It’s Pride Month and I’m Pansexual!

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So today is Wednesday June 5th 2019. The 5th of June has historically been associated with Pansexual Awareness Day out of the 30 days of Pride Month. I have been open about my sexuality for a very long time and my family has been amazing and loving from the start.

As today is a day to celebrate being out and proud it always has me reflecting on the people who don’t have that luxury. I am so lucky that I not only live in a country that has allowed legal marriage since 2005 but has a family that loves me regardless of my sexuality. There are so many people that have to watch from a distance while we get to celebrate.

This pride month I am making it my mission to help my local charities that support LGBTQ+ members. I want to make sure those we are still in the “closet” or who have been abandoned by their family still get the love and support they need.

I’ve always been one to think of others in times of celebration. To me, no one should be celebrating when there are people who can’t.

So I would love if members of the LGBTQ+ family, allies, whoever remembers those who aren’t celebrating this month. Please help charities that work hard to help those in need, specifically LGBTQ+ charities this month.

Let’s make sure everyone feels the love even if they can’t.

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Welcome to Clara Caroline Le Bel // We’re Relaunching Baby!!

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If you haven’t noticed, this blog has had a bit of a remodel. We are no longer Collecting Glitter any longer. With so much excitement in my heart, I’ve decided to change my blog to just my name: Clara Caroline Le Bel.

I really was starting to feel stuck being Collecting Glitter. I created the name Collecting Glitter over 2 years ago. I realized I have grown out of the name very quickly. I felt like it just made more sense to make me my own brand.

Collecting Glitter will always hold a special place in my heart but I feel like as a 20-year-old woman it was time to branch out to a more mature blog.

I talk more about it on my Youtube page. I hope that this new chapter for my blog and social media. I will see you on my regular upload day.

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How to Get to Sleep So You Can Wake Up Earlier

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I start school this week and there is one thing that I hate the most when it comes to this time of the year. I fucking hate waking up early. I am a night owl. Mornings are just not for me. I wish I knew why I hate mornings so much. If I could wake up before 12 it would be a miracle. That’s not to say I don’t wake up when I have to for classes or work but trust me, I am not in the best of moods.

The biggest problem I have is that I will literally skip school because I don’t want to wake up. One of my New Years Goals was to start waking up earlier. I want to be able to get up more than 10 minutes before I have to go somewhere. I really want to be one of those people that go to bed early and have half their to-do list done before it’s even the afternoon. To reach these goals I have decided to compile a bunch of tips I have found while doing my own research on how to get up earlier.

  1. Turn Off Electronics

I love watching TV before bed or checking Insta one last time. I’ve quickly realized that I don’t listen to myself though. I will try and squeeze in another episode in or lose track of time while playing Sims or on social media. I always stay up later than I want because I can’t disconnect. That is why I am trying to close the electronics an hour before I want to go to bed. I have replaced that hour with reading/writing time. There are plenty of studies that say that it’s better for you. It helps your brain calm down or something like that. I love to read but as the older I get, I find I have less time to dedicate to it. Now that I am disconnecting I have been able to read more.

2. Change Your Environment

This was an interesting topic that I read up on. I read that turning down the thermostat in your room helps you fall asleep faster and sleep better. I naturally like when my room is cooler when I sleep. After realizing this connection I started to actually change the temperature to 18 degrees Celsius before bed. I also read that spraying lavender scents help calm you down and put you to sleep. Though I don’t do this because it doesn’t super interest me, I know it could work for other people. Don’t get me wrong, I love essential oils. I’ve tried it before and for whatever reason, it just didn’t work for me.

3. Meditation

I love meditation, it makes me feel great. I especially love it for falling asleep. When my anxiety it really helps me calm down and go to bed. I started putting it into practice even when I’m happy. If you’re someone who loves meditation I would try it before bed. Now, if you fall into the “I hate meditation” or “What are you talking about?” category fair enough. I actually have an app that I love for beginners and people who aren’t totally convinced. Breathe is a guided meditation app. You simply put in how you’re feeling and it gives you their suggestions of guided meditations to help you improve how you’re feeling. I’ve been using this app for years. I’ve seen the app Calm being advertised everywhere on social media. It’s fine but you need to pay for most of the features. Breathe has an option to pay but a bulk of their meditations are free. I like free, no I love it. As a broke student, I don’t have 15$ a month to spend on an app that I’m not using multiple times a day. So I highly suggest Breathe.

4. Just Go to Bed Earlier

I know this seems crazy but it actually works. Set an alarm for when you want to go to bed or when you want to get up. Just be strict on yourself until it becomes a habit. This can be done in little steps. If you always go to bed at 2 am. Then make it a goal to close our eyes at 12 even if you don’t fall asleep right away. Look back on other tips for falling asleep aid. I have been trying really hard to slowly go to bed early. It doesn’t even have to be dramatic. Your goal can start off by being 10, 20, 30 minutes earlier than you usually go to bed. Whatever works best for you to get up earlier.

These were my 4 suggestions to help you get up earlier. It’s all about going to bed earlier too. I hope you liked these tips and I would love to know if you’ve ever tried these tips. If you’re a morning person I would love to know what your secret is.

I also filmed a YouTube video if you want to know more tips on this topic.

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I Love Juicy //A Lush Shampoo Review

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I bought something. Maybe it’s a gimmick, maybe it will work, maybe I’m crazy who knows! I bought a shampoo specialized for oily hair at Lush last Monday! I gave it a week and thought I would share it with you guys!

Like always I have an in-depth review on YouTube if you want to see my face talk for like way too long. I would love to see all of you lovely friends over there. So please check it out.

Now on to the review. I kinda decided like 30 seconded before using the product that I would actually review it, #Content. I had high hopes for this product because well, any other shampoo I have ever used had been shit. I don’t mean it in a bad way. I just have oily hair and 99% of shampoo is catered towards people with dry hair. So all those hydrating shampoos are not for me. My hair gets oily that same day when I use those shampoos.

So if it says it’s for people with oily hair, I thought to myself, well how badly can they screw this up? Spoiler: there is no screw-up, it works amazingly!

My first impression was it’s expensive! I don’t know who has 37$ Canadian to spend on shampoo but this girl can’t! I prefer you know the 3$ range. If I can get it cheaper than that then I am a very happy girl. I just find it super hard to justify spending that much money on a small bottle of shampoo. It would only make sense if it would last me over a year and I doubt that will happen. I give it an optimistic few months.

Now, the first thing that struck me while actually using the product was that you don’t need a lot. One squirt and you’ve got enough to cover your head. This is taken into account that I have thin hair. It foams up like a normal shampoo and smells very strong. I bought I Love Juicy which is more of a tropical scent. If that’s not your thing then you will hate this.

Other than that, after a few days of using the shampoo, I noticed a huge change in my hair. Instead of being oily the next day my hair is healthy and shiny. That was very interesting to see. I am very impressed with what this shampoo has been able to do in the short time that I have been using it.

So all in all, I think I kind of love this shampoo haha! The only problem is that it is so expensive. It makes it hard for me to justify buying this product again for the price. But if you are interested in this products you can get it HERE.

Would you guys buy a specialized hair care product for that price? Am I being too picky or is the price insane? Would you or have you ever tried this product? I would love to know what you guys think!

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My 2019 Vision Board

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I am back after a very long writing break. I just needed some time to recharge. I think I will write a post about it sometime soon but for now, we are taking 2019 in stride and talking about my goals!

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I decided to make a vision board because every successful blogger or Youtuber I’ve seen has made one. I thought I may as well make one. Not only to mooch off the success of way more talented people but also because maybe it will work? If I have to see what I want in life every day maybe it will kick my ass into gear to actually do things. We’ll see.

I also made a video of me making this vision board and explaining it if you want to see it. I also have a Youtube channel and would love if you guys checked it out. I posted every day during the month of December for Vlogmas this year.

Let’s get started on what my goals are for this year. At the end of December, I had an overwhelming feeling of need for change. I really wanted 2019 to be better than 2018. I was feeling motivated and like I had the world at my feet. I can do anything and all I need to do is set my mind to it.

  1. Going Vegan

One of my top goals for this year is to go Vegan. I have always wanted to go Vegan. I actually was a vegetarian for about 2 years and then I met my boyfriend. My boyfriend is not vegetarian so I ended up eating meat and meat products with him. I also grew up in a meat-eating family so it wasn’t much of a foreign concept. After eating not very healthy for the last few months I decided I wanted a change. I honestly believe going Vegan is better for you and so does my boyfriend so he is joining me with this goal. There are a lot of people that will disagree with me. That’s okay. I just have done research and now know that eating plant-based it just what I want to do in life. So on January 1st, it started. We have cheated a few times since starting but it’s mostly in terms of cheese haha. I knew it wouldn’t be as easy as going cold turkey but I hope by the end of 2019 we will be fully Vegan.

2. Mental Health

I had a rough time in my first year of college. I have talked about this on multiple occasions. I skip school and get sick a lot. I decided that I was not doing that anymore. I was tired of ruining my own chances in life. I decided that I was taking 2019 to heal myself. I am working on my anxiety always. I just want 2019 to be the year where I get everything under control. I am tired of feeling sick and like I can’t leave my home. I’m not saying that I will be perfect. I am sure I will still get days where I can’t leave the house. I want to make it less than last semester though. That is my goal! I also want to meditate more and do yoga. I want to be more in touch with myself and put my feelings first and needs first.

3. Weight Loss

I want to lose weight. This is one of the biggest new years resolutions of all time. I believe in my heart that 2019 is the year for me to heal myself both mentally, physically and spiritually. Eating better and focusing on my mental health are the stepping stones for weight loss I think. I am at the heaviest I’ve ever been. I actually talk about this in a blog post from a few months ago. I don’t hate how I look per se but I do feel unhealthy and would like to tone up.  So I got a gym membership (who am I kidding? I’ve been paying for it for 6 months and have never gone) and I stopped buying UberEats. Hopefully, by the end of 2019, I will be in a healthier space.

4. Travelling + Seeing My Bestie!

I didn’t get to travel much in 2018. Travelling is one of those things I love the most in the world but I don’t get to do it too often. My goal this year is to really take the leap and go on as many trips as I can. I actually bought a passport holder that I leave on my desk. I believe in putting out into the universe what you want. I want to travel so I bought a passport holder to motivate me to save and plan more trips. Travelling is also important because my best friend lives like over 8 hours away. I miss her so much and really want to make more time to see her this year. There is no excuse. There are enough days in a year to make something work.

5. “Don’t stop until you’re proud”

My quote for this year is the one above. I really want to make this blog and my YouTube channel a full-time income. I hate working for other people and really just want to be my own boss. I actually photoshopped 1000 subscribers under my YouTube channel because I hope that this year will be the year that I will finally be qualified for Ads. I keep saying that I want to prioritize my blog and YouTube as a business but there’s always something that gets away, you guessed it, it’s myself! So this year I created a what I like to call a “content creating schedule” I literally bought an agenda and started scheduling in when things need to be done. It’s keeping my accountable. I want to say it’s working so far, I mean this blog post is up isn’t it?

So those are my 5 goals or New Year’s resolutions or habits or whatever you want to call them for 2019. I thought this was the best way to jump into 2019 with new content for you guys! I will be seeing you guys every Tuesday and Thursday! I hope you liked this post. I would really love to know if you guys have any goals for 2019? Or do you not believe in making goals?

Also, if you want to hear more from me I would love if you subscribed to my YouTube Channel where I post every Tuesday and Thursday also. Like always my posts and videos always go up at 9pm eastern time! I hope to see you guys over there!

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Ariana Grande’s Cloud Perfume Review // Blogtober #10

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This is a bit of a spur of the moment post, but I thought it would make for some cool content since I think I’m a beauty guru every now and again. I bought the Ariana Grande Cloud perfume and I wanted to write a review for you guys.

I got this perfume because I saw her posting about it on her social media and was super intrigued by the way the scent was described. I wasn’t planning on buying it because I didn’t think I would like it. Usually, when I read about a scent online I always think I will like it but then when I actually smell it it’s not at all like the description.

I went to my local pharmacy that sells perfumes in hopes that it would be there. She was promoting it on an online website, but I had a feeling we would sell it at this drug store. It was a bit expensive online with shipping and customs, so I wanted to make sure I liked it first. Luckily enough and to my surprise, they did have the perfume. It smells amazing!

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It smells soothing. There are notes of lavender which has soothing properties. Lavender is known to help people that suffer for anxiety and that is one of the big reasons by I wanted to check out the perfumes. I find this perfume is super relaxing and helps with my anxiety when I wear it. I also find it super fitting that her perfume does that. She has mentioned that she has been suffering with anxiety so maybe there is a connection. It is 100% possible though that it’s just a coincidence. There are also hints of bergamot, pear, coconut, and vanilla. I hate vanilla I’ve said this on multiple occasions, but I feel like it’s not overpowering and really blends well with the scent.

What’s also super cool about the perfume is that it came with a free gift. Now, usually, a free gift to me is not that cool. They’re kind of garbage most of the time. Well, I am pleased to say that the gift was not garbage! It was this super cute white and sheep texture backpack. I found it was super fitting with the perfume being called Cloud and all. Usually, her free gifts are headbands with ears on it which was the old era. The backpack is super cute and really good quality. I will be for sure using it as a purse since it’s meant to be tiny.

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My final thoughts are that the perfume smells incredible. I love the scent. I also super love the packaging and the fact that it comes with a really cool free gift. It also wears for a long time and there’s a lot of product for what you are paying. I’m interested to find out if the soothing scent was intentional or not. I would try to tweet her about it, but the chances of an answer are very slim. So, if anyone knows if it’s true or not I would love to know.

Has anyone tried this perfume yet? If so I would love to hear your thoughts.

See you guys tomorrow.

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My Fall Morning Routine // Blogtober Day #9

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It’s kind of strange that I am posting a morning routine on here since all my posts go up at 9pm eastern time but why not? I thought I would share with you guys my morning routine for fall time. I usually go to school every morning during the week except Friday. On Friday’s I do all my blog stuff. I leave one day to write posts, make my social media content, record videos. Everything I have to do to make sure this blog is a well-functioning machine. I thought it would be cool to share with you guys my morning routine on my “work days” rather than on a school day. Two reasons for this, it’s more interesting and I really don’t do anything on school mornings, I throw myself together and look like garbage every day at school.

Let’s jump right into it. I always start my morning with waking up way latter than I should. I get up around 10-11. It really depends on the day and I don’t super force myself to stay on a schedule. I let myself have that one day to sleep in. I have to be up early during the week for school and early for work on the weekends. So, I slowly get up and check my phone. I usually have some notifications, so I check out what’s happening for a few minutes. Once I’m awake a drink a glass of cold water. I find this wakes me up more than any coffee would.

As I’m drinking my water I go over everything that I want to get done today. I have mental list most times, but I take this time to write it down, so I can visually see what needs to happen. After the list is done I get on it. I start with breakfast/early lunch. Sometimes I eat breakfast food, sometimes I don’t. It depends on what is in the fridge and how much effort I want to put into making it. I also make myself a tea. I don’t drink tea for the caffeine but more because I like how warm it is and since it’s getting cold out I need something to warm me up in the morning.

As I’m eating I double check my to-do list and the weather. If there’s things I’m planning on doing outside I look to see if the weather will permit it. Sometimes I film outside or need to take pictures. If it’s pouring rain I have to move those things to next week or hope that the weather will clear up for enough time for me to get it done.

After eating I put on some YouTube to catch up on my fellow YouTubers and open up my computer. Again, I go back and forth between my desk and my bed. I find I’m more productive if I sit at my desk. If I’m on my bed I get distracted a lot with computer games or social media. I guess when I sit at my desk in work mode.

I spend the day writing blog posts, making social media content and editing videos. I also set up and film videos or take pictures for blog posts. I typically do this for the rest of the day.

This is my morning routine. I hope you guys enjoy it. I’m a slow morning person and I don’t wake up at the crack of dawn like most bloggers or YouTubers. I also don’t get ready, like put on makeup unless I have to film or take pictures. I also shower at night. I do brush my teeth though and go to the bathroom, but I didn’t think that would be all that interesting.

What do you guys do in the morning? Do you guys prefer to be up early or late? I would love to know what your morning routines look like so let me know.

I will see you guys tomorrow.

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