400+ Followers!

Today I hit 400 WordPress Followers! I am so thrilled and excited 400 of you think what I have to say every week is interesting enough to subscribe πŸ™‚ I love my blog, and I love that I have an outlet to share what I do and what I like with the world.

Your support means the world to me, and I am humbled by this number! When I started this blog almost three years ago, I began it as a way for me to creatively express what I wanted to share because I didn’t have another outlet quite like my blog to be able to do it. I didn’t have much of a direction of where I wanted it to go, nor did I know if I was going to continue blogging as much as I have.

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Now in 2018, Julia’s Leaps of Faith is a community-driven blog for people who love dance, dancers who love makeup, people who love beauty, and lovers of life in general. It led to the opening of my Etsy shop, my new-found passion for crocheting, and exposure to a TON of awesome beauty products. I cannot wait to see where my blog leads me, and what other connections I can make through JLoF.

Thank you everyone! I love you guys, and am so happy to be the blogger who can bring you dance and beauty-related content every week!

Love and Light!

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Snow Day JLoF Eyeshadow Look Cruelty-Free Beauty

Hi everybody!

There was a huge Nor’easter here in NJ yesterday (happy spring… not). I decided to play with and showcase some of my homemade makeup! For those that know me and my blog, I LOVE purple and mauve – so I decided to play with some of my purple and mauve toned shades!

Here is the result!

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Gosh I love these shadows so much! Not just because I made them, but because they go on so effortlessly and they stay put! I will list the eyeshadows of mine that I used and where I put them!

So I put a color I do not have up on my Etsy in my crease! I call this shadow Dusty Tulip. This color is a mauve purple with pink undertone and it is so pretty! I will be adding this color to the shop soon! A similar looking color to this that is available to buy right now is called Teacup. Teacup is slightly more pink, but still gorgeous!

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Next I took Introspective, a smokey purple shade, and lightly buffed it into my outer v! Buff and blend to your heart’s content! What is great about Introspective is that it is so buildable and pigmented, so you can build the color to the desired darkness you are looking to achieve!

Next, I added another shade not yet available on my Etsy, a shade called Babydoll, onto the center of my eyelids and the inner corner of my eyes! This color is a white glimmer highlight with a pink undertone! I love it! I am looking to add this color to the shop soon once my next order of mineral makeup materials comes in! You can check out swatches of Babydoll and Dusty Tulip colors in this old post of mineΒ Leaps of Faith Vegan and Cruelty Free Eyeshadows

I then added Dusty Tulip again under my lower lash line, and blended it into Babydoll which I extended from the inner corner to meet the other color under my lashes.

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I hope you all like the look I created, and if you have any questions about the mineral makeup I create and sell, feel free to comment below or send me an email! I will be adding some new colors this weekend hopefully, so if you are interested keep your eyes out for the addition of colors so you can recreate this look! ❀

Thanks for reading! Let me know what you think of the look I created below!

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xoxo

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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 SamplerΒ  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!

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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.

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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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Engagement Story

Hi everyone! Happy New Years Eve!

I am sorry I’ve been so quiet on the blog. The last two weeks, my boyfriend-now-fiance was home for holiday block leave. If you don’t know this already, my fiance is in the military and has been for almost three years now. We have been dating for three years, and on December 14, he proposed to me! It has been a crazy two weeks, but I wanted to tell you all how it happened!

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I’ve always known my fiance because our families have been friends for years. We grew up seeing each other occasionally at his grandmother’s house. I always had a crush on him, but never told him. I live on a lake, so d uring the summer of 2014 he was using the lake to train for the military because his town pool was closed for renovations. I came home from working at a day camp one day that summer, and I saw him for the first time in a couple of years on my dock (handsome as ever BY THE WAY). The next morning, I saw a Facebook friend request from him, and from there the rest is history.

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He decided to propose to me on the dock right where we saw each other before we started dating. His family and my family tricked me into thinking we were just going to dinner, and that we were just going outside to get a quick picture. Turns out, they wanted a picture because he proposed to me! It was so sweet, and it is a day I will always remember!

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I was so excited the day it happened, and now I am even more excited to know I am going to spend my life with my best friend! We spent the last week of his leave looking at some potential venues and gathering prices for different vendors to see roughly how much we have to save for our wedding day. What we are finding out is that weddings, even when done on the cheap, are still super expensive.

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If any of you fellow bloggers and followers have any ideas or hacks to save money for your wedding day, please please PLEASE let me know! ❀ We need and appreciate any and all help and advice we can get! Whenever my fiance and I do decide to start planning a wedding for real, I will definitely be posting wedding planning updates on the blog!

I hope your holidays were spent with your loved ones, and were very merry and bright! Stay safe tonight, and happy New Year! Let’s start 2018 with a positive mindset and plenty of goals!!!

xoxox

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Bye for Now Ipsy Subscritpion

I am so sad to be writing this post. I decided I am going to stop my Ipsy subscription for now. I love Ipsy as a service, and they have great customer service representatives who are always more than willing to help fix any problems. As a whole, the business is an AMAZING one. However, I feel like after a year and 8 months (March 2016-November 2017), I’ve been receiving many of the same products, many products in similar colors they already sent me, products in colors I’ve specified in reviews I did not like, or repeats of products I already own. If you’ve noticed, I’ve stopped reviewing my glambags on here because I have not been very excited about the last few bags I received.

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Furthermore, I feel like I have so many of their little bags that I am actually running out of room in my makeup drawer because of it! I love the little bags because some of them are SO CUTE and perfect to throw in a purse. But the bags are hit or miss. Many times, the designs are strange or not cute and I don’t really have a use for it after I’ve opened it to see all of my products for the month.

Nonetheless, Ipsy has introduced me to many new products I love, which led me to go out and buy full-size versions myself! I am very satisfied with my time as a customer, and like I said I will be back to Ipsy eventually! But for now, a break is much needed.

In the meantime, what are your favorite beauty subscriptions? Do you like Ipsy? Which other one’s should I try?

xoxo

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