Wednesday, January 30, 2013

*NEW* CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Polish

Recently I've been hearing all about CoverGirl's new nail polish line, Outlast Stay Brilliant, and I've been so excited to try them out. According to various reviews it has excellent colour payoff, it's easy to apply and, best of all, is supposed to "outlast" the dreaded chipping for days and days. So naturally, when I saw those pretty little bottles smiling at me at my local Shoppers Drugmart, I couldn't resist.

The colour that I was immediately drawn to is called Wine Stain. It's a very deep red shade, which actually reminds me a lot of the infamous Lincoln Park After Dark by OPI. 

So... what do I think?

I am very impressed with the application. It was very smooth to apply and not streaky at all (which I hate in a nail polish). I am also very pleased with the colour payoff. The images below are after two thin coats. Although, I noticed it also produced a very pretty sheer deep red with one coat, if that is the look you wish to achieve.

In terms of its staying power... this is yet to be determined. I have not applied any top coat in order to test its true durability and I will update after a few days.

Have you tried CoverGirl's new nail polish line? If so, let me know what YOU think in the comments below.

Lots of love,


*Tweet Tweet* Follow me on Twitter... the little birdie told you to

Hello ladies!

I have recently resurrected my Twitter account after having deactivated it a few months ago. I'd love it if you gave me a follow! My username is @RufflesTruffles. Leave a comment below letting me know you followed and I'd love to follow you back.

Lots of love,


Monday, January 28, 2013

100 days of Pinterest day #2: Removing wax from old candle holders

Hi ladies,

Today's 100 Days of Pinterest post is crazy simple but will be a tip you will use time and time again, I promise. If you're anything like me you have candles around your house that have been burned as far as they can and are sitting in the bottom of their perfectly useable glass container. With this tip you can easily remove the remaining wax from the bottom of the glass and recycle it to hold anything from cotton balls, q-tips, jewelry...anything!

 My finished product:


 My original Pinspiration:

You know all those pretty candle jars that you don't want to throw out? This is how to clean them so that you can reuse them for anything you want :)
 Original source HERE

How it's done

In order to remove the wax, simply stick the candle in the freezer for 1 to 2 hours. When the wax freezes it hardens and shrinks a little bit, causing a gap between the wax and the glass. When it's frozen simply press a kitchen knife into the wax and it will magically crack and break away from the glass. Any remaining residue can be wiped away with damp paper towel, or some olive oil. Also, if you have any difficult removing those annoying sticky labels, try a little nail polish remover.

Leave a comment below and let me know if you'll be using this tip for your used up candles! Also let me know if you have any "Pinspiration" you would like me to recreate.

Lots of love,
xoxox Jess

Sunday, January 27, 2013

100 days of Pinterest day #1: Hand-painted wine glasses

Hello lovies,

Today is officially the kick-off of 100 Days of Pinterest and to be honest, I'm already questioning whether I've already bit off more than I can chew! Crafting is a LOT of work, fun albeit, but time consuming (although I'm sure we couldn't even count the hours we've spend mindlessly "pinning" away). 

Moving on, I'm excited to share my Pin of the day: Pained glass wear. Below is a picture of my "Pinspiration". I believe it's a pretty popular pin, so I'm sure many of you are familiar with it. I thought these were so cute, so I thought I'd give it a go, adding a little bit of a twist and a little Valentine's flare.

Copying Anthro! So glad there is a DIY now!-I also read this from another pinner doing this to tumblers:Use acrylic paint & the back end of a paint brush for the dots. Then put into a cold oven & preheat to 350 - let sit for 30 minutes. Turn off oven & let cool with the glasses still inside. Voila! Hand-painted works of art you can drink from. 
Original source HERE

My version:

How I did it:

1) Start off by choosing your paint and colours. I went with different shades of red/pink for Valentine's day by simply starting with red and adding increasing amounts of white, or black to go deeper. I used acrylic paint (I got mine from the dollar store for only $1!).

 2) Practice makes perfect! Before you start going balls to the wall with your glasses, take a few minutes to practice your pattern or drawing. I wanted to go with simple dots made with a small wooden dowel, so I practiced a few times on a clean paper plate.

 3) Start painting away! Let your creativity flow and have some fun with it. If you make a mistake, it's helpful to have a damp paper towel to quickly wipe off anything. The one suggestion I would make is that if your design has multiple layers, I would suggest letting your first coat dry before painting over it.

 4) Heat it up, baby! After your happy with your design and the paint is 100 per cent dry, place your glasses on a foil-lined sheet. Place the glasses into a COLD oven and while they are inside turn the oven onto 350 Degrees. Set your timer for 20 minutes then shut off the oven, keeping the glasses inside for another 10-15 minutes while the oven cools down. After your glasses have cooled completely, give them a gentle hand wash.
5) Pour yourself a glass of vino (or two) and admire what an artist you are! These glasses are dead simple to make and would also make a lovely and personal gift.

Let me know what you think of my creation in the comments. What kind of design would you like to create?

Also, if you have any requests for my 100 days of Pinterest series, I'd love to hear it!


Thursday, January 24, 2013

100 days of Pinterest: An experiment


If you are anything like me you're obsessed with Pinterest. I could literally spend two hours straight pinning pictures of adorable cupcakes I'll never make, hair styles I'll never try and crafts I'll never create.

Well my friends, this is the day I declare the days of pinning and hoping are gone and the days of pinning and DOING have arrived. That's right, instead of collecting a bunch of pictures that are pretty to look at, I'm actually going to give some of Pinterest's most popular pins a go. From recipes, to crafty creations, DIYs and tips, the possibilities are endless. Now, whether or not my attempts will be a success... well  that's another story.

Tomorrow will be the first day of my series "100 days of Pinterest". I hope you'll swing by and see what my very first attempt will be. Martha Stewart, step aside...

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