Crushed

I lost my brother last night. He was only 62 and died from a rare form of cancer.  Sadly, I was unable to say goodbye to him in person because he didn’t want any visitors. It’s hard for me to comprehend losing someone I have known my whole life. We lived in different states but talked regularly.

His wife was killed by a drunk driver 18 years ago, leaving him with a 6 and 10-year-old.  He never remarried. He had a long time girlfriend who helped him tremendously during his illness. He was diagnosed in November of 2018. He was told at that time that he might have five years. Five years turned into 18 months. We were told five weeks ago that he had 3 months left. Life is extraordinarily cruel.

I have many happy memories of my brother growing up. We had drifted apart for a few years but became close again after his wife died.  I’m devastated that I was unable to see him in person before he died.  Near the end, he couldn’t even talk on the phone.

I’m now a part of a club I never wanted to be in, losing a sibling before their time.  I have several close friends in this club.

The last time I saw my sister in law alive was in July of 2002. She and my brother and kids came to visit us. We went to a vacation destination for the weekend and had a wonderful time. We made plans to take a vacation together the following year.  Sadly, my sister in law was killed after Christmas in 2002.  We still went on the trip, it just wasn’t the same without Joanne.

I just wanted to see my brother and hold his hand and kiss his cheek. I was able to get him a message telling him how much I loved him. I was told he didn’t want anyone to see how terrible he looked, which was one of the reasons he didn’t want any visitors.  He had lost a lot of weight. He had many friends who couldn’t say goodbye to him.

My brother was a jokester like me. He was quick-witted and could easily make people laugh. I think that’s what he’ll be remembered for.

Goodbye big brother, see you on the other side. RIP.

Allure Beauty Box April 2020

Hello and happy Thursday!  I’ve been getting Allure Beauty boxes for well over a year. The cost is $15USD. The value is much higher due to getting at least two full size products per month.

First up is a full-size Thrive Lip Liner in Kackie valued at $20USD. It’s a great neutral color which would look good on any skin color.  Here’s the description from their website.

  • Revitalizing Lip Quench Technology™ acts as a built-in lip primer to treat, smooth + plump.
  • Semi-Permanent Micropigment Technology™ delivers bold, full coverage, no-bleed color that lasts all day.
  • The easy glide formula is encapsulated in a retractable mechanical pencil – twist to reveal product.
  • Includes a built-in sharpener so you can create a precision tip for more detailed application.

I love lip pencils and have way too many, but who cares?? Here’s what it looks like on me, I used it as both liner and lip color, with a touch of lip balm.  This will go into heavy rotation amongst my lip liners.

Allure Beauty Box April 20 lip pencil

I got all kinds of goodies this month. The sizes are more generous than a deluxe sample. I got .24 oz of Flowerbomb L’Eau De Parfum. It retails at $115 for 1.7 ounces. It’s a lovely floral fragrance that smells wonderful. Cicapair Derma Green Solution SPF 30 came in a  .16 oz jar.  I’ll be anxious to try this as I have redness around my nose.  It retails for $18USD for .5 ounces.

Purlisse Match Green Tea Sheet Mask valued at $8USD. With all the craziness going on in the world right now, putting on a sheet mask is right up there at the top of my to-do list.

Lue by Jean Seo Balance Serum who doesn’t love a good serum? This is full size at 1 oz for $15USD. I think this will be a gentle serum to use daily.  I just started using Tretinoin, so this will be a great add on.

I always love trying new hair products. I color my hair myself, and it tends to get very dry. I have naturally curly, fine hair that has a mind of its own. Mane Magic Multibenefit 10-in-1 Primer

This is 1 ounce for $6USD. This will be a great product to use when we go to Costa Rica in the Fall.

Akar Skin Balance Toner 2.5 ounces cost $55USD. The size I received is 1 oz. This toner smells wonderful. Check out the description from their website:

For all skin types

Spray your way to glowing, healthy skin. This non-sticky Rose and Neroli scented mist sets gently into the skin, providing deep hydration, improving overall elasticity, while simultaneously keeping the pH value of the skin’s acid mantle layer at the optimum level. Salicylic acid from White Willow Bark is both anti-microbial and exfoliating, helping prevent build-up in pores as well as acne-related issues. Stem cell extracts from the rare Saffron flower contain antioxidants and carotenoids which aids the epidermis in repair and regeneration. Last but not least, Balance enables greater absorption of nutrients by lowering the skin’s surface tension, which means that all the good stuff – in this toner, and everything you apply next – will be fully absorbed, right into your skin.

Our toning mist does not contain irritants like alcohol, nor is it diluted with water fillers, ensuring noticeably softer and luminous skin with use.

Swipe through to learn more about Balance’s 4 Select Ingredients.

✓ Vegan
✓ Cruelty-free
✓ Gluten-free

2.4oz / 70ml

*84% saw an increase in skin hydration
*Product is independently certified by the Environmental Working Group

The value of the full size products for April is $49USD.  This month’s total value was $128USD. The Allure Beauty box also includes a mini magazine that includes promo codes for most items. Sign up today Allure Beauty Box

I know times are tough right now, but this is only $15 a month.  I don’t smoke, barely drink, buy my clothes second hand, color my own hair, etc.  I hope to be retiring within the next few years, so my beauty boxes may have to go away. I’ll just have to enjoy them while I can.

 

Allure Beauty Box April 20

Thanks for stopping by.

 

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This is beyond messed up. Stay safe everyone.

 

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Great source for supplies!

Happy Sunday! I found a website that lets you find supplies in your area. I do believe it’s only in the United States.

I’ve been having issues finding toilet paper.  I actually went to a store during senior citizens’ hours to buy 2 packages of TP. Prior to that, I had gone to 7 stores in the past two weeks looking for TP.  Lucky for me, I had a decent supply at home but wanted the comfort of knowing we wouldn’t run out. Scary times for everyone.

Instok.Org

Type in what you’re looking for and it tells you availability and pricing. It’s updated twice a day. Just found tp close by.

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