Monday, September 11, 2017

Jumping on the Bandwagon: How To Setup A Bullet Journal


So, I did it! I jumped on the bullet journal bandwagon! I'm sure if you've spent anytime on instagram or pinterest, then you've seen the bullet journal craze all over. Not gonna lie, at first, I did not see the appeal. I've gone through several different pre-set planners and could never keep up with them, simply because the layout never worked for me personally!  Well I stumbled across a couple bullet journal YouTube videos a couple weeks ago and got sucked into the rabbit hole. (aka spent hours upon hours watching different "plan with me" videos) I noticed, in all the videos I watched, that no two planners were the same! Each YouTuber personalized their planner to match up with their, daily, weekly and monthly planning needs. Along with that, I kept on noticing each of them saying how the bullet journaling process was so therapeutic for them and released their inner creativity. So, the point is, I decided to dive in. 
This past month has brought on a lot of changes in my life, both emotionally and business wise. I adapted a completely different sleeping schedule along with deciding to restructure my salon business. (Yes, I do have a life outside of crafting and blogging). I thought that with all these changes, a bullet journal would be perfect for me to organize the many different elements of my daily life in a way that made sense for me! I'll explain some of the core elements of bullet journaling as we go along, but if you're a total newbie and have no clue what I am talking about, then I highly suggest you first watch this video by Ryder Carrol (the inventor of the bullet journal system). In that video, he explains the basic elements that go into the system! 




To start off, you're going to need a journal. While you can use this system with literally any basic journal you find, there are a couple that are super popular in the bullet journaling community because of the special offers they feature. I decided to go with a very popular journal, the Leuchttrum 1917 A5 Dotted notebook. Some of the reasons this journal is so popular is because it features 3 pages in the very front that is dedicated to your index, every page in the notebook is already numbered so you don't have to, and the pages are thin enough to not be bulky, but are also "bleed" resistant, meaning that most ink will not bleed through to the next page! 
(Quick tip: even though the pages are bleed resistant, there many still be some "ghosting" or shadows from your pen from the previous page) This doesn't bother me though. Another great feature is that is a hard cover book, and a GREAT size. I can easily fit this into my small purse and that is a very important factor for me. Now, for some people, the $20 price tag of this journal can be a deal breaker, so if that's the case for you, then any dotted or graph journal will do just fine! Don't think too much into it, after all, you're just gonna be writing in it so it doesn't have to be that stellar. Next, you'll need some pens and whatnot. I wanted to decorate mine a little bit so I looked to see what others were using and I found that the Tombow dual brush pens and Sakura Micron pens were really popular. So, of course, like a lemming I bought some! I would NOT recommend using sharpies or crayola markers, as these types of markers have a much higher chance of bleeding through to the next page! 


The first page I set up in my book was my main cover page. I wanted this to be cute because well, I'm a girl and like to be basic every once in a while! I just used a basic cursive to write my first name and copied some cute floral design I found from pinterest to frame it. This page doesn't have to be crazy, just straight to the point and cute. Don't spend too much time on the actual decorating of this journal because it is meant to help you organize your time, not spend all of your time stressing about if your journal is as cute as others! 


Next, is what is called your "future log". Now, these pages are not necessary if you don't want them, but they are popular to put in the beginning of your journal so that you can have an overview of the entire year. You basically just want to write out all the months of the year, and leave enough space to fill in important dates for each month that goes along. By doing a future log at the beginning of your journal, you can easily bookmark it or refer back to it quickly since you'll know exactly where it is. Since I started my journal in September, that is the month I began with and I went all the way through the end of December 2017. Once, you've created your future log pages, you'll want to write them down in your index in the front. This will help you keep your journal organized, and you'll want to do this with each entry you make in your journal!


Admittedly, I do not use a journal so much for event planning, since I use a calendar on my phone for all my business appointment, I put my personal appointments on my phone so that I can refer all back to one place. I more so use a journal to keep all my ideas organized in the same place. But that is what is so great about this system, there is no wrong way to do it, as long as it works for you! 


The next page I set up was something that I personally wanted to have in a journal. It is a crystal key. Basically, it is just a list of 6 main crystals that I use around my house or in my personal life for different reasons. Each crystal, to me, is used for a different purpose. So, I wanted a place where I could quickly reference the crystal and use! This page is not necessary at all, but it's just something I personally wanted and I am pretty damn happy with how it turned out. Instead of a crystal page, some people will add a page about different books or movies they've been wanting to read or watch. Or you can even do a page of future goals you want to keep track of! Just think of what is most important to you or what you'd like to keep track of the most. Once again, THERE IS NO RIGHT OR WRONG WAY TO DO THIS! So just do you, boo. 


Following in the theme of my crystal key, I also wanted to add a moon tracker and meaning spread. I personally feel that different phases of my life and moods are linked up with the different moon phases. There are many different apps you can use to track the moon, but I like having a spread of it in my journal so that I can quickly see if I am under or near a full moon as I am planning out other elements of my life! For many people, I know this spread would be irrelevant for them, but if you are a little moon child like me, then feel free to copy this spread because I have found it really useful in the planning out moments so far! 


That's all I put into the "Front of journal" pages for me, you can add more or less depending on your needs, but once you've finished those foundation pages, you're ready to jump into your monthly spreads! 


Once again, I started this journal out for September, and decided to keep with the theme of crystals. A monthly cover page is totally NOT required and is so extra. But I wanted to do it as a part of my journalling process because, it has been YEARS since I have drawn or painted, and I have to say, I am so glad I did. I forgot how much I loved it and it really helped me clear my mind. 


Since I already use a calendar for my business, I didn't see the point of drawing out a full calendar for these pages, instead I used the original Ryder Carrol method of a vertical calendar and I just split it between personal and business use. On the next page, I forgot to take a picture of it, but I just put down some social media trackers for my blog, instagram and pinterest so that I could just see how well (or not) I did for that month and what I can change. I also added a small portion to the bottom for my etsy store so that I could track that progress as well. I also thought this would be nice for me to add because, months down the road I can look back at the numbers and see how much has changed! 


Now, this next page is called a "habit tracker" and to be honest, I was really hesitant to add this. I didn't really think it would be helpful or productive for me, but then, I just kept seeing everyone on YouTube LOVING it and I thought I'd give it a try. I put down a few habits that I'd like to keep on top of and remember to do on a weekly or daily basis and we'll see as the month progresses if I still like it, but for now, I kinda like it...I'll update you with my final thoughts. Some people also will do a mood tracker next to or under their habit tracker, so that you can see how your habits affect your mood. I decided to skip it for this month, since its my first time! Didn't wanna overwhelm myself with too much!


The next page is probably the most important to me, and most of the reason that I started this whole journal because I needed a VERY ORGANIZED way to track my bills. Seriously, this adulting thing sucks sometimes and bills are probably the worst part about adulting. Obviously, I took this picture before I filled it out because, trust me when I say, you do not want to see my entire list of bills, but now that I do have it all filled up, I feel so much stress taken off my back and I don't feel like I am forgetting about ANYTHING! The worst feeling is when you forget a bill and get hit with that late fee. So this page perfectly takes care of that issue for me! 


So, this next spread is usually where I see alot of people putting in weekly calendars. But, since I mentioned (several times now....) that I use a calendar on my phone, I didn't see the point in wasting paper. So, instead I added basically a notes spread. Notes for my blog post idea or website ideas and then a Miscellaneous page for all my random thoughts or notes. I will probably add a few more of these because my favorite thing about a journal is to write down random notes, or to do lists (that I never get around to checking off ) BUT, hopefully this journal will help me feel more motivated to check out every damn TO DO on my list! 


And that is it! I want to state right now, that I AM NOT AN EXPERT! I am really just a newbie that wanted to share my likes and dislikes with all of you! I also did a bunch of research on it before I started and have different approach to it since I don't just use it for tracking my events! I am really exited to see if this process helps me stay more or less productive in the coming months and how it evolves as I use it! I'm also thinking about maybe sharing this with you all once a month, when I first set it up. Let me know if that is something you'd like seeing, and maybe, JUST MAYBE, I can make it a regular occurrence ;) I would looooove to see how you guys bullet journal, so if you post on ig, don't forget to tag me @girlirae, so that I can see your process! OR, if this post has helped to inspire you to start your very own journal, PLEASE let me know, because I would totally love to see! 

As always, if you have any questions or just wanna chat feel free to reach out to me! I love making new online friends! 

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Crochet Barrel Cactus - FREE Pattern


Ok guys, I've got a good one for you! If you don't know by now, I'm from Arizona. Been living here for about 15 years. And if you're an Arizona native and don't love cactus, I'm sorry but you're a freak. Sorry bout it. Anyway, earlier this year I decided to try to make a few of these cuties and it was the best decision I could have made. My little cactus buddies give me so much JOY, just by looking at them. Since June, I've made about 40 of them, some for craft shows, some for orders for my shop and some just for decor and gifts! And now its your turn to make some, because lets be honest, you NEED these in your life! 
Disclaimer: These little guys work up SUPER fast, so you're probably gonna make a shit ton, can't say I didn't warn you. Now, on to the pattern, enjoy :) 

Crochet Barrel Cactus 

If you're the type that likes to save a PDF pattern to dropbox or iBooks, for your convenience you can buy an ad-free pattern here.
Materials: 
Weaving needle
3.75 mm crochet hook 
2 colors of worsted weight yarn (one for cactus and one for the flower) 
Scissors
2’’ terracotta pot (can be found at Michael's)
Hot glue gun 
Fiber fill stuffing

Abbreviations:
ch- chain
st- stitch
sts- stitches 
sl st- slip stitch  
sc- single crochet  
BLO- back loop only  

Cactus​ ​Pattern: 

(with the color you chose for cactus) 

Ch. 14 (leave a long tail at least 5’’) 
1. Sc in 2nd ch from the hook, and in every ch until you reach the end. (13 sts) 
2. Ch 1, turn your work. Sc in the BLO of the 2nd ch from the hook and in every ch until you reach the end of the row. (13 sts) (this will create a ribbing effect as you continue on) 
3. Rows 3-26, repeat row 2, after row 26 your work should look like this:

4. Ch 1. Fold your work in half vertically so that row 1 lines up with row 26. Sc through both loops of row 1 and row 26 together. Continue along the row until your reach the end . Once you reach the end of the row, sl st and snip your yarn. Be sure to leave a long tail of at least 5’’. 
5. Take your weaving needle and cinch one end closed using the long tail, weave in the end and secure with a knot.
6. Generously stuff the open end with fiber fill or scraps of yarn to form the shape of the barrel.

7. Repeat step 5 for the other end. You should now have a fully formed barrel cactus! Now for the flower!

Flower​ ​Pattern: 

(using the color you chose for the flower) 

1. Ch 2. Sc 6 into the 2nd ch from the hook. Do not sl st. 
2. All in the first st, hdc, dc, hdc, sl st. 
3. Repeat in next 5 sts to form 6 total petals. Sl st to first petal.

Attach flower to top of barrel. Secure with hot glue if needed. With hot glue gun, apply glue to inside rim of terracotta pot along all edges about ¼’’ away from the rim. Place cactus firmly into pot and ta da! Your cactus is complete! Let glue dry completely before moving. Please let me know if you have any questions at girlirae@gmail.com and tag me in your work on instagram @girlirae so I can see your cute creations! :)






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Sunday, September 18, 2016

They Tell Me It's Fall Now...


I'm back!! - Due to the immense amount of craziness in my life in the past couple of months (all good craziness tho ), my blog unfortunately took the backseat. But, I'm back now and ready with a renewed inspiration to share with everyone :)

Just to hit on a few new excitements in my life: I got a new car! YAAASSSS! Honestly, one of the best purchases I've made in years. You never think about how much something as silly as transportation could have an effect on your mood. But having a brand new car, that has no issues and is totally reliable, while also reminding you of how much your hard work has paid off, is a REALLY great feeling. Secondly, I have signed a brand new long term lease (and I'm serious about the long term part) for my salon and I am so excited to share that chapter of my life with you all. I am definitely going to be showing the process of building a business from the ground up and seeing it transform right before your eyes. It is SO rewarding! 

But, in the midst of all of that, the months have changed from July to Septmeber, and now we are entering fall. Now, maybe you live in a part of the country where it actually feel like there is a transition to fall. I, however, live in the middle of SUNNY, shining, sweltering hot Arizona where it is currently almost 100 degrees today. Face palming for the rest of my life. I am a firm believer in positive thinking though, so I have gone out, and bought some new, cute fall clothing, to help welcome in the new season! :)

This fall I have opted for, cute booties, jean motifs, and ripped jeans. To me, all these styles are timeless, and with my new, extremely busy schedule, I want to have an effortless style the fall so I can be a boss ass bitch in style and not have to think too much about my wardrobe in the morning! 








My shopping excursion for these fall looks took place at one of my favorites places on earth: Target!
Nothing here costs me more than $35 :) 

Tell me your favorite fall trends and what you'll be adding to your closet these next few months. 

Ya Girl,
Rachael

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Stuff I Loved In May


For most of the month of May, I was counting down the days until I could go on vacation. I stayed up late a lot, overslept a lot, and rushed through my morning routines.... A LOT! But, to be honest, that's not too different from normal. Except the vacation part, I do not go on vacations nearly as much as I'd like. But, more on that later. Basically, during May, I was a little lazy. That's why I found pleasure in more simple things, rather than my normal makeup loves! 

Now that I think about it, May was a lot like April for me, which was a lot like March. I honestly just feel like 2016 is flying by way too fast! I know when I was younger, adults would tell me constantly that as you get older, time goes by faster. I really hate to admit that they were right. :/ but they were. I realized that this month and it gave me a sense of clarity to enjoy things as they are happening so I don't feel like time is getting away from me. 

Now onto my faves this month!


Crocheting



I have always loved knitting/crocheting (theres a difference) . It may have been my first love! I always start to get more into it in the summer and then continue it on into the winter. Maybe just because I feel as if there is so much inspiration around in the summer. All the colors, good food, vacationing! I decided to start this home decor blanket a few weeks ago. I was on my weekly Michael's Store trip (because I'm a craft addict) and I saw this BEAUTIFUL and extremely soft yarn. I thought it would be perfect to start a chevron pattern blanket with. I know it will most likely take me months to finish this blanket, because it is such a huge project, I like to do a bunch in spurts, put it down and go back later. 


If I had to choose one over the other, I would choose crocheting. There are SO many projects you can make. Some of my faves are: crochet crop tops, bottomless sandals, blankets, rugs, wall hangings...blah blah you get it. There are endless possibilities! Pinterest is go to for me if I run out of inspiration. One of my favorite Youtubers for crocheting is a girl name Krystal Everdeen. She is cute as a button and mostly does tutorials on crochet crop tops (festival wear). She (I believe) just graduated high school, so she's young, but seriously talented. Another favorite is Bella Coco Crochet on YouTube. She's from across the pond and has a charming accent while giving very clear and EASY tutorials for almost any project you can think of. 


I've toyed around with the idea of making YouTube videos for a while and if I did, there would most certainly be some crocheting/diy videos in there. If you've never tried, I highly suggest it. So relaxing, and in the end, you have a beautiful, handmade item to be proud of!

#GIRLBOSS



THIS BOOK! Praise Sophia Amoruso! I've read this book, #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso, twice I think, maybe more. It is such an empowering and inspirational book! This book follows Sophia's path as she built her empire and company Nasty Gal, and how she basically went from "rags to riches". There is a paragraph in the book where Sophia states that by the end of the book you'll be begging to get your hands on some work because of how inspired you'll be (paraphrasing) - and trust me, you will be. I re-read this book because I was having a lull in motivation for my business lately. I wanted to change something, refresh something, make something new. It did just that for me- again! It reminded me to take a step back and look at my business objectively. 


At each chapter of the book there are little motivational drawings that are really cute and keep with the theme of empowerment. She states at the beginning of the book that it is not a feminist book- but it is, in a good way. It bothers me that "feminism" has a bad connotation from some women out there that take the word to mean bashing men. No, that is not what feminism is all about. It is on the simplest level: empowering other women. Lifting other women up. Inspiring one another.  I can't even say how much I love this book, not because it's the greatest book of all time, because I think that would be silly to say. But, when I read this book the first time, I had some definite insecurities rising up, I was unsure of where the next step of my career was taking me, and I was in desperate need for an inspiration to fall into my lap. This book did that and more for me. I highly, highly, recommend any woman who has any doubts or self limitations on herself seeking a new perspective! 


" A #GIRLBOSS knows when to throw punches and when to roll with them" 


Benefit's Dandelion Blush


 

Simply put, this is the perfect blush for summer. On a recent trip to Denver, CO, it was the only blush I took. Natural and light pink, makes you feel like a fresh little fairy, while melting your ass off in the 110 degree weather! :( I mean really, tell me everyone else is struggling hard with this hot summer too. 
Benefit is a really great company for makeup. This blush (as well as all their other shades) last all day long! If you're not too into pink blushes, Benefit's Hoola Bronzer would be a great alternative to give a healthy glow this summer! 

Shade and Light Eye Palette



If you've read any of my previous posts or Makeup Monday tutorials, you've probably noticed that 1) I love almost all of the Kat Von D beauty line and 2) The Shade and Light Face Palette is by far my fave for contouring and highlight. 

I've been waiting to get my hands on this Shade and Light Eye Palette for awhile and I wish I just would have given into the hype of it months ago! Like I said earlier, during the month of May, I was L-A-Z-Y! This palette is great for us not-so early birds because the eyeshadows are semi paired in quads. One for the base, crease, contour and highlight- all for your eyes! Makes it very simple to create a natural smokey eye in minutes. Easily allowing you to get those 10,15 or 20 minutes of extra sleep in the morning ;)




Instax Mini 8



I've had my Instax "poloroid" camera for almost a year now. I have the coral color but they come in almost every color in the rainbow, plus black and white. It's my go to camera for parties, family, special events, because it takes great "nostalgia" photos! It like an instant pic with an Instagram filter built in. I especially love taking it with me when I visit my young cousins because it's like a toy to them! I let them take as many pics as they want (with adult supervision) because, for me, it's not so much about how good the pictures are they take. It's about watching them get so excited to take them and then watch the photo "magically" come out the top. The joy in their eyes is priceless and the pics turn out pretty good for a 6 year old taking them. I also love collecting them as tokens from fun parties. They'll be photos I can look back on and remember the good times I had at festivals or when my boyfriend and I rented our first house and had our first house party. They capture memories in a way that even my nice Sony camera cannot capture! 



May was a good month for me. I have a lot of exiting trips coming up this summer that I will no doubt be documenting for you and exciting things for my business coming up too! If you have any of these items and love them too, let me know! I love talking about things that I love! Also, if you have any recommendations for some biographies, let me know. I've been on a reading kick and want to discover some great reads for the summer! 

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

LUSH Life: What I Do and Don't Love


I'm sure we've all heard of LUSH Cosmetics, right? They have gotten a huge following lately because of their all natural ingredient list and "handmade" claim. I put handmade in quotes because I'm never entirely sure that products are handmade until  I actually see it! That being said, I've tried my fair share of LUSH products and often get questions on which are my favorite. So, I've decided to share with you all what I do and don't love from LUSH! 

They have SO MANY products to choose from; hair, skin, makeup, bath and body. Most are hits, some are misses. But hey, not every brand can have all winners! 

Tea Tree Toning Water

I thought I'd go ahead and start out with my all time favorite product! I cannot get enough of this stuff! I believe it comes in roughly a 3oz bottle and an 8oz bottle. I always get the 8oz and using it twice a day, I can make it last for about 2-3 months! They divide their ingredients into natural ingredients and safe synthetics. The tea tree toning water is made up of: Tea Tree Water, Grapefruit Water, Juniperberry Water, Limonene (occurs naturally in essential oils!) , Fragrance, Methylparaben. The last two ingriendents are the safe synthetics. Tea tree water is supposed to help with oily skin and reducing redness! I love this stuff because I can use as much of it as I want, and it will never dry out my skin (actually, I feel like it almost hydrates my skin!) and it will also never interfere with my lash extensions! Tea tree is a natural astringent, so I love it also because it can cleanse my lashes without causing them to shed prematurely! This is by far my favorite LUSH product and the large 8oz bottle retails for $22.95 -- I think it is damn well worth the price! 

Herbalism


Ahh- Another love of mine! Honestly, when I first saw this stuff, I thought it looked like a big spoonful of wasabi, and it smells like a rainy plant-- I was not impressed. But then, I actually tried it! I was too quick to judge. I fell in love with it the first time I tried it. I use it in the shower, scoop a bit into the palm of my hand, mix with a little water until it turns into a paste almost and then apply. It exfoliates, but I feel as if it is gentle enough for me to use on my skin everyday or every other day. The smell didn't really bother me after using it, actually, I have grown to like the smell! Herbalism claims to "mop" up excess oil as well as nourish the skin with a variety of vitamins and balance out your skin. The ingredients as listed on their site: Ground Almonds (exfoliation), Kaolin, Glycerine, Chlorophyllin Water, Nettle, Rosemary, Rice Vinegar Extract, Rice Bran, Gardenia Extract, Rose Absolute, Chamomile Blue Oil, Sage Oil, and Fragrance. A whole lot of ingredients that basically, in my opinion, add up to a whole lot of greatness. My skin was getting real oily there for a bit, it was a mess :(, then I started using Herbalism and Tea Tree Toning Water together and my skin improved DRASTICALLY. I should have been one of their "before and after" testimonials! But for real, this stuff is bomb and I highly recommend it to ANYONE who has oily skin! You can get this in again a 3oz or 8oz and as little as $13.95, it lasts me about 2 months for the 3 oz size, ( I only use it in the shower, so once a day!)

Charity Pot Lotion 


So, let me start of by explaining what the Charity Pot actually is. This lotion changes perfume and "recipe" each month. Each month they take 100% of the proceeds (minus sales tax) and donate it to small, grassroots organizations working in the areas of environmental conservation, animal welfare and human rights! The goods: Water, Fair Trade Olive Oil, Glycerine, Organic Jojoba Oil, Moringa Oil, Fair Trade Cocoa Butter, Stearic Acid (safe synthetic ingredient) Fresh Aloe Gel, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Triethanolamine (safe synthetic ingredient) Geranium Oil, Rosewood Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute, Cetearyl Alcohol (safe synthetic ingredient) Citronellol (occurs naturally in essential oils), Coumarin (occurs in essential oils), Geraniol, Linalool (occurs in essential oils), Limonene (occurs in essential oils) and Fragrance. Whew, that's a shit ton of ingredients! 

I first purchased this lotion because my hands were seriously dehydrated. I don't know if I was using too much hand sanitizer, drying out my hands, but they were so dry that they started cracking--  gross AF! I bathed my hands in this lotion religiously and my hands slowly started to get rehydrated, but it didn't do "miracles" it was ok. It is also quite greasy feeling, so I'm a little on the fence whether or not I love it. In my opinion, this is an expensive ass lotion. I get it, they are donating the money so it is well spent? But still, the larger 8oz tub of lotion retails for $25.95. I like this lotion, but not quite at the point where I would say I love it. If you want to try it, they are wonderful about giving out free samples for you to try, so just go into one of the stores and stock up on those samples! 

Grease Lightning 

Let me get right to the point with this one- I feel like this does NOTHING for me. Like honestly, nothing. This product is supposed to be a spot treatment for troubled areas on your face. I've tried it so many times, but never really works. It never breaks me out or irritates my skin, so that's a plus. But, not really anything special in my opinion. The ingredients: Thyme, Rosemary and Tea Tree Infusion, Water, Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Sea Water, Grape Juice, Carrageenan Extract, Lavendar Oil, Witch Hazel Extract, Linalool (occurs in essential oils) , Fragrance and Methylparaben (safe synthetics). This bottle of nothing retails for $14.95 and I would say, save your money on something else!

Dark Angels


No, no an no! Just don't. I purchased this because at the time, the LUSH location that I went to was out of stock for Herbalism. It was bad. Just everything about my experience with this was bad. I used it in the shower-- it stained my face, it stained my finger tips and it smells awful. (like black licorice, so unless you're into that smell, but I am not!) It is a black sugar and charcoal scrub meant to control oil and exfoliate. The exfoliate in it was a bit too harsh for my skin, and THE SMELL! I still have bad memories of it. The ingredients: Rhassoul Mud, Cold Pressed Organic Avocado Oil, Glycerine, Powdered Charcoal, Black Sugar (safe synthetic), Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate (safe synthetic), Fragrance, Sandalwood Oil, Rosewood Oil, Linalool (occurs in essential oils) and Farnesol (occurs in essential oils).  It did not break me out, it made my skin a little sensitive due to the harsh exfoliate, but it just did not mesh well with me at all. A small tub retails for $12.95 and I honestly wouldn't recommend this to anyone. (Who the hell would want their face stained with black, let's get real) Just save your money and get Herbalism instead!


My overall opinion of this company is that I love them. They claim that none of their products are tested on animals. In fact, they claim to try to fight animal testing, and also that they only purchase from ingredient supplies who do not test on animals. So, if you are an animal activist, this is a company to get behind. LUSH has had a bit of a nasty legal history of serving a law suit to any small business that has the title "Lush" in it, which is kind of disappointing because we should all show some love for our local businesses. But, legal shit is legal shit I guess. What you put on your face is very important and I feel much better putting LUSH cosmetics on my face rather than some other companies that uses a variety of unrecognizable chemicals into their skincare products. I urge you to go into your local LUSH store and pile up those samples because they do have a TON of great products to try out. 

Lastly, I want to mention, that most of their products come in these recyclable black tubs. If you save 5 of these black tubs once you've used all the product inside and return them to the store, you get a free face mask! Pretty cool, since if you collect enough of these products, you'll be paying a pretty penny all said and done!

Let me know if you love or hate any of these products. OR what your favorite LUSH product is. I'm always on the hunt for some great new products! 

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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Dude, My Skin is SO Soft


I am not a mask-er. I actually hadn't taken much a notice to in depth skin care until this year really. Sure, I would wash my face and all that jazz, but I didn't really think about going in any deeper with my skincare. This past year and some of 2015, I found some companies via Instagram like, Vanity Planet, Blackout and Jealous Body and it opened my eyes and my mind to the depths of skincare and masking!  More posts to come soon on the other companies, but right now I want to focus on this "odd" looking mask. 



It's called the Blackout Mask, named for just that reason, its a blackout...on your face. I thought it was so weird when I first saw. "Who would want to put that on their face?" - It's made from activated charcoal and coconut, and some other stuff you can find here. There are two types of masks they offer, a black one, as shown above, and a white one. The black one is meant to reduce redness, help with oil control, preventing breakouts and hydrating. The white mask is meant to tighten skin, prevent fine lines and also hydrate! Sounds good, huh?

I ordered the single blackout mask, which also came with a little applicator brush and I also order an 8 pack of the dehydrated wipes. I was fascinated with these. They come in a pack much like a pack of antibiotics. You pop them out, drop them in a bowl of water and voila they hydrate into moistened toilette to wipe off the mask with out having to get your nice face towels all dirty. Not like I really have that many nice face towels. But that's irrelevant. These things are handy AF. 




The Process:


Ok so first you should wash your face. Preferably with warm water to open up your pores so that the mask can really sink in and get into the nitty gritty. 

Then, big surprise, you apply the mask, with the little applicator brush provided and put a generous amount all over your face. Avoid your eyes and mouth please, no need going blind for the sake of beauty ;)


Cute, huh?

Next, set your alarm for roughly 15-20 mins. Or until dry. It feels tightening but not too badly. I know it can get boring waiting those 15-20 mins, maybe you can take that time to read some of my other posts ;) sorry for the shameless plug, I couldn't help myself. 

Time to wipe off now. 




Wipes off nicely! 

After removed, apply a toner to your face to close up the pores and moisturize! It's important! 

Final Thoughts

I like it! Will I purchase again? Yes! I've read that you can get about 8 uses out of one pack, so I won't have to repurchase for a while. I'll keep you guys updated if I change my opinion, but as for now I'd say it's great. It's been 4 days since I used it and I can notice a difference in the sizes of my pores and no new breakouts! Thank gawd. I always get nervous of that when using a new product. Oh, and did I mention how INCREDIBLY SOFT my skin is now. It's like a baby's butt! 

Let me know of any other masks you've tried! I'm on a hunt now for more. It was a good experience I would like to continue! Or let me know if you have tried this mask. I haven't read of any bad experiences with this mask so far. (BTW, this is not sponsored by Blackout, I just liked it so much I wanted to review it for you all. I'm sure Blackout has no clue who I am!) 


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