Thursday, October 2, 2014

Picture My Day #16 - Yeah Science, Bitch!

Today was "Picture my Day" day once again (I missed #15 D: But here are the posts of previous PmdDs that I participated in: 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8 and 7 ). This time organized by Sumi, she chose this particular date because it would be her first day working at a new company - and coincidentally, it was the same for me!

Some of you might know that I'm starting to work on my Master's thesis now, but since I want to keep a "low profile" about these things in the future for various reasons, I probably won't write about my work in the future. In case you're curious what I'm doing, feel free to message me on my facebook fan page though.

Anyhow, so for those of you who never heard of PmdD - on this day, participants take photos of whatever happens that day, be it super exciting fun stuff or just their regular work day routine. For me, it was more or less both. On one hand, starting at a new work place is of course always exciting, but since I did some pretty routine work on my first day I don't really have very exciting stuff for you to show. But I guess starting with today, this is what most of my workdays will probably look like. If you're curious what it's like - read on! I took the photos with my cell phone, so I apologize in advance for the quality ^^"

"Goooood morning! You awake yet?"

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Classic Varis-Birthday-Fail

So, yesterday was my birthday, and I guess it wouldn't really be my birthday if everything went really awesome for once. 

The day itself was cool, I got lots of nice wishes from people via twitter, facebook, instagram and text messages and whatnot, and I went to have dinner at my parents' place with my boyfriend. The weather was perfect too, I asked if we could have a barbeque if the weather is nice and it was! On Sunday we'll have the usual family gathering that my birthday usually turns into, because when I start inviting not only my grandma and grandaunt but also my aunt (who has the same birthday as me) I also have to invite my other aunt and uncle, and all of my cousins, and of course their kids, and our neighbors (who are like aunt/uncle and cousins to me) and of course my siblings and step-cousins and... all of the suden you have 30 people in the guest list ^^
Fortunately my parents don't mind hosting these parties every year so if the weather is nice we'll hopefully have a garden party to also celebrate the end of summer a bit!

But anyway. I took the opportunity that I went out yesterday to wear some make up!
I haven't worn make up since I got my new hair color, so it was fun to see how it would change my look :3

I have an eyebrow crisis atm. I hate their shape, but I don't wanna pluck/shave them completely or anything like that. Is there a way to train your eyebrows to grow in a different shape? haha.

Yep, my hair is now magenta-red-purple-something. Actually, it was more of a coincidence that the color turned out like this, but anyway, I think it's okay. I wish the tips were a bit lighter but they might turn lighter after a few washes I guess. Until then, I wear them in a bun or ponytail a lot so I see mostly the magenta part - I love this color!! I think it suits me also when I don't wear any make up which wasn't the case with black hair... so in general, I'm really happy, after the next bleach I'll try to go all pink and soon perhaps pastel colors I guess :)

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.

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 :)