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I drank a gallon of water a day and this happened…

I have never felt better honestly, my face is clearer and brighter and I do not feel bleh. Now i haven’t worked out in weeks and have just been feeling gross. Without changing my diet at all, just simply drinking a gallon of water {or close to, because it definitely is hard!} I feel 10x better about myself mentally and physically.

I drank a gallon of water everyday for a week. Now I no longer do this, because it is SO hard to keep up with. I am more mindful of my water intake and can drastically feel a difference with my body, both inside and outside, when I don’t have enough water in me.

Now, I’m no doctor, and I honestly think a gallon of water for my weight is a little much, so do some research. Your water intake is supposed to be based off of your weight. But, if you google it, the estimated daily intake is about 8 glasses, or 1.9 liters a day. This is all wayyy to much, so I just fill my water bottle up like 3 or 4 times a day ha!

Anyway here are some water fun facts!:

-eliminates toxins which ultimately helps you to lose weight because the toxins are no longer being stored in fat cells

-water is one of the most vital sources of energy, so instead of going for another cup of coffee or downing a red bull, drink some water

-prevents overeating and makes you feel fuller, which keeps you from randomly eating {haha @ me}

-decreases headaches {unless you have allergies and get migraines like me, that does not help ☹️} headaches are the first sign of dehydration

-improves skin and helps with preventing wrinkles, acne and brightening dull skin

-when you drink more water it actually boosts your metabolism which means your body burns food quicker and reduces overall weight gain

-makes your hair and nails stronger and helps give you a healthy scalp

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Hellloooo! I am so excited to be sharing this DIY with you guys!! I have been doing this the entire summer and have fallen in love with it! It is such a great scrub and the best thing is you can find all of the ingredients at home! Read through the entire post for all of the steps and how great coffee is for your skin {hint: wayy more benefits then ya think!}

So first things first: ingredients. You will need an oil; I have used both olive oil and coconut oil. I have to say coconut oil is way better and holds more of a solid form! You will need coffee grounds, I chose to use a used K-Cup, it’s like recycling!! And last but not least you will need some sugar, I chose just to use white sugar. I’m sure brown sugar works fine as well, although it tends to be bigger than regular white sugar, so it may be abrasive.

I will be honest, I have no idea about the measurements; I just kind of wing it haha! Do what you feel is best. In the end, less is safer and you can always add more in the end!

The Coconut Oil, my mom bought this for cooking purposes! I will link a similar one here.

Your basic white sugar.

Some super yummy {and strong!!} coffee grounds.

Starbucks K-Cups, my family’s Keurig {larger version}, my dorm Keruig, {smaller version}

Get a cute lil bowl and add the sugar. If you decide to use a K-Cup, you’ll have to remove the top foil and scrape the coffee grounds out. Add the grounds to the bowl!

Add in the coconut oil and mix, mix, mix! If it looks like dirt, you’re good!

Scoop some up and rub it between your hands for a test. After you think you’ve rubbed your hands enough, rinse and dry. You are left with the SOFTEST hands!! I do have to say that coconut oil has left my hands softer and more moisturized then when I mixed in olive oil.

HOW I USE IT:

I love to shave my legs first and then exfoliate with this scrub after. It leaves my legs soft, shiny and moisturized. I don’t even have to worry about putting on lotion after I shave! This is great for all over your body too! And it is totally natural.

SKIN BENEFITS:

Coffee has several different benefits for your skin and I wanted to share some of them with you!

Apparently the scent of coffee acts as a calming agent and is an anti-depressant as well, which be perfect in a warm shower or bath!

Coffee acts as a natural antioxidant and helps fight premature aging, cancer and heart disease. According to India Times, there is a study that shows coffee bean extracts can be responsible for preserving skin cell energy.

This coffee scrub in particular exfoliates, which helps reduce the appearance of cellulite and increases blood flow as well! Scrubs remove dead skin and reveal new skin cells, leaving you with glowing skin. Best part is, you can make this one at home! And coconut oil allows for soft moisturized skin!!

As for skin texture, it constricts blood vessels, making the skin tighter and firmer. Coffee helps to regulate skin re-growth, which increases collagen.

I hope you enjoyed all of the information and the DIY I threw at you today!! Have a wonderful day. xoxo

 

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Birthday Wishlist

My birthday is just a short two weeks away and these are a few of the things that are on my list! I really want a camera and would be perfectly happy if that is all I got! Makeup is always on my shopping wishlists too. I’m dying over the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe palette and it hasn’t even been released yet, so I’ll definitely be saving some bday money for that!
What are some things that are on your wishlist for spring, summer or just in general??

 

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Valentine's Day Inspiration
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Lot’s of cute Valentine’s Day goodies. I hope you all enjoy this little collage of pink and red pieces! There are some great pieces in here that are on sale, like the VS barrettes, the J.Crew vest and the ruffle bodysuit! Because the Aquazzura lace-up flats are pricey, I linked a less expensive version below and same with the J.Crew coat! I’m obsessed with all of these items and hope you are too!

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Top Cologne Picks

 

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Today’s post is a bit of a different one, my friend Isaiah has rounded up his top cologne picks and has some tips to share with you all. So without further aideu, Isaiah’s cologne picks!!
If there’s one thing you should know about me it’s that I like to smell good! Whether I’m going out or just going to class I always make sure that I have on something that makes me stand out. I’m here today to give you my top pics of men’s cologne for 2017 and give you my review on each one. But before I get started there’s a few things that I think you should know before purchasing a cologne.

When picking a cologne out, there are a few rules that one should follow before purchasing one.

  1. Always get a tester! This way you can know what it will smell like on you versus what it smells like from the bottle.
  2. Pick a scent that best fits your personality: cologne comes in various scents and some are stronger than others. For example, if you’re looking for a light and fresh scent look more towards an Eau De Toilette cologne. Eau De Toilette’s will typically be in clear sometimes grey bottles and the cologne itself is a light or clear color. However, if you’re looking for something that is a little stronger in scent, then look more towards a Eau De Parfum cologne. Eau De Parfum’s will typically be in dark colored and sometimes clear bottles, although the cologne itself is usually a darker sometimes golden color. To determine if a cologne is Eau De Toilette or De Parfum it will be labeled in one or two places: the front of the box or on the bottom of the cologne bottle.
  3. DON’T OVER SPRAY! Cologne should be used sparingly, when putting on cologne you should only do two spritz: on the wrist and on your neck. The reason is that cologne can still have a smell hours after you have sprayed it on yourself so it’s best to use less than to use more.

Following these simple rules will not only improve your knowledge about cologne, but will make you smell good and stand out from the rest. Here are my top picks for men’s cologne in 2017:

Cologne: Versace Dylan Blue

Cost: 3.4 oz. $86

Description: This new men’s cologne from Versace is the perfect cologne for any occasion. This cologne gives you a fresh, clean scent that is sure to make you stand out from the rest. Versace Dylan Blue is a great cologne for someone who is looking for a new scent to add to their collection.


Cologne: Versace Pour Homme

Cost: 3.4 oz. $82

Description: Thinking about wearing cologne for the very first time? The Versace Pour Homme is the one for you. This fresh, clean scent is also great for any occasion and is a great starter cologne for someone who is just starting to wear cologne.


Cologne: Viktor&Rolf Spicebomb

Cost: 3 oz. $110

Description: This Nordstrom exclusive is one of my favorite cologne’s and is a must have. Spicebomb is great for a night out with that special someone or for whatever occasion you may have. The scent of Spicebomb is slightly heavier than the Versace colognes so it should be used in light amounts.


Cologne: Yves Saint Laurent L’Homme Parfum Intense

Cost: 3.3 oz. $104

Description: This is another must have cologne for 2017! This YSL parfum intense is also great for a night out with that special someone or for a more formal occasion. YSL Parfum Intense is also heavy scent and should in very light amounts. However, it is still a great cologne and I highly recommend this to be in everyone’s collection.

Whether it’s a night out or just simply something to wear every day, these cologne’s are great for any man in 2017.


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