Saturday, January 30, 2016

I Love Dancing (among other things)

Hey, peeps! Welcome back.

I probably should have written this post a week ago when the event I'm about to describe took place, but I didn't, so here it is now! Better late than never, amiright?

Last Saturday was my school's annual Winter Ball! It's pretty much my favorite night of the year. It's a semi-formal dance held at a hotel in town, and there's okay music and really bad iced tea and tasty snacks and lots of dancing. Let me get one thing straight: I love dancing. Whether or not I'm good at it is debatable, but there's nothing more fun than hitting the dance floor with a couple buds and rocking out to some upbeat pop music.

Besides the whole dancing-and-socializing aspect, dances have this specific feeling surrounding them. A feeling of anticipation, as if anything could happen. I think that feeling is one of the things I love most about school dances. It's like the night holds endless possibilities, and I'm just there to see what surprises the universe bestows upon me.

Of course, usually nothing tremendous happens. It didn't at the Winter Ball. But I had the best time ever dancing my heart out with all my friends. I did my makeup extra nice and wore a dress that had a faux-leather skirt and black lace top, which was super cool. I felt like a gothic princess. The Ball was amazing, as I had hoped, and I'm already excited for next year's. Only 51 more weeks go to!
Left to Right: Olivia, Maria, ME, Marika
Oh, yeah, and did I mention I dyed my hair purple? No? Well, I dyed a section of it a week or two ago. It's already fading, unfortunately, and I think I'll re-dye it soon. I've wanted to for a while, so I decided to just go right ahead and do it.

Anyway, that's what's been happening in my life. 

Later skater,
Ella

Monday, January 18, 2016

My Opinion on Makeup

my makeup bag
Hello there, lovely beings of the blogosphere. Today I'm here to talk to you about a topic that's recently resurfaced in my life: makeup.

There are girls I know who've been wearing makeup since sixth grade. Although I do vividly remember oggling over one girl's rainbow-colored false eyelashes, the idea of wearing makeup myself never occurred to me, probably because none of my close friends wore it, and I saw it as something only popular people indulged in.

Over the years my view on makeup has changed. I bought my first makeup palette the day before my thirteenth birthday, from Claire's in the mall. It had four outlandish eyeshadow shades and three pink lip glosses, and the packaging was clear and sparkly. Typical Claire's. If I'm being perfectly honest, I still have it--it hasn't been used in two years, but I'm just really bad at throwing stuff away, okay?

In eighth grade I began my makeup journey. For the first few months of that year, my everyday makeup routine involved lining my bottom waterline with black eyeliner and smearing my lips with brightly-colored glosses. The waterliner would wash away within the first hour of school, and I'm sure the gloss just ended up on my teeth, but I respect that I was learning. By January, however, the novelty had worn off and I had pretty much given up on makeup.

Ninth grade was a low-makeup year for me. I didn't do much other than use a little concealer every now and then to cover up acne. I still enjoyed trying out dramatic eye looks in my mirror at home, but I never wore them outside the house. It wasn't that I was afraid to wear makeup. I just didn't want to.

Recently, I've rediscovered makeup. I've taken to using eyeliner and mascara more or less every day, or just mascara if I don't feel like taking the time to even out my wings. I've been experimenting with different shades of eyeliner--gold and silver liner is a fun alternative to black or brown. Sometimes I dab a white eyeshadow with a little sparkle to my brow bone as a highlighter.

I rarely wear anything on my lips--due to chronically dry and peely lips, I really can't wear any gloss or lipstick. Which sucks, because I LOVE a good dark lip. Deep purples and reds are basically what I live for. Gotta get that vampy vibe going.

This may seem like me musing aimlessly about my makeup journey. And it kinda is. But for all of you out there who wear makeup, are thinking about wearing makeup, or just like trying out looks in the mirror, I've compiled a few makeup lessons I've learned. Keep in mind I'm not an expert--but you don't have to be to wear makeup! It's about the journey, people.

1. Don't feel pressure to wear or not wear makeup. No matter what your friends and peers are doing, it's ultimately your decision as to whether or not you wear makeup (and maybe your parents', if they've got an opinion). You can wear makeup sometimes. You can wear it all the time. You can wear it never. You can wear a full face of it or just a little. You can wear it for a while and then stop. As long as you feel confident in yourself, that's all that matters.

2. Makeup is about the journey. If/when you start wearing it, chances are you won't be a professional. Scratch that, you definitely won't be a professional. But that's okay! You're learning! Like anything, makeup takes practice to get good at. It's like doing art--on your face. Art in general is super hard, and when you are the living, breathing, 3D canvas, that only makes it harder. Don't let the quality of your makeup skills keep you from rocking that look. You do you.

3. Invest in a few good products. I hate spending more than three dollars on makeup, which is why I buy the cheapest possible stuff at the drugstore. Unfortunately, the cheapest possible stuff is usually the worst, which is why I end up buying another cheap brand, and yet another when I find that one doesn't work, either. By then I've spent more on crappy makeup than I would have if I'd just gone right ahead and invested in a decent, moderately-priced selection. Here's what I would recommend: if you're into eyeliner and mascara, don't buy them from the cheapest section of the pharmacy. Hate to call out brands, but eyeliners from e.l.f, Wet & Wild, and NYC will run all over your face, especially if you have teary eyes or oily skin. Mascara and eyeliner are the two products I'd recommend spending a few more bucks on.

4. Don't worry about what people will think of your makeup. Wear makeup to make yourself feel special. Wear it to feel beautiful, wear it to feel confident, wear it to feel like a boss, wear it to feel like a rockstar, wear it to feel like a fairy princess--wear it to slay life. Don't let people tell you that you "shouldn't cover up your natural beauty." Makeup is just another stylistic decision, like the clothes you wear or the way you do your hair. It's nobody else's business how you choose to present yourself to the world. We all gain happiness from different things. If makeup makes you happy, then I say go out there and wear it with pride.

I'm not here to tell you how or why or when to wear makeup. I think makeup is awesome, and that we should respect people who choose to wear it and those who choose not to. If you're just discovering makeup, cool! If you have no interest in it, also cool! If you're a makeup pro, super cool! If you're not sure where you stand on makeup, that's cool, too. Makeup is just a small part of a very big life.

Later skater,
Ella

PS. If you're interested in hearing about my makeup routine more in-depth, or you want an overview of the products I use, lemme know. :)

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year and Christmas

Well, it's 2016. Welcome to the future.

I hope you all had a lovely holiday, whatever you celebrate. I celebrated Christmas in New York with my dad's side of the family. It was crazy warm. Like, 65 degrees every day. CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL, PEOPLE, AND IT'S A PROBLEM. Seriously, let's get on that.

Anyway, I got lots of cool presents. A micron pen set, heat-up narwhal slippers, a flannel sweatshirt, lots of notebooks. You know.

I hung out with my friends a lot, and I had a great time. I watched lots of YouTube videos and tried my hand at sewing. I made a couple new YouTube vids for my channel. All in all, it's been a good break.

Hope you've been well.

Later skater,
Ella