3 Tips to Get Those Creative Juices Flowing

June 24th, 2013 | by | creativity


Stuck for ideas? It happens to us all, is it writing songs, books or just simply trying to find something to do. We all have those times when we get a ‘block’ and just can’t get started or finish what we have already started.

I have 3 great tips to help you get your creative juices flowing:

1. You don’t have to be completely original!
I know it sounds weird, but actually, most great artists in any field steal (borrow?) ideas from others all the time. They might call it a ‘clever reference’ in a book but actually they just stole a line from a film or a name for their character.

Steve Jobs said “Creativity is just connecting things“. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things’. As his technological holiness said, it’s about the way you use these ideas not where they came from. I especially like how he describes the way an idea becomes obvious to us even though it seems genius to others as we have connected two ideas.

2. Take a break from what you are doing, and don’t try to think as it is impossible.
True inspiration happens when you let your mind wander; it’s the subconscious that comes up with great ideas. I promise that if you do something else then eventually you will be struck by an idea and be motivated to finish/start what you were stuck with. This quote from Ray Bradbury sums it up: ‘Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.’

3. When you are unsure whether or not something is going to work, just do it.
How bad can it be and you can always try that bit again. I’m sure that when top music artists like Eminem are composing, they don’t always get it right first time. It takes mistakes and I was inspired by the way Scott Adams put it: ‘Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.’

When I’m stuck for ideasm sometimes I also like to read creativity quotes (here are some I really like). They seem to sum up what I need to do in a really succinct way.

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Creative DIY Beauty Ideas

June 23rd, 2013 | by | random musings


Have you been wanting to achieve a look that is all your own? It can be hard finding the perfect shade of lipstick at the beauty store, or that unique temporary tattoo for that festival.

diy-beautySometimes, you can’t actually find the kind of beauty products that you want in stores, and that’s when you may just have to take matters into your own hands. Here are some creative DIY beauty ideas that will have heads turning in no time.

One of the first things that the average cosmetologist will learn while studying in beauty school is how to create their own lipstick shades. For this, all you need is some chapstick and some blush or eyeshadow that you want to have as your lipstick shade. (Note: You can mix eyeshadows and blushes in order to get that perfect shade.) Take a small slice of chapstick, and crush up the eyeshadow that you want to use as pigmentation. Mix the chapstick and eyeshadow together until the mixture has a nice, even color. You can store this DIY lipstick in a small tub container for future use, too.

Another common beauty school tip that people who aren’t licensed hairstylists often don’t know is that you can mix hair dyes together in order to get a shade that is 100% unique to you! This often works best with alternative color hair dyes, such as the ones that you would find with Manic Panic. This is because the colors that you would find with alternative hair dyes are brighter and more noticeable, and the effect of mixing two or three of these colors tends to be much more extreme. Still, it can be done with almost any hair dye.

Yet another favorite DIY beauty tip that a good stylist will be able to tell you is that you can create your own spa products using common kitchen ingredients. For example, mashing up a kiwi fruit and using it as a facial cleanser is a quick way to exfoliate dry skin. A masque made out of raw honey can help you moisturize dry spots. Even using a paste of nutmeg and honey can improve your skin tone and even fade acne scars. If you keep looking up new ways to get your DIY beauty fix, chances are that you will be able to get a lot of benefit from your cosmetics.

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