Monthly Archives: July 2015


Birchbox Beauty Explorations — Summer ed.

It’s summertime & Birchbox has been embracing it and celebrating it right along with me!

First of all, can I just say, how beautiful this last box is!!! Birchbox partnered with Rifle Paper Co, this season to celebrate the beautiful blooms of spring & summer. But, the outside of the box is just the prelude.

There is beautiful stuff on the inside too!

So, here are a few of my favorite beauty products from recent boxes… I couldn’t wait to share them with you!

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner, in black ($16)

Love, love, love this eyeliner!

I guess I always had this misconception that black liner was too heavy, too domineering, and not right for my eye shape and eye color, BUT boy was I wrong! I have gotten more compliments on my eye make up in recent weeks than ever before! So, if that’s not a glowing endorsement, I don’t know what is!

It goes on smooth, stays on all day, doesn’t budge or smudge, and is easy to apply.

And I love the narrow felt tip! It’s sturdy and the perfect size for a nice, thin line on top or below your lids.

Amika Perk up Dry Shampoo, full size $22 at Sephora

Very absorbent, gives hair great texture, volume, and bounce, and leaves it with a clean fresh scent. I know dry shampoos, and I have used a lot of them, but this one tops the list. A great, great product that leaves hair touchably clean, weightless, and not powdery or heavy. No chalky residue here! (A common complaint I have with many drug store dry shampoo brands.)

Mirenesse Glossy Kiss in Perfect Kiss, $22

Mirenesse Glossy Kiss -  01 Perfect

A chubby stick cross between lipstick or stain and a smooth and creamy tinted lip balm. It can also double as a cheeky cheek stain in a pinch! Made without parabens or drying alcohol, this has both staying power and keeps lips moisturized.

Sarahpotempa “Darby” Hair Clip, set of 2 for $9.99

SARAHPOTEMPA ‘Darby’ Hair Clips (Set of 2)

This clip is the perfect clip for sectioning while curling or straightening long, often tangly hair. It lets in more hair than your average straight clip and bends easily with a simple press of your finger on the release, allowing your hair to flow easily and not get caught up and tangled.

Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator, $34

Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator - 2015

Birchbox Breakdown: “This powerful exfoliator mimics the results of professional microdermabrasion, minus the potential for redness and sensitivity. First, papaya enzymes break down dead cells while evening out your skin tone. Next, dermatologist-approved microderm crystals fade the appearance of fine lines and acne scars, leaving skin smooth and free of imperfections. Finally, aloe vera, coconut, and vitamins B and E nourish fresh skin to keep it free of irritation.”

Jamie’s Breakdown: Makes my skin feel so, so good. Brightens, exfoliates, and cleanses. It’s a 3 in 1 product.

So, any new beauty products or trends you want to send my way? I’ll be ready for them and ready to share them with you!

Stay be-you-tiful…



Interrupt. Rearrange. Redirect.

A devotion for you today that answers the question, “how do I study my Bible?” “How might my day look if I always started it with Scripture reading and time spent in prayer?”

Lysa Terkeurst takes us through the questions she asks and the prayer that she prays as she is in God’s Word. But, it’s not just about simply reading His words, although that is well and good, we have to receive them.

So, receive this encouragement and this blessing to you today from my heart to yours…

“Pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.” Proverbs 4:20b-22 (NIV)

Sometimes It’s a One- or Two-Verse Day

by Lysa Terkeurst

“Do you ever get overwhelmed when you sit down to read your Bible? There are so many books, deep thoughts, spiritual insights and life-altering truths … where do we begin for today?

My sticky farm table and I have a long history of early mornings together. I gather up my Bible and my computer. I push past the sleepy feelings begging me to go back to my bed. And I look at the well-worn book as my love letter from God.

I don’t say that in a syrupy, flowery way. Truly, His words are a lifeline to me. A whisper from my God. A personal note. A treasure.

But right now I’m in a season where I don’t consume chapters at a time. Some days it’s just one or two verses that I tuck into my heart so I can live out our key verses (Proverbs 4:20-22) and pay attention to what God says.

I want to really pay attention. I need to listen well to what God is saying. I look for one verse that I can savor word by word, letting it sink in deeply … interrupting me, rearranging me, redirecting me.

And I pray …

“God, what plans have I made for today that this verse needs to interrupt?

“God, what thoughts did I bring in from yesterday that this verse needs to rearrange?

“And God, what heart attitudes have I been carrying that this verse needs to redirect?”

Lysa TerKeurst

His Word is the protective covering over my plans, my mind and my heart. To let me run free without it, will surely find me tripping over my own selfishness, insecurities and weaknesses. So, with His love letter, He reminds me to pause, pause, pause.

Pause and let the Holy Spirit intervene in my natural flesh response.

Pause so I don’t make the conversations all about me.

Pause and remember I’m not always right.

Pause to see the blessings, so many blessings, and say “thank you” at least once an hour.

Pause to serve, pause to give, pause to encourage when everyone else rushes by.

“My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding — indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding … then you will understand what is right and just and fair — every good path,” (Proverbs 2:1-3, 9, NIV).

Don’t get overwhelmed with the enormity and depth of the Bible.

It’s okay if we read just a verse or two today.

But more importantly than reading His words, we must choose to receive them. And even more importantly, we must live them.”

Dear Lord, help me to see You today in a single word or in a single verse. You are all powerful and anything is possible through You. May Your words and Your truth seep into the plans I make and every thought I think today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Proverbs 4:6-8, “Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Cherish her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you.” (NIV)

Luke 11:28, “[Jesus] replied, ‘Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.’” (NIV)


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