Thursday, May 31, 2012

Braided Bun

This is my go-to hairdo right next to the messy side braid. It's almost as fast and looks really cool!! Prep your hair like you would for the messy side braid, but then make three small braids in place of one, and secure with clear elastics. Twist all three together until they fold on themselves and secure with bobby pins. And you're done!!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Simple Summer Beauty

So recently I discovered how ridiculous liquid foundation looked and felt during warm weather… it takes way longer to apply, too. And I’m also going to several camps and a mission trip, so I’m not really wanting to be fussing with my makeup. So, I devised a summer makeup routine for myself. It involves four makeup items and can be added to or subtracted too accordingly.
First, apply a concealer to dark circles and any places where you tend to get red (nose, chin, etc.)Blend with either your fingers or a brush, whichever you prefer. Then, using a fluffy brush, blend a translucent powder foundation over your face, focusing mainly your T-zone, where you tend to get oily. Apply a waterproof brown eyeliner to your waterline and thickly around your upper lashline. Blend like a maniac. (It should end up looking less like an eyeliner and more like a matte eyeshadow.) Set by tapping a little bit of your face powder over the top with your finger. (This will keep it from creasing  and help it stay put longer.) Apply two coats of waterproof mascara to top and bottom lashes, and you’re done!! Simple, fast, unfussy beauty for the most sweltering, humid, oven-like days of summer.

Copper Smoky Eye

Start with working a primer over you lid and blend it up to your brow bone. Take whatever is left and smooth it under your eye. Pat a bronze shadow over the outer three quarters of the eye, and run whatever is left on the brush under your lower lashline. Pat a gold shadow on the inner corner and blend towards the middle. With a deep brown shadow, trace the outer half of your lashline, and draw a wide triangle on the outer corner of your eye. Blend in. Using a black liner, draw a scalene triangle on your upper lashline. Finish with two coats of black mascara.  

Friday, May 18, 2012

On Job

So a few of my girlfriends and I are reading through Job right now, and some of them are getting bored with it (Understandably so!! Most of the book consists of Job talking about how much his life sucks.) But allow me to gush: personally, I think Job is amazing. In the first chapter of the book, it talks about how Job is righteous, and how he “is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” Then Satan comes along, and long story short, God gives Satan permission to torment Job. In one day, Job loses his ALL his livestock (pretty much the equivalent of wealth in those days) ALL his servants, and his sons and daughters. All his wealth is gone, and his family is dead. All he is left with is the skeleton of a house and a wife who gives him horrible advice and no comfort. Not long after all this happens, Satan strikes Job down with “painful sores from the soles of his feet to the top of his head.” So now he is in a state of excruciating physical and emotional pain. He curses the day of his birth, and goes on for what seems like forever about how crappy his life is… but he still chooses to praise God. Here’s an example of that from chapter 9:

4His wisdom is profound, his power is vast.

Who has resisted him and come out unscathed?

5He moves mountains without their knowing it

and overturns them in his anger.

6He shakes the earth from its place

and makes its pillars tremble.

7He speaks to the sun and it does not shine;

he seals off the light of the stars.

8He alone stretches out the heavens

and treads on the waves of the sea.

9He is the Maker of the Bear and Orion,

the Pleiades and the constellations of the south.

10He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed,

miracles that cannot be counted.

11When he passes me, I cannot see him;

when he goes by, I cannot perceive him.

12If he snatches away, who can stop him?

Who can say to him, ‘What are you doing?’

Job understands completely that God is awesome and beyond comprehension: he understands that God has a plan and is working through Job’s suffering, and is using it to teach him. This guy gets it. Do we ever respond this way though? What happens to your relationship with God when you’re going through a rough spot? Do you still choose to praise God?

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Quick Fix

For Sunburns!!

Well, maybe it's not so quick, but it's worth the wait. Anyways,

I got this awkwardly shaped sunburn on my shoulder on Sunday, and it still hasn't gone away. Still. And, it's a very red, very sore one. So, in my desperation to heal it and ease the pain, i came upon a genius idea- Aloe Vera ice cubes. The best!! It's pretty self explanatory; you just pump some aloe vera into an ice cube tray and wait a couple hours. The result is these awesome green sci-fi looking lumps of sunburn deliverance. Just rub it over your horrifically red skin, give a sigh of relief, and remind yourself to wear sunscreen next time. :)