8.14.2015

How I Overcame My Own Negativity

For the past 6 months, I was not in the best mental space whatsoever. I always caught myself comparing my situation and circumstances with the situations of other people around me. I was constantly beating myself up for not having the job I wanted, my own apartment, or the relationship that I desired. I wondered why I wasn't flourishing as fast as I wanted to and I became so frustrated. I was frustrated because I felt like there was no progress happening in any part of my life.

That frustration turned into a lot of stress and lend to massive amounts of self-doubt.
I reached a point where I thought I didn't want to try to do anything anymore. All I wanted to do was curl up in my bed watch Hulu all day long. It wasn't until I listened to the Father's Day sermon from Christian Life Center's website that I was inspired to trust my struggle. Pastor Ben Stewart and Pastor Brent McQuay reminded me that God has an unique plan for all of us. "What is meant for me is meant for me". There was a reason why I didn't get my "dream job" or why things didn't work with "the perfect guy". When things don't go according to my plan, I already know that God has something even greater for me in the future. At this point in my life, I have learned to not rush anything and just keep working hard and one day I know I will be just as successful as some of my peers.

Since I changed my outlook on life, so many good things have been happening to me. I was hired to shoot my first event and I am in the midst of shooting my own YouTube videos with other talented individuals. When you overcome negativity, you allow yourself to be vulnerable and open to new dreams and great rewards. When I refused to let my insecurities get in my way, I then became the woman I wanted to be.


"We can’t let our insecurities own or destroy us. We have to face them head-on. That was part of the challenge that motivated me to take this journey. I wanted to see what I could do and, more important, I wanted to understand everything that was holding me back".
- Jennifer Hudson

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8.04.2015

Apartment Decor Inspiration

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This month, I will be moving closer to Chicago for school. I really can't wait to decorate and I found so much inspiration on Pinterest and Tumblr. I hope you guys are inspired by these pictures as much as I am. Also, I have some interesting posts and videos coming soon ��
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Photos courtesy of urbanoutfitters.com, calivintage.com, catesthill.com, sycamorestreetpress.com and thecozyspace.tumblr.com

7.16.2015

My Everyday Makeup Routine

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Hello Everyone! I decided to finally make a post about some of my favorite products in my everyday makeup routine. I like to keep my makeup as minimal and natural-looking as possible. Below, I listed a step-by-step guide to how I apply all of the products in the picture.

Step 1-Apply Primer
As a primer and setting powder, I usually use Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pressed Powder. It instantly blurs pores and actually keeps me matte all day long. In the future, I plan on purchasing the liquid version for an easier application without a brush.

Step 2-Fill In Eyebrows
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade is still the only thing I trust with my brows. Sometimes, I over pluck and this product continues to save my life. I learned that with a gentle hand, you can construct your eyebrows to any shape you want. After I finish filling them in, I carve them out with foundation instead of concealer for a more natural look.

Step 3-Blend In Foundation
Too Faced Born This Way Foundation is one of new favorite foundations. It just was released recently and I was compelled to purchase it online. It gives my skin great coverage and a nice glow. Since I bought it online, I didn't realize that the color Honey wasn't a perfect match. Once I mix it with a darker foundation, I think it'll be fine. Overall, I think this foundation is great for photo/video and everyday use.

Step 4-Apply Blush
Tarte's Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush is one of my favorite blushes. It has great color and lasts throughout the day. After blush, I usually apply bronzer or a shimmering highlight to further accentuate my cheek bones.

Step 5-Accessorize My Eyes
In the mornings, I don't have much time to do a full smoky eye. This I why I usually just curl my lashes and put on eyeliner. The Kat Von D Tattoo Liner was another recent purchase and I really like it so far. It's super easy to apply and lasts way longer than my old Maybelline eyeliner.

Step 6-Setting My Face
I usually set my makeup with my powder(as mentioned in step one) or Urban Decay's All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray(not pictured). Both are great and help my makeup last from morning to night.

I would love to know what your everyday makeup products are in the comments below! 

6.19.2015

Miami Beach

This last Monday, my family and I flew down to Miami Beach in Florida. For 4 days and 3 nights, we enjoyed the sights and sounds of the area as much as possible. I mostly spent my days roaming the beach that was right behind our hotel. The feeling of the bright sun gleaming on your skin and the rush of sea water beneath you is indescribable. On the second day, we went on a bus and boat tour all around Miami. We visited places Little Havana, the Art Deco District, and many celebrity houses which were completely beautiful. The architecture around the whole city is very reminiscent of the 1920s/1930s and is a great representation of Cuban culture. My only regret is not taking any quality pictures of the salmon and pastel colored buildings near Collins Avenue
and not trying any authentic Cuban coffee L

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My favorite part of the whole trip was visiting the Wynwood Arts District. This neighborhood is filled with tons of murals by many talented artists such as Miss Van, Maya Hayuk and Ryan McGinness. This is a great place to get inspiration (and take selfies). Also, there are so many great places to grab something to eat that are new and modern. One restaurant I found was called Jugofresh. They specialize in cold-pressed juices and organic meal selections that I wish I could've taken with me back home.  

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Overall, I enjoyed my trip and I can't wait to go back to Miami again soon :)
 
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Trying to stay cool on the boardwalk


5.23.2015

DIY Brown Sugar Face Scrub

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 Happy Saturday!
This morning I decided to pick up a few items to make my own exfoliate at home. For this scrub, I used about two tablespoons of brown sugar and several drops of almond oil. Later on, I plan to add one more essential oil like lavender or tea tree. This scrub can be used on your face and all over your body.
 
Benefits of Brown Sugar
- Gentle for sensitive skin
-Scrubs away dead skin cells
-Contains glycolic acid, that fights bacteria
-Breaks down glue-bonded skin cells which supports cell turnover
-Helps to improve sun damage and offers support to aging skin
-A natural humectant so it absorbs moisture from your environment and deposits it into your skin
-Guards your skin from destructive toxins
 
Benefits of Almond Oil
-Sun Protector
-Softens skin
-Reduces scars
-Improves complexion
-Reduces skin irritation
-Strengthens hair
 
Let me know if you've tried this type of scrub before. I would love to know your results :)