The Noni Glow

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I have mentioned the new Kora Organics Noni Glow Face Oil many times already so this isn’t a huge reveal, but it is my new #1 favorite product.  I even keep the oil on display next to my makeup brushes!  Noni extract, rosehip oil, pomegranate oil and sea buckthorn oil make up this beautiful product; and they soothe my skin all on their own just like the Kora Soothing Day and Night Cream.  With just a few drops, my skin feels hydrated and calm; and I have noticed my skin clearing up in a major way (small acne marks that have been there since I was thirteen are fading).  What I love about using an oil is that they last so long, so while it is expensive initially, if you can find an oil that calms, hydrates, brightens, and clears up you skin, then you are not only simplifying your beauty routine, but you are buying one product instead of four.  For me, the more simple and down to earth my beauty routine is, the better I feel and look.  This oil is considered to be more of a treatment, and it ends up being less expensive to use it as both the nourishing skin treatment it is and in lieu of traditional moisturizer.  I have only been using the Noni Glow at night without moisturizer, but I am almost out of my Soothing Day and Night Cream (which I have just been using in the morning recently so that I could see how my skin would react by just applying the oil at night), so when it is all gone I will be using the Noni Glow in the morning as my only moisturizer as well.  I will let you guys know if I end up needing to use a traditional moisturizer again, but so far I am really loving this new oil by Kora.  I am thinking about doing a full post on my skincare routine, because it has changed a bit since I’ve started college (aka, saving money wherever possible!).  Until then, please feel free to ask me any questions in the comment section!

Much love,

Carly xx

Kintsugi, the art of broken pieces

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I stumbled across this earlier this evening, and it was one of those moments where after I read it, I grew quiet.  Not the kind of quiet where I was talking non-stop and then went silent, but the kind of quiet where all of the thoughts going through my head just stopped.  All of the worries and fears that I have on a daily basis just melted away.  I have never heard of Kintsugi before, but I can’t wait to research it a bit more.

Beauty is simple, and it goes beyond skincare and makeup.  My perspective is that beauty is kindness, strength, and grace.

What is your definition of beauty?  Have you ever heard of Kintsugi?  I would love to hear your response in the comment section!

Until next time….

Carly xx

Sephora Samples

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Hi beauties!  I hope all of you had a safe and happy Fourth of July.  My mom and I hung around the house, grilled lots of vegetables, and watched Sex and the City at the end of day.  For me, most holidays come down to spending time with family and feeling grateful.

In the morning, before our day really got started, I ran to Sephora.  I haven’t been to Sephora since December, and I was so excited to see all of the new brands that they are carrying: Tata Harper, Drunk Elephant, and of course Kora Organics, to name a few.  I did go into Sephora with a mission to collect a couple samples of foundation to try as well as a face sunscreen (preferably a natural one that is not tested on animals).  I ended up walking away with two samples of Tarte foundations, a face sunscreen by Drunk Elephant, and I couldn’t help but ask for a sample of the new Kora Organics Noni Glow Face Oil.  I tried the oil for the first time last night and it is amazing.  Not only did it exceed my expectations, but I noticed a difference in my skin this morning (and that was after only one application).

I also want to attest to how generous Sephora is with letting customers have free samples of products!  It is the worst thing to either have a bad reaction to a product or simply have it not work out, and waste both money and the product.  With sensitive skin, I almost always ask for a sample of makeup before I purchase it.  My one exception is Kora Organics.  Every single Kora product I have used has felt lovely on my skin and worked beautifully (which is why Kora Organics appears on GGS so much).  In this case, I couldn’t wait anymore to try their new Noni Glow Face Oil.  My sample should tide me over until I purchase the full size!

Thanks so much for stopping by GGS today,

Carly xx

Self-love and Following Your Dreams

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❤ A dreamy photo of Paris by Paris in Four Months, before beginning a novel of a post

I have been thinking about this all day, and here it goes:

I didn’t know what I wanted this blog to be when I created it.  All I knew was that I wanted a platform to fill with inspiration.  What Graceful Glass Slipper could be or grow into was something that I felt extremely frustrated with for nearly two years.  I remember dancing around my house the day I bought my url, celebrating something even though I had no idea what could possibly become of it.  Graceful Glass Slipper is a work in progress, but I finally know what direction it is going in.

This is something I have mentioned before but I want to to explain it once more.  I am a fashion design major (my sophomore year begins this September), so why is my blog becoming more and more beauty and wellness focused?

When I was fifteen, I read Treasure Yourself.  It changed my life because it introduced ideas to me that have altered the way I think and feel about life.  I will forever be grateful for the impact Treasure Yourself  had on me, and no matter what, I am able to go back to it for guidance.  It has led me to read more books that carry similar principles, ones that go even more in depth with certain ideas.

In grade school, we learn how to add and subtract and memorize vocabulary words.  Each of these things are important, but I think we also need to be taught how to take care of ourselves.  I can’t help but wonder why, in the midst of all that we learn in school as young children, we are not taught how to love ourselves and truly understand the thousands of thoughts that go through our minds each day.

Treasure Yourself taught me how I can choose to love and accept myself; and each time I take time out of my day to go for a walk or practice affirmations, I feel inspired to work on other areas of my life …. like following my dream to become a fashion designer.  Learning how to choose organic products for my skin or being mindful of what I am eating are seemingly small things that inspire me to keep going forward and move through the obstacles in my life.  The more I learn about my own body and soul, the more I feel like I have the tools I need to live each day to the fullest.  And I use the word tools very loosely, because in this moment, we all have everything we need to be happy.  Happiness isn’t expensive or something that we can only have if we have something else first.  Happiness is a feeling we create within ourselves through our own thoughts and actions.

I used to shy away from sharing things like this, which is similar to what I would write in my journal.  Writing openly and honestly like this has made me realize that I want Graceful Glass Slipper to be that place.  I want readers to leave Graceful Glass Slipper feeling inspired to love and take care of themselves so that they have the confidence to follow their dreams.

Remember to love your beautiful self,

Carly xx