Thursday, September 25, 2014


So this week I did a MAJOR Beauty Haul at Target and definitely discovered some real winners! Luckily for you I did all the dirty work, tried out the new products and I'll be giving you my honest to goodness, really true reviews on each product. And as an extra bonus, Target has a $10 off every $35 beauty purchase and $5 off every $20 beauty purchase promo going on right now! Simply text BEAUTY4 to 827438 for $10 off $35 or BLUSH4 to 827438 for your coupons. Act fast! The coupons only last until Sept. 27th.

This was definitely a bit of a splurge but I caved with the $10 coupon. I have been looking all over for a good shampoo and conditioner for my hair. Occasionally I find one that I love but recently my hair has been feeling a little frizzy, lifeless, and damaged. Even as I was washing my hair I began noticing a difference from using these products. My hair was SO SOFT! Normally I can't let my hair completely air-dry without looking like a frizzy mess, but after using these there was a noticeable difference. I'm excited to see what happens after continued use. 

I have always liked Baby Lips and when I lost my purple "Peach Kiss" flavored one I knew I wanted to get a new one. While I was there I went out on a limb and purchased this new Baby Lips Dr. Rescue in "Berry Soft". Obsessed doesn't even begin to describe how much I loveeee this medicated Baby Lips. I honestly bought one and then went back to buy another one the very next day. The minty flavor is so refreshing, it goes on smooth and makes your lips feel incredibly moisturized and soft. On top of that, the color is PHENOMENAL. This will for sure be my go-to lip product. 

I have been wanting to try the REVLON Colorstay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick for quite some time. I bought this one in "Ultimate Orchid". The color is stunning, however I am a little less than impressed with the product overall. It's a weird consistency and kind of sticky. I did not love it to say the least. The ALMAY lip gloss in "Blooming" wasn't that impressive either, although I did like it much more. It was just a basic lip gloss, the color wasn't quite as pigmented as I would have liked, it goes on almost clear. However, it isn't sticky at all and I love that. If you are looking for a basic lip gloss, this one is definitely worth looking into. 

I was so curious about this product when I first saw it. I feel like most products don't really live up to the hype that they advertise and normally I don't give in. But my curiosity got the best of me and I caved. Im not really concerned about fine-lines or wrinkles but I'm not opposed to having pores and blemishes diminish. After using this product my skin felt really soft and it had a matte finish. I don't have very shiny or oily skin so I'm not particularly concerned about having a matte finish but if you are looking for a product that does that this is the one! After using and then applying makeup I did notice that my makeup went on very smooth and there weren't any lines in my makeup. Not sure if it's worth the price but I did like the outcome. 

Maybelline's GREAT LASH mascara in Blackest Black has always and forever been my favorite mascara and at only $4.50 its a steal. I decided to branch out a bit and I also purchased the REAL IMPACT version. It was the same price as the regular one so I decided it wouldn't hurt to try it out. I'm not sure if I just happened to get a bad or possibly old tube, but it seemed super dry and flaky, like a mascara would after months of use. I think I will just be sticking with my basic GREAT LASH Mascara. 

This is not the first time I have mentioned how much I love the FITme cosmetics by Maybelline. I use the FITme Pressed Powder in 235 and the FITme Foundation in 120. It's about time I discovered eye concealer and I am so stoked about the Covergirl + Olay "The De-Puffer" eye concealer. I have used it every day and I absolutely love it! 

This Shampoo, Conditioner and Flat Iron Finishing Spray smell absolutely DIVINE. I loved the Acai Berry flavor and kept smelling my hair all day. That being said, I didn't notice a huge difference in the smoothness and hydration of my hair. I'll need to use it a few more times before I decide if I will purchase it again, but judging by my first use I wasn't overly impressed and most likely would not. 

What beauty products are you loving right now?

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014


With my new promotion at work I have been going crazy planning things for my new office. It has been way exciting! I saw this idea on Pinterest and had to try it. I am way stoked about the result and can't wait to use these on my new white board. 

I bought my magnetic letters at Utah Idaho School Supplies and I got my spray paint at Michael's Craft Store. Obviously you can choose any color of paint you want, I decided to go with gold. Painting the letters was super easy, I just set them out on a newspaper and sprayed. Getting the edges was a little bit trickier, but not impossible. I just sprayed from each side focusing on the letters that needed a little extra paint. 
Allow to dry, and ta-da! You are finished! Super easy right?

Let me know how this DIY turned out for you! 

What other ideas for DIY magnets do you have?

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Monday, September 22, 2014


I cannot get enough of these gorgeous products. I literally want to own every single one!  
Check out more of the items I'm loving lately on Pinterest HERE.

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Friday, September 19, 2014


written by MARY
All my life I have wanted to be one of those people who write in their journal everyday. Sadly despite my efforts, I never seemed to be able to accomplish that. So I decided to change the format of what I focus on in my journal to see if that would help make a difference. As an exciting result, it has actually helped me notice the good moments in my life, and keep it up as a daily routine. 
Rather than writing about insignificant day-to-day updates, I have dedicated my entries to the moments in my life that I can connect to a gospel question I have, or just a spiritual thought to think about during my day. After writing the thought or question, I will read my scriptures from where I left off the day before. Miraculously every single day that I have done this with real intent, I receive a distinct answer to my question, or evidence of my thought in the verses I read, and I write that down as well. 
In doing this, all my trials and bad days suddenly change as soon as I write down my answer or evidence and realize that life isn't all that bad. The Lord has an impact on every moment in our lives. He really is in control of every action, and is very aware of how we are feeling with exactness. I don't need to write down unnecessary conversations that won't give me strength as I reflect back on them. My journal was given purpose stronger than ever before the day I started this. I never want to stop! I challenge everyone else who might have the same problem in keeping a journal, to try this out. It really does work, and I have been blessed because of it.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014


I absolutely LOVE Skulls NYC! They have theeee most adorable and unique accessories a girl could ask for. 
Check them out! You won't regret it! 

Hat: c/o SKULLS NYC || Top: FOREVER 21 || Pants: FOREVER 21 || Shoes: NIKE || Necklace: URBAN OUTFITTERS || Watch: Nixon || Rings: URBAN OUTFITTERS 

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014


I have been so humbled by all the love and support we have received in just one day of launching our "Back To School" issue of BE WISE Magazine. You all are seriously the greatest and the reason I continue creating this magazine. THANK YOU! If you haven't had a chance to check it out, you can HERE. 
This month starts off our 33 DAYS OF CONFERENCE Challenge! 
"General Conference is a semiannual gathering of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. During general conference weekend, Church members and others gather worldwide in a series of two-hour sessions to receive inspiration and instruction from Church leaders." (Learn more HERE.) 
In order to prepare for the upcoming conference starting on Oct 4th we created this "33 DAYS OF CONFERENCE" Challenge. Each day you will read one of the conference talks from last April's General Conference. (On Sunday's you read two). By the time conference rolls around you will have read all of the talks from the last session. 
Here is a printout for you to keep track.  All the talks can be found online HERE where you will find options to read, listen to, or watch each talk. You can also download the LDS Gospel Library App to read the talks on your phone.
Happy Reading! Let us know which talks are your favorite!  
 Also, if you were following along with our Book of Mormon Summer Reading Chart you should have just recently finished the whole book! I hope that as you read the Book of Mormon throughout the summer that your testimony was strengthened and you felt the love of your Heavenly Father. Let us know about your experiences! We would love to hear from you! 

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Monday, September 1, 2014


BE WISE Magazine "The Back To School" Issue is officially out! I have LOVED working on this issue. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed creating it. So many incredible people helped make this issue possible and I am extremely humbled by the constant support I receive from all of you!   
Special thanks to Niya Suddarth, owner of Niya Model Management and all of her stunning models. This magazine wouldn't be half of what it is without all of her help. Be sure to check them out HERE. 
Let me know what you think of our Back To School Issue of BE WISE Magazine! 

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