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New Phone & Today’s Face

Goodbye Blackberry, hello iPhone – Yesterday, I said goodbye to my Blackberry Curve and decided to join the Apple world. So far, I am happy with my decision, however, I am having a slight problem with FaceTime – the connection drops when I try to do a video call. Hopefully that is an easy fix. As much as I would love to spend the day playing around with my new phone, I should probably tackle the day’s to-do list, or at least put a dent in it, first. Feel free to leave a comment letting me know of any ‘must have’ apps. And if anyone knows how to fix my FaceTime problem, I’d certainly love to hear from you! Any other iPhone advice is also appreciated.

I thought I would do another ‘Today’s Face’ post. If you missed the first one, click here to view it.

Today's Face August 2013

Primer – I started with a light application of my DIY primer. If you like DIY beauty products and you have not tried this, I highly recommend it.

Foundation – Cover Girl NatureLuxe Liquid Silk Foundation (320). I picked this foundation up after reading a couple of positive reviews about it. One of my favorite liquid foundations is Revlon PhotoReady and I have a tendency to compare new foundations to that one. Compared to Revlon PhotoReady, Cover Girl NatureLuxe is not as heavy and while that is not necessarily a bad thing, I find it takes a while to get use to it.

After applying my foundation I applied a DIY bronzer (not pictured). I will be posting this DIY bronzer to the blog in the future. Be sure to check back for that!

Eyeliner: Maybelline New York Unstoppable Eyeliner in Onyx. I love this eyeliner but I do find it can be difficult to remove, but then again it is smudge-proof and water-proof. It is also a little heavier than other eyeliners.

Eyeshadow: Expert Wear- Amethyst Smokes by Maybelline New York. I have really been enjoying purples this summer.

Mascara: Cover Girl Professional all-in-one Mascara in ‘Very Black’. I have said it before and I’ll say it again, I love this mascara because of the natural looking results.

Lipstick/Lip Gloss:  I opted to play up my eyes today but I did not want to ignore my lips completely. I am wearing Avon’s Shine Attract Lipstick in Rose Pink (P03). It is quite subtle but provides just enough shine and tint to complete today’s look!

Thank you so much for reading today’s blog post and for checking out the blog. Feel free to comment leaving a link to your most recent “Today’s Face” post!


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Guest Post: Reuse Those Old Sunglasses This Summer And Make Them New Again

Hey everyone;

Today’s post is a guest post. I would love to hear what you think of guest posts. Is this something you would like to see more of? Do you have a post you would like to see featured here?

Enjoy your day, and let’s get to today’s guest post:

Reuse Those Old Sunglasses This Summer And Make Them New Again

Do you have some old sunglasses that you’d like to wear again? Of course you do, who doesn’t?  But if you’re looking for ways to reuse them, you’re in luck! We’re telling you how you can make them new and exciting again, with almost no spending from your part. The truth is you probably already have everything you need for a makeover at hand: your old frames, and just some basic craft supplies. But first, let’s see what state your sunglasses (if you are interested in seeing new sunglass fashions click here) are in:


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1. Are the arms of your sunglasses broken or unhinged? Sunglasses often break like this, especially if they’re made of cheap plastic. The easiest thing to do is replace the arms entirely. To do that, use the arms from a contrast-colored pair, and you’ll get cool two-tone shades. Get the full tutorial for how to do that here.


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2. Are your sunglasses frames scratched? That happens all the time, especially if you carry them in your purse without a case. So cover them up! You can use glitter for part of the frame or even for the entire thing (tutorial here). Similarly, you can use pearls or smaller beads. And if you don’t want any embellishments, simply paint them in a different color which include stripes and tortoiseshell. Did you know that nail polish is perfect for such a project? It’s cheap, with an infinite color palette, and a precise brush. However, if your lenses are scratched, you can drill some holes in them and embroider away (as seen here).








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3. Are you simply bored with your sunglasses? Then all you need is a bit of embellishment to make them trendy again. We’re pretty sure you’ve seen how trendy embellished sunglasses are these days… You can use flowers if you’re the romantic type or you can go for an edgier look and use studs or rhinestones. And if you simply don’t want to use glue, you can just paint part of the sunglasses with a pen (tutorial here).

This guest post was written by Daria P. who contributes to GlassesOnWeb and

Disclaimer: I (along with this blog), am not affiliated with the author of this guest post or any of the companies mention. The opinions reflected in this guest post do not reflect my personal opinions. I do not own the images or material presented in this post.   -Marley

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“My Feet Smell Like a Margarita”: DIY Lime Sugar Scrub

Hey everyone,

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. I think my weekend could have been more productive, but I won’t complain. This will be my last post until this Friday (2 August). Until then, I will be studying for an exam in comparative criminal justice, which is this Thursday. Wish me luck!

Yesterday I decided to treat myself to a DIY sugar scrub. I decided to do this DIY lime sugar scrub because I thought it was a perfect match for the beautiful summer weather.

While I have nicknamed this sugar scrub “Margarita Feet” it is not exclusively for feet. The first time I ever made this I was giving myself a pedicure and I only used the scrub on my feet. When I was done I told Tom, “My feet smell like a margarita!”

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DIY Milk Foot Soak

Who has super soft feet right now? I do! Would you like moisturized, super soft feet too.

Pour 1-2 cups of milk and 1-2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil into your bathtub or a large bowl. Add enough hot water to completely cover your feet.

Soak your feet in the mixture for 20-30 minutes. Be sure to enjoy this time. Put on an episode of your favorite television show, read a book or magazine, listen to music or read a blog. Or, treat yourself a little more. Combine this DIY Face Mask using banana, lemon juice and honey or this DIY Oatmeal Face Mask; brighten your nails; or try this DIY Hair Mask.

After you have finished soaking your feet and you have dried them completely finish with your favorite moisturizer. I like to hold in the moisture with this DIY toe-less sock.

I hope you enjoy this DIY Foot Soak. If you try it, please feel free to leave a comment below letting me know how you liked it. I would also love to hear what your favorite foot soak is! Is it a DIY? I’m always looking for new DIY projects to try!

As always, thank you so much for visiting my blog and for reading this post. If you have any suggestions for future blog posts please let me know.


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Make Your Own Washing Soda!

When I started doing DIY projects such as DIY laundry detergent and DIY dishwasher detergent, I had a really difficult time finding washing soda. Come to think of it, I still have not found washing soda in stores! For those of you who have purchased washing soda before, I would love to know where you found it.

After a number of unsuccessful searches for washing soda Tom decided we were going to make our own. When I first heard this I thought he was out of his mind. I was picturing a long and perhaps even difficult process. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that making your own washing soda is extremely easy!

If you are having trouble finding washing soda in stores give this DIY a try:

Spread a thick layer of baking soda onto a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 1 hour at 400F. Remove the baking sheet occasionally (i.e., every 15-20 minutes) and give the product a stir. After baking for one hour allow the product to cool before transferring to an airtight container!

In the future I will be posting DIY projects that require washing soda. As always, if you have any suggestions or requests for DIY projects, regardless of whether or not they call for washing soda, please let me know!

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Vertigo, Chocolate Pie & Today’s Face

Lately, as a result of an inner ear infection I have been experiencing vertigo. I am doing my best to not complain, but let’s face it, it is not fun. For me, the most difficult part was being told I was not allowed to drive for a few weeks. However, I understand the reasoning behind this – safety first. Last night, while trying to get comfortable in a position that did not trigger ‘the dizzies’ (is that even a word?) I decided more than anything I wanted to make chocolate pie. I had the pie shell (pie crust?) and the chocolate pudding mix, I just hadn’t gotten around to making the pie.

Sometimes I am able to talk myself out of decisions I make while falling asleep. For example, right after deciding to make the chocolate pie I decided to mop the floors -I quickly excused myself from that chore when I woke up this morning.

I am glad I made the chocolate pie this morning. It was nice to switch up my morning routine and it makes my morning sound more productive than it was, especially if I leave out the word chocolate. “By ten o’clock this morning I had the dog walked, laundry started and I made a pie!” – See what I mean? 😉

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DIY: Open-Side, Knotted Tee


Who recognizes this shirt? I actually used it in a previous DIY project, the open heart t-shirt. Because the shirt was a little big for me I decided to re-use it for this project. Since I am talking about the size of the shirt, this is an XS from Gap. Does anyone else find Gap sizing to be inaccurate?

This DIY shirt is fantastic for summer, I find it particularly cute for throwing over a bathing suit or even over a sports bra or fitted tank. If you care to share how you wear open-sided tees leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you!

Once again, this is a very simple DIY project. All you need is a t-shirt (or tank top) and a pair of scissors!

Open Side Knot Tee

Step 1: Starting at the bottom of the shirt (on either the right or left side) cut straight up to the arm pit.

Step 2: Repeat on the other side.

Step 3: Knot the two pieces on each side together at the bottom of the shirt. I find this easiest when I am wearing the shirt.

I love DIY shirts and other similar projects! If you have a DIY project that you think I should try leave it as a comment or send me an e-mail.

Thanks for reading and have a fantastic day!


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DIY: Shine Boost for Hair

The last time I had my hair trimmed I was given this tip for getting a healthy shine to my hair, and I have finally gotten around to trying it. If your hair could use a little extra shine, give this a try. I’m glad I did!

Baking soda and shampoo are all you need for a little extra, healthy and natural looking shine!

Baking soda and shampoo are all you need for a little extra, healthy and natural looking shine!

Prior to getting in the shower combine your regular amount of shampoo with a dash of baking soda in a bowl and give it a quick mix.

In the shower use the baking soda and shampoo mixture the same way you would use your shampoo on any given day. I was told to repeat this no more than once a week.

On top of giving your hair a healthy shine the baking soda is also supposed to help remove the build up of excess hair product!

As I said, I am happy with the results but I would love to hear from other people who have tried it – what do you think? Was anyone unhappy with the results?

To all my fellow Canadians, I hope you have a fantastic long weekend. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this Canada Day weekend brings some nicer weather.

Thank you for reading and I hope you’ll check back. I do not anticipate the next post will be until next Wednesday.


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A DIY Face Mask for Oily Skin

Let’s get straight to today’s DIY face mask:

For oily skinIngredients:

  • Ripe banana (1)
  • Lemon juice (1 tbsp)
  • Honey (1 tbsp)
  • Dash of sea salt (optional)

Mash the banana in a bowl, then add 1 tbsp of lemon juice and 1 tbsp of honey. Mix well.

Apply the mixture to your face and allow it to sit for 15-20 minutes. Wash off with warm water.

Sorry for such a quick post. I promise I’ll make it up to you in future blog posts. Does anyone have any suggestions for future blog posts? Let me know, I would love to hear from you!


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DIY: Open Heart T-Shirt

Quick, somebody stop me from cutting hearts into the backs of all my t-shirts! This DIY open heart tee is easy to make, it is fun, flirty and perfect for summer!

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