Friday, January 30, 2015

Healthy Go: I Could Walk For Hours

I’d rather not though, but what is one to do?

View along early morning walk. I forgot what setting I
should be on, and I can't think that early anyway.
On one day, I: woke up early, got ready slowly, had a banana, left early, walked 5 bus stops away (about 20 minutes), took the bus, got off the bus, walked for about 15 minutes + 4 flights of stairs, picked up breakfast along the way and ate it at some point (2 eggs scrambled, 3 slices bacon, 1 scoop breakfast potatoes), ate some of the frozen fruit travel experiment (cherries, strawberries, blackberries), went to class, got out of class, walked about 15 minutes to the bus stop, took the bus, got off the bus, got picked up by my ride, ran errands, had a treat meal (2-piece Popeye’s chicken with biscuit), did stuff, had snacks (Snapea Crisps, almonds), did stuff, went to sleep.


Treat meal: Popeye's 2 piece spicy chicken and biscuit.
 On another day, I: was woken up early, got ready slowly, left early, drove, picked up breakfast along the way (Jamba Juice Apples & Greens and Chicken Flatbread), drove more, parked the car, walked for 15 minutes, walked up 4 flights of stairs, went to class, got out of class, walked about 15 minutes to the car (up some inclines), drove home, had some snacks (almonds, baked cheese puffs, took a nap, woke up, did stuff, had beef and vegetable soup, did stuff, went to sleep.

Campus Center: breakfast special, 2 eggs scrambled,
1 scoop potatoes, 3 slices bacon. 
Some day after that, I: woke up early, got ready slowly, had a banana, left early, walked 5 bus stops away, took the bus, yadda yadda yadda, had breakfast (2 eggs scrambled, 3 slices bacon, 1 scoop breakfast potatoes), 15 minute walk, 2 flights of stairs, 15 minute walk, took the bus, 30 minute walk, home, snacks, did stuff.

Snack bowl: blackberries and more blackberries!

This is somewhat how my days are going to look for a while, with slight variations. It’s not prescriptive, just descriptive. I’m trying to get the non-class days to somewhat line up with how the class days go, so that my body might have an idea of when it might get food or sleep, but so far, not so good. It hasn’t been that bad, but just, okay.

Plus, the vog has been around. I’ve noticed a difference from before. Before, vog would give me a mean headache, make me sleepy, and sometimes sneezy. Now, vog does the same, minus the headache! I don’t have any scientific basis for the change, but I think it may have to do with being in better shape and eating slightly better ever since last semester. I don’t know if there’s a link, but whatever it is, I’ll take it.

One of the cats did something to the jump rope; it was months ago but I was trying to decide whether or not to revive it somehow or toss it. I tossed it. I’ll have to pick up another one.

Food pics look horrible. I should take more pics of the healthy stuff too. Besides what was included in the earlier paragraphs, I also had: Greek yogurt with honey, string cheese, ramen, chicken noodle soup, macadamia nuts, lemon iced tea, water, rice, half of a hamburger steak, and anything else I’ve forgotten.

For the breakfast special, I’ve been having bacon for the meat choice since they don’t have the corned beef patty anymore; the other meat choices are spam or Portuguese sausage. I think some days, I’ll cut back on the special and just have a scoop of potatoes and one scrambled egg. I should also find out what else I could do for a quick yet good breakfast.

I think I’ve been snacking too much also.

At least I’m moving more. Mostly walking. Laying off of the crazy stairs so far while sometimes doing more than I need to.



Thank you for reading! You are welcome to leave a comment and/or question(s) in the section below :)

Disclaimer: I am not a professional health anything. I am a health trekker, updating my audience with the different sights, and hopefully encouraging others on their own journeys. I am moving towards a healthier lifestyle in a slow and steady approach.



Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Prize Product Review

Sabrina Faith Blog Giveaway prize package products

Last month, I won a blog giveaway from Sabrina Faith – check her out! She’s a lovely young lady who enjoys makeup and does fantastic photography (I hope she shares more of that along the way too). She also has a YouTube channel here: [HeySabrinaFaith onYouTube]. 

I never think that I will win a giveaway, but might try if I’m interested in the prize for myself or for someone I know. This one, I was interested in the prize, and so I’m glad I got it! Sabrina contacted me and sent it out quickly – thank you, Sabrina!

Besides the Skittles, I had never tried any of the products in the prize before. I don’t live near an Ulta, and that’s where one can find the Ulta and Lorac brands, so I was excited to try those products especially. All of the items, besides the Skittles, can be found at Ulta.

The nail lacquer, lip crayon, mascara, and eye shadow palette were in my monthly beauty palette for January 2015 so that I could focus on trying them out. I’ve been trying them out about 3 times a week for the past 4 weeks. I didn’t try the Dandelion lip gloss yet only because I am trying to use up two other glosses; I didn’t want to open the Dandelion just yet and have it sit.

For the rest of the products, I am quite pleased. :)


ULTA Limited Edition Nail Lacquer in Eye Popping Poppy
 ULTA Limited Edition Nail Lacquer in Eye Popping Poppy:

My nails are not in their best shape at the moment, so I don’t want to evaluate the lacquer for longevity just yet; I’d like to give it a fair shot against what I am used to with lacquers, but I am pleased with it even so and look forward to really giving it a shot when my nails are better.

The brush is a regular-sized round, not too skinny or too wide. The color went on smoothly and evenly. It’s slightly sheer with its first coat; I did two coats. It dried well, not taking long. I didn’t find it to have a strong lacquer scent after it dried, which is good.
Left in both: Eye Popping Poppy
Right in both: Passion Orange
(Purposely unfinished lacquer swatches)
 The color is beautiful. It really is like the lively red of the poppy flower. I am so glad to have Eye Popping Poppy because it is very close in color to one that I have (lazily) been trying to match to petite’s Passion Orange that I really liked but has been discontinued – Passion Orange has an ever so slightly more hint of pink.

This is a limited edition series, but at this time I’d say that I’d be willing to try the nail lacquer from the permanent line if I saw a color that I really wanted.

ULTA Matte Lip Crayon in Raspberry Rose
The line marks how much was used in a month.
 ULTA Matte Lip Crayon in Raspberry Rose:
The Crayon has a crayon scent that’s noticeable during application, but fades afterwards. It’s retractable. I’ve had no issues with the packaging so far, including having it in my bag as I go about.

The formula is rather creamy like a regular lipstick. It went on smoothly and glided across the lips easily. I tend to pack it on because with my lip color, I could miss a spot towards the middle (I’m easily distracted from such kinds of details). Still, I could see a hint of the natural shading of my lips, so the color doesn’t look flat, which I like. Similar lip products tend to have a menthol cooling agent in them; I don’t think this crayon has that, or at least I didn’t notice any cooling effect. It is matte, but with a slight satin sheen to it, so it doesn’t look flat on the lips in that respect also.

On the lips: Raspberry Rose
The wear time is okay; it was as expected. The color will last on the lips through talking and somewhat through drinking, but not much through eating. The formula doesn’t travel much, unless one swipes the lips for some reason, so I don’t think a lip liner is necessary with it. I didn’t mind having to reapply it as it was easy and quick to do.

The color is a wonderful, wearable everyday but not boring, medium pink rose - I like it!

Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara
Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara:
I was very pleased with the mascara!

Okay, the tube is quite fat from what I am used to, but I can deal with that and at least I could have a good grip on it during use. The applicator wand is thick, but the bristles are short with a straight profile and a few near the tip, so it was easy to fit it to get almost all of my lashes, even in the outer corners where it’s usually a struggle.

I think it’s the short bristles and thick wand that helps the formula curl my lashes – yes, that’s right, I can curl my lashes without using a lash curler just by using this mascara and it holds! So let’s talk about the formula: it is soft clay-like in consistency, I’d say, not too wet and not dry. It is thick but not heavy or clumpy. It thickens my lashes, and lengthens some, or that could be just its curling hold.

I don’t see anywhere on the packaging that “waterproof” is included in the claims, but I would say this is at least water-resistant. It’s long lasting, for certain. I get a little, very little smudging on my lids, because I have a fold that goes down to my lashes, so having some smudging is typical of any mascara that I use, but this had very little of that and it was at the end of the day. I took a nap one day, the mascara on my lashes, and I woke up with very little smudging, no flakes. Otherwise, it looked fresh.

Removing the mascara at the end of the day wasn’t too difficult. I used a cotton ball soaked with an oil-free eye makeup remover, laid it over my lashes for a few seconds to loosen the product, then used several swipes to make sure it was completely off. I do a few swipes downward, and then several short swipes upwards, being careful not to get the cotton in my eye (I have my eye slightly open in order to reach the base of my lashes and get that area clean too). If I used mascara on my lower lashes, I do kind of the reverse swipes to clean them off too.

The price tag (about $20 USD) is the only downer for me, but if I could afford it, I would definitely buy it often, or maybe try other Urban Decay mascaras!


LORAC Vintage Vixen Palette (Limited Edition)
 LORAC Vintage Vixen Palette (Limited Edition):
The packaging is very sleek and slim yet sturdy cardboard covered with, yes, a vintage-looking pattern. The magnetic closure works very well. It comes with a good-sized mirror and is lightweight, probably very good to take along for travelling.

The palette includes 5 matte neutral colors; the individual shadows are not named. From left to right, the shades are (descriptions borrowed from Addicted to All Things Pretty): a pale yellow-beige, pale taupe, mid-tone neutral brown, deep warm burgundy brown, and a taupe brown.

LORAC Vintage Vixen Palette (Limited Edition)
LORAC Vintage Vixen Palette (Limited Edition) swatches
(If one looks closely, one might detect that the light beige is swatched there on the left)
The pale beige is exactly the color of the skin of my eyelids; I cannot tell that I’ve put anything on where I’ve used it. The next two colors are ones that I will use a lot for a somewhat natural look, with the pale taupe blurring out edges and the neutral brown to shade. I’m not crazy about the burgundy brown, but that is just a personal preference (as color choices tend to be); I tend to prefer cool-toned colors, but I have been using this to deepen the crease and outer corner, or sometimes to top off an eyeliner. The taupe brown on the right is also good for deepening the crease and outer corner, as well as topping off an eyeliner.

LORAC Vintage Vixen, for a subtle, natural look on this day.
Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara on lashes: that curl is all from the mascara!

The formula is so soft and blends very well! I am usually clumsy with makeup, but I was able to get a feel for these eye shadows by the third use (it usually takes me longer) and started to really move them around to find what I liked. I found myself spending a little more time on the eye look than normal, being patient with layering on the color and blending it out. Just tapping a brush on top of the shadow in the pan will pick up enough color to work with; one could barely tell that I have used the palette at all and so this should last a very long time even with regular use.

This palette was another limited edition item, yet if the formula is comparable to LORAC’s other palettes and permanent eye shadows, I was very impressed and would recommend them to others.



Overall, I am very pleased with these products and so glad that I had the opportunity to have them and to try them out!

Again, check out Sabrina Faith by the links provided at the beginning of the post.



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Disclaimer: I am not a professional makeup anything. I am a journeyman makeup enjoyer, hopefully contributing something interesting to my audience. All items purchased by myself unless otherwise noted.



Friday, January 23, 2015

Healthy Go: Settling In

Stair climb: from the 5th floor, walked up.

Settling In
It’s that time again to settle in to a new schedule! So that’s what I’ve been doing lately, along with taking care of some life stuff and working on my personal projects.

My class schedule will be quite steady this semester. I’ll be on campus three times a week, which will be good for HG purposes - I will be at least getting in about 30 minutes of walking and at least 2 flights of stairs those days, on a more regular basis. In times past, I seemed to lose more inches when I’ve had a more regular schedule.

On the days that I drive, about a third of the walking route will include hills, some steady and some quite steep. I’ve noticed that so far, I haven’t minded having to park far or have hills to walk. I had a thought that perhaps all those stairs helped me be better prepared, mentally and physically, to just take on any extra walking or steep hills. Still, I don’t think I’ll be going crazy with the hills like I did with the stair climbs last semester! Maybe. We’ll see.

This schedule will also mean that I will most likely be having breakfast on a more regular basis, at a more regular time. Over the holidays, I ate a lot of food (in moderation) that was free and/or brought for me; now I shall be settling back into choosing more of my food myself – another thing to look forward to! An earlier semester, I would have breakfast at the campus center, usually two scoops of scrambled egg, one scoop of potatoes, and a corned beef hash patty. They don’t have the hash patty anymore – bummer, ‘cuz it was really good. So I had bacon this once.
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Foods, lately (about the last three weeks) –

Fruits: bananas, strawberries, Korean pears, tomatoes, cherries.

Vegetables: (usually in a sandwich) lettuce, onions, bell peppers, olives.

Meats: chicken, shrimp, roast pork.

Else: ahi limu poke, jook, Snapea Crisps, Greek yogurt with honey, macadamia nuts, roasted salted almonds, baked white cheddar cheese puffs, vegetable and beef soup, chicken noodle soup, vegetable and won ton mein, Jamba Juice Apples & Greens, chocolate, lemon iced tea, hot tea.

Water: at least 24 oz (3 cups) a day, on most days.
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Not much else to report at this time. My alien leg has been weird lately as the weather fluctuates. My sleep has been pretty good with a few off nights of no sleep here and there. Took Charis in to the vet and she’s doing fine.

Hello!




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Disclaimer: I am not a professional health anything. I am a health trekker, updating my audience with the different sights, and hopefully encouraging others on their own journeys. I am moving towards a healthier lifestyle in a slow and steady approach.


Ahi!

Limu poke: more ahi!


Jook.

Subway: Oven Roasted Chicken, with veggies.

Free food: egg roll, shrimp tempura, and sushi.

Waimalu Chop Suey: vegetable won ton mein.

Campus center breakfast: scrambled eggs, potatoes, and bacon.

Free food: Big Kahuna roast pork sandwich.


Monday, January 19, 2015

Dictator.

When you read the title, that word “dictator”, what or who comes to mind?

Abuse of power. Oppression. Misery. Hitler. Stalin.

Jennifer.

Yes, me.
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1 a: a person granted absolute emergency power; especially : one appointed by the senate of ancient Rome

  b: one holding complete autocratic control

  c: one ruling absolutely and often oppressively

Google search “dictator”: 1: a ruler with total power over a country, typically one who has obtained power by force.
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I have been called “a dictator.” I don’t write this to shame anyone – I, too, am a sinner, having said unkind words to others. I am writing mostly to talk some sense to myself, to convince and remind myself… that I am not a dictator.

I have an odd thing with people describing me or attributing characteristics/ adjectives to me. It’s not so much that I can’t take a compliment as it is that I have to process any descriptor, positive or negative (or neutral, if that’s possible), though yes, I do tend to have more skepticism for what seems to be a compliment – I’ve had bad experiences. I know that I am capable of evil, so being called “a dictator,”… well… it has caused me great difficulty.

What has made it worse has been not having anyone close to me refute the claim. I couldn’t do it for myself. So to have no one come to my defense on this, and my nature of processing this stuff, my beliefs on such matters, I can easily start to believe that maybe it’s true. Maybe my accuser(s) were pointing out something in my blind spot.
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The context is that years ago, I became the leader of a new-ishly forming ministry for young adults. I had two assistant leaders. Conflict broke out between me and some of the young adults, along with one of the assistant leaders [AsstL]. It was during a meeting with the AsstLs that the one AsstL said that I was being called “a dictator.”

I went home that night and cried in pain and in anger.

To this day, I tear up whenever it comes to mind. I’m tearing up right as I type this.

Later, I think I told some friends, ones far removed from the conflict, that I was called such. No one told me that it couldn’t be true. They didn’t confirm it, but they didn’t refute it either. They may have been thinking that it couldn’t be true of me, yet… sometimes, some things ought to be said directly and out loud to the person who needs to hear it, good or bad. At least, that’s how I think.

I wanted to hear it from someone who knew me.

And I’m not used to wanting, or asking for what I want. Like so many other things, I keep it to myself. I don’t blame my friends for not knowing what I wanted because they couldn’t know. It’s also not that I just wanted to hear what I wanted to hear just to “feel good” – I can’t stand that. I wanted to hear the truth, painful or not.

Apparently, I wanted that but didn’t need it so much. God brought me relief from a different outside source just about a year ago. In a desire to be obedient to God in regards to preparations for re-churching, I met with the senior pastor of the church. It was private, so I don’t want to say much, but I brought up the “dictator” accusation, and stopped. I could barely get out the word and teared up.

The pastor basically said what I had considered but had needed a confirmation: I am not a dictator. He didn’t need to know any more about me to know that much. Dictators don’t hurt to be called such. Dictators don’t care so much about what other people think or say of them.

It was like I could finally breathe again.

(Myself speaking here) Jenn, you know what else? A dictator wouldn’t have walked away from the whole thing, ministry and all. A good leader should have stuck in, but a dictator doesn’t walk away. A dictator usually isn’t miserable in the situation.

I’d still like to hear it from someone who knows me, but it’s better now. It’s okay if I never get it.

It still hurts that “dictator” was said at all, but now I can recognize the truth over it.

My heart has been acknowledged.
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Again, though a lot of time has passed, I am working out the conflict still; I am not currently in the conflict directly but managing the effects, the aftershocks. I sense that I am supposed to write about it. Maybe someone else has been hurt by the church or by Christians and is reading this. Maybe it was a very different experience but one is looking for the possibility of healing. I don’t know the exact why of sharing this, yet I hope that it is for the Good, that something good might come from this being brought into the light.

I’ve referenced this experience in posts before but I haven’t really addressed it directly. Part of the difficulty in writing about it was that there were a bunch of things about it, making it complex, a range of issues and details. In order to distinguish this conflict from any other conflicts, it is with irony that I refer to it from here on as “The Dictator Conflict Chronicles” [DCC].

I wish I meant “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader” or “Department of Community Correction” (wait…) or “Disturbed and Confused Council” (yes…) instead. “Chronicles” usually means “in order”, in a way, yet I probably won’t be writing in order of how it happened; think of it more like I’m writing in the order that I need to share it as I continue to work it out. I’ll probably be jumping around, but hopefully I can present clearer than I have in the past.

I pray that the light shall cleanse the wounds. May God be glorified through this experience. May the Spirit guide my words and purposes. 


“The light shines in the darkness,
     And the darkness can never extinguish it.”





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DCC stands for “The Dictator Conflict Chronicles.” The series regards a certain experience I had with a group of persons, from my perspective, as I work out whatever I need to work out. I do not intend further or new harm. Please forgive me, as some of it may be raw honesty from me.


Saturday, January 17, 2015

Simplifying: The Lead Up

Hello,

Last year, a bunch of things came together and led me to wanting to start simplifying my life in general. The journey has already begun, yet I thought I’d let you in on what’s going on and why, so here’s the lead up to simplifying my life.

1.     The little things along the way
Like seeing a decluttering video or blog on my feed, and then searching for more. It probably started with Allison Anderson’s blog post – I’ve been subscribed to her blog and YT for years now. Others to mention are JAMBeauty89 and ItsKeerstin.


Also, small organizing projects, like my lipsticks, and more recently, my nail polishes. Then a friend commented on a post that she was doing the Project 333 and it was going well. I’d heard of Project 333 before but didn’t know anyone doing it, so I’ve started looking more into it lately. It’s interesting.

2.     Books, books everywhere!
I get crazy ideas at times. About last September, I thought I’d clean my bookshelves. This became the main push for me to declutter my life. I love my books, so it’s difficult for me to go through them and set any aside, but I’m also not taking care of them like I ought. And, I just don’t have the time to read everything that I want to read.

I still prefer to have the hard-copies, but I am releasing some of them in favor of Kindle versions. A good portion of what I have are classics that can be found on Kindle for free, helping to make it easier for me to let go of those books.

It is much easier for me to let go of clothes and donate/ pass them on, which I have been doing for years and did again last October. I’ve also given away a small box of cosmetics.

3.     Healthy Go help
I had figured out a good area of my room to keep clear for exercising at home. It worked well for some time. Then life stuff happened and the area got crowded out. I can go to the gym, I can exercise outside, but I liked having an area at home for it also, especially on days that I am short on time or I’m focused on something I’m working on at home and want to get in a quick workout. I think I lost most of my inches when I was working out at home more, so I’d like to have that space back.

At the moment, it is crowded with books to be sorted and other things as I clear and sort out other areas of my room, so this may take some time yet.

It would also help to have a space for the healthier snacks and keep stock of them.

4.    It’s time
It just seems like the time in my life to simplify things, that this is the direction in which my life is heading. I want certain things and I’m starting to become more comfortable with wanting certain things. I’m feeling more confident that I can get things done. Just as I am preparing for more mentally, physically, spiritually, I want to prepare for more in my surroundings. Time to clear out!


I think it’s going well so far. My room is more of a mess, as I move things around and sort it out. For about a week, I gathered junk together and threw out about a bag of trash each day. Supermarket-sized bags full of things that I didn’t need, I didn’t want, and couldn’t be passed on. Ahh, it was good. :)

Slowly by slowly, little pockets of cleared out space are appearing!

Wonder what it'll look like in a year!

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Monday, January 5, 2015

January 2015 Beauty Palette

Sabrina Faith blog giveaway prize: (clockwise from top left)
Skittles, Benefit lip gloss in Dandelion, LORAC Vintage Vixen
palette, ULTA nail lacquer in Eye Popping Poppy, Urban
Decay Big Fatty mascara, ULTA Matte Lip Crayon in
Raspberry Rose.
Hi!

Something that I am going to try out that is the generation after the “Get Used Up To It Project” I did last Autumn is what I would like to call my monthly “Beauty Palette.”

Admittedly, this is not an original idea. It is a variation on the “Weekly Makeup Basket” that some do on YouTube. The person to whom I am subscribed and does the WMB is PrettyPistol86; she has gorgeous eyes – I noticed that mostly I was watching her eyes. For the WMB, she shows the products she will be focused on using that week with some progress notes.

Her most recent WMB video: 

Doing something like the basket will probably be more suitable for me as a monthly thing. I’m not going to be focused so much on using up products, though that is a part of goal, but more so on getting used to the products that I have. I will be switching things up a little during the month, using additional products and such, but specifically focusing on using certain products. Also, I wanted to call it a “palette”, like a painter’s palette, to remind me of the part of makeup that I enjoy, the creative, playful, artistic-side of makeup; this variation is just something to help me enjoy the process. Although, I do keep these items in a “basket” type thing. Hm.
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LORAC Vintage Vixen eye shadow palette (Limited Edition)

To kick off my first BPalette are a few products that I won recently in a blog giveaway, courtesy of SabrinaFaith! I follow her through Bloglovin’. I don’t always enter a giveaway - and even when I do, I’m not thinking I’ll win – but I was interested in most of the products, so I thought I’d give it a shot.  She contacted me quickly and the box arrived quickly – thank you, Sabrina!

LORAC Vintage Vixen eye shadow palette (Limited Edition)

The prize included: ULTA Nail Lacquer in Eye Popping Poppy (LE), Benefit Dandelion lip gloss, ULTA Matte Lip Crayon in Raspberry Rose, Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara, LORAC Vintage Vixen Palette (LE), and Skittles. The prize products I will be featuring in the January BPalette are the ones in bold; I wanted to try them right away. I loved Skittles when I was younger, but I don’t know if I can handle the sugar by myself, so I am going to take some and share the rest; it’s a good sized box. I have a couple other lip glosses that have been opened and I ought to use up first, so I don’t want to open the Dandelion just yet, until I’m ready to make good use of it. Dandelion does look like a color that I used to have and enjoyed, so I am excited to try out the formula. Sometime in February, after I’ve used the products more, I’ll do a separate post about them. I have not used any of these products before, so this will be good!
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Products for continuous feature:
Tarte Maracuja Miracle Foundation in Light (discontinued)
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent
Revlon Photoready Concealer in Light Medium
NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder in Taupe/ Ash

Left: Tarte Maracuja Miracle Foundation in Light (discontinued)
Right: Revlon Photoready Concealer in Light Medium

Left: Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent
Right: NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder in Taupe/ Ash

The continuous feature products are ones that are regulars anyway. I thought it would be good to see the progress of use over the months. The foundation is one that I’m still trying to use up before it goes really bad. The powder is the only one that I keep at home and use; I have one other powder that I keep in my bag for when I am out. I was going to pass on the concealer to someone else, but in the process to sanitize it, I ended up having to cut off more of it than I had planned, and so now there is just a stub of it left and I decided to just use it up myself. The eyebrow cake powder is the only eyebrow product that I own.

January featured Products:
NYX Powder Blush in Peach
NYX Xtreme Lip Cream in Buttery Nude
Chloé Eau De Parfum by Chloé (sample)
LORAC Behind the Scenes Eye Primer (sample)

From left to right: Chloe Eau De Parfum sample, LORAC
Behind the Scenes Eye Primer sample, NYX Powder
Blush in Peach, and NYX Xtreme LipCream in Buttery Nude.

The January features are ones of which I would like to get a better understanding and/ or ones to use up. Last month, I gave away some of the products that didn’t work for me or that I was no longer using and were sanitary to be passed on to someone else, so what I have now are either new products to try or products that I like.

NYX powder blush in Peach - it has been repressed and re-
potted into the packaging of a different brand.

The Peach blush looks strange because it crumbled before and so I repressed it. Also, I had de-potted it, and then re-potted it to make it easier to use for this BPalette, but in a very old Nicole Miller packaging and not the original NYX packaging. It still applies beautifully, I just need to get comfortable with using it.

I am using up the Buttery Nude lip cream; I like it and yet I think, for myself, cream lip products are just not preferable. It’s simply easier for me to use lipstick, and it’s easier even to use a little lip gloss over the lipstick, than to get the cream product to look good on me. It’s not sanitary to pass on a used cream product.

Chloé Eau De Parfum is just lovely. I had gotten a sample of it about two years ago and just loved the scent, so much that I recently got a full-sized bottle. I keep one sample in my bag and will be using the sample shown before I head out the door before I start using the full-size. The notesare (taken from Sephora.com): Pink Peony, Freesia, Lychee, Magnolia Flower, Lily of the Valley, Rose, Cedarwood, Amber, and Honey.


The LORAC eye primer sample came with a purchase. I have not used it yet or before, so I’m interested in finding out if it will work for me. I don’t own any other primers and had been using cream shadows as primers for almost a year now. It is a perfect time to try this out as I had won the LORAC Vixen palette.
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Next month, I plan to give any notes/ reviews I have on the items, especially on the ones that I haven’t used before, and then give a (hopefully quick) list of products for February, and so on. I’m hoping I can get it into a not-too-long post and not have to split it into two posts, so we shall see how this goes!




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Disclaimer: I am not a professional makeup anything. I am a journeyman makeup enjoyer, hopefully contributing something interesting to my audience. All items purchased by myself unless otherwise noted.