Spring Beauty Voxbox 2012

Spring Beauty Voxbox


I got my first voxbox on my birthday! How cool is that? I received the Spring Beauty Box full of these lovely goodies. I have been trying these out for over a week now :D

Spring Beauty Voxbox
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Spring Beauty Voxbox products


SheerCover Duo Concealer
Sheercover Duo concealer

I open up the eye area by putting concealer in the corners of the eye and under. It's a decent product that is creamy/moist and stays on nicely when used with a primer underneath. I am shocked at how bright the area looks. I'm NC20 & went with the light/medium shades!


Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash


I love their moisturizers and was excited to see that they have body washes. (I'm out of the loop!) Skin is left soft in comparison to other washes I've tried and it lathers up nicely with a drop. Less is more PLUS smells good and can be used as an alternative to shaving cream. Full size please!


Chapstick Lip Shield


I have extremely dry lips and when I read the "advanced formula" on the package, I knew this was the first thing I'll try! Most products leave the lips with a waxy protection. This is quite moisturizing, fills in the cracks and a good dupe for lipgloss without the stickiness.


Sally Hansen Salon Effects

I got mine in Wild Child. My nails are tiny and didn't expect these to work but I let it settle for awhile then trimmed it to fit. :D I use my hands quite a bit craftin' & these lasted for several days.


Bath & Body Works Paris Amour Mist
Bath and Body Works  Paris Amour Mist
Generous full size! This is a good mist for sensitive noses. Usually I can't handle floral sprays but it's a light mix of fruity and floral. Reminds me of a little of bubblegum.


Dr Scholl's (for her) Ball of Foot
Dr Scholl's Ball of Foot in wedges

My wedges! These cushions helped me wear these longer without the usual burning aches. No more straining or having cramps in my feet from the stretching. I'm familiar with Dr. Scholl's inserts! My feet are flat, my favorite shoes are either flats or have some kind of arch that takes while to get used to. These inserts are a cushioning, massaging gel. It's easy to remove without damage.


Soyjoy Blueberry
I have been thinking about trying a healthy bar smack but there were so many and didn't want to go through the trial and error process. (Picky!) This is a healthy version of a blueberry muffin! Real fruit, tastes good and I'll actually like to try other flavors.



Would you try any of these products? Have you already?


*These products were sent to me from Influenster.

Loreal Hicolor for dark hair

Loreal Hicolor in Magneta & Red


I noticed a good amount of visitors coming to my blog about this dye and also emailing me about whether this will actually work on black hair. Yesss! The dye says for dark hair only and requires a developer. It means you should have virgin hair otherwise you need to use a color stripper!



I used this over a faded (5-6 weeks) demi-permanent black dye. One tube of Red and Magenta with a 40 vol developer thinking this would work after researching on the web & word of mouth. The result was just a tint with vivid roots.

Remember! Virgin hair or use a color stripper if you have dyed your hair. It doesn't matter how long ago it was or if it's faded, you could end up with much brighter roots!

It comes out bright without the use of bleach but results will be intense if hair is pre-lightened. I wouldn't leave it on longer than 40 minutes. I know some people have later redyed their hair again using Loreal but you could touch up with use of a veggie dye (SFX, Raw, etc) *instead* and you won't damage your hair.




loreal hicolor magenta over faded dye

I do recommend that you use this dye for lifting your roots. I would use about 1-2 tubes every 2-3 months. Works amazing without having the drama of bleach!

loreal hicolor magenta
You can see the new growth and how bright the color still is!!

loreal hicolor magenta
(everyone needs a dye tee)

loreal hicolor magenta and red

If anyone has used any of these colors or the other reds I'll LOVE to see!

Have you used Loreal Hicolor?

This Year Is For Change



Here are a few photos I have been working on for fun. I always have a craft or photography bug. I really GET into doing one thing and ignore the other. My boyfriend made a softbox that I am dying to try out on an actual person. (!!!)

I'm more prepared for this next shoot because of the little details I have decided to stick with and the extra light. Usually I'm vague and indecisive for the fear that I may sound too demanding to look a specific way. If the client doesn't speak up about wanting a specific look then it's time to step up. Free rein for me!













Someone said a photographer should be responsible for poses and for the longest time, I didn't think too much of it. Kept a few poses/ideas in mind and would hope that someone would eventually loosen up and do something without direction. More than often it never happens. You can get a few good shots but after all that time, you know it could have been better if you were more prepared. I'm terrible at posing myself so how would I be able to help the person I want to photograph?





Photographing Amigurumi Tips - How to Get Your Amigurumi To Look like it's Standing

If your amigurumi doesn't stand up on it's own, there's a few things you can try:

1. Lean the amigurumi against something.



I've used a notebook as the background and had someone hold the top side of the notebook just right so the amigurumi doesn't fall over. I've also leaned the notebook against books and pillows.


2. You can try putting tape on the bottom of the amigurumi. 



The tape may be somewhat visible, but you could edit it out later. I've done this to amigurumis that are a bit top heavy.


3. You can lay the amigurumi down and take the photo from above.

You can also try using a white paper and fold a part of the bottom as a flap for it to stand on. I try this for a more consistent look for shadows in the background.

Whether these work or look good for your amigurumi, depends on the design, size, and the angle of the photo.

Made in May 2012.


The Purple Elephant

I get inspired to do so many projects at a time, I often don't finish most of them for years or I just end up completely forget about them and stumble on a bag of stuff later wondering what I was doing!

 

I recently found this little elephant guy. I think I made him only a few months ago... as well as about 5 other colors  I made that I have yet to sew. Oops!

Made in May 2012.


Floral dress for my birthday

Slightly bummed out because Forever21 didn't carry the dress I wanted in store. I'm wondering if it's because it was cheap? Most of the dresses there were over $25-$30. I had to dig up this floral dress and luckily it was within my teeny budget. My birthday is next Thursday!




F21: dress & cardigan.


these are cute





instagram camera

Such a cool concept. Wouldn't that be awesome to have??

Puff Stitch Video

I received a couple of questions about the stitches in the puff stitch hat. The video is for the puff stitch itself and the photo tutorial is for a decrease puff stitch.





DECREASE PUFF STITCH
The first puff stitch round is easy until you are greeted with holes (spaces) in the next round.


Focus on the loop on top of each puff stitch. There's where you put your puff stitches and increase (two puffs in one!)



If you are having difficulties crocheting through a tight stitch, go into that space instead! (even I cheated)


Yarn over and insert the hook into the front loop of a puff stitch.





Yarn over and pull through the remaining loops.




Puff stitch:
Yarn over, insert hook into the stitch, yarn over and pull thru 3 loops
*Yarn over, insert back into the stitch, yarn over and pull thru loops.*
(*repeat 3 more times)

Dec puff:
Yarn over, insert hook into front loop of the puff st then insert hook into the next st's front loop, yarn over and pull 3 loops thru.
Yarn over, pull 2 loops thru.


Hope this helps!

Birthday Wishlist

Ever since being introduced to fashion bloggers, I am dying for a wardrobe full of summer dresses. I only own three dresses. My favorite one is the peter pan collar dress. I love it but it's way too heavy for summer.




fun & groovy floral dress with a white belt, yes.

This reminds me of vintage wallpaper that I saw when I was younger. I remember orange & yellow flowers with green thrown in. Such a faint memory!



floral market dress
I want everything turquoise. I really like it paired with red or pinks. Peter pan collars are too cute. Want thissss!



shoreditch floral doc's

I would LOVE to own these one day. I have trouble imagining clothing items on me and MUST see someone to model it like this! The price is amazing considering the one below:


1460 floral
OMG?!


I was looking for a dress for my birthday. I'm on a super tight budget though since something happened and I needed to borrow money. It will be paid back!

I don't have enough money on one card, unfortunately. I never actually bought anything in the store at F21. It's like a maze for me and I can't find anything I see online in store anyways.



bow back floral

This would be above the knees on me!

I'm turning 21! I am the oldest in my group of friends and it's quite odd to have that reversed for once. I have ALWAYS been the baby of the group. Now I have to count down the months to go out to bars, concerts, etc with others. At least I can buy myself a drink at dinner, right? D: