New Hair, New House, and a Season of Big Change.

I can’t believe that it’s been two months since I’ve written a blog post. I have had a few people ask me when I’m going to start again and I really hope that this is the time–because I love this blogging space so much.

Since I have last written, there has been a lot going on. There are a lot of new changes happening in my life right now–both good but also hard. Since my last post, my sweet grandmother passed away and went to be with the Lord. While it has been really hard to accept the fact that she’s not around anymore, it has been such a sweet time of remembering her and thanking God for the legacy that she left behind. Furthermore, in the last week, a dear, dear friend and mentor passed away unexpectedly and suddenly. She was just amazing. Seasons of change that revolve around the loss of a loved one are some of the most difficult to understand, process, and know how to continue on with everyday life. But, I believe that God is good and He carries us through the hardest of times with the grace and peace that only He can provide. If you are going through a season of loss or change in this way–you’re not alone and I would love to pray for you.

Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted”

I don’t write all of that to depress anyone or to ask for pity or sympathy–but to remind you that life is a constant ebb and flow of good times and hard times. It’s ok to have seasons of struggle or difficulty adjusting to stages of life–but you don’t have to do that alone.

As for the good times, I do have a couple of exciting changes to tell you about! Firstly, I chopped off my hair! It’s been such a nice change and these hot, humid, sticky summer months in Oklahoma aren’t nearly as bad with short hair. I can see myself having hair like this for a while.

 

 

Secondly, I bought a house! I’ve been moved in and settled into my new place for a few weeks now and I love it! I have some home blog posts planned and will share those with you soon, but here are some images of little things that are my stamp throughout the house. I have a couple of house projects that are still ongoing and I’m so excited to share the finished result!

 

 

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February Birchbox

Here we are again for another Birchbox un-boxing! I hope that you like these posts and enjoy seeing what could come inside your own Birchbox each month. Are you a subscriber of Birchbox? Here are the things that I received in the February box.

Love Beauty and Planet Smooth and Serene Argan Oil & Lavender Shampoo & Conditioner


Each of these can be purchased for $9.00 and I even saw them in Target this week. I think this is a super affordable brand and this sample size will be great for traveling.

Sunday Riley Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment


It’s always fun to receive samples for things that I usually can’t afford. The full-size bottle of this product retails for over $100. I’ve been a fan of lactic acid treatments for the past few years–it’s a great ingredient for acne-prone skin.

The Beauty Crop Wing Woman Liquid Eyeliner


I swatched this on my hand when I opened it and it seems like it will last a long time on the skin. I don’t wear eyeliner much, but this would be a great one for me to test.

DOUCCE Luscious Lip Stain


This looks like it’ll be a great color to wear during the spring months! The consistency of this lip stain is also definitely more on the watery side and less chalky/drying than some liquid lipsticks can be.

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January Bless Box Reveal

It’s time for another Bless Box un-boxing! I’ve written several times about how much I love Bless Box and how exciting it is to get a treat in the mail each month. I have loved being able to try out new things and maybe even things I wouldn’t typically buy for myself. Here is what came in the January Bless Box!

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Wen Winter Cranberry Mint Treatment Oil: Retail $36.00

Wen Winter Cranberry Mint Replenishing Treatment Mist: Retail $20.00


These smell so good and are so cooling on the skin. I’ve already been trying these out and have really been enjoying them. The mist even came with a travel-sized bottle and it’s already in my purse for on-the-go. The treatment oil is good for the skin and hair and the mist can be used on the face, hair, and skin.

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Juice Beauty Photo-Pigment Precision Eye Pencil: Retail $20.00


I like that this eye pencil is more of a grey shade and not black. I don’t wear eyeliner very often but when I do, it can sometimes look a little too harsh on me–so I’m looking forward to testing this out. Plus, I’m sure you know by now how much I love grey!

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Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream: Retail $7.00

Amika Triple Rx Shampoo: Retail $10.00


I will take all the moisturizer I can get this winter! My hands have been so dry lately and I’ve been trying to apply hand cream as often as I can. As far as the shampoo, I have never used this before because it contains wheat–but I’m sure it’s great because I really like other Amika products.

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Ashley Shelley 2018 Monthly Notebook Planner: Retail $18.00


A cute planner is always a good thing to have on hand for staying organized and on track.

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Ahmad Tea Fruit & Herb Tea Sampler: Retail $4.50

Beanitos Original Black Bean Chips: Retail $2.00


Tea and snacks? Yes please!

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Bless Box Resolution & Affirmation Cards: Retail $7.00


These little cards are perfect for putting on mirrors and bulletin boards for a little pep in your day.

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January Birchbox

Good evening my friends! I hope you have had a good day and that you’re settling in for the night. I’m back with another Birchbox reveal post to show you what came in this month’s box and some things that you could receive if you’re wanting to give Birchbox a try.

If I’m being honest, I almost didn’t post this today because in the scope of things and life–sometimes blog posts seem to be the least important/meaningful things and there are so many things that are just way more important. But (as my sweet little sister reminded me–love you Abs) one of the purposes of this blog is to be a little bit of an escape from whatever is going on in life, to provide some encouragement, life, and joy–so I’m going to keep writing blog posts.

Here is what’s inside my January Birchbox:

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Oribe Gold Lust Repair & Restore Shampoo/Conditioner

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Oribe products are super expensive but they smell so good! I’m always excited when those samples are included. These are also a great travel size and might be coming with me on a trip later this week.

Laura Geller Fortifying Lashes Primer

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I like that this is a black primer–instead of the white formula that others are. I’m interested to see what this is like to wear by itself and then with mascara.

Clark’s Botanicals Age Defying Radiance Cream 

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This is another super expensive product if you buy it full-sized. I’ll make sure to use this one sparingly. The consistency of this cream looks like it will add a nice glow under makeup or just by itself.

Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Radiance Primer

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I have used this twice already and it was really hydrating to use under makeup–which is great for the winter. I also noticed a luminous finish and it helped to keep my foundation on for much longer.

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Empties #8

If you read the title of this blog post, you know that it’s that time again–time to talk about a whole lotta empties! It’s a perfectly normal thing for a person to have a box of empty bottles in one’s house…right?? These empty bottles are the majority of products I’ve used/finished over the last several months and I’m going to share my review of that product with you. A lot of these products are ones I’ve received in various subscription boxes or just things that I’ve bought from the drugstore.

HAIRCARE

Batiste Dry Shampoo: I’ve had one of these in every single empties post I’ve written so I won’t say too much about this again. Bottom line is that it’s my favorite dry shampoo and it’s definitely the most effective if you tend to have oily hair.

Oribe Hair Plumping Mousse: I love the scent of Oribe products but this one was a little too heavy for my thin hair. The mousse seemed to make my hair more oily/greasy than it  did to add any additional volume. Not to mention that Oribe products are usually a lot more than I want to spend on haircare.

R+Co Outer Space Flexible Hairspray: This was a nice hairspray to use, and it was a great travel size, but I don’t remember it being the most effective to hold curls all day. The regular price is also a little much for me.

Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo: I really like Amika products! This dry shampoo did not leave any white cast and it was great to use on less greasy hair days. This is another one of Amika products that I’ve tried–Bombshell Blowout Spray.

SKINCARE

Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towlettes:These are so great to have for on-the-go, traveling, or the lazy nights when you don’t feel like taking off all of your makeup. The Burt’s Bees cleanzing towlettes are also very gentle and good for sensitive skin.

Derma E Evenly Radiant Brightening Cleanser: This cleanser has Vitamin C which helps to brighten skin and improve the complexion. I really liked this cleanser and thought it did a decent job of evening out my skin tone.

Elizavecca 24K Gold Mask: I bought this mask off of Amazon because it said it was good for removing blackheads, deep cleansing, and the packaging just looked interesting. The mask itself was a gold color and so that made it pretty fun to wear. I thought this mask did a great job of clarifying my skin and helped to decrease the amount of blackheads that I had, without drying my skin completely.

Retinol Anti Aging Gel Cleanser: This product has been staple for me to keep my acne under control. I usually get this at TJMaxx because it’s always cheaper there. If you deal with acne, milia, or post-acne issues–I highly recommend this face wash.

Honey Girl Organics Face & Eye Cream: This face cream was in a previous Bless Box and it was such a nice product to use. The product is a thick consistency that melts into the skin as soon as you apply it. A little goes a long way also. The honey in this product was also a great anti-bacterial property–which is also a good thing for acne prone skin.

MAKEUP

ColourPop Precision Brow Colour in Blondie: This is my favorite pomade to use because it’s long-lasting, it’s the exact color of my hair, and the consistency is really nice. Plus, this product is super affordable online!

Ardell Blonde Brown Pomade: This was not my favorite pomade to use because it was too waxy and the color was too dark.

NYX Wonder Stick: This is a great product to use for contour/bronzing because it has a darker shade on one end and a lighter shade on the other.

Ardell Brow Building Fiber Gel: This was nice to use over a pomade to help seal in all the brow hairs. It was a little more on the expensive side for me, for what it is, so I’m not sure that I would repurchase it.

Cargo_HD Picture Perfect Highlighter: This was in a FabFitFun box that I received several months ago. This was a pretty powder to use but it’s still a little pricey for me.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation: This was a sample in a Birchbox and I really liked it! The coverage was medium to high and the finish was kind of velvety. I’m willing to invest more in a foundation if it helps cover up my acne scarring.

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer: This used to be such a good product for me because of the coverage, but now I think it’s too heavy for my skin. I would recommend this though if you are looking for a full-coverage concealer!

FRAGRANCE

Stella by Stella McCartney: Stella!!!! This is my all-time favorite fragrance and I was so sad when I ran out. I had this for a few years and only used it on days that I needed a boost or for a special occasion. My cousin, Bec, wore this for years and I just loved the way it smelled on her–so I bought some of my own. I will probably repurchase this eventually because it’s just that good.

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