Makeup Monday #4 – Chapped Lips Tips

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Makeup Monday #4 – Chapped Lips Tips

Summer or Winter chapped lips can be an issue. I’m not always the best at following my own advice, but when I do the following, my lips are not as chapped as much.

1. Moisturize all the time preferably with an SPF: Using a lip balm on your lips all the time, and use one with SPF if you’re going to be outside a lot.
Recommendation: My current favorite lip balm is Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm in Cherry Me. This does not have SPF, I’m still looking for a good one for the hot summer days. I’m trying out The Body Shop Vitamin E Lip Care Stick with SPF 15. The verdict is still out on this one for me, but so far it’s good.

2. Moisturize nightly with a heavy lip balm: moisturizing with something that is heavier at night can replenish moisture that is lost and you can wake up with lips that are super soft.
Recommendation: I like the Soap & Glory A Great Kisser Lip Moisture Balm

3. Exfoliate with a lip scrub (DIY or from the store): Use a lip scrub every other day to keep the flakes away. Some lip scrubs can also be moisturizing as well. I usually follow up with a lip balm.
Recommendation: You could make one yourself (The Beauty Dept. has a recipe) or you could buy one like the Fresh Sugar Lip Polish.

4. Do not use drying lip products: Do not use lipsticks or lipglosses that can be drying to your lips.
Recommendation: Use products on your lips like the Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters or a tinted lip balm like the Maybelline Baby Lips. These add color and moisture. If you have a favorite lip color that is drying, try layering it over a lip balm. And keep a clear lip balm around to moisturize during the day.

Chapped lips are the worst and being proactive about keeping them moisturized and hydrated is the best way to prevent them from being chapped. So keep your lip balm close and drink lots of water.

I would love to hear from you! How do you prevent chapped lips? What are your favorite lip balms? What would you like to see on an upcoming Makeup Monday?

Fave Blushes

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Top Three Fave Blushes

Today, I’m sharing with you my favorite blushes. I’m not the biggest fan of blush, so I keep with these three a lot. I’m always afraid I’m gonna look like a clown if I buy the wrong blush, but with these three I’m never afraid of having clown cheeks.

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So let’s jump in with my number one pick:

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Benefit CORALista is the only blush that have repurchased. I’m currently on my second of Benefit’s very popular boxed blushes. I wore this color on my wedding day and there have been months where this is the only blush that has touched my cheeks. It’s described as a coral pink sheen and that’s my favorite kind of blush – coral. It has a definite gold sheen to it, but it’s not glittery or high shimmer. I think it’s a great every day blush and can be paired with a highlight for a night out.

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The Balm Frat Boy blush is coral-pink with super subtle gold shimmer. It’s a less shimmery version of Benefit’s CORAList and is very pigmented. You just need to tap your brush into it and you definitely have enough for a nice glow to your cheeks. Sometimes I can over do it and swipe my brush a few too many times and I end up toning it down with a powder over top. I bought this blush off of Hautelook and absolutely love it. After I bought Frat Boy, I think I wore for two months straight and you can barely see a dent it in.

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Kat Von D Everlasting Blush in Bellisima is a peachy pink blush with shimmer in it. The shimmer amount is right between CORALista and Frat Boy. As you can see my fave blushes are all within the same color family coral/peach. This is a sample and I will definitely be purchasing the full size when I’m done, but I don’t see that happening anytime soon. It was a generous sample (.05 oz) and I don’t see it being finished anytime soon, since you don’t need much to get a great look on your cheeks. I always get asked what blush I’m wearing when I wear this color, let’s hope that’s a good thing!

What are your fave blushes? I would love to hear about them, I’m always looking for something new to try!

Bread and Wine Book Review

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Bread and Wine – The reason why I started entertaining

Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist has been talked a lot in the blogosphere since it came out. The Influence Magazine even did an interview with Shauna in their first issue. I had given this as a gift for Christmas and really regretted not having picked up one for myself. I ended up picking up the book about a month after my surgery.

We hadn’t had any friends over to our apartment for dinner since we had gotten married other than our families and really close friends.  I just felt like our apartment wasn’t ready for company. Shauna makes you see that you don’t need the perfect place and everything in it’s place to have friends over. And to have a good time. It’s enough to have good food and your time.

I hadn’t even finished the book, when we had a couple friends over relaxed dinner. She had inspired me and encouraged through the pages of her book. Clint barbecued, I made a salad and they brought dessert. It was a great night with friends.

I finished the book about two weeks ago, after we had another couple over for dinner. The food didn’t turn out as good as I wanted, but we all had a great time anyway!

I get a little crazy when we do have people over. Or at least the last two and only times we had people. It’s more of a cleaning frenzy (mostly for Clint, I can’t clean yet). I try and meal plan around people’s eating restrictions and my own. Since reading Shauna’s book, I just want people over all the time. I’ve also come up with some tips to help me not stress so much and to be relaxed when people come over. I’ll be sharing those tips in a few weeks.

If you’ve ever been afraid of inviting people over, please pick up this book. It will encourage and inspire you to open up your home to your friends and family. There are great recipes (I’ve made the blueberry crisp at least 5 times in two months), sample menus for dinner parties and even a week night dinner inspiration. This is definitely a book, I will be giving to newlywed brides for years to come!

Progress Not Perfection

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Progress Not Perfection

Progress not perfection that’s what I have to keep telling myself.

I saw the surgeon on Tuesday with my husband. I got new x-rays taken like normal. The surgeon said I’m healing well. The problem is I don’t feel like I’m healing well. There is new pain, that wasn’t there a few weeks ago. I’ve been doing my new physical therapy exercises every day for about a month now. My gym is the hot tub. I’m in there working out for 20 minutes a day. I’m actually starting to get abs. The emphasis on start. The doctor said I could be in pain for up to a year after the surgery. That seems so long.

Progress not perfection.

I go back to work in 10 days. I’ll be going for two hours a day. To most, two hours of work is nothing. It seems like such a huge step for me. I’ve been back “driving” for three weeks now. Except, in all honesty, I rarely drive. The furthest I’ve driven by myself is 16 minutes. And the whole time I drove those 16 minutes, I was in pain and terrified. That was three weeks ago. I drove to physical therapy yesterday, by myself. BIG STEP. I go to aqua therapy once a week. (I skipped last week. I was in too much pain.) I was able to drive myself there and back alone. I felt super accomplished.

Progress not perfection.

I have an UP band by Jawbone. That little wrist band taunts me. My current goal is to get 2,500 steps today. Do you know how hard that is? It’s hard. I try and get in two to three short walks around my apartment complex a day. Most days I hit my goal. Some days I feel to horrible to move, like Monday. Monday I stayed in bed almost all day. Monday I did not make the goal. I’m thinking of lowering it back down to 2,000 steps a day.

Progress not perfection.

So I guess I’m writing this to say, I’m making progress even though it’s not perfect. I really wish I was better and completely off medication and totally out of pain. I guess, this is my life now: progress not perfection.

Previous surgery posts:
Surgery!?!
Progress Report

Makeup Monday #3

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Makeup Monday #3 – 3 vanity essentials

Here are my three vanity essentials. I can’t do my makeup sitting at my vanity without these essential items. I’ll be explaining why I need each item below:

1. Baby Wipes – These little wipes aren’t just for babies. When I use my fingers to apply foundation, I like to clean my hands with baby wipes. If I spilled some makeup onto my vanity, I clean up the mess with baby wipes. And in a pinch, they can remove makeup ok. I definitely don’t use baby wipes to remove makeup regularly, but when there is nothing else around these do fine.

2. Q-tips – These can be your best friend when doing a winged liner look. Somehow I always mess up. I dip them in a little makeup remover and clean up the line and it’s perfect. If you have some fall out from your eyeshadow, dipping a q-tip in a little bit of eye cream, cleans up the mess, doesn’t remove too much of the base that you have applied and leaves your under eye area moisturized. Q-tips also come in handy when creasing happens under your eye. If you take a q-tip and press it into the crease, it takes away the excess makeup that has seeped into your crease.

3. Brush Cleaner (1 |  2)- Giving your brushes a deep clean is always the way to go, but if you are in the middle of an eye look and need to use the same brush again in a different color, a quick spritz with a brush cleaner is the next best thing.

Where do you do your makeup? What are you vanity essentials? I’d love if you would leave a comment below letting me know. Also, if you have any ideas for a future Makeup Monday, let me know in a comment!

July Bible Verse

July Bible Verse of the Month

July’s Bible Verse is inspired by an instagram pic from Nancy Ray of Nancy Ray Photography. She shared the bible verse that her and her husband have clung to since they started their relationship. It was so cool how this was the verse of the day (on the youversion app) on their six wedding anniversary. It’s Proverbs 21:21.

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Proverbs 21: 21 – Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness and honor.

I absolutely love all that this verse stands for and I think it’s a great verse to focus my prayers on for this month. I love when God uses something as simple as someone’s instagram photo to get you to dig even deeper into His word and to keep His word in your heart.

July Goals

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2014 July Goals

Today I’m gonna be talking about goals. I really enjoy the accountability of publicly declaring my goals because then I’m way more likely to do them. Here we go:

Let’s recap the June Goals first.

1. Do physical therapy exercises everyday. – I may have missed a couple of days of my exercises, but I pretty much did at least the minimum every day. I started aqua therapy last month and they have given me a lot of new exercises that I try to do in the hot tub in the morning to start my day.

2. Blog twice a week. - I missed blogging two days out of my schedule this month. I’m hoping to continue with this goal into next month.

3. Top Secret Project.  – definitely still working on this project. There is only so much I can do in the day without needing to rest a lot. My mind wants to do lots of different things, but my body is still in recovery mode and won’t let me do a whole lot.

4. Be able to pick up something off the ground. – This is probably one of the weirdest goals and I definitely was trying, but this one didn’t truly get accomplished this month. It’s still incredibly hard to pick stuff off the ground. I either have to hang onto a counter, chair or bed to help myself get up from the ground. And it takes me much longer than before my surgery. This is definitely a goal of my still, but I’m taking it off the list to accomplish for next month. Right now I just want to do my physical therapy exercises and get stronger.

 

July Goals
Some of my July goals are repeats, not because I didn’t accomplish them last month, but because they are on going goals that will be here for months and months to come.

1. Blog twice a week - I want to get consistent with my blogging and right now that means twice a week. Hopefully in the future it can be more times per week.

2. Exercise every day - I’m still recovering from back surgery in April. And I’m pretty much going to have a bad back for the rest of my life, so staying consistent with exercises specifically for my back is super important to me.

3. Declutter (a little) Everyday – I would like to spend 10 to 15 minutes decluttering areas in our apartment that tend to always be cluttered, the hot spots. We have a one bedroom apartment, so cleaning for a little bit every day will keep the clutter at bay, I hope.

4. Top Secret Project – Hopefully I will be debuting this project in the month of July. I’m excited and extremely nervous about this project. It’s something I’ve been saying I will do for years and I’m finally doing it. (fingers crossed)

 

I’m linking up with Tiny Twig’s Goals with Grace for July Goals. What are your July goals? If you blogged your July Goals, leave a link in the comments below and I’ll make sure to check out your post.

Progress Report

Back Surgery Progress Report

I thought I would give you a progress report on my recovery from the back surgery I had in April. This has been one of the most frustrating things I have ever gone through. The first few weeks after the surgery, I was using a walker, needed help getting in and out of bed, couldn’t shower very well, and was pretty much an invalid except for the occasional walk around the apartment complex. The first time I went anywhere after the surgery was for a follow-up appointment with the PA.

Now that it’s been a little over two months, I’m able to be home alone, shower, make myself lunch and walk around the apartment complex. I have recently started driving and the furthest I have gone is fifteen minutes away from my apartment. I went to pick up my mom from the auto shop and she drove home.

I’m not very pleased with my progress. I so wish I was further along. It’s hard to pick up stuff off the ground, I still use a reacher almost every day and/or have to hold myself up by propping my hand on a counter or table or bed.

It’s still difficult to get dressed. Its hard to shave my legs. I fell the other week trying to get something out of the fridge, thank goodness that my husband was home to help me get off the ground. I rest a lot. I spend aleast 50% of my day in bed, especially if I’m by myself. I have days where I do more and then the next day is a totally rest day.

But not everything has been bad. I’ve had friends visit and play games. We had a couple over for dinner, I didn’t really do much to prep for that. My family and husband did most of the work. I did do some chopping and seasoning of the food. Some friends came over and made me lunch one day and that was absolutely amazing and very sweet of them.

I go back to see the surgeon in two weeks and he’ll be able to tell me what I can and cannot do and what the next steps are. You’re supposed to be fully recovered in three months, but I’m nearing that mark and I definitely don’t feel back to my normal self. I’m in pain most days and can usually power through some of the pain, but other times it just hits me and I’m down for the rest of the day. I tend to overdo it and not even realize it in the moment. Those are probably the most frustrating because I don’t realize that I’ve overdone and until it’s too late.

I started aqua therapy last week and now I do some of those exercises in the hot tub at my apartment complex. I get up and go down at about 9:00am and exercise in the hot tub. I do easy stuff but man, does it wear me out. I had a second aqua therapy session yesterday.

Here’s my last progress report.

Makeup Monday #2

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Makeup Monday #2 – Smooth Legs for Summer

Today’s Makeup Monday is all about how to get smoother legs for summer. I have a few recommendations for how I achieve smooth legs and you can achieve them, too!

1. Exfoliate
Make sure that you exfoliate your legs before you shave. This gets rid of all the dead skins cells on your leg. Getting rid of the dead skin cells before you shave means you will not get dead skins clogged in your razor and you can a closer, smoother shave. You can exfoliate every time you shave, that’s what I do.

2. Shave
Make sure to shave as often as needed to keep your skin smooth. I shave my legs every few days normally. Since my back surgery, the razor hasn’t been hitting those legs as often. Everyone’s hair grows at a different rate, make sure you shave often enough to keep your legs smooth

3. Moisturize
You want to make sure that you moisturize after you finish shaving your legs. This will combat dryness and razor burn. This will also make your legs extra smooth, since moisturizing will combat the dryness of shaving.

Recommendations
Here are my recommendations to use in each of the three steps to achieve smoother legs for the Summer:

Exfoliate – I love to use Soap & Glory Pulp-Friction Foamy Fruity Body Scrub

Shave – I love the Gillette Venus & Olay Razor with this razor you don’t need a shaving cream or shave gel. It’s one less product to buy and to have cluttering your shower. The Olay razor has a moisture bar that release conditioners on the skin over time. I love it!

Moisturize – I love to moisturize in the shower so I use Olay In-Shower Body Lotion with Shea Butter. I’ve been using this for year. I usually pick it up at Target, but was unable to find it on their website. You put this on in the shower and then rinse it off and it makes your skin so soft. You don’t need another moisturizer outside of the shower.

What else would you like to see on these Makeup Mondays? Leave a comment below and you might see it in the next Makeup Monday.

She Shares Truth

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“They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women.”
Titus 2:1-5

Spiritual mothers. The bible says to train young women in Titus, but how many of us really have a spiritual mother?

I think this is a topic that is talked about in church circles, but I feel sometimes older women are too afraid to ask someone out for a cup of coffee and to mentor them for many reasons. One that I can think of is that they don’t want younger women to feel like they are doing anything wrong. Older women don’t want to be seen as judgmental. Maybe they have mentored someone in the past and it’s gone wrong, so they choose not to mentor any more women in the future.

I’m only 27 and I’ve been mentoring a young women 3 years younger than me, since she was a sophomore in college. She is now graduated and is an amazing person. We have a unique situation because we work together on the same campus and get to see each other every day, when I’m at work. We usually read a chapter in a book, we have picked out and discuss it over our lunch break. She was even in my wedding, because now we are really close friends.

I would love an older woman to mentor me, she doesn’t even have to be that much older. Just a little bit ahead of me in life. I would love someone to talk to about my marriage, about relationships with other, about my relationship with Christ and someone that I could be accountable with.

Today, I’m linking up with She Reads Truth for She Shares Truth. If you haven’t heard of She Reads Truth, I’ve written about it before.

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