Stop Comparing Yourself to Everyone Else

stop comparing yourself to everyone else

I have to admit that I can be a jealous person. It’s happened on too many occasions to count. There were times where I’d see my blogging peers on a trip and wonder why I wasn’t invited. I’d often see people receiving samples and wonder why I wasn’t sent the items too. When I saw the LinkedIn profile of the woman who got the dream gig I thought I deserved, I was upset.

But I had to put things into perspective. Maybe they’re working on their blogs while I’m doing more frivolous things. The person that scored my dream job was way more qualified, with awards and diverse work experience to boot.

And then I realized what everyone else is doing has nothing to do with me. What’s the point of wasting energy on something that’s all in your head? Everything I have to say is in the video. I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments.

Inside My Makeup Bag – February 2015 Edition

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It’s been a hectic week preparing for the launch of The Haute Blogger, but my good friend Amy came to town and I had to go and see her! We ended up going to dinner after work and I looked terrible. You know that point where your hair is unruly and you’re makeup-less and you can’t bear to look in the mirror? I was worse than that. I had no time to get dolled up before I saw her, but when I got home that night, I decided that I wouldn’t be in that kind of predicament again.

I popped out the makeup bag that I scored from A Fine Find. Here’s what I put inside.

MAC Studio Fix – As you might already know, my MUFE Powder Foundation is my number one go to. But I’m slightly nervous to carry it around because I really don’t want to break it. I’ll put it on in the morning, and use Studio Fix (my old fave) on the go.

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick – This is a new holiday purchase for me. I’ve used it here and there, and I’m thinking it will be great for touch ups.

Anastasia Clear Brow Gel – Just in case my brows start to fly all over the place.

MAC Studio Sculpt Lash – I’m not crazy about this mascara, but it hasn’t expired yet, so I’m going to make use of it. The brush is really, really cool.

Nars Larger Than Life Eye Pencil – Okay, this eyeliner is BOMB. I used it on my lower lashline and it was creamy, slightly waxy and stayed put all day! It gave my eyes the vampy effect, exactly what I was going for!

Maybelline Eye Studio – This is my liquid liner backup. It’s basically a marker with a sharp edge, perfect for beginners and masters.

Nars Scarlet Empress & Honolulu Honey lipsticks – Old faithful lipsticks. See the swatches here.

MAC Vino and Chestnut Lipliners – Just in case. More old faithfuls.

 

I’m launching my own business!!!!!

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I turn 30 this year, and I’ve had my mind set that this was the year I stop “asking for permission” and just go for it. What’s the worst that could happen? After three or four years of brainstorming, going forward, moving backward, etc., I’ve decided to start a business all my own. That business is The Haute Blogger Design Co, a media kit and blog design company, launching on Monday, February 16th.

If you’ve read Erin’s Guide to Better Beauty Blogging, you’ll know that I love sharing what I know with other people. I don’t keep many things to myself. I know that most bloggers want to make money (I sure do), and one of the most important assets to making that happen is a media kit, and that’s exactly what I’ll help you with. I’ll be making custom designs and selling templates at my Etsy shop. The blog designs will be added a little later, and I’m working on my own blog re-design right now.

 

The last few weeks have been absolutely thrilling, and utterly exhausting. I am on my computer all hours of the night, balancing blog posts, coding, copywriting and making tutorials. It’s really the most exciting challenge I’ve ever taken. I’ve already shared some sneak peeks on Twitter and Facebook. If you want the official details, sign up for the mailing list on the website.

Guys, I’m SO excited. : )

I think I want to be a minimalist

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This will be hard. I’m one of those people with clutter every where — my side of the bedroom, my wardrobe, my mind. But since I’ve moved in with my husband, I’m definitely getting better.  The Haute Blogger launches next month, and I’m going to be making a lot of changes as far as time management goes. So while I’ve been working hard all day, I’ve also been taking breaks and reading Into Mind, a minimalist fashion and lifestyle blog. The beginner’s guide, 30 day challenge and practical minimalism posts have me ready to dive in. Guys, I think I can do this. I’m at a point where I’m finding clarity, and I realize that I don’t want to live like this anymore!

The first thing I’m tackling is my closet. I definitely don’t want to say that I’ll commit to the guide pictured above, but I definitely need to downsize. I joined Poshmark ages ago, but I’ll be adding some items to my shop over the next few weeks. I doubt I’ll wear my wedding shoes again, might as well sell them! How about that awesome size 4 Kenneth Cole dress? I’m selling it. I’m excited for a fresh start!

Later on, I’d like to dive into all the crap that’s around the house. Why the heck are there so many papers? Do we really need so much stuff in the pantry? I see a fun (and decluttered) 2015 ahead!

Revisiting MAC Matchmaster Foundation

My friend (and loctician) happened to hit the MAC store in Times Square and splurged on some new products. She brought them in to work and asked me how to use them. To my surprise, one of the products was MAC Matchmaster Foundation in 7.5, the exact color I needed to try! She let me take a few pumps home in a sample jar, so I’m sharing the results with you today. Sorry for the bad skin, this happens every time I get my brows threaded!   I gave it a try when it first came out, but the 8.0 was just too dark for me.

Here’s the before and after:

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As you can see, the 7.5 has a fair amount of yellow in it, which makes sense since it’s the NC50 equivalent.  View my entire post on MAC Matchmaster including detailed info, more pictures and charts right here.