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Video | DIY Pedicure With At-Home Callus Removal

One of my most-watched YouTube videos so far is an at-home callus removal tutorial that I posted 8 months ago. I sure never expected a foot video to get so many views, but I guess people are more into DIY pedicures than I thought. That, or there are just a bunch of people out there with a foot fetish. My foot care routine has changed quite a bit since I posted that first tutorial though (different tools, different foot cream, different habits), so I figured I’d post an update in the form a brand new DIY pedicure video including at-home callus removal with a glass foot scraper file. Take a look!

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✿ top to bottom: Mont Bleu Glass Foot Scraper File | Large, Medium & Small Glass Nail File | Dual-End Glass Cuticle Pusher ✿

O’Keeffe’s Foot Cream (for post-pedi pampering) + Vaseline (for overnight softening) ✿

how to at-home callus removal tutorial

✿ Thick wool socks (to wear after daytime pedicures) ✿

✿ Bed socks (they’re not dirty, just very worn) ✿

Do you give yourself pedicures? What kind of nail and foot care tools do you use?

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Video | Make-Up + Jewelry Storage

I’m not gonna lie, I probably never would have shot today’s video if it wasn’t for my new GoPro Hero 5 Black. When the memory card for my new GoPro finally arrived I wanted to shoot some footage right away and since we probably won’t go skiing for another couple weeks I figured I might as well record a video for the blog with it. The only problem was that I didn’t have any inspiration. I already had my face on, so I couldn’t do a Get Ready With Me video. And since I’m an impatient little girl with zero restraint I obviously wasn’t going to wait until the next morning to try my camera. So in the end I decided to do a video on how I store my make-up and jewelry. I’ve been seriously downsizing my make-up and jewelry collection lately – freebies for all! – and in doing so I’ve come up with some rather creative storage options. Take a look!

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✿ My new baby: the GoPro Hero 5 Black (thank you to my AWESOME friend!) ✿ 

What do you say, should I shoot more blog videos with my new GoPro? How do you store your make-up and jewelry?

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Video | At-home callus removal

Sometimes beauty actually isn’t all that beautiful. Shaving, flossing, callus removal… often things get ugly before they get pretty. In today’s video I’m showing you how I easily and successfully remove my calluses – a.k.a. the thickened and hardened skin on my feet and toes – at home and keep my tootsies nice and smooth.

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What you need

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Callus grater/scraper + foot file

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Bath crystals (optional, but I’m all for at-home spa experiences, so. . .)
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Vaseline or moisturizing cream

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Thick, warm socks

Are you prone to calluses? Do you give yourself any special foot treatments at home?

P.S.: Last chance today to enter my big international Qlabo giveaway!

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Fashion DIY | Customizing a floppy felt hat

Remember my ginormous beauty, fashion and chocolate haul from last week?

Watch the video on YouTube for the best quality & remember to put the settings at 1080p HD!

Well, believe it or not, I forgot to show you one of my favorite items from the whole haul: my new floppy hat! When I recorded the video I hadn’t unpacked yet, so I was just grabbing everything from my suitcase at random. And I guess that in doing so I totally forgot that I had taken off and put away my hat after getting home. Whoops.

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mommy stealing showing off my hat as it originally was (Instagram @kissandmakeupsbeautyblog)

No biggie though, because in the meantime I’ve actually made some customizations to my hat. As much as I loved the original design I felt like something was missing, so I braided some black faux straw cord and sewed that on.

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What do you think? I’m not exactly what you’d call a DIY wonder, but it turned out pretty good, right?

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Oh, and yes, that’s the new Star Wars tee from the video that I’m wearing. Isn’t it cool? Also, taking photographs with a wide-brimmed hat is difficult. Who knew shadows could be such a bitch?

Are you a hat person? What do you think of my new pimped out hat?

P.S.: Have you entered my big international Qlabo giveaway yet?

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Christmas Star DIY with Stars for Europe (+ let’s talk holidays!)

With Christmas only being a month away now – where did the year go?? – it’s time to start thinking about holiday decorations again. Recently I was challenged by Stars of Europe to recreate one of their poinsettia DIYs and as a seasoned Christmas Star decorator I gladly took them up on that challenge. Last year I attended a Stars for Europe workshop after all, so I was pretty confident in my poinsettia prettifying skills. True, last time I had a professional florist guide me through the whole poinsettia pimping process, but still, with the help of the DIY ideas on the Stars of Europe website literally anyone can decorate a Christmas Star at home. Take a look!

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All I needed for my project was some holiday candy, a nice wide glass vase and some ribbon.

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And a poinsettia of course, which is why the first item on my to-do list was a trip to the local florist to buy a nice healthy Christmas Star. I don’t know what it is, but there is just something about poinsettias that makes me feel all nostalgic. They remind me of Christmas at my grandparents’ house. Of the whole family getting together and spending hours talking and laughing. Of devouring what seemed like a year’s worth of food. Of trying to look patient – but of course failing miserably at it – while waiting to open Christmas presents. Happy times.

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I also picked up a vase – I went for a wide vase because I wanted my poinsettia to have lots of space –, grabbed some ribbon and headed to my next stop…

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… the grocery store. The shelves are currently packed with holiday candy, so I spent what felt like an eternity just ogling everything before eventually deciding to go with frosted peppernuts. I just love how they almost look like vase filler pebbles but then when you take a better look at them you can see that they’re actually candy. Supepperise! Plus they taste really good too of course. Cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar,… Smells like holiday spirit!

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Alright, on to the actual DIY part! First I wrapped two sets of ribbon around the base of my vase and attached them in the back with a bit of glue. Then I placed my poinsettia and its container inside the vase and started filling the space between the container and the edge of the vase with peppernuts. And just in case you are wondering, yes, during this step it is totally acceptable to munch away at some peppernuts. You’re doing manual labor here, you need the energy. And if no one’s buying that excuse you can always blame it on the season. That’s one of the things that I love most about the holiday season: there is food EVERYWHERE! One of my favorite Christmas treats is gingerbread.

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As a final step I decided to let Snowy the winged Christmas Bear join my poinsettia on my Christmas display because his colors just match so well with those of the poinsettia leaves, the peppernuts and the ribbon. And that’s it. All DIYed out!

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Have you started decorating for Christmas yet? Do you put poinsettias in the house over the holidays?

I was provided with a budget for this DIY by Stars for Europe.

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