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Beauty Haul

I, like many consumers want to know about the products I want to purchase before I actually make the purchase. Often, we find ourselves asking for the opinions of others, and looking at YouTube video reviews. With that said,  I’d like to share my thoughts on 10 beauty products that I’ve bought over the past few months. You’ve may have felt tempted to try these products, and needed a trusted opinion before making the purchase. So, here goes…

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1. Clean & Clear Morning Burst Detoxifying Facial Treatment

I am not the biggest fan of this product. It claims to detoxify, but I don’t feel the detoxifying at all. When I use this product, I don’t feel as if my face is getting a deep cleanse. This treatment also claims to wake you up. Not to sure about that because I feel the exact same after washing my face.

2. Clean & Clear Morning Glow Moisturizer with SPF 15

This is another product that I could careless about. The consistency is real thick, and goes on white. This moisturizer claims to brighten your face  because it’s infused with gold shimmer. I’m not a big fan of that. The only reason why I chose this product is for the SPF 15. I am currently using the Clinique dark spot treatment, and I’m required to use an SPF. I’ll provide feedback on the Clinique product at a later date.

3. Equate Ultra-Gentle Facial Moisturizer

This is actually my favorite moisturizer. It’s not oily, and leaves my face feeling moisturized. The best part about it is that it’s half the price of other facial moisturizers out there.

4. Maybelline Ultra Lash Mascara

I love this mascara. It doesn’t leave my eyelashes clumpy. It’s long-lasting, and makes my eyelashes appear very long. I didn’t purchase this that long ago, but I’m just about out. I use this mascara everyday, and would definitely recommend it.

5. NYX Jumbo  Eye Pencil in 604 Milk

I like this product so far. I’ve only used it once or twice, but I liked how it turned out. It’s long-lasting, and perfect for those hard to reach spots. I’ve worn it in the tear duct area, and it went on really smooth. It’s pigmented, and works will with darker complexions  I’ve read that people have used the pencil for a shadow base. So, I plan on trying that in the near future.

6. NYX Skinny Black Liner

I use this product multiple times a week. It slides on smoothly, and is long-lasting. I can do thin lines, or thicker lines if I choose. It’s very dark , which is something I really like when it comes to black liners. Sometimes black liners are too light, and look like charcoal.  It’s retractable, too. No sharpening!

7. Maybelline 635 Very Cherry Lipstick

This is my favorite red lipstick. It long-lasting, and doesn’t smear throughout the day. It’s very rich in color, and looks wonderful against my complexion. It’s really hard to find a good red lipstick, but I’ve found mine!

8. NYX Eyebrow Shaper

I use this everyday. This product is made of wax, and is used to keep your eyebrows in place. It does just that. Those stray eyebrow hairs have no chance with this product.

9. NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder

This is another product by NYX that I use everyday. I like my eyebrows dark, and this Eyebrow Cake Powder is just the right color. I use this alongside the next beauty item.

10. Loreal Hip 807 Poppy

I don’t really use the yellow eye shadow in this duo. It’s not very pigmented or true to color. When applied, it’s white. That’s definitely not the look I wanted when purchasing this. However, I use the brown everyday. I blend this into my eyebrows along with the NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder. I don’t have black hair, so I use this to give my eyebrows a black-brown look.

Hope this helps. Happy Beauty Buying!

 

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Reflection: Insanity Completion

Well, I finally completed the Insanity challenge. It took me 11 weeks as opposed to 9. I took a 1.5 week hiatus due to unforeseen circumstances. So, I redid week 8 in its entirety and completed week 9.

This is has been a crazy journey. I am so thankful that I completed it, even if it took longer than expected. I love the results I got. During the Insanity challenge, I learned a lot about myself. I learned that when I set my mind to doing something I will accomplish it no matter the obstacles. I also realized that my losing weight, was something done solely for me. A lot of people told me that I am fine the way that I am, and that at the midpoint, I didn’t need to lose any more weight. Well, I can’t look at myself through the eyes of others. I can only view myself through my eyes and that means that I have to be satisfied with me. While I appreciate all the compliments and kind words shared with me, I’ve come realize that a person should lose weight because he/she wants to. Not because of the attention you may receive or because society says that your overweight. Do it for you. Make yourself happy.

I’ve also noticed that I am not the only one who has taken a weight loss journey in the past year, a lot of my friends are also on their own journeys. I think that is a beautiful thing, and I hope they all reach their goals. I am definitely here for motivation, if  it’s needed. I received a ton of motivation from all directions, and it definitely helped me push through and accomplish my goal. However, I have to mostly thank God for providing me with determination and motivation because there were days that I wanted to quit. With prayer, He always pushed me through, and I am thankful!

I’ve decided to cancel my Weight Watchers subscription. It does work, but it has become instilled in me to eat better, and commit to daily exercise. I was really worried about what I would do at the conclusion of the weight watchers program, but having done this for so long, I know that I’ll be subconsciously telling myself to eat healthy and not to indulge.

Something else that I’ve realized is that losing weight is a process. It took time for me to gain weight, so of course it would take time to lose it. I think the biggest mistake people make is thinking that the weight is just going to fall off. It isn’t. It takes time, be patient. If you don’t take anything from my journey, please take this… The weight will come off in due time, especially if you are working hard and eating right. It may not fall off as quickly as you like, but it will eventually. Trust me.

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