The Importance of Following Your Dreams

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Hello again, my beautiful friends!

“I haven’t slept in two weeks, which is good because times are hard for dreamers.” 

For today’s entry, I am going to be talking about the value of dreams. This is more of a “spark your thoughts” type of post.  This is part of a collection of posts I will be posting in the future on dreams and goal-oriented living.

I have been a dreamer my whole life and it has gotten me through the worst of times. Having hope and inspiration and setting goals is one of the most rewarding things you can do in your lifetime. I think we often think childhood dreams fade as we reach adulthood but I’d say that isn’t true because my childhood dreams have been with me since I can remember. My goals and ambitions have changed but I still have my dream of having my voice heard and being a successful writer. We all have goals we want to meet and dreams we want to see come to life and sometimes on the worst days it seems like our dreams should just be overlooked and forgotten about but, no, that is when they should be thought about the most! What is your dream(s)?

Now, think about how this dream has inspired you to make decisions in your life. Are you honoring it or letting it turn into an irrelevant idea? Your dreams and ambitions are driven by who you are as a person and what experiences you have gone through, they are not random and should not be taken lightly. We all owe ourselves to live by what we want, not what others tell us is acceptable or what society deems necessary for us.

The most important thing to remember is that with hard work and determination all dreams/goals can become reality. It seems to me that people feel that because they have a job currently, or perhaps they are simply unhappy, that they are trapped in that state for the rest of time. There are twenty-four hours in a day and there is time, even if only an hour every day, you can dedicate to making your dreams come true. As long as you are sincerely passionate about  Now, for everyone it is going to be different – sometimes dreams are job oriented, some are thought oriented, some are physical, some are emotional. No dream or goal is too small or too large! The only thing stopping you now is thinking something is stopping you.

“You are stronger than you think and braver than you believe” once said a wise, Christopher Robin. These are the words we need to remember. There is always going to be something we could do that is easy, or not requiring much of us, but is it as rewarding as doing what you want to do even if it takes longer and more work? I do not want you to ever think the easy way out is always the best one.

This post is really just to spark some thought, and hopefully, inspire you to be more aware that your dreams and ambitions ARE very important and shouldn’t be discarded merely because it seems too much of a far-out hope. Any age, any gender, anyone – can succeed, it may take time but you don’t want to rush something you hope will last forever.

I will be getting into more detail about steps you can implement to get closer to your goals and dreams.

Until next time, my dreamers…

Julie

Kopari Sheer Oil Review

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Hello, everyone!

I went shopping at TJ Maxx a bit ago and I purchased the Kopari coconut sheer oil and I want to give a review of this product since I absolutely love everything and anything coconut!

The coconut sheer oil by Kopari is a coconut oil which was specifically produced to be used as a beauty oil. This product, in particular, is formulated with not only coconut but many other wonderful ingredients such as shea butter, coffee, melon, banana, the list goes on. The product retails for $44 USD for 1.7 FL OZ or 50 mL and can be found on Kopari’s website and is also available at Sephora. This product is cruelty-free and vegan.

The coconut sheer oil is solid at room temperature but can easily be liquefied by running the bottle under warm water. The packaging is very handy, as it comes with a dropper to help with not only sanitary concerns but also concerns that you may use too much product unnecessarily. I really enjoy the thought that was put into this packaging, and the bottle is made of a hard, milk glass that seems very high end.

The sheer oil smells amazing! This is a warm, vanilla-coconut scent which is not overpowering in the slightest. It is one of the nicest fragrances I’ve smelt in a skincare product to date. I also like that you do not need a lot of this oil for it to be effective!

I’ve been using the product nonstop for about a week and I can gather that this product does exactly what it says it will which is:

  1. Facial Oil that provides moisture and anti-aging properties. Reduces inflammation and can fight acne. My skin has been clearer than it has been for a while and I can even tell my acne scars are lightening up a bit and it’s only been a week!
  2. Makeup Primer. Yes, my skin feels so much softer and adapts to taking makeup a lot better when using this product.
  3. Fly-away hair tamer. Most coconut oils make my hair greasy within seconds of contact but this one has more smoothing properties than adding excess oil.
  4. Body oil for dry skin. This can help with stretch marks or dull or dry skin. I’m not sure about stretch marks but this sure has helped my parched skin glow.

I can see myself using for a long time. and repurchasing when I run out, as long as it continues to remain effective, which honestly, I think it will! If you like coconut oil from the grocery store, you are going to love this one because it is just so much better and is formulated with the best ingredients to bring out the best of your skin.

I am a Kopari affiliate and there is currently a 20% of sitewide sale going on, so if anyone is interested – simply click the picture above and you will be directed there. You can also get 10 % off your first purchase if you sign up for their e-mail subscription. Definitely, check out their website for more natural skincare options!

If you have any questions or have tried Kopari’s products let me know in the comments!

Until Next,

Julie

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

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