Double Review: Francesca’s Scrunchies + $25 Curling Iron!

Hey guys! First off, I’m so happy that you guys liked my March Lookbook post! I’m hoping to make more fashion posts like that and start posting more of that kind of format/style. 🙂 Today I’m going to be reviewing some scrunchies from Francesca’s that I got last weekend (two weekends ago by the time you’re reading this!) and I’m OBSESSED with them, lol! The other product I will be reviewing is $25 curling iron that my mom got for me (I believe she got it from Amazon).

Oh, and before we get started I want to say a HUGE thank you because WE REACHED 100 FOLLOWERS!!! *confetti flies everywhere* Eeeeeep, I’m so happy and excited, thank you so much! It means the world to me that so many of you guys would take the time to actually read my posts and then decide to follow along. THANK YOU! Hopefully, there will be a very exciting surprise coming late April to celebrate, so stay tuned! 😉

**Quick disclaimer: This post is not sponsored!** Let’s get right to it, starting with the scrunchies!


They come on a cute little paperboard cutout that can be used for storing them, which is great! When I first saw these, I fell in LOVE with the colors (blush pink is my thing, lol!) and they’re so, so soft.

The elastic is super strong yet just stretchy enough! Ahh, I’m still dying over those gorgeous colors. These scrunchies are just amazing quality – when you buy them off of Amazon, usually the elastic is super loose and flimsy, the fabric is weak, and there’s not a scrunch to it. It’s worth it to pay those few extra dollars and the quality be 100x better!

They hold super well in your hair – unless you’re going to be working out or doing something crazy active, they’ll stay in without using a hair tie under it. My hair is super thin, fine, and slippery, so I have to wrap it around three times for it to stay, but if you have super thick hair you could *maybe* get away with two!

There are 5 scrunchies in white, beige, bubblegum, rose pink, and maroon for $14.99! I definitely think it’s worth the price (in-store, they even had a buy-1-get-1-free deal so I got one for my friend’s birthday!), and I would 10/10 recommend these awesome quality scrunchies! You can get them here (once again, not sponsored lol).

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hoson curling iron

First off, it comes with a handy-dandy instruction manual, and of course the curling iron itself! It also has a nice cord (more on that in bit). It comes in four sizes: 1/2 in, 3/4 in, 1 in, and 1 1/2 in. I’m pretty sure I have the 1/2 inch – as I mentioned above, my hair is pretty long but reeeeally fine and thin, so I needed a smaller one. It has a convenient little rubber tip and a wire stand to prop it up when setting it down or heating, and the handle part is plastic (I think?).

It has some nice on/off buttons with buttons that allow you to adjust the temperature and even a little screen to view how hot it is, which is super nice and a lot more than you’d expect from a $25 curling iron! It can heat anywhere from 175 to 400 degrees (Fahrenheit).

It also comes with this unnecessary glove that’s way too big and makes my thumb look a thousand miles long, lol!

The cord is super thick and long, and it rotates 360 degrees on the iron so the cord never gets in the way!

Here’s a peek into the instruction manual (which is incredibly detailed for a curling iron, by the way). It gives you some technical info plus a sort of anatomy, and also some examples of “results” (which I’m pretty sure weren’t done with this iron and actually by professional hairstylists, but, oh well.) 😂

Alright, let’s try this out! I heated it to 275 degrees, but I recommend at least 300.

Lol ignore the fact that I’m wearing 3 scrunchies at once 😂

It’s really easy to use, and this is my first curling iron ever, so after a little bit of my mom helping me, I think I got the hang of it!

And that’s the final result! It creates some nice waves. Tight curls usually don’t stay, but that might just be my fine hair and my lack of using hair spray. The result is cute and easy, I totally recommend this inexpensive curling iron for easy results!

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Thank you so much for reading this post! I had fun making it, and I hope you had fun reading it, too. Stay safe, healthy, and happy, and expect more posts soon since I’m stuck at home and have nothing better to do! 😂😂😂

Do you like scrunchies? Do you ever shop at Francesca’s? Which color is our favorite? What curling iron do you use, and would you ever use this one? What have you been doing during the quarantine?

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March Lookbook – 10 Teen/Tween Outfit Ideas For Spring 2020!

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Hey daydreamers! Spring break is finally here, and I’ve felt so relaxed and refreshed this week…and a little bored, too. 😂 With all that time on my hands, I decided to create a bunch of blog posts, so I’m all set for the next couple of weeks! Yay me being productive! 👊😝

On the survey I posted last week, you guys wanted to see more fashion posts! I had this one all planned out, so it worked out perfectly. Hey, I’m here to do what the people ask. 😂 The nice thing about early March in Texas is that you can wear almost anything and not be hot or cold – jeans and a long-sleeve shirt, short sleeves and shorts, a short-sleeved dress and leggings, etc.

Another thing I love about springtime is the color palate, so I tried to incorporate a lot of light colors and pastels but also some dark ones also to balance it out! If you like any of these outfits, I’ll have similar items linked below and make sure to pin them on your Outfits board on Pinterest (and if you do, let me know and I’ll send you 3 free wallpapers!)

Without further adieu, let’s get to it! *Quick disclaimer: This post is NOT sponsored.*

Look 1

Shirt: Ivory Ella (every shirt you buy goes towards elephant conservation efforts!)

Overall shorts: Target (similar)

Scrunchie: Francesca’s

Sunglasses: Francesca’s (not the exact ones, but super close)

Look 2

Shirt: Similar (this is an old shirt that I’ve had for a while and Target doesn’t sell anymore, but I found a sorta similar option?)

Shorts: Target

Scrunchie: Similar (once again Justice doesn’t sell this anymore)

Look 3

Shirt: Just a plain white shirt tied with a hair tie, but the one I have is from Target.

Leggings: Justice

Plaid shirt (tied around waist): Justice

Scrunchies: Francesca’s

Look 4

Shirt: Stitch Fix exclusive

Shorts: similar

Scrunchie: similar

Sunglasses: Francesca’s (not the exact ones, but super close)

Look 5

Shirt: Just a plain white shirt tucked in, but the one I have is from Target.

Shorts: Stich Fix Exclusive, similar

Baseball cap: From Gymboree (which closed), similar

Scrunchie: Francesca’s

Look 6

Plaid shirt: Justice

Jeans: Similar

Boots: Target

Look 7

Shirt: Stitch Fix exclusive

Skirt: Target

Necklace: Originally from Crazy8, similar

Scrunchie: Amazon

Look 8

Dress, tied up as a shirt: Stitch Fix Exclusive

Jeans: Similar

Boots: Target

Scrunchie: Target

Look 9

Shirt: Stitch Fix exclusive

Shorts: Stich Fix Exclusive, similar

Scrunchie: Francesca’s

Sunglasses: Francesca’s (not the exact ones, but super close)


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Top: Originally from Crazy8, similar

Jeans: Justice

Scrunchie: Francesca’s

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I hope you guys enjoyed this post! I had a blast making it, and it was so fun and relaxing to put together these outfits! (And wow, today I learned just how much of my clothing is from Target and Justice. 😮😂) Remember, if you like any of these outfits, don’t forget to pin them! I have some really exciting posts coming up, and I can’t wait for y’all to see them! Thank you so much for reading, and have a fantastic day!

Which outfit is your favorite? What do you wear in spring? Aren’t Francesca’s scrunchies awesome? What’s the weather like in March where you live? What outfit would you be most likely to wear?

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Changes to the Blog! + SURVEY!

Hey daydreamers! So you might have noticed that lately I’ve been really inconsistent and disorganized with this blog. My posts haven’t been going up on Saturdays like they’re supposed to, and everything just feels slightly off.

So I thought some changes definitely needed to happen around here! Don’t worry – nothing too drastic is happening. I’m not quitting blogging or anything. I just thought a few changes might need to be made to get things working smoothly around here!


Don’t worry, the ballerina theme is going anywhere (I paid like $20 for those graphics, sooo….😂)! I’m thinking about switching my theme over so it feels new and fresh, and also switching up the fonts. The ballerina featured image is getting kind of old, too, so I thought of a cool Polaroid idea to accent the ballerinas! What do you guys think? Is there anything about the design you think I should change?


Lately, I’ve been having trouble getting posts up by Saturdays, because Saturday afternoon I’m like “shoot, I need to make a blog post” and then I start one but I run out of time and energy to finish it. If I don’t finish by Sunday, then it usually never goes up…

So I’m thinking of doing more of a scheduled approach that spreads the workload throughout the week:

  • Monday: Finalize what the post will be
  • Tuesday: Make a list of stuff that needs to get done in order to make the post
  • Wednesday: Write/photograph most of the post
  • Friday: Finish post and schedule
  • Saturday: Before it goes up, add finishing touches and images!

Hopefully this will keep me on track a little better!


I don’t know why, but lately I’ve been slacking on reading and replying to emails and comments. I’m so sorry if your email has been waiting in my inbox and I haven’t replied yet! I’m going to try to be a lot better about replying to comments and emails right away.

Also, I’m going to start leaving a comment on every post I read, because I know how happy I get when someone leaves a comment on my blog and I want to spread that to other people! 😄 I haven’t been reading a ton of posts lately and I feel like I’ve been missing out on all of y’alls incredible content in the blogging community, and I’m so sorry about that!


I’m going to start posting more specific content related to the categories on my blog. Right now, my categories are beauty, blogging, books, dance, fashion, journaling and art, lifestyle, music, travel, uncategorized, and writing.

I’m thinking about starting a new series about how young people can start blogs called Blogging Elementary! I started out when I was just nine, and blogging has helped me in so many ways. Most bloggers right now are teenagers (even at twelve I’m pretty young for a lifestyle blogger!), but I think we could encourage young bloggers to start creating and we can expand the blogging community, especially with doll blogging! What do you guys think?

I’m thinking about starting some other series, too – what do you guys think?


Finally…I decided to make a survey to see what YOU guys think! It would mean absolutely a TON to me if you took the time to fill out the survey – it only takes a few minutes. 😀 And make sure to share this post so more people can take the survey and DD can be better than ever!

Take the survey here!

see ya next week!

Thanks for scrolling through this post and checking out the new changes! Please make sure to take the survey and shoot me a comment below on what you think! 😀

And remember, if you share this post by reblogging, pinning on Pinterest, sharing on social media, emailing a friend, or any way you’d like, leave a comment letting me know how you shared it and you’ll get 3 FREE desktop wallpapers delivered straight to your inbox! This month’s theme is yellow and I’m super happy with how it turned out!

My Nighttime Routine! // VLOG

Hey daydreamers! Today I have a fun video for you guys. I had a ton of fun making my Winter Break Morning Routine post, so the other night I decided to vlog my nighttime routine!

Thanks for watching! ❤️ BLOG: ❤️ Intro: Taylor Layman ❤️ Endcard: EditingByMatthieu ❤️ Music: Audio library

I know I sound like a typical YouTuber when I say this, but I genuinely hope you enjoyed this video and thank you so much for watching! You can head on over to my YouTube channel (and maybe subscribe) if you want to see more videos like this, plus I post some American Girl World content there too!

What does your nighttime routine look like? Don’t you hate it when you get shampoo in your eye (lol)?! Any other moon-phase-recorders-with-frustrations like me? XD

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Reasons Why I Love You Jar |DIY Valentine’s Day Gift for Your Family!

Hey daydreamers! You might have noticed that it’s not my normal posting day. I’m really sorry about that, but I wasn’t able to get a post up last weekend because I had sooo much homework – 2 projects plus an oral report, typing and revising an essay, reading three chapters and writing a paragraph, a take-home assesment for a minor grade, video notes…not to mention I also had dance, a photoshoot event, and a father-daughter dance. 😳😳😳 So yeah, I was INSANELY busy!

I had originally decided just to not post at all this week, but then I came up with this cute craft idea and needed to post it before Valentine’s day, so that’s why I’m posting in the middle of the week!

Today, I’m going to be showing you a really cute, easy, and meaningful Valentine’s day gift that’s perfect to give to your parents or grandparents. You can have all of your siblings help out, and you can find most of the supplies at home! Let’s get started!

For this craft, you’ll need...

  • A mason jar OR a mini glass milk bottle
  • A straight edge cutter OR a pair of scissors
  • A pen
  • Pink or red tissue paper (you only need this if you’re doing the mason jar)
  • Pink or white card stock or construction paper
  • Hole puncher
  • Gold sparkly ribbon (white or red also works!)
  • A rubber band (not pictured)
  • Several sheets of plain white printer paper

First, write out 30 or so reasons why you love the person you’re giving the gift to! I made one for each of my parents. Make sure to mark “Mom” or “Dad” or whoever you’re giving it to on each sheet. You can be really creative with this, and try to write meaningful things for each person!

Using a straight edge cutter OR a pair of scissors, cut out the whole list so it’s easier to cut each reason.

Using a pair of scissors, cut out all of your reasons into little strips of paper – sort of like fortune-cookie style. Make sure to separate each list so you don’t get them mixed up!

Place the slips of paper into the jars/milk bottles.

These next few steps are for the mason jar ONLY – since I didn’t have a lid, I made one out of tissue paper! If you’re using a milk bottle and don’t have a lid, you can also do this for it too, and just adjust for size.

Trace the bottom of your jar to get a good idea of what size it needs to be.

Then cut out a huge circle around it – make sure you cut at LEAST one or two layers, so that way the color shows up a lot more! You might need to try a few times to make sure your size is large enough.

Drape two or three layers of your tissue paper circle over your cup, like shown. You’re kind of going for it to look like a jar of jam.

Then, take a rubber band and twist it twice around the top of the jar to create a little lid!

This step is for both jars. Since I’m making two, I drew two hearts on pink construction paper and cut them out, but if you’re doing only one or more than two you can adjust to however many jars you’re making.

Cut them out so now you have two small pink hearts.

Next, take a whole puncher and punch a small hole right at the “V” part of the two “humps” of the heart. If your punch goes through the top, then just add some tape at the top and it will still work.

Almost done with the hearts! These are going to be your tags. Add “To” and “From” on the back and write “___ Reasons Why I Love You” on the front.

Loosely measure how much ribbon you’ll need to be able to wrap around the jar and have enough string left over to tie a little bow.

Tie the ribbon after wrapping it around the jar. Make sure it covers your rubber band if you’re doing the mason jar! Slip the ribbon through the hole punch on the name tag.

Tie it once again around the front, and you’re finished!

Thank you so much for reading this! I had a TON of fun making this craft. If you followed along, I would LOVE to see what you made! Shoot me an email with your craft at emeraldphoenix[at]icloud[dot]com, and you’ll be featured in the next craft, art, or journaling-related post.

Speaking of…Janel sent in some pictures of her INCREDIBLE bullet journal spread!! How cute is that? Hers was so much better than mine!

Thank you so much for sending in your photos!! Now I wish it was Christmas again!

Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoyed!

Did you make this craft? Did you enjoy it? What do you think about Valentine’s day? Do you usually get or make your family any gifts?

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Room Tour!! // A Peek Inside My Bedroom 💖

Hey daydreamers! For some reason, it feels like sooo long since I’ve posted, even though I just did on Monday. 🤔 Anyway, I’ve been wanting to do this post for a super long time, and I finally am doing it today! Today, I’m going to be giving y’all a tour of my room!

When I was nine, I redid my room by painting it teal and making it llama-themed. I think that summer I switched with my sister and got my trundle bed and she got my old bunk bed. For the longest time (like several years!),I had my bed in the middle of the room, like this –

(From My Winter Break Morning Routine post)

It made my room feel a lot smaller, and my room got really cluttered because I would pile my stuff along the floor. But a few days ago, I decided to move my bed to where it’s against the wall, and I love my new room SO MUCH!! (overly enthusiastic lol)

I changed up some of my decor, redid my bulletin board, cleaned up my bookshelf and made some more room in a shelf unit, decorated my mirror, redid my bulletin board, added a shaggy rug, and added some fairy lights above my bed! I love the final result and I’m so happy with how my room turned out! So I decided after all that rearranging and since my room is finally clean (😂) it was the perfect time to post a room tour.

Excessively long intro aside, let’s get started!!

Hey guys, welcome to my room! Come on in – it’s the second door on the left, right across my sister’s. Let’s take a peek inside!

When you first walk in, this is what it looks like! My walls are a bright teal, and there’s a bright teal rug on the floor.

Let’s start with my bookshelf! At the top, I have a bunch of little pictures from my recitals over the years, along with random knick-knacks, snow globes, ceramics, photos, and paintings.

My bookshelf is black, and it’s kind of like the cubbies you’d use in kindergarten. All of my fiction books are arranged in alphabetical order, and that last little shelf in the corner holds all of my nonfiction books and memoirs. Also, you can see my backpack in the corner.

Each of the little cubes has some sort of artwork or picture or decoration in it, and one of them holds a bunch of random squishies. 😂

I also have some pink storage cubes with headphones and other stuff, and at the bottom I have a bunch of black and white storage cubes that I like to call the “barely organized abyss of junk boxes™️”. 😂

Moving on to my desk! It’s just white with a regular old chair and a little storage unit next to it.

I have a letter board that I write different jokes and messages on (any dancers get it? I found this on the Rockettes website and laughed out loud!) I also have a teal desk lamp with a sticker on it and a random pile of washi tape.

I also have a bunch of notebooks and writing books on my desk held up by two cute llama bookends!

Then I have…my bulletin board! I have all of my scrunchies hanging on tacks/pushpins (what do you call them?) so I can just grab one whenever I want to wear it. You might think I have quite a few, but that’s NOTHING compared to some of my friends – one of them has over 200! Anyway, I also have a bunch of other stuff – stickers,cool cards and photos, washi tape, drawings, polaroids, a nametag from a camp I went to, etc…

Next to my desk I have a little storage unit that holds all of my books and stuff for school that I don’t have in my backpack, and the bottom has a bucnh of old papers and homework in it. I also have a poster stuffed in the top because I’m trying to find a place to put it. 😂

Next I have my nightstand! I have my lamp, some tissues, alarm clock, phone charger, lip balm, whatever book I’m currently reading, my planner, diffuser, and Bible! (Whew, that was a lot 😂) The bottom has some slippers, a book that’s too large for my bookshelf, a writing journal, a pencil case with brush pens and regular pens, and then I also have a drawer full of random papers and stuff.

Looks like Chewy decided to join us for the tour! *dies of cuteness*

This is my bed! (Sorry about the dark picture.) I have two pillows, a llama squishmallow, and a bunch of llama stuffed animals. (Can you spot Chewy? He blends in lol!) Then I have two gold unicorn blankets and I also have another Vera Bradley blanket under the gold ones.

And this is my fairy light wall!! *dies of aestheticness* *yes that’s a word now* *don’t judge me* I’m so excited with how this turned out! I think I need to use clothespins instead of binder clips, because they weigh down the light strings a lot. I have a bunch of random polaroids, photos, printouts and stuff that I stuck on there for added-aestheticness.

And this is Bethany, my Llama head thing from Target. I’ve had this forever and I think it’s so cute and also hilarious at the same time, lol!

Next to my bed, I have a lamp with a fluffy chair and a llama stuffed animal I sewed. (Notice a theme?) This chair is really cozy and a nice little corner for reading, except it’s kinda fraying at the sides…

And above that I have a mirror with a bunch of bible verses, affirmations, quotes, doodles, etc drawn with dry erase marker (it comes off by rubbing your finger on it or with a dry eraser, and it’s a really fun hack to decorate your mirror!)

And over here, I have my gallery wall!! This used to be two separate walls but I rearranged it and combined both of them. I have posters, stickers, photos, a dreamcatcher, board and brush art, and some paintings and stuff!

Over here is just where I keep my dance bag and laundry basket.

Over here I have a little shelf unit with some art above it.

At the top, I have a jewelry box, camera, clock, Alexa echo dot, and some other stuff, and the bottom shelf hold all of my Bible/devotional books, and a bunch of scrapbook type stuff, and the top has all of my notebooks, journals, etc.

Whew! That was long! If you read all that, you get a huuuuge high five and the best reader ever award. Thanks so much for reading, and see ya next week!

What does your room look like? Opinion on llamas and fairy lights? Do you have a bulletin board? How do you organize your bookshelf (if at all)? What do you think I should post next?

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Two Years of Highs And Lows

Life is full of highs and lows. Especially when you’re me. Because, as of today, I’ve been living with Type One Diabetes for two whole years – and those years have been, quite literally, filled with highs and lows.

In case you didn’t know, I have this chronic condition/disease thingy called Type One Diabetes. Basically, my body can’t create this hormone called insulin, and insulin is something your body needs “to allow sugar (glucose) to enter cells to produce energy”*. So I take an artificial medicine version of it and monitor my blood sugar.


It’s weird though because it honestly feels like SO MUCH more than two years! I actually just wrote five years by accident. That just goes to show you – and me – that this is my new normal now! Even though sometimes I’ll forget to bolus for dinner, I’ve basically forgotten what it’s like to not need insulin to eat! In fact, I almost told my sister the other day to bolus for her brownie, like everyone needed to do that. 😂

I mean, some days I kinda want to scream “WHY CAN’T YOU JUST BE A FULLY FUNCTIONING PANCREAS LIKE A NORMAL PERSON” at my pancreas (😂), but other days I’ll wake up and be like “Hey, I’ve raised about $5,000 total for Type One Diabetes, and I’ve been an ambassador for the JDRF gala in my area and I’m gonna be this year, too, and I’ve helped people with my story!” Like I said, highs and lows!

It’s kind of crazy to see how far I’ve come from that first day back from the hospital where I was so stressed, wondering if my blood sugar would ever, ever come down and I was freaking out when I couldn’t eat things and I had to get used to taking four shots a day and constantly keeping my blood sugar in mind

Now, when I want to do a correction, I tap a few numbers into my pump (and an auto-correct ((haha! autocorrect)) update is even coming out soon!!) , I basically can have anything minus non-diet sodas (which is a choice) and I just have to swap out my pump site every three days and change my DexCom CGM every ten!

When I think back on that fateful day two years ago when I was slogging through an entire basketball game while in diabetic ketoacidosis, spent hours in a waiting room, getting the news that my current resting heart rate was 144, being rushed to the ER, getting the news I had Type One, and being rushed to the ICU…now I see less of all of that stuff, and more of the good things.

Like how we accidentally got the head nurse when we weren’t supposed to and she figured it out. Or how in the middle of the night, comforting worship lyrics came like a whisper. Or how my Grandma just happened to be there so she could take care of my little sister when I was in the hospital. Or when I got home, my family had cleaned my room for me and people had brought gifts and meals for me. All the little things God gave me, helped me, comforted me.

So…yeah. It’s been two years of highs and lows, but it feels like I’ve had this my whole life! And even though sometimes I get frustrated and I miss out on things and I feel bad when I’m low, I’ve been able to help people because of this. And, right now, I’m perfectly healthy.

So thanks to my mom and dad for being my pancreas, my mom for being my emotional support human and my dad for being the resident IT guy when it comes to my pump and numbers, to my awesomely supportive sister, to my whole entire family, to JDRF for all of the support and opporunities, to my amazing friends who don’t treat me any differently, and to you, the person reading this. Thanks for your amazing support. ❤️❤️❤️

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3 Hairstyles for Dance Class! | How to Do A Ballet Bun

Hey daydreamers! Y’all seemed to like my stage makeup tutorial from last week, and I’ve been really into trying out new hairstyles lately, so I decided to show you guys some bun styles for ballet class!

There’s not really a right or wrong way to do a bun – it just takes a lot of practice, but it’s pretty simple once you master it! There’s a lot of different techniques and styles that you can do, so here’s a few of my favorites (and the first two only took me less than 10 minutes, and the last just a little over that)!

#1: The Classic Ballerina Bun


First, start by brushing your hair up into a high ponytail. Make sure to smooth out any bumps and get it at the crown of your head. Secure with a hair elastic.

Now, separate the ponytail into two equal sections and twist one of the sections until it’s almost like a rope.

Take that rope of hair and pin it all the way around the other section until you’ve made a little donut around the remaining half of the ponytail.

Next, twist the remaining part of the ponytail into another little rope.

Take that rope and pin it all the way around the donut until you have a cinnamon roll! Don’t worry if it looks messy at this point – we’ll fix that in a minute. Try to pin down as many flyaway hairs as you can.

Twist a hair net (you can find them at literally any grocery store, drugstore, dollar store or anywhere that sells beauty products) around the bun — and voila! It magically turns that mess into a neat, clean ballerina bun. Hair nets are my secret weapon when it comes to dance hairstyles!

Finally, spritz some water around your head to smooth out any flyaways. Use a barrette or hairlip to pin up any hair that’s hanging out on your neck into the bun.

If you would like, add a cute scrunchie to finish off the style and cover up the hairlip and any loose hairs, and you’re done! Lastly, spray with hairspray. And that’s how you do a simple ballerina bun!

#2: The Donut Bun

My face in this picture 😂 For this next method, we’re going to be using a hair donut. You can find these basically anywhere – Claire’s, any beauty or drugstore, grocery stores, dance shops...

Start by, again, pulling your hair up into a medium-length or high ponytail, and make sure to get rid of any bumps. Make the ponytail nice and tight. (Mine’s pretty loose in that picture, but I fix that in a bit.)

Now, place the donut around the ponytail – like how you would wear a scrunchie or hair tie. Make sure the donut matches your hair color!

Spread your hair all over the bun, like a fountain. Then secure with a hair elastic. You should have some hair left over.

Next, separate the leftover hair into three equal sections and braid each section. Make sure to tie off the braids with a clear hair band.

Go around the bun, pinning each braid with bobby pins.

Pin them all the way around each other, and then spread the hair on the donut equally around it and pin in place.

Add a hairnet and – magic! – your bun is smooth and clean-looking! (Haha I sound like a commercial for hairnets)

Finally, pin up any excess hairs with a barrette, and smooth everything with water. Lastly, spray with hairspray, and add a cute scrunchie. Aaaand….you’re done!

#3: French Braid Twist Bun

For this one, you’ll need to know how to French braid. Basically, you braid from the top of your head all the way to the bottom, picking up more hair along the way as you braid. Here’s a great tutorial:

First, separate your hair into two equal sections.

Start at the top and french braid both sections all the way to the bottom – don’t worry if it looks a little messy!

Now, twist the two braids together to make a long, thick rope.

Wrap them in a circle around each other and pin all the way around in a circle, making a big braided donut.

Make sure to secure with a hair elastic and add extra bobby pins to stop wispies!

Finally, clean it up by adding a hairnet, smoothing with water, pinning down braids so they stay flat, and spraying with hairspray!

And you’re done!

And that’s it for this post! I hope you learned something new and maybe you tried out some of these hairstyles, whether for ballet class, a special occasion, or just around the house. Thanks for reading, and have an awesome day!

How do you do your hair for dance? Your favorite style out of the three? Can you french/dutch braid? What’s your go-to bun method?

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How I Do My Makeup for Performances // Stage Makeup Tutorial!

Hey daydreamers! You guys really seemed to like my morning routine post, so I decided to do something sort of similar to that today.

In this post, I’m basically going to be showing you how I do my makeup for shows and ballet performances, and this is pretty much how I did my makeup for Nutcracker a few weeks ago! (I miss Nutcracker so much!!! *cries*)

First off, I am in no way a professional makeup artist or anything, I have no idea what I’m doing and this is basically what I’ve figured out by experimenting and trying out products and stuff. And also, this isn’t sponsored or anything (haha as if, I wish this was sponsored lol)!

Without futher ado…my attempt at a makeup tutorial! 😂

This is just my face pre-makeup. 😂 Onstage, it’s really important to wear heavy makeup because the huge stage lights completely wash your face out, and you have to make sure the back row of the audience can see your facial expressions. You mainly just have to focus on brows, eyes, lips, and cheekbones.

Lol, I should know…once I was in a play and I didn’t wear ANY makeup at all, and it looks like I don’t even have a face in this picture! *Cringes*

The first thing I do is just pull my hair back into a simple ponytail, just to keep my hair out of my face.

First, I’m using a beauty blender and a Neutrogena product (I think it’s supposed to be cover up, but I sort of use it like foundation.)

Next, I apply the cover up on my chin, forehead, cheeks, and under my eyes. Then I blend everything in with the beauty blender by sort of bouncing the blender on my face and smoothing everything out with my fingers.

Next, I put some highlighter around the corners of my eyes to brighten them up a little.

Sorry this is out of focus! I’m using the light to medium matte bronzer, matte rose blush, and gold highlighter from this palate from the Nuetrogena makeup case I got for Christmas.

My face in this picture, lol! First, I take the matte bronzer and lightly dust it over my cheekbones, and blend with a beauty blender.

Next, I apply some blush to my cheekbones – a little more than I would usually do, because it needs to show up onstage. Once again, blend!

Lastly, I dust a touch of shimmery gold highlighter slightly above my cheekbones. And I – you guessed it! – blend it all in.

Onto brows! I’m using the light brown brow cream from the same case thing.

Using a brow brush, I brush on a thick line at the top of my brows, which looks really funny and strange at first, lol!

After that, I blend it together by rubbing my fingers over my brows, and then I fill in any sparse spots with the brow brush.

Next, I apply some glowy nude eyeshadow base with an eyeshadow brush. I really like using this because it smooths everything out and gives your eyes a bit of a natural glow!

Moving onto my favorite part – eyeshadow! I’m using the Candelight, Amour, Midnight, and Sparks colors from this palate, and a crease brush from a brush kit I got.

First, I dust the Candelight shade all over my lids. Then I go over that with the Amour color. After that, I brush the darker Midnight color from the bottom of my eyelids to my crease, and then go over everything with the light shimmery Sparks color.

Ta-da! Eyeshadow done, now onto lashes and eyeliner.

Doing my own eyeliner is really hard for me, so I usually have my mom do it…but I tried, and kinda failed, haha! For shows I always, always, always do winged eyeliner! I attempted a wing here and it’s kinda uneven…oh well?

Second-to-last, I apply mascara! I use this really big, thick one for onstage. I don’t know why, but mascara is really fun to put on for some reason. 😂

Normally, when I’m in a group dance, we all have one lipstick color that we all share so we look the same, so I usually put it on there. It kinda depends on the role: sometimes it’s pink, and sometimes it’s red.

Finally, fill in your lip liner with a bright red or dark pink shade, and you’re done!

I’m pretty happy about how this turned out! The eyeliner is only a little bit messy, and the eyeshadow turned out pretty well! I probably would’ve done everything a bit more exaggerated for a real show, but I didn’t want to put a TON on because it’s hard to take it off, especially thick eyeliner. 😂

And that’s it for this post! I hope you guys found this interesting, and maybe you can use it to try out some stage makeup of your own. Let me know what you think in the comments!

Have you ever done stage makeup? Do you like makeup everyday, or only for shows and special occasions? Pink or red lipstick? Are you bad at eyeliner like me?

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