7 Things I’m Grateful For -#16

7 Things I'm Grateful For -#16

It’s Sunday again, so here’s my next installment of my gratitude list! I’ve really enjoyed working on this blog series –I feel that it helps remind me of everything I have, and centers me. It’s so easy to get lost in all of the new things that are coming out, and all of the things I want out of life. This gratitude series has helped to me to calm down once every week, and remember all of the wonderful things that are already in my life. I hope that this series has been able to help you as well.

1. Relief Society –I am so grateful to be part of an organization that uplifts me, and reminds me why it’s so great to be a woman. I loved the #WomensMeeting last night –I felt inspired to try harder in my daily endeavors. It was also a beautiful reminder that as women, we already have so much in common. Any barriers that I have in making new female friends are pretty much in my head. I loved the quote that said “We need to relax and rejoice in our divine differences.” I need to work harder to do this myself. 

2. Tacos –I love tacos. I love them from the taco bus, from a Mexican restaurant, or even Taco Bell. Tacos are just wonderful. They are one of my feel good foods. Ben made me some tacos for lunch, and that really made my day. Yay for tacos!

3. Wacom Bamboo Drawing Tablet –I have had a lot of fun playing with this digital drawing tablet, and using a free trial of Sketch Book Pro. Art is something that I love, but that I haven’t taken enough time to enjoy until lately. It has been exciting to watch my talents grow as I learn how to use this software and tablet, and as I push myself to stretch my talents. This tablet has helped my last week to be really fulfilling!

4. Blow Dryer –I have a wonderful blow dryer that I got from Ross (it’s worth $50, but I got it for $25!). My model is called the Remmington Studio SILK Ceramic Ionic AC Professional Hair Dryer. It works great, and helps my hair to dry smooth and silky. It has a couple of fun attachments –a diffuser, and a concentrator, for if I want curly or pin straight hair. I don’t use them as much, but they are fun attachments. I love having nice hair, and I’m going to be really grateful for this blow dryer when we move to Texas for Ben’s internship, as there will be lots of humidity.

5. Sunlight –I love sunlight. It is so wonderful, and cheerful and bright. I think that my day goes so much better when the sun is out (part of this because I have SAD –Seasonal Affective Disorder). While it is really snowy today, I am grateful for this sunshine that we did have earlier in the week.

6. Crayons –I know that I have talked a lot about crayons, but, wow I love them! Not only are they fun to draw with, and color in coloring books –they make great lipstick. If you haven’t checked out my DIY Crayon Lipstick post, go ahead and take a peek!

7. Texas –I am so excited for the opportunity we have to move to Texas for Ben’s internship! It’s going to be so awesome! I just know it. I’m excited for the sunshine, the trees that will be in the area, and that I get to meet one of Ben’s cousins, his wife, and family. It’s going to be a wonderful adventure, and I just can’t wait! Only two more weeks!

Beauty Review: Loreal Youth Code Pore Vanisher Primer


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I received a primer sample in one of my fashion magazines, and I decided to try it out! It’s Loreal’s Youth Code product line, and it’s called Pore Vanisher. While I can be iffy about face products, as I have super sensitive skin, I decided to go ahead and try it anyway. And I have to say that I’m really glad that I did!

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The primer has a nude tint to it; it’s not super dark, but it’s a little darker than my skin tone (although that’s not saying much!) Thankfully the color is sheer, and didn’t look weird. In fact, it kind of worked like a light bronzer. The consistency was nice, and my foundation applied really nicely on top. I do think that it helped with covering up pores. That being said, it also blurred the fine lines on my forehead, and took out the weird redness that I often have around my nose and lips. I thought my skin looked really flawless with the primer, and that of course, is awesome! I still have a couple more uses with my sample. It is pretty expensive for a drug store primer –it’s $19.97. So, I’ll have to compare it to other $20 primers before I decide to buy it. That said, it’s definitely a great product.

Here’s what my makeup looks like with the primer!


What I’m Wearing:

Foundation: Clinique SuperBalanced Foundation in (01) Petal

Primer: Loreal Youth Code Pore Vanisher Primer

Eyeliner: Beautique Eyeliner in Deep Bronze (Sally Beauty Supply)

Mascara: Maybelline the Collassal Volume Express Waterproof Mascara in Glam Black

Eye Shadow: Clinique’s High Impact Eye Shadow Trio in Sugar, Sugar and Rose Wine Duo

Blush: Elf Studio Blush in Berry Merry

Lip Gloss: Almay Color + Care Liquid Lip Balm in Lilac Love


Also, I added a couple of new pictures to my blog post: Having Fun with DIY Crayon Lipstick! Check it out!

Blog Posts I’m Loving #7

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I haven’t done a “link love” post in a while, so here’s my latest blog reading list. I love these posts, and just had to share them with you, my dear readers. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did! 

1. Simple Ways To Spice Up Your Wardrobe by Daily Inspiration Board   –I love the ideas in this blog post about how to make your wardrobe more exciting. Also, the photography is beautiful!

2. 8 Beauty Hacks For The Fitness Junkie by Beauty and Sass  –I love beauty tips, especially ones that keep my skin healthy and looking good while I’m exercising! Check out these beauty tips to revamp your fitness routine.

3. Polish Up: The Trick To Removing Glitter Nail Polish by Michelle Phan  –While I love glitter nail polish, I can’t stand taking it off! Famout beauty guru Michelle shares the secret trick to making glitter nail polish come off like it should! I hope you enjoy this post as much as I did! Lifesaver, I’m telling you. :)

4. Four-In Hand Scarf Knot by Scarves.Net  –I’ve always wanted to learn how to do that fancy scarf braid, and I finally found a blog that has easy-to-follow instructions. :) This blog has lots more ideas for scarf knot variations, in case you’re interesting.

5. Fragrances For 20-Somethings by How Stuff Works  –I love perfume, but one of my biggest issues is finding one that doesn’t smell too juvenile …or too old. This blog post suggests five perfumes that are perfect for my age range. :)

6. What It Means To Be A Daughter of God on LDS.Org –While this isn’t a beauty post, it is about self-esteem, which I think is very important. These inspired words were given by President James E. Faust. His words are beautiful, and remind me that no matter what the world may say, my worth is much more than what I look like on the outside. I am unique, and important.

7. How To Create The French Wardrobe by Arash Mazinani   –This post is really more about creating a versatile, minimalist wardrobe with maximalist potential. I love it, because it reminds me to make sure that I have the essentials. Without them, I’ll spend too much time despairing that I have “nothing to wear.” This blog is run by a personal stylist/shopper, so he knows what he’s talking about. Check it out!

8. What To Wear When Shopping by The Fashion Barbie  -So often when I go shopping, I don’t wear the right clothes. Whether it’s hard to change out out of, uncomfortable to walk in, or clashes with what I’m looking for, I often find myself frustrated by my shopping attire. This post has a couple of quick outfit ideas to wear –jeans and flats, or a slip on dress with boots. The tips are great as well!

9. Chopped by Writing Rainbows   –I love finding other modest fashion blogs, and sharing them with my readers. Writing Rainbows is one such blog! I especially love this outfit post. She has a way with making clothing look fantastic, while still dressing modestly. I love this outfit and want it!

10. Homemade Lipsticks! by Back Roads and Hair Bows  -While I posted about this yesterday, I just had to include it again! This is the easiest, simplest way to make lipstick at home with just two ingredients –coconut oil and crayons! I tried it, and loved it.

Having Fun with DIY Crayon Lipstick!


So, I read I fun DIY lipstick post, and I decided I had to try it out for myself! It just needs two ingredients -one crayon, and a couple of teaspoons of coconut oil. Since I had both ingredients lying around the house, I went ahead and created my first lipstick ever! Talk about super cheap!





This particular color was made with a Crayola “orchid” crayon. I love the color, and now I don’t need to go out and buy the “color of the year” lipstick. I’m excited to see how good it looks on me. Also, it’s super moisturizing, and feels really nice on my lips. While it doesn’t taste like coconut like I thought it would, it’s still a really fun lipstick.

Here’s the results!


And here’s me with my hair up!


If you want to learn more about the process of making this DIY Lipstick, you can check it out here at Back Roads and Hair Bow’s Homemade Lipsticks. Enjoy your own lipstick adventures!

Beauty Review: Rimmel 60 Seconds in Blue My Mind


So, here is the review of my favorite Rimmel Nail Polish… finally. It’s called Blue My Mind, and it is part of the 60 Second Collection by Rimmel. It’s a beautiful mid-tone blue, and I think it’s perfect for summer. It is slightly glossy, and I love the color. It applies the most evenly of the 3 Rimmel nail polishes that I’ve tried (You can also see my beauty reviews on Mintilicious and Purple Reign!).

That being said, I’ve had it for a year, and it has started to clump. So, keep in mind that with the Rimmel 60 Second Nail Polishes, that they last a year. Thankfully, the bottle is small, and is super cheap –only $1.50, compared to the typical $4-9 bottles of polish you can buy at Wal-Mart.

Here’s a couple of pictures of what it looks like on me:



What do you think? Does Blue My Mind look like a color you’d like in your nail polish collection?