Thursday, May 28, 2015

With or Without Heat: Ponytail Curls W/ Curling Wand

Welcome to With or Without Heat, my hair curling and waving series. This series will appear on Thursdays so come on by to learn new tutorials on how to curl your hair. We will use several different techniques, and several different products. If you have any questions or ideas you can contact me at

Everyone wants to have perfect curls, somehow we always mean "like the girls in the movie." I only ever think of these curls when I'm going to a party and in a hurry. This technique is great for those kind of times. It takes about ten minutes to curl all of your hair. Amazing right?

To do this you will need a curling wand and a hair tie/rubber band. If you don't have a curling wand, a curling iron will work too if you don't use the clamp. The difference between these two is the iron has a clamp. I am using a 19mm curling wand. 

Brush your hair up into a high ponytail. Make sure there are no tangles in the ponytail before you start curling. 

If you want big full curls, pick up thinner pieces, if you want waver curls, pick up thicker pieces. I mixed between thin pieces and thick pieces. Having my hair in a ponytail, I could easily see where my layers were. I focused on making my layers stand out by picking up smaller pieces in those areas. 

Once you have curled all of your hair, pull out the rubber band. Using your hair dryer, blast your curls with cool air. Spray in dry shampoo, hair spray, or texturizing spray to finish off this look!
You are done! I love how this looks, and it doesn't take forever! That's definitely the best part. 

You guys can find me on pinterest at Girls Love Chevron (Shop). Also, you can find more techniques for curling hair on my Hair board. There are some on there that I will be doing detailed tutorials on. So stay tuned!

XO AnnaD

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Makeup Storage and Collection

Hello all!

Today I want to share my makeup collection with you all. I also am going to show you my makeup storage as well. My last storage post was last year in July! What? Yes, July, so this is a needed post.

My makeup storage changes all of the time, so there is a chance that tomorrow it might be different. I have things that are high on my "to get" list for makeup. Let's start off with storage.

I have two other makeup storage posts on this blog. One from when I was 11, the other 12. I recommend reading them both, because although I didn't have as much makeup, the storage is still a good idea. I will have those linked below.

I still have and use all of my buckets from dirt cheap/Target but for different things. Though, the pastel ones are being used for makeup and brushes still.

Right before Christmas my mom and I were at T.J. Maxx and I found this adorable makeup organizer divider thing. My mom said she'd get it for me and she did, so that is another thing I organize with. I also have a small divider for office supplies that I use as well. I found it at Target.

My collection isn't as large as I would like it to be. But seeing that I buy almost all of my makeup, I am happy where I am at the time. Now that I am finished with most of my side notes, let's get into my collection!

 I really was contemplating whether or not to put these up and I decided I should. These little sponges are from Target, I got 36 of them for $1. The reason I purchased the sponges was because (a I was doing a friend's makeup for a banquet (b because they were a really good deal. My friend got to keep 12 and I kept the rest. I have thrown away about 8 now, and I still have a bucket full and another refill!  
(From left to right: eyelash curler, e.l.f.: Total Face Brush, Foundation Brush, Bronzing Brush, Blending Eye Brush, Eyeshadow Brush, Concealer Brush, Eyeshadow Brush, Brow Comb and Brush.) 
Besides the eyelash curler, in that bottom row all of the brushes are from e.l.f. They are not part of a set, just brushes I have bought over my trips to Target. The brushes at the top just came with different sets, and they don't have names.

 (From top to bottom, left to right: Donna Michelle gloss, sparkly pink lip gloss, Revlon Beyond Natural Cream Gloss/rosy, Baby Lips/Quenched, Baby Lips/Peach Kiss, Color Impact Lipstick, CVS Lipstick/Copper, EOS balms, Covergirl Outlast Lipstain/440, e.l.f. Hypershine glosses/Nice and Natural/Holiday Red, Kiss gloss, Sephora Disco lip glosses, L.A. colors lipliner, CVS red lipliner.)

This part of really motivated me in the fact that I went through all of my makeup bags, all of my purses trying to find my lost lipsticks. I never did find them, but I did find two other EOS balms. Let it be known that I do have red and purple shades of lipstick somewhere in my room! I think I'm just going to buy new ones though. I looked everywhere! 

 (From left to right: Ulta Glitter Eye Top Coat, Ulta Roll-on Eye shimmer, e.l.f. Black Liquid Eyeliner, Sweet & Shimmer Glitter Eyeliner.)

I will do reviews on all of the glitter\shimmer stuff soon! 
 (Maybelline The Colossal Volume Express, Maybelline Great Lash BIG, Revlon Lash Potion By Grow Luscious.)

P.S. The last one is waterproof!
 (From top to bottom, left to right: Ulta Matte Finish Mousse Blush/Peach Glow, e.l.f. All Over Color Stick/Pink Lemonade, Mineral Wear Loose powder, e.l.f. Flawless Face Powder/Ivory, e.l.f. Blush/Blushing.)

The Mineral Wear powder has lasted forever! I have never had a breakout because of it. I usually use it as a setting powder. The shade has rubbed off so I don't have that. It's pretty much the same color as the e.l.f. face powder. 
 (From left to right: Maybelline Pure BB Cream/Medium sheer tint, e.l.f. BB Cream/Buff, e.l.f Tinted Moisturizer.)

These are my most used eyeshadows. The small rectangle one I believe is from Walmart, and the larger rectangle one is from CVS. The giant square one is from Target, and it is by e.l.f. There are 96 different colors of eyeshadow on this palette. My best friend got this for me for my birthday, she is amazing! 
 All of the single eyeshadows are apart of a set. The palettes are from CVS. 

That is my makeup collection! I hope you enjoyed this post! Come back for more like this.

July Makeup Post
XO AnnaD

Thursday, May 21, 2015

With or Without Heat: Braid Waves

Welcome to With or Without Heat, my hair curling and waving series. This series will appear on Thursdays so come on by to learn new tutorials on how to curl your hair. We will use several different techniques, and several different products. If you have any questions or ideas you can contact me at

I am back, do not worry. I did miss last week's W/orW/out heat tutorial, but in my defense I have been working on a very special post that has taken me forever. My makeup collection! Yey! So come by later and check it out.

For today's tutorial I will be showing you how crimp your hair. This is in the section of Without heat. The only thing you will need is small rubber bands and hairspray. 

This is probably the easiest way to crimp your hair. It doesn't take forever to do, and it will really test your braiding skills.

I got this idea last night. I had braided two small braids in my hair for youth group. When I got home, and I took the braids out, my hair was crimped! Whenever you take out your braids, your hair is wavy, right? Well imagine taking out small braids! 

Let me show you how it's done! 
  • Wash your hair or get it damp. You can do this with dry hair too, but I find it easier with wet hair. 
  • Easily enough start braiding your hair. You need to do small braids to get the crimped effect, you can make the braids really tiny (it will take longer, you'll have more hair to braid), or you can make the braids bigger (the bigger the braids, the less hair you will have to braid, but it won't look crimped, more waved).
  • Braid as far as you can and then rubber band. Move on to the next section. 
  • I made 13 braids and just spread them around. They weren't exact, as you will be able to see in the pictures, some places are more scrunch-y-er. 
  • Once you have all of your hair braided, sleep on it! When I am doing no heat styles, I always sleep on them. It was really comfortable, and you can pull the braids back into a ponytail to keep them out of your face. 
  • In the morning, take out the braids and run your fingers through your hair. DO NOT USE A HAIRBRUSH!!! 
  • Spray in some hairspray and pouf up your hair. It will be very textured, but that is how you want it to look.
This is a great technique to use on humid days because you want it to be POUFY! Having it poufy is also great because you can't feel all of your hair. My hair feels like a cloud! 
This is as soon as I took the braids out. 

 This is with hairspray and several poufing sessions.

I hope you like this post, come back soon for my makeup collection!

XO AnnaD

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Sisterly Love: Ashley's Candy Machines

Every now and then Ashley and Alexis will get out the Legos and spend all day building houses, spinning chairs, cars, and sometimes even candy machines. The girls will literally sit on the floor all day with no arguing except for the occasional bicker over "special" legos. 

Yesterday Ashley and Alexis got out the legos and got to work dedicating the hours of their day that wasn't doing school to the giant box legos. Soon enough they got bored putting houses together, and they started on a candy machine. I got the idea off of pinterest to make these machines, and when we decide what kind of candy machine we want to make we search it on youtube. 

Being the money makers we are, the only machines we make are the ones that don't spit out candy unless you pay. 

All machines have their glitches and these lego candy ones are high on the list. After about two hours the girls finished their machine. But of course, there were some minor details that needed to be taken care of. 

Today, Ashley decided she was going to build another candy machine, and I also decided I was going to make one for my room. Really I sat on the floor laughing with Alexis and Ashley, taking apart Abby's lego house for her pieces when she left the room, and making a magnificent machine from the outside. On the inside there was not but a stack of legos. I don't think I paid enough attention to what I was doing. And even though Ashley was talking with us, she still finished her lego machine. 

So there was a problem. I do not have a lego machine, and Ashley has two. I spent thirty minutes trying to get Ashley to let me have one and no budge. Thirty minutes! But, as soon as I offered to pay for it she was all ears. I gave her $1.50 for that candy machine, and she said anytime it broke and needed repair that would be another $0.25! 

She filled the machine with Gobstoppers, and it was finished. Hopefully. The Gobstopper machine sits proudly on my bookshelf. 

There is only one more glitch that I have to take care of. I have walked in on Alexis taking my candy. She will take off the cap, reach in and run. Geesh! That sneaky little girl.

Here are some of our favorite YouTube videos on lego machines. We have never made any of these machines, but if you have, let us know! 

XO AnnaD

Monday, May 11, 2015

Lydia and Her Bracelets

Hey guys!

I want to tell you all about a little girl at my church named Lydia. Lydia is five years old, and she has an older brother named Liam and an older sister named Lili. Her parents Ric and Kim are artists. Lydia is in the class that I help with in sunday school.

Lydia's family is apart of this site called Warm Showers. Warm Showers is a site where you can open up your home to other people who are traveling, mainly cyclist. They have people come in all the time to stay with them. 

The family has also created a facebook page called "Be Ministry." Starring Liam, Lili, and Lydia! You can find them here.

Yesterday, the family went to the Live Oak Festival in Pascagoula, MS. They sold bracelets they made all the way from scratch, they made the beads you guys. They gave the profit to the refugee ministry at my church. 

The beads are all rolled paper that have been glazed. One of my beads is a picture of the beach. I am very happy about that, and I have been showing everyone the "beach and sunset." Lydia, Liam, and Lili, were telling me a lot of the bracelets are made out of homework!

Lydia was the source of this idea. She always rolled up her homework, and that was the start of this amazing little project. It was planned that Lydia was going to make all of the bracelets, but the rest of the family helped as well. There were bracelets leftover, and they brought them to church. 

I found an easy way to make the beads at this link. Making your own is not always the way to go though. If you get a chance to support something like this, remember you could help change someone's life. 

XO AnnaD

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Pinterest Loves

I have spent these past few weeks looking for inspiration on something to post about. I have been looking on pinterest, because that is where I look for everything. I can't even explain the guilty feeling of starting a post with "Hello!" and not having anything to go after that. I found inspiration but I just haven't had the time and energy to post on it. 

I've been working on finishing school, and I only have one page of math left! I have also been working on a Mother's Day post. It hasn't worked itself out. So that post is going to sit in the trash and go through all of it's problems. 

So since I don't have the energy to "brand" my inspiration so that you all can see, I have posted my favorite pins recently. I also have some of my reader's favorite pins!

 Glowing Cupcakes! 
 These are literally the easiest things to make! Peanut clusters. 
 Easy breakfast, easily yummy! Sausage crescent rolls.

Some easy small helps for all you blue eyed girls!

Cute outfit for going out. Keep this style in mind when you want to go for a dressy casual look.

 Very southern. Stay cute, cool, and fresh.
 Okay, I found this shop on etsy that makes the funniest shirts! This is the one I would wear, but check out the shop and let me know your favorite! Sarcastic Shirt.

This is adorable. Super cute, anyone who does this DIY please tell me, send me a picture, anything! You can purchase this clock somewhere, not exactly sure. The clock is called a Tick Talk Clock.

Let's stay easy and stylish. This is a cool craft to do with kids!
 Super easy and cute. Cut slits in the back of t-shirt. Cut of strip on bottom of shirt and use that to tie, or ribbon.
A shout out to moms! We love you all! thank you for so much you do! 
Awesome, easy gift that means a lot. Hand write notes for more sentiment feel.

I hope you get inspiration from this post! You can find more inspiration and more Girls Love Chevron on Pinterest.

XO AnnaD

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

With or Without Heat: Revlon Waver w/ Coconut oil

Welcome to With or Without Heat, my hair curling and waving series. This series will appear on Thursdays so come on by to learn new tutorials on how to curl your hair. We will use several different techniques, and several different products. If you have any questions or ideas you can contact me at

I have a tutorial with heat today, and it involves a hair waver. For this tutorial you will need:

  • Melted Coconut oil or Moroccanoil  
  • 3 barrel Waver-Crimper (I am using the Revlon Waver)
  • Texturizing spray (I am using Not Your Mother's - Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray, I got it at Ulta.)
  • A comb with big teeth
Since we are using an iron, you need dry hair to do this. I wave my hair the day after I wash it, sometimes even after that! Shh. Don't tell anyone. 

When I first found this idea, I was like, "Why would I want to burn my hair off? This is the craziest idea ever!" So of course, I did it! The person who I originally got the idea from used moroccanoil, but I don't have that stuff, and I found coconut oil works good too!

I highly recommend using oil on straight hair when using a waver, because it will keep your waves in better than hairspray. 

Start warming up your waver. I start mine at 25 and then turn it down to 20 when it heats up. My waver gets super hot. It has never burned my hair off, so I have faith in it. If you have exact degrees on the handle, instead of 10, 15, 20, etc. Keep it below 400. 

Run the oil through your hair with your fingers, don't go crazy, a little will go a long way. Comb your hair to smooth down the spring-y pieces. Your hair will look wet, but it won't be. 

Take a medium size piece of hair and clamp down on it. Unclamp and move down about every 15-20 seconds. Push the iron towards your head, scrunching up the hair as you go. You might see some steam when you clamp down on your piece of hair, but that is just the coconut oil doing what it is supposed to do. 

The most awesome thing about this method is that if you use a big chunk of hair, you can shake out and it still looks detailed. Also just the volume the waver gives is great!

Optional: When you have finished, you can blast your hair with cool air from your hair dryer. 

Spray the texturizing spray, and scrunch up your hair for extra volume, and a more beachy look. 

Ta Da! Finished!

If you noticed the chevron on the wall, good for you! This wall is in my room, when we moved in my parents painted it for me. So happy. Also if you noticed my new banner on the homepage, you're awesome! 

XO AnnaD