Sunday, July 27, 2014

Liebster Awards.

Nomination.


nom·i·nate


verb


ˈnäməˌnāt/


  1. propose or formally enter as a candidate for election or for an honor or award.

So these beautiful bloggers, Nicole Mboya and Cielo, tagged me in something that is going around that is called the Liebster Award, which is for bloggers who are newcomers. I did not know what it was, so learning about it was really cool!  As Nicole said, it is sort of like a chain letter with no bad outcomes. It is simply the blogger answering eleven questions given by the nominator, and then them tagging eleven up and coming bloggers and giving them eleven questions. ( There’s a theme of eleven lol (: ) So here goes!


Rules!
1. Thank the bloggers who nominated you
2. Answer the set of questions they gave you
3. Nominate eleven bloggers, and let them know


Since I was tagged by two people, I will do a couple of each questions that they gave(:


1. Why did I start this blog?
I really started this because of Zoella’s blogs, which I have said many times in the few posts that I have made, and I love to write as well, so it is a great way to get my feelings out, and also communicate with other people who may feel the same as I do.


2. If you could replace any character in a book and live out their life, who would it be?
I am going to go reallllly girly and say Mia out of the Princess Diaries series because that was the first book series that I read I believe.


3. What is your biggest fear?
Tornadoes and storms. I hate them!


4. Do you or have you ever done youtube videos?
I literally uploaded one, and I took it down because I hated it sooo much. But I want to try it again, and I possibly will in the future… when I get a camera… and a computer I can actually edit and make the videos look decent on. But comment down below if you have, or if you think I should(:


5. What is your dream job?
At this moment in my life I really don’t know… I am going to school for business but I am not sure if I will stick to that plan. I like interior design, but I really just want to do something like youtube and be an inspiration… Probably not going to happen though.


6. Who is your biggest inspiration?
Zoella. I have said this many many times. She just is happy with what she does, she inspires people, she’s writing a book ( which I want to do ) and more and I just want to be a piece of what she is to somebody.


7. One thing people may not know about me.
I try and be happy all the time and end up over thinking things and making myself upset.


8. What food would you never eat?
Seafood. It comes out of the water and I just don’t know thats not a justifiable reason >.<


9. Who is your favorite disney princess and why?
Elsa from Frozen because she didn’t need a prince to save her, and she was strong enough to do what she needed to in the end. Plus, the cold never bothers me anyway. ( Just kidding I hate being cold )


10. Which youtuber/actor would you want to be best friends with?
… I bet you could guess.


11. What are three things you could not live without?
Family, youtube, and cookies.


Those are the questions I split from the two, and these are the ones I challenge you to answer:
1. Who is your biggest inspiration?
2. Why did you start your blog?
3. How would you like to be remembered?
4. Would you like to be a celebrity? If so for what? ( i.e. a singer, comedian, etc. )
5. If you could ask your future self a question, what would it be?
6. What is your dream car?
7. What historical figure would you love to see in the 21st century?
8. What is your favorite movie?
9. What quote do you live by?
10. Do you have a lucky number or item?
11. If you had to describe yourself in one word, what would it be?


The eleven bloggers I am nominating/tagging are:
Amyra
Helen


If you do this, leave your link in the comments, and I will surely check them out! And just because I nominated you doesn’t mean you have to do it(: If you do let me know though!
-Shay

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sparkle.: Youtubers.

Sparkle.: Youtubers.: Youtubers. 1. One who spends so much time browsing youtube videos that they have metaphorically taken root, in the manner of a potato o...

Youtubers.

Youtubers.


1. One who spends so much time browsing youtube videos that they have metaphorically taken root, in the manner of a potato or other root vegetable. A couch potato of the new millenium.


I didn’t write a blog post for today, so I thought I’d just write about something I love a lot- youtubers. Now this post isn’t going to be my opinions on different youtubers, rather the Urban dictionary’s take on each of them. I just searched some and thought I would share some with you if you haven’t already seen them(:


1. Alfie Deyes- A british youtuber with a crooked smile, a heart of gold and a whole lot of handsome.
Everyone everywhere: "My perfect man would be Alfie Deyes. Nice, funny, handsome, and british."
alfie.jpg
Spot on, you think?


2. Zoe Sugg-Zoe Sugg, British YouTuber/Blogger who people know her by her channel name Zoella
-Inspires people to overcome anxiety and self consciousness
-Does Fashion Vlogs and Collabs
-Humble, Pretty, Perf, Etc.
-Can Sing and is a Directioner
-Has social media accounts in which she named ZoZeeBo

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3. Marcus Butler-
1. A British YouTuber from Brighton who makes funny videos and vlogs
2. He is SSSEEEEEEXXXXXXXYYYYYY
3. Has blonde hair, blue eyes, an accent to die for, and is just perfect
4. Often introduces himself with an adorable "Heeeeelllllooooooooo!"
5. he also has a big bum so he calls it his "nicki" or "minaj"
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4. Jc Caylen- A boy popular on youtube. Makes the best videos. All the ladies are dropping their panties for him. Gettin' more popular than Justin Bieber. If you come across one of his videos brace yourself because your heart will start beating a mile a minuet. Jc Caylen is pretty much the deffinition of swag. Swag is so last year, so just use Jc Caylen for now on.
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5. Connor Franta- An awesome popular american youtuber. One of the most adorable, funny, hot, sexy and interesting guys you will ever come across. He makes your heart melt with his witty comments, beautiful green eyes and perfect smile. He posts videos every monday., also known as "Frantastic Monday," to a collab channel called O2L (Our second life.) Yet he also has his own channel.


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Accurate? Leave me your opinions on these in the comments!

-Shay

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Crushes.

Crush.


crush
krəSH/


1. informal
a brief but intense infatuation for someone, especially someone unattainable or inappropriate.


When I think of crush, I usually don’t think of crushing something, but more in an aspect of having an infatuation with someone, (quite possibly something if you wish). I believe that crushes are inevitable, and you can have them in grade school, all the way until you basically wither away.
Crushes come in all shapes and sizes (literally) and they can leave you feeling all giddy inside. I think it is amazing that we were put on this earth to find our one true love, which I am a strong believer of, and I think crushes are put there to as a challenge to find out if you have found your true match or not. They are the test to see what ‘type’ of person you are most compatible with, or in some cases your total opposite. However, I’ve had my fair share, whether it be in school, or a person I fantasize about from the big screen.


I believe that again having a crush is inevitable, and you really can’t do anything about it. Not saying that you can’t turn that crush into a relationship, but you will always think someone is cute, or like a person’s personality. I think it is great that we can find things to admire about one another, and that also helps you get closer to your perfect match, because you start seeing things you like about a person more and more, and think, “That’s a quality I want my partner to have.” However, if your crush is someone that is just out of reach, or even if it is a celebrity, that doesn’t mean that it is completely wasteful.


Such as me, I have had a crush on someone for all of high school, but it never really blossomed into a relationship not because I didn’t try, but because I didn’t really view it as romantically possible, I guess you could say? I liked being just friends, and I feared that if we became more than just friends, our friendship could be put in jeopardy if anything happened, such as us breaking up. But that is just a chance that I should have took- and I may not get the chance again. But, it has shown me many qualities I now look for in a guy, such as a sense of humor, sensitivity, etc.


Where I am going with this is that life is to short to not say yes- a thing I learned from Zoe, of course. Not even just that, but to take chances while you can, which is something that I have not done until now. I took a chance making this blog, and pouring out my feelings and thoughts to people I don’t know, but it is helping me so very much. Back on the crush situation though, you may have to take that chance and tell your crush about your feelings, even if that means rejection. I know its going to hurt, but in the long run it will help you, and make you stronger. And you never know, it could turn out that your crush has been crushin’ on you back(;. But if its a celebrity, tweet him/her until your hearts content, or they reply, whichever comes first(:


I wanted to post this mainly to get my feelings out, but to also encourage not only myself, but others to take chances while you can. Not to be cheesy or anything, but you really and truly only live once and you have to make the best of it, because one day that person you fancied so much might not be there anymore, and you missed your chance. Of course it is not going to be easy at all, but it could quite possibly change your life. And girls, you don’t have to wait on a guy to tell you they like you, or ask you out, take charge sometimes! Just don’t go overboard(:


Thank you for reading my thoughts, and comment below some qualities you look for in a person!

-Shay

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Hate.

Hate.

hāt/

verb
  1. feel intense or passionate dislike for (someone).

I really despise this word, because just as the word love, people throw it around as if it doesn’t mean anything, including me. Everyday I hear somebody saying it to another person, or from myself, about the way I look or the things I don’t have. But it needs to come to a stop.

Of course nobody is going to be truly completely happy with the person they are, whether it be a part of them like the way they look, or the way they act, it is always going to be a factor, and that is just how humans are. However, I do not believe that we should ever use the word hate, because it is a very strong word and depending on who you are talking to, you never know how much that one little word could completely change their day, mood, or even life.

I think about this subject a lot, because I personally don’t have much self confidence, and I feel as though I need to change my outer appearance to even have a chance at changing that. I wish that I could be something I’m not, and it should never be that way. But this is inevitable, and I feel as though I need different clothes, straighter and whiter teeth, or even a boy to change my mind and make me feel beautiful when in reality I just need to love myself the way I am because even though there is surgery and different clothes, I will always be me. And that goes for everyone else too.

Just because you can create this fantasy look for yourself and there is now technology that can make most of it happen, does that mean you are truly going to be happy with the way you are now? I don’t know simply because I haven’t experienced it, but I feel as though there is either going to always be a piece of you that is unhappy, or you will always look back on the past no matter what. It is very hard to look at yourself in a positive way, especially with the people that are in the limelight today that are portrayed in a perfect way. The truth of the matter is that nobody is perfect, and nobody will ever be YOU. You have to believe that you are the best YOU in the world, and nobody else can change that. I need to start believing this too, because I am beautiful, you are beautiful, everybody is beautiful.

Hate is a word that I wish, along with a whole bunch of other words, could disappear. It falls in many different categories, whether it be about the way you look, the way you feel about another person, or even the way you act towards somebody. It will always be in the world, and I know that, but I hope that at least one person gets from this that you are beautiful no matter what anyone tells you, and you don’t have to be in a relationship to hear that. I wish all the time some guy would come sweep me off of my feet and tell me that, but in reality it probably won’t happen anytime soon. But, I know that out there somewhere there is someone for me, and someone for everyone. But you also have yourself, who is perfectly capable of looking in a mirror and saying, “You are one sexy piece of ass.” (;

Love yourself, and be confident of who you are. There is nobody like you, so take advantage and live your life to the fullest. I can only try and live up to my words too.

     -Shay.

Dream.

Dream.


drēm/
noun


  1. a series of thoughts, images, and sensations occurring in a person's mind during sleep.
  2. "I had a recurrent dream about falling from great heights"


Dreams can be reality, or a figure of your imagination. My dream at the moment is to go to college, get my degree, and move to california. That is what I want to do with my future. Right now, I also want to make this blog successful, and possibly make a youtube in the nearer future. I am trying my hardest to really try and keep this blog up, and also look on the bright side. Since I just started this, I know I am not going to have a lot of views right off the bat, even though I keep refreshing the page to see if there are any more. However, I do know that if I keep writing and keep my hopes up, my dream of having a successful blog will come true one day.
Since I am eighteen, and I am about to be a freshman in college, I know that my dreams of going to college and obtaining my degree is about to become a reality. This is happening to many teenagers across the country now, and/or very soon, and I want to encourage anyone who is reading this and is in that situation to push through the challenges and overcome any obstacles that may be in the way of your dreams. At this moment, I do believe going to college is for me, and that in order for me to do the things I want to do in the future, I will have to complete college. However, it may not be for everyone. College is very expensive, but that should NOT be the reason you cannot go to college. There are many different scholarship websites, scholarships through different schools, and as a last resort loans. However, there is a way for anybody to go to college, and if you believe that is what you need, you need to explore the different possibilities, and try your hardest to get to that goal.


Here are some scholarship websites that I am on personally:


There is also the FAFSA which I hope those who are going to college have already applied for.


While I said that college is what I believe is right for me, it may not be the path some want to go down. Take for instance the youtubers of Our2ndLife. Some of them went to school, and enjoyed it while they were there, but now are no longer attending and are okay. Some never went and are perfectly happy. It just depends on what you want to do with your life, because after all it is you that is living it.
Although that was a lot of talk about the reality of having a dream, there are also the ones that happen when you are sleeping. I believe these dreams can tell a lot about a person, whether they dream about being a hopeless romantic, or dreaming something that may come true in the future. However, the dreams I have are my personal getaway, something to take my mind off the stress that may have happened throughout the day. I love to sleep just to have these different experiences, because they are never the same. I would also like to say that dreams are what can make a difference in somebody’s day- whether they wake up in a good mood or a bad mood, which not only affects them for the next few hours, but also everyone around them.


While this is just my opinion, I would also like to hear yours. Leave a comment down below telling me either your perception on dreams, or one of your dreams/goals in life.


Keep Calm and Sparkle On.
-Shay

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Sparkle Effect.


Blog.
bläg/
noun
  1. a personal website or web page on which an individual records opinions, links to other sites, etc. on a regular basis.

I decided to create this blog because of Zoe Sugg, as mentioned in my first post. However, I wanted to share how I came up with the name “The Sparkle Effect.”

At first, I was using name generators to try and come up with a quirky, yet cool blog name, but I was not having any such luck. I knew I wanted the word ‘sparkle’ to be in it in some way, for what reason I don’t know. I came up with different things such as sparkella, or More-sparkles, but of course they were kind of weird. And I know its what they say in books or movies, but it was like a light bulb went off in my head- The Sparkle Effect. I rushed to make sure the name wasn't already taken, because blog names are like twitter usernames, once they are in use nobody else can have them. It wasn't (obviously), and I created my first blog post.

That night when I was trying to get off of twitter and go to bed, my mind started to wonder if there was a deeper meaning to why I chose the name. And the more I thought about it, I realized like in my first post, that I want to inspire somebody, and let them sparkle. It’s cheesy, I know, but I want to affect at least one person, and show them that they are beautiful, or that they aren't going through anything by themselves. I want to be a person that can be there when someone needs me, and talk to whoever wants to talk. I want them to have a sparkle in their eye, and be happy, because everyone deserves that.

The Sparkle Effect isn't something I can do alone though. If this blog does get to more people, and more are seeing it and commenting and things like that, I want everyone to try and put a smile on somebody’s face every once in a while. Everyone deserves to be happy, and treated right, so follow the golden rule- do unto others as you would want them to do unto you… or something like that. But I just wanted to post this little tidbit as a reminder to whoever sees this, I am here for you, I am one comment away. Others are there for you, you aren't alone. I am going to try my best to respond to all comments, and to inspire you guys to do your best, while I try and do mine.

This blog isn't meant for product reviews, even though I may do some in the future, but more as to help people, and give my opinion on things such as inspirations, aspirations, and things like that. On the contrary, I may start putting some beauty related posts on here, but that will be in the future, and very seldom. I can’t stress it enough, but I created this to try and help people, even if it may only be one.

That’s all I have to say about The Sparkle Effect for now, and sorry if it doesn't make that much sense, or if I am repeating myself a lot. I already love whoever has viewed my blog, and I hope that you all realize that if you need somebody I am one click away.

Leave your opinion on what you think of The Sparkle Effect in a comment down below.

Keep Calm and Sparkle On.
-Shay

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Inspiration.

Inspiration.


in·spi·ra·tion
inspəˈrāSHən/
noun
1. the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.

     Inspiration can come from a variety of people, things, objects, you name it, you can probably be inspired by it. Personally, I have quite a few of inspirations- people more than objects. To name a few, I will start with who inspired me to start this blog.


     Zoe Sugg, or Zoella on youtube, is a person I just came across a few months ago, probably through Joey Graceffa’s vlogs (who will be mentioned again later on). She is a youtuber, blogger, and overall wonderful person- at least in my eyes, and what I see of her life. Of course I don’t know her personally, but through what she shares with us on youtube and through her blogs, I feel as though she is a genuine person, and I would love to meet her. However, she inspired me to write this blog in hopes of doing something that I love, just as she has become a youtuber because of her blog. She is also writing her own fictional book- which is another dream of mine- and that just shows me that she is very hardworking, and I look up to her for that. She is the reason behind this blog, point blank, and I can only hope of achieving part of what she has in the last few years in my future.


     My next inspiration is Connor Franta. Again, he is a youtuber, in which most of my inspirations of today are. If you weren't aware, he is, or was a part of Our2ndLife, a youtube channel consisting of six boys filming their life. However, yesterday (July 7th, 2014) he announced that he would no longer be a part of this channel. This made me instantly upset, because he was the very first youtuber I have ever watched, about 3 or 4 years ago. He did state his reasons, which were that he was not happy with the content he was putting out, and the youtube videos he was making felt more like a job than a hobby, and he did not want to continue feeling like that. How did that inspire me, you might ask? He risked losing viewers over this announcement, but did it anyways. He did it for himself, which I fear that most youtubers don’t do often, if not at all. And it shouldn't be that way. Yes I am a viewer, yes I am a fan, but I am also a human, just like all the people I will talk about in this. They have feelings just like we do, and they deserve to be happy. I am genuinely glad that he stopped making videos to make him happier, instead of continuing and in his videos becoming more distant each time. He inspired me to do what I love, and do what makes me happy, and not to please everyone else, no matter how hard it may be.


     I could continue writing long paragraphs about each youtuber I watch and how they inspired me in a different way, but that would make my introductory blog never ending. But I do have one inspiration that is not a youtuber- my mother. I’m not going to go into complete detail because that is very personal, but let’s just say she is one of the strongest women I know of. She took care of me, my sister, and my grandparents- with no husband. She dealt with the struggles of going from job to job, whilst taking care of herself, and four other people. And finally, she battled cancer. I cannot begin to imagine what went through her head, and how she did not go crazy while having to deal with two growing girls, and probably won’t ever know. I truly know that she loved me to pieces, and I tried my hardest to return that love before she lost her last battle to cancer. However she inspires me to do my best every single day, and I will get the result I am looking for in the end.
     Some of these people I don’t even know, and some of them I hold close to my heart, but all of them have one similarity- never giving up. That’s what I hope to be one day, is an inspiration to just one person- and I believe that is my purpose on this earth. I am starting this blog to write about my feelings, and to also hopefully give a bit of hope to somebody that may be going through some rough times, or maybe even struggling with the same things I am. I just hope that one day I can be what I truly want in life- an inspiration.