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Wow. How the heck has it been two year since this post? My 28th birthday was this past Friday and it's so strange how fast time flies! When I was younger and thought of myself as 28, I had my whole life planned out. I wanted to own a home and have at least one kid. Well, needless to say, things haven't gone exactly as planned: my husband and I are still renting an apartment and we don't have any children. My first thought when I woke up on Friday was exactly that- reminding myself that I wasn't where I saw myself at this age. But then again, it's not my plan, it's God's plan.

I feel like it's weird to be 28- twenty eight. It used to sound so old to me, but not anymore. I still feel young, like it's not too late for the things I dreamed I would have at this age. 

Do you feel the same way? 

It was a rough week, you guys. I was super busy in all aspects of my life and I had a 24 hour stomach bug last Friday and had to leave work early and today I feel like I'm coming down with a cold. Womp womp. Needless to say, I felt I needed a pick-me-up and resorted to Target (read about my obsession here). Target is where dreams come true, you guys. Of course I perused every aisle, but when I came across the e.l.f. display, I just had to stop and look at everything!

I picked up these 4 goodies for only $9.95. YES, $9.95- this is why I love e.l.f. Their products are high quality and extremely affordable!

1\\ Expert Liquid Eyeliner- $2.00. Liquid eyeliner is tricky for me. I basically feel like a three-year-old trying to color inside the lines when I have liquid liner in my hand. I haven't even attempted applying any for the past year, but picked this bad boy up on whim. I'm so happy I did because it's amazing! The applicator is extremely thin, making it easy to control. The formulation is perfect: it's quick-drying and jet black!

2\\ Matte Lip Colors (Wine and Tea Rose) $3.00. Oh. My. Gosh. These matte lipsticks are incredible. I just can't get over the fact they're only $3! They're comparable (perhaps even better) than a certain high-end lipstick I have that's $25. They're not drying which is my favorite part about these lipsticks. They're extremely pigmented and the longevity is decent. Definitely a steal!

3\\ Cool Bronzer- $4.00. I have to admit, I was a little skeptical when I came across this bronzer. It claims to give you a healthy, natural glow year-round. I have no idea how these 4 colors work together so beautifully, but this bronzer is stunning. It doesn't have any shimmer and doesn't make my skin look orange. Love it!

I've always liked e.l.f. Cosmetics but haven't really explored many of their products other than their blushes. I'm so glad I decided to pick up these goodies! What are your favorite products from e.l.f.?
Date nights are my favorite- what's better than getting all dolled up, eating great food and spending one-on-one time with your best friend? Okay, chocolate might be pretty close, but I'm still choosing date night and my hubby!

Obviously you want to look your best for date night. No matter where we go or what we do, I always try to keep my makeup looks natural, even for date nights. These 4 products are my date night essentials and are always my go-to when I want to look my best because they're all simply amazing!

I usually opt for romantic mauve toned shades since I have green eyes which makes them POP (dirty pop... anyone else feel me? #nsync foreva). I feel the most beautiful with these types of eye shadows. Wet n Wild's Au Naturel palette in Nude Awakening contains 10 shades, 5 shimmer, 5 matte, and they all blend beautifully and seamlessly. For only $5, it's definitely a steal! P.s.- it's also a dupe for Urban Decay's Naked 3 palette. You'll definitely want to pick this palette up if you love mauve shades like I do!

I'm a mascara junkie- if it claims to give me longer, fuller lashes, I'm all in. My natural lashes are poop, so I'm always trying to find a mascara that makes them actually appear like lashes. Maybelline's Lash Sensational mascara is hands down, my ride or die mascara. It gives my lashes so much length and volume and holds their curl all night. When I want to look extra feminine and flirty, this mascara is always my go-to!

I'm oily- you already knew that. While I love matte makeup looks, for a nighttime date, I want to add some glow to my face without looking like I dipped my face in a fryer. I mix one tiny drop of Revlon's Photoready Skinlights in Bare Light with my matte foundation and it gives the most perfect, natural glow!

Last, but certainly not least, I obviously want to smell good for date night. Before we leave, I always apply a spritz of perfume so I smell fresh. I've been loving Bamboo Eau De Parfum from The Fragrance Outlet*! The Fragrance Outlet is one of the nation's largest retailers of designer perfumes- they recently launched their e-commerce site and it's amazing! There are SO many perfumes to choose from no matter if you prefer floral or musky scented perfumes. The packaging is gorgeous- there's even a little bamboo etched into the back of the bottle. But, the scent is even better- it's a light floral, musky scent that's perfect for date night. For a limited time, you can receive 40% off if you order from their new e-commerce site!

*I received this product for review through BrandBacker. As always, all opinions are my own and I would never promote products to my readers I didn't genuinely love.

Am I the only one who wasn't that into this season of The Bachelorette? I always prefer The Bachelor as opposed to The Bachelorette (hello 26 women full of drama), but this season might have been my least favorite of all time. Why?

For starters, I wasn't really a fan of Jojo. It's not that I don't like her, I think she's nice and beautiful, but let's be real- she never really showed any personality. I wasn't a fan of Kaitlyn either, but at least she seemed like herself the entire show.

Next, she sent men home after they confessed their love for her. Sure, the likelihood that you can really fall in love in a couple of weeks is pretty slim, but these guys poured their hearts out and got the boot right after.

Another reason? She sent Luke home. Enough said.

And the last reason- I don't feel the connection between her and Jordan (and anyone really). Did anyone else notice that he was standoffish the entire season up til the last day? 

Did you enjoy this season of The Bachelorette? Are you excited for Bachelor in Paradise? Bring on Ashley I.!

Hello, beauties! I finally received my July Birchbox after a week and a half of email updates saying it had shipped. I've never received it this late, so I was pretty excited to open it up and see what goodies were inside!

This month's box was focused around products that help you take on the day and make your makeup a little brighter, with the main focus being mascara (totes my fav makeup product).

The first product that caught my eye was Benefit Cosmetics' They're Real! Mascara. I'm a mascara junkie and have heard such amazing things about this product. I tried it as soon as I opened this box without looking at what else was inside (#problems). I'll be doing a review on it soon, so stay tuned!

Next was DevaCurl's Low-Poo Delight Weightless Waves Mild Lather Cleanser. This product claims to cleanse naturally wavy hair by controlling frizz and leaving the hair moisturized. I have naturally wavy hair but just can't seem to find the the right products to style it naturally. Like a crazy person, I blow-dry, straighten and add waves (does that make sense? NO). I'm excited to try this product so I can start embracing my natural waves instead of hiding them!

The next product was LOC's Ultra-Gloss Lip Pencil in Punch Line. It's a pretty watermelon shade that's supposed to flatter every skin tone- I'll keep you guys posted in an upcoming tutorial!

Next up was Balance Me's Radiance Face Mask, a clay mask that's supposed to exfoliate and brighten skin. My skin's been acting up lately (hello hormones) so I'm excited to try this!

The last product in my Birchbox was Shiseido's Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate, an anti-aging serum that's supposed to give you a "radiant complexion." I'm turning 28 next month (gasp) and can't seem to find an anti-aging serum that works for my skin. Most leave my skin with an oily residue, so I'm excited to try this!

What did you receive in your July Birchbox? I'll keep you guys posted on each product as I try them out!

Today's post isn't about makeup or beauty products- rather, a short, simple note about something I've been struggling with lately. Life gets a little complicated, and it's easy to focus on the negatives when they inhabit your life for so long and are out of your control. 

I'm not going to get specific, but I have a pretty negative thing in my life currently, and I know it's temporary. I know I need to focus on what lies ahead, but it's hard. I'm not resilient to harboring negative feelings and I'm especially not good at being positive when I'm around something so negative. 

Today's post is to remind us all to focus on the future, not the past. Good things are going to come. I know The Lord has something amazing in store for my husband and I, and I need to focus on that instead of the negativity that surrounds me.

Do you struggle with focusing on the negative or the past?
You guys already know I'm a sucker for all things that claim to be matte- lipsticks, primers, foundations- the list goes on. When I saw Benefit released a new primer in their POREfessional line, I had to try it!

The POREfessional: Matte Rescue is an "invisible-finish mattifying gel" that claims to minimize pores and keep you matte all day long. When I picked this up at my local Sephora, I was impressed with how much product you get for $28- 1.60 oz. The original POREfessional retails for $50 1.50 oz, so this is definitely a steal!

The consistency is a thin gel formulation that feels similar to other silicone primers but feels cleaner on the skin. Most silicone primers make my skin feel oily after an hour and my face becomes a Slip n' Slide for my makeup (gross, I know).

I'm not a fan of the original POREfessional- I felt like it just sat on my face and didn't minimize my pores or keep me matte. I did love that it contains no oils which is SUPER important for my oil-ridden face- mama doesn't need anymore oil!

Let me just say- the POREfessional: Matte Rescue primer is a lifesaver! I've become obsessed and find myself reaching for it after I apply my moisturizer whether I'm wearing makeup or not. There's something about this primer that makes my skin feel clean and matte. Does it keep me matte all day? Nope- I don't anything can, but it does keep me shine-free for a few hours. Even after I get oily in my t-zone, my skin doesn't look like a grease ball, rather nice and dewy.

If you're in the market for a new primer, I would definitely check this out! Well done Benefit, well done.

Ummm that just reminded me of the line from Babe: "That'll do pig, that'll do." Gosh I'm weird.


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