Major Boot Sale

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#1 rule of a savvy shopper is to never buy anything in season unless it’s a fashion emergency. This particularly applies to boot season, and guess what ladies? Now is the time! Check out these amazing clearance prices going on at Target right now!

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(My personal favorite, aren’t they gorgeous?)

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I’m having some sort of techincal difficulty, so click the price under each boot to view it online, sorry!

These are just a few of the great styles they have at these prices! I couldn’t help but share.

Wishing you the loveliest weekend,

xo,
ee3

Are You HD?

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I was shocked when I recently realized that we haven’t talked about one of my all-time favorite beauty products – HD Setting Powder. Before I tried using one, I wasn’t sure what all the hype was about, and the name just seemed like it was all hype. But I can assure you it is anything but! I would even say it is one of the biggest game-changers in my make-up bag.

HD Powder will hide all of your little lines, pores, discolorations, etc. in one little tap. I made the comment to my dear husband one time that it made my face look like a porcelain doll, which he took to be a bad thing haha.

Not only does it instantly hide any imperfections but it has incredible lasting power which is something that has been hard for me to find with my combination skin. I wear mine over my liquid foundation and it’s the only finishing powder I need.

These two photos were taken with the same camera, at the same distance, in the same lighting, and neither were touched up at all (despite the stray brow hairs I’m now obsessing over, yikes). Top photo without the powder, bottom photo with.

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The longer I look at these photos the more I’m thinking I need to invest in a good anti-wrinkle cream. But I digress.

Now here’s the really exciting part – like most cosmetics, you can spend a small fortune if you choose to do so. IT Cosmetics has an amazing HD Powder – brush some on the back of your hand the next time you’re at Ulta and I can promise you’ll be amazed! However – you will need to look no further than e.l.f’s High Definition Powder. I use this powder every single day and I can’t imagine that I could be any happier with it. The price tag on this darling? $6. And even with everyday use one of these will last me over 6 months.

You can purchase it directly from e.l.f or you can pick one up at your local Target! How easy is that?

Spring Fever 2015

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 It’s time for my annual Spring Fever in January post! A few days of this blissful sunshine has me ready for warmer temperatures and brighter clothes!

This Spring I’m craving some major color moments. Scroll down for some of my current inspiration! To shop, simply click on the photo. bAnne Michelle Three-Strap Mega-Platform Lime HeelsRound Toe Ankle Strap D'Orsay Platform Heelse

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 What are you looking forward to most for this Spring? Leave me a comment below!

Shine Your Light

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I heard on the radio this morning that NASA has declared Earth to be 50% brighter at Christmastime. How? All of the Christmas lights that we pin, clip, staple and wrap around our houses.
 
My husband and I are a fan of icicle lights, and among other things we clip these to our roof line each year. Each individual bulb on it’s own is tiny, and extremely fragile. My patient husband is continuously replacing the broken bulbs. So imagine if an individual bulb decided it was too little, too delicate to accomplish anything on it’s own. Why even bother to shine? How much light could such a diminutive bulb possibly emit?
 
Yet together, these minuscule lights collectively make the world 50% brighter! There’s a lesson to be learned here, my friends.
 
Shine your light. Even when you feel small. Even when you feel tired. Don’t let the dust and grime of this world dim your glow. And don’t let the vastness of darkness keep you from shining. Don’t be such a loner. Together we can make this world a better place. Perhaps even more than 50% brighter.
Wishing you & yours the Merriest of Christmases,
ee3

“Shine your light and let the whole world see, we’re singing for the Glory of the Risen King.”  – Mighty to Save (Clawson, Rodney)

Stop the Blame

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Body image is a major topic in the media right now. And for good reason. Who among us could say they’ve never dealt with body image issues? While some women may struggle with self esteem and self acceptance much, much more than others, it effects each one of us.
 
But there’s a major trend right now to point fingers. Gap, Disney, Top Shop, even Barbie herself are just a few that have been under major attack recently.
 
Honestly friends, I find the idea that Barbie could forever ruin my self-love rather absurd.
I’m not trying to down-play the insecurities and struggles that girls face every day. I’ve been there. I AM there. Rather, I’m simply trying to suggest that we’re trying to fix a problem that is so much more than skin-deep.
 
Women crave affirmation. We’re wired that way. We naturally seek beauty, and God designed us that way.
 
Start with a wide-eyed, innocent preschooler. Her parents tell her she’s pretty, and she believes them whole-heartedly. But can parents instill enough self worth into a small child to last her the rest of her life? Of course not.
This sweet girl grows up and marries the love of her life. But can his love and devotion be enough to calm her every fear about her thighs? The long dreaded assumption that she is lacking in some way? Of course not. Let’s face it – for some of us that would require he follow us around 24/7, continuously reassuring us we are beautiful.
Because regardless of what we are told, beauty is so much more than skin deep. And sometimes what looks like the outward struggle for self-esteem is really just a heart’s cry of “tell me I am worth something.”
Dear friend – let me tell you what you are worth! You are worth the Creator of the Universe taking the time to intricately knit you together in your mother’s womb. You are worth the King of Kings and Lord of Lords’ desire to have an intimate friendship with you. He wants to cover you with lavish gifts, gifts of eternal life. God says we are beautiful, because He made us that way.  
What if we believed Him? Why are we so quick to believe what the media/critics/world has to say about us, yet we can’t bring ourselves to believe that God says we are worth His life to save?

What if we redefined beauty as something that we are, rather than some way that we look? By all means, there’s nothing wrong with getting all dolled up if that’s what you want to do. But let’s take a look on the inside, let’s fix what’s broken there, and may we not be so quick to start pointing fingers. 
 
Maybe you think this is hypocritical for a beauty blogger to write. Maybe it is. But as much as I love lipstick and mascara and clothes and glitter, what I’m trying to say is this – you can ice a cupcake with the most intricate designs and the most luxurious frosting imaginable. But all the frosting in the world can’t change what’s on the inside.
Let’s fix the problem where the problem lies.
 
xo,

1st Birthday and a Make-over!

It’s October 22nd which means Emerald Earrings is officially 1 year old today! Thank you to each one of you who has visited and left words of encouragement over the past year! I have so enjoyed discussing everything from eyebrows to bracelets to finding contentment with you. I sincerely hope this is only the beginning of this journey!

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

ee3

 

 

 

 

 

P.S. I’m celebrating with a site make-over, please take a look around and let me know what you think of the new design!

Pumpkin Spice Protein Shake

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shakeThere’s probably a million recipes already out there just like this one, but I threw this together off the top of my head the other day and was really happy with how it turned out! It tastes almost exactly like cold pumpkin pie, if you’re in to that sort of thing!

1 scoop Vanilla protein powder (I used a Eas Soy powder)
1/4 cup pumpkin
cinnamon to taste (I used about four big dashes of cinnamon, but it’s kind of an obsession of mine)
dash of nutmeg
dash of cloves
enough milk to reach your desired consistency
Mix together until smooth and enjoy!

I mixed mine in my Blender Bottle, and it mixed the pumpkin in perfectly, no blender required!

If you decided to give it a try please let me know what you think!

I can’t remember the last time I was this excited about fall! Steaming espressos, cozy scarves, leather boots, crisp sparkling mornings! What are you most looking forward to this fall?

 

How to Brow (pt. 2) The Products!

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If you missed Part 1, click here!

Achieving the perfect brows has a lot to do with the product you are using, and let me tell you – I have tried a lot of them! There are two common ways to fill your brows – pencil, or powder. Most days I use a combination of both. If you’ve never ever filled your brows before I recommend starting with a pencil, it’s a little easier to work with at first. Then you can move your way up to outlining with a pencil and filling it in with powder!

Here are a few of my very favorite products! Pencils first:

High End – IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eye Pencil

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Truth be told, on my budget I don’t really have room for a $24 brow pencil, but if I was going to splurge on one this would be it! I was given a travel size version and was a little skeptical about their claim that it would match any brow shade, but I was so very impressed! It matched my brows perfectly, and the oblong shape of the pencil created a very natural shape. The spoolie on the other end was a neat addition for on the go touch-ups.

Budget Buy – Avon Ultra Luxury Brow Liner
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This is my everyday go-to! Available in four shades, and at a great price, this one is a win-win! It sharpens well to a crisp, clean point and blends easily for a natural look.

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High End – MAC Shadow in Brun
513MzQnwWhL__SL1500_I was first introduced to this shadow by one of my favorite beauty bloggers, Maskcara, and she claims she has used this shade on women of all different hair colors and complexions and it blends well for just about anyone! It’s pricy, but a small pot will last a long time.

Budget Buy – Avon Perfect Eyebrow Kit
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This is my absolute favorite! The powder is the perfect consistency, and the kit also contains a clear wax to keep your brows in shape. My only recommendation is to find a longer handled brow brush to apply, the short brush that is included is a little hard to work with. This one also comes in four different shades, so you can be sure to find one that is a good fit for you!

 

Still have questions about brows? Leave me a comment below, or send me an email! dearemeraldearrings (at) gmail.com

 

Homemade Hand-picked Apple Butter

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photoTruth be told, I may be notorious for believe autumn is much, much closer than it actually is. That being said, my mind has already moved on to fall. Are there any scents or flavors quite as decadent as those of fall? When my grandmother-in-law gave us bags full of apples picked right out of her backyard, I wanted to try something new! After looking up some different recipes, I concocted my own recipe for Apple Butter. While I realize there’s nothing novel about this recipe, I just wanted to share with you how easy this is to make!

I like a lot of spice in mine, so if you don’t want a very strong spice to yours, half or diminish the cinnamon and cloves.

12 small-medium apples
1/2c brown sugar
1/4c wild honey
1/4c apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 Tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
Dash of salt

1) Combine all ingredients in Dutch oven, cover and cook on medium-low for one hour, stirring occasionally.

2) Blend all ingredients until smooth, if you have an immersion blender that would be perfect! I don’t have one, so I transferred the mixture to my blender. (If you prefer a chunky butter I would omit this step)

3) Return mixture to Dutch oven and simmer uncovered until thickened.

Serve over hot rolls, toast, English Muffins, etc.