New Year // New Goals

New Year // New Goals

Happy New Year friends!

As the first weekend of the New Year is underway, I’ve spent my week looking into what my goals for the New Year are and how I’m going to achieve them.

Below are several of my goals that are nearest and dearest to my heart for 2019.

GOALS FOR THE NEW YEAR // 2019

SAVE money = prioritize my spending.

⁃ Be DEDICATED to my nutrition, I want to decrease my body fat % & fuel my body with the proper micronutrients that are NOT filled with $h*#! Primarily cutting out fast food as much as I can!

⁃ Be CONSISTENT at the gym. Train hard, not be timid to lift heavy and not allow one day off to turn into a week. The gym has changed my life, my mental and physical health, I don’t want to lose sight of that this year.

GRADUATE cosmetology school! I want to be more dedicated to this craft than I ever have been before. I’m so eager for what this industry has in store for me. I just have to put in the TIME & WORK.

⁃ Show more GRATITUDE. I want to find something each day to be thankful for and never let the people I LOVE forget how thankful I am for them.

⁃ Keep my house & car CLEAN, all the time. I just need to tidy up a little each day to avoid the chaotic disaster that comes at the end of the week.

If you’re anything like me, you’re ready to be the best version of yourself. Take the time to reflect on what you want, wether it be long term or short term. Think about things you could improve on or want to achieve —things that will in exchange improve your quality of life. Narrow those things down into a couple realistic GOALS and start NOW.

Think of what the best version of yourself would do, make that a reality. You are so much stronger than you think you are. You also will more than likely learn so much about yourself along your journey to achieving your goals, it’s likely your goals may change- just know what you want and don’t be afraid to appreciate your failures and celebrate successes.

I hope my goals and inspirations for the year allow you to make some of your own. What are your goals for the New Year? How do you aim to achieve them? Leave your comments below!

Xoxo,

Courtney

Laneige Overnight Water Mask

Laneige Overnight Water Mask

HAPPY SUNDAY.

Yet again I have managed to fall of the face of the earth. With the Fall semester starting and starting a new position at work, I’ve had virtually zero time to sit down and write.

This time I’ll be reviewing the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask  for you courtesy of Influenster.


I’ve had this product for about two weeks and have been using it religiously since.

I’ve never tried anything by the brand Laneige and I have also never used an over night mask.

This product retails for $25 USD at Sephora and is 2.30 oz/70 mL.

I was quite impressed by how reasonable the price of this mask was, especially considering the amount of product you get!

This product claims to be suitable for all skin types and provides a solution for dryness, dullness/uneven texture and fine lines/wrinkles. Laneige suggests that it be used after your face cream/moisturizer and applied evenly across the entire face. It is also suggested that the mask be rinsed off in the AM.

Personally with the seasons transitioning for summer to fall, I need all the extra moisture I can get. I have acne prone combination skin, most of my oiliness is centered around my T-Zone, and I tend to get dry patches around my chin area.

Lets start with the packaging– it looks and feels very luxurious. I love when a product has sturdy packaging. I always tell myself, “Don’t judge a product by its packaging Courtney…”, yet sometimes, I just can’t help it. The mask comes with a small plastic spatula to aid in getting the product out of the jar, I just use my fingers– but this will be great for all you guys & gals with long nails.


I like the consistency of this product, but do not be confused, this is not a substitute for a moisturizer.  I used this product several times at night without my moisturizer in fear of adding to much product to my skin. My advise is to perform your regular nightly skin care routine and apply this mask after your moisturizer has dried down.

The scent is very soft, not overbearing, very clean and crisp.

I found my skin looked the most radiant and supple the times that I used both my normal moisturizer and the Laneige mask- which is recommended on the directions. The mask does dry down to a slightly sticky consistency, but this doesn’t bother me due to the fact I am asleep for the time I have the product applied.


Overall, this mask is great, I will be repurchasing this due to the more than reasonable price and the added moisture it has given to my skin.

DISCLAIMER: This product was sent to me by Influenster, I did not pay for the product reviewed in this blog posts. While I did not pay for this product all opinions on the product are my own.

I hope you all are doing well and spreading kindness wherever you go. 

XO, Courtney.

 

Sunday Morning Thoughts 

Sunday Morning Thoughts 

This post is a bit of a ramble, but it’s been weighing on my mind. I hope you all have had an amazing week and are ready to bring in and embrace a new week. Remember, new week = new possibilities.

I have spent my Sunday morning reflecting on some things. Recently I have came across some really thought provoking topics, such as: not allowing social media to create pressure on your image and another wonderful topic- women inspiring women, especially women we don’t know. These two topics really touched my heart because I myself have fell short of judging women I don’t know, particularly on social media, and that is no way to uplift a person. I have also found myself comparing myself to other people due to their social media posts- such as comparing my body, the clothes I have, etc.

I was thinking how harmonious this world would be if we all set out to uplift one another instead of seeking to pick out one another’s flaws and judge one another’s decisions. I have too often found myself comparing myself, or bashing myself because I don’t have a “perfect” body, a boatload of money or a masters degree, all because I see have the shortcoming of comparing their life protrayed on social media to mine.
Although I regret making these judgements and allowing myself to lose confidence and compare myself to others, I have learned to embrace myself for all that I am. I also truly want to be a positive force in uniting women to motivate and embrace one another. Women of all shapes and sizes, ethnicities, educational backgrounds and walks of life.
Remember you all are beautiful inside and out. Forget societal pressures to be perfect and embrace yourself & LOVE yourself. Once you love yourself, loving others and appreciating their beauty will come naturally. Compliment other women, uplift them, find inspriration in their posts, their health, etc. We all have so much to learn from one another.
If this is something you have felt or experienced, you are not alone. I hope you all find beauty in yourselves and everything around you. Treat a stranger with a smile and stop being so hard on yourself and on others. I encourage reflecting, on things that happened during the week, on things you would like to improve and set goals for yourself. You will achieve them, I know it.

Xx, Courtney.