Category: Diy

BeautyLuLu*s How-To: Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes

Imagine how many times we use our makeup brushes on a weekly basis. It is so easy for dirt and oils to get trapped in those bristles which can lead to breakouts and clogged pores, and we don’t want that! I have found a great way to clean makeup brushes on the cheap with things that you probably already have in your kitchen. This is the easiest most efficient way I’ve found to clean my brushes at home and it works wonders!

Here’s what you’ll need: 
  • Olive oil
  • Gentle dishwashing soap
  • Plate
  • Paper towels 
  • Dirty brushes!
Let’s get started:
1. First you’ll need to combine equal parts of the olive oil and dish soap on a small plate with a little bit of tap water.
2. Swish the tips of your brushes in the mixture, one at a time. Don’t worry if the mixture gets cloudy or dirty, it’ll clean quite a few brushes before you’ll need to start over!

3. After swishing them around and getting all of the makeup off, run them (brush side down) under warm water while rubbing the bristles to get them extra clean.
4. Lay brushes flat on a paper towel and let them dry overnight 
This is such an easy how-to that will come in handy whenever your brushes need a quick cleansing. Your face and your wallet will thank you!
xoxo

DIYDIY: Studded Shoes!

I hope you guys are ready for yet another stud-ly DIY project because this one is my favorite and I almost couldn’t wait to share it with you! Studded shoes add sass to any outfit and they can be worn so many ways that having a pair in your closet is a must. When studding shoes, it’s important to pick a pair with thin enough material to push the studs through. I chose to stud the outsides of these cute oxford heels with some gold star-shaped studs mixed in with tiny pyramid studs and they became an instant favorite.
 
Materials needed:
  • Various shapes/sizes of studs
  • Clothing item you’d like to stud (cardi, denim cutoffs, booties, etc.)
  

(We studded the Bonnibel Elodie Black Lace-up Oxford Heels and we got our cute studs from KitKraft.com)

DIYDIY: Studded Shorts!

Sometimes it’s easy to get bored with things in our closets, but before you start making a donate pile, consider studding! Studding is such an easy way to spruce up an old item. Almost any item can be studded but the trick is finding the best way to arrange the studs on whatever piece you use. I took this pair of shorts and arranged a pretty pattern of pyramid and heart-shaped studs to give them an edgy look while still keeping the feminine flair.  
 
Materials needed:
  • Various shapes/sizes of studs
  • Clothing item you’d like to stud (cardi, denim cutoffs, booties, etc.)

Here are some more in depth instructions just in case:
  1. Map out your preferred arrangement of studs on the piece you’re studding and take a photo of it. Use the photo as a guide to make sure that you keep the spacing/pattern consistent throughout the piece. 
  2. Press and attach studs according to your guide. Don’t forget to push the prongs in using a flat, hard tool like the end of a screwdriver or the end of a butter knife to make sure that they don’t poke out. 
Don’t be afraid to get really creative with your stud patterns. You don’t even have to limit yourself to standard pyramid studs. Use heart or star-shaped studs to make your piece extra cute or add spikes for a fierce Gaga-esque look.
 
Ready to try this DIY? Don’t forget to Instagram your studly creation #studweeklulus so we can check it out!
 

DIYDIY: Rose Gold Eye Shadow

Rose gold is IN in a big way right now, making appearances in shoes, jewelry, and beauty products. But as common as the shade seems to be on stars like Megan Fox, Diane Kruger, Mila Kunis and Elizabeth Olsen, this up-and-coming color most likely isn’t in your home palette. No problem! You can use two existing colors to achieve this coveted look, and it’s so simple you’ll die!
What to Do: I used Urban Decay in Woodstock (fuchsia) and Toasted (sort of a suede-y bronze). Mix them one part fuchsia to two parts bronze, and there you have it! The best part about it is now you have three colors to work with instead of just one!

DIYDIY: At Home Spa Treatments

 

Spa treatments are a must for achieving that healthy summer glow, but heading to the spa can be so expensive! Before you throw on your fav pair of shorts or a cute summer dress, try these at home spa treatments with ingredients you can find in your own kitchen!

Getting summer-ready skin couldn’t get any easier than this and all it takes is two ingredients (in equal parts) per treatment to help get your skin feeling its best. 
 
1. Rosewater and coconut milk make the most relaxing and soothing bath. The therapeutic scent of the rosewater is so relaxing and the creamy coconut milk will make your skin super soft and silky. Throw a quarter cup of rosewater into your bath with a quarter cup of coconut milk and soak the stress away.

2. Honey and olive oil are a great mix for a skin moisturizer. The smooth mixture of honey and olive oil make a great moisturizing mask for your skin. Mix these two ingredients in equal parts and a keep the leftovers in a small mason jar in your shower for a quick go-to when your skin is feeling dull or dry. 

3. Did you know that brown sugar is filled with vitamin B6 (great for hair and skin) and honey has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties? This facial/body scrub will gently exfoliate while cleaning out some of skin’s impurities along the way. Scrub in a circular motion for about 30 seconds and rinse in warm water. 

 4. Lip treatments are often overlooked but a little lip balm just isn’t enough sometimes. Using safe un-petroleum jelly and raw sugar make a great little scrub for your lips when the weather dries them out. Rub a little on your lips and rinse with a warm washcloth for a smooth lip that’s ready for a gorgeous gloss. 

 5. This mixture of lemon juice and egg yolk  is great for an anti-redness facial and for spot treating pesky blemishes. Use this treatment about once a week or as needed to give your face a cool, fresh feel and take away redness from blemishes or sun exposure.