15 Ways to Self-Love

Self love is one of those things that can be misunderstood. Just like we take care of our skin and our bodies we also need to take extra care of our souls. Loving yourself is so absolutely important and people spend so much time bringing themselves down. Everyday I try to be a better me. Now, obviously we all have moments of self doubt and reflection. Usually, during these moments we tend to focus on the bad happening around us instead of the good. Even something as simple as making your bed can start your day off positive. It definitely works for me.

Lately I feel like I have been in a “funk”. Not very creative, not taking care of my body, and just plain lazy. I do usually have a few tricks to get myself going again and stop being lazy. This month was one of those where I felt nothing was working. What did I do? I sat down and meditated. I relaxed to the fullest. I didn’t stress about work, bills, or anything for that matter for about 15 minutes. I let myself be. I thought about all the things I love doing and things that really make me happy. I hope my tips work for you and take you out of that “funk”.

1. Take Rest Days

I feel like we live in a society that teaches us that we always have to be moving and evolving. Don’t get me wrong, that is great, but sometimes we need to slow down. Take a few days off, your job will still be there when you come back. It is absolutely NECESSARY to stop worrying about everyone else and just focus on you. When you go back you will be refreshed and ready to tackle what is in front of you.

2. Skincare 

Take care of your skin!! When your skin feels great, everything feels better around you. Find a skincare routine that works for YOU and stick to it. Even when you get home late and feel like crashing, take the extra two minutes to take off your makeup and hydrate. Your skin will thank you in the morning. Trust me, this makes my mood feel so much better, I wear less makeup, and its one less thing to worry about.

3. Dry Brush

Girl, if you haven’t tried dry brushing you need to go to your local drugstore and pick one up right now. Again, if your skin feels good, you will feel good. I feel like this one goes hand in hand with skincare. Not only does it make my skin feel amazing and exfoliated,  it makes my digestion better, my body wake up, and just overall gives me better health. I will be sharing my dry brush routine soon so please stay tuned if you want to hear more about that.

4. Drink Lemon Water

Wake up, go into the kitchen, and pour yourself a glass of ice cold water. Cut up some lemon slices and throw them in there. This is such a vital step in my morning routine. It helps you feel refreshed and start your day off on a healthy note. It make you feel better from the inside out. C’mon it only takes about 5 minutes, you definitely can make the time.

5. Meditate. 

Wake up early, listen to the quiet, and close your eyes. Think about nothing. That’s right, don’t grab your phone, don’t think about work or anything that is stressing you out. Focus on the silence of the early morning. It sounds dumb, I know. Realistically I didn’t even think this would help me, until I started doing it. It gives me a sense of calm and a moment with myself to just relax. I try to do this every day, ESPECIALLY if I know that I’m gonna have a busy day.

6. Make your bed. 

This is one of those “adult” things that everyone is “supposed” to do but we never have time. Truthfully, I wish my life included working from home and I didn’t have to be at work at a certain time but that’s just not the case right now. Recently, however I decided to start making the bed. Why? It makes me feel like I already checked something off my to do list for the day and helps me feel organized. I do have anxiety and it usually sparks up when I feel like my life is unorganized. This for me is a form of self love and helps me to not stress out so much.

7. Go exercise. 

No, I don’t have time for this everyday if we’re being honest but I do try to plan at least some form of exercise into my day. This could be a full workout at the gym or just simply taking a walk around the block. It helps me clear my mind and release endorphins which helps my anxiety a lot. I also feel in control of my life because I know that I can make changes to my body and feel more empowered. I have never heard someone leave the gym and say ” I regret going today”.

8. Deep Breaths 

If you’re in a stress moment and you need a quick fix to release some anxiety deep breaths are the way to go. It instantly calms me down and helps me focus on the task at hand. If you’re one of those people who gets very overwhelmed easily this is a great tip for you.

9. Turn on some candles. 

There is nothing better at the end of the day than hoping out of the shower and turning on some aromatherapy candles. My favorite smells before bed are eucalyptus, lavender, and anything clean smelling. Usually my night time routine will always includes some kind of candle or my new Salt Lamp. I am absolutely in love with this lamp. I feel the good vibes it gives out and it send a calming feeling throughout the room. Definitely a must have for me.

10. Wash your sheets.

Not only is it very unhygienic to keep the same sheets on for more than two weeks but fresh sheets are the best feeling. If I am being completely honest the best feeling in the world is getting into bed with freshly shaved legs, clean sheets, and my boyfriend. It makes me feel like I have my life together in that moment. So if you’re feeling stressed, wash your sheets, shave your legs, and hop into bed.

11. Organize Organize Organize. 

I am so big on this when it comes to my anxiety. If I am feeling uncomfortable, stressed or just not myself I will make a list. It could be what I have to do that day, organize my finances, or just my grocery list. It is so important to organize your mind and your life and trust me you will instantly feel better. A big one for me is the finances. I am currently trying to buy my first house and overspending is so easy for me that saving becomes a challenge. If I know exactly what my budget is for that week I can plan accordingly and reduce my spending so I can save more.

12. Clean out your bedroom. 

Some might classify me as a hoarder, but personally I just like saving memories. When it becomes too much stuff I need to cleanse and get rid of a lot because my anxiety will go through the roof. So about once every two to three months I will reorganize my bedroom. Typically I do this on a day off and I don’t plan anything else for the whole day. My bedroom is like my sanctuary so I like keeping it as clean and clutter free as possible. If my room is clean its almost as if my mind is decluttered.

13. Make a gratitude list.

Some times sitting down and writing all the things you’re thankful for really help you de-stress and realize what is truly important. It makes you take a step back from our everyday struggles and just think about what you really want and what makes you happy. I have quite a few of these gratitude lists lying around now and it great to look back on and re focus every once in a while.

14. Laugh with a friend. 

Taking time out of our lives to just hang out with our friends becomes more complicated the older we get. You know those friends that you don’t always need to see to know that no matter what they are there for you? Call them, make plans with them, or just send them a text that you’re thinking about them. It will make you feel better, and it’ll put a smile on their face. Even when you don’t feel like you have the time, make it and trust me you’ll be a lot happier that you did.

15. Treat Yourself. 

Finally, the last number on this list has arrived. This something I hold very close to my heart which is the belief that no matter how much money you make, if you don’t treat yourself occasionally then it’s all for nothing. There is no point in spending all those extra hours at work and putting so much effort into that presentation unless you’re gonna enjoy it and reward yourself. Now, I’m not saying to go and spend $1000 on a shopping spree if your bills are a week late. If you have that little bit of extra, even if it’s just $20 bucks, spend it on yourself. Go get a manicure or go buy that blouse you’ve had your eye on, just something to make you feel special.

If you have made it all the way down this list then, thank you. I really hope you put these small tips into your daily lives and remember to focus on YOU! Thanks for reading and stay tuned for my next post!

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Summertime Skincare Routine

I absolutely love talking about my skincare routine. Why? My skincare routine is my favorite part of the day. It is my favorite way to relax after a long day and just pamper myself. Now obviously, life happens and I cant do this LONG routine everyday but for the most part I try to get in at least two steps!

Lets talk about some of the products I use before we get into the steps.

My two absolutely necessary products are toner and moisturizer. Toner helps me feel that my skin is the absolute cleanest it can be and helps even out the redness on my face. My skin is so absolutely DRY that without moisturizer its a desert. I switch out my moisturizers all the time, but I can guarantee there will always be some sort of hydrating on my face. If I am being lazy or just got home really late I will take off my makeup and only use these two products until the next morning.

Here are my current favorites:

The first step begins in the shower. I feel like washing my face while I am in the shower neutrogena hydroboost facewashas  opposed to the sink just saves me the hassle of water getting everywhere. I try to switch my face wash every two to three weeks so my face doesn’t get used to the product and stop working. I am completely in LOVE with using the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Exfoliating Cleanser.

Next, about twice times a week a I use a more intense exfoliate. Using a physical exfoliate keeps my skin smooth and removes all of the dead skin cells. I truly feel that this step has changed my skin texture completely. Recently my favorite has been the Derma E Microdermabrasion Scrub.

Derma-E-Microdermabrasion-ScrubAnother exfoliate I love using is the Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel. I use this about once a week as a face mask and I swear itenzyme peel makes my face so soft. I am OBSSESED with it. A little bit goes a LONG way so this product last forever which is amazing.

 

As soon as I get out of the however I always pat my face dry. Then, if I am not using a face mask that get, I use my toner on a cotton pad all over my face. Let’s be honest, I use a face mask almost every night LOL. Explain which face masks I use would take forever, so if you want to see a whole post on that please let me know in the comments.

After my toner I use my Elf Hydrating Water Essence. This step is great because it has a lot of hydration but still feels very light on the skin. That’s why I use it morning and night. Especially in the summer, it’s important toelf water essence me to use lighter products.  Personally I use it on a cotton pad and just spread it all over my face. I know some people use it with their fingers but I feel extra clean for some reason with a cotton pad.

SERUMS SERUMS SERUMS. I love this part of my skincare routine. It’s so much fun, light, and adds “glowyness” to my skin. It’s that little extra boost that my skin loves. I am constantly testing out new serums and seeing what works

hey honey serum

well for me. In the summer I don’t really focus too much on makeup but that means skincare has to be spectacular. I am all about that healthy natural glow. I don’t have any set in stone favorites other than the Hey Honey Good Morning Serum. Not only does this look great alone but under makeup its beautiful.

Finally, we get to the moisturizer. Then, I get to bed and sleep. Sleep is so important in skincare. I try to get at least 7 hours a night so I can wake up completely rested and with hydrated skin.

Thanks so much for reading and see you next time!

 

 

 

Summer Sunburn Remedies

It’s finally that time of year again! Summer and sunshine is back in town and skin care becomes EXTRA important. I am absolutely obsessed with skincare as you guys already know, but sun care is usually lacking a bit for me. I know, I know, sunscreen is super important but with how carefree we are its easy to forget. So, if you’re like me or you just have very sensitive skin, you’ll get a few sunburns here and there. They suck, that’s the truth. They hurt, you’re hot, uncomfortable, and some times this feeling could last for days. I have a few tricks up my sleeve to make this a lot less painful and get rid of that burn in half the time. If you have any other tricks please let me know in the comments. DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor this is only what works for ME. If allergic to any of these please do not use them.

Apple Cider Vinegar & Coconut Oil

This is always my go to when I get a sunburn. Usually I always have these two on hand img_9045which makes it easier. I even bring them on vacation, they’re that good. What happens with the apple cider vinegar is it cools down the skin. So, it removes the heat of the sunburn. Still leaves it a little red but it begins immediately taking away the burn. The coconut oil heals the skin and prevents peeling. My LEAST favorite thing in the world is peeling away my tan. Its gross and makes my tan disappear.

What you need:

Apple Cider Vinegar

Cotton Pads

Coconut oil

Here are the steps I follow:

  1.        Grab a few cotton pads and soak them in apple cider vinegar. (The smell wont           be pleasant but the results will.
  2.        Rub the cotton pads all over your sunburn.
  3.        Let it sit for a least 5 minutes.
  4.        Hop in the shower. COLD water only. Let it rinse off the smell and then lightly           exfoliate your skin.
  5.        When you’re done pat the towel over the sunburn. DO NOT RUB. I promise it             will  hurt.
  6.        Warm up the coconut oil between your fingers and spread over the sunburn.             Try to rub it in as much as you can.
  7.        Let the oil dry and soak up into your skin before you put on clothes.
  8.        Do this for the next couple days until the sunburn is gone for best results and             little to no peeling.

Drink Water!

Drinking water is extremely important but especially when you have a sunburn! It rehydrates your skin and trust me you need it. You need to rehydrate from the inside out, if not it won’t matter what ointments or treatments you use because you won’t be hydrated enough. Water keeps your skin supple and reduces the inflammation and irritation of your skin.

Wear Loose Clothing

Obviously this won’t make your sunburn completely go away but tight clothing can increase the irritation. It will hurt and burn to even wear tight clothing so it’s better to just stay away from it for a few day. It lets your skin heal itself without further irritating it.

Cold Milk Compress

Trust me when I say that I didn’t think this would work at all, until I tried it. The same way that milk helps when you eat something spicy, it helps your skin when it’s red and burning. Any milk will do just make sure it is chilled. Not only will it feel amazing but the redness will begin to calm down. Soak the compress in cold milk and apply to the sunburn.

What you need:

Milk

Cotton Pads

Aloe Vera

This by no means is anything new and I’m sure you have used this before. Aloe calms and soothes the skin but personally instead of the bottled product I like to use it straight from the leaf. You can buy the whole aloe vera leaf at Publix or Winn Dixie. You can cut it along the side and open up the leaf to get to the product. Applying it straight from there will intensify the healing of our skin.

Sunday Routine

Some times Sundays are boring and anxiety ridden as you prepare for the week ahead of you. I want to share with all of you my “Sunday routine”. Sundays are my self-care days, along with getting my shit together honestly.  This post is basically what my Sunday consists of when I am not going to a mimosa filled brunch or having a beach day. I think we can all agree that Sundays are one of the best days of the week; even when that Monday anxiety starts creeping up on us. These are the days I give my skin and hair extra pampering.  Occasionally I like to take it easy on Sundays, watch Netflix and hangout. I feel this is the day of the weekend where I plan to get the most done and I do pretty much nothing. Yet, I feel the happiest on these days. This post contains affiliate links. 

My Sunday mornings usually start by rolling out of bed, making coffee, and then jumping back in and cuddling with my boyfriend. Lately I have been trying to do the Herbalife thing, so I just switch out coffee for my tea. Usually we lounge around for a while, unless we have something planned.

100% I will always use a mask on Sundays. My top 3 that I currently recommend are:

1. Black Charcoal Mask

img_6092I always have some kid of charcoal mask on hand and this one is currently my favorite (Berry Moon Black Charcoal Mask). Korean skincare seems to be a new and upcoming favorite for a lot of people and I am definitely into it! They have a lot of amazing ingredients, and most of all usually do not dry out my skin. This particular mask I have been using for about a year and I am still in love with it. When my skin is feeling overworked, tired, and dehydrated I use this mask to suck out all of the impurities in my face. WARNING: This product does make underlying pimples come out, but I love that because completely cleans and removes anything lying under my skin. (Photo; feat. My Boyfriend)

2. Hydrating Sheet Mask

These are my favorite kinds of masks, especially in the morning. When I use these, I know I will be having a great skin day. My recent favorite has been the Neutrogena Hydrogel Facemask. It is not like typical masks that get dry in about 10 minutes, this mask takes about 20 minutes. When I remove the mask my skin feels amazing and hydrated. As if my skin drank a whole glass of water.

3. Bubble Masks

Believe me, I didn’t believe that these would actually work. I was always skeptical about what the bubbles would do, and if it would actually bubble. I can honestly say this is the best one I have found to actually work KBeauty Naturals Bubble Clay Mask. This is another Korean product and its amazing!

As for hair care, I have a few trusted products. My hair is blonde currently & has a lot of damage due to years of bleaching. Usually I do the “normal” steps, but I stopped conditioner and started replacing that with a hair mask every time I wash my hair. I feel like hydration is so important for me and when I do this my hair just feels healthier.

1. Shampoo

My current favorites all include coconut. That is because coconut is ESSENTIAL in img_5953hydration. The one I am using right now is OGX Nourishing Coconut Milk Shampoo. Also, for my blonde hair, I have been using the Marc Daniels Purple Shampoo. Purple shampoo cancels out all of the brassiness that can happen in blonde hair. I absolutely LOVE it. The picture on the right shows you exactly what color my hair is right now.

2. Conditioner

I have a few favorite hair masks, which I use in place of conditioner, but the two that stand out the most are L’Oreal Paris Restoring Hair Balm and Schwarzkopf Professional Blondme Keratin Hair Mask. Both of these make my hair go from dry and brittle to soft and smooth. Usually I try not to use too much heat, and I found that when my hair dries natural after I use one of these it makes a significant difference. My hair looks like I blow dried it straight.

Ah binge watching, that is most definitely one of our Sunday hobbies. Currently I am re-watching one of my all time favorites “Grey’s Anatomy”. I am sure you have heard at least one person talk about this show. It is heart-wrenching, emotional, and beautiful all in one. Trust me, if you haven’t seen it please go get a Netflix account and watch ALL of it. Right now. Go. Seriously though, I convinced my boyfriend to start watching and now he’s obsessed. Not to mention, Sundays are the only days we have off together, so we pretty much cuddle and watch grey’s all day.

Another one of our favorites is “Bones”. Luckily, it’s already over so it makes a perfect show to binge watch ALL the seasons. This show is packed with action, murder mysteries, and romance. Definitely in my top ten.

Finally, I try to work on emails and such at least a little bit, just to be ready for Monday. Trust me, I don’t spend more than 15 minutes on this. Some times we all need those self-care kind of days. It is important to focus on yourself some times.

March Skin Care Favorites

I’ve tried so many products this month and I wanted to share a few with you. I’m completely obsessed with skin care. I love face masks and moisturizers, it literally makes my skin happy. Also, I have such dry skin that without all of these things my skin almost panics and breaks out and feels pretty dehydrated. The biggest thing for me is obviously water. I drink a whole cup as soon as I wake up, several throughout the day, and one last one before bed. I also have a whole skin care routine, if you want me to share please let me know and I will in the future. I also absolutely LOVE makeup, but I definitely don’t wear it everyday. If you want to see my make up favorites, let me know in the comments. Continue reading March Skin Care Favorites

Detox Waters

I know we’ve all woken up feeling gross, no energy, and super bloated. For me, most of these kinda of mornings are when I drank just a little too much the night before. Today was just one of those mornings, so I decided to sit down and share my tips. I have a few secrets for feeling 1000 times better the next morning and this is just one of them. Detox water is so good for you because it helps flush out all the toxins and “bad” food or drinks from the day or week before. I’m going to show you guys 4 of my favorite detox waters, all with yummy fruits and things to spice up your mornings! *Disclaimer: I am not a dietitian, this is just what works for ME, and if you’re allergic to any of these please find alternatives that work for you.*

Lemon & Cayenne 

I’m sure you have all heard of this “cleanse” or detox before. It is not a secret, this is a very well-known detox water because of all of its benefits. Cayenne is basically a kick starter to your metabolism, instantly you can feel less bloated and honestly everything you eat throughout the day passes quicker through your system. Now, let’s be honest, some days I just cannot convince myself to put that extra cayenne in and I do plain lemon water. It happens, don’t beat yourself up, lemon water by itself also makes for a great detox and honestly a debloater (I think i just made up a word, but that’s okay LOL).

Raspberry, Mint, & Lemonpexels-photo-914241.jpeg

Okay, maybe I just love lemon in my water, but it’s also good for you so who cares. The raspberry adds sweetness to this water but it’s not overpowering. I love this water on a day that I’m feeling very low energy. It helps push me throughout the day honestly. Mint is a great stress reliever, so I’ve also had this at night before bed to just kind of wind down my day.

Spa Water

This so rehydrating! I cannot stress this enough, when your body is dehydrated is doesn’t function as well as it should. Cucumber’s hydrating properties just makes your body and your skin look so much better. More importantly it helps your tummy feel its best. Just a few slices in your water and you’re good to go. Why is it called spa water? Think about a relaxing trip to a spa. Probably one the first things you will see when you walk in will be cucumber water. It’s relaxing, helping your skin, and making your tummy feel its best all in one.

Strawberry, Mint, Lemon, Cucumber, and Apples

I know this sounds like a lot but just hear me out. We’ve already talked about cucumber, lemon, and mint so I wont talk too much about those. I will tell you about strawberries. This is probably th easiest fruit to add to your water. I mean, who doesn’t like strawberries? They’re sweet and packed with Vitamin C, it’s the best of both worlds. Apples, personally I like to go for green apples, have amazing antioxidants. I like the green ones because they’re a little less sweet and add a bit of tart. This balances out with the sweetness of the strawberries.