Hair Chalking Tutorial!

Good morning, everyone! I hope ya’ll had an awesome weekend. If you read my Sunday Chit Chat post from last night (https://psmeganelizabeth.wordpress.com/), I had talked about some exciting things I was gonna blog about for ya this week. Welp, today is one of them: hair chalking tutorial! For the first time ever last night, I finally got around to using hair chalk! This is something that I’d been wanting to do for quite some time and I just now made room for it. I took lots of pictures along the way, so if this is something you’re interested in doing yourself, defiantly keep reading!

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This is the hair chalk that I used. I don’t know how much this Chi brand hair chalk sells for because I actually got this included in the package when I bought my new straightener recently. But, when it comes down to it, I know that you actually don’t even need to use hair chalk, you can just use normal chalk (or so I’ve heard from Pinterest). I wish I woulda swatched this on my wrist, so you could see just how pigmented this chalk is, but trust me, what you see right there is what you get! It was so ridiculously pigmented. When you get this product on your hair, it’s literally this exact same color. Crazy color payoff!

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First things first: always start with wet hair! You cannot do this on dry hair and expect good results. I just did my hair chalking after I got out of the shower, so my whole head was wet, but you can also just spritz the sections that you wish the color with a spray bottle. Bottom line: just make sure your hair is wet!

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The hair chalking process itself is actually not too difficult. I know that there’s a hair chalking device out there that looks just like a mini straightener and you just clip your chalk blocks on it so you don’t have to use your hands. But, I personally feel that, unless you’re chalking your hair quite often, it’s pointless to pay money for something like that. So I just used my hands! All you do is just take your chalk, press it on to your wet hair, and run it slowly down the length of the strand. It helps if you do both sides of your hair. And that’s all! You can choose do this all over, just one streak, on one side, every other strand, whatever! The possibilities are endless. I just decided to do mine mainly on the ends of my hair.

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Alright, now let’s get serious. I’m about to drop a bombshell on you: I hate hair chalk. I didn’t think I would, but I do. I hate it with every inch of my heart. You can’t tell by looking at this specific picture, but the hair chalk dries out your hair instantly. It was almost like my ends were completely fried. I couldn’t even run my fingers through it, let alone a brush, as the instructions tell you.

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Plus, it did this to my hands. So not cool. Normally, hair chalk will wash off easily with soap and warm water, so I don’t know if it was just this Chi brand or what, but this stained my hands. Right now as we speak, my hands still look like this. It looks like I murdered a cartoon character.

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Annnnnd, this is what it looks like after I dried it. I don’t know if ya’ll can see just how dry it is in this picture, but I sure can. If you’ll just scroll back up for a sec and notice in my wet hair picture and how I only did certain strands and just the ends of them…. yeah, after I finally manged to rip a brush through my straw-like hair, it completely moved the color around. I ended up with color clear up to the roots of my hair… not even CLOSE to where I had applied it. Brushing it (reminder: the instructions told me to do so) pretty much ruined the streaky look I had goin’ on. It just blended everything together until I looked like a 12 year old girl going through a rebellious phase. And, ladies, I’ve bleached my hair before and that turned my hair into a tangle-y, matted mess. Hair chalking pretty much gave me the exact same results as bleaching, so that’s pretty horrible.

Bless my mom’s heart though, she helped me attempt to get the color out of my hair (after laughing at me first. haha). We washed my hair in the kitchen sink, I kid you not, SEVEN times (and once with Dawn dish soap!) to try to get the color out. Luckily for me, most of it did fade. It’s still got a pink tint to it today and I have it pulled up in a ponytail to keep people at work from noticing my bad hair experiment, but it did fade somewhat. I think using the Dawn dish soap was my saving grace last night. We also applied a deep conditioning treatment and left it on for about 30 minutes, but my hair is still pretty dry and damaged this morning.

All in all, would I ever do this again? Maybe, further on down the line, I’ll experiment with a different brand of hair chalk because I do believe that most of the problems I encountered were probably because of that. But it’ll defiantly be a loooong time before I get the balls to put chalk to my hair again. I don’t wanna scare any of you away from doing hair chalking, that’s not my goal! This was just my personal experience. Something like this might work for a dance party, concert, etc, but just make sure you’re ready to give your damaged hair some serious TLC come morning time. And you’re probably better off just using a temporary hair dye instead of hair chalk. My best advice though? If you absolutely, 100%, completely wanna try this: please, just let a professional do it. It’s just easier that way. haha

As always, if ya’ll have an questions at all, leave me a comment down below. I hope you enjoyed my failed attempt at hair chalking and if any of you plan on doing it in the near future, I wish you the best of luck. haha I hope you get better results than what I got. Don’t forget to give me a follow for some other exciting posts that I’ve got comin’ up this week for ya, thanks for reading today, and I’ll talk to ya’ll later!

XOXO, Megan ❤

 

Sunday Chit Chat: Wedding Edition!

Hi, everyone! I hope your weekend has been great so far, mine’s been so busy! It was my cousin’s wedding weekend, so I’ve been out of town and celebrating all weekend. I don’t know what it is about weddings, but I’m obsessed. I’ve had my own wedding planned since I was about 5. I’m not psychotic… right? haha I didn’t have my phone on me a lot this weekend, but I still managed to snap a few pictures for ya (: Check ’em out!

I’m so disappointed in myself for not snapping a picture of the back of my dress. It’s to die for. It’s one of those maxi dresses that you can adjust in 100 different ways! I decided to wear mine like a one-shoulder, Grecian kinda look. It’s all twisty in the back and really pretty! I’ve got four or five more weddings to go to this season, so I’ll wear it again and get a picture then for ya!

As ya’ll can see, I did a very heavy, dramatic makeup look for the wedding day on Saturday. I smoked my eye out a little bit, did some full coverage foundation and concealer, and did a really dramatic deep red lip. If you’re wanting to know specifics and brands of some of the makeup you’re seeing here, let me know and I’ll do a post on it for ya. (:

My lovely date! My boyfriend, Cody. We danced and celebrated the night away with around 200 other guests. It was so much fun! This picture was just taken when we took a break from dancing for just a second. It’s super fuzzy and out of focus, so I apologize for that!

Here’s the happy bride and groom in their limo! My gorgeous cousin, Kara, had on the most beautiful lace dress. So stunning. And that’s Curran. her beaming husband. They’re on their way to their honeymoon right now as we speak!

That’s what my exciting weekend consisted of! It was so great, but I’m exhausted! I’ve got some really fun stuff planned for ya’ll this week. I’m doing some hair chalking tonight (my first time ever!) and some DIY projects to finish up, so I’ll have some tutorials up on all that. I also bought some new drugstore products on Friday and I’ll have some reviews on those as well, so be on the lookout for all that this week! If ya’ll aren’t following me already, go ahead and give me a follow, you don’t wanna miss out on the tutorials I’ve got coming up for ya! I hope you guys had an exciting weekend as well, thanks for hanging out with me today, and I’ll talk to ya tomorrow!

XOXO, Megan ❤

 

 

 

DIY Tribal Print Shorts!

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Hey, everyone! I have a really exciting post for ya’ll today! It’s been a while since I’ve done a DIY project, so it was definitely time to bring that back! I’ve been working on this all afternoon and finally just finished it and couldn’t wait to show it to ya! I did some DIY shorts today (: Some people think it’s weird that others create their own clothes, but why wouldn’t you? I love wearing clothes I created, having someone compliment them, and then being able to say that I did it myself! Even if they suck, I usually wear them anyway. haha I hope you enjoy the shorts I made today!

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Alright, so here’s the thing: I don’t see the purpose in throwing out or donating jeans that still fit perfectly fine at the waist, they’re just too short length-wise. That’s what happened with these bad boys. I should have taken a picture for ya’ll because it was honestly hilarious… these were about 5 inches too short! The problem I always run into is that I have long legs, but a tiny waist. I’m usually a size 2 or 3, but I’m hardly ever able to find pants that have the length I want. First world problems to the max. The bright side to this annoying problem? When pants become to short, it’s time for some new cut offs!

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When I make my cut offs, I’m never precise with my cut because I always either fold the ends up or fray the ends out, so it covers up any unevenness anyway. Just make sure you try them on first, so you have a good idea of where you wanna cut them off at! You can always cut off more, but you can never put it back on, so be sure to keep that in mind. Typically, I don’t like cutting mine straight across, so I cut them diagonally upwards just like you see here in this picture. This diagonal cut looks really good on every body shape, so it’ll work on you too! Promise!

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I didn’t give you guys a play-by-play type thing because that woulda been far too boring, so I just got some before and afters for ya. This is the front of my cut offs after I finished decorating them. All I did was just draw on them with a black Sharpie! It really is that simple! Ya’ll can do absolutely any design or picture you can think of, but I’m really crazy about aztec and tribal prints, so that’s what I went with. And you can definitely draw all over your shorts, but let’s be real, I’m way too lazy for that. haha

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Here’s the back of my cut offs. I originally had just decorated one pocket, and it actually look pretty cute, but I figured I’d go ahead and do the other one as well, since the front wasn’t all the way done. I didn’t want it to look unfinished or anything.

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Here’s what everything looks like on! Excuse the ass shot. haha I’m pretty pleased with what everything turned out like. I just did this on my blue jean cut offs, but I personally think this wouda looked a little bit better on white cut offs instead! Next time, right? I have another pair of jeans that I was working on as well, but I had to stop because I needed to run to Walmart to grab more supplies. I’ll have that DIY pair up later this week or next! I’m going to bleach and glue some studs onto that pair, so I’m eager to see how that’ll turn out! I really hope ya’ll enjoyed this post! Don’t forget to like it and follow my blog for more posts like this! As always, comment if you have any questions about this! I get my comments sent straight to my phone, so I reply ASAP (: Thanks for hanging out with me today and I’ll talk to ya tomorrow!

XOXO, Megan ❤

 

 

 

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DIY Crayon Art!

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Hey, Everyone! I’ve got a little DIY comin’ at cha on the blog today and I’m super excited about this one! This is the ever famous crayon art! This is an idea that I got off of Pinterest (my one true love, I’m a Pinterest junkie) and I just absolutely had to try it out. Before I continue though, I do just wanna apologize really quick for the sideways picture… I’m literally the most technology challenged person ever and took this picture off my iPhone. It didn’t want to turn right side up, so I didn’t force it. hahah Anyway, this defiantly isn’t something that you’re going to get done in a matter of minutes, but trust me, when you finally are done with it, I think you’ll be really pleased. Besides, you’ll feel like a little kid again making this project, it’s messy and fun! So let’s get to it!

For this DIY project, you’ll need a few things: a canvas (whatever color you prefer), a box (or several boxes) of crayons, a hot glue gun, a hair dryer, and tons of newspapers or wax paper for covering the area around you from crayon splatter! You can even wear gloves to protect your hands since some splatter might get on you and it might burn. This did happen to me, but it only burns for a second or two and never left any red marks on my skin, so you can go without gloves if you want to. They’re not 100% necessary. This is a cheap project (if you couldn’t tell by now, I’m not into expensive things haha). I purchased my black canvas for about $5 at Hobby Lobby, and I picked up a 64 count of Crayola crayons at Walmart… not sure about the price of the crayons, but I can assure you, it won’t break the bank. haha Depending on how big your canvas is, you’ll need more or less crayons, so buy accordingly. Remember, it’s always better to have too many crayons than too little!

Once you have all your supplies laid out in front of you and you’ve got your newspapers laid down and an old shirt on, you can get to work! The first thing you do is lay out your crayons and organize them on your canvas exactly how you wish to glue them down. After you’ve done that, get to gluing! If you’re doing this project with any kids, make sure to supervise and help them, as hot glue is a difficult thing to work with without burning yourself. Once you’ve glued them all down, let them set for about 10 to 15 minutes to assure that the glue will hold. When that time is up, plug in your hairdryer and start drying! This is the slow part of the process, it will take a little while, so be patient. Always make sure that you are drying DOWN since that’s the direction you want you crayon to melt. When your crayons start melting and dripping down the canvas, that’s when you’ll start seeing the splatter, so be extremely careful at that point. Make sure all pets are out of the room, I would hate for any fur babies to get unintentionally burned in the making of crayon art! Once you’ve finished melting all the crayons and all the colors have successfully dripped down the canvas creating a really fun, colorful waterfall, you’re done! Just let it sit overnight to assure everything is dry and set.

I made this for my boyfriend last year and he loved it, it now has an honorary place up on his wall and will be coming to our new apartment with us this summer! You can customize this any way you’d like by adding pictures, notes, sayings, or other little embellishments to make this 100%, perfectly yours. I hope ya’ll enjoyed this DIY blog post today and I’m excited for some of you to try it out! If you’ve done this before, let me know how it went for you! And, as always, leave a comment below if you have any questions about this, I’ll reply ASAP! Have fun and get crafting!

XOXO, Megan (:

DIY Coffee Mugs!

       

I got a little DIY on the blog for ya today… these “hello, handsome” and “good morning, gorgeous” coffee mugs!

This project was definitely more time consuming than my DIY makeup brush holders (if you haven’t checked out that post yet, you should! cute and easy!), but, since I already had sharpies, the only thing I had to actually go out and purchase were the two mugs. So, this was cheaper than the brush holders, but a little more difficult in my opinion.

The only materials you need are coffee mugs (however many you want), sharpies, and an oven and you’ve got yourself a one-way ticket to gettin’ crafty! You’ll want to do some research first to find a cute phrase or picture if you don’t have any ideas already and then pick out the colored sharpies you want to use. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and get to writing on your mugs!

Ya know, it’s funny: I naturally have good handwriting and I was a cheerleader in high school, so I had that kind of pretty writing for writing on signs and stuff, but I actually found writing and drawing on these mugs to be difficult! It’s just awkward to try to write on something that isn’t flat… haha So, my handwriting definitely came out slanted and not very good, but you get the point!

Anyway, once you’re done writing/drawing on your mugs and your oven is all preheated, go a head and stick ’em in there for about 15 to 20 minutes and, this part is very important, once the timer goes off, you can shut off the oven, BUT LEAVE YOUR MUGS IN THERE WHILE THEY COOL DOWN! For example, I did this project right before I went to bed, so I just left the mugs in the oven to cool all night and took them out in the morning. Leaving them in there to cool down will help seal the sharpie into the mug and, that way, it will never wash off or fade. (: And, I promise, you can still wash them!

This is a super cheap, relatively easy DIY project and it’s perfect for anniversaries and birthdays! I made these for my boyfriend’s birthday and also as a sort of house-warming thing for ourselves because we’re moving into our new apartment this summer… he loved them and drinks out of his almost every morning! I 100% recommend tryin’ this out, you’ll love it!

Good luck, have fun, and go get crafty! (: