by Amanda

10 Ways to Take Care of Your Skin

June 6, 2014 in Beauty, Health by Amanda

Skin is a beautiful thing. It comes in a variety of hues and pigments that give humanity a unique image. No one is the same – not even a single finger print matches another – yet we are all individuals sharing a commonality in life; we are all people living in the same world. The environment can be harsh to our skin and we are stuck with it forever so taking good care of it is an important step. Starting sooner will benefit in the years to come and it’s never too late to adopt some helpful practices in order to improve the health of your skin and the confidence you gain from it.

1. Develop a Skin Care Routine

Wash your face every morning and use more than just water.

Find products that will:

- cleanse

- tone

- moisturize

- exfoliate

And if your skin is prone to being irritated look for products that are hypoallergenic, chemical free, and are free of irritants like dyes and scents.

2. Identify Your Skin Type

You can either have oily, dry, combination, or normal skin. Figure out which one you have and adapt your skin care regimen accordingly.

3. Remove Makeup at Night

Nobody wants to wake up with a crusty face. That’s never pleasant, but your skin can’t breathe if it’s being suffocated by makeup 24/7 either.

4. Go Naked

For the same reasons you don’t want to keep your makeup on at night, it’s nice for your skin to have a break.

5. Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Not only will you be able to have more true and vibrant colors, but it gets all of the transfer of oils off the brushes as well. There’s nothing like the feeling of a clean, soft brush on your skin.

6. Change Your Pillow Case

Your skin creates more oils at night, so just like it’s a good idea to clean those brushes, changing your pillow case will help with blemish control.

7. Avoid Touching Your Face

Oils can get transferred among other things. No need in having unwanted breakouts or potentially getting sick from pathogens.

8. Wear Sunscreen or Makeup with SPF

Protect your skin from UV rays even on cloudy days and in the winter. Just because the clouds may be hiding the sun doesn’t mean they’re protecting you from sun damage.

9. Watch what food you’re eating

Certain foods may cause you to break out. Having a healthy diet and keeping allergies in check will help keep the pimples at bay.

10. De-Stress

Find ways to relieve stress from your life. Your body isn’t meant to be under a lot of pressure and your skin will show outwardly how you’re feeling inwardly.

 

by Amanda

A New Year, A New You

January 6, 2014 in The Dreamer by Amanda

Happy 2014!

Here is to new dreams, new growth, new friends, new opportunities, and a new year with a new you. I’m not a big fan of new years resolutions because there’s too much pressure on the stereotypical concept of them that they’re almost made to be broken. Self-improvement should be a constant and consistent effort we make. I could offer a list of some great resolutions for you, but we all know our downfalls and where improvement is needed in our life: whether it’s a healthier lifestyle or trying to strengthen your relationship with God. Instead, I’d like to offer a universal bucket list for this year – and for every year – of several things you can do to improve yourself that aren’t habits you have to develop, but instead just small one time steps that you can choose to repeat.

Cross something off your bucket list

Go to some place you’ve never been to before

Try a new food

Make a new friend

Learn something new

Treat or pamper yourself in some way

Give to a charity or foundation of your choice (time can be just as good as money)

Read a book based solely on the title or cover art

Embrace a fear

Share your thoughts, opinions, and feelings in someway other than Twitter or Facebook

Reminiscing on 2013…

In looking at the future, I believe it’s important to reflect on and remember the past for its memories and lessons. 2013 was a year I never imagined I’d experience. This is mostly because the plan for my life after graduating high school was a hazy vision full of dreams and ambitions that didn’t make up a real game plan. It was one of those years that has been just utterly surreal in every way. Mostly it was a year of personal and spiritual growth and because of drawing closer to God, He’s revealed life changing truths and blessed me in some incredible ways because of them.

This year has taught me that despite hardships, when we put out our trust in Jesus Christ and pour ourselves into Him, He will give us hope, peace, and joy beyond all measure.

I crossed off two of my goals on my bucket list this year.

1. Get my nose pierced

2. Go to a drive in movie

 

On top of that, I got to meet all of the members of the band We the Kings including the bassist Charles Trippy and his wife Alli, a married couple who vlog their life on YouTube. I started watching their videos in April and met them in August.

I’ve grown apart from friends, strengthened friendships, gained new friends, and lost some altogether…

My beloved Lacy who passed away in July.

I’ve also been blessed to have been able to have the opportunity to experience other title roles.

I became a mom…

My little baby, Isabel, born on June 6, 2013.

She’s 7 weeks old and it was the last visit before I got to take her home.

First day officially home!

First photo shoot! Click to see more pictures from the shoot

First Christmas <3

… and also a girlfriend …

… to this amazing man, Jonathan. He lives up to his name and is truly a gift from God and such a blessing to me.

 Maybe someday I will tell you our story. ;)

My time ended at Olan Mills because they were bought out by a new company who ended up closing a large percentage of their studios down, including mine, leaving hundreds of employees without jobs.

I focused on school and worked on numerous projects ….

Click to see more from Six Impossible Things

Click to see more from Portraits of Wonderland series

Click to see more from the Once Upon a Headline series.

Click to see more from Season Being series.

Click to see more from Monsters series.

It’s been a year full of great photo ops that I’ve documented and posted on my Flickr. God has blessed Michigan with such beauty from gorgeous scenery at Cranbrook to details in the ice from 2013’s winter storm.

Click to see more from the 2013 ice storm.

I also had the rewarding experience of putting together a little documentary video for a local piercer who had done my nose piercing.

…and then finally I started working at Michaels, one of my favorite stores. I practically spend my pay check there. I love the people and find such joy working there. I’ve been top in bringing in emails and have already received employee of the month. I’m so happy I can honor God and bring Him glory in all that I do.

So here’s to 2014,  another great year full of change and growth toward a better direction! May you lead a life pleasing to God and may you find strength and encouragement in being consistent in your self-improvement. Hope you had a blessed Christmas and New Years!

by Amanda

Love, Yours Truly

July 18, 2013 in From the Heart by Amanda

So you’re single. And you’re waiting for that special someone. You pray for him every morning when you wake up and find yourself thinking about him throughout the day – wishing he could be there to share that moment with you and be a part of that memory. You keep holding onto hope that one day will be some day soon. You wonder what he’s up to and where he is at this exact moment. I wonder, hope, and pray too. I also write him letters. Letters that tell him what’s going in my life that he hasn’t had the chance to be a part of. I talk to him as if we’ve already met and are madly in love because we some day will be. I’m writing to a real person that I just don’t have an address for. I can’t wait to present to him the box of letters I’ve written on our wedding night. It’s a sweet gift to start preparing for him and a lovely sentiment, but how do you know what to write when you haven’t met him? Don’t things eventually get old to talk about? Wouldn’t you run out of ideas? Well, if that’s what you happen to be thinking then I’m happy to share with you a few ideas that might get the ball rolling.

❤ Talk about what’s going on in your life. Include special events and fun things you’re looking forward. Maybe even include pictures!

❤ Share your hopes and dreams. Tell him about all of the things you want to do with him – vacations you want to go on, hobbies you want to learn. Talk about your future children if you want them!

❤ Tell him what you love about him. It’s never too early! You know the kind of man you want to marry so if you’re trusting God to bring you the right man then you already know he is going to have a heart that loves the Lord. Maybe you won’t stand for dishonesty. Tell him how much you love how he tells you the truth even when it’s incredibly difficult.

❤ You don’t even have to write a letter to him. Write a letter to God with prayers for him and share it with him. Include all of the different ways you can pray for your future spouse.

❤ Finally, if you see a verse, quote, or lyrics from a song that remind you of your hopes and dreams for loving him then write it down. Not only will he smile, but so will you by having something to look back on and see those sweet little details that you may have otherwise forgotten.

Don’t let writing to your future spouse be a burden. It really shouldn’t be especially if you wish you could spend time with him this very moment. Write to him when you wish he was around, when you wish he could have been there or given you advice. Write him when you want to. You shouldn’t feel pressured, but just keep in mind that the more you write the more he will get to read. I hope you find as much enjoyment and value in this project as I have.

by Amanda

All Dogs Go To Heaven

July 12, 2013 in From the Heart, The Dreamer by Amanda

EXTRA! EXTRA!

My life has been a blur lately. I can barely keep track of everything that’s going on hence the reason for a lack of posts and attention to my blog these last few weeks which I hope you can forgive me for! I wanted to bring you an update of what’s been going on.

First for the exciting news! I finally launched an online store that has all of my inventory for Dreamer’s Shutter Photography listed. You can finally see everything I have and purchase it online. (It’s also at really great discounted prices!) If you don’t see the picture you want then you are more than welcome to submit an inquiry about the photograph and size you’re interested in and I will send you a price. You can visit my clearance shop here.

Secondly, I hope you had a lovely fourth of July even if you’re not from America! I spent the day with one of my best friend’s and her family. We went to a parade in the morning and had a delicious lunch with some marshmallow roasting and fireworks at the end. Following that, some family came into town that weekend and I spent the days with them lighting off fireworks of our own, feeding exotic birds at the zoo, seeing Monsters University and celebrating my little cousin’s seventh birthday.

In the midst of all the joy and celebrating, my dog of fourteen years passed away. Being so busy helped get my mind off of her death, but it didn’t allow me much of any time to grieve. It’s really hard not having her around. She was my best friend and we grew up together. I feel like I have a phantom limb because I can still feel her even though she’s not there.

When I was ten, we had to put my cat down because he had cancer. I didn’t have much of a connection with him and I took his passing pretty hard because it had been my first experience with death. I still don’t have much experience with death, thankfully, but being older now has allowed me to look at death from a mature standpoint. I wanted to share it with you in hopes that if you’re going through the same thing I am it may help. This perspective doesn’t make the loss hurt less. It simply allows you to be more understanding and accepting of it.

The entire time my dog was sick I was hoping she’d get better and wishing that it was just like all of those other times that she conquered an illness and came out strong. I knew she was getting older and eventually going to pass anyway, but to see her go like this where she looked so sick and helpless was heart breaking. I didn’t think it would actually defeat her, but I prayed for God’s will to be done. God knew the situation better than I from how she was feeling to what we were. We were on this emotional roller coaster where we had to battle acceptance and facing the facts. Having to deal with her getting better and then sick again would have taken too much of an emotional toll. I’m so blessed to have had as much time with her as I did. She was such a good little girl and took the place of the sister I never got to know. I have every faith that my dog, Lacy, and my sister, Ashley, are taking care of each other in heaven. I’ve accepted the fact she left us in God’s timing. I miss her dearly and am so thankful for the memories shared and captured that I can look back and reminisce on. Thank you to everyone that loved her. I’d be honored if you’d share in her memories with me.

by Amanda

All You Need Is Love

June 20, 2013 in From the Heart by Amanda

This last week I have felt convicted on multiple occasions to write a post explaining my standpoint on gay/equal rights.

Now, I really don’t want to be writing this because I know why I believe what I believe and I also understand why people believe what they believe and having pointless arguments over who’s right and who’s wrong over vast social media websites isn’t going to change anyone’s opinion and to be honest that’s not what I’m trying to do here. The truth is I hate conflict, but nonetheless I’m going to take a stab at trying to explain the complications behind why I think the way I do on this topic.

I was born and raised in a generation that embraces and accepts people for being different and embodying who they truly are more than any other generation has. It’s one of the things I love the most about about my generation, but being a part of this generation as well as having been raised in a Christian home, has put me in the middle of some conflicting morality issues. Growing up, I thought it would be the coolest thing to have a gay best friend like the lead characters in rom coms had who could help you pick out clothes and give you guy advice from a guy’s perspective, but the struggle came in when I knew deep down that my rhetorical gay best friend’s lifestyle wouldn’t be one that was pleasing to God.

Love is at the heart of this issue and time after time I keep hearing it doesn’t matter who you love, if the person makes you happy then that’s all that matters. To a certain degree that’s true, it doesn’t matter who you love because we are supposed to love and care for everyone just as Christ first loved us. That’s why it doesn’t matter who you are, what you look like, where you live, what you believe, or what you’ve done. Christ loves you and so do I. I’m not going to stop being your friend, talking, or caring for you based on your past or your present. I will defend you against your enemies, however I will never condone or support your sinful actions. Love isn’t the issue. If you ask me, we need more of it. It’s the other ‘L’ word where things become a problem. When you begin to lust after someone that’s where sin begins to form.

We have our own free will and because of this we have a choice. You are entitled to make your own decisions about what you do and how you live your life, but along with that freedom you are held accountable for the consequences if you make a wrong choice. If you haven’t made the ultimate decision of accepting Christ as your Lord and Savior and committing to a relationship with Him then in your mind there’s no one for you to answer to and I understand why you support gay rights. However, just because you don’t accept that truth doesn’t make it right and doesn’t mean it’s not sin. For myself and other Christians, our first obligation is to the Lord and we can’t justify what is considered sin in His eyes.

Yes, God is a God of love, but He is also a God of justice. That’s why He sent His only Son to die for us simply to save our immortal souls so we can spend eternity with Him. That’s also why I believe what I do. I love my God and in loving Him I respect and honor what He deems as righteous. I love you with all of your faults because Christ loves me with mine and I know that all sin leads to destruction and I don’t want that road for anyone.

God never intended for women to be with women and men to be with men in a homosexual way. If He had, in creation, He would have provided a way for both men and women to give birth naturally and He also would not have limited himself to only creating Adam and Eve. We need two different individuals like a man and a women in order to procreate. Marriage is a supposed to be a picture of Christ as the groom coming for His bride, the church. There’s always a reason why the Bible is against something or puts a negative connotation towards it which is why I have included a few of the following verses on this subject.

“Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.” – Lev 18:22

“If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed and abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” – Leviticus 20:13

“Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people- none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God. Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” – 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 

It’s a fact that our world is changing and more and more are viewing homosexuality as acceptable. I understand the reasoning behind why people support it because if I weren’t a Christian I probably would too, but no matter how many attempts there are to justify equal rights, it’s still a sin. Let’s be honest, in the end the law isn’t going to stop you from living the way you choose to. The only thing that’s going to convict you to change your lifestyle is embracing Christ’s love for you and deciding that living for the Lord is more important than living for yourself. How we return Christ’s love for us is spending time with Him reading and praying, honoring His word, and showing others what Christ has done for us through our testimony and actions. I come from two worlds and it’s not about what I believe, but why I believe it especially when everywhere you turn someone is telling you you’re wrong and they’re right. I just wanted to take the time to explain the why because I feel like that isn’t individually thought through enough. I’m not trying to change your opinion or beliefs. I couldn’t even if I wanted to. Only God has the power to work in your heart. Please message me if I can help in answering any questions you may have or simply if you need someone to talk to. I don’t care about your past or your present, but I pray for a better future.

by Amanda

The Art of Refraction in Photography

June 16, 2013 in Behind the Lens by Amanda

They're Watching

Okay, so I’m sure you’ve seen these kinds of pictures before. When you first saw them you stared and stared thinking to yourself, how did the photographer do that? It had to be Photoshop! Although, you can do pretty much anything in Photoshop these days, this stunning little trick you don’t need Photoshop for. Sometimes you can be lucky enough to find it in nature, but other times you have to do a little prep work behind the scenes. Let me introduce you to the art of refraction.

What is refraction?

Well, according to science it has this big fancy shmancy technical definition, but for the sake of photography let’s just say it’s the inversion of something. (See, my Applied Science degree for photographic technology is going to come in handy because I’m teaching you guys how to apply science to your photography!) This means that when you have a cute little water droplet just chilling it can act as a prism that flips an upside down image right side up.

How do you create this effect?

Not everyone is lucky enough to have nature bless them with this Kodak moment, but there is a way to do it on your own. Flowers are a popular choice for refracting in water droplets, but there are a ton of creative possibilities out there to have fun experimenting with. You can go outside and compose your image with plants and flowers around and simply use a dropper to place water droplets around until you can see the image you want being refracted in the droplet or you can become Dr. Frankenstein like I did and set up your own little lab indoors if you don’t have enough foliage accessible to you.

I used a photograph of a daisy I had previously taken and flipped it upside down in the background. You can use any kind of picture you want for this. I would suggest something with a main, prominent focal point though. Then I simply draped the vine of a house plant in front of the photograph and began placing water droplets along the vine with the dropper. The most difficult part of this process is getting the water droplets to stay in place, but with a little persistence and patience you’ll get it to work. It’s really cool to see the image become right side up in the droplet. When you line everything up, you can start composing and snapping away!

Hope you enjoy and have fun with this little trick! I can’t wait to see what pictures you end up taking. Don’t forget to connect with me on Flickr!

by Amanda

Networking with Photographers

June 6, 2013 in Behind the Lens by Amanda

The only time you can see through another person’s eyes and have the opportunity to see exactly what they saw, when, and how they saw it is with photography. Even with Photoshop, photography is believable and shows you the inner workings of an artist/photographer’s mind. It’s something to savor and embrace openly. Your homework previously was to read your camera manual and take LOTS and LOTS of pictures. Practice makes perfect, right? Well, your next homework assignment is to get a free account on Flickr.

Why, you ask? This allows you to…

Share Your Photography

It’s really important for you to get your work out there and share it with people (including me). I want to see what you’ve been up to! You get to upload a terabyte of photos for free which will suit you for a very, very long time. You can trust them with your cherished images by choosing whether you want a Creative Commons License for your work or All Rights Reserved. You can check out their FAQ if you have particular questions and concerns.

Connect With Other Photographers

Viewing other people’s photography is the first way to improve your own! You see what you like and what you don’t like and then you learn how to adapt that style into your own work. There’s a good chance you’ll notice some particular techniques that I’ll be touching on in future posts. The other thing is your photography will be open to critique to help encourage you and improve your creative process. You might even make some new friends!

Besides just looking on Flickr, check out some famous photographers and see what kind of photography they became famous for. Leave me a comment letting me know who your favorite photographer is and a link to your new Flickr account so I can check it out. You can connect with me on mine here.

I know there are some photographers who hate Instagram, but I think that’s another great social media site for people because it gets them in the habit of taking pictures on a regular every day basis. I’d definitely recommend that App if you don’t already have it and I hope it gets you to think about pictures before you take them. Something to think about when uploading pictures to Flickr or even Instagram for that matter, consider what images you’re going to display and make those images your absolute best.

I can’t wait to see all everyone has been up to and taking pictures of!



by Amanda

Candy Salad with Honey Vinaigrette

June 4, 2013 in DIYs, Health by Amanda

In honor of ‘Running the Race’ and becoming healthier both physically and spiritually, I thought I’d share with you my very own recipe for a salad I made my mom for mother’s day. Definitely one of my favorite concoctions! And I know what you’re thinking, it can’t possibly be healthy with candy in the title! Well, it’s a delicious salad if you have a sweet tooth, but don’t want to go over board – and technically there’s no candy in it. I figured it was only appropriate though because my mom’s name is Candy and this salad is just deliciously sweet! You gotta start somewhere, right?

Everyone knows how to make a salad so there’s no real brain power there – you just toss it, however walnuts, which are one of the ingredients for this salad, actually contributes to brain power! Bonus!

Okay, so you’re going to need…

♥ Parmesan Cheese

♥ Apple Slices – depending on how fancy you want to get you can de-core it using a spiral cutter

♥ Candied Walnuts (Find out how to make candied walnuts here)

♥ Spring Mix lettuce

… and for the real topper

♥ home made honey vinaigrette dressing – yummy!

How do you make honey vinaigrette dressing? I’m thrilled you asked!

It’s super simple. All you have to do is blend these ingredients and pour:

♥ 3/4 cup olive oil (good quality)

♥ 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

♥ 2 tablespoons water

♥ 2 tablespoons honey

♥ 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

♥ 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Happy eating!

by Amanda

Running the Race

May 23, 2013 in Health by Amanda

A life changing note of encouragement and motivation…

We are comprised of two components: body and soul. We have our physical health and our spiritual health. Everyone seems to be aware of their physical health be it from allergies to the amount of energy one has, however it seems we are less aware of our spiritual health which is even more important. If we didn’t have a need for our spiritual health or if our spiritual health didn’t exist, there would be no point or need for death in the first place because we would be invincible living immortal lives. Think about it.

There are people in the world who are very health conscious. They know and pay attention to everything they put in their body and exercise regularly because they want to look good, feel good, and ultimately stay in good health. There are people in the world who aren’t as health conscious which is reflected in their lifestyle. Maybe they feel how they’re living their life is good enough or maybe they feel it takes too much effort to change anything. That doesn’t mean that they don’t think eating healthy foods and exercising is good for you, they just use a laundry list of excuses that it’s “too hard”, they “don’t have time”, they are “content”, or that the cake just “tastes too good”. And they’re right. The cake tastes delicious! In fact, they may not have time and it is hard, but content shouldn’t be a high enough standard to set for one’s life. The truth of the matter is if you’re seeking a change and desire a richer life than the one you’re living, you have to make time. No one said it was easy. After all, anything worth having takes hard work, effort, and it doesn’t happen in one night. Everyone’s goal in life should be to better themselves in whichever area they’re struggling in. If your struggle is with your physical health, take the step to reverse directions whether you need to shed some extra pounds and feel comfortable in your clothes, gain newfound energy for the day, run around with your grandchildren and not become out of breath, or prevent yourself from having a variety of health issues. It’s up to you make the decision that will change your life.

More importantly, though, is how we view our spiritual health. There are people in the world who are very conscious of their spiritual health and then there are others who purposely deny there’s any need for it. This seems even more foolish than someone with serious physical health issues denying they have them and refusing to do anything about it. Truth of the matter is we all have been infected with a cancer called sin and we will surely die without a cure. No matter how physically healthy you are, physical death is inevitable, but along with that if you haven’t cured this spiritual cancer you will also die a spiritual death. How can anyone afford to be in denial of their spiritual health? I know it’s fun and “tastes so good” to engage in sinful action and behaviors. I know making time for the God of the universe by praying and reading the Bible can be a daunting task because I have to make time out of “time I don’t have”. I know how “hard” it is to be constantly tested and tempted by Satan and persecuted for my beliefs. I know what it’s like to feel “content” living a lifestyle where I think it’s simply good enough because I control my life and I don’t need God. I know what it’s like because I’ve been there and I’ve seen people who have been there who blow off their spiritual health for all those reasons. They’ve chosen an empty lifestyle that is leading them and or others to a spiritual death with an eternity of darkness and agonizing pain with raw, skin-lashing flames that will never subside. They’re missing out on a beautiful, everlasting, spiritual immortality that goes beyond the grave, the most perfect relationship that one could ever ask for with our Lord and Savior, a life designed and perfected by God himself, a Prince of Peace who will lovingly take the weight of worry off your shoulders, and give you the breath of life that will cure and redeem you from your sin.

If your physical health is in order, but your spiritual health isn’t, you’re simply prolonging an inevitable death. Why not open your heart to Christ, who defeated and conquered death itself, by giving Him every part of you so he can shape you into the beautiful, new creature you were meant to be in Him? If you’re spiritual health is in order, but your physical health isn’t, you’re potentially cutting your time to serve the Lord here on earth short. Why not make the decision to take that step forward? If you can’t do it for yourself or anyone else then do it for the One who died on the cross to save you and the God who has blessed you beyond expectations and considers to do so. Your body is His temple. How can you serve Him to the best of your ability if you’re not taking care of yourself?

If you’re struggling with both your physical and spiritual health, I have every faith in you that you will make the decision to go against the current and turn your life around so that you may begin living life to the fullest. There’s no way of knowing when your last day may be or what the future may hold. Don’t you want to be certain you’re going to heaven when you die? Don’t you want to live a full life of service for Christ by bringing others to know His love and mercy through your actions, faith, and testimony? Don’t you want to feel good and look good so your health doesn’t discourage or prohibit you from doing the Lord’s work? What you eat and how you take care of yourself is a direct representation of how much you value yourself. God values you immeasurably so you should put a higher value on yourself as well.

No matter what area of your life you’re seeking to change and improve, the Lord is your strength. Seek Him and you will be able to endure. The majority of the time our hearts have to change before we can begin to see change in other areas. It’s a constant battle and a consistent journey. I’m walking down the same path as you. Let’s walk down it together.

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize?  Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”

- 1 Corinthians 9:22-27

xo Amanda

by Amanda

Flirty Heart Nails

May 16, 2013 in Beauty by Amanda

What You’ll Need

One

Paint a base coat with the mint nail polish

Two

Add a french tip with the white nail polish. For better results, slowly rotate your nail as you draw the line.

Three

Add a heart by dipping your nail stick into the peach polish and placing two parallel dots in the corner of each nail and carefully joining them together at the bottom in a point.

 

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