10 Ways To Look Less Tired

It doesn’t matter if I get 8 hours of sleep or 5 hours, I always look tired. I have had dark circles under my eyes even when I was little. So with that being said, I have learned a thing or two about how to look awake, fresh, and rejuvenated:) 

1- Avoid dark colors 

Especially if you already have dark hair and eyes (like me), wearing a black shirt or even a dark lipstick can draw more attention to dark circles under your eyes. Even black eyeliner can drag you down. Try to opt out for an eyeliner that compliments your eye color. (I use copper or purple since I have brown eyes)

2-Wear your hair in a half up-do. 

With all of my hair up, I look tired. With all of my hair down, I look tired. But wearing a half up-do opens up and frames the face. Plus its in style now!

3- Use a color correcting concealer. 

Color correcting is definitely not something I was on board with. Except for peach toned concealers. I got mine from NYX for only 5$ and it really does make such a difference! I either just use the NYX concealer or layer it under my Nars Radiant Creamy concealer.

4- Wear earrings.

What better way to distract others from your dark circles than a pair of sparkly studs?! ๐Ÿ˜‰ But really though, whenever I wear earrings it draws attention away from the center of my face and balances it out. I prefer ๐Ÿ’Ž studs or something sparkly.

5-Avoid matte finish makeup.

This may be debatable, but in my personal experience whenever I use matte foundation/concealer/lipstick, I tend to look more tired and flat. I prefer more dewy, glowy skin. Or even like a satin finish foundation because I feel like it looks more natural and healthy. (I’m not saying that everyone who uses matte finish foundation looks tired btw)

6- Wash your face with cold water. 

When you feel awake, you tend to look more awake and what else wakes you up like a splash of cold water? Personally I love washing my face with cold water in the mornings, though it did take some getting used to!

7- Use light/beige colored eyeshadows.

Whenever I’m in a rush I take a light pinky beige eyeshadow and apply it all over my lid and up to the browbone. This brightens up the whole eye area,makes your eyelashes stand out a bit more, and makes your eyes look bigger.

8- Use an eyecream.

I am a skincare junkie. I love finding new products that help better my skin. This eyecream by Clinique is fairly new and I got it with some of my Sephora points. A hydrated under eye area not only looks healthy and youthful, but also helps prep the skin for makeup. 

9-Keep it simple. 

Less is more. Whenever I wear a ton of eyeshadow and liner and blush and bronzer and highlighter etc etc….. Throughout the day it can make me look tired. Some nights I wash off my makeup only to find that I looked more tired with it on than I did without. So if you didn’t sleep a lot or have been traveling, or stressed lately try to keep your makeup simplistic.

10-COFFEEโ˜•โ˜•โ˜•

I don’t really think this one deserves an explanation because isn’t coffee the answer to everything?๐Ÿ˜œ

I hope some of these helped you and if you know of anymore let me know! Don’t stress away your joy over vanity (like i tend to do sometimes). Remember that God made you beautiful and for a purpose (dark circles and all)!!

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10 Recent Favorite Christian Movies

Hello! I am so excited about this blog post!! I love watching a good movie and eating some popcorn with a sleeping cat beside me:) Here are 10 movies that me and Tj have watched recently that we really loved! (Note that some of these are movies I have had for years but have fallen back in love with them recently) 

P.s. these are in no particular order!

1) October Baby

I’m pretty sure this movie and Princess Diaries is the only movies I watched for two years;) October Baby is about a college student who discovers things about herself that makes her question everything. This is a movie that is funny yet also deals with tough subjects. Plus if you are socially awkward like me then you will definitely relate to Hannah (then main character).

2-4) I had to include these  three together because they are in a bundle pack lol.

Me Again is about a pastor who wishes he had a different life. His marriage is falling apart, his kids don’t like him, and he feels like God doesn’t care anymore. To his surprise his wish comes true! This is a funny movie with a good message and i recommend it if you want a laugh! 

What If is kind of along the same lines. A rich business man gets the chance to see what his life would be like if he would’ve followed God’s calling for him as a preacher.

Marriage Retreat is just goofy! It’s a crazy film about 3 couples who go to a marriage retreat to “fix” their spouse. Little do they know that the owner’s are having marital issues themselves! 

5) Do You Believe

So DYB and God’s Not Dead came out fairly close to each other and GND was very much the most popular of the two. But, I honestly enjoyed DYB sooooo much more! I love how all of the characters were connected in ways they’ll never know and how each decision had an affect. This is a great movie for saved people and I cried every time I watched it haha. 

6) Risen

I feel like this movie just came out of nowhere this year and blew everyone’s socks off. I absolutely  love stories set in this time era. It is one of my favorites genres to read as well! Risen is about a Roman centurion trying to prove that Christ is dead but the more he searches, the more he finds that the impossible is possible. I really really loved this movie (Way better than the Passion of the Christ in my opinion) .

7)Hidden Secrets

Hidden Secrets is about a group of friends who are reunited by coming together for a funeral. This movie was so real and it dealt with a lot of major topics. I really feel like they not only handled everything wisely but also the storyline was incredible (especially the end)!

8) One Night With The King

I have a thing for Esther movies… I’ve seen about every one of them:P This one is by far my favorite though:) If you like the story of Esther then I recommend this movie!

9) Mom’s Night Out

Okay, so I don’t have kids but this is one of my top 5 favorite movies! I literally laughed until I cried! A group of mom’s decide to take a night off for themselves and it ends up going terribly wrong. 

10) When Calls The Heart
So this isn’t a movie so to speak but each episode is the length of a movie. This is a clean, funny, romantic, suspenseful, series that deserves a lot of love! If you’re into Anne of Green Gables, Love Comes Softly, or books along those same lines you’ll love this series! 

I hope you found some new movies to watch that you will enjoy! If you have any other suggestions or recent good movies you have watched let me know! 

Speaking of new movies I’m going to see Ben Hur in theaters tonight. I’m so excited! Have a great weekend yall!

Letting God Dig Out My Splinters

Last week my church had revival and it was really great! We had people saved, and some rededicate their life to the Lord. As with most revivals, each night there was an altar call to give everyone who was there an oppurtunity to humbly pray to God, repent, ask for forgivness, etc… One of the things about true revival is that it doesn’t feel good. In fact, it can be really uncomfortable. For saved people, it can mean repenting of sins and asking for forgiveness of sins. It is a season of restoration.

I’m still studying Hosea using Jennifer Rothschild’s study guide (I had gotten way behind but I’m catching up!). One passage from Hosea really stuck out to me while studying.

Hosea Chapter 6:1-3 (ESV)

“Come, let us return to the Lord; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him. Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us like showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.”

This passage in Hosea is talking about Israel and Judah being unrepentant. Hosea is prophesing to the people, telling them that there can be restoration. Revival! A part of the revival process is God correcting us. This past week God laid things on my heart that I knew I needed to change and it didn’t feel good. But just because I went to the altar, asked for forgiveness, and prayed about it doesn’t make it revival. Revival is a process. Like Pastor Henry said “Revival isn’t a series of messages.” Which is so true! In the verses above revival was God tearing down Israel and Judah so He can build them up. God has to knock down my pride to help me grow. He has to show me I can’t depend on myself so I can start depending on Him.

For me, last week wasn’t just a revival but it has been the start of revival. It was a time when God showed me that I was in need of Him, the ways I had gone astray, and He said Let’s begin! But it doesn’t feel good. This week I have caught myself being mean and irritable. Why? Because God has been showing me things about myself that I don’t want to deal with. He has torn me. But He is also healing me.

Whenever you get a splinter what do you do? Unless you want it to get infected and swell up, you have to dig it out. And it hurts! Especially if someone else is doing it for you. I always wanted to be in control of getting the splinters out of my fingers so whenever it started hurting, I could stop. Revival is the same way. It hurts to dig out my sin and bring it to the light, especially when God is the one doing it! It is easier to just ignore our sin, but if we do it will swell up and affect us more than we thought it would.

“Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord…” To have revival you have to keep on keeping on. Be steadfast! When revival week for my church ended, it shouldn’t be the end of my personal revival. That week was a jumpstart. A call from God saying “I’m ready, whenever you are willing!”. Like I have said about 4 times already, Revival is a process. And it has it’s rewards too “…he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.” That’s a promise!

I don’t know what revival may mean to you. It could be repenting, forgiving, letting go, making commitments, being honest, etc… only you and God know that. But remember, don’t stop your revival at the altar. Like verse 6 says in this same passage, He desires steadfast love, and that is exactly what it takes to be revived! Steadfast in our love for Him that we press on through the judgement and allow God to dig out our splinters so He can start to heal us.

 

CoverGirl Oh Sugar Lipstick Review

I have been thinking about buying this lipstick for awhile now. Mainly because I love the name (Soda) and the packaging is super cute;) This is a sheer tinted lip balm (like Loreal’s Pop Balm or Maybelline’s Baby Lips). I got mine at Walmart for around 5$ (with a coupon).

First of all, it smells just like Cherry Coke! I don’t know what the rest of the line smells like but Soda smells super delicious!

It looks really dark and intimidating when you open it but since it is a sheer formula, it isn’t as dark on the lips as it looks like it’d be.

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Here is a swatch. Since this is a balm, it is not going to be very long-lasting or transfer proof. Also, I exfoliated my lips before applying it which helps a lot with any lipstick.

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This is one layer which is pretty pigmented. It almost looks like I just got done eating strawberries;) haha

So, all in all, I really like this lip product! I would definitely buy more from the Oh Sugar line. There was a lot of pretty colors too so I might go back sometime and check the others out:)

 

When God’s Good Isn’t Good Enough For Me

Today I asked myself this question, would I give up anything to learn more about God? He is so great and unfathomable, but I find myself being comfortable with what I already know about Him. If I truly could wrap my mind around how great He is, wouldn’t I give up anything just to know Him more?

If that is true, then I don’t even have a glimpse of how great He is.

A lot of times, whenever I read my Bible, I realize I do it so I won’t feel guilty about it later. Or so I can study and then get on with my day. I don’t study to truly get to know God more. And lately I have been in such a rut. I feel stuck. I’m not growing in my relationship with God, but it doesn’t feel like I’m backsliding… I’ve heard people say that everyday that you aren’t closer to God than the last, then you are backslidden.

I wonder how many Christians are like me? Imagine what a spiritual difference it would make if we started seeking after Him like we are capable of?

Whenever I hear Romans 1:25 “Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.” I always think of hippies. (Am I the only one who does that ? :P) But honestly, that verse is talking about me as much as it is about hippies! Whenever I put the opinions of my friends, my family, my husband, whenever I put time with my phone, my cats, or books over God, then I worship the creation more than the Creator.

Last night was my church’s first night of revival, and my husband preached about hell. He brought up how they tortured and crucified Christ. I’ve heard the story and seen the illustrations a hundred times. But just like my husband said, I had become numb to just what Jesus hadย went through. To just how great the sacrifice was.

But this morning I woke up and realized that Jesus didn’t just go through crucifixion to save us from our sin. But He also went through it so we will be able to get to know God on an intimate level. But just how many people actually do that?

How many Christians take for granted the ability we have to get to know God? If I truly could even get a glimpse of how great God is, I would like to think that I would give up anything for Him. But honestly, I know the greatest act of love God ever committed (sacrificing His son) and I still push Him aside for my own wants and needs.

God is omniscient. He knew that when He sacrificed Jesus that we (as Christians) would still reject Him to go after our own wants.

For me, knowing that even though I don’t try to get to know Him more than I do now, and yet He still died for me, makes me want to know Him more. But I guess He knows that too (Was that confusing enough? haha).

There is a song that I absolutely love. Every time I listen to it, I get chills. More than once I have had to pull off the road while listening to this song just so I can pray to God.

“What Do I Know Of Holy” by Addison Road.

Here are some lyrics that I think perfectly explain how I feel;

“I guess I thought that I had figured You out, I knew all the stories and I learned to talk about, How You were mighty to save, Those were only empty words on a page, Then I caught a glimpse of who You might be, The slightest hint of You brought me down to my knees.”

Deuteronomy 8:14 “Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the LORD thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint; Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, to do thee good at thy latter end; And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth.”

It looks like I am not the only one who has forgotten God in the midst of all His blessings in my life.

Isaiah 43:22-25 “But thou hast not called upon me, O Jacob; but thou hast been weary of me, O Israel.”

Verses 23 and 24 go on to talk about how they stopped making offerings to God and sacrifices.

Then verse 25 says “I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.”

Even though the chosen people stopped giving God the glory He deserved, he still covered up their transgressions.

Isaiah 44:22 “I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.”

Matthew 7:7 “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:”

I don’t want to get a glimpse of God and then be content with it until the next time I feel like I want more of Him. I want to consistently seek after Him for the right reasons. I don’t want the good that God has given me to take place of His goodness. I don’t want to be complacent! I know that I am capable of knowing God more than I can fathom on this side of Heaven. So I don’t want Christ’s sacrifice to be in vain. I don’t want to just be saved but I also want to seek Him. If you are like me and just do what you are suppose to as a Christian to “get by”. Then we are both missing out on not only blessings from God, but more importantly, God himself.

 

Rock This House with Laura Story (Women’s Conference)

Hello! This past weekend was the greatest! Some ladies at my church invited me to go to Rock This House. RTH is a women’s conference with a special speaker each year. There was about 300 people there ( I’m pretty sure that is what I heard). This year was my first time going but I am already looking forward to next year!

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Not only did Laura Story speak (and sing:D) but there an awesome acapella group that sang, a storyteller who brought the Bible to life, and heart cardboard testimonies:)  

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If you don’t know Laura’s story (see what I did there;) lol) You should google or YouTube it! It is very inspiring and makes me wonder how she does it! She was very funny and real. What stood out about her was that she seemed so comfortable and at home! Like she was talking to us like she already knew us.

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So yeah, you should definetly check her out! Have a great week yall! 

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