Marc Jacobs Lip Créme: A Review

Hey y’all!

I think it is about time I add a beauty section to my blog because here is another make-up review! sent me a complimentary Marc Jacobs Lip Créme lip liner and gloss to review. By habit I call anything that comes with a brush and a tube “gloss” but they call this a lip créme.

I have mentioned before that I don’t care too much about brands and labels when it comes to most make-up, unless it is for my lips. NARS is my everything, and I will gladly pay the ~$32 for it. In the past I have been sent lipstick by Make Up Forever and while I liked it, it didn’t compare to anything I’ve gotten from NARS. I have also tried the tried matte lip “gloss” from ColourPop and while I wanted to believe in the hype, it just dried my lips out and it was all around bad (I have two that I don’t use so holla if you happen to want them). So, when I got this product I was a little skeptical, but in the end, pleasantly surprised!

First, I have never used a lip liner before so this was a new experience. Normally I just line my lips with the lipstick I am using then color in between the lines. The liner was a perfect color match and I really think it did its job–300 (Nude)ist. Though when I received the product the twist aspect had the liner pushed all the way up and it didn’t feel stable within the pencil. While I understand why a lip liner may be necessary for a liquid lippie like this, for $24 I’m not sure it is something I would purchase on my own.

Next, I applied the the actual lip cremé–450 Hot Cocoa. It went on smooth, the color is quite pigmented, and it didn’t immediately dry out my lips. It has a satin/velvet finish and I think this natural nude color complimented my skin tone nicely. In addition, the smell of some liquid lippies bother me, but it wasn’t a problem for this product. The real test for me is how long the wear is. I applied it around 11:30am and it still looked good after my 5pm workout! This is a product I would definitely purchase on my own. I’m looking at the creamy nude rose or peach nude shade next!

The Lip Créme retails at Sephora for $28. The Poutliner Lip Liner retails at Sephora for $24. 




Dealing with Change & Being Obedient

This is something that has been on my mind for a while. So prepare yourself for some vulnerability right now.

I’m a fourth year. This is my last year of school and from the outside it may look like I am set. I’ve had a job secured for next year since last semester. I know what my geographic location and occupation will be for the next four years. As a planner this all sounds like a good thing. So why do I feel anxious about what is next?

Change is hard and while I do know where and what I will be doing there are a lot of details I don’t know. I am also not going to downplay the feelings I have about potentially being in a long distance relationship for four years. One year has been hard enough and I have no doubt that we will stick through the tough times but hot diggity dog it is not the ideal plan.

In this time all I can tell myself is to be obedient. I need to continue pursuing the Lord, pray and make Him involved in my life decisions, and just have faith that God is ordering my every step. I know that if I am obedient I will end up exactly where I am supposed to be. Though in order to be obedient I have to put myself in position to listen and learn from the Lord so I know exactly how to carry out my obedience.

I recently finished reading Chip and Joanna Gaines book, The Magnolia Story. Joanna speaks about how she heard the voice of the Lord telling her to close her shop so she could spend time with her young kids, even when it was prosperous. Then again, many years later she heard this voice instructing her to open the shop again…the same shop that is now the massively successful Magnolia Market. Not to mention the success of their show Fixer Upper. That is obedience, and sometimes it is blind. Sometimes it doesn’t make sense, but the Lord knew exactly what He was doing and the blessings He had in store for her.

I want to have this level of obedience. I want to put my faith in the Lord and know that the change in front of me is just a point of transition in my life. I will make it through and what He has in store for me is more than I could ever imagine.



Flawless VoxBox: What I Got

IMG_0608.JPGHey hey my Sun Shining Friends!

I got a new influenster box in the mail and I’m excited to share my opinions of everything. (Spoil Alert: it is mostly good) Last time I got some amazing Make Up Forever Lipsticks, this time it was a variety of products. See below:

Simple Make-up Remover Liquid &Wipes-I have been using Simple Face Wipes already, but this was my first time using the liquid. It’s great! It doesn’t dry your face out and it feels light, not oily and v refreshing. FullSizeRender.jpg

Covergirl So Lashy Mascara– The brush is so fun! It has bristles all around but on two sides it is like 3D (see picture). Also, the brush has a little ball on the end that helps you get to those little hairs in the crease of your eye. I’ve been committed to a mascara from Clinique that also has a very unique brush, but I think I could get used to this new one.

Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt-I have also used this product before and it is quite effective. In my younger athletic days I frequently came home to soak in the tub full of epsom salt. It is great for easing the pain of achy muscles. Fun fact: as a middle schooler I gave away lavender and peppermint scented bath salt to all my friends and teachers simply by adding essential oils to small containers of epsom salt.

Harvest Pea Snap Crisps-This is a healthy snack. So if you know me…you know I wasn’t a big fan. They aren’t bad, just a little plain. Maybe more salt could help? I do like the fluffy air filled texture though.

Kylie Jenner Sinful Colors Nail Polish-Alright y’all, so when I started putting it on I was like hold on why does it look like this?! When I actually went back to look at the bottle I realized it was matte….ew. I’m not a fan of matte at all. I added a top coat and that fixed the problem. It did dry incredibly fast so thats a plus. Now I gotta wait and see how long it lasts.

Yogi Tea- I was given Honey Lavender Stress Relief and Rose Hibiscus Skin Detox. I’m already a huge fan of Yogi Tea but this was my first time trying these flavors (I don’t buy new things if I don’t know I already like it, haha). The Rose Hibiscus was really nice and light. Not too fruity or flowery. I think it would be great to make in bulk for a refreshing sweet iced tea! It reminded me of my favorite Teavana Tea, Rose Champagne. 

Have you ever tried any of these products? What did you think about them? Let me know below!



Taco Soup & Painful Accidents

My boyfriend, a fine resident of South Carolina had to evacuate this past weekend due to hurricane Matthew. Fortunately, this allowed us a chance to see each other which is #huge for the whole long distance thing.

For one night, I knew I wanted to make dinner for us, so after some google searching and a phone call to mom, I decided to make Taco Soup. I definitely wanted to make cornbread too, so the soup was a perfect fit, not to mention the weather was dreary and cold.

I have experience making cornbread and because I know it takes 30min to bake I was trying to make it the same time as I made the soup. I had the oven pre-heating and I was digging around our kitchen to find the glassware I typically bake the cornbread in. Under the oven is the broiler thing aka a drawer we keep cupcake pans, baking sheets, etc in. Welp, it didn’t occur to me that these pans were also going to be hot because the oven was pre-heating, and BOOM I burned all 5 fingers on my right hand.

Because I am Alysse and I #persevere I held some ice cubes in my right hand and completely finished the meal one handed, while also in a lot of pain. After we finished eating, I expressed to him just how badly I was hurting so we did what any millennial would do, and googled it.

Turns out, you’re not supposed to use ice because the change in temperature is too drastic. So I ran my hand under cool water but it didn’t really do much. After another call to Mom we were off to CVS to find hydrocortisone and gauze. Apparently, the burns exposure to oxygen is what causes the pain. Wrapping my fingers in the gauze did the trick and the pain decreased significantly.

I would like to give a special thank you to The Boy, for one, dealing with my dramatic self, and two doctoring me up all weekend! He also said he enjoyed dinner so #success.

Now for the taco soup recipe! There are a lot of ingredients but you basically just dump everything into a big pot, it’s v simple. If you have a crock pot you could do it in there as well.

Ingredients: img_0545

  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 taco seasoning packet
  • 1 Hidden Valley ranch dressing dry packet
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 can rotel
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes 


Brown the pound of beef in a pan. Dice onion and cook with beef. Add taco seasoning then drain and add corn, beans, rotel, tomatoes, and ranch packet. Make sure ranch packet is mixed in evenly. Let everything cook/warm in the pot for ~20min on medium heat. 

See! Easy as pie! I hope you try it out some time because its so yummy and is definitely good for this fall weather that is upon us.



P.S This morning my mom shared with me an Washington Post article titled: “Choosing the Wrong Home Remedy Can Make a Burn Worse” #shade


What I’m Reading: Newsletters & Books

I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately. You know why? Because pleasure reading makes me happy, and I’m all about finding things that make me happy and then consistently trying to incorporate them in my life.  Here is what i’m reading right now:

TheSkimm: Y’all know the deal. If you want to be in the know on current events, sign up!

Call Your Girlfriend Newsletter, The Bleed: I love my podcasts, and especially these rad ladies Ann and Aminatou. Listen to their podcast and sign up for their newsletter. They are all about female health and being open about menstruation (!!!), hence the title of their newsletter: “The Bleed.”

Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living Shauna Niequist is my girl. Her book Bread & Wine was such a spiritual and emotional journey for me and Present Over Perfect has been no different. I’m reading it very slowly, because 1) I don’t want it to be over and 2) I am trying to meditate and incorporate what she is teaching in my own life. I’ll be sure to write more about it when I’m done.

Woman of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both of Our Hearts  This book has been so so good for me and my relationship with the Lord. Jen Wilkins really pushes you to actually know the Bible and and study it. As women, sometimes we base our relationship off of emotions and how we feel. Jen encourages us to remember that the Bible is not about us and how we feel or even how it can be an answer to all the questions in our life. The Bible is a book about the Lord, and we should always want to learn more about Him so that we can be more like Him. #goals

The Marvelous Pigness of Pigs: Respecting and Caring for all of God’s Creations  This is a book I just started, but the overall concept really caught my attention. Joel Salatin is a 3rd generation farmer for the Shenandoah Valley and maintains and all organic farm, which he provides food for many families in the area. I heard him and Alice Waters speak last week and it really made an impression on me. Especially as my interest in organic food, and farming has increased over the past few months. I will probably end up writing a whole post about this, but this book in particular is about how we as Christians have been called to be “stewards of the earth” and respect all God’s creations. Instead of manipulating His creations for our own convenience, or potential income, etc.

So many books being read and so much homework being put off, hello 4th year.




How I Addressed my Acne

I’ve seen such an improvement in my skin over the past 6 months, and I’m excited to share what I’v been doing. Obviously everyone’s skin is different and I have seen many many dermatologists since 6th grade, so if acne is a problem for you I advise you see a doctor too. Your skin is an organ just like other parts in your body, and if something is wrong you should seek help from a doctor. I’ve stopped taking pills I got from the doctor, and I rarely use the ointments given. It’s the other changes I’ve made that I think have led to the most improvement.

Get rid of toxic-stressful people in your life

Y’all this is the number one thing! Stress is not good for your body and for some people like me, it shows on your face. As soon as I stopped interacting with toxic people, and was  consistently more happy, my skin cleared up. It seems crazy, but when I first started dating my boyfriend I got many many comments that I was “glowing” and that I “had great skin.”

Use Bio-Oil & Aveeno 

Because I’ve had acne since 6th grade, and I’m slightly addicted to popping them in front of the mirror at 10:00 at night, I have been left with many scars. I’ve tried every face wash in the drug store, and many prescribed from the doctor. But for the past 4 months I have been using Aveeno brightening face wash, and Bio-oil as a moisturizer at night and it has greatly reduced the apparent scars. Honestly, I think the Bio-oil is what is making the difference and a little goes a long way so it might seem expensive but it will last.

Drink A LOT of water

It’s simple. Drink water. A glass right when you wake up in the morning, then half your body weight in ounces throughout the day. If you workout or drink obnoxious amounts of coffee you need more.

Birth Control

I wanted to include this on the list, but I’m still unsure of what the long term effects are. I recently visited a new gynecologist and she advised I start birth control to regulate my hormones. She was very surprised that I had visited many other doctors and no one had every recommended birth control for my acne before. I’ve only been on it for a little over a month, but I’m hoping this really ends up being the solution I’ve been looking for since 6th grade.

Do you have any magical solutions? What’s your acne fighting routine?



What I’ve Been Up To: An Update

Howdy y’all!

I’ve said before that I never want to feel like I have to blog, just because. But lately it’s been bothering me that I haven’t written, because….I LIKE BLOGGING! So here we are, and this is what i’ve got for you. An update of ‘Lysse, how i’m doing, and what i’ve been doing. So if you’re nosy keep reading, if you already know my life, then this might be repetitive.

4th Year Yo fourth year is…interesting. To some degree it feels like I’m simply continuing last semester. But that is probably because all but one of my classes are taught by a professor I have had in the past. I’m taking, Race & Ethnic Relations, Adolescent Development, U.S Education Policy, Hip Hop as Technology, and Intro to American Studies. I like my classes, but I already fell senioritis creeping up. Pray for me, y’all.

The Praxis So, I’m supposed to be studying for this test so that I can officially accept my position with Urban Teachers…but fitting this into my schedule has been a #struggle.

The Boy He’s good, we are great and happier than ever. He makes 7hr and 4min drives for me in the middle of the night and i’m thankful. #blessed

The Skimm Yo girl is now a Skimmbassador! The Skimm is a daily email that drops in your inbox and gives you a “skim” of the news from the day before. If you’re looking for a way to quickly get in the know and start understanding current events, this is a great way to start! Sign up using this link.

Boho Betty Jewelry I’ve partnered with Boho Betty, a great little jewelry company. I’m not a big jewelry person (because I rather spend my money on clothes and food) but I have really enjoyed their pieces. Especially their tassel bracelets and necklaces that are currently all the rage right now. If you find something you like make sure to use the coupon code “lysseonlife” for 15% off your order! 

Well guys, thats all I have for you today! I promise I’ll do something fun and write about it soon!





4 Things You Should Do Every Morning

School has begun, life is crazy, and its easy for stress to start creeping up. About a year ago I made it a goal of mine to enjoy my mornings more. In result of being an athlete my entire life, I had become so accustom to waking up and getting out the door for practice in 13 minutes, that mornings were more of a blur than a time to appreciate.

When I stopping rowing, it took me a good 4 months before the sound of my alarm didn’t make my heart race and my stomach drop. I had to make a conscious effort to make mornings slow and enjoyable again. Here, you can read here about my morning routine (its kinda funny too, gifs and all), but today I wanted to share more about what I do to put myself in a healthy headspace for the day.

Say a prayer as you brush your teeth 

When you’re standing over the sink, looking at yourself in the mirror you should pray. Something quick and to the point. One of my mentors gave me the idea of having a certain topic to pray about, for every day of the week. For example: Mondays I pray for my family, Tuesdays for international issues, Wednesday for my relationships, etc. I find that when I start the day off with prayer it is easier for me to continue staying in connection with God for the rest of the day.

Do some positive reading before putting on your clothes 

I sit on the edge of my bed before changing clothes and I do a quick devotional, or a read a few pages of whatever inspirational book I’m reading at the time. Usually there are some good nuggets included and it becomes something I can meditate on for the day.

Set a healthy intention as your coffee drips 

This is one that really challenges me. You can read my journey on becoming more healthy here, and here, but really it takes small lifestyle changes to make any long term changes. So, in the morning I set one intention or goal for the day that specifically relates to my eating habits (I have no problem going to the gym, but if you do maybe that could be your thing). Lately, my two goals have been to only “indulge” when it is a social occasion with my friends, and to really pay attention to my hunger signals and eat only when my body is telling me it needs food (aka chill on the snacking, ‘lysse!).

Have a sense of gratitude for necessary appliances 

One of my co-workers planted this idea in my head and it really stuck with me. She told me that every morning she thanks her toilet and her shower for being there and doing their job. Simple and important huh!? So now I do this with my sink, shower, running water, toilet, and especially my coffee machine. In addition, I also say quick prayers for the farmers and the countries that my beloved coffee beans come from.

Are there any morning rituals you partake in?

Much love,


Hip Hip Hooray For August Favs

Hey Suns (is that weird? I kinda like it) This is just a quick post, that turned out to be kinda long, about the products I have been obsessing about lately! Oh and happy first day of school!

Lush Coffee Face & Body Scrub

I first learned about this stuff from my little sister and when I was at Short Pump Mall the other day I couldn’t resist picking some up. The product has coffee grinds, coffee infusion, agave syrup and other moisturising additives included, so it does a great job of exfoliation and moisturizing ! The grinds allow for the exfoliation to occur and of course coffee is a stimulant too, so it helps the skin perk up a little bit. This is my first Lush product, and I only bought it because #coffee but it has definitely proved its worth!

Starbucks 24oz Waterbottle 

I’ve been eyeing these things all summer and yesterday I finally decided to buy one. They have had a bunch of bright…slightly obnoxious colors in the stores but when I saw this clear one I knew I needed to snag it fast. #Hydrate

Y’all, i’m probably the most obsessed with these! I got mine on sale at Old Navy and they are definetly my favorite purchase of the summer. They are so easy to wear because you can literally just throw them on with a T-shirt underneath and a cute sandal and you’re set! I’m really excited for the weather to cool off so I can wear them with a long sleeve and some booties!

TOMS Deodorant 

My mom is the kind to send me daily emails with the next thing that could possibly cause cancer, but this particular issue really stuck with me. There is a lot of research about aluminum in deodorant and the dangers it can cause. So, I started using TOMS natural and aluminum free deodorant. It’s such an easy change, and I love the scent, so why not? I also recently started using a DivaCup, so if you’re interested in my opinions on that feel free to get in contact with me!


Y’all know I have been saving my money for those gorgeous Anthropologie leggings and Poshmark is helping me get there! Poshmark is an app that allows you to sell clothes online and its v easy! They do take percentage of your earnings, but they also pay for shipping so to me it evens out. So far, I have sold 4 items and made a total of $75, aka I am hella close to my $100 goal. Now that this purchase is becoming a little more realistic, I’m having a hard time deciding between these anthro leggings or a pair of align crop leggings from Lululemon. The anthro ones are gorgeous, but the Lulu ones I could wear more often and they are the most comfy pants to ever grace your body. Comment below which one you think I should get?!

I hope you enjoy some of the things that are making my life a little brighter, and let me know if you decide to try any of them, or already have!



4 Things You Need to do Before Going Back to School

Last summer around this time, I wrote an “Open Letter to My Third Year Self,” a post I really love because it was a good snapshot of my life at the time, and represented the progress I was making as a person.

This year, I decided to write up a list of things I do/need before classes start. I hate the beginning of the year because it doesn’t resemble any normal schedule…and I like routine.  These four things help me survive the first few weeks both academically and mentally!

Buy a planner  

Y’all had to know that this would be the first thing on my list! But seriously, buy a planner,  write in it, refer back to it, take it with you everywhere, I promise it can change your life. If you’re not already savvy with organization, I recommend you read this to give you a few ideas.

Have a Calm Mind

Starting a new school year can give me anxiety sometimes. Like when you first read the syllabus and you see there is a 15 page paper due in December, or just realizing how expensive your textbooks will cost this semester, all the chaos going on can be #stressful.  I recommend you just take a deep breathe and focus on what is happening in the current week.

Say No

This is always the hardest for me. In the beginning of the year there are so many new opportunities right in your face. This club, that research lab, this volunteer slot, and it is easy to want to do everything. I’m the queen of thinking that I can somehow squeeze everything into my schedule, only to realize that outside of class and work I only have a few grim hours to play with. So, when opportunities arise I first pray about them. I want to make sure that I am spending my time with the correct things and I want the Lord to confirm that for me. So say yes to some things, and say no to everything else. Balance is key here. Remember present > perfect. Screen Shot 2016-08-19 at 12.22.30 PM

Buy these Pens (or something)

At the start of every school year I buy this pack of sharpie pens. I have a thing for making my notes look nice, and assigning certain pen colors to certain classes. It’s just my thing. Find something that is inexpensive and can make the daily grind just a little more fun.



I pray that y’all have a great start to the school and I encourage you to not be so hard on yourself, you’ll be great! I mean, you are the Sun and all.