"No Makeup" Makeup with Maskcara Beauty

Lately I have been feeling overwhelmed with my schedule, or lack thereof. One of the things that picks me up every time is how quickly I can feel more ready with Maskcara makeup to take on whatever comes my way! During a Maskcara training webinar, Cara shared an analogy about hitting a WALL in your life and how you naturally want to wait for someone else to come give you a boost/help you over. She went on to say that we all need to be the HERO in our own lives. When you wait for some to solve your problems, or wait for a certain thing to happen to make it easier, your really just wasting time you could be climbing and overcoming. It really touched me and it was exactly what I needed to hear right now. 

I may not always remember everything, or be organized, or good at managing my time, etc; But I am learning from my mistakes and scaling walls without really realizing it. I CAN DO HARD THINGS. And so can YOU!!! Whether your momming, working, creating, struggling or all of the above. Please remember that you can overcome it. Even if it means asking for help. You can be your own Hero!!! 

Now I'm going to put some makeup on and conquer the rest of the hours of this day! I hope you enjoy this tutorial! I'm reallllyyyyy trying to post more regularly on here, because it is so therapeutic and fun for me. Let me know what other blog posts you want to see from me and I'll start planning it!

Love you all so much!! 

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Favorite General Conference Quotes | October 2017 | Free Printables
 
 

It's that time of year again, where I get to ponder and reread the words shared by the prophets. Though I do not get a lot out of listening to the live addresses, two toddlers...you know what I mean? I thoroughly enjoy listening in the weeks following while I read, underline and highlight the revelation given by inspired women and priesthood leaders of the LDS church. April of last year was the first year I decided to create and offer my free general conference printables! That was how my blog really started to take off! I have loved getting messages from you about how you are utilizing my printables to share with those around you!! It's wonderful how faith can bring us together from all places around the world. 

I made a little more than usual this year, but there are too many good ones!!! Plus, I had wayyyy too much fun with the Adobe Sketch app to make these watercolor effects. Creativity has always been such a good way for me to express my faith. Writing and artistic design have helped me stay in touch with my personal spirituality through out the years, and I believe that's because my creative mind is one of my God given gifts. It allows me to slow down and appreciate the beauty in the world around me. I can't always speak the way I feel, but I can through artful expression.

I create for myself. It helps me share my faith and testimony, and I pray that it can uplift someone along the way. 

Going into conference weekend, I always try to have questions in my mind that I can receive revelation for. I've yet to come away with them unanswered, whether by the words of the prophets or whisperings of the spirit. The biggest take away for me this conference was how my unique and divine nature is important in my Heavenly Father's eternal plan. And that His plan is better than my own. Sometimes I get so caught up in the things I want to accomplish or overcome, that I forget to ask what His plan is for me. If there is one thing I've learned in my life thus far, it's that His plan is ALWAYS BETTER than the one I have for myself. 

I know that I am His daughter and that He has a plan for me. Never forget you are a child of God, and He has a plan for you. Listen/watch/read the Prophet's addresses at LDS.org or for more information on what I believe go to Mormon.org

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I love you all, and I'm so grateful for the tribe I've found through my blogging journey.  I hope you're having a wonderful week! 

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Fall Favorites | From Roolee

Okay. Roolee just released their new Fall arrivals and I am SWOONING over allll the thingssss. I narrowed it down to 15 of my favorites. Each photo is linked so click it to see details and browse for more. You won't want to stop. TRUST ME. Now I want to talk about my favorite trends that are happening in fashion this fall. 

1. EMBROIDERY

It's sticking around for Fall and I LOVE the warmth and character it adds to a dress or jacket! It also adds the most perfect feminine touch. So if you thought you had to stop wearing those embroidered beauties once summer was over, THINK AGAIN. Please, just keep wearing them! 

2. VELVET

Fall is for soft clothing. Really though. Nothing says Fall like the coziest softest long sleeve shirt you've worn in your life. If you're afraid it will feel like the velvet of your childhood, I understand what you're feeling. It's nothing like that now!!! Just jump on that new and improved velvet train. Velvet + soft knits are definitely a must this year. 

3. BELL SLEEVES

Another blast from the past, bell sleeves are back and better than ever!! I love the flowy, feminine feel that a bell sleeve gives to an outfit. Your family and friends may say that you look like you're from the 70's. Don't fight it, rock it!! I promise you'll love the era change! 

4. DISTRESSED DENIM

That distressed denim is good for the soul!!!! I don't know what it is about those exposed knees, but I can't get over how ironically chic I feel in a pair of frayed, distressed skinnies! Roolee has so many amazing options in this department. I link one, but you're gonna need to see them all.

5. BOOTIES

These have been a Fall necessity of mine for years, but the styles just keep getting better! I love being able to through on some booties and hit the road feeling dressed up but casual. It's my favorite combo!! These lace up ones are ALL the heart eyes, and the Free People ones are equally so! Why can't I have enough money for all the colors + styles???? #firstworldproblems


That about sums it up though, folks. Thank you so much for reading + supporting me. It means so much!! What style trends are you digging this fall?? Leave a comment below, I'd love to check them out!! 

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

Microblading Review

This post has been a long time coming!! I was thinking about it the other day and I honestly couldn't even remember what my brows looked like before. Then I look back at photos and it all comes flooding back!! The top photo above is from my wedding day (May 2011) and the bottom one is shortly after my touch up appointment (May 2017). While other features of my face have matured, my eyebrows have made the biggest impact in my confidence!!

When I reached out to Jaclyn over at her Instagram account @Microblade.Me I had no idea how realistic it would be to make an appointment with her. While I was completely terrified about having some cut into my face (literally) I was so impressed with her previous work that I didn't doubt for a second if I would end up loving my new brows! She was kind enough to fit me in and we made my first appointment for later the next month! The top two photos at the bottom of this post were taken on March 28th before and after my first appointment. I still can't believe the difference after just the first appointment! Now let's get down to the nitty gritty details, shall we? 

MY FIRST APPOINTMENT:

I met with Jaclyn at her home studio in Saratoga Springs and we talked about how I wanted my shape. First I told her I wanted my brows to come in where they're supposed to because I'm bald there due to over-plucking. (Seriously, tweezer addict. Why didn't my family take me to a support group or something? Haha) I wanted clean lines and a nice bold brow. She drew a map, or shape guide, and removed some of the hair outside of that shape to help get clean strokes, and then we started the numbing process. She put a cream on my brow area and let it set. After the numbing had done its thing, she picked a color close to my natural hair color, dipped the blade inside and started doing the first pass. This blade is like 4-5 micro needles placed in a straight line. This is what gives each stroke a natural hair like texture and only breaks through the surface layers of the skin. 

The first few strokes were OUCHIE!!! Some people don't feel it, and some people do. My skin was extremely sensitive to it on the underside of my brows, the skin closest to my eye. She reapplied some numbing cream after the first pass, and for the rest of the time it was not painful, just somewhat uncomfortable. We stopped every once and awhile and she had me look in the mirror to see what I thought of the shape. After a few adjustments she had made all of my wildest brow dreams come true!!!! I left feeling like a million bucks! I don't think I realized how self conscious I really was about my brows. I have always appreciated my eyes, and now they had the most perfect frame! I could not be more grateful for Jaclyn's skills and willingness to help me! 

THE HEALING PROCESS:

Your not supposed to get your brows wet, bathe or shower for the next 14 days/until they're completely healed. I still showered every day, but I only washed my hair twice and was extra careful to avoid getting water on my brows. After each shower I would get out and gently dab my brows with a dry microfiber cloth to remove any steam or moisture. I definitely recommend you follow your personal discretion with this. I just can't handle not showering every day.

The pigment on your brows darkens the next several days after getting them done. It was kind of shocking how dark they got, but once they scabbed up the pigment starts to lighten again. The scabbing will start to ITCH and FLAKE. The most difficult thing about the process was not touching them or peeling the flaking! Every once and a while, if the itching was unbearable, I would take a sanitized fine tooth comb and gently itch the area that was bothering me. Again, I do not recommend doing this because it could potentially infect the healing area or remove the pigment before it's had the opportunity to sink into the skin. BUT I did it and I don't regret it. Hahaha! 

After all the flaking was done, I showered and washed/moisturized my face as I normally did before. I believe the reason my pigment stayed so well was because I moisturized the skin consistently after it had healed. A week or two before my 6 week touch up, I started to notice certain sparse areas of my brow as well as some grayness and made sure to make a mental note of them.

THE TOUCH UP:

The last two photos in the collage below are after I had healed completely and right after my touch up appointment on May 8th. The tails of my brows had come up a little gray after the healing process, and we decided to warm up my coloring and darken it the second time around. The strokes were still fairly painful even after numbing twice. Luckily because my skin took the pigment so well it was a minimal amount of cutting. I left my second appointment even more obsessed than I was before!!!! 

My confidence has sky rocketed since getting them done. I go out to run errands without makeup on all the time now, and that NEVER would have happened before without doing my brows first. It's saved me so much time in my makeup routine, which means my husband loves them too! HAHA!

If you've considered getting them done, DO IT. Seriously!!!! Find someone on Facebook or Instagram who has consistent work and is someone you can trust to give you the eyebrows of your dreams! If you're in the Salt Lake and Utah county area, SEE JACLYN!! She's incredible! She also teaches microblading courses so that others can have the skills to offer this amazing and increasingly popular service! 

CONTACT JACLYN:
FACEBOOK
INSTAGRAM
EMAIL

I know that was a novel, but I wanted to share all the details of my experience! If you have any other questions about the process, don't hesitate to ask Jaclyn or myself! I'm happy to help you jump over that fence! ;) Happy Weekend, lovlies!! 

*This service was a trade for social media promotion. All opinions are my own.*

Comfort and Style in Vegas || Cleo Madison

I spent the first week in August in Vegas with my husband, kid free!! It was a really big deal. We attended the Mike Ferry Superstar Retreat at the Bellagio on the Las Vegas Strip. It was incredibly hot and surprisingly humid. This modest dress from Cleo Madison could not have been a more perfect choice for the climate. It's incredibly soft, breezy, flattering, and it has pockets!! It's this girl's perfect recipe for everything a dress should be. 

Cleo Madison has so many modest dress options it was difficult for me to pick just one!! They also have tops, skirts and swimwear that are darling! I'm so grateful there are people like Liz out there who decide to make stylish modest clothing more accessible. I'm so inspired by all of the women in my life who see a hole that needs to be filled and decide to do something about it. 

I of course had to pair it with my Maskcara clutch and some cute comfortable sandals. Walking the strip is not for the faint of heart, so I'm glad I came properly prepared! I know I'll be wearing this dress at least once a week. Whether it's playing with my boys, going out on errands or doing makeovers, this dress has me covered. Pun intended. ;)

I know it's been forever since I've posted something, but I've got several posts I'm working on to start posting more regularly again. Thanks for sticking around guys. I promise I'll be more consistent for you!! Outfit details are linked at the bottom of this post. 

Dress || c/o Cleo Madison
Clutch || Maskcara Beauty
Sandals || c/o Roolee 

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