Bob Ross Inspired Painting

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Hey guys. It’s been a hot minute! I wanted to get out of my comfort zone, and paint something I was always bad at painting. Mountains and trees.

I YouTubed how to paint mountains, and of course Bob Ross popped up. I followed his tutorial, and I am really happy with the results! I will say it wasn’t the easiest – I got so frustrated at times trying to make sure I got the highlights and shadows correct for the mountains. I was using a paint knife for the first time, after all! And a fan brush! (for the trees)

What’s funny is that he specifically said to use oil paint, and what did I do? I used acrylic. It made it so much harder than it had to. But hey, if I can now paint mountains and trees, anyone can 🙂

Here is the tutorial I watched. Hope you enjoyed my painting 🙂

Four Canvas Art

Hey again! I just wanted to share another painting if anyone is looking for inspiration! 

The best bit about painting abstract is that you can change up the colours how you want to and it will still look good. 

If anyone has trouble painting in branches,  I suggest you to pencil them in first! To paint the flowers, I used a normal paintbrush and basically stabbed the canvas with white paint randomly. The ends of a paintbrush can give the best natural look. 

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Try it! 🙂

Extend the Life of a Gel Manicure

Hi! I’m eager to share a little tip for extending the life of your gel manicure. Gel manicures are expensive as it is, and when your nails grow out, you start to see a gap between the cuticles and the gel, but all you need to do is hide that! 

If none of the gel nail polish is chipped, then why not and save money? All you need to do is cut your nails (if you want to), and then fill in the gap with any colour you like. I did a pink glitter colour as it matches the pink gel nail polish, but even just filling the gap with a darker colour than the gel looks chic.

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This quick and easy fix makes the regrowth look intentional – try it next time! xo 

  

Three Canvas Tree Branch Art

Hey guys! I recently painted this,and wanted to share how easy it is for anyone to do 🙂

All you need are three small canvases, paint, and paintbrushes.
I painted this after looking at Pinterest. I used the same colours for the background but you can always change that up.
As for the branches, to make it easier, always pencil that in first, then go over it in paint using a small tip paintbrush. 
At the end I decided to use glitter + mod podge for the “flowers” on the branches. 

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I think that using more than one canvas is really cool especially if you want to paint something big but only have small canvases, so I hope this inspires more people to do that! XO

How to clean a Beauty Blender using bar soap

I recently bought a Beauty Blender without buying their solid cleanser because the Beauty Blender is expensive as it is! However I cleaned my sponge using warm water and a hotel bar soap that I had, and it worked just as well! Beauty Blenders can last for months if they are cared for properly. But just like any other make up tools and brushes they must be cleaned. Here are my easy steps:

  1. Dampen the sponge in warm water under the sink
  2. Swirl and compress the sponge into the soap
  3. Squeeze and massage out the make up residue, working the water through it
  4. Rinse until the water runs clear
  5. Leave to dry and it’s that simple!

I hope you found this post useful! It took me roughly 5 minutes and I didn’t have to spend $$$ on a cleanser! Below are my results (before and after) xo

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5 Easy Ways to Save Money/Get Coupon Codes!

Being a student and trying to save money is hard! Trust me! But I have found a few ways to save money and I’d like to share! You don’t need to give up social events or shopping if you want to live on a budget. These tips will help you save for when you do need to make purchases:

1. Sign up for free on E-BATEShttp://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=wacvqmdAs61WnQlI%2BTpk5Q%3D%3D&eeid=28187

Search for any online store and see if they have discounts available
You get cash back after purchases (so they pay you for shopping!)

Right now they have an 8% cash back off at Sephora.com etc. That means if you buy your makeup online at Sephora through Ebates, you will get an 8% cash back from your order! Say if a makeup product was $100 on Sephora, you would get $8 from E-bates! It adds up! So don’t buy in store.

2. Get Uber and Lyft apps on your phone and get your first ride for free!

  • Lyft $50 promo code: SHREE770673
  • Uber $10 promo code: shreep298ue

3. Sell your stuff on Poshmark!
– Sell what you aren’t wearing or using anymore. You can sell your clothes on your phone on Poshmark, or even trade some clothes with other sellers.

4. Coupon codes on retailmenot.com
– Besides online savings, you can save money shopping in stores by looking through this website first to see if they have any coupon codes to enter during checkout! It’s free and you don’t need to sign up!

5.  Access student discounts!
– If you are a student, take advantage of your ID. It grants you discounts on items such as movie tickets and computers. The discounts are especially advantageous when it comes to traveling. Amtrak and Greyhound both offer discounts for students. Even Target.com offers student discounts. Check the website for student advantage! https://www.studentadvantage.com/discountcard/

I hope this helped a bit! Every little helps and it does add up!

Xo