First Snow Shower of December and some realtalk

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Hey ya’ll! I was kinda annoyed when I heard ATL had gotten so much snow yet where I’am we were getting rain and hail lol. But then it turned to snow….snow that did’nt really stick but snow none the less as it fell. Now, traditionally I make a chicken wing stew but I have become a Vegan or should I say Im still making the change as Im still using a few by products that are not vegan friendly but mainly because they come in my Degustabox! Will that food box ever curate any Vegan boxes….hmmm time will tell. Anyway, I did’nt make any chicken stew but I used some chicken broth with a cup of Nongshim noodle soup, kale, garlic and raddish to create something just as good!

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Today I made the same thing but sauteed some onions as well!

When it snows all I ever want are soups, stews, hot cocoa, coffee, cookies and cake seriously! And my mini me takes after me well almost he kept requesting beef patties with his noodles lol. Ah, thanks to having created some wonderful dishes with the Blue Apron food box I discovered I had been missing out on mashed potatoes as a side and garlic as an ingredient for almost all my dishes! So going forward I will never forget garlic or potatoes on the grocery list. Other than craving certain foods I also just want to dig into a good book, find a good movie unlike my usual desires for K, J and Thai dramas. I also want to take more walks. It’s nice to be inside during a snow storm but to me even more nicer to be in it…..but then again I love taking pics so that may be the big contributing factor in that outdoorsy desire! I wanted to talk about a few other things in this post other than experiencing this Decembers first snow shower so here goes..

 On friday I experienced what it is like to attend yet another community/parent function. To be able to exchange contacts and more with other parents was exciting and encouraging. However, earlier in that day prior to the function someone asked me what else I did besides being a mommy. To that I shared what they should have already known and in fact had been informed of before but then later thought why did I even bother answering them? I already know many literally hate their lives, jobs, living situation or what have them. I already know to see a mom concerned with their child or able to be active in their childs school life and etc may annoy others who could not, can not or do not want to and dont like being compared to those that do. Believe me I ALREADY know the jealousy that others have towards anyone who is doing what they secretly wish they could do. Maybe 1% of the time are such questions asked for some positive informative, reccomendated or suggestive reason. Most people just want to be nosey or the first thing I mentioned. Never has the question been asked to offer or share a job or networking opportunity. Almost never anyway because now that I think of it my brother in law did phone me a month ago because he knows I have a degree in Education and a daycare needed a Teacher or Assitant Teacher however the schedule would not match mine. That is usually the issue. And I always tell folks who seem so interested in my pockets or time that if they find a part time job that I could work the exact hours my mini me is in school that would allow me to leave in time to pick him up let me know! Otherwise, I’m going to stick with the online stuff!

This is the unspoken issue of parents, SINGLE PARENTS with small children AND espeacially speacial needs children who need to provide for them and keep a roof over their head. There are almost 0 realistic positions with schedules that fit their childrens who go to school and have to be picked up and cared for OF COURSE. Or if bused need to be watched when dropped of at their home. The way things are going how could anyone be surprised at the number of children that go missing, or that get into fights or whom are bullied. The number of latch key children just continues to increase and it always hurts my heart to see little 3rd graders walking home by themselves or riding public transportation by themselves. I believe if they were left home alone that would be a problem but somehow it is okay for them to travel to school and back by themseleves. When folks have a problem seeing me with my child I only feel sorry for them because I know their minds are gone. They have let the system re-program them to believe everything is more important than the human being they brought into this world. And I know it is not easy to be an online seller. Business can be so slow and unfruitful. It can be very discouraging but when you know the ability to be there for your family is the highlight then nothing else matters. You try and TRY AGAIN! That is what I’am doing! I personally feel I have so much to offer that it is a matter of organizing, planning, saving and investing. I actually intended to re-start Avon selling and shared my link and everything weeks ago only to learn a few days ago it was de-activated. Apparently Avon has some new ways in which they do things and I have to re-learn some things. In any case as always I will wish for the best AGAIN in that lane. Though it has proven to be very challenging I actually like challenges and want to succeed and meet my goals.

 Im always open to suggestions or information. But Im fully aware when Im just being hated on or envied and for such silly all in their head reasons. I know very well when that is occurring wheter I let one know or not. I also always think WOW these folks have NO IDEA how hard I work with my son who has behavioral/emotional issues. Or simply dont care. Everyday is very hard and exhausting. But because I would never share such hardships or rant about the negative folks get it twisted. Im just a different sort of being. I have an AWESOME MOTHER who raised me! I was taught to keep it pushing. To look at the bright side. To never lose hope. To find what makes me happy. And so you guys would only know my joys as those are what I focus on. As for my dreams something I also always get questioned about quite often well to me it is not a dream worth chasing if everyone knows. Some folks only live to imitate and copy others so I dont throw those bones out to them. Well, I think I talked about the things I wanted to. The main message I want to share is that BEING A MOTHER IS A FULL TIME JOB I dont get paid a dime for doing. It also is the best position I have ever held in my ENTIRE life and I take it very seriously. Wheter society ever admits to it being such or not. Wheter others respect the fact or not does not matter ultimately. Any ADDITIONAL job is great and of course NEEDED in order to be able to provide the life one needs or wants! But dont EXPECT EVERY PARENT TO JUMP AT THE CHANCE TO ABANDON THEIR CHILDREN FOR DOLLARS, OR BE IN THE POSITION TO BE ABLE TO WORK 10+ HOUR SHIFTS SOMEWHERE AND HAVE THEIR CHILDREN CARED FOR OR PUT THEM IN JUST ANYONES CARE SO EASILY FOR DOLLARS.  OR jeopardize their childs MENTAL HEALTH or their own trying to conform to societal norms all for appearances sake or others approval and/or acceptance into some cookie cutter image that represents being a “real parent” in some folks books! If all are being cared for and all of their needs met in a family by alternative means of income that are NOT ILLEGAL but get looked down upon because it is not seen as work by others who clock in and out somewhere and get on FB and complaim about their shift, or as we also know supplemental income assitance recipients that qualify for and recieve aid for various different reasons and get looked negatively upon as well along with the “I live with family” statement I say then that anyone and everyones negative opinion(s) are pure hate and jealousy fueled. People need to ** Realize** that others have a support team and/or situtions that enable, permit or REQUIRE them to work from home. I always encourage others and seek for myself part time jobs that will work with my childs school schedule to enable  me to be there for my child and have not gotten lucky so far but count my success in networking online. Many are SINGLE PARENTS at that like myself. Many have speacial needs children like myself who CANNOT entrust just anyone to watch and care for them! Even parents of normal developing children have to be very cautious these days. People in society should DO MORE to create the realities that are more suitable for all vs judging and hating on others. Or encouraging dyfuntional families by way of forced OVER employment AS MANY HAVE MORE THAN ONE JOB WITH CHILDREN TO PAY unrealistic rent prices. Food for thought. I rarely believe the hype about many people because as long as I see what Im seeing many humans have no humanity and are as cold blooded as reptiles. Compassion and charity starts at home.

When I meet a successful work from home parent or parents that are there for their children and hear their stories it only further motivates me and gives me hope and nothing more. When I meet homemakers who are able for whatever reason to take their children to school and pick them up that makes me happy. I had a mom who did such and whom began working when I was in J.H.S. and STILL works and LOVES what she does and only started when she knew she did not have to worry about me or my sister. Yes she had some family support to do so. That is something else this world needs more of. Families that dont hate on each other but uplift one another . Build with one another. Respect and love one another differences and all. I dont have a perfect family as nothing is perfect but they have been the support which allows me to properly and idealy be there for my child. I understand this is how it should be for everyone to make it in this society today. A society that if you paid any attention to is hell bent on the destruction of families. And family values.

Until next post, stay sweet

12/10/17

 

Honestly Essential Thanks Giveaway!

IMG_20171118_074300_264Hey ya’ll! I love great good for your products so when I saw this post I had to particpate! I followed their three steps to enter

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Screenshot_2017-11-18-07-35-16And recieved this referral link Honestly Essential Thanks Giveaway! So if you are into essential oils click this link and check them out! If you would like to enter their contest then you can check out their IG page at Honestly Essential for their contest link and post!

Until next post, stay sweet ya’ll ✌

 

11/18/17 @ 8:17AM

 

 

A mother’s job is never done…and more


HEY YA’LL!!!

I wanted to drop in to say hi and talk about various things. First off I would like to commend all the parents out here that go above and beyond to keep their children safe and who listen to their babies. I’am experiencing some very alarming things myself having a special needs child in the public school system and finding out that when parents are left out of the loop wheter intentionally or unintentionally that it only takes away from a childs best overall experience. I want to take this time to say please parents who bus their children or drop them off and pick them up. PLEASE observe your childs behavior especially if they are non-verbal. Recognize that something may be occurring with them on the bus rides or with them at school to warrant their change in behavior. Get the contacts of all of those OVER the staff at the Dept of Ed or Special Education Office as it may just be that imperative that you speak to those NOT connected to or aka “buddy buddy” with the Principals and AP’s. Utilize the Parent Advocates for Children’s Hotline and even take the free course/class to become a parent advocate yourself. In any case wheter you have taken a class or not YOU ARE YOUR CHILD’S FIRST ADVOCATE!

I just wanted to say that first and formost. And also, when you can drop in to see who and how individuals interact with your child please do so. Get the Parent coordinators info to gather all the dates for meetings and workshops so that you can attend. Ask questions there and network! I’am a Teacher at heart and always will be. And when I became a para as well I wanted to make a positive difference in a childs life. My own child ended up proving to need all that I have to offer and so that has been the case that he is my main priority. Bottom line is that all who work with such children ought to be properly trained. They should have patience and understanding. They should be driven to find solutions to create a better atmosphere for the child. Not to help create the meltdowns but help prevent them. Not to demonize a toddler or adolescent with a disability and push them down some “school to prison pipeline”. But tap into their full potential and help them to be the best that they can be. It pains me to see and know that many schools do not get adequate staffing or training to deal with special needs children. Yet interact with them daily! Also, that IEP’s where Behavior Intervention Plans should be created are not and therefore the staff are running around like chickens with their heads cut off when encountering a child who needs an ACTIVE PLAN AS PER THEIR IEP states. In short parents it’s up to us to protect, ensure of childrens IEP’s are followed and respect is given to our children when we are not present. Now that I have spoke on what is most dear to my heart we can move on to what life offers that counters all the stresses of everyday life….for me that is my love for Organic and plant based skincare lines. My new Vegan lifestyle, Beauty box subscription boxes and Food subscription boxes that makes every month feel like Christmas 😍

We (me and my mini me) are looking forward to recieving our second “Love with Food” box. The link for this one can be found in the prior post! We are also looking forward to the “Degustaboxusa” that rarely dissapoints. Since it is November I have my fingers crossed for some good pumpkin products or cake mix! As far as Beauty boxes are concerned the only one that excites me is the “Onxybox”. Links for this box can also be found in a prior post of mine along with Degustaboxusa! Now as far as new products that I have tried recently and have fallen in love with and may have mentioned in a prior post and will again they are the “Goddiss Yoni Wash” and “Blemishless liquid face mask” by The Urban Goddiss, the “Lanbeli Soap” and lip balm by Senica Naturals , the “Starlightbutter” by Mercuryiii. The “Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse” by DP HUE that I now know of thanks to the October 2017 We Are Onyx Box. Last but not least the “Hemp Heal Hempseed Master Salve” by Natural Mixologist! And if you follow me on IG then you know that there are some new products by different creators that I want to try asap! Im on a budget and actually have enough of what we need and will not be greedy but when Im down to my last plant based bar of soap and moisturizer I will surely be checking the following businesses out! These are their IG accounts and their links. There are some Jewelry and Apparel accounts among them as well! Check them all out when you can!

@thesheabuttercreamdiva The Shea Butter Cream Diva

@dylansdelights___Dylan Delights

@peaceofjewel Piece of Jewel

@monie_skin_care Monie Skincare

@magnitude_mbs Magnitude mbs

@pink_pearl_naturals Pink Pearl Naturals

@ince_apparel_jewelry Ince Apparel Jewelry

@ladyteecollection Lady Tee Collection

@deelioness_jewelry Deelioness Jewelry

@Lavish_eyelashes Lavish Eyelashes

@pppartwork PPP Artwork

@twistbyvee Twist By Vee

On this note Im out. I had a big bowl of Oatmeal with some apple sauce, raw sugar and raisins and I just want to sit and chillax . Ah, and work with my LO on his potty training since he is home today. (School trip today that parents were not allowed on unless they arrived at the site of the trip separately -___-….. smh. Such a shame. We shall take our own trips with family where I can ensure his safety. If you know your child you can relate) Until my next post….stay sweet ☺

November 8th 2017 at 9:32am

Love with Food (Tasting 3 month Sub)

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Hey ya’ll! Been gone a little too long but Im back with goodies to share! Around labor day as you know ALMOST every business had a sale. Well, here’s what I took advantage of primarily for my little one via the Love With Food box!

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Three months worth of boxes for what??? ($13.50) Yes I did take them up on this offer lol!

And here is the first box! Early might I add at that which gets them brownie points for sure!

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I’am very happy I took advantage of their labor day sale on this 3 month subscription now! I have extra treats for my little one and a few pieces for my purse lol.

If I wasn’t so tired I would share some other stuff but if you follow me on Instagram you would already know! In any case I will be back to post again so until then. Stay sweet✌

 

10/13/17 @8:01pm

Contest winner!

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Hey ya’ll! Omg, I feel like a stranger on my own site because it has been waaaaayyy too long since my last post! Twenty five days to be exact. I have been on IG though so my apologies for not giving this site the attention I gave it when I first started it but that will soon change. I have some good news. My schedule is settled now and I shall be re-vamping this site shortly come October! For those who love the simplicity of this layout you have nothing to worry about because so do I! There will be some minor cosmetic changes to the set up BUT bigger changes on the quality of photos you will be seeing soon! Im about to get my photography on and combine everything I love. From foods and geeky boxes to make up subscriptions and more….it’s gonna be lit! But enough about that, let me tell ya’ll about how I actually won some goodies via a IG contest thrown by one of my newest and favorite beauty box subscriptions called WeAreOnyx! If you dont know about them here is your opportunity to learn about them now ESPEACIALLY if you are a woman of color! What did I win? I won three lippies by Clecosmetics and to be more specific they are called “Melting Lip Powders” in the colors Barbie Pink, Milk choco and Ulta Summer. I also won their non foaming cleanser and their Oxygen foaming cleanser. See images below…

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If you follow me on IG at tie_aka_kickrocs101 then you have seen these images and more so I will stop here! If you have not then you should go over to my IG and take a look! I have never won anything so this was fun and exciting! Im not gonna lie though Im saddened because I know my chances of winning another great contest prize via WeAreOnxy are limited now. But hopefully one of the companies I have contacted expressing how much I would love to review their products will grace me with some goodies and I will feel the same excitement as if I have won something. But while Im talking about excitement let me show you this month’s WeAreOnxy box I was EXTREMELY excited for and was not dissapointed by one bit! Check it out, new box and all with interior artwork I opted to show off by turning the box inside out and re-folding.

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I love everything I received in this September 2017 box! Perfume by TokyoMilk that lasts and smells good! Law Beauty Essentials polish in 2pm wine that is so Divine. The lipstick by Belle Pierre that is velvety soft, moisturizing with a sweet note. The great for sensitive skin 4 in 1 lotus facial Cleanser by Purlisse and the finishing powder by Kiss Professional I can’t wait to use. The perfect box…..and I say this every month lol. It was even more perfect since I won one of their contests.

There are some other things I want to mention in more detail but for now I will just share that they are so worth checking out. One because what they have are plant based and organic and second if you follow me not just to watch my hair journey but my skin journey you will see that I’am maintaining what use to be my so problematic skin with these two companies products that I just adore now. If you didn’t know before now you know….Natural Mixologist  and The Plant Laboratory products are EVERYTHING to me!

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Again if you want more of my input on the two above companies and products just check my IG page out. Until next post, stay sweet!

 

Sat, September 23 @10:45am

Farewell Eggdrop Box 😳

Hey everyone! I just wanted to drop in and share the email I received a little earlier from this subscription company I have tried before and have blogged about…

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If you loved this box and were currently subscribed to this box Im so sorry for your lost. And to this company I hope if you decide to start another box service that you are as successful as you want to be! I know many have enjoyed what you guys offered with the Eggdrop box and you will be missed. To those that follow Nerdy Newb on Youtube Im sure your familiar with another subscription box that recently closed shop but not as gracefully….I wish them the best as well. When I recall their name I’ll update this….

Until next time, stay sweet ✌

Tuesday 08/29/2017 @6:05pm

It’s been a while aye…let’s chat

Hey guys…. scratch that, what’s up my people? 😎

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To all the parents reading how are you doing today? Have your little ones started school already or are they about to? Be it be Homeschool, Public school or Private school the time is upon us lol. I have rather enjoyed the quietness of summer but at last it must come to an end. Im trying to mentally prepare for all the moving and shacking (Literally) I will have to endure traveling everyday and prepare my ear drums for all the shouting or wtmi (way too much info) conversations that will commence by the young in public. The only thing Im looking forward to is my little one’s achievements throughout the year to come and COOLER WEATHER! Let’s talk about this disrespectful weather and how it has played me lol. I have so finally mastered the perfect full face look highlight and all but could barely wear it this summer out of fear of looking like a sweaty hot mess 😂😂😂 Damn it! The only Hightlight of it all (no pun intended) is that I have come to love the no full face look. The simplicity of rocking a cute winged eye, some shadow and a poppin’ lippie! Or just a poppin’ lippie!

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I actually have discovered some very cool new make up goodies thanks to various subscriptions and Amazon. Like this matte lipgloss set by SXC cosmetics that I found on Amazon a week or so ago as a prime deal at $6 and change…

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But I also want to mention that I have tried and retried some food/snack boxes as well! Two new companies were the Tokyotreat box and the MunchPak box. (Im not sure right now if I uploaded pics from our first and last Tokyotreat box from April 2o17 so I will include it here now) But the MunchPak box is from this month August 2017 and our first time trying it. If these are not highlighted link’s right now dont worry they will be later. You should know by now that I type to my hearts content and then come back to proof read. Im honestly hoping that one day I will proof read and find zero errors but ummmm yea not sure when that will occur lol. Anyway, one of the food/snack boxes we revisted (me and my mini me) was the small box by Univeral Yums! I was trying to be frugal so we got the small box and because it was Columbia snacks this month I figured we’d appreaciate it no matter the size/amount of items and we did! Everything was yummy. Let me just insert the pics now… here’s the Universal Yums box (small box)20170817_210540

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And here is the MunchPak Box!

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Here is the Tokyotreat box that I possibly may have blogged about buy dont have time to check so Im just gonna stick this pic here…if I have someone let me know! I have quite a number of posts. And we have tried quite a few snack boxes…

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Until next post stay sweet, Im out…for now ✌

8/22/17 Tuesday @ 3:52 PM

My 2nd time going short…..

Hey everyone! So, I want to keep track of this short hair cut to long hair experience here to look back on and say aaaawwwww. I did this back in 2012 and by June 2017 I looked like this so it wont take too long

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In July I joined my mini me when I took him to get his first hair cut ever. He “told” me that I had to do it with him and I said sure! I had been so bored with my hair up to that point not to mention hot and bothered thanks to the heat that I wanted to do a big chop. Dont get it twisted, I loved doing twists on my natural hair but craved a different look. Also, I could tell I had put too much tension on the front of my hair doing styles with the half wigs. Also, I had always been tender headed so my scalp needed a break. Plus, I WANTED MY EDGES! I found out what was in the Ecostyling Gel that I loved so much and what those ingredients did thanks to a very informative youtubers video that could have contributed to the thinning out and lost of some of my edges. I like to think that I’m nice with a half wig…..

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But I slowed down and had started to style my own hair just as much….prior to twisting I would mostly rock a puff.

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Ultimately, I decided my scalp needed a break from having hair gathered up in buns, pony tails, geled down and twisted and I wanted to enjoy the rest of this summer feeling the breeze on my head and so at the beginning of July with my mini me here I was….20170701_082444-1

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But Im over it….can’t you tell lol

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Well, it is July 29th 2017 a dreary saturday morning and Im sharing my progress as to date. This is where my hair is at now some weeks later…

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Itches like crazy….

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So I’am looking for some great scalp thirst quenching oils and creams now. I’am excited to watch my growth throughout the years to come again.

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Even threw a wig on the other day that I had only previously worn as a half when it was intended to be worn as a full wig. Well, it got worn in the “correct” fashion now 😅.

20170728_20005620170728_200525Yup, Im gonna enjoy this hair growth journey to the fullest! Im getting my excercise on as well! Aside from my subscription box blog posts I will drop in every now and again with a length check update. Also, I will be trying some new oils and creams so I will be back to blog about them as well! Until next post, stay sweet 😙

July 29th 2017 at 10:43am

 

July 2017 WeAreOnyx Box!


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What can I say other than I’am completely satisfied with the products selected yet again! The theme was on point and well…I’ll just leave the link to my unboxing video right here WeAreOnyx Unboxing! I have yet to photographe each item but the video will do the items justice. For such a small box it sure packs a punch of goodness 😍

 

First We Are Onyx Box!

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Hey guys! I totally could not patiently wait for this so I will just cut the small talk and get right into what we all recieved this month and for me my very first box from We Are Onyx!

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Oh, let me just say that I’am hype about every single product! I shared the card above that on one side features the artwork and on the other the contents so you can see right away that this box is giving you value! I was able to subscribe with a code for $5 off each month for the duration of my stay with them making this and my future boxes $20 flat! Can you see why Im excited 😄But even at the orignal price of $25 this box is worth it! Now unto the first item by Rutz Naturals for your viewing pleasure…..

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And the Second product by Oils Of The World…..

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Now the third item by Eden BodyWorks almost made me cry when I thought it had all spilled out since the exterior was wet but it had not and the bottle does not have any punctures so we are good. It just leaked a little (Unlike the other oil this one did not come in bubble wrap ) Smells amazing so I’m happy it is still full!

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And the fourth item by Measurable Difference a blush in Strawberry Sorbet 😍 I like Blushes…I normally use them as eyeshadow too so guess who is happy 😊

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The fifth item is by ColourPop and from their Lippie Stix line in the color Dukes Matte!

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They even included and in their own words “A lil nugget of gratitude!” By Rutz Naturals

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I’am very happy I decided to try this box out! It looked like a box that would have items that not only I but my mini me could use and they did not disappoint! I will be back to add my opinions on the other items as we use them. The lippie Stix is already a winner because come on you can’t go wrong with a lippe really. If I had recieved an undesirable color I would have mixed it with another to create a whole new color but that was not the case today. I usually receive pink lippies from other subscriptions so this was a pleasant surprise to say the least. Also, it says matte but it has a subtle shine and is very smooth and moisturizing!

Until next post, stay sweet. Im out ✌

Wednesday June 21th 2017 @8:11pm