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Chicken Box…Pork chops the size of two steaks. And I killed ‘em off. I meam I wiped thr bones clean. Along with the macaroni and collard greens.

Chicken Box…Pork chops the size of two steaks. And I killed ‘em off. I meam I wiped thr bones clean. Along with the macaroni and collard greens.

Diva on a Dime Smoke Eye Under $20.00

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As a School Counselor, during the Summer months I do not get paid. Being that I don’t get paid for a few months I have to make my money stretch. While I am blessed to have a husband who pays the majority of our bills (I pay the cable bill) even still paying for groceries took cook can take a large portion of money each month but I still want the freedom to play with makeup and various looks. I have always loved the smokey eye looks but they always seemed very difficult to achieve at home nor did I want to pay the amount of money for the many individual colors that it would take… Well, I came across a makeup artist who used the Wet N Wild Blue Had Me At Hello #737 palette (that I have had in my stash for about a year but never used because I couldn’t make the colors work for me) on her eyes in this step by step tutorial. Here I will illustrate her steps, products used on the eyes and every other product I used on my face to achieve the look above, for under $20.00.

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Step 1: Apply an eye shadow base, like NYX jumbo pencil in Mill all over the eye lid.

Step 2: Using the gray shimmery color on the palette, apply that all over the eye lid. 

Step 3: Next take the matte black and blend that into the crease with a crease brush.

Step 4: Take a clean blending brush and blend the black slightly up. This way you get a nice transition.

Step 5: Take a cloth and wipe the excess eye shadow to make a crisp line. OR you can apply take under the eye to catch the shadow and help create the crisp line. 

Step 6: Apply your liner, an inexpensive alternative is

Step 7: Take the matte black and apply it to the lower lash line.

Step 8: Now use the white shimmer to apply it to the tear duct.

Step 9: Apply false lashes and mascara.

DONE! 

Other Products used: From left to right, eyshadow brushes, (one for blending, a crease brush, and a smokey eye brush) Hope in a tube and Hope in a jar for face, eyes, and lips. NYX Matte Lipstick in Indie Flick MLS05, I wanted an alternative to my regular NARS contouring palette, so I used E.L.F Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder. While the colors are not complete matches, I loooove the palette just as much as my NARS palette. 

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Now, let’s take prices: The Wet N Wild palette with 8 colors cost me about $4.00, but I only really used 3 out of the 8. Where as 3 separate eye shadow colors from MAC can run you about $15.00 a piece. 

Where my NARS blush and bronzer duo cost me $24.00 I got my E.L.F. Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder for cost me $3.00 and my NYX Matte Lipstick in Indie Flick MLS05 for $6.00 has been toted as a close dupe for Lady Danger by MAC for $15.00 (which I LOVE). 

Costs of the Steal: $4.00 Wet N’ Wild eye palette + $5.00 Ardell False lashes + $3.00 contouring kit + $6.00 lipstick= $18.00 for the look.

Costs of the Splurge: MAC Silver eye shadow $15.00 + MAC black eye shadow $15.00 + MAC shimmery white eye shadow $15.00 + MAC false lashes $16.00 + NARS blush and bronzer duo $24.00 + MAC Lady Danger lipstick $15.00 = $100.00. 

*These prices do not include individual brushes*

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made another quickly before bed.

calligraphy-by-sam:

made another quickly before bed.

Last night. Day party. Me & @missj_1908 #romper #tribalprint #hairwaslaid #untilisteppedoutthehouse #naturalhairandhumidityarentfriends

Last night. Day party. Me & @missj_1908 #romper #tribalprint #hairwaslaid #untilisteppedoutthehouse #naturalhairandhumidityarentfriends

What’s Next for Us?

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We fail to realize how racially charged our perceptions are. It is in our nature to group people by associations, and usually negative associations. Racism goes farther back than we understand. This old fashioned racism is combined with institutional racism. If Trayvon Martin had been from a project housing development and didn’t live in that neighborhood no one would have heard about this case. Zimmerman would have never been arrested. There never would have been a trial. There is no way of even knowing how much of this has been investigated because many of these cases are not investigated in the same way as a homicide case if the victim was a Caucasian or more affluent person. I don’t want my post to become offensive, I don’t want to it to appear as though I dislike Caucasians because there are many people of other races who get it. Who understand and empathize with the injustice that has taken place here but I will say that the majority do not see the value of the life of an African American person and it’s sickening and disheartening. But it’s deeper than this racism that has taken place for years.

I want to see justice in this case just as badly as anyone else but what if we don’t? Then again, what if we do? What’s next? I’ve seen posts about people wanting to riot if Zimmerman walks. Okay, then what? Because all that is going to do is give other races more of a reason to stereotype us as barbarians who can not control their emotions. What’s the answer? How should we react? Where do we go from here?

So okay, we get justice for Trayvon in this case. Now what? We go back to living our lives like it never happened that’s what.  As soon as we take one step forward we take two steps back because until another high profile case surfaces we forget about the issue. Until we continue to confront the issue we will not move forward. I am so happy that again we have come together to show support where it’s needed. Scrolling through instagram and facebook and seeing all of the blacked out profile pictures and messages about the trial has me so emotional because we came together to show America that we won’t just sit around and let this happen. We have proven that as a race we are great at that. But what we also show is that once the storm has passed we go back to living our cozy lives like it never happened. Now I don’t mean that we should start seeking out injustice so we can have some new case to support every week I mean we should start educating our community so cases like this don’t have to happen. But not only cases where a person of another race kills a Black person without cause or for “being Black” or looking “suspicious” but also so that Black people aren’t walking around killing other Black people because they don’t see value in others’ lives or their own.

We continue to allow our own race to kill each other. Because whether we are consciously aware or not we have accepted the fact that in our society young Black males die every day by the hands of other young Black males.This is a battle we have been fighting for years but we’re not winning the true battle that I believe starts with us. We have to educate our people and society. Too few professional Black organizers are are taking on the responsibility we need help and it will take more than facebook/instagram posts. Step 1) Join or donate to an organization that is actually doing something that works. How do you know if what they are doing works? You should be able to see the results and tell if those results are sustainable. If that organizations relies on money from the government or large corporations, that is not the organization you want to be a part of or donate to.If they’ve been around 40 years and are still working on the same problem something there doing isn’t working.

2) We must begin to stand up for every Black life that is taken not just when someone from another race is the culprit. Parents we must develop strong relationships with our sons and daughters and make them understand that every life is important. That everyone matters. Today a Black man or Black woman will be killed by someone of the same race, and we won’t rally together over that issue. We don’t call each other out on the murders we face by the hands of other Black people. Until we do that people of other races will continue to think it is okay to kill us. Why wouldn’t they?  I don’t have a solution but I do know we have to start at home if we want to see change. The change begins with us.

#RP #support #blackout #justicefortrayvonmartin #almostintears #imtooemotionalforthis #changegoncome #itonlytakesasparktostartafire  #wehavetostartsomewhere #bethechange

#RP #support #blackout #justicefortrayvonmartin #almostintears #imtooemotionalforthis #changegoncome #itonlytakesasparktostartafire #wehavetostartsomewhere #bethechange

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Eat. Pray. Love. Be chic. Support chic sh!t @_toochicclothing #certifiedchic #toochiccrew #naturallychic #toochicgirlsdoitbest #curls #naturalhairdaily #naturalgirlsrock #badcurlsclub #curlfriends #curlbox #curlygirl #naturalhaircommunity

Grateful for my morning message @pastorsteven @elevationchurch Didn’t expect to receive it but I’m so thankful the Lord brought me to it. I’m overflowing with happy tears and jyst thought I’d share it with you all! #runningfromyourlife #inspiration #elevationchurch

Grateful for my morning message @pastorsteven @elevationchurch Didn’t expect to receive it but I’m so thankful the Lord brought me to it. I’m overflowing with happy tears and jyst thought I’d share it with you all! #runningfromyourlife #inspiration #elevationchurch

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