Understanding the Lyrics: Ashes of Eden

When you're happy, you hear the music; when you're sad, you understand the lyrics. - frank ocean

I’m back with another song that has been stuck in my head/speaking to me lately.

We had to say goodbye to MyDog recently. While we knew she was on the decline, it has been harder on each of us than I anticipated.

You only have your pet for a part of your life, but they have you their entire life...

I am only glad that I was able to be with her at the very end.

Stay with me, don't let me go, until the ashes of Eden fall. - Ashes of Eden by Breaking Benjamin

Ashes of Eden

Breaking Benjamin

Will the faithful be rewarded
When we come to the end
Will I miss the final warning
From the lie that I have lived
Is there anybody calling
I can see the soul within
And I am not worthy
I am not worthy of this

Are you with me after all
Why can’t I hear you
Are you with me through it all
Then why can’t I feel you
Stay with me, don’t let me go
Because there’s nothing left at all
Stay with me, don’t let me go
Until the Ashes of Eden fall

Will the darkness fall upon me
When the air is growing thin
Will the light begin to pull me
To its everlasting will
I can hear the voices haunting
There is nothing left to fear
And I am still calling
I am still calling to you

Are you with me after all
Why can’t I hear you
Are you with me through it all
Then why can’t I feel you
Stay with me, don’t let me go
Because there’s nothing left at all
Stay with me, don’t let me go
Until the Ashes of Eden fall Why can’t I hear you

Stay with me, don’t let me go
Because there’s nothing left at all
Stay with me, don’t let me go
Until the Ashes of Eden fall
Heaven above me, take my hand
Shine until there’s nothing left but you
Heaven above me, take my hand
Shine until there’s nothing left but you

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Benjamin Burnley
Ashes of Eden lyrics © Walt Disney Music Company

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My Favorite Skincare – Quarantine Edition

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A little over a year ago, I posted about My Favorite Skincare products. It’s time for an update, because COVID and quarantine have us at home and makeup free A LOT.

Below are the products I use and the order in which I use them.

SandyKay favorite skincare

I have learned that it really does matter which thing you use in which order.

As a refresher:
I am 38, starting to really noticing my frown-lines/elevens (it’s from the face I make while concentrating), I have some surface sun damage,
I have super dry eyelids (usually coinciding with seasonal allergies),
and I deal with stress and/or hormonal acne.

My Nighttime Skincare Routine

1. CLEANSE

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta® Pore Perfecting Cleansing Gel

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta® Pore Perfecting Cleansing Gel

If I’m lazy, I’ll use these wipes from Sephora

Sephora Coconut Water cleansing wipes

These are the only ones I’ve found that do not use micellar water – which my face does NOT prefer. I also always had these in my gym bag to take off makeup after work.

2. EXFOLIATE

Here is where I use my acids.

As mentioned above, I have both wrinkles and blemishes. I rotate nights between:

Alpha-H Vitamin A

Alpha-H Vitamin A

and

Alpha-H Liquid Gold with Glycolic Acid

Alpha-H Liquid Gold with Glycolic Acid

3. SERUM

Alpha-H Vitamin B

Alpha-H Vitamin B

This one is going a long way to even out my skin tone and help with those wrinkles I mentioned.

4. EYE CREAM

This is still the best eye moisturizer I have found to help/provide relief with my dry eyelids. Most are designed to firm and tighten and reduce undereye circles. None of that addresses my problem. Aside from staying hydrated, this works the best.

5. MOISTURIZE

It’s soothing, moisturizing, and those peptides really help with my wrinkles.

As we haven’t really been going anywhere and I haven’t been wearing makeup, my morning routine has been quite lax. I try to follow through with this list, but ehh….

My Daytime Skincare Routine

1. CLEANSE

If I shower in the morning, I use my Clinique scrubber with

If I’m showering in the evening, I will sometimes start my day with

Clinique Pep-Start™ 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser

Clinique Pep-Start™ 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser

It has these great exfoliating particles for those times
when you feel the need to scrub your face off.

2. EXFOLIATE

I had the Clarisonic Mia 2, but I prefer the shape of the Clinique head, better.

3. SERUM

I haven’t really been using serum during quarantine. I DID try Alpha-H’s Vitamin C serum and I had quite the reaction to it. I have had reactions to other Vitamin C products, so this wasn’t truly unexpected. Disappointing, for sure. I’m still on the hunt for something that can protect and heal current sun damage.

4. EYE CREAM

Same as at night.

5. MOISTURIZER AND SUNSCREEN

If it’s a makeup-free day – as 97% of my days are – I use this moisturizer and sunscreen combo. On me, it is too heavy for under makeup.

If I’m wearing makeup that day, I use

Clinique ID Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ with the Active Cartridge Concentrate™ for Uneven Skin Tone

Clinique ID Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ with the Active Cartridge Concentrate™ for Uneven Skin Tone

Definitely use the “Customize Me” tool to find your best fit!

After moisturizer I follow up with

Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40

I love that it serves as an excellent primer for makeup in addition to the sun safety!

Do you have a favorite skincare item?
How has your skincare changed during the pandemic?

Let me know!