Sunday, 21 July 2013

DIY Floral Envelope Cushion|| Makeover Sunday's..

floral, cushion, diy, budget, home, bedroom, decor

So I have literally been decorating my room for the last 5 weeks, and yes I'm still living out of my suitcase, since I returned from university. It's been such a long process, I though it would be as simple as painting some walls. Little did I know the horrors hidden beneath my yellow Victorian wallpaper.

Having never decorated before I thought it would be so easy to find bedroom decor on a budget. I was sadly mistaken when I found the price for a nice fluffy cushion was in the range on £10 to £20. ( now that is daylight robbery).

Being a student and knowing the value of money (after living off tinned beans for a week), I decided to be savvy and attempt my own cushion cover from bits lying around my house.
Here is how I got on:

I have to admit I didn't end up measuring anything as it was becoming so frustrating and I hate numbers. So I literally just wrapped my cushion with the material, leaving 2 inches around the edges for sewing. Then I just sewed away, and for a lot of guess work it turned out pretty cute.
I ended up doing an envelope cushion, so I'm able to change the covers all year round. If you would like a more detailed review there are lots of tutorials on YouTube.

So here you have it, an ultra cute, floral (vintage) cushion. I think it adds a really warm feel to my simple minimalistic, white and black room. I'm currently using mine for my dressing chair, but I'll be making more to jazz up my bed. This literally cost me £2 which was the price of the material ( enough to make 4 cushions). Remember to check out your local fabric shops for fun patterns or even use some old bed sheets.

 I'm going to be doing a DIY post every Sunday, hence the name Makeover Sundays :)

If you try this DIY tip, then please let me know how it turned out. Happy sewing!!

Friday, 19 July 2013

BarryM Gelly Hi-Shine Review..

Hi-Shine, Lychee, fashion blogger, beauty products, favourite nail products, superdrugs, product review
If your a bit like me, then you love no fuss nails. I never have the time to go sit for 30 mins to and hour for gels or acrylics.
I'm not usually one for nudes, its either bright colours or nothing, as I'm always scared it wont suit my complexion.

I can truly say that I am slightly in love with this colour lychee. It reminds me of a really milky vanilla latte ha ha (for you Starbucks fans).

It was really easy to apply with a nice thick brush, meaning you can get away with perfect nails in one coat. I did find that one coat looked a bit streaky but that could have been my shaky hands. I ended up applying 2 coats, which covered my nails with a lovely glossy finish.

However there are some bad points, like a lot of other reviews I've read I found it took a while to dry between coats. As I'm never still for more than 5 mins, I need a nail polish which is fast drying, so I can be carefree and confident it wont smudge or chip.

For any of you girlie's who want to combat this, my all time favourite nail product is the Sally Hansen (Insta-Dri). A clear anti chip top coat which leaves your nails touch dry in 30 seconds. Remember those times your going to an event/dinner/to see friends, and your rushing because your already an hour late, this product is my life saver. I can literally have my nails painted and dried in 5 mins, no smudge, no mess!!!!

Here are some pictures after 2 coats of BarryM Lychee and one coat of my Sally Hansen. Apart from issues with drying, I would recommend this nail polish to anyone looking for a cute nude colour for the summer. I would rock this colour to work or for leisure, that's what I love most about it, I find it versatile to all occasions.

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(Excuse the wrinkly fingers)
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           You can find the BarryM Hi-Shine products at most beauty/drug stores for £3.99.
                Have any of you tried the new BarryM products? Leave your views below.
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