Saturday, January 31, 2015


This cute little girl was admitted to the hospital Thursday night. She was in so much pain, and needed the doctors to help her. We got her back this morning and it brought a new perspective to my life. I don't care if I ever buy another cosmetic in my life as long as I have my family happy and healthy. Xena and Anna are my everything, and I would give up my whole life to be with them always. Words can't express how happy I am that my little girl is back home with us. I love her soooooo much.


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Beauty Wish List

I have decided to start a running list of all of the makeup/beauty related products that are on my “wish list”. Since there are a number of products are online only and on certain websites, I am going to put links too. This will probably be updated as I get things, but I thought I would share with everyone the things that I am lusting after. Enjoy!
1.       Colour Pop eyeshadows. $5 each on “girl crush”, “hanky panky”, “bill”, “mittens”, “doe a deer”, “Fairfax”, “hustle”, “cricket”, “liberty” “get lucky”
2.       Colour Pop lip stix. $5 each on “feminist”
3.       Glamour Doll Eyes Box Set. $21 each on “tattoo parlor”, “matte about you”, “grease”
4.       Kat Von D “shade + light contour palette” $42 on
5.       Becca “The one perfecting brush” $49 on
6.   Sigma “spa brush cleaning glove” $35 on
7. Beauty Blender Pro $19.99 on (the black one)
8. tarte: the sculpter contouring face slenderizer in "park ave princess" $24 on
9. tarteist clay paint liner $24 on

I am sure that this list will evolve over time, but this is it so far. Let me know if any of you have tried any of these products.


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Blogging challenge day 25: best physical feature

My green eyes are, in my opinion, my best physical feature. Here is a pic without makeup (with eyebrows on) hard to see my eyes, but they're there.


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Blogging challenge day 24: a difficult time in my life

There was a time during my second year at college when I questioned what I was doing with my life. I contemplated dropping out of college and going to beauty school. I changed my major to "public relations" which was not right for me. I was hanging out with a different crowd of friends, and just really was unhappy. I couldn't even explain it. When I turned 21, I continued to struggle with how to deal in the college world. I was on prescriptions for bipolar disorder and depression, which basically turned me into a zombie. They were not working. I ended up taking a week off from school, stopped all my medications, and relaxed at home. I ended up switching my major back to "fashion design and merchandising", stopped my part time job, and tried to hang out with different people. It all helped. I would say that I had one of my first real break downs at that time. It was scary, but without my family, I don't think I could have made it through. 


Friday, January 23, 2015

Blogging Challenge Day 23: pet peeves

Well this is definitely a relevant blog post. I just got mad a few minutes ago.

1. When men leave the toilet seat up

2. When food orders are wrong

3. When pens/markers disappear on days I am off from work, and no one owns up to taking them

4. When basic rules are not followed because of laziness, not rebellion

Most of the time when I have a pet peeve, it is at work, and it revolves around common sense and courtesy.


Blogging Challenge Day 22: 10 Favorite Songs

Really? You are going to ask me to pick this!?!?!?!

Okay so as of right this second, here it goes! (in no particular order)

1. "Somewhere to hide" by Shiny Toy Guns
2. "Lost stars" by Adam Levine
3. "Moments" by Tove Lo
4. "Muscle Memory" by Lights
5. "My blood" by Ellie Goulding
6.  "Alive" by Krewella
7.  "That's what you get" by Paramore
8. "Glory and gore" by Lorde
9. "Can't hold us" by Sumo Cyco
10. "Fire n gold" by Bea Miller

I am sure these will change in a week from now, but these are the ones I like today.


Blogging Challenge Day 21: Something I miss

I miss the 90's. The 1990's. Tv, movies and music was so much better than it is now. In the 90's I was in the single digit age group, so I was a kid. Life was simple being a kid. I could listen to Spice Girls, watch Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and play Barbies for hours and hours.


Blogging Challenge Day 20: Where do i want to be in 10 years...

I know that I want to be married, start a family, and not be living in the same apartment I am living in now. In 10 years I will be 39. I hope that I will be making more money, I will still have a close relationship with my family, and I will still be with Anna. Xena will still be alive (she is 6 now). 

I just want to be happy, healthy, and alive 10 years from now.


Blogging Challenge Day 19: My worst habits

Picking. I pick and bite my cuticles. And i am often embarrassed when i meet new work clients, because i have to shake hands.


Blogging challenge day 18: what am i afraid of?

I have a terrible fear of drowning. Dark, still water scares the shit out of me. I prefer swimming in a pool rather than a lake/river/ocean. I need to know that there is an end.


Blogging Challenge day 17: Favorite childhood book

Of course at the moment I am not at home, so I cannot take a picture of my favorite childhood book, nor remember the title of the book.

To be updated later...


Blogging Challenge day 16: Dream Job

Oh gosh. This is always a hard topic. Before I get into things, let me start off by talking a little bit about what I do right now...

I will not reveal the name of my company, or tell you what I do for a living. What I will say is that I love the company I work for. I have made great friends, and great money since I started in 2011. I couldn't ask for a better boss. The friends I have made are for life. The company takes care of its employees, which keeps us from not wanting to leave.

That being said, I am not working in the industry that I went to school for or my "dream job". I studied Fashion Design and Merchandising in college. I would also love to be a makeup artist.

The reality is that I work a job that pays well, has fantastic benefits, and takes care of its employees. Sometimes one of the hardest things in the world is to put your dreams on hold for security and stability.

Blogging and filming videos for YouTube is a way for me to indulge in my interests, even though I cannot make it a career right now.

I am thankful for the opportunities that have presented themselves to me, and I am excited for the future.


Blogging Challenge day 15: Timeline of my day

My days are not the same Monday through Friday. I work in an office where I work on weekend days as well as weekdays. Below is a timeline of the general weekday for me.

6:30am-7:00am (it varies based on how tired I am) wake up. put in contact lenses, take a shower
7:15am- dry off, take pills, put on deodorant. put on basic undergarments and a pair of sweats or shorts
7:20am- feed the dog. have a diet coke and a zone bar
7:25am- turn on youtube and watch videos in my feed, do makeup, eat. do hair.
8:00- take the dog to the bathroom
8:15- get dressed, brush my teeth.
8:30- out the door! head to starbucks
8:40- order my starbucks (grande nonfat, nowhip, java chip frappucino and either a butter croissant or everything bagel with cream cheese)
9:00am- arrive at work
1:00pm- lunch break
2:00pm- back to work
6:00pm- leave work and head directly home
6:15pm (depends on traffic and if i stayed late at work) arrive home and decide what to eat for dinner

The rest of the evening will vary. eat, watch tv, read books. (anna takes xena to the bathroom and feeds her dinner)

10:00pm- take the dog out for the last pee before bed

Read till I fall asleep.

Then do it all over again the next day.


Blogging Challenge Day 14: What's in my handbag

First of all, I want to apologize for not posting blogs since the 13th. I have failed this challenge miserably!

For this particular blog, I am going to post a photo and the contents of my purse in the future. (I do not have my purse handy at the moment)


Friday, January 16, 2015

Blogging challenge day 13: favorite quote

"The hardest thing in this world is to live in it" (from Once More With Feeling, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical episode)

"It's just a spark, but it's enough to keep me going" ("last hope" by Paramore)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Blogging challenge day 12: if I won the lottery...

Forget the lottery, I'd be happy with a few million! But I could definitely use lottery money as much as possible. The first thing I would do is pay off my credit card and my car payment. Then Anna's credit card and car payment. I'd give my parents the money to pay off the rest of my student loans. I would buy my sister a new car and give her money to buy a house. I would pay off my parents mortgage and cars so they could move wherever they want and not take a loss on selling their house. I would buy Anna and me our dream house and a house on the beach for vacation. With the remaining money, there are a few longtime good friends I would give money to so they wouldn't have to struggle day to day. I would probably adopt 2 children and give them an amazing life. Maybe get another poodle if xena wouldn't get angry about it. I would like to travel to my dream destinations. I would shop a little. Donating money is very important, and I may start a scholarship fund for students like me, whose parents made too much money on paper, but the reality is that there were still bills to pay and anything could help. I would probably volunteer a lot with animal rescues because I have such a passion for dogs. And the rest would be invested into accounts for my children and our family to live on comfortably.

Call me practical, but just being able to pay the bills and not stress out means more than fancy cars and jewelry.


Monday, January 12, 2015

Blogging challenge day 10: first celebrity crush

The first celebrity crush I had was Zac Hanson. My sister and I were very big Hanson fans back in the day. 


Blogging Challenge Day 11: Most Proud Moment

There are a few moments in my life that I can honestly say I am proud of. I graduated college on time, I have an apartment, I bought my own car, and I have a steady job. But there is nothing than I could be more proud of than "coming out".

Being a product of a conservative household, and growing up in the 90's "gay" was not something that was as "common" as it is now. Mostly when people think of gay back then they immediately associate it with AIDS or HIV. This is pretty sad.

When I was in High School (between 2001 and 2004), things were still not as easily accepted as they are now. USA society has come a LONG way in 10 years. I remember being stared at, having to sneak around at school, and feeling that "someone was watching me" when I had my first high school girlfriend. I remember being caught between the part of me that was the uber Christian girl who went to youth group and church and representing a faith that speaks out against homosexuality. I was basically living a lie to appease my parents.

This continued through my years in college, and I really struggled between what was believed to be "right and wrong". I had my share of boyfriends and girlfriends, but nothing too serious. Little did my parents know there was a struggle going on inside of me that I felt I could not tell them in fear of being "kicked out" or "not loved anymore". This was also a point in my life where my parents financed my life 100%. I had no way to live on my own without having their support.

Post college, I still dated guys. It seemed like what everyone wanted and expected me to do. I even came close to settling for a guy who made his job his priority and basically wanted me to follow in his footsteps. There was very little attraction there, but he seemed like the winner I thought my parents would love for me to marry.

It wasn't until we broke up in May of 2012 that I came to my senses. I had decided that I would be Ok to be a single lady forever, and not worry about finding "the one".

And then I met her. Actually it is kind of a funny story. I saw her at least once a week from a distance, and always wondered who she was. Instant attraction on my part. Little did I know that she thought I was the cute girl in the office, and teased about getting my number. Without giving away my occupation, I do have to give it credit, or else I never would have met Anna, the love of my life, who I will be marrying Oct 31, 2015.

We started dating in August of 2012, and it was a secret to my family. I claimed I had a new "friend" i was hanging out with, or I failed to even mention that she existed (which it totally wrong, and I am quite ashamed of it now) we moved in together February 2013. I never invited my parents over nor did I ask for help with moving. Still they knew nothing.

It wasn't until a day when I was with my mom and sister sitting at their kitchen table, when I lost it. I had to let it all out. I cried my eyes out and told my mom that I am gay and that I am with Anna and I love her. My sister remained silent and just looked at me. My mom told me "I knew". In that moment, I was hysterical, but I was so brave to let it all out. I was so proud of myself in that moment and I felt a huge weight lifted off of my shoulders.

It took a good year before I started to feel more and more comfortable talking to my parents about my relationship. I have continued to open up and express my feelings and talk more about my relationship, and how happy I am to be free of the lie I lived for so many years.

And I want everyone to know that I have a loving and supportive family. They never make me feel horrible for being myself and I can't thank them enough for that.

I am telling this story because I think it is important to let everyone know a little bit more about me on a personal level, and to show you why I am the way that I am. I love Anna with all of my heart, and I cannot wait to be her wife!


Saturday, January 10, 2015

Blogging challenge day 9: tattoos

I currently have 3 tattoos. My first is a lightening bolt on my foot I got in 2010 by janelle Cuba in California. The second is a cursive v on my left wrist done by alfie in 2013. The third is the cover of the paramore "brand new eyes" album butterfly with the lyrics from the song last hope "it's just a spark, but it's enough to keep me going. I got the third at the dc tattoo expo in 2014 from Duffy. Below are photos. I am currently working with tattoo artist Sarah miller (from season 2 of ink masters) for my 4th tattoo- a back piece inspired by the tv show "Buffy the vampire slayer". This will take place this spring. Enjoy my pics and feel free to ask questions. 


Blogging challenge day 8: an old photo of me


I give you one of my high school senior photos. Wow that was 11 years ago. Yeah I thought I was all cool with my blonde flippy hair. Back then it was the shit. But now I love my long black locks:


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Blogging challenge day 7: 10 favorite foods

I'm a junk food junkie. And it's bad. But I'm about to reveal the truth of my favorite foods.

1. Pizza 
2. Banquet chips
3. Italian subs (I prefer jimmy johns "Vito")
4. Salads (the one healthy thing I like)
5. Big burgers (with bacon and onions)
6. Onion rings (yeah, gross but delicious)
7. Chick fil a (omg deliciousness)
8. Chips and salsa
9. String cheese
10.taco bell

These are a few of my favorite things


Blogging challenge day 6: 3 personality traits I'm proud of

My first thought is, just 3? But seriously, let's get on with it.

1. I'm loyal. Like a dog. lol. I stand by my friends and loved ones, even when they do stupid stuff.

2. I'm unique. I'm not just one of those crazy girls. I'm a little bit of a Wacky personality but also sweet at the same time. 

3. I'm sometimes silly. I like to make silly faces and duck lips and buggy eyes.

Ok that was lame. But it's hard to come up with stuff on the spot.


Monday, January 5, 2015

Blogging challenge day 5: my guilty pleasure

This is a tough one. Most of the things I like are very well known to the world. I'm not one to hide my interests. 

My latest obsession is a game called "quarriers". Our next door neighbors got it, and we have played for hours and hours so far. It is quite easy, and a bit of luck helps you out with the randomness.

It's a dice game and you have spells and wizards and all sorts of monsters and things. Basically it is for the lover of Dungeons and Dragons. But also for anyone who loves a fun game that is never exactly the same twice. 

Go search for it on amazon.


Sunday, January 4, 2015

Blogging challenge day 4: earliest childhood memory

I have a really hard time remembering anything from my childhood. All that I remember comes from photos and home videos. It's sad really. I think I need to be hypnotized. 

I do remember that I loved playing barbies. I loved reading "the babysitters club little sister" books. I would sit in my room and listen to Roxette tapes and drawing pictures of fashion. 

If I could remember more, I would be very thankful. But I really don't.


Saturday, January 3, 2015

Blogging challenge day 3: meaning behind the name "Gleamogirljoelle"

Gleamogirljoelle is my "business name". How in the world did I come up with that?? Well when I was getting ready to start my YouTube channel, I wanted to come up with a word that describes my personal style. At the time, "emo" was a popular word. And I bought most of my wardrobe from Hot Topic, which was appropriate at the time. But I also had the part of me that is stylish and glamorous. So I combined "glam" and "emo" and came up with the word "gleamo". And the Joelle part, yeah well that's my birth name. 

So there you have it. I hope that was informative.


Friday, January 2, 2015

31 Day Blog Challenge Day 2: 20 Facts about Me!

So for the blog post topic today, I have to come up with 20 facts about me…

Here it goes…

1.       My birthday is February 16 (I will be 29 this year)
2.       I grew up with blue eyes, but they changed once I got to my 20’s, and now they are green
3.       I am a natural dirty blonde/light brown hair. I dye my hair black.
4.       I am 5’ 4” tall
5.       I wear a size 7 ½ shoe.
6.       My favorite drink is Diet Coke
7.       On my bucket list is to meet Joss Whedon. I would love to be an extra is something he creates.
8.       I have a LOT of allergies. I am allergic to a lot of fruits, vegetables and nuts. Makeup allergies are the worst (I am allergic to e.l.f. eye products)
9.     My favorite TV show of all time is Buffy the Vampire Slayer
10.   I really really don’t like the Kardashians
11.   My favorite singer is Lights. I have seen her in concert 10 times (literally)
12.   I have 3 tattoos (more coming this year)
13.   My favorite band is Paramore. I met them in 2004, and have seen them in concert 4 times
14.   I love reading, and I prefer to hold books in my hand, NOT an e-reader. (I do have a Nook though)
15.   I have one blood sister. Her name is Jayme and she is 3 years older than me.
16.   I have been filming youtube videos for 5 (almost 6) years. My first channel is still active (seeingpink7)
17.   I have had the same phone number since I was 16.
18.   I did not get my driver’s license till I was 20 years old. This was by choice.
19.   I am engaged, and hope to be married by March 2015 (eek)
20.   I have a dog. She is a 6 year old miniature poodle named Xena. She is the color apricot.
Well, that’s all I can think of. I hope you enjoyed these few facts about me. Keep reading for more of the 31 day blog challenge!



Thursday, January 1, 2015

Blog challenge day 1: Introduction

Hi. Hello there. I'm Joelle. I write blogs. I also film videos on YouTube under the name "Gleamogirljoelle", which is probably how you stumbled across this blog in the first place. I live in Virginia with my fiancĂ© Anna and our miniature poodle Xena. I enjoy reading, playing The Sims 3, and browsing Instagram and Pinterest. I am excited about 2015. I'm getting married, my friend is getting married, and I'm trying to lose that extra belly fat. Thanks to everyone who is reading this blog. 
This is a picture of me after spending an hour in the gym this morning busting my ass trying to lose weight. Follow me on myfitnesspal! 

Okay that's it. Intro complete.