Thursday, 28 March 2013

DIY Grid Shirt - Western Canada Fashion Week

Hey Lovelees!

The last week has been so exciting, as I showed some of my DIY pieces during Western Canada Fashion Week! I participated in the Stylist Competition, but I also helped a student group from the University of Alberta called ECO-Style. ECO-Style's show consisted of DIY'ed clothes created by the whole group. I decided to have a tutorial for one of the pieces I did for the show: the grid shirt. Click here to see it on the runway!

It's mod but in a delicate way, and it's super easy!


- white/cream blouse or shirt
- black fine permanent fabric marker
- ruler

- black beads
- needle and thread


1. Lay your blouse out on a flat surface. Put some scrap paper inside, so that the marker doesn't bleed onto the other side of the shirt.

2. Lay your ruler on the shirt, and use the marker to draw horizontal lines across the shirt. I left about 3 inches between each line. Drawing the lines may be tricky, but just take your time, and carefully make short strokes along the ruler.

3. Draw vertical lines across the horizontal ones, with 3 inches between each line again. Don't worry about making perfect 90 degree angles, it looks better if it's imperfect!

Optional step: Once the marker has dried, sew a bead onto each intersection of the grid.

And now you have a classic white shirt with a mod twist. This patterned shirt seriously goes with everything!

@RachelleMLee @makeyoulovelee
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*updated by Connie Apr 8 2013*
look what I found at Zara in Hong Kong after I saw the post from Rachelle!!

Friday, 22 March 2013

Orange and Pink Spring Look

Hello Lovelees!!

This look would be great for summer/ spring coupled with bold coloured outfits.  Not busy. Just bold and sharp block colours.

Products used:

Skin79 Super + Hot Pink BB cream
Amazing Cosmetics Concealer (Given by a friend - but I know you can buy from Sephora!)- Medium Beige
Tarte Smooth Operator Translucent Powder
Arezia  Eyeshadow and Blush palette (Given by my same friend -it's a Japanese brand she found to try) - Peach blush
Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer -Heat Wave

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil - Milk
Arezia Palette  - Fiery Tangerine orange, Medium Blue-based pink (ie pink leaning very subtly to purple),
Lorac Pro Palette - Taupe, White, Espresso
Sephora Aspen Summit No.23 Eyeshadow (shimmery white)
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Pencil - Yeyo
Wet n Wild Liquid Eyeliner -Black-Brown
Maybelline Full n Soft Waterproof mascara - Black


Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick -Airy Fairy
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick -Twinkled Pink

Check out the Vid tutorial:

As a brief review the Arezia palette is a very fun and colourful palette with amazing presentation and variety.  However I think the colour payoff is not the strongest but the powder is fine enough to not leave chalky chunks on a single swipe swatch.  Be mindful to make sure you prime your lids well- the orange eyeshadow did stain my lids mildly and temporarily after I first removed my eyeshadow after wearing it for 5hrs.

Wet n Wild Liquid Eyeliner in Black Brown was a new purchase for me and the performance being budge-proof will not hold very well against oily lids. So prime and oil control well.  I found laying down a combo of Tarte Smooth Operator plus some eyeshadow powder before applying the eyeliner worked well.  Wearing the eyeliner by itself will not, as opposed to how Loreal Lineur Intense (my favourite liquid eyeliner) can hold its own.  The applicator comes to a stiff pointed tip so control is quite easy.  In conclusion, long as you put in the correct oil control preparation on your lids - this liquid eyeliner is a pretty good bang for buck!

Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer in Heat Wave - it costed about $CAD10 in Walmart and I think it's awesome quality.  Baked powder products has a characteristic dome shape and they're always so cute!  Baked products also mean that it can be used dry, or wet for a more intense colour. It has the mildest gold shimmer without looking glittery and it's also not too orange.

Try it- it might be a bit out there but it's actually pretty wearable and striking, fun look to do!

;) Connie  Follow Twitter @makeyoulovelee ; Facebook: makeyoulovelee

Thursday, 14 March 2013

DIY Wood Grain Print

Why hello there Lovelees!

Printed pants are all the rage right now, from sweet polka dots to insane snake skin. I thought of a print of my own to put on a pair of jeans: wood grain! It's an interesting pattern that isn't too overwhelming, especially with the color combo I used. So go ahead and try out this unique and easy-peasy print!


- a pair of jeans/pants
- fabric paint
- wood grain stamp (I got mine from Michaels)

- paint brush


1. Lay out your jeans on a large, flat surface.

2. Squeeze dollop of paint on a paper plate or scrap paper. Brush the paint onto the stamp to create a smooth and consistent layer.

3. Place the stamp on the pants and press firmly.

4. Continue stamping until the whole front side of the jeans is covered.

5. Let it dry completely, then flip the pants over and continue stamping the other side.

6. Leave it to dry overnight. Be patient!

And now you have a pair of the coolest printed pants! I think it would also be so styling to paint white wood grain onto black jeans. AND you can also use the stamp on pretty much any article of clothing. The possibilities are endless...

Love you my lovelees!

Rachelle @RachelleMLee @MakeYouLovelee

Friday, 8 March 2013

Parabens in cosmetics:the debate

Hello Lovelees!

A “paraben-free” product trend has been noticed particularly in the last few years, and therefore increasingly more mainstream cosmetics companies are producing at least some products in their line to be “paraben-free”.

So what are parabens? I did a bit of research for myself and tried the best I could to simplify and share what I managed to absorb...

Parabens are a family of chemical preservatives found in a majority of cosmetic and personal care products.  They increase shelf life by inhibiting the growth of bacterial and fungal contaminants.  Most often on ingredient labels they are listed with the suffix "–paraben" eg methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, isobutylparaben etc. Even at very low levels (usually between 0.01% to 0.3% in skincare) they are extremely proficient at combating bacteria and microbes.  Bacteria love water and the fats in your cosmetics, plus the warm moist environment of your bathroom where your products are often stored.  They are introduced everytime you stick your finger in a jar or make any contact with the product, and without preservatives, your product will go off by changing to become rancid, smelly and/ or separate.

So we definitely need some sort of preservative in our cosmetics – what’s the problem with parabens?  They happen to be cheap and effective…sounds awesome!

The most notable study in the parabens debate was conducted by Darbre in 2004.  They had found parabens to be present in 18 out of 20 samples of breast cancer biopsy results.  It was criticized however for the small study size and that it was not definitive where the parabens had come from or if they had caused the cancers, but rather simply, that they were present. 

Consider that there are many other compounds in the environment that are able to mimic estrogen activity.  Parabens do have weak estrogen-like properties, being 10 000 to 100 000 times less strong than natural estrogens (the estradiol hormones) , if we are analyzing the role of estrogens in breast cancer development. Parabens are widely present, in personal care products, cosmetics and even foods (can even be naturally occurring in blueberries!).  There have been other studies that have found some form of parabens in 99% of US adults’ urine samples. This confirms that parabens come from many sources and may not causally link to particular health problems.  The concern was that paraben residues were discovered at concentrations up to 1 million times higher than the estrogen levels that would naturally be found in human breast tissue, from a study that collected 40 mastectomies of women with primary breast cancer.  This more than compensates for the comparative weakness of the parabens compared to estradiol. 

On this it is important to note however, that estrogenic activity and mutagenic (cancerous) activity of estrogens are not the same.  Mutagenic activity is rather dependent on free radical chemistry.  That is the why a longstanding health buzz word is “antioxidants” to aid in combat of free radicals in our body.

Cancer organisations such as the American Cancer Society obviously continue to keep an eye on the debate and studies available on the subject .  To date, parabens are still listed under “factors with uncertain, controversial, or unproven effect on breast cancer risk”.

So why not just eliminate the risk of parabens and use their alternative preservatives? 

These alternatives tend to require 6 or 7 times higher level of concentration than parabens to have the same efficacy.  The more preservative content in your creams more potential for skin irritation and often a tradeoff on the overall texture of the creams. Parabens are in fact FDA approved and for some reason fuels a lot more controversy than other “natural ingredients” such as soy or ginseng or even coffee extracts that have also been found to be a possible breast cancer risk.

PERSONAL OPINION: just because something is not proven yet, doesn’t mean it does not exist (in this case, parabens being a cancer risk). However, because there have been some red flags raised it does not hurt to be careful where possible :p  
Pathetically in my case, it simply translates to me feeling better when I buy a product that I like due to its performance and proven results, and see that it actually happens to be paraben-free too!! 

Everything in moderation I think is the key.

If you are somewhere in the middle of the bellcurve then the odds are not necessarily against you.  There are so many “health dangers” out there in the modern environment and lifestyle it is hard to police everything you do or use. 

Having said that I think if you have a strong family history of breast cancer, where possible it doesn’t hurt to take a more conservative approach with your personal care products, and try opt for preservative free alternatives.  The most under attack in the paraben debate is anti-perspirants or deodorants that are applied directly to the underarm.  Due to the ester-bearing form of the parabens found in the tumours , it has been suspected that the parabens that they came from something applied to the skin and helped to explain why up to 60% of all breast tumours are found in the upper outer quadrant of the breast nearest the underarm. actually also reminds readers that parabens are found in many other tissues in the body,  because of their wide use.  A resourceful link if you want to look up cosmetic products:
by the Environmental Working Group (EWG)'s where they give a hazard score based on the ingredients' links to health issues or allergies.

Conclusion: Stay beautiful, but stay safe ;) 

Please share this if you learnt something so others can do the same!

;) Connie    Follow on Twitter @MakeYouLoveLee ; Facebook: /makeyoulovelee

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