19 September 2011

Doing-It-To-Myself

So I took it upon myself this weekend to shorten my bangs. Simple enough to do at home, and something I’ve done between hair cuts before with no problem. Like all the fashion mags tell you to do, I twisted the bangs together and then cut - but I did it so quickly and on a whim that when I looked at myself in the mirror right after that, all I could do was bust out laughing. I forgot that your hair shrinks a bit when it is dry. I forgot that you should probably spend more than two seconds deciding on the length. They're going to live brushed aside or pinned back for a while. Let’s just leave it at my bangs are a little shorter than I’d like right now.

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This is unfortunately not the first self-maintenance mishap of my life. There are tons more stories. Like the reason I started highlighting my hair? You can thank my first (and last) an at-home highlight kit – you know, the ones with the funny cap and knitting needle-looking thing? Well, BF’s mom offered up her help and hair expertise (which should have been a raging red flag at the time, considering this was the same woman who would get her hair permed, go home and immediately wash it, then wonder why she ends up with a fro - every single time) and two hours later people were calling me “tiger.” Which is why, months and months and months later, I am still highlighting my hair, albeit with a professional!

And my first passport pics from high school and why they will never see the light of day again? Well, that was around the same time I discovered the tweezer and tried to tame my unruly eyebrows, which apparently meant brow-scaping them to two squiggly lines – that one took forever to grow back.

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Of course I blame everything on my mom - who, when I was nine, took me to get my hair permed. The beauty shop was real busy that Saturday and the ladies left me in my curlers, soaking up the solution way too long. I ended up with the human girl equivalent of a poodle cut, which my big sis tried to tame back with a few bobby pins in the days following - and of course, one of those days following included my class pics.

I also have had my share of self-tanner explosions, razor issues, cover-up catastrophes involving the world's larget pimple which decided to set up shop right between my eyes literally on my first week on a new job, and on and on. So what about you gals? I think we could all use a good-natured chuckle on a Monday - what have been your (funny now) beauty-related mishaps?

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Top: J. Crew tippi
Skirt: F21 fitted knit
Necklace: Anthro gold finger (worn here)
Bracelet: F21 stud stretch
Shoes: Michael Kors hamilton ( worn here - sim here, peep here, luxe here)

35 comments:

  1. Do you have any tips on trimming split ends? I have gotten to where I absolutely do not trust the "professional" hair stylists after a couple of horrible mishaps. As far as funny mishaps, I got this larger than life pimple on the right side of my chin. When it went away one showed up on the left side. I think it just changed sides. Thankfully they are both gone now. I love your outfit.

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  2. most likely the god awful makeup i was applying on my eyes in HS ... that was actually BROWN lip liner. oh the horror!

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  3. Aw I hate when that happens! One time, I was bleaching the tips of my best friend's hair (male) and after a bottle of wine decided that I could put some bleach highlights in my dark brown hair. of course, we didn't have that plastic hat with the holes in it, so we used a Safeway bag and some scissors. I had orange blobs all over my head which started about two inches from my roots. No bueno. And this guy is gay, shouldn't he have known better? No, no he didn't. I redyed it the next day. I love the colors in this outfit and that necklace is so pretty. here's to cutting it close and living to tell about it!

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  4. How do you always find the best skirts from Forever 21? Amazing. After growing my hair out for my wedding, I had an appointment to get a "trim" and do a trial run for my "wedding" hair with my sis in law to be (she is a stylist). So she cut it and then curled it and put it up in the wedding style. I did not notice till I was washing my hair hours before my bridal shower (at her house) that she had CHOPPED half of it off. It was so layered and thin and short. I cried and cried and cried. I pulled it back into a bun and went to shower and never told her...

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  5. Lisa, you are killing it with the skirts lately!! Has someone been shopping lately? :)
    I love the shades of blue going on. I think we should have a blogger Tippi sweater party.

    I don't have any major beauty mishaps, although in the 2nd grade I had bangs and got caught in the rain on what was picture day. My frizzed out bangs and nerdy glasses picture still make me cringe a litte.
    There was also a time in high school when I got sick of my hair and decided to do my own cut. I ended up with a bob that wasn't terrible, but definitely not completely straight.

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  6. LOVE the colour of this skirt!
    What's with our mum's wanting us to have perms when we were young? My mum actually did an at-home perm kit on my head and I was so embarassed the next day in school!

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  7. When I first started tweezing my eyebrows, I had the GENIUS idea that it would be much easier to just shave them...with a regular women's razor. WHAT IN THE WORLD WAS GOING THROUGH MY HEAD??? My poor eyebrows have never been the same :) Let's just say I'll never live that down! My poor Mom was mortified over my actions!!!

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  8. Nice outfit!

    I have tried a few times tweezing my eyebrows but... I'm not doing it myself anymore, for obvious reasons: not talent at all :))

    Maybe if I keep trying it would work but I don't want it to walk around with "trying-to-learn" eyebrows in the meantime :p :)

    xx

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  9. When I was in 7th grade I decided to wax my eyebrows while my mom was at work. I accidentally took half my eyebrow off! I drew it in with an eyebrow pencil for months before I even told her what I had done. She looked at me very closely and burst out laughing-guess I covered it quite well though!

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  10. I'm notorious for doing things at home that should be left to professionals!

    You look great- Love the color combo :)

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  11. I LOVE that blue skirt you're wearing girlie! Super cute! And no sweat about the bangs...you still look fab! I always end up taking a pair of scissors to my bangs and mess them up...think I'd learn!

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  12. Great outfit!! I love the color coordination!! I got my hair permed when I was 12 and they permed my bangs!! I probably looked much more poodle than you did!! lol.

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  13. Haha we all have crazy stories like that.

    My worst DIY was at-home waxing (leg). The first strip was so painful that I just let it cool...but left the spatula in the wax. Needless to say, I couldn't return it and let +$60 go down the drain. My roommates at the time still call me crazy for trying to do it myself - leave it to the professionals!

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  14. My worst at home disaster was allowing a friend to give me a bob haircut in 7th grade. Oh my. She cut off SO MUCH HAIR and it was the shortest hair ever. I went home and got in so much trouble I will never forget it. It literally was razor short in the back and considering my hair was past my shoulders prior, the folks did not care for that! I also once decided I need to nair the non-existant hair along my lip. OMG. My skin was burned for 24 hours! Not a pretty sight!!!!!

    Lisa, you DO find the best skirts at F21!!!

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  15. Classy casual. Love the outfit with the gorgeous pop the necklace brings! My mom was crazy enough to let me cut my own bangs for years. Lesson I keep from that... always PAY when there are scissors around!

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  16. I love the color of that sweater! And it looks fabulous with the skirt. I remember when I was younger, my grandmother took me for a haircut and let me decide what I wanted to do with my hair. I had no ideas so they threw a magazine at me and told me to skim through it and pick something out. Being quite young and pressured, I picked something I thought looked reasonable. But the one thing I didn't realize is that sometimes the cut doesn't turn out exactly the same in real life and long story short, I hated the cut on me.

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  17. I love the blue combo you've got on, and I'm sure your bangs will grow back in no time!

    Chic on the Cheap

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  18. Oooh, LOVE! What a fantastic skirt! Since when does F21 make skirts that don't end right under the crotch? Seriously love it!

    I had a convention to attend a few years back where I was going to finally meet several women I'd chatted with online. Wouldn't you know it, I got a HUGE zit on my eyebrow that actually made my eye swell half shut for a couple of days. :(

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  19. I love those blues paired together! Just wore a very similar color combo for one of my OOTD :)
    Oh, and I've definitely messed up my eyebrows with tweezing. More than once. I never learn my lesson!

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  20. Beauty related mishaps? Me? Never. :D

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  21. I have been eyeing that skirt! It looks really good on you. I cut my fringe once after seen I lovely haircut in a magazine and it was the most horrible thing I could do, never again!!

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  22. If you hadn't said anything I don't think I would have noticed. In fact, I still don't notice. Your hair is looking long and glorious!

    I love your colorblocking here. You are my style hero!

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  23. I'm not sure I can think straight long enough to give you a funny story, I'm too busy drooling over your shoe! I absolutely adore them! ( though I have plucked off way more than I intended to on more than one occasion.....)

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  24. beauty mishap: right now! My trusted haircutter of many years and I got bored with my graduated bob at the same time, and we decided that she should shorten it a little and cut in a few layers. Made my hair look thin and straggly, and now I'm growing it out. Faster, hair, faster!

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  25. I love your colors here...and you are very brave to cut your own bangs :)

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  26. Hey, what is it with asian mothers and perms? Your story was a total flashback for me, along with the tweezers. Teenagers should never be allowed to tweeze their eyebrows without supervision. At least yours grew back, me, not so lucky :) I really like your color choices with this outfit- I would have never thought to put them together but they look great!

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  27. your necklace is amazing! thanks for the lovely comment!

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  28. I really like the combination of the blue/green with the browns of the neckalce and the shoe.

    I had a similar hair dying experience but instead of tiger I got skunk :).

    Thanks for the sweet comment.

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  29. One time, I decided on a whim that I wanted to get a perm (this was before the nice digital perms came out). A friend of a friend recommended a salon in Chinatown (I should have known better, I know!) so I went and got it done there. It took maybe 30 minutes only and by the end my hair was completely damaged and had the texture of a rubberband. I ended up going back to my regular hair guy, practically begging for forgiveness since I had essentially "cheated" on him. I think he felt so bad for me and the condition of my hair that he fixed it all for free! Needless to say, I haven't gotten my hair done by anyone else since then and that was nearly 10 years ago!

    Btw, love the sweater on you. I got it in the same color and can't wait to wear it!

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  30. Loved hearing about all your beauty mishaps. I, too, have tried to cut my own bangs and it ended in disaster. I've never tried to color my own hair, though... definitely leaving that one to professionals!

    I love the colors in this outfit, and I can't believe the skirt is F21!

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  31. First time I hot combed my hair I burnt my bangs away. I wanted to dye my hair golden brown and ended up blonde (Etta James shade) hair. I think that's it for my crazy beauty stories, but if I remember anymore I'll let you know.

    I really like your skirt and the color-blocking in this outfit! :)

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  32. love this color combination on you!

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  33. I haven't gone (too) wild with the eyebrow tweezers, but I just can't get the hang of using the eyebrow scissors. One side ends up fine, the other ends up mowed ... so I think I am just going to play it safe and visit my eyebrow lady more regularly. :p

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