Thursday, June 26, 2014

New Voices Of Beauty: Lessons Learned & Highlights

Today's post is all about my 6-month experience as one of the New Voices of Beauty and brand ambassador for COVERGIRL, Olay, Pantene and Secret.  Wow, 6 months really flew by!  P&G and Lucky asked all four of us to do a recap post on the highlights of this journey, lessons learned, and all things in between.      



Lessons Learned 

I have to start out by saying that this whole experience would have never happened if I didn't take the risk of stepping outside of my comfort zone.  I remember getting the initial email for the New Voices of Beauty casting that was going to take place during the Lucky FABB Conference in NYC back in October.  As soon as I saw the words "video casting," I freaked out.  For me, being put on the spot in front of a camera is something that I am still trying to get used to.   I get so nervous (it's happened all my life) and I tend to ramble on.  Writing has always been a strong point for me, so I'm used to being able to take the time and think about the thoughts and feelings that I want to express.  Doing something live and on the spot is a whole different world for me.  As nervous as I was, I decided to just go for it.  My father would always say, "What do you have to lose?" - I take that advice with me everyday.  So I did the video interview, made it as a finalist, and then after a couple rounds of voting was named one of the New Voices of Beauty... and none of that would have ever happened if I didn't just go for it!  Fear of the unknown or of failing can only hold you back.  This whole experience made me realize how amazing it is to be comfortable with the uncomfortable.  It's all about that nervous and scared feeling you get and being able to push through that.... that's where the magic happens.   You have to remind yourself that you ARE capable.  Be proud of your accomplishments and never let anyone take that away from you, including yourself. 



Highlights 

Being able to work with COVERGIRL, Olay, Pantene and Secret has really been amazing.  These are brands that I have used for years and I would have never thought an opportunity like this would ever be possible.  As part of the contest, we each won a year's supply of products from all four brands, which is awesome.  I've shared some of those products on my blog & Instagram and will definitely continue to post about more of them. I'm also sharing some with you guys today! (see end of post) But my favorite part about this whole experience was definitely the trips and meeting so many great people along the way.

They sent all four of us to NYC back in January to film a video campaign.  It was my first time doing a video of that nature and I couldn't have asked for a better team of people to share that experience with.  From brunch and shopping to filming in the cold and hanging out with the girls, it's something that I will always cherish. 



My fellow NVB: Katie, Nikki and Amy





Back in April, they sent the four of us to LA for Lucky FABB West.  They had a special section for us at the brunch and they played our video.  It gave us the opportunity to meet a ton of new people and share our experience as the NVB.  They even gave us an on-the-spot interview (where I made fun of myself lol.) We got to meet Eva Chen, editor-in-chief of Lucky, and they surprised us by featuring our photo in the June/July 2014 issue of Lucky.  It was a great feeling to have that recognition.  Thank you Lucky! 







I hope you guys enjoyed taking this journey with me!  I'm looking forward to what is yet to come.  To all of those who voted for me during this process, I truly appreciate your kindness and support.
 A huge thank you to Lucky Magazine and P&G Beauty, especially Dina, Jamie, Nina and Emme! 
And to my fellow NVB, Nikki, Katie and Amy, you girls are all amazing! <3

Now it's GIVEAWAY time!


 I've shared a bunch of these products with my family and friends, but I wanted to share some with you too.  One winner will get everything in this picture above. It's super easy to enter through the widget below and I will be emailing the winner on Tuesday 7/1.  Good luck loves! <3




Disclosure: This has been a sponsored post in collaboration with Lucky Magazine and P&G Beauty.  All opinions expressed are my own and this has not been edited by any third parties. 

22 comments:

  1. What an amazing experience! "Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new. -Brian Tracy"
    xoxo

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    1. I love that quote and it's so true! <3

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  2. I remember seeing you on the tv screen at brunch and saying...'Wait that's you' haha and you were so embarrassed! You look fab Naty and I'm so glad you did it because it made us talk and connect at brunch :) See ya tonight!
    xo,
    Melissa
    MissyOnMadison.com

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    1. Haha! I remember that. So great meeting you there! <3

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  3. It looks like a lot of fun! You inspire me to keep going with my blog

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    1. It really was! Keep pushing forward with whatever it is that you want and you will get it <3

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  4. You're a true fashion inspiration Naty

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  5. I have been following you since the beginning and I am so happy to see all the good things you have accomplished. You are truly an inspiration to all of us. You followed your dreams!!

    Great post :)
    xo,
    Yaudy
    http://yaudycristinafashionista.blogspot.com/2014/06/my-grandmothers-skirt.html

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    1. That means a lot to me thank you love! <3

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  6. It seems like I've known you all my life. I'm glad you had this wonderful experience. You are such a darling Naty and I wish you more of these opportunities to come :)
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    1. You are too sweet thank you so much for that girl! xoxo

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  7. You're amazing naty! Thank you for
    Doing this
    Giveaway!

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  8. very happy for all you have accomplished!!! you inspire me to keep pushing forward because a small time girl getting opportunities like you have encourages me that the same can happen for me.. keep sharing your story we love you!
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    1. wow thank you so much for that! anything can happen for anyone when you truly believe in it! <3

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  9. So happy for you! Congratulations on this amazing opportunity and accomplishment!! :) xo
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  10. You absolutely deserve all and more of these opportunities babe, because you just know how to put up all your best in everything that you do, truly you are an insipiration,kind hearted, and above all so down to earth that's one of the best quality of yours,... Am really happy for you, may you get more & more of every single thing that you desire, GOD BLESS YOU LOVE....
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