Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Hair Diary Part II: Bleaching Experiences

Hey guys!

As promised, I wanted to document my hair experiments here on my blog! Meanwhile I am one step closer to getting my hair light enough to try all the colors of the rainbow, just like I wanted! But first there comes the bleaching....

1. Bleaching with Schwarzkopf Perfect Mousse

After I used Colour B4 on my hair to remove some of the black pigment, I was left with a dark red that was turning mostly black towards the tips. The effect looked pretty much ombre hair like, so I wasn't too displeased. If I wanted to go for a dark red, I could have definitely started here and waited for the dark tips to grow out over time. Alas, I want to try some different colors - so I had to bleach.

The first product I used was Schwarzkopf Perfect Mousse. I found it on discount in a store and bought the last two packages, I've been looking for it for a while now because I thought it would be easier to use a mousse than a cream bleach... after all, I have never bleached my hair by myself and the last time I went to the hairdresser and got it bleached from dark brown to light blond I lost a considerable amount of hair and also cut it to chin length, and this time I wanted to be really extra careful to avoid damaging my hair too much. I wasn't able to find the product anywhere else and I didn't see it online either, I think the nuance 1200 (the strongest lightener) is not sold here, but at least 1000 is at some places.

First, I was really happy with how easy it was to apply. The foam smells pretty nice and I did not experience any burning or itching on my scalp. I simply applied the foam strand by strand, which was much easier than the Colour B4 treatment, since my hair was so much shorter now!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Back to... Mischief!

Hello there!

It surely has been a while since you last heard from me if you didn't follow me on twitter or instagram, but I'm still alive and kicking :D We just came back from our big trip to Australia yesterday, and I'm still busy doing laundry, running some of the errands that accumulated over the past few weeks and sorting through some gigabytes of photos and videos that we took.... but I'll be back to "regular" blogging soon, I promise!

So, talking about travels and photos...
I've been gone for a long time and took quite a lot of photos, and I really don't wanna "flood" you guys with all that info. So I wonder, what would you be most interested in reading about? We did a lot of different activities while in Australia that I could write about, such as a sailing trip to the Whitsunday Islands, snorkeling, a camping trip to the Tablelands where we saw rain forest and the Australian "bush" and its plant- and wildlife... and we've been to Sydney for some city sightseeing! During most of the time we were living with my boyfriends mum on Magnetic Island, so I could also talk a bit about "daily life" in Australia and the experiences we had there.
As the nerdy biologist that I am, I'd also be happy to fill an entry or two with info about Australia's flora and fauna that I got to observe, photograph, feed, swim with and on some occasions even pet and cuddle with :)
Just let me know what YOU would like to read about, and I will take those suggestions into consideration!


 
Snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

DIY: Mirror, mirror.....

This blog post was written in advance and is posted automatically while I'm on vacation. Please understand that I have no regular internet access and might not be able to answer questions or moderate comments right away.


What's up guys?

Before we left for our vacation, we did some, eh, "home imporvement" you could say! One of the two was a little DIY project I had planned for a long time, and now I finally found the time (and patience) to do it :) I posted a little teaser on my twitter a while ago, so basically this is the "solution" what I did with this: I etched a mirror!




First, I sketeched the design on paper. Those kind of vines with thorns and leaves are also part of my signature that I use for art and as a little watermark on photos. People ofen ask me if it has to do anything with Finish rock band The Rasmus and in fact, it kinda has, but only remotely, because I designed my signature in a time where I listened to their album "Dead Letters" a lot, and I really liked their logo. I still tried to give it a personal touch with the thorns though, and I guess maybe it's time to do an overhaul of my signature too pretty soon?

I even thought about getting the vines tattooed one day. They do kind ahave a deeper meaning to me. I just wanted to put something very personal on my mirror, something that would make it unique. So after thinking about copying the style of an Art Nouveau frame I quickly ditched that thought in favor for my beloved vines :)



The etching is done with a special kind of paste, so to protect the areas you don't want to get etched, you use "window color foil". I don't know if it's really called that but I remember that back when I did a lot of window color as a kid I used this foil to draw window color directly on there, which allowed them to be removed and stored much easier than without. When my boyfriend etched two glasses and a jar for my birthday last year, he had to use a slightly different technique. He had to cut out the motive first, and then put the foil on the glass. But since a mirror is a flat surface, and my design had "gaps" which would make the placement of the foil on the mirror quite difficult, I just copied the design to the foil with a black permanent marker. This way, I was also able to get the design on the foil symmetrically by simply turning the foil with the second half of the motive upside down.


Then I cut out the parts of the design that were supposed to be etched directly on the mirror! Fortunately it doesn't really matter if you scratch the surface because these spots will be etched anyway. It was a bunch of work, and at some points really tricky because you see the whole motive double.

The paste we used for etching is actually not available within the EU because it is slightly corrosive. So you have to order it online from the US (I don't know where my boyfriend got it but the product is called "Armour Etch"). Personally, I think it's really idiotic that the stuff was banned here, because people will just resort to even more corrosive stuff that is definitely more dangerous like hydrofluoric acid or whatever - because THAT stuff is available to buy here nonetheless. But anyway. The stuff is pretty cool, you can easily apply it with a brush and will notice pretty quickly what it will do to the glass. I think you can influence the intensity of the etching by letting it soak longer, we left it for about an hour. I wouldn't leave it on longer, simply because due to capillary force the paste will get "sucked" underneath the foil - no matter how well it sticks to the mirror - and it will make the edges of your motive appear frizzled.


We did this last steps out in the open in my boyfriend's grandma's garden. When you do glass wear and smaller stuff it's now problem to do it inside and then wash your item in the sink, but I didn't want to wash the mirror in my bathtub to avoid scratches (on the bathtub :'D). In the garden it's easier to wash it off, and the paste doesn't do any damage to the grass, just dilute/rinse it well and it should be no problem for the ground.

So the last step is to simply wash off the paste and marvel at the result!

Haha, the camera focused on the mirror image of the ceiling of the old garden shed XD


I'm really happy with how this little project turned out :3
We didn't have time to mount the mirror yet (we have to borrow a percussion drill to get through our walls...) but nevertheless I wanted to place the mirror above the make up table to get an impression on how it will look like, and I love it ♥

I think etching is a very cool way to customize glass wear of any kind! Also, when you do it to a mirror or other flat glass surface, it's really easy to make even more complicated designs with cut-out parts and such.



But...
There's even more "mirror-related DIY" !


We recently mounted my old mirror, in a very  nifty way actually. Since we didn't want to drill holes anywhere in the walls or doors, we bought a set of those metal rails that drawers have, and we fixed them to the backside of the mirror and mounted the whole thing on the side of the wardrobe....


Now there's some use for the empty space between wardrobe and book shelf, and I have a mirror until we one day perhaps get a new wardrobe to replace that old one :) And it also means I can take more "casual" outfit photos when I don't have time to set up the camera before I go :3 Like this one!


Here's a recent outfit!

I tried some Ouji/Kodona inspired outfit lately. Curiously, my boyfriend really likes this style so I feel comfortable wearing it when I'm going out with him :) And it's super comfortable and I like it a lot. I am really glad I got those Creepers from Primark, I already wore them a few times and they just match so many different outfits and styles!


Now there's one more "mirror project" left, and that's to get a mirror in our hallway. I kept forgetting it again and again during our last visits at Ikea, but I want to buy mirror tiles and mount them to our ugly brown front door. Since we have a spy hole and obviously it's at about face height, we can't mount a usual mirror there, unless we either cover up the spy hole or mount it in such a way that you can only see yourself downwards from the neck :'D So yeah, I hope I don't forget to buy those tiles next time we're at Ikea!



Hope you're having a good time - I'm still abroad for a while, so I probably can't answer your comments right away, sorry for that! But if you have any questions concerning glass etching or anything else feel free to ask :)

Bye!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Hair Diary Part I: ColourB4 Review

This blog post was written in advance and is posted automatically while I'm on vacation. Please understand that I have no regular internet access and might not be able to answer questions or moderate comments right away.

It was time for a change.

Since about 4 years I've constantly dyed my hair black. And I was quite happy with it. Occasionally I thought, colorful hair would be pretty cool - I always wanted purple hair when I was around 16, but it never worked the way I wanted because the colors I got from the drug store were too dark, too reddish, not vibrant enough. Over the last years, I got to know more and more people with exciting and gorgeous hair colors. Red, purple, pink, blue and even green. I was enticed. I wanted it for myself more and more. My first time wearing a wig made me long for a different hair color even more. And this summer, I thought "Heck, why not just give it a try?"

I talked a bit about my current hair condition in this entry, but this time I wanna start from the beginning. I want to document the changes my hair goes through, and I want to review the products I used and how well they worked for me (or not). Since this process until I get my hair really bleached blond so that I can start to dye it in all colors of the rainbow will probably last quite a while, I'll just split this in several parts and post a new part whenever something has changed. For now, let's talk about the first steps.

Starting point: black.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Hope for the best, fear for the worst

Guys, the trip to Australia is coming closer and closer!!

We will depart on Monday evening and fly via Dubai to Singapore, then to Brisbane and then to Townsville. First we will stay with my boyfriend's mum who has a little house on Magnetic Island (it's about as awesome as it sounds) and probably go on a camping trip North along the coast with her and her boyfriend. On our way back we'll fly via Sydney where we'll have another two days for sightseeing and hopefully visiting the Sydney Aquarium to see some sharks!

I can hardly believe how fast the last weeks have passed. There's so little time left and so much to do.
I honestly wanted to prepare stuff for my blog, write some blog entries in advance to be posted while I'm gone, but I seriously didn't have time. While we'll probably get prepaid SIM cards for our phones to stay in touch with people at home, I won't be able to rite entire blogposts. However, I'll probably update my instagram and perhaps even post on facebook from time to time. In case you get bored while I'm gone, you can also leave me a question on ask.fm and I'll try to find some time to answer. Maybe I'll find some spare minutes between running errands, meeting relatives and packing to prepare a post before Monday, but don't count on it. Anyway, I'll probably have A LOT to tell when I'm back to compensate for the upcoming little "hiatus" :)