I love mineral and powder full coverage foundations. You can layer them as little or as much as you want. Your totally in control. But the price of our favorite powder or mineral foundations are just to much.
In order to preserve your makeup investment you can make it last longer. Or take some of your old compacts that have a little left and grow it to make that dollar go further.
What you will need:
I can not tell you how much corn starch or cacao powder to use in this because each persons blend will be different. I would start with what is left of your compact or all of it if it is full. Start maybe adding a full heaping table spoon of corn starch.
Actually add as much powder as you want to make the size batch you desire. Start adding the cacao as you think you will need last. Go light on it you can always slowly make it darker as needed and build it up to your skin shade or desired glow. Sample a little as you blend each shade until you get what you want. If your testing it as you go you will get it right! Do not worry. Just make sure your sampling a tiny bit thats been blended well.
As you see next the colors all stand out at first but you must grind and mix well until you see no other color run. Take a look at how dark the below picture is compared to the next one where the powders are all well blended. Do you see all the colors running? At first your mixture will be darker but do not fear it will lighten as you blend.
Now look at the finished product! It was my perfect shade. You should apply your makeup as you go along and test it until it is built up to your desired shade. You will be surprised even if fair skinned how much cocoa powder you will actually need. As you grind it together It will blend well and give you such a fantastic natural glow.
I have found that this blend helps with oily skin. It also does not dry out the face. I have combination skin so I was a great tester! This will be perfect for summer too. It is build-able on your face and as light or heavy as you wish. I have sensitive skin and this does not break me out. Just simply clean makeup.
I suggest storing it in a small glass bowl to keep it clean from plastics inevitable toxins.
This will transform that expensive compact to a much high volume longer use. Your in control and it feels great to make your own makeup and save so much money.
Be frugal and look good while doing it!
I was using mason jars on my counter to hold my staples such as flour, sugar as kitchen counter canisters. I needed something larger but I loved my jars so I decided to go buy jars a lot bigger. But I had an idea. I love bird houses. Why not decorate the jars with bird houses to make my canisters.
To make this craft get large mason jars and go to the wooden dollar section of any craft store. I wanted to do four.
First cut off the string on top of the bird houses.
You can fill in the wholes with wood filler. I was going to do that myself but honestly as I began to do this project I did not check my supplies well before hand and my wood filler was too dried up and would not work well. That is ok. I am learning the beauty of imperfection lately. I might use some of the tiny wholes later to stick a tiny bird in it or something.
Next spray paint your bird houses or hand paint them. I painted mine with left over spray paint colors I had on hand in my shop. I wanted to keep this country decor project cheap.
I took crafting paint to accent the country bird houses after they dried. I wanted some of the unique features of each house to have more of a pop.
Next you can leave them as is or take sanding paper and scuff them up. It gives your country decor a weathered look easily.
Next hot glue your houses to the mason jar lids. How tight for 60 seconds for each clued lid to secure them tight.
That's it. This is an easy craft to do in one day. Never pick your mason jar up by the bird houses but by the sides of the jar to ensure the hold of your craft. Enjoy!
I have really developed a liking lately for modern farmhouse decor. I have found some great free farm house printables for you to print and frame. If you are on a budget this is a great way to save money when decorating. You could even get frames from the Dollar Tree or thrift stores for cheap and repaint to your liking.
I have to share with you my favorite site first. Out of all the sites I foiund The Mountain View Cottage is awesome. Her site rocks and she makes all original farmhouse printables.
Check out my Pinterest board for the rest of the 7 free farmhouse printables sites then simply Pin it! You know you gotta.
Check out my new and growing Best of Home Board in Pinterest. It will have some of the best deals I have found in awesome home stuff for you! There is even farm house pillow covers for .66 cents!
Ok so those of you who have followed me a while know I love the Dollar Tree. Well I wanted a cheap, fast, easy wreath idea for 2016 and this is what I came up with. Maybe it is not as lovely as all the fantastic crafting you see on Pinterest but it did exactly what I wanted it to do! It took five minutes, required no glue, costs only four to make it. I bought two of everything so I could make one for my sweet neighbor.
All you need from the Dollar Tree:
So you take the leaf garland and you weave it in the wreath. Make sure to tuck in deep slots of the wreath your plain parts of the vine. This will hold the garland on the wreath with no glue needed.
Save your metal twist ties off the packages to anchor down your looser spots of the vine on the wreath.
Take your scarecrow or raven picks and place them into the wreath. Once placed how you want them towards the bottom break off the picks stick that over hangs. It is very easy.
Take your fall ribbon and use it for your hanger. Just cut as much as you want and tie at very top. I did not want it fancy but kept it simple. I am not good at making bows anyways. If you tie up the wire ribbon it will hold the wreath up very well.
Five minutes. No glue. No skills needed. And at only four dollars to make I think this is super cute to rock any budget this Fall.
I recently needed to replace my outdoor lighting on my home. I bought this little beauty at Hayneedle.com at an amazing price.
I want to share with you how to install a new porch light! This can only take a few minutes and make a big difference & anyone can do it. My home is older so it was time for an update.
I purchased my light at Hayneedle.com. They have so many home selections to choose from for every home need. I also purchased a cotton Laura Ashley Quilt & a mortar & pestle. I am in love with these.
Hayneedle has so many great items for every single home need. The service, delivery & quality are top of the line. I am pleased.
I saw some pretty towels at the Dollar Tree. I thought I would love to sew a craft out of them. I wanted a cute little summer throw backpack for a few light things like a water bottle, a book & sunglasses. These Dollar Tree microfiber towels are thick & cute just the right ones for this.
Make sure you get the thicker wider ribbon. This bag I have tested with a water bottle, light book, sunglasses and a few more things it holds well! This is the perfect summer bag to grab & go to sit by the pool. You could use this for so many other things too like transporting a knitting project & such.
I had a great old frame. I didn't want to put photos in it but do something different. I put in some neutral wrapping paper in the back. I bought a Dollar Tree wall cling sticker. I am so thankful they are easliy removable in the event I want to use the frame for something else.
I simply cut the sticker in half. I placed it on the out side glass part of the frame. With the wrapping paper back drop and the sticker on the top of the glass it made it look 3D-ish. This craft seriously takes less than five minutes. You can use any wrapping you have on hand and any frames. You could even use a Dollar Tree large frame for this.
I like to decorate with meaning. I love the saying of this sticker for my family. This looks high end but only cost me a dollar since I already had the frame & wrapping paper. I love it!
I still have cans of indoor outdoor spray paint I bought on clearance last year. I wanted to challenge myself to see how many things I could paint out of three cans. I like crafting but love to be frugal about it. I do not want to go buy more paint when I already have some on hand that can serve many purposes. I love dyi as well. So this was the perfect challenge to set for myself. I had so many rusty things that needed a little love. I also had a few thrifted furniture redo's I wanted to do. I simply wanted to see how many things I could make in a day with these three cans of paint. Below are all the projects I got done out of my left over three cans of paint! I was so happy it went so far! Forgive the photos I took most of them on my phone and it was very cloudy. None of it is Pinterest worthy but hey it's my real life and this is it from my view. Wink Wink.
I was able to score 2 of these tables! I only took a picture of one but there is really 2 there that I painted!
So what I got out of 3 cans of paint:
I painted each thing with a few layers too! I love the Krylon primer & paint that is indoor or outdoor. It is so durable and multi- functional!
I just love anything dealing with Home. That is why I like hanging out at HomeTalk. They recently asked me to curate another board for them. I was excited to do it when I saw my topic! Decorating tips is such a fun topic so I am here to share with you 40 grandiose home decor tips & tricks. It even features some of my very own HomeTalk contributions. I would love for you to check out this board I created with a lot of grand ideas to decorate your home for cheap! Visit the board here, or click the board above and have fun. If you click each picture at my board your interested in, it is like Pinterest it will take you to the tip!
Let me know below if you find anything interesting to you!
I just love trash to treasure ideas. I love taking trash and making it into something fabulous to use. I also really enjoy Hometalk.com. I was recently asked to curate a board showing 16 new uses for old boxes. I would love to introduce you to my board that features some of my personal projects as well as others! Just click below.
I was contacted by Shutterfly. They wanted to share with us today how to hang pictures on different types of walls. I think it is great. Enjoy the information below.
I just love frugal crafting. And one of my favorite sources to find great items to craft is actually the Dollar Tree or some sort of Dollar Store. I saw a wine bottle version of the craft I am showing you today on pinterest. But since I do not have wine bottles in abundance I went to the dollar tree for cheaper one dollar vases. I love the shorter wide versions anyways. You can fit a lot more flowers if you wish in them over time verses the skinny wine bottle neck.
Originally as seen in this picture I was going to go with cream colored yarn & white too. But my teen girl helped me a lot with the project ( I was so grateful for her helpful hands with applying the yarns!) said we should do gray & white. Well I love gray so she sold me fast to it! As you see all you really need is the vases , yarn & clue. Now it looks easier than it is , I will be honest. It takes some time to wrap it carefully while getting it to stick. We tired both methods of using Elmer's glue & tried out hot glue but be patient they do eventually stick & very well. Both work but both you simply need time to work with it. I love the way they turned out but this will be the last time I tackle so many at one time. I will stick with one at a time if I ever give as gifts! Speaking of which this would make a great frugal birthday gift or holiday gift. We decided to add the word love in mixed media. Button, a flower I painted gray & yarn. I love the way they turned out!
This project is so much fun & so very easy to do. Me and my daughter made some of these today. They are great to make to wash your hands with after gardening to get rid of dirt. They are also great to use to exfoliate your skin. Even those callused heels from summer time flip flop wearing. These make super frugal gifts. People will think you spent a lot of time doing this when in fact you did not!
All you need is :
You simply fill what ever size jar you have 3/4 th full of sugar. Then fill the rest with Palmolive Soft Touch, then mix. Make sure it is not to runny nor to thick. It should look like in the picture below. Mix well before each use. So if your giving as a gift you might want to include a little stick or spoon with it to mix & dish out the scrub each time they use it.
This Country Girl Sugar Scrub feels amazing. It is something you can get the kids in on to help too for frugal gift making! We took some scarping paper and cut a circle to fit on top for a little added flare. How cute is that?! Enjoy.
Ok my dearest friend in the whole world was having a birthday. She is a very practical lady like I am & frugally minded. She loves yarn so very very much. She has more yarn than anyone I know. She loves to craft & knit and make beautiful & useful things. But she has everything she needs for crafting. So I had no idea what to get her for her birthday. So I really had to think. Then it came to me to make a whimsical knitting wreath to celebrate her passion. So I already had a straw wreath I had gotten on sale for a dollar a while back I just had not used yet. I took one of my husbands old stained up shirts and ripped it up in strips and covered the wreath. Then I went to my small stash of yarn. I already had some small balls of yarn that she herself had given me, olds scraps she had no need for. So I used those and my teen girl and I sat and rolled more balls out of my yarn. We chose to use lots of different colors because she is a very colorful lady herself! I used some scrap cloth I had in my sewing box to make a floppy bow. I added knitting needles to give it that final touch. Hot glue was perfect to mount everything! The yarn scraps got upcycled well I think. She has since already received her gift from us and she loved her new gift! I was so happy!
I hope this inspires you to think outside of the box! Making gifts from the heart mean so much more.Also it is so rewarding knowing not a lot of money was used and I was able to use what I already had on hand keeping things frugal.