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with love.....xoxo

Help For My Face- Green is Good!

Helllu Pussycats!

I would like to tell you about another product that I have been using in 
an effort to help clear up my face and keep it that way.

I have used oodles and oodles of concealers over the years.
I have always said that I would rather look like a
"wacked out" geisha doll then have any redness show thru.
Emotionally, I can handle the embarrassment of breakouts if I can successfully
conceal them no matter how weird the concealer looks.
I know it sounds strange but that has been my coping mechanism since I was a kid.

I have said a hundred time that my top pick for serious coverage is the concealer from MAC 
and you can read about that here.
Luckily, I do have some days or weeks when the breakouts are lighter
 and I don't always need to be so heavily "painted up". I am VERY grateful for those
days and try and use lighter products on my face to help let my skin breathe a bit.

For those of you that have just found me, I have been searching out and using products
that have little or no chemicals in them. Chemicals certainly haven't brought me any relief in 
over 20 years of acne troubles so I have decided to be brave and give them up.
Since the fall of 2012 I have using natural and homemade products 
and have to say, I am seeing some results.
There are no easy answers or magical cures when it comes to acne but it is always nice
to see some positive changes and results that seem to have lasting effects.

In an effort to go with less chemicals I have also decided to go with products
that do not test on animals. At the end of the day, I would rather have acne and 
breakouts then have the suffering and agony of helpless animals on my conscious.
I want to look nice but not at the cost of innocence.

So, having said that...I have come to try out a few products from 
Pur Minerals and so far I have liked everything that I have tried.
This company is cruelty free and doesn't use nasty chemicals.

( please note: I paid for this product, it was not given to me. I am not in any 
way affiliated with Pur Minerals. I am offering up my own opinion based on my
 personal experience. )

**Colour Correcting Primer- Redness Reducer**
This primer is very nice, smooth , light and really does help 
reduce redness. I have tried other green primers that are too heavy or 
leave your skin a weird yellowy-green colour. This one does not.
I use it on days when I need a wee bit more  "help" with the redness on
 the top of my cheeks or forehead. I find that it is good for me to
use on days when I need more than just a spot treatment.
It doesn't cover all the redness completely ( not much does) but  it does work
 very well with my other foundation and mineral powder.
The coverage is good don't get me wrong, I just have learned
to be realistic about what coverage can mean.

This primer has not made me break out. and it washes off easily.
I really like it. I like how it works w my other products or on a good day
I can use it on its own w mineral powder.

In Canada, I get it at Shopper's Drug Mart.
I like to buy products from them when I am first trying something out
 b/c they have such a great return policy.
It isn't cheap but it isn't too expensive either.
I felt it was worth the money for the quality of the product.

If you give it a go, I hope you find it helps you too.
In my next post about products I have had success with, I will write
 about a homemade green primer stick that I bought on Etsy & really like.

Until next time, hope everyone has a fabulous day!
I know it can be hard but try & remember that the acne
doesn't define you and most of all.... you aren't in this alone.

Take care, Luv Lisa xo

Manifestations for March- A Way to Heal

Manifestations for March

Hiya Pussycats!
I finished my manifestation board for March yesterday.
My main intentions are about the following:

* easy cash flow

I find making these boards really help me get
 focused and on track for the coming month.
I didn't always do these boards in-fact I only
 started about a year ago.
I started making them on a regular basis when 
a business coach suggested that I make them to 
help get me centered and focused on what I was 
trying to achieve. I was having a lot of difficulty
then trying to plan out what I was doing and why.

For those who don't know, I closed a brick and mortar

business in March of 2104 and decided to sell 
exclusively online. I re-branded and thought I could 
easily jump back in and my creative mojo would
just flow. Well, it didn't.
I wrote a blog piece here about my struggle to

get back on track creatively and emotionally if
you would like to read about that.
It is about overcoming fear of failure 

and massive insecurities.

Anyhow, making manifestation boards was

a way of trying to connect what I wanted, where
I wanted to go with my biz and how I felt about it all.
Despite the fact that I was excited to move into a 

new phase of biz with my new brand and my identity
I had a lot of fear and many doubts.

Visualizing what I wanted and how that would feel

was a big help in helping me pin point exactly what
it was that I was hoping to achieve.
 By knowing what I wanted to achieve, I was able to examine
what it was I was fearful of and how to over come it.
Thinking about and imagining my new successes,

my new customers and my new products helped me
feel that I could do this. 
 I wanted to connect and help women feel
better about themselves, share their feelings, their joy,
 encourage each other and express their love. A manifestation
board helped me to connect in a very real and authentic way
to how I could make that happen 
in my new biz.

The idea of thinking about what I wanted, how

that would feel and what it would look like was a bit
new to me to be honest. I spent a lot of time thinking about
what I DIDN'T want. I was in a "lack" mindset. I focused
on what was missing. If you know anything
about the law of attraction then you know, you get back
what you put out there. Constantly thinking about
I didn't want was working very well let me tell you.
 I decided to change my tune and vision and go

after what I did what. Having the confidence to write 
this post and share with you is part of that vision.

If you are in need of a change, want to day dream,

 feel like some art therapy and a little fun then I
highly recommend getting out some old magazines.
Cut, glue and paste your vision for as long as your
heart desires. Enjoy!
Much luv, Lisa xo

Arrivederci To the Past & Hello to New Moon Seeds

Arrivederci To the Past
Hello to New Moon Seeds

Hiya! Nice to see you!
Yes, it has been a long time. Yes, I had all the best of intentions
to blog more, blog regularly or to just blog at all.
Thaaaaaaat's right. I dropped the ball. Again.
I did not blog, not once. 
In all honesty, I got scared again.
I chickened out, I made excuses, I wasn't ready.
I thought I was....I wasn't.
So there. That is truth. I tried but I couldn't.
I'm saying Arrivederci to the past and all the 
charming mistakes it holds.
No more apologies. 
No more guilt and no more regrets!
I move forward never to apologize for allowing 
cob webs to nestle on my blog again.
I've given the crickets their walking papers
and called in the proverbial cleaning crew.
Time to put on my try again cape and just move forward.
Stamped it! Called it! No eraseies!

*smooths out skirt, makes bangs are pinned to the side,
 applies fresh  gloss and smiles*

Today there is a new moon and I like to make new lists
and start new projects on a new moon.
A new moon is a time to plants the seeds of things 
you want to make happen. You set you intentions, envision
and plan. Let go of the things that no longer serve you.

It is a great time to make to-do lists and start new projects.
So, here I am writing a blog post and setting my intentions to
be more connected with you.
Nothing big or grandiose here. Just a simple plan
to become more connected and in touch.
These are the seeds I am planting tonight
out into the universe.  I feel about this :)

I would like to start with Instagram.
I love Instagram and using it to share.

You can find me at ila.and.alice IG here:

I definitely think there is some magic mojo 
happeningover here on this new moon.
I feel good about this Pussycats!
Love to you all, Lisa :)