I love that Ipsy gives sneak peek and then allows you to see what you’re getting. Usually, there’s at least one product that I’m super excited to try and I stalk my mailbox waiting for my bag to arrive. That was not the case this month. Once I saw what was in my bag I was underwhelmed. I’ve said it before, but I don’t want skincare and hair products. I have my skincare that I like and I don’t use hair products.
You can also see all the products that other people are getting in their bags, which is good stuff, and I’m always wishing I was getting something else. I’ve retaken the quiz twice so maybe my bag next month will be better suited for me. This was my 4th month/bag and I decided that I’ll give it 6 months and if I’m still receiving so-so products, I’ll cancel. I don’t want to waste $10 a month on products I’m not going to use. I’d rather put that money towards something else. Now that I’ve bored you with all of this, let’s get on with my July bag.
- Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics 2-in-1 shadow liner–I prefer a dark brown eyeliner and this is a lighter, more golden brown shade so I definitely won’t be using as an eyeliner. I will probably use it as a cream shadow or shadow base.
- Teeez Cosmetics Read My Lips Lipstick in Killing Me Softly–It went on really well and is very creamy, but I didn’t love the color.
- Crown Brush Professional Tweezers–I have tweezers already and I don’t even use them that much. I don’t pluck my eyebrows, I leave that work to a professional.
- Octavio Molina Hair La Playa Sea Salt Spray–Sea salt spray is great for achieving beachy waves in your hair, but I can never get my hair to cooperate enough to achieve the effortless, beachy waves. Fail.
- Vasanti Cosmetics Brighten Up! Exfoliating Cleanser–I think I have 3 of these samples in my sample box right now. I got them when I got Birchbox a few years ago. It’s a good exfoliator, but I already have an exfoliator that I like better. I’ll pass this along or get around to using it eventually.
This past Tuesday, I had the opportunity to attend a restaurant preview dinner at Mesa Latin Kitchen in Durham. The food was good and the company was even better! I went with my blogger bestie Stephanie and got to see some of my other blogger friends. I’ve seen Angela at some other events, but never gotten to opportunity to talk with her so I was glad I finally got sit down and get to know her. Courtney is hilarious and is one of those people you feel like you’ve known forever after just one conversation. Y’all know I’m introvert and going out and meeting new people is hard/terrifying for me, but blogging has helped me so much and I’ve made some great, new friends along the way!
There’s been so much controversy surrounding Caitlyn Jenner’s transition and especially about her receiving the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at this years ESPY Awards. No matter your opinion on her, the transgender community, or the decision to present her such a prestigious award, I encourage you to watch her speech. We can all learn something from the words she shared. Acceptance and respect are two things all people deserve. Regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, nationality, social status, salary, etc. everyone deserves to be loved, accepted, and respected. You don’t have to agree with their decisions, how they live, etc, but you can set aside your opinions, and be kind. Have respect for others. You don’t walk in their shoes. You don’t know their life, their story, their struggles. Maybe you think I’m too liberal, too understanding, too tolerant. That’s fine, you are entitled to your opinion just as I’m entitled to mine. I’m just tired of hearing and seeing so much hate on the news, on social media, literally everywhere. I’ve talked about my faith before and I believe it’s not my job to judge or condemn anyone. I believe that job is up to the Lord. When I get to the pearly gates, I don’t have to answer for their sins. I’m only responsible for myself. This was my Facebook status earlier this week:
Every time I watch the news or log onto Facebook, I am overwhelmed with the amount of hate I see. It really makes me wonder if these people ever learned “Jesus Loves the Little Children.” It’s one of the first songs I remember learning at church. For those who need a refresher:
Jesus loves the little children
ALL the children of the world
Red and yellow black and white
They are precious in his sight
Jesus loves the little children of the world
If you read all of that, bless you! I know that has nothing to do with fashion or beauty, but when I originally started this blog, I just wrote about whatever was on my mind. This is something that has been weighing heavily on my mind and in my heart recently. Sometimes it just feels good to say what you need to say and move on.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and remember, be kind!
P.S. I dare you to watch this and not cry. It take a lot to make me cry and bawled like a baby. What a remarkable story of faith and hope. It’s amazing what we can all learn from a child like Leah. The ESPYs give me all the feels every single year. I need another Kleenex or 7. #LeahStrong