April Favorites

April has been a month of discovery for me. A month of discovering my weaknesses, my strengths, my tolerances. But it has also been a month of discovering what’s best for my body and mind — self-care.

After much trial and error, disappointments and newfound loves, I’m here to share with you what I’ve been loving this month and will continue to love in the coming months. These are things that I will recommend to my friends and family and will continue to use because it’s what works for me.

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BEAUTY

Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Mattifying Toner. I have very oily skin, which can be a good thing and a bad thing. Either way, mattifying products work best on my skin because, over the course of the day, my skin will get oily and products that help combat that as long as possible will keep me from having to constantly touch up my skin even after an hour of having makeup on.

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Valjean Labs Facial Serum. Originally, I had heard about The Ordinary brand and its serums. However, they only have the brand available online as of right now. My Sephora store said they were thinking about bringing it into stores in the future. Pro Tip: If you are looking for quality brands for skincare and body care, hit up your local Marshals or TJMaxx. You’d be surprised by what you find, and at a cheap price! On my Marshals trip, I found the Valjean Labs serums that have serums depending on what you are wanting for your skin. The Restore serum brightens skin and tones. Brightening reduces oxidation throughout the day and toning keeps oils balanced. I use this nightly, and I have seen a difference even after a few days!

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Acure Brilliantly Brightening Night Cream. Another brightening product. I’ve read that brightening products help reduce oxidation and oiliness. I was afraid it would only make my skin more oily because of so much moisturization, but most oiliness is due to lack of moisture — ironic. It’s a similar concept to drinking more water to reduce water retention. It takes a lot of faith, but it works.

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BOOKS

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. I’ve really been loving audiobooks. I only listen to them when I go on my evening walks. It helps reduce anxiety and keeps my mind off of reality. This book is nothing like A Fault In Our Stars. It will not make you cry unless you are very emotional. But it’s a good read for those with anxiety because it makes you feel like someone finally understands what your mind is doing to you. Even if you don’t have anxiety, it’s a good read to understand mental illnesses in general. It’s a young-adult fictional book that can grasp even an adult’s attention.

FOOD AND BEVERAGE

Bigelow Sweet Dreams Herbal Tea. This tea is advertised to help you sleep, but it’s more than that. I drink this during the day or when I’m wanting to wind down after being loaded down by my own thoughts. It helps calm you down and bring you back to earth. Although, too much can probably make you sleep on the job if you’re at work. But in small doses, this tea does wonders for your mind and body. Not only that, but it tastes wonderful, and little honey for sweetness will probably help combat any sleepiness this tea might give you during the day.

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“When anxieties overwhelmed me,

You comforted and soothed me.”

— Psalm 94:19

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