Thursday, July 30, 2015

My Experience At VidCon

I feel like I need to take a deep breath before I even start this post. VidCon was this past weekend, and it was one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had. I learned so much, met some amazing people, and gained even more passion/motivation for my blog and YouTube channel. It was incredible to be surrounded by so many like-minded people and creative minds.
I went with one of my best friends, Joycie (from Much Ado About Nothing), and we both got creator passes. I'm very glad that we did, because we were able to attend super helpful panels featuring larger and more knowledgable YouTubers, and man, did we learn a lot! There were seriously panels on everything you can imagine, and we got to meet a lot of the YouTubers after their panels! It was nice to meet them on a more "professional" level, and to be able to ask them questions and for advice. I took a lot of notes, and now I feel like I can make a serious game-plan on how to grow my blog and channel, and I'm so excited!
During VidCon, I also got to be a part of a mentorship program in which I got two sessions with two different mentors (who turned out to be Nikki Phillippi and Meghan Camarena from Strawburry17!!). I was able to show them a video I had made, and ask them questions and advice specific to my channel. They were both extremely nice and helpful, and the sessions were super invaluable!

Here's Meghan and I at our session!
I cannot thank them enough for the advice they gave me, and I really hope to meet them next year again with much more success from the advice they gave me! I've set some goals for myself for this next year until VidCon 2016, so hopefully I'll be able to tell them how much I've achieved!
With Creator passes, we were basically allowed to do everything that Community people were, except get into the signing hall, which was just fine with me. I loved being able to go the main expo hall and go around to the booths, but then also go to the second floor - that only people with Creator and Industry passes could get into - to attend really helpful panels. I don't do too well with the whole running and screaming crowd thing, so it was nice to have our calm second floor to go to that was much more relaxed. We had our own lounges that we could relax in, and oddly enough, I was able to find gluten-free and vegetarian food on the second floor! That was definitely a plus, because I had the hardest time finding food that was both gluten-free and vegetarian. We ended up eating most of our meals at the Baja Fresh inside the Hilton, since Mexican food can easily be made with corn tortillas and without meat.
While we were at VidCon, we got to meet so many people! I'll show you guys some pictures here:
sWooZie and I! 
Louis from FunForLouis!

Cassey Ho (Blogilates)!

Andrea from Andrea's Choice!

Convos With Our 2-Year-Old!!

Aspyn Ovard! 
Shaycarl's mom!

Estée from Essie Button!

Anna and Jonathan from the SacconeJoly's!

Austin and Brittany from the Nive Nulls!
All of the YouTubers I met were so incredibly nice, and were willing to meet all of us! It was so cool to be able to meet them in real life, and to ask them questions. It just makes me even more excited to grow my blog and channel! I have big plans for this next year, and I am seriously ready to hustle in order to make my dreams come true. I figured I would be inspired after VidCon, but I really didn't know just how pumped I would be! Although I'm sad VidCon is over, I still have this passion that is making me so excited for the future. I am even more dedicated to making my dreams come true; it will happen! Don't ever let anyone tell you that you can't achieve something. I am so ready to prove all of those people wrong! Together we can do anything - so get excited for this next year!
I also just want to thank all of you guys who are following me, subscribed, or have supported me in any way shape or form! I am extremely grateful to you guys, and I'm so happy you're a part of our little family. With time it'll just get bigger and bigger, and even more supportive of all of us! We are all in this together (cue High School Musical music), so let's make this next year great! (Okay that sounds weird because in fact it is the middle of the year, but ya'll know what I mean).


Thank you so much for reading, and have a wonderful day!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Champagne Pop Review

I'm so sorry this post is a week and a half late! Work has been absolutely crazy, and I've been really busy with last minute preparations for LA. I still cannot believe that I'm going to VidCon! That is for another post, though - today I'm going to tell you about the newest highlight from Becca cosmetics in collaboration with YouTuber Jaclyn Hill, Champagne Pop! You may have heard of it since a lot of people have been going crazy about it (myself included), so I definitely wanted to let you know my thoughts on it!

I have watched Jaclyn Hill's videos on YouTube for a while now, so when she announced Champagne Pop, I was so excited! A good highlight is what I had definitely been missing in my makeup collection, so I couldn't wait to get my hands on it.

 The box is a gorgeous rose gold shade with "drops" of champagne (hence the water droplet overlay for the title picture hehe) all over.

 The color shows up a bit better and this picture. The back features a picture of Jaclyn and a little back story to the product!

 The whole product packaging itself looks the same as the other Becca highlights, and I love how it looks and feels! It's super chic and compact.

 There's a little plastic cover over the product when you first open it up. I couldn't wait to get it off at this point!


 Here's a swatch on my hand!

 It's seriously such a beautiful shade, and looks so pretty in the sunlight, and also when you aren't in direct light. I am in love!

 Here's what it looks like in simple natural light - I love how it isn't super in your face (although you can definitely put more on than I did here!), but it also gives a super pretty glow to your skin. I applied it to the upper apples of my cheeks (is that a thing?) and also to my cupid bow area.

 I love how it makes my skin glow a bit, since I have super dry skin that can look too matte sometimes!

 Here's how it looks in direct sunlight!

 I really love how this looks like in the sun - it gives you the perfect summer glow! 

Overall I am SO satisfied with this product! The consistency is slightly buttery (you know what I mean?) so it goes on really well. I've been playing around with how much product to actually put on my brush, and I don't really think you can go wrong. It gives such a pretty glow to the skin, and looks especially gorgeous in the sun and bright lighting. I've noticed my skin also looks much glowy-er in general in regular indoor lighting, and I have gotten many compliments on it!
I was afraid I would be too pale for a highlight, but this shade really compliments the pinker undertones in my skin since it's more of a rose gold color. Even though it is a rose gold shade, I think it would look really good on people who are darker or have a more olive complexion. It really is a versatile product that can work with a lot of different skin tones!
I really encourage you to get this highlight if you've been needing one, or if you want to try a new one out! Becca highlights are known for being really great, and this one definitely lived up to the hype and expectations! I'm very, very pleased with my purchase, and give it two thumbs up!

Do you have a favorite highlight?

Thank you so much for reading, and have a wonderful day! :)

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Book Review: Saint Anything

Wow, have I been busy this past week! I started my job exactly one week ago, and I definitely underestimated how tired I would be, and how much time it would take up. I have today off, however, so I decided to take the time to finally write a review for Saint Anything! I finished this book in the beginning of summer, so I'm glad I'm finally getting around to reviewing it.

To preface this, I absolutely love all of Sarah Dessen's books. They are always so well-written and have such a great message to take away. Sarah Dessen is definitely one of my favorite authors because she makes her books so relatable, even when you don't have a whole lot in common with the story. Her writing style is also so wonderful because her message is never forced upon you or literally written out; you get to discover the meaning of the plot line side-by-side with the main character. It drives me crazy when authors have to literally spell out (or shall I say sentence out...I know it was a pretty bad one) what the whole message of the book is, so Sarah Dessen's books have always been a breath of fresh air. And each one literally is! I can't explain it, but there's just such a unique quality about all of her books that make them so fun to read.
This book definitely had all of those qualities! The whole story is about a girl named Sydney and how she is dealing with the trouble her brother, Peyton, has gotten into. Sydney has always felt like Peyton is the star of the show - receiving constant praise from their parents, and usually being the center of everyone's attention. When he starts making bad decisions, however, he becomes the center of attention for different reasons. These bad decisions lead him to drive while drunk one night, and he ends up putting a boy in a wheelchair for the rest of his life, and is sent to jail because of it. Sydney has to deal with all of the ramifications from her brother's mistakes, like moving schools to escape the new limelight she has found herself in, and her parents continuous worry for Peyton and not the boy he injured.
Throughout all of this, Sydney meets a boy named Mac, his sister Layla, and the rest of their family. She immediately bonds with them, and finds herself in the middle of a new family who adores her for who she really is. For the first time in her life she feels visible, and finds herself having fun each day she spends with them. Through these new relationships, she is able to figure old ones out and find her place in the world.
As always with Dessen's books, I adored this one! I was able to relate to it a lot since I have an older brother myself, and he has always been the more extroverted sibling who is never afraid to talk to anyone. Sarah Dessen navigates this story so well by creating such real characters and great plot lines. While it is easy to follow, the plot of the book is very detailed and ties together very nicely in the end. There is a reason behind every event in the book, which is something that I really love. Meaningless events are also another one of my pet peeves when it comes to books.
I was also never bored while I read this book, and in fact found myself speeding through it! There was something interesting in every chapter, and I couldn't wait to get through it to find out what happened. I did enjoy the ending, but also wish it had been a bit longer to see how a certain event played out, but I think Dessen did that purposefully so readers could have their own opinion on how it ended. While we all probably have the same idea, it would've been nice to read Dessen's. Knowing her, though, she definitely meant to end the book the way she did!
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I definitely recommend reading it because you will not be disappointed! I think Sarah Dessen's books are also really good for people who don't read too much, because they're really easy to get into and are usually a pretty quick read.
I also made a video about my review of this book, so you can check it out below! :)

What have you been reading lately?

Thank you so much for reading, and have a wonderful day! :)

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

How To: Take Over the World

There has been so much women empowerment lately, and I seriously love it. Women all over the world know how hard it is to be successful in any industry. It is still a male dominated world, but their are many women who are trying to break free of this. Emma Watson, J.K. Rowling, Lupita Nyong'o, Michelle Obama (she is definitely more than "just the First Lady"!), Beyoncé, Amy Poehler...the list goes on and on! All of these ladies make me so proud to be a women, and they prove that girls really do run the world (sorry, I had to). Because of all the inspiration lately, I thought I would put together some of my tips on how you can be successful and, ultimately, take over the world. I mean that's obviously the natural progression of things, right?

Failure isn't bad - as long as you pick yourself up and learn from it.
Sometimes it feels like we take one step forward and two steps back as a world. That's why it's important to always try your hardest in everything you do. That definitely doesn't mean that failing is terrible - sometimes it's necessary! It makes you work even harder to achieve your dreams, and can help you realize what you should do differently. It's really important to not let failure knock you down; that's when it's bad. If one little failure knocks you down and causes you to lose sight of your dreams, then you've only failed yourself.

Don't ever lose sight of what you truly want.
Going along with failure, never lose sight of your dreams. This year I've dealt with that a lot; it's really hard trying to decide what to do with the rest of your life, and consequently, what to study in college. Ever since I could read I've always wanted to be a writer. To create my own stories and share them with other people has always been my dream, and it makes me so excited that that could actually happen one day. It's been a constant in my life, and the one thing that I've always had my eyes on. It's so important to never forget those goals - your dreams from your childhood can turn into your future, so never forget that!

Don't let other people's words get you down.
My dad has always told me that no one can ever make you upset unless you let them. I never really understood that as a kid, but now that I'm a young adult (what?!) I definitely get what he's saying. You are the only person who can let other people's words bother you or not. If you choose to ignore them and not let their words get to you, then you will have such a better life. The world can be a hard place, especially when you go to college and meet new people every day. Some people feel better about themselves by bringing others down, and it's really important to realize that. A person's mean words about you most likely aren't even about you; they are merely a way for the other person to make themselves feel bigger and better than everyone else.

It doesn't make you weak to ask for help.
I am definitely guilty of this because I'm extremely stubborn. It can be hard to realize that asking for help won't make you look weak, or that it'll be a bother to other people. Strength isn't measured only in the things you do by yourself, and in fact can be shown by the things you achieve with others. Admitting you need help can also help you grow as a person because you learn from others, and oftentimes learn more about yourself.

Celebrate the little victories.
All of your little victories add up over time, and nothing is too small! If it's important to you, then it matters. Period. Life can be hard, so being happy about all of the little things can make it easier and more exciting. Everyday is filled with both sad and happy things, so it's your choice which ones you let affect you for better or worse. But just remember that every minute spent upset is one you could've spent being happy!

Treat others as you want to be treated.
This is simply the golden rule, and the courtesy that every human being deserves, no matter how much you dislike them, disagree with them, or how different you are from them. I am a very firm believer that this will get you far in life because people will notice how you make them feel. When you try and treat everyone the same - with kindness and respect - it reflects on the kind of person you are, and shows people that you are someone worth recognition, and support. Plus, the "golden rule" is something that everyone should live their life by, even (and especially) when dealing with people whom you don't get along with the best.

Well, those are my tips on how to take over the world. On a more serious note, I believe that being a woman should not give you a disadvantage in any way. The world can be a very hard place for women because of reasons out of our control. We shouldn't let those reasons keep us down though, and should rather work extra hard to overcome them. Women should also always support each other, and it makes me so sad to see girls tear each other down. If we all supported each other, we could make leaps in bounds in terms of equality, in a shorter amount of time.

What is your tip on how to take over the world?

Thank you so much for reading, and have a wonderful day! :)