My Collaboration with Avon sales representative Krystal Fornwalt! 

Hey my beauts, I hope you guys are having a great Friday so far, as I know I am! I have been off all week due to my school being on strike so that has been nice not complaining one bit! I have not done a makeup tutorial for you beauts in a long time so I thought I would share one with you guys! I am also featuring an amazing lipstick, and beauts…. this shade is to die for, it’s the best.  It is perfect for autumn and I am absolutely head over heels with it. To purchase this shade head on over to “Youravonsaleslady” on Instagram and check out the link within her bio. Krystal was a pleasure to collaborate with and there are so many amazing Avon products that she sells!  She is an independent sales rep for Avon so come and check out her page and show her some love! Krystal was kind enough to let me try out this amazing lipstick and little carry on with it! Honestly, guys, it’s absolutely adorable. On the little lipstick bag, it says, “Your beauty is infinite”, which I absolutely love. The shade of the lipstick is this beautiful deep berry purple colour in the shade “Vamp”. You can purchase this set for literally only $10.00 that’s it! It is called, “The Purple Peace Iconic Lipstick Set”. What I found absolutely amazing about representing and trying out this product was the meaning behind it. Shop purple peace products like this one that gives a voice to those who suffer in silence and help create the path to freedom. Respect your beauty with Avon Speak Out Against Domestic Violence. Avon will donate 20% of net profits from domestic violence fundraising products, how amazing is this?! Come and show your support beauts! Shall we get into the look I created for this blog post?“The Purple Peace Iconic Lipstick Set“. What I found absolutely amazing about representing and trying out this product was the meaning behind it. Shop purple peace products like this one that gives a voice to those who suffer in silence and help create the path to freedom. Respect your beauty with Avon Speak Out Against Domestic Violence. Avon will donate 20% of net profits from domestic violence fundraising products, how amazing is this?! Come and show your support beauts! Shall we get into the look I created for this blog post?


For this look I am going to use my Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Palette, focusing more specifically on the colour to the far right. I absolutely love the idea of oranges with a purple lip, it just sounded amazing so I had to try it out.


I am going to go in with this burnt orange shade and apply this all over my entire lid, dragging it into the crease as well.


Next, I am taking this maroon shade and applying it to my crease with a fluffy brush. This is a beautiful transition shade and I absolutely love these colours together. After applying these two colours, literally the only colours we are using, I took a small eyeshadow brush and applied some of the maroon shade underneath my lower lash line to make my eyes “pop”. After this, I am applying my black liquid eyeliner on top of my upper lash line and drawing out a wing. I am then taking my favourite mascara and applying to my top and bottom lashes. Next, is the lips! I am taking my beautiful new shade in “vamp” and applying this to my lips, it’s absolutely stunning, perfect for that fall look! Voila, you are done!


I hope you beauts enjoyed this autumn makeup tutorial! Remember to check out “youravonsaleslady” on Instagram to get your “Purple Peace Iconic Lipstick Set” and help support domestic violence against women! I want to thank Krystal again for the collaboration, you’re amazing! Please be sure to follow my other social media accounts located on my homepage for more blog posts to come in the near future! Take care and much love xo.

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My Collaboration with Vichy Canada


Hello my beauts, thank you for stopping by and welcome to my channel! So as you all are aware skincare is so important and having a proper routine helps out so much. I have always been really bad when it came to skincare, and really just did not care so much about my skin. My skin is super sensitive so I really have not found any proper products that have worked for me lately. My skin is acne prone, unfortunately, and I tend to break out all along my chin area as well as around my mouth which is super annoying!! I am always on the hunt for new skincare products! I have had the wonderful opportunity and I am so grateful that Vichy Canada allowed me to partner up with their beautiful company and collaborate with them. I have always admired Vichy Canada for the longest time and knew I had to reach out to them. They were such lovely people to get in touch with and I could tell right away they were very welcoming.  I had messaged them on Instagram, and they sent my request to their PR agency. Within a couple of hours, Vichy Canada had sent me an email asking for my mailing address and so forth. It only took a couple of days until I received a box with 4 beautiful full-size products in it to review and share with you beauts. I am not going to lie this is the first time I have ever tried Vichy before, and I am beyond impressed with the results. I have tested out all of the products for you guys, and have been using them for a couple of days now. I am already seeing results when it comes to my face and how much my acne has gone down, it’s incredible. Not going to lie I was a little hesitant when I received the products because they are not scent free and my face is extremely sensitive. To my surprise and amazement, my face has not broken out once and it has completely calmed my acne 100%. I am going to review some products from the new Idealia Line for you beauts, and can not wait to share my results with you beauts!


First, I am going to discuss with you beauts the new “Smoothness & Glow- Energizing Cream” which has Blueberry Polyphenois and Fermented Black Tea Extract in it as well. This cream is for sensitive skin which is amazing and was exactly what I needed. It creates a long-lasting glow, evens complexion, refines pores, and smooths lines. This cream is for dry skin and is a 24-hour moisturizer. This cream is also non-greasy and non-sticky not to mention it smells absolutely amazing. This cream retails for $39.99, and I highly recommend trying it out for yourself if you are looking for an incredible day-time cream. I apply this after I cleansed my face in the morning and before I apply my makeup application.


Next, I have to show you guys this wonderful product that Vichy Canada has to offer. Again, it is for sensitive skin, it’s like Vichy Canada knew me exactly down to a T.  This product is called the “Idealia Eyes, Eye Contour Idealizer Care“, which helps transform skin quality, and colour around the eye contour. This cream helps reduce the look of dark circles, illuminates shadows, and smooths the look of fine lines and skin texture. After 4 weeks, it reduces 21% of the appearance of dark circles, 23% of signs of fatigue, and 25% of fine lines. This was a clinical study that included 29 women within 4 weeks. The cream includes a smoothing applicator and has a fresh hydrating texture. I have only been using this product for almost a week now and it literally feels so soft on my skin, I love it. I will let you beauts know after the 4 weeks is up and how I think of the products. This product retails for $39.95.

Thirdly, I am going to talk to you beauts about the amazing “Idealia Peeling” product which is the radiance activating night peeling care. This is probably my most favourite product out of the 4 of them, I absolutely love it. You apply this product during your nighttime skin care routine and apply it to your face with a cotton pad. After applying this product to your face, do not rinse it off. All of these products smell unbelievably good, and my skin feels so fresh after using them.  I have noticed a difference in my face after using this product, as my face looks glowy and beautiful when I wake up in the morning.  This product retails for $39.95, and I highly highly recommend trying this out for yourself, you will not be disappointed whatsoever.


I absolutely love this last product that I am going to tell you beauts about.This is called the “Spa-Shower Gel-Cream” from the Idealia collection.  This product includes Vichy Thermal Spa Water, is rich in 15 minerals, and includes shea butter and white clay. This gel-cream provides lasting comfort, hydrates and softens the skin. Beauts, literally no joke, my skin felt so amazing and soft after getting out of the shower, I was in awe. Again, this is for sensitive skin which was amazing for me. I absolutely love this gel-cream and just use a loofa to apply it all over my body and then rinse it off. I am for sure going to keep using this in my shower routine to wash my body,  it smells heavenly.  This product retails for $16.95. I highly recommend trying this out as well!

I just want to personally thank Vichy Canada for being so kind and generous and sending me 4 beautiful products of theirs to try out and review for you beauts. I literally have no negative comments to say about the new Idealia line, as I absolutely adore the smell and how the products are on my skin. I have super sensitive skin and these products worked amazingly for my skin-type 100% I use these products every night before I go to bed and when I wake up in the morning. Come and show Vichy Canada some love on their Instagram page at “VichyCanada”, and be sure to let me know if you beauts tried out their new Idealia Line! Also be sure to follow my other social media accounts for more blog posts to come in the near future! Take care, much love xo.

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My Collaboration with “You Make the Logo”


Hey my beauts, I hope you all are having a great week so far! I am having a way better week than I  was last week, so that’s a bonus!  I have been so busy with midterms lately which sucks the big one but what can you do! At least they are done now, so I am pretty happy about that. So everyone on my channel here knows my slogan, or if you are new to my channel, welcome! My slogan has been around for a while, and I randomly just thought of it one day when I was coming up with my blog. Much love, I thought to myself, it was catchy, and I literally loved saying it. I remember the day when I thought of the look for my saying, and was experimenting around with the design I love cursive writing, and think it looks so elegant on things, so I knew it had to be in cursive. I then knew that I loved hearts especially fun looking ones, so I had to incorporate hearts somehow. I then experimented around a bit and came up with a design that I absolutely loved.

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So I was lurking Instagram one fine day, and thought, “wow, wouldn’t it be really cute to have my logo on a t-shirt or something?. I then thought about a collaboration with a company who could design a t-shirt for me with my personal saying. I began to search on Instagram and came across a lovely company who I  decided to reach out to. GUYS….. guys….this company, let me tell you, is amazing. I knew from their page they were extremely talented in what they did, so I was super thrilled when they reached back out to me and decided to go ahead with the collaboration. This company is called “You Make the Logo” and you can find them on Instagram at @youmakethelogo.  They are a young growing company looking to expand. They make a ton of different custom clothes and also make the logos. A lot of the order that the company gets are shirts but they believe soon they will see a lot more hoodies, sweatpants, and sweatshirt orders.  You Make the Logo is also looking to make custom plates, mugs, and window designs as well.  Their main goal is to keep customers happy and smiling through their amazing work while they create the clothes and hoping to one day have a successful store and website.


Beauts, I can not express how helpful and generous this company was when it came to my request for a shirt. I had it completely in mind what exactly I wanted and they exceeded my expectations. Throughout the order and designing process, they kept in touch the whole time, offering help wherever they could and suggestions. Originally I wanted the hearts beside the “Much love”, but they gave me the option of having it slightly underneath, which is something I never thought of before. This option looked absolutely beautiful, and they truly wanted to help in any way they could. After the company had finished designing the shirt, they gave me a preview of what the shirt would look like ensuring that it was exactly what I wanted, making sure I speak up if I wanted something changed and they would accommodate that.  When it came to sizing, You Make the Logo, ensured I had the proper size, offering to change the shirt to a womn’s size which would be smaller but I wanted it a little bigger to style it the way I wanted to. Lastly, when it came to the hearts, the hearts were originally grey, so they had asked me if I wanted to keep the grey coloring or change it. They also suggested a black sparkle ontop of the lettering. Beauts, how did they read my mind and know that I absolutely love sparkles?! Of course I had to say yes to the sparkles! They showed me a preview of what the sparkle letters looked like which was completely gorgeous.


You Make the Logo offered to send me a picture when the shirt was done so I could take a sneak peek, and let’s just say I completely fell in love. They were nothing but helpful and wanted to ensure I was super happy and excited about my shirt overall. I was absolutely blown away at their superior service and how fast they designed the shirt. They kept in touch with me the whole entire time, and let me know when the order should be in which was extremely helpful. You Make the Logo also informed me that they also want to start charity shirts where a company can buy or sell their shirts for profit to raise money for their choosing. How incredible is that? I love people like this and companies who are such kind souls.



 

If any of you beauts are looking to purchase any custom clothing I highly recommend checking out this company, they are super helpful and wanted nothing but the best for me. I will for sure be purchasing more attire for my blog, as I am so absolutely hapy with how my shirt turned out.


My Collaboration with Garnier Canada

Hello my beauts, and welcome to my channel if you are new! My name is Alyssa and I am a beauty, lifestyle and fashion blogger. I absolutely love my hobby with a passion and a dream of mine is for my blog to take off one day and to be noticed would be wonderful. I recently reached out to Garnier Canada in hope that I may have a slight chance they would reply and to my amazement, they responded via email which was amazing. I always have loved Garnier products and have nothing but good things to say about them. I always always use their shampoos and conditioners and absolutely adore them, they smell amazing! Garnier Canada was generous enough to send me some of their products to review and try out which was super nice of them! Everything came in a cute package with tissue paper… adorable. Also, I was greeted by a personalized card which I always adore reading, I think packages that have cards are more personalized and really mean so much! So, shall we get started on this collaboration or what?!

First thing I received in my package were three sheet face masks. The first was a blue one which was called the “Moisture Bomb Sheet Mask“. This apparently is a new mask, and it is a super hydrating mask which provides deep moisture for instantly softer, more radiant skin. This mask has pomegranate extract and hyaluronic acid in it. Basically, you take the mask out of the package and want to ensure you have a freshly cleaned face. You then want to put the mask on and while it’s on, take off the blue film and dispose of it. Next, you are going to press the mask so it is firmly on your face. Making sure your face is completely covered, you are then going to leave this on for 15 minutes.  After the 15 minutes is up, gently take off the mask and rub in the excess product that is left over on your face in a circular motion. I really enjoyed these face masks completely. They left my face feeling really smooth, and moisturized which was awesome! The second face mask that I used was the  “Super Hydrating Mask Mattifying” which deeply hydrates,  balances skin and visibly reduces pores. This mask is made with green tea and hyaluronic acid which is incredible. It was extremely hydrating and I would for sure purchase this again by far! This mask is for normal to combination skin. Lastly, which was my favourite mask, it was the “Super Hydrating Mask Soothing” and this mask deep hydrates, comforts and soothes the skin. This mask is made with Chamomille and hyaluronic acid and is meant for dry to sensitive skin. I have extremely sensitive skin so I knew right away that I would love this product for sure, I am always looking for products to help my acne prone skin. I think this mask was my absolute favourite. I would highly recommend checking out these products for yourself, they are great when you have sleepovers with your friends and what not! You can purchase these for $2.94 at Walmart.

I absolutely love these facial wipes and was so excited to see some in my Garnier gift bag. I have never tried these before until recently, and I am always looking for new makeup wipes to try out. These makeup wipes are called, “Makeup Removing Micellar Wipes with Argan oil“. These wipes are n all-in-1 for long wear makeup, which helps cleanse and smooth the skin. There are 25 wipes that are included, and these wipes really do help get my makeup off.  They are super gentle on my skin and get every piece of makeup off without having to rub harshly.  I am going to be purchasing some more as soon as I run  out!!


Next, I am going to share with you guys this amazing New Moisture Bomb “Antioxidant  Super Moisturizer” for all skin types lotion. This moisturizer helps the skin with hydration and protects it against daily aggressors for healthier-looking skin. This moisturizer has Goji Berry, hyaluronic acid and antioxidant complex in it. I am always looking for a soft and gentle moisturizer especially for my face to use, and I am in love with this one! This lotion has a non-greasy formula with vitamins C &E in it. You can use this moisturizer on your face and as well as on your neck.


Next, in my goody bag, I received “Garnier Fructis Clean & Fresh fortifying conditioner and shampoo”, with grapefruit in it! I absolutely love anything that is fruity or has grapefruit in it, so they must know me well! I tried out both of these shampoos and conditioners and absolutely fell in love. My hair was shiny and felt super soft, and I am extremely picky when it comes to these type of things! These products are for normal hair, and refreshes and energizes my hair. These products are gentle enough for everyday use, and I know they are going to last me a long time! You can purchase these for $6.77 at Walmart which is amazing. I highly recommend going to check these out, I just want to keep smelling my hair!

I want to give a big thank you to Garnier Canada for sending me this very generous goody bag filled with tons of treats and products to try out. I absolutely love Garnier products as they are so gentle on my skin and hair and smell amazing. I highly recommend following them on Instagram if you have not already at “GarnierCan”, and give their page a peek! If you beauts do try out some of these products, be sure to let me know what you think of them and which ones you tried out! Be sure to follow my blogging channel if you have not already and check out my other social media sites located on my home page or upcoming blog posts in the near future! Thanks again Garnier Canada, Take care.

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Country Blitz with Lauren Elizabeth

Hey my beauts, I hope you are all doing well! Almost the weekend thank god! I can not wait till Thanksgiving and have my mom’s amazing potatoes, gravy and turkey galore. Can not forget about the pumpkin pie that’s for sure! So that is what is keeping me going throughout the week! That and country music. As you beauts may know I never have been the type to really be head over heels for country until recently. I have been getting more into country and living with my grandma, she always and I mean always listens to country music, so I am constantly around it. One thing I love about country is how beautiful the lyrics are, they are so simple yet so effective and powerful. I love the tone of voice in country music, it is so relaxing and I feel like with every song you can relate to it somehow. It is just simply beautiful and I have no other way to describe it. I happily reached out to a country artist who I have admired for a while now and asked if she would collaborate on a blog with me about her music! I am so thrilled to have her as a guest on my blog as her singing and talent is absolutely amazing. Just seventeen years old, born in  LaJolla California, this country artist is absolutely obsessed with lifted trucks, country music and singing.  She has moved a couple times since then but is recently living in Cave Creek Arizona for about 5 years now. Please give a warm welcome to the beautiful and talented Lauren Elizabeth Bizzell!

Lauren started singing since as long as she can remember. whether it was the third-grade talent show, or singing in the shower, in the car, it has always been something that she loved doing. Lauren has always said that everyone has their “thang” and hers is music. Lauren started playing piano in freshman year but chose to not continue with it, until she picked up the guitar one day and fell in love playing with it right off the bat. Lauren has been playing for a little more than two years now. Lauren states, “I think I was more into guitar because it was more ‘country’ then piano was to me. I play every day!”. She has been writing her own songs within the past year and has admitted to struggling with it. However, Lauren expresses, “worry now and then you get a few good lyrics and it turns out a little bit better every time. I try to find inspiration anywhere I can honestly. Anything from friends, relationships, life lessons, to being mad about something will usually do it for me. Really just anything I am passionate about, I seem to be able to write about”.  That’s amazing Lauren, way to go!


I was really curious to ask Lauren who inspired her to get into country music! Lauren explains, “my Mama! I guess you could say that country music is just in my blood because I grew up loving it. My Mom always sang, and we would always listen to Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood, and most 80s-90s country “divas”. I just never stopped loving their music, and their voice”.  I also went on to ask Lauren if she has ever performed on a stage before? Lauren states, “yes I love performing more than anything!!! I perform anywhere and anytime there is an opportunity because you never know who is listening! I want to perform like there’s a CEO of some big music label listening because someday that might be the case and it could make or break a successful music career!Lately, I have performed in an annual school district event that raises money for music programs in the schools in the Cave Creek school district called “Rock the District”, which is usually the highlight of my school year, every year since middle school when I did it with our choir. I have performed in it myself for three years now. I can’t wait for the next one!I also have been involved with Alice Cooper’s Proof is in the Pudding Talent Search. This is for people 25 and younger to compete for the prize of opening for Alice Cooper,  and other famous artists and bands like Joe Perry, Korn, The Hollywood Vampires, etc. I did it last year for the first time and made it to the quarterfinals! As of this year’s competition, round one is this week on Tuesday so wish me luck!! It’s been an amazing experience so far. You get to meet so many other talented musicians and new friends, and lots of people that want to help you succeed. The competition is held at Alic Cooper’s Solid Rock Teen Center in Phoenix, and during the year they provide free music lessons, dance lessons etc. it is a great thing to be involved with!” Wow! You should be so incredibly proud of yourself Lauren, that is so amazing and such an accomplishment by far! That is quite amazing that you have been involved with this and so many other things, great opportunities are coming your way!

I was also very curious as to what other hobbies Lauren enjoys doing! Lauren explains, “Well my favourite thing to do besides singing or play the guitar, is probably going to concerts! Whether it’s with my Mama or my best friends, I always seem to have the best time! I love hanging out with my best friends as much as I can, and I also work a lot and I am lucky to say that I actually really enjoy my job”.  Rock on Lauren!

“…Practice, Practice, and Practice some more!”

What personal advice would you give to someone who is just starting out in this career path? “Practice, practice, and practice some more!! Don’t waste any opportunities you get to sing or play for someone. You never know what doors each performance could open up for you! Sing/play like nobody is listening. Pretend you are just by yourself in your room, or wherever you feel the most comfortable, it decreases nerves!! Don’t give up if you get a hateful comment or negative feedback, either way, it is only going to make you stronger!”. These are great words of advice Lauren, that is awesome. I am sure you are helping out hundreds of individuals who needed to hear this and get help starting out!

Rather than giving advice, I was curious as to what was the best piece of advice  Lauren has gotten from someone before in regards to the music industry. Lauren explains, “I believe the best advice I ever got from somebody in regards to the music industry is to keep at it and don’t give up when you fail. There will be times when you mess up a song or get embarrassed at a gig but you have to pick yourself back up again, learn from your mistakes and apply those lessons next time! Fall down nine times and get back up ten times!”


“… fall down nine times and get back up ten times”.

Have you ever been on tour before? “I have never personally been on tour, however, I would love to! I do not think I am necessarily experienced enough to do so yet, but I love travelling and have always wanted to travel so I am sure that it would be so much fun. I haven’t made any concrete plans to tour but it’s definitely a goal of mine!”.  I have high hopes for you Lauren, I know you will make it big someday!


I was curious as to how long Lauren sings and practices for each day. Lauren explains and emphasizes that she sings with every chance she gets. She states that the best time for her to practice is usually when she is home alone which makes a lot of sense! If not home alone Lauren usually sings with just her younger brother who has learned to tolerate her constant singing. Lauren also explained that she will be doing the dishes and just start singing her lungs out. HAHA that is awesome Lauren if I could sing I would do the exact same thing that’s for sure!

Who are your favourite musicians? “Trisha Yearwood, Faith Hill, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Dolly Parton, Gretchen Wilson, Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town…. I could go on for hours!”


Lastly, I always like to end my collaborations with individuals with the miracle question, where do they see themselves 5 years from now? Lauren expresses, “well the dream is for me to graduate high school and then attend Belmont University in Nashville to get a degree in Music Business, and then start playing every gig I can around there, to hopefully get a recording contract, or to figure out how else I can involve myself in the music business in case being the artist myself doesn’t work out”.  I really do have so many high hopes for you Lauren, you are a beautiful soul inside and out and have done amazing for yourself so far, that’s fantastic. I truly believe you are going to go super far one day, just keep doing you and you got this. I want to personally thank Lauren for allowing to be on my blog and collaborating with me on her music. She was a pleasure to work with, and it was so wonderful actually getting the time to get to know her personally. Please help spread and show some love on her Instagram page at, “lauren_elizabeth_music”, and be sure to give her a follow! You will not be disappointed whatsoever. Her facebook link is also located in the link within her bio.  Be sure to also follow my other social media accounts located on home page for upcoming blog posts in the near future! Take care.

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Beyond Reality with Giulianna Marie

Photograph taken by @futbolesbomb

Hey my beauts, and welcome back to my channel! Thank you so much for dropping in and stopping by, I greatly appreciate it beyond words. I absolutely love blogging for you guys and just want to take the time to say thank you so much for the support over the years, you guys are awesome! Thank you so much for following my blogging channel as well, I love hearing from you guys! I hope you all are enjoying my channel as well, if you any types of blog posts you would like to see and view please don’t hesitate, I love suggestions! So I bet you guys are wondering who I am going to collaborate with today and I am beyond excited for this collaboration you beauts. This beautiful lady is only 20 years old and has a strong passion towards makeup and the makeup industry. I have looked up to her for a while now, and her posts always greet me on Facebook, especially cause Halloween is right around the corner. Her style of makeup and techniques are phenomenal, and I highly recommend checking out her Instagram if you have not already. I am super excited to announce I have collaborated with the gorgeous Giulianna Marie in regards to her makeup and beauty related career.

For starters, I want to welcome Giulianna to my channel and it’s such a pleasure having her here! I can not believe you are only 20 Giulianna that blows my mind, you have such an amazing talent and are going so far in life. Giulianna finished two years of college but is currently taking time off to focus on makeup at the moment. She plans on going to school next year but is hoping that the time off will open new doors and opportunities for her. I wanted to ask Giulianna right away when she first started getting into makeup and becoming involved with the makeup industry. Giulianna states “I did some makeup when I was very young, playing around with those huge cheap sets for little girls. I started wearing eyeshadow every day in high school and began my beauty Instagram my senior year”. Something that absolutely blows my mind completely was that Giulianna was self-taught. How incredible is that? You would think with a talent like hers that she must have been taught by professionals or something but nope, completely self-taught!

I was very curious as to how long Giulianna spends editing and making her videos since she does have a Youtube account which is Giuliana Marie. Giulianna expresses, “I’ve been disappointingly inconsistent with youtube, but I’m currently doing 31 days of Halloween and uploading a new video every day. One video takes me anywhere from 4-10 hours of filming and editing”.  Beauts, check these amazing Halloween Tutorials that she has come up with and shown on her channel, I am beyond amazed and floored by her talent.

Tears for Humanity

Serpent 

Two Faced

The Joker

The Devil Inside

 

Cat Fight 
A Creepy Clown 


How crazy good are these though?!

I wanted to know what makes Giulianna comfortable in front of the camera and to my surprise, she isn’t that comfortable yet and intends to work on it. Could’ve fooled me for sure!

What is one you tuber you watch that deserves more views/ subscribers
then they have? “I don’t watch any YouTubers really. But my friends Jill Foran and David Steinberg both have youtubes and are definitely underrated based on their artistry but also how much time they put into their videos”. 

How long does it take you to prep for a video? “About a half hour just to do my base and get my studio clean enough”. 


Photograph taken by @Johncotter

I was very curious as to how long it takes for Giulianna to get ready in the morning! For me, it depends what kind of mood I am in and if I feel like putting makeup on and getting myself all dolled up or not. Sometimes I can take two hours, other times I can take 10 minutes. Giulianna states, “I don’t usually wear makeup everyday unless its a special occasion, just because I feel like its a waste of time if I’m not going to post it on Instagram. I would like this to change and start to dedicate an hour a day to make myself feel good in the morning. if I go out, ill spend 1-2 hours getting ready”.  I hear you Giulianna, I am the same way, I always think it’s such a waste but when you get yourself all dolled up and ready, you really do feel happier and more upbeat about starting your day! It makes your day more enjoyable knowing that you look great and feel good about yourself.

I also wanted to know who inspires Giulianna to do her makeup. She goes on to explain that she is inspired by many colour combinations, different styles and her emotions.

“…there is a way to be good again”- The Kite Runner 


What is a quote or phrase that you live by? “…there is a way to be good again…” – The Kite Runner (my favourite book)”. 

Being a beauty guru, I had wondered if Giulianna had attended any beauty events or special events before. She explains, “I have attended GenBeauty and IMATS”. That’s fantastic! Those would be such good events to go attend to and you would learn so much as well! I then asked Giulianna if she does freelance makeup before for any clients? She explains that she has done a few people in her town makeup before, but does not really do any freelance makeup. Giulianna states, “doing other people’s makeup makes me nervous”.  I am the same way! I absolutely love doing my own makeup and experimenting with makeup products and what not,but when it comes to doing other people’s makeup I am afraid to mess up and do something wrong, or I am scared they will not like it! I personally would just rather stick to doing my own makeup.

I know that Giulianna has a lot of followers on her social media sites, especially on Instagram, with a stunning 451, 000 followers. That is incredible, way to go! I was curious as to how long it took to achieve this. Giulianna expresses, “I only have a substantial following on Instagram, and I’ve been for about 2.5 years now. I’d like to be a lot further in my career”.  Still, that’s amazing, and I have no doubt that you will achieve this goal of yours Giulianna!


One piece of advice you would give to someone who was just starting out in the beauty industry? “Be prepared because it can really take a toll on you. Make sure it’s something you really want”. I had also wanted to know what other hobbies she enjoys doing besides makeup! She states, “Not much! I used to paint and draw all the time. but now I spend most of my time on makeup”. I hear you! I spend most of my time blogging, and when individuals ask me what else I like to do in my free time, I have a really hard time coming up with an answer for them!

I then asked Giulianna how she would explain her makeup techniques and style. Giulianna states, “hmm, I definitely prefer heavy makeup for my daily looks (like super dark smokey eyes). I would also describe myself as a detail-oriented perfectionist because I spend so long on my looks”. 

How do you come up with your looks? “I plan them, draw sketches and make tons of lists then pick which I want to do”.  I also asked Giulianna who her favourite beauty guru was. Giulianna explains that her favourite beauty guru is Samantha!


I always am so curious about this question and always wonder what makeup artists would say! I asked Giulianna what was one piece of makeup that she could not live without. She states, “Ugh, how can I pick one? Probably purple eyeshadow, or black gel eyeliner. But realistically, foundation or concealer as well, haha. I can’t choose one!”. I think for me, I personally could not live without my eyebrow products seeing as I hardly have any eye brows, to begin with! I would for sure need my brow products, they are a necessity!

Finally, wrapping up my collaboration with Giulianna Marie, I asked her where she sees herself 5 years from now. Giulianna expresses, “well I hope that by then I’ve had a “big break” and have established myself enough to be making substantial money, and have a nice house or apartment. I would like to get married around that age as well and start planning for kids. But I also want to be financially stable first, so hopefully, I’ll be bringing in the dough and own my own business/brand by then! HOPEFULLY. I stress about this every day”. I have so much faith in you Giulianna! You are by far one of the most talented makeup artists I have ever seen and I really wish nothing but the best for you! It was an absolute honour working with you on this blog post and having you as a special guest! I just want to thank you again! I hope all you beauts go help and share some love on her Instagram page which is “guiliannaa” and her link for her youtube channel is located in the link within her bio on her Instagram Page.

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I hope you beauts enjoyed this collaboration with the gorgeous Giulianna Marie, and be sure to follow my other social media accounts located on my homepage for upcoming blog posts in the near future! Take care!

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My Collaboration with Fab-Tox-Beauty

Hello there beauts, and welcome to my channel if you are new! My name’s Alyssa and I am a beauty/fashion/lifestyle blogger from Hamilton Ontario. I have recently collaborated with the Company “Fab-Tox-Beauty”, as they are known for their affordable, popular name brand products! On their website, they have amazing products for really cheap prices and I was fortunate enough to receive some products to try out and review for you beauts! You guys know me and my neutral looks, so I decided to do a more natural look for you guys today using some of my products from Fab-Tox-Beauty. I am first going to go in with the L.A Girl Beauty Brick Nude Eyeshadow Palette, which retails for $8.00…. guys…. $8.00 like what!? I was completely shocked at this because the pigmentation is fantastic, and the colours are stunning. I am going to go in with the  7th shade from the left-hand side of the palette, this is a more gold shimmer shade and apply this all over my lid.


Next, I am taking the 4th shade from the left-hand side of the palette. which is a pinky-brown shade, and applying this in the crease of my lids, ensuring that I blend everything nicely together.


I am then going in with the 10th shade from the left-hand side which is a dark brown shimmer, and applying this to the outer corners of my lids. This adds more depth to the look and really makes your eyes “pop”. I then am using this shade and applying it below my lower lashes as well.

Next, I am applying some black liquid eyeliner to the top of my lids, and applying some of my favourite mascara. You can choose if you wish to put on fake lashes or not, I personally did not want to for this look, as I was aiming more towards a “daytime look”.  I then wanted a pop of colour and applied the “L.A Girl Matte Flat Velvet Lipstick” in the shade “Hush”, and applied this all over my lips. Beauts…. this colour is to die for, and it is so creamy and moisturizing on my lips, I am in love. It is the perfect amount of colour for this look. This lipstick was only $5.00 which is unreal, and there is added shea butter to the product which makes it so smooth.






 

” Be yourself today, you look beautiful like that”


I also wanted to mention that for this look I also used some of Fab-Tox-Beauty’s makeup brushes to apply my face makeup. I used the “L.A Girl 3pc Contour Brush Set” which retails for $13.00 in store. This is such a deal you guys, the brushes are such good quality and they are super soft. I absolutely love them and have to say these are my favourite brushes so far. How gorgeous is this finished look you guys! I am in love and want to thank Fab-Tox-Beauty for agreeing to collab with me on this Makeup blog post! Be sure to go spread some love on their Instagram page at “fabtoxbeauty”, and check out their amazing selection of products !  Also be sure to subscribe to my channel if you haven’t already and follow my other social media accounts as well ! Take care! 


 

“It’s a Business and You’re a Product”- The powerful Journey with Singer/Songwriter Emily Hatton


Hello my beauts, I hope you guys are all doing well and having a great day so far!  There are always things in life you wish or dreamt you could do. I know for a fact I always wished I could sing or dance. I envy people who have this talent, it’s so beautiful, peaceful and relaxing listening to someone sing. One fact you beauts didn’t know about me was I used to be able to sing! I was actually in theatre for a couple years when I was younger and were in two plays called, “Joseph and the amazing technicolour Dreamcoat’,  and also, “Not just another variety show”. In Not just another variety show, I had to sing a duet with a young girl and it was amazing. You really felt all eyes on you, and we took over the stage. But then something happened…. you guessed it…. puberty. Gotta love it that’s for sure. I stopped singing after that because I could not sing as high as I used to anymore. But hey that’s okay because there are other people in this world who I can listen to and admire. But there is one girl in particular that stood out to me and has for a while. I never have done a collaboration with a singer before, but I thought, “hey... why the hell not?”. This girl resembles a Disney Princess, as her friends like to call her, is a qualified teacher, and is trained in Advanced Wildness First Aid. Sounds legit right? This girl is everything, let alone one of the most beautiful singers inside and out that I have ever heard of. I had the absolute privilege and opportunity to collaborate on a blog post with the gorgeous Emily Hatton.


Emily from Melbourne Australia, calls herself a daydreamer, she smells like “Pink Sugar” (the perfume she has been wearing since she was 16 years old),  likes baking healthified treats, and loves coffee. She sounds like my kind of friend I need in my life!  Emily enjoys going to the gym 5 times a week and would rather spend a day hiking than watching a movie inside, even though she adores movies! In fact, her most recent favourite movie is “The Edge of Seventeen“. Hey, Emily, this is also one of my favourite movies as well. I absolutely am addicted to it!  Lately, though, Emily has been collecting succulent plants. One thing you need to know about her is that she is a deep thinker, she appreciates sarcasm and is someone who believes in kindness. Emily states, “ the most common thing observation I hear when someone meets me is, “you’re tall for a girl,” and so now my typical response is, “Thank you. Now that you mention it… my face is further from the ground than other people.”That’s me in a nutshell. (I’m the nut.) “. HA! I absolutely love this, this sounds like we are going to get along already!

Moving onto Emily’s singing I began to ask her basic questions leading into it. I asked Emily at what age did she start singing. She replied, “literally when I was born. My mum tells me she knew I was going to be a singer because my cry was so clear.I also have a VHS of me when I was four, sitting on a couch, singing a whole bunch of songs to the camera for about an hour and a half. Because that’s all I wanted to do. Mum also told me that as a kid, I perpetually sang in the bath, so she always knew I hadn’t drowned. She would only run in if I stopped singing”. That’s a perfect idea! You knew from a very young age then Emily! I was also curious if Emily knew any instruments or not. This has always been a dream of mine as well, to play instruments especially the piano. I would’ve loved to have done this. Emily states, “I learnt cello in school. I don’t play anymore though. My mum taught me the piano. I stopped lessons in about seventh grade, but I’m still pretty fluent, though I’ve always been better doing stuff by ear, rather than sight reading.    My main instrument now is guitar. I’m self-taught. I picked one up for the first time when I was nineteen and became obsessed with it. It’s the first thing I go to when I’m writing songs.  Oh, and I know four chords on the ukulele. Next on my list is the banjo”. That’s amazing Em! I am so proud of you for being so engaged in musical instruments, that’s great! That is a true talent that’s for sure.  Self-taught is crazy good! That’s unbelievable, I don’t know if I could ever do that but koodoos to you!! Keep on going girl!


I also wanted to know if Emily wrote any of her own songs at all, and if so who inspires her to write her songs. Emily explains, “I sure do. My songs are like my therapy. My inspiration is my emotions. I’m a very positive, happy person, and when something affects me in a negative way, the first thing I turn to is music. For example, when I’m feeling really sad about something that’s happened in my life, and I’m trying to sort through thoughts in my head, writing is the best way to figure things out. It makes me concisely express what I’m conflicted by in that moment, and stops the spiral of confusion. It clears my mind. If I feel like screaming for whatever reason, I’ll incorporate that into a belt (a loud, long, high note) in my song. If I’m super angry, and I don’t know how else to get the frustration out, I write lyrics that I would want the other person to hear, but I try to make them smart. Not just making fun, or whatever. It’s like being able to yell everything you’re feeling, but people actually listen until you’re finished. It’s great. And I try to not be mean or vengeful, but sometimes, a song can literally be the initial, emotional reaction that in reality, that only lasts for a few hours. But writing helps dissipate that, and I can actually get over things very quickly nowadays. On the other hand, if something really strikes me with joy, I’m likely to write a song about that too. For example, meeting my American relatives for the first time. They welcomed me in so warmly and made me feel so part of the family, I had to write a thank you letter, in the form of a song. I played it for them and ended up making some of them cry. I think if you can make someone cry with music, you’ve done something right haha”.  That is for sure Emily, that is so amazing, you should be so proud of yourself!  Touching people in that way is absolutely beautiful and so nice to see and watch.


I know that Emily enjoys country music so I had to ask her who inspired her to get into country music. Emily replied, “Oh my goodness. A great mix actually! One of my dad’s favourite artists is James Taylor, and we did a lot of long drives together when I was younger, so I have many memories of Dad singing along to the CD’s in the car. My favourite of his is “Copperline.” I love, love, love Shania Twain. My dad can vouch that there are a few songs I played ad nauseam when I was younger, much to his annoyance, and, “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” and, “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” were two of them. A few years back, I discovered and fell in love with The Band Perry and absolutely adored their style. Kimberly Perry reminded me of the Dixie Chicks and their beautiful tones and I always aim to emulate that super smooth, perfectly pitched way of singing. From then on, I started actively looking for other bands in the genre. I also had a singing teacher in high school tell me my voice was suited to country, and back then I actually laughed. Now, I want to hug her. My other biggest country influencers are Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts and Faith Hill”.  I also wanted to know what types of genres Emily sings when she is in the zone. Emily stated that she sings mostly country and pop music, in fact, that is how she loves to write her songs. Emily also explains, “I love the melodic elements, the poetic and metaphoric style, and how it can have contrasting sultry ballads as well as boppy, fun tunes. But I am also known to sing along to musical theatre and Disney, of course”.  You know who Emily reminds me of when she sings? She reminds me of Taylor Swift, I can hear it in her voice, what do you beauts think? Emily was so kind as to send me the newest song she wrote just for me to listen to. I was absolutely honoured and could not express how generous that was of her to do! What a sweetheart. She reminded me of T-Swift the whole entire time, I had goosebumps! What a true talent she has. It’s unbelievable.


I know we are all dying to know if Emily has performed on a stage before and what not! I know I am dying to know! With a talent like that, it needs to be shown off for sure! Emily states, “Small stages, yeah. Not counting high school, I’ve done a couple of gigs around Melbourne. It’s my goal to play on a stage somewhere like the Grand Ole Opry, someday. Or the CMA’s. And around the world on my own headlining tours, of course”.  That’s a great goal to have Emily, I know you can do it if you put your mind and heart to it, you got this!

Besides singing, what are your other hobbies? “I love trying new things, so generally I’ll have a new obsession every week. Recently, random things include sewing, gardening, and colouring. But the recurring things are cooking, camping and hiking, yoga and kettlebell classes, reading, and patting my pet rabbit. I also watch hours of F.R.I.E.N.D.S, and lately, Gilmore Girls, because who doesn’t want to loiter in an idealistic world every now and then? Before I started giving everything to music, it was acting. So that’s another hobby now. I would easily commit to either, and ideally both, for the rest of my life”. 

“It’s a business, and you’re a product”- Emily Hatton


I also wanted to know if there were any of Emily’s family members who were involved in music and enjoyed music. Emily expresses, “My mum is a music teacher, and mostly listens to classical music. My dad has always, always had music playing constantly. Namely Phil Collins & Genesis, Sting & the Police, James Taylor, Pink Floyd, Leo Sayer, Eric Clapton, Elton John and ABBA”.  Wow, so music runs in the family Emily! That’s amazing! That really does help a lot that is for sure!

Did you know you always wanted to be in the music industry? Oh, yeah. It wasn’t always crystal clear to me in which capacity I wanted to pursue it, but I always knew I had to sing. I tried musical theatre for a while. I love it, but I love performing my own songs more” . That’s great! You are really going far Emily, keep up the great work!

I was also curious as to how long Emily practices singing for within her daily schedule. With a voice like that, I was very curious! Emily states,”literally all the time. I practice shamelessly in the car, in the shower, while I’m cooking, and even quietly on the train, while people are staring at me. Sometimes I’m singing, and I think it’s in my head, until someone comments on the song, and I realise it’s out loud”.  That’s hilarious! Good for you! It takes a lot of confidence to be on that level and it seems like you have a ton which is amazing. I only strive to have that much like you Emily!


Who are your favourite musicians? “Oh my gosh, so many. There’s a massive variety of humans who inspire me, whose albums I’ve listened to so many times I’ve lost count, and also have influenced my style. Off the top of my head: The Band Perry, The Dixie Chicks, Shania Twain, Avril Lavigne, James Taylor, Lady Antebellum, Billy Joel, Maroon 5, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin, and Hunter Hayes. I also, in general, love 80’s pop & rock. It’s my favourite era for music because of its expression of vocal harmonies, drum beats, chord progressions, and general energies of the music, including the creative risks artists took”.


While summing up this interview and questionnaire, I wanted to ask Emily some more intense and personal questions! I began to ask Emily if there was a piece of advice she would give to someone just starting out in this career path. Emily explains, “Stay positive. It’s so easy to lose motivation, feel like you’re getting nowhere, or take rejection personally. One of my favourite quotes that I live by is, “get comfortable with being uncomfortable.” It’s a life thing. It’s when you grow, and become better. To get where you want to be, you have to work hard, accept failure, try and try again, and if things still aren’t going the way you planned, try different methods and be open to broader ideas of making your dreams a reality. Like, other ways you can still be involved in the business you love, just taking the long way ‘round to reaching your destination. If you really want something, if you can’t stop picturing it, if it fills you with joy and vibrancy, give it everything you’ve got. Learn from people who are where you want to be. And then help others up to where you’ve progressed. Network, share, love what other people are doing, and be grateful for where you are. And be there in person. It’s a process. There are milestones, but there’s not really a point when anyone’s “made it.” In reality, you’re just doing the same thing you’ve always done. Just the stakes get higher. The stage and the audience get bigger. But everything is an ongoing effort and commitment”.  I think I am going to go to Emily for advice from now on! She pretty much summed it up and that was beautiful to read. I am sure someone will benefit greatly from these words of advice, so thank you for sharing Emily!

Lastly, I asked Emily where she sees herself 5 years from now. “I see myself very clearly on tour, having released an album, wearing some sort of sparkly dress, smiling. Because I get to call what I love my job”.  That’s amazing Emily! How talented is she though? If you have not checked Emily out and her amazing voice be sure to head on over to her Instagram page at “Emhat”, and check her out! Her videos are amazing, and her voice is stunning. I have been hooked on Emily for a while now and knew I had to reach out to her to share her talent and story with you beauts that’s for sure. So please go show her some love!


I want to personally thank Emily from the bottom of my heart for agreeing to collaborate with me on this blog post and opening up about her singing and music journey. Emily you are so so talented and deserve the best in life. Emily was such a sweet girl to work with, so pleasurable and nice! I know you are going to go far one day and when you are on stage, think of me 🙂 So be sure to go follow her Instagram page and check her out, she would love that! Also be sure to follow my other social media sites located on my homepage for upcoming blogs in the near future, thanks again!

As Emily Hatton says it! “Much love ” xo.


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Dear 23-Year-Old Self 


It’s me again, I hope you beauts are having a wonderful Tuesday so far! Last time I wrote to you it was for my 16-year -old self which I found rather refreshing. Of course, if I had to go back in time, or tell my daughter in the future about my 16-year-old self I would remind her of a bunch of things, the do’s and dont’s of life, the ups and downs, the yeses and nos of life and so forth. But I don’t think I have touched on the later years in life that are shortly down the road.  I think it is so important to write dear letters, especially to yourself, it allows you to see things from a different perspective and get all your thoughts down on paper. A lot has happened since I was 16 to now 23 and I feel that I need to remind myself a lot of things, with regards to the struggles I went through to the great memories I cherish.


Dear 23-year-old self,

You made it. You’re here. In fact, you’re almost halfway to 30, so take a step back, pat yourself on the back and congratulate yourself. This wasn’t easy I know, in fact, if I had to do it over again there are things I would do differently and change, but unfortunately, we cannot turn back time, just keep moving forward. 23 is a big year and a lot of things are happening in your 20’s. You most likely are almost done school or decided to maybe continue education like yourself and I am proud of you for doing that. I know you did not want to go back to school again, 4 years of university is a lot, and I know you get really down and hard on yourself. School was not easy for you. You had a controlling boyfriend over the years of university who reminded you how dumb you were and laughed at your ideas. But you proved him wrong. You walked across that stage proudly and accepted your diploma and got your degree. You met another young man who accepted your flaws and would remind you how creative and smart you were, you did good kid. So you did it. You completed that phase in your life, and when another opportunity came up years down the road you took it. That is one thing I want to emphasize the importance of 23-year-old self. When opportunities come your way grab them. Do not be afraid of what’s going to happen next, but take advantage of things coming your way. And your opportunity was social work, and being accepted into a college to continue your education. I am so proud of you. I know a lot more opportunities will come your way after receiving this diploma. But aside from school, there are other changes you are experiencing right now. It’s a word that starts with an “A”. You guessed it. Adulthood. If I had to explain adulthood in one sentence, it would not be easy. We all experience things at different speeds in life, but if I really had to say something I would say this, ” Adulthood isn’t easy”. I wish I was prepared more. But nobody really informed me what was coming my way. I have never really shared a house with someone, especially my significant other before.  If I had to give you one piece of advice 23-year-old self, it would be that you made the right move. Sure you had your fights here and there but you tried something new. You had to accommodate and adapt to living with someone else and that is never easy. You really learn a lot about someone once you live with them. Overall, it was a great step and a big one at that. I think you made the right move.


Dear 23-year-old self, 

Mental illness runs in your family, we all know that. In fact, I think everyone suffers a bit from mental illness in their life, the severity of it depends on the coping skills you know and the strategies that work for you. You found out after 23 years that you developed social anxiety and you never knew you had it. I think you secretly knew something was up, but never thought anything of it. I am so proud of you for doing something about it. You challenged yourself and took it on.  Some people struggle and just keep struggling but you wanted to do something about it which is amazing. Not only did you attend meetings every Wednesday for two hours, but you blogged about your journey to share with others and that takes courage. I know you love helping people and that’s why you chose to do that. You are an inspiration to others and I am not too sure if you see that just yet. Don’t worry, one day you will take a step back and notice the little things you do in life that are amazing, like yourself. Not only have you improved on your social anxiety but you have attended several interviews since then. This was not an easy step for you to accomplish and do. You hate interviews. It’s the fact of not knowing what will come next, or what if you say something stupid and they look at you funny. It’s all these “what-ifs”, but for some reason, in these last few recent interviews, you did not ask those in your mind. You focused on how well you were going to do and believed in yourself. You trusted yourself. If there is one piece of advice I would give to you 23-year-old self it would be to trust yourself and to give yourself a chance in life. Have some faith and hope and use your coping statements, you got this. You are improving every single day, did you notice that? Did you take a step back today to notice your accomplishments? You should do that just to remind yourself. 23 is not an easy year nor is ageing into your 20’s. I honestly wish they had a pamphlet to tell you the do’s and don’ts but then again, you wouldn’t learn from your mistakes. 23-year-old self you have made so many mistakes in life, but you are still here, learning from them, and doing better the next time. That’s all I can ask for. So thank you for making this a not so hard letter for me to write, sure I could write down all the things you did wrong and let you know how badly you messed up but where is the positive in that? I know 24 is going to be the year for you, I can feel it. Thanks for making 23 a good year for me, you have come a long way, as Tom Delonge would say it, “Life’s just waiting to begin”.

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Dear Girl Afraid of Falling Behind


Dear girl afraid of falling behind, 

You’re not alone trust me. There are days where I look around me and wonder “Why don’t I have a big girl job yet?”, or how come I can’t seem to find a job in my field. Sure I have had babysitting and nanny jobs in the past but it’s not the same. I did not go to Brock University for 4 years to come out and apply for waitressing jobs. I am behind, everyone is going forward without me, and I am stuck. I want to scream for the world to slow down so I can quickly move up and not be so far behind. I am almost 24 years old, I should have my life together by now, I should be out of school, having my career dream job, starting a family in the next 5 years but somehow I feel so behind. Why? Don’t you hate that? Your thoughts in your head that won’t shut off even when you close your eyes to sleep and turn off the world around you? There are some days where I feel on top of the world as if no one can get on my level and bring me down. Other days I drown in my thoughts and wonder why I am moving so slow through life when others around me are running through it. It makes me feel like a failure. Welcome to my negative side. She often comes out when there are too many thoughts strolling and wandering through my mind. She’s terrible but doesn’t know it. I hate when she comes out, it’s as if everything I do is not good enough, that I need to try harder in life to succeed. But what if I let her win? What if everything I did I considered a failure in life? I would be miserable. I would hate who I was as an individual and I would be so burnt out from trying too hard. I am not going to let her win. She can’t and doesn’t deserve to. She’s miserable and that’s no way to live. What if I told her to look at things from a different perspective? Then what. 


Dear girl afraid of falling behind, 

Did you tell her? Let’s take a second to break down those things you see as “failures in life”. So you don’t have a big girl job yet, so what. Sure you want one, but how did you get that degree in the first place? By studying, by sleepless nights, by breakdowns, by endless amounts of presentations and assignments, and by four years of hard work. Now take a step back and ask yourself, “Do you really see that as a failure?”. Or those of you who have tried school and can’t seem to find the right program for yourselves. That’s okay because guess what. I thought I was going to be a teacher since I was 5 years old, and I found out that just wasn’t the right career path for me. So I tried a new route and love the program I am in right now. There are so many different programs out there that how the hell are you supposed to narrow it down and just chose one? It takes time, and I feel like everyone thinks time just runs out like that. Sure we grow older and get wrinkles eventually but that’s years down the road, not tomorrow, not the next day, or the day after that. You have TIME. And we need to reassure ourselves that we do. Even if we take a second out of our days to remind ourselves about this, that’s okay. I have to remind myself that I am not behind in life, that I am not falling behind. In fact, I am taking my time. I am not rushing, I am simply waiting for opportunities to come and find me as if it’s a game. I have been hiding for so long, that I think my hiding spot is too good for opportunities to find me. But then again, everything happens for a reason, and I truly believe in that saying and live by it. So girl afraid of falling behind, you’re only 2 seconds behind, not a year, not 2, not 3. It’s okay to not be on the same route as everyone else, and it’s okay to take that extra time for yourself to figure out what you truly want in life. Decisions are difficult. And it’s okay to take time for them.

Dear girl afraid of falling behind, 

Focus on you. Focus on which plan you want to do next and stop worrying about the speed around you, you’ll get there. I know it feels like your miles behind but you’re not. Don’t let her win. There are times she’ll try to make you feel like you’re nothing, that you’re a failure, but you are far from that. Look at your accomplishments and everything you’ve done in life, it was not easy to get there, you worked for it. Even though time does not stop and people are continuing on with their lives around you, you go at your pace. Jobs will always be there, school will always be there and you’ve got nothing but time, endless amounts of it. You go do things at your own speed and life will accommodate you, trust me. I believe in you, and you’re never far behind. Things happen for a reason and always remind yourself of that. 

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