What’s In My Travel Bag?

Hi Guys!! πŸ˜€

Today’s post is going to be all about what’s in my travel (cosmetic) bag!

I cannot BELIEVE how fast time is flying by, and how close we’re getting to the trip now. T-minus 7 days!! Ahhh we’re so excited, and kind of nervous about it too for some reason.

But anyway, because of how fast the trip is now approaching, I thought it would be fun to share with you guys some of the things (makeup related and otherwise), that I’ll be bringing with me in my travel bag.

Although I consider it more of a cosmetic bag then anything, let’s be real, the place we’re going to will be RIDICULOUSLY hot so I’m really not going to be wearing that much makeup; that being said, I’m also going to be using it to pack other forms of toiletries that I’m going to need over there.

HOWEVER, before we actually talk about the contents WITHIN the bag, let’s talk a little bit about the bag itself….

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The Travel Bag

The name of the brand where I got the bag from is called Beis, and was actually created by actress Shay Mitchell (some of you may predominantly know her as Emily Fields from Pretty Little Liars).

I actually recently stumbled upon this on her page, and I figure why not check out her website since I was going to be traveling soon as well and wanted/needed a nice, decent sized travel bag to hold not only my cosmetics, but possibly other things as well?

Sure enough, when I got on the site they had all sorts of things from duffel bags to back packs, to even cosmetic bags like the one shown below (that I ended up getting).

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I ended up settling on “The Cosmetic Case”. This bag in particular goes for $48, and comes in 2 different colors, beige and black. I decided on beige because it generally matches well with my suitcase too.

I ordered it on the 27th of February, it took about a week to officially ship, and then within 3-4 days I had it in my possession. So generally, it really wasn’t bad of a wait time at all.

I was SO excited when I finally received this in the mail, and also SO surprised at how big/deep it was. I mean it did look pretty spacious in the pictures on the website, but in person is always different, you know?

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Guys, it’s pretty freakin’ big for a makeup bag (in a good way, I’m not at all complaining about it). Plus, as soon as you open it, you see that there’s this part that goes inside the bag that’s meant to hold any and all of your makeup brushes! I won’t be carrying that many brushes, so either I’ll leave that part out of the bag, or I’ll see if I can fit other things in there (see below).

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Another thing that I thought was cool , was the fact that on the other side of where the brushes are held, there’s a little zipper/separate compartment to be able to fit other things. BUT, when you first open it, that compartment is actually holding a FULL-SIZED mirror, and the mirror is pretty good too (see below).

Now, it’s a pretty large-sized mirror, so I don’t know if it’s something I’m actually going to be using and/or needing, BUT it’s always good to have a mirror somewhere in your bag, no?

I’ll leave their site linked here if you guys wanted to check it out, which I 100% recommend that you do!

Now for more of the actual FUN stuff……

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What’s Actually Going In The Bag?!

So, obviously as is in the title of the bag itself (cosmetic case), I’m going to be putting my makeup in there; but as you can see from the size of the bag, it’s big enough that if I pack all my stuff right, I think I’ll be able to fit as much of my general travel-sized toiletries in there as possible as well.

As I said earlier, where we’re going for our trip is going to be ridiculously hot and I won’t be wearing and/or bringing that much makeup, so because of that, I think I’ll start with what makeup I’m going to be bringing.

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* I am well aware that some of these brushes and my beauty blender need to be washed before I go, which I will be doing in the next few days, but I’ve been so busy getting things together that I haven’t really had the time to…*

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Nothing TOO special or different from my day-to-day makeup looks I tend to do, but there are a few new products I’m going to be bringing and trying out while I’m over there *hint hint Fenty Beauty Body Lava πŸ˜‰ *

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In the picture shown above is some of the toiletries and medicines I’m bringing with us. Now, the likelihood that we’re going to be using and/or needing all or ANY of these things are slim, BUT I’d rather be safe then sorry. You really never know what could happen, especially when you go out of the country. I read up a lot on the place we’re going to and many, many people, websites, etc. suggested to bring a lot of these things, so again, rather be safe then sorry.

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And finally, this is what the general bag looks like when it’s completely packed. Obviously not every single thing that I showed before was able to fit, BUT, a good portion of it did which is pretty great in itself; and I didn’t even have any issues zippering it up, so that was a win/win!

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I hope you guys enjoyed this post and are as excited as we are to see how this trip plays out!! I don’t know or think that I will have enough time to put up another post before the trip, and will not be able to post anything until after we get back, so please bare with me.

BUT if you are not following me on social media, be sure to do so to keep up to date with everything we’re up to while on our trip. I’m going to try to post regularly on that. All of my social media information is always shown at the bottom of my posts, as well as linked on the home page of my site.

Let me know if there are any particular posts you guys would want to see in reference to the trip, and I’ll be sure to make them happen! πŸ™‚

As always, thank you guys so much for reading; please follow, like, share and comment and I’ll see you guys when we get back! πŸ˜€

-Xoxo, LeoGirl ❀

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Confidence Is Key

You guys, if there’s any 2 things that I can take away from 2018 thus far, it’s that 1. if you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will and 2. confidence is EVERYTHING.

2 majorly important things, that which are not at all easy to achieve for some. In fact, for some (many…..most?), these 2 things are things that take YEARS to master.

You need to believe in yourself in order for other people to, and not in a “you have to please and/or prove anything” to them type of way, but more of in a “oh he/she is not only serious about what it is they’re doing, but they’re also owning the heck out of it,” sort of way. There’s a major difference.

I’ve learned that doing that (along with your actual work obviously) is going to end up not only attracting more people to you as a person, but also whatever work it is that you’re trying to put out there to the world.

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As I said, I’m fully aware that confidence like this doesn’t happen overnight, in fact, it’s something that may take YEARS for you or anyone to perfect, but that’s okay.

People are going to talk regardless if you’re succeeding or failing at whatever it is that you want to do with your life. There are ALWAYS going to be haters, critics, and people who just generally don’t care about the work you’re putting out into the world. Which, for a long time it’s going to suck to see, but as long as YOU know that you’re working hard and being the best version of you and your work possible, that is ALL that should truly matter.

Although most times it’s easier said than done, you need to do your best to ignore any and all negativity that may be blocking you from doing your best work. Being insecure about putting yourself out there and receiving negative or no feedback at all can be REALLY discouraging, that’s normal, but you can’t just let those feelings take over and win.

Take those feelings and use them as motivation to add fuel to your fire to want to do TEN TIMES better than you were before, because if you keep trying your hardest to put that all aside and putting your best work out there, I promise that slowly but surely you will begin to see results.

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I’m not an expert, and I’m obviously still learning with each day that passes, but I’ve dealt with this SO many times, so speaking from experience, take it from me. I’ve been doing this blogging thing for a little over a year now, and similar to doing YouTube, sometimes it gets REALLY hard, harder than people may think. That’s because there are so many bloggers out here trying to make it and trying to do what I’m doing that it gets discouraging to see sometimes when I don’t get likes, views, comments or followers on my post.

I used to take it SO hard, to the point where it would stop me from wanting to write altogether, and don’t get me wrong, every once in a while it still happens, but after reading various bloggers’ advice/tips on how to see results and get better with your blog, PLUS this book I read (which I’ll speak more about later on) and other things on the internet, I gained my confidence back and learned a few things…

  1. How do I ever expect to achieve a fraction of the dreams/goals I have for myself if I get discouraged and just stop altogether? I told myself that although it may be a little difficult right now, that I knew what I was capable of with my writing and reminded myself about what exactly I wanted to do and get out of this one day.

And 2. Although there may be a lot of people with similar blog themes, topic ideas, etc., no one will EVER have the exact same way of thinking, writing and/or expressing their thoughts as me. Everyone, including myself, is different in how they do things believe it or not. We may all have similar ideas, but we express them in unique ways. NO TWO PEOPLE ARE THE SAME!!

Obviously I specified these examples for my specific case with writing and my blog, but it’s equally the same with any other field as well. It’s all about finding what you’re good at, making yourself stand out from the rest somehow, and just perfecting it from there. It IS do-able!

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I mentioned earlier that there was a book I read that actually REALLY helped me gain some of my confidence back. The name of the book is “YOU ARE A BADASS; HOW TO STOP DOUBTING YOUR GREATNESS AND START LIVING AN AWESOME LIFE,” by: Jen Sincero. It’s actually a pretty popular book, so many of you may already have seen/heard of it before and I’ve actually spoken about it before in my ‘Top 5 Favorite Motivational Books’ post (which I’ll leave linked hereΒ if you guys wanted to check it out), but if you haven’t, I HIGHLY recommend that you pick it up.

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Just based off of the title alone, I think it’s self-explanatory, but it really is a great and super-relatable book. Anyone that’s read it before I’m sure can vouch for that. It’s also not a complicated book at all, in fact, it’s full of quotes, examples and personal stories from the author that really help to break it down for anyone that may be lacking the confidence in themselves to succeed and conquer their dream(s).

I’m attaching the link for you guysΒ hereΒ to be able to purchase it. I also am posting a snippet of it for you guys to determine for sure if you’d be interested and want to actually buy it.

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Rome wasn’t built in a day and hard-work never goes unnoticed (believe it or not). Believe in yourself, keep working hard no matter what and own the shit out of whatever it is that you’re most passionate about and want to do and watch the positive outcome for it happen sooner rather than later.

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I hope this was helpful to someone out there to some extent, if not I hope you at least thought it was an interesting read. Thank you guys so much for taking the time out to actually read my stuff. Please follow, like, share and comment, and I’ll see you guys in my next post!

-Xoxo, Leo Girl ❀

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5 Go-To Apps I Have On My Phone

Hi Guys! Happy hump day! πŸ™‚

For today’s post I thought it would be fun to share with you guys five of my go-to apps that I have on my phone. The apps that I’m going to mention are the ones that I pretty much use daily and/or just generally, that really come in handy to me.

I’m not including any social media ones just because yes obviously I use all of my social media apps/accounts regularly, but they’re not really that important.

Not only are the apps I’m going to mention the ones that I use almost daily, but I also find them (personally) pretty important which I’ll go into detail for why in a bit.

So without further adieu…

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In no particular order:

  1. My Fitness Pal

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I have actually spoken about this app a few times on my blog throughout a few of my fitness posts. Ultimately it’s a great app if you’re into fitness because it allows you to keep track of everything from what you eat throughout the day, to the amount of calories you need to intake, to how many steps you’ve taken in a day, your weight, etc.

I highly recommend downloading this app ESPECIALLY if you’re just starting your fitness journey because it’s a great place to keep track of everything like this in one specific place.

2. Eternal Sunshine

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I don’t really know or remember how I came across this app, but I am SO glad that I did. It’s just a really great motivational app. If you happen to have and/or just know of the app called A Sprinkle of Jesus, I think it’s pretty similar to that. Every day, at least 3-4 times a day, I get notifications for inspirational/motivational quotes, daily mantras to tell myself in order to get motivated about other things, etc.

I never realized how much I needed this app until I finally got it and saw the kind of notifications I was getting from it. 10/10 recommend if you’re looking for motivation every now and then.

3. Citizen

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If you’re anything like me and happen to get anxiety fairly quickly, this might not be the best app for you. However, I do have it just because as much as I may dislike the notifications I get from it all the time, I do also like to be in the know and aware of things that are going on around me.

Ultimately it’s an app that if you put in some credentials for yourself and the area you live in, it’ll update you on and any all crime that happens to be going on in the general vicinity. Everything from serious stuff like murders, to much less serious stuff like 2 people simply fighting in the area. It also allows you to chat with other people in the same vicinity that may have other details about what’s going in that incident, as well as post any possible pictures/videos of any incidences that occurred.

4. Retail-Me-Not

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If you happen to go out shopping a lot, and especially look for coupons/discounts while doing it, I sincerely hope and recommend that you download this app. It is perfect for finding deals that may be going on in particular store favorites of yours.

I’m not exactly sure how many stores that they include in this and how they go about choosing the people/stores they want apart of it, but once you get into the app, it allows you to search for particular stores that you want and show if there are any deals and discounts going on in that store currently or online.

5. And finally, WordPress

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Surprised? You shouldn’t be. If you happen to have a blog and use this particular site for it, this is the perfect app to have on your phone. It’s literally just a handle-held version of the site. You can check all of your stats, start and/or edit blog posts, etc. It’s super convenient especially if for whatever reason I happen to be wanting to publish a post, but am not around a computer, I can just do it right there and then on the app.

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I hope this was helpful to you guys in some type of way. Leave me a comment down below or on my social media accounts about some of YOUR go-to apps you have on your phone and I’ll be sure to check them out!

I hope you guys enjoyed this post, thanks so much for reading and I’ll see you guys in the next one πŸ™‚

-Xoxo, Leo Girl ❀

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