If you rely on mystical and extraBiblical experiences based on Nature, you will not get the Gospel but the Law. Bees sting, animals eat each other, the rain will drench you and people will breathe their last, becoming maggot food. This is Natural Revelation, a God Who is angry and has let the world fall apart. Where is Jesus in this video? Did Jesus tell us where He is now? Not in birdsong, not in pithy e-mail but in the Word and Sacraments. This video fall short, as it focused on feeling, not a concrete reality.
As Lutherans, we should talk about the special revelation, that God had mercy upon this entrophic world, through His Son. Advent is coming and we will celebrate that historic event.
Last month, I received Le Métier De Beauté’s Peau Vierge Dark Spot Corrector. I did not review it as I am currently trying it on my face. It is a serum that suppose to make one’s complexion better. I think there is some kind of improvement, but it is subjective. At Saks and Neiman Marcus, the retail value for this serum is $125. Add this to the running total I am maintaining ($314 + $125 = $439), and the subscription has paid for itself.
Here is November’s box:
“Wow! That company is really trying hard to keep their customers.” — Preggie
Taken at my kitchen, the place with the best lighting. Did not have a box cutter on hand, used my steak knife.
And here is something for my lashes, plus an eyeliner.
I never got the hang of using an eyelash curler. Do I use it prior to applying mascara or after?
Here is a light brown eyeliner, called Tamarack. I have not received a brown pencil eyeliner, so I will have to use this.
And here is the main event, the Peau Vierge Lash Growth Serum. It suppose to thicken lashes, protects them from breakage, and boost up volume– all without irritation. According to its paper guide, I should see results in four weeks. I saw the price and I thought: What The Frell? 95 bux?! For that money, I should see results. I will use it, but I would have to try it before I believe it. (Is this just plain ol’ mumbo jumbo?)
And here is the MSRP and total: The curler is $18, the eyeliner is $36, and the lash serum is $95. The total MSRP of all the products is $588.
As seen in SNL’s Goth Talk and on KROQ during Halloween time. Here is the nine-minute version for you Spooky Kids.
Got word via FARK that an engineering student got detained by the police when he shopped for a Ferragamo belt.
I thought: Could it be that me or my family might have been profiled, since we are brown-skinned and do not “pass” as 1%? I have known classmates who were stopped by the police because they were brown/black. One of them was arrested and the sainted Prof Marquart* had to help him. I doubted that the police ever apologized to them.
FOR [redacted] SAKE, Mr Christian is an engineering student, not a “Thug”! He earned his money fair and square like everybody else in college would. I bet each of us starving students had a luxury item in our dorm rooms, some fancy thing we were proud to wear, hoping that one of these days, we’d make it big. And Barneys ruined that for him. What a utterly crappy way to treat people.
It was bad enough that we had Martin/Zimmermann. And now we are getting ready to beat a horse dead with debates about privilege and how racial profiling is a necessary evil, etc etc etc.
Forget you Barneys, I’m sticking to Saks, despite your highly coveted “Love Yourself” beauty goodie bag promo. The people at Saks Indianapolis were good to me.
*Kurt Marquart was a gentle giant, and he was very kind to foreign and minority students. He would be displeased at this “country club” injustice and would remind us that regardless of color, we are clothed in Christ’s righteousness.
From my early Protestant years, the first thing any born-again Christian should have is a testimony. That was expected from any evangelical Christian.
My testimony was piss poor in comparison to the exciting (and often) sordid stories of various people who later converted. Like the Australian outlaw biker who became part of the Tribe of Judah motorcycle ministry. Or an assortment of pagans/’Satanists’ who would do magickal* stuff… and then they say a
spell The Sinner’s Prayer and they have been delivered. Me, I was only an autistic kid who thought Catholicism is not my thing. And why lie about your testimony? It would ruin it.
One year, I was going to be rebaptised and give my testimony one Sunday… but the night before, I had horrid menstrual cramps. No go. (It turned out to be a good thing I was not rebaptized.)
I discovered the internet in high school, and found out at Concordia Irvine that I can get a free web page from Geocities where I can have my political and Christian webpage. It was good, but something strange happened.
I was learning about Christocentrism and the Solas. What was driving my story, me or Christ? What was the point of having a testimony? I had to question that as I see the sordid stories become “Try Jesus and you will get good things” pitches. They choose Jesus, they have subjective emotional extra-Biblical experiences that I cannot support or refute. How do they know their story was true? From their good behaviour? Or their happy beaming family? Or their $ucce$$ful living? Anyone with a Dale Carnegie/Napoleon Hill book would point out that anybody regardless of religion can have some moralism and success.
What was supposed to be my testimony just became a short autobiography, some mundane words. I have not even imported it from my old websites.
Here, the guys at The White Horse Inn says all this better than I can. The deeper I fell into the Lutheran realm, the more pointless my testimony gets. It should be useless, because Christ came to me via Scripture and the Means of Grace, not me choosing.
I only have a small bit of thought, for those who are about to give a testimony: When giving the testimony of your life, who is driving your actions? To whom the spotlight is shining on?
*When I say ‘magick’, I am referring to Crowleyan-style stuff, not David Copperfield sleight-of-hand magic.
CREASE CITY: Last post, I took pictures of LMdB’s True Colour Creme Eyeshadows. I did share to Specktra some pics and commentary, which is found on the 6th page of the Le Metier De Beaute thread. Temptalia had a similar finding– that it creased real bad and deserves an F. Which is a shame, since LMdB is a great brand.
NOTE: THIS IS NOT RELATED TO THE DELICIOUS WALDORF SALAD. Spent one evening reading about the Waldorf Schools and their philosophy, by Grégoire Perra, a former teacher. It must be very scorching, since it landed Perra on the dock. People paid money to send their kids to such a school filled with esotericism?
DETOUR: Found out Rick Ross changed his website URL to culteducation.com. Alas, a huge chunk of his forum notes are lost.
OOOOOH, FREE LUXE GWP: Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog scanned the Saks September beauty catalog, and alas, I’m skipping this one. I think that waiting til Black Friday would be a better idea. (I thought I get triple points during that time and the Bond No 9 free bottle is coming up.)
FOR THE SACREDOTALISTS: The God Whisperers has Jack Cascione on the line. He believes that the voter’s assembly of a congregation is the supreme authority. That is one on the controversies that the LCMS is dealing with.
I came back from work when I saw a small box at my door. Could be…?
It isn’t everyday you get a note from a CEO who is also a Founder of a luxury brand.
YES INDEED! It’s here, LMdB’s September box! And starting off on a positive note, a handwritten letter from the CEO. From the note, the booty of the month will be about eyes. And they got a new creamy product.
I got two True Colour Creme Eye Shadows, in champagne and a smokey grey. According to the instructions, it is supposed to be easy to use and have versatile uses besides just an eyeshadow. The Champagne Shimmer can be used as a highlighter and a primer while Starry Night is an insta-smokey-eye potion.
Now I must test it for wear and crease. They look nice, and wished I could hoard it. But this makeup is meant to be used, so I shall try it out. Maybe it works, maybe it’s not suitable for my eyes. We’ll see…
I reckon that these shadows would be priced as the regular True Colour shadows (at 30 bux.) Until I see info, I estimate the package to be a 60 dollar value. That’s double the $29 monthly cost. Last month I had a $254 box, and that plus this month adds to $314, the cost of products received. By October, it might exceed the initial membership cost, and it will pay for itself.
I do remember the days when I was studying for my Masters, years before I was screwed over. Every Friday is when we have Gemütlichkeit, our version of happy hour. Someone rolls out the beer, fills the basket with chips and salsa, and professors and students relax. One of my classmates would make humorous flyers for Gemütlichkeit, sometimes filled with in-jokes and Synodical humor. I even hosted one after I got married. Here is the flyer for that event:
Thanks to Rev Larry Beane for the pic! Check out other Gemütlichkeit flyers at http://gemuetlichkeitposters.blogspot.com/!
Last month, I saved for LMdB’s VIP programme. For an upfront fee of about $340, subscribers will receive makeup and skincare products from the high-end cosmetic company. From what I have read, many customers jump at the offer. If you divide the sum, it’s a monthly sum of $29, about 8 dollars more per month than Glossybox, and more than most subscription services. (Some women would subscribe to two or more services. I subscribed to what is now call ipsy– myGlam at that time. I usually get one full size product and scads of samples. I stopped after four months.) When I saw what LMdB will send in its inaugural box on Facebook, I was excited, for it meant they most likely will send good stuff that is NOT chintzy.
A frickin’ KALEIDOSCOPE!!! This alone would cost me $95 at Saks or Neiman Marcus. Some people got the Sterling Beauty dual kaleidoscope, I braced myself for silvers and rosy lips though I gravitate towards wines and purples. However, I thought I got something more appealing, the Chauvet Pont d’Arc. I did already received that one via the ALS drive. However, it was the only eye kaleidoscope I had and did not want to use it and ruin it. Now I can use one and save one for later (or for collection purposes…). In fact, I swatched one and this is what it looks like on NW40 skin:
The lustres/frost work well, the blue matte takes a little more effort.
This kabuki brush is cute in its pouch. I showed that to Preggie and he asked what this was for. Told him it is for face powders including blush, and brushed it on his face so he can feel the bristles. He noticed it was soft, not scratchy. That is a very good sign. I am hoping it won’t shed much.
This red lipstick is in a brand-new formula. I want to swatch it, but I do not want to use it until I am finished with some of my current lipstick. Hopefully, someone will swatch it. UPDATE: Two people did compare the unnamed red at the Specktra forum, one swatched it next to MAC Russian Red and Hourglass Icon. Very similar. Another person thought this red is similar to LMdB’s Madaket. (You know, I had to look up Madaket. I thought it was some exotic place in Morocco (or something along the Silk Road). It’s actually a village in Nantucket.)
Let’s see the total retail value: the kaleidoscope is 95, the kabuki is 85 at Nordstrom, the lipstick is 32, and the Noir precision eyeliner is 42. That’s a retail value of 254 bux, and that’s only the FIRST month! Talk about getting your dollar’s worth. Based on what I got today, I’m feeling optimistic about future shipments. Theoretically, they can send samples or just one full sized product and it will be more that we bargained for.
And now, I’ll speculate what would be in next month’s box. I thought of nail polish, but the USPS won’t allow that in the mail. LMdB’d have to use UPS or a private mail service. Maybe those eyemasks, so I can refresh my eyes after my long work with this year’s Ohio LinuxFest. (BTW, registration’s open. We will have a great line up!)
I should not attempt this at home? How can I if I do not have an old school bus, busted CRT televisions, and some dynamite in my house?