Body Butter

I'm always on the look out for brands that do good, which was why I was so excited that I had the opportunity to try a body butter from GLOW for a cause. If you've been reading my posts lately, you'll know how annoyingly dry my skin gets, so I'm always down to try out a new lotion here and there, and this is one I've definitely been loving.

The GLOW for a cause Body Butter in wish* contains shea butter, beeswax, coconut oil, jojoba oil, and sunflower oil, making this cream jam-packed with moisture. Plus, the smell is wonderful. I seriously couldn't describe a scent for the life of me, but the website describes it as "A magical blend of sparkling light florals, white tea, and bergamot grounded by light musks." 



I love how quickly it absorbs, and it leaves the skin feeling extremely soft but not greasy, which c'mon, we all know everyone is after that. This is great for post-shower, or on the bedside table as a hand cream, which is something I've been loving it for. It also comes in three different sizes: 1.3 oz, 2.5 oz, and 7.5 oz.

So, not only is this a pretty great body butter, but the brand itself is also pretty great. 5% of every purchase is donated to one of the GLOW for a cause's partner non-profit organizations. Among these are MaxFund Animal Adoption Center, a no kill animal shelter in Colorado, and The Gathering Place, a drop-in center for women, children, and transgender folks in poverty or homeless. I genuinely admire what this company does, and I hope more companies start to catch on. ;) 

GLOW for a cause also makes face cream, lip balm, candles, and perfume, and I would encourage you guys to check them out if you're looking for good quality products and to give back at the same time.

Happy Sunday, I hope you had a wonderful week. Here's to a good February ahead.

Sara
*This post contains products sent in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


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GLOW for a cause Body Butter

1.29.2017

Body Butter

I'm always on the look out for brands that do good, which was why I was so excited that I had the opportunity to try a body butter from GLOW for a cause. If you've been reading my posts lately, you'll know how annoyingly dry my skin gets, so I'm always down to try out a new lotion here and there, and this is one I've definitely been loving.

The GLOW for a cause Body Butter in wish* contains shea butter, beeswax, coconut oil, jojoba oil, and sunflower oil, making this cream jam-packed with moisture. Plus, the smell is wonderful. I seriously couldn't describe a scent for the life of me, but the website describes it as "A magical blend of sparkling light florals, white tea, and bergamot grounded by light musks." 



I love how quickly it absorbs, and it leaves the skin feeling extremely soft but not greasy, which c'mon, we all know everyone is after that. This is great for post-shower, or on the bedside table as a hand cream, which is something I've been loving it for. It also comes in three different sizes: 1.3 oz, 2.5 oz, and 7.5 oz.

So, not only is this a pretty great body butter, but the brand itself is also pretty great. 5% of every purchase is donated to one of the GLOW for a cause's partner non-profit organizations. Among these are MaxFund Animal Adoption Center, a no kill animal shelter in Colorado, and The Gathering Place, a drop-in center for women, children, and transgender folks in poverty or homeless. I genuinely admire what this company does, and I hope more companies start to catch on. ;) 

GLOW for a cause also makes face cream, lip balm, candles, and perfume, and I would encourage you guys to check them out if you're looking for good quality products and to give back at the same time.

Happy Sunday, I hope you had a wonderful week. Here's to a good February ahead.

Sara
*This post contains products sent in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


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lush skincare

Happy Monday everyone!

My skin is finally improving (hallelujah), so I feel a bit more comfortable breaking out from my strict skincare routine and switching things up. Since I've heard so much about Lush skincare, I decided it would be a good starting point. I picked up three products -- two I've heard loads about, and one that I had never heard of, but had great reviews online. I've been using these products for about a week now, so I also thought I'd include a little about my thoughts so far.

lush herbalism

The first product I decided to pick up was the Herbalism cleanser. This is definitely unlike anything I've used before. To use, you pinch of a bit of the product and mix it with a teeny bit of water to create a paste-like consistency. I've only been using this in the shower, but I imagine it could get a bit messy at a sink.

My dry skin has really been loving this. I feel like people's top complaint with cleansers is that they strip all of the oil from the face, but this leaves my skin feeling moisturized and fresh in a way no other product has. It also contains ground almonds, which provide a light exfoliation.

Lush's Tea Tree Water is probably the item I've heard about the most. I've been spraying a few spritz on a cotton pad and using it after cleansing in the morning & night, and I think this product paired with the Herbalism cleanser has really helped clear up and prevent acne. Surprisingly, this product hasn't been very drying, either. Definitely a fan of this.

lush imperialis moisturizer

Lastly, I wanted to try a moisturizer, so I went with Imperialis. I hadn't heard anything about this, but I decided to give it a whirl anyway, and I'm happy I did! This contains lavender and orange blossom, so it is very soothing, and I adore the scent. It also absorbs quickly and moisturizes well without leaving my face feeling gunky. The only drawback is that a 1.5 oz container is $26, and I could easily go through this in a couple weeks if I used it regularly. This would be a great product to have around in the winters when your skin needs a little extra something, but I don't know if my wallet could handle this being my full-time moisturizer.

I'm super happy with my purchases, and I'm shocked to see such wonderful results so quickly. I'm excited to continue using these products and hopefully see my complexion improve even further!

Have you tried any of Lush's skincare products? What did you think?
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Lush Skincare | Haul & Initial Thoughts

1.23.2017

lush skincare

Happy Monday everyone!

My skin is finally improving (hallelujah), so I feel a bit more comfortable breaking out from my strict skincare routine and switching things up. Since I've heard so much about Lush skincare, I decided it would be a good starting point. I picked up three products -- two I've heard loads about, and one that I had never heard of, but had great reviews online. I've been using these products for about a week now, so I also thought I'd include a little about my thoughts so far.

lush herbalism

The first product I decided to pick up was the Herbalism cleanser. This is definitely unlike anything I've used before. To use, you pinch of a bit of the product and mix it with a teeny bit of water to create a paste-like consistency. I've only been using this in the shower, but I imagine it could get a bit messy at a sink.

My dry skin has really been loving this. I feel like people's top complaint with cleansers is that they strip all of the oil from the face, but this leaves my skin feeling moisturized and fresh in a way no other product has. It also contains ground almonds, which provide a light exfoliation.

Lush's Tea Tree Water is probably the item I've heard about the most. I've been spraying a few spritz on a cotton pad and using it after cleansing in the morning & night, and I think this product paired with the Herbalism cleanser has really helped clear up and prevent acne. Surprisingly, this product hasn't been very drying, either. Definitely a fan of this.

lush imperialis moisturizer

Lastly, I wanted to try a moisturizer, so I went with Imperialis. I hadn't heard anything about this, but I decided to give it a whirl anyway, and I'm happy I did! This contains lavender and orange blossom, so it is very soothing, and I adore the scent. It also absorbs quickly and moisturizes well without leaving my face feeling gunky. The only drawback is that a 1.5 oz container is $26, and I could easily go through this in a couple weeks if I used it regularly. This would be a great product to have around in the winters when your skin needs a little extra something, but I don't know if my wallet could handle this being my full-time moisturizer.

I'm super happy with my purchases, and I'm shocked to see such wonderful results so quickly. I'm excited to continue using these products and hopefully see my complexion improve even further!

Have you tried any of Lush's skincare products? What did you think?
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Okay, look, I get it -- being a good person is hard sometimes. Whether it be keeping the five dollar bill you found on the sidewalk outside your local coffee shop, or not wanting to wait to hold the door for someone, sometimes it's just easier to not do the good deed. But don't fret. There's still hope. As a self-proclaimed decent person myself, I've compiled a few of my tips to help you become a more positively-contributing citizen.

001. Educate yourself. It sounds so simple, doesn't it? But with access to so much information at our fingertips, sometimes we only brush the surface. So, reader, I encourage you to dig deeper. Ask questions. Learn. We have a tendency to accept the first opinion we hear about something as the truth -- but what about the other side of the argument?

 002. Share this gained knowledge with others, but do so respectfully. The second half of this suggestion is what's really important here. You are going to encounter individuals who think differently than you, and that's okay! Variance in feelings and opinions is what leads to debate, and this debate can lead to some serious change. It's okay to offer up your opinion, but always, always, always attempt to see things from alternative perspectives, and don't resort to rudeness and name-calling when people aren't willing to immediately change their outlook to align with yours.

003. Seek opportunities to help people. We're all here on this big ol' planet together, and we're all dealing with our own troubles. Do what you can to help one another; you have no idea how far a helping hand can go. Make sure to know your boundaries though -- sometimes you need to help yourself before you can help others. It's okay to put yourself first, and you should never feel ashamed about that.

004. Just be kind, dang it. Spread positivity and happiness. Ask somebody how his or her day is going, smile at your peers during passing, practice patience, and have an open mind. Try to brighten somebody's day. People are different from one another; can you imagine how boring it would be if we were all exactly the same? (Which reminds me of that episode of The Fairly Odd Parents where the whole town was composed of identical gray blob people. Does anyone else remember this? Just me? Okay.) It's simply not productive to put somebody down because they aren't the same as you, whether that be the same race, sexuality, gender, etc. Acceptance is powerful. And you just might find that not letting these minor differences bother you makes you a bit happier in the long run, too.

Hope you all have a wonderful Sunday, and remember to choose love.


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How To | Be a Decent Human Being

1.08.2017


Okay, look, I get it -- being a good person is hard sometimes. Whether it be keeping the five dollar bill you found on the sidewalk outside your local coffee shop, or not wanting to wait to hold the door for someone, sometimes it's just easier to not do the good deed. But don't fret. There's still hope. As a self-proclaimed decent person myself, I've compiled a few of my tips to help you become a more positively-contributing citizen.

001. Educate yourself. It sounds so simple, doesn't it? But with access to so much information at our fingertips, sometimes we only brush the surface. So, reader, I encourage you to dig deeper. Ask questions. Learn. We have a tendency to accept the first opinion we hear about something as the truth -- but what about the other side of the argument?

 002. Share this gained knowledge with others, but do so respectfully. The second half of this suggestion is what's really important here. You are going to encounter individuals who think differently than you, and that's okay! Variance in feelings and opinions is what leads to debate, and this debate can lead to some serious change. It's okay to offer up your opinion, but always, always, always attempt to see things from alternative perspectives, and don't resort to rudeness and name-calling when people aren't willing to immediately change their outlook to align with yours.

003. Seek opportunities to help people. We're all here on this big ol' planet together, and we're all dealing with our own troubles. Do what you can to help one another; you have no idea how far a helping hand can go. Make sure to know your boundaries though -- sometimes you need to help yourself before you can help others. It's okay to put yourself first, and you should never feel ashamed about that.

004. Just be kind, dang it. Spread positivity and happiness. Ask somebody how his or her day is going, smile at your peers during passing, practice patience, and have an open mind. Try to brighten somebody's day. People are different from one another; can you imagine how boring it would be if we were all exactly the same? (Which reminds me of that episode of The Fairly Odd Parents where the whole town was composed of identical gray blob people. Does anyone else remember this? Just me? Okay.) It's simply not productive to put somebody down because they aren't the same as you, whether that be the same race, sexuality, gender, etc. Acceptance is powerful. And you just might find that not letting these minor differences bother you makes you a bit happier in the long run, too.

Hope you all have a wonderful Sunday, and remember to choose love.


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I am not the same person I was a year ago -- and thank goodness for that. 2016 was filled with so many memorable experiences: traveling to California, meeting some of my best friends, starting my final year of high school, and more. I have learned so much about the person I am and the person I want to be, and it's clear to me just how much I've grown in the past year, especially mentally.

I've never really been one to make New Year's Resolutions. I believe that every day, every hour, every minute, you can make a change. You can have a clean start whenever you may choose. But with that being said, there are some things that I would like to accomplish this year.

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Later this year, I will be moving away from home and beginning college. Being from a small town has its perks, but there is so much I have yet to see or experience. I can't wait to see what's really out there, and I hope to learn more and more about myself along the way. This also includes stepping out of my comfort zone and taking advantage of opportunities when they arise.

Setting Boundaries

I tend to be a very forgiving person by nature, and I'm alright with that. I don't see any reason to hold on to negative thoughts or emotions toward something or someone. But just because you forgive doesn't mean you have to forget. I need to surround myself with individuals who are adding something to my life, not continually taking something away.

Being Happier and Healthier

Ah yes, here it is. The classic "get-my-butt-to-the-gym" resolution. But really. I know implementing proper exercise in my life would help me lead a much healthier lifestyle. Doing hobbies that make me happy also falls under this goal as well; I hope to spend more time playing guitar, reading, writing, cooking, and taking photographs. Sometimes we get to preoccupied with our day-to-day obligations that we forget to take time to do things we really enjoy.

It's only 3 things. I can handle that, right?

What are your resolutions/goals for 2017?

Saying Goodbye to 2016

1.01.2017


I am not the same person I was a year ago -- and thank goodness for that. 2016 was filled with so many memorable experiences: traveling to California, meeting some of my best friends, starting my final year of high school, and more. I have learned so much about the person I am and the person I want to be, and it's clear to me just how much I've grown in the past year, especially mentally.

I've never really been one to make New Year's Resolutions. I believe that every day, every hour, every minute, you can make a change. You can have a clean start whenever you may choose. But with that being said, there are some things that I would like to accomplish this year.

Explore

Later this year, I will be moving away from home and beginning college. Being from a small town has its perks, but there is so much I have yet to see or experience. I can't wait to see what's really out there, and I hope to learn more and more about myself along the way. This also includes stepping out of my comfort zone and taking advantage of opportunities when they arise.

Setting Boundaries

I tend to be a very forgiving person by nature, and I'm alright with that. I don't see any reason to hold on to negative thoughts or emotions toward something or someone. But just because you forgive doesn't mean you have to forget. I need to surround myself with individuals who are adding something to my life, not continually taking something away.

Being Happier and Healthier

Ah yes, here it is. The classic "get-my-butt-to-the-gym" resolution. But really. I know implementing proper exercise in my life would help me lead a much healthier lifestyle. Doing hobbies that make me happy also falls under this goal as well; I hope to spend more time playing guitar, reading, writing, cooking, and taking photographs. Sometimes we get to preoccupied with our day-to-day obligations that we forget to take time to do things we really enjoy.

It's only 3 things. I can handle that, right?

What are your resolutions/goals for 2017?

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