Looking Back: February

Hi!

February is coming to an end already. I really can’t believe it. I’m still catching up from Christmas!!

Well, excitedly, February has been my best blogging month so far, which is really fun. I’ve really enjoyed blogging and hope to keep it up for a while! Thanks much for stopping by, y’all!

The first post I made this month was, hehe, “Looking Back: January” 😄 (check that out  here) I like to do a overview of the past month and all that it had in it.

The next one was a quick little Valentine’s card tutorial I did. I really liked making that post. (Come see that HERE)

I had been stashing yup a few sunset/rise pictures and I put them all in one post. (Here)

I was excited to share my February Bullet Journal setup with you all. (right here)

Megan over @abarefootgal recently re-designed my blog here (of which I’m extremely grateful!) which I love so much. (over here)

I had a few photos to share and I announced my new Young Living essential oils page. (You can see that here)

I have tried a few of Savvy Minerals blushes of late and I did a full-on review on them. (HERE)

I have been making quite a lot of ATC’s lately and made a quick post about them. (See here)

And then I did a Savvy Minerals lipstick review. I had a fun time taking pictures for this’n! (HERE)

I reviewed a bit of art I’ve done lately. (right HERE)

I was recently nominated for the Awesome Blogger Award, (thanks again, Lydia!!) and I posted about it. (here)

I stashed up some more recent photos and I have joined POTP by Meg’s Life. (see that right here)

The other day I was playing around with all of my different watercolor formats and posted about that. (See that here)

I have had fun this month blogging and hope to keep it up for March! Thank you all so, so much for reading! Have a wonderful last day of February, 2019!

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Do you have anything fun coming up in March? Dogs or Cats? Do you like to swim?

Testing All Of My Watercolor Mediums

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Hi!

I am SO happy it paused raining today! I went outside and sat, just watercoloring, for a few hours, soaking in all the sun! I’m so glad God gave us a hint of Spring today; I would’ve gone crazy without it! (He probably new that😁)

Also: Thank you guys so much for 60 followers! Thank you so much for reading my little blog here. It has been a fun journey(:

MOVING ON…

I have acquired a few different versions of watercolors over the past little while, and I wanted to test them all out, and I thought y’all might like to see!

I have these small pieces of paper cut out for swatching, which is almost my favorite part. It’s so fun to see all the colors on the page.

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I decided to start with my tube paints first, so that I could give them ample amount of time to dry. The brand of these paints are the Royal Langnickel Essentials. I really like these paints and how saturated they are compared to some of the others. They can also be layered well, which I’m a big fan of. I think you can get these paints on Amazon

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I put them all out on my palette I got HERE and then went to get some water.

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I love how bright the colors are, especially the violet! I love the color Prussian blue, too.

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Next I did some swatches with this super old Crayola watercolor palette we had. I knew these wouldn’t be very good quality or colors, but they were watercolor…😒 The blue turned out well!

Heh. Yeah, that’s all I had to say about them(:

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Then I used this old (even older than the last one) watercolor set. This was the one I loved to use before I got my Windsor and Newton palette last year. This is a Prang Oval-8 palette. This is a great palette for beginners, and it’s very affordable😊

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As you can see, It’s been “well loved”

This is my Winsor & Newton compact watercolor set, which is my favorite. (They also come in bunches of different formats, not just compact😁)

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These are all of the swatches on this page. I’m actually happy I did this because I had no comparison swatches. (All of them together)

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Then I started swatching all the watercolor pencils. The brand of watercolor pencils we have are the Conté a paris aquarelle pencils. I found this set at a yard sale in the fall and I hadn’t really used them until recently. I would totally recommend these are the Winsor and Newton ones to anyone(:

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So How these work is: You sketch the color with the plain pencil down THEN add water. (It took me forever to figure this out!)  I have heard of people putting water ON the pencil, but I have found that that doesn’t quite give the same effect.

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I wanted to see if they blended well together, so I swatched them all beside each other.

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Then I added water. I think they do blend well! I like how this turned out. I shall be using this technique in the future. (Also: do y’all have any tips for watercolor pencils? I’m all ears!)

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Oh, while I’m on it, I am using the Marvy Watercolor brush pen. I love this one. It’s the perfect thing for traveling, mainly because it’s (pretty well) self-cleaning, and it holds it’s own water. I also have used the Pentel version, but I like these better.

The other brushes I’m using are the Yohino brand from Amazon(:

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Then I quickly switched out something. I planned on using at least one color from each medium.

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The overalls and from the Prang palette, the hair from the tubes, and the shirt from the Crayola palette.

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And the rest was the watercolor pencils. Definitely not one of my favorite illustrations, but for not quite knowing what they’d all be like together, it’s okay.

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I wasn’t fully satisfied with that last illustrations, so I quickly sketched out and eye to see how it’d do.

I used a few different palettes and tubes for this iris.

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I used the Crayola palette for the eyebrow, which was quite the mistake, but then I used the watercolor pencils for the eyelashes and skin.

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Thank y’all much for reading! Can you all believe it’s already almost MARCH??!

I hope you have a wonderful week!

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A Few Photos (+POTP Entries)

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Howdy, everyone!

We finally had a break from all this rain we’ve been having and I pounced on the opportunity for some pictures!

Also, I am in Meg’s photo contest. (POTP) And some of these shall be my entries. I will label the ones that are(: The category for this is bright/bold, so I tried to stick to that as best as I could(: If you’re interested in joining be sure to go and let her know and have your entries in by March 3rd(:

 

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From Meg’s blog

Let’s go, shall we?

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To start out, as my camera was on a 10 second count down, I slipped down a bank in our woods, ending up like this😆


                                        POTP Entries

I’m starting with the photo contest entries. This looks like one I’ve used before, (see HERE 😁) but I love how bright (and PURPLE!💜) and how the colors are fading from day to night.

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I do love sunsets! I love the bold colors against the silhouette of the foreground objects.

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With a bit of editing, I think this turned out pretty cute! I really enjoyed this one. I really wanted the bold pink color to stand out against the grayscale(:

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Hehe, my brother took this one. It’s funny😂 I like it, again, because of the bright pink color with the blank background.

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This is when we harvested our sunflowers. I know this isn’t very recent, but it fit the category so well(: Don’t you just love the golden petals of sunflowers?

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Those are my entries! This theme was fun to take pictures for. Be sure to go visit Meg’s  blog and join! I’m in team fox, and she has a few other teams, too!


 

Okay, now here are some photos I’ve taken over the past three or four days…

So many Springy things have sprung up over the past days of all this rain. It really looked (but I can’t say felt…) like Spring outside today!

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Hehe. My friends and I did a photoshoot. Here we are very realistically running, holding hands, through the field😁 I love photoshoots(:

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Walkin’ into March like…🤣

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Our creek looks so pure and clean after all the rain that has rejuvenated it!

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Little Maisy (disobediently…🤔) ran a long way down to the woods to come see where I was… (:

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The fog this morning was SO pretty coming through the trees, and the picture would’ve been pretty too except..except… the CAMPER!? NOOO!

hEHe..

Isn’t fog gorgeous?

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That is it! Thank you so much for reading this, it was fun!

Come by again sometime!

Y’all, be sure to let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see soon, I’ll do my best to do it!

Have a great day!

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ARE YOU INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN POTP? DO YOU LIKE TO TAKE PICTURES? HAS IT STOPPED RAINING WHERE YOU ARE?

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?

I just know you’ll say chocolate😏

Awesome Blogger Award

Hello, Friends!

Have you all been inside by a fire in this terribly rainy weather? It’s been raining here for 3 days and (so says the weather people) doesn’t plan to stop until Monday!?!

Is it raining where you live?

Lydia kindly nominated me for this award, and I’m excited to do it(: Thanks much, Lydia!

Okay, let’s get started! *rubs hands together excitedly* 😄

So, the rules are:

Thank the person/blogger who nominated you

Tag your post with #awesomebloggeraward                                                                 

Answer all the questions given to you

Nominate at least 5 bloggers and inform them of their nomination                           

Give them 10 new questions to answer

Okay! Let’s go.

1. Out of the 5 senses, which is your favorite? Oh dear. Well, I do love my sight dearly, but speaking and hearing come close behind. (But I do like the others, too😄)

2. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Oh Nooo! Is there really only one flavor that has to be your favorite?! Hehe. Well, I love cookies and cream. And chocolate. And turtle pecan, to list a few(:

3. What is your favorite day of the week? Hmm… Well, I really like Fridays in the Spring/Summer because of yard sales, but then I like Wednesdays because that’s our busiest day, but mainly because that day combines many of my favorite things; Piano, cross-country (well, more of just running), seeing friends, etc.

4. Out of the 4 taste buds, which is your favorite? Hmm.. This question was a little confusing, but I think I understand. I would say sweet is first, then salty😄

5. What is your favorite restaurant? Chipotle. (or Chick-fil-a!)

6. Where is the best place you’ve been on vacation? Well, I’ve only been to New York City once, and i enjoyed that, but other than that I’d say Destin, Florida(:

7. What is your favorite school subject? Hmm.. There are so many! I like language arts. (which includes reading and writing for me😄)

8. What is your favorite movie? We recently watched “War Room,” and I really liked it.

9. What is your favorite type of transportation? Well, I guess I’d have to say car, because I’ve never been on a plane, and one time I rode on the Marta bus, but It really wasn’t my favorite😆

10. What is your favorite candy? Heeheeehee. 😏 Chocolate. Anything chocolate. (: See my “About.” 

That was fun! Those were fun to answer(:

Now I nominate…

Meg

Abby Rose

Olivia

Ariana

Christina 

Y’all will be receiving a notification soon(:

And here are the questions:

1. If you could go anywhere, where would it be?

2. Would you choose Ice cream or cake?

3. Do you play any instruments? If so, what? Are there any you want to play?

4. What is the best book you’ve ever read?

5. Would you rather text, email, or write your friend?

6. Do you like drawing or painting? 

7. What is your favorite food?

8. If you could have any color hair, what would it be?

9. What is your favorite desert?

10. Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?

Thank you all for reading and thanks again, Lydia, for nominating me!

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Bye! Come back soon!

Some Recent Art

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HEY! Are you well?

I have been busy doing lots of art over the past week, and I wanted to show you all! I have been trying to get into illustrations lately, because I like a certain style, and hey, why not try it out? Hehe. Alrighty, lets get to it, shall we?

And more ATC’s. (I have a post with more here(: ) I really like making these!

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I made a birthday card for one of my Mom’s friends. (It seems like there are a lot of birthdays in February for me…🤔)

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Then there’s this oddly lighted and angled photo of one of my illustrations. (Heh!) I like this one. (It oddly resembles my cousin…) I have more illustrations, but for some reason I didn’t take a picture of them):

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Hehe. Then, of course I had to take some super aesthetic photos! (AHEM. WHY IS MY FOOT IN THERE? 😂)

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I haven’t “watercolored” in a while, so I quickly sketched something out…

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Voila! I like this one. (Hehe, whenever I paint/draw a house it has a red door!)

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Yet another quick sketch…

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I like how this one turned out, too. The first one was supposedly a mountains cape, and this one is a farm scape. (I didn’t use any references, so I don’t know how accurate these are🤣)

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Then I started lining out another illustration. I found this piece of paper and decided to put it to good use!

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TAA DAA! I like how she turned out okay. I think I’ll remember next time not to use Tombow brush pens, though.

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These were the thumbnails I used.

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I think I’ll use this one for later. (: I like it((:

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And then this. ((: Hehe. I like this random girl on a chair! (;

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The Supermoon tonight(:

Well, I hope you all enjoyed this post! I really enjoyed making all the art.  Thank y’all so much for reading! I hope your day is great!

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Would you like to see more art in the future? Do you have a favorite piece? Can you see the supermoon tonight? Do you like illustrations?

Savvy Minerals by Young Living Lipstick Review

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Hello, Friends!

Happy Valentine’s day! How was yours?

I have another Savvy Minerals review today! (And I know I used that picture on the last review, but it’s the same thing, so I’m using it again!😁)

My Mom and I have accumulated a few lipsticks and glosses from Savvy Minerals since we found out about them, and I have heard mixed reviews, so I shall now throw my input into the ring!

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Savvy Minerals has many colors and different kinds of lipsticks (tangerine infused and cinnamon infused velvets). They have all colors for all types of skin tones and shades, and they also have glittery and matte (and in between!).

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They last a long time on your lips, and they do taste good. (Have you ever gotten one and it just taste horrid?😫) I especially love the tangerine infused ones! (Shown)

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They have a viewing section in the middle, where some lipsticks don’t, which is nice. I like to be able to see what color I’m getting!

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The lipsticks themselves are a little dry, but they go on pretty smoothly, so it’s alright, but sometimes I have to put chapstick or lipgloss on top, or first, do make it not feel as dry.

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My Mom likes darker, orange/maroonish colors, and I like pinks and soft peachy colors, (but not too pink) and Savvy Minerals offers a couple in those ranges.

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They’re pretty natural, which is good. They have natural ingredients like Citrus oils, Beeswax, and Sunflower oil, others have Shea butter, Cinnamon bark, and Coconut oil. (But you don’t taste anything but the citrus/cinnamon oils, and they’re not very strong, which is good.)

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The lip gloss is some of our favorite. It’s tingly, because the main oil in these are peppermint. They make your lips super soft, and I love it.

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They are quite pricey, but for natural products, they’re decent.

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The Tangerine infused lipsticks

The shades on skin are the same in the bottle, not darker or lighter, so you do get what you get.

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The peppermint lipgloss

The lipgloss has a long bottle with a wand, and it lasts a long time.

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The Cinnamon infused velvet lipstick

Savvy Minerals also has another kind of lipstick I haven’t tried yet. Maybe I will soon!

                                        PROS

+Lots of colors

+Different kinds for different preferences

+Good tastes

+Goes on smoothly

+Last a long time throughout the day

+Layers well with lipgloss and chapstick

+Can be enhanced by lipgloss

+They hydrate your lips, not dehydrate.

+Chemical free. I feel like they nourish my lips, and not deplete them.

                                     CONS

–More expensive than drugstore makeup

–Can feel dry without chapstick or lipgloss

 

I don’t really have another, so that’s it! They’re really good. Overall I give them a ♦♦♦♦½ rating. (Hehe, I know those aren’t stars, but my emojis weren’t working:) )

 

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I really like their lipsticks so far, and I hope to try more Savvy Minerals products soon. Did you enjoy this review? Thanks much for reading! I hope you’re having a great Valentine’s day(:

Be sure to let me know if there are any certain posts you’d like to see soon!

If you would like to learn more about Young Living and/or Savvy Minerals, go HERE. (:

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Do you wear lipstick? Have you ever heard of Young Living™ or Savvy Minerals? Would you like to see more reviews? Are there any posts you’d like to see from me?

A Few Small Works of Art

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Hi!

Are you well?

I have been doing lots of brush lettering lately, from bullet journaling to envelope art, I’ve had my brush pens in hand a lot.

I love to make ATC’s (Artist Trading Cards) to send friends in letters. They’re not really the same size as real ATC’s (2½” by 3½”), but that’s pretty much what they are. I like to make little things to send friends. Some of my friends send them, too, and it’s always fun to open up a letter and look at them(:

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I’m not entirely fond of THIS one, but it’s OK.  I love this purple color, so you’ll see a lot of it(:

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Writing in thick block letters in a light color, then going over top of it in brush script is probably one of my favorite techniques to use.

I also really like doing an ombré effect. (below)

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I do these flowers (below) on my cards a lot. They’re pretty and fun to do.

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That same technique. (And purple color!😂)

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AUGH! More flowers and purple!! (Wow, I must’ve really liked them that day!)

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I know this post was rather short, but I thought I’d share a little bit of art I’ve been doing of late! ATC’s are really fun to give and to receive, so if you’re sending a letter out soon, maybe send an Artist Trading Card!

Thanks much for reading!

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Which ATC did you like best? Do you write letters? Do you like lettering? Would you like to see more ATC’s in the future?

Savvy Minerals by YL Makeup Review

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Hello there! Thanks for stopping by!

Two posts in one day! Fun!

I recently got permission to wear a little makeup, and wanting to start with something healthy, we ordered from Young Living. I got some of their lipsticks, lip glosses, and blushes to try out. (But today’s just about blush:)) Let’s get on with it! Shall we?

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I like most of their makeup I’ve tried. The blushes have a little sheen/sparkle in them, and I never liked the idea of being shiny. But these are alright! Not too sparkly for me. (They have some that are more sparkly, though, if you like that:))

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They’re in powder form, meaning you have to dump some of the powder in the lid then swirl your brush in it. It can be a hair annoying, if you dump too much or not enough, or get the powder clumped on the brush, but it’s not too bad. I don’t mind.

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They have a wide variety of colors, which is nice. I have pale (ish) skin, so I wanted to go for a light pink/rosy color. They only really have two in that color range, so we got them to test. I think the colors are good.

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They go on pretty easily, but it takes a couple dips in the lid for me. (Probably because I think I’m always putting too much on my brush😂) I normally start at the apples of my cheeks and go mid-way up my cheekbone.

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Hehe. Does this blush make me look funny?🤣

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They give a nice amount of color, and can be layered very nicely with the Savvy Minerals foundation. My Mom layers the foundation, blush and bronzer, and they all look good together without being too heavy. They’re buildable, so you can get it as dark or light as you want.

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I have the colors “Smashing” and “I Do Believe You’re Blushin'” (Hehe. I don’t know who’s on the naming committee for Savvy Minerals blush.🤣)

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Well, I would say my overall rating for Savvy Minerals blush is ★★★★½. Some pros and cons are:

                                                 PROS

+They have nice colors

+They’re completely natural and chemical free

+They layer well

+They’re not too expensive

+They’re pretty easy to apply

+They’re non-toxic

+They have colors to fit all skin tones and types

+They’re light on your skin; you don’t feel cakey or greasy

+They’re forgiving and easy to take off. (I use witch hazel to remove mine, which is natural, and it also works well to clean your face:) )

+They last a long time

+They’re vegan friendly (if your vegan😀)

+They’re gluten free

                                                     CONS

– They’re more expensive than drugstore makeup

-You might need to touch up during the day

-Some of them are heavy on the shimmer (that is just my dislike😉)

– A little tricky to apply from lid

-They don’t pour out of the jar very easily (lots of tapping on the jar involved)

So, really, they’re pretty good! I think I’ll get them again, and I’m looking forward to trying out the foundation soon! I like their products, and look forward to experimenting with them.

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you liked this review(:

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Would you like to see another Savvy Minerals review? Do you wear blush? Do you like natural products?

 

 

Some Photos (and something new!)

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Hi! *waves*

Today I have some pictures, (again😄) to show all of you! I have taken a lot the last few days, and they don’t go in any certain category. So here we are! I also have something to tell you at the end(:

To start out, we went to this farm near our house. They have this HUGE dog there that protects their goats from coyotes and bears. He’s about 6′ 5″ on his hind legs. My brother there is on his tip-toes.

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Hehe. That look on his face😂

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The cherry blossoms are blooming already! IT’S FEBRUARY!?

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My Converse were stacked like this while I was cleaning. Haha😄 I had to get a shot!

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I made a card + envelope for a baby shower my Mom went to(:

 

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(Goes with what’s at the bottom. ) Essential Oils(:
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I made a birthday card, too, for my Mom to send.
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HA! I was goofing around in my mirror😂
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Really.

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Some makeup pics. A post coming soon!
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The field next door.

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Evan (My Brother) found a wasp nest on the ground.

And that, My friends, is it.

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I caught Maisy red-handed digging in the mud😖 (It’s pretty funny, though😂)

And that, my friends, is the end. Now, for the “news,” so called, I have a new page I thought I should tell y’all about! It is a page about Young Living™ Essential oils! I’m pretty excited about this one. It was fun to write! Click here to see it(:

I hope you all have an awesome weekend!

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Do you wear Converse? Have you ever seen that big of a dog? Have you ever heard of Young Living?