DIY Tassel Banner Tutorial

For the past few years, these DIY tissue paper tassle garlands have been floating around on Pinterest and I’ve been hooked on them ever since! They are so festive and easy to make. I make them for bridal + baby showers, birthday parties, and to string along my mantle for various occasions. I’ve had so many people ask me how to make them, and I thought it was about time that I showed you, so Amanda and I broke out the hot glue gun last week and got to work! Keep reading for a step-by-guide on how to make these adorable tassle banners!

 

Materials:

*hot glue gun

*twine

*scissors

*tissue paper (I usually use 3-4 colors; 1 piece of tissue paper will make 4 tassles)

 

DIY Banner

 

Now that you’ve got your supplies ready, it’s time to get this party started!

Step 1: Fold once length-wise.
DIY Banner

Step 2: Fold once width-wise.DIY Banner

DIY Banner

DIY Banner

DIY Banner

(you can fold again width-wise; I didn’t and my tassle so ends up a bit wider…either way works!)

Step 3: Start cutting 1 inch strips into the tissue paper– don’t stress about cutting them perfectly even or straight! Leave about 2 inches at the top uncut. DIY Banner

DIY Banner

Step 4: Unfold and cut in half. You will then cut each half in half again, leaving you with 4 pieces.DIY Banner

Step 5: Once you have everything unfolded, take one section at a time and twist the center, making sure the tassels don’t get twisted. Roll the entire section first before twisting it.

DIY Banner

DIY Banner

After you’ve rolled + twisted each section, put a drop or two of hot glue between the two pieces, leaving space for the twine to fit through. DIY Banner

I like to follow a pattern of colors and repeat until I get my banner the length I want it, which is usually 5-6 feet long.

DIY Banner

These colors are sooo Easter-y! After I made this one, I made another one the next day for my cousin’s bridal shower. I think they’re so fun and an expensive, DIY touch that adds a pop of color!

DIY Banner

Get That Brew Right | At-home Coffee Tips

Coffee + adulthood just go together, don’t they?! It’s a must if you want to keep up with your neverending list of responsibilities. I didn’t start drinking coffee until I started my first job after college. Some days, I had to be at work at 4am, so that nasty office coffee kept me awake for those long 9 hr days.  Hard to believe that was almost 8 years ago! When I drink coffee now, unless I’m desperate, it has to be GOOD!
 I caught an episode of The Kitchen on Food Network with a segment all about coffee a few weeks ago and had to try out their recommendations.

So I headed to the store and loaded up on all the necessities required for some fancy coffee brewin’ and talked the hubby into playing photographer for the afternoon while O napped.

We just recently started grinding our own coffee beans at home and it really makes a difference! The smell of the coffee beans is amazing! I love opening the container up every morning.

Coffee Brew

 

Easy Flavored Coffee: Drop a cinnamon stick – whole or broken in half – into your coffee filter with the ground coffee, then brew as usual. I was short on cinnamon sticks the first time I tried this out, so  I used ground cinnamon in place of the cinnamon sticks. I have to say, the sticks added more flavor, but the ground cinnamon worked just fine if you’re looking for something simple to spice it up a little.

Coffee Brew

 

Simple Caramel Cafe au Lait: Place a square of your favorite caramel-filled chocolate bar in the bottom of a coffee mug. Pour the hot coffee directly over the chocolate, then add warm milk or cream and stir until the chocolate dissolves. You could take this in so many directions! White Chocolate with peppermint would be great, Hazelnut and chocolate… ooooh, the possibilities are endless! And now I want chocolate! 😉

Coffee Brew

Vanilla Syrup: Simple syrups are so easy to make and add a kick of flavor to your tea or coffee. For the vanilla syrup, you will need to heat a vanilla bean pod, sugar and water in a saucepan until the mixture comes to a simmer. Let the liquid cool till it thickens into a syrup. You can make the homemade syrup a bit sweeter and store in a mason jar, adding the syrup to your iced or hot drinks whenever you want!

Coffee Brew

Maple Whipped Cream: Now, this is a personal concoction I came up with during the holidays! I used maple syrup in place of white sugar to sweeten my coffee and would kick it up with heavy whipping cream as a special treat. Blend together heavy whipping cream, maple syrup and just a bit of white sugar until it forms peeks. I would drop big spoonfuls into my coffee. This really could qualify as a dessert! If you ONLY try one of these coffee recipes today, do yourself a favor and add some maple whipped cream to your next cup-a-joe!


I would love to know if you try any of these tips + which one was your favorite. Sometimes it’s just nice to be able to make a jazzed up coffee at home, without running out to grab one everytime a craving hits! You can find us on Instagram @thewildrevival

 

If you try any of the coffees, make sure to use #TWRBrews and let us know what you thought!  

Highlighting + Contouring Basics | Allison Marie

Highlighting and contouring is the new black. (That’s how that goes, right?) You see and
hear about it everywhere, and I don’t think it’s going out of style any time
soon. Now is the perfect time to learn! In this tutorial, I will cover the basics: must-have products, where & how to apply, as well as my before & after photos… so let’s get started:
 
 “Highlighting” means to accentuate or
brighten up your best features, while the definition of “contouring” is to
darken, minimize, or diminish the less flattering ones. If you have a small
nose, you can highlight it to make it look bigger or by contouring the sides and
tip of the nose, you can make it appear smaller. It’s a play on lighting. You
are creating depth and shadows where there aren’t any (for example, making cheekbones). With this technique, you can change the shape of someone’s face.
 
In my profession, I personally contour and highlight my face
every single day. But for others, it may be saved for
photos or special events. That’s not to say you can’t add a little highlight or
bronzer here and there whenever you want. It just takes more time, that’s all.
 
Now, let’s talk about products. Highlighting and contour
kits come in two forms: cream and powder. I recommend cream for dry skin and
powder for oily skin. Anastasia Beverly Hills has both kinds of contour kits. Plus,
they each come with six different shades: three light + three dark. Also, NYX has an awesome cream stick called the Wonder Stick. One end has a highlighter and the other has a darker
color for contouring, which is less confusing for the beginner.
 
The next thing you will absolutely need to have is a contour
brush. This is a must. I think when you see women with that dark streak across
their cheek, it’s because they didn’t use or have the right brushes to properly
blend it in. I recently purchased the Lorac Pro Contour Palette which came with
their Pro Contour Brush. It’s a great palette and you are getting a pretty good deal
by getting the brush to go with it. It even comes with instructions! Once you have your kit and brush, it’s time to get down to
business…
First, apply your moisturizer and primer, followed by foundation and
setting powder. I always start with contouring first and save the highlighting
for last. Either way is okay. I begin by applying the medium shade to the
hollow of my cheeks from the corner of my nose to the top of my ear. Then, I go
down the sides of my nose, blending as I go. This placement works for almost all
face shapes.
 
Next, I take the light shade and go from the temple, across
the forehead, and down the other side. Blending up into the hairline. For a
longer forehead, blend down towards the browbone.
Lastly, I dust the dark shade along the jawline, under the
chin, and down the center of the neck. Blend upward from the jawline to the
cheekbone for square shape faces. If you are wearing a low cut blouse, you can
add a contour to the base of your neck and chest. And that’s it for contouring! It’s that simple.
 
Before I use the highlight or shimmery shade, I like to
conceal with the banana or yellow powder (shown above). It is my absolute favorite and I always seem to run out of it! But the good thing about the Anastasia Kit is that they sell
individual refills for each color. I use the banana powder under my eye, and I also
mix it with the light pink or fawn shade and dust it between my cheekbone and
jawline contour. I like to make three straight lines in the middle of my
forehead and blend. It is also great for around the nose to cover redness and
between the cupids bow on your lip. It’s even good to apply around you lips to
keep your lipstick from bleeding. 
 
As for the highlight, I apply it under the eye
and brush across the cheekbones. If your skin is oily– you may want to stick
with the matte contour and skip the shimmer to avoid less shine throughout the
day.
 
The key is to blend, blend, blend! The other day, I started to walk out the door and my husband noticed that I hadn’t blended my contour well enough and I had to go back and finish blending! It was so funny! I guess he has learned a few things over the years ; )
 
You can finish up this look with blush, eye makeup, filled-in brows, and lip color. By doing that, you will be able to have a put-together look. Definitely try it out and make it your
own. If you have questions about this tutorial, please e-mail me at allisonmarie87.beauty@gmail.com
or visit me at Ulta in the Meadowbrook Mall. We want your feedback– so let us
know what you think or what you would like to see in future posts.
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**Stay tuned to the blog this week for announcements on a holiday contest which includes a makeup giveaway!

Everyday Makeup Look | Allison Marie

 

Ladies, I know makeup can be intimidating. I get a lot of
women walking into Ulta and they are just so overwhelmed by it all. I believe
it is a combination of the endless aisles of makeup, the perfectly contoured
employees, and all of the different brands to choose from. Their heads are
spinning and they don’t know where to start or what to buy. I was there once.
It has taken me several years, lots of wasted dollars, and trial and error to
figure out what works for me. And I’m still learning. So, I am going to give
you the basics that I tell each one of these clients and what I wish someone
would have told me from the very beginning. ; )
 
Necessary items to have in your makeup bag are: foundation,
concealer, powder, eyeshadow, bronzer, blush, eyeliner, mascara, brow product,
lipstick, and at least 3 brushes (for foundation, powder, and blush)
Step 1: Prep skin with moisturizer. Apply foundation with
brush, sponge, or beauty blender. Try to avoid using fingertips because it will
not go on evenly and you don’t want to transfer any germs from your hands onto
your face. My favorite foundation is Tarte Amazon Clay. Just make sure it has
an SPF in it, because you do get sun exposure all year round, even in the
winter!
 
Step 2: This is where you can add concealer under the eye and/or
to cover any blemishes. I recommend using it overtop of foundation instead of
under. Then, you always set everything with powder. I prefer loose powder. I
love Smashbox Halo to Go Hydrating Perfecting Powder. (Tip: There are different
types of concealer. One for the face doesn’t necessarily work for under the
eye. Also, a green concealer is great for covering up redness.)
 
Step 3: Bronzer is perfect for every day. But it’s different
than contouring. The definition of bronzer is giving the appearance of a
suntan. The proper way to apply bronzer is to make two “c’s” — one on each
side of the face from your forehead to your cheeks and then from your cheeks to
your jawline. You want to give the appearance that the sun is shining down on
you from above almost like a halo effect.
 
Step 4: Blush would have to be the number one makeup mishap
I see on a daily basis. Usually it’s applied too high up on the cheekbones and
in a straight line. The key to applying blush is from the corner of the mouth
to the top of the ear in a slight upward curve. For those with a longer face,
like me, I recommend applying from the corner of the nose in a curve like
motion to the top of the ear. Urban Decay has some of the best blushes. Rapture is a very pretty one that looks great on everybody.
 
Step 5:  You can never
go wrong with a gold eyeshadow. It is my go-to. It goes with every outfit and
looks good on everyone!
 
Step 6: I never leave home without black eyeliner. I love
Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner in Trooper. Felt tips are quick and precise for the
lid. If I have extra time, I will use a gel liner. The trick to perfect winged
liner is to work from the outside in. I like pencils for tight-lining, which
means to go along the upper and lower lashes with eyeliner. If you don’t like to wear
eyeliner or don’t have a steady hand, skip ahead to the next step.
 
Step 7: Black mascara makes your eyes look bigger and
brighter. My favorite mascaras are: Too Faced’s Better Than Sex Mascara and
Urban Decay’s Perversion. And if you really want to splurge, you can get
eyelash extensions or tint your eyelashes.
 
Step 8: Eyebrows are what’s in right now. So, I always fill
them in or apply a brow gel. All of my brow products are by Anastasia BeverlyHills. She is the queen of brows.
 
Step 9: Lastly, don’t forget to put on lipstick or a
lipgloss
.
 
Here a few photos of my everyday, simple, makeup look:
 
 
Everyday Makeup


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I love this palette!
 
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Everyday Makeup


Everyday Makeup


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The completed look!
 
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Everyday Makeup
I hope you liked this makeup look! And don’t forget that makeup should be fun! And you do have to practice. Always feel free to contact me at allisonmarie87.beauty@gmail.com with any questions. You can also visit me at Ulta Beauty in the Meadowbrook Mall. I do makeup applications and lessons!

 

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