Show Me Your Friday Face

We made it to Freedom Day…also known as Friday. Woo whoo!

This week has been hard on me. Like crazy hard. My day job has been crazy. I’m working hard on my side hustle with Beautycounter after I get home. I feel like I need a mental break. But this too shall pass .

I’ve been switching my my eyeshadow every few days since I got the gorgeous Winter Jewels Palette from Beautycounter. But I’m gravitating to certain ones over and over again.

In the Winter Jewels Palette, I’m completely in love with the Rose Gold eyeshadow. I’m wearing only that and the Volumizing Mascara in the photo above.

But I recently got the Nude Eye Trio from the Holiday Collection. The nude cream eye shadow is to die for. It’s the color of my dreams. Neutral with a hint of gray. I hope they keep those two shades after the holidays are over.

If you haven’t checked out the Holiday Collection, I highly recommend that you do. Everything is so gorgeous. Perfect for stockings. I can make recommendations for the special people in your life. So let’s give the gift of clean beauty.

Anyway, I didn’t intend for this to be a Beautycounter post, but I’m just really loving everything they’ve got going right now.

Happiest of Fridays, friends!

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Building Community

Living in a small community has its perks.

I love the fact that I have a wonderful farmers market in my rural community. There are actually several, but I do have a favorite one.

And they take community seriously.

They took the time to host a community breakfast. And it was the most gorgeous set up I’ve seen. Surrounded by fall decor and pretty fall flowers, 50 people in our small community came together at a place we all love to eat breakfast and fellowship.

And it was absolutely beautiful. Cold, but beautiful. We had so much fun, and the food was all locally sourced.

I was all bundled up in my favorite winter hat, and Brad was looking mighty fine, too, even with his crazy eyes. We really have a hard time taking a “good” picture together. You’d think after two years we would have it figured out, but we definitely don’t.

Brad’s mom LaDonna was there, too. And so was his dad. And it was the perfect way to spend a cold Saturday morning.

We had coffee and omelets and homemade apple bread and locally sourced sausage, bacon and ham. And lots more. The good news is you can get all of that and more at Me & McGee Market in North Little Rock. I don’t do my shopping anywhere else. And I like it that way.

Eating locally sourced produce and meats has been so good for us. I can definitely say we have kept better eating habits since “cutting the cord” with the grocery store. And we have made some amazing friendships since spring. I can’t imagine not going to my favorite little farmers’ market now that it has become such a staple to my routine.

What are Saturday morning traditions? Do you shop local?

Navy Eyes

I posted this photo on my Instagram stories.

One day I’ll be brave enough to wear navy eyeshadow on my whole eyelid.

But for now I’ll keep it lighter with a little soft white.

I’ve been experimenting with the cool side of this palette.

Moonstone across the whole eye. Pewter in the crease. Lapis in the outer corners. Onyx on the lash line as eyeliner.

I feel pretty good about the end result.

You can’t really tell in the photos that the colors are in the blue family. But I’m always nervous when applying it (especially before work) that I’ll end up looking like MiMi off The Drew Carey Show.

Thankfully, I squeaked by yet again.

What are your go-to eyeshadow colors?

Transparency

My skin has always been an issue for me. Hormones reeked havoc on me from pre-teendom and well into my twenties.

I tried everything. I used the soaps recommended by dermatologists. I took medicine. I used creams. I have all the acne scars to prove I have it my best shot.

But nothing worked.

My Sephora makeup couldn’t cover up the blemishes on my face. I was super self conscious about my skin, and I never went bare faced in public.

And then my friend Heather started sharing her story about joining a beauty company that was different. They didn’t use harmful chemicals. They didn’t use known irritants. They didn’t use carcinogens. They didn’t use fake fragrance.

They worked to eliminate those things in their production of skin care and beauty products. And they advocate and lobby for better beauty and more transparency in the industry.

It sounded so good to me. And I trusted Heather. She wouldn’t be doing something that she didn’t absolutely believe in.

So I took a chance on a black bar of soap, a cream cleanser and a fragrance free moisturizer. And the rest was history for me.

Beautycounter has changed my life. It’s overhauled my skin. And it’s given me the confidence to be the person I know I am.

This business is more than skin care and makeup and product launches and sales numbers.

It’s a movement. A movement to get safer products to everyone. Everyone deserve high-performing skin care that is safe.

I made the choice to join this movement. I believe it’s important, good work to do.

This business isn’t for everyone, but it could be the perfect one for you.

If you want more financial stability, you can have it.

If you want to spend more time with your family, you can have it.

If you want amazing products at a discount, you can have it.

If you want to be a part of an amazing group of like-minded people, you can have it.

If you want to run your own business, it’s yours.

All you have to do is say yes.

Join my team.