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Winter DIY: When Boredom Strikes…

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As you can see, I was clearly very bored. But also quite productive. I used objects and material which I thought could be revamped by colours and accessories, specifically for use during this absolutely freezing, and quite depressing, time of year. I decided to decorate my mug and beanie (yes I stayed on the safe side)!!!

Bookeater Sharpie Mug

I usually drink something hot and sweet whilst I’m reading and I thought I would exhibit my love for reading through my mug. My mug is quite messy but I love it like that because I feel that it describes moi. I mean, I love reading, I doodle a lot and I’m a fool for things which look simple yet edgy. Also, I do believe that I did my not-so-pretty mug some justice (cue happy high-schooler squeal after a drastic makeover).

What I did: I just doodled whatever (a stack of books and a huge heart in my case) I wanted on my mug with a sharpie and then heated the mug in the oven for about 30 minutes (as to set the design). Aaaand voila! I was really impressed with it, considering it was my first time permanently doodling on an object that I would be using. (Though I try to limit its usage as I am very scared the design will fade so TIP: Don’t be a Lara. Buy an oil-based marker.)

Black Beatles Beanie

Now as for my black beanie, which can be purchased anywhere, I just simply fastened a badge of the animated members of The Beatles to the side of my beanie. I thought placing the badge on the side would make the beanie look more mature, if ya know what I mean. Once again, I found this presentation of it quite simple – yet edgy.

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Song in my head: Save Tonight – Eagle-Eye Cherry

*Have a wonderful winter…*

-Lara, girl who usually loves winter but is just not feelin’ it 

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Bath and Body Works vs The Body Shop

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Two great companies. Two great sets. One great scent.

I did express my undying love for the smell of Japanese Cherry Blossom in my previous post. So I decided to compare these products.

BBW – Bath and Body Works (left): Body lotion, shower gel, perfume

TBS – The Body Shop (right): Body lotion, shower gel, perfume

And huzzah! The resemblance is uncanny! (it’s not like they’re the same scent or anything…)

The Body Shop’s products are easier to open and apply, however Bath and Body Works feels smoother on the skin. The Body Shop has a more light, feminine smell to its products, as it they are more natural and less processed. BBW products are more overpowering, last a little longer. I remember hearing that BBW care more about the scent whereas TBS cautiously use natural scents and ingredients, making them less artificial and processed. So if you’re more concerned with the ingredients and the overall making (environment-wise) of the product – then I suggest The Body Shop. However, if the scent, range and price are more important, then Bath and Body Works is the one for you.

-Lara, Japanese Cherry Blossom fanatic

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Quick Pamper Products

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These are some quick pamper products I bought over the holiday.

Pink Loofah £2.00//The Body Shop

Just a regular ol’ loofah…but it’s pretty and pink. Adorable.

Vanilla Perfume £8.50//The Body Shop

I needed a new mini perfume to just throw in my bag and I’ve always loved vanilla as it’s my second favourite scent after Japanese Cherry Blossom, also popularly known as perfection.

Body Scrub £5.00//Boots

This exfoliating body scrub is much more useful in the summer – I agree, but I need something that is more beneficial, rather than harmful, to my skin as a break is much needed from all the fragrances found in my other gels and creams.

Facial Cleansing Wipes £3.00//Boots

My eye was swollen and I figured that my makeup is bothering my eyes …or eye – and this does the job by effectively removing my makeup. It’s a 3-in-1 product containing vitamin E (an antioxidant) which cleanses, refreshes and moisturises and my combination skin does not seem to be having any problems with it so far.

-Lara, otherwise known as the girl who has to purchase something whenever she sets foot outside her house

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Easy Faux-fro!

Afros are undoubtedly gorgeous, so kudos to all the African beauties that pull them off so well! Although my afro-inspired curls are probably only mediocre at best, it did sort of work out and it felt so amazing. No lie. I kept shaking and scrunching my hair purely because it was so soft and fluffy…werk it Solange (who certainly has better hair than I ever will).

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So I, having naturally straight-wavy hair, achieved this look by following a YouTube tutorial (YouTube is honestly a saint), and using bobby pins, hairspray and a hair straightener (and a sister).

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  1. I sectioned my hair and sprayed it from afar (not too close as that will cause uneven coverage). I then opened the bobby pin so it looked like this (right):
  2. After the preparatory stage, I took a thin strand of hair, and made an infinity/figure 8 sign with my hair, threading it through the pin, creating a consistent loop.
  3. I used the straightener to apply heat to the now-looped strand, to ensure that it’s fixed.
  4. After I was done messing about with my hair, I sprayed it all, removed the bobby pins and … and voila!

Notes: * You can choose to remove the sole bobby pin right after, but I decided to leave them all in for a while, just so it could stay for longer.

*There is an alternative no-heat method, but that requires wire bobby pins that lock. What you need to do is start out with damp hair, repeat the same method above minus the straightener, and sleep with it overnight.

My results:

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If I don’t make any sense or if you prefer to watch a YouTube tutorial (I don’t blame you), then here is the very link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=or7QlMiYvCA

No-heat method: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnZZoE_6gXM

Remember to have fun creatin’ ya ‘fro! (even if it kills your shoulders.)

-Lara, self-proclaimed weaveologist