Turning 50- Beauty Much Deeper Than Skin.

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                                                                                     facial by Doug at Simply Skin in Clarion, PA

 

 

Wow! I used to think people were so old when they were fifty! I mean, in 5 years I could live in a 55 and over community like my parents used to…that’s so weird!

Here I am, it is what it is, I am what I am! I went to the Chiropractor the other day and he said; “Aren’t you so glad you started taking care of your self when you did, it shows! You don’t look older than 35”! I love that man!!

Seriously, I have learned that I do care about how I look but over the years it has come with much more balance than obsession. Many years ago a wise Christian woman told me that a smile was the best thing any woman could ever do for her face- a free face lift! I have been practicing that ever since!

I have recently been thinking about what I have learned over my life. In the last three years alone, I have learned more about myself than I could ever convey.  But some high-lights have been; Aromatherapy, Human Behavior  and Autism. I have done this  through classes and certification, living with my son, working in the field and personally working with therapists.

After playing the drums and piano most of my life, three years ago I started learning guitar  and returned to taking voice lessons again.  I have been working on pieces that are so challenging, I want to scream and throw them in the fire place!! I hate how uncomfortable and irritated change can make me feel, yet I desire to grow, and that takes incredible effort.

The most profound lesson I think I have learned in the last three years can be best conveyed by a story in Shauna Niequist’s book, Present Over Perfect. Shauna conversed with a man on a ferry ride  and he shared with her that he was skilled at making people “feel loved in an instant.” His business started out with genuine love and creativity and he loved spreading the message every where he spoke- he was extremely successful. He gave every one he met his best attentiveness and energy! But along the way, “he lost the ability to demonstrate real love to the woman and children who were at home”, and he eventually lost them.

The story of this man angers me because I have been the man, and I have also been charmed by the man! The story scares me because we can “loose” something we once had.  We save our best and turn on our energy for those who do not know us so well, not those closest to us. We get very good at being charming with relationships that are in the outer sphere because we simply do not want to express more effort learning better tools for intimacy at home.  I almost lost my soul in such an experience and I know of many who have. That is a very important lesson to learn, and yet, I am keenly aware of how capable I am of repeating it.

That made me think of a weighty scripture that has always grabbed me. Proverbs 31:30-31 Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.Give her the product of her hands, And let her works praise her in the gates.

Fearing the Lord will produce something of value, something lasting, pure and true. It has benefit, not just to the person who fears the Lord, but to others who have been recipients of the good works. It multiplies and ripples out in ways that make others want to give thanks for that person. In contrast, when we are charming and deceitful, it only serves self, scratches the momentary itch but at the same time makes self hungry for more, and can potentially ripple into a wake of destruction and ruin.

I am 50. I have been changing, growing and learning life altering lessons among other things. I want to be beautiful…but in ways that are much deeper than skin. In ways that are life giving and nurturing, today and forever<3

 

 

 

Honey Mint

Hello all! Spring is here and we’re excited. It’s our favorite season, almost our favorite holiday, and one of our favorite products has gotten a face lift! Meet the new and improved Honey Mint Lip Balm!

Honey Mint Lip Balm

This luxurious balm is made with a blend of coconut oil and beeswax, as well as nourishing ingredients like local honey and spearmint essential oil. Unlike commercial lip balms, which are formulated to make your lips dry so you buy more, our product is truly moisturizing and healing!

We chose spearmint for its softer, sweeter minty taste. We are planning to experiment with some tints to offer several shades of balm, but for now, we’re excited with this new formula, and we’ll be offering it in our online store soon! Stay posted – we can’t wait to share our new lip balm with you!

 

Favorite Natural Cosmetics

Hello all! It’s Hannah again 🙂

Yesterday I talked about my newest favorite skincare product: African Black Soap. As promised, today I want to share a few of my favorite natural makeup products.

The Benefit of Natural

As a rule, I try to keep most of my makeup all natural and organic. I can tell the difference in my skin when I do and I love the feeling of knowing that I am nourishing my skin while helping to enhance, not destroy, my natural looks. I still use some Walmart makeup for special occasions, but overall I love the simplicity and natural beauty of all-natural cosmetics.

It’s true that natural makeup is more expensive than typical drugstore fare. However, the price difference is not that drastic, depending on the brands you find. I like to think of it as an investment, one that will pay me back in confidence and healthier skin!

CONS – Skin By Pom

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This product is amazing to cover up dark circles and to – wait for it – treat blemishes while hiding them! It contains thyme essential oil, which as we’ve shown on this site, is great for fighting bacteria. The consistency is a little runny, so a little goes a long way. It blends very well and matches various skin tones, even if it looks a little dark in person.

 

Glowing Cheek Color – Juice Beauty

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This is the priciest investment of them all, but it will last a super long time. You only need a little of this bright pink blush to add a rosy glow! Juice Beauty has an amazing line of all-natural cosmetics. This blush has ingredients like aloe vera, acai berry, and sweet orange oil, which we’ve featured on the blog before.

 

Truly Natural Mascara – Honeybee Gardens

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This is hands down the best mascara! It defines without being too clumpy, and it never irritates with harsh fumes. My eyes used to itch and water every time I used regular mascara, and the waterproof stuff I got for my wedding would never fully wash out.

This product is not waterproof, but it’s reasonably resilient, defining well until you wash it out at the end of the day. It has a pleasant, earthy scent and lasts a long time. Its ingredients include olive, avocado, and rosemary oils.

 

So I hope this has been helpful! These are some of my personal favorite products as I try to treat my body as best I can while still having fun with makeup 🙂 Have you tried any of these products? Do you have recommendations? Let us know in the comments!