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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

  • 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!!!


  • Cat Nieves

Updated: May 11

First, I want to start this by saying I hope everyone is safe and healthy. Please practice social distancing, and please monitor our seniors who may be forgotten in all this.


Okay, now that I got that out of the way, let's get down to business. This maybe considered a continuation of the previous blog, Have you been Ghosted.


I named this blog was it something I said for a reason. I believe someone may have tried to ghost me. lol


Where do I begin? I guess I'll start from the beginning. I would say December of 2019. Christmas is coming. Oh, how I hate the pressure of Christmas. If you're dating someone, it's difficult enough to pick out the right gift. How much do you spend? Depends on how long you've been dating, right? You don't want to spend too much, and you don't want to look cheap either. But what happens if you're dating, but not officially dating, then what? What do you do? Well, I was in that predicament. I went back and forth. What to get, how much do I spend? And one night, it just came to me. I saw the light. He had been telling me about his favorite artist, so the next day I Googled him. While I couldn't afford to purchase a print, I decided I would create some artwork inspired by him. It took me a few days, but once it was done, it came out beautiful. I was even surprised by how good it came out. I had shown some of my friends the picture and they went crazy for it. Anyway, back to the story, the weekend after Christmas we got together and exchanged gifts. I had such anxiety over this. Would he like it? Appreciate the gesture? I had no idea. So, we went out to eat. When we came back I gave him his gift. He looked like he was surprised and happy by what he got. Then it was time for him to give me mine. First he gave me a box. It was in a big box. My heart sank because I had a feeling no good was going to come from that box. Then I opened the box...... it was an electronic crock pot. LMAO!!! Yes, you read this correctly, an electronic crock pot. I looked at him, then I looked at the crock pot, I looked at him and I looked at the crock pot again. I shook my head in disbelief. THEN he gave me a card.... The card was a mishmash of emotions. It was all over the place. It was like he dipped his toes in a pond of emotions only to realized his mistake and took his toes right out. I am not kidding, that's how the card read. And he signed it sincerely. SINCERELY!!! LMAO. And thats exactly what I did, LAUGHED MY ASS OFF. I laughed so hard, that I couldn't stop laughing. I mean I laughed for 15 mins straight. I couldn't hold it in. I couldn't hide it. Every time he asked me what was so funny, I'd start laughing all over again.


Eventually I did regained my composure. Once I did, I asked him about the sincerely part. He said, "I sincerely mean it". LOL. I did laugh again, but not because it was funny but because it was sad. I told him that I have received warmer closings of letters from Citibank and Discover. I then said that TD Bank must was really like me because they write that to me all the time.


After that night, I emotionally checked out. Prior to that, I used to text every morning. Well, I stopped doing that. I used to respond right away to texts, I stopped that as well. WHY? Why not? Everything I needed to know was in that card, sincerely. I decided to make a hashtag #sincerely and I think I may make t-shirts that say that as well.


He continued to call, and we would speak. We did hangout a few more times, but it was not the same, as I was not the same. I decided that I would not be available to someone who was not emotionally available. I deserved better.


Fast forward to February. My birthday came and went. He decided to be a no show for a birthday dinner with a few friends and family members. Then the corona virus began to become a reality. Like I previously stated, we were still talking, but things were different. Then March came and the last time we spoke was March 15. I did text him to make sure he and his family were okay. And nothing. All I got was crickets.


So, what does this all mean? Well, I guess he thought the solution was to ghost me, but how can you ghost someone who you were never dating to begin with? What's the sense of ghosting someone when you were never that invested to begin with?


I always thought if anything, we would always have the friendship. I wasn't angry, I just realized that we were just better off as friends. He, on the other hand, thought differently. There are a lot of sayings I could use, like "you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make them drink". Or "you have to crawl before you can walk". Sometimes in life, you may feel as though you wasted time with some relationships. I do not feel that way. People come and go for a reason. We learn from every relationship. And with those lessons we move forward and apply that to the next one. What did I learn? I learned that I deserve more. I deserve someone who is NOT afraid to say how they feel. I deserve someone who is all in. I deserve someone who is not afraid to write love in the closing of a letter instead of hiding behind sincerely.


Well, that's all I got, for now. Stay safe!❤️

Cat

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