Thursday, April 17, 2014

Beauty Box 5 Review: April 2014

"Shades of Beauty" is Beauty Box Five's theme for April 2014. The focus is on products and looks that require a little more leisure and a little less rushing.

I received all five of April's products this month, and here's what I think of them:

BH Cosmetics California Collection Eyeshadow Palette (retail $18.95): While I am admittedly not a big eyeshadow wearer--it's the one cosmetic that I just plain don't bother with very often--I have used this stuff and it is very high quality. The colors are really fun, too, and would be perfect for a night out on the town. I will throw it in my bag when The Maestro and I had to NYC (only two weeks from today!!) and glam myself up a bit more than normal on our trips to the Metropolitan Opera and various Broadway theatres.

Nicka K New York Hydro Lipstick (Retail $4.99):  You all know I'm addicted to my lipstick. What you may not know is that I'm extremely picky about the brands I use and would rather pay $40 for a tube of Giorgio Armani lipstick than $5.00 for Revlon at the drugstore. Because there is a HUGE difference in quality. However, this Nicka K. New York stuff is pretty great, and that's my honest opinion. It stays on nicely and doesn't dry you out or flake off. The color I received is called Concerto (perfect for a musician, hey?), and is outside of my normal choice of very dark, bold lipstick colors, but it is a lovely neutral and I wore it every night of my opera performances since my make-up design required a neutral lip. Loved it.

Blum Naturals All Purpose Cleansing Wipes (Retail $2.49): This product couldn't have come at a better time. I received the box the afternoon of the first dress rehearsal for the opera. I am not a fan of stage makeup and what it can do to my skin, so I always use makeup wipes or baby wipes to remove it as soon as I am done for the night. I tried these babies out and they did an amazing job of cleaning my skin, plus it didn't sting or bother my skin at all. I compared it to the makeup wipes that were offered in the dressing room and the difference was obvious. The other wipes stung my face, turned my skin red, and removed make up. These Blum Naturals only removed make up. I'm all for skipping the red face and stinging skin for sure. I also loved how this sample size came with a chain so I could hook it easily on the side of my purse or a keychain. I will definitely be purchasing these again.

Jergen's Natural Glow - 3 Days to Glow Moisturizer (Retail $9.99): I did not get the 4 ounce tube of this product that subscribers will receive, but I did get a sample size. It was nice to put a little color on my skin after this horridly long winter that is still sticking around. Since I don't know when I'll next see sun, I can at least look like I might have seen it recently!

Bonne Bell Lip Definer (Retail $3.95): I liked the color I got (boysenberry) and have used it often since I received it. This color is perfect for my normal choice in lip color.

The total value of April's Beauty Box is $40.37. A monthly subscription to Beauty Box Five costs between $8.25 and $12.00, depending on your subscription plan. Hurry over and order by April 30th for May's Beauty Box!

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Young Women Poem for Temple Envelopes

I'm Going There Someday

In this post from 2010, I talked about making temple envelopes for my young women. It was for a lesson on temple preparation. I found a poem online somewhere and attached it to the envelopes.

I had a reader email me today about what the poem was, because you can't see the entire thing in the photo. Unfortunately, after searching my whole computer, I couldn't find it. I had a different computer then, and though I transferred most files, I think that one didn't make the cut. I Googled my little heart out, too, and couldn't find it anywhere. I must have magically found it before, because I don't know where it came from!

I had no idea how I was going to get the text since my only young woman at the time is now serving a mission (yay her!). Then I remembered that I had made two envelopes, because a visitor was in our branch that day. Thankfully, it's a visitor that comes often enough that I know her mom and tracked her down on Facebook.

And guess what? She still had the poem! She graciously sent it to me, and now I am putting it here so I don't lose it again. Unfortunately, I don't know who the original author is, and it is definitely not me. (If you happen to know who wrote this poem, please tell me! I'd love to be able to give them attribution.)

This envelope was made with love
Especially for you,
A symbol of the girl you are
To cherish your life through.

May its whiteness be a reminder
To please stay clean and pure,
As the fabric, may you be most strong
With a testimony sure.

As the lace, may all your lifetime
Be filled with charm and grace.
May the inner beauty of your soul
Glow in your eyes and face.

Someday you will be ready
To make covenants to the Lord,
To receive your own endowment,
And hear the Savior's word.

Carry this envelope with you
On that special, wondrous day,
As a symbol of the girl you are,
And will forever stay.

The envelopes themselves were pretty easy to make. I just used my own as a template. Perhaps soon I'll make another one and post a more in-depth tutorial here.

The reader who emailed me said she planned on handing out temple envelopes to her YW who were graduating, which is another great idea. I still use the envelope I received from my YW leaders during a temple preparation lesson. It means a lot to me, and even though I've since been given another (possibly nicer) one, I haven't switched them out.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Obedience Makes Us Strong: General Conference Printables

While watching General Conference last weekend, I noticed a few distinct themes that were things I personally needed to hear. The first of those themes was Obedience.

I loved Elder Hales' and Elder Perry's talks on Obedience.

Elder Hales: If Ye Love Me, Keep My Commandments focused on following the Savior's example in obedience, using our agency to choose and letting the consequences follow, and how obedience can make us stronger and more able to deal with the tests and trials we will endure in our lives.

Obedience makes us stronger: Robert D. Hales

Elder Perry: Obedience Through Our Faithfulness used horses to teach the principle of obedience. He taught that "an obedient horse which is part of a well-trained team of horses needs little more than a gentle tug from the driver to do exactly what he wants it to do. This gentle tug is equivalent to the still, small voice with which the Lord speaks to us. Out of respect for our agency, it is never a strong, forceful tug." I loved this idea so much.

We must teach our spirit and body to work together in obedience: L. Tom Perry

He also taught that obedience does not equate to weakness, but is in fact a strength. It is the way in which we declare our faithfulness to God.

Obedience is anything but weak or passive: L. Tom Perry

I'm going to try to do a post each week of my favorites from General Conference. Like I said, there were a couple other distinct themes that really stuck out to me.

To download any of these printables, click through to Flickr. If you need help downloading from Flickr click HERE for instructions.

Other LDS-themed Printables:
Spiritual Help Wanted Signs
March 2014 Visiting Teaching Handout
Things as They Really Are FHE Printable

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