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Why you should be taking a probiotic everyday

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If you’re thinking “What even is a probiotic?”, the answer is already inside of you (LITERALLY)! Probiotics keep your gut healthy and promote a healthy digestive system. Adding more of these to your body allows for food to be digested properly and helps destress your digestive system.

The first type of probiotic I ever tried was greek yogurt! Whenever I had a stomach ache or felt heavy after eating a large meal I had a little greek yogurt, which did the trick when I was younger.

The next type of probiotic I discovered was Kefir! Kefir is a yogurt type drink that contains live probiotics and comes in a variety of yummy flavors! I really enjoy this type of probiotic to throw into a smoothie!

Kombucha is another type of probiotic that has become popular! Whole Foods carries a variety of flavors and even has some chia seed kombucha drinks. I love kombucha and find it super refreshing, it has an apple cider vinegar taste that’s bitter and sweet at the same time.

Lately, I’ve been taking a probiotic pill every morning from Whole Foods because of my busy schedule! Make sure the product is refrigerated or freeze dried when you buy these types of probiotic pills. Live probiotics need cold environments to survive in order for them to work their magic!

The reason I take a probiotic everyday is due to the fact that they support digestive health and therefore immune system! I don’t feel as sluggish as a consequence of the energy it takes to digest my food, since the probiotics are helping maintain my digestion’s efficiency.

Let me know about your favorite types of probiotics or supplements in the comments section below! Thanks for reading!

Skincare Routine | Daytime

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I’ve simplified my daytime skincare routine over the years, because I usually let my coffee cool as I’m applying these products. BASICALLY I like a routine that’s short and simple so I can get back to sipping my coffee and applying my makeup! I have combination skin– oily T-zone and dry everywhere else– and these products have worked really well for me!

Su:m 37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick- I’ve fallen in love with this product! It lasts so long and is easy to travel with because it’s a solid formula! The cleansing stick never dries my skin out and the rose petals in the formula lightly exfoliates! 

Pixi Glow Tonic– I’m very prone to breakouts because of my combination skin, and I feel as though I haven’t had any in a while thanks to this toner! I just apply this on a cotton pad and rub it on my face focusing on my T-zone. The smell is also heavenly and is very refreshing in the morning. The glycolic acid in the formula helps exfoliate lightly and helps prep for my moisturizer.

Burt’s Bees Day Lotion– I’ve recently discovered this moisturizer and so far I really love it! However, because of the spf 15 there is a white cast when you first apply it to your face. If you continue to rub this product into your skin the white cast tones down and doesn’t look as ghostly. My CC cream has spf 50 so I feel as though the spf 15 in this product is perfect for me.

Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist– When my skin is feeling pretty dry, I like to mist this either before my moisturizer or before and after my makeup. I’ve been obsessed with face mists and love to refresh my skin with them throughout the day! 

Evan Healy Wild Carrot Eye Balm– I love the formula of this product, and again I love how it’s so easy to travel with because it’s a solid formula! I typically put this under my eyes and in other areas that are prone to wrinkles like my smile line areas and forehead. I find that it’s a perfect base for undereye concealer, which is why I like to use it during the daytime!

 

Stay tuned for my current nighttime skincare routine! I’d love to hear about your routine as well so leave yours in the comment section below! 

Spooky Gallery Wall | Ideas and DIY Guide

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Creating a cool gallery wall is easier than it looks! I really thought about my aesthetic and my favorite things. I also tried to keep a color scheme of black, white, and red.

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I purchased an Alexander McQueen Calendar when I was in NYC at the Met’s Exhibition of Savage Beauty a couple of years ago. I decided to frame two of the pictures that worked with other elements of my gallery wall. The antler jacket matched my chrome gazelle hook, and the Scottish kilt dress matched the reds and greens in the Phantom of the Opera poster.

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I wanted to leave space in the middle to highlight the smaller pieces, such as the plates and the air plant house. I also liked adding in some phrases in order to break up some of the images.

Fun Fact: The frame that states “Of course, there’s always my way…” is a quote from the beginning of the Haunted Mansion ride, which is my favorite!

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Some of my favorite spooky gallery wall finds under $50:

Smoke Blue Antlers Wall Decor • Pier 1 Imports • $39.98

Asstd National Brand Stratton Home Dcor Black Baroque Mirror • Asstd National Brand • $47

Melody Rose – Skull In Red Crown Side Plate • £21.35

Merci Merci La Lune Art Print • Urban Outfitters • $19–199

Set Of 2 Trigg Small Wall Vases • CB2 • $24.95

Dormify Sketch Skull Print • Dormify • $15–29.99

Mini Guide to the Power of Essential Oils

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One of my favorite parts of my daily routine is diffusing essential oils. At first, I was so confused about how they actually work and just imagined them being a replacement for candles. But, in my opinion, aromatherapy is so real and relaxes/motivates/de-stresses me! Here are a few of my favorites I’ve been using:

  • Lemon– Really awesome pick-me-up when I’m feeling tired or need more energy! I also love mixing this with Rosemary, isopropyl alcohol, and water for a bathroom spray!
  • Rosemary– Rosemary is very uplifting and nice whenever I’m feeling upset or have anxiety. I find it very calming and relaxing.
  • Clary Sage- I bought this one thinking it would have similar magical powers to burning sage, jokes! But it really does help at the end of the day with calming properties and smells fantastic mixed with Lavender!
  • Lavender– The classic OG essential oil! Lavender is soo soothing and I honestly cannot go a day without using this one! I even bought Lavender essential oil body oil for putting on after a shower!
  • Rose– Really great for self-confidence and overall a strong essential oil. I usually mix this one with Ylang Ylang or Lavender because on it’s own Rose has a strong fragrance.
  • Clean the Air Blend- I purchased this blend from Whole Foods! I typically use it when I’m starting to get sick or have a sore throat. I honestly think this blend has kicked so many of my colds and I especially love diffusing this one after a warm shower.
  • Naturally Loveable Blend– SUCH a beautiful blend I, again, purchased at Whole Foods! Whenever I want to have some me time, I diffuse this blend and the whole room smells so comforting and citrusy!
  • Ylang Ylang– Love this essential oil before bed mixed with Rose or Lavender! My sister first told me about this blend and we couldn’t stop laughing about the name! The smell is very strong, like Rose, but mixed with another essential oil it’ll send you off into a peaceful night’s sleep!

Some of these blends I purchased at Whole Foods because I like how you can smell the essential oils before purchasing. A great place to buy essential oils on a budget is TJ Maxx or Marshall’s! Just make sure the label says it’s Therapeutic Grade.

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Two magical ingredients to add to your morning coffee…

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Photo: Monik Marcus

I’m obsessed with coffee. I know it’s bad to be addicted to caffeine, but I can’t help it if I’m the walking dead without a cup every morning. Through reading about different types of “healthier” coffee choices, I came up with my own little concoction!

Cinnamon Powder

Cinnamon has properties to lower blood pressure, and tastes great as well! I love sprinkling a little cinnamon in my morning cup of coffee because it helps me chill out and get ready for the day ahead.

Turmeric Powder

Turmeric has properties to help with inflammation! If you have any kind of soreness or inflammation, turmeric might just be the botanical helper you need.

Be aware that I am not a doctor and these two ingredients are not cure-all’s, however I do feel as though they spice up my morning coffee! I encourage you to do your own research and try out different types of morning potions to see what works for your body.

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In between Tim Burton and Hello Kitty…

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Very often I find myself between a binary that typically doesn’t come together. On one hand I love spooky vibes like skulls, Tim Burton films, the band Sisters of Mercy, and many other dark aesthetics. On the other hand, I also love girly aesthetics such as light pink, Hello Kitty, and Gossip Girl.

Both styles were present while I was growing up, but recently I’ve learned to incorporate both aspects into my personal style. Piecing together my own unique style was as difficult as solving a 10,000 piece puzzle. I often got comments on how I wore all black one day and a pink sundress the next day. Instead of dressing with one binary in mind, I learned to incorporate both vibes into single outfits as well as my own room decor.

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For example, pairing a pillow that says “Good Morning Gorgeous” in gold script with a pillow with an anatomical skull on it displays my style perfectly. Pairing my Marilyn Manson T-shirt with a full face of makeup, contour and all, is another way I combine my own unique style. Gossip Girl and American Horror Story will also always be some of my favorite shows, to which I no longer need an explanation.

Hiding the darker side of my style often faced me with feelings of incompleteness. Giving myself a chance to explore my love of everything spooky provides me with self-acceptance. Don’t let anyone put you in a box or limit you to a certain aesthetic. Let yourself explore your own unique style or vibe!