diy makeup tutorial: make your own cream blush

Love the smooth, silky application of cream blush, but can't justify putting any more cash toward your cosmetics stash? (Guilty as charged, officer.) If you've got an extra palette of powder blush or pink eyeshadow gathering dust at the bottom of your makeup bag -- say, one of those questionable off-brand kits well-meaning relatives hand out on holidays -- you're good to go for making your own cream version.

Step the First: 
Find a powder color you'd like to see in a cream blush. If you don't like what you've got, you can color-mix a few different powders, or add a plain shimmer powder.

Step Two:  
Scrape a few chunks of powder into a clean makeup palette, compact or container. You'll see here that I used the back side of a lip brush to do the scraping, but any hard-edged tool will do.

Step Three:
Crush the chunks into a fine powder -- as fine as possible! Any large crumbs will make the end result look like sprinkles in pudding.

Step Four:
Pour a few drops of your regular foundation into the powder -- but not too much, or the foundation's undertone will change the blush color. I wanted a peach blush, so the yellow undertone in my foundation was a plus, but you might want to keep yours more on the pink side.

Step Five:
Add cream. Face cream, that is, and the thicker, the better. Runny lotions and moisturizers won't work, but a heavy facial cream or shea butter makes a good base. Remember -- the less cream you add, the bolder the blush color.

Step Six:
Mix well with whatever stirring tool you're willing to sacrifice and let the cream set for a while. If the mixture is too goopy when you go to put it on, stick it in the freezer to make it harden up faster.

Step Seven:
Apply the blush with your fingertips and enjoy that healthy exercise glow without needing to actually, you know. Do anything.


storybrooke style

It's getting cold and rainy in the Northeast, and that means only one thing to my wardrobe: coats. Also boots, but mostly coats. I'm taking my winter fashion cues from Once Upon a Time this year, because despite the cast clearly freezing their asses off on the Storybrooke set in Vancouver, they always look fantastic  -- and not underdressed for CT's winter weather, luckily for me. Also, I don't think I could get away with a Night's Watch uniform in my everyday life.

Today's inspiration came from the kinda-hipster outfits Belle&co wore on the show recently, though if it were a little warmer out I probably would have gone with tights instead. Alas, I could not do the show's super-princessy hair justice -- in addition to being just plain terrible at hairstyling, mine frizzes at the slightest hint of moisture in the air. (Mom, tell me how I got your hair type, but not your curls.)

jacket: Target
blouse: uh...good question
skirt: Forever21
leggings: Charlotte Russe
boots: White Mountain

tinted moisturizer: Sonia Kashuk
powder&concealer: Maybelline
mascara: Maybelline
gel eyeliner: L'Oreal
lipstick: Covergirl
blush: you'll see in my next post!


halloween come and me wan go home

This is what I've spent the last 6 weeks making, folks: Once Upon a Time Evil Queen Regina's velveteen riding jacket from episode 2x20. May the gods of sewing have mercy on my soul.

You'd think it wouldn't take so long, no? Yeah, me too -- but I think that every time I go to make a costume, and I am wrong every. single. time. I was right up to the wire, finishing just an hour before the party. I'm not super happy with the way it turned out, as some things really got rushed, but hell if the overall effect didn't look fantastic. And my sister was happy with it, so that's all that really matters. (...she says through clenched teeth.)

No, really, I was very much enjoying myself up until late-in-the-game setbacks happened (set-in sleeves are THE DEVIL.) It's been a long, long time since I last made clothes. If not for the deadline, I might have kept my good mood and moved right into a new project.

...maybe after a break, haha.


late bloomer

This oversized Japanese maple changes foliage late every year, without fail. The oaks have already dropped their frankly awful yellow-brown leaves, so all that's left for color in my yard is this and a distant yellow splash from a larger maple creeping over the fence on my neighbor's property. I'm not ready for winter!

I'll take the coat, and leave the flowers in my hair no matter the weather.

 pea coat: Old Navy
mint dress: Chicwish
scarf: Aerie
leggings: Charlotte Russe
ankle boots: White Mountain

tinted moisturizer: Sonia Kashuk in Radiant
concealer: Maybelline in medium beige
pressed powder: Maybelline in ivory
eyeliner: Maybelline Eye Studio gel and Urban Decay pencil
Mascara: Maybelline you know the one
lipstick: Revlon in Kiss and Covergirl in Temptress

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