My Sunday Night Routine

Hello, my dears!

Today is Sunday which is my favorite day of the week. I personally enjoy it due to being able to sleep in, watch football, and enjoy time with my friends and family. I thought I would go over my Sunday night routine and let you guys in on how I prepare for the week ahead.

My favorite part of Sunday night is doing a little pamper session, which usually starts at 7 PM and I start by taking off my makeup. I take my makeup off with grapeseed oil and then wash my face with Biore baking soda wash. This usually removes all the makeup and the dirt but I then go over with a homemade rose witch hazel toner with a cotton round until my face is definitely clean. After I’ll take a shower and I’ll do all the extra steps which I may not have time for during the week, so I wash my hair, shave my legs, do a scrub (currently using St. Ives Coconut and Coffee scrub for a more exfoliating scrub), and of course I use a yummy smelling body wash, like the Soap and Glory ‘Clean On Me’ or Philosophy ‘Fresh Cream’.  After the shower, I moisturize immediately from top to toe, and I am currently in love with Sea Greens by H20+ Beauty. After, I’ll finish up my skin care routine with a face mask – typically it has been the Aztec Benzanite Clay one, mixed with apple cider vinegar, and let me tell you, it is a strong mask! Once applied and washed off, I will then apply a moisturizer – usually sweet almond oil or Vitamin E oil.

By this time, I feel like a whole new person and I will head to my kitchen to make some tea, which is usually a Yogi tea and it is the Detox tea. I like this detox tea because it is an herbal tea for one and it tastes delicious and I always feel a lot better afterward. I then get out one of my planners (yes, I have multiple) and work on my main schedule for the week. I put in my appointments, meetings, dates with friends, and then I have been adding what blogs I should post and when so I don’t have to mess around with figuring out a topic because I already have the idea written down. I like to decorate my planner as well so I usually add some cute stickers or reminder notes that are positive and will draw my attention to my planner.

After I’m done with my regular planner, I will open up my meal planner for the week. I like to do this before the week starts because I usually have an accurate overview of what is in my fridge seeing as I just went shopping over the weekend. I split my day up into “breakfast”, “lunch”, “dinner”, and “snacks” and write down what I hope to have for each meal. I am not saying I am perfect but it definitely helps to look in advanced before you get so hungry you just eat anything you can get your hands on.

I will then go to my room and take a look at my clothes and will pick out my outfit for Monday along with accessories, shoes, and any other things I need for Monday. I also put my planner in my purse and tidy it up by throwing away any receipts or unnecessary collected items. At this point, I will also tidy up anything in my room that needs to be tidied.

I then will do yoga before I get ready for bed, so I do some basic stretches and yoga movements and try to mentally prepare myself for the stressful upcoming week. I really need this time to focus, meditate, and recuperate – especially after this week, which was very difficult for me.

Lastly, I brush my teeth, put lip balm or Carmex on, and put some lotion on my feet and put socks on. I grab my dog, Bellatrix, and we hit the lights and are fast to sleep..ZZzzzzz.


How To Start Fresh & Make Changes

Hello, lovelies!

So today my blog post is going to be about starting fresh or making lifestyle changes when it seems like it is impossible. I have been in situations where it seems like the raincloud will not stop hovering over me and I felt like there was no escape from negativity in my life. I think it is important to remember we can start over and tomorrow, or even right now is a perfect time to do so. Below is an overview of what can help when you have to make a change in your life for the better. This is a repost of a blog I had done on a previous blog but I felt it was fitting for here today.

  • The first step in beginning again is truly spending time discovering what it is that is bothering you and be specific. If you feel, for example, you have been living an unhealthy lifestyle lately, ask yourself what it is that started you to decline on taking care of yourself. Go through and write down every thought you have that is in regards to your issue or issues and acknowledge it IS an issue. Sometimes we lie to ourselves and pretend it is not a huge deal that we are suffering. Anything from negative self-talk to binge drinking and everything in between can affect us more than we realize. The truth is if it is in any way making you uncomfortable, you need to address it but do not feel guilty about it. Write out your feelings, and any emotions you have, fill a notebook, fill two notebooks! This is the most important part of the process!
  • Now that you have written down and dissected the problem, ask yourself what you want to do about it. Is it something that you need to completely remove from your life or is it something you just need to modify? Write this down now. We often have habits we want to change but the task seems daunting. If you state what you specifically intend to change, it makes it easier.
  • Make a plan. You have now written down what is bothering you, you have written down everything that led up to the issue and what feelings you have surrounding it so the next step is to make a plan! So, if your unhealthy lifestyle is what you want to change – how are you going to do that? Make a list of things you can actually start doing, not things you just have good intentions for. This list can be short or a mile long, it doesn’t matter but you need to start somewhere. After this list is done, make another list – the “good intentions” list. These are things you want to get done eventually, but cannot do right away. You can work on these after you have made the original list a priority and a habit.
  • Focus. If you really want to change and start over fresh, it is not easy, and it takes time. There are not many people who are going to tell you they love breaking bad habits or making life changes but you will feel wonderful after you invest your time in making yourself happier and healthier. You are doing this for you and only you so make sure you are focusing on the WHO and WHY, the WHAT, WHERE, WHEN will fall into place.
  • Do it! I honestly feel if you take the time to process your feelings and actions they will be easier to mold into what you desire them to be. If it takes you longer do one of these steps, that isn’t an issue! This is all about you and I know you can do anything you set your mind to, so go ahead and get started on switching the light on in the darkness. You’ve got this, so go get it!

This may have been a more serious toned blog but I honestly believe in this method. The feelings behind our habits/actions/beliefs/attitudes are so important but rarely get addressed. I truly believe taking the time to analyze them and let them be known in their full capacity to ourselves is essential for personal growth.

Until next –

Much love,


My Choices for Fall Perfumes


Happy Sunday, darlings!

If you couldn’t tell, Fall is my favorite season. It has the perfect weather, foods, and activities that certainly make it easy to love. Another reason I adore fall is that it means that richer and sweeter scents are on the market. In this post, I will talk about four of my favorite fall time perfumes or body sprays that I have been using this season so far.

Zum Mist: with Frankincense & Myrrh.  I am a huge fan of essential oils so when I saw this at Target I had to grab it. I am very fond of the smell of Frankincense and together with Myrrh, it is exactly as it is described: dreamy and woodsy. It is a scent which will last almost all day, and can also be used as a room spray. This scent is difficult to describe because it is purely two essential oils mixed together but I urge you to smell this one if you see it in store.

Viktor & Rolf: Flower Bomb. Now, this is a perfume, which makes it a lot more fragrant and has a longer lasting power. Flower bomb is a warm floral scent is how I would personally describe it. According to their website, it is described as a feminine, fresh, floral. I love this for the fall because it is so heavy and continues to last throughout the day but it is not potent or nauseating as some can be.

Bath&Body: Salted Caramel Apricot. Salted caramel apricot is the epitome of fall scents. This is a warm, fuzzy, sweet scent which reminds me of fall treats baking in the oven. If they do not have this seasonal scent next year I will be super disappointed because this particular fragrance has made me feel warm and cozy every time I put it on. The smell is exactly what it sounds like, warm caramel with an apricot underlying scent. Run to Bath & Body,  you won’t regret it!

Calvin Klein: CK2. CK2 is a different type of fragrance. The best way I can describe it is peppery yet fresh. It is a gender neutral fragrance which I totally believe is true. I honestly think it leans more on the masculine side of fragrance but that may just be because of my other personal choices in fragrance. According to the website, this is a fresh, warm, and electric type of fragrance. This fragrance will definitely get you compliments! It is very unique and I am glad it is part of my collection.

It was truly hard to pick my favorite fall time scents but these were the few I have been reaching for lately!

Leave a comment and tell me your favorite fall fragrance! I’d love that!


The No-Makeup-Makeup-Look

Hello, my loves! Happy Saturday!

In accordance with the weekend, I thought I’d discuss my typical makeup look that I wear during the weekend (and some of the week). I try to be a more minimalistic beauty person, I tend to go for more simple makeup looks that are natural and can be worn on an everyday basis. However, there are still times when I do a full face of makeup! So, the look I’m going to talk about today is basically when I want to wear makeup but not look like I am wearing any — or at least not much.

I have four products which make up my no-makeup look.

Base: BB Cream, which stands for BEAUTY BALM, and is known to have more skin benefits, but typically less coverage, these often have an SPF in the formula. I’ve used several different BB creams, and a few of my favorites are the Rimmel Radiance BB Cream, Tarte BB Cream, and Maybelline Dream BB. Another great product for these days is a skin tint, which is basically a small amount of coverage that evens out your natural skin tone. I recommend Rimmel’s Skin Tint or Glossier skin tint.

Blush: I typically do not like to use a powder blush on these days but rather use a cream formula, or even a creamy lipstick to bring color back into my face. My favorite cream blush is from Wet & Wild, which is their Photofocus blush range, they come in a stick form, and all their colors are absolutely wonderful and easy to apply and inexpensive! I’d also recommend the Glossier Cloud Paints which come in the colors Dusk, Beam, Puff, and Haze which are all natural, buildable colors which look like you were born with glow and color.

Brows: Brows are such an important part of your daily makeup routine whether it is a full face of makeup or just a few key items. Brows frame your face and can make you look a lot more youthful if done correctly, so make sure the items you use on your brows works with what you need them to do. Personally, I only need one item for my brows because they are definitely more on the full side but I like to fill in some sparse areas so I use a wax brow pencil by ELF. I highly recommend looking at ELF brow products because they are so inexpensive and have the ability to transform your brows and they last for months!

Balm: On days when I wear less makeup I really don’t see the need to wear a bold lip or even a lipstick at all. Instead, I choose a lip balm, and my favorite is the cherry chapstick. I honestly cannot get enough of the feeling of a nice balm on my lips, and the cherry chapstick also provides a bit of color to my lips. If you need something a little richer, try something like a vaseline or even a gloss can sometimes provide extra hydration.

Obviously, this look can be modified depending on the season or whatever your preferences are, so have fun with it!

There’s a quote by Rosie Huntington Whitely which I really enjoy and it says “makeup is meant to enhance, not hide” and I strongly believe in this when it comes to my own makeup.

Have a lovely day,



My current cruelty-free beauty/haircare products [drugstore and highend]

Hello, darlings –

I would love to say that I use all cruelty-free beauty products but with the selection of products being so slim I cannot say I completely use cruelty-free products, however, I am working towards it and I also would encourage you to do the same!

So, my first and foremost favorite brand is wet n wild, which is a drugstore brand that has many cruelty-free and some vegan options. My favorite product from them is definitely their photo focus foundation ($6). It is a great choice if you are looking for a new foundation that will last all day. I also really like their liquid lipsticks which are the catsuit liquid lipsticks ($4.99), my favorite shade right now is coral corruption! They also have amazing bronzers which could literally last you a year ($3.99).

Another amazing brand from the drugstore which is cruelty-free is ELF. ELF has an inexpensive range of high-quality products and I absolutely adore them! Their matte lip pencils come in a variety of colors and will dry down to a perfect stain ($3). I love their foundation for acne-prone skin which is such a high coverage foundation and is so well priced ($6)! I could go on and on about their blush and bronzer palettes and many other items  – even their mascara! This is most definitely a brand you will want to seek out next time you are at Target or shopping online.

Other brands I like from the drugstore are NYX and Physician’s formula! Nyx lip products are amazing and Physician’s formula bronzers and highlighters are very nice as well!

As far as high-end brands go, Tarte is my all time favorite high-end brand that is also cruelty-free. I have gone through many products of theirs, but my all time favorite is definitely their amazonian clay blushes ($29). These blushes last all day and are so soft and pigmented, and come in beautiful colors to compliment every skin tone. Tarte’s eyeshadows are also one of my favorite formulas, they are not cakey or powdery and give off similar pigmentation to the blushes. My favorite palette is the In Bloom palette ($46).

Another high-end brand that at least claims to be cruelty-free is Too Faced cosmetics. Their cute packaging is always something that I love and of course, their products are also just as high quality as their packaging. My favorite all time product of theirs is the Better than sex mascara ($20). If I had to choose one mascara to use for the rest of time it would be that mascara. I also really like their eyeshadow palettes as well, they have creamy, soft eyeshadows which are also nicely pigmented. My favorite palette from them is the original chocolate bar palette ($49), the palette is so versatile and can create almost any look. I also recently purchased the unicorn tears lipstick($22) and I won’t lie, it’s fabulous!

Obviously, I also love Urban Decay and Kat Von D.

As far as hair care products go, I’ve recently been using a few Pureology products which are cruelty-free and vegan but rather on the pricey side. Moroccan oil is also a brand favorite of mine which is cruelty-free but also very expensive. I wish more drugstore brands for haircare were cruelty-free but I haven’t run into many yet.

I hope this gives you some shopping inspiration or even just a “hmmm…” moment about whether your products are not tested on animals. Please feel free to comment on your favorite c/f products! I am so interested in hearing them!

  • Julie

Write now.

Hello, my dears! So, I thought today I’d just post a writing sample of mine. Writing helps me to educate myself on my feelings and it is my favorite creative expression. I feel too much a lot of the time, so getting it out is very therapeutic. Hope this may inspire you to do the same today! Regular posts will be back soon! ❤

We all have a purpose. Sometimes the purpose of our lives is to simply live it without questioning this purpose, for others, it is the only question we ask ourselves. I believe my own purpose is somewhere lost in the depths of my soul, and perhaps the journey of wandering aimlessly is the only path I’ll ever know. I feel lost and insecure most days, strong and stable others. I do not know where my life is going, and sometimes it is good to be paused without a forward or reverse. Paused in motion too long, however, can result in more chaos than one would realize. In the end, we choose our purpose and mine is to laugh, love, and create. I do not have a need for material possessions or passions which involve wealth and nothing else. I’d rather help, than be helped and I wish others felt the same. We are not meant to be greedy, hateful creatures but rather kind and compassionate with a strong sense of self but a sense of those around us as well. I am a lost soul, in the rain – comfortable but cold some days. I’ll find the sun, though, and I’ll be warm again.