DIY Pumpkins

DIY Pumpkins 1 If you're anything like me, you can't carve a pumpkin to save your life. How do people do such cool and intense designs?! I will never know.  But obviously super into the Halloween and Thanksgiving Pumpkin spirit, I still want to be apart of the cool crowd and have some pumpkins of my own that I can decorate. So I decided to spin the good ole pumpkin carving idea in a different light and show you Fashionlainers how to make three really cute DIY pumpkins that will last you all the way through Thanksgiving.

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WHAT YOU'LL NEED: >> Pumpkins (get as many as you want to decorate) >> Aleen's Tacky Glue >> Glitter (as many colors as you want) >> Paint Brushes (one thicker one, I use a sponge brush, and one thinner one) >> Black Acrylic Paint >> Tissue Paper >> Pencil >> Bejeweled Stones

**You can find these materials at any arts and crafts store, I got most of mine from Michaels but they aren't all up on their website** 

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To go along with the idea of carving pumpkins, I decided that I was going to paint the face on one of them. I decided to go with a white pumpkin here so that it would have a cooler effect against the black paint.

1) Grab your pencil, paintbrush, black paint, and white pumpkin 2) Start tracing the face in pencil (pencil is good for when you mess up so you can just erase and redo) 3) Start filling in your trace with black paint and a thin paint brush 4) Grab a thicker paint brush to make thick black lines throughout the remainder of the pumpkin

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I thought it would be fun to make a glittery pumpkin. I got both a white and a gold glitter to do a mixed effect, but you can grab whatever colors speak to you. 

1) Grab your Tacky Glue, glitter, thick paintbrush, and pumpkin 2) Start applying the Tacky Glue on the pumpkin surface 3) Pour your glitter combination on the glued surface (I poured the different glitters together in a cup and mixed together so that when I poured onto the pumpkin it had both colors) 4) Roll the pumpkin back and forth on the newspaper so that you grab as much glitter as possible (then rinse & repeat throughout the rest of the pumpkin)

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When I took this pumpkin out of the bag when I got home, it suddenly had a lot of holes, looking battled and wounded. So I decided that I was going to cover it up and bejewel it, making it the prettiest pumpkin yet.

1) Grab Tacky Glue, a thick paintbrush, tissue paper, stones, and your pumpkin 2) Start applying the Tacky Glue onto the pumpkin surface 3) Wrap tissue paper onto the glued surface 4) Continue adding Tacky Glue on the remainder of the pumpkin as you add tissue paper 5) Reapply tissue paper to create a second layer (I did two layers of tissue paper to give it a more bright blue effect) 6) Apply Tacky Glue onto the stones and start bejeweling your pumpkin! 

DIY Black Swan

For those who have been following me on Instagram lately (@iamfashionlaine), you can easily see just how excited I am that Halloween is amongst us. Any excuse to be creative and dress up as different things? You knowww I'm SO in. So when I heard that M.A.C. Cosmetics was calling all M.A.C Monsters to join in an epic Halloween party dubbed the "Monster Mash" with legendary makeup artist Rick Baker, you can just imagine my mind flowing with a million costume brainstorming concepts. Wanting to be something where I of course pay homage to the brilliant M.A.C. makeup that was such a must for me for my costume, I quickly came to the decision of being Ms. Natalie Portman in the Black Swan. Because let's be honest, anytime I have the ability to wear a tutu and a crown... I take it. The Monster Mash was this past Saturday and I was so excited that I was able to head to the M.A.C. Pro Store in LA on Robertson to get my makeup done by a professional M.A.C. artist. With the air of Halloween excitement in sight with all the M.A.C. artists decked out in different face costume designs and with a whole back area dedicated to others who were getting transformed into their M.A.C. Monster looks (including the super cute Ashley and Jenn from Move LifeStyle that you'll see below),  I finally for once started to feel like Halloween was fastly approaching. Wanting to spread the tricks and treats that I learned this past weekend for Halloween, I share with you Fashionlainers the super easy steps to help you become your own Black Swan!

1) After you clean your face up with some Prep + Prime Skin for a light moisture, start mapping out the epic shape of the Black Swan eyes with Blacktrack and a #266 brush 2) Create check marks with the Blacktrack throughout the whole shape to create that "swany" eye look 3) Use a #263 brush to mix Silver Pigment with Fix Plus to create the silver check marks throughout the eye 4) Clean up the eyes by cutting in all the edges with Select Cover-Up concealer

1) Grab Media lipstick to get those dark red lips 2) Then pat lips together gently and then smile wide while applying Night Moth lip liner to outline the shape of the lips ** To get the light white face that I decided to go with to finalize the look of the Black Swan, grab some White Frost Gesso eyeshadow and apply it all throughout the face. And voila, you're done!  How simple was that?!

Once I was done with makeup, it was onto the epic ballerina bun. Literally being the owner of the popular craze the "doughnut" for about a year, I had never attempted to use it, thinking it be WAY too complicated to figure out. But with the first try, I got my dream Black Swan bun within seconds.

1) Sweep all of your hair together (depending on high or low you want the bun to be) and put it into a ponytail 2) Grab your doughnut (make sure to purchase one that matches the color of your hair) to push to the ponytail 3) Make sure the doughtnut it secured at the tip of where your hair tie is holding the ponytail together 4) Start wrapping your hair around the circle of the bun 5) Once wrapped around, start sweeping and pulling your hair over the doughnut so that you're covering up the bun. Then get a bunch of bobby pins to secure all of your hair!

Once that's done, just grab your outfit and you're ready to rumble!

Corset: Frederick's of Hollywood (similar here) // Tutu: Aahs // Crown: Aahs // Shoes: AMI Clubwear

And of course it would be no post if I didn't take you guys into the epic party! With ghouly drinks, a zombie DJ, epic on epic Halloween costumes, and a whole upstairs dedicated to the amazing work that Rick Baker has done in the past (did you know he did the makeup for Michael Jackson's iconic "Thriller" music video?!), using my Samsung Galaxy Camera, I give you an exclusive sneak peak into probably what will be dubbed one of the best Halloween parties of this year.

Happy almost Halloween!


Go Scratch It

DIY Nail Art Today's must-have has to do with one of my fave topics-- nail art. Nail art is one of the most simple yet fun ways to show a whole lotta personality and style in such a confined and minimal portion of your body. When I went to Vegas in August for the MAGIC convention, I came across this beyond nail art vendor called Scratch that practically flipped my world upside down. Florals in different shapes and colors you want? You can have. Watermelons that look so good that you want to eat off your nails? Yup, you can have that too. How about the impossible-- Despicable Me Minions on each finger? Don't worry, they're one step ahead of you and have that handled as well.

Scratch was born from the simple idea of loving nail art as much as we do. But the difference with them is that unlike the same, old, and boring nail wrap designs you find in drugstores, Scratch wanted to make things that were cool, different, fun and unique. They believed that if they could create something that promotes and creates creativity and connecting talented artists with their communities, they could make something bigger than just being another nail wrap company. So what Scratch does every month is team up with some of the most talented artists, designers, and bloggers to create new, fun and different collections and designs. Once that collection goes up every month, you have the chance to buy it before it sells out. And once it's gone, it's gone! Creating a fanbase and urgency to be one of the few cool and connected with this super exclusive design, Scratch achieves the ability for you to stand out against your nail loving colleagues. With the super affordable price of just $12 per design, these babies will get people talking as soon as they lay eyes on your nails.

But for those of you who have never done nail stickers before, I always hear "ugh, but it seems so difficult. I'd rather just get my nails painted." Well Fashionlainers, in fact, it's actually not that difficult at all! Using last month's featured artist, I show below the 7 simple steps you need to take to be your own DIY nail art extraordinaire. And if you haven't you haven't checked out this month's featured artist, let me tell you, you will die instantly because I am. Get it before they're all sold out!

DIY Nail Art Step 1

Choose a nail design!

Probably the hardest part of this whole thing will be deciding which of the cute designs you want to go with for your look. I loved them all so much that I was about to go with all three of them!

Scratch Step 2

Peel the front side off

Once you decide which look you want to go with (I decided on the florals for this time around), you start off by peeling away!

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Gotta peel the back side too!

There are two sides that need to be peeled off in order to start going, so don't forget to peel the front AND back stickers off.

Scratch Step 4

Place sticker on appropriate nail

Each sticker is created with the idea that it is approximately supposed to fit a certain nail. So as you're peeling away and getting ready to place, know which finger you think it would be perfect for placing.

Scratch Step 5

Use the stick!

Once you've placed the sticker, use the wooden stick that's given to you with the package to mold the sticker to your nail; this will help you adjust/trim the design with your stick to make the perfect nail fit.

Scratch Step 6

File away 

I like to use a nail file to help me with trimming and perfecting the sticker, so grab a nail file if you have and start filing off the excess.

Scratch Step 7

Top it off

Once your nails are all done, go back with your fave top coat (mine's Seche Vite) and cover your masterpieces up as if you would with any other of your fave nail creations.

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And... voila! You're done! How simple was that?