February has come and gone. Even though it was a day longer than the average February, I feel like the month flew by about twice as fast as usual! I am still feeling like it was Christmas just yesterday. I had several items that were staples for me this month, and I am apparently urging spring and summer to get here because I totally jumped on the bronzing and highlighting train this month! Lets get to the favorites:
This month I was doing the “Living Free” study by Beth Moore. I absolutely loved this study. It is all about praying God’s word and the difference between positive (God) and negative (worldly things and worries) strongholds in your life, and breaking free from them through prayer. Realizing how easily I am taken captive by worldly things and relationships was very humbling and a big eye opener for me, and this study has been a huge help in making sure I only let my mind be captive to Christ, and not anything else. I highly suggest this study if you feel like you need to break some chains in your life.
Let Hope In:
One of the books I read in February was Let Hope In by Pete Wilson. This book was a game changer for me. This part about God’s will for our life was particularly life altering. I have often been plagued with worry about what “God’s will” for my life is. Worrying if what I am doing with my life, the choices I am making, the people I have relationships with, the places I live, jobs I have, and careers I want are in line with His “will”. This book opened up my eyes to the fact that all of that stuff is not what God is after. That his will for us is that we grow in Christlikeness. That we become more like his son, that we love him, love others, and share the hope we have in Him. While that doesn’t mean he doesn’t care about the other stuff in our lives, like where we are living or what we are doing, what is the most important is making sure EVERY area of our life is reflecting our relationship with Christ. Whether you are in “full time” ministry (I use quotes because I think every person that names the name of Christ is in full time ministry!), or the toll collector at the Bay Bridge, you can use every day and every interaction to grow in your Christlikeness and make a difference for His Kingdom. This book also helped give me some courage for launching this blog! I think that I happened to be reading this at the same time I was doing the Living Free study was especially powerful and eye opening. I suggest picking up them both!
Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in “Sad Girl”:
Ok, so this color does anything but make me sad! It is just so fun! The photo absolutely doesn’t do it justice. This liquid lipstick is a matte deep cranberry color with pink glitter in it. I am not a glittery lipstick person, but this color is just amazing. I had heard that ABH has redone the liquid lipstick formula and I was anxious to give it a go. I had tried the original launch in a couple of colors and was not impressed, but I am happy to say these new formulas are on point. This color goes on perfectly, and lasts all day without cracking or looking gross like some matte liquid lipsticks can look. Plus, what gets better than a red and pink lip for Valentines Day?
Mary-Lou Manizer by The Balm:
One of my two very unexpected favorites of the month was the cult favorite highlighter by The Balm, Mary-Lou Manizer. I have never been a big fan of highlighting, I tend to have more oily skin and I am always looking for ways to be more matte, but I decided to stop fighting what I have and embrace the dewy look! I don’t go overboard with the highlighting because I do have natural shine of my own, but I have found a little of this goes a long way, and just really makes you look fresh and awake.
Butter Bronzer by Physicians Formula:
This was another unexpected discovery! I am extremely fair, like vampire fair. I basically have two shades, paper white and red. There is typically no beautiful golden glow in between for me. Because of that, I have always been afraid of using bronzer thinking it would look fake, and also never finding a color that didn’t look super orange on me. The struggle was real! Earlier this month I saw a video where Kathleenlights was talking about how much she loved this new bronzer, so on a whim I decided to give it a try. Boy oh boy am I glad I did! Not only does this smell like you are on vacation on a tropical island, but it doesn’t leave me looking orange at all, and gives just the right amount of life to my skin (helping me to look a little less like I should be an extra in the Twilight movies). I am officially a bronzer lover now, and all throughout the month I found doing very clean natural skin, with a touch of bronzer and highlighter, a nice coat of mascara, and whatever lip I was in the mood for that day was my go-to look. So easy and fresh.
Extended Play Gigablack Lash by MAC:
Speaking of mascara, this month I rediscovered an old favorite, MAC’s Extended Play Gigablack Lash. The formula is great, it doesn’t bother my sensitive eyes, it gives my lashes tons of length, and I absolutely love the tiny brush wand. It isn’t big and full like a lot of wands, the brushes are nice and short which really allow you to get right into the root of your lash and get the bottom lashes without any problem as well. It’s just a nice mascara that works.
A Few Extras…
A couple other favorites I had this month were my beauty blender sponge by Real Techniques, long necklaces, and squats! I injured my back at the end of last year, and ever since I have been afraid to really get back into doing squats at the gym, especially with any kind of serious weight. This month I decided it was time to start working squats back into my routine at the gym, and I am so happy I did! I am not yet back to the weight I was doing last fall before the injury, but I know I will be there in no time
Those were all my favorite things of February, what were yours? Comment below!