November Favorites

November Favorites

November has come to an end, which means one thing – another favorites post! I found a few more things that I love this month and I want to share them with y’all. I’ll keep the intro short, so let’s get into it!

Skin Care

To start with the bigger skin care item, I was given this sonic face cleanser by my sister who wasn’t using it much anymore. Let me just say that I absolutely love this lil’ thing! It leaves my face feeling so much cleaner and really has the ability to get down deeper into my pores more so than my hands could. You can find this product here!Processed with VSCO with a6 presetProcessed with VSCO with a6 preset

I also love that this product is made out of silicone because it doesn’t carry the threat of hosting bacteria that can get spread onto your face. It also comes with a charging cord so you don’t have to worry about dealing with changing out batteries!

After cleaning out some products in my bathroom cabinet, I found this face mask that I’ve had around for a while but I’d sort of forgotten about. This is the Origins ‘Clear Improvement’ charcoal mask.

On the back of the bottle, it says that “Active Charcoal acts like a magnet to draw out deep-dwelling pore-cloggers” and goes on to talk about some of the other ingredients in the face mask. If you haven’t used a charcoal mask before, you really should, as it leaves your skin feeling so fresh and renewed after using it. There’s not much else I can really say about this product, so we’ll move on!

Home

I’m not sure if I should place these under a “home” or “health” category, but here we are. I started using my essential oil diffuser again this month and I’ve noticed a difference in both how I sleep and how I feel whenever I’m in my room. I’ve mostly been using the same 3 oils this month, two of them being by the brand “Nature Love” and the other being from the brand ECO. Aroma.

I know these oils aren’t the best brands out there, but they’re cheap and they get the job done, especially the ‘Sinus Clear’ one. I put this in my diffuser whenever I feel like I have a cold coming on and let it run while I’m sleeping at night. This helps me wake up feeling better than I did the night before and helps with the relief of some of the cold symptoms that I might have been feeling.

Clothes

Once again, I’m not sure which category to put these next things under, whether it’s clothing or accessories, but I’m just going to put them under the clothing category. I picked up these silk scarves and a bandana scarf (?) at a local thrift store back home and I absolutely love them!

I know I might be a little behind on the trend of wearing a bandana scarf around the neck, but I thought I’d give the trend a try and I’m so glad I did! The awesome thing about this scarf is that you can wear it in different ways, whether it’s used as a simple headband, tied around the neck, or tied in a top-knot with an up-do hairstyle. This is definitely something that I’ll be incorporating into my wardrobe more frequently now.

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Beauty

Last but not least, I have a beauty favorite for this month! Like last month, I found another lipstick that I like. I picked this lipstick up in Target during the first week of November and I really loved how it looked when I swatched it on my arm.

The color can be a little strong on your lips at first, but once you’ve been wearing it for a a little bit, the color starts to look so natural and flattering with your makeup. This is the Milani lipstick in the color ‘Pretty Natural,’ and the name totally makes sense.

Although my list was not long for this month, I still managed to find (and rediscover) some new products that I really enjoy using, as well as new trends that I hopped on. I’m super eager to find some new things to try out for the month of December, but until then, I hope everyone has a great start to the new month!

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” – Isaiah 43:2

-H-

Soulful November Playlist

Soulful November Playlist

The month of November is currently in full swing and I’ve finally gotten around to making my Spotify playlist for this month. I usually make a playlist for each month where I include songs that I feel are either appropriate for that particular time of year or just songs that I’m currently binging. This month, I thought I’d have more of an oldies/soul-filled playlist to listen to while working on homework or drinking coffee in the mornings. Talk about vibes, am I right? This is my Spotify account, so feel free to check out my eclectic music taste and all of my playlists!

I’m still adding songs to this playlist, but some of my favorites are currently:

  • Cigarettes and Coffee – Otis Redding
  • Bring It On Home To Me – Sam Cooke
  • You Send Me – Sam Cooke
  • I’d Rather Go Blind – Etta James
  • The Tracks of My Tears – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
  • I’ve Been Loving You Too Long – Otis Redding
  • (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman – Aretha Franklin
  • This Old Heart Of Mine (Is Weak For You) – The Temptations
  • I Second That Emotion – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
  • Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) – The Temptations
  • Tired of Being Alone – Al Green

If you haven’t given any of these songs a listen before, you really should now! There is so much soul behind them (no pun intended, but I guess that’s why they call the genre ‘soul’ anyway…) and I would really love for more people to become familiar with these artists and their songs. This is goooooooood music!

Happy November my friends and keep jammin’.

“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” – 1 John 4:16

-H-

 

Autumnal Touches

Autumnal Touches

Hey, y’all! I thought I’d share with you a few autumnal touches I have around my room at the moment. I’m not going to lie, I’m already preparing for Christmas since I’m one of those people who gets just too dang excited for the month of December! So, before I completely immerse my room in festive decor, here are some of my favorite autumnal spaces and things in my room!

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I’m totally itching to change my throw pillows right now because I have my Christmas ones all ready to go, but I feel like I would be socially exiled if I put them up before Thanksgiving, so these will have to do for now!

For some reason, I think candle sticks seem very appropriate for this time of the year. I love how they look with the other decor I have in my room, especially when I have one sitting next to a stack of my antique books.

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Dried flowers are some of the easiest decor you can have in your home. Though it might take a few days for the flowers to be fully ready, they make for a beautiful touch in a home, especially when they are placed in a brown glass bottle. I also threw this feather I found while in North Carolina and I think it adds a different texture to the mix.

The last little thing I want to put in here is this hook that I place my keys on. Another thing that always reminds me of autumn and this time of year are deers, although I’m not sure why. This hook is made of distressed gold-colored metal and adds a fun element to my room.

Even though I’m eagerly awaiting for Christmas to finally be here, I still love my fall-centered decor I have in my room. I’m sure you’ll see another post after Thanksgiving showing you what Christmas decor I have in my room, but until then, enjoy your Monday and prepare your bellies for the massive feast called Thanksgiving next week!

“Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken” – Psalm 55:22

-H-

 

North Carolina – August 2017

North Carolina – August 2017

In August, my parents and I took a trip up to North Carolina and Tennessee for a little vacation. I thought I’d add some pictures from our trip onto a blog post for everyone to see the antics we got up to!

 

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Hopefully, we’ll be back for another vacation sometime soon. Happy Wednesday!

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9

~H~

October Favorites 🎃

October Favorites 🎃

October is gone and I’m feeling both sad and excited. Sad because this year has been flying by and October is one of my favorite months, but also excited because this means November is here and that means Thanksgiving!!

I’ve recently been trying to write more blog posts, so I thought I would try something new and write a “favorites” post. Since it’s officially November now, I thought I’d share with y’all my favorite beauty and skin care products, as well as a sweet smelling favorite, for the month of October!

Skin Care

The first product that I want to mention is a face wash by the brand Simple. I’ve always struggled with acne, as I have pretty acne-prone skin, and this product has helped to maintain my breakouts for the most part this past month. This face wash is very moisturizing, and as someone with somewhat oily skin, it doesn’t over-produce oil by any means. It leaves your face feeling very clean and smooth, and for $4.89 at Target, it won’t break your budget!


The next product I’ll mention actually goes with the face wash. This is a moisturizer by the same brand, Simple. This product (as well as most other Simple products) has no harsh chemicals and no artificial perfumes or dyes that can irritate your skin, which is something that I really love about this brand. The only downside to having no artificial perfumes in this product is that it smells a little funny, but it doesn’t linger after you put it on your skin. It absorbs quickly and leaves your skin feeling very fresh and clean!

Beauty

This month, I didn’t try too many new beauty products due to the fact that I’m in college without a source of income… 🙂 Because of those reasons, I only shop for cheaper/drug store makeup products that’ll still get the job done. One brand that I’ve apparently been sleeping on is Elf products and boy do I regret not trying them out sooner…

Most of their individual products only cost anywhere from $1-$5 and that’s an incredible deal to me. I picked up this liquid highlighter/illuminator for only $3.99 and it’s proven to be one of my favorite highlighters that I own. I really like to wear this product when I’m not wearing much foundation, as it helps to provide a natural glow and it seems to sink into my skin much better than powder highlighters. You can add multiple layers of this highlighter to make it more eye-catching, or you can add a thin layer to make it more subtle. There really is no wrong way to go about this product.

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Another product that I tried this month was a lipstick. I’ve been on the search for the “perfect red” and I think I’ve finally come close to finding it. It’s been very difficult to find a red lipstick that suits my fair skin tone, especially one that has blue undertones. This is the L’Oreal Colour Riche Collection in the shade “Blake’s Red” from the Exclusive Reds Collection. Anytime I put it on (which hasn’t been that often) I feel like I’m some sort of a 1940s film star. It gives me such a vintage vibe and I wish that I had more places to wear this lipstick to.

The last things I want to mention in the beauty category are two nail polishes. One of them is the Essie gel top coat, which was a total splurge for me. At $11, I thought that this was pretty overpriced. I still took the risk and bought it, though, and I really should have done this sooner!! I’ve always had difficulty maintaining the nail polish on my fingers but this product has helped me keep my nails looking much better than they usually do.

I also used this nail polish for the first time in a while and I’ve been loving it recently! This is the Sally Hansen “Hard as Nails” brand in the shade Mauve Over, which I feel is a perfect fall color.

Please don’t mind my chubby hand 🙂

Home

This time of year, there are loads of amazing home decor items that can be found at stores like TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and Ross, as well as fall-scented candles from Bath & Body Works. I picked up some candles towards the beginning of the month and, although I’m going to sound very basic for saying this, they undoubtedly smell like heaven in a jar. I got two candles (one of them is a Christmas one, so I’ll save it for later) and the one I’ve been really loving is in the scent ‘vanilla pumpkin marshmallow’. Anytime I have this candle lit, my whole apartment smells amazing.


Recently, the weather has been very cool and crisp, so I’ve had the windows open and let me tell you – you can smell this candle from outside and down the walkway. I only buy Bath & Body Works candles when they go on sale for around $11 or $12 each because, personally, I believe $22.50 for a candle is slightly expensive. Honestly, this candle is something that you’ll want if you truly love the autumnal season. Heaven in a jar, I tell ya!

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I’ve really been loving all of these products lately and I’m so grateful that October was so good to me! I hope everyone has a great start to the new month of November, and I’ll see you in my next post!

“For nothing will be impossible with God” – Luke 1:37

-H-