How to Kill Negative Thoughts

How to Kill Negative Thoughts

Negativity is an imaginary boundary that hinders us from being the most authentic and successful versions of ourselves. When we are consumed by negative thoughts we become limited in our abilities to coexist, create and cater to our needs. To be successful in diminishing thoughts that postpone our progress and diminish our feelings of self-worth, we must first identify the different types of negative thoughts.

Judgment 

Whether we want to admit it or not, we are all guilty of judging others. Judgment stems from insecurity within ourselves. When we are insecure about how we look, what we have or what we do, we mindlessly belittle those around us to feel better about ourselves. We try to convince ourselves that we are better, but in reality, we are far from content with our own lives. 

Self-Doubt 

In our day to day lives, we can be so caught up in our daily routines that we become overwhelmed with feelings of self-doubt. We question our lives and wonder if we are doing enough. Self-doubt stems from a variety of reasons such as mistakes made in the past, comparison and the fear of failing. The inability to give yourself credit for your accomplishments also ties into self-doubt and coincides with imposter syndrome. When dealing with imposter syndrome you may feel that your accomplishments are solely based on luck and not on your capabilities. 

Complaining 

The more times you complain about your daily annoyances and dissatisfaction’s with those around you, you are making it easier for your brain to repeat the behavior of complaining. Over time, you will find that it is easier to complain about things you have no control over than to be positive about the world around you. 

Listening to Your Emotions 

Negative thoughts stem from an underlying emotion. To unlink yourself from negativity, it’s important for you to listen to your emotions and determine what they’re trying to tell you. 

Bitterness 

A bitter attitude reflects that you are still holding onto judgment whether that be against yourself or others. Bitterness signifies that you are in need of healing. Engaging in bitter feelings is poisonous to your own well-being. Being bitter isn’t going to dull anyone’s shine but your own. 

In order to combat a bitter attitude, you have to focus on the good in your own life. Practice immersing yourself in gratitude. Be grateful for the apples in your fruit bowl, the beauty in the summer afternoon and the chocolate chip cookies you just had to have. Make it an effort to see the good in others, and if you can’t find it, then be the good for others to see. 

Resentment 

Living with a resentful heart means you’re living in the past. The more time you spend your energy thinking about someone who hurt you, you get caught up in anger. Allowing yourself to indulge in resentful attitudes signifies that you are willingly giving the person who hurt you power. 

The key to breaking the bondage of resentment is to forgive. Let’s be clear. Forgiveness doesn’t mean you are excusing someone’s hurtful actions nor does it mean you need to forget what happened. Forgiveness is acknowladging that something hurtful has happened and is the action of choosing to move on with your life. Keep in mind that forgiveness is something you do for yourself, not for anyone else.

Discomfort 

An important attribute in learning to live free from negativity is to be mindful of your environment. Take notice when you find yourself in situations that make you feel uncomfortable and learn how you can limit those situations in the future. Pay attention to the environment that you surround yourself in. Be aware of the amount of screen time you’re allowing yourself to have and the amount of work you immerse yourself with. 

Declaration 

The key to living a positive life is all about taking the initiative to do so. Make the declaration that you are in control of your life and your emotions. Be mindful of the thoughts you have towards others and yourself. Feed yourself with positive affirmations and encouragement daily. 

Set boundaries that prohibit you from indulging in negative acts. Remove yourself from conversations rooted in gossip. Don’t allow other’s negativity to spoil your growth. Identify your triggers and avoid them when possible. 

You deserve to live a life overflowing with infectious positivity. Always remember to be the good in the world if you cannot find it. Live your life by focusing on your own personal growth. Your life is a garden. Pull out people who act like weeds and water your own goals.

Advertisements
The 10 Best Products from Sephora Under $10

The 10 Best Products from Sephora Under $10

All the products you need to try without breaking the bank.

1 Farmacy Honey Butter Beeswax Lip Balm $10

Tell your lips you love them by treating them to this 100% natural lip balm. This lip balm is all about moisture and protection. It contains honey, beeswax and cupuaçu butter. This product is perfect to use on it’s own or as a primer to prep your lips for lipstick.

2. Sephora Collection Clean Skin Gel $10

Sooth your skin with this cleanser and toner duo from the Sephora Collection. This product is a gel formula which is ideal for all skin types. Use this cleanser daily to remove makeup and cleanse your skin. This product is packed with hydrating ingredients such as beetroot syrup and aloe vera extract.

3. The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer $4.90

This primer is unbelievably affordable and is suited for all skin types. It contains a formula with advanced adaptive silicones that helps blur the skin surface. This primer is hydrating yet leaves a matte finish that helps makeup look more defined.

4. The Inkey List Caffeine Eye Cream $9.99

Hydrate your under eyes with this lightweight eye cream from The Inkey List. This product is made for all skin types and helps with puffiness, dryness, fine lines and wrinkles. One of the main ingredients in this cream is caffeine which helps the skin appear more refreshed and awake.

5. The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA $7.70

Say goodbye to dull, dry skin. Enrich your skin with this non-greasy, hydrating moisturizer. This moistuizer is packed with 11 amino acids such as glycerin and hyaluronic acid which leaves skin feeling renewed and hydrated.

6. Sephora Collection Lip Scrub $6.00

Nurture and exfoliate your lips with these gentle sugar exfoliants. There are a total of five scrubs, each with a different purpose. For soft lips, try the Honey Lip Scrub. To nourish and protect your lips, try the Kiwi Lip Scrub. Exfoliate and brighten your lips with the Rose Lip Scrub. Use the Dragon Fruit Lip Scrub to exfoliate and protect your lips. Lastly, try the Peppermint Lip Scrub to give lips a plump look.

7. The Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer $7.90

Help treat dryness, dark spots and uneven skin tone with this lightweight primer. This primer helps prevent foundation from clinging to dry patches.

8. Inc.Redible For The First Time Bounce Blush $10.00

Bounce back to life with these pigmented creamy blushes. These blushes contain a whipped formula that allows the product to seamlessly melt onto the skin. There are three shades available: First Time for Everything, My First Love and Be My First Kiss.

9. Sephora Collection Melting Shower Jelly $10.00

Refresh your skin with this collection of dreamy body wash. These refreshing gels melt onto the skin and gently cleanse for a softer and hydrated look.

10. Dr. Jart+ Sheet Masks $10.00

Relax and de-stress with any one of the 13 sheet masks from Dr. Jart+. Formulas vary from hydrating, pore cleansing to skin sculpting. Each sheet mask is made with cellulose fiber which helps deliver maximum results. Furthermore, each mask creates a refreshing cooling sensation to help calm the skin.

Feel free to comment some of your favorite affordable beauty staples. For more beauty content, follow me on Instagram @briannasbeautyblog.

Intro to Self Care

Intro to Self Care

When thinking of self-care the first things that may come to mind are hydrating facials and lavender infused bubble baths. Although those both sound pretty amazing, self-care is more than just a nightly pampering session. Self-care is basically what it sounds like, caring for yourself. Sounds simple, so why do so many of us seem to struggle with this concept? 

For some, self-care can be viewed as selfish. The idea of putting your needs before someone else can feel inconsiderate. However, learning and accepting the idea that it is necessary to care for yourself before you can care for anyone else is crucial.

To me, self-care is the practice of healthy living. It’s the action of being aware of the things that negatively affect your mindset and esteem. Self-care is both expressing compassion and kindness to yourself. In order to be able to express those acts of endearment, you must first figure out what is preventing you from doing so. 

If there is a form of toxicity in your life, you must be brave enough to discover where it is coming from and you must have the courage to remove yourself from it. Take a moment and think:

Is there someone in your life who is constantly speaking negativity into your space? 

Perhaps you’re in a relationship that feels onesided?

 Is your Instagram timeline dimming your self-esteem? 

Whom exactly are you comparing your life to and why? 

As someone currently undergoing a journey to self-acceptance and self-love, I understand how it feels to be trapped in a mind overflowing with thoughts that do nothing but bring you down. 

I’m still learning how to practice self-care and although I’m not always the best at giving myself the patience and positive affirmations that I need, I have begun practicing a few mechanisms that have helped. 

One of my biggest struggles is comparison. I’ve literally always compared myself to others and I hate it. Something that has helped me cope with my comparative tendencies is changing my routine. 

Every morning the first thing I would do was go on social media. As much as I love Instagram, it just wasn’t healthy for me to start my morning off comparing my life to other people. Even if we do not intend to compare ourselves to people, sometimes it just happens. When it does happen it can really impact our mood and can trigger us to overthink our existence. I love social media but once I start seeing all the influencers living it up in Mykonos, I know that’s my cue to log off. 

Something else I struggle with is feeling present in the moment. In my defense, I am a Leo so I daydream way more than I should, mostly on how I’m going to take over the world. I’m kidding… kinda. 

On a serious note, I have noticed my lack of being present in my everyday life. Sometimes it’s a little light-hearted like when I’m practicing my speech for the Grammy I’ve convinced myself I’m going to win or when I envision myself as the “super fun cool girl” in a music video. Other times it can be a little more serious like when I’m literally zoning out of conversations. I haven’t quite figured out how to combat this habit of mine, but for now, the best I can do is just snap myself out of it and try to bring myself back to reality. 

One of the biggest concepts to be aware of while practicing self-care is to identify the things that are negatively affecting your mood and mental state. For example, maybe we shouldn’t listen to sad songs when we’re sad. As simple as this idea may sound it has actually really helped my overall day to day mood. When I’m feeling sad I may allow myself to listen to breathin by Ariana Grade once and then I just have to put on my party girl playlist and dance it out. 

In reality, there are many simple ways we can practice self-care. What works for me may not work for you and that’s okay. You just need to figure out what makes you feel recharged or what gets you excited for the day. Personally, when I start my day off early with maybe a little reading and a homemade smoothie I feel great.

At the end of the day, we are human and there are going to be days where you wake up and the only thing you want to do is have a blueberry donut for breakfast and rewatch David Dobrik’s vlogs. If that’s what you need to laugh and feel happy, by all means, do it.

Self-care is a work in progress. It can get difficult because unfortunately, it can be a mind game. If you take anything away from this post, I hope you never give up. I want you all to be happy because I know how it feels to be sad and it sucks. I’m not perfect and I’m still struggling with this whole self-care thing, but I’m not giving up and neither should you. 

Thank you for reading. I’m here for you and I’m rooting for you. Feel free to comment your own self-care techniques, you just might help someone out.

Brianna.

The Real Reason You’re Dealing with Dry Lips

The Real Reason You’re Dealing with Dry Lips

Whether or not you’ll be giving any smoochies to any body this summer, dry lips are just a no no. These past few weeks, I myself have dealt with the shame of crusty lips. My lips we’re cracked, chapped and just a plain old mess. I didn’t understand where this dryness was coming from! I wasn’t wearing any liquid lipsticks, I was drinking plenty of water and I moisturize my lips constantly! Enough was enough. It was time to crack down on this case of crusty lips. So… like any skincare guru does… I did some research.

It turns out one of the primary causes of dry, chapped lips is sun damage. Even though we may be applying hydrating balms and chapsticks we need to make sure that they contain SPF. Our lips are still considered skin, so like any other part of our skin, we must protect it with SPF. If we neglect to protect our lips against sun damage, we can be exposing ourselves to the potential threat of skin cancer.

Another reason why we may be experiencing dry lips is due to a vitamin deficiency. B-complex vitamins are essential for cell growth and are supporters of the skin. Our lips are one of the most sensitive parts of our skin and it’s important we rely on vitamins to to keep them from drying. Some of the foods that contain b-complex vitamins include whole grains, legumes, seeds and fruits such as avocados and bananas.

For me personally, when it came to dry lips, one of the products I would apply was the Burt’s Bee Beeswax Lip Balm. At first, I loved the cooling, minty feeling it gave me lips. It made them feel super refreshed and revitalized. However, even though I would apply it numerous times, my lips still felt dry. After researching more about the product, I realized one of the ingredients used in the balm is propolis, a glue like substance that bees make to fill the spaces in their hive. Although this ingredient is pretty natural, studies indicate that one of the reactions of propolis includes peeling and inflammation of the lips.

Instead of using lip balms and chapsticks that did not work for my lips I decided to try the Smith’s Rosebud Salve.This balm is multi-use and can be used for minor burns, chapped skin, and more. Additionally, this product is marked Clean at Sephora and is free from harsh ingredients such as parabens, hydroquinone and mineral oil. I love using this product because it instantly soothes any cracks my lips may have while simultaneously giving my lips a pretty rosy sheen.

$7

When it comes to dealing with dry lips, my advice to you is to crack down on the ingredients. Even if a product is natural and has worked for others, it may not work for you. I suggest sticking to products that are free from harsh ingredients. Additionally, take care of yourself and be sure you are taking the proper vitamins your body needs. Last but not least, don’t forget the SPF! With the warmer months ahead, it is more crucial than ever to protect your skin. If you have any questions or tips on dry lips, be sure to leave a comment down below.

For more skincare content, follow me on Instagram!

My 5 Step Evening Skincare Routine

My 5 Step Evening Skincare Routine

After a long day of being booked and busy, the time has finally come for me to unwind and go to sleep. Before I can put my fuzzy socks on and cozy up to an episode of Gossip Girl, I must first begin my night time skincare routine.

1. Cleanse

I begin my routine by cleansing away all the impurities from the day such as makeup, dirt and excess oils. As of lately, I’ve been enjoying the Pure Skin Face Cleanser from First Aid Beauty. This cleanser is safe for all skin types, but I would especially recommend it to those with a more drier to combination skin type. Not only does this cleanser get the job done, but it is also free from harsh ingredients such as alcohol, artificial fragrances and mineral oil.

$21

2. Tone

Once I’ve exfoliated, applied a mask or simply cleansed my skin, I go in with a toner to balance the pH and oils of my skin. My all-time staple has been the British Rose Gel Toner from The Body Shop. This toner is infused with natural ingredients such as aloe vera and rose petals which help moisturize and sooth the skin. Incorporating a toner into your routine can really make a difference since it helps balance your skin as well as removes excess makeup or dirt that your cleanser might’ve left behind.

$16

3. Serum

This is probably my favorite step in my routine. I love applying serum because it makes my skin feel refreshed, rejuvenated and hydrated. The serum I swear by is the Drops of Youth Concentrate from The Body Shop. This product is all around a miracle product. It helps prevent aging, tightens my pores and gives my skin such a healthy glow. The serum is infused with Edelweiss plant cells from Italy as well as Sea Holly and Criste Marie plant cells from France. It is also vegan, cruelty-free, paraben- free and silicone free.

$38

4. Eyes

After hydrating my skin with my serum, I then proceed to apply under-eye cream. Our under-eye area is one of the thinnest parts of our skin and can be the first to show aging. The under-eye cream that I’ve been using is the R&R Eye Cream from Strivectin. This cream helps prevent fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles and dehydration. This product is suitable for all skin types, is cruelty-free and was an Allure Best of Beauty 2018 winner.

$65

5. Moisturize

The final step of my night time skincare routine is moisturizer. I’m currently using the Waterfull Gel Cream Moisturizer from Ulta Beauty and I absolutely love it. For more information about this product, check out my product review.

$19.50

My night time skin care routine is fairly simple and features products that have noticeably helped my skin appear more radiant, smooth and hydrated. Taking a few minutes of your night to pamper your skin can do wonders in the long-run. As always, if you have any questions about my routine or any of the products mentioned, feel free to comment down below.

3 Ways to Treat Breakouts

3 Ways to Treat Breakouts

Breakouts. We all get them. Whether it be from stress, poor eating habits, hormones or simply just not washing your face, one way or another we’ve all had our experience with a breakout. I know it may feel like the end of the world when pesky red bumps form around your forehead and cheeks, but trust me when I say, it will be okay!

In this post, I will be explaining three different ways I treat my breakouts. Before we begin, it’s best to know what type of breakout you’re dealing with. If you’re dealing with a breakout due to an allergic reaction, then it’s probably best you to sit this post out and apply a prescribed ointment instead.

1. Spot Treatment

Whenever I’m breaking out, I immediately reach for spot treatment. If you aren’t familiar with spot treatments, well it’s exactly what it sounds like. Before going to bed, simply apply a spot treatment on all your blemishes and in the morning, your blemishes should be gone or at least significantly minimized. If you’re looking for an effective spot treatment, I would recommend the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion.

$17

This spot treatment is packed with blemish-fighting ingredients such as salicylic acid,  sulfur and calamine. Keep in mind this treatment is specifically designed for white-heads (pimples that are on the topmost layer of the skin and contain a white bulb). However, if you’re someone like me who doesn’t really get white-heads but more minor breakouts such as pre-pimples, I would still suggest trying this spot treatment. Just keep in mind that the drying lotion probably won’t make your minor breakout disappear overnight. However, if you are someone with more dominate breakouts this might work perfectly for you.


2. Clay Mask


There is a range of reasons why breakouts occur, however, one of the main causes of breakouts is a rise in androgen levels. An increase in androgen levels can lead to the growth of oil glands beneath the skin. Enlarged glands produce an excess of sebum, an oily liquid, which then causes cellular walls in pores to breakdown leading to bacterial growth.

When it comes to breakouts, sometimes all you can really do is put on a face mask and hope for the best. One of my favorite mask to use when I’m breaking out is the Loreal Paris Detox & Brighten Pure-Clay Mask. This mask contains charcoal which helps detoxify my skin by unplugging impurities such as dirt and pollution. After using this mask, my skin feels like it can breathe and my complexion overall just looks brighter.

$12.99

Another one of my favorite masks when I’m breaking out is the Tea Tree Skin Clearing Clay Mask from The Body Shop. This mask feels incredibly cooling and refreshes my blemished skin without over-drying. It contains tea tree oil from Mount Kenya which helps clear impurities and absorbs excess sebum. The mask is also 100% vegan and cruelty-free, which I love. Even if I may not see an immediate difference in the appearance of my skin after using these masks, I do notice a difference in the way my skin feels.

$17


3. Pore Strips

When I’m dealing with breakouts such as blackheads and clogged pores, I usually like to reach for pore strips. My favorite is the Charcoal Pore Strips from Biore. As I mentioned, charcoal is an effective ingredient when it comes to detoxifying pores. If you’re looking for a product with immediate results, pore strips are the way to go.

$7.99

The pore strips from Biore, in particular, remove excess oils and blackheads from beneath the skin surface. These strips leave my skin feeling clean and oil-free. Although removing the nose strips can be a little painful, it is so satisfying (and a little gross) to see all the gunk that was nestled underneath my skin.

There are a variety of products that can help with breakouts. However, try not to get too caught up in getting rid of your breakouts. Remember, too much product can be a bad thing. If you’re not seeing immediate results after using a spot treating or mask, just be patient. I promise, you’re skin will clear up. The best advice I can give you is to try not to touch your face with unwashed hands, make sure your phone is sanitized, wash your pillowcases and most importantly, let your skin breathe.

I hoped you enjoy this post. If you have any questions or have some breakout remedy recommendations, feel free to comment down below!

Product Review: Water Gel-Cream Moisturizer from Ulta Beauty

Product Review: Water Gel-Cream Moisturizer from Ulta Beauty

Searching for the perfect moisturizer can be tricky. There are a variety of moisturizers promising to hydrate your skin, prevent aging and even protect your skin against UV rays. When deciding what moisturizer will best cater for your skin, you must first think about your skin type and what it is you want a moisturizer to do. Personally, I have normal to combination skin. When searching for a moisturizer I want something that hydrates my skin, but I also don’t want something that will be too-heavy and cause me to produce more oil.

For the past few weeks, I have been using the Water Gel-Cream Moisturizer from Ulta Beauty. Before purchasing this moisturizer, I was using the Drops of Youth Face Cream from The Body Shop. Don’t get me wrong, I still love this product but after re-purchasing it twice, I wanted to try something new.


$19

When I first applied the Water Gel-Cream Moisturizer it felt like my skin had taken a giant drink of water. Immediately, my skin felt refreshed and hydrated. I was incredibly amazed at how moisturized the product made my skin while simultaneously being extremely lightweight. Most moisturizers can leave a tacky or sticky residue on the skin, so I was really impressed by how this product really melted into my skin. Furthermore, this product is cruelty-free and does not contain any parabens, sulfates or oils.

I would say this moisturizer is suitable for all skin types. Since it is a gel-based formula it is actually ideal for oily skin. However, I would also recommend this product to those with dry skin due to how hydrated it makes my skin feel.


If you’re interested in seeing this product live-in-action, check out my YouTube video where my friend Briana uses the moisturizer in her morning routine.

The moisturizer also contains hyaluronic acid and algae extracts which help hydrate and replenish the skin. Hyaluronic acid can be used on all skin types and is an ingredient that helps reduce the appearance of fine lines. Furthermore, algae are overloaded with amazing vitamins and minerals that help hydrate, soften and detoxify the skin.

This product has definitely become a staple in my skincare routine. As always if you have any questions about this product, feel free to leave a comment down below.