Oatmeal Recipes to Make You a Morning Person

Oatmeal That’ll Make Anyone a Morning Person

Sometimes the best part of waking up is what you can look forward to for breakfast, especially on the weekends!

Unless, you hate breakfast, then you might disagree….

Growing up we are always told, breakfast is the most important meal and there were times when my mother had to chase me around until I ate mine before school!

Now as an adult, I rarely go a day without eating breakfast. I’ve found that eating a nutritious breakfast has allowed me to stay in my consistent weight and get great results at the gym. Whenever I skip breakfast, I tend to eat more throughout the day, which ends up being way more than what I would’ve had for breakfast. Honestly, this is something that I notice a lot of people doing. The first thing I always ask people when they say they are gaining weight is if they are eating a nutritious breakfast, and the answer is always no. Of course, you know your body best and you should always do what works for you!

Best Quick Oatmeal’s:

I know we are all busy, so breakfast can be a tough thing to put in our morning routine, but I think you have to prepare for it. They say most people succeed because they plan on it. If you work a 9-5 job, bring your breakfast with you to work. Overnight oatmeal’s are super easy to make and there are a billion recipes on Pinterest for them.

I’ve been enjoying the Q’ia ones for work, they’re honestly the best quick oats and they have superfoods in them! I just put a little peanut butter and sometimes blueberries and I have a quick and easy healthy breakfast! I don’t like to go for Quaker ones as I find they tend to have not so great ingredients in them.

Here are the Q’ia one’s on Amazon. They are more pricey than regular, but I promise they are worth it. I’ve also have tried Umpqua oats and they are equally amazing. You can just buy a package of them on Amazon, and you are good to go for a quick, healthy breakfast and you don’t have to eat the Quaker ones, with tons of sugar. I do find the Q’ia ones sometimes do need a little sweetener and I tend to add a little bit of honey. Great thing about that is you get to control how much you want in it and it’s not any artificial sweetener.

Recipes:

The next oatmeal recipe I have is one that is a stable for me. I tend to have it more on the weekends as it takes more time to prepare. The key ingredient that makes it extra good is adding a banana. If you don’t like bananas, another way to make it creamy is by adding MCT oil or coconut oil. But seriously, adding a banana is a game changer.

You can add whatever toppings you want or have on hand and get creative with it. This recipe is super nutritious and very filling. If you have a long day ahead, I highly recommend you try this one!

Few notes: you can add sweetener of your choice such as maple syrup, honey, liquid stevia

Oatmeal Recipes to Make you a morning person

Creamy Banana Blueberry Oatmeal

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (mine were gluten free from Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 cup water or milk of your choice
  • 1 banana
  • Salt
  • 1/4 cup-1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • Cinnamon
  • Honey or sweetener of your choice
  • Toppings of your choice: pictured is goji berries, raspberries and coconut flakes. Other options could be peanut butter, nuts, cinnamon, strawberries, frozen cherries, shaved almonds….

Directions:

1)     Bring oatmeal and water to a boil and add a pinch of salt

2)     Slice up your banana and add it to your oatmeal

3)     Bring the heat down once it has come to a full boil, stirring occasionally

4)     Once the oatmeal has soaked up ½ of the liquid, add in the frozen blueberries

5)     Next, add in your chia seeds and cinnamon and stir everything together. At this point, everything should be very creamy and don’t worry if your banana isn’t fully incorporated. If you want it to be, just mash it in more.

6)     Remove from heat and add in a bowl. Add your toppings of choice

This next one is one that I’ve been experimenting with and loving for mornings when I want something sweeter. This one involves chocolate and I don’t know about you, but I think chocolate is what makes a good morning, a great one! 🙂

This one is still healthy-ish, but it’s also good for the soul!

I love the chocolate and strawberry combo, so if you do too, then definitely give this one a try! I didn’t think to add any peanut butter to this one, but I’m sure that would be a great addition as well.

Oatmeal Recipes to Make you a morning person

Chocolate and Strawberry Oatmeal

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup water or milk of your choice
  • 1 tbsp mct oil or coconut oil
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1-2 tbsp cacao powder
  • Honey or maple syrup or stevia
  • Dark chocolate of your choice
  • Strawberries

Directions:

1)     Bring oatmeal and water to a boil and add a pinch of salt

2)     Add in your MCT oil or coconut oil, cinnamon and vanilla

3)     Mix in cacao powder and sweetener of your choice – as much or as little as you’d like. Cacao tends to have a bitter taste to it alone, so be careful to not put too much.

4)     Remove from heat, add in to a bowl and decorate with strawberries and pieces of dark chocolate.

Both recipes are my go-to’s, although, I do tend to gravitate towards the first one more. You can really make these recipes your own by putting in anything that you like. I always add peanut butter to my oatmeal, which just makes it even better – especially with the banana combo. Once you’ve tried these, I’m sure they will become your stable as well! Who said oatmeal had to be boring right! 🙂

Thanks for reading, hope you have an amazing day ahead!

All the best,

Ozzy

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March Beauty Favorites

March Beauty Favorites

Believe it or not, March is coming to an end! How interesting is time. Some days, it can feel like it’s dragging, but when looking at the big picture, it always seems like it flies by!

This month, I don’t necessarily have anything new that I’ve bought to make it in my favorites list because I gave up buying makeup for lent (I know, crazy!!). Only one more week, and I can buy makeup again! But honestly, it’s been refreshing to not buy into my addiction. I can really rationalize it better now that I haven’t bought anything.

All of the items are things I’ve gravitated towards this month and have been loving. Some of them have become my holy-grail products and I know I will keep wearing them more in the coming months.

I’m pretty excited for April, I’m hoping for warmer days in Boston, which means more outdoor activities. 🙂 What are you guys excited for April?

Here are my March Beauty Favorites:

CoverFx Custom Enhancer Drops in Moonlight

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I’ve been using this under my foundations and it gives the most subtle, but beautiful glow. You may not like this if you have oily skin, but it gives you the most dewey skin. I love it because no matter what my skin always ends up looking dry after a few hours, and this one held up on me and made my skin look amazing. I haven’t tried it as a highlighter, but I’m sure it would work for that too. This was my first CoverFX product I’ve ever tried, and so far so good. I’m curious to try their other products. I’ve heard nothing but good things about them, so I’m sure they’ll be good purchses.

Collagen Eye Patch

march beauty favorites

I bought these on Amazon and I’ve been loving them. They seem to really work well on me, and I believe they were only $11 for a big package of them. They are made in Korea, so I can’t quite understand the ingredients, but I’ve had such good results with Korean skin-care that I was able to trust this one as well. Anything with Colagen will be helpful in preventive aging, if that’s your jam.

Hourglass Veil Primer

march beauty favorites

This was love at first application. I love how this makes my skin feel. I was initially scared because I’ve heard that it’s to control oily skin, which I don’t really have, so I thought this would work terribly on me. Quite the opposite, this works beautifully and I can’t wait to purchase more from this brand. This is actually also the first product I’ve tried form this brand, and again I am impressed. I love how this makes your skin feel and it’s not greasy or heavy. This will for sure become my go-to for many more months.

Dominique Cosmetics Latte Palette

Dominique Cosmetics Latte Palette ReviewDominique Cosmetics Latte Palette Review

I’ve already written a detailed review on this palette, which you can check out here. I won’t repeat the same things, but I’ve been using this a lot and you can create such beautiful, easy looks with this. Bonus: it’s easy to travel with!

Deborah Lippman gel lab pro in Sweet Emotion

march beauty favorites

This was the first time I tried this brand (again!), and I am so impressed. This is the only nail polish you need in your life. This is meant to replicate a gel manicure, except you can take it off easily. It really does look like you got a gel manicure and lasts a little longer than a regular manicure. I love this because it saves you money in the long run, although this is a little more pricey than regular nail polish.

Tarte Fake Awake Eye Liner

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I love wearing this day-to-day for any look. It opens up your eyes and if you have small eyes, this is a perfect way to make them look bigger! Just apply it to your lower lash line, and you are good to go! This isn’t a new product, but it’s one of my ride-or-die products.

That’s all for my March favorites. I’m sure April will be a little more exciting after being able to purchase things I’ve been eyeing for the past few weeks. I can’t wait to share them with you all. 🙂

Until next time,

Ozzy

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The Shoes You Need This Spring

Shoes You Need This Fall

It’s officially Spring and longer days have officially commenced! 🙂

This time of the year is such an exciting time, and although, each season has its beauty, Spring always has one of the best feelings to it. Each season is an opportunity for new beginnings, to start something you’ve been wanting to start and to become who you want to be!

I am hoping the snow in Boston will come to an end, and warmer days are in the short future!

Is it cold where you guys are still? Or is it becoming Fall where you are? I’m curious to know!

Shoes You Need This Fall

Today, I wanted to talk about the new shoes I recently purchased for Spring/Summer. I am OBSESSED with them. I’ve been eyeing the See by Chloe Shoes, but I couldn’t get myself to spend that much on wedges (or at least not yet!).

Marc Fisher LTD Adalyn Suede Espadrilles • Marc Fisher •

MARC FISHER LTD ‘Adalyn’ Espadrille Wedge Sandal • Marc Fisher •

Urban Outfitters UO Striped Button-Down Plunging Midi Dress • Urban Outfitters •

Urban Outfitters UO Button-Front Linen Mini Dress • Urban Outfitters •

Urban Outfitters UO Satin Tie-Front Mini Dress • Urban Outfitters •

Urban Outfitters UO Tie-Front Button-Down Midi Dress • Urban Outfitters •

Urban Outfitters UO Empire Waist Cinched Romper • Urban Outfitters •

Compared to See by Chloe, these ones are much more affordable! 🙂 And honestly, they are equally as cute, if not more. I think these ones are more wearable, and they match everything!

You can wear them with jeans or this dress I’m wearing and looks cute either way!

I was stuck on buying either these green ones or the nude ones, but I decided to go with green since it goes great with denim! I will have to buy the nude later, too. 🙂

It could be great shoes for Easter (if you celebrate it!), because I think they go great with a yellow dress! And if you’re not wearing a dress, it’s a really cute spring color.

Shoes You Need This Fall

The nude ones are also gorgeous and will go with almost anything. These shoes are so comfortable, and for all my short ladies (like myself), it’s a great way to add some height, comfortably!

I honestly, just want to buy every color, but you know the bank account is telling me otherwise! I also am a responsible adult…I think….

Shoes You Need This Fall

Does anyone else think of the movie “In Her Shoes” whenever talking about shoes? I always think of the sister who says shoes always make you feel good no matter what. It’s so true! You can be at any point in your life, but shoes will always fit and will always empower you! I mean, if the sisters closet is not goals, then I don’t know what is!

Anyways, thanks for reading! Let me know what you guys are eyeing this Spring. 🙂

xx, Ozzy

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“Life is short. Buy the shoes.” – Unknown

Dominique Cosmetics Latte Palette Review

Dominique Cosmetics Latte Palette | Review

Christen Dominique, a very successful beauty YouTuber, came out with her makeup line this year; starting with a palette. Her palette is called Latte Palette and has all the names associates with coffee for her eye shadows.

I personally have been following her for a few years now, and I knew right when I saw it, that it was something I wanted to get my hands on. I bought it during her pre-sales, and it took quite a while to get to me. Luckily for you, if you also want to get your hands on this palette, it will soon be on Ulta and you won’t have to pay for shipping!

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I’m excited to find out what else she comes out with and I know there is one more palette coming out soon, which I cannot wait for. But for now, let’s get on to the review for the Latte palette…

Dominique Cosmetics Latte Palette Review:

Dominique Cosmetics latte palette

Packaging:

This palette is white with rose gold outer packaging and is made from cardboard. It does have a mirror, which can be so useful. The palette sizes are a little bigger than what you are used to, which is because she wants you to be able to use it for the whole face. So, a palette that can highlight, bronze and set your face. Having white packaging for eyeshadows can be risky as they tend to show the most messiness of eyeshadow fall out, but I did not notice that it wasn’t that bad with this palette. It could be due the fact that it has the rose gold to cover most of the palette. It’s not a heavy palette and could be great for travelling, especially since it can be used as other things. I haven’t tried to bronze or highlight my face with it, but I did see that Christen Dominique did, and it came out very nice.

Eye Shadows:

The latte palette comes with 10 shades. It comes with a shade to set your eyelids and one for transition. Those are a must in a palette to achieve a full, complete look. It has a lot of warm tones, with a few cool tones. There are 3 shimmery shades and the rest is matte. There is no black eye shadow, which would not allow you to have a dark look. For me, I believe the shade “Cold Brew” does it for me. It’s a beautiful green, emerald shade. If I wanted a smoky eye, I would just reach for a different palette. This palette can be used for a daytime or nighttime look. The shades are named Hazelnut, Caramel, Vanilla Crème, Mocha, Pumpkin Spice, Espresso, Macchiato, Crème Brulee, Cold Brew and Double Shot. Basically, a coffee addicts dream palette.

Quality:

The eyeshadows do not have too much fall out, which can allow for a mess free use. This palette is beginner friendly and super blend-able. You can create natural looks with ease. I love this palette because it takes the guess work out of the everyday looks you want to create. There is a minimal kick-back with the shades, which allows for you to get a good use out of it and to keep the palette clean. Overall, I would give this palette a 9/10 for quality. The only reason it didn’t get a 10 for me is the range of eyeshadows don’t have a variety to be able to create any look you want and the eyeshadows are buildable, which is great for a beginner so that you don’t mess up, but it means you have to keep going in and build to a color you want. Not a bad thing, but I would’ve wanted a little more pigment from the first try. Either way, it’s not a deal breaker because it allows the palette to be an everyday wear and allows for anyone, no matter where your skill level is at with makeup, to be able to easily use this, which I think is super sweet for Christen to do that.

Swatches:

Dominique Cosmetics Latte Palette Review

Lastly, I think this palette is one of the best eye shadows a YouTuber came out with and the fact that it is coming to Ulta is a sign of that. I love it and have been using it for all of my eye shadow looks lately. You can purchase this at Ulta here.

Let me know if you guys have purchased this as well or looking to get one!

xx, Ozzy

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10 Affirmations for Self-Love

10 Affirmations for Self-Love

For today’s wellness Wednesday, I want to share with you some positive affirmations you should repeat to yourself daily. I find the whole saying of ‘you can’t love anyone else until you love yourself’ to be so true.

With affirmations, you allow your inner body (or soul) to believe everything you say, and in turn allows you to be more positive towards yourself. Once you attract that type of love for yourself, then when you go in union with anyone else, you and that person’s love join together in perfect unity – whomever that person may be!

These affirmations are written to help you build confidence, to love your body, your soul and mind. I want you to become whole after repeating these affirmations. I would highly suggest meditating before or after to amplify the effects. Also, if these are uncomfortable to say, you can start with writing it down.

Instructions: Sit relaxed in your chair and take a deep breath. The key is to put your full heart into these affirmations and to believe with every inch and ounce of you every word you say. Even if you don’t 100% believe everything you’re about to say, make a promise with yourself that in that moment, you will put all your trust in everything you say.

10 Affirmations for Self-Love:

  1. I am ENOUGH. Who I am, what I do and what I have is enough.
  2. I am beautiful. I am blessed. I am confident.
  3. My life is overfilling with joy and happiness.
  4. I attract love everywhere I go.
  5. Something amazing is about to happen to me today.
  6. My body is beautiful, and it allows me to live out this beautiful, amazing life.
  7. Everything I need is already within me. My courage, compassion, strength and love radiate inside me.
  8. I am light. I am joy. I am love.
  9. I am worthy of so much love.
  10. I am pure beauty and treasure all that I have.

Here’s a meditation practice I’ve been enjoying from Tone It Up. I love Karena and she makes it easy for you by talking you through it. She also has affirmations in it as well. Give it a try! It’s simple and makes you feel amazing after. If you need to skip through the beginning, I believe she starts the practice at the 1:58 mark.

10 Affirmations for Self-Love

Hope you all know how much you are worth. I know it can be hard, but I know you can persevere through anything and any negative mindset.

I want all of you to live out your best life, as always. And don’t forget to take care of you, so you can take over the world. <3

With love & gratitude,

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The Best Foundations

Highly Rated Foundations | High-End vs. Drug Store

Today we’re talking about the two most hyped up foundations; both from the high end and the drug store side. I thought it would be interesting to know what the holy-grail of foundations from both ends are.

We will talk about durability, ease of use, coverage, packaging and price point.

The two that I mention are quite similar in their formula and is a good comparison if you are money conscious to be able to decide what makes most sense for your budget.

We’ll start with High-End:

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup

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This foundation has been a holy-grail to beauty gurus for many, many years. This was the ride-or-die foundation for a lot of people for many years, until the makeup industry blew up and now a new product seems to come out each week.

Packaging:

It’s packaging is old school, in that it doesn’t have a pump, and in my opinion, they seem to keep that to remind people that it’s been around for a long time. The brand itself has been around forever and it only makes sense that they perfected their foundation. I don’t love that it doesn’t have a pump, but at the same time, it doesn’t bother me too much. I know a lot of people are bothered by it since it can be hard to get the right amount out for use, but I tend to just gently get it out. I do know that if you want a pump for it, I believe MAC sells some that fits perfectly.

Durability:

It promises to have a 15-hour durability and is supposed to be lightweight. As far as the 15-hours, I do think it is long-wear without it looking cakey and gross at the end of the day. I tend to wear it from 7AM to 7PM, and by the end of the 12-hour day, it still looks as beautiful as when I first applied it. It certainly is lightweight and doesn’t feel like you are wearing too much makeup on your skin; it’s super comfortable. It wins a 10 out of 10 for me as far as durability.

Formula:

It’s more on the matte side of things, but my dry-skin people need not to worry, because that’s my skin type and I love this! I don’t think it’s drying at all and allows you to look like you have no makeup with it being lightweight. As far as what it feels like, it’s more liquid compared to other foundations, which seems like it wouldn’t be full coverage, but it sure is (whew, thank goodness!).

Price Point:

This is retailed at $37, which isn’t terrible for a high-end product. These days, foundations tend to be priced higher. I think you get a good use out of it and lasts a very long time, especially if you don’t wear foundation every day.

Overall, I love this foundation and it has been hyped up for many years for many good reasons. Honestly, I truly think this could be worn every day without any discomfort. It doesn’t leave my skin feeling gross after and I don’t break out either. Whenever I have an important event, I can trust to wear this with no problem and have my skin look flawless. It also looks absolutely gorgeous in pictures – double win!

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Drug-Store Highly Rated Foundation:

Maybelline Superstay 24-hour Wear

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This foundation is not even one year old yet. It came out last year and quickly became a favorite to many beauty YouTubers (gurus). When it first came out, you couldn’t even order it on Ulta’s website because it was sold out for so long. It didn’t come in the stores until much later. I ended up getting mine on Amazon and it took two months to come to me!! That’s how much it was hyped up. Everyone was trying to get their hands on this foundation.

Packaging:

The packaging is one of the easiest and sleek one’s I’ve encountered for foundations. This one does have a pump, which allows for a better ease of use. It’s light weight and you can bring it with you anywhere. I bring this one to the gym with me as it is the easiest to carry and can do my makeup with the least amount of time. For those of us who love cute packaging, this one is the most eye-catching in the drug-store.

Durability:

This promises to be a 24-hour wear, full-coverage, seamless matte finish breathless and comfortable to wear. I don’t understand why brands promise 24-hours, I get that it’s a marketing technique, but really who wears foundation for that long? Well… I guess maybe if you sleep with it… but you should never, ever do that to your beautiful skin! As much as foundation these days tend to be better for our skin, the best way to prevent breaking out is to let your skin be free.

I do notice that it does last a long time and is durable for my 12-hour wear. It looks as good as it did when I first apply it. As far as durability it wins a 9/10 for me.

Formula:

This one is also targeted towards a matte finish and it sure is what it promises to be! The first few times I wore it, I thought it was the most perfect matte, but recently I’ve found that it can be too drying, especially for someone who has dry/combination skin. I make sure to put on my Smashbox primer before applying this, and I would highly suggest you do the same or put any other moisturizing primer before you apply this. Also, another important suggestion is that you work this on your skin in sections. Since it is quite drying, it can end up looking patchy if you try to do your whole face at once. This foundation is a bit tricky to use at first, but once you follow all those steps, it’s bulletproof. The finish is amazing. I think many beauty gurus love it due to the finish which looks flawless.

Price Point:

Since this is from the drug store, as expected, this one is more on the affordable side. This one is retailed at $11. For the price point, I think it’s worth it. It’s currently my favorite foundation from the drug store.

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Comparison:

Comparing the two, I would choose the Estee Lauder one as its one that I don’t have to think too much about and know that it will have an amazing finish each time. If you have to budget and need something less expensive, the Maybelline Superstay is a great dupe for it, although having its differences. I think both are highly hyped up for good reasons and I will be using them for many months to come.

Comparting the two pictures, you can see that the drug-store one is a little more patchy and not as seamless as the first picture. But of course, that’s a bit expected with the price point.

Last important fact, both foundations do not offer SPF so make sure to apply some beforehand.

Until next time,

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Two Books I've Read in February

Two Books I’ve Read in February | Review

As some of you know from my previous post about my 2018 reading list, my goal for this year is to read two books per month.

I can proudly say, I have accomplished that so far. It definitely does take dedication, but like I’ve said, I didn’t put myself on a high unachievable goal. It is a goal that’s, yes a bit challenging, but also very achievable with a little habit change.

The two books I’ve read this month had both the same feel to it, which was about reaching your goals and dreams. They were both written so uniquely and had a dreamy feel to it.

The first book I’ve read is The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Two Books I've Read in February

This is a very well written book and is written almost like a poem. One of the first books I’ve read where the writing wasn’t all structured the same as any other book. I guess it makes sense with the title of the book being about art and that writing is a form of art. I see what you did there Steven Pressfield….

If you are struggling to create something because of your negative thoughts or your own laziness, give this book a try. It allows you to step out of your shell and to step out of your conformity and to get closer to your authentic self. It’s, in a way, a book about how to get closer to your soul and to your souls calling. I highly recommend it. It’s also an easy read.

The next book I’ve read (which many of you probably already read), is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Two Books I've Read in February

I think I finished this book within a week. I have never read a book this fast since I was in high school. The last books that got me feeling like I was in a fantasy world, all caught up in their world was Twilight. Ha! I know, good ol’ days (or maybe not for Twilight haters…). This books is officially my favorite book out of any other book I have read. This book is written so well and so magically that it takes you to another place.

The Alchemist is a good book on teaching you life lessons, to get closer to your soul and to never stop being a dreamer. It shows you that absolutely anything is possible for you if you just ask and want it bad enough. This book is about a little boy going out and finding his treasure and I feel that this book is a treasure in itself. I felt so happy reading this and if you haven’t read it yet….what are you doing!! Go and get this book, and thank me later. 🙂

Both of the books had the Law of Attraction embedded in them, so if that’s your thing, then these books will be helpful for you in your journey.

Thanks for reading!

xx, Ozzy

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“I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.” J.K. Rowling

February Beauty Favorites

February Beauty Favorites

Does anyone else feel like January was about 5 years long and February happened in the blink of an eye?!

It’s crazy to think it’ll be March this week. For me, I’m quite excited, because that means spring is close by for Boston!

I’m so ready for spring fashion and longer days (which has been making an appearance in Boston recently!).

In February, I discovered some great products and great inexpensive makeups and tools that I’m very excited to share with you guys!

Some of them, you may notice were from my Instagram stories, but I wanted to write an in depth review, so that you guys who don’t follow me there can get a better idea for the products.

FEBRUARY BEAUTY FAVORITES:

Revolution Concealer:

February Beauty Favorites

I feel that many beauty guru’s have been raving about this all over social media, and for good reasons too. This product is so creamy – I would imagine if I were to put butter under my eyes, this is what it would feel like – it’s that smooth. It does resemble the tarte shape concealer, but is only $7! This is all I’ve been using all month and I’m loving it. I didn’t notice any creasing and the coverage is great. For a drug-store/affordable brand this is for sure my favorite out of all of them.

Kat Von D MetalMatte Mini Eyeshadow Palette:

February Beauty Favorites

This was a love at first sight type of palette. I had no intentions to buy anything, and then this came into my sight and I had to have it. I mean can anyone go into Sephora without buying something? I tried the shade velvet and I knew I had to get it. I do think it’s a bit more on the pricey side of the spectrum, because you don’t get as many shades and it’s not a palette that’s versatile in that you can just use only that one for a full look. Regardless of all those facts, I love this because the pigmentation is sooooo DARN good. It is very bright, but the shades are at the same time, very wearable. If you wet your brush before dipping into the shimmer shades, it’s even more pigmented. I used this basically everyday this month and I can’t wait to create more looks with it.

Elf Heart Defensor Highlighter:

I believe this was a collab with a beauty guru, but I don’t remember who (if you remember, comment below!). This was $8 at Ulta, but for some reason it’s no longer available. I’m not really sure why they don’t have it, but this highlighter is gorgeous. I found it on Amazon, but it’s over-priced at $23.  The packaging makes it seem like it would be high end and expensive and it’s not. The mirror on it is great and usable. The pigmentation is amazing and probably the best highlighter for a drug-store brands.

Keune Gloss Spray:

February Beauty Favorites

I’m not sure about you guys, but whenever I use dry shampoo my hair gets too dry and doesn’t look nice. It tends to get clumpy and too dry. I’ve been using this gloss spray to add some shine into my hair to fix that problem. It’s made the biggest difference. I get to have my hair look like the first day after having it washed. It makes it look healthy and bouncy. It’s a game changer for me.

Herbivore Botanicals Jade Roller:

February Beauty Favorites

I wake up with puffy face and eyes almost each morning. I naturally have chubby cheeks and under eye bags, so it’s usually due to this, but I do notice if I drink too much coffee this also happens. This little tool has been a life saver. Jade is naturally cooling and apparently is a good tool to use before applying your makeup, which I haven’t tried yet. It doesn’t make the biggest difference, but like I’ve said I naturally wake up puffy, so this does help. I have yet to try this by putting it in the freezer, I think that will intensify the effect. Before this, I did the frozen spoon trick where I put two spoons in the freezer and put them under my eyes to lessen the puffiness (which works wonders!). Overall, I am happy with it, for it’s price point of $25, it works well.

Thanks for reading. 🙂 Let me know what you’ve been loving this month in the comments!

xxoo,

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Favorite Kettlebell Workout

Favorite Kettlebell Workout

“Do your squats,

eat your vegetables,

wear your red lipstick

and don’t let boys be mean to you.”

Sometimes getting to the gym is the hardest part of working out and it takes a lot of will power.

But…when you get there, the motivation is sometimes still not there. I feel that most of us have those days when you have no motivation to go and once you do go, you still just don’t feel like doing anything.

For those days when you don’t feel like working out, here’s a quick workout (only 20 minutes), that really gets your whole body toned. Whenever I do this workout, I feel a bit sore the next day because it’s quite intense without feeling too much. It’s beginner friendly and honestly the best workout. It’s also fun!

You can do this workout at home because all you need is a kettlebell. You can get one from Amazon here for only $25 and you got yourself an easy (well, not easy but convenient) workout at home!

I cannot rave enough about Tone It Up. I’ve been following them for about 6 years now and they are the most supportive community I know. If you are looking to be your healthiest and best self, look no further. These girls are such sweethearts and I feel like I’ve really gotten to know them within the years I’ve been following them. They also have a complete meal plan that you can purchase if you are struggling in that area. I personally own one, and it’s great. They always have challenges that range from one week to thirty days. They make it fun and pretty easy for you. I’m not sponsored by them, I’m just sharing my love for them.

This kettlebell workout is my favorite from them, but they have MANY more workouts. If this one isn’t for you, just search them on YouTube and you will find their other workouts.

Hope this will help you get in shape and motived to be your best self!

Have an amazing weekend!

With love & gratitude,

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How to Stop Dreading Monday's With Mindfulness

How to Stop Dreading Mondays With Mindfulness

I haven’t met many people who actually like Mondays, but I do know it is possible…

Many people don’t enjoy Mondays due to not being satisfied with their job. But it is possible to love Mondays and it usually happens when you find your passion; when you follow what’s within you and your souls calling.

For me, I’m in the midst of my search. I believe finding your purpose is a similar path as someone going in search to find a treasure. You get clues each day of what it is that you’re meant to do and if you listen to the cues and your intuition, you will always be directed towards it.

Do I believe everyone is here with a purpose? Yes, 100%. Now, that doesn’t mean we all follow our purpose. Everyone’s purpose isn’t extravagant either – it could be as simple as being an amazing mother. Or it could be the best doorman; full of enthusiasm and cheerfulness. 

How to Stop Dreading Monday's With Mindfulness

The other day, I really hit a point in my life where it really sank in that we only have one life to live. I understand others have different beliefs, but regardless, no one is guaranteed to live this same exact life. None of us also know for sure what waits for us at death. The point I am trying to make is, stop dreading each moment. In my discovery, it almost felt like I’ve gotten closer to the idea of the purpose of life, which is that we have a purpose to make a difference for the next generation ahead. It’s our duty.

You may be bitter in believing any of this because you may not love your job and you may not be in a good place mentally. I get it. It’s not easy and it’s not a good place to be mentally. And switching jobs isn’t as easy where you can just quit and figure out what to do. Not many of us are at that financial state to do so. 

Now, this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the process and no reason not to. I believe we should really enjoy each moment. I also believe tribulations make us who we are and believe each path we were given has a purpose in the big picture. With each tribulation, you get closer to who you are meant to be, so, why not have a positive attitude during the process?

Essentially, the ideal time you would stop dreading Mondays is when you start doing the things you are most passionate about. But you may not know what that is yet, and you may not know how to get there if you do know what your passion is. For the time being, if you are at a job that is draining and not motivating, take a step back and write a plan. It’s important to take action each day that will eventually take you out of that state.

You can do this type of practice with any uncomfortable situation, it doesn’t have to be a just on a Monday. Maybe you like your job, but there are other parts or times in your life where you are not enjoying, and you can implement this practice during those times.

To be clear, practicing mindfulness while experiencing uncomfortable situations does not necessarily make it go away, but it does allow you to better cope with the situation and make the experience easier to tackle.

Mindfulness /ˈmīn(d)f(ə)lnəs/ noun a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

That is the modern day dictionary.com’s explanation on it and they hit it spot on. Mindfulness is a practice in which you become more aware of your surroundings, you notice things you normally would ignore and essentially, it’s a practice to get yourself out of the automatic way of thinking. We are not meant to be like robots and yet we easily act like it in most of our daily routines, which then leads us to miss the important things life has to offer.

Currently, I am reading the Alchemist and it reminds me of the part where the boy is told to hold a spoon full of oil and concentrate only on that spoon without letting anything spill, and while doing this he misses out on all his beautiful surroundings. Not practicing mindfulness is like this. Not being mindful of your surroundings and the little miracles of everyday living is missing out on the beauty of living. So, although, you may be in a position where you are not loving what you are doing, I believe you can always turn it around by practicing mindfulness and being positive that things will change. Of course, you must work through it so that your situation does change, but there is no reason to be miserable during the process. Remember, you only have one life to live – don’t let it go to waste. Everything about this life is extra-ordinary and beautiful – all you have to do is become one with it. 

Remembering that your work doesn’t have to take up all your life is one step closer to stop dreading Mondays or any other day. You can make anything else become the dominant part of your day by focusing on that one activity. For example, for me I love taking cycling or boxing classes, which I do in the mornings before work. I focus on how good it made me feel, how fun it was, how strong it made me feel all day instead of focusing on the bad parts of my day. You can also do it vice versa where you can hype yourself up for your class and how you will be taking care of your body at the end of the day.

Throughout my day, I tune into the little things that happen, such as focusing on someone’s face while they are talking to me or focusing on a song I’m listening to or just noticing my surroundings. It may seem so minuscular of just focusing on one thing, but it really is the small things that make the biggest impact. Mindfulness is like this in that way that every small thing you focus on allows you to be more in tune with your body and soul. It takes in all the small things that happen to you and allows you to appreciate them immensely.

When I discovered mindfulness, I felt like I discovered the key of life. It’s not an easy practice, but with all things, it takes time and effort. I use an app called Chill, where it reminds you to be mindful throughout the day. You can also view your mindfulness quote each day and I think it’s a nice little practice in your day. 

How to Stop Dreading Monday's With Mindfulness

Here are some other things you can do to ensure you won’t dread Monday’s:

  1. Go to the gym first thing in the morning
  2. Wear something that makes you confident and happy
  3. Write one goal you would like to accomplish for that day
  4. Meditate
  5. Laugh. Call your mom/dad/sister/brother or best friend and just laugh it out – train your mind to be happy on Mondays
  6. Health = your wealth. Feed your body nourishing foods and take good care of your temple
  7. Have a gratitude journal. Write down everything your grateful for each morning. It may take a while until the success of this will show, but just be patient and you will notice your heart is growing to be more grateful each day, which in turn will make you more positive and allow you to manifest more of what you want

Until you reach the moment where Mondays become an ordinary day where you can fully enjoy it, try to do this routine to improve your week. Always start on a strong note, because life no matter what will catch you on the blind side. And like my mother always says, be stronger than life and you’ll be guaranteed success!

Finally, always remember, progress = happiness, so every small little win you have, don’t forget to celebrate it! Every time you have a good feeling, stay there for a little longer than you normally would. Feel it out and with your mindfulness practice really notice how it makes you feel. When you prolong a good feeling, it will allow you to feel and stay more positive throughout the day, but also will allow you to look back at it and remind yourself of the experience.

Hope you can implement mindfulness to your days and to your Mondays and realize how wonderful little things can really be. We are not guaranteed any of this, but we are given this gift and it’s important to enjoy it, to not take ourselves too seriously and strive to make it a better place for all because we are all in it together.

Until next time,

Ozzy

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“Do not seek Enlightenment by rejecting your senses and thoughts. When you are neither attached to nor detached from them, when you are neither abiding with nor clinging to them, then you enjoy perfect unobstructed freedom.” – Huang-po