Fall into autumn by repurposing your summer denim with a baroque printed jean! Often the only thing that eases our transition into cooler months is the thought of stepping into more fashion-y, less jean short-y, flip floppy outfits. But when seasonal shopping becomes a bummer on the wallet, it’s time to take your summer style the extra mile with a little DIY. Check out the poppin’ patterns we created on these Express denim staples…with some paint and baroque inspired stencils, these jeans are reborn as a fall fashion dream come true.To create: Place the floral stencil onto the desired area of your Express jeans. We recommend starting from one end and working your way to the other. With a sponge pouncer fill in the stencil with white fabric paint. Peel off the stencil and let the paint dry for a few seconds. Repeat the steps until the entire surface of the jean is covered with a baroque pattern.
Looking for a fun DIY project? Design your own jeans!
A soft yet striking double-winged eyeliner look.
Birchbox & Ipsy - August
I got an interesting mix of products this month, although most of them were duds. (Two black eyeliners, grr!) I liked the Urban Decay mascara from Ipsy and the Dr. Jart+ primer from Birchbox, but everything else was only OK. I did like the Ipsy bag, though; even though the color isn’t the nicest, it’s a good change from the usual bags they give.
- Noir Cosmetics Long-Wear Eyeliner - Another black eyeliner … man, I have so many of these at this point. This one seems perfectly fine, but I ended up giving it away. I mostly wear eyeliner in other colors; no more black eyeliners, please!
- amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo - I actually like amika products so I was excited for this one. This dry shampoo works pretty well, but only on mildly oily hair. You’ll need something better if you have a lot of oil.
- Vasanti Detox Nutrient-Rich Purifying Facial Cleanser - The problem with cleansers labeled “detox” or “purifying” is that they usually clean my face too well. This really stripped everything off my skin, so I wasn’t a fan. Definitely not an everyday product.
- Dr. Jart+ PORE MEDIC Pore Minish Primer - I do like Dr. Jart+ products (I use their Detox BB cream everyday). This primer is clear but VERY thick, so it feels like a layer on your skin. It did make my pores look nice initially, but my skin still got very oily. I wish it did more oil control.
- Harvey Prince Ageless Body Cream - This stuff is supposed to smell like grapefruit but it really doesn’t. The fragrance is very strong, almost annoyingly so. However, it’s not greasy and soaks into your skin pretty easily. Birchbox and Ipsy have given me a LOT of body creams lately.
- GLAMGLOW YouthMud Tinglexfoliate Treatment - Replace the word “tingle” with “burning” and you’ll get a more accurate description of this mask. It was really uncomfortable using it and it dried out my skin a lot after. I had this experience with another GLAMGLOW mask, too. No, thank you!
- Urban Decay Perversion Mascara - This mascara is pretty great. It makes my lashes look thick and full, plus it lengthens. It was slightly on the wet side so I had to be careful when applying, but overall, it’s definitely a winner.
- Jersey Shore Sun Mongongo Lip Conditioner - This lip balm feels super slippery, so it doesn’t last on your lips that long. I think it conditions decently, but you’ll need to reapply often. Not a huge fan of the taste, either. At least it has SPF!
- Lord & Berry Silk Kajal Kohl Eye Pencil - Oh no, more black eyeliner. This one is a really dry pencil, so it was a bit too harsh for me. I prefer a creamier, more gel-like formula with pencils.
- Manna Kadar Cosmetics Sheer Glo - This was a very interesting product. You’re supposed to either wear it alone or mix with your foundation. It’s very pink-toned, so when I put it on my skin alone, it looked very red. Mixed with my foundation, it seems undetectable, not even that glowy. I’m not the biggest fan.
Some great tips for skin recovery after the summer!