Julee Ireland
October 2, 2017

Donna’s on-the-go beauty kit

These are miniature versions of roller lash mascara & Nars orgasm blush

I need an easy way to keep myself fresh with small amounts of products that I need at any given time

Donna Spangler Actress & Producer

As an actress, producer & business woman, I am often on the go.  Weather it is on a formal trip or just a day trip, I need to have my beauty items handy to look & feel my best.  When we are on the road or going places where we may need to primp or completely do our makeup or freshen up, it is great to be prepared with a little beauty kit with all the essentials needed to look your best. The problem is taking everything you need in normal size containers you may need a suitcase. I have come up with a solution for this!
Donna’s on-the-go beauty kit made with samples

Beauty kit

ON THE GO BEAUTY KIT

In today’s world, we want to look our best at all times with the least amount of effort. I have come up with essentials every girl should have on hand, so you will be able to look fresh whether you are on the go, staying overnight with your boyfriend or simply need a touch up. Stash these necessities in your purse, and you will always be prepared.

I love samples. It gives me a chance to try high-end products of all sorts. Since you receive ample amounts in small packaging, you can make a full-on beauty kit to haul along in your purse. This can be very effective, especially when you may be out somewhere away from your packed arsenal of at home products.

First, you need a case for your makeshift beauty kit. It should be something you can fit easily into your purse. I used a handy foldable holder that I had received from a business flight, but you can also get a makeup holder at the 99 cents store or any drugstore. Just make sure it is somewhat flat and can be comfortably stowed in your purse.

Next comes the fun part. You need to get the ingredients to put into your kit. Take a trip to the department store and get samples of makeup base that fits your color, creams, perfumes, liner, mascara, gloss or whatever useful items you can find. I like the samples that are in flat packets because they are easy to fit into the kit. The other alternative is to have the salesperson make samples for you. High-end lines usually have tiny plastic containers the size of a quarter with tightly sealed lids that will work for your kit as well. Gather all the essentials possible in one visit.

You can also gather the beauty freebies attained through larger makeup purchases. These items tend to be smaller and can be easily stored in your kit. Figure out when makeup lines are offering free gifts, and keep track any ‘points’ you’ve accumulated (Sephora’s point system gives spectacular yet small gifts). Sephora also sells small beauty items as you are standing in line which are great for your beauty kit as there is everything from small hairspray and mascara to pint size foundation.

Add a sample perfume of your choice. I recommend a black or brown eye pencil, earth tone shadow, sample mascara (I like ARMANI – and they are small!). If desired, throw in a couple of packages of Advil for those emergency days. Remember one feminine product (tampon), and put in a flat comb and hair band so that you can tie back your hair when you wash your face. A few Q tips and cotton balls are a must – store them in a tiny sealable baggy.

Pick up some shine eraser sheets (Elf Brand makes a great one). Get a pocket-sized toothpaste and
toothbrush. I have

Dental Floss

gotten these items in hotels as well as in airline kits, or you may already have a few saved. Also add a small dental floss or put two or three dental claws into the kit.

You can also add any samples or small packed products that you think you may need. Go to the section in the drug store where they have the samples. Other items to consider are razors, baby wipe samples, mouthwash, face wash, etc

I also like collecting hotel items because they can be used in your kit. When it is put together, it should supply you with what you need for one day or night out. It is great if you are spending the night at a friend’s house and want to appear fresh without bringing a suitcase.

You can keep your kit in your purse or car so you will be prepared to look, smell and feel your best at all times. This inexpensive condensed beauty kit is incredibly handy, and you will be glad you took the time to have it constantly within your reach. Knowing you are prepared to wow in any situation will give you a priceless piece of mind.


ON-THE-GO BEAUTY KIT

6 Q tips, 2 cotton balls, samples of eye makeup remover or cream to remove makeup, and tissues (there is nothing worse than running eyes at the end of a night. These essentials can fix this pesky problem)

Put the cotton balls, Q tips and tissues into a small sealable plastic baggie

One black liner to re-apply for later

One black or brown mascara

Brown or earth toned eye shadow

Blush in your favorite color (I like NARS orgasm), brush for application

Your favorite color lip liner

Lighter lip gloss to go over liner

Add a few samples of foundation in your color and bolting powder paper

Get some perfume samples perfect for your kit

Small tube toothpaste, toothbrush, floss and gargle (Remember, these should all be sample sizes)

1 feminine product, small comb, ponytail holder and package of Advil

With this kit, you will be ready for your on-the-go life and always look your best!

There are also mini flat irons & curling that are as tiny as a few inches long.

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August 29, 2017

DIY on the FLY: Tip of the Week

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August 28, 2017

Interior Trend Alert: Geometrics and Gold

What’s not to love about geometric shapes, white, and gold? I am in love with this design trend and these pieces from my shop. That chandelier! Be bold in gold, It’s a Glam Thing.

 

 

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August 24, 2017

Roundup: My favorite Industrial Lighting Shops on Etsy

One of my favorite things to do as a home renovator and interior designer is to select the lighting. I always tell my clients “Lighting is the Jewelry to your Home” because, well, it is! Lighting sets the tone and mood for each living space from the front walkway to the moment you step through the front door. It should always be done in layers, just like peeling an onion, and when you’re finished it should be simply spectacular! It’s an opportunity for you to tie the design of each living space in your home together and reflect your personality at the same time.

Can you tell I am passionate about lighting? Yep! Just a little. I also love to support small businesses and to search for unique, one-of-a-kind lighting from local artisans. What better place to look than on Etsy! I like to refer to my design style as industrial chic and you can find some real industrial gems on Etsy. Here are some of my favorite shops to help you illuminate your home in chic style.

1.     Born Again Creative

Based in Spokanne, Washington these artisans uses reclaimed wood, jars, black, nickel, and antique cages with bare bulbs and more. Click here to shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Bornagaincreative?ref=shop_sugg

2.     Union Hill Trade Co.

This company aims to create a collection of unique housewares and lighting that doubles as minimalistic art that can help you enhance your room. Click here to shop some of their wonderful fixtures: https://www.etsy.com/shop/UnionHillTradeCO?ref=search_shop_redirect

3.     Industrial Lightworks

I love this company’s unique lighting & accessories based out of Huntington Beach, California. They are also a UL Listed Company so you know you’re safe. Click here to shop their fabulous fixtures: https://www.etsy.com/shop/IndustrialLightworks?ref=listing-shop2-all-items-count#items

4.     Lucent Lampworks

At Lucent Lampworks, you’ll find a large selection of high quality pendant, wall sconce, and drum shade industrial lighting in a variety of custom finishes. Click here to shop now: https://www.etsy.com/shop/lucentlampworks?ref=listing-shop2-all-items-count#items

5.     New Wine Old Bottles

This innovative lighting company known on the web as pearedcreation.com began in Chillicothe, Ohio with a 19th century refuse dump and a brewery bottle. The unique bottle sparked a newfound interest for its founder as he sought to understand the beauty and history of each bottle. He began to make lamps out of them with historical tags that described their journey. This liberal arts approach to lamp making makes it one of my personal faves. To shop this historical lighting and learn its story click here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/newwineoldbottles?ref=condensed_trust_header_icon_items

Do you have any favorite shops that you’d be willing to share? I would LOVE to add them to my shopping list!

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August 23, 2017

DIY on the FLY: Dorm Room Book Shelves

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August 10, 2017

Dorm Room Decor-As Seen on IndyStyle Wish TV

Congratulations! You graduated and you’re off to college. Now it’s time to gather all the essentials and decorate your dorm room to reflect your unique personality. There are a few things that every college student needs for Dorm Room Décor such as; Bedding, Room Accessories, Study and Storage Organization. Here are some of my favorite money saving Dorm Room Decor products and tips to help you decorate.

1. Roomify
Need bedding? Not sure what you need for your dorm room? Feeling overwhelmed? I’ve got you covered! At Roomify it’s simple to achieve the perfect Dorm Room Decor look that fits your unique style. They offer dorm room and apartment kits that come in a bundle and save you time and money in three simple steps. Select your bundle, pick your pattern and colors, and have everything delivered at your doorstep in a box! It’s that simple! And when you bundle you save an additional 10%! Sleep, shower, organize, study, eat, accessorize, and decorate with Roomify! Prices range from $13.00 to $315.00. Available for purchase online at: www.roomify.com

2. Wall Pops/Nuwallpaper
I love Wall Pops and Nuwallpaper because they provide a great way to personalize and decorate your dorm room walls without damaging them. The have a variety of peel and stick removable decals and wallpaper in an array of eye-catching designs and patterns. I love the dry erase board wall decal dots to help you stay organized and their photo frame decal to create a collage on your wall with photos of your family and friends. They’ve got you covered with patterns and colors to suit everyone’s style and add some flair to your dorm room walls. Prices range from $3.75 and up.
Available for purchase in stores across the country and online at: www.wallpops.com
Special Promo code 35% off: DORM35                                         

3. Hang-O-Matic
Wall art is like the icing on the cake when it comes to bringing the design of a room together but it’s not easy to hang it right the first time. We’ve all been there, where we thought we measured correctly and went ahead and pounded the nail into the wall only to discover it’s not level and we end up with five holes in the wall when we only needed one! Hang-O-Matic allows you to measure, level, and mark your hole all in one! Now you can hang your artwork perfectly, on your first try, without a hitch! As a designer, I literally never leave home without it and I am telling you this is one of the best inventions since sliced bread! Everyone needs the Hang-O-Matic. It’s a must for at home, designers, the office, and now your college student to create the perfect gallery dorm room wall. Price $14.99
Available  for purchase online and at several retailers such as: Home Depot, Hobby Lobby, Bed Bath and Beyond and More! www.hangomatic.com

4. BBB Functional Desk Lamp
I love Bed Bath and Beyond because they always have unique gadgets and accessories at an affordable price. Not to mention there is always a 20% off coupon. I love their space-saving multi-functional desk lamp that comes in a variety of colors. It has a built in USB port and slots to fit your phone, tablet, paperclips etc. They have created the perfect dorm room checklist to make sure you have everything that you need. You can find it here. https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/registry/campuschecklist/ they also have a college dorm room registry so you can select your favorite dorm room decor and accessories and get a little help from your family and friends. And they are hitting the road making college visits across the country where you can make your purchases on campus so be on the lookout! Price $19.99 Available for purchase in stores, online, and on select college campus’s. www.bedbathandbeyond.com

5. PureSwitch® WIRELESS SMART PLUG/Charge Hub
PureSwitch lets you easily manage your energy use. Remotely switch household appliances ON/OFF using your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch the PureSwitch app. This 2-in-1 Plug & Charger can also be controlled using Siri®. I love the built in security that allows you to have your lamp plugged into the outlet and using your smart devices you can switch your light on before entering your dorm room. They also have a charge hub that allows you to charge multiple devices at one time! Pure Gear is the leader in smart device and computer accessories and a trendsetter in the industry. Designed in California. Price $49.99 Pure Gear is available for purchase in stores around the world and online at: www.pure-gear.com

6. Award Winning Yogibo-The only furniture in the world that molds to your body!
Although it’s exciting to go off to college let’s face it dorm room furniture is not as comfy as your furnishings at home. I have the perfect solution for both style and comfort! Yogibo Pod and Yogibo Support! The Pod is a beanbag feel with zero pressure points meaning it distributes weight evenly and molds to your body. In my opinion, it’s the most comfortable beanbag on the planet! It’s lightweight, machine washable and comes in 10 trend-setting colors! The Support provides some of the best back support on the planet, with many chiropractors using Yogibo’s full line of products. It can be used alone or combined with the pod or any of Yogibo’s furniture to create a recliner and so much more! And it comes in 16 colors! Price range $19.99- $249.00
Back-to-School sale starts Friday August 11th. Get 15% off the entire site with Promo code: BACKTOSCHOOL
Yogibo is available for purchase online at: yogibo.com

What was your favorite product from today’s roundup on Indystyle Wish TV? Decorating your first dorm room or apartment is such an exciting time so have fun making your dorm room decor your own! Be sure to send me before and after photos of your dorm room for a chance to be featured on my blog and social media.

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August 6, 2017

DIY on the FLY-Tip of the Week

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May 15, 2017

Bucket List Dreams

I have always loved to write. I guess it is the combination of my love for learning, boundless creativity, and passion for words and how they fit together that got me hooked. One of the first things I put down on paper at an early age was a bucket list. I know that sounds weird to think that as a little girl I was already looking to the future and writing down my long dreamy list of things I just desired to accomplish someday. But it is true. I spent as much time perfecting my penmanship as I did my words.

I have been fortunate that I have been able to check a lot of those items off my list. One of them recently which was to publish a book series. I wrote my first five books in 6 weeks although I have just published one book so far. Ha. I know that sounds crazy but it’s true. I will share that story with you in upcoming post. Anyway, I spent hours upon hours reading and researching my different options for publishing before deciding to self publish through Amazon’s publishing company Create Space. For all those currently working on their first book or thinking about it, I highly recommend Create Space. It is easier than you think and you can do it!

I decided to enter my book into the national “Independent Publisher’s Book Awards” after receiving a random email. I had no idea what an “IPPY” award was but I thought to myself, what the heck why not give it a shot? IPPY rhymes with YIPPY so let’s have fun with it; and guess what? I WON a national bronze medal! As if winning is not enough my book will be featured in the New York book expo at the end of the month. So exciting!

I want to spread the love and celebrate with “It’s a Glam Thing” loyal readers and followers by gifting an autographed book to the first FIVE readers who email me “Yippy for IPPY bronze” along with their full name and mailing address to juleeireland@gmail.com.

Be sure to send me photos of your DIY creations so I can share them across my social media platforms. Enjoy and remember to Dream Big and start checking off that bucket list. xo

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May 6, 2017

Mom’s the Word

Mother’s day is just around the corner and you know what that means…Yep! I have been tooling around in my favorite tool shed AKA my crazy craft closet. I love to use my creatively to make my mother a handmade gift. I found some wooden letters at Michaels craft store and some great remnant fabric in my craft closet to create this adorable wall hanging. It’s DIY on the FLY with the perfect gift for Mom for Mother’s Day. Enjoy! To all the mom’s out there have a wonderful blessed day celebrating beautiful you! xo

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April 12, 2017

Studio 10 Tampa DIY Easter Basket

I had so much fun today on the Studio 10 Tampa Show making a DIY tutu Easter basket. Easter is such a sweet holiday to share with family, friends and children. It’s religious significance is special but it’s also a day filled with magic as the Easter bunny appears alongside Easter bonnets, people dressed in their Sunday best, and of course the traditional Easter egg hunt which calls for a fanciful Easter basket to collect all your darlings sweet finds in! I have always loved making an Easter basket for my daughter and now it’s time for you to learn how to make one yourself.

Supplies: Basket, Tulle in desired color or colors, Ribbon (at least 4 yards), Silk flowers, Other desired embellishments such as crystals, buttons, vintage jewelry, Glue Gun with Glue Sticks, Scissors, and Spray paint in your desired color.

Step One: Spray paint your basket your desired color and let dry.

Step Two: Cut your tulle into 12” x 4” strips.

Step Three: Using two layers of cut tulle at a time use a crochet needle to pull your tulle through the slots in the basket and tie with a simple slip knot. Repeat this step around your basket alternating colors.

Step Four: Use your scissors to trim your tulle around your basket so that it is even.

Step Five: Embellish your basket with silk flowers, ribbon bows, buttons, vintage jewelry pieces around your basket and the basket handle anyway that you like. I love to add a few Swarovski crystals with my glue gun when I am finished for a little added touch. Get creative and have fun making it your Easter basket for your little darling to treasure forever!

 

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