DIY embellished bling embroidered skirt

What you’ll need:

1) an old skirt. I used an old Express skirt made of polyurethane, I thought the contrast with the embroidered embellishments would pair nicely.

2) fabric glue

3) Iron on embroidered applique

4) Scissors

5) an iron

6) an old shirt you don’t mind ruining

Directions:

Step 1) Cut the iron on embroidered applique into the pattern of your choice and lay it out on your skirt

Step 2) Use the fabric glue and dab lightly on the back of your applique (I just put a little dot on the back, in the center of each large circle). The glue is just for you to position your iron on applique onto your skirt so that it will stay in place when you iron it on

Step 3) Apply your iron on applique with the little dots of glue on the back, I would glue a few circles, place it on my skirt, then continue gluing the rest of the circles. Proceed until you are satisfied with your pattern.

Step 4) Place the old shirt on top of the appliques and iron (hold iron for at least 5 seconds), this step took me the longest. I found I had to go over each applique multiple times to get it to adhere firmly. DO NOT put the iron directly on your skirt if you’te using polyurethane–it is usually pretty heat labile, so you don’t want to ruin all your hard work! If you want to add some bling on your skirt, just use the fabric glue, it holds well.

Links to materials:

Iron on applique | $14.50

Fabric glue | $6.05

Get my look:

Headpiece, I tied an old mink scarf on my head…hahahaha

Chiffon blouse (similar) sorry mine was from Korea 3 yrs ago | $20.50

WHBM trophy jacket | $48.99

EGO Ella OTK boots | $36.99

Nude stockings | $10.33

My amazingly fabulous choker | $8.39

Chanel classic flap bag | $ you don’t want to know

Prada sunnies…these are so old, I don’t even know what year I got them lol

Let me know if any of you all end up making this amazing skirt, and share them with me by commenting below or tagging me on instagram @fashioncomposium! Good luck!

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DIY Skin Care: Facial Serum

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I have embraced a more organic approach to facial skin care and my face has been loving it! Hopefully you will have a similar experience.

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What you’ll need:

glass bottle + dropper

 

Jojoba oil

 Rose Hip Seed oil

 

Palmarosa oil

 

  •  small glass bottle + dropper (the one I use is 60 ml)
  • cold pressed pure jojoba oil (40 ml)
  • cold pressed pure rose hipseed oil (20 ml, species: rosa moschata, rosa rubiginosa, or rosa canina will do)
  • steam distilled palmarosa oil (10 drops, scientific name: cymbopogon martini)

 

Why these ingredients?

Jojoba oil is extracted from the beans of a brush like plant: simmondsia chinensis

Jojoba oil is extracted from the beans of a brush like plant: simmondsia chinensis

 Jojoba oil is well known in the cosmetic industry because it’s packed with beneficial fatty acids and is a carrier oil that also acts as a humectant by delivering and locking in moisture. It’s also been shown to have antibacterial (kills bacteria), antiinflammatory (reduces inflammation), and antioxidant properties (prohibits electron transfer from one substance to an oxidizing agent aka stops free radicals from forming).

Rose hip seed oil is extracted from the seeds of several wild rose species

Rose hip seed oil is extracted from the seeds of several wild rose species

Rose hip seed oil contains important active phytochemicals that exhibit robust antiaging properties via its antioxidant effects. Rose hip seed has also been shown to inhibit lipid peroxidation (oxidative degradation) of human tissue. It also has antimicrobial properties (kills microbes, in this case yeast and bacteria).  Rose hip seed oil also holds moisturizing skin regenerative compounds within its free sugars and high essential fatty acid content. It also contains all-trans retinoic acid which is a form of vitamin A that’s beneficial for our skin.

Palmarosa oil is extracted from lemon grass: Cymbopogon martinii

Palmarosa oil is extracted from lemon grass: Cymbopogon martinii

Palmarosa is utilized as an essential oil because of its pleasant aroma. But, it also has antibacterial properties. The most recent findings show powerful inactivating abilities on staphylococcus aureus, the most commonly found bacteria on human skin.

 

Directions:

1) pour 30 ml of jojoba oil into glass bottle

2) pour 20 ml of rose hip seed oil into glass bottle

3) add 10 drops of palmarosa oil

4) mix well with oil dropper by pushing serum in and out of dropper several times

…and voila!

Be careful not to contaminate the oil dropper! Shelf life is ~3 months.

 

Where do you buy these ingredients?

I buy the majority of my facial serum ingredients from ebay. I’ve had a lot of success with the seller Dr Adorable Inc. They don’t always have all the ingredients I want, so you may have to shop around. Good luck!

2016 update: 

  1. 20 ml jojoba oil
  2. 10 ml burdock root oil
  3. 10 ml marula oil
  4. 10 ml rose hip seed oil
  5. 3 drops tea tree oil
  6. 10 drops palmarosa oil
  7. 5 drops grapefruit essential oil

 

References:

Photos of various oils from Mountain Rose Herbs

1. Antibacterial Activity of Essential Oils from Palmarosa, Evening Primrose, Lavender and Tuberose. M. H. Lodhia, K. R. Bhatt, and V. S. Thaker.

2. Antioxidant and antimicrobial activities of native Rosa sp. from British Columbia, Canada. 2007, Vol. 58, No. 3 , Pages 178-189. (doi:10.1080/ 09637480601121318). Ocksook Yi, Eduardo M. Jovel, Ph.D 1, G. H. Neil Towers 1, Tanya R. Wahbe, and Dongwuk Cho.

3. Exotic fruits as a source of important phytochemicals: Improving the traditional use of Rosa canina fruits in Portugal. Lillian Barros, Ana Maria Carvalho, Isabel C.F.R. Ferreira, Indian J Pharm Sci. 2009 Mar-Apr; 71(2): 134–136.

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