the idea, so if anyone tries this out and has some suggestions of their own spins and tricks, do let us in my dears! Simply leave me a comment below. Anyhow, cheers to pretty berry makeup for summer evenings out! xoxo.

you will need:

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{I clearly used cupcake holders (the plastic-ish kind) because they bend really well, especially after you are pouring blackberry juice (hopefully not) everywhere}

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In first mixing bowl, add about a tablespoon of your choice of facial oil (mine is a mix of organic almond, argan, ylang ylang, and vanilla bean by a local producer called Small Keys, which is amazingness) and about a teaspoon of shea butter- mix together. First step is to Mash the blackberries in your mixing bowl, making sure you really pay attention to separating the pulp from the berry’s juice. Next Pour your berry juice (remembering to separate pulp) into your mixing bowl of facial oil and shea butter. Mix the oils and berry juice together, this is probably the hardest part because you want the color broken into the oil as much as possible. Final step is to Heat your mixture. I used the stovetop on a med-high heat for about one minute, just make sure it never bubbles- you are just looking for the color to really become a part of the oils. Carefully pour your lovely new berry lip/cheek stain into your repurposed compact; stick in the freezer just a tad bit to hang out with your skinny girl vodka (of course), so it can set. I will admit, it’s best to store your berry stain in a compact that has a deeper setting. Often times, the natural oils will change consistency depending on varying temperatures. In this case, leftover eyeshadow compacts (think, baremineral’s eyeshadow) are usually best. I simply used my compact below because it was one of the only free spaces in my makeup drawer at the moment. Keep this in mind, and you’ll be good to go.

Voila! Berries- beauty’s best friend. xoxo, loves.

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