Pacifica Wake Up Beautiful Retinoid Cream Review

Hello, my loves!

Today I’m going to be reviewing a product which I have been using for two months straight. The product is the Pacifica Wake Up Beautiful Retinoid Cream. I bought this product at Target for 24 USD. I have been using the cream nonstop since I purchased it and will be going through an overview of the product and what I thought was beneficial or nothing to write home about.

So first, I noticed that the jar was a heavy glass one, instead of plastic. I also noticed the beautiful packaging which I and so many people enjoy. The product is labeled cruelty free and vegan and comes with 1.7 fl oz. or 50 ml. So quite a bit of product in my opinion and especially because you are only using it at night it comes with plenty . As I stated, I was able to use this product every night for two whole months.

The product is a a thick and rich cream that bears no real overwhelming scent. It smells a bit floral if anything. The product states on the jar that it has retinoid, melatonin, and mushrooms. I have used retinol before and it really did help with dry skin as well as combating aging. I feel like this has softened my skin and made it a little less dull and to be honest I wasn’t expecting any drastic changes.

I did not breakout almost at all with my use of the product but I did have some bad blemish days because of my time of the month.

Even though the product was very rich and moisturizing I did apply a thin layer of Ponds cold cream to get an extra surge of moisture.

These are some of the top ingredients and their purpose:

  • Granactive Retinoid: Petroleum-free retinoid known for helping fight signs of aging, and found to be less irritating than traditional retinol.
  • Melatonin: In your body, melatonin reminds your brain it’s time to sleep. On your skin, melatonin is a supercharged free-radical scavenger. One of the key ingredients in your fight against aging.
  • Mushrooms: Promote hydration and help reduce puffiness.
  • Quinoa: Loaded with antioxidants, which help fight free radicals, and high in lysine, which is an amino acid that helps promote collagen production.

(ingredient excerpt taken from pacifica website)

Overall, I was very pleased with this product. For the amount of product I received for the price it was well spent I also really enjoyed the softening and brightening of my complexion. I would definitely repurchase this product and I may even try the eye cream that is in the same line. I am a fan of taking care of my skin every night and this was a beautiful cream to add to my self care.

I hope this gave you a little bit of insight on this Wake Up Beautiful Retinoid Cream and if you have any more questions feel free to leave a comment and I will gladly answer.

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

Meditation Basics

Hello, my loves!

I hope you’re having a good day. Today, I’m going to discuss something that is helpful and full of self-care vibes. Meditation is the topic in question today. I personally love meditation when things get too stressful in my life. I will literally take a break from whatever I am doing to take some time for myself regardless of where I am. I personally like the bathroom excuse to leave a busy situation.

Meditation does not have to be fancy, full of incense, crystals, and soothing music. It is literally a second to stop the overwhelming thoughts to relieve yourself. When you are meditating it is a way to connect with source, God, the great spirit. If you don’t believe in that, you can simply connect to your higher self or simply forget about what is wearing you down!

To meditate you can choose to listen to a guided meditation or simply sit there in silence letting whatever comes to your mind go. Wave your thoughts goodbye but don’t put a lot of pressure on yourself. You can use crystals or a soothing object to help support you on your meditation but it certainly isn’t required. You can also use essential oils to bring you to a certain mood. Essential oils are great for mood and emotions.

Meditation doesn’t always have to be done at the last minute under stress but it could possibly be part of your daily routine to prevent those stressful moments. If you can add it in, and spend enough time practicing being silent, it will become easier.

I hope this short guide has introduced you to meditation in a positive way. I personally meditate daily and it has shown me how to be quiet in my mind when it all seems too much.

Much love,

Julie

The Basics of Dry Brushing

Hello, my loves!

I hope your week is going well. I am going to talk about a practice that I’ve been doing for a few weeks now which is dry brushing. Dry brushing is a known practice for reducing dry skin, increasing blood flow, lessening body acne, and even reducing cellulite.

So, first of all. You want to get a dry brush that is meant for brushing your skin. You don’t want to get too coarse of brushes or even too soft. A medium strength bristle is better for reducing pain while you brush or irritating the skin.

They sell dry brushes at Target, health food stores, or even Walgreens! Just look around and get one that suits your preference. You can always obviously shop on amazon as well! They also sell face dry brushes but I personally do not have experience with one so you will have to look elsewhere for someone who does have experience with them.

Once you acquire a dry brush you are going to want to start brushing from the bottom of your feet to your upper chest. So, you will want to brush towards the heart. So if you are starting at the bottom of your feet you will want to brush upward. When you get to your stomach, it is suggested to brush in a circular motion instead of straight up or down.

You can add in grapefruit essential oil to promote reduction of cellulite, simply add a few drops to the bristles and proceed like you normally would.

Using dry brushing on a regular basis can allow for lymphatic drainage, increased circulation, dry skin removal, and as said before can potentially lead to reducing cellulite in areas. I would suggest trying dry brushing a few times a week or less to start.

Do not brush very hard on your skin because it has the potential to make your skin irritated. Take your time and feel the rhythm you feel works for you and your body.

Dry brushing should be done on dry skin and before a shower or bath because you will be removing dry skin cells and you want a clean body afterwards.

I hope this brief information will help you begin your own dry brushing journey.

Much love,

Julie.

Bio Oil Review

Hello, my loves!

I hope you have been having warmer weather wherever you are! It is certainly still cold in Wisconsin. Today I am reviewing a product I have loved for years: bio oil. Let’s get the review started!

Okay, hello. The product is bio oil and it retails at stores for various prices. 9 USD for 2 oz, 16 USD for 4.2 oz, and 22 USD for 6.7 oz of product. You can find this product at most drugstores or stores like Target.

I absolutely love this product. It is made to reduce stretchmarks, uneven skin tone, or scars. I’ve been using this product for two weeks now and I can tell a difference in my skin. The texture is better and so are the acne scars I have on my face and chest.

Bio oil is packed with vitamins and soothing oils! Vitamin A Oil promotes the formation of new collagen and assists in skin renewal, increasing skin elasticity. Vitamin E Oil, Chamomile Oil, Sunflower Oil, and Lavender Oil are anti-inflammatory and promote healthy skin.

All you have to do is apply to dry, clean skin and let it absorb. The product has a very subtle fragrance and goes away almost immediately after application. Bio oil is moisturizing but not greasy. I suggest putting this oil on before bed and letting it soak in overnight.

This oil combined with Palmers stretch mark lotion is a perfect combination to combat stretch marks . Both are at a very fair price point for the job that they do.

I hope this review allowed you to see the benefits of Bio Oil, and if needed you can purchase one for yourself!

Love,

Julie

Ways To Reinvent Yourself

Hello, my loves!

I hope you have been enjoying the new year so far. Today I’m going to talk about something we all feel we need to do once in a while which is reinvent ourselves. Perhaps it isn’t a full change but there are areas of our lives that need looking into so we can better ourselves. I hope you know you are perfect the way you are but changing some of our routines may help in the long run.

Try changing your wardrobe.

When looking at your life you can easily tell how you appear to the outside world by how you are dressed. Sometimes you feel like your wardrobe is a reflection of you and other times you just grab clothes because they’re convenient for you. Try managing your wardrobe. It’s time to put on clothes that resemble how you feel. If you like neutrals, bright colors, or patterns wear those clothes with pride. Maybe a few accessories will change your whole closet. Be inventive, try something new.

Start a routine.

A good routine will always be good for you. When you manage to create a time to get your most important duties done, it just feels good. Try doing yoga every morning or even just make sure you’re eating meals on a regular basis. Drink lemon water in the morning for detox. Set out all your clothes the night before so you can workout in the morning without a hassle. Dance in the morning and drink tea. It’s the subtle changes that make the most impact on how you feel.

Bullet journal or keep a planner.

Use a planner or bullet journal to not only be creative but stay organized. When you have goals on your mind you can easily get lost without writing it down or breaking it down. Using these tools to create a space to design your new life is wonderful. This is something you can add to your new routine so you don’t feel overwhelmed. You can use stickers or doodle or draw in your notebooks. This is a wonderful outlet to start a new hobby.

Create.

This goes similarly with the keeping a bullet journal. I think creative projects are one of the most inspiring hobbies. You can create anything you want. Sometimes you can paint, other times write poetry, or go outside for a long walk while creating new ideas in your head. You have the world at your hands and it is waiting for you to get out there and show the world your talents. Make sure that your passion projects are what you want to do and not what others expect from you. You can do this!

Let go of expectations.

I know some people may think you need to lose weight or become some famous make up artist but the truth is the small steps without expectations are the best things you can do for yourself. We all struggle to get motivation sometimes but it just takes one task a day to see results. When you’re not expecting to be a Victoria secret model overnight when you start to workout then you will succeed. Nobody wants this change more than you. Put your best foot forward but don’t worry if you stumble a little bit. There is no one who hasn’t had challenges put in their way while trying to achieve something.

Overall, your lifestyle changes will make you surprised how much you can do when you put your mind to it. I wish the best for you all in anything you do.

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

My Daily Diet To Lose Weight – Very Basic

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Hello, my loves!

I’ve posted about my weightloss before on my blog. Today I thought I’d go into detail about my daily diet.

Breakfast: Vanilla Greek Yogurt with a handful of granola.

Snack: Lara Bar – Any flavor

Lunch: Spinach salad with sweet and spicy tuna packet. Chipotle dressing (a serving size)

Snack: One or two peppers.

Dinner: Varies. Sometimes I will have another salad other days I will have chicken with a sweet potato. It all depends what my family chooses to eat.

Dessert: Apples with peanut butter. (so tasty!)

This is how I maintain my weight loss and lose weight. I drink a LOT of water during the day as well. Sometimes I’ll have a swig of orange juice with water mixed in. I also go on two long walks a day plus 20 minutes on the treadmill.

I’m not saying this is enough calories for everyone but for me it works. Sometimes I add in a smoothie here or there or an extra lara bar if I’m really hungry.

I hope you all have an amazing week!

love, Julie

Mental Health And The Holidays

 Hi, my loves!

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Today I’m going to talk to you about mental health and the holidays. We all have our holiday traditions but sometimes, when you have mental health issues you can easily be thrown into a whirlwind of anxiety and depression. You need to have a plan to deal with these issues before they come on.

When you have a plan, you can resolve a lot of the issues when they arise. Some people just want to be left alone and others want to be outgoing but simply cannot because they are too consumed by social anxiety.

The first step is to try to calm yourself down before you go into a situation where there are going to be many people. Take a few deep breaths, grab your essential oils. Talk to yourself in affirmations. You can do this! You just must realize everyone around you wants you to be there and is not trying to make you uncomfortable.

If you are talking to someone who makes you uncomfortable, feel free to excuse yourself. Don’t’ feel obligated to engage in conversation with anyone who is making you nervous. If you can’t get into certain topics, tell them you prefer to discuss something else.  I know this can be difficult; but it is worth your mental health to protect yourself.

Pamper yourself. At the end of the day we need to have a little time for ourselves. Draw a bath for yourself, dance like no one is watching, and sing loudly. You deserve to feel good. Taking time to yourself and getting on top of self-care is important.

Don’t over-do it. You can take your time to enjoy the holidays. Bake cookies or watch holiday movies. We can try to follow hygge and take time to get cozy and productive. Maybe work on a project to keep your mind off of things.

Talk to someone you trust. If you are in therapy, talk to your therapist.
If you’re not in therapy, talk to a friend. Make an effort to express yourself and your anxieties this time of year. You are worth it. Letting yourself get worried and sick are not necessary. Open up
or write in a journal you can share with someone or even just keep it to yourself.

That’s all for now, folks!  Take care.

  • Julie