Saturday, February 14, 2015

A Message About Self-Love

I would like to take a moment to address something that I have struggled with for years.  It’s an issue that pains me to see in so many of my students and young friends.  I wish so much that I could go back and spend my teenage and young adult years with the knowledge and maturity that I possess now.  I am not saying that I never suffer from low self-esteem, but I have certainly discovered a profound self- love that has been hidden under a mountain of years and years of self-hatred.

Growing up I never felt as though I was enough.  I wasn’t pretty enough, smart enough, skinny enough, cool enough, athletic enough, rich enough… you get the picture.  I often felt like I was the only one thought this way.  I loved all of my friends and saw through all of their flaws.  I just couldn’t seem to get past my own. 

I’m not sure what happened in my adult years that made me finally realize that I am, in fact, enough.  I am by no means perfect and often notice areas for improvement in myself, but somehow those thoughts turned into, “I am not perfect, but I am a great person.  A person who deserves love, respect, and great things.”  I used to feel that I had to prove myself in order to gain love and acceptance.  I now know that not everyone will love me and not everyone will respect me, but you know what?  Those people DO NOT MATTER!!  I have more than enough people in my life to love me and make my life whole and meaningful. 

A small thing happened this week that made me really think about writing this post.  I have always been hung up on the fact that my arm hair is way too dark.  Silly thing to stress about, I know.  For some reason, it has really stuck with me for a long time.  I think it all started when a very creepy man pointed it out to me while I was in college and made an inappropriate inquiry about other areas.  Suddenly my arm hair stood out as something that was ugly and dirty.  I have hated it for years.  I have tried waxing, shaving, bleaching, you name it.  It always comes back, sometimes even darker.  Now that it is winter and I have sworn off tanning beds, this “problem” stands out even more for me.  I do my absolute best to hide it, even from my boyfriend who knows all of my imperfections, both inside and out.  He has always seen through them (as I have seen through his), but I still don’t want him to notice it.  For some reason, the other night I pointed out my insecurity to him when he was looking at something on my arm.  He laughed at me and told me that he had NEVER NOTICED and thought that I looked just fine.  I revealed my “traumatic” experience from the past and how I have always been so paranoid about it.  In on simple conversation, my insecurities vanished. 

It is then that I realized that although I have come to love myself for who I am, I still need to learn to let go of the things that I get hung up on.  I mean, seriously, ARM HAIR?!  That is what has made me feel insecure for so long.  Something that made me feel so unpleasant wasn’t even noticed by the one man who I want to look good for.  (Although I do not need his approval, who doesn’t want their man to be attracted to them?)

This whole incident made me realize that I need to continue forgiving myself for my flaws and seeing myself through the eyes of those who love me for exactly who I am.  I am not saying that you will never hear me whine about something that doesn’t make me feel good, I am just saying that I AM ENOUGH- and so are YOU!



Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Green Sugar Boutique Review- WITH GIVEAWAY AND PROMO CODE!

Who doesn't love spoiling themselves with a little luxury bath time?  It's even better when you have some ah-mazing products that smell like heaven to pamper yourself with.

I was super excited when I received an email from Erica at Green Sugar Boutique asking if I would like to review some products for my blog.  Of course I do! ;)  Bath products are my absolute fave!  Now I have the privilege of sharing these divine products with you.

Green Sugar Boutique

You can visit the Green Sugar Boutique website HERE.

It is filled with bath and beauty products that are handmade and very reasonably priced.

My Haul

Erica was so sweet to send me a variety of products to try.  I spent several days testing these out and I have to say that I am truly IN LOVE!  

The first item I received is this Lavendar Bath Bliss.  It's ingredients include coconut milk powder, colloidal oatmeal, pink Himalayan salt, lavender buds, calendula petals, and aloe powder.  With all natural ingredients, this mixture made a soothing addition to my bath.  The petals floated in the water and made me feel like I was at a spa.  I loved the scent that filled the room as well as the softness of my skin after my bath.  
 

Next, I received this Fizzy Bath Melt in Lavendar and Honey.  This bath melt came in a super cute looking shot glass.  I simply dropped it into my tub while the water was still running. It gave a gentle fizz and instantly gave a sweet aroma.  This product was very relaxing and fun!  

 

I also received this delightful Bath Fizzy in Honey and Calendula.  I am a huge fan of Lush bath bombs and this was a wonderful dupe!  Made from all natural ingredients, including baking soda, citric acid, colloidal oatmeal, coconut oil, calendula, and fragrance, this bath bomb was the perfect addition to my bath after a super long, stressful day.  I dropped the fizzy in while filling the tub and it was instantly filled with a glorious fizz and foam.  This fizzy also had pieces that floated in the water, again making me feel like I was at a spa.  I could use one of these every night!  I cannot wait to order more of these soon!

This product is very unique to me and one of my new favorites.  It is a Black Raspberry Vanilla lotion bar.  I am not huge on using lotion unless it is wintertime, so I don't own a lot of lotions.  This one really appealed to me as it is in a bar form and not wet/sticky feeling as some lotions.  I applied this after my showers and my skin was thanking me all day.  The scent was light and perfect.  The moisturized feeling lasts all day!
  

Next are these super trendy and fun soap bars!  I received one in Pink Lime Sugar and Clean scents.  These are not only super adorable, they also have shimmer/sparkle elements on the top of the bars.  I think these would make a perfect gift for a friend or for yourself!  I actually used the Pink Lime Sugar bar tonight and my skin was left squeaky clean!  It was so hard for me to decide which bar to use first, as they both smell delicious!  These bars are large enough to last a very long time and add an element of luxury to your shower routine.

   




Finally, I received this YUMMY Coconut Milk and Peaches Lip Butter.  I have used this every single night and morning since it arrived.  I ADORE the flavor and love the way it leaves my lips feeling.  My lips are super moisturized without feeling sticky or heavy.  My boyfriend always steals my clear lip balms, but this one is OFF LIMITS!  ;) 


Now it is your turn to earn a chance to get some goodies of your own!

Enter to win a gift set from Green Sugar Boutique.  This wonderful set includes 2 bars of soap, a lip butter, a bath bomb, and a scrub in a variety of scents.  One lucky winner will be in spa product heaven!  

I will be featuring this giveaway on here as well as on Instagram, as I do not have the option to give entries for sharing without paying for a membership.  I will combine entries between the rafflecopter and IG account and choose a random winner.  Be sure to share on IG to get FIVE extra entries!!

Not a lucky winner?  You can still win with a generous promo code and offer exclusive to My Beauty Boxes readers.  Enter code "beauty" for 10 % off of your purchase and be sure to mention My Beauty Boxes in the notes section and you will receive an extra goodie with your purchase.  Enjoy!