Monday, September 29, 2014

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future Powered by Ceramide Caplet Serum {Review}

*** Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this product, courtesy of Influenster & Elizabeth Arden
for review/use in conjunction with this blog post. All opinions are my own.

Hello, my pretties!

Before I start this particular blog post, I would like to point out my absolute obsession with The Wizard of Oz &  Wicked.  Since I have been playing around with different greetings, I thought this would be appropriate for every time I greet you here on the blog. Plus, calling you "beauties" or "dolls" is kind of played out. Don't you think? ☺ Anyway...

In this particular post, I'll be talking about the Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future Powered by Ceramide Caplet Serum (Yeah, I know. It's a mouthful!). I brought this product with me during our Sin City visit about a month ago to test out and I wanted to give you guys a full review of it. So, buckle up & get ready to read on!

Company claims, "First signs of aging? Keep calm. Reclaim your flawless skin. This unique liquid serum with caplet mini-beads activates when dispensed, providing a refreshing burst that initially clings to skin then dries to a smooth weightless finish. Use to help reinforce skin's essential moisture barrier, even skin tone, retexturize, and reduce the appearance of early signs of wrinkles. Rejuvenates the look of tired skin for a more energized complexion."

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Gorgeous Cosmetics Luxury Faux Lashes Giveaway!

*** Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by Gorgeous Cosmetics.
All opinions mentioned in this post are my own.

Hi, my pretties!
I'm very excited to announce this giveaway because last month I received a Gorgeous Cosmetics care package directly from the company & I've been playing with their products a lot  lately. I have posted a couple of images on my Instagram using some of their lashes & I can't even begin to tell you how pleased  I am with them! ☺

Daytime & Nighttime looks from our trip to Las Vegas back in August.
I used Gorgeous Cosmetics False Lashes in Glamazon

Recreation of RuPaul's Makeup directly from Mama Ru's Twitter account profile picture!
I used Gorgeous Cosmetics False Lashes in Angelique and Lipstick in Quinn.

I also used Gorgeous Cosmetics False Lashes in Jane,  but I'm reserving that picture for the blog post (coming soon!) where I will actually talk about Gorgeous Cosmetics in full depth and what I think about the products they sent me.

But, guess what? It's my birthday month & I'm feeling festive! So, I've decided to spread the love by giving away a couple of Gorgeous Cosmetics Luxury Faux Lashes (a k.a. Madam Lash False Lashes)!!! All you have to do is follow all the steps in the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win this awesome prize.

I really appreciate everyone's love & support with my blog & social media and I want to reciprocate all the love you give me... *gives virtual hug*


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Monday, September 22, 2014

Valentia Ever Glow Serum 20% Vitamin C Antioxidant Treatment {Review}

***Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this product, courtesy of Valentia
for review/use in conjunction with this blog post. All opinions are my own.
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As much as I love makeup, I love skincare. It's super important to always maintain your skin in the best possible shape. Because of this, I am constantly testing new products. Just this past week, I was sent Valentia Even Glow Serum to try out and give my thoughts on. If you have seen this product and are interested in trying it out, maybe my thoughts on it will help you make an educated decision. So, just keep on reading...

Company claims, " Our Even Glow Serum will repair, refresh, and renew your skin; restoring evenness to your complexion, giving you an extra boost of confidence each time you look in the mirror. Even Glow Serum evens skin tone, increases glow and radiance, absorbs rapidly, boosts collagen production, and reduces wrinkles & fine lines."


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Top 10 Gym Things

***Disclaimer:  These blog posts are merely to showcase what helps me stay on track with my personal  fitness journey.
I am not a nutritionist, a personal trainer, a fitness specialist or a physician. For any advice, consult with an expert.
Thank you.

Well, I have seen people at the gym (mainly bodybuilders and the like) carrying around duffel bags (yes, plural). And they are not the small portable kind either. They are huge!  The must carry their entire closet & a litter of puppies in there...I can kind of understand to take a few things that go above & beyond than just the basics to help your workout be a little more effective; however, there is no need to carry a full-blown suitcase to the gym. We go to the gym to make our minds and bodies feel and look good, both inside and out. So, I decided to share with you the Top 10 Things I Bring With Me To The Gym that help ease me into my fitness sessions and make them a little more fun and comfortable. Enjoy!

1. Gym Membership Card -  This goes without saying, but I thought I'd note it. I'm notorious for forgetting stuff, so I thought I'd add it here for all of you fellow scatter-brained beauties. Unless, of course, you go to one of those fancy gyms that require your fingerprint instead. In that case, you won't need the membership card & I'm pretty sure you won't forget your fingers on regular basis. Just sayin'...

2. Water - Drinking water & remaining hydrated is essential  while working out. Did you know that only losing 2% of your body weight in fluid can decrease your performance by up to 25%?! Yup, ladies. Staying hydrated is super  important. There's plenty of debate on whether water should be cold or room-temperature. The tests have been marginal by comparison, so I won't even go there...Water helps lubricate your body when you work out because it's the main component in many of the chemical reactions that happen inside, plus your heart won't have to work as hard to pump blood and its easier to transport oxygen an nutrients to your muscles during exercise. So, if you get thirsty, drink up me hearties!

3. Towel(s) - I normally just bring a small towel with me to wipe my sweat and/or put on the machines or the floor whenever I work out. It's also common courtesy to wipe the machines after using them, so I'll use the other side of my towel to wipe them down (the side that isn't touching your face, of course). It doesn't have to be fancy, it doesn't have to a certain just has to do the job. You're gonna sweat anyway. That's what you're there for! ☺

4. Sport Bra - Make sure it's a good sport bra. I can't emphasize the word good  enough! You need full back and boob support. I don't care what size your tatas are, they must be reinforced so gravity doesn't mess up their shape. I recently did a full review on the Victoria's Secret "Incredible" Sport Bra, which is my sport bra of choice. I recently bought a 2nd one & planning on buying a 3rd one. They are that  good & they provide all the support I need. I promise you will fall in love with them, if you buy one.

5. Tennis Shoes - A comfortable sneaker is crucial for working out. I currently own a pair of Asics that are on their last leg (perfect excuse to go shopping!). You will need shoes that provide full support, are flexible, are very light, and provide wonderful shock absorption. The brand doesn't matter as much as how your foot feels inside while you exercise. If they are cute & in your favorite color, well...that's always a plus!

6. Music & Earphones - If you have a gym buddy, you may skip on music since you'll be talking to someone. On the days I work with my trainer, I don't put them on until I am doing my cardio afterwards. But on the regular, I go to the gym alone and don't socialize, so music is a must  for me. It's a good kind of distraction because it helps me forget how tired I am getting. I also work harder and get maximum effect while listening to fun music. Also, a good beat helps me keep the pace, especially while on the treadmill. Plus, it elevates my mood and makes me want to move. So, thank you Iggy Azalea for helping me reach my cardio goals with "Black Widow".

7. Lip Balm - There's no real scientific basis behind this one. Simply put - my lips chap very easily and, if I'm dehydrated, they get worse quickly. So, I keep lip balm handy to assist with this discomfort. Lately, I have been using Softlips Cube 5-in-1 Lip Care and I'm pretty happy with it because it takes care of business without adding any shine to my lips.

8. Mints - I really dislike the taste of bottled water. All I taste is the plastic. So, I make it a point to have mints with me to help with that. Not only do the mints disguise the water flavor, but also help my water feel colder and quench my thirst a lot easier.

9. Lifting Gloves - Another thing I have to replace, now that I think about it. Anyway...I know a lot of people are not into wearing them but I am. They give better grip, prevent calluses and blisters (who wants those!), relieve pressure while lifting, and provide wrist support. If it helps me with my workout, why not?

10. Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer - Gyms are infested  with bacteria, fungus & all kinds of gross things I rather not mention (or know they exist). Because of that, it's important to carry hand sanitizer with you at all times! You don't want to catch something. Ew!

I carry all of these things (except my attire and water bottle) in a small makeup bag similar to this one. I found it at Target and it fits everything I need to bring with me, so I am hands-free and can concentrate on my workouts rather than all the crap I have to carry.

I hope you found this blog post helpful. Until next time...

Monday, September 15, 2014

Selfie Tag!

1. What is your best physical feature?
I have the most perfect ears! LOL just kidding...I have no idea. You guys answer this one for me ☺

2. If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go & why?
I would love to visit Japan, Spain and Mexico in its entirety. I want to learn all about my roots and where my ancestors were from and grew up. I feel it's always good to know where you come from to know where you are going...

3. What do you need to do to feel better when you're sick?
Sleep and soup. I get very little sleep + I'm a natural insomniac. So when I get sick, I really  need to recharge and go back to basics.

4. What one piece of advice would you give to the youth of America & why?
Be yourself. Work hard. Be honest. Never give up. Be more worried about chasing your dreams than chasing love. Take care of yourself first and true love will fall on your lap without a doubt. ♥

5. What animal do you think you were in your past life?
I think I was a panda or a cat. Mainly, because of their behavioral tendencies. I'm kind of a loner too, in some sense.

6. If you could travel back in time, what would you change?
I would change the way I handled my life before. I was more worried about partying and having fun than actually building a future I could be proud of. Now, I am in my 30s trying to do what I should've in my 20s. I still had lots of fun, so I have no regrets. I just wish I had been smarter then.

7. What do you do for fun on the weekends?
I usually spend it with my family. We always try to have a small adventure or do something fun with our boys.

8. What's your biggest workplace pet peeve?
Favoritism. Work should be rewarded by the quality of your work, not who's liked best by the boss on a personal level.

9. I wouldn't be caught dead without _____?
My family! Oh & my cellphone.

10. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
The ability to be in several places at once so I could do it all!

Selfie  premiers Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 8 pm PST on ABC, so make sure to watch this funny show! It's loosely based on the movie My Fair Lady with Audrey Hepburn.

If you want to see the original video for this tag, just click the 'play' button! They tagged several vloggers, including Miss Maven's YouTube channel. I was watching her video and she tagged anyone watching. I thought it was kind of fun, so I decided to follow suit & do the tag. So, to pay it forward, I tag ALL of you who read this blog post!  (Make sure to leave a comment below if you do this tag, so I can head over to your blog or channel to check out your answers ☺).

Get a first look at Selfie  on social media by checking out the following links & using the hashtag #SelfieABC

Friday, September 12, 2014

Softlips Cube 5-in-1 Lip Care {Review}

*** Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this product, courtesy of Influenster & Softlips
for review/use in conjunction with this blog post. All opinions are my own.

Ok. I hate  the feeling of lip balm! Lipstick is fine, but lip balm...not so much. It's always something: either they have that horrible chemical smell to them or they feel like you just finished eating fried chicken. Then, I was sent the Softlips Cube 5-in-1 Lip Care and, now, it goes with me everywhere. If you are hesitant about lip balms, then I suggest your continue reading so you can see why I am so in love with this little guy ☺

Company claims, "Hydrates: Formulated with Shea Butter to restore moisture. Replenishes: With antioxidant Vitamins A, C & E. Smoothes: Rich emollients leave lips silky and soft. Protects: With SPF 15 sunscreen. Adds shine: For a perfect radiant finish."

Monday, September 8, 2014

Fun & Romantic Weekend in Las Vegas! {Photo Heavy}

*** Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored blog post.

Hi everyone!

The Summer of 2014 has been an insane  one for us as a family. So, Andres & I decided to spend a fun & romantic weekend in Las Vegas!

We were very excited because last time we were in The Entertainment Capital of the World  was about 4 years ago with friends for New Years 2011. We were also quite apprehensive because this was the 1st time traveling without our boys. We always take them everywhere we go, but we needed some time alone to hang out by ourselves without the pressures of parenting...

We have some major  changes coming to us in the next few weeks, so this trip to The City of Lights  was our way to close and celebrate this chapter of our lives and welcome the new bright future ahead of us! ☺

Join us in this mini adventure in Sin City...Enjoy!

* DAY 1 *

On our way to Las Vegas!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

20 Facts About Me! {Tag}

1✖️ I am the oldest of 3 children. I am also the only female.

2✖️ No matter what hair color I dye my hair, it always turns reddish. I have a lot of red in my hair b/c two of my great grandma's were redheads. 

3✖️ I love to cook and cook A LOT. At least 2 meals a day on most days. But I also HATE to clean the stove everyday! So I deep clean it once a week. 

4✖️ I moved to the U.S. when I was 17. Most people don't believe me b/c I barely have an accent. It only comes out if I get nervous or very angry. 

5✖️ I can't argue in person to save my life. Because my 1st language is Spanish, I have to think about what I say before I say it. So, I'm not quick to respond. When I do, I usually say something unintentionally stupid or disrespectful that I'm later on regretting. I'm only quick-witted with people I feel comfortable with. 

6✖️ I am VERY shy in person. It takes a LOT of me to actually talk to someone. And because I'm shy, I am unintentionally awkward. I'm shy even with people I know sometimes... 

7✖️ Because, let's be honest, I have "Bitch Face" + I'm shy, people think I am a snob. I REALLY am not. I just am too weird  to be one of the cool kids. 

8✖️ I dislike/despise/HATE cantaloupe. The smell, the taste, the texture. EVERYTHING! Oh & I can't stand the color green. 

9✖️ I'm a Libra ♎️ And I am true to my sign in the sense that I HATE confrontation or drama. I rather bottle up my feelings & keep things inside...because that's TOTALLY healthy. #sarcasm 

10✖️ When I was in school, I was a very good student. But I was also always in trouble. I practically lived at the principal's office who, by the way, was a scary nun because I attended a Catholic co-ed elementary school.

11✖️ I have NO idea what the name of my favorite cartoon growing up was. It was a #Japanese anime about a little girl who traveled with her mom as part of a circus, her mom dies, the girl goes & works at a factory & the owner turns out to be her rich grandpa (score!). I remember the entire storyline but not the name of the cartoon. Help!! 

12✖️ I love the crisp look of the color white. But I am too messy to maintain a white household.

13✖️ My favorite animal is the White Siberian Tiger & my favorite flower is the Pua Aloalo (Hawaiian White Hibiscus).

14✖️ I am scatter-brained & usually have 20 projects going on at once. Right now, it's some airbrushed facecharts I haven't finished & my boys' baby books I haven't finished. I'm sure I'll come up with more sh*t to not finish... 

15✖️ I curse like a sailor. It's hard to manage with people that don't know me because I don't know who will be offended. But my most used words are: sh*t, f*ck (and all its derivatives), balls, dammit. Pardon my French. 

16✖️ Even though I am Mexican, I don't care for spicy food. I CAN eat spicy but I like to actually enjoy my food, thank you very much. 

17✖️ I love to travel but HATE flying! It makes me VERY nervous. A chair suspended in the air by NOTHING is not normal, people! And yes, I do understand the physics/aerodynamics behind it... 

18✖️ I am a girly geek. Star Wars and Sex & The City live in my brain happily together ♥

19✖️ I trust very few people & tend to have a 6th sense when it comes to others. It's very strange. 

20✖️ I love watching sports (MLB World Series, NFL Super Bowls, FIFA World Cups, Olympics) but I have ZERO athleticism in my body. I can work out at the gym & that's about it. 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Dermadeli Invigorating Vitamin C Serum {Review}

E*** Disclosure: I received a free sample of this product, courtesy of Dermadeli
for review/use in conjunction with this blog post. All opinions are my own.

In my constant quest for finding the best antioxidant/antiaging products, I have been fortunate enough to find some pretty amazing skincare; however, when I was contacted by Dermadeli, I didn't think it would have the impact my skin has been experiencing for the past month. And, seriously, I have been dying  for this month to end so I could finally review this for you guys... Let me introduce you all to Dermadeli Invigorating Vitamin C Serum.

Dermadeli Invigoration C Serum

Company claims, "The antioxidant and repair qualities of Invigorating Vitamin C include repairing skin from UV damage, decreasing wrinkles, and improving skin's elasticity. Our product is delivered to you freshly made at a 15% concentration. Unlike other Vitamin C Serum products, our Invigorating Vitamin C Serum is not premade and then placed on a shelf for months; our Invigorating Vitamin C Serum is produced when you order is received and shipped right away. The date of production is handwritten on bottle for your convenience and reassurance of freshness; comes with an airless pump bottle."

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Benefit Cosmetics Primping With The Stars {Review}

You guys will think I'm crazy when I tell you this: Before I got this kit, I had never tried Beneit Cosmetics before. I know, I know...Even the girl at Sephora said, " Oh girl, you haven't lived!" with a big smile. And to be honest, she was right. Apparently, my head has been stuck under the sand but I finally see the light. So, here is my review of Beneit's Primping With The Stars kit as well as each individual item included. Enjoy! ☺

Packaging Front

Box Opened with All Samples Inside

Company claims, "An All-time greatest 'fake-its' kit for face, cheeks, eyes, and lips that'll make them all starstruck."