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  • - Hey everyone, it's your girl Jenn.

  • I know March has been pure madness,

  • but not like the sporting March Madness,

  • just like pandemic madness, and during this time,

  • I have been discovering small joys

  • that have been keeping me sane

  • and just like a little bit perky around the house,

  • so I thought I'd share with you, so let's get started.

  • On days where I just want to look

  • a little bit more presentable, if I just need

  • a little pick me up, 'cause sometimes like

  • when I'm looking into the mirror,

  • I'm just like wait, I've been looking the same

  • for the past like five days, I just want to add

  • some variation, and on days where I just want to

  • kind of even out my complexion, I will go in

  • with Bite Beauty's Changemaker Supercharged

  • Micellar Foundation.

  • I'm in the shade M55, and I would say

  • that this has medium coverage.

  • When I apply this, I'll just kind of dot it

  • around my eyes, my nose, my mouth,

  • and I'll just blend that out and I love the fact

  • that I don't need to powder this.

  • My skin is on the normal to dry side

  • so I don't know what this will be like

  • if you're oily, but on my skin, I just apply it

  • and I don't even need to pat it down with powder,

  • which I love because you know, it's just

  • an extra step that I can remove.

  • I love the texture of this.

  • It's like really whipped and moussey and bouncy

  • and for some reason, I just like formulas

  • that are like whipped in texture, and I think

  • it's because it reminds me of food,

  • so it just gets me a little excited, you know,

  • gets me going.

  • So I have been rolling up my sleeves

  • with my skincare routine and I have finally added retinol.

  • Now I am trying to preserve my face as long as possible,

  • like not neurotically, but I am definitely

  • taking preventative measures,

  • and retinol increases cell turnover,

  • which means that the cells shed or the skin sheds

  • and then underneath, the skin that's left,

  • it's like really youthful and radiant,

  • and with retinol, you have to ease it in.

  • It's not like balls to the wall type of guy

  • and just slap it on, like you have to like go slowly.

  • The retinol I've been using is this one by Skinceuticals,

  • it is their retinol 0.3, and this was recommended

  • to me by my dermatologist and this is perfect

  • for retinol beginners like myself.

  • So my first week, I just applied this on my face

  • two times a week, and I did notice some effects,

  • like it was just a bit of peeling.

  • Like you know when you put glue on your hand

  • and then you wait for it to dry and like

  • you slightly peel it off?

  • It kinda looked like that but just like

  • in random patches of my face, like my forehead

  • and like on my cheek for some reason.

  • It looked like I had slight sunburn

  • that was like peeling off at the end,

  • but after that first week, my skin got adjusted to it

  • so then I ramped it up to three times a week

  • and now we're on week three and now I am doing

  • four times a week, and so far I've been loving it.

  • I love the fact that my skin adjusted to it pretty quickly.

  • So if you guys are on the market for just like retinol

  • and you want to start off, I highly recommend this one.

  • So next up I want to talk about these glasses by Quay

  • This is part of their Chrissy Tiegen collaboration

  • and I love Chrissy.

  • This style is called the Jezabell

  • and it's got a thin, gold rim that has

  • all these like little glitter particles on it.

  • And I think it's so cute.

  • These glasses protect you from blue light

  • from your laptop, your computer screens,

  • your phone and it just kind of blocks that out,

  • so you're covered.

  • I love how oversized they are because it makes your face

  • just look really like small and petite

  • and I don't know, I've just been digging

  • the way they look, and now we're looking at our phones

  • and screens like even more now,

  • so I thought that I would take some safety measures

  • and protect my eyes.

  • If I'm gonna be honest, I don't remember

  • the last time I have had just like natural nails.

  • I think for the past like three or four years,

  • I've just had gel nails, over and over again.

  • It was just kind of like when you start gel nails,

  • like you just get addicted to it,

  • and finally that streak has stopped

  • because everything is closed, and it felt so nice

  • to just have my nails breathe and like regrow.

  • I'm glad that I was able to give them a break

  • but the other day, I thought that I just wanted

  • to give them a little bit of a shine,

  • so I have been using Sally Hanson's Color Therapy

  • Sheer Nail Polish, I love the color Bare Kiss.

  • I added like maybe two or three coats of this

  • and it just gives it like a slight tint,

  • looks super natural still, and it just gives it

  • a nice little shine.

  • I love that you don't have to be so meticulous

  • with the painting of this.

  • You can be like a little bit messy

  • and it doesn't really matter, and if it chips,

  • it also doesn't really show.

  • This is just like a very, very like low maintenance polish

  • that will just give your nails

  • just like a little extra gleam.

  • I'm also very curious to try their Give Me a Tint color,

  • it's kind of like this pale periwinkle shade

  • so this is gonna be my next nail color.

  • So I want to move onto some book recommendations.

  • First, I want to talk about The Power of Now

  • by Eckhart Tolle, this has been on my to-read list

  • for the longest time, like the longest time,

  • and this month I had no excuse and it honestly

  • came at such a right time, because this book

  • is a guide on being able to live your day

  • by each moment and really focusing on the power of now.

  • The present is all we have, ever.

  • We never can really grasp the past,

  • we can't really, we can plan for the future

  • but it's never really ours, there's no certainty of it,

  • but there is certainty in the present,

  • the moment that's happening right now,

  • and I've always struggled with being present.

  • I'm either like analyzing or even regretting

  • things that I've done in the past,

  • or I am planning and strategizing for the future,

  • but for the present, it's always been kind of

  • like a fleeting moment, it's just been like autopilot,

  • and I found myself during this time really being anxious

  • about oh my gosh, like what's gonna happen.

  • It was just me really worrying about the future

  • because there are just so many variables that can happen,

  • like all these things that I am thinking about,

  • like the impending doom and the world ending,

  • well like has the world ended right now?

  • What is actually your problem right now?

  • And this book showed me that problems are a construct.

  • There's only situations that we can deal with

  • at the moment or that we deal with when they happen

  • in the future, but if it's not happening right now,

  • there's nothing you can do about it,

  • so just enjoy the present.

  • I would really recommend this book to anyone

  • that is really struggling with anxiety and worrying

  • about what's gonna happen.

  • This book will really kind of be a substantial

  • piece of work that will ground you.

  • So my next book recommendation is When You Eat

  • at the Refrigerator, Pull Up a Chair.

  • I picked up this book because I've been noticing

  • my increasing tendency to eat aimlessly

  • and snack until like I can't breathe.

  • Like I've been binge eating, and it's been something

  • that I have like on and off activity with.

  • And it always happens when I'm feeling stressed

  • or if something inside me is not being met,

  • and obviously during this time,

  • we're all really stressed.

  • I have been finding a lot of like comfort in eating

  • but I just didn't want it to tip over

  • into something that was like super unhealthy,

  • so that's why I think this book was a great reminder

  • for me to speak more compassionately to myself

  • because when I binge eat, I really beat myself up,

  • you know, like the stuff that we say to ourselves

  • is the meanest because we know exactly

  • what will make us feel worthless.

  • I noticed that I had to kind of restructure

  • how I find comfort, so now I'm like really being adamant

  • about journaling and just being as active as I can

  • because I've noticed that that kind of helps me

  • get out of me just trying to wander

  • around the pantry for comfort.

  • Eating should be quite intuitive and you should eat

  • until you feel satiated but not go overboard

  • trying to compensate for something.

  • So if you are also struggling with just

  • finding all your comfort in food,

  • I highly recommend that you read this,

  • because it'll definitely shed some light

  • on how you can be more compassionate with yourself

  • and just kind of be in check with your body and your mind.

  • And for my last favorite, of course I have to plug in

  • my new March playlist.

  • I feel like, I wish I could just give you guys

  • the playlist beforehand rather than after the month

  • but anyway, in March my playlist

  • was all about being inside, being a homebody,

  • you know, quarantine life.

  • So go check it out, it's great songs

  • that you can chill to, clean to,

  • have some wine to, it's just nice home music

  • and I hope you guys enjoy it.

  • I'll leave a link in the description box

  • along with all the products and things

  • that I talked about, and I want to thank you guys

  • so much for watching, please let me know

  • any of your favorites and things that you have found

  • like solace in during this time

  • in the comments down below.

  • I would truly love to read about them.

  • All right, I'll see you guys in the next one, bye!

  • Mwah.

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