Moisturizers

Recently I have finished a container of moisturizer and I figured that a review of past and current moisturizers needed to be done.  The good, the bad, and the ugly of what I have used is below.  Remember to like and comment with your favorite and least favorite moisterizers.

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This has been my go to moisturizer since high school.  Sadly, when I moved down south my cheeks would become extra dry when using this moisturizer.  They become red and irritated which never occurred when living up north.  This was annoying me especially during the summer months and when I needed to apply makeup.  It was sad that this product was no longer working for my skin since I have used it forever but there are times when you just need to throw in the towel and move on.  So that is what I did and I found a new product which is the one below.

Sephora Collection: Intensive Instant Moisturizer + Cream

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I just finished this moisturizer today and have had a love-hate relationship with this product.  This product was recommended by one of the saleswomen at Sephora and due to its price I took a chance on it.  In the beginning I loved this moisturizer due to the facts that it didn’t cause breakouts, kept my face hydrated throughout the day, and was the perfect consistency.  After about two months of use I noticed that my t-zone area would become very oily.  I thought it was a one time thing but it kept happening and then I started to break out.  This might not happen to everyone that uses the product but it did happen to me.  FYI: I have combination skin that is dry in the cheeks and oily in the t-zone.   The search was started for a new moisturizer once this one was finished because I could not stand being oily any longer.  This was an average moisturizer and would have liked it were it not for messing with my t-zone.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

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As you can tell my relationship history with moisturizers is extremely brief.  That is because I have been using one moisturizer for years and was sad when I had to go and get a new one.  This moisturizer was discovered through a First Aid Beauty kit from Sephora.  I used my Beauty Insider points to get this kit.  Compared to my previous moisturizer this one was better.  It was similar constancy as the Sephora brand moisturizer and also came in a jar which I like better than tubes.  This had no fragrance, was a cream (not runny), and lasted during the day!  It has not left my cheeks dry on t-zone oily and both are great things in my book.  After I finished the sample size of this product I headed out to Sephora and bought the full size product.  So far I have been loving this product and it is my go- to moisturizer for now.  I hope the luck continues with this product.

Avenue Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer Broad Spec. SPF15

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I used this for a while in high school and college when I took a break from the Clinique moisturizer. I wasn’t a fan of this brand because it didn’t work for my skin.  I know that if has worked well fro some friends but not for me.  I didn’t see a significant difference in my skin and my cheeks were not mistreated that well when using this moisterizer.

MIA…What’s been up…

So, it has been forever since I have written a blog post.  There are numerous personal circumstances that had me busier than usual and some of these things put me in a rut.  A rut which caused me anxiety and to stew over things. Most of these personal problems are career related and some personality related.  First off, I have had significant difficulty finding a new job to help advance my career.  It sucks but I have been doing everything I can to push my career to the next level but there have been roadblocks that were out of my control which hinders my progress.  I kept going on interviews with no luck.  On one interview I was told to “put on my big girl pants” and tell my supervisor I was interviewing for others positions to  further my career so that this potential employer can call my supervisor and that I was from NY so I could take it.  WTF? what this potential employer said to me was totally disrespectful and unethical.  By demeaning me would not want me to work for your company  I was utter shocked and could have gone all Brooklyn on the person but ended things professionally.   The only problem were 1. No job offer was on the table, 2. I am not putting my job in jeopardy, 3. I supplied two other references from current co-workers 4.

So hope for that position swindled and I withdrew my candidacy because if I was spoken to in a negative way on an interview than I can only imagine what will happen when I start working as an employee.  Who talks like that to a candidate and demands to only talk to a supervisor and not other references?  An a-hole that’s who.  So for now it looks like I am stuck at my current job for the time being.  Let me tell you it is still very difficult to find another position.

So all of this coupled with my anxiety was a disaster especially mentally.  It just feels that I have been doing everything I can to get out my position and keep hitting roadblock after roadblock.  Other people I know have gotten new jobs and moved on from my company but I am always the one that had to work twice as hard to get where I want.  that is just life and I have to deal with the punches!

At the end of the day I am glad that I have a job and  am making money!

NY Adventure: Bethel Woods

This trip to NY featured a stop at the site of Woodstock in Bethel Woods.  I was hesitant at first because I didn’t want to make the trek up to see a field of green grass where  400,000 camped out for three days.  It just seemed like a lot of driving for a green pasture but there was way more to it than that.  Bethel Woods holds outdoor concerts and is the home to a Woodstock museum.  The museum blew me away, was well done, fully utilized the space they had, and provided a detailed history of the sixties era and Woodstock Festival.  The museum alone made the trip worth it and I took my time in the museum soaking up everything there was to learn about the sixties and Woodstock. After, the museum we took the brief drive to the field where Woodstock was held and it was breathtaking.  After seeing all of that I wish I was alive during the sixties to experience the three days at Woodstock. It was one that defined the era and impacted many individuals of all ages.

If you are ever in the upstate NY area take the drive up to the town of Bethel Woods and visit this fantastic museum to learn about the history of the sixties and the before, during, and after events of Woodstock.  Woodstock left and unforgettable and indelible mark on this town and I have no doubt that it will leave a lasting mark on you too!

 

 

NY Adventure: Beacon

Beacon, NY

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I’m back in my home state and having the best time!  It is bittersweet to be back and this adventure begins in the lovely town of Beacon.  Beacon is a town in upstate NY across the Hudson from Newburgh, NY (Orange County).  This is a fabulous town which has been going through positive changes and revivals during the past few years.  There has been so much buzz about Beacon that yuppies, hipsters, and city folk are making the trip up to this sleepy but vibrant town on the Metro North train line.  So, basically I discovered this town before it was cool and have fell in love with it since I discovered it.  Below are some of my favorite things to do in Beacon!  This town is a must see for a few days or just a day trip!  The scenery around town is beautiful and Main Street gets a great view of the Hudson River.

Mt. Beacon

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One of the funnest things to do for any outdoor lover!  The mountain is a short drive from Beacon’s Main Street and provides a great workout, spectacular views of the Hudson River, and a memorable experience!  The views at the top alone makes the hike worth all the sweat and effort!  There are plenty of photo ops at the top of the mountain!  This is always the first stop on my family’s visit to area.

DiaBeacon

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The museum is located in the former Nabisco box factory and is  great space.  The museum is located near the Hudson River and is very spacious.  The main work it focuses on is large sculptors and other pieces of art.  The style is modern and contemporary which is not my favorite type of art to view but I developed an appreciation for it over time.  One of the coolest displays they had when I visited were these large steel sculptors that you can walk inside of.  It was really cool that an individual did not have to just view the art but could also interact with the pieces!  This provides a unique and memorable

Hudson Beach Glass

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This is a shop located on MainStreet in an older building.  The shop produces glass items such as ornaments, plates, vases,beads, jewelry etc.  the pieces are all beautiful and unique!  Customers are able to do glass bowing sessions where they can make beads or Christmas ornaments.  That would a be a unique and sentimental gift to take home.  It is amazing watching the glassblowing process and all the time it takes to make various pieces.  I love visiting this shop and watching the glassblower create pieces on the spot.

Dream in Plastic

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This is a quirky little shop to go into and explore. The have a host of products plastic figurines to everything in between even emoji pillows.  You are bound to find something that you like and want to walk out with.  Wish I had a store like this where I currently live.

Restaurants & Treats

Alps Chocolate

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Best chocolate around and it is a family owned company too!  I love stopping here for chocolate and and never disappointed in my choices!  My go to buys: Butter Crunch, Peppermint patties w/liquid filling, Peanut Butter Cups, and Almond bark.  Best chocolate place around!

Bank Square Coffee (aka Muddy Cup)

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When I went to college this was owned by different owners and was called The Muddy Cup.  So it will forever be known to me as The Muddy Cup.  Now it is owned by the owners of the hiking/adventure store across the street.  It is still the same as The Muddy Cup hence the stuffy name.  this is the best coffee place in town and they make the best Chai Tea Lattes!  In college I would make the trip over the bridge just to get coffee or a chai tea latte from here.  The decor is amazing and quirky.  It is a great place and a must go to stop when visiting Beacon!

Brothers Trattoria

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My family’s go to Italian restaurant in the area!  We make a stop here every time we visit upstate and this restaurant never disappoints us.  The food is absolutely delicious and the staff are very friendly.  Our go to dishes are the calamari, lobster ravioli, and gnocchi.