Types of Acids in Skincare

* If you are new to using acids in your skincare routine, I recommend starting with a patch test. Just take a small amount of the product and apply it to the inside of your wrist. This is just to make sure you aren’t going to have a negative reaction to the product!(: *

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My Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Hi, friends! If you follow me on Instagram you probably already know that I have been OBSESSED with smoothie bowls recently. They are basically my favorite things ever and fortunately for me, they are super easy to make. Because I love them so much, I had to share with y’all the ingredients I use and how I make them at home!

ingredients for smoothie

* measurements are personalized *

unsweetened, original almond milk

mix of frozen fruits (blueberries, bananas, strawberries, etc)

fresh or frozen kale and/or spinach

* I do this to incorporate my greens because I don’t eat them as often as I should *

toppings

oats & honey granola

sliced almonds

chia seeds

honey

fresh fruit

* I typically go for 1/2 banana, sliced *

making the smoothie bowl

mix almond milk, frozen fruits and greens in a blender until smooth.

* tip: I recommend stirring the smoothie frequently throughout the blending process + adding a little water if needed to get it as smooth as possible *

pour your smoothie into a bowl and add granola, sliced almonds, chia seeds, fresh fruit and any other toppings your little heart desires.

drizzle with honey and enjoy!


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MEET MY BOYS

Hi sugar bears! I hope everyone is doing fabulous and staying healthy! For this post I decided it’s about dang time I introduce you to my little family. That tall, handsome babe next to me is my boyfriend of 9 years, Matthew. And that fluffy little white and brown monster is my sweet boy, George. (He is a little camera shy, clearly!)

Matthew and I met in middle school and eventually we started dating freshman year of high school. Little secret, I was obsessed with him pretty much that whole time and I definitely still am … hehe. Just like all couples, the two of us have been through good times, bad times, sad times and everything in between. We have grown up together and just about all of my memories have Matthew in them. Spilling my heart a little, I can’t imagine a life where I don’t have him in it. He is my best friend and I thank God everyday for him.

George-man became a part of the family years later when I finally convinced Matthew we had to have him. I was still living at home and my step dad at the time did not want a dog, at all! Unfortunely for him I didn’t listen and I got one anyways, oopsie poopsie! I had no clue how to tell my step dad about George and I was terrified so we hid George in my room for a few days until I got the courage to inform the family on our newest house mate. I couldn’t do a face to face confession so I wrote a note explaining my choices, tied it to George and he waddled off to deliver the message. His sweet self has been stealing the show ever since!

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POPPY PRODUCT GUIDE VOL.1

Let’s Talk Botox

Let me preface this post by saying, my intention is not to try and persuade anyone into getting Botox. I am just sharing my own experiences and sharing some knowledge!

We have all heard of Botox, or at least the vast majority. For those who don’t know, Botox is a neurotoxin that is used to prevent and treat wrinkles. It is used to treat other things as well, but cosmetic reasons are the most popular. If you have ever considered getting Botox but are intimidated or don’t know where to start, I am going to try my best to help!

Okay, let’s get one of the most popular questions out of the way. Does it hurt? My simple answer to that would be no. With that being said, everyone has a different pain tolerance and different areas of the face can differ with how painful the actual injection is. For example, around the eyes or top of the lip is a bit more uncomfortable to get treated than between the eyebrows or on your forehead. Topical numbing cream is also most likely going to be an available option for you, and it will help the discomfort if you are worried about it!

One of the most important things I can stress to you, is find a reputable place to get Botox. Skimping on price is not a good idea when it comes to needles in your face. I encourage you to do your research to find the best injectors in your area and ask questions. I repeat … ASK QUESTIONS!! Your injector should be able to answer any questions you have and make you feel 100% comfortable and on board before the actual injections begin.

One rule of thumb to keep in mind for your first appointment, is that you should expect to start more on the conservative side when it comes to amount of units. If you are in the hands of a master injector they should recommend that to you anyway, because why get more units than you need? If you still have movement or aren’t getting your desired results, you can always increase your dose at your next appointment!

FAQ’s

Q: What is Botox?

A: Botox is a neurotoxin. It is used to block the signals from the nerves to the muscles, telling the muscles to contract. This results in the treatment and prevention of wrinkles and fine lines. Botox gives an overall smoother look to the skin and makes you look more refreshed and awake.

Q: How long does a normal Botox treatment take?

A: Botox treatments typically take about 10 minutes. Thats it!

Q: How long does it last?

A: Botox generally lasts between 3-4 months.

Q: How much is it?

A: On average, the cost of Botox per unit is anywhere from $10 to $15. The amount of units injected is personalized from patient to patient and depends on your desired result + strength of the muscles that are being treated. To give you a general idea of how many units you may need, I edited a little diagram to referance!

Q: Is there any down time?

A: Nope! After you get injected the only things you will want to avoid are heavy exercise and laying down flat for about 4-6 hours.

Q: Do you look weird right after the treatment?

A: Bruising is always a possibility of course, but most of the time you can’t even tell you had anything done aside from a little redness from the injections.

*Tip: To decrease your chances of bruising, it is recommended that you avoid alcohol for 24-48 hours before your appointment. The same goes for blood thinners such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen, fish oil, etc. Blood thinners and alcohol can increase your chances of bruising so try to avoid them if you can.*

Q: How long does it take to see results?

A: You should start seeing results 5-7 days after your treatment, but you will see your finished results after a full 2 weeks.

My personal experience with Botox has been amazing! I am 23 & have been getting Botox for about a year now. I get it mainly for preventative reasons but I have found that Botox also really helps with my tension headaches, which is a huge added bonus. My main goal was to make sure to get a head start on prevention before I got prominent irreversible wrinkles. The areas I get treated are my crows feet, my 11’s which is the area between my brows, the top of my lip for a “lip flip”, and I also get a little brow lift. I work for such an amazing med spa in Lexington, KY and I am blessed to be able to get treated by the the most talented injectors. If you’re in the Lexington area I highly recommend Prive’ Med Spa, you will be in the best of hands!

If you have been considering Botox, I don’t want to tell you if you should or shouldn’t get it. What I can do is tell you that I recommend finding the best injector/injectors in your area and schedule a consultation. You can meet with them and ask any questions you have. Don’t be shy and don’t be afraid to ask even the smallest of questions. You want to leave your consult feeling informed and full of information so you can make the best decision for yourself.

I really hope this post was informative and helpful because I know Botox can seem so overwhelming at first, but once you get more information on the treatment it isn’t so scary. On the other hand if you don’t feel like Botox is for you or you just simply don’t want it, that is okay too! It is a personal choice and you should only get Botox if you are making the decision with full certainty.

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My Essentials For The Perfect “At Home” Spa Day

Lets face it, we all need a good rest and relaxation moment every now and then and going out to indulge in your local day spas may not always be an option for you. I am one of those people that takes “self care” pretty seriously but I don’t have hundreds of dollars to spend for weekly professional treatments. Meaning, I have gotten pretty good at creating the ultimate spa day at home and I’m here to share my personal essentials with you guys!

Face Masks:

Duhhhh. What is a spa day without a good face mask? I am a little obsessed with them and I love all different kinds. Sheet masks, clay masks, gel masks, peel off masks, and my new favorite, hydrojelly masks! Different types of masks for different types of moods, ya know?

When you are choosing your face masks, you want to make sure you get the best type of mask for your skin! Find options that target any problem areas your skin has. “At home” masks can actually be pretty beneficial if you choose quality products that are right for you. Here are a few of my faves!

Nola Skinsentials “Pumpkin Enzyme Mask”

ZO Skin Health “Complexion Clearing Masque”

The Ordinary “AHA/BHA Peeling Solution”

GlamGlow “Supermud Mask”

Esthemax “Egyptian Rose” & “Illuminating Orange” Hydrojelly Masks

*p.s Esthemax is a “for licensed professionals only” site BUT I linked a retailer that carries a “diy” mask kit that anyone can purchase! I also recommend checking your local med spas and see if they carry them! I know Prive’ Med Spa in Lexington, KY carries some jelly masks. *

Foot Spa:

Yes honey, you totally need a foot spa in your life. Funny story, I bought a cheap foot spa to give as a “Dirty Santa” gift one year and the moment I bought it, I wanted it. I was working as a makeup artist at MAC and was on my feet all the time, so this looked heavenly to me. Me being me, I won it back in the game and lived happily ever after, haha! It is perfect for a little “pedispa” and I highly recommend you try one. I like to add a little “Teals” epsom salt to my foot bath and it is fantastic for sore/tired feet.

Here is the foot spa that I bought.

Facial Tools:

Facial tools are a really cool addition to your spa routine! I love using a Jade Roller that is chilled. I use it to stimulate the collagen and blood cells in my face and it is so relaxing and super calming. Another tool I love using is a little contoured stone called a “Gua Sha” to relieve tension in my facial muscles.

Both have quickly become spa essentials of mine. Here is a set with both the Jade Roller and the “Gua Sha”!

I am also OBSESSED with cupping my face. I know it sounds weird but I swear it’s a thing! There are tons of benefits from cupping, and I think it feels so so relaxing when incorporated into your skin care routine. I didn’t link a specific set because there are so many different options out there, but I got mine from Amazon so I recommend looking there! Last but not least, you have to have a good chilled eye mask!! I have a rose quartz one and I am obsessed with that thing. It feels so luxurious, and we all need a little extra luxury in this life, right? Here is a mask that I found, similar to mine!

Hair Treatments:

We gotta show our locks some love too! I am obsessed with keratin treatments like this one from Paul Mitchell! Keratin helps to improve your hair strength and texture. It also helps to smooth out frizzy, unruly hair. Another treatment fave of mine is the No.3 Hair Perfector from Olaplex! You can find it here! I totally recommend getting an inexpensive little portable hair dryer as well. The one that sits up and covers your entire head, you know the one!

Just keep in mind that although adding heat to some hair treatments can be super beneficial, you want to make sure you are aware of how hot your dryer is, and make sure you don’t over use it. Here is the one I have, but there are tons of other more inexpensive options available!

All of these things are so fun and a great way to treat yourself in the comforts of your own home! You deserve to treat yourself & show yourself some extra love. We all have to prioritize taking care of “me”.

On that note, go enjoy! xoxo

My Starbucks Order

Okay, I know this is a random post but I am an iced coffee snob and after an obscene amount of failed Starbucks orders and countless dollars spent on iced coffee combos that are just not THE drink, I finally have the perfect iced coffee. Just a heads up, this order is personalized for a low carb lifestyle so if you are a sugar junkie I make no promises! Although, even when I wasn’t eating low carb this was still my go-to drink because it is just that dang good!

My Order

Grande Iced Coffee

With Heavy Cream

*I ask for an an extra splash of heavy cream because at first, my order always tasted different depending on who made it, and ever since I have started asking for an extra splash it is always perfect & delicious!*

Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup

No Classic Syrup

In a Venti Cup With Extra Ice

*This step is super important if you are an ice freak like me. I don’t know why having extra ice makes it taste better, but it does and if you don’t like ice … I have questions, lol.*

Mmkay, so now that you have the breakdown of the yummiest iced coffee in the world, you have no other choice but to go to Starbucks right now and get one. You can thank me later! xoxo

Fall Candle Picks 2020

Guess what… Bath & Body works fall candle season is FINALLY here! Honestly it has been here for a minute but I still can’t contain my excitement y’all!! I am obsessed, and I mean OBSESSED with fall candles and scents from Bath & Body Works. Every fall season I try to stock up on all the best scents so I can indulge in them all year long!

So what are my 2020 fall candle picks? I have my yearly reoccurring favorites such as Marshmallow Fireside and Pumpkin Pecan Waffles and then of course there are other scents I fall in love with that are new to the fall line up. This year one of my favorite new scents is Pumpkin Bonfire. I am not going to attempt to describe the smell because I am so incredibly bad at that, but it is yummy. To be honest, any of the scents that have the word “Pumpkin” in them are pretty much a sure thing for me. My boyfriend actually teased me so much when I stocked up this year, because almost every single candle in my cart had “Pumpkin” somewhere in the name, but I regret nothing, haha. Anyway, now that you have a little insight into my fall candle obsession, let me share the goodies I got this year!

Sweater Weather

Vanilla Pumpkin Marshmallow

Pumpkin Pecan Waffles

Caramel Pumpkin Swirl

Marshmallow Fireside

Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin

Pumpkin Vanilla Creme

Pumpkin Bonfire

My list of picks is short-ish, but I picked the ones I knew I would like and got multiples of each! I also ordered them all online because … well you know, Coronavirus. So, I might have missed out on some of the ones that sold out early, but thats okay! Hope this helps if you are planning on ordering some fall candles and I may or may not be talking myself into getting more as I am writing this post so I should wrap this up, lol. xoxo

P.S. I added links to all the candles so you can shop my 2020 fall picks! The only one that is currently unavailable is “Pumpkin Bonfire” but I still linked the Bath & Body Works site so you can browse all their other fall candle options!