Wednesday, August 17, 2011

DIY Wednesday: Make Your Own Brush Holder!

Hey Loves!

So I'm sure many of you are familiar with makeup brush holders. The photo below is the Sephora inspired one that I currently have. I made it myself using a glass container & crystals I purchased from Michaels a few months ago. This holder was fairly cheap to make, & it's quite pretty to look at on your vanity. 

Unfortunately, my brushes were quickly getting overcrowded in such a tiny glass container. So I decided to head back to Michaels in search of another container to make another makeup brush holder.

At Michaels, I found glass containers in various sizes. I first considered getting the same container as the one above, but having two identical containers, with one for face brushes & one for eye brushes just didn't appeal to me. Instead, I decided on this larger rectangular glass container pictured below. 

I really liked the look of this container, & I figured it would be the perfect size to fit all of my brushes together.  It only cost $10.99, which is good compared to some more expensive brush holders you find on the internet. I knew this would be best, & I was eager to put it in my shopping cart. Next, I needed more crystals to fill it with. I found the bag pictured below for only $4.99. 

So with my container picked out & my crystals, I was ready to checkout. I headed home quickly to put it all together. First, simply empty the crystals from the bag into the container.

Now with that taken care of, all that's left to do is put your brushes inside. I decided to organize my brushes left to right with my larger face brushes to my small eye brushes. The finished makeup brush holder is pictured below!

Now, all my brushes are spaciously organized. I absolutely love how you can see each brush individually. This brush holder looks amazing on my vanity. This makeup brush holder is very inexpensive to make & easy to put together.

Wouldn't you want to make one of these for yourself?

Denise Joyce

Monday, August 15, 2011

Makeup Monday

Hey Loves!!

Have you heard about Sigma's new Eye Shadow Palette's?! There were three palettes released recently. The Bare, Flare, & Dare palettes. Here's a closer look at each of them:


The Sigma Beauty BARE palette is a must for everyday use. Ideal to create classic neutral looks, BARE is perfect for accentuating your best features without too much color distraction. Highlight inner corners, emphasize your crease, brighten your brow bone and enhance your lash line. With BARE's color selection, you can easily create day and night looks seamlessly and as subtle or as bold as you wish. BARE is perfect for a natural yet improved you! Includes Sigma Beauty's best-selling E30 and E25 in a unique dual-ended brush. Contains matte and satin formulations.

Brushes in this palette:

Pencil - E30 - Precise application of color on the crease, outer corner, and upper and lower lash line. Also ideal to smudge out pencil liner. Natural bristles.

Blending - E25 - Oval-shaped brush with gently chiseled sides. Blends and softens the look of powder or cream shadows. Ideal to apply eye shadow primer, base eye shadow colors, and blend harsh lines.


The Sigma Beauty FLARE palette contains a beautiful combination of greens and purples, combined with browns and beiges that are perfect to create fun and colorful looks! This palette includes beautiful iridescent undertones, which offer a must have selection of bright, yet sophisticated hues. FLARE is perfect for those days when you want to highlight your eyes with fun and flirty colors! Includes Sigma Beauty's best-selling E55 and E40 in a practical dual-ended brush. Contains matte and satin formulations.

Brushes in this palette: 

Eye Shading - E55 - Soft and dense with a rounded finish. Can be used to apply pressed or loose eye shadows and pigments. Ideal to build intense color on the eyelid. Natural bristles.

Tapered Blending - E40 - Rounded and tapered top. Specially designed to apply and blend color on the crease. Natural bristles.


The Sigma Beauty DARE palette includes the perfect mix of vibrant and neutral shades represented by warm and cool tones. This palette contains beautiful yet unexpected hues from neutral corals to deep reds and includes surprisingly wearable yellow and gold tones. DARE allows you to create colorful looks that can be easily accentuated with bright or deep colors. Go from day to night in seconds! Includes Sigma Beauty's best-selling E20 and E45 in an exclusive dual-ended brush. Contains matte and satin formulations.

Brushes in this palette:

Short Shader - E20 - Flat, short, slightly rounded and dense brush. Perfect for precisely applying colors on the lid and smudging along the lash line.

Small Tapered Blending - E45 - Small domed brush with highly tapered tip. Versatile, this brush can be used to precisely apply and blend intense colors to the crease area.

Which palette is your favorite?! I personally love the Flare Palette! Wanna know how you can get your hands on these? Just click the ad below! <3

Sunday, August 14, 2011

How to "PROPERLY" treat a sprained ankle

Hello my Loves!!

My ankle's still healing because of what I did incorrectly this week, so for the sake of this blog, please do as I say NOT as I do. haha

The following information is from

"An ankle sprain is the stretching and tearing of ligaments in the ankle. It is the most common injury to the ankle and the long term consequences are a common cause of chronic ankle pain. 80% of ankle sprains are the inversion ankle sprain, in which the ankle rolls over on the outside.

There are 3 degrees of severity in an ankle sprain:

First degree ankle sprain:
- Some stretching or mild tearing of the ligament
- Little or no functional loss - the joint can still function and bear some weight (but hurts!)
- Mild pain
- Some swelling
- Some joint stiffness

Second degree ankle sprain:
- Some more severe tearing of the ligaments
- Moderate instability of the joint
- Moderate to severe pain - weightbearing is very painful
- Swelling and stiffness

Third degree ankle sprain:
- Total rupture of a ligament - there is a loss of motion
- Gross instability of the joint - joint function is lost
- Severe pain initially followed by no pain
- Severe swelling

As soon as you injure your ankle, you should immediately follow the P.R.I.C.E. procedure (Protect, Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate). This will prevent you from making your injury more severe.

1. Protect: Splint, tape, or brace to prevent further injury.

2. Rest: Rest from all activities that cause pain or limping. Use crutches/cane until you can walk without pain or limping.

3. Ice: Place a plastic bag with ice on the ankle for 15 mins, 3-5 times daily for the first 3 days. Leave the ice off at least 90 mins between applications. The latest recommendation from athletic trainers is to apply ice for the 1st 48 hours. Ice for 15 minutes. Immersion in ice water bath is best, but in a pinch ice cups or ice bags are better than nothing.

4. Compress: Wrap an elastic bandage from the toes to mid-calf, using even pressure, until swelling subsides. Loosen the wraps if your toes turn blue, feel cold, or begin to numb.

5. Elevate: Make sure to elevate the ankle above heart level.

6. Mobility Once comfortable to do so, perform ankle circles or write the alphabet with your toes to start to increase the mobility at the ankle. This can start on day 2 if comfortable. This will also help reduce swelling if done with the leg in an elevated position.

7. Stretch After an injury, the surrounding muscles often tighten up to protect it. After an ankle sprain, the calf muscles often get tight. It is important to stretch these to get your normal range of motion back. If you don't, it could lead to further injuries.

8. Strengthen: The P.R.I.C.E. protocol is simply first aid for a sprained ankle. Be certain to strengthen your injured ankle to prevent more severe injuries in the future.

9. Balance Work on improving your balance with a wobble board or cushion. Balance is often affected following an ankle sprain, and not working on improving this is a big part of the reason that ankle sprains happen again and again."

So as you can see, I did not follow any of these guidelines to treat my ankle. When I first realized I had sprained it, I decided to try & walk it off & assumed that it was okay. After dancing on it Monday night, I immediately noticed that it had gotten worse, but it was not unbearable pain. I continued to walk/limp on it to work everyday.

I rubbed Tiger Balm on it & wrapped it up before dance on Wednesday night, but Thursday morning, I realized my ankle had severely worsened. Since then, I continue to rub tiger balm on it & keep it wrapped, & I elevate it above my heart level when I'm relaxing.

I only wish that I hadn't ignored my sprain & convinced myself to not dance on it. My poor ankle! I've been so preoccupied with getting myself healed up, so I can dance again. I've fallen behind on my YouTube Channel, but I'm going to try & catch up on my day off this Tuesday. Please bear with me while I'm healing up! I miss you guys more than you know!!
Here's a few picks of my ankle wrapped up & the Tiger Balm that has quickly become my new best friend. haha

Denise Joyce