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Get The Look: Zooey Deschanel Tutorial

I am really excited about this recent video I did with my friend Jen. She was a model in my previous Zooey Deschanel tutorial which is one of my most popular videos I have done to date. Being that it was so popular, I really wanted to re-film it with my new camera, but also show you how to really create Zooey’s signature look beyond the makeup.

Jen and I got together a few weeks ago and filmed a brand new Zooey Deschanel tutorial that is going to help you achieve her hair, makeup, and style! Of course, it always helps if you start off looking like Zooey, but the good thing is that these tips and tricks will work on anyone. We had  a lot of fun filming the video and I sure hope you all enjoy it too!

Products used in video:

Bumble & Bumble Does It All styling spray

Helen of Troy Professional 1″ curling iron (can’t find the exact match, sorry!)


Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation (3.5)

Elf Eye Shadow Primer

Maybelliene Paint Pot in Bad to the Bronze

Urban Decay Eye Shadow in El Doraldo

MAC eye shadows in Charcoal Brown, Wedge, Soft Brown, Rice Paper

MAC fluidline in Blacktrack

Maybelliene The Falsies Mascara

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey

Modcloth Dress by Emily and Finn: Kettle Corn dress in Sunset

Rocket Dog Madison black flats


Kardashian-Inspired DIY Chain Headband/Hair Accessory

Hey sexy ladies…okay, I’m sorry I’m starting this post singing Gangnam Style! Today I have a really great tutorial for you all on how to make a beautiful and simple chain headband/hair accessory!

I guess it’s no secret anymore, but I really like Khloe Kardashian. She seems like such a real person and I love her personality and style. I had been seeing a lot of photos of her with these beautiful hair accessories and I loved the look of it. My first instinct was to buy one and let me tell you, these can cost you quite the pretty penny. This led me to the thought of “Hey, I can do this myself,” which then led my husband to give me that doubtful stare, and rightfully so, as he has seen a few too many DIY projects to into the trash.

However, you are reading this post, which means this DIY project has been a success and it’s seriously so fool-proof. Trust me, I wouldn’t tell you it’s easy if it wasn’t. This should honestly cost you around $5 per headband and take you around 10 minutes to do. ^_^

Check out my video where I walk you though the steps and be sure to comment below and let me know if you try this out. If you do (and you should!) be sure to tweet me photos or post to my Facebook page. As always, don’t forget to like the video and subscribe! It means a lot when you do. xx

That reminds me! I have been more active on Twitter lately, so be sure to follow me if you haven’t yet!

How to Straighten Difficult, Frizzy, and Curly Hair Like a Pro

How To Straighten Your Hair with a GHDI can’t tell you how many struggles over the years I’ve had with my hair. I’ll be honest, my hair in its natural state is poofy, frizzy, and stuck somewhere between a curly mess and not curly enough to be cute.

It’s interesting, because when I look at photos of when I was little my hair wasn’t so bad. It was wavy, but looked smooth. My bangs looked decent and stayed flat and in place. However, when I got into middle school all of this changed. I moved to Florida.

The humidity in Florida will ruin even the most beautiful hair. Unfortunately for me, when I was in middle school, and even high school, hair irons didn’t exist like they do today. All that we had were blow driers and irons, yes, the ones you use on your clothes. FYI I never did that, I was scared of burns.

Now, I am not that old, I’m 27, but let me tell you, life before the flat irons was hard. My mom would sometimes help me blow dry my hair straight and it would take us at least an hour and the results were okay, but not great. Most of the time though I’d just use some Aussie Sprunch Spray and walk around with limp crunchy, curly hair. Sad.

Fast forward to 2012, I can finally say I have my hair under control, at least on the days I style it, because again in its natural state it can rival Bellatrix Lestrange.

Check out my video talking you through how I straighten and style my hair. I use a GHD Professional Gold (OMG now you can get pink–jealous!) 1 inch iron, and it is magical, I tell you. I previously used a Chi Turbo, and while it did the job, the GHD has almost cut the time it takes to flat-iron my hair in half.

Please watch the video for my method and some tips on products and styling! Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel as well! When I hit 100 subscribers I am having a giveaway!

I always find it funny when people think my hair is naturally straight. Oh, if you only knew…

What is your process for straightening your hair and how long does it take you?



Lazy Bun For A Lazy Girl

Let me start off by saying that I had my alarm set this morning with enough time to do my hair, makeup, and get to work by 8:30 a.m. Let me end that thought with telling you that I got to work at 9:06 a.m. I am fortunate to have a flexible schedule at work. I usually aim to be at work by 8:30, but between multiple snoozes and the fact that when I finally got on the road I realized I needed gas, that wasn’t happening today.

There are a lot of messy bun photos and tutorials all over the internet lately. They are called top knots, messy buns, princess buns, etc. You can be fancy and add braids or flowers or probably anything your heart desires, but don’t get too weird, okay?

A lot of tutorials I’ve seen have you use a sock or some other item to make your bun full and a perfect shape. I tried this one day about a month ago and while it was cute, I had a goddamn sock on my head all day. Now, I understand some ladies don’t have thick enough hair and need something extra to achieve the look. However, I was determined to have sockless bun.

Here is my result with no sock, only my hair. This photo is from my Instragram account, follow me! @danielleisms

I dig it. It takes a little more manipulating to get the right shape, but this took me less than five minutes. I plan to post a video on how I did this soon, but here are the basics:

  1. Secure your hair in a high ponytail and be sure to smooth away any flyaways or frizz (which I have a lot of). I also put a little mousse in my hair before I brushed it up into the ponytail.
  2. This step is optional depending on how much hair you have, but I lifted up the ponytail and teased the back just a little to add some volume.
  3. Now, start wrapping your ponytail around into a bun. You will have to play with it a little to get it in the right shape.
  4. Add bobby pins to secure your bun and keep your desired shape.
  5. Done! Off you go.

The reason I like this look is because it’s a great way to wear your hair on what I call one of those “final hair days.” I try to wash my hair only 2-3 times a week (it depends on how much and intensely I workout). On the last day I can feasibly go with unwashed hair (like today) this works perfectly. It’s also great for days you are too lazy or don’t have the time to straighten or style your hair. These buns look cute on curly and straight hair.

Are you digging the bun craze or do you think it’s weird?


p.s. If you haven’t already, come and like my Facebook page!

Hey, hi, hello!

Hi everyone!  How are you doing? Are you excited for the holiday tomorrow? I know I am. What makes it even more exciting is John and I are taking off Thursday and Friday and going to Disney World. We reversed the normal week, two days of work and five days of play. Woot! ^_^

I have a lot coming up in the next few months with my site so I wanted to let you all know what will be going on!

  • The site will be getting a makeover soon and have a complete new look. I can’t wait!
  • Photo quality will improve, I promise! John and I are working on a few things that will help with the quality of my photos as well as lighting.
  • Product reviews and giveaways! YAY! Who doesn’t love a giveaway?
  • Step-by-step tutorials on how to create specific looks! If you have a certain look you’d like to see, comment below and holla at me.
  • Video…maybe…no…yes…we’ll see… ;)
  • Facebook page! Please come and like my new Facebook page! It’s under construction, but it will be all fancy and cute before you know it.
  • Speaking of Facebook, are you following me on Twitter? No? Don’t be a big jerk and do it now, no one wants to be a big jerk.

So yeah…!!! Those are some highlights of whats to come!

Speaking of highlights, I got my hair done last weekend. My very talented friend Christine did a subtle ombré on my hair and it looks great!

Ombré on dark hair for summer! Are you lovin’ my painting of my cat?

I hope you all have a fabulous 4th if we don’t talk, and for my international readers, I hope your 4th is sweet as well, even if you don’t have a holiday! :*