Sunday, September 13, 2020

August Favorites


August Favorites

Hard to be live we are all ready in September! August was a good month for me, it was my birthday month. Can you believe I turned 31? Nope I can't!  Here is a list of some of my favorites in August. 



I drink this everyday, I fill up my 24oz reusable starbucks tumbler.  Each tablet is the  equivalent of one full serving of greens & veggies and 100% DV Vitamins B1, B12, C, E. This is a great way to get all of your greens, veggies and get that water in. 


I have gotten so many people asking me me if I have eye lash extensions. I have to laugh when I tell them no. I absolutely love Flutter Habit. I can wear a set up to 5-7 days and reuse them at lest 3-4 times. The happy medium are my favorite style out of all of them. Not too dramatic but not too simple, they are just right. 

Maskcara Beauty Solid Perfume Number 2
This smells divine with  citrus, sweet tuberose and sandalwood. It is a solid perfume and rose gold illuminator all in one. It give a beautiful glow and the scent lasts all day. I have been using it so much I've already hit pan with this one and excited to wear the other perfumes that Maskcara has. 

August Favorites

The color that this bronzing water is perfect. Not orange at all, dries very quickly and doesn't leave streaks and lasts a while in between applications. 


I loved sailor moon as a kid. I had the toys and would watch everyday after school when it was on cartoon network. Over the summer I stumbled crossed it on Hulu. I have never been so excited for a cartoon. Slowly i have been making my way through the series and loving every bit of it. 

Gel Nail Kit 
For my birthday I received 2 Gellen Gel Nail Polish kits, one from my mom and the other from my aunt. The both gave me a amazon gift card and picked out the Pink Red Nudes Colors & Classic Elegance Collection. So far I'm really loving how long they wearing and how easy the whole process was.   This is the lamp I use for my gel polish. 

August Favorites

Thursday, September 3, 2020

My 6 Favorite Subscription Services







I wanted to share with you my  6 favorite subscription services that I really enjoy and thought you would too.  A few of them make our daily lives a little easier and a few are more fun in my mind. They are all affordable which is even better. 

  • Kindle unlimited - If you are a big reader this is a must. They don’t have every single book available for unlimited but they do have a huge selection to choose from.  It’s like a library but without the due dates. You can only take 10 out at a time but it is so worth it. 

  • Quip- Who would of thought a toothbrush subscription would be my favorite.  Honestly it’s one of the best one we have. Every three months we get new new brush heads for our toothbrush’s  in the mail and swap out the old for the new. I never have to guess when was the last time we changed our toothbrushes. It’s a really  great subscription.  I do have a referral code to save you some money and myself if you go through my link here

  • Flutter Habit- I recently discovered flutter habit  about 4 months ago and have been wearing them since.  They are faux mink lashes that go under your natural lashes and they last for about 5 days and can be reused.  Flutter habit has a variety of styles to choose from,  short and natural, wispy, full and dramatic. You can either have a subscription or purchase as you want. I have had so many people asking where I get my lashes done, and I have to laugh when I tell them I do them my self. It blows their minds.

  • Curology- Every three months I get my custom made acne cocktail for my skin, delivered to my door. It has helped so much the past couple of months. So far I really like it.  

  • Amazon Fresh- Another great service from amazon. I love that I can food shop with out leaving our apartment, since we only have the one car. So while my husband is at work and I have a day off, I will order our groceries and have them delivered within a few hours. It’s awesome.








Wednesday, June 10, 2020

My Easy Skincare Routine


My skin care routine has changed since the last time I wrote about it. So I suffer from hormonal acne and it sucks. I have two weeks every month with no active zits, then the other two weeks I have angry red  painful cystic zits along my cheeks, chin and jaw. Seems every time I  schedule an appointment with my dermatologist it gets canceled or rescheduled. Because of that  I have recently started using a custom cream made just for me by curology for my acne. I really try to keep it basic and not over complicate it. Less is more. For awhile I kept it very basic and only washed, tone and moisturize. I then slowly added a few products in and feel I'm at a good spot and not over doing it.





On top of my morning and night routine I also use three other products that are great for all over health.  Amazing Grass Effervescent Tablets: Green Superfood to get your daily veggies and 8oz of water. I also use their  GLOW Vegan Collagen Support with Biotin and Plant Based Protein Powder. I really like the chocolate rose for the glow protein powder, I like to add it to almond or soy milk.  The third is water. Make sure to drink lots of water, your skin will love it and so will the rest of your body.


Morning 

Water- Quickly cleanse. 

Kopari Beauty Coconut Rose Toner - Feels refreshing and hydrating.

Cevra AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 - Ceramides 1, 3 and 6-II - help restore protective skin barrier. Niacinamide - helps calm skin.  Hyaluronic Acid - helps retain skin's moisture.



Night 

Make-up Removing Cloths 4 Count, Erase Your Face- I use just water and remove the makeup with these cloths.
Pafica Sea Foam Wash- After using water and the makeup cloths I use a very gentle face wash, I also  use the makeup cloths to wipe away the face wash.

Kopari Beauty Coconut Rose Toner -use again at night.

Bio Oil -  Can be used for scars, stretch marks, uneven skin tone, aging skin, dehydrated skin, after sun treatment & bath oil.

Curology - Curology is an online service that customises prescription-strength skincare for you. Right now my custom formula has Azelaic Acid, Clindamycin and Niacinamide.

Bliss Bright Idea Vitamin C + Tri-Peptide Collagen Protecting & Brightening Moisturizer - Collagen-protecting duo that works synergistically to further brighten and protect elasticity.


As needed 

Pacifica Overnight Mask- Very moisturizing if I'm feeling dry or after a face mask.
Aztec Clay- Once a week. Deep cleans the skin.
The Ordinary Retinol- every other day. Helps speed up the cell turnover rate. Many benefits for your skin.
Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion - when ever a zit pops up.
Water -Throughout the day as needed









Wednesday, March 4, 2020

February Favorites 2020

It's been a while since I did one of these posts and I would like to start back doing them. I didn't t have to many to chooses from but here are a few things that I really have enjoyed in the past month or so.





Amika 3D duo volume and thickening shampoo + conditioner
It's a great weightless shampoo and conditioner that thoroughly cleanses. My hair feels & looks thicker and healthier when I use this duo. The smell is also delicious.

Lint remover
This is serious one of the best purchases that I have made far in 2020. It works great on hoodies and clothing that had little balls of fuzz on them.

The ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane
This is a retinoid treatment that helps reduce the signs of aging, wrinkles, fine lines, brightens dark spots and hyperpigmentation. It also helps to smooth out the skin’s texture. The best part is it does it without irritation. I started using it to help fade my acne scars. I use this a couple times a week.

The Ordinary ''Buffet'
I use the Buffet every night, this is a great around serum since it does so much. The Buffet is a water-based serum with anti-aging technologies, including peptides, probiotics, amino acids, and more. It also reduces fine lines and wrinkles, fades dark spots, hydrates, brightens, and promotes a firm, smooth texture.

Key Ingredients

Matrixyl 3000: a peptide complex that firms and plumps skin by boosting collagen and elastin

Matrixyl Synthe'6: a peptide complex that reduces fine lines, wrinkles, and imperfections

Syn-Ake peptide complex: prevents the formation of deep wrinkles and restores elasticity

Relistase peptide complex: increases skin firmness and elasticity by boosting collagen

Argirelox peptide complex: fights expression wrinkles, like smile lines and crow's feet

Probiotic complex: promotes healthy skin barrier function and better hydration

Amino acids: proteins with moisturizing, antioxidant, and restorative benefits

Hyaluronic acid: multiple hyaluronic acid complexes hydrates and create a plump, supple feel


Bliss Bright Idea Vitamin C + Tri-Peptide Collagen Protecting & Brightening Moisturizer                    The moisturizer contains effective, non-irritating form of vitamin C and tri-peptide to boost skin's natural elasticity with hydration. I love the way it makes my skin feel after using it, plump, soft skin with a dewy glow! It’s a wonderful product if your looking for a moisturizer with vitamin c. 
It gives a nice bronze glow that is enriched with coconut water + vitamin e. Its is really to apply and dries super fast. It smells amazing.





Thursday, January 16, 2020

2020 Reading List



Here is my reading list for 2020. I did not met reading challenge of 19 books in 2019. This year I am aiming for 12 in 2020. Some of the books that are on my list for 2019 have made it to my list for this year. I am hoping to read all of them this time.







The Secret
Fragments of a Great Secret have been found in the oral traditions, in literature, in religions and philosophies throughout the centuries. For the first time, all the pieces of The Secret come together in an incredible revelation that will be life-transforming for all who experience it.

In this book, you’ll learn how to use The Secret in every aspect of your life—money, health, relationships, happiness, and in every interaction you have in the world. You’ll begin to understand the hidden, untapped power that’s within you, and this revelation can bring joy to every aspect of your life.

The Secret contains wisdom from modern-day teachers—men and women who have used it to achieve health, wealth, and happiness. By applying the knowledge of The Secret, they bring to light compelling stories of eradicating disease, acquiring massive wealth, overcoming obstacles, and achieving what many would regard as impossible.



Fatemarked (The Fatemarked Epic Book 1)
An ancient prophecy foretold their coming, the chosen few who will bring peace to a land embroiled in a century of mistrust and war. When kings start dying, that hope and belief swiftly turns to fear. Roan Loren is one of the fatemarked, but has hidden his mark of power his entire life, fearing the damage it might cause to those around him.

A great evil is coming. He can't hide anymore.

In the spirit of fantasy epics like Throne of Glass and The Lord of the Rings, enter a world of magic and dragons, kings and queens, and victory and defeat, during a time when honor and valor still meant something. Fatemarked is now a #1 Amazon bestseller in NINE categories. Start your 4,000+ page epic adventure today.



Chosen (The Warrior Chronicles Book 1)
It is said that when war threatens the world, one individual will be selected by prophecy to lead the Shadow Warriors out of the Land of Mist and reclaim the freedom which has been stolen.
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Shanti has grown up under the constant threat of war. Since she helped her people defeat a raiding party by using a special power, she’s been a hunted woman. Carrying rare abilities and an uncanny fighting aptitude, Shanti is the only hope of salvation for her people. The problem is, she doesn’t believe in her own divinity, and when she flounders, she nearly fails in the duty hanging so heavy on her shoulders.

It seems like any other day when Sanders and his band of misfit boys find a foreign woman clinging to life in the wastelands. Oblivious to the weapon they now have in their possession, they are content to harbor the mysterious woman until she is well enough to continue her journey.

But when the war spreads its arms and lands on her borrowed doorstep, Shanti has no choice but to reveal her secrets, plunging her saviors into danger. If they band with her, they will face certain death. But to trade her to Xandre, the warlord desperate to add her to his war machine, would be to give up their entire way of life.

War is coming. The only choice becomes: Which side do you choose?



The Last Wish: Introducing the Witcher 

Geralt is a Witcher, a man whose magic powers, enhanced by long training and a mysterious elixir, have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin. Yet he is no ordinary murderer: his targets are the multifarious monsters and vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent.
But not everything monstrous-looking is evil and not everything fair is good...and in every fairy tale there is a grain of truth.




People blame their break-ups, missed flights and unexpected bills on Mercury retrograde, but often they have little understanding of this astrological phenomenon. The Mercury Retrograde Book is here to flip these beliefs on their head. Bestselling author of Moonology Yasmin Boland and astrology expert Kim Farnell explain:

- that the retrograde is actually a chance to revisit, revise and revamp
- if you can understand how the retrograde cycle works, you can harness it in your favour
- how to place the retrogrades in your personal astrological chart and work out their effect on your elemental and zodiac sign



The Bird and the Sword (The Bird and the Sword Chronicles Book 1)

Swallow, daughter, pull them in, those words that sit upon your lips. Lock them deep inside your soul, hide them ‘til they’ve time to grow. Close your mouth upon the power, curse not, cure not, ‘til the hour. You won’t speak and you won’t tell, you won’t call on heaven or hell. You will learn and you will thrive. Silence, daughter. Stay alive.

The day my mother was killed, she told my father I wouldn’t speak again, and she told him if I died, he would die too. Then she predicted the king would sell his soul and lose his son to the sky.
My father has a claim to the throne, and he is waiting in the shadows for all of my mother’s words to come to pass. He wants desperately to be king, and I just want to be free.
But freedom will require escape, and I’m a prisoner of my mother’s curse and my father’s greed. I can’t speak or make a sound, and I can’t wield a sword or beguile a king. In a land purged of enchantment, love might be the only magic left, and who could ever love . . . a bird?



The Hundredth Queen

As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood in the ancient Tarachand Empire, eighteen-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she’s an unlikely candidate for even a servant’s position, let alone a courtesan or wife. Her sole dream is to continue living in peace in the Sisterhood’s mountain temple.

But a visit from the tyrant Rajah Tarek disrupts Kalinda’s life. Within hours, she is ripped from the comfort of her home, set on a desert trek, and ordered to fight for her place among the rajah’s ninety-nine wives and numerous courtesans. Her only solace comes in the company of her guard, the stoic but kind Captain Deven Naik.

Faced with the danger of a tournament to the death—and her growing affection for Deven—Kalinda has only one hope for escape, and it lies in an arcane, forbidden power buried within her.



The First Girl Child

Bayr of Saylok, bastard son of a powerful and jealous chieftain, is haunted by the curse once leveled by his dying mother. Bartered, abandoned, and rarely loved, she plagued the land with her words: From this day forward, there will be no daughters in Saylok.

Raised among the Keepers at Temple Hill, Bayr is gifted with inhuman strength. But he’s also blessed with an all-too-human heart that beats with one purpose: to protect Alba, the first girl child born in nearly two decades and the salvation for a country at risk.

Now the fate of Saylok lies with Alba and Bayr, whose bond grows deeper with every whisper of coming chaos. Charged with battling the enemies of their people, both within and without, Bayr is fueled further by the love of a girl who has defied the scourge of Saylok.

What Bayr and Alba don’t know is that they each threaten the king, a greedy man who built his throne on lies, murder, and betrayal. There is only one way to defend their land from the corruption that has overtaken it. By breaking the curse, they could defeat the king…but they could also destroy themselves.



Super Attractor: Methods for Manifesting a Life beyond Your Wildest Dreams

In Super Attractor, Gabrielle Bernstein lays out the essential methods for manifesting a life beyond your wildest dreams.

This book is a journey of remembering where your true power lies. You'll learn how to co-create the life you want. You'll accept that life can flow, that attracting is fun, and that you don't have to work so hard to get what you want. Most important, you'll feel good. And when you feel good, you'll give off a presence of joy that elevates everyone around you.

Super Attractor is a manifesto for confidently claiming your desires. In these pages, you'll learn how to:

• Do less and attract more
• Relax and trust that what you desire is on the way
• Know that spiritual guidance is available to you at all times
• Feel a sense of awe each day as you witness miracles unfold



Brave

Rose McGowan was born in one cult and came of age in another, more visible cult: Hollywood.

In a strange world where she was continually on display, stardom soon became a personal nightmare of constant exposure and sexualization. Rose escaped into the world of her mind, something she had done as a child, and into high-profile relationships. Every detail of her personal life became public, and the realities of an inherently sexist industry emerged with every script, role, public appearance, and magazine cover. The Hollywood machine packaged her as a sexualized bombshell, hijacking her image and identity and marketing them for profit.

Hollywood expected Rose to be silent and cooperative and to stay the path. Instead, she rebelled and asserted her true identity and voice. She reemerged unscripted, courageous, victorious, angry, smart, fierce, unapologetic, controversial, and real as f*ck.

BRAVE is her raw, honest, and poignant memoir/manifesto—a no-holds-barred, pull-no-punches account of the rise of a millennial icon, fearless activist, and unstoppable force for change who is determined to expose the truth about the entertainment industry, dismantle the concept of fame, shine a light on a multibillion-dollar business built on systemic misogyny, and empower people everywhere to wake up and be BRAVE.



The Holy Wild: A Heathen Bible for the Untamed Woman

This provocative book invites you to create your own spiritual path based on often-suppressed ancient principles and contemporary practices. Using the elements (earth, water, fire, air, ether) rather than traditional patriarchal hierarchies, this “holy book” is designed to connect each individual to their universal — but often denied — powers. Wild woman Danielle Dulsky takes you deep as she explores and embraces sacred feminine archetypes such as the Mother Goddess, the Crone, and the Maiden. Join her as she guides you to envision and explore a world that enriches and supports your spirit, body, and mind as well as our global community and the Earth.


Dodging Energy Vampires: An Empath’s Guide to Evading Relationships That Drain You and Restoring Your Health and Power

Highly sensitive people—or empaths—see life through the eyes of compassion and caring. They were born that way. As a result, they carry a tremendous amount of inner light. But they’re also the favored prey of “vampires” who feed off empaths’ energy and disrupt their lives on every level—physical, emotional, and financial.

In Dodging Energy Vampires, Christiane Northrup, M.D., draws on the latest research in this exciting new field, along with stories from her global community and her own life, to explore the phenomenon of energy vampires and show us how we can spot them, dodge their tactics, and take back our own energy. You’ll delve into the dynamics of vampire-empath relationships and discover how vampires use others’ energy to fuel their own dysfunctional lives. Once you recognize the patterns of behavior that mark these relationships, you’ll be empowered to identify the vampires in your life too.



Adultolescence

Comedian Gabbie Hanna brings levity to the twists and turns of modern adulthood in this exhilarating debut collection of illustrated poetry.
In poems ranging from the singsong rhythms of children’s verses to a sophisticated confessional style, Gabbie explores what it means to feel like a kid and an adult all at once, revealing her own longings, obsessions, and insecurities along the way. Adultolescence announces the arrival of a brilliant new voice with a magical ability to connect through alienation, cut to the profound with internet slang, and detonate wickedly funny jokes between moments of existential dread. You’ll turn to the last page because you get her, and you’ll return to the first because she gets you.






Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Favorites of 2019


I wanted to make a list of items that I really enjoyed in 2019.  A lot of these items I have purchased many times thought out the year. Most of them are affordable but there are a few that are a splurge, but i really enjoy them. I feel like this is going to be a long list but that's okay. 

You can read 9 Holy Grail Skin Care Favorites Of 2018Holy Grail Home Favorites of 2018Holy Grail Health Favorites of 2018 Holy Grail Hair and Makeup Favorites of 2018




Skincare 

Regular pric
Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe Herbs and Rosewater- I love this spray. I like to use this after washing my face, right before applying my moisturizer and setting my makeup. . The smell is divine.

Tone it up– Still one of my favorites form 2019. They have so many type of work outs to pick from. It has daily workouts, on demand workouts and studio classes that you sign up at a certain time and can chat with before and after the class. Every week they send emails of workouts for that week.
Diva Cup I started using one in  2018 and it has been life changing! I absolutely love mine. I hardly feel the cup,  I have also saved so much money since buying and switching from tampons and liners to my diva cup. You also save on creating zero waste for the environment, since it is reusable.
 
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion - Helps with white heads and other blemishes.

B.tan- So many options! I love the gradual tanners, sweet sunset vibescosmic candy glow  & just act natural. I also love using B.tan forever + ever as my base coat once a week since it last so long. Disco candy tan also gives a nice dark base but faster.

Bondi Sands Milk Lotion- Smells amazing and goes on without streaking and leaves my skin so soft.

Alba Botanica Acnedote  is what I use on my face to help with the adult acne that I have to deal with. I have seen a great improvement since starting. I use the  Acnedote Maximum Strength Deep Pore WashAcnedote Deep Clean Astringent - 6 fl oz & Acnedote Maximum Strength Oil Control Lotion.

Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion- This is great for reducing cystic acne quickly. 


Pacifica Wake Up Beautiful Mask- Great if you have dry skin or in a colder climate.

 Bath & Body Works Rose Fine Fragrance Mist- One of my favorite scents that i feel you can wear all year long.

Bite Beauty Agave+ Nighttime Lip Therapy- I use this every night before bed. It smells amazing and I love the way it makes my lips so soft.

No7 Radiant Results Nourishing Cleansing Balm-   This takes off all the makeup and makes the skin so soft and clean feeling.

Makeup 


Primer-Both are great and really like how feel and work.  Elf Poreless Putty Primer  & Touch of Sol No Poreblem Priming Water

Foundation- I love the finish that Elf Flawless Finish Foundation gives me. Doesn't dry out my face  or look cakey.

Eye liner- My favorites are NYX  Epic Ink Liner- My all time favorite liner. Does not budge at all. The brush is the best that I have used. Benefit Cosmetics Roller Liner Liquid Eyeliner & Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner.

Tart Tarteist PRO glow cheek palette V3- My top go to palette for my face, it has everything that you need for bronzer, high light and blush.


Eyebrows- Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade love the way it applies and the way it wears.


Both great for giving your lashes that fake lash look.


Lashes- Ardell Lash Wispies Multipack are my favorite as well as their demi lashes.  JIMIRE Fake Eyelashes 4 Styles are great too.


Nails-Both have great designs.  imPRESS® Press-On Manicure are easy to apply  and very easy to remove.  Static Nails can be reused and can last up to 2 weeks. Personally I have had them last 3 weeks and with minimum damage to the nails. 

Hair care 


Three Little Words International- I use the whole haircare line from the shampoo, conditioner, hair oil, frizz fighter and Hair Shot Ampoules. The line smells amazing and makes my hair feel great.

 oVertone Color Conditioner - I use to color my hair and it is so easy. The colors last how ever long  you want it too, depending on how much you wash your hair.

 Deogra Mini Hair Straightener- Since I have a pixie again, its  the perfect size for creating curls and straightening.

Lifestyle/Misc


Instapot- I cook pretty much all of our meals it, it does so many different things  and it cuts down on kitchen appliances. 


Fitbit versa lite- I track everything from steps, workouts, sleep and my period. 

Lotus studs - You get 4 different colors, silver, gold, rose gold & black for $6.99.

Litter genie- I never thought it would be something I would buy but its so handy.


Fancii mirror- Super handy when doing my makeup. Dimmable with soft warm, neutral white, and natural daylight.

Earring book- I use this to hold my stud earrings. 

Makeup organizer- Holds all of my makup that I own 

Hayday fitbit band- Great alternative to the fitbit bands.








Wednesday, January 1, 2020

2020 Goals

My list of goals is nothing crazy or to hard to do, and 2019  wasn't bad but it wasn't terrible. I mainly wanted to make a list of things I want to continue or improve in 2020. Which you can read here, about what they where. So here is a list of things I would like to change or work towards in 2019.





Health 

  • Eat cleaner. Continue making healthier choices and taking vitamins . 
  • Workout 3 times a week at a minimum 
  • Drinking water. I think I have been doing well with my 16oz bottle 2 times a day. 
Self Care 

  • Read 12 books in 2020 and if i read more that's great then. I read about 5/19 books in 2019. I think my goal was to big. 
  • Read tarot more often. 
  • Journal everyday. 
  • Art. I did zip. Nothing in 2018.  
  • Spend less. Only buy what I really need. Not because I want it. 
Social Media 
  • Blog once a week or at lest every other week. Some months are better then others with work and life. 
  • More constituent schedule with the Blogging RT account I run on twitter, BloggingBeesRT.  
So those are my goals for 2020! I would love to read any goals that you might have!