Christian Faith

Immeasurably More | Impossible is Nothing

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‘Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us…’ – Ephesians 3:20

GOD IS ABLE. 

Recently at my Church youth group we’ve been studying the verse Ephesians 3:20, and the fact that nothing is impossible for God.I think that phrase is so loosely used sometimes. Do we believe that NOTHING, and I mean NOTHING is impossible for God? For me personally, that phrase is so easy to say when times are good in my life, and a lot harder to remember when times are more difficult.

The verse says God is able to do “immeasurably more” than all we ask or imagine. I’ve looked up the definition for the term “immeasurably” and it can be defined as ‘incapable of being measured’ or ‘limitless’. God’s power is LIMITLESS. His power truly is beyond our imagination and even our understanding, because I don’t think we’ll ever be able to comprehend how powerful and mighty God is.

God’s power is at work within us, the verse continues. I think this is a verse that is so important to keep with us this year. We’re in the first month of 2017, and as we set goals for this year ahead of us, let’s remember that God will help us to meet those goals because when His power is within us, nothing’s impossible. Even if they may seem really hard to achieve, or even “impossible” as such, nothing is too difficult for God.

God wants us to be expectant of his power and ready for Him to move amongst His people.  He can do things beyond our imagination, and we should get excited for that!  Just because something is impossible for us, as humans, does not mean it’s impossible for God. He is a supernatural God!

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I absolutely love this quote that I found whilst researching Ephesians 3:20- I find it so challenging! If nothing is impossible for God- why shouldn’t we pray for the “impossible” too, rather than just the logical?

Ephesians 3:20 is such  an exciting, challenging verse for me personally and one I’m going to hold close to me for this year.

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Christian Faith

Let your faith be bigger than your fear.

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I was just scrolling through Pinterest, when I came across this quote:

“Let your faith be bigger than your fear”.

I love this quote, and I really wanted to share it with you and encourage you. I think we can all think of a time we’ve been fearful- maybe you feel fearful in life right now. Maybe you’re struggling with anxiety, or your scared as to what the future holds for you. Maybe you’re worrying about upcoming exams, important grades, work situations or family situations. We all face these times, and sometimes it can feel lonely and a scary place.

This verse from John 14:27 is a great verse to read for when we feel this way. It reads:

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
– John 14:27

Things to learn from this verse:

  •  ” Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you”. God gives us peace…peace like no other. We can feel reassured when we come to him…God doesn’t burden us or fill us with worry. He cares for us and wants us to feel at peace.
  • “I do not give to you as the world gives”. Whilst the world can pollute us with worry and fear, God does not. He is a loving father who cares about us. He knows us inside out, and he doesn’t want us to feel this way.
  • “Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not be afraid”. You’ve probably heard this dozens of times, but the bible says “do not be afraid” in it 365 times…one for every single day of the year. When it says this, it means it. This means every single day we need to decide to “not be afraid”. He doesn’t want us to be fearful or to have troubled hearts. Be fearless in God.

Challenge your fear. We need to ask ourselves, what are we afraid of? Romans 8:31 reads

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

Come to God. Bring your fears and lay them at his feet. He will give you peace and will pull you through the times when you feel fearful.

 

 

 

Christian Faith

Bible Journaling for Beginners

Around 2016, I came across “bible journaling”. It was something I’d never heard or thought of, and I found it on Pinterest (possibly my favourite website of all time). In 2016 at  Christmas, I received the Inspire bible. If you’re a fan of colouring in, getting creative and reading God’s word, then the Inspire bible is one you’ll want to check out. I have the paperback version of this bible (which you can find here on both Amazon or Eden.com!) and it’s also available in a larger hardback size, too.

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If you love colouring, then you’ll love the Inspire bible!

 

Since bible journalling is something I’ve fallen in love with over the past two years, I wanted to show you what it’s all about, or give you some ideas on how to get started.

First things first, there is no guide on how to do bible journalling. I believe it’s all about being creative- doing what you want to do!

What is bible journaling? 

So what is “bible journaling”? This may be something you’ve never heard of, or something you’re not too sure about. I’d describe Bible Journaling as spending your devotional time with God, with a creative aspect. This could mean writing out the scriptures, painting in your bible, drawing. There are SO many ways to do bible journaling, and there is absolutely no right or wrong way! It’s reading the word and using your creativity to express it.

Things you may need:

  • A bible (or a notebook!) To do bible journaling, you will most likely want a bible that you can journal in! If you don’t have a bible that you want to work in, you can also find an notebook and do it in there if you’d prefer! In terms of bibles, I’ve recommended the Inspire bible, which was the one I used last year. However, there are plenty of other options on the market; you can use a wide column bible meaning that you have plenty of room to get creative on your page, or you can even just use your everyday bible!
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I also have a notebook that I like to do bible journaling in too! 
  • Colouring crayons and pencils- Pencils are always a winner for me when it comes to bible journalling. They don’t soak through your pages and they’re perfect for colouring in. I also have these crayola twistable crayons which are so easy to colour with and have a lovely finish.
  • Bible tabs- I love using these to mark pages with my favourite scriptures, or to mark the books I’ve read. Since bible tabs are pretty hard to get hold of in the UK, I’ve made some of my own (pictured below) that you can actually purchase right here on my Etsy Shop! 
  • Highlighters- I love using highlighters when reading the bible to mark out verses that stick out to me.

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  • Paint. Around summertime this year I decided to take the jump and start painting in my bible. I’d been contemplating doing it for a while after being inspired by Pinterest bible journaling photos, and I thought what’s the worst that can happen? I stuck to watercolour paint using a water pen brush (pictured below) and I cannot recommend these brushes enough. Fill the brush with water and squeeze the pen until a droplet is dispersed onto the brush end. I find this brush makes painting in your bible so much easier, as it only puts a small amount of water onto the paper, avoiding soaking the next page. I’ve also tried a bit of acrylic paint too, which I find works quite nicely.
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Your watercolour paints don’t have to be fancy! I received these ones when I was younger for my birthday and they work amazingly!
  • Washi Tape- I love washi tape. I remember buying some a few years ago and becoming pretty obsessed with it, and ever since, my obsession has grown. It’s so fun and you can use it for so many different things! I like to use it to attach any notes to the pages, or even just for decoration.
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Washi Tape is such a beautiful decoration for bible journaling! You can usually buy packs of washi tape with a variety of patterns and colours, and it’s usually quite cheap to buy!
  • Stencils and stamps- I’m not the best at drawing, so stencils and stamps are the way forward for me! You can get specific ones for bible journaling, or even some just to decorate your page.

I think the most important thing about bible journalling, and something I always remind people about when I tell them about it, is that you don’t have to be the most amazing artist. You don’t even have to be good at drawing. You just have to have a little creativity, and enjoy getting stuck into God’s word. Bible journalling is a different experience for everyone; some will love stenciling and some will love painting, some love colouring and others may just enjoy doodling. You can be free and do whatever you want with it.

Just remember, there is no right or wrong way about it!

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One of my bible journaling entries in Proverbs!

 

 

 

 

Christian Faith

With You Always | Matthew 28:20

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I’d like to start this post by saying a big HAPPY NEW YEAR to you! I really can’t believe we’re in 2018…how quickly did 2017 go?

I guess you could call this a “new years” related post, that I’m going to be basing off Matthew 28:20, which reads:

“…And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28:20

I clearly remember reading this verse last year, and it brought me a strong sense of peace. It made me feel reassured that no matter what situation I face in life, God goes with me. He sees it when we hurt, when we struggle, when we’re weary and tired. He doesn’t leave us to “get on with it”. He wants us to know that He’s there, that He’s with us ALWAYS.

But how easy is it to sometimes forget that simple truth? Quite easy! I read a quote recently, which says:

“When you hit hard times, when your weakness is exposed, be ready for the enemy to whisper in your ear “where is your God now?” and be ready to respond “He is where he has been and always will be- with me in power, glory and grace.” – Paul Tripp

When we hit these hard times, the enemy wants us to feel isolated. Like we have nobody to turn to, like we have to face every hardship by ourself. He wants us to doubt God. But in times like this, we need to remember God’s eternal promises- He will never leave us, and He will never forsake us. Like it says in Deuteronomy 31:8, “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

Wherever we go, God comes with us.

I don’t know what your 2017 was like. Perhaps it was the best year so far, with lots of happy memories. Maybe it was a year of hurt and pain, with unhappy memories. It could be a year that you’d rather forget. If that was the case, I’m really sorry, and I pray that 2018 will be a brighter year for you. Don’t go into the new year feeling like this year will be hard as well. It’s a new year, a fresh start.

A new year does not guarantee that all will be perfect. We’ll have times that are difficult and not so easy. A quote I read a few days ago says “if there are no ups and downs in your life, it means you are dead”. The tough things that we have to face make us stronger.

We can remind ourself of Matthew 28:20 in these times. Cling to God in the struggles. He will not leave you to struggle alone or “figure things out yourself”. He is with you always.

To end I’d like share a poem, one that I’m sure many of you will be familiar with. The poem is called “Footprints in the Sand”, and it reminds me a lot of God’s promise of never leaving us.

“Footprints in the Sand”

One night I dreamed a dream.
As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
One belonging to me and one to my Lord.

After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,
especially at the very lowest and saddest times,
there was only one set of footprints.

This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.
“Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,
You’d walk with me all the way.
But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,
there was only one set of footprints.
I don’t understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me.”

He whispered, “My precious child, I love you and will never leave you
Never, ever, during your trials and testings.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you.”

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Christian Faith

SURPRISE ANNOUNCEMENT… Full of Grace Studio

4 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.-3

There felt like no better place to tell you than here…where it all started. Full of Grace has been my place to express my creativity through writing. I’ve always considered myself quite a creative person, and after spending a bit of time thinking about my future plans for this year the phrase “created to create” really inspired me. I want to spend this next year embracing my creativity.

So the big announcement is…I have created my own online store! This has been a few months in the making- months of praying and creating and praying some more. Months of designing different products, testing them out, and researching packaging and posting options.

I wanted to create and design products that would spread joy and the love of God to each of it’s recipients. I’ve launched with 4 exclusive framed prints in two sizes (5″x7″ & 6″x8″). Each print is different from the other, so there’s one for everyone! I want your prints to be a daily encouragement on your walk with God; when you see them you can feel uplifted and reassured for the day ahead.

FULL OF GRACE shop is open for business today. You can view all my products here!

I’m excited to see how this new adventure goes. And I’m happy you can all join me along the way.

‘The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.’ – John 1:14

PS: I just want to take this time to say a special thanks to my family during this time of creating this Etsy shop. When I first had this idea I felt like it was a little crazy and something I wouldn’t be able to achieve, but thank you to you all for helping me believe in myself. Thank you for giving me second-opinions on product ideas, giving me business advice and making this such an exciting experience. Thank you for being a loving bunch, God blessed me so much with you all! 

You can find Full of Grace Studio:

Twitter: @FullofGrace44

Facebook: Full of Grace Studio

Etsy: Full of Grace Studio

Instagram: @FullofGrace44

Christian Faith

Dare to be YOU | Identity in Christ

DARE TO BE YOU.

We are children of God, and we are set apart. 

You were created to be you.

When we try and be someone else, we lose our uniqueness that sets us apart from everyone else.

Don’t fall into the trap of comparing yourself with other people around you. We’ve all done it- we’ve looked at other people and thought ‘I’m not as pretty as she is’, or ‘I’m not as funny as he is’. It’s so easy to do, and things like social media makes it even easier…

Social media has had such an impact on us over these past few years; with many (including myself!) scrolling through their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts several times a day. Social media makes it so easy to compare ourselves with our friends and the people around us. We see one of our friend’s on a dream holiday abroad, and we think how their life is so much more perfect that ours. Another friend posts a perfect selfie with dozens of likes, and we wish we got just as many likes on our own picture. One pal posts a loved up “couple goals” photo of their boyfriend/girlfriend. We wish we had a relationship like that.

We must remember that social media is filtered- people post what they want people to see, the “good” parts of life. But social media is rarely an accurate representation of someones life. We can put a filter on life with a click of a button, and it’s not the reality.

So how do we stop ourselves falling into the trap of comparing ourselves with others?

  • Remind yourself of scripture. Psalm 139:14 reads, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” This verse tells us that we are fearfully and wonderfully made, meaning that we can confident in the person God made us to be. Psalm 139 is my favourite Psalm, and so uplifting!
  • Remember how God sees us, rather than how others see us. We are not defined by how the people around us see us, but rather how God sees us. A bible verse to remind of this simple truth comes from 1 Peter 2:9, which reads: “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” We’re described as God’s “special possession”…how awesome is that?
  • Remember that we’re all different. 

When we’re struggling with who we are, our self-esteem and our comparison, remember that our IDENTITY is rooted in Christ. And that, my friend, is all that matters.

Makeup

PUR Soirée Diaries Eyeshadow Palette Review

I’ve been eying up this palette for a little while in Marks and Spencer, and this weekend I decided to treat myself and go for it. It’s been a while since I’d bought myself a palette or some makeup, and I knew judging from the colours it would be a palette that I’d get a lot of use out of.

The palette features 12 eyeshadows altogether, with four shimmer shades (which, may I add, are absolutely beautiful) and eight matte shades.

I’ve already tested out two of the shimmer shades, “Glitzy” and “Twinkle”, and it’s safe to say they’re both winners for me. Very pigmented, lovely colours, and long lasting. I’ve also tried out the shade “Stunner” an orangey autumnal matte shade, which I’ve loved using in my crease with “Twinkle”.

The feature of the palette that made me want to buy it the most was the fact that upon swatching in the shop, I realised how amazingly pigmented these shadows are. For me that’s a deal-breaker with any palette- if they aren’t very pigmented, then what’s the point in bothering?

I think what I love with this palette is that the colours all go so well together to create a perfect look, as I’ve tried to show in the below photo.

  1. Private Party, Splurge and Glitzy are the perfect combination that would give you a beautiful golden brown eyeshadow look.
  2. Socialite, Stunner and Twinkle would give you a perfect orange smokey eye- perfect for this season!
  3. Gala, Snazzy and Dazzle would give a beautiful taupe smokey eye look!
  4. Pairing Mogul, Epic and Cosmo would create a night time glamorous look!

Another thing that I love about this palette is the fact that it’s got a giant mirror inside, making it easier to take this palette with you on your travels!

If you’re looking for a versatile good quality eyeshadow palette that can give you a natural day look or more of a smokey eye, this palette is definitely one to check out. Definitely one to put on your Christmas list, or to treat yourself!

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You can buy the Soiree Diaries eyeshadow palette HERE

Makeup

Top 5: Lip Products

I’ve decided doing a “TOP 5” series, where I’ll be sharing some of my favourite makeup products. I’d thought I’d start with my top 5 lip products- including some of my most loved glosses, lipsticks and lip creams. Read below to see what I’m using on the regular…

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The second Mac lipstick I purchased was the shade “Brave”, which is a satin finish. Brave is a very me kind of lipstick shade, and the finish is also perfect for me. It’s long lasting but not drying, and the shade itself is a beautiful “my lips but better” kind of shade. I find this shade is so pretty and also really easy to wear too.

 

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NYX do some incredible yet affordable lip products, so I couldn’t do a makeup blog post and not include them! The NYX soft matte lip cream range is incredible; they’re long-lasting, and really aren’t drying on the lips, and also super pigmented. I love the shade “Cannes”, which I’d describe as a warm mauve pink.

 

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We also ALL know that I’m obsessed with Tanya Burr’s cosmetic line, and especially her lip glosses (you can read about my love for them here) Champagne Toast is my favourite from the range; it’s a beautiful, and subtle pink shimmer gloss. It’s a shade that’s SO easy to wear yet so gorgeous. It’s definitely a lip product that I find myself wearing a lot!

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And…another NYX lip product! I love their butter gloss range- especially the shade Angel Cake! This gloss is so easy to wear; it lasts for a good amount of time and isn’t sticky either!

 

 

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Clinique products rarely ever fail to disappoint me, and this one is no exception. I fell in love with the adorable packaging from their latest range with Jonathan Adler, and I also fell in love with this very lipstick. It’s a very hydrating lipstick, and such a beautiful coral pink colour. I don’t have many lipsticks this kind of shade, and I love wearing it!

 

What lip products have you been loving?

PRODUCTS MENTIONED:

MAC LIPSTICK in “BRAVE” | NYX SOFT MATTE LIP CREAM in “CANNES” | TANYA BURR COSMETICS LIPGLOSS in “CHAMPAGNE TOAST” (currently unavailable)| NYX BUTTER GLOSS in “ANGEL CAKE” | CLINIQUE JONATHAN ADLER POP LIP COLOUR & PRIMER in “MELON POP”

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Christian Faith

Running the Race | Hebrews 12:1

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After studying Hebrews 12:1 earlier this year on a girl’s weekend away with some lovely friends, it’s been a verse that’s really stayed with me. Hebrews 12:1 reads:

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.’ – Hebrews 12:1

Things will slow us down in life. Sin. Anxieties. Pain. I could go on. Life isn’t always easy; we can be tempted, and we can go through trials that may make us want to stop running.

I’m sure many of you are familiar with this illustration, but picture a backpack. Fill it with the heavy things we face in life, our “baggage”; sin, loss, hurt, self-esteem issues, health problems, friendship issues, heartbreak…the list could go on. That backpack that was once empty suddenly becomes pretty weighty, and far too heavy to run with. We ache and slow down, and we can’t run anymore carrying that weight.

Let’s read the verse again. Paul says let us strip off every weight that slows us down…’

We need to strip off the backpack. These things inside slow us down, and when carry them we cannot run to our full potential. God wants us to fully throw off these weights that are holding us down. And when I say he wants us to fully throw them off, he wants ALL of it, not just some of the baggage we have been carrying. If we don’t give these things over to God, they can so easily entangle us in life.

“The Exchange”

God takes away this baggage from our life, he gives us a light burden. Matthew 11:28-30 is a verse I’ve been loving recently that reads:

“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”  – Matthew 11:28-30

How can we “take off the backpack”?

  • Spend time each day praying and handing over your stresses to God. We can feel reassured in the fact that He has the power to carry our burdens, as it tells us in Matthew 11:28-30.
  • Tell someone we can trust about what’s weighing us down. Good friends are encouragers, so it’s great to have people around us who will pray and encourage us when we’re struggling in running our race for God.
  • Know that God doesn’t want us to be weighed down. He loves his children, and he hates to see us struggling. He wants us to be able to strive for Him with our full potential.

Unzip the backpack. Take out each thing, one by one. It’s not easy to give up these things, but it’s SO worth it. Because when we hand these things over to God, in return He will give us peace. Peace that will help us to run our race with our eyes fixated on Him.

Makeup

Autumn Makeup 2017

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If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that last year I made a post on Autumn Makeup (if not, you can read it here). It was a popular post, so I thought I’d bring it back again this year!

I’ve compiled some different makeup products from last time that I’m going to be using on the regular this season. From my favourite berry red lip products, golden eyeshadows and also the base products. If you know me, you’ll know that autumn is my favourite season, and also my favourite season for makeup!

Here’s what makeup I’ll find in my makeup bag this season..

FACE 

CONCEALER

I only wear foundations on special occasions, and opt for a little concealer if I need it. At the moment I’m loving the Revlon Colorstay concealer, and need to go and purchase another one soon..as you can see from the photo I’m running a little low! It’s priced at £6.99, and it has LOADS of different shades so you can quite easily find one to match your skin tone.

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REVLON COLORSTAY CONCEALER, £6.99

HIGHLIGHTER & BLUSH:

I’m a MASSIVE fan of the NYX Illuminating Palette, and there’s one shade in there that I’ve recently hit pan on. I use it every single day, and it lasts honestly the whole day. I couldn’t ask for a better highlighter! But recently I’ve been trying out Benefit’s Dandelion Twinkle. I’m a big fan of their Dandelion blush, and I swatched the highlighter at their counter and fell in love. It’s a pricey one at £24.50, but it’s a lovely highlight- just look at it! You can really build up on the highlight if you want to, or have more of a subtle glow. It’s definitely going to be something that I’ll be wearing a lot this autumn!

Again if you’ve read my blog for a while, you’ll know I’m a big fan of Soap and Glory makeup. One of my favourite products is their “Love at First Blush” shimmer powder. This is a blush that has a beautiful muted rose gold finish, something that will be perfect for autumn.

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BENEFIT DANDELION TWINKLE, £24.50. SOAP AND GLORY LOVE AT FIRST BLUSH, £11.00

BRONZE:

I was never a massive bronzer fan, until I found the Benefit Hoola Quickie Contour Stick. Bronzing and contouring is made easy with this product! It’s a buildable product or you can just add a little for a subtle bronze. I think bronzing your face is really nice for this season, having just come out of summer.

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BENEFIT HOOLA QUICKIE CONTOUR STICK – £23.50

EYES

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Here’s some eye products that I’ll definitely be using in my autumn makeup routine…

EYESHADOW:

I feel the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette has a great range of autumnal colours to offer. Also, can we admire how good these eyeshadows smell? Salted Caramel and Marzipan are my two favourite shades; when put together they make the perfect golden eye. Creme Brulee, Hazelnut, Gilded Ganache and Amaretto are colours I also think would be perfect for this season.

An eyeshadow product that’s been a long-term favourite for me is the Clinique eyeshadow Chubby Stick in the shade “Bountiful Beige”. It’s a beautiful gold shimmering shadow stick, which I think you could pull off on it’s own for a subtle golden eye or even use as a base for other shadows.

MASCARA:

I’ve finally joined the hype with the super popular Maybelline Lash Sensational.  I was a bit dubious at first, but now I’m seriously in love with it. It’s a great dupe for Benefit’s Rollerlash mascara, and so much more affordable! Yes Maybelline, you’ve done good!

LIPS

LIPSTICK:

You can read my review on it here, but I think Mac’s lipstick in the shade ‘Twig” is the perfect colour for autumn. It’s quite a soft muted brown pink, which I think would work perfectly if you’re not feeling like wearing a deep, berry lipstick but still want to be all autumnal with your lipstick choice.

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Mac lipstick in the shade “Twig’, £16.50.

LIPGLOSS

Would it really be a Full of Grace makeup post without including a Tanya Burr lipgloss?Tanya’s lipglosses are definitely some of my favourite on the market; they’re long lasting, beautiful colours and not too sticky! The shade “Berry Picking” is another product I’ve mentioned before. I really think this lipgloss just screams autumn…even with the name! It’s a beautiful deep berry red with a subtle hint of gold shimmer.

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Tanya burr lipgloss in the shade “Berry Picking”- a true autumnal berry shade!

 What makeup products are you going to be reaching for this autumn? 

PRODUCTS MENTIONED:

REVLON COLORSTAY CONCEALER | NYX STROBE OF GENIUS ILLUMINATING PALETTE | SOAP AND GLORY LOVE AT FIRST BLUSH |BENEFIT DANDELION TWINKLE | BENEFIT HOOLA QUICKIE CONTOUR STICK | TOO FACED CHOCOLATE BAR PALETTE | CLINIQUE CHUBBY STICK in “BOUNTIFUL BEIEGE” | MAYBELLINE LASH SENSATIONAL MASCARA |MAC LIPSTICK in “TWIG” | TANYA BURR LIPGLOSS in “BERRY PICKING” (currently unavailable)

Christian Faith

Made New | Isaiah 43:18-19

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Look at some old photographs of yourself, look at the dodgy hair styles and interesting outfit choices. What were we thinking?

It can be so easy to look back to the past and regret the decisions we’ve made. Whether that’s the way we dressed or the bigger things, like the the times we messed up and made mistakes. Isaiah 43:18-19 tells us that we shouldn’t feel this way. It reads:

“Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.” – ISAIAH 43:18-19

WE ALL have things we regret in our past. Maybe it was sin, how we handled situations, how we hurt others. But we need to remember that we shouldn’t constantly remind ourselves of the things we regret in our past.

1. WE ARE FORGIVEN. We’re forgiven from our past when we repent and give those things to God. He is faithful and Jesus died on the cross so we can be FORGIVEN!

2. He forgets our sins too… Not only does God forgive us from all our wrongdoings, but he forgets our sins too. … reads:

“For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:

“This is the covenant I will make with them
after that time, says the Lord.
I will put my laws in their hearts,
and I will write them on their minds.”
Then he adds:

“Their sins and lawless acts
I will remember no more.”
And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.” 

 3. This means we can forget our sins, too. We are MADE NEW through Jesus’ death and resurrection. We can let go of the guilt we hold, because Christ washed away our sins.

“But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” – 1 John 1:9

4. We are MADE NEW! The past has no hold over us, so it’s time to look forward to the future. Jeremiah 29:11 reads:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11

The next time we start to think about our past and get the feeling of regret, remember this:

“Your past has zero power over you, but it’s up to you to receive God’s gracious gift of forgiveness, mercy and a new beginning”- JOYCE MEYER