Summer Dreamin

I am so ecstatic to announce the June Trunk Show deals for Stella & Dot! As a stylist this makes me incredibly excited as I get to share these gorgeous pieces at affordable prices.

This month when you spend $50 dollars at a trunk show (online or in person) you can get any of the gorgeous pieces featured below for 50% off! Currently I’m only doing in-person trunk shows in Ontario, however, if you are interested in hosting a trunk show you have the option to have one completely online from the comfort of your own home! Share the link with coworkers, friends, and family all over Canada, and as the host you will earn free and discounted jewelry! Interested in free and discounted jewellery (who isn’t?) contact me at karamortonn@gmail.com

To view our current collection visit www.stelladot.com/karamma or to book your free trunk show (online or in person) contact me at karamortonn@gmail.com

Happy shopping!

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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.

Cyber Monday

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The less violent and much safer way to do your online holiday shopping.

Today we slept in. Usually my sweetheart is up bright and early, however today I was surprised when I looked down at my phone and saw it was already 8:15. Needless to say we were a tad late to work. By the time I got online and found what I was looking for on sale I clicked for “more details” only to find that the items were sold out! I guess there are some definite cyber monday diehards who possibly stayed up shopping into the wee hours of the night?

If that’s the case, those people deserved to sleep in today more than I did. I’m happy that today no one was hurt and all sale shopping was done in a civil manner. If anything people were hitting their computers for losing their WiFi connection rather than striking other shoppers for a product.

Black Friday Madness

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Black friday really brings out the worst in people. People lose sight of what Christmas and the holidays are all about as they are engulfed by greed. I was appalled by the fights and violence I saw from all over the U.S and in parts of London. People beating one another up over underwear, televisions, and speakers.

Personally, saving $200 dollars isn’t worth a black eye. Christmas isn’t about gifts, it’s about being together with family and friends. However, it seems that yesterday that was truly forgotten. People pushing and shoving one another over a $5 dollar barbie, and trampling over one another to get into stores.

Black friday isn’t a huge deal in Canada, I’m thankful for that as yesterday my faith in humanity decreased. No sale, toy, electronic, or gift is worth fighting someone for and physically hurting another person during what is suppose to be the most wonderful time of the year.

Beauty Bargain

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Quality make up does not have to break your bank! For over a year I’ve been wearing Motives make up. Motives is manufactured in the same factory as Mac yet sold for a fraction of the price. I used to spend unspeakable money on shadows, foundation, and mascara from Mac.

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Since switching to Motives I’ve seen an improvement in my skin and bank account. I endorse their products so much that I recently became a sales rep! I don’t wear a ton of make up. I like the more natural look. Foundation, powder, mascara, eyeliner, and a lip gloss is my daily regime. To check out my site and see the cost friendly products visit: www.motivescosmetics.com/karamma 

If you have any questions about Motives feel free to comment below!

Spring Bedroom Inspiration

Now that the sun is coming back, and the warm weather is slowly making it’s way here, it’s time to brighten up your bedroom with pops of colour, and floral patterns. Here are some ideas to inspire your bedroom transformation.

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All of the above comforters can be found at wayfair.com, prices ranging from $49.99- $149.99 (varying on size). Not in need of a new comforter? Bring pops of colour into your bedroom using flowers, throw pillows, and vibrant frames.

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All of the above throw pillows can also be found on http://www.wayfair.com

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All of the above frames and flowers can be found at http://www.wayfair.com

Happy decorating!

Awareness

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Slavery came up in conversation today, my room mate found an article which listed larger companies who are using slave/child labour for their products. You may be surprised by a few of the answers, I certainly was. As a 20 something woman, I own many garments from Forever, VS, and Urban Outfitters, however I was not aware of where these companies get their cotton, and at what cost. 

Companies Who Use Slave Labour: 

1) Forever 21

2) Victoria’s Secret

3) Urban Outfitters

4) Toys R Us

In Uzbekistan, the government removes large amounts of children from school and puts them in cotton fields during the harvest season. These companies listed above source cotton from Uzbekistan, while over 70 other large retail stores have at least “made commitments to address forced labor in Uzbekistan’s cotton industry.”

5) Gap 

In 2007 Gap was accused of using child labour to make garments in India. The Observer spoke to children as young as 10 who said they were working 16 hours a day for no pay. The paper described the workplace as a “derelict industrial unit.” One 10-year-old boy told the paper he was sold to the company by his parents. A 12 year old boy, said he worked from dawn until 1 a.m. He was so tired and ill. He said if children cried, they would be hit with a rubber pipe or punished with an oily cloth stuffed in their mouths.

6) Hanes

There was an estimated 200 children who were 11 years old & under sewing clothes for Hanes at the Harvest Rich factory in Bangladesh. The workers made as little as 6 ½ cents an hour and were forced to work 12 to 14 hours a day, seven days a week and were beaten if they fell behind their production goal.

Hopefully you found this post informative, and eye opening. It’s good to stay aware of the brands we’re supporting, and where the clothes we wear come from.