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Five Lipsticks Perfect for Summer

A girl’s best friend has been and forever will be lipstick. Just as the seasons change, so do our lipstick shade preferences. For me, I like wearing darker shades in the fall and winter time. During spring and summer, I find myself reaching for pinks and rose colored lipsticks instead. I personally think for me, the summertime is the time I get the most dramatic with my eyeshadow and my lipstick so I wanted to share with you, five lipsticks  I will be living in during the summer time.

E.L.F Aqua Beauty Radiant Gel Lip Stain in the color Rogue Radiance
This is probably the most recent lipstick I have been loving. I love the stain because it gives you a very natural look instead of the cakey kind of substance a lipstick has. This color kind of reminds me of when you are a kid and you eat a watermelon and the juice gets all over your lips. It has that summer feel about it while still looking elegant. If you are looking for a highly pigmented product then this lip stain would not be for you.

Colour Pop in the color Thursday
If you want to be daring and wear colorful lipstick, then I definitely recommend this one. This is a very pretty purple color. Most purple lipsticks I have tried always give off the effect that your lips are bruised but this one does not. Instead, it is very pigmented and I think it does not have that blue undertone that most have. Instead, it almost has a warm tone to it despite it being a cool color.

Tarte LipSurgence lip crème in the color Wonder
Red is my favorite color to wear during the summer and this one especially screams happy Fourth of July. I’m not quite sure why but every time I wear this lip crème I have this desire to go to some outdoor barbeque and watch fireworks. This is like a true red color but it doesn’t make you look like a clown. I predict this lip crème will be used often and on the forth.

Colour Pop in the color Time Square
I enjoy being dramatic but every girl needs a nude color even if it is just for one day out of summer. This is that nude shade for me. I have been obsessing over Time Square since December. It has the perfect blend of natural but is still a tiny too dark to be completely natural which is why I love it. This is perfect for when you want to overdo the color on your eyes.

E.L.F in the color Berry Bordeaux
This lipstick is THE dark lipstick of summer. Instead of being dark and cold to make it a perfect winter lipstick, it is very warm and it makes it perfect for summer. I feel like this lipstick would be great for a summer night look. When you first put it on, it is very light and a little sheer. But you can build the color up and make it very dark!

That is all for my favorite summer lipsticks. I will probably venture out of this selection but I promise I will always come back to these five!

You are Forgiven

            You’ve done something wrong. We all have. Whether it was lying to your parents or stealing a key chain off of someone’s desk, somehow you have sinned in your life. One of the most difficult things to ever realize is when you are forgiven. When you sin, you automatically feel guilty because you know you have done something you shouldn’t have, it is a normal reaction. But you also begin to feel like you can never be forgiven for the mistakes you’ve made. You’re already tainted so how could God, who is perfect, love you, who is not perfect.

            This past semester in my English 2 class we read the story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Basically, the story was about a knight who’s bravery and courage was tested. The knight went through the entire task, unknowing that is was a test, and then at the end, he failed. He was supposed to give this king every gift he receives but on the last day at this castle, he is given a green girdle that possesses magical powers to save his life. He is on a journey that he believes will end his life and the temptation to save it over takes him and he secretly keeps the green girdle. The green girdle, however, was a part of the test and when the challenge is revealed, Sir Gawain believes he can never be forgiven even though everyone around him is celebrating his courage. In everyone’s eyes, Sir Gawain is a role model for the knights but in his own eyes, he sees himself as a failure.

            This is often the same situation for ourselves. Life is a challenge and we fall into temptation. But while we are looking at it with guilt and believing we should be punished, God is forgiving us. When we were reading this book, my professor told me, “The only unforgivable sin is the sin of believing you are unforgivable.” I have to agree with him. If we hold on to that guilt, it delays us from moving on and becoming better. Instead of going out and being kind and showing God through yourself, you are soaking in self-pity and despair. My God is a very forgiving God because He loves all of his creations. If we allow ourselves to never accept that we are in fact forgiven, then we never move on and get to do all of the great things God has planned for us. Ask for forgiveness, understand that you are forgiven, and then go out there and do great things that God has planned for you. 

Summer Reading List

It is officially summer and while I do have summer classes, you best believe that I am going to find time to read because I love reading but I don’t get the chance to do so much reading during the regular school year because of how many classes I take. But I do have list of books I intend to read this summer and I wanted to share them with you!

The 100 by Kass Morgan
A nuclear war occurred on earth and left the planet inhabitable for centuries. The human race has survived on a spaceship called the Ark. The Ark will not be survivable for long and their government has decided to send 100 juvenile delinquents to earth to see if the radiation level has decreased and if they will survive on earth. You follow the characters to find out what happens once they arrive on the ground.

I am so excited to read this book. This book inspired The 100 tv show which has become one of my favorite shows (I even got my best friend hooked on it). I just got to season 4 and I already know how the season is going to end. I am not excited for having to wait seven months before the show returns so instead I have decided to binge read the books. The couple I also love is not together in the show but are in the book so I already am excited for that event.
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The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Mallory Dodge has gone through life being silent and safe. She went through a troubled time and now is trying to find peace. Now, she has a new obstacle to face. She has been home-schooled for three years and the last year of her high school career, she will be in a public school. On her first day of school she runs into an old familiar face named Rider. Mallory now witnesses Rider’s own troubled life and has to choose between speaking up and staying quiet.

This book has been on my ‘to read’ list forever but I have never gotten around to reading it. I thought that the time has come and this book would be perfect for the summer time. I gained a new excitement to read this book when I found out who the author was. The author, Jennifer Armentrout, also wrote the Lux series which is one of my favorite series I have ever read. I actually wrote a book review on the first book in the series and you can click here to check it out!

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
This is a suspenseful novel that adds Pretty Little Liar to Breakfast Club vibes. Five kids have detention but only four make it out alive. Suspiciously, the kid that did not was also the town gossiper and was going to publish a post the next day that shared the secrets of the other four kids. Now, the situation is a ‘who done it’ scenario. Who killed him, and more importantly, why? Secrets will be uncovered and the truth is never pretty.

I think that was the first time I have ever described a book as if I was a professional (cheers). I love a good mystery book, and I love young adult novels so I feel like this book will perfectly fit into my style. I am thrilled that someone else used the breakfast club scene because that was a brilliant movie and no one should ever forget it. Also, ever since I was younger I was always the ‘judging the book by the cover’ kind of girl (you would think I would have learned my lesson after reading 10 books with beautiful and fascinating covers only to be let down by the actual work) and this cover was definitely intriguing.

This is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
Assembly occurs in the auditorium of the school. But when the assembly ends, the doors are locked and no one get out or in. Before anyone can register what is happening, shots are being fired and people are screaming. 54 minutes of torture and heart wrenching fear is in each child. This book shares the perspective of four different students in this situation. Go along with them as the witness this tragedy.

I have been wanting to read this book for a long time now but every time I go to pick up a new book, I overlook this one. It is not because I have forgotten about it but because I have been mentally preparing myself to read this. School shooting is not something to joke around with. I am a very compassionate person and reading something like this is going to tear me up inside emotionally. That being said, it is important for people to become aware of school shootings. If we do not educate, we cannot prevent it from happening. I think my year of preparedness has worked and I think I am finally ready to read this book.

The Program by Suzanne Young
This dystopian novel is about a place where depression does not exist, at least not to the government. People who experience depression are sent away to ‘the program’. Those who have returned from the program come back clean and with no memories. Sloane, refuses to get caught and be forced to go to the program. Instead, she hides from anyone who will notice, except they’re already noticing.

I first heard about this book a few years ago and I just recently found it again. I never did get around to reading it and I think now would be a fun time to start. One of my favorite types of books are the dystopian novels so I am very excited to read this book. This is one of those suspenseful reads that you finish in two days and is perfect for the summertime.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Juliette’s touch can kill. She never meant to hurt anyone. After her touch was fatal to someone, the government locked her up for murder. Now, war is brewing and they think she might just be their best weapon yet.

I feel like everyone has read this book except me. I remember it was very popular during my high school years and I never got around to reading it. I am a little nervous about this one only because I’m not a huge fan on books depicting war because only a few can do it really well. Her being a human weapon, however, has drawled me in and makes me a little pumped to read this book.

Legend by Marie Lu
She is the government’s prodigy. He is a ghost to the government. No one knows him they only know he has been stealing. Then, June’s brother dies and the blame is placed on him. Now, June is coming for Day and she wants his life. But together, they will uncover more secrets than they anticipated and they will have  to come together.

This is another dystopian novel so of course I am hyped up. Plus I might have peaked at the ratings and this had almost five complete stars. I know I am a little late with this book as well but I feel this summer is all about reading adventure tales and this one might be the most adventurous one of them all.

That is all for my summer reading list! Let me know if you have read some of these books or let me know what books are on your summer reading list.