Friday, July 22, 2011

The "Eyes" Have It!

So, my friends, what's your eye color?

Are you a Brown-Eyed Girl, like me?

or are you Green-Eyed and Envied? 
Man, what I wouldn't give to have green eyes!!

Maybe you have those Oh So Baby Blues.

or perhaps your eyes are Bewitching and Hazel.
I call these "magic eyes" because they change colors.

Whatever your eye color ... have we got a plan for you!
 Ok, so is it just me or does using that line above make you think of Veggie Tales ... "Have we got a show for you!"
I know, something is terribly wrong with me ... my children pray it's not genetic ... moving on.

The following are suggested ideas for you to use based on your personal eye color.  I can't take credit for these suggestions.  I'm good but I'm not that good :)  These are provided courtesy of Jillian Dempsey, Avon's Professional Make-Up Artist ... remember her from last week's post ... a moment of silence please as we once again ooooh and aaaaah over her husband, Mr. McDreamy ....

Is there anything more McDreamy than a daddy with his babies??
I think not!

 Ok, moment is over, back to the land of the normal people now :)  So, as I was saying, the following are suggested color combinations for you to use to make the most of our YOUR beautiful eyes.

For the Brown-Eyed Girl.  Want to intensify your brown eye color?  You should stick with brown, bronze, and gold shades.  However, if your desire is to make your eyes pop, then go with purples and greens because they add contrast to your brown.

For the Green-Eyed and Envied of the Group.  Green and brown shades intensify your green, but plums and lavenders will add contrast to your color and really put a pop effect to your eyes.

For you, the Oh So Baby Blues.  You need to stick with blue and gray shades if your desire is to intensify the blue.  But to get a pop-look-at-me effect then you need to go with browns and beiges.

And last but not least, for those of you with magical, bewitching and Hazel Eyes.  Your choice of color to intensify should be browns, greens, grays, and gold.  Man, you get all the good colors!  However, pink adds the perfect contrast to make your hazel eyes really pop.

And there you have it.  If you found the color combo you like, and you're ready to try your hand at making your eyes POP, then head over to my online store and check out all the awesome products available.  And if this is your first order with me, use the code FIRSTREP during check-out and you'll get FREE shipping.  Woot Woot!

If you still have more questions please, please, please, feel free to email me and ask away (you can find my email by viewing my google profile OR by viewing my online store).  If I don't have the answer then I will find someone who does!  I guar-an-tee it (can anyone name the cajun chef who said that first?  Man, what a useless bunch of knowledge I have in my head.  I need therapy!)

Monday, July 18, 2011

Frogs on a Log Counting Game

Here's something you may not know about me ... I love education and I love to teach!   I mean, let me loose in the school supply section and we may be eating Ramen Noodles for a week because I'll blow the food bill before you can blink your eyes!  For me everything in life becomes an object lesson.  Don't believe me, just ask my kids.  I can see them rolling their eyes now.

My love for teaching even spills over into my gift giving.  And because of that, lucky you, today's tutorial is actually a Christmas gift for my cutie-patootie 2 year old niece.  I know, it's only July ... but I think we've established by now that I am an A-Type personality and that means I plan WAAAY ahead in life.

So, here it is ... a fun game to help teach numbers to preschoolers.  I call it "Frogs on a Log Counting Game".  I used my Silhouette SD to cut out all my shapes but you can draw them free hand, or download from the internet, or even use magazine pictures and get the same effect.


First, find scraps of paper that you like and position them on your cutting mat. 
This is one reason I love the Silhouette SD. 
I can lay the paper down and then place my shapes on the screen
exactly where the paper is so that I don't ever waste paper.

Next, set up your frogs using the Silhouette SD software. 
For this project I used the Chubby Frog shape and ungrouped it,
deleted the eyes and mouth, and just kept the outline shape. 
To ungroup, in case you aren't familiar with that, right click on the image,
choose ungroup from the drop down list.  Easy Peasy.

Now you let the machine cut out your shapes
and then you pull all the extra paper off.

Using the handy-dandy tool that comes with the Silhouette gently peel those little froggies off.
Is it just me, or does anyone else have issues with their mat being REALLY sticky :)

Oooh, now the really fun part.  The faces!
I used the Sizzix Dress Ups Faces Rub Ons.  But you can free-hand draw faces too.
One thing I loved about using the Sizzix faces is that the froggies can also become
a way to teach my niece about emotions ... happy, sad, angry, etc.
I told you EVERYTHING is an object lesson with me :)
You know, maybe even for older children
you can use jiggly google eyes?  Wouldn't that be cool!!

Time for the log! 
Once I set up the log in my Silhouette to the size I wanted,
 I ungrouped it and then deleted the leaves.

Let the machine cut that baby out, then remove the oblong circle on the limb.
Then, gently remove the squiggly circle piece as well.
You can just throw them suckers away, or if you're like me,
hoard them in an envelope  JUST in case you might need a brown squiggly circle one day.

Cut a square piece of paper to glue behind the squiggly opening 
and a triangle of paper to fit behind the circle on the limb.

Trim it up so it's real purty like.

And there you have it.
All your little froggies and a log.
But wait!  We aren't done yet!
Now you need to put clear contact paper over them.
Remember, it's for a TWO year old people!

So, lay out your pieces on one side of a large piece of clear contact paper.

Fold the other piece on top of your little cuties
and rub it good so that it seals.
I used the other little handy dandy tool that came with my Silhouette.

Trim them all out using scissors. 
Be sure to leave extra around the edges so that they stay sealed.
I also ironed them so give it extra oompf at being sealed.
Just use a low heat iron and put the original paper
backing from the contact paper on top of them while you iron.

Now all you have to do is buy some dice from the dollar store.
The rules of the game are that your cutie-patootie will roll the dice,
and whatever number it lands on they have to put that number of frogs on the log.

TIP:  This could also be used for Kingergarten and First Grade students.
Makes a great Addition / Subtraction game.
Have them roll the die, put that number of frogs on the log.
Have them roll the die again, and either ADD or SUBTRACT that number of frogs to the log.

Now all I have to do is come up with a cute way to package this for her gift.
And a cute instruction paper so my sister knows what they heck it is :)
But we'll save that for another day.

Silhouette SD Shapes Used:


It's PAR-TAY time this week.  I'll be linking up to these parties all week:

The Girl Creative

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Betty Davis Eyes

Ok, so maybe I'm showing my age here ... but do any of you remember Kim Carnes singing the song "Betty Davis Eyes" in the early 80's?  ... better yet, do any of you actually remember Betty Davis?  I do on both accounts!  Funny thing, as I was researching for this post on how to enhance your eyes I just could not get that song out of my head.  Over and over and over again I kept hearing it.  What's that called, an earworm?

Anyhoo, because I had me my own earworm ... and because I am random ... and really just because this is my blog and I want to ... here's a video of the song for you to watch.  Afterward we'll get down to nitty gritty how-to tip :)

Did you watch it?  Now you have an ear worm too I bet :)  So, on with the show. 
How can you get yourself some Betty Davis Eyes??  Here goes.

The secret is it's all done with creating optical illusions with eye make-up!  It's magic!  You just need to play with light and dark shades of eyeshadow.  Doing so will enhance the size of your eyes, or it will bring your eyes further or closer apart.

1.  Do you have WIDE SET eyes?  If the space between the inside corners of your eyes is wider than the width of one eye, you have wide-set eyes.  Examples are Julia Stiles, Kate Moss, and Oprah.  Start by sweeping a light color shadow over the whole eye.  Then apply a medium color on the inner half of the eyelid.  Blend this outward to create a natural finish.  Next, use eyeliner to draw a very thin line from the inner to the outer corners on both upper and lower lids.  On wide-set eyes always use more intense colors near the inner corner of the eyes.  Use mascara generously, on both upper and lower lashes.

TIP: Add a little shadow (or bronzer) onto the bridge of the nose. This will help create more depth which will help give the illusion that eyes are closer together.

2.  Are your eyes CLOSE-SET?  If the space between the inner corners of your eyes is shorter than the width of one eye, you have close-set eyes.  Your examples are Eva Langoria, Barbara Streisand, and Teri Hatcher.  You can make them look wider apart by using a flesh tone shadow from the inner corner of the eye to the middle of the eye.  Then apply a slightly darker shade from middle of the lid to the outer corner and then blend in the middle.  Be sure to keep your strokes in an upward and outward motion.  Be sure to make the eyeliner darker at the outer corner and then use a lighter touch with the eyeliner as it moves towards the inner corner.  In other words, keep the line thicker at outer edge of the eye.  Apply mascara and let it dry.  Once it's dry add a second coat but only to the outside lashes.  DO NOT add color close to the nose.

3.  If your eyes are SMALL you can make them look bigger!  That's what Renee Zellwegger and Jennifer Hudson do!  First, you need to pluck the eyebrows to give maximum eye area. Then, using a soft color eyeliner make a fine line from the inner corner of your eye, close to your lashes, and thicken the line toward the outer third of your eye.  Use lighter eyeshadow or a shimmery pearl shadow on the entire eyelid.  It's also good to use an irridescent shade as a highlighter under your brow bone.  Try to keep dark colors to a minimum.  If you just must use a darker shade, then use it only on the outer corner of your eye or in the crease for definition.  Mascara is a must and you need to use it on both the upper and lower lashes.  It's best to use a second coat on the outer lashes only.

4.  If you can't see your eyelid, you have HOODED eyes.  Some examples are Paris Hilton, and Lisa Ratcliffe.  For this shape you need to apply a medium to dark shadow in the crease and on the hooded area.  Then sweep a lighter shadow on the brow bone and on the inside corner of the eye.  Gradually soften shadow as you approach the brow.  Next, draw a very thin line along the top lash line.  This keeps the eye looking open.  Smudge this line with a cotton swab.  Line upper lash-line only.  Apply black mascara to the upper & lower lashes.  Highlighting the brow bone and lining the lash base gives hooded eyes an alluring shape.

5.  PROMINENT eyes which set far forward in the face tend to dominate the facial features.  Such as, hello, Betty Davis :)  With special makeup prominent eyes can be made less obvious.  It's best to use medium to deep shades of shadow on the upper lids, but not above the crease, to help to minimize their appearance.  Use a highlighter color just under the brow to lighten and lift the eyes. Liners should be applied along the top lids just at the lash bases from corner to corner.  This gives prominent eyes a smoldering and mysterious look.  Can you say "smokey eyes".  Apply plenty of mascara to emphasize the top lashes.

And there you have it.  Five magic tricks that will help your eyes to stand out in a crowd.  Ready to experiment on your own eyes?  Then mosey on over to my online store and see all the eye products we have available ... and for a good price too!

Be sure to check back in with me next week.  We'll learn what Jillian Dempsey has to say about YOUR eye color and what works best for you!  In case you aren't aware of who Jillian Dempsey is ... she's the professional make-up artist behind most of Avon's make-up line ... AND she's lucky enough to call herself the wife of Patrick Dempsey.  Repeat after me, McDreamy!  Oooooo.  Ahhhhhhh.

Happy Shopping!

Friday, July 8, 2011

May the Force Be With You!

Drum-roll please .... after the 5 day contest, the winner is ...
Lisita who said she hoped to win the bundle "For my sister
who is supporting her family right now and could use something to brighten her day." 
Congratulations, Lisita!
Hey guys!  It's give-away-time! 

That's right, I'm being featured over at "Little Birdie Secrets" for the next 5 days!!  
They are actually hosting a contest where we are
giving away a bundle of Avon Naturals products. 
All of the following will be put into one cutie-patootie package
and go to one lucky winner that they will choose randomly.

So, head on over to "Little Birdie Secrets" and place your entry! 
And while you are there check out their cool site as well.  They have lots of neat things going on!

Good luck!  And may the force be with you :)

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Beautiful Nails for Me?

Audrey Hepburn once said, "For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness ... and for beautiful nails, see Pampered by Tammie" ... ok, well that last part I added but I just couldn't help myself  :)  It was the perfect entry to this week's how-to post called ....

Yes, you CAN have great nails without great cost!!

I am in love with Avon's line of NAIL EXPERT products.  They really work dude!  I'm the living proof.  As of 3 weeks ago I must confess to you that I could be President of the Nail Biters Anonymous club.  Yes, people, I'm not perfect.  Shocking I know.  I was one of "those" people with a nasty habit that left me with stubs for finger nails.  Chewing your nails does nothing for femininity let me tell ya!

Well, enter in Avon.  I took out my handy dandy brochure and started reading up on the NAIL EXPERTS line of products.  First up, Strong Results Length & Strength Complex.  I was intrigued that it said "makes nails stronger in 5 days".  My impatient gene kicked right in when I read that line.  Then it said that this stuff was actually made with diamond dust.  Oooooh, that might be the closest thing I get to diamonds anytime soon ... sign me up!  I ordered me some.

Then (because I have not had nails in so long I wouldn't know what to do with a bottle of color) I decided I'd keep life simple and just stay with clear.  I loved how the UV Gloss Guard Clear Top Coat claimed to keep my nails "just-done-glossy" and "won't yellow or fade" so that is what I ordered!

My products came in.  I was like a kid at Christmas.  Opened that package right up and headed for the bathroom.  Forget dinner, forget walking the dog ... gotta do my nails!

I followed the directions and applied the strengthener first.  Let it dry.  I didn't apply anything else.  The next day I applied another layer of strengthener.  Let it dry and moved on with life.  Same thing for 5 days. 

At day 5 I was like "Holy Cow!  Do you see this??"  My nails actually had white poking up over the tops.  I almost fainted!  So, I followed the directions for another 5 days and then on the last day I added the clear coat.  Man, LOVE that clear coat.  It really does make them glossy shiny pretty.  AND, my nails were growing.  AND, they were so strong that the few times I did try to bite them ... I told you it's a habit ... they were so strong that I just didn't have the heart to bite them off so I left them alone.

And, thanks to these wonderful products ... I now have nails!  Don't believe me, look:

See that white poking over the top of my finger?
That's a nail baby!!

Note to self ...
Need to find product to make hands not look freakishly old!
 There you have it ... I got me some longer nails for next to nothing cost wise.  And it really didn't kill me having to wait the 10 days to get 'em! 

You can get YOU some longer nails too!  And I bet the cost of these products is way cheaper than the nail salon is!!  Go ahead, check it out here and see.

You might also like to check out:

Festive Firework Nails
by Wayward Girls

Do It Yourself
Glitter Toes
by Artsy Fartsy Mama

Spiral Bracelet
by Yellow Black Bird