Saturday, November 26, 2016
It's here, the start of the holiday season. How does the song go...It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but let’s be honest–it can also be the most stressful!
Holidays are meant to be fun. Especially the Christmas season. But more often than not, juggling home, work and holiday preparation is a mountain most people would rather not climb. And every year, these same people probably vow that next year will be different. Well, believe it or not, the holidays can be stress-free. But even that requires a little work. Here are some tips to help you cruise into Christmas.
1 Be organized
Make lists for groceries, people to shop for, cards or letters to write, decorations to buy. Sit down with a calendar and give yourself target dates for getting things done. It will make a manic month more sane. To make sure you don't forget anything or anyone, you can even find suggested holiday planning guides online.
2 Less is always more
This doesn't mean skimp. But simple decorations can speak volumes more than a room crowded with all kinds of knick-knacks. When it comes to menu-planning, don't get too ambitious. Choose recipes that are tried and true to avoid the stress of an uncertain outcome. And given that most people complain about overeating during the holidays, a small selection of quality eats will likely be perfect.
3 Leave the cooking to someone else
When you're cooking for a crowd, it's not only time-consuming, but often pretty pricey. Alternatively, look into catering services. A caterer may cost the same as buying all the ingredients yourself. And even if it's a little more expensive, it may be worth the time and headache you save.
4 Share holiday hosting responsibilities
Given the abundance of holiday parties and the inevitable conflicts in peoples' schedules, co-host a party with a friend. It's one engagement for your friends instead of two, and it'll cut your stress in half.
5 Make things ahead of time
Choose menu items that can be frozen until the day you need them. This will cut down on the number of things you need to do on the day of your event.
6 The infamous cookie exchange
Organize a group of friends and have everyone make two to three dozen of their favorite holiday cookies, bars or squares. Then get together and swap so everyone has a little of each. It saves you hours in the kitchen and comes in handy when people drop by unexpectedly. A few samples wrapped in cellophane also make great hostess gifts.
7 Festive-colored potpourri
It's an easy design accent and can make the house smell like someone's always baking. If you're not into potpourri, scented candles, oils or incense will do the same. And when you feel the holiday stress taking hold, stop and take a deep breath. Warm scents like lavender or cinnamon will relax you.
8 Easy decorations
You'll find an abundance of Christmas decorations in the stores. But often the most elegant and effective are those you make yourself. And you can get the kids to help. Use branches, leaves, acorns and berries from your backyard to create centerpieces or festive confetti that can be strewn across mantles and tables.
9 Colorful creations
Buy a few yards of fabric in rich colors or textures and use them as table runners or chair covers. Patterned ribbons are also an inexpensive way to dress up candle holders and serving utensils. Or use them as festive napkin holders.
10 Get help with the housework
If you haven't got one already, the holiday season is a good time for a cleaning service. If you do have one, you may want to book them for an extra visit.
11 Involve the kids
They can help decorate -- everything from rooms to cookies. So even if they're in the way, they're helping you get the job done.
Originated from - cindy jacobelli
Monday, November 7, 2016
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Sunday, July 17, 2016
I am at the age where I am typically not swayed by company claims of greatness or magical cures when it deals with my skincare or even house hold cleaners. But, for the first time in years I was tempted to try a product called Micellar Water.
I'm not sure why I was so interested in trying out something that seemed like regular old tap water? It certainly wasn't the scientific information listed of how the little ball shaped molecules have lipophilic ends that cling to dirt and oil and hydrophilic ends that cling to water. Scientific claims don't always interest me, and actually confuse me. Just look at the photo above, not exactly an exciting picture for selling skin care! So that is why I test things out, as it is the proof that interests me.
While having lunch with a friend whom I had not seen for a few months, I could not get past how her skin looked so healthy and dare I say....glowing. She wears my powder foundation, Cashmere to be exact. But, something had changed in her skin. It was as if she wasn't wearing as much foundation as she used to, I could actually see some freckles I never noticed before.
The conversation quickly ended about kids, family blah blah blah......and quickly turned to whats up with her skin? Those of you who know me personally, know I don't typically talk about work or my makeup line unless directly asked. I need a break from work too! She smiled at me and said "I have been using this water stuff and love it." She said she even uses it before bed! I have told her for years to wash her makeup off before bed, even if its a quick swipe of cleanser or toner. When she told me what she was using I was skeptical but, her face wasn't lying! As soon as I got home I ordered up some samples and am happy to say after just a week, my skin has never looked better!
Not only does my skin have a more even skin tone, but I have had these raised acne dry patches on my chin for years. They would flair up every month during my period and then just be lumpy, dry and flaky for the rest of the month. Yep, it is true one is totally gone and the other has just about disappeared. I wish I would have taken a before and after to prove it. I would say within the next week, the one on the left is a goner! I don't want to get carried away with claims, but I think my pores may even be smaller!
So, I of course decided to source out some different manufactures of Micellar and was shocked at the price difference in some of them. One was actually $150.00 per 2oz. Yeah not testing out that one! The lowest was $7 but that contained a lot of witch hazel and added chemicals and the other one I refused to try contained castor oil! Um no, I will pass on that one too!
After a few weeks of research and testing I have found a great company that sells it with the purest ingredients I could find. So its time for you to check it out and see for yourself. Lets us know how Micellar Cleansing Water improves your skin!
Mineral Silk Micellar Cleansing Water
Friday, June 10, 2016
Can Micellar Water Replace Your Whole Skincare Routine? And what exactly is it, anyway? One editor investigates.
By Christa Joanna Lee - Shared From Elle Magazine
My mother and I are over four decades apart, and over the years we've butted heads on everything from school to dating. But on one thing we've always agreed: the importance of a great skincare routine. Growing up, she told me never to forget to wash my face, to slather on SPF, and to let my skin "breathe" with a few makeup-free days (mind you, this was long before the no-makeup makeup trend became a thing). And I listened. While I'll happily use dry shampoo to get out the door faster in the morning, I've never rushed my skincare regimen.
To wit, I've done my fair share of experimenting with products and I've learned there are plenty of skincare labels out there that don't live up to their expectations. They don't clear up your zits while you sleep, or make your under-eye bags disappear in a matter of a minutes. So when I was first introduced to micellar water, which is meant to be the magical, no-rinse cure-all that could replace your cleanser and moisturizer in a single step, I had a healthy dose of skepticism. Despite the fact that models swear by the French pharmacie staple and nearly every makeup artist totes a bottle in his or her kit, to me, it sounded like a lazy girl's solution to makeup removal (what do you mean you don't have to rinse it off?). It also sounded like a beauty recipe for a breakout. Fast-forward a month later, and I've officially ditched my face wash and cream in favor of micellar water.
Turns out micellar water has been around for over a hundred years, first gaining momentum in France, where it was designed to help Parisians deal with the region's infamously harsh water supply. The formula is made of micelles, which are tiny oil molecules suspended in soft water. "The technology of it is actually quite old, dating back from research at the University of Bristol in 1913," says dermatologist and Simple skincare expert Dr. Debra Luftman. "Micelles are attracted to dirt, grime, and oil, and they draw out impurities without drying out your skin," she explains. Rather than containing a foamy solution that strips your skin and leaves behind harsh chemicals, micelles cling on to the dirt and makeup on your skin and dissolve them while leaving behind a glowy, hydrated finish.
This all means that even after my extensive nighttime routine of makeup remover wipes, double cleansing, exfoliation, and toner, micellar water still picks up residue that none of my other products could. Unlike a traditional pre-soaked makeup remover wipe, it's designed to be swept away with a completely clean cotton pad, so it doesn't just smear your makeup around your face like those wipes can do. And unlike toner, the solution doesn't contain alcohol and never stings, meaning you can use it around the sensitive eye area.
"Considering the fact that it requires absolutely no rinsing and is suited for all skin types—especially super dry, sensitive, and acne-prone skin—the water is a serious game changer," says Dr. Luftman. "It's great for travel when you don't have access to your full toiletry bag, too," she adds.
Overseas, the luxury brand Bioderma is an industry favorite, but now with the launch of stateside versions like Simple's much-anticipated one, the French import has some stiff competition. I'm a month deep into using Simple's new micellar water to wipe off my daily layers of tinted moisturizer, blush, and bronzer, and though sometimes the product falls short of removing really stubborn eye makeup, ("You might still need a separate eye makeup remover, especially for the waterproof kind," Dr. Luftman advises), it's streamlined things for sure. I've certainly pared down the use of multiple products. And best of all? My skin's never looked better.