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Monday, November 24, 2014

OOTN: Alice In Wonderland {Semi-Formal Dance}

{Me and my friend Connie!}
It's my first OOTN! I guess it's pretty obvious I don't usually dress up, haha. And I'm pretty sure I've never posted a picture of my hair curled on this blog before either. But get ready for more because I'm reviewing a new hair curler in two weeks! Curling my hair just makes me feel 100X more fancy because my hair is naturally pin straight and boring. Anyways, I went to Semi-Formal Dance this last week and here are some photos from the night. Me dressing up = lots of photo taking. No joke.

For some reason my eye makeup never looks dark enough. Neither does my lipstick. But it's okay because I had fun at the dance and that's all that matters, right?
Selfies in the bathroom as usual. Just kidding. About the usual part.
I tried to get a picture of my makeup, but I think it's still hard to tell, haha. And of course the clearest one had to be the one where I was making a weird face :P.
Finally, OOTN time! This after the dance, so my hair and makeup was kind of faded but hey, I still had to get a picture in front of the Alice in Wonderland themed background! That was the theme of our dance :).
I haven't been at a proper dance in so long! But they're so much fun and I wish I could go more. Sadly, there's so much stuff going on that I don't really know if I'll be posting on this blog that often. I've been really good about posting once a week, but if in the future I miss a week, I'm sorry in advance! I'll always try my best though :).

What's your go to outfit for a night out? I'd love to know! Where do you buy your dresses (Seriously, I need some places to shop)?



Monday, November 17, 2014

A Cute And Easy (Super Fast) Notebook DIY!

Let's make a cute little notebook! They can get pretty expensive, after all. Since I made my New Year's resolutions (I totally forgot about those until now, to be honest. But it's almost time for new ones!) to write in a journal every day, I've been going through notebooks like crazy! And since I need a pretty one every time (You know you do too ;)), I've been going shopping a lot. So I thought I should make a few easy DIYs to save some time and money! Don't worry, I still can't resist those cute little notebooks from Chapters, in case you're wondering. This notebook is super easy and very customizable so if you like pretty notebooks then I challenge you to make this!
Seriously, it really can't get any easier than this. Trust me. And my instructions are can't be any more simple.

Supplies:
  • Some old magazines
  • Scissors
  • An old notebook
  • Ruler
  • A pen
  • A glue stick (not pictured for some odd reason...it must have rolled away)
1. Look through old notebooks draw some triangles wherever the pattern looks nice. I had to use dots to measure it out, because that's much of a perfectionist I am. Just kidding, I'm only a perfectionist when it comes to making my notebooks. You really can't play around when it comes to notebooks. Also, it looks really nice if you use magazine ads too!
2. Cut out the triangles. Sadly, mine weren't completely straight and yes, that bothered me.
3. Place all your lovely triangles on your notebook. You'll have to cut the ones on the side so they don't stick out like that!
4. Glue them on your notebook.
I really don't know why I felt this was necessary to show, but yeah, pat them down so no air bubbles.
Yay, you're done giving that old notebook a remake! And it probably took only a few minutes, with things you already have around you house, right? I know, I was really impressed too  ;)

Do you love collecting notebooks too? Have any favourite DIYs? I'd love to know!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Aveeno Clear Complexion Cream Cleanser Review

I'm back with another set beauty product reviews! I haven't done one in forever even though I really enjoy writing them, but I have a few exciting ones planned for my blog :). I feel like reviewing products makes you get into this mindset where you're constantly forming opinion about all the products you use, thinking about all the pros and cons. At least, that's what it's like for me, even if I don't end up posting all the reviews I think of. Anyway, this review is for my number one go-to face cleanser: the Aveeno Clear Complexion Cream Cleanser! Wow, that was a lot of "c"s ;).
Brand: Aveeno
Name: Clear Complexion Cream Cleanser
Price: $9.99 (CAD)
Bought at: Walmart

This is the cleanser I pretty much always try to buy because it works so well for me. It has Aveeno's special "Total Soy Complex", which is their way of saying they use soybeans to help even out the skin tone and texture, to make skin brighter. I'm not sure if it evens my skin tone since I don't think my skin was uneven before, but my face does look brighter. It also has tiny little beads to gently exfoliate! I find it so useful because then I don't need  to use a separate scrub, which I tend to forget to do anyways. The beads aren't really noticeable on the skin, but you can definitely see them.

Plus, the salicylic acid also helps clear up the skin. This cleanser basically does a bit of everything, so it's perfect for if you want a good basic cleanser. If you want an acne fighting cleanser, or a deeply exfoliating one, then this is probably not for you. But I find that if I'm really needing either of those, I'll just some sort of face mask or scrub and it usually turns out fine.

By the way, I have pretty sensitive skin and tend to use products that are specifically made for sensitive skin, but this didn't bother me at all. And there's no scent, which is also good :). This cream cleanser doesn't foam up but they have another version of this exact one that comes with a pump that does! Maybe I'll try that next time? ;)
Pros:

  • Great price and it lasts for a long time
  • Small beads for daily exfoliating so you don't need a separate scrub
  • No weird scents
  • Brightens the skin!
  • Great basic cleanser that feels light on the skin
  • Contains salicylic acid

Cons:

  • Doesn't do anything about pimples or blackheads

Would I repurchase? Yes! I already have multiple times.
Final Rating: 4.5/5

What do you think about Aveeno? Have you ever tried any of their skincare?

Monday, November 3, 2014

OOTD: Last Bit of Sunlight

It's November and I'm wearing a T-shirt and skirt? No, don't worry, I'm not that crazy. This was actually taken a few weeks ago when the weather was nice and I was still willing to walk outside. Now, it's much too cold. I mean, I will if I have to, but you know what I mean. It was supposed to snow this Halloween and at first I was like, haha, no it can't possibly...but then it did! And the next day the ground was covered in white! We had some intense snow action already, and I didn't even start wearing my fall boots yet. I think I'll have to go straight to my thick winter boots. This outfit is basically the biggest contrast to what I'm wearing now, needless to say. But I really like where I decided to take these outfit pictures. I'm not sure it'll look this nice the next time I go :P.




My burgundy skirt matches perfectly with the little roses on my shirt, so I always feel like these two pieces were meant to go with one another. Do you ever feel that way about your clothes sometimes? I also wore sandals (!) and some bead bracelets. Fun fact, I purchased those bracelets from a prom/wedding dress store. I don't remember why I went in, maybe because I wanted to feel fancy ;).

How's the weather where you are? Is it only winter outfits now? ;)

Friday, October 31, 2014

October Accomplishments!

Happy Halloween! It's also the last day of October, so here's another round of Monthly Accomplishments! I'm actually writing this before Halloween so I don't know exactly how I'm going to dress up yet. I know, so last minute. But I'm pretty sure I'm going to be an alien. And I might even go Trick or Treating even though I'm way past the age. I can pass younger than my age, so it usually works out. Now, onto the accomplishments~

1. Finishing my Extended Essay! This is actually one of the main goals I've started many months before, but now that it's over I don't really want to think about it. It's one of those projects that I'm just so glad I don't have to panic over anymore...Actually, most of my biggest accomplishments are school related. But that's boring so I won't mention it that much here ;).

2. Finding a semi-formal dress! For my semi-formal dance haha... And yes I call my dances semi-formals. It's really called Through The Looking Glass, inspired by Alice in Wonderland, but I don't think anyone says that in real life. Anyways, I don't usually have any fancy occasions to go to, so finding a dress was of upmost importance. I normally go through such a struggle of finding something that looks good on me, and it was a miracle that when I went shopping last week, the first dress I tried on turned out to be The One. I did spend the rest of the day looking for other dresses though, and eventually going back to the first one like I knew I would. Does this ever happen to anyone else? I swear it's happened to me every single time. And I never learn.

3. Finding a good studying place! I've started studying and doing work at the library this month, and it's made me so much more productive. I really like working there now. I've already been there about 8 times this month, probably more. I just sit at a table with my laptop and do whatever projects I have to do. I don't always stay 100% on task, but it's definitely a lot better than at home! If you have problems concentrating at home, you should switch up the environment and go somewhere else! Coffee shops are great too, except sometimes (most of the time), I get distracted by all the delicious treats.

4. Listening to Taylor Swift's entire album the day it came out! I think my accomplishments are getting weirder and weirder...or maybe I'm just revealing more of myself here on the blog. I guess there comes a time where you will see it anyways. I know her new album 1989 is so different from her usual country songs but I surprisingly still like it. Well, not that surprisingly, because let's be real, I own all of her CDs. True story. Even though I don't use CDs anymore. But this CD comes with special polaroids from her with song lyrics written on the bottom, so yeah, that's how I justified buying it ;).

How has your month been? Did you accomplishment anything you're proud of?

Monday, October 27, 2014

More Necklaces from Born Pretty Store!

I usually never get things in the mail, so when these necklaces came around, I was so happy! And as you might know from my last review of the Born Pretty Store necklaces, I was already in love with their style and all their cute jewelry. Because seriously, they have so many cute things- and it's not just jewelry! If I were a nails kind of person (you know what I mean :P), I would try out their crystal embossed nails...I'm still obsessed with all things sparkly! So of course, two out of three of the necklaces I picked out have jewels! I had to refrain myself somehow, because then I would only have sparkly jewelry ;).

The Adjustable Bowknot Necklace* is so unique, you can pull the chains at the bottom to move the bow higher or lower, whichever you prefer. And it's also super convenient because there's no clasp, all you have to do is slip it on :). It's perfect for when you're in a rush and running out the door with your jewelry in one hand...or is that just me? Sometimes I have to put it on in the car ;). Anyways, this necklace is quite sturdy, which is reassuring because a lot of cheaper necklaces tend to have very fragile chains. Thankfully that's not the case with this one!
I was most excited for the Jewels and Ribbon Necklace*! This was the necklace that made me place the order (there's always that one piece that starts it all!), and since it was so inexpensive, the other two were a bonus. All three necklaces together were under 10$! I've seen so many necklaces like this in stores, but even in relatively cheaper ones like Forever 21, they're still over 20$! Born Pretty Store's is way cheaper, and it doesn't lack in quality either. Of course, it's not 100%  perfect, but it's definitely up there with other costume jewelry stores like H&M. I love the look of jewels together with the gold chain and even though I wore this with a casual sweater, it looks even more amazing with fancier outfits! I'm going to remember this for the next time I have a formal occasion ;).
I saved the last for the best- the Triple Hearts Necklace* somehow ended up being my favourite. It's the one I've worn the most, and I've already gotten a few compliments on it. The three mini hearts are simply adorable, and since they're so small, it's perfect as an every day necklace. I wore this a few days in a row when I didn't want to take it off ;). It's also shorter than the rest of the necklaces, which means more attention goes to your lovely face! Just kidding. But yes, your face is pretty too (the "just kidding" part sounded like an insult- it's not!).

That's all the necklaces I got from Pretty Born Store! And now I feel compelled to make a joke about how I was Born Pretty... but I'll spare you. I know you were probably thinking it though, right? It's okay, I don't blame you ;)

If you're still reading this after my writing has progressed to the slightly stranger sides of things, then thanks! And congrats, I actually have a 10% discount code for all my readers! Enter EIGT10 (code is also in my sidebar) at checkout for 10% off your whole purchase! Plus, I just checked the website and they're having 20% sitewide for their 4 year anniversary November 3rd-10th...so you would get 30% off! Most things are currently on sale too. I just got distracted from browsing the website and have already picked out what's next on my list: this, this and this. Oh, and this gorgeous set ;). 

Would you try out Born Pretty Store? Or let me know if you have already ordered from them and how you like it! 


Monday, October 20, 2014

Outfits Inspired by Taylor Swift! #TeenBlogSeries

I can't believe it's already the last week of the #TeenBlogSeries! I still remember the first time I found out about the series and thinking it would be such a fun way to write posts about things I wouldn't usually consider. And let me tell you, making outfits inspired by celebrities was definitely not on my to-do list! But I always read the ones on College Fashion, so why not give it a go myself? And of course I had to choose my all time favourite (okay, maybe not all-time, but I've got to add some drama somehow) fashion icon, Taylor Swift. I feel like she's been under the radar for some time now, but hey, her style's classic so it's all good ;).
Taylor Swift Look no. 1

Products: shirt, purse, hairband, pants, heels
I found three of Taylor's cute and casual looks that I would wear. Maybe not the heels, although you can easily replace those with some flats. And the options I chose are all pretty expensive, but these are all just suggestions! I would definitely find some cheaper pieces that are similar to the ones in the collage. If I were going for the classic look, a white button down is the way to go! Actually, I just realized all three of the outfits include a button down...that's got to tell you something ;). Add on your favourite headband and some black pants and you're good to go!

Taylor Swift Look no. 2

This outfit is pretty simply, but it's 100X better because of the purple pants. I mean, that's what you'll look at first, right? So yes, that's what the outfit is centered around. Purple and blue is such a nice colour combination, though for so reason I don't see it a lot. Well, adding some blue flats and throwing on a dark blue knit sweater over that white button down makes the outfit super chic. And don't forget your sunglasses! Not that we really need them anymore, now that it's fall :P.
Taylor Swift Look no. 3

Products: hat, tights, shoes, purse, dress
I saved the cutest outfit for the last! I think it's the hat that gets to me...I love the adorable touch so much I automatically think the whole outfit is cute. It's got another button down (a great piece you can wear in so many different ways) but this time it's a longer one so you can wear it as a dress. Or if that's not your thing, you can wear it over leggings. Since it's cold now, tights are necessary...I really like the look of sheer black tights and they look great under dresses. And if you add a dark green bag, you'll be sporting the Christmas colours before everyone else! ;)

Who are your fashion icons? Do you have any to go pieces that you wear all the time?

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