Fashion, Charity + Bingo

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The Unlikely yet Beneficial Partnership of Fashion, Charity & Bingo

People can’t live without fashion. This statement holds true especially to the millions of women who read magazines, scour the Internet, and/or watch shows to get updates on the latest trends around the world. Since they comprise 80% of the world’s 100 million bingo players – according to statistics by Optimove – it is no wonder why most of them opt to wear their best outfits during game days. Female style icons – who are also self-confessed avid bingo players – have always set the bar high in terms of the do’s and don’ts in fashion. These trendy women walk the red carpet of high-profile charity balls and events with the grace of a gazelle, as if transforming an unassuming bingo hall into a glamorous catwalk.

Since its inception, online bingo companies have long been associated with various benevolent institutions. Gala Bingo, for instance, has close ties with a non-profit organization that aims to assist the less fortunate. 52 Lives, together with the UK-based online gaming platform, have embarked on a 52-week mission to raise £52,000, an amount that can drastically change the lives of 52 people for the better. On the other hand, celebrities combine their prominent status and this timeless recreational activity to produce a vehicle toward positive outcomes.

Other than walking the brightest runways and being on esteemed fashion magazines around the world, English supermodel Kate Moss uses her love for bingo as a way to support charitable endeavours. After one of her closest friends, Sadie Frost, revealed to Vogue about Moss’ love for the game, she’s actually become a fixture in a lot of charity bingo galas. Kate Moss truly embodies style wherever she goes. She’s usually seen in these events wearing an elegant ensemble featuring a bevy of endorsements ranging from Mango and Topshop to Chanel and Burberry. This also becomes an avenue for Moss to not just express her love for bingo, but to show the world that a fashion model of her stature can make a difference no matter how small it is.

There are no written rules about charity and fashion, unlike to that of bingo. However, this classic game can come up with a recipe using these two ingredients to promote different causes and raise awareness for the betterment of society.

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Celtic Sea Salt Body Scrub for Smooth Skin

Celtic Sea Salt Scrub
 Natural salt is one of my favorite types of healthy exfoliants to use in skin care products. It’s simple to incorporate just about anywhere and you can purchase in bulk and store if you need to.

Celtic Sea Salt Scrub recipe

This is a quick and fairly easy Celtic sea salt scrub recipe that is great for sloughing away dead skin and getting a natural glow year-round.

Ingredients:

5 tbsp Celtic sea salt
4 tbsp almond or apricot kernel oil – unrefined and/or organic is best
1 tsp dried ground rose petals or lavender – crushed/ground is best
2 drops grapefruit seed essential oil
5 drops peppermint essential oil

 

Salt Scrub rose ground-002

Mix the salt and ground rose/lavender petals with the sea salt – you can use a glass or plastic container to store it in as long as it has a lid that seals completely 

Using salt scrub in the shower

I store my scrubs in short glass jars but add a few tablespoons to a small plastic container when ready to use in the shower, it’s much safer than taking the risk of dropping the glass.

Celtic Salt Scrub with oil

Mix your unrefined oil of choice with both essential oils then pour over the salt mixture

 

Celtic Salt Scrub Mix

Mix well and store with an airtight lid

 

Celtic Salt Scrub in glass jar

My Notes: 
So I had coarse Celtic sea salt and crushed up a bit with a mortar and pestle. Not a big fan of fine salt plus I find the coarse salt a bit more versatile since I also use it for cooking and other skin care solutions like foot soaks. I primarily use this scrub in the shower and at least a day or two before I shave my legs. It is after all sea salt! A lot of the products I use can be found on Amazon or at local herbal shops. Also note you should always always use unrefined oils whether consuming internally or using externally. 

 

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Winter Skin Care Routine| Paula’s Choice

Paula's Choice Skin Care Products

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Winter skin care routine can be a disaster, especially if you don’t follow them, or worse the products that are supposed to be helping are horrific and wreak havoc on your skin. My weakness used to be ultra pretty packaging and chic labels because how could those due you any harm right?!

I had my first consultation with Monique – a super knowledgeable rep at Paula’s Choice – on a Wednesday, less than a week later I had an arsenal of carefully selected products delivered to my doorstep.

Skin care routines can be a disaster, especially if you don’t follow them…

Naturally I used the products the same day I received them and truth be told my skin was due for something new and improved. I received 7 products total and at this point in the beauty game I can’t see myself living without any of them. Or at least maintaining a healthy skin appearance in their absence.

Most of the products are from the CALM Collection which offers anti-redness relief and are especially formulated for sensitive skin. Monique also sent Resist BHA 9 – a targeted treatment for skin imperfections, RESIST Barrier Repair Moisturizer with Retinol and RESIST Youth-Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid which is a moisturizer with SPF 50.

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So diving in to my daily routine…

Day Time Routine

During the day my routine can vary but there are always staples. Like cleanser, toner and moisturizer with sunscreen are at least my basics. Those never change. Then there are days where I will supercharge it and add on 1% BHA Lotion or Repairing Serum.

Paula's Choice Redness Relief Cleanser

Redness Relief Cleanser – Calm

This is a fragrance-free gel cleanser that is really great at removing makeup without irritating my skin. I actually love that it has Meadowfoam Seed Oil and Aloe Leaf Juice because those are actually two products that I’ve used in the past that have worked really great  on my skin. So while a pretty scent may be missing when I’m taking care of business I don’t miss the rash type of breakouts that came come with those harsh ingredients. This is something I use everyday – twice a day- without fail and it’s perfect for keeping my skin balanced.

 

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Redness Relief Toner – Calm

I’m not big on toners but I’m glad for the opportunity to give this one a try. The only thing I do a bit off beat from the instructions is I use my hands to apply rather than a cotton ball. The spout on it is perfect for putting a few drops in the palm of my hand and working it over a freshly washed face. And I actually like it better that way.

 

Paula's Choice Redness Relief Repairing Serum

Redness Relief Repairing Serum – Calm

I l-o-v-e serums! A good serum will take you far and then some. I like using this one with or without toner. I just like the way it feels being the first product on my skin following my cleanser. This is typically my daytime favorite since I use the Lotion Exfoliant with my nighttime routine.

 

Winter Skin Care Routine Barrier Repair Moisturizer

Barrier Repair Moisturizer – RESIST | Wrinkles + Sun Damage

So this is my new favorite moisturizer. Hands-down. Favorite. I use this morning and night. What I probably love most about it is that it soaks into my skin so nicely and a little goes a long way.

 

Paula's Choice Moisturizer with SPF 50

Youth-Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid w/ SPF 50 – RESIST

So this one is pretty obvious and I only use it during the day but it is so easy to use. Really, unexpectedly easy. Usually anything with SPF 15 and up leaves a white cast on my skin making it super difficult to work with or even apply makeup over. This product pretty much changes all of that.

 

Paula's Choice Youth Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid

I’ve used this under liquid makeup, powder makeup and with no makeup. The consistency is so thin and smooth that it blends right into my skin without the unfavorable chalky film left behind.

 

Night Routine

My night time routine is fairly simple. Simple in the sense that I pretty much slather on whatever I’m going to use at my own pace. In the mornings I’m keeping time in mind but in the evenings I get to slow it down.

 

Paula's Choice Resist BHA 9

Resist BHA 9

So following cleanser I use spot treatments first on any spots that look less than fab on my skin. Love the beauty marks but I can live without acne marks. Once in a while I will get a spot that just doesn’t need to be there – i.e. acne blemishes, irritation/redness. What I like about this particular spot treatment is that it’s lightweight and doesn’t irritate my skin.

 

Paula's Choice Redness Relief BHA Lotion Exfoliant

Redness Relief 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant – Calm

This is the ultimate skin smoothing facial lotion. I may use this during the day – most likely during the weekend when I’m babying my skin – but otherwise it’s a night time favorite. It helps keep my pores unclogged and skin smoothed. I love that when I use this I don’t wake up with “sleepy” face. I credit that to this lotion and avoiding cotton pillowcases like the plague.

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This is my first experience with Paula’s Choice products but I’m already making plans to workout what changes I may need to make for my Spring/Summer routine. Have you tried Paula’s Choice yet? I’m really looking forward to my next order. And I’m happy to share this 20% off discount when you order with code PRIMPWINTER – good thru Feb 29th 2016 – And if you need some guidance you can get a free skin care consultation by calling 1-800-831-4088

Also, a big thanks to Pretty In My Pocket for giving me the opportunity to try a new brand. Register, follow and shop some amazing brands tried out by yours truly.

Sponsored post – opinions and experiences are my own.

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