Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Perfector Review

Hello, my loves.


Today I thought I’d do a review on a Maybelline product that I just got my hands on. I purchased the 4-in-1 Instant Age Rewind Perfector. Originally, I had thought it was a foundation with a glow. However, when I took it home I actually read the packaging and it is a primer, concealer, glower, and BB cream.

I bought this product at Target for 12.99 USD. If I am going to be honest there was not a great range of shades but expected from a drugstore brand. However, since this product is used as a BB cream or light coverage — and is meant to to provide just a glow primer, it is likely able to be used on many skin tones.

The shade I purchased was 00 – Fair-light and I am a light olive skin toned and it worked for me. I tried to apply the cream on a blemish but it did not cover it. I however, did not expect it to cover anything since it is not meant to be a foundation. I did like the application on my hyperpigmentation, it covered it very well.

,Okay, so – The product comes with a sponge tip connected to the BB cream. You have to twist the product into the sponge and it is then applied with the sponge. The only thing I do not like is that it is not hygienic to keep placing the same sponge onto your face without being able to clean it somehow. However, you can use your own sponge or brush and apply it that way.

Personally, now that I know how it is meant to be used I am actually quite a fan of this perfector product. I think it is a quite a good amount of product for the price and it does what it says it is supposed to do. I like that even though the range of shades isn’t great it still can work for those with deeper or lighter skin tones. I like the applicator even if it isn’t the most hygienic, but it is easy to use and doesn’t waste product.

So, over all I would recommend this product. If you have the chance, pick it up, give it a try.

If you have an experience with it please share in the comments!

Much love,

Julie

Vitamin C Tree Hut Review

Hello, my loves.

I haven’t been posting because my computer crashed and I just got a new one. I have missed blogging and being able to connect with you. I’ve been busy working on my poetry book as well as a novel.

Today, I’m going to be sharing with you a review on two products. They are the Tree Hut sugar scrub in vitamin C and the body butter to match. I really can’t wait to share this review because they are really nice products.

So, the first thing I used was the vitamin C sugar scrub. I chose it because I have some chest acne scars that I’m trying to get rid of or brighten. I can tell you, I love it! I love what it has done for my chest skin. It definitely has brightened up and removed some rough texture. I highly recommend this for anyone who wants to sooth and smooth their skin. All you have to do is take a small amount of product and rub it around where you want your skin to scrub and then wash it off with water. I highly recommend using this on legs before you shave or even after! It is at an affordable price and will last you at least up to a month if you use it a few times a week. It retails for 7.50 USD at Target. I will be and have repurchased this product.

The second product is the vitamin C body butter. This was a more recent purchase but I thought I’d share my opinion anyways. So, this is the matching body butter to the scrub and they both smell amazing. It smells like a citrus tree. I absolutely love the texture of this cream as well, it is thick but melts into your skin very quickly but leaves your skin so soft. I feel like this has helped brighten my skin as well as moisturize it. It actually reminds me of the body shop body yogurt if you’ve used those before. The price however, is also amazing — 7.99 USD. Due to its consistency it will last you a long time even if you use it daily.

Well, I hope this can help you decide if you want to buy these products. For the price, it doesn’t hurt to try. There are many other scents to these products which I also enjoy but for skin brightening, I recommend these for sure.

If you have any questions or have any products you want to recommend please leave a comment.

Much love,

Julie

Peppermint Essential Oil Overview

Hello, my loves!

Welcome back to my blog, my dears. Today we are going to be talking specifically about peppermint essential oil. I know I touched on essential oils in the past but now I will be talking about a single essential oil in a post each week. I love talking about all things that are healthy for our bodies and holistic ways to help with illness. I am not saying I am a doctor or know the specifics of illnesses or diseases but I do know how to help with minor ailments.

Peppermint essential oil is one of the most common oils on the market. I personally love peppermint! It is a great oil for feeling refreshed and ready to go. Honestly, I use it every day before a workout so that I can feel inspired to get started. I love the way it smells and brings life back into a house if you are using a diffuser.

Some of the other uses for peppermint essential oil is for stomach aches or digestion. You can drink peppermint tea, or use a drop of peppermint with a carrier oil and rub it on your tummy. It is also great for relieving headaches and sore muscles. You can also use it for emotional support when you are feeling distressed or having low energy.

Peppermint essential oil is also used for common colds and can help treat cough or congestion.

Some of my favorite diffuser blends are:

Lemon And Peppermint – for uplifting

Orange And Peppermint – for relaxing

Lavender And Peppermint – for calming

Rosemary And Peppermint – for refreshing

I do suggest that you find an oil that is therapeutic grade and is made with care.

I hope you enjoyed my blog post today and if you have any questions or have anything to share please feel free to do so in the comments!

Love,

Julie

How To Have A Better Day

Hello, my loves!

I hope your Monday is going well. Today, we are going to be talking about things that can make you have a better day when your day isn’t going so well.

Make or buy a good drink. Honestly, it is a small gesture but it is something that always uplifts my mood when I’m feeling down. A nice, iced coffee or a hot tea is wonderful for the spirit. The process in making one is a slow meditation that can make you relax in between tasks. Put your drink in your favorite mug and voila you are all set.

Use essential oils. God blessed us with nature and with that is flowers,, fruits, trees, and many other beautiful sights. These can be converted into wonderful essential oils which can be used to support our emotions and moods. I personally love using peppermint essential oil when I’m feeling low or run down. Lemon is also a quick mood booster.

Physical activity. We can all get in a mood where we don’t want to get up and do anything but I guarantee you that if you start moving you will not regret it. Honestly, working out is a huge factor in my own life. I like to workout at least four times a week. I get on the treadmill and do some weight training. I also do yoga on a daily basis and go for walks as much as I can if the weather permits. It is not only good for your physical body but it is excellent for improving mood and relaxing you. So, if you’re having a bad day why not try it.

Creative outlet. If you have some time, you should give a creative project a try. It doesn’t have to be the best or the hardest. Doing crafts is just for fun! If you are burnt out from work, try something like adult coloring books or water colors. There are YouTube videos on all sorts of creative projects so it should be easy to do. I personally like writing as my hobby. My blog reflects me and it is just a fun thing to do. I hope you can find something you enjoy.

Clean. Cleaning isn’t the most relaxing thing to do when you are having a bad day but it is so worth it. It will set your mind free of the clutter that may be haunting you. Light some sage or Palo Santo and find a way to refresh your home or bedroom. You will be energetically cleansing your home and it will be like a reset button. Perhaps set a corner of one of your rooms to be a meditation center where you know it is going to be safe for you to relax.

Shopping. Okay, last but not least. Retail therapy can definitely help once in a while. As long as you aren’t spending 500 dollars at Target every time you have a bad day. It is fun to buy new thing and a new dress to wear is always exciting. Honestly, it could be a new bubble bath for your self care day or a new pair of shoes to wear out with your girlfriends. Who doesn’t love to shop?!

Well, I hope some of these ideas helped. If you have any of your own ideas, please share them in the comments!

Love, Julie

Current Favorites

Hello, my loves

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Today we are going to be talking about my current favorites. Whether it be food, makeup, or music!

First, a drink.

I’m obsessed with Trader Joe’s chai tea concentrate. It is easy to just pour a little liquid into almond milk and make a delicious drink. It is the perfect drink to wake up to or have as an afternoon drink.

The next product is a liquid lipstick by Nyx. It is their XXL Lip Lingerie line and it is the shade Push’d Up. This is a beautiful pink shade that can be worn with any makeup look.

For hair, I really have been enjoying the OGX Tea Tree and Mint clarifying shampoo. I absolutely love it because I don’t have to wash my hair every other day – it doesn’t make my hair greasy and I can go days without washing.

For songs, I really like “God’s a woman” by Ariana Grande. I also have been liking “I’d do anything for love” by Meat loaf. I know that is so random but it’s true!

On YouTube, I really enjoy watching that girl videos and morning routines. I’ve been struggling with my morning routine so I am taking tips away from the videos.

For body products, I’ve really been enjoying the Johnson’s baby lotion. It is perfectly gentle on skin and can really provide a lot of moisture.

Lastly, for food. I really love my organic turkish figs from Trader Joe’s. They taste like a piece of candy. Also, the Trader Joe’s heart jelly beans are delicious!

I hope you enjoyed my favorites!

Much love,

Julie

New Years Goals

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Hello, my loves!

I hope you are all enjoying the holiday season. We are close approaching the new year and I thought I’d share with you my goals. I do not like to set lofty goals that need to be accomplished overnight, but rather, goals that can be a long term ambition.

Physical Goal:

Lose 20 pounds by Spring.

Walk outside every day if weather permits.

Eat healthy, but don’t restrict.

Mental Goal:

Read one chapter of book per day.

Learn to crochet.

Learn basic astrology.

Emotional Goal:

Seek a therapist.

Meditate when needed.

Write in my journal daily or weekly.

Be kind to myself even when it is difficult.

Spiritual Goal:

Learn about Native American history.

Find peace with God.

Belly dance.

Be with nature without distractiions.

I hope this year is a good one for everyone. Let all your dreams and passions come through.

Love, Julie

Collagen Peptide Overview

Hello, my loves!

I an so happy to share with you a product overview which I’ve been using for around a month now. The product is building status and can be found in most drugstores. It’s called collagen peptides.

Collagen peptides are a form of protein made from connective tissue of fish or bovine. These connective tissues provide a large source of moisture and firmness to your skin, nails, and joints. The cushion makes your skin plump and radiant.

It is easy to take collagen. You can either take a tablet or the most common is taking a powder version that is tasteless so you can add it to your coffee, smoothies, or even water! There are also flavored collagens on the market right now so you can enjoy a flavored beverage too! You need to take the supplement for at least two weeks for there to be a noticeable change.

It is suggested to take 2.5-10 grams of collagen each day to see results.

Personally, I’ve been using the collagen peptides from Trader Joe’s made by Great Lakes Gelatin Co. This specific collagen comes from pasture raised bovine. This collagen goes for Nine USD.

My results from using collagen peptides for a month have been quite good. I have experienced more plump skin which is soft and clear. My hair has definitely been more thick as well as shiny and growing out fast. My nails have also grown out faster than normal.

I’d highly recommend purchasing a collagen powder if you want to see if it will help aid in softer skin, nails, hair, and joints.

I’d also suggest doing research on the collagen powder you want to use so it will fit what you are looking for.

If you have any questions about collagen peptides or want to share an experience with it, please leave a comment.

Much love,

Julie

Early Fall Self Care Ideas


Hello, my loves!

I hope you are all enjoying the beginning of September. I have been able to go on a few walks without feeling like a raisin. I’d like to share with you some of my self care habits that you can implement into your routine to feel a little better during this changing time.

  1. Brew some coffee or tea in the morning. I love coffee and I love tea and they are a nice habit to get into when you want to take some time to relax and enjoy the aroma.. It is also a good time to set aside for meditation. Use this time to relax and unwind and observe your emotions and feelings. Try to assess what you need to do to make it a better start of you day.
  2. Stretch/Dance/Yoga/Walk. Honestly, it is so important to move your body and keep moving throughout the day. You can start with a little stretch or yoga in the morning and make sure you go for a walk or dance when you’re feeling a little too tense. Create your own special routine and you will be on your way to a healthier life.
  3. Take An Internet Break. We all love our phones and computers but it can often lead to an overwhelming amount of information coming at us. We need to set our phones down and just be as we are. Try to get into nature and observe its beauty. Watch the leaves change colors and fall. Observe the birds and the woodland animals that are all around us. if you don’t live by nature try going to a park. Overall, even if it is five minutes off your phone it is better than nothing.
  4. Drink Water And Wear Sunscreen. I know I say this a lot if you follow me on twitter or Instagram but it is true. You need to keep wearing sunscreen regardless of the weather changing. We may have less direct sunlight but the truth is it is always there and always able to damage our skin. Water is also so helpful for our skin as well as all of our body organs. We need to stay hydrated. If you don’t like regular water then put some fruit and herbs in it. If you don’t like that then put some flavor drops in it. It doesn’t matter, get hydrated.
  5. Take Time For Yourself. You are a human bein and need time to recuperate after long days or even short days. Try to find time to relax and do something you enjoy. Find a passion project and stick with it. I personally love to watch Youtube videos and learn about new things. I also like to write in my free time and am doing a book for aromatherapy.

Overall, I hope you find something that makes you happy during this early fall season.

Much Love,

Julie

Essential Oils: The Beginning

Hello, my loves

I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season. Today I’m going to be talking about something I have a great passion for and that is essential oils. I’m going to go over the bare minimum with you so you have a general idea what they are about and what you can do with them once you have some in your possession.


Essential oils are more than just smelling good. They have a property that effects your brain in positive ways. Depending on which oil you choose, it will affect you in different ways. Some of the basic essential oils you can get are orange, lemon, lavender, frankincense, or even peppermint.


There are a few things you need to look at when you’re using essential oils. First of all, are they 100% therapeutic grade? This means they are actually 100% of the plant material used and no synthetic fillers. You also want to check if they need a carrier oil. Some essential oils can be used on their own and some need a carrier oil or a base oil (sweet almond oil, sesame oil, etc) that they are added to so you can apply them on your skin.


Get a diffuser. You really are going to want to use these essential oils with a diffuser. A diffuser runs oils and water through a steaming process which then lets the smell of your oils penetrate a room. It is perfect for anyone beginning with essential oils to purchase a diffuser. They come in all shapes and sizes and you should select one depending on the size of your room.


Once you’ve determined those things, you can start using your oils. There are various properties of essential oils. I personally started with the basics. I like lemon because it is a vibrant citrus smell which makes everything feel sunny. Lemon can brighten up a cloudy day and it smells great in a diffuser. Lemon oil also takes the sticky off stickers and is a great oil to add to a cleaning solution.


Lavender oil is great for rest and relaxation. It promotes calming and restful sleep. It also is great for skin and hair. Cedarwood is wonderful for grounding and promoting a meditative state. There are many, many, oils you can use for various things, do your research!


All I know is that essential oils have helped me so much in the past when it comes to provoking certain moods or energies that I want to embody. You cannot expect them to cure depression or make your life miraculously better but they can help in a small way if you’re struggling.

I hope this helped even a little bit. Perhaps you can tell me your favorite essential oil in the comments!

Love, 

Julie

December 2020 Goals

Hello, my loves!

I hope your holidays have been going well. Today I thought I’d go over my December goals. We all have a lot going on during the holiday season and we all want to start goals for the New Year but why delay? Start now!

1. Drink only water for beverages besides Zevia once in a while.

2. Walk daily, preferably 3 times a day.

3. Stick to my routine. Wake up at 8 AM every day.

4. Work on blog daily. Work on Social Media presence.

5. Call friends or family members who I haven’t recently.

6. Enjoy the holidays without stress.

These are a few things I can definitely accomplish. I’d love to know what is on your goal list! Share below!