Expedit/Kallax wardobe

We needed a wardrobe. That was basically the first thing we said (other than “we need a bed”) when my boyfriend signed the lease so we looked high and low – searched gumtree and browsed through every single available wardrobe at Ikea. Everything we saw was either too expensive, too ugly or did not have enough storage space.
Honestly, I first got the idea for this from IkeaHackers.net – a few people had submissions of making the Expedit range into wardrobes but since Expedit has been discontinued and sold off in the bargain bin, we couldn’t find the right size. For that I gumtreed the 4×4 unit ($50 only!) and we managed to snag the 1×5 unit ($65) in the bargain bin on one incredibly busy Saturday morning.
Irrelevant: my favourite time to go to Ikea is when they’re refreshing the displays – hello bargain bin furniture!
Again, if you do attempt this hack you are fully responsible and liable for any consequences that occur as a result of making this hack.
All instructions are in the pictures, click to enlarge.
Expedit-Kallax wardrobe
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DIY Ikea wall light Hack

So from my previous Ikea Hack post you should know that as a condition of renting, we aren’t allowed to drill/stick/glue anything onto the walls or ceilings. The ceiling light in the bathroom was woefully inadequate so to get around that, I had decided to use the two remaining stugvik suction hooks from my previous hack to put in a wall light into the bathroom. This hack will require some electrical knowledge so please for the love of all that is good and holy, don’t attempt this hack unless you know what you’re doing! Also, you will assume all responsibility and liability if you do attempt this hack!
On to the DIY! Instructions will be in the pictures so click on them to enlarge!

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Attach a Grundal knife rack without drilling into the wall

*Picture heavy post ahead!*
Recently my boyfriend moved into a rented apartment and one condition was “No drilling, gluing or sticking anything to the walls and ceilings”. We thought, that’s ok – we won’t need to drill/attach anything to walls or ceilings. How every wrong we were. For one, kitchen bench space was very small and we had no where to put a knife holder that would traditionally sit on the counter top and second we didn’t really want to fork out $40-$60 for a knife holder.

Ikea stepped in at this point (pretty sure their demographic is young adults living in a rented shoe box) and we saw the Grundal magnetic knife rack. It was in short perfect – except for one tinnyyy detail. It has to be attached to a wall. Obviously we couldn’t drill into the wall but I remember seeing some bathroom suction hooks that Ikea was also selling. I decided to put the two together and Voila! knife holder without drilling into the walls and for less than $30.

Grundal knife rack
Instructions are included in the pictures below! Click to enlarge.
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Life update and a pendant light DIY!

So I haven’t been posting in forever just because life got a little crazy and I just couldn’t keep up with blogging on the side. Between starting my honours year, adjusting to how things work, renovating my room and several sudden decisions to travel overseas I haven’t been able to work up the effort to work on my blog. That’s not to say I don’t have any plans for new reviews! I’ve accumulated a load of new products I’ve been wanting to review but just never got around to *Hangs head in shame*.
In the meantime, here’s a quick pendant light DIY using Ikea products only!

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DIY: Brown sugar and honey lip scrub

As of late my lips have been getting chapped (thanks winter) and even though I’ve been religiously applying lip balms, I’m finding that it’s just not doing the job when there’re still pieces of dried skin hanging off my lips. Enter this DIY! I saw this on Honestly WTF ages ago and never really got around to doing it until now! This lip scrub is epic – plus, it was so cheap! I really recommend you try doing this if you’re on the look out for a lip scrub. I’ve made some changes to the original so read on for the recipe!

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Sweet tea for your sweet pea~ Valentines DIY gift

[frame]Warning: Lonnnngggg post with lots of pics![/frame]

Today I bring you a DIY gift you can present to your loved ones for Valentines day! It’s been awhile since I’ve done a DIY post so I hope you’ll enjoy it!

Normally I don’t do anything for Valentine’s day but it seems to be a day my boyfriend celebrates and for the last two years he has gotten me cards for valentines so I figured I might as well be prepared and actually make something!
Initially I was just planning to make him some personalised tea bag wrappers (by Ez from Creature Comforts) but I found this origami heart love note (by Amy from Eat, Drink, Chic) and thought it was just too cute not to make! Instead of printing out the hearts from Creature Comforts, I folded a few from old ECG paperThis paper was from an old project that I did a year back – yay for recycling! Plus I just love the little pun (my heart beats for you – get it?) but I think I’m the only one to get it… and attached it to the ends of the string on the tea bags.
I’ll break this DIY into 3 sections; 1 – Folded heart tag, 2 – Personalised tea sachet, 3 – Tea bag dispenser. To make everything in one sitting will take about a day (especially if you end up having to battle the printer over a paper jam like I did!), the most time consuming part would be making the personalised tea sachet simply due to the fact that I had hand sewn all the sachets.

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Gold nail tips with eyeshadow

Exactly as the title – I figured out another way to use eyeshadow! Dusting/tapping eyeshadow onto semi-wet nail polish to achieve a shimmer effect. I know you can mix clear nail polish with eyeshadow to make a nail polish with the colour you want but this is different in that you don’t mix in anything. Just tap or dust on loose powder to the tips of nude nails, cover with topcoat and that’s it! I’ve put in two pictures of the nails just in case it was difficult to see the effect in one or the other.

Gold tips

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Microbead Mani

I have to admit, I’m pretty slow on this microbead/caviar mani fad (I might just attribute that to me being in the second largest hole in the Southern Hemisphere) and I think this was making waves months ago in March or something. I had these beads about a week ago but waited awhile to let my nails rest (and rehydrate) on account of me doing all these mani blogs >.<
Anyway! I’ve finally come around to getting all the materials together (mainly just the microbeads) and this is my review on microbeads (months and months late).

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