See Why This Sparkling Halloween Mask is the Cat’s Meow!

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It’s that fun time of year where rich fall colors delight our senses, pumpkins line the doorsteps and that eerie feeling of something spooky is just around the corner…. HALLOWEEN!

Halloween will be here before you know it, as as we thoroughly enjoy our spiced lattes (down to the last delicious drop), it’s fun to ponder… what shall I be this year?

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I haven’t decided what I’ll be this year, but my best friend Lauren (here we are having a ball at her wedding) is going as a kitty cat and asked me to add some Swarovski Crystals to her cat mask. Well, she certainly came to the the right person for that job (I’ve got crystals coming outta my ears, no not literally, that would just be ridiculous  😉 BUT, I do leave a trail of sparkles everywhere I go (I swear, every week the vacuum consumes more crystals than Kashi hair!)…so honestly, how can a bestie refuse?

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I had a lot of fun embellishing her cat mask with Swarovski Crystal Flat back Rhinestones and I thought it would be fun to show you what I created and give you the step by step instructions on how to create something similar for yourself, or for your bestie  🙂

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Steps to Embellish Your Halloween Mask with Swarovski Crystals

Here is what you will need to add Swarovski Crystals to a furry mask. (please note: the mask will need to be furry to be able to affix the Hot Fix Rhinestones, if it is not furry, then you will need to glue them on using an epoxy glue, my favorite being the E6000 glue). Below are the Crystal shapes that I used, but there are numerous different styles of Swarovski Flat backs to choose from to get your creative juices flowing.

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Swarovski Crystal Round Xirius Flat Back Rhinestones 2078-12ss Crystal Hot Fix

Swarovski Crystal Round Xirius Flat Back Rhinestones 2078-16ss Crystal Hot Fix

Swarovski Crystal Round Xirius Flat Back Rhinestones 2078-20ss Crystal Hot Fix

Swarovski Crystal Leaf Flat Back Rhinestones 2797-8mm Crystal Hot Fix

Swarovski Crystal Bow Tie Flat Back Rhinestone 2858-12mm Bowtie Crystal Hot Fix

Supplies

1 Furry Cat Mask (I couldn’t find the exact one she sent me, but here are some options to choose from)

Crystal Katana Tool

Bejewler Pro Hot Fix Tool

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I started with a plain black cat mask (I guess I was so excited to start adding the Swarovski crystals, that I forgot to take a picture of the plain mask, but hey, I’m sure you can use your wild imagination  😉

Starting with one side of the top of the eye, I used the crystal Katana to pick up the crystals and place them where I wanted them (I have found that this method is MUCH easier than using tweezers). Next, I used the Bejewler Hot Fix Tool to secure the crystals in place which only take a few seconds for each stone.

One great tip that I have found to work very well, is to use one size smaller tip on the bejewler tool than your stones, this way the hot tip won’t come into contact with the underside of your project, so that there is no way it can inadvertently heat up or ruin any part of your project. Pass that tip along to your Bejewler friends – they’ll love ya for it!

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Before you know it, your plain black cat mask is looking like the Cat’s Meow!

I decided my bestie’s kitty mask just had to be as regal as she is, so I added a little crown on the top, accentuating the bottom with the beautiful shaped Leaf Flatback.

Last but certainly not least, for the final touch, I added the Bow Tie Flatback as her adorable little noes accent. I think it’s as cute as a button!

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So there you have it, the final embellished kitty mask and it only took a couple of hours. I sent it off to Lauren, she absolutely LOVED it and can’t wait to show it off!

I hope this project inspires you to create something fabulous & sparkly this Halloween! Please post and share pictures with me of you, your friends’ or kiddos Halloween costumes this year, I would LOVE to see them!

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Harmony and Kashi

Keep Smiling and Keep Shining!

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DIY Face Gems ~ Applying Swarovski Crystals to Your Face Is Oh So Fun!

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(Picture compliments of Wavy.com)

What to be, what to be for Halloween this year?? I didn’t plan my costume out in advance this year, so on the day of I found myself rummaging through our costume/party box full of fun wigs, funky sunglasses & all kinds of comical pieces, one of my favorites being a bright pink cowboy hat. I had just worn the pink cowboy hat, so alas I was uninspired.

Just then a light bulb went off in my mind!

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Ah ha! CRYSTALS! I looooove crystals & have them everywhere, so why don’t I embellish my face!

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It was so fun, really easy and I always love getting creative!

If I had more time, I would have added a lot more. Who knows maybe next year I’ll be a crystal princess and go all out!

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I couldn’t find body glue anywhere, so I used eyelash glue and it worked really well. Just a little dab will do ya. I put a tiny dab of glue on my face and used the Crystal Katana to pick up the crystals and apply them to the glue. I pressed down for a few seconds and then it was on to the next. It was that simple!

I was inspired by this gorgeous picture!

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(Picture compliments of Toni Malt)

I applied different colors and sizes of the Swarovski Crystal 2088 Flatbacks to the areas that I wanted sparkle.

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I started with the 2088-20ss Amethyst and 16ss Amethyst Swarovski Rhinestones.

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I used the 2088-16ss Crystal and 2088-12ss Crystal and Crystal AB for the detailed fill in work.

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I also used a couple pieces of the Swarovski Crystal Flatbacks 2520-10x8mm Cosmic Style as well as the 2808-6mm Heart Flatback Rhinestone (super cute heart, one of my faves!)

Swarovski Crystal Sew on Stones 3223 Nevette stones from Rainbows of Light

I found some of these cute Swarovski Crystal 3223-12mm Nevette Sew On Stones and threw a few of these on. They have a flat back which worked well and I just love this shape. I wanted to add different shapes and colors to make it as unique as possible.

2494 Swarovski Crystal Starlette Flatback Rhinestone from Rainbows of Light  2540 Curvey Swarovski Crystal Flatback

For some dramatic accents I applied the Swarovski Crystal 2494-10mm Starlet Flatbacks as well as the 2540-7mm Curvey Flatback in the beautiful coating of Crystal Paradise Shine.

2709 Swarovski Crystal Rhombus Flatback wholesale from Rainbows of Light

Last but certainly not least, I used the 2709-13mm Rhombus Swarovski Crystal Flatback for the center.

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Here’s Kashi & I getting ready for trick-or-treaters!

I hope everyone had a fun Halloween! I’d love to see you or your kiddo’s/doggies costumes!

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Mani Magic ~ How to Rock This Stylish Trend & Apply Swarovski Crystals As Nail Art!

The Swarovski S/S 2016 Launch Event at the Andaz Hotel West Hollywood, CA on Wednesday September 7th, 2015. (Sean Twomey/2me Studios)

The Swarovski S/S 2016 Launch Event at the Andaz Hotel West Hollywood, CA on Wednesday September 7th, 2015. (Sean Twomey/2me Studios)  Manicures provided by OPI. Photo Credit: Sean Twomey/2me

One of the hottest fashion trends is nail art. It has exploded in popularity in the last couple of years and for good reason. Not only is it a stylish way to be creative, most importantly, it’s FUN!

The Swarovski S/S 2016 Launch Event at the Andaz Hotel West Hollywood, CA on Wednesday September 7th, 2015. (Sean Twomey/2me Studios)

The Swarovski S/S 2016 Launch Event at the Andaz Hotel West Hollywood, CA on Wednesday September 7th, 2015. (Sean Twomey/2me Studios) Design by On Aura Tout Vu. Photo Credit: Sean Twomey/2me

Everyone loves to express their own unique style and nail art is a fabulous way to be creative and do just that! There are endless options to create distinctive looks, whether it’s to match your special outfit, get in the mood for different Holidays or just freshen up your everyday look, painting and accessorizing your nails is a perfect way to enhance your individual style!

The Swarovski S/S 2016 Launch Event at the Andaz Hotel West Hollywood, CA on Wednesday September 7th, 2015. (Sean Twomey/2me Studios)

The Swarovski S/S 2016 Launch Event at the Andaz Hotel West Hollywood, CA on Wednesday September 7th, 2015. (Sean Twomey/2me Studios) Manicures provided by OPI. Photo Credit: Sean Twomey/2me

To upgrade your design even further, adding Swarovski Crystal Flat backs to your nails is extremely popular and you can see why, it’s chic and glamorous to enrich your nails with a touch of sparkle.

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 The smaller crystal sizes are ideal for nail art, such as the 2088-10ss and 2088-12ss. The clear Crystal is especially popular, as it looks very similar to a diamond and the Crystal AB is another favorite, due to the array of yellow, pink and blue rainbow style sparkles. There are also many unique styles to choose from to create a truly personalized design.

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Applying the crystals is very simple when using this amazing tool called the Crystal Katana.

Watch this instructional video on how to apply Swarovski Crystals to your nails. CREATE YOUR STYLE Nail Ambassador demonstrates how to use Swarovski crystals to turn your nails into your newest, most sparkling accessory! Learn the tips and tricks to adding sparkling crystals to your nails on classic nail enamel using nail glue or setting the crystals in the top coat of a gel manicure for long lasting glam!

The best part about this fashion statement is you can go as simple…

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or as decadent as your heart desires!

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Feel free to post pictures of your own sparkling nail art, I would LOOOVE to see them!!

Keep Smiling and Keep Sparkling!

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