Goodbye Grandpa

Choua Ger Chang

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My grandpa passed away late last night.

This year I challenged myself to share all side including the struggles and not just happy moments. My grandfather fought long and hard but could not overcome his illness. My heart aches when I recall his last days. However, that’s not how I will remember him.  In my mind and in my heart, I still see my grandfather how I saw him as a child.

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With an overwhelming amount of sadness, I not only say goodbye to my grandfather but to last of his generation in my family. He watched his siblings pass before him and now he can finally be reunited and walk with them again.

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My grandfather helped raise me and contributed to many of my values. When people praise me for being polite, considerate, and kind,  I can only thank my grandfather. His heart was so big and he loved so much.

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He was a man of persuasive eloquence and wide generosity. I wish that I inherited just a little of that. I remember taking him to Disneyland and to my favorite ride- Space Mountain. He described it as the tunnel of death because of the super bright flash of light towards the end. He didn’t understand the flash came from the camera.

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He loved animals especially birds. When he saw the penguin exhibit, he asked well almost pleaded that we take some penguins home for him to keep as pets. I had to explain to him that they couldn’t live in Fresno.

I may have lost a very important person in my life, but I keep him in my heart and in my memories. Recalling time spent with him helps soothe my pain just a little bit. Right now I’m not okay but I will be. His service will be next weekend October 13-15th at Hmong Memorial Chapel off of Belmont. Please help us send him off and honor his love for us all.

Yawg, mus zoo koj. Kub hlub thiab nco koj heev.

May you rest in peace.

Zam Instyle :: Hmong New Year & Silver Lining

Hmong Outfit

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I’ve been absent from blogging and social media for a while due to personal reasons. Something that has been helpful in keeping my mind busy is getting ready for Hmong New Year. I have a lot of projects that I want to finish before December. I’ll try to post about one of them by next week. These tough times renewed my love for cross-stitch embroidery and remind me of my own obsessive tendencies.

:: Zam Instyle ::

I’ve been a fan of Hmong Sister Shop‘s designs for a while now and I was ecstatic to hear about Zam Instyle. Even though I would spend a lot of time admiring the pictures on Facebook, I had some second thoughts about ordering from overseas. Shipping would expensive and I might not like it enough. Would it be worth it? Also, I have to admit, I have a lot of Hmong clothes already so do I really need more?

Zam InStyle is a company that strives to become a distributor to connect overseas sellers with customer’s in the states. They sell and rent Hmong clothes. I loved that idea and jumped at the chance to help them with their inventory shoot. In the midst of difficult times, I needed a little emotional break. Dolling up and getting dressed in Hmong clothes always brightens my day.

Dressing up in Hmong clothes always back fond memories of my great-aunt. It reminds me of the past when my great aunt would request us to come over, get dressed in Hmong clothes, and take pictures. I miss how her face would light up.

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This is one of my favorite outfits. I loved the royal blue and the embroidery. Personally, I would pair it up with one of my custom made white skirts instead since it flairs out more. I can’t wait to get a hat similar to this though.

::Outfit Details ::

Men’s Outfit (Shirt, Pants, & Siv):: Zam Instyle $115

Woman’s Outfit ( Shirt, Skirt, Sev, & Siv) : Zam Instyle: $160

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This outfit reminds me of one that Yasmi wore before. I found out that I’m not too fond of these box pleats but I loved how colorful this outfit is.

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::Outfit Details ::

Zam Instyle Price $140

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The inventory is quite diverse with a lot of modern designs. I always joke around that I’m an old lady stuck in a young body so I prefer more traditional designs but I love seeing new designs.

::Outfit Details ::

Zam Instyle Price $95

Thank you for reading! Please tell me in the comments below which outfit is your favorite.

Photography:: Lauj Tuam Xyooj & Wes Foto

How to make a Hmong Hat | Phuam

Hmong Hat DIY

This type of Hmong hat or headdress is worn by Hmong who lived in Sayaboury and they wear sev plooj. I believe some types of Hmoob Dub also wear a similar hat with a skirt. A small coin belt/sash is placed around the hat as well.

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::Materials::

Interlock Canvas

Purple Cloth

Black Cloth

Old T-shirt

Siv Ceeb (two types)

2 siv ceeb with 2 rows  paj co

Pom Pom Boa

Thread

::Hmong Hat Directions::

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  1. First make a pom pom boa of out of yarn.
    • Take a white rope
    • Wrap yarn around rope
    • Tie the top of the yarn really tight
    • Repeat until you have a pom pom boa to your desired length

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2. Cut interlock into two shapes. The first shape is a circle with a slight point for the top of the hat. The other shape is used for the side of the hat.

3.  Sew purple cloth onto the second shape. First hand baste the purple fabric onto the interlock canvas. It works best with a fabric that has some stretch to it.

4. Cut an old t-shirt to sew on the inside of the second shape. It doesn’t really matter which color since it will be on the inside. Fold the edges and hand sew the t-shirt to the interlock and purple fabric. Remove baste stitches when down.

5. Cut 2 pieces of black fabric a little large that the top of the hat. Take one piece of black fabric and fold the fabric over the interlock. Hand baste stitch the fabric to interlock. Take the second piece and tuck in the edges and hand sew to the interlock and first piece of fabric. Remove baste stitches.

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7. Take the purple piece and wrap it around your head. Pin the edges together. Hand sew the edges.

8. Take the top piece and sew onto the top of the purple piece. Since the purple piece is drawn at an angle it should be slanted. This hat does not look pretty if there isn’t an angle.

9. Take the siv ceeb with the larger print and wrap around the bottom of the hat. Make sure one piece over laps the other and to leave about 1 cm of purple showing. Hand sew the siv ceeb onto the purple layer. Alternate the different type of siv ceeb and repeat. Make sure to wrap in the same direction for each layer.

10.. Place the pom pom boa on the edge and top of the top of the hat and hand sew the boa on the hat.

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12. I store the little money belt away separately so that it doesn’t tarnish. When wearing the hat place a little money belt below the pom pom.

Thank you for reading! Let me know in the comments below if you want to see more tutorials on Hmong clothes.

How to make a Hmong Hat | Phuam Dai Hlaws or Phuam Dai Paj

Hmong Hat DIY

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Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing how to make a Hmong hat. I remember I spent one summer many years ago working on the embroidery of the hat and making pom poms. I think I embroidered about 6-8  pieces. My mom made them into hats and there was one left that was unfinished. This summer I decided to finish it so that I could learn how to make this Hmong hat from start to finish. This type of Hmong hat is worn with sev plooj and pants.

Materials::

Black 14 count aida cloth

Black Cotton

Thread

Pom Poms

Beads

Interlock Canvas

Interface

1 Siv Ceeb

Hmong Hat Tutorial::

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  1. First, you need to complete the embroidery for the top of the hat. Above I have an example of the pattern I used. Feel free to change up the colors. I start from the bottom right corner, leaving some room at the top. The top piece will be tucked into the part of the hat later.

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2. Iron on the interface to the back of the embroidery.  This will help make the top part of the hat sturdy. Fold the piece in half and iron to make a nice crease. Tuck in the outer edges. edges to make it neat and sew the tucked edges with a sewing machine.

3. Fold the piece in half and iron to make a nice crease. Unfold.

4..Tuck in the outer edges to make it neat and sew the tucked edges with a sewing machine.

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5. Fold in half along the crease.

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6. Sew the left and bottom sides with a sewing machine. The top edge should be the crease and the right edge should be open.

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7. Now you can add pom poms to the top piece. I used 6 beads per pom pom and attached the pom  by going through the center threads used to tie the pom pom. I attach 1 pom on top and 1 on the bottom and leave a little over 1 inch in between the pom poms.

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8. After you attach the pom poms it should look like this.

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9. Now cut out 1 circle out of the interlock canvas (white grid). The circle above is about 7inches in diameter. A circle with the diameter of 7 will make the circumference of the hat about 22 inches. If the circumference of your head is bigger cut out a bigger circle, if smaller cut out a smaller circle.

10. Cut out 2 circles out of the black cotton fabric. This circle should be larger than interlock circle.

11. Iron on the interface to the black circles.

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12. Hand sew the black circles onto to the interlock circle.

13. For the first black circle, place the interlock onto the interface side and fold the edges of the black circle over. Sew the edge of the circle.

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15. Cut out a rectangular piece of interlock. The length should be the circumference of your head + ~3 inches. The width is about 5 inches. For reference, my measurements were 25 inches X 5 inches.

16. Cut out a rectangular piece of black cotton, It should be about 1 inch longer than the interlock about 2 times wider. My piece was about 26 inches x 12 inches.
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17. Place the interlock on top of black cotton near the top edge. Leave about 1 inch of room. Fold the top of the edge down and sew onto the interlock.

18. Fold the sides in and sew onto the interlock.

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19. Take the top piece and place it over the interlock and center.

20. Fold the bottom of the black cotton over the interlock. Tuck the edges and sew.

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21. Overlap the edges of the rectangle to fit the size of your head and then hand sew it closed.

22. Place the circle on top and sew it on top of the edge of the hat.

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23. Flip the top piece of the hat over onto the circle.

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*** I forgot to take a picture of the finished hat with siv ceeb so I used a photo of a different hat instead.

24. Fold and sew siv ceeb at the bottom of the side of the hat. I usually have 3 black stripes and 2 white stripes and sew it a little less than an inch from the bottom.

25. Optional: Attach small coins to the front of the hat.

Thank you for reading! Please like, comment, and share.

Hmong Outfit :: Silk & Lavender

Hmong DIY

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Right now I’m in China visiting a friend. Being exposed to different ethnic minorites here inspires me to make more Hmong clothes.  I probably need to invest in a better sewing machine since my sewing machine is about to give out on me.

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This outfit was made by my mom and I made the hat. Even though there are trendy modern outfits, I still love and appreciate simple more traditional Hmong clothes. My mom usually makes me at least a new outfit a year if not she makes me multiple. Growing up, I helped her and this year I decided that it was the time that I learned how to make them on my own.

Even though I am still a beginner, I want to spend time writing down the steps so I don’t forget.

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In the outfit above, I am wearing a shirt, apron, skirt, belt, and sash. The belt is actually too long for me to tie so I have to safety pin it. I love the colors of this outfit and can’t wait to wear it during Hmong New Year.

Personally, my favorite piece to sew is the apron. There are different ways to sew it and in a future post, I’ll share my tips and tricks.

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This hat is the first that I made by myself and kinda went on a hat making spree afterward. This hat is based on phuam paj a type of head wrap worn by white Hmong that lives in the region known as Tsua Noog Roov towards the Khammoune region of Laos. I loved bright colors of the headdress. By making it myself, I was able to customize the hat. The sparkly siv ceeb brightens the hat and my complexion. While looking at hats, I noticed that some people cut costs but not using siv ceeb and used a gingham print fabric instead.

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The only thing that would take a while would be the embroidery on the two panels of the hat, but that was actually my favorite part. The focal point of the hat is the colorful embroidery. In order to replicate the look of a head wrap, tuck one panel in at the top and place it at angle.

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Currently, I am trying to balance my wanderlust and my sewing projects. It doesn’t help that traveling inspires me to make more outfits. I already have a list of things to try to make when I get back to the U.S.  Additionally I ran out of room to store my Hmong clothes so when I get back I have to reorganize them and find a solution.

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Stay tuned for a tutorial on how to make the hat. I’m going to post a different hat tutorial first because  I have access to those photos during my trip.

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Thank you for reading and comment below to share your current project or how you store your Hmong clothes.

Photography:: Rosely Vue Photography

Hmong Fitted Shirt Pattern Tutorial: Bodice

Hmong Fitted Shirt

Materials::

Ruler

French Curve

Paper

Pencil

My measurements for reference:

Bust:32 inches 8.5

Waist:24 inches 6.5

Hip: 34 inches 9

Torso Length: 22 inches

Directions:

Front of Shirt

  1. Fold paper in half
  2. Draw a line 5 inches from center. Mark as Point A.
  3. Draw a line 22 inches down from Point A and mark as Point B. Line AB is the torso length.
  4. Draw a line 3.5 inches to the right of Point A and mark as C. Line AC is the neck of the shirt. 3.5 inches should be plenty. Only adjust if the person has a much larger neck.
  5. From Point C draw a diagonal line to the edge. Point D is on Line AB. Point D will be used to draw the bust line. Line CE is the wrap front part of the shirt.
  6. From Point C draw a line 3.5 inches to the right. Mark as Point F. Line CF should be slightly smaller than your shoulder length.
  7. Draw a line 1 inch below F and mark as Point G. Line CG should be the length of the shoulder.
  8. Draw a line down 22 inches down from Point F and mark as H.
  9. From Point D draw a line to the right about 10.5 inches. Mark as Point I. Line DI is the ((bust measurement +2)/4) +2. For example, my Bust Measurement is 32 inches.
    • 32+2 = 34 ( I add 2 inches for room)
    • 34/4= 8.5
    • 8.5+2=10.5 (This allows the shirt to be able to wrap and overlap nicely)
  10. The waist line is about 5 inches down from Line DI. You have 2 options to determine where to draw waistline.
    • Option 1 based on your measurement. This would the length from your bust to your waist.
    • Option 2 based on Line DB. For me, Line DB is 12.5 inches long. I split it so that it would be a little less than half on top and more than half on bottom. 5 inches and 7.5 inches.
  11. From Line DB,  draw a line to the right about 8.5 inches and mark Point J. This line is the ((waist measurement +2)/4) +2.
  12. Draw a line 11 inches to the right of Point B and mark as Point K. Line BK is the ((hip measurement +2)/4) +2.
  13. Use the French Curve and ruler to connect points G&I, Points I &J, and Points J&K.
  14. About 4 inches the right of Line DB on Line J mark Point L. Draw a line going through point L touching like DI and BK.
  15. 0.5 inches to the right and left of Point L mark Point M and Point N.
  16. Draw a diamond using Points M and N. The top point should not touch line DI. I made it about 2 inches below. This can be determined but your bust radius.
  17. Use the French Curve to draw the bust seam. If the person has a big bust and large bust radius, this seam should be drawn curvier.
  18. Repeat and mirror steps for the other side.

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Back of the Shirt

  1. Fold the paper in half.
  2. Mark Point A directly on center fold.
  3. 22 inches down from Point A mark Point B. Again Line AB is the torso length.
  4. Draw a line to the right of Point A 3.5 inches long and mark Point C.
  5. Go down 3.5 inches from Point A and mark Pont D.
  6. Draw a line 2.5 inches to the right of Point D and mark as Point E.
  7. Go back to Point C and draw a line to right 3.5 inches long and mark as Point F.
  8. Draw a 1-inch line down from Point F  and mark as Point G.
  9. Draw a line down from Point F. I went down about 9.5 inches and marked point H. Line FH should be the same length as  Line AD from the front.
  10. From the center fold,  draw a line 10. 5 inches that crosses through Point H and mark as Point I.
  11. About 5 inches down from line I draw a line 8.5 inches from the center fold and mark as  Point J.
  12. From Point B draw a line 11 inches to the right and mark as point K.
  13. Use the French Curve and ruler to connect Points G &I, Points I&J, and Points J&K.
  14. On Line J, about 4 inches from the center fold mark point L.
  15. 0.5 inches to the right and left of Point L mark Point M and Point N
  16. Draw a diamond. The tips of the diamond should touch Line I and Line BK. This is a waist dart.
  17. Repeat and mirror steps for the other side.

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Finals Steps

  1. Cut out panels and add seam allowances. The seam allowance should be about 0.5 inches.

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Weekend of Wine:: Military Jacket & Ankle Boots

Weekend of Wine:: Military Jacket & Ankle Boots *** One of my favorite things to do is wine tasting. I love looking at the different shades of wine in the glass and trying to notice the different notes with my nose. It’s a sensory experience! Double tap if you want to try wine tasting! *** :Outfit Details: @madwell jacket @urbanoutfitters dress @nordstrom bp ankle boots @quayaustralia sunglasses *** #madewell #urbanoutfitters #bp #quay #uoonyou #fresnofashionblogger #styleinspo #igfashionblog #colorcrush #instastyle #urbanstyle #igblogger #styletip #shopaholic #shoptillyoudrop #consciousculture #flashesofdelight #ilovetoshop #iwillwearwhatilike #whatimwearing #shopstyleit #realoutfitgram #pursuepretty #streetstyleluxe #yourlifestyled #igstyle #fashionable #petitefashion #lovethislook

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Happy Sunday, everybody!! It’s been a while since I updated my blog. I recently switched over from Blogger to WordPress.  The past couple of weeks, I spent time making a couple of changes here and there. The transition frustrated me.  I’ll admit I was close to giving up and going back to what I was comfortable with. However, in my heart and in my mind, I knew that I would only stunt my growth. Additionally, I have been on posting daily on Instagram @PetiteRosesandWine and getting back into PIIT28.  If you don’t already follow me on Instagram, please add me instagram.com/petiterosesandwine!

Today, I’m sharing an outfit that I wore wine tasting in Shenandoah Valley. I love extending the wear of my dresses so that I can wear them during all seasons. For this look, I paired this printed dress from Urban Outfitters with my neutral ankle boots and a structured military jacket. Personally, I like adding a little bit edge to my outfits to balance out the feminine touches. How would you describe your personal style?  Please leave your answer in the comment section below.

::Outfit Details::

Urban Outfitters Dress XS

Madewell Military Jacket XXS

BP Boots 5

Quay Sunglasses Old

Thank you for reading.! If you like this post, please share, comment, and subscribe.

 

 

Makeup Review::Jenn Ne Sais Quoi & Dohee

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Happy Sunday, everyone! Last year Jenn Im released some makeup products in collaboration with Colourpop, but it was sold out by the time I decided to purchase the collection. Almost a whole year later, I was able to snag a couple of products during the special re-release.

:Jenn Ne Sais Quoi | Super Shock Shadow Collection:

Jenn Ne Sais Quoi is a play on the French phrase “je ne sais quoi” and Jenn’s name. This quad consists of 4 shades of Colourpop Super Shock eyeshadows.  All of the shade have french names: Un, Deux, Trois, and Quatre (one, two, three, and four). Un is a metallic champagne shade which is perfect for an inner corner highlight or for dusting all of the lids. Deux is a satin brown shade. Trois is a satin reddish brick brown shade. Quatre is a dark matte brown shade. For the price point, the eyeshadows are a really good quality. They are soft, opaque, and easy to blend. The pigmentation is great with a brush and even better using your fingertips. With the different finishes, you can create a variety of looks with all four colors without reaching for another palette.

Right now one of my favorite looks is Trois all over the lid, Deux to blend it out, Quatre in the outer v, and Un as the inner corner highlight and slight dusting over the center of the lids. Since the colors are warmer they are perfect for summer.

:Dohee | Ultra Matte Satin Lip:

Dohee is orangey coral shade. The formula isn’t drying but isn’t completely matte either. Even though I like the formula, the coral shade pulls too orange on my skin tone and isn’t flattering one me. I think if you are more tan, you will be able to pull this shade off.

Thank you for reading!

Mikasa Beauty Brushes:: Complete Eye Set & Lemon Drop Review

MikaseEyeBrushSet Mikasa Beauty Brushes:: Complete Eye Set & Lemon Drop Review MAKEUP This post may contain. referral links that provide Roses and Wine compensation. Please read disclosure for more information. Thank you for your support. 

Happy Tuesday, everyone! In a previous post, I shared my first impression on my new brush set by Mikasa Beauty. If interested in purchasing brushes from them use my code CAROLCHANG25 for 25% off your entire purchase. 
My order consisted of  Complete Eye Set & Lemon drop:

  • 1 of Mikasa E100 – Angled Liner Brush
  • 1 of Mikasa E110 – Eye Liner Brush
  • 1 of Mikasa E200 – Angled Shadow Brush
  • 1 of Mikasa E230 – Eye Shader Brush
  • 1 of Mikasa E240 – Short Eye Shader Brush
  • 1 of Mikasa E300 – Blending Brush
  • 1 of Mikasa E310 – Pencil Brush
  • 1 of Mikasa E320 – Tapered Blending Brush
  • 1 of Mikasa E330 – Large Blending Brush
  • 1 of Mikasa E400 – Double Ended Brow Brushes
  • 1 of Mikasa S100 – Lemon Drop

:Review:

LemonDrop Mikasa Beauty Brushes:: Complete Eye Set & Lemon Drop Review MAKEUP

 Mikasa S100 Lemon Drop | $11

This is a bright yellow makeup sponge made out of non-latex foam. The yellow reminds me of Drybar products. I’ve tried various makeup sponges from the Beauty Blender, Pony Effect Pebble Sponge,  and Real Techniques. Despite trying different brands, my Beauty Blender is still my favorite and I was excited to see how the Lemon Drop would compare. After using the Lemon Drop a couple of times, I think that it is a good alternative for the Beauty Blender. When wet, the sponge expands and blends in foundation well. I still think the Beauty Blender is better but if I had to pick a cheaper alternative I would pick the Lemon drop over other competitors. Compared to the Beauty Blender, the  Lemon Drop is a little bit denser.
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Mikasa E100 Angled Liner Brush | $11

The angled brush is ideal for drawing a cat eye with gel eyeliner or even for defining eyebrows. This brush is made out of synthetic hair allowing the brush to be used with gel, cream, and powder brushes. When I don’t want a softer look, I spray this brush with fix plus and dip it into an eyeshadow and line my eyes.The brush is soft on the skin and dense.
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 Mikasa E110 Eye Liner Brush | $11

This thin brush is good for getting really close to the lash line and creating a thin natural line. I personally wouldn’t reach for this brush that often because I use a liquid eyeliner when I want a thin precise line.
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 Mikasa E200 Angled Shadow Brush | $12

The curved bristles on this brush make it ideal for blending around the inner corners and I could see it used for applying highlighter as well.MikasaE230Closeup Mikasa Beauty Brushes:: Complete Eye Set & Lemon Drop Review MAKEUP
Mikasa230EyeShaderBrush Mikasa Beauty Brushes:: Complete Eye Set & Lemon Drop Review MAKEUP

  Mikasa E230 Eye Shader Brush | $12

I love this brush. The white goat hair brush has a round tapered head which makes it ideal for applying eyeshadow all over the lid. Personally, I lean towards white brushes so I can see which brushes I need to clean.
Mikasa240Complex Mikasa Beauty Brushes:: Complete Eye Set & Lemon Drop Review MAKEUP

MikasaE240ShortEyeShaderBrush Mikasa Beauty Brushes:: Complete Eye Set & Lemon Drop Review MAKEUP Mikasa E240 Short Eye Shader Brush | $12

This brush has short goat hair bristles with a rounded head. The short bristles allow the brush to pack on color. I can also see this brush used to smudge eyeshadow along the lash line. I have yet to try that.MikasaE300CloseUp Mikasa Beauty Brushes:: Complete Eye Set & Lemon Drop Review MAKEUP  MikasaE300Blendingbrush Mikasa Beauty Brushes:: Complete Eye Set & Lemon Drop Review MAKEUP  Mikasa E300 Blending Brush | $12

This blending brush works so well! The bristles are made out of soft goat hair with slightly tapered bristles. I think blending brushes are a must in anyone’s brush arsenal. Sometimes it’s just blend blend blend and eyeshadow looks amazing!!!MikasaE310Closeup Mikasa Beauty Brushes:: Complete Eye Set & Lemon Drop Review MAKEUP

MikasaE310PencilBrush Mikasa Beauty Brushes:: Complete Eye Set & Lemon Drop Review MAKEUP

 Mikasa E310 Pencil Brush | $12

This brush can be used to apply eyeshadow in the outer v or in the inner corner. The soft rounded tip is made out of goat hair and is pretty precise. I find myself reaching for this brush over my Morphe brush.MikasaE320Closeup Mikasa Beauty Brushes:: Complete Eye Set & Lemon Drop Review MAKEUP MikasaE320TaperedBlendingBrush Mikasa Beauty Brushes:: Complete Eye Set & Lemon Drop Review MAKEUP Mikasa E320 Tapered Blending Brush | $12

This is larger blending brush than E300. I use a clean fluffy brush to blend out the eyeshadow for a softer edge on the outside towards the brow bone. The bristles are made out of goat hair and the tapered bristles allow me to get into my crease and smooth out the transition shade as well.MikasaE330Closeup Mikasa Beauty Brushes:: Complete Eye Set & Lemon Drop Review MAKEUP MikaasaE330LargeBlendingBrush Mikasa Beauty Brushes:: Complete Eye Set & Lemon Drop Review MAKEUP Mikasa E330 Large Blending Brush | $12

This brush is sooo fluffy! I use it to blend and to apply light washes of color. Last weekend I used it to apply a light shimmery shade on the center of my lids and it was so pretty! I could see this also used as a precision highlighter brush for the nose and philtrum.
MikasaE400DoubleEndedBrowBrush Mikasa Beauty Brushes:: Complete Eye Set & Lemon Drop Review MAKEUP
MikasaE400Closeup Mikasa Beauty Brushes:: Complete Eye Set & Lemon Drop Review MAKEUP
MikasaE400Closeup2 Mikasa Beauty Brushes:: Complete Eye Set & Lemon Drop Review MAKEUP

 Mikasa E400 Double Ended Brow Brush | $12

This brush is made out of synthetic fibers. One end is used for applying brow products and the spoolie is used to blend. Right now this is my favorite brow brush. It helps me fill in and define my invisible eyebrows.

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I would highly recommend buying a set of brushes from Mikasa Beauty. The brushes are high quality at an affordable price. Both the synthetic and natural hair on the brushes were soft and durable. Again, if you are interested in purchasing brushes use my promo code for 25% off CAROLCHANG25.  Thank you for reading!

Look out for my next post about my JennNeSaisQuoi quad and look!

Pop of Pink:: Overlay Skirt & Embroidered Top

File_000-5 Pop of Pink:: Overlay Skirt & Embroidered Top OUTFITS
Happy Monday, everyone!!! Today, I’m sharing an outfit that I wore to the Old Town Flea Market. In my Madewell Haul, I picked up this black overlay midi skirt. I paired it with a pink crop top with white embroidery and a scalloped hem. The scallop detailing and the embroidery adds some texture to the outfit and the lightweight skirt with the addition of wedges adds length. By pairing a high waisted skirt with a crop top, I create the illusion of having longer legs and hide my long torso. If you like the skirt, you should hurry and buy it while it’s on sale! Right now it’s $30!

:Outfit Details:

H&M Crop Top XS Old
Madewell Overlay Midi Skirt XXS
Target Wedges 5
Kate Spade Black Suede Crossbody Old
Quay Sunglasses Old