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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / scrap quilt for a begginer?? on: September 09, 2006 11:25:22 AM
im just learning to quilt. i am looking for a good scrapy quilt that is simple to practice my skills and use up what in my stash - a lot of it is lively prints that dont match much to eachother.  any ideas?
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Beauty on a Budget Guide! (Post your money saving, beauty tips here!) on: August 12, 2006 06:53:06 PM
Hello.  I am a college student living on my own  Between paying rent and eating my beauty budget isn't quite what i wished it could be.  Over time I have been finding out creative ways to save money and fix my budget so i can still get those few more pricey beauty items once in a while. 

Here I have began to compile a list of my tricks.  I would love to hear others.  I am hoping this thread will be a great resource for girls like me.  Hope you enjoy & benefit from my examples, and please, share your own!


-If you like to use a special moisturizer that isn't cheap, 'stretch' it with a cheap basic lotion.  For example, i use a basic beauty lotion all over, and a special one around my eyes and forehead that need some extra attention.

- Don't be afraid of store brand!  Look at the ingredients if you are skeptical, but they usually are the same thing.  For the most part, that extra money you'd pay just goes to advertising, not quality.

-Don't disregard dollar stores, discount stores & outlets.  You can usually find really good deals!  I for one love the dollar store for body lotions, soaps, q-tips etc.  I've even found things like brand name cosmetics, eyelash curlers, & vitamin oils.  It's a good place to scope out and stock up!

-Go through your make up & other beauty supplies often. (make a list if you have to) Know what you have and what you still need/want.  This will keep you from over buying unnecessary things.  I started doing this when i realized i already have 4 blur eyeshadows after just buying one, and i don't really wear blue eyeshadow very often.  It then is just a waste of money.

-I use baby oil instead of shaving cream.  I get it at the dollar store and a bottle last a long time.  I feel like it makes my legs feel a lot smoother then using shaving cream, and its WAY cheaper.  I have also been told that conditioner works good, too.

-I use a cheap shampoo (like suave) and then spend a little more on a really good conditioner, since thats the one that makes the difference on how manageable your hair is.

-Good 'ol Vaseline!  This stuff is a must have!  It's a great moisturizer & lip balm.  It's cheap and a little goes a long ways.  Even celebrities like Tyra Banks swear by it.  Check out this thread to see more of its powers at work.  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=104661.0

-Know what you are about to run out of before you are desperate, that way you can keep an eye out for sales.

-Look for rebates!!  Most drugstores have monthly rebate offer booklets and sometimes they offer full rebates.  I love to try new things - this lets me do it more often without carving too much into my beauty budget.

-Theres no reason to get fancy with your lotion.  Just plain, inexpensive lotion will do.  As long as the oder is mild it doesn't matter esp. if you wear perfume or body spray.

-samples are awesome!  I collect clinique samples and I buy samples of mac on ebay.  I have no need to invest full price on full bottle of pigment that would last all eternity - so sample sizes are a great way for me to have the luxury of plying with mac, and costs the same as most drugstore brand eyeshadows!

-Make yourself a beauty budget and STICK TO IT.  I use www.makeupally.com which has this feature on it.  If you don't go over at the end of the month, then you can get yourself a specail treat - and it will bee even better when you've earned it!



Well, thats about all i can think of for now.  I hope that helps.  I'll add more as they come to me.  Please share your own!
thanks

XOXO
3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / magnetic eyeshadow pallete on: August 06, 2006 03:23:26 PM
boredum has gotten tje best of me so i have decided to embark on a new project.  Cosmetic renavation 101!

I have lots of those individual eyeshadow pans - It's always been a little annoying to go through them to get the right color when i have a million of them.

A lot of cosmtetic lines make magnatic compacts where you can switch the eye/lip colors - GENIUS.  But im a cheep-o, so heres my version:





One metal case was used for a holidy lip gloss collection, the other was a barring case I took from my boyfriend.  

I used magnetic stips on the back



It was easy, but messy.  If anyone wants to do it, and wants instruction let me know.  It took me a few disaster before i got a method that works.  I lost a some in the process - slavaged what i could in empty lip gloss pots if it was a color i just could not live without.  Still was well worth it.

These are just temperary.  I want to get a big metal pencil case that can fit all of them in and decopage it - just because I'm cool and crafty like that, and why not make then cooler then the ones you can buy in the stores!?!  And then make it a little friend from an altoids tin - for on the go.  Cheesy

thanks!
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Puffy Eyes on: August 05, 2006 09:34:24 PM
Lately I have noticed my eyes are puffy - They make me look tired and my make up look yuckie
Im not sure why it happened all off a sudden, must be stress. ew.

I typically use clinidue anti-firming cream as an eye cream, which helps, but isn't quite doing the trick anymore.

Can anyone share an affectice anti-puffy remidy?
DIY or a good product to use.


Thanks for the help!
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Groovy orange & blue bag #2 on: July 31, 2006 08:33:30 PM
I made a mini duffel out of this fabric combination, and I love it!  So with a big hunk of left overs, i made this little sibling for it! 

They are very happy together  Smiley





I added lots of pockets to this one, because I love pockets


Thanks for looking!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Penguin & Fishies! on: July 31, 2006 08:31:01 PM
Here is yet Nother purse creation by me.  I must say, I am really hooked.  I was away in stockton for work, and all i could think about was that abundance of fabric i have sitting at home i need cut up and sew!

Ready for cute?
ok.
Here it is  Cheesy







(The colors are better in person  Undecided)
7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Where to buy eyeshadow pots? on: July 31, 2006 12:59:04 PM
You know when you have a tottally awesome eyeshadow that you love, and insist on carrying with you of touch-ups, then you drop you purse because you are a total klutz and break it and then want to cray because you know it's nearly impossible to replace??

OK, so maybe this just happends to me all the time
but I think I have found a solution.
If i could fins where to buy small, round plastic containers with screw on lids, I can put the remnants in them and use it as a lose powder.

Where can I find such a thing?
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Strawberry Shortcake wallet - 2nd wallet - done on the fly on: July 27, 2006 05:35:30 PM
Here is my attempt number 2 at making wallets.  This one was much more successful.  Again, I didn't use a pattern - I just made it up as i went along.  I think I've almost got it all down!

I still am having trouble putting in a clear view window for a photo ID



Next time i will pay more attention to the top piece - Poor Miss Shortcake is up side down

Here are the innards:


and now with all its stuff


thank you so much for looking!
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / GROOVY Orange and Blue mini-duffel on: July 26, 2006 10:09:20 PM
Heres another bag I made - Its not the best job of done, but it's still cute.  Very bright- thanks to my boyfriend, Alex, for helping me in the decision process on this one.



and here's my best friend putting it to use (Sorry to cut your head off  Tongue)

10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Jade "vintage quilt" long wallet - 1st wallet attempt on: July 26, 2006 10:02:06 PM
This is my first attempt at a wallet.  I winged the whole thing - with a few minor things to try next time, it turned out pretty well, except for the fact that this crappy machine I'm barrowing went insane when I was about finished, and so there are some sloppy stitching lines.  I wanted to put in a clear ID view pocket, but i didn't make my dimesons such that it would have worked i don't think. 

It was simple, i may try it again with a little more planning, and maybe make my first attempt at a tutorial - i have many in my own notes, but never did one with photos on craftster. . . . If anyone particularly likes this version because i know there are many other on craftster.

Here it is, closed:


Here are the nifty insides:
(The cards actually go almost all the way inside the pockets, this is just to show you that they are there and that they fit - nice and snug)



Now here is the front and the back, all opened up.


thanks for looking
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