Are you making a leap year proposal? And do you know why a leap year gives you the opportunity to propose to the object of your affections? And – more to the point – how do you feel about the … Continued
If you have the great good fortune to have family and, more to the point, family that you love and enjoy being around, the above quote will resonate. Aside from its central message, what I like about it is that it bears relation to the Danish concept of hygge – something that means much more than candles and cashmere socks! In the month of Valentine’s Day, it feels good to have a reminder that love is more than your partner – if you have one. Love is family and friends too.
It’s the best thing isn’t it? Receiving a gift that’s so beautifully wrapped that you can hardly bear to open it and destroy the perfectly presented package. And for the gift giver – the anticipation as they watch you open their gift – perhaps with some apprehension? Will you like it as much as you hope they will One thing is for sure – the gift wrapping is almost as important as the gift itself.
There’s an art to great gift wrapping that’s for sure. And a history too. It won’t surprise you one bit to learn that the art of gift wrapping is centuries old. As this article from Bustle.Com, entitled Why do we wrap gifts – a brief history of wrapping paper, points out, gift wrapping has its roots in Asia. There the earliest pieces of wrapping paper date back to 2nd Century BC, China. It would seem that, in the Southern Song dynasty (960-1279) government officials received gifts of money in envelopes called chih poh. Chih poh comprised hemp, bamboo fibres and rice straws.
What is it and do you need to do it?
Double cleansing is exactly as it sounds. It’s cleansing twice, one after the other, with different types of cleansers. According to this blog on the subject of double-cleansing from Paula’s Choice, the technique first became popular in South Korea and Japan before catching on in Europe and North America. Now I’d forgive you for thinking that it all sounds rather like a ploy to get you to buy more products. But no, there is sound reasoning behind it – for some skin types. It’s not for everyone though. As Paula’s Choice says: ‘Its usefulness depends on your skin type and the type of makeup you wear.’
Earlier this month, 13-17thof September, saw designers and models strutting their stuff on the catwalks of London Fashion week. Apropos of nothing other than a warm memory, a few years back the fashion atelier Soropol, used our Pink&Green cleansing oil in their goodie bags. And we received two free tickets to the London catwalk event which was lots of fun!
Using clay as part of your skincare routine:
Cleopatra, born circa 69 B.C, a queen of Egypt famed for her supposed intellect and beauty – not to mention a somewhat salacious love life.
As a queen, and thus a person of prominence, she may or may not have had feet of clay. But, as her beauty secrets were well-documented, we know that she used clay face masks as part of her beauty regime.