four BEAUTY TRICKS YOU NEED TO KNOW

We though we'd share some beauty tricks with you that we use on a daily basis! Some are things we've known for years, some are new tricks we just couldn't keep to ourselves. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

1. Sleep with you hair in a loose top knot. I just twist my hair into the loosest bun possible and secure with a loose hair tie. If you sleep with the bun at very top of your head, your hair will have some extra body in the morning. Make sure your hair is dry before you do this.

2. When you run out of mascara, wash the old wand and use it to brush you eye brows and separate your eye lashes after using mascara.

3. After you've painted your nails, it's always so hard to tell when they are really dry. Sometimes they seem dry to the touch but 5 seconds later you have a dent in your nail. SOLUTION! When you think your nails are dry, just tap two of your nails together. If there is any resistance, your nails are not ready for you to be moving around a lot. If the nails don't stick to each other at all... you are good to go!

4. If you have some shoes that rub on your ankles, don't reach for the bandaids. Reach for some Vasoline/Petroleum Jelly of your choice. Rub a little amount on your ankle where the back of your shoe will touch. Don't put too much or it will get on your shoes. This trick is amazing because it really really really works!

What are your favorite beauty tricks? We might try them/put them in another post!


the TUTORIAL: SUNSET EYES

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So I've been slacking on doing makeup tutorials. We know you guys love the hair tutorials, but do you  like when we do makeup tutorials? What kind of makeup tutorials would you like to see? Give us the low down, homies. Hope you enjoy this sunset-like eye makeup!

the RAVE: JOSE EBER TRIPLE BARREL CURLING IRON

We were thrilled when Jose Eber contacted us and asked if we wanted to try out their products. We've been wanting to try out a curling wand for the longest, so that is what we chose to review. Holy moly, we LOVE it. I (Casey) have a hard time curling my hair because it never curls the way I want it to curl, and the curl never stays. Well the triple barrel curling iron has made all my super straight hair dreams come true. Watch the review Savannah and I did in the video below:

Some pictures of Savannah's results:
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As you can see (from the video) Savannah and I had very different results and that's one of the things I love most about this curling iron (she looks all Taylor Swift-y). You can get so many different types of curls and waves depending on what barrel you use and how you curl your hair.

Have any of you lovely readers tried any of Jose Eber's products? What did you think? Tell us how much you'd love for them to do a giveaway and maybe they'll make your dreams come true.


**These opinions are 100% our own. Jose Eber has not paid us for this review**

bored AT WORK DIY: "TRAINING" CHOPSTICKS

This tutorial is for all the people out there who don't really know how to use chopsticks. I've gotten tired of being the one person who eats with a fork at the Japanese restaurant, apparently it's amusing to other people. Why not make is even more amusing and make your own "training" chopsticks? You can fit in with everyone else and not have to feel like you are doing magic tricks to pick up a piece of chicken.
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You will need: chopsticks(in the paper sleeve) and a rubber band or a hair tie? Whatever you have available when you are eating. Take the chopsticks out of the sleeve.

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Fold your sleeve in half (long ways) 3 times.

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After you've folded 3 times, fold into thirds the other way. Put your folded paper in between the two chopsticks, close to the top.

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Take your rubber band and wrap it around the chopsticks, underneath the paper, one time. Wrap the rest of the rubber band around the chopsticks, above the paper. All of this should be towards the very end of the chopsticks. This will keep the chopsticks apart from each other and they are now fool-proof and ready to use!
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Waaaaalaaaa. "Training" chopsticks. Not JUST for children.

manic MANI MONDAY: KIKI LA RUE INSPIRED

Today's mani was inspired by two pieces from Kiki La Rue.

To learn more about the Kiki La Rue boutique check out our current giveaway.
You could win a $50 gift card!

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Let's get started...

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Paint your nail pink.

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Take a navy polish and swipe the brush from the middle of your nail to the upper left corner of the nail.

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Then swipe the brush from the middle again to the upper right corner of your nail.

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You will have created a chevron shape on your nail.

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Do the same with a white nail polish. You can add as many stripes as you'd like.
I made each of my nails different.

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Clean up around your nails. I am using this new Cutex Corrector Nail Polish Remover Pen I got. It's one of my new favorite things fa sheez.

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Cover with a top coat and you are done!

the DIY: FRINGE WEDGES

Days like today make me wish Casey and I had the same size foot. Unfortunately, we do not. Casey had these wedges that we had been meaning to change up for quite some time. So it seemed like perfect timing when Pippa from Buzzfeed Shift asked us to participate in a Craft Wars challenge. The challenge: Transform a pair of basic shoes. Our shoes- open toe wedges. We will let you know when the project is posted on Buzzfeed so you can go vote for us!

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These are the shoes we started out with. They are pretty cute just like this but we wanted to add something fun!

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Side view.

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These are some old boots that Casey was planning on getting rid of. We decided to keep them for the leather.

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We cut out a square piece from each boot.

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Then we spray painted the leather with a gold paint.

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We made sure the pieced were the same dimensions. About 6 inches by 8 inches.

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On the inside of the leather, place a line of super glue at the top.

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Carefully place the top of the leather around the edge of the shoe. Secure the leather with clothespins until the glue has dried.

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Time to cut fringe! We cut little notches along the edge to make sure we cut the fringe evenly.

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Trim the bottom of the fringe so that it doesn't touch the ground when the shoe is upright.

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We cut each fringe piece in half to create smaller fringe.

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And done! This project was pretty simple and fast.

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And these shoes look pretty ballin' when you are walking in them! Like fa rizzle... these shoes were made for walking.

Ok guys, don't forget to vote for us.  We checked out our competition and they did a great job, but we think we have the most original idea.  Please vote for our originality :) Thanks!

manic MANI MONDAY AND A GIVEAWAY! (CLOSED)

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We are super excited about this giveaway! I love the idea of having this fun damask design on my nails without having to wait for the polish dry/ having to create the design in general. Below I have created a tutorial on how to apply these nail shields from Jamberry Nails. The ones that I have on my nails are called Sunflower Damask and they were provided by our new friend, Tamara Bennett. Check out her Facebook page too. You could be trying one of the many designs from Jamberry for free! Just read on to see the tutorial and learn how to enter the giveaway!

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These are the nail shields as they come. Depending on your nail size situation, you could use this sheet for 2 manicures. The nails on my right hand are bigger than the nails on my left hand which....I just learned while putting these nail shields on. It's. Weird. Since this is the case, I could get 3 manicures out of one sheet. The shields also come with step by step instructions which, are very helpful.

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First, clean your nail with nail polish removed to get rid of any oil on the nail.

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File your nails to the shape of your liking and push back your cuticles.

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Figure out which size you need for your finger. Once you know, peel back the shield without touching the bottom/sticky part.

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Cut the shield in half (if your nails are short.) This will make it easier to place and you can save the other half for another mani, or for your other hand.

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Heat up the back of the nail shield for 10-15 seconds to make it more sticky.

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Place the shield on your nail. Make sure the shield isn't overlapping onto your skin anywhere. This happened to the first few nails I did so I heated up the shield again with the hair dryer, pulled it off slowly, and placed it in the right spot. It got much easier with each nail I did.

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Rub the shield on your nail to help it stick. I just used my finger but Jamberry recommends you use a rubber cuticle pusher. I found that my finger worked just fine.

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Cut off the excess shield close to your nail.

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File downward against your nail to remove the extra shield. Repeat all of these steps for each nail!

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Here are my nails all finished! You could also check out this video for instructions on how to apply these nail shields.

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So I'm sure you want to know how you can win your own sheet of nail shields! Here's what you need to do...

1. Be a follower of our blog.
2. Leave a comment below telling us which design is your favorite and your e-mail address. Only one entry per person.
 SIMPLE ENOUGH!

Visit Tamara's Jamberry page to choose your favorite nail shield design.

The winner will be randomly chosen from the comments and must be a follower of our blog.
The winner will receive one free set of nail shields in the design of their choosing.
Winner will be announced Saturday, May 12.

This giveaway closes Friday (May 11, 2012) night at 11:59 PM (central)