Saturday, 20 May 2017

Making My Own Pressed Glitter Palette

I'm sure many of you are familiar with pressed glitter palettes 
and single pans. If you're in the beauty community and you love 
DIY projects this is a must for you! I have read several different
methods of making your own Pressed Glitters

To be clear this is the how I made my pressed glitters, and I don't 

consider this a tutorial. I am simply documenting my first experience
making them. 

I had ordered a mixing tray and batch of isopropyl alcohol for this DIY,
and
it was lost in the mail during my move/change of address. 


Therefore, I had to improvise on a couple things.




As you can see I'm using cupcake wrappers instead of a mixing tray
to 
mix the glitter together to make the specific colour that I want. I
have 
my palette, empty pans, mixing bowl, syringe (no needle
necessary), 
Coconut Oil, Aloe Vera Gel, Assorted glitter, tooth picks
and a Citrus note based Perfume 
(80% Alcohol). 

I mixed the Coconut Oil, Aloe Vera Gel and 80% Alcohol together by
using the 
syringe to suck it up and plunge it repeatedly until the solution
is a cloudy colour.






These are the three colours I used to make 'Unicorn Horn'


Colour combination: Matte white, Shimmery white and baby
pink iridescent sparkle. I ended up adding a larger amount 
than pictured, but it was easy to mix together with enough
of the solution (I filled the pan with solution before hand). 







I filled the syringe pretty much around the '1' mark but I added a
few drops 
while mixing if the glitter seemed a bit clumpy/dry. I put 
the pans in the palette, and the palette went into the refrigerator
for 24 hours


Here are the results






Here are all the finished pans inside the palette. After fully drying they are even more
vibrant than in the single pan photos above. Swatches on the right were done after the
24 hour drying period.




I was very pleased with the results. It is much easier than I originally thought
it would be. 
The biggest issue you might have is the glittery mess that is left
over. If you intend to try this, I would highly recommend that you wait the
24 hours for your pressed glitters to fully dry. Some of mine dried quicker
and some were still moist. Either way, I am glad to have to have successfully
my own palette.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Moving Tips


Everyone does this at least once in their lives, and that is moving house.
It's expensive as well as extremely time consuming. In my life, so far I have
moved a grand total of 18 times. That number may seem staggering 
to most,
and it is. The one benefit of moving this many times is all the little 
tips and
tricks I have picked up through each move. 



Even the smallest things 
can really help you when you are short of time and energy.
Energy that I am just now recouping after our stressful move. Not only did things go
terribly wrong in the middle of this move, but it was storming 
as well. Some of our
things were stolen during the first day. On the second day there was a gas leak
near our new place; causing the roads to be closed to the area. This of course
caused us to stay an extra night at our old house. This was definitely one of the
hardest moves I've ever done. I will lost a few tips below that have helped me get
through.


  Tips:


  1. Always pre-plan what to pack first
  2. Get heaps of boxes, packing tape, and bubble wrap 
  3. What items you are not currently using? Pack them first
  4. Hire movers for larger items to minimise chance of injury
  5. When one room is finished move items/boxes to one area
    so you can clean as you go
  6. Schedule Utilities to be turned on at your new house before
    you arrive (up to 2 weeks ahead of the move)
  7.  Write labels legibly for each box with a brief 
  8. description of what is inside
  9. Have a one day buffer to move in case something comes up
  10. Keep a suitcase or gym bag with clothes/items you will need for
    the next 1-3 days while you're moving
  11. Stay positive and don't let the stress of moving get to you

 These are all things I have found to be helpful. I hope this will help
those of you who have not moved before put together a plan on 
where to start. It is so important to stay organised! If you have any
questions or have a story about your move that you would like to share 
please comment below. 

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