Tuesday, November 28, 2017

November (17) Empties

I went through so many goodies this month! I'm finally at the point where I know what I love and I'm going through them often and repurchasing what works for me!


ZO Skin Health Daily Power Defense- I've talked about this product before and this is a star product in my AM routine. It's a multi tasker and I can't be without this product! This was the travel size bottle that I went through and it lasted me a good while. I loved this so much I purchased the full size of it recently. Not a cheap product, but so SO worth it! If you're not using this, you should be.

ZO Skin Health Exfoliating Polish- I use this twice a week in the AM. This is a great product for getting rid of dead skin cells and getting a good surface exfoliation. I had two back ups of it at home already and definitely pulled out another. I keep this in my rotation to keep my skin soft and smooth. It doesn't irritate my skin because the crystals are micro crystals so it's not scrubbing my face off. Love this stuff!

Roccoco Decongesting Porefection- I got this travel size a while ago and finally went through it once I really got my routine figured out. This is a great lightweight moisturizer for oily skin gals. This isn't thick or goopy. I feel like I need a little more during the winter months because I tend to get dry patches around my mouth and nose. I haven't repurchased this YET but I am planning on making an order very soon once I get all the Christmas shopping done! If you have acne prone oily skin you need to check out this brand. Their products are SO effective and they will do everything they can to help you!

EltaMD UV Clear 46- This is one of my favorite sunscreens. I use this on my face and neck every day. This is great for anyone with rosacea, or acne prone skin. It's got niacinamide in it so it helps to keep the skin clear and it has clear zinc so it doesn't leave a white cast on the skin. LOVE this and yes I have another!


Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder- I tried to live without this I really tried and I didn't have a good time... I love baking under my eyes with this, it really is brightening and locks in my concealer for all day wear. This lasted me FOREVER I was actually happy when I went through it because I rarely go through something makeup wise because I am always trying new things. This goes to show how much I love this stuff and I definitely repurchased because I can't go without!


GNC Energy & Metabolism Multi- I've gone through plenty of these and I still like them. They give me an extra boost and they come in a double pack so I had a backup!

Carlson Zinc- Okay this is a supplement I CANNOT live without. A while back I did a post on the supplements I use to keep coldsores away and this is one of them. The PA that told me the secret supplements to keep them away warned me that I had to take them EVERY DAY or one would pop up. His exact words "If you skip two days one will come up." So I hadn't had one in almost a YEAR on my supplements and I ran out of my zinc. I figured I was safe because I wasn't stressed. hadn't been in the sun, and I feel like my immune system is much stronger now... I GOT A FREAKING COLD SORE from skipping TWO days without this. Needless to say immediately ordered another bottle...

Asthaxanthin- I won't spend too much time on this one, but I love what this does to my skin and I like the extra antioxidants and joint support so I continue to order and take this daily.


Mitchum Spray in Pure Fresh: I've been using this lately because I found it has the highest active ingredient and I don't know why but I've been a sweaty mess lately. This is the best deo I've found and this scent is nice and fresh. I can't handle the overpowering powder smell so this is nice and subtle. I've already purchased two more!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Wear Test: Maybelline Fit Me

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation first of all... SO much bang for your buck! This foundation is about 7.99 at walgreens, so if they have a sale or a buy one get one or you have points, just buy this! You can't beat the price of this drugstore foundation AND it performs. Keep reading to see how it wore on my oily skin!

7:30 am as soon as I got in the car. This foundation went on beautifully and all of my products sat on top of it nicely. So far so good.

I didn't get a lunch time update because we were so busy, but this was 4:30 pm right before leaving work to go to the gym... This foundation has barely budged. Only slightly breaking up around my nose and this is without powdering or touching up throughout the day. 

Here is more of a close up to see how it sat on the pores. 
I'm slightly shiny and it showed a little bit of texture (honestly they all do) but I am very impressed by this drugstore find!

Overall this foundation has really wowed me and I can see why everyone goes crazy for this one. It is SO affordable and really long lasting. It looked great throughout the day and I definitely give it a thumbs up!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

October Beauty Favorites

Happy Halloween everyone! It is finally starting to feel like fall over here with some cooler and drier air. I'm currently sipping coffee from my halloween mug in my halloween socks that say BOO all over them. It is crazy to think that it is not almost Thanksgiving and holiday season is in full swing!
Anyway, here are some of my October beauty favorites...

ZO Skin Health Daily Power Defense- This is hands down my favorite product. This has everything you need in it. It is packed with your daily antioxidants, a whisper of retinol to keep the skin exfoliated and reproducing collagen, and it's also got moisturizing properties. This is a one stop shop for your morning routine and it is my FAVORITE!

ZO Medical Aknebright- This is a 2% salicylic acid spot treatment for active acne as well as pigmentation issues from acne scarring and picking at the skin. I have been using this in my hormonal areas lately and it has worked wonders for me! You squeeze the tube and it has small roller balls that you roll over the area, and the product makes a seal over the skin. This is a fantastic and very potent spot treatment. The only thing I am not sure about is cleaning this afterwards because it goes directly onto the skin.

Loreal Lash Paradise Mascara- I have quickly fallen in love with this mascara! It makes my lashes look long, thick, and fluttery. When I first used this I wasn't sold, but I gave it a good shot and I am SO glad I did because I truly love this mascara! I will do a post soon on my top 3 drugstore mascaras because I love them so much that I will never need to buy high end mascara!

Too Faced Peach Perfect Foundation- I have been loving this foundation. It is matte, but somehow still gives my skin a glow without looking oily. It makes my skin look naturally beautiful and flawless. This is long lasting, has great coverage, and is absolutely beautiful on the skin!

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer- This has been a long time favorite, but I use this every single day and am still so in love with it! Full coverage, blends out perfectly, and I know I can't go wrong with it!

Elizabeth and James Nirvana French Grey- This is the most perfect fall perfume. It's got notes of musk, neroli, and lavender all of which I love. Lavender is my absolute favorite, so I knew I would like this. It smells like fall to me and is very fresh.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

How I stay motivated

Here are a few ways I stay motivated to get back into the gym everyday...

1 Writing my workouts for the week ahead of time. I, at least, want to have something written before I get to the gym. If I don't write out all of my workouts at the beginning of the week, I do it before I make my way to the gym. This helps me not waste any time once I get there and I can mentally prepare for what I'm about to do. I usually have an idea of what I want to work each week so writing down ideas as they come to me helps A LOT. Prepare a little something before you show up and it will help you rock it out!

2. Wearing cute outfits & feeling put together. I love looking cute in the gym... since it's my job now, that's really where I spend most of my time either working or working out so I feel better about it if I'm looking put together (and professional). Nothing like showing off your cute new leggings in the gym!

3. Preworkout... If I take preworkout there's no way I'm not going to the gym. It gives me that extra energy boost to get to the gym and power through my workout! 

4. RESULTS! Gaining and maintaining results is my greatest motivator.  When I can physically see that all of my hard work is paying off I can't help but keep it up! I love seeing what my body can do if I work for it. I am always pushing to be better, do more, lift heavier, and make my body work for it!

5. Enjoyment. I LOVE being in the gym! I love how I feel after a good workout. I can get out any stress I may have and I get that feeling of accomplishment. I feel more energetic, less stressed, and I love the pump I get! 

I know it's hard to get to the gym and things come up in life, but making time for you is so important! You don't have to spend 2 hours in the gym 6 days a week to get results or to feel better. If 30 minutes is all you have, DO IT! Something is better than nothing!

If it's a struggle to get there, go put on some cute leggings & a cute tank, write a little something, take some preworkout, and get going! 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Wear Test: Too Faced Peach Perfect Foundation

I will be starting a new series on the blog doing a wear test of some "long wear" foundations. I have oily skin and need a foundation that will last me throughout the work day without breaking apart and seeping into every pore on my face. There are so many foundations that claim to be long wearing with an all day matte finish, so I am going to put those claims to the test. I'm not sugar coating it, because I want to find what will truly last on my skin throughout the entire day! Does that even exist?

 I will be testing high end, drugstore, green, and conventional foundations. Let's see how long wearing these are and if they are worth getting!

First up is the Too Faced Peach Perfect Comfort Matte Foundation. This one claims to be a 14 hour wear with a matte finish for all skin types. It also claims to be oil controlling while not looking cakey. Formulated without parabens, sulfates, or phthalates.

Upon Application 7:00 am :
Initial application is smooth, easy, and BEAUTIFUL!

(In the car about 30 mins later... just to show the lighting difference)

Lunch time 12:30 pm :

Still looks beautiful around lunch time. It has broken up around my nose just a tiny bit but nothing major compared to some others and it has held up well so far. I'm not a grease pit right now so that's a good sign.

Leaving work 5:00 pm:

Still looking good. Still mainly broken up on my nose, but I haven't touched up with powder all day which I usually have to. I wear protective glasses as well because I'm working with lasers all day, and it surprisingly held up well in that area. My forehead looks a wee bit oily but nothing crazy. It has sunk into the pores on my chin (which is normal of any foundation on me) but it's not very noticeable unless you're over analyzing my face (like me). I just got to the point of feeling like I need to touchup, but it still looks good.

Verdict: I wore this makeup out to dinner afterwards... I fixed up my eye makeup and had to use some powder to touchup my oily areas and definitely fix the nose situation, but overall it looked beautiful. It didn't feel cakey, had a nice finish that wasn't too matte but not shiny and I enjoyed wearing this foundation. Coming from an over oily greasy gal I give it a thumbs up!
I wore this again the next week and used a setting spray afterwards and it lasted even longer. I worked at the gym for 2 hours that evening and then did a quick workout and I kid you not it still looked good. So far loving this!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

How much does He love us?

It is so easy to read how much The Lord loves you. It's written everywhere in the Bible, people say it at church or in passing "Jesus loves you!", but it's different when you fully understand, feel, and know His love deeper. In Ephesians 3:17-19 Paul says, "I pray that you, being ROOTED and ESTABLISHED in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how WIDE and LONG and HIGH and DEEP is the love of Christ, and to KNOW this love that surpasses knowledge- that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God."

Knowing the love of Christ is more than just having head knowledge of it, it's truly knowing it in your heart and feeling a deeper sense of His love. You must be rooted and established in love to grasp this understanding.
It's life changing when you realize how much He truly loves us.

"How deep, how wide, how high is your love for me? I can never see the end!" -Amanda Cook
Never See the End from Brave New World
(I always use her music as an example because I love reading passages in the Bible that I've heard and sang from my heart and put it all together. And she's one of my faves...)

Read this passage today and ask the Lord to help you gain a deeper understanding of His love for you. Prepare to be changed!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Calling on Him in every season

First of all... How true is this meme?

This is so true for me! Every emotion I feel I call my mom and let her in on everything! Even if I'm not happy or sad or emotional I will call her and we can say nothing on the phone and I'm content.

Many times I find I call on the Lord only in rough seasons of need or distress. When I'm going through a dark place, struggling with something, or need something I call on Him. This meme should apply to your relationship with the Lord and not only your mom or best friend. Of course call on Him in times of need and He will give you rest ("Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28)  but call on Him in good times too! Call on Him in every season of life because life is better with Him... Rejoice in the Lord ALWAYS! (Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!" Philippians 4:4)
 Call on Him when everything is going great. Thank Him constantly in good times and in bad! Stressed, happy, anxious, sad, excited, annoyed, scared *Call on Jesus!*