Amber Talks Dance, Favorite Bible Verses, and More | The Emmie Show Ep. 4

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Hey daydreamers! Welcome back to another episode of the Emmie Show! In case you’re new here, on the Emmie Show I interview different bloggers all about their blogging journey, advice, and other fun questions.

Today I’m going to be interviewing Amber from Dancing For The Holy One! I loved how this post turned out, and I’m excited for you to read it. We chatted all about dance, pointe, blogging, and more. My questions are in bold font and her answers are in regular. All of the photos in this post are from Amber’s photo gallery. Okay, let’s get to the post!

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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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Dance Q&A + Chat | ft. My Pen Pal, Natalia!

Hey daydreamers! I’m back with another fun collab for this week! Natalia and I exchanged addresses when she won one of my giveaways, so we decided to become pen pals and have written to each other ever since. If you didn’t know already, I’m a dancer, and Natalia danced for a long time. So, we decided to do a little Q&A about dance where we each asked each other 10 questions!

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Nutcracker 2020 Recap (Blogmas Day 1)

On the first day of Blogmas, my true love gave to me…

Hey daydreamers! It’s finally the start of 12 days of Blogmas, and I’m so excited! I’m feeling a little bit overwhelmed, since today when this post goes up I’ll actually be taking finals, but hopefully after that I’ll be able to get the rest of the posts scheduled! I’ve never done this before, and I think it’s going to be really fun! I have a ton of post ideas lined up, with a few special guests too!

To kick off Blogmas, I was originally planning on doing a Christmas-themed giveway…but then finals and Nutcracker happened and I never got around to it. I’m really sorry, but hopefully y’all will enjoy it anyway! 😉 Today, I thought I’d do a recap of this year’s Nutcracker!

I’m a ballet dancer (obviously, based on my blog design XD), and my studio/company’s annual Nutcracker is a huge part of my Christmas and is really special to me. I look forward to it every year, and this year would’ve been my first year performing as a member of the company! Of course, COVID messed it up, and in order to safely put on the production we had to do a virtual version of our show. It was still really fun even though I missed performing!

It took a ton of rehearsals and we ended up having to push filming back, but we were finally able to film the weekend before last weekend! I was super nervous the night before. Here’s what was in my performance backpack:

  • hairspray
  • hair bag with bobby pins, pins, hairnets, hairties
  • Wet Brush
  • extra pair of company tights and an extra leotard
  • my company jacket and warm-up pants
  • company earrings
  • huge bag of stage makeup with eyeliner, mascara, eyeshadow, foundation, concealer, brow product, etc.
  • light-up mirror
  • some homework to do backstage

Both days I had to wake up super early to do my hair and makeup and get there by my call time. We filmed at a fancy ballroom where people have weddings, and it was so cool: spiral marble staircases, elegant double doors, intricate tile flooring, tons of glittering chandeliers, and there were even peacocks walking around in the parking lot!

We didn’t have a normal dressing room, so we hung out in this huge bathroom that was maybe the nicest bathroom I’ve ever been in. XD There was even a chandelier in there! While we waited for our time to film, we touched up hair and makeup and hung out backstage. That part was kind of boring and made me miss the actual show a lot, since filming got really delayed and we were there from 7:00 to 4:00 and 5:00 on each day.

The actual filming part went pretty well! It was kind of stressful, because there’s so many moving parts and we couldn’t always start over since we got really behind. My feet were also dying – they were stuffed in pointe shoes for 5 hours and we danced on concrete, ouch!

I played two parts this year: a Petit Fluer (Aka little flower) in the Waltz of the Flowers, and a party girl in the party scene. It was my first time performing en pointe! We had to wear masks while we danced, which we were all super used to from filming, so that was good!

This was my party girl costume! (Taken in the fancy bathroom, lol) Both of my “big sisters” had also worn this costume when they were party girls, so that was cool! I liked the pink/peach color and it was so fun to dance in. We also had to wear these hairpieces to look like 1800s ringlets.

We had to film the party scene twice, since there were two Claras. I’ve watched the first one and it turned out pretty well, even though we had to retake it a few times! I haven’t seen the second one, though, and I randomly started doing the wrong steps and we didn’t have a chance to refilm it. That was probably the most stressful part: we didn’t have a dress rehearsal or a lot of time to prepare!

This was my costume for Waltz! The bodice/corset thing was super tight and kind of hard to breathe in, but the costume was so elegant and professional.

Filming Waltz took a lot of takes, and we had to film it three times for each Dewdrop Fairy. It was difficult to dance on the slippery/textured floor, but we figured it out and the end result was really good!

Overall, Nutcracker 2020 was definitely a different experience than normal and I really missed performing, but I had a ton of fun and the end result was really cool. Doing a virtual Nutcracker was definitely better than having no Nutcracker at all, and I’m really greateful for the experience!

I kind of liked making this type of post! It is Diary of a Daydreamer, after all, so do you think I should do more journal-entry type of posts? Or should I stick with more informative ones?

What kinds of posts do you like to see? Have you ever seen the Nutcracker? Or have you ever been in the Nutcracker? If so, what roles have you played? Are you excited for Blogmas?

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What to Ask for Christmas: Wishlist Ideas for Teens! (+Giveaway Winner)

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Hey daydreamers! I hope that everyone had a FANTASTIC Thanksgiving! 😉 I’ve been spending this break getting holiday posts scheduled for the blog, so I’m actually writing this before Thanksgiving happened yet. How has everyone been doing?

Raise your hand if you’re as excited about Christmas as I am!! 🙋‍♀️ For me, Christmas starts the day after Thanksgiving – no sooner or later! I might start listening to music a little bit before then, but not before Thanksgiving break at least. 😂

Right now is about that time of year when every single relative is asking for wishlist ideas. If you’re anything like me, you have this long running list of things you want throughout the year, but forget everything you’ve ever thought of when it’s actually time to ask for things! 😂 So, I’ve gathered some ideas for teens/tweens to ask for, and this also serves as the *perfect* gift guide for any teenage girl in your life. Let’s get right to it!

kendra scott jewelry

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My friends and I are all obsessed with Kendra Scott! I only have one pair of earrings from them, but my friends have these beautiful pendant necklaces. This item is definitely going on my wishlist this year, and you can totally ask for any jewelry from there! They have a ton of different rings, necklaces, and earrings in so many different styles and colors.

camp trunk

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Okay, this item might seem a little out of place at first, but if you go to a summer camp like me these footlocker trunks are a must! I’ve been wanting one forever, but they’re a little expensive to just buy for camp. Christmas is the perfect opportunity to ask for a nice footlocker trunk, and they even come in fun colors and designs!

pura vida

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I’m a huge fan of this brand and love all of the jewelry from here! While Kendra Scott has more classic, elegant jewelry, Pura Vida has a beachy, summery aesthetic. They’re known for their bracelets, but they have a ton of cute rings, necklaces, and earrings too! I’m definitely adding some rings from here to my wishlist, and any teen girl would *love* something from this brand.

makeup

Not everyone is a makeup person, but if you’re into it, you should totally ask for makeup for Christmas! I’m asking for the Imagination Palate from Maddie Ziegler’s collab with Morphe and Glossier Boy Brow. Glossier is a great brand, or you could just ask for a Sephora or Ulta gift card to shop for your own!

phone case

If you have a phone, you could ask for a phone case! There’s a ton of cute ones out there from different brands like Loopy and Casetify, and there’s so many prints, colors, and kinds you can get. I love this cow print one!

dancewear

If you’re a dancer, Christmas is *the* perfect time to get all the leotards you’ve been wanting! I only have three leos right now, so I really want to get some fun colorful ones for Saturdays and some basics for class. A great place to shop for leos is Discount Dance or a local dance shop! More ideas for dancers are foot stretchers, ballet skirt, or trashbag warmups.

polaroid printer

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I love the idea of a polaroid printer! I have a polaroid camera, but it’s hard to get the picture exactly right. There’s tons of photos on my phone that I wish I could turn into polaroids for my bulletin board, and this printer solves that problem! It also comes in pretty colors like pink, black, gold, and white.

FIBO STEEL Earring Set from Amazon

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I recently bought this set from Amazon with my own money, and I love it! I know there’s already a lot of jewelry on this list, but I’m kind of obsessed with this and I’ve been trying out a new earring each day. I love how they all match, so you could mix and match and looks great if you have double piercing! One thing I would say is that they feel a little more cheap than if you would pay $19 for one pair instead of 12, but it’s definitely a great deal and the perfect way to build your earring collection!

cute face masks

We wear masks to protect ourself and others, but why not look fashionable while you’re doing that? XD This Christmas I definitely want to get some fun face masks, maybe ones with a floral or Christmas theme in cute patterns and colors! Hannah from The Striped Plaid makes some adorable ones on her Etsy shop, so make sure to check that out! (Once again, not sponsored – I just love her shop! 😁)

Before we go, I have a quick announcement! Do y’all remember my giveaway with Chaudenade from before Halloween? (Psst…my code EMMIE20 is still available for 20% off your purchase through December 1 😉) Our giveaway policy is that the winner must respond within two weeks, and the winner that was chosen hasn’t responded. So, I decided to pick another winner!

A quick reminder what the winner will be getting: Four Chaudenade stickers, a bonus sticker to make up for the fact that two of them are Halloween (lol), some fun little surprises including Washi tapes, candy, and more! And the winner is…*drumroll please*

LIBERTY ABIGAIL!

Congrats, Liberty! I’ll send you an email ASAP about your prize! Make sure to check out her blog linked above. Thanks again to Chloe for sponsoring this giveaway, even if it’s a little late 😛

Thank you so much for reading this! Once again, I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and that everyone will have an awesome holiday season! I hope that this list helped you either pick out gifts for a teen girl or figure out what to ask for as a teen girl. See you next week! 😉

How was everyone’s Thanksgiving? When does Christmas start for you? What are you asking for Christmas? Did you add any of these items to your wishlist?

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Get Ready With Me For Cheer!

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You can use the code EMMIE20 to get 20% off your purchase at Chaudeande through December 1! (Excluding the mystery sticker pack)

Hey daydreamers! I’m super excited for this week’s post! I’m going to be showing you guys how I get ready for cheer, including how I do my hair and makeup for a game. I just had my first basketball game the other day, and I took some pictures while I got ready to show y’all basically how I do it!

Basketball is a lot different from football – it’s definitely a lot more chill, the cheerleaders don’t do as much and halftime isn’t a very big deal. There’s also a lot less people. Since this was my first time, I got ready as if I was going to a football game (minus curling my hair), but I think next time I’ll definitely do less makeup. Anyway, let’s get right into it!

For this cheer hairstyle, you’re obviously going to need a hairbrush, multiple hair ties, lots of hairspray, and your bow.

Start off by just brushing your hair to get it smooth and easy to style. Next – this is the most important part, so you might need to try this a few times! – draw a line with your fingers from your temples to your hair, like I did in the picture above. Keep going with the line until you’ve separated the top half of your hair from the bottom.

Next, I like to take a scrunchie to hold my hair in place temporarily as I brush out all of the bumps, smooth it over with water, and brush it again. Then I’ll take out the scrunchie and try to get it higher. I keep repeating this a bunch of times until I’m happy with the height and smoothness of the ponytail.

Once I’m happy with it, I secure it with a hair tie.

(Haha my expression in this picture XD) This is one of the most important steps – I make sure to spray it with a ton of hairspray! This holds it up while stunting, jumping, tumbling, cheering, and dancing throughout a long football game and smooths away any flyaways. My trick is to smooth it with water first, and then spray it with hairspray so it stays smooth the whole time!

Time for my personal favorite part – adding the bow! Our bow is so pretty, it’s one of our school colors with sort of an ombre rhinestone effect. I definitely miss the pink breast cancer awareness bows we did in October, but this one is super cute too!

It’s probably best to wait until the last second to put in your bow so it doesn’t get messed up, but I was really impatient and went ahead and put it in after I finished my hairstyle lol. Make sure to add another hair tie on top, or it’s going to fall out! Also double-check that you didn’t put it in on top of the other ponytails, or else it’ll be really floppy and we don’t want that. 😛 If you need to, add some bobby pins to secure it in place.

Now that hair is finished, we can move on to makeup! This is really personal preference – there’s not really a right or wrong way to do it, unless your team has to wear the same color lipstick or eyeshadow or something. Some girls on my team like to wear a ton of makeup, and some wear an everyday amount or none at all. I personally enjoy doing mine and I think it helps define your eyes a lot (especially wearing a mask this year!), so I like to do a little bit more than normal but not as much as I would for stage makeup.

First, I’m going to fill in my brows using this taupe shade from an Ulta kit thingy I got last year. If you have thick eyebrows you can skip this step and just brush them out, but mine are really, really thin so I like to fill mine in just a little bit.

Next, my favorite part of makeup, eyeshadow! I like to do a warm brown look using this Ulta palate. I used the Candlelight, Amour, Midnight, and Lavish shade in that order. My friends insist on using their fingers to apply eyeshadow, but I’m obsessed with this Morphe brush, so find what works best for you!

Argh, sorry, this picture is not focused! After eyeshadow I go in with a few coats of mascara. I go a little bit darker than I would everyday using the Nuetrogena Healthy Lengths Volume mascara. I’ll also go in with a light coat of this random old concealer I found in my mom’s drawer (she said I could keep it since it’s almost empty haha) under my eyes. It doesn’t make a huge difference but helps even out my dark circles a little bit.

Finally, I’ll use some of this amazing Rose Salve on my lips and cheeks!

Now that makeup and hair is done, all that’s left to do is change into my uniform!

Before I leave, I’ll usually have a snack and get all of my stuff together (poms, cheer bag, water bottle, diabetes supplies, change of clothes). Ideally, I would stretch for about ten minutes to get warmed up and I’d also go over every cheer and chant so they’re fresh in my mind, but that doesn’t always happen. 😛

Thank you so much for reading! I loved making this post, and I hope it helps you with cheer hair and makeup or it was entertaining to read. You guys seem to like these types of GRWM posts, so I hope you enjoyed this one! Should I do more cheer posts, like a what’s in my cheer bag or things I wish I knew before I started cheer?

Should I do more posts about cheer? Have you ever done cheer before? Do you like makeup or not? Opinion on hairspray (the literal glue that holds your life together or something to be avoided at all costs)? Would you rather be a blackspot, base, or flyer?

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Dance Update! Ft. New Pointe Shoes, A Ballet Q&A, and more

Hey daydreamers! Once again, sorry this post is late. I thought I’d have a ton of time to work on this post this week, but we ended up painting my room this week! I’m SO HAPPY with my new room – we painted it from a bright teal to a peaceful, serene light grey with a pink undertone. I also got an adorable new bedspread and nightstand, and I’m getting some more things for it for my birthday! I’m going to do a mega-room tour after my birthday in a few weeks, so definitely be on the lookout for that!

When I asked you guys for some post ideas in the comments on my fall aesthetics post, a highly requested idea was a dance post! It worked out perfectly since I just got new pointe shoes (and a new leo, ballet flats and tights), and you guys asked some amazing dance-related questions. First, I’ll be tackling the dance store haul, and then I’ll get to your questions and the updates!

🩰 dance haul 🩰

the grey is SO MUCH PRETTIER in person, this pic doesn’t show it very well!

First, I got some new ballet flats! (If you’re not a dancer, ballet flats are just normal ballet shoes. Dancers en pointe, or dancers who wear pointe shoes, call them that as opposed to pointe shoes.) I DEFINITELY needed these. I’ve had my old ones for almost a year, they were getting pretty small, and they had massive holes in both toes! Seriously, you could see my both my big toes popping out. I’d been putting off getting them since the dance store is downtown (so over 30 minutes away), so I grabbed these when I got my pointe shoes!

my dog in the corner ;P

Next, I got this ADORABLE black leo (non-dancer translation: leotard)! My studio normally has a strict dress code where you wear an assigned color, except for Saturdays. We were *finally* moving up to royal purple this year, which I was so excited about, but they decided to be more relaxed on the dress code this year (I guess because of COVID?) and let us wear pretty much any leotard. I really wanted a fancy black one, and I found one that fit perfectly!

It has a sweetheart neckline with lace straps that create a keyhole effect in the back. It’s super comfy, too! The only downside is you need someone to help you fasten and unfasten the back. I really love this new leotard and I’m so glad I was able to get it! Thanks, mom!

Not pictured, but I also got some new tights since mine ripped. 🙂

Finally, I got new pointe shoes! My old ones died (non-dancer translation: broke down to the point where they stopped supporting me) and I needed new ones really badly. I got pretty much the exact same ones but slightly wider.

Fun fact for non-dancers: Pointe shoes have no left or right when you first buy them! As you wear them, they start to sort of mold to your feet as they get worn down. I got the Mirella Whispers in size 4XX, since I have super small and narrow feet for some reason!

🩰 q&a time! 🩰

sewing the ribbons and elastics!

What outfit that you’ve worn is your favorite? I really liked my recital costume from several years ago that had a long tutu and a really pretty red color. It had this cute little velvet bodice with rosettes and velvet sleeves, but ironically that was the year I couldn’t make the recital and didn’t end up wearing the costume. XD

What are your best ballet tips? My best tip is to stretch at home! In class you don’t really get enough time to stretch to achieve a lot of flexibility. By stretching at home, you’ll get your splits and have better leaps and extensions! My other tip is to try your best to memorize the combination in class. This was really hard for me and still is, but if you know the combination you’ll be able to focus on dancing instead of what comes next!

Tell us about your favorite dance memory. My favorite dance memory was backstage at the Nutcracker with my two best dance friends (sadly they don’t dance at my studio anymore, and I miss them a lot!) and we made these crazy videos that I still laugh at thinking about.

Is ballet expensive? How much were the pointe shoes? I hear they can be up to, like $90, but I’m not sure that’s true. Yes, ballet can get pretty expensive. My studio is cheaper than most, but you have to pay a monthly tuition plus costume/recital fees. Leotards can be anywhere from $20 to $90, it mostly depends where you get them from! And yup, pointe shoes are around $80-$95. Thanks for the question, Chloe!

Do pointe shoes hurt? Sometimes yes, sometimes no. When I have a 2 1/2 hour rehearsal, my feet usually hurt pretty bad after dancing for so long, but for a 45-minute pointe class it’s not that bad! It depends on if you have a bad blister or the correct shoes.

Does ballet ruin your toes? It definitely makes them look pretty gross! I have a lot of blisters, bunions, and red spots (EW!) but that’s kind of the mark of the dancer. I don’t know about ruin, but for sure beat them up quite a lot!

What’s your favorite leotard style? Ooh, I love this question! I LOVE a spaghetti strap with a V-neck for everyday class. I think sweetheart necklines are so pretty, but they definitely look better on others than on me.

What does it feel like when you wear pointe shoes? At first it feels like you’re stuffing your feet into wooden bricks and walking around in flippers, but then you get so used to them that they just feel like regular shoes!

How long have you been doing ballet? I’ve technically been doing ballet since I was three, but I’ve been at my studio since kindergarten! This is my 7th or 8th year at my studio, but I’ve been dancing seriously for 2 or 3 years now (aka more than once a week).

Thank you SO MUCH to Diamond, Chloe, Haley, Natalie, and Libby for your amazing questions!

🩰 dance + life update 🩰

Finally, it’s time for the dance update! I thought I’d update you guys with how dance is going, how pointe is going, and some exciting ballet-related stuff!

Dance has been going great! I currently have four classes a week: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. I think I’m doing 4 hrs and 45 minutes a week right now 😳 It’s a lot, but it’s a TON of fun! We’re working on a new variation (non-dancer translation: solo from a ballet) for our online Christmas show and doing lots of pointe work. Pointe has been going pretty well too, but my new shoes feel slightly wide and I’m getting a blister. XD We have to wear masks and check out temperatures at the studio, and some people are Zooming into class and taking it online.

I recently auditioned for my studio’s pre-proffesional nonprofit ballet company, AND I GOT IN!!! *cue the confetti* I’m an apprentice, which means I’ll be learning every. single. part. in case I need to go on. I’m so excited because this puts me on track to new roles and opportunities, and (fingers crossed) possibly playing Clara in the Nutcracker someday! I had my very first rehearsal with the company on Saturday, and it was SO fun! It was so cool to be apart of something like that and dance with older girls I’ve looked up to for years. They were all super nice, too, which is great! It’s definitely a BIG time commitment, though – tonight I’ll be up at the studio for four hours! Wish me luck! 😉

This post was so fun to make! Once again, I’m super sorry about the lateness of it. I’m still getting used to my super duper busy schedule and have been slowly figuring out how to squeeze in blogging with everything else! Thank you guys SO MUCH for all of your support and participation in the last couple of posts, and thanks again to everyone who asked questions! If you have any posts you’d like to see, don’t hesitate to let me know through the comments or contact form! Love you guys so much & I’ll see y’all next week. Bye daydreamers!

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what’s in my cheerleading bag!

Hey daydreamers! As some of you may or may not know, I’ve been at cheer camp this week and it was super fun (and insanely exhausting)! Since we aren’t allowed to do stunts and stuff like that because of coronavirus, they basically shoved four halftime dances, the fight song, a million chants, a bunch of cheers, technique, and a bunch more into our brains, plus a ton of conditioning and stretching within five days. It was a lot, but also super fun and I got to see my friends who are also on the team!

At my school, it’s K-12, so there’s one cheer team for junior high (the team I’m on) and one team for varsity/high school. Our JH team is super small this year, so we’ll only have one stunt group, and my best friend and I are going to switch out as flyers and I’m so excited!

I’ve done a What’s In My Backpack and a few other dance bag/volleyball bag posts, and all of them have done super well and I had fun making them, so I decided to do a post showing you guys my cheer bag for camp! Without further introduction, let’s get started!

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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

I JUST REALIZED I’M WEARING THE EXACT SAME SHIRT AS LAST WEEK! AND I’M IN THE SAME SPOT….HOW WEIRD IS THAT!

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qj7iuiVBpao&t=326s

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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