So I Did Some Research On Essential Oils

…and I thought I’d share!

I was in a Pinterest-y mood today and decided to check out what was going on in the “essential oils tag.” And let me tell you, there was a LOT going on…it was almost overwhelming. But I was up for the challenge (not to mention that when I get into researching a topic that interests me, I tend to go into full-on-obsession mode)! I thought that it would only be polite to share what I’d learned with all of you here and give you a (hopefully comprehensive) list of some essential oils and what they do. ❤

Please keep in mind that I am not a professional doctor, therapist, etc! These are just tips that I researched from Pinterest, other internet sources, or just my own experience. 🙂

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Before we get into the list, let me give you a little insight into the little magic potions that are essential oils (but be sure not to drink them like a potion…these oils are for topical use only!). www.essentialoilhaven.com gives some great beginner’s advice. According to their page, “Essential oils are the highly concentrated version of the natural oils in plants.” They go on to talk about how essential oils are used in aromatherapy and are believed to have uplifting effects on the mind.

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It’s important to note that while many essential oils smell lovely, they are different from perfume oils which are chemically engineered. Essential oils are all-natural.

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I honestly haven’t had much personal experience with a wide variety of essential oils, but the ones that I have used, I’ve had really good experience with. And after all my research (and with yesterday being my most recent pay day) when I go out shopping in a little while I might have to pick up a few more oils for myself. 🙂

So without further ado, let’s get started!

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Please Calm Down (Lavender)

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I think probably the most common and popular essential oil that most people know about is lavender. Lavender is best known for its relaxation abilities and calming properties. It is a popular ingredient in bath bombs and Epsom salt blends, and it smells really nice! (As I’m writing this I actually have lavender in my essential oil diffuser at this very moment!) Apparently you can use lavender to help with muscle tension, irritated skin, and headaches. For me, I love the smell of lavender, and it’s one of the cheapest oils out there and is available in pretty much any drugstore, so I’d highly recommend picking some up for yourself!

Rise And Shine And Actually Stay Awake (Lemon)

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Lemon oil is known for energizing and helping with focus. So while you might use lavender to relax at night, it’s probably a good idea to use your lemon oil in the morning to help wake you up and focus your mind for the day ahead. It’s also known to uplift one’s mood and promote positivity. I even read that because of its benefits, it’s sometimes known as the “detox oil” – pretty fitting for this blog! 🙂

…so remember how I mentioned I was going to go shopping later? Well I actually just went and ended up grabbing some lemon essential oil…I’ll for sure be trying this out tomorrow morning!

Your Skin Will Thank You (Tea Tree)

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I have actually had plenty of experience with tea tree oil! It’s pretty much a go-to for skin irritations, and for someone with sensitive skin, I find myself reaching for it whenever I want an all-natural remedy. For me, I use it as an acne treatment, and it’s fairly effective. It’s powerful stuff though, and should only be used in small doses to avoid major drying. Due to its natural cleansing properties, it can apparently be made into a variety of natural cleaners.

Add Chocolate And You’ll Smell Like Starbucks (Peppermint)

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I have to admit I’m not a huge fan of peppermint, simply because I don’t like the taste or scent (unless it’s toothpaste or another sort of breath freshener). However, I know that my dislike of peppermint isn’t a common trait of most people, so I thought I’d take one for the team and include it on this list, seeing as how it’s another pretty common oil.

Peppermint oil is best known for its cooling properties along with healing a variety of aches and pains like digestive discomfort, headaches, and fevers. It seems to be a popular ingredient in essential oil blends for healing.

The Actual HP Potion That Comes From Magic Rocks (Frankincense)

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Similar to peppermint, frankincense is a pretty versatile oil that is used from healing skin conditions and scarring to helping with depression and anxiety. It seems very well-rounded in its healing properties so much so that it is known as a tonic and is effective as an antiseptic (disinfectant against germs). So cleansing! I actually have never used frankincense oil before, but now I think I’ll have to get it, partly because of all its amazing uses but also because please tell me I’m not the only one who didn’t know that frankincense came from those cool little rock clumps? Like yes please I would like magic healing oil from crystals of the earth.

I Need To Give This To The Drama Queens In My Life (Clary Sage)

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Clary sage is, like lemon, an excellent mood booster and promotes positivity and is used to help against anxiety and depression. It apparently can also be used as a hormone balancer and can help with cramps, PMS, and even hot flashes? :O Ladies, this one is for sure one to add to your collection (mental note to add it to mine too)! It basically seems like a great mood booster all around, especially if it can help with PMS hoo boy.

Give This To Someone If They Smelly (Lemongrass)

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Lemongrass is a natural deodorizer and can be used as a helpful air freshener. It’s also good for the skin, and can be used to scent shampoos, soaps, and lotions. Along with skin, it’s also great for hair health and can not only be used to keep hair shiny and fresh, but also to reduce hair loss. Along with basically every other essential oil, it’s a stress reducer and can help with aches and pains.

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Do you feel like a witch now? Or a yogini? I feel like I should be potion brewing or meditating now or something, but seeing as it’s almost 1 a.m. (oops), I should probably just be sleeping. I’ll go ahead and refill my diffuser with lavender again and get to it!

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What are some of your favorite essential oils? Do you blend yours at all, and if so, what can you recommend? Leave me a comment to spread the love! ❤

This Week’s Music: Relaxation and Positivity

Every week, I’ll be adding new music links here to promote ~relaxation~ and ~good vibes~ 😉 I hope they make your day a little brighter!

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Here is this week’s music link list!

What are some of your favorite positive and relaxing songs? Please feel free to recommend me your favorites…they might appear on next week’s list!

 

A Few Nice Things to Watch If You’re Feeling Stressed

I’m a YouTube addict. I’m constantly playing videos, weather I’m watching hauls, listening to music, studying a tutorial or reviewing my own content. Because of my many years of YouTube content intake, I’ve stumbled upon some really pleasant and relaxing videos. The ones I’d like to share today are either videos or channels I stop by if I’m ever feeling stressed or down.a-bubbly-potion-pixilart

First up, I want to mention this video from the channel Maqaroon on YouTube.

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Joanna, the channel’s creator, is a DIY and crafting genius, and her tutorials are very calming to watch.

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Some of my favorites of hers are her needle felting videos. While I am not affected by ASMR, many people comment on these particular videos that the noise needle felting makes gives it that effect. I actually followed this specific tutorial to make these felt kitties myself from a kit I bought off of Etsy.com!

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Joanna has made dozens of videos besides needling felting, some of which include putting together miniature dollhouses, slime making, paper clay crafting, how to make plushies out of fuzzy socks, handmade accessories, and more.

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She also has a second channel called Cute Life Hacks with even more content. So if any of you are interested, you can check out Joanna’s channels Maqaroon and Cute Life Hacks!

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Up next is the channel In Love With A Ghost.

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The beautiful art on this channel is just a plus to the lovely music. “i make music, record feelings and tell stories. i started as a pianist then experimented with computer stuff and now i mix both,” is how the creator describes what they do.

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The best way I could describe this music is gentle lo-fi mixed in with recordings of pleasant noises ranging from ones that sound like gumballs being dispensed from a machine, to a drink being poured, or to birds chirping outside. For me, it gives off a feeling of a warm summer afternoon.

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They actually just released an album titled “healing” (which I find pretty appropriately named) and contains most of my favorite songs from the channel. I definitely recommend giving these tunes a listen to promote those positive vibes! You can head on over to In Love With A Ghost’s YouTube or purchase the “healing” album here.

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Ever seen grav3yardgirl’s videos? With a following as large as hers (over 8 million subscribers!!!) and years worth of content, if wouldn’t surprise me if you’re already a fan of hers.

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From unboxing videos, to makeup tutorials, to my favorite, her oh-so-popular “Does This Thing Really Work?” series in which she tests out popular As Seen On TV products, “grav3yardgirl” aka Bunny, has a plethora of options to watch your stresses away.

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I have to say my favorite thing about Bunny’s channel is her own personality. While I love her video content, for me, it’s her quirky sense of style, hyper mannerisms and loud personality that make her so fun to watch. She’s plain entertaining, and when I need a distraction from life’s problems, I know that I can stop by her channel for a smile.

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While the “Does This Thing Really Work?” series is my favorite over all, I actually really got into watching her squishy hauls and reviews for a while. She was actual a big part of why I got into squishies too! (Want to know more about “squishies” and how they help with de-stressing? I actually plan on making a post all about them in the future, so stay tuned!)

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Have you ever heard of these channels before? If not, maybe check them out and let me know what you think? Or perhaps you have some videos and recommendations for me! I’m always on the prowl for new content! Be sure to leave a comment to let me know what you think! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

 

Quick links to all the channels:

You Can Be An Anime Fashion Stylist If You Want

Okay, let’s start things off by jumping right into my latest addiction.

While fashion games usually aren’t my forte, with the hit app game Love Nikki in the back of my mind and the -4 degree weather outside in front, I decided to download the free demo of Style Savvy: Styling Star from the Nintendo eShop.

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http://the-motors.com/style-savvy-fashion-forward-guide.html

 

Seriously, while I like a fashion game or two from time to time, usually adventure/fantasy genres are more my thing, but right away this game had me hooked. I happened to be in dire need of a light, cutesy, fluffy distraction from the frigid Minnesota winter and this was just thing to quench my kawaii thirst. I plowed through the demo and soon found myself waiting for the full game download to finish. Now, after a solid week of playing and hours upon hours put into my digital boutique, I can say that I’m definitely a fan.

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Style Savvy: Styling Star is the latest release in the Style Savvy series (a series in which I have never played any games prior to this one) and follows the adventures of you, the main character, who arrives in a small town and inherits a fashion boutique from her uncle. It is then up to the player to run, stock, and manage the boutique while making recommendations to customers and over time, growing the whole town due to your success.

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Without getting into all the technicalities of the game (for more in-depth reviews of this game, I’ve included some links at the bottom of this post), the game is pretty straight-forward: help customers by picking out items from your boutique to sell to them based on their requests, and when you run out of stock, you go pick out more. There is a sort of a story you can follow as well, as you follow the rising talents of young girls all trying to become singers and help them pick out outfits for various performances, shoots, etc.

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Perhaps that might sound boring, but it’s surprisingly not. There are literally hundreds of articles of clothing, and the game gives you nice shortcuts for where things might get a little tedious like when it comes to restocking clothing for your boutique. And if you get tired of all the clothes, you can step out for a bit and help out at the hair stylist’s or the beauty parlor.

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The characters are incredibly endearing, and the game gives off some major “anime idol” vibes. More than getting into the technicalities of fashion, this game focuses much more on the feel-good aspect, with fashion being more of a way to improve people’s lives through positivity as opposed to about running an actual business. The bright colors, upbeat music, creativity, and shoujo anime-style characters make this game a super relaxing and fun play.

Overall, while not the most mind-blowing experience, for what it does, it does it really well. It’s a feel-good fashion game, and it delivers. And I had (and still have) a lot of fun playing it!

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This game is only available for digital download in the Nintendo eShop. It’s current price is $39.99 USD. If you have the money and the desire to be an anime idol’s fashion stylist, I definitely recommend it!

Here are some more in-depth reviews for those of you who are interested:

https://kotaku.com/style-savvy-styling-star-the-kotaku-review-1821752934

https://www.destructoid.com/review-style-savvy-styling-star-481202.phtml

http://twinfinite.net/2017/12/style-savvy-styling-star-review/

I Want You To Feel Better

“…but I’m not feeling bad?”

That’s great! But I want to make you feel even better. That’s why I started this blog. I want to make people smile, feel beautiful, feel good about themselves, share resources, and hopefully make this world a little bit brighter.

Hi there, nice to meet you! I’m Maia and I’m a Geek Girl.

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That’s me, messy hair and all.

You could say I’m a bit of a media guru. I’m always on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, my phone, computer, tablet, and Nintendo DS XL are my best friends, and animated movies are my faves. Oh, and I’m a YouTuber.

So why did I feel the need to start a blog?

Well, like I said, I want to help you feel better.

I have a vision. My goal in life is to have others hear my voice and share positivity. I want to help you smile. I want to make the world a brighter place. And media is my favorite way to do that.

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You don’t have to feel down or bad and you don’t really have to be a geek or a girl to enjoy this blog (although I WILL be sharing some pretty geeky and girly content). This is simply a place for me to share resources, post pleasant content, review helpful products, and otherwise create a happy, safe space for anyone who might need a break.

So with introductions out of the way, why not grab a cup of coffee (or tea, or juice, or whatever suits your fancy) and stay a while?

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