Instant Results!

“Facebook won’t let me message you! But I wanted to tell you, I got my order today and I used it for the first time tonight. I can already say , that just after one use, my face feels smoother and softer. It will be fun to see the results after prolonged use. I will let you know what I think in a few days to a week.”
-Allison H, Winston Salem, NC

Allison’s Order:

Routine Cream Clean Cleanser
Every Night PM Hydrating Cream
Tint Skin
Lustro Oil #2

Oh and did I mention that Allison earned most of those products at 1/2 off! Not to mention she got the Lustro Oil #2 completely for FREE! I’d love to help you earn some of your favorite products too! Ask me how!

Fitness & Fashion

Justin was making fun of me the other day because when he asked me why I wasn’t going to the gym to work out. My response? ‘Because I have nothing to wear.’

He couldn’t believe it, but say what you will, I just think that it’s just as important to look nice at the gym as it is when you go out.

I’m not saying full makeup or anything (not that I wear makeup, thank you Beautycounter!), but I am saying you can’t just wear whatever to the gym these days.

Over are the days with oversized t-shirts and old gym shorts (I won’t lie, that kind of breaks my heart just a little). Today women want to look good, no matter where they are.

I love pieces that work both inside the gym and out while running errands. Pieces that are multifunctional.Pieces that are comfortable, but that make it look like you tried. Ya know what I’m talking about?

It’s that ‘messy bun’ idea. There were days (way before kids) when I would spend hours fixing my hair into a ‘messy bun’. Strategically, I would place each out of place hair exactly in the place that would make it look the messiest. It was crazy. 10 years later and I’m still rockin’ the messy bun, but it just happens naturally these days ;).

But seriously, it’s that idea right there, the idea that you need to look put together without looking put together. It’s the wearing makeup without it looking like you’re wearing makeup.

Be sure to check out some of my favorite looks in my Fitness & Fashion Mavatar collection. Who knows? You may find exactly what you need to make working out something you actually look forward too. I mean, everything’s better when you look good, right?

And with outfits like these, it makes it look like you did something, but really you just can’t go wrong, it all looks so good!

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Let’s Do This!

Let’s do this.

I’ve been saying it to myself for years. Casually checking myself out in the mirror. Ready to take on the world.

You got this.

‘You are strong. You are beautiful. You can make it happen.’

But it was never enough. I never was victorious. I never really did much. Nope, looking back on it now, it was nothing.

I am nothing without Him.

I have been living my life so wrong. I’ve made things harder on myself, harder than they had to be. I have struggled. I have wasted time being angry, hurt, sad, defeated, the list goes on.

My time has been spent on worry and stress. I have wasted so much time.

You see, for months I have asked God for clarity. I felt He wanted me to give Him my marriage and my job. He kept reminding me that He would take care of it, but I just had to give it to Him.

Of course it was easy (Well, I should say ‘easier’) to give Him my marriage, I mean, He created it. The way I look at it it’s just as much His marriage as it is ours. But my job? I had no idea how to incorporate God into Beautycounter.

I prayed for months. ‘Lord, tell me what I need to do to give you Beautycounter. I am clueless. Tell me and I’ll do it. I just need you to tell me.’

I listened. ‘Just give it to me,’ He said.

Frustrated, I explained to Him that I didn’t know what that meant and I just kept trying to do it all on my own.

I changed my prayer up a little bit. ‘Lord, I have no clue what to do. I’m not even close to understanding, I’m begging you, be blunt.’

He heard me.

On Friday, I went to read my daily devotional. Before I opened it, I was urged to jot down some notes for a blog.

All of my blogs on faith? Yeah, He does that. He tells me exactly what to say. Every time. I’ve written some of my most read blogs on my phone while texting myself from the car. (Not driving, of course.)

So I’m texting myself on Friday from the couch. ‘Stop worrying. Stop stressing. I’ve got this. Remember, I’ve got this. All of this. Just give it to me.’ Of course it was a bit more detailed, but the theme was that I don’t have to wonder or worry or stress, He’s in control completely.

The truth is Justin and I have faced our fair share of struggles recently. It’s been tough. No one likes struggling. No one likes worrying about money or paying the bills late. And sometimes it would be easy for me to get upset with God. I mean, He’s God, He could fix all of this. He could give us exactly what we want. But we don’t tend to include Him. We try to fix it on our own. We don’t, but we don’t go down without a fight, bottom line, we’re exhausted.

So I’m texting, He’s telling me to give it to Him completely. He’s got this. We don’t need to worry.

So then I start thinking, there is always going to be struggle. (Cue Holy Spirit) Just because I am a Christian does not mean that my life will be easy and without struggle. We live in a broken world, that’s the truth, but even when we have to face those struggles, we’ve got Him, which means there is no difficulty or struggle that He can’t handle and we have all we need to get through it because we have Him.

Things began clicking. I know it was the Holy Spirit. I kept writing and jotting. I couldn’t stop. Everything was starting to make so much sense. When I was done, I caught my breath, picked my phone up, and opened my devotional.

“Have there ever been times in your life when you have found yourself wondering, ‘How long, O Lord?’ How long will these struggles and disappointments last? How long will we have these financial difficulties? How long will these health issues persist? How long will the difficulties in this relationship last? How long will I struggle with this addiction? How long will these intense temptations last? How long will it take me to get over this loss?”

As I read, I knew this was us talking. I was actually having a conversation with God. I know that sounds crazy, but I also know that that’s exactly what I was doing. We were talking. More importantly, He was talking and I was listening. We talked for hours.

The next day, I went to church. Justin decided to stay home with the kids. I almost stayed home too, but I just knew I had to hear more.

Then it happened again. Another conversation. Through the songs, through His word, and through the sermon, ‘Stop worrying, just give it to me.’

I left church new. I wasn’t who I was when I walked in. I finally got it. I finally understood exactly what He was saying. I cried the whole way home. Sobbing like a baby. I wasn’t sad, I was so happy because I finally understood and when you understand, oh my, it just takes your breath away.

For so long I had wondered how to give God Beautycounter and those other parts of my life, especially the ones where I was struggling, but it was never about giving Him parts of my life, it was about giving Him my whole life.

It means waking up each day and saying ‘Let’s do this’ together. It’s realizing I can’t do anything without Him. Nothing. I can’t do this on my own. Not a single piece. I spent too much time trying to do it on my own and for what? More struggle? More stress? No thanks. He’s all I need.

The truth is I need Him in every nook and crannie of my life. And if I have Him, seriously, what else would I possibly need? Nothing. Not one thing. He is enough.

He is more than enough.

It means that I stop worrying about marriage or bills or sales or paychecks or anything. It means taking that energy and putting into my relationship with Him. All I need to ‘worry’ about is if I’m making Him proud. He’s got everything else under control.

And it means that I can finally enjoy all of this.

It’s About The Forgiver

Ahh, forgiveness. I’ve talked a lot about it lately. It seems to be my central theme in life. Not sure if that’s a good or bad thing somedays.

I have always struggled with forgiveness. I have pretended to forgive, but really I just pushed it, whatever ‘it’ may be, under the rug for a little bit. I never forgave anyone. Never. In almost 31 years, I never forgave one person.

It wasn’t until last year when I stood face to face with one of the most important decisions of my life, to leave or to forgive, that it finally caught up with me. There would be no more hiding, no more pretending, and no more sweeping.

I would have to face forgiveness once and for all. I had always known this day would come, kind of, but I hadn’t ever considered that I would have to forgive, for the first time, something I had considered my unforgivable.

But I did it. Of course, I’m still doing it. Forgiveness is an on going, choice, every single morning you wake up, that you have to make. I’ve been making it every day since the day it started. Some days were harder than others. There were even days when I wanted to take back my forgiveness. But I did it.

And the good news is that it has gotten easier. Each day that passes it gets easier. (Praise the Lord because there were some dark, dark days.)

But I only want to share this with you because I want to make sure that you understand what it means if I can forgive someone. It means that if I, little ol’ me, can forgive, especially if I can forgive my unforgivable, and let me make sure you know what I mean by unforgivable. I was the one sitting around as my girlfriends shared their heartbreaking stories about being cheated on, pounding my fist on the table saying ‘Not me! Let me find out he’s cheating on me. It would be sooooo over. He wouldn’t even know what to do!’ I would go on and on, dead set in my ways, but when the time came I chose forgiveness.

So if I can forgive, He certainly can forgive. I say this confidently because I know that I wouldn’t have forgiven if it hadn’t had been for Him and His presence.

Forgiveness is so important to our Father that He sent His only son to die for us so that we could be forgiven for all that we have done.

Not some. Not just a little, but all. That’s a pretty big deal, ya know?

Before Justin had made the choice to cheat, he was forgiven. And it hurt Jesus just as much as it hurt me. And that’s how it is for everything. Before we cheat or lie or whatever we do we are forgiven, so if He can forgive us, why wouldn’t we be able to forgive each other?

Well, I can answer for myself. I had a hard time forgiving because it hurt my pride. But I had it all wrong. I thought forgiveness made you look weak, dumb, stupid. I hated it. It meant giving in. It meant defeat. I was never a big fan of losing. But it’s not true. None of it. Forgiveness was one of the most demanding things I have ever done. When I did it, I didn’t feel weak. I was the strongest I had ever been, probably because He was with me, He gave me the strength.

And my pride? I didn’t even think about. There was something very humbling about forgiving. I wasn’t thinking ‘Way to go, Lauren! Good for you! You’re awesome!’ No, it was more like ‘Thank you, Lord for always forgiving me. I don’t deserve it, but thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.’

You see, I had made forgiveness out to be about the other person completely, but it’s not. It’s not about the forgiven, it’s about the forgiver.

You need Him to truly forgive. And when you get that close and that intimate with Him, it changes you. Completely. Entirely. (More on that another day.)

Because when you can forgive it reminds you that you’ve been forgiven. And I’ve been there, I’ve been in a place where I felt like no one, not even God could forgive me for what I’ve done. But that’s just not true. You’re already forgiven, so why not extend that same grace?

It’s not going to be easy. And if I can be completely honest with you, it’s probably going to hurt a lot in the beginning. People aren’t going to understand. The world will make you think it was the weakest choice, but once you do it. Once you realize how much strength it actually takes to forgive, you’ll know the world was wrong. But remember to just lean on Him for it. You can bet that if this is that important to Him, He’s going to do whatever it takes to help you do it. Not just once, but every single time. (I can say that from experience.)

Think you don’t need to forgive anyone? Ask Him. I’m chuckling to myself as I write this because I remember thinking that I didn’t need to forgive anyone and I asked Him and He just gives me name after name, every single day. It’s amazing how much hurt, anger, and resentment you can hold on to. Just ask. I bet you’ll be pretty surprised.

Goodbye Winter Skin!

It’s Winter. It’s cold. Even here in Houston. I don’t know about you, but with the cold weather and the hot showers, my skin is a nightmare in the winter time, but not anymore. Here’s my favorite products perfect for battling the winter elements!
Winter Skin
Nourishing Cleansing Balm, $75
Lip Conditioner Calendula Balm, $18
Winter Skin2
Glow Sugar Scrub, $38
Wash Everyday Body Wash, $22
winter skin3
Lustro Body Oil, $68
Winter Skin4
Routine Clean Cream Cleanser, $24
Lustro Oil 1, $64
Countertime Vibrant Eye Perfector, $55