Inspiration

R Is For Read

R is for Read | Moments With Millie

R is for Read | Moments With Millie

Working Girl | Moments With Millie

I was such a bookworm as a child. However that changed when I went to college. Between attending classes, working numerous jobs and my social life- I had very little time (and/or energy) to read for pleasure. Last year, I decided to get back into reading. Although I managed to complete just a few books, I was happy to be doing something that feeds my mind and soul. Here are some of my current favorite books. What are you must reads?

The Five Love Languages- Gary Chapman

This book was such an easy read. I learned so much about the mindful expression of love. I also learned about the importance of expressing love in my spouse’s love language. The information contained in this book is invaluable.  I love how applicable it is to just about every relationship.

What I Know For Sure- Oprah Winfrey

I am such an Oprah Winfrey fan. I could go on and on about her but I will spare you. This book was another easy read which was perfect for those long, stressful days. It is filled with little gems of wisdom from the her life experiences. I think it makes a great gift or coffee table decor piece.

The Alchemist- Paulo Coelho

I heard many positive things about this book so I decided to finally give it a try. I am so happy I did. The author is such an excellent story teller. His vivid descriptions made me see myself in the protagonist. The story is a great reminder to follow our hearts, pay attention to signs given to us on life’s journey and to pursue our dreams.

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings- Maya Angelou

I originally read this book in middle school. It is Maya Angelou’s autobiography. I was originally drawn to the book because of the author. However, the title further drew me in. It is one of my favorite books. I love it so much that I re-read it very so often.

 

 

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Beauty, Travel Diary

My In-Flight Skincare Essentials

Good skincare habits don’t stop because you are on vacation. To be honest, I find that I have to work extra hard to keep my skin clear while I am away. We all know what the dry, recycled airplane air can do to our skin. To make matters worse, I tend to break all of the skin care rules while vacationing. I eat terribly, stress out, don’t sleep, forget sunscreen, etc.

I have really been enjoying Caudalie products since trying out their micellar water. You can read my thoughts about it here. I noticed that Sephora has a Favorites Set and thought I would give it a try since I was going on a few trips and all of the products were travel friendly. I must say, this kit is now an essential in my travel bag. Below are my in-flight skin care essentials/routine for long flights.

  1. Wash hands. If not possible, I use hand sanitizer.
  2. Remove contacts.
  3. Brush teeth.
  4. Use Micellar Water all over face to remove makeup and grime.
  5. Return to seat and place sheet mask. Remove after 10-15 minutes. Rub in access product to face and neck.
  6. Spray face with Beauty Elixir. Warning- this product has a strong perfume scent.
  7. Apply Moisturizing Sorbet.
  8. Apply eye cream.
  9. Apply Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil.
  10. Apply hand lotion and drink water.My In-Flight Skincare Essentials | Moments With Millie

My In-Flight Skincare Essentials | Moments With Millie

By this time, my seat mates are completely perplexed or annoyed. Either way, I try to smile as much as possible to help alleviate any inconveniences. Initially, I felt a little ridiculous following all of these steps however I don’t think I will stop anytime soon. I find that this routine hel

ps me to relax while combating the airplane’s dry/germy air. When we are nearing the end of the flight, I return to the bathroom to put in contacts, check my appearance, spray perfume, and reapply lip gloss.

My In-Flight Skincare Essentials | Moments With Millie

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Rapid Review: Michael Todd Beauty Soniclear Cleansing Brush

Rapid Review: Michael Todd Beauty Soniclear | Moments With Millie

Rapid Review: Michael Todd Beauty Soniclear | Moments With Millie

I am back with another Rapid Review. I hope you enjoy this format for reviewing products. This time I am reviewing the Michael Todd Beauty Soniclear Cleansing Brush. There are many different face cleaning brushes on the market ( from manual to battery operated). With so many available options, it can be a little difficult to make an informed decision. Below are my thoughts on the Michael Todd brush. I hope this helps.

  1. Price– I purchased the Soniclear Petite Deluxe from Hautelook for $50. It currently sells for $99 on the Michael Todd site. The set comes with a travel case, a cleansing milk, the brush, a drying cradle, a brush head and a charger.
  2. Use(s)– Deeply cleanses pores while exfoliating the skin.
  3. Product Claims (from Michael Todd site)–  Power Control Handle. Produces up to 300 sonic movements per second for 6x better cleansing than with hands alone.
    Antimicrobial Daily Cleanse Brush. Gentle, effective daily cleansing brush. Brush bristles are sized and uniquely rounded at the tip for gentle, effective daily cleansing. Antimicrobial for stain and odor causing bacteria protection.
    Multiple Speeds. 3 sonic speeds for a customizable cleansing experience for your specific skin type and skin concerns.
    Cleansing Timer. Built in automatic timer beeps to remind you to move to next cleansing area.
    Cordless and Rechargeable. Provides up to 2+ Hours of continuous use on a single charge.
    Waterproof. Fully waterproof for use in the shower and bath.
    Drying Stand. Upright cradle for drying and charging
    Antimicrobial Product Protection for Brush. Safe, effective and long lasting LIFE Antimicrobial Product Protection is built into the brush head to protect against stain and odor causing bacteria so brushes stay cleaner, fresher for longer. Won’t wash out or wear off for the life of the brush.
    Warranty. The Soniclear Petite has an industry leading 3 year limited warranty against defects
  4. My Thoughts– I really like this brush. I initially wanted the Clarisonic however I decided to purchase the Soniclear when I learned how hygienic it is. The brush heads are anti-microbial. This is a double bonus because it means that I don’t have to constantly purchase replacement heads. I like how portable the brush is (great for traveling). Lastly, I love that it deep cleans my skin without stripping it.

Do you use a facial cleansing brush? If so, what do you think about them? Feel free to review my previous Rapid Review posts here and here.

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Beauty, Health

How I Clean My Makeup Brushes

How I Clean My Makeup Brushes | Makeup with Millie

How I Clean My Makeup Brushes | Moments With Millie

I once cleaned my makeup brushes with antibacterial dish soap and olive oil. I thought I had all of my bases covered. The antibacterial agent would sanitize the brushes (and help keep breakouts at bay) while the olive oil would help preserve the bristles.  Although I have continued to use olive oil for its conditioning properties, I no longer use dish soap for multiple reasons. Firstly, the FDA has recently banned the sale of certain antibacterial chemicals due to lack of proof that they were safe for use over the long term. Secondly, it has not been proven to be more effective than using ordinary soap and water. Lastly, I have been seeking more natural health and beauty alternatives.

I’ve always had an interest in Dr. Bronner products however I was a little intimidated by them.  I decided to try out a few travel size products since they were on sale at Target. Since they are said to be very versatile I figured I could always find a use for them. I really enjoyed the unscented version  as a body wash however I did not feel the same about the citrus one. It has citrus oils- which is great for waking up in the morning however not so great for certain parts of the body. If you get my drift.

Determined to make it work, I decided to use the citrus version to clean my makeup brushes. Coupled with the olive oil and a silicone brush cleaning mat, I have found my new process. My brushes are not only clean but they smell great as well. How do you clean your makeup brushes?

 

How I Clean My Makeup Brushes | Moments With Millie

How I Clean My Makeup Brushes | Moments With Millie

 

How I Clean My Makeup Brushes | Moments With Millie

 

 

 

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Style Files

Four Fs of Fashion

Fall is almost here (Yay!). And like many of you,I like to purchase a few pieces to help usher the new season. However, before updating my wardrobe with my new fab finds, I try to make a point to clear my closet of the items that I no longer need. It helps to ensure I am not hoarding clothes and makes me feel better about purchasing new items.

Whether I am purging old clothes or adding new ones, I try to be selective about the items that live in my closet. Each piece has to pass a screening process in order to stay. I know that seems a little dramatic but it is really simple. I just evaluate the following:

Fit – Fit is probably the most thing that I consider when I evaluate a piece of clothing. I truly believe that the key to always looking put together is wearing clothes that fit you well. It does not matter how trendy the garment is; if it does not fit well then I don’t keep it.

Function- Evaluating how the garment functions in your wardrobe is key in keeping out the clutter. Ask yourself how the item functions in your closet. Do you really need multiple ball gowns? Will you ever wear those shoes? How does that shirt fit into your current personal style?

Flexibility- If I can’t think of three ways of styling an article of clothing then I don’t keep it. That is the general rule of thumb that I go by. There are some exceptions to the rule however I find that this helps me to get the most out of my wardrobe. It also helps to cut down on the clutter.

Fabulous- Lastly, I try to only buy/keep items that I love. I can’t tell you how much money I have wasted on items that ended up collecting dust in my closet. And when I did wear some of them, I did not have the excitement everyone should have about their clothing. Lesson learned- never buy an item just because it was on sale or trending.

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My Closet Organization Tips

My Closet Organization Tips | Moments With Millie

My Closet Organization Tips | Moments With Millie

You may not know this about me but I am a little bit of a neat freak. And the Virgo in me just love to organize. Since sharing is caring, I thought I would share my closet organization tips. What are some of your tips for an organized closet?

  1. Color coordination. I do not know how I functioned before I color coordinated my closet. Since making the change I always know where to find each article of clothing. I also organized my garments by length. For example, my white tops are arranged by short to long sleeves.
  2. Slim hangers. I love slim hangers! I know that replacing hangers can be expensive but I think this is totally worth the investment. The Joy Mangano hangers are a bit pricey however  you can find more affordable alternatives at Costco or Marshalls. Here are some of the benefits of using these hangers:
    • Space savers- They doubled my closet space.
    • Slip Resistant- The velvet material prevents your clothing from slipping.
    • Visually appealing- I think these hangers give my closet a boutique feel. I love that they are available in many colors.
  3. Creative storage solutions. I am not a fan of many of the traditional closet organization tools. I find items such as over the door shoe racks and scarf/belt hangers to be bulky and visually unappealing. Instead, I try to use creative storage solutions. For example, I found a beautiful black lacquer box at Ross. I wasn’t sure how I would use the box but I knew I had to have it. The box turned out to be perfect for my sunglasses.
  4. Utilize vertical space. I had a hard time finding solutions for my scarves, hats, and belts. One day I walked into Big Lots and found lined baskets for $4 each. It was a major score! I now use the baskets to store my accessories. The baskets are placed on one of the shelves in my closet.
  5. Hide the clutter. I hate clutter. However I love handbags of all shapes and sizes. In keeping with utilizing the vertical space in my closet I store my small bags, clutches, and wallets in fabric storage cubes. My larger bags are on display on my closet shelf. This helps me to appreciate some of my bags without having to see all of them.
  6.  One in, one out. I follow the one in, one out rule. Although I have a pretty decent sized closet, I know that space is finite. This rule prevents me from hoarding clothing. It is a hard rule to follow however it really works.

 

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Palm Breeze

Palm Breeze | Moments With Millie

Palm Breeze | Moments With Millie

Palm Breeze | Moments With Millie

Palm Breeze | Moments With Millie

The floral trend took on a tropical twist for the summer. And I must say that I am here for it! I loved the way Kristine (of TrendyCurvy) styled this top in one of her posts. Although I liked it, I didn’t have any thoughts of making a purchase. That changed when I found it on sale during a rare visit to Old Navy. And since I am enjoying the trend so much I thought I would try my hand at styling a tropical piece. As an alternative approach to Kristine’s I decided to keep things really simple by pairing the top with some basics from my closet.

I apologize for the awkward poses.  It’s been a while since I’ve done a fashion post. That should be changing soon. 🙂  You may also be able to tell that there was a slight breeze on the day that I took these pictures. I didn’t mind though. It added to the ambiance. I just pretended as if I was shooting on a tropical island. Lol! What are some of your favorite summer ’17 trends?

 

Outfit details:

Top- Old Navy

JeansASOS

Sandals- Tahari

Bag– Kenya

Tan– Summer Swim Lessons (more on that later)

 

 

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