Southern Belle in Training

Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle Blog || Est. 2012 || Virginia Beach, VA

July 19, 2013

Summer of Something New blog challenge: Week 4

     Happy Friday! I can't believe that we're more than halfway done the SOSN blog challenge now, and that my summer is also halfway over! Seriously, the month of July is flyin' by.

     After recently joining Pinterest and browsing a bunch of pins for make-up storage, I decided that it was time to do something about how I keep my poor make-up brushes. I've always just thrown them in my three various make-up bags that I have. This can lead to them getting ratty and old looking though, and they also had gotten very dirty since old make-up often collects on the bottom of my make-up bags.

     I originally wanted to try making the mason jar make-up brush holder shown in this pin. In fact, I was really enthusiastic about it. The day that I found that pin I went to the closest Michael's store and bought a mason jar and spray paint. The next morning I decided to start coating the jar. This is how it turned out:

     After I'd let the jar dry for a few days I went to the garage to see how it turned out. Long story short,  I will never have a career as a spray painter. There were tons of spots on the jar that didn't have enough paint, and some that had too much! And then there were weird little air bubbles on one whole side of it.

     If I had a good attitude about perseverance, I probably would have tried to remove the paint and start over, or buy another mason jar. But instead, I headed back to Pinterest and looked for other ways to store make-up brushes. ;-) That's when I found this idea! It looked much simpler than the mason jar idea since there was no spray painting involved, and I actually liked the way that it turned out better. Here were the supplies that I used!

A small glass vase, vase filler beads and ssome scrapbooking stickers to decorate!

     But before I could stick my brushes in their new home, I had to clean them. Pinterest saved the day again with this nifty pin which talked about making a solution to wash brushes with three parts dish soap and one part olive oil.

Doesn't the olive oil in the dish soap kind of look like an egg? Freaked me out a little since I hate eggs, but alas once I mixed them together it was "eggy" no more. ;-)

Look at all that yucky old make-up coming off the brushes!

After their bath

     Once my brushes had dried for a few hours it was time to assemble their vase! I ended up not decorating with the scrapbook stickers because I thought it was cute enough with the scalloped edges and the clear beads!

     How cute is this?! Can't wait to bring my new brush holder to school. It will look super cute in my dorm room!

     On a random side note, I'd like to bring up the topic of Snapchat quickly. I've had this app for a few months now, and to be honest I've never really seen the point of it. Maybe only two of my friends even use it regularly, but I usually just talk to them through texting. It does seem though like it would be fun to get into if I had people that would send me hideous selfies (I would do the same for you!). So, I thought I'd offer it up to all of my blogging friends! I don't want to post my Snapchat name here since you never truly know who is reading your blog... (you get my drift) but if you're interested just tell me in a comment on this post that you are, and we can exchange usernames over e-mail!

     I had a friend in high school that I would always text ugly selfies to before Snapchat ever came out. It was just "our thing." I had a few of the pictures saved on the computer, so this is what you could expect from me if we decide to be Snapchat buddies!

     Thought those would end this post on a "Fun Friday" note!

     To see more Summer of Something New posts today please check out these blogs!

     Fellow SOSN blogger mQs is currently on vacation this week, but check back to her blog in a few days to see what she's been up to!

     xoxo Miss ALK

     P.S. Expect some BIG changes on this blog soon. I may or may not be getting an awesome new design, and for the first time ever it's from an actual blog designer! It should be going up today or tomorrow. Talk about a "something new" :-)



  1. Your end result turned out cute!! I have something similar for my brushes and it is so convenient. I probably should clean them soon too!

  2. Yay for blog designs!! I opened up your blog early this morning then I had to go to work before I could read your post. Then I came back and I finished reading and I got to the end where you talked about your blog design. Then I refreshed the page--and how BEAUTIFUL! Love, love, love the new look! So exciting :)

    Also, cute brush holder! And I tried the same cleaning routine earlier this summer. I had never really deep cleaned my brushes before and I loved the results :) I will be replying to your email shortly, but I hope you have a fabulous weekend! I'm off to write my SOSN post!

    xo, gina

  3. Oh my goodness, I LOVE your new blog design! An audible gasp of delight may have actually just escaped my lips!

  4. This is such a cute and simple idea! I would have probably failed at the spray paint thing too. Love those precious selfies.


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