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Sunday, November 16, 2014 /

A lot of people compliment me on my skin and sometimes I really have no clue why because well, I have bad skin. At least to me. I mean I break out all the damn time, I hate my black heads, I get so frustrated with my face in general. I've been battling this since High School. So anyone else who goes through it, I feel you so much. It's a nightmare waking up every morning nervous if I don't know something happened to my face overnight. My skin got so bad when I was in college I went on birth control just to fix it, and it did, but I had horrible side effects so I had to stop.
In my journey I've learned a few things about my face: it's not only about what you wash your face with but what you put into your body. When I drink it's usually accompanied with breaking out, why? Because my liver is gross so my skin is gross (thank you liver detox tea). If I eat too much greasy food, I get white heads. I've been trying to years to get myself 100% healthy but with my lifestyle I guess it's been difficult. I've found that a lot a lot of water and lemon tea helps so much though. 
Other little tricks- cleaning your phone with alcohol every few days, washing your pillow cases every few days, and do not pick at or touch your face. That's so hard for me, but just stop it.

Aside from all of that stuff, THIS IS WHAT REALLY HELPED ME:

I found this brand, Juice Beauty at Whole Foods in the summer. It's made out of organic juice products and they have a lot of products. This combo has worked best for my skin but over the past few months I've been trying out the normal cleanser and whatnot and they all are awesome. I really like the exfoliating cleanser for the night though, gets off all the makeup and gunk. A bit of a side note, but this stuff smells so awesome too.
At night I use the exfoliator, then put on the blemish clearing serum and let it dry, after that I put on the moisturizer. Also, if I had a pimple that is annoying me or something I use Tea Tree Oil as a spot treatment. I'd put that on after my serum has dried and before the moisturizer. 
 Tea Tree Oil from what I've read naturally kills bacteria, and it's so good for acne. I like all these products because they're more natural. I've tried just about everything when it comes to skin care, and the over processed things do nothing for me but cause more irritation. I like to try to keep it as natural as possible now. I hope you guys get to try some of this stuff.
So Juice Beauty might not be for you, but something else that I also use usually in the morning is Jojoba Oil. Your face can actually get too clean, don't quote me actually, I don't know how but I've read that so many times. Like, you can actually wash your face too much. So in the morning most of the times I don't wash my face with Juice Beauty instead I kind of wipe it down with a wash cloth and Jojoba Oil. There was a point in time where my skin went through a weird overly oily but yet really really dry and flakey phase. I used Jojoba Oil nightly and it ended within a week. This stuff is awesome I don't know why. I put it in my hair, I use it as lotion for eczima prone areas, I really think everyone should just have some on deck especially for the dry cold winter. Once again, awesome stuff.

Well, that's my general skin care regime. You guys can really ask me about any of this stuff because I know personally the feeling of not wanting to be up close looking at someone because you don't want them to see your skin. It sucks, but we're young and our bodies and hormones are still crazy so just try natural stuff look up home cures and learn what your skin needs. It gets better!

Monday, November 3, 2014 /

It's November already *sobs* but whatever, I guess cold weather fashion is more versatile. Today I just have to run errands and whatnot but after what turned out to be a failure of a Halloween weekend I wanted to look a little nicer while facing the world.

I guess before all of that, this was supposed to be my second Halloween costume before my friends all flaked out last minute before we went to the party, nice going guys. So I had to wash my face sadly with no one except Instagram getting to see my hard work. Although it's late, I was thinking of trying to do a tutorial maybe to show how I did it? I don't really know why else people would do this makeup besides Halloween but if you're into that let me know, I'll make it for fun.

So this is today's outfit, I finally got to wear my hoops I feel all.. JLo.  But I also really love this sweater. It looks kind of weird, it has it's entirely own shape but when it's worn and moving it looks really cool and it's definitely a statement.

Top: H&M

Pants: Zara

Shoes: Timberland

Earrings: Aldo

That's all for my OOTD, I'm really excited to be updating this again. If you guys want me to post anything let me know, tweet me Instagram tumblr whatever. @TAYLORIINA.
Have a good week babies!

Friday, October 31, 2014 /

Two Kanye posts in a row, look at me go. First off- HAPPY HALLOWEEN! One of my favorite holidays, right after Thanksgiving Eve (I don't know if that's a real holiday but it's a fun one). Actually, I think most holidays are my favorite, I just like themed parties. I also love dressing up, last year I had three costumes and hopefully I get to do a couple this year.

Tonight I'm going to a party called No Church In The Wild, somewhere in Brooklyn I guess we'll figure it out. My costume is *drumroll* Kanye, like Yeezus Tour-era. 
It took me two days to make the mask, not like long hard labor but sewing here and there. I always make all my costumes from scratch for a few reasons:
1. It is 1,000 times more comfortable
2. It is so much cheaper
3. You can usually rewear things
4. No one else will have you costume
5. It just looks better, you have more freedom to be creative

So no more bagged costumes!
This was all I really needed to make my costume, I got the ski mask for about 10$ on Amazon and bought these sew on gems on Amazon as well. Very cheap, only thing expensive about it was my manual labor. I had to sew every single on by hand. It was cool because I got to see it all come together. Maybe I'll wear it again.. in Aspen or something. I know it isn't exactly what he wore in concert but, none of my costumes are spot on. It's more of me as that thing rather than just being them. I like it like that, more personable. But anyways here is the final product...

Jacket: Forever 21 (It's a little more olive-y in person)

T-Shirt: Urban Outfitters

Jeans: Uniqlo

Shoes: Air Jordan 3's

Necklace: Urban Outfitters

H A P P Y  H A L L O W E E N !

Thursday, October 30, 2014 /

The Chainsmokers    Kanye ft. SirenXX

So, the other morning I was half asleep listening to MTV Jams on TV and I hear this song. I'm thinking to myself like are they saying Kanye? Or is it Can we? Like are they really REALLY singing about Kanye?
I woke up a hour later and googled it and I shit you not there is a song about Kanye. Of course I'm obsessed with it.
Not to mention the video is fabulous, I really need to find a great crazy faux fur for the winter because I won't make it without one.

Thursday, October 16, 2014 /

Tinashe  Pretend ft. A$AP ROCKY
I love, love this girl. All her music and her album have been on repeat for me. You know what's annoying though? Is it me or do all the perfect heartbroken songs come out when you're happy with someone and all the happy with someone songs come out when you're heartbroken.. Is that just me?

Either way I love this song and her style. I recently bought some oversized hoop earrings which I'm hoping are making a comeback this winter, they'll look too cute with buns or beanies.


After a long, crazy, summer I promise I am back. I've been crazy stressed over my hair lately, sadly my last post was obviously about my journey so now that it's winding down I'll share what I've learned.

First off, I'm a natural blonde.. something like this:
Kind of a random picture, but this was about two days before I started messing around with my hair. The first thing most people ask is WHY. Well, I wanted to. That's about it. That's my explanation.
So I went to my salon (Sam Brocato) and they died my hair purple after a very very light bleaching process. It faded fast, I had to wear hats to hide it from the sun, I tried to re-dye it constantly, eventually I used a darker more indigo dye and left it like that for a while. (My purple process is seen in the post prior) So there I was with purpley-indigo-maybe blonde hair for about a month. I honestly loved it. It was very.. mermaid. Then I got bored. So I went to Ricky's and bought a light bleach and bleached my hair and tried a new color called Mermaid Tears by Manic Panic. This is what I got. It started fading and I added a new color to it called Bad Boy Blue by Manic Panic, which honestly did not come out blue. It looked basically similar, just brighter.
Honestly, after all of the maintenance I was and still am done with colored hair for good. Well, probably not but for now I am. So Tuesday I went back to my salon hoping to be blonde again. (Boys obviously find hair process astonishing ie. this picture down there) Well honestly, they had to bleach the daylight out of my hair only for the blue/green/lord knows what else to not even completely leave my hair. I mean literally with the strongest bleach at 40 minutes I still had that damn green in my hair. So there I was defeated, tired, bored, with weird platinum/sea foam hair. So my only logical option was to let my hair be tinted a little more blue to create a grayish hue, thus washing out further naturally until my hair could hopefully be re-dyed blonde. Who knows what'll happen at this point.

Here's my hair right now (don't mind my puffy allergy eyes/face).
It's not my blonde, sadly, hopefully I can go back someday.

What have I learned?
It's just hair. You will be beautiful, confident, flawless with any hair color. If you are willing to take on the damage of dying- Go for it. If you don't like it, dye it another color, get extensions, do whatever. It really is just hair.
While going through all these bleaching processes, I used little to no heat on my hair and that saved me. My hair is in all honestly not that damaged, make sure to space out when you bleach your hair. I mean, wait three months at least. Let your hair breath.
DO NOT SLEEP WITH HAIR TIES IF YOU BLEACHED YOUR HAIR! It will literally just break off. Use fabric covered scrunchies. 
Use minimal hairspray/gel/product unless it is a natural oil of some form such as Jojoba Oil or Coconut Oil.

Although this product is not natural- it saved me: 
OMG! If you try any conditioner, try this. L'oreal Paris Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm. It made my hair feel like friction' silk after one use. I got a free sample at Fashion Week last year and used it occasionally because it made my natural hair a little heavy if I used it too much, but now that my hair has been through hoops I use this deep conditioner almost every wash. It literally has saved my hair from myself.

All and all, I'm sad that I don't have that natural thick blonde hair at the moment because I miss it, but it'll be back. I've really had fun on my journey and I'll have some awesome pictures to show my future kids. If you're thinking of dying your hair some crazy color, just know what you're getting into and know you will spend 25% of everyday thinking about your hair and keeping up with it.
But it's definitely worth it.

Friday, July 25, 2014 /

I had to re-dye my hair yesterday because the color fades out so fast. It's not even just from washing it, but the sun is a huge contributor to the fade. I guess I'll start off my whole journey so you can understand, well... My hair is naturally blonde. Not that I haven't lightened it at all ever, but I haven't for years. I wanted lavender, however my hair is thin so out of fear of bleach burning my entire head off my hairstylist only bleached sections to achieve purple. This is the color it was when we first dyed it, hoping that it would fade to lavender.

It was really really purple, not that I didn't like it but it wasn't what I wanted exactly. So then it started to fade and I liked it a whole lot more. It looked something like this. The only issue with it fading was that it wasn't fading evenly at all because only certain parts were bleached and it was fading to an orange-y tone because of my natural blonde. After a few days of it fading it drove me crazy, to say the least.
I took matters into my own hands, not wanting to go to the salon and pay yet again for color that I knew was going to fade in a week. Nothing about my salon because I'm in love with that place, however any color esspecialy a bright is going to fade and fast.
I bought this leave in conditioner which was basically exactly the color that I had originally wanted my hair.
After dying my hair with that Unique Freak in Lilac stuff, my hair looked like this. This picture isn't the best it was definitely more lilac-y. It was really cute. But it faded super fast as well. It looked like this after three days.

This was where I was yesterday. I had done that Unique Freak color twice, deciding if I wanted to do it again or go all out and dye it darker. So I rolled the dye-ce. Ha ha ha. Sorry. This was the kit I got for myself. 

Mixing bowl, color, comb, WHITE conditioner, and a clip to separate it all. I added conditioner to the hair dye to make it more manageable and a little bit diluted, hoping it would end up being pastel. 

I start using this color and I'm like why is it so blue. Then I decided to do a test strip on my hair... I did entirely too much (just the streak first then I did the bottom). I was so confused. Like, why is this blue? How is it not purple? I let it sit for a while hoping it would turn into the dark purple I thought it was going to be but it never did. I then said just screw it, this is the color I chose I'm just going to to go with it. I immediately regretted my decision when my entire head was covered with the dye and I really thought my hair was going to be bright bright blue. I swore I was going to have hair the color of that crayon that looks dark blue but when you color with it it's bright bright blue.

After all of that little panic, my hair came out amazing. It was the right color, a little more indigo. But that was perfect because I do not want that orange-y tone at all.

If you want colored hair, here is my advice. I'm still learning about it because, it can be completely unpredictable. But,
  • Be aware and prepared for the fact that it is going to fade. Every time I wash my hair I have to put some sore of color into it.
  • You cannot wash your hair as ofter as you're used to. I usually wash my hair about every 3 days in the summer, now it's about every week. Dry shampoo and baby powder has become my best friend.
  • You have to bleach your hair, be ready for the damage, keep in mind you might have to cut your hair short when you're off your color trip. I am preparing myself for this as well.
  • Do NOT go out in the sun for a long time with your hair showing. Invest in hats, scarves, anything to cover your hair.
That's all I can think of right now. It's been a fun journey. If anyone is thinking of doing something crazy to their hair my personal advice is to do it, it's just hair and it's going to grow back. I held back on changing my hair for years but, it really is just hair.