Green makeup look for a New Year

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Are you all happy it’s 2017?  I am.  Not because I thought 2016 was the worst year ever or anything, but because a new fresh start is always a welcomed thing.  2016 taught me several things. I had moments of laughter, tears, friendships, hurt, joy.  It’s all mixed up, and I can’t separate the bad from the good.  If I wished away 2016, I’d also have to wish away those happy moments – and I dare anyone who is all gloom and doom to tell me there was absolutely nothing good about your year.  Yes, there was.  If you say no, you weren’t looking for the good.  So start 2017 off looking for the good, for the happy little moments you may have overlooked in the past.  Each year, each month, each week,… each day, really, is made up of highs and lows and some joys are worth searching for.  They’re not always so obvious, but they can be found if one is of the mindset to find them.

I don’t necessarily do “resolutions” each year, but I still kind of do – I just don’t call them that in my head, haha, so that I don’t have that mental pressure of keeping them I suppose.  (Anyone else do that?  Tell themselves whatever it is you want to work on isn’t really a resolution).  I have many many areas I want to improve on this year, but today I’ll just mention one of them – being a bit more organized.  I am naturally not an organized person.  I know some people are all about spreadsheets, schedules down to the minute, and folded socks, but that’s not me.  But I do believe being organized – whatever that looks like to you – is an important thing because it orders your life and impacts your whole outlook basically.  So since redoing my room (which has actually been amazingly simple to keep tidy – probably the longest I’ve gone so far without a huge mess that needed to be cleaned up), I have been looking at other areas I can organize.  A simple one is my makeup/beauty area.

I used to use those clear stackable small 3-drawer bins for my makeup.  I would try to organize it and make it look so pretty, but if you use mineral makeup that comes in the small round jars and try to organize it in one of these, you know that it doesn’t take long for things to get disorganized.  As soon as I took one jar out, the rest would cave in and roll around.  Before I knew it, everything was all a mess – the blush was mixed into the eye shadow, the mascara was swapped for the brushes (I know… end of the world problems, right? haha).  Enter the solution:

A few years ago, I got a beautiful jewelry armoire from my aunt and uncle and had used the sides and top for jewelry and the drawers for various things.  The drawers are flocked and some of them are divided up, which makes for the perfect solution because the dividers act as an organization system for me, and the flocking helps keep things secure and from always rolling around when something is removed.  I think an economical and easy solution for this if you don’t have an armoire would be to get shelf paper with a rubber/texturized surface – I would think that would have the same affect as the flocking.  I didn’t take a before picture, but here is a current picture of my makeup drawers (and bonus pic of my nail polish):

Makeup and beauty is definitely a fun, creative outlet for me.  I am not very artistic in the drawing/painting sense, and yet, playing with makeup makes me feel creative and artistic.

Here is a look I did recently, a green look:

Products used:

100% Pure primer (I have dry skin, but this still works amazingly; they do have one that’s not mattifying that I’d like to try sometime)

Everyday Minerals jojoba base in Ivory 1N

Honest Beauty Luminizer Powder in Midnight Reflection (under face category)

100% Pure cream eye stick liner in Black Pearl

Redeeming Beauty Minerals eye shadow in Honor

Korres shimmering shadow in Green White

100% Pure Maracuja Blackberry mascara

Silk Naturals brow gel in Medium Ash

Silk Naturals lippie in Winter Rose (discontinued) (last picture)

Hope you all are having a great start to 2017! 

How do you store your makeup?  Does it work for you organised that way?  (Some people have their makeup all mixed together in a cosmetics bag and that is organised for them – there’s no “right” way to organize!)

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways: Plexus

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Continuing our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways….

Giveaway #3 (there will probably be a total of 7, so stick around because there are lots of realllly great goodies still to come)

You’ve read about my favorite product of the year, and so how fitting that it should be today’s giveaway, right?

I know, I know, I *know* this sounds are corny as corn chowder, but it is true that these products have changed my life!

So I’ll let you go read that post where I gushed about Plexus above but I’ll also share a bit of info on this post.

But first off, I get this all…the…time – people who are healthy minded and somehow think Plexus doesn’t line up with their view of health.  A Plexus sister of mine said it so eloquently so I am sharing her words here:

“If you came to my house right now, you would see that we use coconut oil for everything, we use natural laundry detergent, my kids take fermented cod liver oil, we don’t do food dyes or artificial sweeteners and we are huge kombucha drinkers.
I am painting a picture for you of the way we view our bodies and what we put into them. Why does this matter?? We are a Plexus family and their products line up with our family’s decisions about health. Plexus Slim is a natural product for the masses that doesn’t artificially make you feel good from caffeine and stimulants. It is sweetened with stevia and is gluten and GMO free.
Do I wish we could get all of our nutrients from food? Sure!!!!! But the reality is that we need supplements to fill in the missing spaces of our diet. Sometimes diet and exercise aren’t enough. I do not advocate quick fixes or diets…I advocate minds changed, resetting the body and balancing blood sugar. This is my 22nd month using Plexus products and my body has never been healthier.”

Plexus addresses 3 really keys to our health, that I feel everyone should be aware of and do whatever they can to improve these areas – Gut health, Inflammation, and Blood sugar balance.  So so key to so so many issues we face as individuals, families, and as a nation as a whole in our health story.  People ask me – or usually tell me, haha- that they don’t need to lose weight, and therefore, Plexus isn’t right for them. I have to kindly let them know that the Slim (the Plexus product Plexus is most known for) is all about balancing.  If a person is at a good healthy weight, it won’t make them lose weight.  It works at balancing the blood sugar, which in turn helps the body function so much better, and when the body functions so much better, then weight is just naturally stabilized to a healthy range.  And speaking of weight since I’m talking about that now, haha, some people lose weight very fast and virtually effortlessly (my dad for instance…he’s lost over 25 pounds without really trying since he started the TriPlex (Slim, Biocleanse, and Probio5).  He didn’t eat horribly before, he actually ate pretty healthy because he was one of those people that isn’t real picky and will eat whatever’s in front of him, and my mom has always cooked healthily.  But he noticed a very quick difference in that he actually desired salads and squash and cabbage – where before he would just eat whatever, now he looked forward to eating healthy foods).  But for others, it isn’t quite as fast or dramatic.  For myself, for instance, I feel I have been healing so very much in my body, and I can’t wait for the weight component of it to kick in more, and I also have to do my part with eating good and exercising and not use Plexus as an excuse for poor decisions. I know apparently others areas of my health have taken precedence, and I am just sooo thrilled with that and actually have such a great outlook and hope for what will come!  If someone were to ask me “What should I take?”, my hands-down answer would be the TriPlex combo.  And if you’re dealing with chronic/acute pain, also add in Ease.

With their 60-day money-back guarantee, it is the perfect Christmas gift to give yourself or to someone you love – it is truly a gift that gives back.  Or if you are wanting to save the most plus share with your loved ones and make it your business, this is the easiest and most generous company I have ever been with (I haven’t been with that many, but I was with one other direct sales company, and while I loved their products and the company, it wasn’t as easy or as generous as Plexus).  It literally costs you only $34.95 to join as an Ambassador – you have no monthly website fees, but you get your own website for people to order from.  You don’t have any monthly minimums or quotas you have to make in order to still get the discounted rate.  You have no product you have to stock.  And you have an amazing team that is growing like crazy and has some of the most kind generous and authentic ladies and gents in the world on it (okay, so I may be slightly biased, but I was blown away with all the help and kindness).

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The Nativity Story

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Hope you all are having a good start to the weekend.  I have a fun weekend planned, with family and harp music involved, which to me is always a great combination.

Don’t forgot to enter the giveaway #1 of the Christmas giveaways.

And today, there is a giveaway #2 – Kristin from Exploring Domesticity is hosting a fun giveaway for what sounds like yummy comfort food, so head on over and enter.

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Keep your eyes open because it won’t be too long before giveaway #3 is announced.  (There won’t be 12 giveaways, but the giveaways will run over the course of these 12 days, if you were curious/wondering).

Any fun – even if mundane – things happen lately?  Today, I went to a surplus store – which is so fun to go “scout out” what you can find…only problem is, yes, the cookies were organic and gluten free and would have cost a lot lot more at another store, but did I really need 2 boxes?!   Therein lies the problem of the surplus store.  It’s a love/hate thing.  But you can’t beat iceberg lettuce for $0.50 a head or a 3-pack of romaine for $1.50, so I’m telling myself that made up for the cookie indiscretions.  🙂

Do you have any Christmas movie traditions?  Mine would be watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” Christmas Eve, and watching “The Nativity Story” at some point leading up to Christmas.  This evening I watched that and just thought of something I’m sure I’ve known, but just dawned on me (Don’t you love when that happens?  The Bible never gets old!).  So the shepherds in the fields – when the birth was announced to them and they left the fields to find him, they were literally leaving their occupation, their way of making money because I’m sure many, if not all, of the sheep would have wondered off by the time they returned.  But none of that mattered.  Something – no, someOne – was more important and required their worship.  That just struck me while watching the movie this evening.

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Hope everyone has a great weekend – do something fun! 🙂

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways: Charise Noel Jewelry

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I’m so excited to share about this giveaway series – I’ve joined together with some other amazing bloggers and we will be having various giveaways over the next 12 days – each giveaway being open for 1 week, with the final giveaway ending on Christmas day!  Today’s giveaway is one I am super excited about because I am loving it and think so many of you will too, either for yourself or to gift to someone special in your life.

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I heard about Charise Noel from a friend, who heard about her from a friend,…  Her designs are just so pretty, classic, simple, and feminine, and I just love how easy they are to wear – no annoying tiny clasp that takes 18749 seconds to clasp.

Charise was kind enough to allow me to ask her some questions regarding her jewelry and her company:

Q: How did you get started with Charise Noel Jewelry? 

I never thought I would make jewelry as my passion and purpose in life.   Growing up I wasn’t interested in fashion.   I was interested in helping others.  However, I started making jewelry when I had both of my feet operated on at the same time and needed something to keep my hands busy since I couldn’t walk and was going crazy!  A friend gave me her tools and pearls because she thought she would make jewelry, but she found she never had the time.   As a 6th and 7th grade math and science teacher, I had put a mathematical equation together using the principals of the pulley system to eliminate the dainty clasp on delicate necklaces.  I had done this because my mom, who was a stage 4 breast cancer survivor, had lost dexterity in both hands and couldn’t wear her favorite jewelry any more.  I took the equation that I had already figured out and the tools and materials that my friend had given to me and thought I would see if my equation worked.  I sat and pieced the materials together and what I saw in my head I miraculously could make with my hands.  I made my first pearl necklace for my mom to try and the equation worked!

Q: Is there a creative process you go through to deciding what new designs are added to your collection?
Yes, I am a story teller with jewelry.  I make jewelry that is the easiest to wear and includes everyone.  The saying “the more the merrier” is a mantra for me.  I want everyone to be included in my jewelry, to find a necklace and say “this is me”.  If I have a purpose, a story, a cause, anything that is lovely and redemptive, then I get inspired from it and want to express that in my jewelry.  I draw inspiration for my jewelry designs from scripture and from people’s life stories, like my friend and actress Venda who has struggled with diabetes since childhood.  There are endless inspiring stories and causes.  I am blessed to be an artist who can portray the difficulties and hardships of life as beautiful jewelry.

I have needed a new creative perspective from time to time, like when ladies kept asking for a necklace that had charms.  And I would tell them “NO, I’m not a charm-y girl.”  I like individual charms, however when you put a cluster of charms together, it looks cluttered and makes noise . . . two things I don’t like.  So when I created my Magic line, it was my solution to the request of customers for charms.  I had to open my mind up to creating a charm necklace that I would like.  I don’t call them charms, though.  I call them Magic Endings, because they dangle off the ends but the individual endings are easily seen.  Now ladies get to collect Magic Endings that represent their favorite things in life, and I get to make a necklace that is elegant and simple.
Q: What is the most difficult thing about owning your own business? 

One word…Perseverance.  You make money and lose money, face obstacles and figure out solutions, and accept failures as graciously as you enjoy successes.  When you are building a business it can get messy.  There is no such thing as a perfectly happy story without mistakes and or tough lessons.  Although it is your own business, nobody can do it all on their own.  We need the help and support of others.  The decisions are yours and yours alone, because you have to be able to live with the outcome.  However, when there is a need, a calling, a purpose that is bigger than YOU, then you are not alone in it.  There is a need to work with others and allow God to do the impossible through you.

Q: What is the most rewarding thing about owning your own business?

I am passionate about making jewelry that is the easiest you have ever used, regardless of your age or physical ability.  When I see a 3 year old who doesn’t know how to tie their own shoelaces, or a 93 year old with poor eyesight and trembling hands, easily put my necklace on and take it off by them self, my purpose is complete and that is success!  I just feel like screaming “SEE, YOU DID IT” but I don’t have to, because the first thing that comes out of their mouth is even more precious.  They look at me with wonder and say “I DID IT”!

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Charise sent me a Teresa Classic Beauty necklace (22″) as well as a Solitaire Magic Necklace with Magic Endings to review, and I am over the moon about them.  I have worn both, and they are so versatile.  Surprisingly, even though the Teresa has a pink/peach hue to it, it goes with so many outfits and has a beautiful mother of pearl/iridescent quality to it.  Here is the story behind the Teresa: “The Teresa necklace was designed for my Aunt who has crippling  Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) for her to wear a dainty necklace every day that she can quickly do herself.  The pink color is for joy and the coin pearls lay flat because she is dear to my heart.”  Isn’t that just lovely?  I love hearing the inspiration behind the creations – makes them more meaningful.

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The Solitaire Magic Necklace is also so very versatile.  Because of the design, it can be worn in more ways – as a simple necklace without using any Magic Endings.  Or you can put it on just like the Classic Beauty necklaces, and then attach the Magic Endings of your choice to the magnets and get such a variety of looks.  Her Magic Endings also are used in her Magic Earrings, so even more functionality and swapability there!

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Would you like to win your own Teresa Classic Beauty necklace (22″) AND a Magic Necklace with 2 sets of Magic Endings?!?! Your Magic Set will come with the Solitaire Magic Necklace plus the pearl drop Magic Endings and an angel wing with blue gray bead Magic Endings, which equals 3 different necklaces plus the Teresa (plus who says you have to wear both the pearls or both the wings together – you could do one of each for a fourth look). Just enter the giveaway below for a chance to win big!  🙂  (here are pics of the actual Teresa necklace you will win, as well as the Angel Wings Magic Endings, the Solitaire Magic Necklace by itself, and the Pearl Magic Endings.)

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Also, as if Charise hasn’t been  generous enough, she has graciously given a code – LeafyNotBeefy – that is good for 72 hours from now for 50% off everything in her shop!!!  Yes, 50% off!!  These would make great gifts!

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How I Saved and a Surprise

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Just like anyone else, I love to save money.  If something is on sale, I’m happy.  So when I started the room redo, I had my eyes open for “savings”.  I wish I were a great couponer.  I do use coupons, and I would say I’m great at online coupon/deal finding, but in stores I’m not as good yet.  But you always have to be working on improving something, right? 😉

I thought I would write up a quick little post detailing a few ways I was able to save and redo my room on the budget I set.

First up – paint.  I had seen Benjamin Moore Harbor Gray/Silver Chain mentioned all over Pinterest when I was searching for a nice neutral gray, but BM paint is really expensive – and according to Consumer Reports, it’s not rated any better than others.  So when I saw Behr was on sale and they could color match to the BM color, … that made me happy, and I am super happy with the color it turned out.

Next, the items I got from Amazon (the dark bins, the gray velvet hangers, the cedar flowers, the desk), all but a little bit of it (I think about all but $20) was paid for by redeeming SB points from Swagbucks.  I talk about them a lot on my Facebook page, but they have helped tremendously – if you are a blogger, I highly recommend their Influencer program.  Something always seems to come up that I want to redeem my points for, but I’m hoping to save up for a computer (maybe even a Mac) for when my current one finally goes kaput.

Also paid mostly for from Swagbucks was the Sauder bookcase!  It was on a great sale, and then with the gift cards I believe what I actually paid was $47.

Another site I use quite a bit when I was buying things online for my room redo, and use in general whenever shopping for anything online, is Ebates.  No, it’s not a lot, but getting any money back for free is always a good thing in my book, plus it adds up eventually.  Also, if you join from my link, you’ll get $10 just for using it.  Plus you can enter to win a 2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid (and they also have a great blogger program).

And finally, something else I saved on for my room was the nautical-inspired rattan table lamp with linen shade.  I was able to get that through a program called Vipon.  It is free to join (just like all the others have been), and you are able to request items from Amazon at a reduced price – if you love them, you are free to leave a review on Amazon, but you’re not required to do so.  The lamp is so high quality, and it was only $4.80 or something like that.

Now for the surprise…..

I, along with a few other bloggers, will be hosting a “12 Days of Christmas” Giveaway – there will be various giveaways over the next 12 days, starting tomorrow.  Each giveaway will last 1 week from the day it’s posted, with the last one ending on Christmas day.  🙂  You seriously will NOT want to miss these!!  There will be health/food/fitness/beauty and more.  Psst – tomorrow’s giveaway will be a gorgeous beauty item you will love for yourself or for a Christmas gift!