Saturday Link Love: Fire Nail Design and Jewelry DIYs

Every Saturday I share my favorite links from the week. Do you want a chance to be featured? Email your best articles or videos to with “Link Love” in the title and I’ll bookmark the ones I like to feature in a future post!

Have a lovely weekend everyone. Leave me some links in the comments to your favorite articles from this week! Don’t forget today is Earth Hour for those participating.

Kindness is the best accessory,

In The Vault: Spring Pink Makeup Tutorial

I started video blogging my love of beauty and skincare long before I started blogging on Stay tuned every Thursday for a look at little-old-me… well, me in 2010…

I thought it would be appropriate to start sharing my older videos by starting with my first tutorial, a Spring makeup look! Don’t I sound so different in this video? I feel like I’ve changed so much in these two years! 

Products used in this video:

1. Clinique Acne Solutions Concealer, 01 
2. mark. Speedway Do Everything Makeup, Ivory (discontinued)  
3. mark. Just Pinched Instant Blush Tint, Cheeky 
4. Almay Pure Blends Loose Finishing Powder, Translucent Matte (discontinued, similar here
5. mark. Glowdacious Illuminating Powder, Prettied Up  
6. mark. eyeshadow, LuvStruck 
7. 96 Color Palette, Peach color 
8. Loreal HIP pigment, Restless (discontinued, use any soft light color)
9. Revlon Eyelash Curler 
10. Almay Pure Blends Mascara (discontinued, I recommend the Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes instead)
11. mark. Totally Balmed SPF 15 Lip Balm, Totally Sweet (discontinued but on sale now for a limited time!) 

So  many great products! I can’t believe how many of them are discontinued! 

Come back next Thursday for another look into the vault. In the mean time, share your favorite makeup looks for Spring in the comments! To see more videos from my YouTube channel as they come up, subscribe here.

Kindness is the best accessory, 

Haul of “Little Things”

{I forgot to cut out the mistake in the beginning! How funny. Wish I had realized before I uploaded.}

I have been really good at keeping my shopping to a minimum (as per my Living Minimally resolution) but I did splurge on an adorable necklace and purchased a few other things that I was running out of. 

My splurge necklace was originally $50 (I think) but I was able to get it on sale for $30 at Hautelook (an online deals site) so I was extremely excited! I’ve been wanting to buy a Dogeared necklace for over  a year but they are a little too expensive when they aren’t on sale. Isn’t it darling? I am happy I cheated a little to buy this necklace because whenever their necklaces are on sale they sell out immediately! Sign up for Hautelook here if you want to see what other items they have on sale. 

I purchased four other items, three of them I needed and the last one I won’t need for another few months. I got them all at Sally Beauty Supply. If you don’t have one in the area, I’ve linked the items in their online store below. They have amazing values! I got so much product for so cheap! 

1. Beauty Secrets Nail Hardener
2. Beauty Secrets Top Coat
3. Beauty Secrets Non-Acetone Nail Polish Remover (They also have one that is a gallon sized!) 
4. Hair One  Olive Oil Cleansing Conditioner for Dry Hair (Comparable to Wen)

That is all I have purchased this month! I hope you enjoyed the video. 

What have you purchased lately? Have you ever shopped on Hautelook or Sally Beauty?

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Psstt… Recent announcement!

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Coming April 4th, My First E-Course!


Today comes a really exciting announcement…. My first e-course will be launching on April 4th! 

What is an e-course? I don’t blame you for asking! I only started reading blogs last year so the idea was very new to me. An e-course is an online course aimed at teaching you something. But on blog e-courses, you don’t get graded like at school! Thank goodness, right?

My e-course is about exploring yourself through journaling. I’ve set up 30 prompts that are meant to jog your mind. I want you thinking deeper about your wants, needs, likes, dislikes, fears, and dreams. 

I’ve been working on this project for over a month now and am so excited to finally reveal it! It was really hard to keep in. I hinted at it twice on Twitter and Instagram but only outright told maybe 10 people so finally typing this down is so exciting! 

These prompts are going to be different then ones you have seen before, however. Included with these prompts is my journal entries in response to them and commentary on why I chose each question and why I think it’s important to know about that aspect of yourself. So you are going to learn a heck of a lot about me as you learn about yourself. I’ve shared things in this course that I have never said online before. 

I’m so nervous to see what you guys think of it! Stay tuned April 4th when it will be available to the public. Since this course took me over a month to write, it isn’t going to be free. But it is significantly cheaper then other online courses you may have seen (I’ve seen quite a few that cost $90+). I will be selling my new baby (it feels like a baby to me!) for only $10. 

Everything will be given to you at once so you can even choose the pace for your course. More information will be available on the launch day.

I truly hope you love it as much as I do.

Kindness is the best accessory,

Barriers to Motivation

 Source: via Rebecca on Pinterest

Last week I went to a motivation workshop at my university. I’m always looking for ways to keep myself motivated and on track to following my dreams. The workshop ended up talking mostly about SMART goals (which you know I love and follow) so it was nice to have a refresher.

One thing mentioned in the workshop that I really felt the need to share, was a list of possible barriers to motivation. Since I read this list the first time, whenever I would feel very “blah” and un-centered, I would think back onto the list and try and determine my barrier.

Here are some possible motivation barriers:

1. Overwhelmed/Too much work

2. Unclear career goals

3. Peer pressure

4. Homesickness

5. Personal or family issues

6. Stress

7. Financial stress

8. Overly involved (giving yourself too many responsibilities) 

These barriers are aimed at students but they can be applied to non-students as well with a few tweaks. Last week I was in a stupor and realized my barrier was being overwhelmed. I needed to give myself a little break. So, I took the day off. Now today I feel much more rejuvenated and ready to start over. 

This quote really inspired me yesterday. I hope you find it inspiring as well. 

What keeps you motivated? 

Kindness is the best accessory,

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