Monday, October 29, 2012

manic MANI MONDAY: BLOOD

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So maybe this isn't actually very "manic" but I figured I'd start putting my nail colors up every week- and every now and then, maybe I'll do designs (again). This week I'm wearing the color "Blood" that I got from Urban Outfitters. I figured it would seem a little festive since Halloween is in a couple days. I also really enjoy red colors on my nails, it seems so classic.

Anyways, what are your favorite red nail polish colors?

Sunday, October 28, 2012

the DIY: PERSONALIZED GIFT WRAPPING

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So yes, this may be a simple tutorial/post but, we figured we would show you anyways because we loved this so much. It was so easy to personalize the wrap on this gift. Here's what you do.
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Wrap your gift in a simple one-colored paper. We used craft paper.
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Take a stamp of your choosing and stamp it all over the gift. We used a stamp on which you could choose the date so... we chose the date of our friend's birthday.
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Tear pieces of washi tape and place the over the edges.
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Tie some baker's twine around the gift. I cut two strips of two different colors (4 pieces total) and wrapped one of each color around both sides.
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Then you are done! It's just so simple and personalized and it adds an extra little touch.
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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

the TUTORIAL: CLEANING MAKEUP BRUSHES

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No, it's not rocket science but, many of us have to do it. I admit... I don't clean my makeup brushes nearly as much as I should. If you plan for it, it really is easy enough to do once a month. All you need is some baby shampoo and a couple of towels. And your makeup brushes, of course.

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Lay one of your towel down on a flat surface and roll up one of the ends.

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Better view of the rolled up towel.

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Take a brush and run it under some warm water.

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Put it in a little bit of baby shampoo, I squeezed way too much on my hand but it was fine. You won't actually need this much.

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Swirl the makeup brush around on the palm of your hand and rinse.

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Repeat over and over.

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 When there is no more lathering on your hand, the brush is clean!

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Squeeze as much water out as you can between your fingers.

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Then do the same again with a towel.

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Reshape the brush.

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Lay the brush on your rolled up towel- the handle on the roll and the brush on the flat part of the towel. This will allow water to fall away from the handle rather back into it.

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Repeat on all brushes! Let them dry overnight, AKA a while. Sometimes your bigger brushes will need to dry for a whole day. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

tunes-DAY TUESDAY: SET FIRE TO THE THIRD BAR


So, this song has been around for a minute. I had this Snow Patrol album for a long time before I gave this song a chance. I don't know why but I skipped it for the longest. Then one day for no good reason, I listened to it and hark! the song was a delight. I hope you think it's a delight as well. 
P.S. What the heck are they going on about, though? Why are you setting fire to the third bar and not the first or second bar? I don't understand. Why are you setting fire to anything? 


Monday, October 22, 2012

giveaway TIME: SHABBY APPLE (CLOSED)

It's giveaway time again! What could you win? A $50 gift card to Shabby Apple. They have all kinds of cute clothes and accessories so you'll want to know how to enter!

Visit Shabby Apple and pick your favorite dress and leave a comment below telling us what it is!

If you want more chances to win, here is what you can do...
1. Like Shabby Apple on Facebook and leave us a comment telling us you did so.
2. Tweet about this giveaway (Use link- http://bit.ly/RTWPn9) and leave us a comment telling us you did so.
3. Blog about this giveaway (Use link- http://bit.ly/RTWPn9) and leave us a comment telling us you did so.

You must have a USA shipping address to win. Please make sure that there is a way to contact you connected to your blogger account, or just put your e-maill address in the comment.

So there you have it! 4 ways you can enter to win a $50 gift card to Shabby Apple. And if you just can't wait to see if you've won- Shabby Apple was kind enough to give us a discount code for 10% off your order for the whole month! Use code OHSOPRETTY10OFF.

Good luck! Giveaway ends October 29, 2012 at midnight.

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P.S. The winners of our Pop Basic giveaway are....  Anna and Jenny!
    

Sunday, October 21, 2012

the DIY: WORDS ON A T-SHIRT WITH INK EFFECTS

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So the friendly folks over at Ink Effects sent us a bunch of colors of their product and we love it! We've already made three different things with this stuff- it's ballin'. We are still perfecting our technique but this is the project we decided to share with you. It's Casey themed.

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You will need a bottle of Ink Effects in the color of your choosing, a shirt (that contains less than 30% cotton and preferably light colored), a paint brush, and a print out of words on a sheet of computer paper. You could say anything, you could put one giant letter, a silhouette, a scene, whatever. you. want.

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Turn your print out over and fill in the letters with the Ink Effects and a paint brush. This part requires patience. If you don't have it, free hand something on a blank sheet of computer paper.

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Let the paper dry for 45 minutes.

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Lay your shirt out on a flat surface for ironing.

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Put the paper on the shirt, ink side down. Center it as best you can and hope for the best.

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Iron on the highest heat setting for at least 30 seconds. Make sure you keep the iron moving. Lift a corner up of the paper to see if the ink has transferred to the shirt. If it hasn't, keep ironing. Be sure to not move the paper in this step.

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When it has reached an acceptable color, pull the paper off and you are done.

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And there you have it. A Casey themed t-shirt. AKA nursing school makes her feel this way. 45 days until she's done- be excited!!

Does Ink Effects blow your mind? It does ours. I constantly want to be making things with this stuff like, fa' real. What would you make with Ink Effects?

Thursday, October 18, 2012

back TO BASICS: FRENCH BRAID

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There are so many great hairstyles out there these days- so many people getting their "creative" on. But in order to follow all those tutorials you find on Pinterest (or sometimes even our blog) you absolutely need to know the basics! That is why we've started a series on our YouTube channel called "Back to Basics". Today we are sharing with you our French Braid tutorial. If you don't know how to do a french braid, we hope this helps! And hopefully by the end of the video you will be able to create one of those fancy hairstyles in the pictures up top!



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