ColorfulSpringEyeshadowBrownSkin

I was feeling especially colorful over the weekend and pulled together this bright, fresh spring look.

I’ve always loved wearing bright eyeshadow colors, and I think the combination of colors in the look come together really well. The nude lip also doesn’t distract from the colorful eyeshadow.

Products used: ELF Pearls of Wisdom eyeshadow base, Revlon Brazen eyeshadow palette, Rue 21 Electric Eye Palette, Estee Lauder Double Wear Mascara, ELF Matte Lip Color in Praline.

I also have some great news to announce…I decided to start a new Instagram account that will be completely dedicated to makeup, beauty, and hair! Follow along here.

Painted Rug DIY

Today you learned you can paint a rug. 

For the record, even if I was told that I cannot paint a rug I probably would have embarked on this project anyway, simply because the grey rug I had plopped in the middle of my room for six months looked so boring it made my eyes hurt.

Painting a rug is a cost-efficient, labor-intensive, but ultimately rewarding DIY project for anyone who has a plain rug that they want to jazz up. And trust me, nice rugs are expensive. Why not buy a cheaper rug and paint it to look exactly how you want?

Paint A Rug DIY

I started with a 9×6 rug that I bought at Big Lots for I believe around $30. Then I bought a quart of Behr matte white latex paint for about $12, and some cheap paint brushes and palette for about $3 more. So in all this project cost me about $45, way less than what you would expect to pay for a rug at West Elm.

I used this stencil that I printed on 11×17 paper. 

So here’s how to paint your own rug:

Start out by cutting out your stencil and lining it up on the top corner of the rug. Trace the outline of the stencil with a permanent marker. Repeat this process all over the rug. This took me about 6 hours total. 

Paint Rug Tutorial

Next, paint your rug. I used a small, flat round brush and filled in the stencil with stippling motions. I found that trying to brush the rug didn’t work. This process isn’t fast, but try to be patient and thorough. You can go back with a second coat if the first isn’t as opaque as you’d like.

Painted Rug DIY

Pinterest Paint Rug DIY

Whew! Eight hours of painting later, and my rug is completed! I plan to go back in and do another coat soon to make the paint darker. But overall, I’m happy with how this turned out. It was a fun DIY project and my most intense to date. I look forward to more DIY-ing in the future.

Hope you found this painted rug tutorial helpful! Go ahead and share with someone who might be interested in doing this.

BS Mall Brushes Review

When I first spotted these $10 BS-Mall brushes on Amazon a few months ago, I thought I was being punk’d. $10 for 10 makeup brushes?! Was that price adjusted for inflation?

Sure, these brushes have a 5-star review and (I learned later) are apparently one of the best-selling makeup items on Amazon, but $10 for a pack of makeup brushes couldn’t be that great. I bought them fully expecting to perhaps throw them in the trash within the week. 

Ladies and gentlemen, I was so, so wrong. 

These brushes are very soft and look much more expensive than they are. They have a nice weight and a wooden, not plastic-y feel. I’ve been using these brushes for a few months now and have experienced zero shedding or noticeable wear. Some reviews claim that the brushes have a chemical smell when you first open them, but I didn’t experience that at all. These are the best synthetic brushes on the market for the price, and you can’t live without them.

So, your priority this week is to buy BS-Mall brushes. And check out my previous post on the 5 Makeup Brushes Every Beauty Beginner Needs while you’re at it! 

The BH Cosmetics Shaaanxo Palette was one of those rare makeup items I bought the same day I heard about it. Impulse purchases have always been my Achilles’ heel, but this impulse buy worked out because I really like this palette!

I’ve never seen a palette like this before – but let me know if you have. One side of the palette contains nine eyeshadows and the back side has nine lipsticks. Crazy, right! But oh so genius! Now you know why I had to buy it as soon as I saw it 🙂

Check out my video below to see my first impression and full swatches of this palette. And let me know in the comments section what you think of the colors and swatches. 

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

The only thing better than chocolate chip cookies, is mini chocolate chip cookies.

I nabbed this mini chocolate chip cookie recipe from Yammie’s Noshery and it is absolutely divine. I strategically made these the same day I attended a housewarming party so I wouldn’t be faced with the temptation of being left alone with three dozen cookies. They were a total hit and got gobbled up very quickly. Bottom line: you must bake these cookies!

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 1 stick of softened butter
  2. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  3. 1/4 cup white sugar
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  6. 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  7. 1 cup cake flour
  8. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  9. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  10. 1/2 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until combined. Sift in the flours, salt, and soda. Mix until just combined and stir in the chocolate chips. Refrigerate until firm, or throw it in the freezer (my dough took about 2 hours to firm up).
  2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350ºF.
  3. Scoop cookie dough by 1/2 teaspoons onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for about 5-8 minutes or until desired doneness is reached. Press some extra chocolate chips into the top at the end if desired.
Adapted from Yammie's Noshery
Adapted from Yammie's Noshery
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