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Hello everyone! I'm back to share a thrift haul. I love thrifting because it gives me an opportunity to try different styles without paying retail price. I can take something that would normally be considered "ugly" or oversized and make it my own. I purchased all of these pieces from local thrift stores. Hopefully this gives you a look into my style, which I'm not sure is really defined LOL! This specific day I didn't go with any items in mind other than getting some fall/winter clothes, but if you've been thrifting, you know that you will find more than what you're looking for. When I shop I tend to look at what ever catches my eye.
I also picked up a few things for my nephew for .25 each!!
I bought these as a group all for $6. That may seem like a lot, but the necklace was priced at $6 alone. The scissors is a brooch that i plan on using in my hair and/or as a necklace
The ring really caught my eye. It's a nail encrusted with gems!
Well everyone, that's it for today. I hope to be back to show you how I style some of the clothes.
Hello everyone!! Today I'm here to review 4 liquid lipsticks. If anyone knows me I am a cosmetic enthusiast. My favorite products to try are eyeshadows and lip products, so I was very interested to see some new liquid lipsticks! Hue Love is a brand made right here in Sandston, VA!!! I must say that this made me even more curious since it is local and a smaller business. I like being able to try new items from smaller brands since they aren't widely covered in social media. Sometimes there are some hidden gems to be found but we'd never know because it can be hard to get your name known in a highly saturated beauty world.
Hue Love, owned and ran by Frances Gardner, is a Christian black owned cosmetic company that is geared towards African American women. The site is fairly easy to navigate and gives lip swatches of each color available. If you have any questions or concerns she responds very quickly.
As I mentioned before I was definitely interested to try some new lippies. More so to see what makes them so different from other brands available.
Let's jump right in!
I received my order very quickly. It was in a padded mailer to protect the contents.
The colors that are currently available for purchase are The Darker the Berry, Cornerstone, Melanin Rich and Reddest Rose. These liquid lipsticks are .6fl oz and come in a sleek clear tube with a gold top. The only downfall of the packaging is the labeling. They did pop off once i took them out of the package. However, that did NOT stop me from swatching everything. She also notified me that she is working on a new labeling system that possibly involves etching. Below you can see the ingredients. I must admit that I am very happy to see that Hue is producing natural products. That's not it! You can get these for only $5. For the most part, I've noticed that natural products tend to be on the more expensive side so I'm excited to see what else she will be bringing to the table.
I noticed that the lipsticks do not dry down to a matte finish, which I am content with. I am guessing it's due to the moisturizing shea butter that is infused. Because it is not matte the product will transfer. However, even with transfer there is no loss in pigmentation on the lips. They are long lasting, smooth and easy to apply. A plus for me is that they do not travel outside my lip lines!
On to the swatches! I've decided to include lip swatches instead of on the hand to get a realistic view. Below is a picture of my natural lip color. All swatches were taken in natural light and with flash.
Cornerstone is described as a brick red
The Darker the Berry is a deep wine burgundy
Reddest Rose is considered to be a true red.
Melanin Rich is a pure brown
These are awesome colors for the fall and I'm anticipating her next collections. If your interested in purchasing, check her out at Hue Love. She is also on Instagram and Facebook as @huelovebeauty.
Stepping out of God’s will may seem like a good idea because it seems easier, appears beautiful, but it is a form of disobedience. So what exactly happens when we step out of God’s will?
First and foremost, disobedience is a sin. Sin brings on so many issues that God never intended for us to experience. According to Romans 6:23, the wages of sin is death. Death in the physical sense may seem minute since it appears far off, but Spiritual death is the biggie. Why? Because Spiritual death is for eternity.
Some further consequences to stepping out of God’s will? Well, we are unprotected, we experience unnecessary troubles, sadness, confusion, pain just to name a few.
I hold Psalm 91 very near to my heart. The whole chapter is a great example of how we are protected by Christ. Here’s the catch….I have to live in His shelter, I have to make Him my refuge and the most important I have to love Him and to love Him is to obey his Word. Every instance in this chapter shows how we are sheltered by Him as long as we trust in His name! That’s all I have to do!!! So it’s clear to me that if I am not sheltered….I’m unprotected.
If we take a look at Genesis 3:14-19 we can see that because of Adam and Eve’s disobedience they ended up experiencing pain. For Eve, pregnancy became painful along with her relationship with her husband. Adam had to endure the pain of struggling to make a living. In addition, an animal had to be killed to cover themselves. The largest pain of all is that their spiritual disobedience caused physical death.
In Deuteronomy, the Israelites spent 40 years on the way to the Promise land because of disobedience when they could have arrived a lot sooner. Instead there was confusion, unnecessary trouble and a whole lot of complaining. Can you imagine?! I live in the Richmond area and have family in Newport News/Hampton and I could not imagine it having to take 40 years to drive and see them when it should only take about 1 hour. This is just 1 example how the sin of disobedience causes our goals and blessings to move further away. God is trying to put us into a position to be blessed.
Now, let’s consider what we will experience staying in God’s will (Obedience)
Most people believe that freedom is doing whatever we want, when we want. However, according to God’s Word, obedience and knowing what not to do, allows us to have freedom. Just because we are free to do something doesn’t mean we should. We are free to walk into traffic but again it doesn’t mean we should.
Some of us may know the scripture: Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need (Matthew 6:33). If we really study and pick apart this scripture we can see that there are 2 requirements of us. We must seek God’s Kingdom. This means we must know and understand His work, willingly study and go to him for everything. The other component is living righteously. Part of this is being obedient! We can’t just be seers and hearers of the word by studying; we must also DO, by being obedient.
Brings glory to God
Sometimes we may look to receive God’s blessings without ever being obedient. We should not wait to receive to obey. There are times where faith comes in to play because we may not understand or see why God is telling us to do something. We may not comprehend at the moment but it is still important to obey. An example would be when God told me to start attending another church for Sunday service. To me, this made no sense. I was concerned what people would say about me and what the whole point was. Reluctantly I followed through and God was glorified because I was blessed for following what He told me to do. I understand the Word better and I have grown spiritually. It was not on my own accord that these things came to past. God blessed me because I was obedient.
I don’t know about you but sometimes when it comes to assembling things I don’t read instructions. I mean how hard can it be to put together a bookcase? However sometimes when I’m done the piece is either missing something, does not come together correctly, isn’t sturdy or it takes entirely too long. I like a sense of accomplishment when working on things. Whether it is this blog, a skirt that I’m sewing or creating a headboard (post coming soon). Imagine how much easier it would have been if I had just followed the instructions laid out for me. The bookcase that took me 2 hours could have been a mere 30 minutes. It’s the same when it comes to staying inside of God’s will. He has a plan for all of our lives and there is so much more that we can accomplish if we stay the course. The only way to know God’s will for our lives is to know His Word. David attempted to move the Ark and because he did not ask God the correct way to move it, the progress failed.
Some of our desires are given to us by God. The problem is we try to satisfy them in the wrong way and/or at the wrong time. In these situations we are to use God’s Word by knowing and obeying scripture. Our methods against temptation (Satan’s attacks) are knowing, obeying and applying God’s Word. I’ve been an example of know the Word but not obeying and completely disregarding application. Let me tell you, it’s not worth the trouble that comes along with surrendering to temptation, in whatever aspect it may be.
Now just because we are in God’s will does not mean that it’s going to be easy all the time. We will experience some tough times because the devil wants us back and he will do anything in his power to get us to turn away from Christ. Even for a time Moses and Aaron suffered for obeying God. The good part is Christ is stronger and as long as we stay committed and dedicated to His Word we have him to lean on. HE will fight our battles. I can speak on this because sometimes I have anxiety issues. Does that make me less of a Christian? No! It means that I still have areas where Christ is pruning and improving me to be without spot or blemish for his kingdom. There are times when I’ve let my flesh (physical issues) overcome me and I was left distraught, hurt, abandoned because I was focused on my problem instead of Christ. On the other hand I have to remember that even though I may have tears and I may have doubts, I must always turn my face back unto Christ because without him I would surely be dead.
So a question I must ask myself everyday is: Am I operating within God’s Will?
Hello everyone! It's been a while since I've last posted anything. Life has been busy! God has been opening my eyes and bringing me through some situations while I get to learn about myself. (More on that later). Today I'm here to chat about the Play by Sephora box. If you've been tuned in to YouTube, like I have you've probably heard about it a few months ago. When it was 1st launched you had to sign up and patiently hope that you could be picked to receive it. It is a beauty subscription box that's just $10! I'm frugal so I like a good deal. In the box each month you receive 5 deluxe size samples plus a fragrance. This is a pretty good idea for anyone who may be considering taking a stroll on the high end beauty side. I prefer drugstore for some items but it's nice to be able to try before fully committing to something more expensive. Now it's time to share this month's box!
Each box comes taped securely. Let's look inside!
Each box has come with a nice cotton drawstring bag that you can store everything in. Perfect for on the go! I love the bright popsicle and lips that makes me think of summer.
Next up is Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer in medium/deep. I've always wanted to try this since I've heard about it everywhere but couldn't bring myself to pay the money for it. It's a pretty small sample that fits into my hand, but I can't see me running out of it anytime soon. If you're wondering....yes, it smells like chocolate!!
Ouai (pronounced "way") is a pretty new brand carried at Sephora so I was surprised to see it in this box. This is a decent size wave spray at 1.7 oz.
First Aid Beauty is another popular brand I've seen on YouTube. I all about natural skincare so this intrigued me. I have sensitive skin so I'm interested in seeing how this cleanser works.
Nest is a line that I've seen at stores like Marshall's and TJ Maxx. I've only seen them sell candles so it caught me off guard to see a perfume by the same company
There are so many pore minimizers out there and I am most excited to see a primer included in this month's box. I haven't heard anyone discussing this particular primer lately. But for someone who has noticeable pores I'm excited to give this a try.
Last but not least is the blotterazzi by the beauty blender. I'm particularly curious about the claims of this sponge. I get a little oily in my t-zone and this may be helpful. It came with a liquid blendercleanser.
Every box comes with a Play! Pass that you can use in store to get extra insider points with a purchase along with expert advice! I've also shared pictures of the booklet that came inside.
For $10 I think I scored some good deals with this box. The only item I'm not interested in is the fragrance. I will be trying the other products in the coming weeks so stay tuned for my thoughts!!! God bless and see you soon!