Thursday, December 29, 2016

#VLOG: Making Christmas Dinner 2016

This year for Christmas I didn't travel to my hometown and decided to stay in Los Angeles. However, I still made a wholesome Christmas dinner for myself and had a blessed day. I hope you had a lovely Christmas as well. Have a Happy New Year!

Here's a quick video blog about my time Making Christmas Dinner (2016)

Sunday, December 25, 2016

#Sunday Time With God Episode 27: Happy Birthday Jesus Christ! #ChristmasDay

Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday to Jesus Christ! In this Sunday Time With God Episode 27, we learn how the birth of Jesus came about, reading from the book of Matthew in the Bible. 

This year has brought changes in my life, transformations, new people into my circle, tests of my patience and will to never give up, and so much more. However, I could not have gone through any of those things without Jesus Christ on my side. I'm happy to have a spiritual relationship with Him and continuing to grow stronger in Him more and more every day. 

On this day of December 25th, we celebrate our Savior...

In this video below, we celebrate Jesus Christ and learn about how it all came about. If you have your Bible or Bible app, you can read or follow along with me.

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

@ELFCosmetics Daily Face Cleanser & Daily Hydration Moisturizer Review | #BeforeBed #playbeautifully

During my last shopping trip to Target, I decided to purchase e.l.f. cosmetics Daily Face Cleanser and their Daily Hydrating Moisturizer. I have been using these two products together for about 5 days now and have liked the results. So I decided to see if I could use them at bedtime as well, especially the hydrating moisturizer. You can watch my before bed beauty vlog/review below!

My Product Reviews

e.l.f Daily Face Cleanser at Target
The e.l.f. Daily Face Cleanser provides a nice, light, lather when applied to dampened hands and face. You do not need too much so be careful because it is a loose-textured product and comes out easily from the tube. My skin felt really clean and soft during my day cleansing. So I expected the same results during the night-time application as well. It is a new product, I noticed from the packaging, so I like it a lot because it's lightly scented (smells clean) and cleans my face without leaving a soapy residue.

e.l.f. Daily Hydration Moisturizer at Target
The e.l.f. Daily Hydrating Moisturizer pairs nicely with e.l.f cosmetics daily face cleanser for day wear. The moisturizer is indeed lightweight, made with purified water, Jojoba, Aloe, Vitamin E, Cucumber, Shea Butter, Grape and Orange. It provides a subtle glow and moisture to my face that works well with or without makeup. I could see my face staying consistently moisturized throughout the day and it was naturally vibrant. After using it before bed, I saw that glow as well and when I woke up the next morning, my skin looked clear, rested, and still had a subtle moisture to it. It was not greasy at any time and being that it is lightweight, I recommend this for a day and night moisturizer. The two products work very well together, both are not harsh on the skin and provides the clean and moisture that you expect in your daily face care.

Disclaimer: Selena Thinking Out Loud purchased these beauty products for personal use. This blog review and vlog is 100% my own opinions. Your results may vary. This blog is also an affiliate of Target.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

#IReadThisBook: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

It has to be many weeks now, but I have finished the book, Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, today. 

My Book Review
I learned that he was a radical kind of guy, with strange eating habits, strong-willed to the point of hurting people's feelings, and the best husband and father he knew how to possibly be, while the CEO of Apple. He was passionate about integrating useful products in a simple manner for the end user and those innovations established his legacy in history. 

The book, Steve Jobs, was an insightful read, with a roller coaster of events that left me feeling excited at times, disappointed with Steve Jobs and his actions, concerned about his eating habits, argumentative then agreeable, and finally understanding of his overall life's journey. Everything in his life made him the man he was.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

#Sunday Time With God Episode 26: Cheerful Giver #BibleDiscussion

In this Sunday Time With God Episode 26, we learn how to be cheerful givers. During the holiday season and other special occasions, we sometimes feel pressured and burdened to give. This can be financially, emotionally, physically, and even socially. 

In God's Word, we learn that in our giving:

  • We cannot give just to give.
  • We must not give if our heart is not in the right place to give.
  • In our giving, God will provide everything we need to be a blessing, the financial resources, knowledge, plans, and instructions.

God will make sure that we are in-line with His divine purpose. When we allow ourselves to be used by God even when we feel like we "don't have enough" or we "don't feel like it", we are then learning how to sow generously and how to be a cheerful giver. 

This week, I saw a personal example of God working in my life as a blessing to another. I gave a financial blessing of $50 and was not expecting anything in return. However, God had another plan and on the next day, He had me park my car right next to 10% ($5 bill) of what I gave on the day before. When I opened my car door I happened to look down and saw it. I was completely shocked but realized a few seconds later God was confirming His Word to me, in 2 Corinthians 9:6-15. God is alive and working in our lives. What an example, right?

In today's Bible discussion video below, we learn more about this in 2 Corinthians 9: 6-15. If you have your Bible or Bible app, you can read or follow along with me.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

My @FarmFreshtoYou Delivery #BeforeChristmas Week | Your #Coupon Code

A new Farm Fresh to You delivery arrived today, just in time for me to plan out my Christmas dinner next week! I look forward to getting my boxes of organic fruits and vegetables because they are fresh and really inspire me to come up with interesting meals throughout my week. 

I get two (2) deliveries a month because each 'Monster' box lasts me for two weeks. I like to freeze my green vegetables: kale, chard, spinach, green beans, and broccoli. They saute nicely and I can prepare soups, stews, and hearty dinners with them. This year I decided to transition from a vegetarian to a vegan and these deliveries have made things much easier when deciding which vegetables to use for my meal, making sure that I am getting enough nutrients in my body on a daily basis.

If you live in California, Farm Fresh to You can delivery to your home or business. They will leave the box(es) on your doorstep or stoop and all you have to do is take it into the house. If you live in an apartment or condo, you can make arrangements with them, for your delivery. You can also customize the contents of each box of organic produce and leave out the fruits and vegetables that you don't like to eat very much.

Get $15 Off Your First Box of organic product from - Use Coupon Code: SELE8487

In this video, I share what organic fruits and vegetables I received in my new box from Farm Fresh to You. I also talk about what I will be cooking for Christmas dinner.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

#WinaPainting Up to $200 from @1stArtGallery! Open to US Ends: Dec 28, 11:59PM/EST

Selena Thinking Out Loud loves art and have my very own collection of paintings. I am also participating in this fantastic giveaway, sponsored by 1st Art Gallery. They provide hand-crafted art, reproductions, and original pieces, to add to your already stellar art collection. 

Enter this giveaway for a chance to win any unframed painting up to $200! All of the details to enter are posted below. If you're looking for a great holiday gift for the art collector in your life, visit 1st Art Gallery and have a wonderful holiday! Good Luck! 

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1st Art Gallery invites you to join their latest giveaway! 1st Art Gallery has paintings from the most famous painters throughout history including Van Gogh, Da Vinci, Rembrandt, Renoir, Monet, Waterhouse, Michelangelo, and many others. Since their inception in 2007 has been reviewed by great modern day art collectors and the 1st Art Gallery reviews are excellent!

What sets 1st Art Gallery apart is their attention to detail. Every painted is hand crafted by an artist. Whether you choose a Van Gogh reproduction or upload a family portrait, you'll be impressed with the skill and training by your painter. 1st Art Gallery also offers a money back guaranteed on all of their paintings including art reproductions.

You won't regret owning a beautiful oil painting that you can pass down to your children!

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

#Sunday Time With God Episode 25: Protect Your Power #BibleDiscussion #BibleStudy

In this Sunday Time With God Episode 25, we learn how to Protect Our Power, the spiritual gifts and talents, the greatness inside of us, that God has given us. As we get closer to God and build a stronger connection and relationship with Him, we begin to learn how He wants to work in our lives. We learn how He wants to use us among His Body of Christ. 

However, although we are blessed with spiritual gifts and guidance from God, we will be tested. Those tests can come by way of other people, close to us and those not so familiar with our true selves. Tests can come through our financial woes, or health issues, and many other areas of our lives. However, all in all, we must be spiritually ready to protect our power even when the test comes from within us, where we deter from God's plans for our lives. 

Samson And Delilah

Credit: Samson and Delilah (oil on canvas) by Pina, Jose Salome (1830-1909)
In the story of Samson and Delilah, we see how God leaves Samson after he allows for his power to be taken by the woman he loves. Ultimately, Samson learns from his mistake and finds redemption and we see how God comes to his aide once again.

There will be people, places, and things, that will try to enter our lives to test our strength in God. They will questions our sincerity in Him and test our will to trust in God's Plans. However, we can pass the tests that enter our lives, if we continue to make time for God. When we spend time with God in our quiet place, read His Word, pray for strength, and have faith and believe in His divine timing, we will then put on the whole armor of God, in preparation for these great tests.

In the following video, I go into more detail about protecting your power. Use your Bible or a Bible app, to follow along with the scripture mentioned in the video.

♥ Judges 16

Thursday, December 8, 2016

e.l.f Mineral Infused Face Primer Clear Demo and #ProductReview! #PlayBeautifully

Today I decided to try e.l.f cosmetics Mineral Infused Face Primer (Clear). It's one of their products that I received complimentary to test in my e.l.f Voxbox from Influenster. This product should be used on a clean face and before you apply your makeup.

In the following video below, I show you how to apply this face primer and my personal results after applying my makeup.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

#Sunday Time With God Episode 24: How To Accept Christ into Our Lives #Repentance #BibleDiscussion

In this Sunday Time With God Episode 24, we will learn how to accept Christ into our Lives through Repentance. What does it mean to repent?

Repent (verb):  feel or express sincere regret or remorse about one's        wrongdoing or sin

When we decide to live a life with Christ and cast all of our cares and worries on the Lord, we then must repent to the Lord so that he knows that we are serious. Living for Christ is not always easy but it is a blessed journey, when we have the most generous, gracious, and loving God by our side. He teaches us how to live and what His purpose is for our lives as we continue to grow in His Word and Live His Word each day. What's really amazing, is how unbiased God is when accepting us into his flock. He does not care about our age, race, gender, or how lost we have felt in our lives. He will receive the beggar, the alcoholic, the drug dealer, the unpopular kid in school, and anyone who wants to be saved by His grace. He wants to renew us from the inside out!

In the following video, go into more detail about repentance and accepting Christ into our lives. Use your Bible or a Bible app, to follow along with the scriptures mentioned in the video.

♥ Luke 13:1-9
Luke 5:27-32
Acts 2:38-39

Since we must first repent of our sins and confess with our mouth and believe in our heart that the Lord died for our sins. Here is a little prayer for you to say below, to help you begin your new journey with Christ. If you were with Christ before and now want to come back to Him, this prayer is for you also! 

I, [Your Name], accept you Lord God into my heart. I repent of my sins that I have committed and will work hard to be the (woman/man) of God that you desire for me to be from this day forward. Amen.

Saying this prayer of repentance is only the first step. Now you must begin to build your own personal relationship with Christ. Attend church or church functions with other Christians to learn even more about Christ. Being among like-minded individuals will make your walk with Christ stronger over time. Find Christian groups online, on social media, that really makes you feel welcomed. There are some really cool Christians out there, living for and serving the Lord. Good Luck to you on your newly-found journey in Christ!!!

♥Have a blessed week!

Your Target Deals and Specials (Dec 4 - Dec 10) #ShopTarget

Target had some nice sales and specials in many of their departments during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. However, if you couldn't take advantage of all of their deals, Target has more deals and specials for the entire family during the week of December 4 - December 10th. Click an image or link below to see the deal or special!

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Friday, December 2, 2016

e.l.f Hydrating Bubble Mask Demo and #ProductReview! #PlayBeautifully

Last night I tried e.l.f cosmetics Hydrating Bubble Mask that came complimentary in my Influenster e.l.f Voxbox. It was one of many e.l.f products that I have been testing these past two weeks. 

Their Hydrating Bubble Mask surprised me because it did not perform like the other face masks that I have either purchased or tested in the past but hear me out in my video review below to learn more!

In the following product view, beauty vlog, I share how to apply the e.l.f Hydrating Bubble Mask and then give my personal review after using it. 

If you have tried the e.l.f Hydrating Bubble Mask, leave your comments below. I would like to hear from you!

If you're interested in giving it a try for yourself, you can find it in Target, on the e.l.f website, or on too! 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

@FallsRiverSoap Gift Basket and $100 Amazon Gift Card #Giveaway! (US Only) Ends: Dec 16. 2016

With the holidays approaching, Selena Thinking Out Loud decided to join some amazing bloggers to bring you this Falls River Soap Company, Deluxe Gift Basket and $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway! Personally, I enjoy handcrafted anything and soaps are no different. It takes hard work and dedication to make soaps and blend different natural ingredients together to create amazing scents with quality results. Learn more about Falls River Soap Company, our sponsor, and also get your 15% Off + Free Shipping Coupon Code below! Good Luck and Happy Holidays!

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Falls River Soap Company is a small family owned business located in Ohio, specializing in handcrafted artisanal soaps since 2004. At Falls River Soap Company they use organic and high quality natural essential oils, herbs and botanicals sourced from all over the world to create homemade soaps the old-fashioned way, through the cold-process method of soap making.

Unlike mass-produced commercial soaps sold by those “other” companies you find in your local supermarket or drugstore, it takes a little extra time to create a Falls River Soap. The soap makers at Falls River Soap Company are busy working by hand in small batches at a low temperature and aging the soaps for up to four to six weeks to preserve the natural glycerin, producing the most luxurious, pure and gentle moisturizing soap imaginable for every skin type, scent or texture preference.

The eco-friendly natural soaps created by Falls River Soap Company do not contain harsh chemicals, animal fats or synthetic preservatives. They do not test products on animals and their handmade soaps are 100% vegetarian.
Falls River Soap Company uses earth-friendly ingredients like fresh goat milk, olive oil, shea and cocoa butter, coconut and avocado oil. Natural exfoliates include lemon peel, ground coffee and calendula petals and more.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

E.L.F Matte Lip Color WINE #ProductReview

In my recent Influenster e.l.f Voxbox, I received a complimentary e.l.f Matte Lip Color, WINE

In the following beauty vlog I share my first impressions and my overall personal review of this product. 

This video review is 100% my own opinions, your results may vary.