Friday, April 11, 2014

When I'm Feeling Blue #2

Unfortunately, I've been in the doldrums lately.  I've tried so hard to shake it, but it's been tougher than normal.  I've tried my usual tricks: concentrating on my daughter, re-organizing my make-up and closet, working on my photography, working on the new house and taking dance classes.

I'm not too sure what's ailing me, whether its work or professional.  lol.  That's not what I meant to write at all.  But it's extremely telling isn't it?
trying to sort out my small makeup collection

I've turned my focus on to the blog and instagram.  But not too much.  It's best not to focus on the instant gratification of instagram, it disappears just as fast as you get it - can you say "unfollow" someone.

So to help lift me out of the doldrums, I've been repeating the following saying to myself:
Whether you think you can, or think you cannot, you are right.
-Henry Ford
I ran a half marathon six weeks ago.  I really started to struggle at mile 10 (what was I thinking!!), but that quote kept running through my head.  I think I can.  

That quote, and my boss yelling at me to keep going, was all the motivation that I needed.  Yep, I ran with my boss, and I'm ever so grateful for it because she figuratively carried me over the finish line.

That leads me to the next thing - gratitude.  I'm grateful.  I am grateful and filled with gratitude.  Sometimes, just trying to get those words out is difficult.  I have to really keep it in my mind that I have a great life.  
Because I do.  
I participate in activities I enjoy.  
My work is interesting.  
My family is the best thing ever.  
I have a beautiful new home and my renters pay on time.  

True, these things that give me great joy sometimes give me great pain, but I am grateful for these things.  Every day.  I focus on this.  I must. I thank God for these things every day.  This spirit of gratitude will carry me over the finish line.

I must keep moving at all times.  To be still is to die.  Remember this.

What about you?  What inspires you to keep moving? Stay grateful.

Thanks for stopping by.  Stay blessed.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

March Beauty Favourites 2014

*All products purchased with my own money.
hi Ladies!

LoracPRO Palette, NYX, Caudalie Divine Oil, YSL Volupte Gloss, La Mer and Christian Dior foundation brush
 Just wanted to share my March favourites.  I don't buy a lot of new products so writing a monthly favourites post would be a total waste, and a bore, since my products are fairly static.  But I think I bought enough new, and have some old, products that worked well for me last month and I wanted to share.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Taking it all Off

*All Items purchased with my own cash!

This is my skincare routine at bedtime.  It's pretty simple and very static; it only changes if I'm trying new products, but I'm mainly loyal to Peter Thomas Roth and Estee Lauder products.  It's also pretty static because I only change products as I finish an item, I only tend to switch halfway through a bottle if I have a bad reaction or notice that my skin is not benefiting at all.

Chanel Demaquillage Yeux Intense -  A very expensive but really effective eye and lip makeup remover.  I do recommend it, but at the same time, I'm always looking for a cheaper alternative. Will repurchase in the future.

Mario Badescue Glycolic Acid Toner - this has very few ingredients. Just the way I like it.  It is actually my second favourite glycolic toner after the Reviva Labs toner (which is amazing).  You get a better value for the money with this one though, since the bottle is so huge. Possible repurchase in the future.
 Nars Cleansing Oil - I have a love-hate relationship with this one.  I bought it during one of those Nars sales for 50% off.  Which is good as its mainly just mineral oil so I would have so returned it had I paid full-price for it.  Honestly, I can get a tub of mineral oil at CVS for $3.  Anyway, it's an OK cleanser.  Does not feel greasy at all and it does a decent job of removing foundation.  Will not repurchase at all.  There are definitely much better cleansing oils out there and I'm just trying to finish the bottle.
Clarins - this is just a tad drying for me right now, so I may switch to something else.  It's usually perfect during the summer when my skin tends to feel a little oilier.  Right now I use as little as I can get away with, and only once a day.

Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 10% Hydrating Gel - This is one of my absolute favourite serums.  It helps keep my skin clear and smooth.  I honestly feel like this has helped to keep the hyper-pigmentation to a minimum.  This is my second bottle and a definite repurchase.
The two samples are my La Prairie products -Anti Aging Night Cream and Anti-Aging Longetivity Serum.  So far, I enjoy these products but I'm not sure if I could pony up $455 for the pair.  I have other deluxe samples to try.  We will see.  I do like them though, but so far I haven't decided if they are any better than really night creams that don't cost both my legs and arms.

What about you?  I hope you remove all of your make-up at night and take care of your skin.  Skincare is much more important than make-up.

Stay blessed and thank you so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Recent Drugstore Purchases - feeling the nude vibe

*All items purchased with my own money.

Picked up a few things at Ulta recently. Even though my preference is for a bold red lip a la Sade, I've been on a major nude vibe for the last few months. 
Maybelline ColorShow The Nudes, Real Techniques Setting Brush, NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder in Dark Brown/Brown


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