So, why a gratitude list?

June is here. It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a gratitude list. Spring has been a very eventful season. A lot of life changing events, good and bad, and for awhile, I was not motivated to blog. I finally pulled myself together to write a few posts in May, but they were mostly product review posts that didn’t require too much emotional thought.

So why a gratitude list? I remind myself that I started this blog to get me through a very emotional and difficult time. It was my gratitude journal.  I look through my old posts with fondness and a filled heart.  As I read them, I think back and remember life’s simple moments, “my favorite things”, which were listed in my gratitude list so that I can be grateful for everything and every simple moment that made me happy. Having a gratitude journal during an emotional and difficult time helped me realize that I have so much to be thankful for. Gratitude continues to help me through life and the difficult times. Gratitude continues to fill my heart with happiness. 

Enjoy the little things in life for someday you will realize they were the big things.

Gratitude is being thankful for your blessings, even the simple pleasures and acknowledging all that you have received, including difficult times and challenges. Because even in that, you have something to be thankful for- a life lesson, an opportunity to grow, an opportunity to build your strength and character and to appreciate all that you already have. 

Shifting your focus from what your life is lacking to one of abundance helps you LIVE fully in the present. It helps you to see what you already have to be thankful for. 

By living fully in the present, there is no lack. By being fully present in the moment, there is mindfulness. With mindfulness, comes gratitude and with gratitude comes happiness.

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June Ipsy Glam Bag with loud and proud pouch!

I have been subscribing to Ipsy for over a year now and I always look forward to my Ipsy bag every month. When I drive up to my house and see that pink envelope waiting at my doorstep, I cannot contain myself! We actually get 2 subscriptions, one for my daughter and one for myself. Her bag arrived first, so you can imagine my disappointment that she wasn’t home to open it. Good thing that a couple days later, mine arrived and I ripped that sucker open immediately! Here’s what I got!:

ALWAYS SPEAK YOUR MIND

Ooh! Lots of fun stuff. I love the pouch. It is described as the loud and proud pouch, a not-so-subtle reminder to *always* speak your mind! I like that!

VASANTI COSMETICS POWER OILS LIP GLOSS in SUPER MOM
I love the name of this lipgloss. Super Mom. This is the first product I tried out of my June Ipsy glam bag. This lip gloss is formulated with a rich blend of all-natural ingredients such as raspberry, peach kernel, pomegranate oil, and jojoba oil. No wonder the first thing I thought to myself when I put it on was mmmmmm…. this tastes good! I like lipgloss with a sweet flavor and this lipgloss actually contains natural fruit ingredients! It has a glossy finish which is perfect for the start of summer. It is a nude lipgloss with a mauvey hue. It matches my skintone although it is a bit light in color.  However, I can imagine that it will match every skintone. I really like it. This one is going straight into my purse for everyday use.

THE BALM COSMETICS BALM SPRINGS BLUSH
I love Balm cosmetics. I have tried many products from Balm cosmetics and I especially love their blushes. They are long wearing. This one claims to last for 12 hours. This shade is a rosy blush shade which is perfect for all skin tones. I tried this blush twice already and although the color is a bit light for my skin tone, it still gave a nice subtle glow. This shade is perfect if you want just a little bit of color. It blended well and lasted all day. Another thing I noticed is that the Super Mom lipgloss and the Balm Springs blush go perfectly together. They are almost the exact same shade!

Trust Fund What’s a Budget?

TRUST FUND BEAUTY NAIL POLISH
I always get happy when I receive a Trust Fund nail polish. They are long lasting and chip resistant. They glide on smoothly and always look great. The color I received is “What’s a Budget”. It’s a beautiful sea-foam blue. Perfect color for the beach, hanging out in the sun or at a pool party. Also, Trust Fund nail polish is cruelty-free, paraben-free and GMO-free. The first coat I put seemed very thin and didn’t seem to cover well. I was a bit concerned because in the past, I could put on one coat with the Trust Fund brand and it covered pretty well. I let the first coat dry and put a second coat and the color just popped! It also covered very well with the second coat. I love this color. I think it’s perfect for the summer.

DOUCCE MAXLASH VOLUMIZER MASCARA
Mascara is a must. Volumizer mascara is a must must! This mascara has a chubby wand which coats every lash and makes your lashes full. The color I received is inky black. I can’t wait to try it!

DR. LILI FAN PROBIOTIC RECOVERY CREAM
Probiotics for your face?!? Well, if it’s good for your insides, then it must be good for your face! This cream contains ultra powerful peptides and Vitamin C to brighten up dull skin and enhance natural collagen reproduction. Dr. Lili Fan is a skincare queen/anti-aging specialist whose credentials include biochemist, microbiologist, and practicing ophthalmologist. So this must be the real deal. I can’t wait to try it.

If you’re interested in trying out the IPSY GLAM BAG subscription, click here to go the IPSY website and check it out. Receiving a cute bag full of beauty products is always something to look forward to. Plus, you can do reviews of the products that you have received to earn points that you can use toward more beauty products… fun!

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