Friday, September 30, 2016

Derma E: New & Improved for Sensitive Skin!

Hey, loves!

If you've been following me for a while, you know that I have highly sensitive skin. Because of this, it is always hard for me to find products that I can trust to be natural and not break me out the next day.

But guess what? I think I have discovered a new product that my skin LOVES – Derma E!




Derma E is a company that specializes in creating the best eco-ethical skin care products for consumers. Their products do not contain parabens, GMOs, mineral oil, or any of the typical disgusting things that are put into the typical skin care products. Derma E's primary goal is to give consumers great products without hurting the environment. How much better can it get?!



I received the Hydrating Day Creme and Hydrating Night Cream for review.

I am normally not a day and night crème kind of gal, but I'm always up for something new, so I was excited to see how this stuff worked!



Both creams are really smooth, don't have a terrible smell, and leave my skin feeling refreshed! The creams also aren't too thick for discomfort, or too thin and watery. Just the perfect combination!

Both creams left my skin feel smooth, soft, and brighter – major improvements, especially as I prep my skin for the winter!

I give these products 5 stars and would recommend them to any sensitive-skinned person!

Derma E has been around since 1984, so I'm pretty sure they know what they're doing! However, just like with anything, times and style changes, and it is up to companies to change with them in order to remain successful. Derma E understands and decided to upgrade their packaging! Check it out below!


                               
                  Old Packaging                                                                        New Packaging


I love how how sleek and modern it looks! From my experience from buying products for sensitive skin, the packaging always looks as if I'm buying a prescription-based product, which can sometimes be embarrassing. However, the new look of the box makes it look like I just happen to be buying a high-end product that I wouldn't be embarrassed to walk around the store with if I so happen to bump into someone I know!

The packaging isn't bulky, busy, or unappealing – it draws the eye in with a light design that tells you everything you need to know – I love it!


Have you ever tried any Derma E products before? What was your experience? Tell me about it in the comments below!

*This post was sponsored by Derma E

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Weekly Blessings: Week 70: They'll See it When They See It

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https://inspirethemblog.wordpress.com/2013/08/17/let-go-and-let-god-handle-it/

Good morning,

I'm just going to cut to the chase today, if you don't mind.

As Christians, when we are around people who are living a certain, doing certain things, or believing certain things, we need to remember that cannot force things on folks. God himself doesn't force people to accept Him.

We need to keep this in mind in everything, from everyday life to eternal life. You can talk to someone until they are blue in the face,but they still won't see it until they see it. And we have to accept that.

I'm not saying you can't talk to them or lead by example, but we can't be all over them about it - that will push them away even more. And we'd rather them accept God willingly than them to feel like they had no other choice.

I hate to say it, but some folks will have to hit rock bottom to see that they need God and a!! You want is the best for them. You'll just have to let them get hurt, get into trouble, be embarrassed, or be heartbroken.

And sometimes, you'll just have to let go completely. Because some will never see it.

So if you find yourself in this position today, here's some advice:

Let go and let God.

He's the only one who can get to them at this point. Don't sacrifice your sanity and salvation for someone who doesn't want to get with the program.

Have a blessed week, in Jesus' name!

If you'd like to nominate someone for the "Faith Features series or share something (Bible verse, a song, or a message...anything!) that God has put on your heart or have a question or comment you would like to share, you're more than welcome! If you're interested in writing a post for "Weekly Blessings," offering up a topic suggestion, get in touch with me via email and I'll make sure to get back with you!!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Weekly Blessings: Week 69: Lot's Wife (WBQs)

Good morning!

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https://tylerhuckabee.com/2015/06/02/the-life-and-death-of-lots-wife/

Lately, I've been studying the women of the Bible - specifically, the Old Testament. One of the women I've been studying is Lot's wife.

Everyone pretty much knows the story of Lot's wife - she turned into a pillar of salt when she turned back to look at her home, the original Sin City, being destroyed by God (Genesis 19:1-26).

But I have a question for you guys:

Do you think her actions were based off of disobedience or unbelief? Maybe both?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Have a blessed week, in Jesus' name!

If you'd like to nominate someone for the "Faith Features series or share something (Bible verse, a song, or a message...anything!) that God has put on your heart or have a question or comment you would like to share, you're more than welcome! If you're interested in writing a post for "Weekly Blessings," offering up a topic suggestion, get in touch with me via email and I'll make sure to get back with you!!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Weekly Blessings: Week 68: Breathing to Death

Good morning.



Today's message isn't exactly the happiest message, but it needs to be said.

One song of Lecrae's that I've always thought was really deep was his song, "Living to Death." I'll post the link down at the bottom of this post.

Basically, the song is talking about how some of us are living lives that are no good for us. We're basically just going through life, merely existing, until it's time for us to go home. Then after that, only God knows.

I've started to really see this in a lot of people my age.

We now live in a world where people are basically like, "I do what I want, when I want, how I want, and with who I want." People look for the instant gratification and what will make them feel good in the moment. They don't think about how this could impact them in the long run, especially in eternity.

Yes, you messed around with a few people, you were on drugs, you stole stuff, or you were disrespectful to your parents, so what? There's nothing God can't bring you back from. The only thing is you have to make a choice to get out and stay out (that's another post for another day).

Another interesting thing about this generation is that they feel that, if God loves them and wants them to be happy, then they should be able to do what they want. So if they want to go sleep with 10,000 people, be strung out, or curse without abandon, they feel that, since God wants them to be happy and that makes them happy, then it's okay.

That's not how this works AT ALL!

That's what satan wants us to think! It's that thinking that gives us a first-class ticket to Hell, which is what we all should want to avoid.

And a lot of people my age say that they are saved and go to church, yet they still do ungodly things all the time, believing in the "Once saved, always saved," junk.

NO!!!

Read Hebrews 10:26-27. Please read it. As a matter of fact, I'll quote it below:

If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.

Wake up, people!

Yes we're young and have our whole lives ahead of us, but I'm sure the tons of kids who have died playing crazy games, or in car accidents, and whatever else thought the same thing.

I'm not saying we can't have fun and enjoy life. But we need to use wisdom and remain armed with the word of God.

Believe it or not, we are a powerful generation. Because of that power, satan is going to work extra hard to take us out. We have to fight back!

Stop breathing to death!


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Come and See Me at 2AM?


You all know that I'm a HUGE music fan, and I always seem to find odd similarities in songs from time to time.

Well folks....I've found yet another one. But this one's pretty obvious, if you ask me.

PARTYNEXTDOOR came out with a song entitled, "Come Over," a couple of months ago that I actually liked. I'm not a huge fan of slow songs, but this one caught my attention. Not to mention that I love PND, so I'll always give his music a chance.

You can check that song out below:



I was bumping that song for a long time, until my brain was set on fire by SZA's song, "2AM," which you can check out below:



Epic, am I right?!

I honestly can't really decide which one is my favorite!

They're talking about the same thing, yet it's being presented from both sides  - SO COOL!!

What do you think about the songs? Which version do you like better? Am I just a stupid girl with no taste in music? Let me know in the comments!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Weekly Blessings: Week 67: The Favor

http://www.rodalena.com/2012/03/23/my-biblical-heroes-abigail/

Good morning!

I've been studying the women of the Bible for the past month, and this morning I was reading about Abigail. For those of you who aren't familiar with Abigail or her story, refer to 1 Samuel 25:2-42.

If you don't have time to read, here's the story in a nutshell:

  • Abigail was the wife of an extremely wealthy man named Nabal, who was also very foolish in his ways.
  • David had taken refuge with his men from Saul near the home of Abigail and Nabal. David sent some of his men to ask for food, and Nabal, not realizing who he was insulting, basically spit at the ground and said no.
  • One of their servants ran to Abigail and told her what happened, so she hurried and loaded up a caravan to food and gifts for the king without telling her husband. When she arrived where David was, she apologized for her husband's disrespect and asked David to find fault with him, not her. She also asked for forgiveness and reminded him that the Lord would take care of anyone who went against him, thus winning favor with David.
  • Afterwards, Abigail went to Carmel, where Nabal and his men had been shearing sheep. She discovered him hosting a banquet, drunk as all get out. Another foolish moment for her husband.
  • The next morning, Abigail told Nabal what happened with David, causing his heart to fail. He died 10 days later.
  • When David found out about Nabal's death, he asked Abigail to marry him.
Now that you know the story, here's what I got out of it:

Abigail was an example of Proverbs 18:22:

He who finds a wife finds a good things, and receives favor from the Lord.

However, it was also obvious that their marriage was an example of 2 Corinthians 6:14:

Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?

It doesn't really say how long Abigail and Nabal were married, but it also doesn't deny that Nabal has been reckless throughout the entire marriage. If it weren't for Abigail having his back all that time, I'm pretty sure Nabal would have been gone a long time before. Why? Because Abigail, despite her husband's foolishness, was still being the favor that God called her to be as a wife. And I honestly think that was what made David want to marry her. 

I'm pretty sure there's no argument as to why they are an example of 2 Corinthians 6:14 - their actions speak volumes about that. But you have to think about how Abigail felt. I'm sure she woke up everyday thinking, "Why did my life have to turn out this way? I'm married to a man who isn't trying to cover me the way I'm trying to cover him. He values his money, food, and drink over me, and almost had me, our servants, and everyone around us killed!" That's not a way to live; however, Abigail did her best in the situation that she was in.

I think that's what a lot of women are guilty of doing - doing the best we can with what we have. A lot of us are like Abigail - married to/living with/sleeping with(let's just be real) a man that we know is essentially a Nabal reborn, yet we continue to push through it, in hopes that that last incident won't happen again, or he'll learn our true value one day, or he'll just come to his senses and do what he has to do. And sometimes that does happen.

But most times, it doesn't. Even Abigail had to lift her hands and say, "Lord, whatever happens, happens. I can't do this all by myself anymore." And God gave her a second chance at life AND love.

For those of you who aren't married to Nabal, be glad! If he's not trying to step up and be the man you need him to be, leave him to his own devices and find a man who will. 

For those who are married to him, ask God for guidance. If you know you are being his favor and doing the best you can, talk to God and ask him what your next move should be. You may wind up having to make an Abigail move, you never know. I'm not pro-divorce, neither is God, but I'm pretty sure God wouldn't punish a woman for running for her life and sanity, away from a man who could potentially be her ruin.

And lastly, ladies, I want you to remember who you are. You are a daughter of the King - Not Elvis, not B.B. King, not Lebron AKA King James....you are the daughter of the Most High God! He loves you. He loves you so much!

He wants to see your succeed! He wants to see you thrive! He wants you to find the husband He created specifically for you!

Amen!

Have a blessed week, in Jesus' name!

If you'd like to nominate someone for the "Faith Features series or share something (Bible verse, a song, or a message...anything!) that God has put on your heart or have a question or comment you would like to share, you're more than welcome! If you're interested in writing a post for "Weekly Blessings," offering up a topic suggestion, get in touch with me via email and I'll make sure to get back with you!!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Fashionmia Wishlist

Hello there! I'm back with another blog post!

Now you guys know I'm not a huge fashion person, but I do love a good deal! That's why today I have decided to bring you guys my fall fashion wishlist, brought to you by Fashionmia!

What is Fashionmia, you ask? Fashionmia is an online store that offers cheap clothing that looks like a million bucks! Tops, bottoms, and dresses for women are what you can find here!

So now on to the clothes!!







And there you have it! Just a few pieces that are available on Fashionmia! I really liked these pieces because they express my personal style, are easy to dress up or down, and allow me to be professional, yet still extremely comfortable!

Have you checked out any of the fashions from Fashionmia? What were some of your picks?

*This post was sponsored by Fashionmia. All opinions are my own.