A Little R&R- Bioxidea Face Mask Review

Bioxidea was kind enough to send me some samples to try out and I am super excited to share my thoughts on one of the products.

First of all, I was thinking I would get one face mask to try out. Oh how I was wrong!

I received-

Eye & Lip Anti Wrinkle Serum 

Foot Mask

Diamond Face Mask

Gold Face Mask

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I am going to share my experience with the Gold Face Mask but first let me tell you a little about this company!

They were founded in Paris, which already makes them pretty cool.

Their masks are organic.

All material + packaging are recyclable.

Are you in love yet?!

I can tell you that I was, so of course I agreed to try out their product!

Let’s continue with my thoughts on the mask!

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All the pictures I took are before it set so it was still slipping around. I really should have just waited a few minutes before bringing my camera out. Oops! At least I still have the diamond face mask to try!IMG_6720[1]

T was not exactly happy with me at first. But I promise, things got better!

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I am not someone who would normally use face masks, take baths, and basically pamper myself. I really should though because this was awesome! Did I mention that the liquid from the masks are meant to then be put in a bath? I can tell that I sure am missing out by not doing that. Definitely not a mistake I will make again.

Last, it made my skin feel amazing! I even felt confident enough to take some makeup-less selfies. Also, my cute husband kept telling me how beautiful I looked, I mean, he does that all the time but still.IMG_6627[1]

To sum it up here is a quick pros + cons list:

Cons-

very delicate material

slippery when taken out of package, hard to keep in place at first

pricey

Pros-

IT WAS GOLD

smells delightful

perfect size + shape for my face

after a few minutes it set and did not slide around anymore

my skin was SO soft after

 

Bioxidea is definitely not the face mask you impulse buy at Walmart. These are high quality and with that comes a high price. However, if I wanted to buy someone a nice gift or even spoil myself a little, *gasp!* this mask would TOTALLY be the way to go. I honestly cannot wait to try out the rest of the products they sent me. I know I won’t be disappointed.

xoxo

Liebster Award- Questions + Nominees

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Are you ready to learn what Miss Davis Finn wanted everyone to know about me? I wasn’t kidding when I said to sit back and relax! Please, go grab a snack or some coffee before continuing, this is a longer post than usual!

Alright let’s go!

When and why did you start blogging?

My blog began in September of this year (2015). Quite honestly, I had been wanting to start a blog for quite some time. I am honestly not exactly sure what my reasoning was, but after beginning this journey I have learned that more than anything, I love meeting other bloggers! Ugh I know, so unoriginal, but so so true.

What is your dream job?

This might come as a real shocker but I literally dream of blogging full time. In the meantime, I am in school to become a high school English teacher (scary I know). I would most definitely not be angry if a high school English teacher is what my job title ends up being, I would love to get the chance to change the lives of little demons while educating them. 🙂 🙂 🙂

What song is at the top of your playlist right now?

Alright, I really cannot answer this with only one song,

The show- Lenka

Hello- Adele (DUH)

California- Airborne Toxic Event (really anything by them because they are the best band to ever exist.)

What are three things on your bucket list?

Only three?! Oh man. Give me a minute here…

Well I mean, #1 is to make blogging a full time gig

I would love the chance to sky dive, or go in a shark cage, or bungee jump, or all three! (that probably shouldn’t count as 1 thing, whoops)

And let’s end it with one that has always been on my bucket list, the chance to do charity work in Africa, and maybe even adopt a little one from there.

What is your favorite quote?

“Today’s precious moments are tomorrow’s precious memories.” I had this on my wall growing up and I will always love it. It reminds me to make the most of everyday so that I can grow old with beautiful memories.

As much as I love quotes, I also want to share my favorite poem. I loved it before I got pregnant, but now that I have a daughter it melts my heart. Watch it here.

What do you love most about yourself?

Hard question. I think I love most how open minded I am. I do not like to judge or exclude or hate anyone. It physically hurts me when I realize I am having such thoughts. I work every day to be the most open minded person I can be, and I pride myself on how far I have come.

Who has been your biggest inspiration?

Because I cannot seem to follow the rules, I am going to be ahead and give my top five inspirations.

My mom- *aww* When it comes to motherhood, I look to the best example I have ever had. She inspires me to be at least half as good of a mom that she is.

My daughter and husband- When it comes to literally anything, these two inspire me. To be a better person, wife, mom, blogger, student, employee. Anything. I am not even kidding.

Other bloggers- When it comes to this crazy world I have thrown myself into, I am constantly looking to other bloggers for guidance and inspiration. I truly love how easy it can be to find them on Instagram!

My sophomore year English teacher- When it comes to my education she is my biggest inspiration. She was a total bad ass, super smart, and totally defied the stereotype of an English teacher. Not only was she extremely cool, for some reason she saw something in me. She encouraged my writing and continuously called me a genius. Man, it has been too long since I have visited her. She has no idea I’m blogging or that I have decided to become an English teacher. She will not be too happy with one of those two things I just said, which do you think? 😉

Last but not least… White- okay super weird but hear me out. White spaces, white decor, ugh. The color white is just so clean and crisp. For some reason it brings out my creative side and inspires me to write. My mom laughs that I want so many white things (couch, comforter, etc) in my home, but I need it!

Favorite book.

So I truly thought long and hard about this. I really wanted to make a huge list but decided I would stick with one. I love reading. When I have the free time I can go through 3-5 books a week. I have new favorites all the time. The one I am picking for this? Definitely not the most complex book I have ever read but I just think it is so cute. After reading it the first time I went to buy myself a copy. That’s when you know a book is good.

Why We Broke Up- Daniel Handler

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

SWEDEN! Oh how I long to even just visit the place. Not only are my ancestors from there, it is a pretty awesome place to be living in.

It is basically one of the capitals for coffee drinking, education is affordable and/or free to everyone, gender equality is HUGE as well as being eco-friendly, and it is just simply BEAUTIFUL.

If you still don’t believe me check out this article- 20 things to know before moving to Sweden.

Still not convinced? Please do me a favor and check out this sarcastic article by good old Buzzfeed.

I’ll be honest though, those dark and cold winters would definitely be a challenge.

What three words best describe you?

Gahhhhh. I have never been good at this. In elementary school when you had to lay out your name like

T

H

I

S

and pick words to describe yourself that start with each letter… it never was too good.

I had to go to my husband for this, he made a list of ten and then *tried* to narrow it down to three from there-

Compassionate

Intelligent

Beautiful

Hard-Working

Alright, now that you have been tortured enough, let’s get to the good part!

I nominate:

Life Love and a Long Run

My Life as Nallely

Eight Pepperberries

Whimsy in My Cup

Follow the Dyers

Miss Sarah’s Scribbles

Finding We Project

Jeremy and Bailey Blog

Hope and a Breath

Hormonal Dad

These bloggers are all so diverse, they hit every niche among the spectrum. Some I have been following and others I have only recently found but I recommend you check out every one of them!

My questions for you wonderful bloggers?

  1. Tell us what lead you to the blogging world.
  2. Five years down the road, what is your ideal future looking like?
  3. Where do you find inspiration for your writing/blog?
  4. How did you choose the name of your blog?
  5. If you could hang out with one person for a day, dead or alive, who would it be? Why?
  6. If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing (don’t you even dare say money), what would it be?
  7. What social media platform are you most active on? Leave a link if you would like so we can find you!
  8. If you could only eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  9. Describe your dream vacation.
  10. Give us one piece of advice that you wish the younger you would have been told.

 

xoxo

Liebster Award- Introduction.

Hey there! Late last month I was nominated for the Liebster Award! If you’re wondering what I could possibly be talking about, no worries! I had no idea what it was at first either.

WHAT IS THE LIEBSTER AWARD?

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My favorite part about the Liebster Award is that it is given out by other bloggers, so how awesome is it that someone liked my blog enough to nominate me?! Now I get the chance to recognize other new up and coming bloggers that I obviously hope you all will check out.

Rules and numbers seem to vary so I am simply following the one I have been given.

Here are the rules that I must follow now that I have accepted the award:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog in your Liebster Award post.
  2. Copy and paste the Liebster Award badge into your post.
  3. Answer the 10 questions you were given when you were nominated.
  4. Come up with 10 questions you would like to ask of your nominees.
  5. Nominate 10 bloggers who have less than 200 followers (subscribers), by commenting on one of their blog posts with a link to your Liebster Award post, and a short message about nominating them.

So here we go!!!

I was nominated by the awesome Davis Finn over at davisfinn.com. Thank you!!

(I already followed rule #2, see? Cute badge isn’t it? Sparkly.)

 

The questions I was given?

  1. When and why did you start blogging?
  2. What is your dream job?
  3. What song is at the top of your playlist right now?
  4. What are three things on your bucket list?
  5. What is your favorite quote?
  6. What do you love most about yourself?
  7. Who has been your biggest inspiration?
  8. Favorite book.
  9. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
  10. What three words best describe you?

Now I am sure you are super super excited to find out what I had to say, right?

Make sure to come back Monday ready to sit back, relax, and read my answers as well as find out who I have nominated.

You might be surprised by some of my answers, I sure was!

xoxo

Happiness > Skinny

This was me in high school. (I had to dig deep into my old Instagram for these ones!)

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I was 92 pounds. I could cup my hand around my entire waist. But guess what? I was not happy with myself. I wanted to be below 90 pounds, I wanted longer hair, I wanted a bigger thigh gap, etc. etc. etc.

When I got pregnant I gained a lot of weight. I remember my mind set being that now I could finally eat a ton and it would be okay because I was just being healthy for my baby. The last couple months of my pregnancy I hated my body once again. I loved the person growing inside of me but I wanted my old body back. Many pounds later T was born. I thought right after that, the weight would just shed off. And it did. But then it stopped.

I weighed myself every day after I got home from the hospital and for a couple weeks I was excited to do that because several pounds were gone each time I stepped on that scale. Then all of a sudden it stayed constant. I continued weighing myself everyday for a couple more weeks but the number stopped going down.

My face, no longer thin. My thigh gap, long gone. My stomach, bumpy instead caved in. This became my reality.

I told myself that the rest of the weight would simply shed more slowly. Just the opposite has happened really. I am almost positive I have gained a few pounds since those weeks after T was born.

This has been a hard battle with myself. I have had to do everything in my power to not fall into any of my old bad habits. But honestly, I have come to love food. Like really really love it. I love that it is a way to experience new things and spend time with loved ones. I am also an emotional eater which is just another thing I need to work on. On top of that, try as I might, I cannot get into exercising. There is no denying that those two facts will not help me get back to my original goal weight and you know what? I think that I will get to the point where I am okay with that every single day.

Some days I feel hot. I love my curves and my new body, but some days nothing fits right. I do not even want to look at myself in the mirror. I am so lucky to have my husband by my side to remind me that I am beautiful and my stretch marks and saggy skin are proof that our little angel grew inside of me.

My body is this way now so that I can watch her grow and learn everyday. I get to see the way she tries to figure out ways around obstacles. I get to hear her giggle so much that she has to catch her breath. I get to smell her baby breath after she wakes up from a nap. I get to eat her little toes (not literally!), and I get to feel her cup my face in her hands and plop a kiss on my lips. How much more beautiful are all those things than having the “ideal” body?!

No, I am not the perfect face of someone who is comfortable in their skin… but I want to be. I work every day to change those negative thoughts to something constructive. To learn to love my body because there is no way I will ever look like I use to.

Being healthy on the inside is something I find more important than looking “good” (what type of measurement even is that?!) on the outside.

I do not look like the girl in those pictures anymore. But something awesome that comes with that, is that I do not look like she did on the inside anymore either. I am now filled to the brim with love. I have an amazing husband and a daughter who lights up my life. I feel worthwhile.

It does not matter one bit what you look like on the outside as long as you are beautiful and bright on the inside. After all, the person you are on the inside is the one that you live with and deal with everyday.

I choose happiness over skinny.

xoxo

Guest Post- What Marriage Has Taught Me.

One of the many amazing aspects of blogging is the great friends you make. One of these great friends I have made is Diana over at For The Lovely Days. She is a fellow mama, wife, and blogger and today we have guest posted for each other to give some advice on Marriage! I am excited to share what Diana has said, her words are beautiful…


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Hey there lovelies I’m Diana the face behind forthelovelydays.com My blog is for all lovers of motherhood, beauty, fashion, and lifestyle things. My main goal is to branch out to women worldwide and encourage them to be the best version of themselves. I’m also a motherhood advocate and a promoter of beauty + fashion. My home is Florida, but currently reside with my little family in St. Louis. I’m a soccer wife and boy mom of one. I’ve been married since Jan 2014, my husband is literally my best-est friend and my son is the reason I am empowered and inspired.

A lot of people venture out to the married life expecting the best. Expecting it to be ideal, convenient, beautiful, & basically a “fairy tale” ending. It’s perfectly normal to be excited & positive as newlyweds, the more optimism the better right? Well, I’ve been married for almost 2 years, I know.. we’re still newbies but I have LEARNED A LOT & those expectations aren’t always true. Today, I want to share with you the reality of a “married life”, the good, the bad, & the realness of it. Society is so caught up in this new age generation that it blinds most from realizing IT IS OK TO BE MARRIED IN YOUR 20’s, OR BE MARRIED PERIOD. However, I’ve already wrote my thoughts about that. If you haven’t read my post about marriage in your 20’s, check it out HERE. Now, without further ado, these are a few things marriage has taught me so far: 

  1. It’s okay to disagree. My husband & I are completely different, very, very different when it comes to most things. “so why did you marry him?” You may be saying in your mind, well they don’t say opposites attract for no reason lol. A relationship is not about being the same, it’s about compatibility.  Simply because we don’t have the same characteristics does not mean we can’t intertwine & make it work. Communication is the beauty behind it all. You both have to be mature enough to learn about one another, accept each other’s differences, & embrace them. 
  2. You are a team. I believe I’ve mentioned this on social media before. You won’t always be love birds. Shoot, you won’t always even like each other lol, but you will always be a team. You are his/her main support system. There shouldn’t be another person/friend/relative that comes before your spouse. In order to keep the household functional you both put in the same amount of work. Obviously, husband & wife require different roles but it’s always equal. He’s no greater, nor are you. 
  3. Be humble. I honestly believe this is the greatest aspect of marriage that has changed me. I remember back in my high school days my weakness was my pride. I lost love before because of it. Never have I believed in apologizing or being the first one to admit I was wrong, ever. Until I met David. Quite frankly, I struggle with this occasionally (very rarely) but it still happens at times. Being humble can be difficult, especially when you haven’t been your whole life. However, it is one the most vital traits to have in a relationship. You have to be humble to succeed in marriage, point blank. This may come off blunt, but if you are a prideful spouse, please for your sake get your foot out of your butt & change. Trust me, from personal experience things just get worse because no one wants to live, much less be with a prideful woman/man for the rest of their life.
  4. You don’t just, give up. Oh my, I can’t stress this enough! The reason why divorce is at a high percentage. We have people out here treating marriages like juvenile relationships. Nobody wants to put in real effort now a days. Yes marriage can get ugly, yes there will be times you think about leaving because clouded thoughts invade your mind, yes you start to think twice about your feelings. This will happen at a point in time, but you get through it, together. Of course you have to measure the seriousness of the problem, however, most issues CAN BE RESOLVED. I personally don’t see divorce as a light matter. I don’t like to think of it as an excuse to go astray from something that became difficult. You can’t force things, but you sure can make them work. 
  5. GOD, SPOUSE, YOU. I stand firmly on this one. This is definitely, by far the most vital rule of all. I do understand many people aren’t religious or believe in God, and that’s alright. In my perspective, however, this has been key to a happy marriage so far. Placing God first in our lives has improved our marriage in all aspects. I’ve experienced 360 changes in myself & my husband, we’ve clearly seen Gods work. You also have to think of your spouse’s happiness. I’ve learned sacrifice in marriage is inevitable. Do I love David more than myself? Not necessarily, but I do love him enough to sacrifice my happiness if need be (this is also vice versa). Once you both stop thinking of your individual happiness, you begin to blossom as one. 

I know this was a very straight forward post, one of the most blunt topics thus far lol. Hopefully I didn’t offend anyone! I love you all, even if you don’t see it from my perspective. This is simply what I’ve personally learned & a piece of genuine advice from me to you. (: 

XOXO,

-D

ALL TIME FAVORITE MARRIAGE QUOTE: “If you want something to last forever, you treat it differently. You shield it and protect it. You never abuse it. You don’t expose it to the elements. You don’t make it common or ordinary. If it ever becomes tarnished, you lovingly polish it until it gleams like new. It becomes special because you have made it so, and it grows more beautiful and precious as time goes by.” – Elder F. Burton Howard


To read my personal perspective on what marriage has taught me and the tips I have given, be sure to check out my piece over at forthelovelydays.com

Like Mother, Like Daughter.

My mom and I got a couple cute pictures today so I decided to post them along with a few thoughts I would like to share about her.

She is the most beautiful woman I know. Her exterior (at age ??), could not be more gorgeous and her soul shines so bright.
My mom wanted nothing more in life than to become a mother. If she had married younger, she always tells my sister and I, we would have had many more siblings (for that, I am grateful she didn’t meet my dad *again* until later in life).
She was a stay at home mom up until I was in junior high and for that I am grateful. My entire childhood is filled with memories of her. She was around for absolutely anything I could have needed her for. She put our needs above her own, likely more times than I am even aware of.
We butt heads countless times throughout junior high and high school. I was truly a pain in the ass. I look back and cannot believe she put up with me so lovingly.
After I became pregnant, our bond seemed to grow close once again. I found myself finally realizing what she was trying to teach me for my entire life, that family is forever. I realized that I would have these people around forever and that it would just be silly to treat them badly.
We began spending more time together and I began to confide in her in a way that I never had before. She became my best friend.
After the birth of my daughter, our bond grew closer still. I discovered a sense of respect for the mother she has been after seeing how hard it can be. In the first weeks after Tahlya’s birth, I often would find myself overwhelmed and unsure if I was doing anything right. My mom was always there, but never over stepping her boundaries.
Our relationship has matured and expanded. We find ourselves talking about the past, present, and future, as though we are equals and long-time friends. We can have lunch together and discuss our days. (we actually work in the same building as each other!) I also know that I can still come to my mom, as her little girl, for comfort and hugs.
The best job my mom does is being a yaya (greek for “grandma”). She takes this job with so much respect and love. Tahlya could not possibly be surrounded by more love from both my family and Luis’s. While it is almost impossible to leave Tahlya some days for work or school, I take so much comfort in knowing she is always in great hands. I have seen a new side of my mom as she has become a yaya. Tahlya has seemed to make her younger and bring out a burst of energy I did not know was there. My mom seems to be at her best and most happy points when she is spending time with my little and that truly warms my heart.
As I think about the future I want for Tahlya, and the type of mother I want to be, I can only hope that I will be able to fill my mom’s shoes. They are simply the best I could possibly fill.
I love you mom.
​xoxo
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