Spring FabFitFun Unboxing

I have been waiting for my Spring FabFitFun box to arrive and it is finally here! My box arrived on the first day of spring and I couldn’t be more excited! If you haven’t heard of FabFitFun then be sure to check out my previous post about the welcome box!

Isn’t the yellow and purple box so lovely and perfect for the season?

This month FabFitFun featured seven female-founded brands. Which is quite fitting since it is Woman’sHistory Month! Many of the brands included are cruelty-free, ethical, natural and built around positivity.

Here is what came in this month’s bag

Gypsy 05 Roundie $50

The Gypsy Roundie is a cute patterned blanket that you can use for a picnic, the beach, table top cover, or to throw on your sofa. It is made of 100% cotton and has a fun tassel trim! I will definitely be taking this to the park and the beach this season!

Milly Zip Pouch $45 Slay All Day

This canvas pouch is perfect for using as a cosmetics bag or for keeping items organized in your work bag. It is lined on the inside so you can even use it to hold your wet bathing suit in the summer time! It’s so cute I would honestly consider using it as a clutch because girl, I Slay!

Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray $20

Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin and Nails Gummies $4.99

This leave-in conditioning spray states to add softness, eliminates frizz and even protects from heat and UV rays. The formula contains a blend of rosehip, argan and coconut oils and can be used on wet or dry hair. I can’t wait to try it as it is also free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.

Also pictured is Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin, and Nails Gummies. Consuming more Biotin is supposed to help you to grow longer, stronger hair and nails.

Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator $79

This exfoliating scrub is good for multiple skin types and will help to improve dullness, fine lines, and blemishes. The formula contains aluminum oxide crystals, lactic acid, and botanicals which brushes away dead skin cells. This item like all others in the FabFitFun box does not contain sulfates or phthalates.

Karuna Hydrating + Face Mask $28

I am really excited to try this product because I have yet to try out face mask sheets! A while back I posted a picture on my Instagram of a cute strawberry sheet mask but I still have not tried it! This face mask might be just what I need because I have super dry skin! I’ll take anything that will help hydrate my skin. According to the Sephora website “In a clinical test on 20 subjects, ages 18 to 60: – 40% increased hydration”. Among the ingredients in the formula, it contains a blend of hyaluronic acid and peptides, as well as aloe vera and chamomile to hydrate.

Realher Lip Kit in Neutral Pink – Woman Rule the World $48

Realher was started by Bill Xiang for his little girl Yarie! The brand name is a combination of Yarie (rie for short) and her (because it was created for her). Xiang wanted to create a makeup brand that would empower women by putting a motivational quote on each of their products. Not only is the brand inspirational but all of the profits go to AAUW which is a non-profit organization that advances equality for women and girls!

Emerald DUV Joshua Tree Cage Bracelet $80

This is a statement bracelet and I can’t wait to rock it! It is a very light item which makes for comfortable wear.

Deborah Lippman Nail Polish Set in Shape of My Hear /Like a Virgin $19

A portion of the proceeds of this polish set goes to the MORE THAN ME Foundation. These mini sized nail polishes are great for travel and the colors are soft neutrals so they go with everything. Soft pinks are a must have this spring so this is the perfect set to complement your wardrobe!

If you have a subscription to FabFitFun then you have the option of adding products to your spring box. Here are a few of the items I purchased.

Add On’s

ISH Party in Pink Duo $24 and ISH Gold Bomb $22

Modcloth Scarf Red/Tan $24

This time around FabFitFun was offering a mystery bundle and I just couldn’t resist. I had to know what was inside!

Mystery Bundle $29

ISH Gold Bomb $22 (Darn! I shouldn’t have purchased it as an add on!)

Dr. Brant Power Dose D Sunshine Vitamin For Skin $55

Burn “Hinoki Temple” Scented Medallion and Refresher Oil

Stay tuned for more information and reviews on the add-ons!

I will also be doing individual makeup reviews/looks for the ISH products.

Did you get the FabFitFun box? If so what were your favorite products? And if not do you subscribe to any other boxes? Let me know in the comments or on social media!

11 Things I Love About Spring

While I love the wintertime and the super cozy clothes that come along with it I am always excited for the start of spring. The days are longer, the flowers start blooming and the birds come out. What’s there not to love about spring? I’ve rounded up my top 11 reasons why spring is one of my favorite times of year!

11 Reasons I Love the Springtime

Reason No. 1

Sunshine and sunnies – Longer and brighter days are the perfect reason to go out and purchase a new pair of sunglasses.

Reason No. 2

No more coats- Trade those bulky coats and scarves for cute bomber jackets and light comfy sweaters!

Reason No. 3

Colorful clothes – Walk into the mall or any boutique and you are sure to find beautiful soft colors like blush pink, pale blues, and soft yellows. No more dreary colors or days!

Reason No. 4

Capris and skirts – It’s finally warm enough to break out the capris and to wear skirts without stocking or tall boots.

Reason No. 5

Sandals- You get to break out your favorite pair of sandals or flip flops. Don’t forget to polish your nails.

Reason No. 6

Flowers – I love how the flowers start to bloom and all the pretty butterflies come out this time of year. Gather your besties and have a fun photo shoot in a beautiful field of flowers!

Reason No. 7

Ritas Italian Ice- March 20th is the first day of spring and means free ice for you and your friends! Make it a yearly tradition to grab a free ice on this day!

Reason No. 8

Easter – Even if you don’t celebrate Easter you will always find the best candy in the stores! It is the perfect excuse to treat yo self to a box of peeps or delicious Cadbury eggs.

Reason No. 9

Makeup- It’s a fun time of year to try out new bright lip colors and softer eye makeup. Experiment with pastel eyeliner or blue tinted lashes.

Reason No. 10

Hair – Spring is the perfect time of year for trying out a fresh new do! I recently cut bangs and I am loving the new look. It’s also a great time for experimenting with lighter colors or maybe even funky colors like this.

Reason No. 11

Outdoor Activities – No more curling up under the covers and binge watching Netflix because it’s too cold to do anything else. Get on your cute workout gear and head outside for a long bike ride or a run down the by the beach.

Who else is excited for the warmer weather and cropped pants? What do you love the best about the springtime? Let us know in the comments below!

The Eyes Have It – St. Patty’s Day Makeup Look

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! I thought I would make a quick post about the eye look that I am wearing today to celebrate the holiday!

I used the Urban Decay Electric Palette and Victorias Secret Silky Eye Shadow in Risk to create this look and kept the rest of my makeup simple so the eyes really stand out. The great thing about green eyeshadow is that it really does look great on a variety of skin tones. It’s all about finding the right shade for you. Not only that but green can actually be very wearable if you just keep the application to the lids.

There you have it! I hope you enjoyed this quick post and that it inspires you to rock the green all year round! What are you up to for St. Patty’s Day? Are you rockin green eyeshadow? Or are you super daring and going for a green lip like this or this instead? Let me know in the comments or on social media!

Grow Gorgeous Hair Density Serum Review

 
Do find yourself discovering strands of hair all over your house and even your workplace? Over the past couple of years, I have felt like I was shedding more than a British Longhair. I asked my hairdresser about it and she said that it is normal for the amount of fallout to change throughout the years. Also, since I don’t wash my hair every day the hair that would normally fall out in the shower is leaving a trail around the house.
Of course, if you think that you’re losing more hair due to health problems or you can visibly see bald spots you should check with a doctor. Since I wasn’t experiencing any of those problems and I eat healthy most of the time I decided to try out a hair growth serum.
I came across Grow Gorgeous Hair Growth Serum on the Ulta website back in November. It was on sale for $29.99 which is cheaper than purchasing it from their website and I had an Ulta coupon for 20% off. What did I have to lose?

 

Apply 20 drops a day to the scalp in the morning or evening.

How does it work?

You apply 20 drops of serum to your scalp every morning or evening and rub it in thoroughly. I made it a part of my nightly routine taking the opportunity to give myself a nice scalp massage. Did you know that massaging your scalp is actually good for you and stimulates hair growth? Don’t worry if you feel a slight tingle when you apply the serum to your scalp. It is normal and is just the formula working into your hair follicles.

Did it work?

After using this product for about 2 months I started to notice a difference in the amount of fallout I had been experiencing. My hair still does fall out but not nearly as much. I am no longer finding hair at my workplace and even my mother noticed less hair around the house.

Did you notice faster hair growth?

That one is difficult to say. I got a haircut shortly after starting the treatment and my hair grows at a fast rate anyway.

Did it make your hair thicker?

I would assume that since less hair is falling out that my hair is thicker but it’s not really visibly noticeable. I naturally have a lot of hair so the goal was never to get thicker hair. I just wanted to experience less fallout.
I whip my hair back and forth! Yeah, I know that reference is so 2010! Just playing around with my hair and camera. Oh how I miss my colorful peek-a-boo highlights.

How long does the bottle last?

It’s now March and I am down to the very last few drops. I will admit I have skipped a few nights either due to laziness or forgetfulness.

How long does it smell?

There are some complaints on other blogs about the smell of the product but I thought it was quite pleasant. I also love the smell of tea tree oil so maybe I’m not the best person to ask.

Is it tested on animals?

According to their website, they do not test on animals. The formula is also gluten free and vegan (be careful not all of their products are vegan).

Will you be repurchasing?

Yes! I just ordered another bottle and will continue to use it for a few more months. I am assuming that once you stop using the product your hair will go back to falling out at the rate that it once did. But for me, it was an effective solution. This time I will try using it every other night and see what happens. I am hoping that I will still have the same results by using it every other night.

If you are experiencing hair loss or simply want thicker hair I would recommend giving this product a try. It’s not overly expensive and it is really easy to use. I am considering trying out some of their other shampoos or treatments. If you would like to see a review on that let me know in the comments and I will start trying them out!

 

Do you have any experience using a hair growth serum or thickening products? If so what have you found that works and what doesn’t? Let us know in the comments below or find me on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook and let me know!

5 Podcasts Worth Downloading to Your IPhone

Start Your Day with One of these Podcasts

I started listening to podcasts around this time last year when I purchased my first iPhone and noticed the podcast app. I first learned about podcasts when I purchased an Ipod Touch about 6 years ago. Curious as to what a podcast was like I downloaded a bunch on topics like learning Spanish and indie music.

 

I had all of these podcasts but I was not impressed by the quality. Many of them I actually found pretty boring. So I deleted all of them and forgot all about podcasts for the next 6 years.
When I noticed the podcast app on my phone I decided to give it another chance. I browsed through looking for podcasts about personal growth, health, and finance. I had no idea that podcasts have become so popular within the past few years!
Love starting the day by listening to one of these 5 podcasts!
I listened to a bunch of podcasts within the past year and these are the ones that I have enjoyed the most.

 

Featuring comedian Stephanie Simbari and fashionista Elizabeth Kott share their thoughts on health and wellness. With interviews from influencers from the fitness, beauty, and astrology space you are bound to learn a ton about new trends in the wellness sphere. This podcast is sure to put you in a good mood.  Stephanie and Elizabeth are real and unfiltered not to mention they are hilarious and constantly send out positive vibes.

 

Lori Harder is a former fitness competitor who is encouraging you to find your happy. She gives tips for living a fulfilling and happy life. In addition to hosting uplifting mini-episodes, she interviews many inspirational guests. If you’re interested in shifting your perspective on life and need the motivation to lead your best life then check this one out!

 

Youtubers Ingrid Nilsen and Cat Valdes host this podcast about the tricky experiences that life can bring. They give their perspective and advice on everything from relationships and sex to politics and social issues. Cat and Ingrid always aim to be understanding and respectful of the different opinions others may have on these topics. They never make it seem as though their way is the only way and their advice is always well thought out.

 

These financial podcasts are anything but boring
One of my goals for this year is to learn more about finances and money. It is important to have an understanding of how money works and how to make the most of your money. Farnoosh makes it easy for a beginner to understand personal finance, investing, entrepreneurship and more without boring you to death.

 

If you are looking for a finance show that makes you laugh and keeps you entertained then look no further. Andrew Fiebert and Thomas Frank answer your money questions with honesty and humor. At the beginning of each episode these guys let us know what they are currently drinking (perhaps a fancy ice cream flavored beer) setting the tone for the rest of the episode. Crack open a cold one and get ready to be entertained with financial advice.

 

There you have it 5 of my favorite podcasts from this past year. Do you listen to podcasts? If so what are you favorite? I’m always looking for new stuff to listen to so let me know in the comments below!

 

 

 

7 Reasons to Buy a Himalayan Salt Lamp

This is more than just a funky looking lamp!

Here are 7 unexpected benefits to keeping a Himalayan salt lamp in every room.

Himalayan salt lamps seem to be having a moment. I first heard about these lamps a few years ago when I discovered it on Vitacost.com. I thought they were so pretty but I didn’t really know much about them and the thought of getting one just slipped my mind for the next few years. Fast forward to 2016 when I was visiting a friend of mine, I noticed what appeared to be a bowl that was made up of salt “Oh my goodness is that a Himalayan salt lamp?” I asked. Sure enough, it was and she started to tell me some of the benefits of having one your home.

Here are 7 reasons why it is beneficial to keep a Himalayan salt lamp in your home!

  1. It’s Pretty – Maybe this isn’t the most important reason to own a Himalayan salt lamp but it’s my favorite reason. They look amazing! I love the texture of the lamp and how they aren’t quite perfect looking. The orangey glow is another reason I covet this lamp. It’s so nice to turn out the lights at night and cuddle up next to the mysterious orange glow. Not to mention if you take a selfie by the glow your skin will look awesome!
  2. Purifies air – Has the ability to remove air contaminants such as smoke, pollen, and dust.
  3. Reduces allergies – Since the lamp has the ability to remove contaminates from the air it can reduce the symptoms of allergies and even the common cold.
  4. Releases Negative Ions – Salt lamps emit negative ions into the air. Why is this a good thing you ask? Well according to WebMD negative ions “are believed to produce biochemical reactions that increase levels of the mood chemical serotonin, helping to alleviate depression, relieve stress, and boost our daytime energy.”  This is important because we are constantly being surrounded by appliances, computers and other electronics that emit positive ions. Positive ions deplete us of our energy, increases anxiety, causes difficulty breathing among many more negative outcomes. The salt lamp works to release negative ions which can help to counter those effects.
  5. Relaxing color – The orange glow of the lamp may have positive effects on your mood and can even work as an alternative to a night light. They can be used with out disturbing sleep patterns and they give a nice softness to whatever room you are in.
  6. Environmentally friendly – Many lamps use sustainable wood and the salt is natural so you know it is safe for the environment. Not only that but they generally use up very little energy.
  7. Inexpensive – These lamps are generally inexpensive and are becoming more readily available. I have this one from Amazon but they are also available at Bed Bath and Beyond and Vitacost.com.

There are actually a bunch more reasons why you might want to get a salt lamp. And if you’re interested in more of the science behind why it’s a great addition to your home check out the links below. Do you have a Himalayan salt lamp? If so how do you like it and can you tell any difference in air quality? Let me know below.

17 Healthy Snacks for the Big Game

Tired of Eating Greasy Snacks for the Superbowl?

Try these 17 yummy and healthy recipes from my favorite food blogs!

What are you cooking up for the big game day?

 

Everybody knows that the big game is coming up on Sunday! And you know what that means… lots of snacking on buffalo wings, cheesy greasy nachos, and sugary margaritas. Unless you come up with a menu that feels indulgent but is actually secretly really good for you!  I’ve rounded up 21 of my favorite and hopefully soon to be favorite healthy snackin’ recipes.

 

Photo credit: Theminimalistbaker.com

 

This is my all time favorite sweet potato recipe! It’s simple, quick and so tasty. I would have never thought to add smoked paprika and garlic powder to my sweet potato fries. Not to mention the spiciness from the cayenne pepper. So good you won’t even feel the need to add ketchup!
If you’re as obsessed with sweet potatoes as I am you might want to check out the following recipes. They all look so good I don’t know if I can pick just one to try out!

 

 

Quinoa can surprisingly make for really yummy snack creations! These quinoa pizza bites were a big hit with my family at our last get together! If you’re craving pizza these are perfect!

 

After you make those pizza bites use up the leftover quinoa to make this quinoa black bean chili.
When I dip you dip we dip. Switch up that traditional seven layer dip for this easy and healthy version.

 

 

Not into 7 layer dips? Try out these other healthy variations of popular yummy dips. I’m definitely making the Olive Jalapeno Popper Dip from Umamigirl.com tonight!

 

Buffalo Wings! You can’t have a Superbowl party without buffalo wings! I found two interesting and healthy recipes you might want to try out. One boneless for those of you who like to keep it clean and one with wings if you wanna get your hands dirty!

 

Here are a few random recipes that are Mexican inspired but each has a healthy twist. I have to say I find the carrot taco shell recipe quite intriguing.
There you have it! 17 delicious and healthy recipes that you can make for the big game! What are you making for the big game? Have you tried any of these recipes? Let us know in the comments!

DIY Nail Strengthener with Essential Oils

Super Simple DIY Nail Strengthener with Essential Oils

Trade in your traditional nail treatment for an easy DIY nail

strengthener.

Want strong and pretty nails? You need to take good care of them!
Do you struggle with weak and nails that split and peel? Weak nails have been something I have struggled with my entire life! I have tried many different nail strengthening treatments but I have found that they only work over a short period of time. After a while, my nails get used to the treatment and start peeling again. Not only are the results with nail polish strengtheners temporary but once you stop using the treatment your nails will go right back to splitting and peeling. So why not try a DIY nail strengthener with essential oils?
Healthy fats aid in strengthening nails
While I have read that consuming foods with omega fatty acids and having plenty of protein can promote strong nails and nail growth I have yet to see results. I do eat have a pretty healthy diet and I definitely get fats from avocados, salmon and nut butter. What is a girl to do?

 

I decided to see what I could find on the internet about making an all natural nail strengthener. I found that there are several oils and essential oils that can aid in nail strength and growth. Many of the DIY recipes called for a large number of essential oils but I didn’t really want to spend too much money on different types of essential oils. I already had lavender and almond oil, so I just purchased Myrrh essential oil to see if that would help.
Lavender Oil– Disinfects the skin, has moisturizing properties, increases circulation, and has antimicrobial and antioxidant properties.
Myrrh – Prevents dryness, thinning, and breakage of the nails. It also has antioxidant and antifungal properties.
Almond Oil– Vitamin E, proteins, fatty acids, zinc, potassium and fatty acids. It is also an anti-inflammatory, and high in antioxidants.

All I did was fill this little dropper bottle almost up to the top with sweet almond oil. I added about 10 drops each of Myrrh and lavender oil. Which seems to be a bit more than the recipes I have come across on the internet but the Myrrh and lavender oils that I had were already diluted so I wanted to make sure that I added enough to the mixture.
Bottle for my DIY nail oils
And that’s it! I am going to be using this every night before I go to bed and I will let you know the results in a few months. Keep in mind my goal is not to necessarily get longer nails (they get in the way when I play piano and guitar) but to have healthier looking nails that don’t peel!
My weak and peeling nails
There are many other oils that you can use to make a nail strengthener. These just happen to be the ones that are most accessible to me at the time. If they don’t work I will definitely be trying out some different oils but for now, I am going to give this a shot.
Here are a few sites with some more nail strengthener ideas
Do you have any DIY treatments that you use to get healthier nails? Are you going to give this nail treatment a try? Let me know in the comments below. 

2017 One Word Theme for the Year – Accomplish Your Goals and More!

Forget new year’s resolutions!

Pick one word that will guide you throughout the year.

How are you making your new year great?

Although this post is coming a few weeks into the new year, I wanted to share something that I have been seeing all over Instagram lately. Instead of choosing specific new year’s resolutions pick one word to be the theme of the year.

Here’s how it works! Rather than trying to stick specific resolutions you know you will never keep, you pick one word that encompasses all that you desire to achieve for the year.Your goals and intentions will all be related to your one word.
Finding my Dazzle in the new year!
Sound a bit confusing? Here’s an example: let’s say your word is create. You want to figure out ways in your life that you can create more. Maybe you take a little more time in the morning to create a new makeup look for the day. Maybe you bake a cake for your mom’s birthday instead of buying one at the store. Your goal for the year is to incorporate little ways that you can be creative throughout each day, week or month. This way you don’t have to try to force yourself to stick to strict resolutions that usually leads to failure anyway (Like how I can never seem to give up coffee or chocolate).
What are your goals for this year?
Keep in mind that this is your year! Having a theme or a word for the year doesn’t mean you can’t have other goals as well! The idea of choosing one word is to help you accomplish things you want to do and give you more flexibility in your decisions. So, by all means, make financial, relationship and work goals. Maybe you can even find a way to apply your word of the year to each of those areas of your life. After all, this is your year so make it a good one in any way that you can.
My word for this year? Connect!

What’s my one word you ask? Connect! Working two jobs while trying to commit to blogging has had me feeling really disconnected to myself and others in 2016. It’s always a rush to get to the next thing or to make time for my new goals and I often feel disconnected to the world. Here are some major ways that I want to connect this year!

  • Meditation – connect to my spiritual and inner self
  • Workout/yoga – connect to my body and exercise with more intention
  • People – try new things and meet new people
  • Online – Blog more, connect with other bloggers and use my writing/blogging to connect in the real world.
These are just some ideas to start but I am going to keep an open mind as to what other ways I can incorporate my word of the year.
There are also a number of websites dedicated to choosing a one-word theme for the year! Here are a few that I found below.
What do you think about having a theme for the year? Did you choose a word? I would love to discuss in the comments or follow me on Facebook/Instagram to discuss! Much love and prosperity in the new year!

 

 

Planning 2017: The Secret To Productivity

Start your year off on a positive note!

Using a planner daily can help you to keep your life organized and achieve your goals!

Moleskine planner and the Law of Attraction Planner

 

Do you plan out your day? How about your week? Your entire year?

 

I haven’t kept a planner since I graduated college. Usually, I just keep a running list of things to do on a notepad or post-it notes. But as for actually scheduling out my day, that hasn’t happened in years! I actually haven’t even thought about purchasing a planner because I figured I really don’t have any deadlines or homework to do. What’s the point? Am I right?

 

Well, it turns out keeping a planner could be a huge benefit in keeping your life in order and increasing your productivity! This is something that I didn’t think of until I received a Moleskine planner in my winter Fab, Fit, Fun box.
 
I definitely was not expecting to receive a planner in my winter box! I did think it was a pleasant surprise and figured that I could use a little more planning in my life.
There is a lot of detail inside this cute little planner, which is something that I did not expect.
 
This is the weekly calendar with a section for additional notes.
If you’re a traveler there is a section that can help you to plan out your trips. It has flight durations, international holidays, and time zone information.
I liked this planner and thought it was really cute, but then I received the Law of Attraction Planner as a gift. It’s the black one underneath!
It literally has room for you to plan out your entire day by the hour! When I first cracked it open I thought no way! Plan out my entire day! That’s crazy and I’ll never stick to a strict schedule. So, I tossed it aside in frustration.
 
A few days passed before the new year and I decided to take another look at the planner. I realized that this planner is much more than just scheduling out your day to the exact hour. It is filled with steps that you can take to achieve your goals, build positive habits and find inner peace. What a pleasant surprise! It wasn’t just about planning your day but achieving your life goals.
The front of the planner is filled with questions to ask yourself so that you have an empowered day, action steps to achieve your goals and daily affirmations. The idea with this planner is to use the Law of Attraction in order to create the life that you want. It helps you to take a deeper look at your life and decide what it is that you want to achieve.
 
There are spaces to fill in goals you want to achieve, habits you want to change and even a mind map for your daily action plan.
 
I couldn’t help but think that this might be just what I needed. This will be especially helpful in keeping up with my blog as I have definitely been slacking! I love that there is so much more to this planner than just writing a to-do list. I am going to try to make it a habit of sitting down every Sunday to plan out my week.

 

I’m looking forward to using this planner as a part of my weekly/daily routine. Getting into the habit of using a planner is a great way to start off the new year!

 

Do you use a planner? If so what do you use it for?  Is it like the Law of Attraction planner or more like the Moleskine planner?