TKB Trading Hilite collection swatches: Duping Kat von D Alchemist part 1

tkb trading hilite collection swatches

It all started when the Kat von D Alchemist palette was released in December and the whole discussion that followed of it being small and not that different from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Moonchild palette. In makeup groups on Facebook I read how for $1.50 you can get the starting products to make the exact same highlighter shades by buying micas at TKB Trading. Obviously I made a substantial order and set myself to make my own Kat von D Alchemist dupe highlighters.

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Makeup DIY: pressing loose pigments

pressing pigments makeup diy eyeshadows
While I was re-organizing my makeup a few weeks ago I came across a box full of loose pigments that have been abandoned there for months if not years and the reason is simple laziness on my part. Because pigments are messy, they take more time and effort to apply than regular eyeshadows and I just cannot bring myself to use them. So when I had a sudden instinct to buy more eyeshadows the other day, I remembered of my pigments instead and decided to make myself new eyeshadows by pressing the pigments in pans and adding them to my Z-Palettes. The process is quite simple and with a bit of online research and key props anyone can press their pigments to eyeshadow pans in no time. Let me guide you through it.
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DIY Marble Table Top and Blog Photo Background

When I moved into the new house in February, I was all for that Pinterest look, white and pastel colors are all over my office/makeup room to make it look like my inspirations I had posted here. However, there’s only so much white on white I can handle and I felt that now was time for a change. Inspired by Vivianna Does Makeup’s post on her obsession with marble and an older post on Veracamilla.nl, I decided to spice up my Ikea Expedit by turing it from off-white to marble. 

This little space has been the background for most of my blog photos, since it is straight across from the window and against the wall. I though that the ideal background would be a white one, but instead it just makes for over-exposure if the light is not right in the room and overall I just got bored of it, so it was time for a change. I went to my local DIY shop and picked up a roll of adhesive plastic foil with a marble print that looked reasonably realistic and was incredibly cheap (only 6€ here). The adhesive foil was incredibly easy to stick to the piece of furniture and is also intended to be easily removable, so there is no damage if I decide to change it in the future. All I had to do was measure and cut a stripe from the roll and gradually let it stick to the Expedit piece. Appeltje eitje, as they say here in The Netherlands.
I find that marble makes for a more interesting background for pictures and goes well with my new black marble dish from H&M. Maybe I got obsessed as well, I blame Vivianna Does Makeup. 
What do you think of the change? Do you like to DIY your spaces?
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