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Friday, January 30, 2015

I'm officially getting over the flu. And while I'm delighted to be able to breathe through my nose and not have a fever, it does mean I have to get up and start doing things again. Unfortunately, I still look pretty sick. Thankfully, there's a solution. Makeup to the rescue!

Here's a quick walkthrough for how to look healthy when you're under the weather. I came up with this look yesterday morning when I wanted to go to ice-skating class and not be accused of being a zombie. 

1) Complexion

I don't want to wear a full face of makeup when I'm sick, but I'm sure as heck concealing the dark circles, red nose (for what it's worth until I blow my nose again), and weirdly patchy skin. Concealer is your friend, just make sure you blend it out really well. Remember that you're probably a bit paler than usual, so if you've got two concealers, use the lighter of the two. 

2) Colour

When I get sick, everyone knows it. It's mostly because I complain nonstop to anyone that will listen, but it's also because I get white as a sheet. To balance this out, swipe a thin layer of powder that is as dark as your maximum natural tan over your cheeks, nose, chin and forehead. Blend out like crazy, and suddenly you're back to normal. 

3) Eyes and Lips
I'm really lazy when it comes to eye makeup in general, but when I'm sick I don't want to do much of anything. So, I swiped the middle colour over my eyes to conceal the veins and tiredness. If you want to add eyeliner and mascara, go to town. I personally don't want to risk irritating my eyes while already sick. 

Lips:  Apply a tinted lip balm or lip gloss that's slightly darker than your natural lips. You don't want too bold of lips or it just highlights how pale you are. However, a bit of colour will help brighten the face. 

Hope you are staying healthy this season, but if you have gotten sick, that this helps! I'm excited to get back into blogging again after a huge lack of motivation plus sickness. More is on the way :D

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Thankfully, I've never been run over by a bus.

 However, I think I've been run over by the virus equivalent-- the flu. Total exhaustion started last night after a dance, and since then, I've been mostly in bed or shuffling to the bathroom to get some water. Does anyone know of any ways to feel better?

I'm going to try to post tomorrow because we're supposed to get a blizzard, but in the meantime I'm going to lie low and work on getting better.

Here are quick reminders for preventing the flu, so you don't end up like me.

1. Wash your hands constantly!
2. Don't touch your mouth, eyes or nose.
3. Stay away from people who are infected.
4. Wipe down commonly touched surfaces (door handles) with disinfectant wipes.
5. Clean your phone! Who knows what germs are on there.

~I'm not a health expert, those are just some quick tips I learned from my mother~
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

I've received a couple of blogger awards from fellow bloggers in the community... and I'll get around to them eventually. I feel bad, but I don't know how to fill out the little game and I apparently don't read enough small blogs to pass the reward on. However, I do have random facts about myself to share for today.

1. My adoption day was yesterday, January 20th. That's the day my parents picked me up in China! I have photos from that day, but I really don't want to post them. Because, you know, they are my baby photos

2. I must use a paper daily journal, or I have no idea what's going on in my life. My 2015 one is in the mail, and in the mean time I'm flailing around.

3. 2/3 of the boys who liked me when I was a little girl turned out to be gay. So that's something.

4. I was student of the week in middle school once. I was also in student council in grades 3-5.

5.  Despite being an International Relations student, I've never done MUN and honestly don't know exactly what it is.

6.  The schools I'm applying to in the UK are the only ones that have my specific degree combination. I didn't know about my current top pick when I first considered applying, because my interests were slightly different.

7. I have naturally wavy hair and occasionally wake up with random half-curls.

8. I used to be on swim team as a child, but hate swimming now because it gets my hair wet.

9. When I was 5, I was 42 inches. That means I've grown the length of an American Girl Doll (18 inches) between being 5, and my current height.

10.  I love sweets and my favourite treat is a macaroon.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

I made a vlog today instead of a Nerd Makeup Series post! I'm trying to figure out how to make makeup tutorials for those. That way, I can have video instructions and text instructions... which would be really handy.

If anyone wants to give me character suggestions, please do. I'm looking for female characters only with something distinct about their appearance. I can try doing their hairstyles too, but obviously I'm not dying my hair blonde to be Cinderella. That is simply too much.

This vlog is especially for my friend Chelsea, who I'm trying to convince to make videos as well. I'm going to include her link here, because you should check out her wonderful blog. This is also because I hosted #USBloggerChat last night and we talked about videos. All that discussion made me really want to make a video. So, here it is.
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Thursday, January 15, 2015

My mother and aunt are great beauty resources. Since I'm sick, I'm going to borrow their beauty knowledge for this post. Here are five quick tips they've told me over the years!

1) Put used tea bags under your eyes to get rid of puffiness.

2) Don't use hot rollers on your hair every day.

3) Keep your hair long enough that humidity doesn't turn you into a lion.

4)  Don't over-wash your face. If you have dry skin, before bed might be enough.

5) If you do nothing else, straighten your back and present yourself elegantly.

Are these old-fashioned? I don't think most of us use hot rollers every day anymore, but not using heat constantly on one's hair is a very good tip. The tea bags under eyes is a New Englander trick that goes along nicely with the motto "Waste not, want not".

I have to confess number 3 is something my mother learned in Singapore. Her hair was quite short initially and the humidity was hard on it. I made fun of her for being a lion for months before her hair finally grew out... for her sake, I won't post a picture.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

I've got a cold. Or something.

All I know is that I've been sick for roughly ten days, and while I feel a lot better than I did before, I still have to take a nap in the afternoon or I'm a wreck.

I've tried everything I can think of to kick this annoying cold. The other night, I realised a lot of these cold remedies have beauty applications as well. Healthy Natalie and pretty Natalie obviously go hand-and-hand. Therefore, these must go together, right?

1) Honey

Honey is an excellent cold remedy. If you've got a sore throat or cough, taking a teaspoon of honey every couple of hours will help you get rid of it. My beekeeper family friend says eating local honey can help get rid of seasonal allergies, too. Honey doubles as a beauty product because it helps get rid of acne. Smear a bit onto spots to help them go away, or mix into homemade face-masks.

2) Hot Bath

Hot baths are good for colds because it warms you up! It also allows you to breathe in plenty of warm steam, which helps clear the sinuses and stops coughing. Hot baths are good for the skin when you add epson salts or a bath bomb. Soak up!

3) Hot tea

Hot tea is another good cold remedy. Warm drinks help keep the upper respiratory tracks moist which can stop a cough. Drinking hot tea can keep one hydrated, which is good for the skin. If you drink green tea, you can benefit from the antioxidants as well.

Sorry no pictures today, I'll try to get some up later. Very tired of feeling like total rubbish. Hope everyone else is having a wonderful week!
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Friday, January 9, 2015

Snow White is a classic Disney princess. She's beautiful, graceful, can sing wonderfully, and has lots of little animal friends to help her out. Sadly I don't have cute little animal friends to help me find my way in a dark forest, but with the help of makeup I can look pretty close to Snow White. Disney is considered "nerdy", right? Well, I think dressing up like a Disney princess is a bit nerdy so....

I decided to curl my hair for this look because Snow White has some sort of wavy bob going on. I've got pretty long hair, so I decided curls were the next best thing. I used the new curling wand that I showed in this video, and I have to say I think they turned out pretty well. Waves would also be nice for this look. 

Snow White has amazing eyelashes, which serve as the main feature to her eye makeup. I decided to double-wing my eyeliner and apply lots of mascara. An extra coat on the outer lashes make them more flirty. The skin is meant to be "white as snow", which I interpreted as semi-matte and a shade lighter than my natural skin colour. Lips are straightforward: "red as blood", or the most red colour you've got. Since my M.A.C. Ruby Woo is hanging out in my desk in Boston, I went for a lip crayon. Snow White has interesting blush placement. She blushes from the sides of her face in the movie, which means very little colour on the apples of the cheeks. Rather, blush from the top of the ear to mid-cheek (and a very red blush at that) makes the look. 

"Skin as white as snow, lips as red as blood, and hair as black as ebony."

Let me know if you like this look, and who your favourite Disney princess was growing up! I loved Mulan, and she's technically a "Disney Princess". I also liked Snow White and Ariel. 

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Hi guys! This is my first attempt at a haul video. I actually bought less stuff than I thought, but it's still a decent amount of stuff. I'm getting over a cold, so I sound like a frog, but that's okay!

Hope you liked me video! Tomorrow's Nerd Makeup is going to be cute :D
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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Something I have decided to do more in 2015 is talk about adoption. I'm adopted from China, and I'm proud of that. It's something that makes me unique, and a major part of Chinese history. It's hard to find a wife in China right now because there are so many "missing" women-- women that were aborted, killed or abandoned in infancy? I'm part of that history... and that's kind of neat. 

Yes, I was adorable. Thank you. 

Growing up, I got asked a lot of questions about being adopted. I understand some of these questions stem from curiosity. However, they're pretty rude to ask when you don't know me very well. Also, the fact that I still get asked this stuff in college is concerning. I don't ask what time you were born or anything personal like that, so please don't ask me (or any adopted person) these questions. I've got my default answers next to some of the most common questions I've been asked. 

1. "How much did you cost?" (Children are not handbags. I was not purchased at a baby mall.)

2. "Did you know you were adopted?" (I'm Chinese. My parents are white. I'm not blind.)

3. "Did you speak Chinese?" (I was eight months old. Did you speak English at 8 months old? )

4. "What about your REAL mom?" (She lives in NJ, wears turtle glasses, is blonde, and is awesome.)

5. "So, you're going to adopt, right?" (Being adopted does not influence if I want biological children.)

6. "Are you actually Chinese?" (Yes. Yes I am.)

7. "Are you going to find your birth mother?" (What makes you think she can be found?)

So, there are some questions I've been asked since I was a very little girl. Hopefully this post clears up some confusion about what NOT to ask adopted people. Speaking of being a little girl, here's a picture of me at Disney World when I was five. Maybe all adoption-related posts will have a cute picture of me as a little girl at the end. 

Yes, I was adorable. Thank you. 

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Why hello there! I've been busy in the kitchen since coming home from break, and I've decided to share some of my creations here on the blog. In all honesty, this blog would focus more on food (or I'd be a food blogger) if I had access to a kitchen most of the time. Since I don't, I have to get all my baking done when I do have a kitchen... which I have since I've been home!

My father and I made cinnamon rolls! They were simply delicious :D

I saw this interesting stovetop cookie recipe online, and was dying to try it. It's from a lovely lady called CutiePieMarzia, and while the recipe wasn't my favourite, it was still good fun. It was also a good chance for me to try out my zoom lens. Fancy photos coming up!

I'm probably going to be making Hokkaido Cream Cupcakes at some point, so I'm sure I'll post photos of that as well. Maybe someday I'll turn this into a beauty and baking blog. Can you think of anything more girly? Gee... I can't. 

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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Here's my first go at live-action characters! Mariko and Yukio are both from The Wolverine and represent the two totally different women. They are both pretty in different ways... and of course Mariko has this completely flawless complexion that was very hard to mimic.

Mariko is the heir to her grandfather's company, making her the most powerful woman in Asia. She's delicate and extremely beautiful, but able to defend herself with grace. Mariko is basically everything Westerners want Japanese women to be. Well, I'm sure Japanese women wouldn't mind being Mariko as well. Whatever.

Yukio is her adopted sister. She kind of looks like a fox (hence a ton of contouring) with a narrow face and red hair. Yukio is a master with the katana and very smart. She's got cooler makeup than Mariko and seems to be her exact opposite.

I had more fun with Yukio's makeup because I'm pretty new to contouring. The trick is to not put too much powder on the brush because you can always add more later. Mariko's makeup is essentially concealer and BB cream, plus a thin line of black eyeshadow. To make the eyes a bit more flirty, only put mascara on the outer lashes.

This post was supposed to go up on Friday, but my computer currently hates me. Is anyone else having problems with the new Mac update? Let me know, please.

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