the TUTORIAL: QUICK & SIMPLE UPDO

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Here's an easy and quick updo that's super fun. You could wear this during cocktail hour or save it for when your hair is on it's last day before you wash it again!
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Start with brushed-through hair.
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Tease your hair at the crown.
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Smooth out the top of your hair.
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Separate your hair into three parts.
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Separate one of the sections into 3 parts, and braid one of the parts. Then you will braid the 3 parts together and secure with a clear elastic.
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Repeat on all sections of the hair. Keep a clear elastic at the top of the middle section, but not on the outside braids. We want the middle braid to stay put but we want the outside sections to be looser on the sides of your head.
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Loosen the braids up a little with your fingers.
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Roll each braid up into a bun and secure with bobby pins. It may take a few bobby pins to secure each bun.
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And done! Check out the rest of the views of Casey's hair below.
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manic MANI MONDAY: CARNIVAL NAILS

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Today's nails were inspired but the bold primary colors and patterns that are found within a carnival. In appropriate colors this mani may also be suitable for Independence Day! This tutorial is going to show you how to make stencils for your nails out of sticker sheets. Here is what you will need..
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- Sticker Sheet of stars (The stars should be small enough to fit on your nail.)
- Three colors of nail polish (The Art Deco one is the kind with the long skinny brush)
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Paint your nails white. I used E.L.F. polish in White.
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Add turquoise stripes. I did this freehanded with the Art Deco Nail Art Lacquer in Turquoise. Let the nails completely dry.
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Cut out around the star shapes on the sticker sheet. Peel off the area around the sticker (this is now your stencil), you will not use the actual star shaped sticker. Place your stencil on your nail where you want the star to be.
**TIP** If you have extra sticky stickers, I DID, place the sticker on your shirt, or any fabric, and then peel off and place on your nail. This will take off some sticky-ness but keep just enough for it to work on your nail still.
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Paint over the stencil with the color of your choice, I used Essie's Cute as A Button, which is a pink color.
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Repeat on all nails.
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Peel of the stencils and add a top coat! Nice!
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Got any crazy ideas for our Manic Mani Monday posts? Let us know what they are!

does PINTEREST KNOW EVERYTHING?

We all love Pinterest and probably spend a little more time on it than we'd like to admit. Every time I'm on Pinterest, I see something else I want to try or make and usually, I do. So we figured, WHY NOT show you all of Pinterest endeavors and pick out the really awesome things from the not-so-amazing things. So from time to time that's exactly what we are going to do! So here we go...first up we have the "alcohol makes your broken makeup troubles fade away" trick. Sounds AMAZING. Casey and I both had a few things that we have been holding on to because... well, it's hard to just throw away your makeup because you dropped it. One time!
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So here is the makeup we wanted to fix. Two of these aren't broken but they are hard to use so if this worked, we were going to break those and make them more usable.
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Messed up makeup.
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Add alcohol.
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Mash the makeup and alcohol together with your finger. It will get very very messy and you will probably lose a little bit of your makeup. You may need to add some more alcohol if the mixture is too dry. (If it looks like this picture, you will probably need to add more.)
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This is what it looked like when it finally mixed completely together. The texture was like a light mousse.
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As you can see this gets really messy.
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All cleaned up.
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This is what they all looked like when we got them all mixed together. Seems too good to be true!
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When it all dried this is what they looked like.
Pros: The makeup is definitely usable again! Word.
Cons: The makeup randomly flakes off and when it dries, and it has little cracks all over.

So does Pinterest know everything? This is definitely a good quick fix if your broken makeup was almost brand new and you really can't bring yourself to replace it. This works much much better if your makeup was still full before it broke. If you only had a little bit left, you'd probably be better off just buying a new one. But this trick does wonders for people like us, who are on a strict budget!

What other Pinterest projects do you think we should try?


***UPDATE 2/29- So this has proven to not be such a great fix.  The pink blush has already cracked again & it has not been dropped.  We still think it's worth trying but you'll probably have to replace your broken make up after all.  Boo :(
xo, Savannah

the TUTORIAL: GET PERFECT WAVES IN UNDER 10 MINUTES

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So I curl my hair probably 9 out of every 10 times that I do my hair. It is easy and it is fast. I usually get nice feedback on the way my hair is done so I decided to do a tutorial on it. When I do my hair this way, it is to make it look wavy, not necessarily curly. It takes me under 10 minutes to curl all of my hair so this video it kind of long. I wanted to show that it really is so easy and quick so none of this video is edited. After you have seen the way I curl my hair, you can fast forward to 8:25 on the video to skip the boring parts! Hope this helps someone!

the DIY: SEW A BIRD ON IT

The reason for the name of our post is basically explained in the video below. Check it out and then go check out our guest post over at Craft Snob! You're going to need this lovely bird stencil...
CLICK HERE to download for free!

Use that stencil to make this...
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And frame it or something like this...
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See the full tutorial at Craft Snob! (And don't forget to check out this video!)



P.S. Check out the fundraiser we are doing here! It may or may not involve the possibility of dying a dog purple...




manic MANI MONDAY: PASTEL AND POPPY FLOWER NAILS

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Pictures from here here here and here
We are soooo ready for Spring! Aren't you? So tired of the Nashville weather not being able to make up it's mind!! So I decided that if I wanted to be pulled out of these winter blues- I'd need a fresh and fun mani! Here's what I did to create these fun Pastel and Poppy Flower Nails!
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The best way to create these nails is to do one nail at a time. First you need to paint the background color of your nail. I used Essie's 'Nice is Nice,' which is a pastel purple.
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While the background color is still wet, paint on the poppy flowers. (I used N.Y.C. polish in 'Times Square Tangerine Creme' for the flowers.) To do this all you really need to do is create a floral-shaped blob of nail polish. I started by creating a really fat "X" shape with the polish brush and then painted it into a more circular shape.
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Basically you have created a rugged looking circular shape. (This tutorial is meant to give these flowers a sort of abstract look so don't get caught up in making the shapes perfect.) 
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While your nail is still wet, take either a nail art brush or a pencil dipped in polish and put a dot in the center of the flowers. I used black. The reason we want to do this when nails are still wet is so the colors sort of mush together. You also don't get the bumpy effect on your nails if you do this but, you must work quickly. (The bumpy effect I'm referring to is the one that is created by putting many layers on your nails.)
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Take a pencil dipped in a pale green polish (I used Avon's 'Green with Envy') and add 2 dots on either side of each flower. These should only show up just enough create interest so it's best not to use a darker green color.
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Finish with a clear top coat- I used Essie's 'No Chips Ahead.' Then you are finished! You could create these nails in pretty much any color you wanted but since poppy flowers were my inspiration, I decided to use a color similar to their true color!

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