Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Craftiness on a Budget

Hey guys! Here's my second youtube video!
Craftiness on a budget!
I've been inspired by so many different bloggers to try new makeup ideas
and new crafts!! The downside is the cash flow ;)
So I decided, I'd be a bit creative and shop at some of the
best places! (for my budget anyways  ^_^
The results should be coming up soon :D


Warrent for it's arrest: Killing girls all over the world.

Sure it may sound a bit dramatic, we know in most cases insecurity doesn't kill anyone physically, but it can kill a person internally. Have you ever seen a person fade away before your eyes? A person once so lively, now emotionally dead. Are you that person? At one point or another we've all faced the giant of insecurity. Oh the tears we've cried in vain because somehow we believe we don't quite measure up, whether a person is insecure about their looks, who they are, or their skills, insecurity creeps in every form, lingering about for its next prey.

I'm not here to pretend life is perfect. I'm here to let you know you are not alone! I am battling the same struggle, but I'm also here to tell you that there is a purpose in our struggles. Growth & support. To lean on and help one another. Often times when I fall into my slumps, I feel alone, wondering if I'm the only one. If any of you feel the same way I'm here to tell you, you're not alone, there of thousands of people feeling the way you do. Me included!

I found this post on
and I thought I would share it with you.

People who are insecure can:

  • Have difficulties in establishing healthy, long-lasting relationships.

  • Be perceived incorrectly by others as being snobbish or uppity; therefore, they are avoided due to the others' misperceptions.

  • Become victims of fears that impair their freedom of action or choice.

  • Be candidates for paranoia feeling "others'' are out to get them.

  • Scare others away from them by their defensive attitude.

  • Be over-controlled emotionally, having problems letting others in on their emotions. This can lead others to guess what is going on until the passivity of the insecure person leads to an over-reaction by the others, resulting in conflict or rejection.

  • Have problems on the job or in school when they have the knowledge, skills and abilities to do a task efficiently but are told to do it in a different, less effective manner. They get so uptight about the job and are fearful of standing up for what they believe that they get angry, hostile, and resentful until they either quit or succeed in submerging their emotions.

  • Get passed over for promotions, advances, or honors because they are so quiet about what it is they do. This leads the insecure persons to feel more unaccepted, unappreciated, and under-valued.

  • Have problems meeting people and often can become debilitated socially by chronic shyness.

Become so inward that they seek to escape into their fantasy life rather than deal with the reality of their lives.

These side effects are not much fun for anyone who has or is experiencing them. Do not lose hope.

1. You're not alone.
2. We are our own worst critics, truth of the matter, probably no one else sees you the way you see
3. Try and block your negative self-talk. (easier said than done)
4. Tell yourself you are beautiful, even if you don't believe it at first, eventually someday you will :D
5. If you feel uncomfortable talking with people, start slowly, but take yourself out of that comfort
     zone and chatter up a stranger, read up on communication skills, perhaps take a speech class.
6. If you're feeling ugly, start working out and eating healthy, and spoiling yourself with girly things,
     for some reason it tends to help, at least for the moment.
7. Try to surround yourself with people who are encouraging and lift you up :D Friends that put you
      down even jokingly for the time being, probably aren't the best for you to be around. Sure you
       laugh at the moment, but when insecure thoughts start creeping in, it only feeds on the words you
       once laughed at.
8. Try new things, find something you enjoy. Remember even if you're not so good at something in  
     the beginning, no one got anywhere over night. It took lots of hardwork, practice, and mess ups. :D

Please, in no way think I've got all the answers or that I am good at keeping up with any of these. All these things are a lot easier said then done, especially in those low moments where you don't seem to think straight. Just know, we're in this together.

If you have a friend or family member who is insecure, be patient and understanding. You can play a big role in that person's growth. If that person doesn't take your compliments very well, don't take it personal, that person isn't trying to take away from your kind words, that person just can't understand how it can relate to them. Encourage and lift up, but most of all be patient and help them grow. :D

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. 5For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. 6If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. 7And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort. 2 Corinthians 1-7.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Oh to live on childhood dreams and make believe.

Oh how I miss the carefree days of our youth that seemed to pass so quickly.
Days of make believe. Where snapping on a pair of fins were as easy as a
dash of fairy dust. Where daily visits to places no one else has seen were free
and our escape was as simple as our imagination. Oh imagination, the freer
of reality, fighting off boredom with the swords of kings, off to conquer over pain.

But is imagination really all that far away or is there still a place in all of us that secretly still
longs to be a mermaid or wishes unicorns were real? I pray those dreams never fade being pushed out
by life's demand, may we all carry along somewhere our childhood dreams and fantasies.

The top right picture is from pinkytoast you can check her out on flickr and
and the bottom right picture of the mermaid was made by you can also visit her blog at

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Egyptian Magic

So I must say that I love watching Bubzbeauty's videos on youtube. She is soo adorable!
In one of her videos she gave a review on this Egyptian Magic Creme featured above. Bubbi did such a good job on the review that I have been eying Egyptian Magic on I ended up showing my mom the video and my mom being the best mom ever surprised me by getting one for me and one for her at Whole Foods. I am going to be trying it and giving updates on how this creme works out for me and hopefully I can be just as helpful as Bubzbeauty.  I'm going to give the cream two weeks before I update any results!
Until then watch Bubzbeauty!!

Also watch her great video on a natural face mask she uses to achieve clearer, fresher skin.

I will also be trying this out and updating you guys on it. Enjoy :D

Monday, October 19, 2009

Freshlook Turqouise Contacts

Hi guys!

I posted a video on youtube on my Freshlook Turquoise contacts. I've been watching a lot of videos lately on contacts and found them very helpful in making my decision to order Solotica Hidrocor Ice. Before I started my research I went out and bought these turquoise lenses which I really like and hopefully the video will be somewhat useful to you.

If you have any questions I'd be more than happy to answer them or if you have any advice on how I can make the video better I would gladly take them! I guess you can say I'm a noob at all of this.

Friday, October 16, 2009

A Strive to be Thin

What is it about us women constantly striving to be thin? Why is it that the media has such a strong influence in creating our idea of beauty? I speak as a guilty party who has fallen under the trap of lies. Although knowing our idea of beauty today is one set upon fakeness (pardon my made up word ) and unrealistic views, it still carries such a strong hold of hope that somehow and someway we can achieve the ultimate. Do you ever find that you are harder on yourself than anyone else? I know I do. For example, Queen Latifah is one of the most beautiful women both inside and out. Even before she began losing weight on Jenny Craig’s diet I never thought she needed to lose weight because she was gorgeous the way she was with her gorgeous face and beautiful curves.

If I can see her for all her beauty, why is it that l I had such a struggle with feeling hideous weighing 176 3 yrs ago? And what was I willing to sacrifice to attain beauty? For many years I just continued to see myself growing…not taller…but sideways but I had no motivation to do anything until I got really sick for 4 months and realized I had to change some habits. Not only did the sickness motivate my new change but a comment from a stranger that has forever stayed. I was walking down the mall when an older man looked and said loud enough for me to hear, “she would be so pretty if she lost weight, it’s a shame she’s so fat”. A strangers words that are just for a moment can have an ever longing effect.

I'm the plumpier one on the left

My strive to be healthy began by watching Extreme Makeover (not the home edition) and I became motivated believing that I could make a change as well and so I began a diet. Slowly but surely I began losing. After going to several doctors, even the Mayo clinic, which is one of the best hospitals, and having no answer or solution to what was causing me to have horrible migraines everyday and low blood pressure that would cause me to pass out after standing for just 2 minutes, my father recommended I go to a natural doctor. I went to see Dr. Corey Cameron who was an answered prayer. Dr. Cameron was able to get me off all the strong medicines and put me on a detox called Isagenix, I began to feel healthy, and I ended up doing the 90 day Isagenix program and lost 30 lbs! I was able to start working out again, spinning, jogging, and aerobics.

The picture below was after I did the Isagenix.

This was when my now hubby, was just a very good friend :D What a hottie! (sorry got sidetracked)

The Isagenix brings great results but it is really hard to follow after 90 days so I had to start thinking of a more long term solution. I started looking around at different diet pills and researching. Finally I chose Hydroxycut. Hydroxycut worked! People were asking me how I lost so much weight so fast! In a matter of weeks! I liked the added energy but the only downfall was the heart palpitations that sometimes would not allow me to work out. Although I knew of harmful consequences it was not enough to make me stop, because the results held greater value.

A friend of mine started taking these chinese pills called Lida and lost 40 lbs. After hearing of her great success, I bought myself a bottle and saw a dramatic change. The chinese pills got me to weighing 120lbs even without working out. I was able cheat often and not gain. Isn’t that every girls dream?? Finally instead of people telling me that I needed to lose weight I was hearing the opposite! “Don’t lose anymore, you’ve gotten so skinny”. Somehow I thought those words would bring comfort to me, but they didn’t. Now a greater fear came, “What if I gain weight? Will they call me ugly again? Will they make fun of me for getting fat?” Although I reached my goal, the pressure continued, my strive to be thin took over. What causes us to see something that isn’t really there? Weighing 120 I still saw myself as 176, not able to feel beautiful in my own skin. My strive to be thin has become my main priority. I have become so addicted that I have not been able to give up these pills. These pills are great but have also caused different side effects in me such as tired, weak, and moody. I’ve been thinking about stopping because I feel the effects, but the visual results make me think twice, and I’ve allowed “beauty” to overrule my health.

Here I was actually 5lbs over and although I was extremely happy to be marrying the man of my dreams, I was not happy with my appearance nor weight. I was dreading having to be in a bathing suit infront of people on our honeymoon. How does a person let it get this far? The desire to be beautiful and feeling inadequate?

I say all this to ask, what is beauty? If reaching a weight goal isn’t it, what makes a woman feel beautiful? What makes a 200 lb woman and a 115lb woman beautiful? If it’s not what the media is telling us then what is it? Even the most beautiful women we long to look like struggle with some insecurity, but why? This vicious cycle is even now over taking girls as young as 5 years old.

Who has so much control to make us believe we are not beautiful unless we reach a certain standard?

Hello Bloggers!

Curiosity about this whole blogging thing has struck me and so I have begun my own blog page as you can see. I guess the correct thing to do would be to introduce myself. I’m lex the whole idea of the name “apealikelex” is more of a size reference of stature. I am a newlywed and loving this new adventure. I am a WOW addict and one of my favorite things to do is to enjoy a bowl of cereal while playing beside my hubby I would have a zoo if I could but for now I only have my one ferocious beast, bangledash, our elite kitty.

Here are some pics of engagement shoot and wedding day taken by our amazing photographer, Manolo Doreste of Infocus Studios.Check out his blog.

I'm obsessed with the 50's so our engagement pics took us back to the classics.

Here's Bangledash :D

My little model <3