Sunday Sparkle

Have you guys seen La La Land? I wouldn’t exactly call it my favorite movie (I prefer happy endings), but the story’s so good that I can’t stop thinking about it! Disclaimer: If you don’t want spoilers, stop reading!

 
The whole Sebastian/Ryan Gosling and Mia/Emma Stone romance is what keeps the story nice and juicy, but if you look deeper, I’d say the plot is really more about the triumphs and failures that come with following your passion. What I found interesting is how the lead characters approached what they’re passionate about. Sebastian had the confidence and ego of a “serious” musician—and he refused to compromise without a fight. Why? Probably because he knows his art, he’s excellent at what he does, and he knows it. As for Mia, she flounders. She visibly struggles with the highs, lows, and insecurities that come with being an aspiring actress.

 
So the big question I want to ask you is this: Which character do you find more admirable? Is it the guy who’s unapologetically great at what he does and doesn’t compromise his art? Or the girl who chooses to lay her heart on the line with each audition? For me, it’s Mia’s continuous vulnerability that impressed me. I may not be an aspiring actress, but I know what it feels like to keep putting yourself out there over and over again. Like her, I’ve been hurt, rejected, and have wondered if I’m good enough. Like her, there were times when I would have to give up on something (or someone). And like her, despite the many heartbreaks, I still continue to hope. In myself. In someone else. In just winning at life. Continue reading

You Guys Have To Watch This!

So this video from YouTuber, My Pale Skin, has been going viral…

 
I’m going to be uploading my own YouTube videos soon (subscribe here!), so she’s definitely one of the girls I look up to now. I love that she took control, showed her vulnerability, and proved that you don’t have to be so perfect all the time to be beautiful. I dealt with acne for about a year (and my skin is finally calming down from that), and it was horrible. My breakouts were cystic, and even though they weren’t as severe, my confidence still took quite a hit.

You all know I love talking about real beauty and striving for authenticity—and I want to show you that even beauty girls get skin dilemmas, too.

But I’ve learned that it shouldn’t really matter and you have to rock what you got (even if it’s a monstrous zit) and love yourself no matter what.

There are so many issues now about makeup (wearing too much, wearing too little, wearing none at all). When it comes to beauty, you guys know my rule: If it makes you feel good, do it. There are days when I don’t feel like I need makeup to feel beautiful. There are also days when I want to rock a friggin’ smokey eye, y’know. It’s your face, so go ahead and put on whatever makeup look you want—and don’t feel any shame about that.

That said, I do want to thank each and everyone of my readers for all the love and positivity you’ve sent my way!! Seeing things like this really makes me appreciate you all even more. Whenever someone asks me about my readers, I always say that I have the best, the kindest, the smartest, and the sparkliest readers on the Internet. I’m so happy and grateful that you guys are always so supportive and kind. Let’s continue to leave a sparkly beauty trail wherever we go!

Sending love and sparkles to you all! ♥