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New Way To Connect

Posted by terrepruitt on October 14, 2020

I was recently listening to a recorded meeting for Nia teachers and one of them came on camera to share something she was doing as a way for her to learn a routine and connect with students. The teacher said that she had “pop-up” Zooms where they just popped on for 15 or 20 minutes to review a song and that was it. I thought this was a great way to connect with community during this time when we can’t actually meet in person, so I tried it today. We had a great time.

This being the first time I decided to do this “pop-up” Zoom right after our regular Nia class. I was thinking that it would be easier for the students to just stay then if it were a separate meeting. I figured the Nia students would stay and more people could join.  I had notified people of the plan ahead of time.  My husband pointed out that advance notification makes it not truly a “pop-up”.  To which I responded, that since it was not in my monthly e-mail or on my website I was considering it a “pop-up”.

When everyone arrived I quickly spoke a bit about katas, what Nia calls a combination of moves. The katas were what I wanted to focus on, the arrangement of the katas can be changed and would take a lot longer than 15 minutes to learn so that was not what this meeting was for — AND THAT WAS THE PART I WAS TRYING TO LEARN. Simple review, me showing/explaining, then them doing.  I would check in after each kata and with a “thumbs up” response we would move to the next one.  I reviewed the three katas in the song, and then we basically did them to music in the order in which we reviewed them.  To me I often feel a review of moves does not prepare me for doing them with the music, so we did them to the song.  Then after a “thumbs up” all around we danced the entire song.

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Thanks to Joan T.  for her idea.  I think we are going to do it again!  Although the next time I will probably send out advanced notification and I might put it on my website so I might have to change the name to a “pop-in”.  Pop in, learn the song then go about your day.  I want it to be a quick thing so people will come and we can keep it light and fun.

What do you think?

Are you or your teachers finding ways to stay connected while we are not have in-person classes?  What are you all doing?

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Changes For Nia Members And Teachers

Posted by terrepruitt on October 12, 2020

Ahhh, today there were two meetings on Zoom to introduce the new options for Members and Teachers.  There was one for brand new Nia White Belt Graduates, since I just attended that training I was able to listen to that one.  Then there was one for people who are current Nia Members and I am a current Nia member.  So in light of those meetings I feel like it is the perfect time to post this post that has been sitting on my desktop.  I want to remind readers that I am a Nia teacher, I teach a dance exercise class called Nia.  Nia is really much, much more than that, but that is how I describe it when talking about what I teach.  I have written many posts about it and I have a lot of information about it on my website.  Nia was initially created by two people, Debbie Rosas and Carlos AyaRosas.  Carlos left the organization in, I believe it was 2010.  Debbie has continued the work.  It is so difficult to describe what “the work” means.  She continues to learn about the body and why it needs to move and then applies that to trainings.  It is multi-dimensional.  I am posting this as a reminder that anything I post about Nia has come from their/her teachings.  As I have said many times before not everything in Nia is new . . . they did not invent the moves we do in Nia, but they have added their own way of doing them and learning them and showing how they can help you move in your body more comfortably.  In addition to that reminder I want to remind people that many of the movement class forms (Zumba, PiYo, etc.) that you may take require the teacher to be licensed.  Nia is one of those things.  I pay a fee in order to market my class as “Nia”.  And Nia is introducing new ways that people can be licensed.

When I directly quote Debbie or the material I state it.  As a Nia teacher we are encouraged to share information about Nia.  I have taken pictures of our routine covers and I have created documents myself.  I have also used pages of The Nia Technique Book.  But I don’t post pictures of the training material from the belts.  ANYONE can buy The Nia Technique Book, but only a participant receives the training material – well, now I can say only a graduate as a current member receives the training material.  🙂 (This is part of the new options.)  I share the information about the belt trainings to entice you into wanting more.

Nia is giving options on licensing.  It used to be that if you wanted to teach you paid a licensing fee – either monthly or annually.  That fee came with a lot of things . . . DVDs of the routines (music, the choreography, and the additional training for a routine), teleconference calls, written articles, handouts, and various stuff, now the routines are on NiaTV and there are podcasts and other recorded things.  There are meditations and various types of movements including routines with the 52 Moves and Moving to Heal . . . there is a plethora of stuff.  Nia is going to have three tiers in which people can stay connected to the wealth of Nia training, they will still have the monthly NiaTV subscription if you just want access to Nia Workout Videos, Music, and Podcasts. The tiers just relate to the additional stuff that is part of Nia.

They are putting up a new website this week (hopefully Wednesday, 10/14/20) so you will be able to get all the details there.  I do not want to start to list them because I don’t want to misstate anything.  It is better for you to get the information from the source.  I am just giving you a heads up to let you know that there are options now.  And with Nia there is always a huge amount of material to access.  So as a member you can get a lot of information and if you want to teach you get more.  Each tier adds on stuff we will have access too.

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Since the old website is going away and it will have a new look, I thought I would post my profile page as a photo for this post.  I really hope that you will look into Nia . . . you can look into as a movement practice (if you like to dance) or if you want more.  Keep in mind the new website should be up this week.

So exciting!  Who wants to talk about Nia with me?

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Brought To You By Nessa

Posted by terrepruitt on October 9, 2020

And today’s Friday Photo is Nessa.  I was scrolling through my phone and was surprised by the clarity of this photo.  That’s it, nothing special – except for the subject matter herself.  Nessa and I were playing.

 

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Full Belly Farm Pizza Dough

Posted by terrepruitt on October 7, 2020

We haven’t had outside prepared food since February or maybe March.  I really wanted a pizza . . . now I kinda want anything that I would normally have just to have a treat . . . for now we are not having takeout of any kind, so I am making pizza.  I don’t make the dough.  Dough and I have a love-hate relationship; I LOVE to eat it, but I HATE to “deal” with it.  It always just sticks to my hands and I can’t deal with that.  People say to use more flour but then I just end up with flour all over the place and dough stuck to my hands.  A friend who used to make pizza every Friday night says she uses a bit of oil.  I tried that and realized it works.  So I use more than a bit of oil.  At first I was just putting it in the bowl with the dough (bringing it to room temperature seems like a must) and flouring the pan, but then I decided to put oil on the pan.  My niece gave me the idea to use parchment paper to roll out the dough because I was ending up with dough all over my hands AND my rolling pin.  I have to put oil on the parchment paper so it doesn’t stick, but I am able to just wipe the roller off because there is no dough or even oil on it at all.  Parchment paper (and my niece) to the rescue.  So this isn’t really a recipe, it is just me showing how I “make” pizza.  And the terrible job shaping that I do.

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I take the one ball of dough and split it to make two pizzas . . . a his and a hers.

I LOVE mushrooms on my pizza and I prefer they get cooked FIRST, so I have to cook the mushrooms.  I don’t really LOVE tomato sauce so I usually just put that on my husband’s pizza.  I just use a bit of olive oil.  Most times it is just mozzarella and mushrooms, sometimes breakfast sausage.  But I asked for Ricotta (my husband does the shopping) and they didn’t have the regular kind and my husband bought some out of the deli case.  I don’t know about your grocery store, but things in the deli case at our supermarket tend to be the more “gourmet” kind of stuff and definitely more expensive.  This ricotta was sooooooo good.  It was so smooth and creamy.  Yum.  I wish I would have noticed the lid was upside down when I took the pictures.  I turned the tub so I could read the side but didn’t even notice the lid.  I was focused on the reflection of the pizza dough label.  (Ok, so I can’t take pictures NOR deal with pizza dough!)

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I wrote a post about DIY pizza in August 2018, I mentioned thinking the dough needs to be cold . . . it seems easier to handle but the instructions and my professional pizza making friends says it needs to be room temp so when I remember that is what I try to do.

So . . . how do YOU deal with pizza dough?  Do you make your own?  Do you roll it or do you stretch it?  What is your favorite pizza topping?

 

 

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The edges were getting too crispy on this so they were picked off before I thought to take a picture . . . then after it was cooked I completely forgot about taking pictures!

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That’s A Wrap – FIRST EVERY Nia Belt Training Online

Posted by terrepruitt on October 5, 2020

Ahhh . . . so today was the actual last day of the FIRST EVER NIA WHITE BELT TRAINING ONLINE! Ok, I just want to clarify it was not only the first Nia White Belt Training online, it was the first Nia Belt Training online – ever. So it was super special! If you have read this journey from the beginning you may know, but just in case you haven’t I want to summarize briefly. Nia is a holistic wellness system, I call it a practice (like yoga) . . . through it, I teach cardio dance classes. Nia has levels of learning called belts. The first one is the Nia White Belt. The belts have thirteen principles (yoga has limbs). The principles can be applied to everyday life so you do not have to have teaching Nia in mind when you take the training. The Nia White Belt is all about the body and living in sensation. For some it is a reminder to dance through life and enjoy living in the body — for others that is a totally new and unique concept. Regardless it is a really amazing experience. I have said over and over Nia isn’t always about NEW stuff but the way Nia describes things and relates it to life it very cool. The training was two hours, once a week over sixteen weeks and it is over. I am going to go out on a limb and say we are all sad. I know that is very presumptuous, but I really believe it to be true. We are all sad that it is over. It was an amazing experience and we are sad it is done. But we are also happy because there is a lot more to come. With Nia there is always more.

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Last week we were told there is new stuff and we would be told about it today, but I am guessing they couldn’t fit it all in so we are having another meeting next week that is going to explain the membership. If you want to teach you have to pay to do so . . . pretty much like every single licensed thing out there. Instructors pay for Zumba, PiYo, and all the things out there so that isn’t new, but the pay structure is going to change . . . so that is what I wanted to hear about today, but that didn’t happen. We danced and that was fun.

Even though we were not together in a room dancing, it really did feel like community. Especially when the host (we were on Zoom) shared everyone dancing, my entire screen was full of people dancing all over the world! That is amazing to me. I so love the idea of that. I know that I danced with a woman in Africa, a woman in Germany, a woman in Tennessee, a woman in Washington, two women in Texas, a woman in Idaho, and a woman in Chile. I don’t know where everyone else was but we were all together and we were dancing.

This was the second time I have taken the White Belt, the first time was in 2008 and an audit in 2009, but this was a full retake and the material was new. Again, the way it was presented was new, the language was new, but the core teachings are the same. I keep emphasizing that because that is important to me. Nia is not an opinion, which can change, it is a system based on science and ancient teachings so the base is consistent, yet it adjusts and grows.

Today was really fun. I loved moving and dancing with everyone.

I hope that you choose to explore more about Nia. I have posted about the thirteen Nia White Belt Principles 2020 I just studied (and will continue to study) and I have posted about Nia before. There is information on this blog and my site and of course, information about the trainings on Nianow.com

In Joy!

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This Little Bird

Posted by terrepruitt on October 2, 2020

I thought I had posted all of the pictures of watercolors that I had. All of the watercolors I have posted were from the San Jose Community Centers where I used to teach yoga, Nia, and stretch. Most of them were from Willow Glen, a couple (I think it was two) were the Camden Community Center. The Willow Glen Community Center always had such great art. This is the last one. He is bright and beautiful and I share him with you for today’s Friday Photo.

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Nia White Belt P13 – Living What You Sense – 2020

Posted by terrepruitt on September 30, 2020

I can’t believe it.  I was just agreeing with a Nia friend via Facebook that the time in our Nia training went really fast when we thought it would be a long training.  Sixteen weeks.  We started in June and we are approaching our last meeting.  It just proves to me that time really is relative.  I don’t know what the last meeting will be like because the most recent meeting we just had was the introduction to the 13th and LAST Nia White Belt Principle – 2020.  So we have been through all 13 principles.  The last one is Nia White Belt P13 – Living What You Sense, with a tagline of Crafting With Sensation.  A Sensory Study of Somatic Leadership.

Live what you sense through your body.  As a top level example: if you sense you are cold, put on a jacket.  🙂  Somewhat basically what we do daily.  Listen to the body and express yourself accordingly.  And, actually a lot of us don’t do that.  Some of us can’t do that for many reasons.  One could be something as necessary as a job.  Sadly sometimes we have to ignore our bodies to do our jobs.  A person may not be able to go to the bathroom because of their job . . . if you are out in the field or can’t leave your post.  A person many not be able to eat when they are hungry because they can’t eat on the job.  So sadly, in our society, sometimes we have to repress our body’s communications with us.  But hopefully when we are able we can listen to it.

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Also included in this portion of the book aligned with this principle are the 7 Cycles of Nia.

This is one of the principles that has changed, the core of it is the same, but it has changed to be more of an”anyone and everyone type of principle” instead of just being geared towards people who want to teach.  Keep in mind this belt, the Nia White Belt is what needs to be taken in order to teach Nia, but not everyone that takes it goes onto teach Nia.  It is NOT just for those that want to teach.  So the principles have been morphed over the years to be more broad.  There is a specific belt that may be taken for those that want to teach or are teaching, but it is not required only the white belt is required to teach Nia.

I want to again remind you and invite you to look into Nia further.  Maybe buy the book – keeping in mind it is from 2004.  Definitely take Nia classes.

As always, I am sure that as I keep learning I will keep sharing, so stayed tuned.

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Magnetic Eyeliner And Magnetic Eyelashes Part 2

Posted by terrepruitt on September 28, 2020

I feel that there are plenty of blogs, articles, and vlogs out there showing you how to put the eyelashes on**.  So this is just me sharing a bit about my experience of wearing them and taking them off (and why I am playing with them – Part 1). I mentioned I have only worn them twice, but since then I wore them an additional time so I do want to share a quick observation about putting them on.  The instructions (and several things I have read/seen) say to put the eyelash on when the eyeliner is still tacky – NO, not for me**.  So far I am putting on a thin line (not as thin as I would like/normally wear) but thinner than what I thought would be necessary.  I have not yet applied a second coat . . . so far one coat is working . . . but keep in mind I don’t wear them all day.  I am only popping mine on to wear for a weekly lZoom party.

Another thing, the first time I wore them I didn’t put any mascara on my eyelashes.  The second time I did.  I am going to pretty much stick to NOT putting mascara on my eyelash because part of the reason I wanted these “PUT ONS” was so that I didn’t have to futz with my own eyelashes.  Once I start with the curling and the mascara then I might as well just do that instead of adding the false ones.

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Magnetic Eyelashes after 7 hrs coming off but can barely tell

So . . . most of my pictures are of the eyelashes and how they look AFTER the 7 hours (since I wore them again I have additional pictures to show the SHORTEST ones).  The first set of pictures was my birthday party and I didn’t have a chance to get shots right after I put them on and before all of the Lemon Drop Martinis.  🙂  This is after where the inner eye portion of the lash started coming off.  In my opinion it doesn’t even really LOOK that bad.  I just wanted to point it out and let people know that it did start to come off . . . again, it could just be a matter of needing MORE eyeliner or 7 hours being the limit of wear.

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Magnetic Eyelashes I’m pointing at the “coming off” – infinity shot

Also . . . (again this was AFTER the party (i.e. Lemon Drop Martinis)) I thought it was really cool how I got the infinity eyelash me going on.  I cannot take a good selfie to save my life so this is all I could manage.  It was really late and I was hoping to get to bed soon, but I wanted to get some shots of my lashes.

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Magnetic Eyelashes after 7 hrs coming off, looks ok, feel weird

The pictures are also showing how they come off.  I just peel them off and as you can (hopefully) see, the eyeliner comes off with the magnets.  So the eyeliner looks “dashed” where the magnet “left” it.  Also a picture showing how thick the eyeliner is.

Now . . . you may or may not be able to get a good idea of how long/wide the eyelash is from it being on my eye.

You could look at the specs on the site, but for me, that didn’t really MEAN anything.  So I thought I would show the eyelash in an eyelash curler – granted my eyelash curler is so old that many of you may not have one like that so it may not do you any good . . . but I thought I would try.  I hope this gives you an idea of the length of the lash as it would go across the eye.

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Me peeling the Magnetic eyelash off

I did NOT cut them at all.  I think they fit fine.  Of course, someone out there might look and tell me they need to be cut because I am not wearing them correctly, but they feel ok to me.  For a few moments after I put them on, they feel weird, but after a few blinks my eyes get used to them and it is business are usual.

I wear glasses.  I like my glasses pretty close to my eye and these do not rub on the glasses.

When was shopping for the kit I decided I would wear the sparse, but long lashes (those are pictured in first post where I just slapped it on).  Well, it turns out I like the REALLY LONG THICK lashes.  The ones I think are RIDICULOUS.  They are so fun.  Also, I thought I would never wear the shortest ones, but on this last wear (the third time) I did.

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Hopefully you can see how the eyelash peeled off the eyeliner

Also, there is a picture of the ingredients in the eyeliner.  If you know the difference between this and “regular” eyeliner, please let us know.

If you have been thinking about buying some and having some fun, I hope this has inspired you to do so.  Why not?

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Ha! Lovely – trying to highlight the “dashed” effect of peeling off eyelashes

I know these two posts about false eyelashes have been really long, but I just wanted to share because I think they are super fun.  And, to me, especially right now, if you can add a little fun into your life then — why not?  I hope these posts have given you some insight into magnetic eyelashes . . . . for those of you that are interested.  I also know that there are a lot of pictures.  🙂 I was really trying to show what was going on with the eyelashes and I am not good at getting good selfies.  I rather like the infinity effect!

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Showing the eyeliner, the lash (these are the BIG ones), and the dashed eyeliner

*from Magnetic Eyeliner And Magnetic Eyelashes Part 1 post, explanation of socialization:

I am very fortunate that I teach yoga, Nia, and stretch online – via Zoom – my students are awesome and we visit after class.  So I DO get to socialize a bit that way, BUT . . . I am wearing my workout clothes and I don’t wear makeup aside from a little bit of eyeliner which ends up all smudged.  So when I say “ONLY socialization that we do where I can wear regular clothes and put on makeup” or “the only “regular” socialization” that is what I mean.

**from post above; I put the eyelash on while the liner was still tacky and I do not like that.  I felt that instead of the magnet sticking to the magnetic aspect of the eyeliner the eyelash/magnet got stuck in the tackiness of the eyeliner and it was icky.

ONE TIP, I did read somewhere . . . and I thought it was a GREAT idea for those that do wings with their eyeliner:  DON’T WASTE THE MAGNETIC EYELINER ON THE WING.  Save the magnetic stuff for your actual lash line where the eyelash is going to be.  Use your regular eyeliner for your flick.  I thought that was a great idea, since I think the magnetic eyeliner can be expensive.

So . . . . are ready to talk more about magnetic eyelashes?  Are you ready to get some? 

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Magnetic Eyelash in eyelash curler – for scale

 

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Ingredients in magnetic eyeliner

 

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3rd time wearing eyelashes – 09.26.20 – shortest pair I thought I would never wear

 

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3rd time wearing eyelashes – after 6 or 7 hours 09.26.20 – shortest pair surprised I like ’em

 

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3rd time wearing eyelashes – after 6 or 7 hours 09.26.20 – shortest pair eyes closed

Again, are you ready to get some?

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Fabulous Fall Arrangement

Posted by terrepruitt on September 25, 2020

I received TWO GORGEOUS flower arrangements for my birthday. I am posting another one as today’s Friday Photo. Last week was another one, the stargazers.

This one was GREAT fall colors and was pretty darn BIG!

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What is your favorite flower?

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Magnetic Eyeliner And Magnetic Eyelashes Part 1

Posted by terrepruitt on September 23, 2020

Ohmyword! I can make my eyelashes pretty long. Curling them and putting mascara on. But I have very few eye lashes. I always have had sparse eyelashes. At a couple of points in my life I’ve worn fake eyelashes to fill in “bald” spots in my lash line, first one eye then the other. I have very deep set eyes so I think eyelashes help bring them out a little bit. So I really like to have eyelashes. I remember buying a full set with glitter on them thinking it would be fun to wear them when I dressed up for an anniversary. But I didn’t take into account the glitter falling off into my eyes. I remember contacts and glitter don’t mix, but I don’t remember if I wore them through the night or took them off or what . . . maybe as I was getting ready I realized it and didn’t wear them . . . I don’t know. As time goes on my eyes are even more hooded than they used to be and my eyelashes even more sparse.  I know there are some amazing mascaras out there that can plump, lengthen, and multiply your eyelashes, but I have not invested in them. I rarely wear makeup so it is impossible for me to spend more than $7.00 on a tube of mascara because I might only get five uses out of it because it dries up and gets clumpy so fast. If I were wearing makeup every day that would be a different story, since I am not, it is just not worth spending more. Those magnetic eyelashes had intrigued me. The ones that are a top and a bottom (think sandwich) and you put your real lashes in between them. But those are always REALLY big and thick and it doesn’t seem like my poor little eyelashes would do well smooshed between a set of eyelashes so I never got any of those. But you may be aware, nowadays they have magnetic eyeliner that attracts the magnetic eyelashes. So you can actually just wear one line of eyelashes instead of two like sandwich bread. I decided to treat myself to some for my birthday.

We have some friends that we Zoom with every week and since it is the ONLY socialization that we do where I can wear regular clothes and put on makeup*, I do. But on camera my puny little eyelashes look even less “there” and sometimes it is so hot by the time the meeting has started the curl (and length) has completely fallen out of my eyelashes and I am back to looking like I have no eyelashes. Now, mind you, the couple that we Zoom with COULD NOT careless, neither could my husband (bless all of their hearts), it is just me. I like to have it LOOK like I put on makeup when I actually put on makeup. And, this is seriously the only “regular” socialization that we do. So . . . I decided a little treat would be fun.

Now, since I started thinking about getting the magnetic eyelashes I have been inundated with ads on Facebook. There were two companies that were showing up, once I actually did a search I received ads from many more companies. There are a lot of companies that sell lashes. I was looking for a lash with five magnets because I was under the impression that the lashes are long and I would have to cut them to fit my eye so I didn’t want a three magnet lash and end up cutting one off. I was also looking for something REALLY affordable because I didn’t want to spend a lot of money when I wasn’t even sure I was going to like them or if they would work. And then I started thinking I wanted some that came in a set with more than one pair because it would be fun to have REALLY big crazy ones. I would always look at the lashes and choose the less long length and “sparse” ones (those terms are relative). I had just wanted to add to mine not take them over.  (Spoiler alert:  THAT CHANGED!)

I ordered some and they arrived a day earlier then I was told. I was so excited, I ripped them out of the box ready to slap ’em on to see what they were like. Then I thought, “Ugh. I better read the directions.” So I did, the directions say to do an “allergy test”. That sounded like a great idea. But it didn’t say WHAT that was. The internet said to put the eyeliner behind your ear or something. And to wait 24 hours. Well, yeah . . . no. I am not that patient. So I shook the eyeliner bottle (I followed that instruction at least) and applied a thin line of one layer on my eyelid. Then I put the eyelash up to my eyelid and “schloop!” it stuck. It’s cool. It’s fun. That first time I didn’t do it close enough to my nose. I also didn’t do the second eye because if I was allergic I didn’t need BOTH eyes swollen and/or crusty.

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I got the set on Amazon for $15.29 since then the price went down to $14.99. They are FAKE eyelashes, as in, they are not real hair/fur. The kit comes with four pair of eyelashes (in little round cases), magnetic eyeliner, and a METAL pair of tweezers. I don’t understand the metal tweezers because the second time (the time I was going to actually wear the eyelashes) I picked the eyelash up with the tweezers and it stuck to it. No! I don’t want it sticking then it won’t attract nicely to my eye!  So I just use my fingers to put the lashes on.

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The eyeliner is like a coating. So when I take the eyelashes off the liner sticks to the eyelash/magnet and peels it off my eye. I can scratch/peel the rest off of my eye if I want or just use make up remover.  I use makeup remover.

I don’t want a THICK line of eyeliner so I do it as thin as possible and I only do one coat. I don’t wear them for a long time. The first time it was about 3.5 to 4 hours and they made it pretty well. This last time (only the second time) they started to come off on the inside. Again, I might have needed more eyeliner or they just might have been at their time limit – it was about 7 hours.

UGH – post is so long . . . tune in for part 2.

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