Miami Beach

This last Monday, my family and I flew down to Miami Beach in Florida. For 4 days and 3 nights, we enjoyed the sights and sounds of the area as much as possible. I mostly spent my days roaming the beach that was right behind our hotel. The feeling of the bright sun gleaming on your skin and the rush of sea water beneath you is indescribable. On the second day, we went on a bus and boat tour all around Miami. We visited places Little Havana, the Art Deco District, and many celebrity houses which were completely beautiful. The architecture around the whole city is very reminiscent of the 1920s/1930s and is a great representation of Cuban culture. My only regret is not taking any quality pictures of the salmon and pastel colored buildings near Collins Avenue
and not trying any authentic Cuban coffee L

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My favorite part of the whole trip was visiting the Wynwood Arts District. This neighborhood is filled with tons of murals by many talented artists such as Miss Van, Maya Hayuk and Ryan McGinness. This is a great place to get inspiration (and take selfies). Also, there are so many great places to grab something to eat that are new and modern. One restaurant I found was called Jugofresh. They specialize in cold-pressed juices and organic meal selections that I wish I could've taken with me back home.  

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Overall, I enjoyed my trip and I can't wait to go back to Miami again soon :)
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Trying to stay cool on the boardwalk


DIY Brown Sugar Face Scrub

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 Happy Saturday!
This morning I decided to pick up a few items to make my own exfoliate at home. For this scrub, I used about two tablespoons of brown sugar and several drops of almond oil. Later on, I plan to add one more essential oil like lavender or tea tree. This scrub can be used on your face and all over your body.
Benefits of Brown Sugar
- Gentle for sensitive skin
-Scrubs away dead skin cells
-Contains glycolic acid, that fights bacteria
-Breaks down glue-bonded skin cells which supports cell turnover
-Helps to improve sun damage and offers support to aging skin
-A natural humectant so it absorbs moisture from your environment and deposits it into your skin
-Guards your skin from destructive toxins
Benefits of Almond Oil
-Sun Protector
-Softens skin
-Reduces scars
-Improves complexion
-Reduces skin irritation
-Strengthens hair
Let me know if you've tried this type of scrub before. I would love to know your results :)


My Blogiversary

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This past Monday on the 11th was the 3rd year anniversary of my first blog post on this account. Since my first post, my blog has grown so much. I never would have thought "Carmen Henry Photography",my original blog name, would eventually turn into "Vintage Revivals". After I graduated from high school, I knew I wanted and needed a new outlet for my thoughts and creative ideas. Blogger turned out to be the perfect platform.
In the beginning, I didn't think anyone would pay much attention to it. It was just something I did to avoid the stress of my first year in college. As time went on, I got my first iPhone and discovered the world of Instagram. There I discovered Tavi Gevinson and many other fascinating fashion and beauty bloggers. After that, I decided to take my blog more seriously.
The past three past years of blogging have been filled with many ups and downs. If anyone is interested in starting a blog, please understand it isn't all peaches and cream. If you are just in it for the popularity, pointless photo shoots, and free products then your blog will never last. I have seen many other blogs fade out because they lacked passion and consistency. Blogging isn't for everyone so don't be pressured to start a blog if you don't have the time or a love for creating and sharing original content. Running a blog is almost a full-time job that you actually enjoy.
I'm looking forward to see where "Vintage Revivals" takes me in the future. I hope my blogging community continues to grow. Also, I really can't wait to try new and exciting things this summer and share them with you all.
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Some of my favorite looks from the past :)


Five Natural Brands That You Should Know

In honor of Earth Day that was this past Wednesday, I wanted to share some of my favorite natural and earth-friendly beauty brands. I love these brands because they use more natural ingredients and little to no chemicals that can hurt me in the long run. All of these brands are relatively affordable and can be found at your nearest Sephora, Target, Macy's or Whole Foods. Almost all of the products from these brands are free of Parabens, Mineral Oil, Phthalates, Petroleum,Propylene Glycol, and made without animal testing. Make sure to check the slideshow below of my current favorite products.
Their products are almost completely natural and have fixed many of my skin's ailments such as dryness and irritation. Their customer service in-store is phenomenal. Also, they help support local and world-wide charities against animal cruelty. Some of  their products are a little expensive but completely worth it.
My favorite beauty find in Whole Foods. Their lotions are very,very thick but super moisturizing. Great for people with dry or aging skin. Most of their ingredients consist of natural oils and butters.
Probably the only brand I really trust my hair with these days. All of their products are Sulfate-free.The shampoos and conditioners in the Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration collection are actually hydrating and smell amazing. Also, SheaMoisture does donate a small portion of their profits to charities to help fight poverty.
Majority of the products from both lines are fruit and plant based. They have great body washes and masks that don't dry out your skin. I really recommend these for travel because their product packaging works well in very tight spaces. The Botanics Rosewater Toning Spritz has helped tighten my pores and clear away a few pimples.
The few products that I have tried have worked instantly and have changed the way my skin feels and retains moisture. Their Drink Up mask has helped brighten and remove dullness. This is another pricey brand but it is worth it if you want more instant results.

What are your favorite natural beauty brands and products???


How I Learned To Live A Healthier Life

Over the past 4 months, I have been conditioning myself to live a healthier lifestyle. Changing my diet, my exercise routine and the way I think has overall improved my mind and body. Below are some easy tips to how you can be your best self.

Getting Physical
I try to make an effort to go the gym at least once a week. My purpose of going to gym is raise my stamina and increase my muscle mass. In the short time that I have been exercising on a regular basis, I have seen slight differences in my strength level and body structure. It was easier for me to start with sessions on a stationary bike or elliptical and work my way up to more advanced exercises.
Eating Fresh Ingredients
Cooking with more fresh and natural ingredients really has made a difference. Making my own acai bowls, smoothies, sandwiches, and baked goods from scratch has drastically improved my health. Eating fresh foods such as avocado, spinach, bread and strawberries are good alternatives to processed food with preservatives. I try my best to make sure that I don't eat fast food as often as I used to. Making the effort to ingest more of the essential vitamins and minerals has left my immune and digestive system forever grateful.
Blocking Out Negativity
My friends, family , and I know that I am a true introvert. I love spending time with my own thoughts and relaxing in my space. So much of my time is filled with many outside influences so I cherish the time I have to reflect and make decisions completely on my own. Yoga is the perfect time to do that and stimulate positive thinking.

Let me know what is included in your everyday health routine :)


Spring Beauty Haul

The last two weeks I picked up some new beauty products. I really wanted to try some of the things that I've been hearing so much buzz about. All of these things fit so well in my new minimal makeup routine. This is really a mini haul but I still wanted to show you guys what I bought.

My new favorite lip gloss. It isn't sticky and smells like Pink Starbursts. It reminds me of my "LipSmacker" days in elementary school. It simply gives my lips a slight shine with very little pigment.

Completely in love with this BB cream. It gives very sheer coverage but it does fade away pores and very hydrating. As a primer it is thebomb.com (yes I said the bomb.com lol). I usually get a really oily T-zone but this added with Benefit's "The Pore Professional" does help keep it matte after a long day of 12 hours.

I have been looking for a color like this all over. I love the color Garnet in my LORAC palette but it is a bit too orange for me. I wanted something more pink/plum and I finally found it.

To be honest I got this because I saw Claire Marshall reviewed it. Sadly,it doesn't give me out-of-this-world results. It does hold a curl and doesn't clump which are the biggest pros of this mascara.

I finally have this in my possession and I'm so satisfied. I have only tried it a couple of times but it does give me a natural look and does last a very long time. The mirror is bonus as well.

It you tried any of these products, I would love to hear your review of them in the comments :)