One Of My Favorite Makeup Brands!

I’m not a huge makeup wearing type of of gal, but I do love to wear lipsticks, eyeshadow, and painting my tinky toenails!  But since I don’t have a lot of income right now I have to be frugal when shopping for Beauty Products.  In other words, I am broke and I have to make inexpensive purchases.  “Well where do you go to buy products?”.  I go to Dollar Tree hunti!!!  I am here in Houston, Texas, and there’s Beauty Supply stores everywhere.  They always have 1.00 lipsticks, lip glosses, and eyeliner pencils.

But today I am going to talk about my most favorite of my cheap beauty brands.  I say cheap in the sense that they don’t cost me much.  If they weren’t made well I wouldn’t be using them.  So I love, love, love L.A. Colors, and I always get them from Dollar Tree!  Yes, I said Dollar Tree!  I know you’re getting happy!!

I love the matte lipsticks they carry.  I’ve also gotten lip glosses as well.  Dollar Tree has a pretty extensive Cosmetic area, and I can never walk away without stopping by the section to browse when I’m in to buy something else.  I have every last color in this picture along with a very bright red. The lipstick glides on really well for a matte lipstick too!  I used to never wear matte lipsticks until I came across L.A. Colors.

These are some really cute Jumbo Eye Pencils, but when I bought my first one I didn’t pay attention to what it was and wore it as lipstick!  I know I know, I am NOT a Makeup Expert!  I won’t ever claim to be either!  Don’t laugh at me either! {poking my finger at you all}  I had a really pretty  shimmer pink one!  Omg, I was soo in love with it!

Of course I love the eyeshadows as well.  The ones I use the most have a shimmer effect.  I wear a lot of the neutral toned ones as well.  All of the L.A. Color products I have purchased have only cost me a 1.00 an item.  They look nice, and I feel completely comfortable wearing them.  I’m just not able to go and spend a fortune on anything like MAC.  Even though I know they have incentives for their customers, I just can’t do it right now!  Hope you enjoyed my little review of the brand L.A. Colors!  Please share with me any other brands you feel I could take advantage of.  I will share with you all the others I am using in the future.

 

Remember to Stay POSITIVE, Stay MOTIVATED, and Be BLESSED!

 

Quitting Is Not In My Vocabulary!!

Ugghh!!  That’s how I feel right now!  I’m no longer in the boarding house, and I am now living with one of my sisters.  Well my mom also moved in with her at the same time.  While at the boarding house I had a regime going concerning my diet and clean eating, and I was even meditating as I did my yoga.  I had lost almost 20lbs.!  Since I’ve been here, I’ve gained that 20lbs., and feels like I’m gained even more!!!  I want to scream!!!

One of the things I was doing that was working pretty well was drinking Apple Cider Vinegar and lemon juice.  Wasn’t the best tasting thing, but it’s not all horrible either.  But I would use two tablespoons of ACV with one tablespoon of lemon juice in 8oz. of water.  I would usually have it on ice.  Sometimes I would have it in the evening warm with some honey.

Bottom line is, I need to get this weight back OFF OF ME!!

I will say that October has started off nice.  My mom and I have decided to get back to clean eating.  She has diabetes so it’s just as important with me having CHF.  So no soda, no salt, and watch the starches!!  I do have to say that I have not been indulging in any sweets.  I’m really not a sweet eater.

I’ve also been doing pretty good with yoga.  I’ve challenged myself to accomplish two different poses.  I’ll share them down below.  I’ve also been trying to do some stretches that will help flexibility, which is key in doing yoga.  I didn’t think I would like it much, but I work up a good sweat !  Meditation is still also working good for me.  Helps with anxiety the most.  I’m still awaiting SSI and Disability, so the wait is extremely stressful!

Losing weight is hard with CHF, because of the fluid retention.  I’ve got numerous people on social media offering me the chance to do Herbalife and Beach Body, but at this moment I just can’t afford it.  I have to make do with what I’ve got.  What I’ve got is the opportunity to purchase clean foods and prepare them accordingly!  So let’s see with this October brings!!

Pose 1.  Almost completed!

Pose 2. Lol It’s a work in progress.

Remember Stay POSITIVE, Stay MOTIVATED, and Be BLESSED!

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12 Things That Will Drain Your Energy: Complaining All The Time

I’ve been doing a series on 12 Things That Will Drain Your Energy.  It’s a series that hits close to home for me.  I began taking a look at it for personal reasons, and I decided why not share what I’ve learned.  If it will help someone else I’m all for it!  So this part is on Complaining All The Time.  We all do it, including myself!  But since I’ve encountered CHF, my eyes have been open to how detrimental complaining can be in one’s life.

There are three different types of complaining:  

Chronic – focuses on problems and setbacks

Venting – emotional dissatisfaction, has an agenda, soliciting attention or sympathy, simply want validation

Instrumental – impact on solving problems, importance on cooperation

I’m going to be honest and say I have been guilty of all three types of complaining!  I complained of being tired and fatigued all the time(Chronic).  I called and spoke to my family often when I was going through my divorce and after(Venting).  But since I’ve gone through almost losing my life I now state what problem I’m having and try to come up with a solution or ask the person I’m speaking with for help in finding a solution(Instrumental).

Complaining can rear virtues, or it can become a vice.  Some virtues may consists of the following:

  • Discharging negative energy preventing compromising physical, mental, and emotional health.
  • Helps restore your equilibrium.
  • Clears your mind and prevents emotional entanglement if confiding in the right person.
  • Helps you move past the problem easily.
  • Decreases change of being at serious risk by not confronting the source directly!

Vices:

  • Can damage or destroy relationships.
  • Can increase level of distress
  • It’s a poor substitute for appropriate action.
  • You may find yourself denying personal responsibility.
  • Can backfire if vented to the wrong person.
  • Makes you prone to getting upset with future disappointments.

Try to avoid things that are going to dampen your mood.  Complain only where you know it will produce real and positive change.  There is always another resolution other than complaining.  Just like negative energy, stay away from people who are Chronic Complainers.

I have a friend that I vent to often.  But I do so only because I know she will stop me in my tracks if she sees me headed in the wrong direction.  Well really we do it for each other!  lol  She and I have no problem telling each other about being a “Debbie Downer” or “Negative Nancy”!

I’ve learned over the past three years that complaining just never makes anything better.  You just end up getting on people’s nerves.  Often a complaining  tongue reveals an ungrateful heart.  So if you cannot be positive, then at least be quiet, right?

Remember to Stay POSITIVE, Stay MOTIVATED, and Be BLESSED!

 

 

 

12 Things That Drain Your Energy: Fueling Drama

Hello Beautiful People!

I started a series called “12 Things That Drain Your Energy”.  One of these twelve things is Fueling Drama.  This hit home for me just recently.  Anyone who knows me, knows that I don’t care for drama, and I will distance myself from it as quickly as possible.  I won’t have an issue telling anyone about it as well!  This has become even more important for me since I’ve begun this journey into Ascension.  I strive to keep as much positive energy around me, and Drama = Negativity!

I’d like to share a few things with you concerning fueling drama along with some tips.  

  • Minimize your own drama by identifying the source.  As with any experience, pay attention to when , where, and how you find yourself in or having drama.  Is it same time, same place, or same people?  
  • Think before you act.  Don’t react to something that does not need to be dealt with.  Catch your breathe before responding.  Ask yourself (1) “Is this really making me upset?”, (2) “Does this person really understand they’re upsetting me?”, and (3) “Do I wan to feed this negtive energy?”.
  • Allow yourself to feel upset, a moment.  Don’t marinate in it!
  • Don’t allow your emotions to produce an attack.  This could make things worst.
  • Don’t “tit for tat” or try to get revenge.
  • Let that negative energy go.  Try to come up with positive solutions.

Be weary of gossip.  Remember the more people that become involved or a part of your life, the more conflict there may be.  Balancing your friendships and relations can become crucial.  Mind your business!  Focus on yourself, and speak honestly.  One thing I’ve learned recently is that you have to avoid giving unsolicited advice.  You may have experienced something and have gained knowledge that could help someone, but that doesn’t matter!  Don’t offer it unless it is being asked for.  I’ve done this, and the person turned it against me while throwing a ‘pity party’.  

Know when ‘enough is enough’.  The minute you see the potential for drama to arise, nip that in the bud! Draw a line in the sand!  There’s no law against that.  This can also deter a person from gossiping which could lead to drama.  You know the saying “misery loves company”?  It’s the motto of the drama maker!  Along with making assumptions.  

I’m a fair person.  I consider myself mild tempered as well.  But when I see that someone is trying to cause confusion which could bring drama into my environment, I completely separate myself.  I build a wall, and it’s very hard for me to bring it down.  Hope this helps you guys.  Look forward to your comments!

 

Remember to Stay POSITIVE, Stay MOTIVATED, and Be BLESSED!