DIY Beauty: A fresh look that lasts all day

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Overly made up skin is a one-way ticket to looking much older than you actually are. As long as your skin is well hydrated, a fresh skin looks much more youthful than an obviously covered complexion. Here are my best tips to keeping makeup looking fresh and beautiful all day long.

1. Protect your skin

Keep your skin hydrated and protect it from the sun. There are many options, from the traditional face sunscreens to moisturizers and foundations with built in SPF.
SPF is not only limited to face products, there are also lip products that contain SPF.

diy beauty: a fresh look that lasts all day - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy beauty: a fresh look that lasts all day - drifter and the gypsy blog
2. Primer is your best friend

Face primers are incredibly light, provides a smooth base and helps to hold makeup in place. It goes on after moisturizer but before face makeup.
The same goes with eyes. Apply eye primer to minimize creasing and create a base for eyeshadow to cling to so it lasts longer. Avoid using cream shadows on lids, opt for powder eyeshadow.

diy beauty: a fresh look that lasts all day - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy beauty: a fresh look that lasts all day - drifter and the gypsy blog
3. Go (almost) Naked

When it comes to getting that fresh look, it is crucial to make your face look dewy, not oily. Skip foundation and use concealer to cover up shadows, spots or blemishes. This means you won’t have to worry about blotting away your makeup throughout the day. If you still feel exposed, go for a tinted moisturizer. It will even out your skin tone, add radiance and still feel light. If you still prefer foundation, choose a light coverage foundation and set with translucent powder instead of foundation powder.

4. Bronzer

Everyone looks better with a little warmth added to their skin. Bronzer makes your eyes look brighter and your teeth white. When applying bronzer, concentrate on high points of your face where the sun naturally hits you – your cheek bones, middle of forehead, bridge of nose, cupids bow and chin. Be sure to sweep a little bronzer onto your neck and earlobes, especially if you have short hair or are wearing a ponytail.

diy beauty: a fresh look that lasts all day - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy beauty: a fresh look that lasts all day - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy beauty: a fresh look that lasts all day - drifter and the gypsy blog
5. Stop Shine, Add Glow

Brush a light layer of shimmer copper eyeshadow across your lids for a more youthful take on smokey eyes. Or use a shimmery golden pink for a softer look. Place some lighter shadow in the corner of your eyes to help them pop.

diy beauty: a fresh look that lasts all day - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy beauty: a fresh look that lasts all day - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy beauty: a fresh look that lasts all day - drifter and the gypsy blog

For that instant glow, blend a touch of highlighter on the top of your cheekbones, brow bones and down the bridge of your nose.

diy beauty: a fresh look that lasts all day - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy beauty: a fresh look that lasts all day - drifter and the gypsy blog
6. Waterproof Mascara

The easiest way to avoid panda eyes at the end of the day is waterproof mascara. If you find that long wearing formulas irritate your eyes, sweep a clear coat of mascara over your regular mascara on your top lashes to seal the color and only use clear mascara on your bottom lashes.

7. Go Bright

Livelier colors brighten the face and bring a youthful glow to the skin.

If you tend to stick with neutrals, experiment with just one area of your face. A peachy blush on the apples of the cheeks or a pop of color on your lips are both good places to start.

diy beauty: a fresh look that lasts all day - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy beauty: a fresh look that lasts all day - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy beauty: a fresh look that lasts all day - drifter and the gypsy blog

The finished look:

diy beauty: a fresh look that lasts all day - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy beauty: a fresh look that lasts all day - drifter and the gypsy blog
Melanie (DIY Beauty Contributor)

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Sally Scott Autumn 2014

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There are few things I enjoy more in life than A+ patterns and colors. Add some gorgeous photographs to the mix and you’ve got Sally Scott’s Autumn 2014 collection. Unfortunately I can’t tell you much about Sally Scott because the website is all in Japanese, but do check out the collection nonetheless! There is even a mini video to accompany each photograph.

sally scott autumn winter 2014 - drifter and the gypsy blog
sally scott autumn winter 2014 - drifter and the gypsy blog
sally scott autumn winter 2014 - drifter and the gypsy blog
sally scott autumn winter 2014 - drifter and the gypsy blog
sally scott autumn winter 2014 - drifter and the gypsy blog

DIY Sew: Dyeing Yarn with Natural Dyes

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While I dye fabric with natural dyes on a weekly basis, I’ve never dyed yarn before and wanted to try my hand at it. My sister is an avid knitter, so I decided to surprise her with some naturally-dyed yarn in a warm, madder root hue.

Dyeing yarn is a little intimidating, but it shouldn’t be. Many people are afraid of accidentally felting wool when dyeing, but this only happens when the yarn is agitated; not by heat contact itself. For this reason, treat your yarn with care when dyeing–stir gently and never let the bath exceed 180 degrees Fahrenheit (in other words, do not boil your yarn!).

Materials:

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– Yarn
– Thread for tying yarn
– Madder root powder
– Alum
– Cream of tartar
– Five gallon stainless steel pot
– Stainless steel stirring spoon
– Piece of cheesecloth
– Linen (or muslin for binding dyestuff ingredients)
– Kitchen scale (for weighing ingredients)
Eucalan (for washing).

*All utensils used during dyeing should not be used for food afterwards–they are no longer food safe.*

Yarn spun with natural fibers is best, as there is no telling what colors acrylic or other manmade fibers will yield. For this project, I dyed Cascade 220 wool and Kona Bulky superwash merino wool. I also included a small piece of llama and cotton yarn to test.

Steps:

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1. Unwind yarn from skeins into a hank, loosely tying with string in several places to keep yarn together. Don’t tie too tightly, otherwise you might end up with tie-dyed yarn.

2. Presoak yarn (in a sink or bowl) in a mix of tepid water and one teaspoon of Eucalan per gallon of water. Eucalan doesn’t require a rinse after washing, so no need for that. The yarn should be wet when adding it to the mordant bath.

3. Fill your five gallon pot with enough water that your yarn can move around freely. Add one ounce of cream of tartar and two ounces of alum for every pound of yarn you are dyeing, stir to dissolve. Alum and cream of tartar act as a mordant, thus making the yarn take dye better and stay colorfast.

4. Add wet yarn to the mordant bath and gently simmer for an hour, stirring occasionally. After an hour, turn off the heat and allow yarn to cool in mordant bath. Once cool, pour out the mordant bath and yarn into a sink.

5. Fill up your pot again with water, and this time add your madder root dye. I like to use about a 1:2 ratio when dyeing fibers–in other words, eight ounces of madder root for one pound of yarn. If your dyestuff is in large root/leaf pieces rather than ground into a powder, I recommend binding your dye in a piece of cheesecloth or linen (muslin works fine as well). You can either sew it into a loose bag or bind it using rubber bands or string. Try to keep the dyestuff a little loose in the bag, but not so loose that it will come out. Simmer your dye bag in the pot of water for one hour.

6. Add mordanted yarn to dye bath and simmer for one hour, stirring gently every ten minutes. Check the color of your yarn after an hour (remember fibers are darker when wet), and if the desired color is reached, turn off heat and let the yarn cool in dyebath for 6-12 hours for optimum color. If not, simmer for another 30 minutes to an hour.

7. Rinse yarn gently in cool water until water runs clear and give it another Eucalan soak. Lay it out to dry. Once dry, you can wind it into a ball using this handy method.

diy sew: dyeing yarn with natural dye - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy sew: dyeing yarn with natural dye - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy sew: dyeing yarn with natural dye - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy sew: dyeing yarn with natural dye - drifter and the gypsy blog
Lauren (DIY Sew Contributor)

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Do you keep a capture journal?

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I recently listened to a Creative Live class in which the instructor talked about keeping what he called a ‘capture journal.’ It kind of struck me. Even as a child, I’ve always had some sort of journal to scribble down notes, to-dos and all other fleeting thoughts that traveled into my stream of consciousness.

I keep my journal next to my bed for when ideas come to me in the middle of the night (which they quite often do). I’ve got piles and piles of journals; records of the musings of my mind.

I never stopped to think that others might do the same as me, which is why the whole concept of a ‘capture journal’ caught my attention. A capture journal is a place to record thoughts, goals, lists and really anything else that comes to your mind. It doesn’t really serve just one purpose… it’s just a place to write down whatever you want whenever you want, all in one convenient place.

I suppose a lot of other creative people have active brains, full of ideas, hopes, dreams, desires, aspirations and inspirations, just waiting to be recorded before they are lost outside the boundaries of memory.

Tell me friends, do you keep a capture journal?

photograph from my instagram

Native

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In partnership with Zappos, I styled Paige jeans and Freebird boots for an autumn-inspired look. Next month, I’ll be restyling my jeans and boots in a winter-inspired look. But for now, we’re allllll about autumn.

In California, we don’t get much of an autumn, but the weather DOES get cooler. And when the weather gets cooler, I dress in layers. Since the weather isn’t absolutely FREEZING yet (although when does it actually get freezing in California? I heard Boston got its first snowfall last week. Brrr!), I didn’t need to bundle up too much. I layered a gingham button down shirt under a light tribal print sweater.

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I purchased my Paige jeans and Freebird boots through Zappos, which I remember when it used to be just a shoe retailer. I think I’ve been living in a hole because now they’ve got everything from shoes, clothing, accessories and more. It’s pretty cool.

native - drifter and the gypsy blog
native - drifter and the gypsy blog
These Freebird by Steven boots are perfect for tromping around piles of leaves and other fall messes. They are made using Goodyear construction, which is an old process in which tacks of leather are hammered together and carefully stitched to create a virtually indestructible sole. These boots are SOLID man.

native - drifter and the gypsy blog
native - drifter and the gypsy blog
I have really narrow hips, so I often have trouble finding jeans that fit. Paige Brand jeans continually fit me the best. I’ve been buying Paige Brand Jeans long before I was even contacted for this campaign, so don’t think I’m just talking Paige up for this campaign. Just sayin’. Paige Adams-Geller, the founder of Paige, is the only female founder in the denim industry.

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native - drifter and the gypsy blog
native - drifter and the gypsy blog
paige hoxton high-rise ankle in zoe jeans and freebird charlie boots c/o zappos

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Weekend.

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weekend. - drifter and the gypsy blog
Happy Friday people! This week went by super fast. I’ve been busy working on a big project for school, which (thank goodness) is almost done and shooting an outfit for a campaign that will go live on the blog on Monday (which I still have to write, heh). I’m really happy it’s the weekend and things are winding down now.

How amazing are these photographs by Chloe Aftel? New favorites of mine. I love how the film grain in the upper lefthand corner of the second photograph looks like fairy dust. Magic.

PS. Thanks for your kind words about my Warby Parker images & video. I really had fun putting the shoot together and hope to make more videos soon!

Take it easy now. xx – Micaela

Drifter & the Gypsy + Warby Parker

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I recently teamed up with Warby Parker to try out eyeglasses in their Home Try-On program. Have you heard of it? It’s pretty cool. You pick out 5 frames for 5 days and Warby Parker ships them to you for free both ways. It’s a great way to test out a variety of frames & get opinions from friends to find which ones suit your pretty little face the best (if you don’t trust your friends, they even have the hashtag #warbyparkerhometryon you can use on Instagram to get opinions from those who work at WP and other strangers!). I chose Chandler Ti in Striped Pacific, Coley in Crystal, Annette in Petal Tortoise, Durand in Saddle Russet and Baxter Ti in Whiskey Tortoise.

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drifter & the gypsy + warby parker - drifter and the gypsy blog
Chandler Ti in Striped Pacific

drifter & the gypsy + warby parker - drifter and the gypsy blog
Picking eyeglass frames is such a personal matter and it is most certainly not one to be rushed. Getting to choose 5 different frames allowed me to get more adventurous with bolder frames & colors I would have ordinarily shied away from. And guess what? I liked the crystal frames the best! Who would’ve known? I certainly wouldn’t have if it weren’t for the Home Try-On program. On the other hand, I didn’t like the way Annette looked on me at all, so that immediately got nixed from the group (nothing personal to Annette, they were actually my mom’s favorite glasses for herself!).

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Durand in Saddle Russet

drifter & the gypsy + warby parker - drifter and the gypsy blog
drifter & the gypsy + warby parker - drifter and the gypsy blog
drifter & the gypsy + warby parker - drifter and the gypsy blog
Coley in Crystal

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Personality is what makes good glasses great, so of course I had to have a little photo shoot fun with my 4 favorites from the group! I got together with a few of my favorite creative people and we shot a little (retro) something something (and video!) for you guys!

Shana of Fox & Doll did hair & makeup and Nadia of Nadinoo provided garments from her collection, Play By Numbers. The video was shot in the LightGrid. You may remember the last time I shot in the LightGrid over the summer. This was the first video I made with them! Always fun working with those guys. We’re planning on making more videos in the future, so stay tuned for that my friends.

Until then, enjoy the video!


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Baxter Ti in Whiskey Tortoise

Which eyeglasses are your favorite from Warby Parker?

Happy eyeglass shopping!

PS. The song in the video is “Ain’t She Sweet.”

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