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

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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)

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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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january favorites 2015 featuring lorac unzipped gold

January Favorites!

~ Beauty Products Mentioned ~
Lorac Unzipped & Unzipped Gold Palettes – To. Die. For. I seriously feel like my eyeshadow life is complete.
Nyx Eyeshadows in Bedroom Eyes, Liquid Gold – Almost just as amazing as the Lorac…almost, but for the price…you need these in your life. You won’t even believe the color payoff you get!!!
Jordana Best Lash Extreme – Gives amazing length and volume, and the price!!! Are you even kidding me? So good.
Skindinavia Bridal Finishing Spray – Hairspray for your makeup. This is a product I didn’t believe I needed in my life, and I was oh so wrong. I need it. And so do you.
Bite Beauty in Violet – This is the lipstick for me. THE lipstick for me. Like, this is one of those “if I was on a deserted island and I could only bring one lipstick with me” kind of lipsticks. Best ever. Ever.

Okay….now I want to know, what did you guys love most last month! Help a sista out!

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Remember to subscribe!

New Videos every Tues, Thurs and Sunday!!!

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~ 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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

~ 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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

~ MY FAVORITE SHOPPING LINKS & CODES BELOW ~

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)

*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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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.

…To continue reading, please head on over to The Better Mom.

xo

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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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creating distance from your art

white blank picture in the room

Okay, so if you followed my 31(ish) days of Blending Beauty with Grace, then you probably realized that continuous blog posts OBVIOUSLY didn’t happen.
Let’s just put that out on the table.

Instead, what I came to accept is that instead of  accomplishing 31 posts, I simply needed that challenge to realize that my intention behind what I blog needs to consistently match my hearts desire of blending beauty with balance.

I had hoped that by writing with consistency, I would be better able to help others, and instead what I found was that the challenge was perhaps meant more for me. (although, I hope maybe some were helped as well along the way!)

I’ve been blogging a long time…
And over time, not only has the blogging world evolved by leaps and bounds, but so it seems, have I.

Blogging is not in any way the same as it was when I started, and as I look back to the beginnings of this blog, I realize I am so far from where I was back then as well.

And while I understand that time changes all things, one thing that has most certainly remained the same is my heart and my intention when it comes to my writing.

Okay, so yes, it still most definitely serves as a form of therapy that has always been a source of helping me to sort things out…but the truth is, I can easily do that just fine in the pages of my journals, where it’s safe and unjudged.

But instead, I choose to do it here (when life allows), because living out loud brings such an incredible amount of hope and comfort and a feeling that we most certainly aren’t alone in all of this.

Writing publicly brings all of that to me…and I pray with every word and every post I share, it also brings some of that to you.

I want to write and share, no matter what the topic, with intention.
With focus.
And with a heart to serve and a heart to worship and nothing else…

This blog, these words, this place…this is my heart.
This is my passion.
This is my art.

But sometimes it takes creating a bit of distance to allow yourself, for just a moment or more, a chance to stand back from your art to fully be able to see what it is you’re even doing…and where it is you even want to go.

And I know that this is that time for me.
It usually is, actually, around the holidays…where I find that I truly need to reflect on where I’ve been and prayerfully consider where it is the Lord would have me to go.

And so, tis’ the season once more to take a moment or more and pray.
To refocus.
To get right.
To get refreshed.

And as always, after the first of the year, I’ll be back…with a renewed heart and mind, ready to write with intention and focus…blending beauty with grace, just as I know God has asked me to do.

I pray, and I mean that…I have, and do and will truly actually continue to pray that all of you are able to spend this season loving others, and more importantly, loving and worshipping Him.

xo

{I will still be doing my thing over on my YouTube channel, so I’d love to see you there!}

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God won’t give you more than you can handle

morethanwecanhandle

It’s no secret that I’ve had my fair share of struggles throughout my life…

Divorce.
Rape.
Death.
Depression.
Anxiety.
Loss.

I remember each of those moments or times in my past with such a vivid memory, that tears still come to my eyes when I fully allow myself to sit with the pain I had to endure. Because, truly, how does anyone ever forget the times they cried the most honest and heartfelt tears of their life?

And in many of those struggles, I would often hear what I imagine people meant to be comforting words,

God won’t give you more than you can handle…so know that He must really believe that you are incredibly strong!

And while I longed to find the comfort in that, the truth was, I wasn’t strong…I was weak and afraid, angry and broken. And I knew that I was most definitely was not strong enough to get through the pain I was experiencing…

If you’d like to read more, I invite you to finish the rest of this post today over at The Better Mom.

 
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a $5 makeup brand that will blow you away!

Goodness gracious.
So, it would seem that blogging consistently for a month would cause me to need nearly an entire week off from writing.

Sorry about that!
I do have thoughts though about all that writing, and even have a draft wrapping it all up waiting to be edited, but finding a moment to finish it is another story… so stay tuned, it’s coming.

Also, now that we’re getting closer to another New Year (what the heck?!?), I also seem to have a lot of thoughts about all that I want to focus and work on in 2015!

I have nearly an entire page full of notes and exciting new ideas and changes I want to explore, especially in the area of my blog & YouTube channel…which is breathing new life and hope into those areas for me.
(and I’m praying will hopefully do the same for you guys reading and watching as well!)

And this is why I LOVE the start of new months, seasons, and especially new years…the thrill of hope springs alive.
Ok, does anybody else get THIS excited about the New Year this early… or is it just me???
Anyway…I’m getting a tad distracted.

Okay, so in other exciting news, I have an incredible new makeup line to tell you guys about, and I just can’t even believe how in love I am with everything that I’ve tried!!!

The line is called Colour Pop, and they’re all about eyeshadows, lip liners and lipsticks…which is brilliant, because I’m kind of all about those things as well! Everything I’ve tried has been so unique and high quality, and it just blows me away that every single thing on their site is only $5!!! I mean, that’s my kind of shopping right there!!!

It’s literally all I’ve been wearing this last month, and I definitely have a wish list of things I still want to try!

Okay so enough rambling…in this video I’m sharing all that I got and exactly what I thought…
And, I’m hoping that by watching this haul complete with swatches, it only helps make your shopping decisions that much easier!

You guys, I’m just here to help. =)

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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

+ DISCLAIMER +
FTC: This is not a sponsored video. While some products have been sent to me, I 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.
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october monthly favorites | beauty. fashion. fitness.

It’s time to share all my Holy Grail Goodies from the month of October in the categories of beauty, fashion and fitness, as well as some updates on previous favorites as well! (the best primer & waterline eyeliner ever!)

And of course, as always, let me know what you’ve been loving this last month as well! I love to hear from you!

{Remember to subscribe!}

October Favorites:

Physicians Formula Liquid Liner
Maybelline Concealer/Illuminator
Cover Girl Sharpener
NYX Eyebrow Wax Pencil
YSL Eyeliner Effects Faux Cils
Colour Pop Eyeshadows in 3, Game Face, On the Rocks, Amaze, Lovely
Colour Pop Lippies & Lippie Pencils: Heart On, Flawless
City Cosmetics Primer
Reviva Labs Eye Cream

Twisted Silver Jewelry…
BB Bracelet
Gypsy Bracelet
Armor Bracelet
Capture Necklace
Creekwalk Necklace
Pencil Necklace

Kayla Itsines Workout
Daily Docket

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

+ DISCLAIMER +
FTC: This is not a sponsored video. While some products have been sent to me, I 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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makeup totally worth buying (i shopped!) | #thebeautybalance

I’ve been diving right into this 31 Day Writing Challenge, where each blogger chooses a topic to write about for 31(ish) days. Because it’s right where God has me, I’ve chosen to share on Blending Beauty with Balance.
(#thebeautybalance, if you want to follow along…or better yet, join the conversation using the hashtag!)

It’ll be a fun and encouraging 31(ish) days where I’ll be sharing tips and tricks while digging deeper, finding purpose, and blending beauty with balance — all with a heart of intention. {all 31(ish) Days will be linked here}

 

I made it a whole month and I didn’t even shop once…
I blogged a whole month (almost) and totally did my best to blend beauty with balance…
And then…

I shopped.

Whoops!!!!!

I guess it’s a good thing it’s all about balance, right?
And I do always preach the 80/20 rule, so…
{I’m really good at comforting myself with excuses, by the way.}

Okay, so here’s the makeup I think is totally worth buying:

 

Products Mentioned:

GrooveBook: SALDANA388 to receive your first one free!
Mereadesso All in One Moisturizer
Gabriel Cosmetics
Colour Pop
Schmidts Deodorant:  enter MUSINGS during checkout and get 15% off anything you order!!!
Portland Bee Balm

Remember to subscribe!

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

+ DISCLAIMER +
FTC: This is not a sponsored video. While some products have been sent to me, I 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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