Quickpost: DIY Gradient Lips

Not sure if you noticed but I haven’t posted anything for about a month. Many things had happened during my two-month vacation, I don’t know where to begin. Last month I had a spine condition that prevented me from going out of the house. The physician have ordered me to rest and not abuse my back by not wearing heels and carrying heavy loads. So even though I was on vacation, the pain on my back simply made it impossible for me to even enjoy my time off. Hence the lack of posts on this blog. However, I am now recovering and ending my absence with this quick DIY. πŸ™‚

I have received many compliments whenever I wear this type of makeup. You’ve probably heard about gradient lips, especially if you’re a KPOP/KDrama fan. I’ve long noticed how Korean actresses’ lips look pouty and healthy without much effort. So I researched about it and found a technique that’s easy to do and perfect for my face.

All you need are these:

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1) Your favorite pale/pink lipstick. I use NYX LSS550 Indian Pink. 2) A darker lipstick, preferably red. I use Rimmel Kate Moss 11 Rossetto lipstick. 3) Lip brush to even out the color.

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First thing to do is put your pale lipstick on both lip. Next is to dab a darker lipstick on the the inner area of your upper and lower lip.

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And then, gently purse your lips for a natural blend. On the right you can see how my lips looked after pursing them three times. I could see a bit of unevenness near the corner so I had to use the lip brush.

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Tap the brush on the lips gently until you see a natural-looking gradient. The following photos are the result. πŸ™‚

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Today’s makeup:

Ben Nye colorless powder

EverBilena BB cream

Nichido mascara

ELF cream eyeliner

NYX Indian Pink

Rimmel Kate Moss Rossetto

 

What do you think? Have you tried wearing gradient lips?

DIY Leather Cat Ears Headband

One of the most popular costumes during Halloween is the cat costume. There are varieties of cat costumes being sold in stores, but for the thrifty the best thing to do is to make their own. I will not be sharing how to make the head-to-toe attire, but I’ll be showing how to make your own subtle cat ears headband. It’s pretty easy, and it took me around 30 minutes to make this.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

leather/leatherette fabric

sewing machine, if available

scissors

thread

pins

tape measure

studs, if desired

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The first step is to measure your head’s circumference by simply wrapping the tape measure around your head. Mine is 28 inches, and I added an inch on both ends for the buttons (28 in + 2 in = 30 in). Lay the cloth flat and measure 30 in (length) and 4 in (width). Then cut, like so.

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Next, flip the fabric so that the left/inner side is facing you, fold in two, then stitch the edges together. If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can always sew by hand. Your fabric will look slightly cylindrical afterwards, so to flatten it, turn it over and stitch the opposite edge, like the photo above.

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When your headband’s all flat, find the middle. Depends on how narrow or wide your cat ears would want to look, find point A by measuring 2 to 3 inches from the middle section. Subsequently, find point B and C by measuring 5 to 6 inches from A. By this time you should have a perfect triangle. The next thing to do is to place C’s tail below B’s, then pull gently to create a knot.

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Your knot should like a triangle knot (#5), if not try readjusting it. After that, proceed to making the opposite ear by doing the same steps earlier. After doing so, you’ll see that your headband is starting to look like a kitten’s ears.

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If you want to include some accessories, that’s okay. Actually I’d recommend it so your headband will look more interesting. In my case, I placed gold studs on the ears for some contrast. Lastly, fasten your headband with a snap button by handsewing it at the end.

1392036_10202091118508521_1323802300_nAaaand that’s how it’s done. Here’s how it should look like when worn. One good thing about this is you can also wear it in school or any ordinary day. I teased about the tutorial weeks ago on Instagram. My IG followers always get the first dibs so follow if you like! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! πŸ˜€

Matrix

I promised last week that I will be showing you how my DIY faux leather crop top looks when worn, so here are some pictures.

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This whole look reminded me of the movie The Matrix, what with the leather and the shades I’m sporting. I had to tuck the top in though because the skater skirt is too high-waisted, but I think it worked well.

IMG_3091The back is my favorite part of the design because it’s sexy without being overboard. I intentionally made the front part look modest to offer balance, and to provide a bit of mystery *wink*.

Is it obvious that I’m having too much fun creating my own clothes? I don’t think I’d be stopping soon, so you’ll definitely see lots of DIYs in the coming months.

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I know I’ve shown you how I make my skater skirts, but I have a soft spot for polka dots; I had to buy this skirt immediately when I saw it online. It’s very affordable too and very well-made. It makes me glad knowing that there are still online shops that offer great stuff at a very affordable price.

Take for example these pair of high-heeled shoes I bought last year from Zalora. Normally shoes don’t last me a year but these babies are still good as new, which is amazing because I’ve used them countless times already. Woot! I was actually quite hesitant to purchase from them at first because I’ve had horrible experiences with several OL shops in the past; however, Zalora proved to be different. I remember receiving my order the next day in a carefully wrapped box and having no trouble with my credit card payment.

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Christmas is just around the corner and I usually make a mental list of trustworthy stores where I can shop for presents. Christmas… How time flies! Last year I was spending every waking moment with my significant other and now we’re spending the holidays apart again. I feel more secured now with our relationship though, we’ve been through tough times and those only made our relationship stronger than ever.

A lot of people do not believe in long-distance relationships. It’s difficult, I agree–but with the right mindset coupled with commitment and communication, it won’t be as hard.

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Faux leather racerback top made by me| Skater skirt from Charm’s Corner| Scarlet heels from Zalora

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DIY Faux Leather Racerback Crop Top

I was bored with my life again last night that I decided to make something for myself. It’s been more than a month since I last sewed something and I missed doing it. Been catching up on Project Runway episodes, too, and I got really inspired by the contestants’ designs.

I wanted to do something simple, not too ambitious, so I chose something from my Fashionary sketching notebookβ€”a racerback crop top. I bought this faux leather at the Fabric Warehouse for 250php a yard. I bought 2 yards because I’m planning on doing lots of stuff with it. This is only the first.

Anyway, here are the things you’re going to need:

fabric (1/2 to 1 yard)

pattern paper

scissors

black thread

measuring tape

needle (if you plan on hand sewing)

sewing machine (if available)

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Next is to make a pattern that looks like this. The left photo is the left side of the front top. The length of the top depends on how long you want it. I wanted a 16-inch top and added 1 inch for the hem. My bust size is 32 so I estimated I needed 10 inches, 0.5 inch seam included. This measurement was actually quite big and I had to remove one inch on each side for it to fit perfectly. I measured 3 inches for the shoulder with 0.5 inch seam included on both sides and on top.

Please note that this is a pattern I made based on my measurements, you will have to add or deduct some inches to fit your body.

After making your pattern, fold your fabric lengthwise with the fold facing you, as shown, and cut.

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This is how they should look like after cutting.

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Next is to sew the shoulder. Flip the fabric, with right sides facing each other. You can also hand sew this if you don’t have a sewing machine.

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Then sew the waist.

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Afterwards, I would recommend fitting your top to check if the breast part is not too loose. In my case it was, so I had to make a seam to make it fit. To do this, measure 4 inches from the armpits and 7 inches from the highest point of the shoulder. Mark the point where they meet…

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And from that point, draw a small right triangle, then pin it. And sew that area, as shown below:

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Next, hemming. It is optional, but if you want a more polished output, then by all means hem away. πŸ™‚

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This is how your crop top should look after. Trimmed the back a bit to make the cross look more pronounced. And yes, I will definitely wear this on my next OOTD post.

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What do you think of the outcome? If you have any questions, feel free to comment below! πŸ™‚

DISCLAIMER: I don’t know if this is how professional dressmakers make things. Please note that this is MY process and therefore I cannot assure you that it works hundred percent of the timeβ€”so please follow at your own discretion. πŸ˜‰

Afterparty

Say hello to the 25-year-old me! Many people today don’t like revealing their age after turning 21 or 24; I, even, used to be one of them. But I’ve come to terms with the fact that humans grow older every year. Why hide something that’s natural?

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So this is me–a year older and definitely a year wiser. I just celebrated my birthday on August 5 and it was, by far, the best birthday I’ve had. When I was a kid, I never had birthday parties. We couldn’t even afford a cake, so I was used to letting the day pass by. But of course, I’d always wish for a better birthday. I finally got it this year and I couldn’t be more grateful. πŸ™‚

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TrinketsMNL necklace, Asianvogue heels

The celebration was a little unplanned, but I’m glad I and my family did it. I was not supposed to go home for my birthday, like the past three years, but my grandma was ill and was looking for me. Who am I to refuse such request? So I traveled to Naga City and stayed there for a week. And I’m glad I did.

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I prepared my special spaghetti carbonara, my sister and my best friend brought 2 cakes, and my mom and Chad (through Skype) bought me presents. I was with family, loved ones, and friends in our soon-to-be-finished home… it was the best birthday ever. Nothing beats celebrating with the people that really matter. We may have differing characters and opinions on things, which at times cause misunderstandings, but they, especially my family, have always been there for me. I’m a difficult, ambitious person, but my family never ran out of support in my endeavors. That’s why they’ve always been my number one priority; everything that I do is for them.

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So what’s next for Daphne? I don’t know yet, but knowing myself, I’m pretty sure I’ll be doing something bold again. Just last month I took sewing classes and this wine red skater skirt I’m wearing is just the first of my many sewing projects. You’ll be seeing more of my ‘creations’ in this blog and in my future OOTDs–that’s for sure.Β  This skirt is pretty easy to make and a perfect project for sewing beginners like me. You can view the tutorial I shared here.

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By the way I finally managed to take my own OOTD using my Canon AE-1 film camera’s timer setting. Needs a little getting used to though. How do you like the outcome? πŸ™‚

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DIY Circle Skirt (Skater Skirt)

I haven’t told you this yet, but it has always been my dream to make clothes. I used to watch my mom make our school uniforms and I remember being so amazed every time. I never got it out of my system. So, a month ago I gave in and decided to take basic sewing classes. I learned how to make patterns and sew a blouse, dress, and skirt.

My first project was actually a sweetheart top but it looked terrible so I switched to a much simpler one–a skater skirt.

Skater skirts, also known as circle skirts, have been quite a hit in the country, although they’ve been around for a long time. Fashion trends, after all, just repeat themselves. They’re called circle skirts because you’ll only need a big circular cloth to make a full skirt. You’ll see an example below.

First, to make the skirt, you’ll need:

a sewing machine

1 1/2 yard of cloth

thread

measuring tape

chalk/colored pencil

pair of scissors

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Next, measure your waist in inches. Divide it by 2(pi) or 6.28 (2 x 3.14) to get the radius. My waistline is 28 in, divided by 6.28 yields 4.45 in.

Fold your cloth in fours so you don’t have to draw a full circle. Then, draw the inner edge (waistline) of your quarter circle on the cloth using your radius measurement.

Quick tip: To draw the waist radius, pin your measuring tape on the corner of the cloth, and move the tape around the cloth with a chalk/pencil at the other end to mark the waist radius.

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Decide on your skirt’s length, then add the radius plus 1/2 inch for the hemline for easier measurement later. I wanted a skirt with a 16 in length, so from the corner of the folded cloth I measured 21 in (16 in + 4.5 + .5).

Next, mark out the skirt length using the measurement.

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Afterwards,Β  measure the waistband. The waistband length (WL) and width (WW) depends on you. Usually the WL is just the waistline + seam allowance on right and left ends, and the WW is 1 or 2 in + 0.5 in seam allowance on top and bottom of the waistband.

In my case, my WL is 32 in [28 in + 2 (2) in] and WW is 2 in [1 in + 0.5 (2)in]. You can do the waistband before or after you’ve cut your circle skirt, whichever is more convenient for you. To save time and fabric though I decided to mark out the waistband while the fabric is still folded.

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And finally, CUTTING! Cut the fabric carefully by following the markings. Here’s what a quarter circle looks like:

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And here’s how it looks when unfolded–perfect circle!

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For beginners like me, this is where the tedious work begins. Pin the waistband to the top of the skirt (waist/inner circle) with right sides facing each other, then sew with a 0.5 in seam allowance as shown below. Do not forget to hem the top part of the waistband also. You may insert an elastic before doing so.

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Finally, finish your skirt by hemming the bottom of your skirt. I used a very stretchy material for this project so I didn’t have to use a zipper. If you want to know how to sew a zipper, go here for a more detailed tutorial.

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This is the final product! Looks great for a beginner, no?

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Will wear this skirt for my OOTD post so watch out for it! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Comment away if you have any questions! πŸ˜€

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