Spread The Love For Thanksgiving!

I wanted to do a special post for Thanksgiving so I came up with the idea of sharing a fellow blogger and I thought it would be neat if other bloggers tried it too.

The blogger I want to share is my good friend Robin. She is a blogger, crocheter, writer, a huge fan of David Bowie and an all around great person.

She blogs under the name Imperial Crochet right here on WordPress so do give her follow if you like crochet.

She has an Etsy store too so take a look around if you’re looking for handmade Christmas gifts: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ImperialCrochet

You can also follow her on…

AND she also has a really neat blog called Retro Invites: http://www.retroinvites.com/ if you’re a fan of decades past so do take a gander!

Who is YOUR favorite blogger?

July 2017 Birchbox Review

I actually decided to cancel my Birchbox subscription for now. While I do like Birchbox I feel like I’ve been getting a lot of duplicate products so it’s good-bye for now although I may sigh back up for the holidays.

I created a video unboxing for the July Birch Box and you might notice that I’m wearing a super cool tiara! My girlfriend runs a blog and Etsy store called Imperial Crochet and I really wanted to show off her work (she’s amazing) so do stop by her blog and Etsy Store as she’s got some really nice crocheted items including the tiara I’m wearing.

What I got in my July Birchbox!

 

Maison Jacynthe Make-Up Review

I received 3 complimentary (free) products from the from the Maison Jacynthe line to review. All opinions are my own.

The Maison Jacynthe was founded in 2014 by Jacynthe René who is an actress and producer and the product line is mostly natural. Maison Jacynthe also joined PETA’s Beauty Without Bunnies Program as one of their cruelty-free companies.

I received..

Maison Jacynthe Lipstick in Bordeaux Mate

This lipstick is 93 to 100% of natural origin (only the red pigment is for the moment synthetic).

First up I have to talk about the packaging. The lipstick tube is so unique and pretty. The cap of the tube is wood and silver and feel like a quality piece.

The lipstick itself is is a brick shade that’s a creamy sheer/matte. According to Maison Jacynthe “The candelilla wax allows a gentle application without drying of the lips. The oil of abyssinia allows the enhancement of the color and the long duration.

I did find it to be very pigmented and it has amazing lasting power. It does have a natural fragrance of goji that tastes natural and earthy.

Maison Jacynthe Varnishes Taormina

Next up I got a wonderful nail polish in a very pretty light lilac shade.

Their nail polishes are:

  • Free of 9 to 10 toxic products, the highest ecological guarantee in this field.
  • Between 75,5 and 80% of natural origin and enriched with organic silicon with fortifying and protective virtues.
  • Certified by PETA “humane on animals”.

Overall I really like the coverage and color of this polish. It looks beautiful with just one coat too.

Maison Jacynthe Eyeshadow

The final item I received was the eyeshadow in Affogato which is a nice purple/grey. The eyeshadow comes on cardboard then you can buy a wood and silver compact to house their powder products to reduce your environmental footprint. It is also 91 to 100% of natural origin.

The eyeshadow itself is so smooth and pigmented and has amazing staying power. This shade looks so pretty to make a smoky eye look.

Overall I think this is a quality natural line choice. They have a lot of products to offer including  mascara, eyeliner, blush, illuminators and more. Their shade palettes are so beautiful and natural too.

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I Crocheted A Star Wars Lightsaber: The Force Is Really Made Of Yarn

This is what happens when you give a middle aged mom some yarn and Photoshop.  In honor of “The Force Awakens” I decided to create a crocheted lightsaber.

Aside from embarrassing my kid I think I succeeded in creating a pretty darn cool lightsaber made of yarn. Not that I’d scare Darth Vader or anything but my black bathrobe doubles nicely as a Jedi hood and my glasses kind of make me look like an educated Jedi.

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May the Force of Yarn give you the strength to create geeky projects this holiday season.

The Artistic Process: From Prototype to Product

As you can see my prototype kinda sucked. I clearly needed to make this sucker a little less limp. My easy solution was a wooden dowl rod that I smashed up the center. Then I just used a red chain that wrapped around the more realistic lightsaber, The handle was pretty easy, just some black chains to make it look more Star Warsy (is that a word)? The key here is to just wing it. Wrap, tie, loop and repeat. That’s my motto.

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