I can’t remember the last time I took a proper vacation so when beauty brands come out with their summer collections, I like to pretend that I’m headed somewhere. Sad but true. The new mark collection captures the Buenos Aires vibe with the fun, bold colors. This six piece collection is bright and vibrant with just about everything you’ll need.
Right when you thought there was no way Urban Decay can make you spend more money on palettes, they announce the release of Naked Smoky.
Loaded with all the essential shades needed for the perfect neutral smoky eye, this newest Naked palette features nine never-before-seen shades and three exclusives. Between warm bronzes, grays, rich browns, gorgeous taupes and deep black – I’m convinced this is one palette you’re going to want. As with all of the Naked palettes, the texture is super soft, velvety, and buttery.
I’m going to be doing a more in-depth review and video once I get to play with it some more but I HAD to give you guys a preview of what’s to come.
Urban Decay’s Naked Smoky will be available July 8 and I’m sure it’ll sell out so be alert!
Disclosure: sample provided for editorial consideration.
Last month I talked about goal setting but this post is talking about inspiration, that “aha!” moment. We all know that success doesn’t happen in a single moment. The journey between inspiration and greatness is filled with a thousand small steps.
I recently had the opportunity to attend a “Lunch and Learn” with artist Richard Clarkson and smartwater design lead Alex Center to talk about just that – inspiration. We learned about Richard’s pretty cool nature-inspired work then witnessed it first hand in the smartwater up up up lounge (inside WeWork Gramercy). View Full Post
Now I have to mention how much I am in love with the Motions Enhance & Define Pre-Wash Detangling Butter! You can clearly see that in the video but it bears repeating – holy wow! If you need some help with detangling your strands, pick this up ASAP. ColourPop Super Shock Cheek Highlighters are insanely pigmented yet totally affordable ($8 a pop!). I purchased Most Necessary, Tasty, and Avalon after watching Jackie’s swatch video.
So this year I set pretty ambitious goals for myself (as one tends to do when the clock strikes 12 and a new year rings in). To date, I’ve accomplished quite a bit — professionally and personally — and like a normal human being I want more. I want this blog to evolve, I want my YouTube channel to grow (heck, I just want to learn how to properly edit videos and keep them under 15 minutes :P)
To do that, I need to not only visualize but make it come to fruition. I’m here to share how a purposeful set of behaviors can help me (and you!) achieve your everyday ambitions, big and small.
My journey: set realistic expectations, plan ahead, write things down, and take care of yourself.
Set Realistic Expectations:
There’s no need to go from 0-100, mmkay. I find that the best way to succeed is to take your time, understanding the process along the way. By gradually working towards your goal, you’re giving yourself a greater chance at success.
I’m a BIG fan of planning ahead. A little planning goes a long way. Organizing your thoughts is a chance to see key opportunities (wins) and problem areas. You stress less when all of your ducks are in a row— something important for me as I have a full time job AND a blog (not to mention trying to have a social life). I wouldn’t be where I am if I didn’t plan as much in advance as possible. This doesn’t mean being strict, but at least you have a course to follow.
Write Things Down:
I have a slight obsession with planners and memo pads so allow me to indulge, okay. I remember things better when they’re on paper versus trying to keep mental notes. I have an organizer for my blog/ YouTube where I write down ideas, products to be reviewed, brand partnerships; and one for personal where I manage work, dates with friends, and key dates to remember for family affairs. You don’t have to be as OCD as I am 😉
Take Care of Yourself:
This should be a given, but you have to keep yourself healthy. That means drinking lots of water and eating right. I eat pure crap BUT I do balance it out with nice home cooked meals (ha, thanks Mom. I was never a chef in the kitchen).
That’s it for now! That’s my step by step journey on how to achieve my goals and how you can as well. What are some of your tips? Leave a comment below or tweet me. I’d love to hear from you!
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