Life Update!

Hey yall!

Wow. Its been over a month since I last wrote a blog post! Crazy, right? I have been taking a full semester of college courses this summer (chem 2… I strongly dislike u), along with working at the dance studio and having the opportunity to choreograph and teach solos to some AMAZING dancers. I am so thankful and so blessed to be able to do what I have done this summer!!!

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Although my head has been full of words such as “equilibrium concentrations” and “mitochondrion” (powerhouse of the cell!!!)… the words “me time” is a term that I haven’t had in my vocabulary lately. I’ve tried to set aside time to go outside, write for this blog (oops), or actually having FUN (whaaaaat? In summer??? no way.), I have to say that I have pretty much failed at all three of those things. But that’s ok! Because… 

All of this craziness of life has made me come to realize the importance of taking a moment to breathe every once in a while. With all of the hustle of life, taking a few minutes to slow down and be present in the moment is something that I know and acknowledge to be important, but is something that I struggle with. If you’re like me, you tend to work a little too hard under pressure and ignore everything but the thing that you need to get done. Words that have gone through my head are “I don’t have time to go golfing with my family, I need an A on this test”, or “Why am I crying, I don’t have time to cry, plz stop.” (true story on multiple occasions). I should have realized that yes, I can spare an hour to go to the driving range to hit some golf balls with my family. Yes, its ok to stress out and cry for a solid 5 mins, and then get back to work. After all, stress is stress, and stress is valid. That being said, there is a real importance of relieving that stress and having an outlet to get away from the crazy for a while. All of this has also made me see God’s role in my life a little more clearly. Why stress so much about what is to come when everything is in God’s hands? Yes, it is still important to study and strive to do your best in all that you do, but God has a plan for your life, and as hard as it is to admit sometimes, He is always right. His timing is perfect, His path for us is perfect, and He made us perfect in his eyes. I really don’t think God will be super salty if I get a not-so-great grade on a chem test, although I myself might be a little salty :). God wants us to enjoy the people and places around us. My advice to anyone else in this situation is to work hard, but to also take time to live in the sunshine, enjoy your family and friends, and always put God first 🙂

And that’s a wrap, y’all. I hope you enjoyed my little life update/ stress-out-then-come-to-Jesus blog post! Let me know if you’d like to see more occasional life update posts in the future. 

Much love,

Chloe

Coming up in the next few blog posts:

So I went to Ulta and Sephora the other day and spent too much money (it’s called retail therapy, mom) which means you will most likely have a makeup/skincare haul blog post coming your way soon!

ALSO!!! The Simple Joy Of Giving is launching its second campaign starting August 1st! eek!! I’m so excited. The t-shirt designs for August are done, so be on the lookout on social media to see some sneak peeks! 

 

 

Sephora Haul!

Hey y’all!

Today is such a bright and sunny day and everything is so happy. I haven’t posted in a while, I know, but I’ll get back to posting regularly soon. Classes have gotten crazy and time has gotten away from me these past few weeks, and since school is my main priority right now, blog posts might be posted at weird times. I’ll get back on track with posting every Saturday soon, I promise! Anyway, this past week I went to Sephora (stress shopping… anyone else do that?) with the intention of getting new foundation but accidentally bought WAY too many things. I decided to write this post telling y’all about the products and my thoughts on each of them! 

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ESTEE LAUDER Gentle Eye Makeup Remover

As you may know, I have a little obsession with mascara. Taking off mascara every night has really taken a toll on my eyelashes, due to the scrubbing and harsh cleansers. I’m so happy I found this eye makeup remover by Estee Lauder, which takes off mascara and eye makeup (even waterproof!!) so easily and quickly. 

TOO FACED Born This Way Foundation

Y’all already know about my obsession with this foundation. It is so hydrating and hardly feels like you’re wearing foundation at all. I also occasionally mix this with my moisturizer (Clinique Moisture Surge gel-creme) to create more of a tinted moisturizer on days I don’t want or need a lot of coverage. This foundation is infused with coconut water to help replenish the skin’s moisture levels and contains Alpine rose to brighten skin’s appearance. Fun fact: I’ve never purchased the same foundation twice before discovering this foundation. It’s THAT good.

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TARTE Wide Awake Eye Set

This set is packed with all of your eye care essentials! It comes with a travel-size Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara; Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment; and one set of the Pack Your Bags 911 Undereye Rescue Patches, all for only $12. It’s also all vegan! This mascara is so volumizing and lengthening, I only need to use one coat. It is also the perfect size to stick in your purse or bag for traveling, in case of road trip touch-ups. The eye cream is packed with a complex of antioxidant plant extracts, light-reflecting particles, and essential fatty acids to hydrate and brighten under eyes. Unlike most eye creams that I have tried, this one doesn’t feel greasy or heavy, therefore much more suitable for everyday use. Finally, these little eye treatment patches work wonders! One use, and my dark circles, which were seriously bad from a weekend of late-night studying were seriously reduced. Yall, these are magical. 

SEPHORA COLLECTION LashCraft Big Volume Mascara

As some of you may know, I am very particular (and obsessive) when it comes to mascaras. I was planning to re-purchase another Sephora collection mascara that I LOVED, only to find that they didn’t carry it anymore. What was I supposed to do, find a DIFFERENT mascara? No. Way. Luckily, I picked up this one because it was super cute and also only $14 (yes I spent too much money at Sephora, but I’m still on a budget. don’t judge). This mascara also contains jojoba oil, which allows you to build lashes with multiple coats while not flaking, smudging, or clumping. This stuff is seriously good!

URBAN DECAY Vice Lipstick in shade Stark Naked

I have been searching for the perfect nude lipstick for SO LONG, and I have finally found it. This lipstick by Urban Decay is velvety matte but doesn’t feel like I’m wearing lipstick at all. It’s super moisturizing and, unlike most matte lipsticks, don’t dry out your lips or get cakey. It is also packed with so many good-for-your-skin ingredients, such as aloe vera, jojoba, avocado, and babassu oils which help nourish and soften lips. It is also formulated with Illipe butter, which is derived from Malaysian illipe trees and provides long-lasting moisture.  This lipstick is also infused with vitamins C and E, which help to deliver a hint of antioxidants. 

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(My cat decided she wanted to join in the festivities of shooting a few pictures for this post)

That’s a wrap! I really hope y’all enjoyed this post, and I can’t wait to share with you more of my favorite products! My next post will be about a book that has seriously had an impact on my faith life, and I can’t wait to share it with you all, It should be posted in the next week or two. (Regular posting coming soon, I pinky promise 🙂 )

Much love and many blessings,

Chloe ♥

(Also, you may or may not have noticed that I have been inactive on my Instagram. Expect regular insta posts and updates via Instagram starting back on April 1st!)

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