Tips for a Confident Selfie

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So I have a confession to make ... I am super shy when it comes to taking a selfie! I am always trying to perfect my selfie game and I rarely post any of them for that reason. I feel like I lack confidence or I feel like I didn't a good enough selfie or photo of myself, but this year has been different. I am really trying to build up my confidence and trying to stop judging myself for what I am not and start loving myself more for what/who I am. So here are a few tips that have helped me feel a little bit more confidence in my own skin.

Lighting Is Everything: I certainly feel and look my best when the light is just that perfect shade of indirect light. I actually prefer a softer, less direct form of natural or white light and feel like gloomy days or evenings when the sun is going down is when I get that perfect soft natural light. On days when you need to take a photo and the lighting isn't working in your favor, enter the LuMee Duo phone 8 plus case! It is literally, the most life changing phone case ever. It is equipped with two bands of adjustable soft light. You click the case button once to activate flattering selfie light, or hit it twice to illuminate the foreground and you can adjust the strength of light but holding the button down. I not only use it to take a self, I use it to touch up my makeup and to actively get around the house in the morning in the dark when everyone else is asleep! :)

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Honestly, light is truly the best beauty product when it comes to taking a selfie. It hides dark circles and creates a bright natural glow.

Think About the Background: Clean backgrounds go along way. You really do have to think about what is in your surroundings before shooting a photo, because the background is a hot mess then you will likely think your photo is a hot mess. So I am always on the hunt for the perfect background, because it really can make all the difference in a photo.

Find Your Best Angle: Everyone ... I mean everyone has an angle that they gravitate towards when taking a photo. It is typically the angle that you find most flattering and the one you feel most confident. When you that find that angle, stick with it! But don't forget to experiment with other angles.

Smile Your Best Smile: Everyone loves a beautiful, natural looking smile. Throw on some of your favorite lipstick or lipgloss, put on some mascara and foundation and show everyone what you are made of. Keep practicing, you will get the hang of it!

Use the Right Apps/Filters: Finding the right apps and or filters and sticking with them is key to creating an image that you are proud of. If I edit a photo super quickly and don't stick to my normal routine then I end up disliking the photo, even though it could be the best selfie I have ever taken. Some of my favorite apps are: VSCO and Lightroom CC. I also use the instagram app to make final edits to my photos.

Embrace Who You Are: There is no one like you! You are beautiful just the way you are. Embrace who you are, all of your attributes (freckles, moles, small eyebrows, bushy eyebrows, wrinkles, fly aways, full lips, small lips, dimples, and wrinkles etc) are beautiful -- they may feel like imperfections, but you truly are imperfectly perfect for a reason. Learning to love yourself unconditionally is truly KEY to building happiness. If you can learn to love yourself unconditionally and embrace who you are wholeheartedly then these selfies will get easier. (I am practicing this on a regular basis!) But my best advice, is girlfriend, go on and take those 500 selfies and post one, or share it with your favorite person and just learn to love yourself JUST THE WAY YOU ARE!

A little "me" time with Bioré

I do love getting in a little pampering sesh once or twice a week. It helps me wind down, especially when work and life gets a bit busy and stressful. Finding time for yourself is extremely important and it is proven to help you feel better mentally and physically. I have a slew of masks that I love to use, as I have mentioned in previous posts but I am always up to trying something new.

I love 'masking' with multiple products at one time, as it is beneficial to use specific products that help target a single area in a quick period of time, especially if finding 'me' time can be challenging with our busy schedules. Two products that I used over the weekend are the Bioré Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips and Bioré One Minute Self Heating Mask

Biore has been around for years and I have been using their pore strips forever, however The Bioré Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips help pull out all that gunk in your nose in a quick 10 minutes. It helps remove all the buildup and oil that tends to gravitate to our nose.

The Bioré One Minute Self Heating Mask is such a fun and unique product. The minute this masks hits your face and you start to massage it in, it heats up. There is slight tingly sensation from the warmth, which helps draw out dirt and oils that are hanging out on your skin. You are left with feeling smooth and refreshed. You can apply this mask 2-3 x a week

These products are super affordable, great for traveling and can be found at your local Target or Amazon. So grab yourself some fun new Bioré products and pamper yourself this week sometime. You won't regret it!

TRESemmé Compressed Micro-Mist: Style Without Stiffness

I love a good hair day, but sometimes that just ain't happening. I have to be up so early in the morning, that my hair is the least of my worries and typically my mornings are very quick and too the point. Too cut out the extra stress, I make sure my clothes are laid out the night before and the simple things to get me out the door quickly are set in motion before going to bed. Most evenings, especially the evenings where I go to the gym after work, I wash my hair before I go to bed so that I can avoid having to take the time to dry it. This also allows me to get out of the house in a quick and timely manner and avoid putting extra wear and tear on my hair.

Now the downfall to letting my hair air dry is that it lacks texture and has a very fine/silky feeling. I love a good second day hair, but frankly I don't have hair that can tolerate going to the gym and just spraying a ton of dry shampoo in it. It gets super greasy and it just FEELS super dirty. I wish I was that girl, but I have tried over and over again without any luck. However, when getting ready in the morning I recently started using the new TRESemmé Compressed Micro-Mist hairsprays that work great with dry hair. 

STEP 1:

My morning routine consists of first dirtying up my roots with the Compressed Micro-Mist texturizing Hairspray Level 1. It adds a bit of grip and gives me the second day hair that I am looking for. What I love most about this Texturizing Spray is it provides a light hold, but still allows my hair to feel light and bouncy. It isn't stiff at all and it doesn't matter how much you spray. The Micro-mist Hair Spray uses super fine micro-mist particles that penetrate through the top layer of hair to provider deeper coverage throughout your hair. So your hair will never feel weighed down.

STEP 2:

Next, I take a comb and piece out sections of my hair. I tease each section individually to help create volume. The Micro-Mist Texturizing Spray helps create the added volume without the added stiffness. The comb doesn't get stuck and my hair doesn't feel clumpy.

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STEP 3:

I take the Micro-Mist Smoothing Spray Level 2 and spritz throughout to add a bit more oomph and too lock in the smoothness and texture.

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STEP 4:

I take my flat iron and individually straighten the ends to create some smoothness. 

STEP 5:

I add a bit more texturizing and smoothing spray throughout my hair before pinning pieces individually with bobby pins to create a half-up do.

STEP 6:

I create the up do of the day. Sometimes I will add some extra waves with my flat iron or curling iron. Other days I wear it down and add more texture to create a tousled look. And sometimes I will throw it up into a messy pony. Honestly it all depends on the day and how I am feeling :)

To say I am a fan is an understatement. Love the sleek bottles and love the products entirely. I will continue to use the TRESemmé Compressed Micro-Mist Hair Spray line. You can find the entire Compressed Micro-Mist Hair Spray products at your local Walmart.

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TRESemmé Compressed Micro-Mist Hair Sprays