SUNDAY IS OUR SABBATH + ENCOURAGING REST

How many people, blogs, resources, or books actually encourage you to take a break? Most of what I hear is a constant strive to "do more." Being lazy isn't where I'm going with this, but I do think we need to hear a lot more encouragement to slow down, take time to be silent, and to be content. Savannah and I really wanted to write one post a week that challenges you to take a break. Whether you choose to take a break from technology, from work, from shopping, whatever it is that you have a tendency to do all the time - take a break today. Every week we will be including an inspirational quote and a challenge for the day. Now, just so you know I'm not cheating at our own game, I actually wrote this post last night (Saturday night) so that I could take today off from work and blogging. 

THE CHALLENGE FOR TODAY: Paint your fingernails!

We'd love to see what you did for your challenge on Instagram either today - or tomorrow if you're taking a social media break! Use hashtag #sundayisoursabbath for a chance to be featured, to show us your pretty nails, and tell us a little bit about how your rested today. :) Love you guys and hope you have a restful Sunday.


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Authors: Jenny Highsmith // Photography: Maiedae
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MAKEOVER YOUR MAKEUP BAG FOR UNDER $100!

Let's talk about makeup!! It's no secret that I really, really love makeup and beauty products. The same way a kid would feel about a mega candy/toy store extravaganza is the same feeling I get when walking into a Sephora, Ulta or beauty section of a drugstore. Without exaggerating, I could easily spend 3-4 hours playing with makeup and looking at swatches in Sephora. Easily! It's something I love collecting, experimenting with, learning about and teaching others about! That's probably the main reason I decided to start my own beauty channel on YouTube. 

I've been looking forward to putting this post together for you all week! Today I'll be sharing my top recommended drugstore picks so you can give your makeup bag a makeover for under $100! Which is an amazing deal, especially since you could easily leave Sephora with 1-3 products at that same price point. All of these picks are things I love and are not only highly recommended by me but by TONS of fellow beauty gurus. 

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The reality is most women don't wear a lot of makeup, own TONS of beauty products or really understand how to experiment. Have you ever found yourself stuck with the same old products in your makeup bag for years and years wanting to try something new but not sure where to start? Maybe you've never been into makeup but want to try experimenting?! Maybe some of your makeup has expired and needs to be tossed and replaced?? It can be overwhelming going into the beauty store to try and pick out new products, especially if you're not sure where to start. I've done the busy work for you and put together an incredible list of my top recommended drugstore picks. I consider all of these to be just as good as premium brands and in some cases better! If you're not into spending $$$$$ on makeup every time you turn around, don't fret! I've got you covered. ;) See what I did there?? 

I purchased all of these items at Target, Walgreens and CVS. When you're ready to go in for your makeup bag makeover don't forget to check out the local ads to see what brands are on sale at your local drugstore. Most likely you can find some sweet buy 1 get one 50% off sales! Also look in your Sunday paper to clip coupons or your fav beauty magazine to score some GREAT manufacturer coupons. You can find great deals and easily get everything you need for a great price! 

So what's included in this makeup bag makeover?? Let's dig in. :) 

FACE

1. // Covergirl Outlast 3-in-1 Foundation - This is probably my favorite foundation of all time. It has medium to full coverage, looks great AND has a pump so you don't use more product then you need. I love the way this looks on my skin and how it gives me a matte finish. 

2. // Rimmel Stay Matte Finishing Powder - At a whopping $5 this is the perfect powder to keep the shine down and set your foundation and under eye area.  

3. // Maybelline Fit Me Concealer - Incredible!! I've been searching for a great concealer for forever. This is lightweight, blends beautifully and is perfect for under the eye and other problem areas. Some have said it's a great dupe for the NARS concealers. IF you are having major problem areas (hiya zits!) you might want to find something a little heavier, but this is a fantastic everyday concealer especially for the under eye area. 

4. // Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso - LOVE this beautiful peachy/pink blush. Such a great color for SO MANY skin tones and is a must have for any makeup collection. I love the way this looks on my cheeks all year long. 

EYES

1. // Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadows - These serve as great bases for your eyeshadow that will help hold your look in place without a primer. They can also be worn alone. I apply these with my finger and they are incredibly easy to apply and super long wearing. I LOVE the color tattoo in Barely Branded as a basic champagne shimmer and the new Leather Tattoo in Creamy Beige as a matte neutral taupe/brown. 

2. // Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner - I LOVE gel liner. This liner is one of my favorites too! It is easy to put on, jet black and lasts beautifully. I've had premium gel liners that are the exact same quality as this at twice the price. 

3. // The Nudes by Maybelline - This is one of their newer palettes and it's only $10!! What?! The colors range from matte to shimmer and have a beautiful variety of shades. These colors are not as highly pigmented as most premium brands but they are pretty close and for the price, a GREAT affordable product to add to your makeup bag. It's easy to travel with and on the back it shows you how to pair the shadows in duos, trios and quads. Easy peasy! 

4. // Eye Studio Quads by Maybelline - Another great Maybelline product. These shadows have a beautiful pigments and some in a variety of gorgeous shimmery and sparkly shades. If you want to add a little pop of color to your makeup bag, be sure to pick up one of these! There are some new fall edition ones that are beautiful too! 

5. // Miss Manga Mascara by L'Oreal - I've tried so many mascaras and this is one of my very favorites! It coats the top and bottom lashes beautifully and makes my lashes look like whoa! 

BROWS

1. // Revlon Brow Fantasy - It's easy to spend some serious $$ on eyebrow products. Why? I have no idea. This little gizmo from revlon is great however! One end is a soft pencil to fill in your brows and the other end is a colored setting gel to set them in place ALL day. ;) 

2. // Milani Brow & Eye Highlighter - This is one of my new favorites. One side is matte and the other side is shimmery. Use this to highlight the corners of your eyes, under your brows, in your waterline to make you look really awake or to help shape out those brows. A great multi-purpose tool. 

LIPS

1. // NYX Liner - Love this liner so much! I would highly recommend picking up their liner in nude and using it as a base for all of your lipsticks if you don't want to spend the $$ on matching all of your liners and lipsticks. This is a great basic to own. Shape out your lips and help make your lipstick/gloss last longer!

2. // NYX Butter Gloss - I am NOT much of a gloss girl but NYX butter glosses are hard to beat. They smell great, look great and feel great on the lips. I love Tiramisu especially paired with the Nude liner, but they have tons of colors to choose from and are around $5 each. Huzzah!

3. // Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipsticks - I'm obsessed! These recently came out and I'm in love! They give you a beautiful matte finish and feel extremely creamy when you first put them on. They dry to a beautiful matte and last beautifully throughout the day. A lot of matte lipsticks don't apply very well and these are exceptional! I recommend picking up "A Touch of Spice" (very Kylie Jenner) and "Daringly Nude". 


Please note that prices can vary depending on your area and varied store sales. For this post I haven't included beauty tools such as brushes and sponges but for GREAT QUALITY brushes at an extremely fair price, I highly recommend trying out Real Techniques! I own several of their brushes and love them! 

How fun!! I wish I could go shopping with all of you! -- What are some of your favorite drugstore picks and "must-haves"?? Please share with us in the comment section below! I'm always up for trying something new! Have any questions?? I'm happy to help! Leave all of your questions below too! :) 

Want more beauty tips and tutorials?? Check out my beauty channel here! :) 


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Author: Savannah Wallace // Photography: Maiedae
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START YOUR MORNING RIGHT + FAVORITE FAITH-FILLED RESOURCES

I don't know about you, but finding quiet time has always been a struggle for me. Whether it's because of distractions or I have too much on my plate, I tend to have to force myself to slow down rather than it come as a natural instinct. I've always loved journaling my thoughts and prayers and reading books, but sometimes making it a priority is challenging. A few years ago, I found some resources that have really helped me make that first step towards quiet time. Since then, I've found several others that we would love to share with you today. We hope these are helpful in your faith journey as much as they have been in ours.

For me, having a dedicated quiet time means that I get up before Rowan wakes up, grab a cup of coffee, and sit somewhere quiet in the house. If I can get to that point, I've conquered the hardest part. :) When I've gotten out of the habit of a regular quiet time, I usually just spend those first few days sitting quietly and practicing turning off distractions. It's so easy to turn on the TV, get on my phone, or start checking email first thing after I wake up. As many of you know, each moment of free time is like precious gold. After a few days of sitting in silence while I drink my coffee, I switch to adding a bit of journaling to the mix. I typically start out just writing down my thoughts. Not necessarily directly or intentionally talking to God, but just writing my thoughts completely unfiltered. I write down if I'm angry, if I'm stressed, whatever I'm thinking. Typically, this turns into prayers or thoughts directed at the Lord. I start intentionally focusing on joy and thankfulness after I feel that I've broken the barrier of communication. And then, after a few days of that, I add in some of these other resources. I've found that this helps me to transition back into a regular quiet time successfully. Especially times where I feel distant from the Lord.

FAVORITE FAITH-FILLED RESOURCES

1. // Jesus Calling by Sarah Young - One of my all-time favorite devotions. I found this in college when I was looking for something that I could use as a starter for my quiet time. It's perfect for me because the topics are short, real to life, and have scripture to co-inside. After using the book for the longest time, I found that they have an app for this. (I should have known - they have an app for almost everything these days.) I typically like a physical book better, but the app has quickly become my favorite now. For one, it writes out the entire scriptures to go along with the devotion whereas the book just gives the reference. It also is wonderful because I always have my phone with me, so I never forget to bring it on trips or wherever I might be. You can also write notes in the app, mark favorites, and set reminders. 

2. // The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller - My favorite book on marriage. Drew and I read this together during our pre-marital counseling and it changed so many of our thoughts about what marriage is all about. We loved it so much, we even used a portion of it in our vows to each other. I recommend this book to any of our friends who are engaged, married, or thinking about marriage.

3. // Whispers of Hope by Beth Moore - Another amazing devotional. I just started it a few weeks ago, but I am a huge fan of Beth Moore and her writing. This devotional is one page of written material followed by several journaling prompts that Beth has you focus on - PRAISE, REPENTANCE, ACKNOWLEDGMENT, INTERCESSION, SUPPLICATION FOR SELF, and EQUIPPING. This devotional is great for digging deeper and practicing more intentional prayer time.

4. // She Reads Truth - The She Reads Truth app is something I discovered a few months ago and have been using several times a week. This app's focus is all about getting you to dive into Scripture. It's wonderful because, again, it's on your phone so you're much more likely to use it. It also has reading plans you can join, beautiful artwork for your phone, a full Bible, bookmarks, and notes.

5. // StrengthsQuest - This is a book we were required to read in our leadership program in college. It was part of many tools we were given to better understand who we are, what strengths we have, and what God's purpose is for us. We each developed life mission statements based on what we learned about ourselves and it has been an invaluable resource for us as we say "yes" and "no" to things that come our way in life. When you purchase the book, you're given a code to take an online test that is pretty extensive. Once you take the test, they reveal to you your top 5 strengths and more about what that looks like in your life and how to develop those strengths.

6. // Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyers - If you're like me (and probably every other woman out there), you struggle constantly to put to rest thoughts of either anger, doubt, confusion, depression, anxiety, condemnation, or general self-loathing. This beautifully written book gives you tools and advice on how to focus your mind and win the battle. I absolutely love the personal struggles shared in this book that make it relatable and make you feel you're not alone.

7. // The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges - I read this book in college and it completely changed my perspective on holiness and what our part is in it. It helps to define what we should expect God to do and what we should do ourselves.

Thanks so much for letting us share some of our favorites books and resources! We would love to check out some of your favorites if you'd like to share in the comments below! :) Have a great Friday night friends!


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Authors: Jenny Highsmith // Photography: Maiedae
Find Jenny Here: Instagram // Pinterest // MooreaSeal // Society6