SpringFever VoxBox 2013

5.30.2013




What's in the VoxBox:
Secret Outlast Clear Gel Antiperspirant/Deodorant $4.59
NYC New York Color Applelicious Glossy Lip Balm $2.99
Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-on Manicure $5.99-$7.99
Schwarzkopf Professional OSiS Gelastic $18.00
Tastykake Kandy Bar Kakes $4.49 per box



Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-on Manicure:

The sizes are more small nail friendly! The box says: it lasts up to a week, no drying time and easy removal. Some of the nails you may need to trim a piece sticking out. All of the nails are rounded except for those square thumbs. :(

Basically these can't hold up for normal everyday things. You NEED glue. I have no idea how you're able to do anything and try to keep these nails on. I was EXTREMELY gentle and that was really inconvenient when you have things to do and places to go.

The thumb nails popped off a few minutes after a quick hand wash.  I had these on for 4-5 hours and by the end of the night, I only had FOUR remaining. It wasn't as originally sticky when trying to press them back on. This really should have came with glue but then it couldn't be labelled as an easy removal. You can peel these off themselves, you don't need nail polish remover soaks or anything.




Schwarzkopf Professional OSiS Gelastic:

I'm super bummed that I got the gel. I have really long hair, what am I going to use gel for? :P   It's generally icky, sticky and gives crunchy waves.  But let's give this a shot anyway.

The bottle says you can use it on dry and damp hair!  This product smells great and has a good consistently. It's not too sticky.  I only used a little on dry hair, gave it some texture and looked somewhat fuller/thicker. 

I used it lightly on damp hair to hopefully define waves/curls but once it had dried, it was pretty disgusting and hard. It felt greasy and weighed down! Immediately had to wash it out. :( This product will work best on shorter hair lengths that want texture and a strong hold.

3 stars only because it's too much of dry icky textured feel for my liking to use it regularly.



Tastykake Kandy Bar Kakes:

I don't really like chocolate anything and gave this to the boyfriend instead! He said it was pretty good but messy.  I can imagine this turning to moosh if you leave it out in the sun. Even then squishy gooeyness is good!



NYC Applelicious Glossy Lip Balm:

I received Big Apple Red.  What I love most about this lip balm is that it's a sheer red.  It smooths out my lips, gives it a little color and smells yummy! It's cheap so that means I can get more colors :3  It's my favorite lip balm now.



Secret Outlast Clear Gel Deodorant:

I'm VERY picky with deodorant. I honestly don't care about white streaks or if there's a fragrance:  I just DO NOT want to sweat.

I prefer using clear antiperspirants that actually does it's job!  This gel is clear and actually stays that way. I love the smell too! You can twist it out easily and it doesn't take forever to dry.  I hate gels that stay wet/gooey.   No more problems with that.  :D 



How to Fix Black Backgrounds in PNGs // Disable Auto Enhance.

5.27.2013




Google+ recently came out with an update to Auto Enhance your images. It's set by default and can go unnoticed until you need to upload a transparent .PNG image! These images will show a black background thanks to this new feature.

Any images you upload to Blogger in Post or the Header will show a black background unless you uncheck the settings.



Don't have or want a G+ account?
Upload your images to TinyPic or Photobucket.

Thrifting Thursdays/OOTD

5.24.2013







It was super windy today! Crazy hair haha I am so glad that I actually tried on a number of items this time.  I wouldn't even consider tops with thin straps. That screams disaster waiting to happen but it was too much of an amazing and comfortable fit to pass up. This is my favorite now! I'll love more dresses with good coverage, cinched in waists (at the correct part!) and possibly huge pockets.  I barely even noticed this one had pockets in the dressing room. Such a nice surprise.

Ever since I stopped wearing jeans regularly, I haven't had any pockets. It takes awhile for me to realize that I'm trying to shove my phone in nowhere. Luckily I haven't dropped it yet! Right now I have my eyes on a certain MINT colored camera bag but I'm also wanting a new lens. How do I know which one to start with?  Both now please?!

Crafty Lately: Sewing, Crochet & Knit!!

5.22.2013
I am fascinated by the whole process of designing and creating handmade plushies. It looked complicated from a nooblet's point of view. I was too intimidated to even attempt because I'm generally horrible at following written instructions without a visual or keeping positive while frustrated. There should be no excuses since we have a sewing machine. Start simple, right?

I love foxes so much. I have been failing miserably on coming up with a crocheted verison ever since a friend requested it. I wanted to create my own design but I couldn't get the face shape down. Why not sew a fox instead?!




I like the wonkiness of it, the big nose and the legs. I might sew the scarf on it to hide the mistakes. I can't wait to start making another fox.  Attempt 2 will probably be in two pieces rather than three! Wish I have picked up red and more white felt now.



This time around it was much easier. Completed this kitty in a couple of hours. Attached the tail in a much better way in comparison to the fox! (Yep, if you didn't notice it. Don't look D:)



NEW!! I wanted to make some bright colored panda octopuses and I started off with my favorite color.  It's also finally up in Squittle.  I wish there was more a color selection with those felt squares.. I couldn't find a yellow to match my yarn at all :( 


The usual one is here. Each time I make a new one it seems to get larger and larger.  I'm tempted to buy some huge safety eyes and make a beastie one!


Happy Wednesday! ♥

How to CONTOUR [dodge + burn] in Photoshop.

5.20.2013
Hello!  Here is a quick on how to contour or dodge & burn in Photoshop. This is how I contour portraits.  You can use this method for higher end skin retouching.

Press ALT & New Layer. Choose Mode: Soft Light and check Fill with soft-light netural color (50% gray)

Method 1:
Select the burn or dodge tool and make sure your exposure is 10-30%. Your brush size will vary depending on what you are contouring/highlighting.

Method 2:
Select the brush tool and choose black (darken) or white (brighten). Lower the opacity of the brush to 10-30%.


What should you contour?  Do anything that you want to pop!  I contour the cheeks,  eyeliner, brows, shadows and sometimes the edge for a light vignette.    I also do this to make hair more defined.  

I make addionital contour layers for seperate things. For example: just the face, body, vignette, etc.



Lower the opacity of each layer if necessary.  You can also choose one contour layer and go to Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur  to soften it! The higher the radius,  the softer it will become.



I choose my dodge layer to be 80% with a Gaussian blur at 3.0.  One burn layer at 75% and the other at 80% with a Gaussian blur at 3.0.


Right click and duplicate your background layer.  Click on the top contour layer, press SHIFT & choose your background copy to select it all. Right click and merge layers.  You can toggle back and forth to your original to see if it's too intense. You can lower the opacity there too.

 I merged all the layers and lowered it down to 75%.



 I turned this into an action for you! 

Birthday OOTD// 5 things about me.

5.17.2013

Might be the eyeliner that gave me such sad eyes in this photo.



TOP: here ♥ // SHORTS: Forever21

I'm not really dressing up today :3 It was brought to my attention that I should probably post more details about myself soon. I'll start off with a five things about me.

  • Today is my birthday.  I am finally 22!
  • I am a twin. 
  • I've wanted to be an artist when I was six. Graphic designer while I was in middle school. Last couple of years: web & graphic designer, photographer and crochet shop owner.
  • I am a selective mute. Some people say that I'm rather outgoing even though I'm so quiet. 
  • Crissy is actually my nickname! 
Now... what are your five things?

Crochet Elephant Amigurumi Pattern

5.15.2013



Here it is! One of my favorite animals... This tiny crochet elephant has been tested and the pattern is ready to go!  It's in PDF form with a bunch of pictures for assembly and additional page for just printing :)

$2




Materials:
·        C or D crochet hook
·        Worsted weight yarn
·        9mm safety eyes
·        Polyfil stuffing
·        Optional: Weaving yarn needle & pins (to hold ears in place)
Stitches:
·        Single crochet
·        Increase (two single crochet stitches in one)
Decrease (skip a stitch or single crochet 2 stitches together)



 


I will send you the PDF via email within 24 hours. If you make this, please share the pictures with me! I'll love to see :D

Birthday Wishlist //

5.13.2013
GALAXY DRESS // GRACIE, JO TOTES // FUJI INSTAX 210 // HIGH WAIST SHORTS
 
 I'll love more camera related things but I'm trying to be realistic haha.



A LARK IN THE PARK // PERFECTLY PASTORAL // POLKA DOT// STRIPED LACE
 
MORE SUMMER DRESSES PLEASE.   Which one is your favorite?


LIGHT PURPLE // BRIGHT PURPLE // DARK BROWN
 
I miss the purple hair sometimes so that middle one shall be mine eventually.

 
I'm pretty content clothing wise but I am always open to new things haha. Hello overflowing dresser. I am years overdo on that spring cleaning. More donating & less hoarding, right? My birthday is this Friday! I don't seem to have any set plans. I'll be good with a little adventure (probably thrifting) and food. But mostly food.


Last year's birthday post

My goals for this summer is to do as many shoots as possible, save up for that Jo Totes bag and own more shirts.     We have two cameras with their lenses on & 3 more lenses. Flash, chargers, batteries and anything else that can fit. That's way too much for a tiny shoulder bag.  I also MUST get out of my comfort zone and break away from those tank tops. There's certain tops and styles that I like but it's not flattering for my size or there's not enough breathing room or coverage. Why is it so complicated? Booo!


What's on your wishlist?

Jenny by Studio Killers on Grooveshark

Happy Monday!

Thrifting Thursdays

5.10.2013
It's a little surprising to see how much has changed in a week! The shoes that I loved were no longer in that special case. Ever since I saw oxford shoes at a {higher end} thrift store, I wanted my own! I'm extremely picky and wanted a better deal. Somebody pointed these shoes out on the rack and got me all excited when I saw it was marked down half price. Also in a size I could wear. Perfect (!!!) Unfortunately I'm currently waiting days/forever on a few payments and was a few dollars short still which is why I avoided the clothing racks haha.  Next time I'll look at clothing. Next Friday is my birthday! :D

The boyfriend bought it. Spoiled.
 


Can't wait to put an outfit together for these.  I already have something in mind.



More photos below.




This is beautiful work! Wish I had space for these. It's probably not a good idea to start collecting things to hang on our walls when it'll be impossible to stop. 

I'm curious... Does anyone know what this sort of thing is called?

Pretty cute dolphin.

There's always a new kitty face there.

This was pretty adorable. Super tiny elephant and I didn't buy it because my room would probably eat it.

Monsters! ♥

I LOVED this so much. It was only 6 bucks but I would have preferred it as a rug. At that point: don't wipe your shoes on my owl! haha.

Look at what he found! A cute teeny claw machine

...and it actually works!

 Have a good day everyone ♥

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