BG by Christina

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Beauty | My Current Favorite Summer Highlighter + Cheat Sheet!

Hi guys!

Highlighted makeup looks have been on trend this summer and I'm loving experimenting with them! I like to add a little highlighter to my everyday looks. It's rare for me to do a super crazy highlighted look unless I'm going out or it's a special occasion. I really like highlighters that go well with natural makeup looks. My current favorite highlighter is this Hard Candy Sheer Envy Prismatic Highlighter Rainbow Pearl Powder. This highlighter is super gorgeous because it's sheer enough to add a subtle glow, but you can layer it to take your glow to another level! It's a pearl illuminator which is my go-to kind of highlighter. It claims to be a universal shade that is flattering on all skin tones!

Also, It's only $6.00! That is an amazing deal. I honestly love it more than the cream, high-end brand highlighters I've been using. I love how soft the powder is, it goes on the face so smoothly. Iridescent shimmer is trending and this highlight definitely has a magical, unicorn iridescence to it.

I apply it down the bridge of nose and on the tip, my cupid's bow (above the lip), my brow bones, my inner eyes, my cheekbones, my shoulders and on my collarbone. I love to add a little shimmer to my collarbones, especially in the summertime! I added my cheat sheet above of where I apply it.

Are you loving the unicorn highlighter trend?!

Love,

Christina xx

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What eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and what has not entered the human heart. What God has prepared for those who love him.
Cor. 2

* Thank you Hard Candy for this bomb highlighter!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Beauty | Nectar Beauty Oil How-To! + Freebird Organics Ambassador Announcement!



Hi friends!

I've found a magical beauty oil that I am obsessed with! I use it a million different ways and it's seriously so amazing for every use. Before I get into the oil, I want to talk a little bit about FreeBird Organics! FreeBird Organics is an organic, eco-friendly lifestyle company that uses all sustainable, non-toxic products. All of the apothecary products are all-natural and vegan. They absolutely never test on animals or use any fillers!

Roxy Finamore founder and creator of the business bases the business out of her Jersey shore home. Roxy is such a great soul. She's a true light in the beauty field. She cares about the environment and her customers. Her items are truly handmade with love, as she grows some of the ingredients in her own backyard! She is one cool lady.

Nectar Beauty Oil Uses:

1. Bath 
Put a few drops of this in your water to relax your mind and soften your skin.

2. Body
Use this in place of a lotion to moisturize your skin.
Use this as a moisturizing facial oil.
Use this as a cleansing oil to remove your makeup.

3. Hair
You can use the oil to add some shine to you tresses.
Fellas, you can also use this on your beards! (Fred's gonna steal this from me)

4. Massage 
Warm this up a bit and use as a calming oil to massage sore muscles.
You can use this as a regular essential oil to de-stress and calm you.

This Nectar really is magic. It's made of avocado oil, coconut oil, evening primrose oil, sweet almond oil, carrot seed oil, palmarose essential oil, yang yang essential oil, lemongrass essential oil, frankincense essential oil, rose hips and rose petals. My personal favorite use for it is bath oil. I love my bubble baths and it made my skin so incredibly soft. It smells so lovely. I love anything with rose scent. I honestly can't believe how soft this makes my skin. I've loved using it on the ends of my hair too. It adds the right amount of shine. My hair tends to get very greasy and I have to be careful about what hair oils and shine I put into it. I'm so happy I found this for my split ends. I've also loved using this as a cleansing oil! It gently removes my makeup and adds a little moisture to my skin. I have not yet tried this a massage oil, but you better bet I'm going to haha! I ask Fred for a massage on the daily so we're gonna have to give this a shot!

Side note - I'm a sucker for the pretty aesthetics and it doesn't get prettier than the Nectar oil and bottle. I'm crazy in love with it.

I could not be more excited to announce that I'm now a brand ambassador for this amazing brand! I'm a part of the FreeBird Girl Gang and it's honor to represent FreeBird Organics beside such talented ladies! I can't wait to take a part in sharing Roxy's mission in creating a green lifestyle for all people. This is also a mission of mine! I want to encourage all of my readers to pursue a healthy lifestyle and become passionate for organic, all natural beauty.

 If you'd like to try out some of the products for yourself, you can
use my code: CHRISTINA10
for 10% off!

I promise that you won't regret it and I can't wait to try even more products to share with you guys!

Love,

Christina xx

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One day we will fall into the arms of Jesus and be home forever.
-Lisa Chan 

*Thank you FreeBird Organics for the absolutely beautiful Nectar!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Inner Beauty | It's My Birthday!!! + 26 Life Lessons

Hi friends!

It's my birthday! YAY! YAY! YAY!
(It was actually yesterday, but let's pretend!)

I love birthdays, I always have. I think everyone loves their birthday, but I mean all birthdays! I love feeling special and being able to make others feel special. I feel like the whole month of June is full of surprises for me! Who doesn't love that?!

 I thought it would be fun to share 26 life lessons that I've come across so far. I hope you enjoy and have a lovely day!

1. Love really is the answer.
Love as much as you can, when you can. Even if it's romantic love that doesn't work out, love given is never wasted. Love outlives time.

2. We get by with a little help from our friends.
We need people to believe in us when we don't believe in ourselves. Community is so important because it's a give and take of helping each in times of needs and multiplying joy in times of celebration!

3. Health is wealth.
Every day that you're feeling well and able to participate in daily life, is a good day. Health is a worthy priority and it's something we take for granted until we're unwell. 

4. Forgive yourself, forgive others.
Guilt is too heavy on the spirit. I've suffered from it my entire life and have to actively fight for peace by declaring forgiveness over myself and others who have hurt me. We have to accept forgiveness and show it to continue on with our lives as a better people, making better choices. 

5. You're never too old to wear a flower crown.
Or a bow, or an animal print, or whatever else you wanna wear! If you like it, wear it. Don't take it too seriously. 

6. Don't lose your heart to win someone else's.
Compromising your values and/or changing things that you like about yourself for someone else isn't worth it. It's more important to stay true to your soul and what you believe in.

7. Both angels and miracles are real.
Miracles happen every day and angels are among us.

8. At any point you can change your life.
You have the power to make important changes in your life. You never have to stay stuck. There are always things that you can do to improve a situation that you're in.

9. Anything that you imagine can exist.
Don't let anyone tell you that can't create or build something that you've imagined. Your imagination will help you weather many storms. 

10. The things that make you different are some of the best things about you.
Sometimes you're ridiculed for what sets you apart, but your uniqueness is beautiful and one-of-a-kind. You can't ever be replaced. 

11. Being brave does not mean not being afraid.
Some things in life are very scary and it's only normal to be afraid, but you can be brave and scared. What matters is finding the courage to do what you need to do even when it's scary.

12. Do something unpredictable every now and then.
Stand in the rain, get out on the dance floor, go for a skinny dip...

13. Kindess is always worth it.
It's not always easy to be kind, but you'll never regret the decision. Kindness shown is always kindness shared. 

14. We can't always see our beauty, but it's always there.
Sometimes it's hard to see beauty in ourselves and so easy to see it in others. When we see someone beautiful at work, at the grocery store, or on social media let that be a reminder that our beauty is also real to those who see and know us. 

15. You don't have to follow a timeline.
Every person's journey is so unique. There are no deadlines. Don't let societal pressures get to you and make you feel like you are behind schedule because there isn't one! 

16. Comparison is a waste of time.
Focus on your strengths and your life, don't get pulled into a life of comparison. The world needs what you have and no one else has the same light. 

17. The best kind of friends want what's best for you.
Jealousy and competition really has no place in  friendship. It's not possible to experience true friendship with someone who doesn't want what's best for you, or someone who can't cheer for you. 

18. God's grace is greater than any mistake.
Your past is just the past. God's grace can cover you and get you where you never dreamed of being able to go. 

19. Everyday magic is out there.
Sometimes you just have to look for it and believe in it before it appears. This can be as simple as having childlike awe for nature, or an extreme feeling of appreciation for something small!

20. Don't compromise your peace.
Whatever it may be, a certain situation or person, it's not worth stealing your peace. Try to remain calm so you can live in tranquility. 

21. Gratefulness changes everything. 
My days are better when I start them with a grateful heart and remember my blessings. Even in tough situations, just remembering your blessings in thankfulness can turn your mood around. 

22. Social media is just a highlight reel.
Don't let it drive you to live a life of comparison. Things are not always as they seem online. Most days we're only seeing the best of people's lives. No one if perfect and no one has a perfect life. 

23. It's the little things that mean the most. 
Sometimes, I find joy in the smallest things and moments. When I look back and reflect on my life, the sweet little things are what stand out the most.

24. Money is overvalued. 
Yes, money is needed to live on. However, I've always thought that people are too often shaped and moved & even intimidated by those who are wealthy and well-known. It's great to be successful and/or popular, it's just not that important in the big scheme of things.

25. Your opinion of you matters most.
Everyone will form their own opinions of you, but what matters most is what you think of yourself. 

26. Love your body.
Love it for all it does for you. Fight to love your body when it's the healthiest and strongest it can be. Work to make your body strong, not attractive or skinny or anything else. Work to make peace with your body!

What's your best piece of advice?!

Love,

Christina xx

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You cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.
John 15:4


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Style | Women's Tie-Dye Dress Trend + Mini Wishlist!

Hi guys!

I'm loving the women's tie-dye dress trend for summer! Tie-dye prints are so free-spirited and boho! I am crushing on all the tie-dye dresses I've been seeing lately. I want to buy one (or two) for our upcoming vacation!

Above is my mini wishlist of the tie-dye items that I want right now! I will have them linked below if you're interested!

Wishlist 
(from left to right)

1. V-Neck Asymmetrical Tie-Dye T-Shirt Dress

2. Tie-Dye Cut-Out Racerback Maxi Dress

3. Off-the-Shoulder Slit Tie-Dye High-Low Dress

Are you loving the tie-dye print trend?

Love,

Christina xx

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Hope anchors the soul.
Hebrews 6:19

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Style | AMICLUBWEAR Swim Part 1 + BEARPAW SHOES GIVEAWAY!


Hi friends!

I am loving AMICLUBWEAR's swim collection this year! Ahh I'm serious, they have so many cute suits this season. I recently got this floral print high-waisted swimsuit and a blush pink fringe one- piece (that will be up on the blog very soon)! High-waist swimsuits are definitely my favorite style of swimwear. I feel the best in them and I personally think they're the most flattering for my body type! They're a really flattering cut for all body types, because they accentuate curves. The floral print on this suit is so pretty. The colors are crazy vibrant and I love the contrast of the pink and navy.

A good pair of sandals is the ultimate summer accessory. There's something about a tan/brown sandal that just screams summertime. These BEARPAW braided sandals in the Naomi style and the color brown are one of my warm weather wardrobe staples.

You can use my code:
BA171JZQZM 
for 15% off your BEARPAW order!

GIVEAWAY!!!
Yay! It's time for a giveaway! I'm hosting a giveaway with BEARPAW to give one of my readers a FREE pair of BEARPAW shoes of their choice! The giveaway will run for 1 week, so from today (6/8) to Friday (6/16) @ 12:00 am. The winner will be randomly selected & announced on Friday (6/16). The giveaway will take place both on Facebook + Instagram!

To enter:

INSTAGRAM
1. Follow my page @bgbychristina 
https://www.instagram.com/bgbychristina/

2. Follow the BEARPAW page @bearpawstyle
https://www.instagram.com/bearpawstyle/

3. Like the GIVEAWAY picture post (that will be up on my IG account today!)
& comment the picture to tag a friend!

FACEBOOK
1. Follow/like my page @bgbychristina
https://www.facebook.com/bgbychristina/

2. Follow the BEARPAW page @BEARPAWshoes
https://www.facebook.com/BEARPAWshoes/

3. Like the GIVEAWAY picture post (that will be up on my Facebook page today!) 
& comment the picture to tag a friend!

You only have to enter on one platform to be entered to win! But you can gain an extra entry by entering on both platforms! :D 

It's that easy! Just 3 simple steps, but be sure to do them all to be entered! 

Good luck friends!!!

Love,

Christina xx

{Wearing:}
Floral Print High Waist Swimsuit - AMICLUBWEAR
Similar High Waist Shorts - Forever 21
Similar Tan Floppy Hat - Charming Charlie
Similar Lace Kimono - Forever 21
Naomi Braided Sandals - BEARPAW
Similar Gold Starfish Bracelet - Charming Charlie
 Seachange Stone Pendant Necklace - Noonday Collection

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Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts.
Isaiah 6:3 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Lifestyle | Blaze Pizza Preview Opening (Worthington, OH)




Hi guys!

This past weekend, Fred and I had the pleasure of checking out Blaze Pizza! A Blaze Pizza opened in Worthington yesterday at 7166 N. High St. Worthington, OH 43085.

Today (6/6) is their Free Pizza Day! The location is giving away free 11-inch pizzas all day from 11am- 9pm to anyone who likes Blaze on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Snapchat! So definitely start liking and following so you can stop by and get some free pizza!

I'm obsessed with pizza so I was beyond excited to come check out Blaze! The pizza was SOO yummy! I did a "Build Your Own" and Fred got a signature pizza, the "BBQ CHKN". His was so colorful and pretty, definitely an Instagram worthy pizza! I got classic red sauce and added mozzarella cheese, gorgonzola cheese, pepperoni, salame and a sprinkle of oregano. They have signature pizzas for their customers that want a more classic pizza shop experience and they have a BYO (Build Your Own) option for a one-of-a-kind pizza experience. I love their concept of assembly line pizza so that you can create your own dream pizza! This allowed Fred and I to get completely different pizzas of our choice without one of us having to settle. This is especially great for my dietary needs. They have a lot of great vegan and gluten free options for their customers wanting those ingredients. They had a lot of drink choices as well and they even had delicious desserts! Fred got a salted chocolate chip cookie and I got a chocolate brownie. I did try them both (of course haha) and they were both so good.

The minute we walked through the door, we were greeted with such amazing service. Everyone was incredibly kind and catering. All of the workers made sure that we had everything we needed and that we were taken care of at all times. Their great service was sincerely appreciated! I love how much fun everyone seemed to be having with their job too! The atmosphere was friendly and upbeat.

Story Time: I went back to the bathroom while I was there and a precious little girl was coming out so we crossed paths. She stopped and looked up at me and said "Wow, you look pretty!" and it seriously made my day. Just a reminder that sweet words and compliments really can lift someone's spirits! It's always worth it to tell someone. She was a real beauty queen though, dressed in a little fancy dress wearing a sparkly, statement necklace... so dang cute.

We will definitely be back! Thanks so much for having us Blaze, we had a great time & GREAT pizza!

Love,

Christina xx

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Struck down, not destroyed.
2 Corinthians 4:9