Trying On + Rating All My Pointe Shoes!

Hey daydreamers! How is your weekend going so far? It’s been actually a really good week and I’m so excited for this weekend as well! When I saw Amber did a post like this, I thought it was a super fun idea! I asked her if I could steal the post idea, and she said I could, so I decided to try it! 😛 Thanks for the inspiration, Amber, and make sure to check out her post!

When you’re a dancer, you go through many pointe shoes because they “die” very quickly, or break down. The “shank” (the hard sole that is supporting you in the shoe) becomes bendy and soft, the “box” (the hard ends of the shoes where your toes are) becomes soft and unsupportive, and the “wings” (the sides of the pointe shoes toward the box) also break down.

This is because most traditional pointe shoes (with the exception of a brand called Gaynor Minden, which is what I currently have, that is made of different materials) are made of a special glue that breaks down with sweat, wear, and tear. My pointe shoes have all lasted various lengths, and I know some dancers that go through them every few weeks and others that only have to replace them every couple of months!

Because of this, I have a ton of old, dead pointe shoes that I haven’t tried on in forever. So today I’ll be trying on all my old pointe shoes and rating them out of 5! Whoah, that was a long intro, so let’s get right to it!

#1 – bloch european balance

These were my very first pair of pointe shoes! I got them in October 2019. These shoes were a bit too wide for my feet at the time (even though they’re the narrowest possible lol), and probably too hard of a shank, but I had no idea because they were my first ever pair.

In order to fit these onto my feet I couldn’t wear toe pads, ouch! These felt super weird to put on after so long, and they were pretty dead, but they actually didn’t look horrible on my feet?

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

#2 – mirellas

For my second a pair of pointe shoes, I switched to a different brand. I liked these shoes at the time, and now they felt super dead. They also didn’t have any elastics, because I ripped them off to use on a different pair haha.

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

#3 – mirellas

This pair of Mirellas is EXTREMELY dead, the shank is completely broken and I can bend the shoe in half. I wore these during Nutcracker, so that’s why they have calamine lotion on it to make it look matte.

This pair is wider than the second one, which is definitely too big. They’re also quite torn up and beat up, but they look good on my feet (although I definitely couldn’t dance in them!)

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

#4 – mirellas

This was my third pair of Mirellas, where I went back to the narrower width. I remember these shoes being a bit painful painful and only lasting less than two months.

I also remember them slipping off my heels all the time too. So these weren’t my favorite pair, which is why I switched the next time. XD

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Rating: 2 out of 5.

#5 – gaynor mindens (current shoe)

I decided to switch to Gaynors hoping they would last longer! They’re made differently then a traditional pointe shoe that supposedly makes them more durable. I’ve had them for about 2 months.

These shoes definitely took a couple of weeks to get used to. I like how they’re much quieter than a normal shoe, but they’re a bit harder to get all the way up on pointe. I was also fitted for these without toe pads, but that ended up not working out, so I had to find some thin toe pads to help with the blisters I was getting.

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

overall

the pointe shoe graveyard! lol!

To sum it all up: I’m only on my fifth pair; I tried Bloch Euro Balance for my first pair (they looked horrifying on my feet but I had no idea since I was brand-new to pointe lol). Then I had Mirellas for three more pairs (with various widths and lengths that were all kind of big), and now I have Gaynors! I like them for now, but I probably won’t be getting Gaynors again.

I hope that you guys learned something new about pointe from this post if you’re not a dancer, and that it was interesting! And if you are a dancer, hopefully it was also interesting to see the pointe shoes I’ve had compared to yours if you’re en pointe!

Also, sorry this post is up much later in the day then usual! I took the pictures for this on Tuesday, but ran out of time until Friday, and then our Wifi wasn’t working… so I’m finally getting around to posting this Saturday evening.

Oh yeah, one more thing, and then I’ll stop talking, I promise! 😛 You might have seen a story post called “What Posts Do You Want To See?” pop up in your reader several times. That’s because the story wasn’t working so I tried posting it multiple times and it never worked. Basically, I was asking for post ideas, so let me know any post suggestions down below in the comments!

Sorry about the long intro/outro and I’ll see you next week!!

THIS WEEK’S SHOUTOUT GOES TO Clover from Beautiful Days Blogging! THANKs for letting me know about the story and following my blog!

Are you en pointe? Did you find this post interesting? What posts should I do next?

Everyday Makeup Routine!

Hey daydreamers! I can’t believe I only have three weeks left of school, plus finals. Summer’s actually on the way!

I was thinking of what to post this week, and I remember a while ago I did an everyday makeup tutorial on here. I thought it would be fun to update that with the makeup I actually wear everyday now! I love putting on makeup and usually wear a little bit every day, unless I’m just staying at home, then I might take a break. Also, I am in no way a pro at makeup, I have no idea what I’m doing. Let’s get right into the post!

First I’ll start with the bareMinerals foundation. Sometimes I skip this step, but I’ll put it on if I’m feeling it. 😉

Next I use this concealer I borrowed from my mom.

I also use Burt’s Bee’s lip balm which is the best quality lip balm I’ve ever used! I usually add a touch of lip gloss, but I forgot to do that.

Sometimes I’ll go in with some eyeshadow from the Maddie x Morphe Imagination Palatte! I use the Butterfly Fantasy shade as a base, then go in with a mix of M3 and Latte in the crease. And I finish it off with the shade Angel for a bit of shimmer.

After that, I curl my eyelashes.

Then I do mascara – I use the Nuetrogena Healthy Lengths one.

Finally, I use this brow filler from Beauty Counter to fill in my eyebrows.

And that’s it! Short and sweet, and really easy to put on!

This post was so fun ot mkae! Let me know your makeup routine in the comments below. Have a great week!

THIS WEEK’S SHOUTOUT GOes TO Leisl Robbins! Thanks for commenting!

Do you use any of these products? What does your kmakeup routine look like?

Reacting To Your Assumptions About Dance!

Hey daydreamers! Goodness, it has been a crazy week, and I’m so excited for the weekend ahead! In between recording our spring show for dance company, a huge science project and tons of tests and quizzes, I’ve been super busy. Today’s post is going to be a super fun one. I’ll be reacting to y’alls assumptions about dance! A few weeks ago I asked for your assumptions about dance, and I got so many amazing ones! Thanks for the help on this post and let’s get into it!

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Spring Clean With Me!

Hey daydreamers! How has everyone’s weekend been so far? This post is inspired by Sadie Aldis – she’s an awesome YouTuber and she made a spring cleaning video that got me in the mood to tidy up my space for spring! This post is kind of self-explanatory, but basically, I’ll be showing y’all the process of how I deep-cleaned and organized my room + closet for spring. Hopefully, this is satisfying/inspiring! Let’s get into the post.

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What Are Your Assumptions About Dance?

Hey daydreamers! Another quick post for y’all – in a couple weeks I thought it would be fun to do an Answering Your Assumptions About Dance post! So I need your help – let me know your assumptions about anything dance-related in the comments down below! It can be about pointe, ballet, dancer life, etc. If you need an example, I’ve done a similar post where I reacted to your assumptions about me here and here. Can’t wait to see what you guys come up with! You can expect the post in 1 or 2 weeks. 🙂

Let me know your assumptions about dance in the comments below!

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Happy Easter!

Hey daydreamers! I decided to take the weekend off posting this week, because we went on a camping trip on Good Friday and today’s Easter! I hope that everyone has an amazing day with family and friends celebrating the resurrection of Jesus and the incredible sacrifice He made for us on the cross. Love you guys so much and have a GREAT Easter!

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How to Style A Tennis Skirt!

Hey daydreamers! I know I just did a fashion post last week, but I had no idea what to post and was actually planning on taking a posting break this week, when the white athletic skirt from Old Navy my mom ordered for me came in the mail. I immediately proceeded to try on every single top I own to see what would go with it and I discovered it could make a fun post. So a really similar post to last week is better than no post at all, right? 😛

I’ve seen this tennis skirt trend all over Pinterest. You’re supposed to wear it with a sweatshirt or sweater vest and collared shirt, but I’ve been wearing that exact same outfit to school for years. Why would I want to wear basically my school uniform outside of school? However, I thought the skirt itself was super cute and would be a fun change of pace from shorts, jeans, and leggings! I’ve put together some ways to style it, so hopefully y’all will enjoy and maybe get some inspiration. (The skirt I’m wearing is this one.) Let’s get into it!

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Spring Transition Outfit Ideas For March!

Hey daydreamers! Almost exactly a year ago, I did a March Lookbook post. I remember being super proud of that one. I thought it would be fun to kind of re-create that post, updating it with my current style and favorite pieces!

These outfits work well for March because it’s usually still cold enough to wear jeans and a sweatshirt if you feel like it, and on warmer days you can go with a short sleeve and jeans or long sleeve and shorts! Let’s get right into the outfits! This post isn’t sponsored (But hey, if Pura Vida or anyone wants to sponsor me, check out the collab page. 😛 JK!)

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