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Heidi Swapp Marquee Love Light Kit Review – Halloween Skeleton !

Heidi Swapp Marquee Love Light Kit Review and photos - Halloween Skeleton ! Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

I always see the Heidi Swapp Marquee Love light kits every time I go into Michael’s but I never purchased one until a couple weeks ago when I got this skeleton light kit for Halloween. It’s so cool! It was super easy to make and I bought the purple bulb caps and some washi tape to add a little more decoration.

With Halloween just two days away I know it’s a little late to be starting any new Halloween-themed DIY projects, but this light kit was so awesome I just had to share/review it. Also, I’m really hoping that there will be new light kits coming out for Christmas and the upcoming holiday season. This was seriously so easy to make and it makes a super cool-looking DIY decoration. Plus, you can tell people, “I made it myself,” for extra creativity points. 😀

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Heidi Swapp Marquee Love washi tape and purple light bulb caps

In the Heidi Swapp Marquee Love section at Michael’s there were a bunch of tapes, paper, stickers, bulb caps and other embellishments, most of which were also by Heidi Swapp. I decided to get this wide washi tape with a spider web design to add to the sides of my skeleton marquee light. This tape is by Heidi Swapp (~$4-$5) and the width of it fits perfectly against the sides of the marquee. She makes a bunch of different colors (not just for Halloween) so this wide tape is compatible with all of the Marquee Love lights.

The skeleton marquee light kit came with clear bulb caps but I decided to buy the purple bulb caps and use them instead. It added a sweet pop of color and I love the color purple so I didn’t even think twice about buying them.

Heidi Swapp Marquee Love Light Kit Review and photos - Halloween Skeleton ! Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Heidi Swapp Marquee Love Light Kit Review and photos - Halloween Skeleton ! Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

The kit itself cost about $13 but I got it on sale for 40%-off. I think the whole Heidi Swapp line was 40%-off that day, actually. Michael’s always has some kind of sale going on and they always offer pretty good coupons, so I feel like I never actually pay full price for anything when I go in there. But anyway … The skeleton marquee light kit came with:

  • Marquee skeleton shape — Basically the cardboard base of the marquee.
  • Tracing template — A piece of paper in the same shape as the marquee that is used as a tracer, making it easy to cut out the shape on a different piece of paper. I traced the skeleton onto small sheets of glitter paper that I already had at home and placed it on top of the original marquee shape.
  • Ultra-efficient LED light strand — The light strand that you push through the holes in the skeleton head to light up the marquee.
  • Clear bulb caps — The kit came with its own clear bulb caps but, like I said above, I decided to buy the purple ones and use those instead.

All Heidi Swapp Marquee Love kits are basically the same — they all come with the same items inside — it’s just the shape that’s different. The kit requires two AAA batteries, which I had to buy separately.

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The glitter squares that I had at home were too small to completely cover the skeleton, so I had to use two different pieces. I decided to switch it up and use two colors — silver and white — instead of just one. I used the tracing template (which is on the left in the above photo) on the glitter paper and then I cut out the new shape. The holes for the lights were kind of a pain to cut out so I used a hole puncher instead and it worked out very well.

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Next I decorated the sides of the marquee with the wide spider web washi tape. This tape (also by Heidi Swapp) is made to fit the marquee light kits perfectly, and there are a bunch of different patterns and colors to choose from. Instead of using washi tape you can also put glitter or some other kind of embellishment around the perimeter of the marquee. I went with the tape because it was the least messy option of the bunch.

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After placing the glitter paper down I added the purple bulb caps to the marquee. I easily pushed the caps through the holes and this also keeps the glitter paper in place without having to use glue or something else (which gets messy — I am a pretty messy DIY-er to begin with).

Heidi Swapp Marquee Love Light Kit Review and photos - Halloween Skeleton ! Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.After placing the bulb caps I flipped the marquee over and pushed the lights through the back. The string of lights was made specifically for this shape, so you will have just enough lights that fall perfectly along the back of the shape, beginning with the battery pack at the top. The kit also came with a little piece of velcro that you use to hold down the battery pack.

Heidi Swapp Marquee Love Light Kit Review and photos - Halloween Skeleton ! Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

And that’s it! This is the finished product — a super cute and extremely easy DIY Halloween decoration. It was also a lot of fun to make this and you really, really can’t mess it up, so I would say it’s great for beginners and kiddies. I really hope that Heidi Swapp comes out with different marquees for the holidays because I’m planning on making a few to place around the house as decorations.

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Here is the finished product all lit up in the dark. Pretty cool looking, right?! I forgot to mention that there were a few different Halloween designs, but I decided to go with the skeleton because I thought it looked the best!

The Heidi Swapp Marquee Love kits cost about $12-$15 and are available at Michael’s and Michaels.com (although not all shapes/designs are available on the website). Happy crafting!! 🙂

 

 

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Julep Maven October 2015 Review + Photos

Julep Maven October 2015 Review + Photos. Monthly nail and beauty subscription box review. Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

 

I’m posting this October Julep Maven review a little late (I got my box a couple weeks ago) — but, even though it’s late, it’s kind of sort of appropriate for today since today is the first day of the November Maven collection reveal. I just finished editing my Maven box for next month and saw some really sweet nail shades and other goodies (like the Holiday collection sneak peek) … but for this post I’m still focused on the October box, which I absolutely loved!

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Julep Nail Color in (from top to bottom): Laurel, Anya and Colton

First up are the nail shades that I chose with my October Maven box:

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Julep Nail Color in “Laurel”

Julep Nail Color in Laurel ($14 or $11.20 for Maven subscribers, 0.27 oz.; julep.com): Described as a “Raven feather silk.” I really liked this color, it’s like a shimmery black-ish color, but it looks almost dark gray because of the silver-y shimmer. The shimmer is also kind of muted so when you first look at the nail you might not even realize it’s a shimmer color. This is the only shade this month that I took a photo of (above), although this photo doesn’t really do this color justice. I’m going to start taking nail color swatches for all Julep Maven boxes from now on!

Julep Nail Color in Anya ($14 or $11.20 for Maven subscribers, 0.27 oz.; julep.com): Described as a “Climbing ivy crème.” I’m not gonna lie — I got this color mainly for the name, because of Anya from the Buffyverse 😀 But I also really love this ivy-green shade, it’s perfect for fall and it has a gorgeous crème finish.

Julep Nail Color in Colton ($10 special right now, 0.27 oz.; julep.com): Described as a “Black iris crème.” This shade is also really pretty but I think it’s more of a deep purple than a black. Either way it’s a super dark and rich shade, also perfect for the fall.

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Julep Your Happy Look Pore-Minimizing Blush in “Rosewood”

This blush was probably my favorite product in the October Maven box. I received it in “Rosewood,” a new shade in Julep’s pore-minimizing blush line and I am totally obsessed with it. This color is a mauve-ish rose shade, which is a bit darker than most of my usual blushes (which is one of the reasons why I love it so much), and It’s also perfect for this time of year.

Julep Your Happy Look Pore-Minimizing Blush ($24 or $19.20 for Mavens, 0.26 oz.; julep.com): A “groundbreaking blush” that “minimizes complexion imperfections” with light-diffusing diamond powder and vitamin B6. This blush formula contains Julep’s “Power Cell Complex”, Rosehip seed oil to deliver essential nutrients and green coffee bean oil to invigorate skin and promote cell turnover. This blush is pretty generously pigmented and it blends very well. I have to say, once again, that I absolutely love this shade — it looks wonderful and has a perfect hint of subtle shimmer.

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Julep Eyeshadow 101 Crème-to-Powder Eyeshadow Stick in “Taupe Shimmer”

I was pretty surprised at how much I also loved this eyeshadow stick that Julep debuted this month. I’m usually not a huge fan of eyeshadow sticks and I never have much faith in cream shadows other than my tried-and-true favorites, but this crème-to-powder formula was pretty impressive. I love how easy it is to use this shadow stick and the best part is that it blended beautifully with the shimmery powder shadows I tried it out with. It lasted for my whole work day, but my eye makeup always seems to last extremely well when I apply my Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer first (my favorite).

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Julep Eyeshadow 101 Crème-to-Powder Eyeshadow Stick in “Taupe Shimmer”

Julep Eyeshadow 101 Crème-to-Powder Eyeshadow Stick ($18 or $14.40 for Maven subscribers, 0.04 oz.; julep.com): A two-in-one crème-to-powder shadow and eyeshadow smudger. This “crease-proof, stay-all-day” shadow is formulated with skin-smoothing vitamins C and E and it blends easily before setting to a long-lasting finish. It is available in six different shades.

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Julep Nail Files (top) and Halloween nail stickers (bottom)

These last two items were both add-ons that I chose for my October Maven box (the eyeshadow stick was the third add-on that I chose this month). I usually choose three add-ons every month because Julep will send you a free surprise every time you pick three or more add-ons with your Maven box. This month I received one of the nail polishes (that I wrote about above) as a free gift — I think it was the “Colton” shade, but I’m not 100% sure.

But anyway, I really needed good nail files so I decided to go with this nail file trio as one of my add-ons. I don’t know why but it has been SO extremely hard for me to find good nail files lately. I’ve only been able to find ones that do a pretty crappy job at filing and I end up throwing them away after just a few uses. So anyway, I am really glad I added these Julep files to my October Maven box because, as simple as they are, they definitely work well and get the job done. Totally worth it. I don’t see these files available anywhere on Julep’s website but I do see them every month when I pick out my Maven box as available add-ons, so I think the only way to get these specific files is to add them on to your monthly Maven box.

The last product this month were this super cool neon yellow Halloween nail stickers. These are also not available for regular purchase on the Julep website, but Julep usually comes out with different nail wraps and stickers every month or so during the Maven reveal. I’m going to try these out next week for Halloween and I’m sure I will be Instagramming them once they’re on my nails 🙂

 

Subscription Box Breakdown:

I loved my October Julep Maven box. I am seriously obsessed with this blush shade and how awesomely blendable it is as well as the eyeshadow stick, which is also awesomely blendable and has great staying power. I’m loving all three of the nail colors I received this month, the nail files are great and I can’t wait to try out the Halloween nail stickers. This was definitely one of my favorite Maven boxes.

Pricing & Availability:

Julep Maven is a monthly beauty and nail polish subscription service that costs $24.99 per month with the option to upgrade your box for a higher cost. To subscribe click here, or head over to Julep.com for more information.

 

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October 2015 Monthly Planner View + Setup

October 2015 Monthly Planner Setup for my Kikki K lilac personal planner. Planner decorating, planning. Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

I am in love with everything fall — from the food to the fashions, the changing of the leaves and, of course, the end of summer humidity in New York (so my hair finally gets a break). My absolute favorite part of the fall, though, is my favorite holiday — HALLOWEEN! — which just happens to be in my favorite month, October 🙂

So I just had to deck out my October planner pages in all of the best Halloween stickers and tape I could find. I have lots of leftover Halloween planner decor, which is great because I can use them to decorate my weekly planner view over the next two weeks in anticipation of the best holiday ever.

October 2015 Monthly Planner Setup for my Kikki K lilac personal planner. Planner decorating, planning. Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Of course I had to buy Hello Kitty Halloween stickers, because my monthly planner pages wouldn’t be complete without them. Target always has different Hello Kitty stickers for most of the holidays, so I knew they would have cute ones for Halloween. I picked these up in the greeting cards section at Target. I’m sure there are a bunch of other versions out there, especially online, but these were the first ones I found and I thought they were pretty adorable.

The sticker with the bats flying over the moon is from the Sticko Vellum Halloween Boo Stickers ($1.49) that I got at Michael’s. These are available in store only, but you can check out what the whole sticker sheet looks like here.

The witch shoes are also from Michael’s, part of the Jolee’s Boutique Witch Stickers set ($1.99). They are out of stock online but are probably still available in stores.

October 2015 Monthly Planner Setup for my Kikki K lilac personal planner. Planner decorating, planning. Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

The witch’s hat, broom and the witch flying over an iridescent moon are all from the Jolee’s Boutique witch stickers set. The candy corn is from the Sticko set.

I use the Kikki K Wooden Alphabet Stamp Set ($19.95; kikki-k.com) to write down the month and the year on my monthly planner pages. I like how this looks way better than my own handwriting. I guess stickers could also get the job done (neatly), but these stamps just make everything look slightly more official 🙂

October 2015 Monthly Planner Setup for my Kikki K lilac personal planner. Planner decorating, planning. Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

This thick spiderweb tape is part of the Heidi Swapp Marquee Love line — I originally bought it to use with a Halloween marquee DIY project (which I will write up a post about this weekend), but I also thought it would be perfect for the bottom part of my October planner pages. This specific tape isn’t available online, but it should still be in stores. You can check out other Heidi Swapp Marquee Love tapes at the Michael’s website.

The cauldron sticker is part of the same Jolee’s Boutique witch stickers set and the Happy Halloween sign is from the Jolee’s Boutique Vintage Halloween Banner sticker set, which I also got from Michael’s ($1.99; michaels.com).

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In this last photo are more stickers from both the Jolee’s witch set and the Sticko Halloween Boo stickers set. The washi tape that I used in the middle of the pages are:

1). Orange half-circle shapes tape from Michael’s (I think it was their Recollections brand) — I found this roll with the Halloween decor.
2). Black glitter tape from Scotch (available at Target, Staples, etc.).

 

Stay tuned for more planner decorating for Halloween over the next two weeks 🙂 Thanks for reading!

 

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