Sunday Solitude

Hi lovelies! Hope you’re all doing well today. If you read my last post, thank you. I did not share that on my other social media sites (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter), simply because it’s just something that has been on my mind recently, but I did not want to advertise it. My insecurities and inner battles with my worth are not topics I always talk about but the other night I felt strongly about sharing them. I just wanted to let it out quietly. This blog is as I’ve mentioned before, a creative outlet for things I enjoy, but that’s not to say that I can always be happy. I’ve said time and time again that I want to be translucent, and that means being able to share parts of me that aren’t always happy and bright. I’m only human. If you did read it and can relate to me thank you and I hope your journey becomes easier soon. If you didn’t and would like to, continue scrolling and you’ll get there. This morning looked a bit like this: candles, essential oils, face mist (that I sprayed nearly 10 times because why not) and poetry. Now it is nearly 3PM and I’m typing up this post while still in bed. I haven’t gotten up much to be honest, but getting this post up will be my first productive task of the day, perhaps my only. After this post, I’ll probably walk to a pho place that is close by my house and order some comfort food, put on some Harry Potter, and call it a day. I still don’t feel great, but I’m not forcing myself into anything. This Sunday will be spent in solitude. Here are some of my favorite things to have when I practice a bit of self-care. I’ve surrounded myself with loads of aroma therapy to lighten up what feels like a very dark mood. My current favorite essential oils combination is eucalyptus + peppermint + rosemary. My diffuser is from Art Naturals (isn’t it so cute?!). I love the wood detail and how there is a clock on it. Other features I find great is the different timer options and bluetooth speaker so I can play music from my favorite Studio Ghibli playlist. And I also have a candle burning (of course). It’s also from Art Naturals, the scent is Sapphire and it is a perfect smokey/woodsey smell for this time of year. Topping off the mood with Harry Potter pretty soon but earlier I was reading The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur. There’s just something about the way her words sink into me, I can’t explain it. If you are a fan of her work, I think you’d understand as well.

Anyway, thank you for reading todays post! Hope to see you back here soon. ♡

 

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Dear Insecurities,

Hello again.

I wish I could say it’s nice to write to you, but it’s not.

I know it has been a long time since we’ve sat down together. I’ve been too busy trying not notice you. How long will we be staying this time? 2 hours? 3 days? 4 months? 5 years? I thought I outgrew you but maybe I was just learning to hide you. Maybe you were always there, in the back of my mind, reminding me I am not smart enough, pretty enough, strong enough. Will I ever be? I’ll take any kind of “enough” if you’d just leave me alone. I just want to feel whole. But you always limit me.  Sometimes, I actually think I’m finding my worth in this place, but you never cease to amaze me with your ability to remind me that I am nothing, even when I don’t ask you to. You’re so good at making me feel like shit. You have such a good memory for moments and feelings that I only wish to forget. But it doesn’t stop there. You’re a picker. You pick the wounds I didn’t know were there until my entire body aches. Are you just going to break me apart piece by piece until I crumble to the ground? Other people I know are able to grow back pieces that you’ve broken off, while I feel like I’ll never be whole again. It’s just not fair. You’re so toxic, and yet my body absorbs you so desperately, like a parched animal.

You’re like a virus. I’m tired of being your host.

Just tell me, once you’ve devoured me, then spit me out, will I get to feel whole in the end?

 

– Me

 

Botanic Farm Masks

Hi lovelies! Hope you’re all doing well today! Wow, two posts in one week? Can you believe it? Who am I?!! Now, the real question is, since it’s December 1st, will I spend the next 25 days watching 25 Days of Christmas on ABC Family, or no? We shall see. Anyway, I thought I would give you a little insight on some Korean beauty masks I got to try out from Botanic Farm! They were kind enough to reach out to me and send me some of their favorite masks to try. After having some time to try each of them out, I wanted to share my thorough thoughts with you! My favorite of the 3 is there Egg Clear Blackhead nose mask/strips. I never use pore strips anymore because they are extremely stressful for your delicate skin, but this 3 pack preps and prepares your skin in a delicate way and helps ensure that your skin is not harmed while extracting blackheads. As the packaging implies, there are 3 separate strips to giving you clean and clear pores without harming your skin. You’ll want to cleanse your face first to have a clean palette to start with. The first strip lifts blackheads and other impurities, the second strip will assist in extracting all of the blackheads and impurities, and the third strip provides a hydrating essence to boost and nourish the treated area. I really liked how this left my skin feeling. Many nose strips feel leave my skin feeling dry, irritated, and stressed out the tearing. Some also don’t do a great job at extracting either. I like that these strips prep and pamper your skin before and after, leaving it feeling better treated. This 3-step pack is $4, which for the effectiveness, and the fact that you get a primer and essence too, is a great deal! This is hands down a 5/5 in my book!The Kiwi and Rose are both sheet masks that work similarly as they both include fruit extracts and niacinamide which helps brighten and restore skin. Niacinamide is especially helpful for aging skin, but I think anyone can benefit from it! It’s never too early to practice age-prevention. While it is now well into fall, the weather has been getting quite chilly in the Bay Area. Winter is just around the corner, so these sheet masks really help give my skin the extra boost of radiance that it tends to lack during the colder months. Plus, these are very inexpensive too as they retail for $2 each! These are an easy rating of 5/5. I’ve used a lot of sheet masks in the past and really enjoy the benefits they bring to my skin, these are no different.

Hope you guys enjoyed this short review. ✨ And give Botanic Farm a look too! I think these would make great stocking-stuffers for Christmas! 🎄

Cozy up with Vellabox

Hi lovelies! Hope you’re all doing well and had a great Thanksgiving. I definitely enjoyed being away for a little while. This is my favorite time of the year to visit home because of the “fall” smell. I don’t really notice it much in San Francisco or Daly City, because there aren’t as many trees, but home is where it is! I worked last weekend, so my reality check was not a smooth transition. But it’s okay, I’m off tomorrow so I can recharge then!

Today, I have a very exciting post to share with you all because since Christmas is just around the corner, I thought it would be the perfect time to mention this and make your shopping experience a little easier. Vellabox is a monthly candle box subscription and they were kind enough to reach out to me and send me a complimentary box to try out. You guys, I am IN LOVE. Where has this been all my life?! If you know me at all, one of my favorite things to do is to cuddle up in my bed, with candle lit lighting, a warm drink in hand and a movie (or anime) on. Tis cuddle season after all! Vellabox makes my nightly rituals all the more cozy with their non-toxic, lead free, and hand poured candles. There are 3 different subscription sizes to choose from so if you have many people to gift, you can find a subscription that best fits your budget. Two of the subscriptions come with a little gift inside. Mine came with some yummy salted caramel corn. ♡ I also love the size that they come in because it’s not too big (like many of the ones I already own), but not too small either so you really get to enjoy the smell you receive, but not to the point where you will get tired of it either. Like I said earlier, this is a great gift for anyone on your list! Whether it be your mom, your sister, your girlfriend, your boyfriend, or even yourself, anyone can enjoy this. It’s a great way of encouraging self-care, relaxation, and also, you’re able to introduce your loved ones to some amazing brands that they may not have heard of yet! I’m actually thinking of purchasing the subscription just for myself because I love it so much.Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed this short post and that it helped give you a gift idea for someone you know will love this.

Fawn in the Fall

Hello my lovelies! I hope you’re all doing well. It is currently 9:30PM and I am sitting on the floor in my sisters room at my parents house. I hate that I have been slacking off so much with my blog, and always starting off with the same excuse; life. But here I am trying to be honest with myself, I’ve been saying each time I post that I’ll do better, that I’ll have more posts to make up for lost time, but can you really make up for lost time? I think I need to just accept the fact that I’ve been slacking and move on. I don’t think that I will be giving myself weekly deadlines during the holiday for the obvious reason, I just want to enjoy it. I also find that blog posts are just more fun when I do them for the simple reason of wanting to share my life with you, not because I want to have something to post that week. I hope you can understand and continue to support/read my blog as I post, even though it’s not as regular.

Anyway, without further ado, here is the outfit from a few days ago! I’m obsessed with this Will and Bear hat right now; especially in combination with this terracotta color, it’s a perfect look for Fall! I first heard about Will and Bear through Audrie Storme. I won the giveaway that she was hosting in collaboration with them and thanks to the giveaway, I was able to get this beauty! I don’t wear hats often but now that I have this beauty, I definitely want to incorporate  it into my outfits more often. I got it in this “fawn” color because I felt like it is easily a color that I can wear all year around so be expecting to see it more often! There’s plenty of colors and sizes to suite everyone’s needs and it is super comfortable too! Details will be listed on the bottom like always.Details – Hat: Will & Bear, top: SheInside, cut-off jeans: H&M/DIY, combat boots: H&M, watch: Daniel Wellington, necklace: Forever21, Etsy, The Lucky Feather, rings: Etsy and flea-markets. I know this was a rather short post, but I wanted to get this up for you since I mentioned this morning that I would. I hope you guys enjoyed it! And also, happy Thanksgiving! If you are reading this, I am thankful for you. ❤️ Whether you celebrate it or not, I hope you can at least surround yourself with positive people and vibes!

Art Naturals: Serum Trio + Candle Set

Hi loves! I hope you’re doing well. I feel like I’ve been saying this a lot lately, but I’m really sorry for being away for a while. October is normally my favorite month of the year. When Fall begins and everything turns over to warm colors and colder weather. This year felt different. Not only has the weather still been quite warm in the Bay Area, but also the North Bay fires happened. Now, I can’t say it affected me as much as some others, but it has definitely made it harder on my family. I’ve been going through a lot of personal stress as well and I just don’t like to blog when I’m not in a decent mood. I hope you guys can understand that. Anyway, lets put all of that aside and just be present for a moment. Today, I have for you another ArtNaturals review! For the month of October, I have been trying out a few of their serums and aroma therapy products and am now ready to share my thoughts on them with you all. As you may know, I’m obsessed with ArtNaturals and their products, so when I received the box of goodies, I was super excited to try them out! Pictured above is one of the 6 candles from the ArtNaturals soy candle set. “Sapphire” is my favorite scent. Now, I haven’t tried using these individual scents while meditating, but that wouldn’t be a bad idea at all! The sapphire scent is to help balance the mind. The “sapphire” scent has a nice smokey scent to it but it’s also sweet at the same time. Like pine + fig. I can’t quite put my finger on the other scent notes.  Unfortunately, the card that came with the set doesn’t have the scent notes, and I wasn’t able to find it online either. 😦 But they all smell AMAZING. And I say that with no hesitation. If you know me at all, you’d know that I love candles! I’m always collecting them even though I have more than enough already. But I’ve never come across a set where I love each and every one of the scents. I can now say that I have found a set where I love all of them! And can we talk about the packaging? It’s in a beautiful wooden case that I can definitely see myself reusing for other things once I finish up the candles. Next, we have the serum trio. This set came with a Vitamin C Serum, a Hyaluronic Acid Serum, and a Retinol Serum. My skin is quite sensitive, so I did avoid using the retinol one, but my skin did enjoy the other two very much. I’ve tried other vitamin C serums in the past, and I believe that this is the lightest one I’ve ever used. I can comfortably use it during the day, or night. During the day, I like to add it with my moisture, and at night, I use it after I tone my face and before my other serums. It seeps right into my skin with no residue feeling afterwards like some other serums. I can’t say that I’ve noticed any dissipating pigmentation, but my skin appears more bright and radiant when I wake up.  

The Breakdown

ArtNaturals Vitamin C Serum – Single bottle $13.00 – Trio set $26.00

My Skin Type: combination, acne prone, sensitive.

Is this cruelty free? Yes!!!

Is this eco-friendly? Yes!!!

Is this natural? Yes!!!

Claims: Brightens, tightens, minimizes crows feet and dark spots and helps fight acne.

Directions: On clean skin, apply serum with a cotton ball, let dry, and follow with moisturizer.

Texture: very, very watery!

Effectiveness: 4/5. I haven’t noticed a difference in my dark spots or crows feet but it feels very  nice on the skin. Soothing and cooling. When I use it at night, my skin feels better and appears brighter in the morning.

Packaging: In a simple dropper, nice and easy to use.

Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes! Even though I haven’t noticed much difference in my hyperpigmentation, my skin does feel and look brighter in the morning after using this. I can see it doing great things for my skin with continuous use!

Here is the ArtNaturals Hylauronic Acid Serum. If you are unfamiliar with hyaluronic acid, it is great for encouraging the skin to retaining its moisture. You wouldn’t want to use it on it’s own, you would want to use it under a moisturizer. Now, the only hyaluronic acid containing product I’ve ever tried is one from The Ordinary skincare brand, and I do enjoy that one a lot. If you’ve ever tried that, you’ll know that it’s a bit gooey. This one is less gooey. It’s more on the watery side in terms of texture. It sinks into the skin right away!

The Breakdown

ArtNaturals Hyaluronic Acid Serum – Single bottle $13 – Trio set $26

Is this cruelty free? Yes!!!

Is this eco-friendly? Yes!!!

Is this natural? Yes!!!

Claims: Targets skin texture, fine lines, crows feet, and bags. Contains aloe vera, green tea, and jojoba oil to moisturize, soothe and rejuvenate skin.

Directions: Use morning and night on clean skin (I would recommend using it before your moisturizer to assist your skin in better absorbing your moisturizer).

Texture: very, very watery!

Effectiveness: 4/5. I have to minus a point because the scent is a little off putting. I’m not normally offended by scents but it has a funny smell to it. It doesn’t stay on the skin but you definitely smell it while applying the product. Other than that, it feels great! It’s very light and sinks in very quick (which is great for a minimized morning routine).

Packaging: In a simple dropper, nice and easy to use.

Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes! I think everyone should try hyaluronic acid. It basically helps you get the most out of your moisturizer and other skincare products. Definitely give it a go! 🙂


Thank you all for reading my review! It has been such a pleasure to be able to explore more of ArtNatural’s products. I can’t wait for next month! And yes, I will definitely be blogging more in the month of November. So stay tuned!

ArtNaturals: Argan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner

Hi lovelies! I hope you’re all doing well. Ah, it’s FINALLY October! My favorite month of the year. Yes, I’m one of “those” people. Sometimes I cringe at the thought of how basic it sounds because everyone hypes up Fall, but I truly can’t help myself. It’s the most festive time of the year and I love it. Crisp morning air, crunchy and colorful leaves, knitted sweaters, fuzzy socks, candles, spiced drinks, and pumpkin everything! LET ME LIVE WILL YOU?! I mean the real question is, if you’re not excited – why? I’m especially excited for all the Fall-themed posts I have brainstormed too! If you have any special requests, please let me know!

With the season still in transition, my hair tends have a fit. I mean, cold mornings and warm afternoons – I can’t blame it. Using the right products can be difficult for bipolar weather. And on top of keeping my hair happy and  healthy, I try to still being mindful of the products I use as well. I always want to go for something more natural and animal friendly products. Today, I’m reviewing a shampoo and conditioner from one of my favorite brands, ArtNaturals. They are an animal cruelty free, color-safe, sulfate free, paraben free, BPA and SLS free brand that I love! They have a wide range of hair, skin and body care as well as other amazing aromatherapy products. Today, I am sharing my thoughts on their Argan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner. If you’d like to know my thoughts on this product, please keep reading. Before I get into it, I do want to briefly touch base with you on my hair type and situation. As you may know, my hair is dyed. I’ve had ashy hair for probably a year now so it has been processed multiple times. I also have scalp psoriasis. I suffered from scalp psoriasis for nearly 6 years before finding a product that would keep it tame. I came across ArtNatural’s Argan Oil + Coal Tar shampoo one day while exploring the depths of Amazon (dangerous). I didn’t think much of it at first because I have literally tried every coal tar shampoo at your local drugstore, numerous topical treatments prescribed from my dermatologist, and freakishly weird home remedies that your great aunt told you to try; everything, and nothing works. But I purchased the ArtNaturals Argan Oil + Coal Tar Shampoo on a  whim and was pleasantly surprised. It did take a few months, but one day I realized something amazing had happened –  I no longer had any scalp psoriasis symptoms! It’s truly an amazing feeling to not have an irritated scalp. Thus, I put so much trust into this brand. Perhaps I should go in depth about that in another blog post! – Note to self.

Anyway, back to what really brings us together today, ArtNatural’s Argan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner. For those of you who fear oils and immediately turn away from anything oil related, WAIT! This is for you. If I’ve learned anything from all the knowledge that Lush has given me about taking care of my body, it’s that oils are not the enemy. They are God sent saviors. Regardless of your skin or hair type, there is an oil out there for you. Argan oil is one of the more popular oils known to people. If you’re not familiar with it, below is a little break down of the benefits! And then I’ll get into the review so please keep reading!Benefits of argan oil: 

High in vitamin A, C, and E. Loaded with antioxidants, linolec acid and omega-6 fatty acids, helps promote cell production and healthy hair growth, can help eliminate dandruff and dry scalp, can protect your hair from heat or heat styling tools, can help tame frizz and flyaways, and repair split ends.

The Breakdown

ArtNaturals Argan Oil Shampoo and conditioner retails for $15 each.

 Hair Type: sensitive and oily scalp, processed hair, coarse with dry ends.

Claims: Animal cruelty free, sulfate free, paraben free, BPA and SLS free. Uses organic Moroccan oil, keratin, botanical extracts, antioxidants, and vitamins to “reinvigorate, strengthen, smooth, and shine” hair. Helps with dry, flaky scalp, dandruff, frizz, flyaways and split ends.

TextureShampoo – Suds well and cleanses hair without drying. Conditioner – Thick and creamy. I probably wouldn’t recommend it if you have very thin, fine hair, unless you use it in moderation and at the bottom, not focusing on the scalp.

Scent: The shampoo smells nice and refreshing, like fresh linen. The Conditioner has a much more mellow scent, sort of nutty and doesn’t stay in the hair.

Effectiveness: Shampoo – 5/5 I love the shampoo! Smells amazing. Feels great. Very cleansing without being stripping. Gets all the collected dry shampoo out of my hair after a long week. Conditioner – 2/5 Not my favorite. Unfortunately, it wasn’t moisturizing enough for my hair color treated. I think it would be great for someone who had less-damaged or not processed, normal hair. But for someone who has been ashy/grey for almost a year, it didn’t do enough.

Packaging: Sturdy, sleek and simple.

Would I recommend this to a friend? Yes! I love the brand, and even though the conditioner didn’t work well with my hair, that doesn’t mean it won’t work well on yours! Definitely give this brand a go.


Use the code: “Argan10” for a discount on your purchase!