Twinkling Trees: October 2012

Creating Jack O'Lanterns out of Oranges

Posted by: Kimberly Renee on 10/30/2012
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Even though Halloween is literally around the corner, I figured why not share a cute little craft that anyone can do.

These are easy to make and perfect for kids to do.

Everything that you will need is shown here aside from water if you want to rinse them off and a paper towel to dry them off.

First, cut your orange in half or wherever you would like if you want the top (eyes & nose) and bottom (mouth) to be different sizes. 

Next, use your spoon to scoop out all of the orange meat and juice and place in your bowl and be careful because they can tear like one of mine did. A great snack to while doing these :)

Using either a pair of scissors or a knife (very carefully) make a hole in the top for the candle flame to go somewhere so it does not burn the orange. If you are using a no flame light then you can leave this step out. 

Again, using either scissors or a knife (very carefully) make the faces, add a candle or non-flame light and you are ready to go.

A very simple craft that doubles as a healthy snack. Perfect for teachers of smaller children during this time of year and for parents that have kids that like doing crafts or for anyone in general. 

I hope you enjoyed this craft tutorial and if you give it a try, please post photos to my Facebook page as I would love to see them. 

Have a safe and fun filled Halloween.

boscia - Purifying Cleansing Gel

Posted by: Kimberly Renee on 10/24/2012
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I received this sample in my September box from Birchbox and was intrigued in trying it because it is preservative-free, dermatologist tested, non-comedogenic and is supposed to work as a cleanser and a makeup remover. Since it offers so much I thought it might be good for my sensitive/eczema skin.

boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel retails at $26 for 5 fl oz

Being a gel it lathers when you use it which I am not a big fan of because it always makes me think that I am washing my face with dish soap. lol. 
The aftereffects of the cleanser was a drying feeling and itchiness. 
The dryness was easily remedied with some moisturizer but not something that you want in a cleanser since it is stripping away the natural moisture in your skin. 
The itchiness was super irritating but I just had to wait until it went away since nothing would calm it . 

Since it says that it also works as a makeup remover I decided to give it a full face test.
With a full face of makeup it took about a layer off so I had to wash it a second time. When it came to my mascara and eyeliner it completely failed the test. Definitely use your regular makeup remover if you use this cleanser so you do not end up with raccoon eyes like I did.

This cleanser might be good for someone with oily skin and not so sensitive skin, but for someone like me with super dry and sensitive skin it does not work well with. 

Birchbox October 2012

Posted by: Kimberly Renee on 10/22/2012
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After getting Birchbox for close to a year, I am finally happy with everything that I got in the box.
This month I actually received 5 beauty product samples and the lifestyle extra which contained 3 samples. Score. 

Saturday`s are Toddler Time

Posted by: Kimberly Renee on 10/20/2012
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I love spending Saturday`s doing all sorts of things with my son. 

Today's main adventure was story time at our local library and the theme was underpants lol
A funny and interesting theme I thought but the books were super cute.
She read Underpants, Thunderpants!The Underpants ZooCharlie's Superhero Underpants, and Aliens in Underpants Save the World, but she also had Aliens Love Underpants and Dinosaurs Love Underpants out and available to check out of the library. My little guy ended up taking The Underpants Zoo and Dinosaurs Love Underpants  home with us. 

The activity for the day was creating little aliens wearing underpants of the kids choice.

This is my little guy with the alien that he created and it is proudly magneted to the refrigerator.

Vivace Press & Go Nails

Posted by: Kimberly Renee on 10/16/2012
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Yesterday I went to this new store called Big Dollar Store where I found this pre-glued nails by Vivace. You can also find them on Amazon here

Per the name of the store, these nails only costed a dollar for each set and are at least worth that.
Each pack comes with 12 nails that are pre-glued. 
The "glue" is this sticky stuff that is on the inside of the nails that is supposed to hold for at least three days. I wore the pink set (on the right) for maybe twenty-four hours and they were already starting to pop off. The sticky "glue" does not stick to the entire nail so there is no complete hold. 

If you had a party to go to or just felt like wearing nails for a day for whatever reason, then these would be perfect. The brand carries some really girly ones that would be perfect for little girls that like to play dress up and be like mommy. 

Unlike acrylics, which people like myself are allergic to, these do not mess up or destroy your nail bed. You just end up with a bit of sticky stuff stuck to your nails if you pull them off like I did. You're supposed to take them off with warm water but I had no issues. The leftover sticky glue just came off with some warm water and my nail scrub brush. Personally, I want to try scraping the sticky stuff off and try actually gluing them on and see how well they work then. If they work just as well that way then they might be better than buying the glueable ones that are six times the price that you find at Wal-Mart. 

I can`t wait to use these on Halloween :)


Posted by: Kimberly Renee on 10/03/2012
Please meet......................Salem