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

Winter Self Care Routine

Hello, my loves!

I hope you’re all enjoying the winter season so far. It is time to change our routines so we can get used to the colder weather and the more dry skin. I personally love winter because you get to cozy up into your sweaters and warm fuzzy socks , etc.

When the winter comes it is easy to nestle into our houses and be as laid back as possible. However, just because it is winter doesn’t’ mean you shouldn’t’ take care of yourself.

It is vital that you take your vitamins during this season. We are not able to get the same amount of vitamin D as we are during the warmer months. We also should make sure we uptake our vitamin C because our immune systems have less to fight off illness with. There are many other vitamins and antioxidants we need, so consult your doctor to see what personally you need in your diet.

Speaking of diet, you should be eating as many fruits and vegetables as you can. This is important all year round but especially in winter because your body needs more nutrition because we are sitting inside a lot more and aren’t moving our bodies as often as we should. A healthy baseline is important.

Movement is important because as I said we are not moving naturally as much because of the bitter cold. You can move by doing workouts in your house. It doesn’t matter if you have the equipment. You can simply do jumping jacks or lunges or walk in place. Try to get outside if you can but if you can’t, YouTube has many videos for those who want to get active.

Besides diet and exercise, our mental health is very important. This time of year can be difficult on us in general. It’s time to put yourself first. What kind of hobbies interest you? Do you like to cook or bake? Or do you just like watching your favorite television show? It doesn’t really matter, as long as you are doing something you enjoy. Try making yourself a priority. Don’t forget, spring always comes.

Be social. As much as you can. I know in times of the pandemic it is hard to see your family and friends. However, you can make sure you’re calling, texting, or facetiming. You can also go out in small doses even if it is to run to the store so you are seeing another person and feeling their energy. I hope one day soon we can live our lives freely but until then do what you can to not get sucked into a deep slump.

Love yourself. This is the perfect time of year to turn inward. You can work on your goals and dreams and make yourself grow into who you want to be. Journal, do self improvement exercises, and dance, sing, scream, love. It is so important not to forget why you’re here and have a purpose. Though, just getting through every day is your purpose too.

Lastly, meditation. It is important to nourish your spiritual side. It doesn’t have to be crazy but try to dig deeper into your spirit. What can you do to be real? To throw away all the anger, the frustration, the hard stuff. You don’t need to beat yourself up! Let it go! Like Elsa says, let it go! You are capable of so much more, my love. You can do this. I believe in you.

And those are my tips for self care for winter. I hope you stay warm!

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

My Curly Hair Routine

Hello, my loves!

I hope you are all enjoying the autumn so far. Today I thought I would share with you my curly hair routine. I have naturally curly hair that has a mind of its own. I love to have curly hair but sometimes it is a beast to control.

I take a shower every day but do not wash my hair every day. Sometimes it is better to have second or third day hair if you have the right products.

First of all, I shampoo my hair with Luseta Curl Enhancing Coconut Oil shampoo and conditioner. I absolutely love these products. Honestly, I can feel my hair growing thicker with each use of these products even though it is already so thick! I absolutely love the smell and it comes with a ton of product.

After I get out of the shower I immediately spray the Purelogy Color Fanatic Multi Tasking Leave In Spray. This is wonderful for getting my hair combed out and feeling smooth. It smells great and keeps my hair frizz free. It says it has 21 benefits in the one spray! As I said, I comb this through my hair and it has made such a difference in the texture of my hair.

After I spray that in my hair and is all combed out I use either the Botanical Solutions Styling Foam or the Morocanoil Volumizing Mousse. I like both of these products for building volume in my hair. I already have a lot of volume but it doesn’t hurt to build some more.

My last step is the Ouidad Vitalcurl. This product is great for keeping my hair shiny, hydrated and curly. I love this cream to finish off my look.

Another step I may add in depending on the day is the Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo. This is a really good dry shampoo that builds even more volume! It doesn’t leave a white cast or any residue and blends really well.

I also may use the Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray. I absolutely adore this product and have been using it for years. It smells wonderful and is like going to the beach with beautiful waves/curls.

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I absolutely love talking about products so if you have any suggestions feel free to share them below!

Love,

Julie

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

Glossier Review

Hello, my loves!

I joined the glossier club about four years ago. I haven’t tried many of their products but the ones I have tried are worth giving an honest review about. Here we go!

The first product and my favorite out of all the products is Glossier You. This perfume smells like heaven on earth and I have gotten so many compliments and questions about where I got it. For me it is hard to describe exactly what the perfume smells like but on the website it says ambrette seeds and warm, ambery ambrox. It’s balanced with iris, a white floral, for a creamy freshness. All I can tell you is you and everyone around you will love this perfume. It retails for 60 USD for 1.7 fl oz. I’ve gone through about five bottles of this perfume since it was released. I’d repurchase every day for the rest of my life. Go get it girl!

The next product is lash slick. Lash slick is a mascara that is perfect for those no makeup makeup days. It is a lengthening mascara more than anything. It does not build much volume so if you are looking for that then you may want to try something else. I notice that this mascara doesn’t budge. It is nice though because it does come off well with a makeup wipe or a facial cleanser. I like the product but I probably would not repurchase. It retails for 16 USD.

I have had three separate colors of glossier’s Cloud Paint. The one I have right now is Beam. It is an orangey-coral sort of color which is highly pigmented and easy to blend. I love how light in texture they feel and you can either apply with your fingers or with a brush. I like cloud paints because they are easily blended together if you want to create a unique color with them. They are packaged in what looks like a watercolor paint tube which I absolutely love for the packaging. Overall, I would recommend Puff, Dusk, or Beam since those are the colors I have tried so far. Absolutely worth the money, which costs 18 USD.

The last product I have is a favorite of those who love Glossier, which is the Balm Dotcom. I have the color Berry but I have also used cherry. I absolutely think this is one of the best lip products I have ever owned. This is a thick lip balm with a color tinted bonus. I love the berry smell, and it is one to leave my lips moisturized for several hours. I personally want to try the mint flavor. It does come in many flavors so everyone should be able to find one they enjoy. These are an inexpensive product as well which retails for 12 USD.

Overall, Glossier is a brand that is well though out and very likable. I am definitely going to be buying more of their collection when I get the chance. If you have tried any of their products let me know! I would love to hear what other people have tried out.

Have a nice day,

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.

Sunscreen 101

Hello, my loves!

The warmer weather is creeping up on us quickly and when the sun is out we need protection. Even though the sun is out we need to wear sun block no matter what time of year it is.

I thought I’d do a quick informational blog post on the reasons we need sunscreen and how to use it properly.

First of all, there are two types of sunscreen on the market. First there is a mineral sunscreen, which lays on top of your face to cause a physical barrier from the sun. One benefit of mineral sunscreen is it works immediately after applied.

Then, there is chemical sunscreen, which provides deep skin protection by releasing sun’s heat from your body. It takes up to twenty minutes to start working so you need to be aware of that.

Overall, it is up to you to choose which type of sunscreen is better for your skin.

It is recommended to at least use thirty spf or more on a daily basis.

Remember to apply enough sunscreen before starting your day. It is important you truly cover every inch of your face and skin that is being revealed.

Also, try not to forget to reapply every two hours to keep constant protection.

Sunscreen can help prevent wrinkles or aging spots, so if you’re looking to keep glowing and healthy skin it is necessary to wear on a daily basis.

The sunscreen I am using now is from Trader Joe’s and is an spf 30 for body and face. I’ve noticed it has not broken me out or made my skin shiny after applied. I also use a Coppertone body spray for my body with spf 50.

Also, be aware of expired sunscreens, they will do little for you if applied.

I hope you enjoyed my post. I know it was brief but it is just meant to be an overview of sunscreen and the ways you can use it. Enjoy the weather and stay protected!

Much love,

Julie