DIYLuLu*s How-To: Makeup Remover

 

It is so important to remove your makeup at the end of the day and especially before you go to sleep. The makeup left on your face every night can lead to enlarged pores, inelasticity of your skin, and breakouts. Yuck! 
Here’s a way to create your own makeup remover at home that requires a few inexpensive ingredients and four easy steps. I love that taking care of your skin doesn’t have to be expensive!
Materials: 
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Filtered water
  • Cotton pads
  • Travel-sized container 
Instructions: 
  1. Fill the container 3/4 of the way full with filtered water and fill the other 1/4 with extra virgin olive oil 
  2. Shake gently to combine the ingredients
  3. Soak a cotton pad or cotton ball with the mixture and start wiping away that makeup! I’d suggest starting with your eyes and working towards the rest of your face

The smooth olive oil helps to gently break down your makeup and it won’t harm your skin. Just don’t forget to moisturize after cleansing!

MusicThe Idler Wheel . . . Fiona Apple’s First Album in Seven Years!

It’s been a while since we last heard our beloved Fiona Apple out with a new album (seven years in fact) but today marks the day! For all of you Apple fans, it’s time to run out and grab the epically titled, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do, or The Idler Wheel . . . for short.

When you listen to her newest single Every Single Night it only takes a second to realize that this fruitful beauty hasn’t lost a thing, especially not her affinity for a quirky-yet-sensual music video complete with octopus hat!

BeautyManicure Monday: Lace Nails with Syl and Sam

Happy Monday! It’s Syl and Sam back again to show you another cool nail technique. 

We’d noticed how there were amazing manicures online of extremely detailed designs and wondered how people achieved these looks without using nail stickers. That’s when we learned about a technique called nail “stamping”. With just a few specialized tools and nail polishes that you can buy online, you can start stamping extremely intricate designs on your nails without needing a steady hand! They’re great because buying a kit opens up endless possibilites for designs & they’re far less wasteful than nail stickers or appliques that are one-time-use items. We’re going to take the lace trend and put that on our nails today– an awesome feminine look to go with all your lacey summer dresses!

Here’s the technique we’ll be showing you today:
What you’ll need:
- Nail Polish Remover
- A base colour
- Konad Special Nail Polish
- A top coat
- Makeup Remover Pads
- Konad Image Plate, Stamp and Scraper

Start with a few coats of your base colour & allow it to dry completely before moving on to the next steps.

Now gather your Konad Stamping items together. These special tools can be purchased online & getting a starter kit costs under $25. The metal image plates are available with hundreds of different designs on them. You also need a “stamper” and a “scraper” and their special nail polish… which you’ll learn more about in this tutorial!

First, grab your special polish & apply it over the entire etched design that you want to apply to your nail.

Then take your scraper and using one swift movement, scrape off all the excess nail polish off of the design. It helps to have a piece of scrap paper sitting under your plate so that you don’t end up scraping the nail polish onto your table.

Moving VERY quickly, take your stamper tool and pick up the design from the plate. It’s important to move quickly or the thin coat of polish will dry onto the plate.

Now that you’ve transferred a detailed design onto your stamper, you can carefully stamp it onto your nail in a rolling motion.

Then clean up the plate of any leftover nail polish with a makeup pad and some remover. Be careful not to ruin any of your other nails while removing!

Now repeat all of the above steps for each nail. It seems like a lot of work, but once you get the hang of it, it does go rather quickly :) After finishing all nails, top coat them to seal in the design & be sure to take quick swipes so that you don’t smear the design.


And there you go! Amazingly intricate designs without needing to have a steady hand or any artistic skills :)

Are you going to try out nail stamping?

ContestsName the Dress Contest #105!

The contest has ended. Be sure to enter again next week!

Winning Dress Name: Sea ‘n’ Dots

Winner: Kris

BeautyHot Man-icure: Ryan Gosling Nails from Rad Nails

If any of you are as obsessed with Ryan Gosling as we are, then you’re absotively posolutely going to swoon over these nail decals from Rad Nails. Not only do they have your favorite Hey Girl face, but they also feature the not-so-ugly mugs of Joe Jonas, Robert Pattinson, Zac Efron, and Pharrell. Um, sign me up!

 
For only $18, you can get twenty in a pack, so there are enough to decorate your tootsies, too! You can choose from a clear wrap or a white wrap, so you can even create your own base if you feel so inclined.
 
 
Now, I know that you’ll be drooling over these pretty faces, but please remember they’re not edible. Sad, I know.
 
For more nail art or to buy your own set of delicious dudes, head on over to their website and shop! There are a ton of other great sets as well for all you manicure-minded missies!
 
(Images courtesy of Rad Nails.)