1. FAVORITE BEAUTY PRODUCT: e.l.f. Liquid Liner
Being an eyeliner snob, I wasn't sure if I would care for this inexpensive alternative compared to my pricier fave's. For being only $1 (yeah....ONE DOLLAR), this liner packs quite a punch. Traditional black is my go to and e.l.f. black in #4203 does not disappoint. It has great color pay off and stays on all day long. It is very easy to apply as well! The only thing I don't love is that it tends to be a bit messy during application. I find random specks on my hand after putting it on but I can live with it for the price. Nothing a little coconut oil on a Q-tip can't fix. Don't get me wrong, I love my fancy schmancy gel liners but through August this guy was my go-to and most likely will be through September. They have some other colors which look appealing for fall so I am definitely trying them. Sidenote: You can find e.l.f. products at Target, Christmas Tree Shoppes, and online. If you know of another place to purchase this brand, let me know in the comments. :-)
2. FAVORITE BOOK: 31 Days to Clean: Having a Martha House the Mary Way by Sarah Mae
3. FAVORITE VERSE: Jeremiah 31:25
"For I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul."
So simple but so beautifully strong. You may read this as being in the past tense but for me I see it as eternal.....this verse states what God has done, what He is doing, and what He will do. Not to say that I or my family are exclusive in our struggles, we are not, but we have really gone through a lot. The past 2 years especially have been so full of ups and downs....sometimes more downs than anything else but through it all God has satiated our weary souls. He has replenished us. He has renewed our strength and shown us new grace every morning. Through His mercy and love, He has made us able to get through the challenges with smiles on our faces and joy in our hearts. Although there have been days where the heaviness of the situations have seemed overwhelming and heart breaking, the Holy Spirit sweeps in and causes us to sing our Savior's praises. Because of His replenishment, we have been able to see even more how good God truly is. If you are going through a time that seems unbearable....like you don't know how you can move forward, please know that God loves you and is ready to lift that burden. He wants to replenish your sorrowful soul and fill you with joy.
4. FAVORITE YOU-TUBER: Louise from Sprinkle of Glitter
I may not do this category every month because Louise may always top the list. Lou is from England, has an adorable family, fun fashion & beauty style, and a personality that definitely sparkles! She has a main channel called "Sprinkle of Glitter" and a vlog channel called "Sprinkle of Chatter." I love both but am partial to the Chatter channel. It is fun to see how things are so different or so similar in other parts of the world. Louise is one of my favorites because she is so open, fun, and encouraging. I feel a real kinship to her somehow like if she lived in my neck of the woods we would probably be b.f.f. (Marie, you lucky-international bff-duck!) It is amazing how this person I have never met can motivate me to look on the bright side or try things, even if I feel a bit nervous to do so. She is a curvier girl and about a month ago she did a "look book" video where she modeled various outfits that she loved or felt were flattering for her body type. She looked great and made me realize that I can still look good even if I am not a perfect size. Please, please check her YT channels and blog out. You will not regret letting this sunshiney soul into your life! And if you don't believe me that you will like her, check out this video of her too-cute-for-words-daughter dancing. ADORABLE!
5. FAVORITE MOMENT: Family Trip To Lake Michigan
These are just a few of the pics I snapped on my cell phone. My dad was really the photographer of the weekend so I will have to ask for a some of his photos so I can share them with you!
August of 2013: More than just make-up. Definitely full of heart. Of course so much more happened: surprise visit from niece + nephew, trips to Cincinnati, weddings,a surprise baby shower then about a day later one of my besties had twins!! All in all, a good month. How was yours??
I'm sorry this was a rather long post. If any of you would like my favorites but in vlog form, please let me know! Oh! And I would LOVE if you would share with me what some of your favorites from August were. Share via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and of course here!!
Thanks for reading!! HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!!
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