Neutrogena Primer Review

Hello to all my beauty lovers out there! In this post I wanted to bring you a review on a beauty product that I have recently discovered and am absolutely loving! It is the Neutrogena Glow Primer + Serum. As with all of my reviews thus far, this is not a sponsored post.

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Truthfully I have no idea how long this has been on the market but it’s new too me. I have always had normal skin that tended to lean a bit towards dry but in the last three months or so it seemed my skin was changing yet again. I’m almost fifty and since my mid forties it seems my skin was changing every year. Over the course of the last four months I noticed my makeup did not look very good. I looked very ‘cakey’. I tried all different kinds of moisturizers, foundations, tinted moisturizers but nothing seemed to make my makeup look any better. Then I saw this Primer + Serum in the store and decided to try it. I didn’t have high hopes because most products in the beauty industry don’t always do what they promise but I figured, it has Hyaluronic Acid in it so it may be okay.

I was floored the first day I used it. I decided that instead of wearing my CeraVe, which I still love or any other kind of moisturizer under my makeup I would use only the Neutrogena Glow Primer + Serum. Good decision! My makeup looks so much better. I don’t look ‘cakey’ anymore or like I put my makeup on with a grout trowel.

These are some of the claims that Neutrogena makes for this product.

  • Neutrogena Hydro Boost Glow Booster moisturizing serum-to-primer hybrid to leave skin hydrated
  • Infused with purified Hyaluronic Acid to provide instant hydration
  • This priming serum completes the look of your skin with a glowing finish
  • Non-greasy formula is designed to make skin appear more plump and energized

My personal opinion on the above claims is, I can agree with everything except the last one. I don’t see my skin appearing to be any more plump but that’s not something that is really important to me. What I do see, is smoother, more hydrated skin. What I feel is again, smoother, more hydrated skin and my makeup looks so much nicer than it has.

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I hope you enjoyed this review and it was helpful to you. I have included links in my post so if you’re interested in getting this you don’t have to go hunting around on Google to find it.

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Soul Check – Are You Herod?

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Whens the last time you checked your soul? We live in societies that teach you not to worry about your soul. Everything is here! Now! More! Not good enough!… So let me ask you again, whens the last time you checked your soul?

In Mark 6:17, Mark tells us “Herod was afraid of John the Baptist because he knew he was a good and holy man.”

Let’s unpack this statement.

God, in His infinite mercy gave even Herod Antipas the wisdom to know that John the Baptist was a good and holy man. God gave Herod the opportunity to do what was right and save his own soul by giving him knowledge of John. You may be confused wondering what I mean by God gave him this. The answer is, anything you have that is good, be it knowledge, a good job, faith, anything you have that is good and anything in you that is good comes from God and God offers this too all his creations and it us up to us to accept it or reject it.

In Herod’s case he rejected Gods grace even though he knew not just in his thoughts but also in his heart John was a good and holy man and right when John accused him of his sins but Herod had him beheaded anyway. Why did he do this? Because Herod was a man “of” the world. He had absolutely no concern for his own soul. His priorities were his possessions and his reputation with men of the world.

So many of us today live in this same way. God gives us so many graces, so many gifts to save our souls and dwell with Him in heaven for all eternity but we, fallen beings that we are, lazy beings that we are put our faith in the world and all of it’s things and in peoples thoughts and impressions of us.

As Christians, unlike Herod, we are to live “IN’ the world but not be “OF” the world. Our main focus is to be on the Lord at all times, to know, love and serve Him. To strive for sainthood, to strive to save our souls so that when our time here on earth has come to an end, we may dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Here are some questions to ask yourself.

  • Where are your priorities at this moment in time?
  • Are you more concerned with what the world thinks of you rather than what God thinks of you?
  • Are you overly concerned about your possessions or lack of possessions?
  • Are you satisfied with what you have or do you have a constant need for more?

 

I would love to read your thoughts on this topic. Please share with me.

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When The Past Becomes Present

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I really don’t want to go backwards. Like many of us there are things and people I would rather not revisit in my older years. Some have specific reasons, others do not.

A week or so ago I had someone from my past make themselves present. An old, old friend who because of time and life itself is now more an acquaintance than anything else. As we grow older we change, all of us do and when you haven’t seen or spoken to someone in many years you truly no longer know that person as you once did.

When we were teenagers we were very close friends along the lines of brother and sister. We reconnected through Facebook somewhere around five years ago and it didn’t go well. I had grown up and changed and so had he. Before we go any further, I said it’s a he. Let me answer the question in your mind, No, there was never any kind of romantic involvement. We were truly just good teenage friends.

Our re-connection five years ago showed how very, very different we are as grown adults. Because of this the “friendship’ ended on a sour note and I thought nothing else about it since that time. Fast forward to last week. I received a message from this person on Facebook and I hesitated to answer for twenty four hours. I then began to feel guilty. Why guilt? Well because I’m a Christian and we are not supposed to turn our backs on anyone so I answered my old friend and then I gave permission for a phone call. During the phone call he told me he loved me and I said I love you too. Remember, this kind of love is friend love, not romantic love.

Truth is, while I do feel sad for the stuff he’s going through, eighty percent of it is his own doing and with all that  I have in my own life with my own poor health, my husbands health, our financial issue’s, my dogs, my home, my extended family I really, really do not need nor want people in my life who are one hundred percent negative and one hundred percent drama all the time. I was contacted by him again two days ago asking me when would be a good time to call and I never answered. I just do not want to go back there. My gut is screaming at me not to get involved again. My mother always taught me, “follow your gut” but at the same time in this situation I also feel guilty. I love him as I love others but sometimes just because you love someone doesn’t mean you need to involve yourself in something knee deep that you know will only hurt you in one way or another.

What would you do? What is your advice?

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Tarte Pallet Review – Cue The Confetti

Hello to all my beauty lovers out there ! I am so excited to bring you this review on my blog. I found this little palette by accident when I was on the Sephora website looking for something completely different and it caught my eye.  Let’s get into the details of this little beauty and why I like this palette so much. Oh, and just so you know, this is not a sponsored post. Tarte doesn’t know me from a hole in the wall.

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Yes, I’m a neutrals gal and these neutrals are just stunning. The pigmentation is amazing as I would expect any Tarte shadow to be. The darker metallic and luster shades look like they would be too dark but I was amazed when I first applied the metallic bronze color into my crease, it was the perfect amount of pigment. Not too dark not too light and you can most certainly build them up if you so choose. Let’s take a look at some swatches. Forgive me, I’m not the best swatcher (is that a word?) but I try.

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As I’ve gotten older my preference has changed when it comes to makeup. For my look I believe less is more. I took a quick shot of what this palette looks like on my eye just to give you an idea of how it looks.

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These shadows blend beautifully, they are highly pigmented without any patchiness .

I also like this palette because it’s smaller and only has five colors. I have had tons of palettes in the past. For years I was sucked down the beauty of hole of wanting to have all the newest palettes that came out and most of them had anywhere from eight to fifteen colors to choose from. Then one day I guess I finally got hold of myself and realized that for me I was just wasting money because I wasn’t using all the colors in these big palettes. I gravitated to the few I really liked and just never stepped out of my comfort zone with the rest. I believe makeup should be fun but it also should be easy. I no longer want to have to hunt through a big palette and decide what colors would look good together. I love the easiness of this palette and the price is only $19.00! Can’t beat that for a Tart Palette.

URGENT! This is a limited edition palette so if you’d like one I suggest you order it now before they’re gone. Tarte had a limited edition palette years ago that I was in love with and when I went back to order another one they were all gone and selling on E-Bay for $80.00 so I wouldn’t wait too long.

I hope you enjoyed my small review of the Tart Cue The Confetti Eyeshadow Palette.

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Nope – Health Update

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Well here’s another update in my continuing health saga since getting the Flu back in December of 2019.

Had to return to the doctor a week and a half ago because you guessed it, bronchitis and sinus infection were still not gone. This time I knew I was going to have to change to a different antibiotic and for me, this is a scary thing. You see, back many years ago when my body starting freaking out because of contracting Lyme Disease, suddenly I had food allergies and medication allergies that I never had before. They’ve stayed with me all these twenty-five years.

I am on antibiotics a lot because of my RA. Most people believe that Rheumatoid Arthritis is just pain but it’s so much more than that. It can affect every organ and system in your body. Over the last four years or so I have stuck with Zithromax in liquid form because of my Achalasia . Check out the highlighted word to see what that is. I guess in December my body decided that it has had enough of that medication and it seems to have only partially worked. I am more than likely almost immune to it now and when that happens it means hunting for another that I can tolerate.

I chose Biaxin in liquid form because I remembered years ago I was on that for Lyme Disease and I didn’t seem to have an issue with it then but I also had to keep in mind, back then I was able to take it in pill form. I figured it doesn’t matter because my only concern is that I’m not allergic to it. Turns out by the grace of God I am not and I was able to take it. I was on for about five days and the side affects set in. The nausea was off the charts and lasted all day and night which I was dealing with because after all it was working. Next came the lousy taste in your mouth this medication seems to produce. That also stays with you and it makes everything you try and eat or drink taste funny but again, I dealt with it because I needed too.

Lastly came the abdominal pain. This is where I reached the end of my tolerance for this medication. I normally have a lot of abdominal pain and this just ramped it up one hundred fold. By day six ? I couldn’t handle the pain anymore and so I stopped it. For now, I seem to be better. I never realized what a strong medication that is so I am praying that all I needed was those five to six days but I guess we shall see. In the meantime I will research drug classes and see what else is out there that I can possibly tolerate.

That’s it for now. I will have a new post up soon.

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