Motivational Monday: Monthly Goal Wrap-up

The first month of the year is gone, just like that. I don’t know about you, but that didn’t feel like a whole month!

 

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In the beginning of January, I set a few goals for myself and hoped to achieve them all. Well, I am happy to say that I did! If you are curious to know what they were, I am about to share them with you.

 

My first goal was to start Wedding and Event Planning blog posts here at the Bakersfield Beauty Blog. So far I have two Wedding Wednesday’s posted and they did quite well!

My second goal was to hit 1,650 followers on my Instagram page. Once that goal was achieved, I then set a goal for 1,700 followers and we currently stand at 1,709. I still can’t believe it! If you’re not following me, you totally should be! I am going to be doing a giveaway very soon! You know what, I will even do you a favor and leave the link right here for you! I know, I am such a nice person.

Goal number three was to take social media photos for two companies. Goal checked off! I had so much fun doing it too!

This last goal, I have been working on for quite some time now. I can’t even begin to tell you how I feel. This goal was to collaborate with Torrid. Yes, you heard right, Torrid. I still don’t believe it, when I received the email, I was almost in tears. The collaboration isn’t up, but be expecting it!

 

That wraps up all of my goals that have been achieved! I would love to hear some of the goals that you achieved for the month of January! I also would like to let you know how much I appreciate you!

 

Stay Beautiful!

 

10 Must Follow Instagram Accounts

I am not sure if it’s the double taps, or the fact that the layouts are so intriguing, but everyone seems to be infatuated Instagram (including myself). I am constantly on the popular page just looking for new accounts to stalk.

You really loved when I posted all about my favorite bloggers to follow, so I thought that I would do a spin off post from that. Today I have 10 Must Follow Instagram Accounts for you. If you already follow some of these people, we are that much closer to becoming besties.

Number Ten

@lady0lson

Number Nine

@paigealiciabeauty

Number Eight

@aspyovard

Number Seven

@Stephyoungphoto

Number Six

@Oliviarink

Number Five

@Alishamarie

Number Four

@newdarlings

Number Three

@Amrezy

Number Two

@Learningtobefearless

Number One

@Bakersfielbeautyblogger

Product Review: Rodan +FIELDS & GIVEAWAY!

If you don’t already know, the key to good makeup application is great skin. Your face is a canvas, if you have the right tools, your painting will come out flawless. For today’s Makeup Monday I have a Rodan +FIELDS product review and giveaway. My friend Laura and I will be giving away 5 mini facials, so stay tuned!

In order to figure out what kind of treatment I needed, Laura, sent me a solution tool so that she could send over the proper samples!

I received the travel sized version of the Reverse Brightening Regiment.

The travel size comes with four steps:

  • Deep exfoliating wash
  • Intensive brightening toner
  • Dual active brightening complex
  • Broad spectrum SPF 50+ sunscreen

Bonus:

Microdermabrasion Paste

Being someone that wears a lot of makeup, I need that intense exfoliating feel, so that I know my skin is being cleaned. I am also someone that has a lot of discoloration and some dark spots. The toner and brightening complex will help to reduce those problems. We all need SPF in our lives, it is the most important part of skin care!

My first thought when I received the products in the mail is that the travel size has a pretty fair amount of product. I love the simple yet bold packaging. The white makes the products look clean, while the yellow is bright, in your face, and refreshing.

Deep exfoliating wash:

While testing out the deep exfoliant wash, the smell was incredible, I am a sucker for an orange scent, and that is exactly what I got! I received the deep exfoliate feeling just as promised, it really made me feel like I got every inch of makeup off of my face. A clean face is a happy one!

Intensive Brightening Toner:

This toner has a tingling effect, which I love, that helps me to know that the product is actually working and cleansing!

Dual active brightening complex:

This contains retinol to help keep the pesky breakouts away. It feels so soothing and applies so smoothly.

Broad spectrum SPF 50+ sunscreen:

This sunscreen is a thick consistency, it has a hint of a sunscreen smell, but not too overpowering. SPF is a great product to have on under your makeup. The sun ages you, protect the skin!

All in all, I would rate Rodan + FIELDS products a 5/5. Trust me when I say that you need it in your life.

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Some fun facts to know about Rodan +FIELDS :

  • R+F is the #1 skincare brand across all price points developed by the doctors who created Proactiv
  • They target four main skin concerns: sensitive skin issues, sun damage/hyper pigmentation, acne, and anti-aging.
  • All products come with a 60-day empty bottle, money back guarantees.
  • All products are clinically proven and result driven.

Giveaway time!! 🎉🎉

5 mini facials will be given away! To enter you must:

  1. Follow this blog
  2. Follow my Instagram
  3. Follow Laura on Instagram

I will be contacting the winners on Instagram.

This giveaway will run for one week! So tell your friends, tell your family! I will be giving away 5 mini facials. 

GIVEAWAY products will include: Redefine Daily Cleansing Mask: This creamy, Kaolin clay-based cleansing mask dries quickly, drawing impurities from your pores without robbing your skin of essential moisture. This environmentally safe, finely granulated exfoliator also gently smooths out the skin and releases a skin conditioner for younger-looking, younger-feeling skin.

  • Redefine Night Renewing Serum: Contains a proprietary blend of powerful peptides and Retinol to visibly improve skin texture and brighten skin. Our time-release technology keeps this anti-aging serum working all night long to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and pores for firmer, younger-looking skin.
  • Redefine Lip Renewing Serum: Maintain fuller, younger-looking lips with REDEFINE™ Lip Renewing Serum. Rich with peptides and vitamin E, this unique serum helps lips retain their natural moisture, visibly smooths lip texture and reduces the appearance of lip wrinkles.
  • Micro-Dermabrasion Paste: a high-glide, oil-free formula designed to help promote maximum gentle exfoliation and leave your skin feeling more smooth.

For personalized skin consultations, contact Laura @lookinluminouswithlaura.

#BloggerBabe Series: Meet the Blogger

As a blogger, I am always curious to know what motivates other bloggers to get their work done. What their thought process is when it comes to blogging. Today I got to do just that, I got to interview a beautiful blogger friend of mine. Not only is Paige a very talented blogger, but she also has an amazing Instagram feed, along with a YouTube channel that has over 700 subscribers. Read along as I asked her all of the questions that I have been dying to know!

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What/ who inspired you to start your channel/blog/Instagram?

I have always (since I was younger) followed lots of different beauty/fashion accounts, it’s been something I have always had a passion for. After seeing girls around my age build up the confidence to start a youtube channel or blog, I thought, maybe I could do this too? I have always had a lot to say, ask my parents and they would tell you I never shut up, I could speak for England!! I have so much to voice my opinion on, not just on beauty and fashion but on more personal things, if my social profiles can help/influence someone else, then my job is done. I would mainly say a lot of people around me inspired me, there’s nothing you can’t do as long as you put your mind to it.

How long have you been building your brand?

If I’m honest, I didn’t know ‘building a brand’ was a thing until around 6 months ago when I really started getting serious on my Instagram/Blog photography. I would say that I have been taking ‘building’ my social profile seriously for around a good 6 months when really nice deals started coming through from brands, that is when I started treating my social media more as a part time job rather than just a hobby, don’t get me wrong it is great to have fun on your profiles because there is no wrong way to do it, but I like to try and keep mine very professional and targeted to my audience.

What is the next step for you?

This is such a hard question, because with social media E V E R Y T H I N G is unpredictable, but I suppose if I had a choice it would be to grow my channels a lot more and maybe look at it becoming a full-time thing, blogging/social media is a passion of mine and I love creating content people want to see, it makes me feel so happy!!

Do you have a routine when it comes to uploading content?

I wouldn’t say I have a set routine, I mean most of my weekends when I’m not working are spent in London taking pictures for my Instagram/blog or filming videos for my channel but I wouldn’t go all the way to say I have a set routine, I do what I can and try not to stress if I don’t get everything done, as this is my hobby I don’t want to stress and suck the fun out of something I really enjoy.

Would you say that blogging and YouTube has changed your confidence?

One million percent, YES!! I had little to no confidence before I started my social media channels, I was very bullied at school mainly for the way I looked and that is something that has always stayed with me, but growing my channels and seeing so many people enjoy my content has built my confidence so much. I am now not afraid to stand in the middle of London looking sassy AF taking pictures because I am doing it for me, yes people may stand and stare but you aren’t going to see them again so what’s the point in worrying about it?

Do you have a favorite topic that you love uploading? Fashion, beauty, or travel?

When I first started blogging, beauty was the main thing I really got into, mainly because I had watched thousands of makeup tutorials it was something I loved. However, recently the past year or so fashion has stepped up to be something I am mega interested in and this is something I now talk about on a daily basis. Travel is also something I am extremely passionate about, you can most likely see that from Instagram because I am always going places.

Where do you plan on traveling next?

I am actually in Paris in a couple of weeks, but after that 100%, either Italy or Iceland is on the cards!!

Who would you say is your biggest role model?

In my life, definitely my Nan, she sadly passed away last year but she was a massive influence on me, she was always so sassy and fashionable, no word of a lie she would have a matching handbag to every outfit she owned (a complete life goal of mine haha) but she was always so supportive of everything I do socially.

Who is your biggest supporter?

My boyfriend has got to my number 1 fan!! He is always so interested in what I’m up to and is always excited to see what I get up to next, and probably my best friend Amy as well, she is always the first to congratulate me on something I achieve which is always so lovely!!

What is your drink order? Coffee, tea, soda?

A good old cup of English tea!!

What is your favorite color?

My favorite color has always been a really light blue, but if I were answering this fashion wise, it would have to be black haha.

Who is your favorite YouTuber?

Favorite YouTuber would have to be InTheFrow, I look up to her like a big sister I think she is just brilliant and she works so hard on all of her social platforms.

Who is your favorite blogger?

Again, this would have to be InTheFrow or Lissy Roddy, they are both amazing and their fashion accounts are beautiful!!

How would you describe your fashion style?

I honestly don’t have one, I see something I like and I buy it haha. I can go from dressing up joggers to a full ball gown to smart trousers and a blazer to jeans and a cute crop top, anything I love.
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Isn’t she amazing? Thank you so much, Paige, for being apart of my Blogger Babe Series!
You can follow Paige on all of her social media sites below.

If you would like to be a part of the Blogger Babe Series, let me know in the comments, or send me an email. I will send you over a list of questions and your answers will be featured on a Work It Wednesday, here on my blog.

7 Tips for Growing a Business While Working a Full-Time Job

Having a full-time job and running a few businesses on the side can be quite a challenge. I have; a 9-5 job, I run this blog, I am growing my Instagram account, I run a Poshmark closet, and I own an event and wedding planning business. All while being a wife to my husband and being a mom to my Rottweiler baby and my siamese cat. For today’s Work it Wednesday, I am going to be sharing a few tips with you that can help you work while you work.

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Tip 1. Wake up early

Waking up an hour earlier each day can give you the extra time that is needed to finish that blog post or post inventory that you didn’t have time to do the night before.

Tip 2. Have a daily routine

Having a daily routine will help to stay organized and make time after work for your business that you are hoping to leave your 9-5 for.

Tip 3. Set Goals

I know that I am repetitive with this tip, but I am going to share it again. Set goals for yourself.  Setting goals will keep you on track, with a full-time job, getting side tracked is a very easy thing to do.

Tip 4. Make time for your future business

Utilize every break that you have. Instead of playing Uno after lunch, pull out your laptop and get those e-mails out. Post to your business Facebook or Instagram. If you are a PoshBabe, share those clothes on Poshmark and figure out a way to make that sale. If you are trying to break 1 million Instagram followers, make sure that you use your 15-minute break to reply to every single comment.  whatever you can to make that extra dollar while you are not getting paid for that one-hour lunch break.

Tip 5. Set timers

Setting timers will also help to manage your time correctly. Give your self only so much time in the morning to do your makeup. Have a timer set for cleaning the house, that way you don’t stay up all night cleaning and getting carried away. Set a timer for daily meditation and affirmations. Saving time will help you succeed, remember, you have the same amount of hours in a day as Beyonce.

Tip 6. Keep a journal

Having a journal with you at your 9-5 is perfect for jotting down all of your business ideas. This tip is perfect for those that have the best ideas during very random times throughout the day.

Tip 7. Take a day off

Allow yourself a day off, if not, you will get burnt out fast.

Well, there you have it! 7 of my biggest tips for running a business while you have a full-time job. It can get hard at times, but just keep chugging along. You didn’t get this far, only to get this far. 

A Celebration List

Work, work, clean house, some more work. Ugh does it ever end? How come I have been working for the last three days, and still feel like I haven't accomplished anything?? I have crossed some things off of my list, so why is there so much left? It's because I am looking at my list all wrong. You heard me, all wrong I tell you!

Every Monday morning I sit down with my coffee, listen to a podcast, and write a list of everything that I need to accomplish for the week. That's normal right? As the week goes by, I will cross off everything that I have done on that list. Well when I look at that list at the end of the week, I get so pissed off at myself when I look at everything that is still unaccomplished.

One morning while I was sipping my amazing coffee, I was listening to the Style Your Mind podcast, hosted by Cara Alwill Leyba. She explained that she writes a celebration list. At the end of every day or every week, she will write down everything that she had accomplished during that time. So instead of kicking herself, she celebrates herself for all of her hard work.

What a brilliant idea! I will make two separate lists, one for everything that needs to be done for the week, and another for all of my celebrations! If I keep throwing out negative thoughts out into the universe about my list, guess what the universe is going to hit me with?

So from now on, I will be writing a celebration list to go along with every to do list!

5 books to read! 

In order to be the best person that you can be, you need to have a good mind set. You need to have the confidence that you can do anything in the world. In order to do so, what would help you get that set of mind? Mine is to read amazing books! If you are not a book reader, then I would suggest downloading some of these books on Audible, because they are that good. 

Book #1

YOU are a BADASS; if you are ever doubting yourself, you need this book. This Bad Ass book is filled with amazing quotes, meditation, and vision boards! This book is the perfect confidence booster and good for the soul.

Book#2

#GIRLBOSS; this book is all about hard work, dedication, and real life! Sophia explains how she got to where she is now. The struggles that she went through in the process and that sometimes you have to fight it alone. This book is perfect for those of you wanting to start a business or those of you that have a business.

Book #3

You’re Here for a Reason; This book holds a very special place in my heart. When you are questioning yourself, and your reason for being on this earth, read this book. It will make you cry! Plus, there are some amazing pictures! Nancy Tillman really hit home with this one.

Book #4

The Ultimate Writing Guide for Students; the main reason that I purchased this book was for my blog. If I wanted to take my blogging seriously, I needed to have proper grammar! This book has helped me out tremendously! I have a lot more confidence when I hit publish at the end of a post.

Book #5

Rich Dad Poor Dad; This book talks about what the rich and the poor teach their children about money. The different perspectives that humans have on working for what they have.

 

That brings us to the end! I challenge you to read one of these books that intrigue you the most. I promise that you will fall in love with which ever one that you choose! I know that you can do it, I believe in you.

5 PODCASTS THAT WILL INSPIRE YOU

If you don’t know what a podcast is, or have never listened to one, then you have no idea what you are missing out on. A podcast is basically an audio blog with all sorts of different categories! There are podcasts from art to TV & film.

My favorite types of podcasts are the entrepreneurial motivational ones. I love to listen to them when I am cleaning my house when I am getting ready, and when I am driving. Those are the times that I am really focusing and paying attention. For the most part, I love listening to music, but there are times when I need a pick me up and need to listen to something different. These five podcasts are ones that I know that I can count on helping out in some type of way. If I am ever feeling uninspired, they will bring back that spark that was running just a little low.

So with out further ado, here are the podcasts that have been changing my perspective and my life

STYLE YOUR MIND PODCAST

Cara Alwill Leyva is a bestselling author, a life coach, and the host of Style Your Mind Podcast. She answers questions about being an entrepreneur and interviews some of the baddest bitches when it comes to business. She is all about women coming together and helping each other rise up. She gets behind the scenes of how the business became about and how it has risen.

BOSS UP! PODCAST

Lindsey Teague Moreno is a wine loving momtrepreneur that loves sharing tips on business while maintaining her family. Her podcasts are on the shorter side, so if you are someone that only has 10 minutes to get ready, then she is the perfect person to listen to.

THE INFLUENCER PODCAST

Julie Solomon hosts an innovative podcast that really walks you through; blogging, marketing, social media, growth, and influence. As she talks with other influencers, they help you understand what being an entrepreneur is really all about.

BEING BOSS PODCAST

Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon are all about being you 100% of the time and building an empire. Their podcasts are all about; mindset, habits, tactics, and lifestyle. If you are a creative entrepreneur, this podcast has your name written all over it.

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This last podcast is hosted by the amazing Rachel Hollis. She is the author of one of my all time favorite girl book series. On her podcasts, she interviews some amazing creators, such as Joy Cho and Mary Renner Beech. I love how she really connects with each person that she interviews and makes you want to keep listening.

 

There you have it, five inspiring girl boss podcasts. The next time that you are getting ready for the day, listen to one of these ladies. You will want to take on the world after one episode, I promise.

 

If you have a podcast of your own or just one that you love let me know, I will check them out! Who knows, I may be starting my own podcast soon.