Not a Review (…but you need to get this!)

Flower Zoom-In Mascara : Zim on a Whim

We interrupt our regularly scheduled blog of food and DIY to bring you a review a testimonial to one of the best mascaras out there, in my opinion. {GUYS: Come back later on when there’s food. Buh-bye for now.} Chances are, you may not have known about this little gem. That’s because it’s from FLOWER, a cosmetics company owned by Drew Barrymore, who does not advertise. They rely on Drew to promote the brand, freeing up all those advertising dollars to be spent on making great products. It’s important to note that the products are made in the USA and not tested on animals. Woohoo!

Let me tell you why I think this mascara is the best I’ve ever used. Usually you have to choose between long lashes, curly lashes, or thick lashes. The results are based on the way the brush is shaped so you are hard pressed to get all three in one shot, unless you use an eyelash curler as well.  This company has designed the wand so it can be dialed into three different brush types!

#1 – It comes out of the tube straight and elongated to lengthen lashes…

Flower Zoom-In Mascara : Zim on a Whim

#2 – Then with a twist to the end of the wand, it becomes a volumizing brush to thicken lashes…

Flower Zoom-In Mascara : Zim on a Whim

#3 – And finally, twist two times to use the curling brush…

Flower Zoom-In Mascara : Zim on a Whim

{Tip: I recommend straightening out the wand before putting it in the tube to re-coat. I think it will keep the brush from getting ruined.}

I haven’t had any issues with it wearing off before I take it off. It’s a quality product for a lot less. Even if you’re not on a budget, I think it’s better than anything you’d find at a cosmetics counter in a department store. Plus, I love the rose gold packaging! But I do think the card backing needs some redesign. It’s hard to see the FLOWER logo and I had a tough time finding it. The first photo at the beginning of the post shows what it looks like.

The ONLY drawback to this exceptional find is that you can only get it at one store. WALMART. Did you catch my frown? I never go there unless I have to. I’m a Target girl. Walmart gets my blood boiling as soon as I drive into the parking lot. I don’t know what it is, and I apologize to any loyal Walmart customers, but that store makes me insane. It is worth going there just for this mascara though, so I will brave the crazy drivers and long lines for you, Drew. And for my lashes.

Flower Zoom-In Mascara : Zim on a Whim

Cheers to an inexpensive, USA-made, not tested on animals, quality product!
OK, back to the food…

Fabric Flower Tutorial

There are many different methods of making fabric flowers and I’m going to show you one of them. They come together very easily and you can use them for all kind of accessories and embellishments. After the basic fabric flower tutorial, I will show you how easy it is to add one to a headband! Or glue one to a hair clip if you prefer. You can also glue a pin back to one and have a pretty accessory to pin to a jacket or purse. They can be sewn onto t-shirts or tank tops to dress them up a bit.

You can use all kinds of fabric, but the best ones are the kind that don’t fray. T-shirts work great for this so don’t throw those old ones away – make flowers out of them!

This is all you need: small amount of fabric or t-shirt, small piece of felt that closely matches your fabric, glue gun and a flower template. You can cut one out yourself…just make sure it has 5 or 6 petals.

My flower template was made by tracing the rim of a juice glass and then I just drew some petals and cut it out. My template measures about 2 1/2 inches across, but you can make yours any size. I needed a black flower for a necklace that I was making (post coming!), but from here on I will show you with the pink fabric.

Pin your paper template to your fabric and cut out your flowers. Start by cutting out either 13 flowers (for a looser flower) or 17 flowers (for a tighter flower). This might depend on your fabric or what kind of look you are going for. I’d recommend cutting out all 17 and then deciding as you go. I used the arms of a long-sleeved t-shirt for my pink flower and I folded it so that I could cut 4 at a time.

Cut out a circle of felt that is smaller than your paper flower template.

Now grab that handy glue gun! Take a flower and fold it in half. Then fold it in half again (so it looks like a slice of pizza – can you tell I’m hungry?).

Glue that first flower down onto the felt circle, positioning the folded point of the pizza slice flower petal at the center of the circle. Fold 3 more like that and glue each one down as well.

Now you are going to fold 4 more in the same way and glue them each down over this first layer. But you need to position them differently – over the pizza cuts edges of the previous petals.

When you have this second layer finished, you can see if you want to make another layer or not. I thought with my knit fabric that it needed another layer. We will be adding something to the center so save a little room for that! Whether this is your final row or if you go on and make a third layer, you may want to use your glue gun and glue down the folds of those on top. You will see what I mean. They are floppy and start coming apart.

After you have made your layers, take another cut out flower, fold it in half, and start rolling it into a cone shape, slightly off center.

This is too tall to use as is, so snip off a bit from the bottom. (Check the height with the inside of your flower and snip off more if you need to.) Hot glue this rosette into the middle of your flower. Press down until it’s dry. Fluff up your flower and then glue the top layer of petals to the rosette to fill out your flower. If you see any uneven cuts, just take care of them now.

You are done! I used 13 flower cuts for the black one and 17 flower cuts for the pink one.

If you want to see how to make a headband with one of these cuties, follow along!

Here’s all you need: Completed flower (or a few small ones), felt circle that matches your flower (again, pretend that one is pink – although here it works since it matches the headband), and a glue gun. I bought a 5 pack of fabric covered headbands made by Goody for $4 and they are perfect for these!

Glue the bottom of the flower to the headband, somewhere on the side. You may want to put on your headband and mark where you’d like the flower to go. Take the felt circle and glue that to the underside of the headband, and to the bottom of the flower where the felt is. Make sure it’s secure.

It takes a minute or two to dry and then it’s ready to wear!

I made a black one, too…for me. 🙂

I hope everything was clear. Please ask if you don’t understand something. Easter is right around the corner and Mother’s Day is coming up. I’m sure you can find something that needs one of these flowers! Now, I’m off to see if there’s any pizza around…