Stop Apologizing: Love Yourself

 

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“Oh, I’m sorry.” 

Wait……. Why am I sorry? That person bumped into me. 

“I’m sorry.” 

Why did I just apologize for laughing? That person is laughing too. 

 

I do this all of the time and if you don’t know what I am talking about, I am talking about the fact that I apologize for being me. I can’t help myself and it’s a very bad habit. I can’t be the only person that does this. I recently made a promise to myself that I am no longer going to apologize for being me. I’m going to start living my best life and stop second guessing myself. I’m going to laugh however I want, I’m going to walk freely, I’m going to smile if I want to. I have a right to be on this earth, just as much as anyone else. Apologizing for everything that I do is something that I do as an insecurity. If I apologize, that means that I am lesser than the person that I am apologizing to. I know that I am not any less than that person. I am a human being that has emotions, I am a human being that walks down a street, and I am a human being that compliments something that I like. If you are like me and apologize for something that you didn’t need to apologize for, I want you to stand with me and stop apologizing. Tell yourself that you’re allowed to laugh, you’re allowed to breathe, and you’re allowed to be yourself. Promise yourself that you are going to stop saying sorry for no reason.

 

I would like a friend of mine for inspiring this blog post (you know who you are).

 

Photos were taken by Kaya Irene Photography

My dress is from Torrid

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Makeup Monday: Quick and Easy Makeup Look

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This makeup look is for those who work hard. For those that are too busy slaying the day to take an hour on their makeup. This look is for those want that healthy glowing skin look and want their freckles to shine through! 

Natural, glowing skin is perfect for these hotter days. Today I am sharing with you my quick and easy go to a makeup look. This look obviously isn’t natural because I am wearing makeup, but it isn’t going to be as heavy and glam. Let’s jump right in!

First things first, I exfoliate my lips. These dry days are upon us and are messing with my lips! I need them to look good when I apply whatever lip product I choose to wear for the day.

The key to glowing skin is hydration. I like to apply the Mario Badescu Facial Spray. This quenches the skin, wakes it up, and gives off a fresh look. After that, I will go in with the NYX Hydro Touch face oil and do some more hydrating. Once that is all soaked in, I will go in with my concealer and only apply it where I need it. So I will apply it under my eyes and cover any dark spots. I also like to do a little bit of setting, just so that my concealer doesn’t crease because of the oil.

Time to bronze the face! I want that sun-kissed look without it being too overpowering. I don’t contour because I want this to be a more natural look. After I am all bronzed up, it’s time for some more glow! I love to add a lot of highlight, this gives the skin a glowy look.

My brows are finally growing in! When I do a more natural makeup look, I only add tinted brow gel to my brows. The tint makes them look fuller without being too perfect. While my brows are drying, all that is left is to curl my lashes! I don’t like to wear mascara when I am in a hurry. It makes a mess and takes up too much of my time.

Before I head out of the door, I like to spray my face one more time just to set all of the powders. This look takes me 5 minutes tops to apply. I love it and I love the compliments that I get on my skin when I rock this look.

That completes my quick and easy makeup look. Let me know if you have used any of these products! I plan on writing a blog post about my current beauty favorites, so keep an eye out for that.

As always, stay confident!

Gift Guide for Spring 2018 + Giveaway!

Spring is in the air, allergies are taking over, and the beautiful flowers are looking stunning in everyone’s Instagram photos! Soon enough it is going to be 100 degrees here in Bakersfield! Before that happens, I need to enjoy my springtime. What does the Spring mean to you? When I think of spring, I think of Mother’s Day, birthday parties, and a lot of events. For Today’s post, I have put together a Spring Gift Guide for 2018. These gifts are perfect for any occasion, like graduation gifts or Mother’s Day. These are all great items that I would love to receive or give!

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The first gift and my personal favorite would have to be a teeth whitening kit! During the winter is when we drink hot drinks, such as coffee and hot cocoa. A teeth whitening kit is the perfect way to bring that beautiful spring smile! Smile Brilliant has one of the best teeth whitening kits! If you don’t believe me, just check out their teeth whitening testimonials! This gift is perfect for those looking for a brighter smile! I am sure that mom would love to open this gift on Mother’s Day! For your chance to win a kit, make sure that you enter my giveawaySmile Brilliant and I have teamed up and will be giving away a tray creation kit valued at $149! Just in time for Mother’s Day!

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Gift number two would have to be some sort of spa kit. A foot bath filled with a pedicure set, nail polish, and a handmade sugar scrub. This is the perfect gift to get those feet sandal ready for all of those special occasions!

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The third gift idea is a gardening set! There is nothing like plants to put anyone in the spring mood. Grab a cute water can throw in some gloves, a little shovel and rake, some plant seeds, and there you have the perfect gift!

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What would a gift option be without food? This gift is perfect for those out there that love to cook or bake. Grab a jar, fill it with an apron, some cookie mix, cookie cutters, some sprinkles, and a whisk!

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The last gift idea that I have up my sleeve is a gift card. Maybe a few different gift card to the person’s favorite places. You can even present them in a cute little jar, or as a bouquet. The options are endless for gift cards!

There you have it! Five amazing gift guide ideas for spring! If you have any other great ideas that you would like to share, please comment them below. If you thought of anyone that could use this post as a guide, please share it with them, I am sure that they will thank you. I would like to thank Smile Brilliant for working with me on this blog post. I have worked with them in the past and they continue to amaze me with my results! Check out my previous post featuring Smile Brilliant.

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If you are wondering the difference between their kits and LED kits, be sure to check that out here. If you are a research person like I am, you are going to want to check them out. If you would like to give Smile Brilliant a try, make sure that you use the code bakersfieldbeautyblogger20 for $20 off of your purchase.

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This is a photo of my before and after using Smile Brilliant!

DIY Summer Wreath

Hello there! I know that you seen DIY in the title and just had to stop by! Summer is right around the corner, that means that it is time to decorate for summer! Today I made this cute little summer wreath and thought that I would share it with you. It is super simple and cost me less than $5 to make it.

To make this wreath you are going to need:

  • hula hoop (whatever size that you want) 
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • twine 
  • flowers of your choice
  • bow is optional

 

This project is very simple, but very time consuming. All I did to create this wreath is hot glue the twine around the hula hoop until the coop was completely covered. I made sure that that when I was gluing the twine down, I pulled it tight and close together.

Next I hot glued my flowers in place and All done!

Feel free to add a bow, I was going to at first and then decided that I liked it better without one.

Happy Crafting! 

Wedding Wednesday: Reasons to Hire a Planner

Ah, welcome to another Wedding Wednesday. I hope that you are enjoying these posts because I am having the best time writing them! Today I want to give you a few reasons why you should hire a wedding planner and/ or coordinator. This post is in collaboration with my Aunt Cindy, she created these visuals for me to share! 

 

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There you have it! If you are in Bakersfield, Ca and are looking for some planners, make sure to check us out on Instagram. 

 

Motivational Monday: Don’t Quit Your Daydream!

I cannot tell you how long that I have been dreaming about the day that I would quit my full-time job, just to focus on my passion! For the longest time, I didn’t even know that I had a passion. It took a ton of dumb Facebook career quizzes and countless talks with my family members, to finally realize that I was not destined to have a typical career. I was born to be a hustler, others would call it an entrepreneur.

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(I found this photo on Pinterest and fell in love. Credit to the owner.)

Back in 2012, I decided to take my last Facebook career quiz. The result led me to where I am today and where I am going to be in the future. In 2016 I signed up for an event and wedding planning course and I couldn’t be happier with my decision. I studied hard and in just six short months, I received my event and wedding planning certificate.

During that time I also discovered another love of mine, blogging. I bought a ring light, a few backdrops, and put in work! I created makeup looks, talked about my beauty favorites, and wrote “What’s in my bag” posts. Since then I have transformed into more fashion, lifestyle, and wedding posts. Hens, certified wedding planner. Eventually blogging led me to Instagram, and who knows where I am headed next.

What I am trying to get at here is that not everyone was born to do the same job. If everyone became a teacher, there would be no doctors. If everyone went for the same career path, life would be boring as hell. It’s okay to step out of the box. I understand that not everyone is going to agree with what I do and I am perfectly okay with that. As long I believe in myself, that is all that I need, (aside from my husband’s support).

As of April 13, 2018, I am no longer working at my Monday through Friday job. I am now a full-time entrepreneur.  That means that I am my own boss, working hard, and proving to myself that I was born to do this. If you ask anyone that knows me, they will tell you that I am not your average 25-year old. I am creative, crafty, and love doing something different every day.

This is just my friendly reminder to live for yourself. Life is too short to live your life wondering “what if?”. Do something that you love and don’t worry about what others are going to say or think. You might just surprise yourself. Hold on to that daydream until you get there, I know that I did.

Soon enough, you are going to see me on the Today Show, telling the world about this exact moment. The moment that I decided to quit my day job to chase my dream job.