Friday, December 20, 2013

Stuck In a Rut

To say I have been stuck in a rut recently would be an understatement.

My fall semester is officially over but the last weeks of the semester were a very trying time for me mentally. I went from having no time to breathe one week to having absolutely nothing to do the last week of classes. Oddly enough, the week I had nothing to do was the harder week for me. Sure, I spent time prepping for my semester abroad and studying, and I did - honest, but that still left loads of free time. Thus my boredom drove me into a rut. And when I get stuck in a rut, it's normally a deep one.

As someone who as suffered from deep clinical depression, the thought of being in a rut scares me. I'm always terrified that I could easily fall back into my depression. I tend to over-think even the most minute aspects of my life so having endless amounts of free time that leads to crazy amounts of boredom, can be a bit dangerous especially when I'm alone. Having down time is normally nice, but too much of it lets my mind wander into scary territories that I would rather never revisit ever again. Some people may say it is the stereotypical "seasonal depression" that many people seem to suffer from, but that doesn't make it any less important since it can easily carry over for a longer period of time.

Even as I write this I'm still stuck a bit, partly due to confusion on the potential future direction of this blog; I will likely start doing more beauty related posts because I enjoy them. And primarily due to a massive writers block that has been driving me bonkers. Normally when I'm stuck, I write. I'm no Jane Austen by any means and most of the time this writing never sees the light of day, but it's therapeutic and helps clear my mind. Not being able to figure out things to write about is frustrating to no end.

In order to help get my out of my rut and out of my writers block, I thought I'd share of few of the things that have helped me out. Maybe if you are stuck you can try one of these things out as a small step in the right direction. One of the things I did/do to relax a bit is some extra pampering and me time. My handy dandy Origins Drink-Up mask and my recently purchased Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque seemed to do the trick. Nicely scented masks are always a go-to for me whenever I am stressed. I've found that taking care of yourself in even the smallest of ways, such as skincare, can really be beneficial in the long-run to you taking care of your mind. It may seem superficial to some, but for me it works since it is a baby step in feeling good about yourself and can make you happy if even for only a moment.

But probably the most helpful of all of the things I did came in the form of aromatherapy. I'd always wanted to try the this works deep sleep pillow spray; I've heard many great things about it and how helpful it can but was always put off from buying indue to the price. However, as I was online shopping on black friday on ASOS, I saw they had a little "dream team" bundle with mini versions of the spray and the deep sleep stress less rollerball, so I decided to give it a go. In short, they combine Lavender, Chamomile, and Vetivert for a soothing aroma. It is so relaxing and has helped me sleep and clear my mind of all of the stress caused from being stuck in such a rut.

There are also a multitude of other things you can do to clear your mind when you're stressed and get you out of a rut. These are simply two of the main things I tend to fall back on when I get stuck.

What do you do when you're in a similar situation?

Talk to y'all soon!


Monday, December 9, 2013

Meaningful Music Monday #3

Hey all!

Today marks the first day of my final week of classes before finals week. Last week was a bit of a stressor; it was actually more stressful than finals week will be. Hope y'all are doing well and here are a few songs to start off the week right!

'The Secret of Life' - Faith Hill
"Sam looks up from his Sunday paper 
Says, 'Boys, you're on the wrong track
 The secret of life is there ain't no secret 

And you don't get your money back.' "

I've always been a Faith fan and this song is a favorite for it's meaning. When you're feeling down and out, this song definitely helps you feel better.

'I Believe' - Yolanda Adams
You keep creating pictures in your mind
So just believe they will come true in time
It will be fine leave all of your cares and stress behind and
Just let it go"

Another oldie but goodie that popped up one day when my music was on shuffle. Simply put, Yolanda Adams has one of the most amazing voices ever and it's hard to be unhappy listening to her sing. I can't be the only one who always seems to want to get up and dance whenever this song comes on, right? 

Hope y'all have a great Monday!


Sunday, December 1, 2013

November Favorites

How is it already December?! I know everyone says it, but man has this month/ year just flown by. To be quite frank, I want it to go a little faster so I can get to London already, but that's neither here nor there.

And now I'm just going to get right into it; here are my beauty favorites for the month of November:

REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask: My face has been particularly annoying this month and I have not figured out why. But what I do know is how much I love this mask! I got it in the REN The Fab 4 kit a few months ago and I absolutely love it. It's a different kind of exfoliating mask as the glycol lactic acid just eats away at the dead skin without the rough exfoliating beads. It does have a burning/tingling sensation sometimes when you use it, but it is not painful at all and actually feels nice. As soon as I run out of my mini size, I am definitely going out to purchase the full size as it is one of the absolute best masks I've tried.

Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer: Picked this up after reading a post by Lily Melrose and it has become a daily necessity for me in cold weather. It's quick and easy and really does dry in seconds while still being a great moisturizer. It comes in 3 different scents and mine is in cocoa butter, which smells heavenly.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer: My new go to concealer. It does exactly what it says it will do and I even use it as a normal concealer to hide blemishes and redness before I put on my foundation. I love the applicator at the end because it distributes the product well enough that I don't need a separate brush to blend it in.

Revlon Lash Potion Mascara: I definitely did not need a new mascara when I bought this, but I just simply could not resist the packaging! It's just so pretty. It also happens to be a darn good mascara as well. It definitely is volumizing when you use two coats and I have noticed some lengthening going on. While I don't love it as much as I love my Benefit They're Real Mascara or my Maybelline The Falsies, I've worn it so much since buying it and definitely recommend it if you are looking for a new drugstore mascara. (I will note that I've heard that the non-waterproof version hasn't had the best reviews, this is the one I have and have not had any problems with it. But if you're wary, I'd try the waterproof version)

Rimmel 60 Second Nail Polish in Blue Eyed Girl: Rimmel Nail Polishes just don't get enough credit, in my opinion. Great formula, a decent selection of colors, nice opacity, affordable, and the brush is wide so they are easy to apply. I loved this color as it is a normal medium blue shade that's different from what I would typically wear on my nails at this time of year. And hey, how could this blue eyed girl resist a nail polish with that name.

Daisy by Marc Jacobs: I've actually had this for months and have loved it for months. Marc Jacobs does such a great job with perfumes and this one is no different. It's not overpowering and strong, just a nice, fresh Daisy scent that is light enough that I think it would suit any age. It is also a versatile enough scent that I think it can be worn year-round.

What products have y'all been enjoying this past month?