September 12, 2016

Guest Post: Beauty Habits of Millennial Women

Beauty Habits of Millennial Women

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Millennials are a generation that leads a significantly different lifestyle than the previous ones (i.e. Generation X and Baby-boomers). They have less money on their hands, with lower rates of employment and a smaller average income. This is partially a reason why millennials are not in a hurry to get married or find a place of their own.
Even though their financial state isn’t something to brag about, self-care and wellness are on the top of the list when it comes to spending money. The technology and internet were their main shaping factors and they continue to notably influence their lives, especially in the domain of self-image and body-confidence. Did you know that 55% of the millennials shared their selfie on social media at least once? This has become a way of reaffirming attractiveness and measuring self-value through the number of likes.

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Millennials want to look and feel good. It’s true that they tend to spend more money on experiences than on consumer goods, but when it comes to buying beauty products – they want both. Here are the main millennials’ beauty and skincare habits.

Millennial customer: hyper-informed and suspicious

When it comes to buying beauty products, millennials search for a good ratio between price and quality. They do their own online research to compare the prices and see what’s new on the market, and they specifically rely on the reviews, social media, and their friend’s recommendations.  According to studies, 75% of the millennials purchase their beauty products based on the information collected this way! Also, they tend to be very skeptical about the true effects of beauty products and their listed ingredients.

The DIY-mindset

Millennials simply love to experiment with mixing different beauty products in order to come up with something new that will suit them perfectly (e.g. the old trick of mixing foundation with a moisturizer for a light, evened out coverage). They will also try using home remedies for pure organic pampering at home.

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A big YES to natural ingredients

Millennials are health-aware, so they usually opt for chemical-free formulas. They often pick different types of products from different beauty product brands. For example, they can use the Body Oil lavender from Thesis Organic lines, or a Face Cleanser from Meow Meow Tweet. To kill two birds with one stone, millennials usually choose makeup that provides them with coverage, but also contains natural ingredients that nourish their skin. A big YES to natural ingredients.jpg

They love to keep up with the trends but also stick with their proven routines. Research has shown that 68% of millennials stay loyal to some of the tested and reputable brands that address their needs, such as the popular Clarins, with its wide range of high-quality makeup products. Take Clarins’ True Radiance Foundation SPF15 as an example of a typical millennial beauty product of choice: it contains SPF, it’s lightly structured, easy to apply, and enriched with natural ingredients such as salicornia and moringa.

Wrinkles? Big deal!

Millennials aren’t self-conscious about wrinkles, but they do use SPF and anti-age products, no matter how old they are. They are aware that the concept of looking young goes beyond the lines and dents on the face. By nurturing their free spirit and the philosophy of living in the moment - their fresh, young energy comes from within.
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These beauty routines are deeply rooted in millennials’ lifestyles. One thing’s for sure: millennials are responsible when it comes to self-care and demand an engaging customer experience when purchasing beauty products. Older generations sure can learn a thing or two from them.

Author BIO:

Sophia Smith is an Australian based fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger. She is very passionate about yoga, organic skincare and living well. Sophia writes mostly in beauty and fashion related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She is a regular contributor at High Style Life.

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May 31, 2016

Project Happiness: June // Creativity

I’m still working on my Project Happiness and this month is focusing on creative goals. School ends in the middle of June which gives me a good chunk of time to focus on other side projects and hobbies that I might not have time for during the school year. April went so well while I was working on my career related goals, so I’m excited to see how this month turns out. Before we get into the newest goals I decided to take a look at my progress from April;

May 19, 2016

#OOTW: What I Wore to Work This Week

When I started teaching I swore on my life that I would wear heels every single day. After about 6 months of full time teaching I ditched my heels and bought some really comfy, but also stylish, flats. I try to mix up my outfits and create interesting looks, while also staying comfortable at work. I'm walking around a LOT - so having something I can move in is a must, but I'm also a fashion snob, so I need to be the best dressed out there. 

I decided to snap some photos of what I wear during the week in hopes of creating some inspiration for the newly graduated or new teachers out there! 

Monday: I dressed in a ton of brown tones this day - the shift dress wasn't too tight, but didn't have sleeves so I paired it with one of my favorite cardigans from Charlotte Russe. The dress is from my GG-Little and I absolutely love it. The statement necklace gave it a small pop of burgundy color, and the boots are a staple in my closet. I've worn them so much that they have holes in the heels. 

May 4, 2016

What I've Learned Through Teaching Special Education For a Month

If you aren’t familiar with the type of children that I teach, they’re in a class called “EC Reading Resource”, which translates to not quite inclusion, but not severely handicapped either. They’re the kids who need love, support, and those extra small classes to help them succeed. Their ‘least restrictive environment’ is out of the regular-ed classroom, and in a separate setting with less students and a specially trained SPED teacher.

When I took this position people responded with wide eyes and silent mouths. Their congratulatory statements were sprinkled with doubt… well, not doubt, but sympathy. I could tell they felt for me. I’ve said this in previous posts, I hated those reactions. When I accepted this Special Education position I was overflowing with joy and excitement. I love working with the kids who need special attention. In a regular education classroom I don’t get the opportunity to reach the struggling students because I have 25+ other bodies to attend to, while also juggling PLC meetings, parent-teacher conferences, AIG material, professional development, etc etc.

© Peace & Blessings
Maira Gall