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Small Victories

So, I don’t know if you guys know this about me, but I have always kinda hated my voice. Which is silly because my sisters and I all have very similar voices (like our parents sometimes can’t tell us apart) and I think theirs are great. When I heard myself on my voicemail, in a message, or in family videos, I always thought I sounded like a dude. My voice has a deeper quality to it and I didn’t think it was feminine enough.

I was wrong.

It didn’t take me too long to realize that my voice was actually really sexy. It’s got that bedroom quality without the rasp of a lifelong smoker. I don’t know that I ever truly owned it though until I started to do some radio spots. Of course I would podcast them afterwards to make sure I hadn’t made a fool out of myself (I haven’t yet).

It helps to have my business partners tell me that they loved my radio voice, too. Hell, they recently pitched me doing some voice over work for the company…and I kinda love it. I did our Indie Chick radio show last week with Chrystal and again was told that my voice was great for radio. *blush* I kinda get a rush on the intro that I recorded as well…not gonna lie. (You can listen to the podcast all about Girl Code by clicking here.)

I also think putting my voice (and face) out into the world on my YouTube channel helped as well. I know for my readers (here and on The Indie Chicks) that seeing and hearing me adds another level of connection to my writing and my ‘voice’ as a writer.

So it may sound silly, but it was quite a personal victory to finally come to love something that I used to not like about myself. It’s the small things that add up to loving yourself the way you should. I chipped a way a small insecurity and turned it into a huge positive and that’s a pretty great feeling.

I’d love to hear from you now. What’s something that you used to not like about yourself that you’ve come to love?? Please share.

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Smooth as a Baby’s Bottom

You know that I love my ipsy bags, my makeup, and anything that I can use for a pamper night. I mean, what woman doesn’t love a good at home facial, mani/pedi, and hair mask? I freaking love them! Check out my Instagram for face mask selfies—the blue ones make me look the most fun.

There’s something about treating yourself to something indulgent that makes you feel amazing. Even the most tomboy, rough and tough girl will tell you that it’s so great to relax and enjoy feeling beautiful.

Guess it’s no surprise that one of my best friends eventually came to me with a hook up for amazing skin products. She said she tried them, loved them, and wanted to connect me to her rep (and friend). Of course I said yes and I’m really glad I did.

*this is not a paid or sponsored post–I just like the stuff*

Laura turned out to be super sweet and found the time on a road trip to see family to mail me a sample of the Rodan and Fields micro-dermabrasion paste, anti-aging night renewing serum, and the anti-age lip renewing serum. Sounds like a lot of big words but let’s run over how they worked, shall we?

The Micro-dermabrasion paste you simple apply to a dry face and rub gently on your skin for 30-60 seconds. I rocked a full 60 cause I’m a badass like that. After you’re done scrubbing you simple wash off your face. The scrub is just that-a scrub. It’s rough and gritty and I in NO way expected to wash my face off and feel baby’s ass smooth skin…but I did. Like legit really seriously smooth skin.

After that you apply the anti-aging night renewing serum which went on like a primer would…smooth and hydrating. I don’t have a bad thing to say about it and it sank into the skin leaving it feeling soft but not oily or slick.

The lip renewing serum was an unexpected bonus to my sample. I applied just a little bit to my lips and they feel hydrated, though I can still feel the product on them. For me at least, it didn’t sink into my lips the way I wish it would have. It’s not uncomfortable or oily, and maybe that was the point, but it did leave a barrier on my lips- a chap stick like feel.

I’m not going to lie, the products do come with a price, but if this sample proves as great as I think, it’s worth it. Also–the sample has plenty for more than one application so I was able to test it more than once, which was great.

If you are interested in the products or in getting a sample and trying them out for yourself you can contact Laura James (she’s pretty awesome) at laurajames78@gmail.com or visiting her website. If you hit her up let her know I sent you..it’s always nice to create new friends and I’d love to help her out.

Again…this is not a sponsored post and if you purchase anything I get absolutely nothing, I just want to help her grow her business if possible. Now me and my baby’s ass smooth face are going to go and eat breakfast.

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