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Jun 24, 2016

Love Affair with Lavender

Lavender is my go-to for 2016. I love the way it smells, tastes and how it looks. I never really paid attention to it until a few months ago and now I want it everywhere. I planted some lavender seeds in April that started to grow a bit but sadly, they stopped growing for me. I really want to use them to make soap but I read somewhere that in order to do that I also needed to get the oil.

So the search for lavender oil began. Unfortunately, it isn't cheap. It's one of the priciest oils I've searched for and it took me a long time to commit to getting it. I not only wanted the oil for soap making but because I really love the smell of glade's lavender vanilla plugin but wanted to try creating my own version.

Luckily I was sent Avenir Oils Lavender Oil to try out so far I love it! Before I even used it on my diffuser I spent a good 30 minutes passing it under my nose and soaking up the amazing, soothing scent. They're really light, super authentic and there isn't anything synthetic in the way they smell. After I was done with that I put a few drops on my diffuser and it filled up my bedroom quick with the light scent of lavender.

I have to resist the urge to use it all on my diffuser because I like putting some drops in the wash as well as in my soaps. I seriously want to put this in everything but I'll save it for some burning and the soap. Now if I could only get my lavender flowers to grow I would be in total heaven! The best part is is that it's only $7 and is 100% pure.

If you want to see what Avenir Oils has to say about the benefits of lavender in their write-up here.

Jun 20, 2016

Walker Lane & Co Night Restore Creamy Eye Serum

As someone that's worn contacts for over 15 years under eye puffiness has haunted me since I started to think about skincare. This is why I'm always on the hunt for a great under eye cream that is going to give me what I need which is a nice smooth under eye area. Walker Land & Co. sent me a bottle of their Night Restore Creamy Eye Serum to see if they fit my needs.

True to its name this is a great serum with nice consistency. I don't ever have to worry about any of the product going to waste due to it being too runny or putting pressure on my face because it's too thick. It's got ingredients that I've fallen in love with over the last few months like primrose and it's got GLA which helps to keep much needed moisture in and that aids in keeping ugly wrinkles at bay.

I like that its made with natural and organic ingredients and that it's fragrance free so it doesn't irritate me when I sleep and it doesn't feel heavy on my face either. It's got everything that I need in an eye serum and while I can't scream about the awesome results from a rooftop just yet I think that after a few more weeks I just might. So far the area that I'm applying it to is really soft and now that I'll be wearing contacts full time for the summer I'll be doing some hardcore testing!

Jun 15, 2016

Brieftons Glass Bottles

As a serial juicer, having the perfect bottles to carry around are essential. Because I live in California all I see wherever I turn is how awful plastic bottles are so having glass ones are a must.

I juice all the time and sometimes make more than I can contain in a mason jar. I also like to make my own lattes to take to work if I don't feel like spending money at Starbucks so these Brieftons Glass Bottles fit the bill perfectly!

The thing I like about these bottles the most is that they're made very well. The glass is thick and doesn't look like the type to shatter super quick and the mouth is large enough for ice or large piece of fruits and veggies if I want to make an infused beverage. The bottles are dishwasher safe and come with their own cleaner in case you let something sit in it for too long.

I was given these for free to try out but they are sold on Amazon and I highly suggest you get yourself a six-pack of these if you're in the market for glass bottles!

Jun 13, 2016

Charcoal Detox Deep Pore Gel Cleanser

I've been a huge fan of Michael Todd products for about two years now and they never fail to amaze me. I've heard about the activated charcoal facial cleanser craze for a while but never actually got into it until I was given this cleanser to try and write about.

Their Charcoal Detox Deep Pore Gel Cleanser is ah-maize-ing! The big deal with activated charcoal is that it's said to attach itself to dirt and all the other nasties that are clogging up our pores and I think this gel does a great job at it. The consistency in this is great and I like how it's not too hard or soft on my face. After I use it my skin feels super soft and I can go without moisturizer for the rest of the day without my face feeling dry.

I totally recommend this. Especially now that the heat is most likely going to cause more oil and dirt creep into everyones pores even more. I'm glad I got to see what all the buzz surround activated charcoal was about right when I was getting ready to transition into summertime skincare!

Jun 2, 2016

Peppermint and Ginger in One!

I have taken this for a couple of days and am impressed by the results. These are easy to take gel pill form and you only need to take 1 or 2 a day after a full meal. These are made form natural ingredients: Alpha Acids for proven pain relief. Peppermint for soothing the aches and pains. And finally, Ginger for anti inflammatory properties. 

Since taking these pills regularly, there has been significant improvement in the stiffness of my joints. They feel more relaxed and my movement feels more fluid rather than forced. Although I am not pain-free completely, there is definitely major improvement. Needless to say, I am quite satisfied with these results and will continue to use them as needed!

On The Go Aromatherapy

I love two things: shiny things and relaxing scents. Getting them both together seems like an impossibility unless you have the chance to wear an Aromatherapy Necklace.

Whenever I would think about something like this Rosemary's Baby would come to a cool way, not at all creepy! The fact that I could wear something around my neck that gave me an instant sense of relief and relaxation is something I desperately need. I suffer from anxiety and have been trying to wean off my medication so having something that can keep me in a good place mentally, even in the tiniest way, is a win in my eyes!

This necklace is really pretty with awesome detail in the chain and came with and has some cute bling along the front. It came with about 7 diff pads that I could put drops of my favorite essential oils so that I don't have to keep reusing one and have all of the scents turn into one. I normally wear this with my rose oil but I might start using a sponge with lavender in it and keep it on my pillow so I can get enveloped with the scent without filling up my whole apartment with it like I would if I used a diffuser.

Overall this is a great necklace and is perfect for those stressful times that we all tend to have. It's stylish, beautiful and serves a great purpose!

May 30, 2016

Gym Bag Essentials That'll Freshen You Up Before Your Workout!

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I'm going to put all the cards out on the table. I'm a new workout junkie. When I was living in NYC the only thing I ever brought to the gym was a cold water bottle and towel but now I have a bag that's filled with so much more.

Even though I have a gym in my building that is open 24 hours I still do some classes, mainly Pure Barre, to switch things up a bit and not lose my interest in working out. I have a gym bag that (to me) is jam packed with everything I'll need to get ready to sweat so here's what I have in there and what think everyone else should have as well!

1. Yoga Pants

I used to work out in sweats but these are just so much cuter and COMFY!!! They're much better than shorts, I can run some errands before I hit the gym and not feel out of place (this is LA after all) and they are in my way restricting when I am doing any kind of work out.

2. Grippy Socks

The classes that I take are meant to be either barefoot or with socks so I always make sure I have these in my gym bag. I have zero interest in slipping when I already have a hard time keeping myself balanced!

3. Sports Bra

My girls will not have fun without my trusty sports bra. I've been buying the same ones year after year because I finally found one that I can not only wear while working out but also to and from the gym without having the uniboob. These sports bras have hooks in the back like a traditional bra as the straps have really strong velcro which is great for me because as I lose weight (YES!) I need to make constant adjustments. 

4. Cottonelle® CleanRipple Texture Wipes

Did you notice anything missing? I'll point it out to you: panties. I like to work out with as littleas possible and Cottonelle lets me get away with that! Only Cottonelle® CleanRipple Texture is designed to clean better, so I'm clean enough to Go Commando. It makes sure that I have all the confidence I need while I'm doing positions that I've never done before. The last thing I need is to worry about my undies make me uncomfortable and taking my concentration away from what the instructor is asking for. Cottonelle® knows it takes a bold confidence to go commando, but once you’ve got it – it makes all the difference. 

5. Make-up Remover

I don't always hit the gym straight from home and even though I take the barre classes only a few blocks away I have my days where I lose all motivation once I look at my couch. Being able to wash my makeup off is a total must because I don't want to clog up y pores by combining it with sweat. I also don't want a dirty towel. EEK!

Aside from these gems I also always have my iPhone (for when I'm working out on machines) and my hoodie because it always makes me feel like I'm ready to kick some calories to the curb when I'm in full workout mode.

So there you have it! Now along with carrying these items in my gym bag I also make sure to have them in my bathroom because they are just a lifesaver. Having a clean face is my number one focus in life but I also like keeping the right toilet paper and Cottonelle® CleanRipple Texture is what works for me because it's designed to clean better than other leading value brands and their wipes are totally flushable. A problem I have with about 90% of the ones out there.

You can tell a lot about a person by what they keep in their bathroom and mine says I'm like to be as fresh as possible. What does yours say?

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

May 27, 2016

Nutri Maqui Supplement

I love berries and hate taking pills so when Nutri Lifescience's Nutri Maqui Supplement gave me the chance to try this out I said hell yes! I have to admit that at first I thought i was a juice but it actually isn't. It's a supplement filled with antioxidants that gives you a ton of it in just one serving (a cap full) a day.

Because I don't like to actually eat fruit I miss out on a lot of things that my body needs so now I'm glad that I have something that's quick, easy and that I can mix with my green juices

I've never heard of maqui berry before so I'm not sure if that's what give it the super tart taste. I will admit that it took me a few days to get used to the taste if I was only taking a shot of it because I wasn't making a smoothie that day.

Aside from it being a great alternative to taking pills or having to eat fruit (yuck!) there's nothing more to say aside from the fact that I highly recommend it! If you work in a big office like I do where there's always one person getting sick you need all the help you can get.

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May 26, 2016

Rose Hip Seed Oil Facial Cleanser

Another day, another great product discovery. Keeping up with my obsession of all things rose, this Deep Facial Cleanser by PriMiracle is my next victim. haha

I love cleansers that are gel like because creamy ones seem to not penetrate my skin as much as I like it to which is one of the reasons I like this cleanser. Another one is the scent. It says the scent of rose hip seed is mild but to me it's a bit strong--which I love. There's nothing more soothing than washing your face with something that smells great.

Now on to the benefits! It's got great antioxidants thanks to the rose hip seed oil and that's what my skin needs the most. It also gets rid of all the nasties that like to hang out in my pores from time to time. I don't suffer from breakouts so I can't speak on that but I can say that it leaves my skin feeling really soft for a long time after I use it which is always a win for me.

All in all it's a great addition to my skincare collection and I recommend you guys give it a try as well!

May 25, 2016

Coming Up Roses

I recently moved into a new apartment that has huge built in shelves in the bathroom. I thought about using them just for my linens but decided to make them a bit more girly by making use of some of the items I've purchased for shoots. The first theme I decided to do was roses because I secretly adore the color pink. I also received an amazing Chloe perfume set for Christmas and their bottles designs are meant to be displayed.

After a trying year I've been focused on finding ways to calm my mind, create a sense of peace and have feel good vibes so while I always liked the scent of roses, I started to like it even more when I read about how great it was for the senses. It aids in depression by boosting self esteem and help relieve anxiety and i's a great aphrodisiac--trust me, I know. Wearing my Chloe perfume drove my last boyfriend nuts!

With all of that it's only natural that I want at least one room in my apartment to be dedicated to subconsciously making me feel good even though I'm never there for more than 30 minutes at a time. And not only does the essence of roses make my mind feel great but I absolutely adore walking into my bathroom and looking at my perfect little shelf. Here's what I was able to get in order to put this shelf together. I received a lucite tray a few months ago and thought it was just what I needed to take great photos and I was right. I was finally able to get the perfect white, or any color background that I wanted for my shoots. But once I got my light box I didn't need it anymore and thought it would be a great way to display my favorite products.

1. Chloe Perfume Box Set- This is one of my favorite Christmas presents from this past year. This has been my signature scent since 2014 and I had finally ran out of my original bottle. I love this set because it came with the lotion, a small travel size and it a cute tin box. I was going to use the box to hold arts and craft items but having it on display is so much better

2. Artificial Rose Petals- Over the summer I had a great idea for a post on scents and bought rose petals for a video that has yet to be properly edited-whoops! Anyway, I'm not sure if I will ever use these again so I didn't know what to do with them but I know that I can't have these tucked away because I'll forget about them.

3. Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap- I've touted this brand before and I will do it again. I'm in love with this companies products, especially the ones that are rose scented. These bar soaps are great for the shower or on a bathroom sink in a cute tray.

4. Bracelets- I love bracelets but I can't wear them because I work on a computer all day and end up putting them off to the side. They're cute when I want to hang out with my friends but wearing one of them everyday is a no-no. When I saw these at I kinda lost it though and needed to have them. I was also in my breakup shopping binge so I had to have them even more. I'm glad I snagged these when I did because they're no longer being sold on the site. While the colors aren't all pink or rosy I think they add a nice touch.

5. Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Face Mask- I had this for almost six months before I actually used it because it was an impulse buy. Once I got into the scent of roses I decided to give this a try. Not only do I love how hydrated my skin is the scent is heavenly. I like wearing it overnight sometimes in lieu of my retinol cream just to change things up a bit.

There you have it! I've already started on my lavender shelf but I'm still searching for more products in order to consider it complete. I also have others that I want to create themes for because I think only having two out of four isn't going to work so keep an eye out for the rest!

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