DIY: 4 Easy-Peasy Home & Beauty DIY’s that will save you money 

I’m a huge fan of beauty hacks and DIY’s, so I thought I’d share 4 of my favourites with you guys!

DIY 1: Custom Highlighter
If you’re a fan of strobing aka highlighting, then this DIY will definitely come in handy!
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MIY: 2 Simple & Easy Strengthening Nail Soaks

If you suffer from weak and brittle nails, then this MIY (Make-It-Yourself) is definitely for you!
If you’ve never had/made a nail soak before then all you need to know is that homemade nail soaks are perfect for strengthening nails as well as the skin surrounding the nails – and they’re so easy to make!

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Simple DIY ideas to update & reinvent your wardrobe

I love customizing my clothes! And no, I don’t mean bringing out the bedazzler and going crazy with it, I’m talking more about updating and changing little details that make a huge impact.

I’ve put together a list of DIY ideas that you can use either to update your existing items in your wardrobe or to completely customize a new piece of clothing.

 

Embellished Collars
This is one of my favourite DIY ideas of all time! All you need is a collared shirt, a needle, some thread and pearl-like beads and within 10 minutes you’ll have a gorgeous and totally glam shirt. You can even add little flat-backed rhinestones or charms to add a dash of bling to your customized collar.

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Shoe-clipped shoes
Ever heard of a shoe clip? Well, it’s this metal clip, that looks a lot like the clip used for clip-on earrings but a lot bigger. Just glue on some rhinestones, spikes, trimming or even bows to the base of the clip and then clip it onto your shoes. And voilà! You’ve got yourself a totally unique pair of pumps and since the shoe clip is removable you can always use it on other shoes too!

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From long to crop
I thought crop tops will be totally out of season by now, but errbody is still enjoying the trend. If you’re a fan of crop tops, then you can create your own without spending a cent!
Just grab a super sharp pair of scissors and a soft viscose-like top/tee that raw edges will look cool on. Next snip off the sleeves and the length of the tee, you can decide on the sleeve length and the crop top length. Just remember that you can always cut-off more material but you can’t uncut it, so be cautious when snipping – just go slow! Once you’re done, you’ll have a cool crop top to wear out this summer.

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Ripped-up denims
If you’ve got a pair of acid-wash/light denim skinnies hanging about in your cupboard, why not take a razor blade and rip it up? You can rip around the knee area and around the front and back pockets. And if you don’t want any skin to show, but still want that totally ripped-up jeans effect, all you’ve got to do is sew a patch of flesh-coloured fabric on to the inside of your jeans in whichever areas the rips are – simple right?

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Blinging clutches
If you’ve got a bunch of clutches hanging about, why not give them a total makeover? All you need is some shiny trimming embedded with crystals (available at fabric and button & trimmings stores or just break apart a statement necklace) and either a needle and some thread or a hot glue gun – depending on the material of your bag. Once you’ve attached the trimming/necklace, say hello to a totally chic, blinged-out clutch which is definitely ready for a night out on the town!

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And that’s it! Such simple ideas that can totally reinvent an item in your wardrobe! Happy DIY’ing guys 😀

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*Images from Google images

DIY: Travel-Friendly Sewing Kit

Was there ever a time when you were out shopping or at a restaurant and your button/trimming popped out? Or maybe something snagged on your favourite tee and created a noticeable hole? Well, if you are prone to wardrobe malfunctions whilst away from home, this travel-friendly sewing kit is thee DIY for you!

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What you will need:
A tin of your choice
6 reels of cotton in the colours that you usually wear
A needle
A pair of manicure scissors
Variety of buttons
A set of press-studs
A few safety pins
A mini ziplock bag
A piece of cardboard (a business card will do)

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Start by placing the buttons, press-studs and needle into the mini ziplock bag, this way they won’t move around or get lost.

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Next, along the length of the cardboard, cut out 6 squares on either end. Make sure that the 1st square on the right matches up with the 1st square on the left and the 2nd square on the right with the 2nd square on the left and so on…IMG_9081.JPG

Once your squares are done, wrap about 2m of thread around the first matching pair of squares and tuck the loose end under the thread. Do this for all 6 colours.

Finally, place your ziplock bag, thread card, safety pins and scissors into your tin and voilà! You’ve just created a very handy travel-friendly sewing kit that you can pop into your handbag or your suitcase to take with you whilst on holiday!

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DIY: Make your own super, sparkly glitter eyeliner with Essence cosmetics

I absolutely adore glitter eyeliners, but the brands that make them are a bit too pricey for my budget.

One of the most affordable glitter eyeliners is Essence’s Crystal Eyeliner but the glitter in those liners are tiny and are more suitable to be worn in the day rather than at night. I wanted a liner that is super cute, not overdone but that still makes a statement, so I decided to create my own. And here’s how:

All you need is:
A tube of transparent, gel mascara
A glitter pot in any colour
A skinny, eyeliner brush

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I use Essence’s Lash & Brow gel mascara (R29.95), Essence’s nail effect glitter (R29.95) and an eyeliner brush from on old eyeliner.

Method:
Before you begin, ensure that the eyeliner brush is clean and dry. Wash away any leftover product with some baby shampoo or makeup remover and then dry it off with a paper towel.

Dip the brush into the tube of mascara, ensuring that the bristles are thoroughly coated with the gel.

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Now dip the brush into the pot of glitter. Go for a little bit of glitter at a time, if you overload the glitter it will make the task of applying it as eyeliner much more difficult. Just tap off any excess glitter into the pot or cap.

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Apply to eyes (or hand in my case :P)

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Please note that I have used glitter that consists of larger flakes due to the fact that if it gets into the eyes, it will be easier to remove than the mini flakes. Also note that no glitter is 100% safe to use on your eyes, so please be super, duper careful when applying – we wouldn’t want any trips to the ER now would we?

Raeesa

DIY: Simple and easy Hijab Pins in just 4 steps!

I’m so bored of the usual, boring hijab pins out there – so I create my own! And it’s super simple!

All you need is:
•Jump Rings/ Super mini key rings
•Pliers
•Variety of Charms
•Straight pins with a hook at the end to attach the charms

Step 1:
Pry open the jump ring with your pliers.

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Step 2:
Attach the jump ring to the hook on the pin.

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Step 3:
Attach your charm to the jump ring.

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Step 4:
Close up your jump ring to ensure that your pin is secure in place.

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And done!
Check out the other hijab pins I created below – the charms are from broken earrings/bracelets, keyrings, pendants etc. Totally unique and so simple to make!

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Happy DIY’ing!!

Raeesa