Soap And Glory Melty Talented Dry Skin Balm; Review

Hello, my loves!

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I hope your weekend is going well so far. I have had one of the best weeks I have had in a long time! Anyways, I thought today I could bring you another quick review. It is on the Soap And Glory Melty Talented Dry Skin Balm.

I bought this balm a few weeks ago and I have really been enjoying it ever since. The Melty Talented is a pink colored balm, which has a solid consistency at room temperature but once warmed up against fingertips, it turns into a soothing oil. It claims it is for dry lips, hair tips, elbows, knees, and cuticles.

I  have mostly used it on my knees and elbows and I can say it is a very fast acting oil for dry skin. I have chronically dry skin when seasons change and this has prevented me from having to layer on thick creams which takes a lot more time to rub in usually. With this balm it rubs in instantly and there isn’t even too much of a greasy feel to it either. The smell is amazing and is a warm, vanilla cupcake scent. This product retails for $6 USD for 1 o.z. (a little goes a long way) and can be found at Walgreens or on Soap and Glory’s website.

I can recommend this product to anyone who wants soft, great smelling skin, at a fair price. I love Soap and Glory, and often feel the brand is not always given recognition even when their products are stellar!

Well, I hope you enjoyed my review and if you have any Soap and Glory products you can recommend I would absolutely love to hear about them! So, leave them in the comments!

Until Next Time,

Julie

Thrift Store Finds June 2018

Hello, my loves! Happy Monday!

As you may know, I am an avid thrift shopper. I love spending little money on high quality items  at the thrift store instead of lesser quality items that would cost much more from a typical store. I have a thrift shop near my house that has the nicest items, whether it be clothes or home decor and it is the lowest prices I’ve ever found in my experience. I decided I’m going to share my recent finds.

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I found these three desert plates for 50cents each. They are originally from Pier 1 and I am in love with them. They have such a cute floral design and I will likely use them to hold little crystals, rings, or even lip balms.

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I bought these small bowls with blue floral detail. These were 99cents each and are in perfect condition. I will use these bowls for oatmeal in the morning.

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I bought these blank cards that have a country style vibe but they also remind me of summer. The pack of cards was 40cents and came with five cards. I will be sending these out to family members who live in different states.

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The last two items I am sharing is a bold pink necklace, which I bought for 99cents, and a floral print skirt which was 2 dollars. I plan on pairing this with a white dress tank top and black ballet flats for a casual summer outfit.

My love for vintage and floral is probably quite apparent here, but I hope you liked the small look into some of the purchases I’ve made so far in June.

Until next time,

Julie

 

Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo Review

Hi, my loves. I wanted to do a quick review of the Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo.

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The Aveda Shampure is a dry shampoo which is meant to instantly refresh hair with a clam aroma. It comes in a powder form, and you are supposed to dispense the product directly onto the roots of the hair and then massage gently until the powder is dissolved. The packaging is very unique. You simply maneuver the top mechanism until the dispenser is showing and then squeeze the container lightly and it will allow just enough product to come out so you won’t be wasting product. It also keeps the powder fresh and free from any contamination.

The cost fo the Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo retails for $31 USD and you are receiving 2 oz of product.

I honestly think this is one of the nicest dry shampoos I have tried and I have tried many. The smell alone would make me purchase this again, but the product itself is a miracle for second and third-day hair. This dry shampoo will make any oil in your hair disappear and you will be left with wonderful smelling hair. It does not leave a chalky or white residue either. In my opinion, this product even leaves extra volume in your hair.

For reference, I have thick, curly, voluminous hair and it is not difficult to work with this product even with having tons of hair which is great! I think people who have fine hair will enjoy this product as well because it is a natural based product and does not have any extra additives that will weigh their hair down.

If you are looking for a dry shampoo that does as it says, I would look into getting the Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo!

I hope you are all having a lovely Wednesday!

  • Julie

June Goals

Hello, my loves!

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Happy June! Today is going to be a post about my goals for June. I honestly have been trying to get my thoughts organized lately and I do well with setting intentions and goals for the days, weeks, and months ahead. I know my blog has been a little sporadic lately and I am vowing to change that. We all go through events in life that sometimes do not allow much room for what we want to be working on and that is what was going on this past month. A lot of chaos was happening and I was unable to structure that chaos, but right now I’m trying as hard as I can to rise above any negativity in my life and start with a positive and overall progressive month.

My goals for the upcoming month are:

  • Post 2 times per week on blog&Instagram
  • Yoga&stretching daily
  • Drink only water for a beverage
  • Laugh more
  • Invest in myself, not in things
  • Sleep before midnight
  • More self-care time
  • Journal daily

My list could go on and on for literally pages and pages but I do not want to focus on everything at once and then be disappointed when I fail to accomplish them. I feel like what I’d like to change the most is how I feel about myself. I often feel disappointed because I may not be at a certain place in my life and I am comparing my life to other people but in the end, it doesn’t matter, as long as I am happy.

I hope this encourages you to set intentions or goals for yourself this upcoming month as it is truly a helpful practice.

Until Next,

Julie

 

My New Morning Routine

Hello, my loves!

Untitled.pngI know I have been missing posts this week, but I wanted to write about this specific topic because it may be able to help those struggling with their morning routines or life stress in general.

I am going to be talking about my new morning routine in this blog post, and the reasons this routine is so helpful.

The first part of my morning routine is waking up. I used to wake up with an alarm and it would actually make me sleep longer. Since most mornings I actually don’t have a commitment, I decided to try to wake up naturally. My body seems now to wake up around 730 AM, which is when I initially set my alarm anyway. I don’t feel so panicked now and worried that I will miss my alarm (because that was quite an issue). I know this isn’t an option for everyone but even setting an alarm and giving yourself enough time to wake up is an option.

After I am awake, I pet my dog, and open the curtains and make my bed. These are two things I do immediately because it helps let sunlight in and I feel like I’m getting things accomplished right away. I then have been using a citrus essential oil to help with any bad moods I may be in when I wake up, and I basically just breathe in the aroma and it works right away.

Next, I will grab my journal and start writing my morning pages. Morning pages are the most influential part of my new morning routine. I do not know why I did not try this sooner. It is basically just writing out three whole pages worth of thoughts on paper. I like this because I start off really negative usually but by the end of the process I am a lot more positive and my outlook has been changed by the time I am finished. I highly recommend this one step to add to your morning routine or even your evening routine.

I can become quite restrictive with my diet, but I decided I want to treat myself each morning to the option of coffee with [vegan] creamer. Coffee is just a nice way to start your day and wake up a little from the caffeine. While I’m making that, I usually pick up my phone now and start running through e-mails and social media or text messages. I’m really trying to break away from being on social media as much but it’s difficult to ignore sometimes. I’ll either eat breakfast now or when I’m done working out.

This is when I’ll go over my to-do list and see what needs to be done during the day. I am so lucky I have the flexibility of my day but I also need to get a lot of things done while at home. Lately, I’ll try to get a thirty-minute workout in on my treadmill or elliptical or even just deep stretching or yoga.

Once this period is over, I will wash up (I shower at night), and apply my skincare and makeup and then I’m ready for the day. Honestly, I feel so much better adding less social media and more self-care/work. The morning pages have brought me more satisfaction than I can express. I also have been journaling during the day more, if something comes up and is bothersome. Instead of getting upset or unmotivated I simply write down what is going on and work my way through it on paper.

I hope this has inspired you to look at your own morning routine and how you spend your time! I am aiming for another post or two this week – I am just dealing with a lot of random things in my personal life which are taking up a bit of time that I did not expect! Tomorrow is Friday which means the weekend is almost here! Hurray! Enjoy the rest of your day and until next time, much love and happiness and harmony!

  • Julie

Good Chemistry: Wild Child Perfume Review

Hello, my dear ones!

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Yesterday I posted an overview of lavender essential oil. Today, I’m going to be talking about a perfume which is formulated with essential oils. The brand is called Good Chemistry and can be found at Target stores.

Good Chemistry is a new line available at Target and is vegan and cruelty free.  They are also paraben free and dye free as well as aluminum free and phthalate-free. All their perfumes and body sprays are fragranced with essential oils which is something I am glad the market has available these days. The brand carries different perfumes with cute names like Brainiac or Queen Bee. I find the whole packaging to be very modern and cute.

The specific perfume which I’m going to be talking about today is the Wild Child perfume.

Wild Child’s label says “Mischievous and Bright with Looks To Match”, and it is formulated with notes of bergamot, coconut,  and bamboo. I can totally smell the coconut in this fragrance, but it is not overpowering to the point where it smells like sun oil. I can also smell the spicy floral and freshness of bergamot and bamboo. Together the smell of this perfume is quite strong when you initially spray it or even are just smelling it through the applicator but once it is on your skin, it is the warmest, floral scent! I would typically wear this scent during the warmer weather, and definitely if you are going to the beach or an outing where you’ll be enjoying a sunny day.

Wild Child perfume retails for $25 USD for 1.7 fl oz but can be found in a body mist for $13 USD for 4.25 fl oz. These also come in rollerball form!

If you are planning on purchasing this perfume I would definitely go in-store to smell the range before you purchase. I can say this fragrance is definitely something that not everyone will like just because it does have essential oils in it, which some people may not be on board with a particular one.  I’ve found that this brand seems to have a great variation on what each perfume smells like on, as opposed to just spraying from the bottle.

Overall, I think these are really unique, environmentally friendly fragrances which have a large range of scents to choose from and I really do like the Wild Child one but as said, it may not work for everyone. I encourage anyone to stop in and smell these even if you just want to see what they’re all about!

I hope this review provided some insight on the Good Chemistry Wild Child fragrance. I honestly am just very proud of companies like this that are coming out with options which aren’t so toxic to our bodies and our earth.

If you’ve tried one of the Good Chemistry perfumes or sprays, let me know! I seriously would love to get another since I’m almost out of my Daydreamer one.

I hope you are all having a lovely weekend thus far, and I’ll be back tomorrow!

Until Next,

Julie

Lavender Essential Oil Overview

Hello, my dears!

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This past week has been hard on me, and I have been relying on essential oils more than usual. Essential oils are oils which are derived from various herbs, flowers, and resins of plants, etc. I personally have been using them for about three years now and I can tell that they have played a large part in relieving stress in my life. I personally am lucky that essential oils have an immediate effect on me, so I am able to use them as needed. The essential oil which has had the most influence on my anxiety and stress is lavender essential oil. Lavender is known for calming and relaxing and could easily put me to sleep but it has many other roles as well which I’m going to briefly go over today.

  1. Lavender can be used in aromatherapy. It is a wonderful smelling oil with properties that soothe and calm. It can be used in soap, lotions, or perfumes. You can also make pillow sprays, room sprays, etc to promote sleep and wellness.
  2. It can be used as an acne treatment.  The way lavender works with acne is by being an antibacterial and reducing inflammation. It can also be used as an acne scar healer as well.
  3. A pain reliever. Lavender, when topically applied and used with a massage can relieve many muscle pains!
  4. Improves blood circulation. This wonderful oil has the ability to lower blood pressure and increase blood circulation and is often used for those who have hypertension. You can get the results by using lavender as an aromatherapy tool.
  5. Strengthens your immune system. Lavender is an immunity booster since it has antibacterial and antiviral properties. Lavender was used this way in earlier times to treat infections.

Lavender is also known for treating nausea, aids in digestive flow, and may even prevent cancer from forming.

I highly encourage you to find a use for lavender essential oil in your life. It is such a lovely, natural oil which can provide many reliefs to symptoms, specifically anxiety and worries. Make sure when you are looking for oils though, that you find a high-quality oil so you can get the most benefits.

Until Next Time!

Happy Friday,

Julie

(p.s. Regular posting will resume Sunday.)