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1  Lipstick Swatches in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by ysmeine on: June 26, 2014 09:06:03 AM
I started keeping my lipsticks and glosses upside down so I could see the label to choose the color I wanted. I was not completely happy with that solution as I was concerned that they might melt or fall into  the cap resulting in an unusable mess. I was inspired by Juleps cap swatches and decided to create an accurate smudge proof swatch.

These are my finished lipsticks.

This is my inspiration; the Julep polishes. Note how easy it is to choose the color you want. Since you are using the actual polish the colors and finishes can be seen.

I had a few thoughts on how this could be done with lip products. One was to apply a sticky dot on lid, apply the lipstick and seal with tape and the other was to create some sort of bubble a lipstick swatch could be put inside. I decided to play with google eyes.

My first thought was to slit the side open to remove the black dot and place the product in. I found that difficult and dangerous, so I made a slit on the top above where the black dot was resting. I was then able to pull the black dot out using a crochet hook.

Two things I noted here. This left the cut edges lifted and rough, I found that if I burnished the smaller side flat I could slide the dot out easier. Both ways left a potential leaking of product. I then decided to fuse or flatten the swatches.

The other thing I noted it is much easier and much safer to prep the bubble while they are still on their sheet. Care should always be used when using an axacto knife as well.

To flatten them I pressed the lids against a hot iron covered with parchment paper. I found that it worked best if you pressed the cut side of the bubble first so you smushed the product into the bubble, not out. I also recommend removing the lid from your lipstick while doing this to prevent any possible melting.

Here is the before of my glosses.

This is the after. You will note some of the thinner glosses had issues of leaking out when sealing. This is before I started pressing the cut edge first. I can still see the color I want to use so they are still functionable.
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2  Spring to Fall Frankenpolish in Bath and Beauty: Challenge Entries by ysmeine on: October 21, 2013 11:25:50 AM
I like to buy cheap little polishes to mix with. That way if I don't like it I can toss or dump it out. These polishes are often under pigmented, but have a base color to start with.

I then chose my loose mineral powder pigments or make up, clear polish, glitters, and polish colors to mix in.

I use my cuticle scoop to add and mix the powders. They powders need to be mixed in well and I sometimes need to thin it with the clear polish. Add a little at a time until you get the color you desire. For a few colors I may have to add a drop of colored polish or even a glitter polish to get the look I want.

Today I started with a sheer peach pearl color and added a pinch of dark brown pigment, a shimmery rose glow powder, a drop of red, 4 drops of clear, and 6 drops of pink glitter polish. Some loose glitters can melt and clump up.

These are more appropriate for fall now. A rosy nude with subtle glitter, an antique gold, a dark burgundy brown, a dark purplish burgundy, and a semi translucent bronze with gold and brown glitter.

This last one was made for adding a darker gradient to the tips. I really liked it paired with this silver gray here.

The burgundy colors were mixed because I did not have an oxblood polish. I like both in their own way. The antique gold was a happy accident found by mixing a sheer gold shimmer with olive eye shadow powder. I think it also looks great with a glitter over it.

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3  Re: The Awesome Manicure Thread! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by ysmeine on: September 21, 2013 12:42:04 PM

It seems all my favorite manicures are in silver.
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4  Re: Summer Nerd Games --May15, 2013-September 2, 2013-- JOIN ANY TIME! in Craftalongs by ysmeine on: August 14, 2013 02:49:54 PM
Challenge/Battle/Alert: July randomizer- ancestors
Project Geekdom (if any): medeival
Bonus Points: nb
Project Name:Men's t- tunic
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Brief Description:My youngest needed a new tunic by friday. We are going to a local SCA event this weekend and he didn't have anything to fit. I had to add the brown to the hem for length as I ran out of green.
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5  Re: Summer Nerd Games --May15, 2013-September 2, 2013-- JOIN ANY TIME! in Craftalongs by ysmeine on: August 11, 2013 09:10:05 AM
I resisted posting the nail art as challenges, but it is geeky and took me awhile. As I am trying to learn to do it well it is taking up all my crafting time.

Challenge/Battle/Alert: June Disco
Project Geekdom (if any): steam punk
Bonus Points: NB
Project Name:Steampunk nails
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Brief Description:I tried these twice, once with tentacle accents and once with glitter accents. I used stamps for gears and striping tape stencils and metal studs for the copper plating.
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Challenge/Battle/Alert:June fandom
Project Geekdom (if any): Dr Who
Bonus Points: NB
Project  Dr Who nails
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Brief Description: After my daughter's galaxy nails wore off she wanted Dr Who nails. We made the eleventh Dr's brown suit and red bowtie, the forth Dr's scarf, a dalek, the silence, a weeping angel, a sonic screwdriver, brassy glitter for the inside of the tardis, the outside of the tardis, and two galaxy nails.All art was done with the brushes in the bottles of the polish or stripers. I still need decent brushes.

Challenge/Battle/Alert: Aug randomizer
Project Geekdom (if any): space
Bonus Points: NB
Project Name:Galaxy nails
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Brief Description:I actually painted galaxy nails on everyone who who would let me while we were on vacation. I had never tried it before.

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6  Re: The Awesome Manicure Thread! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by ysmeine on: August 10, 2013 07:42:15 AM
I gave my daughter a Dr Who mani last night.
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7  Re: The Awesome Manicure Thread! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by ysmeine on: July 26, 2013 07:11:50 AM
I decided to redo it with gold studs and black as the base color. I also used a gold and copper glitter polish I picked up yesterday.

My son made the shell casing in class this week.
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8  Re: The Awesome Manicure Thread! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by ysmeine on: July 24, 2013 12:55:19 PM
I tried to do a steampunk mani today. I like the grommeted copper plating nails and the snowflake stamp made decent gears, but the tentacles were disapointing. I originally did them in gold but they did not show up on the bronze well and I tried to outline. They would look better as black shadows.

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9  Re: Summer Nerd Games --May15, 2013-September 2, 2013-- JOIN ANY TIME! in Craftalongs by ysmeine on: July 21, 2013 10:34:39 PM

Challenge/Battle/Alert:july wordy- proverbs
Project Geekdom (if any): garden theme
Bonus Points: snb
Project Name:Grow head phones
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Brief Description:Proverb- "Children should be seen and not heard." I wanted to do this project so I could get my headphones back. I found this set on clearance and I really liked the wood finish, I had considered trying to do a steampunk look. While talking to the boy, it was his birthday when I picked them up, I suggested leaves and he agreed. I crocheted over the cord and added a few small leaves, I thought more would tangle easily.

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I decided it needed a little more, so I painted grow on both sides.

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10  Re: Summer Nerd Games --May15, 2013-September 2, 2013-- JOIN ANY TIME! in Craftalongs by ysmeine on: July 21, 2013 09:47:26 AM

Challenge/Battle/Alert: june wordy
Project Geekdom (if any): none
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Project Name:Drink dispensers with chalkboard labels
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Brief Description:My favorite book growing up were the Little House on the Prairy series. These drink dispensers remind me of two scenes. The first was their first week of school and they only had one slate pencil that broke. Laura, like most kids who hate broken crayons, did not like using a broken slate pencil. She steals one someone left behind and gets in trouble. The second was the state fair or a local town festival where someone made root beer, but you could only get one cup. Saddly, did not have homemade root beer to put in these cups, just tea and punch. you can have as much as you want though.
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Challenge/Battle/Alert: july textbook guts and glory
Project Geekdom (if any): garden
Bonus Points: snb
Project Name:pickled raddish seed pods
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Brief Description: Some of my radishes did not produce nice roots, instead they bolted. I decided to let them go and collect the seed pods, they are kind of spicy. Most recipes used a sweet brine, but I chose to go with a sour version. I don't like sweet pickles. Suggested uses are to use as capers or as coctail garnishes. I also ate the seed pods straight from the garden and plan to saute some.
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