MAKE Silk Cream Lipstick and Matte Finish Eyeshadow | Review

MAKE Silk Cream Lipstick and Matte Finish Eyeshadow

MAKE Silk Cream Lipstick and Matte Finish Eyeshadow are such things of beauty. I was lucky enough to try out MAKE Silk Cream Lipstick in Taffy and Matte Finish Eyeshadow in Alabaster.

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MAKE Silk Cream Lipstick in Taffy:

MAKE Silk Cream Lipstick in “Taffy” is pink, but it’s not a straightforward, cool pink. There’s just enough mauve mixed with the tiniest bit of brown to make it lean more neutral. It’s the kind of pink that can be worn with certain shades of brown eye shadow for a sophisticated daytime look.

MAKE Silk Cream Lipstick in “Taffy” has a creamy, semi-matte texture, which I found wearable and flattering. It wasn’t at all the dry, velvet-textured matte that makes your lips look drier and thinner. The finish of MAKE’s Silk Cream Lipstick in “Taffy” was just right.

Matte Finish Eyeshadow in Alabaster:

MAKE Matte Finish Eyeshadow in Alabaster is a nice matte pink shade, and is perfect for everyday wear. Alabaster stayed put nicely on the eyes throughout the day with an eyelid primer, of course. The eyeshadow felt more powdery than buttery, but it’s lasting power surpassed my expectations.

I also love this shade as a highlight or all over lid color because it’s not too pale for an all over color and it’s not too pink for a highlight. This went on my eyes very smooth. The color is very light, so for me it’s ideal to use as a base, but it can also be used alone for a more natural look. It felt creamy to the touch which I thought was wonderful. It blends flawlessly with other colors and other textures as I used this in combination with a shimmer shadow for my brow highlight. It wore pretty well, was still visible until I took my makeup off and I normally wear my makeup for 10+ hours. Definitely will be my go to matte brow highlight.

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(Sponsored post, but all opinions and words are my own)

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DIY Brightening and Tightening Face Mask

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Ingredients:

1 egg white

 ½ tsp honey

3-4 drops of lemon juice

To make the mask, mix all ingredients together in a bowl and apply to your face massaging in small circles. Make sure to clean your face before applying the mask. When you feel your skin tightening and the mask drying, about 15 minutes, gently remove the egg white mask with a cloth and warm water.

*Note* If you have sensitive skin leave out the lemon juice, as lemon is an acid and can be too harsh for sensitive skin. You can leave it out all together or add in 1 tsp of yogurt for more nourishment.

This all-natural mask will give an instant face-lift effect, tightening the skin and minimizing pores. You will notice an immediately firmer and lifted look to the skin for a younger looking appearance.

Here’s Why:

Lemon Juice may aid in the lightening of dark spots left by acne scars, aging, and hyperpigmentation. It has antibacterial properties and helps to speed up the healing of existing acne as well as prevent future breakouts. It helps to remove blackheads and reduces skin oiliness. It also helps to remove dead skin cells resulting in brighter, smoother, glowing skin.

Egg Whites help to tighten the skin and shrink pores. They contribute to maintaining elasticity in the skin and can reduce the appearance of fine lines.

Raw Honey draws moisture to the skin and helps to retain it. It also has antibacterial properties and helps to heal the skin.

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Why I let them Believe | Personal Post

Santa Claus, to Believe or not to Believe, that is the question. He’s not even a real person…or is he?

The story of St. Nicholas, is in fact, a true story. Saint Nicholas (15 March 270 – 6 December 343) also called Nikolaos of Myra, was a historic 4th-century saint and Greek Bishop of Myra. He had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him, and thus became the model for Santa Claus.

There are many legends about St. Nicholas of Myra. One story tells how he helped three poor sisters. Their father did not have enough money to pay their dowries and thought of selling them into servitude. Three times, St. Nicholas secretly went to their house at night and put a bag of money inside. The man used the money so that one of his daughters could marry. On the third visit, the man saw St. Nicholas and thanked him for his kindness. He also reportedly saved three men who were falsely imprisoned and sentenced to death.

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There is so much about this world that is ugly—and it’s so easy to forget that you once believed in magic and fat men bringing presents. I want to give that gift to my children. My boys are older now and certainly know the “truth” about him, but go along with the “nonsense” of Santa for their baby sister. That gift of imagination. The gift of being able to believe, even if only for a moment, that the impossible can happen.

I believed in Santa as a child and it was wonderful. And when I found out he “didn’t” exist, I wasn’t upset for the lies or betrayal. It made me appreciate the selflessness that went into Christmas in my house growing up. We were a lower income family when I was a child and my dad worked his butt off to make Christmas magical.

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The life of Santa Claus does NOT take away from the life of Christ, but did you know that Jesus wasn’t even born on Christmas?? History convincingly shows that Dec. 25 was popularized as the date for Christmas, not because Christ was born on that day but because it was already popular in Pagan religious celebrations as the birthday of the Sun. Biblical accounts point to the Fall as the time of year as the most likely time of Jesus’ birth, based on the conception and birth of John the Baptist.

In our family, Santa is as real as anything and I’d like to keep it that way.

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“If you only had five minutes left to live, would you spend it unhappy?” | Thoughtful Thursday

“If you only had five minutes left to live, would you spend it unhappy?”

I am at a point in my life where I can truly say I am happy. Not saying it was easy or wasn’t a lot of work to get here and the everyday wear and tear of life aren’t tough at times, 36 years of hard work, but I am here and I am happy.

Trying to be everything to everyone and pleasing everyone doesn’t work, so I stopped.

You. Yes, YOU, STOP! You will be so much happier once you do. I promise.

They will only hurt your feelings if you allow them.

Let them say what they are going to say. Can you stop it? No. Can you control them? No.

It isn’t what people call you, it’s what you respond to.

Silence is an answer too.

People will always try and suck you into (or back in) their drama or misery if you allow them too.

Misery loves company.

Bottom line? I didn’t change, even though some might say I did. I found myself. I found my voice. I stopped allowing others to walk all over me. I stopped living my life for others and started living my life for myself. I stopped surrounding myself with toxic people. I stopped listening to the negativity and being included in it.

Old habits are hard to break. It takes time. But you can and will get there.

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Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub with Pumpkin Seed Oil

It’s officially the First Day of Fall!! So I thought I would share a yummy Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub with Pumpkin Seed Oil. I have grown quite fond of sugar scrubs lately.  I have shared a few here in the past…Coconut and Lemon Sugar Scrub and Chocolate Mint Sugar Scrub (one of my favorites).

They are easy peasy to make and can be made with ingredients you already most likely have on hand.  They make your skin so soft and make you smell amazing (SCORE!). I am loving the combination of fall spices that are in this specific body scrub.  They smell amazing and the scent lingers on your skin long after you have used the scrub and making you smell of “Fall” all day long!

pumpkin spice sugar scrub with pumpkin seed oil

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BIG (Little) News

positive pregnancy test

    If that doesn’t tell you what this post is about…

So I’ve urinated on the stick and lo and behold, there were two lines staring back at me!

Wait…what? For real?!

I couldn’t have been thrilled and happy and nervous…

Two years ago I suffered two miscarriages, back to back and I tried for two long years to conceive.

I already had three of the most beautiful, healthy and amazing children. And after the birth of my youngest, I felt whole. I felt our family was complete…until I got pregnant again. Then my mind and heart were filled with “Was it a boy or girl?”, “Who would it have looked liked?”, “What type of personality would it have had?” All those questions I had, with no answers.

And now two years later, two little pink lines.

And the feelings of being scared that I would have to relive that heartache all over again swept over me.  But here I am, about to enter my second trimester in a few days.

6 weeks 5 days ultrasound

6 weeks and 5 days ultrasound

7 weeks 6 days ultrasound

7 weeks and 6 days ultrasound

11 weeks 1 day ultrasound

11 weeks and 1 day ultrasound

My pregnancy isn’t without complications, after a big bleed and going to the ER, they found a Subchorionic Hemorrhage. You can see a small  portion of mine to the right on the above image. Right now, it’s size is a little over 5cm. After a second big bleed, they found Venous Lakes (on the left side of the image) and Placenta Calcification.

At this point, all I can do is worry, rest and wait. But my little one is hanging in there and is thriving .

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DIY Coconut and Lemon Sugar Scrub

 

 

coconut and lemon sugar scrub

 

 

Massage all over dry skin before showing. Rinse thoroughly, and cleanse.

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Coconut Oil Facial Cleanser

 

 

coconut oil facial cleanser

 

Overtime, coconut oil is to help even skin tone and reduce the size of your pores. You can add other oils into the coconut oil for additional benefits a 1:1 ratio.

You can use carrier oils such as:

Almond Oil or Grapeseed Oil for oily skin

Sunflower Oil or Aragan Oil for regular skin

Avocado Oil or Apricot Oil for dry skin

Jojoba Oil for all skin types, but especially acne prone skin

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Firming and Softening DIY Body Scrub

 

 

 

 

  You are going to love this simple Firming and Softening DIY Body Scrub ~ it’s AMAZing for rough dry skin. It feels great and smells yummy – and it works!

Ingredients:

1/4 cup coffee grinds from coffee maker or french press

1/2 – 1 cup coconut oil

Directions:

Strain the coffee grinds fairly well, (but they don’t need to be dry) and place into a recycled jar. Melt the coconut oil and pour over the coffee grinds, stir with a spoon and put aside to set. You can refrigerate or just leave at room temperature to set. The grinds will settle near the bottom, if a mixed consistency is desired (really not required though) just mix it a few times as it’s setting. You can also use it even before it’s set as long as it’s not hot.

How to use:

Use in the shower, to scrub all over your body paying close attention to rough skin on the elbows and feet. Also, apply to areas that are prone to develop cellulite and need a little firming action, like the belly, thighs and bottom.

Scrub hard in circular motion with your hands. Do this for a few minutes then rinse with cold/ or cooler temperature water. Pat dry with a towel. (this is not recommended for the face as it may be too rough, you still may, but just be very gentle with the scrubbing and do it only once or twice a week).

For an intense treatment : Apply the scrub daily for two weeks, then continue once or twice a week to maintain your natural glow.

Note: Please keep in mind that the coconut oil in this scrub will be naturally oily and it may be slippery in the shower or bath to use. Use caution and stand on an old towel or paper towels if you don’t want to risk falling.

Why it works and why it’s naturally firming:

Coffee has been used for centuries as a natural cellulite fighting and skin firming ingredient. Almost all firming lotions out there have coffee extract as one of the ingredients.

Caffeine enhances fat metabolism and when it’s applied topically, coffee absorbs and removes liquid fat from your skin, which can decrease the appearance of cellulite.

Why it works and why it’s naturally softening:

Coconut oil is a fantastic natural moisturizing lotion. It is anti-aging, is an acne fighter, non-comodogenic and will not clog your pores. Together, the coconut oil and coffee grinds are an amazing all-natural firming and skin softening therapy at home mask.

coffee firming body scrub

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Brown Sugar Mask

 

Ingredients:

3 Tablespoons of organic brown sugar

3 teaspoons of pure extra virgin olive oil

Prep:

Mix the brown sugar and extra virgin olive oil in a bowl until it turns into a paste. Apply the mask on your freshly cleansed face and neck in a gentle, circular motion with your fingertips. Allow the face mask to sit on the skin for 10-15 minutes then rinse off with warm water, gently pat dry with a soft hand towel, and apply an oil-free moisturizer to retain moisture on the skin.

Brown sugar will not only add moisture to your skin, but will retain moisture as well, and it works as an amazing exfoliator on your skin to remove dead skin cells that clog pores and trap oil and acne-causing bacteria.  Extra virgin olive oil is a wonderful natural moisturizer for your skin and will not clog your pores or cause you to breakout.

brown sugar mask

photo image: Barefoot in the Kitchen

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