Quick Tip Tuesday: DIY Fake Blood

In a pinch and need fake blood but don’t have any on hand or have time to purchase any?  Here are three easy ways to make fake blood with items at home.

Option 1:  You should have these three items right inside your makeup bag.  Scrape off a chunk of red lipstick onto a palette or flat surface.  Mix in a small amount of black gel liner to deepen the color.  Add a dollop of clear gloss.  Mix together.  I wouldn’t recommend this method if you need a large portion of blood as you wouldn’t want to ruin or waste your lipstick.

  • Red lipstick
  • Black gel eyeliner
  • Clear lipgloss


Option 2:  These next two versions are edible but sticky.  The items are probably hiding in your pantry.  Mix all items together.

  • 2 tbsp Corn syrup
  • 4 drops of red food coloring
  • 1 tsp cocoa mix, hot chocolate mix or chocolate syrup
  • Onion flakes or minced garlic flakes (optional) – this will give the blood a scabby effect


Option 3:  Mix together water and powdered sugar in blender.  Once completely blended add in food coloring and cocoa powder.  Blend.  Can be kept in fridge till ready to use.

  • 3 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp of red food coloring
  • 1 tbsp of cocoa powder, hot chocolate mix or chocolate syrup
  • 1 cup of water


With any of these recipes you can adjust the color of the blood.  For brighter blood add more red, and for darker blood add more liner/cocoa.

Also, if you want to thicken the consistency, add a little corn starch.



Quick Tip Tuesday: Protect Your Skin

Halloween is my favorite holiday and I love playing around with different types of products to create different looks.  However, sometimes those products can be harsh to the skin and cause irritation.  So before you lather on those paints or adhesives, test the product out on a small patch of skin.  Wether it be behind your ear, your hand, on your wrist or the bend in your elbow.  If you haven’t noticed any bumps or irritation after a few hours, you’re probably good to go.  If you do notice a reaction, immediately wash off the product and seek an alternative product.

I made the mistake of not doing a patch test last year and slathered some liquid latex on my neck for and had a reaction.  I had redness from a small chemical burn from the latex for at least a week.  My alternative to liquid latex is Elmer’s non-toxic school glue.  I still use the latex for SFX looks but I put down a barrier of Elmer’s glue first to protect my skin.  Learn from my mistakes and do a patch test!  I can’t wait to see everyone’s costumes this year.  I’ll be sharing a few of my own soon.


How To: Cover Your Eyebrows

With Halloween lurking right around the corner, it has given me inspiration to create some new costume ideas. Which I will be sharing on the blog in future upcoming posts.  Today I’m going to show you how to cover your eyebrows for Halloween makeup.  You could also use this method for drag makeup, cosplay or if a certain look you want requires a different eyebrow shape.

What you’ll need:

  • Disposable mascara wand
  • Elmer’s Washable Glue Stick (disappearing purple)
  • Translucent Loose Powder
  • Concealer in your skin tone
  • Powder brush or Beauty Blender


  1. Make sure face and brows are thoroughly cleansed
  2. Cover entire brow surface with glue.
  3. Brush brows upward and towards the way they would naturally grow with a mascara wand.  If you brush them like normal, there will be a slight hump and still be rather noticeable.  The glue will be tacky but continue to brush until brows lay flat.
  4. Let glue dry (when the purple from the glue turns clear) then apply loose powder over the brows.  This sets the glue and acts as a barrier for the next layer of glue to adhere to for smoother application, and shows brow hairs that were possibly missed by the first layer.  Dust away any excess powder.
  5. Apply another thick layer of glue.  Two layers should be plenty but can repeat if necessary.
  6. Allow glue to dry.
  7. Dab concealer onto brows and blend into skin.  Do this lightly because you don’t want any of the glue to flake away and mess up all the work you just put into it.
  8. If wearing foundation, apply now.  If you’re doing a specific Halloween look you can apply your face paint now.

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Quick Tip Tuesday: Concealer Hack

I swear, once you hit the age of 35 everything changes!!  I can no longer set my concealer with powder because it’s too drying and looks cakey.  So after a lot of experimenting, I finally figured this trick out for myself.  Apply your concealer under the eye (my favorite is Maybelline’s Age Rewind) and dab into skin with your finger.  A little goes a long way, so don’t slather it on too thickly. The warmth of your finger will heat up the concealer and make it blend out easier.  Then take a damp beauty blender and press the concealer into skin.  Once you’re finished blending out the concealer, spray that same beauty blender with a setting spray (I like to use a dewy setting spray like NYX) and press beauty blender into under eye area to set. Only one or two squirts will suffice.  This keeps it in place while smoothing out the concealer without having that heavy powdery look.

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Quick Tip Tuesday: Necklace Travel Hack

Ever travel and get annoyed when you go to unpack your jewelry and your necklaces are all wadded in a knot?  A trick I’ve learned over the years is to thread the necklace through a straw and latch it to prevent any tangling.  They still pack well since they don’t take up any space and the straw can also be cut to fit shorter chains.  This hack has been a lifesaver for me many times. You’re welcome.  😜


Quick Tip Tuesday: Shop Your Closet

Does this sound familiar…

“I have absolutely nothing to wear!”

…but your closet looks like this?

Chances are, you have several pieces in your wardrobe that you haven’t worn or have only worn one time.  My tip is to shop your closet!  Regardless of it’s size, go through and pick out all the clothes that still have price tags (guilty) or that you have only worn once.  If you have the room, create a space in your closet (or you could use a spare closet) and put all the unworn/one time worn clothing in one spot.  Then when the statement from above arises again, skip the mall and go to that new section of your closet.  Not only will it save you money, it’ll save you time and energy looking for an outfit.


Quick Tip Tuesday: Prevent Hose/Tights From Running

Spray your tights or panty hose all over with a light coat of hair spray to prevent holes from forming or running.  The hairspray bonds the fibers together making them harder to snag.


Quick Tip Tuesday: Diamond Ring Cleaning Hack

I was examining my ring the other day to make sure the diamond wasn’t loose in the setting and under closer inspection, I realized there was this god awful haze on the band and gunk all over the diamond. I’m not gonna lie, it grossed me the heck out.  If you’re like me and hardly ever take off your ring(s) then you probably notice that it’s not near as shiny or lustrous as it used to be.  It’s not always easy to get to the jeweler for a shine up or it can just be plain inconvenient,  so I’m sharing my go-to hack that will shine it up like new without even having to leave the house.  This can be used on diamond earrings and necklaces too.

All you need:

  • Liquid Dish Soap (like Dawn)
  • Warm Water
  • Small Bowl

This method is safe for all settings and metal types.  Simply add dish soap and warm water to the bowl and soak ring for 20-40+ min depending on how dirty it is.  If there is still any leftover residue, use an old soft bristle toothbrush and lightly brush the ring.  Never use sharp or hard metal to remove residue as you could damage the metal/diamond or loosen the setting.  Rinse the ring under warm running water to remove all soap and repeat if necessary.


Quick Makeup Tips For Glasses

Check out these frame-friendly makeup tips to make those beautiful eyes pop while wearing glasses.

  • Keep it neutral and use light and/or shimmery shades on the lids and use warmer or slightly darker neutral shades in the crease.  Using too dark of shades could potentially magnify dark circles and make you appear tired.
  • Use a white or nude eye pencil to rim the waterline.  This will make the eyes  look more awake and appear brighter.
  • Curl those lashes!  This lifts the lashes up and helps the eyes appear more bright.  Also try a volumizing mascara like L’oreal’s new Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara.
  • Apply eyeliner a shade or two lighter than your frames to make them appear more open.  You don’t want the liner to overpower your eye and make your eyes appear squinty or lost behind your frames.  Also, make sure the thickness of your liner corresponds with the thickness of your glasses.  Meaning the thicker the frames, the thicker the liner.   This helps ensure your frames aren’t overpowering your face.  Extra tip:  Try a winged liner. This not only enlarges the eye but it also turns the eye shape up and is very complimentary to glasses.  (To see how to create a wing, click here).
  • Don’t forget concealer!!!  Shadows from your frames can actually make your under eye circles appear darker than what they really are.  Try using a yellow based concealer to counteract those shadows.
  • Use a primer on the nose, even if you forego foundation completely, this will help prevent the frames from slipping.  If you do wear foundation, set it with a pressed powder to keep the foundation from smudging onto your frames.
  • Don’t skip on your brows.  Your brows frame your frames so to speak.  Glasses tend to be the main focal point of your face so filling in the brows balances out your features.
  • Last but not least, try a bold lipstick.  This will also balance out your features, especially if you’ve gone with neutral makeup everywhere else.

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Quick Tip Tuesday: Lemon Slice Bath

Spice up your bath routine by adding lemon slices to your bath water.  Not only does it smell amazing but it has health benefits too.

Such as:

  • It helps even out skin tone
  • It pulls toxins from the body
  • It relaxes tired sore muscles
  • It’s distressing

How to:

  1. Fill your tub up with warm to hot water (whatever your normal bath temperature preference is).
  2. Slice up 2-3 lemons and add to the water.
  3. Let the lemons soak and infuse with the water for 2-5 minutes.
  4. Get in, relax and enjoy.