Rope twist braids

When we were kids, my sister had a Pocahontas doll with a styling attachment that twisted her hair into these lovely plaits. I thought they’d be a good idea for my daughter’s hair so off to youtube.

I did not do the zig zag part thing (HA HA HA, the very thought of attempting that!) Since this was my first time doing this I made a plain one on the side of her head, and then another. Then I decided to try the “gathering up into the twist” on the other side and that wasn’t any harder to do and it makes a sort of crown around her head, taking her hair far away from her face. I heavily wet her hair before starting to keep all the hairs in one place.

two rope twist braids down the side

two rope twist braids down the side

French rope twist braid around the side of the head

French rope twist braid around the side of the head

The secret is “turn right, twist left”.

New smokey eye technique

The amusement park was in town a few weeks ago and we took the kids so I needed battle paint to feel capable all day long. I chose this smokey eye from Cynde Watson because her looks are dummy proof. I used a dark teal for the smokey part and a light gold for the inner corner. Other than that I followed her instructions exactly. The trick for this look is to use the brushes exactly like she says.

teal smokey eye

teal smokey eye

French braid forehead crown

I did this one on my daughter and she said it was beautiful.

I don’t flat iron her hair, I spray her hair with water, and I pulled the braid tight.

To give my daughter’s hair some texture, detangle, grip and hold, I use my own spray mixture of one bottle water + one good size squirt of hair conditioner. Mix well.

Moving week

We’re moving this week. The stress has been so much that I’m now self-medicating with peanut butter straight out of the jar. Well, it’s wowbutter, a soy substitute that tastes acceptably similar, for those of us with a peanut allergy.

The only upside is that the kids are so excited that they’re packing too.

Downside: Hubby has invited his entire work crew over for a housewarming party a few days after we move in thereby leaving me with less than enough time to set up.

Moderate upside: Hubby promised he’d do the kitchen ALL BY HIMSELF and oh boy am I ever going to let him do exactly that.

I wrapped all the paintings in the fitted sheets and blankets.

I put Steve, the 13 inch model skeleton for our anatomy lessons, in a traveling makeup case that I bought specifically for him. Then I packed all my lipsticks in around him.

I packed my daughter’s Barbie furniture in boxes inside all the winter mittens and hats.

Today I guess I’m making the final approach and dumping whatever’s left inside pillow cases. I’ve been wrapping delicates for a month and the rest will survive the short trip to our new house, even in a crowded pillow case. Hubby keeps saying “Don’t worry, I’ll just pick it up and put it in the car” but he seems to have zero concept that most things need to be wrapped or your entire box and car will smell like the broken perfume bottle.

I’ve thrown out all the empty boxes I’d been saving that just aren’t any decent size to pack stuff in.

Avon candy sorbet lip gloss review, no swatches

little tubes of gloss

little tubes of gloss


They were on sale for $3 ea and I needed a pick me up so I ordered all 4. I figured if I didn’t like a colour I could give it to my daughter.

Peach: Looks cherry-orange in the tube but goes on more sheer, a kind of pink-coral that looks quite cheerful and summery.

Fudge: Awesome light-med brown colour with a gold sheen over it. A very perfect colour for me because I have brown eyes and dark hair and brown is the only safe way for me to wear a dark lipstick. Not a fan of the fake chocolate smell though.

Plum Pop: Disappointing. A lovely mauve/dusty rose colour in the tube but goes on like a kid’s purple marker.

Sweet Tart: Surprising. I thought I would look like a 3 year old ice princess but this frosty pink is fine for a 30+ year old. It gives me movie star lips.

Knit seahorse free pattern

My kids think I have knitting superpowers so last week my son asked me to knit a seahorse for his dragon Blue. I balked because I imagine that this pattern will be difficult and complicated. Not to mention scarce. I told him I would check the computer and if I didn’t find a pattern he’d be outta luck.

The internet coughed up this relatively simple pattern as option #2.knit seahorse

knit seahorse free pattern

knit seahorse free pattern

knit in two pieces

knit in two pieces

I didn’t have enough blue yarn to do up the whole seahorse so it’s a multicoloured affair. I found that the knitting part wasn’t too bad but sewing the two pieces together was a bitch. I used 3.25 mm needles and Bernat yarn.

This is where I found the pattern http://www.nopatternrequired.com/2010/05/vintage-crafty-saturday-free-seahorse-goldfish-knitted-softies-pattern/

Retro braids

In my youtube quest for hairstyles for my daughter’s super straight hair I found this woman, Cinthia Truong. She’s magic. I would bet money that anyone could do her hair styles.

I picked this one

but did it lower on my girl’s head because her hair isn’t as long. I joined both braids in the back with an elastic. Also, Cinthia is an “underbraider” and I’m an “overbraider”. Doesn’t make a lick of difference, I still got the same look. Which my daughter loved.

adding hair to the braid into the bottom strand only

adding hair to the braid into the bottom strand only


The next day I tried something different and added the hair to the braid from the top only. The end result is not as sturdy so if you were doing it you’d probably need hairspray. retro braids, add from the top

Futuristic French manicure “going off the rails on a crazy train”

My daughter and I love to watch the mark. makeup videos together. Her because she’s a prima dona who loves and understands all things of the mystical, beautiful feminine; me because I have no effing clue what’s going on.

I recently gave her the summer triangle manicure http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cS0tqf6N4Z0&list=UUVnHJlLh0T4vPP1PexHg0ag&index=10 and chose this futuristic french for myself because she wanted to paint my nails. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpzUxnvV_B0&list=UUVnHJlLh0T4vPP1PexHg0ag

This is what I look like.

4 year old done manicure

4 year old done manicure

As she’s painting, I hear her singing what sounds an awful lot like Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train”. I think, that can’t be, she’s 4. But I do listen to the classic rock station in the car, so it’s always possible. I youtubed the video just to check and sure enough, that was the song. I also found out where she learned it when she pointed at Ozzy and called him Megamind. I guess they play Crazy Train in that movie.

Then we played air guitar and air drums as we sang along.

That’s my girl.

Sunblock infinity scarf

I got the idea to do this while I was checking out the new mark. Avon catalogue and it contained an infinity scarf for the season. The thing has a flower motif and I don’t wear flower stuff except for the dandelions and clovers that my kids pick for me. Those I put in my hair.

I have also been having difficulty this year with my décolleté skin: it burns. A nice infinity scarf, looped over this delicate area from my clavicles to my shirt would solve all my problems. Plus I’d have an extra accessory.

I began with a blue scarf I already owned.

diy infinity scarf

diy infinity scarf

Making sure to keep the scarf from getting twisted, I circled the scarf back on itself about a foot and sewed it together at the two red lines.

wear instructions

wear instructions

Place scarf around neck, twist in middle and loop second circle over head.

the full coverage

the full coverage

Adjust both circles as desired. This is the “protect my chest from the sun” setup.

the slightly looped

the slightly looped

This infinity scarf will also protect the back of your neck if you’re gardening.

DIY Dove body wash from Dove soap bar

Dove Body Wash

Dove Body Wash

My favourite soaps are the Dove soaps: bar for handwashing, liquid body wash in the shower. I need the moisturizing soaps or my skin would fall apart. The downside of a moisturizing bar soap is that it cracks and breaks apart while there is still 25% of the bar left. I hate to fiddle with little shards of soap so as soon as that happens I replace the bar.

Not wanting to waste perfectly good soap, I break the pieces as small as I can get them, pop them into an empty pump bottle that I have and just barely cover them with water. Leave this on a window sill for a few days, shake and voilà! Dove Body Wash. Just keep adding more shards as they become available.