DIY: 50 Beauty Uses for Household Items

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Hanging onto money isn’t an easy feat for most young women. Between today’s cost of living, socializing, eating, dressing, downloading, and pretty much everything else we do, it sometimes feels like there’s just not enough to go around. That’s why a girl’s gotta be resourceful when it comes to her beauty products, which—if you’re not careful—can add up fast.

Im a huge proponent of employing genius tricks to avoid shelling out hard-earned cash for certain beauty-related things that could easily be done using stuff we already have in our linen closets, our kitchens, or our bathrooms.

For example, did you know that the inside of a banana peel can whiten your teeth as well as an at-home kit, or a little cornstarch can work wonders on adding luster to greasy hair? It’s these small hacks that can save a little cash, a bunch of time, and overall keep your  stuff (and yourself!) looking fabulous.

Whether your plan is to start saving now, or whether you’re just naturally frugal, check out this list of 50 brilliant beauty uses for common household products! Once you’re done, be sure to share a few of your favorite tips in the comments below.

50. Cornstarch
Savvy women swear by this cheap-o pantry staple, which works wonders as an all-natural dry shampoo replacement. It soaks up sebum—which makes your hair greasy—leaving you with killer volume and clean-looking roots. Also, adding an eighth of a teaspoon of cornstarch to nail polish instantly makes it matte.

49. Banana peels
It might sound odd, but used banana peels can whiten your teeth! Rub the inside of a peel along your top and bottom teeth for about a minute each, and let sit for around 10 minutes. From there, grab a dry toothbrush and start brushing. Doing this a few times a week can significantly lighten teeth as well as any whitening kit.

48. Ice trays
Use an ice cube tray to custom blend your own lip colors or foundation using two or more shades. Simply rinse and pop it in the dishwasher afterwards.

47. Matches
The rough strip on a matchbook can double as a nail file in a pinch.

46. Rubber bands
Wrap rubber bands around the cap of nail polish bottles and other hard-to-open tops for better grip.

45. Cold-pressed avocado oil
This fatty oil—found in any grocery store—works wonders when it comes to hydrating dry patches on your face and body, smoothing skin texture, calming redness, plumping up fine lines, and keeping pores cleaner. Don’t buy it? Studies have shown avocado oil can promote increased collagen synthesis and can also heal skin irritations.

44. Dryer Sheets
Use these to effortlessly remove static from your hair (oh, and a damp used dryer sheet can remove soap and shampoo build-up in your tub, too!)

43. Coffee
Give brown hair a boost with actual coffee. Brew a strong pot, shampoo, then douse your strands with lukewarm java. Leave it on for 10 to 20 minutes before rinsing and adding conditioner. The result: an all-natural color revitalizer.

42. A shoe bag
Hang it on the back of your bathroom door and fill it with loose hair ties, bobby pins, makeup, brushes, cosmetics, or hot tools.

41. Baby powder
Sure, we’ve all heard that baby powder has the same effect as dry shampoo, but did you know that makeup artists use it to make eyelashes look long and full? Simply curl your lashes, apply one coat of mascara, dust a little baby powder along your top and bottom lashes with a Q-tip or makeup applicator, then add another coat. It really, really works.

40. Refrigerator
Use your fridge to store eye cream, toners, and astringent. The cooling effect de-puffs eyes and skin.

39. Mr. Clean Magic Erasers
These mini miracle-workers not only remove makeup stains on countertops, but also pesky self-tanner streaks. Dampen the sponge and run over the offending area, and the streaks should disappear.

38. Coconut oil
Given all the hype around the ancient practice of oil pulling, coconut oil has been on everyone’s minds lately. While the verdict is still out if it’s the miracle health phenom some swear it is, one thing it can do: Whiten teeth and make them blindingly shiny when swished around in your mouth.

37. Pomegranate seeds
Make your own lip and cheek stain with a few crushed up pomegranate seeds mixed with plain lip balm. Plus, thanks to its high levels of fatty punicic acid, the oil derived from pomegranate seeds can moisturize your skin.

36. Toothpaste
We’ve all heard the one about toothpaste getting rid of zits, but did you know it also can be used to whiten yellowing nails? It works! Add in a few drops of lemon juice—a natural bleaching agent—for extra effects.

35. Baby oil
Add baby oil to broken bronzer for a tinted body oil, or to a broken blush for a dewy cheek stain or lip gloss.

34. Tea bags
Shaving left you with some nasty razor burn or bumps? A wet tea bag will soothe inflamed skin and reduce the pain. No need to go for the good stuff—cheap black tea usually has the highest levels of tannic acid, which heals rashes.

33. Cooking spray
Giving yourself a manicure? Grab a can of cooking spray from the kitchen after you’re done, and spray your nails from about six inches away. This helps dry the polish, and it keeps cuticles hydrated.

32. Sharpies
In a pinch, a permanent marker can fill in chipped manicures—just make sure you match the color correctly (which isn’t that hard given the range of colors and neutrals available today!)

31. Hanger foam
You know the foam that comes on hangers after you get your dry cleaning back? It’s a foolproof way to remove deodorant marks on clothing.

30. Dawn dish detergent
Due to its high level of surfactants, Dawn dish detergent is especially successful at removing oil-based makeup stains from clothing.

29. Peppermint oil
Found in every health food store, dab peppermint oil on lips—it’s the main ingredient in most pricey lip plumpers. If it’s too tingly for you, cut it with a little coconut oil or lip balm.

28. A hairdryer
Use your hairdryer to instantly blast steam from your bathroom mirrors after a hot shower.

27. Shaving cream
Did you know regular shaving cream removes icky foundation and bronzer stains from shirt collars? It does! Simply rub the offending area lightly with a shaving cream and a damp cloth. If your garment is machine washable, toss it in afterward, otherwise, rinse lightly.

26. Baking soda
Between product buildup, dandruff, and the fact that it’s not kept in a case, your hairbrush can get pretty nasty, ladies. Keep it spic-and-span by submerging it in a bowl of lukewarm water mixed with three or four tablespoons of baking soda.

25. Raw honey
Legend has it that Cleopatra swore by honey to keep her skin in tip-top shape, and it’s easy to see why. Raw honey is packed with antioxidants, antibacterial and hydrating properties, and—surprisingly—it unclogs pores and clarifies skin. The best way to test it out: Put a thin layer on your face, watch a 30-minute TV show, and rinse it off with tepid water.

24. Safety pins
It might sound nuts, but actress Kate Bosworth has been heard saying that her mother uses a safety pin to separate her lashes after applying mascara. When we passed that intel on to others, more than a few women copped to doing it too. Try this at your own risk (and make sure your hand is super-steady.)

23. Metal spoons
Sure, keeping ‘em in the fridge and popping them over your eyes to combat puffiness is a good trick, but who knew that you can curl your eyelashes with a spoon? Miranda Kerr is a fan of this trick! Not shockingly, there are a gazillion YouTube tutorials showing you how to do it.

22. Sticky reinforcements
Remember reinforcements, those circular white stickers that kept loose-leaf holes from ripping in your binder? Place them over your nails to create flawless nail art, like half-moon manicures or French-style manicures with cool colors.

21. A toothbrush
Spritzing hairspray on a toothbrush can help tame flyaways and style bangs.

20. Unsweetened cocoa powder
Some brunettes swear by mixing unsweetened cocoa powder with their cornstarch to refresh greasy hair for a perfect color match. (Bonus: It also covers grays in a pinch, and isn’t sticky at all.)

19. Coffee filters
Ditch the pricey oil-blotting papers and use these instead—they work just as well.

18. Tissues
Besides the obvious uses, tissues can help keep lipstick in place. Place one tissue over your lips after applying, and dust lightly with translucent powder.

17. Band-Aids
Use a classic Band-Aid to add some sweet polka dots to your manicure! (Most are perforated with tiny dots.)

16. Apple cider vinegar
Acetic acid, the main ingredient in ACV, will remove product build up from your hair, as well as strengthen it, balance its pH level, promote new growth and nixes dandruff. Simply dilute 1/2 a cup with 4 cups of water and rinse after shampooing.

15. Olive oil
Take a tip from the pros and clean heavily soiled makeup brushes by spilling a few drops of olive oil on a paper towel and swirling your tools in it until the makeup breaks down.

14. Lemons
Sometimes the skin on our elbows and knees is a little darker than the rest of our bodies. Rubbing them with half a lemon every day works wonders.

13. Vaseline
Who knew dabbing a touch of Vaseline wherever you spray perfume makes your scent last longer. Why? Because the oils found in petroleum jelly “holds on” to scents and prevents evaporation.

12. Soy milk
Guess what? Soy milk can increase our levels of collagen! Soak a cotton ball in the milk, apply as you would any other type of toner, let it sit for 15 to 30 minute, and rinse with cold water. In a nutshell, soy milk contains genistein, which helps block enzymes that break down and age the skin.

11. An old business card
Use the edge of a business card or a Post-It note to draw a flawless cat-eye using eyeliner. Here’s an easy-to-follow YouTube tutorial.

10. Vodka
Did you know that soaking your razor in vodka not only cleans it, but keeps it sharper longer? Also, if you mix a little vodka with water and spray on your clothes, it’ll get rid of lingering perfume smells if you can’t make it to the dry cleaner.

9. Uncoated aspirin
Beauty junkies and acne suffers alike swear by the powers of uncoated aspirin to fix a variety of skin problems, including acne, dullness, redness, dry patches, and scarring thanks to its salicylic acid component. The most effective method: Take about 5 pills and add water so they turn into a paste. From there, add a little honey to the mix (see number 25: honey will NOT clog your pores!) and spread on your face. Let the mixture sit for about 20 minutes and rinse. If you’d rather not use honey, you can use your own face wash, or use the aspirin and water alone.

8. Mason jars
Instead of cluttering every drawer and shelf in your house with beauty products (we’re guilty!), buy inexpensive mason jars and separate your products by what they do (lipsticks with lipsticks, etc.) Not only will it look super-cool and organized, but they’re clear, so you’ll be able to see every product.

7. Microwave
Between warming up conditioner, hot oil treatments, moisturizing face masks, and even your eyelash curler, your microwave can be your beauty BFF.

6. Chapstick
If you’ve nicked yourself with a razor (or with a pierce of paper, for that matter), applying some classic Chapstick can soothe, heal, and stop a minor cut from bleeding.

5. Tomatoes
We’ve heard that eating tomatoes can make our skin glow, but—thanks to it’s lycopene content—they can also act as a natural sunscreen. Eat up!

4. Toothpicks
Standard toothpicks are a foolproof way to spot-fix any nail polish mistakes. You can also use ‘em to crate basic nail designs like shapes or letters.

3. Cinnamon
Got a pimple? Mix a little cinnamon with honey to spot-treat your zits. Several studies have shown cinnamon to be an effective acne remedy thanks its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.

2. Tin foil
Did you know that tin foil can be used to create curly hair when coupled with a flatiron? Lean how with these tutorials! 

1. Distilled white vinegar
This pantry staple removes stubborn gel cheek stain residue from your hands faster than soap and water, and it won’t dry out your skin.

#PUBLISHED.

‘Scuse me while I brag for a minute…

Because I’ve been PUBLISHED!

Little ol’ me. MY work. In a real-life magazine!

The past two weeks have been a whirlwind and I couldn’t be happier that they’re finally over at the outcome of them.

May was a completely crazy month that I finished off by hosting the grand opening of my studio! I held a wine & cheese party and invited some friends, family and clients over to help me celebrate the completion and opening of my beloved studio. It was a lovely night and everyone really loved the space. (A dedicated post and photos soon to come, promise!)

With the end of prom season comes the hurricane that is Wedding Season. As Brides begin to pour into my studio, Im beginning to think about how I can develop my career and skills in other areas of makeup. Don’t get me wrong, I love doing bridal makeup, its just not exactly what I want to be doing. My choice to become a makeup artist had nothing to do with weddings or brides, and in 5 years time I do not see my career as mainly Bridal as it is now. So, I’ve been working on some “fun” stuff; getting in touch with models and photog’s to collaborate on concept photoshoots, doing hair & fashion shows…anything that doesn’t involve a white dress.

I submitted some of my work to Surreal Beauty Magazine and was lucky enough to catch someone’s eye. I received an email last week saying that they chose me to be the featured stylist for the “Head Over Heels” pinup issue! The feature was released last Saturday and I downloaded my digital copy immediately! SurrealBeautyCover

THAT’S MY NAME! When I saw my name on the cover I started squealing. I still cant stop looking at it.It’s just so…surreal. Bad pun intended!SurrealBeautyContentsSurrealBeautyFeat

And there it is! My name in lights…er, print. Either way, Im pretty stoked even 3 days later. And how awesome is it that I just so happen to share a spread with one of my favorite pinup models, Miss Memphis Monroe?! I seriously can’t thank the team at Surreal Beauty enough, as well as the lovely models and photographers who helped me create the images that got me noticed!

SurrealBeautyFeatureThis milestone has confirmed to me that hard work and determination DO eventually payoff. I feel accomplished, yet motivated to do more and continue to set new goals. To think and work outside of my box. To build my name, and my empire. I hope that my little triumph has motivated you to apply for that promotion or try something new that you had doubts about. Never doubt yourself or cut yourself short before you’ve even tried. Life is a big game of trial & error, you only lose if you never try!

Peace, Love and Lipgloss Kisses xx

Update: Happenings

Heyhey!

So let me just call myself out on how bad I am at keeping up with my writing when things start to get busy! I seriously need to start pre-posting or find a guest poster to keep you guys entertained while I’m running around. Anyways, I’ll save the excuses and get straight into what’s been going on lately;

Well, prom AND wedding season are in their full, chaotic glory. I can’t even count how many emails, phone calls and bridal previews I’ve had in the past few weeks. Don’t get me wrong–Im certainly NOT complaining, I just have a lot goin’ on right now and I always feel like I have something to do or an email to return. Ahh, anxiety. On top of the usual peek-season craziness, it seems everyone and their mother wants to learn some new beauty techniques this spring so I’ve also been booking a bunch of beauty consultations & personal lessons. I’ve gotta say, I love the look on my clients face at the end of their lesson when they realize they can achieve the look they desire, and they can do it themselves! So gratifying.

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One of MANY bridal previews.

Aside from that, I’m putting the finishing touches on my studio (OMG, yay!) and getting ready for my wine & cheese Grand Opening party later this month! I still can’t believe how great my vision came into reality and that its actually HAPPENING. It’s suuuuuper cute (if I do say so myself!) and I can’t wait to finally reveal it to everyone! I reached out to some local artisans & small business owners for door prizes and stuff to include in my goodie bags and I’ve been absolutely shocked at how generous people are! There really is still some good in this world.

I celebrated my birthday on Cinco de Mayo with a nice, relaxing day in and a lovely dinner with the boy. We decided upon a English-style pub in the next town over called Lord Amherst. I can’t believe it took us this long to try it! It’s a perfectly cozy place right downtown along the Detroit River where they serve local craft beer and traditional “pub” food with a gourmet twist. In the spirit of Cinco de Mayo, I indulged myself in my first-ever Tequila Sunrise and loved it! We ordered a Stuffed Yorkie dinner and Steak & Guinness Pot Pie to share, I of course dove right in without thinking to take a photo like the hipster foodie that I am. Oh well, I’m sure we’ll return!

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Of course, I manage to take a photo of our drinks!

Although I thoroughly enjoyed my quiet, low-key birthday, I am definitely looking forward to Thursday when we continue the celebration at Caesar’s Palace with the Ellie Goulding concert! Back in March I spotted that she would be coming to town and my hubz being the sweetheart that he is, made us arrangements to see her and spend a couple nights at the casino. I’m such a lucky gal. I intend to dance and drink my little heart out, and hopefully win a bit of cash if Im lucky!

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Isn’t she adorable?!

Well that’s about all the excitement going on in my part of the world. Now that its down in writing it doesn’t seem so crazy, but I’ve felt so rushed and scheduled the past couple weeks. I just need to make it til June! Anyways, what’s going on in your life? Any events coming up or exciting summer plans? Better yet, who has some gambling tips/good luck charms?! Haha!

Peace Love and Lipgloss x

How-To: Remove Makeup Stains from Clothing

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If you’ve ever gotten a makeup stain on your clothing you know how devastating it can be. Whether you’re pulling a shirt over your head and lipstick makes its way to the collar or you’re leaning on your boyfriend’s shoulder and some foundation transfers onto his shirt, makeup stains on clothing are never a fun time. Luckily, there are a few tried & true ways to remove makeup stains.

Whether you’re dealing with an oil-based makeup, mascara or blush I’ve pulled together a guide for removing stains based on which makeup left them in the first place.

Lipstick: Because lipstick contains oil, an oil-based cleaner is what you’ll need to help remove the stain. Get yourself a grease-fighting liquid soap like Dawn Dish Soap and begin by blotting the stain with a tissue to remove any extra colour. Next, spritz the stain with clean water, but don’t soak the area. Gently rub a drop of soap on the stain and let sit for 10-15minutes. Then, use a clean terry cloth towel to rub the soap into the stain in a circular motion, starting at the outer edges working in. Finish by dabbing the section of fabric clean with a dry towel, if the stain hasn’t completely lifted, repeat the process as necessary.

Foundation: If you’re using a liquid foundation it’ll soak into the fabric quickly, so the sooner you tend to the stain, the better. Start by scraping off excess foundation with a plastic knife, then blot the stain with a damp paper towel to remove more of the product. Next, pour a few drops of Hydrogen Peroxide onto the stain and work it into the fabric with your fingers. Now take an old toothbrush and work the peroxide further into the stain using circular motions. Lastly launder the clothing and lay it flat to air dry. For a powder foundation stain, mix a few drops of liquid detergent and water and apply that to the stain, rubbing first with your fingers, then with a toothbrush. Finish by laundering and laying flat to dry. This same removal method also works for powder blush.

Mascara: Grab yourself a pre-wash stain fighter like Shout! and apply it to the stain using the brush that comes along with it. Let it sit for about 10-15minutes, then rinse with hot water. Launder the garnet immediately either by hand or in the machine, whichever is more convenient. Skip the dryer and let the clothing air dry on a flat surface, as the heat from the dryer can set the stain rather than help to remove it.

Deodorant: While deodorant may not be makeup, it still gets onto our clothing quite often. Using a pair of nylon stockings or a dryer sheet, rub the fabric against the deodorant mark and it’ll almost immediately come off of the clothing.

Do you have any DIY secrets that work for you? Any beauty/life tips & tricks passed down from Grandma, or that you discovered in a pinch? Share in the comments!

Foods That Help Prevent Breakouts

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As I’ve mentioned before, I suffer from super oily/blemish prone skin, so having (and keeping) clear skin is something that is always on my mind. Whether it’s stress, fatigue, or the change of seasons that’s causing my skin to flare up, there is a constant balance in our lives in order to prevent acne. Our diet can play a major role in that fact, with greasy foods and dairy leading us to more breakouts. Luckily, there are plenty of foods that help prevent acne as well. These are generally “healthy” food items, but if you add just a few of these into your diet you’ll be helping to clear up your skin from the inside out, as well as the cleansing you’re doing from the outside–double duty cant hurt, right?!

Avocado: An ingredient in many DIY face masks, this delicious fruit is a rich source of Vitamins E + C and can help to reduce skin inflammation and naturally moisturizes the skin.

Nuts: Most nuts have high amounts of Vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, zinc, calcium and iron which are all great for healthy skin–and acne sufferers have actually been linked to deficiencies in zinc, so a little extra boost is always a good thing.

Red Grapes: Grapes contain a lot of natural chemicals and antioxidants that can help with skin inflammation as well as with conditions like Eczema or Psoriasis. Plus, grapes have been known to help with side effects of allergic reactions on the skin.

Artichokes: This is another food that is full of antioxidants and Vitamin C. Artichokes are known for being full of fiber and thus helps to remove toxins from the body which make it a great option for healthy skin.

Brown Rice: Brown rice is a good source of Vitamin B, magnesium, protein and antioxidants. Foods with Vitamin B are helpful for acne as the vitamin can help regulate hormones and thus prevents breakouts.

Broccoli: Broccoli is always a good food to eat even if you’re not trying to prevent acne, as it’s packed with Vitamins A, B, C, E and K. These will help to fight damage on your skin and help your skin to glow.

Fish: Fish is a great source of fatty acids like omega-3 and omega-6 that are hard to naturally get elsewhere, but that your body needs to help reduce inflammation that can trigger cells to clog pores and cause acne.

Garlic: Garlic is not only good for your heart, it’s also good for your skin. It’s packed with a chemical called allicin which kills off bacteria that your body my be fighting, and helps fight any inflammation.

 

Do you suffer from acne or any other skin conditions? What foods or at-home remedies have worked for you?

New Gems: Rose & Co. and Blimey’s British Gift Shop

While strolling through my tiny little town the other day, I decided to pop into a new shop that’s opened up in the past few weeks called Blimey’s British Store and Gift Shop. For those of you that have read my Liebster Award post, you’ll know that I have an odd obsession connection to England and all things Brit. Upon walking into the store I was very kindly greeted by the owners, a husband & wife straight from England, charming accents and all. The shop couldn’t be any more adorable–set up with glassware & tea sets, Beatles memorabilia, British snacks and even a small bath & beauty section! Attached to the shop is an equally adorable vintage store with loads of furniture, ornate mirrors and old tea cups. It’s as if the owners are after my own heart!

After wandering around the entire store, I event1979679_388529867956545_1637271557_nually made my way back to the bath and beauty section. (Of course!) Set up was a gorgeous display of Rose & Co. bath and beauty products, a line that I’ve yet to discover! Displayed was a selection of their Patisserie de Bain line, which included cupcake bath fizzies, handmade soaps, hand cream, and lip balms all in elegant, Victorian-inspired packaging. The beauty guru in me couldn’t help but trying out the samples of each product they offered, and fell in love with the different scents–Strawberry Cupcake, Lemon Bon Bon and Sugared Violet.

After a little sniffing and sampling, I decided to go with the Sugared Violet lip balm in a squeezable tube, rather than the tin. I somehow managed to restrain myself and only buy one item during my visit, telling myself I would come back next week for another.20140410-144407.jpg

The package reads:
A violet scented protective lip balm to remind you of childhood, flowers, and happy things.

I LOVE the smell of this. It’s so different from anything I’ve ever tried before and not a scent I’d expect from North American companies. This line reminds me of my grandmother, very feminine and dainty in packaging and scent.

And performance wise, Im liking this stuff so far! Its not overly waxy and absorbs into my lips quickly. The beeswax and sweet almond oil within the lip balm keeps my lips hydrated for a good amount of time, about as long as my Eos lip balm would! This stuff isn’t just a pretty package!

Keep your eye out for more posts as I discover more of Rose & Co.‘s lovely products.

Have you ever heard of or tried any Rose & Co. products? What is one of your favourite beauty discoveries? Do you have a favourite line that isn’t from your country? Let’s chat in the comments!

Peace Love and Lipgloss xx

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Update: Girl, where have you been?!

Hi loves,

Today’s post is part apology for neglecting you and part update as to why I’ve been doing so. The reason?

I’ve been working on my STUDIO!

Yes, my own little makeup studio!! Pinch me, I must be dreaming!

Anyways, for about the past month or so I’ve been a real DIYer. Before I took on this project (all by myself I might add) I could hardly hang a picture straight on. Now, along with the help of YouTube, Pinterest and Google I’ve accomplished more than I could’ve imagined. Girl power!

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Now, to some people it’s just a spare room in my un-used basement but to me it’s the first little milestone in my career and a huge accomplishment as far as handy-work goes.

I’m going to do a full transformation post with before and after photos once the furniture and decor is in place but I WILL share a few of my inspiration photos to keep you on your toes!
I’m planning on officially opening my doors to clients in the beginning of May followed by a Grand Opening mid-May. In addition to prom and wedding season, it’s going to be a chaotic but rewarding few weeks!

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Cute, right?!

Do any of you have a makeup or vanity room in your home? How do you keep it organized? Any suggestions?

Stay tuned for the full transformation!!

Peace, Love and Lipgloss xx