Momming & Blogging

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I try to give myself grace, and deadlines. But lately I’ve thrown all my deadlines along with the grace out the window…

Between momming, wifing, blogging, and being preggo. I’ve fallen behind on so much. It’s ridiculous.

It’s like no matter how much I sleep, I’m always tired. 😫

Thankfully my husband hasn’t been working as many 12 hour shifts, so instead of leaving at 9 am to get to work by 10, or getting to work by 2 pm and not getting home until 3 am (and then needing to sleep in until he has to get up and leave again). He’s been able to help with Luca during the morning a little bit more.

I’ve been dealing with a lot of back/hip pain due to pregnancy, and it seems like my whole life has slowly unraveled. The laundry mountain has grown, the dishes have piled, and instead of tackling it all. I just want to roll over and go back to sleep. 🙈

Thankfully this Sunday we’re having a big Chili Cook Off / House Warming get together, which will be enough motivation for me to get the house in order. (It’s really hard to motivate myself, when it’ll get destroyed in 5 seconds by a mini version of my husband.)

So with all my wifely/motherly duties falling behind, I’ve pretty much been failing at blogging.

The main reason I’m writing the blog post right now, is because I decided to come over to my mom’s house to get some work done… But then I realized I forgot my Camera battery, and my SD card is just broken enough that the reader in my computer can’t read it. Figures. 😂

I feel like whenever I read other mom’s blogs, they seem so well put together (even their blog posts do!!) and I’m over here with my house, and blog falling apart. 😂

But… I did a poll, and a lot of people voted for more lifestyle posts (I think they meant more on Instagram 😏). So here’s a bit of a real glimpse into my life. It’s not glamours by far, and it has a lot of its downs. But it also has so many ups.

Like the fact that we’re about to be having another baby, and the fact that my husband works so hard so I can stay home with our little guy. And the fact that I have a husband who supports my blogging, and genuinely loves me to death.

I’m coming up on my year anniversary of blogging, and I’ll admit I was hoping I’d be further with it than I am. But at the same time, I’m proud of how far I’ve come, and I’ve met so many people along the way!

Thanks for reading my mindless rants, and for those of you who really support me.

It all means so much. xx

 

Cassie Lelis

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Media Kit

Hey everyone! I finally put together my media kit. I figured I’d share a sample of what I created here for reference for anyone who’s been wanting to create a media kit but wasn’t sure where to start!

I started with using the website http://www.canva.com, it has a bunch of free and super affordable layouts that you can use and easily customize. It’s super user friendly! I know theres an app for iPhone (and possibly Android), but it doesn’t quite offer the same features as on the computer website.

After setting up my layout on Canva, I went to the website http://www.socialbluebook.com which connects your Instagram, Youtube, Twitter, and Facebook accounts to give you an estimate of your worth. I wrote down my stats on the bottom of my layout (they need to be updated). I also averaged out what Social Blue Book said my worth for posts was and made a matching price sheet to send to companies along with my media kit (I decided to do this on my own, and have only used it a handful of times, as I’m still growing my social media following and do a lot of reviews purely for exposure.)

On my original media kit I do have my address listed in the bottom right corner, but for the sample I’ll be posting here I won’t have it written.

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I’m hoping someday I’ll have the need to get a P.O. Box, which I think would look a lot nicer than my personal address. 😉

But anyways! I hope you find this post helpful, and I’m excited to see what you come up with!

Feel free to share you Media Kits below!

Cassie xx

Cassie Lelis

BS-Mall Brush Review

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Hey guys! Sorry it’s been a little while since I’ve posted, I’ve been pretty focused on my Youtube channel and I’m terrible about balancing both. Over Christmas my little sister bought me a set of BS-Mall Brushes, and I’ve heard they’re supposed to look like Sigma brushes, but I have never gotten a chance to use Sigma brushes (although I’ve always heard good things).

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I personally do like the BS-Mall brushes and I think they’re great quality for the price, the set I got was $10 for 10 brushes but I did just recently see the same set for half the price. I like to use the flat face brush for my NYX liquid foundation, but it doesn’t blend super well so I usually do have to go over my face with my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. The round face brush works just like any other foundation brush and applies it pretty evenly. The angled flat face brush works well for contouring and bronzing and blends really well. The angled round face brush works great for applying blushes. The tapered face brush is great for applying foundation under eye and for highlighting using powdered highlighter. The small angled stipple brush is awesome for blending in nose contour.

 

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The small regular stipple brush is good for applying concealer to blemishes. The small fluffy brush is one of my favorite brushes out of this set and it blends eyeshadow well. The angled eyeshadow brush works well too for blending, especially in the outer corner of your eye. The small tapered brush applies eyeshadow well and none of these brushes hold on to product too badly. I think the only issue with the flat face brush is that it’s maybe not dense enough? It just applies foundation somewhat… gappy (Is that a word?) You can just see the brush streaks on your face and if you let it dry it just looks splotchy, It doesn’t give the best coverage.

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I still think that these brushes are a great especially for the price and I’m planning on getting some of the finer eyeshadow brushes so I can do more detailed eyeshadow. Check out the link below to see these brushes in action in my video! 🙂

BS-Mall Brush Set Review Video

Marc Anthony: Deep Conditioning Treatment review. 

I got this little guy in my ipsy bag this month, (I’ll do a video review on the whole bag later) and it’s by far my favorite item I received. I love makeup products, but since I dye my hair a lot, it’s nice to get a product to help keep it healthy. I thought my hair was pretty soft before (especially for being bleached so much), but this stuff took it to a whole new level of silky soft!

It distributes really well, and I didn’t have to use too much despite my hair being super thick. (Usually it takes half a bottle of conditioner to notice a difference, 🙄 I’m sure some of you feel my pain). Not to mention it smells amazing! It also protects color treated hair and you only use it once a week, so even this little sample bottle is going to last me quite sometime. A regular sized bottle goes for about $8 at Ulta, which is a really good price for a deep conditioner that actually does it’s job. It’s also sulfate free, which is an extra plus! I’ll definitely be switching to this for my deep condition go to. 😊

Real Techniques Makeup Brushes Review

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So the other day when I was in Ulta, they were having a buy one get one 50% off brush sale for select brands. Real Techniques was one of those brands, and since I’ve heard so many good things about them (and they’re easy on the bank account) I finally got myself a small set and one of their beauty blenders!
I’ll admit I haven’t ever used a super high end beauty blender, but I for sure have used some crappy ones. The Real Techniques blender I got is amazing! (Or miracle complexion sponge as they call it). It’s super soft and works even better slightly damp. It doesn’t absorb or take away too much of your foundation (or whatever you’re applying) while blending. I also got the one with the flat edge, and it really does work well for contouring around your eyes and nose like it states. It definitely was worth it for the price. It also cleans super well and doesn’t even look like it’s ever been used.  I’m glad I finally got one!

Now… onto the brushes.

I got a four brush set that also came with a travel case/stand. I mostly got this set because I’ve been in need of a good highlighting/illuminating brush, but the other three brushes are just as nice to have.

The pointed foundation brush applies foundation smoothly and is easy to maneuver around the inner of your eye, and I also like to use it for some slight highlighting depending on what I’m trying to achieve that day.
The detailed brush is awesome! It’s the smallest brush I’ve owned, and even though it says it’s more for covering blemishes and apply lipstick I actually like to you use it when applying detail in my eyeless crease with eyeshadow.
The buffing brush is so soft, and applies powdered foundation seamlessly! It just glides so well. It’s quickly become my favorite foundation brush. 😊

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And last but not least… The contour brush. 😍 I haven’t tried using it for anything but highlighting as of right now, and that’s just because it’s just so amazing at it! I’ve used some pretty terrible brushes in the past that just hang on to too much product, so it’s nice to finally have my hands on something more than halfway decent that applies the way you want it to and so evenly.

I also really do love the case, it’s a convenient way to store the brushes and even has some extra room if I ever wanted to store more brushes in the case. I love that it’s white too, I have an obsession for everything white. 😍

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All in all I’m very impressed and happy with my purchase, they’re great quality especially for the price.

I paid around $20 for the brushes and around $3 or so for the complexion sponge (I got it for 50% off).

So if you’re looking for some decent starter brushes, I highly recommend these! ❤️️💋