9 Ways I’m Coping with Quarantine

How is everyone fairing these days?
I am currently sitting in on my front deck in the sun, eating popcorn, and drinking coffee. So I guess life is going pretty well.

We are on quarantine day… I don’t even know anymore, and I may or may not have fallen down a Weird Al wormhole. Well, everyone has their own way of coping.

Here are some of the things I have been doing to keep myself busy and sane.

Getting ready for the day!

Admittedly, I have been sleeping in more than I would normally, but I am going to be getting a handle on that her soon.
I think the majority of us makeup wearers could do to let our skin rest a bit more, but it’s important to feel pulled together, so do whatever works for you.
Lately, I have just been filling in my brows and putting on some red lipstick, which always puts me in a good mood. And yes, I have been wearing yoga pants every day, but I put on a nice shirt.

Eating Healthily!

Healthyish, let’s not get crazy.
Two months ago, I made a few dietary changes, going off of the biggest fibromyalgia trigger foods. Removing dairy, gluten, eggs, red meat, anything in the nightshade family altogether, and cutting back on sugar.
When boredom starts to sneak in, it’s very tempting to eat every snack you have, so make sure you have some good things to snack on.

Not watching TV during the day!

Very tempting and fun occasionally. I tend to watch a youtube video of three while I am doing my morning routine. Still, I’m trying not to watch anything significant before late afternoon.

Keeping in touch with my people!

Being a professional introvert, staying home has never been a problem for me, but I do miss my people sometimes. I have become very thankful for Zoom, FaceTime, for keeping me connected with my friends.

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Reading more!

I just finished a Tale of Two Cities, and a mystery by Charles Todd call The Murder Stone. Now I’m rereading Much Ado About Nothing because it’s one of the best things Shakespeare ever wrote. I’m also halfway through Escape The Woods, which is written by fellow New England blogger Gabriella Cathrine.
Avoiding online shopping!

Hahaha.
I’ve actually done okay with this, everything I’ve ordered I actually needed…I swear.

Painting My nails!

Having something bright and cheerful to look down at is always a mood booster.

Kitchen experiments!

Since I’m not baking for work right now, I have a little more time and energy to spend experimenting. I have been making matcha lattes and Dalgona coffee. I’ve also been come up with a recipe for gluten and dairy-free edible cookie dough, which has been a sweet little quarantine snack.

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Listening to uplifting music!

I listen to music pretty much constantly anyway. Right now, I have been upping the amount of cheery and motivational music I have been listening to.

What have you been doing to keep yourself mentally stable and relatively productive?

Stay safe, stay happy.

Crystal Mineral Deodorant Stick Review.

Today we are talking about a super exciting topic, deodorant!
Thrilling right?
Let’s be real; it’s not that interesting, but hey, its a necessity. Everyone uses it, and if you don’t, you need to rethink your life choices.

This has been my one and the only deodorant for about a year now, and I can’t believe I’m just now deciding to review it!
This deodorant is incredibly simple, it contains one ingredient, pure mineral salt! No aluminum chloride/chlorohydrate/zirconium, it has no parabens, phthalates, or fragrance. It is also vegan and cruelty-free.
It is designed to blocks odor before it starts without using harmful, harsh chemicals while still providing protection for up to 24 hours. With daily application, it can last over a year.dsc_0060

The packaging is very minimal, just a clear plastic tube with a white and purple label. It looks clean and pretty and looks at home sitting on my dresser with my skincare and makeup.
This is my second one, but that’s just because I lost my first one, so I had to replace it.
This product is a dream come true, everything I want and nothing I don’t. No sticky residue, it’s invisible both on you and your clothes, and it’s hypoallergenic! I have quite sensitive skin, have suffered from clogged pores and ingrown hairs in my underarms and I have had a lot of issues with deodorants in the past, but not with this one. I do still get the occasional problem after shaving, but I would say they have diminished 90%.

 

Oh, and as far as the lasting for a year goes, I have had this for about six months and haven’t made a dent in it after using it three or four times a week. I honestly have no idea how just plan mineral salt can be so effective, but I’m glad it does.

Revolution Beauty Conceal & Define Foundation and Conceal & Hydrate Concealer Review.

Happy Sunday!
I’ve gotten set in my ways when it comes to foundation, I have two that I love and don’t really feel like I need to change. I am still on the hunt for my perfect concealer, I’ve found a few that I love but not the perfect one yet.
On a recent trip to Ulta, I picked up a foundation and concealer from Revolution, and I’m sharing my opinion of them with you today!dsc_0007

Both of these products come in 50 different shades! Which I find really impressive, I don’t see that varied of a color range very often. There definitely wasn’t that many instore where I was, so if you decide to try either of these, you may need to order them.
They are also both Vegan, Cruelty-Free, Paraben-free, and oil-free, which is excellent.

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Conceal & Define Full Coverage Foundation in F1

Revolution says, “this foundation is a lightweight yet buildable coverage foundation for all ages and skin types. With a creamy and comfortable formula that dries down to a long-lasting finish, it won’t settle into fine lines or cling to dry patches.”
We all know the first thing that draws us to trying new beauty products is the packaging. This has a simple, classy look, a frosted glass bottle with rose gold colored lid and label. It’s quite a hefty little bottle, which makes it feel more expensive. My favorite part about the packaging is that it has a chunky doe-foot wand applicator, which makes application simple and mess-free. I don’t think I have used a foundation with a wand before, and I really like how simple it is the swipe on.

I got this in the lightest skin shade they offer, they do have a pure white mixer foundation, but I’m not quite that pale. The color is spot on for me. This is a semi-matte foundation, the formula is creamy. It blends out nicely, giving a medium coverage that looks like your skin but better. The coverage can be built up to full coverage, but I usually stick with lighter coverage.
Where it all starts to fall apart for me is the wear. Despite the marketing of it, it does settle into my expression lines and clings to any texture and dry skin. It drys, looking a little powdery enhancing the creases around my eyes and nose.

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Conceal & Hydrate Radiance Concealer in C1

Revolution says, “This concealer is suitable for everyone looking for a lightweight finish with a boost of moisture. Offering all-day hydration with an infusion of hyaluronic acid, it covers blemishes, evens skin tone, and counteracts dark circles. The sheer, the satin finish won’t settle into fine lines, and the doe-foot applicator allows for a smooth, delicate application.”

The packaging of this concealer is very similar to the foundation, it has the same rose gold color scheme and the same style doe-foot applicator. The plastic tube doesn’t give the luxe feel that the frosted glass, but that not a problem at all.

At first, I wasn’t a big fan of this concealer, I was pairing it with the Conceal & Define foundation, and it wasn’t a winning combo for my face. After trying it with a couple of different foundations that I really like, I worked much better for me.

It is a medium that is easily made high coverage, without looking cakey. I found that it does require more blending to have a flawless finish, but once it’s there, it looks great. I got this in the littles shade, which is a little light for wearing alone. I tried wearing it under my eyes to look more alive and ended up looking a little crazy. With foundation and powder, it looks good, though, I always go for a lighter color concealer.

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So, the foundation wasn’t a winner, I think it might be suitable for someone with oily skin, or someone who has a better relationship with matte products. As I have dryer textured skin, it wasn’t for me.
I do, however, like the concealer, I want to try it with a few different powder and foundation combos, but I think it’s a great little product.

Three Days In Doolin Travel Journal: Wandering Ireland

Before you read this post, make sure you’ve read my Dublin to Doolin post from last week.
We arrived in Doolin in the early evening, checked into our B&B Twin Peaks, a comfortable six-bedroom house run by Sinead and Pascal. They are such lovely people, they made us feel so welcome and at home. After freshening up a little we drove around a little do explore the area, and we went out to Gus O’conner’s pub for dinner and music.

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The food was amazing like all our eyes widened, and all we could say was, ‘wow!” I had the best seafood chowders I think I’ve ever tasted, and they have a Goat’s Cheese tartlet that is out of this word! It was made with red onion and beetroot marmalade, and pesto.
The live music was a little bit different from what we were expecting. We had come there specifically because we wanted to hear it but were informed that the band that typically played there had canceled. The man tending the bar( I think his name was Frank) ended up rounding up some people in the pub who were willing to sing. It was so casual and spontaneous, we heard everything from Danny Boy to Plastic Jesus. It was a time, and I loved every minute of it.

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The Cliffs of Moher are breathtakingly gorgeous, the mist and wind only added to the wild beauty of them. I can totally understand why they have been featured in so many movies and shows. Including Princess Bride, Harry Potter, and Leap Year. Pictures could never do them justice, but I tried.

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It was raining and very windy, but the four of us and boatload of adventurous souls decided it would be a good idea to take the boat tour to see the Cliffs of Moher. Although it was cold, wet and a few people got seasick, it was super fun and exciting. Between the wind and the waves, I was hesitant to get my camera out much, so I didn’t get as many pictures of the incredible view was I would have liked.

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When we got back to shore, we all felt a little cold and soggy, so we went back to Twin Peaks to change and freshen up a bit. For dinner, we went to McGann’s Pub that was having live music, Blackie O’Connel, and Cyril O’Donoghue. We sat with a sweet older couple from Massachusetts, and a young couple from Greece, and were joined by a few Doolin locals we had met earlier in the day.

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We decided to spend one more day in Doolin, we had an early breakfast, then drove around the Burren stopping here and there to take photos and explore. We visited Poulnabrone Dolmen, a portal tomb built in the Neolithic period. Caherconnel Stone Fort, which was constructed out of limestone in the middle ages. We had lunch at the cheese shop there, a lovely cheeseboard, scones and coffee. dsc_0002dsc_0004dsc_0226

We went to dinner at O’Conners Pub again and ordered more Goat cheese tartlets. I had the Crock of Atlantic mussels that had white wine and garlic cream sauce, delicious! We stayed for an hour or two, then headed back to the B&B to pack and get a somewhat early night.

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That last morning in Doolin was a little bittersweet, I didn’t want to leave but was excited for the next leg of our adventure. We had an early breakfast, packed up the Skoda, and headed for one last look at the Cliffs of Moher. It was unbelievably windy, I felt a little like I might be blown over the edge if I wasn’t careful.

We made our way leisurely up the Wild Atlantic Way towards Galway

 

Wandering Ireland: Dublin to Doolin

Hello!
I’m back with another travel post from my trip back in September. I was debating whether it was too late to post more about this trip, but I decided that I would be disappointed if I didn’t.
Ireland stole all our hearts, and I find myself getting a bit misty every time I go through my photos.
We left Dublin mid-morning on Sunday, September 21st. It was a gray, misty morning, as we set out the drive from Dublin to Doolin. It’s about a three-hour drive, but we took it slow, stopping here and there to take in the gorgeous scenery. The great thing about not having a time constraint on your travels as you can stop anywhere for as long as you like, one of my favorites was Kilmacduagh Abby.
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This first thing that led us to this site is the Round Tower. This tower has a noticeable lean. The tower leans outward approximately 2 feet at the top.
Kilmacduagh is located near Gort, Co. Galway. It was founded in the 7th century as a monastery, then re-established in the 13th century as an Augustinian Abby.

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It sits on the edge of the Burren, in the medieval period, it was known as Uí Fiachrach Aidhne. A Dominant local dynasty that stretched from the Atlantic coast to the mountains of the Burren. By the twelfth century, Kilmacduagh had an enclosed settlement with the main church at the center, at least three subsidiary churches and, of course, the tower.

The rest of the drive, we only stopped a few more times to check out interesting things we passed.

We arrived in Doolin in the early evening, checked into our bed and breakfast, and took another drive a short distance down the coast.

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The rest of the drive, we only stopped a few more times to check out interesting things we passed. We arrived in Doolin in the early evening, checked into our bed and breakfast, and took another drive a short distance down the coast.