Photo Editing- Beginner’s Pixlr Basics

Hi Everyone!

A couple months ago I created a video to help people out on how to use Pixlr. Pixlr is an online photo editor comparable to Photoshop. I don’t know how to use Photoshop and I’ve tried a couple of other online/free editors and I feel like Pixlr is the best and easiest one to use. I don’t use it to create things or graphic design. I mainly use it to alter photos like lighting (too much or too little), saturation, focus, etc. So if you have simple tasks you need to fix your photo it’s easy to achieve using this site. I am by no means an expert but I’ve played quite a bit with it and the tutorials I’ve found were either very lengthy or just not what I was looking for (most were specific to Photoshop which was pretty different). I also left links in the description of the video of sites I came across that helped with how to balance a photograph, and other tips and tricks you might find useful as well. I hope this helps someone else out there! Please let me know if it does 😀

Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eH0VVWHKCIs

Pixlr Site:

https://pixlr.com

Edit: I would insert some of my before and afters but for whatever reason they don’t want to upload on here! check the end of the video for it if you want to see a few 😀

~~ Andrea

DIY Yarn Bottle

I love this!

ArtsyJess

DIY Yarn Bottle

DIY Christmas yarn bottle

Materials

empty wine bottle (already had)

red and white yarn (2.99 each at michaels)

fake flowers (I got mine at the dollar tree. 1 bundle of poinsettia and 1 bundle of gold glitter leaves $1 each)

glue gun

mod podge

brush

1) Start at the top, hot glue the end of the red yarn to the bottle. After that use the mod podge to attach the string to the bottle. With a brush, spread the mod podge on the bottle a little at a time and wrap the yarn. Continue doing this until you get to the bottom.

2) When you are finished cut the yarn and hot glue it to the bottom, try to hide it between the other yarn.

3) With  both the white and red yarn, hold them together as if they were 1 string and make your design as you wish starting at…

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New posts to come!

Hey everyone!!

Sorry I’ve been away but I’ve been very busy! However, I have a lot of hauls coming in soon from elf, real techniques, wayne goss, foreo, and avocado lingerie and I will be doing haul posts, swatches as well as reviews!

Keep a lookout!

 

~~Andrea

DIY Pumpkin Topiary

love love love these! keep more fall/halloween inspired diys coming! 😀

ArtsyJess

DIY Pumpkin Topiary dollar tree dollar store cheap inexpensive fall decor crow orange leaves leaf thanksgiving Halloween autumn

DIY pumpkin topiary for $20

DIY Pumpkin Topiary dollar tree dollar store cheap inexpensive fall decor crow orange leaves leaf thanksgiving Halloween autumn

Materials

7 pumpkins

1 crow

8 bunches of leaves (assorted)

1 orange bucket

1 square styrofoam

1 flat circle styrofoam

1 pack of floral moss

1 long dowel rod

glue gun

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1) Glue the square styrofoam in the bucket then the circle styrofoam on top

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2) Arrange 7 of the leave bunches

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3) Cover the styrofoam with floral moss

4) Stick the wooden dowel rod into the center of the square styrofoam. Stick the top of the rod through the pumpkins. At first I was pushing them through, then my wonderful husband was like why don’t you drill a whole in them.

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DIY Pumpkin Topiary dollar tree dollar store cheap inexpensive fall decor crow orange leaves leaf thanksgiving Halloween autumn pumpkin stack

5) Once you finish putting the pumpkins on the dowel, pull the leaves off one of the bunches and glue them in-between the pumpkins.

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6) Then top it off with the crow

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DIY Burlap Wreath

Love this for the fall/halloween! So cheap and easy!! ❤

ArtsyJess

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DIY Burlap wreath with dollar tree decorations

diy wreath DIY Burlap Wreath DIY Pumpkin dollar tree dollar store cheap inexpensive fall decor red orange leaves leaf thanksgiving Halloween autumn pumpkin ribbon burlap wreath socks brillo pads

I bought 1 yard of shimmery burlap and cut it into 4 inch wide strips. I paid 10 dollars for the yard of burlap at a fabric store and $1.50 for the floral wreath at Michael’s after a 50% off coupon.

– I followed the step from this blog http://housegirlhaley.wordpress.com/2012/12/10/diy-burlap-wreath/

– Once I finished I made pumpkins with the socks and scrubs. The dollar tree had shimmery socks and scrubbers which would go well with the burlap.

Materialsto make pumpkin

Dollar tree socks

Dollar tree sponge

Dollar tree pipe cleaners

Materials to finish other decor

Dollar tree leaves

Dollar tree ribbon

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scrubber DIY Burlap Wreath DIY Pumpkin dollar tree dollar store cheap inexpensive fall decor red orange leaves leaf thanksgiving Halloween autumn pumpkin ribbon burlap wreath socks brillo pads

1) Stuff the sock with three sponges

sock and scrub DIY Burlap Wreath DIY Pumpkin dollar tree dollar store cheap inexpensive fall decor red orange leaves leaf thanksgiving Halloween autumn pumpkin ribbon burlap wreath socks brillo pads

stuffing DIY Burlap Wreath DIY Pumpkin dollar tree dollar store cheap inexpensive fall decor red orange leaves leaf thanksgiving Halloween autumn pumpkin ribbon burlap wreath socks brillo pads

comp stuff DIY Burlap Wreath DIY Pumpkin dollar tree dollar store cheap inexpensive fall decor red orange leaves leaf thanksgiving Halloween autumn pumpkin ribbon burlap wreath socks brillo pads

2) Twist the end of the sock to make a stem shape

twist DIY Burlap Wreath DIY Pumpkin dollar tree dollar store cheap inexpensive fall decor red orange leaves leaf thanksgiving Halloween autumn pumpkin ribbon burlap wreath socks brillo pads

3) Pull out all extra slack and force the pipe cleaner down  to make the pumpkin shape

tiwst DIY Burlap Wreath DIY Pumpkin dollar tree dollar store cheap inexpensive fall decor red orange leaves leaf thanksgiving Halloween autumn pumpkin ribbon burlap wreath socks brillo pads

4) Use pipe cleaner to…

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QVC TSV: Tarte Beauty without Boundaries 8-pc Collection

Hey everyone!

Today QVC is having their TSV (today’s special value) on Tarte Beauty without Boundaries 8-pc Collection. Originally $72.50, it is being offered for $59.96.

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 It comes in 5 different options for skin color: fair, light, medium, tan, deep.
It includes:
  • 1-oz BB tinted treatment primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30
  • 0.08-oz BB tinted undereye corrector–exclusive to QVC until 11/30/13!
  • 0.31-oz Lights, Camera, Flashes! mascara in black
  • 0.009-oz Lights, Camera, Lashes! waterproof inner rim liner in black
  • 0.04-oz LipSurgence power pigment in Awakening, a rose pink–exclusive to QVC until 11/30/13!
  • Special edition complexion brush–exclusive to QVC until 11/30/13!
  • Undereye brush
  • Makeup bag

What you will get with the different colors:

  • Fair: receive primer in fair and undereye corrector in fair-light
  • Light: receive primer in light and undereye corrector in fair-light
  • Medium: receive primer in medium and undereye corrector in medium-tan
  • Tan: receive primer in tan and undereye corrector in medium-tan
  • Deep: receive primer in tan and undereye corrector in deep

These sets are perfect for people wanting to try out brands when you don’t know what to get!

Remember this sale will end at midnight EST tonight (9/24/13).

Let me know if you try it out!

~~ Andrea

Makeup Palette Sale!

Hey everyone!

Sorry it’s been so long, but I plan on getting back to a routine on doing posts!

Today I am bringing to you makeup palette sales going on at My Habit (Amazon’s flash sale site). You may know some of these palettes as Coastal Scents, BH Cosmetics, Celia’s Makeup, etc. These palettes are made in China and then companies just paste a logo on them and sell them for 60 bucks! I own the 88 matte palette I bought on Hautelook about two years ago for $17 + $6.95 shipping. However, these palettes are now available on sale for $15 and FREE shipping!! ::Edit: A bonus that I just saw while I was purchasing is that they are returnable!! AMAZING! end edit::  I would love to buy all of them but $15 a piece adds up. haha  A little mini review on the palette I have: it is not completely matte colors, some have shimmer/satin finish. It has a variety of colors which is perfect for beginners or anyone who wants that. It also has a really great matte black which is well loved for soft eyeliner looks or just adding depth and dimension to eye looks. I highly recommend it to anyone who doesn’t want to spend so much money on quality shadows, but doesn’t want to be skimped too much on quality! haha

Listed below are the different palettes I found that are cheap and good! (don’t forget to check out the rest of their beauty products that you might be interested in)

88 Warm Palette: $15

88 warm palette bh cosmetics my habit coastal scents celia makeup

 88 Metal Palette: $15

88 metal palette bh cosmetics coastal scents celia makeup

88 Shimmer Palette: $15

88 shimmer palette bh cosmetics coastal scents celia makeup

78 Eyeshadow/blush Palette: $19

78 eyeshadow matte shimmer blush palette bh cosmetics coastal scents celia makeup

28 Warm Palette: $15

28 eyeshadow warm palette bh cosmetics coastal scents celia makeup

36 Neutral Leopard Palette: $15

36 neutral leopard palette bh cosmetics my habit coastal scents celia makeup

36 Matte Leopard Palette: $15

36 matte leopard palette bh cosmetics my habit coastal scents celia makeup

I am getting the two leopard palettes because I can’t decide between the both. hehe! Let me know if you get any!!

~~ Andrea

Sales!!

Hey everyone! 

 

Today I’m bringing you the many sales that are going on!

 

First we have QVC with their TSV of Josie Maran Argan Bright & Beautiful 6-pc. Collection Auto Delivery.  

Originally $85.00 it is now on sale for $69.99. This sale ends at Midnight EST tonight.

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First Shipment includes:

  • 1-fl-oz Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation; choice of Fair/Light, Light/Medium, or Medium/Dark
  • 0.30-oz Argan Brightening Face Balm with application brush in compact
  • 0.12-oz Argan Love Your Lips Hydrating Lipstick in Tickled Pink (a creamy rose)
  • 0.18-oz Coconut Water Cheek Gelee in Island Pink (a blushing pink)
  • 0.5-fl oz 100% Pure Argan Oil
  • Foundation brush
  • Receive a shipment approximately every 60 days, for four total shipments
  • A different blush and lipstick color arrives in each shipment; see Shipment Details above for more info
  • Each shipment billed separately at the above price, plus S&H and applicable taxes, as long as you remain in the plan; no obligation to continue the plan; cancel anytime

 

 

Bradsdeals is offering a Free First Julep Maven Box.  Can’t go wrong with FREE!! 

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**Don’t forget to cancel the subscription after your first month or they will charge you!! 

 

Tarte is having their friends and family 30% off sale.

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If you been dying to get your hands on some of these products but didn’t want to pay the prices this is the time to pick some up!

Sale ends 8/4.

 

 

Then we have ELF’s 50% off Editor’s Picks.

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These include 40 items such as: Studio Mineral Infused Face PrimerStudio HD BlushStudio Contouring Blush & Bronzing PowderStudio Blush, and many more fan faves.

Ends 8/5.

 

 

Okay everyone hope you have some fun shopping!! Let me know if you end up purchasing any of these products. 

 

~~ Andrea