Conserving & Living Cleaner

Hi, friends!

If you haven’t seen on my Instagram lately, I’m starting something new and fun that I have wanted to do for a while now and I think now is the time to do it! Conservation is something I have always cared about and it is something that we can all do. It sounds daunting and believe me, I thought it was too! An easy thing to remember is that conserving starts at home. It is a great step to take and you will feel great because you have made the decision to live a little greener and you are helping eliminate waste! Recycling is a great key in conservation, so let’s start there!

Think of a few things that you may use daily: plastic straws, cotton rounds, a plastic toothbrush. Those are things that I use almost daily and there are products that I can replace them with that aren’t as harsh on the environment. This month(or in the next month, depending on how that works out) I plan on switching over to a bamboo toothbrush that is biodegradable, buying stainless steel reusable straws, and getting a big pack of reusable, washable cotton cloth rounds. Another great thing to do is to buy reusable grocery bags and take them with you when you go shopping. I have two of them right now and I need to stock up on them. Any plastic bags that I do get from the store go back to them so they can be recycled. Replacing those items are really affordable and very simple to do! Etsy is my go-to for all of these and I will put links in the bottom of the post!

If you are like me and you buy a water bottle almost every time you go to the store (hi, Oklahoma hot summers. I’m looking at you!), then a good idea to replace those plastic bottles is to buy a filtered water bottle that is reusable. Brita has a lot of bottles to choose from and the basic blue one is under $10! Note: you will have to buy replacement filters every two months (or after 40 gallons). I plan on buying one of these the next time I go to the store! Where I live, there aren’t any recycling centers to go to. It is a problem, but there are a few solutions to recycling if you don’t have a recycle center!

  1. Find out if you local grocery store (Walmart or Target, mainly) has a spot to put recycled items! The Walmart near me has bins to recycle plastic bags, plastic bottles, and aluminum cans.
  2. For aluminum cans, see if there is a salvage center near you. I take my crushed aluminum cans to my local salvage center and I get money back from the soda cans!
  3. Save all of your recycled items and then take them with you when you go to a bigger city!

After seeing someone pull out a plastic straw out of sea turtle’s nose, I don’t like using plastic straws. They go in the trash and for a lot of people (myself included), there is no afterthought of what happens after the garbage man picks it up. By using stainless steel reusable straws, I don’t have to worry about using plastic straws. They are also really affordable to use! Again, check Etsy! Buying there supports smaller shops and there are so many great products on there!

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If you want another great way to support conservation efforts, go online and look at shops that sell products and donate proceeds to charities! Pura Vida is one of my favorite brands that gives back and you can buy bracelets that are part of their charity collection and part of your payment goes towards charity. I recently purchased a bracelet that helps donate money to saving sea turtles. I can’t go physically help with sea turtle conservation (and believe me, I have looked!) but I can help by donating! It may not seem like a lot, but every bit helps! Once my Pura Vida order comes in, I will be doing a post on the two bracelets and the anklet I got and what charities they will be helping!

This is going to be a new theme to Glitz and Glitter, especially on my Instagram. I think more awareness needs to be brought to conservation and recycling, and we can all do our part! I’m also going to put links to different resources down below so you can know more!

Happy trails, babes!

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Etsy links: 

Stainless steal straws
Cloth cotton rounds
Bamboo toothbrush
Cloth wipes
Reusable cloth grocery bag
Mesh produce bags

Walmart:
Brita water bottle

Sea Turtle Conservancy 

Conservation.org

Conservation.org also has a page with a lot of tips on how to live green! Link here!

 

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Bright Eyes, Thick Thighs

Hi, friends!

Bright eyes? Yes, please! If you are looking for the best thing for making your eyes bright and feeling great, I have the thing for you. Does this give off any Stefon from SNL vibes? I hope so! Granted, we don’t have any Human Kites, Human Parking Cones, or Human DVRS, but I do have a tip on how to get brightened under eyes and it begins with the VII Code Oxygen Masks!

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I was sent the VII Code Oxygen Masks that are meant to brighten and hydrate your under eyes and make them feel like new. One of the things that I love about these masks is that they can be worn for up to 8 hours (or 2-4 if you don’t have the time for 8 hours!) and the gel pads mean that they don’t slide off of your face. I roll around a lot in my sleep and one of the pads actually stayed on my face in the 8 hours that I slept. And yes, you read that correctly. One pad somehow ended up coming off of my face and stuck to a pillow. It took me a while to find it the next morning when I woke up in a state of confusion!

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The gel also has a cooling effect so it really is a treatment for your eyes. The masks can also be placed in the fridge to get an extra boost of cooling, which will brighten and will help with any puffiness! Another trick that I use to help with eye puffiness is taking two spoons and putting them on my under eyes for a little bit. The coolness is so refreshing and my eyes feel so much better after using it. The masks additionally smell amazing! It reminds me of a face powder I used to use and I love it.

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The masks feel great and they fit my eye shape perfectly. Some masks are so uncomfortable to wear but the VII Code Oxygen Masks contour to your eye shape.  The gel also makes these masks special because the gel is the key to softening your skin and making you eyes look younger and rejuvenated. The fine lines and wrinkles in your skin under your eyes are also going to look better and tighter, so these Oxygen Masks really do so much for your skin. And did I mention that they smell amazing? Because they smell so good!

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(Also, I wore these backwards by accident when I took this photo! The tapered side goes pointing toward your inner corner!)

The masks retail for $55 and you get 6 gel eye masks in a pack. I use the masks one to two times per week or when I have an event to go to the next day. If I don’t have 8 hours where I can wear the masks, I will just wear them for around 3 hours and it still helps my eyes look brighter!

VII Code also has eye masks for dark circles (which I need!) and a special oxygen eye cream. Their focus with providing oxygen to the skin has helped them create a targeted skincare line that helps people maintain a glowing complexion and have hydrated and younger-looking skin.

I hope you liked today’s post and if you know someone who could benefit from VII Code’s brightening masks, please send them this post or share it on social media! The sharing buttons are below!

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Note: this product was sent to me for free. All opinions stated above are my own and I was not paid to give this product a positive review.
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Mother’s Day + A Wish For You GIVEAWAY

Happy Tuesday, m’darlings!

Today’s post is special to me for two reasons! One, we are celebrating moms and two, there is a giveaway with A Wish For You that one of you can win! More info on that will be at the end of the post!

Moms..they give us hugs, teach us how to be strong women, and they are the ones who bring us into the world. There are so many things that make a woman a mother, and sometimes they don’t need to have a baby to be a mom. A mom is someone who nurtures others, helps them grow, and stands as a mother figure. Mother’s Day is about celebrating our mothers and the women who are in our lives who have helped us grow and have been our role models.

My mom has been with me through every step of my life. She taught me how to wink, she taught me how to speak Spanish, and most of all, my mom taught me how to love and be kind. She taught me how to hold my head up when others tried to tear me down. My mom never told me to be like anyone else, just to be myself. Her constant support is always with me and her arms are always open for a hug. She is wisdom and strength. I love her so deeply and she is my best friend. As I have gotten older, our relationship has grown deeper and I am so thankful to have her in my life.

My grandma, who is my Nana Cookie, is my sass and sophistication. I get my fashion, class, and spice from her. She is grace and my abuela. When my mom laughs, it’s like my Nana Cookie is there too. Her laugh, her smile, her beauty. These two women have taught me so much in life. Lessons that can never be forgotten and will always be passed down.

My aunt Lisa has taught me so much. She is peace, the calm before the storm. Her eyes are always twinkling with laughter and a secret mischief. Her nature is gentle and she is always ready to lend a helping hand or volunteer her time to someone. She has been with me at my lowest and told be that it will be okay, and she was right. Like my mom, she has taught me to love even when it can be difficult to. Her laugh is like music and she is always ready to listen to a story or a stupid joke.

To the strong women in my life who have inspired me and loved me, thank you. You will never know how much your influences have helped me grow in life and I hope that I make you proud. I can never repay you for everything you have done for me, but I will constantly try.

This Mother’s Day, I encourage you to thank the mother figures in your life. Tell them that you love them, appreciate them, and they inspire you daily. Let them know that you care about them and let’s celebrate all of the strong women in our lives!

A Wish For You is a brand that is near and dear to my heart and you may remember them from a previous post from last year where I sent a Wish box to my friend Malori. A Wish For You is a company that sends customizable boxes to your friends, family, or a special person in your life who needs a bit of pampering. The box can be filled with what you select to go in the box to your loved one and that means you have the control over what is sent. Vicki and Jodi are the team behind A Wish For You and they were so kind as to partner with me for a sponsored giveaway that is special for Mother’s Day! Right now at A Wish For You, there are special Mother’s Day packages that you can have sent to a mother figure in your life and it will be a perfect gift for Mother’s Day!

Here are the rules for the giveaway:

  1. You must be following A Wish For You on both their Twitter and Instagram accounts.
  2. You must be following me on both my Twitter and Instagram accounts.
  3. Comment on my Instagram photo about the giveaway with your Instagram and Twitter names (so I will be able to verify if you are following us or not) and the woman in your life who is a mother figure to you!

The winner of the giveaway will receive a code that can be used on A Wish For You to make your very own Wish box for the special woman in your life who you want to celebrate on Mother’s Day!

Here are a few options for your Wish box!

My personal favorite that you can send to a loved one is the herbal first aid kit that contains six jars of healing salves that are great to keep in your purse, school bag, or car!

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*This giveaway is only available to those in the domestic United States.

Follow the steps right now and you’ll be entered in this giveaway!

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