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Mini Bun Hair Style Tutorial

Aug 29, 2014 by

For today’s hairstyle tutorial, let’s do mini buns!

This style is great for when you’re having a bad hair day because there’s very little that can actually go wrong!

How To Apply Clip In Extensions

Aug 18, 2014 by

A nice easy tutorial today, I’ll be showing you guys how I wear my clip in hair extensions!

Clip in extensions are awesome. They are very versatile and if you buy ones which you can style then you can do all kinds of things with them. I have a lot of length with my natural hair so today I’ll be using them for volume.
To begin with, style your extensions to match your actual hair. Mine is straight so I’ll be straightening my extensions. Keep in mind that you can only heat style some types of extensions so make sure that you check first because if yours are synthetic you may melt them with that much heat!
My hair naturally from the back:
First thing to do is section your hair from the ears up and pin out of the way. Apply the first long track of hair here by clipping it just below the part line.
Like this!
When you let the rest of the hair down it should be invisible. You need to make sure the clips are as close and flat to the scalp as possible.
Section the hair a little further up and repeat again with another track.
Repeat again and again until you feel you have enough on the back. Make sure you don’t cross the tracks over anywhere you’re planning on parting the hair later or else they will be visible.
I like to apply a few smaller ones on the sides of my head as well. Not too many as it’s much more visible in this area because the hair is thinner.
Once you’re finished, brush through everything so the natural hair blends with the extensions.
Long and volumous!
At the back you can see the placement of my tracks below:
I think these give a really good thickness to my natural hair. I like to use them in styles like braids too because they give a lot of body to the designs.
Hope you enjoyed and let me know if you have any other requests!

 

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Some Tips For Big Hair!

Jul 25, 2014 by

Seeing as I get asked about big hair a lot I thought I would share some extra tips for getting that volume today!

To begin with, big hair works best if your hair isn’t completely clean. Hair has more grip if it’s a bit dirty.

 

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How To Get Hair Waves Using Stockings! Photo Tutorial

Jun 27, 2014 by

Today’s hair tutorial is a little odd but it’s great to have as many tools in your arsenal as possible! Today we’re going to getting waves using stockings!

These kinds of overnight styles to get curls are always a bit hit and miss depending on the type of hair you actually have. This is similar to all of those sock buns=waves sorts of things but it’s a little easier to do because stockings are bigger and stretchier.

 

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Classic Plaited Updo Hairstyle Tutorial

May 23, 2014 by

Morning! Today’s hairstyle is a little more classic style and features a knitted headband that I made. You can easily make your own or just use another kind of headband.

 

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6 Hairstyles To Wear With Hats – Hair Inspiration

May 14, 2014 by

Today’s hair tutorial is less of a tutorial and more of a list of ideas. Really, most of you guys have all of the basic hairstyle skills down but it helps to have some nice ideas for inspiration to change up and make your own.

So here are my favourite hairstyles to wear with hats!

 

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How To Do A Waterfall Braid – Photo Tutorial!

Apr 25, 2014 by

I love this style in Summer, I always get really obsessed with braids in Summer for some reason! So today’s hair tutorial is a little bit of a different braid, it’s a waterfall style!

It looks complicated but all this really means is that some of the top strands fall down to the bottom rather than continuing through the entire braid.

 

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How To Do A Bear Ear Hairstyle

Mar 14, 2014 by

Hair tutorials are back! This time I’ll be doing a lot of the reader requests that have been sitting on my list for ages!

So let’s get started, today we’ll be doing a bear ear style while was popular for a while in Japan.

Start with clean, brushed hair and part in the middle. This style works best if your hair has been straightened up the top as it forms loops more easily.

 

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Violet’s Big Hair FAQ

Jan 27, 2014 by

It’s been a long time since I’ve updated my hair FAQ so I thought it was high time to make it a bit more comprehensive!

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How To Store Hair Accessories- Home Sweet Home

Nov 22, 2013 by

So my mission in life seems to be how to store hair accessories in the best way possible. I’ve written about it before. A lot.  So yeah. The perfect way doesn’t really seem to exist. But that sure doesn’t seem to stop me from trying again and again and again.

The latest thing I’ve been doing is using them for decoration in the form of a big flower bouquet…

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How To Do A Ponytail With A Pouf – Hairstyle Video Tutorial

Oct 13, 2013 by

I’m back after being very sick for a while! Today I’m doing a sleek style which I like using when I need to look fancy and professional :D

Garnier Fructis Miraculous Oil Review -Sponsored

Oct 11, 2013 by

This post was sponsored by Garnier and SheKnows.
For more information on sponsored posts please click here.

After how well my last experiences with Garnier products went, I jumped at the chance to try something else from the range! When they offered to send me a bottle of Garnier Fructis Miraculous Oil I was very interested as I am a big fan of hair oils.

With all of the bleaching and damage that I do to my hair, drying it out is a big concern for me so any product which can keep it healthy is very important.

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So what is the idea behind the product?

 

How To Style Old Curls – Messy Curly Bun Hairstyle Video Tutorial

Sep 29, 2013 by

Today I’ll show you how I style my curls once they are starting to fall flat. I use this style a lot while I’m traveling because I love curls but often don’t bother to bring curling implements for short trips. With styles like this and some other tips I can make the curls last a few days.

How To Do Easy Victory Rolls – Hairstyle Video Tutorial

Sep 22, 2013 by

I keep forgetting to post these videos across >_< I’ve been very lax in actually putting videos up lately because of the whole sick/stressed/tired thing but yay for actually doing things!

Today we’re doing really easy victory rolls, this is a popular hairstyle in many subcultures but it’s most associated with rockabilly and psychobilly styles. I think it works really well with sweet fashions too :)

10 Lazy Day Hairstyle Tutorials With RY and GHD

Sep 9, 2013 by

This post was sponsored by RY.com.au.
For more information on sponsored posts please click here.

I was contacted a little while ago by RY.com.au to try out some of their products and considering my hair obsession we settled on a GHD to play with!

As you guys know by now, I’m trying to make my life a bit better one tiny thing at a time in hopes that all the tiny things will add up to big things and being happier in general. As silly as it sounds, when I look good I feel a lot happier and more motivated.

In my ideal life where I’m so rich that I never have to worry about money or anything other than which beautiful gown I’ll wear that day I think I would spend a large amount of time doing my hair every morning. Unfortunately in real life, time-to-do-my-hair tends to get over run by time-doing-the-washing. So the age old problem: how to look cute without having to spend hours doing it?

So I’m taking on bad hair days with the help of RY and GHD! I came up with 10 hairstyles that can be done in less than 5 minutes, perfect for busy and lazy days!

But before we get into the hairstyles, let’s do a quick review of the GHD :D

Lottie was totally begging me to straighten out her crimps but I don’t trust her to use hot appliances without supervision.

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How To Use The L’Oreal Rowenta Steam Pod Hair Straightener – Violet LeBeaux

Aug 17, 2013 by

Today I’ll show you how I use my L’Oreal Rowenta Steam Pod to get super smooth straight hair. It’s totally awesome and doesn’t damage hair as much as a traditional straightener, I love it!

How To Do A Beehive Updo Hairstyle – Tutorial

Aug 5, 2013 by

Today’s hairstyle is a big round beehive! After doing the pouf I decided on doing something a little more interesting with the back.

Bonus videos: I had to make an intro for the youtube channel so here it is ^_^

Garnier Goodbye Damage Review, Event and Competition!

Jul 27, 2013 by

A few weeks ago I was invited by the lovely ladies of Brand Meets Blog to attend an event to celebrate Garnier’s new Goodbye Damage range.

Originally I had just planned on putting the photos in a Snapshot post but after I actually used the products properly at home I really wanted to review them fully because they made such a ridiculous difference on my hair! I am alway so sceptical of hair products that make massive claims like the ability to fix split ends but this time I was really pleasantly surprised.

Garnier was nice enough to provide some products for me to giveaway as well down the bottom of the post if you want to try them!

I hadn’t been sure what to expect because Garnier’s branding is usually a little playful, I definitely hadn’t been expecting this…

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Flicked Fringe Retro Hairstyle Tutorial Video!

Jul 25, 2013 by

I don’t usually talk about sucky things happening here but this week has been an absolute bust. I haven’t been able to finish anything at all that I started >_<

Between catching a cold while standing on a freezing air field tarmac on a photography job with James, craft projects failing miserably, several friends having major life crisis’s and illnesses, family members being in hospital, Lottie stealing some panadol and spending all day throwing up… it’s just been kind of a sucky 2 weeks.

So instead of spending the night editing and then posting one of the craft tutorials that failed fairly miserably I’m calling today a wash and going to bed early to kick my cold and regroup so I can do better tomorrow!

Sometimes rather than trying to push through crappiness you just need to reset your clock, watch a movie, eat some junk food and wake up for a new day tomorrow!

In lieu of a real post here’s a hair tutorial video I forgot to post last week!

Today we’re doing a style which has a little bit of a retro twist! The deep part with a flicked fringe is really fun and you can dress it up or down.

Written Instructions:

How To Do A Twisted Plait Hairstyle – Video Tutorial

Jul 15, 2013 by

Happy Monday!

This week’s video tutorial was a reader request. I wore this style in a couple of outfit posts and the hair was a lot more eye catching than I thought it would be. It’s so easy that I usually wear it on my lazy days XD

Hope you enjoy!


Written transcript:
Hey besties!
Welcome to another hair tutorial!
This one is a viewer request from an outfit post I did a while ago while I was wearing it!
Twisted Plaits
Start with some clean, brushed hair and divide it into two sections.
Take the first section, divide it into three sections, then plait it down to the very bottom.
Make sure you start the plait fairly high up, just behind the top of your ear.
You want the plaits to be quite tight otherwise the end result won’t stick up correctly.
Now secure it in place with a hair tie at the end!
Now repeat on the other side!
Plait! Plait like a swiss mountain girl in a fairy tale!
Secure it in place and you’re halfway there! Or you know, leave it like this and call it a day! Lazy win!
Now take the first plait and twist it backwards as tightly as you feel comfortable.
Then roll it around it’s self into a little bun and then pull the hair tie off at the end.
Once it’s off, continue wrapping the hair tightly around the base.
As you go, pull the plait out a little bit and it will form a twist, like this!
Once you’re finished put a hair tie back on it to keep that sucker in place!
The end result should look like this.
Now (obviously) repeat on the other side!
Twist it backwards…
…roll it up on itself…
…pull it out a little bit…
…and hair tie it in place!
Adjust it as necessary so they are the same length.
Accessory time! You can go big with a hair flower but I like to wear this with a simple pearl headband.
Tadaa! Cute, adorable and a little bit different to plain old buns or plain old plaits.
This looks a bit different because of my gradient, but it looks GREAT with dark hair colours.
Let me know if you give this one a go and thanks so much for watching, bye!

Casual Back Hair Bow Video Tutorial

Jun 25, 2013 by

I realised I forgot to post last week’s video tutorial as well as this week’s *_* I don’t know where my brain is these last few weeks. I will be replying all of your comments and emails asap! And there will be a new Sew Fun this week all about Overlockers/Sergers.

Today’s tutorial is another bow hairstyle. Bows never get old!

Here is a tutorial for a big bow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klHXSvfr-fk
And here’s a tutorial for a mini bow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=811Rz69FSYM

And two photos tutorials of the mini and big bow hairstyle tutorials:
http://www.violetlebeaux.com/2013/01/how-to-do-a-mini-bow-hairstyle-photo-tutorial/

http://www.violetlebeaux.com/2009/07/bow-hairstyle-tutorial-for-medium-length-hair/

One of my projects recently has been transcribing all of my videos to make closed captions and so they can be very easily translated. If you would like to be involved in the translation process and you speak another language send me an email!

How To Dye Pink Gradient/Ombre Hair Extensions

Jun 8, 2013 by

I was sent some human hair extensions to play with by VPFashion so I set about dying them to match my actual hair colour. I ordered the lightest blonde but my hair is almost white so I needed to bleach then add the pink over the top as I do on my normal hair.

The results were very good and I had a lot of fun playing around with them. I will wear them quite often to give my hair more volume in places.

You can an $8 discount on the VPFashion site by entering violetlebeaux1031 in the “Referred By YTB Guru” option when checking out.

These clip in extensions were from vpfashion:

http://www.vpfashion.com/22-white-blonde-indian-remy-clip-in-hair-extensions-us613a22-125g-p-8087.html?=1031

Hair Length – 24 inches
Hair Color – 613A# white blonde
Hair Texture – Straight(Silky)

Check more vpfashion extensions:

http://www.vpfashion.com/youtube-hot-sale-c-183.html?vp=1031

Link here to become a fan of vpfashion:

https://www.facebook.com/vpfashionhair

The dye I’m using for the pink is Paint Box Pink Moon: http://www.fudge.com/en-int/product/colour/pink/prod-key/paintbox-pink-moon

Thanks for watching!

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A blog and Youtube channel about a girl and her quest to make everything sparkle. New craft, hair and beauty tutorials every week!

Violet LeBeaux spends most of her time trying to think of ways to make life prettier, posting said ways on her blog and drinking very strong tea. She writes about big hair cute things, girly fashion, beauty finds, sometimes Hime Gyaru fashion (姫ギャル) and crafty tutorials.

She lives with her adorable boyfriend Jimmy, fluffy puppy Miss Lottie and Bergamot Bunny in Melbourne, Australia.

Email: [email protected]
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Mail: PO BOX 372, Collins St West, VIC 8007, Australia

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Music: Garageband unless otherwise credited

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Pink Gradient/Ombre Hair Extension Instructions!

Hello! Today I’m going to show you how I dyed my hair extensions in the same sort of pink gradient that my real hair is.
I love my hair but sometimes it’s nice to have extra length and volume so… HAIR EXTENSIONS!
I’m using human hair extensions provided by VPFashion.
These ones are #613A- White Blonde. Use the code “violetlebeaux1031″ to get $8 off your order.
Link in the description.
These extensions are great quality but the colour is just not quite right.
I used the extensions, my usual blonde dye, my pink dye, scissors, a brush, some paper and my phone as a timer.
Firstly, lay out some paper to protect your surface from the dye because it’s going to get messy!
I would think that most of you would do this in your bathroom rather than your living room so it probably wouldn’t be nessecary.
The next thing I did was mix up the bleach. Please read and follow the instructions that come with the bleach you’re using.

For the rest of the written instructions check my blog or turn on closed captions!

How To Do An Easy Rockabilly Loop Hairstyle – Tutorial – Violet LeBeaux

Jun 3, 2013 by

Hope you’re all having a fantastic week! Today I’m doing a style which looks quite fancy but is really easy to do. It can be worn very casually or really dressed up. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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A blog and Youtube channel about a girl and her quest to make everything sparkle. New craft, hair and beauty tutorials every week!

Violet LeBeaux spends most of her time trying to think of ways to make life prettier, posting said ways on her blog and drinking very strong tea. She writes about big hair cute things, girly fashion, beauty finds, sometimes Hime Gyaru fashion (姫ギャル) and crafty tutorials.

She lives with her adorable boyfriend Jimmy, fluffy puppy Miss Lottie and Bergamot Bunny in Melbourne, Australia.

Email: [email protected]
Advertising: [email protected]
Mail: PO BOX 372, Collins St West, VIC 8007, Australia

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Music: Garageband unless otherwise credited

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Easy Rockabilly Loop Hairstyle Instructions!

Good morning! Today’s style which is a little rockabilly inspired!
Let’s get started, you can do this with curly or straight hair, just make sure that you brush it before you start.
You want it to be nice and smooth so that the loops are smooth to.
Grab a section of hair from the top of your head on one side and twist it around your fingers to form a loop.
Make sure that the tail of your loop faces the back of your head.
Push the loop down so it sits flat against your scalp like this.
And then pin it in place.
You want the pins to be inside the loop so that you can hide them later.
I used dark pins so that you can see what I’m doing, but I suggest you use pins that match your hair.
Brush the hair so that it hides all the pins and then hairspray in place.
Grab the section of hair underneath the first one you just did.
Make sure that you have the tail of the first loop included in this section of hair too.
Pull it upwards and form it into a loop underneath the first one that you made.
Again, the tail should be pointing to the back of your head.
Pin it in place.
The pink bits of my hair look cool when they are twisted around like this, kind of like candy!
Brush so you can’t see any hair pins, then give it a blast of hairspray.
Tadaa! Really that’s it!
All you need now is a cute hair accessory.
You can add as many loops as you want, but I like to dress it up with a big flower.
You can put in the front like this, but does hide the loops a little bit.
So if you want to show off the loops, pop it at the back.
Very cute!
Now you’re ready for a night of rockabilly music.
Or you know, cam whoring and posting it on instagram!
Follow me on instagram: violetlebeaux.
Hope you enjoyed the video and see you again next week, bye!

The Great Gatsby Inspired Hair/Make Up – 1920′s In 20 Minutes

May 31, 2013 by

This is such a fun look and really doesn’t take too long to do! I had way too much fun making this video including doing the Charleston for far longer than I actually included in the video XD

Hope you enjoyed it!

Transcript:
Today I was a bit inspired by the remake of The Great Gatsby so I wanted to do a look suited to that. Neither my look or the looks in the movie are particularly accurate for the time period but they sure are fun!

Music: Rondo Alla Turca http://www.its-called-cumbernauld.com/rondo-alla-turca.html and Garageband .
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A blog and Youtube channel about a girl and her quest to make everything sparkle. New craft, hair and beauty tutorials every week!

Violet LeBeaux spends most of her time trying to think of ways to make life prettier, posting said ways on her blog and drinking very strong tea. She writes about big hair cute things, girly fashion, beauty finds, sometimes Hime Gyaru fashion (姫ギャル) and crafty tutorials.

She lives with her adorable boyfriend Jimmy, fluffy puppy Miss Lottie and Bergamot Bunny in Melbourne, Australia.

Email: [email protected]
Advertising: [email protected]
Mail: PO BOX 372, Collins St West, VIC 8007, Australia

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Music: Garageband unless otherwise credited

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The Great Gatsby Inspired Hair/Make Up Instructions:

Hello, today we’re going to have some fun with a look inspired by the new Great Gatsby movie!
Hey besties! Hmm, that 20′s theme party is in 20 minutes! How can I get ready in time?
I’ve got it!
A cute hat and fake finger waves!
I’m a freaking genius!
Ok, let’s get started!
Separate your fringe and curl it under using whatever method you’re comfortable with.
Part your hair in the middle and then separate a piece of hair on the side.
Brush it around so it forms a wave that finishes just above your ear, then pin it in place!
Using the same section of hair, form a second wave that finished behind your ear like this. Then pin it in place!
Repeat on the other side.
Form a wave that finishes just above your ear, then pin it in place.
My hair was already curled for this but you can do this look with straight or curly hair.
This version is a way to quickly cheat at making finger waves if you have a hat handy.
A hat can cover anything!
Once you reach the back, fold all the remaining hair up and pin it to the top of your head.
This style does work better with shorter hair.
Make sure that all your pins are above the level of your hat line.
Now smooth it all down with some hairspray. You cant have a 20′s look with fly-aways!
This looks alright but just wait until you add a hat!
BAM! Super cute! And that’s how you do super quick/easy/lazy almost finger waves.
Now you just need to top off the look with some make up.
Obviously if this was a real 1920′s look you would start from scratch but this was for a last minute costume party.
The key to 20′s eye shadow is to create a darker line around your crease.
Then a darker line around your lash line as well.
Line your waterline in black and bring some of the shadow down to soften it up a little.
You don’t want a sharp wing, you’re aiming for a rounder shape.
Use lots of mascara on your top and bottom lashes.
These looks are quite bottom lash heavy and that’s how you get that doe-eyed look that was so popular back then.
Add a darker shade of lipstick and that’s it!
Now you’re ready to look out a window pining for your lost love.
Now charleston your way all over that dance floor!
I hope you guys enjoyed the tutorial. Check the link in the description for more photos and other tutorials!
Leave me a comment and let me know what you thought of the Great Gatsby remake!
If you liked the video make sure to like, comment and subscribe!

Retro Beach Friendly Hairstyle Video Tutorial

May 8, 2013 by

It’s been a while since I was able to put together a video tutorial but I finally got to do a new hair tutorial! I totally love this style because once it’s in place it’s not going anywhere no matter how windy it is!

It was fun filming on the beach too!

Hope you guys enjoyed it ^_^

Transcript:
Finally a new video! I’ve made a lot of changes in my life recently and videos will return to being a weekly thing as of now. I’ll be starting a new beginners sewing series on the blog next week as well as an art series here. Hope you enjoy the video :)

Also I’m still trying to get in contact with the winner of my last competition so please check your inbox/channel walls to see if it was you! .
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A blog and Youtube channel about a girl and her quest to make everything sparkle. New craft, hair and beauty tutorials every week!

Violet LeBeaux spends most of her time trying to think of ways to make life prettier, posting said ways on her blog and drinking very strong tea. She writes about big hair cute things, girly fashion, beauty finds, sometimes Hime Gyaru fashion (姫ギャル) and crafty tutorials.

She lives with her adorable boyfriend Jimmy, fluffy puppy Miss Lottie and Bergamot Bunny in Melbourne, Australia.

Email: [email protected]
Advertising: [email protected]
Mail: PO BOX 372, Collins St West, VIC 8007, Australia

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Music: Garageband unless otherwise credited

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How To Do A Retro Beach Hairstyle

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Hello and welcome to another hair tutorial.
This one is a little bit special because we’re at the ocean!
We are at Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast.
For cute beach looks it’s best to have your hair up as it can get pretty windy!
This hairdo is kind of vintage and has lots and lots of rolls so let’s get started!
This view is a pretty good change right?
Pin your friend and take a small section of hair from the top of your head.
Brush your hair straight upwards and using a teasing comb, tease the backside of it.
The teasing is important otherwise the rolls will separate when you try to put them up.
So with this section of hair, roll it backwards until it forms a loop.
Tuck the ends inside and then pin it to your scalp.
You should have something along these lines.
Now for the hairspray!
This style requires a LOT of hairspray. I have a little mini one that I take with me on travels.
It’s pretty tiny but it packs a punch!
Grab a section of hair next to the first roll.
Pull it outwards and tease the back of it again.
Twist it about half way down.
Then fold it backwards so it forms a loop.
This time, just leave the ends hanging down and then pin it in place.
So now you have one middle loop and one side loop.
Repeat on the other side in the other direction.
Pull it up, tease, twist and fold into a loop.
Pin it in place and add hairspray.
You can never have too much hairspray especially at the beach!
Grab the rest of the hair on the side making sure you don’t have tails of the other loops that you already made.
Tease it.
Twist it.
And form another loop beneath the other ones till you have something like this.
Pin it in place.
Once this style is done, it’s not going anywhere no matter how windy it is!
Or if it decides to rain on your holiday like it always seems to on ours.
Repeat on the other side.
Tease, twist, loop and pin underneath the other loops.
From the back you’ve got this!
Speaking of, let’s do the back.
Grab a section at the top including the tails of the other two loops as well.
Or you could just leave it like this fo a different cute look.
Pull it upwards, tease and roll it forwards to form a loop.
Make sure you poke the tails of this one in.
Roll it so it’s just behind the first loop that you did and pin it in place.
Now separate the remaining hair into two sections.
And roll upwards.
Pin those bad boys in place.
You can do more loops here if you’d like but I was in a hurry so this was as far as I got.
The back doesn’t look great but my mirror was a shiny table surface so this was as good as it got!
Now pick a fringe!
You can tease it and pin for a quiff.
Roll it.
Or sweep it off to one side.
Or just curl it like I did.
The next thing you need is a scarf. Isn’t this nautical one cute?
Now tie it loosely around the rolls.
You don’t want to tie it too tightly or it will squish your rolls and come off at the beach.
A cute tropical flower to match my swimsuit and we’re done!
Except for hairspray… you can always use more hairspray.
Taadaa! Now that’s a hairstyle that’s not going anywhere no matter how windy it is!
We went down to the beach to see the rockpools at low tide, it was really cool!
It looks so cute and sunny here but it was actually storming and rainy for most of this.
You can see here, when I actually had a mirror I fixed the back of my hair right up.
And I added a couple more rolls.
Hope you guys enjoyed my holiday tutorial, thanks so much for watching and I’ll see you guys next week. Bye!

How To Do A Puffy Bun Without Teasing/Back Combing – Hair Tutorial

Apr 29, 2013 by

I love big buns (and I cannot lie… >_>) but sometimes it’s nice to be able to wear them without teasing/backcombing. Some people aren’t fans of backcombing because it doesn’t suit every hair type and it can be damaging. It’s good to take a break from damaging things!

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Elegant Pull Through Ponytail Hairstyle – Photo Tutorial

Apr 16, 2013 by

I’ll be filming the next set of these fairly soon so if you have any requests now is the time for them :D

Today though, I wanted to share one of my favorite elegant styles. This is great for classic outfits and times when a little more elegance is appropriate!

Imagine this:

You’re on holiday somewhere in Europe and you bump into a handsome prince. Love at first sight! He is madly in love with you and invites you to the embassy ball… the only problem is you only have 30 minutes to get ready! D: You already own several ball gowns (who doesn’t, am I right?) but OH NOES what will you do with your hair?!?! Every girl’s worst nightmare… ;)

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How To Plait and Looped Plait Classic Hairstyle Tutorial

Apr 8, 2013 by

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I’m back from Queensland and getting back into the swing of everything! This week I’ve got some big announcements as well as some competitions coming up but let’s kick things off with a hair tutorial :D

Looped plaits are a really versatile style because they go with a lot of different fashion looks. I really love these with classic Lolita styled outfits but they can be dressed up or down and worn with just about anything.

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Side Swept Beach Hair Tutorial

Mar 27, 2013 by

I’m getting ready to go to Queensland this week so have an early hair tutorial ;)

Queensland is putting me in a beachy mood so what better than a one sided hairstyle? It reminds  me a bit of a mermaid ^_^

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How To Do A Faux Short Ponytail Hairstyle – Photo Tutorial

Mar 22, 2013 by

Time for another hair tutorial. This week I’m doing a faux mini ponytail!

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As usual, here is the video version of this style and the downloadable one is down the end!

I love having long hair but sometimes it’s nice to have short hair too. I don’t want to cut it so how can I have a little cute ponytail without the commitment of a cut? It’s actually pretty easy!

 

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How To Do Messy Curled Buns – Hairstyle Tutorial

Mar 15, 2013 by

Today’s hairstyle is one of my favorites: a messy curly bun :D

This style works really well with super cute outfits and is surprisingly easy to do.

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Here is the video version:

Start with brushed hair.

 

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How To Do A Big Puffy Bun Bear Ear Hairstyle… Thing

Mar 14, 2013 by

This week’s video is a tutorial on how to do some puffy bear/Minni Mouse/whatever you want to call it ears ^_^

The new video set up is quite fun to film in but the natural light coming through the back can make lighting very frustrating. It changes as the sun reflects off different buildings making even white balancing annoying. I love it so much but because of that I don’t think I’ll be able to film there often >_< Now I need to work out where I can film that’s not going to be effected by the stupid windows. Who knew having natural light would be a bad thing in this situation! (I can hear James saying “I told you so!”)

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial!

How To Do A Big Puffy Bun Bear Ear Hairstyle Tutorial

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Bear Ear Hairstyle Instructions:
Hello!
Time for another hair tutorial.
Today I’m doing something a little bit different.
This style is pretty out there but also pretty versatile.
I’ve seen some people calling it Minnie Mouse ears, others calling it bear ears, others calling it big double bun ear thing… ok that one was just me but that’s not the point.
Either way let’s get started.
First off, separate you hair into two sections and pin away your fringe.
So tie you hair up into really high ponytails like this.
The higher they are, the higher your ears will eventually be.
I find that this style is easiest to do if you’ve already straightened your hair first.
Straightened hair is just easier to get to sit the way that this hairstyle needs to.
These ears we want to be really big.
So once you hair your hair in the ponytails, pull them upwards and then tease around the base.
The teasing is what’s going to keep it all together eventually so you won’t have any weird gaps.
When I fold it like this you can see what I mean.
Without the teasing it would still work but it can be a lot harder to get a completely even gap free finish.
But if you do prefer not to tease your hair it’s definitely still possible.
After you’ve done the teasing give it a quick blast of hairspray to set and then grab another hair band.
Pull it over the ponytail and again depending on how stretchy your hair tie is.
Then only pull the ponytail half way through so you’ve got a big poufy bit sticking up now.
Grab the end of the ponytail and wrap it around the base.
What you’re doing here is obscuring the band.
Of course the ends of my hair are pink so it just makes it more obvious but if your hair is all one colour it works a lot better.
Fluff out the loop that you’ve got.
You can see because it’s teased it all stays together.
Fluff it out and pull the hair right around to the middle so it’s covering the band and forming a complete circle.
Then just pin it in place.
Now you just need to repeat on the other side. Tease at the base, hairspray, use a hair tie to form a loop.
Wrap the ends of the hair around to hide it.
Pull it around so it forms a huge bun and pin as many times as you need to.
Pretty cute!
As far as bear ears go, there are actually two versions of this.
A huge puffy one like this and a little one which is a little less crazy.
So if you want me to do a tutorial on that version let me know in the comments.
Once you’re all done with that all you need to do is give the whole thing another spray with hairspray.
Maybe add some cute little accessories and if you’ve got a fringe just style it as you would normally.
All done!
And pretty damn cute if I do say so myself.
That’s one gigantic puffy ear of some kind!
Lottie was super annoyed that I stole her favorite toy for filming this tutorial so she had to come and let you know what I jerk I was.
Here’s a very public apology, I’m sorry Lottie… I’m not really.
So whether you’re using this as bear ears, Minnie Mouse ears, I don’t know, squirrel ears or just big cute poufy buns, it’s really easy to do.
Hope you guys enjoyed this video, make sure you check out the blog post linked in the description for heaps more tutorials and if you enjoyed this video don’t forget to subscribe, like, comment, favorite or whatever you want to do.
Thanks so much for watching, bye!

How To Fishtail Braid – Hairstyle Photo Tuorial

Mar 8, 2013 by

Hair tutorial time! My brain is completely fried at the moment, so many things to organise and do, I think I need a life overhaul! Being a bit busy means less time for pretty hair, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have cute hair. Fishtail braids look really complicated but once you understand the basic idea they are quick and easy to do!

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Here is a video version for those of you who prefer them and the downloadable version is at the end as usual:

So let’s get started!

 

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How To Do Temporary Hair Colour With Pastels

Feb 22, 2013 by

 

It’s been a really crazy week and between everything else I’ve been getting the next batch of these hair tutorials ready. Today’s tutorial is something that might help those of you thinking of dying your hair a crazy colour. I get quite a few comments and emails every saying “I want to do my hair like yours but I can’t because of school/work/something else”. Well this is a great way to see if it looks good before you commit or do it for the weekend and then wash it out before Monday!

The video version of this will be added as soon as I finish editing!

Let’s do it!

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How To Do An Overhead Braid Mini Ponytail – Hairstyle Photo Tutorial

Feb 15, 2013 by

I’m heading off to Canberra today so by the time you guys read this James and I will probably already be on the plane ^_^ I think this is the hairstyle I’ll be wearing today too!

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And here is the video version of the tutorial that I did quite some time ago.

 

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How To Do A Quiff With A Pouf – Hairstyle Tutorial

Feb 8, 2013 by

Has it really already been another week *_* God this year is going so quickly!

Today’s hairstyle is a classic pouf with a quiffed fringe. This style is great for school because it’s very quick to do and you can pin the bottom hair however you like to meet rules like “hair must be tied back” etc. You can even pull the bottom hair into an updo at the back and make it suitable for work.

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How To Do A Plaited Headband With A Pouf Hairstyle Tutorial

Feb 1, 2013 by

Hair tutorial time again :D I am pretty happy with how regularly I’ve been able to get these done, the new set up makes me so much more motivated. Now I just need to finalise my video set up with some new lighting and I’ll be set!

Today I’m showing a basic small pouf style with two plaited headbands.

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Start with clean brushed hair.

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Pull out a small piece of hair from the nape of your neck.

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Now plait down the whole length of the hair and tie off.

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Repeat with another piece of hair on the other side of your head.

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Put those to the side of the moment while we make the pouf.

Pull a large section of hair up from the top of your head.

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Pull it forward on an angle and then use your brush to lightly tease/back comb the back of the section.plaited-headband-instructions21

Now fold it backwards gently so the pouf is as high as you like and pin in place. I like to shape it with my hands so it’s nice and round. You can fluff it up with your fingers too. If you don’t like the shape just pull it up and start again.

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Now grab one of the little plaits and pull it up and over your head to the other side. It should sit at the part between fringe/bangs and pouf. You can pull the side bits of hair behind the plait for a smooth look or leave them in front for a soft look. Pin the plait on the other side of your head, mine reaches just behind my ear but as long as it goes over half way you should be fine.

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Now pull the other plait to the other side. it should cover the end of the first plait. Tuck the end of it under the first plait and pin in place.

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If the ends are really obvious then pin a little of your loose hair over the top. Give the whole thing a burst of hairspray.

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And that’s it! I like to curl the ends of the loose hair so it’s a very floaty soft look but I think it works really well straight too.

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I hope you enjoyed the tutorial :D

I’m going to continue doing these as regularly as possible so if you have any hairstyle requests please let me know!

 

 

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Vintage Rolled Vintage Hairstyle Photo Tutorial

Jan 25, 2013 by

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Yay for more hairstyles :D This one is a big rolled vintagey style. I did a video on this one quite a while ago which is at the bottom of the post along with the downloadable version!

Let’s get into it, start with brushed hair.

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You will need a hair sausage or something which can be put in the middle of the roll to pad it out. I did a tutorial a while ago on how to make your own sausage so check that out over here.

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Start by brushing your hair backwards leaving a small section on either side of your face.

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Decide roughly where you want the end result to sit on your head.

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Gently hold the hair up like this:

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If you don’t have a hair sausage you can use pretty much anything in that shape. Even a couple of clean socks rolled up will do ;)

Flip the ends of the hair over the sausage like this:

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Gently roll the sausage and hair towards your head.

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And it should end up like this:

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Fluff out the sides so it covers the sausage completely. Pin it in place using bobby pins.

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Now give it a a decent helping of hair spray.

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Next curl the sections of hair you left down at the front.

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You can leave them down like this as a softer version of the look.

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Otherwise you can just fold the hair up so it follows the same curve of the roll and pin in place. It should hide the ends of the sausage completely.

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Now just style your fringe.

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As a finishing touch I like to add a some flowers at the top of the roll or a string of pearls.

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All done!

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This is a great style for summer as it keeps the hair off your neck.

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For those of you who prefer videos here it is! I’ve been having some technical issues with embedding videos so if it doesn’t show up just leave me a comment and I’ll get it up again >_<

 

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How To Do A Mini Bow Hairstyle Photo Tutorial

Jan 18, 2013 by

Omg finally photo hair tutorials!! James has made me a nice new set up to take the photos in so you’ll be seeing lots more of this in the near future!

At the bottom of this post there is a downloadable version and a video in case you get stuck.

So let’s get into it!

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Start with brushed hair.

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Grab a small section at the top of your head and brush it up and to one side.

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Using a hair tie, make a ponytail but leave quite a bit of extra hair tie.

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Pull the hair through the band again but only pull it a little way so it make a little loop like this:

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Twist the hair band so it traps the loop in place:

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Hold the loop in the palm of your hand and pull the loose hair through the hair tie again to form a second loop.

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You should have something like this:

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You can see the direction the hair comes through the band in this photo an the way the band wraps around.

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Now to make it look more like a bow, push it forward and pin in place.

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You can use the tail of hair to make the middle of the bow and cover the hair band. To do this just pull it backwards and pin there.

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Like this!

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I prefer to cover the band with a little flower.

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This style looks extra cute if you curl the ends so it looks like a ribbon!

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All done!

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It’s worth giving it a blast of hairspray to keep in place. If you don’t want to use hairspray or you have thinner hair you can tease the ponytail so it has a better chance of staying in place.

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Sometimes it’s easier to understand these kinds of things by seeing it in video form so here’s a video too!

I hope guys all enjoyed this tutorial as much as I enjoyed making it! Lots more to come, the new year is making me feel re-energised and creative!

 

 

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Side Ponytail With A Twist and Pink School OOTD

Dec 17, 2012 by

It feels like I’ve been doing a lot of outfit videos lately but they are so much fun! I feel like you can get a better sense of how an outfit really works in a video.

Today’s is a pink school-ish number. I wore it when James’ parents were visiting. We played pool and I cheated won fairly because of my awesome skill.

An easy hair tutorial too, this one is good for summer and even better if you like braids but can’t work out how to do them around the head! It’s a basic side ponytail but the back is all twisted!

Vlog Time!!

Day 10- Christmas decorating and shipping fail. December vlogs day 10

Day 11- Boyfriend Does My Make Up Tag – December Vlogs Day 11

Day 12- Lottie The Pomeranian Practices Her Tricks! December vlogs

Day 13- I’m sick! December vlogs

Day 14- Interpretive Dance

Day 15- Stir Crazy!!!! December Vlogs Day

Day 16- Modifying An iPhone 4 Headphone Case- December vlogs day

Hope you all had a good weekend! ^_^

How To Make Your Own Hair Curlers

Dec 11, 2012 by

Ever wanted to make your own hair curlers? I haven’t really but I did want to see if foam rollers would work in my hair so I set out to give it a try!

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Peach Eye Make Up and 4 Fun Fringe Styles

Dec 10, 2012 by

In the spirit of trying some new things I decided to give the peach colours from my 88 palette a spin :D Morning Make Up with peach!

I started off making a video on my tips for keeping your fringe nice in Melbourne’s insane weather and instead I got a bit carried away and did a video with 4 fringe styles XD

Time for the vlogs!

Day 7- Photoshoot!

Day 8- Walking Lottie!

Day 9- Shopping and Heatwave!

Hope you all had a good weekend! ^_^

Using a Crimper For Volume and Lazy Day Make Up

Nov 26, 2012 by

It’s really starting to warm up here. The hotter it gets, the lazier I get XD

Inspired by that, here is my ultimate lazy day make up!

And in another lazy-ish style, here’s how I use a crimper to get some volume at the top of my head. It’s easy and it lasts really well. Good alternative to teasing for simple styles!

And as if that wasn’t enough, here’s the laziest vlog ever :D We went to Werribee Open Range Zoo so here are some super cute animals! You know how much I love Meerkats!

And here’s two Lottie videos because I love seeing her as a puppy like this!

Hope you all had a good weekend! ^_^

12 School Friendly Hairstyles and Rose Garden OOTD

Nov 19, 2012 by

The first video today is another request. I get many comments and emails asking for school appropriate hairstyles and looks. It’s a bit hard to answer because every school has different rules. When I was at school the thing I worried about the most was sleeping in slightly more XD With that in mind I made a video with 12 different styles which are quick, simple and don’t require much explanation. Really they’re basic styles just jazzed up a bit using hair accessories. Really, accessories are the key here to make these plain looks more interesting!

Next some cute Lottie goodness!

Next up is a rose themed outfit of the day video. I really enjoy making these :D We filmed this one in the state rose garden, so pretty there!

Now some more footage from the family visit! This pretty much wraps it up from the visit :D

Hope you all had a good weekend! ^_^

High Messy Bun Tutorial and Red and Black Eye Make Up

Nov 12, 2012 by

It’s round up day today!

I have another matching set of videos. This time it’s the look I used when we filmed at the ocean. First is the Morning Make Up video featuring the red and black eye look. It’s nice and dark and quite versatile!

Then the hair style tutorial from the same look. I do love matching sets! The hair for this look is a big messy high bun.

Lastly, every year James and his brother Kris have an arm wrestling competition. It’s full of brotherly smack talk XD Enjoy!

Hope you all had a good weekend! ^_^

Spotted OOTD and a Braided Mini Ponytail

Nov 5, 2012 by

Phew it’s been a big week this week!

First video in an OOTD, this one features one of the dresses I got from DreamV. I think I might take it apart and make it a shirt/skirt combo because it’s a bit big and long as a dress so I can’t wear it without a belt :D

And another OOTD which features a pink formal gown I was sent. I feel like a princess in it XD

Next is  a hair tutorial which was originally  in an OOTD post and was requested. It’s a mini high ponytail with a braid leading up to it.

And a while ago our family all came to visit at once. My Mum lives in Melbourne but all of James’ family plus my Dad came down on the same weekend. Many hijinks ensued XD

Hope you all had a good weekend! ^_^

Puppy Introduction and Finally a Curly One Sided Updo Tutorial! Also Kiss Nail Sticker!

Oct 29, 2012 by

Round up time!

First up my favorite video of all time because it features Miss Lottie!


This tutorial has been requested for aaaages and honestly I’m not sure why I didn’t do it earlier, it’s so easy XD So here’s my all time favorite hairstyle, the big curly one sided thing… it really needs a catchier name -_-’

This week I played with the first set of Kiss Nail Stickers which were given to me by the lovely Sefie! I preferred these to the other vinyl ones I’ve tried which had a tendency to peel off and the designs are very blingy :D

Following on form Zombies last week, here is the behind the scenes video! It’s pretty funny, well the dancing is XD This is what usually happens on our photo shoots haha!

Hope you all had a good weekend! ^_^

Zombie OOTD and How To Get Mermaid Hair Without A Crimper!

Oct 22, 2012 by

What a weird mix of videos this week XD

First up we have a Halloweenish Zombie video! It’s an Outfit Of The Day and the outfit is a little plain but there’s a Celina shaped Zombie in the background :D Seriously go check out her blog/channel because she’s got an awesome video on the make up!

And next is something slightly more… traditional? Mermaid waves! These were quite popular last year but I’m still seeing people wearing them especially in wig form. This version is quick and doesn’t require a crimper which is good!

And then here’s a vlog from the day we went to the pier to film some videos together!

Hope you all had a good weekend! ^_^

Vintage Waved Hair And Make Up Tutorials

Oct 15, 2012 by

Today’s Round Up has a definite vintage theme!

First up we have a Morning Make Up which has some tips on using liquid liner and bright red lipstick.

And then we have the matching hair tutorial. I love this waved hairstyle and it’s surprisingly easy to do!

I really love this version of vintage style looks, hope you guys enjoyed them too!

Hope you all had a good weekend! ^_^

Garnier Thermo Active Sleek And Shine Spray Review

Aug 1, 2012 by

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Garnier Thermo Active Sleek And Shine Spray

Obtained: Gift Bag

Thoughts:

I love the signature smell of Garnier products, they are so fruity and so delicious! I think the problem I have is that I keep buying them because of the delicious smell but a lot of the time they don’t really do much for my hair. I have friends that get great results but it just doesn’t seem to work with my hair type unfortunately. This is another one of those products, it’s supposedly strong hold though only a 2 on their scale and it did pretty much nothing for my hair. It is supposed to have anti-frizz protection and make hair more manageable, I really didn’t notice any particular differences. That said it smells awesome and so I continue to use it haha! Rather than as an actual styling agent I use it now just for it’s heat protecting properties. Yummy smelling heat protector? That’s good enough for me.

Would I buy Garnier Thermo Active Sleek And Shine Spray again: Probably not because as nice as it smells I would rather a product that can do double duty to heat protect as well as make my hair easier to style.

Disclaimer: All reviews are my honest opinions whether product was provided for review or bought. I am not an expert, just a girl who likes beauty products. Click here to read about my personal preferences or for more information on “Currently Using” mini review posts. Click here for my Editorial and Ethics Policy.

Schwarzkopf Super Styling Creme-Gel Review

Jul 13, 2012 by

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Schwarzkopf Super Styling Creme-Gel

Obtained: Gift bag.

Thoughts:

I don’t like using gel in my hair because I prefer styles which are free and more natural but I quite like this for styling short hair. I’ve used it on several different models on James’ photoshoots and it worked very well in men’s hair to give volume and style with very little effort. In all but one of the models I used it on the hold was great, the other guy had very hard to manage hair which just would not stick so I’d say this still worked pretty well. It smelled quite nice too so I would definitely use it if I did styles requiring gel ore often!

Would I buy Schwarzkopf Super Styling Creme-Gel again: Maybe, I don’t do many styles that require this kind of product but it’s good to have just in case.

Disclaimer: All reviews are my honest opinions whether product was provided for review or bought. I am not an expert, just a girl who likes beauty products. Click here to read about my personal preferences or for more information on “Currently Using” mini review posts. Click here for my Editorial and Ethics Policy.

Pantene Aqua Light Giveaway

Jan 11, 2012 by

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To celebrate their new Aqua Light range, Pantene are giving away a shampoo/conditioner set to 5 readers here ^_^

What you need to do:

  • Leave a comment telling me why you need a hair routine change.
  • Make sure to incude a way to contact you.
  • 5 Most creative entries win an Aqua Light Shampoo/Conditioner set!

Competition runs from now until Midnight AEST Wed 18th of January at which time I will choose winner based on creativity and contact you to get details to send the prizes to.

EDIT! This competition has been extended until midnight this Monday the 30th of January!

This one is for Australian residents only. More terms and conditions over here as usual.

More information on the new range:

Pantene have announced the results of a national Galaxy survey commissioned to uncover what women really think about the brand and their hair. The survey* revealed that 1 in 5 Australian women, with as many as 1 in 3 Gen-Y women, believe the myth that Pantene weighs hair down and is bad for hair health, while an incredible 73% of Australian females have planned their life around washing their hair so that they can have that ‘just washed’ fresh feeling*.

In response to the results, Pantene have introduced Pantene Pro-V Aqua Light, a new care range with zero residue and zero weight, leaving you with beautifully nourished hair that you can swisssh…

So leave a comment to enter or have a look at the review I did on the Pantene Pro-V Aqua Light range here.

Double Pouf Kitty Ears Nekomimi Hairstyle Tutorial

Jan 2, 2012 by

So continuing on with the photo version of tutorials I’ve made videos of here’s the double pouf style which kind of looks like kitty ears.

Here’s the video version of the tutorial:

Insert terrible kitty face action… oh wait here’s one!

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Faux Bob Hairstyle For Long Hair Photo Tutorial

Dec 22, 2011 by

First up today an update on the Bunny store. Unfortunately I’ve had to push the launch back a while as currently the shipping quotes I’ve gotten are quite high. Aus Post have quoted $11.55 for non-registered overseas airmail which I think is quite high when you add that to the cost of the little Bergamots. So I’m looking at other options and possibly having them made somewhere else and shipped there to keep the costs down. I’m not sure at the moment but I’m still working on it and looking into other options because I don’t think there’s much point putting them up if most of you guys can’t afford them *_* So short story is that the launch will be pushed back into the new year but will still be happening! Let me know if you have any suggestions.

In the mean time here’s a hair tutorial.

Ages ago I did a little video tutorial on making a faux bob hair style for long hair, I promised a follow up photo version and here it is!

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Sleek French Twist Hair Tutorial

Dec 16, 2011 by

WOOHOO INTERNET AGAIN! Uploading a bunch of videos and things as I type this and seeing as all of my scheduled posts didn’t actually go live while I was away I’ve got plenty of stuff to post :D I’m too happy to even rant about the crappy TPG service. Saving that rant for later ;)

So let’s start with a hair tutorial!

Back when I did a tutorial on making this lace and learn hair comb a lot of comments were asking for a hair tutorial on the style.

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I did a video tutorial on it already over here but for those who can’t watch or prefer photos here’s one of those too ^_^

Tresemme Heat Tamer Protective Spray… Currently Using

Nov 11, 2011 by

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Tresemme Heat Tamper Protective Spray

Price: $9.95

Obtained: Bought

Thoughts:

Heat protector is something I use every time I do pretty much anything with my hair, with how bleached my hair is, I don’t want to do any more damage than I already have if it can be avoided.

This smells fantasticly fruity and works very well, I haven’t noticed any heat damage since I started using this and considering how often I heat style my hair that’s pretty good! The bottle is big, it’s lasts me around a year and the price is reasonable for that I think. I can’t really say much other than that, it works well for me and I like it.

Would I buy Tresemme Heat Tamper Protective Spray again: Yes.

Disclaimer: All reviews are my honest opinions whether product was provided for review or bought. I am not an expert, just a girl who likes beauty products. Click here to read about my personal preferences or for more information on “Currently Using” mini review posts. Click here for my Editorial and Ethics Policy.

Earth & Body Henna Wax Hair Treatment… Currently Using

Nov 10, 2011 by

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Earth & Body Henna Wax Hair Treatment

Price: $5.95

Obtained: Bought

Thoughts:

I bought this on the recommendation of a couple of friends when I was looking for a way to smooth my frizzy hair and generally improve the texture and health of it. It’s cheap, it comes in a gigantic tub and it isn’t really scented, so right up my alley. The first time I used it I pretty much fell in love, my hair felt silky and smooth and I looked like I should be in a hair commercial flicking it around ;)

The idea is you wash your hair, towel dry, add it, wrap in a hot towel and then wash out 20min later. I thought it was working well when I first started using it but after moving onto my second tub I noticed it was leaving residue in my hair that made it feel more and more straw like the longer I used it. I ended up stopping using because of that and after a week my hair went back to normal. That said my friends still love it so I really think it depends on the type of hair you have. For my dyed and bleached hair it didn’t work as a long term solution.

Would I buy Earth & Body Henna Wax again: Not anymore because it left residue with my hair type. I understand it works well for others though.

Disclaimer: All reviews are my honest opinions whether product was provided for review or bought. I am not an expert, just a girl who likes beauty products. Click here to read about my personal preferences or for more information on “Currently Using” mini review posts. Click here for my Editorial and Ethics Policy.

Klorane Dry Shampoo… Currently Using

Nov 9, 2011 by

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Klorane Dry Shampoo

Price: $16.95

Obtained: From MBBE product swap meet

Thoughts:

I am a dry shampoo addict because of this product. After the Cedel one I didn’t think I would continue using dry shampoo but this one changed my mind completely. It doesn’t feel powdery at all, it’s like a thin cold mist which feels insanely good on a hot day. After settling and brushing out my hair actually felt 90% clean. Not just a bit cleaner but really nice. The only problem I have is the price, this bottle lasted me around 2 months which I don’t think is cost effective for my particular budget. If it was around the $8-10 mark I would keep using it in a heartbeat. As is I will probably keep using it but rationing it for problem areas like my fringe ^_^

Would I buy Klorane Dry Shampoo again: Yes but not often because I can’t afford it

Disclaimer: All reviews are my honest opinions whether product was provided for review or bought. I am not an expert, just a girl who likes beauty products. Click here to read about my personal preferences or for more information on “Currently Using” mini review posts. Click here for my Editorial and Ethics Policy.

How To Do A Hime Gyaru Hairstyle Pouf Using a Rat Tutorial Video

Aug 8, 2011 by

After the excitement over my hair last week I was asked for a tutorial on it by some of my lovely newer readers. I’ve done tutorials on this style a couple of times which are listed below but I hadn’t done a video of myself doing it yet so I figure that would be the easiest way of answering any questions. When I did the style on Celeste a few months ago you guys asked how I could do it on myself, so… taadaa!

The main difference between this version and the one I did on Celeste is that we teased her hair completely. Because my hair is bleached I am more worried about damage these days so I choose to use a hair rat inside so I don’t have to tease my hair as much.

The other main question I get about this style is what can you use as a rat? I use a rolled up bandana covered in a crappy old hair extension but you could really use anything light which is in the shape you want. Foam, fabric, whatever. Just something to hold the shape.

This is the last time I’ll be doing something on this style but feel free to check out the other tutorials I’ve done on this style here:

So hopefully that helped and thanks so much for watching!  Over the next week I’ll be implementing a lot of the suggestions you guys made in the survey last week so keep an eye out for them :D

How To Do An Overhead Plaited Spring Hairstyle Video Tutorial

Jul 25, 2011 by

Monday means video time ^_^ Today is another hair tutorial, next up are some nail art ones using the new set up that I’m really excited about.

This video is a companion piece to the Overhead Summer Plait style tutorial I posted while ago over here. Hopefully it clears up some of the questions that were asked about the original and makes it easier to see what’s going on! I love this style for Spring/Summer but it looks great with fuzzy ear muffs and a scarf in Winter too.

I’m really enjoying making these videos so if you guys have any requests or there are old tutorials you want me to remake in video form to clarify instructions just let me know in the comments! I have had a couple of requests for vlog kind of things where I talk but I don’t know if that would actually be interesting or if I would even have enough to say to not just have several minutes of silence XD

How I Dye My Pink Hair Ombre Gradient Thing…

Jul 19, 2011 by

Yet another “long time coming” post, I promise I’m trying to catch up!

Ombré, gradient, two tone, incredibly stupid looking, call it what you like, people have been asking about my hair ever since I did it. I’ve always been really hesitant in providing instructions etc because I’m not a hair dresser, I’m not a colour expert and I also don’t want to be responsible for people giving it a try and not being happy with the results *_*

So rather than an actual tutorial this is more of a post that I can direct people to if they are really interested in how I do it. I’m not suggesting that people try this at all because it depends on the type of dye you use, your hair type and a lot of other factors so please talk to a hair dresser before you do anything!

My hair is made up of 3 colours: blonde, pink and copper. This is my routine:

  • I bleach my roots maybe once a month (or leave it longer if I’m lazy/feel like wearing a lot of hats). I use a pre-colour stripper and do not use toner so it retains that orange tone which blends well with the other two colours. They’ve just discontinued the bleach that I use so not sure which brand I will be changing to at the moment >_<
  • The copper tips were originally achieved through a Schwarzcopf 8 wash colour (Aztec Copper) which never… washed out. I had planned on touching this up once a month too but it’s been a very long time and it’s still in there so I’ll probably only touch up  when it needs it. The pink only tints the copper area slightly so it provides a nice backdrop and a nice variation in the colour.
  • The pink is done once a week, or if I’m feeling lazy once every few weeks. At the beginning I did it every 4 days but that was too much effort/expensive so I have since scaled back. The dye I use is called Wakk Stain but it’s not something I would recommend. For a few months I thought it was drying out my hair like crazy but the cause ended up being a hair treatment that wasn’t suited to my hair type, even still I probably wouldn’t recommend this dye because it washes out so quickly. The fact that it does wash out so quickly and doesn’t stain skin is perfect for my needs at the moment though because it makes it easier to move around into the correct place, goes on quickly and can be removed if you make a mistake. I think Priceline has stopped selling this now too anyway (or at least the ones near me have) so I will be experimenting with other dyes in the next few months.
So with all of that out of the way, this is how I do the pink parts! Again if you intend to try this please go to a hair dresser!!

So hopefully that answers any questions and fingers crossed you enjoyed!

Long Hair Faux Bob Hair Style Tutorial ^_^

Jul 12, 2011 by

There have been quite a few requests for hair tutorials lately so I thought I would give doing a video one by myself a try :D

Recently I’ve been really missing my short hair, I’ve had it long for a few years now and I usually get to a point that I’m so sick of it I chop it all short again. This time I don’t want to get rid of it because I love the length and the pink parts so I’m experimenting with various ways to fake it.

This style is good for Summer because it keeps hair away from your neck and shoulders. Or you know, just good for people like me who get bored with their hair easily!

Do take a look because it’s got the new theme song (and girl with the lashes at the end!) and it’s a completely new editing style for me. I’m still improving in making videos (especially my lighting set up, James worked out how to make it so much better since I recorded this one) so any suggestions are appreciated!  Also do let me know if you prefer to have tutorials like this in photo or video form. Ideally I would like to do both photo and video version fo everything but it can be quite time consuming so I might just do one at a time for now and redo them in the other form later. I made Youtube partner last week and now I’m getting the hang of doing more editing etc so I’m all excited about doing videos hahaha!

Anyway enjoy!

Hope you enjoyed it and it was a bit useful!

How To Do A Double Bun Hairstyle Video

Jul 4, 2011 by

This week is shaping up to be a week full of videos I think! Today is the last video Celeste and I made before I upgraded all my lighting so be prepared for awesomeness to come ^_^ I’ve finally finished my crochet bunny tutorial with the video too so that will be up mid week YAY! I really can’t wait to post some of the ones I’ve been working on because the quality is finally something I’m happy about XD

Buuuut back on topic. Today’s video with Celeste is all about the double hair buns. I did a tutorial on double buns quite a while ago but again somethings are easier to understand in video so hopefully this is helpful.

Again imagine this conversation going on:

Violet: I really like this style on you.

Celeste: You think? I bet if James had hair you would play with it all the time.

Violet: Yeah  but I imagine he would shave it just to avoid me doing this to him!

Celeste: You’ve just got to catch him while he’s sleeping and glue a wig on!

Violet: Ooooh that’s not a bad idea!

Celeste: Hime-wig-James!!!

Violet: Double bun James!!

James: *silently plans to return to Russia and never come back*

In case all of you were wondering as much as I was… this is what double bun James would look like mwahahahaha!

Head over to Celeste’s post to see the nice photos!

Hope the video was a bit useful and everyone had a good weekend! Looking forward to putting up the crochet tutorial :D

Temporary Purple Hair Colour with Illamasqua Cream Pigment

Jun 21, 2011 by

You know me, I love colorful hair. I love unnatural hair and I love being able to change my hair on a whim, that’s why I love hair pieces and wigs etc. That’s why when I was a kid in the 90′s/early 2000′s (is that even a word? I refuse to call them the naught-ies) I fell victim to hair mascara and 3 wash colours. In primary school I developed an obsession with blue/red/purple streaks and if it hadn’t been for the uniform rules at school I would have gotten them! The first time I dyed my hair I did it bright red and from there I never looked back. My favorite at the time was bright red with around 3 inches of blonde at the bottoms, I loved it so much!

So fast forward to around a month ago when we met the Illamasqua creator Jullian Kynaston and he told me something interesting… Part of Illamasqua’s idea is that Make up should be for everyone and why should it stop at the edge of your face. In fact he told me that the Illamasqua cream pigments could be used on hair too. I actually squeed… it was a bit embarrassing.

I’ve had visions of purple streaks to compliment my pink for a while and I had a pot of Daub in my draw that they sent waiting for review so I was pretty damn excited to try the idea out!!

This is my result…

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How to use Illamasqua pigment for colourful hair streaks

Section the parts of hair I wanted purple, put a piece of toilet paper underneath…

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Painted the hair with a make up brush…

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Got frustrated with how long that was taking and used fingers instead…

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Allowed to dry for a few minutes….

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Brushed out to separate the hairs….

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To give it even more of a natural look I added a little dry shampoo to the mix and brushed that out too.

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Perfect. Feels the same texture as the rest of my hair, doesn’t leave purple everywhere and washes out with water or a little oil free make up remover.

This is perfect for those who want to experiment with colour but not commit or who change their likes often. There is not one thing that I don’t like about this colour in my hair, it’s the perfect shade to compliment the pink! Now I want to get a bunch of them and try different ideas! Like painting hearts on my fringe or something else fun like that!

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So yes this first day it looked a bit patchy because I was impatient but the next day it had worked in better and looked completely even and natural. Kicking myself for not thinking to take photos of that >_<

Next time I will work with smaller sections to get a completely even coverage first go rather than waiting for it to settle in on the second day. Still very happy with the experiment especially because I can get rid of it so quickly when I’m bored! :D

 

Curly Gyaru Updo Hairstyle Tutorial With Celeste

Jun 20, 2011 by

After the fun we had last post I decided I would share all of the videos Celeste and I made the last time she was here. After finishing up with her Hime style squid hair we decided to give one of my favorite styles a try: big curly one sided up do thingy covered in flowers. Catchy name yes?

I will be doing a lot of these videos again as proper tutorials once I get Sophie back from the laptop fixing place because James has set me up a fancy new video area with nice lighting and a backdrop.  Celeste is coming back soon so we can do more together too!

Again no talking, just music so feel free to imagine this conversation in the background:

Violet: I think this style is kind of Marie Antoinette-ish at least that era. Well maybe not in a really historically accurate way but still pretty.

Celeste: Pft very pretty. Almost as pretty as Nyan cat!

Violet: Hahaha! James has been trying to play that all morning on his guitar>_<

Celeste: I wonder if I could get my school band to play?

Violet: Nyan orchestra! So cute!

Celeste: I like this style, very pretty.

Violet: You should do it at home for work!

Celeste: Meh too hard to get up that early XD

Violet: True, also get up so much earlier just to look like the wind blew your hair over to one side and you fell in a garden of flowers?

Celeste: Ahahahahaha!! *sending photos to roommate*

Roommate: Cyndie Lauper!!!

Violet and Celeste: -_-’

Hope you enjoyed!

So if you want to see the photos James took of Celeste or read more about our day, check her post over here!

Side note: I managed to find a place to fix Sophie, thanks for all of your suggestions guys!! She should be back in action tomorrow-ish :D

Medium Length Hime Gyaru Hairstyle Tutorial with Celeste Video

Jun 6, 2011 by

A while ago Celeste came to visit and we decided to have some fun and experiment with various fun hair styles and make up :D Celeste had never tried big hime style hair before so I thought I would use her as a life sized doll and play with her hair. We made a quick little video showing the steps. I thought I would post it because I often get questions about my hair. While I’ve done tutorials in the past this might be useful as you can see a bit of detail and how quick it is to create.

That and you can enjoy giggling at us as we go. The audio was no good but if you can imagine this conversation in the background you’re pretty much set…

Violet: *does hair*

Celeste: :O it’s huge!

Violet: Bigger the better :D

Celeste: *trying very hard to muffle juvenile laughter*

Violet: Ahahahahaha bigger the better, I get it!

Celeste: *Sends photos to room mate*

Roommate: ZOMG SQUID HEAD!!

Celeste: -_-’

Violet: *snicker snicker snicker*

And much laughter was had all around.

So hope that was a little useful ^_^ We did a couple of other styles which I will posts too. Next time we do something like this I’ll have a new lighting set up so everything will be nicer quality yay!

If you want to see Celeste’s post about her make up check over here.

 

How To Style a Hime Gyaru Wig

Mar 31, 2011 by

As carrying on from yesterdays post on Fashion Addict here is how I styled the blonde one into a hime gyaru wig :D

The technique I’m using is pretty much the exact same technique for standard hime style hair but because it’s a wig there’s no fear of damage so you can pretty much go nuts. Or if you are happy to brush out lots of tangles this is a perfectly fine way to style your actual hair.

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As per usual with these I point out that this is just the way I do it and there are lots of other techniques or methods that you could use. I’m certainly not an expert!

So this is the wig to start with, it’s just a plain old multi-tone blonde wig. The cut is layered and it has a light wave to it. As you can see it has very little volume.

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Fashion Addict Wig And Accessory Review

Mar 30, 2011 by

Products in this post have been provided for consideration all opinions are my own.

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I’ve been chatting with the lovely David from Fashion Addict for a while on Twitter so when he offered to send me some pieces to review I was beyond excited. I pointed out a couple of things on the site that I liked and the second he mentioned “tiaras and wigs” I was pretty much jumping around in my chair XD

Fashion Addict is basically an online store selling fashion accessories and cosmetics here in Aus. They DO ship overseas and they stock BYS nail polishes and cosmetics which are a favorite of mine. For a long time overseas readers weren’t able to get BYS because of strict shipping laws here but now Fashion Addict has clearance to ship polishes overseas so yay that!

On to the review!

Fashion Addict Review

Fashion Addict Review

I’ll go through some of the smaller items individually first and then there are a *lot* of photos of me wearing it all and information about the wigs below that.

Ok wig time!! This was the part of the order I was most excited about so we’ll start there! James got a lot of new photography equipment and he wanted to test it out so you’ll have to put up with a lot of photos of my modeling the accessories and looking like a tool ;)

Product: Chocolate Brown Wig (Wavy) $39.95

Thoughts:

The packaging was the same for both wigs and it was reasonable. Both were in plastic boxes with hairnets. They both required styling before worn. When brushed through there was a bit of hair loss, more than my Bodyline hair pieces but not enough to be concerning.

This wig is a dark brown with chestnut highlights. It has a side parting fringe which could easily be trimmed into a straight one. The waves were easy to shape and look quite natural to me. There is a little bit of shine but I don’t think it’s more than you would expect from clean healthy hair.

I’ve worn this one out on a hot day and it wasn’t unpleasant. I think while it’s obviously not as good as the higher quality expensive wigs this is a good level to start at if you’re just getting into them like I am.

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This wig has no real parting and no scalp piece..

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The back when roughly parted is below. You can see a little of my pink hair peaking out at the top but I remedied that with a little teasing and styling of the top section.

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The back when it’s all brushed through…

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Product: Blonde Wig (Extra Long) $39.95

Thoughts:

When I pulled this one out of the box I didn’t like it as first, the colours are very varied so I didn’t think it would suit me. I also looked a bit messy before I gave it a good styling with a brush. To give you an idea of what I’m talking about this is what it looked like when it came out of the box first…

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After brushing it looked a lot nicer and more natural…

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From the side…

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Again this one had a very light shine to to but not unnaturally so. These photos are fairly accurate in showing the quality.

The back when it’s roughly parted…

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You can really see how layered the cut of this one is here. The back when it’s brushed back…

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This one did come with a scalp section and a zigzag part…

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While the quality of this was the same as the chocolate one I couldn’t get excited about the cut at all because I don’t think it suits my face shape. That said the colour really grew on me after a while! The box showed this wig as having a straight cut fringe but it was too long for me so I swept it to the side rather than trimming. Eventually I will probably give it a little trim.

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I really liked how easy the colour was to co-ordinate.

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Even better, I managed to style it into a gigantic hime wig in about 20 minutes so I was VERY happy with that! I’ll post a tutorial on how I did it tomorrow :D

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Another picture it after I styled it:

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So the verdict on the wigs? I really liked both of them in the end! The quality is very reasonable for the price and they were easy to style. The colours were natural and they both had highlights and lowlights to look more natural. I would most definitely like to try more wigs in this series and I think this is going to be the start of a serious wig addiction for me XD

Now on to the accessories!!

Product: Cubic Zirconia Heart Studs $6.95 per pair

Thoughts: Very cute, these are big enough to pack a very sparkly punch without being over the top. The colours are very true to that on the site and at $6.95 a pair they are a great basic to add to an outfit. The metal is fairly standard for these kind of earrings, I don’t suggest buying if you have any metal allergies as after a couple of wears I noticed a little discoloration on the posts. Still I love them because they go with pretty much anything and there are a lot of colours available.

Product: Cubic Zirconia Stud Earrings (10mm Silver) $4.95

Thoughts: These are MASSIVE. Seriously they are huge. I was worried they would be too heavy to wear but I didn’t really notice them on because they are surprisingly light. Again, same issue with the posts discolouring so no good if you have metal allergies but otherwise for $4.95 you really can’t go wrong. From the side these look a lot taller than the gem actually is because the metal fixing they’re in is 1 or 2 mm longer than the gem itself. You can’t see that when they’re worn though. I am a big lover of large shiny studs so these are totally on my must have list.

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Product: Flower Bobby Pins 3 pack $7.95

Thoughts: I was surprised how sturdy these were, most of the hair pins of these style that I’ve seen have been a bit flimsy but these ones are really solid metal. Very pretty and as they’re silver they would go with most colours of hair. I especially like the pearl with the painted rose on it :D

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Product: Rose Bobby Pins (Fuschia Tipped) $3.95

You’ve probably seen me wearing a light pink version of these flowers in my hair before. I bought them years ago and they have been worn and loved to death! I was really excited when I saw these ones in the store in several colours because now I can get a bunch of them :D I’ve been wearing my previous set for around 4 years so they are definitely durable and at $3.95 per pair they’re cheap enough to be able to buy several sets and go crazy. LOVE these.

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Being worn with the blonde wig:

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Product: White Rose Ring $6.95

Thoughts: This is a plastic flower ring with lots of potential. Obviously it would look cute with a lot of outfits as-is but I could also totally see myself deco-ing it or even adding a diamante to the middle. The ring part is also made of the cream plastic so it’s not adjustable but it fit comfortably on my thumb. It’s a fairly big fit but if you were worried about the sizing then you could always add one of those clear ring resizing bands.

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Product: Blue Heart Ring $4.95

Thoughts: The first thing that I thought when I found this on the site was that it looks just the right shape to turn into one of those conversation hearts :D They come in a bunch of really nice pastel colours and I think it would work very well in a Fairy-Kei outfit especially if you piled one of every colour on! The band of this one is metal and adjustable, it’s quite large so even on the smallest setting it was too big for me, that was very easily fixed with a pair of pliers though :D

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Product: Fuschia Bracelet (Rectangular Stones) $7.95

Thoughts: Love my bling and therefore love this :D It’s much lighter than I expected but when actually looking there isn’t much metal in it and the gems are plastic so it makes sense. The only thing I’m worried about is the silver scratching off the back of the gems as they are unprotected. It’s on a stretchy band so very easy to get on and off and it packs a hell of a punch when you get it into the sun, very sparkly and eye catching!

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Being worn…

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Product: Silver and Clear Gem Heart Locket $9.95

Thoughts: Generally I’m not a fan of oversized necklaces but I really grew to love this one after wearing it for a few hours. When I saw it on the site I was expecting a small locket but it’s actually around 10cm from top to bottom, so funny how that can happen with pictures XD My main complaint with oversided necklaces is that they feel like they weigh my neck down, as this one is made of really light metal it doesn’t feel heavy at all. It’s lighter than a lot of my short necklaces XD It’s on a very long chain which would be easily strong enough to add some other charms on too. I absolutely love the filigree which has been stamped into the metal!

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The inside:

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So you can see the size:

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Product:

Large Silver Tiara #2 (Diamantes) $14.95

Thoughts: Now this is one of the things I’d been waiting for! Every girl needs a gigantic sparkly tiara and this one has a heart design! What more could a girl ask for? It’s got long combs in the back to secure it to hair and the band is quite flexible so it grips well. The design itself I think is completely adorable and I think I’m going to need more fancy occasions to wear something this sparkly!

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To get an idea for size…

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And just because hell yeah I’m going to camwhore if I have a tiara damn it! ;)

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Product:

Black Sunglasses (Round beige arms) $9.95

Thoughts: I was definitely not expecting this many pairs of sunglasses to come my way XD I’ll talk about the basic quality here so I don’t repeat myself, it’s basically the same for each design. Each is made of decent quality plastic/metal with reasonably thick lenses. The amount of sun they actually block out varies but the FA website gives the mandatory rating for each and states whether they have UV protection or not. I accidentally stepped on one of the pairs yesterday and it didn’t break so I’m giving it a thumbs up for durability haha! For $9.95 they’re very good value.

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This pair is my favorite of the 4 because they are the darkest, it’s the kind of design you could throw on when you’re having a crappy make up day and no one would be the wiser. Definitely movie star glasses!

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Product:

Brown Sunglasses (round) $9.95

Thoughts: I like the tortoise shell design of the frames in these as well as the shape. The lenses are tinted orangish so it makes everything look like it’s sunset. I like sunset and found it a bit soothing but if you’re not a fan then these might not be for you.

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I’m ready for my close up etc…

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Product: Cream Oversized Sunglasses $9.95

Thoughts: While being the same quality and everything as the rest of the glasses, I wasn’t a big fan of the design of these ones. There’s nothing I specifically disliked and I think they would look good on someone else, just not for me :)

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Product: Black Sunglasses (with pink/purple) $9.95

Thoughts: Another pair with tinted lenses though these have a purple tint to match the colour of the sides. I like the shape and the design and the colour seems like it would go with a lot of my outfits.

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PHEW! That was a long review!

So what’s the verdict? A resounding thumbs up. I was very happy with both the quality and the prices at Fashion Addict. There are so many items on the site in different styles that you could probably find something to suit most tastes. Definitely worth a look for the cosmetics too! DO WANT.

Lazy Looped Cute Casual Hairstyle Tutorial

Jan 11, 2011 by

There are just some days when dressing up awesomely is out of the question. Lack of time, restrictive dress codes or just a lack of motivation can all be killers but sometimes it’s good to just relax and take a beak from it all. Because I work from home I spend most of my time inside behind a computer with not much contact with the outside world so I live in roomwear a lot of the time! On days when I’m not going out or have client meetings at a ridiculous time in the morning I like to do this style because it takes 2 minutes to do but is still cute and can be jazzed up with the right accessory. Also it’s good for summer because your hair is off your neck!

Lazy Hair Tutorial

 

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Knotted Up Do Hairstyle Tutorial

Dec 20, 2010 by

Following on from the previous hair tutorial requests, I was asked to do a more formal updo that was still nice and Summery ^_^

This style doesn’t look good on me personally because of the gradient in my hair but it looks awesome in dark hair because it’s textured enough to show up without looking over the top.

Knots Hair Tutorial

What you need:

  • Brush
  • Hair spray
  • Hair ties
  • Hair spray or frizz serum

The knots you should be using are pretty much square knots or the kind you would use to tie your shoe, an example can be seen here: http://www.folsoms.net/knots/

Start with one like this:

Knots Hair Tutorial

If you do it evenly it should form a pretty pattern. Depending if you want the look to be messy and casual or sleek and complicated you might want to use frizz reduction serum or something similar before you start knotting. Don’t worry about not being able to get them undone later because the pieces of hair you’re using to tie them are so large they should just spring back apart like a plait.

Then keep tying the pieces over and over until you get something like this:

Knots Hair Tutorial

Now pull the section upwards and curve it toward the base of the ponytail. Pin it in place.

Knots Hair Tutorial

Repeat this process with the next section of hair but curve it a bit towards the right of the ponytail when you pin it:

Knots Hair Tutorial

The third section should be curved downwards and pinned at the bottom of the ponytail. After pinning all 3 parts you shouldn’t be able to see the hair tie in the ponytail anymore, it should just look like a big loopy bun:

Knots Hair Tutorial

Finally it’s time to do the top section. This is really what determines the final look so here are two options!

Knots Hair Tutorial

Brushing it to the side tie it in a loose knot about half way down:

Knots Hair Tutorial

Continue knotting from that point.

Knots Hair Tutorial

You have something like this:

Knots Hair Tutorial

Pull it backwards and pin into the main bun:

Knots Hair Tutorial

Add a little flower and you’re done ^_^

Knots Hair Tutorial

You can see how it looks a bit like a big swirl from the back:

Knots Hair Tutorial

Other side:

Knots Hair Tutorial

Front:

Knots Hair Tutorial

Top:

Knots Hair Tutorial

Another option for the top which makes it look a little more prom-ish is to tease/backcomb it a bit, pin it in place then knot the rest and add it into the main bun:

Knots Hair Tutorial

So yes while it doesn’t suit my hair very well it’s a decent style for those with medium length darker hair and can be dressed up or down accordingly ^_^

Curled One Sided Gyaru Updo Hairstyle Tutorial

Dec 10, 2010 by

This is another one of those tutorials that’s been a long time coming. I’m doing my best to get through all the requests  now that I have inspiration again XD

Big One Sided  Hair Style Tutorial

So a lot of people asked how to I did this style for the Nuffnang Christmas party…

Nuffnang Christmas Party 2010

Well there is a trick… it’s done with 2 types of hair extension ^_^ One of these plain track ones:

How To Do Simple Vintage Pin Curls Hairstyle Tutorial

Dec 6, 2010 by

Pin curls are one of the easiest most fuss free ways to get curls and they are a personal favorite of mine.

My new hair

They take very little time to put in and can be styled in many different ways. There have already been a whole lot of tutorials on the subject, Super Kawaii Mama did a great pin curl video here: http://www.superkawaiimama.com.au/hair-parlour/perfect-pin-curls/but after a lot of requests I thought it was about time I did one too ^_^ *edit* I have added a video which includes me taking them out at the bottom too.

What you will need for this particular pin curls tutorial:

  • Pins
  • Curl spray or hair spray
  • Scarf (optional)
  • Hair ties (optional)
  • Brush

Pin Curls Tutorial

So start with clean hair and make sure that there are no knots or tangles. Give it a general spray with the curl enhancer, I’m using a Tresemme one which works really well in my hair.

Pin Curls Tutorial

Section your hair in half so it’s easier to work with. I tie the other side off into a pig tail ^_^

Pin Curls Tutorial

Start from the top and grab a small section of hair. The size of the section you take will effect the side of the curl you end up with eg. little section = small corkscrew curls while big section = waves. Keep in mind that it’s better to over curl than do all this work and end up with straight hair! XD If the curls are too tight in the end you can always brush them out looser but re-curling is a pain in the butt!

Pin Curls Tutorial

Spray your section with the curl enhancer:

Pin Curls Tutorial

Starting a little way from the end, twist the hair back on itself to form a loop:

Pin Curls Tutorial

Again the bigger the loops the bigger the curls. You should have this:

Pin Curls Tutorial

Get the end which is sticking out and curve it around the inside of the loop so it stays there.

Pin Curls Tutorial

Start rolling the whole thing up to your scalp…

Pin Curls Tutorial

This is where you want to be in the end:

Pin Curls Tutorial

Take the loop and flattern it on your head. Whether you go towards the front or back will determine whether the curls end up going towards your face or away from it. I chose backwards:

Pin Curls Tutorial

Have a whole lot of pins ready ^_^

Pin Curls Tutorial

Now slide a pin in to the curl attaching it to the hair near the scalp. You might need to use 2 pins if you have a lot of hair.

Pin Curls Tutorial

Repeat this all over your head! Leave no space behind ^_^ You’ll end up with something like this:

Pin Curls Tutorial

The gradient in my hair makes it really easy to see the curls ^_^ This is what it looks like from the side…

Pin Curls Tutorial

Spray the hell out of the whole thing with either more curl enhancer or hair spray… I use both XD

Now you need to decide how long you want to keep them in. My hair doesn’t like holding a curl so I find the easiest way to do it is to sleep with them in. It was odd the first time I did it but now I don’t even notice anymore. I’ve also found that having a hot steamy shower with them in (but not getting them actually wet) before bed helps too. Other girls I know will just leave them in for a few hours during the day if they’re going out at night so it all depends on your hair.

Like most people, the way I keep them all in at night is to use a big scarf ^_^ This is a technique that’s been around for ages and I certainly didn’t come up with it! Again if you want a video version you should check out Super Kawaii Mama’s because it’s very informative.

I fold the scarf into a triangle and place it over my head like this:

Pin Curls Tutorial

Pull the two side corners up and the ones on your forehead down like this:

Pin Curls Tutorial

Tie the side ones in a knot together. Pull the forehead one back towards your hair and tie the side ones in another knot over it.

Pin Curls Tutorial

You get this ^_^ It’s like sleeping on a big cushy pillow!

Pin Curls Tutorial

In the morning when you take it all it will look something like this:

Pin Curls Tutorial

Unless you were going for ringlets it’s probably not looking exactly how you want, so all you need to do is brush it out and add more hair spray and you get this:

My new hair

Hopefully that helped answer all of the questions I’ve gotten about this, let me know if you have any more! ^_^

*edit* I know a lot of people were wondering how much I brush them out etc so here’s a video that includes what I do the morning after wearing them. Let me know if you have any other questions!

Thanks so much for reading, I hope it was easy enough to follow and good luck with your own pin curls! Let me know how it goes!

 

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Casual Heart/Flower Side Plaits Hairstyle Tutorial ^_^

Dec 3, 2010 by

The lovely Celina asked me for a hair tutorial for something that could be worn to a wedding. It needed to be cute but not bride-thunder-stealing-cute XD

I’ve been really enjoying casual looks with plaits and braids lately so I figured I would incorporate that into the style again ^_^

This is the finished product, a plaited headband with a plaited heart and flower!

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What you need:

  • Brush
  • Hair Spray
  • Pins
  • Clip to hold other hair out of the way.

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial, lots more to come ^_^

 

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Overhead Plait Hairstyle Tutorial For Summer

Dec 2, 2010 by

With the whole new hair thing I’ve got new inspiration to start doing hair and beauty tutorials again ^_^

I’ve had a lot of requests for styles involving braids and plaits which I suppose makes sense considering that mori styles are becoming more and more popular and coming in to Summer they keep hair off the neck!

So this is one of my favorite Summer styles, mostly because it’s cool but it also looks like it took a lot more time than it actually did XD

Braids Hair Tutorial

What you need:

  • Hair ties
  • Bobby pins
  • Brush
  • Hair spray
  • Flower pins or decorations

Start off by sectioning your hair into 2 even pig tails.

Hope you enjoyed and found it useful ^_^

 

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Big Poufy Curly Up Do Hairstyle Tutorial

Aug 12, 2010 by

As promised here is a tutorial on how to do the big poufy curly style up-do thingy that I’ve been wearing a lot lately ^_^

Curled Up Do Tutorial

Btw I’m wearing my new blue lenses from E-Circlelens.netin these photos, the full review is coming soon but I’m excited because I haven’t used blue ones before :D

Curled Up Do Tutorial

So anyway! Curl the bottom 1/3rd of your hair. You don’t need to make the the curls perfectly even or very good because they are all going to get mushed up anyway.

Curled Up Do Tutorial

Like this is fine:

Curled Up Do Tutorial

Continue until you’ve done all of your hair like this…

Curled Up Do Tutorial

Add a little bit of hair spray:

Curled Up Do Tutorial

Get all of your bobby pins ready so you can easily access them.

Curled Up Do Tutorial

Lightly tease/back comb the front section of your hair at the roots. You don’t need to tease very much at all.

Curled Up Do Tutorial

Flip your head upside down! Gently brush the back section of your hair up and forward. Don’t brush the curly ends!

Curled Up Do Tutorial

Grab the hair loosely in one hand like you are making a pony tail.

Curled Up Do Tutorial

Twist it clockwise once.

Curled Up Do Tutorial

Using your other hand grab the ends of one side of the curls. Scrunch upwards to your head.

Curled Up Do Tutorial

As you bring it to your head continue to grab hair around it. Once you actually reach the base of the twisted big, grab hold of it.

Curled Up Do Tutorial

Turn your head up the right way again and you should have something like this…

Curled Up Do Tutorial

See how it’s long on one side and shorter on the side that I did the grabby thing on? Now it’s time for pins!

Curled Up Do Tutorial

Start by pinning around the twist. Don’t just slide pins in, slide them half way then twist and push them in the other direction, this is how you get them to stay in really well!

Curled Up Do Tutorial

Pin it enough to keep it in place by itself:

Curled Up Do Tutorial

Now tidy it up with more pins ^_^ You can create the bubbly waved effect by adding a pin every 5cm or so across the top of your head. This is basically using the curls you made earlier and forcing them into place.

Curled Up Do Tutorial

If you’ve curled it well, you shouldn’t have to do too much work, the curls naturally want to sit like this. The back looks like this:

Curled Up Do Tutorial

Now time for decoration… I added a big bow!

Curled Up Do Tutorial

And I used a bunch of flower pins too :D I just put them randomly all over the place, you can use them to add to the bubbliness on top too because when you add them close to the scalp you will squish the puffier bits down.

Curled Up Do Tutorial

It’s also a good time to touch up any of the major curls ^_^

Curled Up Do Tutorial

Un-clip your fringe and give it a quick go over to ^_^

Curled Up Do Tutorial

Extra hair spray!

Curled Up Do Tutorial

And you’re all finished :D

Curled Up Do Tutorial

This is a really versatile hair style, you can change it completely just by scrunching the hair up in a different position. In this next photo I had it all on one side rather than a couple of curls hanging down, it just depends on your technique. You probably won’t be able to get it to look exactly the same twice but having it slightly different every time is kind of fun XD

Outfits

Hope that was easy to follow and you enjoyed it, let me know if you have any questions!

Outfit Of The Day and Nail Art

Jul 26, 2010 by

Here are a couple of outfits I’ve been wearing over the last few weeks ^_^

This one was a nice casual outfit for a lunch out.

Outfits

Shoes- Payless modified by me

This one was a bit more dressy, I can’t remember what we were doing that way but I think maybe it was something glamorous like grocery shopping? XD

Outfits

Dress- Angelic Pretty

Cardigan- Myer (I think?)

Stockings- Myer

Shoes- Wittner, modified by me

Scarf- Hand knitted by me

Outfits

As per usual my favorite thing about the outfit is my nails :D

Glitter Gradient

It’s just a simple 3 colour gradient but I love it! I’ve had requests for a tutorial on this too.

Glitter Gradient

I like them because they are quite understated usually but when they get in the sun they are crazy shiny!

Glitter Gradient

I’ve been experimenting with new hair styles too :D This is my favorite so far…

Outfits

I think it looks quite complicated but it’s really easy to do, I’m going to take photos for a tutorial on this tomorrow :D

Outfits

I think I want to make a whole more of these rose pins too, time for a trip to a craft store for more outfits :D

How To Make A Straw Boater Hat – Diy Cancan Hat Tutorial ^_^

May 5, 2010 by

Cancan hats are another trend that seems to be everywhere right now so here’s a cancan hat tutorial ^_^

Of course they’ve been around for practically forever with various names… straw boater, basher, skimmer, katie, senni etc. Here in Aus they are actually part of a lot of private school uniforms. I’ve always loved them because the remind me of picnics in the park with a nice cup of tea!

CanCan Hat Tutorial

Anyway whatever you call it what I’m talking about is this:

Image found via google, full credit to the owner. I make no claims of ownership and am happy to remove if asked.

Because they’re popular now they are quite expensive. So I decided to DIY my own ^_^

At the top of the hat you will notice that the whole thing is made of a big spiral of straw which it stitches together. Carefully wedge your scissors into the top of the spiral and cut a few of the stitches.

CanCan Hat Tutorial

Gently pull it apart, continue cutting stitches if you need to.

CanCan Hat Tutorial

Start unraveling the spiral and cutting the stitches as you go ^_^

CanCan Hat Tutorial

Keep going until you get to around this point:

CanCan Hat Tutorial

When you get to here there are two options depending on the type of hat you started with. Some of these sun hats have very straight sides and some of them are basically a gigantic dome.

If you’re lucky enough to have one with straight sides then you can skip the next few steps.

If you have one with curved sides (like me) you will need to continue unraveling the hat until you to get to a point where the part that’s left is completely straight. This point might be different for you hat but mine was just above the ribbon band here:

CanCan Hat Tutorial

Now you should get your needle ready and thread it.

CanCan Hat Tutorial

Ok now it’s time to put it back together so the sides are straight and the top is flat!

Because the straw has been in a curved position for so long you will most likely need to bend it straight before you put it back together. Make sure to be gentle when you do this so you don’t damage it. I straightened it by putting it flat on the floor and gently bending it the other way.

CanCan Hat Tutorial

Now you need to start winding the straw back into place. You can either do it the right way and stitch it in place or the quick way and hot glue it in place. Either way secure it as you go around.

CanCan Hat Tutorial

You can see that the way I’ve put it back in place is much more vertical than the original pattern.

CanCan Hat Tutorial

Keep going until you think your hat is tall enough and then do one more rotation around the top to make sure it is flat enough for the top of the hat not to be on an angle!

CanCan Hat Tutorial

When you’re finished you should cut the excess straw off and secure the ends. I am going to cover the straw end with more decoration at the end so it doesn’t show.

CanCan Hat Tutorial

Now let’s make the top! Get your left over straw and arrange it on a flat surface in a spiral.

CanCan Hat Tutorial

You should measure the spiral to make sure it fits the top of your hat exactly and pin it in place.

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Now stitch or glue your top in place.

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Continue until it is the right shape and diameter. You should stitch the end of the straw around so it forms a circle like this:

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Cut off the excess and this is what you get:

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Do make sure that it fits the top of the hat before you cut the ends so you don’t have a gaping hole in your hat!

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At this point I cut off the elastic string which holds the hat on your head because it was pointless and in the way.

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Now on the inside of your hat, glue/stitch the top in place :D

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You should get something like this:

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Hurray it has a flat top!!

Now we’ve made the top shorter and flatter the large brim looks a bit silly! So let’s make it shorter :D

Find the edge and snip the stitches. It should come apart very easily.

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I pulled out maybe 3 or 4 rows of it. Now secure the edge back in place.

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And you get this…

Last step is decoration! I wanted a nice big rosette style thing on my hat so I cut off the long tulle tail…

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And added another one of top. This also covers the join around the hat. Again hot glue or sewing is fine here.

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TAADAA!

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And there you have it, an adorable cancan hat that cost me nothing :D And I have another cute hat to add to my arsenal of bad-hair-day-hiding-tools ;)

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What do you guys think? Are any of you going to give the cancan hat tutorial a try?

Making a Bunny Hair Scarf aka Usamimi Tutorial…

Apr 27, 2010 by

This usamimi tutorial is a reader request post, see I’m slowly making my way through them all!

Lately everywhere I turn around someone is wearing one of these funny little pointy scarves…

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Image found via Google, credit to the owner (who I couldn’t find). I make no claims to own this photo and would be happy to remove it should the owner have a problem with it’s use.

So first step! If you’re using fabric, measure out how long you need the scarf to be (measure around your head and then add extra for the point little ears) and cut two long rectangles. Because I am using stockings I’ve skipped this step.

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Now cut the ends into points. I folded mine in half to ensure that the ends were exactly the same shape.

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If you are using normal fabric then sew down the straight sides to form a long tube (don’t sew the ends yet!). If you’re using stockings then you already have a long tube like below ^_^

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Now get your thin wire ready! I am using 2 lengths of wire because the wire I had was too thin to shape the fabric properly. So cut a length of wire that is long enough to go all the way around the outside of your tube. Leave an extra few inches so there is room to tie the ends together.

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Turn your tube inside out. Fold the wire in half.

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Using your needle and thread, sew up the pointy end. Use a plain old running stitch, nothing fancy. I’m hand stitching because my sewing machines are all in storage but if you can use a machine or an over-locker I would definitely suggest it!

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Now let’s start adding the wire, this is what will make the ear parts nice and stiff. Line the wire up with the point and starting from there use a blanket stitch to attach the wire to the edge of the fabric. When you stitch you should only pick up a few threads from the fabric, this will ensure that when you turn it inside out you can’t see gigantic stitches.

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Keep going all the way down the side until you reach the other open edge. If you started out with fabric that you sewed together then you might just be able to weave the wire through the stitches you already made.

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When you get to the other end use a running stitch to close up one side and then continue with the wire up the edge. You should have a little wire overlapping the edge which we will use to close it up later.

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Now repeat along the other side but stop when you reach the opening.

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Now using the hole, turn the whole thing inside out…

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This is roughly what you should end up with…

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And as you can see I have left over wire poking out from the top.

Bunny Scarf Tutorial

Cut the wire down so it’s only 1cm longer than the tip, then twist the two ends together and fold them down. And you end up with this:

Bunny Scarf Tutorial

Now hold it flat, fold the raw edges in and sew up the gap like in the picture below. Try to hide your stitches as much as possible by only poking through a tiny bit of the exposed fabric. Make sure to sew the points of the wire really well so it doesn’t pop through ^_^

Bunny Scarf Tutorial

You hopefully end up with something like this…

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Which will hold it’s shape like this!

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And when you put it on you will look something like this XD

Bunny Scarf Tutorial

So there you have it! They are really quick and easy to make and very popular right now ^_^ Let me know if you give the usamimi tutorial a go!

Double Buns Hairstyle Tutorial

Apr 12, 2010 by

Today is all about the double hair buns or as some have called it “Minnie Mouse hair”! So many of you girls requested this tutorial so I hope you enjoy it ^_^

This style works best with medium-long hair but if you used more hairspray you could probably do a version with short hair.

We are aiming for this style:

Hair Buns Tutorial

 

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Hime Gyaru Pigtail Hairstyle Tutorial

Apr 5, 2010 by

Hello! Finally what you’ve all been requesting, a cute hair tutorial on this style:

Tutorial- Hime Pigtails

Tutorial- Hime Pigtails

Seeing as I couldn’t think of a name for it, this hairstyle shall now be known as the Hime-Style-Gigantic-Curly-Piggy-Tails ^_^

 

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Pompom Hair Band Tutorial

Mar 15, 2010 by

Lately everywhere I look there are pompom hair bands so I thought why not do a pompom hair band tutorial!

Seriously it’s hard to turn around without seeing some kind of variation! I’ve been seeing them worn in hair and as bracelets or tied to bags. At first I couldn’t stand them but they’ve been slowly growing on me… and now I think they’re cute! The only thing is that here in Aus because they are more hard to come by they are very expensive, who wants to pay $20 for a hair tie?!

So I decided to make my own and it took around 10 minutes.

Pompom Hair Tie Tutorial

Cheesie, Super Kawaii Mama and Violet’s Puffy Bun Hair Tutorial Video!

Jan 27, 2010 by

Hello it’s hair tutorial time!

Remember how I’ve been promising some big projects lately? Weeeeeell this is one of them! A never-before-been-attempted-triple-hair-tutorial! (Yeah, yeah I know someone else probably did it first but it took a long time to edit this so let me have my moment in the sun damn it!)

Candice, Cheesie and I were up late one night throwing around some fun ideas and this is what popped out ^_^ I’ve been wearing my hair like this lately on days when the heat is just unbearable!

So here is our tutorial on making a pretty side bun. I hope you enjoy it!

What did you think? I’m going to be visiting Candice in a few weeks and Cheesie is coming to visit in a few months, more video collaborations?

P.S. How cute are Cheesie and Candice? Serious love! Let me know if you want to see another video hair tutorial!

How To Store Headbands Cutely – Day 1

Dec 7, 2009 by

Why aren’t there more options for headband storage?

If you are anything like me you have a billion alice bands/head bands/what ever you call a bow on a rigid frame that goes on your head… and as adorable as they look they are really annoying to store!

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They get tangled and if you just throw them in a drawer it’s hard to see which is which! So here is my solution, I’m going to make a gigantic roll shaped like a cute piece of candy to hold them all :D

Hairstyle Questions and Answers

Nov 30, 2009 by

Lately a couple of people have been asking about how I do my hair style and decorate my hair.

When I posted my make up tutorial Victoria Suzanne from Lolita Charm asked:

“I’d love to know about the roses in your hair – did you make them and how are they in such a cute little band? “

Here is a screen shot of my hair from the tutorial (the best one I could find anyway!)

So I thought today that I would talk a little bit about hair and show you how you can turn pretty much anything into a hair clip ^_^

Nuffnang Awards Outfit Of The Day

Nov 9, 2009 by

Well as promised here is my outfit for the Nuffnang awards in all of it’s minute details!

I put so much time and effort into this outfit that I think it deserves it’s own post if only for my records heeheee!

The dress:

I was so torn on what dress design to go with. I wanted something Hime Gyaru obviously but I wanted it to also feel like I was wearing a million dollars rather than something I’d made. Originally I wanted to buy a dress but I couldn’t find anything I liked so I improvised.

This is how it all started out:

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I cut one of my basic patterns out of a stretch cream satin for lining.

Anyway these were $40 marked down from around $170. Before decoration…

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After decoration… Notice the pleated ribbon again ;)

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Detail shot: Yep I’m so detailed obsessed that I glued diamantes to the buckles ^_^

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The real shoes

Now this is how the shoes I actually wore started out… On sale for $30 originally like $150ish.

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After the Violet treatment…

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They are so pretty but holy bajeebus are they painful! Seriously I think I hobbled around for half the night but it was totally worth it XD

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Detail shot:

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Interestingly enough these shoes tested by deco abilities. I couldn’t use plain old epoxy glue because it was too brittle, every time I put on the shoes a bunch of jewels cracked off. So I came up with the solution of glueing with epoxy first and then doing 3 top coats of plain old craft tacky glue. This gave it the flexibility to move with my feet :D Totally interesting right?

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The nails

I didn’t get too many detail shots of my nails because I completely forgot about them ^_^ The are a pink base with a touch of glitter, white lace with ceramic flowers in pink and white on the very tips. The white lace even has little roses on it!

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Funny story- I ran out of nail glue so I had to rush and get some for the flowers. They didn’t have my usual brand so I just grabbed one marked “Professional”. Turns out what they meant by “proffessional” was actually “rubbish and doesn’t stick to anything”. This lead to all kind of shenanigans with little roses flying off and having to dig around under heavy cabinets to get them back before the night. Lesson: Once you find a good nail glue stick with it!

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Thought I’d show you my other nails for the trip while I’m here :) These are blue and blue glitter stripes with silver tips and blue/silver diamantes.

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Some of the small diamantes are heart shaped.

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The jewelery

My choker, brooch and one of my bracelets were all custom made by the beautiful Celeste from Little Waltz. I commissioned Celestewith a jumble of ideas even before I had a dress and she made the most beautiful pieces for me!

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This was the package that arrived from Little Waltz. Everything was packed super well.

The choker is pink pearls with a silver crown backing and a large flower over the top. There is a little chain with more pearls hanging down. The brooch has Swarofsky crystals dangling down in a vintage metal base and a beautiful pink cameo. She also included 2 absolutely beautiful bracelets with diamantes and little bells which jingle whenever I move. When I wear them I feel like a fairy!

I would absolutely recommend Little Waltzfor anyone needing custom or off the shelf jewelery, the designs are wonderful and the craftsmanship is just beautiful. Celeste handled all my panicky emails wonderfully and couldn’t have been easier to work with! The craftsmanship on the jewelery is immaculate and the prices were really reasonable, I’d give it all a 10/10!

The face

I decided to keep my make up fairly simple for the night with some false lashes and a hint of pink eye shadow. Lip gloss was of course a must too! 1000 Hoursent me some lashes to test out so I decided it was the perfect night to take one of the sets for a test run.

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This was the set I was wearing, “Wild Damsel” you can buy them at Priceline for RRP $8.95. I used a different glue because of my allergy.

Of course here are some shots of them in action…

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I found the application of these to be very easy, they held their shape quite well so it wasn’t a pain to reuse them next time. They were very easy to clean with warm water and with the help of my heated curler they were the perfect shape. I think if you wanted them more or less curled it would be quite easy to achieve. 1000 Hour sent me a couple of other products so I’ll be reviewing them soon for you all too!

Shot to see the length…

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Well that’s a wrap everyone! I’ll be back to blogging as normal now that most of the move is out of the way :D

Hope to see you all at the next Nuffnang Awards next year!

ACEO Friday!

Nov 6, 2009 by

So this is a regular old ACEO Friday post but I also have to let you all know that I’ll be without internet for a few days while we move in with James’ parents so I won’t be able to reply to comments until I get my internet connection back.

Everything is a mad house here at the moment! I’m knee deep in boxes and packing tape at the moment which is fun. I’ve got around half of the house done but the rest looks like a bomb has hit it ^_^There is row upon row of bejeweled bits and pieces in piles of “Keep” and “Throw out”. I went through all my hair and make up bits and pieces yesterday… here is a snap shot of the carnage!

Cleaning out make up and accessories to pack. Omg so much junk! on Twitpic

So when I see you all next week I’ll be living with James’ parents ^_^ Have a great weekend!

As always click the image to be taken to the ACEO etsy store.

How I Get Relaxing…

Sep 23, 2009 by

There are some days when absolutely nothing seems to work the way it should. Work explodes into a hot sticky mess, your hair won’t sit right no matter how much hair spray you use, there is nothing but spam in your inbox and you have a migraine the size of China. I am having one of those weeks!

So what to do in this situation but take a little time to yourself and relax.

If you’re anything like me you’re not very good at relaxing. I am the kind of person that needs t do like 10 things at once or I’ll get bored and feel unproductive. So this is my guide to relaxing.

Life can be very tiring!

Hime Gyaru Hairstyle Tutorial and Rollers Tutorial

Sep 21, 2009 by

Morning everyone, I’m sure a lot of you remember I did a tutorial on how to create a hime hair style

Well after doing it every day for the last year or so I’ve developed some short cuts and easier ways of doing things. So I decided to made a revised tutorial and include the information about hot rollers in the bottom. The best part about this version is that there is very little teasing involved so very little damage :D

We are going to end up with this: Now the secret to being able to do this style of hair with minimum teasing/damage is having something to stick in the middle to hold everything up. I borrowed this idea from Super Kawaii Mama’s video on 1960′s beehives. You need something to hold the center shape and a ratty old hair extension.

1000 Hour Eyelash Adhesive Review – Hair and Make Up Products

Sep 9, 2009 by

Good morning everyone! Continuing my “Hair and Make Up” theme of blog posts this week, today I’m going to be reviewing some of the beauty products I’ve been using lately.

Review- 1000 Hour Eyelash Adhesive:

Our recommendations are that you go to your pharmacy and seek advice in regard to a suitable antihistamine that will help reduce the allergic reaction. Also you should take note of all the ingredients so that you can ensure you will not be exposed to any of these ingredients in the future. We would like to fully reimburse you for the cost of the product and any associated pharmacy/medical costs.
We would like to thank you for alerting us to your reaction. If you would like any further information or have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.
Kind regards.

Now I did my own research into the ingredients and it turns out that two of the four listed on the packet are known allergens. So I’m a little bleh on their ability to call it a “hypo allergenic” product when there are 2 allergens in it.

Price: $7.95 (as far as I remember)

Verdict: To be honest I still love the product. It sticks well, it dries perfectly clear and in a reasonable amount of time. When I had a complaint it was resolved in quick and satisfactory manner. That said if you have any kind of allergies or asthma you should seriously think about whether it’s worth developing an allergy to this. BE VERY CAREFUL. If anyone knows of a lash glue which is actually non-allergenic let me know please?

Rating:4/10 (If I wasn’t horrible allergic then the rating would be 8/10) r />

Review: L’Oreal Preference “Scandinavian Blonde”

Background information: My hair was blonde (exact colour as in these photos) with around 3cm of very light brown regrowth. Experiences: Bought this dye to cover the regrowth. It did not. When buying it I made sure to check the color guide, according to that my hair should have turned out the same as the front cover. I put the dye in as per the instructions. The mixture looked suspiciously dark but I gave it the benefit of the doubt… It looks like this in: And you know what? When I washed it out it still looked like that. Very much not a light blonde, much more like an ashy light brown. It also stripped all of the warm tones out of my hair. It didn’t cover my regrowth, it just left a strange line. Price: $12.95 Verdict: Very unhappy with the results, not remotely like the front cover. Rating: 1/10

Review- L’Oreal Excellence Creme

Background information: After the complete failure of the “Scandinavian Blonde” I decided to use this to get the natural reds back in my hair. Experiences: Again I checked the swatches on the side of the box and it should have turned out the nice coppery colour on the front. It did not. It turned my hair a medium mousy brown. The one positive thing I have to say about this dye is the applicator comb is awesome! It made the usually painful application process super easy. Normally it would take me around 20min to apply, it took less that 5 with this comb. Price: $9.95 Verdict: Crappy colour, good applicator. Rating: 3/10

Background information: This set was a gift from Nuffnang. It is supposed to make your hair softer, shinier and protect against heat damage Experiences: This has actually been really nice. All 3 samples pretty much have a coconut kind of smell, personally I hate coconut but most people find it pleasant so I won’t mark it down to much for that! I thought the texture was nice and creamy and it felt good in my hair. The leave in Velvet Whip was what I was most looking forward to and I was pleasantly surprised. Normally leave in conditioners make my hair really frizzy or stringy, this seemed to be a perfect balance and my hair was soft all day. Price: Samples free from Nuffnang Verdict: After using it for a week my hair is softer and smooth. Rating: 8/10

Review- L’Oreal Superior Preference.

Background information: This was the first shade of copper I used after bleaching for the first time. I wasn’t quite ready to go completely blonde so this was a great in between colour. Experiences: This one actually went on exactly how it should and turned the colour on the box! Shock horror! You can see how my hair looked in this post for an after pic. Price: $8.95 Verdict: Really liked the colour, though it didn’t have a fancy applicator. Rating: 8/10

Review- L’Oreal Super Blonde Prelightener Creme

Background information: I have used this 3 times, the first two to strip out my red hair dye and the third to correct the mistakes of the “Scandinavian Blonde” etc. Basically it is supposed to strip out dye or lighten your naturally dark hair. Experiences: I can’t say how much I like this bleach. After using it 3 times my hair hasn’t sustained any lasting damage at all. It corrected the Scandinavian incident easily and now my hair is back to it’s blonde glory! It also brought out a lot of the orange tones in my hair. The only thing that I don’t like is that it takes over an hour to complete as you have to apply it in two lots. The applicator also sucks. Other than those two minor flaws I am going to continue using this to manage my regrowth. Price: $14.95 Verdict: Love the colour, it’s a little pricey but well worth it. Rating: 9/10

Extra~

Now that you’ve made it through this many reviews you deserve a treat ;) Here are some photo of me with a lady bug that was in our garden the other day! How cute! Unfortunately around 4 seconds later it pooped on me! EWW! So are there any hair or beauty products you want to see me review? See you next post :D

Vintage Roll Hair Tutorial (like Victory Rolls) and News

Sep 7, 2009 by

Hey everyone! How are you all doing? I have lots to report today, the biggest part of this post is going to be the hair tutorial that I’ve finally finished but other things first…

We’re doing this style today:

But first… remember the post I made about the Nuffnang Coles/Myer gift card competition? Well I won! I couldn’t believe it, I never win anything so this is awesome! They are sending out my $100 gift voucher so I’ll be sure to let you all know how I spend it ^_^

Don’t forget that Nuffnang is also holding the first annual blogger awards so if you enjoy reading what I write feel free to nominate me ^_^ and cross all your fingers and toes for me! I want to go to Singapore!

Outfit of the Day and Preview of Hair Tutorial

Sep 2, 2009 by

So outfit post! This outfit was from last week before I ruined my hair.

How are you all doing? I’m very excited today, I can’t tell you why yet but it’s exciting! As soon as I sort out the details I’ll let you all know :D

 

Skirt- Angelic Pretty Everything else- Random off brand junk. I do looove those shoes.

BLONDE Hair and new nails :D

Jul 13, 2009 by

Yes that’s right I’m blonde now… I finally took the plunge!

All I’ve got at the moment are crappy cell phone pics because I was sick all weekend *again*

I was aiming for Ageha caramel blonde. It looks a lot lighter than this in the light…

Unfortunately after bleaching for an hour and a half the black tips were so strong that they are still dark brown, it looks like cool gradation though… so hmm… I totally cant decide whether
I like it or if I want to just dye it back to red again. So I’ve created a poll for you to vote on in my left side bar :D

OMG I dyed my hair blonde!! Also artwork!

Jul 10, 2009 by

Sorry for the lack of updates this week, I’ve had a tummy bug! I’m so sick of being sick but oh well *_* There is super big news at the bottom of this post too!

So today ACEO Friday is being replaced by a special event! The lovely Vestque has done some artwork of me, how exciting! She’s taking commissions where you send her a photo and she will draw you as an anime character…

From This:
To this!

Bow Hairstyle Tutorial for Medium Length Hair

Jul 6, 2009 by

Morning everyone, as promised here is my tutorial of how to do the bow hairstyle like this. It’s been popular for a while but Lady Gaga once wore it.

Firstly apologies that the photos are a little bit dark.

 

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ACEO Friday! Plus Hairstyle #3

Jul 3, 2009 by

ACEO Friday again, my how time flies doesn’t it?

This week I’ve got a silly little caricature of Marilyn Monroe, this is what happens when I have no real time for art.

Aniversary Photos and Next Hairstyle #2

Jul 1, 2009 by

Last night James and I went out for our 2 year anniversary. We went to the same restaurant that we visited on our third date… Sizzler!

Ok so it’s not the ideal romantic place for an anniversary but it’s history! All you can eat is totally romantic XD

Nail Art and Hair

Jun 29, 2009 by

Hello lovely readers time for more nail art!

Today I’m getting back to my roots and showing you the nail art I was talking about last post. Very Hime-style and very over the top :D Exactly my style.

It’s been ages since I’ve done something this 3-d but I just couldn’t resist using these pretty flowers that I ordered a while ago.

Strapya World Review (and feature news)

May 6, 2009 by

Japanese export site Strapya World Review.

Hello everyone and welcome to my first shop review! Be warned this is a big post with LOTS of pictures. I thought long and hard about which shop to review first but all the online spending that my K-Rudd Stimulus Money let me do gave me an idea! Everyone is always asking where I get my deco supplies from so here is a review on…

Strapya World!

Now a little background info:

Shop- Strapya-World Url- https://www.strapya-world.com/index.html Location- Japan

Products- Decoden supplies, little fake foods, cell phone straps, Disney and Hello Kitty accessories, random Japanese kitschy junk.

Prices- Well it’s a bit hard to compare as it depends on the exchange rate. Prices are in Japanese Yen. You’re paying more than you’d actually pay in Japan but most of the prices are still quite reasonable as long as your exchange rate doesn’t suck as hard as the Australian Dollar.

James and Violet’s Holiday Adventure!

Apr 30, 2009 by

Our working holiday on the Sunshine Coast.

Welcome to my holiday extravaganza! Well as some of you know I was away for a week, this is pretty much what I did… Beware… there are a lot of photos and this is the cut down version!!

We have quite a few clients up on the Sunshine Coast so James surprised me with a working holiday! Much hilarity ensued. Also, don’t expect Hime/Lolita here it doesn’t really work so well on the beach!

So here we are at the half way truck stop thing, we were eating lunch when James pulled out his camera to take a photo of his burger and the one of me above. Then the two guys approached us and started chatting to James about what a great hobby it was. They were also photographers and complimented me on my hair saying that they loved the 60′s and we chatted for a while. It ended turning into a mini-photo shoot! Everyone in the truck stop was staring, it was hilarious!

Hime Gyaru Hair Tutorial

Mar 20, 2009 by

Welcome to my Hime Gyaru Hair Tutorial!

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS  HIME GYARU HAIR TUTORIAL HAS BEEN UPDATED HERE. The version below is achieved by teasing your hair, if you don’t want to tease it click here for the other version. This is also only one way to do this style. I have done several others so please check the tutorial section for videos etc.

Please note that there are a LOT of photos so dial-up users beware!