The hottest trends in the make-up world this spring are having a bold lip, glowing bronzed face, and a stained cheek. High-end makeup products can range from $20 upwards to $60 for these products, while drugstore products can range from $5-$15. However, these DIY (do-it-yourself) methods are dirt cheap – perfect for the broke college student! These products are all natural, easy to make, and don’t contain harsh chemicals that are found in store-bought products.
1. Chocolate Bronzer
Bronzer is a never-ending trick that women use to get their skin looking glowing all-year round. Bronzer can be used to add definition to your face by contouring areas to stand out. Using cocoa powder, rubbing alcohol, facial moisturizer, and coconut oil, you can make four different kinds of bronzers. For more info and a video tutorial check out RclBeauty101’s video here:
2. Crayon Lipstick
Bold lips are very in this spring season! Lipsticks can be very costly, ranging from $4-$20 depending on the brands you purchase. Using just coconut oil and Crayons, you can create your own lipsticks. Play around with colors to create that bold spring look that is trending. Check out SofiaStyled’s video tutorial to find out how to make your own Crayon lipstick:
3. Cheek Stains
Cheek stains are the best way to add some color to your face. Using glycerin, food coloring, and some lip moisturizers, you can make a variety of cheek stains. The benefits of cheek stain versus blush are that they stay on your face longer. Which is perfect for the on-the-go student who needs a lasting cheek color. Watch RclBeauty101’s video for more information:
What are some make-up trends you are noticing this spring? Are there any that you make yourself? Let us know in the comments!
Fashion trends are continuously changing. Rather than buying new clothes to keep up with the trends, reuse old clothing items and recreate them into new fashion pieces and save on money! These do-it-yourself fashions will allow you to use your creativity and customize your clothing.
1. Graphic Tees
Graphic tees are a fun trend that never seem to go out of style. Rather than buying the latest graphic tee trend, make your own! Check out Ann Lee’s DIY videos for instructions on how to make your own fun and festive graphic tees. She even goes into details on how to transform your graphic tee into a tank top without any sewing! All you need is scissors, a scrap t-shirt, printed fabric for the design or old patterned shirts, heat and bond, glue and an iron! Watch her detailed video here:
2. Skirts & Dresses
Infinity scarves are the perfect winter accessory! If you have tons of infinity scarves, you’ll love transforming them into several different skirts and dresses. April shows you how to make your infinity scarf into the latest skirt and dress styles. Ranging from the trendy peplum skirt to the classic sweetheart dress. Check out April’s DIY video here:
3. Statement Beanies
Beanies are an accessory that are perfect for any season. Statement beanies have been extremely trendy this past winter. Rather than spend tons of money on beanies, get creative and make your own! All you need are the beanie hats ($5 at local Target/Walmart), decal stickers (Michaels/Joann Fabrics), a piece of fabric, and an iron. Check out Lauren’s detailed instructions on how to make you own beanie here:
If you are trying to budget your spending, but still want to keep up with the latest fashion trends, try out these awesome DIY fashion ideas! What other ideas do you have to get creative with what’s in your closet?
By BookRenter Email Marketing Manager, Suzann Moore
If you’ve got the cash to hit a Halloween costume store and pick up a sexy Darth Vadar getup or a fake beard from Duck Dynasty, we will promise to not judge. Okay, maybe just a little judgment, but as a company, BookRenter goes all in at Halloween.
Photo © BookRenter
Granted, almost all of us are no longer college students, so we have time and extra cash to plot our path to BookRenter Halloween party glory. Still, we very well remember what it is like to try to be creative and thrifty in costume creation.
Photo © BookRenter
So we thought we would put together a list of a few sites to help get you looking good without breaking the bank this Halloween:
1. Top 10 Last Minute Ideas From “Real Simple”
If you have masking tape, a t-shirt, or a sheet, then you are blessed with abundance, my friend. Get creative and inexpensive costume ideas here. It’s as easy as pumpkin pi!
Photo © Real Simple
2. 22 Last Minute DIY Halloween Costumes From “Buzzfeed”
These creative photos and ideas are enough to want to get anyone thinking about what to wear this Halloween. Grapes anyone?
Photo © Buzz Feed
3. Homemade Halloween Costumes From “Martha Stewart”
If you want to get really creative and have some extra time on your hands, these homemade costume ideas are perfect for you!
Photo © Martha Stewart
If none of these ideas float your boat, follow our Pinterest board, “Is It Halloween Yet?” and see what we are pinning for added inspiration!
What will your costume be?
The seasons are transitioning, school is starting, and the latest fashion trends are quickly changing. You can easily find these awesome trends in local shops or in a thrift store and you may already have these fashion pieces hidden deep inside your closet. Stay on the lookout for these upcoming fall fashion trends!
1. Polka Dots
Polka dots are making a fashion comeback this fall. This fashion pattern slowly made its way onto the clothing racks this summer and was easily spotted on dresses or swimsuit apparel. This fall you can find polka dots on t-shirts, shoes, belts, shorts, and more! Make sure not to go too overboard on the polka dot print, sometimes less is more! If you’ve already got a polka dot top, dress, or skirt, you can easily transform it into a fall outfit. Just layer a cardigan, scarf, or leggings to transform your summer wear into a fall fashion statement!
Photo © Forever 21
2. Camo Chic
Military and camouflage wear has graced the chic fashion world yet again! Not only is camouflage and military wear an easy pattern to style, but it is an easy pattern to find. If you’re not looking to break your wallet for this fashion trend, scope out your local thrift or vintage stores. There is most likely a hidden camo chic treasure awaiting on the racks! If you are looking to wear the pattern but would like to keep it simple, you can just wear a simple camouflage hat or a pair of camouflage leggings (as shown in the photo above).
Photo © Campus Companion
3. Floral Fashion
Floral print lives on! The floral fashion trend was an extremely popular pattern that swept the fashion world this past summer. It’s now still rocking the racks at stores for this falls fashion trends. You can easily transform your floral summer wear into something more appropriate for the cooler fall weather. Pair your favorite floral dress or skirt with some leggings or a scarf! Long-sleeved floral dresses are great for the fall, you can even layer on a jean jacket for those cool days.
Photo © favim
What fall trends are you looking forward to wearing this season? What are some of your favorite fashion tips? Share them with us below!
Want to upgrade your closet from drab to fab? Looking to have the latest summer fashion trends? Check out these awesome DIYs that will help you revamp your entire summer wardrobe!
1. Ombre Everything
Ombre is a trending style that has mainly been seen in women’s hairstyles. The ombre trend refers to the fading gradient color from dark to light, or light to dark. Although it has been trending in the hair world, the ombre trend has recently been taking the fashion world by a storm! Ombre denim tops, shirts, and shorts have this summer’s hottest style. Check out Real Asian Beauty’s video below on how to do a DIY Denim Top! All you need is a bucket, bleach, gloves and water!
2. Tribal Print
Tribal print is definitely a hot summer trend, you can find on headbands or pants. There are many varieties of tribal print patterns. You can avoid spending tons of cash by creating your own tribal print patterns! All you need is some fabric paint, a paint brush, a permanent marker and you’re all set to make your own tribal print clothing and accessories. To learn how to make your own tribal print, check out ItsMyRayeRaye’s DIY tribal print tutorial below:
3. Crop Tops
Got an old pair of solid or patterned tights/leggings lying around? Instead of tossing them into the recycle bin, transform them into a crop top! Crop tops are perfect for the summer time! Pair them with high waisted shorts, a cute skirt, or wear it on top of your swimsuit. MsFabulousTeeks DIY tights to top video is a fashionista’s best friend. There’s no sewing involved for this DIY. The only materials you need for the DIY tights to top is a pair of scissors and a pair of tights/leggings:
There’s no need to break the bank for these trending summer styles. With a little creativity and some helpful DIY videos, you can totally recycle and reinvent your entire wardrobe every season! Share with us your creations!