Praying for Boston

I will never be able to explain why tragedies happen or why the world is filled with so much hate. I do know however that our God is the Prince of Peace. He offers us hope during our turmoil, and comfort during our struggles. Trust in Him in times of trouble and do not be afraid. His love is far greater than any challenges of this life.
xoxo BRI

The Day I Met My Oldest Brother

Most people don't have a story about meeting their siblings, they've just been a part of their life for as long as they can remember. I wasn't fortunate enough however to always have older siblings (even though we've done a pretty good job at making up for lost time) so in honor of my oldest big bro turning the big 3-0 today I thought I'd share the story about the time we met.
My mom and Derek's dad started dating when I was in middle school and Derek was in college at UT Austin. We were living in Houston and even though our parents had been dating for some time, Derek and I had still never met.
 
We took a trip to Austin one weekend to visit Derek, and I was so excited because at the time college kids where the coolest people in the world to me. My mom and Dave spent the day doing all the things parents do when they visit their kid at school. We took Derek out to dinner, and made sure to stock his fridge with all the food he normally wouldn't dip into his "beer fund" to buy. Derek and I never said more than a few words to each other throughout the day, we were just trying to figure this whole new relationship out.
 
That night Dave and my mom were staying at a hotel nearby, and they were leaving me at Derek's apartment. THEY WERE MAKING ME SPEND THE NIGHT WITH A COLLEGE KID, WHO I BARELY KNEW, ALL BY MYSELF! I'm shy around strangers, he was a stranger, and this was weird.
 
I'll never forget what happened next. My parents walked out the apartment door and Derek and I were left standing in the doorway, face to face, looking at each other like we were aliens. Derek looked at me and said...
"So, where do you sleep? and do you need water or something like that?"
He made me a bed on the couch, showed me how to work the TV, and we managed to survive until our parents got there the next morning.
 Little did we know, that weekend was the start of one of the best brother-sister relationships there is. After that first night we had the whole brother-sister thing down, we even tease each other and bicker like the best of 'em. I'm so thankful that God blessed me with such an amazing role-model, friend, and older brother.
 
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE BEST BIGGEST BROTHER A GIRL COULD ASK FOR. I LOVE YOU!
xoxo BRI

Loving Lately: Beauty Edition

I've become a bit of a beauty product junky lately, buying any cool new item that catches my eye. I've been lucky with some of the things I've tried, but I also struck out once or twice with some products that I won't be purchasing again. Below are some of the beauty buys I'm loving lately.
 
Boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel - I've been a little stressed lately and my face was definitely starting to show it. I tried a mask from Boscia before and really liked it so I decided to give the purifying cleansing gel a try. I love it! It smells fresh and clean and has significantly improved my face. It's a bit on the pricey side but well worth it in my opinion.
 
bareMinerals Pretty Amazing Lip Color - Just like the name says, this product is pretty amazing. It's a highly pigmented lip gloss that leaves a pretty, non-sticky color behind when it dries. I like that it goes on like a gloss, but looks like a lipstick.
 
Nyx Cosmetics Powder Blush - Honestly the thing that drew me to this blush at first was the price, it's only $4.99 at Ulta. I've never used any Nyx brand products before but decided to try out two different colors of this blush. A little of this blush goes a long way, but I've been impressed at how long it stays on, and how many color options there are.
 
Fake Bake Flawless - I saved the best for last, the Fake Bake Flawless sunless tanner. I can't say enough things about this product. I like the idea of sunless tanner but have never found one that didn't leave a nasty smell behind. The Fake Bake Flawless version smells like the beach when you put it on, and it doesn't leave you orange or streaky! It's $25 at Ulta but I found it for $15 through Amazon.
 
xoxo BRI

The Best of "Just Bri"

If you're new to "Just Bri", welcome! If you've been following along for a while, thanks for sticking around! I've been lacking blog inspiration lately, but that hasn't always been the case. Instead of coming up with some forced "loving lately" or "beauty bargain" post today, I decided I'd share the "best of the best" from my years of blogging...who doesn't love a walk down memory lane every once in a while?
 
I love my family and in this post I wrote about What They've Taught Me...
 
About a year ago I wrote this post about Starting a New Chapter & then later I wrote this post about The Most Important Lesson I've Learned from that decision.
 
If you want to get to know me, just read this...What Do YOU Believe in?
 
and I think it's safe to say that my crazy dating life has been one of my favorite things to blog about. Read any of these three if you need a good laugh. To The Guys Who Just Weren't It & On Dating and Blogging & So, You're 25ish and Single?
 
 
xoxo BRI
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