An evening with Birchbox + Habitat

MbM_birchbox-habitatNow there’s a partnership you wouldn’t initially put together, right? Beauty and home…..? Well, that’s exactly what I thought when I received a lovely invitation to the launch of their recent collaboration a couple of weeks ago. Anything to do with Habitat….a no brainer, but it was their joint venture with a beauty company that further intrigued me into accepting their invitation!

I don’t think I need to explain who and what Habitat (in a nutshell: the best place for furniture and homeware!) but Birchbox on the other hand, if like me, you’re unfamiliar with, are an online company that offer a monthly subscription service for those who want to know more about new, on-trend beauty products. The concept behind it being that in each monthly box, you are given samples of luxury products for your to try (they’ve teamed up with some great brands) and if you then like anything in particular, you then shop for that product off their website. It’s basically a great way to discover new products, before it hits the shelves, without having to fork a lump sum for the full-sized products and not knowing whether you’re going to like it or not. Not bad huh?

MbM_birchbox-habitat 02 MbM_birchbox-habitat 03The evening turned out to be a brilliant one. We were greeted with glasses of fizz (and constantly topped up through out the night!) and had the chance to mingle with other bloggers – a lot of them from the beauty and fashion world who I wouldn’t normally cross paths with at events I go to. We then sat down for our beautiful 3-course dinner over which the Birchbox and Habitat team presented to more about their products.

So what’s behind their collaboration? Well, beauty products means storage and that’s where Habitat comes in. They have paired up to provide storage solutions, with three of their gorgeous dressing tables; LimboFleur and Emil, along with some beautiful stacking boxes for all your bits and bobs, so that you have a clutter free area to work at….which is exactly what you need if you live in small compact spaces in London (or any big city for that matter!) I absolutely LOVE the stacking boxes, perhaps because it has that HAY-esque feel, similar to their Kaleido nesting tray set. And out of the three dressing tables, I must say the Limbo model took my fancy for the sheer fact it was minimal, compact and practical. The Emil would have been a contender for me too but from an aesthetic point of view, the storage element on the LHS didn’t quite do it for me. I love its clean lines but felt like the drawers should’ve been part of the table to avoid that lopsided heavy look on one end, kind of like Fleur but with the beautiful round mirror nicely centred. Anyhoo, that’s just my design preference ;) Overall, they’re all lovely pieces and I’d be lucky to have a dressing table in the flat if only I could manage to fit one!

So there you have it. A great collaboration to encourage you to discover new products in the comforts of your own home! I haven’t got the best beauty regime and while I love the art of make up, I’m never confident enough to try anything new, so this would in fact be great for someone like me. They have tutorials and know-hows included so if you are interested in giving Birchbox a go, then I’ve got a lovely exclusive little discount for you guys where you can receive your first Birchbox for just £5! All you got to do is sign up (which is free) and quote BBXHABITAT at the shopping bag page! What’s not to like eh?

PLUS…..there’s a chance to win one of the Emil birch dressing tables (worth £600) by referring a friend. Click here and enter your promo code MYBEAUTYHABIT at checkout. The more you share the more chances of winning! ;) Happy days!

Well, I’m off to give this whole using-lipstick-as-eyeshadow business a go (yep – that was one of the tips we got that night for a non-creasing and lasting eyeshadow alternative….who would’ve guessed!) In the meantime, do check out this video to get a better idea of how it all works and/or see what Birchbox Editorial Director, Jessica Diner has to share about your beauty storage solutions. Lots of stuff to discover!!

Have a lovely Friday and a fabulous weekend! xx

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[D.I.Y. Tutorial] Funky Geometric statement necklace

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Hello! I hope your week is going well so far wherever you are. Well, out here, were’ in the lead up to the big July 4th weekend so totally feeling the excitement!

SUPPLIES:

  • DAS modelling clay (or any other air-drying clay alternative)
  • rolling-pin
  • ruler (metal on if possible)
  • Stanley knife or a scalpel
  • needle
  • Spray paints or even nail varnish! (3 colours of your choice)
  • Ribbon or chain links (you can take links from old jewellery, if needed be)
  • glue gun
  • wire (to make the links, if you don’t have proper jewellery ones at hand)
  • tracing paper / detail paper or even greaseproof paper – to sketch your final design template

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Sketch out any ideas you have (the idea for this tutorial is to make your necklace out of triangle pieces) and then draw out a template for the final design onto some tracing/detail paper (even grease-proof paper will do!). If you’re confident, you can free-hand draw the triangles, otherwise use the ruler or some kind of grid for guidance. Also mark out roughly where you’ll be putting in the holes for where the chain links or ribbon go.
  2. Cut out a good-sized piece of Daz clay, and roll it out like you would making cookies, so you have a 3mm flat piece.Gently roll on both sides to try to get all the sides even in its thickness.
  3. using a pencil nib (or even a needle or toothpick), map out the corners of your triangles onto the clay by piercing through the tracing paper – do this one, triangular piece at a time.
  4. Use the metal ruler as a guide, and cut through the clay with the blade making sure it is an even cut. The metal ruler will make sure it keeps the edges straight. Also, you will find some bits of clay may show on the blade so wipe it clean before you make the next cut. Always, gently pull away the excess clay away from the main piece. Try and be gentle with this stage so you are left with clean pieces with straight edges. Repeat this procedure with all your triangles. MbM_DIY-TUTORIAL_GEOMETRIC-NECKLACE_01
  5. Once all the pieces are cut out, take a good size needle or toothpick and pierce two holes where your connector links will go. Make it at least 1mm big, or enough for a connector to go through. Whether the chain or ribbon is used, you will need these holes for these connector pieces that then links on to the ribbon or chain.
  6. Leave all the pieces to dry overnight. Quick tip: try to swap the sides on which it lies on the surface because when it dries, the clay can tend to warp slightly so by flipping it on its sides every now and then during the drying process will help keep it relatively flat.
  7. After all the pieces are fully dry, pick out the spray paints or use nail varnish like I did in my quick-clay-beaded-necklace tutorial for a quicker and more convenient option. Apply the pain/varnish onto one side of your pieces (facing up) and leave it to dry.
  8. Now get all the bits and pieces you need to turn these pieces into a necklace; glue gun, wire, chain, links and connectors, ribbons….whatever else you want to add and let the fun part begin! :)
  9. Stick all your pieces together using the glue gun and leave it for a few minutes to set.Try and be neat here so that you avoid any stray glue strands!MbM_DIY-TUTORIAL_GEOMETRIC-NECKLACE_02
  10. Now add those connector rings through the holes you made in your triangle pieces. I didn’t have any at hand or any that suited the holes, so made mine out of some wire. With these in place, you can then add your chain links or ribbon (as I’ve done). If you opt for a ribbon, try to select something that compliments your pendant colours.

And hey presto, you have yourself a totally RAD (yep, i said that) geometric statement necklace!! Perfect for the summer months!! I’m actually super delighted with mine even with its teeniest flaws but it all adds to the handmade feel. So there you have it folks! Do have a go and share with me all the creative goodness you come up with. It totally puts a smile on my face and a spring in my step seeing what you’ve made based on the tutorials. Oh and you know the drill if you do fancy sharing you photos……add the hashtag #CraftwithMolu with it so i can see it! Have a fantastic week of summer craft!! Much love x x x x

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