Summer Beauty Favorites

Welcome back to Love from Amy! If you are new to this blog–welcome and I hope you come back again. If you have been following my blog for a while–welcome back and thank you for your support! Summer seems to be flying by and August is just around the corner. This summer seems to have been a little milder for me than previous years (definitely not in the Oklahoma temperature aspect) because I have not been traveling as much. However, this weekend I will be able to take a few days off work and spend time with several of my family members (maybe even get in some pool time) and have a mini “staycation.”

There are a few summer beauty items that I’ve been using in the last couple of months and I thought I would share those today on the blog.

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L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation. I have been loving this foundation this summer and I think it’s very similar to the ItCosmetics CC Cream. The coverage is medium but it has such a glowy finish. I haven’t been able to be in the sun much but this foundation helps me to look like I have.

L’Oreal True Match Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer. This is a great product to use as a base before foundation, or simply just by itself. If you apply this with a foundation, it just helps to amp up the finish of your foundation. But if you wear it alone, it just helps your skin to look a little more refreshed and hydrated. 

L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara. I promise this post is not sponsored by L’Oreal but they have come out with some really amazing products lately. This mascara has held up so well in the heat and it gives such a natural looking amount of volume to your eye lashes. 

Simple Water Boost Sleeping Cream. I like to use gel moisturizers in the summer, if possible, because they seem to have such a nice cooling effect. I’ve really enjoyed using this sleeping cream before I go to bed, and it leaves my skin feeling very hydrated the next morning.

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Jergens Natural Glow Healthy Complexion Daily Facial Moisturizer. This self-tanning face moisturizer has been a favorite of mine for a few years and I think I’ve probably mentioned it on the blog before. I like that this product doesn’t break my skin out and doesn’t make my face look orange. 

Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer. This moisturizer has been so easy to use when it comes to self-tanning. All you do is apply it while you are still in the shower–but don’t rinse it off–and then gently dry with a towel. I used this incorrectly twice by drying off a little first and then applying it–but I was stripe-zilla both times. Just apply this while your skin is still wet and the result is a gradual, glowy tan.

E.L.F. Cosmetics Shimmer Highlighting Powder. This highlighter is so pretty and perfect for summer. The finish is more subtle than other highlighters I’ve tried but I think it still looks really natural on the skin.

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SheIn Haul: Is it Worth the Hype?

**This post contains affiliate links. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**

If you’re on any form of social media, I’m sure you’ve seen advertisements for SheIn. I heard about SheIn several months ago but didn’t think it would be worth purchasing anything from the site. However, the more I heard about it and saw other bloggers posting about their purchases–I wanted to give it a try. SheIn has SO many items in the way of fashion, shoes, accessories, home, men’s clothing, and children’s clothing. There is also such an array of pricing and almost everything I’ve seen is very affordable.

There are a few things you will probably want to know before ordering, and then I’ll show you the items I purchased. First, not all sizing is consistent with normal sizing. Make sure you look at the sizing measurements before you purchase them. Secondly, there are free shipping and returns on orders you spend a certain amount. I love it especially when sites have free returns. Thirdly, there are coupons available for your first purchase, if you sign up through email, and even cash back options if you have an Ebates account. And fourthly, the company warehouse is overseas, so it may take a week or so before your shipment arrives.

Let’s dive into the haul!

I was wanting a few casual items for summer and also a couple of swimsuit options, and those were things I specifically looked for. Although there were way more things I really wanted to try on, I kept it to just a few, haha!

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I love the texture of this sweater! Yes, I know I bought a sweater in the summer–but I thought it was cute and it would be a nice layering piece for by the pool, or something. Even though it’s been close to, or over, 100 degrees in Oklahoma, I still seem to get cold. Plus, this will be a really nice piece to wear in the fall. I bought this in a size Medium. I will be keeping this item.

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How cute is this! One-piece swimsuits have really come a long way. I bought this in a size Medium and love how this looks with a little bit of a tan. I will be keeping this item.

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This two-piece is also super adorable and each piece has the perfect amount of coverage. This is a size Medium and I will be keeping this item.

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I really wanted some casual t-shirts to wear that weren’t plain grey…because let me tell you–I have way more grey shirts than I need. I love how comfy and soft this shirt is and that it’s loose fitting. This is in a Medium and I will be keeping it. And yes, Sundays are more than good for the soul.

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This is the item that I am MOST excited about. If you know me then you’ll know that sometimes I randomly say “bears, beets, Battlestar Galactica” for no reason. Who else can’t get enough of The Office?? This shirt is also super comfy, a little over-sized, and comes in a bunch of different colors. This is a size Medium and of course I’m keeping it.

So my thoughts all in all? Yes, SheIn is definitely worth the hype and I recommend that you order from there if you’re needing some items for your wardrobe. I might just have to order a few things when fall comes around…

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My Summer Reads

For as long as I can remember, summer has always been associated with reading. When I was a little kid, my siblings and I would all do the summer reading program at our local library–and sometimes we would even try to race each other as to who would finish the quickest. The librarian must have thought that we were some of the most well-read children with how competitive we would be, haha! (What the library didn’t know, though, was that sometimes we read a bunch of kids board books and books that were honestly too easy for us to read–oopsies)

This summer, there are a few books that I really want to read and, like always, I’m going to try my best to have these read by the end of summer.

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Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

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This novel is set in London during 1939–1942. It was inspired by the letters written between the author’s grandparents during World War II. This novel focuses around the stories of three characters and it is written “with dazzling prose, sharp English wit, and compassion…a powerful portrait of war’s effects on those who fight and those left behind” (People, Book of the Week).

Living Well Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life by Ruth Soukup

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 After going through the home-buying process, this book is especially appealing to me! I’m excited to learn more about life, organizing, finances, etc., from a Biblical perspective.

Safe People: How to Find Relationships That Are Good For You and Avoid Those That Aren’t By Henry Cloud and John Townsend

2dadd0e5-7e5f-4ad5-9339-dc9d1b73dc39I heard about this book a couple of years ago and really wanted to read it. Based on the title, I think that this is a really important lesson to learn when it comes to relationships in your personal life, social life, and work life. This book will help to identify those who aren’t relationally trustworthy and also those who are relationally safe.

At Home in the World: Reflections on Belonging While Wandering the Globe by Tsh Oxenreider

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This book seems to be right up my alley. A book about adventure, traveling, and making it meaningful? Yes please!!

What are you reading this summer? Do you have any recommendations for my fall reading list?

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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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July Favorites

Welcome to my July Favorites post! I’m a little shocked that August is next week–time is just flying by, I tell you! I don’t have that many different favorites this month, compared to some other months, but I have a handful of things that I’ve been using consistently this month. Enjoy!

Suits TV Show

I have had Suits on my watch list on Amazon for so long but I’m just not settling in to watch it. Suits is about a college drop-out named Mike who is very law school savvy. So much so that he gets hired by a well-known lawyer and the two must keep the “con” between themselves because Mike is needed at that specific firm. I’m almost through Season 1 and I’m really liking it so far. This show kind of reminds me of White Collar, which is another show I recommend.

Egyptian Magic Cream

I have had this product for a few months now but I have been using it a lot this month. I think I bought this 4 months ago and you can see how much I’ve used. The texture is almost like Vaseline and a little bit goes a long way. Egyptian Magic Cream is made primarily of bees-wax and it can be used for a number of things. I use it primarily for a night-time moisturizer, because it is so thick, but I have been using it more this month to heal a really bad sunburn that I got a few weeks ago.

Jesus Without Borders: What Planes, Trains, & Rickshaws Taught Me About Jesus
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The traveler in me really likes this book because it is a compilation of stories from the author’s travels around the world. Chad Gibbs connects each different culture with how they practice religion and Christianity and it’s so cool to read about the global church from the travel perspective.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day In-Shower Styler

This is a Birchbox sample that I received over the last couple of months and I had a chance to use it recently. This product is really nice and easy to use because you apply it in the shower, after conditioner, and then lightly rinse it out of your hair. Once out of the shower, towel-dry your hair and the product helps to give you textured waves all day. I used this on a recent trip, where it was just too hot to spend a lot of time on my hair, and it did give me that texture and wave to my very fine and straight hair.

Beautaniq Beauty Blush Serum in the shade Sunrise 

I haven’t been using that many powder makeup items this month because, once you get hot and sweaty, the finish can tend to look a little patchy. This blush serum has been a great alternative and it can be applied with your fingertips or with a beauty sponge. You don’t need a lot at all because the color is very pigmented.

DearTravelerShop on Etsy

I am the most excited about this favorite! If you haven’t heard of Dear Traveler on Etsy, please click the link about and check out the store. How cute are these greeting cards?? This shop is the creative child of one of my dear friends, Maggie, and she has designed and hand-painted each original design. Dear Traveler is based in the UK but ships to the US, and much quicker than I was expecting. I can’t wait to send someone one of these cards and to be a regular customer. Please click on over and place your own order!

I actually have an UN-favorite thing this month and that is the book The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom. I talked about this book in my Summer Reading List but my idea of what the book would be was completely different from what it actually was. I imagined the book to be an innocent, coming-of-age book about navigating social classes. However, this book was filled with violence, rape, families being separated, murder, infant death, etc. I’m sure that, in some aspects, this book is an accurate, historical portrayal of what life on a plantation was like for a black slave under the “ownership” of a white free man, but I didn’t enjoy reading about it. I kept reading the book in hopes that it would get better, but it ended worse than it started. I was disappointed with this book only because it was recommended so highly by multiple Christian women/bloggers who said it was an incredible book. It was pretty, incredibly sad and gruesome and I definitely won’t be reading the sequel, Glory Over Everything. If you are sensitive to graphic and violent content, I wouldn’t recommend that you read this book.

What are some of your favorite (or un-favorite) things this month?

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