#SelahSunday: Get Back Up!





"Fall down seven times, get up eight."




It sounds so simple, but it can be so hard. I believe that the same principle should apply to our lives, if you fall...get back up. If life brings you to your knees, say a prayer and get back up swinging. I don't know about you, but that's the only reason that I'm still standing today. Everytime I got knocked down, I was determined to get back up because I knew that God still had and has more for me to do. Even when I didn't feel like I had the strength to keep going, He got me back on my feet and pushed me onward. 




I remember when my goddaughter was learning how to walk, she would fall down from time to time...but she always got back up because she was determined to get to what, or who she wanted. If she felt hurt or embarrassed (she's a bit of a drama queen), she'd cry for a little bit...but she'd eventually get up and keep going. If her little legs were tired, she might slow down...or even crawl if she had to...but she was determined to get to what she'd set her sights on.




For me, that seems really similar to my walk as a Christian. Every once in awhile I might fall (because I don't always get it right), or I might even get knocked down...but I'll always get back up and keep going. I'll crawl if I have to, but nothing in this world, and no ploy from the enemy is going to keep me from following God and moving forward.




Psalm 3:3-6 says: But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. I cried aloud to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the Lord sustained me.




Some reasons that we might fall could be because we tried to take on too much, or we thought we do everything in our own strength and stopped asking God for help. I'm so glad though, that He is the lifter of my head..and that when we call on Him that He answers us and sustains us. I don't know who told you that you had to do it all by yourself, but you don't! You can't get there by yourself, because truth be told you don't even understand the fullness of what it is that God has for you to do...much less how to get where you're going. However as you trust Him to lead you, trust Him to guide you, and give everything over to Him...He'll bring you to where you need to be. 




Psalm 54:4 says: Surely God is my help, the Lord is The One who sustains me




I'm so thankful that not only is He our help, but I truly believe that He places people in our path so that we don't have to do life alone. The thing is, you have to check that the crew your hanging with is comprised of people that He sent. Get yourself around some people that are passionate about serving God too, that have ambition, goals, and are tenacious. If you keep hanging around people that are content to stay down when they get knocked down, sooner or later you'll be cool with it too. Our God is not a God of mediocrity. Just getting by, or just making it won't do. He specializes in overflow, and exceedingly, and abundantly above more than  you can ask or think. So maybe it's time that you start dreaming bigger, and allow Him to stretch you and your faith.  Trust Him!




So this morning, even if you fell down, today's a good day to get back up and get back in the fight. It's your destiny that's on the line, so keep going and trust God to fufill His promises in your life. Amen.  




*Every other Sunday, I do these devotionals that I write on WBRU (95.5FM) during their morning Gospel show. Be sure to tune in!




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How To: Highlight + Contour | Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour Kit First Impressions





New Video Alert! This How To Highlight + Contour video was requested awhile back. Since I just found the Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour Kit, in my local Marshalls for $20...now seemed like a good time to make it lol (this is yet another reason why y'all should follow me on the 'gram, as that's where I post these finds).








 Check out my video to see:



The products and techniques I use to highlight and contour on a regular basis
Some of my fave highlighters for WOC
My explanation of the difference between highlighting w/ a concealer or foundation, and with glowy products




Products Used + Mentioned:



LA Girl Pro HD Concealers in "Orange Corrector" "Fawn" and "Dark Cocoa"
Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour Kit in "Deep"
ABH Stick Foundation in "Chestnut"
MAC Prolongwear Concealer in "NC45"
Kat Von D Lock It Concealer Creme in "Deep 33"
Sacha Cosmetics Buttercup Loose Setting Powder
Black Opal Foundation Stick in "Black Walnut"
Black Radiance True Complexion Contour Palette in "Medium to Dark"
MAC Studio Fix Powder in "C8"
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors in: Topaz, Blushed Copper (the one I have is a limited edition highlighter version, it's not available as a part of their permanent blush collection), and Rose Gold
Artist Couture Highlighters: Conceited, Gold Digger
MAC Fix + Spray
Kaylux Cosmetics Highlighters in: And The Winner Is, Most Nominated, and Halftime Show








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#SelahSunday: Grace for Deeper Places





Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. "Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you."Luke 6:36-38 



Be merciful. Show compassion. Extend grace. The same way you serve it up, it'll be served back to you. 



I've learned that when working in a group, inevitably at least 2 people will be running late for every planned project. This is something that annoys me, because I try to be a very timely person. In my mind, early is on time, on time is running late, and running late just plain aggravates me. 



In fact, quality time is one of my love languages...which is probably also another reason why timeliness can be such a big deal to me. When my time isn't respected, I feel like it's not valued. Which further annoys me, because I feel like I could have been getting something else accomplished, instead of sitting around and waiting.




I'm well aware that everybody doesn't necessarily feel the same way that I do, and things happen sometimes. When they do, I have to extend grace. I'm also well aware that there are probably quite a few things about me, that might annoy others and they've probably extended me a whole lotta grace too. Grace for my deeper places. 



It's so important to be mindful about extending grace to others, because you never know what somebody is going though. You only know what you see going on, you don't know that they cried themselves to sleep last night, could be on the verge of giving up, or that they've been on their knees praying because they've been experiencing spiritual attacks all week. 



 So inevitably they do that little thing that they always do that gets on your nerves. Since you're beyond tired of it, and you got the TIME today, you decide to tell them about themselves. 



And you hit a nerve, you trigger an unexpected reaction because you're unaware of the layers of experiences, battles, trauma, and tribulations that fuel their behavior. You might know their name, but not their story. You don't understand the multitude of experiences that made them who they are today. So before you get ready to get all high and mighty, and tell them all the different ways that they can go about removing the speck in their eye...work on removing the beam from yours (Matthew 7 anyone?). 



Can you give them grace for their deeper places? For the things that you only see the surface of, but much like still waters run oh so deep. The more I work with new groups of people, the more I learn how to extend grace. 



So often we're not aware of when we're tip toeing (or tap dancing, depending on the day) around peoples deeper places until you hit a nerve. That's when you find out that you can't make certain assumptions, based off of how you feel about the situation. Just because that's how you talk to everybody else, doesn't mean that's the most effective way to communicate with this person...because of their deeper places. Their layers, the issues that we've all got, but don't share with just everybody because it's deep. And everybody can't swim. 



Sometimes other people's deeper places make us uncomfortable, because they resemble our own a little too much. They remind us of our own work that we need to do, and it's easier to just avoid it instead of working through it. 



Does that mean that your thoughts, feelings, and opinions aren't valid? Not at all. It just means that you have to strive to still reflect God's love towards them, in spite of how you feel. 



I'm so thankful, that God saw fit to extend us grace for our deeper places. Not only has He extended us grace, but He loves us too much to leave us in our mess. Too much to just let life drown us. Too much to just write us off. 



So this morning, remember that God doesn't give up on us. Since we're His children we're supposed to resemble Him, and not give up on others either. Extend some grace for their deeper places. 



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Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation Review





I picked up the Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation  in "Chestnut" a week or so ago at my local Sephora, and I've been using it daily since then. There are a lot of things about it that I like, I just wish it didn't wear off so easily on my nose...




Check out my review to see the rest of my thoughts on the foundation!








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Get Ready With Me: The Wedding Guest





I recently attended a wedding, and I decided to make a Get Ready With Me video on my look from the day. Check it out below!




// Products Used & Mentioned // 

Urban Decay Primer Potion
Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette
Wet N Wild Loose Glitter (Shade name unknown)
NYC Liquid Liner
Flutter Lashes "Slayla" Lashes, and I later switched to House of Lashes "Iconic" Lashes
Essence I Love Extreme Mascara
Benefit Porefessional Primer
Estee Lauder Doublewear Foundation in 5N2: Amber Honey
Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo Concealer Creme in Deep 33
MAC Studio Fix Powder in C8
MAC Pressed Blot Powder in Deep Dark
Sacha Buttercup Loose Setting Powder
LA Girl Pro HD Concealer in Orange Corrector and Dark Cocoa
Black Radiance True Complexion Contour Palette in Medium-Dark
Beauty Treats Professional Blush Palette
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Rose Gold (Applied with Morphe E33 Brush)
Artist Couture Diamond Glow Powder in Conceited
MAC Fix + Spray
MAC Lipliner in Chestnut
Wet N Wild "Bare It All" Lipstick
MAC Lustreglass in "Love Nectar"









// Hair // 








// Outfit Deets //



Vest: H&M
Choker: Charlotte Russe








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Get Ready With Me Collab w/ Brittany Re'Nea: Date Night








I recently did a Get Ready With Me Collab with Brittany Re'Nea on YouTube. We decided to do date looks (head to toe), and she did the day date while I did the night date. Check out my video below to see how I got this look, and be sure to check out Brittany's video as well on her channel!








Makeup: 


Products Used: 

Urban Decay Primer Potion
Milani Shadow Eyes Pencil in "Almond Cream"
Mac Eyeshadows in: Saddle, Carbon, Woodwinked
Morphe 35O Palette
NYX Cosmetics Eyeliner in Azure
NYC Black Eye Kohl Pencil
BH Cosmetics Take Me to Brazil Palette
House of Lashes Iconic Lashes
Estee Lauder Doublewear Foundation in 5N2 "Amber Honey"
LA Girl Pro HD Concealer in Orange Corrector
Kat Von D Lock It Concealer Creme in "Deep 33"
Sacha Cosmetics Buttercup Loose Powder
MAC Studio Fix Powder in "C8"
MAC Blot Pressed Powder in "Deep Dark"
Essence I Heart Extreme Mascara
Black Radiance True Complexion Contour Kit in "Medium - Dark"
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in "Topaz"
Artist Couture Diamond Glow Powder in "Conceited" 
Beauty Treats Professional Blush Palette
Mac Fix +
MAC Lipliner in "Chestnut"
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in "London"
MAC Lustreglass in "Love Nectar"
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

Hair: 
Sensationnel Instant Fashion Wig in "Rosalie" F1B/30

Perfume: Elizabeth And James Nirvana Black

Outfit:
Ribbed Lace - Up Sweater Top - Forever 21
Longline Jersey Midi Skirt Camel - Missguided
Jade Heeled Sandals - Charlotte Russe 












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Eyeshadow 101: Blending Basics + How To Make Your Eyeshadows Pop + My Fave Brushes & Palettes





Have you checked out last weeks Eyeshadow 101 Video? It's a requested video that's been on my list for awhile, and I asked you guys to submit any questions that you wanted answered on my social media.



I covered things like:


Blending basics
Different parts of the eye
Blending Basics
My fave eyeshadows & palettes
My fave eyeshadow brushes
How to make your eyeshadows last
How to make your eyes look bigger
How to make your eyeshadows pop & more vibrant





Products Used & Mentioned:



Urban Decay Primer Potion
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils in Milk & Pure Gold
Milani Shadow Eyes Pencil in "Almond Cream"
MAC Eyeshadows in: Saddle, Swiss Chocolate, Orange, Carbon, Parfait Amour, Woodwinked and Amber Lights
Makeup Geek Shadows in: Cocoa Bear, Corrupt, Voltage, Blacklight, Phantom
Morphe 35 O Palette
BH Cosmetics Take Me to Brazil Palette
Kat Von D Lock It Concealer Creme in Deep 33
House of Lashes Iconic Lashes
Duo Lash Glue in Black
Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Liberty
NYX Wonder Pencil in "Deep" (Nude Eye Pencil)




Brushes Mentioned:
MAC: 239, 217, 219
Wet N Wild: Small Eyeshadow Brush & Small Concealer Brush
Morphe: M505, M508, G20
Ebay: MAC 217 & 239 Dupes http://www.ebay.com/itm/391140485050?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&var=660487859287&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
Crown Brush C208 Brush
Sephora All Over Eyeshadow Brush



Review on my hair in this video: https://youtu.be/xNtROjHkgKo




Check it out below!








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#OOTD: Killin' It














White Denim High Waisted Shorts: H&M  Steve Madden White Sneakers: Charlotte Russe













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Summer Foundation Routine | Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation Review




Now that it's summertime, I had to find a new foundation (since I already wore the darkest shade in the foundation that I currently wear) that suited my newly tanned skin tone. I decided to try the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation (in 5N2: Amber Honey) a few weeks ago, and in todays video I'm gonna show y'all how I've been using it in my Summer Foundation Routine. Check out my thoughts on the Double Wear Foundation in my Summer Foundation Routine Video below!








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Fresh Paint: Under The Sea Inspired Makeup Look




I'm participating in a summer makeup challenge by MakeupForWOC on twitter, and I decided to post some of the looks that I've done along the way. A couple of weeks ago, the prompt for the weeks challenge was Under The Sea and this was what I created. I'm really enjoying creating these looks for the challenge, and I'm going to try to share them with you guys each week as the challenge continues.




Products Used:



Eyes:
MAC Eyeshadows in "Saddle" and "Carbon"
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in "Blacklight"
BH Cosmetics Take Me To Brazil Palette
MAC Reflects Transparent Teal Glitter
Wet N Wild Glitter (shade name unknown)
NYC Black Liquid Liner
Wet N Wild Black Gel Eyeliner
Vegas Nay by Eyesore Grand Glamour Lashes
Colourpop Highlighter in "Monster" (Inner eye highlight)
Morphe 35O Palette



Brows: 
The two darkest blue eyeshadows from the Take Me To Brazil Palette



Face:
Estes Lauder Double Wear Foundation in Amber Honey
BH Cosmetics Studio Pro Matte Powder in #255
MAC Blot Pressed Powder in "Deep Dark"
LA Girl Pro HD Concealers in: Orange Corrector and Fawn
MAC Prolongwear Concealer in "NC45"
Beauty Treats Professional Palette Blush Palette
Kaylux Cosmetics Highlighter in "Most Nominated"
Artist Couture Highlighter in "Conceited



Lips:
MAC Lipliner in "Chestnut"
Urban Decay Lipstick in "Backtalk"
MAC Lustreglass in "Love Nectar"
NYX Cosmetics Aqua Gloss in "Do The Hustle"
Btw, if you're curious about my hair I have a review on that unit (Sensationnel Yaki 30" Custom Cap) here.






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Model Model "Jazzy" Wig Review | OF701





Check out my review on the "Jazzy" unit by Model Model, which I ordered on WigTypes.com (for like $20). I bought it in the color #OF701, and I think that this color is my new perfect blonde. Check out my thoughts on the unit in my new video below








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Kaylux Cosmetics Highlighters + Body Highlighter Review





I thought it was about time that I did a proper review on the Kaylux Cosmetics Highlighters (Retail: $17 each) that I've been using in a bunch of my tutorials, along with the Vacation Body Highlighter (Retail: $25) that I recently purchased (if I'm not mistaken, this product is limited edition for the summer). 




I love the glow that these highlighters give me (especially in a flash photo), and out of the three that I have my favorite one is "And The Winner Is"




Products Mentioned:



Kaylux Cosmetics Highlighters in: And The Winner Is, Most Nominated, and Halftime Show



Kaylux Cosmetics Vacation Body Highlighter








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Black Smokey Eye Tutorial






Check out my new makeup tutorial on this Black Smokey Eye look!




Products Used:




NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Black Bean
Milani Shadow Eyez Pencil in Almond Cream
MAC Eye Shadow in Saddle
Makeup Geek Eye Shadows in: Corrupt, Cocoa Bear, Voltage
Morphs 35O Eye Shadow Palette
Wet N Wild Black Gel Liner in Black
NYC Liquid Liner in Black
NYX Wonder Pencil in Deep
House of Lashes "Iconic" Lashes
L'Oreal Telescopic Carbon Black Mascara
LA Girl Pro HD Concealers in: Orange Corrector and Fawn
Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation in "Deep 74"
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC45
MAC Pressed Blot Powder in Deep Dark
Becca Ever Matte Pore Perfecting Primer
BH Cosmetics Studio Pro Matte Powder in #250
Sacha Cosmetics Buttercup Loose Setting Powder
Beauty Treats Matte Blush Palette
Black Radiance True Complexion Contour Palette in Medium-Dark
Temptu S/B Highlighter in Champagne Shimmer
Kaylux Cosmetics Highlighter in "Most Nominated"
MAC Lipliner in Chestnut
Wet N Wild Lipstick in Bare It All
NYX Butter Gloss in Fortune Cookie 








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My Go-To Makeup Look





Products Used / Mentioned:



Not Shown: 
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Becca Ever Matte Pore Perfecting Primer
LA Girl Pro HD Concealer in "Orange Corrector"
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow in "Chocolate"



Shown:
MAC Eye Shadow in "Saddle"
Makeup Geek Eye Shadows in Cocoa Bear and Voltage
Morphe 35 O Palette
Wet N Wild Creme Gel Eyeliner in Black
NYC Liquid Liner in Black
NYX Wonder Pencil in "Deep"
Loreal Carbon Black Telescopic Mascara 
House of Lashes "Iconic" Lashes
Duo Lash Glue in Black
Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo Foundation in Deep 74
LA Girl Pro HD Concealer in "Fawn"
MAC Prolongwear Concealer in NC45
BH Studio Pro Matte Pressed Powder in #250
MAC Blot Pressed Powder in Deep Dark
Sacha Cosmetics Buttercup Loose Setting Powder
Kaylux Cosmetics Highlighter in "And The Winner Is"
Black Radiance True Complexion Contour Palette in Medium-Dark
Beauty Treats Matte Blush Palette
MAC Lipliner in "Chestnut"
Wet N Wild Lipstick in "Just Peachy"
MAC Lustreglass in "Love Nectar" 



My Hair: Sensationnel Italian Curl Custom Cap Wig. I have a review on it here: https://youtu.be/xNtROjHkgKo








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Modern Renaissance Palette Makeup Tutorial



I recently purchased the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette (which I was super excited about), and I decided to make a tutorial featuring it along with some other new goodies that I bought (like the BH Cosmetics Studio Pro Contour Palette, one of my Kaylux Cosmetics Highlighters, some Makeup Geek Eye Shadows and the e.l.f. Ultimate Kabuki Brush). 









What I like best about the palette is that it has some nice staple colors, and some nice crease colors. 



Check out my video to see how I got this look!




Products Used:




Not Shown:
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow in "Chocolate"
L.A. Girl Pro HD Concealer in "Orange Corrector"
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Becca Ever Matte Pore Perfecting Primer



Shown:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette
Morphe 35O Palette
Makeup Geek Eyeshadows in Corrupt & I'm Peaches
Wet N Wild Black Gel Liner
Wet N Wild Felt Tip Black Eyeliner 
House of Lashes Iconic Lashes
Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo Foundation in Deep 74
L.A. Girl Pro HD Concealer in Fawn
MAC Prolongwear Concealer in NC45
BH Studio Pro Matte Powder in #250
MAC Pressed Blot Powder in Deep Dark
BH Cosmetics Studio Pro Contour Palette
ELF Ultimate Kabuki Brush 
Heart Love Blusher Palette
Kaylux Cosmetics Highlighter in "Most Nominated"
MAC Lipliner in Chestnut
Wet N Wild Lipstick in "Just Peachy"
MAC Lustreglass in "Love Nectar"




My hair: Sensationnel Yaki 30" Custom Cap Wig. I did a review on it here 








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