DIY: Gold Magnetic Letters (For Adults)

Hello my beautiful readers!

I’m here today to share a DIY that Emma and I did recently to add to my new apartment. Side note: would you like an apartment tour when I’ve finished moving in? Let me know in the comments with a yay or a nay! 

We are in the process of making a cool looking fridge for my kitchen and we thought of this idea that can be used to make lists and little messages. The best things about this DIY are that it’s super simple, only requires a few materials, and it’s a bit of a throwback to our childhood days.

So, if you want to find out how to make some “adult” magnetic fridge letters with a chic twist then keep on reading!

What You Need: 

  1. Magnetic Fridge Letters (Usually from kid’s toy stores)
  2. Spray paint of your choice (We chose metallic gold)
  3. A safe surface to spray paint on top of

How To: 

  1. Lay your letters out on a flat surface that you are able to get paint on
  2. Stand back from your surface and spray your letters in a fluid motion to cover the surface of the plastic
  3. Adjust your spraying to get the sides and tricky parts of the letters
  4. Let dry
  5. Paint a second coat on sparse areas
  6. Place on fridge and start leaving your messages, making grocery lists etc.

I think these turned out super cute and they actually look really nice on the fridge. They’re an easy way to make use of your fridge space or wherever else you want to use them all while looking very adult-like from the metallic finish. This DIY takes the letters from looking cheap to chic all with the help of one can of spray paint.

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If you try this DIY at home please tag us in your pictures on instagram @thewannabesblog or use the #thewannabesblog hashtag!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and happy crafting!

Hugs and Kisses,

Meghan. x

Products Mentioned: 

Fridge Letters: http://www.toysrus.com/buy/reading-writing/imaginarium-72-piece-magnetic-letters-set-colors/styles-vary-5f5e944-11773783

Spray Paint:http://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/krylon-indooroutdoor-paint-bright-gold/6000092376258

 

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DIY: Gold Magnetic Letters (For Adults)

Drugstore Battle: Dry Shampoos

Hi everyone! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and an even better start to your week. Today I am starting a new series called Drugstore Battles. The first set of products that we are going to be battling are Dry Shampoos.

  1. TRESemme Fresh Start Basic Care Dry Shampoo. ($5.99) This was the very first range of dry shampoos that I tried quite a few years ago… mostly because it was the only one around. When I first used this I thought it was awesome. Using it now, I’m a tad less impressed.

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My rating scale is as follows:

Does it soak up oil? Some.

Does it give some volume? A little.

Does it smell ok? Smells like regular dry shampoo.

Does it leave the hair feeling gross and chalky? Yes.

Overall this one for me is like a 6/10, it does what it is supposed to do but it has no extras that wow me. It’s very basic and if it’s all you can get your hands on then it is still a much needed product in anyone’s hair care collection.

2. Batiste “Big & Bouncy XXL Volume” Dry Shampoo ($8.99)

This was the second dry shampoo that I tried and contemplated trying for a very long time. I had heard from everyone and their mother that this was the best on the market and for that reason it was always sold out. Then I finally got my hands on some, and now its a must have for me. 13390831_10209571538065546_328485038_n

Does it soak up oil? YES. You can be as greasy as a stick of butter and this will make you look like you have just showered minutes before you left the house.

Does it give some volume? Lots.

Does it smell ok? Little bit of a fruity smell, which is nice.

Does it leave the hair feeling gross and chalky? Yes, very. Your hair is very stiff after using this, and it almost feels like you’re sticking your hands in a bowl of flour.

Overall I’m going to give this an 8/10. I could live without the super chalky feeling but on days where I feel like a total grease ball nothing else compares to this product. And in my opinion you buy dry shampoo to help out the oil control, so that’s exactly what this does.

3. COLAB Sheer+Invisible Dry Shampoo “London Classic Fragrance” ($5.25)

I feel like this brand is very big in the beauty world right now, and it also not very easy to find if you live in Canada. Emma actually picked this up on her New York trip, and we were both super excited to try it. One thing we love is how many different scents you have to choose from, and the super cute packaging.

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Does it soak up oil? Yes but it probably soaks up the least out of the three.

Does it give some volume? Yes. I feel like this is targeted as more of a volume spray than an actual oil absorber.

Does it smell ok? They have so many beautiful scents, they’re almost like a perfume for your hair which is awesome on days where you didn’t have time to wash your hair.

Does it leave the hair feeling gross and chalky? No not at all. This leaves almost no trace of product in the hair, which is totally awesome for everyday use.

Overall this gets a 7/10 from me. I love this for adding volume and texture to second day and sometimes even freshly washed hair. It works great for styling because it offers some grip to the hair without leaving a white chalky look or feel. It doesn’t soak up as much oil as I would like, so that is why I have given it a 7. I haven’t tried the other versions of this, so maybe they have some that soak up more oil. If you’ve tried it please let me know in the comments!

All of these products are great in their own right and they do serve individual purposes. I hope this set of mini reviews helped you in making your own dry shampoo selections!

Thank you for reading, please remember to subscribe, and I will talk to you very soon!

Meghan. xo

FYI: I bought these products myself and all opinions are my own. xo 

Products Mentioned: 

TRESemme Fresh Start Basic Care Dry Shampoo: http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod6481624

Batiste “Big & Bouncy XXL Volume” Dry Shampoo: http://www.batistehair.co.uk/oomph-it

COLAB Sheer+Invisible “London Classic Fragrance” Dry Shampoo: http://row.feelunique.com/p/COLAB-Dry-Shampoo-London-200ml

Drugstore Battle: Dry Shampoos

DIY Marble Home Decor: Photo Frame!

Hi everyone!

I’m coming to you today with a brand spankin’ new DIY… and the best part is, its a home decor DIY. These are my favourite types of DIYS to do so I hope you enjoy making this one as much as Emma and I did.

Today we are going to be talking about how to make a Marble Photo Frame. I feel like marble is all the rage right now, and i’m not mad at it. I love the way it looks in my bedroom and if you like marble as much as I do then get excited.

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What You Will Need: 

  1. A regular photo frame (choose your size) *I would try to find one with flat sides and not too many ridges/details on the actual frame*
  2. Scissors
  3. Marble Pattern Contact Paper/ Shelf Liners
  4. Hot Glue Gun (optional)
  5. Picture(s) to put inside!

What You Need To Do: 

  1. Remove the backing and glass/plastic front from your frame and place them to the side.
  2. Measure out the sides (all four) of your frame and trace that onto the paper (sticker) side of the contact paper.
  3. Cut out the measured strips of contact paper (do this one strip at a time!)
  4. Remove the sticker backing off the paper and start to slowly place your strip onto the frame. If you place the pieces on in slow increments you tend to get less air bubbles.
  5. Repeat step 4 for the other three sides of your frame.
  6. Smooth out the paper on all sides and adjust the contact paper as necessary to cover the whole frame.
  7. Hot glue any loose edges/ add extra paper on corners to fix for neatness.
  8. Place your picture inside the frame and add the glass and back piece.
  9. Display and enjoy!

I absolutely adore the way this frame turned out and I will be for sure making more of them.

If you try this DIY on your own please send us your pictures by tagging us on instagram: @thewannabesblog or using the hashtag #thewannabesblog on Insta or Twitter! We would love to see them and throw you guys a couple likes! 

I hope you have a wonderful Tuesday.

All my love,

Meghan. xo

Products Mentioned:

Marble Contact Paper: https://www.amazon.ca/DC-Fix-346-0306-Adhesive-Marble/dp/B00504QXM0?ie=UTF8&keywords=marble%20pattern%20adhesive%20film&qid=1447620643&ref_=sr_1_fkmr1_1&s=hi&sr=1-1-fkmr1

*Most Dollar Stores sell adhesive marble shelf liners, so keep your eyes out for those cheaper options!*

DIY Marble Home Decor: Photo Frame!

Fab Or Flop: Simple Micellar Water Makeup Removing Wipes

Hello you beautiful people!

I’m here to share a little bit of makeup greatness that I discovered about a week and a half ago. I was in the market for some new makeup removing wipes (don’t judge) and I decided to try a new kind to what I usually buy.

When i’m at home I use Emma’s Bioderma to take off my makeup so when I saw that Simple had come out with micellar water (similar to Bioderma) wipes I was instantly intrigued. I read the label to find out they were safe for sensitive skin and I put them straight into my basket.

Now that I’ve used them quite a few times now I have to say that I adore these. They are the best wipes I have ever used. I have tried pretty much every brand and even baby wipes and these ones outshot every single other thing I have tried. They are not too wet but not too dry either, which is important. They don’t sting your eyes, they take off makeup (even mascara) much better than any other wipe, and they don’t dry my skin out. I think most people don’t typically like wipes because they dry the crap out of your face and that can be rough on your skin, but people, these are a game changer. My face feels the same as when I put on my face for the day, and when I take it off it feels clean and so soft.

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These are such a fab product in my books, I will continue to buy them until they stop making them, which I hope is never.

I hope you enjoyed this little post, if you haven’t already then please feel free to follow/subscribe to the blog for more fun coming your way! We have a few more hauls coming and tons more DIYS because i’m going home for the summer, and when Emma and I get together all we do is craft…. so get ready.

PS: let me know in the comments if you would be interested in seeing room tours from both of us? We have very different styles so you would get a mix of everything.

I hope you have yourselves a wonderful day.

All my love,

Meghan. xo

FYI: I bought this product myself, and all opinions are my own. xo 

Products Mentioned: 

Simple Kind To Skin Micellar Water Wipes: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Simple-Micellar-Make-Up-Remover-Wipes-25-count/45651071

Fab Or Flop: Simple Micellar Water Makeup Removing Wipes

Fab Or Flop: Luxury Powder Dupe

Greetings,

It’s Emma here again to share with you another experience and my thoughts on a new product in my life. Let me give you a little hint into the future….I love it, and you will too.

MOVING ON. So I recently started baking my under eyes (you know the thing you do with your face but not like a cake because you don’t want to cake your face). You will probably come to learn that my dark circles are one of those top things on the list I like to cover up with makeup, and baking (i.e. using a sponge to apply a sh*t ton of powder and letting it sit before dusting it off) with a translucent powder lightens up the area as well as setting it all in place. If you do this you must rub your finger under your eye because it will never be as soft as it is in that moment.

On with the product, right? Yeah, I know I know. I did my digging and discovered that I absolutely did not want to spend $47 on the Laura Mercier powder. Even the Sephora brand powder was still $20. My dilemma was that I do not have access to the Coty Airspun powder which is what most people recommend. Instead I had to dig even deeper into the internet and wild parts of youtube to find something us Canadians can get our hands on. And I found it. Let me introduce you to the $4.47 NYC Smooth Skin Loose Powder.

This is the answer to my prayers. My logic was that if I am using a significant amount of powder every day I simply cannot break the bank on this kind of product. But under $5 sure. Then I used it. And BAM. I’m in love. I apply more concealer than I need oxygen to try to cover my bad boy circles up and this is the only powder to this day (honestly no lie) that I can last all day without it creasing. I used to get those awful under eye creases as well as the crease of my eyelid because yes I apply concealer there too. Now I just apply to my eyelids and under eye, contour or eat breakfast while waiting, dust it off and move on with my day. I love this stuff. It is FAB. I even use it to set the rest of my face lightly with a fluffy powder brush because I don’t require too much mattifying to keep me going.

Overall, this powder is 100% worth a look the next time you run out. I wish you all the best luck with your week and don’t forget to tune back in for another Fab or Flop because we have lots coming your way. You may be wondering “don’t they have any flops?” Well just you wait….

Until next time I am signing off. xoxo.

FYI: All opinions are my own and products were bought with my own money!

Products Mentioned: 

NYC Powder: http://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/nyc-new-york-color-smooth-skin-loose-face-powder-20-g/6000188189072

Laura Mercier Powder: http://www.sephora.com/translucent-loose-setting-powder-P109908?skuId=870618&icid2=search_search_p109908_image

Sephora Powder: http://www.sephora.com/smoothing-translucent-setting-powder-P310720?skuId=1375575&icid2=search_search_p310720_image

Fab Or Flop: Luxury Powder Dupe

Watercolour Easter Egg DIY

Hello my loves!

Seeing as this is Easter weekend we thought we would show you some of the beautiful eggs we have been making. This DIY is for pastel coloured and watercolour design eggs. Not going to lie, Emma made the majority of these but they turned out absolutely beautiful so we wanted to share them with you.

 

What you will need: 

  1. Eggs (plastic or real, we chose plastic this time) *if the eggs are real then you have to either hard boil them or blow the insides out through a small hole on each end of the egg*
  2. An egg dying kit (if you want darker colours use real eggs, plastic doesn’t absorb the colour as much- but they do last forever and don’t break)
  3. Food colouring
  4. Paint brushes
  5. A pen (sharpie marker or loose ink pen works best)

How to watercolour: 

  1. Dye egg base colour with the dying kit.
  2. Wait for the base to dry.
  3. Choose your colour of food colouring that you want to use and dilute that choice of food colouring with some water until its runny enough to look like a liquid but it still retains some pigment. (should look like watercolour child’s paints)
  4. Use a brush to paint the diluted food colouring mixture onto the egg.
  5. Once you’re happy with the design then take some paper towel and pat the egg to get the excess pigment off. This also prevents the pigment from running.
  6. Let the egg dry and decorate to your liking!

We made lots of different designs but I did take step by step pictures of the watercolour flowers in case you wanted to see how she made them!

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The Watercolour Flowers: 

  1. Use your choice of colour of the food colouring/water mixture explained above as base for the flower. To get the flower shape you can use small dabbing motions with the brush until you make your shape. (we found it easiest to make imperfect circle and oval shapes)
  2. Let the base dry for a few seconds. If you would like to apply a second layer of colour then add this now on top of the base colour.
  3. Take a clean paintbrush and add in the leaf (triangle shape attached to the flower base) with a green or any other colour food colouring/water mix.
  4. Allow those to dry and pat away the extra pigment with a paper towel. Do this with a very light hand!!
  5. Take a dark pen or marker and trace the outside lines of the flower and leaf that you painted on.
  6. If you’re feeling fancy you can add the little flower details in the middle like Emma did, they’re basically like little lollipop shapes.

If you want you can also use the watercolour food colouring to darken up spots of the egg, use it as a background for quotes, you can paint small pictures with them… anything to let your creative juices flow!

Here are some pictures of our other finished eggs. They look beautiful on our table.

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We hope this gave you some decorating inspiration! If you try out any of these ideas then please post and tag us in your photos! Our instagram is @thewannabesblog and our twitter is @meghanmalone87 .

Happy decorating everybody and Happy Easter!

– Meghan & Emma. xo

FYI: We bought and decorated these products ourselves, all designs are our own. xo

Products Mentioned: 

Dudley’s Decorating Eggs & Dye Kit can be purchased at local Walmart Stores and some dollar stores!

Watercolour Easter Egg DIY

Wall Art DIY: Colouring Books

Hi everyone!

I have a new DIY for you today that I am personally really proud of and excited to put up in my home. I am going to explain to you how I have started to make my own wall art for free or next to no money at all. Buying paintings or prints to hang on walls can be ridiculously expensive so Emma and I figured it was time to get creative and make our own.

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This frame is the one that I bought for $2 and am going to transform into a beautiful piece of wall art. If you would like to find out how then keep on reading!

What you will need: 

  1. A picture from a colouring book/ colouring sheet you can find online
  2. Markers (I suggest finding ones with bright colours and lots of variety!)
  3. A frame (I bought mine for a couple of dollars from a thrift store)

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Instructions: 

  1. Pick a sheet that you want to colour and would use as an art piece in your space.
  2. Let you inner child out and get colouring!
  3. If you wish to fill a space with a word like I did with the “Welcome” then use a dark marker (Sharpie style pen) and write out or trace your word. I happened to do this free hand but there are always fonts you can print off to copy if you’re not confident in your penmanship!
  4. Let your art dry.
  5. Take your sheet out of your book (if you’re using one, like I did)
  6. Empty out your frame and place the colouring sheet inside. (Trim to fit the frame if necessary)
  7. Place the picture inside your frame and keep adjusting it until it sits in a nice place behind the glass.
  8. Hang your new art wherever you please!
  9. Admire your new on fleek piece of art work that you basically made for free. *Self high five*

Here’s my completed project! It’s going to look so cute in my front hall. I took the page from the Exotic Pursuits colouring book, the link is in the information below!

 

I think you can use this DIY with so many different colouring pages for all types of spaces. I have personally already added a pineapple print in bright neon colours to my collection for my kitchen.

If any of you do this DIY then please tag me and send me your photos to @thewannabesblog on Instagram and @meghanmalone87 on twitter. I would love to see your creations!

All my love and happy crafting,

meghan. x

FYI: I BOUGHT THESE PRODUCTS MYSELF AND THE OPINIONS, PLANS, AND DIY IS MY OWN! 

Products Mentioned: 

Exotic Pursuits Coloring Book: http://www.beaverbooks.com/products/creative-coloring-exotic-pursuits

Wall Art DIY: Colouring Books