When I learned the The Body Shop revealed their limited edition Smoky Poppy range, I was instantly intrigued. I'm not really a floral girl but there are certain flora that catch my attention and among them is the Poppy. With that said, trying this range was a no-brainer and I'm glad I did because I love it. The scent has a hint of sweet (definitely not too flowery) warmed by smoky, subtle musky undertones. It smells like all-around sexy.
For years, I've been raving on and on about BB Creams and how awesome they are for beauty novices and aficionados alike. They offer an all-in-one solution to girls who either don't know how or don't have lots of time to spare applying layers of makeup.
I rave on and on about my Smashbox because I love it so but this time around I wanted to give Iman Cosmetics a try and my first choice from the line was the BB Cream. For starters, I won't claim that I'm raving in love with it but it does a pretty good job of evening my skintone. And sometimes, that's all a girl wants is to look even and pretty without looking like she's wearing heavy makeup.
Can I just have a moment to take a sigh of relief? *long sigh*
Well, it had to be done. It had been almost 3 years since I've had my undercut and I'd been growing it out ever since. I'd said previously that I wasn't going to cut the top but after some unforeseen circumstances causing my hair to shed like crazy, I ended up having to cut it. And considering the amount of shedding, I had no real choice in the matter unless I wanted to walk around looking like Smeagol from Lord of the Rings.
Can you believe it's been a full year since I posted my last Music Love? I can't! I'm always discovering music that I find fascinating and whether it's new or not to most, it's new to me...this means my blog should at least be filled up with at least 30-plus "Music Loves" by now. Looks like I've certainly got my work cut out for me.
I'm going to kick things off again by introducing you to my newest musical love, Ella Eyre--that is, if you didn't already know this beauty. Ms. Eyre's raspy-velvet voice came booming through our speakers with a cadence reminiscent of the late, great Amy Winehouse and I was immediately taken.
Ella is an artist hailing from the UK and released an EP this past November. It hasn't been announced yet whether or when she'll be releasing a full album. Here are few of her tunes for you to check out.
Happy New Year! I hope 2015 is starting wonderfully for you all! As for me, it's starting great and I kicked off the new year with an awesome photo shoot on the 1st. I've been editing away late at night and I'm just about done so if you'd like to see the photos (and I've already posted a sneak peek), like my facebook page: Veronica Campell Portrait. I'll be posting more of the photos as soon and I'm finished.
With all that out of the way, with my first blog post of the year I wanted to share an on-point article written by Sydney McBride, 15 Things to Stop Doing in 2015.
1. Stop showing and telling everything to everyone.
The world does not need to know your every move; leave some things to the imagination. Mystery is good.
2. Stop comparing yourself to others.
What you see is NOT what you get, or even what the true reality of a situation is. We all spend way too much of our time comparing our lives to others; yet, we all forget that the pictures we see of others on Instagram and Facebook are simply highlights of their lives.
They aren’t the everyday; they aren’t the struggle; they aren’t the bad hair day. They are the edited, Photoshopped and posed highlight reel of a momentary highlight of someone else’s life.
3. Stop worrying about what others think of you.
People will judge you regardless of what you do, so do what you want. There’s nothing wrong with walking your own journey on a path you create.
You don’t have to do, like or want the things that other people try, love or desire. Start that blog, write that article or wear that outfit about which you’ve been hesitant. In the great words of Kid Cudi, “They gon’ judge me anyway, so whatever.”
4. Stop waiting.
If you don’t take the chance or risk it all now… when will you? Time will always be hard to find. Start now and go after what you want, or wait for later and hope that later isn’t too late.
5. Stop doubting.
If you have an idea or feeling that keeps coming back to you, make it happen. When an idea keeps coming back, it’s for a reason. Take action and follow the ideas that flood your mind. Million-dollar ideas are a dime a dozen, but it’s only one in a million who follow through with their ideas.
6. Stop being a stranger.
We’re all in this together. When you give the world the best you have, the best comes back to you. Be good to people. Popularity fades, kindness does not.
7. Stop feeling sorry for yourself.
You are not a victim; it’s time to get out of your own way. If you find yourself constantly surrounded by drama, you are the one enabling it.
You will never be able to control what others do; however, you are in full control of how you react. Realize that you can overcome hard times. Instead of attending your own pity party, you can accept the fact that only you can change your thoughts and experiences.
You have the power to control your feelings.
8. Stop standing in your own way.
The thoughts in your head about yourself and your situation really do affect your life. Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t reside in-between your own ears.
Follow your intuition and learn that nothing that lasts is started through force. If you have to force it, leave it behind.