Elf Haul

Before I start, yes I am still on a spending ban. This haul was purchased before New Year when they had their sale. Most of these items were under $3 so I had to take advantage of this sale.

What I bought:

  • Hydrating Gel Mask
  • Highlighting set
  • Natural Glow Stick in Pink Peral and Champagne
  • Eyeshadow Primer
  • Molten liquid eyeshadow in Gold
  • Smudge pot in bronze

This is going to be my last haul for a long time (as long as I can maintain my spending habit). Wish me luck.

#WorkoutWednesday 1 minute Yoga Challenge

So as you all know I am doing the 50 squat challenge on Darebee but I am doing two more challenges as well.

This is the one minute yoga challenge. Each day you get a pose and you have to hold that pose for at least 60 seconds, this is of course in addition to my normal Yoga Routine that I will also be doing. I just like to break the monotomy every once in a while.

Next week I’ll tell you all about my last challenge.

#ManicureMonday 2

So I’ve been wanting pink nails for a while but they did not seem right for the holiday season. Now, the holidays are over I can have pink nails! I recently purchase this gem from Essence called the gel nail polish in Dreaming of love? for 50 cents.

The color is gorgeous and it went on my nails very smooth. It has a wide flat brush for easy application, which I love. The formula however, doesn’t last very long as I already have chips on my right hand nails, I can’t fault it though because of the price.

#SkincareSunday – My Morning Skincare Routine

I have a pretty tame morning routine, mostly because I don’t have as much time in the morning than when I do at night. So my morning skincare routine needs to be quick.

First things first, I do not use a cleanser in the morning. Instead, I use Micellar water. I don’t need to use a cleanser because I use one at night and I should not be having a build-up of [too much] dirt while sleeping, if you are maybe you should wash your sheets more. Micellar water cleanses my skin while giving it a refreshing boost. It won’t strip my face of the natural oils so I won’t dry out my skin. I was using the Bioderma Sensibio h2o  micellar water because I got a sample of it. Usually, I use Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water.

For those days if I have time or get up earlier than I expected I use a quick 5-10 minute face mask such as the elf Mattifying Mask or Acure Brightening Face Masks these masks are gentle on my face and give my skin a quick boost, especially for those foundation-free days.

Next I use a toner like the Botanics Cleansing toner to help with the Ph balance of my skin. This toner also freshens and brightens my skin as well.

After the toner, I like using a cream-like serum like my favorite Physicians Formula Rose All Day oil-free serum or elf soothing serum It helps to moisturize my face while helping with texture and wrinkles.

Lastly, I use a gentle moisturizer for my sensitive skin. I like to use elf daily hydration moisturizer, it’s inexpensive and the pump on top makes for quick and easy use. They add a little sunscreen and you are good to go.

How is your morning routine?

#SerenitySaturday Routines and Grateful for Spouse

Establishing a routine is pretty important, which I am starting to learn the older I get. I used to rebel against routines, thinking they were for boring people. I can see why people would want routines now, they make sure your day isn’t messy, that you can actually remember to do things. Overall, they do provide your life with stability and anyone who has suffered any mental health problems will know how much stability means.

There are days that I make me feel useless, but when I participate in a routine (lets say something simple like my morning routine) then I don’t feel as useless as I would. I think establishing small easy routines throughout your day can really make a difference.

The Second Week – Grateful for spouse

Having been with someone for 15 year is crazy, but when you really love someone you can’t imagine ever being without that person. That is how I feel about my husband. He truly is my rock and the one person I can give my trust to and know that he would never break it. He seems to know exactly what I need and when I need it and I am truly grateful for him in my life.

#WorkoutWednesday! 50 Squats Challenge

So one of my New Year’s Resolutions are to exercise more, so I decided I want to try doing challenges. My Favorite Fitness Website darebee has tons of Challenges to choose from I chose 3 for this month which I will showcase throughout January!

So this challenge is just to do 50 squats a day. You can split them up throughout the day or do them all at once. While they don’t do anything like giveaways for completing a challenge I still like to see if I can do them. I also try to do the Extra Credit. I figure 50 squats shouldn’t be too hard to try out, but we will see at the end of the month how it turns out .

Spending Ban…and a Pan Project

Last month I spent way too much money, mostly on presents for others but i did take advantage of a lot of the sales to buy myself some stuff. I decided that I will put spending on a little hiatus.

Now when I mean spending ban I mean buy things I don’t need, like that makeup palette that was half price. Instead, I want to rediscover what I have and that means using what I have, and what is the perfect solution to using my products?

That’s right a Pan Project!

This will mostly be on my Instagram account but I will be posting updates monthly on here as well. I will need to go through my stash and pick what I want to use and also toss what I don’t like. There is no use keeping something that I can like using.

Is anyone else on a spending ban?

#ManicureMonday

I ordered this on wish like 2 months ago and it finally came. It only cost me 2 dollars. I usually am hesitant on trying beauty items from apps or sites I have never used but I was seriously like YOLO. I am becoming reckless in my old age.

The brand is called Born Pretty and it’s apart of the endless love series. The color is Think Again a soft neutral pink that I fell in love with once I put it on. I wish I was in love with the formula as much as the color though. It goes on very inconsistent, some places are perfect and you can’t see a hint of nail while other times it’s streaky and patchy. It also doesn’t last very long, while it didn’t chip per se, it did just peel off in some places.

I’ll have to find a close color in a brand I love.

#SkincareSunday

This #SkincareSunday won’t be focusing on a product, but rather a vow I am making for myself this year. Last year I got too lax in my skincare routine resulting in my skin loosing a lot of it’s luster. My skin is dull, rough in texture and more sensitive than ever. As a result, I am not happy with how it is.

This year I will be trying to correct this. I feel like it’s going to be a uphill battle with my skin this year, but I am not going to let that get in my way. While I am going to try new products, I want to focus on giving my skin the love that it needs. Because it (and I) are worth it.