Saturday, October 22, 2016

At Long Last!

It seems that it's been a hot minute since I was able to sit down and blog...  I spent a lot of my summer and the early start of the fall season working, a lot.  At work we're down about four people and two new people in training.  However, this means if anyone takes vacation time or calls in sick, we're working to cover their spot.  It's been crazy and I've spent majority time of my days off working.  I try not to but it's been difficult to say no to the over time.  Once we're fully staffed, there won't be any time to work extra.  So if I wanted any extra money I'd have to consider doing a second job.  So right now I am banking all my extra hours at work as compensation time.  Not many jobs offer this anymore but I really like it.  If I ever leave and I have left over compensation time, another check will be cut to me for that time I've banked.  We can have up to 240 hours banked.  Once you've reached that amount, you can only take money for your overtime.

So, while I'm working extra hours I haven't been able to try new products or forget that I have and don't have time to blog.  Once I get home I want to relax, I don't want to blog.  I spend all day typing and looking at computers for work so I want to do something FUN.  This boring adulting thing is really getting old but once it's all done I'll be a happier person.

So my current goal is to get about 150 hours of the compensation time.  I'm almost at that goal.  But I think the best thing since the holidays are coming up, is to keep going over the 150 hours and attempt for 240 hours of compensation time while I can.  I had always done money but taking time off twice a year and some random days through out has cost me.  So I am going to bank as much compensation time as possible.  Then after I reach 240 hours I'll do money.

We also got a 2% pay raise and I also got a small increase for topping out on our scale's education at work!  That means a little extra money.  As one of my coworkers joke, it's extra beer money!  Though I don't drink beer, I feel these small increments will help with saving more money.

I was doing some selling on Amazon.com but had to quit since it was taking up too much of my time and money that I wasn't able to save up.  I've broken down my savings account with CaptialOne360 and have it listed out in what I want to save for.  I need to rebuild those savings accounts and FAST!  I've already got money saved for the holidays but I need to make sure I don't spend too much.  So quitting my amazon gig was the best thing for me.  It does make a lot of extra money however it's a rough start.  I think focusing my time and saving my money for myself right now I can achieve the goals I want and after the new year I will go back to selling on amazon.

So that's my update for this week, check back and I will post on my facebook page about new blogs coming out!


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~M.J.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Neti Pot Anyone?

About seven years ago I got very sick with a bad sinus infection.  I didn't want to go to the doctor to get an antibiotic.  To be honest, taking too many antibiotics in your life time is NOT good for your body.  Antibiotics will keep off the good bacteria in your body.  Also your body can build up an immunity to even the strongest antibiotics on the market.  The smartest way is to keep your sinus passages cleared so the mucus doesn't build up and allow bad bacteria to grow in your mucus.

One way to keep this mucus flowing in your sinuses is to use a Netipot.


This one is found in Walgreens.  But any style of a Netipot or sinuse drainer is good.  If you can't do both sides of your nose, because you have a deviated septum, that's okay, just do the side you can.  One side is better than no sides!  I have used this style Netipot when I travel.  It's plastic and lightweight.  On a regular basis I do have a much heavier one that is ceramic.





This particular Netipot is white or green.  Color is NOT important.  What is important is that you keep your Netipot clean, air dry or wipe with a clean cloth.  Also that you throw away the plastic ones after a period of time.  I'd say maybe three months.  I once broke my ceramic one and had to buy a new one at Walgreens.  They're a bit pricey:  $17.00  USD but they last much longer than the plastic ones.

Why is this helpful when you have bad allergies or a sinus infection?  It helps clear out the built up mucus in your sinuses.



There's nothing worse than NOT being able to breath through your nose.  I am a nose breather.  I can't stand for my nose to be stuffed up.  I have to take allergy nose spray, which I am hoping to get away from.  I really need to start using the Netipot more often.  I do use it every morning.

The first few times I used the Netipot, it was very uncomfortable.  I had trouble getting the correct water temperature and salt to water ratio.  Also learning to breath through your mouth when doing this.  You can't drink salt water, it will make you sick!, so make sure to breath through your mouth, which will close your nose and allow the water to flow through the other side of your nose.  It will feel really weird and mildly uncomfortable.  But after doing it for a few days, or longer, it won't feel as odd.  In fact the longer and more often you use it, it'll feel like second nature!

Unfortunately when you first use it, you will probably look like this guy:




When you use a Netipot or a sinus drainer like this, you should use WARM water and salt.  I don't recommend hot water since it will hurt and possibly burn your sinuses.  Also I'd stay away from cold water, it won't help push out the sticky mucus build up.  Either extreme of water temperature will make it very uncomfortable.  I use pink himalayan salt.  I don't use the packets of the saline mixture that comes with many Netipots.  I prefer the salt itself.  I buy my salt at Central Market or a local health store that sells it in bulk.  Also it should not be coarse size but fine, similar to table salt.




Over the last Christmas holiday, the whole family got sick.  This is not convenient nor was it any fun.  My sister introduced me to a new product that helped me get better very quick.  It's Alkalol.  This is sold in CVS or Walgreens.  You can also buy it online from Amazon or from the website.  I found it works very well when mixed into the salt water.  The Alkalol helps grab onto the sticky mucus and helps it flush out of your nose.  You can use the little plastic nasal drainer but I prefer to use the Alkalol in my Netipot.  You can mix in one teaspoon, or up to four teaspoons of the wash.  It will tingle or sting when first using it, similar to the first time you do the Netipot.  But you will be amazed in how much faster your sinuses will clear out.





Once you start using a sinus cleaner it will help improve your sinuses and hopefully you won't have as many infections.  Also I recommend on bad allergy days, to take a mucus drainer.  A very popular one here in America is Mucinex.  It will help by thinning out the mucus so you will be blowing your nose more often.  Better out than in!


So stay healthy and try to catch your sinus issues before you have to go to the doctor.  That little tickle in your throat, try to take a mucus thinner.  If you go to your doctor and they give your herbal medicine, that's great!  I'd prefer than over pharmaceutical products.

***Please seek professional help if this doesn't help keep your sinuses cleared.  You may have a blockage in your sinuses and will need professional help.  The best thing is to talk to your doctor about alternative ways to keep healthy.  These are only suggestions and what has helped me in the past.  

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Until next time, stay beautiful,

~M.J.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Make-Up Brush Cleaning Hack

I hate cleaning my make-up brushes.  It really is a pain.  I was using some soap to clean them and wiping them on my palm to clean them out.  I noticed the denser brushes were not getting as clean as I wish they would.  I would try to scrub gently on a silicone textured pore cleaner but it still didn't help.

I had seen on Pinterest people washing their brushes in warm soapy water.  I advise against using warm water.  This may cause your brush to fall apart from the warmth of the water.  Instead I thought of putting a bit of my water cleanser in a cup and let it sit in that for a bit.  I did that and my brush was very clean.  The one thing about the water cleanser is that it's not greasy but removes the make-up.  I also rinse my brush in running water until the water runs clear.




I had mentioned I used the Gariner Skin Active water cleanser for my face and now I will use it to clean my brushes.  Since these products are not oil bases, it seems to clean my brushes very well.  I don't own a lot of expensive brushes so I don't mind if this doesn't work, I can go to Target and get new Sonia Kashuk brushes.  

If you have any other ideas of cleaning your dense brushes that works, please share!

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~M.J.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

SHISEIDO Sengansenka Perfect Oil Cleansing

As I had previously written about some American brand cleaning water, I also love cleansing oil too.  This isn't a gross oil that will weigh down your skin and make you break out.  This is good for any skin type, unless you are allergic to it, which I don't recommend using any product that you have broken out from.  Though it could be from your diet, yes please put the junk food down and your skin will clear up some.  But the Shiseido Perfect Oil is great for me to use sometimes too.






I have bought this product in my local H-Mart and it worked wonderful.  It comes in a pump bottle and about three pumps works for my whole face.  I massage it into my face.  I wet my face first then pump some into my hands and away I go.  It is like milk on your face!  It feels very nice and removes your make-up.  

This can be purchased on Amazon for about $10.00 USD plus shipping if you can't find it on the Prime membership.  I bought mine in the store and I don't remember how much it was, I think it was closer to like $17.00 USD.  I think it is good in price but I have to say I prefer the Garnier Cleansing Water.  

I like that I can use a cotton pad and wipe my face as much as I need to, to ensure the make-up is removed from my face.  Though this is a nice alternative to the others.  It's a great brand and works very well.  I don't wear make-up very often so I don't use the products often.  But when I do wear make-up, I make sure to remove as much as I can before bed time or when I want to re-do my face.

This product is an important step in caring for your face.  So if you can try it and see how you like it.

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~M.J.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Make-Up Removers

I've always been told to remove my make-up when I go to bed.  I've read article after article to remove it.  I've always felt that with oily skin you are more prone to wash it off instead of leaving it on.  I've always wanted to wash my face before bedtime.  It feels much better to sleep with a clean face.  There have been times when I was in college and didn't wash my face but on a general whole, I always wash my face before bed time.  It ranks up there with brushing my teeth at least twice or more times a day.

Anyways I've been looking for a good remover that wasn't something expensive like the Lancome make-up remover I love so much.  I can't see myself purchasing something that is over $20.00 USD when I need to replace it.  I need to actually use it up but I am loving my drug store brands.  They're awesome!  I actually found them on accident when I was in a Walgreens.  I wasn't looking for them but I noticed them and decided it would be good to try these.

Garnier has come out with two different Micellar Cleansing Waters.  I got both.  I didn't know the difference until I read the back labels.  I read that one needs to be shaken up.  The products don't contain oil, which is good for many people.  I can't use products with certain chemicals or oils in them.  I found that these cleansing oils are great because they're not greasy but remove my makeup and leave my face feeling a lot cleaner.  You can't just wash your makeup off with your soap and water.  I noticed that I'd have a mild amount of make-up still on my face after I washed it then used a cleanser.  This was very disappointing.  That meant that my soap wasn't doing enough for me.  I use the cleanser BEFORE I wash my face, this way it gets all the make-up off my skin.





I did have to buy some cotton pads to use the product but it was well worth it.  I prefer the one with needs to be shaken.  I like both products equally but I prefer one over the other.  They're very simple to use and don't bother my sensitive skin.  Also you aren't sitting there rubbing your face harshly with the cotton pad.  The makeup glides off easily.  If you choose to go over your skin again with a fresh cotton pad, your skin won't feel abused from being rubbed previously.  I was excited and use this any time I wear makeup.

Even my mascara comes off easily with these products.  It doesn't give me the raccoon eyes that are so hated.  I dislike when I forget to do the cleaning water before I wash my face.  The mascara will run and then I remember I forgot to do the cleaning water.  So I go back and use it and find that it still picks up the left overs.

These products are about $7.00 USD in the local drug stores.  I found this is much less expensive than my beloved Lancome make-up remover.  That product is great but I can't feature to spend that much when I can find another product for a fraction of the price that works just as well and makes me happier by not spending so much!

When you get the chance, please check out this product and try for yourself.

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Until next time, stay beautiful,

~M.J.



Saturday, April 16, 2016

IPSY Glam Bags

If you haven't heard of Michelle Phan from youtube, you need to drag yourself out from under the rock you've been hiding under.  She is one of the most famous make up gurus on youtube.  I really find that she does some fun tutorials but she's more focused on her business than she is on youtube lately.





One fun thing I do enjoy about Michelle is that she started IPSY Glam Bags.  I thought it would be fun to try these bags out.  Here's the break down:

1.  Once a month you get a small bag of different beauty products.  The products will be determined by the way you answer a quiz through the website.  It's not difficult and actually a bit fun.

2.  Your bag will come to you in a bright pink bubble wrapper envelop.  I actually look forward to having this in my P.O. Box!  It's a bit exciting to find out what I'll get that month.  In each pink envelop there is a cute makeup bag.  Well, not always cute.  Some I found were a bit ugly.  This month's was much more appealing than some of the other months.  My first month back in September was pretty nice looking.  I also had a cute bag that had stars on it.





3.  You will get a small makeup bag of five different items.  These items will range from nail polish, lip products, face products, eye shadows, and anything else.

4.  Sizes are not one time use sample size.  Some products are full sized or nearly full sized, like lip products or eye shadows.   This is great since it takes several times to use the product to see if you really like it.  Sometimes you'll only use it once and really hate or love it.  Others you'll have to work with them to see if you enjoy it or not.  I feel this is nicer to get a small bag of products to try instead of spending a lot of money each month to try something new.

5.  It is about $10.00 USD a month.  You do have to pay up front for a full year.  It seems a bit much but I paid $110.00 for a full year plus one additional month.  So I got 13 months for $110.00 USD.  I feel this was a decent amount of money to spend on small sized makeup that I can use up or toss if I don't like it.  I also can give away a product or two to girls at work or my family if I don't like it.

My one nay on this is that even after doing the quiz to get the correct types of products, I get some things that don't really help me, like perfume.  I told the quiz, I hate perfume.  A couple of months ago I got a perfume.  I only use body splashes or very seldom I use a perfume I picked out that I really do like on me.  Perfume is a very personal thing to give and if someone isn't really used to it, it's not good...  So I gave it away to my sister.

I recently got a hair product that will add volume to my hair.  As I've written before, I've had to get straight perms.  I don't need extra volume to my head!  My hair alone is fluffy enough to make a statement.  So I gave that to my sister as well.  Where she lives, the water is very soft and her hair goes flat easily so she can use it.

I was reading other reviews on the same products I had gotten.  Other people were disappointed that they kept getting only neutral shades of eye shadows.  I have noticed I've had the same issue except once I got a purple shadow that I didn't really care for.  But other colors would be fun to use for a change to intergrate with my other eye shadows.

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Until next time, stay beautiful,

~M.J.


Saturday, April 2, 2016

Baby Face BB Cream and Pore Powder

I have changed the kind of BB Cream I've used since I last blogged about which brand I used.  I've tried dozens and dozens of different brands.  I have settled with Baby Face for the bottled version and another from Missha, which is a compact.  But today I am writing about the Baby Face brand.

I found it on accident when a beauty store had it on sale in my local H-Mart, Korean grocery store, and really love it.  It's nice and light.  It covers my face well and I use a bit of concealer to cover my awful dark circles and any imperfections.





This brand isn't very expensive.  I believe the BB Cream was about $12.00 USD and the powder was about $10.00 USD.  It's fairly inexpensive but of course buying a lot of products together will get pricey.  I did like the pore powder too.  It is white but blends well.  I am fair skinned so it could just be because of my skin tone.  When I'm not using my Missha BB Cream I use this.  But even with the Missha BB Cream compact, I still use the Baby Face Pore Powder.

These products are small and compact.  I feel that I get quality in these products and they don't make my skin break out.  So these are worth my time to drive several cities over to buy them from my local H-Mart.  Or buy them on www.amazon.com.

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Until next time, stay beautiful,

~M.J.