Quotes That I Live By

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Hi, babes!

Everyone has at least one mantra or quote that they live by. I have a few…okay, a lot, that I tend to apply to my life. I hope you enjoy and hopefully you find a new favorite quote!

  • “We must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.” – Albus Dumbledore

Yes, I just started things off with a quote from Harry Potter! There are a lot of great quotes from that series, but this quote in particular touches me and serves as a reminder that sometimes the right decisions in life won’t always be the easiest ones to make. In most cases, the right decision is a really hard thing to do and it would feel so much better to take the easy route, but it isn’t the right route.

  • “Wherever you are, be all there.” – Jim Elliot

I can’t really describe or tell you in a way that will make sense why this quote means something to me. It reminds me that even though you may not be where you want to be or you aren’t in the job you want to have, give everything your all and don’t slack at it. Give your 100%, even if it is something that you may not want to be doing.

  • “Rise and rise again, until lambs become lions.” – Robin Hood

This quote is one that I absolutely love. It is another quote that reminds me not to give up. Just living can be hard and there are plenty of days where I am ready to crumble and break, but I know I have to keep going. So “rise and rise again, until lambs become lions.”

  • “Be Kind, Be Calm, Be Joyful, Be Humble, Be Thankful.” – Mary Davis  

I literally have no explanation for this. The quote says it all!

  • “And the stars blinked as they watched her carefully jealous of the way she shone.” – Atticus

In life, I want to serve as a good example for others and to inspire others. There are some days where I am overflowing with joy and happiness and there are other days where I am ready to rip someone to shreds. I won’t lie to you, I can be downright horrible when I have a mind to be. But I don’t want to be, I want to be shining so brightly that people need sunglasses! I have to remind myself to be happy, that I can control my emotions. Shine and let the stars be jealous.

  • “New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.” – Lao Tzu.

This will slightly relate to next week’s post. I have felt some painful endings, let me tell ya, but now I see it at what was a new beginning. Yes, during the ending I hurt so badly in my soul that I thought I would never be able to live. Overly dramatic?  Possibly. I lost someone close to me, they knew my every thought, but I didn’t lose them to death. This probably sounds bad, but death might have been better because when a person is dead, you don’t see them in this life again. Seeing a person (repeatedly!!) after heartache serves as a painful reminder of what was and then feelings come rushing back in and it sucks! BUT: it was a new beginning for me and I have changed because of it. A good change that made me grow as a person, and I am happy for it. Change isn’t always a bad thing.

  • “All I ask for is a life full of love and a love full of life.” – J Bird

In life, I want to get married to the love of my life and end up so very happy that I can hardly stand myself. If I never find anything else in life, I will totally fine with that, as long as I find love.

So there you have it! Those are some of the quotes that I love and live by! I can turn this into a two part series if you would like to see more of this kind of thing!

So sorry that this is a day late. I spent yesterday working at the local county fair because I was covering it for the local newspapers. I didn’t get home until 2:30 in the afternoon and by that point, I was tired and in the need of relaxation! I will have another post this week too, so be on the lookout for that on Wednesday!

I hope you have an absolutely fabulous day and don’t ever forget to smile!

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Perfectly Posh Review

Hello everyone and welcome back to Glitz & Glitter!

Last week I was sent a package of samples from Perfectly Posh and I took the week to try them out! The absolutely lovely Brandy from Perfectly Posh sent me the products and she has been an absolute dream to work with! All of her links will be below and there are a few deals for you guys, too! Stick around to the end to see them!

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Top Row: (black circle containers) Apricots Overnight, Honey Honey lotion, Rio scrub, Dive In Chunk Bath Bar, Gender Bender Chunk Bath Bar. Bottom Row: Night & Day facial moisturizer, Pineapple Pick Me Up face mask, Skindelicious Snarky Butter, Bare It All Micellar Tonic, Rico Guave Chunk Bath Bar, Field Better Soon Chunk Bath Bar.

I was so excited to try out these products that I took pictures of them right after I opened the package! When I took a shower a few hours later, I tried out using the Chunk Dive In bath bar. It has been a week later and I am still using it! I love this soap bar so much and I feel super clean after using it in the shower. The product description says “This sea spray and musky amber bath bar moisturizes skin with argan oil and algae extract, while kaolin gives you  a deep clean.” Dive In is definitely one of my favorite products from the bundle of samples that I was sent!

After I got out of the shower, I washed my face and tried out the Pineapple Pick Me Up face mask and the Night & Day Natural Facial Moisturizer. The mask is packed with pineapple scent and made me feel like I should have been sitting on the patio of a paradise resort! Ten minutes later, I washed off the mask and applied the Night & Day moisturizer. The moisturizer smells amazing and reminds me of something medicinal in a natural way, if that makes any sense. The moisturizer has organic olive oil, lavender, and aloe vera, and I love the way they combine. Both of the products I adored and I will certainly use again!

I used the Rio scrub and the Snarky Butter products together and my hands have never been so soft! This product combo will be absolutely amazing in the winter time to keep your hands super soft and supple!

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L to R: Apricots Overnight, Honey Honey, Rio scrub.

Honey Honey lotion smells so good! I just put some on, actually. Honey Honey reminds me of two things: lemon (yellow) Starbursts and Chuck from Pushing Daisies. It is sweet, citrusy, and the best summer scent! It is staying on my desk until I run out of it!

Apricots Overnight….what can I say about this product other than it is my favorite and I am so heartbroken that I used up almost all of it! Apricots Overnight smells so good and I can’t get enough of it! I truly think that my skin has improved after using this product, too, so that is a major plus! You are supposed to apply Apricots Overnight and let the moisturizing mask do its work so you will wake up with soft skin, and it works! I love this product and I plan on buying the full size product soon!

The Bare It All micellar tonic was the first micellar water type product that I had ever used. What I loved the most about this product is that I could just apply it to a cotton ball and swipe it over my face to cleanse and remove makeup, and that was it! No washing or extra cleanser required! If you are a busy and on-the-go kind of person, this product is great for you!

Gender Bender is another one of my favorites! I have used this for the past two days in the shower and I can’t get enough of it! “Detoxing charcoal gives you a deep clean. Plus palm oil and shea butter leave your skin soft with a citrus and woodsy amber scent.” Gender Bender is great for guys or gals. The woodsy scent is masculine but the citrus scent adds hints of femininity, creating the perfect blend. I have always loved cologne and other masculine directed body washes, so Gender Bender quickly became one of my favorites!

Field Better Soon is a lovely lavender soap that I have actually been using to wash my face in the morning and at night. It’s light and summery scent is great for my face and it isn’t drying, so I have had no problems with using it as a face wash. I do recommend using a moisturizer afterward so your skin is perfectly soft!

Rico Guave is a tropical beach party in a bar of soap! It’s fun and summertime scent is absolutely glorious and I can’t get enough of it! The collection of Chunk Bath Bars I was sent are all amazing and I hope you give them a try!

I can’t wait for the fall/winter collection to arrive! Perfectly Posh is a great company and with friendly representatives like Brandy, you won’t want to stay away from their products!

Are you ready for some awesome deals?

  • Anyone who orders more than $50 will get a free lip balm!
  • Orders more than $75 will get a free hand cream!
  • Orders of $99 or more who either sign up to be a kit-napper or join my team will get a 6 pack fizi bath bomb (limited edition) and a free face mask!
  • Your first order ships for FREE! How cool is that?!
  • If you live in the US, Brandy will ship you some samples for free!

Brandy has been a joy to work with and I am so happy to be working with her! Perfectly Posh is a great brand that has affordable yet high-quality products that are all NATURAL, free of parabens, paraffins, sulfates, and fillers, and they are cruelty-free! Woohoo! Perfectly Posh products are all made in the USA and I am always happy to support an American business!

You can find Brandy on Twitter, Facebook, and Perfectly Posh! Her email is brandybrown.posh@gmail.com so feel free to email her if you have any questions! I know you will love her just as much as I do and I am so excited to purchase from her in the future!

I hope you have a great weekend and don’t forget to check out Perfectly Posh!

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My Favorite E.L.F. Products!

Hello, loves!

One of my favorite drugstore brands that is affordable and cruelty-free is E.L.F. (eyes, lips, face). They have a lot of wonderful products and today I am sharing my favorites with you!

There won't be any foundations, concealers, or powders because they don't carry my shade. I'm too pale for all of the lightest colors!

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Just recently, I purchased the E.L.F. baked highlighter in Moonlight Pearls and all I have to say is "WOW!". The highlight is buildable, has a great glow, and is really soft on the skin. The highlighter takes a while to build up when using a brush, so when I'm in a rush, I will literally just swipe the highlighter right onto my cheekbones and blend it with my fingertips. That probably isn't a great technique, but it works in a pinch!

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The E.L.F. HD Cream Blush in "Superstar" is so pigmented! (Any Mannyacs out there? 😉 ) You just need a small dot of the product and it goes a long way! I use my beauty sponge to blend it out onto the apples of my cheeks to get a natural rosy glow.

The E.L.F. Matte Lip Colors are some of my favorite lip products that I have ever purchased! They are all creamy and rich formulas with a lot of color! I have three (a red and two nude colors) of their Matte Lip Colors and I live for all three of them! My current favorite is the shade Natural, a nude pink color.

For my lips, I love the Mint Maniac exfoliator to get my lips scrubbed and fresh! Two of my favorite moisturizing lipsticks from E.L.F. are the shades Berry Black and Ravishing Rose. Both shades are darker colors and I absolutely love them. I can't wait for fall to get here so I can wear these lipsticks with scarves, leggings, and cozy sweaters! A helpful hint: on the bottom of every E.L.F. lip product that comes in a lipstick tube (this includes the exfoliators, which I just found out a moment ago!) is a lip balm! If you pop out the little clear square bottom, there is a bit of lip balm! For the lipsticks, it is the shade of your lipstick and for the exoliators, it is clear!

Cool, right?!

Another E.L.F. product that I love is the Gotta Glow Lip Tint (not pictured) in the shade Perfect Pink. The lip tint is supposed to work with your lip chemistry to get the perfect shade for you! On my lips, this product comes out as a Barbie doll hot pink, so I use this product when I want a pop of pink!

Onto the eyes and eyebrows!

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The Intense Ink Eyeliner was part of my most recent E.L.F. purchase. The precision tip makes flicking out a winged liner simple and clean! If you are in need of a good eyeliner, I would give this a try!

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For my brows, I use the E.L.F. gel pomade and powder duo (I use the shade Medium), the E.L.F. small angled brush, the clear brow gel and mascara duo, and a small artist brush that I have. On days where I don't feel like messing around with the gel pomade, I will simply take the small artist brush and use the powder to fill in my brows after running a spooly brush through them. I then set my brows with the clear eyebrow gel. It is an easy look that works with natural makeup or just to make your brows more noticeable for a no-makeup kind of day.

Next up: Brushes!

Some of my favorite makeup brushes are from E.L.F.! They are affordable, good quality brushes that last!

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The Beautifully Bare Blending Brush is used a lot in my makeup routine, mainly for blending out contour and bronzing powders. The brush is super soft and blends out makeup beautifully (surprise, surprise!).

The two brushes I use for contour and bronzer are the E.L.F. bronzing brush and the E.L.F. Professional Fan Brush (I use it to contour my nose). The bronzing brush really carves out my cheeks and applies the contour powder evenly.

I use a lot of E.L.F. brushes when I work with eyeshadow! The flat Eyeshadow Brush works well for packing shadows onto the eyelid and it is a staple in my eyeshadow brush collection.

The small Blending Eye Brush and the Professional Eye Defining Brush are two of my favorite makeup brushes! The blending brush blends out eyeshadow seamlessly and the eye defining brush fits into the crease of the eyelid to define (I am so original) and cut your crease! Both were around $1, so if you come across these brushes, buy them!

Other small brushes from E.L.F. that I love are the Lip Defining Brush (which I have honestly never used on my lips! I use it on my eyes and it would work really well for smoking out your lower lashes!), the Concealer Brush (for highlighting eyebrows), and the Small Angled Brush (I use it for my brows).

I have used E.L.F. face primers before and in my experiences, they worked pretty well. Their foundation was also really good. I actually wore it for around a year before realizing that the shade Porcelain was, indeed, much too tan for me!

I hope you guys enjoyed my E.L.F. favorites! Like I said before, E.L.F. is a cruelty-free drugstore brand that sells affordable products and I highly recommend that you try out their brand!

There is going to be a new post on Saturday, August 12th: a review for Perfectly Posh products!

Make sure to follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and check me out on Pinterest!

I hope you have an amazing week!

 

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Body Positivity & Loving Yourself!

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Hello, my lovelies!

Today's blog post is over something that is really important to me and I think a lot of people struggle with. A lot of people, both women and men, struggle with self love and being confident in their own body. People of any size, from 0 to 30, all have struggles with their self esteem and other body confidence related things. Today I am going to talk to you guys about my own struggles with learning to love myself, the journey I have been on, and a few things that you can do to start learning how to love yourself, too!

Since I was around 12 or 13, I have been aware of my size and how I look. When someone points it out to you (like you are unaware of your size and how you look!), a little seed of doubt starts to form in your mind and you quickly start to lose your confidence and happiness. Someone who was relatively close to me pointed out my weight in the rudest way a human could and it tore down all of my self-confidence and positivity. Now you may be thinking "Okay, one person was rude to you and you lost it?", and you are right. Up until that point, I never saw myself as the "fat friend" or anything like that. Yes, I had skinny friends and I was bigger than they were, but that was normal for me. I was always accepted for who I was and no one had ever been rude to be about it. So for hours on end, I was tormented by this one person and anytime they spoke to me, rude comments and jabs came flowing out. I left them that day at one of my saddest points of my life.

After that, I never felt comfortable in my own skin. It tore me down and it took years to get over it. I started exercising at home for all of the wrong reasons, I didn't think I was beautiful, and I doubted myself in every way.

I would start riding an exercise bike and I wouldn't stop until I biked 15 or 20 miles. It was like that for a week straight, and then I pushed myself even harder. I thought that by losing weight, I would be beautiful and no one would say such nasty things to me anymore. The exercising didn't last though, and I fell back into not doing anything.

A few years after that, I started working out again for better reasons, but they all fell back to the same things: I felt gross in my own skin, I was a flabby monster, and I was never going to find someone who loved me 100% because I was fat. So the routines started again and I worked for a month, then would stop, and the cycle continued for months. I met a guy who always talked about how hot fit girls were and I knew that he would never be into me because I was fat. I wanted him to like me so what did I do? I worked out like crazy. Every day without fail, I would hop on that exercise bike and work my butt off until my legs felt like jelly. I probably lost 10 pounds (at most) during that entire process and guess what, he never paid anymore attention to me. I should have seen it, but I didn't. I stopped working out due to other reasons and then I started working out again a few months later because I wanted to make a statement to others. "Oh, she was so sad and fat, so pitiful. But now she looks awesome and she is so hot! What happened to her?" That never happened either! During all of that time, my reasons for trying to lose weight were never the right reasons to and I fell out of it.

Now I occasionally walk on the treadmill and do some other exercises. I eat better now and I have finally come to better terms with myself. It has taken a lot to get to this point. A lot of crying, hating myself, and eating later, here I am: a somewhat confident plus size woman who believes in herself again.

My biggest problem during the entire process was that I didn't love myself, thus the crazy working out. Now I love myself and if I work out, that's great, but if I don't, I no longer kill myself over it. Taking the time to work on yourself mentally rather than physically is more important to me. Yes, if you enjoy working out, do that! I am sticking to eating better and then I will start using the gym at college next month. Two days a week, I am going to take the time at the gym. While the little nagging voice in my head still says that I need to workout so I can be pretty, my reasons for wanting to work out now are different. I am doing it to feel healthier and better. My mindset is better.

I still struggle with loving myself and practicing self love. I will probably always have a slight bit of doubt, but I have hit a point where I know who I am and I love myself. Being able to say "Yes, I am amazing, beautiful, and I deserve love. I can act like a total boss and not put myself down and that is not selfish. I am worthy of everything good and I won't walk with my head down." is phenomenal! You are not conceited if you portray yourself as a confident person. Some people may think you are, but they don't know you. Believe in yourself and don't let the opinions of others hurt you or tear you down.

All bodies are beautiful bodies! Stretch marks, cellulite, dimples, and all!

There are a few things that I do even still that help give my confidence a boost and I hope you try them too!

 

  • Jam Out! banner.pngI listen to music that inspires me and makes me feel confident. If you go on Spotify, you can find a lot of playlists that are dedicated to having songs that make you feel like a confident, awesome, and empowered woman. A few of my favorite songs are "Confident" by Demi Lovato, "Fight Song" by Rachel Platten, "Really Don't Care" by Demi Lovato and Cher Lloyd, and "Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina and the Waves. Finding good songs that make you feel happy and make you smile are the best songs!

 

  • Quote It! banner.pngLook at daily affirmations and quotes about confidence. Find some of your favorite quotes and write them on some sticky notes, then put them on your mirror or somewhere that you look at often. It could be on your desk, your headboard, your nightstand, your car, anywhere. Write in colorful markers, pens, use awesome stickers, personalize it anyway you want!

 

  • Dress the Best! bannerFind some clothes that make you look good! For me, when I am wearing an outfit that makes me feel beautiful, I radiate happiness and confidence. I feel most confident when I am wearing shoes that make me taller. If you don't have any clothes that you like, go shopping! If you don't have the money for it, look at some cool DIYs to revamp the clothes you already own! When you go shopping, you don't have to break the bank. Going to stores like Ross, Target, and Forever21 are affordable and they have great styles. Target's section for thick women is AMAZING and I want to buy up the entire store!

 

  • Good Vibes ONLY! bannerDon't keep negative people in your life. If you have someone who is constantly putting you down, you either need to have a down to earth chat with them or dump them. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life. Find a group of people who are there for you and who won't keep putting you down. Making new friends is a great way to add some positivity in your life!

 

  • Change It Up! banner..pngGo for some change! If you want to start testing out some different makeup styles, go to a store (my favorite is Ulta) and ask someone there to help you figure out which products will work best with you. If you want a hair style change, mama go for it! You do what you need to do to feel happy with yourself once again! Pamper yourself!

 

  • Put Good In, Get Good Out! bannerOne of the things that has made me feel better is eating better! Fruits, veggies, less of this, more of that. Just a bit of change to what you put into your body. If you are constantly eating foods that aren't the best for you, trust me, it will make an impact on your life. Not all healthy food tastes bad, either! Look up some easy recipes that have good ingredients and play around in the kitchen!

 

Those are my tips! I find a lot of awesome ideas for outfits, quotes, and yummy recipes on Pinterest. My Pinterest is Mimi Olson (queenmimi8) so feel free to follow me and message me! I will be happy to send you some of my favorite boards and pins to help you get started!

Learning to love yourself and having confidence will take a little bit. It isn't something that you will immediately have. I took years to get to where I am. The first step is to start treating yourself better. If you are constantly putting yourself down, you need to stop right now. You are worthy of happiness, you are worthy of love, and you are worthy of all the goodness in the world. Stop telling yourself that you aren't.

Meditate, do yoga, find some awesome candles that make you happy, redecorate! Do whatever you need to do to replace negativity in your life!

Spread happiness, spread love, and remember to smile.

If you want me to help you along with your self love journey, please feel free to email me at glitzandglitterblog@gmail.com! I would love to talk to you and encourage you! You can also DM me on Instagram or Twitter. My links will be below!

I hope you have an absolutely fabulous day!

XOXO

Mimi

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How To Get Fabulous Feet

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Hi there! Thank you so much for checking out my blog! I truly appreciate it and I hope you enjoy!

For the longest time, my feet were pretty rough looking because I go barefoot all the time when I am at home. I wear sandals or flip flops when I go out, so earlier this year, I looked at my heels while I was out and I didn’t like how they looked. My feet were dry and needed to be pampered. A couple of days and a few dollars later, I had a two sided foot file and I was ready to tackle my feet. On one side of the file, you had a metal grater and then on the other side was a regular file. The only problem with this was after the first time I used it, the metal side (which came off so you could empty the catch) never fit back into place after I took it off to empty out the bottom. Anytime I used it, I would have to hold on to the metal part so it would stay on. The metal grate was not easy to clean at all, so it stopped working efficiently. I stopped using the foot file and it sat abandoned in a crate of other random products in my bathroom.

A few weeks ago, I went to the store and purchased a new foot file and a foot scrub in hopes of getting nice feet again. I bought the Freeman “Bare Foot” Exfoliating Foot Scrub in the scent Peppermint and Plum (smells amazing!) and a new sugar foot file from ONYX Professional. Let me tell you, these products together are amazing! The file takes all of the dead skin away and the scrub helps soften everything up!

Here is how to get your feet into tip top shape again!

  • First I like to soak my feet in some warm water and body wash. My current fave is Rosé Champagne body wash from Bath and Body Works- smells so good and makes me feel refreshed and kind of feminine! Then I will take a little of the Freeman “Bare Foot” scrub and massage that all over my feet.
  • Second, I pat dry my feet with a clean towel and then I use the ONYX Professional sugar foot file on my heel, around the sides, the ball of my foot, and on any callouses that are on my feet. Once that is done, I take a little water to wet my feet and then go back in with the Freeman “Bare Foot” scrub to remove any dead skin particles from the foot file.
  • After I scrub my feet again, I’ll pat them dry and then take some lotion and rub that all over my feet and ankles. I massage and rub my feet and get some of the lotion soaked in, then I take a pair of socks and put those on for a while.
  • A few hours later, I will grab whatever color of nail polish I like and give my toe nails a fresh coat of polish to add a touch of color to them. Since it is summer, I like vibrant pinks and blues, periwinkle, reds, and some nude shades.

 

There you go! Filing and scrubbing your feet really make them feel fresh and look nice. If you wear sandals, flip flops, or open toed shoes, I recommend that you try the steps above! Your feet will thank you!

Next week’s post is going to be all about self love, confidence, and how to love your body! I am so excited to upload next week, as it is a topic that I am truly passionate about!

All of my social links will be down below, so feel free to check them out! If you liked this post, please make sure to give it a like and comment your thoughts below!

I hope you have a fabulous week! I will see you next week with a brand new post!

XOXO

Mimi

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