what i bought & got: ft. it cosmetics, cover fx, gerard cosmetics, it works + more!

What I Bought & Got!

Every month I love to share these videos that show all that I’ve either bought or been sent to try out over the month. It’s a fun way to see some of what’s out there, what’s new, or what I thought enough of to order for myself! Some months I include books, or clothes, but every month is sure to include beauty goodies us girls love/need to know about!

So here’s all that I’ve been blessed to try out this last month, and as always, make sure to let me know what you guys have been ordering or trying out as well! I absolutely love to get ideas from you all!

Brands Mentioned:

It Comsetics
Cover Fx
Redken
Derma-e
Gerard Cosmetics
ItWorks!

 
♡ MOST IMPORTANTLY OF ALL ♡

My passion and desire is not just to share my thoughts about life & beauty, but also to encourage you that wherever you happen to be in life or whatever it may be that you’re going through, you are most definitely not alone!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}

But, this is not just about me!
It’s actually just as much about you & your stories as well, as I’ve been so blessed by the beauty of all of our unique stories and lives shared.

I hope you’ll stick around, subscribe, and be a part of the story!

xo, Summer

+ 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.
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vitacost haul ft. pacifica, alba botanica, shikai + more!

It’s August Vitacost Haul Time!!!

Every month I place an online Vitacost order for my family & myself, and I love sharing these hauls with you guys because I am so passionate about proving that there are much better and healthier products out there and at affordable prices!

Plus, and I’m not even joking, shopping on Vitacost is like retail therapy – much like wandering through Target and leaving with things you didn’t know you needed – but way better because these things are HEALTHY and you actually need them!!!

It really does make such a difference what we use and put in or on our bodies, so any change you are able to make now is a step in the right direction!

Here are just a few ideas to get you started…

— Always first shop Vitacost through Ebates, Extrabux, or Top Cash Back to earn extra cash back off every order! I check them all first to see which is offering more cash back. —

Vitacost (earn $10 when you sign up!)
Ebates (earn $5 when you sign up with this link)
Extrabux (earn $5 when you sign up with this link)
TopCashBack (earn $10 when you sign up with this link)

And if you guys also prefer to shop healthier or shop on Vitacost as well, make sure to let us all know what we need to try next in the comments below!

*Previous orders for more ideas:
July Vitacost Haul
June Vitacost Haul

 

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saldana fam cam: new traditions, simplifying life, clothing haul & the craziest documentarty ever!

Welcome to our Weekly Vlogs!

Every week I include makeup I’m wearing, workouts I’m doing, healthy grocery hauls, all the goodies that come in the mail, what we shop for, church chat, as well as snippits of our every day life as a family! I hope you enjoy, and of course, if there’s anything else you would like to see or have us add in, let me know in the comments below!

This week on the Saldana Fam Cam…
New traditions, making changes to simplifying our life, the craziest documentary you HAVE to watch, church chat, a clothing haul + more!

Websites mentioned:
Fashion Nova (XOSUMMER for 15% off)
Our Church Podcasts

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july favorites: what i’m reading, loving & what you need to know about!

My goodness gracious…my blog got a little quiet there for a bit, didn’t it?

In case you didn’t know, about 6 months ago we took in two little girls for foster care, ages 2.5 & 3, and my life just hasn’t been the same ever since. It’s been quite the journey with so many ups and downs, and even more life lessons and spiritual growth than we were ever prepared for.

I have so many thoughts and experiences to share on all of that, in time…but for today lets just keep things light as I tiptoe back into this whole blogging world again, ya?

I want to get back in the habit of sharing my YouTube videos here for those of you who maybe don’t get into the habit of checking YouTube every week, and in today’s video I’m sharing my July Favorites: what I’m reading, loving & what you need to know about!! It’s just one of those things us girls tend to do…the moment we find something we are obsessed with, we immediately rush out to tell our nearest & dearest urging them to “Try it!!!.” And that’s exactly what this video is all about!

Products Mentioned:
Hydro Flask Water Bottle/Thermos
It Works Green Chews
Shea Moisture Marine Complex Shampoo & Body Lotion
Shea Moisture Superfruit Complex 10 in 1 Conditioner
Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Treatment
Loreal Blow Dry & Extend
Loreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation
Jouer Anti Blemish Primer
Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation
IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Powder/Concealer Brush
Tarte Lights Camera Flashes Mascara
What Alice Forgot
Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick in Vintage Rose

And in other news….

Today I’m over on the Cover FX blog getting up close & personal sharing my best beauty tips, secrets and lessons…what you need to know and what you should never leave home without! I would love it if you took a minute to go over and check it out and say hi!

P.S.

Don’t forget to leave a comment here letting us all know what you’ve been loving as well! Books, food, beauty, scripture…whatever it is you that has made a difference, we want to know!

xo,
Summer
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ringling bros. and barnum & bailey circus giveaway!

My kids and I have truly come to love and look forward to our family tradition of going to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus every year, and I am so excited that this year I get to share the opportunity to go with those of you who live in the area! Because not only have they offered to send my family, but they’re also GIVING AWAY a family pack of 4 tickets to one of you!

So all you need to do in order to enter is leave a comment below with your email address, and I’ll choose TONIGHT & email the winner!

Check out below for all the fun and exciting details!

Extreme Thrills, Exotic Animals and Extraordinary Performers

Take Circus to Max With The All-New Show

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Circus XTREME

Coming To San Diego, August 6–9

 

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(San Diego, Calif.) – Prepare to be astonished and amazed by some of the coolest acts ever as Ringling Bros. goes to new extremes with the all-new energetic circus production, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Circus XTREME.  Children Of All Ages can let their imagination go wild in an exhilarating adventure with extraordinary circus artists and exotic animals. From the highest mountains to the deepest seas, join us as we explore a world of extreme beauty, flexibility, strength and dexterity in ways you’ve never seen before at The Greatest Show On Earth.®  Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Circus XTREME blends extreme circus displays for the ultimate family fun entertainment experience, playing the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego from August 6th–9th.

Guided by Ringmaster David Shipman, Circus XTREME pushes the limits of excitement to featured artists who redefine the word extreme in everything they do, magnifying beloved traditional elements of the circus and combining them with never-before-seen contemporary spectacles, original fast-paced performances and incredibly hilarious moments. Featuring an international assembly of over 100 performers spanning 13 countries around the world, the Ringling Bros. 145th Edition is highlighted by several unique acts including:

Xtreme Sports display featuring BMX freestyle riders, energetic parkour performers, trampoline acrobats and slack line gymnastics tricks

Caravan of Camels – the only act of it’s kind in the world featuring 6 twin-humped Bactrian camels

Bungee Skydivers aerial acro-ballet

World’s youngest human cannonball Gemma “The Jet” Kirby has been shot from the cannon over 500 times

Mongolian Marvels strongmen create a human pyramid with a combined weight of over 880 pounds

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Additional circus elements highlighted in the show including Bengal tiger presenter Taba; daredevil whirling Pendulum of Steel performance;  edge-of-your-seat high wire stunts, hilarious poodle tricks; of course, no show would be complete without the Ringling Bros. Clown Alley and treasured performing pachyderms!

Be sure to arrive early to experience several fun-filled interactive elements before the show starts, included with the ticket price – visit the Animal Open House to get up-close with our amazing animal stars and the All Access Pre-Show, where families can step onto the arena floor to meet our performers, learn circus skills, try on costumes and much more!

New this year, ticketholders can purchase an upgrade experience for their show and go backstage with a VIP Behind The Scenes Tour of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey.  To take advantage of this incredible interactive experience, just log on to www.ringlingbros.expapp.com from your iPhone or Android smartphone, and provide your name, email and phone number to become a VIP Circus Insider.

WHEN:               Thursday, August 6 – Sunday, August 9

Thursday, August 6                        7:00 PM

Friday, August 7                              11:00 AM & 7:00 PM

Saturday, August 8                         11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

Sunday, August 9                             1:00 PM & 5:00 PM

 

WHERE:             Valley View Casino Center – 3500 Sports Arena Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92110

  • FREE GUEST PARKING in all official arena parking lots; visit arena website for more info

 

TICKETS:          Ticket prices range from $15, $20, $25, $45 (VIP) and $65 (Front Row)*

All seats are reserved; tickets available for purchase online at AXS.com, charge by phone at

888-9AXS-TIX or visit the Valley View Casino Center Box Office.
*tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees

 

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top 10 beauty products under $10

Top 10 Beauty Products Under $10 (ish!)

My beautiful friend, Sam Schuerman and I got together last weekend and thought it would be fun to film a little collab sharing our Top 10 Beauty Items for under $10…ish.

We say, “ish,” simply because we find that when we’re telling people how much something costs (especially our husbands), we always tend to round down… It’s a bad (or is it good?!?) habit we just can’t quit.

So, on my channel we each shared 5 products, and then we share another 10 products (5 each) on her channel as well! So it’s kind of like a 2 for 1! Ultimately, you get our top 20 Beauty Products all for under $10 ish!

So make sure that when you’re done watching this video you head on over to Sam’s channel and watch our other half as well!

We had the most fun ever filming together, and I hope it’s just as entertaining (and helpful!) to watch as it was to film!

Sam’s Video

Products Mentioned!
Colour Pop Lippie Stix in BFF
Colour Pop Lippie Liner in Skimpy
Loreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation
Jordana Best Lash Extreme
Jordana Fabuliner
Tinkle Razor
NYC Bronzing Powder in 720A Sunny
Seche Vite Top Coat
Loreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Strawberry Blonde
Schmidts Deodorant ~ enter MUSINGS during checkout and get 15% off anything you order!!!

As always, I want to know what you’re favorite beauty products are for under $10(ish) as well, so leave a comment below!!!

Remember to subscribe! 

~ Wanna send me mail? ~
Summer Saldana
PO Box 720073
San Diego, Ca 92172

~ 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}

But, this channel is not just about me!
It’s actually just as much about you & your stories as well, as I’ve been so blessed by the beauty of all of our unique stories and lives shared. I hope you’ll stick around, subscribe, and be a part of the story!

xoxo, Summer

+ 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.
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holy grail product alert: cover fx custom cover drops

You guys, I am so excited to announce the launch of the most amazing Cover FX Custom Cover Drops!

All you have to do is add this ingenious product to ANY of your face products to customize your perfect amount of coverage without having to wear any foundation!!!
It’s kind of a big deal!!!

In the videos below, first I’ll share all the amazing details of the product and why I am so impressed with it, and then I’ll show a quick tutorial on how I use them and what I love mixing them with the most.

 

When you order, use the code ‘DROPLOVE’ to receive 50% off a Cover FX primer of your choice when you purchase your Custom Cover Drops.
Valid today through March 31, 2015.

Cover FX Links:
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
YouTube

And as always, if you’re already using this in your beauty routine, you have to let me know your thoughts down below! What products are you mixing it with that you love most? Which products maybe aren’t working so much? And any other secrets you’ve perfected with them! I love hearing your experiences and learning from you as well!

xo

disclaimer: I have been chosen to be one of Cover Fx’s 2015 Beauty Ambassadors, which allows me opportunities to try and share all of their products with you. However, I would never have accepted this opportunity if I didn’t 100% believe in the brand and believe that it would be something I would feel authentic sharing with all of you. Please know that I will always give my most honest opinion, and I will never accept payment in exchange for a positive review.
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blogging has changed, and so have i

One thing I’ve learned in taking these last few months off from blogging, is that blogging has changed in so many ways…and in so many ways, so have I.

I’m not sure that ever in my whole life have I ever gone as long as I just have without writing.
And I know for certain I’ve never gone quite this long without even thinking about or having the desire at least to write.

It’s like when I set out to simply take a break and breathe over the holidays, I literally hung my hat…and walked away without giving words another thought.
And the really weird thing?

It felt so good.

I felt so free.

Which even still, months later, feels so unfamiliar… as writing to me has always been my freedom.
My place to breathe.
My source of comfort, as mostly it was my chance to truly process what God was doing and working on within me.

Only, over the years of writing here on my blog…I got caught up, and it became less about writing, and more about blogging…which I’ve come to realize are often two different things.

Blogging has changed, blogs have changed, and the way so many of us feel about blogging and blogs has changed.
I just don’t know that I fit the mold.
I realize now that maybe I never did.

I don’t have page after page of pinnable pictures, as I’d rather it be that my words were all the pictures we might need.

I’ve discovered that writing for me, is digging deep and sharing my heart, as agonizing as it may be….and less about becoming a Pinnable Trending Content Creator.

I don’t know that I want to give tips as much as I want to share life.

It may be a little quieter here doing it this way, but I’ve begun to find comfort in that stillness over the last few months. For I’d much rather enjoy the silence, than be caught up in the noise of not living authentically who I am and who God created me to be.

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And so I won’t quit, but as I continually come back to time and time again, it’s that I have to do this in a way that’s genuine and authentic to me.

And so that has been my prayer throughout these last few months, to truly find the balance that works for me and where I am in my life right now.

So when I can and when it fits and when it’s on my heart, I will be here writing and sharing and praying that we are able to connect right where we are in whatever stage we’re in.

And sometimes… when life is busy and my marriage or my kids or our fostering takes over… there will always be the blessing of micro-blogging over on social media (links over on the right sidebar!) which allows us to stay connected in a way that sometimes is all we can manage.

Either way, I am so excited to continue this journey of unbecoming everything we’re not, and truly living out our lives in exactly the way God intended us to…together.

xo

 

 

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hair tutorial: how to get perfect beachy waves + a giveaway

Finally!!! A hair tutorial!!!

Let me just confess that I have the most confused hair in all the earth. It kind of wants to be straight, but then other parts kind of want to be bendy (not curly though…I could only wish!). And that is exactly why I thank the good Lord for creating the people who invented curling irons and straighteners. Because now I can pretend I have good hair most of the days of my life. Ha!

So todays tutorial is all about how to get those boho beachy loose curls that have become my go to look… mostly because it’s actually easy to do AND the waves will last for a few days without having to curl again!

I hope this is helpful and let me know if you guys end up giving it a try! xo

Also, as a part of this video collab, we’re giving away a $100 Sephora gift card!

ENTER GIVEAWAY HERE
– giveaway is international
– giveaway is an egift card
– closes feb 23 at midnight

Remember to subscribe!
New Videos every Tues, Thurs and Sunday!!!

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vitacost haul | shop healthy on a budget

Vitacost Haul Time | Health, Beauty & Supplements

It’s time once again for our monthly Vitacost order, and of course I had to share in hopes that it gives you guys some ideas on how to shop healthier on a budget!

And remember to always first shop Vitacost through Ebates, Extrabux, or Top Cash Back to earn extra cash back off every order!
I check them all first to see which is offering more cash back.

* Vitacost: (earn $10 when you sign up!)
* Ebates: (earn $5 when you sign up with this link)
* Extrabux: (earn $5 when you sign up with this link)
* TopCashBack: (earn $10 when you sign up with this link)

Remember to subscribe!
New Videos every Tues, Thurs and Sunday!!!

~ Wanna send me mail? ~
Summer Saldana
PO Box 720073
San Diego, Ca 92172

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~ Check out some of my other videos! ~

Erin Condren vs. Whitney English Planners
Vitacost Haul
Homeschooling Tips & Update
Holy Grail Primer
Healthy Grocery Haul
Best Natural Deodorant
Best Eyeliner for Waterline!
Hair Tutorial Quick & Easy Vintage Hairstyle | Headband Tuck & Updo

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~ Get To Know Me Better! ~
What is Le Musings of Moi
20 Things To Do Before We Die Tag
The Husband Tag
50 Random Facts About Me
My Anxiety Story
TMI Tag

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~ MY FAVORITE SHOPPING LINKS & CODES BELOW ~

*Best Natural Deodorant EVER: enter MUSINGS during checkout and get 15% off anything you order!!!

IPSY ~ You get 4-5 beauty products in a new makeup bag every month delivered to your door, for just $10!

BIRCHBOX ~ delivers top product samples from high-end brands. Only $10 a month!!!

*MEMEBOX (Use code P694C7 for $5.00 off any order over $30.00)

*TWISTED SILVER – (15% off with the code “Musing”)

* SHOPLATELY

*IRRESISIBLE ME Extensions & Flat Iron (10% off through link)

MICHAEL TODD (20% discount through link)

+ 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.

~ AND 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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