how-to-dye-your-eyebrows-at-home-4One beauty practice that I commit to throughout the summer is dyeing my eyebrows each month. It only takes a few minutes and I love the way they look afterwards. Everyday I use either a pencil or eyeshadow to fill them in but dyeing them beforehand helps because then they don’t completely disappear whenever I go swimming. Below are the steps to dyeing your own at home. If you’ve been wanting to give your brows a little extra fleek then I recommend giving this a try!

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Supplies:

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Instructions:

  • Step 1 / Prep the skin by washing off any makeup. I also wait to moisturize the skin around the eyebrows as I don’t want this to affect the dye process.
  • Step 2 / Measure out 1 tsp of dye and 1 tsp of developer, mixing them together in the bowl using the spoon.
  • Step 3 / Use the travel size toothbrush or brow brush to carefully wipe the product along the hairs of the eyebrows.

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Step 4 / When the brows are completely covered, use a cotton swab to wipe off any dye around the eyebrows. This is very important so you don’t dye the skin as well.

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Step 5 / Set a timer for 7-10 minutes. Oftentimes I will set it for 5 minutes and then reapply more dye and wipe around the edges again. Then set the timer for another 5 minutes.

Note: During this step your eyebrows can become extremely itchy. I attribute this to the chemicals in the dye though I am not an professional expert. If this concerns you then I recommend wiping off the dye at that point though they will not be as dark as they would if left on for the full 10 minutes.

When the dye is setting on my eyebrows they always turn dark purple. They have never stayed that shade and once they dye is wiped away they are a more natural color. If you are concerned then you can do a small strand test to see how your eyebrows will be affected.

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Step 6 / Wet a cotton round or toilet paper and gently remove the dye from the eyebrows. Ensure all of the dye is wiped away or else it can continue to deepen up the hair.

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Step 7 / After dyeing my brows I love to fill them in so the tail end is as thick as the rest. Using a wax pencil I begin at the arch and create downward strokes following down the tail of the brow. Then I trace a light line along the top and fill in the sparse area right before the arch.

Step 8 / Next I brush through them with a spoolie brush to help distribute the product and reshape the brow.

Step 9 / Using a clear mascara or eyebrow gel I set everything in place.

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DIY Pearl Earpiece | MissySue.com

DIY Pearl Earpiece is an easy way to make your own chic earrings at home.

Earpieces are on trend at the moment and can be seen all over in magazines, on models, down the runways. I started noticing them a few weeks ago here and there and when I saw a piece that looked similar to the one above I knew it was one I could easily make on my own. I only have one piercing in each ear so I had to improvise with the top portion of this gem. By using a clip-on earring back, however, I was able to accommodate the style without piercing my ears a second time.

Follow the simple steps below to creating your own version of this rad earpiece.

What you will need:

  • E6000 Glue
  • 2 straight wires with a looped end
  • 2 flat back pearl beads
  • 2 clip-on earring backs
  • 2 pearl earrings

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Step 1 / Place a small dollop of glue, in a straight line, on the flat side of both pearl beads.

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Step 2 / Gently place the bead on the front side of the clip-on earring. Let it dry for at least one hour. Repeat this with the other earring.

*Tip: Place the earring on the top of your ear to ensure you will glue the pearl bead on the right side.

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Step 3 / Once the earring has sufficiently dried, open the clip-on and place a little glue on the piece of metal that protrudes out.

*Tip: Before moving onto step 4, measure the distance from the clip-on portion and the loop at the end of the straight wire. You will want to ensure that the loop lines up with the pierced hole on your ear when the clip-on portion is secured at the top of the ear.

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Step 4 / Lay the straight wire, loop end out, over the glue on the clip-on.  Do not close the clasp on the clip-on or else it will also glue to the straight wire while drying. Keep it open and prop it up so the wire stays straight. Let it dry for one to two hours.

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Step 5 / Remove the back from the pearl earring and slide it through the loop on the end of the earpiece.

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Step 6 / Place the backing back onto the pearl earring to keep it held in the loop until ready to wear.

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Step 7 / When putting on the earpiece, clip the top portion on first, then guide the looped end until it lines up with the pierced hole before sliding the pearl earring through and placing the back on the other side, holding it in place.

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DIY Statement Earrings 600 2

Crystal statement stud earrings are making a come back this Spring. These pink and blue crystal pair and this gold and rhinestone set I recently made would be a perfect addition to glam up any outfit and now here’s a third pair to try out. These are easier to make because the main portion of the studs were already put together but are hands down the simplest way to elevate any look. One thing to keep in mind, skip the bold necklace when you are dashing about town in these lovely gems!

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What you will need:

  • E6000 Glue
  • 2 crystal studded pendants
  • 2 earring backs

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Step 1: Squeeze out a bit of glue onto a paper towel or plate.

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Step 2: Dip a toothpick into the glue and swipe it over the back side of the pendant.

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Step 3: Carefully line up the earring back and place it over the glue.

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Step 4: Ensure the earring back is flat against the pendant.

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Step 5: Repeat the same steps for the other earring.

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Step 6: Let them set for a few hours to ensure the glue is dry before wearing.

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#DIY Cinnamon and Nutmeg Face Scrub via #missysue

A cinnamon and nutmeg face scrub is exactly what your skin is congested or just needs a little bit of extra love. A face mask is a great way to give it a boost. This simple face scrub uses all natural ingredients that can be found at any grocery store. The spices offer your face a deep cleanse and leave you feeling radiant.DIY Cinnamon and Nutmet Face Scrub #missysue
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Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg

1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.

2. Gently massage the scrub onto your face.

3. Keep the mask on for 10 minutes (it can stay on longer if needed).

4. Rinse the mask off with water while exfoliating the skin with your fingers.

5. Repeat 2-3 times a week for best results

How each ingredient helps:

  • Honey: Honey is a natural moisturizing agent that helps attracts moisture to your skin to prevent dry skin.
  • Cinnamon: Cinnamon helps reduce the bacteria on the surface of the skin and aids in the prevention of blemishes. It also stimulates the skin by drawing blood, oxygen and other nutrients to the surface, revitalizing the skin and leaving you glowing!
  • Nutmeg: Nutmeg helps reduce blemishes while exfoliating the skin and removing blackhead.
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DIY Statement Earrings

I am so excited to be posting these diy pink and blue crystal statement earrings. I was slightly sick over the weekend and after being glued to the couch for an entire day my little busy-bee fingers were getting the itch for a little project. For this fun DIY, I made two pairs so I could give one to a friend and am very pleased with how they turned out. Needless to say, it was one of the best sick days I’ve ever had. Here are the steps to making your own.

SUPPLIES:

  • 3 types of stone settings {I used Martha Stewart Crafts}
  • rhinestones
  • earring backs and studs
  • open jump rings
  • E6000 glue
  • needle nose pliers

For two pairs of earrings I used 24 oval shaped rhinestones, 12 rounded rhinestones, and 12 open jump rings.

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Step 1: Place a tiny tab of glue into each bowl. {If the glue leaks, place it on a paper towel and use a tooth pick to scoop the glue instead}
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Step 2: Gently place a rhinestone in each bowl and clean away any glue that squeezes over the edge.
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Step 3: Continue step two until each bowl is filled with a rhinestone.
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Step 4: Take an earring stud and glue a single jewel setting to each one. Two for one pair of earrings; I did four for two pairs of earrings. {This is the piece that will hold the rest of the earring so be sure it is glued on well.}
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Step 5: Carefully open a jump ring with needle nose pliers and secure a double-ring setting to a single-ring setting. Repeat this for each earring.
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Step 6: Once the stud is dry, secure it to the other end of a double-ring setting using a jump ring.DIY Statement Earrings 014
Step 7: Repeat step six until all the single studs are secured with a jump ring and the earrings are all linked together. DIY Statement Earrings 015DIY Statement Earrings 016

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When you start reaching for cardigans and sweaters you know it’s time to put away the Summer clothes and pull out the Fall and Winter clothing. This can be an overwhelming task but when you plan your attack before hand it can be completed in a quick and efficiently, organized fashion.

Begin by pulling out all the containers that store your clothing. (Bonus points if you washed everything before storing it away!)

Empty out all of the contents, sorting everything into piles by person, ie. spouse, child, and then by types ie. items that are folded into drawers, items that are hung up, items to give away, etc.

Next, start with the items that will be moved out of the way; bag thrifted items and hang up coats.

Now sort the remaining items that will be placed into drawers. This can be done one person at a time to minimize any confusion.
Since the buckets will now be empty, move these items aside and pull out the summer clothing.
Place all these items into an empty container, move it out of the way, and begin putting away the sweaters now that drawer space is available. 
When putting the clothes away, organizing them by color or type ie. work sweater, casual sweater, lights, darks, helps finding them easier later on.
Other Items of Note:
Place winter hats that are often used in a see-through container for easy access once the snow rolls in.
Roll up thick tights and nylons into balls and store in clear containers so they are out of the way but accessible once they are needed.
Store items on closet shelves so you can see everything but it’s out of the way. 
Now you’re ready for the Fall weather! 
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Boyfriend tee shirts are so comfortable and the perfect thing to throw on the moment you get home from work and peel off those nylons. The perfect ones are usually found in the men’s department but can be a tad too large and a bit unflattering on their own.

However, with a few small tweaks they can be styled in such a way that they are a little more feminine and flattering. Here are the three easy steps to achieve the look.

1 / Roll up the sleeves (I do two rolls)
2 / Tuck in the front (loosen the sides and keep the back out)
3 / Throw on a necklace or scarf
4 / Done deal!

Easy peasy.

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1. Start at the roots.
Detangle freshly washed hair with your fingers and apply a styling paste or water-based pomade into your roots. Massage it into your scalp like a head massage but steer clear of the middle or ends. Then, pointing the nozzle of a hair dryer directly down on them, blow-dry only your roots while finger combing them.

2. Next, rub a leave-in conditioner or styling cream between your hands and run them through the middle of your hair, try Bumble and Bumble Leave-In conditioner. Divide your hair into two sections and twist them into two buns. Blast them with the blow-dryer until they’re about 80% dry. Then twist them the other direction and repeat.

3. When your hair is completely dry, wrap sections around a 1-in curling iron on medium heat, leaving out the ends. If the curling iron is too hot you’ll create spirals. Alternate the curls towards your face and away from your face then hold each piece for a few seconds before releasing.

4.  Lastly, spritz a salt spray on your hands and run them over the curls; don’t scrunch. Try Aquage Sea Salt Texturizing Spray. If you have thick hair, use a smoothing serum instead.

Yay for summer!

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