Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Celebrating Earth Month With Promise Organic













All products c/o: Promise Organic (available at CVS!)

Let's celebrate Earth Month in style!  I posted about Promise Organic products awhile ago, but my goodness, how much I have come to love these products!  I use the facial cleanser, facial creams and lotions, as well as the hand cream daily.  I know I've said it before, but each product smells AMAZING.  The argan oil based products have a lovely decadent citrus smell, and the coconut based products just give off a heavenly tropical vibe.  My favorite products have been the facial lotions and creams.  They're note even a bit greasy, and yet actually work well!  I use them daily, and they provide the perfect base for foundation.  Promise Organic sent over a few more products from the line to try, just in time for Earth Month!  I'm so excited about the body wash, because I get tired of using bar soap, and so many body washes have propylene glycol and parabens in them (yuck and itch).  The towelettes are destined to be a favorite as well, because I love them for taking eye makeup off as well as throwing in my travel bag for trips.  I'm also super excited about the coconut oil.  I have been using the argan oil a few times a week on my hair to smooth down fly-aways, on my face for an added boost of moisture, and on my hands and legs to clear drying skin.  The coconut oil also comes with a pump dispenser and also has a lovely smell!  I've mentioned before, but I'm trying to incorporate more natural products into my beauty routine, and these have been such a pleasant surprise.  You can find them at CVS in the natural beauty section.  You should really try them out (plus the packaging is on point!).  

Happy Earth Month, friends!


The above products were provided to me in exchange for a review.  All opinions are my own.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Nothing Is Wasted

Verse Card: The Daily Grace Company

Have you ever asked yourself why things in your life have unfolded the way they have?  Have you ever made the proclamation, either mentally or verbally, that all that hard work, all that sacrifice, all the passion, all of the dreams and plans, all of the excitement and hope- all of it, was wasted?  Maybe you know it wasn't all wasted, but you just can't understand WHY it didn't turn out the way your planned it.

You're not alone, my friend.  I think for each of us, there has been one or two of those inescapable seasons of life.  And especially for the passionate dreamers and determined hard-workers, those seasons can leave the heart and mind battered and bruised.

Jason Gray sings a song that hits me right where it counts every time I listen to it.  Just read the words, and let it sink in.  Is this you?

"The hurt that broke your heart and left you trembling in the dark, feeling lost and alone- will tell your hopes a lie.  What if every tear you cry will seed the ground where joy will grow.  

Nothing is wasted.  Nothing is wasted.  In the hands of our redeemer, nothing is wasted.  

It's from the deepest wounds that beauty finds a place to bloom.  And you will see, before the end.
That every broken piece is gathered in the heart of Jesus, and what's lost will be found again.

Nothing is wasted.  Nothing is wasted.  In the hands of our redeemer, nothing is wasted.

When hope, is more than you can bear and it's too hard to believe it could be true, and your strength
 fails you halfway there, you can lean on me and I'll believe for you.  And in time, you will believe it
 too!

Nothing is wasted.  Nothing is wasted.  Sometimes we are waiting in the sorrow we have tasted.

But joy will replace it.  Nothing is wasted in the hands of our redeemer.  Nothing is wasted!"




Sunday, March 26, 2017

Favorite Lip Products for Spring














Every Spring, I feel the need to spice up my makeup routine a little bit.  Just like with my winter wardrobe, the winter weather, and the winter landscape, I start feeling like it's all a bit "drab," and I need something bright and happy in my life!  I recently picked out a few favorite lip products to add a spark to my spring makeup routine!  YSL are my all-time favorite lip products, and I have several, but the above are my favorites.  I will layer the nude gloss over any of my lipsticks, and the oil lip glosses are THE BEST.  They smell amazing, and add a non-sticky colored gloss with lasting color, even after the gloss has worn off.  I also picked up two Lancome lip products, and was so pleasantly surprised!  And as I posted before, I really love the pH sensitive lipstick from Flirt Cosmetics because the green color changes into the perfect magenta pink for your skin tone!

What are your favorite lip products?  Do tell!  I'm always interested in trying new ones!


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Encouragement



Hello Friends!

I am overdue with a post for sure.  And long overdue with an encouragement post.

This year, 2017, has started out in a way that I hadn't counted on.  My previously planned out path of life just wasn't seeming to unfold the way I had envisioned.  And God pretty much plucked me out of my own carefully-constructed plan, and said, "wait, I have something better."  The problem is, I haven't been quite sure what His plan was.  I knew He had one.  I had faith that there was one, even though some days, that faith seemed to be a bit more shaky than others.  And honestly, there's nothing more difficult for a Type A, planner personality, than NOT having a plan.  Over the last few months, I told God, I was trusting Him.  I told Him I didn't need to know ALL the plan, but asked that He just give me a little hope and light along the way.  And He has.  Little by little.  The plan is not "perfected" yet.  And I still don't know the "ending" of His plan.  But I'm watching Him work.  And He has shown me bits of the plan, just enough, to keep moving forward.

I've claimed this verse in the last several weeks as my own- as a promise of hope and a future.  
"Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever." Ephesians 3:21

Powerful stuff, huh?  Imagine that for a minute.  Immeasurably MORE than all we could even ask or imagine?  What a promise!  That means that even more than what our brains can conjure up, more than the plans we can make, more than the ideals and expectations we set: HE can do more.

As Lysa Terkeurst of Proverbs 31 Ministries so aptly put it:  "God loves us too much to answer our prayer at any other time than the right time."  And I have to believe that He will also answer that prayer in a way that, if we can trust Him to that extent, will blow away our previous dreams with their perfection and beauty.  For all good things come from Him.

I'm realizing, sometimes God has to literally pluck us out of our own focus, our own plan, our own dream, to broaden our perspective and provide something even better than we could ask or imagine.  

So friends, don't give up hope.  Ask God to give you hope, and assurance of a plan.  And ask for the faith and the patience to wait on His perfect timing.  Because His dreams for us are so much better than the ones we have for ourselves.