Found our new apartment

This past week we’d finally come up with enough money to get our deposit and 1st month’s rent so, we went apartment hunting. It was harder than hell. Unfortunately, this is the season when people are looking for their own new places to live, or renewing their current leases. I don’t think I’ve called asking the same question to so many different people before.  ;31

After awhile, we just started driving around the tri-county looking for “For Rent” signs.  ;140 We had found a couple of places with potential but nothing that really hit home. Richard was getting exhausted by this point (we had already been driving and interviewing complexes for 4 hours. We saw about 10 or so complexes that had vacancies and a couple that didn’t even have anything available….) and he wanted some chinese food from the restaurant at one of his posts. We realized there were some apartments in that area we had forgotten all about! Called ’em both and viewed them, one was amazing and really clicked. So, we put a deposit down and are moving in 30 days exactly!!

Entry way

Living room; now this is just the model, but the unit was laid out the exact same way.

Dining room has hardwood floors!

Kitchen has hardwood floors, and surprisingly, there’s a microwave.

Hardwood actually ran through to the bathroom and hall.

Enough counter space for me to crowd it with make up and hair tools. ;115

That’s a queen sized bed. The room is actually really big with a little alcove that I plan to use for desk space.

Average sized closet.

Bonus of Richard exploring the court yard. ;115

Photoshoot ideas: Lotta deer

Lotta Deer ver. 1

I have been trying to come up with some ideas for a coord for an upcoming photoshoot with another local loli. So far, I keep running into walls. Having to think about the coords in full detail is actually pretty tedious, considering I have to find my stuff second hand, or on Taobao. Hopefully, the shoot will be far back enough that I can go hunting down/crafting for some of the ideas I have. Of course, this isn’t my only idea. I have lots more I wanna try to do with lotta deer, maybe I can try to find something in my closet to work.

Also, Gardenberries is another candidate for the shoot so I will just have to see what I can come up with.

What I am going for:

Something spring-feeling, yet classy and soft. The shoot is for a floating gallery (HOVER LOLIS, KIND OF.)

Lots of florals and cream colors.  Contrast? My partner plans to wear something a little bit darker (JetJ oil painting dress and I am jelly).

Beauty Review: cvs brand Facial brush

Brand: CVS

Col­or­ways: White

Retail Price: $19.99 + tax in applicable areas

Uses: Exfoliater, cleaner

Over­all Score: 3/5

 

A couple of weeks ago, I decided to stop using a towel for a sad excuse for exfoliation and purchase a generic brand facial brush from my work. This product was compared to the Olay brand facial brush; compared to the Clarisonic. The price between the three was exponential.  Which made it a decent buy if you’re not interested in dropping $30.00-$200.00 for the Olay or Clarisonic units.

This unit only comes in white. It has two speeds and two directions for maximum exfoliation. It’s pretty gentle, and you can really see the skin and buildup coming off when you rinse the brush. As I used it, I found less and less buildup coming off on the brush. Though if I lapsed, it was right back to pulling off lots. I tend to have lots of build up to begin with due to having large pores on my nose and near my cheeks so if I lapse, it’s like starting all over again. ;71 I did notice some skin tightening after using it. It was like my skin was able to breathe properly and because of the blood stimulation, it was better oxygenated. It alleviated some darkness under my eyes because it also worked like a massage for my face. ;91

The one thing I didn’t really notice was any minimization of my pores. I used a daily cleaner from Clearisol to help reduce oil build on my face (it helps some but I’ve got mixed skin). They clear up really nicely, but I probably should use a pore closer right after to help with clogging.

The unit is battery powered. Taking two AA batteries to power it. If you use it a lot, this will make up its cost in batteries alone. If you’ve purchased rechargeable batteries, then this product will actually need minimal charges and will give you more bang for your buck.

The unit is mostly waterproof and the battery cover has two covers for safety! ;87 (DO not SUBMERSE IN WATER.) The brush heads are small, but nice and soft with enough stiffness to get the job done. They say you have to replace them as soon as they start to indent or wear; I haven’t noticed any indenting but I’m also not grinding the thing into my face either.  ;142

Overall, it’s good for a cheapie. I don’t expect the motor to last long in it because battery motors tend to wear quickly with exchangeable power sources. It does a decent job of removing makeup and day to day grime but, it may be worth the cost to invest into one that has an AC cord. The one thing I do like a lot though is that your replacement brushes are super cheap. :fyeah: I do recommend it for a broke fashionista who wants to keep her skin looking like porcelain.

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