My skincare routine

Skincare 101 : My skin has been glowing lately. So I’m going to share my routine it’s nothing too elaborate. The two most important things: drink water, and always wash your face if you wear makeup!

Step 1: Face wash

I alternate between face washes. I exfoliate once or twice a week. I use the oil cleanser when I wear makeup. I use the glycolic wash in between.

glamglow tropical cleanser

cannasmack hydrating cleansing oil

mario badescu glycolic cleanser

Step 2 : Face mask

I like to use a face mask at least once a week, I find it so relaxing if I could I would use one everyday. I choose my mask depending on how my skin is feeling, either dry or oily. I love sheet masks or clay masks.

glamglow glitter mask 

too face glow job

stardustfunk purple clay face mask

Step 3 : Face serum

I usually use one serum for the morning and one for before I go to bed. I use the starpotion in the mornings, it has a nutty smell to it. I use the vitamin C at night.

glamglow starpotion

mario badescu vitamin c serum

Step 4 : Toner

I usually spritz my face when it’s feeling run down. I also use it on the go as a face cleanser. Super refreshing after a workout!

mario badescu rose water spray

lush toner

 

 

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Coconut Oil: The Miracle Oil

We all have at least heard of coconut oil, it can be used for cooking, for skin and even for hair. Coconut oil is made of copra or dried coconut flesh. It has many benefits for the body both inside and out. This might be because it is made up of healthy fats including caprylic acid, lauric acid, and capric acid. Extra Virgin unrefined organic coconut oil has the most benefits.

These benefits include:

  • antimicrobial
  • antifungal
  • has antioxidants that help smooth the skin
  • helps with burns, eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis
  • great all natural conditioner, can also help with dandruff
  • reduces inflammation
  • great moisturizer and face cleanser
  • improves digestion by helping absorb vitamins, calcium, and magnesium
  • helps with blood pressure by increasing HDL
  • helps with UTIs by acting as a natural antibiotic and clearing bacteria
  • helps with bruises and speeds up healing process of damaged tissues
  • forms a protective layers over the infected body part from dust, bacteria, fungi, air
  • has a natural SPF of 4
  • filled with vitamin E, vitamin K, and other minerals like iron

In general it is not only filled with fatty acids, 90% saturated fats, but also fatty alcohols. Provides essentials proteins and highly effective in aiding in protein loss. This is one reason why it helps with hair loss and hair re-growth. Excellent massage oil. Effective moisturizer for all skin types, from oily to dry skin.

Here are some of my favorite ways to use coconut oil:

  • lice and dandruff treatment- massage into scalp and massage into the ends
  • body oil- apply onto wet skin after a shower and pat dry
  • cuticle oil- apply at the base of the nails, will also help your manicure last longer
  • lip balm- natural remedy for chapped lips
  • makeup brush cleaner- use 2 parts antibacterial soap 1 part coconut oil to clean
  • makeup remover- easy to remove makeup, especially waterproof makeup
  • face moisturizer- can be used as a primer under foundation for that smooth skin
  • body moisturizer- leaves skin glow-y not lotion-y
  • under eye cream- dab on under eye bags and fine lines

These are just MY favorite ways to use coconut oil. The possibilities are endless. This oil has so many benefits with very little side effects. The main side effect is allergy may occur if you are allergic to coconuts. Always remember when using on skin to do a patch test before using all over.

 

Sources:

Organic Facts

30 Uses by Allure

Dr. Axe

 

lush haul

Lush hauls, a two for one! my package came around the same time I went to my local lush store. So extra lush for me! I’m never going to complain about too much lush, this just means both the lush easter and mothers day collection will be bundled up.

Baa Bar- a returning favorite, however I remember last year it having violet. This year it  shares the scent of twilight. Not complaining I mean look at that face. This cutie will set you off to dream land. Twilight is what helps me sleep when nothing else can so I grabbed like 10 of these because they have now become a staple in my bath routine!

Purple drain- spicy minty goodness. I have been favoriting minty baths lately so this one caught my attention! Purple, spicy, minty, and hydrating, what is there not to love? Even the name is perfect.

Citrus are doing for themselves- soft citrus with out being over powering.  Man has lush been coming out with the longest product names, or is it just me? Very surprising how the lemon comes through as light and refreshing. A nice bright bubbleroon for a morning bath.

Madam President- way too strong of a citrus scent. Not a bad smell, just too strong for me, a very pretty bath bomb. I will be gifting this one as it is just not for me.

Incredible Mom- a soft floral citrus. I like this one because if the cape. Duh! All moms are super heroes. This bath bomb is not only pretty it also smells great, so that make it’s a true hero.

Golden egg- candy scented glitter covered goodness. This is a bath bomb melt covered in glitter. Nothing is better than glitter, especially when it’s plastic free. You had me at glitter, but this bad boy smells like candy. The cocoa butter and citrus gives it the caramel candy scent. A special treat.

Cream egg- spotted minty creamy delight. The bright colors are a delight. They really transform into a spring wonderland. the minty scent is so soothing. Can you tell I have a migraine while sniffing this? I regret only getting one.

April Showers- this musky violet bath bomb is too cute with cocoa butter pink and purple inserts it’s almost worth the rain. The violet really stands out to me in this one. I love violets so I may be a little impartial. This cutie is simple but not to be forgotten.

Poisson D’avril- spicy and sweet, but a fish? Yes a beautiful red and gold fish. Two contrasting colors, just as these are two contrasting scents. Spicy pepper and neroli, so different, yet come together so perfectly to form this fish. This quickly and strangely became my favorite from the range.

video review

SWAG:

shirt: rip n dip

Okay.. I just really like this shirt way too much haha

CBD, a journey

Today is Bob Marley’s 73rd birthday and I know it’s cliche but it’s a perfect day to share and educate my journey these past few weeks with CBD. For those of you who don’t know CBD is Cannabidiol is one of at least 113 active cannabinoids identified in cannabis. CBD is all natural, found in plants and is one of the best medicines. CBD interacts with our naturally occurring systems, but is non-psychotropic, it doesn’t cause a high.  This is completely legal in all 50 states and you can find it at your local smoke shop. Some times we need to be our own advocate, we have to educate not only ourselves but also educate the public. There are still alot of misconceptions of hemp, marijuana, and CBD.

I did a some research on my own, then I went to my doctor with my note-book and pen. I asked him a bunch of questions and what was best for me. I don’t usually share about my personal life but I do have epilepsy, so my doctor helped guide me in the right direction.  Lucky for me  I got my medical card! There is so much information available online, I suggest before buying anything you read a little on what is best for you. Also remember each person reacts differently. After lots of reading and lot’s of notes I finally got the courage and decided what I wanted.

Remember all of this contains no THC! I wanted to have a variety of different dosages and different ways to intake it. Some were great, some not so great. The same notebook I was keeping notes in I am documenting my journey with CBD. The gummies were not so great they are low dosages that are good, but taste not so great and are really chewy. The Just CBD tincture that goes under your tongue is not the best tasting but has high dosing I think is perfect for before bed. It doesn’t taste bad, just an herby taste. I like to use 4-6 drops on those nights when I can’t sleep. I haven’t been doing much vape-ing lately but I was interested in the cartridge and a pen. The tincture can also be used in my vape pen, although I haven’t tried it yet. The silver pen has been my favorite so far, and it tastes the best. Strawberry flavored and 5ml CBD oil, can’t beat that. The cartridge was also strawberry, I it used quickly. I use the vape pens through out the day. They help me relax in general. If I’m feeling anxious I can grab a pen, or if I’m having a bad migraine grab a tincture and maybe and hour or so later I can start to feel better. I have noticed the most feeling is with the tincture. I started my journey in November and since then my skin has cleared up, my headaches have gotten better, my anxiety has decreased, and  I am sleeping through the night. I have also been taking vitamins and drinking more water. I am adjusting here and there but I am keeping a close diary of my journey and hope to keep staying on track through out 2018!

 

CBD high times article

FOMO- don’t be jelly

Lush recently released a brand new line of Jelly products. This includes some jelly bath bombs and some jelly face masks. I have been lucky enough to try them both out. Today I am ranting and raving about FOMO a new jelly face mask they released. Now the major difference in these mask is the shelf life. The old masks had an average shelf life of one week while the jelly masks have a shelf life of about four weeks. To me this is a big difference, since they last longer you tend to get more bang for your buck.

I went into my local Lush and asked a million questions and the lovely lady helped me pick the right mask for me! I usually tend to have red skin so she recommended FOMO to help calm the redness and sooth my skin. For those of you that don’t know FOMO means fear of missing out. Let me tell you, you don’t want to miss out on this face mask. It smells amazing! I could not wait to get home and lather some on.

My question was HOW?! Grab a dime size piece and massage it between your dry hands and BAM ready to apply to your face. The jelly will make your face feel so smooth. FOMO has rose and chamomile making not only smell good but feel just as good. I was worried that it would be hard to wash off, but it was easy to wash off with a wash cloth.  I was so relaxed after this mask. My skin was so smooth, soft, and less red.

Rating:

FOMO 4/5

 

Ingredients:

Water (Aqua) Calamine Powder Glycerine Propylene Glycol Kaolin Talc Carrageenan Extract (Chondrus crispus) Neroli Oil (Citrus Aurantium amara) Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena) *Linalool

*Occurs naturally in essential oils

 

Fall Full Moon

 

 

So right before Hurricane Irma hit Florida (where I live, Miami to be exact) we had a beautiful full moon. Now some of my followers know full moons are kinda a big deal for me ! This was the first full moon of fall, my favorite season so needless to say I went all out. I was also worried about the hurricane so this kinda helped relieve some of the stress ! With the hurricane coming I did have to prep, so please forgive me for not getting the best pictures !

I have become slightly obsessed with this brand witch baby soap, now this is not my first post about them, but they do offer a Spell Box. The spell box includes a bath bomb for each full moon (3) and some awesome extras. The fall box was no different ! It includes the bath bombs specific to each full moon, a soap, a body scrub, a hand salve, and a body oil. The boxes include some instructions and some whitchy extras, for example a spell candle.

This month’s bath bomb was a salted caramel latte, and it came in a coffee cup. Can it get any better? Yes you can! Not only did it smell delicious, my skin has never felt softer. I could not stop rubbing my legs. I picked up more of a salty caramel than anything but hey my skin was so soft I was not complaining  ! I paired this bathbomb with Lush’s Yuzu and Cocoa Shower Cream. A perfect match. For those of you that don’t know it smells of chocolate and oranges. I am devastated that they are discontinuing it !

Raitings:

September Bath Bomb 4/5

Yuzu and Cocoa Shower Cream 5/5

Now I do something every full moon a little special, I make Full Moon Water. I make it once a month and add it to my baths, use it to water my plants, simply leave it on my altar when I am not using it, ect.

Here is my recipe and the meaning behind the ingredients:

  • A bowl
  • Drinking water
  • Fresh or dried leaves and/or flowers of:
    • lemon – for success
    • mint – for money
    • lavender–psychic powers
    • rose – for love
    • sage – for wisdom

First when the moon rises, set up your altar with the bowl, water, herbs and flowers. Cast the circle in you usual way. Then place your bowl where the moonlight will shine into it and put the herbs in the bowl and pour water over them. Here is where you’re witchy side comes out. Hold out your receptive (non dominant) hand palm-up so the moonlight shines on it. Call out to the moon with these or similar words:

“Mother moon, please share your magic with me. I charge this water, With the power of the full moon, To achieve my dreams. May mint bring me the money To fulfill my goals, And lemon give me success in my endeavors. May lavender amplify my intuition and help me hear the voice of spirit. May rose nourish my heart and help me use my powers with love. May sage clear my mind and help me use my powers with wisdom. With herbs and moonlight This water is charged.”

Finish your ritual as usual and, if possible, leave the water out to steep in the moonlight over night.

Head over to my Instagram for a chance to win items from the fall spell box from witch baby soap and goodies from stardustfunk !

Wine, Please?

Now while Miami is no Napa Valley we do have a hidden gem where you can get away for a little taste of wine country here in our own backyard. Schnebly Redland’s Winery and Brewery has wine, beer, and food. What more can you ask for? Oh yeah amazing views! So not only is it beautiful, there is plenty to do so you won’t be bored, hungry, or sober. Let me start by stating I am no wine expert.

I went with some of my family. We enjoyed wine tasting and dinner. Everything was amazing. If you aren’t a fan of fruity wines this might not be for you. Lucky for me I am. They have everything from Lychee Dolce (lychee wine) to Avovino (avocado wine). You read that right avocado wine, and it’s actually really good. They have Florida inspired wines like Carambola (star fruit wine), Mango, Guava, Coconut, and Passion Fruit wines. Each has a unique flavor and it was hard to choose a favorite. Passion fruit was my favorite, a fruity red wine. They also have a brewery and a restaurant. I cannot wait to go back!

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Dress: Killstar 

Winery: Schnelby Winery

MDW 2017

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Memorial day weekend is very important weekend, we can’t forget why we celebrate and have this weekend off. However this weekend I got the opportunity to have a photo shoot and I couldn’t be happier about it. It usually rains here in Miami but we got lucky with amazing weather! Between the pictures, the weather, and the sun tanning by the pool I couldn’t have asked for anything more.

romper: topshop hat: dollskill necklace: rogue and wolf lipstick: limecrime pansy

top: juicy couture skirt: nikki lipstick shoes: YRU highlight: kat von d alchemist palette

shirt//fishnets: alien outfitters belt/glasses: dollskill shorts: express boots:sam edelman

I had a blast running around Miami shooting photos. I loved styling and getting all dressed up. I can’t wait till the next one. All details are mentioned above. When shopping at alien outfitters use my link for 15% off!

sylist//MUA: @stardustfunk