Seek God first and He will seek for you

Delight = enjoy God for who He really is, not only for what He can do for us

Really grateful to have this verse reminded to my heart today. How often do we forget to seek God above all, and tend to seek our own desires?
it’s not wrong to want things like a nice house, a soul mate, make ups, any other hobbies, etc… but the word “seek” has more meaning beyond that.
Seek means to really crave for, looking earnestly for

Are we seeking God the way we suppose to?
If not, then repent and come back
Just come back.. for He said : “Return to Me, for I have redeemed you” Isaiah 44:22

If we admit our sins, He is faithful, He will forgive our sins, and PURIFY us from ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS

Trust God to give us “a new heart”, a God’s willing heart, not a self willing heart (Ezekiel 36:26)

If we are to obey His Word, then we have this promise:
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matt 6:33)

Prayer:
Lord, forgive our sins as we seek our desires of things and more things, popularity after popularity, greediness after greediness. Cleanse our sins and purify us by Your blood Jesus, give us a God’s willing heart instead of self willing heart. As psalmist said: take me not away from Thy presence oh Lord, take not Thy Holy Spirit from me, restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation, and renew a right spirit within me.
teach us to come back to You, for we know only You can fulfill our deepest desires, not things, not people, not even our dearest ones. And let us experience delight in You, enjoy You for who You are, and have our needs fulfilled, as You give us what You really want us to have. For You are merciful, and good. In Jesus Name, we pray, Amen.

Have a very fulfilled day ^^
-luz-

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Review: Too Faced: NO Make up Make Up face

okay so this is the first too faced product I got and this is what it’s looks like:

Too Faced The secret to No makeup Makeup

Too Faced
The secret to No makeup Makeup

ever since I bought this at sephora singapore, I can’t wait to lay my hands on another too faced product, coz they are sooooo good in quality, except for the price.. it’s pricey T-T.. I Bought this in 52 SGD

so there are 6 items in this palette, and this is I think the most have palette for travel, coz it does what it says, to make you look without wearing any make up on, but still look so glowy and fresh
I will tell you what I mean
but before: here are the swatches:

swatches

swatches

they have:
1 bronzing veil
this is my most favourite product in this palette. the tone is perfect for my fair asian skin tone. it has a little bit of shimmer within, but don’t worry, it’s so transparent and just the perfect amount for adding all over glow for the face.
and since too faced always come with steps for 3 looks you can create with their palette, you can try their suggested looks but still practicing and playing with your own creative desire ^^

1 creme blush
i was first very skeptical with this kind of blush because, I think it will make a blot/dot on your cheek, and since it’s sticky so it would be hard to blend them along with your other makeup products. but I find that this isnt the case with this blush. I can’t tell how this creme blush is so easy to blend, and it gives very beautiful color on your cheek It’s just the nice healthy, pinkish glow. and to be honest, I prefer using this other than the powder blush that comes along within this palette.
when I first swatched it, I think it look soooo pink, it won’t look natural, but I’m glad it turns out to be the opposite

1 powder blush
okay so this is just typical powder blush, but its so pigmented, so I need to use it light handedly, and build up the color instead just buffing them all over my cheek. other than that, it’s good quality, of course….

1 concealer
this is a cream based concealer, just a typical concealer you can use to cover any blemishes. it can get drier when I haven’t use it for a while. but it’s okay and enough for daily basis

1 luminizer
my second favourite product in this palette. basicallly it performs the function of a highlight, so I use it for my cheek bone, cupid’s bow, tip of my nose, on my upper brow line, just to accentuate bony part and add dimension to my face. since it’s “no make up” face, so it wont end up tooo shiny, but just a nice glowy finish

1 brightener
I use this for under eye, to imitate the famous “kim kardashian look”, and it does a good job on that.

so I think that’s it for the review. and I also want to mention that I really appreciate too faced come out with 3 simple examples on how to use their palettes, coz if you’re a beginner and happen to buy this kind of face palette, it can be a little confusing on which one should I wear first, and where. and too faced gives you not only the looks, but the STEPS. like: 1 use concealer to cover the redness of the nose, second use luminizer to the upper part of your cheek bone… maybe you can see this picture for more information, and to give you more explanation, about what I’m saying

3 steps too faced no makeup

yeah, overall I’m pretty satisfied with this palette, and would repurchase it again if I run out of this.

rating: 4.5/5

Hope this post helpful

God bless
-luz-

How do we love?

1 John 4:16

And we know (understand, recognize, are conscious of, by observation and by experience) and believe (adhere to and put faith in and rely on) the love God cherishes for us. God is love, and he who dwells and continues in love dwells and continues in God, and God dwells and continues in him.

“Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth” 1 John 3:18

how do you show His love from within you today?

Many ways we can show love, and I just want to share so it can bless and give some ideas or insight how we can bless and reach out to someone today.

praying for the loved ones, fulfill their needs, by listening to their story instead of insisting my own belief to them, by correcting them although I know the correction can hurt them, praising their good deeds, cheering them up when they feel down, investing your time for them by chatting, listening, helping, or even cooking for them.

How have you or will you get in the love walk today?

it doesn’t have to be perfect, but as we keep doing our best and keep on loving, the Bible said that God’s love is keep flowing within and through our lives.

God bless^^

luz

Day time look

Hi there, today I wanted to share the look for daily purpose. It can be used with or without the eye make up, coz when I’m lazy I just take time to put the face make up and that’s it, but in case when I have more preparation time, I also do my eyes.

I create this look using lorac pro palette, my odbo bb cream, too faced “the secret to No makeup makeup”, and bare minerals Mineral veil.

I always do my eye make up first, and after that my face makeup. why? because when I do eye makeup, the powdery shadow tend to drop on my cheek, and it will stain my complete make up face.. Hiks, so eye make up first is definitely a better option…

For this look I use pewter, espresso, mauve, nude and white for the brow bone.
Photo 2014-07-11 11.18.54 PM

before putting eyeshadow, I use the etude house proof 10 primer. This is definitely the more affordable option rather than UDPP (urban decay primer potion) since the price is only about 6-7 USD.

1. I use pewter for my whole lid area, until it covers my whole lid area
2. Add espresso on the 1/3 outer corner of the lid, and slightly pulled the upper part using crease brush, to create a wedged shaped shadow
3. Blur any harsh line using middle tone eye shadow color “mauve” in the crease area and slightly higher to the lower part of brow bone (do not cover entire brow bone until it reaches the eye brow, since it’s the place for highlighter)
4. Use white as a highlight color for the brow bone
5. Using a flat line brush, I use the same “espresso” color to 1/2 of my lower lash line, start from the outer corner to the middle of the pupil
6. To make my eyes brighter, I use “nude” in the inner part of my eyes, and inner 1/2 part of my lower lash line
7. Eye brow, I just use my maybelline master brow in grey color (not sure if it’s the right name for it) to shape mine…
8. for eye liner I use my VOV original eyepender 24 hr waterproof eye liner (Really good one)

Voila… eye make up is done
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Next, I start my face make up using my smash box photo foundation primer to create a “base” for my entire face make up sit a lot longer on my face
then I use real techniques Expert face brush (very soft and nice, and recommended) and just buff my odbo BB cream. The BB cream blends to my face and skin tone very well. evens out any slight discoloration, therefore my skin tone.

Then I use my Too Faced No make up make up. I just recently purchased it and love it to the max. I will make a different section to review this amazing product.

on top of my BB cream, I…
literally just try to follow the instructions provided in the palette.

Too Faced The secret to No makeup Makeup

Too Faced
The secret to No makeup Makeup

 

Too Faced always comes up with 3 simple instructions to create your look...^^

Too Faced always comes up with 3 simple instructions to create your look…^^

You can just use finger to blend in the cream products, but for the powder based porducts, Some brush will be needed

So, I just want to share the tool I used to puth them on, that I found helpful to create the desired look
1. to “conceal” I use my concealer brush, and evens the product to my skin using only fingers to tap lightly
2. for “brighten” and “luminize” I use Real techniques pointed foundation brush. This is too small for applying foundation, but I think perfect for cream based products, taht you need to put on in a “not too precise” spot in your face
3. Bronzing veil is one of my most fav product in this palette. It’s not too brown, or muddy or what. It may look very light. but it really gives you the nice, face curve, with a little hint of sun kissed glow. LOVE it
I use my “blush brush” from real techniques, which is one of my favourite brush so far, and just swipe swipe swipe…
4. Next is the blush, I use “stippling brush” to put a little amount of creme blush in the apple of my cheek and blend is upward. If using a stippling brush won’t provide a good “fusion” between blush and the rest of my make up, I like to use the “buffing brush” from real techniques (again), just to buff and buff and buff, until I see them blend to my heart desire
5. Last, I use my “bare minerals “mineral veil” to set any cream/liquid based products on my face. I absolutely love this “veil” because it does what it claims to…. Gives you a very smooth finish look, without being CAKEY AT ALL!!!. they just make your face glow even more, and set your make up to last at least for 12 hours for normal to dry combination skin like mine… Maybe if you’re oily then you need to touch up every 6/8 hours..
Photo 2014-07-11 11.29.49 PM

and voila… I’m done…
This is the final look
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I hope you enjoy reading and feel free to comment ^^
God bless
-luz-

Urban Decay Naked 2 Review

Hi guys, it’s been a while since I posted review of makeup products I have.

this time I want to share of this palette. I know there are already a bunch of reviews out there about this palette, yet just because I do this as a hobby, I will let you guys know my personal opinion about this palette.
So UD Naked 2 has 12 shades, and 9 of them are shimmery, meanwhile 3 are matte.
These are the swatch, and I use no primer to do this:
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from right to left (blackout-busted-YDK-verve-pistol-suspect-snakebite-tease-chopper-bootycall-halfbaked-foxy)
the foxy one isn’t visible on my skin tone (sorry 0.0)
all of the matte shades are wonderful consistency, and really great for blending purposes. I use the taupe colored almost everytime I do my eyemakeup, since it blends so well, and I personally think, this color match any eyeshadow color that you wear, although it might related to your skin tone though, as it can look a bit muddy (I think) for darker skin tones.
as far as I concern, the snakebites and verve, and YDK is the most buttery^^
the first color in this palette, FOXY, is a really great highlight color for under brow bone area.
I also use the shade ” ” to highlight, but since it has shimmer in it, now I only use it to highlight my inner corner and my half-inner lower lash line, instead of under my brow bone.
for the outer part of my eye makeup for daily look smokey eye, I use BUSTED and SNAKEBITE almost everytime I use this palette. usually I use the snakebite for day look, as for the night look I prefer something darker and more contrast color eyeshadow, which I found in shade Busted.
BLACKOUT also a good shade for doing intense smokey eye, and you can use this as a finishing touch for your eyeliner, as a finishing touch after putting a kohl eyeliner, to make it more long lasting ^^
My skin tone is neutral, with a little bit tendency to cooler tones. That’s why I think this naked 2 suits me better than the naked 1 palette.
I also prefer to wear more cooler tones eyeshadow such as YDK, or HALFBAKED color.
I personally found that color CHOPPER is the least used shade in this palette. and I do have complain about the shade HALFBAKED as it has many fallouts, so you need to tap them on before applying it.
but overall, this palette is very good and although the price is a bit “ehm” yet I personally say that it’s worthed
PS, I also made a little bit of variation, since I personallly don’t like the UD named the shade, haha, I just think if I said I wear “busted”, it doesn’t sound nice.
i know this might look silly, but I prefer to say “I wear love, patient, etc etc, whenever I do my make up with this palette…
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-look at the cute guy at the bottom right- XD
okay so that’s my opinion and how I use this palette personally and my preferences to wear some of the shades here, and feel free to comment below ^^
Till then
God bless
-luz-

ONE at a time

Are you still struggling with the same addiction? Still having a war with bad habits? you wish you can be a better person, someone who has different confidence level, who has different kind of body types, noses, body weight, etcetc… Its a never ending list anyway…

We all have one or more thing we don’t particularly like about ourselves, or maybe it showed itself with the pattern of always having something to complain about our lives… Well, that’s normal, I did that, and sometimes I do fall in the same old pattern, but the good news is we can enjoy our journey, where we are right now, while we’re heading to our goals, to the place where we want to be.
I just wanted to share one or two words of encouragement, for you who accidentally come across my blog, and who knows, maybe somebody out there needs this kind of encouragement?
What is it in your life that you wanna get rid of? The “always late” habit? That belly fat? Those unhealthy, binge eating habit? Whatever, you mention! We always have something to be improved or to change in our lifes for the better, and I do believe that we are well able to do that? Why, you say? Because I believe that God has provided us the strength to live the best life He provided for us by Jesus sacrifice. Jesus didn’t die for us so we can have a mediocre, average, defeated, self rejection life, wouldn’t you agree?
For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13 NLT)
The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. (John 10:10 NLT)
We need to take ONE DAY AT A TIME. But if I translate it to our topic it would be, ONE HABIT AT A TIME. Start with one habit, and work on it, diligently, daily, until you get the result you want.
For that to take place, we need to keep good perspective on OUR JOURNEY. And what is it? Keep thinking about the goal, keep thinking for the slim you, the patient you, the punctual you, the nicer you. Its important for us not to think about how overwhelming our bad habits had taken us? What should be sacrificed, and how hurtful it will be? No, none of them is equally important to what God has in store for you, none of them is worth to be compared to how great your life would be if you develop those good habits.
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! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. (2 Corinthians 4:17, 18 NLT)
Right now I’m also developing new habit to drink only water, or non sweetened beverages for most days of the week. I’ve been wanting to develop healthy habits but never have enough courage and determination to finish it. But knowing this truth sets me free. I don’t have to burden myself with so overwhelming bad habits list that need to be changed, but I just need to take one habit at a time, and use the strength God gives me one day at a time.
“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. (Matthew 6:34 NLT)
What about you? Are you ready to change ONE HABIT AT A TIME? Are you ready for the rich and satisfying life in front of you? I hope so, and pray so.
God bless
-luz-

What sugar and coffee actually do to our body?

Hey guys, this time I just want to share important yet interestingly packed information contained about sugar and coffee. For those of whom it may concern… enjoy…

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I also give the credit back to where I found this amazing illustration, and provide link below

Source: http://www.prevention.com/health/health-concerns/your-body-sugar-infographic & http://www.prevention.com/health/healthy-living/infographic-health-benefits-coffee