How to apply false eyelashes

I have always had a love/hate relationship with false eyelashes. I loved the way they looked on other people, but I just couldn’t ever achieve a believable false eyelash look on myself. Part of it could be that I wasn’t exactly sure how to put on lashes, but I also blame the fact that I have pretty unique shaped eyes. It wasn’t until I was in beauty school and we started learning about makeup and eye shapes that I realized that my eyes had something different about them that nobody else in my class had. I had what I like to call “eye flaps”. Not exactly the most flattering name, but it was the best I could come up with. In the inside corner of my eyes, I have extra skin that covers my tear ducts. You will see this on a few different people of different ethnicity than I am, but for a white girl it is pretty weird. Over the years, I have actually really learned to love my “eye flaps”, but that wasn’t the case when it came to false eyelashes. None of the synthetic ones I tried looked good. They all seemed to go against that extra skin, making my face look very wide and awkward. I gave up on false lashes and tried to perfect my mascara application instead.

Then, I was approached by a brand called Esqido false eyelashes. They make really nice mink false eyelashes. They wanted me to give their lashes a try, so I told them to send some my way so I could try them out. You guys, I wouldn’t ever give you a product recommendation that I don’t actually believe in. Esqido didn’t pay me to do this post. I want you to know that I LOVE their lashes! They actually fit my eyes, they stay on, and they last for what seems like is forever because of the quality of their lashes. I feel like because they are made of natural material, they are a little more pliable and can fit on any eye shape! Because I finally have perfected putting on false eyelashes, I have been asked about them a lot and decided to do a little video to show you how to apply false eyelashes!

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Instagram Christmas Ornament UNDER $2!

It is probably no surprise to you that I am a huge fan of Instagram. It quickly became my favorite form of social media and is still my very favorite! I love the gorgeous photos people put on their feed. I also enjoy finding new, interesting people to follow as well. I am also a sucker of hashtags when it comes to Instagram. I use them in their proper form so that my photos will be categorized, but I am also a fan of the “tongue in cheek” hashtags that happen within the Instagram culture. That’s why I knew that I needed an Instagram Christmas ornament for my tree this year!

Instagram Christmas Ornament Easy Tutorial to make this for under $2 on www.girllovesglam.com

This ornament turned out just the way I imagined it! It took me about 15 minutes to make it and it costs less than $2! These would be perfect gifts to make for your friends and family. [Read more…]

Chain Link Leather Bow Bracelet

I collaborated with a few of my favorite bloggers to bring you some of the best black and white projects ever!

The Happy Housie That's What Che Said... 52 Mantels Bombshell Bling The Cards We Drew Dimple Prints Giggles Galore Girl Loves Glam Giggles Galore Image Map

Girl Loves Glam | The Happy Housie
That’s What {Che} Said…  |  52 Mantels
Bombshell Bling  |  The Cards We Drew
Dimple Prints  |  Giggles Galore

I love classic black and white. Things get even better when gold is involved too. That could be why I am obsessed with this bracelet. It could also be because it mixes my favorite hard and soft elements too with a leather bow and chain. So much goodness in one little bracelet.

Leather Bow Chain Bracelet Tutorial on www.girllovesglam.com

Instead of using white leather cord, I used a really light gold that kind of resembles white when it is in the light because I felt like it would look a little more classic without such a high contrast. I really like how it all turned out.

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5 Minute Hair: Pulled Back Twisted Maiden Braids

I am so excited to bring you a brand new series I am starting called…..

Drum roll  please…

FIVE MINUTE HAIR

I know you are all just as busy as I am. Some days ain’t nobody got time to do their hair! That is why I am going to be sharing some of my very favorite hair styles with you that only take 5 minutes to do! I will be sharing one of these styles with you once a month! They will have step by step pictures AND sometimes a video so you can totally master them! I filmed a video that accidentally deleted for this hairstyle, but I have confidence that you can master it without the video!

To start out the series, I am going to share my go to hair style for busy days… Pulled back twisted maiden braids!

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DIY No Sew Minnie Mouse Costume

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I am so excited to show you what has turned into my annual tradition… a DIY no sew Halloween costume! I didn’t intend for it to turn into a tradition necessarily, but I love that it did! Here is a look back at the costumes from 2012 and 2013.

No Sew Baby Owl Costume No Sew Elmo Costume

Now for this year… The DIY No Sew Minnie Mouse Costume!

No Sew Minnie Mouse Costume on www.girllovesglam.com

I love seeing her grow up year after year in these costumes!

Me and 80+ blog buddies got together to bring you 80+ DIY Halloween costumes! I’m teaming up with Jamie Dorobek and her handmade Halloween costume site, Really Awesome Costumes to bring y’all tons of easy ideas to craft up DIY Halloween costumes for everyone including your pets, family costumes, and even a trunk or treat idea!

101+ Handmade Halloween costumes at Creating Really Awesome Free Things

This Minnie Mouse costume was crazy easy to make and much less time consuming than the costumes from the costumes of years past.

How to make a Minnie Mouse costume on www.girllovesglam.com

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Organization Board Family Command Center

In March 2012, I made an organization board to help keep my family in order. I made it with a baby strapped to my chest and decided to put it on my blog that I had just quit my day job for. Three months earlier, I had decided to take the plunge and be a full time blogger… at the exact same time as I had my first child. Interesting timing, right? Well, that little organization board tutorial went VIRAL! I had no idea what was going on. I just suddenly was getting hundreds of comments, emails, and my life was completely changed. That post is still one of my top traffic sources to this day, but I cringe every time I see it pinned on Pinterest, which is over 500k times… that is a lot of cringing! The lighting was terrible and I am SO over chevron print and the colors aren’t exactly my style anymore. You can see the full tutorial for my first organization board, here.

Organization board

I have wanted to change up the good ol’ organization board for a while now, but just have had ZERO motivation to do it. Once we moved, I decided to finally take on that project. I set my entire old board a side and started fresh! Ladies and gentlemen (for the one random dude who happens to come across this post), I present to you… The Organization Board Family Command Center version 2.0!

Organization Board Family Command Center tutorial on www.girllovesglam.com

Ahhhhh… isn’t that so much better? I really wanted to bring in some natural elements with the stained wood, while keeping some funky features like the stripes and the metallics.

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Modern Industrial Wood Slice Shelf Tutorial

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I have been wanting to find the perfect accent shelves that felt modern, but totally different than all of the pipe shelves I have been seeing out there. I looked and looked, but just couldn’t find anything that I absolutely loved and could justify spending the money on. So, I took matters into my own hands and decided to make them myself!

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Perfect Mascara Application for Gorgeous Lashes

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You know you have seen that girl. The one with the spiders on her eyes? Oh wait! Those spiders are just her eyelashes! Yep. It is a serious issue and it is one of my biggest pet peeves ever! You have probably also seen that girl who wears false lashes or eyelash extensions that look totally fake. I am not against false lashes or eyelash extensions as long as they still look natural. The problem is a lot of times, they don’t look natural at all! Women go to all lengths to take their lashes to new lengths! They want the perfect lashes but can’t seem to find the perfect mascara to do the job for them. Well, guess what? There isn’t a perfect mascara to do the job! There are a few simple steps you can follow to create perfectly flawless lashes that are natural! You don’t need to be a makeup artist to be able to perfect your mascara application. All you need to do is follow these easy steps.

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You will need…

*Mascara with small, fine wand (I like to use the Maybelline Lash Discovery Mascara)

*Mascara with rubber wand (I use the Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes Mascara)

*Mascara that is for fullness or volume (I currently am loving the Bare Minerals Lash Domination Mascara)

*Full size eyelash curler (I use the Elf Studio one)

*Small eyelash curler (I use the Elf  Studio one)

What Eyelash Curlers to use on www.girllovesglam.com

First, you want to curl your eyelashes with the full sized eyelash curler. You want to start at the base and curl and then come out a little and curl again and again a little further out so the curl comes out naturally instead of just having one crease at the base. Go back with the small eyelash curler and curl the inside and outside lashes to really make them pop.

Mascara Application Tips on www.girllovesglam.com

Now, put a really thin coat of the mascara with the fine wand. Only put this on your top lashes. Let the mascara dry completely before moving onto the next step. It takes about 2-3 minutes to dry. I suggest moving onto a different part of your makeup routine while you let it try. If you don’t let your mascara dry completely in between coats, it can become very clumpy.

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Apply another thin coat of mascara on your top eyelashes. This time you will be applying the mascara with the rubber wand. Make sure that you are only applying a very thin coat. Let your mascara dry completely before moving onto the next step.

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Now for your final type of mascara! The mascara for volume should be used last because you can be slightly more generous with the coat that you put on your lashes. Apply a coat of this mascara on your top lashes.

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Then apply a coat of the same mascara on your bottom lashes. They only need one coat of mascara.

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Now you have gorgeous lashes! This may seem like a little bit of work, but I promise it doesn’t take long when you are doing other things between each coat of mascara. The results are TOTALLY worth it!

Since I know you loved this beauty post so much, you need to check out these other great makeup posts too!

3 Minute Face

Holiday Makeup Look

Zoey Deschanel Inspired Makeup

How to Make an Infinity Scarf from Old Shirt

Upcycled Infinity Scarf from Old T Shirt

I always think that Spring brings the most interesting weather. It is cold in the morning, then hot enough to wear your shorts in the afternoon. I love dressing in layers during Spring because I am able to take off layers as the day heats up. Layers are also a great way to add fun splashes of color to your wardrobe to really brighten up an outfit. My favorite way to layer up during the springtime is with a scarf! They are great because they can be any color or print and you won’t feel like you are being to wild with your outfit. They also can be made from so many different materials that make them easy to wear in any kind of weather. Scarves are even better when you can make them for free! While you are spring cleaning, find an old T-shirt that you still love the color or print, but just don’t want to continue wearing as a shirt and turn it into your new favorite infinity scarf for the season!

To make your own, you need…

*Old T-shirt

*Sewing machine

*Scissors

How to make infinity scarf from shirt

This is the shirt that I chose. I haven’t worn it for quite some time, but I still really loved the print and color of it. It was the perfect candidate for an upcycle!

how to make upcycled infinity scarf from shirt

The first thing you want to do, is cut off the top and the bottom of the t-shirt.

how to make an infinity scarf

If you wanted to have a more edgy look to your scarf, you could end this tutorial here. The jersey knit won’t fray so you could have an edgy, unfinished look to your scarf if you wanted to. I don’t really recommend doing that if you have a printed fabric because you will be able to see the wrong side of the fabric with the faded colors on the inside of your scarf, but for a solid color, this would work out well.

infinity scarf diy

Fold the right sides of the fabric together and sew along the edge. Do this all the way around.

how to sew an infinity scarf from tshirt

Cut your scarf along one of the seams from the shirt. Pull the scarf right side out.

diy infinity scarf tutorial

Fold scarf in half and pin the edges together. Then, sew a straight line across them to sew them together. Cut off any extra fabric off of that seam. You could also do the hard way of sewing them together by pinning one side to the other side and then sewing in a circle around the edge of the scarf and finishing it off with a hand sewn seam, but I am all about quick, easy, and uncomplicated so I went with the easier route.

cheap infinity scarf tutorial

Now you have yourself a gorgeous new infinity scarf to wear this spring! I actually made mine for my daughter because I am totally in love with kids’ scarves right now.

diy kid infinity scarf how to

These scarves are so easy to whip up, you will be making them for the whole family!

Now that you are a pro at making scarves, make sure to check out this tutorial to make two infinity scarves out of one yard of fabric too!

Infinity Scarf

All Natural Handmade Skin Exfoliant

I am trying to take better care of my skin. Sometimes I get a little lazy about my routines when it comes to my skin, but this year I am trying a lot harder to be better about washing my face and doing the extra things like exfoliating my skin. I told my friend who is an esthetician that I wanted to find a great skin exfoliant to use that wouldn’t make my skin burn. She recommended the greatest homemade skin exfoliant recipe that I am going to share with you today! (By the way, if you live in the Idaho Falls area, you have GOT to go to her for all of your skincare needs! Her name is Bailee and she works at Retreat Day Spa. You will NOT be disappointed!)

I love this exfoliant because it is made with items that you have in your house already! 

All Natural Handmade Skin Exfoiliant

Here is what you will need…

Baking Soda

Water

homemade skin exfoliant

That is all you need! Isn’t that awesome? A box of baking soda costs less than $1! No more spending so much money on expensive exfoliants. This homemade skin exfoliant is also great because you have total control of how gritty it is. Depending on what your skin is like, you will  most likely want the grit to be different during different times of the year.

handmade exfoliant

Poor some of the baking soda into a small bowl. I don’t have an exact amount that I use. Baking soda is so inexpensive that I don’t worry about being careful about the amount that I use. I just make an educated guess of how much exfoliant I will need.

natural skin exfoliant

Get a small glass of water and start adding it slowly to the baking soda. The more water you add, the less gritty your exfoliant will be. I usually like a softer grit, so I add enough water to make the mixture kind of creamy. Mix the water and the baking soda together and you are done!

Rub the exfoliant on your face after you have washed your face. Rub it around in circular motions. Make sure to keep it away from your eyes. After you have rubbed it on your face, wipe it off with a wash cloth.  Your face will instantly feel softer! Don’t forget to moisturize after you exfoliate!

I recommend doing this about two times a week. Your skin will feel incredibly soft and healthy! If your skin is more damaged and you feel like you need to exfoliate more than two times a week, try doing it three times a week. I don’t recommend exfoliating more than that though. A lot of people may even be able to get away with exfoliating only once a  week too. Just try it out and do what you feel fits you and your skin type the best.

While you are taking such great care of your skin at home, try dying your hair at home while you are at it. Check out my tips for dying your hair at home too HERE!

At Home Hair Coloring Tips and Tricks Straight from a Cosmetologist's Mouth on www.girllovesglam.com #beauty #hair #vidalsassoon