Review: Habitatt Tattoos

I remember growing up eating these Mamee snack noodles, and sometimes they would come with temporary tattoos in them! Sure they were pretty tacky (mostly the furry blue Mamee Monster eating the said snack noodles) but still pretty fun. Also, temporary tattoos are also the perfect alternative to permanent ones!

I stumbled upon Habitatt Supply Co (local Malaysian brand) temporary tattoos during the Markets @ Jaya One market and were quite hooked on their modern designs so I got a few (Bling Bling, Carpe Diem & Feather). At only RM8 for 3 pieces of each design, these are not only fashionable but affordable as well!

Printed with soy-based ink, it is compliant to the highest safety standards. I decided to try these Habitatt tattoos.

DIY wrap bracelet, DIY rings

I wanted a fun ring party so I started with the diamond tattoos from “Bling Bling“.

Cut the desired shape.

Remove the clear protective top sheet. Make sure your skin is clean and dry. Press the Habitatt firmly onto skin with the design facing downwards.

Wet a tissue/cloth and press firmly against the back of the Habitatt. Make sure it is wet thoroughly.

Wait for 10-15 seconds (this is depending on the size) and slowly peel off the paper backing.

After this, rinse the Habitatt with water for best result on the skin.

DIY Double-Pearl Ring

Slip a ring below the diamond Habitatt, and boy, look at that carat!

These lasted 2 days for me, but was still happy with the result it achieved. I can’t wait to try the other designs from Habitatt!

DIY Collaboration: Statement Necklace

A while ago, fellow DIY blogger Shania of LoveMeyeArt got in touch to collaborate on a DIY project. It was a lot of fun seeing what we both would come up with with one simple piece: chain.

We both decided to DIY statement necklaces using chain, and here’s what we both came up with! For me, I decided on using big pearls and tassels to create my statement necklace. Below you will see Shania’s DIY version of a statement necklace!

Read on, and maybe let me know what sort of other DIY collaborations should be done!

Cinnamon Spring DIY Statement Necklace 

What you need:

  • Gold chunky chain
  • Various sized pearls (I used 10mm and 20mm)
  • Flat end headpins
  • Bead caps
  • Tassels
  • Jumprings
  • Pliers (flat-nose and round-nose)

Step #1:

Slide the flat end headpin through 1 bead cap, and then slip it through the pearl. Using your round-nose pliers, make a loop at the other end and secure.  Attach the jumpring to the loop you have just made as pictured above.

Step #2:

Attach the pearl to the chain (with the help of the jumpring)

Step #3:

Repeat with the other pearls, and attach them on alternate chain links,  for example big pearl-small pearl-big pearl (as pictured above)

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Step #4:

Trim the tassels to your liking, I wanted them short!

Step #5:

Attach the jumpring to the tassel

Step #6:

Using the pliers, attach the tassels to the chain in between the small and big pearls.

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Voila! You now have a statement chain pearl and tassel necklace!

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It is a very simple DIY, so I hope you enjoy making it!

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Thanks for reading!

x Cinnamon Spring x

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LoveMeyeArt‘s version of a DIY Statement Necklace:

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Shania’s inspiration was to make this choker chain necklace which is surprisingly easy to make! Here’s what you need:

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Step # 1:

Gather all your supplies!

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Step #2:

Place your choker around your neck, or if you’re using a larger chain, place it around your neck. Determine how much chain you’ll need for your longest (middle) tassel by measuring the distance from the choker (or larger chain) to about 2 inches below your belly button. My middle tassel is 19 inches.

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Step #3:

Separate your chain into individual tassel pieces so that they form a triangular pattern. Each tassel should end about 2 inches before the tassel preceding it. For example, the first (middle tassel) is 19 inches, so the next tassel should be about 17 inches, and the tassel after that  should be about 15 inches, and so forth. In total, you should have a total of 17 tassels; 8 tassels on the left and the right side of the longest tassel.

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 Step #4:

Your pattern should look like the above.

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Step #5:

Place a jump ring at the end of each tassel, and a bead at the start and end of the tassel pattern (see step 2) and in between each tassel. Placing the beads in between the tassels will help to keep the tassels in place. Next, if you’re using a choker, slide the tassels and the beads onto the choker.

If you’re using a larger chain instead of a choker, place the chain around your neck and determine where the middle link is. Attach your tassels to the chain links by first starting with the middle tassel, which should be connected to the middle link of the chain.

Note: If you use a larger chain rather than a choker, the beads are optional.

Final step for those using a large chain: Place a lobster clasp on one end of the large chain, and a jump ring on the other end of the large chain, and you’re finished! Yayy!

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Step #6:

The final step for those using a choker: Place a jump ring (on the choker)  before the first bead and before the last bead to prevent your tassels and beads from sliding around when you’re wearing your choker . Use flat nose pliers to flatten and tighten the jump rings on the choker. If your jump rings aren’t tight enough after they’ve been flattened, you can use glue for reinforcement.

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Voila! Finally, you’re done! wohoo! Your choker should look like the above.

 Thanks for reading!

x Shania x

DIY Embellished Gem Sunglasses

Embellished sunglasses have been taking the fashion world by storm for a while now, and I, for one, love a little quirk or funk on my sunglasses! Perfect for summertime, perfect for those living on the equator. This is my second tutorial on embellished sunglasses, you can read the first one here!

Read on my simple tutorial which you can do in less than 15 minutes. This is my own variation, feel free to try your own!

What you need:

- A pair of sunglasses (I bought my mirror sunglasses from Forever 21)
– Various shaped rhinestones (with settings)
– E6000 glue
– toothpick (optional)

Step #1:

Make sure you are in a well ventilated area as you want to avoid inhaling the E6000 fumes! Dab some glue on the back of the rhinestones.

Step #2:

I started with a teadrop rhinestone and stuck it in the middle of the sunglasses. This is to ensure symmetry.

Step #3:

I then dabbed glue on the backs of 2 oval shaped purple rhinestones, and placed it next to the teardrop rhinestone in the middle.

Step #4:

I then filled the gaps with smaller rhinestones.

Step #5:

Then place the small oval rhinestones along the top rim of the sunglasses.

Step #6:

Then to add some pizzaz, I placed two different coloured rhinestones at each end to frame it nicely. Let the glue set for 24 hours and you’re done!

Voila! Rock your embellished sunglasses out x

DIY Lace Trimmed Skirt (no-sew method)

Lace has always been heavily featured on the runways and on the high street. A week ago whilst browsing shops selling tailoring supplies, we came across a variety of lace which was quite exciting!

I bought some crochet lace as it would be sturdier, and I used a no-sew method to revamp/update my jean mini skirt!

It was very simple and easy to update the jean skirt using this really simple no-sew method. Another great thing is that the lace is easily detachable as well! Read on to know more:

What you need:

- Jean skirt
– 1 metre of crochet lace
– Studs with crimps
– scissors
– flat-nose pliers

Step #1:

Lay the lace along the bottom hemline of the skirt.

Step #2:

Here, I used pyramid studs which have crimpers. Pierce the sharp bits through the lace and skirt.

Step #3:

You will see the sharp crimpers on the other side of the skirt like the above!

Step #4:

Either use your fingers or pliers to press the crimpers down to lock it into place.

Step #5:

Continue studding the lace to the back of the skirt!

Step #6:

You have now studded your whole skirt! Check for symmetry, and if it isn’t (as pictured above), undo the studs and redo the lace. In the event that you do not wish to have the lace any more, all you need to do is remove the studs! Simple.

Voila! The lace has been readjusted :)

The view of the skirt from the back.

Loving my revamped lace trimmed skirt! Perfect for your Summer x

DIY Embellished Sandals With Havaianas

Before I begin, no…this post was not endorsed by Havaianas even though I have been a fan and avid user of Havaianas since 2000 (*hint hint*). In fact, I love wearing Havaianas most of the time that I just don’t buy any other sandals. There are a few factors that makes Havaianas so great to wear. Firstly, it is comfortable as it is made from 100% rubber. It also dries quickly which is especially useful when one lives in a tropical country like Malaysia. Also now that we live in a world full of choices, these Havaianas come in a wide range of colours, designs and styles. One of my favorites to wear at the moment are the Freedom sandals, which is a thong-styled slingback strap sandal which allows for a lot of flexibility and security.

So I started wearing these Freedom Havaianas sandals to church a lot as they were a lot more presentable than wearing my normal Slim Havaianas, which made me look like I was heading to the beach. As embellished sandals are quickly cropping up the ladder of DIYs to do, I decided to do the same to my Freedom Havaianas and be a little more presentable on Sundays.

Read on to see how:

DIY Embellished Sandals with Havaianas

What you need:

  • “Freedom” Havaianas sandals or any thong-styled slingback strapped sandals
  • 6 small oval rhinestones, 4 medium-sized oval rhinestones, 2 medium-sized teardrop rhinestones
  • E6000 glue or any industrial strength glue
  • 2 toothpicks

DIY Embellished Sandals with Havaianas

Use toothpicks to prop the thong-base up as the rhinestones may droop while the glue is setting.

DIY Embellished Sandals with Havaianas

Make sure you are in a well ventilated area. Dab some E6000 glue (or industrial strength glue) to the back setting of the rhinestone.

DIY Embellished Sandals with Havaianas

Stick the small oval rhinestone in a vertical manner. Make sure you do not stick it too low as this would be in the way of your toes!

DIY Embellished Sandals with Havaianas

Continue to stick 2 more small oval rhinestones.

DIY Embellished Sandals with Havaianas

Then attach the medium-sized oval rhinestone vertically. I used a sky blue coloured rhinestone.

DIY Embellished Sandals with Havaianas

Then attach the next medium-sized oval rhinestone vertically. I used cobalt blue as I wanted to create an ombre effect!

DIY Embellished Sandals with Havaianas

Then attach a small oval rhinestone horizontally.

DIY Embellished Sandals with Havaianas

Lastly, attach a medium-sized teardrop rhinestone at the top of the thong-styled strap!

DIY Embellished Sandals with Havaianas

Repeat the same for the other sandal. Now let the glue set for 24 hours, all the while keeping the toothpick in place so that the strap would not droop and result in sliding rhinestones!

DIY Embellished Sandals with Havaianas

Wear your easy DIY embellished sandals out! These definitely uplifted the look of my plain Freedom Havaianas, and it was so cheap to revamp as well. Enjoy! xx

DIY Rose Petal Body Scrub

So it has been a while since my last DIY beauty, but I bumped into my local florist and he was selling leftover petals! So I bought a bagful for RM5 (£1) and decided to whip up a rose petal body scrub. Note: Make sure to ask your florist whether the roses have been sprayed with chemicals – you don’t want to be scrubbing your body with it!

The scent of this body scrub is absolutely lovely and homey, try it!

DIY Rose Petal Body Scrub

What you need:

  • Sugar (brown/coarse sugar/white)
  • Rose petals
  • Rose essential oil
  • Olive oil/Jojoba oil/Almond oil/Grapeseed oil
  • Small (mason) jar
  • Spoon

DIY Rose Petal Body Scrub

Step #1:

Make sure your jar is clean! With a teaspoon, scoop the sugar into the jar.

DIY Rose Petal Body Scrub

Step #2:

Fill it until it’s half full!

DIY Rose Petal Body Scrub

Step #3:

Make sure the petals are lightly rinsed. Start adding the petals into the jar.

DIY Rose Petal Body Scrub

Step #4:

Fill the jar up now with the rose petals! Doesn’t it look so beautiful already?

DIY Rose Petal Body Scrub

Step #5:

Now it’s time for the rose essential oil! Take the syringe out of the bottle. If there’s no liquid in the syringe, dip it back into the bottle and pinch the rubber top. It will slowly suck the liquid in!

DIY Rose Petal Body Scrub

Step #6:

Pinch a few drops of the rose essential oil on top of the petals (to seep). Do not add too much as it would be harsh on the skin. Optional: Add 1-3 teaspoon of olive oil/jojoba oil/almond oil/grapefruit oil if you want to have a runnier consistency.

DIY Rose Petal Body Scrub

Step #7:

Close the lid, and let the petals seep the oil.

DIY Rose Petal Body Scrub

Voila! Your easy DIY rose petal body scrub. When you wish to use the scrub, use a spoon to mix the contents. Enjoy x

DIY Embellished Evening Clutch

A few months ago, my beautiful cousin asked me if I could make some clutches for her to give as presents to her bridesmaids (me included!). I couldn’t turn down the offer because customizing anything is always so much fun for me even if working as a lawyer in the daytime (and sometimes nights) can prove a little difficult. However, I managed to finish my cousin’s request and it was a lot of fun in the making starting from sourcing, designing (5 different designs) and handcrafting.

Here’s my easy tutorial on how to embellish a plain evening clutch:

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What you need:

  • Plain structured clutch
  • Various sized and shaped rhinestones
  • E6000 glue

DIY Embellished Evening Clutch

Make sure you are in a well-ventilated area as the fumes and vapor are harmful when breathed in. Take a rhinestone and dab some glue on the back of the setting of the rhinestone.

DIY Embellished Evening Clutch

Begin at the middle of the clutch, as you want a symmetrical design. Here I started with a round rhinestone. Take your time, the glue won’t budge too much but be careful when applying the other rhinestones (as it may move one another).

DIY Embellished Evening Clutch

Then I used teardrop shaped rhinestones to circle the middle rhinestone.

DIY Embellished Evening Clutch

Then I used a dark blue oval rhinestone to fill the spaces.

DIY Embellished Evening Clutch

Here’s the fun part. Start spreading out! I used oval rhinestones to spread from the “petals” of the “flower”.

DIY Embellished Evening Clutch

Do the same spreading out with different coloured rhinestones. Let your creativity flow and spread out the rhinestones.

DIY Embellished Evening Clutch

Spread out…

DIY Embellished Evening Clutch

…spread it more!

DIY Embellished Evening Clutch

Then I filled in the empty spaces in the middle with small oval rhinestones.

DIY Embellished Evening Clutch

…and you’re done!

DIY Embellished Evening Clutch

Voila! Enjoy your embellished clutch!

DIY Embellished Evening Clutch

There are so many designs you can come up with when embellishing! Always have a pattern in mind, and do not stick before you are satisfied with the pattern. I definitely had a lot of fun making these, and it was so humbling to see the bridesmaids wearing them, and people complimenting on them. Thanks again to my cousin for the opportunity to create something for your beautiful day! xx