Your Canvas

Did you know?
You are an artist. We are all artists.

And this life we are living in, right here right now. That’s our canvas.

What we decide to do with that canvas is our choice.
It’s our choice to wake up each morning and paint something beautiful.

To see the beauty, the good, the extraordinarily ordinary moments… and embrace them until they become a vision on our canvas.

If you mess up, even better. Because life’s not meant to be perfect. And we all have a different way we want our canvas to look. It’s not about being perfect. It’s not about staying within the lines of “what looks good” or what’s “right.”

It’s about grabbing that paintbrush, closing your eyes and saying, okay God, work through me. What will you have me paint today? Then seeing what happens from there.

What happens when you let go of the control and give it up to a higher power?

A beautiful piece of art.
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Lazy Monday Makeup

I don’t know about you, but most Mondays, I’m just trying to wake up, much less put makeup on + get glammed up for the day! Since I work from home, it can be really easy to just stay in my pjs all day and not put a stitch of makeup on. Don’t get me wrong, I fully believe in pulling off your natural beauty… but I’ve found that if I don’t clean myself up a bit, the rest of my day reflects that laziness.

Basically, putting myself together in the morning by getting dressed in something cute + putting on a little makeup boosts my confidence and my productiveness the rest of the day. :)

If you’re like me, and want a simple makeup routine for lazy Monday mornings, here’s what I use.

  1. Bobbi Brown Blush – Nectar 11 – I love this blush for a subtle hint of color on days where my face needs a little brightening (aka all winter long).
  2. MAC Eye Shadow – Tempting Lustre  – As you can see, I use this shade A LOT. It’s the perfect soft color to sweep across my eyes when I’m not going to put on any eye liner.
  3. Physicians Formula Organic Wear Mascara  – I just discovered this stuff at Walgreens, and LOVE it. It goes on smooth and with a couple of layers, does a great job of opening up my eyes. Love that it’s 100% natural and it washes off easily with face cleanser.
  4. Bobbi Brown – Tinted Eye Brightener  – So much love for this under eye brightener. It has a much wetter consistency than most concealers, and I love how it glides over my skin so easily just using my finger. Really does a great job of hiding those Monday under eye circles.
  5. Tizo3 Tinted Facial Mineral Sunscreen – I can’t say enough good things about this sunscreen slash light foundation. It feels like I’m rubbing velvet all over my skin. It’s a bit pricey, but doesn’t take much for good coverage and makes your face feel like a baby’s bum.
  6. Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb – Great, fresh scent for any time of the year. I’ve had this roll on for a long time, and love to throw it in my purse when I’m going out to run errand or to the gym.

For those of you who are visual learners like myself… :)

 

 

Live Life Wild + Free 🌼 

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For new adventures, toes in the sand, meeting new people, sharing a smile, yoga every damn day, singing in the shower, loving unconditionally & sharing God’s love.

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Screen Shot 2015-04-24 at 3.31.01 PM From negativity, pressure, naysayers, self-doubt, holding back, being “comfortable”, fear of leaping into the unknown & being anything less than all you were created to be.

April Beauty Picks

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I never really used to think of myself as knowing much about beauty. I mean, sure I knew how to do my makeup before a big event and how to take care of my skin, but that was about the extent of my knowledge in high school + college. But little by little, I started to find myself reading articles on how to create a smoky eye or the best way to shape your eyebrows and I wanted to learn more!

As a digital marketer, I’ve had the privilege of working with clients in the skincare + beauty industry, which has even further expanded my knowledge and interest in this area. So, I’ve decided to share my little bits of information with you, in hopes that you might be inspired to go do some beauty experimenting yourself!

Today, I’m listing my top April beauty picks! I love finding new beauty products and trying them out. If you have any suggestions on what I should try next, comment below!

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1. Lavender EO is an absolute staple in my beauty routine. Lavendar naturally heals dry or chapped skin + lips! I mix a few drops of this stuff in with my regular daily moisturizer to give my face an extra boost of moisture.

5 2. IMAGE Skincare Prevention+ SPF 30 is my moisturizer + sunscreen of choice this month. I love how smooth + easy it is to apply and how quickly it’s absorbed into my skin. As an added benefit, this stuff smells amazing!!! Trust me – you won’t even know you are wearing sunscreen. (P.S. If you haven’t checked out IMAGE Skincare’s product line, you are missing out. They are the next big thing in skincare + beauty… and I don’t say that lightly.)

4 3. Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge For Lips + Cheeks is a fairly new find. I used to swear against all creme blushes, because of my oily skin, but I have been embracing my natural glow lately and this is the perfect compliment to a light makeup day. Dab a little of this on your cheeks for a quick boost in color and don’t forget to touch up your lips while you’re at it! Small enough to fit in a purse and it comes in every color for all skin types.

34. EOS Lip Balm … I could go on and on about this stuff. I started using this before it was literally EVERYWHERE, and I still love it. All of the flavor smell great, and whatever they use to make this, keeps my lips moisturized all day. The only thing that bothers me about this lip balm though, is the awkward shape for carrying in a small purse or putting in your pocket… It’s super cute and original… but impractical for a girl who likes to carry very little. Still a GREAT product though.

Be That Girl

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Be that girl. The girl who turns what everyone else calls her pipe dreams into a beautiful reality. The girl who wakes up each morning and decides to be all she can be, without doubt, without fear, without hesitation. Be the girl who sees beauty in everything. Who shares her gifts, and light, and love with those around her. Who follows her dreams wherever they take her.

Be the girl who decided to go for it and don’t look back.

Shine A Little Brighter, My Darlings.

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You are beautiful. Yes YOU! You have the power to be and do whatever it is God has put on your heart. Don’t let anyone tell you any different. Your light shines so bright that some people can’t even see it. Know it’s there. Use it.

Do what you can, with what you have, wherever you are. Give love, kindness and compassion to everyone you meet. Love yourself first. Have faith. And most importantly, be unconditionally happy.

You are unique and perfect in His eyes. Go show the world what you can do with the gifts you’ve been given! Right here. Right now.