DIY: Oil Blotting Sheets

Tuesday, March 20, 2012



Tissue paper. I am sure everyone has received a gift at one point that contained it; blue, green, Christmas patterns, or even sparkly. What do you do with it? Save it for future gift giving (I do this usually!), or put it to use for something else? One day, I came up with another use for it when I realized I was out of my drugstore oil blotting sheets. I remembered I had tissue paper in one of my desk drawers from a birthday present I had received weeks before. I decided to test my theory that it would absorb the oils on my face. To my delight, it did! Theory proved! I am so glad I ran out, and that I have stacks and stacks of tissue paper from years of receiving gifts. Being a college student does present its financial woes, but now, I have one less thing to worry about buying! Here is how you can also make your own blotting papers!

STEPS:
Step 1) Find your tissue paper! Even if you do not have old tissue paper on hand, buying a pack of it from any store that sells it will probably be cheaper than buying the actual oil blotting sheets.
Step 2) Choose the amount of sheets that you want to make. You can use all of your paper, or just take one single sheet.
Step 3) Lay out the paper(s). I find it fastest and easiest to fold the paper(s) once in half and cutting it along that line so you have a straight edge. Once you do that, place those two separate stacks on top of each other. Do this process as many times as you see fit (this will help keep your pieces neat, and allow you to get the size you want).


 You should get something that looks similar to this:

Step 4) Storing them: I store mine in a zip lock bag, and I find this works just fine because I keep them on my desk. If you were going to keep them in your purse, I suggest finding a hard case like this one that will keep them from getting wrinkled or even putting them in the section of your wallet where you keep your paper money.
I am so sorry if this sounds confusing! It is honestly so easy that I think explaining it just makes the process more difficult.
 Step 5) Blot away! I find that these work just as well as any store bought brand. 

**Side note: As an avid member of the Youtube beauty community, I came across videos of this idea after I decided to make my own. If you need a little help with visualizing this, try typing in “DIY Oil Blotting Sheets” in the search bar and I am sure you will find something to help you!

Spring Fashion

Monday, March 19, 2012

I am so excited to be able to say that spring is right around the corner! While winter did not (or has not-ugh!) hit my area very hard, I am still ready to step out in my favorite spring pieces. A lot of the trends are actually very wearable this season, which makes me more apt to shop…. until I drop. Here are some trends and idea’s of what I will be wearing this season! (You should be able to click on any of the images below for more info!)



1) Toms-I love the look of the classic Toms, as well as the newer styles coming out, like ballet flats and wedges (pictured above). They are comfortable, cute, and when you buy a pair, a pair is given to a child in need. Win-win!
2) Bright jeans- these are a huge trend right now. At first it might seem a little intimidating to wear bright, colorful jeans, but with a little imagination and time, you can come up with a style forward outfit. I would love to pair coral (pictured above) or a mint green pair of jeans with a plain white V-neck. So simple, yet put together. Add a statement necklace and you’ll be ready to go.
3) Crochet- this trend is showing up a lot in shoes and light sweaters. I would wear crochet flats such as the pair above with jeans, shorts, or a long, flow-y skirt. As for crochet tops, it would be simple to pair a tank with a light crochet sweater, for those cool nights, or being out by a bonfire.
4) High-low skirts- let me just say, I ADORE this style. It can be dressed up, or dressed down. Once I get my hands on a plain (or semi plain) black high-low skirt, I plan on pairing it with an edgy tee for a casual look, or an embellished tank top or fitted blouse for a more put together look.
5) Stripes- stripes are almost always in style or making a comeback. Of course they can show up in almost in piece of clothing, but for me, I would pair a striped shirt such as the one above, with tan shorts or capris. I could wear this anywhere, but I see myself in a casual lunch outing with this look.
6) Cat eye (eye liner)- this has been around for quite some time. However, this season the makeup artists at fashion shows were changing it up a bit. Less of a “normal” cat eye and more of exploring the different shapes, lines, and styles of the eyeliner. You can see an example here.
7) Creamy, opaque nail polish- a sheer wash of color may still be in, but having an opaque color on your nails is a big trend for this spring. You can see in tons of different magazines, fashion shows, and blogs that light, creamy green is a big hit for this season!
8) Pastels- Again, another trend I am LOVING! I think that pastel colors look so beautiful against tanned skin, as well as porcelain tones. It’s not on the daring side, but still shows character in an outfit. Since the colors can usually work for most skin tones, I would bet that most girls could wear and use this trend to dress up or dress down their wardrobe. Lightweight scarves in pastel colors would look great over a white blouse, while jeans or tops could be worn in many different variations. Whatever your hearts desire!

-What trends will you be sporting?
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