Dance Teacher Makeup Routine

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Today I’m showing you the kind of makeup I wear to teach. On the rare occasion I actually have time to do makeup before work, this is my go-to everyday routine. See, I never like to look dishevelled because I like to maintain looking polished and as professional as I can for my students and their parents. Sometimes it is hard when I go to work right from rehearsal in the morning, but regardless this is my go-to everyday teaching makeup!


So I start my makeup by prepping my face with the e.l.f. cosmetics Daily Hydration Moisturizer, and some serum for my skin. Then I apply a light amount of either the e.l.f. Acne Fighting Foundation in the shade Porcelain, or the It Cosmetics CC+ Cream in the shade Light.

Next, I shape and fill my brows in with the It Cosmetics Brow Power in the shade Taupe, fill and define them with the Chella Beauty eyebrow cream in the color Taupe, and set them with the Essence Cosmetics Soft Browny Brows eyebrow gel.


I then massage the e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Cream Blush all over my lids to give my eyes a youthful, awake, and peachy glow! I LOVE using the Beautifully Bare blush for this because I ALWAYS get compliments on my eye makeup – plus the color stays on ALL DAY!

Lately, I’ve been using the It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara in the color Super Black for my lashes, which is what I used in this look!


I add Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay Blush in the shade Fiesty to my cheeks, and blend the blush down with my Ciate London Bamboo Bronzer in the shade Palm Island.

Finally, I add my lip color! Pictured here is one of the Sephora Lip Stories #22 in the shade A Little Magic! To finish, I set my face with the Morphe Setting Spray.


I love this look because I am polished without having a heavy face of makeup on! Both foundations I use don’t clog my pores or make me break out, so they are great for teaching/being sweaty!

How do you like this look? 🙂 It has been my favorite recently, even to wear everyday when I am not teaching! Let me know what you think of it in the comments! How much makeup do you wear to work? What is your work beauty routine?


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March Trip to North Carolina!

Hello beautiful readers!

I am sorry my blog was quiet over the weekend – I visited my fiance down in North Carolina! I didn’t bring my computer because I wanted to be able to focus on my fiance while I was away. Nonetheless, I wanted to tell you all a little about my trip and the fun I had.

I was supposed to arrive early morning Friday, but due to winter storm Riley, I left Thursday morning and arrived in Raleigh early to beat the storm. My fiance picked me up after he got off of work, we picked up a rental car, and drove to his place to stay the night.


Our hotel accomodations were for Friday, so on our way to the hotel the next afternoon we stopped in Southern Pines, NC for lunch and ice cream. There is a beautiful old railroad that runs through the center of Southern Pines, so of course I saw the opportunity for a photoshoot. 🙂


On Saturday, I guest taught at a dance studio in Fuquay-Varina. I had a really great time, and the children and parents seemed to really enjoy me and my classes. After teaching, we stopped at an apartment complex we are thinking of moving into to get on the waitlist. We then headed over to a wedding venue for a tour. After the tour, we went back to the hotel to shower and get dressed to get ready to go out on the town for the night!

Sunday morning, we had brunch and toured another wedding venue! This location was in downtown Raleigh. I saw another opportunity for a fun photo, so of course, I went ahead and did something dance-y for a fun picture. It helps that Raleigh has a lot of aesthetically pleasing backdrops all over the city! We ate at a great Italian restaurant that night – which is the first time in two years we have found good Italian food in NC!


I flew home early Monday morning, and I am so sad my weekend with my love is already over. I can’t wait to see him again next month, and hopefully I will be seeing him a lot over the summer since I will be attending the American Dance Festival!

What are your favorite spots in NC? Is there any place my fiance and I should visit that you love?! Let me know!

Thanks for reading!

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Fundraising my Way to the American Dance Festival

Hello everyone!

As you all know, I attended the American Dance Festival last year for the Dance Professionals Workshop. See American Dance Festival Dance Professionals Workshop Sampler  for more on my experience in summer 2017!

This year, I am planning to attend the whole six week school, and I am waiting to hear back about completing work study while I am there to help mitigate costs of tuition. While I wait to hear back if I received scholarship money or not, I am trying to fundraise myself by selling my crochet bun covers that are available for purchase on my Etsy!


From now until May 1, any and all proceeds from my Etsy will go directly toward my tuition for the American Dance Festival. Completing the six week school at ADF has been something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, and now that this life goal is now tangible, I really REALLY want to be able to go!! Any purchase big or small will help me afford the costs of tuition.

Studying at ADF for the summer will not only refine and expand my technical and artistic abilities, but it will also help me better serve my students and community as an dance educator.

Remember y’all, I also sell homemade makeup if you’re interested in trying one or a few of my own hand-pressed mica eyeshadows! Proceeds from any of my Etsy transactions will go towards my tuition balance.


The link below will lead you directly to my Etsy shop if you’re interested in purchasing anything and helping me fund my summer at ADF.

Julia’s Leaps of Faith Etsy Shop

Thank you so much for your time!

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Why You’re More than a “Military Spouse”

Good morning everybody! Today I want to discuss something I believe deeply that I feel military spouses of all kinds need to think about.

I actually do not like the label “military spouse”. For as many reasons I can find to why it is beneficial, there are just as many I can think of to why it is not. I think the term “military spouse” gives partners of military service members a sense of community. It provides a network of people who share similar struggles, and a support system of people who understand military lifestyle. For these reasons, the term is good.


HOWEVER. I think a lot of military spouses (women in particular), find the need to identify as a “military spouse”, and that alone. Their identity rests in their husband or wife’s accomplishments and career goals, and they forget about their own. Now, I am in NO WAY saying we should not whole-heartedly support them. Soldiers need our support, especially from their families and spouses. Nonetheless, I don’t believe significant other’s must “identify” as a “military spouse” because I think it takes away our own goals, accomplishments, and at the core – our own identity.

I will speak about military wives in particular since I will be one in the somewhat near future. How many times a week, or even a day, do we see military significant other’s posting on social media about their husband’s job or how hard it is to be in a relationship with someone in the military? As proud of our spouses as we are, and as hard as our relationships are and can be, why are these areas the primary focus of military spouse conversation? Why can’t we discuss our own dreams and career goals, and help each other meet them, instead of focusing all of our energy on our partner’s career? How many times a week do we see military service members posting socially about how proud they are of something their wife or partner has accomplished?


I can’t speak on behalf of any other relationship, however, I see more military wives and girlfriends posting about their husband’s career more than their own career, accomplishments, or success. I feel like in 2018, military significant others need to start taking responsibility for their own success and career, and stop living vicariously through their partner’s accomplishments. Don’t think being a military spouse is the sole reason you were put on this Earth, and the only accomplished title you can have during your partner’s term of service.

Embrace who YOU ARE, your UNIQUENESS, and your PURPOSE. Yes, you are technically a military spouse (we all are), but THAT IS NOT YOUR LIMIT. I am so sick of seeing women settle for just their milspouse title, and I see it in women from all walks of life. Your goals are not unrealistic, and just because your partner is living their dream doesn’t mean you can’t live yours.

There are some factors that are discouraging. If you choose to live with your partner, and you are stationed in Guam or Diego Garcia, or even in Rota Spain, yes that makes accomplishing your dreams more difficult. If you choose to live apart from your partner, it makes the dreams you want to accomplish with your partner more difficult, or relishing in your personal victories difficult because your partner isn’t there to celebrate. But we can choose to look at this lifestyle negatively or positively. If there is a will, there is a way, and no amount of distance and no location can stop you from working towards some sort of goal you have! As long as you are proud of yourself and the work you do, you can be proud of the identity you’ve created, and stop settling for your partner’s identity.


Let me be clear and also state that this is not the case with every military couple! There are plenty of successful military spouses who have partner’s who are very supportive and proud of them. And not every woman spouse I’ve met or known thinks this way or is this way. But there is a large majority who do, and I think it’s time to speak on it.

Stop settling for less and chase after more. For example, my career goals are just as varied an unpredictable as my fiance’s, but we support each other even though it means it makes our lives more difficult. As a dancer, professional work is not guaranteed, and I have to audition for jobs that could take me to a new state, take me on a cruise line for 9 months, or keep me in the NYC area and away from my partner. My personal sentiments are if I don’t give myself a fair shot in this lifetime, when will I ever give myself the time to flourish? And if your partner doesn’t support your goals and dreams, then that is something else to think about too.

To wrap this up, it all boils down to knowing the difference between unconditional love and support for your partner and their job, and identifying yourself with your partner’s job. Be supportive of each other, love each other, and embrace who you are because it is just as IMPORTANT AND SPECIAL as your partner’s identity. Set goals, crush them, and be proud of YOU!

Until next time, xoxo

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QALO Silicone Engagement Ring

Hello Leaps readers, how are you on this drizzly Sunday?

Today I am reviewing the pink silicone QALO ring my fiance bought me. If you don’t know what QALO is, it is a brand that manufactures silicone engagement and wedding bands for couples who are active and who don’t want to let their daily activities ruin their regular engagement and wedding bands.


The brand’s name means Quality, Athletics, Love, and Outdoors. These rings are ideal for people in professions that utilize weapons, (such as military or police force), for people in active lifestyle and fitness professions (dancers, athletes, coaches), and for people who love to spend time adventuring outdoors (hiking, camping, international traveling, etc.).


I dance and teach over 30 hours a week, so I don’t like to wear my beautiful engagement ring everyday since there is always the threat of it being scratched or damaged from the work I do. So for Valentine’s day babe bought me the cutest ring from QALO! We picked out a cute “stackable” ring which is thinner than the QALO wedding band design. These stackable rings are designed to mimic the look of an engagement band, and to wear these stackable rings with the QALO wedding band (which is thicker and wider).


The package comes with a cute neoprene bag. Each ring has a corresponding bag in a different color (mine happened to be rose gold <3), and the ring itself is in a small plastic bag within the neoprene case. Also included in your package are coupons for 20% off your next order, a ring size guide, and QALO stickers.


The ring is obviously not as stunning as the sparkler my man gave me when he proposed, but it is a cute and fun way to celebrate our engagement while I’m at work, dancing, teaching, and auditioning! I wore this baby all day yesterday, and actually slept in it, and it is super comfortable. My regular engagement ring is a size 5.75, but online the QALO size 6 looked really tiny. The website recommends you size up so I ordered a QALO size 7. It moves a little bit on my finger, however, I love the size 7 because it is not squeezing or suffocating my finger. Definitely size up if you order from them!

I hope you enjoyed this post, and let me know in the comments below if you have a QALO ring and what you think of it!! Mine is going to be amazing for my work demands! ❤

Happy Sunday everyone, and happy engagement!

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