Love a Red Lip? Then You'll Love This Product

Love a red lip? Then you'll love this product
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Have you ever feel in love at first sight? I have! Ever since my first experience with a bright red lipstick. I have been basking in the glory of it. Whenever I can, I have been purchasing lipsticks that I normally wouldn't purchase. 

Can you believe it?! My little ol' timid self is growing up! Shoot! You can't tell me anything right about now! Okay...maybe you can. I am still at the introductory stages within the Kingdom of Cosmetics.  So....any advice is necessary. 

You guys would have never known this...but I am normally the girl who goes for a natural look. I do this because I HATE when people point out that I have makeup on. They make it a big deal. Like...why, Sway? And to make matters worse I have a "baby" face. Not only do they point out the makeup, they point out how young I look.

Recently, I traveled to on the Carnival Sensation to Key West, Florida and Cozumel, Mexico. I knew that I would need to pack a dress for dinner on the cruise. While going through my closet, my New York and Company Red Cherry dress stood out to me. I knew immediately that I wanted to wear this for dinner, but I couldn't figure out what to pair it until I went to the beauty supply store.

Red Matte Kisses and a Couple of Cherries

Yes, ya'll! The beauty supply store. 

I guess I have been sleeping on my local beauty supply store. But...I have discovered that they have various lines of liquid lipsticks that I have never tried. Have you ever heard of Ruby Kisses? I haven't! I stood at the counter looking at their products dealing with my inner doubts and opinions, but I knew I should be willing to give it try. I picked out two colors. One of which including Wild Fire. I knew that I would use this matte liquid lipstick as an accessory and pair it with my dress. And boy did it turn out A-MA-ZING!

I love how moisturizing it was for my naturally dry lips. Y'all don't know the struggle! I have to put on a moisturizing lip balm before even thinking about putting on any kind of lipstick or lip gloss. The Ruby Kisses Forever Matte Liquid Lipstick dried on without any streaks AND it wasn't cakey. I was super shocked! I have never tried a liquid lipstick. But I knew that I found a winner for me. This product put all my doubts to shame. 

If I wasn't eating or drinking, I believe it would have lasted for the remainder of the night. I learned a valuable lesson. Don't sleep on the beauty supply store! Lol. 

Ruby Kisses Forever Matte

What is your favorite brand of liquid lipsticks? #NationalLipstickDay

A Photo Diary of my Trip to the Caribbean

A Photo Diary of my Trip to the Caribbean
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About a week ago, I traveled from Key West, Florida and to Cozumel Mexico on the Carnival Sensation. Boy...Did I have the time of life! As well as some hilarious memories! 

We flew out of O'hare International Airport on American Airlines, but not on the day we were scheduled to fly out. Storm clouds rolling into the area caused all flights heading out of the city to get delayed OR canceled. Unfortunately, our flight was one of those that was canceled. By the grace of God, we were able to obtain seats on flights departing early on Friday morning. 

Now...I will never recommend for someone to sleep overnight in the airport. That is one thing that I can say that I have done AND that I never want to do again. The funniest part in staying overnight in the airport was the process of getting blankets and pillows.

Let me tell you! Lol. My aunt, cousins, and I walked on dirt roads, crossed expressways, and ran through fields of corn to get blankets and pillows just to be told that we couldn't get extras for our family. AND that we couldn't go back to our terminal. The "Chicago" in my aunt came out as soon as the airport employee told us that we couldn't leave. She politely told him..."No, you just made an announcement that you ran out of cots. Where am I suppose to sleep?! I am going back to my terminal. And you can't stop me." My younger cousins laughed and talked about the incident the whole way back to our terminal. Okay...I may have been exaggerating about far we walked, but I was tired by the time we got back to our terminal. 

Passport and Ticket to Miami
Welcome to Miami
Crossing the Bridge in Miami

The next morning, my family was able to fly out of Chicago, on the same flight, to Miami with no mishaps. I am super grateful for the customer service attendant at the airport who worked to rearrange our travel plans. They did a great job! I can't remember their name, but they changed my view of American Airlines. 

Why didn't ya'll tell me how breathtaking Miami was?! I thought we were friends?! I made up my mind that I would be returning to Miami to be a tourist. It's on my bucket list. You better get ready to hear more about it in the near future. *wink wink*

I was super relieved when we made it the ship. I could finally shower the airport away. And eat! Whew! Thank you, Jesus! I was starving, tired, and craving clean clothes. Remember...how I said this trip was fun, but created lasting memories. Here is the second memory of the trip...When we landed in Miami, we headed down to baggage claim to get our bags and check-in with Carnival. My aunt obtained her family's bags, while my grandmother and I had to wait few more minutes for our bags to land on another flight.

Okay...cool, right?! No! When the flight landed, my bag was taken off the conveyor belt. What about my grandmother's suitcase you ask? Well...her bag was mistaken for someone else's suitcase and we didn't discover that until the ship pulled out of the port. It's funny now, but it sure wasn't funny then. Good thing I was born in a family full of teachers. We began to problem solve and created outfits for my grandmother to wear until we returned to Miami.  

Bye, Bye Miami
Leaving Miami
Dinnertime on the Cruise

Key West is beautiful! If I ever earn enough income to afford the house AND the insurance, I want to buy a vacation home here! You should definitely visit Key West. It is full of history and mind blowing adventures. I never knew that the island was built on coral. Nor that you could visit the entire island in one day. Insane! 

Oh! The humidity was intense! I guess I have been living in Chicago for too long. I got accustomed to the weather in the Midwest. I was sweating buckets while walking around the streets of Key West. Lol.

Good Morning, Key West!
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Old Town Trolley Tours of Key West
Walking Across the Street in Key West
Key West Church
Hotel in Key West
Hotel in Key West
The Conch Republic
Home of Key West
East Martello
End of Highway 1
Key West Museum of Art & History
Custom House in Key West
Port of Key West

After a day in Key West, we board the ship and set sail for Cozumel, Mexico. 

The second evening of the trip required us to get dressed for dinner. Remember my story about the makeup artist? No?! You should read about it The Secret to Discovering Your Inner Truth! I thought of the makeup artist when I packed this dressed into my suitcase. I decided to step out of my comfort zone in this beautiful red cherries ensemble and pair it with a red lip. Oh! And let my curls free!

Cruise Dinner

The lasting memory of our trip was when we arrived in Cozumel, Mexico. We didn't get to do much due to a cab driver trying to get over on us. 

You see what had happened was...my lovely family was trying to go to a local beach and lay out in the sun. We decided that we would ask a cab driver to take us. My family gets in the van and we drive two blocks away before the driver tells us that we would have to pay $15/person in order to sit on the beach.

My family politely declined the offer and asked the driver to take us back to the port. Of course...he tried to bargain with us because he receives a portion of the fee for the beach, but we wanted to head back to the ship. When we arrived back to the port, the driver walks up to my uncle and hands back $10 of $40 for the trip down the street. My aunt went ballistic! She told the driver that he would not be charging us $30 for going down the street. 

Can you imagine how my family reacted when my aunt told the man that he was going to hell for being a con artist? Well...envision it with me. My little cousin is rolling around on the ground laughing, another cousin is bent over slapping her knee laughing, and my other cousin is recording the whole incident on her phone. Crazy, right?! Lol.

Cozumel, Mexico
Arrived in Puerta Maya, Cozumel, Mexico
Passing Cuba While Heading Back to the United States and

Despite the bad incidences, I enjoyed this trip with my family. We have created some long lasting memories and tons of laughs. I am grateful that my family loves to travel. They have really inspired me to travel the world and discover the beautiful creations of God. 

What was a lasting memory from your last family vacation?

A Photo Diary of my Independence Day in Chicago

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Hey, Y'all! Happy 4th of July!

What are you doing?! Don't look at the date posted. It's still the 4th of July!  Okay...maybe not. But...Let's "pretend" that it is. *wink wink*

My 4th of July in Chicago was pretty good. A few friends dragged me out of the house to run around the city. No...literally. We were constantly on the go. Our first stop on the itinerary was...31st Beach! It's been years since I have visited the Lake in Chicago. The last time I walked gracefully on the sands of Lake Michigan was during my childhood. I truly enjoyed basking in the sun's rays during this excursion.

Oh! Can you imagine Lake Michigan being this pretty? No shade...but the water made me feel like I was not living in the urban jungle of Chicago, Illinois. For a moment, I allowed myself to daydream about being on the shores of Puerto Rico before opening my eyes to the skyline.

31st Beach - Lake Shore
31st Beach - Chicago
31st Beach Shore
Step into the Tide
Lake Michigan - Beach

Ever since I have uprooted from North Carolina and transplanted myself into Chicago, I have been blessed to be able to connect with a body of God-loving, Theology-speaking, and Holy Spirit-worshipping individuals. You see...I attend a church that consists of a network of house churches throughout the city of Chicago. We are always connecting and hanging out with one another.

So...if you guessed it, then you are right! Our second destination was to attend a 4th of July cookout at our Pastor's home in West Garfield. We spent hours eating food, dancing, singing songs, and laughing at the boys argue while playing Bags...all while sitting on the stoop. 

As the sun began to set, our destination changed once again...

Legacy Fellowship Family - 4th of July
Legacy Fellowship Church on 4th of July
Legacy Christian Fellowship Cookout

To close out our 4th of July, we had to see the fireworks up close and personal. We ended the night watching the fireworks at a friend's house. I enjoyed my 4th of July this year, but I did miss being able to run around the neighborhood with my friends looking for fireworks.

Fireworks in Chicago
Fireworks in Chicago
Happy 4th of July from Chicago

How was your 4th of July? What did you do to celebrate the United States Independence?