HOW TO BE A BADDIE IN 5 STEPS

 

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When I ask myself “What do I admire most in a person?” I’ve found that the answer is usually the same – regardless if I’m discussing a Kardashian or a spiritual leader. I admire those who are fearless about their lives, kind, hard working, focused and most importantly those who simply enjoy their lives. I’ve realized that it all ties together – when you feel good, you do good and when you do good, you feel good -it’s literally that simple. I hope you enjoy these tips to becoming your best self yet!

Be Fearless!

I feel that fear is the number one thing that limits people from their full potential and  dreams. I mean, what would you be doing right now if you knew without a doubt that you would not fail? Fear can make it difficult for us to be our authentic selves and pursue the opportunities that excite us. But you have to believe that you are unique and not dilute that uniqueness by trying to fit in with everyone else. Please learn to never take NO as a final answer, be spontaneous, take ownership of your life and go after the opportunities that excite and feel right for you! I mean this is who you are and you are an original, why conform in an effort to be like everyone else?

Be Kind!

Kindness is something that is extremely under rated but of great value – who doesn’t love being around nice people. Nothing is extraordinary about being mean to others. Live in a way that you enrich the lives of those around you. I always want people to leave my presence feeling better off not worse. I want to add to peoples energy, not take away from it. I’ve found that what you give is what you get. Of course we all will have our bad days but it’s a little easier to get back on track when you make kindness a habit. It’s the easiest thing in the world to be rude and to retaliate to those that have hurt us or been unkind. But always remember what goes around comes around and that karma is a mighty force.

Work Hard!

This is an important one! Work hard because your dreams do require action and nothing worth having is easy. I know from personal experience the reward one feels from accomplishing their goals, it’s a high in and of itself and completely worth it. Be careful with in decision and procrastination as these actions will take away from the fulfillment of your dreams. Even worse  by being indecisive and procrastinating a lot time can go by ultimately leaving you feeling defeated. Remember people are out there living the life of your dreams – why can’t you do the same as well?

Stay Focused!

Prioritize yourself as number one! Don’t allow the annoying things that life throws at you lead you off course. I’ve found that in life it is so easy to simply fall off. You can talk about wanting to do the same thing for 5 years and when you take a look back, it’s like wow all this time has gone by and I haven’t done anything (travel, lose weight, go back to school — I mean this list can be endless) but I still want to do all these things. It’s especially difficult in the age of social media as you can easily fall into a pattern of comparison and feeling like your life sucks. Try to remember that their are those who would kill for your life. Just focus on adding more and more positive things to your life and before you know if you’ll be in awe of the life you get to live. In the meantime please remember to count your blessings everyday and realize how much you have! Don’t get so caught up in the day to day monotonous routine of life that you don’t value yourself. Set goals and accomplish them!

Enjoy Life!

Most importantly enjoy this journey. I always think about what I want to tell my grandkids or the memory I want to have on those I’ll leave behind. I want to be someone full of stories, experiences and adventures. I want to be the person telling everyone you really can do and be whoever you want to be and mean it. I want to have gone everywhere and done everything and tried it all. I just want to create a life that I love and one I never want or need a break from.

I hope you find these tips to be useful and use them to go out there and live your most authentic life! Please let me know if there is anything you would like me discuss.

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“You’ll turn out ordinary if you’re not careful.” – Ann Brashares

HOW TO GET AMAZING BROWS

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We all know brows speak louder than words – so I thought I’d share a few of my favorite products and tricks to make sure your brows are on FLEEK!

Firstly, PLEASE make sure you get your brows shaped professionally! I’ve been doing this for over 10 years now (OMG!). I personally get mine threaded because I break out when I get them waxed but waxing is a great option as well. I’d recommend going in with a few pictures of the brow shape you are trying to achieve – then the specialist will tell you if it is a shape that can be achieved with your brows. I also get this done every 2-3 weeks but I have friends you can go twice as long and still maintain a fresh brow. For products I SWEAR by Anastasia Beverly Hills, she is THE brow guru and her products have never let me down. They last all day and for me that is a must as I do my makeup around 7:30am everyday and need it t last until 6pm. I mean can you imagine walking around with half of your brow smeared off? LOL – Tragic!

After my brows have been freshly threaded – this alone feels amazing, it’s like you have a new face, which I know is a bit much but really it’s like wearing makeup vs. going barefaced. Any who I like to accentuate the shape by using either the Anastasia Brow Wiz or Brow Definer (sometimes I use both if I need a little extra oomph). I achieve this by following the natural shape of my brow. Then I’ll go in with the Anastasia Dip Brow pomade in ebony, but only on the tail of my brow as this part doesn’t grow in as well as the rest of my brow. Be careful with this one! You can easily add wayyy to much product. Make sure you brush through your brows as you apply product so that the product evenly distributes and you don’t have product build up in one area. Lastly, the thing that pulls it all together is going underneath your brow with a brush a concealer one to two shades lighter than your skin complexion and cleaning it up – even if your brows have been freshly threaded, tweezed or waxed this really emphasis the brow bone. My favorite concealer to use is the MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer as it is a thick consistency and does a wonderful job covering any hair and works wonders on blemishes as well.

Hopefully these tips help you with achieving your best brow yet! Please let me know if you have any other specific questions or any other things you’d like me to discuss.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer
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Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz
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Anastasia Beverly Hills DIPBROW Pomade

 

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MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer

For those with similar complexions I’d recommend chocolate, dark brown and/ or ebony in all Anastasia Beverly Hills products – it all depends on how dark you like your browns and how much brow you already have and in the MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer NW40!

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Steve Madden goodies

I hope you’re enjoying your Monday! Mine is off to an blah start. On the bright side I did have a wonderful Thai lunch with one of my favorite coworkers. I hope these Steve Madden shoes brighten your day. I mean is there any quicker way to change a bad attitude other than beautiful photos? I think not!

Hope you all have a wonderful week! Until next time….

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‘What you are thinking about, you are becoming’ – Muhammad Ali

 

Best book ever?!

I’m BACK and I’d like to let you know that this is quite possibly the best book I have read in quite a while. I’m kind of on a self help improvement kick but aren’t we all? We all want to be better, do better, look better and feel better- this may quite possibly be the name of this game called life. While I though You are a Badass would be a bit more contemporary the message and content of the book mirrors those of many other traditional works (The Untethered Soul, The Fifth Agreement, The Power of Now etc.). What I took from it all in all is 1. Take care of today! 2. Go for your dreams (LIKE REALLY GO FOR THEM – PROACTIVELY) 3. And to visualize the life you want clearly. I loved it and found it engaging and an easy and quickish read. Nonetheless, very entertaining and I strongly recommend it. After reading it I truly felt motivated, ready, capable and excited to take on life and tackle my goals! Let me know if you’ve read this and  what you think?!

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Miracle Product or Nah?

If you’re like me… then you’ve been thinking that your skin care routine needs a little bit of a pick me up. I mean all in all I have pretty good skin. I don’t breakout much except for the occasional… i.e. hormonal breakout. I’ve found that one of the luxuries of being in your mid twenties is a better understanding of what works and what doesn’t work for you…in pretty much all aspects of your life skin care included. But I have also come to find that my skin doesn’t quite bounce back like it used to. Given that I do have wayyy more stressors or “responsibilities” than I used to I suppose that is understandable. All of these factors have effected the overall look and feel of my skin. So I decided I needed a serum that was targeted towards younger skin. I wanted it to improve the overall texture of my skin and provide a clearer and fresher complexion. Well… I have found the product. Ladies and gentlemen…. Origins Original Skin™ Renewal Serum with Willowherb is literally the best thing ever. I mean the best. It is formulated without parabens, sulfates or phthalates and targeted towards more youthful skin (hello…just for me). I literally saw an improvement in my skin after the first use. I had some dry patches around my nose that were gone the next day and all in all my skin is significantly smoother. Also I like to wear a pretty full face of makeup to work… everyday (I just feel good looking good haha) and the serum is super thin and wears great under foundation. My final opinion is to give this Origins serum a try… I think you’ll love it! If you want any reviews on any other products please don’t hesitate to ask!

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Origins Original Skin™ Renewal Serum with Willowherb – $39

http://www.sephora.com/original-skin-renewal-serum-with-willowherb-P392523

Fifty Shades?

I’m sure I can’t be the only one who was avidly anticipating the release of the Fifty Shades of Grey film. I mean it’s been years since they originally released the news that a film was in the works. So when I went to watch it on Valentine’s Day. I left a bit disappointed, I mean Christian Grey err Jaime Dornan simply was not hot enough the image I had in my mind. And I know looks don’t matter and all that jazz but that’s kind of the point of the series – hot billionaire, put up with anything. So weeks after the film I was at target per usual and see Jaime and Dakota on the cover of Glamour magazine (images below – enjoy). And I thought to myself “why is he way hotter on the cover of this magazine”… and I mean way hotter? Hopefully they’ll get with it for the next film and let him have a beard as I am certain his beard is what does it. I mean have you seen him in The Fall on Netflix? I know super creepy him being a serial killer and what not but the fact that that character is more appealing than Christian is simply mind boggling to say the least. Now before I begin a rant on my obsession with Netflix … toodles.

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Welcome to my blog! I hope you come to enjoy this little glimpse into my life. I am obsessed with all things beauty, décor, fashion, food, and travel. I believe you create the life you want and an adventure is just around the corner. I’ve been wanting to start a blog that encompasses all the things I love about life and finally came to the conclusion that there’s no time like the present.

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“Faith and fear both demand you believe in something you can not see. You choose!” – Bob Proctor

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