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DIY Vanity Mirror Light Step-by-step

Hey guys. It’s been a while since I’ve updated but due to recent events I needed some time off. Moving into the new house has taken up a lot of time as well. One of the things that I did here was setting up a whole new work and makeup area since I have a bigger room now then before. And I though I would show you how you easily can set upp this vanity mirror system by yourself. Best of all is that the lights turns on an off with a remote, which is optional but a really smart solution. Lets begin!

The things that you will need is:

  • A mirror
  • Vanity light bars
  • Light Bulbs
  • Picture and frame hangers (or hardware)
  • Extension cords
  • Remote Lamp Control
  • Outlet adapter or extension cord (to connect lights to the wireless remote)
  • Scissors and screwdriver

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First of all you need to find a mirror of size and style that you like and that will fit on your wall. I purchased a frameless mirror from Lowes for a really good price. the size of this one is 30×36 inches and costed me about 28 dollars! Instead of using hardware to put it up, I used 4 picture and frame hangers that i bought at target. As you can see I chose to hang the mirror a little bit above the table so place yours at your liking. I chose a slightly bigger mirror just because my wall is really big and empty, it just filled it up nicely. Lets move on to wiring the light bars.

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What you want to do first is separating the extension cord and the plug that is attached to it by cutting it off, you will not need the plug! Then, split the 2 cords and with a scissor cut off about an inch of the rubber, but do not cut off the copper thread! As you can see on the cord, one wire is completely smooth while one wire has raised ridgets. This will tell you which cord goes into black and which goes into the white cord on your vanity light bar. The cord with raised ridgets goes into white, and the smooth cords goes into black. As you can see here below this is what it will look like when you attach them. spin together the copper wires and remember to put on the plastic caps. This is extremely important so that the white and the black cords don’t touch each other. It might cause a fire.

After attaching the light bar to the extension cords you may put in your light bulbs and try it out to make sure that everything works! When it comes to picking light bulbs choose light bulbs that doesn’t produce yellow light, as you may see these bulbs have a blue tint which is ideal for makeup light. They are a bit more expensive then regular bulbs but a good investment. I bough my light bulbs at Lowes.

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I ordered the light bars at Amazon (link) simply because I wanted to have one long bar on each side of my mirror that were the same height as my mirror (36 inches). Now what bars you choose is completely up to you and depends on how you want it. You can choose to do like me, have shorter bars or even have lightning that goes all around your mirror. I attached these with the hardware that was included which only was 2 screws for each bar. Super simple and I recommend to attach the “bottom” part before attaching the top part of the bar as well as the lights to secure it to the wall. IMG_1380

I really hoped that this helped someone out there. If anything is unclear please leave a comment and I will update the post as well as answer your questions! And if you did try this out, please share photos or let me know, I love to see what others do as well.

 

New house + Makeup space ideas!

I know its been kind of quiet around my social medias but its only because we recently got approved for a new house and we ar moving in less than 2 weeks! I have so much to do!! I cannot express how excited an happy I am about this house. Its going to be marvelous and I am already planning and thinking about every little detail that I am going to do. If you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat you have already gotten a little sneak peak of the house.

I am finally going to have a closet again, this time an amazing walk in closet. And my own bathroom that has a jacuzzi bath. Ugh all the lush bombs I will buy. But the biggest thing that I am excited about is my workspace and my makeup space. I have been looking at so much inspiration on how I want it and how to storage all my stuff because now it is a total chaos. I hope that you all understand that it is a stressful time right now. I am going to try to update as much as possible but please bare with me during this time. It will be so much better once I have moved!

Here are some Workspace and Beauty space ideas that I just wanted to share with you. You can find them all on my Pinterest.

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Holiday wishlist help with Marie Claire

Every year it gets harder and harder to tell people what I want for Christmas, especially since Im able to make my own money and buy whatever I want. I also find it extremely hard to buy present for others as well. Buying present and making someone else happy is the best thing I know of. I will splurge more on the people that mean the world to me rather then on myself.

For the holidays Marie Claire releases their ultimate gift guide with 101 gift ideas for the girl who likes beauty, home, fashion and more in their December issue. It is truly the ultimate gift guide with items for everyone in various price ranges as well as current and upcoming trends. I have rounded up and gathered items from the gift guide that I would absolutely love, but that I also think are some great items and ideas for gifts to others. To subscribe to Marie Claire you can do it here. It is also a great idea to give away a subscription to any friend, sister, mother or girlfriend who are interested in fashion, trend tips and how-to guides.

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Starting off with beauty gifts we have the Prada’Candy’ Eau de Parfum Collector’s Edition (Limited Edition) ($114). I have the Prada Candy Perfume and I absolutely love it so therefore I would not mind having a pretty gold bottle among my perfume collection either. Second is another perfume and it is the  Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Eau De Parfum ($25-$115). It smells so good and is definitely one of my top perfumes that I would recommend not only to myself but also to by for someone else. New in stores is the Fresh Cocoa Body Exfoliant ($45) and I just love Fresh. I use their face moisturizer daily and it is just an amazing brand. Thereafter something that is so in trend right now and so gorgeous is rose gold shadows. I chose one which is a little bit cheaper but amazing which is the Colourpop La La rose gold in an Ultra Metallic Finish ($5) and also if you feel like splurging a little bit you can get the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Scratch ($19).

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Moving on to some of my fashion mut-haves or wanties a fur coat is everything and you need to have at least one in your closet. This Oversized Faux Fur Coat from DKNY is currently on sale so take the opportunity! Secondly I love a good pair of pumps and  these Open Toe Pumps from Nine West (NOW $49.99) are not only gorgeous but so easy to wear. Splurge real good on a nice watch and spoil yourself, or a loved one because what do girls love more then diamonds? This Two-Tone Gold Diamond Watch from MICHELE is a bit pricy, but if you want to gift a nice watch from MICHELE you can mix and match bracelets and watch heads as you want and skip the diamonds if it isn’t within your price range. The Blouse from H&M Studio has been one of my absolute obsessions that Ive wanted to get for so long and it is also below $100. Finishing off with some must-have bags is a really nice Leather Messenger Bag from ZARA with a gorgeous feather detail and finally if you are more on the splurge side the oh so classic and beautiful Saint Laurent Sac De Jour Nano leather shoulder bag which is the mini version of the tote.

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For more gift ideas make sure to check out the December issue of Marie Claire

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Welcoming eve and a good nights sleep

I have never in my life owned a memory foam mattress, so this to say it is an odd feeling sleeping on one now. Eve Mattress has just launched in the US and I was so lucky to receive one of their mattresses. A good mattress is so important for you, more then you think. When I started my health journey I did not only change my food or my exercising routine. I also needed to make sure that I got the sleep that I needed because sleep is key to a healthy life. It is told to help us train harder, concentrate better, stay positive, lose weight, improve our learning ability and memory, lower stress and live longer. Which are some great benefits!
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The mattress comes rolled in a nice little eve box which is white and yellow. It was much heavier then I thought it would be but I managed to move around the box and get the mattress out myself! I simply placed the mattress on my bed frame and started to remove the plastic, it easily started to spread out on the bed frame once all the plastic wrap had been removed. But there was one problem – the mattress was too big! Maybe like 3/4 inches because as it seems. After some digging around I found out that IKEA has smaller beds!! So my bed frame is NOT 54×74 , it is 53 1/8×74 3/8. WHAT? Luckily I could tuck in the mattress in my bed frame but beware if you are buying bed frames from IKEA but not mattresses! It gets a little bit tight on the sides.

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I have only slept on my Eve mattress for three night now and to be honest I feel that I have been getting much better sleep. The mattress is still a little bit hard but it is starting to soften up. I usually only sleep on one side of the bed so when I move to the other side it feels a little bit strange. The mattress has 3 different layers and foams – bottom layer is a 17cm ultra-resilient base foam, the middle layer is made from 4cm highest quality, luxurious memory foam and the top layer is 4cm natural latex which is antimicrobial and adds bounce.

It seems as both me and puppy approves! Right now as a launch campaign you get $100 off your Eve mattress with code RT100. Take the opportunity now because you also get 100 days to try the mattress, and if you don’t like you can return it and get fully refunded.

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Keeping my carpets clean with BISSELL ProHeat 2X Revolution Pet + GIVEAWAY

Keeping your home isn’t always easy when you have carpets everywhere. Especially not when you have a little furry friend that runs around leaving dirt and hair everywhere. I got to try the BISSELL ProHeat 2X Revolution Pet in my home which I am so grateful for, and really happy because now I have an amazing Carpet vacuum to use in my home! I cannot describe how much cleaner my home looks now after using the BISSELL ProHeat 2X Revolution Pet and I was truly grossed out by how much dirt my regular vacuum cleaner didn’t pick up.

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I used the deep cleaning mode together with BISSELL Deep Clean + Antibacterial formula that came in the package on the BISSELL ProHeat 2X Revolution Pet to clean out the carpets in our house. Not only did it dig out the dirt and dust that were in there. It also dug out so much hair from my dog that I didn’t even know existed in the carpet, leaving it super fresh and clean after cleaning. There were hairballs left everywhere that I had to vacuum up afterwards but that really showed me how deep the dual powerbrushes goes. It also helped a lot with removing spots, I didn’t even have to use the spot cleaning tool, the deep cleaning mode on the cleaner was enough to remove the spots on my carpet.

Before and after. This spot was from when my pup had eaten something and had to throw up.

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Compared to the carpet cleaner that I used the last time to clean the carpet, the BISSELL ProHeat 2X Revolution Pet worked much, much better! This time the carpet actually looks clean and nice. The competitive brands cleaner was not only big, clumsy and heavy. Also, the other brand product didn’t seem to make a difference and the carpet still looked unclean. (And its supposed to be the leading brand, hah). Can you see how nice and clean my bedroom carpet looks? It has never been this clean from the day that I moved in. The carpets were dry within 2-3 hours which was great. This allowed me to clean it during the day and still being able to do other things around the house.

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I used the hose, which you can attach to the cleaner, to clean out our living room couch. It is actually a really nice couch from Urban Home and the pillows are attached to the couch so there are no way that you can remove anything and wash it. We haven’t cleaned it since we got it which is really bad and it showed from cleaning it. Instantly there were dirt, dust, showing up in the hose which really grossed me out. I used the Express cleaning mode to clean out spots on the couch which worked wonderfully! Using the expressmode allowed it for dry within an hour.

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At least to say that I am really happy with the vacuum cleaner. It is truly amazing and this makes it so much easier for me to clean my house more frequently in less time! And now you have the chance to win a wonderfull BISSELL bundle yourself (including a BISSELL ProHeat 2X Revolution Pet and BISSELL Deep Clean + Antibacterial formula). There will be 2 winners across the bloggers that have done tis review. And all that you have to do for a chance to win the BISSELL ProHeat 2X Revolution Pet and BISSELL Deep Clean + Antibacterial formula is to leave a comment telling me you favorite spring cleaning tips, BISSELL will go through the comments and choose winners. 

Teva x Swarovski x HonestlyWTF DIY Event

[ts_row] [ts_one_half]I was invited to a DIY event with Teva, Swarovski and HonestlyWTF at Nordstrom last week. This is my absolute first pair of Teva sandals and they are so simple, yet so great! On their website there are tons of styles but the one that you will be seeing in this post is the Teva X HonestlyWTF DIY kit sandals. Every each and one of us that were invited got a kit and we were allowed to not only design them ourselves. We also got to meet and get professional help by the co founder Erica. She showed us a bunch of things that we could to design our shoes and it was so much fun!

I was really surprised by how easy it was to attach all the crystals. Most of them were already pre-glued and you only needed to use heat and pressure to attached them to the sandal straps. This can easily be made at home with a straightening iron. Some of the crystals were attached with glue since they were much bigger. What you could do with your design was truly unlimited and no sandal looked  like the other. It was such a fun event and great experience as I don’t take the time to sit down and do a lot of DIY anymore.I really get into the zone when Im focused on something and people even commented on my quietness and that I seemed so focused on it.

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[ts_row] [ts_two_third] [image_gallery images=”6203:http://www.reduxsquad.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/2015-11-04-17.04.28.jpg,6201:http://www.reduxsquad.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/2015-11-04-16.52.08.jpg,6318:http://www.reduxsquad.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/IMG_0482.jpg,6319:http://www.reduxsquad.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/IMG_0481.jpg,” ][/image_gallery] [/ts_two_third] [ts_one_third] So here you have the little kit with everything that you get. We got the original sandals to design. As you see theres not a lot of things that are required to start this project and the only additional thing you need is something to apply heat and pressure. Of course you can also decide to pimp out your sandals a little bit extra buy getting some additional crystals to glue on! I might actually do that now that I mention it. Also you will see some examples that the lady herself, Erica, made and at then lastly you have my sandals!

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Sorry Bank account. It’s fall I had too.

Fall is like one of my absolute favorite season because it starts to get all cold an cozy. Of course I had to go into one of my favorite stores Bath & Bodyworks and buy myself some fall candles. I haven’t been to Bath & Bodyworks in like forever. I used to go all crazy in that store because ot the great offers that they have and I would always go back because I would get like 20% off coupons and stuff.

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I got 3 new candles this time and kinda just wanted a few for the fall and winter to lit up. I got the Pumpkin Pecan & Waffles, Marshmallow Fireside and Buttercream Icing. Holy moly how sweet they smell! I also liked a whole lot of other candles but settled for these three for now.

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Popsugar Must Have Fall Special Edition Box

It is finally here, the Popsugar Must Have Fall Special Edition box! It was dropped off by my door today and I was super excited to open it as I didn’t even know what brands were in the box, or even products. I know that they had some good stuff last year so I hoped for the best when I ordered the box. This Special Edition Box comes in a special all black box, and unlike the other boxes this is actually not the shipping box! Now the packaging inside was not so appealing, most of the items were just wrapped in black tissue paper and that was all of it. I don’t really like dark so I would have preferred a higher or more fun color of the wrapping.

This is the whole content of the Special Edition Box. Personally, Im pretty happy about it. I love all cute home decor stuff so these will definitely come to use in some way! And as far as the beauty products go you can never have too much. It is six full sized products or objects andI will talk about each and everyone a little if you just continue to scroll down a bit.

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The absolutely gorgeous tray is from Swing Design, and this is absolutely a item that you can not have to many off. There is always room for another tray to put small items in and this one will go either on my dest or on my headboard. I absolutely love the blue wooden inside of it and I did not at all expect that. The so called Aura Laquer Aquamarine Valet Tray is found at Bloomingdales for $60 and comes in three different colors.

I also have this lovely necklace from Deepa Gurnani. It is a really cool and good looking statement necklace. Its not too big for my taste either. The crystals on the necklace is embroiled onto a cotton woven with a cow hide backing, so wearing the necklace feels really nice and there are no sticky points or cold stones agains your skin. The necklace is handcrafted in India and the precision of the embroidery really shows off! The necklace retails for $90.

Now, it seems as this necklace already is sold out, probably because it was sent out in the boxes. But here and here are some similar options for you both from Deepa Gurnani. If you want some cheaper options here is one here from Panacea and another one from Shop LuLu.

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Next up we have a product from Tatcha: Classic Rice Enzyme Powder. Now if I get this right, its a cleaning skin exfoliater in powder form. So when you use the powder you have to blend it out with some water in order to get a foam or a cream that you then massage onto your skin. The powder has a blend of Rice and Papaya Enzymes that works on your skin. Now from experience I love products that have Papaya enzymes because it works wonder on your skin! the powder is sold at Tatchas website and is retailed for $65 for 60g/2.1oz and you can choose the one that best suits your skin condition.

Next we have a super cute nail polish from Smith & Cult. And for once in my life I didn’t get a pink nail polish! Now I haven’t tried it on yet because I just did my nails the other day, but the nail polish has been featured in both Vogue and Elle so it should be good. And I just love the design of the bottle and the cap. Description of the nail polish says its high pigmented and long-lasting. The shade is named No Poem, but I can’t seem to find this one for sale anywhere, but don’t worry, both Neiman Marcus and Net-A-Porter have a bunch of beautiful shades retailed at $18.

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Now these are not mirrors, it is actually coasters and if you have followed my Popsugar Must Have Box unpacking before there was actually one time where I got a little bowl from the same brand in the exactly same design, so now I have some matchy match items! The coasters do come in a set of four but I only used two of them while taking some photos! They are from Canvas Home which have a bunch of items in the same serie. The Dauville Coasters in Platinum are not only super stylish, but I also feel that they can be used for other thinks like small tray for jewelry or just decoration, thats how cute they are! The coasters are made of porcelain and are all hand painted and hand made. Retails at $46 right here.

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Now last but absolutely not least is the Ombre Rouge Eye Palette from BECCA Cosmetics. This five shade eyeshadow palette comes in a sleek, luxurious feeling, case with a mirror on the full inside of the lid. Now the eyeshadows are fairly pigmented, I haven’t tried them on but I did swatch a few of them quickly on my hand. The eyeshadows also seem to be very easy bendable but still leaves a gorgeous pigmented color on the skin. There is absolutely no fragrance to the eyeshadows and they are Paraben, Sulfate and Phthalate free. The eyeshadow palette retails at $40 and are available online only at ULTA and Sephora.

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Now sadly, it seems as the Special Edition Fall Box sold out pretty fast, in 36 hours. So it is no longer available to order. The regular Popsugar Must Have Box however is available to subscribe to where you monthly will get a box filled with home, fashion and beauty goodies. The box starts at $39.99 for month to month subscriptions and with the code REFER5 you get $5 off your first box! Doing a 3- or 6-month subscription will be cheaper in the long run.