Rose Gold Makeup Tutorial

Rose Gold Makeup Tutorial

Hi guys! As you probably already know by the title, today’s post is going to be a makeup tutorial! My last makeup tutorial was a lot more natural and simple, so today I wanted to do something more fun. When I think of rose gold looks I think of something light and pretty, so I wanted to shake it up a bit and do something a little more intense. So without further ado, let’s get started!

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First off, let’s start with primer! I used the Smashbox Primer Water. I really like this mainly for the refreshing feeling it gives my skin. I also used Benefit Porefessional in the center of my face, mainly on my nose.

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Next is foundation! I used the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea water foundation. I talked more about this in my April Favorites post if you want to check it out!

I would like the mention I have normal/combination skin. My face is pretty normal towards the outer parts of it, but the center of my face gets oily and I sometimes get dry patches in between my eyebrows and the center of my forehead. This foundation doesn’t emphasize any of those issues, which makes it my go-to.

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Because this foundation is water based, I apply it with a brush instead of a sponge. The sponge would soak up a lot of the product, thus wasting it. So if you have any water-based foundations keep that in mind!

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Next up is concealer! Lately I’ve been using Urban Decay Naked Skin and I LOVE it. It gives me minimal creasing, I dig it.

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And then I just blended it in with a sponge, starting with the under-eyes and moving along to the center of my face. I also blend some concealer onto my lid to use as an eyeshadow base/primer.

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To set all of my concealer, I used the ITCosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed. I mainly use this on my under-eye area, and then use the excess to powder my nose.

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Since I do tend to get oily, I like the set my entire face as well to prevent everything from slipping and sliding. Because no one wants that, right? So for this look I used the Tarte Amazonian Clay Loose Powder. I dabbed my brush into the lid of the product, tapped off the excess, and lightly dusted the powder all over my face.

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Next is brooowwss. I used the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer pencil in “Chocolate” to fill in my little caterpillars, and to set them I used the L’Oreal Brow Stylist Plumper Brow Gel.

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Now we do the most fun part, the eyes! For this look I used the Lorac Mega Pro Palette 2 and the Colourpop x Kathleenlights Super Shock Shadow in “Weenie.”

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To start off, I used the color “Sorbet” (pinky, dusty rose) as a transition shade. I used a big blending brush to lightly sweep it in and above my crease. I also blended it out going towards the tail of my brows to give it more of a cat-eye effect. I just kept going in with that shade until I was satisfied with the blending and intensity.

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Next I used a smaller blending brush and went in with the shade “Goji” (deep, pinky mauve) to deepen the crease a little bit more. I only put this color in the socket of my crease so it wouldn’t get blended too far upwards. After going in with that a couple of times, I went back in with the bigger blending brush and blended out the crease again to make sure it had a smooth gradient.

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Then to really deepen up the look I used the shade “Cabernet” (purpley brown). I mainly focused the shade in the outer corner of my eye while lightly pressing. Then I slowly blended it into a v-shape, blending into the outer part of my socket and also onto the outer part of my lid. Take your time with this and slowly pick up pigment as you go. If you go in immediately with a ton of dark shadow, your look will be very harsh and it will be difficult to blend out and fix.

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Now for the star of the show! Once again, this is the Colourpop x Kathleenlights Super Shock Shadow in “Weenie.” It’s a beautiful, somewhat deep rose gold that will really brighten up the eyes. I just used my finger and started dabbing the color on. These shadows are intense from the start, which is why I love them so much. Plus, they’re easy to apply!

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Next I used a packing brush with a little bit of “Weenie” on it and lightly followed the top of my lid, making the look a bit more clean.

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Once you’ve got the top of the eye look down, it’s time to do the bottom! I used the smaller blending brush that I used earlier and dabbed it into “Goji” and “Cabernet.” Then I began blending the concoction onto my bottom lash-line, starting from my outer corner and stopping midway.

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For my brow bone and inner corners, I used a light vanilla shade in the palette called “Porcelain.”

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Next up is eyeliner, which is undoubtedly the most difficult part. There should be awards given for those who can do perfect and even wings. Luckily there wont be any wings involved today, only a thin layer of eyeliner. I used the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in “Trooper.”

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To define my eyes more, I tight-lined with my Colourpop Eyeliner in “Swerve.”

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Next is my favorite part- Bronzer! Lately all I have been using is this Too Faced Sweethearts Bronzer in “Sweet Tea” It gives such a beautiful glow, which I am a huge fan of.

I messily fanned this on top of my cheekbones, jawline, and the outer parts of my forehead.

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Highlighting is next on the list. I tweeted awhile back that I would be using the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Face Collection Palette in a tutorial, so here it is! For this look I decided to go with “Champagne Pop.”

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I also used the Face Palette for blush! I chose the shade Amaretto. It’s a good everyday blush, and I liked it for this because it doesn’t take away from the eyes.

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For mascara, I used Maybelline Lash Sensational. It gives me the most insanely beautiful lashes, with lots of separation and volume.

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And last but definitely not least, is lipstick! I decided to try out something new, and applied the NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in “Sandstorm.” The greige color of this lipstick was a beautiful contrast to the warmth of the rose gold eyeshadow. I loved it!

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And that’s a wrap for this tutorial y’all! If you recreate this look, feel free to tag or @ me at @originalme3 on instagram or twitter. Thank you so much for reading, and if you have any blog requests let me know down in the comments!

Much love,

Kassie

Speak up, Speak Loud, Speak Love

Speak up, Speak Loud, Speak Love

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know that God loves to speak to me through song. Some of my biggest revelations have been in my car listening to worship music, and I love it. I like to think that when I choose shuffle on my playlist I am letting the Lord be the DJ, because out of aaalll the worship music I have, the song I need to hear plays. It is truly amazing.

So today’s post is another in-the-car revelation. It actually happened a month or so ago, and I hesitated whether or not I should share. I have been feeling that the timing is wrong, but the Lord said this is time, so I am trusting Him in that.

So here it goes.

In June I went to my college freshman orientation, and the entire thing was an emotional roller-coaster for me. The night before I was extremely anxious and nervous; I didn’t know what to expect and that in itself terrified me. Once I got there though, I was elated. I would spend 4 years on the 40 acres, and I knew that this was the place where the Lord had sent me. Then as I went through the 3 days of non-stop sessions and meetings, my faith started to waiver.

UT is a huge school. It has 60,000 students all with different backgrounds, dreams, and beliefs. And that made me feel like a small fish in a big pond. I know that not everyone is a Christian, and I know that people can respectfully disagree with me and vice versa, but I also know that there will be others who will challenge me.

And that terrified me.

I don’t like stepping on people’s toes, and a lot of the time I will suppress my beliefs and feelings so I can avoid doing so. I am that person who apologizes for saying something even though I know there is nothing to be apologetic for. I don’t go as far to say I am people pleaser, because that would mean I will do ANYTHING to make someone happy. I never give up my morals for the sake of someone else, but I do push them down and avoid sharing them so they are not a hindrance to someone’s feelings.

After orientation I was distressed. The Lord’s light felt small inside of me, and I didn’t know what to do about it. I knew I wasn’t meant to enter my college campus afraid, so I prayed. Then one night as I was heading home from work, He gave me wisdom.

A song by Steffany Gretzinger came on called, “I Spoke Up.” I listened quietly to the lyrics that sang:

Everyone knows that
I was the good girl
I did my best to
Make everyone happy with me
Then I found out that
It was impossible to please
The whole crowd

So I spoke up and I spoke out
I learned that love don’t hold it’s tongue
And passion doesn’t bow to what they think
It’s You and me
Sometimes it’s painful to be brave
To look fear in the face and know your name
To find your strength

I bawled.

I knew this is what He wanted me to know.

It’s okay to speak truth.

It’s okay to share my beliefs.

Actually, it’s more than okay.

But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect – 1 Peter 3:15

Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person – Colossians 4:5-6

As people with the Holy Spirit inside of us, we are called to speak passionately of our Father. We don’t hide away in fear of the rejection of people, but instead speak graciously to them. This doesn’t guarantee that they will listen or begged to be saved, but at least you know you did what the Lord has asked of you, and you will be rewarded.

This is what following Christ is all about. We tell people about His goodness, and we do it because we love Him and we’re THRILLED to do so.

I am no longer afraid of the challengers. I know that when the time comes God will have a word to give me. As long as I am in sync with him, everything will be okay.

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? – Romans 8:31

Friends, we need to speak up, speak loud, and speak love. Let’s not have fear get in the way of our mission.

Much love,

Kassie

Lens Looker

Lens Looker

Hi. I’m Kassandra and I’m a Lens Looker.

I love thinking about the future.

The promises it holds, and the joys that come with it; I am constantly dreaming of what is to come.

And it’s gotten a little out of hand.

Actually, a LOT out of hand.

I have been lost in my faith. There are times where I feel like I am really connecting with the Lord, but there are other times where I’m looking around and I can’t find Him, and I don’t know how to find Him.

My relationship with God has been a blur,

and it’s because of my mentality.

The other night when I was driving home from work I turned some worship music on. It had been awhile since I had a good jam sesh with the Lord, and I was feeling distant. I wanted to feel close to Him again. So I turned the music up, and sang my heart out. The song that was playing was, “I Want to Know You” by Jesus Culture, and I kept repeating the words:

I want to know you,

let your spirit overwhelm me, 

let your presence overtake my heart.

That was my heart’s anthem, and God answered to it.

I was overwhelmed by the Spirit. Much so that I was shedding tears. I stayed in my car for a few minutes after parking because I wanted to soak in His presence. I missed my Father, and I didn’t want to feel distant again. I didn’t want to leave the car because I was afraid that He would leave.

But I’ve learned something.

God never leaves- I do.

It has finally become clear to me why I have felt so lost, and it’s because I haven’t been present.

I have refused to let go of my lens. I have refused to live in the present and be with God now.

You see, the Lord has promised me great and amazing things in the future: wonderful friends and a vision for my career. So I have been holding onto these things, and waiting for them to be fulfilled, but I haven’t bothered to look around and see what God can do now.

Friends, don’t do what I have been doing the past couple of months. Be here with God right now. His arms are ALWAYS open- we just have to make the decision to run full force into them.

Starting now I’m living in the present,

and I hope you are too.

Much love,

Kassie

7 Ways to Read the Bible

7 Ways to Read the Bible

Hi everyone! Today I am going to be sharing with you 7 ways to read the bible! I was saved when I was 9, and from then up until a few months ago I had struggled with truly reading the bible. It’s not just like reading any other book; it is a guide to the best life you could possibly live on Earth, so it is VERY important that as Christians we dig into this beautiful read as much as possible! All of these techniques may not be suited for you, and that’s okay. I am sharing all of these so everyone can at least find one that they really feel helps them read the bible as greatly as possible. This book has many layers to uncover, and just like a math problem there are several methods on how to approach it. So let’s get to it!

1. SOAP

If you’ve ever been to youth church, you may have heard this term before, but I know some of you are thinking, “Soap? What does that have anything to do with reading the bible?”

Well my friends, it’s actually a pretty nifty acronym. It stands for Scripture, Observation, Analyze, Prayer. This is very handy to use when you’re new to reading the Bible because it is a guide that takes you through all the important aspects of reading scripture. For scripture, you write down the verse or phrase that really got your attention. Then you observe the text, and write down your initial thoughts. Next is analyzing the scripture, and asking yourself, “How can this be applied to my life?” Then lastly is prayer, where you go over what you learned and share your thoughts with the Lord. I started doing this when I committed to consistently reading the Bible, and it worked wonders! Once I really started getting into the groove of things, I used the next method.

2. Talking Through It

This method is kinda like SOAP, but without writing it down and you analyze a lot more. I use this method the most because I personally feel that I get the most out of my read when I do this. Basically I’ll read a paragraph or two, analyze the text, and talk myself through what I read and what God wants me to get from it. Depending on what I’m reading, the analyzation may vary. For example, I was reading Mark a couple of weeks ago and it shares a lot of what Jesus was doing when traveling from town to town. A lot of the time I noticed Jesus’ responses and reactions to the people, and I was (and still am) truly amazed at how humble and gracious he was. But if I were to read something like Proverbs, I am definitely more self-reflective. I think this method is a great go-to if you have been on the SOAP train for awhile. It truly challenges you to get to know the Lord in a much more intimate way.

3. Start with the Gospels

Once again, this method is more for those who are just beginning to read the bible, but it’s also a really good thing to do when you need a little refresher! A leader at my church actually recommended this to me (thank you Gwen) because the Gospels are all about Jesus, and getting to know him is the perfect start on learning how to have your very own relationship with God. The gospels are the books Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John- in that order. They go through the good, the bad, and the very ugly. They are vital to our understanding of the foundation of our faith, so if you have no idea where to start reading, these are it!

4. Choose a Topic

If you are seeking advice or information about a certain topic in the bible, I highly recommend getting a study bible. All study bibles are different. I have the Teen Life Application Study Bible; it is in the NLT version, and is jam-packed with a bunch of helpful reads and tools. In the back it has maps and a handy index section where you can find scripture for just about any topic. I actually use it pretty frequently, and it is super helpful when I know I really need answers or guidance in a certain area in my life. If you don’t have access to a study bible, you can always go on the interwebs and look up verses for a certain topic!

5. Audio Bible

If you’re not much of a reader or you’re constantly on the go, this could be an awesome method for you! There are CD’s and apps available that are audio versions of the Bible where someone reads the scripture to you. I personally don’t do this very often, but when I do I always use the YouVersion app. I really like it because you can easily pinpoint what you want to be read, no problem.

6. Bible Plans

Oh man do I love my Bible plans. This tool is once again on the YouVersion app, and it’s really great for starting your day off with the Lord. I have read over 30 plans, and I always feel refreshed after reading them. I don’t do them as much anymore, but if you struggle with finding time to read this is great. It can remind you daily to read your plans, and there are hundreds of topics to choose from!

7. Bible Study

Now last, but not least, is BIBLE STUDY! What always helps me when reading the Word is reading it with others, because it helps you see the Bible from different angles. It also helps you make good, personal relationships with other Christians which is extremely important! Not only do we need to have a relationship with God, but with our church community! So don’t be afraid to join a bible study or start your own! It’s filling two needs with one deed.

I hope that at least one of these methods caught your attention. Don’t be afraid to use more than one, and explore your choices! I remember the first few times when I picked up the Bible I felt super intimidated because I didn’t know where to start, so if that’s you hopefully these tips helped! If any of y’all have any other methods or techniques to share, feel free to share them in the comment section below. I will chat with y’all next week!

Much love,

Kassie