*this post contains affiliate linksHey readers! I’ve been a little quiet this week, but I talked earlier about the drama that is my life at the moment, and I just needed to take some time to decompress a little bit. I’m doing well, and life is falling into a pretty stable routine. Understandably, I have been on a pretty tight budget, but I have tried some new, fun things this month that I’m going to share with you.
My daughter is a girl after my own heart, and loves nothing more than perusing the stationery aisle. She gave me this set of pens that I had been eyeballing for a while, and had heard some mixed reviews on.
Overall, I love them! Mine are the 0.7 tip, which is fairly medium. I don’t have the best handwriting, and the pen size doesn’t seem to affect that. That aren’t as “gel” as I was expecting, and even though most people like them because they don’t smear, I HAVE managed to smear them a couple of times. But the brightness and intensity beats any other ball point pen I have ever used, hands down. These have been my daily writers this week, and I have used them in my planners, bullet journals, and even writing checks. One of my friends also has them and felt like the barrel was a little fat to hold comfortably, but I have pretty big hands, so that didn’t bother me at all.
Young Living Sheerlumé and Satin Facial Scrub (Mint)
Young Living has monthly promotions where you get free products when you spend a certain amount, and this month the freebies were so good I placed a huge order and stocked up. There were a couple of things that I have been wanting to try, but didn’t have enough room in my monthly order, so I picked them up this month.
The first one was Sheerlumé, which is an oil based cream that claims to “visibly brighten and balance skin tone.” I like to think I have pretty good skin, I’m 35 and I still get carded anyway, but the last few years I have had some issues with texture, and it is so stinking sensitive that everything I try makes it freak out. Despite the price tag, I am LOVING the Sheerlumé, and this is going to be a regular purchase. I feel like it has already helped even out my skin tone.
I have been needing a good exfoliator, so I don’t know why it took me so long to try the Satin Facial Scrub (Mint). The tube was a little smaller than I was expecting, but I really like the product. I have been using it about every other day, and have noticed improvement in my skin texture. I think by the time I get through the bottle, my skin will be back to “normal.” I also like this this doesn’t exfoliate with microbeads.
Ipsy Glam Bag
One of my friends recently signed up for the Ipsy Glam Bag subscription service, and she was really happy with what she was getting, so I decided to try it. The subscription is only $10 a month, and you get a small, makeup bag with deluxe samples and even some full-sized products. You fill out a questionnaire to determine your style and give them a better idea of what products to send you.
I just got my first bag, and I have to say, I am underwhelmed. The bag is kind of ugly, and the products are mostly cheap samples. I WAS excited to get a bronzer, but you tell me how I am supposed to get a countouring brush on those tiny little squares?
For someone who is not picky about makeup brands and products, or who is trying to build up their stash, it really is a great value for the price. But if you are pickier about what you use, this might be a miss. You can check it out here.
Unashamed By Christine Caine
I know I usually wait for my monthly reads post to talk about the books I read for the month, but this one was so good I couldn’t wait to share it. I was first exposed to Christine Caine when she spoke at Life.Church a couple of years ago, and I am not exaggerating when I say that the message she gave changed my life. She has overcome so much in her life and is one of the most powerful speakers I have ever heard.
Unashamed talks about identifying and working through the shame we hold in our lives, and why it is so detrimental to serving our purpose. What struck me is how she broke down the difference between guilt and shame ..
Guilt is about my do. Shame is about my who.
There were many areas of my life that caused me to feel shame, and I didn’t even realize it. I had heard Christine’s story of being molested as a child before, and it’s understandable that someone would struggle with shame after that kind of experience. But when she talked about not meeting other’s expectations of herself and feeling shame, or even a little girl who felt shame because of her parent’s violent arguments, I started to see what a root shame had taken in my life.
I am really excited to journal through some of what I have learned in this book, and step into a new kind of living. I just can’t say enough good things about this lady and the impact she has had on my life. This book was just released, so go get a copy!
L’Oreal Lumi Primer and Foundation
These two product are favorite on the YouTube beauty guru circuit, and since I am shopping on a budget I decided to try these out instead of hitting Sephora. The jury is still out on the L’Oreal Magic Lumi Primer. I want to love this because it is so luminous and pretty, but it does NOTHING for my skin texture. If you have no pores or texture, you may love this primer. I have just been using it on my cheekbones under my foundation, because if I apply it all over it just makes my face look like a weird, bumpy disco ball.
I did NOT like the L’Oreal True Match Lumi Foundation at first, which blew me away because everyone raves about it! But, now that I have used it for a few weeks, I think most of my issues were actually with the primer. I chose the W3 shade, but it is a little dark for me. It’s not so dark that I can’t blend it enough to look ok, so I am still using it. It is a medium, buildable coverage, and leaves some luminosity on the skin. If you are looking for a good drug-store foundation, I would give this one a try.
So there you have it! If you liked reading about my hits and misses this month, let me know in the comments and I might make this a monthly feature.