just 5 hours. Grateful for the 5 hours, but I was happy to head home. Tomorrow I work 8 hours. I'll need prayers.........
Today went well. The manager who has managed to "forget" me twice this month was there, but so was the capo. That helped keep things moving.
I should tell you that I didn't go to work yesterday. I called to say I was sick. And, boy, was I sick. I was scheduled to leave home around 12:30 and just about 11 o'clock, my stomach exploded. Wow! I kept hoping it would improve, but when it was time to get into the car, I just didn't trust myself to make the trip without incident. I also have to say that a job where you are chained to a cash register is not ideal when you need the freedom to run to the restroom repeatedly on short notice. I was still feeling yucky at 1:30AM this morning, but once I got some sleep, I felt okay. I was concerned that calling in would be a bad thing as far as management is concerned. We are running short handed anyway, and it was a Saturday which tends to be a busy day. But it seemed to be okay. Thank the Lord.........
I now have a garden cart, all but the handle. I worked last night at making sure the wheels were properly attached and then I worked on tightening all the screws. I'm fairly sure I did not get the screws tightened as they should be, but I did the best I could. I doubt I'll get that handle attached til Wednesday which is my next day off.
I decided to spend a few bucks and order one of those credit card holders that is supposed to be RFID safe. So many people go through my checkout line daily and I would have no way of telling if they were scanning my cards. Of course, they'd be pretty disappointed in that I really don't have credit cards, just debit cards. However, I want those protected as well. I don't carry a purse these days. I just slip the essentials (including cards) in my pocket and go. For $7 I can feel a little bit safer and that's a good thing.
I thought I would spend a bit of time on my makeup routine. Just some notes for me..........
1) I start by cleaning my face. I use an olive oil-based cleanser. I like that it leaves my face make-up free but feeling soft.
2) These days I am using an olive oil-based moisturizer. I moisturize as quickly as I can after I rinse my face, while my face is still damp. I feel like that seals a bit of "mositure" in. Don't know if that's really true, but it seems to work for me.
3) For a while now, I've been using primer. That's pretty new for me, but I have areas of my face where I use a concealer and where I play with light to try to look a little bit younger. The primer helps the concealer to go on a little easier and smoother. I add it as soon as the moisturizer has been absorbed into the skin. I use it under my eyes and on the nasal/labial lines. I also have an area on my forehead that is a bit redder than the rest of my face. It's a birthmark. It's not red/red, but if I get upset or my blood pressure rises, it does darken/redden a bit. I want to be able to cover that up with ease.
4) There is a theory that you need to brighten/lighten the center of the face while leaving the edges darker. I use the concealer in the same areas where I use the primer, but I do wait for the primer to dry down. Lately, I've been using two shades of concealer and I like the effect better. I was using a light shade over the spot on my forehead, under my eyes and on the nasal labial lines. These days, I use a slightly darker shade over the under-eye circles and the lighter shade elsewhere. Years ago we used to refer to "raccoon eyes". This was an effect that came about with a very light concealer under the eyes. I want to avoid that. The slightly darker concealer used in this area seems to work better. For years, I applied concealer with my fingers. Lately, I've switched to a brush and I like that a lot better. Seems to do a much better job of blending it. I "clean the brush" by running it down the center of my nose.
5) I ALWAYS do my eyebrows. I read that doing the eyebrows takes 10 years off the face. I doubt that, but I do them anyway. I use the exact same product for my eyebrows as I use for my everyday eye shadow. I used an angled brush to apply it.
6) I use eye shadow, but only in the creases and up to the bottom of the brow bone. My eyelids are "sagging". It makes no sense to use eye shadow on the lower part of my lids as it wouldn't be seen anyway.
7) I use a powder eye shadow I bought at Ulta. That stuff lasts for years--a sign of a decent quality eye shadow. It's also REALLY blendable. It's a brown with a tiny bit of a reddish tint in it. It seems to be a very workable shade for me for everyday. I sometimes wear a berry shade of eye shadow. It's dark, a purple with some red in it. And every now and then, I'll use a charcoal eye shadow. No matter what, from the crease up to the bottom of the brow bone.
8) I've been alternating between a dark brown liquid eye liner and a Smashbox liner that is a bit darker. Whichever one of these I choose, I do not do "wings". I do use whichever to do a very light and tight "smudge" under the eyelashes.
9) I've been using a bronzer as my blush. It's a cheapie I bought at K-mart and it works well. I also kind of do a bit of contouring with it in that I apply it in the area where one might contour to make the face look thinner. I do not have the guts to use a brown contour like some folks do..........
10) For the summer, I've given up foundation altogether. I only needed one day being assigned to Outside Lawn and Garden to conclude that foundation was a bad idea. I use a makeup brush and fluff a powder on. It seems to help blend in the bronzer and even out my skin tones, so I'm happy with it. I may go back to foundation for the winter. We'll see......
11) I use that same eye shadow to run a very light line just under the pink part of my lower lip. It seems to make my lips look fuller and it's a whole lot cheaper than botox. Also less risky. I don't want to go out into the world looking like my lips lost a battle with a wasp's nest.
12) Right now I am using a very natural shade of lipstick. It's called Sugar Plum by L'Oreal and I really like it a lot.
13) I wear dark framed glasses. It seems to me that people see the dark frames and those dark frames against the dark circles under my eyes work like a charm. The frames definitely seem to make the dark circles almost disappear in contrast.
14) Most days I don't bother with mascara. I never thought I'd say THAT! Sometimes I will use the tip of the mascara brush and just lightly run it over my bottom lashes. That's it for 9 out of 10 days!
I can usually get through all this in about 15 minutes, from cleansing my face to walking out of the bathroom, ready to roll. At my age, I'm pretty well convinced it's ridiculous to spend a lot of time on makeup. It helps, if only with my confidence level, but it doesn't help that much, LOL!!!!!!!!!1
I found a website I'm checking out. It costs the same as Netflix on a monthly basis, but it has family or Christian movies. I doubt most of these movies have any awards to their credit--can you see Hollywood awarding an Oscar to a Christian movie? I can't. I'm on my 2nd movie. I'll try to remember to update on how I like the website. If you want to try it out for yourself, it's called PureFlix and they're giving a 30-day free trial.
That's all I have for now. I have to head to bed soon as I'll have to try to get up REALLY early. I hope you had a SUPER Lord's Day..........