Current Favorites: Motivational Books

Current Favorites: Motivational Books

Happy Friday everyone! Are you in need of some motivation-something to jump start you into being more productive, happy and satisfied with your life? WELL, these two books, Unfu*k Yourself by Gary John Bishop and Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis are guaranteed to get you out of whatever funk you may find yourself in.

Both books focus on readjusting your perspective so you can look at life differently and truly get the most out of it. They’re both extremely easy to read, light hearted and really get you thinking. I love reading them before bed so I can be even more reflective about my day and my actions.

I know the idea of a “self help” or “motivational” speaker type book can be a bit of a turn off, but I swear these are really worth the read. Both authors offer different perspectives and ways to change little things in your life that can really have a significant impact.

What are your favorite motivational books?

Hope everyone has a great weekend! xo.

How to Get Soft, Shiny Hair

How to Get Soft, Shiny Hair

Welcome back! I feel like I’ve been trying for years to find products that give me just-left-the-salon type hair. You know, soft, flowy, beautiful, effortless…..WELL I have finally found a collection of products that I think get you one step closer to achieving perfect hair.

Ghost Verb Oil

I’ve tried a lot of different hair oils, and this is by far the best. The lightweight formula leaves your hair soft and can smooth any frizz or fly aways you have without being overly greasy. This is my favorite finishing touch after I style my hair.

Olaplex Bond Smoother

Only one word can describe this product-amazing. You can use this on damp or dry hair, and it makes your hair feel like you’ve had a keratin treatment. What’s even better is that you only need a small amount so the bottle will last you forever.

Moroccan Oil Hydrating Styling Cream

A very similar product to Olaplex, but still necessary. I love using both, especially when I’m heat styling my hair. My hair is super prone to dryness, so it could use all the help it can get when I’m putting hot tools on it. It also smells amazing so always a nice added bonus.

It’s a 10 Miracle Leave in Product

I’ve been using this product since I was about 14, and it’s hands down the best leave in conditioner I’ve ever used. It has 10 benefits (hence the name) and it’s such an easy one-and-done type product, especially if you’re in a rush. I’m currently using the Walmart alternative, which is basically the exact same thing at a fraction of the price, so that’s a win too.

And that’s it! I hope these products can serve as good recommendations for any of you who are looking for softy, shinier hair! What are your favorite go-to hair care products?

Favorite Natural Cleaning Products

Favorite Natural Cleaning Products

Hello everyone! If you know me, you know I LOVE to clean and organize a space. Over the past year or so I’ve started taking an interest in using more natural products to clean with, and not to expose myself and those around me to the many chemicals found in regular cleaning products. The smell alone started to really turn me off from some of them, and researching more into the “cleaner” alternatives really made me rethink my approach to cleaning.

Here is a list of my all time favorite natural cleaning products that smell fantastic, work amazing, and leave you with peace of mind knowing that you are not leaving harmful chemicals on your counters and other surfaces.

Method All Purpose Spray

Mrs. Meyers Baking Soda Cream Cleanser

Method Hand Soap

Mrs. Meyers or Method Dish Soap

Seventh Generation Bathroom Cleaner

Walnut Scrubber Sponges

Basically anything from Mrs. Meyers or Method is great. I have yet to try a product from them that I don’t like. I get all my natural cleaning products from Grove Collaborative, a site that sells tons of natural products at a discount. If any of you are interested I can send you a link for a free 5 piece Mrs. Meyers set and a free VIP trial. It’s a great deal and the membership allows you to schedule monthly deliveries for restocks of your favorite items, or allows you to skip months if you don’t need products that frequently.

I hope this post encourages some of you to take a more “clean” approach to cleaning and try out some natural cleaning products!

xo.

Winter Skincare for Dry Skin

Winter Skincare for Dry Skin

Even though it’s March, it’s still about 18 degrees on a daily basis here in New Jersey so I still find myself considering it winter. I don’t know about you, but my skin gets actually bone dry in the winter- picture dry, flaky, red skin on a daily basis (I didn’t say it’d be a pretty picture). Having dry skin in the winter time is the actual worst, but through a long process of trial and error I have found some holy grail products that make the winter a little bit more bearable on my skin.

Aveeno Stress Relieving Moisturizing Body Lotion

Aveeno products are some of the best when it comes to sensitive skin, and in the winter, they’re my go to for body lotion. I love the stress relief version because it smells like lavender and makes me feel like I’m kinda sorta maybe at a spa (?) and not just in my bathroom. This is also great because I refuse to take anything less than a scalding hot shower so my skin definitely needs some TLC after basically burning it off.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid Serum

If you have dry skin, or just want your skin to have a little bit more bounce and suppleness, give this serum a try. At under $7, it’s a perfect supplement to any existing skincare routine you have, or a good place to start if you don’t want to commit to buying that expensive serum you saw Kim Kardashian use. I also love using this a primer in the morning before I put on my makeup to provide the perfect base to smooth over any dry patches I may.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream

I love using this moisturizer during any time of the year, but during the winter is my favorite. It’s so lightweight yet extremely moisturizing that it sinks right into your skin immediately. No greasy feel, no weird overpowering fragrance, just a simple moisturizer that gets the job done. Also, another great alternative for a two-in-one primer/moisturizer before you put on your makeup.

Laneige Lavender Sleeping Mask

Soooo I only discovered this product a little over a month ago but it is a MUST have. I repeat, a must have. Everyone needs this mask in their life. It smells amazing, it feels like a canvas of silk on your skin, and a little goes a long way so you’ll definitely get your money’s worth. I put this mask on before I go to sleep, give it approximately 5 seconds to sink into my skin and then done. It’s so easy to use, and when you wake up in the morning your skin will look and feel rejuvenated and softer than it has in months.

Favorite Winter Fragrances

Favorite Winter Fragrances

So with winter drawing to a (very slow) close, I thought I would share my favorite fragrances from this past season! I love to switch up scents, so having options is essential for me. These are the fragrances I couldn’t stop reaching for, and are my go-to for the perfect winter scent, and at three different price points, no matter what your budget is, there’s one for everyone!

Brazilian Crush Body Fragrance Mist $32

This fragrance is one of the most perfect perfumes for fall/winter. With notes of pistachio and salted caramel, it wraps you up like a soft blanket and will last all day long, despite only being a body mist. Although a bit pricey for a body mist, the body has lasted me several seasons for far, so definitely worth it.

Viktor&Rolf BONBON $68

I originally got this one as a sample, and I was amazed at how long it lasted on my skin, and how the scent transformed throughout the day. Perfect for day to night, I love wearing this to work for a more sophisticated scent. A floral perfume with notes of caramel, orange blossom, and mandarin, you cannot go wrong with this warm, inviting fragrance.

Maison Margiela “Replica” By The Fireplace $126

This was another perfume I had a sample of, and fell in love. I had heard people rave about this perfume, but every time I would smell it in Sephora, I always thought it was way too masculine. After getting a sample of it and wearing it for an afternoon into evening, I went back and bought the full size. Replica perfumes are known to last extremely long, and this one is no exception. With one spritz, I carry a classy, spicy scent around with me all day, and always have people asking what I’m wearing. The notes consist of vanilla accord, clove oil, and chestnut accord- you basically smell like a better version of a wood burning fireplace, which is always one of my favorite winter scents!

Let me know if you guys try any of these, or what your favorite go-to winter fragrances are!

xo