Monday, July 20, 2020

Life and other mumblings...



(Chrysanthemum symbolizes Life. Click on photo)

"Walk through life with your head high, but without arrogance.
You are unique but so is everyone else. 
There is no high or low."


What a beautiful reminder that all of us are equal. That no single person is above another. I have been reflecting on this with all that has been going on. The pandemic, the black community movement, changing our normal way of life. (Click on each photo for my recommended websites)












Do you remember any memories from your childhood that you are thankful for? I do everyday. Because my childhood was full of good memories, I kind of took for granted how fortunate and privileged I was. I went to the best schools, wore well-pressed uniforms, had the cute little bag and lunch box (mine had Minnie Mouse on it) complete with my own Minnie Mouse thermos. Remember those? I remember going to kindergarten with my Grandma, who was the Principal of the school. Actually I was just trying it out in class. My Grandma wanted me to practice sitting for long periods of time, listening to the teacher. I was only 4 years old. So I was just a free sit in. I think she wanted me to practice because she can't get me to stay sitted down in church. So imagine what it would be like if I was sitting in class listening to the teacher. To her delight, the teacher , Mrs. Itum, passed me to go to Grade One. My Grandma thought it was because I was her granddaughter but the teacher insisted that if I have to go through kindergarten again, I would lose interest. So there I was getting my certificate and a 3rd Honor Roll medal. This memory makes me smile and laugh all the time. But most of all, I remember loving the fact that my Grandma was just a few doors away from the classroom, in her Principal's office. I was not scared at all being in that classroom with a teacher whom I don't know at all, and with a bunch of doe-eyed 5 and 6 year olds also not knowing was going on. I remember wanting to be friends with the kids with the friendliest faces. I remember raising my hand whenever my teacher would ask a question. No, not to go for washroom break. I raised my hand because I knew the answer. That was really fun. And being in that classroom, I didn't feel I was smarter or better than the other students because my hand was always up. I just loved learning the alphabet. I loved the stories my teacher would tell and then ask us questions about it. I loved doing art projects. I loved learning about numbers. I also remember having my name on the wall with all the other kids in the class. A sense of belonging most likely.

Going for the first time to school with someone I love and trust was a very good feeling. I felt like if I every made a mistake or mess up something in the classroom, I had my Grandma very close by. 
This could very well be a tribute to her, but it is not. It is my reflection on how as a child, we did not worry about being better than another kid. We all just want to learn and be friends. How on earth did we end up being so competitive and not satisfied with just the basic necessities in life and truly appreciating little luxuries? I remember I loved being home - because I get to play with my brother and cousins. And I had a teddy bear way taller than me to play with? And I can't remember when I did not wake up excited in the morning- a new day with lots of potential.

But as I grew up, I started to be more conscious about my grades- like getting the highest test results, carrying the nicest book bag, having lace on my clean white socks. I remember looking at a classmate's hair clip. And a week later, I was wearing something similar but was prettier. Fast forward, I was deeply in competition for higher grades in highschool. I did love having my own group of friends. A specific circle. But I always wondered why there came to be different cliques just in my class. Each group had a name, sort of a brand for that group and when you see the members of that group, and find out what the group is called, you would go, "Oh yes. I see." Whew. It gets more challenging when I got into University. Groups of specific young students would gather together around lunch time. Then the same people would group together again the next day and the next day. I was very thankful that I met and became very good friends with a few amazing ladies. Carol, Reah Jane and Rebecca. We would meet up at the building doors or just see each other walking early in the morning to our class. We just stuck together. Working on assignments, reviewing for exams. We all had something to contribute to our little group. Nothing else mattered but for all four of us to pass and get a good mark. If one got a higher mark, we cheered ! We celebrated then we would try to figure out how to all get the same high mark. We treated each other equally. That was the point of being friends. We all give something to our little group but no matter our grades, no one was above another. Of course, there were challenges in college. Including how to react to rude people and not take comments about you personally. I remember one boy who decided to sit in my chair (my chair because we were sitted alphabetically.) I politely asked him if I can sit on my chair and he go to his own. His reply was "Oh sure. you are better sitting near the trash can anyway." I think he saw my eyes get big and angry and I think I said something in the lines of "How dare you say that to me? Who do you think you are?" He apologized. I think he was also shocked at his comment. Oh well. Good for me. One less person to be friendly to. That was what I thought at the time. I guess this is my first taste of discrimination and rudeness.

Then there was Law School. I remember taking the entrance exam on a bright and hot day. I lined up early and finished the exam early. I have to uickly mention here that it was not so convenient back then. You can only see your entrance exam results by coming back to the school on the date you were told to come back. Lists would be posted along the hall on the same floor where took you exam. We had no access to online results- yup that was eons ago. Back then all that mattered to me was that I passed. And yes, I did. My Papa and my Grandma and my Uncle were super proud and happy. There fond memories of shopping-till-you-drop weekends, I gotta say. Fast forward to the first day of Law School. I was prepared. It was nothing like college. When I enrolled into my classes, every subject had a handout of assignments, list of cases to read and study guides that were 100 pages long - for just one semester. Papers and papers of cases, Civil Code and Revised Penal Code, Political Law, ets. All in heavy hard bound format. I am not kidding when I say I love these books. I lugged them to and from school. It didn't matter if I was super tired from carrying them, all I know was I had to memorize the codes and understand the cases. I made very good friends. Chato, Diane, Jay, Leilani, Wednesday (Yes, thats her name). I never eperienced the discrimination issue among my friends, I loved the group studies. I loved waking up early to get to the Law library before 8 in the morning every day, Monday to Friday, and just focusing on what I had to study for the day. My classes start at 4 p.m. Imagine that. Yes, I take lunch breaks. Or... I just had my snacks with me and I really did not care much for a full meal. I had to study. Classes end at 8 pm or 9 pm. And on the way home, I am organizing my thoughts on what to study first. I loved Law School.
Talking about every one is equal, here, we all just wanted to pass. Good grades were a goal, but basically just do our best- we help each other. Everyone was sharing notes, having arguments on why one law was applicable and not the other. I have not felt that I was inferior or superior.

So, once in a while, you meet someone who you were not aware would change your life forever. There I was. An empty piece of a shell. Minding my own world. Without even knowing what life and love was all about. Cheesy. The last four sentences are lyrics to one of my favourite songs. Cupid decided to play a game of will-you-finish-law-school-or-will-you-give-this-guy-a-chance. Well, I did not finish law school. Instead, I married my soul mate and gave birth to three beautiful children. Unfortunately, for some, I would not trade them for anything in the world. As a mom you learn the many virtues that were so impossible to have. But children do that. You immediately love endlessly, unconditionally, relentlessly. You become protective and sometimes obsessive. But one thing is for sure. You will never love another person the way you love your children. You forget about what you want and just give them what they need (and want). This is were it gets complicated when we talk about equality.

Equality is a very vague word. I think. I don't think it exists fully and lived the way it should be. There are levels of how people live. It's called Society Hierarchy. You know what that is about. Now how do you explain to your kid when he asks you why doesn't every one live in the same kind of home? Why are there organizations that ask for donations to feed other children? Why are there countries with no clean water? Much more difficult questions to give an accurate answer to. At least in my law classes, the answers are from the book. How can you explain equality to your kids? Yes, yes, just google it. Or check scoial media. Um. I learned that social media or google only gives you mini answers. You will read something like, "Treat each other the same. Treat one another as equals." As equals in what? How do you explain slavery, discrimination, racism ? Those are all anti-equality words.

Now, let me make this clear, all the while I was growing up, there were other kids not having the same opportunity to go to school like most of us. But as a kid in school, you don't look at their social standing, the opportunities they have or do not have. Inequality is fed to you. How many times have you heard your parents say "You should stick to your own kind?" Why should there be a "kind"?Society has really changed. I do my best everyday to say to my kids that no matter what other people say about them, they are created uniquely. Everyone is.  The only thing I can promise my children is they can help society by not practicing those anti-equality words. Everything starts at home.


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Maria 

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Daily Life in Sustainable Denim


Denim is a household name. That is for sure. Denim jeans especially. Ever since I can remember, I have always owned a few pairs of jeans even in my childhood days. Photos kept and treasured by my grandma. I wish I had one to post here. But all our old photos were swept away during a flood after she passed. So I will rephrase and say, ever since my kids were born, I have dressed them in some kind of denim one way or another. 



There is just something about denim jeans that makes you instantly grab a pair when you need to put pants on. Then there are the choices of styles and fit-skinny, straight, bootcut, loose. Different rises- high-rise, mid-rise, low-rise. Washes-dark, medium, light. Lots of choices to make. Right? Then there comes the reality that there is a process that these jeans go through. 

Click on the photo for a streamlined read on how blue jeans are made.




In the process of making a pair of denim, sustainability is a huge concern. 1,800 gallons of water - one pair of cotton denim jeans. There is a staggering brew of toxic biochemicals and hundreds of gallons of water involved in finishing one pair. In Asia alone, the textile industry in which the denim fabric is at the top of the supply demand, lakes and rivers are continuously contaminated by over 2 billion gallons of waste water thoughout the yearly production. This is one of the main reasons there is a huge health crisis in most of the countries in Asia. 
Fortunately, there are denim brands who have taken a step in the right direction, implementing sustainability guidelines and procedures in the making of each pair of denim they sell. 

Here are a few of the most sought after denim jean brands that are rated at least 4 out of 5 in their ethical practices as far as sustainability is concerned:

G-Star RAW
"Raw for the Planet" is the company's platform to continually innovate in sustainable design and recycle program. 
Click on photo to read on the Sustainability Program 
and to shop their denim collection. 



AG Jeans 
(Adriano Goldschmied)
Click here for the brand's Environmental Responsibility priorities 
and to shop their awesome denim.




Citizens of Humanity
Click to find out the ethical way they make their jeans 
and discover their new collection.


I am very well aware now of how they make the clothes we wear affect the environment. I decided to dedicate a few of my upcoming posts to discovering and sharing the ethical practices of the brands we so very much love. 




♡ 
Maria 









Thursday, March 28, 2019

Blogger Life : Making Responsible Choices



What can you do when you make that choice to be a Blogger or an Influencer?

I love this photo courtesy of my daughter (she has a great eye for a good photo op). It tells a little story about me and where I want to be. Where I can make a difference. What do I want to do with my free time. Whether this is who I am. So much deliberating. But then it occurred to me that I can use this medium to share good information, maybe educate even. I come from a family of lawyers, doctors, architects and teachers. I am not one of any. But in my most recent profession, I consider myself somewhat of a teacher as I used to train and coach my people at work. I consider myself a constant learner, reader and leader.
I support quite a few luxury brands. I also support mid-range ones. I draw the line after these brands because I believe in buying the best you can buy and not settle for less. I learned this early on as I do love a bargain. Although I get burned most of the time - you do get what you pay for. I buy the best brands for my staples. Because I know it is worth every penny. I once bought a $5.00 tee and after a couple of washes as suggested on the tag, I had to throw it out. I spent $49.00 on a shirt and have been using it as one of my go-to layering pieces for over two years. I guess if I do that math, I got back what I paid for. So why not share these information with the people this blog will reach? A better post about beauty products and fashion brands- including, and especially,  their ethical practices.
This post will attempt to give you initial details on how practices of beauty and fashion brands that we love so much are being rated and supervised. How do we rate their ethical practices?
What is our responsibility once we learn more? This and more upcoming posts might not be well received by some of you as I share information on the most popular brands' ethical practices affecting the 3 Ps. People, Planet and Pets (Animals). Be sure that the information I share here are a collective accumulation of the statements given by the brands.


In photo: Scarf 🧣 Burberry. Tote πŸ‘œ Louis Vuitton. Jeans πŸ‘– AG Jeans
Sneakers πŸ‘Ÿ Veja. White tank ☁️ Banana Republic . Sunglasses πŸ•Ά Rayban
Lipstick πŸ’„ Chantecaille


For starters, I have included a free link to download the 2018 Sustainable Fashion Blueprint Report courtesy of Mamoq. Just click on the Photo of me reading up on the reports below.



Brands that are Fashionably Ethical:
Scoring at 4 out of 5 in the 3Ps scale:

Stella McCartneyπŸ‘›πŸ‘•πŸ‘–πŸ‘—πŸ‘ πŸ‘Ÿ
Veja πŸ‘Ÿ
Reformation πŸ‘–πŸ‘•
G-Star RAWπŸ‘–πŸ‘•πŸ‘›
Girlfriend CollectiveπŸ‘–πŸ‘•πŸŽ½
Mara HoffmanπŸ‘—πŸ‘•πŸŽ½πŸ‘–
AdidasπŸ‘•πŸŽ½πŸ‘–πŸ‘Ÿ
Reebok πŸ‘•πŸŽ½πŸ‘ŸπŸ‘–
IceBreaker πŸ‘ŸπŸŽ½πŸ‘•

What does Ethical Fashion encompass? 
We all know what ethical means but just as a refresh, ethical means being in accordance with the rules or standards for right conduct or practice. 

What to look for:
PEOPLE- the impact of producing the product. On workers, across the supply chain. Is child labour used? Forced labour? Is there a Code of Conduct against discrimination, sexual harassment, and dangerous working conditions? Are the health and safety of workers a priority? Fair pay policies. Remember the contract you sign with your New Hire Package? Very minimal policies similar to that is being implemented in a lot of the supply chains that your favourite brand might be using. 

PLANET- What is the company policy on resource use and disposal? How about their energy use? Are they working towards or implementing ways to minimize carbon emissions ? Do they have a plan in place to use less water in their production? Chemical use and disposal policy and the effectiveness and proper implementation happening consistently? Do they pass the Standard 100 as required by OEKO-TEX (International Association for Research and Testing in the Field of Texture and Leather Ecology.)-Click here to go to the link.


PETS/ANIMALS- The brand's use of fur, Angora, down feather, shearling, karakul (breed of domestic sheep in certain countries), exotic animal skin and hair. How brand uses leather. Practice on "mulesing" which is the removal of strips of wool-bearing skin and how to effectively avoid infection  on animals.
For more information on the proper and humane treatment of our furry friends, visit PETA

Nobody is perfect, but we have that accountability and responsibility as Influencers to each other. Knowledge creates awareness and being aware will give you the choice to act on that awareness and knowledge. -Daily Life in Denim
Love ♡ lots,
Maria









Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Hydrated Skin : Review of last season's facial moisturizers




πŸ’My Official Review of the Most Sought-after Brands' Face MoisturizersπŸ’¦

Can you guess which is Cruelty-free or NOT?







LANIEGE Bright Renew Original Cream



-Helps reduce appearance of darkness's spots.
Their Melacrusher Technology reduces the appearance of dark spots with the help of truffle yeast extracts to reveal an even skin tone.
- Brightens and Hydrates.
Green tea extracts brightens while hydrating skin, enhancing skin's luminosity.
-Protective Layer.
Refreshing, gentle formula instantly creates a protective layer over skin to lock in moisture.
It is a good practice to read about a brand before trying out their product. It is necessary to do this so we are not stuck with the product that does not work, especially if we are not sure about it and we are paying a pretty price. I highly recommend using your Sephora points if you are a rouge member to try out the samples they provide with your membership. Anyway,  I went against my usual practice and bought the big jar. I was curious about Korean skin care because of the attention it was getting. This product is silky and gel-based. On clean skin, it felt super nice. Cool at first application then sinks in. I saw a little bit of difference- brighter skin after a few weeks. No immediate results just moisture.  My skin looked brighter after a few weeks but then the jar was almost empty. I did not buy a second jar because it kind of disappointed me, performance wise. It also did not entirely get rid of flaking on my skin even after a exfoliated. A moisturizer is supposed to get rid of flaking once you use a facial scrub before applying it. So not as great as the hyped up reviews were saying. We also have to consider the target age. The brand promoted it as great for women of all ages and all types of skin. Every woman - skincare enthusiast or not, wants luminous, bright, hydrated and protected skin. So the verdict : This is okay for those who are just in the early stages of skin care. Even though it promises to "renew", it is more geared towards minor skin issues like exposure to sun, hydration for normal or combo skin. Best suited for those 20 to 30 year-old skin.
Unfortunately this product is NOT cruelty-free.☠ Since it is sold in stores in mainland China, it is required by China laws to test on animals.



 PHILOSOPHY Renewed Hope in a Jar



-Refine texture and pores.
-Provides healthy colour and glow.
-Brightens and re-energizes the skin.
This product does these all in the form of a lightweight moisturizer with its whipped texture, a revolutionary blend of alpha-hydroxy acids and a combination of 3 hyaluronate plus asian fruit extracts. The brand claims that it is their best moisturizer for a healthy glow.
The hype for this moisturizer is not made in vain. I tried this product much out of need and curiosity. At the time, I was looking for a moisturizer that does more than hydrate and at a reasonable price. $59 was not too bad considering the benefits I got from just a couple of applications. Immediate results with brighter skin, no flaking. This definitely gave me that subtle glow I always wanted. Worth the price. Very much recommended for those skin over 30 years of age. This product is not a dewy glow moisturizer. Its main purpose is to refine and brighten by giving skin balanced hydration with hyaluronate fruit extracts and Alpha-Hydroxy Acids.
This product is NOT cruelty-free. ☠ It tests on animals and finances animal testing.




CAUDELIE VineActive 3-in-1 Moisturizer



-Anti-pollution
-Anti-wrinkle
-Glow-activating

This product is supposed to be your ally against pollutants and irritants in the environment. It is supposed to "limit" the quantity of bad stuff that's deposited on the skin so that it visibly smooths wrinkles and restores natural healthy glow. This is the brand's promise on their website.

I have to admit, I did not read up on this product before purchasing it. Huge mistake. The first claim is the smooth skin and healthy glow from "limiting the pollutants and irritants" deposited on the skin. I myself believe that we can get rid of pollutants and irritants by following a skin cleansing regimen to let the moisturizers and serums do the work. Basically this product is just an anti-pollution protection product. The grape seed extract on the video claims to be anti-aging and anti-wrinkle. Even though grape-seed extracts are more for internal medicinal needs like reducing blood pressure, and might increase bone density. This product also does not have SPF content at all according to the list of ingredients. It does claim to have some anti-pollutants but not specifically against UV rays - sun protection. If you gained any benefits from this product at all, please continue to use it. But check out other products out there that more benefits and actually deliver. I feel like this is an anti-pollution,  non-SPF product masquerading as a brightening moisturizer.
I ended up with very irritated skin- red spots and flaking and all. Had to stop using it immediately.
This brand is NOT cruelty-free. ☠They test their products on animals in China. They claim to be cruelty free in 2014 on their website but if you read carefully, they only say they oppose it and do not test on animals under EU regulations. But this claim is not true.



KATE SOMERVILLE ExfoliKate Glow Moisturizer



This is the one I really fell in love with. I have a lot of positive feedback for this product. whatever great reviews it is getting, they are all true. It definitely delivers good, smooth, wrinkle-free, glowing skin. Double that result when you pair it with the Exfolikate face wash. The product promises to
reduce surface dullness ✅,
even out skin texture✅,
extensively reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles ✅,
give skin a smoother and softer feel after one use✅.

These benefits were exactly what I got! Also, perfect for travel due to the immediate results it gives. They offer travel size for each of their products . Perfect!
My skin feels so good after the cleanser, then I can't stop staring at my skin after I put on the moisturizer. This product is perfect for 30+ skin. If you are looking for an effective multi-tasking product, this is it. Definitely will keep this in stock in my beauty shelf.
This brand is CRUELTY-FREE. πŸ‡It does not test on animals and does not distribute in China and one of the reasons why is because China laws require animal testing.
Although its parent company, Unilever is NOT cruelty-free.

I am currently working on reviewing more products, as well as fashion brands and doing a lot of research on their ethical practices. Stay tuned and follow me on Instagram @dailylifeindenim for updates or subscribe here.

Love♡ lots,
Maria

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

My Lips are Sealed...πŸ’‹


My Lips πŸ‘„ are Sealed...with Moisture and Colour πŸ’„

"There are endless ways to enhance beauty. You never know when you will find your perfect lipstick unless you keep experimenting." - Pat Magrath. 

"There is no more dramatic accessory than a perfect lip." - Tom Ford


"Flowers in the city are like lipstick on a woman -- it just makes you look better to have a little colour." - Lady Bird Johnson.



Lipstick is to women like love is to the heart. That's how I feel about lipstick. Intense? Not so much. Just makes sense to think that every lady who had the luxury of wearing lipstick at one point in their lives would probably agree.
Have you ever gone out of the house or even out of your bedroom without lipstick on? Ever gone to meet a friend or go on a date without the slightest hint of lip colour on? Me? Maybe 2 times out of a million times I have gone to shop for groceries or to run errands or to the mall. It feels uncomfortable, a little bit awkward and weird. I'm not saying I feel unattractive without lipstick because that is wrong. My lips just feel naked. Same way I feel if I forget my watch or put earrings on. 
I'm sure you agree. And this made me wonder why a woman feels the need to wear colour on her lips.  I remember watching my grandma put lipstick on every morning in front of the gold-framed oval mirror hanging on the wall just beside her front door. Every single morning,  before heading out the door . She was an elementary school principal at the time. 
I remember thinking, wow, she looks so confident, smart, cool and more beautiful with pinky, red lips. That was all she needed. Lipstick and powder. From the day I realized this, I wanted to be at that age where she and my mom would let me borrow their lipsticks. 

But obsession aside, wearing lipstick does have its benefits.
*Lipstick keeps your lips hydrated. This is an obvious and most important benefit. What with ingredients like beeswax, mineral oil, cocoa butter, lanolin and petroleum. Fact: The less oil or moisturizing properties in a lipstick, the richer the pigment, hence more drying that moisturizing. Although nowadays, the best beauty brands have successfully developed a better, richer pigmented and more hydrating matte versions. 
*Built-in sunscreen. Our lips are six times thinner than our actual skin so sun protection is a must for your lips. Fortunately, majority of the lipstick manufacturers add sun protection ingredients to it. One important question to ask your beauty counter friend. (We all have at least one, right?)
*Beauty. Boost of confidence. Just wearing colour on our lips gives us that boost of confidence, big or small. Bold colours help you standout in a crowd. A more natural lip colour gives a quieter confidence. Depending on your preference, red can be sheer or dark, nudes can be light or intense. So many choices.

A line up of my favourite lipsticks.





HOURGLASS Girl Lip Stylo in Activist. It delivers precision colour and luxurious hydration. The features include colour intensity of a lipstick fused with the luxurious blend of shea butter, jojoba, mimosa and sunflower seeds to get softer and fuller lips. It feels like second skin. Okay, well this is how the company describes this lip stylo and they were telling the truth. The colour I have is more of a pinky dark nude. 

GUERLAIN KissKiss Shaping Cream Lip Colour. Limited Edition in Pink Sunrise. I
 love this colour because it is a more fun colour for times when I feel like a bit more colour for my lips. It's perfect for shimmery nude eyes or pastel eye colours. It promises to give back your lips fullness and softness thanks to their unique formula of plumping hyaluronic acid microspheres. Commiphora oil helps to smooth lips' surface. All these is why I love this lipstick and constantly reach for it when I need to retouch. 

TOM FORD Lip Colour in Discretion 79. I have always wanted to try Tom Ford Beauty products. And I finally gave in. Pricey as they are, the name, the status and the ingredients do offer more than what any ordinary lip colour would offer. The formula boasts of rare and exotic ingredients including Soja seed extract, Brazilian murumuru butter and Chamomilla flower oil. it has an ultra creamy texture and applies really smoothly. It promises to deliver pure colour with just the right balance of luminosity from specially treated colour pigments. Intensity with each added application without the dryness. I promise you. 

BURBERRY Lip Velvet in Oxblood 437. This is one of those matte lipsticks that I had mentioned that has perfected the non-drying formula. I wore this up until it is drained in the tube. This was one of Burberry's first lipsticks in their original collection. Loved it so much and happy to buy the same and other colours. It is super creamy and soft. Not too matte and not at all drying. You only need one application for full coverage. It is comfortable to wear and defines the shape of your lips. 

You might wonder why my favourites are all luxury brands. I believe in the originality of each brand and not from a mass-produced batch from a cosmetic company. Give each one of these brands a try. There are a few more I love and have and use. Dior and Chanel are up next. 
I am saving these two great beauty brands to include a history of their beauty empire. 




Best,
πŸ’—
Maria

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Organizing your makeupπŸ’„vanity in 5 easy steps...


πŸ’‹
My Makeup Organizing Checklist

I use this list to streamline my makeup bag and vanity case every season.

I like my makeup and brushes to be organized but also look pretty. Here are a couple of pretty ways I use to keep my makeup and brushes organized:

Depending on the amount of beauty and skin care products you own, there is always a great way to keep them organized. This one is a great example of keeping things withing reach and visible. 


This one is a very pretty way to recycle your candle glass holders or containers. I honestly buy the Dyptique candles because I know they have a lot of other uses for me. 



They are the perfect size for holding my makeup brushes after I enjoy the candle. 
Dyptique candles come in 2 sizes normally. 

I also find some beautiful glass candle holders at the Bath and Body Shop . Coffee mugs are also great . I often use my extra coffee mugs or just buy one I like that have floral designs. 



Links to my go-to organizational websites: I love these websites because they have free printable planners. Just type in on the search bar within their website.



HAPPY ORGANIZING!

πŸ’ŸπŸ’ŸπŸ’Ÿ



The Dream Team from Dior



Recently I have been improving through trial and error how I take care of my skin. My old nightly pre-bedtime skin regimen is quite simple. Cleanse. Moisturize. Never really any other steps until I noticed a few flakes and spots. As any normal mom would do, I did some research. Wait. No. I googled a question. “Why do I have flakes on my skin and how to get rid of them?" It turns out, even though I enjoy the super occasional mask for fun, it is now quite necessary. What I did next was a little out of the ordinary for me. I never thought that I would enjoy taking care of my skin so much! The "out of the ordinary" step I took was spend quite a few hours -not minutes- going to the different beauty counters at my favourite specialty and department store. But one brand did stick out more than the others. The rest is pretty much asking more questions, talking to my new found beauty friend at the Dior counter. Her first question was "what would you like to do for your skin? Just hydrate? Avoid first signs of aging? Erase wrinkles? Brighten? Smooth?"
My issue really was how to get rid of flaky skin. Then hydrate, then smooth then brighten and then avoid aging signs. She asked what kind of cleanser I use. I currently use an exfoliating cream cleanser which I thought was enough to take away flakes. But the next step after the cleanser was crucial. She then introduced me to the benefits of the Capture Totale skincare line. I immediately fell in love with the soft, subtle floral smell. The texture is just wonderful. Like clouds touched my skin. It absorbs right away. The next step is to use a base for my foundation. But this skin perfecting cream is enough for daily use under my makeup. I have been reading about the Capture Total DreamSkin Cushion Foundation, so I asked to try it. The color blends perfectly on my skin. i even useit under my eyes to cover the almost emerging dark circles. And voila! I had to have these two amazing products.

So enough for the relastionship history between me and Dior.
After using the skin cream for just a couple of days, I noticed a very nice change in my skin's behavior. No more flakes, the dry areas under my eyes are no longer as visible. But another big impact I noticed is that the foundation after putting on the cream continues to work on improving my skin’s texture and brightness. And you get SPF 50+++!





I am very amazed and happy with the results. 



I chose the Universal Texture as I have combination skin. 

The Promise:
"Superbly smoothing, resculpting and unifying, it tones the skin from its deepest layers to its surface. The face is perfectly tautened and toned while all visible signs of aging - wrinkles, loss of firmness and radiance, and uneven skin tone - are corrected instantly and with every application. Youthful beauty is brought to its pinnacle. Today and tomorrow."



Promise fulfilled.

An added bonus is you can buy the refills for both. Your first purchase of the foundation contains an extra refill in the box! So enjoy! Worth the money with every application.