There many words to describe me, one of the most frequently used is organized. I can not begin to describe the satisfaction I get from seeing something, anything… EVERYTHING organized. Being that I am such a visual person, and the Taurus that I am, I neeeeeed everything to have its own place and for it, not only be functional, but look great.
Organizing can become quite overwhelming, however the benefits of having an organized space is well worth the initial struggles. If you are just stepping into the wonderful world of organization I would suggest starting where you will get the most bang-for-your-buck with spaces such as open shelving, bathrooms, and especially your kitchen. One way to fool your family and friends into thinking that you got your shit together is by organizing the areas of your home that other people will be using often.
In my home the kitchen is the place where everyone always seems to gather as well as is the area the most time is spent since I enjoy making a nice dinner for my family. One of the areas of the kitchen that makes the biggest difference when it is properly organized is the cupboards. Cupboards are accessed daily by you and your family but also by guests, if your guests are that comfortable in your home to get their own cups and plates.
Utilizing the space in the cupboards to allow for function but also style is key. Mixing around the items such as the plates and cups help create a unique look for your space as well as the ease to pull things out and place them back in.
A simple trick is using under the shelf organizers for smaller items instead of stacking them on top of larger items, which creates clutter.
There are so many ways to organize your cupboards, here is some inspo!
One thing to know is I am a Frugal Queen, no shame in my game. If I can find anything for a better price, I will always go for it. However, do not confuse that with skimping on quality. I do believe that certain items you should pay up for, however trendy does not mean classic, so pick and choose what you feel is worth the splurge or whats worth taking a stroll down to Ross.
Let me start by emphasizing that I AM NOT a skin expert but a girl trying to figure out her skins love language. Currently I’m speaking English and my skin is responding in Spanglish.
After 26 years of living on God’s green earth I still haven’t figured out my skin completely. Skin changes over time and I know 3 things for sure that have not changed..
I am acne prone
I have oily skin
I have big pores
Now with that being said, I have found a few skin care items that have helped me with my skin issues. These items have helped me and might help you too.
My first step in my skin care routine is cleansing. Your probably wondering “Maitte, you already fucked up, what about make up removing wipes/Oil?” Well quiet honestly, I don’t wear makeup everyday to work *Kanye Shrug*. However, whenever I do decide to beat my face I usually use makeup removing wipes then go in with this Cerve Foaming Facial Cleanser.
This cleanser is one of the few cleansers I’ve ever used that does not strip my skin. When I was younger I believed that because of my oily skin I needed to feel my face squeaky clean to the point of it feeling tight and dry. However, as I entered the University of YouTube and beauty guru’s would mention that oily skin becomes oilier because of lack of moisture and blah blah blah. I finally realized that I needed to cleanse my face without over doing it. This cleanser is specifically formalized for oily skin and I can not recommend it enough!
Once you’ve cleansed your face you would think that all the makeup and gunk would be gone, right? Think again! That’s the beauty of toners they help remove the excess makeup, oil, etc. that was left behind from cleansing. I’ve tried many different toners, however I always come back to this classic, Thayers Witch Hazel Aloe Vera Formula Rose Petal.
I apply my toner by soaking a cotton pad and lightly swiping across my entire face and down my neck. Allow a couple of minutes to pass by as you allow the toner to dry and absorb into your skin.
P.S Don’t forget to get into your hair line as make up and dirt linger there!
This part of my skin care routine separates the girls from the Comadres, because the Comadre life is not for everyone! As I’ve grown older I’ve realized that my skin needs a little more TLC than it once did in my late teens/early twenties. Back in the days I could stay out all day, nap for 30 mins, drink and party my life away at night, then get 4 hours of sleep, wake up for my soccer games and still look fresh and rejuvenated. If I did that today I would literally look like a White Walker straight out of Game Of Thrones.
However, what has helped me keep a more youthful look has been serums. What is a serum? Again, I’m not a dermatologist or any sort of skin expert so I’ll keep this simple. A face serum is a type of moisturizer that helps give your skin a smoother, firmer look as well as increase moisture retention and make your pores appear smaller.The Tree of Life Hyaluronic Acid, Retinol, and Vitamin C Serums have been my go to face serums for two reasons, price and results.
The hyaluronic acid and retinol serums I use at night; applying the retinol serum first then following up with the hyaluronic acid. Remember, wait a few minutes in between applications to allow the serums to absorb and dry on the skin before applying the next serum.
Now if you would like me to go more in depth about these face serums, especially the Vitamin C, let me know in the comments below so I can write a separate blog post!
“Maitte are you done yet?” Nope, not yet! One of the most important parts of your face that should be taken care of is your under eye area. Girls, it’s 2019 nobody has time for crows feet or baggy under eyes, PERIODT! Remember to always use a under eye cream, I have been using Artistry Hydra-V Refreshing Eye Gel Cream. This eye gel cream is very refreshing and light weight, which is great for day time wear and for under makeup.
Lastly and arguably one of the most important steps, I moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. To seal in all that work and money I put onto my face I apply the CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion. It’s light weight and fast absorbing, perfect for oily skin.
Start to finish it takes me 20-30 mins to complete all these steps, and this is my “simple” routine. My night time skin care routine is the time of day where I can start to wind down before bed, its almost as if I’m washing away all my worries of the day. I truly enjoy the process not because I have to but because it feels great to take care of myself.
What do you do for your night time skin care routine? I wanna know, comment below!
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