Makeup Products I Use

I am so excited to make this post!! I use a combination of high end and drug store products to create a pretty and affordable everyday makeup look!

 
I start off by moisturizing my face and I use my old trusty tub of Cetaphil moisturizer that seems to never run out. Really, I swear this jar is bottomless haha. This is available like everywhere. I get mine at either Target or Walmart. (Price – $10.93)Image result for cetaphil moisturizer

Next, I prime my skin with the L’Oreal Magic Lumi primer. This gives my dull, dry skin a subtle glow and I am obsessed with it. I used to think primer was a gimmick until I ran out of this primer and had to apply my makeup without it for a couple days. The difference is huge! If you have dry skin, I definitely recommend this primer!! (Price – $12.29)L'Oreal Paris Magic Lumi Primer

 

 
I do my eyebrows next, and I know this is like not normal but it makes sense in a second. I use the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in the shade “Chocolate”. I actually have always used the shade “Dark Brown” but when I went to Ulta, they were completely out of my color, so I picked up “Chocolate” and it looked identical. The only difference I can notice is that “Chocolate” is a little tiny bit more red than “Dark Brown”, but it works fine. I swear by this product and I have been using it since I have been doing my makeup and I will never use anything else on my brows!! (Price – $18)Image result for abh dipbrow

 
After brows, I go in and carve my brows out with concealer. For this concealer, I use the NYX  Full Coverage Concealer Jar. I honestly probably use a different shade every time I run out, I just grab whichever one looks pretty light. I go in heavy with the concealer because it gets covered by foundation in the next step anyway. Carving your brows fixes any mistakes you made with your brows and cleans up any places where you may have gone out of line or drew on a little too thick. This also helps to conceal any little eyebrow hairs that start to grow back. This stuff works amazing and its super cheap! I recommend this to anyone looking for a cream concealer. (Price – $2.43)

 
Next I apply foundation. I use the Maybelline Better Skin foundation in the shade “Medium Beige”. I have used high end foundations that I loved, but it justgot way too expensive so I went on the hunt for a good drug store foundation and my best friend recommended this one. I absolutely love everything about this stuff. It blends easy, it has awesome coverage, it doesn’t oxidize, it looks very natural and beautiful, and it feels light weight. This is honestly everything I could have wished for in a foundation. I have a yellow undertone and this honestly matches me perfectly. I am obsessed! I definitely recommend for anyone who has dry skin. I like to apply with a foundation brush and then dab over with a damp beauty sponge to get the smoothest finish and to remove excess. (Price – $11.99)Image result for maybelline better skin

 
My next step is concealer, but I use a the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer instead of the NYX one. This one, I find, blends smoother and has a much more light weight feel than the NYX one. If I use the NYX concealer under my eyes, my makeup looks cakey and my concealer would have already creased after just a few hours. This concealer is awesome! I used to use the Too Faced Born This Way concealer, but when I ran out I tried this one because it is much cheaper, and I love it. I do not see myself purchasing a high end concealer in the future. I apply with the applicator (under my eyes, on my chin, forehead, and down the bridge of my nose) then I blend it out with a damp beauty sponge. (Price – $6.79)

 
Next, I bake using the Coty Airspun powder. I actually don’t use the translucent powder, but the shade “Naturally Neutral”, its still very light but it blends into my foundation better and I just like a little bit of color in my loose powder, but that’s just personal preference.  I apply the powder (a lot!!!) with a damp beauty sponge everywhere that I put the concealer and I leave the bake for a few minutes. I also dip my powder brush into the powder and apply a layer over the rest of my face that isn’t being baked. I find that a thin layer of the loose powder over my foundation allows for a much easier bronzer application. (Price – $7.99)Image result for coty airspun powder

 
I don’t use eyeshadow everyday, but when I do I use the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette. I leave my under eyes baking while I apply my eye makeup and I brush off the rest of my face loose powder. For a basic look, I use the shades “Warm Taupe” and “Raw Sienna” in my crease, then I go in with “Cyprus Umber” and a little bit of “Red Ochre” in the outer corner of my eyes and on the bottom lash line. For a little bit of extra oomph, I add “Primavera” in the inner corner to the middle of my eyelid. (Price – $42)

 
The next product I use is bronzer. Before I apply, I wipe off my bake and then go in with my bronzer. I have used the Too Faced Cocoa Contour palette as well as the Too Faced Dark Cocoa bronzer. My single bronzer cracked and I threw it away, and now I’ve hit pan on this palette, so I ordered the Benefit Hoola bronzer and I am so super excited to try it out and let y’all know how I like it! (Price – $42)Image result for too faced contour

 
After I apply my bronzer, I add some blush. I use Tarte’s Amazonian Clay blush in the shade “Risque”. This blush is a peachy/pinky blush and I love it so much. I have used this faithfully for a year and a half and I love it so much. This is the blush shade of my dreams and I cannot even imagine using a different blush.   (Price – $29)

 

 

 
Next, I use mascara. You may have noticed that I didn’t talk about eyeliner and that’s because I don’t wear any, haha. I have small, hooded eyes so when I wear eyeliner, it makes my eyes appear smaller and the eyeliner transfers to my eyelid and it just looks like a hot mess. I do love this mascara, though. It makes my lashes look amazing without clumping. The only thing that I don’t absolutely love about this product, however, is that it is very wet and takes a little while to dry. WARNING: Do not sneeze within a few minutes of applying. I speak from experience. (Price – $23)Image result for mascara better than sex

 
Next step is highlighter. I don’t like a crazy, dramatic glow, but rather a more subtle, soft, and natural one. I also really don’t like the look of a white highlighter. I tend to use gold or pink ones. My main go-to highlighters are the Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in the shade “Gilded Honey”. I love this shade because its almost the same as my skin, so it just adds a nice glow to my skin without being so dramatic. My next one is the e.l.f Baked Highlighter in the shade “Blush Gems”. This product has a pinkish glow and is very pretty on the skin. The only thing about that highlighter is that when you buy it, you have to scratch off the first layer with your fingernail to get a good result. (Prices – Laura Geller: $26, e.l.f.: $3.99)highlighters
My last and final (and favorite) step is lipstick!!!! I tend to reach for liquid lipsticks because of the application and matte finish. My go-to lipstick is the NYX Lip Lingerie in shade “Exotic”. It’s so hard to find nudes that look flattering on my skin tone and this one is so beautiful even though its not actually considered a “nude” in comparison to the other “nudes”. I do wear red lips a lot (like a lot, a lot) and whenever I do I always use the Too Faced Melted Matte liquid lipstick in the shade “Lady Balls”. The Too Faced formula is my absolute #1 favorite in the whole world ever. The only problem is that the shade range is very slim and the only shades from them that I can wear are “Lady Balls” and “Bend and Snap”. I also love Kylie Cosmetics liquid lips, but I tend not to order much from them because I hate ordering makeup and I would much rather buy in store than online. (Prices – NYX: $7, Too Faced: $21)Image result for nyx lip lingerie exoticImage result for too faced lady balls

 

 

 

Total for full face: $239.42

I love makeup and I love talking about beauty so if you have any questions about any products mentioned, please feel free to comment or tweet or dm me about them! I’m also always up for new suggestions so please leave me some recommendations!! Thank you so much for spending a little bit of your day, or night, with me.

 

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Makeup Products I Use

Dear Mama

The loveliest masterpiece of the heart of God is the heart of a mother.
St. Therese of Lisieux

You are the first person I ever met. You will forever be my first best friend. You were probably the first person I ever loved as well, and that is because you loved me first. I am so blessed to have you by my side throughout my life. You inspired my love of reality television, animals, home decor, and Jesus. You dressed me for school and taught me about fashion. You painted my nails, brushed my hair, and played Barbies with me. You brought me to dance, brought me to school, and all the way you have brought me to become the young woman that I am today.

From the beginning, you instilled important values into me. You taught me to be kind to everyone. Then, when my feelings got hurt, you taught me that not everyone has the same heart as me. You wiped my tears and showed me how to get right back up when life knocks you down. You have been my biggest supporter and I am so thankful for your never ending support and encouragement in any venture I chose to take part in over the years. You have allowed me to be independent and make my own choices with your guidance and you have never let me go astray.

I am lucky to have you as a mother. You are strong, hard-working, kind, smart, and beautiful inside and out. You have taught me to always be generous, headstrong, creative, and to always be my true, authentic self. Days with you are days of endless fun and laughter. You make any situation brighter just by being yourself. You have taught me how to be a friend, just by being a friend to me. I will forever cherish eating onion rings from Sonic with you before dance, watching Big Brother religiously, and the week one summer in which you and I rented and watched all the Harry Potter movies back to back. Thank you for always listening to me when I have so much on my mind. Thank you for calming me down when I get overwhelmed. Thank you for being my own personal cheerleader when I am in desperate need of some encouragement.

Mama – “You are the finest, loveliest, tenderest, and most beautiful person I have ever known – and even that is an understatement.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

I love you so so so much, Mama. I love who I am today, and I am who I am because of you.

 

You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. Psalm 139:13

For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Ruth 1:16-17

Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her. Proverbs 31:2

 

Dear Mama

To Anyone Waiting for Marriage

So first off, I want to thank all who voted in my poll on my twitter to help me to decide which blog post to write first! I love making content that I know people want to read, so this is definitely an easy way to do that and I will be doing more polls like that in the future, so be sure to follow my twitter if you aren’t already!!

Secondly, I want to say that I just came in from seeing a movie (The Bye Bye Man – very scary btw) with friends and I sat down on my bed and honestly just wanted to sit and play The Sims 4, even though I felt guilty for not being totally eager to write this post (I am excited to share this, don’t get me wrong, but I am pooped) and then I noticed that my game needed to be updated and I’d be without the game for at least a couple hours while it updated. So… God, thank you for intervening and making it to where I would write this post tonight and not play Sims… haha. God definitely has a sense of humor.

So to start of this post, I should give you a preface. Do you remember in middle school when they hired speakers to come speak to the school about abstinence and we all signed a pledge to abstain from sex until marriage? I assume this is a thing that all school districts do. Well of course we all signed the pledge and mostly forgot about it, I know I did. For a while, I was unsure about waiting for marriage. I knew I wanted my first time to be with someone that I loved, but I wasn’t totally sold on waiting for marriage. But as my faith grew, which is another story in itself (that story will be up soon), I leaned more and more toward saving sex for marriage. But when I made this promise to myself and God, I noticed that I don’t really know or even know of anyone else who shares that same value with me or at least know of anyone who speaks out about waiting for marriage. I guess in today’s standards it’s not considered “cool”. But I thought it would be a good thing to write this post because when I was undecided and even now when I’m 100% sure, I needed/wanted someone else who wasn’t afraid to speak out and say “Hey, I’m waiting for my husband/wife too! It’s totally cool and you’re not alone.” and that’s what I want this post to be. I want you to know that you are not alone, there are more people waiting than you think, and that you shouldn’t be embarrassed about your decision. I know that waiting is hard and you will probably lose some people because of this choice, but I also know that waiting for your spouse will be so worth it.

I don’t mean I look down upon anyone who doesn’t share this value with me at all. I was even born out of wedlock and my parents didn’t get married until I was four years old. But I know that this is the right decision for me and my relationship with God, and I have so much respect for anyone who can abstain from sex and save that form of intimacy for their spouse.

One more thing I want to touch on before wrapping this up, just because you have had sex before doesn’t mean you can’t still wait for marriage. God renews and forgives. If you make a mistake, our God will forgive you but you must be willing to first receive His forgiveness. We are all sinners and we all have things that we regret. Our God who made the universe out of nothing, can look at your past and transform your life into something beautiful. You cannot get your physical virginity back, but you can be born again spiritually, and that is the important part. For God cares less about your physical body than He does about your soul and your spiritual body. Spiritual rebirth is available to all who seek it and God welcomes you to seek it. Spiritual rebirth cannot destroy the mistakes of your past, but it does transform your past into something so beautiful. In short, once you have stopped having sex and have asked God for forgiveness, can you call yourself a virgin? You may not be a physical virgin anymore, but once you have asked God to be purified, you are a virgin in His eyes, and His is the only opinion you should worry about. Once you have been purified by Him, you are made new again. And lastly, this that I found while researching for this post:

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To wrap up tonight’s post, all I want you to take from this is that you should not be embarrassed of your promise to yourself, to God, and to your future spouse. You also should know that you are not alone in this choice, there are others like you. I also want you to know that through God, you can be born again. I want to now close out this post with a few bible verses relating to the topic tonight. Thank you for spending a little bit of your night, or day, with me. God bless.

 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor male prostitutes, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, and you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus by the Spirit of our God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

“Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; …” 1 Thessalonians 4:1-18

“Now concerning the matters about which you wrote: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband. The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband. For the wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. Likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.” 1 Corinthians 7:1-40

“God wants you to be holy and to stay away from sexual sins. He wants each of you to learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable … God called us to be holy and does not want us to live in sin.”  1 Thessalonians 4:3, 4, 7

 

To Anyone Waiting for Marriage

New Years Resolutions for 2017

Haha… I have literally never made a new years resolution unless you count the one my third grade teacher made me make – it was to “be nicer to people”. Anyway, I’ve been wanting to have one, I just never could think of anything… so I decided to make a list of a few resolutions that aren’t very demanding and that way, I have a better chance of making at least one of them come true… lol.

  1. Pray every night before bed. I think I’ll be pretty good with this one because I’ve successfully done this for like the past two months. So hopefully, if I can’t do the others on this list, at least I will have this one?
  2. Journal everyday. I definitely need to get better at this. Like way better. When I reread my journals, I see like five consistent days and then like a two month gap…no really… I wish I was exaggerating.
  3. Brush my hair more. Oh man… my hairbrush and I have a rocky relationship. It’s been this way for as long as I can remember… when I was younger, I swear I would have rather had hair like a feral child than let my mom brush my hair. Sometimes, I still think that way, but most of the time I just want to shave my head and wear wigs. So in short, I need to brush my hair more.
  4. Do not lose my current sunglasses. I’m so terrible at losing sunglasses and I used to always get my sunglasses at Forever 21 (They’re only $5.90… I know this because I’ve re-bought so many pairs after losing them) but for Christmas, I got my first pair of sunglasses that cost more than $15. (These are them, if you wanna get a pair.) So basically, I don’t wanna lose these and I can’t because if I do, my mom will probably kill me.
  5. Finally get a tattoo. I’ve been wanting the same tattoo for so long right now and I told myself that I would get the tattoo on my 18th birthday and now it’s been more than four months and I still don’t have it. Sigh.
  6. I would say that I want to read more books, but by now, I feel like I should tell y’all that the only books I thoroughly enjoy are… wait for it… Diary of a Wimpy Kid… I know… I know…
  7. Drink more water. I mean, I guess this is pretty self-explanatory.
  8. Do a whole lot more studying. Oh man… I have never been particularly good at studying. In high school, I would leave my backpack in my car when I got home and probably studied a handful of times and I did pretty well in school. As a result of this, I never learned how to properly study and in college, I’m trying my best to kick those old study habits. It’s hard… like really hard.
  9. Let go & let God. This could be a whole blog post in itself, but in short, I’m a control freak and I need to get better at giving my problems to God because beautiful things happen when you hand your worries to God.

So… I guess that’s it. I will definitely revisit this list in a year and see how many of these I can even accomplish. Comment some of your 2017 resolutions below, I’d love to hear them! Cheers to a great year! Happy new year, guys!

New Years Resolutions for 2017

40 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me

  1. Wash your face! This may sound so obvious but I didn’t really start taking care of my skin until the summer after I graduated high school and I regret not starting a better routine sooner.
  2. Pray about everything, and don’t forget to thank God for answering your prayers!! This is very important & a very BIG deal.
  3. Also that just because you pray for something, no matter how good it sounds to you at the moment, God decides in the end whether that is something that you need right now. God knows what we need in our life far better than we ever could.
  4. Don’t be a makeup snob and only use high-end products. There are fabulous drug store products at a fraction of the price.
  5. Don’t splurge and spend all of your graduation money on stupid stuff!!!!! Please for the love of GOD!!!!!
  6. If someone wants to be in your life, you will know. If you find yourself questioning what you mean to someone, stop immediately. You are worth more than that.
  7. Don’t talk to boys who only text you late at night.
  8. Don’t kill yourself for a grade. Once you’re out of high school, no one cares what your graduating rank or GPA was.
  9. Pick a major that makes you happy! Please don’t make a big life decision based on only salary – even though that definitely helps.
  10. Please know that you are important, smart, and beautiful and do not depend on a boy to tell you those things before you begin to believe them.
  11. Write more. Keep a journal. Write when you’re sad, write when you’re happy, write when you’re excited or mad. It’s more fun than you know to reread old journal entries.
  12. If you think someone looks nice, tell them. Make this a habit.
  13. Actually, if you have any positive thought, say it out loud. “I like those shoes!” or “You smell so good!” will make someone happy in two seconds. Just tell them.
  14. Say thank you for even the tiniest of things.
  15. Clothes are clothes and no one really cares or can even tell if you spent $50 or $5 on a shirt.
  16. Let go & let God. He knows exactly where He’s taking you and will get you there right on time.
  17. Study more. But if I’m being honest, cramming works just as well as studying a little each day, for me at least.
  18. You don’t have to go to church to be a good Christian. Go because you enjoy it.
  19. A broken heart is nothing that a little prayer can’t fix.
  20. Don’t drop your friends for a boy. You will need those friends when he starts acting like an idiot.
  21. If your boyfriend doesn’t like your friends, please don’t keep him around.
  22. Don’t stay friends with someone just because you see them everyday.
  23. Talk to God often. When you’re alone is the perfect time to just stop everything and talk to Him. He loves to hear from His children.
  24. Spend more time with your grandparents.
  25. Don’t be so hung up on what people think about you. It’s not a big deal, I promise. If you live your life to please others and not yourself, you will be so exhausted.
  26. The majority of people are inherently good. Don’t be so afraid to talk to people.
  27. Pray for the people around you. Even if you don’t think they’re struggling with anything, just do it. Pray for your parents, your siblings, your friends, etc.
  28. Get a good, protective phone case. Sure the thin cases are cute but a cracked screen is definitely not.
  29. Be nice to your teachers. They’re doing their best too.
  30. Sit in the front of classes that you know you’re going to struggle in.
  31. Be mindful of people’s feelings when you speak to them.
  32. The right person will come when you’re ready.
  33. Everyone messes up sometimes. Don’t be so hard on yourself.
  34. Take pictures of everything. Well maybe not everything but a lot of things.
  35. It’s okay to need help sometimes.
  36. You’re not “too cool” for anything.
  37. Don’t be afraid to tell someone what’s bothering you. Also, if someone pisses you off, let them now. Talk about problems. Don’t sweep them under the rug.
  38. Help your mom out around the house. Before she asks you to.
  39. Whatever you’re freaking out about, it’s probably not as big a deal as you think it is.
  40. Be more patient.
40 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me