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Unseen Symptoms of Anxiety

Unseen Symptoms of Anxiety | Style Through Her Eyes

Recently my sister-in-law and I were talking about how you can't always tell if someone is experiencing anxiety. A lot of the symptoms are things you just can't see or even sense. Things like heart palpitations, cramping hands (yep, this is a thing), or even bad thoughts are just a few unseen symptoms of anxiety. It's almost overwhelming to think of the long list of things that people could be experiencing on a day to day basis and the fact that you may just never know. It could be someone you know and see everyday at school or work or someone you see once a week at the grocery store.

Want to know just how true this is?

My sister-in-law came with me to a doctor appointment I had scheduled that I was anxious about. It turned out that she was having not only a bad day but an overall rough week. She told me she was having some heart palpitations while we were sitting there in the waiting room and I had no idea. She looked tired but generally comfortable to me. I then told her how anxious I was feeling about the appointment and that my hands were cramping up and she too had no idea! Obviously she knew she was there for moral support but there was no way she could tell my heart was racing much faster than normal or that my hands hurt. She had already cried earlier and I was on the verge of crying. We both have anxiety so that just goes to show you that even two people who have the same mental illness had no idea that the other was experiencing symptoms of it. We briefly talked about how we were feeling, which often is a huge help especially if it's someone who understands what you're dealing with or sincerely wants to.

Tip: No one should ever have to feel alone in the battle against anxiety. If you don't know what to say to someone who is having anxiety the first step is actually just to listen and then ask them how you can make them or their surroundings feel more comfortable. You can also read 3 Things Not To Say To People With Anxiety, a post I wrote a few years ago where I talk about various phrases I have been told and how it made me feel.

I put this post together simply with the intention of wanting to help make you more aware that at any time someone you know, an acquaintance of yours or a stranger could be going through a difficult time due to anxiety. Friends, please strive to be kind and considerate towards others. Even if someone doesn't have anxiety they could still be heavily affected by something. We just don't know. That extra compliment, helpful gesture, or choosing to be patient with someone who is frustrating you with their attitude or words can make all the difference in their day. And let's be honest, everyone could always use a little extra happiness or boost of confidence. People are important and we should make each other feel that way more often.

Essie Gel Couture Review

Essie Gel Couture Review | Style Through Her Eyes

I tried out the new Essie Gel Couture this week and oh my shining, shimmering, splendid! It's honestly been a couple of months since I last gave myself a manicure so it feels quite nice to have super shiny nails right now. Firstly, I have to talk about the super chic bottles. I feel like the shape of them made Essie 10x more chic. The color I received is called Make The Cut which is basically a pearlized grey and beige aka "greige". It's a unique shade unlike any others in my current collection!

Essie Gel Couture Review | Style Through Her Eyes

Applying the formula was so incredibly easy! This is also an important factor in choosing a nail polish for me because after all these years of painting my nails I can still make a bit of a mess. The curve-hugging brush makes it easy to apply and results in little to no mess outside of the nail. I honestly think I had like one spot to fix which isn't bad at all!

Essie Gel Couture Review | Style Through Her Eyes

I applied two coats of the gel couture and then added the top coat which is what gives the color its gel-like shine. The photos I included in this post really don't do it justice!

This new polish duo is said to last for up to 12 days and can be removed easily with an acetone-based remover. Some of the nail polishes I own last for about a week so I am anxious to see if this one will go beyond that. There are also over 100 colors to choose from priced at $11.50 each. The top coat is also $11.50 but once you have it you won't need to buy another one I imagine for a long time depending on how often you use it. If you're interested in trying out the new Gel Couture I would suggest picking them up at either Kohl's or ULTA where you can use coupons!

Disclosure: I received these products complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster. All opinions are 100% my own.

Healthy Snacks from LARABAR

Healthy Snacks from LARABAR | Style Through Her Eyes

I was recently sent a couple of new LARABARS to try out. I've been a fan of their Original Bars for several years now. My favorite one? That would have to be the Mint Chip Brownie Bar. If I'm craving something sweet this is what I would go for because it has the most incredible taste (you'll think you're actually eating a brownie!) Believe it or not, it's made with only 6 ingredients including: Dates, Almonds, Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips, Cashews, Cocoa Powder and Peppermint Oil. I recognize that chocolate chips are part of this list but I would rather eat something sweet with ingredients I am familiar with than pick up a Snickers Bar with unhealthy ingredients not to mention way more fat calories and grams of sugar.

Tip: Did you know that Cocoa Powder contains fiber which is essential in maintaining a healthy diet?

Healthy Snacks from LARABAR | Style Through Her Eyes

When I was offered to try the Target Exclusive Strawberry Chocolate Chip Bar I jumped at the chance to do so! Similarly, this bar is made with just 7 ingredients: Dates, Almonds, Semisweet Chocolate Chips, Strawberries, Apples, Cocoa Powder and Sea Salt. It was delicious and reminded of something you might purchase from See's Candies. I would also recommend this flavor and plan on picking up a box today!

What I love about the LARABAR brand is that I know I'm getting quality food. They use NON-GMO ingredients, and have several options for those who need Gluten Free, Dairy Free, and Soy-Free foods. Vegan? They've got you covered as well! Each bar is different depending on the ingredients used. All of these food-particular aspects I mentioned are printed on the outside of the box plain as day which I appreciate. I don't know about you but I want to know what I'm eating!

Healthy Snacks from LARABAR | Style Through Her Eyes

I also had the opportunity to try one of their Nut & Seed Bars which I have never ventured out and bought. I had the Peanut Chocolate flavor which is made with 9 ingredients including: Peanuts, Honey, Sprouted Chi Seeds, Cacao Nibs, Maple Sugar, Almonds, Coconut Oil, Cocoa Powder and Sea Salt. It was tasty but not my favorite thing ever. If you're not into the consistency of the Original Bars though (they're more on the chewy side) then this might be the bar for you!

Overall I think the Original Bars are my favorite because I like the texture and variety of flavor options. I also love being able to have something a little sweet without worrying about the crazy amount of questionable ingredients in a candy bar or what have you.

Have you tried anything from the LARABAR brand before? If so, which bars are your favorites?

Disclaimer: This post was a collaboration with LARABAR & BZZAgent. All opinions are 100% my own.

January Favorites: RXBars, LOTR Unboxing Video & More!

Hello, friends! It's been a hot minute since I've lasted posted. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year spent with your family and friends. Mine was lovely but it seemed to all go by so fast due to a much busier work schedule which is part of the reason why I haven't been around in a while. I thought I'd kick things off with some of my favorite things from this month, which I'm finding hard to believe is basically over!

January Favorites: RXBars, LOTR Unboxing Video & More!

I have been thinking about changing my hair color for a while now and finally did it earlier this month at Ulta! I was envisioning more of a blonde hue but because my hair was so dark it will take at least two salon appointments to get it the way I want it to look. I really like it but I'm not totally in love with it. In fact, at the moment I think brunette might be more "me" but it has been a fun change! I've also been told that my hair photographs more orange-ish than what it looks like in person. Though just the other day a sweet little girl told me, "I like your yellow hair!". What do you think?

January Favorites: RXBars, LOTR Unboxing Video & More!

You all know how much I love me some healthy eating. I am the type of person to get super excited over a short ingredients list and I definitely found a great new little something you might be interested in trying! I've been seeing the RXBar all over my Instagram feed lately. I looked into it and found that these bars are packed with protein and are made with only a handful of ingredients. I found them at Target ($6.99 for 4) and decided to try the Blueberry flavor which is made of 3 egg whites, 6 almonds, 4 cashews, and 2 dates. Both my husband and I really liked it! It's rather thick and slightly chewy so I took bites of it with the side of my mouth as I felt like it was too hard for my front teeth to handle but Jason didn't seem to have any problems. One of them I had for breakfast which held me over for quite a long time and the other I had for a snack. They really work great for whenever you choose to consume them. Have you heard of these or tried any of the flavors yourself?

January Favorites: RXBars, LOTR Unboxing Video & More!

This was my first time trying a Mario Badescu product. I spotted the Aloe, Cucumber & Green Tea Facial Spray while in line at Ulta. I really liked the way it sounded and the $7 price point made up my mind. It's main benefits are to help hydrate your skin. I usually apply it after my make-up to help set it and give my skin that extra boost (it has a great cooling effect that I just love!). I've heard great things about this brand's skincare and am interested in discovering more products to try out especially since their products cruelty-free and paraben-free.

January Favorites: RXBars, LOTR Unboxing Video & More!

In this post I talked a little bit about how much I love Stranger Things. Since becoming a fan I have picked up a few collectibles here and there. My most favorite is probably the Demogorgon plush ($9.99). It's part of the SuperCute Plush line by Funko so obviously I don't need to really explain why it's completely adorable. I love that he can stand up on his own too!

My mom, sister and I recently did an unboxing video featuring The Lord of the Rings Mystery Minis by Funko. They are the cutest little collectible figures and we kind of go crazy opening them. We even stopped filming to go to the store to buy more! I think we all pulled some great characters! I thought some of you might be interested in watching to join in our fun and see which characters we got.


August & September Favorites: Disneyland Pass, BB5 Nanacoco Nail Polish & More!

It's October which means pumpkin-flavored treats are everywhere. The holidays are approaching so fast and it's exciting but also crazy because I almost feel like I just put our Christmas tree away. Before it begins to get a bit festive around here I wanted to take a look back at the last two months and share with you a few of my favorite things.

August & September Favorites: Sweet Apple Rings, BB5 Nanacoco Nail Polish & More!

August & September Favorites: Sweet Apple Rings, BB5 Nanacoco Nail Polish & More!

At the end of August Jason and I celebrated our 9 year anniversary. We spent the day at the beach and indulged ourselves with one of the most fantastic lunch meals at The Hunington Beach Beer Co.. We ate outside and had a beautiful view to bask in while eating our many yummies. I got the Mahi Mahi sandwich topped with pineapple, swiss cheese and teriyaki sauce (oh, so heavenly!) with a side of fries that had the perfect amount of crunch. Jason got the Catalina Clam Chowder bowl (which I forgot to photograph) but it was the best clam chowder we've ever had! I'm a big fan of the clam chowder bowls at Disneyland but believe it or not, this one topped it! We may have had some pretty tasty calamari beforehand too. We were celebrating, after all! Afterwards we went home and kicked it while watching the new Death Note film on Netflix. Let me tell you, it is way more graphic and dark than I expected it would be and there were a couple scenes I couldn't watch but overall we didn't think it was as bad as everyone said it was. It definitely kept us interested all the way through. The acting wasn't so great but that's ok because Ryuk was the actual best.

August & September Favorites: Sweet Apple Rings, BB5 Nanacoco Nail Polish & More!

If you don't know, apples are one of my absolute favorite foods. I love buying the organic options at Trader Joe's and eating them plain or with some Raw Organic Almond Butter. Mmm! Recently I decided to try the Unsulfured and Unsweeetened New Zealand Sweet Apple Rings at Trader Joe's and oh-my-goodness, they are tasty! They are also very soft and the texture is perfect. I've been buying them every week to include in Jason's lunch and for me to snack on. They've quickly become a staple in our home! What's your favorite fruit?

August & September Favorites: Sweet Apple Rings, BB5 Nanacoco Nail Polish & More!

The shade of this nail polish which I received from last month's Beauty Box 5 box was quite a welcome one. I probably have too many nail polishes but I definitely didn't own one in this color. #1 Fan (the unique name of this shade) is bright and cheery, it's easy to apply and even after two coats it dried super fast and lasted about a week. This wasn't my first time using a Nanacoco nail polish so I knew exactly what to expect. I'd definitely recommend this brand!

August & September Favorites: Sweet Apple Rings, BB5 Nanacoco Nail Polish & More!

I haven't been an Annual Passholder for over two years. I took a little break on purpose but in the last six months or so I've had some serious withdrawals. I didn't plan on getting a Disneyland pass again until Galaxy's Edge (Star Wars land) opens in 2019 but I didn't feel like I could wait any longer and my sweet husband also expressed that he wanted me to have one. I most definitely got teary eyed when I bought it online and couldn't stop hugging Jason. I'm still so thrilled and can't wait to have more Disney days!

A couple of posts ago I shared with you that I would soon be a guest on a Star Wars talk show called Black Series Rebels. That day finally arrived and the episode is now available to watch! If you're interested in learning more about me and my Star Wars story you can watch it above (I come in at 46:00).

Disclosure: The Nanacoco nail polish was sent to me by Beauty Box 5. All opinions are 100% my own.

Maple Holistics Vitamin C Anti Aging Serum Review

Maple Holistics Vitamin C Anti Aging Serum Review | Style Through Her Eyes

When I was approached by Maple Holistics, a cruelty free brand focused on natural beauty, about trying their Vitamin C Anti Aging Serum I accepted the opportunity straight away because I have been wanting to add another step in my nightly routine to help keep my skin looking as youthful as possible. I've had acne scars, dark spots and fine lines for a little while now and I would be lying to you if I told you they weren't bothering me.

Maple Holistics Vitamin C Anti Aging Serum Review | Style THrough Her Eyes

I've used this product every single night for about a week and a half and I can definitely see a difference in my skin. I've noticed it has looked much brighter and smoother over the last few days which has left me feeling even more confident after putting my make up on for the day. This recent photo I took at Disneyland, I feel, really shows how bright and smooth my skin looks. With that said, I haven't really noticed much change in my acne scars and fine lines diminishing. However this product seems to be mostly targeted towards brightening, tightening and smoothing the skin which I think it has absolutely done. I have heard of similar products also diminishing lines and clearing up acne as well as acne scarring and so I think I expected this one to do that as well. Besides that I think this serum has done it's job and I'm excited to see what my skin will look like in another week. It comes in a 1 fl. oz. glass bottle for $11.99 and is super quick and easy to apply. It doesn't smell particularly wonderful but it's not an overly potent scent and considering the fact that I put it on before I sleep, it doesn't really matter. If you're interested in trying this or any other product on their website I would encourage you to do so. Maple Holistics offers a 100% quality guarantee on their products meaning if you're for whatever reason not satisfied with your order they will exchange it for another of your choice or refund you the full amount of your purchase. You've got nothing to lose!

Maple Holistics also offers Free Samples so that you can try their various products at no cost.

Maple Holistics Vitamin C Anti Aging Serum Review | Style Through Her Eyes

I am thankful to have tried this product and I believe it was the little boost I needed to take that extra step in taking care of my skin. I'm going on thirty-two and I want to do everything I can to make sure I'm doing my part. Whoever thought that applying a serum with Vitamin C could make such a difference? I am also planning on purchasing this product by InstaNatural to compare it to. If you're interested, I will also write a review for that product along with a comparison to this one. Let me know in a comment below or send me a Tweet!

Disclosure: The Vitamin C Anti Aging Serum was sent to me by Maple Holistics. All opinions are 100% my own.


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