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    Lettering for Absolute Beginners Workbook – Learn Lettering for Absolute Beginners

    If you’ve always wanted to learn how to hand letter, now is the time! Lettering for Absolute Beginners Workbook is an interactive workbook designed to teach you, in careful progression, how to create gorgeous lettering with any pen on any surface—no brush pen or calligraphy nib necessary!

    Inside, you’ll find everything you need to know to begin a hobby of hand lettering. You’ll learn how to draw letters, words, inspirational phrases, and bible verses in multiple alphabet styles by practicing outlining letters and thickening downstrokes. A bonus section with full-page traceable phrases and backgrounds allow you to make your own art, pull it out, and frame it!

    Simple, approachable, and fun, this method is versatile for any surface so you can create stunning faux calligraphy on paper, chalkboards, wood, glass, and more. You don’t need any special skills or lettering experience to get started.

    The must-have guide to faux calligraphy for beginners!

    • An interactive workbook to the art of hand lettering for beginners
    • Use normal everyday pens to learn to letter, no brush pen or calligraphy nub necessary
    • Versatile method to faux calligraphy works for paper, chalkboards, wood, glass, and other large formats
    • Practice 5 alphabet styles to draw letters, words, inspirational phrases, and bible verses
    • 5 step-by-step projects to help you practice your lettering on home décor, chalk boards, and gifts

    What’s Inside:

    • Everything you need to know to begin a hobby of hand lettering
    • 5 alphabet styles
    • 5 step-by-step projects
    • Guidance on lettering common words and sayings
    • Countless practice pages throughout
    • And more!

    Author Danielle Stringer is the owner and artist behind Imperfect Dust and shares her secret to hand lettering—that it doesn’t have to be daunting! Starting with the basics and the hope of encouraging beginners to pick up a pen and go for it, Stringer will teach you how to achieve the calligraphy look with simple key lines. Learn five different alphabets in both upper and lower case to trace and try. From there, practice lettering common words and continue on to sweet sayings.

    Lettering for Absolute Beginners Workbook is the ultimate resource for any aspiring hand letterer. Ready-to-frame art pages and a project section containing step-by-step instructions for five beautifully lettered items—including gift bags, wood signs, and ceramic plates—all await to welcome you to the world of lettering!

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    Glitter & Glam with @Gleambody by Melanie Mills

    I have a confession: I have no makeup skills. Every now and then I do a little experimenting, but truth is, I only have one look. I’ve been using a three-color makeup compact… I put the darker color on my lids, the medium color as highlighter under my brows, and if I want to be extra fancy, I put the lightest color in the inner corners of my eye for some pop and line the top and bottom. I just line the top lid for casual outings, and of course, I top everything off with mascara. Don’t get me wrong… it doesn’t look bad, but I am truly a one trick pony when it comes to makeup.

    Enter Glitter & Glam, by Melanie Mills ($22).


    This glossy coffee table book is packed with 50 gorgeous how-tos featuring a-list models like Ariana Grande, Audrina Patridge, Brandy and Willa Ford, with easy, step-by-step instructions to achieve each look — all provided by Emmy Award-Winning makeup artist, Melanie Mills! Great for a makeup-skills-impaired gal such as myself.

    I was lucky to receive a copy along with products from Melanie Mills’ Gleam cosmetics collection.


    Here’s the scoop on the line:


    Gleam™ Body Radiance ($15 to $40)

    Mills’ signature product, Gleam Body Radiance is an all-in-one makeup, moisturizer and shimmer cream for body and face that comes in four signature shades. We’ve all tried shimmer lotions, but this one is noticeably high quality and incredible long-lasting. You can wear it alone,  over makeup or on your body (hit up your collarbone and shoulders for some added sexy).


    Gleam™ Lip Radiance ($24)

    Topping Essence’s Best of Beauty 2013 list, Gleam™ Lip Radiance features seven shades of long-wearing, moisture rich, highly pigmented, non-sticky, and anti-feathering couture colors. I liked that this gloss has a good amount of opacity. It’s almost like a liquid lipstick. Very kissable.


    Gleam™ Radiant Dust™ ($59)

    Radiant Dust is a luxurious loose powder made from high-grade pearls and all-natural ingredients. This can be used as an all-over shimmer powder for highlighting the face, under your brows and the body. Layer it up with Gleam Body Radiance for added impact.

    With my Gleam cosmetics and Glitter & Glam book in hand, I took the leap and tried a new look. I used the Gleam Body Radiance as a highlighter for my skin and Gleam Radiant Dust on my lids, along with some of my own makeup, to achieve this look with the help of one of the tutorials.


    Get Glitter & Glam in book retailers nationwide, as well as leading online sites like Amazon, Barnes & Noble and more. Get Gleam online at www.gleambymelaniemills.com