How My Mindset Changed

Life is short, between work, school and family we tend to lose the essence of life, instead of enjoying life we exist. At least that is how I feel sometimes. So, I decided to change my ways. My biggest problem was fear, afraid of this or that, of failure. Come to think of it, I think that is the only thing stopping me from achieving my goals. I believe if you set your mind to something, anything is possible. So here are my three motivational tips I would love to share.

  1. First and foremost, Take Risks. I do not mean anything dangerous or life threatening, but getting out of your comfort zone is the only way you will truly be able to discover yourself on a deeper level. I realized this after my trip to Costa Rica.  Booking his trip, flying out by myself was the best thing I have ever done. I had the time of my life. Only during this trip did I realize how much stronger I am of a person than I really thought. It really forces you to become in sync with yourself when you are traveling alone. 
  2. Finish what you start. Many times after the first or second try, if we do not receive the results we want, we give up. I am definitely guilt of that. Yet the magical thing about failure is, without it we cannot learn and grow. We must fail in order to see where we can improve and finishing a task is probably one of the hardest thing to do. Sticking with a regime is difficult on its own, but once you get into the habit of doing it, everything else will come naturally. For example, I hate doing my bed, but I love coming home to a clean and organized house. So I told myself, if I do my bed for two weeks straight, I will reward myself in the end. This gave me something to look forward to. The same goes with anything, reward yourself for the hard work you do. You deserve it! 
  3. Engage in positive thoughts. One of my favorite quotes is “you cannot control what happens in life, but you can control how you react to it”. Situations will arise where you feel helpless and out of control. These moments can be terrifying, but the ability to take a deep breath and release the negative emotions will not only leave you feeling less stressed but also have a positive impact on your overall health. Sometimes it is hard to deal with the emotional build up, in those situations I like to take a walk with my walk or take warm bath. Then, once I have calmed down I return to the situation and deal with it much more efficiently than I would have in the heat of the moment. 

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I would love to hear about your motivational tips!!! Leave me a comment below 🙂

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June Gloom No More- 4 Items That Kept My Skin Happy This Month

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Humidity and cloudiness, not the best combination for the skin. Humid weather dries my skin  out, and cloudy weather makes me feel like I don’t need to wear sunscreen when in fact, those hidden UV rays are the worst perpetrators for aging skin. Fortunately, here some products that work well for me and keep the June gloom away.

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This Vitamin C glow-protect lotion is light and easy to apply. It smells delicious, a mixture of tangerines and vanilla. The texture is a bit on the thicker side due to it being a combination of moisterizer and sunscreen, but the glowing effect is worth it. 

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The Jane Iredale hydration spray works as a two in one product which is why I go through it so fast. It could be use a make-up settingb spray as well as a light mist which hydrates your skin after a long day in the sun. This spray leaves you feeling cool and your skin silky smooth. The refreshing rose scent helps me feel calm and relaxed. 

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Serums are most effective after cleansing your skin but before applying moisterizer. It penetrate your skin with ingrediants which contribute to healthier skin. This one in particular is my number one choice. Why? It is made of all natural ingrediants so I do not feel like I am applying chemicals to my skin. The rose hips and green tea give it a sweet smelling scent yet not overbearing to the senses. The vitamin C reduces inflammation and promotes collegen repair. 

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This Rodial face cream indeed feels like pure velvet on the skin. Applies easily without leaving a heavy residue on the face, it dries quickly and leaves your face refreshed and dewy. I love to use it overnight because it absorbs well into the skin but it works quite well as a day cream as well. 

That’s all for now loves! What are some of your favorite facial products? 

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Two Pieces: Why I love Them

Happy Saturday loves and welcome to summer! Four days in and I am already feeling the heat. Today, I wanted to share one of my favorite outfits. 

This cute two-piece outfit is perfect for summer. The lightweight fabric is very breathable, and the design reminds me of a tropical island. Two piece outfits are a wonderful addition to your closet because one, you don’t have to search for a matching top or bottom, the combination is already perfect for the regular day to day, and second, you can most definitely mix and match both pieces. I love to wear the top with a pair of jeans and the bottoms with a cute t-shirt. 

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My accessories are minimal but still bright enough to give my look a pop of color. 

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My hat is from a small boutique store near my house. I have seen many similar hats in stores such as Target and Marshals, so finding one should not be too hard, as they are quite stylish.

My shoes are Sam Edelman’s from Nordstrom. I love the glittery look. It compliments the look without taking away from the outfit. 

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My green and gold bracelet is from Fossil. I purchased this bracelet a few years ago, when I instantly fell in love with it. I love it because I can match it with various clothing that I have. The red and brown one came as a pair from the Fashion District in downtown LA. These were purchased a few years ago as well. 

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The top is about an inch longer in the back and shorter in the front. The shorts are high waisted, which are my favorite style. Both pieces are loose, but still fitted in all the right places, giving your figure the appropriate curves. This two-piece is from Romwe.com. 

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I would love to hear some of your outfit ideas, comment below and tell me about your favorites!

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Warm Weather is for Summer Dresses

Happy Summer everybody! 

We have been going through a major heatwave here in California and a light, flowy dresses has become my go-to. Nothing is easier to throw on than a light dress because in this heat, the last thing I want to do is overthink about what I am going to wear that day.  This dress in particular is my favorite because of its classic A-line look, floral print, and light and airy fabric. Paired with a pair of my favorite Vince Camuto sandals, and I am ready to start the day. 

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I saw this dress and instantly fell in love. Collecting pieces that I will wear often is important to me and this dress fit all the criteria. The length is perfect, a little bit above the knee. The print is versatile and the fabric is light.

This pretty black floral dress is from Topshop. 

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My favorite detail about the dress are the ruched sleeves. The drawstrings pull up giving the sleeves a slight angle. 

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The slightly open back has a button on the top to allow airflow while maintaining a classy look. 

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I would love to hear some of your ideas , comment below and tell me about your favorite dress! 

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3 Ultimate Spa Treatments For the Summer

Summer is only five days away! That means pool, beach and picnic time. Wouldn’t you love to have shiny hair, and glowing skin without spending a fortune on products?

Here are 3 simple, inexpensive methods of getting smooth skin and shiny hair.

1. Let’s start with an easy coffee scrub. Simple, yet effective, coffee, when used as a natural buffer reduces cellulite and increases blood flow.

Stir it up

First, grab a cup of ground coffee, preferable unbrewed, (because I find brewed coffee grinds create a mushy and watered down texture). Then mix in 2 table spoons of honey and 3 tablespoons of virgin, organic unrefined coconut oil. Honey helps heal tissue scarring and evens out skin tone. Coconut oil hydrates and moisturizes the skin while at the same making your body look and smell delicious. I live by coconut oil.

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Now you have 2 options. Either add a generous amount of unscented body wash into the scrub or scoop out a handful of scrub and add body wash into it. Then in a circular motion, gently rub entire body. Don’t forget areas behind your neck, your knees and feet.

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I love this Aveeno bodywash because it is very gentle on the skin and smells lovely. 

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2. Let’s continue with with the hair, because deep down we all go nuts over shiny hair.

Mix together 1 tablespoon mayonnaise, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon coconut oil, and 1 teaspoon honey. Make sure the coconut oil is melted, just pop it into the microwave for 10 seconds. Then, apply to wet hair, put on a shower cap and wait 30 minutes for the magic to happen. Afterwards rinse it off and wash hair as usual.

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3. Let’s face it (haha), our face is prone to dust and chemicals which are released into the air. These pollutants clog our pores and causes breakouts. So, mix a tablespoon of honey and one teaspoon of sugar but…

First things first, steam your face by boiling  1/2 a gallon of water, then pouring it into a large bowl. Lean over the bowl about 1 foot away for 10 to 15 minutes. You can add essential oils as well to help you relax even more. Then apply the scrub in a gentle circular motion all over your face. 

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After you shower off, make sure you apply your favorite moisturizer to your body. I like the body butters from Bath and Body Works because they are intensely hydrating and leaves my skin silky smooth. 

I hope you enjoyed these recipes, and I would love to hear your scrub ideas! 

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How to not overpack when traveling

Summertime is here, and what does that mean? Vacation time! Whether it’s visiting family, or going to tour another country, packing is inevitable. 

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Now, how do you take enough clothes to last you the entire trip, but also not fill up your suitcase with unnecessary items? 

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That’s it for now friends! 

Have a fun and safe journey and comment down below for any travel tips you have.

I would love to hear them.

BTW shoutout to Bailey for being such an amazing model!

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February Faves

 

Happy Thursday !!!

With February halfway over, and thankfully so in my opinion (as I am ready for spring), I wanted to share a few of my favorite items this month. The reason I love them so much is because they are very versatile year round, but especially so in the colder winter months. Each item brightens up my day in their own way. We all have that special someone, that long lasting mascara, or the favorite lipstick, well I have several loves and I will explain below each image.

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Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet

Dior/$60.00

This perfume has got to be my favorite of all time. A sweet delicate flowery scent, it is so versatile that I use it for both daytime and evening wear. The bottle comes in two sizes, this one being the smaller of the two, but it still lasts me about eight to ten months. I love the little bow tie on the lid of the bottle. It is very feminine and just makes me happy. This particular perfume I purchased at Nordstrom, but they are also available at Sephora, Macy’s and Ulta.

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Be Legendary Lipstick

Smashbox/$21.00

Although Valentine’s Day is over, these two lipsticks from Smashbox are a perfect addition to your makeup collection. These classic colors are superb for a date night or dinner with a friend. It gives the perfect pop of color with any outfit.

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Better Than Sex Mascara

Too Faced/$23.00

If you are looking for an amazing mascara this is it! I usually use two different types, but with this single one, my lashes look perfect. It is on the pricier side, but I can definitely say it is worth it. I use only about two coats, and I am left with luscious, thick lashes. I also love that it comes in waterproof form too, so on the nights when I don’t want to carry much with me, I know my lashes will stay close to perfect all night long.

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Pro Bronze Fusion Bronzer

MAKE UP FOR EVER/$36.00

I am a huge fan of Make Up Forever products in general, but this bronzer was a great investment. It is such a pretty, yet subtle color. Although it is a bit difficult to get it on the brush at first due to the texture, as you work into it, you get a natural, beautiful glow. It is waterproof, therefore will last you all night whether you go out dancing or to a movie.

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 Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator

NYX/$7.50

If you are looking for the perfect glow, you’ve found it. Inexpensive yet effective, this illuminator will give you a natural, healthy glow. And a little bit goes a long way. All you need is a dab, extending the life of your illuminator for many months. Definitely a keeper!

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Radiant Creamy Concealer

NARS/$30.00

This creamy NARS concealer in the color Ginger is a part of my everyday makeup routine. It provides medium to full coverage and is light enough to wear on a daily basis but covers enough to not need foundation. I love that I don’t feel any heaviness and it is very easily applied with its brush. It is paraben, sulfate, and  phthalates free so I feel comfortable applying it daily.

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British Rose Instant Glow Body Butter

The Body Shop$/21.00

This body butter is literally heaven on earth. I cannot describe how ecstatic I am with this particular product. Not only does it smell delicious, but the texture of it is so smooth and lustrous, I simply count the minutes until I can apply it. It hydrates my skin quickly without leaving any sticky residue leaving my skin glowing all day. It comes in two sizes as well, which is perfect in case I want to reapply it, I can leave the bigger one at home and carry the smaller container in my bag. I highly recommend this body butter.

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Rose Lollipop Lip Balm

Lush/$9.95

This silky, smooth lip balm is the perfect travel size. Its floral scent is a joy, and will leave your lips smooth and glossy.

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Face Illuminator Powder

Laura Mercier/$44.00

This illuminator is so beautiful, I feel joy every time I use it. The color and texture of it is very light and easy to apply.You will be shimmering for hours after using this face illuminator.

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Smooth Affair Facial Primer

 jane iredale/ $48.00

I am in love with products that smell like grapefruit. This facial primer is one of my favorite items from jane iredale because it contains many natural ingredients such as grapefruit extract, thus the lovely smell, Honeysuckle extract which purifies the skin, aloe, which smooths the skin as well as many other ingredients. What I love the most about this product is being able to use it as a face primer before I apply makeup, as well as a moisturizing agent at night.

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Pro Amazonian Clay Palette

tarteTarteist™/$53.00

This palette is probably my new favorite. The palette contains an array of 20 shades which vary from neutral to glam. The amazonian clay generates vibrant, pigmented shades which are a perfect combination for blending. The colors are beautiful and can be used for a day look or glammed up for the evening with the bold colors on the far right.

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