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Makeup Inspiration: French Beauty

Hello, my loves! Welcome back to my blog!

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I have been obsessed with wearing less-is-more makeup lately. I adore makeup, I truly do. I love putting my artist side to work every morning and picking out different shades and colors. However, I also like letting my skin breathe and letting my skincare work, especially in the warmer weather.

French beauty is something I am particularly interested in, seeing as I am mostly of  French descent and also because it is more minimal. The French have a particular look which isn’t seen in every French woman in the same way but rather they each have their own individual style which is typically minimal, soft, yet bold provides a statement.

My favorite French look is the glowy skin with a red lip. There’s usually little eye makeup in this look at least what I have seen, but there’s usually at least a coat of mascara. My idol is Jeanne Damas, who is a French It girl who also owns her own clothing line. She personally seems to pick more plum colored lips or a deeper red.

I thought I’d list a few of my favorite beauty products that I use to achieve the  French girl look.

L’oreal True-Match Foundation –  I like this product because it can be used as a more sheer product or a full coverage one depending on how much you apply. It provides a glowy base and the shade selection is wonderful.

Bareminerals – Bareskin Concealer –  This concealer is perfect for a natural concealing effect. IT does not crease under the eye and can be blended in softly with your finger or a sponge. It is a full coverage concealer but does not feel thick or tacky.

Benefit Cosmetics – High Beam – This is a nice, subtly soft highlighter product that looks natural on the skin. This product is easily applied to the top of the cheekbones for a hint of sheen. Or a cheaper alternative is “Moonbeam” powder highlighter by E.L.F.

Honest Beauty – Cream Contour Palette – This is the smoothest, most buttery and easily blended contour palette I have used. It is stunning and perfect for a look where it doesn’t look muddy or heavy.

MAC  – Lipstick in venomous violet, diva, or viva glam 3.  I  personally have never used these ones but they are recommended by Jeanne herself! I personally like Revlon’s balm stain in “Crush”  or “Romantic” for a beautiful plum or berry pout.

You can, of course, use any products that you have but the idea is to keep it looking like it is your own complexion.The French often say you should play up your best features instead of trying to hide the ones you do not like. I strongly agree! Are there any makeup trends or styles you are following right now? Let me know in the comments!

Have a wonderful rest of your Monday and I will be back writing on Wednesday!

Salut,

Julie

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New Posting Schedule

Hi, my loves! Happy Sunday!

I wanted to let you know I am going to be blogging every Monday, Wednesday, and Sunday from now on just in case you wanted to know! ✨ I appreciate everyone who has been reading my blog it means the world to me you guys want to read what I have to say!

Have a lovely evening and the rest of your week!

Love always, Julie

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Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Pure Castile Soap Review

Hello, my loves! Happy Earth Day!

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Today is Earth Day and it is also review Sunday, so I thought it would be fitting to provide a review about an organic, vegan, and cruelty-free product that also uses recycled materials for the packaging.

Dr. Bronner’s is known for their liquid castile soap, which is a combination of various oils like organic coconut oil,  organic palm kernel oil, organic olive oil, organic hemp oil, organic jojoba oil, and essential oils, in combination with a minimal list of other ingredients.  Dr. Bronner’s is a company which also uses certified fair trade ingredients in their products.

The particular one I have been using is the lavender castile soap (retails for $3.99-$70.00 depending on quantity). I personally use this product as a body wash, as well as a shampoo and sometimes a facial wash. First of all, I really enjoy the subtle lavender scent that is not overpowering. The fragrance has a calming effect, especially when used before bed.

The key to this product is diluting it with water because it is easy to be overpowered by the oils or other components of the ingredients.

When I actually use the product, the results are wonderful. I use this as a clarifying shampoo because it makes my hair feel so clean. I typically will then go in with another shampoo to bring some moisture back because I do feel like this does make your hair a little dry on its own.

As a body wash, this does not really lather up like most. It provides a clean feeling, however, and leaves the skin feel soft. As a facial cleanser, this is a nice gentle one that does a nice job. I would personally use this in the morning to get any dirt off from sleep as opposed to a nightly cleanser where it needs to be more vigorous.

There are other ways you can use this product for, like washing dishes, doing laundry, washing your dog, or even shaving.

In my opinion, there is something to be said about a company that goes out of its way and makes it their mission to provide sustainable products that can be used in ways many traditional products cannot. I hope we can all do our part in the future to become more eco-friendly and less harmful to the environment. I know it is difficult but even making small steps like purchasing from companies such as Dr. Bronner’s it will help more than you know.

I highly recommend this product to anyone who wants a versatile soap that will be effective and leave you squeaky clean!

If you’ve tried any of Dr. Bronner’s products, let me know how you feel about them in the comments or if you have any other eco-friendly brands we should know about!

Love always,

Julie

 

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Bliss “In The Honey’ Mask Review

Hello, dears!

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I recently picked up a new mask from Target and I thought I’d do a review on it since it is a newer release to Target and I want you to be able to make an informed decision before purchasing. The mask is the “in the honey” mask by Bliss.

The “in the honey” mask retails for $16 USD for 50ML or 1.7 fl oz. It is available at Target, Ulta, and online at Blissworld.com. So, the initial reason I purchased this mask was that of the name and knowing that there was going to be honey in it. I personally love honey when it comes to skincare because it is so moisturizing and anti-inflammatory. This mask is supposed to be a moisturizing mask as opposed to a pore cleansing or purifying mask.

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The mask is a thick, but not sticky, honey-colored almost gel formula. It smells just like it is described as a honey-lavender mask. The active ingredients in this mask are as follows:

  • Acacia Honey: Rich in natural sugars, it draws moisture to skin to create a hydrating veil while antioxidants protect against oxidative and environmental damage.
  • Honey Extract: Boosts moisture and radiance in depleted skin.
  • Propolis Extract: Also called “bee glue,” as in the hive, it is used to seal and protect the hive and its chambers that house baby bees; used since ancient times to balance, heal and soothe skin.
  • Squalane: Plant sugar-derived moisturizer balances skin by improving water reserves and limiting moisture loss.
  • Cocoa Seed Extract: Contains high levels of antioxidants to help protect from damage while soothing skin for an improved complexion.
  • Lavender Oil: Known for its antioxidant and skin-calming properties.

To use, you simply apply a layer of product and wait about 10-15 minutes before washing off, and follow with pat drying.

The results of this mask, for me, were wonderful.  I truly could see a visible difference in the redness of my face (which I assume is from the lavender) and the moisture that was left behind was so good that I woke up the next morning with subtle, nourished skin.

I think this product is well worth the money and I can see myself getting a number of applications out of this product. I believe any skin type could use this mask without irritation or complications. I did not break out from this mask and that’s another bonus for me!

Overall, I give this product the thumbs up in my book. I will definitely be looking at buying more Bliss products in the future and you should let me know in the comments if you have tried this mask or any other Bliss products!

Until Next,

Julie

 

 

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Creative Ways To Be More Productive

Hello, my friends!

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I am a very productive person when I want to be, but sometimes I lack the desire to make endless lists, or even schedule batches of time to do work. I think a lot of us have similar issues and want to improve our levels of productivity. Today’s blog is going to be on simple ways to get more work done and using creativity to do so.

  1. Bullet Journal. Honestly, this is one of the most fun and entertaining things I do. Using a bullet journal has helped me stay organized, get work done, and also has worked as a form of subtle therapy. You can add stickers, or washi tape, or go crazy with any sort of artwork you desire! It’ll become a second home for you. If you’re interested in learning more about methods of bullet journaling, you should YouTube some of the videos which go into more detail about all the setups you can use.
  2. Listen to an audiobook or a podcast. Maximize your productivity with multi-tasking. You can do housework or yardwork while listening to an audiobook or learning valuable information from a podcast.
  3. Have a morning and night routine. Sticking to a morning and night routine will give you the time to relax (due to repetition) while being productive. Turn off your phone or television and read a book or read the newspaper. Make your bed without fail, do a little exercise when you wake up. It’s more about learning to utilize time properly than anything else. Once you have your morning and night routine you can start incorporating work or creative projects into your daily routine.
  4. Use graphs. Graphs can be a way to visualize your goals and the progress you need to make in order to achieve them. Grab some colored pens and start graphing. Make mind maps, charts, or even a digital version but keep yourself invested in what it is you want to achieve and look back at it when you are feeling lost.
  5. Do something new. Getting inspired is important to learning and growth. You should try something new at least once a week and see if you gain a new perspective. Change your location as often as possible and it will lead to opportunities you never could have expected.

I’m always looking for new ways to be creative about being productive, so if you have any ideas you want to share, feel free to leave them in the comments!

Until Next,

Julie

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Crystals: Good Vibes And More

 Hello, my dears!

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I have been practicing embracing my spirituality more and more over the last several years. It started when I met a friend who had a strong connection to his own spirituality. There is an element of spirituality (metaphysical) which involves crystals, or at least it can. I personally, love crystals. Crystals are beautiful parts of the earth that can provide different healing properties to an individual provided they are able to connect with the crystal.

How Crystals Work

Crystals each have their own vibrational level and are known to be able to reduce or increase your own vibration until there is balance once again. It is also believed that they can help with physical ailments as well. There’s also a belief that crystals can communicate with those who meditate with them.  The aim is to program your crystal with an intention and then use the crystal to work on an emotional, spiritual, or physical level. Fun fact: I owned a crystal that I gave to my friend and he was able to communicate what activities I had been doing while holding the crystal! He was a highly intuitive person but still!

A few of my favorite crystals are:

Rose Quartz 

The love crystal. It provides aid in self-love, self-esteem, intimacy, communication. This is my all-time favorite crystal and to me, it has a very calming and soothing vibe as well.

Amethyst

Amethyst is great for grounding, as well as relieving stress and anxiety. It can help with thoughts and their clarity and spiritual protection.

Rhodonite

Rhodonite is an all-around emotional wellness stone. It provides room for love, caring, and charity.

Sodalite

Sodalite is great for self-esteem, commitment, trust, and grounding.

Lapis Lazuli 

Lapis Lazuli is a perfect stone to figure out what your dreams are trying to tell you. It provides wisdom and reason.

Taking Care of Your Crystals

As far as taking care of crystals goes, you cannot just pick up a crystal and it will bring the magical properties. Crystals adapt to the energy you provide them with, so you must keep them cleansed so they can work to their full potential. There are a few ways to cleanse crystals, you can do so by:

  • Laying them in the moonlight
  • Putting them back in the earth for a period of time
  • Combine them with selenite or  quartz
  • Use sage or palo santo

I hope this blog post helped even a little to introduce you to crystals! If you have any questions let me know in the comments below!

Until Next,

Julie

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12 Steps To More Youthful-Looking Skin

Hello, my dears!

We all have a desire to have youthful, soft, and glowing skin but sometimes it is difficult to keep up with grueling regimes of anti-aging products, massages, and treatments. Today’s blog post will be on 12 basic steps you can take to gain healthier looking skin and prevent premature aging. I personally am working on protecting my skin from future damage and I believe everyone can aid their skin to look its best without spending a fortune.

12 Steps To More Youthful-Looking Skin

  1. Healthy skin begins with moisture. Moisturizing provides the skin with essential nutrients which allow the skin to heal and stay supple and soft. Look for moisturizers with components like vitamin C, E, and A as well as high-quality alpha hydroxy acids.
  2. Stay out of the sun. UV radiation accelerates the aging process of the skin, which leads to fine lines and wrinkles prematurely. While being out in the sun is wonderful for vitamin D production, it is not recommended to be outside for extended periods of time without protection and protective clothing.
  3. Get plenty of sleep. Sleeping enough (around 7-8 hours a night) can reduce under eye circles or baggy under eyes. It also is the period when our skin restores itself. Be aware of your sleep habits and your skin will thank you!
  4. Wash your face twice a day. I know it can be easy to pass up the morning cleanse but try to make sure you are cleansing both in the morning and before bed. Choose a gentle cleanser in the morning and a deep cleanser at night that will remove any makeup or build up from the day. This will not only provide clean skin but also prevent aging your skin!
  5. Take your vitamins. Vitamin A, C, and E all keep the skin looking healthy. There are many options for multivitamins which you can take to keep a glow to your skin. If you are struggling to find what will work for you, contact your dermatologist.
  6. Drink plenty of water. Water is an essential part of preventing aging skin. You can moisturize all day but if you are not hydrated from within, your skin will be dry and will result in looking fatigued.
  7. Eat a healthy diet. Eating foods that are high in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids — such as flaxseed, salmon, and dark-green vegetables — helps your body fight off free radicals that can damage your skin. Avoid processed foods and foods high in sugar, which may contribute to breaking down your skin’s collagen.
  8. Avoid cigarettes. Cigarette smoke contains a chemical that can break down the collagen and elastin in your skin, which leads to wrinkles and premature aging.
  9. Always exfoliate. Exfoliating helps brighten the skin and make it look and feel more polished. It helps remove dead skin cells and can even lighten the appearance of acne scars.
  10. Cut down on stress. Getting stressed regularly increases cortisol levels in your body, which in turn puts excess stress on your body. Too much stress makes your skin tired and speeds the aging process. Nobody needs extra stress in their lives, so make it a habit to exercise regularly or practice meditation.
  11. Wear sunglasses. The skin around your eyes is especially sensitive, so wearing large sunglasses helps protect it from UV rays. They also reduce squinting, which prevents crow’s feet and wrinkles.
  12. See a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. Perhaps most important for keeping your skin looking younger is seeking professional help. A dermatologist or plastic surgeon can help you create a skin care regimen that’s ideally suited for your skin type and help identify areas where your skin needs more attention. Visit egoziplasticsurgerycenter.com for more information.

And if you want a helpful quick guide:

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Courtesy of Egozi Plastic Surgery Center

I truly hope this guide helped, I really believe taking care of your skin is a wonderful act of self-care and self-love! If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them below! I hope you are having a lovely day!

Until Next,

Julie

 

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