The Skincare Line That DEFINES Beauty Sleep [Moonlit Skincare]

How many of you have heard the terms “beauty sleep” or “beauty rest” thrown around? It is believed that a good night’s sleep is important to sustain a youthful appearance and complexion. According to this study, poor sleep quality is in fact associated with signs of aging, diminished skin barrier function and low satisfaction with appearance.

Maybe it’s time we start to rethink our whacky summer sleep patterns…

Now of course today we have thousands of skin care products to choose from that can support glowing and healthy skin even when we may not be prioritizing enough sleep. But, what if I told you there was a skincare line out there that highlights the importance of both a good night’s sleep and radiant skin?

Good news, there is and it’s called: Moonlit Skincare.

I had the pleasure of coming across this brand back in April and my initial thought while glimpsing over their products at first was: Where has this line been all my life?

From skin care products to sleep essentials like eye masks, silk pillowcases and more, Moonlit Skincare epitomizes the importance of beauty sleep, literally and figuratively.

One of their products that caught my eye the most was their Midnight Shift Overnight Facial Oil. At the time, I was going through a facial oil craze and was on the hunt for more to try.

The vegan and cruelty-free overnight facial oil offers to provide you with “smooth, plump and redefined skin” when you wake up in the morning, while its lavender scent works to whisk you off into a peaceful slumber at night.

To use this product is very simple. You just warm up a few drops of the oil into your hands and press it into a freshly cleansed face and neck during your night time skin care routine/before bedtime.

When I first tried this product, my first impression was the cute and whimsical bottle as well as the oil’s charming, lavender scent.

Prior to trying out the oil, my concern was the possible strength of the fragrance. Would it be too strong? For me, products with too strong of fragrances are unappealing for me to use because they distract me from the true purpose of the product and can get overwhelming.

The Midnight Shift Overnight Facial Oil has the perfect balance of a pleasant, and natural synthetic-free fragrance that relaxes and calms the mind before bed. Aside from the stunning results that the oil brings to your skin in the morning, the fragrance of this oil ended up being one of my favorite parts about this product.

Some key ingredients that this oil includes are: jojoba oil, sunflower oil, ginseng, papaya and grape seed oil. All of the ingredients work together to soothe dry, dull, aging and uneven skin overnight and over the course of your usage.

When I wake up in the morning, my skin looks noticeably brighter and vivacious without any leftover residue like some facial oils can leave on your skin. Absorption of this product into the skin has never been any issue at all for me.

I can no longer go to bed without this stuff. In fact, when it comes to my nighttime routine, this oil is something that I look forward to using because not only do I know that my skin will look bright, dewy and radiant in the morning, I know that I will be getting a good night’s sleep as well.

Yes, this is a skin care product of your dreams and it. DELIVERS.

Moonlit Skincare has some EXCITING news. A few of their select products are available for PRE-SALE on Urban Outfitters!

Their Midnight Shift Overnight Facial Oil is one of the products that you can pre-order online right now. Their products will be available online and in select Urban Outfitters doors in California and New York!

Click here to check their stuff out now!

What is a skin care product you cannot go without before bed?

My Weekend Morning Routine For Relaxation & Energy

During the week, my morning routine is a mess…I don’t even consider it a routine since I’m usually rushing to get ready for school.

While I definitely need to work on my morning routine during the week, I must say that I do have a pretty solid one for the weekend.

I wanted to share a glimpse into what my weekend morning routine looks like. I love to devote time to self-care and relaxation as my weeks almost always end up being so busy and exhausting.

Contrary to the popular saying, “A Sunday well spent brings a week of content,” I think that a weekend well-spent can do just the same!

Wake Up- 10:00 A.M.

Depending on how tired I am from the week, my wake-up time varies. I’ve found that on most weekends, my body typically wakes up around 10-10:30a.m so that’s when I like to start my day.

I usually lay in my bed, grab my phone from my night stand and go through my e-mails, my personal and blog Instagram accounts, read my daily bible verse and check out a few new YouTube videos that have been posted from the channels I’m subscribed to.

I know, grabbing your phone first thing in the morning is not the best habit to have, but I’m just keeping it real (and am working on it!)

Morning Skin Care

When I finally feel ready to get out of bed, I head to my bathroom to brush my teeth and wash my face. Below is what my current morning skincare lineup looks like!

Breakfast – Avocado Toast & Eggs

I’m 100% a breakfast girl and cannot start my day without it. I love it so much that sometimes I’ll crave breakfast for dinner and have that instead of a normal dinner meal!

I’ve been eating a lot of avo toast lately and I’m not mad about it. I use Ezekiel bread for my toast, a half of an avocado from Trader Joe’s and put everything but the bagel seasoning on top. If I’m up for it, I’ll add an egg on top! I either eat this with a side of hot tea or a glass of cold water.


Catch Up, Plan, Read…

One of the reasons why I love the weekend so much is that it gives me time to breathe. I don’t feel obligated to rush or get assignments/work tasks done for the following day and actually have a bit of time to plan out the rest of the month and start some things I want to get ahead of.

Even though I recommend giving yourself at least a day or a few hours off from working on anything during the weekend, I can’t help but feel a little motivated knowing that I have more free time to do so!

After doing a little bit of catching up on some school assignments and work, I love to wind down by either reading, writing in my journal or planning content for my blog (this may be considered working, but to me it’s so much fun to do!).

This all takes place in my breakfast nook where all the amazing natural sunlight comes in. Being in this environment makes me feel so inspired and happy.

Workout Routine

After a bit of R&R, I like to do a quick and easy workout.

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that my latest obsession has been jump roping. I usually like to run, but sometimes it’s fun to switch things around!

I love to jump rope for about 10 minutes followed by 3-5 sets of a full body workout (@danalandgren and @kayla_itsines workouts on IG are my favorites!!)

Working out for as little as 30 minutes is an instant mood-booster and I highly recommend incorporating this into your morning routine if you’re not already!

Get Ready For The Day

After I’ve completed a work out, I officially get ready for whatever the day has planned. I am such a huge homebody, but even if I’m not going out, I still like to dress in comfortable clothes as it makes me feel good in general.

What’s something you can’t go without doing in the morning?

My Top Ten Favorite Healthy Snacks as a Busy College Student (Vegetarian & Dairy-Free!)

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Being a busy college student, I’ve experienced a lot of days where I’ve had to rely on snacks to get me through the day. Between super long lines for food and a schedule packed with club/organization meetings and back-to-back classes, sometimes it can be really hard to find time to wait for something. To all of you students who go to a big school for college or have a crazy busy schedule, you can probably relate!

Anyway, over the past three years as a college student and a busy gal in general, I’ve been able to discover so many snacks that have been able to sustain me up until my next meal that are both satisfying and healthy! I’m also vegetarian and dairy-free so for those of you who are on the same boat or are just looking for some more snack ideas, I’d love to provide some suggestions!

Here are some of my all-time favorite healthy snacks that never fail to satisfy me:

Nuts

Almonds, pistachios, cashews, you name it! Nuts are incredibly satisfying and always give me the boost of energy that I need to move forward during a busy day. They are packed with healthy fats and protein and are so convenient and easy to bring around with you. Just make sure to be cautious of how much you are consuming in one serving!

Hummus & Carrots

Of course carrots aren’t the only option to dip in hummus. The list is endless! You can use pretzels, celery, pita chips/bread, etc. Hummus is so easy to locate in grocery stores and not to mention there are different flavors of hummus as well. Carrots and hummus are great when you want something healthy as well as to satisfy your craving for something crunchy!

Popcorn

Ever since I was little, popcorn has always been a huge favorite of mine, especially the ones that can go right in the microwave. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve discovered that sometimes, less (ingredients) is more! I love Skinny Pop as well as Trader Joe’s Air-popped popcorn the most at the moment! They are both light, low in calories and have a great flavor.

Apples/Bananas with Peanut Butter

This combo has been my go-to snack for the past week or two. This is the perfect snack if you are craving something sweet. Slice up some apples or bananas and use about a tablespoon of peanut butter to dip your fruit in. It is quick and easy to prepare and tastes so amazing. You can even play around with a new fruit & PB combo.

Protein Bars

I was never a huge fan of protein bars growing up, but I’ve learned to realize that it’s all about finding the right one. My favorite brand at the moment is Larabar because they are dairy-free and are SO simple in terms of ingredients. I love the chocolate chip cookie dough and banana chocolate chip bars the most! I definitely have to try some new flavors.

Crunchy Chickpeas

For an excellent source of protein, crunchy chickpeas are a must! Now, crunchy chickpeas are something that can easily be prepared and made by yourself, but if you don’t have time to make them, my favorite brand to buy is World Cuisine Saffron Road Crunchy Chickpeas (Sea Salt). I just discovered these last month at Whole Foods and swear I can finish the entire bag in one sitting if I could!!

Edamame (Shelled or Roasted)

Believe it or not, edamame is so satisfying and so fun to snack on! You can roast them for a more crunchy and savory snack or you can eat them shelled with a bit of sea salt. These things are packed with fiber and are so versatile. When I’m not eating it for a snack, I love to sprinkle them into my salads and buddha bowls.

Popcorn Cakes

If you are a popcorn-lover like me, another thing you need to try are popcorn cakes! Similar to rice cakes, popcorn cakes are simply just made with popcorn instead of rice. Skinny Pop sells both regular-sized and mini popcorn cakes making them an excellent alternative for chips. They taste amazing with guacamole or hummus on top!

Pretzels Dipped in Chocolate Tahini

For the perfect combination of sweet & salty, you need to try this. On a grocery trip to Whole Foods a few weeks ago, I came across a brand that was giving out samples of their chocolate tahini spread! The brand is called Soom Foods and their chocolate tahini spread tastes just like nutella, except so much better. They are dairy-free, nut-free, vegan and kosher! As with many spreads, you can play around with how you’d like to consume this!

Nut Butter Stuffed Dates

I hate to admit this, but I just tried dates for the first time last month. I can’t believe it took me so long to try them because they are so sweet and taste like a chewy, caramel candy. A quick recipe that I’ve come across many times online involves slicing open dates and filling them with a nut butter of your choice. It is so yummy!

What are some of your favorite snacks? Whether you are a college student or not, or you’re just constantly on-the-go, I’d love to hear!

 

5 Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Season

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Christmas is in two days, and we’ll be entering the new year in less than two weeks! Time has flown by so quickly.

So let’s be honest. Sometimes the holiday season in reality doesn’t feel as glamorous as it is portrayed in movies, TV shows, commercials and social media.

Maybe you’re finalizing travel plans, or you’re in charge of wrapping gifts. Maybe you still haven’t picked up all of your gifts yet, or you still have to make final preparations for a holiday dinner or party.

If any of the above describes how you’re feeling right now or if you’re experiencing any form of holiday stress large or small, just take the time to breathe. Right now.

Being surrounded by portrayals of situations opposite to yours may make you feel like you’re the only person in the world going through this, but let me be the first to tell you that you’re not!

I’ve had my fair share of holiday stress this year, but I’ve come to terms with the fact that the true meaning of the holidays and how I should be spending this precious time outweighs all of the stress that I have been experiencing.

I want to offer some tips to combat holiday stress because at the end of the day, everything will get done even though you have no idea how.

Disconnect

The holidays are the perfect time to break away from social media, TV, or anything that is distracting you from getting what you need to get done. Sometimes seeing what is portrayed online or on the screen can worsen your stress and make like you feel like you don’t have it all together!

Don’t give your attention to that. Instead, use your time of disconnect to spend more time with family and loved ones or give yourself some time to just unwind and relax after a long day of crossing off tasks from your to-do list.

Ask For Help

Never be ashamed to reach out for help if you need it! This goes for decorating, planning or picking up something that you may have forgotten to grab at the grocery store.

I know you may want to get everything done by yourself, but simply asking a friend, family member or significant other for help can lessen your stress significantly. Maybe for your dinner party you can ask guests to bring a meal to lessen the load of cooking everything. Or, you can ask a friend or someone who is free to help you clean and prepare for guests that are coming over.

Make Time for Self-Care

Whatever your favorite form of self-care may be, make time in your schedule for it. Self-care is something that is necessary to implement into our daily routines. It allows us to listen more closely to our body and mind.

It doesn’t matter how long of a day you’ve had or how much left you still have to do. A few minutes dedicated to your favorite form of self-care won’t hurt. In fact, it’ll make you feel better and give you energy to tackle your next task.

Be Kind To Your Body

Of course during the holidays we are surrounded by so many delicious sweet treats all around us and it is absolutely fine to treat yourself!

But, it is also important not to lose sight of continuing to nourish your body with the proper nutrition that it needs. Doing so will keep you moving and full of vitality.

Along with a treat here and there, make sure you are staying hydrated, and continuing to eat fruits and vegetables. It is so easy to lose track of what you are consuming this time of the year, but if you remain mindful of it all, you can notice a positive difference in your mood throughout the rest of the season!

“Gratitude is the BEST Attitude”

When in doubt, practice gratitude. Think of everything you are grateful for! Appreciate all the good and bad that you are going through because at the end of the day, you will become so much stronger because of the challenges you may be facing at the moment.

Continue to spread generosity and kindness to everyone because everyone is going through some kind of battle whether it is apparent or not.

While the holiday season may be stressful at times, remember to be easy and kind to yourself. No one is perfect and not everything goes according to plan which is fine because that is a part of life. Taking care of yourself is the most important and remember that all of this will pass!

Camille Rose

Skin Care is My Makeup.

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Anyone who knows me personally knows that I’m not one to wear makeup often. Yes, it’s incredibly fun to apply makeup for a nice outing with friends or a fancy dinner with my family, but more often than not, you’ll see me bare-faced.

While many girls that I knew in middle school were starting to experiment with makeup, I was messing around with skin care. I don’t recall too much about how I got into it, but I do remember that I would constantly pass time by watching YouTube videos of skin care routines, constantly research new cleansers, moisturizers and masks to try out (I still do!), and pick up a new skin care product every time I went to the drugstore.

It is often said that you should do the things that your future self will thank you for and when I look back, I’m incredibly proud of myself to have gotten into skin care at such an early age because today, it is such a vital part of my daily self-care routine.

Today, I want to share with you some of my current favorite skin care products that I use religiously. It has definitely taken a lot of trial and error over the years to find products that work well for my skin, but I can genuinely say that I am very satisfied with the products that I am using at the moment!

Shea Moisture African Black Soap with Shea Butter for Troubled Skin

I started using this product over the summer and I haven’t used any other cleanser since! It is incredibly effective and always leaves my skin looking fresh and radiant. I bring this soap with me wherever I go.

Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser

Before discovering the Shea Moisture African Black Soap, this cleanser was my go-to. I still love it so much! This cleanser removes all of your makeup while giving your skin a deep cleanse a the same time. It is super gentle and has a subtle, calming scent.

Aztec Secret- Indian Healing Clay Mask

After so much hype over this product on YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram, I had to give this mask a try. It certainly has delivered! I love using this mask after a long, stressful week of school or work. This mask has cleared up my skin so well and I feel like my skin is genuinely spotless after every application.

Bubble Sheet Mask

My current obsession at the moment, this bubble sheet mask is AMAZING and so much fun. I never truly understood what brighter skin looked like until using this. My bestie and I used these masks to prep for a formal last month and after using it then, I was hooked. Also, the way this mask works with its reaction to oxygen makes this a unique product to have for sure.

St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub

This has been a favorite skin care product of mine for years; I think I’ve been using it for around 7 or 8 years! Every time I use this, I’m reminded of why I continue to go back to this scrub year after year. It smells great and leaves my skin feeling super soft and smooth. It has also helped immensely with fading my dark spots and scarring.

Pond’s Dry Skin Cream

Cold weather calls for annoying, rough and dry skin. Cold weather or not, this moisturizer has been a favorite for about 3 years. Not going to lie, the first time I tried this product I was not a fan. I thought it was too thick so as a result, I resorted to thinner moisturizers. By doing that, my skin’s dryness became worse so I resorted back to this product and haven’t turned to any other moisturizer since.

Provence Beauty Repair Oil

I just picked up this oil a few days ago and I love it! This oil is made of coconut oil and hazelnut oil in order to repair your skin from dryness, scarring, acne and more. I love how light and absorbent this oil is making it something perfect to apply not only at nights but during the day as well. With this oil, you really do wake up with glowy skin!

Sisal Cotton Body Sponge

Aside from our face, our body needs just as much love too! I’ve just been getting into using body brushes and scrubs more often lately especially as my skin has been getting drier due to the cold weather. My sisal cotton body sponge gives my body a great exfoliation without being too harsh on the skin.

If you couldn’t tell already, I love skin care and am always on the hunt for new products to try. What are some of your favorites at the moment? Let me know!

Camille Rose