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    My Favourite Up-cycled Projects

    Learning how to re-use and re-purpose items has become somewhat of a daily game for me. It’s something that I absolutely love doing, both for the challenge and for the money-saving aspect. I really got into this when I was in University studying graphic design and it really hit me just how many things are just marketing. It costs more to buy an empty bottle than to buy it full of herbs and re-ue it later.

    Another thing that struck me is how many lovely reusable items are just discarded. A perfect example are the small demijohns that my cider comes in. The bottles are beautiful, there are so many ways to re-use them and decorate with them, the cider itself is only a five pounds, but if I wanted to buy a demijohn bottle brand new without cider in it I could easily spend between £8-£16. It just seems a little insane to me that it is that way, so today I wanted to talk about my favourite up-cycles.

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    DIY Halloween: Eyeball Jar

    I clearly have a thing for eyes. I don’t know why, but eyes are just something I could draw, paint and mould all-day, every day. There’s something so fascinating about them, and Halloween is the perfect time to turn my obsession into a craft project.

    If you wanted you could add a lot more eyes than I did, and one trick that I didn’t show here (but will in a future video) is how you can use marbles to create a glass eyeball effect that is amazingly creepy in low light.

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    Making the Downstairs Toilet Pretty

    After completely refurbishing the downstairs toilet the next step was the details. I’m not a huge fan of rushing to do projects all in one go. It’s far to0 stressful, time-intensive, and (I think) leads to snap bad decisions that are made with the goal of finishing a project as quickly as possible rather than doing it well once.

    Now that everything big was done it was time to tackle details and decor. I had hoped to paint a beautiful gold fern pattern on the green wall, but I ended up scrapping that idea and saving it for a later date so I could do it calmly and make a template for people to download if they wanted. So that will be saved for next time, but for today I wanted to get started on the built-in shelf under the sink, painting the walls, paint stripping the shelf, and adjusting the new towel rail. Adding all the little details that make a big difference.

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    My Favourite Second Hand Purchases

    I’m really enjoying the more chatty videos lately. It’s nice to just sit down and talk about things that I love, and hunting down second-hand items is something I’ve been doing ever since I was little and I’m still obsessed with it. I think my siblings and I must have hunted through hundreds of charity shops when we were younger, and now with sites like Gumtree, eBay and Facebook marketplace, I can look around even more for some really beautiful things, and I don’t even have to move. Just like my last favorites video, this one is a long one, so grab a tea first, sit back and feel free to listen to me blab about things that I love.

    Do you have any favorite second-hand buys?

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    Renovating My Wardrobe

    And finally, the last project that had to get done before little bean arrived, the wardrobe. When I originally started planning this one months ago I had intended to do the work myself, but as I got more and more pregnant, I decided it wasn’t worth the stress or the insane time investment it would take when I could just hire an actual carpenter to do it properly.  It was worth every bloomin’ penny! I now have an organized, functional wardrobe that only took two days of disruption to make, and I can finally get started on my capsule wardrobe series in the next few months.

    There a still details I need to add. The carpenter still has to install the coving, I need to make shoe racks for both of us and figure out a pretty and practical way to display my hats so I remember to wear them, but the basic bones of the thing is finally done!

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    My Favourite Small Home Improvements

    In case I haven’t mentioned it already, I love my house. Corazon and I bought our first house two years ago, and even though it’s come with an absolute myriad of issues (boiler and faulty roof, I’m looking at you) I love my house. It’s mine, and every day we add small improvements here and there that make it better. Today I thought I’d talk about those improvements.

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    (please note that Amazon links are affiliate links)
    1. Floating Bedside Tables
    2. Re-chargeable Bedside Tables Lights 
    3. Coat Cupboard Rails 
    4. String Lights
    5. Door Organisers/Closet Maid
    6. Woodburning Stove
    7. Rainfall Shower 
    8. Spring Spout Tap
    9. Ottoman
    10. New wardrobe build

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    Using Lip-balm To Apply Makeup

    Lately, I’ve been trying a new technique with my highlighter and I have to say, I’m loving it! On it’s own the highlighter is very subtle and light – which I love – but there are several techniques you can use to make it really pop and even be quite dramatic. Today I’ll be showing one of the more subtle looks, but later on in the series I’ll show how incredible it looks over darker colours.

     What’s The Makeup I’m Using In This Challenge:

    1. Klairs BB Cream
    2. Besame Lipstick in Dusty Rose – MUA Lipstick 
    3. Fatale Cosmetics Lipstick in Rita Rouge – MUA Lipstick 
    4. NYX Blush in Taupe
    5. Brown Eyeshadow – Essence Brown Eyeshadow
    6. Black Eyeshadow – MUA Black Eyeshadow
    7. Prism Highlighter
    8. Urban Decay Primer – e.l.f Primer 
    9. Black Lash Glue –
    10. False Lashes
    11. MUA Mascara
    12. Barry M Black Eyeliner
    13. Lilly Lolo Powder (I pressed this myself) in the shade Porcelain – e.l.f Mineral Powder
    14. NYX White Eyeliner

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    DIY Skincare: Mint and Citrus Hot Weather Spray

    It’s hot in England right now. The kind of heat where I’m absolutely loving it and Corazon is begging for death. When it gets hot like this I normally make a skin spritz for myself, except this time I think all three of us will be using it, including my son who’s also not a fan of anything over 23 degrees.

    While these plants do have some lovely skincare properties, I’m mainly picking them for the smell. Any of the mint plants are going to smell cool and refreshing, the citrus is a nice zesty scent and the salt acts as a mild toner/astringent.

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    Making A Heat Bag with Beans

    This has been on my list for a while. I have a few hot water bottles which in winter get used constantly, but one problem I keep running into is that I have a stupidly high pain tolerance and I keep burning myself really badly with the water bottles.

    Also, sometimes the shape of the hot water bottles just isn’t quite right. You know when you’ve been lifting a few too many things, or maybe working out too hard and your shoulders and neck are so stiff and sore? Well nothing feels better for that than a good warm heavy bean bag.

    My mum had one of these when we were little (with a bit of lavender in it) and it was a-m-a-z-i-n-g! So today I’m adding to my self-care armory and making a few heat bean bags.

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    Refurbishing Our Downstairs Toilet

    And the first part is done! It’s taken an extra two weeks than we thought – like all diy tends to do – but all the hard work is done now. I still need to change the door, strip the paint off the frame, re-paint the walls, age the brass and add small details, but everything essential is done. With my second little one due in less than 8 weeks getting this done was one of my absolute essentials. I needed something easy to use, that actually flushed properly and that had a shower head bidet.

    I’m especially happy with the brass backsplash we made. It was a bit experimental, and I do need to age it – for the moment it’s a little too gaudy for me – but the way it catches the light in the morning is just stunning!

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