DIY mink eyelash extensions INFILLS

October 18, 2013 | 11 comments so far - join the discussion!

So, I remember when I used to be so obsessed with mink eyelashes! For those who haven’t followed me from there… probably around.. one and a half years ago? I wore my eyelash extensions for 4 months!!!

 

But the problem with having mink eyelash extensions is that it’s so freaking expensive to maintain! Cost of maintenance is even more than a gym membership! Probably double a gym membership actually :S

 

Typically, it would be about:

 

Full set of mink lashes – $150 at any decent salon

Infills – $50-$80 every 2-3 weeks.

 

Well, here’s the good news. Recently, I have been researching on how to DIY mink eyelash extensions. It’s super hard because it requires steady hands, patience and attention to detail. I guess it’s the same as every other set of eyelash extensions, but I’ve found that mink/silk is more difficult because the strands are finer and individual.

 

Okay, bad news is that I couldn’t actually do it myself because it’s so freaking hard, but I’m starting to do infills myself!!! Just here and there!! It’s saved me lots of money by doing this!!

 

Here is what it actually looks like from the top. (Excuse my dirty looking eyebrows because I did them in a rush) embarrassedface.jpg

 

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As you can see, it’s single strand by strand!!!! One full set of lashes can range from 60 lashes to about 150 depending on how thick you want your eyelash extensions to look and how thick your original lashes are!!

 

For a more glamorous set, you can put two single lashes OVER each other (especially if you are asian and do not have many natural lashes yourself).

 

In this set, I got about 100 lashes for each eye!!

 

If you are quite impatient like me, try to do your infills at least once a week!! If you do this, then you will not need to spend so much on infills each time!! Maybe 20-3omins max will be sufficient if you do your infills every week as only a few strands will fall out (if you’re super careful UNlike me!! Haha)

 

Okay, first step is to actually find which stands are missing!! Usually I use a tweezer to look for the ones that are shorter than the rest!!

 

Make sure your tweezer is sharp (but don’t poke your eye) because eyelashes are quite fine and hard to grasp.

 

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Now, find the lashes and then determine the length of the lash! I’m using lashes 9mm-13mm for my full set. Which means, 9mm in the inner corners and 13 in the most outer corners.

 

I’m demonstrating on a pair of falsies because it’s much easier than taking pictures of my own eye!! Hehe.

 

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Make sure you dip your approx 1/2 of your single lash into the glue!! It’s important because the lash itself is meant to “stick”! If you don’t use enough glue, it will not stick! I made this mistake hundreds of times when I was trial & erroring!! >.<

I also use 2 strands of lashes sometimes instead of 1. I find that this still works perfectly fine and saves time!

 

 

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 Now, place the lash firmly ontop of your natural lash or if you are layering, the false one, and continue!! Make sure you don’t stick the lash too close to your eyelid or else it’ll sting!!

 

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And ofcourse, the result? You always get a full set of glam lashes!!!

 

 

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Let me know if you do try, and if you do please please please be careful as the use of glue may sting your lashes!! Please research and purchase QUALITY products!!

 

Hope this tutorial helped some of you and see you next time!

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BIG wavy hair tutorial

October 3, 2013 | No comments yet - you should start the discussion!

Hehe. Did the BIG word scare you?

 

It shouldn’t. All girls love BIG HAIR, don’t they? Okay.. not on men la, only on themselves or other women. It’s super attractive!!! Almost like… Victoria Secret-ish!

 

I took this picture after filming. Super messy one. Hahaha, but I super love it.

 

Clearly, I don’t have a proper parting for my hair, but feel free to use your own parting. I like to mess mine up and see which side my hair likes to fall each and every day. Changing your parting regularly also makes your hair look “fuller” as your hair is not tamed to sitting that particular way.

 

Hope it helps!!!

 

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Products I used include:

 

Vidal Sassoon 38mm Instant Heat Ceramic Curler

I really like this hair curler because it’s REALLY BIG and gives you the most amazing big waves (think Japanese gyaru magazines like Vivi)!! The curls don’t hold for as long as GHD curls, but big curls usually don’t hold for much longer than a day. Once they fall into “second day curls”, they become waves!!
I think the cost of this I’d recommend this curling iron if you like big curls, don’t want to spend much money for a curling iron and

 

Heat protectant: muk Spa Argan Oil Repair Shine Spray

I’ve been testing this brand for about 2 months now, and I really like their products. The packaging is sleek and professional, and looks extremely high end! Good thing is that this line is pretty affordable too! I like this product because it acts as a heat protectant but also gives the hair gloss and shine! I feel like it makes my hair glow like the commercials!

 

Volumising Spray: John Frieda Root Booster Blow Dry Lotion

I’ve used this volumising spray for a while now and it’s always been on my favourite hair products list. It’s affordable, easy to use, and really works! I find that the other products under the same line are quite good as well! Really helps you poof up your boring flat hair!

 

 

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wantable, a personal styler in a box.

September 19, 2013 | 6 comments so far - join the discussion!

I was recently approached by Wantable, and at first… I’m gona say, I thought it was another one of those “beauty boxes” so I didn’t have much interest. I’ve been a subscriber or have been gifted quite a few of those, and I no longer have space for any more make up at home!! ;o

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However!!!! To my surprise, when I clicked onto Wantable, I noticed something in the corner of my eye!! It’s… what?? Accessories (jewellery/sunglasses/hair accessories) box?? Intimate (lingerie) box???

 

Yeap, you didn’t read wrong. Accessories and Intimate box!!

 

I mean, seriously, this has just brought “beauty in a box” to a WHOLE NEW LEVEL. I’ve always… ALWAYS wanted to order from stylemint and jewelmint (US based websites) but have never had the chance due to the “No international shipping policy” so I quickly checked for shipping details on Wantable!!

 

What???

SHIPPING TO AUSTRALIA AND CANADA????

 

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I contemplated about which to order at first, but quickly realised that alike most women, I probably have too many pieces of lingerie for my one set of goodies. However, if I get the accessories box… I do have two long arms, ten fingers (or some may not call thumbs fingers but lets just leave it at that for the purpose of this context) and five piercings!!! Soooo… I got the accessories. :D

 

To use the website, you actually fill in an extremely long and detailed survey about your likes and dislikes. With this quiz, they can more accurately judge your style. Examples of the questions are:

 

“What types of earrings would you wear?”

▪ Studs

▪ Dangly earrings

▪ Hoop earrings

 

It costs $40 USD for a “one off” box or $36 USD for a monthly subscriber. Monthly subscribers get a slight discount and it’s not a “commitment thing” either, you can cancel at any time!! Shipping is $5 USD for Canadians and $9 USD for Australians! More details here.

 

Alright, enough about the website, let’s show you what I received in my first box!!!

 

I received a total of four items so I think for the cost of the box, it was well worth it!

 

Okay, first thing I noticed.. is this ring. (Please look at second finger. Not third)

 

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It’s really unique and I LOVE IT because I’ve never seen anything like it before!!! I also posted it on my instagram immediately after I received it!!!

I’m a massive fan of simple, yet strangely shaped rings. This one is just perfect! I’m pretty sure during the survey, you’re required to give them your ring size too!! This ring pretty much fit my second and fourth fingers perfectly. I also like that you can also use it as a knuckle ring on your second and third ring if you like!!! (You should find out your ring size prior to filling in the survey. I’m pretty sure I choose a size 6)

 

Second thing I noticed (I’m saying “noticed” because it’s just a big box of surprises) are these studded earrings. Those who have been reading my blog for a while or following my youtube, or even know me in real life, will know I am.. ZE BIGGEST, MOST MASSIVE, MOST INSANE STUD LOVER. STUD STUD STUD EVERYTHING. WOOT WOOT!!

 

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Similar to the above ring, it’s simplistic but I LOVE IT! I only ever wear studs, and rarely do I wear dangles or hoops, so this is perfect for me :)

 

Okay, now, there was a little black pouch with drawstrings within the box and I immediately knew they were sunglasses. You can call me a bit of a snob, but I’ve only ever worn designer sunglasses? I feel it’s one of those things.. like designer bags, where you just spend a lot of money on one of them, and use it for a long time! I don’t have many sunglasses.. I probably purchase.. one.. every… 3-4 years?

 

I mean, I’ve definitely purchased cheap sunnies in my life, but they tend to break within the first 2 weeks! Shrug, never had a great experience with $20 sunnies!

 

So you could imagine my reaction when I first saw that little black pouch. But, oh well. I opened it up. It really is only $40 for the whole box.

 

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To my surprise, they looked like that! Kinda reminds me of Raybans? I don’t own a pair of Raybans either, so I don’t mind it at all!!

The quality looked pretty similar to the ones you can get from the markets but they weren’t HORRIBLE. I’m also a massive fan of leopard prints!!! I don’t know if I actually put that in the survey or not? Anyway, it’s not too bad. I reckon I’ll still wear them here and there! Maybe to Stereosonic, which is coming up in November!!! Who else is going??

 

Last item is a necklace!

This one kind of reminds me of House of Harlow, but… with empty triangles?? Haha!! I know loads of companies have been trying to duplicate the infamous House of Harlow necklace for years now, so it doesn’t bother me.

I wouldn’t say I LOVE THIS necklace, but I think it’s a-okay! Somewhat geometrical like the ring I showed initially so they can be kinda matchy matchy!

 

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If you looked closely, each triangle actually has a different tone to it, meaning it’s super easy to match anything! You don’t need to stick to the silver accessories with silver accessories, gold to gold, rose gold to rose gold rule!! Yaaayyyyy!!

 

So.. my final say on Wantable?

 

I think it’s worth it!!! I will definitely get another box, maybe I’ll try an Intimates box! OH, and there’s even a new Halloween box that’s limited edition!!!

 

I most likely wouldn’t get Make Up box only because I have too much make up for my own good, and there are too many competitors in the market for this kind of thing. You could probably find a cheaper alternative like Bellabox or Lusthaveit, on the Australian market and not have to pay for the extra shipping cost.

 

I think the other thing I would have to say about Wantable is that their packaging is not as good as some of the beauty boxes I’ve received. I know Bellabox always had an amazing solid box which I always reuse for storing my rings and other bits and bobs.

 

Wantable sent their products in an average filmsy cardrobe box with sponge another the accessories to protect it.. which is FINE for the purpose of mailing, but not so much for the purpose of presentation.

 

Anyhow, Wantable is still.. a beautiful new thing. Definitely blog-worthy.

 

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Catch you girls next time!

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thai commerical

September 16, 2013 | 2 comments so far - join the discussion!

Have you guys seen this??

 

 

Apparently, it’s a thai commerical made by the a Thai telecom company called True. The idea behind the commercial is to “To give without expecting a return”.

Not sure what the commerical really “advertises” in terms of their services but it’s definitely powerful advertising as this video has gone viral for being so inspirational!

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Balyage with Christopher Hanna Platinum

July 22, 2013 | 11 comments so far - join the discussion!

So.. I know I’m known to change up my hair every couple of weeks/months…. but my excuse this time round is that I wanted to go to Christopher Hanna to try out since balayage ever since I saw this deal. I’ve had dark hair for a few months now (black and brown) and since it’s just starting to get warmer, I felt the need to lighten up.

 

 

$140 for a highlights/balayage/semi-permanent full head of colour with a hair treatment and cut is a pretty damn good deal!!

 

 

Christopher Hanna Platinum is located inside the Ivy complex (1 Ash Street, Sydney) and so because I just work at Wynyard, it was more convenient than any other salon I’ve been! I booked my appointment for 5.30pm (just after work) and when I got there, I was immediately offered a seat and a refreshment/drink!

Adam, my assigned hairdresser analysed my hair condition and commenced with the colouring!! I was abit worried at first because I was afraid he was not experienced with “asian hair”. I asked him a few questions about his experience dealing with Asian hair and he was quite confident so I left it in his hands!

 

I wanted something that looked like Guy Tang’s “infamous balayage” – which looks like this. (Can’t find a nice picture on Google which can fit seamlessly into my blog but you can google “Guy Tang balayage” for reference)

 

My biggest fear was actually having bleaching my asian hair. Most of the time, inexperienced hairdressers will turn Asian hair yellow/orange and it’ll end up looking like this.

 

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I wanted a more “gradual” and “less obvious” kind of balayage rather than the ones you can see above.

 

This is my hair “before”. I’m not going to put in a million photos because if you flick to my previous posts, you would be able to see my hair history.

 

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And this is what the finished product looks like. I love that it does not look like a “chunk” of bleach. Rather, it looks like a grown out full head of highlights. The gradual affect is amazing!

I also asked Adam to cut my hair “straight” on the bottom so it could look thicker and hence the reason my hair looks so much shorter!

 

With flash

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Without flash

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My experience at Christopher Hanna was 9/10!! The only reason I minused a one is because I had to sit there for 4 hours, but that’s expected for for a full head of balayage. I’m just “quite the impatient” girl.

 

I didn’t ask Adam to style my hair in the end because it was already getting quite late and I wanted to go home. He offered to curl my hair with the GHD but I can obviously curl at home so I kindly rejected the offer.

 

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Here is a picture I took the day after when I curled it!! I posted this pic on instagram and received so many nice comments, but unfortunately my hair doesn’t hold curls for very long :(

 

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Another picture taken just a few nights ago at Pacha, Sydney with Fiorr and my cousin, Nathan. My curls were obviously falling by that  time but I think it shows nicely what my hair looks like after dark!

 

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The best thing I love about balayage is that you can split your hair anywhere you like!!

 

Adam made sure that he made my balayage fade equally from the root of my head because I told him I’m quite temperamental and split my hair whenever I like depending on my mood! Hahah.

 

So what do you say?

 

Yay or nay?

 

You can get the online deal at http://deals.chonline.com.au or visit Christopher Hanna Online to see all their services available.

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