Renewing + Argan Oil Of Morocco Conditioner

It seems like the ends to my hair are always dry, frail and frizzy. No amount of trims will change this and moisturizing products are always needed. Now that Summer has full blown started (as if it hasn't been hot for the past 2 months!) it seems as though my ends are getting more damaged. The sun dries out my hair, the pool dries out my hair, there are so many new drying factors that come with a new season, that is why I am always on a mission to find moisturizing products to keep my hair looking happy and healthy.

Quite a few things have worked in the past (like it's a ten hair mask) but I always like to widen my horizons when it comes to new products. 

If you settle for just one, how do you know there is nothing better out there?

I had stumbled across renewing+argan oil of Morocco conditioner and just had to give it a try. Not only was the beautifully blue bottle eye catching and fun but I have always like the ideas of using oils in my hair. There is something blissfully pleasing when you see your dry ends go from blah to hey hey hey look at them now!

Description of the conditioner online:

This rare formula has a centuries-old history of providing natural vitamin E and antioxidants while renewing your hair's cell structure, sealing in shine, and creating lush softness. A precious blend of Moroccan argan oil which instantly penetrates the hair shaft restoring shine and softness while strengthening. Derived from the southwest region of Morocco, argan oil protects from styling heat and UV damage while creating soft, seductive, silky perfection.

Immediately after using it just one time I noticed how after air drying and sleeping, I still woke up with smooth ends! This is by far the hardest state to achieve unless I wear my hair up or have product in it, so right of the bat I was impressed. After using it regularly I started to notice that my hair did indeed feel "stronger", There was less breakage while showering and with brushing after. My hair did indeed look renewed and healthy, it was more manageable on a daily basis and the conditioner didn't weigh my hair down at all. I do also use the condition before shampoo technique due to it keeping my hair looking less greasy for longer (I am a thin haired girl so it doesn't take much.) Overall I think this should be an item that every girl with dry hair or even girls who just need a hair pick me up keeps in their shower. Most definitely a must have for a bargain!


Short Sunday Thoughts

As a person I am so indecisive, I can't make up my mind for the life of me, and making choices often gives me huge anxiety!

"What if this isn't the right choice?"

A question that runs through my head from the most minuscule decisions to bigger life choices. But that is just it, life is full of choices, and no matter what, whatever choice you make will make your life take a different path than the other. 

Like Rush said and a lyric that really resonated with me.
 "if you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice."

Maybe it's my anxiety making me overthink but I know I am not the only one who deals with this, the struggle is all too real. 

So my answer to moments like these:


Take it easy

Go to the beach

Hope you guys are enjoying every last bit of this Sunday before the next work week starts!


Why We Do It

I wrote last week about my journey to try to start working out, what I had accomplished, and how I had felt lately. This past week I have been slacking, it is so disappointing when you were doing so good at attaining a goal you set for yourself and then you start to lose sight of what you are trying to accomplish.
Work is one of my biggest obstacles.
I had a big week last week and was not getting home until about 6 or 7 at night and at that point it is a game of catch up with preparing dinner, getting showered, and tidying up the house. It's truly exhausting when you feel like all you do is work and sleep and there comes a point in time where you just have to suck it up for a little bit and then pick back up from where you left off. So that is exactly what I did, I picked back up where I left off.
I had an awesome short day at work and was lucky enough to get home by 12, how nice was that for a monday! I fell into laziness at first when I plopped down on the couch and started watching tv, but after a nice lunch and maybe too small of a digestion time, I 
decided it was time to get my butt up and moving. 

I started off with some awesome yoga stretches like the pigeon and corpse (lazy I know!) and proceeded to start lifting my 15 pound weight, incorporating some squats into my session. That feeling I got afterwards, I almost forgot just how great it feels. The feeling of tension and anxiety just starting to melt away with each rep I did and soon I found my body and mind at ease and peace.

For the longest time I couldn't figure out how people stay motivated to keep working out, but it is that feeling you get right after a good workout of accomplishment and hard work that makes it all worth it. They aren't lying when they say exercise is the best anxiety medicine. Not only does working out give that special attention to your body, it also makes you feel so aware of how you felt beforehand, what normal felt like before you started doing something for yourself. 

Don't give up on your hobbies or goals, even if you start to fall behind or miss a few workouts. You can always pick right back up where you left off and no one will think any less of you. 

That's the beauty of life, you are the only person who you need to impress, everyone else is just background noise.


Adapalene Gel 0.1% Review!

A subject I don't shy away from is my skin. 

I have written numerous posts on products on my quest to clear skin, I have been plagued by adult acne for four years now and it is the worst. It truly does take a toll on one's self esteem and it is so discouraging when you try your very hardest and nothing changes. I have come across many products that have helped me keep it under control (like this Cetaphil cleanser) and have become the poster child for how one should take care of their skin. 

I wash my face twice a day, every day. I try to eat clean and certainly never touch my face. I wash my sheets at the very least once a week and have been trying quite a few home remedies lately (post to come soon!) I had even been working out almost every day!

So why am I still dealing with acne? 

Good question, the answer is unknown to me too, but I have found something that could change the game for me. I had gone to a dermatologist a while back to discuss different options that wouldn't be too harsh on my skin or body (like steroids or other harsh medicines). I was willing to try something new but I was not willing to put my body through hell and back. They prescribed me an oral medicine and a topical gel. I never ended up taking the oral medicine because I had read horrible reviews on them and common side effects were less than ideal.

The topical Cream was called Adapalene, also goes by the name Differin. I was a little worried about this stuff, questions like would my skin remain looking good after I stop using this or will I forever depend on this? Would my sensitive skin suffer horribly from this? But these were all questions I had to look past if I ever wanted to attain good skin.

I started using it and noticed within a few days my skin was becoming red, flaky, and irritated. I was also getting more new pimples than I had before. This caused a serious blow to my self esteem, I had just started a new job and I looked like a 13 year old going through puberty. I felt like everyone I was working with was only seeing my skin. Of course this is ridiculous, I'm sure some of them noticed but I am also sure that they are capable of holding conversations without only thinking about how disgusting my skin looked.

I almost stopped using it all together after the first few days due to these issues, but of course I decided to go on handy dandy google and look up some reviews. To my surprise it had awesome ratings more so than any other drug I had ever looked up. As I was reading the reviews, I started to notice that my initial symptoms were shared by many. See this topical gel will make your skin worse before it gets better, people were referring to it as the "skin purge", but they said these were symptoms that would subside in a matter of weeks. I decided it was worth it to stick with it for a little longer, it couldn't get much worse than this.

After a week or so I noticed the first signs of improvement. My skin was starting to look and feel less dry and more like my normal skin, the acne on my face was beginning to subside, and new pimples were becoming fewer and further between, healing much sooner than before. I was able to start wearing less foundation and even K started to compliment me on my newly clearer skin. That was probably the biggest compliment of them all, if K noticed a difference that means it had to be a bigger change than I thought. I was beginning my route to clearer skin and more confidence, this was awesome.

Now sitting on my couch, sipping my coffee, I am feeling a pimple start to form on my chin. I am not worried and remain hopeful that it won't become a bigger problem with the gel.

If any of you have been having trouble with skin problems, I would highly suggest going to see a dermatologist! If not for acne you should go anyway for a skin check, skin cancer is so real and so common!
So this might not be the end of my skin struggles but it is a very promising beginning to something newer and better.


Staying Motivated To Get Fit

It is not unlike me to have a whim to do something or change my lifestyle and it end up failing every time. Why is it so hard to build a habit or make a change to your lifestyle. Why are we creatures of old habits and new ones for me, are nearly impossible to adapt.

I read it takes 3-6 weeks to build a habit and make it routine. So when I had a whim to start working out, not only to tone up my "bod" but to lead an overall healthier life, I had low expectations to how long it would actually last. 

I'm an Aries, notorious for starting projects but not seeing them through to the end. 

Little did I know that I would force myself to find the time 6 out of the 7 days of this last week to workout. I was so proud of myself, not only for sticking through for a week but the fact that I was able to motivate myself enough to get off the couch more than just a few times. By the end of the week I was feeling more energized and overall more relaxed. I found it was easier for my anxious mind to put some of those irrational thoughts on the back burner when it was time to relax, which in turn led to a week of almost zero anxiety. I hadn't felt this good since I had lived in Oregon and had gone hiking on a regular basis. 

Diet on the other hand is still a little difficult during hard financial times. When you are broke it's hard to buy all the healthy dinners that should go hand in hand with this new lifestyle change. I have been rummaging through my cabinets on a daily basis trying to find healthy alternatives to replace the calories burned during my workouts. Being such a skinny build, it is major that I replace the calories because otherwise I will be losing unnecessary weight and that is not the goal. My goal is to feel better, tone up, and to build a habit earlier in life so that it is not that hard to stay healthy when I reach an older age.

Pinterest is an awesome resource for at home workouts and you can really find a variety of them so you can change it up daily or weekly to concentrate on different parts of your body. Don't be discouraged if you don't have any equipment because most of them do not require it. I have one 15 pound weight and two 10 pound weights and have barely even needed them. 
So even if you only do 15min a day, it's better than nothing at all am I right?

So what results have I seen this week?

  • I went from doing 15-20 crunches to doing 30-35
  • I fall asleep easier and get a better quality of sleep
  • I have more energy to do other things throughout the day
  • I feel better about myself
  •  I am more flexible

   Here's to another week of working out and keeping that motivation up!