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Fashion, Beauty, Splashes of Color and Honoring my Inner Bombshell


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Jesus Christ: A Man of Sorrows

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This picture is used courtesy of lds.org, and is used in alignment with their copyright standards.

Today, I really want to talk about my Savior. He has blessed my life in so many ways. I am absolutely terrified to post this, but it is something dear to my heart.

A little over two years ago, I was depressed. Really depressed. So depressed that I ended up in the psychiatric unit of the hospital, on suicide watch. It was a really hard time for me, to make an understatement. I believed in my Savior, and I felt so ashamed for even struggling with depression. I was convinced that God was disgusted with my weakness, and that all He saw was a wretch devoid of faith. I was also worried that everyone else was judging me harshly as well. Surely a better disciple of Christ would feel happy every moment of every day, and never struggle with mental illness.

But my Savior helped me during that dark time. I didn’t feel a sense of chastisement. Instead, I felt His grace, and His loving peace surround me. I knew that He understood my pain. And I felt His love through the many people who acted as His disciples. Friends from my ward, or local church group, came to visit me. Among those, my dearest, sweetest, best friend -my husband -was absolutely devoted in calling me and visiting me. He was such a strength to me at that time! Also, the people working around me were kind and understanding. Instead of being surrounded by harsh words, I found myself in a safe place.

One of the days that I was in the depression center, I felt really low. But as I sat in my chair drawing in a picture of a rainbow and a lighthouse, I gained a much greater understanding of my Savior. You see, my Savior is the light and life of the world. Even when I feel lost in the darkness of this world, His light can reach me. His light can save me. And just as just as He guided Noah through tumultuous waters, so He will guide me. I felt His love surround me, and I felt my heart filled with the same peace that stilled the waters of Galilea. I knew in that moment, that my Savior was real, that He understood me, and that He would not let me drown.

As I pondered more that week, I reminded of just who my Savior was. He was not a man who lived a carefree life, filled with smiles and fun. According to Isaiah, “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.” Christ suffered all of the pains, and sins and grief of the entire human race -including mine! (Isaiah 53:3) He understood my pain, my depression. He did not leave me alone to suffer either. He held my hand, and brought me to safer ground.

As Christians, we are not just called to smile with those who smile. We are also called to “mourn with those who mourn.” And for those wonderful, blessed souls who did not give up on me –that helped to lift me up –thank you. Through your actions, you were the hands of Christ, strengthening me, and healing me. (Especially you, Ben).

For some, conversion happens in an instant. For others, it takes a lifetime. I fall in the latter category. But I would not give up my small moments with my Savior for anything. I do know that my Savior lives, and I know that He will help me through any trial (whether big or small). And I know that He will help you.

If you have a moment –or many, many moments –where you feel lost, depressed, or hopeless, please know there is hope. I have experienced Christ’s everlasting love for myself. I know that if He loved me enough to help me, that He will surely do the same for you.

This beautiful video has touched me so much, and I hope that it will touch your heart as well. It is about the everlasting love of Jesus Christ. #BecauseOfHim


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Natural Cleaners

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I have been wanting to make natural cleaners for a while, and finally got around to it! Cleaning has been a chore as of late, because every time I use traditional cleaners, I feel really sick and lightheaded afterwards. I wanted something that would be gentler on my senses, but still get the job done. So, I turned to 3 cleaner “recipes” that I found on the internet, and adapted them to my own personal needs. And since I know several people that would be interested in this sort of thing, I decided to share it!

*These recipes are made using a 16 ounce spray bottle. You may need to double or triple the recipe depending on the size of your spray bottle. I found my spray bottles at Walmart in the ironing section.

Glass Cleaner

  • About 1 cup water
  • About 1 cup vinegar
  • About 20 drops of grapefruit essential oil
  • About 20 drops of bergamot essential oil

Santizer Spray

  • About 1 cup water
  • About 1 cup rubbing alcohol
  • About 40 drops “On-Guard” or “4 Thieves” or “Medieval Mix” essential oil

All-Purpose Spray

  • About 1/3 cup Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Castile Soap
  • About 1 2/3 cup water

I have used all three, and have been immensely pleased with the results. I would like to warn about the glass cleaner though –at first, it looks like your mirror or window is covered in oil. But, if you let it dry on its own (after scrubbing any wayward spots of course), it will dry to a beautiful, clear surface. So don’t freak out when you use it! The all-purpose spray is probably my favorite, as it is really good at removing spots of gunk on my counters. And the sanitizer spray is really nice too. You could make it without the rubbing alcohol, but the Western side of my brain just can’t handle it. And really, if rubbing alcohol is used to clean wounds, why won’t it de-germ my counters? But, all in all, these smell better, work well, and leave me feeling happy and healthy.

Let me know if you try any of these cleaners out!


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Loving My Vacation!

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As you can tell from this picture, I’ve been on vacation. This picture was taken at the Arches National Park, where I had a blast! It has been so nice to be able to spend time with my sweetheart. Well, my traveling isn’t over just yet. I’m headed to Boise, then to Portland, then to Yakima, and then back to Rexburg. So this is probably the only post you will until I get back next week. I hope you have lots of fun and adventures of your own while I’m absent from the blogosphere!


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Summer 2014 Empties -Part 2

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I didn’t think I would use up more products before the end of summer, but I thought wrong! There’s just something awesome about using up a product, and know I got my full money’s worth. :) Now, that I’m about to head onto the road, I don’t want to keep these empty containers around. So, here’s my latest empties post!

1.   L’Oreal RevitaLift Intensive Overnight Mask Sample –This sample was included in my September 2014 edition of InStyle Magazine. I decided to try it out and see how I liked it. It spread evenly, and soaked into my skin well, which I did like. This fragrance was nice, although a bit strong. In the four days that I used it on my face at night, I did see a difference. My skin was softer, and a little firmer. I wouldn’t say that I had amazing results, but it didn’t break my skin out into a rash, which is a big plus. Would I buy this? Probably not, as it costs $20 at Walmart for a 1.7 ounce container. That’s a bit too expensive for my price range, and not quite worth it.

2.   Aussie Hair Insurance Leave-In Conditioner –This stuff has really helped protect my hair after highlighting it. I wouldn’t say  this stuff is a miracle worker as they claim on the back –in fact, I’d say it’s a standard leave-in conditioner. If you’ve tried the Suave for Kids detangling conditioner, it works just like that, but with a more grown-up fragrance. That said, it did what it was supposed, and at $3, it’s not a bad deal. I probably will try a different hair product in the future, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I came back to Hair Insurance at a later date.

3.   Coconut Oil –For most of the summer, I used unrefined coconut oil as my night-time moisturizer. It did keep my skin super soft, though I had mixed feelings about this stuff. On the internet, people rave about coconut oil, as if it is the Holy Grail of skincare. As for me, I just didn’t have those results. I found that it was super greasy, and didn’t really want to soak onto my skin. It just sat on top for the most part, which was annoying. I also found that it did nothing to help the fine lines on forehead, when the most basic of moisturizers tend to help a little. And, I started to develop a breakout from it, which was disappointing. That said, I was probably using too much, and I probably have some sort of skin allergy to coconut oil. It didn’t work for me, but I’m sure it works great for others.

4.   Sally Hansen Wax Strip Kit –This is the first time that I tried wax strips. Before, I’ve used the wax that you spread onto your face and wait for it to harden. A lot of people told me that these don’t work, but they worked great for me! In fact, I had to be a little gentler than normal, to make sure that I wasn’t ripping skin along with the hair! It was nice to not use as much brute force in wax. They were easy to use –just rub between hands, apply, and rip. They were also a lot easier to dispose of. Will I repurchase? Yes, most definitely.

5.   Clinique Super Balanced Makeup –This foundation was just awesome, and I was so sad when it finally ran out. It was the perfect color (Petal), and I loved it. Granted, I liked the texture and consistency a lot better in Idaho, where it’s dryer, than here in Texas. For some reason, my products become thicker in humid weather. Why that is, I don’t know. That said, it still is amazing, even here in Houston. Sadly, it’s just not in my budget right now, so I purchased the equivalent color in the L’Oreal True Match (N2). Will I repurchase? Maybe later down the road when I have more money. Do I recommend this foundation? Yes, absolutely.

6.   Bath and Body Works Fragrance Mist in Cashmere Glow –This is the second of 3 mini perfume bottles that I have used up. I still love the smell –it’s warm and cuddly. It does work better for the fall and winter months, but if I don’t spray it too heavily, it works during the rest of the year too. I love these mini bottles, and I don’t think I’ll purchase a full-size bottle from BBW ever again. I just love trying out new fragrances way too much! It is a lovely scent, though, and if I were more of a one perfume kind of gal, I would repurchase.

7.   Stridex Maximum Strength Pads –These were my husband’s, but I slowly took over using them. :) They are a typical salicylic acid acne product, and they seem to work well. I didn’t experience any skin care wonders with Stridex, but they got the job done. Would I repurchase? Probably not. They’re $10 a package, which is a bit much for me. Ben did get them from his mom’s stash of bath, body, and skincare products, so it technically was free.


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7 Things I’m Grateful For -#27

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“The things we truly love stay with us always, locked in our hearts as long as life remains.” -Josephine Baker

1.    Jean Skirt –It is so exciting to me that I am finally able to fit back into my favorite jean skirt! It looks a little different than this one –it’s a lighter color denim, and has a much bigger flare to the bottom. In fact, it’s an a-line jean skirt, which is the typical cut for denim skits. I also love the frayed hemline at the bottom –although, I may be adding a layer of lace to the bottom sometime in the future. It’s so fun to wear, though!

2.   Swimming –We went swimming five days this past week, and it has been so much fun. I love the feel of the water swirling around me. And at night, the pool light reflects off the blue paint on the pool bottom, turning the water into a mermaid lair. It’s a beautiful sight. :) I’m going to miss having a pool just outside when I go back to Idaho.

3.   Writing Buddies –On Tuesday, I went to Subway with an awesome friend of mine, April Steed. We ate sandwiches and discussed our books. She was a really great help in steering me in the right direction with my plot. I have been stuck on editing Cry of the Amazon, as I’ve never really done the process before (for fiction, anyway). Although this is my third attempt at this book, it is my first novel length draft. Also, I pretty much would just rewrite a new draft without even looking at the old one. April gave me some great tips on how to use Scrivener for editing. I am really excited to start editing my novel, and hope that it will be in much better shape this time around! And though I am going back to Idaho, April and I are going to stay writing buddies, and chat via Skype. :)

4.   Tights –So I have been to Kroger like a thousand times this summer, and I just noticed a wall of brightly colored, opague tights. Most likely, this is because Texas is super hot and humid, and I have no reason to wear tights here. But when I saw lovely colors such a mint green and royal purple, I know I just had to get them for when I get back to Idaho. So, I did! I got three pairs of tights –mint, purple, and a bright blue. I’ll post about them when I first wear them!

5.   Grapes –Ben and I went to Kroger, and noticed that some green grapes were on sale for $.88 a pound. What a steal! A really good sale price for grapes is $1.00/pound. So, of course, we grabbed three bags. And we plan to snag some more for our upcoming road trip! Grapes are one of my favorite fruits –they are delicious, sweet, and healthy, and I just love their bite size portions. :)

6.   Just Peachy Lipstick –Wow, I sure say I’m thankful for lipstick a lot. In fact, I think the past four or five gratitude posts have included some form of lipstick. Well, what can I say? I love lipstick! On Monday, I posted about Four New Lipsticks from Wet ‘N Wild, including this peach lipstick. I really think it is the perfect natural color for me, and I wore it almost every day this past week. It’s a gorgeous color, but still subtle.

7.   37 Pounds Lost –I totally didn’t think that I would lose any more weight, but apparently my body is still losing. And since that is the case, I might as well continue with my final weight loss goal. I would like to lose 13 more pounds by Thanksgiving. It’s been so great losing all this weight. I feel healthier, have more energy, and spend a lot less time criticizing myself. Life is good. :)

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