skin, hair, health, sex, cooking. i think that about covers it haha.
I buy from Trader Joe’s cuz it’s the cheapest. 5 bucks isn’t too bad, haha.
for suuuure. i don’t think there’s really a right or wrong way to do it, but basically i rinse my face in warm water, rub it dry with a towel, rinse a second time if i need, depending on how much makeup i’m wearing (and dry) - and then i rub coconut oil into my skin. i use enough to coat my skin lightly (it absorbs) but not too much that i have a layer of it left on my face. that’s pretty much it! i try to do this every night, but if you do it in the morning and use foundation or concealer, make sure you use less coconut oil than normal. you don’t want it to mix with your makeup.
warm water and physically rubbing (gently!) will remove a lot more makeup than any chemical combination you’re putting on your skin for a cleanser. most face cleansers are pretty much just a marketing scheme, unless they are for acne - in which case they just add some acid in there to dry up your pores. BUT, that’s terrible for your skin. acne is either caused by clogged pores, food intolerance/hormone imbalance, or sensitivity to products.
when you use any product with salicylic acid (or any other kind), you are drying out your skin, which tells your skin to produce way more oil to compensate, which in turns makes it easier for pores to get clogged. most people use moisturizer to fix the dry skin issue, but they forget that they’re just filling their pores back up with chemicals, which is a huge problem for those of us with sensitive skin.
for me, i eliminated eggs from my diet and cut back on dairy, and that got rid of a lot of my breakouts. coconut oil protects your skin from getting too dried out and it also helps your skin heal blemishes/scars double-time.
if you wear waterproof mascara, coconut oil has helped me get it off. just use it like you would a make-up remover - rub over your eyelashes gently, let sit for a little bit, and then wash/rub to remove.
also - pay attention to the foundation/concealer you’re using, if any. don’t use something heavy. make sure your skin can breathe. i like MAC’s face + body foundation because it’s really thin, and lasts FOREVER.
“Sometimes I think that once you’ve felt a certain amount of pain – of devastating, ground shaking, life killing pain – you never stop hurting. And you’re left open to the pain and terror of the whole world.
It’s like a well of empathy has been dug into your heart and it’s a space that takes in the hurt of everyone around you, whether you want it or not.”
bumble & bumble shampoo + conditioner. brocato volumizing spray before blow drying my hair (only blow dry half way - just the roots - and flip your head upside when you blow dry!) and on day 2 + 3 i use suave dry shampoo. it adds crazy volume and texture!
ALL THE COLORS. i like american apparel and essie the best, brand wise.
there’s a reason i call @maxdubinsky my only favorite. i really don’t have favorites, and especially not a color! i love all colors. :P
right now?! black combat boots + destroyed denim shorts + destroyed shirts/shirt dresses. basically anytime i can pair shorts + boots, and use scissors or bleach on my clothes, i’m happy. hah.
denyingtemptation asks: I am looking for some good soaking and worship music. Any suggestions?
lauren: oh man. hell or high water, by as cities burn. nearness by lovelite. the glorious unseen. heaven and earth by phil wickham. take the world by ascend the hill. any album by leeland. all that is not music is silence by the sleep design. and of course, david crowder’s new album is amazing.
make sure you check out comeandlive.com! you can get most of those albums for free there, as well as tons of other amazing ones.
birth control is absolutely necessary for some people. i actually should be on it because i have a low diagnosis of PCOS, but my body didn’t react well to the hormones, so i went off of it. there seems to be some hesitation in the conservative religious spheres when it comes to taking birth control if you aren’t married - as if being on the pill necessarily implies that you’re sleeping around. if that’s what’s bothering you, don’t worry about it. take your doctor’s advice unless it doesn’t sit right with you in your gut, and consider visiting a natural doctor. there are several things that help the reproductive system maintain balance (coconut oil, valerian, uva ursi, eating more alkaline/less acidic foods, etc), particularly hormone treatment. i do know that birth control can have negative long-term health effects if taking for several years.
yes of course! i wrote out several options, and here’s one:
can you email me your name & mailing address so i can send them to you? laurennicolelove[at]gmail.com <3
oh man. there is absolutely no way for me to know if you should say this or not. i know i waited for my now-husband to say it, and i think half of that came from having several past failed relationships where i had said it first and half just from purely a personal romantic ideal standpoint. but by no means does “a woman saying it first” mean you’re bound for destruction. i know plenty of women who say it first and are now happily married.
honestly? go with your gut on this. if you’ve been together for awhile and you think the health/commitment/depth of the relationship is appropriate, go for it. and look, if you’ve been dating a guy for a year and you say i love you and he doesn’t say i love you back? there may be some serious, serious issues. so it might be good to figure that part out earlier (month 1-6, depending on the relationship) than later (a year into it.) you don’t want to be the girl who has been waiting two years for her boyfriend to say i love you only to realize that he never will.