BEAUTY: How to Keep Skin Hydrated in Winter

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Hi, my name's Linda, and I'm a skincare junkie!

I've accumulated quite a few products over the years and have been on quite the journey to discover what works best, when to splurge, and where to save your money.

Today I'm sharing the best secret I've discovered to having dewy, hydrated skin, even through the drying months of winter! Are you ready to learn what it is?

Introducing...the Ionic Facial Steamer Aera by Vanity Planet! 

I love that I get to bring the spa right into my home. This facial steamer has so many positives the best way to go through them is to list them:

- Therapeutic steam goes to work to hydrate and soften your skin. This helps to detoxify and cleanse your pores of dirt!

- Now my mom's old hack of boiling broccoli and using that steam to imitate this process might've been a good practice too, but you can't beat having an ion generator! This enriches the water molecules so the steam penetrates more deeply and gives an even deeper cleanse. Can we say BUH BYE breakouts!?

- All of this results in your skin being more receptive to the other skincare products you already use! You'll finally see bigger results and greater benefits from using those products religiously.

- And if that's not enough, get this: you can use your essential oils with it! Take a trip to your own personal spa and add a drop or two of lavender (my favorite) or mint. Or whatever scent you prefer best!

If you're ready to invest in this steamer, click the link HERE and use code "THE_DRAGONFRUITXAERA" to get 40% off your purchase! It's now less than $50, so it's the best time to pick this skincare powerhouse up!

Everybody Has Haters

Thursday, February 6, 2020

If you are trying to live a better life, you will have haters.

It doesn't matter what field you are in, there will always be people who try to tear you down or make you feel less than. And more than likely, your haters will come from your own family or friends.
I've experienced this more lately within my circles, and I can't help but find it ironic how much more it's happened almost synonymously with my personal successes.

I've always been extremely sensitive to criticism when it comes from loved ones. However, I've discovered sometimes the people we've grown attached to are not worthy of that kind of care. I've met women in the past few months who are genuinely there for me and support me more than friends who have known me for years. 

Social media can be poisonous to some. It is purposely curated and designed to show only the highlights from people's life. However, don't believe for one second that anyone is living the perfect life. There are struggles you may never know going on behind the social media curtain. While I try to spread more positivity and creativity onto my platforms, it has at times backfired through my personal relationships.

For example - I never did get an explanation for why, but an old, close friend unfollowed me, started cyberstalking my account, and directly copycatted my captions and edits. It was unnerving. Despite trying to directly make contact and understand what was going on, I never did get a real answer. While terse, the reply I did get summed it up pretty well: "People change." 

And you can't do anything about it sometimes.

Here's an unspoken truth: it HURTS letting go of toxic people. You would think it would be easy, but far from it. Because at my core, I still care. I still think of the memories from before, the ones filled with laughter, shared tears, and boy crazy rants.

But you know what? After being on the receiving end of all of that, it's only spurred me on to continue pouring out positivity, love, and support for others! The more successful another woman is, the more I count it as a win for all of us. Cheer them on, support their endeavors, and be inspired by their triumphs!

Have you experienced an old friend becoming a hater?

I Accidentally Went Viral on Tik Tok

Monday, February 3, 2020

Earlier last month, I flippantly decided to upload a short video to Tik Tok, in which I'd recorded my boyfriend explaining how he writes his chaotic Instagram captions. I thought it was super interesting since it ties in the location of the photos he shoots in a clever (and yes, chaotic) way.

We were just hanging out in bed, with bad lighting, no high quality filming equipment or anything. I asked him to explain the process and he showed me. That was it.

The next day I woke up to see the short little video had garnered over 58K views with hundreds of comments and new followers flooding my account.


By lunch time it had hit over 100K and was showing no signs of stopping. Everyone agreed that Drake sounds like Jim Halpert (from The Office). Others were noticing the Boise location tag at the start (Idaho gang gotta represent). A few comments even started saying it was an ad (apparently I have the perfect voice for that). I can't blame them, apparently the app got downloaded a lot after this! Hey What3Words, want to sponsor Drake?

All in all, it was a crazy experience, and now my boyfriend's work has gotten the attention it deserves! That video? It has 2.1 million views last time I checked.

As someone who's been working in social media and posting consistently on it for almost 8 years, I have never gone viral. Yet something that was uploaded so nonchalantly and with no effort at all has been seen by over a million people in 2 days. Ironic, isn't it?

If you're curious and have the app, feel free to follow me on Tik Tok. And don't forget to check out Drake's Instagram profile afterwards and give him a follow @drakebalius! See for yourself how he writes his eclectic captions and how they work!

TRAVEL: Nevada's Ghosts, Legends, & Legacies Trip

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Have you ever traveled to Las Vegas? I know I have, but in all my past experiences I have never taken the time to explore what's right outside of the city. Thanks to Travel Nevada, I had the opportunity to experience for myself the rich and quirky history of the Silver State.

Here's a quick summary of the sites and activities we did in 3 days while traveling in the Las Vegas area!

Day One: The OG Vegas

We all know about The Strip, but have you checked out downtown Las Vegas? The Fremont Street Experience is one you do not want to miss out on!

First off, there is a giant praying mantis that shoots 6-story high flames of liquid propane from its antennae. Need I say more? You do not want to miss this crazy art installation, and it's found at the front of the Downtown Container Park area. If you're lucky, you can even catch a drum circle!

While you're there, I recommend walking to the Smashed Pig for a delicious dinner followed by drinks at the Corduroy Bar. Their Lightbox room was perfect for some girl's night out photos. I think in this case, it is only accurate to say it was LIT.

Day Two: A 'Dam Good' Day of History, Raft Tours, and Mines

Time to step back in time to the good ole days of mining, the Hoover Dam, and the crazy photo opportunities and history at Techatticup Mine!

We started the day off by going on the Hoover Dam Postcard Tour with Black Canyon Adventures, and our guide made it a entertaining and educational experience. Did you know that the dam generates hydroelectric power for use in not only Nevada, but Arizona and California as well?

After pausing on the little island we came across in the canyon, we headed back to shore and packed up to head to Techatticup Mine.

Now, this is a goldmine - both literally and figuratively! There are tons of movie props that have been abandoned here! You can only imagine the "Instagrammable" content we came across. My favorite was hands down this crashed plane. How epic is that? The girls and I ran around the cacti snapping photos and having fun coming across the most random things.

Eventually they rounded us up and we got to find out more about the mine itself. As long as you're not claustrophobic, it's a cool experience to go underground and see firsthand what miners saw on the daily.

Day Three: Painted Rocks, Haunted Saloons, and ATV'ing the Mojave Desert

From iconic art installations to getting down and dirty in the desert, this was a fun day!

We started off by visiting Seven Magic Mountains, a public artwork by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone. It features seven 30-to-35-foot high totems comprised of painted, locally-sourced boulders. You probably recognize it from big Instagram names shooting there (I know that's how I found out about it). Since this was a feature I'd been meaning to check out, I was thrilled this was a part of the itinerary!

After snapping our photos, we moved on to visit Goodsprings, a former mining town. There we got refreshments from the Pioneer Saloon, the oldest saloon in southern Nevada! In 1942, it was the base camp for a search-and-rescue operation launched after a plane carrying actress Carole Lombard crashed into nearby Mount Potosi. Her husband, actor Clark Gable, waited at the Pioneer Saloon for days as rescue efforts were conducted.

Oh, and did I mention it's haunted? The eerie feeling only adds to this incredibly well kept piece of history!

Finally, to top off the day, we went off roading in the Mojave desert with Vegas Off Road Tours! It was a dusty and bumpy ride, but so much fun! The best part? Coming across wild horses. Such a magical experience. From the views to the company, it was definitely the highlight of the day.

Day Four: Nevada Sunrises at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park

This was departure day, but before we left, a few of us woke up extra early to enjoy one last feature. Trust me, this was so worth the 4 AM wake up call.

Spring Mountain Ranch State Park is right by better known Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, so it carries a lot of the same features without all of the crowds. As the sun crept up over the rocks, it was absolutely breathtaking.

I couldn't imagine a better way to top off this trip. A huge thank you to Travel Nevada for putting this incredible experience together! I hope this itinerary encourages you to step foot out of the city and explore all that Nevada has to offer - because it's probably a lot more than you think!

Be sure to follow me on Instagram (@the_dragonfruit) to see my Nevada story highlight and get the full experience.

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