I like to think that my love of fashion and make-up comes from spending my teen years unable to pick out my own clothes. As you may remember, I lived in a remote tribal village in Papua New Guinea with my missionary parents through the ages of 12-17 and so what I wore needed to be appropriate for the culture (no pants or shorts) and since there were no stores nearby, I wore whatever was handed down to me from other missionaries or sent in care packages from home (and picked out by Grandma). I had lots of really baggy culottes and t-shirts with kittens.
I may be exaggerating slightly. But not about the culottes. Do not ever waterski in culottes, by the way. It’s the equivalent of wearing inflated parachutes and even rag-clad villagers know that’s not cool.
You can bet that I never had any dresses like this one:
Isn’t that cute? And I bought one! It’s from Shabby Apple and while the dresses aren’t cheap and shipping to Canada is a whopping $30, they have a sale on right now! 20% off storewide so if you’ve been meaning to get a vintage-ish dress or just a really classic one, you know you want to check it out. And if you use this link and order, I get a $20 gift card toward my next purchase. So you know that your shopping makes me look good – just the way I like it!
Also in New Guinea, there’s not a lot of point in wearing make-up. At least in our region it was hot and humid and would be sweated off within an hour. Or less. Here in Canada, I always wear foundation, since I struggle with acne. At my age, I know!
My mother always ingrained in me the importance of daily skin care. Twice a day I cleanse and moisturize with care. I buy eye creams to avoid crow’s feet, I moisturize my throat because that’s always a tell-tale sign of age, right? And I agonize over pimples. Hate ’em. I’ve learned that limiting my sugar intake has a big impact on zit production, so I do my best there. Can’t always say no to jelly beans, though.
That’s why it’s so frustrating when I’m standing in the drugstore trying to figure out what to buy for my skin. Do I need a day cream AND a night cream? Do I buy what’s on sale or do I match my moisturizer to my cleanser? Do I wait a few weeks until I can get to the town with the store that sells Clinique (which I used for a few years). And I hate gel moisturizers, even that’s what’s recommended for acne-prone skin. I like something creamy and lush.
Anyhow, I just started using the Muvazi Renewal System. And I like it. No shopping, because I chose the auto-ship feature that sends it right to my door every two months, and it’s BPA and paraben-free which is comforting to know. It’s geared more toward anti-aging than acne prevention, but in the few weeks I’ve been using it I’m already seeing an improvement in post-pimple scarring and my skin has more elasticity and a bit of a “glow.” and I’m not even wearing foundation today! I got a great price on my Muvazis system, and they just sent me a coupon offering $40 off and free shipping (and if you live in Canada like me, free shipping is a very big deal).
So, if you want to check it out – it’s still pricey but it’s a high end spa-quality product and it’s just really nice (did I tell the moisturizer smells very faintly of coconut?), use the coupon code to save $40 plus shipping and mention my name in the comments – they love referrals! There’s a link in the left hand sidebar that will stay up so you can think about it for a week or two – the sale ends January 31st.
Finally I just have to share an example of my Papua New Guinea swimwear style. Yes, I can teach you five ways to tie a sarong, and how to manage two yards of fabric while swimming!