Student Struggle: affording eyelash extensions

yo waddup. I am 20, I am broke, but hey, at least my eyes look gooooooood…

Are eyelash extensions worth it?? I get asked this so often. Short answer? Heck ya! long answer? I work lots to afford them.

SO ya, I am at university, dropping $$$ on tuition and I roll up with some fake a$$ plastic on my eyes (or whatever material it is) but it is so worth it.

Perks?

  • I get to snooze my alarm until 15minutes before I have to work (yup, I work at 5:30am before school almost everyday) Basically, you do not have to wake up extra early to put 4 coats of mascara on your lashes. Woo!
  • Self esteem boost. Who doesn’t like looking like a barbie doll ammmmiright?
  • 3 words: YOU. CAN. CRY!!!!!! And honestly I think I cry like 3x a week (thanks university). So as a student, it is such a relief not having to worry about the evidence of crying as black streaks down your face (if you know, you know)

Struggles? Meh, worth it

Do I pick up that extra shift at work to pay for my lashes? You bet. But I cannot emphasize enough how much easier my make up routine has gotten and how much extra shut-eye I get. So worth it.

“But Hannah! Don’t they ruin your real eyelashes?”

ok, first off honey, I have gotten my eyelashes done so many times by so many people and the answer is: you get what you pay for.

I have gone to a nail bar to get them done and when I got them removed my lashes were short ‘n stubby ‘n gross. YUCK

Now I go to this amazing gal who does them out of her home and she does a fabulous job. My lashes are still healthy and growing just fine.

Most people think lash extensions ruin their eyelashes, but most of the time (if you are going to the right people) they do not ruin your real lashes. When you get the false eyelashes removed (or yanking them out if that is how you roll) it simply looks like your eyelashes are damaged. Because think about it, your eyelashes look shorter since you are just used to looking at longgggggggggg fake eyelashes, when in reality, your real lashes are just shorter – not actually damaged.

ALL I HAVE TO SAY, is that my life is so much better and easier with my eyelash extensions and 10/10 would recommend.

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After a full year of crazy colours, I have decided to end 2018 with a BANG!!!!

jk, actually just wanted to end the year with a normal hair colour…finally…

After swearing off using box dye (see my blog post about Why you shouldn’t try to save money when it comes to bleaching hair) I stupidly decided to use it again. Why? because i’m a broke a$$ student so I guess that gives me a PASS on making stupid decisions – although my friends would argue otherwise.

So, what did I do?

Well I used Garnier Nutrisse Cream box dye in a dark golden brown to dye over my blonde balayage.

Apparently, because of my ashy blonde, my hair colour was stripped of its warm tones, so if I had just used any old brown box dye it could’ve turned my hair green

(yup, I was thiiiiiissssss close to messing up once again)

Which is why I used a dye with a golden undertone to put some warmth back into my hair to avoid that whole situation.

So, all in all, I went from these crazy colours: Coloured Hairstyles you NEED to Try, and DIY: how to get grandma hair to a dark golden brown – which is almost my natural hair colour.

I say almost because my hair is a Very cool dark brown, and this dye added a lot of warm tones to it, as you can see below

clearly, I should brush my hair lol

It is pretty crazy, I actually did my research this time, perhaps I did learn something???

…and this time I had no mishaps or howling stories to share of my stupidity. Thank god.

Why you shouldn’t try to save money when it comes to bleaching hair

Everyone knows that being a university student automatically entitles you to cut some corners to save money$$$

But honestly, when it comes to your hair…PLEASE DON’T!

I learnt the hard way… and I mean the real hard way.

As most of you know, I used to have an ombre fuchsia coloured hair…until I decided, well, to not.

I had this brilliant idea to to buy a package of bleach and to bleach out the fuchsia colour. My roommate stood beside me in horror as she watched me kill my hair (although she secretly was edging me on… do it, do it, DO IT)

SO what the heck happened???

Long story short, I went from thisIMG_9554

 

To this (my horrific $20 DIY)

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and 5 horrendous hours later….

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Alisha (my amazing hairdresser), turned my hot mess into a spectacular ashy brown balayage. How did she do it? BEATS ME!

Recap: you cannot cannot bleach out wild colours on your own. And if you try? it will definitely not cost 20$ but rather think about adding another 0 on the end of that 20$.

 

DIY: how to get grandma hair

About 2 months ago, I went from fuchsia hair to a DIY bleach job to a professional balayage: and now?

A Grey Balayage aka grandma hair


Would you believe me if I told you I went from an ashy blonde to this grey balayage for under 20$?

I used GOT 2B’s Blue Denim semi-permanent dye. It only lasts roughly 3 washes because I was unsure if I wanted it more than a week.

PSA make sure you wear gloves (peep my fingers)

It is super easy to use and you just spray it in.

Should I keep it grey? Make it permanent? Thoughts? 

So there ya have it. That’s how to get that edgy grandma look…

What it’s like being half asian

What are you? what’s your background? what’s your ethnicity? where are you born? These are just a few questions that I get asked on the daily by total strangers. The answer to these questions? I’m a mix kid: half Taiwanese and half caucasian and born in Canada.

Some people often ask me what it’s like being half asian and like everything else, there are definently some pros and cons (but more pros, now).

Cons?

It kinda sucks not quite fitting in – in either culture – it’s like, you are an outsider to both.

For the Taiwanese part of me, whenever I go back, I can only understand about 70% of what people are saying; however, when it comes to just a common conversation I can  understand 100% – but as soon as people start whipping out some fancy lingo my eyes glaze over and people look at me with sad eyes.

As for the caucasian part of me, growing up in school, I had always felt like I didn’t quite fit in. I felt brain washed into a society where white supremacy was everything: and since I was not fully white, I couldn’t be that great.

However, that mind set quickly changed as soon as I hit high school. I went to a high school where about 70% of the students were asian. And there, I felt superior to my white friends who couldn’t understand all the whispers of foreign language in the hallways like I could.

Pros?

It kinda rocks being able to talk secretly with your mom in mandarin: secrets can be kept from my dad and friends. It’s great!

It is also a huge advantage being able to speak another language when it comes to the job market. Ironically enough, I had never really had to use it for customer service – at least not yet – but I’m sure the opportunity will present itself soon enough.

As I mentioned earlier, I went to a high school where the majority of students were asian. My mandarin proved to be a HUGE asset when it came to group projects. Especially, when this one time, I was put into a group where everyone could speak Chinese, and so could I. So although we had to present our project in English, we communicated in mandarin when sharing ideas and planning out our project – it was a really neat experience.

Although I grew up thinking I was somehow not good enough and where I was brainwashed by my own prejudice, NOW, I have never been so thankful for being conceived by a white father and an asian mother. I feel like I am blessed to have a head start into a world where being bilingual has never been more of an asset.

Why Don’t We – The Best Boy Band Out There

Are you sick of listening to the same old playlist over and over again? Need some new workout music? or maybe just a new boy band to obsess over? (sorry, 1D). Then I have the perfect solution for you.

Welcome to my favourite boy band: “Why Don’t We.”

Why Don’t We – or also known as WDW – are a bunch of hella good looking boisss who are between ages 17-20 years old. The band is fairly new and they’ve only been together for a few years.

So who is in the band anyways? Well, man, i’m glad you asked.

Lemme introduce ya to my personal favourite – and possibly my future husband – Daniel Seavey. I first fell in love with this fella when he was a contestant on American Idol. Click here to drool over his IG.

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Daniel Seavey (yes I took this photo, and no it was not zoomed in, I was actually this close)

Anyways, the other member’s names are Jonah Frantzich, Corbyn Besson, Jack Avery and Zach Herron.

My top three favourite songs by them are:

  1. Trust Fund Baby

2. 8 Letters

3. Hooked

Iv’e also had the privilege to see them live in concert about a year ago and almost touched one of their hands and died. No literally, I almost died, their fans are insane. I got trampled and stepped on during the concert and bruised the next day.

If you wanna check ’em out here’s their website http://whydontwemusic.com/home/

What it’s Like to Witness The Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis

The Northern Lights or the Aurora Borealis, are a spectacular sight to see, but there is a mystery behind capturing that picture perfect moment on your camera.

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All photos belong to my friend who took these for me when my camera broke.

The Aurora Borealis, in real life, isn’t actually full of such vibrant colours that you see on a camera. The Aurora Borealis is actually much softer in colour, like pastel. It looks as if it were coloured milk spread out all throughout the sky: it is so magical.

So how and why does the camera pick up a more vibrant colour?

When attempting to capture this brilliant moment on your camera, there are certain settings that can only pick up this wonder. If you try to use your iPhone (yes, even the iPhone 7) it will not pick up the Northern Lights. All you’ll be left with is a black screen. And yes, even the apps on the App Store that say they will pick it up are wrong.

When shooting on a camera, there are many different settings you can play with, depending on your camera: click here for a detailed instruction.

You can also capture the Aurora Borealis on a GoPro and here are some good starting settings:

  1. Night Lapse Mode
  2. 10-30 second shutter
  3. interval: continuous
  4. 12MP Wide
  5. ISO min: 100
  6. ISO max: 800

Obviously you might have to play around with these settings.

Now to actually see the Northern Lights are a bit more difficult. They only come out late at night, so when I went to go see them in Yellowknife, NWT, Canada; the bus picked us up around 10:30pm and dropped us off at 4am. Since we were with a tour, they brought us to their huge open fields where there was a restaurant, tripod rental, and lots of mini teepees (where we could go in for hot chocolate when it got really cold). No joke, even though it’s summer, it is FREEZING up there. I was dressed for like -15 degree whether and I was still cold.

The Tour package campus was perfect for viewing the Northern Lights because they had lots of levels: lots of mountains which required a bit of a mini hike, and flat ground to suit everyone’s photography needs.

Keep in mind, that we did a 3 day tour package deal, since there’s no designated time that the Aurora Borealis will show. It is a hit or miss deal. The first night, we saw zero Northern Lights; however, on the second night we saw a category 4 Northern Lights (which is actually like, a big deal for Yellowknife). The lights are ranked on a 0-9 scale. Here is a super cool website the check out the Aurora Borealis levels near you!

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How are the Northern Lights formed?

They are formed when tiny charged particles from the sun collide with atoms and molecules in the atmosphere, which results in bursts of lights (dum dum dum dum dummmmmmm) called photons! Wooo science!!! Different colours are formed when different collisions occur: oxygen produces red and green auroras, while nitrogen produces the pink and purple auroras!

The Aurora Borealis is a spectacular sight to see and I recommend everybody to go check it out at least once!

The Best Highlight That Isn’t Even a Highlight

There’s nothing I enjoy more than playing with make up, and recently I’ve discovered the best product to use as a highlight and it isn’t even a highlighter.

 

The other day I was in Lush and was checking out their make up products when one of their employees approached me and started talking about their make up highlighter. I wasn’t really interested in highlight however I saw she had this golden shimmer on her cheekbone and I asked her if she used the Lush highlighter on her face.

Her Response???

NO! she actually used the sunnyside bubble bar. It’s so full of glimmer that she just playfully stroke the bubble bar with her finger and applied it to her face. In awe, I bought one too and now this is what I use for my highlight.

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In the span of 5 hours iv’e received so many compliments on my highlight and each time I giggle and explain that it is actually a bubble bar. The bonus? When you are sick of using it as a highlight, or when the glimmer runs out (if that is at all possible) you can throw it in the bath and relaxxx.

How do I apply this fabulous product? I simply use my finger and dab on my cheekbone and nose, or else use a small make up brush.

It’s so fun to use but beware because you’ll get glimmer everywhere!

DIY: Customized Jean Jacket

Now that school is fast approaching, back to school wardrobe shopping is on every girl’s back to school prep list. With the fall season right around the corner, what’s better than adding a customized jean jacket to your collection?

I bought my jean jacket at Patch (a vintage store in downtown Victoria) and started drawing on it with a sharpie and adding meaningful quotes to it.

Drawing on fabric with a permanent marker may sound tough, not being able to mess up with holding a permanent marker in your hand; but have no fear – it’s a lot easier than it seems.

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My customized jean jacket: an underwater theme

This DIY is something I picked up from my buddy Justin – an amazing artist! He started doodling on his jean jacket with amazing free hand drawings. I was so impressed and it looked so fun, I had to try it myself!

My faith has always been my rock throughout my live, and I wanted a daily reminder that even when things seem impossible, there is always a way through with God. That is why I decided putting one of my favourite bible quotes on the back of my jean jacket.

This DIY is actually very therapeutic for releasing stress, which is why I started doing this during midterm season in University. I started with just two jellyfish drawings on my back, and slowly started adding to it whenever I was feeling overwhelmed, or whenever I had some downtime (although you never really have downtime in university, you have to make time).

Would highly recommend trying this out! you could even do it with a friend and match! lemme know what ya think!

 

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