A Geek on Mars

When you live in an area devoid of everything you like and are interested in it makes you feel like a martian. Or at least I do anyway. I live in a very small town in the south where you have to drive at least an hour in any direction to get to a bigger city to do any sort of shopping or have any form of entertainment. I am no where near a city that has comic con or any sort of convention for that matter so I feel like I’m alone in my fandoms, I don’t have people to share these things with. Except for all of you of course and that’s what brought me to think about this topic. If you live in a rural area how do you stay connected to all of your favorite geeky things? For me the main things being anime and manga. It all comes from one source and that is my internet connection. Where oh where would I be without it. I need it to read manga I also need it for my streaming apps netflix and hulu to watch all of my favorite shows. Without it I would not be able to connect with any of you either. I find myself doing the same things over and over. Watch the show. Get to the checkpoint. It all becomes a bit repetitive. What are we to do without these things though? That’s where my hobbies come in. As geeks we think differently and are so very creative and in the midst of technology I think a lot of that gets lost. I wanted to share my hobbies with you guys because at times I wasn’t sure what to do with myself and it’s nice to have an outlet to channel my creativity with my own geeky spin on things.

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Drawing is my primary hobby. I love it because I can draw all of my favorite characters from the shows I watch. After drawing I always have such a profound respect for the artists that create and give life to these characters I’ve grown to care for so much. The subtleties that you may not have noticed before like the intricacies of their clothing. I don’t get to go to cosplay events or anime conventions but I feel connectedย  when I draw and it opens me up to a community online of others that also draw and love these characters just as much as I do. I don’t get to connect in person but in this way I’m still able to.ย  (These are both my drawings ^-^ I’m quite proud of them)

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My favorite colored pencils are prismacolor they blend out so well and glide effortlessly while giving you brilliant color. For markers I use both copic and prismacolor. I don’t have a preference with markers both brands work very well. For inking my drawings I do prefer pigma sensei because of the very fine tips you are able to get and it makes doing things like hair and detail work much easier than using a bolder marker with a light hand.

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My other hobby is crochet. I stumbled upon amigurumi dolls a few years back and thought they were the cutest things I had ever seen. I made this little guy for my dad for fathers day 2 years ago. I have also made a Sakura doll from Naruto and I am currently working on making Shikamaru. I like this hobby a lot because any character or geeky item that I like if I have yarn I can make it. I don’t have to travel anywhere or go out of my way to buy plushies I can just make them. I didn’t have anyone teach me I decided I wanted to learn how so I looked up videos on youtube and it taught me everything I know. Youtube is a very useful tool. I also watch drawing tutorials in hopes of bettering myself. Mark Crilley has excellent videos if you want to improve upon your anime drawings.

I don’t have a preference when it comes to crochet hooks mine are all boye brand but I think any would work just fine. My favorite yarn is called I Love This Yarn. Nice marketing lol but really it is very good quality yarn and is always very soft. The times I’ve made beanies with it they’re never itchy. For making amigurumi I do prefer a stiffer yarn and for that I like Red Heart. I like this very much because you can get it in bulk for quite cheap. Below is Ollie the octopus I made him well on a whim and I think he turned out adorable.

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These are the things I do when I’m not watching anime, reading manga, reading books, or playing video games. I believe we all have the ability to make wonderful things as long as we keep at it and practice. I have people all the time tell me that they suck at drawing. I wasn’t very good when I first started in fact I was awful but if you put in the effort it will show. With crochet I don’t look at it as a skill. People will tell me I’m talented but I think anyone can do it as long as you can follow instructions. Everyone can be great at what they want to be just put in the effort and all of your hard work will pay off.

If you also live in small town like me just know things like these hobbies help to feel connected. You are not alone. You are not weird because you’re the only one that likes the things you like. You are not the only one. There are millions of people just like you. You just have to find your own way to connect and that is one of our biggest goals here at geeky ‘n girly is connecting and bringing together those just like us. Thank you all for all of your continued support ๐Ÿ™‚ If you also have a hobby that expresses your inner geek don’t hesitate to share them.

 

– Kelly

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Fairy Tales and Mermaid Scales

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Hello everyone it’s Kelly and I’m proud to introduce to you all our first Makeup Monday! Every Monday we will have a new post on beauty whether it be a tutorial or review we will try our hardest to bring you guys something new every Monday.

Today I’m doing a mermaid themed look as we are beginning to dive into summer I thought that it was an appropriate and fun theme. If you would like to see how just keep scrolling if I’ve made anything difficult to understand please feel free to comment below and I would be more than happy to answer any questions. I will also have a product list at the bottom of the post. ๐Ÿ™‚

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First I’m starting out with just a matte white shade over my entire lid and a pale gold shimmer in the inner corner and the the inner part of the lid stopping halfway in.

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Now you want to take a pale green and put it on the outer half of the lid meeting the gold shade in the center and using a shader brush you just want to blend them together in the center to get rid of any harsh lines.

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Take a dark shade of green and using a crease brush the technique I use is dotting it up a little and then sweeping it over pushing into the crease as I’m making this motion and blending it out softening any harsh edges.

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This is what it should look like after you’ve done that you can add a bit more into the crease if you like just remember to blend it out.

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Now I’m taking a pale gold glitter and just patting it all over my lid extending up to my brow bone.

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Take a white eyeliner and line your lower water line. I also took a gold liquid liner and put it below the water line near the inner corner and pushed a dark gold glitter shadow on top.

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Take a black liquid liner and line your upper lash line making the line thinner towards the inner corner and extending a little past.

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To create the wing I used a gel liner and brush making the line thick then getting lighter with your hand to make a sharp point going straight across.

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Right on top of that wing make a flick with your brush and create a second slightly smaller wing.

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Now going almost halfway on your lower water line use the gel liner.

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All that’s left is add the mascara you can use any color you wish but I chose this pretty blue I felt it went well with the green.

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I curled my hair just wrapping it around the curler to give it a more beachy look. My headband I made myself if you would like to know how I can post the link to the youtube tutorial to crochet it just ask ๐Ÿ™‚ and my dress is Chelsea and Violet from dillards. One thing I forgot to put was I put a peachy shade right on my brow bone to high light. You also want to highlight your face on your cheekbones, chin, cupids bow and nose to give yourself a dewy glow. I hope you enjoyed this any comments or suggestions for future Makeup Monday posts please just comment below.
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Here is the item list
Eyeshadow
Maybelline eyestudio forest fury one lids, Urban decay OZ the gold half under lower water line, Urban decay Illusion on brow bone
Eyeliner
Rimmel London eye pencil in white, Hard candy liquid liner in dream girl (gold), Maybelline master duo in black lacquer, Maybelline eyestudio gel liner in blackest black
Mascara
Hard candy electric blue
Highlighter
Hardcandy glow all the way in dollface
Thank you so much for reading ๐Ÿ™‚ -Kelly

DIY Slouch Beanie

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I have many hobbies but one of my favorites is to crochet. YouTube has taught me everything I know. Now on to this beanie!

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I have scoured the internet searching for the perfect slouch beanie tutorial and I’ve finally found it! I love beanies so much and they are so effortless to wear. I think they’re great no matter the weather or season. You could pair one with a scarf and sweater for fall but I also think they look great with an oversized top and some cutoffs for a breezy summer day. They’re also great for hiding your hair on those not so polished days.

This is the video tutorial I followed her instructions are very easy to understand and she shows in detail every step. This is not me nor do I own the video I just wanted to share because it helped me a lot and it may do the same for you. If you have any questions please just comment below ๐Ÿ™‚ -Kelly