Saturday, November 30, 2013

DIY CHRISTMAS DECOR: YARD-FRIENDLY ORNAMENTS

Prepare yourself for another post in our Crafty Chaos series....


If you are looking for a super easy, quick, and inexpensive way to give your yard some Christmas cheer, then listen up! All you need are some cheap ornaments, rubber bands, and a few trees or bushes. We picked up 12-packs of ornaments at Dollar Tree (Saratoga Springs, UT location), and used rubber bands--which are far more versatile, tree-friendly, and weather-proof than wire hooks--to hang them on trees in our yard. This simple DIY decor idea did not take much time and only cost a few dollars, but it made a BIG difference!!

Check out this cute tree! The ornaments give it so much color and character.


And here's more of a want-to-be-a-bush tree, which looks equally festive....


Oh, and of course, we have to show you our darling Charlie Brown tree!!


I know, I know--you are blown away by how cute and simple this project is, but you're not sure how we hung the ornaments with rubber bands. Well, don't worry, we will show you how! It is so easy! Even our puppy, Shadow, can do it (just don't ask him to prove it).


First, "thread" a thin rubber band through the hole (that the wire hook would normally go through).


Then, stick one end of the rubber band through the "bunny ear" in the other side, and pull it through until you have a nice knot!


And that's it! Then, you can hang up your ornaments on trees and not be so worried that the wind will knock them off! YAY for a yard-friendly DIY solution for hanging ornaments! Although I'm not sure how well the ornaments themselves will hold up through our Utah winter storms. I wonder if we'll be able to reuse the same ornaments each year, or if we will have to repurchase ornaments next year (which is not so bad, considering we can do it for less than $5, thanks to Dollar Tree). We will have to update you on that later, but if any of you have hung ornaments outdoors before, we would love to hear your experience, too!!


Thanks for reading! We hope you had a great Thanksgiving, and have fun preparing for Christmas! Happy decorating!

Love, the Sisters of Hot Glue & Sparkle,
Kaitlyn, Breann, & Cami

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

WET N WILD BEAUTY BENEFITS PRODUCTS, $1 AT DOLLAR TREE

Prepare yourself for another post in our Bargain Alert series....

Have you ever heard of or seen Wet n Wild's Beauty Benefits line? Well, we had not heard of it until we read about it being discovered at Dollar Tree on Nouveau Cheap a while back. It is a discontinued line of products that includes eye shadows, lip glosses, and nail polishes. And I guess the poor things were discontinued a LONG time ago, because they are HARD to find info on--perhaps they died out before the best of blogging came to life?! Anyway, you know we love Wet n Wild, so we were crazy excited to finally see them come to our local Dollar Tree (American Fork, UT location)! We went a little crazy and bought a bunch...but they were fabulous bargains, so can you really blame us?! We are pretty impressed with all of our purchases, and although we don't know how much these all cost at drugstores back when they were widely available and still in production, we figure they were more than the $1 we paid for each--their Color Icon trios cost $3ish, for example, so if the Beauty Benefits palettes were similar in price, we got them at a third of the price! Oh, and we also picked up some Color Icon Single Shadows and Color Icon Brow & Eye Pencils (not discontinued or limited edition!), so don't forget to check out our previous post all about those


Okay, that's enough rambling, let's just get on with it!! We'll start with the gorgeous, long-wearing, highly-pigmented eye shadow quads! They are amazing quality--extremely comparable to the Color Icon shadows we love so much! 



"Smokey" is a classy color combination for your basic smokey eye, including: a bright white with subtle shimmer; a sparkling silver; a unique charcoal color with a golden tone and gold sparkle; and a shimmering black shade. 


"Fantasy Land" is a fun palette with a shimmery white; super bright blue; a deeper, cool shade of blue with silver sparkle; and deep, shimmery charcoal color. If you like blue palettes, this might be a fun and unique one to add to your collection!


"Paradise Cove" is a gorgeous palette with pink and purple shades. We have a raspberry (but not quite hot) pink with subtle shimmer; a barely-sparkling-pinkish-purple-kind-of-mauve hue; a true purple with a hint of shimmer; and a deeper shade of cool purple with purple sparkles! I love this one to pieces and wish I had picked this up (this is Kaitlyn's here)!
*Note: The pink shade is lighter in person than in picture...apologies!


It's interesting that the two center shades are EXTREMELY similar to the two bottom shades in a trio called "Grays Matter" from the Be a Runway Beauty collection that came out a month or two ago....


"Sand Castle"  is a lovely neutral palette! It is so pretty, and a must-have for me! It includes a pretty medium shade of brown with shimmer; a light, peachy, sparkling beige; a shimmery tan; and a nearly-metallic golden bronze! This is so pretty, and extremely versatile. 
*Note: The colors are brighter in person...sorry again! The sun was playing hide and seek during my photography session this morning.


One thing you might care to keep in mind is that the names are printed on the packaging that encloses the palettes, but once you open that up, the names are gone! They are not printed on the palettes themselves! But, no big deal... You can just write the names on the back with a silver Sharpie in a very classy and sophisticated manner....



Now that we have established the fact that we absolutely LOVE the eye shadow palettes, let's talk about the Juicy Lip Glosses! We picked up two, and they are nice. They are not to die for, but they are great for a buck if you have your eye on a certain color! They are decently pigmented, but like many glosses, go on rather sheer (that's why I prefer lipstick in general). They go on very smooth and slick, though, no stickiness at all! They feel hydrating and comfortable, and give an incredible shine!



"Candy Apple" is somewhere between pink and red, and has a hint of shimmer. And now that I'm looking at the pictures, I'm realizing how pigmented this one is--that really is good color pay-off for a gloss, isn't it?!


"Candy Glaze" is a light, sparkly pink (very light!).


Get your Sharpie ready again, because these don't have the names printed on the tubes....


And last but not least, we have the nail polishes!! The packaging is very similar to that of their Wild Shine polish line. But unfortunately, we could not find the name of each shade ANYWHERE!! They did not come on the packaging, the  bottle itself, and I could not find them online. They are still pretty colors, but it's always a shame when you can't find a name....


This first one is a nice beige loaded with golden shimmer. It is super pretty!


The second color is a stunning maroon with a nice sheen.


Well, those are all the Beauty Benefits products we picked up! We are pretty impressed with them (especially the shadows!). Have you tried these yet? Let us know what you think of them!!

Love, the Sisters of Hot Glue & Sparkle,
Kaitlyn, Breann, & Cami

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

WET N WILD COLOR ICON EYE SHADOW SINGLES WITH EYE PENCILS, $1 AT DOLLAR TREE

Prepare yourself for another post in our Bargain Alert series....

Hey, y'all! We found SO many amazing products at Dollar Tree last night, and we are super excited to share our bargain finds with you! We'll probably share them in a couple different posts over the next few days, so GET EXCITED! We will start out with these Wet n Wild Color Icon Eye Shadow Singles--which also come with free (smaller size) Wet n Wild Color Icon Eye & Brow Pencils! Usually the single shadows cost around $1.99 each, and the pencils cost 99 cents each. So, $1 for both is amazing!




"Panther" is a matte black shadow--and it is super concentrated and deep! If you like to line your eyes with eye shadow, then this is perfect! This is also great for deepening a smokey eye! What a versatile, high-quality product this is!



"Glamrock" is a cool shade of violet with silver sparkle. This may not be as versatile as "Panther," but it sure is pretty and a nice addition to our collections! (P.S. This is less gray in person--sorry for the not-perfectly-accurate photo! It is a truer purple, but definitely cool-toned. It reminds me very much of pictures I've seen of Mac's "Parfait Amour.")



"Sellout" is a bright, beautiful, cool pink! It is loaded with magenta and silver shimmer. This may be the hardest of the three to pull off, but I have a feeling I will be very glad that I have this when I am getting ready for a holiday party in the near-ish future!



These shadows are super pigmented, and have fun names, too!




Let's talk about the eye liners that come with the shadows! 



They all come with the same color: "Black." I have tried Wet n Wild's Color Icon Eye & Brow Pencils before, and I am a fan! They are pigmented, creamy, and easy to apply. They stay put all day on me when I wear them on my upper or lower lash line, which is I where I almost always wear eye liner. But, on they only last two or three hours on my waterline (which does not bug me since I maybe wear eye liner on my waterline twice a month, and I don't use these for that--but I just thought I'd throw that out there in case you were interested in wearing this liner on your waterline). I love that they are super affordable, pigmented, and easy to apply.



That wraps up this post! Thanks for reading, and don't forget to tell us about your Dollar Tree bargain buys!


Love, the Sisters of Hot Glue & Sparkle,
Kaitlyn, Breann, & Cami

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

DIY FURNITURE MAKEOVER

Prepare yourself for another post in our Crafty Chaos series....

Hello, DIY-ers! Today, we have a fun post that I think you will LOVE! We are going to show you how to take a simple, outdated piece of furniture like this...



And give it a chic update, like this...



Talk about an incredible transformation, right?! Basically, we sanded down the old nightstand (which Kaitlyn got from the Deseret Industries Thrift Store for just $15), removed the handles, primed and painted it, added a coat of polyurethane, put lace on top, and added new handles. All of these small tweaks made a BIG difference, and Kaitlyn loves her old-turned-new nightstand! If you want to give your own piece of furniture a similar makeover, then just keep on reading to learn how....

Step 1: Thoroughly clean the piece of furniture (and maybe sand it if it's wood). You'll want to take the drawers out.




Step 2: Don't forget to remove the handles from the drawers, too.



Step 3: Prime the furniture to ensure the paint "sticks" and goes on evenly. We used the Krylon Primer in "White," which we picked up at Hobby Lobby for about $3.59 with a 40% off coupon.



Step 4: Pick the color of paint you want to use in either an eggshell or matte finish (a lovely employee at Home Depot recommends these finishes for furniture--you can give it a glossier shine with the polyurethane after painting). Kaitlyn wanted her nightstand to be a deep purple, and after MONTHS of consideration (honestly, I cannot believe it took her so long to pick between three nearly-the-same paint colors), she chose "Plum" from Behr. A quart was enough for her small nightstand.




Step 5: Prop the legs of the nightstand on some...um...what are they called? Yellow triangular thingies? Or baby pyramids with circle cut-outs? I don't know, but they basically just allow you to more easily paint the bottom of the legs, and they look like this...




Step 6: Go ahead and stir the can of paint, and start painting!! You can use a foam brush, and it will probably take at least two coats. I think we wound up doing three. Just make sure you allow proper drying time between each coat, read the directions on the can--about two hours





Step 7: Give the furniture extra dry-time (24 to 48 hours should suffice), and then add a coat of polyurthane to "seal the deal," give it an extra layer of protection, and add a gloss!



Step 8: Find some lace (Kaitlyn got some at JoAnn's on the bolt) and use some Mod Podge to stick it to the top of the furniture. You really want this to stick down tight and smooth--so, a thicker layer of Mod Podge is better than a thin one.




Step 9: Cut any excess lace on the edges, so that it perfectly fits the top of the piece. 



Step 10: Use the purple (or whatever color you use) paint and paint over the lace! One coat might be enough for this part. 




Step 11: Finally, pick the handles/knobs you want to use (make sure they fit the width/holes that are already in the furniture from the old handles/knobs), and add those with a handy-dandy screw driver to finish the job! Kaitlyn's handles are from Home Depot, and the pretty pearl knob (which inspired her to add the lace, because yes, she practically designed this thing around her love for the knob) is from Hobby Lobby.





And that's a wrap!! We hope you love this project as much as we do! Actually, on second thought, I don't think it is possible for anyone to love Kaitlyn's nightstand HALF as much as she does. But, we hope you love at least a third as much as she does! 



Thanks for reading! If you revamp your own furniture, then please tell us how it went and what all you did! We would love to hear others' experiences! Good luck, and happy DIY-ing!


Love, the Sisters of Hot Glue & Sparkle,
Kaitlyn, Breann, & Cami

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