Friday, December 7, 2012

Tutorial - DIY Galaxy shorts

Hey there! 
Today I want to show the method to make your own galaxy shorts! :D (Or any other galaxy themed piece of clothing).

By the time I left Denmark, the galaxy themed clothes had become the hottest trend!
Everyone loved this unique print and they would all be gawking every time you showed up in a new piece of galaxy clothing. 
For homecoming, our theme was "Out of This World" which inspired me to make my own galaxy themed dress (see pictures below) - Later on, when I posted my pictures on Facebook, I realized that I should do a tutorial. So here we go! :D

Here's what you'll need:
A toothbrush, superglue (or at least some kind of glue that works on fabric), makeup sponges, fabric paint, rhinestones, and of course - black shorts! 
If you want, you can google galaxies to find something to paint from. I used this photo for my dress~ 

Anyways, let's get started!
Step 1.
You want to find a place where you can spread out the fabric - Preferably some carton, a rug, or just something that won't be ruined by the paint. Because trust me, this will get messy.
Also, you don't necessarily need shorts; I'm just showing you the method. Pick whatever type of clothe you want to paint on. 
My shorts had some kind of print on them already which I just covered with a black sharpie~   

Step 2.
The first thing you want to do is to add some white colour on the area where you want to place your galaxies. The white colour makes the other colours (that we will use later) appear brighter and creates a "glowing" effect. 
Take your sponge, add some white paint, and "dap" parts of the shorts. You can spread out the white colour as you please, you don't have to worry much about it looking "nice".
(My phone was freaking out when I took some of the pictures -That's why some of them appear lighter).

Step 3.
Grab a new sponge and mix some blue and white paint to get that light blue colour. Dap onto the white area that you just created to make it appear more glowing. Make sure not to cover the white completely - You want to leave some of it back. My light blue was a little too light so I did two layers.

Step 4.
Remember, the trick about this is to work on layers :)
Now it's time for the dark blue! Once again you should find a new sponge. Dap the blue paint inside the light blue area to create dept and to get that effect of empty space.
Wait a few minutes for it to dry and add some purple spots - Not too many! Make sure that these spots are inside the blue area. 

Step 5.
Time for the stars!
Fortunately my white paint had a long thin end that made me able to add dots directly onto my shorts. If you're not as lucky, you can use a thin pencil brush or maybe dip a pencil into the paint, whereafter you can dip that onto the shorts. 
Remember that these dots should be randomly placed and try to make them different sized. You can add a few dots on the areas without paint but try to focus on the galaxies.  

Step 6.
This step is optional. Grab your toothbrush (Not one that you plan to use again) and put on some white paint on top of it. Rub the toothbrush against your fingers (as shown in the picture) and you should soon have a bunch of little tiny stars.. as if you just sprayed them on :) 

Step 7.
Finish off with some rhinestones! Find your glue and stick them on quickly! You may want to put a small plastic bag inside the shorts to make sure that you won't glue the fabric together. (That would make the shorts pretty hard to wear). 

How to make a galaxy:
As a little bonus I will now show you the technique of making a spiral galaxy. 
Start by making a couple of elongated circles - using the blue paint. These are kinds of dust rings.. or gas rings and they create a really nice effect. Also, you can be messy with this if you want, don't make them too perfect. 

I lost the pictures for this step but after the dark rings, you should mix some blue and some white to make a lighter blue. "Dap" the light blue on parts of the rings and try to add a little bit of white on top on it.

Add more light blue and white to saturate the colours and build up a purple gradient in the middle. Make sure that the purple is dry and add some white on top of it (just in the middle).
Take your white paint and make several different sized dots around these rings. Focus on the outer rings and don't get them too close to the purple. 

Again you can add some rhinestones as stars. I really like this glittery star effect they add. Wait for it to dry and you're done! :P

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and probably tried it yourself :)
Good luck and have fun!


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Health Tip - Stop the cough!

Just stopping by to give a quick Health tip!

A lot of people are sick these days - Including my friends and I.
I've been coughing for 10 days or so and it won't seem to go away. Luckily I got a tip today that I now will share with you guys.

Honey covers your dry throat and soothes - This substitutes the "natural" slime you would usually have in your throat and helps avoid irritation. Also, honey is rich in infection-fighting antioxidants (Little things inside you that are good for your cells. These can also be found in Vitamin A, C, and E).

So before you go to sleep tonight, you can take 2 teaspoons of honey to soothe your throat and help you get the rest you need :) It's just honey.. giving it a try won't hurt you, right?

Also, if you're at home, you can take up to 3 teaspoons of honey every 2-3 hours - Depending on how much you need.
(Do not give this to children under the age of 1). 

Personally I'm tired of all this coughing so I'm definitely going to try this out tonight!

Good luck and get well soon!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Beauty Tip - Toothpaste

Hey there! 
I've been super busy lately and haven't had much time to blog. I will try my best to blog as often as possible but meanwhile... please be patient.

Now to change the subject! 
Today I'm here with a quick beauty advice about... (bam bam baaaaaam) Pimples! 
They're nasty and we all hate them. Most of us has them, some has more than the average person and some are just blessed with naturally perfect skin (I wish).
Since I'm not one of those lucky people and still in my teen years, I do have them. I have tried to get rid of them in many different ways but without luck. Then, some months ago I heard a tip .. a tip that I will share with you today!

What you have to do is to add toothpaste!

Toothpaste? Yes! Toothpaste! 
Toothpaste on pimples is something that some people would call an "old-fashioned" trick but for some people it actually works, including me, so why not try it out?

I gathered a few tips here on how to use this toothpaste method to get the best results:

  • Do it in the evenings: (I do it before bed) It needs time to work and trust me, you do not want to go outside with toothpaste spots on your face.
  • Remove your makeup before you start: You don't want to mix the toothpaste with all of your mascara, lipgloss, and foundation. Besides, it's healthier for your skin if you rinse it off.
  • Rinse your face in warm water: The warm water opens the pores and makes it easier to remove dirt and oil from your face.
  • This is a spot treatment: This means that you should only apply the toothpaste on the actual pimples. Do not add the toothpaste as a mask. 
  • Sensitive skin? My advice is to find other treatments than this.Many toothpastes nowadays are filled with a lot of different ingredients and if your skin is sensitive already it will freak out if you start doing this.
  • Not guaranteed to work: As every other beauty tip it is not guaranteed to work 100%. It did work out for more people than me and that is why I am sharing this tip. Trying it won't hurt you.
  • Olive/Darker skin: If you have olive or darker skin you may want to be careful with this. Darker skin contains more melanin which tends to make your skin more "reactive" to irritating ingredients. 
  • Dark spots/ Dry skin: This goes especially for darker skin types. If you apply this to your normal skin (not pimples) or your skin starts reacting you might end up with darker or red spots - In some cases it may take a while for these to disappear again. Therefore, if your skin starts acting different than usual you should take a break from this. 
So why does toothpaste work?
The toothpaste dries out your pimples and makes them go away quickly (almost from one day to another), however, if you add this to your normal skin it may cause it to dry out - In this case I would recommend a good moisture cream that you can use during day time.

If you have tried this trick out or have any experience with it you are more than welcome to leave a comment and share your thoughts about it.

Good luck and have fun!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Nail tutorial - Stars & Stripes

Hello there :D 
Today's post will be about...  nails!
I'm starting out slowly with a few posts here and then but I hope you will come back later :)

These nails might look hard to do but your eyes are fooling you! All you got to do is follow my 
6-steps-guide and you will have these nails in no time! 

Let's get started! 
Step 1.
Wash yours hands and clean your nails from any leftovers there might have been. File your nails of necessary. (The reason mine looks a little bit weird here is because the skin under my nails was still wet).

Step 2.
Since most red nail polishes (and especially mine) will discolor your nails I strongly suggest that you add a layer of base coat first. This will protect the nails and also make the nail surface smoother so it will be easier to apply the other layers.  

Step 3.
Now it's time to find the red colour! If you don't have a blood-red-one like mine you can also use a darker shade of red. Note that the red layer should not be too thick as we still have to add some other colours. If the red colour gets on your hand; leave it. We will clean them later.

Step 4.
Now it's time for the tape-trick! Think of your nails like a square. Part your nails into two equal parts; Top and bottom. When you're satisfied with the result you have to repeat the trick, but this time you have to do it vertical so yo will have just a quarter back of your nail. Find a blue colour (preferably not a too shimmery one like mine) and at a layer or two. The needed amount depends on how thick the blue polish is.

Step 5.
Peel off the tape when the blue polish is dry and wait a few seconds. If the lines are not all straight you still have time to "push it" back with the tip of you nails. The two last steps are the most difficult - You will need something thin and pointy like a striper, a toothpick, a hairpin etc.  
What is a striper you may ask? These are like normal nail polishes but the brush is more of a long stick. I got mine pretty cheap and you can usually find them in most beauty shops. 

Step 6.
Time for the dots! Use your striper (or pointy stick) to make little dots. I don't know if all stripers are like mine but make sure they're completely dry and then add a topcoat if you have one. The top coat will make the surface more even and add shine. Not just does it make your nails look better but i also protects the polish and make it stay on for a longer time. And now you're done! Good luck!

NOTE: If you tried this out you'll be welcome to send me a picture or a link, just write in the comments. I'd love to see how yours turned out :)!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


Hello future readers and welcome to Beauty With Lucy!

I've been considering this project for a while and now I finally decided to start!
Are you a girl? Woman? Female? (of course guys/boys/men will be welcome too)
- Then this blog will be just for you!

On Beauty With Lucy you will find articles about:

~ Fashion
~ Makeup
~ Health
~ Reviews of different products
~ Aaaand maybe some tutorials

So stay tuned, put on a smile, find some spare time, and come visit me as often as you want :)

See you girls!

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