DIY Pressed Eyeshadow: Four Color Recipes for Back to School

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Back to school is right around the corner. Whether you have teenage girls headed back to school or you’re simply just ready for fall, you’ll have a blast creating your own DIY pressed eyeshadow colors to kick off the new season!

DIY Pressed Eyeshadow: Four Color Recipes for Back to School! Back to school is right around the corner. Whether you have teenage girls headed back to school or you're simply just ready for fall, you'll have a blast creating your own DIY pressed eyeshadow colors to kick off the new season!

DIY Pressed Eyeshadow

Following are four DIY pressed eyeshadow shades created by myself and my friend, Bambi, over cocktails recently. Whether you make one or all of these rich autumn aligned shades, you’ll definitely be hooked on the process. We had an absolute blast making these!

DIY Pressed Eyeshadow: Four Color Recipes for Back to School! Back to school is right around the corner. Whether you have teenage girls headed back to school or you're simply just ready for fall, you'll have a blast creating your own DIY pressed eyeshadow colors to kick off the new season!

Once you’ve tried our eyeshadow colors, be sure to whip up some of your own custom colors to match your existing wardrobe! And don’t forget to share your DIY pressed eyeshadow color creations by using the tag #soapdelishowoff on instagram! (You might even get featured on my blog!)

DIY Pressed Eyeshadow in Mermaid Sunset! Learn how to create your own DIY pressed eyeshadow in a beautiful amethyst color, plus find out where to buy mermaid makeup brushes!

DIY Pressed Eyeshadow #1 Mermaid Sunset

Ingredients:

2 scoops sericite
8 scoops amethyst mica
8 scoops mauvey gem mica
2 scoops super pearly white mica
7 drops isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol
7 drops dimethicone

DIY Pressed Eyeshadow #2 Golden Apple

Ingredients:

2 scoops sericite
8 scoops gold sparkle mica
8 scoops copper lip safe mica
1 scoop amethyst mica
7 drops isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol
7 drops dimethicone

DIY Pressed Eyeshadow: Four Color Recipes for Back to School! Back to school is right around the corner. Whether you have teenage girls headed back to school or you're simply just ready for fall, you'll have a blast creating your own DIY pressed eyeshadow colors to kick off the new season!

DIY Pressed Eyeshadow #3 Punk Princess

Ingredients:

4 scoops sericite
10 scoops coral mica
4 scoops super pearly white mica
4 scoops copper sparkle mica
8 scoops matte black oxide pigment powder
7 drops isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol
7 drops dimethicone

DIY Pressed Eyeshadow: Four Color Recipes for Back to School! Back to school is right around the corner. Whether you have teenage girls headed back to school or you're simply just ready for fall, you'll have a blast creating your own DIY pressed eyeshadow colors to kick off the new season!

DIY Pressed Eyeshadow #4 Mossy Apple

Ingredients:

4 scoops sericite
2 scoops titanium dioxide
14 scoops apple moss green mica
4 scoops cellini blue mica
7 drops isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol
7 drops dimethicone

Instructions:

To make your first DIY pressed eyeshadow color, first select the shade you’d like to create. In addition to the eyeshadow recipe ingredients – I purchased my micas from Brambleberry – you’ll also need some .15CC scoops for all of the dry measurements. You’ll be using graduated transfer pipette to measure out the dimethicone and rubbing alcohol in drops.

You’ll also need some eyeshadow pans. Bambi and I used 3 mL silver plastic jars with hinged lids and clear windows from SKS Bottle & Packaging for our DIY pressed eyeshadow singles. However, SKS also offers stylish 3 mL black polystyrene make-up compacts with crystal clear plastic hinged lids as well.

Once you have all of your ingredients, you’re ready to begin.

Begin with the sericite, add the number of scoops called for in a small dish or shallow bowl. (My scoops were not exact. I used slightly rounded scoops for each ingredient.)

Follow with the micas and/or other colorants, then mix well using a toothpick or other small utensil.

Take the Brave Pretty Challenge.

Once you’ve evenly mixed the dry ingredients, use a transfer pipette to add the rubbing alcohol and mix well. Follow with the dimethicone. Mix the eyeshadow with a toothpick until  it is evenly coated with the wet ingredients.

Now fill your eyeshadow pan with the shadow, piling it into a mound. Gently press the shadow down with your finger just until the eyeshadow is about even with the top of the eyeshadow pan.

Next, wrap a piece of thin linen or a paper towel over a quarter.

Press the wrapped quarter on top of the shadow into your cavity with as much force as possible, then gently remove the quarter. Allow the eyeshadow to dry and then it’s done!

DIY Pressed Eyeshadow: Four Color Recipes for Back to School! Back to school is right around the corner. Whether you have teenage girls headed back to school or you're simply just ready for fall, you'll have a blast creating your own DIY pressed eyeshadow colors to kick off the new season!

Notes & Tips:

For cream eyeshadows simply add more dimethicone to suit. You’ll want to start small and test the shadow as you add more dimethicone. For loose eyeshadows, simply omit the alcohol and dimethicone all together and combine the ingredients in a small eyeshadow sifter jar.

You can also scent your DIY pressed eyeshadow pans. Simply add 1-2 drops of skin safe fragrance oil to the recipe and add in after the alcohol!

Don’t want to use dimethicone? Try vegetable glycerin instead! Alternately, if you don’t want to make your own eyeshadow but would like to support someone who does, you can purchase artisan made eyeshadows on Etsy here.

Mermaid Makeup Brushes! High quality and deep cleaning fibers are used on these mermaid makeup brushes for lasting performance, fitting and protecting your sensitive skin!

Want your own beautiful mermaid makeup brushes? You can buy this mermaid makeup brush set here. Or choose from a huge collection of mermaid makeup brushes and sets in other colors here. Also be sure to check out my mermaid lagoon bath bomb recipe!

DIY Unicorn Eyeshadow in a Tri-Color Pressed Palette! Learn how to make your own DIY unicorn eyeshadow. This fun trio of pressed eyeshadows offers lasting pastel color and shimmer that's perfect for eyes. Once you've mastered these colors, be sure to try out your own custom DIY unicorn eyeshadow colors!

If you like my DIY pressed eyeshadow recipes, then you may also like my scented DIY unicorn eyeshadow in a tri-color pressed palette! This fun trio of scented pressed eyeshadows offers lasting pastel color and shimmer that’s perfect for eyes.

DIY scented eyeshadows! Learn how to create your own stunning scented mineral eyeshadows for a custom look day or night!

You can find my unicorn mineral makeup eyeshadow tutorial here along with recipes for a trio of alternate colors.

Plant based makeup is the new trend. However, you don't have to spend a fortune investing in premiere brand natural cosmetics to get it. Instead, try making your own! Simply start with a few natural ingredients and add micas to create your own custom colored makeup sticks! 

If you’d like to make more of my DIY cosmetics, also be sure to check out my makeup recipes for creating your own rose scented DIY all-in-one beauty stick for lips, eyes and cheeks as well as my plant based makeup recipe for creating a rose scented 4-in-1 all over cream beauty stick that works as a bronzer, eyeshadow, blush and lipstick!

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The Cross Body Purse from MinneBITES

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Pink and Gray Handmade Cross Body Purse from MinneBITESFanny packs are convenient and useful, but even closing in on forty years of age, you won’t find me wearing one. Instead, during my vacation at Floyd Fest last week, I chose to instead sport the rather fabulous handmade cross body purse (pictured above) from MinneBITES.

The long strap of this well crafted, handmade purse fits securely across your chest so there’s no fear of losing it or having it snatched without a struggle. This makes it perfect for vacationing in unfamiliar areas, clubbing, the grocery store and even for stashing cash when selling at the farmer’s market or a craft fair. It’s small enough to not get in the way, but large enough to hold all of your essentials – cash, id, phone, lip balm – even a container of Altoids smalls – making it perfect for everyday use as well. I was able to easily stash my new Nikon COOLPIX Digital Camera that I bought for my trip to Floyd Fest safely inside. Plus, with the option of switching to a smaller strap (sold separately,) you can easily make this purse into a wristlet when it suits your needs.

For the grocery store, I like to keep my coupons in the front zipper pouch. Although I’ve gotten so I keep them in there all of the time because otherwise I’ll forget them. (I always want to kick myself when I forget that $5 off a $50 purchase from our local Kroger.) And, because they are in separate compartment they don’t get in the way of other essentials I may need out of this purse on a daily basis.

Handmade Back to School Shark Shaped Pencil Holder by MinneBITES

Additionally, if you follow MinneBITES on Facebook, you’ll find there are perks to being a fan. Aside from receiving notice of coupon codes and new additions, Mary also offers new bags to lucky test subjects at half price! Whenever she creates a new bag style she’s considering for MinneBITES, Mary announces it on her facebook page then puts one of the new bags up for sale at half price in exchange for your feedback later on. This is how I came to own my cross body purse from MinneBITES. I fell in love with it the first time I saw it on her facebook page, and I was quick to snatch it up through her shop on Etsy when she announced it’s availability.  In addition to being both functional and super, it’s very well made.

If this cross body bag isn’t quite your style, don’t fret. Mary sells a variety of cute and compact bags at MinneBITES including some pretty rockin’ pencil holders she creates for back to school in shapes like sharks (pictured above,) snails and ladybugs.

What’s your favorite everyday bag or purse to carry?

DIY Handmade Decoupaged Sketch Book

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I’ve been wanting to buy a sketchbook/notebook to take with me on my journeys for some time. Yesterday proved the perfect opportunity to do so as I had to pass the mall that houses A.C. Moore on my way home. Unfortunately for me I spent money on more than just a journal. Fortunately for you that means some new upcoming crafty DIY projects.
Easy to Craft DIY Decoupaged Journal
My first DIY craft project of course is for creating a super easy to make DIY decoupaged journal. Using a sketch book is optional of course. You can do this with school notebooks or journals or even genuine books you want to dress up.
Modge Podge and Other Nifty Decoupage Crafting Supplies
For my journal I purchased a 4×6 spiral bound Sketch book with scored pages for easy removal if I so desire. Some pretty cool Smash tape, a few spools of ribbon, some paper flowers, matte Mod Podge, a foam brush, and giant 12×12 pad of 180 scrapbook papers that was $10 at half price.
Choose the papers you like for your journal cover
Start by choosing a decorative scrapbook paper that you like for the cover of your journal. Then cut it to fit the height of your sketch book. Trim it so it’s a bit smaller than the width which will allow you to add some decorative trim.
Apply mod podge to the elements for your journal cover
Next apply Mod Podge to the cover of the book with a foam brush. Press your paper onto the cover and smooth out any air bubbles or wrinkles. Then apply more Mod Podge over the top of the journal going over the new paper you just placed on it. Next, cut and place ribbons along the side of the decorative paper you are using for the cover. Glue them down with Mod Podge as you did the paper, then go back over the ribbons and the paper with another coat of Mod Podge. (And don’t worry. The Mod Podge will dry clear.)
Decorate your sketch book with a decorative paper flower
Now give your sketch book an extra nice, decorative touch and add a decorative flower. Simply apply the flower in the same way you did the ribbons and paper, then brush back over the top with an additional coat of Mod Podge.
Spray an acrylic sealer or keep going and decorate the back!
Once the Mod Podge has dried completely, spray over the cover with a clear, acrylic sealer to protect your decorative cover.
Journal decorated with scrapbook papers and decorative tape
But you’re only finished if you want to be! There’s still the back of the sketch book to decorate if you so choose. For the back of my journal I used a different paper and lined the edges this time, not with ribbon, but with decorative Smash tape. You can, however, also use washi tape.
Washi Tape for Craft Projects
Speaking of washi tape, the washi tape I ordered from Downtown Tape arrived today along with several free tags for dressing up. They were just $1.99 a roll with $2.95 flat shipping. I plan to put these to good use in a future projects – one of which will be decorating blank, handmade pocket notebooks from Jotters and Journals.
Now, does anyone have suggestions on what I should fill my newly crafted journal up with?

Handmade Back to School Accessories That Are Too Cool for School

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Back to school is right around the corner. Whether you’re going back to secondary school or are off college, or even if you’re just looking for an office upgrade, here are some fabulous and fun handmade items that make going back to school just a little more fun for everyone in your family.
Handmade Back to School Items
Handmade Office Supplies and Desk Accessories
Handmade Pencil Holders for Back to School
Dry Erase and Chalkboard Office Calendar Decals

Circles Dry Erase Wall Calendar Decal from Decals Murals | Peel and Stick Chalkboard Calendar from KathWren

Is someone in your family headed back to school this fall? If so, what’s the one must have item you’re buying for their next back to school experience?