Sunday, October 26, 2014

Makeup Favorites

I may be mostly off makeup right now, but that doesn't mean I dont remember everything ;) it's like riding a bike, once you do it again, it comes right back.
Also, most of these things are from the drugstore, so you can find them too :) really though, I just can't afford all that fancy stuff, and who's gonna take me to the mall all the time?
I made a post last February about Lead in Makeup.

Face

  1. Face primer: Almay Smart Shade Perfect & Correct Primer
    • It doesn't actually perfect or correct, but it primes!
  2. Pore-hiding primer: Baby Skin by Maybelline
    • Beware, it might feel a little greasy at first. If you have oily skin, this may not be for you.
  3. Moisturizer: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion +
    • It's definitely an investment--it's $30 a bottle--but it has seriously lasted me YEARS, and it's an awesome moisturizer. 10/10 would recommend.
  4. Bronzer: Maybelline Fit Me Bronzer
    • This is probably too orange to use for contouring, but if you buy a darker shade, it should be fine. It's a little sparkly for some people, but I kinda like that for a bronzer.
  5. Highlighter: Revlon PhotoReady Sculpting Blush Palette
    • I really wouldn't recommend the bronzer, the blush is a little too bright pink, but the highlighter is good. It's also sparkly. It brings light to the high points on your face, and it doubles as an awesome sheer sparkly white eyeshadow!
  6. Blush: I don't really have an established brand of blush that I prefer, but I like darker blushes because I feel like they sculpt my face instead of just adding color. Also, sometimes I feel like a bright pink blush is just too much.
  7. BB cream: Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream
    • I love this because it gives sheer coverage, and doesn't have the heavy feeling of foundation.
  8. Foundation: Covergirl Clean (sensitive skin) Foundation
    • It smells a little yucky (always has... I've had it since sixth grade O_O), but aside from that, it has good coverage (but not too much) and doesn't feel TOO greasy or heavy.
  9. Powder: Maybelline Fit Me Powder
    • Has some coverage, is buildable, and is just a great product. I have repurchased it!
Brows
  1. Powder: NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder
    • I just repurchased this today! It comes with a gel too, which is a plus. It might need to be paired with a brow pencil if you want precise lines, because it can come out sheer.
    • Tip: You can use a matte brown eyeshadow instead. Never use black, even if your hair is black! Go for a dark brown :)
  2. Pencil: Covergirl Brow & Eye Makers
    • I just bought this today, actually. Previously, I just stayed away from pencils because they were always too orange or too dark, but I found this one today and I love it! You might have to go over an area a few times to get a good color, but that's okay because it means it will never come out too dark or too harsh.
  3. Gel: it doesn't really matter which gel you get, they're all basically the same. You can also use clear mascara. Lately I've been using the Maybelline Great Lash Clear Mascara or the Sonia Kashuk for Target clear brow gel. I've never used a tinted one, actually, because there aren't any at the drugstore. I'm super excited for the new Maybelline one to come out! I'll buy it right away!
  4. Tweezers: Tweezerman
    • These are super expensive. But if your hairs grow back very quickly like mine, you need one that will work and won't dull quickly. Also, they have a lifetime guarantee, so if they get dull, you can send them in to get sharpened!
Lips
  1. Gloss: Clinique Superbalm
    • It's super moisturizing! And really smooth. And awesomely shiny.
  2. Gloss #2: Clinique Long Last Glosswear in Kissyfit
    • The gloss itself isn't particularly great, in fact it's pretty sticky. However, the color is amazing! It's a hot pink, without looking too sixth-grade, and it has beautiful gold specks of glitter.
    • (Note: I love Clinique lip products, but I'm not a fan of their eyeshadows, which are too sheer.)
  3. Lipstick: L'Oreal Paris (in gold tube)
    • This lipstick is smooth and moisturizing without sliding right off. I got it in a pretty orangey berry color (called Blushing Berry), which makes my teeth look a little yellow but it's worth it ;)
  4. Lip balm: Nivea Lip Butter in Raspberry Rose Kiss
    • I love these lip butters--they're not too waxy, and they stay on a long time. Plus, the Raspberry Rose Kiss flavor smells AMAZING, and the other flavors are kind of ick.
Eyes
  1. Neutrals palette: Nude 'Tude by The Balm
    • These shadows are creamy, and the colors are great!!! Unfortunately, I got it in a Walgreen's in another state, so you might not be able to find it. I looked it up, and their website looks a little sketchy... Dunno if I'd buy anything from there...
  2. Eyeshadows in general: Urban Decay, it's a department store brand. You can find it at Sephora. Super expensive of course.
  3. NO: I don't like Maybelline or NYX for eyeshadows. The colors are too sheer, and the sparkle colors are JUST glitter and no actual eyeshadow. For the record, I'm not a fan of Maybelline's The Nudes palette.
  4. Eyeshadow primer: NYX HD Eyeshadow Base
  5. Eyeshadow base (colored): NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils
    • Make sure you blend them in before putting eyeshadows on top! The eyeshadows won't budge after that, so goodbye post-base blending.
  6. Liquid eyeliner: Revlon Colorstay
    1. This eyeliner has the perfect tapered marker tip I've ever seen. It's wonderful. The color is a little sheer though.
  7. Pencil eyeliner: MAC Technakohl Liner
    • Sorry, this is an expensive one. It's super creamy and blendable and I love it. I also like the Smashbox Waterproof Liners.
  8. Mascara: Maybelline Big Eyes Mascara
    • This mascara makes my eyes look super round and it's wonderful.
Sorry if this was boring...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Personal Hygiene

This is a topic that I am very passionate about. One of my friends calls me a "hygiene freak," which is funny because I never even told anyone else about this aspect of my personality. I'm not sure if my friends know this about me... Awk, cause they're finding out through my blog.
I am particularly concerned about oral hygiene, and I'll tell you why.

Oral hygiene
If you read my last post, you know that ever since I got my braces off, I've been wearing a retainer. I find this quite disgusting for a number of reasons.

  • They get plaque on them throughout the day, even if I'm not eating anything whatsoever.
  • If there's food in my teeth--my molars in particular--it gets trapped in there, and when I take it out, the food is ON IT. Ewwwwww
  • The plaque is hard to get off, so I never feel like it's 100% clean.
  • I can't get the plaque off while I'm out, at school or elsewhere, so I have to put the smelly retainer BACK IN my mouth.
    • People who have metal wire retainers won't know what I'm talking about with all this plaque and smelliness, because the plastic retainer does this a lot more than the metal.
And that was just retainers, not even oral hygiene in general. I think oral hygiene in general is important because:
  • I find having plaque on my (or anyone else's) teeth gross.
    • You can scratch it off with your fingernail. That's sooooo gross.
    • It's visible.
    • You probably end up swallowing a lot of it.
    • If you brushed more, this wouldn't happen. What does that say about your oral hygiene?
  • When I floss, plaque comes out. It's actually very satisfying, after having braces for 2 years.
  • I just feel so much cleaner when my teeth and mouth are clean.
  • I am paranoid about having bad breath. I bring mint gum wherever I go. I ran out of Listerine PocketPaks strips. If you brush your teeth (and tongue) regularly, you will have better breath.
  • Your gums get stronger if you brush and floss more. That way, it won't hurt next time you decide to floss. And your dentist will be happy!
Yeah, so in general, it's just gross to have bad oral hygiene.

Hygiene Otherwise
Hygiene in general is very important. Don't smother yourself in Axe please. Just shower.
  • You don't want to be sweaty and smell bad, and it's so easy to shower and use deodorant.
  • Wash your hands after going to the bathroom. Bacteria.
  • Wash your hands after cleaning the litter box. There's germs in there that will ACTUALLY get you sick, especially if you're pregnant. (Or so I learned from The Princess Diaries...)
  • grossssssssssss just shower plz
  • Prickly, unshaved legs are very annoying. The ends of the hair is sharp and stabs me if I don't shave.
  • I can't stand having armpit stubble. That's just no.

Okay, hope you enjoyed this post! Bye!

Monday, October 13, 2014

10 Cute Lame Halloween Costume Ideas

I wrote  this in August. (insert embarrassed emoji here)
It's never too early to think about your Halloween costume. I would say something like "since Halloween is just around the corner..." but actually it's 2 months away so... Whatever! It's the next holiday coming up so naturally, I'm excited in advance.
Here are some cute yet lame (which is code for easy and simple) Halloween costume ideas for people who are lazy.

1. Goth girl
This is probably the easiest of the bunch, and it's probably what I'm going to do. This costume doesn't require any buying of new things, which is the best part! (Unless you don't have black lipstick. In that case, I guess you would have to buy it. You could just use eyeliner instead.)
  1. Just wear all black, paint your nails black, wear black eyeshadow (this is a good chance to experiment with a dark smoky eye!), and black lipstick. And be sure to forget the blush!
  2. To amp up the adorableness, you can wear a high waisted black lace circle skirt, a black tank top tucked in, black knee high socks, Converse, and some sort of necklace. If it's cold that night,you can wear a black blazer or cartigan too.
2. Cowgirl
Just wear a plaid button-up flannel, light wash jeans, cowboy boots, and a cowboy hat. To make it sluttier, you can tie the flannel at the waist and expose your tummy.

3. Thing 1, Thing 2, and Thing 3
You can do this one with your friends! I did, 2 years ago.
  1. Just take any red long sleeved red shirt, and tape on a circular piece of paper with the Thing 1/2/3 logo on it. If you want to go for a more put-together look, you can do this with fabric and sew it on.
  2. With this, wear red pants and red Converse, Vans, or Keds.
  3. To make it cuter, you could put the Thing 1/2/3 logo higher up on a red tank top instead (or even stick with a short sleeved T-shirt) and tuck it into a red skirt. Wear it with red tights if you want to go all-out.
4. Black or gray cat
Classic one!
  1. Wear a black/gray skirt, and a black/gray tank top. Buy some cat ears at Claire's (they do sell them once it gets close enough to Halloween), and wear them.
  2. Wear a black skirt, or do what I did last year--I was a cat and I have this white skirt with black cat faces on it from H&M that I wore.
5. Vampire
If you watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Angel, that's where I got the idea... No, actually that's where my friend got the idea.
  1. If you want to be REALLY lame, you can just be a normal person with pale skin (use a too-light foundation) and wear dark clothes. In Buffy and Angel, vampires just look like normal people before they turn.
  2. If you want to go all out, you can be a turned vampire with the wrinkly face and sharp teeth.
  3. For the sharp teeth, you can use these AWESOME fangs that you actually glue onto your teeth! I bet you could find better ones elsewhere.
    • http://www.partycity.com/product/vampire+fangs.do?from=Search&navSet=fangs&bypass_redirect=1
6. Fairy

  1. Use last year's prom dress or just a tank top with a frilly pink tutu, pink tights, a homemade wand (a painted chopstick with a pipe cleaner bent into a star shape glued on), lots of sparkles, and pink heels.
  2. And curly hair, too!
  3. And of course, don't forget the wings. They sell these at a lot of party stores and Halloween stores.

7. Pin-up girl
This look takes work to find the right outfit, but it's worth it because the end result will be amazing! Look up "pin up girl" for more outfits.
A pin-up girl is basically a vintage glam girl (in the words of my friend).

  1. You can wear any crop top with a sweetheart neckline and halter top straps, with a high waisted skirt (doesn't matter what style, could be pencil, circle, etc.), or dark wash high waisted shorts. If you have a dress with this kind of top, it will work even better.
  2. In outfits with a dress or skirt, you can add a wide belt for a more dramatic look.
  3. Be sure to wear heels with this look.
  4. Curl your hair or put it in a cute updo.

8. Elsa from Frozen
I'm guessing this will be a popular one this year!

  1. Find a light blue (preferably sparkly) strapless dress, and wear a sheer white shirt under it.
  2. Use sparkly blue and royal purple eyeshadow colors.
  3. Dye your hair platinum blonde if possible, and duplicate Elsa's French braid.
9. Anna from Frozen

  1. Use minimal makeup.
  2. Do pigtails in your hair.
  3. Wear something that resembles Anna's outfit.
    10. Olaf from Frozen

    1. Wear white, and put black "buttons" on your shirt.
    2. Use orange face paint, eyeshadow, or lipstick (if you have it?!) to color your nose orange.





    Comparison: Clear vs. Metal Retainers

    Also known as "invisalign retainer", which it's not the same company, or the official name is Essix.
    For this one, people usually call it the"metal wire retainer" or the official name is Hawley.

    Story
    I have both kinds of retainers. My top retainer is Essix, and my bottom one is Hawley. I don't know why my orthodontist did that. My Hawley retainer is blue on the inside. :)
    Here's mine, they're CLEAN, relax!

    Hawley Retainers

    • Pro: You get to choose the color of the inside (most likely, nobody will see it when it's in your mouth). They have sparkly colors, rainbow, normal colors, and a boring pink that's suppposed to match your gums.
    • Pro: They don't smell as much (ewwww sorrry), because they don't catch as much plaque or whatever.
    • Pro: They're easier to clean. You can just brush it with your toothbrush and toothpaste.
    • Pro: They're sturdier and harder to break.
    • Pro: They don't cover your teeth entirely, so if there's anything in your teeth, you have a chance of picking it out.
    • Con: There's more plastic on the roof/bottom of your mouth, which is
      • uncomfortable, annoying, and itchy
      • and can give you a lisp until (if ever) you get used to it and learn how to talk right.
    • Con: The plastic is REALLY THICK. If you have a small mouth like me, it takes up a lot of room!
    • Con: You can lift it up and even take it out with your tongue, and if you're constantly lifting it up, it's never on your teeth, therefore it's not helping and you might as well not wear it anyway. My orthodontist specifically said not to take it out with my tongue, so oops.
    • Con: There's a visible metal line across all your teeth.
    • Con: There's some room for relapse (tooth movement, such as overlapping or becoming crooked) because it doesn't keep each individual tooth in place.
    Essix Retainers
    • Pro: There's no plastic on the roof/bottom of your mouth, so it's
      • more comfortable
      • less itchy
    • Pro: It's clear, so nobody can tell you're wearing it (unless they're up REALLY close or they have one too and know what it looks like. For example, I can tell if I really look at someone if they're wearing a clear retainer/Invisalign or not). After getting your braces off, you will want to look metal-free.
    • Pro: It keeps each individual tooth EXACTLY the way they were when your braces came off because the plastic is molded to fit each tooth perfectly. Which makes me feel more secure.
    • Pro: The plastic is pretty thick, so it's not AS easy to break as it could be.
    • Pro: I can't take it out with your tongue, so I'm not tempted to.
    • Con: It's not as sturdy, and someone I know put it in her pocket and it snapped in half.
    • Con: The plastic is pretty thick, so it takes up a decent amount of space in your mouth.
    • Con: They smell more, because it catches more plaque/whatever because the plastic is more porous (I read that online).
    • Con: It's harder to clean. There's so many "don'ts" about how to clean a clean retainer. They say "don't brush it with your toothbrush and toothpaste, don't soak it in mouthwash, don't wash it with hot water", so how ARE you supposed to clean it?! They say to clean it with denture cleaner or DIP it in mouthwash. Like COME ON, there's actual GROSS PLAQUE on it and you think dipping it in mouthwash is going to magically make it come off? Yeah no. I brush it with my toothbrush anyway.
      • They say not to brush it with your toothbrush because it makes little scratches in it and over time, supposedly that will make it turn cloudy clear. I just use a softer-bristled toothbrush.

    So which do I like better?  The clear retainer! It's far more comfortable and less itchy and I'm not tempted to take it out all the time with my tongue because I can't. I'm actually trying to get the clear one for the bottom if I can.

    Thursday, October 2, 2014

    Braces


    I'm actually pre-wrote this because I didn't want to post it and make my friends suspicious of me getting my braces off because I didn't tell them prior to getting them off.

    So, I'm sure you've already heard about tons of stuff about braces. But I'll tell you what you didn't know. ...Or maybe you did know. Either way, here we go.

    • How braces work.
      • The wire is a special kind of wire (not the kind you use for jewelry making or whatever) that when it gets to body temperature, it warms up and tries to straighten out, pulling your teeth along with it. The colored bands just hold the wire to the brackets.
    • What you can and can't eat.
      • You can eat basically anything. The ONLY thing I avoid is Cliff bars. I love Cliff bars, but I've eaten two with braces, and both times, I broke my chain. A chain is the colored thing that connects all of your brackets. I've had a chain and no chain, and I found that I need to be more careful with avoiding certain foods if I have a chain, because it breaks more easily. But other than that, I can basically eat anything. Just be aware that certain foods will be harder to get out of your braces than others. Popcorn is particularly hard to get out of your braces, because of the kernel shells that get stuck under brackets. But that doesn't mean you can't eat it.


    • Tips I recommend carrying around floss, those things (pictured on left - your orthodontist will probably give you some, if not, you can find them at the grocery store in the toothpaste aisle), and Colgate Wisps (mini toothbrushes with built-in toothpaste) in case you get anything stuck in your braces.




    • How you can avoid getting those white spots on your teeth
      • Just brush your teeth, and brush them well. Those spots are caused by leaving plaque on your teeth, which causes a white stain surrounding where the bracket was. So if you prevent plaque by brushing your teeth, you should be fine. My guess is that orthodontists just want to scare you into brushing your teeth, and this only happens to 2% of people with braces.
    • The white spots aren't always from braces.
      • So don't make assumptions! One of my teeth has a white spot, and it's not from braces. It was there before. Same story with one of my friends, but she has more of them. The white spots that were caused by not brushing with braces look more like there's white surrounding an invisible square.
    • Are braces really that bad?
      • Someone asked me that recently. No. They're actually fine. I once heard someone say they wished they had braces because "they're like jewelry for your teeth."
    • Braces or Invisalign?
      • I say braces, because it's cheaper and FAR less time consuming. However, it's really a case-by-case thing, so if you're given an option, I would say braces.
    • How long I had my braces
      • 2 and a quarter years.
    • Worst part of braces for me?
      • I had a 100% overbite when I started braces, so I had a lot of extra stuff done to my teeth, which is what was the worst. I had turbos, which are pieces of cement that go under your two front teeth if you have an overbite to prevent you from biting down on your braces. Those were bad because it was just frustrating not to be able to bite down all the way. It made it harder to chew, because my back teeth were about a centimeter apart when I bit down.
      • Also, I had springs for a while instead of elastics because the elastics weren't effective enough, and the springs cut my mouth a lot.
      • Also, mouth cutting in general was annoying. Sometimes there were sharp parts that cut my mouth. It's definitely manageable though, nothing too painful.
    • Retainers
      • Right after you get your braces off, they tell you that you're in for a lifetime of retainer wearing. It's quite a downer after you're all excited about getting your braces off.
      • I got a clear (Essix) retainer for my top teeth and I'm going to be getting a metal wire (Hawley) retainer for my bottom teeth. I might write a blog post comparing the two. I'm going to have to wear them for 4 months all day and all night, then just at night. If after 4 months, my front teeth start to gap, I'm going to get a permanent retainer just behind those teeth, which is a metal wire that's bonded to the backs of the teeth to keep them in place. So maybe I'll end up with all 3 types of retainers! But anyway, the clear retainer is really annoying and I always feel the need to take it out because it's plastic in my mouth and it feels weird and super frustrating. It also makes my teeth feel a lot thicker. I haven't gotten my metal wire retainer yet.