A little reflection on August



August was a good month for me. I really thought a lot about goals and planning my life and just moving forward. Thinking about my passions and interests and trying to think and plan my future is really important to me right now being that I recently graduated college and I am just trying to re-group and think about what I want to do in life. 

I have always been really interested in cosmetics and love trying and buying new items and finding what is good for my skin type and what not but have also always had fun doing makeup for my friends or family. I started looking into makeup seminars and trying to find classes where I can expand and learn more techniques for application. I really stepped out of my comfort zone as soon as I saw that there was a makeup seminar in Glendale, Ca with a professional makeup artist for a pro corrective course. I was hesitant on signing up because I by no means identify myself as a professional but thought it was worth a shot to at least see if this is something I could do for the rest of my life. 

I went to the class and it was the most informative and fun! I wasn't expecting everything that had happened but was so happy that I did it. I learned about techniques and tricks on how to apply on different facial and eye shapes and how to mix foundations, etc. It was so mind blowing and so much fun I instantly knew this was something that I wanted to do forever.

Makeup makes me happy. It intrigues me and fascinates me on how beautiful it can make one feel not only from an outward perspective but internally as well. This is something that I most definitely want to pursue and want to learn more about and I just hope more opportunities arise where I can continue to step out and grow and pursue makeup artistry as a career. I felt so encouraged throughout it all and have been practicing on friends every chance that I can get.  

August was a good month to me. It taught me to step out and to evaluate. To evaluate what I want, what is important to me, and to be adventurous! 

NYX Control Freak Eyebrow Gel



Looking for a really great brow gel that doesn't make em' itch? You want them to stay in place and still feel natural? Something that is light yet powerful? This is it! NYX brow gel is amazing *insert emoji here* and I cannot get enough of it!

I first started using the clear mascaras...you know, the great lash one? Yes I am guilty of using it. And we all know that those dispense so much gel on the spoolies, making your eyebrows feel heavy, itchy, and uncomfortable. I only used it on night outs that required long wearing makeup in which I wanted my brows to stay..but NOW I have a great BROW specific gel. I first heard about it from Emily Noel on YouTube because she gave a great review on it I had to go out and get it.

The number one thing I love about it would of course be it's ability to keep my brows in place, but the fact that when I take out the wand it already has the perfect amount of gel on the spooly so I don't have to do any wiping against the tube. The gel is so light and comfortable and this one is also clear. I haven't made my way to trying the tinted brow gels but am willing to give it a go!

It feels so great to experiment and try new things and end up finding something that you love and works so great! I highly recommend you to try the NYX Control Freak Eyebrow Gel!

Do you typically go for a clear or tinted brow gel? What kind of brow gel do you use?

NYX Matte Bronzer...Yes Please!




I have been in a deep search for a nice bronzer lately..but finding a bronzer can be so difficult. I had no idea that bronzers have so many colors and just picking out what would be best with my skin tone was really just trial and error. Forever I had the blush/bronzer duo from Eyes Lips Face (E.L.F.) which I thought was okay, just a little too dark for my skin tone, then I tried one by Sephora but it didn't match either. I started to hit pan on my E.L.F. bronzer and as I did I started to think...do I want to repurchase? I wanted to say yes, but to be honest it was the only thing working for me BUT there are more fish in the sea and I needed to expand my horizons! So I took a trip to Ulta and first went down the NYX aisle as that is my favorite drugstore brand, and looked at the bronzers. I went with my gut feeling and chose the one in "Light" without question to check other brands.

Needless to say, I have been in love ever since. This one matches my skin tone WAY better compared to the E.L.F. bronzer, and feels so nice and smooth on my skin. It blends out flawlessly and has a perfect tint to it that it is not orangey like other bronzers. I love applying this with my large contour blush brush from Crown because it hits the hollows of my cheekbones perfectly. I definitely recommend giving this bronzer a try!

What kind of finish do you look for in a bronzer? Matte or shimmer? What is your favorite brand? Share and let me know!
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Be Pretty



Be Pretty.

I am absolutely loving this shirt right now. I found this gem at Forever21 and immediately had to have it. It is super cute and comfy, but I bought it for what it means to me. What does it mean to be pretty? Recently I have been *uhhhbsessed with the show New Girl and Zoey Deschanel. I LOVE Zoey! She is so awesome, but what else is so great, is who she is outside of her quirky on-camera character. I fell in love with this quote that she had said:

"Here's the thing about being a girlie girl. I think there was a generation before us that felt like they needed to act like men to be taken seriously, like they had to use their sexuality to take control of people. I don't judge people for that. But I don't want to take all my clothes off and use myself as an object. It's part of the machine and I don't think that necessarily  pushes us forward as women. I think you can still be girlie and maintain your power. The fact that you associate being girlie with being non-threatening, that is I mean, I can't think of a more blatant example of playing into exactly the thing that we're trying to fight against. I can't be girlie? Why do I need to be defined aesthetically by someone else's perceptions of what makes me seem like someone who should be taken seriously? I'm going to wear whatever I want to wear, because I'm expressing myself, and I deserve that right. And I like the way that looks. You're not demeaning yourself by acting girlie. I think the fact that people are associating being girlie with weakness, that needs to be examined. Not me dressing girlie. I don't think that undermines my power at all. I'm not doing it to pander to people. I just always knew what I liked versus what I don't like. I never liked things with too many zippers or spikes and stuff. That weirds me out. I like things that are pretty. And I think it's great to be pretty. I like being feminine. I think it's good to be feminine. We don't need to look like men or dress like men or talk like men to be powerful. We can be powerful in our own way, our own feminine way."

Wow. So much of what she said spoke right to me. Although this whole piece was very powerful, I like the very last of it, that we can be powerful in our own way. There are so many things and people telling us how we should define ourselves and express our own sense of style but I don't think it needs to be all categorized under one category like shabby chic, sporty, rock, urban, or whatever it may be! It doesn't matter. If it is pretty I want to wear it. If it represents something that I believe in or strongly agree with, then I'll wear that too! I love expressing myself through the things that I wear and I love the freedom that clothing and accessories and makeup provides me, it is more of a freedom that lets me be who I want to be.

I love this shirt, but most importantly I love the meaning that I find in it. People can put this in a variety of contexts, but for me, it encourages me to be who I am. I want to be pretty and dress pretty, whether that defines me as being girlie or just being feminine, it is okay. I just want to extend this encouraging message and inspire you to be who you are. You were uniquely made to represent yourself and be your own individual. Take advantage of that and be you! :)