This past year as we've been making more improvements on our home I've also been making a few personal improvements myself. It's definitely something that has been in the works for a while and believe it or not, has taken almost as much time and energy as redoing our house!
The whole reason our blog started was because after I became a wife and mother, I realized that it was up to me to create a surrounding and life for our family that was beautiful, welcoming and safe. I also knew that it had to be a space that I felt 'at home', because as a stay-at-home Mom I knew that I would be IN my house, most of the day.
As Cason and I started making improvements on our space and finally found a style that worked perfectly for us, I also felt this overwhelming need to work on myself as well. I don't know if the feeling eventually came around because my kids were old enough and I finally had a few seconds to focus on ME, or if it was because I was quickly approaching the big 3-0 and I refused to feel the same at thirty, as I did at 28...
Whatever this new motivation was, it felt GREAT and after focusing all of my time for the last 4 years on 3 babies and going through the journey of finding ourselves unemployed and having to look for a new job... I was ready to take some time out for myself. Some might say that it's selfish, but I am a firm believer that if you're not happy with yourself as a Mother and wife, then you can't be the kind of caregiver and spouse your children and husband deserve and need.
Funny enough a quote I stumbled upon last year from Dr. Seuss really summed it all up for me...
Deciding to make changes to our home came a lot easier for me then I thought it would. Once we finished our first small space, felt accomplished and excited... it was almost like an addiction and we just wanted to keep going, because it was SO rewarding! The same thing can be said about how I started to feel towards my own personal makeover...
After a little list making I decided to start from the top... literally, like the top of me... more specifically, my head. I don't know if any of you have the same problem, but I'm pretty sure that I totally skipped the "awesome thick hair line" before I got sent to earth... and as a result, have had to deal with somewhat body-less, thin hair. So that being said, hair extensions were first on my list of things to try. You can read more about that here
I loved the look of having thicker hair, so I headed down a few inches on that head of mine and took the big leap of plumping up my lashes as well, with eyelash extensions. Long story short... it's been over 6 months and I'm still in love! Read more about that here and here
Moving forward, it was now time to get a full checkup from the neck-up! Either due to crazy hormones from having kids or maybe just the weird life changing experience of approaching 30, my skin needed a little help. So I jumped at the chance to try the new BeautyMint skincare product line, from the wonderful people at BeachMint.com.
After a quick survey online about how I would describe my skin type on the BeautyMint site, I was matched up with a skincare line that would best suit me. Since I'm prone to ocassional breakouts and dry skin I received the Essential Cleanser, Ultra Replenishing Serum, Sculpting Treatment and Replenishing Moisturizer for my daily skincare routine.
After about 2 weeks of using the BeautyMint product, here are my thoughts:
First, I'm actually thrilled to have a COMPLETE skincare line to use... It's been way too long.
Second, I can definitely tell a difference in the texture and tone of my skin. Since I'm naturally freckle-y and a bit fair, I'm usually pretty sensitive to new skincare, but I haven't noticed any irritation at all with the BeautyMint products. Everything is really mild and completely natural and scent free.
One thing that I did have to get used to with the products, was the feel of them on my skin. The cleanser is a little runnier then I'm used to and the sculpting treatment is a bit sticky when first applied. I felt like I needed a lot more lotion on my skin then what my recommended line called for, but really, I was surprised at how good my skin felt and how much better my makeup went on, when applied afterward! Maybe LESS moisturizer on my face is what I needed all along, because my breakouts are now virtually gone!
Below are a few photos I wanted to share. (we're in a no judgment zone, right?)
The first photo was taken makeup free and blemish rich :)
The second was taken today with no makeup, nearly blemish free and may I say a bit more glow-y!
The third one is a photo with a little Prep & Prime from Mac and foundation from Mary Kay, to cancel out a bit of my red tones.
Pretty dang good, right!? Something I've also noticed is that some of the darker spots on my face that I had around my mouth have really lightened up too!
You can take your own skincare survey on BeautyMint.com and find out what products work best for you and your skins needs. Compared to JUST the cleanser and lotion I was using before, the entire BeautyMint line is about half the price and definitely a bigger bang for my buck. Also, right now, if you use the code "SMITHS" at checkout, you can receive a $20 discount!
Taking the challenge to work on my OWN exterior has actually been quite the journey, but I'll admit... extremely rewarding. For those of you who follow us on Facebook or Instagram I've also been posting updates the past few months on my "total body renovation" as well, and will definitely have more on that, in the near future
I know that I've been a bit of a quote freak lately, but I just have to leave you with this last great one from Emerson...
What have you done for YOU lately!? Are you taking the time to work on your own interior/exterior as well as your homes!? If not, then definitely give it a try. It can REALLY make a difference in your attitude and outlook on life when you're a happier, healthier, prettier, better... you.
This conversation was sponsored on behalf of BeautyMint. I was sent samples of BeautyMint product for free.
All opinions are 100% my own.
All opinions are 100% my own.