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How to get creative with lockdown household waste

Watch: How to upcycle your Amazon cardboard boxes into handy household items

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With the amount of online shopping we’re all doing to avoid cramped and crowded spaces during the pandemic, many of us are stuck with heaps of cardboard boxes from online retailers, not to mention all the tins and jars knocking around from back when non-perishable food was like gold dust. 

Many of us have more household waste from simply being at home more, be it working from home, cooking more or doing home based activities. 

Chelsey Bowen is a DIY and craft YouTuber and has some handy tips and tricks on how to upcycle items such as cardboard boxes and tin cans rather than chucking them in the bin or the recycling. 

She says: “Let’s face it, recently we’ve all been doing a little bit more online shopping and with online shopping it means we get more cardboard boxes.” 

“I take old, used things and upcycle them or I take things that are destined for the rubbish bin and turn them into home decor pieces that you would be proud to have in your home.”

Watch: Crafty hacks to upcycle your old tin cans and turn them into cute home decor masterpieces

Chelsey shows us how to turn ugly cardboard boxes taking up much needed space into chic house decorations and storage solutions. 

From an elegant toilet roll holder that looks like it cost you a pretty penny, to a homemade cactus decoration to spice up your bookshelf, all made from unwanted cardboard boxes. 

She also gives us inspiration into ways we can make

How to upcycle household waste into stunning home decor pieces

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The Best Dark Lipsticks to Wear This Fall and Beyond

It doesn’t need to be fall to wear dark lipstick, but there’s something about the cooler temperatures, longer evenings, and changing leaves that makes a lot of people want to break out deeper, vampier lip colors like burgundy, plum, espresso, and even pure inky black. While picking out a gorgeous dark-hued lipstick is a lot easier than say, finding your perfect neutral, the mass amount of options on the market does make it intimidating to know which ones to invest in. That’s why we consulted some of the top makeup artists to come up with a comprehensive list of the best dark lipstick shades out there. For starters, many of the makeup artists we spoke to prefer dark matte shades over dark shades with a shiny or satin finish. “It’s personal preference, but I feel it looks more modern and it is easier to wear knowing it stays put,” said London-based makeup artist Caroline Barnes, which is a point makeup artist Samantha Lau (who regularly works with Dua Lipa, including that major blue eye shadow moment at the Grammys) reiterates. (“As an artist, I’m drawn to the soft matte formulas for dark lips if I’m using a lipstick that has medium or full coverage – I feel it just looks better in the overall look,” she added.) Still, there are also a few sheer and shiny options for those who don’t like the look or feel of matte lipstick, or who want a subtler way to play around with deeper lip colors. Another important factor when wearing dark lipstick actually has nothing to do with color at all, but rather the prep work you should do to ensure your lipstick doesn’t look dry or flakey. “Prepping