The Inspiration Behind my Blog and Etsy Shop

Hello beautiful internet people!

I wanted to tell you all a story this evening about the inspiration behind Julia’s Leaps of Faith! There are so many reasons why I started my blog, but the blog it is today is completely different than the blog it began as, and the direction my blog is headed now has a definite backstory I think is important to share! There are two influences that helped me shape Julia’s Leaps of Faith into what it is today, so here we go!

As a child/teenager, I danced a lot at my local studio. I was taking seven classes a week, and to be honest I was no where near my peers in the amount of classes they were enrolled in. Truth is – dance lessons are super expensive, especially for parents of three who are paying for three childrens’ extracurricular activities, sports, and living expenses. I could not afford to dance as much as my peers, but in order to continue dancing as much as I was, I partook in a workstudy program at my studio. I student-taught/assisted classes each week, and I was given an hourly stipend to cut the costs of my monthly tuition (to help my parents pay the bills!).

This definitely helped my parents afford my dance lessons, and all the while I was able to assist my favorite teacher, Miss Sarah, in her ballet classes. Thursdays were the best because I helped Miss Sarah teach for two hours in the evening, and then I took two hours of her advanced class at night. Plus, I would buy us both Dunkin Donuts coffee every week, and in the fall we would delight over our obsession with Dunkin pumpkin coffee (hot with milk and sweetner on the side). See, Miss Sarah was a professional ballerina and always came to class with her hair in a PERFECT French Twist slicked back and pinned, her eyeshadow was flawlessly done, and the colors of her eyeshadow complimented her leotard and ballet skirt, and it complimented her earrings (she wore the prettiest earrings!).

I always admired her eyeshadow and earrings, and I knew when I was the lead dance teacher in the future I was going to try to compose myself in the way Miss Sarah did so gracefully! Miss Sarah also was the only teacher who never waivered in her belief in me to suceed and achieve in dance, and in all of my other endeavors. She is a big reason I am where I am today as a dancer/performer. As you can see, I only have very fond memories of this teacher, and she clearly left a positive impact on me!

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Always leaping!

The same year I began student teaching with Miss Sarah, I also began dancing in my high school’s musical productions! It was the first musical I ever danced in, and I began experimenting with makeup A LOT. I never wore a lot of makeup – a little mascara and blush, but I didn’t wear eyeliner or eyeshadow. But since I was going to be performing on stage as a character, I needed to improve my makeup skills. I bought a Maybelline and a Wet n’ Wild eyeshadow trio, and I began my experimentation! I also tried to mimic the winged liner I saw all of the other dancers wearing!

Thus, this experience catalyzed my obsession with makeup and eyeshadow, and I have not stopped experimenting with makeup or beauty products since. I was 15 when this all began, and now as a 22 year old woman I am so thankful dance and makeup go hand-in-hand, and that I can merge my two favorite obsessions together! ❤

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Talk about a throwback… Here is 15 year old me experimenting with layering white eyeliner on top of my winged black liquid liner. This picture was taken in 2011 (check out my auburn hair!)

I started making makeup because I wanted to have my own makeup collection available to performers and people everywhere who need cruelty-free and quality makeup, whether they need to perform on stage or at their workplace! Doing your makeup makes you feel good, and when you feel good, you shine! I want people to shine and feel as beautiful as they can because they deserve to! And who knows, you may be the person who inspires another young kid to go pursue their dreams and work hard, and to have kick-ass eye makeup while doing it (like Miss Sarah did for me)!

If you would like to purchase any of the makeup I make, or purchase a custom palette, visit my Etsy shop at www.etsy.com/shop/juliasleapsoffaith! The link will direct you to my page.

Xoxo lots of love and positive energy

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Ulta Rewards Birthday Gift for my 22nd!

Hi beautifuls!

Who doesn’t love Ulta Beauty?! I could literally spend hours in the Ulta store testing products, and just staring at all of the beautiful beauty products they sell. What I really love about Ulta is their rewards program, and if you are a rewards member you receive a free “birthday gift” during your birthday month. Last year, I received a beautiful Urban Decay eyeshadow – worth about $18!! It is one of my favorite eyeshadows now, and since it was a full-sized product I still have a lot of it left (even though I use it almost everytime I do my makeup).

Anyway, earlier this month I turned 22, and this year Ulta offered an even cooler gift for those of us born in July! It was a NYX Eyeshadow Palette, that says “Happy Birthday” on it! I’m not sure if the colors in the palette were curated specifically for Ulta for this birthday gift, but I have not seen NYX release a similar palette anytime recently, so I assume it’s a special birthday color mix! It is so gorgeous I just had to share pictures with you all!

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The palette comes with 10 different eyeshadows. They are a mix of shimmers and mattes. Just from the swatches I made, some seem more pigmented and wetter than others, but with a little eyeshadow primer and wetting my eyeshadow brush before I apply them, the color payoff should be great.

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All of these warm-toned reds, oranges, and pinks are my favorite colors to wear, and to be honest, I feel as though those colors are seriously trending across the beauty scene these days. Also, can we just take a look at that taupe in the top right?! UGH so so so pretty! I love this mix of colors so much and I can’t wait to play with it!

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These swatches go from the left to the right (top row, bottom row), and unfortunately you can’t really see the first and the last colors from the palette because they are very flesh-toned. Nonethless, they will make great all-over the lid shadows.

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If you shop at Ulta and are not on their rewards program you should definitely do it! ❤ There are so many perks, and they make sure their rewards members feel special on their birthday!

Xoxo

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Julia’s Leaps of Faith Etsy Shop is Open!

Hi blog readers!

I am so excited to announce my Etsy shop – Julia’s Leaps of Faith – is now open for business! Remember back when I announced I was making my own makeup? (You can read about it here: Leaps of Faith Vegan & Cruelty-Free Homemade Eyeshadow). I have since been testing out different formulas and have sent some to friends and other bloggers (like Dating Through the Distance!) to try my homemade cosmetics, and I’ve received such good feedback! ❤ For this reason, I decided to take the leap and jump into running my own Etsy shop which consists of homemade eyeshadow, custom eye palettes, and soon screen-printed t-shirts! I am very excited about this endeavor as I venture into my first fall without college to worry about! Below are some swatches of colors that are available to purchase right now (more are to come!).

Also available are custom four pan eyeshadow palettes! They are so so so pretty and conveniently sized for travel or in the pocketbook! The colors will be sure to make your eyes pop whether you are performing on stage, on a date, running errands, or hanging with your besties! ❤ Check out some of my images below!

My eyeshadows are pressed in 26mm magnetic pans! The individual pans are selling for $5 individually, and the custom palettes are $20 each with the magnetic palette! 🙂 You can follow this link to check out my Etsy shop: JuliaLeapsofFaith Etsy. All of the eyeshadows are cruelty-free and most are vegan unless they contain carmine and are specified otherwise! 🙂

I hope you all enjoy my shop! I will still be reviewing other makeup, beauty, and dance products on here, but I will be promoting my own brand from time to time too 😉 You can always comment, or DM my Facebook or Instagram if you have any questions about ordering!

Let me know what you all think!

Xoxo

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Christmas Eyeshadow Wishlist

There have been so many makeup releases since Black Friday that I can hardly keep up!! Seriously… and being perpetually broke paying for adult expenses (car maintenance, bills, etc.) I’ve been passing up all of the great deals and amazing new releases. I haven’t purchased eyeshadow in a while because to be honest I need more eyeshadow like I need a hole in my head (meaning I don’t need more eyeshadow), but there are a few I’ve been drooling over, and honestly online window shopping has saved me from spending a sh*t ton of money I don’t have to be spending. So here are the items I’ve been eyeing, that I totally don’t need.

E.l.f. Mad for Matte 2 Palette – $10.00

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Ok this one I’m really excited for. I’ve heard great things about the first Mad for Matte palette, but I already own a lot of the colors in the first version of the palette. This one, however, looks like they are all PERFECT transition shades for any eye look you’re trying to create.. and I really want it! I went to the e.l.f. store in the mall today, and they don’t have it (it’s an online exclusive), and the lady also said they were all sold out of the first one. So there’s that. Out of all of the palettes in this post, I think this one is the only I’d buy right now since it is very budget friendly.

 Colourpop Love Line Quad – $18.00

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This quad is everything!! It is the rusty rose gold, and dusty mauve mix of shades of dreams and I love all of the colors in this collection. I don’t need these colors because I have a lot of colors like these (I own single Colourpop shadows and the Carli Bybel palette which have colors like the ones in this quad), HOWEVER, they are slightly different than the ones I own, and as a makeup addict I really want them. I don’t think I’ll be buying these anytime soon, but I will admire them from afar… away from my debit card.

Colourpop All Nighter Quad – $18.00

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This quad came out the same day as the Love Line quad, and this one is pretty unique in it’s collection of shades. Colourpop doesn’t have another quad with similar shades in it, and I find this quad super functional for everyday natural or neutral eye looks. One I’d probably purchase this quad before I purchased Love Line, but again I will be staying far away from the Colourpop checkout. *Sigh*

Morphe 35F Fall into Frost Palette – $22.99

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Morphe’s beautiful 35F palette… UGH this palette is just amazing. I listed this palette on my fall wishlist post back in September (Fall Makeup Wishlist) – I’ve been eyeing it for a long time. What I love about this palette is the versatility – it’s obviously great for fall and winter color eye looks, but the lighter shades and matte shades can be used for day-to-day looks during the spring and summer. Also, the darker colors can be used to create glam night looks, or the lighter colors for simple natural looks when you’re not feeling up for bold eye makeup. Most of the colors are foiled/frosted, and great for bring some shimmery sunshine to the winter season. This palette is affordable, but for my budget right now I will continue to dote on this palette from behind the screen of my laptop.

These are my top wishes for eyeshadows and like I mentioned, I really don’t need to buy any more eyeshadow (especially when I’m broke), but it’s fun to create wishlists/beauty bucket lists or whatever you want to call your makeup addiction.

A girl can dream ok?

Let me know what makeup releases you’ve purchased or are looking forward to getting for the holidays! ❤

Until next time, Happy Holidays!

Simple Fall Makeup Look ft. the Profusion Cosmetics Treasure Box!

Hello beautiful creatures!

IT IS FINALLY FALL!!! MY FAVORITE SEASON!!! AHHH can you believe it?! I can now indulge in all of my pumpkin spice and salted caramel flavored hot drinks without feeling guilty, and you better believe I’ve already broken out my boots, scarves and flannels. I am a BeautyPro on the Profusion Cosmetics Insider Network, and recently they sent me my second ProBox full of goodies to test and review for you all!

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Contents of my latest ProBox ❤

This box included four full-sized products, and the one I’ve been playing with the most is the Treasure Box! I love the design of this product, and was SO ecstatic to see it in my package. The Treasure Box includes:

  • 35 shade eyeshadow palette
  • 10 lip gloss, 2 face powder
  • 2 blush
  • 1 eyeliner/lip liner pencil- applicator included

I was inspired by the simple fall look with purple lips created by BubzBeauty, the YouTuber. I decided to try my own spin on her look using this kit, and an Ulta Cosmetics Matte Lip Cream in the shade “Allusive”.

Eyes: I used a light brown shade in the Treasure Box and dusted it all over my lids, then I took a neutral sparkling shimmer shade and patted that all over my lids too. I used e.l.f. Expert Liner to wing my eyeliner, and Voluminous mascara by L’Oreal to coat my lashes and make them long!

Brows: Nyx Microbrow Pencil in “Taupe”, Essence Cosmetics Brow Gel in “Browny Brows”

Face: I used Boo Boo Coverup concealer, and Covergirl Liquid foundation as a base. Next, I applied the bronzer in the Profusion Treasure Box to the hollows of my cheeks, and the blush and highlight also from the Treasure box to the apples of my cheeks. I set my makeup with the Essence Cosmetics Matte Setting Powder.

Lips: I finished the look with Ulta’s Matte Lip Cream in the dark purple berry shade “Allusive” to complete my fall look inspired by BubzBeauty

Here is the final result! Check out that highlight!

Final thoughts on Treasure Box: I really enjoy the face products from the Profusion Treasure box. I like the bronzer and blushes a lot! They are very pigmented and stayed on well! Some of the eyeshadows are super pretty, but unfortunately, a lot of the eyeshadows in the Treasure Box are dry and flakey, and don’t stay on well, even with an eyelid primer. The colors I used in this look stayed on well, however. I haven’t tried the lip products in the box yet, but I plan to use them in the near future.

The packaging for the Treasure Box is adorable! It’s a large box with a simple gold cheetah print. Also, the inside lid of the box has a big mirror, though it’s not pictured, and I think this box would look cute on a big vanity. It’s not convenient for traveling, but it’s a one-stop shop for your whole face and your eyes.

I’m interested to keep playing with the Treasure Box and seeing what other fall looks I can create. I’m also excited to try the other products in my ProBox!

What do you think of the look I created? Have you tried the Profusion Treasure Box? Let me know!

Until next time, happy Autumn!!

Xoxo

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