Summer Skin Care, Makeup & Beauty Products

Hey guys! So lately I’ve been kinda obsessed with skin care and beauty products lol. It’s been really fun and I’ve been trying to find natural products as well. I thought I’d share in case any of you wanted to check them out. (I’m linking everything down below)

I wear minimal makeup usually, so having a good moisturizer is important. I tried a tinted moisturizer from Ulta for a while but it didn’t really give me the effect I wanted. So right now I use the FirstAid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream. It’s an amazing moisturizer and it smells amazing (grapefruit). It’s also very natural and safe for sensitive skin. I totally love this cream, best one I’ve found so far!

I also really love the Shea Moisture facial moisturizer. It’s great for putting on after you take the day’s makeup off and leaves your skin really fresh.

Shea Moisture also has great facial wipes, which I use to take off my makeup since I use very little. They moisturize as well. I did find another brand though, that’s less natural but works a little better and smells great! The brand is Polish’d Beauty Supply but I can’t find them online. Neither of these brands have negative effects on my eyes, which are pretty sensitive so that’s great!

As far as face wash goes….I use the Clinique 7 Day Scrub Cream. My mom gets a lot of extra Clinique beauty products and so I use those for most of my makeup and stuff. I also use their liquid facial soap on a more daily basis if I wear heavier makeup and I wash using a facial cleansing brush.

Since it’s the summer and I am finally getting tanned skin, I put on very little to no foundation. If I do put on, I use the Clinique superbalanced foundation in the Ivory (03) tint. I then apply the Ulta full coverage liquid concealer in the light warm shade (works great!). I use the Clinique high impact mascara in 01 Black (but I might buy another brand to try and get waterproof–any suggestions?). I use a simple Clinique pallette for my blush and highlight and sometimes apply a light pink shade of eye shadow from a Max Studio palette I found at TJMaxx. (A ton of beauty products can be found there and I love it!) I don’t really like eyeliner and eyebrow filler and stuff. So I don’t use those normally. And I rarely use any lip products either. But I do love EOS’s lip balms and have several of those.

I found an amazing deodorant, which is truly the best natural, aluminum free one I’ve ever tried that worked! It’s the Humble brand. I use the non-scented one since I prefer less smells. Highly recommend this product!

I found a teeth whitener at TJMaxx by accident that wasn’t full of chemicals and I decided to try it. It works wonders! It’s a very easy to use whitener pen and you see the results very quickly. Dr. Brite also has other products like toothpaste and stuff, but I haven’t gotten those. Yet.

I thought I’d also mention perfume/eau de toilette as well. I like the Pacifica brand for a lot of scents, but they don’t last real long. Especially the roll on ones, even though I like to carry them around for a quick application. Right now my favorite is the Elizabeth Arden green tea cucumber scent. It’s very fresh and simple and lasts quite a while. I don’t like overpowering scents and since I’m very sensitive to them I can’t have super long lasting ones either.

What are some other products you guys use? If you have any recommendations I’d love to hear them! I need some good hair products, which I currently am trying to find, so any help is appreciated!

Here are the products I mentioned:

 

Happy June to you all! ❤ 🙂

I Haven’t Posted a Poem In a While…

I don’t really like posting my poetry, cause I don’t think it’s very good lol. But I wrote this for an assignment last year and I have a couple more. They didn’t turn out that bad, and I thought I’d share. If you want to see more of them, let me know. This poem may not make that much sense since it was for an assignment, but the background is as follows, so you have a general idea. A young soldier going to Vietnam; almost dies. That’s pretty much it. Enjoy! ❤

Walking down the valley,

Thinking of the homeland,

Wondering if I’ll make it back,

Me and my little band…

 

We came over here only to see,

The true horrors they didn’t tell;

We were proud and stood there tall,

There we were by the Liberty Bell.

 

We felt the impulse to come over,

Some with courage, some with fear,

Our mothers, sweethearts and sisters,

We all were scared, we all shed tears…

 

We were there wishing we were here,

Now we’re here wishing we were there…

 

The trees loom dark, I am hearing things,

My body bold, my heart grows cold,

I shiver inside; is this my last day?

 

My brothers-in-arms, they stand there,

An outward skin of bravado and heroism we show,

Inside we’re all quaking…anticipating that awful moment…

 

It must be over…I am lying there,

I see myself, bloody, torn and shook,

My buddy’s trying to revive me,

My will isn’t there…I am leaving.

 

You have the choice, to go or stay

The light grows nearer, it continues,

Very shortly your spirit will leave your body,

Make your choice!

 

My mind races as pictures flash through,

Home, girlfriend, buddies, ‘Nam, life.

The pain and grief were gone, but could I leave?

I could see my body growing cold…

 

I looked straight at the light and then at myself,

And then I knew an intense pain,

“Matt, he’s alive, s***, the old boy made it through!”

Delicious Fruit Cheesecake

I wanted to share this deliciously yummy summer treat with y’all cause it’s pretty easy to make and great for a summer party or just for you! My mom used to make this a lot and instead of strawberries like I did, you can use blueberries, rasberries, peaches, etc…or a mix! The cheesecake itself is super simple. You can have lots of fun and be creative with the topping! This recipe also makes a little too much topping, but you can either add the leftovers to it after it’s fully chilled, or you can use them on top of ice cream or some other dessert.

If you try it out let me know! And for sure, don’t be afraid to make it. I have never made a cheesecake and I made it for Mother’s Day (pics below) and it turned out perfect….you can’t really screw it up! ❤

Recipe:

  1. Bake a 9″ pie shell and let cool.
  2. Fruit glaze:
    1. 2 1/2 C crushed fruit (I used strawberries for all the fruit)
    2. 1/2 C sugar
    3. 2 T cornstarch
    4. 1 T lemon juice
    5. Mix the fruit, sugar and cornstarch and cook until clear and glaze-like. Add lemon juice & cool.
  3. Cream cheese filling (the cake):
    1. 2 packs of 10 oz. cream cheese (a.k.a. 20 oz.)
    2. 3 T whip cream or 1/2 & 1/2
    3. 2/3 C sugar
    4. 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
    5. 1/2 C whip cream (Whipped — whip before starting the next step)
    6. Mix the cream cheese, 3T cream and beat until well blended. Add sugar and beat well. Add the vanilla. Fold in the whipped cream. Put the filling into the pie shell and chill for about 3 hours.
  4. Putting it together:
    1. 2-3 C fresh fruit (again, I used strawberries and just used the rest of the ones that I had. You can wing this measurement and just add as much/little as you like.)
    2. Fold the fresh fruit (chopped) into the fruit glaze. Cover the cheesecake with fruit glaze and let chill overnight.

It’s now ready to serve! Maybe a little bit of whip cream on top? It’s delicious!!!

TEN Bears In ONE Day

It’s been a Mother’s Day tradition in our family for over ten years to go to Yellowstone for the day (we live pretty close by) and we’ve always seen at least one bear. I think they come out specially for my Mom. 😀

However, yesterday’s trip was special. Why? Because we saw not one, not two, not even seven (our previous Mother’s Day record), but TEN bears! And all in a span of like an hour! They were all black bears, no grizzlies, and we also saw the usual buffalo, elk, deer, pronghorn, etc…. Oh and tourists too, we saw those a lot… 😉

Here are some pictures….hopefully you guys can zoom in on the ones that are a little further away… ❤

Some scraggly elk 🙂

Bear #1

A buffy lol

These pronghorn were running with a herd of elk…

Bear #1 leaving the water

Bear #2

Bear #3

Bear #4

Bears 5 & 6 were sleeping…

Tower Falls

This was a mama and three cubs, one of these four was bear #4 from before 🙂

We didn’t get a picture of bear #10….but he was really cute too!

Most of these pictures are credit of my sista….check out her blog: http://www.thelighthouseofessays.wordpress.com

Poshmark…

Wanted to pop in quickly and say that I have a Poshmark closet up and running. If you guys wanted to check it out, here’s the link: https://poshmark.com/closet/myriamq99

If you guys have a closet, share down below! 🙂 I recently decided to use Posh to sell, and it’s been great! It’s a nice way to make a little money back on some newer, less used clothes. If you wanted to join, it’s free and easy to use, fyi. 🙂

xoxoxo ❤