Learning to Bloom Where You are Planted

Spring is in full force, and each year it makes me think about personal growth and change. This year in particular I have been reflecting about what it means to bloom where you are planted. To me, learning to bloom where you are planted means learning to come into your own, maintain confidence in who you and find peace with exactly where you are in the current season of life. Today, I want to share with you a few of my latest revelations in hopes that they encourage you to BLOOM!

What to do when you are not where you want to be.

Life is full of ups and downs, and often times God plants us in a place where, frankly we do not want to be planted! When I was fired a few years ago, I was really upset. It was not part of my plan. So what do we do in those situations, when we are pushed in a direction that we don’t want to go?

Stop asking, “Why me?”

Of course, I asked that initially! I felt very confused and blindsided in the moment. But now, in retrospect, there were signs that I missed. After a week or so, I learned to consciously stop focusing on a question I would never get the answer to. I had to learn to accept what happened, even if I was still upset about it.

Focus on the lessons.

Getting fired taught me a lot of things about my work ethic. Most importantly, it taught me that my work does not define me. It was a catalyst that allowed me to find confidence in my skills and to speak up when something was wrong.

I am a firm believer that life is full of lessons, and these lessons should be shared (hence this blog post!). Even when we are planted in a place we do not want to be, there are lessons to learn about ourselves and the people around us. We just have to look for them and open our eyes and hearts to fully understand them.

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Don’t compare yourself to others.

We all know comparison is the thief of joy, but more important than that is remembering that we all have completely different lives. We are unique – through our circumstances, our personalities, our struggles, our weaknesses and our strengths. Some people may have one part of their life in full bloom, while the other part is in disarray. Comparing ourselves to others steals our time and kills our joy. There is no way we can truly bloom when we are comparing ourselves to others. It steals our time and kills our joy. But, if we focus on the good things within us and around us, then we can come into our own and reach a new level of confidence.

Look for a silver lining.

Sure, I was really upset for a couple days. But, I decided to focus on the good that could come out of the situation. I had time to think about what I wanted out of my career, and I had time to do a fun DIY project for our patio that I had continually put off. I took advantage of the time I had at home and I focused on my relationship with Will. For me, the silver lining was that being fired gave me the gift of time.

Now, I have to acknowledge that with some situations, it is much harder to find a silver lining or there appears to be no silver lining. Those are situations when the unthinkable happens, when it feels like we are incapable of ever blooming again.

I had a time in my life when I felt like that. It is something I plan to open up more about soon. But for now, I will say what got me through it was my determination to not have my life defined by that situation. It was not easy at first, but I focused on the good qualities within myself and the good things happening around me.

“Perhaps the reason you are drawn to flowers is not only for their outer beauty, but because they remind you: beautiful things will bloom after the longest seasons of waiting.” – Morgan Harpers Nichols

If you are struggling in the season of life you are in or feeling confused why part of your life is not blooming, do not beat yourself up. Find peace that you have been planted exactly where you are supposed to be. Remember you are strong. You are capable of blooming. And often times, the most beautiful blooms come after the heavies storms.

Cheers!

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My Easy & Natural Everyday Makeup Routine

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Hello friends! I know it’s been a little while, but I have good news — it is confession time! Today I am sharing the products and details behind my easy, natural everyday makeup routine. These are the products I have emptied, used for years, and continue to go through super quickly. For me putting on makeup is an important part of my self-care, but on a typical day I like to opt for a pretty natural look that takes less than 10 minutes tops.

In order to show you the full impact of my everyday makeup routine, I feel like it is necessary to show you guys what I look like without any makeup.

So, here is my au-natural face.

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After, applying here’s what I look like.

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Now, here are the products behind my everyday makeup routine!

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Oil Free

• Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 – Oil Free, Nude

• Cargo HD Picture Perfect Bronzing Powder

• Laura Mercier Eyelid Primer, Flax

L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara

Lorac Alter Ego Lip Gloss, Flower Child

Before applying any makeup, I always wash my face and moisturize (I’ll save my morning skincare/pre-makeup  routine for another post!). Then, the first thing I apply is primer. I love how light this primer is and it really helps my tinted moisturizer go on easily and evenly. Both the Laura Mercier primer and tinted moisturizer last about 9 months for me because a pea-sized amount of product is all you need.

I love that this tinted moisturizer cancels out any redness and evens out my skin tone, while still letting my freckles peek through. With a beauty blender, I place an extra dab of tinted moisturizer under my eyes instead of fooling with a concealer. This method makes the skin a little brighter without feeling heavy or getting cake-y. I think it looks pretty natural!

To give my face a little color and dimension, I brush the CARGO bronzing powder just below my cheeks and sweep it up around my temples and the corners of my forehead. A little bit of this bronzer goes a long way, and it is great for anyone with a fair to medium complexion.

The eyelid primer I use acts like a concealer for the skin above your eyes, and it’s seriously one of my all-time favorite makeup products. You can use it on its own, like I do most days, or use it as a priming base for eyeshadow to go on smoothly. My eyelid skin tends to get a little red, so I love using this primer to conceal it. The flax shade perfectly counteracts any redness.

If I had to pick a single makeup product to live with for the rest of my life, I would pick mascara. I have blonde eyelashes, so I have always felt like mascara totally transforms my face. As a self-proclaimed mascara junkie, I have tried a wide-range of mascaras. But the L’Oreal voluminous waterproof mascara is the one I always go back to for my everyday makeup routine. I love how sturdy the wand is, and the mascara has the right balance of lengthening and thickening power. It never clumps! Some days I use eyeliner to give my eyes an extra pop, too.

Lip gloss is always the final touch to apply as I am walking out the door (or when I’m sitting in that good ‘ole DC traffic!). Lorac’s Alter Ego lip glosses have a really nice texture, and most importantly they aren’t sticky. The amount of pigment is also just right. I have been loving the flower child shade, as it gives a nice punch of color to my otherwise neutral everyday makeup look.

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So there you have it. Overall, I think my (not exactly) everyday makeup routine is pretty quick, easy and natural looking. For a regular day, I like a makeup routine that leaves me feeling like an enhanced version of myself. But, I would love to hear what your everyday makeup routine entails.

Do you have a natural, everyday makeup routine? How often do you wear makeup? Are you a tinted moisturizer girl like me or do you prefer a more full-coverage makeup look? I am curious if you consider applying makeup as part of your self-care routine as well. Share your thoughts in the comments so we can chat.

Cheers!

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The Scoop on a New Electric Toothbrush + Coupon Code!

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Today I’m sharing the scoop on Smile Brilliant’s new Electric Toothbrush, and I am super excited because I have a special deal to share with you! Earlier this year, I tested Smile Brilliant’s at-home teeth whitening kit to ensure I had the brightest pearly whites for my wedding. I was super impressed with my results! So, when Smile Brilliant reached out about trying their new electric toothbrush, I knew I had to check it out. Let’s dive in to my cariPRO™ Electric Toothbrush review and the good news for y’all!

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What’s Inside the cariPRO Electric Toothbrush Individual Package?

I received the individual package for the cariPRO™ Electric Toothbrush, which costs $119 and comes with:

  • 1 cariPRO™ Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush
  • 2 premium replacement heads with tongue scraper & DuPont™ bristles
  • 1 Wireless charging dock

In addition to this package, Smile Brilliant offers a Deluxe Package with 2 more replacement heads at $129 and a Couple’s Package, which is essentially everything in the Individual package times two. The Couple’s Package costs $199.

What Sets it Apart?

After using this electric toothbrush for the past couple weeks, I am still amazed at how clean my teeth feel after brushing. One of my favorite things about the cariPRO is the 2 minute auto-interval timer, which pauses at the end of 30 seconds, signaling you to start brushing the next quadrant of your mouth. This helps ensure you are brushing your teeth evenly and for the right amount of time. Here are a more things that set the cariPRO apart:

  • 40,000 Vibrations per Minute: I think this is a big reason why my teeth feel SO clean after brushing!
  • 5 Brush Modes: Clean, White Massage, Gum Care & SensitiveThe Clean setting was my personal favorite and I enjoyed using the Gum Care mode along my gum line.
  • 30-Day Battery Life
  • Slim and light-weight design with gray soft-touch grip: The design is really good-looking and it cleans easily.
  • Waterproof Design: It is totally safe for shower or bath!
  • Price: Compared to other electric toothbrushes with 5 modes, the cariPRO is about half the price. The replaceable toothbrush heads are also quite reasonably priced.

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For me, the only downside of the cariPRO electric toothbrush has been that there is no travel case. I want to take the toothbrush with me, but have been too nervous that it would get damaged in a suitcase. A hard travel case would be awesome to have, so I hope Smile Brilliant makes them. Other than that, I have loved this toothbrush. There is no way I am going back to a manual one!

Now, it’s time for the BEST news for you!

I have a special code for you to get 50% off your own cariPRO electric toothbrush. That means you can get the Individual Package for $59.50!!

>>> Use Code “scoop50” to Get 50% OFF a New Electric Toothbrush from Smile Brilliant<<<

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I would love to hear what you think. Do you use an electric toothbrush? Have you heard of Smile Brilliant’s new electric toothbrush or have you used their at-home whitening kit? What are your secrets to keeping your teeth clean and white?! Share your thoughts in the comments and let’s chat!

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

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