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Friday, October 31, 2014

It's finally Halloween! Everyone has been looking forward to today (well, tonight) for weeks. I'm a bit of wimp, so I'm not sure how I'm going to do with scary things. Personally I just want to eat candy and meet new people, so we'll see how that goes.

Since I'm in college now, it's natural that I ought to try and find the sexiest Halloween costume I possibly can. After all, as a college girl I've magically become immune to the cold. Therefore, I had to get the most revealing costume possible.

Without further ado...

This is a dinosaur onesie. It's really sexy. 

I'm a terrifying creature. 

I have back spikeys. 

And a tail. RAWR!

Did you actually think I had a sexy Halloween costume? What will you be for Halloween this year?

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

If you haven't checked out part I of the Sweet Electric blog interview, check it out here! Zoe is one of my favourite bloggers and on top of that, is a really nice person. This week is the beauty portion of the ridiculously long list of interview questions I sent her. Exciting!

Beauty Questions:
1. What is one brand/product that has never failed you?

I have a soft spot for MAC as they have some great products but I'd say the one product that hasn't let me down so far is Revlon Colorstay foundation as its one of few bases that stays put on my oily skin.

2. If you could make a magical product that did anything you wanted, what would it to?

I'd love a nail polish that somehow transformed into nail art like maybe a marbling effect. I know you can get nail wraps but if someone invented a polish it would be awesome!

3. What's the closest real-life product to your magical one?

Probably nail wraps but they're quite tricky to apply. 

4. How old were you when you started wearing makeup? How do you feel about young girls wearing it, and do you consider them in posts you write?

I was around 13 when I started wearing makeup. It's a tough one because if I had a young daughter, I wouldn't want her wearing makeup till she was in her teens but I totally understand why young girls want to experiment with beauty products. I think as long as young girls are wearing makeup for themselves and to enhance their features, rather than as a mask then its OK.

5. What is one thing you wish you could change about the beauty industry? Does your position as a beauty blogger influence your opinion? 

I wish makeup/beauty wasn't so ageist. A lot of brands generally don't seem to regard older consumers but age shouldn't be a factor in an ideal world. I might not feel that way if I wasn't a blogger but its something I've definitely noticed more since starting beauty blogging.
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

I know I said no blog post today on Twitter, but I had to share how cute my dorm room is these days. My awesome Aunt Nancy sent the banner (which is above my bed), the glitter spiders, and the glow-in-the-dark nail polish. The nail polish really works, I'm impressed! It's not too obvious or gritty either, which I really like.

The flowers were sent my parents, which was a lovely unexpected surprise. They haven't wilted too badly yet, which is good because I'm awful at keeping plants alive. Ask my mother....

Well, stay tuned for part 2 of Sweet Electric's blog interview tomorrow! If you haven't read Part 1, check it out here.  

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Things went down on Friday. I'm not going to get into details about what exactly happened. I'm not going to name names. I will say a couple of things about it though.

What happens still doesn't seem real to me, yet I know they really did happen. I don't know if I anticipated it, or if I knew something in advance. Maybe I felt something and was ignoring it. Maybe it really was out of the blue. I don't know. The more questions I ask, the fewer answers I figure out.

It's funny how all your plans can get washed away in a second. Weekend plans. Next week plans. Next month plans. Plans in February.  All gone, in a split second. It's funny how I thought things were stable enough that plans could be made that far in advance.

It's strange how everything really does become a memory. I'll treasure those memories for the rest of my life, because I believe everything happens for a reason. I have the most beautiful memories and experiences, and I am grateful.

That doesn't mean I didn't cry Friday. My roommates, friends in other universities, and parents all watched me cry. Everything hurt. It felt like the floor dropped out from under me. I ate a lot of ice cream. You'll actually hear more about that ice cream later this week, if you stick around. A little part of me knew it was stupid to cry. A bigger part of me didn't care.

I spent Saturday night at a family friend's house. It wasn't far from here but it felt like a universe away from this college campus and these college people. At night is was so quiet my ears were ringing. I slept soundly for the first time in months.

This amazing family friend talked with me about what happened. We talked about the past, and growing up Chinese. We talked about her kids. We talked about my mother, who apparently is very good at catching mice and telling stories. We went to the grocery store and she bought me things, and I was so touched I almost cried. There are nice people in this world. Then there are people like this family friend, who I swear ought to be called family.

So, I'm healing. 

Writing this blog post is healing. I don't know how badly I'll regret posting this on the internet, but I think it's important to keep it real. It's my blog, I can post whatever I want on it, darn it.

I'm going to listen to a couple of things that I was told on Friday. The most important one is that I need to make myself happy before worrying about other people. I haven't done that in ages. I'm not going to try to change myself for other people-- you like what you get, or you find someone else.

Most importantly though, I'm going to try to change things. If they work out I will let you know... it's actually quite related to blogging in a way. That's all I can say at the moment until things become clearer... which I'm sure they will, soon enough.

If you can't figure out what I'm talking about in this post, shoot me a tweet at @NatalesM and I'll fill you in.
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Friday, October 24, 2014

 I get a lot of compliments on my lipstick, particularly in regards to stage makeup. Red lipstick is essential to dance stage makeup, and knowing how to apply it is very important.

Red lipstick is pretty unforgiving in terms of staining the skin, so I always use a lip brush. The lip brush pictured above is new to me, my aunt sent it. It's from a brand called Savage Jenny, which looks like it sells amazing cosmetics in general. I suppose their lip brush is so good because their lip product comes in pots. Totally going to try them at some point. Anyways, lip brushes are essential because they give you an excellent degree of control. Look for one that is relatively stiff with a decent point at the end for a precise edge.

The lipstick itself should be as red as possible. Think fire truck.  I'm using M.A.C. Ruby Woo here because I find a matte colour looks nice on stage, and you can always add gloss on top. The lipstick itself can be pretty drying, so wearing some lip balm underneath never hurts.

So: How to Apply Red Lipstick

The first thing to do when applying red lipstick is to define the cupid's bow. Outline it with the pointy part of the brush and cut yourself short on the sides of the lips. It's easier to fill out the lips than it is to remove red lipstick. From there, add short lines to determine where you want your top lip to be filled to. Then, thicken the line.

From here, I normally line my bottom lip because it gives me time to decide if I like the look of my top lip. Line the bottom-most part of your bottom lip that you want to have lipstick on it. From there, fill in the bottom lip. This part is pretty easy-- I personally use downward strokes. After, fill in the top lip.


I don't  use a lipliner because for whatever reason, lipstick does not run/feather on me. I'm not complaining in the slightest... but if it does for you, line your lips first with the same general technique for the top lip as shown above.

Hope you liked this post! I'm going to try to get into more cosmetic/tutorial/product based posts again. Let me know if this is how you apply your lipstick.
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

I have a midterm today, so I decided to spend last night studying. Since I had to take a couple of study breaks, here are some blog posts from other lovely bloggers that you should read!

Oh, and if you haven't checked out my post Yes, I'm Chinese or yesterday's blog interview with Sweet Electric, you really should :D

1. Sweet Electric: Keeping Motivated With Your Blog

I always love motivational posts when it comes to blogging, because I often get very discouraged.

2. Barefoot BlondeAfternoon at the Park

Okay, she has the cutest baby ever. That is all.

3. Hayley EsztiOcean Minded

This post was like a little holiday on the ocean! It was a nice little break.

4. Chow Down By the BayFurla Grand Opening Boston Blogger Event

I wish I had been able to go to this! Chelsea got a new blog layout and I think it's absolutely beautiful!
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

I know yesterday's blog post was a bit different than my usual blog posts, but I still think it was an important post. Since I promised to go back to beauty, here is my list of dream skin care products that I want to try. I've heard amazing reviews about all of them... can anyone tell me how they actually are? Obviously these are a dream list! Getting all of them would break my bank (and really, anyone's bank) in a second flat.

1) Camellia Cleansing Oil

I've mentioned being a huge fan of Tatcha products before on this blog, and I'd love to try this product some day. Oil cleansers are tricky-- some people love them, and some people don't. I use cold creme to get my makeup off, and I'd love to upgrade to something luxurious. Camellia oil is apparently really good for the skin. It has Omega 6 fatty acids in it, and makes the skin very soft.

2) Sea Change Future Youth Serum

Is it a little early to think about anti-aging? Maybe not. It seems logical to me that it's best to preserve youthful skin rather than trying to repair damaged. skin. My aunt recently introduced me to Pacifica, which is a vegan beauty brand. I'm pretty interested in natural beauty, so these products are right up my alley. This serum appeals to me in particular because it is apparently extremely hydrating and quick to apply. Perfect!

3) Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel

I'm pretty sure I used Clinique's  Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel when I was in middle school, but I switched to my trusty (but not fancy) Olay lotion when my dermatologist recommended it. However, I'd like to try the Clinique Gel at night because I don't feel like I get any sort of repair or pamper. Since I'm resting my body when I sleep, I might as well try to treat my skin well at the same time! Then, I'm always being a bit productive.

What do you think? Have you tried any of these? If so, tell me how they are! I know none of the products are terribly revolutionary, but they are definitely dream products for a college student who loves skincare and beauty.
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For anyone who has been reading this blog for any amount of time, you'll know that I absolutely love Zoe's blog Sweet Electric. I reached out to her for a blog interview, and was absolutely amazed that she agreed to do it! I gave her three sorts of questions: blogging questions, beauty questions, and general questions. Below is the blogging questions set... come back next Wednesday for the beauty questions portion!

Q: Who is your blogging inspiration? Were you influenced by anyone to start?

A: I love Temptalia and Makeup Savvy - they both inspired me to start a blog and they're still my favourite bloggers today.

Q: What is one thing you wish you knew when you started?

A: How to be organised - blogging is so much easier if you plan your content. 

Q: What is one piece of advice you would give new bloggers?

A: Don't compare yourself to others - just be yourself and go at your own pace

Q: What is the story behind the name of your blog? How did you come up with it?

A: My blog was originally called the beauty shelf but I decided to change it about six months into blogging as I felt it was slightly generic. I was going to rename it sweet escape but the name was taken and somehow it evolved into sweet electric and I decided to stick with it.

Q: What is the best part about blogging? Why do you do what you do, and what keeps you motivated?

A: I love creating new content, interacting with readers and other bloggers, discovering new brands - there are so many positives!

So Zoe, if you're reading this, a huge thank-you again for agreeing to do this blog interview. For everyone else... who should I reach out to next? 
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Monday, October 20, 2014

The other day, I had someone tell me that, "you're basically white". She justified this by saying that because I wasn't raised by Chinese parents, I'm not culturally Chinese. She herself is culturally and ethnically Chinese.

There's some truth to her claim.  I don't have Chinese parents... or at least, I wasn't raised by them. I was raised by lovely white parents who were very conscious of the fact that they have a Chinese daughter. I'm not culturally Chinese, but I grew up taking language classes, Chinese dance, and well aware of many Chinese cultural values. I'm basically white in that aspect, since I've had to learn about my ethnic culture the way an outsider would.

I'm basically white, except for the fact that when I fill out official documents, my "nationality" is USA but my "ethnicity" is "Asian". Absolutely NO one would believe me if I wrote "white", since a quick glance at me can tell you that I'm not. I'm not sure if it's the almond-shaped eyes, the gold/tan skin, or the naturally black hair... but I'm not "white". On documents, my birthplace isn't somewhere in the USA. I might be a US national, but ultimately my roots are not in this country. 

Once you've opened up the "Asian" can of worms, you have to define which sort of "Asian" you are. No one is just going to accept "Asian" in this day and age. "Asian" is as big of an umbrella as "white", and both are annoying to get thrown under. I'm "Chinese", because it would be a lie to call myself "Japanese" or "Korean". Those labels don't suit me, because I was born in China and am ethnically Chinese. 

Around these parts, I get approached by programs aimed at Chinese international students because I look the part. When I lived in Singapore, people spoke to my parents in English and me in Chinese. Regardless of how "proper" Chinese people with Chinese parents who grew up in China see me, the world sees me as "Asian" at the very least, and generally "Chinese". I might be a fake Chinese to them, but their cultural values created girls like me who reside all over the world. And yes, those girls, like me, are Chinese.

Don't worry, I go back to beauty tomorrow! Also, part 1 of an awesome blog interview with the one and only Sweet Electric will be up on Wednesday :D

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Friday, October 17, 2014

 Yay, free magazine! It looks wonderful

Not the best photo of a very cute sweater from Ann Taylor

Last night I went to an amazing event at the Ann Taylor in the Prudential Centre called Own the Room. I wasn't sure what I was expecting. Since I found out about it through the Boston Bloggers Facebook group (which you should totally join if you're a Boston Blogger), I figured there would be more bloggers there. However, I didn't meet any-- but I might have been talking to the wrong people. Silly me didn't take any photos of the actual event. I was too busy chatting with people.

Everyone who managed to get a seat got a free copy of the October edition of marie claire magazine. There were also abundant sweets, including delicious raspberry macaroons, chocolate-peanut butter bon bons, and these delicious fruit-liquor soaked mini cakes. I did a little shopping and bought myself a new sweater for $20 (it was originally to be sold at $70), so I feel like I got a good deal. I got a free subscription of marie claire for my purchase, which was nice.

I meant to take advantage of the free professional profile pictures being taken, but I missed out. It's okay, I'm sure I'll get them done eventually!

Blue Mercury was there doing mini makeovers, which was super nice. Apparently pink cheeks aren't very professional, though they are very cute. I'm interested in working with them in the future... we'll see how it goes!

We had two wonderful guest speakers, marie claire's marketing editor Brittany Korerski and The Ladder's CPCC & CPRW, Amanda Augustine. They both had a LOT to say about how to look professional! From cleaning up your social media presence to dressing conservatively but fashionably, the panel discussed the ins and outs of looking good in the office. I thought it was really interesting, and since I'm going to enter the workforce soon enough, I took note. The girl next to me actually took notes! I can't blame her though.

I actually Google'd myself this evening at the suggestion of Amanda Augustine and found that I'm not even the top pop-up for my name! There are a couple of blonde girls with very revealing tops on instead... I hope future employers don't think that is me.

Anyways, I had a lovely evening! The event was free and I wasn't paid to promote any bit of it... I just had a great time. Though it wasn't technically a blogger meetup (at all), I'm still glad I went. I think I learned a fair bit.
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

I think I've found the perfect lipstick. Well, it might not be perfect, but it's pretty darn good. I picked this up on Singapore Airline's Kris Shop when we had a bunch of vouchers. Bobbi Brown lipstick in Soft Rose (23) is one of the best lipsticks I have stumbled upon. It's an amazing colour for me!

This is, quite simply, my go-to lipstick. I know I discussed how most of the products I used everyday aren't so fancy, but this lipstick inserts a little bit of glam into my everyday.  Have class and looking tired? It perks my skin up and makes me look much more put together. Have a photoshoot? It photographs amazingly, looks natural enough, and doesn't wear off. Have a date? It transitions from daytime to nighttime well, which means I don't have to run home or carry two lipsticks around in my bag.

I'm not sure how this colour would look on someone without a gold undertone in their skin. It's actually more pink than what it showed up in photos... guess you shouldn't shoot photos on your green textbook! Since I'm essentially an earth tone, I suspect it would look even pinker on someone with lighter skin. Regardless, I think Bobbi Brown lipsticks in general are very nice. My mom has the other two colours that came in the airline three-pack, and she really likes them too. She's always complaining about lipsticks feathering on her, but I haven't heard that about these.

This lipstick is fairly hydrating and has a nice sheen. It's not too shiny or too matte, but it does look nice shiny with a gloss over it. It also doesn't dry the lips out, which is a huge plus for any lipstick. The packaging is very, very tough-- this lipstick survives bouncing around in my bag every day without any signs of wear and wear, which I consider a bonus.

Do you have a go-to lipstick?

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

I'll be the first to admit there is nothing glamorous about today's list of products. They are pretty ordinary, and most of them are quite cheap. However, I don't think it can be denied that they are super useful. The products do their job for sure!

Honestly, I think products like these get overlooked a lot because it's more fun to talk about fancy products and big brands with glittery names. However, these brands are really affordable-- which means more money for splurges on high-end products of interest. While I love high-end products as much as the next beauty blogger, I can't help but thinking that products that I use every day don't have to be super fancy. Do I really need a $50 product for moisturising my elbows?

Without further ado....

This lotion comes in the most enormous bottle imaginable, and lasts basically forever. I bought mine at Bed Bath and Beyond when my parents were in town. This lotion is heavy duty and often saves my skin after rough photo shoots outdoors. It's a bit sticky when first applied, but soaks in and definitely does its job. 

I've been using this moisturiser for about four years, as my dermatologist recommended it to me. I'm a huge fan of this product because it has sunscreen in it. It's also light, soaks in quickly, and doesn't leave a sticky residue. It doesn't smell amazing, but since I tend to wear perfume, it's fine. 

3) Carmex

While  I adore fancy lip products like Tatcha's Camellia Moisturizing Lip Balm, Carmex is my fall back product when my lips get really dry or scaly. I've been wearing a lot of lipstick lately, and it's very drying. I also had this weird patch of red angry skin on the bottom corner of my lip. I don't know what makes Carmex work, but it does.

This is the cheapest eyeliner I have ever used, and it's one of the best. It's not for those new to eyeliner in the slightest- the formula is fairly runny, and the applicator is stiff and requires steady hands. Regardless, I love it. It's a deep black colour, goes on quickly, and doesn't take 10 years to dry. And for $3, who can beat the price?

5) Cetaphil

Cetaphil is the least fancy face wash ever, but it's one of the best.t gets through most makeup with ease, though eye makeup in general requires additional products to remove. Since most days I just wear BB cream and light eyeshadow, Cetaphil does the job. It smells a bit like baby powder, which I'm not a fan of. Anyways, I quite like this product because it gets the job done.

What are your fall back beauty products?

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

I know I've only just started freelance modelling, but after this weekend of shoots it's safe to say that I've figured out what the absolute essentials of it are! I did two shoots- one with the photographer from last week, and one with a new photographer. I got very different images from both, which is important to building a portfolio. Anyways, here are my freelance modelling essentials.

1) A Model Mayhem profile

There are definitely other sites around for freelance models, but I'm on MM and won't be changing any time soon. MM is great because it's very easy to find photographers. Make sure you put your interests into the sidebar- I've been contacted primarily for dance shoots. However, photographers rarely shoot straight up dance, and I get additional photos as well. I'll talk more about MM in another post some day. Be wary of creepy dudes, check references, and bring a friend.

2) A thick skin

Modelling is a competitive industry, and starting out isn't easy. You're going to get rejected. Shoots are going to be in tough conditions. You're going to freeze outdoors in the wind, or sweat it out in the sun. Sometimes people are rude and never reply. There's a lot to suck up, and you have to decide if it's worth it.

3) Enthusiasm

This sounds quite obvious, but freelancing takes a lot of willpower. You're the one setting up these shoots. You're the one making the commitment- and it's all under your name. So, if you don't show up, it's no one's fault but your own. In addition to having willpower, you have to be enthusiastic! Be passionate about what you do. Enjoy it-- you're getting amazing photos from your work (and some non-noobs might even be getting paid). Modelling is as fun as you make it, so if you go into it wanting to have a good time, you will. Stop photographers on the street and make them shoot you in tunnels (like I did above). Take risks-- the worst thing you can get is a bad photo, which you can delete afterwards.
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Friday, October 10, 2014

Dalila Bennett Photography

Okay, I don't have a proper blog post for you all today. It wasn't for lack of trying... it's just that between studying for a last minute quiz and writing for the Quad, I was busy.

What's The Quad?

It's the school magazine! I signed up a few weeks ago,

Yup, in addition to being a freelance model, I'm a freelance writer for The Quad. There might be something coming up in the next few weeks regarding The Quad, but I can't say anything is for certain yet. Check out my article here!

In regards to life updates, I'm working this weekend. I've got one shoot with the photographer who I worked with last weekend, and I have one with a new photographer. I'm really excited about these shoots, and I'll blog about it here.
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Thursday, October 9, 2014

I got nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award!

Thanks Chelsea :D  Chow Down By the Bay, written by wonderful and sweet Chelsea, covers food and fashion in the Boston area. I met up with her for crepes last weekend- simply a lovely woman and great writer.

The Rules of the Award:

1) Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them in your post
2) Share seven things about yourself
3) Nominate some bloggers you admire
4) Contact them and let them know!

Seven things about myself:

1) I lived in Singapore for the last three years of high school, and blogged about it.
2) I'm adopted from China. As I've gotten older, people don't understand my relationship to my parents. In Singapore, I was often mistaken for a tour guide or realtor.
3) I did a giant research paper about Maria Theresa, and one of my dreams is to travel to Vienna and see her tomb.
4) I've learned some Spanish, French, Chinese and Japanese, and I want to start learning Russian.
5) My roommates call me "Black Widow" because I'm a ballet dancer interested in the intelligence community.
6) My high school had this online survey thing to determine the best college for us. Mine was apparently West Point Military Academy.
7) Even though I love beauty and am trying to freelance model, I don't get the fashion world.

Blogs I Admire: The BostonistaSweet ElectricThe Wonder ForestThe PyrefliesBarefoot BlondeBeckyBedbugCole of the Ball

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

My Aunt Nancy simply loves spoiling me with beauty products, and these lovely lip tints are a gift from her. Pacifica  is a cool brand, and one I really admire. It's 100% vegan, which is increasingly appealing in a world in which what goes into makeup is a bit of a mystery. They're also gluten free, which is good if you have a sensitivity.

I wasn't sure how I felt about these lip tints at first, particularly because I couldn't figure out how to get the product to come out. Turns out you twist them at the top. They are also very large, which makes applying the tints precisely quite difficult. Yet, the tints are very sheer so it's not really a problem if it's a bit messy.

The first thing I noticed about these lip tints is how wonderful they smell. The light pink one, Vanilla Hibiscus, is simply heavenly. It smells warm and light, without being overpowering. If I could eat it, I would. The dark pink one, Blood Orange, is a bit of an acquired taste scent wise. It's definitely not my favourite, but the colour is beautiful and the scent isn't overpowering. I'm also not a fan of coconut in general, but Coconut Pearls smells so warm and lovely. It reminds me of smelling coconut oil extraction in Indonesia, which was an amazing process.

The colour is fairly sheer, but still shows up reasonably well. They are slightly shiny, but not overly so. I've actually used Coconut Pearls as a highlighter when I couldn't find my proper one, and it worked quite well. You only need a thin coat of this product. This product is gloriously hydrating. It melts onto the lips in the most pleasant way. You don't need much, and the hydration lasts for hours. I tend to reapply my lip products in between classes, but I can definitely skip it when using these tints.

I 100% recommend you try these! One is $7 on their website, and the tube is massive. I don't feel like I've scratched the surface of Vanilla Hibiscus, which I wear almost every day!
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

My Aunt Nancy (the one who's responsible for sending me those lovely Tatcha products I've posted about before) recently sent me an interesting little article about balancing. Life is a balance of work and play, but those lines blur pretty easily when you're having a good time.

College is crazy. It's a strange period of independence and total dependence for me, and while I'm enjoying it there are times in which I don't know what I'm doing. I want to do everything, but have time for nothing. 

Also, I couldn't resist using a photo from Sunday's photo shoot, which I wrote about yesterday. It's a perfect example of balancing for a split second, and everything appearing just right.  

So, how do you manage to balance everything? I don't know. I'm overwhelmed right now, and I didn't have time to shoot the photos for the blog post I wanted to post today. I've got a sore throat, and I'm really hoping I'm not getting sick. 

However, I suspect something that helps with balancing everything is not taking on too much. There are lots of people like me who are guilty of taking on far too much, and only finding out what "too much" is by breaking. While I've done this in the past, I can't do this now. It's not healthy, and it's not a mature way of handling things. Instead, I'm focusing on what makes me happy.

Thankfully, this blog comes right after schoolwork (which dance now is) in terms of importance. So even though I'm scattered today, I'm going to get myself together for tomorrow. I've got an awesome lip product I've been meaning to review for ages. I've got dry weather tips. I've got "products that aren't glamorous, but 100% functional", title to be shortened. I'm excited. Being excited for something makes it a joy to do, and when it's fun, how can I complain about working?

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Monday, October 6, 2014

My very first professional shoot was a TFP (trade for picture/print) yesterday morning with Ikonas Photography. Check out one of the photos we got from yesterday! We met at 7am on the Cambridge side of the Charles River, and it was pretty cold out. It was hard to find a good place to shoot, so we ended up climbing over the fence of the BU Boat House and shooting there. Thankfully we did not get busted for trespassing-- and the images are simply wonderful.

Therefore, I can now officially call myself a freelance model/dancer. I have a ModelMayhem profile, which I actually set up when I was back in Singapore but never activated. Through MM, I have been contacted by several photographers. Julius was not actually supposed to be my very professional first shoot- I had another photographer cancel on me Friday due to family emergency. However, I don't think I could have asked for a better starting experience!

Here's the thing about freelancing- it's not the easy way to go. It's probably easier to get an agent, but you seriously lack the flexibility you get with freelancing. If I don't want to shoot with someone, I don't have to. I can build my portfolio as quickly or slowly as I want, and there's no pressure from anyone to do anything I don't want to. Freelancing doesn't pay well to start (I didn't get paid for this shoot, and I don't expect to get paid in the near future), but it eventually will pay for itself in regards to clothes/shoes/makeup necessary to start. I'm definitely finding that dance is an asset to this business.

I'll probably do a bit of a series about freelance modelling, but these are just my starting experiences. I'm pretty proud of myself for deciding to do this, and even though it was an early morning, it was worth it!

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Hello there!

Long story short, I got talked into vlogging by a couple of my blogger friends. So, I went ahead and did it! It was a pretty scary experience because I'm a bit camera shy, and I know I blabbed on and on.

Let me know what I can do to be a better vlogger. I'm not sure if I'm going to do it every couple of days or what, but every day doesn't seem practical because it takes so long to upload. Plus, college.

Thanks for watching,
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Friday, October 3, 2014

A couple of weeks ago, I went to Newbury Street here in Boston and popped into Lush. I bought the Lush Hair Doctor! Now that I've gone through the container, I'm going to really discuss this product in terms of what I think a product like this should do.

Shininess: Yes! My hair has been so much more shiny since using this product. I tend to have shiny hair anyways, but I noticed a difference after the first time I used this product. What's nice is that the shininess doesn't wash away-- even after a couple of washes, it's still better than before.

Softness: Yes! My hair is definitely softer since using this product.

Hair Fall: Maybe. I'm notorious in my family as a shedder, and I've noticed my hair seems to be falling out less. However, I recently moved back to the States, and my hair apparently enjoys falling out after international moves. So, I might just be adjusting back to the water.

Hair Strength: Maybe. This will come more with having a healthier scalp. I do think less hair is breaking based on the amount that comes off in my brush, but I can't confirm.

Sensitive Skin: Not necessarily. I have pretty sensitive skin and I didn't react to this product in a negative way, but I can definitely see (based on the ingredient list) that you could be allergic to some of the stuff in this hair mask.

Ease of Use: You need to wash your hair twice with shampoo to get it all out. I figured this out the second time using the product when I still had residue on my scalp! If you really massage it into the scalp, you need to wash it out thoroughly.

Purchase Again: Yes, with reservations. I used this product three times, and it was $15. So that's $5 a use, which is pretty steep in my book. I would get it if I felt like my hair was being really beaten up by the wind or the blowdryer, but I don't know if it's 100% necessary for non-dyed, non-heat treated hair. It is very fun to use and feels quite luxurious, which I like!
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Thursday, October 2, 2014

My five fast tips:

1. Don't cake on the foundation or apply 10,000 layers of mascara. Enhance, don't recreate.

2. Be nice to your skin. You've only got one face, so take care of it! Pat it gently rather than rubbing harshly.

3. Beauty is composed of a number of things, but a good diet really shines through. Fruits and veg, with lots of vitamins and minerals, are great for the skin and body in general.

4. Don't let nasty makeup from the day sit on your face all night clogging your pores. Let your skin breathe at night, it will thank you.

5. If all else fails, a bold lip will draw attention towards your lips and away from you dark circles!
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Sometimes, it's hard to stay inspired as a blogger. Actually, sometimes it's hard to stay inspired as a person. As a college student, I'm constantly being told I'm full of potential. However, as I write this blog post last minute on the floor of my dorm with my roommates laughing at stupid YouTube videos, I question this.  It's so easy to get dragged down into negativity here. 

The way I stay inspired as a person is to remember the incredible things people can do. On the top left, a tiny island in Borneo transformed into a luxury paradise while helping conserve sea turtles. On the top right, the longest wall mankind has ever built in China. On the bottom left, a  beautiful horse carving in England in a wall. On the bottom right, possibly the most impressive-- in Turkey, fairy chimneys rising into the sky that early Christians lived out their lives.

It's easy to feel small when considering such amazing things. It's easy to think that it's impossible to accomplish anything on that great a scale. As a blogger, it's easy to feel like I'll never be read by anybody. However, at one point, the people who innovated and invented the things we marvel at today were people like us. They probably weren't sure what they were doing. They probably weren't sure what impact they would have on people after them. But they impacted me for a moment, or a lifetime, and I felt the need to capture their achievements in a photograph. They did something.

I will do something. I will blog, create photographs and do something that makes me happy. Even if those things aren't worthy of other people's time, it will be worth my time. So, it's worth it. 

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