Mandalorians and Mascara

Bringing my Rey game for Force Friday

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetForce Friday is one of my favorite yearly traditions, in which Star Wars fans such as myself wait for hours to grab the latest merchandise for the newest Star Wars movie. I typically head to Target, since they know exactly how to appeal to me merchandise-wise, and this year they were promoting the tag line “Bring Your Rey Game” for the event. I threw together an outfit I thought would be worthy of this theme, while still being comfortable and warm (something that’s very important when you’re waiting on the floor for six hours).

 

The Dress

This loose swing dress from Her Universe was the perfect fit! Featuring Rey and BB-8 on the sands of Jakku, I definitely brought my Rey game in this. It’s light fabric also makes it incredibly comfortable!

 

Leggings and Cardigan

I paired my dress with some simple light grey cotton leggings so that being up and down and on the floor for hours wouldn’t be an issue. I got these from Ross. I also brought along a light grey over-sized cardigan for when things got chilly. This was thrifted.

 

 

Accessories

I paired my Rey dress with a tan-yellow thin belt, just to cinch it up and make it a bit shorter. I also brought along my Dooney and Bourke The Force Awakens zip sachel for my bag. This is the absolute perfect size, and fit all of the clay I packed to pass the time as well as snacks and water. For shoes, I wore my brown lace-up boots from Target.

 

I also pulled my hair back like how Rey’s has been shown in The Last Jedi and you better believe I bought all of the Porg things. Seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever loved anything this much.

 

 

As always, thanks so much to my good friend Britt Barnim for the sweet pics!


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The Garbage Will Do?

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I’ve had a boring white trash can for an incredibly long time so it was high time I did something ridiculous to it. Naturally, my brain goes straight to Star Wars, so why not pay homage to my favorite hunk of junk in the galaxy?

For this project you’ll need:

  • a plastic white trash can
  • R2 reference pictures!
  • a pencil
  • a ruler (a flexible one is best, but not required)
  • a black Sharpie
  • blue paint
  • silver paint
  • assorted paint brushes

 

Step 1

Using a ruler, a pencil, and some reference pictures of R2’s front, mark out his designs on what you would like to be the front of the trash can. The beauty of the plastic material is that the pencil erases rather well. Taking advantage of my trashcan’s design, I decided to use the entirety of the top rim to stand for the blue line above his torso, with a line for the silver portion marked out underneath as well, also stretching around its perimeter.

 

 

Step 2

Trace those pencil lines with a black Sharpie, once again using the ruler to keep those machined looking straight lines.

 

 

Step 3

Begin filling in the necessary shapes, matching them up with those in your reference pictures, with a blue paint and a medium sized brush.

 

 

Step 4

After the blue paint dries, fill in the rest of the areas that require detailing with silver paint and a small detail brush. Make sure to fill in the top silver line that goes around the perimeter of the trash can.

 

 

Step 5

Paint the top rim of the trash can blue.

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Step 6

After all of the paint has dried, add any remaining details with your black Sharpie.

 

 

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Happy trashing! and may the force be with you!

DIY: Star Lord’s Quad Blaster Mod

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My boyfriend bought a replica Star Lord jacket at the most recent convention we went to and I thought a blaster would be a great complimentary birthday gift. I used a Nerf blaster because not only was it the perfect size/shape/pretty much everything aside from the color, but then it can also shoot Nerf bullets which is a super bonus, IMO.

 

For this project you’ll need:

  • a Star Lord Nerf gun
  • silver, black, and copper paints
  • various paint brushes (at least one small detail one)
  • paint sealant
  • reference photos

 

Step 1

Apply black paint to pretty much every part of the gun except for the gold and silver middle parts of the gun. You’ll be going over quite a bit of this black will silver paint a little later, but for now this neutralizes the gross orange color and will later add a bit of texture to the silver.

Be sure to get into the small grooves with a smaller detail paint brush!

 

Step 2

After applying the black paint and letting it dry, add the silver paint to the top and bottom pieces that slide backwards on the gun. Then, open those and paint the bright orange barrels of the gun black. I also went inside of the barrel somewhat with a detail brush, just to neutralize the bright orange. After that dries, brush over the black outside of the barrels with a silver paint. Any placement of the silver should be done in a somewhat haphazard way, so that it looks more like a brushed silver and less of a solid color. Doing this quickly and randomly gives it more of an aged/worn look which is what we want.  Don’t forget to brush a little silver over the grey area between the moving pieces and the end of the guns!

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Step 3

Now we’ll add some extra detail work. On the back panels of both the top and bottom of the gun, paint a slightly darker silver color (I just mixed in the tiniest speck of black with my silver paint). After doing this, freshen up the bolts on the top and bottom of the back of the gun with some bright silver. In the middle area where the gold and silver rings are, I added some extra silver to the silver portions and a quick brush of copper over the gold ones. You still want some gold to show through, so do this lightly.

 

Step 4

Last but not least, seal it! I bought a matte paint sealant from Design Master at my local Michael’s craft store, but any kind will do. This just ensures that your paint holds up!

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I hope you get into something good, something bad, or maybe a little bit of both with this babe. ‘Til next time!

Mystique and Chic

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I debated on buying this Marvel Mystique sleeveless skater dress for ages and finally took the plunge. Naturally, styling it was a pleasure.

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Dress

From We Love Fine, it’s a t-shirt material so it’s very breathable and not too sheer despite it being white.

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Shoes and Bag

Both were purchased from Ross. The gold and black ankle strap flats are Rampage and the black and white striped bag is Betsey Johnson. If you haven’t picked up a Betsey yet, you haven’t lived my friend.

Accessories

The gold chain necklace was acquired from a local Renaissance Faire. The bracelet was bought at a local art show. These are seriously some of the best places to grab some interesting jewelry!

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This outfit was perfect for a nice brunch, but I could totally see dressing it up for a night out with some ankle boots and edgy tights. The belt is separate and ties in the back so you can dress it up or down as you like. Hooray for versatility!

 

‘Til next time friends!

 

Saying goodbye to the Great Movie Ride in style

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This weekend brought the end of an era at Disney’s Hollywood Studios; the Great Movie Ride closed it’s doors for the last time on Sunday evening. It’s hard to put into words how significant this ride has been for me. In my most formative years, it was a large contributing factor to my love of movies and my eventual and giant love affair with Alien. How do you sum up a ride beloved by so many? I honestly don’t think you can, so I’ll stop. Let’s just focus on my coping mechanism; a good outfit.

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My xenomorph costume was at the dry cleaners so I thought I’d pay homage to another favorite scene of mine instead.

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Shirt

Fortune and Glory is definitely in the top ten Indy quotes of all time and when I saw this tee at Disney years ago, I had to have it. Through my internet searchings it looks like its long gone, however TeeFury always has some neat Indy designs up.

Skirt

This greenish-grey skater skirt with a waist of black pleather at the top was found on one of my thrifting adventures. Anything in the brown/tan/grey family would work with this sort of outfit.

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Shoes

To pick up on the yellow in the shirt’s lettering, I threw on some solid yellow flats from Brit Footwear. These similar ones are available on Amazon.

Hat

I snagged this very Indy-esque suede hat at a Forever 21. Or you could just get an actual one here.

Accessories

My gold necklace is from Target. Gold just seemed right with this outfit.

My bag is from Ross. (And was only $20!)

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Fare thee well, you beautiful ride. At least we could say goodbye in style. (and with excellent pictures taken by my good friend Britt Barnim!)

 

From yoga mat to Yoda mat

To trick myself into physical activity, I added a fun Yoda quote and silhouette to my yoga mat, making it…. a Yoda mat. Here’s how I did it!

Supplies:

  • foam yoga mat
  • Sharpie (preferably a large one)
  • letter stencils (preferably small- like an inch in size)
  • paper (any kind will do)
  • scissors

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You can find a decent yoga mat on Amazon for less than twenty dollars (or if you’re me, you can just go to Wal-mart and get an extra cheap one for like ten).

To begin with, decide on placement. I went for the top left of my mat, so that I can see it in the midst of my yoga-ing.

I then decided on a quote. It was hard to pick but I could not resist “Luminous beings are we.” Plus when I place it down word by word, it creates a cool stair step effect.

Using the letter stencils of your choice (or not, you rebel) and a Sharpie, write the words of your quote in the pattern of your choice. As I said before, I went with straight down, word by word but I can imagine there are all sorts of fun combinations you can try out.  I went with about 1/4 inch between each line, but you do you!  Be sure to firmly hold the stencil down, so that your letter doesn’t end up being larger than necessary/totally wrecked.

One tip I will throw out there is to be sure to pull your stencil straight up when you’re done filling out the letter and before doing your next letter, to give the stencil a good wipe with a tissue, etc. These will both help you to avoid any smudging or random Sharpie marks on your mat.

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For our next part, we’ll make the Yoda stencil. I went with a fairly basic silhouette of his face since my Sharpie is GIANT and the bumpiness of the mat would make a more complicated design a total mess. If you have a super flat mat though, go for it!

Taking the piece of paper, I free-handed a Yoda head shape with the Sharpie. If free-handing is not your thing, there are some silhouettes on the internet I’m sure you could resize and print out. Cut this pattern out with the scissors, but be sure to cut in the middle of the head, working your way out to the ends.

As we did with the letter stencils, hold your Yoda stencil down firmly and fill it in with the Sharpie. Because this stencil is made of a thinner paper, I avoided filling the shape in harshly near the edges. Instead I just got the general shape, lifted the paper up, and then continued to make my edges bolder.

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And that’s it! Enjoy this mat, you will.

 

 

 

 

 

Slayin’ on Singles: keeping your face and your bank account beautiful


I, self admittedly, am a makeup addict. While all makeup in general enthuses me my real weak spot is for lipsticks and eyeshadow, which is normally where I’m willing to splurge the most on, and very often do. But I am no fool and know that my bank account is finite, so I do the best I can to save money on my everyday essentials. I like to refer to this as:

Slayin’ on Singles

Get it? Like dollar bills? 

Anyway, here is my definitive list of makeup I use on the daily that can be obtained at your local drugstore/sometimes Target (depending on what stores you have in your general area).

#1: Foundation

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Listen here and listen good. Loreal’s True Match foundation is the bee’s knees. Prior to buying this, I was super nervous about using a more liquid based foundation, but I was wrong to be afraid. So very wrong. It goes on easily with a foundation brush and once it’s set with powder stays all day long. It comes in a great range of shades and has titanium dioxide sunscreen in it, so not only do you look fab, but you’re protected from that awful ball of fire in the sky as well. Go you!

You can find this product at your local Walgreen’s, CVS, Target, or Walmart.

(also FUN FACT: I got ahold of some MAC foundation not long after I purchased this product. The formulas seem very comparable. Very.)

#2 Powder

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Rimmel’s Stay Matte Pressed Powder. I was on a “let’s try some new beauty products” kick when I picked this baby up and boy am I glad I did. This powder has incredible staying power, doesn’t cake or dry out, and my favorite thing is that it’s available in translucent. I am a rather lazy person (on top of the fact that my skin color changes quite a bit from summer to winter) and color matching can sometimes be incredibly difficult. If you’re like me and would rather be sitting in front of your computer marathoning the Clone Wars for the 80th time, then that is some valuable time you’re missing out on. Bottom line, 10/10 would recommend. It’s fool proof and glorious. Go buy it.

You can find this product at your local Walgreen’s, CVS, Target, and Walmart.

#3 Mascara

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Mascara has always been the one thing I’ve consistently had trouble sticking with. I would come across some brands that I would like, but it took me a very long time to find something I could really love, and that was also cost effective. That is until I started assisting with wedding hair and makeup and we had a mascara emergency. We needed a good kind and fast and my mentor suggested this. Loreal’s Voluminous Mascara is magic. It doesn’t clump and has a very simple yet effective brush. (None of that space age “will my eyelashes survive this?” shaped weirdness.)  It lasts all day long and while it isn’t water proof, I’ve had quite a few mental breakdowns and it didn’t run very much at all. I prefer it in the color Blackest Black.

You can find this product at your local Walgreen’s, CVS, Target, and Walmart.

#4 Facial Wipes

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Let’s be honest, sometimes I’m so tired when I come home from work that I just immediately want to fall into a deep sleep until morning. That’s totally cool. You know what’s not cool? Not taking your makeup off before sleep. If you wanna fall straight asleep and do what’s best for your skin, wipe that makeup off with some quality Say Yes wipes. They have varying kinds (cucumber, blueberries, coconut, tomatoes) that focus on different aspects of your skin (minimizing irritation, relieving acne, hydrating, detoxifying) not to mention they smell great, and I can take my makeup off with one quick swoop. I would compare them to the Sephora brand face wipes if you’re looking for a pricier alternative, but these do the trick all the same.

You can find this product at your local Walgreen’s, CVS, Target, Walmart, even Ulta!

#5 Matte Lip Creme

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Aside from Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick, NYX’s Soft Matte Lip Cream has to be my favorite matte lip formula. It doesn’t dry out your lips, yet stays all day and isn’t a pain to get off at the end. Not to mention pretty much every color is a winner. Rome, Sao Paolo, and Stockholm are my favs. (Honorable mention goes to the Liquid Suede collection). Please excuse the display, customers at my local Target are monsters.

You can find this product at Target, some CVS’s, and Ulta.

#6 Moisturizer

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For a long time I skirted around getting a facial moisturizer. Why you ask? Mostly fear of the unknown I’d say. There’s so many products out there, how do you possibly weed through them all? Garnier’s SkinActive Moisture Rescue  was recommended to me by a friend and coworker (Gabi u da bomb) and it is a quality product. It deals with my partially dry, partially normal skin beautifully and leaves my skin feeling so fly so fresh without it becoming oily. The product sizing is fairly satisfactory considering you only need the tiniest bit to cover your face and neck. The kind of fancy container makes me feel pretty damn fancy when I apply this baby, so bonus points.

You can find this product at Walgreen’s, CVS, Target, and Walmart.

 

#7 Face Masks

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Short and simple: these guys are incredibly cheap and leave me feeling refreshed so you really can’t afford not to buy them. I’m definitely not someone who face masks every day, but it’s a nice treat once or twice a week. Picking these guys up is cost effective and making myself feel great effective.

You can find these at your local Walgreen’s.

#8 Eyeliner

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My number one eyeliner love in this life will always be Kat Von D’s tattoo liner in Trooper, but when times are hard, E.L.F’s ink eyeliner pen isn’t a bad alternative. The felt tip is a bit larger than KVD’s, but it stays on for most of the day without issue. It does lose it’s sharpness quicker than a normal eyeliner pen would (I would give it a rough 4-5 week estimate), but it’s also only three dollars so replacing it isn’t the worst.

You can find this product at your local Target.

#9 Concealer

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I have the worst under eye bags. The worst. But E.L.F.’s HD lifting concealer does a pretty good job of covering them up. Word of warning, the color they appear to be is often a little lighter than they actually are. For someone with bad under eye bags like myself, that works just fine, but the average person should keep that in mind.

You can find this product at your local Target.

#10 Highlighter

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If you’re looking for a cheap highlighter but, like myself, are a fan of variety, then E.L.F.’s Illuminating Palette is the one for you my friend. Each of the colors in this palette work great on their own, but are also really fab when used with each other. The thing I love about this palette is that it’s just the right amount of highlight. While I do love being extra, one of my jobs isn’t too fond of an incredibly extra highlight. These are more natural, and you can sweep them on your face and run out the door if you need to.

You can find this product at your local Target.


 

Well, that’s all for today folks! I hope this was informative and that you too can tackle beauty on a budget. Because let’s be real here, you need those new KVD lipstick shades. And that glorious Alchemy Palette.

Treat yoself,

TF