Category Archives: Beauty

3 Hairstyles for Curly Hair

I have stick-straight hair, so a lot of the pins I see on Pinterest for hairstyles will never work. So, I recruited my friends Aunica to showcase some curly hair pins! I stared with a low messy bun with some side twists. It was pretty easy to curly her already curly hair around my fingers in order to get the top texture. I pinned them at the nape of her neck. I then gathered the rest of her hair and spun it into a bun, which I secured with a hair binder and bobby pins.  This is definitely something someone with curly hair could do quickly in the morning to dress up their look. Super easy!

Low bun

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Next I tried a pin that isn’t just for curly hair, but I really want to see it done. It’s a hair bow. You gather all of the hair in a ponytail and on the last time through the binder, you leave the ends in so there is a bubble of hair. Then you divide the bubble to either side and pull the ends of the pony (the tail) and pull it over to make the center of the bow. You pin them down with bobby pins to secure it. Fluff until you’re satisfied. I was actually really happy how this turned out, and it was super easy! I’m sure it would be more frustrating on straight hair, though.

Bow

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For the third style I decided to do a semi-up do. You leave all of the hair down and pull strands from each side. You twist them as you bring them in and fasten them in the center, I used a hair binder. You do the same thing twice more, further down the hair. While this one was easy, I can’t say it’s my favorite. It’s pretty, but just not my style.

Three Strand

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So are you like me and envy the hair type you don’t have? Do you think Pinterest makes this worse? Let me know in the comments!

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3 Cures for “A Case of the Tuesdays”

Black maxi skirt outfit 

Time commitment: 5 minutes
Cost: Free
Ease of activity: 9/10
“Re-pin” Worthiness: 9/10

Some people talk about having “a case of the Mondays.” But for me Tuesdays are worse. Mondays you expect to be awful, but Tuesdays seem harmless. In reality, they only reinforce the fact that 7 am is not a normal hour for human beings.

Well, I had a case of the Tuesdays earlier this week. It was painful waking up and going to my internship. That’s the thing about adulthood: being awake isn’t enough; you must also make coherent sentences.

Fortunately there are a few cures.

My version.

My version.

1. Caffeine – Whether it be coffee, tea, or Coca-Cola: bring it on.
2. Coworkers – Working with coworkers encourage you and make you laugh is invaluable.
3. Looking great to feel great – How you present yourself has less to do with others and more to do with how you feel.

I blogged a few weeks ago about an outfit I saw on Pinterest that I recreated from my own closet for work. It was fun, easy, and helpful so I could look professional while on a student budget.

Well, it was so fun that I wanted to do it again. This time I searched for “outfits with a black maxi skirt.” My black maxi skirt is one of the best clothing investments I’ve ever made. Do yourself a favor and buy one like mine.

Pinterest version.

Pinterest version.

This outfit that I tried was also easy and I had all of the items already, so I didn’t have to buy anything. The best part was that it was comfortable and nice enough for work. It turned my Tuesday morning around and I was able to enjoy the rest of my day.

Takeaway: Tuesdays suck. But getting some caffeine, laughing with coworkers, and wearing a newly inspired Pinterest outfit can brighten the day.

Fake Pearls and Colored Jeans

c4e34526e438b8699b2aa8770800d510Pinterest is full of pretty girls wearing the latest clothing and styles. Although this can be a great inspiration to creating outfits, it also can be a catalyst to simply want more clothes. I have never actually tried an outfit from Pinterest but I decided to put this one together using clothes I already have!

Even though my clothes look different than the ones in this picture, the outfit is still a similar style and it is inspired by this pin.

photo 52I chose yellow colored skinny jeans, a blue chambray shirt, a grey v neck sweater, blue flats, and a fake pearl necklace. It is a simple look but it has a bit of a dressier feel to it. I added a fake pearl bracelet and a fun watch as well.

It’s great to pin fun ideas on Pinterest but I also think it’s also important to see what we can create from things we already have. What do you think?  Would you try an outfit similar to this? Have you ever recreated an outfit from Pinterest?

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When “Endless Blue” is a Little Too Real

Nail polish stain remover

Time commitment: 5 minutes
Cost: Free
Ease of activity: 8/10
“Re-Pin” Worthiness: 8/10

IMG_20140129_211613_253I’ve never been one for nail polish, but last year I found this great brand at Target called “Sinful Colors” that was cheap and lasted without chipping too much. Don’t worry about the title of the brand though; the nail polish has yet to be responsible for leading me down the path to unrighteousness.

I ended up buying eight colors and have since made painting my nails a regular activity. One of my favorite colors is a bright blue called “Endless Blue.” (Does someone actually get paid to come up with these names? Does this person get fulfillment out of his/her job? Is this what all the people who major in women’s studies end up doing? These are the questions that keep me up at night.)

Little did I know how true the polish was to its name. After wearing it for a week I used nail polish remover to take off the color. But *gasp* my nails were still blue.IMG_20140129_213304_540

In the past when this had happened I would just keep repainting my nails until they grew long enough where you couldn’t see the color anymore. However, Pinterest came to the rescue.

With some toothpaste and water I was able to remove the majority of the resilient color. I had to put my fingers under water, rub them with toothpaste, and let it soak for a few minutes, but overall it worked pretty well.

IMG_20140129_214749_312The worst part about this experience was rubbing toothpaste on my fingers. I did not much enjoy that feeling. However, it worked decently.

Takeaway: Random household products can be used for things other than their intended purpose. Check out Pinterest as many users are really good at finding and sharing them.

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Patriotic Polish

I have to admit that I really enjoy the Olympics. I find myself being the smart-alec friend who knows a lot of the rules about different sports (thanks Wikipedia!). My favorite things to watch are figure skating and anything with snowboarding. I don’t care who you are, you  can’t help but feel patriotic while rooting on Team USA! I regularly sport an American flag keyboard cover, but I decided to support Team USA with this red white and blue manicure I found on Pinterest:

RWB

I used OPI Blue My Mind, Essie Fifth Avenue and So Easy Stripe Rite in white in order to recreate this look. I also used Scotch Tape.

I started with a base layer of the OPI. It’s a pretty thick polish, so I only had to do one layer. Let it dry completely before you start to tape it off in order to apply the red. If your tape is too sticky and it will pull up your polish, stick it to the back of your hand before putting it on your nail. In the pin, you can tell that the red stripes are hand painted and that she applied the white over the blue instead. I don’t own a white polish that has a standard brush, so I chose to do the Essie next. Since the base blue is so dark, it too a pretty thick coat of the red in order to get the color I desired. Too thin and it looked maroon.

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After peeling off the tape (immediately, while the paint is still wet) and letting the red coat dry, I painted on the stripes. first I did the horizontals, then the diagonal. These look better on some fingers than others, since they’re freehanded. I also used a polish with a very thin brush. If you don’t have one, you can use the tip of a pen or pencil or a small paint brush. I decided to omit the glitter, since I didn’t have any that would go well like the original star glitter.

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After they dried, I applied a top coat and viola a super patriotic manicure!

During the next few weeks, make sure you tune in to support our athletes. Do something out of your ordinary routine to show some patriotism! Go Team USA!

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The Most Frustrating Manicure I’ve Ever Attempted

One of the most fascinating areas of Pinterest to me is the nail art boards. Mine is full of ideas I’d love to try, but I rarely try because I’m afraid to fail. I’ve followed nail art blogs for years and about a year ago, I finally decided to give the basic “scotch tape mani” a try. That’s simply when you take scotch tape and use it to create lines and patterns on your nails. This advanced into me ordering dotting tools (use an old pen or pencil if you don’t want to buy them) and striping tape. I’ve had decent success with those tools in the past, which lead me to trying the pin below.

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I started with a layer of black polish as my base. Make sure you keep this one thin, you want it to dry quickly. If it is gloopy and takes a long time to dry, you’re going to be really frustrated when it comes to the taping process. The base layer doesn’t need to be perfect, if it’s sort of transparent you won’t be able to tell in the end.

I didn’t have glittery polishes that I thought varied in color slightly enough to be an ombre, so I chose various shades of turquoise and minty greens/blues instead. I used OPI Fly and two of the five bottles included in an ombre set from Forever 21, which they no longer sell.

I started by sectioning my nails into three parts using the tape, pushing the edges down using tweezers (sorry I didn’t get pictures, I only had so many hands!) This is a tedious process and the hardest part about doing this type of manicure. Once a whole hand was sectioned off, I opened all three bottles of polish at once and did one nail at a time. You have to immediately pull of the tape before the sections dry, or you run the risk of pulling off large chunks of polish. This is why I did a whole nail at a time, so that the different colors don’t dry while doing the other nails. This is also where the thin base layer comes into play. When you go to pull up the tape to reveal the black lines, you might pull up black polish. This is seriously frustrating. If this happens there may be a few culprits: 1) The base layer was too thick 2) you base layer was still tacky or 3) your tape was too sticky (solve this by sticking it to the back of your hand before putting it on polish). I had this happen more than once, but instead of starting all over, I used the black polish with a really thin brush to paint in the ruined areas. Cheating, I know, but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do!

In the end, I liked the way this manicure turned out. However, it is super time consuming and takes a lot of extra tools if you want to recreate the stripes accurately. It also requires an immense amount of patience!! This is how mine turned out:

Time commitment: 1.5-2 hours
Cost: Depends on how much of the stuff you already own, free-$10
Ease of activity: 4/10, the taping process knocked this one down.

What is the most daring manicure you’ve ever tried? How did it turn out?

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9 Easy Braids You Can Learn!

Braids are the best.  They can be dressed up for a night out or dressed down for a lazy day in sweats or for the gym. For today’s post I decided to recreate all of the images in the pin below! My lovely friend Sadie volunteered to have her hair pulled so that I could try these out!Braids PinUnfortunately, the pin doesn’t link to a tutorial, so I had to use my resources. I’m absolutely obsessed with the beauty vlogging community on Youtube, so I turned to them for help on this pin. I started with the basic three strand braid, which I have known how to do for as long as I can remember. Super easy! 3 strand The next one was a french braid, also pretty simple. French is when the hair comes over the top and down into the braid. FrenchThe reverse of the French braid is the Dutch braid, where hair comes up from the bottom and through the braid. This is the braid that’s easiest for most people to do on their own hair. DutchAll three basic braids are easy to do on your own hair. Now we get more complicated! The waterfall braid is a little confusing, since you pull strands of hair and drop them after one section of braid. I have done this braid before, but I never remember exactly how to do it, so I found a great Youtube tutorial. The one I found most helpful also taught the feather and ladder braids too!

Waterfall

Waterfall

Feather

Feather

Ladder

Ladder

These braids were super simple after watching the tutorial. They definitely look a lot more complicated then they are. However, they would be a lot more difficult to do on yourself.

The one braid I have never mastered came up next. The fishtail. I understand how to fishtail but no matter how many times I’ve tried it always ends up looking terrible. After several tries, I finally got one that I liked.

Fishtail

Lace braids are my favorite braid, but not the way the pin shows it. If you do it across the back of your head like in the pin, most of your hair ends up on one side of your head. This braid involves picking up hair from one side of the braid and never dropping it (Unlike the waterfall and the feather braids). I like to do them on one side of my head in order to pull back the hair that often falls in my face.

How I normally wear a lace braid

How I normally wear a lace braid

Lace

Lace

The final braid is a twist. I don’t think I would consider this a braid necessarily, and it’s hard to make it look as tight as it does in the pin. Doing this one made me miss my Conair hair twister I had as a kid!

TwistOverall, these braids were pretty simple  to do as long as someone was showing me how to do them. Here is the collage I made up to match the pin.

Cost: Free
Time Commitment: About 5-10 minutes per braid
Ease of activity: 8/10
“Re-pin” Worthiness: 8/10

Braid CollageWhat is your favorite braid? Have you tried these ones before? Do you have a braid you’d like to see me try? Let me know! Until then, happy braiding, friends!

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Purple and Gold

a9b43b5577f3769bf67841e1b2d4d1b8Confession. I love having my nails done but I am terrible at doing it myself.  In the last few years I have forced myself to paint my own nails just so that I could get more practice.   Now that I have mastered being able to get paint on my actual nails I decided to branch out and  try some more adventurous things

I love the look of this half and half gold nail and I decided to try it using my school’s colors- purple and gold.  I decided to do purple as my base color so I painted two coats of purple on my nails and let it dry well.

After the purple was completely dry came the tricky part.  In order to create the half and half look, I had to tape half of my nail using scotch tape.  I wanted the gold on the top half of my nails, so I did tape from the base of my nail up to the top.  This was a little tricky because I wanted to get exactly half of my nail covered and I was trying to get the tape in a straight line. However, I found that in the end it didn’t matter as much if exactly half my nail was covered as long as you could see the straight tape line.

photo 2     photo 3photo 4I decided to tape both of my nails at the same time.  That way I didn’t have to worry about taping one hand while I still had polish drying.  Doing the tape is definitely the hardest part.  Once the tape was on it was easy for me to do two quick coats of gold polish.

I waited until the gold was completely dry until I cautiously peeled off the tape. To my surprise my nails looked pretty good! None of the polish had peeled off.

photo 6I covered the whole nail with a top coat.  This is important because it helped secure the two layers of nail polish.

I was really happy with my end result.  It didn’t look exactly like the pin, but for my amateur nail skills I was pretty impressed. I would recommend this pin for anyone who wants to try something fun but doesn’t have a lot of time.

What do you think?  Is this something you would like to try?

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