Natural Products I’ve Been Loving

Winter is here again. The time that my skin decides to wreak absolute havoc and I am forced to stay indoors thanks to the chilly, snowy Chicagoland weather. Any other Midwesterners out there understand the pain right along with me?

I have to admit I have a horrible tendency to let my skin dry very badly, which isn’t the best idea for someone who has eczema, but to be honest it’s always the last thing on my mind. I finally started using many more natural, cruelty-free products to take care of my skin and my body, so I  figured that I would tell you guys about a few of my favorites.

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I recently purchased the Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Night Cream with Clary Sage and wow.. it has helped my face tremendously so far. Before I was using this my skin was actually cracking from lack of moisture. The packaging claims this product is 99% natural and not tested on animals, so it’s some good stuff. It does have a fragrance, which I would describe as kind of “earthy”. I personally like the smell, but I would say try to sniff it if you can before you buy. The price point isn’t bad either at only $7.59 on Amazon.

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Sticking with Burt’s Bees, this is not sponsored at all…I’m just a fan, I have also been using their Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm with Kokum Butter. This is a 100% natural product and it has done wonders for my lips. If you have dry lips, try this out because you will be so relieved.

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Over the last year or so, I’ve been really wanting to get away from “normal” deodorants that contain aluminum and I finally found one that I really love to use. The Tom’s of Maine Long Lasting Deoderant (wild lavender scent) has been my go-to. I will say that if you are prone to sweating, are going to an event or stressful situation or just want more assurance that you won’t sweat through your clothes, this product probably isn’t one you want to use. It does not contain anti-persperant, so it’s just going to act as odor protection. I love the lavender scent, but if lavender isn’t for you, they have several other options to choose from.

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Tom’s is one of my absolute favorite natural, sustainable and cruelty-free brands. I have been also using their toothpaste for the last 6 months or so and love it. It doesn’t have any of the sweeteners that most toothpaste brands contain, and they have a variety free of fluoride if you’re looking for that. I use the one containing fluoride. If you are looking for a better alternative to your current toothpaste I think this one is a great one to try.

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Shea Moisture has the BEST conditioner that I have ever used, and that I’m convinced I ever WILL use, and it just so happens to be cruelty-free, organic, natural, fair-trade and family owned. It’s called the Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner and I could not recommend this enough, if you have to try one thing on this list this should win 100x over.

I am looking for more recommendations, specifically for body lotion, makeup products, etc. so let me know in the comments what you love.

Thank you so much for reading, as always,

Emily

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Health Kick: Cutting Processed Foods + Sugar

Here’s a little history: A few years ago, I got in SHAPE. I made the decision to change my absolutely awful diet and work out as often as I could. I lost a good amount of weight and for the first time in my life, I had a flat stomach. It felt amazing! 

Not only did my body feel great, but I was feeling so much better mentally. I was constantly motivated and energized. 

For the past year or so, I have kind of found myself going back to my old ways. I eat whatever I want, and I’m not necessarily gaining any weight, but I feel like crap all the time.

So, I’ve made the decision to start eating healthy again and to start incorporating more exercise into my week. 

  
I am going to cut out most (nobody’s perfect) processed foods and stick to a whole food diet. I also want to try to limit sugar as much as I can, aside from natural sugar in fruit. 

These are my personal goals for right now and I’m very excited to see how I start to feel.

Kind of ironic that I’m staring this on Fat Tuesday..

I will post updates and other health related posts as I go along on this journey. 

Thanks for reading, I hope you all have a lovely Tuesday!

-Emily

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January Favorites

So I technically got some of these things on Christmas, but because I didn’t do a December favorites post.. here I am.

January has gone by incredibly fast for me. I started school on the 4th after taking a semester off and getting back into the swing of things has made it fly by. I’m heading into midterm week next week (I’m on trimesters so things move pretty quickly) which has taken up a lot of my time.

But, that hasn’t hindered my ability to still enjoy my new things that I’ve acquired over the last month or so.

iPhone 6s (regular, not plus)

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This is the most recent item that I’ve gotten. I realize this iPhone isn’t like a brand new item, but it’s brand new to me and after having an android for a long time IT’S EXCITING! I’ve been finally able to get a lot of the apps I’ve been wanting to try on iOS.

I got mine in rose gold (of course) and I chose not to get the plus since I was so sick of how big my other phone was.

Since I have a Macbook, having this phone helps me connect easily to my iCloud and ultimately makes my life quite a bit easier in terms of photo sharing, etc.

It runs super quickly and is a beautiful upgrade. HAPPY WITH MY CHOICE.

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Floral Birdy Makeup Bag

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I am obsessed with this makeup bag for several reasons. First of all, it’s so adorable. I have an obsession with florals and woodland creatures; so really, this is a win-win for me. Secondly, my boyfriend’s mom got this for me for Christmas which is the sweetest thing ever because she picks out the most unique and personal gifts. Also, this thing is pretty big for a makeup bag, which is PERFECT for me.. because I have virtually no makeup storage.

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I believe it is from Etsy, but I couldn’t find the particular shop since it was gifted.

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Aquamarine Earrings

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These earrings are gorgeous and I am in love with them. My boyfriend Tom got these for me for Christmas and it was the sweetest thing to receive. At first glance, I thought they were just normal studs, but then I realized they were my birthstone and the fact that he thought of that is so cute to me. I’m terrified to lose them since they’re so nice, but I will be wearing them tonight at a wedding I’m going to!

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Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bon Palette

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Alright, this is an actual January purchase!

I had received some gift cards to Sephora for Christmas and couldn’t decide what I wanted to get. I looked at tons of palettes, read a lot of reviews, watched a lot of tutorials and landed upon this one: Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bon. I had heard amazing things about the  OG Chocolate palette and I heard they actually smell LIKE CHOCOLATE. How could I say no to that?

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From the few times I’ve used it, I really love it. The colors are beautiful.

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UD Gwen Stefani Palette

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This palette is my absolute favorite. I received this from my best friend Zac for Christmas (completely unexpectedly, he is the sweetest) and I was beyond ecstatic. I immediately began messing around and fell.. in…. LOVE.

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I mean, you can’t really go wrong with an Urban Decay palette, can you? I would definitely suggest trying this palette out if you haven’t yet. The shade ‘Punk’ is literally too good.

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Elizabeth and James – Nirvana Black Perfume

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I feel like I just can’t ever escape Mary-Kate and Ashley. I was a super fan as a kid, and now I’m obsessing over this fragrance they created as an adult. This is probably my favorite perfume of all time. It has a vanilla, sandalwood and violet scent.

Apparently, it’s a unisex fragrance, and I had my boyfriend try this out to be sure. I think it 100% works for both sexes. If you’re into dark, sultry shades.. definitely go give this a sniff-sniff.

Available at Sephora

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Book: Hunger Makes Me A Modern GirlIMG_3296.JPG

I started reading this at the beginning of January and I am very into it. It’s written very nicely and if you’re into personal memoir books, this is one to check out. I love Carrie from Portlandia (one of my favorite shows) and still totally want her and Fred to date. I am not finished with this book yet, but so far it’s pretty great.

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WoodWick – Marshmallow Fireside Candle

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I received a jumbo size of this candle for Christmas after running out of my smaller sized one over the summer. If I was trapped in a room forever and could only have one candle to continuously burn, this would be it. It is my absolute favorite scent. It is calm, relaxing and subdued.

Also, WoodWick candles are super amazing. They last forever and they crackle when they burn, which adds to the relaxation factor (especially while reading a book).

I suggest trying out this specific candle or one by the same brand.

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That’s all of my current favorites to feature for January. I hope you guys enjoyed.

Let me know down below what your favorite products, things and books have been this year so far.

As always,

Thank you all so much for reading and following!

-Emily

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Fall Beauty Obsessions

I should probably just get it tattooed on me at this point.. I’m obsessed with Fall. I’m going to share with you all what I’ve been loving so far into this season. I didn’t get a chance to do a “september favorites” post.. so here is my kinda september favorites and kinda october favorites collection of stuff:

Essie Nail Polishes

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Until recently, I was a total ONLY O.P.I kinda girl. I really don’t have any reasoning behind that other than I thought they were the best and I liked how the color turnout was. But, I bought the purple polish in the shade ‘Bahama Mama’ back in September and really liked how it looked. Then, just a few days ago I purchased the coppery-gold shade ‘Leggy Legend’ and it is SO PERFECT for this time of year. It’s on my nails now and I’m very obsessed. Sorry for cheating on you O.P.I

PRICE: $8.50 each (I got mine at Ulta)


Midnight Romance by Ralph Lauren

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I’m very picky when it comes to fragrances. I rarely like any and I have to smell the entire perfume section at Sephora to figure out which one I like. This one really INTRIGUED me. It has a almost fruity, sultry scent and I am into it. I would suggest it, but everyone has super different opinions on fragrance.

Also, the next fragrance I’m looking to buy is Elizabeth & James (aka Mary Kate + Ashley Olsen) Nirvana Black. It is suppper rich and almost manly.. just my kind of perfume.

PRICE (for Midnight Romance): $54.00 at Sephora


Skin Saviors

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I have the driest skin known to mankind. My hands get absolutely awful the second the weather changes (but really I have problems in the summer too). Absolutely no other lotion works for my hands other than Gold Bond Ultimate Healing Hand Cream. This stuff is AMAZING. It isn’t greasy and gross like lots of other lotions and it absorbs super quick. This is my second container of it. Also, I have to have my Body Shop Lip Butter because these lips crack super easy. It hydrates your lips all day and tastes good as a bonus.

PRICE: Gold Bond – Around $5.00 at any drugstore

Body Shop Lip Butter – $7.00


All The Naked Palettes (almost)

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The hype is true.. these are amazing. I’ve had the first Naked Palette for a super long time. I think I got it the Christmas after it came out. Since I sparingly use eyeshadows, all of my colors are still intact. I love each one separately and can’t pick a favorite. Here’s the simple way to identify them: Naked 1: Super Natural Tones 2. Smoky Eyes and Cool Tones 3. Pinky Tones

They are each around $54.00 which is kinda pricey compared to your average drugstore eyeshadows (obviously) but these are so worth it. I have yet to get the Naked Smoky palette because I rarely wear any super dark eye looks.


Lorac Pro, Naked Flushed and Dream BB

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I got the Lorac Pro before last Christmas and didn’t really get around to using it much until Summer. These shadows have such good color payoff and are all really gorgeous. I usually mix the shades from this with shades from the Naked Palettes. It’s definitely one of my favorites that I own.

The Naked Flushed palette was given to me by my good friend (I know she’s so nice) and I have really been liking it. I am usually terrified of blushes because I always feel like I over-do it.. but the pink shade in here is really subtle and natural. I’m a fan. It also has a bronzer and highlighter inside. It’s a super nice little package.

I use the Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream very often (like everyday often) because it’s super light and the coverage is perfect for me. I have like exceptionally clear skin for how bad I am at taking care of it, so I don’t need a whole lot of coverage. It also acts as a moisturizer and sunscreen which I really appreciate.

PRICES:

Lorac Pro: $42.00 on their website

Naked Flushed: $32.00 at Sephora

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream: $6.29 at Target


Sunglasses

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These aren’t just any sunglasses.. They’re PRESCRIPTION sunglasses. When I found out about these cheap prescription sunglasses I was literally the happiest person ever. I have really bad vision (like so bad I can’t see anything but BLUR without my glasses on) and these allow me to finally see out of SUNGLASSES. I got them on Eyebuydirect.com. It’s one of those cheap glasses websites where you tell them your prescription and they make them for you. It’s a pretty great deal. They go with almost everything I wear too (I also have a different black pair).


Candles and More Candles

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I worked at Bath and Body Works.. I worked at White Barn.. and I can officially say that I know my candles. There is nothing that brings me more joy than getting new candles. I am especially in love with every single fall scented candle that exists pretty much. I picked up Sweater Weather and Leaves from White Barn a few weeks ago and I can’t stop burning them. Also I had to include one of my all-time favorite candles Woodwick Campfire Marshmallow.. this one lasts forever (even though mine is almost gone) and smells so good. It also crackles while it burns!

Try to go to Bath and Body Works or White Barn during a sale like 2 for $24. They happen all the time so just check in once in a while. Otherwise they’re $22.50 each for a 3-wick which is just ridiculous.

There is no such thing as too many candles. GO CRAZY.


Thanks for reading everyone and welcome new followers!

xoxo Emily

I Got My Haircut

Hello lovely followers! I hope you’re all having a great week so far. I’ve been very busy recently with some non-blog related personal stuff.. but I’m constantly thinking and working on my upcoming posts (there will be loads on things coming).

A few days ago, I got super fed up with my shoulder length, uneven layered pixie grow out style. I have never really liked having hair longer than my collar bone. I’ve always felt it was unflattering with my face and I just always want to chop it off (hence why I cut my hair off 3 times into a pixie cut).

This time, I wanted to cut it into a sort of Mod-inspired 1960’s style. I went for a blunt (just above) chin length bob. It evened out all of my layers, which will make it easier to grow out without wanting to run for scissors.

I absolutely love how it turned out. It’s so easy to style and makes me feel way cuter on the DAILY.

I’ll post more pictures below:

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Simple, Comfy Fall Look

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a few shots of me in my comfy fall outfit. I love to wear neutrals basically all year, so when fall rolls around i’m super into mossy green, copper, burgundy, mustard and of course black and white.

I’m chopping some hair off next week, so for now I’ve just been keeping it up. I’m not into it at all right now!

My makeup is much more dramatic than I usually wear for an everyday, but I was feeling some purple smokey eyes and bright lips today.

I would say this look is sitting-in-class approved. IMG_2699 SHIRT: H&M  IMG_2703PANTS: PACSUN (A few years ago)

Thanks so much for reading and hello new subscribers!!!

I’ll be back with a longer post tomorrow

BIG BOOB PROBLEMS

D-Cup and up, what’s up?

If you are a member of the heavy-chested gang, you have probably dealt with several irritating incidents that have made you want to saw them off with a butter knife (or is that just me?). This isn’t to say that I don’t love my body, because I do, and sometimes I feel very blessed to have the assets that I do.. but there are times that I just CAN’T STAND THEM.

If you’ve ever been puzzled why women would ever want gigantic boobs, then read on and relate to these issues only girls with big boobs have:


  • Finding a bikini top is so….hard…

There are tons of things that can go wrong while trying to find a bikini top. You grab an XL cause it’s the only size that can fit your boobs, but then its WAY too big for your waist. You finally find a size that fits you.. AND ITS HIDEOUS. There are not a lot of options for gals with big boobs in the swimwear world.

This year I found mine on ASOS. They have a whole section for “DD+ Swimwear” which is a total lifesaver.

  • Clothes Don’t Fit Over Your Boobs

Finding adorable clothes that you think you can fit in, then you go in the dressing room and want to cry.. yeah we’ve all been there. Just stick to oversized and stretchy materials and you should have a shot. But, you can completely scratch button-up shirts off your shopping list, cause those will never happen.

  • Having a Serious Love/Hate Relationship with Them

Some days you wake up and feel like a super-fab chick and are ready to go out and work your body, and other days you want to wear a huge, oversized sweater and a scarf and hope no one can see the monsters under your shirt. It happens.

And don’t pretend like you’ve never researched breast reduction surgery!

  • Working Out Can Be Rough

Just one sports bra is not enough, we need two of them! Low-cut, adorable fitness outfits are a no, we will be there in an oversized t-shirt hoping that while we’re on the elliptical, no is noticing the BOUNCE.

  • Bending Over in a Low-Cut Top

Self-Explanatory.. and annoying.

  • All Weight Gain Seems to go to Them

How does this new bra I just got barely fit anymore? Oh, right, I ate too much last night. For some reason, fat seems to find its way into your boobs even though we all know we don’t need it.

  • Body-Con Dress = Instant Porn Star

Deciding on a body-con dress can be awesome for a night out on the town for any normal woman.. but, when you are dealing with more in the chest area.. you can instantly turn in to an x-rated film star. But, you will totally be the envy of every girl on the dancefloor, so WORK IT.

  • Bralettes Are Cute, But Will Never Happen

They’ve been pretty big in fashion under tank tops and sweaters as a comfy alternative to a full-on-bra, and they just look so dainty and cute.. but they just will never happen. It’s like trying to fit a watermelon in a sock.

  • BRAS ARE SO EXPENSIVE 

Victorias Secret and Pink just cannot contain the madness under your top, usually. If you a D or DD, you can sometimes find some that sort-of work, but they just aren’t made for girls like us.
So we are left to getting ugly, specialty bras that can cost $100.

We NEED MORE OPTIONS!