Happy New Year and a Whole30 Challenge!

Hello lovelies,

I took some time away from writing the last few weeks to focus on my family, friends, and the holidays. The end of the year is always so hectic, as is the beginning of the next one. I am preparing to hit the ground running this January with classes, auditions, adventures, a new job, and new experiences, and there is not a lot of time for me to relax it seems!

Anyway, I had a lovely Christmas, and for my family this was the first Christmas that actually felt like a true Christmas in a long time. It was just my family, my siblings’ significant others, and my grandma, and it was perfect. We ate delicious food (some of which I prepared), including home made ginger bread I made with my dad. I received some very generous presents, some of which I am going to review on here hopefully sometime this month. ๐Ÿ™‚

I loved my makeup on Christmas Day! My aunt’s boyfriend even complimented me on it.

I spent New Years Eve running around Manhattan and NYC with some friends who live there. I had a great time, and it was my first time spending New Year’s Eve in NYC since 2005 when my family went in to see the ball drop! I met some friends (old and new) at an Indian restaurant, and then we took a cab over to Industry City in Brooklyn for a NYE party!

I actually had to teach fitness this morning. I wasn’t drinking much last night because I knew I was going to be up late and had to be functional for work, but I still had a great time, made it to work on time, and did my job well! I also was kissed at midnight for the first time in a few years, and it meant a lot to me. So if last night/early this morning is any indication with how the rest of 2019 is going to go, count me in for ALL OF IT.

Top 9 Instagram posts from 2018 @julias_leaps_of_faith

My last/newest endeavor is today I began the Whole30 challenge. It is basically a dietary plan that cuts out all anti-inflammatory foods as a “reset” to your body, taste buds, cravings, etc. No dairy, wheat/grains, corn, seeds, legumes, processed sugar, artificial sugars, and alcohol. Basically what foods are “approved” are lean meats, veggies, fruits, tree nuts, and potatoes. I am not following this diet verbatim because I am very active, and I do need some grain carbohydrates throughout the day just to keep my energy levels up. However, I will be doing a check in with this after the month is over to see how I feel, and see how I did!

I am so thrilled 2018 is FINALLY behind me. There were a lot of amazing memories in 2018 that overshadowed a lot of darkness, so I am grateful for all of the change and growth 2018 brought me. Now, however, I am prepared for a bountiful 2019 where I hope to see some pay off with all of the seeds I’ve planted and watered in 2018. 2019 Julia is determined, better trained, more confident, and more self-aware, and I look forward to what’s to come.

xoxo

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New Years Eve Makeup

I know this is a day late, but I wanted to share with you all the products I used for my makeup on New Years Eve. This year, my best friend threw a giant party at his house, so my brother, my boyfriend, and my boyfriend’s brother went to his house to bring in 2016! I was excited to do my makeup for the holiday because I used my new makeup I received for Christmas.

I wore a thin, pink sweater I bought at the store I work at, so naturally I painted my eyes in shades of pink! I used ColourPop’s Puppy Love all over my lid, and ColourPop’s 3 on the outer corner. Puppy Love is a pearlized finish, and 3 is metallic so it has a lot of pretty glitter in it! Then I used glitterati in the corners of my eyes and under my brow bone. This is a similar eye look to the one I wore throughout my Disney Trip! Also,ย I’ve not been using any liquid liner the last two weeks, and I really like the way my makeup turns out when I don’t use the liquid eyeliner.

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Puppy Love is on the left, 3 is on the right. As you can tell, I’ve gotten a lot of use out of these two shadows in the last three weeks!

For my brows, I’ve been using the e.l.f. brow stick in light/ivory. This product I received for Christmas from my Black Friday haul. It works so well, and I like using the pencil a lot better than filling my brows in with a powder like I’ve been doing. I use the ivory color to lift under my brows, and to highlight on top.

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This is a bad picture, but it’s a dual-ended stick. The filler side (darker color) is the right side, and the highlight side (ivory color) is on the left.

To finish off the look, I used e.l.f. Setting Spray and their Matte Lip Color in Rich Red. These two products I also received for Christmas from part of my Black Friday haul. I’ve read some reviews saying the setting spray is good, and others that say it is bad. I have to say, this is the first setting spray I’ve used, and it worked really well for me. I fell asleep on NYE and woke up the next day, and my makeup still looked good. As long as you hold the spray away from your face a full arm’s length, it mists nicely. My face was a little wet for about a minute, but it dried soon and it made my face look dewy and my makeup look fresh.

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e.l.f. Setting Spray in clear, and Matte Lip Color in Rich Red

With my CoverGirl Hello Gorgeous liquid and pressed powder foundation, Wet & Wild bronzer in Ticket to Brazil, and my CoverGirl blush in Rock n’ Rose, my pink eyes, cheeks, and cherry lips looked super cute with my pink sweater and curled hair! I have slowly been testing out all of my e.l.f. products I received for Christmas, and so far, I am LOVING all of them! What makeup did you use for New Years Eve? What makeup did you receive for Christmas and are currently testing/playing with? Let me know! ๐Ÿ™‚