Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Simple Steps to More Even Skin

Healthy glowing skin is one of the most important keys to looking beautiful and young. But most of us, like myself, a cosmetologist, aren't born with perfect, even, beautiful skin. My skin is oily, with a touch of pinkness in my cheeks. Some of us have a scar here and there, a little blotchiness, or some discoloration. But with the right products and the right application, you can have the even skin tone you want. Here's how.

Choose the right products. The first step to more even skin tone is to choose the right products. If your skin is drier, you'll want to choose products that are creamier in texture. If your skin is oily or blemish prone, like mine, look for products that are oil-free and contain salicylic acid. You'll need cleanser, toner, and moisturizer, foundation primer, concealer, foundation, and powder.

Prep the skin. First, make sure you are eating a healthy diet and drinking enough water - I always notice a difference in my skin when I don ' t drink enough water. Consult your doctor or nutritionist for more information, but keep in mind that there are certain foods that help clear the skin and other foods that can make blotchiness and acne worse. Cleanse, tone and and moisturize twice a day. Blot dry with a clean towel or allow to air dry.

Prime. You'll want to apply primer to create the right surface for your makeup to stick to - I like primers by Mary Kay, Smashbox, and Benefit. Your makeup will cover better, you'll need less, and your skin will look more even. Some primers can fight shine or help disguise large pores - the choice is up to you.

Conceal. Dot a tiny bit of concealer on blemishes or discolorations, and then blend well with your pinky finger. Use a stippling motion around the edges to gently blend the concealer into your skin for a smooth look. You can also use a flesh-toned concealer to highlight dark shadows around your eyes, nose and mouth, giving you a brighter, more youthful glow.

Apply foundation. Carefully apply your foundation with a brush, sponge, or your fingers. A brush will give you a heavier, more velvety finish, which may be best for people with severe discolorations. Your fingers will give you a lighter layer of coverage. Be careful when applying so as not to remove your concealer in the process. Blend well, especially along your jaw line. Add more in areas that need it, but make sure to blend well. I use Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Make-up to even out my skin tone.

Powder. After your foundation has been applied, set it with a light dusting of powder that matches your skin tone. Choose a matte finish for oily skin, a more dewy finish for dry skin. Dust powder evenly, but I prefer to use a mineral powder foundation for extra sunscreen and buildable coverage.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Summer Reading List

Summer gives me a little bit of a chance to catch up on some reading, and I usually end up reading more than one book at a time! Here's my summer reading list, tell me, what's on your list? If you are interested in any of these books, please consider purchasing them through our Amazon store!
Thank you!

The PrayFit Diet by Jimmy Pena

Pastrix by Nadia Bolz-Weber

Stand Strong by Nic Vujicic

Cleaning House: A Mom's Twelve Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement by Kay Wills Wyma

Almost Amish: One Woman's Quest for a Slower, Simple, More Sustainable Life by Nancy Sleeth

Worship Leaders: We Are Not Rock Stars by Stephen Miller

Prayer: The Timeless Secret of High Impact Leaders by David Earley

Encountering the Book of Psalms by C. Hassell Bullock

The Spiritual Art of Raising Children with Disabilities by Kathleen Deyer Bolduc

Spiritual Warfare by Jerry Rankin

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Here's a few links to some of my latest work... enjoy!

Conquering the worship leading jitters.  A few thoughts on how to work through your nerves when you lead worship, for

A Primer on Hosiery Lessons on tights verses leggings for Lehigh Valley Family Magazine.

As Sure as the Sun - Review.   A review for Worship Leader Magazine of Ellie Holcomb's music.

Beauty Guru: Five Perfect Products for a Simplified Makeup Routine - for Yahoo Shine.

The Father's Love.  A sermon (video) on the prodigal son.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Thank you God, for the awe of autumn.

Thank you, God, for the awe of autumn.
For the golden, crinkling leaves, prancing and flittering as the sunlight peeks about crisscrosses of nearly barren branches.
For the warm and hearty scent of pine, as it is glinting, charring, in the smoky woodstove.
And for the soaring of geese in shifting constructions and a scattering cacophony of voracious blackbirds, pecking about, the drifting in of snow birds, preparing for the cold to come.
Thank you for the rustle and then silence of the wind; first blustering and then not, around and through and under and over the jumbling, tumbling, jostling leaves.
Who could conjure up a crisp new day?
With a chill that can take your breath away or a dewy dawn softness that slickens the earth.
What creature here could ever illuminate the deepening afternoon with a burning, burnt orange sun?
Who would dream up the quick dash of a squirrel? The moseying meandering gait of a groundhog?
The flicking chipmunk’s tail as it snatches up seeds, darting this way and then, that?
A sunken in squash, baring its savory seeds, or a crispy, crunchy head of kale or a left-over ear of corn, drying in the faintest hint of almost-gone summer sun?
Who could imagine such gifts, these? The passing of time, as one season blurs on, becoming the next.  The slow changes that surprise; the subtleties of earth that never disappoint if one pauses to see.
And breathe.
And think.
And be blessed.
Who sends the warming sun and the frigid chilling breeze?  Who tells the robins to go, and the chickadees to stay, and the graceful deer to search for their mate?
Who calls the heart ever to Himself? There is but One.

Thank you God, for the spectacles of fall. 

Friday, September 27, 2013

Beauty Review: Peter Lamas Beauty Products

                The Beauty Industry would have us believe that all things beautiful fit into a neatly packaged, perfectly skinny, coiffed, coutured, and cultured package. But Peter Lamas, beauty expert, has a different take on beauty. His passion is for all women to feel beautiful and know that they are special and created by God.  Peter has a long history of working with beauty greats such as Vidal Sassoon, Kenneth, Vogue and Glamour magazine, and doing runway work.  After branching out on his own, he discovered a great need for beauty products that were both effective and safe.  And the Peter Lamas brand was born.
                Peter’s passion turned into a dream which became the start of something truly beautiful in its own right: Project Beautiful. Project Beautiful stems from the Genesis 1:31: And God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very God. Project Beautiful is a place where women of all ages, shapes, sizes, and walks of life can come together and celebrate the inherit beauty that God gave them.  It’s a place to learn and share tips to stay beautiful both inside and out, and to recognize that God made each one special.  Connect with Project Beautiful, read the blog, and see beauty videos at or visit their Facebook page for giveaways, inspiration and more, at  You’ll be inspired by the tips, advice, and encouragement on both of these sites.
                The Peter Lamas brand is all about looking and feeling beautiful while using products that are luxurious and free of dangerous chemicals.  I had the distinct privilege of testing out a few of these amazing products.  While I received the products for free, I was not paid for my opinion, nor was I expected to create a favorable review.  As a cosmetologist and hair professional, I am always careful about what I put on my fine hair and my sensitive skin.  The Peter Lamas brand, with its dedication to safe, natural products and helping women recognize that God made them special, inspired me to take the plunge and give these products a try. 
                I am so glad that I did. My hair is both very fine and heavily chemically treated.  I take my medium brown hair to platinum blonde – a process that is very harsh and drying on my locks.  Because my hair is very fine, I find that most conditioners weigh it down to heavily.  So I was completely thrilled when I tried out the Soy & Baobob Hydrating shampoo and conditioner.  It had a light, pleasant scent but did not smell heavily fragranced.  It’s free of parabens, sulfates, and petrochemicals.  It’s 100% Vegan.  And it left my hair feeling soft, moisturized, but not greasy or weighed down.  Better yet, the shampoo and conditioner were very soothing on my scalp, which takes a lot of abuse from hair products and blow dryers.  I was able to achieve volume and lift in my hairstyle even after using this gentle conditioner.
                I also had the privilege of trying the Exfoliating Pumpkin Facial Scrub. It contains Pumpkin Enzymes, Apple and Almond Acid, Apricot Grains, Pumpkin Oil, and Vitamin E. It cleans deeply to remove blemish causing dirt and bacteria, creates a more luminous complexion, and fights free radicals.  My skin felt softer, and looked brighter and healthier.
                Sheer Zinc Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is another breakthrough Peter Lamas product. Sheer Zinc provides a natural layer of protection against sun damage, while the Grape Stem Cells repair and rejuvenate skin.  The moisturizer is light, protects the skin, and has no heavy scents, which is perfect for my sensitive skin.
                Best of all, these products are reasonably priced, especially compared to typical salon products.  The value is unbeatable when you see the amazing results, feel the luxury of botanicals, and avoid harsh chemicals.  These products truly are a thing of beauty.  Find these and more great Peter Lamas products at
                I am honored to support a beauty professional who sees women as God sees them, with the dedication to help women feel beautiful using luxurious, safe, and natural products. 

Monday, September 9, 2013

Hebrews 11:6, NIV: And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Praying for real. 

I have too often made the mistake of using prayer as a last resort.  If I couldn’t fix the problem, if my husband, or my friends, or family, or even the professionals couldn’t fix the problem, I would pray.  If I can’t do it, well, then maybe God can.  If it interests Him.  If He has the time.  The funny thing is, I never set out to believe this way.  I learned in Sunday School, just like the rest of my church going friends, that God hears all our prayers, that He listens, and that He answers every single one.  And I believed it.  But I did not prove that belief by completely and intentionally acting upon it, by putting prayer before any act of self-sufficiency on my part.  And so, my faith in prayer began to erode into short bits of prayer throughout the day, a pleading for help, a cry for safety, a blessing for my children. Yes, those are appropriate and good prayers,and I believe God answers them, but they shouldn't be my only prayers. And here is where God is working on my attitude, chipping away at those old bad habits, revealing a softer, more faithful, me – one who not just believes the Bible, but believes it enough to actually do it and use it in every area of my life.  If I truly believe that God answers my prayers, if I truly put my trust and faith and hope in Him to come through.  If I believe it, not just on the surface or in the shallowness of self-sufficiency, I will reorder my day, my week, my year, to show just how important praying to our Creator really is. If I trust Him to be in control more-so than myself,  if I trust His will, His ways, and His ability to work in my life, then my prayer life will reveal it by being the most important work that I do.

This is where God is working on me today.  To make a change in my priorities, my schedule, my day, to put Him first and foremost and to trust Him with the rest.  Will you join me in praying? Not just here or there, but will you seriously, fervently, and regularly set aside a time to be alone with the Lord?  Your life will never be the same.  This is no easy task, elsewise I wouldn’t be having this conversation.  I struggle to find time to be alone, I struggle to stay awake when I am alone with God. I struggle to pray consistently, I struggle with knowing what to pray.  But I am working towards a better prayer life, wrestling to live out with the Bible says is true about God and about prayer. 

The Prayer of Faith James 5:13-20, NIV.
Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years.Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops. My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.

Need some inspiration?  Check out Prayer:  The Timeless Secret of High-Impact Leaders by Dave Earley.


Thursday, August 22, 2013

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