Homemade Lavender Coconut Oil Make Up Remover
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I've been to Sephora with my mom a lot lately, probably more times than is safe. One product I always want to look for is an oil based a make up remover that will remove make up softly and with no stretching. I'm starring down the barrel of 29, and I'll take any 'stay youthful' hack I can. I had no idea that face washes and scrubs can be a little harsh on your skin and even contribute to stretching! Honestly, I'm a make-up/beauty product newb, so I find it HILARIOUS that I'm writing a blog about a homemade make up remover. But, I'm excited about this so I thought I'd share! Here's why I like this recipe better than store bought options:
So, now that I know I've totally convinced you, here's what you need and how to do it!
coconut oil + lavender extract + a small jar
Once you have your ingredients, literally all you do is melt about 1/2 cup of coconut oil in a pan (it takes very low heat and melts fast) and pour it into your jar. Next, add 5-10 drops of lavender! That's it! Store in a cool, dark place and use with a towel or your finger to gently remove make up!
Now you'll feel real fancy when you do your nightly routine, but you'll have only spent a few dollars (maybe none if you had all the ingredients) versus $25 for a product at Sephora! In the chance you don't have the ingredients though, I've linked them for you here! I picked the big lavender because you can use it for anything and it'll go fast, I promise. Also, now that I think about it, this would be an awesome DIY Christmas gift to give to neighbors or co-workers!
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Share It : About Emily #2
It's been a minute since I shared my first 'About Emily' post, so I thought it time to share more with you today! Here's my second round of 10 things about me, but we're going back in time for this one. I hereby introduce you to my past 28 years:
1. I was born in 1989 in Austin, Texas. I lived there for 18 years and loved every minute!
2. I went to Baylor University and graduated in 2012 with a degree in English.
3. After college I worked as a youth pastor in Austin for 3 years. My favorite memories are taking the kids to camp in Estes Park, Colorado and mission trips to Galveston.
4. In 2013 I went to Uganda for the first time, and it completely changed my life.
5. I met my husband, Kenton, in 2012 and we got married on October 26, 2014. It was the best day of my life!
6. In 2015 we moved for Kenton's job to Navasota where we lived in a little pink house for 3 years.
7. I started my wedding and portrait photography business in 2016, and I've been full time since September 2017. My favorite lens is my 50 mm, my camera body is a Mark III. I love spending time with people and I really love finding beauty in every session and giving my clients photos that blow them away and make them loves themselves even more!
8. This April, we moved out of our pink house into a cabin in the woods at Camp Allen.
9. This September, we finally moved out of the cabin in the woods and now......
10. Today, we live in College Station! And hope to stay here for years to come!
My dream is to one day own land just outside College Station where we can live in a big house on lots of acres and rescue animals of all kinds, and start a ministry that functions out of our home!
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This morning I apologized.
I apologized to my friend Melissa for not meeting her at that rock on Bull Creek we're agreed to meet and eat our Chick-Fil-A. She was quite forgiving that I got distracted and missed our chicken rock date. In real life she was a little more perturbed and asked how I dared to leave her waiting. Dream Emily has some real nerve.
I've been editing photos all day, listening to a Ben Rector album I discovered and found his song "Old Friends." Here's a tid bit.
No one knows you like they know you
And no one probably ever will
You can grow up, make new ones
But truth is there's nothing like old friends
'Cause you can't make old friends
This song perfectly touches that nostalgic feeling my subconscious was focused on last night. That or I'm really just craving Chick-Fil-A. I actually wrote about it on my Instagram yesterday. That feeling of "the good old days" and the people playing center stage in your memories. How we crave simpler times.
But thinking about the days and people I miss makes me realize all my days are days I'll miss. Every day is a gift. And every detail of every day is a highlight. Like Bowie laying on my feet right now. Like a box of half eaten Tiff's Treats in my pantry. Like photos to edit in Lightroom and plans for dinner later tonight. Like the glass on my desk, half full of water with lemon. Lots of gifts. Rich beyond my dreams now, rich beyond my dreams back then, too.
So this one's for all my old friends. You only get old friends by getting old, right?
Momo, Chick-Fil-A at Bull Creek the next time I'm in Austin?
Subscribe to my email list and let's be old friends?
Seems so weird to write a post introducing myself, but I figure maybe you'd like to know who you're hearing from in all these posts. I'll start doing short installments of introductions because that sounds like fun, right? So this will be the first of my "About Emily" posts, and I'll stick to the basics!
Here goes nothing.
#1 - I am a believer.
I had to start here because this is what drives every aspect of my life. My faith in God is my root system, so my hope and prayer is that everything that grows out of my life would reflect my love for Jesus. I grew up in a Christian home (actually I'm a preacher's kid), but my faith became my own the summer before my freshman year of high school. That was when I decided I wanted to really seek God on my own, and the moment I did, I found an intimate relationship with Him.
#2 - I'm married!
I've been married to Kenton Boone for almost 4 years now and I love him dearly. He is my greatest cheerleader, encourager, hero, and best friend. We're very different, but we're also super similar if that even makes sense? Our most common date scenario is getting Cane's, eating in the car while we watch one of our shows (right now it's Brooklyn 99 AND I LOVE IT) and then getting fro-yo. Maybe that's sad to admit, but that's a super restful, happy date for us.
Photo by friend and fellow photographer, Shelby.
#3 - I'm a portrait and wedding photographer.
I've been doing photography since 2016, but I went full out, full time, and started my business (Emily Boone Photography) in October last year. I absolutely love what I get to do and growing more skillful in this craft is one of my favorite things and driving forces. My favorite thing about shooting weddings is getting to invest in my couples by being an encourager and supporter in addition to a photographer they can rely on. I also love shooting portraits, couples and newborns, and getting to enjoy the more leisurely pace and atmosphere of portrait photography!
Photos from a styled shoot I did last year.
#4 - I still go to summer camp every summer.
That's right! My husband is a summer camp director at Camp Allen, and for the past three summers we've packed up our lives and moved out to a cabin in the piney woods of Navasota, Texas. Summer camp life is as fun and crazy as you'd expect, and a bit challenging too. While Kenton leads staff at camp all day, I work on my business from our cabin and spend a lot of happy time with my lovely coworkers, Bowie and Howie.
My fur babies in our little cabin.
#5 - Home is my favorite.
Like, my favorite. I love to decorate and fully live in a space. I love and need days where all I do is stay at home. This is something I've known about myself since I was in college at Baylor, but the past three summers of living at camp in a cabin in the woods have shown me how important my space is to me. Having a pretty, special area for me to write, work, and unlock the creative part of my heart is a huge part of maintaining balance in my life. Living in a cabin that isn't ours for three summers has taught me to find that creative space regardless of my circumstances. But it's also taught me that it's okay to do what I need to do to create an environment where I can work and write and dream!
A few moments from our home in Navasota last fall before we moved out this summer.
#6- Exercise and outdoors!
Two of my very favorite things that define who I am and where I came from. I've loved outside my entire life. I grew up water skiing at my Gdad's lake house on Lake Austin, playing horse in my back yard with my sister, and making mud slides at my cousin's home on the green belt in south Austin. I also love and crave activity, and in addition to being an avid hiker, stroller, and equestrian, I've been a member at Yoga Pod in College Station since January and it's been the best thing ever.
Photos from our recent staycation at Gdad's Lake House in Austin.
#7 - We're moving to College Station/Bryan in the fall.
We have been living in Navasota for the past almost three years, but after feeling some nudges from the Lord, we're moving to the BCS area when summer camp ends. We're super excited about the move and I'm thrilled for the doors it will open with my business and community!
Bonus Fact - I hit 26 and suddenly needed glasses.
This one is just for kicks and giggles, but I recently developed an astigmatism (getting older is so fun) and Kenton (in good humor and so lovingly) will sometimes poke fun at my "football eyes." Apparently astigmatism is caused by having eyes that are shaped more oblong and less spherical. Also, everyone says I look like my mom with my glasses on.
Photo from a Doobie Brothers concert with my dad and sister. This was one of my first outings with glasses last year, haha.
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