A few weeks ago I made a blog post of apartment decor to announce that I was moving out soon. Well, the time has come- quickly, and now I’ve moved! Since I didn’t have time to film a regular beauty video since my room was a mess at home, and then my apartment is yet to be unpacked, I thought I would share a little video of my moving out process!
We were able to start moving in June 30th even though our lease started July 1st because my roommate Lucy and I were able to get the electric turned on, buy renters insurance, etc. So, my brother and his friends came down and brought a lot of my stuff- mainly my bed and clothes. That way I was able to sleep the night there!
The next day was dealing with Lucy’s movers at her old apartment and helping them move things to our new place, then Time Warner came because we couldn’t find where to plug in our router- it took longer than expected but it’s finally coming together!
Then, yesterday, we ran some errands: turning in papers at the apartment, went to IKEA, Costco, and Target, went to my parents’ house to pick up a few more things, then went back to our apartment and did our first grocery shopping trip.
I still have a lot to do as far as unpacking goes- I can’t wait until I can start decorating! I’m excited to be living on my own, and also to be able to have the room to be more creative on my blog and YouTube channel. DIYs, apartment & room tours-the whole nine yards!
Overnight, a video called “You Look Disgusting” by blogger Em Ford of My Pale Skin Blog kind of went viral. I saw it on NYX Cosmetics’ Instagram, and knew I had to watch it. As soon as I watched the above video, I instantly subscribed.
Em started posting pictures without makeup on her Instagram and received thousands of comments saying how ugly she is because she has adult acne. I thought the video was so beautifully done, because she juxtaposes some of the real comments over her makeup-less visage. Then she starts applying makeup, and the text on screen turns into nice comments about her makeup and how pretty she is.
The message Em is trying to say is everyone is beautiful, with or without makeup. I related to this video so much because I always struggled with acne in my teen years, which I got bullied for. That caused me to start picking my skin and acne a lot, causing deep scars. I started wearing makeup to cover my acne and help me feel more confident about myself, but YouTube is a harsh place.
On Youtube, I got made fun of for my acne and scarring when I first started out. The main comment I remember, made on the video above, which really hurt was: “It looks like a pitbull attacked your face,” referring to my scarring on my cheeks.
I think what I take from this video is to not judge people- women are so harsh on other women. People’s words can hurt. Everyone is beautiful with and without makeup in their own right. And if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.
IT Cosmetics launched an awesome contest to find their next IT girl. I don’t really enter contests much because it makes me a bit nervous, but I really fell in love with the “Your Best Beautiful You” being the theme. And also, the chance to win some money, go to my favorite New York City, and create an IT Cosmetics product basically sounds like a dream come true.
I decided to be a little abstract with my interpretation of the theme and just talk about my life, because although makeup and tutorials are fun, that’s not the only way I consider myself to be beautiful.
Here’s where you come in- don’t forget to give my video a thumbs up by watching it on YouTube, and sharing a comment- there isn’t a voting system for this round, but only 20 people are moving on to the next round on July 1st, so the pressure is on!
But in reality, I’m glad I got all of this off of my chest, whether I win or lose this contest- I’m just lucky to have the opportunity!
I did talk about the IT Cosmetics products I was wearing, because I have tried some and I was lucky enough to get sent a package from them. I have always wanted to try their brand so that was incentive enough! Here are my first impressions- I want to do full reviews in the coming months.
No. 50 Serum Anti Aging Collagen Veil Primer: I only had a sample packet but I loved the citrus scent and the baby soft texture. Bye Bye Under Eye Anti Aging Concealer in Neutral Medium: I got this as a packet sample also, and wore it as a foundation just for kicks. It looks like it matches me in the video, but it didn’t in real life. But, the formula is so amazing- if only I had a full size in my shade! Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti Aging Micro Powder: Not a huge fan of loose powders, but this powder doesn’t leave me looking like a ghost- and now they have a pressed version!
Heavenly Luxe Wand Ball Powder #8 Brush: This brush is so smooth and a great brush for the perfect dusting of powder to set foundation. Vitality Brightening Anti Aging Face Disk: I love the highlight in this, perfect for strobing. The blush is a bit bright, but it looks nice. The bronze is really matte, which is good- I just don’t use bronzer much. Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil: A new favorite brow product! Love the formula of this pencil- glides on easily and stays. The spoolie on the other end makes it easy to blend the pencil and make brows look natural. Naturally Pretty Vol. 1 Matte Luxe Transforming Eyeshadow Palette: Jury’s still out on this one- I don’t find them to be very pigmented on the eye, but the concept of the palette is cool. Tightline Full Lash Length Black Mascara Primer (Review): My only foray into IT Cosmetics before. This makes your lashes super long and natural- like eyelash extensions! Vitality Lip Flush in Je Ne Sais Quoi: I love the cherry scent of this balm- I’m not a fan of the tint, but I can make do because it has great ingredients and makes my lips feel like butter!
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Today I just wanted to make a quick announcement- I’ll be at Cosmoprof Las Vegas next month! I’m going to be checking out all of the newest products & beauty brands to blog about in the coming months…
I don’t have much planned, so if you’re familiar with the area- let me know what I should do/eat/drink!
And, if you’re a blogger also going to Cosmoprof, let me know! Would love to hang out with a group and peruse the show floor together. With over 1,000 exhibitors, I have a feeling we’re going to need tennis shoes…
If you’re a brand that’s exhibiting at Cosmoprof and are making press appointments, email me at email@example.com!
I recently got my hair cut pretty short and although I needed it dyed, I didn’t really want to shell out a ton of money for them to dye such little hair! So, just at the right time, my friend Sarah from FierceFelineChic posted a video about eSalon, showing how she dyed her hair. She offered a 50% off link, so I decided to try it out myself…and I thought I’d share my first home hair dye experience with you all!
I was pretty impressed with my first eSalon experience- it was fairly easy with the provided instructions, and I got my package in record timing- 2 days!
When you receive the kit, there are personal instructions along with everything you need to dye you hair: from the dye, brushes, and even rubber gloves.
As you can see, they custom make everything for you based on what you pick. My color I chose was Darkest Brown (Natural Golden) with Natural Golden Gloss. When I did the quiz on the website, I selected that my main concern was covering greys, so the dye is for my roots, and the gloss is for my ends.
As you can see in the video, the hair dying process was fairly easy- which says a lot from a newbie! It wasn’t too messy at all, but it took a little practice to get the process down. Applying the color the traditional way didn’t work with my super short layers, so I had to make do with what I had, but thankfully there was plenty of dye, so I really just had to make sure I coated all of my individual hairs.
Overall, I’d really recommend the service because it’s very convenient. Since I got mine for 50% off, it was only about $15.95 to ship it. I’d probably try it again sometime, but I’m not completely sure because I like to try a lot of new things! Traditionally the hair dye set costs $24.95, which is just a small fraction of the amount you’d pay at a hair salon in Los Angeles!