As Fall approaches, it’s easy to let yourself get stuck in the same old bad habits and turning to negative people for happiness. Personally, this Fall marks the beginning of my senior year of college which is bittersweet. I’ve been examining my own life and […]
Traveling has brought me so many amazing experiences, and I’ve been so blessed to experience different cultures with my family. However, packing has always been my pet peeve and I’m still getting the hang of it! Packing clothes will never be my strength, but when it comes to packing skincare and makeup I’ve finally perfected my system! Take a peek into my travel skincare bag and let me know in the comments section if you’d like to see my travel makeup!
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The Pacifica Cactus Water Face wipes have easily been my number one must have for traveling. I use the Pacifica Cactus Micellar Water when I’m not traveling, so it’s nice to have the same product in easy travel wipes. They smell amazing and there’s no need to rinse the excess off, which makes my vacation even more lazy!
Another product I have by Pacifica is the Cactus Revive Milk to Foam Face Wash. ((HACK: Go to the dollar tree and get a pack of travel sized fillable bottles and fill up your face wash, lotion, etc .)) I’m still testing this product but as of now it has a really good smell, I love the natural ingredients, but it leaves my face a little tight which I’m not a huge fan of. For humid weather the cactus face wash has been amazing at getting all the excess sweat and grime off my face, but in dry weather it might be a little too drying on the skin without moisture in the air.
Caudalie has an iconic Beauty Elixir that I’m a huge fan of! Every morning after I wash my face I spray this on and feel instantly refreshed! I love how it comes in a travel size as well, which makes it super easy to pack.
I mentioned the Glossier Priming Moisturizer in another post, and I’m still a huge fan. The packaging makes it easy to pack and the texture is super lightweight for humid weather.
Promise Organic’s Nourishing Coconut Milk Facial Lotion is an amazing drugstore moisturizer. When my skin is feeling more dry I use this instead of the Glossier moisturizer. I also tend to use this product at night to help my skin recover.
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate is another good product to aid in overnight recovery. I have a full sized bottle at home, but Kiehl’s is very generous with samples so make sure to go into your closest store and get samples of almost anything before traveling! Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 is another product I use at night to help rejuvenate my lips and lock the moisture in for the next day.
Drunk Elephant is a brand I’ve been testing and I’m very pleased so far! The T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum is so necessary for my skin type! I’m combination, so I like to use Glycolic acid to really help target my oily zones and prevent blackheads and acne. The Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil is a really good moisturizer and I basically use it like a serum! When I’m not using makeup that day, I apply a pump or two to my entire face before moisturizer. I love the glow it gives my skin, and I’ve noticed my skin isn’t as red and irritated by the end of the day. These products both came in travel sizes at Sephora which is amazing!
Using a face mask on vacation is really luxurious and spa vibes for me. I packed a travel size of the Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask which I rally have been loving for summer! After washing my face in the morning I’ll let this mask chill on my face while I drink my coffee and lounge around in the hotel room.
Not included in the picture, because I’m an unorganized rat sometimes, is the Pacifica Suncare Coconut Probiotic Mineral Sunscreen Face Stick SPF 50. I use this everyday and love how it smells like oatmeal! It’s really great for swimming or any other vacation activity because it’s waterproof. The stick formula is nice because it’s really easy to bring with you in your backpack or purse while exploring a new city.
Daily Draw Daily draw readings are my favorite type of spread. Depending on the question you want answers to, there are a number of different types of spreads that specialize with each type of question. Here’s my version of a daily spread that […]
Skincare is my NUMBER ONE obsession. I’m always testing new products (Korres Greek Yogurt Cleanser shown in the picture is being tested currently!), reading product reviews, and browsing to see what new products are on the market. However, no matter what havoc I wreak on […]
Zodiacs, horoscopes, crystals. Some believe the day and year you were born manifests certain characteristics in a person. Birthstones are one of my favorite mystical symbols that have been used for centuries. Using crystals for protection, wealth, and other purposes has become extremely common, however I feel like birthstones have slowly drifted away from popular culture.
Learn more about your birthstone below and think about how it resonates with your personality. Let me know in the comments section if your birthstone fits your personality well! Either taken seriously or lightly, birthstones are fun and can be a unique conversation starter if nothing more!
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January – Garnet
Garnets traditionally have a very powerful presence and are often used to help keep travelers safe! Wearing a garnet can also provide a positive energy source. People with this birthstone tend to be very organized and resourceful. If you need a decision made quickly, garnets are the best people for the task.
February – Amethyst
Amethyst can help form loving relationships and prevent toxicity. Calmness can also be found while wearing an amethyst, and they’re often placed around a home for serenity. If your born in February, you most likely are very calm and peaceful.
March – Aquamarine
Aquamarine is seen as very youthful and often linked to the ocean. Creativity and focus are often characteristics of aquamarine. People with this birthstone hold honestly to the highest caliber and will always be honest with you no matter what. Like the ocean, they are strong and clear.
April – Diamond
Diamonds are the ultimate symbol of everlasting prosperity. Often associated with purity, diamonds provide courage and today are a classic representation of love. People born in the month of diamonds are very resilient and can withstand anything. They love deeply and form strong relationships with others.
May – Emerald
Fertility and beauty are characteristics of emeralds. Wearing an emerald can bring great wisdom in difficult times. People with this birthstone are often very good at bringing people together. Many people born in May love hosting gatherings and being amongst friends and family.
June – Pearl
Like the diamond, peals are another symbol of purity. Peals tend to exude serenity and can even bring fourth positive relationships with loved ones. People associated with pearls love nature and are very fond of being outdoors.
July – Ruby
Rubies have always been a symbol of nobility and honor. Warding off evil, bringing success, and a harmonious life are the main characteristics of rubies. People born in July are very fearless and come off super confident to most people.
August – Peridot
Peridots are often used to protect from enchantments. Endurance and strength are two main attributes of peridots. People with this birthstone are very kind and love to be around people. Talking to new people and turning strangers into friends are these people’s highlighting quality.
September – Sapphire
Sapphires are symbols of faith and loyalty. Poisonous thoughts and people can be combatted with sapphires. People born in September are very powerful people and are often very good at leadership roles.
October – Opal
Confidence and creativity are associated with opals. People with this birthstone are quiet, but very creative when they’re alone. Often seen as shy, these people tend to be introverts because they prefer the comfort of their own creative space.
November – Topaz
Topaz has characteristics of love and peace. Wearing topaz can increase healing for any ailment of the mind of body. People associated with topaz are great with money and try to keep their finances in check often. If your born during November, you tend to have good luck and a positive attitude.
December – Turquoise
Traditionally turquoise was used to bring good fortune. People with this birthstone are seen as old souls and can be very slow decision makers. Traditionally, people associated with turquoise are very compassionate.
Nikki Magnuson is a college student turning her love of health and fitness into a business venture! Nikki runs an online wellness community of people working towards different goals. Learn more about Nikki’s business, her own personal path to wellness, and feel free to contact […]
Essential oils have become very popular recently, however they’ve been around for nearly 5,000 years! Using the medicinal purposes in their practice, ancient Egyptian healers were one of the first people to recognize the importance of essential oils. A spooky fact that’s really sparked my interest is that essential oils like cinnamon, frankincense, and myrrh were used in Egyptian mummification! To read more ancient history on essential oils check out Young and Living, also head on over to my guide to essential oils for some of my favorite oils.
My favorite essential oil blends for the modern witch are below! Let me know what some of your favorite essential oil blends are in the comment section. ALSO, don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter (on the right!! –> ) for updates on new articles and a possible upcoming giveaway!
Unique brands are easier to find now that instagram, etsy, and amazon has made it easier for people to shop online. Finding more brands that cater to the more spooky side of style has really helped me develop my own personal style better! Here’s a […]