Up A Nelms Tree
25. 08. 2017


*Thanks to Vivo Per Lei for letting me try their mud mask!*

I am a mask addict, and I love mud mask in particular. The thick and heaviness on my face makes me actually feel like I am actively trying to take care of myself. Is that weird? Probably. I wanted to try a mud clay mask for a while but most are extremely expensive and well I am pretty drained for cash at the moment. My skin however, could not wait. The summer heat and sweat were clogging my pores and I swear they grew twice the size overnight. Vivo Per Lei Mineral Mud Clay Mask is thick, easily applied, and best of all inexpensive.

What’s in It?

Bentonite Clay- This clay has rich minerals that has been used in popular European detoxing masks. It helps draw out impurities while keeping the skin purified and rejuvenated.

Bamboo Charcoal- Also helps in detoxing, it helps cleanse the skin while exfoliating.

Kaolin Clay- The superstar of the bunch, This clay helps remove dead skin cells while promoting new cell formation and reduces sebum production

The clay felt great on my sensitive skin and I had no redness after applying. It went on smoothly, and while it took a bit longer than I would have liked to dry it didn’t hinder me from doing anything. (except touching my face) It can get everywhere if your not careful.

If you would like to purchase the mask you can do so HERE


I like clothes, I think we’ve established that in the years I’ve been blogging. Gym clothes are no exception. I need to look stylish while being comfortable and sometimes that is a super hard thing to do. No only do the clothes have to fit, but they have to absorb sweat, not be see through (surprisingly this is hard to find.  So when offered to try these black Dawn Raid Capri workout pants I sort of jumped at the opportunity.

This capris do run small so it was a little discouraging when I had to order a size up and it still being slightly smaller than expected. The one pleasant thing I will add though is that the pants are not see-through so squatting and yoga will not be a problem! They are a magnet for lint and hair so if you are particular about being lint free you may want to bring a roller. With 2 cats and a dog I am quite used to having some sort of hair on me at all times (sometimes I is my own sooo…)

The pants are a very dark black that has yet to fade from washing, I am able to stretch in the pants despite them being tighter than I am used to. They are actually super comfortable and softer than I expected. Despite them being advertised as high waist, I found them to be more of a medium waist. This annoyed me a bit, but I got over it. Overall, these are comfy, stretchy and opaque, exactly what workout pants should be.

If you would like to order the pants you can do so HERE


*Thanks to Bumble Road for sending these amazing bathbombs*

July’s over and with it, hopefully, the insanely hot weather. July was too hot with ever weekend being the 100s. Can I say I am so over this heat? Sweating is not my thing, and my skin seems to be taking the brunt of this dryness.

What I need, or my skin needs, is a refresher and I think I found the solution. While I love LUSH, as you all know, I don’t have a bottomless money pit (oh how I wish I did). So I’ve been looking for inexpensive ways to take my bath to the next level.

I think I found it with Bumble Road. Their bath bombs are loaded with essential oils, shea butters and espon salts to give your body the exact treatment it needs. This set comes with 4 lovely bath bombs;

Luscious Lavender

This has Lavender essential oils as well as shea butter and epson salt. This felt like heaven on my over worked skin. My bathwater turned a lovely shade of lavender and made me feel pretty (which is kinda hard to do lately). The fragrant is there but not overly powerful, which I like, so no nasal irritation for me. It was enough to have me relax with a audio book in the background. Love it.

Really Rose

This beauty smells oh so good! It has little rose buds that float along in the bath with you, which is a great start to a date night let me tell you. The water turns a pretty pink shade, which makes the atmosphere a bit romantic and girly. Light some candles, put on a romance in the background and close your eyes. This will be amazing!

Orange Creamsicle

I love Citrus smells, and this one is absolutely great. The little dandelions are great, and this makes your skin smell oh so good. It did make me slightly hungry, though. This is perfect for after a workout day when you really need that sweaty feeling to just go away, and your muscles just need a break.

Yellow Grapefruitlicious

This yellow monster has Lemon and Grapefruit essentially oils. The bomb brings fun to the tub with a bright yellow color that will be sure to brighten up your day. I suggest if you get gloomy from a rainy day, or you just had a really stressful day at work or school, you should definitely use this.

This is a great alternative to LUSH especially if your like me and you do not have the money to purchase a bath bomb. This smells just as nice, makes your skin feel refreshed and new, while also providing a fun and relaxing environment.

You can purchase these on Amazon HERE, or directly from the Bumble Road Website HERE

 

28. 07. 2017

So now that I have a full time job, I can finally buy some new clothes (on sale of course!). Romwe is a inexpensive clothing site that offers deals daily.

* Bird Mesh Top / Pink $5.60

I love the way this top looks, the only problem is that the fabric has zero give. It’s not really tight, but it’s not loose either which makes me wish I ordered a size larger than I wear. Either way the bird details are pigmented and I love wearing this with some blue jeans and pink flats.


* Black Coffee Cup Long Sleeve Top / Black $6.99

Yes, I am a coffee addict, so of course I need the shirt to go with it.
* Petal Sleeve Chiffon Top / Olive $8.40

I purchase this chiffon top because I actually have a skirt that this would perfectly match too. Plus I love the sleeves, they are a cute and stylish.
* Dragonfly Embellished Flats / Blue $27.60

As you can see my flats were the most expensive thing I purchased, they were also the reason I ordered from Romwe. While slightly narrower than I like, they are not too bad. I love the dragonfly embellishment.

What do you think of my haul?


*Special Thanks to BoutiqueLovin for sending me this necklace at a discounted price*

Amethyst promotes healing, bringing calm, peace, balance and patience to the body. This is perfect for me especially since my fast pace summer classes have gotten me into a bit of a tizzy. This combined with a full time job and the extreme heat I really need some of that healing right about now. So when offered to purchase at a discounted price I immediately said yes.

The possible healing isn’t the only reason I wear the necklace, the amethyst gemstone color pops so any drab office clothes I wear, this gives it a bit of life. I am really trying to toss out the blacks, grays and whites that seem to dominate my wardrobe and easiest way to start are by wearing colorful accessories.

The pendant is handmade, with wire wrapped around the stone, so your focal point is on the stone itself. No extra foufou here. The actual necklace that comes with the pendant is really short and the quality is not so good. Plus it catches on any loose hair or threads so I suggest you replace it as soon as possible if you can.

Boutiquelovin sells other Gemstones and styles too! In fact I have my eye on the Rose Gold Quarts pendant as well, as that one helps open your chakra for your heart to accept love. Even if you don’t believe in gemstones being used for healing, There’s nothing stopping you from just wanting to wear pretty things. The gemstone is lightweight, you almost don’t know your wearing it.

If you would like to purchase the necklace you can do so HERE

Have you purchased any pretty gemstones lately?


 

 

I don’t know how many posts I’ve made talking about trying to lose weight and well every time I tried to start taking up fitness I did it for all the wrong reasons and so my frame of mind was not in a place where I could start such an en-devour.

Now however I am not obsessed with the shedding of pounds, I don’t hope for a instant miracle and I’m not holding back happiness (and food) so that I can try to lose a pound.

This time I just want to be healthy.

I’m getting up there in age, so I know if I don’t turn things around now, it may be too late in the future. So I get up at 5 am (the only time I have available to workout), I joined a gym, which allows me access to their indoor pool and cardio machine. If I can I do a spin class (but sometimes they start a bit too late). I monitor my water intake because that has always been a problem for me. While I try to monitor portion control and what I eat, I don’t starve myself, I don’t skip meals and If I want something I eat it.

My main goal is just feeling better and being happy.

 

 

17. 07. 2017

It’s been a while since I’ve gotten a Golden Tote and I am so happy I am able to get one now. I really love the bag, it reminds me of my hometown, which sort of gives me a bit of homesickness but it’s okay. I ordered the Mini Tote since it was in my price budget

I picked this shirt because of the bright green color, I love wearing green and so this caught my eye. It’s perfect for work. It is a little boxy on me but not enough for me to return it.

Haha, sorry you could see my foot but I was a bit rushed in taking these pictures. I am not sure how I feel about the dress, the material is light and perfect for summer but it is a bit see through and kinda long for my height. I think I will keep it though since I do really like the pattern.

I’m thinking about getting a mystery tote next time, it’s slightly more money but I like to be surprised

What do you think about the Golden Tote.


When a box comes to your door filled to the brim with snacks, it makes your day 10 times better. OF course I soon as I opened my box of goodies, the hubby decides he wants to immediately grab all he wants and eats them while your back is turned. After the ambush, I was surprised at how much was still left in the box (he took quite a bit)

There’s Chips, Dips, and bars which a lot of other things that I can’t wait to try. So if you looking for something for yourself or need a healthy snack for your kids this HERE is the place to go.

It’s been a while since I’ve used a sheet mask. I just haven’t had the time to really relax like I need, but this Sunday I made time to do a little pampering with TONYMOLY Broccoli vitality mask. I wanted a pick me up for my face since I feel it has a bit dull. The mask itself didn’t really smell like anything which I loved, it was also was very gentle and hydrating on my skin. I know I need to do this a lot more, especially since it’s summer and I’ve been working out everyday and my face gets dirty and clogged.

Summer is here and boy do I feel it. The temperature and been in the 90s and the AC has been running more than I want (for the animals sake). Sephora knows this is so they choose to send me some products that hopefully will help in this heat.

The bag is so cute this month, and it sort of goes a long with my state of mind. I have been swimming every week and I love it.

The first product I pulled out I was a bit disappointed in, I have so many samples of Benefit POREfessional face primer than I know what to do with. Yeah I know it works well but EVERY SINGLE BOX loves to give me tons of it. I mean come on, I’d like to try out different primers every once in a while.

I don’t use Make up setting spray but I think I probably should especially since this one by Coola is SPF 30.  It seems a little weird to spray your face after putting make up all over it, and considering that you should reapply every too hours makes it a little tedious to use, but the question is… Does it work?

I am no longer a drive a way from the ocean, a river maybe but the sea breeze and soft grainy sand will not be felt on my toes when I get a whimsy. So I guess I will have to use this Sea Spray by Verb to try to capture the feel of the salty water in my hair. Oh how I miss it.

I love Kat Von D cosmetics so getting this Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in  Lovesick is great. Plus this stuff has lasting power, it took such a long time to get the color off my hand when I swatched it that I have to make sure I put this stuff on carefully. The color is great to I can’t wait to wear it.

I am so happy I got this, I’ve been using Dry Shampoo like crazy so to get some especially from a brand I love is great and I can’t wait to see how it works!

I have been having major allergies lately so my nose has been stuffed, so because of that I have yet to really smell what BVLGARI Omina Crystalline smells like. In the description it has hints of lotus Flower, Nashi, and Balsa wood. Don’t know what any of those smell like so it should be fun

This box was pretty good and I can’t wait to see what next month brings. What do you all think?

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