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D.I.Y. Costume Ideas: Tim Burton Creations, The Hunger Games, The Walking Dead, Whip It and Lisbeth Salander

With so many Halloween shops popping up, plus craft, vintage, thrift and donation stores around, it is so easy to throw together amazing costumes with little effort. Whether you need a killer couples thing, or for you and your bestie or something awesome for a singles get together -here are some of my favorites (with a few tips & tricks)!

Sally & Jack – The Nightmare Before Christmas

It would probably be easy to just run out an find this pair in a costume store, but in my opinion, those costumes are often cheaply made, too expensive for the crap quality, thin and drafty, plus it is so easy to pull this off yourself – if you are in a crafty mood.

Stop by a local vintage shop, Goodwill or Salvation Army, or raid your family’s giveaway-throwaway stashes.

If you are willing and able, for Sally, stitch together random scraps of clothing OR find a beige/taupe or brown sheath dress and go to work with some fabric markers (cheap and easy  to get at your local craft store).

Then grab some body paints/make-up and have fun making yourself up like Sally, remember Sally is always stitching herself back together – so nothing has to be perfect here.

Last step, grab an auburn wig (or temporary hair color) and a waterproof eyeliner marker pen adding stiching/seams to your arms, legs and face – this way you can avoid smudging throughout the night.

For Jack: Black pants and jacket, stripe them yourself with white fabric paint/markers – add a white tee and ta da! Suit done. For the bow tie, cut a little felt or other fabric into the shape and add a little flex wire weaved into or glued onto the back so that it stays in shape (cheap and available from your local craft store). Add a neck strap of the same fabric and some body/face paint/make-up (again, I recommend the waterproof eyeliner for around the eyes and face), and you’re complete!

The Corpse Bride & Victor

Victor is easy here, hit up a vintage store and find pieces to create your suit, add a bit of white and grey make-up to wash you out and slick your hair to complete the look.

For the Corpse Bride, search local second hand or discount stores for a flowing white gown and get ready to tatter it up! Take some scissors and cut a few slits and rip the gown with your hands.

For added effect take the dress outside to a well ventilated concrete or gravel covered area and using a lighter, carefully burn the dress where you want – it may/will catch on fire – which is okay, just watch the  flames and stomp them out wearing appropriate footwear.

Once that is done, or if you skipped that part, take blue, white and grey body paint/make-up (the same that you will use for yourself) and using a brush, buff a little color at a time on the torn, burned or natural edges of the dress. Dress done!

For the veil, stop by your local fabric store and buy a couple yards of white tulle or mesh fabric (really cheap to get) and make it up the same way you did the dress, then glue to a flowery head band.

 Final steps are all about the make-up (which you may need help with the get your arms and back) and of course grab a wig (or temporary hair color). Easiest thing is to follow a photo of Corpse Bride, but if you needed a little extra instructions there are YouTube tutorials available for her make-up!

Katniss & Peeta

Easiest costumes ever!! For both, green khaki cargo pants, black tees, black jackets, boots and a few extra props for Katniss would be a small backpack, plus her signature bow and arrows.

For Peeta: Mussed up hair, dirt make-up look and a little fake blood with a rip in his pant leg.

For Katniss: Very natural make-up and a little dirt look too, cream products will work best here. Check out my Katniss Signature Braid post here. You can also pick up a Mockingjay pin from Target 🙂

Effie

This is where you really need to hit up your local shops or family/friends closets for those crazy 80’s prom dresses! Add a bit of extra details to the dress/clothing if necessary, large flowers or other appliques (readily available at craft shops).

Then go crazy inventive with your make-up, first whiten your entire face then go bold! For staying power layer powder on top of cream blushes and eye shadows (and also your lipstick!). Avoid placing non-eye products too close to your eyes waterline. You can get also get Paperself lashes at Sephora to really complete the make-up. After all has been applied, powder – powder – powder!

Final step: Add a wig and fun hair piece!

Cinna

Soooo easy! Quality black clothing, a simple bead necklace and dog tag-type piece. Top it off with GOLD eyeliner!

Rick & Lori – The Walking Dead

I kind of hate Lori – so I would go as Rick! If you don’t mind the gender switch then so can you.

Opt for boots and jeans, covered with fake blood and dirt. Same goes for the shirt, plaid for Lori and if you can locate one, a Sheriff shirt for Rick, complete with badge!

Tip: On a flat surface apply some fake blood to the shirt/jeans, then spray with water  – so the blood bleeds off and disperses – as if you were a sweaty dirty mess and just killed off a half dozen walkers 😉 Avoid “hand-print blood” for a more realistic look!

Smudge a bit of fake blood onto your face for Rick and don’t forget his revolver to complete the look!

Add a fake baby bump for Lori and of course extremely natural make-up.

Walkers – The Walking Dead

Bloody up some old clothing or even shred and burn them (like I mentioned above for Corpse Bride). Pieced stringy hair and add some special effects contacts if you want.

Top it off by buffing grey, purple and flesh-toned body/face paint onto any exposed skin. Add some smudged red eyeliner for that creepy look. Remember to hollow your eyes and smudge some blood around the mouth and hands.

Lisbeth Salander – Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Series

Go pale! Black eyeliner over lids and waterlines smudged in that I don’t give a f&^! way. Grungy black hoodie, white or black tank, black leather jacket and black leather pants if you can, otherwise torn black-wash jeans. Black combat style boots are a must!

If you don’t have them yourself, add some fake piercings (nose, lip and brow) and tapered goth earrings. For a cool night: Add black or grey finger-less gloves, slouchy knit beanie and scarf.

Top everything off by getting a black bob wig and cutting it into an asymmetrical short-banged look and a leather backpack, if you need it.

Babe Ruthless – Whip It

Can you roller-skate?!? Then pull out your old skates, add green tights, a green skirt and top or dress, iron on a few killer patches and maybe paint on your alter ego name across the back. Grab some elbow and knee pads, plus a green helmet.

If you can’t find a green helmet, look for a green beanie and tack on star patch. Add some crazy socks and make-up, eye glitter and all!

Tip: If you do plan to skate, you are awesome, but take along some flats too 🙂

There you go, just some last minute ideas that are easy to pull off with a couple hours of craftiness! 

p.s. don’t forget to enter my giveaway by Halloween night!!

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A few of my favorite things: March

I cannot believe it’s already April!! When did that happen?

For monthly favorites, I’m going to try and keep it to things I have not mentioned in other posts… so onto what I have been loving this March!

Also, I did opt to include prices and product sizes in this one, just in case anyone is interested in picking up something to try themselves.

SKIN:

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Lotion ($26 USD 4.6 fl oz

Why I’m loving it:

  • Lightweight
  • Oil-Free
  • Actually feels like a barrier sealing in the moisture
  • Non-greasy
  • My skin seems to have improved using it

LIPS:

Korres Lip Butter ($12 USD .21 oz)

Why I’m loving it:

  • I have only had this a few days, but I haven’t gone a day without putting one on
  • Super conditioning and hydrating
  • Non-drying, leaves lips soft and supple all day
  • Comes in a variety of shades, many with the perfect pop of sheer yet buildable color
  • Smells amaZING!

EYES:

Avon SuperSHOCK Mascara ($9 USD .35 oz)

Why I’m loving it:

  • Extra large brush
  • Separates lashes
  • Gives awesome volume and length
  • Formula allows you to build up lashes without flaking it all over your face

FACE:

Benefit Sun Beam – Golden Bronze Complexion Highlighter ($26 USD .45 fl oz)

Why I’m loving it:

  • While it is sold as a liquid, the consistency is between a gel and liquid – which I love
  • Gives a natural warm golden highlight, great for Spring and Summer [I use Benefit High Beam – a cool toned pink highlighter in Winter/Fall (Autum)]
  • Mix it in your foundation for a gorgeous glow, without sacrificing coverage
  • Mix it into your tinted moisturizer for an even more natural bare skin sun-kissed glow
  • Does not immediately set (dry), meaning you have time to work it onto the areas of your skin

MULTI-PURPOSE:

MAC Fix+ ($20 USD 3.4 fl oz

Why I’m loving it:

  • Hydrating
  • Moisturizing
  • Refreshing
  • Great for spritzing your make-up sponges or brushes, prior to applying liquid and cream products
  • Great pick-me-up spritz during the day (they sell it in travel size, with locking cap)
  • Great for bringing back a natural look to a matte finish

MAC Pro Performance Sponge ($14 USD)

Why I’m loving it:

FRAGRANCE:

Jo Malone Wild Bluebell Cologne  ($110 USD 3.4 fl oz)

Why I’m loving it:

CLOTHING:

Old Navy Cropped Lightweight Cardigan ($15 USD)

Why I’m loving it:

  • A wardrobe necessity for Spring/Summer
  • I picked up three cropped cardigans in black, gray and green on sale!
  • Great for breezy days and for covering up a bit at work
  • Goes with almost everything
  • Cropped length hits at about an “empire waist” for me – which I love
MOVIE:
The Hunger Games (so predictable, I know)

Why I’m loving it:

  • Do you really have to ask?
  • PEETA MELLARK!!
  • Katniss Everdeen
Got some March favorites of your own? I’d love to hear what they are, comment below or shoot me an email!


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Nails on Fire – The Hunger Games, China Glaze Capitol Colours Collection

Check me out! Okay, well not me, but here is my quick take on the Katniss Everdeen ‘pre-games interview style’ nail design.

Pardon the glitter and such left on my hands. Now I only did my thumb, as I thought doing every nail this intense, may be a bit much on a Tuesday – though I may do the remaining nails next week or so prior to seeing the movie! I used 5 different nail polishes, 3 of which were part of the China Glaze Capitol Colours Collection for The Hunger Games.

Products Used:

Base coat: Essie “All in One Base” coat

Base Color: China Glaze Capitol Colours “Stone Cold” (swatch below – it’s a MATTE polish which gave the flames a great background!)

Deep Blue/Black Flames: China Glaze Capitol Colours “Smoke and Ashes” (swatch below)

Orange Flames: Sinful Colors Nail Art in “Sunset”

Gold Flames: Sinful Colors Nail Art in “Flower Girl”

Glitter Accents: China Glaze Capitol Colours “Electrify” (swatch below)

Look what I got in the mail today:

So I ended up buying 8 of the 12 colors available in the China Glaze Capitol Colours collection for The Hunger Games. I purchased all of mine from Sally Beauty Supply, 2 in store and 6 online.  All polished were 5.99 (a bit cheaper than quite a few other stores who have clearly marked up the price – I saw 1 store selling them for 8.99 each!) , plus I had good coupons. It only took 2 days for me to receive the online purchased polishes, as they were shipped within Texas.

See the swatches below, as well as the full collection here:

China Glaze The Hunger Games Capitol Colours Luxe and Lush District 1 

Swatch would not show up well, it is clear with silver-blue-violet flakes of glitter (glitter consistency looks a bit like gold/silver leaf)

China Glaze The Hunger Games Capitol Colours Stone Cold District 2

MATTE polish

China Glaze The Hunger Games Capitol Colours Hook and Line District 4

China Glaze The Hunger Games Capitol Colours Electrify District 5

China Glaze The Hunger Games Capitol Colours Fast Track District 6

China Glaze The Hunger Games Capitol Colours Foie Gras District 10

China Glaze The Hunger Games Capitol Colours Agro District 11

China Glaze The Hunger Games Capitol Colours Smoke and Ashes District 12

10 days to THE HUNGER GAMES!!!


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My Unofficial Nail Polish of The Hunger Games District 12

So of course every product is trying to cash in on The Hunger Games and by now I’m sure most people have seen the China Glaze Capitol Colours Nail Polish Collection for The Hunger Games.  Since I am such a fan (and a beauty nerd), I have of course given in to the temptation of getting my hands on some HG merchandise – including some of the China Glaze colors from the collection.

Luxe and Lush (District 1) | Stone Cold (District 2) | Riveting (District 3) | Hook and Line (District 4)
Electrify (District 5) |  Fast Track (District 6) | Mahogany Magic (District 7) | Dress Me Up (District 8)
Harvest Moon (District 9) | Foie Gras (District 10) | Agro (District 11) | Smoke and Ashes (District 12)

Now the only issue here is that China Glaze is not carried by many stores (due to stores having contracts with other companies), therefore getting your hands on the infamous Capitol Colours collection may pose a few problems.

So, while I was able to get my hands on a couple of the colors I wanted from the collection in store, most of the colors were sold out. I turned to online shopping for the remaining polishes that I wanted. I’ll be able to provide some real life swatches, as well as possible Hunger Games nail art pending my schedule, when I get those in the mail.

In the meantime, I have decided on my unofficial nail polish of Mining District 12 (home to Peeta Mellark and Katniss Everdeen). See Essie’s “Power Clutch” – a charcoal gray with a hint of forest green.

Sorry for my terribly awful painted nails – I’m always in a hurry (and tough on my nails) and these are like a week+ old at this point.

Essie Power Clutch without flash

Essie Power Clutch with flash

The hunter/ forest green in the polish shows up much more in person than in the photos. See the official photo from Essie.com here:


My choice for The Hunger Games District 12 Unofficial Nail Polish is a bit ironic, considering it was part of Essie’s “Brand New Bag” Fall 2011 Collection. It’s name certainly belongs in the capitol or at least District 1, but it’s color is District 12 all the way.

It reminds me of coal dust muddling the colors of the forest and would certainly fit it with the District 12 visual I have in my head -if anyone in District 12 could even have the luxury that is nail polish.

12 days to The Hunger Games!!!