Three more days until 2017! How many of you have been reflecting on your journey and what you have done in 2016?
As I was reflecting on my own journey after quitting my 9-5 corporate job and becoming a full time entrepreneur, I realized that I have learned so many valuable lessons and I would like to share with you the 5 most valuable ones that will surely help you to succeed and achieve more in 2017.
Today, I want to share with you a simple holiday-inspired glam makeup look I have created a couple days ago. For those of you who love to have a glamour holiday look that is not too intimidated and not too hard to create. This look is for you!
When it comes to the face, I always make sure I select the right foundation for the occasion. If you are preparing this look for a Christmas or a New Year’s Eve party, this foundation below is a great fit for you.
I love this foundation because although it is a liquid foundation, it dries like powder. This is perfect for those of you who have oily skin like mine and want your foundation to stay flawless throughout the night. You can dance the night away without worry about your makeup melting or looking oily!
A tip for you: always set your foundation with loose powder!
Since I have oily skin, I have to be super careful when it comes to highlighter! Motives Shape & Sculpt Duo Compact has always been my go-to because it is super easy to use and doesn’t add too much shine on my face.
In order for your eyeshadow and your eyeliner to last for hours, make sure you don’t skip the primer step!
My favourite eye primer has always been Motives Cosmetics Eye. I found that this formula is more creamy and less oily than other primer out there in the market. The best part is, a little goes a long way. This little jar has lasted me for 2 years already.
For the eyeshadows, I first use Motives Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Vanilla all over my eyelids: You don’t have to use the exact colour of eyeshadows to create this look, you can use any vanilla eyeshadow for this step.
I was recently introduced to this eyeliner by my good friend & also Lancome National Makeup Artist, Myles Sexton and I have to say that I am in love! I like the fact that how I have a lot of control with this eyeliner and it doesn’t smudge at all no matter how long you wear it.
To finish the eyes, you can fill your bottom waterline with any of your favourite black khol eyeliner.
Make sure to go for those that are waterproof so you don’t look like a panda by the end of the day!
For the lips, I use Motives Cosmetics Matte Liquid Stick in Scandalous because this colour is fabulous for this season and it is also super long lasting. I love that although it is a matte colour, it does not dry out my lips at all and I can wear it for the whole day sometimes without having to retouch or reapply.
To add a little shine on the lips, I also applied LancômeJuicy Shaker in Walk The Lime on top of my lips. I am loving these little Juicy Shakers. They are super cute and they smell amazing. You totally have to check them out!
Don’t forget to complete your look with a pair of your favourite falsies! I bought these when I was in Asia a long time ago so I don’t even remember what brand they are.
Last but not least, always remember to set your makeup with your favourite makeup setting spray to make sure your make up is long lasting and you can celebrate this Christmas and New Year while looking flawless!
I hope this post can help and give you some inspirations to create your own glam look tonight for Christmas Eve and for the up coming New Year parties!
Looking glamorous doesn’t have to always be smokey eyes and big bold lashes.
Hello everyone! Since the weather has been super cold lately and the snow has made its way to our daily life, I decided to share with those of you who have oily and acne prone skin my must-have products for this winter.
Every skincare routine should start with these two basic steps: cleanse and tone.
This is my favourite cleanser of all time! I have been using this for the past 4 years and I don’t think I will ever want to switch to another brand. The price is super affordable(CAD $24.56) or(USD $18.95) for an 8-oz bottle which can potentially last you up to 3-4 months. What I love the most about this cleanser is the fact that is botanical based, hypo-allergenic and it helps me keep the oiliness under control. It also removes dirt & makeup (waterproof makeup sometimes) without making my skin feels dry and tight. You can also use this as shaving cream to avoid razor burn and roughness.
For those of you who don’t live in US & Canada, you can follow this LINK to check out the product.
4 years ago, I discovered this product and I have to say that it is better than any of the toners out there. It tones and balances the PH level of your skin without any harsh ingredients. If you have ever experienced applying so much moisturizer on your face in the winter and your skin is still so dry? That is because your PH level is off balance. For this reason, it is super important to keep the PH on your skin balance after cleansing (as most cleansers usually strip off the natural oil on your skin as well).
This spray is perfect for oily skin and acne prone skin as it works to balance your skin’s oil and leaves the skin a great fresh look. With natural ingredients like aloe vera, chamomile, lavender extract and geranium extract, this spray will keep your skin and your face smooth and calm all winter!
I like to also use this as hair conditioner. If you feel like your hair is getting dry and frizzy, just spray this all over your hair and start enjoy the difference.
I also love the price of this product as I always look for great products at good deals. For the same price as the cleanser (CAD $24.65 or USD $18.95), you can make sure that your skin and hair are looking great for 4-5 months of this winter.
For those of you who don’t live in US & Canada, you can follow this LINK to check out the product.
Now that the first two steps: cleanse and tone is done.
There is a reason why this is called ‘Super Cream’. It is not your everyday moisturizer, this cream does not only improve the texture of your skin but also help brighten up the skin and dark spots. I highly recommend this product for night time only because it does have some peeling effect. You might see some dead skin being peeled off your skin but don’t be alarm! It is absolutely normal. Your skin will feel amazing after a few usage. This is also the reason why it stays on my MUST-HAVE list for the winter. When our skin is dry, it is very important to get rid of dead skin and built-ups to make sure that your skin is renewed and vibrant throughout the season. Getting rid of dead skin also means less space for acne and pimples to develop on your skin.
For those of you who don’t live in US & Canada, you can follow this LINK to check out the product.
LancômeÉnergie de Vie The Overnight Recovery Sleeping Mask
I recently did a collaboration with the amazing Myles Sexton (@MylesSexton, Lancome National MUA, and he introduced me to this life saver called The Overnight Recovery Sleeping Mask. You don’t have to use this everyday. I use this once or twice a week and it is a major saver to my combination skin.
You can purchase this product through Sephora or click on this LINK to earn 2% cashback on any Sephora‘s purchase.
Last but not least, I want to talk about my two amazing treatment products:
I cannot live without this product. You know as someone who has been battling with acne and breakout, I have a lot of dark/acne spots that I have to deal with and this is where this serum is amazing. It can remove any type of dark/acne spots in the matter of a few days and also can make your scars less noticeable. Sometimes, this can even help with the redness and the pimple itself so you don’t even have to use harsh chemical based products to deal with your breakout.
If you think that your moisturizer is adding more oil on your skin than the actual hydration, this is the product for you. For the years that I have been using this product, my skin has improved dramatically. Using all the natural ingredients from the earth and the sea, this product will not only improve your skin collagen, it will also add a natural glow to your skin. I have to say that if you have been using the ‘not so good’ products out there, your skin will need sometimes to get used to these healthy ingredients so don’t worry if you feel a bit tingling or a bit of redness. Everything will go away in a week and your skin will show the transformation.
This is so far the most expensive product I have invested my money in and I have no regret. Ever since I discovered this product, my skin has never been a stress or concern anymore. I can wear no foundation to the gym or go outside without feeling insecure about my skin. This product is truly a blessing!
For those of you who don’t live in US & Canada, you can follow this LINKto check out the product
Hope this helps those of you that are struggling with finding the right skincare routine for yourself this winter! Feel free to comment below if you have any questions regarding my experience with these products.
Christmas is going to be here in less than a week. I know a lot of you have been busy shopping and preparing for the holidays. If you have those friends who are totally about the girlboss life and you are still not sure what gift is perfect for them, this post is for you. If you are a girlboss yourself and want to shower yourself with some great gifts this season just because you deserve it, this post it for you.
IDEA #1: PRETTY AGENDAS
You know that I know that you know that girlbosses cannot live without their pretty agendas. Notice how I said ‘pretty’? Indigo has a bunch of beautiful agendas that are on sale right now. You can also take advantage of 3% cashback on top of your discount, you can follow this link HERE.
IDEA #2: CUSTOMIZED PHONE CASE AND LAPTOP CASE
I love this store called CASEAPP. It is a perfect gift for girlbosses who love to have their brand and their items personalized. What’s a better way to brand your brand by having a phone case or a laptop case that is designed only for you.
IDEA #3: NOTECARD NECKLACE
These super cute necklaces are available at Anthropologie.
Click HERE to receive 2% cashback on your purchase and order by December 16th to receive by December 24th!
IDEA #4: SPOKEN BRACELET
Show your support to their hustle with messages like “You got this”, “Fearless”, “Dream Big” & “Be Awesome” with these beautiful spoken bracelets from Chamilia and receive 5% cashback when you click HERE.
IDEA #5: CUTE PAJAMA SETS
Okay, maybe this idea is not so unique but a lot of us forget that being a girlboss sometimes means working long hours from home. La Senza has the cutest pajama sets and they are super comfortable and warm. Receive 3% cashback when you shop through this link by clicking HERE!
And those are the 5 gift ideas for the busy and creative girlbosses! Have fun shopping and happy holidays!
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I can’t believe that December is here already. Can you believe it? We all have less than a month left to finish what we have set out to complete. Has 2016 been a good year to you? Were you able to achieve the goals & dreams that you have set out in January? Personally, I love this time of the year. Besides the fact that it’s the holiday and shopping season, December is the month when I like to have some time to reflect and re-evaluate on my growth and my progress, mistakes and lessons.
In the past, I often found myself disappointed that I didn’t get to accomplish many things that I set out to do. I always found myself getting drowned in things that kept me busy but weren’t productive. I was always late to my business meetings. Things usually got pushed back and the worst case was that I was always stressed and emotionally drained.
Things started to change in the beginning of 2015, when I realized that I needed to make a change within myself. I came to the conclusion that I was the one who put myself in disappointments and emotional distress and I had total control in changing the situation around. I also realized that improvement started with small habits, being repeated everyday.
So if you are reading this and can relate to the old me, here are some tips that will help you getting more things done in the new year of 2017:
TIP #1: KEEP YOUR SPACE ORGANIZED
Okay! Before we get into more details, I want to clarify something. I am not a tidy person at all! But what I am trying to force myself to do is to stay as organized and as tidy as much as possible. I notice that when my space is tidy and clean, I tend to become more focus and less stressed out. “I am not a tidy type” is not really a good excuse! I am not either but I force myself to get into the good habits and keep my life simple and less cluttered.
TIP #2: CREATE A TO-DO LIST/ AGENDA AND STICK WITH IT
If there is one thing that you can do right away, it is to create a To-Do list for yourself. Trust me when I say that your results or progress in life are heavily depending on this list. The most important thing about having a To-Do list is that they will save you a tons of stress and hassle. I like to cary my agenda with me and write down everything that I need to do, including small tasks such as washing the dishes or going to the bank. Write everything DOWN and cross them out by the end of the day! You will feel super productive and will have better understanding of how your schedule looks like the day after or the week after.
TIP #3: PLAN YOUR DAY THE NIGHT BEFORE
Before going to bed everyday, I like to look at my To-Do list to see what I have and have not done. If the unchecked item is an important one, I will not go to bed until I get it done. If it is something that is not a priority for me, I put that on my agenda for the day after.That way, you will have a good deep sleep without having disturbing thoughts or stress about what you have to do the day after.
TIP #4: KNOW YOUR PRIORITY
Don’t be that person who is always running around, acting busy but has absolutely nothing going on with their life or their business. The best thing you can do for yourself is getting your priorities straightened out. I like to carry a few different colours of highlighters with me so I can highlight and emphasize the most important items on my To-Do list and make sure that I get it done.
TIP #5: MINIMIZE YOUR DISTRACTIONS
Instagram and Facebook used to be the first 2 things I checked after waking up, until I realize how distracted they are. I try to stay away from social media and Youtube until I clear my e-mails and check up on my business reports. I also switched my phone on silent almost 24/7 because it’s less distracting and I have totally control of when I want to be distracted. Some day I can look at my phone and see 80 something messages on my phone and a bunch of missed calls. But remember, your mental health is more important than anything. You can always reply these messages and return those missed calls.
TIP #6: MAXIMIZE YOUR TIME
I don’t like to waste time on anything and I don’t like to waste anyone’s time. If a meeting is canceled, I try to squeeze in another meeting, go to the gym, get some small tasks done or meeting up with my team if possible. When you realize how valuable time is, you would not want to waste a second not doing anything productive.
TIP #7: DO IT NOW!
Trust me, “I’ll do it tomorrow!” is the enemy of success. Some people say time is money but I think time is a lot more valuable than money. If you lose your money, you can still find a way to make it back but once your time is gone, it’s gone! Sometimes, it is extremely hard for me to get myself up and finish the last few items on my To-Do list but I often push myself to.
TIP #8: SURROUND YOURSELF WITH POSITIVE ENERGY
People say you are who you attract. I find that when I surround myself with positive energy and positive people, I always feel more motivated to get things done. In return, when I have to deal with negative people or friends, I feel so drained and exhausted. Remember, energy is very important! If you want to be successful, you need to hang out with people who are already successful.
TIP #9: UNPLUG YOURSELF
Your laptop gets overheated sometimes and so can you! Make sure to give yourself enough time to relax and recharged because if you are tired and not healthy, you can’t get much work done either. I always recommend finding a space where you are the most relax and comfortable and disconnect yourself from the Internet and the technologies for a little bit. For some people, it can be taking a hot bath, reading a book they love or enjoying a cup of hot tea. For me, it’s taking a visit to IKEA and just leave my phone at home. I do this once in a while to make sure I don’t over stress and keep myself recharged.
TIP #10: TRAIN A STRONG MIND
You are probably thinking, what does training a strong mind have to do with time management? Well, it has everything to do with time management. Have you ever wondered why people who have great time management skills are also very discipline and emotional strong? It is because these little habits that you train yourself to develop will give you the discipline needed to grow and to succeed.
TIP #11: LEARN TO DELEGATE
If you are feeling overwhelmed and often stressed out, maybe delegation is the area you need to improve on. Asking for help or collaborate with other people is NOT a sign of weakness, it shows that you are confident and strong enough to trust that working with other people will help you achieve your goals faster and grow better.
TIP #12 QUIT MULTITASKING
I used to be super proud of myself for being able to multitask, just to find out that I could start a lot of projects but never got to finish any of them. Focus on one thing and one thing only!
TIP #13: LEARN TO SAY “NO”
I know I have said this before but if you try to please everybody, you will be the most unhappy one. Don’t be that person! Learning to say “No” to things that are not important to you will get you into the habit of prioritizing and knowing what to put first.
TIP #14: NEVER STOP LEARNING
I realized that over the years, my time management skills got better because I always try to learn and improve on it. You can get a book on time management, spend some time on Pinterest if you have to. There are a lot of great articles and resources that can help you grow and improve your time management.
TIP #15: KNOW THAT THE POWER IS IN YOU!
At the end of the day, time management is not a skill that you can learn overnight. It is a series of small and good habits being developed over time and there is nobody out there who can help you but yourself.
Hope this tips will help you turn a new leaf in 2017 and get you on your way to achieve your goals and dreams!
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Hello everyone! I woke up today to the snow and a tons of Black Friday updates on my social media and I can’t help but wondering, how many of you are actually going out in the cold to shop this season? What if I can share with you a way to get paid to shop for the best deals this season without having to step out of your house?
You see, I used to be one of those that would go out to all the malls find deals on Black Friday every year. My girls and I even had a few strategies on how we would get the best items at the best price. But more often, we ended up not finding what we wanted and exhausted by the end of the day. Until one day, I found out that we were doing everything wrong! We should be shopping ONLINE instead of INLINE!
What I love about online shopping:
I don’t need to drive around the mall for over an hour to find a parking spot during holiday season.
I don’t need to dress up to go to the mall. I can be in my sweatpants and messy hair with my hot chocolate and stay warm while shopping.
I don’t need to fight with other people for things that I have my eyes on.
I don’t need to worry about getting drowned in the sea of people (I’m only 5’1) ha ha.
I don’t need to run around the mall to compare prices from different stores.
Literally, my Black Friday Shopping Session will look just like this!
How do I get paid to shop online & find the best deals?
I discovered a website that is pretty much like a virtual mall. Imagine shopping at all of your favourite stores like Sephora, Gap, Forever21, Victoria’s Secret, The Body Shop, Nordstrom and many more in the comfort of your own home. Over the past few months, I have been paid $257 just by shopping online and buying things that I would have purchased anyways such as makeup, skincare, clothing, books, groceries, hot yoga membership, flight tickets and many other things.
The best part is, I can cash this out at anytime and it will be directly deposited to my bank account as long as I accumulate up to $10. FREE MONEY! Who wouldn’t want that?
Okay! Enough with all the teasing! The SECRET is finally OUT! The website I am talking about here is called SHOP.COM.
It’s super easy to take advantage of this free money and start getting paid on your shopping this season.
It is FREE to sign up and to become a member. There isn’t any catch associated with this site. You create an account, choose the stores you wanna shop at, shop and earn your cash back. Super simple and straight forward!
MAKE SURE TO SELECT THE APPROPRIATE COUNTRY BEFORE CREATING YOUR ACCOUNT!
They have all the stores that I love. If you go to this tab called ‘ALL STORES’, you will see all of the stores that you can get paid to shop online at listed alphabetically.
They have a great extension called SHOP BUDDY and it is amazing! All you have to do is install SHOP BUDDY on your chrome browser and let say that you directly go to one of the partner stores that SHOP.COM has, SHOP BUDDYwill pop up and remind you to log in so you don’t need to go through SHOP.COM all the time and also not missing out on your CASHBACK. Once you are logged in, SHOP BUDDY also pulled out every single deals and coupons that are available across the internet for you. No more expired coupons, ladies!!
They have a feature called ‘PRICE ALERT’! I love love love this feature! Ever looked at a pair of Valentino from Saksfifth and wished the price would drop? You can actually set up a price that you are willing to pay on the product. When the price actually drops, they will e-mail you so you can go online and purchase it. Neat, isn’t it?
You can send people E-Gifts!!!! Have you ever bought a gift for someone and they didn’t like it? Then you need to know about this feature that I am talking about. Basically, you get to select 5-10 items that you think that person would like. They will receive an e-mail with the pictures of the selection. They can choose the item, the colours that they like without knowing the price of course. The product then gets shipped to them and the bill goes to you. Everyone is happy!
Last but not least, I love the fact that if I recommend the site to a friend, I can also earn 1/2% of that person’s cash back for life. I know Ebates only gives you a one time coupon incentive for referrals but with this website, you can literally accumulate your cash back and get paid every single time your friends are shopping from the site. Just make sure that they put your e-mail down as a referral when creating a profile.
I hope this helps! I truly hope you all can get on this as soon as possible and start taking advantage of the amazing deals and cash back on this website. If you know of any similar site like this, please share with me!
Not enough information for you to navigate the site? Want to learn more about how you can get paid to shop online? Feel free to fill in the form below and I can reach out as soon as possible to help you 🙂
UPDATED!!!! A LOT OF THE PARTNER STORES ON THIS SITE IS NOW GIVING TRIPLE CASH BACK for a LIMITED TIME! WHAT A DEAL!
Hey girlboss, are you feeling stagnant in your business and not sure what is causing the business to slow down?Let me share with you some business tips on how to remove this feeling out of your life and grow your online business faster with a growth mindset!
After going through the stagnant stage in building my own online business in the past, I found out that the cause was sometimes rooted in our own thought process that became misconceptions. The good news is the moment you realized that you need to get out of these misconceptions, your business will prosper and you will grow.
Misconception #1: I already spent so much money on my business!
So, you invested a lot of money just to get your onlin business started. Now, you realized that you need to spend even more money on your website, marketing, social media, courses, trainings and administration related materials and sometimes, out of town conferences to take your business to the next level. All you can do is watching your business getting more and more expensive everyday. I get it! I went through the exact same thing just two years ago after I decided to walk away from my full time job to build my online business full time.
I used to place all my focus on how much things cost and tried to do a lot of things myself, instead of reaching out for professional help. Don’t get me wrong! I have learned a lot during the process but looking back, I wish I asked for help and paid the professionals to handle the job because I wasted so much time doing things that did not bring immediate results to my business. And if you understand the value of time, you know that time is money you can’t get back.
How to fix it?
The fix came from my decision to have a growth mindset. Instead of focusing too much about how much it costs at the moment, I started shifting my focus on the long term gain and the potentials that my business could grow into. I asked myself questions like “What if my business can grow bigger & faster after I attend this training?” “What if my website gets more traffic after I purchase this service?” “What if my brand gains more exposure?” and I realized that sometimes you just have to go for it and realize that your success is totally in your control. Business is all about short term sacrifice for long term gain. Listen to what your gut is telling you!
“Focusing on the long term gain instead of short term loss will help you to see things in a different perspective”
Misconception #2: “This is how I/we always do things!”
Promise me to use this sentence very carefully when you have a conversation with anybody!
When you are saying this to a client or a team member who is bringing you an alternative or new ideas that could potentially help your business grow, it means your mind is already close. Most businesses fail because of this reason. What works for your business today might not work tomorrow. As business owners, we have to always stay alert, stay open minded and stay innovative. It doesn’t matter if the idea/suggestion is a ridiculous one. When you allow your head to think that this is how you always do things, you are letting people know that you are not willing to change and grow. Nobody likes to work or do business with someone who doesn’t have the flexibility and the willingness to change. It might sound harsh but it is the truth.
How to fix it?
It’s easy to fix this one! How do I know? I used to be one. I used to think that there is a certain way to do things and since my way of doing things was working, I didn’t need to change. I used to be that perfectionist person that wanted everything to be perfect and done a certain way. Little did I know, perfection was my enemy for growth and success. The word ‘perfect’ does not exist in business. If your business is perfect, your business has no more room to grow.
“Learn to listen to different ideas and suggestions! So what if you try and fail? At least you can learn and grow!”
Misconception #3: I got some small results. Let’s celebrate and take a break!
I say ‘Yes’ to the celebration but ‘No’ to taking a break, especially when you want to succeed in life. Almost everything in life will slow down if you take a break. It’s like going on a healthy diet to become healthy but the moment you lose a few pounds, you go and take a break. I can guarantee that you will get all that weights back in just a few days. This is important when it comes to business. Do you know that while you sitting there taking a break, someone else is working non stop everyday towards their goals? Don’t take a break when you have not arrived at the finish line!
How to fix it?
Always remember that the race is tough and long but what is waiting for you at the finish line is much more rewarding! I like to surround myself with friends and mentors that always push me to the next level. We celebrate our success together but as soon as the party is over, we all get back on the grind and hustle. Having a support system like that really helps you staying on track and pushes you to achieve more in life. I found mine, you should also find yours.
“Don’t rest during the race, rest at the finish line!”
Misconception #4: “I can spend money on things I want now that my business is making money.”
Do you know that a lot of business fail not because they are not making money but because they don’t know how to manage their finance?
I love this quote from the book #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso that says “Money looks better in your bank than on your feet”. When my business was growing, I had so many thoughts of purchasing new things: a new car, a new bag, a new pair of designer shoes. But I quickly realized that my money was better spent in my bank, in educating myself and investing back into my business.
How to fix it?
It all starts from being aware of where your money is going and realizing that every single penny you make during your first few years of building your business should be re-invested back into your business and yourself or your staff. Instead of spending it on things I wanted, I purchased social media and Pinterest courses to learn how I can take my online business to the next level. I bought tickets to trainings and coaching sessions to make me a better business owner. I bought books and audios on business, leadership and personal growth to improve myself.
“An investment in yourself will always have a positive return.”
Misconception #5: When______, then I will start____________
I call this a deadly statement. You can probably think that I exaggerated, but you have no idea how much of an impact this kinda of thinking would make on your success. It PUTS A CAP on your growth immediately.
Does any of this sound familiar to you?
“When it is the right time, then I will start pursuing my goals and dreams.”
“When I start making more money, then I will tell more people about my business.”
“When I start making more money, then I will purchase that course to grow my business.”
“When I start making more money, then I will invest more in a decent website.”
“When I start making more money, then I will expose my business to more people.”
I hear this every single day from a lot of my clients and new business owners and I always tell them, “Let’s put it in a different context!”
…Maybe because you have not told many people about your business, that’s why you are not making more money.
…Maybe because you didn’t invest in yourself, that’s why you are not making more money.
…Maybe because you didn’t invest in a decent website, that’s why you are not making more money.
How do I fix it?
I stopped saying things like this once I realized that I was putting the limit on my own business and on myself. I learned to tell the difference between ‘expenses’ and ‘investment’. I also learned to say ‘No’ to unnecessary expenses and say ‘Yes’ to necessary investments. If you are waiting for the right time, the right time will never come. The best time to do anything is RIGHT NOW. Don’t be that person who can’t grow because of their own limits.
“The only limit you have is yourself”
Are you a business owner who feels stagnant and need to improve your revenue and decrease your cost?