To Do List

Now that I have more time on my hands, I am more tired than when I worked 25-35 hours a week. Some days I wish I was back to working more, at least I would have more money. Now I have to depend on what I make on the weekends and my hubby. I am used to being more independent.

I have been trying to get declutter my home which is taking a while since I have a lot of hobbies and collections. Thanks to my CBD (compulsive buying disorder). So I have to do the Marie Kondo with the bedroom, living room, kitchen, craft space. And then the basement.

  1. Declutter house, slowly but surely. About a 1/3 to 1/2 of the way there.
  2. Sell the stuff that I can make money off in my craft space and collections.
  3. Donate stuff to thrift store that is usable.
  4. Donate makeup stuff and a few craft items to friends.
  5. Work on my makeup certification to have it complete by this fall.
  6. Start on other certifications.
  7. Make altered artwork to sell on Etsy.
  8. Make jewelry to sell on Etsy.
  9. Do makeup looks for Twitter and IG collaborations.
  10. Reconnect with spiritual side, work on my tarot, herbs and whatnot.

 

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This is an older craft item I have made, but it shows embossing, various embellishments, stamps and printed paper and chipboard.

My house looks like a tornado hit it right now. I have stuff all over the place, partially looks like I am moving. Tripping all over stuff. Can’t wait to have less kids in the house so I can get more done. Summer needs to be over with already.

 

 

 

 

Makeup Hauls from 21 Days of Ulta and my online Compulsive Shopping with Morphe…

Colourpop, BH Cosmetics, Beautylish, JS Cosmetics, CC Cosmetics and Coastal Scents. Plus my last of March goodies from Ipsy, Allure and Boxy Charm (Luxe last month). Cancelled all my subscriptions but then signed back up with Boxy Charm but only the regular one. I held out for the 21 days of Ulta and new releases during March.

I am still waiting on my Jeffree Stars order, because of the volume of orders it is taking longer, and I am patient. I have only one thing from his new collection coming as I was waiting in his online store for over an hour, it crashed and I thought I got the palette from Beautylish but it got kicked out of my cart for some reason and when I submitted my order there, I didn’t recheck it as I was at work and was busy. (multi-tasking during a lunch rush that was busy for some reason, more so than usual.) So with JS, I have a “Can’t Relate” hoodie, Trigger lippie and “Blue Balls” Blue Blood highlighter.

Now with my Beautylish order I have received my stuff and I have the Blue Blood Mini Lipstick Bundle, my Jouer mini metallic lippies (6 pk.) and three of the new Good Molecules skincare items: niacinamide serum, squalane oil and Wake Up eye serum. I will let you know how these work for me, going to start using them in the next week or so. And in May have my opinion of them and see if we seen any difference in my skin’s appearance.

I am also waiting on a few of my 21 days of Ulta online orders, as some were online only deals and I worked a lot this past week or so and couldn’t always get to the actual store. (I did warm me some great reward points and soon I can do a little mini shopping deals thing and use my points and not have to use much cash. Trying to save up to where I have like $50 or so in rewards.) After my last two order get here this week I am going to take pictures and post them on IG and Twitter. I will also post them here with my deals that I got on them.

Then I will post my Coastal Scents, Morphe, CC Cosmetics, JS Cosmetics, Beautylish and some TJ Maxx and Marshalls goodies I found. (I am also waiting on a new palette coming from Morphe as my palette I ordered came broken, the one shade was shattered so bad that it is like highlighter exploded and made a shimmery mess on the palette, the bubble wrap, the box the palette came in.) I knew as soon as I got to the box at the bottom of the box, seen some powder and was like oh no, what shade or shades are shattered. Thankfully Morphe is so awesome and fast acting that they had a new one on it’s way already and should arrive this week some time.

Compulsive Shopping Disorder strikes my bank account, OUCH…

Boy did I find out this week that not budgeting your money correctly can get you into a financial bind. It didn’t help that I had an unauthorized transaction happen as well and it took $25 out of my account that I wasn’t expecting. I know at the beginning of the month I have several automatic monthly charges. This month along with using Afterpay I got hit with more than I was thinking. Combined with works electricity going out (whole area went dark for 4-6 hours at least) on Monday and I didn’t get my tips from credit cards because we couldn’t see them or access them. Plus after 1pm we had no business because we couldn’t cook or ring up food orders. So my Monday money I was really counting on went down the drain.

So now I have an Afterpay transaction hitting my account and my last Beautylish payment coming out and I am in the negative. This is why I just cancelled all my beauty subscriptions and deleted a lot of my short cuts to makeup, skincare and haircare stuff. I have plenty of stuff.

But I do have a shopping disorder, for the past year or so it has been with makeup, skincare and haircare. But it has been other things before, and I usually get a handle on it for awhile and then something happens that starts it up again.

I know I have enough makeup to last me for several years or more, skincare for at least a year possibly and haircare for at least 3-4 months.

And what’s bad is that I have done a declutter and gave stuff to friends and then I think I need to replenish what I gave away or use it as an excuse to be able to buy more. Well that stops now. I am not going to say that I am not going to buy stuff or go on a no buy. I am going to give myself the permission to spend $25 a month of skincare, haircare or makeup. This includes if it is to replenish a product I want to rebuy and if it is a pricer item I need to roll over and not spend my money one month and use the previous month’s and current months together.

I know that I will get my account back on track after working today and all, just stressed and don’t want overage charges which I currently have when I checked at 3 am. (I was like I wish I got my paycheck a day earlier.) I have been so good about not getting those and keeping myself budgeted. This is the last month I will be receiving my beauty subscriptions because I did cancel all of them. I cancelled Allure last month. This month I cancelled FabFitFun, Boxy Charm Luxe, Ipsy. I have one last order coming from Shop Hush that I had placed two orders in the same week because of the big Spring Sale they have going on.

I am focusing on using my Stashes that I have, purging some more stuff. Using up stuff for my Makeup Certification course and other classes. Doing more Blog post, less time on some other social medias. I will post pics and stuff and try not to spend more than 20 minutes doing likes and stuff on there a day.

I am also going to cut my You Tube video watching down unless I am using it for down time while like at doctors appts, waiting son to get out of work and other times when I am stuck just waiting with nothing else. Or I may just read a book. I will watch them still, but I will be more selective on who I watch and how I spend my time.

oops, time lost and not found…

Is it me or does life get in the way of what little free time you have these days. My free time in the past 6 months has been taken up by work when we became short staffed by two people that quit within two weeks time. One without any notice, and the other one gave us like a weeks notice. We were already a bit shorthanded, so I went from being a part-time worker to working over 40 hours some weeks.

Now that might now be bad for some of you, but for someone with chronic health issues that isn’t good. I suffer with arthritis in my left knee, (right knee was replaced but still has arthritis in that leg itself), in both my hips, my back and my hands, and a bit in my right shoulder. I also have sciatica issues which really sucks when you stand all day and cannot sit down at your job. Add high blood pressure to that and acid reflux makes for fun times. The stress was not fun for me for several months.

Then in late October, my moms health was declining and I took her to urgent care. I was working so much that I wasn’t noticing that she was getting really thin, that she was not telling us she had fell more than she really was. That her muscle mass in her body was diminishing. Urgent care looked her over briefly and told us to head straight to the ER.

As we are heading there, she smoked a cigarette before we left Urgent Care parking lot, but she says to me in the car, “aren’t we going to stop and get my cigarettes before we go?” I was like “nope, let’s see what the docs say first.” Well mom was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, high cholesterol, and she had suffered from several mini strokes as well. That was why she was having trouble with her balance and stuff.

The doctors were like we are keeping you a few days and running test, because at that point they only knew she had high blood pressure and untreated diabetes and cholesterol was out of whack. She replies, “but I don’t want to,” I started laughing and was like “if you want to get better you really don’t have a choice mom.” The ER doctor told me they were going to transfer her to another hospital and run more test as well there. I was like okay, and talked to her a bit and headed home to get the stuff she wanted for the next few days. Then to find out which of the two hospitals they were sending her to.

She came home after 3 and half days in the hospital, but she was a fall risk, we needed to get her a cane and find my old walker. She couldn’t take the steps so her bedroom became the living room. We had to buy new foods for her and us, we needed to change the diet of the household to some degree. New medicines, new schedules, Physical therapy appointments, doctors appointments, follow up with stroke doctor. My days off became days running errands and playing taxi driver. I cut my hours at work a bit to do this, but we were still short staffed. Mom started getting better, and is now doing much much better. But it took like 4 months, and she still isn’t 100% but is much much better.

Meanwhile while taking care of her, I let my health slide as I was always worried about getting her medicines picked up and her stuff, that I would forget to take some of my meds. I wasn’t going to the doctors because when we lost the employees and I started working more, I lost the medical insurance that I had that covered my visits and my prescriptions. I suddenly made too much money for it, but still couldn’t afford the health insurance state affordable programs that they have.

So I didn’t go to the doctors, until less than a month ago I had to go to the ER because my inner thigh, near the groin area was numb and the occasional nerve shooting pain in my leg. My leg buckled before work shift and I was like I am done, going to the ER. I was diagnosed with Meralgia paresthetica. Was told some exercises to do, gave me a few days off to relax it and that it should works itself out with in a few months. It is still numb, and still there.

Then I had an abscess develop behind a tooth and was developing a sore throat as well, went to the ER. The doctor thought I was just getting bronchitis and it was still early, he wasn’t believing me about the pain on the left side of my mouth and that the access kept shifting around behind my tooth, to the glands under my tongue and back and forth. Until I went a few days later to another one and she seen the swollen gland behind the tooth and was like it is probably just fluid, it doesn’t look like an abscess.

So I was like go ahead and poke it with a needle, I am fine with that. (I have had abscesses previously when I had loads of teeth issues years ago) So I knew that this was one even though they didn’t believe me. She and a nurse made sure I kept my mouth open and tongue out of the way. She was like I can’t numb you, so please don’t bite my fingers. I was like I have tattoos, I think I can handle you stabbing with quickly with a needle. She poked it once and was like nothing yet, and then poked another spot and was like, oh boy, you were right and they started shoving gauze into my mouth to soak the stuff up. I was like with my mouth open and them trying to get more gauze out and ready, I was like, “I told you all so, and the other doctor.”

I felt much better after without all the pressure on my mouth and some pain medicine and numbing mouth wash. She gave me stronger antibiotics too. Still need to schedule a dentist appointment but I am feeling better finally.

But with all this going on, I am behind with taking pictures of stuff, and writing of course. I have slacked on this blog and my other one.

I did finally cut my hours at work to give myself a bit more rest and get healthy again. Meanwhile trying to get health insurance again, get to dentist and get to feeling 100% again. I am also going to be hard core looking for another job as I can’t keep working on my feet much longer, it is just making my issues worse. So I need to go get a new SSN card, as mine has disappeared in this house since we moved in. I have looked everywhere and no card. So wish me luck on that one.

I know that was a long one but I wanted to explain my disappearance. Family and health issues have taken up my time. Plus I still play taxi to part of the family, and some of my family always needing a helping hand from us and makes for tight money issues too.

Now some makeup goodies.

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Finally a few months back I bought the real JH palette, as I had previously gotten one on Amazon and after when I received it realized it was a fake. It was alright but the half the shades were slightly different. So I bought the real one and then also bought her new Vault collection too, but two here and then one and then the last one. I should have gotten them all at once. I will find the pics of those and post them soon.

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The Fire and Ice Collection from Wet n Wild. Free brush, Fire Zodiac highlighter and Siren’s Jewel from Midnight Mermaid collection. I love Wet n Wild. So affordable and great products for drug store brands.

Totally exhausted

For some reason as soon as I made it home today. I relaxed a bit with a book and I started falling asleep. I woke up, took my meds and have been watching a You Tube video or two and then was going to do makeup and do my hauls, but I can’t seem to keep my eyes open tonight. I don’t know what is going on. So I will be off schedule this week with what I had planned to do. I might get my stuff together and write these out and start my schedule as of next week. Seeing as I am already behind this week.

So sorry to my followers as this is not what I intended this week. I hope that I am not coming down with something. Ugh. Thank you and will be writing these out and releasing them on the correct days starting next week.

Late Hauls and Buys post

I received five packages on Tuesday and then was wiped out and had to nap. Ran to grab son from work, he worked late and then was grocery shopping for a bit. Home late and tired.

I need to download the pictures of the stuff that arrived. It was two Influenster Voxboxes and one Crowdtap package. The other two were bought: my refills on something and a value buy fro Ipsy.

So I am either redownloading the WordPress app to phone so I can write and download the pics to my blog or downloading them to my laptop. So posting tomorrow right after work.

I will also post my Wednesday post, but later in the evening for that one.

Satisfaction of Clean Brushes

I bought one of those electrical wands with bowl that you stick the brush into the holder, then dip the brush in and out of water, then let it spin for 10 second above water. Let me tell you it does a pretty fab job at cleaning them and it takes less time to wash them and loads of less time to dry them.

Now I still have to clean my beauty blenders and my two sided brushes by hand and that is fine. I am just happy to not take forever to clean my brushes anymore. My oldest grandson Adrain was helping me tonight, he thinks it is fun to clean the brushes and this new machine made it even more fun.

I was hesitant about using this and think that is why I hadn’t used it even though I bought it over a month ago. I was thinking what if it doesn’t clean them, what if the rubber holders don’t fit my brushes correctly and whatnot. I was overthinking it, and I should have tried it earlier to make sure that it worked too. I did remember to put batteries in it when I first got it and knew that the wand at least spun around.

I am so happy and thankful for whoever invented this first one and that they make them from several manufactures and brands. This is a life saver to every MUA out there and to all makeup enthusiast, and every brush hoarder as well.

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