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Pacifica Hand Creams

I never used hand creams until Pacifica sent me the Tuscan Blood Orange hand cream last year. I really loved the smell like I had fresh oranges on my hands. My hands felt so soft and moisturized. Last holiday season, I saw their hand cream gift set at Ulta. I didn't need three new hand creams, so I decided to give away two of them and share the love. I decided to keep the Sugared Amber Dreams because I loved the smell.

Their hand creams weren't greasy and a little went a long way in moisturizing my little hands. Of course, they're all natural. Sometimes it could be difficult to find natural, effective products, but I promise, these hand creams were amazing!

Tuscan Blood OrangeWater, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, capric caprylic triglycerides, polysorbate 60, cetearyl alcohol, glycerin, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, glyceryl stearate, sorbitol, stearic acid, sodium PCA, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil, laminaria hyperborean (kelp) extract, tocopherol, xanthan gum, sodium alginate, cocos nucifera (coconut) water, iris pallida (sweet iris) leaf cell extract, leuconstoc/ radish root ferment filtrate, ethylhexylglycerin, parfum (Pacifica¿s own with natural and essential oils).
Sugared Amber DreamsAgua, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Capric Caprylic Triglycerides, Polysorbate 60*, Cetearyl Alcohol*, Glycerin*, Butyrospemum Parki (Shea) Butter, Prunus Amgdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Glyceryl Stearate*, Sorbitol, Stearic Acid*, Sodium PCA, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Vitis Vinfera (Grape) Seed Oil, Laminaria Hyperborea (Kelp) Extract, Toxopherol, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Alginate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Iris Pallida (Sweet Iris) Leaf Cell Extract, Leucostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Parum (Pacifica's Own With Natural And Essential Oils). * Vegetable Source.

Let me know what your favorite hand cream is in the comments!
x Ayre

My Throw Pillow Collection

It all started last year when I decided to decorate my space during the holidays to give myself a little boost and to be honest, to give my YouTube videos a pretty background. Since then, I've purchased a few throw pillows that I somehow decided I wanted a pillow to represent every possible holiday during the year. I've got a long way to go and limited space, but I'd definitely want to continue collecting pillows.

First up was my favorite pillow so far. When I saw it at Walmart, I knew I had to have it. It was also what sparked the desire to own a pillow for each occasion.

I bought the grey and white pillow at the same time as I bought my favorite pillow. The grey with the gorgeous design (please tell me in the comments what the design is called) just seemed so Pinterest and would look great down the line when I get my own place with a sofa and everything. The smaller pillow was from Target's "$1, $3, $5" section upon entering the store. I got it for $5 and it was so soft. I definitely bought pillows not just for cute worthiness, but also for the cozy factor.

The red, brown, and cream pillow was what started the collection. I thought I should buy a cute pillow for my bed. Then the orange pillow was purchased out of sheer desperation to have something fall or Thanksgiving themed. I was lucky enough to get it from Home Goods for $8. 

Finally, the inspiration for this post was sent to me by Modern Map Art. They have pillows, prints, phone cases, and more with city map arts. The one you see here is the Stone Harbor map in New Jersey. I thought the colors would be a great addition to the collection during the more neutral months when there wasn't a more popular holiday. They offer free shipping on all orders and they can customize the maps into whatever color or style you would like. If maps are your passion, definitely check them out.

As for other things in the photos, I wanted to quickly mention that the hello kitty blanket was a gift from my mom, and the gorgeous chevron pillow cases were from Walmart. They were only meant to be decorative so I didn't mind that they weren't the best quality pillow cases. They were good enough to be comfortable, but certainly not made from Egyptian cotton.

I hope you've enjoyed this post. Let me know if you collect throw pillows, too. Next on my list would be pillows with lovely quotes on them. 

x Ayre

Tarte Lip Collection

Tarte Cosmetics had become my favorite brand when it came to lip products. Their packaging is gorgeous and fun, and the products themselves have the highest quality I could ask for.

My newest purchase was the Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Coral Blossom. I thought it was about time I got on the spring trend and coral is my favorite color during this season.

This Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Angelic Nude was my first purchase in the nude family. I absolutely love it and because it had a glossy sheen to it, it made my lips look soft :)

The first ever red lipstick that I loved was this Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Poppy. I was so glad I took the plunge. This had such a great color pay off and again, had a nice glossy sheen.

I was hesitant to buy lip crayons, but I was on a roll and these were on sale, so I decided to take the plunge and buy Tarte Power Pigment in Blushing Bride and Natural Beauty. They were amazing and long lasting, especially when paired with a MAC lip liner. With that combination, it literally would last all day. Even when it had faded, it still looked beautiful and gave the lips a stained look. Sexy, eh?

Let me know in the comments if you own any Tarte lip products!

x Ayre

Beach Break Cafe

Breakfast is my favorite meal on the weekends. I don't usually eat anything exciting during the week since I eat when I get to work, but on Saturdays, I like to try and have breakfast or brunch with friends if possible.

Our recent adventures took us to Beach Break Cafe. It was my first time there and when I saw that they had waffle on the menu, I immediately decided that I wanted to try it. It wasn't mind blowing, but I was satisfied. It had a really tasty butter, which was saying something because I usually don't like butter on my waffles or even pancakes.

My friend R ordered the eggs benedict with hash. As you could see in the photo, it was drowning in hollandaise sauce. If the sauce was on the side, she would have liked it better. On the other hand, I went ahead and finished the Canadian bacon for her when she decided she wasn't going to eat the rest of the food.

My friend A ordered the corned beef hash. It was actually delicious. I liked that it wasn't burnt just to be crispy. The meat tasted really great. Also, as you could see, we ordered sides of bacon. Out of the three dishes, we all agreed that the corned beef hash was our favorite. Oh, and yes, we all shared all of our foods. We asked for smaller plates so we can have sides of everything we ordered.

Overall, the food was great, but I don't think I'd rave about it to my other friends like I do with my favorite brunch place. I wouldn't mind coming back, though. The food were delicious enough.

Beach Break Cafe
1802 South Coast Hwy
Oceanside CA 92054
(760) 439-6355

What's your favorite breakfast food?

x Ayre

Fear of Falling Apart

We all have fears, some more than others. 

One thing I found that inadvertently helped with my mood swings was birth control. It not only regulated Mother Nature, but it also regulated my mind. Can you imagine my fear whenever I would consider going off of the pill?

The fear was overwhelming that I would simply run away from it. I was afraid of my own mind. I was afraid it would eat me up and I'd be stuck. 

New year, new possibilities, right? 

As part of my new year's resolutions, I wanted to meditate 300 days in 2017, and so far so good. So good, in fact, that it'd given me the strength to truly consider stopping an unnecessary medication. I have heard of side effects after going off of the pill, such as hormonal imbalance and depression. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't still afraid. Heck, I wrote this post because I wanted an outlet.

However, after about five days of not taking the placebo pills, my mind continued to be stable, whereas a year or so ago, it would have already spiraled down an ugly path after day two.

So, once again, I found hope in something I thought was hopeless. Whoever you are reading this, you have no idea how incredible this realization felt. To finally be able to have hope that my mind wouldn't crash and burn, it was monumental. 

"Gosh, you are such a drama queen."

Say what you want, but to someone who'd lived in fear of herself for so long, this progress was important to me. If you're reading this and you're struggling, know that there's hope, but you have to also help yourself. For me, I found that meditation was effective. It may not be for you, but please don't give up in finding what works, because once you find it, you'd be as emotional as I felt writing this post. It would be a good kind of emotion, though. I promise.

x Ayre