Etoile Atelier Fragrances+Review

Photo belongs to Etoile Ateliers
Photo belongs to Etoile Ateliers

There’s something about a nice fragrance that I love. It’s the last step in my morning routine and for me, it makes a huge difference. I have a few favorite scents but I’m normally pretty open about trying new fragrances out. Etoile Atelier was super kind and sent me their sample collection of fragrances.

I’ll start off by saying how much I love the size of this. You get 8 of their fragrance oils, This is great because you can test out each one and figure out which one you like best. My favorites are “You Belong” and “Eau Salee”. I actually love mixing those two together. These are oils so they will last longer and throughout the day blend in with your natural scent.

Being able to try out these fragrances has been a top part of my week (I’m not even kidding). Smelling nice fragrances helps me during anxiety attacks, and between us, I’ve had my fair share lately so these have been incredible for me to just focus on something good when my mind goes somewhere bad. I love how fresh these scents are and how they are not very sweet smelling. They have a very mature and fresh smell to all of them.

The best part about the oils is that you know that you won’t have to reapply throughout the day.  You can purchase your own sample box here.

Let me know your favorite scents when you get it. What is your favorite fragrance?

 

 

 

 

 

*I was sent these products to review. Opinions are my own.

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Bullet Journal+How To Start One

I’m currently taking art therapy to help with my anxiety from dealing with domestic abuse and one of the things I started was a journal but not your typical “dear diary” journal, this is a visual/bullet journal.

I write a lot for a lot of different reasons and as much as I enjoy love it I need a break sometime to relax my mind. That’s one of the reasons I started the visual journal because it’s more art based. I’m not an artist in the sense that I can draw or paint or even sculpt but I do love to just have fun with and being a victim of domestic abuse leaves a lot of room in my mind for the negative things I went through to pop up. Doing a bullet journal keeps those thoughts away even if it’s only for a little while.

I found a definition for a bullet journal so you can have a better idea about what it is before I get into how to start one.

“A bullet journal is just a notebook that accommodates a huge variety of planning schemes. You can create calendars and to-do lists, and you can also use it as a diary, a brainstorming notepad, and more.”- Life Hacker

  1. Find a notebook. They actually sell “bullet journals” but you can honestly use a regular notebook the way I did.
  2. . Decorate it and customize it. It’s yours so you can have it as plain or heavily collaged with Mod Podge like my journal.
  3. It can be as organized as you want or not organized at all. Some people make an index and color coordinate their to-do lists. But that is all up to what you want to do.
  4. Don’t feel obligated to write in it all of the time. Use it when a thought comes to you. Or you could make it into a planner to keep you updated.

Most importantly, have fun with it. It’s yours and you control how you do it what you put into it. Pinterest is a great way to get some inspiration to update your daily logs.

 

Self Care+Why You Should Do It

It’s such a cliche thing to say but it’s really true that you can only take care of others if you take care of yourself. Try not to look at it as being selfish but instead look at it as making an investment in yourself.

Self-care is important for your overall health. Mental and physical. There’s also no wrong way with doing self-care you should do it the way you feel it will benefit you the best way. For me taking a long hot shower and doing a skin care routine makes me feel a million times better. I feel refreshed and renewed.

A big mug of hot tea also helps me feel more relaxed and a  comfy sweater and good book even makes the mood better. You definitely don’t need an extravagant routine it can be as simple as taking a walk or painting your nails.

For a  long time, I always felt like self-care was a selfish act but it’s actually the complete opposite. It’s okay for me to better myself and take care of my own needs. I can give to others and still give to myself.

Below I have a list of things you can do to practice self care:

  • Take a shower/bubble bath
  • Make your favorite recipe
  • Give yourself a manicure
  • Do a face mask
  • Take a nap
  • Look at the moon or stars or clouds
  • Take a walk
  • Have a cup of tea
  • Light incense or candles
  • Read a book
  • Meditate
  • Keep a journal

 

3 Women+Movie Recommendation

I love watching good movies! I thought it would be great to share to some of my favorite films with you all. I love older films especially films from the 60’s and 70s. The one I really like is 3 Women. 

This film is a thriller and at times can be comical. I love Sissy Spacek (Carrie) and Shelley Duvall (The Shining) both. They’re the most talented actresses of that time.

Sissy Spacek plays a very timid almost childlike character and Shelley Duvall plays a talkative almost annoying character. After a fall, Spacek and Duvall almost switch personalities

It’s definitely a strange film but it’s so good.

It’s on Netflix.

Finding Happiness+How I’m Moving Forward

 

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”- F. Scott Fitzgerald

I’ll be completely honest with you all and tell you that a couple of weeks ago I went through something extremely traumatic. It’s amazing how abuse always makes its way into my life. From having an abusive ex to this current situation (which I won’t be discussing on my blog).

But I’ve made the decision not to allow anyone to hurt me anymore, not emotionally and not physically, not ever. I won’t let anyone humilate me, or make fun of me, or talk down to me.  I don’t deserve that and there will never be a time in my life when I will deserve that.

Ironically with my 25th birthday coming in May I feel as though I’m entering a new chapter in my life:finally.

I sleep better, I’m able to eat better, and I overall feel better. I know that I won’t be healed overnight because even with my growth I still get the ocassional knot in my stomach. My heart flutters and my appetite may go away in a quick second only to return.

But I can only move forward and get stronger. I can only live this new life and never look back.

I truly believe that one day I will be the best version of myself. I’ll smile the way I used to. I won’t have nightmares. I won’t be afraid of the outside world. I’ll be okay.

Skincare+Giveaway

I don’t think I’ve done a giveaway on this blog in the 4 years I’ve been running it. If you ask me I think it’s long overdue to offer you guys some goodies.

As you all know I love skincare and especially skincare with natural ingredients. I also love Etsy shops so when I came across Jessica’s I knew I had to do something beyond an Etsy Shop Spotlight. Check out her Etsy shop HERE and her website HERE to learn more about products!

ENTER HERE: Moon Mother Medicinals Skincare giveaway

 

Photo belongs to Jessica

Here’s the list of things one lucky winner will receive here’s what’s included in The complete Set of Magic Mugwort & Rose Facial care:

Moisturizing Face Serum
This extremely moisturizing and nourishing face serum is a magical and precious blend of the finest oils for skincare.
To Use: Rub 1-2 drops onto clean skin
Ingredients: Jojoba Oil, Argan Oil, Carrot Seed Oil, essential oils of Rose, Carrot Seed, Mugwort and Jasmine and Essences of Full Moon, Rose & Rose Quartz

Herbal Manuka Honey Face Wash
This herbal honey face wash is so magical and amazing for your skin that you will never want to use another face cleanser again. Manuka honey makes an excellent facial cleanser and toner. It is mild enough to be used on a regular basis and better than chemical cleaners any day. The hygroscopic nature of honey draws out the dirt and grime trapped in the hair follicles and facilitates the free flow of natural oils. Manuka honey has a pH around 4.5 which helps lower the skin pH, keeping it optimally acidic. Alkalinity makes the skin dry and prone to eczema and other skin disorders. Antibacterial and antifungal action of manuka honey help to control the microbial overload in the skin pores and prevents acne. With the addition of Rose Clay this cleanser draws impurities from the skin as the powdered oats and herbs gently exfoliate and nourish the skin with their anti-inflammatory and healing properties.
When using as a mask apply manuka honey in a thin layer and work it in. It helps to cover the face with a wet towel wrung out in warm water. This will make the honey penetrate deeper into the skin. It also allows the honey to hydrate the skin by drawing in water and acting as a humectant. Use a moisturizer after washing off the honey.
Ingredients: Manuka Honey, Rose Clay, Gluten Free Oats, Rose, Calendula, Lavender, Mugwort and Essences of Full Moon, Rose and Rose Quartz for Unconditional Self Love

Mask & Cleansing Grains
This Rose Clay and Oat based can be used weekly as a mask or 2-3 times a week as a gentle exfoliant to renew, cleanse and protect the skin.
French Rose Clay with rhassoul is a gentle, exfoliating and polishing treatment appropriate for all skin conditions. Actively draws pimples and blackheads to the surface leaving skin clear, clean and refreshed. Clay is alive. It is rich in silica, calcium, iron and magnesium. It shimmers with electromagnetic energy. Used for thousands of years to treat skin, it is appropriate for all skin conditions. Clay loosens clogged pores drawing impurities to the surface without dissolving the protective epidermal layer. It exfoliates dry, dead skin cells increasing tone and clarity. It absorbs excess oil, refines and softens fine lines and wrinkles, and fades the appearance of hyper-pigmentation and scarring. Highly mineralized, French Rose Clay provides deep nourishment to help support and strengthen the cells of the skin. It also increases circulation and oxygenation to the surface of the skin. The herbal combination of rose, calendula, lavender and mugwort has a nourishing and beautifying effect due to anti-inflammatory and healing properties.
To use as a mask mix 2 tbsp and enough water to make a paste and apply to the skin and let dry. rinse with warm water after about 15 minutes.
Ingredients: Rose Clay, Gluten Free Oats, Rose, Calendula, Lavender, Mugwort & Essences of Full Moon, Rose & Rose Quartz for Unconditional Self Love
Moon Mother Medicinals products are always made with 100% organic or wildcrafted ingredients.

*****Due to the nature of Mugwort- these products should not be used while pregnant or intending to become pregnant

 


Jessica also wanted you all to know more about her so here is her bio:

“I am a postpartum doula and mother of a pagan family. I am a certified herbalist and nutrition consultant focused on new family wellness. My daughters and I make all of the products according to the moon phases, mixing and infusing on the new moon, decanting and harvesting with the full. Although I have been making herbal medicines, flower, moon & gem essences and body products for so many years, I have just recently turned it into a business. The 13 moon phase essences are extremely unique in that they are the only set of essences completely focused on the moon and her energies. It is an extremely potent and magical set of essences that harnesses the energies of flowers, gems and moon phases in order to unlock our truest potential and help us to transcend the blockages which are keeping us from our divinity.
The Enchanted Elixirs are made with so much love and magic. These herbal liquers are filled with the best quality ingredients and are handcrafted with the moon phases. They are each created under the new moon, infused for 6 weeks and decanted under the second full moon. Each is enchanted with a spell and kissed by the moon herself. Not only are these cordials filled with nourishing herbs and so much medicine but they also taste divine. All of our products are made with love and magic from our family to you and yours!”

 

Maybelline 24K Nudes Palette+Review

I was super excited to be able to try out the new Maybelline 24K Nudes PaletteIt’s my new favorite palette for reasons you may be surprised about.

Maybelline and Influenster were also cool enough to send out mascara and eyeliner. The eyeliner is an amethyst purple and as much as I love purple I’m not into bright eyeliner. The mascara is the  Falsies Push Up Angel. I love this mascara and I’m debating about doing a separate review on it. If you would like that, let me know down in the comments.

But onto the eyeshadow, I’m actually more impressed with the non-metallic shades. They are more pigmented and opaque. The metallics (excluding that gold, which is amazing) are so light that even building them up takes time to get a semi-opaque look. The first shadow which is a rose gold on the top row does make a great highlight.

Overall, the palette is okay. I can definitely do without some of the colors. What’s your favorite color in the palette?

 

*I was sent this to review, all opinions are my own.

Book Wish List+Book Recommendations

I love to read and books are a huge part of my life. I write them and read them so you can definitely understand why. I thought I would share my book wish list with you all. Also, it would be great if you all could recommend some books in the comment section. Thank you!

Sharon Tate: Recollection

I’m a huge Sharon Tate fan and style definitely inspires mine. I think it’s important to remember her for her grace and beauty instead of the terrible way her life ended. This book is full of photographs and recollections from her sister Debra (who wrote it), her family, and friends. I think this book is a great way to celebrate her life. This book is definitely something I would love to read. Also, not book related but how would all feel about a Sharon Tate inspired makeup look?

Wildwood Imperium

I actually owe you all a HUGE book review on this series. But I can’t do it until I read this book which is the last. Even as I type this I’m trying to find the words to describe how magical these books are. I know the last is probably just as good. If you don’t mind reading children’s books(this one is nearly 600 pages), fantasy and books with really good amazing illustrations definitely read this series. when I get the extra funds I’ll pick this one up to complete my collection and give you the whole review.

It

Growing up my favorite movie was Stephen King’s It. I still love the movie and when the new one comes out this year I’ll be first in line. I love Stephen King and I’ve read most of the classics but for some reason not got around to reading this. I would to like start reviewing more horror books on here for you all if that’s something you’ll be into.

 

I have a book wish list on Amazon HERE. I update more on Amazon than Goodreads so I figured it would be better for you all to keep up with what I want to read or have already read. 

If you recommend me a book  I will add it to the wish list so don’t be shy in the comments.

 

Luxe By Jace Edge Control+Review


 

If there’s one thing, I love it’s really nice edge control.If you have naturally curly hair, then you know exactly what I mean.

Luxe by Jace was kind enough to send me out their Jamaican black castor oil edge control. I love it! I love that it is clear and dries clear. It holds flyaways in place without it turning white. I think that’s the worst possible thing that an edge control can do. No one wants white flakes in their hair. I also love that it feels lightweight and not heavy.

Overall I really do like this product. The smell is great, the texture is great, and it actually does the job. You can purchase your own jar here https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/b01i750new.

 

*I was sent this product to review

 

 

 

Icon Undies+Review

There’s no secret that I suffer from bladder incontinence. Because of this, I have to take precautions to ensure I don’t have a leak. Icon was kind enough to send me some of their underwear to try out.

These aren’t your typical underwear. These have a cool lining that catches the leaks you have throughout the day. The underwear leaves you dry and odorless. I love them and decided to do my review on my YouTube channel. It would mean a lot to me if you subscribed HERE. Also, let me know what videos you would like to see in the future.

*This post is sponsored