I’d like to start off by saying that I hope that you all had as beautiful of an Easter as I did! ♥
Before my Easter break ends and I go back to work tomorrow, I figured that I should stop procrastinating and get up my Monthly Favorites post for last month before April is over! XD Since most of March was in Lent, I don’t have as many entertainment entries this time around, but there were indeed a few things worth mentioning.
Let’s get started ~
Dark Night of the Soul by St. John of the Cross
Before Ash Wednesday I had spent a considerable amount of time deciding on my Lenten reading material this year, and most of my choices were books that I had already read before but felt that they merited a second time through. St. John of the Cross is one of my favorite spiritual authors, probably because of his simple yet elegant style and of course, his poetics.
Dark Night of the Soul is essentially Christian mysticism in poetic form, and is composed of two parts: “The Dark Night,” and “The Ascent of Mount Carmel.” I had read these works, along with his The Living Flame of Love for Lent two years ago, and enjoyed it immensely. I feel that after reading through them again they have been even more beneficial than before.
If you’re looking for an entirely different kind of spiritual reading, I strongly recommend it!
The Last Unicorn
“I would enter your sleep if I could, and guard you there, and slay the thing that hounds you, as I would if it had the courage to face me in fair daylight. But I cannot come in unless you dream of me.” –Peter S. Beagle
Beautiful book, lovely film. A precious pearl from my childhood days, recently revisited!
International Delight York coffee creamer
Just imagine creamy, refreshing peppermint chocolate swirled into your morning cup of coffee, and you’ll understand why this dairy coffee creamer secured its spot on my list this month.
CoverGirl Aqua CG Smoothers moisturizing liquid foundation
Now that my facial psoriasis has cleared up and my skin is healing, I have been able to use a medium-coverage foundation as opposed to the full-coverage one (Revlon ColorStay) that I had been using before as the main element of my daily makeup routine. For the past few weeks I’ve been using this one by Cover Girl and it’s quite nice! It goes on smoothly, blends well, has no unpleasant scent or side effects, and really does help to keep my face soft and moisturized. It’s a bit thicker than a BB cream, and is buildable if more coverage is needed.
Thayer’s Cucumber Witch Hazel w/Aloe Vera
Soon after I had successfully gotten rid of the psoriasis patches on my face and neck, my skin became a bit oily and I started seeing tiny pimples pop up here and there, particularly on my forehead and along my jawline. To help combat this and keep my skin clean, fresh, and toned, I picked up this all-natural witch hazel toner at my local Walgreens after hearing many positive comments on the Rose version of the same product. I chose the Cucumber version because of the cooling, calming effects that I’ve known cucumber products to provide. Astringents are too harsh for my sensitive skin, and my acne isn’t severe enough to use topical products such as Clean & Clear’s Persa-Gel 10. For me, applying a toner twice or day (three times if I’m not wearing makeup that day) does the job just fine.
I will note that this toner is very mild, however, and must be used in cooperation with a good cleanser and moisturizer. It’s all about finding the specific skincare routine that works for you and your skin. If I didn’t use certain other products along with this toner, I feel that it wouldn’t be anywhere near as effective. The next product under this category that I plan on giving a try is Etude House’s Wonder Pore Freshner.