Daily Tending & Tarot [ 03/31 ]

My body is carrying…
the weariness and monotony of long, hot summer days.
impatience and the need to do all the things!
the desire to have relations without planning or interruption.
sweet sustenance and comfort for two little humans.
magic and creativity just waiting to be tapped into

KNIGHT OF SWORDS (be open and honest about your feelings and thoughts)
QUEEN OF WANDS (look on the bright side, shake off the muck)
KING OF SWORDS (speak up, don’t be afraid to ask for what you want)
EMPEROR (get shit done now to have fun later)

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Daily Tending & Tarot [ 02/31 ]

QUEEN OF WANDS (allow yourself the freedom to create)
JUDGEMENT (renewal, change, it’s time to shake things up)

When the sun hides and the clouds gather – I thrive.
When the fog rolls in and there’s a crispness in the air – I thrive.
When the flame of a lone candle dances and flickers casting shadows on the walls – I thrive.
When music fills my ears as my hand fills my sketchbook with ink weavings – I thrive.
When I hear little voices shout ‘Mommy!’ and little hands reach to grab mine – I thrive.
When it’s finally witching hour and the little monsters are sound asleep – I thrive.
When it’s finally bedtime and kisses and ‘I love yous’ are whispered in the dark – I thrive.

Decks : #OphidiaRosa by #LeilaOlive & #DailyTendingDivinationDeck by #MaraGlatzel

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Daily Tending & Tarot [ 01/31 ]

My tarot skills have become quite rusty over the past year (I blame it on pregnancy/mom brain and sheer lack of motivation) so getting back to a daily tarot/self-care routine is much needed. To aid in this renewed journey, I’m incorporating the Daily Tending Divination Deck by Mara Glatzel.

FOUR OF PENTACLES (relax, lighten up, let go)
SEVEN OF PENTACLES (seek the best areas to invest your time)
EIGHT OF PENTACLES (dedication, focus, patience)

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Influenster : Dermalogica Stress Positive Eye Lift

Skincare wasn’t something I was serious about until my early 20s and then all I really did was use a moisturizer with SPF. Now that I’m 38.5 (eep!), I know taking care of my skin is important. I’m not opposed to a few laugh lines here and there. What I don’t care for is the way my eyes look when I don’t get enough sleep (thanks to my little monsters). The puffiness, tiredness and overall blah-ness is not cute.

Cue Dermalogica Stress Positive Eye Lift! This amazing cream-gel eye mask promises to visibly reduce the signs of stress, lift, de-puff and brighten your eye area. I’ve been using it daily for the past month and I’m loving it!

PROS :
lightweight
soothing
easy to apply
cooling affect
moisturizing

CONS :
expensive
can get messy
feels a little greasy
scented

OVERALL :

I don’t usually use any eye serums or wrinkle treatments in my skincare routine but, this product has totally changed my mind! I love the way it feels on my skin as I massage it in with the metal applicator. The coldness of the metal feels so good! I can see how this would help with swollen eyes.

I leave it on for about 3-5 minutes (sometimes longer) and spread/blend in the rest of the product. It absorbs well and leaves my skin feeling soft and firmer. I’ve noticed an overall reduction in my under eye puffiness especially if I use it at night. It probably won’t work for severe cases but, it may help combat the evidence of any late night shenanigans.

For 65$ it’s pretty expensive but, it’s about average cost for most dedicated eye serums. On the plus side you don’t need to use much, just a dot under each eye is fine. If you’re looking to improve the look and feel of your eye area, the Stress Positive Eye Lift is worth looking into!

[ I received this complimentary from @influenster in exchange for an honest/unbiased review. ]

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For the Love of Perfume

I’m a bit of a perfume collector. When given a choice, I’m the one that chooses perfume samples over skin or haircare products. Scent is one of our strongest senses. A scent can trigger vivid memories, remind you of people you love (or loathe), and mentally transport you to exotic locales.

My mother told me once when I was little (grade school age), I wore Anaïs Anaïs by Cacharel and L’Air Du Temps by Nina Ricci religiously. To this day I can still recall those two heady, powdery, über-floral infused scents. Funnily enough, I stay far (far!) away from those fragrance families but, I sure did love it back then.

In high school (the late 90s!) I was usually surrounded by a cloud of Cool Water cologne (worn by almost every male on campus, even my ex-boyfriends, ha), mixed with Tommy Girl, Gap’s Heaven and/or Dream sprays, and of course, Calvin Klein’s CKOne. Other scents in my teenage rotation included the super popular Bath & Body Works Cucumber Melon.

Side note : I purchased the Cucumber Melon set right before a trip to NYC back in ’98 and the scent has always reminded me of that month long December getaway. I graduated June of ’98 and I decided I wanted to celebrate by going to NY, by myself, to visit family. I stayed at my sister’s because she had just given birth to my niece so I was able to help her out with babysitting her two older boys. I even got my first tattoo there! It was a gift from my sis and her husband but, that’s a whole other topic for another day. Needless to say, I will always have a soft spot for Cucumber Melon.

In the early 2000s I was *all* about Dolce & Gabbana’s Light Blue (in fact, I still have a small bottle to use when I’m feeling nostalgic). It was my daily scent. I even wore it for my wedding and honeymoon!

Naturally, my tastes and personality have evolved as I’ve gotten older. I’m no longer drawn to florals, vanilla or sweet scents. Instead, I love most anything that leans toward being androgynous. I look for scents that are woodsy, herbal, spicy, earthy, smokey and leathery notes.

Have I mentioned how much I love patchouli? It’s got that dirty, earthy herbally thing that I love. However, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea so I use it sparingly or omit it altogether when I know I’ll be in close quarters with people. The last 5 years I’ve used straight up patchouli perfume oil (from Rachel Ballard/Below The Oak) by itself or layered with other oils/perfumes in my collection. I like how it deepens the base notes of any scent I pair it with. It also has the added perk of making the scent last longer – at least in my experience.

Over the years, I’ve accumulated several sample and travel sized bottles in my seemingly endless search for my HG scent. Recently, I went through and whittled down my collection. I got rid of old bottles I’d been hanging on to for sentimental reasons, gifts from well intentioned people and deluxe samples.

The following are the staple scents I have on rotation.

• Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black
Top: violet accord
Middle: sandalwood
Base: vanilla
— Yes, this has vanilla BUT it doesn’t smell like powdery old lady! Honestly, I’m surprised at how much I like it given the notes. Perhaps it’s the sandalwood that minimizes the vanilla?

• Gucci Premiere (discontinued?)
Top: bergamot, orange blossom
Middle: white flowers, musk
Base: leather, wood
— This is totally a date night kind of scent. The leather and wood notes play so well with my patchouli oil!

• Jo Malone ‘Wood Sage & Sea Salt’
Top: bergamot, ambrette seeds, buchu leaves.
Middle: sea salt, mineral accord, dry fruits.
Base: driftwood accord, guaiac wood, white musk, sage.
— This scent is a classic for those who love Jo Malone colognes. I tend to wear this with my patchouli perfume oil to dirty it up a bit.

• Tocca ‘Cleopatra’
Top: bitter grapefruit, lush greens, cassis bud.
Middle: white jasmine, peach nectar, tuberose.
Bottom: warm patchouli, golden amber, rich vanilla musk.
— My favorite of all the Tocca ladies. The dry down is super sexy. The amber and patchouli is what makes this amazing.

• Maison Margiela Replica ‘Lazy Sunday Morning’
Top: aldehydes, pear accord, lily of the valley accord. Middle: iris accord, rose absolute, orange flower accord. Base: white musk accord, Indonesian patchouli oil, ambrette seeds absolute.
— This one is oddly similar to Cleopatra (at least from what I can smell). I love combining them for a unique scent.

 

As you can see, I invest in the travel sized bottles. Over the years I noticed I never really go through a full size bottle of perfume as I end up tiring of the scent. Plus, I often throw whatever I’m wearing that day in my bag to apply on the go. It’s way more convenient and I don’t have to worry about breakage.

With all that said, I’m open to add another to my collection. I like to test fragrances several times before I make a decision to purchase. Test samples are my jam!

In fact, I’m auditioning a couple scents as I type this. I’m leaning heavily toward one in particular but I want to make doubly sure it’s “the one” before investing. Stay tuned for that!

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