DIY Twistbands – How To

Ever heard of twistbands? They’re hair ties made of soft, foldover elastic that don’t crease, pull, or damage hair.

As a sufferer of the “pony-tail crease” I was eager to try twistbands (which magically arrived in my Birchbox). While I thought these hair ties were great, they cost a lot! A pack of three can run up to $10 from beauty stores. I decided to make these at home, for much, much cheaper.

A quick How To:

Supplies: 

  • Foldover elastic (I purchased mine from here, since my local craft stores didn’t carry any foldover elastic)
  • Scissors [The sharper, the better]
  • Ruler [optional]

Directions:

  1. Cut the elastic to your desired length. I chose 8 inches for my hair ties.
  2. Fold the elastic, with the “shiny” side facing out, and tie a knot.
  3. Tighten the knot by pulling and tugging on the elastic from the inside of the twistband, not the ends. 
  4. Wear your new twistband hair ties!
How do you like these twistband hair ties? I like the so much, I made a jar full of them!

DIY Twistbands in mason jar

Sephora Skincare iQ Event.

During the weekend of September 28th-30th, Sephora held a Skincare iQ event at select locations where you could go in and get a free skin consultation and a bag full of deluxe samples from top brands.

This is exactly what their website says:

  • Get a one-on-one Skincare iQ consultation with our in-store  experts.
  • Receive a FREE limited-edition makeup bag filled with deluxe skincare samples.
  • Enjoy a complimentary mask or peel.
  • Finish with an express makeup application.

Here is exactly what the bag I received looks like. This bag featured samples from Sheseido, Dr. Jart+, Kate Somerville, Philosophy, Murad, Sephora, and Algenist.

Credit: Sephora.com

Sounds like a GREAT event right? Well, I actually had some trouble trying to attend the event, due to a mixup between stores and corporate. A few hiccups and an apology later on Sephora’s part, I was finally able to get my hands on one of these bags.

After having trouble with one of my local stores, I headed to another location and did a walk-on skin consultation. One of the experts takes you to their Skincare iQ computer where s/he will match you up with products based on your skin concerns. The expert then proceeds to apply the products on your skin.

I was a little skeptical about this, but the recommended products actually worked pretty well. If you get the opportunity to try Skincare iQ in your area (by this I mean check out their computer system to match skincare products to your concerns), I highly recommend following up on it! You definitely might find some products you didn’t even know existed that work wonders on your skin.

My local Sephora stores have the computers set up, so I’m sure I’ll be playing around with those when I get the chance, next time I go!

Have you been to any make-up or skincare events like Skincare iQ?

October Julep Maven Box

Have you heard of the Julep Maven box? It’s a monthly nail polish subscription to the top quality nail laquer brand Julep, with nail polishes at a far cheaper price than retail. Each nail polish normally retails at $14 on their website, Julep.com, and at Sephora.

Once a month, you can choose from 5 themed boxes, where each box promises at least $40 worth of products, for a price of $19.99.

What I love about Julep Maven:

  1. You can choose to skip a month if you would like, with no penalty (as long as your skip during the specified period)
  2. You can view ALL the polishes in ALL 5 themed boxes before selecting. This way, you can select whichever box suits your taste for that month.
  3. You can choose to send your Maven box to a friend.
  4. It’s ALL NAIL POLISH, and maybe a couple of beauty products, but it’s completely focused on nail polish.

This month, I chose the “Maven’s Choice” box which features the beautiful polishes: Lisa [warm gray], Eloise [blue], and Keira [oxblood]. These colors are totally on trend for fall! As an extra, Julep sent all their subscribers two little pots of glitter, black and orange, to be used for nail art. They also sent over some candy corn (which I love!).

Since this was my first REAL month with Julep Maven, I was offered an add-on for no additional cost. I chose the Julep Quick Dry Polish Drops. There’s something very agonizing about waiting for nail polish to dry–the longer it takes to dry, the more chances there are to smudge!

All in all, I’m quite excited for my box this month. I’m looking forward to using the Keira polish, since that shade of red seems to be my favorite color this season.