The Life You Love

My Morning Skincare Routine

For the past... my entire life... I've told myself that I was going to figure out a morning routine that helps me feel refreshed and ready to go.  I'm still working on part of it, but I finally have the skincare part down.  I've been using this routine for a few days and my skin is so thankful haha! I have a few more skincare products coming my way and I'll update this when I start using them!

STEP 1 | Cleanser | Find a cleanser that fits your needs. People with oily skin will need different ingredients than someone with dry skin. I use our Normal-to-Dry 3-in-1 Cleanser. Once summer hits, I'll start using our Normal-to-Oily 3-in-1 Cleanser. Your skin care needs change with the seasons.  I use just a small amount, maybe a dime size.

STEP 2 | LashExtend | I use our black LashExtend to help my lashes grow longer, thicker, and stronger. I will also start using clear LashExtend at night. I use black during the day because eyeliner gives the appearance of longer, thicker lashes. Just a small bit at the base of your lashes is all you need!

STEP 3 | Climate Control | This product helps moisturize your skin to provide the best hydration it'll ever get! It also works with the rest of our products with SenePlex to help aid in cell renewal. You MUST use SeneSerum-C and/or moisturizer after using this product to help seal it in. I use 3 spritzes. One on the left side of my face, one on the right side of my face, and one on my forehead.

STEP 4 | SeneSerum-C | This 100% natural product works to repair damaged cells and protect your cells from further damage. It also works as a shield to protect you from pollutants. And like most of our products, it contains SenePlex to help your skin appear firmer, younger, and healthier. I use just 1 pump of this product and massage it into my skin for about 30 seconds.

I had to include this before and after photo because WOW!  It really shows just how amazing these products are.  I was skeptical when I first started using them because it sounds too good to be true, but it's not!  It's too good AND true!

STEP 5 | Nangai Oil | I'm 99% sure this is the remedy for any problem that you're facing. I'm currently using it to help fade a scar that I've had since I was about 10 years old AND to help erase stretch marks. It's also been used for eczema, dry skin, rashes, and more. Seriously, it can be used for anything. It's also super hydrating and helps lock in moisture without making your skin feel oily or greasy. I use just a couple drops on my stretch marks and a drop on my scar.

STEP 6 | Color Correcting Tinted Moisturizer | As soon as I tried this product, I immediately knew why everyone loves it. Not only is it super moisturizing, but it also offers a mechanical shield to protect your skin from the sun while also correcting redness, age spots, and sun damage. This product is suitable for ALL skin types, even if you're prone to acne! It comes in Light or Medium. I use just 1 pump for my entire face!

STEP 7 | EyeCreme | Did you know that your eyes are one of the first places to show aging? Think about it: the skin around your eyes is the thinnest on your body and your eyes are constantly moving! This product helps fill in lines and wrinkles while also improving cellular renewal with SenePlex! Just like all of our products, a little goes a long way.

And there ya have it! My morning skincare routine. It seems like a lot, but I promise it goes by quickly and it's totally worth it. If you really don't have time or money to do all of these steps, I for sure recommend using SeneSerum-C, Color Correcting Tinted Moisturizer, and EyeCreme. Any combination of our products is great, though!

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Worst Case Scenario

"What's the worst thing that can happen?" can either be your famous last words or the question that finally gets your butt in gear.  I want you to think of something right now that you've thought about doing, saying, or trying.  Anything that you haven't done yet because you're afraid of what might happen  In fact, let's make this a little journaling prompt.

Take out one of those journals that you've been hoarding for "a special occasion" and don't pretend you don't have at least 10 of them right now.  Flip it open and write down something that you've always wanted to do, but haven't done because you're scared.

Now below it, I want to write down the worst possible things that could happen to you.  And be realistic.  Unless you're doing something dangerous or life-threatening, death probably is not the worst thing that can happen to you.

Do you see where I'm going with this?  Most of the time, we're afraid of something and we don't even know why.  We're afraid to speak our minds, even though the worst thing that can happen is that someone disagrees with us (or you lose your job... be smart, y'all).  We're afraid to start a blog, but the worst thing that could happen is that only your mom reads it.  Isn't mom the best?!  We're afraid to open up our own business because holy shit we could lose money?!  As if I haven't already wasted thousands of dollars at Starbucks.

Alright, one more time... next I want you to write down everything GOOD that could happen if you finally did that thing that scared you.  Seriously.  Go for the best possible scenario.  Most of the time, we find that the good possibilities outweigh the bad.  Sure, they require a lot of time and energy.  But aren't they worth trying for?!

So again, take out that brand-new journal (you stationary hoarder) and write about the following:
1. What's one thing that I've always wanted to do that terrifies me?
2. What's the worst thing that could happen if I went for it?  List them all until you've gotten to the worst possible scenario.
3. What's the best thing that could happen if I went for it?  Again, list them all!

As a bonus, I want you to envision life after you've finally gone for your goal and reached your best case scenario.  Write about what your life looks like now, who you are now that you've reached your goal, and how you feel that you're finally there.  Don't just write this, but really envision it and feel it. Give yourself permission to play pretend in the most exciting and motivating way possible!

Make 2018 the year that you push yourself until you reach your best case scenario.

Woo Woo 101: Healing Crystals

Whether you call them stones or crystals or “my little babies,” healing crystals have been used for THOUSANDS of years and for good reason.  Before I even get into all that shit, let's talk about what healing crystals even are.  Typically, they’re semi-precious gemstones that are used for the protection and healing that they provide.  While each stone is generally known for a handful of characteristics, some of them also overlap.  For example, amethyst is known for aiding in dream recall and in sobriety.  Red Jasper can also be programmed for use in dream recall, while lepidolite is often used for breaking negative habits.  And that’s just a very small example.  Here are some of the questions that I normally receive when I talk about healing crystals, as well as what I tell people.

how do you choose which crystals to work with?

There’s no right or wrong way to select your crystals.  Here are two ways that I generally use.  One, I look up crystals that relate to certain needs or ailments.  If I’d like to ward off negative energy, for example, I might find that black crystals will be my best bet.  Two, I go to my local metaphysical shop and I choose a crystal that seems to be calling to me.  Then I go home and research more about the crystal’s benefits.  This gives the Universe a more active role in showing me what I should work on as opposed to me consciously choosing my focus.  When it comes to actually picking the exact specimen to come home with me, though, I generally see which crystal catches my eye and hold it to see how it makes me feel.  You’ll know if the crystal is meant to be yours or not by just holding it.  Trust me.

how does this work?

Here’s my honest to Universe answer: I don’t fucking know.  I just trust that it works because it does for me.  Science tells us that there’s nothing about crystal healing that is a fact.  What experience tells me, though, is that they have improved my life.  Whether it’s the energy I receive from being around my crystal babies or the meanings that I remember when I look at them, I have found that my rose quartz makes me a more loving person and I do feel that Citrine helps me feel happier.  The thing is, there’s a lot of shit in this world that doesn’t make sense according to facts and science.  That’s what spirituality and woo woo shit is for.

which crystals should I start with?

All of them.  Jk, but not really.  When first starting with crystals, I think it’s helpful to select crystals based on what you’re hoping to receive from them.  You could also peruse Etsy for kits.  They’ll probably still align with a specific intention or theme or they may align with the chakras.  Either way, it’s a good way to start your crystal fam.  I started with clear quartz, amethyst, howlite, dendritic agate, and black tourmaline because they had the kind of energy that I needed at the time.

how do you use healing crystals?

If you want a certain room to hold a particular energy, place crystals with those properties in that room.  In your bedroom, for example, put amethyst for sweet dreams and rose quartz for intimacy and love.  Put pyrite, which calls in abundance and wealth, in your office, next to a stone like fluorite that provides focus.  You can also buy healing crystal jewelry and wear it when you want to invoke certain energies.  And you can also carry your crystals with you.  Put them in your purse, your pocket, or your bra.  Been there, done that.  Whatever you do, you want the crystals near you so you can absorb their positive energies and they can protect you from negative energy.

how do you take care of them?

This is where you’ll want to do plenty of your own research.  There are several methods of energetically cleansing your crystals, such as sunlight, moonlight, salt, burying them, running water, and visualization.  There are also some crystals that are particularly sensitive to some methods of cleansing.  Celestite, for example, doesn’t do well in sunlight.  Its brilliant blue will fade.  Selenite can disintegrate when exposed to water.  And some crystals like lapis lazuli shouldn’t make contact with salt.  Make sure you research your crystals and their properties before you do anything with them.

And that's just a small intro to the wonderful world of healing crystals. If you have any questions, let me know! I could also recommend some books and websites, if you want to learn more.  Let me know if you use any healing crystals or if you're interested in them!