Beauty, Health, Home

DIY Shower Mists

March 17, 2016

I recently posted a video all about DIY Spa Treatments that you can do at home! One thing that I made is a really simple aromatherapy shower mist! I want to share a few more recipes that I’m loving! Hope you enjoy =)


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Revitalizing Shower Mist:

4oz glass spray bottle
1 tsp alcohol-free witch hazel
Water
5 Drops Eucalyptus EO
5 Drops Geranium EO
10 Drops Peppermint EO


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 Refreshing Shower Mist:

4oz glass spray bottle
1 tsp alcohol-free witch hazel
Water
10 Drops Grapefruit EO
5 Drops Lime EO
5 Drops Lemon EO


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Relaxing Shower Mist:

4oz glass spray bottle
1 tsp alcohol-free witch hazel
Water
10 Drops Chamomile EO
15 Drops Lavender EO


 Hope you enjoyed this quick post!

xoxo, Rachel

Beauty, Beauty Snaps

Beauty Snaps: All About That LED & Rose Oil

March 17, 2016

I’ve been snapchatting a TON these days and one thing I wanted to do is to bring those snap topics to the blog! You can find my snap chat by snapping this pic. =) haha

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I recently went to Kate Somerville (for a facial*)  and I got a red light treatment. It’s so crazy! I wanted to do a post about it.

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At first glance it looks like a red tanning bed, but in actuality it’s a really powerful beauty tool that emits infrared lights and is known for it’s anti-aging benefits.

The treatment is known as LED Light Therapy and it works by emitting infrared light (causing a heating sensation) in two to four different shades depending on the device you’re using. Red is said to  promote collagen growth, skin elasticity, and even skin tone. It also reduces inflammation and promotes circulation. Blue kills acne causing bacteria that exist beneath the skin’s surface.

 Spas will mostly likely have the shades and use panels rather than a handheld application, but it can also be pretty expensive! Between $150-$300 a treatment! I realized while I was getting my treatment that the brand (LightStim) that made the panel for the spa also makes a handheld device, and I actually already had it in my arsenal of beauty gadgets. I recognized the name, and I remembered I got it as a gift a few years ago in a gift bag from QVC*. I was never really that consistent with using it. I put it away in my second bathroom. I told my aesthetician, and she said “girl, whip that out and use it every night… you will see the most amazing results in your skin.” I’ve been using it at night while I watch TV or read books etc. The gadget is pricey, but not any more than what ONE treatment costs at the spa. My aesthetician says it takes more disciple, and it’s more time consuming to go section by section with a handheld, but it has the same power as a panel, and ultimately it’s just as effective.

I’ve known about LED therapy since back when I worked in the skincare industry. The technology has advanced even since then, and I know the results are amazing, but I’m the worst at being consistent with gadgets.. .. haha  I try but alas, I always fall off the wagon.. hahaI will keep you posted on this!

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 I even take it a step further and pair this treatment with rose oil! Just a couple of drops is all you need to benefit from its anti-inflammatory properties! It reduces redness, calms the skin, moisturizes, AND preps the skin for additional product layering! I buy these rose oil capsules at Target. It’s by Weleda, and I also love their Skin Food body cream!

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Hope you enjoyed this Beauty Snap!

xoxo, Rachel

*this post was not sponsored or paid for.  I’m sometimes gifted facials & products for review, and it’s up to my discretion on what I share. I feel fortunate, but It would be hard for me to have access to so many wonderful products and treatments if they weren’t introduced to me. I share what I honestly think is interesting and worth sharing with my readers etc. You can shop using affiliate links through my website. I do get commission, so if you would like to shop off of google or on your own, that’s ok too! I just hope you enjoy the post!

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These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

February 23, 2016

I’m back!!! Let me start by apologizing.. I recently started working on Music again, and it’s almost like I took on a whole other job. I love music and I’m so passionate about it, so I wanted to find a way to make it a part of my life again in a big way. It’s been taking a lot of my time and creative energy, but I do not plan to stop making videos, blogs, or anything that I have been doing thus far. For me, it’s just gonna be about balancing it all while still being the wife and mother I desire to be for my family. I do believe as a mom it’s important to still maintain my self identity and pursue things I like and that I’m passionate about; things that make me happy. My blog, my videos, my music. They all make me so happy!

Thanks for your patience and understanding.

Today I thought I would do a really fun and very girly blog. These are things I’ve been loving lately. This post is gonna focus on some
“me” items that I’ve had on my wish list for a while. I find so many cool things as a mom for my son, and for the house, but these are items for moms enjoyment only haha . Some are fun gifts I’ve received over the past few months, and maybe a present or two I bought as little rewards for myself. haha

 Bkr Glass Water Bottle 

These beautiful glass bottles aren’t cheap, but I have received two as a gift and let me just say that they are so much fun! I use them almost everyday. Inspired by “all things glowing and glam, and the belief that objects in your life should be love,” Bkr releases seasonal collections of glass water bottles with soft silicone sleeves that are high-end, limited edition, and chemical-free. It adds a nice little touch to the imperative eight glasses of water a day.

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Clarisonic Mia Fit

 Something about this new Clarisonic made me very intrigued. I worked for Clarisonic for many years, and literally had boxes and boxes of them in my second closet back at the apartment. I used to give them away to my friends (with the permission of the company of course). I haven’t worked for Clarisonic in quite some time, so eventually my collection finally dissipated.

I recently worked with Ulta and they gave me a gift card to get a few of my favorite items from the store to share in a video. I knew this was one of the items I definitely wanted. I always loved the new designs Clarisonic came out with, but I never saw this coming! It’s an egg shaped and very compact Clarisonic that I personally feel is the best they have done so far. It came with the radiance brush head and the radiance cleanser which are both AMAZING!!!!! The cleanser alone is soooooo good, but this brush head has nice long bristles and is super soft on the skin. I take this to the gym, use it in the shower, and next to my bathroom sink. It’s also perfect for travel because it’s compact. I would say I don’t use my Clarisonic everyday but probably 3 times a week.

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Louis Vuitton Key Chain

I recently went through a huge closet purge. I donated a ton of my clothes and purses, and sold items on Posh Mark as well. I kept only a few handbags. I kept only the ones I felt would be staples in my wardrobe for years to come. On most days, I honestly don’t carry a purse. If Oliver is with me I bring his diaper bag, but for quick errands by myself I wanted to keep it to just a wallet and keys. I saw a woman at my gym with an LV key chain, and I KNEW that was what I wanted for my next ‘holiday gift’. I made a mention to Byron that it was something I felt I would get good use out of.  He got it for me for Valentines day. I hold all of my club cards, credit cards, and petty cash in this. It attaches to my keys, so it’s honestly perfect. It’s timeless and great quality, and for me it’s a perfect no purse purse!

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Gold Ray Bans

These were sent to me as a gift recently, and I was so excited. I’ve always wanted a pair of Gold Ray Bans. They honestly look good with anything.. You can wear them in full glam, or look glam in sweats and uggs hahah + honestly Aviators look great on just about everyone!

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Pink Back Pack

So, I mentioned that I’ve been working on music more. I’ve been writing a lot, both working on my own music, and music for other artists also. I go to the studio every weekend to write with my team. Byron comes with me, and we all have so much fun!

Oliver stays with my parents on the weekends, and my brothers kids do also. I feel really good knowing I’m being productive + I know he’s in excellent hands and having a great time. I felt like a 12 year old when I got this, but I really wanted to get a backpack for the studio. I bring everything with me (as I am there for 6+hrs each time.) I bring my computer and headphones, my writing journal, magazine, planner, and I even pack a little toiletries bag with all the necessities. haha

I found this backpack for like $12 on eBay, and it was exactly what I imagined I wanted. Something light pink and girly but could hold all my studio must haves. haha

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Marble Computer Case & Titanium Beats

Speaking of computer and headphones, my computer and headphones are two of the most important work items that I own. My computer is my creative capsule. All of my music, videos, and inspiration is in that!! I recently got a marble skin for my computer, and I adore it. Byron and I have the same type of computer, so now we don’t get confused who’s is who’s + it’s super pretty! yay

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My last pair of beats took a little fall and broke =(

I needed a new pair for work, so I got the titanium color studio beats. I use these exclusively with my computer and not in my personal music studio, but they are excellent for editing music or videos on your computer. These ones are wireless as well.

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Epic Swag Bag Giveaway!!!

December 11, 2015

I recently went on a girl’s trip to Las Vegas and L.A. It was such a great getaway to spend with my girl’s! Room service, concerts, and tons of pampering! I wanted them to be able to the take the pampering home, so I put together this amazing (if I do say so myself =) swag bag for them, as well as an identical bag for one of my awesome blog subscribers—a.k.a YOU!

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This bag is seriously SWAGGED out!

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Insides is a whole line of Kiehl’s most popular products—on top of a bunch of other products I love!

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Including a ton of Tarte cosmetics!

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AND a brand NEW NuFace Facial Toning Device + some extra goodies! See below if you want to enter!


How to Enter:

1) Thumbs Up the DIY Gift Baskets & Girls Getaway Part II video on my channel.
2) Be a subscriber to my website (top right of home page or bottom of this post).
3) Leave a comment (on this post) letting me know: “Which 5 products would you put in your Ultimate Swag Bag and WHY?”


 Wishing everyone GOOD LUCK and I can’t wait to see your answers!

xo Rachel

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Love In Cancun

December 10, 2015

Byron and I recently took a trip to Cancun. What a beautiful place! If we get the chance, we love to take time away just the two of us. Oliver is our whole world and we couldn’t imagine our life without him. Our life was seriously so boring before he came, and we can’t remember what we used to do with all that time. haha I will say though, it’s nice to just be the two of us every once in a while. We napped in cabanas on the beach all day long, went on water sports adventures, nice dinners, and just did things we knew we couldn’t do with Oliver at this age. Plus, he wouldn’t remember any of those fun adventures anyway. He stayed with my brother and sister-in-law and their two kids, who he absolutely adores. It’s so cute to see how much they love each other. I almost feel like he has more fun with the cousins while we’re gone than if he were with us. He always comes back knowing so much! He told me what Star Wars was… lol

With that said though, I kept thinking how I couldn’t wait to share these moments with Oliver when he gets older. I have a video coming soon about everything we did while we were there!! 

Such beautiful views everywhere! I brought lightweight dresses and shorts to stay comfy and still feel a chic, but I lived in my bathing suit most of the time we were there.

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to infinity and beyond..

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Cabana LOVE. We would spend the whole day here!

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Tropical drinks!!!

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Water adventures with my man! Too much fun!

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Hope you enjoyed this quick post. Keep you eyes out for the video coming soon