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For most of my life, I have been the cautious one. I wouldn’t say no, but I wouldn’t say yes either. Instead, I would hesitate.
Don’t get me wrong, I still do. I’m not always the most decisive. Ask me to pick a restaurant and I’ll deflect for you to choose. Ask me my opinion about which restaurants in Seattle are the best, and you’ll get a totally different answer. I don’t like to make decisions, but I’m probably too opinionated for my own good.
Alright, alright – there is a point to this. A couple of weekends ago, I buzzed over to Nordstrom at Bellevue Square to check out the Allure Magazine and Clinique Start Better event. I loved the concept – how can we, as women, start better? What will we start, and not just wish for, tomorrow? The positive message really got to me, and I couldn’t help but want to be a part of it. Plus, they were offering free makeup consultations, and you must know by now that I absolutely love trying new beauty products. ;)
I will never turn down an opportunity to have someone do my makeup. Brooke was awesome, and I couldn’t help but want to buy nearly everything she used on me. Photo: Vivian Hsu for Team Photogenic © 2015
I also had the opportunity to chat up Ariana Lallone, a retired ballet dancer with the Pacific Northwest Ballet, current Barre instructor and performer at Teatro Zinzanni. Ironically, I had already “met” her – at least through her art! We were able to catch her most recent show, Teatro Zinzanni’s Hotel Hacienda.
Photo: Vivian Hsu for Team Photogenic © 2015
As you can tell, she’s about double my height and probably a million times more graceful. And also really fit. Talk about intimidating! But she really was so warm and inviting, and had some beautiful words to share about her experiences in saying yes. See, I told you there was a point!
What stuck with me was what she said about trying new opportunities after she left PNB: “I was in the mode of saying yes.” It really captured a lot of what I’ve told myself through this blogging “career.” Just say yes. Learn from the mistakes, and of course, be true to yourself. When I started, I didn’t know what opportunities would or wouldn’t come. Of course, I am cautious to not take EVERY opportunity because there is only so much time in a day. But being in the mode of saying yes is a good place to be. It takes you out of your comfort zone sometimes but can also be incredibly rewarding.
And that’s why when she retired from the ballet and was offered a show at Teatro Zinzanni, she said yes. She shared how she didn’t normally branch out, and how Teatro Zinzanni changed that. What started as aerial work soon expanded to ballet and dance in that space, and how her Lyra Hoop became her partner, not just a tool. I mentioned how I wasn’t a fan of heights and she told me “neither was I!” But what she was a fan of was “[doing] something different,” so she said yes to Teatro again when the first run of her show ended. “People create their own acts,” she told me.
Now back to the #StartBetter concept. What could be better than saying yes to something new? Whether that means asking for a raise, making a new connection or taking on a fashion trend that you’ve been hesitant to try, we all deserve to treat ourselves and take a risk! I’m encouraging you all to #StartBetter by indulging yourself in one of your dreams, whatever that means to you.
And hopefully one of those ways is through makeup because Clinique and Allure Magazine sent me a VIP Swag Bag to pass on to one lucky winner! (And they were sweet enough to share one with me too, and I must say, there are some amazing products in here!)
The VIP Swag Bag Contains: Clinique Super City Sunblock, Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser, Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum, Clinique Baby Tint Chubby Stick in Poppin’ Poppy, Clinique High Impact Mascara, Allure Magazine March 2015 issue
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*Apologies International friends, this one’s open to U.S. shipping addresses only due to shipping restrictions of liquids in certain countries. I’ll catch ya next time!
How are you going to start better today or tomorrow?
true life: the only time I wear more makeup than lipstick + a little mascara is when someone else does it for me… Also I’m totally on board with saying yes. Just yesterday I played softball with people I’ve never met before + it was the most fun!
Haha! I think that’s totally fine. Lipstick instantly makes anyone look a little more made up!
Love that! I think taking risks (okay, within reason) is important!
That swag bag looks amazing! I would love to try some of those products! :)
Thanks for entering, Samantha!
I would LOVE to try the Smart Custom-Repair Serum!
Good luck, Meegan!
I just got the new clinique chubby stick highlighter and I’m obsessed with it!
Oh I’ve been curious about those! Glad it was a good purchase! Thanks for entering, Erin!
Awesome giveaway Jenn!
Thanks Michelle! :)
I’m most excited about the Serum and the Baby Tint Chubby Stick.
Thanks for entering! :)
love clinique moisturizer! would love to try the cleanser:)
Thanks for entering, Melanie!
Wow, I love the idea of being in a “yes mode” and constantly trying to “start better.” I think that’s a great question to ask every night, so that I can prepare for a better morning. I would like to start better by being open to creative opportunities. I’ve had several friends approach me to take their photos and I’ve always been so apprehensive because I’m not confident in my photography. But, I need to embrace the opportunities so I can become better! Thanks for the thought-provoking post, Jenn!
I love the idea of thinking about that every night before bed! I’m going to have to try to do that – maybe it will make my morning wake up calls a little easier. ;) Get out there and take those photos, I bet they’ll be great!
Love the swag bag! Everything by Clinique is always so good! I would also love to try the cleanser!
Thanks for entering, Lee Anne!
Clinique’s makeup remover is my favorite.
I love it too! Thanks for entering, Breenah!
The Swag Bag looks amazing!! I am very excited about this giveaway! I have entered. The makeup remover from Clininque is my all time favorite. :D
Thanks for entering, Ashley! Love their makeup remover too. :)
I have been trying to get in to yes mode lately. You never know what outcome you are going to get in life unless you try new things!
That swag bag is fabulous! I am all about trying some new serums.
Yes, exactly! Thanks for entering, Nadine! :)
I woud love to try the repair serum. Thanks so much for the chance to win some neat stuff!
Good luck, Kelly!
I LOVE the acne foundation and I would love the try the cleanser!
Thanks for entering, Alisha!
Ohhh I love the color of that “poppin poppy” stick! So pretty! I would also love to try that mascara!
Agreed, it is super pretty! Good luck, Julie!
The lippie for sure! <3
Good luck, Jan!
Thank you <3
Clinique Moisture Surge is one of my holy grails! I also love the Dramatically Different gel formula – both are fantastic for combo skin.
I love Moisture Surge too! I haven’t tried the gel forumla of Dramatically Different, but it came with my GWP so I’m excited to try it! :)
What a great giveaway! That is really sweet of you! :) I’ve never really splurged on any of Clinique’s products, but I hear such great things about them that I might have to sooner rather than later :)
So glad you like the giveaway – thansk for entering, Breanna!
I entered the giveaway! Love Clinique!
Thanks for entering, Caroline!
I really want to try the Smart Custom Repair Serum. Clinique’s Moisture Surge has been a fave of mine for years!
Love Moisture Surge too! Good luck, Kim!
I’d love the Smart Custom-Repair Serum
Thanks for entering, Susannah!
I am most excited by the mascara! it is my mom’s favorite and it would be such a treat for her!!
Meg of An Affair of Character
Good luck, Meg!
I would be most excited for the mascara if I won! I am sure it would be amazing!
Thanks for entering, Stephanie!
I haven’t worn makeup in ages. When I did it was Clinique. I felt like everything was weightless. At that time in my life I wasn’t ready to put the time into feeling better about myself. Now I’m ready to try again. I need all of it, starting with mascara!
Clinique does feel weightless – that’s a great analogy! Good luck, Melanie! :)
I’m most excited about the Smart Custom-Repair Serum!
Thanks for entering, Colleen!
It isn’t in the swag bag, but All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage is a must-have Clinique product!
I haven’t tried the serum, but the eye cream in the All About Eyes is my favorite! I get awful dark circles during allergy season!
The custom repair system!!
Thanks for entering, Erin!
Really want to try the Chubby Stick!
Thanks for entering, Lauren!
You got some really great stuff in the swag bag!
I really want to try the High Impact mascara I’ve heard great things about it!
Thanks for entering, Leslie!
I am most excited about the foaming cleanser.
Thanks so much for entering!
What a great giveaway! I love the chubby stick, as well as the mascara. I’m always looking for new mascara’s to try!
Thanks Lori, and good luck! :)
The eyeshadow! Love their serum!
Thanks for entering, Marie!
I am most excited about the custom repair serum :)
Thanks for the opportunity!
Thanks for entering, Sarah!
My Clinique must have is their dramatically different moisturizer!
Love it too – thanks for entering, Laura!
I’ve always loved Clinique lipgloss!
Thanks for entering, Lisa!
I’m actually looking forward to everything in the bag, but if I had to pick one thing it would be the sunscreen. It’s a must!
Good luck, Lowanda!
I’m excited to try the Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara
Good luck, Ann!
I’m excited about the chubby stick. I love Clinique products.
Thanks for entering, Latanya!
I love the clinique mascara!!
Good luck, Seyma!
I am excited to try the chubby stick. I love Clinique lip products.
Thanks for entering!
I am excited about the mascara. I won’t leave home without it!
Good luck, Cynthia!
I wanna try the Smart Custom-Repair Serum.
Thanks for entering, April!
I like the Clarifying Lotion.
Good luck, Angie!
Oh God, I love the Clinique Chubby Stick. I am a lip addict, obsessed. Gotta have. Thanks for the chance.
I love them too! Thanks for entering, Ouida!
I’m excited by the Chubby Stick
Good luck, Wilma!
I use Clinique’s Clarifying Lotion everyday! Thanks!
Good luck, Kimberly!
Great post! WOW she is so tall! Very nice giveaway.I would love to try the foaming cleanser!
Haha, yes she is! I felt very, very short. Should have worn heels ;) Thanks for entering, Dana!
I have a Clinique toner that I love! Their skin-care products are really high-quality.
Agreed! Thanks for entering, Wehaf!
I’m most excited about the Clinique High Impact Mascara!
Good luck, Nicole!
im excited about the cleanser and serum!! i love clinique products
Good luck, Jules!
I like the High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara.
Good luck, Sharon!
I love the Clinique rinse off foaming cleanser!!!
Thanks for entering, Kristen!
im excited about the Clinique High Impact Mascara,
Good luck, Chris!
The repair serum!
Thanks for entering, Tammy!
I’m excited to try the Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum
Thanks for entering, Tarah!
I love the Clinique Chubby Lip Stick! Perhaps my favorite Clinique product.
Good luck, Boo!
I think I would be most excited to try the High Impact Curling Mascara.
Thanks for entering, Meghan!
I love the City Block cream
Good luck, Beatrice!
I’m most excited about the Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser.
Good luck, Cheryl!
I am most excited about the Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser in the swag bag.
Thanks for entering, Nicole!
The Clinique High Impact Mascara is truly the most underrated mascara there is and it should get the publicity it so deserves. I’m excited about trying the Chubby Stick!
Ha, I agree! I’ve tried many mascaras and their High Impact mascara line is consistenly great! Good luck, Neha!
I’m most excited about the Chubby Stick.
Thanks for entering, Alison!
I’m really interested in trying the Clinique Smart Custom Repair Serum!
Good luck, Lauren!
I love to try the Clinique High Impact Mascara.
Thanks for entering, Elizabeth!
I’m excited about the high impact mascara.
Good luck, Theresa!
Love all that’s in there sure could use it thanks for the chance.
Of course – good luck, Denise!
I’m most excited to try the foaming cleanser. I think I am developing allergies to some facial cleansers lately because after I wash my face in the shower I come out with an angry red mark on my face. This is recent, and I’ve thrown away a few facial cleansers while trying to find a good one. Since Clinique is such a nice brand and a foaming cleanser sounds very light, maybe that will be my new brand.
Oh what a bummer! Clinique is pretty great for sensitive skin. I would also look into Cetaphil or CeraVe if you haven’t – both are for sensitive skin and are generally recommended by Dermatologists.
Hi! I’d most excited about the Clinique Baby Tint Chubby Stick in Poppin’ Poppy. I’ve been wanting to try this out. Thank-you for this super fun chance. :)
You’re very welcome, Natalie! Good luck!
I want to try the Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser
Good luck, Michelle!
I am most interested in the Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser
Good luck, Sandra!
I am most interested in the Clinique HIgh Impact Mascara. All the products are great!
Thanks for entering, Jennifer!
My coffee eye liner is my go to Clinique product.
Thanks for entering, Heather!
I look forward to trying Clinique Baby Tint in a chubby stick. I love tints and I had no idea Clinique had them!
Thanks for entering, Rhonda! I love their Chubby Stick line :)
Would love to try the Chubby Stick!
Good luck, Susan!
The High Impact Mascara is what I am most excited about. Can’t do without my Clinique Bronzer.
Thanks for entering, Anita!
I am super excited about the ‘Super City Block’. I heard that it does not make your face oily.
Good luck, Megan!
i’m excited for the chubby cheek stick! i’ve never owned one of these, so it’ll be new and beyond amazing, i’m sure!
Good luck, Bianca!
I don’t wear much makeup but as I get older I need more “repair” work!
Thanks for entering, Sherril!
I’m excited about the mascara
Good luck, Lesley!
I’m on the hunt for a new mascara so I’d love to try out the high impact mascara!
Thanks for entering, Amanda!
I am most excited about the foaming cleanser. I have yet to find one that I like and I am hoping that will be a perfect fit.
Good luck, Samantha!
I am excited about the Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser
Good luck, Stacy!
I am most excited about the mascara
Good luck, Susan!
I”m super excited about the Clinique High Impact Mascara! I live for great mascara and am always searching for a better one!
Thanks for entering, Ashley!
I’d love to try the Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser!
Good luck, Lisa!
Always searching for the best sunblock so I’m looking forward to trying Clinique Super City Sunblock
Good luck, Patricia!
I most excited about trying the Clinique foaming cleanser, I really need to find a good cleanser.
Thanks for entering, Annamarie!
Thank you for the chance I love Lipstick
Good luck, Cheryl!
I’m most excited about the foaming cleanser b/c I love it just like all of their products!!
Good luck, Laura!
I am most excited about the Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser.
Thanks for entering, Shakeia!
I want to try the Chubby Stick Baby Tint first! I love the color!
Thanks for entering, Leah!
I am most excited to try the ‘Chubby Stick Baby Tint’ Moisturizing Lip Color
Thanks for entering, Mandala!
I want to try the “Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum”. My skin needs a little help :-).
Thanks for entering, Shari!
I’m most interested in trying the serum, I’ve never used one before~
Thanks for entering, Tosha!
I can’t live without my clinique eyeliner! It is all I have ever used! Looks perfect. Thanks for the giveaway!
Thanks for entering, Melissa!
I would like to have the Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum.
Thanks for entering, Jennifer!
I like the Clinique Baby Tint Chubby Stick in Poppin’ Poppy
Thanks for entering, Trish!
I love all the Clinique products, but I reall the mousse and the mascars.
Thanks for entering, Faye!
I am most excited about the Clinique High Impact Mascara as I virtually have no eyelashes.
Thanks for entering, Laurie!
I would love to have the Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser!
Thanks for entering, Annemarie!
I love the Clinique eyeliner!!! One of my top favorites!!
Thanks for entering, Kassie Jo!
I’m excited about the Mascarra!
Thanks for entering, Ellen!
I want to try the Clinique rinse-off foaming cleanser.
Thanks for entering, Charity!
Baby Tint Chubby Stick looks awesome would love to try
Thanks for entering, Andrea!
I would love to try the Foaming Cleanser!
Thanks for entering, Robin!
I would like to give my wife the Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum – She would love it.
Thanks for entering, John!