DIY Halloween Roundup: Costumes

It’s that time of the year again! Halloween is just around the corner, and you’re getting ready to rock an awesome costume. I will be sporting my Hogwarts robe in Florida (8 more days!) in all of my Harry Potter nerd glory, but I’ve rounded up a few unique DIY ideas for you because you’re probably way cooler than I am. Look for more roundups of Halloween recipes & decor later this week! And check out my DIY Halloween roundups from 2012 and 2011.

Halloween Costume DIYs 2013

1. Bjork Swan Dress tutorial via A Beautiful Mess. I flipped when I saw this, because Suzi did her own crazy version of Bjork’s swan dress (which she wore to the Oscars in 2001) for our family Oscar party this year. Let’s just say, this one stays much truer to the real thing ;)

2. DIY Piñata costume via Camille Styles. How fun is this??? She even has a stick to go with her dress. Stan and I have a Halloween party on Saturday, and I’d really like to go as a piñata and stick. I think you can guess who would be what.

3. Homemade Halloween Photobooth Strip costume via Oh Happy Day. Now get ready for my How I Met Your Mother nerdiness: this totally reminds me of Ted’s “hanging chad” costume, only way cuter. It’s the perfect last-minute, super unique costume for a kid or an adult. Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day has so any more great DIY costumes here.

4.  Camp Counselors via Say Yes to Hoboken. This is an easy, pull-it-together-quickly-and-make-it-look-like-we-planned-this costume for couples or singles. Gym shorts and clipboards are a must. See more of Liz Stanley’s ingeniously easy, last minute couples costumes here and here.

If you’re really in a rush, or tight on cash, go with something that doesn’t require purchasing clothes, like these:

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5. Sugar Skull Makeup via Brit + Co. I immediately thought of Suzi’s hunt for Día de los Muertos figurines during our family trip to Mexico this Summer. Thrown on a pretty dress, put some flowers in your hair, and you’ve got a costume!

6. Halloween DIY Masks tutorial on creativebug. You can create an entire costume just by wearing the right mask. A pretty dress suddenly becomes a masquerade gown. Brown and tan clothes transform into an owl costume (okay, you might want to throw on some feathers, too). This is a great video tutorial on how to make three beautiful masks, and it’s offered for free!

7. Despicable Me Minion Costumes via make and takes. Every year, I watch Suzi make crazy elaborate costumes for Scarlett, and I’m amazed at the effort she puts into them, in addition to all of her other motherly responsibilities! Parents amaze me. So here’s an easy one for the busy parents because I know kids are nuts about Despicable Me.

8. DIY Recycled Water Bottle Crown via Handmade Charlotte. This is, hands down, the best usage of recycled water bottles I’ve ever seen, and way cheaper and cooler than those junky Halloween store tiaras.

See even more ideas on my this is halloween Pinterest board.

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Today’s Threads: Mixing stripes & dots

Whoever said you shouldn’t mix stripes with polka dots just wasn’t daring enough to try.

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I’m always hesitant to call Poor & Pretty a fashion blog, because it gives the impression that I follow fashion rules and assumes that I cover New York and London Fashion Weeks (I don’t).

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I have my own quirky sense of style, so it doesn’t bother me if someone else thinks I look ridiculous. As Gore Vidal once said, “Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.”

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Outfit details: Headband: it’s possible I stole this from Suzi. Black shirt: hand-me-down from Mish. Steampunk Necklace: The Clockwork Witch, $25. Neon striped skirt: Buffalo Exchange (originally H&M), $10 (similar). Polka dot sneakers: Faces, $15 (similar).

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Makeup tip: This vibrant turquoise eyeliner is actually Madison Street Beauty’s vegan eyeshadow in Mermaid. Just wet an eyeliner brush (I like this one) and dip it into your eyeshadow. Shake off the excess, then apply as you normally would apply liquid eyeliner.

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Indie Spotlight + Giveaway: Joy Atkisson of Purely You Minerals

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You might remember seeing Purely You Minerals’ lip gloss as one of my Friday Faves last week. Like you, I struggle with finding the perfect lip gloss and — even more of a hassle — the perfect foundation! So I’m happy to introduce to you Joy Atkisson, founder of Purely You Minerals.

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Purely You Minerals is a new line of mineral makeup that is not only good for you, it’s good for others, too. Purely You products do not contain talc, powdered starches, clays, bismuth oxychloride, or parabens, and are gluten free and never tested on animals. 10% of profits go directly to Bring Love In, a non-profit organization founded by Joy’s friends. Says Joy, “It is a beautiful thing that we can make a life changing difference in the world just by putting on our makeup. Purely You Minerals brings out the inner beauty in us all.” Today, she chats with us about skincare, running a small business, and of course, makeup! Don’t miss the giveaway, too! Details at the end of the post.

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Poor & Pretty: Like many of us women, you struggled with skin problems and cakey makeup. What made you switch to mineral makeup?
Joy Atkisson: For years, I had been caught up in the nasty cycle of wearing makeup, breaking out, having to wear more makeup to cover it up, breaking out more. I tried every crazy “cure” you can think of… including egg on my face! True story. In 2007, mineral makeup started gaining popularity, so I decided to give it a try. It took a little while to get used to the messy powder and to learn what the heck a Kabuki brush is, but my skin started clearing up.

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P&P: What makes mineral makeup so different?
JA: Quality mineral makeup allows your skin to breath and doesn’t clog your pores. It also appeals to my inner hippy because it doesn’t contain harsh chemicals, so it’s about as natural as you can get. What I truly love about it is that I don’t have to hide behind cake makeup. I can apply mineral makeup as fancy or as natural as I want and I still feel like ME! I love that!

P&P: So instead of continuing to buy mineral makeup, you decided to make it yourself. Why?
JA: Haha! I get this question a lot. The truth is…. I was broke! My husband and I had been married for a year, we had just had a baby, and I wanted to stay home with her. There was no extra room in our budget for expensive makeup. Most companies at that time were very expensive. I looked at the back of one of one of my jars and saw that there were only a few ingredients and I thought to myself, “I wonder if I could make this?” I seriously underestimated how hard it was going to be, but I love research so it really became a hobby. I would work on it during my daughter’s naps or late at night. Necessity is truly the mother of invention.

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P&P: How is Purely You Minerals different from other brands?
JA: That is a key question! Purely You Minerals is made in small batches to insure quality control. I have tried to stay away from some of the most common allergens (gluten intolerance runs in my husband’s family, so I am very mindful of that especially). I also don’t use any fillers such as cornstarch (which can clog pores, and don’t even get me started about GMOs!) or Bismuth Oxychloride (it doesn’t photograph well, it’s shiny, and makes many people breakout). Another HUGE factor is price! Because I do the formulating, manufacturing and packaging myself, I can keep my expenses down, which in turn lets me keep my prices at an affordable level. Perhaps most importantly, I have a face; I am not a big company with fancy machines. I am a stay at home mom with a home office/lab. And, I wear my own products!

P&P: What propelled you to start selling your products?
JA: My husband! He and I have never really fit the 9 to 5 mold, but we weren’t sure how to survive without a “normal” job. However, my formula rivaled and out-performed some of the leading mineral makeup lines and my husband saw how it was helping my skin. He said, “You really need to start your own makeup line!” It has been five years (and 2 more babies) since then, but we are finally making it happen.

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P&P: Wow, three kids! How do you balance being a mom with running a home-based business?
JA: I have no idea! Haha! Most of the time, my sink is full of dishes and I’m tripping over shoes and toys. I try to work mostly during naps and at night, but some weeks are busier then others. Family will always be my priority, but I am doing what I love so I am blessed! I am definitely not superwoman; I have help. My husband is a fantastic father and super supportive. My best friend, Melody Spencer is my Marketing Manager and Social Media Coordinator. My brother, David Arnold also owns his own business called Code Luna. He does computer nerd stuff, so he built my website.

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P&P: Okay, let’s talk tips. Finding the right shade of foundation is hard! Can you help?
JA: Absolutely! Order my free samples! The best thing you can do is try and identify your undertone (warm, cool, neutral). I have cool undertones, but I get quite red in the face so I prefer to counteract that by using neutral colored foundation. If you still have a hard time getting the shade just right, I can formulate something just for you.

P&P: What are a few essential skincare tips we should always observe?
JA: Get good sleep. Drink lots of water. EXFOLIATE! I swear by One Minute Wonder gel exfoliator by Max International. Good skincare is essential to good makeup application.

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P&P: The Purely You Minerals lineup currently includes foundation, bronzer, blush, eyeshadow, and lip gloss. Any new products on the horizon?
JA: We will be launching our all-natural pressed eyeshadows and blushes in the very near future. It will be a build-your-own pallet sort of thing where you can purchase refills and not have to purchase a new pallet each time. Also in the works is pressed foundation, nail polish, and all-natural mascara!

Want to try out Purely You Minerals for yourself? Joy is giving away one of her products to a lucky Poor & Pretty reader. Just “like” Purely You Minerals on Facebook, pick out your single favorite Purely You product from their online shop {choose from foundation, silk veil, blush, loose eyeshadow or lip gloss} and tell us what it is in the comments below. Hurry, though! The contest ends Sunday, February 10th at 10:00 pm EST.

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Through My Eyes: MAC cosmetics.

images-7A makeup must have, the eyebrow pencil; MAC’s “Spiked” is my shade, and there’s definitely a shade for you.  Eyebrows are so important to frame your eye (especially for those of you who love taking pics).  Whether you like a light natural looking brow or a intense defined brow this pencil is perfect for  both.

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I’d be a hot mess if it weren’t for my MAC Paint Pot.  MAC’s “painterly” shade is my savior, it’s a matte color and it’s closest to my skin tone.  If you have issues with your eye shadow creasing or you just want your make up to stay on all day then the Paint Pot serves as a great eye shadow base.  Paint Pot comes in a variety of colors and finishes, and it can be worn alone as a shadow. <3 it.

Hope you guys found this helpful!

xoxoxo,

mish

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