Beauty Journal: Day 1
It was all my fault. I should never attempt something like this right after waking up.
I wanted to start the new Hum Nutrition program right off the bat, so I separated out the vitamins according to when I was supposed to take them. I took a Skinny Bird, which is part of Hum Nutrition’s Weight Loss Program. These supplements are supposed to be taken three times a day, 30 minutes before you eat.
I put one in my mouth and gagged. This happens every single time I try to take a horse sized pill. I usually gag or vomit up the pill.
I drank one glass of water and waited.
Nope. Not going down. Need another glass of water.
Nope. Still not going down. Try another glass.
Ok…maybe it went down.
I tell Alexa to set the timer for 30 minutes so that I’ll know when to eat breakfast. I go about my morning, reading my book, and going to the bathroom three times because I drank so much water.
Alexa notifies me that my 30 minutes are up, so I go to phase 2 and make a cup of the Raw Beauty Green Super Food Powder in Mint Chocolate Chip with almond milk. It’s not bad. I can actually feel the skin on my arms tingling like it is coming to life. Crazy feeling.
Yet, I worry I’m going to puke this up.
I heat up my breakfast, which if I’m going to be completely honest, it was a hot link. Or two. I eat what I crave.
I take vitamin #2: Collagen Love with a glass of water. This is not good. This makes glass of water #4.
And there it is…I puke that sucker up along with the Super Food drink.
Ugh. This is horrible.
So this is where the mistake was made…I cannot drink or eat first thing in the morning, because I will puke it all up. This reaction is not because the stuff was bad, it’s just that I cannot eat or drink this early in the morning. Four glasses of water was a recipe for disaster.
Note to self. I will have to put off doing any of this until later in the morning when I can eat and drink.
THIS HAPPENED: So I was able to get one pill down and most of the Super Food drink. Not all of the drink came back up. The effects worked immediately, which means it increased my metabolism. Between the water and the two Hum nutrition products I was able to get down…success with #2 (which becomes a little more difficult as you approach your 40s…all that fiber you have to eat is no joke).
Also, Skinny Bird really suppressed my appetite. I made two hot links for breakfast. I was only able to eat one. I think my stomach was full anyway from the four glasses of water.
Here are the products I put on before my makeup:
Later that morning…
So it’s later in the morning and I try to eat a bowl of Cheerios with blueberries (trying to inject something healthy). I took two bites and my stomach alerts me that there is no way in hell I am eating anything.
Four glasses of water really did its number by making me feel full all morning…or maybe it was the Skinny Bird.
I tried to take the Collagen Love again, but I couldn’t. I decided that it is best to try this Hum Nutrition thing all over again tomorrow, but with the new modifications from the lessons learned today.
Discussion re: the Beauty Routine
I sent links to my friend for the products I tried this morning. I complained I had no idea what I was doing or why nothing came with instructions (the Clinique products did, but it didn’t help).
I started off applying the Estee Lauder Perfectionist CP+R. It was a wand. I assumed I was supposed to spread the wand in places where wrinkles may or may not be forming.
Second, I applied the Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator. Next, I applied the Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief. Then I mixed the Shiseido sunscreen with the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream and applied it to my face as the finale.
Starting off with the first step…my friend notes my first of several errors.
After washing my face, I should have applied toner. I never use toner. It dries my face out. She just shook her head and explained that toners come in various strengths. The purpose of the toner is so that your face is prepared to receive all of the beauty care you are about to apply to your face. That is why it is essential.
Next, with the serum, I needed to dab it onto the palm of my hand, and then rub my two palms together to ‘warm it up’ before applying it all over my face. For the areas I want to focus on, I should dab another dot on my finger and focus on applying the serum diligently to those target areas.
For the moisturizer + sunscreen, she told me to pick just one moisturizer. I apparently put on three different moisturizers this morning.
Now, my face is ready for makeup.
The Evening Routine
After dinner, I took my makeup off and started with the evening’s routine. Here are the products I used:
As my friend says, the first thing you need to do every night is remove your makeup. I use Yes to Blueberries Cleansing Facial Wipes to remove all of my makeup. Next, I wash my face with Fresh Soy Face Cleanser. I love the smell of this product. It smells so clean!
Next, I apply the Bliss eye cream. I start with the eye cream because my eyes are the most sensitive area on my face. I should probably mention at some point that I have uber-sensitive skin. I don’t want any other product on my fingers when I touch the area around my eyes or I will have an allergic reaction. That is why I start with the eye cream first.
After applying the eye cream, I use the Bliss Thinny Thin Chin on my neck. After surgery to remove a tumor in my neck a few years back, I noticed my neck was quickly aging. I’ve been using this product for the past few months off and on. My friends say they don’t notice anything, but also noted that since I’m losing weight, that could be the reason why my neck looks (to me) like it is aging. We’ll see if this product works.
For my night cream, I decided to go with the Farmacy Sleep Tight Night Balm. This product is a little different from my other night creams. It feels like there is a gel on your face all night long.
Every time I use this night balm, I wake up in the middle of the night to Matthew Lucifer (my Maine Coon cat) lying on my chest, licking the product off of my face. I always have to fight him off.
What I like about this balm is that my face feels super soft in the morning. For those looking for some extra plump, this really does plump up your face too.
After I finished applying all of these facial products, I applied some KP Duty to my arms. I have what is known as keratosis pilaris (aka chicken skin). This is a lovely skin issue I picked up from my dad’s side of the gene pool. I’m not sure if this product even works, but I’m going to give it a whirl and couple it with using coconut oil on my spa days.[KP duty is also a favorite middle of the night licking session for Matthew. I had to keep hiding my arms under the sheets. He kept pulling the sheet back to get to my arms. I swear that cat is nuts.]
In conclusion, I learned what I did wrong in the beauty department, and there were a lot of errors today. I am thankful that my late night routine was on par, even though I forgot to brush and floss.
One last note on making new changes stick, and this is a lesson I learned from “The Secret.” If any change you make in your life is something that brings you joy, then you will learn to stick with the new program. You have to figure out what about this brings you joy. You have to surround yourself with joy in order for all of your dreams and wishes to come true.
If you are trying to lose weight, but hate working out, you need to find something in the exercise process that brings you joy. Focus on that joy every single time you go to workout. It will change your mindset. In the end, this is about finding happiness in the changes you are making.
So that’s it for today. Tomorrow, I will be back on the Hum Nutrition testing ground with the new modifications, and correcting everything I did wrong throughout the day!
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