Amarah’s Thankful Post

 

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Amarah, my daughter, wanted to get in on the Thankful fun!

She is thankful for:

books

veterans

dance

candy

her dance teacher, Miss Brittany

holidays

her preschool teacher, Miss Alyssa

her family

friends

and food

 

I hope everyone has a wonderful rest of the week gearing up for Thanksgiving!

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Did They Dupe It? – Anastasia Brow Wiz vs. Nyx Micro Pencil

Brows.  I have been obsessed with eyebrows for a LONG time.  And it has taken me even longer to get brows that I deem #onfleek.  Discovering brow pencils really changed my brow game.

Honestly, Anastasia is the brow queen and her Brow Wiz is AMAZING.  It fills in your brows perfectly and doesn’t make them look fake.  The Brow Wiz is a game changer when it comes to your brows, and Nyx has created a Micro Brow Pencil to attempt to dupe it.

Product Smackdown

Price

Brow Wiz– $21  (0.003 oz.)

Micro Brow Pencil– $9.99 (0.003 oz.)

Exact same amount of product, and Nyx is half as expensive….the winner

Nyx Micro Brow Pencil

Nyx pencils

Packaging

Both have a spoolie on one end to comb your brows into place or distribute product

Both are black

Both ha

The winner…

ABH Brow Wiz.  I like the spoolie just a little bit better.

Spoolie

Performance

ABH Brow Wiz– creates extremely small “hairs” so the result is very natural.  Lasts all day.  Need to press hard to get product on eyebrows.

Nyx Micro Brow Pencil– creates small hair like strokes.  To me, the product is much more creamier than ABH and so it is much easier to apply.  But doesn’t look quiet as natural.  Nyx is a great choice for bolder brows.

ABH Nyx Swatch

 

nyx v. abh

The winner….

Both.  This sounds cliché but I enjoy each for different things.  All natural, looking great brows= ABH.  On the daily, bold brows I reach for Nyx.  Both last all day on me!

The Verdict?

I love them both, almost equally.  The Brow Wiz is just (a little) bit better.  However, the Nyx brow pencil is almost just as good.  I would save my money and just buy the Nyx Micro Brow Pencil to wear on the daily. Nyx usually runs sales of buy one get one half off, and if you buy from Ulta you can use a coupon.  Literally getting 2 pencils for almost half the price of one ABH Brow Wiz can’t be beat.

IF you want to shell out additional money for the Anastasia Brow Wiz, I would just save it for special occasions.  Because there are days when you want your makeup to be #flawless and you know your brow game with Anastasia will be 💯

What brow products do you love?

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An Open Letter to All United States Veterans- Thank You 🇺🇸

“It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.
It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.”

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Charles M. Province

Dear Veteran,

Thank you to you and all the Veterans who have served or currently serving our great nation.  I may have never met you or have known you were a veteran, but I want you to know that I appreciate you, I support you, and I cannot thank you enough.

You, in my eyes emulate the true meaning of bravery and selflessness.  You deserve much more than just one day to be given thanks, but I hope my gratitude towards you can be felt.

Thank you for being away from your family, so that I can be safe with mine.

Thank you for eating MREs for days at a time, so that I could eat with my family.

Thank you for marching for miles with up to 100 pounds of gear, and for being so selfless and so noble.

Thank you for putting your country before yourself, so that future generations can live and prosper.

Thank you for potentially jeopardizing your mental health, when there is a negative stigma with mental health in the United States.

Thank you for serving even though Congress doesn’t (always) financially support you once you come home.

Thank you for taking the burden of serving off of me.  So that I could continue with school.

Thank you for fighting bravely, even though when you get home you may not have received the recognition and thanks you deserve.

Thank you for answering the Call of Duty, no matter what the cost.

Thank you for potentially writing a check out to the United States of America with the price of your life.

But a very special thank you to the most important veteran in my life, my dad, Retired First Sergeant Paul.

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My handsome father!

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He has bravely served his country for over 20 years.  He served overseas in Operation Desert Storm, Germany, and Somalia.  He has never once bragged about his service, or his accomplishments.  He has always stayed humble, unselfish and noble.  My dad has taught me to stay honorable and stick up for what I believe in…always.

I cannot express just how proud I am of my dad.  He would sacrifice time away from his family to make sure we all are safe. Thank you!

Not all superheros wear capes…. mine wears dog tags.  And you, Veteran are my hero.

Sincerely,

A Thankful Civilian

Veterans Operation Desert Storm

Operation Desert Storm

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Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes+ Review- Is It Worth the Hype?

Hello lovelies,

I have been a longtime lover of the Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes in the original formula and so I have been antsy to try the new formula.  I buy through Tiffany, her website is HERE.

She is so nice, runs exclusive deals and giveaways through her Facebook group, and ships out to you really fast!

Best thing about Younique is they have a 14 day love it guarantee. 👍

Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes+ Review

Claims

Increasing your average lash length by up to 400%

Better than falsies

Hypoallergenic

Fortified with nutrient-rich Uplift formula

Directions from the website:

  1. Apply an even coat of Transplanting Gel to lashes.
  2. Immediately Apply Natural Fibers while Transplanting Gel is wet.
  3. Seal the fibers with Transplanting Gel. Repeat until you’ve reached desired fullness.

Product breakdown

Price: $29 plus tax and shipping

Two products: Transplanting Gel and the 3D Fibers

Paraben free!!

Talc free

The Transplanting Gel and 3D Fibers both have new brushes

original vs. new formula younique transplant gel

Fibers

Fibers

Packaging

Sleek black mascara tubes

Each tube is labeled

Tops of the tubes has the Younique logo stamped on it

A window on each tube that you can see how much product is left

Transplanting Gel: 0.23 fl oz

3D Fibers: 0.02 oz

original and new younique

Pros

Volume and Length 😍😍😍

3D fibers are black.  Makes them look more “natural.”  Other companies have white fibers.

Don’t have to wear false lashes

Made in the USA

expires in 6 months which is longer than a regular mascara, regular mascaras should be replaced every 3 months.

*update!  with the new formula you do not need to use another mascara*

Cons

Price: $29 for two products.  Similar price as a high-end mascara.  But cheaper than lash extensions.

Fibers can get into your eyes.  (This has never happened to me but it has to a friend.  I wear contacts so maybe that could protect it?)

Takes time.  If you are busy busy it may not be worth it to apply 3 different mascaras.  BUT for me it takes less time than putting on false lashes.

Fibers sometimes flake right after application but I just wipe them away with a brush, and I usually do not have anymore trouble the rest of the day

I hate the new transplant brush.  But this is a personal preference.  These type of brushes I have never been a fan of…they don’t do as much for my lashes I find than other types of brushes.  I prefer the old brush, and I will probably continue to use the old brush.

just mascara v. fiber lash

new v. old formula

The Verdict?

Personally, I am on the fence.  I love the new formula but I hate the new Transplanting brush. I never like the triangle shape that defines and lengthens on my lashes.  I don’t feel like it grips my lashes.  I have naturally long lashes and so I am on the lookout for volume.  The old brush gave that to me.

The ultimate test for me is when I get complimented on my lashes and asked what kind of mascara I am wearing or if I am wearing falsies.  I would get those questions all the time when I used the old brushes. 😊 💁  I am probably going to continue to use the Fiber Lashes+ but will use the old brushes with it.  If you are looking for solid length I recommend this product.  And you can try it for two weeks and if you don’t love it, you can return it!  You have nothing to lose….(except not having fabulous lashes if you don’t try it.)

What are your thoughts?  Have you ever tried the Younique 3D Fiber Lashes+ before?  Do you have any other suggestions of great mascaras to use?  I am always on the hunt for fabulous lashes.

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Being Thankful

October has come and gone and now the countdown for Christmas has begun.

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I for one am so excited for Christmas!  It is my favorite time of the year..  But we have some wonderful days ahead of us before the Christmas season started.  Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Black Friday!

November is the perfect time to really reflect on what we are thankful for.

I am thankful for:

My daughter, Amarah and my family

My health

My faith

My home

My freedoms

My good friends

The fact that I live in a country where girls can be educated past primary school

Soldiers and Veterans that keep us safe

Netflix

My wonderful life

Let’s all stay thankful this wonderful season 🙂

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Mermaid Halloween Makeup

Happy (day after) Halloween Lovelies!

Just wanted to post my makeup look to go with my DIY Mermaid Costume.  I’ll link the costume here.

I apologize for the poor quality. My makeup looked so much better in person!

I apologize for the poor quality. My makeup looked so much better in person!

Mermaid

Makeup

Eyes and scales

Colored Contacts – Acuvue Colours in Saphire

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Too Cool

Loreal Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Endless Sea and Burst into Bloom

Nyx Prismatic Shadow in Mermaid

Covergirl Bombshell Volume Mascara in Very Black

Ardell Medium Black Individual Lashes

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Chocolate

Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel

Gems from local craft store

Ardell Clear Lash Glue

Face

Benefit POREfessional Face Primer

Loreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation in 106

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer in Tan

Ben Nye Bella Luxury Powder in Banana

Bare Minerals Matte SPF 15 Foundation in Medium Beige

Too Faced Dark Chocolate Soleil Bronzer

Benefit Hoola Bronzer

Nars Blush in Orgasm

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagn Pop

Hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween! I would love to know what you dressed up for Halloween 🙂

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