Sunday, November 30, 2014

December Goals

Now that life has settled down I am back to creating my monthly goals.  Goals are a HUGE part of my life.  I find they keep me motivated and pushing forward.

What are some of your goals this month?

Saturday, November 22, 2014

REVIEW- Sonia Kashuk All That Jazz Holiday Brush Set

Sonia Kashuk All That Jazz Brush Set

Last week I was in Target (imagine that!!) and I saw this brush set.  I have a lot of makeup brushes and I love most of them.  The last thing I need is another set but I am so glad I picked them up! 

You can find the set online and in Target stores for $34.99.  Such an amazing deal for 10 high quality brushes! 

The set includes:  1 powder brush, 1 flat-top blusher brush, 1 angled duo-fiber face brush, 1 foundation brush, 1 eye shadow brush, 1 blending brush, 1 crease brush, 1 angled duo-fiber eye brush, 1 precision eye brush and 1 lash/brow groomer. 

Every brush in this set is a quality brush.  The first time I used the set I did see a little shedding but after I washed them the shedding stopped.  

I am in love with the black/gold detail and ivory bristles.  All the brushes are incredibly soft! 

How gorgeous are these brushes?  I've used the set consistently for over a week and I am very impressed.  

For a more in depth review of each brush please checkout my review video.  This was also the first video i filmed on my new camera.  I am so in love!!! 

Did you pick up this set?  What do you think of it?  

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thursday Obsessions and Where I've Been....

Hola!  Remember me?  Sorry for my disappearance but life has been c.r.a.z.y!  Since August I've been dealing with numerous "life hurdles" and needed to take a little time for myself.

I was raised to help others.  Growing up in a small town helping your friends and neighbors is the norm.  Saying "No" really is not an option.  You helped, volunteered and said "Thank You".  I've been running myself to death over the last 4 months.  Family, friends, work, pets, life, hobbies, etc.  Everything takes time.  I simply ran out of time.

I think one of my biggest flaws is not saying "no".  If someone needs my help I feel like I need to step up.  I need to be the "good friend".  Ya'll after 4 months I needed some Mandy Jean time.  Time to refocus, say no and most importantly find myself again.

I've been struggling lately with finding myself.  I recently said yes to something that could change my life but the thought of actually doing it triggers anxiety like I cannot describe.  I know I would be successful at it and I've been active in the industry for the last 8 years but it is just not what I want to do.  Am I a fool to turn down a lucrative career because I want to be happy?  Please someone tell me I am not crazy.  I also feel like if I turn down this opportunity I will be letting someone I have a ton of respect for down.  Someone who has been a good friend, mentor and coach.

Blogging and my Youtube channel are things that I love.  I love interior design, crafts, fashion, makeup, and being creative.  This is my passion.  Unfortunately I let stress and everything else get in the way and make me unhappy.  Character flaw #2- shutting down.

On Monday I decided to start saying "no".  Until I am happy again I am not taking on any new responsibilities.  I told myself that if I hit 1000 youtube subscribers I would invest in a new camera.  Yesterday my new Canon T5I arrived.  I didn't realize getting a new toy would make such a world of difference in my attitude.  It was a "I can do this.... I've made it..." kind of moment.

Sorry this post is so ramble filled but one of the promises to myself was I want to keep things real.  I want ya'll to know a few things about me...

1-  I am blogging in penguin fleece pants and my husbands thermal shirt.  Someone call Vogue!
2-  I haven't made a brow appointment since September.  Full on untamed brows!  Fists in the air for the natural brow girls!
3-  My house is a disaster.  Maybe I will find some time to clean next week.
4-  My car is a disaster.  I did buy one of the Bath and Body Work pumpkin car scents so at least it smells like a pumpkin disaster.


I am happy to be blogging again!  I will be posting a few youtube videos this week also :)

Enjoy a few of my obsessions this week.  What are you obsessing over?

Dress by Amanda Valentine