Fear and Perseverance

Good morning!

I am so excited to be sharing today’s devotional with you.

Today I want to talk to you about fear and perseverance.

Isaiah 41:10 says this:

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my vitorious right hand.”

I find this scripture to be interesting, as this is not the first or only time it was said.

In the book of Joshua, these exact same words were given. Not once, but 3 seperate times, and they were given as a command by God himself.

Joshua 1:6 – “Be strong and courageous…”
Joshua 1:7 – “Be strong and courageous…” and finally,
Joshua 1:9 – “This is my command — Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

2020 was such a significant year for the world. It brought with it it’s fair share of challenges and negativity.

Judgement….. just to name a few, and although we are believers, we fall victim the same as anyone one else to these things.

I don’t say these things to you to invoke them. I say these to bring to your attention that even though we may be overwhelmed by these emotions and we may act upon them, the bible is here to remind us to not fear. This is God’s command to us as believers. “This is my command — be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid…”

Right now, we are navigating through hard times, testing and trials. Everything seems uncertain. Scripture calls us to endure and perservere through hard times.

2 Cor. 4:17 says this, “For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!”

I want to encourage you today to do as the scripture calls us to do. Be strong and courageous. Even when it seems like there’s no end to the madness. Do not be afraid, even in the face of death, and lastly, press on, persevere and endure, because God’s promises are true. He will never leave you, nor forsake you. He will never give you more than you can handle, and you will be rewarded for your faithfulness in heaven. I hope this blesses your hearts today.

Let’s pray!

May Boxycharm Unboxing!

Hey guys!

Sorry I have been gone and not consistent with my uploading. At this time I do not have a schedule. I am basically trying to make it through life right now. Having another very hard pregnancy and being at home with 2 beautiful but very active kiddos makes life a bit difficult to gauge at times. So, with that said, please bare with me.

Here is my unboxing for May’s Boxycharm. I said in the beginning of this video that I was going to do two unboxing but that did not happen. I will do a separate unboxing of my LE Glossybox later. Stay tuned for that video.

Boxycharm is a monthly subscription service that sends out 5 full size beauty products for $21/month. Sometimes, they will do 6 products but mainly for special occasions such as this month since it is their birthday month.

If you are interested in my makeup look, leave me a comment and let me know if you would like the tutorial.

The Theme for this month is Boxy Bash!

Let’s Get in the Box!

Cover FX Blurring Primer.

A lightweight, soft focus primer that blurs the appearance of pores, fine lines, and other imperfections creating a smooth canvas for flawless foundation application.

Retails @ $38.00

Pretty Vulgar – The Ink Gel Eyeliner.

This highly pigmented gel eyeliner provides quick drying application with enriched Vitamin C to condition the lids. It’s creamy and water resistant formula allows for smooth application that stays in place all day.

Retails @ $24.00

Beauty CreationsXBoxycharm Longwear Matte Liquid Lip Gloss.

Beauty Creations Matte Liquid Lip gloss is specially formulated to provide full coverage that dries to a seamless, smooth and matte finish. It’s lightweight application is long wearing for an effortless lip color that compliments all skin tones.

Retails @$10.00

PUR Cosmetics Sculptor.

A four-shade, sculpting palette that features two high-beam highlightersand two matte contour shades that will leave skin sculpted to perfection with highly pigmented and buttery formulas. I think it is ideal for all skin tones.

Retails @$30.00

Eye & Face Brush Set from Aesthetica.

The Aethetica P12 Face Brush has synthetic fibers that allow for maximum control. The P12 Face Brush is perfect for creating a seamless look.

Retails @$27.00

The Aesthetica 3 Piece Eye Trio Series comes with an Angled Eyeliner Brush, a Brow Spoolie and an Fine Tipped Eyeliner Brush. A convenient 3 in 1, used for a wide variety of looks, from a subtle wing to dramatic cat-eye. Use the brow brush for fuller, more defined eyebrows.

Retails @$45.00

That is everything!

This month’s box value comes in @$174.00

Yet another great box from Boxycharm. Let me know in the comments if you get boxycharm. If you received anything different or did you get the same variations. Did you enjoy your products or were you disappointed? Would love to hear from you.

Here are some coupons that they included for this month.

Until next time, Enjoy!

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October Subscription Wrap-Up!

It’s that time again y’all! Time for another subscription wrap up.

In this wrap we will be taking a look at all the products that we received from Boxycharm, Glossybox and Ipsy.

Let’s jump right in with Ipsy!

The theme for October was “Spellbound.”

Next up is Boxycharm

Last one up is Glossybox

That’s a wrap.

FabFitFun Fall Box.

Happy Fall Everyone!

We have finally entered into a beautiful season in which we are given the opportunity to witness the changing of the leaves, the environment and everything else that nature gives us. And with that for some of us living in the northern parts of the US, brings the first little sprinkling of snow!

With that being said, I would like to take this time and give you a run down of the FabFitFun Fall Box for 2017.

Let’s Begin!

The theme for this box is “Fall In Love” Obvious right. If you are not aware of what FabFitFun is. It is a seasonal subscription box that caters to everything pertaining to that season. Including lifestyle, fitness, skincare, makeup, food, etc…. all for just $49.99 per season. It is a really good deal seeing that you are getting a lot of items in your box that values over $200. It is also a great way of introducing you to brands that you might have never heard of before. With each box, FabFitFun collaborates with different brands to bring you different items pertaining to that season and along with that they also sponsor a charity each season. Each season is different. This season the charity that they are sponsoring is UNICEF-USA. To learn more about UNICEF you can check them out in the link below.


The Fall box contents are as follows:


Retails for $98

This luxuriously soft 100% polyester knitted scarf will keep you warm while looking chic all winter long.

2. THE JET SET DIARIES (Choice Item)

Cable Knit Beanie in Black or Dusty Rose.

Retails for $49

This will provide you with extra warmth in the most stylish way.


Coxet Wire Heart Ceramic Jewelry Holder

Retails for $33

You can also use this as a desktop accessory to keep all your knick knacks together.

4. DPHUE(Choice Item) Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

Retails for $35

This shampoo and conditioner substitute uses the power of apple cider vinegar and other ingredients like lavender extract and argan oil to gently remove impurities from your hair without stripping its natural oils.

5. DECO MIAMI – Lavender Cuticle Oil

Retails for $12.50

A nourishing blend of vitamins and organic oils are combined to moisturize and soften the cuticle bed of your nails.

6. WHISH BEAUTY – Renewing Mud Mask

Retails for $48

This mud mask features natural ingredients like bentonite clay, aloe, and rosehip oil to reveal smoother, softer skin while slowing the aging process.

7. TRESTIQUE – Matte Color & Shiny Balm Lip Crayon in Florence Fig & Rose Balm or Tuscan Wine & Syrah Balm.

Retails for $28

This is a 2-in-1 product that features a creamy, lightweight lip color crayon with a natural matte finish, and a BB lip balm for added shine and moisture.

Personally after trying this product for myself, I find that I enjoy the lip color but as far as the BB lip balm, I didn’t get a chance to test it out since it came broken in the package. I think this is more of a malfunction in how the product is actually put together. It is not very sturdy. The product itself is not ended in anything but just made to sit on top of the pencil itself which, in my opinion, makes it very prone to breaking. The same thing happened after getting a replacement sent to me. So I would watch out for that when thinking about trying or purchasing this product.

8. MOLR DENTAL CLUB (Choice Item)

Organic Carbon + Coconut Teeth Whitening Powder and Toothbrush.

Retails for $43.95

This set uses the power of activated charcoal to clean and whiten teeth. This aids in the removal of wine, coffee and plaque.

Be careful when brushing because this will turn your items black. Though I don’t believe it to be a product that stains.

9. MYTAGALONGS – Hot & Cold Gel Pack

Retails for $15

The best of both worlds. This product is perfect for soothing any aches and pains. Simply freeze or heat your pack to your desired temperature, place it where you need relief, the sit back and relax. Perfect for us ladies especially during our full moon sessions!


Retails for $59

This gym bag features a denim wash, cotton handles, an outside zipper compartment, and an inner open pocket for storing all of your necessities. There are also several different quotes that are presented on the bag.

I personally think it is very cute and though it will be put to good use with going to the gym or just overnight family visits, I don’t think this is worth $59. I think you can find great quality gym bags that offers the same if not more for a cheaper price.

Just my opinion! Please don’t come for me in the comments…lol.

Last but certainly not the least… There is always a sponsored item included in the box each season.

Our sponsored product for this month is brought to you by,

COTTONELLE – Fresh Care Flushable Cleansing Cloths.

The exclusive CleanRipple Texture is designed to clean better, leaving you feeling fresh and clean wherever you go. Girl’s best friend!

There you have it!

This sums up everything in the FabFitFun Fall Box. The total value of this box is $377 – $392 based on if you did choose all the choice products. You had an optional of 4 to choose from.

The extra products that you see in the picture below are all from the mystery bundle that I included in my Add On’s. They include: the Tumbler from Kate Spade, a choker necklace from A. Marie, a brow product from The BrowGal, and last but not least, an infused body buffer from Spongelle.

Hope you enjoyed this sum up of the FabFitFun Fall Box. Remember if you are interested in FabFitFun, check them out in the link posted above. Great products, great deals for a great price!

Until next time!…

September’s Subscription Box Wrap up.

Hello Everyone!

So since this post is very late, I decided that instead of doing a single post for each subscription, I would just do a complete wrap up of the month. I hope you guys don’t mind.

Due to the recent events with all the natural disasters that’s been happening, everything was pretty much pushed back.

As you have all witness the severe hurricanes that has been hitting back to back on the islands and outskirts of the US, there has was major delays and back ups with these products being shipped out. I also had to take some time to make sure that my family were all ok, seeing that all the places that were hit by these hurricanes, I have friends and family living there. That was my number 1 priority.

So,… with all that said, there just wasn’t enough time to sit down and get this all done last month for you guys. I hope you all understand.


First up, IPSY!

This month’s bag included products from Elizabeth Mott, Ciate London, Skin Food, Colourpop and Gellusion. Ipsy is a monthly subscription glam bag that send 5 deluxe size samples to your door for $10/month. If you are interested in signing up, follow the link below.


Next we have, GLOSSYBOX!

This month’s box included products from Lancôme, Pureology, Manna Kadar, Vendome and Morgan Taylor. Glossybox is a monthly subscription box that ships 5/6 full size/deluxe samples to your door for $21/month. If you are interested in signing up for Glossybox, follow the link below.



This month’s box included products from PUR Cosmetics, M.A.C, Colourpop, Bare Minerals and Studio Makeup.

Boxycharm is a monthly subscription box that delivers 5/6 full size products to your door for $21/month. If you are interested in signing up, please follow the link below.


Seriously, if you are not subscribed yet, you need to go and do that now! Stop reading this and go subscribe now! You will not disappointed.

Next we have DECK OF SCARLET!

Deck of Scarlet is a bi-monthly make-up subscription that send you an all in one palette that includes 3 eyeshadow shades, a blush, a highlighter, 2 lip color options and often switches between a lip pencil or eyeliner. This subscription is unique in that each palette is very different and is created by fellow YouTubers and is normally limited edition. This subscription is $29.95/month. If you are interested in signing up, please follow the link below.


Last but certainly not least, GLOSSYBOX+CEW (Limited Edition)

This is a Limited Edition box that is presented by Glossybox. It includes 7 full size items and is available for their subscribers and those that are not subscribed to Glossybox. This box is still available for $35 (subscribers) or $45 (non-subscribers). Products included in this box are from IT Cosmetics, Manuka Doctor, Butter London, Bare Minerals, Super Goop, Laneige and Jafra. If you would like to purchase one of these Limited Edition boxes, please follow the link below.


That is everything for the month of September! Feel free to leave me a comment and let me know if you have a subscription, what is and what products you received.

Stay tuned for October’s Subscription wrap up. I promise it will be more in depth.

Until Next Time….

August Boxycharm with September Spoilers!

Sorry this is such a late post. If most of you have been following in the subscription world, you already know what’s in the August box and you may also already know what some of the spoilers are even though I am fashionably late, I am posting anyways! Forgive me!

Lets get started!

Boxycharm is a monthly subscription that offers 4-5 full size beauty products for $21/month. Each box ranges from makeup to skin care, beauty tools to color cosmetics and has a value of over $100 and up.

Some brands that they plan on collaborating with for the rest of this coming year would be Ofra, MAC, Becca, and Tarte, just to name a few. So if you are interested in joining the Boxycharm family, you can sign up by following this link.

So what’s in the August box?

So each month boxycharm has a theme, just like all other subscription boxes. Augusts’ theme was “Beach Please.” I thought that was so cute and also appropriate since we are still technically in summer!

The first thing in the box is from Royal and Langnickel. This is the Moda Pro, 3-Piece Brush Set. This set features a pointed blush brush, chisel blender brush and a crease brush. These brushes will help you achieve endless looks and can be used with both wet and dry products. I really love this set. It packaging and detail is beautiful. It has like a rubberized weighted handle for each brush. The bristles are very soft and silky. I especially like the blush brush because for me personally, it works great as a multipurpose brush. It can be used for blush and powder. So excited to see thus a part of the box. The product retails for $26.00 and can be found @ www.beautyusa.royalbrush.com

The next item in the box is by Adesse. This is their Gel Effect Nail Polish. Give your nails the “plump” look of a gel manicure without ever stepping door into a nail salon. This product retails for $18. No need for a UV/LED lamp. www.adesseny.com

The next thing I see is by PÜR The Complexion Authority. This is the Pro Eyelashes in the style “Bombshell.” These lashes are handcrafted with the finest luxury sill to provide ultra lightweight, natural looking, full lashes. They are cruelty free, durable, and reusable for up to 30 wears. They are also safe for contact wearers. This product retails for $14. www.purcosmetics.com

Aloette Face and Cheek paint in the color “blooming berry.” This product is enriched with jojoba esthers, vitamin E, and other essential oils. I am not particularly a fan of this product. I would not consider using this as a multi use product. I think that since it carries a fragrance and more so a definite taste, it’s not something that I would be comfortable applying to my face. My skin would have a field day! This product retails for $35.00 www.aloette.com

The final product in my box is by Tart Cosmetics. The is the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Palette-Volume II. This is a crease free eyeshadow pallete with the best selling powder formula in eight, cool toned shades. I love this pallete. These shadows are creamy and buttery and apply to lid so well. It is not overpowering at all. It can ne subtle or built up for an extreme smoky look. This product retails for $36.00 www.tartecosmetics.com

Time for some Spoilers!


#1 Confirmed:

Spoiler #2

Spoiler #3

Spoiler #4

This box is said to have 6 products instead of 5! Very excited. Anyone else interested? It will only keep getting better! If you’re interested in signing up, feel free to follow the link provided. http://boxycharm.com/refer/Nicho-DWGDKMQI

As always, thanks for sticking with me through. Stay tuned for my next review.

August Ipsy Unbagging!

Hello all!

If you’ve been following me for a while, you would know that I have been a part of the subscription family. I have been subscribed to a few for a while now. I have not been blogging about them but primarily have been Vlogging on my YouTube channel. If you are a follower of mine, head over there, check them out and feel free to subscribe! Link will be at the end of this post.

Ha! Yes, that was a shameless plug!

So since I have these subscriptions, I figure I might as well keep you guys in the loop as well.

First up, IPSY!


If you are not sure of what Ipsy is, it is a monthly subscription that offers 5 deluxe beauty products from popular makeup brands for $10/month, ranging from makeup, skincare, nail care or hair products. Each bag varies. It will all depend on your profile preference. If you’re interested in signing up for Ipsy, I will also leave a link at the end of this post. Now that you have that information, lets see what was in my bag for this month.

First up, Hey Honey Facial Cleanser.

This is a facial scrub with propolis and minerals. It cleans and exfoliates and is recommended for all skin types. This is a sample size but the full size product retails for $24. You can find this online @ http://www.heyhoney.com or http://www.amazon.com

Next up, Marc Anthony-Strictly Curls-Curl Envy-Perfect Curls Cream.

Now that was a mouth full! This is a full size product. Though sizes vary. The retail price of this would be between $5.99 and $8.00. This cream is supposed to control and define frizzy hair. It will also add moisture for intense shine, soft and frizz free curls.

The third product in my bag is from SlMiss Glam Beauty.

This is their T35 Precise blending brush. This brush is perfect for placing color and blowing out your crease. This is super durable and cruelty free. Also, who doesn’t like a pop of bling to brighten up their glam session. This is also a full size product. This is a part of a set that retails for $325.00 on http://www.slglambeauty.com

The fourth product in my bag is from The Balm.

This is an eyeshadow from one of their pallets’ called The Balm Voyage. This is in the shade, Willkommen. This is a creamy, light brown, satin color. It is very creamy, applies smoothly to the lid and carries a good amount of pigment. I really like this shadow. This would be a great all over the lid color. It also compliments any skin tone. The palette retails for $39.50 on http://www.thebalm.com

The fifth and final product in my August bag is from Makeup Forever.

This is their Excessive Lash Arresting Volume Mascara. This product is supposed to add volume to your lash. “Create long-lasting panoramic volume that fans out for a truly dramatic, eye-opening effect.” This is not full size but a travel size version. I personally prefer these because it is travel friendly and you don’t end up wasting product. The full size version of this retails for $25.00 on http://www.makeupforever.com And that’s it folks! My bag is empty. That was everything in my bag for the month of August. I hope you found this informational and gives you a better idea of what this subscription service provides. Again, if you have been following me for a while, I would love to have be a part of my YouTube family. Come join me as I un-box, un-bag and review more products on my channel.

Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_p4FyzpaOl8&t=25s

If you liked that review, stay tuned for my next review.

Up next, Glossybox!


It’s Glossy Time!

As promised, her is the unboxing of my Glossybox.

Glossybox is a subscription service that delivers anywhere between 6-7 deluxe or full size products to your doorsteps for just $21 a month.

As usual, with all subscription boxes, they always have a theme and the theme for this month is Stay Cool.”

The first product is from Tree Hut. This is an “Exfoliating Mud Mask.” The exfoliating mud mask offers the ultimate treatment in a jar. It is designed to exfoliate and tighten your skin, while drawing out impurities with black sand and kaolin. This was a bonus item in the box and marked as a Glossy favorite and I can see why. It really does get the job done. This is full size and retails for $15.00.

Glossy Tip: “After cleansing, apply mask generously to cover face completely. Allow to dry until it begins to subtly crack. After 20 minutes, wash off with a warm wash cloth.”

The next product in this month’s box is from Doucce. As promised, this is the second item to complete the palette we received from the July box. You would be getting one of two shades, “Pink Beach” or “Vintage Mauve.” This is the Freematic Blush Mono in the shade “Vintage Mauve.” Both are buildable and blendable. They are also silky and rich in pigment. This product retails for $14.00/one piece. The palette retails for $10.00

Glossy Tip: Summer is the time to sport a healthy flush. Mix and match the two blushes for the perfect rosy glow!

The next item in our box is from Bliss. This is a deluxe sample size of their body butter in the scent “Blood Orange and White Pepper.” Scents will vary. This product is not only moisturizing but it also carries a nice refreshing scent and aids if you have rough, patchy skin. The full size product retails for $29.00

TidBit: “Hydrated skin not only helps your tan last longer but also keeps you from any itchy, dry patches that can happen during the summer.”

Next up we have a product from Dr. Barbor. This is their “3D Hydro Gel Eye Pads.” This is also a deluxe sample size which only includes 2. Full size product includes a set of 4. Your under eye area is the first to show signs of fatigue and aging. These cooling gel eye pads mold perfectly to the eye contours and include a synergetic blend of hyaluronic acid, and second skin technology that have been specially developed for the delicate skin around the eyes. The full size product retails for $29.00

Glossy Tip: Forget hiding behind sunglasses! Leave on for 10-15 minutes and remove for a radiant, hydrated appearance.

Our next product is from Pixi by Petra. This is their “Brow Tamer” in Clear.  Enriched with aloe vera and conditioning panthenol, just a few swipes of this clear, longwearing gel instantly perfects and defines, leaving you with beautifully shaped brows. This is a full size product and retails for $10.00

Glossy Tip: When applying this brow gel, brush upwards, then use your fingertips to create your perfect arch.

Finally, we have The Monsieur Big Mascara by Lancôme Paris. This is a BIG volume mascara that delivers volume with up to 24hr wear time that lasts all night and even in the morning after for your biggest, blackest, boldest lashes yet. Huge claim. I have not had a chance to test this out for myself, yet but will very soon. It looks very promising and I am a girl who loves volume in my mascara! No touch-ups, no flaking or smudging! This was also a sample size but the full size product retails for $25.00

Glossy Tip: Be sure to apply your mascara, layering as desired, before any foundation or face powder. This will ensure an easier cleanup should you make a mistake.

Promotion: Exclusively on Lancôme.com, get 15% off your Monsieur Big purchase, plus a complimentary deluxe sample of Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Remover. Use Code: GLOSSY15 at checkout. Valid through 9/31/2017. Will supplies lasts!

That is all!

Thanks for going through this months Glossybox with me. Stay tuned for my next post. Boxycharm! Hope you found the information interesting and that you will take a second and check out Glossybox for yourself. If you are interested in signing up, click the link below.


Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquid Lipstick Review.

Hello all!

Yes, I again took a hiatus but have returned. I just needed some time to collect. So instead of explaining in a post all in itself, I figure what better way to return than to jump right back in. Just an update, there will be some changes and updates coming to the blog in the near future, so keep posted.

On to the BEAUTY part of this post…..

Bite Beauty recently released their newest product in their line and that would be their liquid lipsticks.

Influenster and Bite Beauty decided to come together and collaboration and made this product an actual VoxBox this past month. I was one of the lucky individuals to receive the box.

Each box included 3 liquid lipsticks, 1 prime and define lip pencil and some information on Bite and Influenster.

I was so excited about receiving it. I don’t own a lot from Bite Beauty but the one sample lipstick that I own prior to this box has been so good thus far.

The colors that I received in the box are, Demi-Glaze, described as a Chocolate Mauve, Flambe, described as a Vivid Poppy, and last but definitely not least, Eclair, described as a Soft Rose. The line and define pencil is just like an exfoliate for you lips. This product is also very moisturizing.

These lipsticks are full size and retail for $24 each. You can find them at your local Sephora or online at www.sephora.com

This formula one these are very pigmented and very moisturizing. They are a cream, so they do have a sheen, so no drying down needed.

I tried all 3 products and enjoyed them all. I would say that my favourite out of the 3 would be Demi-Glaze. I think it is a great nude color for WOC. I like that these are very complimentary and can fit all skin tones. Now I haven’t tried the whole line but so far, I am enjoying every thing about them.

It wears so well on the lips. They are so moisturizing and light weight. This is not a product that you need to slather on. A little goes a long way. Now with that said, since they are a cream product, it does get a bit sticky but it’s not overwhelming like some other products out on the market.

I did find that with it being a bit sticky that you have to be careful for hair or food since they may become a small problem with them sticking to your lips. Also, because it doesn’t dry down, if you’re not careful, you will have some transfer to your teeth. I think that this happens because the formula itself is so thick. I also found that as the day went on, with no re-application, the lipstick will begin to pool at the corners of your mouth. Something that is not flattering. I think that blotting works in this case. Especially with it being so pigmented, you are not removing all the product but mainly the stickiness of the product which leaves you with a more blotted stained look, also very pretty! Flambe was the only one that was a bit sheer, so it needed another coat for full opacity.

It’s interesting! It comes out thick but does not apply thick on your lips.

Two more things to think about before picking this up. They do carry a sweet scent and a taste to them that last the whole time you are wearing them. The lipsticks have more of a sweet scent whereas the lip pencil has a more minty scent. So if you are a person that is bothered by fragrance or a taste that comes with your product, you might not like these.

Overall, I really enjoyed this product. I would like to thank INFLUENSTER and Bite Beauty for their collaboration.

All products was received complimentary of influenster for testing purposes. @Bitebeauty @Influenster #theliquifiedlipstick #contest

If you would like to know more about influenster check the link below.


Stay tuned for my next review!