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It All Started with a Cleanser...

Back in 2015, I read a blog post called Why I Switched to Safer.   In the post, Megan described a lot of information, but each fact I read made my jaw drop at all the chemicals around us.  Before her post, I had not taken the time to consider what/how the products we use every day affects our bodies; especially the chemicals we put on our bodies through makeup, shower gel, and even, face wash.  

After her post, I immediately quit using my favorite fragrance on this planet: Light Blue by Dolce and Gabbana.  I also made the decision to switch the face products I had been using for years.  I remember sitting at dinner with my mom and telling her about Megan's blog post.  I told her that I didn't know what would happen with my skin, but I wanted to try something new, something safer.  I waited two months, when I had enough funds, and bought the less expensive face collection and I haven't looked back since.  

Now I cannot say that I am consistent with eating right or even exercise regularly, but one thing I have done every day since January 2016 is wash my face.  It all started with a cleanser...

A little backstory about my skin: It is VERY sensitive.  I cannot tell you of all the years I have had random acne that wouldn't go away, an eyebrow wax from Hades that turned into an infection, the fact that I'm allergic to Neosporin, and many other things.  A little scary medical story: I had to get a spot removed on my temple years ago, and half of my face broke out after the surgery.  It was from the wipe they used to clean the area of my face that was cut on.  After days of it not getting any better, I had to go back to the surgeon's office.  The nurse accused me of using something that made my face break out; even though my face broke out in the same stokes that the nurse had used when she wiped my face.  I was so frustrated and promised myself after that - that I would do a better job of taking care of my skin. 

My dad's brother passed away when I was an infant to skin cancer.  He had one melanoma and it spread all over his body before anything could really be done about it.  Skin cancer runs in my family and my mom always reminds me to wear sunscreen and get yearly skin checks.  

When I found out that Beautycounter used safer ingredients, when making their products, they prohibit the use of over 1,500 harmful or questionable ingredients.  They make clean cosmetics and skin care products and they do not compromise on product performance or safety...it was a game changer.  After reading all of these positive facts about this company, I took the leap and bought the face collection.  

I have been using these products for years now and I probably won't ever go back to anything else.  But guess what....I don't only use Beautycounter.  I own other beauty products (everything from Rodan and Fields to Dr. Dennis Gross), but this is the only skincare line I come back to every single night.  

Is my skin perfect? Absolutely not.  However, at my last facial at Spa Aria in New Orleans, the esthetician said "Your pores are tiny! I can tell you are using a regimen."  And did not extract anything from my face.  I couldn't believe it. 

But to anyone reading this post: I promise I will not be someone who shoves products down your throat; constantly post on social media, and I definitely won't be the person you haven't talked to since high school wanting to sell you something and nothing else.  I just wanted to share my story and if you want to take a leap of faith like I did three years ago, I welcome you to the safer side of skin care.  And just think...it could all start with a cleanser for you too. 

And just to show that I've had this Beautycounter thing going for a while, 
here are some older posts: 

The first time I blogged about Beautycounter

When it came to Target 

 If you want to join this mission to get safer products into the hands of everyone you love or make it your own, I hope you will click here and see what's out there.  The Black Friday sale started today, Tuesday November 20, 2018.  You get 15% off most products on the website AND you get free shipping over $50.

Please ask me any questions and I will be more than happy to answer them.
And if I don't know the answer, I will find out what it is.
My email is Alwaysablogsmaid@gmail.com.


A to Z of Me

Today I thought I would post a blurry photo documenting my favorite beverage and answer a few survey questions from the alphabet.  Grab something to drink and scroll along.  I grabbed this survey from one of my favorite bloggers, Julie at Peanut Butter Fingers.  

I would love if you answered a few as well in the comments section.  I am so thankful for the readers I still have when I post sporadically and would love to know more about you! 

A to Z Survey
A – Age: 30. 
B – Biggest Fear: Being stung by bees/wasps. 
C – Current Time: 5:07 p.m.
D – Drink You Had Last: Dr. Pepper 

E – Easiest Person To Talk To: My mom. 
F – Favorite Song: I love all 90's music, but "Everything you Want" by Vertical Horizon will always be my top favorite.  
G – Grossest Memory: On my 25th birthday, I got sick in New Orleans on Bourbon Street and I threw up in lots of places on that road.  
H – Hometown: I was born in Jackson, Mississippi and I have lived here for the majority of my life.  I lived two years in Hattiesburg, Mississippi for college.  
I – In Love With: Jesus.  He hasn't sent the right person to me yet. 
J – Jealous Of: People who have live on the beach year round. 
K – Kindest Person You Know: My mom. 
L – Longest Relationship: A one year on and off relationship in college. 
M – Middle Name: Lynn
N – Number of Siblings: Three.  
O – One Wish: To find a house for myself in the next year and be financially stable. 
P – Person You Spoke To On The Phone Last: Probably my mom. 
Q – Question You’re Always Asked: “How many weddings have you been in?"
R – Reason To Smile: Because I'm alive, loved and blessed. 
S – Song You Last Sang: “Who's That Man" by Toby Keith.
T – Time You Woke Up: 9 a.m.
U – Underwear Color: Blue. 
V – Vacation Destination: I've always wanted to visit Paris, but if I could pick i would go to Cirque Terre, Italy.  
W – Worst Habit: The fact that I don't like to cook.  I'm sure it's a hindrance and will become an even bigger problem as I get older.  
X – X-Rays You’ve Had: A few, most of them at the dentist, but I also had one on my ankle in college.
Y – Your Favorite Food: Any carbs and most importantly, deviled eggs. 
Z – Zodiac Sign: Taurus. 
Question of the Afternoon
Your turn!! Answer the following prompts below… 
  • Drink You Had Last
  • Easiest Person To Talk To
  • Reason To Smile
  • Vacation Destination


From the Strip to the Square (Part Two)

The weekend of May 20th, Taylor and I made my way to her alumni town, Oxford.  It was finally the weekend for Caleb and Lyda to tie the knot and I was so so excited to spend the weekend celebrating this lovely couple.  Taylor and I worked Friday and then drove up only stopping once for some dinner. We arrived just as soon as the rehearsal dinner was over and it was time to go out on the Square.

Trying my first T-Swift at Funky's bar @ The Square
Fun fact: I learned it was named after a guy, not the country singer. 

The next day, Taylor and I decided to hit up the Ulta Salon and get our hair did for the night of wedding festivities. 

Groom's cake was snickerdoodle flavored - IT WAS DELICIOUS. 

Selfies with the Bride and Groom  

A few of the wedding crew

I danced into the morning both nights of the #GetStoked weekend and I laughed more than i thought possible.  I had the best time celebrating a new couple and I was able to reconnect with the Vegas crew as well.  I am so so glad I was able to attend these two events for Caleb & Lyda.  I wish those two nothing but the best and I can't wait until we are together again. 


From the Strip to the Square (Part One)

Back in March, I traveled to Las Vegas for a co-ed bachelorette/bachelor party pretty much hosted by the bride/groom + their parents.  Let that sink in and then forget everything you are thinking because it was nothing like the Hangover, but it was also a wonderful time in a city that truly never sleeps.

My friend Taylor and I haven't traveled together across country and when we booked our tickets, we had the dates of March 17-21.  The other crew all got the dates of March 16-20, but we didn't mind.  We booked our flights from New Orleans to LAX to Vegas - not only that but we worked all day on that Thursday, got a late dinner, watched the latest movie and then drove 4 hours to NOLA at midnight and arrived at the airport at 4 am - two hours before our flight took off.  Now looking back at it, DO NOT do it this way.  Find a smarter route. 

I guess I thought I was going to be able to see California (since I've never been), no Cass - you will see one or two terminals, that's it.  Rookie mistake.

First selfie in the NOLA long-term parking garage 

Layover at LAX 

Waiting to get off the plane in Vegas.  I had no clue what I was in for….

Ready for dinner 

On our way to dinner in an Uber to Binion's Steakhouse/Late night at Freemont Street

On about 5 hours of sleep since Thursday morning, a day at the spa.  It was LITERALLY the best thing that could have happened to me that Saturday morning.

Waiting on our next Uber headed to a japanese restaurant where I was hit on by the cook. 

A Taco Bell on the Strip with alcohol slushies. 

Our crew at a country bar.  
You can take us out of Mississippi, but you can't take Mississippi out of us. 

Sightseeing at The Venetian 

Flamingos @ The Flamingo 

Gotta buy that touristy photo

My first time eating here.  It was good, but I do like 5 guys better. 

Sent this to Lauryn and Michael while on our layover coming home.

Funny story:  I bought one of these sets for my brother-in-law for his Poker themed birthday party.  I got to security at the Las Vegas airport and they took my carry-on and searched it because it looked like a black box on the security camera.  The lady rubbed it down with a specific cloth and then asked me if it was chocolate.  No lady, it's heavy poker chips.  How many times do you think they search people's bags every day?  It must get old, but a great story for my brother-in-law and I to share for years to come. 

I had the best time in Vegas.  I saw a lot of things, sweat a lot (in March), made lifetime bonds with some incredible people, saw the fountains at The Bellagio, ate all the food at the Mirage Buffet, gambled a little and lost money, and even made it into the Omnia nightclub.  I did not have enough time in Vegas and had to catch up on sleep for over a week, but I wouldn't have changed my experience for anything.  I just wish I would have seen a Vegas show - I guess I'm just gonna have to go back. :) 

Part 2 coming up: the Vegas party moves to Oxford, MS.

Have you ever been to Vegas?