This Drugstore Product Will Change Your Nightly Routine

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Four minutes is a littler longer than I would have liked for a product review video. BUT the good news is, I cut right to the chase.

The rest is fluff that will make you laugh, refresh your soul and get the wash done – no big deal. Skip it if you’re anti peace and happiness.

The quality of the video isn’t where I would like it to be (#obvs). It was more a matter of – Elizabeth, put away your excuses and film something already. So I’ll work on that. Just hang in there. If it’s quality you’re looking for – watch my video on accessorizing. It was made before I had a child. You know, back when free time was abundant.

I hope you enjoy! Be sure to check out the other two videos on my channel (such a go-getter, I am) and be sure to send it to 100,000 of your closest friends and family :)

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Something New – A Video Review!

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Couple notes about this video…

1. I am wearing pajama bottoms #businessonthetoppartyonthebottom

2. I say “taste” at the end when referring to a night cream, but I promise not matter how many times I’ve thought about actually tasting it, I haven’t….yet (!) ;)

3. There’s one other video on my channel. I’m kind of a big deal on YouTube and have to pace myself so the crowds don’t get too big. That video is about accessorizing one top multiple ways so check it out!

4. Sorry about the light that blinds you when I move my head. The next video will be more professional I promise. (But I can’t promise I won’t be wearing pajama bottoms again).

 

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One Exciting Year

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The word I have for 2017 is the same one my husband has been mulling over.

He came home the other night and said what he’d been thinking about the year ahead. I immediately began waving the kitchen spoon I was holding to emphasize the fact that I had been thinking the EXACT same thing.

We both said when we think about the year, we get excited. Excited because we know it’s going to be big.

2016 for me was total maintenance mode.

Most of the time I felt like a sheltered freshman showing up to the high school of motherhood. On top of that we moved, I threw a giant birthday party for a one-year-old, and I did my best to keep all of my professional plates moving while balancing time with a growing little boy.

Which is part of the reason I’m excited about 2017. I learned a lot of lessons last year when it comes to budgeting time, and I can’t wait to put it all to work. I’ve also got exciting plans for the blog, I’m excited to dive into a new year with you!

I’m also excited to draw closer to God. I’m already in the middle of a great book about His perfect timing and it’s helping me relax into His plan. The Bible talks over and over again about putting the kingdom of God first and how everything falls into place after that. I was reading Psalm 91 today, and this verse stood out in a new way…

Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness-trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].

-Psalm 91:14 AMP

He will deliver, set on high and never forsake those who love Him and have a personal knowledge of His love. I want to move more deeply into that knowledge of His love this year.

The picture I chose for this post is deliberate and perfect for the new year. It’s a blank page on white sheets (really, white sheets on white sheets). It’s a brand new start. Let’s fill it full of exciting things!

Happy 2017, friends. It’s going to be one exciting year!

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My Favorite Beauty Products from 2016

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Every year our beauty routine gets easier and more beautiful. Just think of how glorious we’ll look like by 2020!

In my world, this year was all about a refresh. I wanted to revamp my makeup routine, so I watched A LOT of YouTube videos and did a total refresh on my whole process. I’m really happy with the results.

Here are the things I changed and loved about the beauty world in 2016…

Bare Minerals:

When putting this list together, I realized it was going to be totally filled with Bare Minerals stuff if I wasn’t careful, I’m in love with a lot of their products…

Their new brush and foundation was exactly what I  was looking for. It gives great coverage, is filled with ingredients that are good for your skin, it lasts all day (which is an upgrade from their original foundation) and it won’t break the bank. I also love the brush it comes with.

Tinted moisturizer is awesome. It’s truly hydrating, I feel as if I’ll look 25 forever when I rub this on in the morning because I’m just letting the moisture sit in my skin all day everyday.

Their primer is fantastic, and this mineral veil is life changing. I never believed in adding another layer of powder to my face at the end, but then I tried it and I saw the difference and how it gives you that airbrushed look. Now I believe.

They came out with a new line of lipsticks this year. This is from the matte collection. It’s so beautiful, so soft and won’t dry out your lips like matte lipsticks can tend to do.

Brushes:

The beauty blender I talked about a couple years ago, really seemed to open the door to new ideas for brushes.

This is oval brush is another big one to hit the market. I got the cheaper version from Amazon. You can also buy a really expensive version. I did some research and found that while there is a difference between the two, it’s only slight. And since I was only going to use this for my concealer, I went with the cheaper version.

I’m such a fan. It blends better than my fingers, and I don’t feel as if it’s soaking up a lot of product.

Concealer:

Tarte Creaseless Concealer is fantastic. It gives you great coverage without the cakey look. If you’ve ever tried to “bake” method, this concealer with the Bare Minerals Mineral Veil does a great job of giving you a picture-perfect look.

Here’s how to bake: after putting on your under eye concealer, cake, and I do mean, cake on the mineral veil. Apply loads and loads of it under your eyes to the point where you look ridiculous. Then let that “bake” on there for about 5-10 minutes (or 15 if you have it). What that does it is all starts to warm up with your skin and will mix together well. Once the time is up, buff off all the excess powder and you’ll be left with a very smooth, very very flawless finish. This is a great technique if you’re going to be taking pictures.

Sheet Masks:

These were a big trend in beauty this year. I couldn’t be a bigger fan, and I have stayed on top of doing a mask once a week because of these bad boys.

I get the cheap kind. These are about a $2 a mask. You can get them at Wal-Mart or Target. My husband makes fun of me because you do look like you’ve been hospitalized when you’re wearing it. But goodness it’s relaxing. And I love them because you can wear it in bed and you don’t have to get back up and splash water on your face when it’s done. You just take it off and rub the excess in.

Bath:

If you want a complete relaxation/spa experience, add some of these amazing bath salts to your bath! They are detoxifying, and so good for your skin. I loved sitting in the bath with these because I felt like I was doing myself so much good.

And the wonderful smell lingered on my skin well into the next day! Here’s where to get it.

Here’s my full review.

Ipsy:

Still my very favorite beauty purchase every month all year – it’s the gift that keeps on giving. This $10 subscription gets you all kind of great stuff and usually a full-fledged product along with some nice size samples. It’s ended up saving me a lot of money, and I have my life sorted out into really cute bags, so it’s a win, win.

Here’s a link to sign up!

I can’t wait to see what all 2017 will bring. I know it will be good and spiffy! :-D See you back here January 4th.

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Airing of Grievances

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Break out your poles and start stretching for the feats of strength, it’s time to celebrate Festivus!

Part of the tradition of the holiday that is for the rest of us, is the airing of grievances. Well, my friends, I have some grievances to get off my chest. So sit waaay back (because I may yell a few times, Frank Costanza style), and leave your own grievances in the comments…

1. BOYS NEED TO DRESS UP TOO, YA KNOW.

You can’t walk through a children’s clothing shop without smacking into a fancy dress for little girls, but forget trying to get your little boy to look sharp. Apparently all they do is roar around like dinosaurs while looking like Lumberjacks.

I love a great graphic tee as much as the next girl, but for the love of all things holy, could you throw me a suit or a great vest every once in a while!? I feel like I have to scrape the corners of stores trying to find an appropriate outfit for my toddler boy to wear to church.

And apparently finding clothes for boys has gotten EASIER. So I can only imagine what it was like 10 years ago! SHEESH!

2. SO WE CAN PAY BILLS, RECORD VIDEO AND COMMUNICATE WITH THE WORLD ON A DEVICE THAT FITS IN OUR POCKET BUT WE CAN’T INVENT PANTYHOSE THAT DON’T RUN?!

WHY??!!

I think this falls in line with my theory about cancer. There’s a cure out there, they just haven’t shared it. Someone some where has developed run-free panty hose but then Walgreens everywhere would go out of business.

3. PILLOW MARKS ON NAILS THAT I THOUGHT WERE DRY!

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Does this happen to anyone else? I painted my nails the other night, sat there in bed for at least 45 minutes working on the blog while I let them dry. I touch them and yep, totally dry. I go to bed, dream some great dreams, wake up and BAM pillow marks and (what I can only describe as) tiny tire marks ALL OVER MY NAILS.

 

Turns out, this isn’t all I have to rant about. Check out the three more grievances I aired on the Knoxville Families Blog.

And have a happy Festivus!

 

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