Sunday, September 28, 2014

A Simple Hair Tutorial. Kinda.

Okay, so let me start by saying that I plan on doing an updated version of this "tutorial" in the future. Hah. Probably not anytime soon but when I can find someone to be a model for me, I'll make another tutorial for you guys. I tried doing this on myself and it was kinda the hardest thing I've done guys. And NOT because it's a hard updo to do. It's actually pretty simple. It's just that I can do other people's hair no problem. But when it comes to doing my own, that's another story. So here ya go, I hope it's somewhat easy to follow along :) Let me know if you have any questions!


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

About that last post.

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So you guys kinda made my day, week, everything. Thank you sooooo so much for all your comments, emails, and positive vibes from the last post. You guys are unbelievable and so incredibly supportive. I can't even handle it. To be honest, I was actually a little worried about posting it for some reason. But now I realize that I was just being silly. So thanks :) And hey, if you have any more questions, concerns, or comments, let me know!

Now, you might have noticed that I've been a total snail with the whole blogging thing lately. I told myself I would be better about it once I graduated but that was a total lie. Hah.. Right now I'm in the middle of resume editing, job searching, and just trying to get my life organized again. Life really just doesn't stop for you does it. Hmph.

Oh, and I'm also working on some things for you guys! Like the hair tutorial for this highly requested look. And the makeup tutorial for this look. I'm kinda having a hard time with the hair tutorial because it's a lot easier to do it on someone else. But I'm workin on it! Thanks for being patient and awesome :)

p.s. I passed all my state board exams so I am officially a licensed cosmetologist! Haircut anyone? ;)
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top: japan
shoes: topshop
short necklace: uo
long necklace: f21

Thursday, September 18, 2014

On Sponsored Posts. The truth. And stuffs.

This is going to be a little bit different from what I usually write but I just wanted to bring something up with all of ya. Hope you don't mind. And I guess before I begin this whole spiel, I should tell you about the kinds of sponsored posts I've done in the past. 

($$$ = I get compensated for it)
1. Product Feature: I wear a gifted item on the blog.
2. Blogger Feature: blogger does a guest post on my blog. $$$
3. Company Feature: a full post solely about a company/shop. $$$
4. Product Feature: a full post solely about a gifted product. $$$
5. Giveaway: a company hosts a giveaway on my blog. $$$ 
6. Sidebar Ad: an ad is placed on my blog sidebar. $$$

What I'm mainly talking about today is option #3 and #4.

For a while I stopped doing sponsored posts like #3 and #4. But I've decided to become open to doing them again. But this time, it's going to be different. In the past when it came to sponsors, I used to think... "Free stuff?! More moneys?! Yes!" to almost anything that came along. Shaaaaaame! I know. But then when I found that the "free stuff" wasn't always so great, it felt awkward posting about them ya know? And I would try my best to blog nice things about them without compromising my integrity but sometimes, those lines started becoming blurred and I felt like I was being forced to say certain things. It wasn't very fun. Because as much as I wanted "all opinions to be my own," inside, I always had this small feeling of obligation to say certain things. And I didn't like doing that. So I stopped doing those kinds of sponsored posts completely. 

But then, that got me thinking. You know what one of the many beautiful things about blogging is?? The opportunity to work with different brands and share them with you guys. Because honestly, there are sooooo many little boutiques and companies that are worth blabbing about and I didn't want to cut out that part of the blogging world completely. Because it really is exciting when I find something awesome that I think you guys would enjoy too. So basically, I decided to start it up again but be more picky with it. But guys, lets be real. Even if I'm picky, sometimes things still turn out to be.... meh. And when those situations arise, I don't want to find myself stuck in that same place where I was before. Feeling all obligated and stuff.

So this is what I'm doing. I'm letting all potential sponsors know that if I receive a product that I don't like, I'm giving them two options. The first is to pretend like it never happened. Meaning, I won't blog about it at all. Cuz' you know, if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. And the second option is to go with the post as planned anyway. This way the company might not get the most positive review, but at least they're still getting some kind of exposure. Because you know, exposure is everything nowadays. So this is how I plan on keeping myself in check. I know it's not the biggest epiphany or anything, and a lot of bloggers don't need to go through all of this because they're already awesome like that. But I do. And I just wanted to share this with you guys. Because you's are all the beeestest ;)

And so with all that said, Mindy Mae's Market sent me this necklace and people! Isn't it absolutely beauuuuutiful!?! Why yes it is! - see how smooth I was with that transition just there? ;) Hah. But seriously, I mean look at it. It's a stunnah f'sho. Check them out okay?


sweater: 2020Ave- - similar (1, 2, 3)
hat: anthropologie- - similar (1, 2)
shoes: dsw- - also here
necklace: c/o mindy mae's market

Monday, September 15, 2014

Makeup Tutorial? (and also, lots of selfies)

First of all, sorry for all the selfies guys. I just wanted to show off the makeup and it's kinda hard to do that without my face being the focus of it all. Hah.

Anyways, I was never really into makeup before but after going to beauty school, I'm becoming more and more obsessive with it. It's dangerous I tell ya! But I'm never really one to go extreme with my makeup either- - unless it's for a special occasion of course. And to be honest, I really don't know much about makeup at all. I'm kinda just learning as I go. Trial and error I guess?

When it comes to shopping for new products, the number one thing I ask for is something that won't make me look too cakey or too dramatic. My favorite look is definitely a natural, flawless looking face. The photos above show me wearing a lot more make up than I usually would but I'd like to think it's not too crazy. What do you guys think? Is it natural? Or a bit heavy looking? Vote below and leave me a comment! I'd love to hear your thoughts :)

Oh, and I'm most definitely NOT the greatest at makeup but if you would like a tutorial on how I achieved this look and the products I used, lemme know :)

What do you think? (you can pick more than one answer)
makeup looks too heavy.
makeup looks natural.
makeup tutorial please!
makeup tutorial wouldn't interest me.
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