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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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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Happy Thanksgiving // Blogtober Day #8

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Or well Canadian Thanksgiving. For all my American friends or friends from other countries Thanksgiving is celebrated in October. Why? I have no clue. Regardless we ate our turkey today and shared what we were thankful for.

I just wanted to come on here and talk a bit about being thankful and what I am thankful for. If you are unaware a couple of weeks ago something tragic happened here in Quebec. There was tornado that hit the west side of my province devastating many communities. There are towns that aren’t there anymore. I have never in my life thought that a tornado would touch down close to me. I have family in that area and it terrified me. I always thought that tornados were for people who lived in the desert or farming states of the United States. This event made me start to think about somethings and put my own life in perspective.

I have always been a very sympathetic and empathetic person. I am devastated for any natural disaster or disaster in general that happens in the world. I hate seeing people suffer and I especially hate seeing people not caring about those who are suffering. Though when it’s close to home for some reason it rings a bit truer that it can be you and you will never expect it.

I have since spent time with my family and realized what is important to me. I have taken the time to be grateful for everything I have. I am thankful for the opportunities I have in life. It also made me realize that I need to live my life for me and not be a slave to others. That is why I have started putting in place actions that will bring me happiness even if it comes off as selfish. I have one life to live and I will be doing what makes me happy.

Thanksgiving though a very controversial holiday does always leave me reflecting on my life. There is so much that we take for granted in our everyday lives and sometimes you need a moment to say thanks. There is always someone doing worse and there is always doing something better, but your pain and hardships are still valid. I feel like that is one of the most important lessons I have learned in my adult life. You have to stop comparing yourself to others and be thankful for what you have and work on what you don’t.

This thanksgiving I will be spending quality time with the people that mean the world to me, my family and close friends. I will be revaluating the things that don’t make my life the way I want it to be. Letting go of people that do not bring me joy. I will stop doing things that make me miserable and I will find a way to bring happiness to my life every day.

I hope my fellow Canadians had an amazing Thanksgiving. For my friends in other places I hope you can bring these thoughts with you into your Thanksgiving meals and reflect on your own life. What are you guys thankful for?

 

 

My Seasonal Depression Tips // Blogtober Day #7

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I’ve mentioned this a couple of times, but I thought I would dedicate a whole post about this. The colder weather is coming and so is my seasonal depression. I have suffered with depression on and off for a few years now. I know when winter comes along it really starts to manifest in my life. I have a post talking about season depression if you’d like to read it. This post is about preventing things like season depression, anxiety and all around having good mental health this fall.

I know a lot about mental health and now to take care of it. Like everyone though, I am a normal person and I slip up sometimes. Sometimes I feel myself not feeling too great and then I realize that there are things that I can do to prevent feeling yucky. Here are some of my tips on how to stay feeling happy through the fall and winter seasons.

  1. Cut out unhealthy things

I don’t mean unhealthy foods per say but every now and again take a second to look around and reflect on the things that are making you unhappy. Whether it be a friend, your job, school whatever it is, pin it down. If you can’t pin it down maybe, it’s time to get external help and talk to a professional. If you can pin it down cut it out. I know that can be scary or difficult but it’s worth it. If it’s a friend, you will find other friends. If it’s your job, apply to other jobs. Make sure that you are setting yourself up for success and get rid of the things that are dragging you down.

  1. Self-care

Take time for self-care. Self-care doesn’t have to be bubble baths and painting your nails if that’s not your thing. Take time to shower, brush your teeth, make sure you are clean, this helps a lot with self-esteem. Self-care is also doing your favourite hobby, eating your favourite food, watching your favourite movie. It is whatever makes you feel happy inside. Do things that bring you job even if it seems selfish. Self-care is also learning to say no to things that you don’t want to do and yes to the things you do. Self-care is all about taking care of yourself and doing things for you.

  1. See professional help

This is a very scary one for most people. Seeking help is like admitting there is something wrong or that you are not strong enough to do it by yourself. I am here to tell you that that isn’t true. Seeking help does not mean there is something wrong with you. Just talking to a therapist can help so much. There are a lot of people that have a therapist or see professionals for other things just to have someone to talk to. You don’t tell people that see a doctor a failure because they couldn’t fix themselves. So, don’t say that about yourself.

  1. See the good in things

Every day I try to take a moment and write down what I am grateful for. I also write down the things that I am unhappy about. I just let myself write and see what it brings me. Sometimes it can be hurtful to see the things I have to say, yet it’s therapeutic. I feel good. I also love to take time to force myself to find something in my day that made me happy. It is impossible that nothing in your day made you happy. There is always something to be grateful for or happy about. Some people call this gratitude writing I just call it journaling. It really is nice, and I suggest everyone to try it.

These are some of my favourite tips for the upcoming months. Putting yourself first and thinking about yourself is not selfish. It’s important to put yourself first sometimes.

The life-changing magic of not giving a fuck is a really incredible book and suggest everyone who is struggling to read it. It talks about letting go of the things that make you unhappy and putting yourself first. Stop caring about what others think and just be you. You can get it here!

Are there any other tips you guys have for dealing with your mental health during the colder months? Do you guys struggle with your mental health? I would love to hear from you guys.

I will see you tomorrow.

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My No Spend November Tips // Blogtober Day #6

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I’m a crazy person. I have decided that a long time ago, but I thought I would just share it with you guys. I decided to do a no spend November. I understand if the minute you read that you decided to just get out of here. You could also be saying “Clara…I think you’re confused…it’s October.” That is correct my lovely friends, it is indeed October. I just need a lot of planning and mental preparation for November.

I have decided in the month of November I will not be spending any money on things that are not budgeted. To clarify I will be paying my bills, buying groceries and probably spending out of the Christmas budget. Other than that, I will not be buying anything else. No take out, no clothes, no things for fun. I will not be wasting any money on things I don’t need but convince myself that I need because I want it. You feel me? So, I thought since I am preparing for a no spend November that maybe I should share some tips for you guys in case you are planning and doing the same.

What is your motivation?

I think this is more of setting yourself up for success more than a tip. I think it’s important for you to have a real reason for a no spend month. If you don’t know why you’re doing it, it’s easier to make a mistake and mess up. My boyfriend and I want to go on a trip, so we need to save up some money to do that. After looking at my bank account I realized that I need to stop spending and be making money. My motivation is being on the beach somewhere sometime in January. I can’t tell you your motivation. I can tell you thought it has to be something that will motivate you enough for you to put that new item down and say you want something else more.

Look at your expenses

Before going into a no spend month I suggest looking at your bank account and see where your money is going. When I decided to do this, I was seeing my savings account dropping like flies and didn’t know why. When I looked at everything I was spending my money on I realized that I was basically just wasting money. I was going to the expensive grocery store a lot just to buy quick meals because I didn’t feel like cooking.  I also bought a lot of fast food. Worst of all I was buying things just to treat myself. If I want to be able to save more money this month I can’t just be treating myself. Looking at your expenses will put everything in a bigger picture. It will also help you pinpoint your weak spots. Where does your money go? So, the next time you want to buy take out or get expensive snacks or whatever your money trigger is, think again.

Have a budget

This may sound a bit crazy but know a budget. The last time I went grocery shopping I calculated practically down to the last cent how much it was going to cost me. By doing that it helped me not just add things to the cart because they looked good. I made a meal plan added everything to the list that I needed to get and saw how much it would cost me. I said that was the max amount I was paying for groceries for the next two week and I stuck to it. I will be doing this from now on. I found that it helped me a lot when I stuck to a list. I also price match and coupon which helps out a lot. This can go for everything else that you need to spend money on that month. If you can’t get out of paying 80$ for your bus ticket or 50$ for your phone, put that in the budget. Be aware of what needs to be spent and tell yourself you can’t go over that amount.

Tell other people/ do it with someone

I think this is one of my most helpful tips. It is proven that you are more likely to accomplish something if you have other people motivating you. I am doing no spend November with my boyfriend, so we get to support each other when it’s difficult. If you have a close friend or even a significant other or family that you can get on board to not spend it will be way easier. It can also become a bit of a competition to see who will crack first. Get someone to join you and you will most likely succeed.

These are some of my no spend November tips.  I would love to hear if any of you guys are planning on not spending this November. If so are there any tips that I missed? I would love to hear from you guys.

I will see you guys tomorrow.

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My Fall Reading List // Blogtober Day #5

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Does anyone else feel like wrapping themselves in a warm blanket, lighting a candle, dimming the lights and just reading? I feel like October brings on that mood for me. Maybe it’s because of the rainy days or the colder weather but I just need a book to warm up my soul haha.

I thought I would share with you guys my fall reading list. I know you guys love my posts about my reading lists so why not do one for fall? I don’t have a big list because I have a lot of books I have to read for school so have to keep my expectations low for this fall. Hopefully, I will be able to read more books, but I don’t think I will be able to. I have four books to share with you guys that I will be reading for the next 2 months.

Cordially Invited by Zoe Sugg

Fellow blogger Zoe Sugg has just came out with a housewarming book. I think that’s what it’s called. It’s all about the seasons and how to throw the best party and decorate your home and other little bits and bobs. I love these kinds of books. I will be honest and say I have a few of them. I was so excited when she announced that she was coming out with this book. I made the error of pre-ordering the book. I pre-ordered it thinking I would get it for the day of the release. Nope. I still haven’t gotten it yet. The book came out the 3rd and yup I’m still waiting for it. According to my tracking information, it hasn’t even been shipped yet. Trust me, I have ordered a lot of things through Amazon and I am not impressed not one bit. Usually, they have better service than this. Regardless I will be devouring this book when I get it.

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Harry Potter by J.K Rowling

I’ve been really wanting to re-read these books for a long time. For whatever reason when I think of fall and books the first thing that pops into my head is Harry Potter. I have a feeling because the beginning of each book kind of starts with fall. I also find Harry Potter to be such a comforting book. There is just something so magical when you read the Harry Potter series that is hard to explain. I just love being in the world that is Harry Potter. I also own all of them. I got them for my birthday a few years back. My boyfriend also owns all of them and just so happened to have the same set as I did. So, we technically have two copies of the books. Now that is hoarding at its best. I can’t get rid of books, by the way, it’s an actual problem. Maybe I should film a bookshelf tour soon? Would that be something you guys would want to see? Anyways back on topic. If you haven’t read any of the Harry Potter books get on that…like now!

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The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck + Get Your Shit Together by Sarah Knight

I put this in the same paragraph because it’s not a series but a series by this author. I bought these books I believe last year because the titles stood out to me. I read one of them when I bought them and never got around to reading the second on. I am also currently feeling like I need to get my life back together and start focusing on what makes me happy and from what I remember of this book it talks about that. I have been feeling a bit unhappy with some stuff in my life and decided it was time to focus on myself and be a bit selfish and make sure that I am happy

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You Can Get The Life Changing Magic HERE! You Can Get Get Your Shit Together HERE!

That was my reading list for this fall. What are you guys reading? Would you guys like it if I filmed a bookshelf tour? If you have read or like any of these books I would love to know! If you want to read along with me for any of these books I would love to know. I think that would be a lot of fun. We can even make a hashtag or something cheesy like that haha.

I will see you guys tomorrow.

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