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Hey Everyone!


Sorry I've been MIA. I've been working on a new podcast, #SINCERELY. There I talk about relationships, past and present during Covid. It's mostly girl talk, on what I think might be on our minds and you get my perspective. If you have the time check it out! https://hashtagsincerely.buzzsprout.com


Anyway, I thought I would write about starting over. What exactly does that mean? Well, I guess it means different things to different people. I do believe many of us are in the same boat. Thanks to Covid-19, many of us have lost our jobs, lost business opportunities, maybe closed down our existing businesses, etc... There comes a time where we must make a decision. Somethings gotta give. Some of us can not continue this waiting game to see what happens. After all a girls gotta eat. So, what do we do? I, like many, had to make a decision. I was a freelance website designer, graphic designer. I had some projects in the works Pre-Covid. Then Covid hit. Those projects began to look smaller and smaller as time continue on, as though I was looking through my rear view mirror. All my projects had been put on a permanent hold. Well, isn't that just great. I began trying to drum up business locally. Many of the businesses I had spoken to were initially interested, and within a few months had closed their doors forever...


Fast forward to 2021. I have decided to make a change. I have decided to start over. I started thinking about what it is I wanted to do now, at this stage of my life. I am now working for a kitchen retailer, as a kitchen designer. The showroom is almost completed. Now some of you may think that this is coming out of nowhere. In all actuality, it's not. I did major in interior design in college for about a year and a half. I had to drop out because my parents were getting a divorce and it was getting ugly. After that I was never able to revisit it again. So, working for this company does tap into my creative side. I do have experience in this field. I like working with people. It seems like a perfect fit for me. I am so excited to start this chapter of my life and feel as though I have come full circle.


Now this may not be true for many of you. Sometimes when we have to start over, it's like a fish out of water scenario. And thats okay. We shouldn't fear what we do not know. It's about change and change is good. It's not healthy to stay stagnant. When we are stagnant, that means we are not learning, we are not growing. Life keeps moving no matter what we do, no matter how much we try to ignore or prevent it from happening. Maybe it's not really a change. Let's refer to it as a new journey. Like that poem by Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken. You come across a fork in the road. Not knowing where either road will take you, you just start walking. Sometimes we go down a path and decide its not for us and go back. Sometimes, we've gone so far, we think HAVE to more forward, as though we have no choice. Sometimes we are afraid to go back and start over. Nothing is written in stone. Maybe the initial road we chose, was the road we were supposed to choose. Maybe, we had to learn life lessons BEFORE we can take the other road. Maybe, just maybe, we were meant to go down BOTH roads.


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  • Cat Nieves

Hey everyone! I hope all is well, staying safe and healthy!


Like everyone, it's been a boring 6 months. YouTube has become my best friend. While I have been fascinated with every dog video that ever existed, I have been somewhat inspired. I've decided to create a list of my favorite products so far.


Now, I have to state a few facts:

1) I am not a makeup person. I do not do contouring. I do not wear a lot of makeup, period!

2) I have purchased all these products myself. This blog is DEF NOT sponsored.

3) I do not claim to be an expert. The opinions I am expressing are that of my OWN. These products work for me and my skin type. They may not work for everyone! I will include links to the products!


With that said, let's begin!


Daytime Skin Care



I wash my face every morning and night with Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser. I have EXTREMELY SENSITIVE SKIN! Cetaphil is gentle enough that it does not irritate me. Not to mention it's affordable and available pretty much everywhere!

https://amzn.to/3i6e6wb







Another cleanser I recommend is Tachta Pure One Step Camelia Cleansing Oil. This one is pricey, but its great for sensitive skin and I love using this especially in the dryer months of the year, October thru March!

https://amzn.to/31bGN3S








I have combination skin. I use this before I put on anything. A little goes a long way and this lasts for a long time. Again, this is pricey, but it does last awhile.

https://amzn.to/31gzEzn









This serum stick glides smoothly on my face. I use this under my eyes, on my cheeks, forehead and crease of my nose. This stick will last a few months. While I have provided a link to Amazon, it is cheaper on QVC here is the link.

https://www.qvc.com/TATCHA-Serum-Stick-%26-Touch-Up-Balm.product.A379015.html








My holy grail moisturizer is Tatcha Dewy Skin Cream. This stuff is great. You only need a little, and it leaves my skin so soft and luminous! I love a dewy look as its more youthful. This does not irritate my skin at all.

https://amzn.to/2PqRhal






Evening Skin Care



Tatcha Violet C Brightening Serum

Pricey. But one pump is all you need. I use this every other night. My skin looks more even toned and I just started using it.

https://amzn.to/31ce52Q







Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Serum

Again, pricey... But my skin looks great when I use this product. I alternate this with the Violet C serum.

https://amzn.to/3i78q53











Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Night Concentrate

This stuff is GREAT! MY skin loves this! Pricey, but you should use a little at a time. I wake up with my skin looking hydrated.

https://amzn.to/30rItai





Kate Sommerville EradiKate Acne Treatment

This is AWESOME!!! Gentle spot treatment. It dries out your acne but NOT your skin!

https://www.qvc.com/Kate-Somerville-EradiKate-Acne-Treatment-1-oz.product.A179255.html?sc=SRCH






Me in the morning. I just washed my face with Cetaphil.












Makeup


The Too Faced Hangover 3 in 1 spray is a great makeup primer and setter. Made with coconut oil, it's refreshing and very light. You do not feel as though you are wearing anything and very gentle for sensitive skin!

https://amzn.to/3gu6dAq








The Armani Prima Color Control Glow Moisturizer

As far as foundation goes, I really do not use that much. I prefer tinted moisturizers and this one is a nice one to try. It's 1 oz, comes in 3 shades, I wear shade 4, medium with cool undertones. It has an SPF 35 and is sheer. I use a drop and it applies smoothly all over my face. It's lightweight and looks natural, with a healthy glow!

https://www.sephora.com/product/armani-prima-color-control-glow-moisturizer-P446863



Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturizer is another great option. This one is a little heavier, but still sheer. A little goes a long way. It has an SPF 15, which is nice but not great. It gives you a nice finish. I use this one in the dryer months. If you go to Bobbi Brown's website this comes in 9 shades. If you go to QVC , they have 7 colors.

https://www.qvc.com/Bobbi-Brown-Nude-Finish-Tinted-Moisturizer.product.A296035.html







Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation. This is a medium coverage foundation and is also buildable. It comes in 20 shades. This foundation goes on nicely. It does not feel heavy, and you are able to control the coverage. I am very light handed when applying foundation, and this really looks lovely on. I wear color 6, neutral golden yellow, medium skin tones with neutral olive tones. It's 1 oz, and looks very natural on the skin. It gives you a finished look without looking too made up. I do not use a setting powder, I use my Too Faced Hangover spray to set it to keep a dewy healthy look. https://www.sephora.com/product/magic-foundation-P433518?icid2=products%20grid:p433518






The Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Concealer. I've recently discovered this and I LOVE IT!!! It goes on great. You do not need a lot of product, a little goes a long way and it's buildable on the days when YOU DO NEED A LOT OF PRODUCT! It's a medium coverage concealer. I use very little. It does not crease and lasts all day. It leaves a nice luminous finish when it dries and does not need to be set with powder. It's comes in 20 shades, I wear 5.5, medium with neutral undertones. While it is pricey, to me, it worth it!

https://www.sephora.com/product/giorgio-armani-beauty-luminous-silk-concealer-P456158






Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Cheeks and Lips

This goes on really nicely. It looks natural. A little goes a long way and it last forever! The creamy texture goes on really smooth. It comes in 3 shades.

https://amzn.to/2Dabcb7






Bobbi Brown Crushed Oil Infused Gloss.

A nice gloss that is not sticky. It gives a natural look. It is pigmented, however, still sheer enough to look pretty. It comes in 13 shades, I have the shade New Romantic.

https://www.qvc.com/Bobbi-Brown-Crushed-Oil-Infused-Gloss.product.A444160.html?sc=SRCH







Bobbi Brown Extra Lip Tint

This is really pretty, but be warned, you get minimal color. Its a natural tint to your lips with a little sheen. It goes on nicely, but this is not long lasting wear. It comes in 6 shades.

https://www.qvc.com/Bobbi-Brown-Extra-Lip-Tint.product.A449007.html?sc=SRCH






Huda Beauty Power Bullet Matte Lipstick

This is a nice matte lipstick. It comes in 24 shades. It glides on smoothly and can look either on the natural side or glammed out to the max! I have the shades Wedding Day, Interview and First Kiss. It does last a few hours, so all in all, not to bad!

https://www.sephora.com/product/power-bullet-matte-lipstick-P441880



Urban Decay Brow Blade Waterproof Styling Ink

This eyebrow ink has CHANGED MY LIFE!!! OMG this stuff is AWESOME! Easy to use. The pencil is thin to mimic eyebrow hairs and the ink is also the and goes on smoothly. The end result is natural looking eyebrows! QVC is the better deal but only has 4 shades. Sephora has 9 shades to choose from.

https://www.qvc.com/Urban-Decay-Brow-Blade-Styling-Ink-Pencil-Duo.product.A367673.html?sc=PSCH&qq=mh&TZ=EST


https://www.sephora.com/product/brow-blade-waterproof-eyebrow-pencil-ink-stain-P440905




Hair


Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

This dryer is really the best dryer I've ever OWNED!!! While it is pricey, its well worth the money. My hair dries in 8 minutes! Now, I know some will argue that my hair is short, so what's the big deal. I've used my previous dryer and it took 25 mins to dry! I mean, come on now! Now this dryer is not for everyone. If you have really thick hair it might take longer. It comes with 2 concentrators and a diffuser. While it on sale on Amazon, QVC has easy pay.

https://amzn.to/3kclyHZ

https://www.qvc.com/Dyson-Supersonic-Hair-Dryer-with-Nonslip-Mat-%26-3-Attachments.product.A292352.html?sc=SRCH



KMS Hair Play

A great texturizer! This gives me great body, definition and hold! Especially when it humid out, my hair still looks great! Does not make your hair hard or waxy.

https://amzn.to/3i4SeBm








Kenra Volume Spray (non-aerosol)

This is a great hairspray. Good hold, nice volume and touchable hair!

Lasts all day!

https://amzn.to/3gGJoK1










Today's look.

ArmaniPrima Color Control Glow Moisturizer

Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Concealer

Urban Decay Brow Blade Ink in Cafe Kitty

Bobbi Brown Crushed Oil Gloss in New Romantic


Hair

KMS Hair play

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  • Cat Nieves

Well, we are all in the same boat these days. We are home. We are bored. Each day seems like ground hog day. If I didn't have an iPhone, I would have no idea what day of the week it is. Imagine my surprise to find out this weekend is Memorial Day weekend. Who knew?


I know most of us makes a New Years resolution, and most of us have the same one, to loose weight. We want to look good in a bathing suit. Summer is coming, and that is a goal. I guess it's safe to say we can throw that one right out the window because of the Pandemic which is the COVD19.


Now, to be clear, this is a horrible virus which has claimed the lives of 96,000+ Americans alone. Everyday, we hear of someone else who is a victim of this virus. It truly breaks my heart for those who have lost loved ones. It has also made us realize how precious life really is and we have no idea how long we have to be with our loved ones and to appreciate everyday we have.


With that said, I have been doing my best to stay in shape. Since going to the gym is out of the foreseeable future, we have to be more creative and more committed to stay healthy. We have to do what we can to keep ourselves healthy physically as well as emotionally.


Not sure about you guys, but I live in an apartment, so obviously I do not have a home gym. Here are a few things I do to keep myself somewhat fit and sane:


1) I go for a run. I run anywhere from 2-4 miles a day. I take my dog with me. This quarantine has brought me closer to my dog. I take her EVERYWHERE now. She has become my emotional support dog.

2) If it rains, since I do not have a stairclimber, I jog up and down the stairs in my building. I set up my iWatch to stairclimber mode and it tells me the calories I burn, how many stars I climbed and the time it took me to do it.

3) I take long walks. Sometimes I walk 5 miles. And yes, I bring the dog with me.

4) Do squats. You don't need a gym to do squats.

5) Lunges. Balance is key. Also good for your core.

6) Pushups. All you need is a floor.

7) Crunches, you can do that in bed in the morning.

8) Jumping jacks, jump rope.

9) Organize a group workout within your building or floor. You can still maintain social distancing while doing this outside.

10) Bike rides

11) Hikes

12) Diet. You are what you eat. Try to stay away from fried food. I eat chicken in pesto with either brown or wild rice with a kale and spinach salad. You can have cheat days but all in moderation. No soda.

I have to start taking some selfies again so I can document this journey. Unfortunately, like most of us, I have no idea where my brush is since I no longer brush it, lol. I'm not sure if I remember how to apply mascara..... Be safe! Stay strong! We are ALL in this together!!!


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