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February 01, 2018

Cozy Sweaters & Even Better Perspectives


There's nothing better than how you feel at the beginning of the new year. You're optimistic, motivated, and most of all, you're excited. You're on such a high that you feel that you'll never come down. But instead of falling flat by March, we should want that feeling to last for the rest of year. Here's my three big life changing perspectives I'm focusing on this year:


1. Not Holding On To Fear

I'm normally the cup half empty kind of girl, but lately, half full has made me pretty happy. I've always worried about what can go wrong which has prevented me from taking that giant leap. There are so many "what-if's" in my anxiety-filled head. Over the last year and a half I decided to not let fear take over my life. I took the plunge by quitting that job I hated and saying yes to things I normally wouldn't. You can only live your life one day at a time so you better make the most of it. 

2.  Celebrate Little Victories

We often celebrate the big wins in our life such as new job or buying our first house. But what about those tiny successes that are worth the praise? I believe that celebrating those tiny accomplishments will bring even more into your life. Everyday we make a to-do list filled with goals. Once you check them off your list, you throw your list away and start over the next day. This year I'm taking the time to do my happy dance each and every time I've checked something off on my to-do list. A new subscriber on YouTube? Deserves a happy dance. Finished folding all of my clothes? You bet I'm going to pop-lock-and-drop-it. Pre-filmed and edited some videos? Ya girl deserves some Starbucks! 

Celebrating keeps you motivated as you'll notice you're one step closer to achieving your goals. It' also makes you happy and who doesn't want to be happy?

3. Stop Comparing Yourself To Others

I struggle with this one hard. Every little thing I do all boils down to how others look think of me or if what I'm doing is acceptable. From celebrities to coworkers, I've looked at their accomplishments as a benchmark to my own. This year I won't compare myself to others. I'm my own person with my own accomplishments. I'm happy with who I am and where I am in life. I also understand that my timing is different than everyone else's.



Outfit Deets:
Sweater H&M
Jeans American Eagle (similar)
Purse H&M (discontinued)
Shoes DSW 


January 30, 2018

Day to Night Makeup Tutorial

Day to night makeup tutorial | Janetta LeRose

If you're like me, you're constantly heading to an event after work. Although I'm fortunate enough to work at an agency with relaxed dress codes, some make looks just aren't appropriate for a 9:30am Skype meeting.



This tutorial shows you how to take your makeup look from every day to glam night out. Perfect for going out with your girls or heading to your date. I'm obsessed with this purple and peach smokey eye. I paired it with a subtle glossy lip that I love!

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January 14, 2018

Basic Beginner Makeup Tutorial



For a beginner, makeup is overwhelming. First you have to pick the right foundation shade, then you have to worry about concealer. Then you discover that there are two different types of highlight? How the heck and I supposed to know what to do? Don't even get me started on eyebrows. *cringe*

When I first started using makeup I was totally clueless. My eyebrows looked like two large black caterpillars just hanging out on my forehead. With practice, I learned the fundamentals of makeup application. And through trial and error, I found which products work for my skin type and tone. I'm by no means a professional. I don't have certification from a beauty school. I'm just a girl that loves beauty and skincare.

Today's video goes over high level beauty basics. It's a long one! If you would like me to go more in-depth on a topic, let me know either in the comments of this post or on my channel.


Skincare

Every beauty lover knows that the first step to ensuring that your makeup looks good and stays on longer is by prepping your skin before makeup application. Creating a solid skin care regimen will help to clear up breakouts, prevent blackheads and clogged pores, remove dead skin, and the list goes on. One thing I always do before applying makeup is wash my face, exfoliate and apply a moisturizer. If not, you'll be applying your makeup over dirty, crusty, and dry face. No one wants that. 

Next comes primer. This provides a barrier between your skin and makeup. While it's not crucial to your beauty routine, I always recommend doing so. Many primers work double duty to also fill in your pores or mattefy your face. The primer I've been loving lately is the Benefit Pores No More. I glides on smooth and fills in any pores you may have leaving your skin nice and smooth.

Eyebrows

I would have to say that eyebrows are probably the trickiest part of makeup. There are many ways to fill them in and each will make them look different. Powders are similar to eyeshadow and are applied using a brush. Powder gives a more natural, matte look. Pomades, like the popular Anastasia Beverly Hills pomade, gives a more defined look. Pencil can give you either a natural or more defined look depending on the thickness and amount of pressure you apply. Eyebrow wands look just like mascara wands and thicken up the eyebrow hairs while depositing color. 

The key to getting your eyebrows right is to make them look as natural as possible. Start by using a small angled brush and apply short, light strokes that are the length of your natural brow hair. I always start underneath my brow and fill in the tail first before touching the beginning of the brow. I like to clean mine up a bit by applying a concealer in my skin color underneath. 

I have a tutorial on how I groom and fill in my eyebrows which you can watch here

Foundation Base

In order to get the most even skintone, start by applying color corrector where needed, apply your foundation, then a concealer 1-2 shades lighter than your skin tone. 

Color Corrector 

Color Corrector Chart | Janetta LeRose


Works to cover redness or uneven skin colors on your face before you put on your foundation.

Lavender cancels out yellow tones in the skin. 
Green cancels redness.
Yellow cancels purple on tan or olive skin
Orange cancels darkness on deep skin
Peach and pink cancels blueness on fair to medium skin

Foundation

Foundations come in many different formulas and shades. Always test foundation before you buy because some, like Fenty's, will oxidize giving a darker appearance than when you initially applied it. If you're not sure of your shade, Sephora and beauty counters, like Estée Lauder, will test your shade for free. Swing by and see what color works for your skintone and type.

Concealer 

Like foundation, concealer can come in matte or dewy however they almost always are full coverage. Think of concealer as a concentrated form of foundation. It is designed to conceal your dark areas that foundation might miss. If you're not into color correcting, concealer is perfect at covering dark areas and pimples. 

Contour & Highlight

Contour and highlight might be my favorite part of my beauty routine. Applying foundation can give your face a very flat appearance. Contour sucks in areas of your face, such underneath your cheekbones, and highlight brings out, such as on top of your cheekbones. 

To contour, I prefer using a cream stick, such as in the Fenty Match Stix, and blend using an angled brush. I apply to the sides of my nose, underneath my cheekbones, and on the edge of my forehead.  To highlight, I use a concealer 1-2 shades lighter than my skin underneath my eyes, on the bridge of my nose, on the center of my forehead and sometimes on the center of my chin. This brings those areas out making my face more dimensional. 

After applying cream products, I apply powder to set and ensure it lasts all day. Use a setting powder, like the Laura Mercier Translucent Pressing Powder, and a brush to apply the powder on all of the areas you've applied your highlight. 


Eyeshadow

Eyeshadow differs person to person due to differences in eye shape. Since I have hooded eyes, I found it difficult at first to apply eyeshadow and eyeliner. Too much or too dark made my eyes look very tiny. A good start to eyeshadow is to apply a neutral brown to your crease, or the fold of your eye. This actually contours your eyelids giving you more shape and dimension. A neutral brown is an excellent transition shade which would help you blend the other colors you'll apply next. 


I hope this post helps any of you just starting out. Of course, if you have any questions, leave them in the comments.

January 11, 2018

The Smoothie Bowl I Can't Get Enough Of

Acai smoothie bowl with blueberries, strawberries, granola, chia seeds, and coconut flakes | Janetta LeRose


Every once in awhile I get a real hankering a smoothies or smoothie bowl. Like, that will be all I eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And when I'm out, I can't help but visit my local juice shop and grab a delicious Acai bowl.

January 07, 2018

2018 Planner Set Up & Vision Board

Happy Planner Set Up | Janetta LeRose



Hah-ppyyy New Yearrrrrrr!!  What are your new year goals? For me, I want to procrastinate less and accomplish even more. As a Type-A person, I live and die by the plan. It's what keeps me sane and less anxious. Ever since I was little, I've always kept a planner/agenda. Sounds crazy, but it all started in 1st grade when they handed me my very own agenda to write my homework in. #loveatfirstsight.



Fast forward, I discovered the Erin Condren Life and MAMBI Happy planners. They both combined functionality yet were so adorable and totally customizable.