YOU are beautiful and YOU are enough!

Today’s post is going to be a little different. It’s about a topic that might make some cringe or feel unworthy. This issue has really been bothering me a lot lately and has had quite a bit of media attention over a few years. So I want to just take a moment and share my thoughts.

The issue that has been bothering me is women and girls feeling like they aren’t beautiful or good enough. Well, I’m here to tell you that YOU are!!! There are so many articles out there in the media “fat shaming” or “skinny shaming” this woman or that woman. There are girls in schools calling other girls ugly (starting in elementary school), there are women in the work place talking poorly behind each other’s back about another woman and her appearance. There are woman and even men, who constantly are talking about their appearance and what they don’t like about it, what they wish they could change. And this HAS TO STOP! NOW! I don’t understand why women can’t be supportive of each other. Why do we have to bring others down to feel better about ourselves? Or why do we have to bring others down in general? What ever happened to “girl power”? I think it’s time for a come back!

One thing happened recently that really stood out to me. I was teaching a dance class of high schoolers. We were working on spotting (all you dancers out there know what I’m talking about) and I told the girls to look at themselves in the mirrors and don’t look away until they can’t see themselves anymore. One of the girls said something along the lines of she didn’t want to look at herself because she wasn’t pretty. And I was just dumbfounded for a second and couldn’t believe she had said that. She didn’t have any makeup on and I thought she looked really pretty. I told her to stop because she’s beautiful. Her reaction to that was a little taken aback, like she hadn’t really heard that before and it made me sad. Did her parents not tell her she was beautiful? Why did she think she wasn’t pretty?

Now, don’t get me wrong, I have my issues too, there are some days where I feel like I’m the ugliest person ever and then some days I’m feeling pretty beautiful and confident in myself. I’m only human, we all are. But I want the way we view ourselves to change, for the better. I watched this awesome video about an interactive mirror talking to women and building them up. If you have a few minutes, check it out! There are also the Dove commercials which I really like as well, here’s a cute 48 second one you should watch.

I have a little challenge for you, if you feel like you’re not pretty or that you’re not enough, take a minute and do this:

  • Write down 5 things you like about your outward self
  • Write down 5 things you like about your inner self
  • Write down 5 things that you are thankful for
  • Now look in a mirror and tell yourself 5 times that you are beautiful and that you are enough! And if you feel the urge, shout it out! (because you are, you have to believe it now)

** If you’re feeling creative, write down all your 5 things on cute paper and put it in a picture frame to display where you can see it daily and be reminded.

I hope that every woman feels beautiful and feels like she’s enough. We were created in God’s image, He knows every hair on our heads, He created us perfectly. We have to believe that ourselves.

Signing off in the words of Meghan Trainor, “every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top.”

#girlpower

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My Top 3 Favorites!

My Top 3 Favorites [caretobeglam]

I love seeing different beauty products that people love and maybe giving some of those a try. I absolutely loooove my top 3 and if you decide to try them out, I hope you do  too!

#1: Light Pink / White nails

Light Pink Nails

I love love love light pink / white nails! Can’t you tell from the pic? Lol I love OPI and Essie nail polishes.

I think it’s so classy and elegant! And it makes my wedding ring shine even brighter than it already does! I think that light pink / nude / white nail polish can be worn all year long. I love white in summer, it pops out in the sun. I just painted my nails red yesterday to give that a try, I’m just not a red nails kind of gal, so I’ll be painting them white after I write this post.

#2 Face Wash and Scrub

Face Wash & Scrub [caretobeglam]

My face is unfortunately super sensitive and I have only been able to find a few different brands that I can use without my face drying out like crazy. I read in The Skinny Confidential book that she recommends just using a good ol’ fashioned organic / natural bar of soap. I did my research and found one online that had tons of reviews and I couldn’t find a single bad one. So I bought the bar of soap from Target and used it for a month and it dried my face out, like every other cleanser. It was disappointing since it was all natural…

I came across this Garnier Smoothing Cream Cleanser and I LOOOVE it! My skin and complexion are so much better and my skin looks awesome! I also was wanting to try their Blackhead Eliminating Scrub that has charcoal in it. I always read how charcoal is somehow a great beauty product. I also really love this scrub! It smells good too! Actually, they both smell good! For cleansers and scrubs, I think I’ll just be sticking with Garnier. I haven’t been disappointed, yet.

#3 Chloe + Isabel Stud Earrings

Chloe + Isabel Stud Earrings [caretobeglam]

I’m the type of girl who usually wears the same jewelry everyday. And these earrings, I wear almost everyday. This picture is a little blurry, but these earrings are so cute! They’re different than your typical stud without a halo. I love the halo around the center stone in these earrings. They capture the light nicely as well. These earrings are a classic that can be paired with any outfit!

What are your top 3 favorites?

Super Simple Easy Peasy DIY

I love anything DIY and crafty! I made this extremely easy DIY to keep my makeup brushes in and I love it!

You can easily make this too and I think it looks great in the bathroom and adds a little bit of a spa feel, who wouldn’t want that?

Easy DIY

You will need:

  • Small round glass jar (or square) – I bought mine from Michael’s
  • Bag of rocks – Also from Michael’s. I know Hobby Lobby has these same items too
  • That’s it!

Clean the glass jar before you start, I hate seeing fingerprints on glass. Then, you just dump the rocks in the jar, do this part gently, you don’t want to accidentally break the jar…

Then, add your brushes and voila! New makeup brush display!

Let me know in the comments what you think of this super simple easy peasy DIY!

My Crazy Nails

I love painting my nails! It lets me be creative and it’s just plain fun and girly to have my nails painted.

Crazy designs and random colors are all the rage right now. The craziest I got was painting my nails all different colors and with my monogram! (I’m obsessed with monograms, but that’s a different story.)

I’m trying to be all artistic with taking the pic by a banana, did it work?

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Here is all the colors I used to paint my nails.

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#1- Essie

#2- Pure from Icing

#3- Kiss

#4- OPI (my favorite brand of nail polish)

I found the monogram decals on Etsy. (They are so easy to put on, you cut out the decal, get the paper wet, take the decal off the paper and place it on your nail.) I LOVE Etsy! If you haven’t checked it out yet, you’re seriously missing out.

Happy 2 Years to Care to be Glam

I can’t believe it’s already been 2 years since I started Care to be Glam! A lot has happened in my life the past 2 years, it’s crazy!! I look forward to more years with Care to be Glam. I hope that you’ve enjoyed my posts as much as I have.

In honor of the 2 year birthday, I’m going to post a few of my personal favorites! Share yours in the comments section.  (All items posted below are my personal opinions and favorites, there are no endorsements.)

OPI- Bubble Bath

OPI- Bubble Bath

I always want to paint my nails a fun or bright color, yet I always come back to this one.

Retro Cut Crystal Square Necklace

Retro Cut Crystal Square Necklace

This necklace is so gorgeous and it goes with so many different outfits!

Refuge Jeggings

Refuge Jeggings

I love my Refuge Jeggings from Charlotte Russe, they are so comfortable and perfect to wear with boots or heels! You can’t go wrong with them.

Michael Kors Wallet

Michael Kors Wallet

This wallet is amazing and fits so much. You can put your iPhone in here, business cards, credit cards and more. This is the Mary Poppins of wallets.

4th of July Summer Glam

 

I love dressing up for holidays and going with the theme of the day. And 4th of July is just around the corner! I love the 4th of July, it’s fun to be with family and friends and lay out, go swimming, grill some burgers and watch the fireworks. Although, I do think fireworks are a little over-rated, but it’s still a fun time!

Below I’ve put together 2 different outfits for your 4th of July barbecue! One is more girly and the other is a bit more edgy.

Which one do you like the best?

OUTFIT 1

Red Bow Back DressVintage Florets Long Layered Necklace

White Wedges

OUTFIT 2

hair

Ruffle Placket Chiffon Blouse

Add a white cami underneath

Multi- Spike Long Necklace

Tiered Crochet Lace Shorts

For a little extra patriotic glam, add American Flags on your nails! I will definitely be trying this out!

nails

 

Do You Know How To Properly Paint Your Finger Nails?

I’ve talked to quite a few girls who don’t know how to properly paint their fingernails, so I thought I would share my tips.

  • Make sure your nails are completely clean (no other nail polish).
  • Before you paint your nails with a color, you need to put on a base-coat. Adding a base coat will keep the polish from chipping and will also help to keep your nails from yellowing.
  • Once your nails are dry, paint a few coats (2-3) of color.
  • Let your nails dry fully and then add a top coat. The top coat will make the nail polish shiny and will also help the polish last longer.
  • Then, you have to let your nails fully dry before you do anything. (This is the most difficult part)
  • Once your nails are dry, you are good to go! It’s that easy!

base coatwatermelontopcoat