A Weekend with Me: Friday

The sun was actually shining when I got out of bed this morning (at 9.  It’s my day off..might as well sleep in after being up til 2) for a change.  Of course, it didn’t last long, but as I went about my day  it came and went.

The best way to start the day is sitting down with a pen, my prayer journal, and God. I find that writing down my prayers gives me more satisfaction sometimes than just saying them.  It helps me to really focus in on what I’m doing and my bonding with God.  He deserves so much more than what I give him, so when I have the time in the morning, I do my best to spend some extra special conversation time with him.  The only journal I’ve ever actually completed was a prayer journal that I started when things started getting serious with Erik.  Look where that got me 🙂  God is so good!  I try to make sure He knows I appreciate Him.

When I have the time I like to catch up on reading some of the blogs I follow and watching some of my favorite Youtubers.  Then I went to visit one of my kitty-sitting jobs, Frank.  He welcomed me with lots of noise.  It was like he was trying to tell me all about his evening.  I couldn’t help but laugh at him.

Meal Time!  Trader Joe’s Fat Free Greek Yogurt in Strawberry.  I have tried the pumpkin and pomegranate yogurt by TJ’s as well, and it is a bit more tart than I’m used to. I will probably be sticking to my Yoplait. TJ’s yogurt was 3 Points Plus.

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One of the reasons I watch You Tube is to actually get inspired to do something.  Today’s project was a deep cleaning of all of my makeup brushes.  To get them really, truly clean, it just takes a few household products and a little bit of time.

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The creamy stuff in the bowl is a combo of about 2 parts Dawn to 1 part extra virgin olive oil.  I got the antibacterial soap because makeup brushes tend to be a zoo full of bacteria, which can cause acne (one of my big problems), so it’s better to take the little extra precaution.  The olive oil does two things; not only does it help condition the bristles, but the oil actually acts as an amazing makeup remover, especially on foundation and concealer brushes.  Oil cleanses for the face are all the rage right now, and this would be why.  I just dip the dirty brush into the bowl, run a little luke-warm water on it and swirl the brush on my hand.  Then, as I’m running it through the water I squeezed the brushes until the milky color was gone.  They are now sitting on a towel on my counter drying, and they look as clean as the day I got them.  This is the first time I tried the oil/soap combo method, and it will be the one I continue to use.

Snack Break!  1 cup of frozen strawberries, some water and a Weight Watchers Protein Smoothie (chocolate) for a 2 Points Plus snack with a 10g protein kick.  Delicious!

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After spending some time with the other kitties (Rosie actually cuddled for a minute today..that only took 5 days.. ), it was cleaning, which included a run to the recycling bin and garbage bin, which are located at opposite ends of the complex.  Today I didn’t mind because it was an extra walk, which means I’m closer to filling up my Active Link (success happened around 7:00pm).

Lunch: Progresso Light cheesy potato with bacon. 5 Points Plus for the entire can

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I started reading a new book on the Elliptical today (and no, it isn’t Wicked): Starbucked.  Obviously you can figure out what it’s about, but based on the intro (which was several pages) it sounds like it will be a very business oriented book.  Right off the bat it started talking about how Starbucks started the coffee house revolution and how opening two locations across the street from one another turned out to be an experimental success that explains why it isn’t surprising to find two or 3 locations right by each other.  Sounds like it will be interesting, especially to a Starbucks addict like myself. I am thankful that the library has ebook loans.

 

Today on LUSH’s website the Christmas tab showed up.  I got all excited, and in honor of Lush and their (unreasonably early) Christmas spirit, I took a bath (which I never do) to use up the last of my Lush bath bombs.  I still had some from two Christmases ago.  Yikes.  I don’t like to stay in the tub long, but it smelled nice and my skin was super soft, which are two things LUSH products are known for.

After one more visit to Frank I will be settling in for an evening of poking at Pinterest, other computer tasks and taking advantage of Netflix.

I did go to Whole Foods to find myself  a dinner, and I have to share this wickedly sinful looking, but not sinful combo I found.

 

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The whole pizza (yes, it has no cheese.  Still delicious) is only 4 Points Plus and (I splurged on Arctic Zero because I wanted to try it) the entire pint of ice cream is only 3 Points Plus.  Pizza and ice cream, 7 Points total.  Go ahead…misbehave a little 😉

That’s all for today, friends.  Tomorrow I have a Weight Watchers event where I learn what changes are coming to the program.  Very exciting stuff (hopefully!)

Sweet dreams!

 

 

Top 10 Summer Must Haves

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I figured since I initially intended for this blog to be a branch of of my youtube channel, which is beauty related, I should probably get a post going that isn’t about my life and all of it’s changing glory.

Everyone has their list of summer beauty essentials to get through the hot summer months, and I thought I should share mine.

1: Clinique CC cream

Summer means time to bust out the less intense face makeup.  Translation: lose the full coverage foundation for something a little more giving.  I have been exploring the world of BB creams for a while now, and on a recent trip to Sephora I was recommended Clinique’s CC cream.  For those new to the products, a BB cream is a beauty balm; it has anti aging, SPF, light coverage to blur out imperfections and all sorts of good for the skin things.  Well, CC cream (color correcting) is taking BB to the next level.  I consider this product quite a find for several reasons.  SPF 30 is built right in, making it impossible for me to forget to protect.  It’s a hydrating formula yet oil free, meaning my skin doesn’t get thirsty but won’t get clogged up either.   It’s a great lighter summer alternative to foundation.  I’m not confident enough with my skin to go bare-faced, but this CC cream offers the right amount of coverage without weighing me down.

2. Crocheted TOMS

After seeing TOMS on many feet I finally managed to get a pair of my own (two actually), and my cream colored crocheted pairs very rapidly turned into my favorite pair of summer shoes.  With MD (see my post about MD for more information) sandals and shoes of the like that are comfortable enough to walk in are nearly impossible to find.  These shoes are wondrously comfortable and SO cute.  These shoes cover your entire foot, but because they are crocheted they breathe everywhere.  It’s like wearing no shoes at all.  High comfort and adorable.  What more could you ask for?  They also come in a wide range of colors: neutrals, blue, purple, neon green, and beyond. Click here to see the complete line

3. Lip Balms with Color

I am never seen without a lip balm of some sort in my pocket or in my purse.  Having to apply a separate balm to moisturize and then reapply your color throughout the day is a two step process that you don’t need to spend time on this summer.  Enter the colored lip balms.  I have 3 favorites: Maybelline Baby LipsRevelon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain, and Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter.  I was going to try and pick a favorite, but I couldn’t decide which of these I liked the best.  They all offer exceptional moisture and a nice burst of color.  The Maybelline Baby Lips has less color than the other two, so if you’re a minimalist girl, these will give you a subtle bit of color and a lot of lip moisturizing nutrients.  The Revlon stain balm is more about the color.  It does a nice job of staining your lips with a semi-matte finish.  While it goes on like a balm, it leaves the least glossy feel of the three.  The Revlon butters are a great payout of color and moisture.  You can go subtle baby pink all the way to a bright splash of hot pink (one of my summer faves for the days your makeup needs a bit more spice).  These are a one step must for a splash of color and kissable lips this summer.  Pop one in your purse or pocket and go.

4. Naked Eye Palettes

Urban Decay is hands down my favorite brand for eye shadows and liners.  The color payout is awesome, the staying power is great and the colors themselves are to die for.  My favorites for summer (well, lets me honest.  These are my favorites, period.) are the Naked Eye Palettes.  The entire collection offers a fun play with neutral colors: shimmers, a few glitters, mattes.  They’re all in one place and ready for action.  Naked and Naked 2 are the larger collections, and for the minimalist girl there is the Naked Basics Palette, which has all matte shades  except for a subtle highlight.  Again, I can’t pick a favorite because the entire collection is incredible.  Perfect to keep it beachy and natural while still looking a bit glam.  What more could a girl ask for this summer?

5. SPF

Let’s be honest, SPF might be the most important summer accessory.  Personally, I need to get a lot better at this.  Sunscreen is essential to healthy summer skin.  Let’s do everything we can to stay skin cancer free, my friends.  For the body I recommend Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration.  SPF and moisture all in one bottle.  I tend to notice that well hydrated skin tans better in the sun, so while protecting you this stuff offers a bit of soft and silky help too.  For the face you need to take a different approach.  Neutrogena Clear Face offers a nice coverage of SPF and the promise that it won’t clog your pores.  For trouble skin like mine this is a God send.  Now there’s no excuse to not protect your face while laying out catching rays.

6. A favorite water bottle

I know this sounds like an odd summer essential, but a water bottle could be the most important thing you keep with you this summer.  Water is SO important for so many reasons; Your skin stays clearer and more moist, your body functions better, it keeps you feeling fuller, it’s great for your diet, it will keep you a bit more tolerant of the summer heat; the reasons water is essential to your life are many and all are important.  Find yourself a cute water bottle that can double as a fashion accessory and keep yourself hydrated.  I am proudly sporting a cute purple one that ran me a whole $10 at Target.

7. Skinny cow ice cream treats

Ice cream is one of my favorite things about summer.  Skinny Cow is a brand that the Weight Watcher in me absolutely adores.  The ice cream treats this brand offers taste outstanding and have a PointsPlus value that doesn’t do the taste justice.  Amazing ice cream bars in flavors like chocolate, cookies and cream and pink velvet (my favorite, and pictured above) are only 3 points.  There are ice cream sandwiches and new bars (cookie dough and caramel pretzel OMG!) that offer sweet tooth satisfaction at only 4 PointsPlus.  Check out their site for all of your flavor options and then hurry to your grocery store to stock up.  Ice cream is an essential part of summer.  Feel free to enjoy and not feel one calorie of guilt!

8. Waterproof mascara

Whatever your favorite mascara is, I suggest getting the water proof version for summer.  Raccoon eyes are not hot, ladies.  Between pools and spending time outside (inevitably getting a bit sweaty) mascara is bound to get a bit runny.  Keep your pretty eyes together with some water proof mascara.  I use the Cover Girl Clump Crusher in the water resistant formula.  I use this simply because I found this mascara to make my lashes look the best, but I know every glamour girl has her favorite mascara.

9.  Urban Decay De-Slick Spray

I probably should have put this product at number 1.  This is one of my holy grail products and will be a continuous repurchase.  This is a makeup setting spray that also controls shine.  In the summer it is easy for your makeup to melt right off, and we don’t have time for that.  This spray will keep your products right where you put them, they’ll last a lot longer AND it will help keep shine at bay.  I have never had any breaking out from this product (added bonus!) and my makeup stays looking fresh.  To ensure this staying power I start my makeup routine with a splash of the spray before anything else as well as spraying it liberally after all is said and done.

10. Bright Nail Polish

Summer is about bright colors, and the easiest fashion accessory to change up and get noticed comes in a bottle.  There are amazingly bold nail polishes out there, and summer is a chance to try colors you normally wouldn’t.  Give the neons a go.  Try a hot pink or a peach, or go really bold with summer blues.  Pictured above are just a few of my summer faves.

I’m sure my list could have gone on for another 10, but there you have it!