Life Update: Relieving Stress

Wow, has it been a while since I’ve given a little life update! I’ve been so busy with work and providing you with new products and giveaways that I haven’t shared what has been going on with me.

I guess if I had one word to describe it, I’d say BUSY. I have been definitely feeling the effects of working long days and commuting. It’s exhausting and honestly has taken a toll on me the last few weeks. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’ve been very tired and a little extra stressed. Plus my anxiety has been more active, bringing about the worst combination ever.

Thinking about it, it’s been a hard past few weeks since January. I’ve been extremely hard on myself, and it seems like I’ve had more bad days than good. I’ve been putting a lot of pressure on myself to the point where I’m in this non-stop competition and stress cycle. I’ve also been struggling with my social life and friendships, feeling like I am back in middle school. And to be honest, at 23, that is the last thing I need.

As you can tell, there have been a lot of different stresses floating in and out of my mind, making it hard to even concentrate at times. However, I have found even more comfort in the gym, giving me an outlet to sweat out the bad and indulge in my current Netflix obsessions. I’ve also found that my passion for blogging has increased even more with me wanting to continue to share my life and my love for travel, beauty, and fashion.

While the weeks have been tough, I am so excited for spring and upcoming trips headed my way. I’m starting to make more of an effort in my everyday life to take some ‘me’ time to reduce stress and any anxiety floating around.

I have a really exciting post coming this week that I know you all will love! In the meantime, I challenge you to think of ways you can take a little extra time during the week to reset and refocus.

Xoxo Courtney

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My Haircare Journey with Formulate

I’ve always had an up and down relationship with my hair. One day it will feel silky and soft, and the next day I’m frustrated with how dry it is. But I have finally found the solution for me and that is with Formulate.

Formulate makes top tier quality haircare products customized specifically for you. With a quick online survey, I was able to share my current hair profile and my goals to achieving my perfect hair. Those who know me know I am constantly styling my hair. I use a lot of heat and a lot of product, so at the end of the day, I want my hair to stay hydrated, healthy, shiny, and voluminized. I was able to share all of that in my online survey and pick a custom scent.

I was very excited when I received my customized shampoo and conditioner. The packaging was so sleek and came with pumps, which is a necessity to me. A pamphlet also came with the bottles and included the details to my survey, along with my hair profile, goals, scent, and ingredients. The formulas are always sulfate-free, paraben-free, sodium-free, and cruelty-free, which means no harsh chemicals. They put in natural and naturally derived materials, while still keeping the product fresh and smelling amazing!

When I first started using, I noticed my hair wasn’t getting its usual ‘clean’ like it used to. Since it is a non-stripping formula, I was relieved to learn that it takes around 5 uses for my scalp and hair to adjust because I was going from a sulfate-based product to sulfate-free. After several uses, I noticed my hair felt softer, the oil subsided, and it looked super silky.

While using my new shampoo and conditioner, I continued to use heat and additional product. My ends didn’t feel as dry, and my hair had amazing body that lasted all day without any extra teasing.

I do wish I had opted to go stronger with the fragrance, since I love the citrus smell, but that is the beauty of Formulate. If you are not satisfied with your customized shampoo or conditioner, Formulate will take your feedback and adjust it for you! They also have an app, which allows users to make these changes, as well as adjustments to scents, hair goals, and chat with the support team. They want you to achieve your best hair, and I love it for that!

Right now, I am hosting a giveaway with Formulate! One lucky winner will be selected to receive a free set of customized shampoo and conditioner! Giveaway ends February 14th! To enter, click here. You will also be able to get a peak at my hair profile, in case you feel you struggle with the same haircare needs.

Thanks to Formulate for partnering with me and allowing me to achieve my haircare goals!

-XOXO Courtney

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