top 5 weekly beauty favorites | #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}

 

Each week, both here and on my YouTube channel, I have been sharing my top 5 beauty favorites each week. But to be honest, I’m realizing that sometimes I don’t always have 5 new beauty favorites to share! And especially now that my beauty spending budget has been pretty minimal. (I keep telling myself, “it’s all about balance, it’s all about balance, it’s all about balance…” to make me feel better. ha!)

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So while this week I actually still had 5 favorites to share, I just thought I’d let you know that some weeks from here on, I may include some products I love and then maybe some other stuff I’ve been trying out or updates on previous favorites. Regardless, I’ll always keep it to 5, because that way the video still remains short and sweet!

Here’s what I loved and used most this last week!

Weekly Beauty Faves!

BH Cosmetics Forever Nude
Morphe Brush S19
Cover FX Matte Setting Powder
Cover FX Treatment Concealer
* NYX lip liner in Fuchsia

What did you guys use and love most?

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+ 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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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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best of beauty. health. life | september 2014 | #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}

 

Best of Beauty. Life. Health.

At the end of every month both here and on my YouTube channel, I switch from sharing my top 5 weekly beauty favorites, to instead sharing all the things throughout my month that I truly loved the most. They are the things that I found I’ve excitedly texted my bff’s and sisters about, which are — of course — the things I’d want to share with all of you if we were having our own girls night out (or in!).

Beauty chat is fun, but from my experience real girl time always involves a random mix of what we’ve discovered and gone through, which is exactly why I try to find that same balance here and on my channel.

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This month I am extra excited because my BFF, Becky, is joining in on the fun…which for me is my most favorite thing of all for the month! Her friendship in my life is an absolute gift straight from the hands of Jesus, and it honestly doesn’t matter what we’re doing or what we’re talking about, there is just a total comfort and acceptance and always always laughter.

A balanced beautiful friendship. {I think I could really get carried away with this whole “beauty balance” thing! ha!}

I hope you guys enjoy this months video, and more importantly I hope you feel that we are right there with you just hanging out for girl time, bonding and sharing…Because it’s always so much more fun when you’re not alone!*

*except for when you’ve been around kids all day long…then being alone doesn’t sound so bad… Again. All about balance, my friends.

Monthly Favorites:
NYX Butter Lipgloss
Tarte Palette
Andalou Naturals Rosewater Mask
Larabars
Kayla Itsines – Bikini Body Challenge
The Core (book)
Robert Lustig
Blacklist (tv show)

What did you guys love most this last month???

I would so love to hear or see what you guys loved most this last month as well, so I invite you to either share by leaving a comment here or on YouTube OR you could always post a picture on any of your social media platforms using the tag #thebeautybalance!

 

+ 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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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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blending beauty with balance | #thebeautybalance

The beauty balance really all started with this:

“Consistency breeds Credibility.”

This is one of those quotes that sits with me often and settles into my mind while I attempt to blend some balance throughout my life.

There is so much I want to do and so many things I long to be, and yet when I strive to take them all on at once I lose my balance and fall short in nearly every area.

There is no consistency, no credibility, no balance…which ultimately leaves behind a bitter taste of feeling unconnected.

Consistency.
Credibility.
Connectedness.

And it is these three C’s tumbling around in my mind that have led me to this 31 day writing challenge hosted by The Nester (who you will love).

It’s where God has me.
And it’s what God is laying on my heart to be and to share.

And so I’m committing to be present here and purposeful in my writing and content, prayerfully choosing to share for 31(ish) days on Blending Beauty with Balance.

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As I shared the other day, it’s true that I love beauty, style, and fashion…I mean, I just experience such a giddy joy in finding a fabulous shade of lipstick. And yet, even though that may be a lot of the content both here and on my YouTube channel, what brings an even greater joy to my soul, is living that beauty, and knowing that the beauty we delight in is truly a reflection of our Creator.

It’ll be a fun and encouraging 31 days….sharing tips and tricks, while digging deeper, finding purpose, and blending beauty with balance — all with a heart of intention.

I hope you’ll come back each day and join along in #thebeautybalance conversation, and I’ll be sure to link each post back to this page, so that there will be a landing spot for all of the 31(ish) posts.

And of course…to make it even easier to follow along, I encourage you to subscribe to my blog so you’ll never miss an update!

Day 2: The monthly beauty box balance | Beauty Box 5
Day 3: Best of Life. Health. Beauty | Girl Chat
Day 4: Saldana Fam Cam: My inner struggles with comparison
Day 5: The work at home, stay at home, mom balance
Day 6: Be still
Day 7: How to shop healthy on a budget
Day 8: Adorned from the inside out
Day 9: Top 5 Weekly Beauty Faves
Day 10: Saldana Fam Cam: Sprouts Grocery Haul & The Best Smoothie Ever
Day 11: Bulu Health & Weight Loss Box
Day 12: The Comparison Cure
Day 13: How to straighten hair with minimum damage
Day 14: Yay or Nay? Reviews on the products I’ve used up!
Day 15: Saldana Fam Cam: Healthy Grocery Hauls & a New Family Member
Day 16: Summer’s Lovin’: Top 5 Beauty Favorites of the Week
Day 17: Saldana Fam Cam: Whole Foods Haul, Kayla Itsines & Funny Yoga
Day 18: The Greatest Beauty Truths We Can Ever Know
Day 19: Erin Condren Life Planner vs. Whitney English Day Designer
Day 20: We Are His Poem, We Are His Masterpiece: A Pastors Perspective
Day 21: Makeup Totally Worth Buying

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summer’s lovin: weekly top 5 beauty faves | eva nyc, nyx, tarina tarantino + more

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Weekly Beauty Faves!

Andalou Naturals Rose Cleanser | I am beyond in love with Andalou Natural everything, and now this line of sensitive products has been added to the obsession!
Eva NYC Hair Care | It may not be the most natural line, but the smell is incredible and my hair feels so much softer since I’ve started using it!
Tarina Tarantino Mascara | Loving this mascara and how much length and volume it gives!!!
NYX Blush – I have had these blushes forever, but am just now using them! And now I wonder why I’ve waited so long!
Maybelline Creamy Matte in Lust for Blush – Oh, you don’t EVEN know how much I love these lipsticks, and this shade in particular. Bright pink lipstick, what?

What did you guys use and love most this week?

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+ 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.
________________

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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fall beauty essentials | 2014 edition

My Top 5 Fall Beauty Essentials | 2014

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As much as I love the long days of the warm summer months, this most recent heat wave has had me craving fall comfort more than ever. I nearly wanted to throw a party yesterday welcoming the new season in, and was more than giddy when I felt the cool fall air last night on my skin as we walked to our car after dinner.

Not only am I excited about the weather changes (they are coming, right?!?), but I also love the beauty changes Fall brings as well. It’s a season where some summer rules may still apply, but with just a little more warmth and drama. I love the purples, the blues, the bronze and golds…and I don’t even mind putting away the bright pink lip shades for a bit.

In this fun collab, Kendra, Shannon, and I have teamed up to share with you our Top 5 Fall Beauty & Fashion Essentials that should get you just as excited about Fall as we are!

And as always, make sure to share with us all that you are excited about and loving this season as well!

Kendra | Vlog with Kendra
Shannon | Glamour Wonderland

Products Mentioned:
Numi Chocolate Tea
Michael Todd Face Mask (20% discount through link)
Coastal Scents Beijing Palette
NYX Shadow Stick in Bronze
Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick in Lust for Blush
Tarina Tarantino Lipstick

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summer’s lovin’: weekly beauty favorites | bh cosmetics, maybelline, irresistable me + more!

So, it’s been hovering around 100 degrees at our house these last few weeks, and the house we are renting doesn’t have air conditioning, which really just means that our family has one opportunity after the next to practice patience and joy despite our circumstances.

And yes, I think that might have just been a run on sentence, but my brain is mush and I can’t muster up the energy to go back and edit it now.

Where is winter? I want winter.
Snow would be nice.

Our next house, by the way, will have air conditioning.

All that to say, filming and blogging feels like the hardest thing ever in the world to do right now…but I am trying with all my might to keep up.

So, here are LAST weeks Top 6 Beauty Favorites, with a new product that I am BEYOND in love with, and am so excited to share with you guys.

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Products Mentioned:

BH Cosmetics 10 Blush Palette
Maybelline Eye Shadow Quad
NYX Matte Lip Creme
Skindinavia Bridal Makeup Setting Spray
Agave Shine Spray
Irresistable Me Flat Iron (10% off through link)

And as always, make sure to let me know what you guys have been loving too! I always get the best suggestions from you guys! (not that I need to go shopping at the moment or anything…but you know, for a rainy less financially tight day, I suppose!)

xo

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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summers lovin’ | august 2014 health, fitness & beauty faves

Because I’ve started doing my top 5 beauty faves nearly every week, I decided that my monthly favorites would be just a little bit different.

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While I’ll still include a few beauty things, I’ll also be sharing all my favorites from the month including life stuff, books, tv shows, health, fitness, fashion, and anything else that I’m excited about sharing with you guys! Hopefully, by doing making this little change, it’ll bring more of a well rounded approach to what I share.

What I loved this month:

Tinkle Razors: Yes I shave my face, and you should as well, trust me.
Cover FX Liquid Foundation Brush: Perfect for any foundation, but especially heavier/thicker ones like Tarte Amazonian Clay
Michael Todd Jojoba Charcoal Facial Scrub (20% discount through link): A very mild scrub that works to remove dead skin and draw out impurities. i love this stuff!
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Treatment/Concealer: An incredible under eye concealer and brightener for such an affordable price. And it will last you forever!
Book: Where’d ya go, Bernadette?: This book ignited my love for reading again, and now I can’t wait to start my next one! Let me know what books you love most, fiction or non fiction so I can add it to my list!
Waiakea Water: Never have I loved a water more! Who knew water could have so many added benefits & give back at the same time? Love this stuff.
HIIT & Tabata workouts (just a few i love): These workouts are a total game changer. Ever since I added in more to my workouts, I have seen an incredible change in my body. The areas that are a lot more stubborn are seeming to wake up, and I’m starting to see change, where I haven’t before. They will totally kick your butt, but I promise it is so worth it! Here are just a few links to ones I love, but if you have other ones you think I should try, let me know!
Traci Campoli
Fitness Blender
XHit
Suzanne Bowen Streaming workouts

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And then also…just in case you missed last weeks top 5 beauty faves, here they are!

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Weekly Favorites!

Josie Maran Argan Illuminator
Stila Antiqued Black Gold Eyeshadow
City Cosmetics Eyelash Enhancer
City Cosmetics Liquid Lipsticks
Schick Hydro Razor

What about you guys?
What did you guys love most in August?

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why you need a makeup primer in your life

I’m just a little behind in sharing all the videos I had scheduled to post while we were in Kauai, and while I may not get to all of them here on my blog (but you can watch them on YouTube!), I definitely couldn’t forget to share the latest Holy Grail Makeup Primer in my life.

Holy Grail = The Best Ever or otherwise Perfection Product…just in case you didn’t know.

Okay, so let’s just first go over a few of the reasons why you need a primer, because really, if you’re wearing foundation…a primer should absolutely be in your makeup life as well.

DID YA KNOW?

  • The silicones within a makeup primer actually provide an incredible adhesive for your foundation, which allows your foundation to stay on longer than it would otherwise.
  • A primer fills in your fine lines and wrinkles, creating a smooth and flawless palette for the foundation to lay on top of.
  • A primer will also act as a sealant for any products you’ve used prior to it, as well as it creates a barrier to any ingredients in your foundation that you might not particularly want absorbed into your skin.

Now, I have tested and tried out quite a few primers throughout my beauty life, and very few have impressed me the way my City Cosmetics Pore Minimizing Primer has. In fact, the very first day I wore it with my Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation, I was texting and voxering all my beauty minded friends with my freaking out excitement. It was honestly, love at first wear.

It’s now been over a month, and I’m still just as in love.

So much so, in fact, that I made a dedicated video all about it so that I could go into more detail about why I think you guys might want to test it out as well…

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Here’s just a few of the selling points…and then make sure to watch the video for my experience and thoughts! (and if you end up wanting to order, click here to get it 30% off!)

  • Unlike other pore minimizers that only fill in pores temporarily City Pore Minimizing Primer works to help physically tighten pores, giving you dramatically visible results that last.
  • cruelty-free, and none of our products will ever be tested on animals.
  • City Pore Minimizing Primer is hypoallergenic, so it is appropriate for even the most sensitive skin types.
  • Uses powerful, naturally-derived ingredients that work together for maximum results you can feel
  • City Pore Minimizing Primer uses only the best clinically-proven ingredients in powerfully effective concentrations to address the root causes of enlarged pores, fine lines, and wrinkles instead of just covering them up. By delivering nourishing compounds deep into the skin, City Pore Minimizing Primer provides dramatic results that last even after makeup and primer are removed.
  • Most primers rely on silicone as their sole active ingredient, so large pores and skin unevenness are only temporarily filled in, but will reappear when the primer is removed. City Pore Minimizing Primer takes a different approach by using ingredients proven to improve skin from the inside out for a smoother, plumper, more moisturized result.
  • Anyone can benefit from City Pore Minimizing Primer! With its clinically-proven active ingredients, people of all ages can use Pore Minimizing Primer to combat enlarged pores, fine lines, wrinkles, dry skin, uneven skin surface, excessive oil production, and even skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis.
  • Watermelon Rind Extract helps to reduce fine lines rapidly
  • Helps dramatically improve key components in skin’s self-moisturizing complex
  • Natural dirt- and oil-destroying compounds derived from a South Africa helps treat and prevent the root cause of enlarged and clogged pores
  • Olive-Derived Squaline helps kill the bacteria that causes unsightly blemishes while potentially helping to fight tough skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis
  • All-natural, hypoallergenic ingredients mean that even the most sensitive skin is safe

 

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summer’s lovin’: july favorites 2014 | beauty & lifestyle

July Favorites 2014 | beauty & lifestyle

I’ve pretty much decided that from this point on, I’ll continue to do weekly favorites, but then do a round up at the end of each month sharing with you guys my ultimate monthly stand out stuff. And not only will I include my beauty favorites, but I thought it might also be fun and helpful to start including fashion, health and lifestyle favorites as well.

I like to keep things well rounded.


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This month was really all about not spending money and trying to dig into my stash/collection of goodies, and doing my best to rekindle the love for what I already have. Getting into this habit of shopping my stash has actually been kind of fun, though the thrill of a new beauty product in your life is hard to beat…but saving money has got to be a close second, right?

Or third…

Or…

Okay, so maybe the thrill hasn’t hit me quite yet, but it IS a responsible thing to do, and I really am having fun rediscovering some oldies but goodies.

It’s called being a grown up.
On a budget.

Fun Stuff.

Okay, so, here’s what I loved and used most this month…

Products Mentioned:
Tracy Campoli (i want personal sessions!)
Walk off the Earth (makes me so happy)
Lorac Pro to Go (must have for all)
Wet n Wild Blush Heather Silk (don’t apply with a heavy hand!)
Milani Baked Blush Berry Amore (all their blushes are so good!)
Khroma eyeshadow stick (if the Kardashians can do something right, it’s makeup)
NYX Butter Lipstick in Hunk (just one of my favorites colors in this formula)
Hanae Mori perfume (this scent is heaven.)
Sibu Seabuckthorn Eye Cream (even if you’re not aging, get into this eye cream habit!!!)

What did you guys love most this month???

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most impressive beauty products of the year… (so far!)

Best Beauty Products 2014!

I am so excited to share this video collab with you guys, as not only do I love the theme of the video, but I also truly adore all three of the girls I am teaming up with on this. Samantha SchuermanMallory1712, and MrsLolalynn are all incredible beauty gurus with some of the best beauty tips and finds, and they are some of the sweetest most genuine girls out there. If you’re not already subscribed to their channels, you best get going to do that right about now.

For this video, we wanted to share with you guys the Best Beauty Products of 2014  …so far. It’s kind of like a mid year check in on what’s truly impressed us most and what’s quickly making it’s way into our category of favorites.

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So after you watch this, make sure to head over to the rest of the girls, because I’m know they have some Goodness to share as well!!!

Mallorys Favorites
Sams Favorites
Lauras Favorites
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| Products Mentioned |
Irresistible Me Extensions: (10% off through link)
Michael Todd Soniclear: (20% discount through link)
Agave Healing Oil & Iron
Figi Sugar Scrub
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder
Cover FX BB Gel
Younique Mascara
Physicians Formula Liquid Liner
Cativa waterproof liner
Boo Boo Cover up Concealer
Forever 21 Shimmer Shadow
Cover FX Highlight in Sunlight
Milani Lipsticks
Bite Beauty

FTC: This is not a sponsored video. While some products are 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.

It’s your turn! Share in the comments below what beauty products have you most impressed so far this year!!!

 

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