DIY facial routine

Weekly at home facials have become a staple in my self-care routine. Since starting this practice I get a lot of compliments on the state of my skin. Overall this has helped with moisture, clearing blemishes, and giving my skin a natural glow.

Here’s a walk through of my routine:

Products used

1. Earthkiss: Pore Cleanse Mud Mask

2. Trader Joe’s: Rose Water Facial Spray

3. Earthkiss: Revitalise Bamboo Sheet Mask

4. Virgin Unrefined Coconut Oil

*I found the Earthkiss products at Sprouts for $2, the Rose Water spray is $4 at Trader Joe’s, and I get my coconut oil from ALDI for $4.

Journey to 26- Finale

I am officially 26 and I feel good.

Doing this blog challenge has been just that, a challenge. Overall it was fun and I didn’t expect to learn as much as I did during this process.

August has been a busy month for me in general, so now that I’ve gotten through my birthday I’m starting to feel settled.

I’m getting excited about a trip I’m taking to Paris & London in a little over two weeks!!!! You guys will definitely see lots of pictures during & after the trip.

I wanted to take this time to give this series a proper ending and talk about some of the things I’ve learned from this challenge/my 25th year.

I can stand on my own two feet

25 was my first full year of living alone and while challenging I have learned how to be a better problem solver and how to support myself.

It’s okay to ask for help when you need it

I had never realized how much I struggled to ask for help before the past 6-9 months. Before even 3 months ago I got anxious when I had to ask people for things, even when I knew they would say yes without hesitation. Now, I’m able to ask for help quickly and easily, because I understand that we are here to help one another.

Doing something everyday is hard

Whether it’s fitness, meditation, eating healthy, or this challenge I have found with all my routines it is hard to do something every single day. My job is somewhat unstructured so my day to day often looks different. It makes it hard sometimes to stay grounded with routines when your work hours change daily. The biggest thing with this one for me is to be gentle with myself and go with the flow. I’m actively practicing not allowing a failed routine ruin the rest of my day.

There are many other things I’ve learned over this past year, but I don’t want to go on forever.

Thank you all for following along in this journey! I have lots of ideas for more content that’ll be coming soon. In the meantime, if you all have questions or things you’d like to see from me, feel free to leave a comment!

The Virtue of Doubt Review

The Virtue of Doubt is a new, original book by Jillian Richardson, a self published author and professional therapist.

I am so glad I have been able to experience this book. Not only is it a classic, beautifully conceptualized piece of literature, it also features unique artwork by jry_designs.

Reading this was like taking a journey through the African diaspora. In the book, Richardson addresses the feeling of being black in America, the silencing of women in a patriarchal society, the voyage of two lovers trying to find their way, and many other topics relevant to us today.

This is a true work of art and I think everyone will take away something different from reading it.

If you are interested in having the book for yourself, Kindle versions are available for 99 cents, and FREE if you have Kindle unlimited.

Click here: Virtue of Doubtto get your copy today!

You owe it to yourself to experience this book.

Journey to 26- Day 16

My birthday is just 11 days away! I think I’ve decided the last post of this series will be on my birthday instead of going to August 31, just for the symbolism.

Having natural hair is truly a part time job & if I could just get paid for the amount of time I spend on my hair that would really help my life out.

I figured I would take some time to talk about some of my favorite natural hair products, since that’s not something I’ve done on here before.

1. Shea Moisture- Curl Enhancing Smoothie, $10-13, sold at Target, Walmart, Walgreens, Rite-aid, Amazon.com

2. Garnier Whole Blends- Oat Delicacy conditioner, $3-5, Kroger, Target, Walmart

3. Bentonite Clay- $6-10, Amazon.com, local beauty supply or health store

4. Aloe Vera gel- $5-7, Amazon.com, Walmart

5. Bonus- diy deep conditioner

I tested this out a few weeks ago on my Insta stories and it gave me the most defined curls since going natural.

For my natural hair readers out there, what are some of your favorite products?!

Journey to 26-Day 12

I forgot to post yesterday, & I’m actively trying not to beat myself up about it. I’m just going to keep going.

Yesterday was the new moon in Leo, I did my moon rituals and I felt more energized this morning than I have in at least a week.

Insecure season 3 premiers tonight, and I’m feeling very excited about that. If you haven’t watched Insecure, you definitely should it’s funny, relatable, and they tackle a lot of societal topics all of us are faced with daily.

I’ve been practicing slow living in small ways recently. When I can, I wake up slowly and get out of bed when my body is ready. I sit on the couch to enjoy my daily cup of green tea, instead of gulping it down with breakfast or on the go. I’ve re-introduced long walks with my dog instead of 5 minutes spurts before I have to be out of the door. I even swung by the bark park at my apartment complex today.

Both of us are grateful for this new found commitment to slowness.

Slowing down, even in the smallest ways has shown me that there is more than enough time. There is enough time for you to pour into yourself, your relationships, and everything else you want to do.

It’s easy to get caught up in constantly being on the go, but there is so much beauty in living slowly.