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A Cozy Harry Potter Weekend

blog October 28, 2018

Hi, my loves!

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I hope you are all enjoying the weekend. I have been relaxing at home enjoying the cooler weather and getting cozy. With this weekend I’ve spent it re-watching (for the hundredth time…) the Harry Potter series. Today I’m going to share a few ways you can make your weekends or week a little more magical!

Get Sorted

Of course we all want to go to Hogwarts. So, why not find out your school house on Pottermore?

Pottermore is a website dedicated to the world of Harry Potter and can fill you in on some of the unknowns of the Harry Potter series. There is a Sorting Hat quiz you can take to decide which house you belong in. I got Hufflepuff!

You can follow the link here: Pottermore

Drink Butterbeer!

If you have read the books or watched the movies, you know that the most comforting beverage in the wizarding world is butterbeer, which is a delicious wizard drink, served warm and foaming in tankards or chilled in bottles. The drink is butterscotch based and you can make it at home and pretend you’re at the Three Broomsticks!

1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk

1/4 cup butterscotch topping

2 tablespoons whipped butter, room temperature

1 1/2 cups vanilla cream soda

Old-fashioned butterscotch candy sticks, for garnish

Combine condensed milk, butterscotch topping, and butter in a glass heatproof measuring cup. Heat in microwave for 1 minute. Remove and stir until butter has melted and incorporated into mixture. Meanwhile heat cream soda in another heatproof measuring cup for 1 minute 30 seconds.

Divide butterscotch mixture between two 10- to 12-ounce mugs. Fill mugs with heated cream soda and stir thoroughly. Serve garnished with an old-fashioned butterscotch candy stick.

When In Doubt..Go To The Library

Hermione is known for her wit and wisdom and she always is in the library. Try to go to your local library or pick out a book from your own library that intrigues you and spend some time reading. You can even read the Harry Potter series if you feel so inclined! This is one of the coziest activities you can do in my opinion and it expands your mind and perspective so much. Just remember no restricted section without permission! 

It’s Not Much But It’s Home

We all want clean and tidy homes but just because your house is clean doesn’t mean it can’t be cozy! Try to find some home decor which makes you smile and feel Burrow-ish. It doesn’t have to be expensive, it can literally be a decorative pillow or a blanket to throw over a chair or adding candles or fairy lights to a room. Spend some time thinking about what makes you feel at home and add some of that into your space! Mrs. Weasley always made her house welcoming even if everything didn’t always fit into place.

Write A Letter And Use The (Owl) Post

Everyone tends to be on an e-mail, texting, etc, trend and we often forget how special it is to receive a hand written letter. Make time in your week to send a letter to someone you are thinking of but haven’t seen in a while, even if you talk to them every day. You could hand make a card and even write it with a quill or use calligraphy! Be creative and make it a point to do this more regularly. Send it off and you and your loved one will both enjoy the time you took.

Have a magical weekend, and a wonderful week~

 

How To Lessen Daily Anxiety

blog September 27, 2018

Hello, my loves!

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I wanted to bring forward the topic of anxiety as my blog post because I know I myself suffer from anxiety and always have. I remember being quite young and getting so nauseous I actually couldn’t stop getting sick. It took until my adulthood to combat some of the anxiety and while it is still here I am able to cope with it a little better.

I am not a doctor or medical professional but I do have a lot of experience with mental illness and I hope it will help others who are reading this to know it is okay to feel the way you do and you are allowed to feel vulnerable. This being said, I want to talk about some things you can try to help lessen the anxious feelings you may have.

  1. Breathe. Breathing is so important, and it comes naturally to us but when we are in a state of anxiety we often cannot breathe the way we would at other times. So, concentrating on your breathing and taking deep breaths until you reach a level of calm is a quick and easy way to at least let your body know you are going to be okay.
  2. Talk about it. I know many of us cannot seem to express ourselves properly when we are under pressure or are feeling anxious but I’ve realized when I bring up my concerns to others, their assurance that everything will be fine is enough to get me out of the anxious mindset I was in.
  3. Aromatherapy. I use aromatherapy to not only let my body adjust to the aroma of the oil but to also set an intention. This can simply be taking out the oil and smelling it without even applying it and affirming to yourself everything is okay and you can rest easy for even a moment or two. I recommend looking into lavender essential oil specifically for relaxation or even insomnia.
  4. Write down your worries. This tool is a huge one for me when I am anxious. I literally write down everything in my head and let it out onto paper. Even if it is as simple as you need to clean your fridge, write it down. There is something so soothing about making lists or organizing your thoughts that can honestly eliminate a lot of fear. Having a plan is a great way to combat anxiety.
  5. Sleep. If you can get a good nights sleep, I promise you whatever situation you are worried about will not seem as bad tomorrow. We overwork our minds their capacity and this can cause even more stress and fatigue.  Try to get into a routine where you are finding yourself winding down before midnight and you will feel so much better.

Anxiety can be a treacherous and reoccurring thing that does not give up on making you feel horrible but it can be worked through. If your anxiety is causing you daily pain, I would recommend seeking professional help where they can assist you and walk you through what is happening. I know certain medications helped me in the past when mine was out of my control.

If you want to share how you cope with anxiety, please, please, feel free to leave suggestions in the comments so anyone who is reading and myself can learn more.

Virtual hugs for all!

Love,

Julie

Lush Cosmetics The Mask of Magnaminty Review

skincare September 23, 2018

Hello, my loves!

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Today I am going to be doing  a review of the mask of magnaminty. This is one of the most popular masks from the brand Lush Cosmetics and it is one of the masks I have returned to time after time when my skin is more blemish prone. 

First of all – if you haven’t heard of Lush, it is a cruelty-free, vegetarian based brand which uses a lot of fresh ingredients to make their products. There are many products that I would recommend from Lush, but the one I started with and the one I keep returning to is the mask of magnaminty. 

The mask of  magnaminty is a mask made up of the following active ingredients:

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Kaolin clay and peppermint oil : rid the skin of impurities 

Ground aduki beans : exfoliate the skin 

Vanilla absolute : calms redness

Honey : provides moisture and antibacterial properties 

Because Lush uses active, and mostly natural ingredients it is recommended you keep an eye on the expiration date because the products do tend to turn more frequently than those bought at the drugstore or department store. Pro tip: put your mask in the fridge to keep it cool and maintain the ingredients. 

To apply, you simply add a layer of the mask to your skin, wait until dry, and then remove with a wet, warm washcloth. The mask is slightly abrasive so you skin may be left looking slightly red, but do not worry it will fade quickly and you will be left with soft, and glowing skin. I feel this mask is best done only once or twice at most a week because the mask is truly ridding your skin from toxins and it could become too harsh to do regularly. 

The mask retails for $15/$30/$40 USD depending on the size of the container you purchase. I recommend buying a small container if you are using the mask for the first time because it does have the peppermint essential oil in it and it could be too much for someone with sensitive skin. 

If you’re looking for a new mask, I recommend going to Lush and at least trying it out in a sample. The atmosphere at Lush is like no other that I’ve experienced in my time of shopping for skincare or cosmetics. They have an amazing staff and are happy to help with any questions you may have or concerns about your skin. 

So enjoy your Sunday pamper, do a mask, paint your nails, have some lemon tea, and happy beginning of autumn to all of you as well!

If you have any questions or have used this mask before, let me know in the comments!

Love,

Julie

Wet&Wild Liquid Catsuit Lipsticks Review

makeup September 11, 2018

Hi, my loves!

Today I thought I’d do a review on a product I’ve been using for a while now, almost every day. This is the Wet and Wild Liquid Catsuit Lipstick.

There are two particular colors I am drawn to. The first one, being “Give Me Mocha“, which is a more neutral, almost 90s mocha/brick color. This color mimics quite closely the natural lip color I already have so it’s perfect for every day wear. The next color, is a more vibrant color, which is “Berry Recognize“, a very bold pink-berry shade.

I really like this liquid lipstick, like a lot. At first, I thought the applicator was slightly difficult to use but over time I’ve gotten used to it. It applies evenly and distributes the color wonderfully. You literally need only one coat of this lipstick unless you really want to build up the pigmentation. The lipstick is a little drying, but I like it because it means it actually does dry down to a true matte lipstick. You can eat oil-based foods with this lipstick and you don’t need to touch up.

This product is cruelty-free and vegan! It also retails for around $5 USD. I have seen these at both Walgreens and Target for those who are wondering! There’s a decent shade range, and there are always new colors coming out for the holidays. Also, they do carry a metallic range of this formula and they are so beautiful to apply alone or on top of another lipstick.

If you are looking to expand your cruelty-free makeup collection, Wet and Wild has always been a favorite of mine. I also recommend their contour palette, highlighters, and their lip pencils.

If you have any shades you like from this range, please let me know in the comments because I am always keen to pick new ones up! I hope you are all having a lovely week so far!

Love,

Julie

Reorganizing Your Disorganized Life: A Guide

organization July 9, 2018

Hello, my loves!

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I thought I’d talk about something I think that happens to all of us: disorganization. I honestly feel like I am one of the most organized people I know but at the same time, when in a state of depression or anxious worrying I can become an organizational disaster. I thought I’d do a simple guide to re-balancing your life when times like this happen.

  1. Clean your space. This is a very simple step which can definitely lead to a better state of mind. When we have papers all over our desks, or clothes piling up on the closet floor, it can be a trigger for us to want to throw up our arms and push it aside. However, the best thing we can possible do is tackle it straight on and make room for more important things in our head. When we are surrounded by clutter we often focus on it more than the tasks we have at hand and it can truly become a problem.
  2. Write things down. Making a list, or simply opening a journal and writing can help organize your thoughts and express your feelings. There is a lot of energy we invest on thinking about things and it can be exhausting, so try to get rid of any negative thoughts or even details you just don’t need to be ruminating about.
  3. Start a new planning system. I personally enjoy planning on paper. However, sometimes if that isn’t working you may want to try a digital option or vice versa. I really like bullet journaling, but it doesn’t seem to get done when time is not available. However, I noticed using a standard day planner is the best option for me. Even buying a new planner can work for motivation, and I think right now is the best time of year for this because planner companies often release a mid-year planner. Try whatever you need to, and refocus! You know yourself best, so follow what you feel you need atthis time.
  4. Reward yourself and have fun.  Life is difficult and there is no point in denying it isn’t going to get easier. There are many obligations we have and there are many things we have to do that we don’t want to but that doesn’t mean you can’t reward yourself and have fun too. When we spend too much time working and we ignore the desire for adventure or an escape, it can get to us. Try scheduling social times at least twice a week or more depending on your schedule. Make the weekends a no work time! You deserve to have that ice cream sundae, and you definitely should treat yourself to a face mask after a long day. Don’t let life get too stale or you will soon find yourself unmotivated.
  5. Establish a routine. I have noticed that when I am in a routine, I can easily make decisions and establish daily goals. However, when things are chaotic it is so much m ore difficult to get through the day. Even if it is a morning routine, or an evening routine, there should be some sense of knowing what you can expect at certain times and plan your work accordingly. Try to wake up around the same time, go to sleep around the same as well. It doesn’t matter if your routines are elaborate but try to make them positive, so you can look forward to grounding yourself at these times.

I hope these simple tips helped with anyone who is also struggling with staying organized or perhaps just needs to feel a little more balanced in your life. We all go through moments in life where it is difficult to stay focused, and it’s okay! Just remember that you are a wonderful, thoughtful, beautiful person who doesn’t need to be “on” all the time. Good vibes only!

Until Next Time,

Julie

Soap And Glory Melty Talented Dry Skin Balm; Review

skincare June 23, 2018

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

blog June 18, 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