#ShareBeauty - My Beauty Story

*This post is sponsored by 

Rege

ncy Beauty Institute

 but all my opinions are my o

wn.*

Today I'd like to tell my story on how I

sha

re

bea

u

ty

. If you haven't noticed already, I can be a bit of a beauty junkie. My Makeup Monday posts and my beauty channel may have already given that away, but my love for products started much earlier. This love has allowed me a way to express myself and my creativity. For that I am grateful. So here's my story:

Ever since I was little, I had a deep curiosity for beauty products from my mom's lipsticks to her nail polishes. I love playing with her makeup and her powder brush. The funny thing is my mom is not much of a makeup junkie. In fact, most of the time she is asking my sister and me how to apply her makeup. But even so, I loved the rare times she would get all dolled up either for church or a family party. Truth be told, I probably inherited my love from my aunts on my dad's side more than I did from my mom. Either way, the point is I got hooked.

As I got older, I became obsessed with magazines that had how-to-tutorials (hey this was before YouTube lol) as well as beauty books. I would practice with what I could get my hands on and counted down the days for when I was finally allowed to wear it outside of playing dress up. Soon my mom was coming to me for advice. It became a part of my identity.

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Fast forward to my senior year in high school when I started watching tutorials on YouTube as I tried to learn looks for prom. That soon turned into me watching tutorials constantly and eventually creating my own beauty channel in college. Then this little blog came along where I could further

share b

eauty

and my love for it. My love for beauty will probably never go away and I am glad  it's become such an important part of my life because of my blog.

My passion for beauty and the creative outlet it's given me is why I was excited to join the 

Regency

Beauty Institute and Regency29

 in the

#ShareBeauty

 campaign. Just to fill you in,

Regency Beauty Institute

is one of the leading cosmetology schools in the nation. They have 88 campuses across the country and have been able to grow over the years by taking an innovative approach to learning and helping students to turn their creativity into beautiful careers. To spread awareness , they've created the

"Beauty Grew All Around" video

:

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Even better,

Regency and Refinery29 have come together to present the

#ShareBeautyContest

, which runs from July 8th-August 13th.  All you have to do is try one(or all) of the trends posted on Regency's landing page, then post a picture to Instagram with

#ShareBeautyContest

.

One lucky winner will be chosen following the end of the contest. Each person who enters will have the opportunity to win a customized VIP beauty treatment worth $2,000 from Regency and Refinery29. To enter just click

here

And don't forget to share your beauty stories with me! I'm excited to see the comments :)

Love,

Astrid