Hi guys! Happy Friday to you. I am sitting here staring at updated photos of our dog whom I’m totally and completely obsessed with #noshame. She comes home in less than a month!!!!
I have a little update on my green beauty hunt for a one stop shop brand and I am so pumped because I finally found one that is consistent across the board. The amount of makeup I’ve been trying has been insane (thank goodness for return policies) and I’ve decided that the hardest part about making the switch is that everything is online! Hopefully the more people like you and me support these brands, the more we will start to see them in stores where we can try out different colors and textures in the flesh! But until then, I’ll keep ordering online, navigating the good and bad products, and sharing my finds with all of you!
With that said, I am obsessed with the brand 100% Pure. Literally every product on their shelves has been a success for me so far and as someone with extremely sensitive skin and terrible allergies, this is not normal to try something with such success. I’ve tried quite a few green makeup brands now and I have still had some allergy trouble with them (which is weird to me), been frustrated with the lack of staying power, and been bummed by the message of the company. I know that last part sounds weird, but I care a lot about this kind of stuff. A lot of green beauty companies use scare tactics in order to get you to buy their products and I’m looking for a company that celebrates women, seeks to empower them, and gives back to their community. For those of you not familiar with 100% pure (I wasn’t before this hunt) their makeup is colored with fruit pigments and is quite literally designed to be food for your skin (insert praise hands). The concept behind the brand is that the products we are using should be healing, nourishing, and protecting our skin all at the same time. I got my first purchase in the mail and was so pumped about their products upon trying them that I actually started scavenging their website for an affiliate program, fount one, and applied! That’s how much I like them. If they had positions in Dallas, lemme tell you I’d be on that like nobody’s business. If you go to their website through my blog (by clicking any of the 100% Pure icons or links on my page) and decide to make a purchase, I receive a small commission so thank you to those of you who already have for allowing me to write here!
So far, I’ve only tried their makeup, but I’m dying to try their skincare so I’ll keep you guys posted on when I do that. I’ve been waiting for a few months to order the pretty naked I and pretty naked II palettes because they went out of stock. I guess everyone discovered that they were magical and scooped them up, but I just got an email today that they are back! I just ordered both of them so I’ll let you guys know what I think upon their arrival. My one complaint about this company is that they do run out of stock and on their items and as a consumer it’s frustrating when you run out of your foundation and you can’t get it immediately. So that’s the 411 there.
*Also quick side note and I’ll get to this in my 100% pure haul post, but I also ordered this brow gel a couple weeks ago and I looooove it. It seems (unfortunately) that there aren’t many of it left either so if you’re on the hunt, I highly recommend! Many people have compared it to the Benefit Brow gel if that helps anyone wondering about consistency/performance.
Alright enough makeup fodder from me! Last week I got back out there into the auditioning world and it felt so so sooooooo good. I didn’t land anything, but I had callbacks for both lead roles in both shows, and that made me feel like the last 2 years I’ve taken off weren’t a waste. I’ve been focussed on rest, destressing my art, finding joy in my singing, and taking lessons with an amazing teacher. Sometimes I get a little panicky about my career as a singer and feel like I’m behind. I don’t know if anyone else feels that way. I guess its part of the crisis of being in your early 20’s, but I see other people in my field who are fighting it out in NYC and start going “crap I’m so behind because I chose love and have opted to be with my husband). No regrets there, but it makes me feel like I missed the boat sometimes. But I haven’t and I have to keep remembering that my career path will look a little bit different than others in my field because I wasn’t and still am not in the mood for long distance marriage. Ya feel me? Okay 🙂
Both as artists and young professional’s, I think it’s really important to grant ourself some grace and give ourselves time to become who Got has intended for us to be. Our world feels like a rat race and I’m really trying to get off that hampster wheel and give God the reigns. Easier said than done.
PLANT BASED EATS
I’ve also been really thinking about wanting to incorporate more plant based meals into our diet. I ate that way when I was living alone, but with my die hard carnivorous husband, I feel like we’ve been doing a whole lot less of that. I have a few favorite recipes that are my go to’s with plant based eating, so I’ll post those coming up here. I randomly took a picture of our loaded sweet potatoes last week on Insta story and I got soooooo many DM’s with questions about the recipe so you’ll see that soon. It’s super easy and rocks when there’s not food in the house. Even carnivorous husband’s love ’em.
Michael and I have plans to “get stuff done this weekend”. Our to do list includes selling some stuff we need to get rid of, setting up a retirement account for me (whaaaaaa????), working on the new site (thank goodness for technically proficient spouses), return random crap, add some necessary furniture pieces to our home (AKA lamps and night stands), and embarking on a mattress hunt. I am actually really excited for this last activity. Not gonna lie. We are planning to make it a date so make sure to tun into Insta stories for that! We’ve decided to go ahead and invest in a King since we are planning to drop some money on a good quality mattress and I love sleep so this is actually like a dream date for me. Forget the bachelor dates with a private band in a huge mansion…..take me mattress shopping!!!! Also gotta have a King so that we have room for the Shiba (Michael says no dogs in the bed, but I feel like he’ll eventually allow it if I beg enough 🙂 ).
My sweet mother-in-law is having a birthday tomorrow so we are celebrating her from afar! Happy weekend to all of you – go hang out with the people you love!