Thursday, July 31, 2014

He restores my soul

As I'm sitting here listening to the words of "Ever Faithful" I am reminded that the Lord restores my soul and that I rest in the mercy of the father. What a sweet reminder! I know the week can get hectic and crazy sometimes and I have to remember to just rest and let him restore my soul. I love the way this is put, "When we cooperate with the rejuvenating rhythms he has ordained for us each day, we will be physically, emotionally, and spiritually restored so that we can renew our pilgrimage and follow him for eternity." Take some time to rest in him and let God restore your soul. Remember He is more than able and our God is ever faithful!

Have a great Thursday, it's almost the weekend!


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

New Additions

Today I'm going to share a beauty haul and show you all of the things that I have purchased recently that I just got in the mail! In one of my more recent posts I said that I ordered a few things from Ulta. I also ordered a few things from The Body Shop (40% off sale woo!) and got a new contour brush from makeup geek.
These were a few things that I got in the free 16 piece set from Ulta for spending over I think $60? Anyway, it came with some great samples! I've tried a few, including this mascara and so far I'm liking it! 

From Ulta:
 1.Benefit Hoola Bronzer (so far I like it to contour with).
2. Benefit Gimme Brow in light/medium which now I am thinking I might should have ordered the darker one, but I'm still trying it out. 
3. Evian mist in a 2 pack of the travel size... love this stuff.
I also got the 16 piece set with a lot of deluxe size samples and also the cutest beach bag in the world (free for buying a benefit product) that says laughter is the best cosmetic. Love that! 

From makeup geek:
1. Rounded blush brush which I have been using to contour with the hoola bronzer and I really like it. It has shed a little bit, but I don't know if that's just initial shedding or what because the more I've used it, the less it's shed.

From the Body Shop:
1. Tea Tree Oil. If you've read my other skin care posts you know that I love tea tree oil, and that hasn't changed. I absolutely LOVE tea tree oil for bad breakouts, and this one is awesome because the top is a little dropper so you don't use too much product at one time. 
2. Vitamin E mist. I've heard a lot of good things about this and I am super excited to try it out.
3. Chamomile Cleansing Butter. I like using this to remove my makeup. I am almost out of my other one so since there was a 40% off sale I ordered another. I don't think I would buy this without it being on sale, because I wouldn't pay $16 for it although it is really good stuff. I got my first one on sale at Ulta and then got this one on sale as well so yeah...
4. Muslin Cleansing Cloth. You are supposed to use this along with the cleansing butter to remove your makeup and I never purchased it with my first one so since there was a sale I figured why not! I think this will be better than removing it with water alone. 

I have added a few things to my skincare routine after researching a little more and reading some other people's advice.  I picked up a few natural skincare items from GNC. I just wanted to mention these because I did just buy them also, but I will talk more in depth about them in my next skincare update which is coming very soon! 

What have you purchased recently?

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Beauty Favorites for Summer

1. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 hour blushes are amazing. They have gorgeous shades and are very long lasting which is perfect for hot and humid days in the summer.
2. EOS lip balm in lemon drop with SPF 15. In the summer I need a good hydrating lip balm with SPF in it because I am outside all day in the pool. If my lips burn or they get too much sun I get cold sores, and I've been using this everyday and haven't gotten one all summer! I've been loving this and it smells like lemon good!
3. Too Faced Sun Bunny bronzer. This is perfect for a sunkissed glow and it is actually very natural. It doesn't make me look orange or muddy or anything like that. It's so beautiful on the skin and I have been wearing this often for a bronzed glow! 
4. Clean & Clear oil absorbing strips... I seriously cannot live without these things. I have the oiliest skin in the world and I use a couple of these a day to soak up the extra oil on my skin. I know that so many brands make these now, but I think these are still my favorite. They don't smear my makeup and I like that these are plastic instead of that weird papery feeling.
5. O.P.I Nail Lacquer in Cajun Shrimp. I love this color for summer. It's so bright and beautiful on my nails! It's sort of a reddish-coral shade. I like to wear this on my toes or on my fingernails (obviously not at the same time) and it looks great either way. 

Cajun Shrimp on my nails (it looks different on camera).

What are your summer beauty essentials?
Hope everyone has a blessed day!


Monday, July 21, 2014

BH Cosmetics Creme Luxe Lipstick Review + Swatches

Hey everyone! I just got these lipsticks from BH Cosmetics in the mail the other day. I heard about these through the youtube grapevine, and they were such a great price ($3.95 WHAT) and had a great color selection that I had to buy a couple! I ordered the colors Coral Escape, and Naked Peach. The packaging is pretty crappy, but that's not something I really care about, especially for the price. These lipsticks have great pigmentation, both have a satin finish, they're super opaque, and they glide on the lips so smoothly. They stayed on my lips for quite a while and didn't just slide off like I find a lot of lipsticks do. I didn't find them super moisturizing, and they sat in the lines of my lips the first time I tried them, but my lips have been quite dry lately. When I tried them the second time I put a lip balm on underneath and it looked MUCH better, so I would suggest doing it that way. Also, I think these are beautiful with a gloss on top as well.
Overall I really like these lipsticks and would purchase more. 
Coral Escape & Naked Peach

Have you tried BH lipsticks yet? If so, what are your thoughts on them?

This week is my last week of work for the summer, and I'll have about 2-3 weeks off to enjoy the rest of my summer work free! I am really hoping I get more time to spend working on my blog and posting more frequently. I really want to get consistent with posting, because so far I am loving blogging about what I am passionate about and can't wait to have more time to put into it. Stay tuned! 

Happy Monday everyone!


Friday, July 18, 2014

Back Home!

I just got back home from the 5 day cruise that I went on with my family. We had an AMAZING time! I loved not having to do anything for myself and always having food available (duh). There was not one moment I wasn't having a good time. We cruised to Cozumel and Progreso on the Carnival Elation. It isn't one of the bigger ships, but I was totally okay with that. There weren't as many people as there were on past cruises I've been on and it was so nice because we didn't have to wait in long lines and there were always layout chairs available. There was plenty for us to do as a family and we also did some girls (me, my mom, and sister) things while my dad and brother went off and did guy things. We went to brunch and tea time, two things we LOVE, and had such a great time together. When we got off in Cozumel we signed up for riding the dolphins!! I LOVE DOLPHINS. I loved dolphins already before this experience and now I love them even more. They were so sweet and I had the time of my life with them! I look like a 12 year old haha!
Not only did we get to ride them, but we got to kiss them too!
They were so precious and we had a blast in Cozumel! 
We went snorkeling and paddle boating at this resort in Cozumel as well, but this was definitely the highlight of my day... well of my cruise altogether! 
Progreso was eh... The beach was crowded and there were a lot of people asking if you wanted to buy things nonstop. There was a lot of poverty there, and my heart goes out to all of those people. I'm still glad we got to experience Progreso and give a little extra to the people there and to realize how blessed we were to be able to be on the cruise having the time of our lives. Humbling. 
After all of our stops we had our last day at sea on our way back and we went to brunch and had some delicious blueberry pancakes YUM. We soaked up the sun, shopped, went to tea, and played bingo on the ship, and just hung out together. Overall it was a fantastic cruise with the people I love. 
Now that I'm back, I still feel like I'm swaying on the ship when I walk around my house. I could barely stand up still yesterday and it's such a funny feeling. 
On to other random things... When I got home I was surprised with my very first ipsy bag! Wooo hooo! And this morning I online shopped way too much (oops). I ordered some things I've been eyeing at Ulta and I've been waiting for them to do some kind of deal before I ordered, and today they had a free 16 piece bag of goodies when you spend over $60 or something, and I'm all about free stuff, so I finally placed my order! Yayyy!
Back to my first ipsy bag...
Inside I got the Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal beach spray, Bareminerals 5 in 1 BB eyeshadow, Pixi lip balm tint in Pretty Pink, Pop beauty sunkissed bronzer, and the Hang Ten natural sunscreen tanning oil. 
Overall I really like it so far! I've used the lip balm which I like. It's a very pretty color on the lips and is very moisturizing. I used the beach spray yesterday and I like that too. The bareminerals 5 in 1 BB eyeshadow is a cool concept and makes for a good eyeshadow base. I haven't tried the other items yet, but I've swatched the bronzer and its SUPER sparkly. I'm not a huge fan of sparkly bronzers so I don't know how much I will use that one, but I'll give it a try and see how it goes. So far, I'm loving my ipsy stuff!

That's about all I have to talk about for now! Hope you had a great weekend!


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Quick Update

HEEYYYYY everyone! I have been working SO much this summer and now I get a week away! My family and I are going on a cruise woowoo! I am super excited and just started packing tonight. We're leaving Saturday morning! Talk about last minute booking (we booked Monday). Regardless, I am super excited to have a little time off to just relax and do whatever I want and wake up at whatever time I want. It's a 5 day cruise, we wanted to go on a 7 day, but that didn't happen and it's a long and very frustrating story. Anyway, hopefully I will be able to start blogging a little more when we get back and I will definitely be posting some pictures from our trip!

Have a great weeekend!