Friday, July 25, 2014

THE FREEBIE JUBILEE // FREE PRINTABLE GIFTWRAP FOR EID!

Eid, Eid Eid is round the corner and guests are gathering at my place! I love anything festive and anything festive calls for lots of decadent food and presents of course.

My aunt makes the most downright amazing dishes so let's leave her piece of cake to her. Coming to my piece of cake and passion. Graphic design!

So here's lots of cute coordinating giftwrap, bows and Eid gift tags to give to your loved ones on this special occasion. Have a blessed one. I've made the download a pdf this time instead of the ususal zip files to make downloading easy peasy.

Don't forget to drop me a comment to tell me how you like them. I personally like mine just like the festival, fun lively colors, a healthy doze of sparkle and lots of hot pink accents!

Love you all loads and enjoy!


First up is a chic polka dot candidate. I totally crush on black and white combos accented with pink, Plus, who doesn't love the vintage goodness of polka dots?


I coordinated this with a sunny pop of yellow to up the fun quotient!

Here's one of my usual favorites. Hand designed vintage florals on a delicate blue damask backdrop. Coupled with a pale mint green!

And then a bit of rustic love: Some brown paper overlayed with lots of hearts and paired with a black and white stripey bow. Just can't get enough of this combination!


And because I've hardly contributed to the ombre trend, here's a coral pink giftwrap for a start with a nice colorful floral paper bow!


Last but not the least is a fancier take on the classic zebra pattern. Black and gold glitter with a matchy glittery bow!



Which one are you coveting? Or are you fickle minded like I am and just can't decide? ;)




Have a superlatively fun week and don't forget to check out tons of other freebies in my Freebie Gallery!
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Nash

BEAUTY IN A NUTSHELL // THE TRICK I USE WITH FACE CREAMS

Facials creams pass on a riot of claims, yeah?

So let's begin with a little story of how this happened. I have combination skin, meaning a super oily nose and a moderately oily T-Zone. And the rest of my face? Well, barren like a dessert. I typically use de-pigmentation face creams and the ones that claim to add a glow and hydration because dry skin does tend to flake plus lose luster quickly and the sunny weather here makes you get tanned crazy fast. A very horrible sorta tan. 

So right now, my whole jaw's perimeter is a lot darker than my face and so is most of my forehead. And now onto slathering my night cream which returned back to my skin much needed hydration but that's where it stopped. Ta-dum. No glow per se. No real brightening or dark patch reduction happening here. So one fine night I stumbled upon the secret that worked for me.

CRAFT A DOODLE DOO: The trick I use to apply face creams! Make them work for you! #diy #beauty #tips
I'd just put on a thin layer of cream and smoothed it on to absorb in a hurry to wrap up some urgent work.

I came back about five minutes later remembering how scarce the amount I'd put on and just added another thin layer to massaged it in to absorb.


The next morning I woke up with an absolutely flawless face compared to how it was earlier.

And it got me wondering, what on earth is wrong with my face (of course everything in the world was right with it, a leeeetle bit too right which made it look wrong, haha, that make sense?)

And then I recollected how I'd applied the cream in two thin even layers waiting for each to dry in between.

I wanted to see if this was some whimsical coincidental mumbo-jumbo, so I skipped this magic technique that night.

The next morning, the glow had definitely subsided. Something was off. So I repeated the thin layering method again and voila, fresh-faced next morning.
CRAFT A DOODLE DOO: The trick I use to apply face creams! Make them work for you! #diy #beauty #tips

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So here's the theory:

-Slathering on one, albeit moderate layer may still be clogging up your pores; you never know which is why half the product may not be even sinking in and must settle on the topmost layer on your face degrading the cream's benefits..

-Applying two pea-sized thin layers (that's cool for the consistency of my cream, you may have to vary the amount according the the consistency of yours) with gaps (around a couple of minutes or more, again this time may vary depending on how heavy your creams is) in between to thoroughly let it absorb seems to give the skin more room to breathe and just plain soak in much better and easily.

I've been doing this for two weeks straight now and it's worked so well for me, I've been getting complements on how much brighter and glowy-ier I look! ^_^

PS: I can't say it will work for your skin. I'm just sharing what worked really, really well for me. I do wash my face with lukewarm water beforehand with a gentle face wash to open my pores up and receive any topical products better. Again the product I'd been using was from a reputed drugstore brand and had good reviews but I got rave results. This is the only routine that I ever use. Face wash. Skip toner. Cleanse with milk (and trust me, it's fab esp. for removing makeup residues) and then moisturizing. I exfoliate around three times in a week. Sometimes everyday with a very mild creamy/gel scrub.

Try and see if it works for you, with such a tiny change in routine, it's worth a try!

PS #2: I've been using this trick since a lot earlier and it has to do with clay based face masks. Whenever you put one on, they tend to dry quite quickly, so just wet them up again by gently patting on some water/milk to "reactivate" them and wash off when dry again. You'll see much better results.

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Love, Nash

Friday, July 18, 2014

THE DECORISTA CHRONICLES // PRETTY DIY HAIRBAND STORAGE

It's one of those happiest moments of my week when I finish a DIY and think,

Whoa this turned out better than I imagined!

So without further ado chicas, let me introduce you to feature 3 of the Vanity Rehab series which is this right here. Sorts out your everyday hair accessories in a jiffy, looks tremendously attractive and costs nada on your wallet. *Insert dreamy eyes*.

Hullo DIY Hairband Storage!

 PRETTY DIY HAIRBAND STORAGE Gorgeous, easy and inexpensive! #diy #organization #hairbands #headbands #inspiration
 PRETTY DIY HAIRBAND STORAGE Gorgeous, easy and inexpensive! #diy #organization #hairbands #headbands #inspiration

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This is so simple, it's one of those out-of-nowhere-this-is-so-obvious plus self explanatory DIYS:

Materials:


1.A smaller jar or bottle, that acts as the vertical part of the "T" (I used a Caesar juice jar, which is pretty similar to a Starbucks frappe bottle I think) WITH the cap on.

2. A larger bottle with a long slender neck to act as the horizontal part of the "T"

3.A heavy plate or tray as the base (optional)

4.Supplies to decorate, (my choice, glitter cuz duh, and some pink acrylic paint just to add a pop of color.)

5.Modpodge (or white Elmer's school glue) ,Hot glue gun, scissors, stick-on gems etc.


MORE: DIY SUPER PRETTY JEWELRY AND WATCH STORAGE!

How-To:


1.I started by coating the plate and long, slender bottle in modpodge and sprinkling on loads of glitter (with newspapers underneath). As soon as I was done with the first coat, I took all the glitter fall out on the newspaper with which I refilled my sprinkling container and waited until my dish and bottle dried to sprinkle glitter with another glue coat again. Finish off with a last sealing coat of glue so that the glitter doesn't come off. Ever. ^_^

2.Meanwhile, alternatively while the glitter dried, I did two-three coats of the pink acrylic on the smaller bottle and doodled on top of it since it added a pretty handmade touch.
 PRETTY DIY HAIRBAND STORAGE Gorgeous, easy and inexpensive! #diy #organization #hairbands #headbands #inspiration

3.Hot glue the smaller bottle bang in the center of the heavy dish and on the rim of this bottle's cap-generously use hot glue and press on the tall bottle horizontally for a few minutes making sure it's set. Forever. ^_^
 PRETTY DIY HAIRBAND STORAGE Gorgeous, easy and inexpensive! #diy #organization #hairbands #headbands #inspiration


4.Give finishing touches. I glued on gold ribbon to the ends of the horizontal part and used a trail of stick-on gold gems as "stoppers" at the ends (of the horizontal part again) so that the hairbands don't slip and fall off the edge.

ALTERNATIVELY: You can also use a dowel and a candlestick, orrrr, again maybe an empty aluminum tube. I just improvised with what I had at hand. ;)

And voila, what did I say. Sheer fabulous-ness.
 PRETTY DIY HAIRBAND STORAGE Gorgeous, easy and inexpensive! #diy #organization #hairbands #headbands #inspiration

 PRETTY DIY HAIRBAND STORAGE Gorgeous, easy and inexpensive! #diy #organization #hairbands #headbands #inspiration
 PRETTY DIY HAIRBAND STORAGE Gorgeous, easy and inexpensive! #diy #organization #hairbands #headbands #inspiration
 PRETTY DIY HAIRBAND STORAGE Gorgeous, easy and inexpensive! #diy #organization #hairbands #headbands #inspiration

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Lots of love and smooches,
Nash, xoxo








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