Things I've Been Loving!

Hey peeps! Happy June!! It's been a while since I've posted anything but I am back! School, work, and wedding planning (a month and half more to go!!) has been keeping be suuuper busy this semester, but I'm back into the swing of things. 

I thought I'd come back to you guys and share a few (or a lot!) of the things I've been loving over the past few months. There's a little bit of everything: hair products, beauty, fashion, lifestyle.

Giorgio di Aqua Perfume | This stuff smells ahhhmazing! This was a birthday present I got from my mom in March. I'd been trying to find my signature scent for a couple months - something that was sexy yet mature, and I found it in this! I stumbled across it a few weeks before my birthday in a Sephora Beauty Insider booklet I got in the mail and it was love at first sniff! It lasts all day long, and I've gotten lots of compliments at work about it. I've gone through almost the whole bottle, so it's time to purchase a new one. I tend to spray myself a million times before I leave the house, but this perfume is a bit pricey so with my next bottle I'll have to practice using it sparingly.

Rose Gold Fossil Watch | This was also a birthday present, but from my fiance. I wear this thing just about every single day, and when I forget to put it on, I just don't feel right! It's like the perfect accessory to any outfit. 

Leopard Print | So, I've been having this weird obsession with leopard print lately. Idk what it is, but I just love it! I have a leopard print scarf that I wore just about every day when the weather was still cool. I have these gorgeous leopard print loafers I purchased from Target that I just love wearing. I recently purchased a leopard print maxi skirt from Forever 21. I even bought a leopard print wallet phone case....can you tell how much I love leopard yet? I even tried convincing the fiance to let me incorporate leopard into our new apartment once we move in next month (but of course, he wasn't having it).
Alikay Naturals Avocado Cream Hair Mask & Honey and Sage Deep Conditioner | Back in March I bought some samples from Alikay Naturals, and I fell in love with just about everything I tried! If I had to pick the items I loved the most, it would be the Avocado Cream Hair Mask and the Honey and Sage Deep Conditioner, hands down. I've been on the hunt for the perfect deep conditioner for months! One that gives me the slip that I need and moisturizes and strengthens my hair. Putting this stuff in my hair and rinsing it out I was like YAAAAAAASSSSSSS!! My hair felt like butta! These are two staples that I've incorporated into my hair regimen and my hair has been loving it! 

Olay Total Effects 7 in 1 Salicylic Acid Acne Cleanser | It wasn't until the end of last year when my skin started changing. I've never had bad acne as a teenager, just little breakouts here and there, but last year I've been noticing more breakouts than usual. I get a pimple every now and then, but I had these little bumps on my face that I was not too happy about. I was using the CVS brand of Neutrogena's Facial Cleanser, but that stuff dried my skin out something fierce! I started using this stuff, and it's a pretty good cleanser. It doesn't even feel like a salicylic acid cleanser because it's so gentle on my skin. 

Clean & Clear Deep Cleaning Astringent & Demerest Eczema Medicated Lotion | This may seem like one weird combination of products, but this stuff has been working for me! I recently started using the Astringent to help keep breakouts at bay and prevent future ones and it's been working wonders on my face. As my night time moisturizer, I use the Dermerest Eczema Medicated Lotion. I don't have eczema, and I've never had eczema, but this stuff is good! My godmother put me on to this stuff - she has eczema and I believe she used this stuff on her hands, but she also used it for her face and it's kept her skin super clear! Using these two products has kept my face pretty clear, and I cannot complain! 

Benefit They're Real Mascara | I've been using this mascara since December, and I will never use another mascara again....seriously. I was using the Maybelline Falsies Mascara and I even tried the Maybelline Big Eyes Mascara as well, but there was some serious clump action going on, and I wasn't too fond of that. I already have some pretty long lashes, but this Benefit Mascara elongates them even more and it separates each and every lash and it looks natural! It's a little pricey at Sephora ($24 for a full size). I started out with a trial size ($10 by the way) since December and I still have a ways to go before it runs out, so I think I'll be purchasing the trial size instead of the full size. $24 for mascara is a little steep for my pockets!  

Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream | This will always be a staple leave in conditioner of mine. It gives great moisture, and can be used either as a leave in or a style. It gives me great definition and my puffs are always popping! 

Books by Myles Munroe and Emerson Eggerich | My fiance and I have started our pre-marital counseling classes with our Pastor. Our classes so far have focused on laying the Biblical foundation down for our marriage, as we are both believers, and a lot of what we've learned so far has been confirmation from what we've been hearing from God individually and as a couple. In addition to using the Word of God as the foundation for our marriage, he suggested some supplemental readings that he thought would be helpful. I haven't gotten through all of the books, but let me tell you....these are great books! 

Myles Munroe's Single, Married, Separated, and Life After Divorce differentiates between "single" and "unmarried," emphasizing the importance of singleness as being whole and complete not only in yourself but in Christ while you're unmarried, married, and, if it comes down to it, divorce. Eggerich's Cracking the Communication Code teaches couples how to understand and "decode" each other. Men speak in a language of respect and women speak in a language of love, which will definitely help couples understand each other.

Page after page, I've reflected back to disagreements my fiance and I have had where we both misunderstand each other, or he doesn't know why I acted a certain way or I don't know why he said what he said. Of course, you talk it out, but this book helps you uncover the root of the problem: love and respect. Men think women are hard to understand and such is the case for women, but we're simply just different creatures speaking two different languages, and this book helps couples understand each other's language, which is super important since one of the number one reasons for divorce is communication. I love both these books because they use the Word of God to back up their arguments so I know this isn't just something that's made up. The Bible talks about how the husband is to love his wife just as Christ loves the Church, His bride, and women are to respect their husbands, and everything just started to make sense when reading both these books. They're a great resource both for couples already married and those preparing for marriage, like myself.

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