Barbizon TV Touch Concealer. You can't buy it online, but you can buy it from a Barbizon modeling school. Yes, that's right, I went to Barbizon in high school. But seriously, the concealer is designed to be used when being photographed, so it's the real deal.
Too Faced Shadow Insurance. This is an eye shadow primer designed to bring out the color pigment of the shadow and prevent it from creasing/getting gross on your lid. I have been using Shadow Insurance for years, and it has been worth every penny.
Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara. I just started using this, and it has literally changed my life. I used to get really bad, black smudges under my eyes from mascara, but NOT ANYMORE! And, this stuff is only $10 and has a baby wand that's perfect for applying on lower lashes.
My Sephora Studio! It has 96 eyeshadows, 3 blushes, 1 bronzer, 6 cream eyeliners, and hidden underneath the eyeshadows are about 40 lipcolors. Every holiday season, Sephora comes out with a new version (I got mine in 2011), and they retail for around $50, which I think is total steal for all of the product you get. They have a mini version here, but the big ones come out around October-ish.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. I am by no means an expert cosmetologist, but I do have a love for cosmetics.
Also, I have been loving Maskcara, a great beauty blog with a ton of hair and makeup tutorials, as well as product reviews. You can really tell that she knows what she's doing. Check it out!
Valentine's Day is only a couple weeks away, so it's time to get those creative juices flowing and whip a set of handmade Valentines for the special people in your life! This project only takes about an hour and a half, and when you're done, you'll have a set of 12 cards to give out.
Tape (I used masking tape, but really scotch tape or double sided tape would work just as well.)
Black Ink Pad
Contrasting Thread (I used light pink thread since I was using a darker pink decorative paper.)
Print out your shapes.
Print one sheet of the "Be Mine" Hearts. Print 2 sheets of the "Happy Valentine's Day" Squares.
Cut out your shapes.
To speed up the process, use a paper cutter, if you have one, for the squares.
Cut out 12, 3" squares from the sheets of Kraft cardstock.
Again, if you have one, use a paper cutter for this step. A decent paper cutter is about $60, which sounds like a lot but is totally worth the investment if you do a lot of paper crafts.
Distress the edges of the "Be Mine" hearts and "Happy Valentine's Day" squares.
Take your black ink pad and brush it along the edges of all of your "Be Mine" hearts and "Happy Valentine's Day" squares. This just gives it a more worn look, and really, there's no wrong way to do this. If you haven't done this before, test it out on some paper scraps until you get the hang of it. Let the ink dry for about 15 minutes.
Tape "Be Mine" hearts to 3" Kraft squares.
Since we are working with paper, we don't want to use a pin to keep the heart place like we would if we were working with fabric. Make small tape loops to put in the middle of the hearts, then tape them to the center of one side of your Kraft squares. I didn't measure the exact center because they are small enough to just eye ball.
Sew around the edge of the hearts.
Using a straight stitch, sew around the edge of the hearts to secure them to the Kraft squares. It can get a little tricky to sew around the curves of the heart, so just go slow and ease around the edges.
Tape "Happy Valentine's Day" squares to 3" Kraft squares.
Like with the hearts, we don't want to use a pin to hold the squares together. So, make small tape loops to hold the squares together, then attach a "Happy Valentine's Day" square to each Kraft square on the opposite side of where the heart is.
Sew around the edge of the "Happy Valentine's Day" squares.
Using a straight stitch, sew around the edges of the "Happy Valentine's Day" squares to attach them to the Kraft squares
Personalize your Valentines.
I designed the "Happy Valentine's Day" squares with the intent that there be a space for a personalized message, whether it be a to/from type thing or a quick little love note.
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today." -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I get chills every time I listen to Dr. King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech. I continue to be in awe of this forward-thinking man who was not afraid to take a stand to bring justice and freedom to all men and women, regardless of skin color. Listen to Dr. King's speech below. Read the transcript of his speech here.
Did you notice that when you hover over any of the images in my posts, a "Pin It" button appears? Around the same time yesterday that I figured out how to verify my blog's website on Pinterest, I also found this tutorial that covers how to install a "Pin It" button for both WordPress and Blogger.
I didn't like the button that automatically came in the code, so I found my own. The button I use was designed by Chykalophia. Basically, you can use any image that you want, you just have to swap out the image URL in the code given in the tutorial above.
B. Bed size: Full...too small for 2 people and a dog.
C. Chore you hate: Dishes...at any given time, there at least 10 dishes piled in my sink.
D. Dogs:Shanny Mae, a white schnauzer and the sweetest thing ever!
E. Essential start to your day: Hit snooze repeatedly for an hour, then check my Facebook/Twitter until the fog clears.
F. Favorite color: Purple!
G. Gold or Silver: Both, depends on the mood and outfit. I have 2 special rings, a white gold and pink sapphire one from my Dad for high school graduation and a yellow gold and pearl one from my mom. Kyra J got me a Michael Kors watch for Christmas and it has yellow gold, rose gold, and silver in it, so I have been rockin' the mixed metals look lately.
H. Height: 5'4"
I. Instruments you play: Is that a joke?
J. Job Title: Social Media Coordinator during the week and Waitress on Saturday nights
K. Kids: Ask me in 5 years.
L. Live: STL
M. Married: Again, ask me in 5 years.
N. Nicknames: Torti, Tortellini, Tornado, and the more embarrassing ones are reserved strictly for family.
O. Overnight hospital stays: Luckily, none yet.
P. Pet peeve: Hypocrisy and disloyalty
Q. Quote: "I don't want to make money. I just want to be wonderful." ~Marilyn Monroe"
R. Righty or Lefty: Righty
S. Siblings: Sarah, Jamie, Lauren, Haley, Jordan
T. Time you wake up: 8am, not by choice.
U. University attended: University of Missouri. MIZZOU-RAH!
V. Vegetables you dislike: Mushrooms
W. What makes you run late: Sleeping too long, getting distracted, being forgetful, the usual
One of my goals for 2013 is to break 100 GFC/G+ followers, and I have already seen (a little) progress! The underlying target of this effort is that I want to grow Jane Not So Plain's readership and awareness. Obviously, this isn't going to happen over night or without effort, so I want to share what I am doing as I go along.
Here's what I have been up to help me accomplish my goal:
Social Media Friends is hosted over at The Train to Crazy and each week they will feature a different social media channel and three bloggers. The best part? It's also a link party! If you are interested in meeting new blogging friends and expanding your social media presence, you should definitely check it out!
This week we linked up our Twitter accounts, and I gained 13 new followers. Woohoo!
This may be the most exciting part...I am having Chris from Hubby Jack's Blog Attack design a new look for Jane Not So Plain! I had been debating about getting a custom design for awhile, so I am way beyond excited to be getting this done. Keep an eye out for the new look!