Weekend Wrap Up (Week of March 26th-April 1st)

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This week I thought I’d share a few of my favorites things and products. What I’m watching, products currently I’m using, and other delights I’m crushing on this week. Of course, this video from SNOBLOVE Beauty topped my list. In this video, she shares how she made her stunningly beautiful cold process unicorn queen soap. You can also shop for this fab soap for a limited time while supplies last in The SNOBLOVE bar shop.

In addition to the occasional YouTube video, I’m also watching the series Legion, which is based on the Marvel Comics, Amazon’s Fortitude and Hulu’s Harlots with great anticipation. I’m also very much looking forward to seeing The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu.

essence How To Make Bright Eyes Make-up Box

Products I’m using right now include:

Lotion: Savannah Bee Honey Body Lotion in Unscented
Hand Soap: Raw Sugar Natural Hand Wash in Coconut Mango (bathroom) and Lemon Sugar (kitchen)
Primer: Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Light Correcting Primer in Luminous Light (This was a freebie via my ipsy rewards!)
CC Cream: Supergoop Daily Correct CC Cream in Fair/Light
Blush: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Long-Wearing Blush in Risqué
Lip Crayon: LOC Ultra Gloss Lip Pencil in Punch Line (via my Birchbox subscription.)
Eyeshadow primer: Clinique Touch Base for Eyes in Canvas Light
Powder: bareMinerals Original Mineral Veil Powder
Mascara: stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara
Eyeshadow: essence How To Make Bright Eyes Make-up Box (They sell this at Target. I also use it to highlight my cheekbones.) Also Doucce Freematic Eyeshadow in Marisa (via my ipsy subscription.)
Hair Care: Eva NYC Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer (via my ipsy subscription.)
Conditioners: Renpure Solutions Bamboo Green Tea Cleansing Conditioner and Renpure Advanced Extra Strength Biotin & Collagen Thickening Conditioner (They sell these at Target.)
Face Moisturizer: Body Merry’s Retinol Surge Moisturizer
Under Eye Cream: My own Anti-Aging Under Eye Cream with Hyaluronic Acid (Recipe here.)
Deodorant: My own Palmarosa + Lime Natural Deodorant Recipe with Aloe Vera Oil (Recipe here.)

Products I’ve purchased this week to try:

Hempz Herbal Body Moisturizer in Pink Berry Chiffon
Too Faced Peanut Butter and Honey Eyeshadow Palette
OPI Nail Polish in Princesses Rule

Also this week…

Made James and I #dinner tonight with one of the meals from #HelloFresh!

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I cooked this New York Strip Steak with Truffled Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans Amandine for James & I from my Hello Fresh subscription. (James usually cooks.) If you sign up for HelloFresh here as a new subscriber you’ll get $40 off your first delivery.

I also discovered a great new easy non-toxic no scrub shower cleaner. Simply combine ½ cup Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner with ½ cup vinegar in a spray bottle & gently mix. Spray on your surface, wait several minutes then rinse! Voila! You can also use a couple tablespoons of Sal Suds for an average load of laundry, dilute with water to sponge down countertops or to mop your floor, or even mix with baking soda to make a powerful scouring agent for bathtubs and sinks. (You can buy Sal Suds here.)

DIY Donut Bath Bombs via A Pumpkin & A Princess

I also fell in love with these DIY Donut Bath Bombs via A Pumpkin & A Princess blog. They’re made with soap icing and real sprinkles. You can find the recipe to make your own here or repin this DIY here for later. For more DIY’s like this one be sure to follow my DIY Bath & Body Pinterest board. Or, for donut bath bombs you can buy, visit Velvet Moon Studio on Etsy.

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Additionally I also learned about the AirBrush app (available for both the iPhone and Android phones.) This amazing and easy to use app lets you take years off your appearance or simply adds makeup! This photo was retouched using the AirBrush app. I was wearing ZERO makeup in this selfie photo. All of the makeup was added using the app. You can get the app here.

That’s all for this week! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend filled with many fun and creative discoveries!

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Do You Have Zombie Fever?

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AMC's The Walking Dead

AMC’s show, The Walking Dead, has made zombies – even the apocalypse – a hot new trend. So much so that fans are willing to overlook the fact that while everyone now carries the zombie virus, you will still only become a zombie if you die or are bitten. Case in point – Hershel had his leg cut off after being bitten by a zombie to avoid infection. But I have to wonder if it really necessary to cut off his leg since he’s already carrying the virus anyway. How is a bite any different if you’re already infected? Anyone know? (Psst. If you’re like me and don’t have cable, you can catch up on Season 3 of The Walking Dead via Amazon instant video.)

Zombie Outbreak Response Team Sticker
Zombie Outbreak Response Team Sticker (via Amazon.)

With that said, zombie mania is definitely sweeping the nation. Saturday Night Live recently did a parody skit of The Walking Dead which definitely portrays what we’ve all been thinking about Carl – is Rick is raising a right fine sociopath? So whether you’re a zombie fan or just know someone who is, here are a few fun zombie inspired products that you may find you just have to own.

Cool Zombie Inspired Merchandise

1. I loved the children’s book, Pat the Bunny, as a child. So as an adult I just couldn’t resist this parody book – Pat the Zombie: A Cruel (Adult) Spoof (via Amazon.) / 2. If you’re the DIY you may just appreciate the book, Zombie Felties: How to Raise 16 Gruesome Felt Creatures from the Undead (via Amazon.) / 3. Kick some butt in this rockin’ Zombie at Tiffany’s Women’s Girly Boat Neck T-shirt (via Threadless.) / 4. Make Easter extra fun and er, gory with a completely edible white chocolate zombie bunny (via ThinkGeek.)

Cool Zombie Clothing and Accessories

1. These handmade zombie flesh high heels are sure to garner some attention and let the zombies know you mean business! Besides, a girl can never have too many shoes (via Nixxi Rose.) / 2. This fashionable zombie gore t-shirt may be right up your man’s alley (via StrangeLand tees.) 3. Don’t be the soccer mom, be the zombie mom and show off your fabulous living dead family with these zombie family decals with pets (via Tawnya M Designs.)

What’s your take on the zombie craze and who is your favorite character from The Walking Dead?

American Horror Story Inspired Preserved Organs DIY – Basement Horrors in Mason Jars

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 American Horror Story Inspired Preserved Organs DIY - Basement Horrors in Mason Jars - Great Craft Project for Halloween

I loved the first season of American Horror Story which airs on FX. Although I did find the final episode of Season One to be a bit lacking and a disappointment. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to watch the second season as I don’t have satellite or cable television – much less a working tv at this point – and am not quite committed enough right now to buy a Season Pass via Amazon.

However, I did think it would be fun to create some of my own creepy preserved jars full of body parts that you see in the basement in the opening credits during Season One. Yes, it’s a tad perverse, but I also thought it would be a fun change up from pretty soaps and beauty recipes. My son and I did this project together and had a blast making it. And who knows, these jars could come in pretty handy right around Halloween.

We used White Das Air Hardening Clay for this project. I’d never used this type of clay before – I was going for whatever I could get that gave me the most bang for my buck – and did find it a little dry. It’s similar to what you might use on a pottery wheel, so I treated it as such and just kept a small container of water on hand to moisten the clay as I needed to. (If you’ve never thrown pottery on a wheel before, it’s commonplace to keep a bucket of water beside the wheel as the clay dries out as you work with it.)

We molded the clay into different shapes – something similar to intestines, a finger, a stomach, a rat, and an alien type leech fetus thing that my son came up with. We then set the clay aside to dry for 24 hours. Halfway through we turned the sculptures over so they would dry more evenly.

Once the sculptures had dried, we painted them with acrylic paints. Since we were going for dead, preserved body parts we stuck to the colors white, gray, black, brown, and red. I already had some white paint on hand, so we simply bought black and brown and mixed them to get different shades. For the dark reds, I mixed some red iron oxide I had on hand in with the white paint.

Once we painted the sculptures we set them aside to dry. They actually dried fairly quickly which was nice. It seemed like the clay sort of sucked the moisture out of the paint so we were able to handle them in short amount of time in order to paint all of the sides. Pictured above is Cody’s stomach organ, which we thought sort of also looked like a kidney. But we weren’t really going for accuracy since this project was for fun.

Once the painted had dried we sprayed the sculptures with a clear acrylic sealer on all sides. We gave them two coats since we planned on immersing the final product in liquid.

Once the acrylic sealer had dried, we placed the faux organs into Ball Canning jars. I bought the half pint jars from the grocery store since they cost less although I would have liked to have a mix of both. Our rat wouldn’t fit into the smaller canning jars, and we didn’t want to make him smaller and risk ruining him. If you don’t want your sculptures floating or moving around – or just want one particular set view – you can glue them into the jar using E6000 glue.

 American Horror Story Inspired Preserved Organs DIY - Basement Horrors in Mason Jars - Great Craft Project for Halloween

Cody and I played around with different liquids to use for the formaldehyde. In the end, we settled on a white wine that had been sitting opened, but corked in my fridge for the past two months. It looked great and gave just the effect we were looking for. However, if you don’t have any wine in need of dumping you can usually find really cheap wine at the grocery store. I’ve seen wine for $3-$4 a bottle.

 American Horror Story Inspired Preserved Organs DIY - Basement Horrors in Mason Jars - Great Craft Project for Halloween

Next, you would simply fill your mason jars with wine to the level of your liking. You can fill them up to the top or half way. We varied our wine levels for visual interest. All that’s left is to tightly screw the lids onto the jars.

 American Horror Story Inspired Preserved Organs DIY - Basement Horrors in Mason Jars - Great Craft Project for Halloween

Cody and I were pretty pleased with the end result. Our jars looked super creepy down in my basement which is half brick wall – no insulation – and half dirt dug out from under the house. (My apartment is the lower level of a house that’s over a hundred years old.) Since there’s no type of heating or cooling in the basement – it has a separate entrance from the house – the wine works perfectly since it’s less likely to freeze and risk damaging the jar or sculpture from the expansion.

 American Horror Story Inspired Preserved Organs DIY - Basement Horrors in Mason Jars - Great Craft Project for Halloween

Here’s a grainy black and white of the jars in my basement – taken via my camera phone. If and when I move, I think it’d be a lot of fun to leave these in the basement just for that – what in the $#@! is this?! – shock factor. All in all, this definitely made for a fun family project.

So, for other American Horror Story fans, how is season two? Is it worth a season pass or I should I wait for it to come out on dvd or Netflix?