Monday, February 19, 2018

The Pink Lipstick Edit

You may have noticed, I have a thing for pink. Not so much the bold, hot pink that once framed my teenage-bedroom walls, (cringe) but the soft, feminine notes of a blush or strawberry tone. & that shows in my lipstick shade choices. Sure, I love a good berry or red, but I feel things truly shine in a good old fashioned, Reese Witherspoon-esque pink.

Over the years I've found a few ride-or-die lippies that stand the test of times, & today I'm sharing some PINKS. SEO says I should be writing A LOT more under each description, but there are only so many ways you can drone on about a single lip product. So without boring you to death, let's dive in:

Pink Lipsticks

This color is such a subtle, pretty tone. It could even be known as the perfect pink: not too bright, not too light, but just so. I think there's a reason for its name; it's light & breezy, just like a summer day. Ooor maybe I'm getting too deep in the similes. THIS ISN'T ENGLISH CLASS. Nevertheless, I'm a fan.


So pale it's nearly a nude, this one is for when you want something even more subdued than summer breeze. It looks especially pretty paired with darker eyeshadow or outfit. CONTRAST.


Aside from the rather cheesy name, this is probably my favorite pink lip I've ever worn. It's an oldie but a goodie. It's a pop of matte pink without being so overpowering you don't know what to do with yourself. It's pretty much universally flattering and, well, chic. Okay, so maybe it lives up to its name. Who knew?



another one.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Policy & Change
Maybe dedicating a full blog post to nearly every tragedy we face isn't the way to keep my positive demeanor, but nothing feels right otherwise. So here we are again.

I'm just so tired. I'm tired of writing these posts. I'm tired of defending basic human rights & policy changes to strangers on social media. I'm tired of grieving for lives lost due to senseless, avoidable violence. 

This country loves our guns more than it loves our people, and we should be ashamed of ourselves. 

It's not a God-given right to own a firearm. Don't use my God to defend twisting the second amendment for your own gain. I'm tired. 

There's so many of us fighting, so many voices struggling to be heard, and yet it feels like we're so alone in the fight sometimes. How did it get that way? It's not okay. Nothing is ever going to change until something changes. 

But how will anything ever change when the white house is full of people who think that thoughts & prayers are enough? Don't get me wrong, we should never stop praying. But faith without action is dead, & so we keep losing lives. We keep making status updates expressing heartbreak & outrage. We keep fighting with strangers on the internet. We keep, we keep, we keep. 


Here are some ways you can take action for gun policy change right now: 

+ Find out who your Congress representative is & call or email them, letting them know why change is important. 
+ Donate to Everytown 
+ Find events in your area dedicated to stopping gun violence 
+ Get educated. Do your research. Keep fighting. 

"What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead."
-James 2:14-17



Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Self Love Practices

Ah, valentine's day. The holiday you either love or loathe. I don't go out of my way to hate on it, but I'm not the biggest fan. I think it's important to show love every single day of the year, but if we're gonna have a holiday for it, I guess one with pretty pink things & all the chocolate you could want isn't the worst way to do it. 

It's important, in a way, because it reminds me the value of self-love, the value in doing things because you love them & practicing self care. The benefits of this are ever-important: higher self esteem, better mental clarity, & less stress, to name a few.

There are so many simple ways to practice self love today, or any day of the year: (I'm still the worst at segues WOW. In other words, let's get on with the list)  

1// Eat a cupcake. You deserve it.

2// Practice a yoga routine.

3//  Rosé away.

4// Start that new netflix show you've been meaning to watch. (I've seen a couple episodes of black mirror & now I want to binge ALL OF THEM. creepy AF)

5// Make a gratitude list. Write down everything you can think of that you're grateful for. I do this every day in my bullet journal & it keeps things in perspective. 

6// Make a vision board & put it somewhere you can see it everyday.

7// Meditate.

8// Wear your most favorite outfit, the one that makes you feel like you're in one of those music videos. Even if it's just to the grocery store.

9// Turn your phone off or on Do Not Disturb for even just TWO HOURS. Read your favorite book. Bake something yummy. Don't sneak a look at instagram.

10// Go exploring in your city.

11// Two words: Red. Lipstick.

12// Light your favorite candle, grab your best bath bomb, & draw yourself the most lush little bath.

Thoughts on valentine's day? 



Monday, February 12, 2018

Tea Tree Oil for Hair Growth

It feels like I've been growing out my hair for five years, even though it's been more like five months. In an act of desperation, a couple of months ago I did some research on what the heck could help hair growth, naturally. Obviously there's not an exact science, & there's no magical hair growth pill you can take to BAM have Rapunzel length hair overnight. Wouldn't that be the dream though?

There are a few things you can do to help speed along the process, however, one of them being massaging a few drops of tea tree oil into your hair daily. Why?

Besides it being a skin healer, (I got a horrid sunburn on my face last summer & tea tree was a lifesaver) it promotes hair health & growth. Let's break down the benefits of the oil

Why You Should Be Using Tea Tree Oil

It improves the circulation of blood, allowing to help flush out toxins and stimulates hair follicles, while nourishing the roots & scalp. When toxins are gone and the scalp is moisturized, hair is able to grow better as the pesky things that prevent growth wash away with a good oil rinse.

I've been testing out this little method for about six-eight weeks & slowly but surely, I've noticed some growth. I've definitely noticed my hair feeling stronger and thicker. (although my hair is already wildly thick so tone it down tea tree)


Anywhere from half an hour to an hour before I plan on washing my hair/ getting ready for bed, I pump a few drops (not spon, just love) directly onto my scalp, massaging it in in a circular motion. I do my thing, let it really soak in, & then rinse out. On shampoo nights, I shampoo immediately after rinsing for more stimulation. EASY.

Of course, as #1 as oil is in my routine right now, there are other musts to do in order for some growth to happen. Let's break those down:


+ Like oil, getting regular trims won't make hair grow faster, but it sure doesn't slow down the process either. Six-eight week trims should be good if you're trying to grow things out, & to save a little $$ I've recently taken it upon myself to trim my own locks.. YIKES. I just snip a bit off the ends, because that's really all it takes. (of course, if you're totally against self snipping, go see a professional BY ALL MEANS)

+ Wash your hair in lukewarm water at the warmest. The hotter the water, the harsher it is on the hair, potentially causing breakage.

+ Use the least amount of heat possible, & if you must use it, USE PROTECTION!

+ Vitamins, vitamins, vitamins! Anything with fish oil, zinc, bitoin, and vitamins B & C are your best bet!

If anything, adding tea tree oil to your regular hair care routine is a healthy, natural way to cleanse toxins, promote growth, & add a little thickness to things.

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