Stressed About Being Stressed?

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Yes!  I am going to be one of those beauty bloggers who is going to blog about other topics.  I hope that doesn’t upset anyone.  I will continue blogging about beauty because it is my passion and my form of escapism.  However, I want to talk about other topics that I am also passionate about because honestly, I am running out of beauty products to talk about.

They say one of the best things about growing older is that you become more confident, wise, and independent.  Although, given the chance again, I would love to be young again.  Imagine being able to play volleyball for hours and not be hurting the next day!  I don’t know how much “wiser” I have become over the years, but I have found that I have gotten better at coping with stress though.

Here are a few strategies that have helped me have a more healthy outlook on stress.  These strategies are not fool-proof by any means, but they have guided me through many difficult times in my life.

Differentiate Between Healthy and Not Healthy Stress

When it comes to stress, it is not something that can be easily measured like your body temperature.  Plus, what is healthy stress anyway?  In my mind, I feel that healthy stress is a result of working towards something you want to accomplish.  Something that brings you joy.  For example, even though it stresses me to find time to blog outside of work, I find such joy in the blogging process that I find the stress motivating.

In contrast, I feel that bad stress brings you down, doesn’t motivate you, and just makes you feel overwhelmed.  Of course, there will always be stress that is unwanted, but necessary.  For example, you might not want to attend a family gathering where you might have to socialize with relatives that might not be your favourite people.  Even though you might not want to be there, it is important you show up because your parents want you there and family is important.

So when does it become bad stress then?  I think it becomes unhealthy when you feel overwhelmed.  I usually just end up crying.  For me, it could be taking on too much at work because I felt I needed to impress my boss.  It could be saying yes to too many events.  I’m sure everyone knows that feeling of being worn down and not looking forward to the day.  I have learned that over the years, it is important to pay attention to these warning signs before you have a complete meltdown and your mental and physical  health deteriorate.

Determine What is Your Idea of Balance

Over the years, I have found that life balance is hard, but I think I have gotten better at it.  Like anything in life, it takes work.  It is important to stop down periodically and take a quick assessment of everything in your life.  Then, determine which items to keep and drop so that the scale doesn’t tip too much to one side.  Take a close look at those unhealthy stressors and decide which ones to keep or manage better so that they become healthier.  For example, Christmas often is a stressful time for me as there are so many events to show up too.  I usually just have to sit down and prioritize those that I just have to attend.  Then, reconsider the maybes and decide which ones I feel will bring me joy.

What are your ways to deal with stress?  I’d love to know.  I have so much more I want to write about this topic so watch out for more posts if you are interested.  If you love my beauty posts, watch out for my next post as well.  Thanks for reading!

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Summer-Proof Makeup

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Most makeup doesn’t stay on me that well all year round, but when it comes to summertime, it gets even worst.  There is nothing more frustrating then putting on a beautiful face of makeup in the morning and having it turn into a makeup meltdown by the afternoon.  This summer, I have been experimenting with a few items that have become my daily beauty essentials to keep makeup from sliding off my face.

J. One Jelly Pack

This has been one of those products that have been a mystery to me for a while.  Everyone who loves it talks about its miraculous ability to firm and keep makeup on all day.  For a while, I think I just didn’t quite get the knack of it.  It is super sticky, and for a while, I would just use a little and tap it in.  I just felt like it really didn’t do too much though.

Known as the “corset mask,” it can be used as a one-step skincare routine.  Containing hyaluronic acid and fullerene, it is supposed to be moisturizing and brighten your complexion at the same time.  It’s most known for creating a smooth canvas for makeup through its firming effect and extending the life of your makeup through its “grippy” texture.

So what changed for me?  I guess, I didn’t want to give up on it, so I tried different applications.  The method that has worked for me most is to apply it in small amounts and rub it in till it absorbs into the skin.  Then, I apply my sunscreen and foundation over it.  I’m not sure if it is just summer time, but I really notice the notice the difference when I don’t wear it.  It keeps my makeup on all day even if I get a bit sweaty and I find the firming effect more noticeable.  If you have tried it, I would love to know your experiences and if you have tips with regards to its application.

Dolly Wink Eyebrow Coat

Like many others who are into anti-aging skincare, I often wear a hat when it is sunny outside.  I find that in the summer time, it is even more difficult to keep your brows looking filled in and groomed all day.  Putting my hat on and off and just generally sweating will cause the colour to fade on my eyebrows.  So to prevent this from happening, I have been experimenting with Dolly Wink’s Eyebrow Coat.

Different from most brow gels, it comes packaged like a nail polish.  Using the brush, you can apply a thick coat of the sticky clear liquid to almost seal your eyebrow.  Alternatively, you can just apply a little bit and brush it through with an spoolie.  I much prefer the second method as it looks more natural.

So how does it work?  Applied thickly, it is almost like glue and your brows don’t come off till you want them off.  Applied sparingly, it keeps your brow hairs and brow colour in place most of the day without looking too “crispy.”

Naturaglacé Marshmallow Powder

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I used to never understand the need for powder in my makeup routine.  As I am almost 40, I am always trying to make more skin look more moisturized and dewy.  I don’t think I have purchased a powder in years.  The last one I remember having was the cult favourite Laurier Mercier Powder. So I actually got this particular powder as part of a set, and just have the deluxe size.

This powder is from a natural beauty brand from Japan called Naturglacé, which I am obsessed with.  From their website in Japanese using Google Translate, this powder is transparent, but is supposed to give your skin a radiant glow.  Like most powders, it helps to control oil and prevent makeup from fading as quickly.

This sounds obvious, but powdering really makes your makeup last longer.  However, I think a good one, not only controls oil, but also helps blur imperfections and should not leave your skin matte and cakey.  This powder definitely like that.  Plus, I also love using the puff to press in the powder to preventing creasing under the eyes.  Who knew?  I’m in love with powder!

If you have any great eyebrow gels or powders to recommend, I would to love to know since I am quite a newbie using these type of products.

Till We Meet Again: Empties and Expired Beauty Roundup

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I hope this blogpost is not going to be too boring for those that have followed my blog for a while. Before recycling my empties, I thought I would do quickfire reviews and discuss whether I would repurchase each product.  I have also reviewed these products individually and will link them below if you are interested.  Hope this is helpful.

Tata Harper Volumizing Lip & Cheek Tint in Very Sweet

Expired: 12 months (I used half of the product)

Review: I have loved using this 100% natural cream blush because it really does plump up your cheeks and give you a natural flush.  If you are looking for high pigmentation though, this is not it. With a quick swirl of your fingers in the pot, the blush blends out evenly onto your cheeks and lasts a good 6 to 8 hours.

Rating: 4/5

Repurchase: Yes!  I would love to try some of the other colours.

Full Review

Innisfree Apple Juicy Lip & Eye Remover

Emptied: about 3 months

Review: Containing 88% natural ingredients, this bi-phase eye remover gets off even the most hardcore Japanese mascara, like Majolica Majorica.  It has a light apple scent, and can be a little oily if you don't use it sparingly.

Rating: 4.5/5

Repurchase: Yes!  Loved it once I didn't douse a ton on my cotton pad.

Full Review

Etude House Sun Blind Cushion

Emptied: about 1-2 months (consistent use in the summer time)

Review: Finding a good sunscreen top-up is hard, and this one is so convenient and quick under and over makeup.  As aspected, the product is completely white, but it sinks in well, and doesn't leave a white cast.  My only con is that you can use it pretty quickly if you re-apply often and it doesn't come with a refill.

Rating: 4/5

Repurchase:  Maybe.  I have been loving clear gel sunscreen and powder suncreens lately.

Full Review

Innisfree The Green Tea Serum

Emptied: 6 months (using in my morning and nighttime skincare routine)

Review: Made with 100% green tea, this serum's main goal is moisturization.  I really didn't love this as much as I wanted to.  It does sink in very quickly after application and leaves the skin plump and dewy.  However, it wasn't moisturizing enough for me as I am hitting 40 soon and plus, it doesn't really smell like green tea.  I think it would be great for someone if their 20s.

Rating: 3/5

Repurchase:  Probably not.

Jane Iredale In Touch Cream Blush in Confidence

Expired: 12 months

Review: I gave this blush a good review, but you know what, I barely used it.  I mean, it has some great things going for it.  It comes in a convenient tube, hA a nice cream to powder finish, and leaves a beautiful flush.  I think the main reason I didn't use it much was because it smelled like chocolate (I know some people would love that).  Plus, I just like more dewy blushes, and this one also took a little bit more blending to get it looking natural.

Rating: 3.5/5

Repurchase: No

Full Review

Tony Moly Ferment Snail BB Cream

Emptied: 1 year (there is a tiny bit left but it has hit its expiry date)

Review: Basically, I just used this BB Cream a lot!  It claims to be whitening, provide UV protection, and is moisturizing.  For me, it was just a great base with light to medium coverage.  It is most ideal for the winter months as it can get a bit oily for me in the summer if I don't set it.

Rating: 4/5

Repurchase: Yes!

Full Review

Innisfree Eco Science Lotion

Emptied: 6 months (used in morning and nighttime routine)

Review: This is made from Jeju sea plants, which has great regenerative properties.  It is made of 99.77% natural ingredients.  I found this to be a solid lotion that was great for layering.  It absorbed really quickly and didn't have a strong scent.

Rating: 4/5

Repurchase: Yes

THREE Correcting Concealer

Expired: 12 months (based on usual expiry for cream concealers as I can't read Japanese)

Review: A great concealer palette for travel as it contains 2 shades of concealer and 2 powers.  The coverage is medium.  I found it a little dry for my skin and will crease on me after a few hours.  The powder helped a bit, but still didn't last that long on me.

Rating: 3/5

Repurchase: No

Full Review

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