October 08, 2013

Random | Not Having the Right Equipment

Hey, guys! Today I wanted to talk a little about how I blog.
I preface this by saying I'm not trying to make excuses. These are just facts.

A couple posts ago I wrote a Random Facts tag. In the tag, I talked about my love of starting new hobbies and not actually doing the hobbies. You can almost say my hobby is to collect the equipment required for various hobbies. :)

In 2010, I spent a lot of money collecting make-up. At one point that year, I purchased over $300 of mica and other chemicals so that I could press pigments. I've purchased an insane amount of fabric, and yes I have attempted to make things like quilts and cloths but I've never completed anything that I'm proud of.

I love trying new things but I get frustrated with myself when I'm not proficient after one go. Ridiculous but that's just me.

I want to blog but sometimes I have no idea what I want to write about. I loved writing about my Accutane treatment but now that it's over I need to find something new. I'm not a blogger that writes just to write. I can't even say that I'm good at writing but I love talking to you guys. Forgive my grammar mistakes. I do try to proof read my posts after writing them but I get excited and hit 'publish' more, often then not, too soon.

One of the major benefits of having a blog is that you can blog  about anything. It can be beauty, technical, an archive of your thoughts or treatments. You just have to let your mind wonder. Your blog grows/matures as you do. You can modify the direction you want to take your blog easily. No apologies are required.

I had promised myself that I would wait until I knew I was committed to blogging before I purchased an expensive camera or desktop I have hobby commitment issues. I can't believe I was so afraid to do what I'm best at. Over-investing.

When it came time to renew my contract, I purchased the name of my blog, it was a surprise how long it took me to renew. I took a fair bit of time to really think if I wanted to continue blogging. My answer obviously was yes.

Okay... So, how does the magic happen?

Currently, I'm using a very old PC that is on its last leg. I can't even fully use the mouse. Prior to blogging at home, I had been blogging on the Dell PC we have at work that was basically built for 'gaming'. The software that it runs is pretty crazy and I runs like a dream. I've been trying to put a stop to blogging at work even if it is during my 'off' hours because it's not appropriate.

The camera that I use is a basic point and shoot (Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS 12.1MP Digital Camera - Black) that I purchased last year.

What amazing editing software do I use? Let me tell you. It's called Word. What?? Ya, Microsoft Word. Can't use it to check my spelling but I do use it to edit photos.

I have an Ottlite VisionSaver Plus Preston Desk Light that I use when taking pictures. It will one day give me a seizure. Upon turning the death lamp on it flashes like crazy.

And that's it. That's how I create the magic of blushing appraisal.

I do my own HTML edits. I have been tempted to pay someone to professionally edit my blog but I'm conflicted. Editing the HMTL code is super fun! I don't know why I love it so much. Not true. I love change. I love changing the look of my blog and that's probably why I can't justify paying someone. :(

My blog is small but I love it. I'm so happy that I started. If you don't have a blog... What are you waiting for? It's rewarding in more ways than you might think. It's not about receiving products or money. I've been offered to review products/services. The beauty is, I get to choose.
I am blushing appraisal.... geez that sounded scary.
Any-hoo, talk to you soon Pretty Bee!

October 05, 2013

Update | Bang Day!

So I've changed my hair.
Every two years I get bangs and usually I love the look. This year I haven't really been feeling them. Which totally sucks because I've had the itch for a while now.

Back in 2011, I had bangs and they grew out. One night at approximately 3:00am I decided to grab a pair of scissor and butcher my hair.

I'm not really feeling them. Every time I wear them down I feel a little suffocated.

 I think we all know that I'm pretty lazy with my hair. I thought that getting bangs would force me to  do my hair. Technically, I do "do" my hair but not my whole head.

I usually only straighten the bangs and sides.

What do I do with the rest of it? I put it into a messy bun and call it a day. Honestly, it looks a little better than what I had been doing which was nothing.

Every now and again I will straighten the rest of my hair. Usually it takes a whole 15 mins. Seriously 15min...  For some reason I can't seem to make the time.

When I didn't have bangs I loved wearing my hair straight but now I think it's just too much for my face. I feel like cousin IT. Bangs are a heavy look to wear....you can wear them edgy or girly. Frankly, I'm finding it hard to find a style. I know, you don't have to say it. I'm weird.

Sometimes I love them... some days I pin them back.... Ah... And other days I wonder what possessed me to do this to myself.

What do you think? Do you like or hate them?

October 03, 2013

Skincare | Keeping it simple

So, what’s up with my skincare routine now that I’m done Accutane? Well it’s changed quite a bit over the last 6 months. I have gotten lazier than I ever could have imaged!!

I remember a while back I made an evil comment about Vichy Dermablend products being over hyped water. Since my skin has been on the mends and requires very little effort I started using the Deep Cleansing Gel. What does it do for my face… well let me tell you… very close to nothing! Which is perfect for me right now. Once I’m done my current bottle I am planning on upgrading to something more luxurious. I use it morning and night to remove my makeup or if I'm feeling gross.

I still use cleansing water from time to time but because I'm no longer using a lot of makeup/heavy makeup. I don't feel I need it.

My moisturizer, night cream, eye cream... and spf is currently the original Nivea Creme. FYI, there is no SPF in it. I'm a very bad girl.

I think the total cost of my skin is well below $100. Before Accutane I would guess it cost around $300.

Well... I've shared. What are you using to wash your face?
Any recommendations?

October 02, 2013

Health | Brazilian Bikini Bottom

So... Today was supposed to be bang day.... Hair people. Get your mind out of the gutter. I can't find my camera cord or even my USB converter.

I'm super annoyed with myself.

Anyway, I've noticed that October is the turning point in health for many Northerners.
 I start in August.

The long pants come back. We sport thicker socks and ponchos. Some of us stop using self-tanner on our legs. We start eating more...

In contrast March is when we start hitting the gym and fad dieting.

This year I have a big motivator to get fit. It's called a Brazilian Bikini Bottom. Deadline? Second week of January 2014.

This is going to be a sad story.
Like I've said before I'm small/petite. I've never been athletic or enjoyed 'exercising'. I'm like a greyhound. Sleek... *cough* ....was, am natural sprinter... *cough* ....was, and I'm super lazy.
A couple weeks ago I decided it was about time I took a vacation outside of Canada. My sister and I decided Puerto Rico was going to be our destination. I hit the mall in search of a bathing suit. Believe it or not but I've never owned a bikini. EVER.

I stopped at Bikini Village and fell in love with two bathing suits.
I really believed I looked cute in the Brazilian Bikini Bottom but it was the smoked mirrors and dimmed lights that confused me. When I got home I was devastated with how my butt looked.
Now I need to explain something... Obviously we work with what we have and for me my butt and hair colour have always been what I like about my body.

I decided at that moment, staring at my butt, I needed to step it up. I've really been letting myself go compared to what I was.

I've been working out everyday since then.

My 'workout', if you can call it that since we all know I'm lazy, goes as follows:
100 jumping jacks
25 table top crunches (clap hands together under legs)
35  hip-thigh Raise
3-20 sec plank
25 push ups
1 min bridge
50 Squats
1 min wall squat
+Various leg workouts, I don't know the proper names
Repeat 'till I die.

TMI moment, I work out in the Brazilian bikini bottom. :)
It forces me to focus.

Happy work outs.
Bye for now.

October 01, 2013

Final Accutane Post

Hey there!

Long time, no talk. It’s been more than 3 months since my last Accutane post and this final update post is ridiculously overdue!

 My Accutane journey began in November and was what my dermatologist considered ideal. I didn't have any severe reactions to medication. If I recall correctly, I didn't experience any symptoms or noticeable improvements until I was a little past my 3 months mark.

Some of the symptoms I developed were dryness, dehydration, slightly low energy levels, some skin sensitivity; dry nose, upset stomach and a little more hair fall out than usual.

Now I’m definitely not going to sit here and say that I was the prefect patient when I was on the treatment. I tried to listen to my body. In the fifth month when my doctor upped my dosage I was careful to not take the extra pills unless I felt perfectly healthy. I believe that doctors do want what’s best for us but it is important to pay attention to what your body is trying to tell you.

Month 1
I was more than a little excited to start working on my skin.
 I was constantly washing my face and looking in the mirror.

Month 2
My skin felt smoother and scabs healed faster than usual. 
I did experience some minor break outs but I was happy with the progress.

Month 3
I started off the year with high hopes that my skin would improve dramatically. 
Sadly, I constantly felt very sick.

Month 4
This is when I started to feel comfortable with my skin. 
I started wearing less make-up and started to do my eyebrows! I apologize for the hideous caterpillars that I was showing you previously.
 I also became very lazy with my skincare.

Month 5
This is when other people really started to notice and comment on how amazing my skin looked.

Month 6
I honestly was sad to see Accutane go. I was also a little disappointed with how my skin looked after the acne was gone. 
I constantly thought about the times I picked at my skin. Or the giant nodes I use to get and how I would pierce them.

After Accutane
After I finished the treatment I felt extremely bitter. Accutane has a way of maintaining the appearance of your skin but once I was done it took a long time for it to balance out again. 

So, what has Accutane done for me? Well I have no node breakouts. No puffiness. My hair is growing like a weed now. My skin is normal and I have gotten even lazier with my skin. The bad? Prior to starting Accutane I had a very slight sensitivity to dairy. Guess what? I’m very close to being a full-fledged lactose intolerant. Just a couple more months and I promise you I will be. The odd thing is that only certain dairy products really upset me… like milk, yogurt and ice cream. There are other yummy foods out there but I’m a little sad.

Acne is odd. It affects your self-esteem when you have it and even now I constantly feel like I’m being robbed. I was such a happy outgoing individual and now I’m very reserved. I force myself daily to be a little more social and put myself out there but frankly it’s difficult. I have become accustom to being solo, only Mr. B and my family to keep me company.

I'm glad to be back.
I've missed you.