april goals and inspo

My favorite thing about a new month is feeling like you have a totally fresh start at life. Just an arbitrary date can really turn things around if you’re ready to commit to something new. This month I was really inspired by Sam Ozkural, a YouTuber who makes videos spreading positivity and tips about anything from weight loss to laws of attraction.

Each month Sam starts a challenge of some sort with her viewers to inspire and motivate each other to be the best version of themselves. This month the challenge is to repeat the same mantra each day of the month. The mantra could be anything that you want, but I was incredibly touched by the one she chose, so I decided to use this one as well:

“I will remain focused on my goals. Even if I have a moment of difficulty, I will not give up. I know success comes with consistency. I know that I will make it. Things will get better. No problem or challenge will stop me. Everything I deserve is coming my way.”

This was so inspiring for me to hear during this season of my life. I have been feeling so overwhelmed and unsuccessful recently. I am struggling to feel like things will ever fall into place, and really needed a reminder that things will be okay. I am about to start a new job that I am not excited for, I am struggling to be financially dependent. I am so easily overwhelmed these days by any thoughts of the future. Life has been a lot, and it hasn’t been easy for the last few months.

My hope is that by focusing on this uplifting mantra each day this month (or longer) I can really start to manifest some good things in my life. I want to start each day with a positive outlook and find the bright side of my situation. If I can get through this season, I can get through anything, and brighter days are ahead.

Check out my video on this subject here 🙂

Reviewed: Function of Beauty

I tried “Function of Beauty” and here’s what happened. (Not sponsored, just an honest review)

I’ve always been interested in beauty products and have always wanted to find my “favorite things”. This has led me to be a serial buyer of products I’d use once and then never touch again. I can’t even tell you the countless amount of hair products I’ve tried throughout my lifetime that I’ve absolutely hated.

My hair can be quite finicky. I have thick, straight, oily hair – so I have to be pretty careful about what I use as to not look like a grease ball 20 minutes after a shower. Leave in conditioners are pretty much always a ‘no’ for me, as well as most hydrating products in general. I haven’t been able to practice the trend of not washing my hair daily, because if I don’t, you can definitely tell. No amount of dry shampoo can really make skipping a day go unnoticed.

When I saw an Instagram ad for the brand Function Of – personalized hair products based specifically on your hair type and needs, I got a rush of excitement followed by a bit of skepticism. I quickly clicked on the link and researched the company. Based in NYC, they take the results of your personalized hair quiz and concoct a formula made just for you. Incredible.

https://www.functionofbeauty.com/about/

You get to choose your colors, scents, up to 5 hair goals, as well as give them information on the texture of your hair. I went through my quiz:

I chose green and blue as my colors and their only natural scent (You)calyptus which is scented with essential oils. I chose my hair goals based on the fact that my hair is pretty dry and damaged on the ends, and incredibly oily up top. I have a lot of breakage and baby hairs, so aiming for stronger, smoother, less greasy hair is always the end goal.

I placed my order and anxiously awaited its arrival. It took about 2 weeks total for them to make my formula and ship it to me. When I got it in the mail I was SO excited. I had been itching to try something new and couldn’t wait to have gorgeous hair with this product… plus it had my name on the bottle, and it doesn’t get any cooler than that.

In the box, they included instructions for me, I was to shampoo twice and condition once, and they recommended I wash every day. After I used the products for the first time, I was really thrilled with how soft and nice my hair felt. After about an hour I was completely unsatisfied because my hair was so greasy I could move it around like there was gel product in it. Disgusting.

I thought, maybe I didn’t rinse it out well enough. Convincing myself that I couldn’t properly wash my hair after 23 years, got this product another chance. The same thing happened the next day. I felt terrible and defeated.

I just couldn’t justify spending $40 on shampoo and conditioner that made my hair feel worse than 99-cent Suave. So, I put on my best “let me speak to a manager” face and reached out to their customer service. I emailed them on their website describing how oily my hair was after just an hour or two, and how I was thoroughly disappointed with the products. They responded and let me know they would be glad to help and get me a better formula, and followed up by having me redo the initial quiz. I gave the exact same answers as the first time, but put extra emphasis that I was experiencing increased greasiness.

The replacement shampoo and conditioners weren’t awful. They definitely are better than the first ones, but I still am incredibly greasy by the end of the day. Instead of the recommended 2 pumps of shampoo, I tend to use 3 each time (so a total of 6 pumps per shower). I have noticed that using more of the shampoo helps a little with the greasiness.

Overall, I think this is a really great idea, and could potentially be amazing for someone with less finicky hair. The personalization is really fun and you can tell a lot of attention is given to the details. I personally will not be ordering anymore products from Function Of, simply because I just don’t think it was a great fit for my hair. However, I certainly wouldn’t discourage anyone from trying it out, because there’s a chance it could work well for you, and if not, their customer service was incredibly helpful and kind to replace my first order.

In the spirit of not being wasteful, I am going to continue using my Function Of products until they run out, but cannot wait to hopefully get my hands on something better once they’re through. Here’s to hopefully finding my real favorite products in the future!