My Winter Makeup Routine 2018!

Hello everyone! It’s been a little bit. For so long now I’ve been wanting to get another video up on my YouTube channel. Making a video takes a lot more time than getting a blog post up, but I’m so excited I got another one done! I’ve specifically been wanting to create a makeup routine, and with the holidays coming up, it seemed like the perfect time to finally make it. Being in the middle of winter, I prefer not to wear too much heavy makeup. For example a full coverage foundation or tons of eyeshadow. I’ve also been having some difficulties with my skin again, so I’ve been trying to wear as minimal makeup as possible. In this video is a simple routine that is very easy to follow. I like my brows natural and my wings subtle. With that being said, here is the video!

With each new video I’ve made, editing has becoming an easier and quicker process. It’s been awesome to see my skills improve each time, so I really hope you guys have been enjoying! I believe that even with bad skin, you can still have fun with makeup and I hope that’s apparent in my video. While most of my issues deal with scarring which can easily be covered up by concealer, I’ve always enjoyed experimenting with makeup and finding new ways to get creative. Especially with Christmas coming up tomorrow and the new year just days away, it’s the perfect time to try something new. Let me know what you thought of the video below in the comments. Maybe drop a like and subscribe if this is the first time you’re seeing my videos!

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It’s Time to Tell You Guys…

Hello guys! Well, it’s official. I’ve been thinking about this for a long time now and I think it’s time to finally announce it…I’m doing Blogmas 2018!!! I was going back and forth on whether or not I wanted to participate this year. With my work schedule and things just being so crazy right now, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do it. I never want to commit to anything I can’t follow through with, but I think the thought of failure was holding me back. I successfully posted everyday from December 1st through December 25th last year and it seriously helped my blog. Not only that, I loved seeing everyone take part in this fun online challenge and reading other Christmas posts!

Even though posting everyday can be a bit challenging (especially towards the end) it allows me to do something creative everyday and I think that’s important. This time of year is so special and it’s celebrated so differently around the world. My blog is my little slice of the internet, so I want to share with you every aspect of a California Christmas! Look forward to lots of cozy posts, ideas on fun things to do this holiday season, and much much more! Let me know if there’s anything specific you guys would like to see, as I’m still scheduling out posts in advance. Whether that be makeup looks, Christmas OOTD’s, recipes, or videos. I’m up for anything new!

I’ll admit I’m still a little afraid of missing a day or two, but I’m going to try my absolute hardest to post from December 1st all the way to Christmas Day. Wish me luck and I look forward to reading Blogmas posts from all my blogger friends on WordPress! Talk to you all tomorrow on the first day of Blogmas!! xx

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I Was Born in the Wrong Generation (Being Single in 2018)

Hey loves! Interesting topic for you guys today: being single in 2018. It’s something I don’t talk about too often for a multitude of reasons, but a topic I want to touch upon today. I’ve been single for about a year and a half now and it’s definitely come with its ups and downs. At the beginning there was lots of uncertainty and feeling uncomfortable and trying to just “do me” again. However, a lot of clarity and growth has come out of it and I’m not in that uncomfortable place anymore. I want to talk about this because I know tons of people who hate to be alone, but I want to give you a few reasons why it’s completely beneficial and why it’s making me even more excited for my future! It can be completely lonely, but only if you allow it to be so.

A Quick Synopsis of My Past

This is something I don’t want to get super into detail about, but it might be necessary to explain how I got where I am now. I started dating my best friend in high school. I was 17 and he treated me very well. Very, very long story short, we dated for three and a half years mostly long distance because we went to schools on opposite sides of the country. Things ended up not working out which I won’t get into out of respect for him and his privacy. It was a major shift in my life and I won’t lie, it was extremely hard for a long time. I had good days and some not so good days when all I wanted to do was cry. Through this year and a half, I’ve learned quite a bit and that’s the main focus of this blog post.

Maybe There’s a Reason

I remember having days in my old apartment when I was just straight up lonely. Sometimes it would physically hurt my heart and I didn’t know that was possible. It wasn’t fun guys, but slowly I had less and less of those days. I would dive right into my schoolwork, especially when it came to my Graphic Design portfolio. I tried to say yes to as may things as possible and actually started going out here and there with my friends. I loved exploring San Diego, but the whole “going out” scene was a bit hard for me since I actually don’t drink very often and it honestly isn’t my thing (but that’s just me). Graduation rolled around and I was so, so happy. I was excited for this new chapter and for what was to come. My days of course kept getting better and I was becoming more comfortable with this single life. One thing that helped me through the rough days and what got me to a more comfortable point was talking a lot to my parents and friends about how I was feeling. You can’t hold those types of feelings in and not expect them to coming pouring out some time in the future. Those kinds of conversations helped me realize that maybe there’s a reason for being single and maybe there’s tons of good that can come from it!

Season of Waiting

Here’s how I see it now, after all the lonely days and thinking I might be alone forever (yes, overdramatic I know but bear with me): I want to be prepared for whoever comes into my life. I want to be completely strong mentally, physically, in my career, and in what I love to do. Molding myself into the best version I can possibly be has been my goal when it comes to relationships. Not only for my future boyfriend or husband but for myself as well. I don’t want to be an unsure, sad person when I meet the one. How can I expect a strong, confident, committed person if I can’t reflect that back to them? The more I dive into blogging, making videos, photography, editing, and everything I’m passionate about, the more I feel like myself. The stronger you are in what you love, the more you’ll be ready when that day comes. You’ll know exactly who you are and what you want in a significant other. So what have I been doing in this season of waiting? Chasing what I love and preparing the best version of myself for whoever comes along. Plus, who know what the future will bring! That’s pretty exciting to me!

I Was Born in the Wrong Generation

To be super honest with you guys, one thing I haven’t been doing a lot of is dating around. I think the major reason for this (aside from working a lot and being so incredibly focused on blogging/social media) is I’m very old fashioned. Yes, I tried the whole online dating thing for a hot minute and realized it definitely wasn’t for me. There are so many modern ways of getting dates nowadays but none of them really fit in with what I want. Was I born in the wrong generation? Maybe I was meant to be in the 20’s when men actively pursued women and courted them. Is courting still a thing? I’m not so sure anymore. Call me a grandma but there’s nothing I love more than a man holding the door open for a woman or bringing her flowers. Not because he has to or because it’s some gender stereotype, but because he WANTS TO.  I’ve been hearing this phrase a lot lately: we live in a generation where people don’t want relationships. Hookup culture is stronger than ever but where exactly does that lead? What about getting to know someone and allowing a good thing to build over time?

I’d love for this post to start a conversation in the comments! Let’s have a dialogue about singleness in 2018 and where you stand on the topic. I’m just scratching the surface in this post, so I’ll be replying to comments. Leave any questions you may have as well! Talk to you all soon!

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Goodbye 2017, Hello To A New Beginning!

Hello everyone! It’s so weird to finally be making another post. I’ve been taking a little break from blogging for almost a week now! I honestly just needed a little time to wind down after posting for 25 days straight for Blogmas. It was such a great experience to blog that often and I met tons of new readers (which is awesome) but it was also a lot of work. However, I’m back and wanted to write my final post of 2017 and give a little recap of my year. There’s lots of new subscribers that don’t know much about me, so I think a little throwback of my year will be nice!

2017 was such a bittersweet year for me. It was a time of immense change and growth for me as a person. I’d like to be honest without exposing too much detail if that’s okay. My year started off with a very heavy heartbreak. I’d never felt pain quite like this before, so learning how to handle that and cope with it was quite the process and at times it’s still something I deal with. I was starting the second semester of my 3rd year of college with an amazing roommate and an unbelievable summer ahead of me. This was definitely a blessing in disguise, considering I started off the year on quite the depressing note.

Honestly that whole semester of Junior year was kind of a blur. Looking back on it, I had a pretty heavy academic schedule but can’t remember much of those months. I turned 21 in March, which I suppose is an important milestone. But honestly, I’m not a big drinker so turning 21 wasn’t a crazy night for me (it was also a Tuesday if I remember correctly). I went to meetings once a month to get more information about my Europe trip through my university and got a Graphic Design internship lined up for the summer. It may also be important to note that the first half of 2017 I wasn’t very active on my blog. Actually, the first few years of my blog I was not very active. It wasn’t until the summer that things really started to change for me online.

Finally, in May I packed up my dorm and moved back home for the summer. I had to wait about a month before heading off to London to start my European excursion! I prepared myself for the trip that month, making lists and getting everything together that I would need. Time went by slowly since I was anticipating such a life changing trip. Unfortunately a week before I left, London was hit with a series of attacks, which at one point made me question whether it would be safe to go or not. Ultimately, I decided to go and concluded that I could not live in fear. Right before I left, I decided to make another blog post and do something different when it came to the subject of my blog. I tried networking for the first time (reaching out to bloggers and trying to connect more with the WordPress community) and everything changed from there! I started to gain more readers and got more feedback on my posts. Normally, when I would post there wouldn’t be much activity, nearly zero actually. I had reached some people when I first started blogging, but the less I posted, the less activity I would get. I didn’t completely understand how vital it was to connect with others, but it’s the most important thing you could ever do when writing a blog. Long story short, my blog started to pick up a bit and I left for London!

The next month would consist of me traveling with a large group of Graphic Design/Art majors throughout Europe, visiting five different countries and going to contemporary art museums everyday! It was the most magical month of my life and I wouldn’t have changed a minute of it for the world. Even the days when I was exhausted, I’ve never felt that type of happiness in my life. When I got home, I created separate posts dedicated to each country individually (called My Travel Journal), which if you’re interested to read more about, I will link here: England, Germany, France, Italy, Greece. After my return, I also started my month long Graphic Design internship, which was extremely professional and such an amazing opportunity.

At this point, my Senior year of college was about to begin! I moved into my first apartment off campus which is only a few minutes’ drive to my school. I moved in with a couple of the kindest friends I have and we’ve been experiencing apartment living together, the good and the bad. There have been tiny bumps in the road, but nothing we couldn’t handle together! I tried working at a new retail store during the start of the semester, it ended up not being for me, and I learned a lot about choosing what is best for your own life and your well being. Sometimes it’s hard to make that choice, but especially when it comes to jobs, you have to at least be able to tolerate the place you’re working. The semester had me extremely focused on my Graphic Design work and preparing for my final portfolio review (which will be in May of 2018). Again, I’ll be very honest and say this semester was full of ups and downs. Some days were extremely busy and I didn’t have a moment to myself and others seemed like they would never end when I got very lonely/depressed at times. I had my final grad check, and signed the papers to approve my graduation in May!

That about brings us to December of 2017. I participated in Blogmas, which as you may know is 25 days of straight blogging. It was awesome and I’m so glad I decided to take the plunge and do it! In the words of Shia Labeouf…

This month in particular has been a lot of growing for me mentally and emotionally. Realizing what exactly I need and want in life, making the necessary changes, and accepting it. Some things are very hard to go through, even if you know they’re the right thing. That’s probably been the hardest lesson for me, but I’m trying my best to do the right thing, in the most painless way possible. In 2018 I will be graduating college, moving back home, and doing research and filling out forms to go to grad school! It’s going to be an extremely transitional year for me, but I am so looking forward to a fresh start. New people, new jobs, new experience…I’m ready for you 2018! Please be good to me. I’m also very excited for where this blog is headed and I have many new things planned for you guys in the coming year! I’m so blessed to be able to share my thoughts with so many people online and always receive such positivity, so thank you for being a lovely audience. This was quite the wordy post, so if you made it this far, thank you so much. That was my recap of 2017 and I hope you enjoyed, I’ll talk to you all in 2018!

Happy New Year xx Sage

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