How to Get a Better Sleep

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Like many others I’ve fought insomnia too many times to count. Whether it’s stress or anxiety keeping me awake at night, sometimes it seems as though I can’t tun my brain off. I’m thinking about the next day, my plans for the week, what needs done around the house, what needs completed at work, what to buy my Dad for his birthday, and so on and so forth! This is a common occurrence in my immediate family. So, I began to research remedies and tips on how to get a great night’s rest! Here’s what has worked for me:

1. Don’t eat late at night, preferably not after 7:00pm if you can help it. If you indulge in a late night snack this may keep you awake as your body is working to digest.

2. Try to avoid drinking large amounts of liquid before bed. I found that throwing back water until I went to bed resulted in having to get up to use the washroom multiple times in a night which interrupted my sleep.

3. Keep your room cool or use a fan. If you’re too hot you will toss and turn and be unable to get comfortable.

4. Maintain a quiet and dark space. The darker your room, the better you’ll sleep. If you get up during the night to use the washroom, avoid flicking on the bright light. Not only will this light blind you, it can make it more difficult for your body to adjust to go back to sleep.

5. If you’re having trouble relaxing try light stretching before, or even in your bed. Practice deep breathing and muscle relaxation. If you find yourself struggling to slow your thoughts down, try reading a book to distract your mind from your stressors.

Sleep tight!

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Pure & Simple

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Pure & Simple French Clay Purifying Mask:

This is a certified organic mask that leaves my skin feeling cleansed and fresh. This mask is recommended for those with oily or problem skin. I also use it as a spot treatment for blemishes. I apply a small dab overnight and it significantly reduces redness. This detoxifying mask is 100% vegan and nut free.

Pure and Simple products do not contain the following:

  • Parabens
  • Petrolatum AND Petrochemicals
  • Silocones
  • Sulfates
  • Chemical Sunscreens
  • Triclosan
  • Nanos
  • Synthetic colours, Fragrances, & Polymers

Follow Along

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Catch up with the following blogs – Karamma

What do I enjoy more than writing blogs? Reading other bloggers posts from all around the world!

Here are my top 5 favourite WordPress blogs that you should be following:

1. The Beauty Lane

This blog features healthy recipes, DIY skincare, product reviews and beauty advice. The author is knowledgable in nutrition and wellness. Her smoothie recipes are wonderful, I’ve already tried two this week! I highly suggest checking out her blog!

2. A New Perspective Perhaps

This blog features advice, guidance and simple experiences. It is incredibly honest and real. It focuses on her family, positive thinking, parenting and love. For a great read and all around feel good blog follow this wonderful woman’s journey.

3. The Chicago Files

How thankful am I for Cher’s blog about Chicago. This fellow Canuck captures her life in Chicago through beautiful photos, funny stories and captures the history of The Windy City. Although it makes me miss the city more, I love reading her updates and adventures.

4. Saving Sammie

This blog is focused on a beautiful German Shepherd named Sammie. Of course since they are German Shepherd owners I resonate with them and love to see what their sweet girl is up to. Most importantly, Sammie was adopted from an animal shelter which I am a huge supporter of. Saving Sammie reminds us all of how important it is to consider a rescue when choosing a dog for your family. Follow this blog for adorable photos and funny stories!

Feel free to comment or post some of your favourite blogs! I’d love to check them out.

Thank you! ­čÖé

Must Haves for Sensitive Skin

I have incredibly sensitive skin. With sensitive skin comes a never ending battle of trying to find skincare products that will help rather than harm. I’ve had some bad reactions to moisturizers and cleansers. For instance, Say Yes to Cucumbers moisturizer burnt my skin so severely that I had to sleep with a cold cloth on my face overnight. I used cleanser once called “Simple” that claims only gentle ingredients. This cleanser made me break out in a rash and made my face incredibly itchy. I struggled to find make up remover that didn’t leave my eyes itchy or red. Even some make up products would leave my skin feeling dry and raw.

With all of this being said I have found salvation! Here are my sensitive skin must haves:

1. Motives Make Up Remover Towelettes

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These wipes gently clean off my everyday make up. They do create a bit of foam to rinse your face without using water which is great for road trips and travel.

2. Burt’s Bees Refreshing Lip Balm (Grapefruit)

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This lip balm keeps my lips moisturized and hydrated. I keep it in my car so I can apply it while I’m on the go!

3. Burt’s Bees Garden Tomato Toner

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This toner removes all dirt and grime from my face. It leaves my skin feeling incredibly clean and clear!

4. Skintelligence Daily Moisturizer

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This antioxidant packed moisturizer leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated. It smells great and makes my face feel fresh!

5. Kala Style Company: Avocado Soap

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This was given to me as a Christmas gift and it’s my favourite! It smells amazing and has all natural ingredients.

Full Lips Friday

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Today I woke up to a brisk -24 degrees celsius day. ┬áIsn’t Ontario glorious? Rather than allow my lips to turn blue for the day I chose my Motives Neutral Lip Liner + Pink Sugar Rich Formula Lipstick. The combination of these two products allows my lips to look fuller and moisturized all day. Other lipsticks I’ve used in the past begin to peel off or crack half way through the day. I bought a beautiful coral bliss colour from Mac and wore it twice before throwing it out. The way it stripped off of my lips after only a few hours was beyond frustrating. It’s so nice to find a moisturizing lipstick that does not fade away as the day progresses.

The Pink Sugar Rich Formula Lipstick has a bit of shimmer which I love. This lipstick comes in 24 colours including shades of pink, red and purple. The best part? This Vitamin E filled lipstick is only $14.95. This lipstick keeps my lips hydrated even on these cold and dry Canadian winter days.

To view more colours or order yours today click here!

Bring Your Winter Look to Life

Let’s face it, the winter does not bring out the best in our natural beauty. My skin becomes dry, my complexion drifts to that of Casper and my lips are constantly chapped.

Bold matte lips are a great way to play up your winter look. Since most of us become quite pale during the cold and gloomy winter, one way to make your lips pop is with a matte red, pink or burgundy.

For everyday winter wear my pick is Motives for La La Ultra Matte Lipstick. For date night or girls night out I would probably go with a bolder red or louder pink. However, since I am wearing this to work on a daily basis, this colour allows me to look more professional and less like Casper the friendly ghost.

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Colour: Potent

Price: $16.75

This lovely matte lipstick also comes in a bold red, pink and a more coral red. To view more colours or order yours today click here!

Valentine’s Day Look

Valentine’s Day, some of us love it, some despise it and some simply ignore it. Lucky for me, I get to celebrate Valentine’s Day and my sweetie’s birthday on the same day! We’re going out for dinner and drinks with 10 of our closest friends to celebrate his special day. Whether you’re going on a date, heading out on the town with friends, or attending an anti- Valentine’s Day party this is a fun look to highlight your natural beauty!

Here are my make up picks for this Valentine’s Day!

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1. Motives Liquid Powder Mineral Foundation with SPF 15

Price: $24.95

This is a 3 in 1 foundation that provides great coverage and a natural finish. This foundation hides any discolourations your skin may have making your face look flawless! I wear the colour “linen” as I’m quite pale in the winter months.

To view the full benefits of Motives Liquid Powder Mineral Foundation and more colours click here!

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2. Motives Luminous Translucent Loose Powder

Colour: Light (also comes in Medium)

Price: $21.00

This powder gives you the perfect matte finish for flawless looking skin!

To get your flawless finish click here!

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2. Motives Ultra Matte Lipstick

Colour: Tempting

Price: $16.75

Click here to view more colours!

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3. Motives for La La Mineral Volumizing & Lengthening Mascara

Colour: Black

Price: $17.50

Click here for long voluminous lashes!

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4. Motives Luxe Precision Eye Line

Colour: Jet Black

Price: $14.00

Click here for a moisturizing, smudge and water proof liquid liner!

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5. Motives Mineral Baked Eye Shadow Trio

Colour: Affluent

Price: $24.00

To view other colour combinations click here!

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6. Motives Nail Lacquer

Colour: Fairy Tale

Price: $6.95

For a long lasting smooth polish click here!

To get your Valentine’s Day look visit www.motivescosmetics.com/karamma┬átoday!