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!