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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Throwback Thursday – Nostalgic Toy Blind Bag Unboxing

Hi everyone!

Who remembers Bella Sara trading cards!? I’ve been feeling nostalgic lately, and wanted to take a trip down memory lane by opening blind bags of a toy product I used to love.

I loved this trading card series because of the artwork and positivity it promoted. Bella Sara pre-launched in the United States in 2006 for a trial run, and was launched as a full-time product by Hidden City Games Entertainment in 2007. The cards feature pretty artwork of different magical horses, and an inspirational saying meant to uplift and inspire young girls. The card packs also include codes to redeem online on their website. My best friend Nikki and I used to go NUTS over these cards, and I still have my old collection somewhere up in my attic! I thought it would be really fun to re-visit Bella Sara as an adult, and see what newer series of the cards looked like, and write about it for my blog!

So I bought four packs of cards off of Amazon! Two in the Sunflower series, one in the Royalty series, and one in the Moonfairies series.  I never owned any cards from these collections in the past. Here is what the packaging looks like.


I received five cards in each pack, and each pack also included stickers or temporary tattoos. I love all of the artwork in these, and I will break down the cards I received by pack. Surprisingly, I didn’t get any doubles! Click the images to enlarge them.

Sunflower Series

Royalty Series

Moonfairies Series

These cards are still similar in design to the ones I own from years ago, however, they are upgraded from the card series I owned as a kid. The layout of the card itself is more comprehensive and intricate in design, and instead of having horse codes on each card, they have one code card that is included in each pack (which would make adding them to an online account easier).

What I love about revisiting this toy as an adult is how much I realized these cards impacted me as a kid.  I remember I first bought them in 6th grade (the first year they launched in the USA), and the positive messages were such a good influence for me back then. I struggled a lot through middle school and high school with anxiety and depression, so to have a toy like this when I was just entering adolescence was a strong reminder to stay positive.

I had a lot of fun writing this post, and if you all would like to see more blind bag openings or nostalgic toy posts, comment below! Also, let me know if you ever had these cards as a kid because not many people I’ve met know about them!

Thanks for reading!

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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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Teamoy Crochet Hook/Supplies Organizer

Hello everyone!

If you are a crafter like me, I am sure you like to keep as organized as you can. When dealing with fiber crafts such as crochet and knitting, you not only have to keep track of your yarn, but also your hooks, needles, tapestry needles, measurings tapes, stitch markers, etc.


I found the cutest crochet hook organizer on a while ago, and I’ve been loving, so I wanted to show it to you! For $8.99, you can choose from a variety of patterns! I choose the fair isle with the blue moose print because it is wintery, and the moose are adorable. They also have other cute prints such as owls, elephants, watercolor painting print, and florals!

There are two sections specifically to store your different sized crochet hooks, and three mesh pockets to store literally everything else! I even fit my largest crochet hook in the largest pocket, which is nice because now all of my hooks are in one place!

In the smaller pockets, I store my darning needles and measuring tape, and also my elastic I use to make my crochet bun covers. I used to store all of my crochet supplies in a plastic bag in my yarn box, but all of my supplies would fall out and get lost among the yarn. This canvas wrap helps keep my supplies snug, but separated.


If you’re interested, you can purchase one of these organizers at this link: Teamoy Crochet Hooks Holder. This is not an affiliate link, but the same link I bought mine from to the $8.99 listing on Amazon!


If you are a crafter/crocheter, definitely pick one of these up from Amazon because it is amazing and a life-saver! It’s also small enough to throw in a bag for travel without having to worry about loosing any of the supplies on your journey!

How do you organize your craft supplies? Let me know in the comments if you’ve used one of these before and if you like it!