DIY Nail Polish Catalogue

DIY Nail Catalogue for FB Insta

I moved recently, and the most jarring part of it was the amount of beauty products I own and the lack of organization among them. So I picked up a new organizational item from Ikea that, once I get the inside drawers how I want them, I will be sharing here.

The one drawer that is how I want it is my nail polish drawer at the bottom. I used to keep my nail polish in a train case, but that was dark (and my collection had outgrown it), which meant that I inevitably forgot about some colours and didn’t use them. Out of sight, out of mind, I guess.

I had some free time and a cute notebook I wasn’t doing anything else with, so I decided to create an organized flipbook of all my nail polish colours. Read more!

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When Life Gives You Lemons…

Lemonade copy

It’s finally starting to feel like spring in Ottawa and that’s got me in the mood for iced beverages.

Last summer was the summer of iced tea for me, but recently, I’ve been craving something different. I bought a lemon one day, and I always have strawberries in the freezer, so I decided to make my own strawberry lemonade. It’s super quick and easy, and you can make a whole bunch and put it in the fridge or just make it by the cup like I do. Read on for recipe!

How to Add Some Oomph to Your Deep Conditioner

Conditioner

Necessity combined with interest to create this DIY.

Curly hair is the driest, brittlest, and most fragile hair type. That’s because the shape of the curls doesn’t let natural oil from the scalp moisturize the whole strand. As a result, curlies have to up the hydration in their products to compensate. Deep conditioning is a great way to do that.

Also, I’ve been dabbling in the world of DIY beauty products. It’s fun and exciting to mix up your own creations, and then you know exactly what goes into them.

I thought I’d try a variation on the typical DIY hair mask recipe – you know, banana, avocado, egg, olive oil, mayo. I thought I’d try using my favourite deep conditioner as a base, and then adding some of those weird things to it. Read more!

DIY Whipped Shea Body Butter

Finished DIY Whipped Shea

Although I love my Body Shop Body Butters, sometimes I feel like using something less fragrant to moisturize my body – so it won’t compete with my perfume, or because of headaches, or just because.

Shea butter is an amazing moisturizer. It’s thick and rich and leaves skin so soft and hydrated. However, natural shea butter is quite expensive, and so thick and, well, buttery that it’s difficult to spread.

So I thought I’d try out and modify a recipe I saw from ShamelessMaya and HeyFranHey on YouTube.

Closeup DIY Whipped Shea

The result is a fluffy, spreadable, whipped confection that smells lightly of coconuts and is incredibly hydrating. Aw yes. Read on to learn how to make your own!

DIY Lavender Curl Refreshing Spray

DIY Lavender Curl Refreshing Spray

A leaf through The Great Gatsby will tell you that lavender is renowned for its freshening properties (lavender is mentioned a lot in that book because their society is lacking in emotional and spiritual substance and fulfillment, and lavender ‘masks’ it). Several curly hair product companies sell lavender refreshing sprays. Refreshing sprays are great for second (and third and fourth and fifth) day curls because the water reactivates the product in the hair, hydrates, and lets you reshape the curls to reduce frizz.
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Meow! The Basic Cat-Eye (& thoughts on Brian Griffin)

Tools for Cat Eye

Exotic. Elegant. Elusive.

The perfect cat-eye is a tricky thing to master.

I’ve been practicing mine for about four years now, and I’ve just recently become super comfortable with it. Even so, I do mess it up sometimes, at which point I aggressively take a makeup wipe to my face to try to erase all evidence of it.

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The Chevron Manicure (a.k.a DIY Nail Stickers) (+ American Horror Story does it again…)

Chevron Nails

Chevron manicures aren’t new. I’ve been doing mine this way for probably about three years… But I still think they’re cute and relevant. Idk, okay?

You can use whatever colours you want, and this tutorial also includes ideas of other types of nail stickers you can make. Whenever I wear this, I invariably get a few people asking me how I did it. It’s super easy, so let’s get to it!

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DIY Green Tea Latte (or any other kind of tea for that matter!)

Check out that foam, folks.

Check out that foam, folks.

One of my favourite things to order at Starbucks is a green tea latte.

For those of you who don’t know what that is, they basically whisk together simple syrup, matcha powder, and foamed milk.

But I don’t like matcha (except in green tea ice cream) because I think it tastes thick (how can something taste thick? I don’t know but that’s how it tastes okay). I prefer it made with a China Tips Tazo tea bag, not a Zen tea bag. And I like nonfat milk. And I only like three pumps of syrup in my Grande rather than the standard four. And I like vanilla syrup instead of classic.

All this makes the barista pull out a cup and a Sharpie and the person behind me sigh with exasperation.

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DIY Ribbon Hair Ties

DIY Ribbon Hair Ties

Ribbon hair ties hit the market bigtime a year or two ago. They were touted as being gentle on hair (because of the soft elastic and no metal closure) and super cute on the wrist.

When I went to the mall to try to get in on the trend, though, I found that they retail for more than a dollar each. For hair ties I’m probs gonna lose by next week? Ouch.

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