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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Lipstick Swatches 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.
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Cloth Toilet Paper on: February 26, 2014 01:54:25 PM
I want some, I just don't have time to make it right now. I have a bidet so I use washcloths to dry. I can always use more cloths.
3  Category Challenges / Bath and Beauty: Challenge Entries / Re: Teal French Tips on: October 21, 2013 02:26:17 PM
Those look great.
4  Category Challenges / Bath and Beauty: Challenge Entries / Spring to Fall Frankenpolish 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.

5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: The Awesome Manicure Thread! on: September 21, 2013 12:42:04 PM

It seems all my favorite manicures are in silver.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Summer Nerd Games --May15, 2013-September 2, 2013-- JOIN ANY TIME! 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
Project Page Link (if available):
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.
Project Picture:

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Summer Nerd Games --May15, 2013-September 2, 2013-- JOIN ANY TIME! on: August 12, 2013 08:01:05 AM
stephaniegk- great idea for the dalek pincushion.

Ludi- love the owl needlework. Excellent work.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Summer Nerd Games --May15, 2013-September 2, 2013-- JOIN ANY TIME! 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
Project Page Link (if available):
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.
Project Picture:

Challenge/Battle/Alert:June fandom
Project Geekdom (if any): Dr Who
Bonus Points: NB
Project  Dr Who nails
Project Page Link (if available):
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
Project Page Link (if available):
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.

9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: The Awesome Manicure Thread! on: August 10, 2013 07:42:15 AM
I gave my daughter a Dr Who mani last night.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Furniture Re-make Craftalong 2013 on: July 31, 2013 03:42:42 PM
It looks great.
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