vineri, 8 decembrie 2017

HOW TO BUY CHRISTMAS GIFTS

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This is how I'm going to act this Christmas: by taking notes, being careful and planning!
Here are some tips if you struggle every year to buy a Christmas present.

1. TAKE NOTES. TALK, THINK & WANT
I have learned that people are really happy if they receive something they truly want. And let's be honest...how many times have you received something that you didn't want to receive? 
Good, now that you have admitted it, here is what you have to do: talk with your family, your friends, your girlfriend or boyfriend and see what are their needs. What they want but maybe they can't afford, for some reason. Open the Notes app on your phone and create a list: OK so...my mom wants this scarf and this jacket and this...maybe I can manage to buy the jacket for her.

2. PLAN A BUDGET
Planning is a good option when you don't have the possibility of spending or splurging too much money on Christmas gifts. 
Do a little budget plan: try to divide the people you are going to buy the gifts and then separate your money for each person. Also, try to make a fair split and also maybe you can save some bits for you. 

3. SAVE MONEY FOR YOURSELF
You deserve a little Christmas treat. 
From...you to...you? Yeah, you! If you want, save some little money for yourself. Go and buy that scarf you saw in Zara. It's nothing wrong here. 💁

4. WRAP IT UP!
Many stores can offer free wrapping this season so this is a good opportunity to save money. 
Though, if you want to do some DIY wrapping then buy some wrapping paper (there are some cute and inexpensive ones in stores such as Lidl/Aldi - or in bookstores, at the office supplies sections). Then, arm yourself with scotch and glue, scissors and start wrapping! 
The joy of destroying those papers in the Christmas morning...💖

5. IS COOL TO RECEIVE, BUT IT'S AMAZING TO GIVE
I don't know about you, but I do really enjoy all this Christmas-gifts-hunting. 
It means being careful to details, knowing some facts about the ones you really care and so on. 
I personally love to give presents more than to receive. I feel happy when they have those faces: Ah, you got me a present, I didn't expect that. I have to admit though that sometimes I expect to receive gifts but then I realize that I made a gift to the people that matter to me and my thoughts about receiving something are gone.

6. AND THE FINAL STEP...HAVE A MERRY, WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS!
With your family and your closest friends!

17 days until Christmas 🎅🎄
xoxo, Maria 

joi, 23 noiembrie 2017

GET TO KNOW: CONTACT LENSES


you may know or You may not know a curious fact about me: I'm half blind (I have myopia) and I need to wear glasses and contact lenses. I had to wear glasses since I was in the 5th grade because I used to stand on the first desk and I couldn't see anything that was written on the board. The first person who discovered the fact that I have myopia was my maths teacher. She noticed that I had a strange face when I tried to copy something from the board and told my mom. I didn't want to wear glasses at that time because I thought that they would make me look ugly (which I still believe) and I didn't want my mom to find out.

Well, because of this stupid thought, my vision became worse because I didn't wear the glasses properly. I used to tell my mom Oh sorry, I forgot my glasses today, oopsie daisy mommy, shit happens and so on until I reached my -2.00 dioptries and now I can't see a damn thing if I am not wearing any glasses or contact lenses.

I made the first statement glasses (the one pair that I always needed to wear) about five years ago and since 2014 I wear contact lenses. There are a lot of reasons why I chose to wear contacts over glasses. First of all, you can wear sunglasses. Then, the condense that happens in winter (you know those lovely moments when your glasses start to steam because the weather is cold but when you go in a warm place the hell begins). Because when it starts raining, you have a shit ton of raindrops on your lenses and this drives me crazy, I swear...and because - again - I feel ugly with my glasses on. 

Getting over this, contact lenses are a great solution for everyone who's in need for glasses. Even though this is an expensive option (because sure they fucking are) and they need some extra care, they are a good option, especially if you have big dioptries. Of course (and this is my personal opinion) the best thing you can do if you have big dioptries is the surgery - a thing I want to do but I'm a little bit scared of - but, meanwhile, I have to stick with these babies.

I thought that making a post about life with contact lenses would be both fun and helpful. Fun for me, because I get to share my experiences with you and helpful for you if you are going to opt (in a near future) for contact lenses. So, here you have a kind of a guide on how I manage to wear my contacts, my experiences with them and if they are worth the money or not.
If you have ever experienced life with contact lenses, please, let me know! I'm really curious to see other people's opinion about contact lenses.

Without any further ado, let's get to the point(s).

1. THERE ARE A LOT OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF CONTACT LENSES
Starting from different brands and finishing with different formulas or types. Usually, contact lenses are made for unique usage, 14 days, 3 months or for day and night. Then, there are different brands such as AirOptix, Bausch&Lomb, Acuvue, Profinity, Bioclear or Dailies.

Before wearing contact lenses, you must schedule an appointment and see if the doctor prescribes you or allows you to wear contacts. Then, the doctor may recommend you a specific type of contact lenses.
It is a truth that contact lenses are expensive: they cost around 25$/30EUR/120-180RON, but the prices may vary, depending on the formula and the brand itself.

When I got my first pair of contacts, I had the 1-Day Moist by Acuvue. They are one pair a day contacts and they are handy if you are just an occasional wearer. I wanted to wear contacts for a lot of time, so these were not the best option for my budget. You can get 28 contact lenses, made for 14 days.
I then opted for the Acuvue Oasys, which are contact lenses made for 14 days. You get 6 contact lenses for 14 days each. They last about one month and a half, probably two if you handle them with care. I personally took extra care of them several times and they lasted me about two months. Though, you have to be extra careful when you put them in the eyes because sometimes they may be chipped.
These still affected my budget and they were not the best option for me. Now, I am wearing the AirOptix Aqua contacts, which usually last me about three months. You get 6 contact lenses for one month each and they're at about the same price as the others that I've mentioned.
What I do like the most of these three pairs is that the one I'm using now, the AirOptix Aqua, have a softer and moist formula and they don't dry the eyes as fast as the other ones. I've experienced crying and also sleeping with my contacts on and my eyes didn't feel heavy or dry with these.

Again, before wearing contact lenses, schedule an appointment with the optometrist and let the doctor prescribe you the ones that fit best for you.

2. YOU HAVE TO HANDLE CONTACT LENSES WITH CARE
Contact lenses are very fragile and if you want them to be in a perfect and clean condition you have to be safe with and around them. You need to buy a saline solution for having them moist and watery all the time, so be sure to find out that this is an additional cost to your budget.

Also, you have to keep the contact case clean ALL THE TIME. Also, it is super important to always have your hands clean: I always wash my hands with soap and water before I put the contact lenses in the eyes. Furthermore, you have to be sure that a lense is not broken, chipped or if it has cloths or hairs on it. It can happen, it always happens to me. Yes, it's freaking annoying. Chipped contacts in the eyes feel like someone stabbed you in the eyes with a fork or something very sharp.

If you don't wear contacts too often, try to clean the contact case with a little bit of soap and warm water. Then, rinse it off with some saline solution.
Also, you can sleep with a particular type of contact lenses. I personally don't sleep with them on, mostly because I feel that my eyes need to rest after a long day and I always take them off my eyes.

3. IT TAKES TIME TO GET USED TO THEM
I still remember that I used to spend an entire hour to put on my contacts in the beginning. Now, I just need two minutes (or three additional minutes if I have some technical problems) to put them on and I'm ready to go.

Also, you will have those days when you will feel like someone stabbed you in the eyes. Sometimes, you will feel your eyes really dry. Here comes in handy eye drops. As a little personal experience, my eyes tend to be red and I usually had struggled with irritations because I didn't use eye drops.
When you wear contact lenses, your eyes don't produce as many tears as if you leave them alone so you need some extra tears.
Sometimes, you may feel like you want to go home and take off your contacts because they are so heavy on your eyes or sometimes they can become slippy and they can...dissappear in your eyes?!!? WTF?! It happened to me once. It was one of the worst experience I have ever lived in my life. But, besides these experiences, you will not have to worry that on a rainy day you will have raindrops on your eyes lenses.

4. YOU MAY WANT TO TAKE A BREAK FROM CONTACT LENSES SOMETIMES
And get back to your glasses. I have recently made a new pair of glasses and now I'm wearing glasses and contact lenses alternatively, after two years straight of wearing only contact lenses.
A few days or a week without contact lenses are a good opportunity to give your eyes a break and let them rest for a bit.

It only depends on you what exactly do you want. Even if it's glasses or contact lenses, you have to take care of your vision, one of the most important things you own.
Also, don't be like me. With or without glasses or contact lenses, you are beautiful, just the way you are.

Finally, I hope that this post will be helpful for those who wear glasses like I do! 😎
If you have something more to add, let me know in the comments section.

Thanks for reading!
hugs, Maria 💖

luni, 20 noiembrie 2017

WHAT'S THE BEST DRY SHAMPOO FOR YOU?



Recently I have been loving products that are quick to use and helpful during a full working day. I like to call these kinds of products lifesavers because they are easy, quick alternatives to some routines I can't afford spending much time for when I have a busy day coming along the way.

Dry shampoo is one of these must-have products. It became my best buddy two years ago and since then we're having a beautiful relationship. Ah, crap, I don't have time for washing my hair now...I've got to leave soon. No problemo, amigo, dry shampoo is here to the rescue! Oh, I will be doing a sleepover at my friend's house and tomorrow in the morning my hair will be a total mess. Don't you worry, girl! I have a bottle of dry shampoo in case of...anything.

So, dry shampoo is one of the best inventions ever. Why? 
First, it can save you some days from a proper wash to your hair - and is a really good break, especially if you struggle with greasy hair and you have to wash it every day or the day after you washed it.
Then, it can add volume to your hair, meaning that it brings it back to life. Sometimes, the hair can look dull, but hey, there are a lot of types of dry shampoo - for volume, with hairspray, for brunettes and blondes, for covering up those little white little hairs that come with the age...and so on.

Also, there's a little big problem - there are hips of dry shampoo on the market, starting from those from the drugstore and going to the expensive ones and then to the ones that are used in salons. 
So, what do? 💬

Well, I may have the right thing for you. Nope, it's not my recommendation, although, if you want to know, it's the Batiste Dry Shampoo.  It is what it has to be. Affordable, easy to find and really good. 
I have a separate post about the Batiste dry shampoo only, so if you want to read it, here it is.

What I do have prepared for you is this cool research from REVIEWS.COM that it shows you who's the boss. I mean, what dry shampoo from the market is the best of all. 
It happened that the Klorane Dry Shampoo is the best. Weird though, because a long time ago I ran into a pharmacy and the lady from there told me that I should try it. I will, one day, but it is a bit expensive. Well, not that expensive but it's around 10$ or something and for now, my money is not for a splurge on a bottle of dry shampoo.

So, if you don't know what dry shampoo is good for you and you want to do some research before buying something, take it from here. Also, they do have some other interesting reviews on other domains such as finances or IT and gadgets. 

Nowadays, people spend some time researching their choices and needs and the kind of product they want and they search for a product everywhere on the Internet: How much does it cost? Where can I find it? It will last me for a long time? and so on. I personally believe that going to the right source of research and review can help you a lot if you don't know what to buy for your needs. 



Anyhow, I hope that you will find this post helpful and let me know if you've ever searched something on Google before buying it!
until next time, hugs, 
Maria 💖