My Favorite Skin & Hair Care Products for Summer | Alba Botanica

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A major part of self-care and good hygiene is being intentional about caring for your skin and hair. The usual typically occurs, you shower with a body wash, wash your face with a cleanser, and moisturize afterwards; pretty straightforward.  But have you ever truly considered the products you are using to obtain optimal results. For the past few years, I have been extremely intentional about the products I use and I try to buy products as natural as possible within my budget.  

It wasn't until I was having a conversation with a friend about our skincare routines that I realized a good portion of my daily beauty products are from Alba Botanica. What I love about this brand is not only do their product work, but I admire their mission and vision. Their mission is to simply "To Do My Beautiful". Alba Botanica creates 100% vegetarian products that overflow with botanical ingredients.  Also they environmentally conscious and animal cruelty-free. I wanted to share the items I am currently using and how I incorporate them into my routines. 

Very Emollient Bath & Shower Gel in Midnight Tuberose:  This  indulging bath gel moisturizes, soothes and softens skin while taking your senses into a lush garden because it smells amazing! This shower gel doesnt leave my skin feeling dry and stripped of all oils and the major plus is that it is pH balanced. 

Very Emollient Body Lotion Herbal Healing: (Not in photo) I have been using this body mositurizer for a couple months and I completely love it. It is made with blend of bamboo, aloe extracts, cannabis oil, oatmeal and turmeric that delivers intense moisturization and help calm the skin. Since I've been usung this I don't have to reapply lotion throughout the day. 

Hawaiian Body Scrub: I used this body scrub once a week, and it is hands down the best scrub I've used. I use it on wet and dry skin depending on my mood. What makes this scrub so amazing is the oils.  Once you rinse off the salt scrub the mixture of  jojoba, macadamia, avocado and sweet almond oils will leave your skin so smooth and moisturize you won't need lotion afterwards. Promise!

Good & Clean Daily Detox Foaming Cleanser: I use this cleanser after my morning workouts and I excerise Monday - Friday at 5am, so this cleanser is perfect for detoxing and getting rid of all the sweat and grime on my face. The fruit acid complex in this cleanser has a soft grapefruit scent that wake me up as well as my skin. 

Hawaiian Conditioner Coconut Milk: Let me start by saying not all conditioners are made equal.  Being a naturally curly girl,  it is hard to find a conditioner with the perfect amount of slip and moisture to detangle, deep condition and co-wash my hair. But this conditioner can do all three essentially saving me money. My hair has the tendency to be really dry so the high fatty acids, protein, and coconut milk helps locks in moisture to strengthen my cuticles and reduce split ends.

What are your favorites beauty products ? Share them with me in the comments.

*Disclaimer this post is not sponsored (I wish it was considering I genuinely love this brand).

 

Year of Execution | 2017 New Year Resolutions

I wanted to take the time to reflect back on my progress so far. My new year resolutions actually started in September of last year. I created a list of things I wanted to accomplish before the year ended, that I could carry into the new year.

Last year was beyond a stressful and depressing year for me. Granted there were amazing things that took place, but I did not allow myself to truly enjoy those moments. I couldn’t enjoy them because I didn’t allow myself to, I was honestly blinded by my own despair. I did not handle anything well including stress, time management, relationships, or myself. Everything went to the wayside, and I was going through the motions, unhappy as I have ever been.  

Nearing the tail end of 2016 I knew in my heart that I did not want to continue on in the same manner.  I finally got tired of being sick and tired, I knew that things needed to change, I needed to change.  In December, I hired Fatima Farmer as a coach. I have been following Fatima online for some years when she announced that she is offering “Empowerment Coaching” I jumped on the opportunity and signed up. Like I said I was tired of being sick and tired.  She definitely delivered, we had weekly phone calls and we communicated via email throughout the week. Fatima really listened to my concerns and helped me create a plan of what I can do to live happier and be content with myself overall. I learned that I already know what it is that I need to do, it’s just the doing it. Execution is the key to 2017 being a great year for me. Some of my goals for the new year are:

Health and Wellness: 

This year I want to establish and maintain healthy fitness routine and eating habits.  I don’t want to limit all foods, but I do want to make better choices with every meal. The goal is to develop a lifestyle where I am swimsuit ready all year long and not conscious of my body. To do so, I will exercise 4-5 days a week, and meal prep my lunches and dinner.

Social/ Networking: 

I hate feeling like all I do is work. Luckily, I am not too shy of a person to avoid going out alone. I plan to go out at least twice a month, whether it be spoken-word, concert, networking event, or a new restaurant.

Creativity:

 Growing up I was extremely creative. I would paint, draw, write, sew, read music, photography. With working a full-time job and graduate school, it has not been easy to find creative outlets, until I decided to start this blog is serving as my creative outlet. Ultimately, serving as somewhat of a creative director and satisfying that itch to create. I want to be consistent in posting also teach myself basic web and graphic design.

Finance: 

I want to save $2,000 outside of my emergency savings. As usual, saving money is always a goal. This year I want to take things a step further  to save for my future home. My address has changed more times than I can count in the past 2 years, and I have had horrible roommates and landlord stories that I can save for another post.

Self-Love:

I know that regardless of the material attainment I gain whether that is a new job, fit body, more money, nicer clothes. None of those things can bring everlasting joy. I can only find that in myself. This year I want to be more confident, self-assured, simply not afraid to be myself. I will surround myself with positive like-minded individuals, read more, listen to motivational podcasts. Take time to listen to myself and get rid of what is not serving me and keep what is.