The Perfectly Pretty Ponytail

So, I’ve been EXTREMELY bored with my hair recently.. I hate looking in the mirror and seeing the sam darn look every day.. I always read thesmallthingsblog and she has some awesome hairdos, the only problem is that I think my hair may be too thick for her hairdos. I should try them with wet hair because I always try them when my hair is straightened and dry.. so that means it should probably be more difficult to hold. Today I FINALLY was able to do a hairstyle ( probably because it is SUPER simple and SUPER easy) but I really do like it and it gave a normal hairdo a nice touch.

Recently trimmed bangs thanks to thesmallthingsblog

The “Perfectly Pretty” Ponytail

* By the way, forgive the oily skin. I live in Brazil, Londrina to be precise. It’s 95 degrees here and I don’t have ac. In other words: TORTURE.

Dresses at Work

I have always loved wearing dresses. For some reason I think that all women should wear dresses- even in day to day life. It seems like it makes the woman appear more feminine and delicate. I do believe though, that there is a dress for every occasion. So, I thought I’d show some different approprite styles.

Dresses for the workplace:

Try to choose dresses that are more closed on top, I usually prefer dresses with sleeves, but that’s a personal choice. Try more serious tones and not light colors such as light blue, yellow, lilac, etc.

During the summer I end up wearing a lot of dresses and skirts to work… it’s much cooler and I feel more at ease in them than in jeans ( waaay too hot for Brazilian weather!) The only problem I sometimes find is finding a dress closed enough on top to wear. I have two dresses that I love wearing to work, One is navy blue and has sleeves and I always wear with a waist belt and the other is a brownish color , but it’s sleeveless, I also wear it with a waist belt. Both have scooped necklines and are just a bit above the knee.

When you go to work, what do you prefer wearing?

Five things I miss about the United States

Well, the last time that I went to the US was in 2008.. so it’s been over 4 years that I’ve been there. I love Brazil, don’t get me wrong.. but there are a lot of things I miss from the US.

1. Authentic Mexican Food

Mushed beans and cut of avocados aren’t really what I call Mexican food. I need the real thing, ya know what I mean?

2. Cheap Makeup

Eveything here is SO expensive.. I miss all the cheap makeup. I sswear the US makes people prettier due to the great prices!

3. My family

I haven’t seen my family in a looong time

4. Facility in Shopping.

It’s amazing how everything is to easy to achieve in the US… Cars, clothes, Electronics.. I don’t think many Americans realize how cheap things are there! Here we have to work  A LOT to be able to have some of the simple things we have…

5. Easily Acessible Entertainment.. So here in Londrina, there isn’t really anything to do unless you drink beer.. or if you want to eat. Other than that, there’s only walking around the shopping mall. No skating rinks, bowling alleys ( other than the uber expensive ones at the mall) , fun museums, nada.. Just food and shopping ( I love shopping, but sometimes it’s fun to do something different!)

 

What about you? What do you miss most?

High Five for Friday

High Five for Friday! My favorite things in the last week!
1.  Coffee, really it wasn’t just this week, it’s every day. But since I can’t drink any right now due to the exam I am craving it and really appreciating all the moments I could drink coffee.

2. We signed a contract to buy a house! I’m really excited about this:) Hopefully everything else will be aproved too!

3. Meeting up with my best friend, Rebekah on Tuesday night to go to Bible Study! She is the best!

4. Since I am going to start suffering for my exam today I got a vogue as a present:) I shall have looots of time to read this tonight! Can’t wait to see all the new trends!

5. A red manicure by my manicurist, Juliana:) I love manicures!!

Let’s talk about hair

As a child I always used to have short hair. And I hated it.

See? The oogly-eyed girl is me!

Ok, just kidding, no more baby pics now.. I will show you a kiddo pic!

Even as a little tot, I always had short, red hair

My mother used to love to give me those bowl cuts ( I’m the one in green)

I grew up always having short, short hair. Finally, one day I rebelled and decided to let it grow out.. which I did:

For my 15th birthday, I did the typical Brazilian party

Soon after my birthday, I chopped off half of all that hair, as seen here:

Something always made me go back to short hair!

I’ve always liked growing my hair out a little then chopping it off. Unfortunately, I didn’t always use the same hairdresser… so sometimes I ended up with a REALLY bad haircut, like this:

I cried so much when I saw what the haircutter did to my hair.. Thankfully it grew out quickly!

I usually kept to short/medium length haircuts, they seemed to be more practical and since I  didn’t have money to invest in my hair, it was easier to cut it then to maintain it

Many different years of short hair

I believe that now my hair is the longest that it has been in a long while, due to the fact that I am growing it out so I can play around with it for the wedding. During this process, however, I decided that I wanted to grow it out to donate to locks of love again.

For those of you who don’t know what locks of love is, check out their site: http://www.locksoflove.org/

They make natural hair wigs for children with cancer, who wouldn’t be able to purchases a wig like these otherwise. To donate all you need to do is cut off 10 inches of hair, there are some specifications about what has been done to the hair, but since I’ve never colored my hair or anything, I just chop it off!

Nowadays I spend at least 50 reais a month ( 25 dollars) taking care of my hair.. this is WITHOUT shampoo or haircuts For shampoo I use tresemmé shampoo and a conditioner whose name I don’t remember. Recently I’ve been cutting my hair at the same salon that i used to cut my hair at when I was younger. She is a really good stylist and knows how to cut my hair really well. I have very thick and wavy hair, so it’s difficult for people to get the cut right! She has been helping me grow it out by giving me good tips and keeping my bangas and split ends at bay.

My daily hair routine is washing and shampooing, sometimes I give it a conditioner bath, but only if I have time ( more on those later). Then I leave it in a towel while I get dressed and do my makeup, that way my hair will only be damp by the time I get around to blowdrying it. I blowdry it then I separate my hair into layers and straighten it with my wet2dry remington straightener ( the best ever, in my opinion)  On each layer I spray my hair with the gloss shine.

Sometimes I use different products in my hair to help it out, especially lots of conditioner baths and sometimes I use cream gloss to put in my hair BEFORE drying it, to protect it from the blowdryer heat.

Anyhow, as you can see a have a love for hair. if it’s short or long to me it doesn’t matter- I LOVE hair!

Blue and Yellow

I love the combination of blue and yellow I love it SO much that I have a lot of yellow clothes and I like to put it with a blue piece to enhance the whole look:) I also love it SO much that all of my wedding decorations are blue and yellow:)

On Tuesday nights I have Bible study at my pastor’s house. I wasn’t quite sure what to wear, recently I have been trying to dress a little better than normal, not just stick to the classic jeans and tshirt ( which would actually be cute if I have some good acessories, but I don’t, haha) The pic below is actually a really BAD pic due to the weird flash setting on the camera and the fact that it was night and windy/threatening to storm.

Sweater- Billie    Purse-a small store nearby    Shirt-a small store nearby   

Shorts- Hering  Shoes- a small store nearby

Again,  a terrible pic but just for you to get an idea of the outfit. Don’t look at my face. I said  don’t.  As you can tell, I love to shop at small stores. For some reason it seems like they carry a better product than large stores. The salespeople are nicer too.

Anyhow, Bible study was really fun last night, it starts at 10 30 and ends around midnight. yesterday we stayed there until 1 am in the morning talking… and eating, which is a bad habit so don’t follow what I do, haha.  The hard thing was waking up at 7 this morning to be able to go to work. Oh well, you win some you lose some!

See you guys later!

What’s on your face?

I always love seeing other people’s makeup routine, right now I don’t have time to make a video or play by play, but I will show you guys my makeup:)

Here in Brazil makeup is uber expensive.. so most of my products I try to bring down from the US, the only thing that isn’t so easy to bring down are powered things because they usually end up breaking on the trip. My mother recently went to the US, so I asked her to bring me down a few things. I didn’t bring down too many things because sure how much I would like them… Hindsight’s 20/20 though because I wish I would have bought oodles more!

1. Eyebrow Brush – purchased at a beauty shop neaby called Leo’s Cosmeticos ( which is basically a huge store filled with different kinds of beauty shops. Many hairdressers end up buying their things there… From what I understand it’s kind of like Sally’s )

2. Eyeshadow Brush  Before I didn’t own either of these brushes, but then I came to the realization that I was basically the only woman in the world who didn’t own at least one brush, so I bought two:) When I have more fun money to spend I’ll buy a few more

3.  Eyeshadow without shine. This one I use to pass on my eyebrows and eyelids.. I like to work with it because it takes off that shiney look. It was just a cheap brand at Leo’s. Only cost 8 reais ( 4 dollars)

4.  Primer ( again, purchased at Leo’s) I had never used Primer before, but after reading online about why it is good to use, I caved and bought one. I must say, it really does make a difference! The next thing that I want to buy is Mary Kay’s Lip Primer ( which like everything else in Brazil is SUPER expensive!)

5. Maybelline’s Instant Age Rewind (brightener) This was something I had my mom bring down, I only asked for two, but now I wish I had asked for many many many more! I bought it at Walmart for 5 dollars… Want to know how much it costs here in Brazil?? 56 reais at Leo ( 43 dollars). Ai yai yai! Anyhow, this is the WORLD’S BEST PRODUCT to cover up dark circles underneath the eyes

6. Liquid eyeliner I don’t remember the brand, but it was a cheap one that I found at Leo’s. I only use it on my upper eyelid.

7.  Neutrogena Skin Concealer. So, I bought this one in the US.. it was meh, ok. It didn’t have anything spectacular about it.  I think the Brazilian climate is too hot for it because it melted a lot.  I use it every day just to cover up blemishes

8.  Maybelline’s One by One Volume Express. Again, I had my mom bring it down. I liked it, it works well.  Brazil: 30 reais ( 15 dollars) US: 5 dollars

9.  Revlon Color Stay eyeliner.My mom brought it down from the US. I LOVED this. It’s much better than eyepencils. I only have one though:/ So I am trying to find a way to bring some more down! Brazil: 33 reais( 16 dollars ) US: 5 dollars

10. Mary Kay Base. I only used this when I am wearing face powder. My mom brought it down from the US one time and ended up giving it to me since she didn’t use it. I don’t use it that often since the Brazilian climate tends to make it have an oily aspect. ( which also happened to another Maybelline product, the instant age rewind base. I used it and it felt like I was putting oil on my face. I think the Brazilian climates changes some makeup)

11. Revlon Cherry Red Lipstick. I LOOOOVE this lipstick, there are no words that can describe my love for this lipstick! It is the best ever. I don’t wear it to work though seeing as how I am always drinking water and it would keep coming off and ruining my favorite cup.

12. Duda Molinos Concealer. I bought this as Leo’s for 18 reais ( 9 dollars) I find that this works best to cover up practically anything in the Brazilian climate due. It doesn’t leave an oily aspect and covers everything up well. I LOVE it.

 

The products posted above are my  everyday products. As I said in the post, I don’t use face powder because it breaks and ruins my purses with its dust. I am careful about what concealers or bases to use so my face won’t end up looking like an oil pot in this crazy climate. I love Brazil, but it tends to take the worst out of people’s skin, haha I don’t use blush because most of the time I am already flushed from the heat. Since I am super white, the heat makes my cheeks rosy, so no need to add more pink on top of it’s natural hue!