Baby Oil + Baby Shampoo = Makeup Removers

Let me start by clarifying that there is a HUGE difference in makeup remover, and eye makeup remover. But we're going to be discussing both!

I know not everyone is as anal as me about washing off their makeup at the end of the day. But in all honesty, some people don't mind looking like they woke up in a back-alley ditch. The truth of the matter is, cleaning your skin is one of the most important things you can do. After all, your skin is the largest organ of your body. Leaving on old makeup can result in more breakouts, acne, and advanced aging. Not to mention how gross it is to go to bed with a face full of makeup, which smears all over your pillow and then gets into your hair while you're sleeping.  ICK!

I've struggled for it seems like ever, over what products to use for everyday beauty and hygiene needs. First off, as soon as I get a good year invested into a product that I absolutely LOVE, it gets discontinued. Second, most of the products I've tried are very harsh. I prefer using cleansers that are easy on my skin and leave me feeling fresh and CLEAN. Yes, I've used cleansers that don't actually feel "clean" on my skin! The past several months, I've been using two particular products that have been around for ages and they both serve countless other uses. (You'll also need a cotton ball for the application).

Baby Oil:

Thanks to Pinterest, countless people are now using Baby Oil to make their own make-up remover wipes. Personally, I prefer to just skip the extra steps of mixing and making. Straight Baby Oil used with a cotton ball is all you need to get rid of the caked on mascara and eyeliner. It even removes waterproof mascara.
Johnson's Baby Oil, great eye makeup remover

Don't get me wrong - the Baby Oil won't completely WASH the eye makeup off. What it does in a sense is breaks down what's there and gets off as much as possible, making it easier to remove with a makeup remover/soap product. A few minor cons of the Baby Oil are the fact that it is annoying if it drains in your eyes (makes things a bit fuzzy), and it leaves an oily residue around your eyes. But that can easily be corrected with the use of our next item:  Baby Shampoo!

Baby Shampoo:

Baby Shampoo is to be used after you remove your eye makeup with the Baby Oil. It will not only get off the extra eye makeup (such as mascara and eyeliner) that may be left behind, it also will cleanse the rest of your face and wash the remaining makeup off. It doesn't take much Baby Shampoo - maybe a dime-sized portion. The Shampoo is strong enough to get the job done, but gentle enough for your skin. And there is no residue left behind after you use the Baby Shampoo. The "No More Tears" is completely gentle enough to use on your eyes as well.

Johnson's Baby Shampoo, great makeup remover

Both items can usually be found in travel sizes if needed, and are available at almost any store from Walmart to Walgreens to just about any gas station. They are also super cheap, which means no more $35 tube of eye makeup remover. Yay!

Signature Magazine

I am very happy to share that one of my photographs was chosen to be published in a local magazine.  Signature ( is a magazine that highlights the Hattiesburg and South Mississippi areas, and even beyond. The features of Signature range from: fashion, shopping, crafts, travel, events, restaurants and even private parties! It not only promotes businesses, but also shares a calendar each month of upcoming attractions. I was introduced to Signature magazine a few months ago, and have been in love ever since. So of course I was SUPER excited to see one of my photographs displayed on its pages! Signature can be found at a variety of boutiques and businesses in the area. 
Photo © copyright Jennifer Carter

Prepare Your Heart

Our church has revival coming up, and our pastor has been asking us to pray for our revival and for our church.  He gave us a list of 10 steps that he wants us to follow, along with 2 Chronicles 7:14 - "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."  Our pastor is very dedicated to our church, and to our community. He teaches us ways to live by God's word. It's very humbling to be a part of a church that believes in more than material or financial things. And even more humbling is being led by a pastor who guides us so gracefully.

Prepare Your Heart

1. View yourself as God would look at you.

2.  Determine that you will pursue a sweeping change in your life.

3. Put yourself in the way of blessings.

4.  Do a thorough job of repenting.

5. Make a restitution wherever possible.

6. Bring your life into accordance with the Bible.

7. Narrow your interest as your seek Revival.

8. Prestart your personal devotion.

9.  Being to witness openly.

10. Have an expecting faith in God!

Detox Water

I've been looking into ways to make a habit of eating and living healthier lately. A friend who had cancer several years ago, told me about some things that she learned about boosting your immune system. So after looking into much of what she shared with me, one of the things I've found that I really like is Jillian Michaels' Detox Water.

Consisting of water, cranberry juice, a special tea, and lemon juice, the drink works as a natural diuretic that helps remove toxins from your system. You can google the recipe to find more information on it. And to be completely honest, it's a tad bitter and it took me some time to get used to drinking it. But now, I love it - which says a lot since I'm not a "tea" person.


60 oz of distilled water (or spring water)
1 Tbsp cranberry juice (only PURE cranberry juice not the juice cocktail!)
1 organic dandelion root teabag
2 Tbsp lemon juice

1. Brew the tea as listed on the box and let it cool to room temperature
2. Mix all ingredients together and add the tea (once cooled)
3. Drink the entire mixture each day for up to 7 days (you will make a new batch each day)

Directions were copied from THIS site, and can be found on many other sites as well as Pinterest.

Time to move on?

I realize it looks like I'm not good at committing to a thing and sticking to it.

That is not entirely the case, though.

It took me a while to gather my thoughts and come to the truth that I honestly have been all over the map with this blog, and I kept trying to change directions so it would be more organized. I would try to take it elsewhere, and then it wouldn't suit me. But I don't think that's really what I have to do. I can't stay organized with something if its not working right, or if I'm forcing it. I have to just let things be and work towards bettering whatever is here. So, while I might not be making money blogging about whatever book I read, or craft I try, or I may not be gaining points for promoting some new product, I have things to say. Whether those things are worthy of anyone else's attention, well, that's beside the point. I'm just going to try again, and this time, I'm just going to move on from what didn't work and move forward to what does work!

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