Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Clothes for popular kids

Something else that annoys me is that all "popular kids" dress the same. I'm talking
  • Brandy Melville
  • Open backs
  • Bralettes/bandeaus under sheer shirts (at SCHOOL)
  • Brandy's "Bethan" dress with the cross back (as shown above)
  • Brandy's "Mariona" dress and "Giselle" crop tops with the giant neck hole in the back, and in the front it looks like a regular crop top
  • Oversized sweaters with leggings and boots
  • Hunters
  • Uggs
  • Combat boots
  • Crop tops with high waisted skirts/shorts/pants
These "popular kids"--just the girls--ALL wear these things. Without fail, trust me. It's disgusting! They've all jumped on the bandwagon. Not ONE popular girl has NEVER shopped at Brandy Melville. Seriously!
I know this a short post, but it's meant to be relatable, not long and fun to read. Okay? Okay. I'm gonna go starve now, because my family hasn't fed me yet.

359 days till Christmas
The 364th day of the year
The last day of 2013
1 day until New Year's Day

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Bed Bath & Beyond Haul/Review

Taking a break from deep posts, let's do a beauty haul/review! Last night I made a spur-of-the-moment trip to Bed Bath & Beyond with my mom, and I got more products that expected. Don't worry though, not nearly as much as I bought last time! I love Bed Bath & Beyond. Their beauty section is LITERALLY HEAVEN. And they have RealTechniques and EcoTools brushes, which I can't find anywhere else! Oh, and they have everything I'll ever need to organize my room. Among other things, of course.
Disclaimer: I can only wish I was paid to mention any of these products. Also, I'm not bragging. I'm trying to help you guys, telling you what products suck and which products are good.
  • BIC lighter (the long kind!)
    • I love this because I have 2 Bath and Body Works mason jar candles, and the wick goes all the way to the bottom, and this lighter is the only one where I can light them and not risk burning my fingers off! It also has a little metal loop on the back end that clips back onto the lighter itself when you don't need it.
    • YES I will repurchase this when I run out.
  • Almay Smart Shade CC Concealer + Brightener
    • It doesn't get cakey, but it's not very pigmented on the "brightener" side. The other side is fine though. I find myself combining this concealer with other ones because it doesn't do the trick under my eyes. I have severe genetic dark circles, by the way. This doesn't stop me from going midnight shopping makeupless though! Anyways... This concealer does make those dots. I've tried every face primer I own (not to mention eye primer!) and every "cake" consistency concealer does this to some extent. This concealer is not the worst I've tried.
    • Not that I'll ever run out, but NO, I will not repurchase this product.
  • Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eye Pen
    • This is a wonderful felt-tip marker-style eyeliner! The tip is the perfect width, and it tapers just a little bit round, which I love because it makes it so much easier to do winged eyeliner (like I said, I do it pretty much every day!). The only drawback? It's not very opaque. It's weird because it looks opaque on my hand when I swatch it, but when I use it on my eyes, I end up going over it with another, darker, eyeliner. It's good for outlining where you want to line. Or maybe if you don't want too dramatic an eyeliner look. But the thing is, I always want a dramatic eyeliner look.
    • I don't know if I'll repurchase this. If I end up using it a lot, I will. If I don't use it a lot, I won't.
  • Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser
    • This is one of those products (like the Urban Decay Complexion Primer Potion) that makes your makeup sort of... Slide around your face. It really makes my skin feel soft (although that might just be because I take good care of it), and, when I apply foundation on top, my pores really are gone. It has a consistency and texture similar to the Urban Decay Complexion Primer Potion, but it's much cheaper, as Urban Decay is a department store/Sephora brand. This product is named after the Baby Lips, which are the best lip product ever. The reason I picked this up in the first place was because Macbarbie07, or Bethany Mota, on YouTube got hers in Japan a while ago! What I'm thinking is, why did the U.S. just get it NOW? Huh, Maybelline!?
    • YES, I will most definitely repurchase this!
  • EOS hand lotion (the green one!)
    • It smells melony. The scent is so amazing. And it's very moisturizing. The size is perfect to stick in your purse in the winter. The packaging is so cute, it's like a flat little egg! The other one I saw was blue, and it had no scent. The only downfall is that it's a little hard to store, seeing as you either have to store it flat on its back or on its side, and risk it rolling away. For this great product, I can overlook this!
    • YES of course I will repurchase this!!
  • RealTechniques Setting Brush
    • I think it's too small for powdering/setting your makeup. It would take a while to powder your whole face. Unless you're a baby. Anyway, when I bought it, I had concealer in mind. I find it great for applying liquid concealer. I got the idea of using this sized brush for concealer from Michelle Phan on YouTube. I guess you could also use it to blend eyeshadow, but it might be too big if you're doing a strictly lid look or strictly lid and crease.
    • YES, I'd repurchase for a friend. I wouldn't need another, because this one will probably last me for the rest of my life. I clean my brushes regularly!
  • Tweezerman tweezers in pink
    • I don't exactly want to pay anyone to rip my eyebrows out with wax in an unnatural shape. So I do it at home! I used to use a stencil, but now I just follow my natural brow line. (Fun fact: I used to cut my brows too. Bad idea! I was basically brow-bald. Luckily, I had the sense to grow them back and buy brow gel.) Anyway, these tweezers grab so well! My last pair was by Revlon and was encrusted with rhinestones. The rhinestones dug into my fingers while I was plucking, which was not fun. These smooth tweezers come with a cap-type thing so you can store them without poking yourself. I wonder if tweezers get dull, because my last pair used to grab hairs better than they do now.
    • If these get dull, YES I'll repurchase.
  • Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Face Wash (the smaller bottle, it's green)
    • I've only had it since yesterday, but I can tell you I haven't broken out since then....
  • 2 Pack of knit gloves: Gold-and-cream fingerless gloves and white touchscreen gloves with gray fingertips for the touchscreen thing on the thumbs and pointer fingers
    • Fingerless gloves: The gold color is really nice, and I love fingerless gloves because, though they look a little Ash-from-Pokémon-ish, whenever I wear gloves, I feel disabled because I can't feel the texture of anything, and I can't do certain things with my hands. With fingerless gloves, I can!
    • Touchscreen gloves: I'm not sure if I like the two-different-colors thing, with the gray fingertips on the thumb and pointer fingers, but these gloves sure are useful! I can still use my electronics (haha, yes I'm wearing these gloves right now and using my laptop's touch pad!) These will come in handy when it's too cold for fingerless gloves.
    • If my gloves get dirty (they have cream color on them), YES I'll repurchase them. And if I find the same 2-pack (haha, get it? Tupac?), I'll get them in a different color.
I figure since this is a makeup post, why not give you some bonus?

Makeup Tip: If possible, do your makeup near a window, using natural light. This way, you'll be able to tell if you're wearing the wrong foundation color! I have made the "wrong foundation color" mistake way too many times because I do my makeup before school at 6:20 AM, when it's usually still dark out! So, if you know me in person, please forgive the fact that my face is usually a different color than my body. If you do your makeup using light bulb light, since this light is usually yellow-tinted, you'll THINK you're wearing the right foundation color, because in this light, it matches your skin tone. And then when you walk outside, BAM! You're wearing the wrong color.

Makeup of the day: Maybelline Baby Skin primer, Covergirl Clean foundation, Covergirl loose powder, Almay Smart Shade CC Cream concealer, Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser concealer, Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eye Pen, NYX The Curve Liquid Eyeliner, NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder, L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara, Maybelline Great Lash clear mascara (as brow gel), Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Lemonade.
Condensed: Primer, foundation, 2 concealers, loose powder, 2 liquid eyeliners, brow powder, clear mascara as brow gel, and lipstick.
Nail polish: Nails- Orly sparkly dark green (doesn't have a name); Toes- Essie's Mint Candy Apple

361 days till Christmas
The 362nd day of the year
2 days left in 2013!!!
2 days until New Year's Eve!!!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Don't Live to Impress

Here's some examples of people who live to impress.
  • People who buy a product just for the title or the bragging rights
  • Girls who lean down and squeeze their arms against their boobs so people can view their racks
  • Boys who take shirtless selfies; they're especially trying to brag if they flex their muscles while they take the selfie
  • Girls who wear something just because they think it will appeal to guys.
  • Bandwagon products: people who want something just because everyone else has it, or do something because everyone else is doing it, etc.
People who buy a product just for the title and bragging rights
Little kids with iPhones. They don't know how great iPhones are, and how many awesome features they have. They want an iPhone because their mommy and daddy have one, or because their big sister has one. Or they want an iPhone because they can brag to all their little friends about how they have an awesome phone, and their friends don't have phones at all.

People who drink at a club because everyone else is, or because of peer pressure. You don't have to give in to peer pressure. If you do give in, it's because you don't want to disappoint. But who cares if you disappoint? You don't live just for other people.

To recap, don't do everything because of other people. Do things because YOU want to. Be your own person. Don't do things because everyone else is doing it. Don't do things because it will impress other people. Impress YOURSELF! But also, don't NOT do things because everyone else is doing it. Don't NOT do things because nobody else is doing it. Try not to care whether or not everyone else is doing it. Decide for yourself if you should do it or not. Don't let the bandwagons influence you.
It's human nature to care what others think of you, but try not to. Be yourself, make your own decisions, and if you really are a good person inside, you WILL have friends. It's not just decisions that make people be or not be your friends. It's also your personality. Be nice, kind, and friendly, and no matter if you're a good person or bad, people will probably still want to be your friend.

Don't buy an iPhone so you can brag to your friends about it. Buy one because you want its features. I challenge you to buy an expensive product, for example an iPhone, and don't tell anyone. If they ask, fine, go ahead and tell them! You're just answering the question. But don't go around broadcasting that you just got an iPhone. It just makes other people feel jealous and uncomfortable.

That's what I'm doing with my iPhone, and I hope you try and follow in my footsteps. We could make the world a better place, and minimize jealousy. :)
However, before I actually GOT my iPhone, I told a FEW (not everyone, not all of my friends) people that I might be getting an iPhone, and I guess word got around, and I've had a few people ask me if I ended up getting an iPhone. On the other hand, people that aren't in my friend group won't know that I might have been getting an iPhone. And people who knew and forgot don't need to be told either. If they ask, I'll tell 'em. If they don't, it's none of their beeswax.

363 days till Christmas
The 360th day of the year
4 days left in 2013
4 days until New Year's Eve
(if you have any suggestions for other countdowns I should do, let me know! If you know me in person, you can email/text me, or if you don't, comment below. After New Years is over, I'll only have the Christmas countdown and Day #.)

Money Wasters

People Who Waste Money:
Ok, let's start with things that qualify as "a waste of money."
  • Designer underwear
  • iPhone 5c: Its price: $100 less than the 5s. It's value: way less than that. Why not buy the 5s for the extra features and durability, for just $100 more?
  • Marc Jacobs or Chanel cosmetics: just go drugstore! The quality is often the same or similar.
  • A bunch of the same thing. Ex: five pairs of pink gloves. They're all exactly the same, why not just get one pair?
  • An ordinary sweater, that you buy because it's designer
Okay, now that we know what "a waste of money" looks like, let's rant about people who do this.
iPhone 5c Buyers: Um, dude, you know that you can buy a way better phone for just $100 more?
People, don't metaphorically throw your money out the window. Don't flush it down the toilet like a dead fish. Use your money on something you care about. Okay, maybe you DO care about designer underwear. You can either splurge on designer underwear that nobody will ever see (get your head out of the gutter, I know what you're thinking), or you can get something good, like a new computer.
Ordinary, designer clothes: My friend has this sweater that's designed by Free People. She told me how much she paid for it, and she said $45! It's just a regular sweater. She probably could've found something similar on Amazon for a quarter of the price!

Since this post was a little short, I'm going to make another post today, right after I finish post this one.

Today is:
363 days till Christmas (haha, I'm not sure if I'll really do this countdown starting now)
The 360th day of the year
4 days left in 2013
4 days until New Year's Eve

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Braggarts & My Pessimism


First and foremost, I want to wish you a merry Christmas, for those who observe the holiday.
Disclaimer: This is not me being jealous of people who got iPhones for Christmas. If you know me, you know this isn't the case. As to be polite and un-hypocritical, I will not share with you a vital piece of evidence that would prove I am not jealous of new iPhone owners.
Dear Christians,
Christmas is a holiday not about giving and bragging about what you just got. It's about remembering Jesus and his being born. Please don't let Hallmark and Apple take over YOUR holiday, as it has many others' holidays. And please, PLEASE don't brag about your new stuff. It's annoying for those of us who are less fortunate.
Braggarts: Instagram Pictures of New Possessions
I have seen FAR too many people posting Instagram (yes, Instagram. The place for posting artsy photos. The braggarts didn't even bother posting it on the right social media site--Facebook, the place for posting photos of your friends, fun photos, etc.) pictures of people's iPhone boxes. Yes, believe it or not, we all already know what an iPhone box looks like, from the other 5 million identical posts on Instagram! They use the excuse of "New iPhone! Comment your numbers!"
There are many things wrong with that statement.
  • Who in their right mind would post their phone number for the public (not to mention kidnappers) to see?
  • Who in their right mind would ask their friends to do so?
  • Please, kindly sync your old phone to your computer, then your new one to your computer, to transfer Contacts to your heart's content, instead of risking your friends' safety.
  • I could pick out any of  those numbers on that list, and call them or text them, and then eventually lure them into a dark alley and kidnap them. Anyone could. Have some common sense!
Braggarts: Disclaimers on YouTube
In all of those Makeup Collection/Storage videos, or What's on My iPhone 5s videos, the YouTubers always start with a similar disclaimer. It goes like this: "I'm only doing this video because it was highly requested. I'm not bragging or anything." But then again, people without iPhones or people who have small makeup collections are forced to say something like, "I'm not content with my makeup collection yet, so once I collect some more makeup, I'll do that video."
Yeah. Not bragging? Think twice.
What's your problem, why do you get annoyed about so many things?
My brother asked me this question. I really did consider it. I wasn't going to tell you guys, but this blog post ended up being really short. So I'll go ahead and tell you.
My problem is that I'm too observant. I can't help but notice when someone has a lisp. Or when someone spelled something wrong, or when someone pronounced something wrong in French.
True, I'm sure I pronounce a lot of things wrong in French myself, and there are some things I have trouble spelling. (Although, I do not have a lisp. Thank the heavens.) But I just can't STOP myself. I notice everything. I notice all imperfections. Not just in human complexions, but in pronunciation, spelling errors, etc. It's not my fault. And that's why most of my blog posts are just complaining!
And if you don't like that, you have my permission to leave this website and then go jump off a bridge.
My blog is based off of complaints; things that annoy me. Originally, it was supposed to be a Jenna Marbes-type blog. But I guess it just turned into complaining. Of course, Jenna does plenty of that. But she does other things too, that I don't.
I bet a lot of you agree with and can relate to the things I complain about. But for some of them, maybe you hadn't even noticed before, until I brought it to your attention.
This reasoning is also why I correct my mom when she says "dawg" instead of "dog" or "frawg" instead of "frog." That's why when my dad messes up his he/shes, I have to point it out.
I'm a pessimist. A proud one, at that. That having been said, I'm trying to be more optimistic. I'm trying to also stop pointing things out when they annoy me. It's my New Year's resolution. I don't usually do New Years resolutions. But that might be because I've never had anything I needed to promise myself I'd do.
Today is:
Christmas day
The 358th day of the year
 6 days left in 2013
 6 days until New Year's Eve

Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas Tag + Sweater Weather Tag

I just realized that I'll be posting on Christmas AND New Year's Eve. You guys are lucky I'm so committed to this blog.

Guess what? "Elf" the movie is free on Google Play right now! It's not in HD, but whatever.
Edit: I tried it and it turns out you still need to put in your credit card number. Bummer.

Let's do the tags now.

Sweater Weather Tag:
  1. Favorite candle scent? Hands down, Twisted Peppermint by Bath and Body Works. I don't actually have it, but I'd love to buy it. It's just that I haven't been to the mall lately. Last time I was there was two months ago, but Twisted Peppermint was in stock, and I almost bought it. I wish I had!!!
  2. Coffee, tea or hot chocolate? Coffee and tea are okay, I drink them when that's the only thing available. But I definitely prefer hot cocoa! Starbucks, to be exact. I have the mix for it, and of course, I buy it whenever I go to Starbucks. (Shoutout to 11Kittens from Sparkles and Scribbles for the Starbucks gift card for Secret Santa!)
  3. Best fall memory? Jumping in piles of wet leaves? I don't know.
  4. Which makeup trend do you prefer: dark lips or winged eyeliner? I have braces, and I don't like to draw attention to them, so I'd have to say winged eyeliner. Plus, I just love winged eyeliner. I do winged eyeliner pretty much every day.
  5. Best fragrance for fall? I don't wear perfume.
  6. Favorite Thanksgiving food? Rolls (Pillsbury Crescent Rolls) and turkey. As long as the turkey isn't dry.
  7. What is autumn weather like where you live? Cold.
  8. Most worn sweater? I only have 1 sweater because of the whole haven't-been-to-the-mall thing. So instead, I guess I'll go with my Abercrombie pullover sweatshirt.
  9. Must-have nail polish this fall? I like Essie's Wicked and Sally Hansen's Gunmetal.
  10. Football games or jumping in leaf piles? Neither, but if I had to choose, jumping in leaf piles.
  11. Skinny jeans or leggings? Skinny jeans.
  12. Combat boots or Uggs? My Uggs, for sure! I hate combat boots. They're so ugly and how do people get their jeans in there??
  13. Is pumpkin spice worth the hype? Is that a food?
  14. Favorite fall TV show? Can I say The Middle?
  15. What song really gets you into the fall spirit? None.
Christmas Tag:
  1. What's your favorite holiday movie? Elf, Garfield's Christmas, Charlie Brown Christmas, Frosty the Snowman
  2. What are your favorite Christmas colors? Red and green, obviously!
  3. Do you like to stay in your PJs or dress up for Christmas? I spend the day in my pajamas, as I do with every day I don't leave the house. :) Don't worry, I wash them.
  4. If you could buy one person a present this year who would it be? Well, I don't buy Christmas presents for anyone. Last year at Christmas, I was 12 and jobless, and this year I'm paying for 4/7 of my only present, so I don't feel the need to buy anyone else a present. Nevertheless, I'd buy my mom a Christmas present.
  5. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning? Christmas morning. I've heard of people who open one present on Christmas Eve and the rest on Christmas day. They're all weird!
  6. Have you ever built a ginger bread house? Yes, I have. Not this year though.
  7. What do you like to do on your Christmas break? Sit around and play with my new toy(s). Also, catch up on sleep.
  8. Any Christmas Wishes? To get a good grade on my math test (very unlikely), and for school to get easier (also unlikely!)
  9. Favorite Christmas smell? Does snow count? It has a smell!
  10. Favorite Christmas meal or treat? Cookies! We make sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies, and double chocolate chip cookies with peanut butter chips! YUM!
Today is:
The 357th day of the year
8 days left in 2013
8 days until New Year's Eve
2 days until Christmas (Christmas Eve is tomorrow!!!)

Saturday, December 21, 2013

I'm Clumsy! Heels Fail

This is a pre-written post. So this all happened on Thursday. The thing is, I already had a pre-written post lined up for Thursday! So that's why this is being posted today. The reason I prewrite posts is because I write whenever I have an idea about what to write about, but I don't want to mess up my posting schedule. Okay, let's get on with this post already.

Clumsy things I did today:
  • I performed in a chorus concert today (after school), and the only black shoes I own (black on bottom, white on top concert dress code) are 3-inch heels (they're super cute. Sparkly, with a bow on the toe). Super uncomfortable. Contrary to popular belief, I dislike wearing these because of the aforementioned uncomfortable-ness. Anyway, my friend forgot something on the floor above. We went up there (it's where the boys met before the performance) and got what she needed. On the way down the 1 flight of stairs, I sort of tripped but caught myself (twice!), right in front of a bunch of boys.
    • To add to this story, when I was traveling up the (quite many) stairs from the stage (after the first half of the performance), I heard one of the boys say "Don't fall, Julia!" LOL. That's all I can say. I should probably be embarrassed. Whatever.
  • During science, we were doing an experiment, and one of the first steps was to measure out 5 mL of water, pour it into a test tube, and mass it on the electronic balance. I knocked over someone else's 5 mL of water on the balance. It got on their notebook. No pen smeared on the page though. "This is a NEW NOTEBOOK! OH my GOD. WHY did you do that?!" Um, do you think I meant to do that?
  • A couple days ago, my driveway was a complete sheet of ice (it's better now), and I slipped and fell (I was in a rush; late for the bus stop). Luckily nobody witnessed it, but I hurt my tailbone when I hit the ground.
  • I sat on the side of the coffee table, hard, by accident. I didn't know it was there. But I hurt my tailbone, again! (that was today.)
  • This may or may not have to do with clumsiness, but today since we had the chorus concert (there was an in-school one and an after-school one), I had to wear black pants to school. We're not allowed to wear yoga pants/leggings (but no matter, I don't have any, anyway, since mine have the hole in the back, as mentioned in previous blog posts), so I wore an old pair of black jeggings. They fit fine! I'm still the same size! They were just old! And guess what? I noticed right before the concert itself that there was a hole on the left thigh. Horizontal. Huge gash.
  • And we can't forget about the spilling-my-lunch-all-over-myself and ketchup-squirting incidents at lunch. Oh, and that one time I ripped a hole in the knee of a different pair of jeggings. And then a few days later, I wore the same pair, because I got a new one of the same exact thing, and I thought I was wearing the new ones, until I got to school.
  • I think I've just about had my fair share of ruining clothes.
  • Anyway, I couldn't do anything about the hole in my black jeggings. So I wore 'em anyway for the in-school concert and tried not to move my legs too much (which would make the hole more visible). For the after school concert, I could either wear my black pencil skirt with white dots and tights (tried them on, looked horrible), or my yoga pants with the hole. So I hand-sewed up the hole, and wore the yoga pants. Oh, well. Luckily, I'm a good sewer and the hole didn't pop open!
Remember, I post every other day! You can look forward to another post on Monday!

Today is:
The official start of winter break
 The 355th day of the year
10 days left in 2013
10 days until New Year's Eve
 4 days until Christmas (EEEEEE!)

Thursday, December 19, 2013


I'm sure that if you have or have had braces, you know how awful they are. Let me just list some reasons why they are horrible for those of you who have Invisalign or nothing.
For you braces patients, I'm not about to tell you something you don't know.

Bracket - the squares glued to your teeth
Springs - A replacement for rubber bands, but they do the job better. And they cut and damage your mouth. Permanently. I can testify. They gave me springs because at first I wasn't wearing my rubber bands (they hurt!!!), then my rubber bands weren't doing well enough (when I was wearing them).

Braces are awful because:
  • When something breaks (your bracket, your chain, etc.), you have to go back to the orthodontist, and they tend to tighten the chain when they're replacing it due to breaks.
  • There's metal in your mouth. That's not supposed to happen. There's literally metal stuck to my teeth with glue. That's just gross, unsanitary, and unnatural!
  • You've all heard this before, but of course the brackets and springs (if you have them. Most people don't. I had them for a while. I hope I'm not getting them back on this Friday during my appointment.) cut and leave indents in your mouth.
  • It's harder to eat with braces. You can't just bite off a piece of an apple, or you risk getting it stuck in your brackets or breaking a bracket.
  • Food gets stuck in your teeth easier, and it's harder to get it out
  • You can cut your tongue on your braces
  • If they don't cut off enough of the extra wire behind your teeth, it pokes you and makes you cut and bleed. They've done this to me once, and it was enough for me.
  • The orthodontists talk to each other before, after, and while they're working on your teeth. They talk about their boyfriends, their bra sizes (yes, really), gossip, whatever comes to mind. It seems as though they have #nofilter when they speak!
  •  Someone I know (don't ask who it is) has this story: Whenever he went to the orthodontist, the same woman always worked on his teeth. This woman always "rested her boobs on the chair" right on top of where his head was supposed to go. Then when he sat down, she kept telling him to "scoot up" until his head was literally in her boobs. I don't know if this story is just a tale, or if it's really true. Either way, it's funny/gross! Remember that this is a 30-ish year-old woman and a boy with braces.
  • It's harder to brush your teeth with braces. You have to put in a lot more effort to get in all the new crevices.
  • When they get their braces off, some people have "freckles" on their teeth that are white marks surrounding where the brackets used to be. You have to either get these filed off or get your teeth whitened (Crest Whitestrips or professional).
  • Your teeth might go back to where they previously were after getting off your braces.
  • My friend's brother had to have braces twice because he didn't wear his retainer enough!
I just looked up "braces memes" and I found the picture I put on the top of this post. There's a lot of funny braces memes out there (and a lot of sexual ones too...)!

Today is:
The 353rd day of the year
12 days left in 2013
12 days until New Year's Eve
 6 days until Christmas (a week from tomorrow)
 1 day until winter break (YES!)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Cracked Screens and Phone Numbers

Topic 1: Cracked Screens
Today I wanted to talk (well, really, complain) about people who crack the screens of their devices.
Let me tell you right off the bat that my first and current phone has a plastic screen, so this has never happened to me personally. Although, I have witnessed it happen.

It was last summer after camp, and we were at (insert ice cream parlor's name here). My friend had her ice cream in one hand, and her wallet and phone in the other. Needless to say, she dropped her phone (and wallet) on the tile floor of the ice cream shop while she was taking a lick from her ice cream. She picked it up without noticing the damage and put it in her pocket. Later when she received a text, she noticed that her phone's screen was completely wrecked (not to make a Miley Cyrus reference. She doesn't own the word).

People who drop their phones are often (not always) ungrateful. There are many people in the world who would love to have an iPhone but can't afford it. People who drop their phones often take their "expensive lifestyles" for granted, and they aren't as careful with their phones as, say, I am. Of course, I don't even like my phone so I've taken to dropping it on purpose, but that's different...

Too often I see people with giant cracks across the front of their iPhones/iPads/any device with a glass face. There are many shops willing to replace your phone face (Cellairis, etc. Usually $80-150), but they'd rather wait to get a new phone instead.

Believe it or not, I'm glad my phone has been plastic for the last 3 years of my life. This way, I can't crack its screen. That being said, plastic gets banged up/scratched easier, and doesn't look or feel as nice. Also, you can't have a plastic touch screen. (If anyone's wondering, my current phone doesn't have a touch screen. In fact, its down button is on its way to breaking. Good thing I only have $5 left on my Pay As You Go plan.)

Changing the subject...
Topic 2: Phone Numbers
It's true, I have a lot of pet peeves, and I seem to think of more of them as I go through life. Well, here's another pet peeve of mine: when people change their phone numbers because they get a new phone. Dude, can't you wait a few days for the phone company to free up your old phone number, to spare us all the trouble of changing your contact from 111-111-111 to 111-589-932-042-5721? Plus, I memorize my friends' phone numbers (by accident). Won't it be annoying to have to rememorize your number?

That being said, sometimes people can't keep their phone numbers because the phone company is being stupid, or because they're switching from TextFree to regular texting (that's me!). This sure is making me glad I never bothered to memorize my TextFree number, but I did memorize my regular phone number! Thank you Sprint for giving me an easy-to-memorize phone number! In fact, my phone number starts with the same 3 digits (not including area code) as most of my family members.

Also, sometimes people change their phone numbers (or email addresses) without telling me, and I text/email their old number/address, and when I ask them if they got my text/email, THEN they tell me about the new number. Little late, dontcha think?

Whew, that was a heated blog post!

Today is:
The 351st day of the year
14 days left in 2013
14 days until New Year's Eve
 8 days until Christmas (a week from tomorrow)
3 days until winter break (it snuck up on me!)

Makeup of the day:
Gold eyeshadow on the lid (champagne color on the inner half), bronze in the crease, light tan color below the arch of the eyebrow, dark brown eyeshadow instead of eyeliner, winged out, and I forgot to wear mascara (I've done that once before, nobody ever notices, haha). I made an effort to weather-proof it because I thought we'd be going skiing for gym. (Thanks for misinforming us, Mr. Insert-gym-teacher-name-here!)

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Spoiler Alert! Rich Suburban Families

Parents in suburban towns are spoiling their children.
We all already knew this, but it has come to my attention that fourth graders are receiving iPhones for Christmas.

I mean, come on. I got my first phone in fifth grade, and it was the same crappy phone I have now, three years later. That's not to say that back then it was the worst phone available, but it was not the best. My phone was an $80 Samsung Juno. It's basically a fake Blackberry. Everyone asks me if my phone is a Blackberry. Dude, does it LOOK like a Blackberry? Also, who would even buy a Blackberry? They're practically already out of business!
This whole phone-rant was inspired by a conversation I had earlier today during babysitting.
  • Kid (4th grader): I think I'm getting an iPhone 5 for Christmas. Or my birthday.
  • Me (babysitter, 8th grader): Oh yeah? How do you know? Also, the iPhone 5 is not the newest--
  • Kid: I heard my parents talking about it.
  • Me: Really?
  • Other kid (younger than Kid): No, she didn't.
  • Kid: Well, I just think I'm getting one. AND, I'll have a better phone than YOU!
  • Me: Well, I'm actually getting an iPhone 5s.
Geez. She shouldn't get her hopes up, because I don't think her parents are stupid enough to hand a $700 device over to an irresponsible (sorry, Kid, it's true) 4th grader.
However, her parents are rich (the parents have a sauna, iPhones, Hunters, Uggs, Michael Kors totes, iPads, etc.) and they'd probably gladly give her another (with maybe 5 minutes of yelling).

Talk about spoiling your kids. I'm not saying that's what's happening in this situation (I'll let you know if the 4th grader actually ends up with the iPhone), but giving a glass/aluminum object to a kid, and telling them to take it wherever they go... That's just an accident waiting to happen.
Also, I know what school they go to, and they use cubbies instead of lockers. What if someone steals the phone? Will her parents believe her? Will they give her another? Will they punish her for "lying?"

Why is this spoiling? At this point in her life, Kid only wants the iPhone for the title. The bragging rights. Not the function. She doesn't even know how expensive it is. She doesn't have to chip in and pay for some of it. She doesn't know how to take care of it, how not to break its screen (I've seen too many of these instances; witnessed one, in fact. See blog post Cracked Screens and Phone Numbers). She doesn't know how precious it is to some people. She doesn't know that there are some, less fortunate kids/adults who would KILL for a phone at all, let alone an iPhone! She doesn't know that some kids get their first crappy phone when they start college. She can't appreciate it. She'll use it nonstop for a while, then she'll get bored of it. She'll love it, until the iPhone 6 comes out. Actually, scratch that. She's so small and ignorant, she won't know when the iPhone 6 is released. Ignorant, irresponsible children should not be getting iPhones.

Then why did YOU get a phone in fifth grade, since you say kids shouldn't get phones? When I was in 5th grade, I was the most responsible kid I knew. I never used my phone for anything but calls to my parents. Never dropped it once (I started dropping it when I wanted a new phone, in like 7th grade). Never let other people borrow it to call anyone. I always had--and have--at least $150 left on it (you have to add $10 every other month, this money is used for calling/texting/web. $0.10/text, $0.20/calling minute). Also, it was necessary for me. My friends and I used to hang out after school at the pizza places and convenience store once a week, on half days.

Story time: Since I had trouble denying my friends use of my phone (I was, and still am, a pushover), I ended up leaving it at home sometimes on half days and my mom would tell me to be home at a certain time. I was always home at that time. And when I did have my phone with me, I called in 2-hour increments. Not a funny story, but it shows you how much of a pushover I am, haha :)

Today is:
The 349th day of the year
16 days left in 2013
16 days until New Year's Eve
10 days until Christmas

Friday, December 13, 2013

Stories 1: Food Spillage, Water Flavoring, etc.

Food Spillage:
I do realize that I am beginning to spill food on myself often. Also it is Friday the 13th. Today at lunch, I opened my ketchup packet and squeezed on it to get the ketchup out. The ketchup squirted out instead of down and right onto my shirt. Either 11Kittens from Sparkles and Scribbles or Ooshroom commented on it, saying that it looked like I got shot in the stomach. Which, I will admit was funny.

Water Flavoring:
On the half day (we have one per month), I bought this Dasani Drops flavor enhancer (you're supposed to put it in your water, so it's concentrated artificial juice), and my brother and I tried it without water, and it is really disgusting without water. It's sour and bitter. Otherwise, it's pretty good. I have a feeling you're not supposed to use as much as we do in your water.

Book Talk:
I'm currently reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Connor Franta recommended it on YouTube, and I found it on the bookshelf in my English classroom, so I decided to pick it up and so far, I like it. Also, it doesn't have an embarrassing cover picture, so I can take it to school without feeling awkward. It's the story of a cancer survivor (lung cancer, stage IV, she has to drag around a cart with her oxygen tank in it, and she has tubes going into her nose, which sounds completely uncomfortable) who finds a crush and a "support group" who all have cancer (that's where she meets her crush, he has a prosthetic leg), and one of the support group members has eye tumors and is getting his eyes taken out and becomes blind.

Here's Pebbles (my cat)'s typing. She also started playing Spotify! Afterwards, she swept my Nivea Lip Butter off of the kitchen table with her tail. She's currently sitting on my lap, my little fluff ball.

Sorry if this post was a bit short, I had trouble deciding what to write about. If you have any suggestions, please let me know in the comments below!

MOTD (Makeup Of The Day): thin winged eyeliner with a thin line of baby blue eyeliner on the lashline and below the wing. I usually go with thick winged eyeliner, so this was a change!

Today is:
Friday the 13th
The 347th day of the year
18 days until New Year's Eve
12 days until Christmas
HBD to "A Christmas Carol" By Charles Dickens

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

50 Random Facts About Me Tag

There's an old YouTube tag called 50 Random Facts About Me. Pretty self-explanatory.
  1. I have a cat named Pebbles
  2. I've had several blogs before this one (their names were Randomix, 50 Raspberries, and iGimp. So embarrassing)
  3. I love doing makeup
  4. I'm obsessed with lip balm (and makeup, but I'm more obsessive about lip balm.)
  5. My favorite flavor of gum is Peppermint. I like the Extra brand one.
  6. I have braces.
  7. I had springs on my braces instead of rubber bands (basically, they go in the same place as rubber bands, but they're literally springs. Sometimes flesh used to get stuck between the spring twirls) because at first I wasn't wearing my rubber bands often enough, and then they weren't doing enough even when I was wearing them. They took them off (and no rubber bands!) so my teeth could get closer together again and so my mouth could have a rest.
  8. I eat oatmeal for breakfast on school mornings. I buy Cinnamon Spice, Apple, and Brown Sugar (sounds like regular oatmeal, but sweet. But it's not, it's different. I don't really like it though).
  9. I have an older brother, I probably shouldn't say his name
  10. I have a lot of designer items that I got on sale or as a hand-me-down. Huh.
  11. I babysit. It's worth it to stay up late doing homework (I don't bring homework with me, I know from experience that it is the definition of a boring babysitter) when I get all that money for basically just "playing."
  12. Story time! Once I had to babysit for a new family at 7:15 in the morning. Originally, it was 7:30 am, but the night before, they changed it (I hate it when families do this, it messes up my whole schedule. I do plan out when I'll do what before I do it, and 15 minutes less makes a big difference). I worked for 6 hours and got $35! (I don't remember the amount of time and pay exactly, but I calculated it and I earned $6.25 an hour! Way below minimum wage, not that this is a federally-acknowledged job.) And while I was there, I was asked to text the parents every 45 mins. Also, they referred us--me and the babysittees--as "kids." I was looked at as a "kid," not an equal. AND, I was specifically asked to help clean the EXTREMELY messy basement!
  13. Science Math is my worst subject.
  14. Lately, I've been getting uncharacteristically excited for upcoming holidays. Ex.: I was super pumped for Halloween (I put up lots of decorations), even though all I did on the actual holiday was walk around outside, occasionally stopping at houses for candy.
  15. I prefer dark blue pen over blue or black. Light blue is also nice. I don't like regular blue though, I find it harder to read on graph paper.
  17. I am obsessed with pens. I love the Uni-Ball Insight and Uni-Ball Vision. I also like the Pilot G-2 07, Foray Rollé Medium, Uni-Ball Eco, Gelly Roll 08, Pilot Precise V5, and of course, Pilot FriXion Ball. There's a large assortment of pens in a stand-up desk organizer on my desk.
  18. I seem to come across a lot of coupons, then I keep them, and they expire before I get a chance to use them.
  19. I haven't been to the mall in forever! Last time I was at the mall was right before Halloween. So, I haven't been in one and a half months!!! :(
  20. How am I ever going to come up with 50 facts about myself?
  21. My favorite colors are pink and baby blue.
  22. I don't own any leggings (those were the pants that sprung a hole during babysitting) or oversized sweaters. I never know, are you supposed to buy a regular sweater in a few sizes too big, or are there purposefully big ones out there?
  23. During English yesterday, I found out that it's completely obvious who my friend(s) is/are. One friend and I sit next to each other, but at different table groups, and while we were moving the table groups, someone suggested that the reason my friend wanted to move the table group to the right more was because she wanted to be closer to me. Is it really that obvious to the world?
  24. I used to start journals and never finish them. Then I started blogging, which I guess is my new outlet.
  25. I think I'm going to post a blog entry every other day. Days for the next 1 week: today, Friday, Sunday, Tuesday
  26. I am on a swim team, although I'm pretty bad at swimming. It's a club team (a good one) but the coaches ignore me (along with the rest of the ordinary swimmers). I guess you could say I don't really put in 100%. This is because I do not care. What benefit would it have if I get a bit better at swimming? I'll never get a scholarship or anything in college. I'd never get that good.
  27. I used to play Minecraft, until I discovered makeup (I guess those two things happened around the same time, maybe by coincidence, maybe not). I made virtual friends. Then Minecraft got boring, and I needed a new hobby. That may be one of the reasons I took up makeup.
  28. I think it would be cool to go to Cosmix or some makeup artist college. I obviously don't know the best makeup schools out there, so I can't give a good example.
  29. My birthday is on a holiday, and there's never school on my bday.
  30. I have a list of my friends' birthdays in my locker, so I don't forget them. I don't even remember my family members' bdays.
  31. I think I'm to get an iPhone 5s for Christmas. But don't worry, I won't turn into a snobby rich kid, haha. My parents and I are going halfsies. I have to pay half, they pay half.
  32. I guess I'll keep my current phone number. I know it's possible. I've already memorized it, and I'm not interested in memorizing another one.
  33. It takes me a long time to memorize number sequences. (I haven't been diagnosed with anything. Yet.) I had to set my locker combo as my iPod password for a week before school started so I wouldn't have to look at a sheet of paper every time I want  to open my locker. Now, I open my locker with muscle memory. However, I still have trouble coming up with my lockbox and gym locker combos. When I got my new, extra long lunch PIN number, it took me forever to memorize it.
  34. Story time: When I first got my PIN number, I didn't bother glancing at it. Every time I went to put in my PIN number, instead, I asked the cashier to put in my last name (the accounts are connected to our names so nobody steals anyone else's account). I think the cashiers all grew to hate me, because I made them actually press buttons, as opposed to staring at the computer screen while everyone puts in their PINs. By the time I memorized my PIN, the cashiers put in my last name without my asking, every time. I think the cashiers and I are neutral now.
  35. My favorite necklace is a short, Sterling silver chain (I like my necklaces to either hang above the neckline of my shirts, or far below.) with a Sterling silver J on it, encrusted with rhinestones. The rhinestones aren't real diamonds (obviously, since I used the word "rhinestones"), but the silver is real, which is why I like it. I hate it when my jewelry oxidizes or makes my skin green. Also, I like how I look in silver, rather than copper/gold.
  36. I always wanted a piece of platinum jewelry, ever since 6th grade when my science teacher told us platinum never oxidizes/tarnishes. She showed us her platinum engagement ring, and it was so pretty! Too bad platinum is WAY out of my price range.
  37. I only use Puffs Plus Lotion tissues. The Kleenex ones make my nose/under my nose all red, dry, and itchy. However, I use pink Kleenex tissues for makeup removal.
  38. I have an actual vanity and makeup cabinet in my room. I'm not joking about this makeup obsession thing.
  39. The cabinet I have is by RealSimple magazine. It's meant to go in your bathroom, but if I didn't tell you that, you'd never have known, by the look of it. It required a LOT of assembly.
  40. I want to watch Catching Fire (the sequel to the Hunger Games movie). I watched the Hunger Games movie, but I didn't read the books. I have to love a book to actually read it.
  41. I heard The Fault in Our Stars is a really good book. I want to read it.
  42. My cat's collar is purple. It was the only one on sale...
  43. I have a lot of furniture in my room. I have a nightstand, desk, cheval mirror, vanity, makeup cabinet, bed, two chairs, a stool (for the vanity. The seat is zebra, I didn't get to pick it out. They sent me what they felt like), and drawers (you know, for storing clothes. Isn't there a specific name for those?). My furniture is white, except for the cheval mirror (cherry wood).
  44. I have 4 mirrors in my room. The mirror on the vanity, the mirror that flips over to a 4x magnified size (it's called a vanity mirror), a full-length mirror in my closet (from before I got the cheval mirror), and the cheval mirror.
  45. I got the cheval mirror off Craigslist! No joke!
  46. I use Spotify (and iTunes a little, because you can save music and play it without buying an app) on the computer as opposed to Pandora. But the downfall is that the Spotify app costs a few bucks.
  47. Two years ago, I made two snow igloos. The second igloo was built on the snow-turned-ice foundation left over from the first one.
  48. My "friend group" consists of smart, feminine girls. We are stylish and fashionable, but also smart.
  49. I own 91 bottles of nail polish.
  50. My computer mouse pad has a family of 4 kittens on it.
I hope you leaned something about me! Look out for Friday's post!

Today is:
346th day of the year
19 days until New Year's Eve

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Some Awkward Moments

I've compiled a list of things that make for an awkward situation. This is a collab with 11Kittens from Sparkles and Scribbles, and she's going to do the same post, and we'll compare.
  • When there's a hole in your pants and you didn't know about it
    • I.e., in the seam on the butt (this happened to me during babysitting once!) or the crotch (I've seen this happen to a teacher back in elementary school. He literally Duct taped it.)
  • If you say "balls" in a sentence in front of someone who's perverted
  • When you hold up your hand for a high five and the other person leaves you hanging (on purpose OR by accident. Both are equally awkward for you.)
  • When you high five someone back and they take away their hand and say "too slow"
  • When you're talking about something you don't want anyone else to hear and someone suddenly starts listening
    • When my friend and I (you know who you are, haha) are talking about "girl stuff" and this guy leans over the seat in front of us to listen in. A sure-fire way to get him to go away is to simply continue with the conversation. (I realized that I've said a lot of girl stuff-related comments on this blog so far. Oops.)
    • When you're talking about someone and that exact person just happens to have been right behind you the whole time.
  • When you're in the bathroom and you hear a crinkling wrapper, then adhesive unsticking, then metal clanking. It's clearly a pad/tampon. And you can even tell which it is depending on the noises. The metal noise is the mini trash can in the stall. It's worse if you run into each other on the way out of the bathroom, cause then you know who it is!
  • I know, this is straight out of a meme, but: when you open a pack of gum and suddenly 500 people are your best friends.
  • When the person next to you has B.O.
  • When you were actually paying attention in class and the teacher picks on YOU and you don't even know the answer. In this case, I just feel insulted because the teacher didn't think I was paying attention! I just have short-term memory... :)
  • When you drew something (etc.), and someone guesses the wrong thing.
    • Yesterday, for my makeup, I wore red eyeshadow in the crease, thick, winged, black eyeliner, and green eyeshadow below the wing and the lower lash line. Someone said I looked like a watermelon. (Given, I was wearing a watermelon shirt.) It was supposed to be Christmas colors.
  • When people point out flaws in my makeup.
    • Uh, hello, don't you think I spent any time looking at myself while I was doing my makeup this morning? Yes, I know, if I could've gotten my eyeliner to match up perfectly on both sides, I would've!
  • When someone gets an ugly haircut and you feel obligated to say something nice about it.
  • When you get food spilled all over you.
    • Once, someone bumped into me and spilled chocolate milk on my Uggs. And you know what? That stain never came out, and I still wear those Uggs (only in the bad weather or to swim practice) to this day.
    • Just last week, I was bending down (for what, I don't know. I wasn't even wearing lace-up shoes.) and I stupidly was holding my lunch tray (at least the chips were on the counter) and all of my Mexican chicken and cheese sauce spilled on my legs. My entire thighs were coated with yellow and red stains, not to mention grease stains. Glad I wasn't wearing my favorite jeans, and glad there's only 2 periods after lunch till the end of the day. Also, I'm lucky nobody was watching!
  • When you have nowhere to sit at lunch and you're walking around the cafeteria, table-less.
    • This happened a few times when boys tried to invade our lunch table. Uh, excuse me, but we've been sitting here, in the exact same seating formation, for one and a half years. You tell me who was here first.
  • When I'm walking up the stairs with someone else and at the top of 4 flights of stairs, I'm out of breath and she's not. Could be that I was talking too much, but unlikely.
  • When you're reading out loud in class and there's a word you don't know how to pronounce and you try to sound it out.
    • This happens pretty frequently to everyone in French, including me.
  • When your parents/sibling/friend does something weird and you have to defend them to make sure you don't look weird too.
  • When you text and friend to see if they want to hang out, and they tell you they need to consult the friend they're with first.
  • When people post pictures from a party/get together on Facebook/Instagram and you weren't invited. It gets more awkward when the loser from your homeroom gets invited.
  • When people show up in BOB'S BAR MITZVAH sweatshirts and you're the only one without one, broadcasting to the world that the Loser of the Century was invited and you weren't.
  • When your friend takes a selfie with another friend, and you know they were hanging out that day and you weren't.
Today is:
The 345th day of the year
20 days until New Year's Eve

Monday, December 9, 2013

It's Easier to Be a Guy

In this post, I'm going to list all the reasons/examples to prove my point that it's easier to be a guy rather than a girl.
I'm using mostly ideas produced by me, but some by my friends, based upon conversations on the bus/between periods/email.
WARNING: Awkward content.
  1. It's cheaper to be a dude. They don't have to worry about designer labels, and they need less clothes - it's weird if a girl wears the same outfit two days in a row, but if you're a guy, nobody even notices, and boys don't have bras, pads/tampons and jewelry, etc.
  2. Prime example: Boys don't get periods. There's also sub-problems that go along with this annoyance.
    • Periods are gross, and boys don't have to deal with them. So unfair.
    • You have to find the best products. This means research, asking around, and trying a lot of things. Ex. The softest pads
    • You have to purchase all of these products.
      • Amounts of a pretty big sum of money per year ($60 on average, looked it up)
      • It's awkward to ask your parents for them.
    • Guys, imagine sticking a piece of plastic up there. Just thinking about it makes you wanna throw up, doesn't it? Well imagine having the option between doing that every 5 hours (and don't forget, you could get TSS and die if you leave in your tampon for more than 8 hours) or having blood everywhere. You're welcome for the mental picture.
  3. People don't realize it, but when someone pushes past you in the hallway, your boobs take the hit. They protrude from your body, so it's a lot more likely a girl's boobs will get hit rather than a guy's balls.
    • It's okay for a guy to double over when he gets hit in the crotch, but if a girl clutches her chest after getting slammed, it's weird. How weird would it look if I were standing in the middle of the hallway, paralyzed, with my chest throbbing, after someone merely pushed past me?
  4. Boys don't need to be self-conscious or worry about their looks. Ever seen a guy wearing makeup?
  5. It takes a really long time for girls to get ready. This kind of goes with #4.
    • Picking out your outfit, doing your makeup, doing your hair, it all takes a long time. Wouldn't it be nice to wake up 45 minutes later because you don't have to do all that?
    • We don't take forever because we want to (we like to dress up sometimes, but it's a bother to do it every day).
  6. When we're older, we might have to deal with an unwanted pregnancy. The boy wouldn't be the one to have to abort/put up for adoption/keep the baby.
  7. If we were to get pregnant on purpose, there'd be tiny humans popping out of us, and we'd be throwing up all the time and getting cramps.
All this stuff (okay, most of this stuff) has to do with bearing children. Even though we'll be bearing children (if at all) in like, 20 years! And yet we have to deal with it all this extra time!
 I asked someone on the bus home from school, and he said it's easier to be a guy.
I mean, I'm sure guys have their own problems (asking girls out, being "tough"), but our problems FAR outweigh boys' problems.
Life is so unfair to us girls.