LOVE in ALL WAYS with ECOTOOLS

LOVE in ALL WAYS with ECOTOOLS

Hey loves! Happy February!

I hope your month is off to a good start!! This is the month where we celebrate love and I wanted to write a little bit about how I’m celebrating February’s special dates.

For the longest time, I was miserable during V-day. Everyone seemed to be selling the idea that if you’re single you should hate February 14th. However, over the past years I’ve seen how brands and the marketing trends in general lean towards celebrating life, self love, family & friends and I love it!

I truly believe that you need to love yourself first in order to love others the right way and by any means should you stay at home on V-day (OR EVER!) sad and lonely just because you’re not in a relationship.

So, my friends at Ecotools curated a box that promotes self love, and I’m beyond excited to show you guys what’s inside and how I’m using it to celebrate LOVE in ALL ways.

 

First, I celebrate with myself:

As I mentioned above, loving yourself comes first. I know it sounds cliche and everything but it’s true. I struggled with this for the longest time and after ending a 13 year relationship I had no choice but to find out who I was and how to love ME above anyone else.

This of course includes to love myself inside and out. In my case, what happened was, that I genuinely loved who I was on the inside, but I didn’t love how I looked like when I was standing in front of a mirror. Crazy right? And totally unacceptable!

How did I change it? Well, it me took a while, but here’s what I did (and still do):

  • A little pep talk every morning in front of the mirror. It only takes one minute and works miracles!! I promise.
  • Meditation. I love meditating! I have to admit that I don’t do it daily as I used to, but I am getting better at it this year, by including at least a 10-minute session each day.
  • Working out regularly. I don’t love this one but I know it’s good for me and I just do it, you know? Try to do the things that are good for you without focusing on results like looking a certain way or losing weight. Just do it because it’s good for YOU!
  • Read something inspirational. And if you’re not a fan of books, reading on SM works as a starter. Pinterest quotes, inspirational IG accounts etc. Anything that helps. We all need motivation daily.
  • Time for YOU. I mean quality time with yourself, not just sit on the couch and watch TV while eating mac & cheese LOL. Think of a solo dance session, a massage, a charcoal mask and full body exfoliation while sipping on a glass of wine, followed by a crazy good bubble bath while listening to classic music… Yes! All of that good stuff!

I loved this charcoal mask by Ulta that came inside the Ecotools box… and have you guys tried their mask applicator brush? OMG it’s a must! It comes with 3 mask remover sponges that are spa quality, reusable and super helpful when taking messy masks like this one off. It makes your life so much easier. Like, who wants to make a mess while trying to relax!?

Not me!

 

Second, I celebrate with my friends and family.

Even though I’m an immigrant, I’m lucky to have my family here in Chicago. They are seriously my EVERYTHING and I wouldn’t be where I am if it wasn’t for them and their unconditional support. I’m so thankful for my beautiful family, I really am.

Also, my friends… I have the best friends! There are not many of them and sadly I don’t have regular contact with my friends from school, but I know they’re still there. The friendships I’ve developed over the past couple of years though, they really are something and we are celebrating V-day together this saturday by having brunch and drinks together.

I’m always trying to make new friends and connect with more people. Thankfully, because of my job, I get to meet a lot of like minded ladies and that’s pretty cool because I can establish meaningful friendships pretty fast. Over the past year I’ve met the most incredible group of women at events, thanks to brand partnerships and church.

It’s very important to surround yourself with inspiring and positive people, so I strongly advise you to invest some time on finding those.

Best advice? Find your tribe and love them HARD!

For this Valentine’s day, send someone you love a little card or hand written note. It’s a great way to brighten up someone’s day and make them feel special. Especially if they’re not expecting it.

Third, I celebrate with my love.

I leave this one last intentionally. Not because Gordon is less important, but because he hasn’t been with me since the day I was born like my family and Β well… myself LOL. So, yes, I love him and he’s the love of my life, but before meeting him I did spend a lot of V days alone and sad and I wish I would have known how to celebrate with myself as well as with my friends & fam. So please, do not dare to feel bad if you’re single, on the contrary take that time to know yourself and prepare yourself emotionally so you’re ready when the right person comes.

This will be our second Valentine’s day together and it seems like out little tradition is for him to plan something special. It’s usually dinner at a nice Italian place because well, Italian food is my favorite!Β We try to have dates every week, so Valentine’s day is only another date that we try to spice up a little.

Here are some outfits ideas for date night on V day, which to be honest, work for any date night. These are all for different types of dates and of course, weather play a big role on how you dress, but just choose one that works for you and your situation.

Hope you find some inspiration if you don’t know what to wear yet πŸ˜‰

 

And of course hair and makeup is a must! At least for me. I style my hair on my own now thanks to the Beachwaver. This tool seriously works miracles and for my makeup I use my Ecotools of course. These are the brushes I cannot live without.

The set that comes inside the February box, is called ‘Confidence in Bloom’ and it’s a new limited edition set that comes with 9 brushes for you to inspire and try out new looks! From a smokey eye, to a glam look, to an every day no-makeup look like the one I did here, there’s nothing you can’t do with this set of brushes!

For V-day I’ll just add red or purple lips, depending on what I’ll wear πŸ˜‰

 

Check out Ecotools’ YouTube channel for more tutorials! They seriously have so many great tips and beauty advice. It is thanks to them that doing my makeup has become so easy these days. And trust me, this comes from someone that’s just learning how to do different types of makeup. So, if I can do it, you can too!

Also, these monthly boxes are available now on Ecotools’ website. They are NOT subscription boxes. They are releasing one each month with different themes and you can check out what’s inside and decide if you want it or not.

Super easy and convenient!!

 

Well guys, thanks for stopping by and reading my blog! It is my wish that this post brings you joy and inspiration to really LOVE IN ALL WAYS!

Leave your thoughts in the comments below and tell me how you are loving in ALL WAYS this February!

XO,
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  • Ting
    Reply

    I have never heard ecotools and thanks for introducing to us. This is a very thoughtful remind of Valentine’s day. It’s above celebrating the love with your friends, family and partners. In the end, If we love ourself the most, we can love others the most too.

    Xx

    Ting
    https://www.tingmystyle.com

    • Ways Of Style
      Reply

      So true! That’s what life is all about girl πŸ™‚
      Def try Ecotools. I’m sure you will love them as much as I do!
      XO
      Aimara

  • Eva
    Reply

    First of all congrats to care about yourself. No one can love you enough if you don’t appreciate the first yourself. I’m understanding you when you mean is bad for the singles but is bad too who lives in bad relationships.
    So Valentine is become very commercial but beautiful to see how men’s buying this day flowers or little chocolates for their loved ones.
    Xx
    Eva
    http://www.themermaidfashion.com

    • Ways Of Style
      Reply

      Yes girl! So true! Thanks for your feedback!
      XO
      Aimara

  • Vanessa
    Reply

    I am perfectly aware of the quality of Ecotools brushes, because I have some of them, they are soft and perfect to apply any kind of make up, powder or blush. This is a perfect gift for all women, Brushes are a beauty ally!
    Have a great rest of the week!
    Vanessa

    http://thefashionstatement.net

    • Ways Of Style
      Reply

      So glad you like them too!!
      Thanks for stopping by Vanessa πŸ™‚
      XO
      Aimara

  • Open Kloset
    Reply

    Hey Darling,
    How are you?
    Such a Sweet post and agree in many points.
    For me Valentines Day is about love, not just our Partner but Friends too πŸ˜‰
    Loved the Ecotools products πŸ™‚
    Happy Week
    Karina

    • Ways Of Style
      Reply

      I couldn’t agree more!
      Thanks for stopping by!
      XO
      Aimara

  • Tandya
    Reply

    Happy Valentine’s Day beautiful! I agree, it is important to love yourself first! I love all of your tips! I am a firm believer of meditation, working out and me time! Ooh, you received so many lovely pieces in your Eco Tools gift box.

    Thank you for sharing!
    XO
    Tandya
    http://www.simplytandya.com

    • Ways Of Style
      Reply

      Thanks sweet girl! Sounds like you got it right!
      It’s so important to take care of ourselves!
      Thanks for stopping by!
      XO
      Aimara

  • Jacque
    Reply

    Hey love! I love that they’re doing this! And yes to all the things about self love like working out, staying in shape and washing make up off so you don’t ruin your skin. I’ve never used eco tools to be honest but I’ve been wondering how their brushes are for a while. Thanks for sharing!

    • Ways Of Style
      Reply

      Thanks girl! Please try them! I promise you will lOVE them!
      XO
      Aimara

  • Darya
    Reply

    Hi love,

    You are the cutest blogger ever!
    I love reading your positive posts and always inspired to buy products you recommend!
    I absolutely agree with you that love starts with self-love, so we have to care about ourselves well.
    Need to try Ecotools asap, as these products look really nice!

    • Ways Of Style
      Reply

      You are so sweet! Your comment just made my day girl!
      Let me know if you try them! I’m sure you will love them!
      XO
      Aimara

  • Gina Diaz
    Reply

    Thank you for sharing such a beautiful and inspiring post! I’m so happy to discover Ecotools thru your blog post and I will definitely check their website. I find truly amazing this collection of brushes!!!

    Happy Valentines Day!!

    xx. Gina

    • Ways Of Style
      Reply

      Girl I’m sure you will love them!
      Thanks for stopping by!
      XO
      Aimara

  • Sheree Ho
    Reply

    This is such a beautiful post. I truly couldn’t have said it any better myself. Also, this box that Ecotools put together is too cute. Thank you for sharing, babe !

    xo Sheree
    PoshClassyMom.com

    • Ways Of Style
      Reply

      Thank YOU for stopping by and for your kind words girl!
      XO
      Aimara

  • Helen
    Reply

    I’ve always thought Valentines Day is also a perfect opportunity to celebrate female friendship and isn’t just for loved up couples! I love your attitude girl and how awesome that you’ve learnt to celebrate YOU! It’s the biggest lesson we can learn today is to love ourselves.

    Love the box you’ve put together too – it’s the perfect pamper package πŸ˜‰

    Helen

    • Ways Of Style
      Reply

      Yes girl! Everything changes when you learn how to celebrate yourself first!
      Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚
      XO
      Aimara

  • aliya
    Reply

    Your post was so inspiring. I loved reading it. Celebrate yourself and with your loved ones. Wonderful truly! I didn’t know about Ecotools but I will check them out. Happy Valentine’s Day.

    Xo. Aliya
    http://www.stylebyaliya.com

    • Ways Of Style
      Reply

      Thank you so much girl!
      Definitely check them out and let me know what you think!
      XO
      Aimara

  • Sandy
    Reply

    I love your points about celebrating with yourself, family and friends. I agree it is not just about celebrating with your loved one. Although just as important – there are so many ways and important people in our lives we can express love to as well.

    • Ways Of Style
      Reply

      Yes girl, so true πŸ™‚
      LOve in ALL ways all the way!
      XO
      Aimara

  • Britta
    Reply

    you are so sweet!
    I love how you take the time to celebrate you and your life
    I could not have said it better myself.
    V-day does not only appeal to couples, but to love itself- weather it is your husband, boyfriend, family or cat it is important not to get depressed during Valentine’s Day.
    In Denmark Valentine’s DAy is not something we tend to celebrate.
    And it is my sisters birthday on V-day so we springle her with love instead lol
    Happe Friday love!
    Xo
    Britta

    • Ways Of Style
      Reply

      Exactly! We didn’t use to celebrate in Venezuela, but here in the US is huge and it’s impossible not to LOL
      Have fun at your sister’s bday girl! Thanks for stopping by!
      XO
      Aimara

  • Vanessa
    Reply

    I never heard of Ecotools before but I love it! These brushes sure look great! Thanks for sharing!
    Happy Wednesday, babe!
    xoxo, Vanessa
    http://www.WhatWouldVWear.com

    • Ways Of Style
      Reply

      Girl you need to try them! You would love them πŸ™‚
      XO
      Aimara

  • Brianna
    Reply

    This post is beautiful. I love how honest you are ❀️
    Happy V day! It looks like you’re celebrating the right way.
    Much love,
    B

    • Ways Of Style
      Reply

      Thanks Brianna πŸ™‚
      Hope you’re celebrating with yourself and the ones you love!
      XO
      Aimara

  • Martha
    Reply

    You are so cute! Like who looks cute wearing a charcoal mask!??? LOL
    I need to get my hands on this box! I loved the January one πŸ™‚

    • Ways Of Style
      Reply

      hahahahha you are too sweet!
      So glad you got the January one, wasn’t it amazing? Let me know your thoughts on this one πŸ™‚
      XO
      Aimara

  • Anne
    Reply

    I could not agree more!!!! I wish I knew how important it is to love ME first in my early twenties.
    What a cool thing you’re doing here along with Ecotools girl. I’m loving it!!!
    XX
    Anne

    • Ways Of Style
      Reply

      Thanks! So glad you appreciate it girl πŸ™‚
      You know now though… I totally feel you. I wish I would have know too, but now I know πŸ™‚
      XO
      Aimara

  • Jennifer
    Reply

    Love this post and these brushes look great!

    xo, Jennifer
    http://www.publicistinpearls.com

    • Ways Of Style
      Reply

      Thanks Jen! They are seriously the best πŸ™‚
      XO
      Aimara

  • Kim
    Reply

    LOVE THIS!!!! It’s so true, we cannot have a healthy relationship with anyone if we don’t love ourselves first.
    This box is the cutest by the way, what a great idea! I kind of want them all LOL
    And also, you are the cutest ever for real!

    • Ways Of Style
      Reply

      Exactly! I learned this the hard way!
      And get this box, is seriously the best!
      XO
      Aimara

  • MORGAN
    Reply

    Love this post- you are seriously the cutest– i couldn’t have said it better myself about loving yourself first– It’s so true! I think about the guys who have come in and out of my life throughout the years and the different way’s I’ve spent valentine’s day… but it’s so important to remember the people who HAVE been there since the beginning… YOU, Your Family and if you’re lucky a few gal pals along the way. So much to celebrate this february πŸ™‚

    • Ways Of Style
      Reply

      Thank you so much sweet girl πŸ™‚
      XO
      Aimara

  • Adrianne
    Reply

    Favorite part of my week is when I get an email announcing one of your posts is live ❀️
    You always are so real and inspirational! Loved this post Aimara and LOVE ecotools πŸ™ŒπŸ»

    • Ways Of Style
      Reply

      OMG you are so sweet! Thank you SO MUCH girl!
      Have the best week and happy V day!
      XO
      Aimara

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