As we near the end of this year I’m feeling quite ambitious. I want to start all sorts of creative projects, set intentions and new goals. I love that feeling of new beginnings, a clean slate and having a whole new year to get my shit together, ha.
A few years ago, when I had first got into tarot, I challenged myself to pull a card every day for a year. It was my way to teach myself, get to know each card, carve out self-care and hone my intuition. I did this consecutively for 3 years, with different decks, and documented my readings on IG using the hashtag #tarot365.
Since my tarot readings have been sporadic at best and my intuition rusty, I decided to re-challenge myself for 2018. I feel called to use/work with The Illest Tarot deck this time around and I’m pretty excited as I find it to be such a playful and cheeky deck.
Feel free to join in! I’ve written out the rules and such here for easy reference.
As soon as I sampled ‘English Oak and Hazelnut’ by Jo Malone London, I knew I needed to add it to my arsenal. This is incredible! It’s clean and crisp, earthy and green, woodsy and masculine – mmm!
One of my favorite things about Jo Malone fragrances is, none of their scents are strictly for women or men. The presentation and packaging is neutral and classic. As someone who loves androgynous scents, this one is my new ride or die.
easy to use
feels nice, slight tingle
nice packaging (sturdy, closed well)
little goes a long way
several applications to see results
Having no experience with face at-home masks or peels I was excited to the Erno Laszlo White Marble Dual Phase Vitamin C peel out. For the record, I have combination skin that’s prone to being sensitive. I’ve had this set for over a month and after a several applications (at night after my usual cleansing ritual), I’ve noticed a decent improvement in my skin’s tone, clarity and texture. Additionally, most importantly, my skin did not have any adverse reactions – yay!
This is advertised as a “peel” but, the first step is more of an exfoliating scrub. If you’re not into citrus scents you may not like this. The scent is noticeable but, not overpowering. There’s also a slight tingly feeling upon application of the second step but, nothing that would indicate something was amiss.
While it’s an expensive product, I feel the benefits outweigh the initial sticker shock. Plus, you don’t need to use much in order to cover an area. As a busy mom of three I can appreciate the quick – 4 minutes – process.
[ I received this complimentary from Influenster in exchange for my honest/unbiased review. ]
1. The Husband, turned ‘gardener’, for keeping the front yard looking as cottage-y garden-esque as possible. He deadheads the roses, prunes the rosemary, waters the succulents, edges and mows the grass. He even makes sure the bird feeder is kept full. He is what pride of ownership is all about, folks.
2. YouTube for the numerous and informative videos on how to give yourself a haircut (long layers via ponytail!) and essential half-moon bang trims. Money saved and anxiety, over having too much hair cut, abated.
3. The Dodgers heading to the World Series not because I’m a fan (not into sports, really) but, because it made the Husband so, so, SO happy.
4. Not needing to “suck it in” for photos, ha. Still a work in progress but, hooray for small victories!
5. Herbal teas and coffee and refreshing ice cold water because I can’t drink enough liquids while I’m breastfeeding!
Don’t mind me, just admiring my new ink.