Review | Herbal Essences Conditioning Mousse

11 Mar

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Herbal Essence has definitely made a treasure amongst the drugstore hair products. The mousse comes out heavier and thicker than most mousses that I have tried, so remember that a little goes a long way! As soon as I put this stuff in my hair it felt like it had been through a really good deep conditioning treatment. It did not take longer to dry, did not leave any grease, and my hair was shiny and defrizzed after my blow dry.  I find myself touching it throughout the day because it is so soft. And don’t get me started on THE SMELL!!! There’s coconut in there and it smells so tropical in a non-overwhelming way. I’m excited to use it again. The only concern is that the bottle is on the skinnier side compared to others such as Tresseme’s mousse.

In’s & Out’s

2 Mar

In’s

-I’m roughly 30% through grad school!

-I secured an internship to be a MFT Trainee! (I still call it an internship because it’s unpaid). I start getting my own clients this summer. Crazy!

-I’m no longer working in the service industry with the public. I’ll miss my team a bunch, but I will miss none of the public or manual labor.

-I got a new job babysitting the most adorable infant!

-Now I can focus on school, my wellness, this blog, everything…

-This rainy/cloudy weather. Love to cocoon under heavy blankets <3

-Baseball season is approaching. Looking forward to Dodger game days!

-I went to Costco for the first time in over 10 years. I must say, that they have some pretty good food/meal options. I need to go back.

Out’s

-From the craziness of the past few weeks, I have (yet another) cold.

-This month is full of projects and papers.

-I just realized that my cat is 9 years old. How?!

Anxiety Hack

3 Feb

This is me:

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No really..

Anxiety has been something that I have had dealt with since birth. It’s at the level where my therapists and fellow MFT classmates have said that they feel sorry for me because I do not know what it is like to not have anxiety. I’m always picking my fingers, picking my lips, biting the inside of my mouth, pulling my hair out in my sleep, screaming in my sleep, constantly warding off panic attacks, the list goes on… (For those curious, it stems from a long lineage of anxiety on both sides of my family mixed with other difficulties in how I was raised.)

Therefore:

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There are a few techniques I have learned over the years on how to better control my anxiety when I start to feel it. Calm music, mantras, designated safety people to talk me down, etc. The most effective is a deep breathing technique that I just recently learned how to do correctly, and it made ALL the difference.

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Ok. You are probably sitting upright in your chair. Maybe on your bed, maybe at your desk.

Take a deep breath in. Notice where the air fills in your body. Are you sucking your stomach in? Is your chest puffed out? This is the first problem.

When you inhale and suck your stomach in and your chest out, you are only utilizing 30% of your lungs. That’s depriving your body of a lot more oxygen- the molecule that can help calm you down when you are anxious.

The image below shows how you should breathe properly. When breathing in, your stomach should expand as if it were a balloon inflating. This uses 100% of your lungs and brings in the maximum amount of oxygen. Also keep all the air travel through your nose :)

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Now, everything I just shared with you so far is things that I’ve been told to do before. And let me tell you, when you’re in an anxious state this is not what would come to mind. I goofed it up whenever I tried out of panic or inability to pay close enough attention to my body.

Here’s my hack: LAY DOWN.

When you are laying down on your back, your body automatically starts breathing this way.

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This simple step has helped me so much. When you are anxious. Just get horizontal, make sure you’re breathing out of your nose, and your body will start to self-correct your breathing pattern itself. Go ahead, try it out. It’s so cool to feel your stomach make that change in your breathing pattern.

Here are some of my further thoughts/theories:

Do you know anyone who can fall asleep super quick once they go to bed? My dad used to, my boyfriend does. I don’t get it. It takes me FOREVER to fall asleep.

What if they were breathing inappropriately (negligent to their breaths- most non-anxious people don’t think about breathing throughout their days) all day and once their body starts using 100% of their lungs, they get so overwhelmed with the calm that they fall asleep easily? Man, must be nice.

With this hack, I’ve started to make it a point to do this type of breathing at least once a day. Lay down and feel your stomach ONCE a day. It makes all the difference!

Once you get to a point where you can do it vertically without a problem, try to remind yourself throughout the day to breathe like that even for just a few times (I know it can make me look pregnant if I didn’t walk around holding my tummy in all day, so I’m not suggesting that). The past 3 months I’ve consciously made efforts to do this, and it honestly helps prevent anxious symptoms.

Mascara Mess Tip

13 Jan

Does this picture look familiar?

Not my eye…My eyebrows are not that good-looking.

Not my eye…My eyebrows are not that good-looking.

I’m always accidentally poking my mascara wand around my eyes.

Have no fear, I found a solution!

First, finish doing your mascara. You do your thing, girl. Do your lips, whatever comes next in your routine.  Let it dry!

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Once completely dried, take a Q-Tip and twist the tip on the spot. Boom! It might take a few times. At worst, you’ll see a gap in your makeup, but you can easily fill it in with your concealer or eyeshadow :)

My 2015 Resolutions

2 Jan

I’m not amazing at keeping resolutions and because I know this, I’m not going to hold myself to them. It’s great to set goals for yourself every now and then though, and so this is more of that kind of thing. I’m even thinking about making an inspiration board to look at daily and remind myself of the things I would like to do.

1. Drink more water. It was Nate’s resolution last year that I kind of rode on behind him, and I figured that it’s always good to drink more water so why stop there?

2. Practice more mindfulness. Yoga, meditation, baths, writing, etc. I need to do more of that because it makes me feel centered.

3. Blog more. I’m putting a reminder on my inspiration board, promise! I also want to venture to topics other than beauty, but I’m not sure what exactly…

4. Watch Friends on Netflix consecutively from start to finish with Nate. I’ve done this unknowingly nightly on TBS years ago. That show is such a comfort to me and so much apart of how I was raised (as weird as that may sound?), and I just want to share it with Nate because he hasn’t had that full Friends experience.

5. Cook more. And healthy too, duh!

6. New job, hopefully a paid internship in the field. Regardless it is my goal to be able to financially support myself and feel comfortable because Lord knows this last year was a freak show.

7. Keep it up with school!

8. Every day I want to do something for someone that I care about to show that I care whether it be a note or words or encouragement or what have you.

9. Go to Hawaii and or Vegas this year

I think that’s basically it….. maybe if my inspiration board looks cool I’ll post a picture.

My 2014

2 Jan

Wow. I have been challenged this year in so many different avenues, but I have come out much stronger with a clear sense of direction on where my life is going. I wouldn’t change this year for anything, but I also probably wouldn’t repeat it. One thing I regret about this year is how I have blogged so infrequently, and for that I apologize to you- whoever is reading this. I can only hope to create more time for this outlet in the new year. I decided to give you a rundown of all the craziness that has happened. This is mostly for my own reflection and benefit, of course. I broke it down by categories and even reflected back to my horoscope predictions for 2014. It’s pretty interesting how accurate it was!

Career

The first half of my year, I was still a publicist in an unpleasant working environment. A few changes happened in May that made my path switch directions. I knew that I wanted to go to graduate school to pursue my true dream to be a therapist. From the same school alone I had been rejected, put on a prerequisite probation, and shortly after what I had thought was another rejection, I had been called with an acceptance offer. That alone was a roller coaster. I simply had to obtain an A or B in the most trying online, 6 weeks statistics class and I was in. In the same few months I had been laid off the same day that I was planning to quit that horrid job, and started a new one– an hourly minimum wage service job. Talk about backtracking! But I was much happier there knowing that I was on to better, brighter things.

After spending at least 20 hours a week teaching myself statistics and even at one point found myself working on my laptop in a near fetal position doing homework on an airplane, it was down to the final test to see if I had actually passed. I did. It was probably the happiest moment of my year. I could officially start the journey of graduate school.

My first semester of my graduate program has been more than anything that I had dreamt of. Not only was I learning things that kept me captivated, but I have learned a great deal about myself already through the group therapies and reflections from class lessons. One thing that pleasantly took me by surprise about my program is the people that are in it. I’ve been making FRIENDS! With common interests! People who I feel understand me for all my weirdness. Because they are all so similar to myself. I finally found people who would never question my antics because they actually can see where it all comes from without explaination.

Looking back on my horoscope’s prediction for my career in 2014, it said “The first half of the year shall bring in major changes in your career. And the second half shall help you to consolidate your interests.” Accurate much?

Relationships

I’ll start with the horoscope prediction for this one. “You shall learn a new meaning for love and relationships during this year of 2014. Your perspective of love shall change for your better.  Learn to adapt to the needs and deeds of your partner during this time. Give and take is your keyword for this time period. Avoid misunderstandings and be committed to your partner. Feel free and venture into leisure activities with him/ her. Be flexible in your approach to your partner and give them full freedom and independence in their personal life. Of, course they need their breathing space as well. Try not to smother him/ her too much by your emotions.”

I feel that I had wholeheartedly made that prediction come true. My relationship with Nate was tested in the beginning of the year and I feel that we passed with flying colors. This year I realized that though I could live without him, I would never want to. Especially this year with all of the career and life changes, vacations, events and weddings attended, we observed how much joy and enhancement we bring to each other’s lives. This isn’t just another relationship- we established that we are hoping it is THE relationship, a step that neither of us has taken before. I like to think of it as my garden that I try to tend to every day and it has become this beautiful wonderland of blossoms and blooms (as cheesy as that sounds).

Health

How many times was I sick this year? I can’t even count. Clearly it was due to all of the stresses that I have endured with finances, school, my job, etc. It has really brought to my attention the importance of self care. I’ve always been good about taking it easy, but now I know that simply is not enough. I need to make sure that I am eating the right kinds of food and taking the right supplements to prevent future immune system failures. I’ve really gotten to know how fragile my immune system is and I know that for my own health, some more changes in my life need to be made which I am in the process of fixing already. It’s mostly just a matter of finding another job where I can have regular sleeping hours and be able to find ways to cook for myself more. Maybe more exercise or yoga will help too.

Here’s my health horoscope. Clearly it “told me so.” There are some questionable grammatical choices in it though.. “Do not try to take your health as taken for granted this year. Else you need to spend a lot mending your health condition. Prevention is better than cure, isn’t it?. Go in for some physical exercises that help to tone your muscles and keep you fit as a fiddle. Beware of what you eat and drink for this time period. It might take a toll on your health. It is the best time to rebalance your diet for your betterment. Some nervous troubles and muscular pains are probable during the first half of the year.”

I think the lesson of this post is that I need to pay closer attention to my 2015 horoscope. As I mentioned earlier, I feel so much stronger after this past year and feel ready to take on the next with more knowledge and faith that things really do turn out the way that best suits you in the long run. If you’ve read this post this far, I’d love to know. You must be really special in my life :)

Procrastinating…

29 Nov

I’m on the final stretch of my first semester in graduate school. I was so excited about going back to school, but now I’ve finally gotten to the place where I’ve noticed all the things that I usually enjoy have been neglected…such as my blog. And knitting. and a clean apartment. Therefore, I have decided that it doesn’t matter that I only have a few more weeks to go and a few more papers to write, these things need to be done now! I’m so selfish. Also, these last projects are pretty grueling.

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