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DIY / Tinted Lip Balm


Here’s what you’ll need

  • Empty Container
  • Lipstick
  • Vasiline
  • Metal spoon
  • Cosmetic spatula or a butter knife
  • Candle

I’ve been having some very dry lips this winter. Cracking, flacking and everything you don’t want to be happening to your lips. I was trying out so many chap sticks and lip balms, and even went as far as to spend 20$ on a lip treatment that didn’t help much. Yet the only product that actually gave me relief is plain old vaseline. I don’t even bother getting the small vaseline lip balms, I just buy the bigger container and transfer whatever I need in a small pot to fit in my purse. But then I figured, why not add some colour?




Using a cosmetic spatula if you have one, or anything that’ll help you scoop up some of the product, place some of the lipstick and the vaseline into a metal spoon. Make sure it’s metal since we’re going to be heating it up. I used the Revlon lip butter in sweet tart. I like the colour, but once I bought it, I realized it was quite a bright shade of pink, especially for everyday use in my case, since I work in front of a computer most of the time. So I wanted to make the colour more sheer by mixing it with vaseline to make a tinted lip balm. The quantity really depends on the size of your container and how opaque you want the colour to be. In my case, I used about a quarter of the lipstick and three quarters of vaseline.

Make sure your container is clean, light your candle, or in my case my makeshift homemade candle, and now you can mix your tinted lip balm. Just set the spoon above the flame and give it a few minutes to melt altogether. You can also use a tooth pic to mix everything really thoroughly. Once everything has been melted down, just pour it into the container and let it cool down and harden back into a solid.


Here’s what you’ll need

  • X-acto knife
  • Pencil
  • Scrap paper
  • Lid of container
  • Rubber cement or any good glue

While my tinted lip balm was cooling I felt like making the pot look a little nicer, so I rummaged through my pile of paper scraps and pulled out my trusty rubber cement. Just cut up an image or pattern you like and glue it onto the lid of your new lip balm.

And that’s it! A cheap moisturizing tinted lip balm. The colour is subtle but still leaves a natural hint of pink, all while helping to prevent my lips from chapping. It’s a win win!


DIY / Rabbit charm


I was cleaning my room and found a very nostalgic hair clip. I remember having dozens of these plastic hair clips with sunflowers, bows, and little animals on them. I wore them a lot as a kid but they’re not quite the look I’d go for now that I’m an adult. But the little rabbit looks so nice and detailed, so i made it into a charm.



What I used

  • X-acto knife
  • Paintbrush
  • White and gold paint
  • Varnish
  • Superglue or jewelry glue
  • Gold wire and pliers or a gold jump ring

Obviously you don’t need an x-acto knife if the charm is already intact, but sine mine was a barette, I carefully cut all around it as well as the nubs on the back. Then I painted a first layer of white to hide most of the original color and so that the gold has a better base to show up on. Finally I put a thin coat of varnish, glued a handmade jump ring to the back and that’s it!

This was so simple, there’s really no need for a tutorial. But I’m quite happy with how the little rabbit turned out.


DIY / Tiger king pocket mirror


My dad has the tendency to randomly find the most unnecessary items, and instead of simply discarding them he will give those items to other people. Which is a good thing. However, in my case, at least half of what he tries to leave in my room is completely useless for me as well.
But sometimes he finds some interesting stuff. Like this simple white pocket mirror. Thing is, I have no idea who Frank Lyman is and and don’t feel like carrying his name around.

So I flipped through some magazines, pulled out some mod podge, did my best not to sniff the glue, and did some old school collage.



What I used

  • Magazine images
  • X-acto knife
  • Old paintbrush
  • Mod podge glue
The tiger king image I chose was illustrated by tatoo artist Krista Burley. Honestly, I’ve never heard of her before, but when I came accross her illustrations in a magazine I picked up I thought it would make a great design.

Making collages with mod podge is ridiculously simple. You just have to follow the right order. Glue, paper glue. Lay on the glue in thin layers and do your best to avoid air bubbles and you can’t go wrong. Also, make sure you use an old paintbrush you won’t miss, it’s nearly impossible to wash out mod podge and the bristles will become stiff afterwords.

I also added a coat of gloss varnish, but that’s completely optional. I just wanted to make sure the paper was completely sealed.



And that’s it! Now I have a tiger king pocket mirror that I can carry around in my daily bag. It even has led lights inside.

Makes it even easier for me to check if I have food in my teeth.