Berrisom Oops My Lip Tint Pack

Berrisom Oops! My Lip Tint Pack

Berrisom Oops! My Lip Tint Pack

Given that you get along with or have a mom figure, I can only recommend living nearby. To be fair, I don’t have a spouse or children or live as close as directly across the street like in Everybody Loves Raymond, so I can’t recommend that, but I do like the easy access to more food.

Additionally, her friends are way more into giving each other their closet cleanouts than mine seem to be. And if my mom doesn’t actually want those things (lol), then I get to have them! This is how I got a Berrisom’s Oops My Lip Tint Pack.

Berrisom Oops My Lip Tint Pack

These are a little unusual because you leave these gels on to dry, then peel them off, and your lips should be stained or tinted without the worry of smudging or reapplication. Although I don’t see any indication on my box, I’m seeing some sites say these are supposed to last up to 12 hours.

Lip tint swatches
Vivid Scarlet – Bubble Pink – Virgin Red – Lovely Peach – Pure Pink – Sexy Red

The product looks vivid, but after drying and peeling, the colors are much more muted. Maybe I didn’t make a thick enough layer, but I’m reading reviews that say don’t overuse! I didn’t use all of Maybelline’s Baby Lips, but I wonder if you could say these might be a stain version of them.

I don’t doubt their staying power, but I just didn’t see the color to be worth the sticky application. I’m seeing people say to use balm before and after. I don’t know if using it before will help, but the tint doesn’t peel off all as one. I left it on for 10 minutes, and it’d stick to the inner parts of my lips. The irritation of messing with that nearly give the same effect.

It’s a fun product. I don’t know if anyone else’s elementary classmates were as weird, but they showed me that you could, in fact, put glue on your palm, wait for it to dry, and peel it off (I really don’t remember what this was supposed to accomplish?). I’m reminded of that when I use Berrisom’s Lip Tints. So I also kind of associate it sleepovers and girls’ nights in more than the latest must-have. Neon goop lips are sure to make great selfies! 😂

What’s the latest product you’ve used that was a little different?

Ornaments

DIY Photo Gifts

I can’t believe it’s nearly time for Christmas. Where has the time gone? Perhaps it went by attending my first wedding or this exhausting election (and now preparing for the aftermath). Or my brother taking his cat that I’d been taking care of since he was a kitten but also getting a new cat! I still don’t feel like accomplished as much as I wanted this year, PLUS I am very, very fearful for the next few, but fucking fuck it.

If you’ve been as busy or otherwise had an unexpected addition to your gifting list, why not make something from the heart? One of my besties had her first baby this year and her birthday is right before the season, so I thought something from all their photos of the little one would be a great gift and decor!

Upcycled/DIY Photo Frame

diy upcycle photo supplies
Supplies: Popsicle or ice pop sticks, scissors, glue, paint, printed photos
Optional: Glitter, magnets, yarn, hemp, string, buttons, pom-poms, markers

Fortunately, my friend takes tons of photos of the babe and even had a professional shoot her family, so I was able to simply print 3 wallet sized pictures at Walmart. You get 2 copies for about $0.30!

Step 1: Planning

Before you print or as your choose your pictures, I would plan out how you want your frames to look. You can do a simple square or diamond, or you might want to go more arty. But also think about color. Are you giving them as Christmas gifts with matching colors or do you want them as a person’s favorite color? Are they going to clash with the photo’s colors?

Once you print the photos, you can get a better idea of how to “shape” the frames. I also practiced painting on a couple of sticks to figure out which colors I liked, how many coats, etc. I tried using some acrylic paints I had lying around, but they came out as more of a solid color whereas I liked the textured look I could achieve by “staining.”

Painted stick

I would paint a stick, then paint a little black or dark brown on, and wipe off excess with a towel. I just used a paper towel. Maybe you’ll have different results with spray paint or a cloth rag.

Step 2: Paint

Paint all your sticks. Though I went with kind of a rustic look, I did want a little sparkle. But I didn’t want to buy a whole big thing for this little project. So what’s sparkly? Nail polish! I tried a few chrome colors and designs but thought gold was best as an accent; the focus should be on the baby! I painted one stick that would be a top part a gold chrome, but painted all the sides a glittery gold. I love it, TBH.

Ornaments

Step 3: Assemble!

Before you start gluing sticks, figure out how you’re going to display these. Are you attaching a magnet? Or poking string around to hang on a branch? I didn’t have magnets, so I tried tying yarn and hemp in different ways. You can use a dab of glue to keep them in place because otherwise, they’ll go sideways. I also had a silver chain from a keychain. You might even be able to use pipe cleaners.

Got any spare beads or buttons? See if you like how they look on the sticks or if you like doodling designs or names with markers.

Wrap decor

BONUS STEP: WRAP

My ornaments fit perfectly in this old Birchbox. I just wrapped the top in more seasonal wrapping paper and even took this contrasting black and gold “just for you” piece from a greeting card!

I think these came out really cute. I’m sure if you’re more of a crafter, you’ll have great ideas to put your own spin on the idea. Let me hear them! I’m just glad my pal also loved them. She said she hadn’t been able to print any pictures yet.

Hope you guys have a merry Christmas!

❤

Book heart

Incarcerated Illinois

The holidays are upon us which means for some of us– myself included– will be complaining about incoming in-laws or other unsavory relations. While some complaints may be valid and not to be patronizing, but perhaps we can deal by considering people who will have to go through a little more to see their families.

I just happen to see @prisonculture‘s tweets sharing groups’ Amazon wish lists for incarcerated children and youth in Illinois. I highly recommend checking out their blog as well as supporting the freeing of Bresha Meadows, referenced in their screenname.

https://twitter.com/prisonculture/status/802536660760195072

https://twitter.com/prisonculture/status/802537512795275264

I sent a copy of The Hunger Games to Books Through Bars. It’s quite inspiring to see multiple opportunities in one city when I know how fricked up in the system is in my state and don’t see as many groups. I think I’ll be contacting some local groups with similar interests. Additionally, there is a #FreeBreshaNow online art exhibition today!

Supporting prisoners can uplift a much forgotten and disenfranchised population. And as with giving elsewhere, you can feel proud too. If you can deal with that cousin or sibling’s significant other’s parent, maybe you can bring them into helping, a deterrence perhaps from the usual battles. Hopefully, some common ground can be found– whether it’s abolishing solitary confinement or minimum sentencing or restoring voting rights– and you can work on it together!

❤ Steph

hiv aids ornaments

Greater Good Gifts

Have you heard of Greater Good? They have a network of websites where you can click on a banner that helps generate ad money which goes towards charities dealing with hunger,  breast cancer and more. There’s also a plethora of other information like petitions, videos, and news.

Throughout their websites is their Gifts That Give More shop that includes donations starting at $0.77! Gifts sound like something you give to others, but with clothing, jewelry, and home goods, you just might have to get yourself a little something. On the plus side, you are giving to others since these physical purchases help fund the aforementioned issues. Might I recommend the following…?

Foil in Love Bracelet

foil in love bracelet

These bracelets are made by disadvantaged women in India, allowing them a sustainable livelihood. Supplier Toucan Krafe provides schooling and health care.

Cosmetic Bag

Cosmetic Bag

I love these woven cosmetic bags. These are made by at-risk women who learn skills training in Nepal.

Tagua Earrings

Magdalena Faceted Tagua Earrings

These earrings are made with brass and the tagua nut that fall from the palm trees that line the Magdalena River. Saphia works with low-income women artisans to recycle natural materials.

Awareness Ornament

hiv aids ornaments

Perfect for the holidays, these woven ornaments are made from dried grass by Rwandan women and feature HIV/AIDS awareness ribbons to support the people living with the disease and the hope for cure.

Frenchie Notebook

dog notebook

How cute is this? I didn’t see any supplemental information for this journal, but if you purchase through the Greater Good’s Animals shop, the value of 14 bowls of food will be given to the Humane Society and other shelters (when you buy through the Diabetes site, for example, it raises funds for research).

Excluding a very reasonable shipping price, all of these are under $10! I think that the next time I’m stumped for gifts, I’ll start by looking here. The $1 or $5 donation can also make a neat gift for someone a distance away or stocking stuffer.

Ok, I gotta stop looking at this site before I buy this $26 cat print bed sheet.

Had you heard of Greater Good’s click to give? Did you see anything in their shop?

Link up: Sincerely Jenna Marie & More Pieces of Me | Still Being Molly | Jersey Girl, Texan Heart

❤