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No New Friends?

Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the experience, whether it was good or bad- not quite sure yet!  of seeing who were my real friends and who weren’t. Now, this can be such a good thing being delivered to you in the shittiest of packages but let’s be real- nobody wants to open a shitty package! But nevertheless, it has happened and here I am face to face with it all.

As a teenager growing up, that’s when you have the most friends. At this point in life is when people have the most in common. Everybody’s interests are basically the same so it’s quite easy to befriend everyone.

Once you get to adulthood however, it’s quite different. Everyone’s interests are no longer the same and everyone goes on their own paths which may or may not include you. The friends you choose to keep however, are the ones you would usually take with you through the rest of your life. They would be there when you get married, for the birth of your kids, for every birthday and the list goes on. These friends would be the foundation of your sanity. So choose them wisely!

Very often we tend to make the mistake of placing one or two people in there with our forever friends. Don’t be fooled by the ones that pretend to have your best interest compared to the ones who actually do. When you become an adult, that’s when the reality of the categories of friends and associates becomes a necessity.

Think about it, adulthood is the serious part of your life where you tend to only focus your energy on career and family, not drama. So keep it clean, keep it classy and choose wisely!

 

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Being A Girl Boss In This World And Finding Your Own Tribe

We are all familiar with Beyoncé’s “Who runs the world? GIRLS!” right? Well, this is for every woman who is trying to break through on her own and do her own thing.

Us women have to inspire and support each other because that is what’s going to help us grow as individuals as well as grow our businesses. We have to find like-minded people  who can connect, understand and inspire us, who we are and who we are trying to become.

When you’re trying to build a business from the ground up, it can be really taxing to have to explain yourself and your new ideas or dreams to those closest to you because they just don’t get it! Who really has the time for that nonsense? This is where your Girl Boss Tribe comes in! Find mentors or those who are in the same situation as you, those who are now trying to break through on their own, those who are just as shy, nerve wracked and stressed as you! Find them! Befriend them!

By nature, us women are very strong, intelligent, resilient and powerful beings. We are focused and committed when we need to be and these qualities are exactly what emanates when it comes to our businesses.  That’s what makes a great foundation for whatever we are trying to build. And that is exactly what will take us to the top! Along with our little tribe of course!

You cannot constantly surround yourself with people who are not on the same page as you in this life, nor those who are unable to support, drive or inspire you. Step out of your comfort zone and create a support system that works for you. This support system will take you places you’ve never been before. It will help elevate your life, career – everything!

Be a Girl Boss because you’ve found something you’re good at and something you love to do, run with it and create a legacy!

Find your Tribe because when things get tough, you’re gonna need that support. Sometimes you just need your girls with wine glasses in hands and a box of pizza on the table in front of you. They’d understand the struggles of troublesome clients, slow days, long days and days of no sleep because guess what? They’re either going through the same damn thing or have done so before and can offer you the world of advice to get you where you need to be!

It’s tough being a Girl Boss, but it’s worth it! ❤

Now put on some lipstick and go take over the world!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just Sprinkle A Little Glitter Everywhere You Go

Recently, we have been seeing one of the most recent and most popular trends in the beauty industry- Glitter! Who doesn’t want to vamp up their look with a little sparkle? From red carpets to runways to YouTube sensations, it seems like everyone has jumped on this glitter train and who can really blame them?

To create any look using glitter, one must possess at least two products in one’s makeup arsenal:

  1. An all purpose glitter glue. I recently got my hands on the NYX Glitter Primer– This formula is light and creamy and serves the purpose of keeping every speck of glitter right where it’s supposed to be. I used this primer as a base for creating a glitter liner cut crease and it worked most successfully. I love the consistency and the formula as it does not get tacky nor clumpy when trying to apply. For me, this is definitely a keeper!

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  1. Glitter! Duh! For the look I created I used Inglot AMC Pure Pigment eyeshadow in 115. This shade is the prettiest shade of light pink, iridescent with a hint of gold. I am absolutely in  love with it! You can use this pigment to top off eyeshadow in cases where you need a little more pop or you can create your own glitter liner as I did. Either way, it works beautifully!

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Once you’ve got these two products in under you sleeve, you’re already on your way to creating any glitter look!

 

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A New Look Never Hurt Anyone!

For some time, I’ve found that my old blog site “thebeautyandlifestylecorner” needed a makeover and some vamping up. Don’t get me wrong, it has been a trooper since first being published but let’s be honest here, if you want to have a successful blog then esthetics is important! People will not be heading to your site if it isn’t esthetically pleasing to them. I also found that my previous name limited my writing and creativity. I felt as though I placed myself in a tiny box where I was only allowed to write about beauty and or lifestyle. Of course, at that point in time I didn’t think of it that way and although I will still be mostly focusing on these topics, I will not be limiting myself to them.

Selecting a name sets the tone for what type of blog you’ll be sharing with the world. So take some time and mull it over before diving head first. The name you decide to choose should be associated in some way with what you intend to write about. That way, readers already get a sense of what your blog is about before clicking on it.

Always be open to reassess and revamp your page when you feel  it needs it. Nothing is constant and everything changes especially technology and trends, so you must be prepared to change along with it. This keeps you on your A- game! 😉

 

Hope you enjoy the new look!

 

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Is It Worth It?

As a makeup artist and beauty enthusiast, how is one to keep up to date with all the new eyeshadow palettes that are being launched every 5 minutes? I mean, are we supposed to run out and nab them all? As an artist, you feel as though it’s your prerogative to do exactly that! You feel as though you must have the latest products, you must test everything, you must be fully equipped to show your clients that you’re are on top of your game!

However, a lot of the eyeshadow palettes that are being launched today are very similar in shades. You will find shades like burgundy, a soft brown intended to be a transition color, a light orange and more than likely a couple gold tone shimmery shades. Granted, the palettes will differ in texture and pigmentation,  but is it necessary to purchase all, given that they are so similar? Will I be missing out if I don’t? This has become my new plight!

Hypothetically, let’s say you’ve finally gone out and purchased the latest and most popular palettes, these have been trending for the past 2 months and you’ve finally got your hands on them! Life is good and then “BOOM!” here come another 3 palettes!  What should you do now? The reviews are even better than the last set! You see my predicament?

My advice here, would be to select the palettes that have the majority of shades you work with on a daily basis. That way, you get your money’s worth and you still indulge in the latest editions. Go to the store, test it and select the one that works best for you. Steer clear from purchasing other palettes that are similar to what you’ve already got, unless your current one is running low.

Hope this helps! 🙂 Saving money and space at the same time!

 

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Dear Brides,

Weddings! Let me just start of by saying- “Isn’t this time supposed to be one of the most exciting times in most people’s lives?” Well I’m sorry, but it doesn’t feel that way to me! Don’t get me wrong, there are some exciting points like browsing and shopping for everything wedding related online, wedding dress shopping, ring shopping, planning the most exciting girls night out and of course marrying your best friend. But other than that, It’s pretty darn stressful!

My wedding is coming up in nothing short of a few months and whenever I think about it, I feel myself going crazy! Come on! This is not what I had envisioned as a 6 year old! Most times I have to hit myself with a dose of reality and remind myself that life is no easy fairytale and that I am no longer 6! Some girls dream of every detail of their wedding from this age. They dream of their pretty princess dress, hundreds of beautiful flowers everywhere, 5-star restaurant worthy food, and fancy drinks. Not to mention, having everyone come from far and wide to witness them being married to their prince charming. They think, “I am a princess for one day!” and that’s where all the pressure starts for most brides.

The world has created a certain perception of what your wedding should be and what it should look like. But is this really realistic? As you get older, life starts to happen and it brings with it a lot of different responsibilities. This idea of a fairytale wedding no longer seems practical or smart anymore. It seems expensive! Brides, including myself go through so many ideas of what type of wedding they think they want, it’s actually quite ridiculous! My fiancé and I went from planning a Pinterest worthy wedding, to talking about eloping, to having a small, intimate backyard wedding. What happens, is that you start planning the wedding you think you want and then all the opinions of family, friends, YouTube and Pinterest start flowing in. You get stressed at the cost as well as all the work that has to go into creating this fairytale and then you just want to take the easiest possible route.

Midway, you have to take a step back and really figure out what type of wedding YOU really want to have. Stop trying to please everyone else and remember what this day is really about. It is about getting married to the love of your life. Don’t stress yourself trying to create this perfect setting because guess what! HE doesn’t care! He only cares about marrying you and making you happy! Trust me, I know! I sometimes find myself going to my fiancé to get his opinion on flowers or centerpieces or even what party favors we should have because it’s his wedding too and his opinion matters to me. But  based on his nonchalant responses, I’ve realized this man doesn’t care about all these details that I care about. He, just like most grooms just want to show up, say ”I do” and have a good time with his wife and those closest to him. And who can really blame them? If only us brides had it so simple!

A lot of brides want to create a setting that they can take pride in, they want people to walk in and think how beautiful everything looks and what a great wedding it is. They want their wedding to be spoken about for months later. This is precisely why they go all out and in the process, rack up a hefty bill. You also have to remember that this wedding is for one day! For the average bride, you need to ask yourself these questions; “what about the rest of your lives? what about being able to live after?” After this day, you need to be able to purchase a home if you haven’t got one already, and have enough money aside to start a fairly financially stable life together. It’s not wise to start your life in debt because you ended up having a wedding that went way past your budget.

My tips thus far:

  1. Create a budget and stick to it! – You have to know where you want to give a little and where you want to hold back. For instance, if photography and videography is important to you then splurge a bit on that so you get the quality you’re looking for. Whereas, if party favors aren’t too important, then hold back on those.
  2. Hire a capable, effective and efficient wedding planner! – This is a must if you cannot deal with the stresses of planning your own wedding. This is me! I feel overwhelmed so easily that I am so lucky to be having the best wedding coordinators. This is also important because on your wedding day, you will not want to lift a finger or be stressed in any way. You will need someone to ensure everything is running smoothly, to ensure that vendors are paid and to ensure that everything is set up on the morning of, just to list a few. Weddings can go from 0-100 real quick!
  3. Rely on your bridal party!- They are your friends who love you and who want to help! My bridesmaids are continuously asking to help and God knows I appreciate them! They want to be involved in the planning of your big day so let them! It will take a huge load of you and it will make them feel so involved so you really can’t lose. 🙂
  4. Split up responsibilities among family members!- They too want to help and be involved in your big day so allow them too.

Even though planning your wedding may be one of the most stressful tasks out there, us brides have to try to bask in the moment and remember ”Hey! I’m planning my wedding!!” and just revel in that for a bit, because most times, once it’s over, you probably won’t be having another in this lifetime!

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Establishing Yourself In Such A Saturated Industry

How do you become “someone”  in such a saturated market? This question has become the bane of my existence. A lot of us have the same interests and I have seen a lot of artists out there who are truly blessed with amazing levels of skill and creativity. It would be quite easy to say that these reasons are precisely why they have such a strong presence in this business. However, it is many of these artists who are struggling with making a name as well. In our business, it is crucial to keep up to date with trends and new products. This is OUR industry and in order to create a presence, you need to be passionate about your brand and be on top of your knowledge and skill.

It’s very easy to become another duplicate artist and Instagram icon with nothing new, fresh or original to offer. You need to have your own stamp on your business and your brand. Make it you! You are not the same as every other person out there, so why make your business the same? Stand out and make a difference! You should strive to give the people what you think they’re looking for. Before you became an artist, remember what you liked seeing and reading about, remember your dislikes and your complaints, then go from there.  Figure out what’s missing and cater to that. You can do customer research experiments via social media. Be versatile with your brand and your looks and from that, gage what your followers respond to most. That should give you a better idea of what your following would like to see more of.

Consistency is key! You MUST put aside time out of each day to dedicate to your brand. This will work wonders! Even though it may seem slow in the beginning, it will succeed once you keep working toward the end result.

Never give in to nay-sayers, for they don’t know any better. If unfortunately you are exposed to negativity, use this to fuel your  success. I’ve realized that what some people, especially those in our industry don’t seem to get, is that there is enough success and opportunity to go around. Don’t let that get you down.

When you’re now starting out, you may be hesitant to post your work for fear of what people may say, but I urge you to get over this fear because all this will do, is hold you back. Not everyone is going to be your biggest fan and not everyone is going to support you. This is a reality that will slap you in the face sooner or later, and I always say sooner rather than later. As I’m now starting to create a brand myself, I am facing all of these issues along with many of you, so you’re not alone. Remember, running a business and brand is not a 9 to 5, it’s an all day, everyday. You need to be continuously reassessing your brand and your direction!

Another great way of becoming established is through media mentions and networking. In a previous post, I spoke a little about our industry being a “who knows who” type of industry. Start building relationships with other willing makeup artists, this helps you to get to know the competition as well as form an open line for potential jobs. Always try to get your name out there by whatever means you can! Make connections, it will help boost your business in the long run because at some point everyone needs a makeup artist. You can also try attaching yourself to local tradeshows and events. This will definitely help in building your brand and your client list.

I hope these little tips help! Let me know how it goes! 😉