Friday, 17 April 2015

Social Media Barriers

Do you follow a ton of people from your town on social media, scroll by their pics, like and comment on their posts but are unsure how to approach that, "social acquaintance" if you ran into them at a coffee shop?

Confession, I use to feel socially awkward about saying hi to someone I followed on social media and was only moderately connected to in, "the real world". 

Social media has made it very easy for us to see into the intimate lives of our acquaintance's, from a distance. Peering in through the images people choose to share and sometimes leaving the scene without a trace or "Like". 

When I would see these individuals, I knew they had just been married or remodelled their kitchen but I was afraid to say hi and ask for more details. Why was I so afraid? They were the ones putting that content out there, and they had accepted my friend request. They knew, I knew, what was going on in their lives. I felt as if there was a barrier that needed to be broken. 

I love social media and the potential it provides me to meet cool people, that I would not otherwise have the opportunity to meet. I love commenting on people's photos and I love it when people comment on my stuff. I not only love to share my story with others, I want to know your story too. People are cool!

I decided a few months ago, I was going to overcome my fear of crossing the social media barriers from online to real time, so I started sending personal emails to a few people. 

When I was pregnant with Luke, I connected with another pregnant mom on Instagram through a hashtag. We were at the same stage in our pregnancy and begun following each other, as we shared many similarities in preparing to be mothers and interests in general. After giving birth to our boys, one day a part, I decided I needed to know more about this girl so I invited her to email with me. Turns out, we have crazy amounts of things in common and now I have a wicked cool pen pal in California. 

I also decided to email a girl I kinda knew and had mutual friends with but had never officially met. We both tweeted and blogged and interacted online. From what I knew, Tara Jeffrey was a pretty cool chick, that I wanted to know more about. So I emailed and invited her for a visit. Since then, we have been in touch and had the opportunity to help each other out with a few things. She is a super cool mom, freelance writer and farm girl in training and I am so glad we have had the opportunity to connect real time. 

It's scary to put myself out there sometimes, but in my experience it's totally worth it. I want to get to know people for real, not just the version I see on their Instagram feed with perfectly filtered photos, the real people, because that's way better! 

If you have felt the same social anxiety that I have felt, I invite you to step out of your comfort zone and say hi to that person that you kinda know from Facebook, they could be your next, real friend.


Wednesday, 15 April 2015

How To Colour Your Brows by H.A.L. Makeup Artistry

In this video I demonstrate how I fill in my eyebrows each day and some other eyebrow colour tips.

I am so excited about the response I have been getting from everyone about H.A.L. Makeup Artistry and love hearing from you. You can Tweet me, send me a Facebook message, comment on Instagram or comment below and let me know, if there is a makeup topic you would like me to cover in a makeup tutorial video.

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Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Monday, 13 April 2015

Gratitude Monday - I Am Grateful For Moms

This weekend I went with the Kelly Van Gaver Dance Studio to their first competition of the season, to help out with their makeup. We created some fabulous and dramatic stage looks, to enhance their amazing performances. The teams did excellent, receiving many awards and representing Sarnia as a place with much talent.

I love working on these styles of makeup projects because it allows me to really play with my makeup, brush up on my false eyelash application and reminds me that time management, in the makeup industry, is a must.

You are probably wondering what this has to do with moms. Well, since becoming a mom, I am aware of many things that I was unaware of before and one of those things is, how much stuff my parents did for me. While working backstage yesterday, it was so obvious that the dancers at KVG have amazing moms! Moms who are willing to give up their weekends to be backstage at a dance competition for 12 hours supporting their children. Moms who do hair, makeup and sew costumes. Moms who run out to get lunch. Moms who pack lunches. Moms who encourage their children and offer constructive criticism. Moms who are cheerleaders and coaches. And, moms who drive home in a quiet vehicle while their exhausted children sleep.

I thanked my mom yesterday for everything she has done for me that I probably was not thankful for when I was a child. She simply said, kids need to be kids and they shouldn't really be aware of that kind of stuff. Boom! And that my friends, is why my mom is the bomb! To all the moms who sacrifice a ton of stuff so their kids can do cool things and chase dreams, what your doing matters big time, even if it doesn't feel like it in the moment.

Below are some pictures of the wonderful girls I had the pleasure of dolling up on Saturday.

Happy Monday everyone, now go tell your mom thank you!


Thursday, 9 April 2015

Easter Makeup Tutorial by H.A.L. Makeup Artistry

Easter Sunday we woke up to a little snow falling so I decided I would brighten up my day with spring colours on my skin. I shared my makeup application in my first makeup tutorial, check it out below. If you enjoyed my video, please subscribe to my YouTube Channel and stay tuned for more videos, I will post something new every Wednesday.