The Blogger Recognition Award

Thank you to My Little Wild Life for nomination me for the Blogger Recognition Award! I haven’t been nominated for one of these awards in a while, so it means a lot to me to have readers who enjoy my content and think it is worthy of recognition! Thank you to all who read my blog, and enjoy what I post enough to keep reading. 

Rules for Acceptance of Nomination

  • Thank the blogger that nominated you.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

How did Your Blog Begin?

Julia’s Leaps of Faith was born in June of 2015 when my now-ex boyfriend joined the army. It began as a safe space for me to write about my frustrations and experiences with the military and long-distance dating, while being a full-time college student completing two majors, who was also working part-time. Eventually, I began posting about other topics, including beauty, which I soon realized was the category most visited by my readers. I changed my blog from a “MilSO” blog, to a beauty blog, and received great response to the change. As college grew busier, I took some time away from WordPress to focus on my studies.

Finally, I graduated college in 2017 and decided I wanted to devote most of my blogging to my experience in the performing arts industry, with the occasional post about great beauty products, and healthy recipes. Julia’s Leaps of Faith is now a beauty, dance, and lifestyle blog dedicated to the authentic relaying of my experiences navigating the NYC dance scene, and promoting a healthy, active lifestyle.

Advice to New Bloggers

My biggest piece of advice is write from your heart, and write about topics you enjoy. I know my readers enjoy beauty posts, but right now my focus is on dance and healthy lifestyle, and I genuinely enjoy putting out content about those topics. There was a point in my blogging history where I grew very bored with topics about dating in the military and topics about beauty products because my content started to feel redundant and bland. I felt like I needed to only write about what I thought people wanted to read. Now, I keep my readers interest’s in mind, however, I only post about things I feel passionately for. It keeps blogging from becoming a chore, and it keeps me motivated to continue updating my feed.

Keep your content unique to you and your personality. Your blog will find it’s niche naturally as time progresses. I would say my blog is FAR from a MilSO blog anymore, and I am incredibly happy I didn’t continue trying to only cater to military significant others. Also, don’t be discouraged if you do not gain a quick following. You should blog for you, and the followers will come if you are persistent and write passionately.

New Nominees

I nominate:

  1. Away We Run She was one of my first followers/blogger acquaintances on WordPress, and I really enjoy her posts!
  2. Jenny in Neverland
  3. A Beautiful Thing
  4. Always, Cleia
  5. Bee Beauty
  6. Kirsty Jarvie
  7. Coastal Crochet
  8. The Dorky French
  9. Beccap Beauty
  10. What’s on Mimi’s Mind
  11. Charlotte’s Makeup Blog
  12. Paige Alicia Beauty

Right now I only have 12 nominations, but I will be adding the final three once I do some more reading on my WordPress reader. Thanks again to My Little Wild Life for nominating me! It’s so nice to have bloggers suppot each other and what we love to do – write!

xoxo

New Twitter Account

Hello WordPress loves! Real quick, I just wanted to let you all know that I made a Twitter account for my blog. I am fairly new to Twitter, so if you guys want, you can hit my little Twitter icon and follow me! I’m not sure exactly how to work Twitter, but if you want to communicate with me now you can also do it through tweet! 🙂 Click my little birdie icon, or follow me here: JLoFblog Twitter

Also, if you guys know any cool things you can do with the Twitter app, or with a Twitter account, comment on here and let me know!

Over 100 Followers!

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I am overwhelmed with the amount of support JLoF has received in the last few months. From a handful of friendly follows, to a whole community of amazing writers, I’m thrilled to be a part of your daily dose of blog reading! Thank you so much for all of the love and support you’ve given me and my little blog! I can’t wait to see it continue to change and grow, & I’m so happy you all will be with me along this journey. Much love and happiness to you all Leaps readers!

Xoxoxo
Julia

e.l.f. Lipstick Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! I hope you are having as splendid of a night as I am having! Not only did I find out today I earned all A’s and A-‘s for the fall semester, I was nominated for the Liebster Award! You can see my previous post for all of the information about that 🙂 I am feeling really happy today, and I wanted to swatch all three of the e.l.f. lipsticks I received for Christmas from my Black Friday haul, and show you how pretty these colors are!

I ordered two Moisturizing lipsticks, and I received the Ultra Matte Lip Color stick for free (it was part of their Black Friday week special).

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Marsala Blush and Southern Belle are the two Moisturizing lipsticks, and Rich Red is the Ultra Matte Lip Color.

I am pleasantly surprised with the quality of these lipsticks from e.l.f.. e.l.f. is such an affordable brand, so sometime I am skeptic of how well some of their products will work. There have been some items that have not worked well for me that I ordered during Black Friday week, but others are wonderful. These lipsticks happen to be part of the wonderful category!

Marsala Blush is easily my new favorite shade! It is a rosy, mauve color with cool undertones, and is subtle enough to wear it looks really natural on my lips, but adds just enough color for people who see it to assume I am probably wearing lipstick. It looks pretty with any eyeshadow combinations I’ve done since receiving the lipstick, and it stays on pretty well. Not to mention is smells amazing, and makes your lips super soft and kissable!

Southern Belle is another Moisturizing Lipstick that I love! This color is a little more orange than Marsala Blush, and it looks really nice when I am want to rock a lip with warmer undertones. It is still subtle enough to wear everyday, and it also smells amazing and leaves my lips super soft instead of dried out!

Rich Red is a beautiful shade of red. In my New Years Eve Makeup post, I wore this shade to my friend’s New Years Eve party! I love this color! It is a little hard to apply (it takes a little extra pressure than normal lipstick), but it stayed on rather well throughout the party. It doesn’t last as long as the ColourPop lippies or Ultra Mattes do, but it was still a great shade for the holiday! The pencil tip is thin enough to wear I could also use this as a lip liner as well! I will experiment with that when I have a few dance performances during the spring semester!

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Just wanted to display the sleek packaging and this cute photo of my boyfriend and I 🙂

The packaging for these lipsticks is super sleek and easy to carry around. I recommend these three shades if you are looking to try some of e.l.f.’s lip colors!

Liebster Award Nomination!

The Liebster Award:
I was nominated for the Liebster Award by https://hisfirstmate.wordpress.com/. Thank you so much to this beautiful girl! Definitely check out her blog if you can!

WHAT IS A LIEBSTER AWARD?

A Liebster Award is a new-comer award given by bloggers to other bloggers, it creates a great platform for new blogs to be discovered and build communications. The best thing about this award is, it creates a lot of encouragement and support within our blogging community.

WHAT ARE THE LIEBSTER AWARD RULES?

By accepting this award I am committing to the following:

1. Thank and Tag the person who nominated you.
2. Answer 11 questions asked by your nominator.
3. Nominate 11 bloggers.
4. Create 11 questions for your 11 chosen bloggers.
5. Notify them so through social media.

Questions:

1. What is your favorite food??

I love chopped salads! Especially with chicken or tuna, lo mein noodles, mandarin oranges, provolone, slivered carrots, and cucumbers! Or a southwest chopped salad with chicken, avocado, tortilla strips, corn, chopped tomatoes, and southwest ranch dressing!

2. What are you most afraid of?? 

I’m most afraid of being alone and losing my loved ones.

3. Describe a good memory that you have?

Hmm, I have so many wonderful memories I love reminiscing on! I’d have to say, a good memory I have is the day I auditioned for the dance program at my school and made it, and was offered a large scholarship (it was instant decision with the professors if they wanted you in or not). I remember stopping at my grandma and grandpa’s house with my mom afterwards and eating a great dinner my grandma prepared. It was cold outside since it was December, but it was warm in their house, and I sat there eating and thinking, “Wow, I did it! I made it into my top school!”.

4. What is the best place you have been on vacation to?

Oh my, well this is a tough one! I traveled to Disney World and Puerto Rico this year and LOVED both of those trips so much! I’ve been on some great vacations with my family over the years, but I’d have to tie my favorite destinations with Puerto Rico, and the Oahu island of Hawaii!

5. What is your favorite song?

I’d have to say one of my all-time favorite songs will have to be Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, but I love a lot of Hozier’s music as well!

6. What are your hobbies?

I love dancing, blogging, and scrapbooking! I am an avid scrapbooker. I am always working on my Smashbook, a new scrapbook, or a shadow box 🙂

7. Where is your favorite place to shop?

For clothes, I love Garage clothing, Aerie, and Kohl’s. For makeup, I love elfcosmetics.com, ColourPop.com, and Ulta.com.

8. Describe the worst date you’ve ever been on.

Oh geez. I haven’t dated many guys, but I remember this one guy randomly added me on Facebook when I was 16. We had no mutual friends, and he did MMA style fighting. He had a lot of scars on his face, and his initials were literally K.K.K. (yikes! I know, I wish I was joking!). So he asked me one day to go to the movies, and I agreed because he was nice enough and I thought I’d give him a chance. Well turns out through the whole movie he awkwardly tried touching my arm, legs, and holding my hand, and then walked me to my car and kept trying to kiss me even when I pulled away. It was awful. That was the end of that. I defriended him on Facebook a year later, but he re-requested me just a few months ago! Uhm, can we all say CREEPY?!?!

9. What’s your favorite color?

Purple!! Green is a close second.

10. What is your favorite TV show?

I love Game of Thrones!! I am so addicted, and want to start reading the books. I also love American Horror story, but this past season was such a dud.

11. Who is the person you go to for advice and why?

I go to my mom and dad, my sister, and my friends Kelsie and Jessie. They all have good insight on different things I am going through or obstacles I am facing, and they keep me level-headed and calm.

I nominate:

  1. polaroidkisses.wordpress.com
  2. awaywerun.com
  3. paigealiciabeauty.com
  4. thedreamsofadancer.wordpress.com
  5. halfagonyhalfhopeblog.wordpress.com
  6. lifeoflawry.com
  7. elenarasbear.wordpress.com
  8. smellymellyx.wordpress.com
  9. perksofbeingleahblog.wordpress.com
  10. lipstickdreamsblog.wordpress.com
  11. littlebeautyblog.wordpress.com

My questions for you:

  1. What is your favorite book and magazine to read?
  2. What is one beauty product you could not live without?
  3. Who is your biggest inspiration or role model?
  4. Where do you want to travel to one day? (Dream vacation)
  5. If you could live in a decade other than the one you are living in right now for a week, which one would you live in and why?
  6. What is your favorite dessert?
  7. Do you have any siblings? How many?
  8. What is the last thing you had to drink?
  9. What is your dream occupation?
  10. If you were offered to travel in a spaceship for a year and were guaranteed complete safety and health, but had to sacrifice all contact with your friends and family on earth for that year, would you do it and why?
  11. What is/was your favorite academic subject to study?

Happy blogging beauties! ❤