June 4, 2011

How to Clean Your Make-up Brushes

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Some girls don't realize the importance of cleaning your make-up brushes. It not only gets rid of the gunk that's built up in the brushes, making the colours you use cleaner and more vibrant, but also helps eliminate the amount of bacteria stuck inside the brush itself. This bacteria is growing on the brush and when you use the brush again, that bacteria gets all over your face. And that's gross. This is especially nasty with foundation brushes and eye-brushes (bacteria in your eye? ewwww). The following is a super easy way to clean your brushes. I'm lazy, so I tend not to want to spend a whole lot of time doing it. But every week, I go through this routine.

STEP ONE: Wet the brush under running water. It's so important that you tilt the brush at a slight angle pointing down (as shown). This is because if the water gets into the metal bit, it could get to the handle. For plastic-handled brushes, this could mean that the glue could disintegrate and make the bristles fall out. For wooden handles, this could cause the wood to rot and ruin the brush.
STEP TWO: Add a blob of baby wash! This could also work with baby shampoo. Baby products are better because they are super gentle on the brush. And if there is any residue, it is gentler on your face. It also cuts through the oils in most make-up. I use cheap stuff from the dollar tree.
STEP THREE: Swirl the brush on your hand. Some people prefer to use a towel, but I think that this works better and it makes it so I don't have to use another towel. Swirl it until all of the gunk is on your hand.
STEP FOUR: Rinse the brush under running water, similarly to the first step. You can also squeeze the bristles, but DO NOT PULL on them.
STEP FIVE: Place the brush on a towel. Shape the brush so that the bristles are together.
STEP SIX: Press a bit of the towel on top of the brush to get out any extra water. DO NOT PULL THE BRISTLES.
STEP SEVEN: Reshape the brush and leave to dry on the towel overnight or until completely dry. :)


FIN!!



May 8, 2011

Asked to prom (not hypothetically)

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Today is Mother's day.
The day started with waking up to cuddle my mommy and then a drive down to Safeway to go buy some milk so that my sister and I could make her crepes with salmon spread. They were nummy. We were going to go down to the Saturday Market in Portland, but the weather was awful so we decided to just have a lazy day. A lazy lazy day... one in which I didn't even shower and I took periodic naps in my mom's bed while watching bad romance movies.
Well today was one of those days that I wish I had actually gotten dressed.
For the past week or two, I've been dressing up EVERY day just in case Spencer asked me to prom. Heels, skirts, the whole shebang. I have this thing where I'd rather look nice and confident when something important happens. On top of that, I like looking nice when I'm with him so that people could maybe go "Yeah, I totally get it! They look perfect together!" I told him how I felt about looking nice for him when he asked me...
But my boyfriend just happens to also have a twisted sense of humour.
The bell rang, I told my sister "go get it, I look like crap". But she got it last time, so I got up and checked who was there from inside the door (there's a big window on our door). The first words out of my mouth: "you guys, we definitely have a problem." I was all gross and one of those things going through my mind was whether or not I had time to take a shower. On my front porch was a dozen red roses (my absolute favourite), and a frame engraved with "Prom?". I knew he was hiding somewhere. GRRRR. Why today, of all days??
I opened the door and there he was, in all his glory: The kid I love wrapped up in a purple button-up, black vest, dark jeans, matching black belt and shoes. And there I was: A hot mess, greasy hair, bare feet, his sweatshirt, no makeup, and some jeans that I had slept in (bad habit).
"I don't know if I am hugging you or trying to strangle you." "Is that a yes?..."
Only my man would make asking me to prom half romantic/half malicious prank.
Part 2, the actual dance, to come. Top hats and tulle ensue.

April 29, 2011

Je pense que je t'aimerais

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I apologize for being so absent recently. It's gotten really tough lately what with my parents' divorce, my mother's diagnosis of breast cancer plus the lovely chemo that goes with it, and the stress of school and life in general. Sometimes I wish I could just press PAUSE on my life. But alas, only in my dreams.
Lately, I have been doing better. My mom seems to be handling everything rather well and my boyfriend keeps me sane when I'm on the edge of panic-mode. I love the kid. He gives me a reason to dress up and look pretty.
.... Cause if I don't, he looks much too handsome for me.
This red jacket has been a staple for the past few weeks. I love love love the colour and cut. My brother bought it for me. The jacket fits excellently around the shoulders and bust and waist and everything. It's a lovely length and is very well made. If I remember correctly, it was a steal also!
I miss summer clothes. It's so hard to figure out what to wear for the winter. I mostly wear tights. This is a summer skirt which I made out of a vintage tablecloth. I missed it so much, I threw on some maroon tights and paraded it today.

December 18, 2010

Snippits and an update

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You know, I haven't been updating this much. I feel sort of bad. I've just been so busy!

So this post is going to be a little random and about just stuff that comes to mind. Oh, and here's some recent pictures. :)
I heard somewhere that you're not supposed to wear red lipstick in high school. But I love it so! I can't help myself. Besides, I usually skip the lipstick and go with a Lip Shimmer in Rhubarb from Burt's Bees.
Oh, here's a photo of my with my hair up. Sometimes it does it on it's own. I like my hair up but it's hard to wear pretty clothes with it. So I mostly wear it spiked with my grungier clothes and when I want to feel punk. I've realized that I have two styles: prep and punk. It's sort of funny since they're absolutely opposites. But it really depends on my mood. And whether or not I want to feel like a good student that day.
Okay, so it's the holidays, right?
What's MY favourite thing about the holidays?
The kid's clothes. Of COURSE.
When I'm older and I have kids (which will happen, I'm determined), they will be dressed in such cute clothes and they will absolutely hate it. But maybe later they'll appreciate it and as teenagers or college-kids, they'll start dressing all proper. Ah! So cute! These last two photos were taken at Target.
Anyway. Sorry for being so absent. I might do something special over the winter break.



November 15, 2010

It's a cold and rainy November

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I've been soooo lazy lately. When I wake up at 6:30 in the morning and it's dark and rainy and cold, the LAST thing that I feel like doing is putting on a dress. I've been sporting a lot of jeans and leggings and-- sweaters!! I do love sweaters. So very very much. So this is pretty much how I incorporate my own taste in clothing with laziness and the cold weather.
Oh, and if you're wondering about the photos: I got tired of the same photos in ever post so I decided to change it up haha.
Sorry for not posting more! I'll try to improve on that.
The title is a quote from "September/November" by Super XX Man, a local musician from Portland. Check out the website: http://www.superxxman.com/

Jeans: $20 (Kohl's)
Button-up: $0.25 (Garage Sale)
Sweater: Free (Theatre Class)

October 19, 2010

Elle se sent bien

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Today was another day.
I've been in a fantastic mood lately and so I figured I might get dressed to maybe reflect my mood. I wore something I usually don't wear-- a sweater/button-up combo. I feel so bulky in them but there's really no other way to wear this sweater!
That's really all I have for today.

Pants: Clothing Swap (free)
Button-up: Clothing Swap (free)
Sweater: Gift from Solanah at Vixen Vintage
Pea coat: Wet Seal ($20)
Shoes: Payless ($18)

October 15, 2010

Japanese Visitor Day!

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Hi! Today was pretty fun.
So there's this program at our school that I'm involved in called the International Baccalaureate program. It's a crazy elite program that is SO difficult to go through but at the end of Senior year, you take your tests on the IB stuff you've learned (one test per class-- 6 tests) and if you pass them, you get college credit and the pride in knowing that you just passed the hardest 4 years anyone will ever go through. IB is partially why I blog so rarely. It's sort of exhausting and really involved. A part of IB is the 'International theme' which encourages cultural diffusion in the classroom and all that jazz. Part of that includes that we have students from different countries visit our school every so often.
So today we had Japanese students visit. I volunteered for one of them to follow me around for the day. I've done it 2 times before. What's most difficult about the Japanese visitors is that most American students don't know any Japanese so the language barrier is pretty prevalent. Today, I was Mami's day-buddy. She didn't know much English so we mostly communicated in body language and facial expressions, as well as notes. She was nice and super adorable! She had her own spin on their school uniform. She wore the skirt (which was still cute), rolled down knee high socks, cute light tan hiking boots, a dress shirt, v-neck sweater, red bow, and plaid scarf. She was adorable and had a load of personality. The only picture I got was this quick one my sister took with her phone.
So last night, I was freaking about what to wear today. I really wanted to make a good impression! But this morning I really just went with whatever I was most comfortable in. Yay for "just be yourself"! You can tell I really love these shorts, can't you?

Blouse: Clothing Swap (FREE)
Shorts: Goodwill ($4)
Jacket: Gift from Solanah of Vixen Vintage

October 13, 2010

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Today's school outfit! I kind of woke up late but still got dress. I've been really lazy lately (ew, even broke out a sweatshirt!), so I decided that I may actually wear something nice.
I got a lot of compliments on my skirt today! That was a plus. I was worried that people would hate it. But it's so fun to wear. It's all flowy and rosey. I generally don't like this length of skirt on me, but this skirt has a story behind it.
So I got a dress at the clothing swap that was ALL in this fabric. It was horrific. Super duper shoulder pads, unnecessary pleating, matronly neckline, large bust piece-- it was AWFUL. And terribly tacky. So I cut it up and took it in a WEE bit and now it's a lovely skirt. Yay!

Tank top: Forever 21 ($3)
Skirt: Free!
Nylons: Target ($5)
Flats: Target ($10)
Necklace: Flee Market ($8)


October 2, 2010

Wallflower Vintage Love-List

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I recently stumbled upon Wallflower Vintage, which is a vintage clothing store that's been expanded to the internet. Every one of their items are authentic and labelled, as well as described in great detail which is very convenient for the costumer. The only problem I have with the clothes is that they're a bit above my budget! But hey, that's what you get when you shop for vintage clothes. Here are some of my absolute favourites from the website:



Check them out!!

September 29, 2010

Saddle Shoe Casual

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I'm so SO so so sorry for not updating more. I feel like I'm almost always apologizing! I'm sorry for always apologizing! oops! sorry!
Anyway, school has been so tough on me. I'm now comfortably in my Junior year in something called IB, which is kicking my butt!
In any case, this is what I wore today. The general concept of this outfit has really been the usual this year-- blouse, shorts, saddle shoes. I had been searching for saddle shoes but they're so difficult to find! Solanah at Vixen Vintage told me that the online store for Payless has them for cheap-- so of course, I had to buy some. They aren't the best quality, but they're cheap and surprisingly comfortable (I wear them almost every day!)
So this isn't the first outfit I've wanted to post on here, but I've been so busy. I'm going to try to update new outfits once in while. Every one of my outfits are cheap or easily hand-made so maybe they'll help someone out there.. maybe...

Shorts: $4 at Goodwill
Tights (I know you can't see them, that's the point): $5 at Target
Saddle Shoes: $18 Payless ShoeSource
Necklace: $8 Vancouver Flea market

August 31, 2010

Pencil Case Tutorial

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Yeah, so this is the kind of day today is. It's rainy and dreary... That's what you get in the Pacific Northwest.. It's kind of refreshing actually. It's time to break out the flannel and cardigans again! This outfit is really what I usually wear to school. Flannel/belt/jeans-- BAM! Outfit. It's good, because flannels are about 10 cents at garage sales.
So I've been pretty busy with homework. And I know all the blogs are talking about back to school. I don't know about you, but I know that I can't get enough of back to school tutorials!! Here's one that I made last summer around this time. It was my very first tutorial ever!

It's so simple (I had just started sewing then). I still use the tutorial though! Here's the one I made for the new school year.
I've been into floral patterns this year instead of bold colours. And my favourite buttons! Eee!
Along with trying to come up with tutorials that are related to school, I'll try to do a post on the stuff I NEED to have in my backpack for school. So, look out for that. I actually might try to come up with that later today.
So that's it for now!


August 21, 2010

Mini-tutorial: "Blood" red lip stain

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Here you can see my newest hair colour. I'm not sure if I like it yet..
So, basically, in this entry I'm going to be going over lip stains. I've wanted a lip stain for FOREVER (okay, maybe a year), but they are SO expensive! At least at Target they are...
The cool thing about lip stains is that they are a more "natural" look than lipsticks. They aren't sparkly or shiny and they blend in with your lip colour. Not only that, but they are much easier to wear, since you usually don't have to spend so much time reapplying (or worrying if it'll rub off on something)!
But again, they are usually a bit pricey... :(
Why? Why do they have to be pricey? WHY? WHY I TELL YOU?
Especially since you can use household items to get the same (or better!) look.
I've been scouring the internet for some sort of cheap substitute. These are some of my favourite options:

Food Colouring
I actually tried this one. You only need a very little bit when working with the food colouring. It's kind of.. duller and not as vibrant as I expected which I quite liked. What I didn't like about the food colouring was that it dried quickly and so it get kind of splotchy. In addition, your lips have to be very well-exfoliated or else the food colouring dyes the dead skin darker and that's just not what you want.

Kool-Aid
I haven't tried this yet. But I would assume it'd work well! Especially since I always remembered that ring of red stain that just wouldn't come off as a kid. I like this idea because it's super cheap for a pack of Kool-Aid, you can mix an assortment of colours, and it tastes nummy too! Well, it'd be very strong, of course... but it's no chemical.

Fake Blood
Okay, this sounds funny. But when I was trying the food colouring, I remembered that I had this lovely shade of fake blood lying around (don't ask me why) so I thought to try it. I really liked the fake blood because it's a little gooey-er so it glides on and gives you time to get an even coat. After you're satisfied with the cover, blot with a tissue. You can also layer the colour on after each blotting to make it more intense. I'm wearing the fake-blood-lip-stain in the picture above with a lip balm. I love it!

Hope this was helpful!