5 Beauty Favorites

Hi! I’m sorry my posting has been so infrequent, but between various family birthdays (including my own daughter’s), my sister-in-law visiting from Taiwan, and the usual Christmas hubbub, I’ve been too tired to write much. Although I love the feeling of getting my makeup all done in the morning, I love taking it off just as much. I thought I’d share a couple of my favorite beauty products. I always enjoy reading about the products other women are using and gleaning tips.

Sephora 10 hr wear foundation. To be honest, until this last year, I almost never wore foundation. But lately, my skin has been very blotchy, erratic and prone to break outs. The best thing about Sephora’s foundation is the custom color matching they do at the Sephora store. I first bought some foundation there in the summer and lately felt like the shade was a little off. Sure enough, I needed to go one shade lighter. This is a liquid foundation that feels very lightweight and has a tiny bit of a flattering shimmer. Also, only $20. IMG_3158

MAC Matte lipstick. I’m pretty picky when it comes to lipstick, lip gloss, lip crayons, etc. I was looking for a really fun lipstick that would dry and stay on all day. This one is awesome and I love the shade. $17 at Nordstrom.

Neutrogena Naturals fresh cleansing & makeup remover. I have pretty sensitive skin and I’ve tried several things for makeup removal. Wipes tend to feel scratchy to me, plus they are expensive. I’ve done coconut oil but it usually leaves a film that gets in my eyes (doesn’t hurt, is just annoying). I tried a much more expensive version of the liquid makeup remover in an Ipsy bag I got, but I couldn’t stand the thought of paying $30 for makeup remover. Neutrogena’s version can be found at Walgreens and is only $10.

IMG_3159Baking Soda. Lucky you! This is 50 cents at the grocery store. I’ve been using baking soda for a face scrub sometimes, and best of all, as a lip exfoliant. This weather gets my lips all cracked and dry. The baking soda takes all the old lipstick and dead skin right off.

Bag Balm. This oh so glamorous product is also inexpensive. I apply this right after the baking soda lip scrub. It’s super hydrating. It’s also great for cracked heels or hands.

What are your favorite beauty products lately?

Gorgeously Garbed

I was the happy recipient of a lovely bouquet of flowers. This particular flower caught my eye. How beautifully God has “clothed” the flowers. Matthew 6:30, “If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?”

Guest Blogger: Shawnee

I am so excited to introduce my first guest blogger on my blog. Her name is Shawnee, and she blogs over at The Ex-Perfectionist. One of the things I love about Shawnee is her transparency as she writes and shares her life. I always learn something new when I read her posts. Be sure to check out her blog!

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Guest Blogger: Shawnee Randolph

I keep my face wash in the fridge next to the garlic, salsa and Tapitio. My face wash is, as you may have guessed, 100% edible, all natural and completely dreamy.

Call me a conspiracy theorist, but store bought beauty products freak me out.  Wondering what has my panties in a knot?  Take a look at the ingredients of your face wash. Most of what you will read is probably…unreadable.  And the rest?  Not fit for your skin.

Our skin is the largest organ in our body.  The epidermis (outer layer) and the dermis (inner layer) help to regulate temperature and gives us our wonderful sense of touch. More importantly our fabulous skin protects our bodies from toxins and helps excrete toxins from our bodies.

Aside from all the technical stuff, our skin is what ages us or keeps us looking young.  I’m sorry to break it to you, but alcohol, acids, and scents will only age you.  Don’t believe that these things are in your face wash?  Stop reading, right now, and look at the ingredients.

I know right?

So if you wouldn’t put those things in your body, why apply them to the largest organ of your body?

Don’t have the cash to purchase a new line of organic skin care?  Me either.  Plus, there are likely many preservatives in your “organic” products, including alcohol.  Instead of breaking your childhood piggy bank, try a homemade face wash and scrub.

 Honey Oatmeal Facewash

½-¾ part Oatmeal (ground in a coffee grinder)

1 part Almond or Coconut milk

1/8 part Olive Oil (adjust according to your skin)

1/8 part Honey

Mix it all up, place it in a container that can be shaken before each use and there you have it.  The oatmeal helps to clean; honey is an emulsifier and also has healing and anti inflammatory properties (good for those pesky pimples); Almond and Coconut milk, especially those fortified with vitamins, will help to cleanse and refresh; and olive oil will give you a nice glow and can take the place of your moisturizer.

Tip: make sure to rinse with cool to warm water, so as not to dry out your skin.

Olive Oil Sugar Scrub

1 part sugar

½-3/4 part olive oil

Mix together.  To use, cleanse your face with the oatmeal wash and rinse.  Place a small amount of the scrub in your hand and very gently massage into your skin.  The skin on your face is the most delicate so it is important not to be harsh with it.  Rinse and pat dry.

Tip: this scrub is also awesome for your whole body.  Note, that when using it in the shower, your tub can become very slippery.  Be careful!

I hope you’ll give natural a try.  Enjoy!