Stress, Anxiety, + Caffeine Addiction: My Personal Struggles

You may already know a bit about my background and how I came to nutritional therapy… but for those of you that don’t, here’s some background info on me:

  • Growing up, I lived on fast food and processed foods on a daily basis
  • I never exercised
  • I smoked a pack of cigarettes daily (from age 13-21)
  • I drank alcohol and partied a lot with my friends
  • I drank TONS of sugary coffees from Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks
  • I also drank tons of energy drinks such as Red Bull, Rockstar, Monster, and many others
  • I never drank water, only diet beverages such as soda and iced tea
  • I suffered from severe IBS and always needed to be near a bathroom
  • Along with IBS, I suffered from anxiety
  • I also experienced pretty bad PMS and acne

Looking back now at how I was living, it’s so obvious as to why I was having those symptoms.

Even so, changing my eating habits back in 2012 made me feel much better, but getting my IBS and anxiety under control took more than that. It’s been a journey, and I did rid myself of my anxiety and IBS for a while (although I can definitely say my IBS is MUCH improved presently).

But life happens, and recently I’ve been letting some old habits slip back in, resulting in some pretty severe anxiety and panic attacks as of late.

I discussed my past and recent struggles in this recorded Facebook Live video:

Can you relate? Do you or have you in the past suffered from anxiety? What has been helpful for you? Share in the comments.

 

See Also:

Experimenting with Exercise
Stress Got You Down?
Changing Your Mindset to Achieve SuccessCopyright 2016 Jill Mac Nutrition. Email: Jill@jillmacnutrition.com




Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: My Girly Look

Some days I really like to feel girly, and I’ll wear a pink lipstick shade. This new color of matte lipstick from 100% Pure is a really nice pink shade. It’s a dark, but bright color and stays on all day/night. I love this shade for going out and for work days when I feel like I need a nice pop of color.

My Girly Look:

 

The lipstick I am wearing is the cocoa butter matte lipstick and the shade is Protea

Have a comment? Leave it below!

 

See Also: 

Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: My Nude Look
Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: My Girls Night Look
Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: My Running Errands Look

 

Note: This post contains affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase through those links, I will be compensated. Please know that I only recommend products that I personally use (or would use) and that I love. Purchases through these links helps to cover costs to keep this website running, so that I can keep delivering information to you all. Copyright 2016 Jill Mac Nutrition. Email: Jill@jillmacnutrition.com




Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: My Nude Look

So, at this point it’s pretty clear that I have a lipstick obsession. Lipstick was the first makeup product that I switched to clean, because I had read about how harmful it was and it was fairly easy to find clean replacements. At first, I was using Burt’s Bee’s, which is fine, but once I found 100% Pure, I became absolutely OBSESSED!

I love 100% Pure lipstick because it’s non-toxic, has vibrant colors, lasts all day and comes in matte. I’m super excited because they just released some new shades, and of course I had to buy some – I now have TONS of lipstick. 😀

This shade I am wearing is a deep caramel color – perfect for the transition from winter to spring!

My Nude Look:

 

The Complete Look: 

  • The lipstick I am wearing is the cocoa butter matte lipstick and the shade is Mojave
  • The eyeshadow is from the Ultimate Nudes Eyeshadow Palette and the colors are Gilded, Cashmere, Soft Peach, and Eggshell (for the pictures I have the pink shirt) and Pink Champagne, Cherry Blossom and Eggshell (for the pictures I have the black jacket). 
  • The eyeliner is the Creamy Long Last Liner and the shade is Blackest
  • The mascara I am wearing is the Volumizing Mascara
  • The concealer I use for my dark circles is the 2nd Skin Concealer

Have a comment? Leave it below!

 

See Also: 

Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: My Everyday Fall Look
Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: Another Work Look
Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: My Girls Night Look

 

Note: This post contains affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase through those links, I will be compensated. Please know that I only recommend products that I personally use (or would use) and that I love. Purchases through these links helps to cover costs to keep this website running, so that I can keep delivering information to you all. Copyright 2016 Jill Mac Nutrition. Email: Jill@jillmacnutrition.com




My Current Skincare Routine

I change up my skincare routine every so often, based on my skin’s needs and based on new products that I want to try. My previous skincare routine was working well for a while, but then I tried some new products that I really fell in love with and have been seeing amazing improvements with… so I’ve changed it up again.

I’ll share my night routine first again, as this is the routine that I feel does most of the “work” in making my skin look and feel beautiful!

Skincare at Night: 

Now I wash my face with Beautycounter’s Charcoal Cleansing Bar. I had been very skeptical about buying this product because of the $25 price tag (which is why I was using a much cheaper brand previously), but now that I’ve finally tried it, I can honestly say that it is worth the price. You get what you pay for, and there’s a reason this bar is more expensive. It lasts long as well, but I’ve seen a great reduction in acne, as well as pore-size, and my skin is very soft. 

After washing my face, a few nights a week, I’ll use a face mask next. I rotate between Beautycounter’s Brightening + Vitamin C Mask, Plumping Mask, and Balancing + Charcoal Mask. These masks have made a HUGE difference in my skin. Each one has it’s own benefits and I love all of them. The brightening mask has made my skin more even-toned, has reduced pore size and made my skin soft. The plumping mask drastically reduced the size of my pores, reduced my smile lines and forehead lines while plumping my skin and making it soft. The charcoal mask has greatly helped with my acne while also reducing the size of my pores and making my skin soft! I highly recommend these masks!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, I spray my face with Beautycounter’s Plumping Mist all over. This mist plumps up your skin and helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles! 

Next, I use 100% Pure’s PM Retinol Eye Cream under my eyes. This is an anti-aging eye cream that promotes collagen production, reduces wrinkles, promotes hydration and plumps the eye area. Or, I use Beautycounter’s Rejuvenating Eye Cream, which is great for dark circles, puffiness, fine lines, and wrinkles. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, I use Beautycounter’s Plumping Facial Oil all over my face. This oil moisturizes, while plumping and reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

Finally, I finish my night routine with Primally Pure’s Beauty Cream, which I am completely obsessed with. This cream leaves my skin extremely soft, reduces pore size, and gives me glowing skin!

When I go to sleep, my face is like an oil slick, but when I wake up my skin looks amazing and it all absorbs in!

 

Skincare in the Morning

 

In the morning, I wash my face with Tula Purifying Face Wash, which contains probiotics. 

Next, I spray my face with Beautycounter’s Nourishing Rosewater Mist

Then, I use 100% Pure’s Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream under my eyes to reduce dark circles and puffiness. 

Finally, I end with Beautycounter’s Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion all over my face. I love this face lotion! It adapts to your skin, giving you what you need. I’ve noticed a reduction in pore size also while using this! 

 

 

So, what I’ve noticed in the past two months, is a great reduction in my pore size and acne, as well as a great reduction in fine lines. I still have some redness and scars to work on, so I will soon be switching my face oil to the #1 Brightening Oil to even out my skin tone more.

 

Need help with a routine for your skin? Send me an email to Jill@jillmacnutrition.com telling me about your skin and I’ll give you my recommendations!

 

Have a question/thought? Leave it in the comments below!

 

See Also:

Full Face Makeup for Special Occasions
An Honest Review: Beautycounter Charcoal Mask
Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: My Girls Night Look

 

Note: This post contains affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase through those links, I will be compensated. Please know that I only recommend products that I personally use (or would use) and that I love. Purchases through these links helps to cover costs to keep this website running, so that I can keep delivering information to you all. Copyright 2016 Jill Mac Nutrition. Email: Jill@jillmacnutrition.com




Full Face Makeup for Special Occasions

Most days I don’t put on a full face of makeup. Going to work or out with friends/family, I normally just wear eye makeup and lipstick. But for special occasions, I like to go the extra mile. I like wearing face makeup for special occasions to make my skin look nicer, give me confidence and feel glamorous.

It’s important to me that the makeup I use has the safest ingredients possible, while still performing well and lasting through the day or night. That’s why I choose Beautycounter and 100% Percent Pure products. I’ve tried many brands and I find that these two work the best while utilizing the safest ingredients.

To achieve this look:  (see demo on my Instagram story highlights)

  1. After your usual skincare routine, prep your face and eye area with Mattifying Primer 
  2. Next, apply concealer under your eyes and over any blemishes or spots you may have that you want to cover 
  3. Choose a few colors from the Ultimate Nudes Eyeshadow Palette for your eyes. I always like to go with bronze colors for my eyes, so that they can have a natural look. 
  4. Next, apply eyeliner to bottom inner eye line 
  5. Now, apply foundation to face and neck 
  6. Apply matte bronzer over foundation 
  7. Apply a few coats of lengthening mascara to lashes 
  8. Choose your favorite shade of matte lipstick and apply to lips 
  9. Spray face all over with #2 Plumping Mist to set your makeup so it lasts all night! 

 

Feel free to leave a comment below or email me at Jill@jillmacnutrition.com if you have any questions regarding your own skin and/or products that would be right for you!

 

See Also:

An Honest Review of Beautycounter Balancing Charcoal Mask
Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: My Sultry Look
Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: My Running Errands Look

 

 

Note: This post contains affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase through those links, I will be compensated. Please know that I only recommend products that I personally use (or would use) and that I love. Purchases through these links helps to cover costs to keep this website running, so that I can keep delivering information to you all. Copyright 2016 Jill Mac Nutrition. Email: Jill@jillmacnutrition.com




An Honest Review of Beautycounter Balancing Charcoal Mask

As you may know from reading my review of Beautycounter’s face makeup, when I first tried Beautycounter, I wasn’t so thrilled with how the makeup looked and stayed on my skin. That was 2 years ago and I’ve been wary of trying any of their other products since then, especially since I’ve been using other natural skincare products that I absolutely love.

After seeing many more of my colleagues jumping on board with Beautycounter over the past 2 years, and realizing that the other natural foundations and concealers I’ve tried were just as bad, if not worse, on my skin than Beautycounter’s (at this point the only time I wear foundation is for special occasions, and I use the bad stuff from Olay because it has great coverage), I decided to give their skincare products a try.

My friend Caroline, who is a consultant, sent me samples of the Cleansing Balm, Balancing Charcoal Mask, Brightening Mask, Countermatch lotion, and the Charcoal Bar to try and I was super excited – especially for the charcoal bar and mask!

I tried the Cleansing Balm, Charcoal Bar, and Charcoal Mask so far, and fell in love after just one use! I noticed an immediate difference in my skin, and my skin looked even better in the morning when I woke up. 

This was by far the best charcoal mask that I have ever tried, so I went ahead and purchased one for myself. I immediately noticed my skin looked “cleaner” and my pores were smaller. By morning, my face had a fresh glow and looked much more youthful and less blotchy. I have acne-prone skin, and noticed my acne was reduced as well – and this is all after just one time!!! I can’t wait to see how my skin improves when I begin using this mask 2x per week!

I am super excited to try the Brightening Mask also and I will let you know what I think about that one as well.

 

Do you use Beautycounter? What are your favorite products? Any thoughts to add? Leave it in the comments!

 

 

See Also:

An Honest Review of Beautycounter Face Makeup
Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: My Work Look
Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: My Everyday Fall LookCopyright 2016 Jill Mac Nutrition. Email: Jill@jillmacnutrition.com




Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: My Running Errands Look

This look is a neutral, pink/mauve shade. It’s not too dark, and creates a natural look. It’s one of the new fall releases from 100 Percent Pure. This look can be worn as either a professional or casual look. It’s a neutral shade perfect for work or running errands!

My Running Errands Look: 

 

The lipstick I am wearing is the Cocoa Butter Matte Lipstick and the shade is Winecup

 

Have a comment? Leave it below!

 

See Also:

Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: My Everyday Fall Look
Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: Another Work Look
Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: My Girls Night Look

 

Note: This post contains affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase through those links, I will be compensated. Please know that I only recommend products that I personally use (or would use) and that I love. Purchases through these links helps to cover costs to keep this website running, so that I can keep delivering information to you all. Copyright 2016 Jill Mac Nutrition. Email: Jill@jillmacnutrition.com




Holiday Gift Ideas – 2017 Edition

It’s that time of year again! The holidays are here and so is the hunt for the perfect gift. Whether it’s for a parent, significant other, in-law, brother/sister, co-worker, client, host/hostess – you want to show up with the perfect gift. Well, don’t you worry, I’ve got you covered with 20 gift ideas right here – and if that’s not enough, I have links to my past holiday gift idea posts for even more ideas at the bottom!

Non-Food Gift Ideas:

  1. Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer System: This coffee brewing system makes single-serve coffee as well as carafes. It makes hot coffee as well as over ice coffee. The carafe is made of stainless steel. It makes specialty coffees as well as regular. This is the perfect gift for the coffee lover in your life! 
  2. Multi-Use Crockpot: This crockpot is a slow cooker, pressure cooker, saute, & steamer in one! It’s made of stainless steel and perfect for the cooking newbie as well as the cooking veteran in your life.
  3. SodaStream Jet Sparkling Water Maker: Make your own sparkling water! I love sparkling water & carbonated beverages, so this would definitely be a gift I’d love. This is perfect for the sparkling water lover in your life! 
  4. Ninja Mega Kitchen System: This is a blender, food processor, & blender cups. This is perfect for making smoothies, shakes, and sauces. This is a great gift for the health conscious person in your life. 
  5. Memory Foam Pillow: This pillow is adjustable for a custom pillow each time. Memory foam helps proper proper alignment and a more restful sleep. This would be a great gift for anyone in your life. 
  6. Philips MultiChopper: This machine makes chopping vegetables so much easier! It can chop either coarse or fine. This is the perfect gift for someone who loves to cook but likes to spend less time in the kitchen. 
  7. Titan Fitness 5 lb to 40 lb Adjustable Kettlebell: The weight of this kettlebell can be adjusted to 6 different weights. This is perfect for different workouts and/or being used by different people. This is a great gift for the strength training enthusiast in your life. 
  8. Himalayan Salt Lamp: This lamp is made from 100% pure Himalayan rock salt crystals. The lamp comes with a dimmer switch and helps purify the air. This is great for the holistic health enthusiast in your life. 
  9. Kitchen Tool Set: This set includes: flexible turner, 12-inch tongs, square turner, spoon, slotted spoon, grater, swivel peeler, ice cream scoop, potato masher, can opener, balloon whisk, spatula, meat tenderizer, pizza wheel, & the holder. This gift would be great for the cook in your life and/or anyone who recently moved into a new place. 
  10. Cuisinart Cold Brew Coffee Maker: Traditionally, cold brew coffee takes 12-24 hours to brew. This coffee maker can make cold brew coffee in just 25 minutes! Cold brew coffee is made using cold water for much less bitter and less acidic coffee. Cold brew coffee has a smooth taste and higher caffeine content than traditional hot water brewed coffee. This gift would be perfect for the cold brew enthusiast in your life. 

 

Food Gift Ideas:

  1. Know Gluten Free Donuts: These donuts are paleo and keto friendly & would be great for an office gift. 
  2. Primal Palate The Food Lovers Pack of Seasonings: New Bae, Amore, and Jerk. I just love those names! The New Bae is a fiery blend that is good on anything from seafood to potatoes. The Amore is an Italian seasoning blend. The Jerk is good for chicken and pork dishes. This gift would be a great stocking stuffer for the cooking newbie as well as the cooking veteran in your life. 
  3. Hu Chocolate Variety Pack: Hu Chocolate is sooo delicious and made only with good-for-you ingredients! This variety pack would make for a great office gift. 
  4. Eating Evolved Coconut Butter Cups Variety Pack: These coconut butter cups are also super delicious and only made with good-for-you ingredients! These would also make for a great office gift or as stocking stuffers. 
  5. Bare Coconut Chips Variety Pack: These coconut chips are a great office gift, host/hostess gift, and/or stocking stuffer!
  6. Vital Proteins Gingerbread Collagen Creamer: This collagen creamer is sugar free and Whole30 approved. It makes your coffee super creamy while nourishing your body, giving you healthy skin, hair, nails, and joints! This is a great host/hostess gift. 
  7. Not Ketchup 5-Pack Paleo Sauce Sampler: These paleo friendly sauces are made from fruit and only sweetened from fruit. They’re also vegan and Whole30 approved. They’re great for grilling, marinating, roasting, glazing, dipping, and. simmering. They’re great on all types of meat, seafood, and potatoes. This would be the perfect host/hostess gift! 
  8. Primal Kitchen Salad Dressings: These salad dressings are also paleo and Whole30 friendly and would make a great host/hostess gift. 
  9. Sir Kensington’s Special Sauce: This sauce is comparable to a healthier version of McDonald’s Big Mac sauce. This would be another great host/hostess gift or an office gift. 
  10. Coconut Secret Asian-Style Sauce Pack: This sauce pack includes Coconut Aminos (soy-free replacement for soy sauce), Garlic Sauce, and Teriyaki Sauce. All of these Asian-style sauces use coconut sap instead of soy. This would be another great host/hostess or office gift. 

 

Need more ideas? See previous years posts:

 

Christmas Gift Ideas – 2016 Edition
Holiday Gift Ideas – 2015 Edition
Paleo Friendly Gift Ideas for the Holidays

 

Note: This post contains affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase through those links, I will be compensated. Please know that I only recommend products that I personally use (or would use) and that I love. Purchases through these links helps to cover costs to keep this website running, so that I can keep delivering information to you all. Copyright 2016 Jill Mac Nutrition. Email: Jill@jillmacnutrition.com




Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: My Ruby Red Lips Look

One of the new fall lipstick shades from 100 Percent Pure is a bright red shade. I wore this look to the rehearsal dinner for my cousins wedding. Red is a bold, yet neutral shade that can be worn pretty much anywhere. Red lips are ideal for work, for a night out, for date night, for weddings, and for anytime you want to feel bold & sexy!

My Ruby Red Lips Look:

 

The lipstick I am wearing is the Cocoa Butter Matte Lipstick and the shade is Nopal

 

Have a comment? Leave it below!

 

See Also:

Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: My “Red Lips” Look
Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: My Everyday Fall Look
Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: My Fall Party Look

 

Note: This post contains affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase through those links, I will be compensated. Please know that I only recommend products that I personally use (or would use) and that I love. Purchases through these links helps to cover costs to keep this website running, so that I can keep delivering information to you all. Copyright 2016 Jill Mac Nutrition. Email: Jill@jillmacnutrition.com




Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: My Everyday Fall Look

100% Pure recently released a bunch of new colors for fall & I bought 3 of the colors for myself! I love wearing neutral brown shades and this one is perfect for everyday wear in the fall. It’s a darker brown than the shade I had previously been wearing to work, and I am loving it. This shade is great for wearing to work, to a coffee date, or for a night out at a local bar with friends – it’s perfect for everyday wear.

My Everyday Fall Look:

 

The lipstick I am wearing is the Cocoa Butter Matte Lipstick and the shade is Cacti

 

Have a comment? Leave it below!

 

See Also:

Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: My Fall Party Look
Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: Another Work Look
Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: My Girls Night Look

 

Note: This post contains affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase through those links, I will be compensated. Please know that I only recommend products that I personally use (or would use) and that I love. Purchases through these links helps to cover costs to keep this website running, so that I can keep delivering information to you all. Copyright 2016 Jill Mac Nutrition. Email: Jill@jillmacnutrition.com