Archives for January 2015

on finding our hope and purpose

I’ve always loved this quote my pastor often refers back to,
“Seek not to avoid a wounded life, but rather seek to avoid a wasted one.”

howtoavoidawastedlife

And, it’s been present in my thoughts even more so lately as we finish up the first month of this new year, and life attempts to drag us back into old patterns and habits. The newness has started to wear off, and it’s easy to let that fresh hope slip through our fingers. The purposes we may have set out to achieve can easily begin to appear blurry.

There’s a lot of talk, especially around the new year, about finding our purpose…living our purpose, or making it a year of purposeful living. And these purpose driven talks and essays and motivational speeches often come with steps and tips and even programs you can sign up for to learn exactly how to make it all happen for you. I’ve listened and watched and even felt inspired by many, but as I continue to seek the Lord and his heart in all of it, I seem to continually come back to the simplicity of it all.

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best in beauty 2014

Best in Beauty 2014

Happy New Year you guys!

Oh my gosh, I have seriously missed you guys and this place so much more than I expected! It’s so good to be back.

It’s crazy to me that it’s been a month, if not a little more, since I’ve done any writing whatsoever. Not only was I not writing here on my blog, but I didn’t even so much as write in a journal… When I took the month off, I literally took the month off! (Okay, exception…I did get a little wordy on Instagram a few times. Sometimes I find it so much easier to micro blog than serious blog…Ha!)

Of course I have thoughts and ideas and plans about the time I took off, but that is just going to have to wait for another day, because today we’re not going to go nearly that deep.

Instead, today it’s all about the very best beauty products that I used and loved throughout the year of 2014.

These are by far some of my most favorites videos ever to watch, because I feel like you truly get a sense of the stuff that wasn’t just the favorite from the month…but the stuff that really stood the test of time. And those are the kinds of products, I think, that are truly worth checking out!

So after a lot of serious and intense testing of beauty products over this last year, here is the complete list of what I loved and used the most!

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*Products Mentioned*

Best Beauty Tool: 
Beauty Blender

Best BB Cream: 
Cover Fx BB Gel

Best Foundations:
Estee Lauder Double Wear
Lorac Porefection
Cover Fx Pressed Mineral Foundation

Best Powder:
Hourglass Ambient Powder Dim Light

Best Primers:
City Cosmetics Pore Minimizing Primer
Cover Fx Mattifying Primer

Best Highlighters/Illuminators:
Cover Fx Highlight in Sunlight
Mary Loumanizer by the Balm

Best Concealers:
Cover Fx Blemish Concealer
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Illuminator/Brightener

Best Palette:
Lorac Pro to Go

Best Mascara:
Tarte Lights Camera Flashes
Jordana Best Lash Extreme

Best Eyeliners:
YSL Faux Cils
Smashbox Liquid Liner
Physicians Formula 2 in 1 Liquid Liner

Best Brow Pencil:
It Cosmetics Brow Power

Best Eye Primer:
Jane Eye Primer

Best Eyeshadows:
Colour Pop Eyeshadows
Khroma Stick

Best Blushes:
Maybelline Master Hi-Lite Blushes in Pink Rose & Coral 
Nyx Blushes
BH Cosmetics Blush Palette

Best Lipliner:
Cover Girl in Beloved

Best Lipsticks:
Nyx Butter Lipsticks Hunk & Razzle
Maybelline Matte Lipstick Lust for Blush
Bite Beauty Lipsticks Violet & Granache

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Now it’s your turn!!! What did you love and use most throughout 2014! Let us know in the comments below!

 

+ DISCLAIMER +
FTC: This is not a sponsored video. While some products are sent to me, I am very choosy and will always share my honest opinion of everything that I try and review on my channel. I will never accept payment in exchange for a positive review. Some links above may be affiliate.

~ MOST IMPORTANTLY OF ALL…

While I LOVE beauty, health, and all things related, more than anything my heart and soul belongs to Jesus! This quote expresses exactly what I hope shines more than anything:

“Like Paul and every other believer, my life is no longer my own. The focus must not be on me, but on Christ. When someone hears from me publicly, I want it all to point to Him.”

{quote from John MacArthur}

xoxo, Summer

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