My Summer Time Moisturizers



Hello Summer Time! And hello to any new readers I have out there! Welcome, Welcome! Today I'm talking "Summer Skin Care". I love the summer time, because my skin stays hydrated and glowing, for some strange reason. I'm not complaining about it, I LOVE IT. I do make sure I am always adding moisture into my skin whether its a cream moisturizer or an oil moisturizer . My skin is definitely an oil lover (coconut oil, almond, avocado) any oil. I say its always best to find out what your skin likes. And Yess! that may take some trial and error but its totally worth it and makes shopping much easier and enjoyable.
Most of the products I purchase are fragrance free, because anything that has fragrance as an ingredient is going to break me out in the long run. If the products have to many chemicals it also breaks me out, so I pretty much stick to oils and my basic moisturizers. Let me stop chit chatting and tell you about these products.

I'm going to start with my most recent buys and then go on to my Holy Grails (I guess you can say)





Pixi Overnight Glow Serum 

I've been using the pixi glow serum for about a month and a half and I like it. It gives me this hydrated glowing look before I go to bed at night and I wake up, rinse my face and I feel like a new women. It is definitely only a night time serum. I've tried to use it in the day time and I didn't like the way my face looked. I am one of those people that try everything, because I'm curious. I've also tried this serum before wearing makeup and it makes me so flaky and dry. So ONLY ONLY use it as a night time serum and wash your face in the morning. I also don't use it daily, maybe once a week or twice depending on my skin that week.



Murad (Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture Hydrant Intense Hrdro Dynamic)

I stumbled over Murad products when I was watching one of my favorite youtubers and she constantly raved over it and so of course I tried it. Let me tell you! Murad has changed my skin care routine. I'm going to save that for another post but I love Murad skin products. I use the hydrating moisturizer 80 percent of the time. It keeps my acne and breaks out away. Its light weight and keeps me hydrated into the next day. It is on the pricey side if you are on a budget. But I can't get enough of murad product and how they have transformed my skin.



Sweet Almond Oil or Avocado Oil

Like I mentioned before my skin and my hair DRINK UP OIL. My skin loves it and I don't know where I would be without it. I use oil at night and in the day time. I probably use oil for most of my moisturizing. I live in the desert and we have very dry heat, so adding oil to my skin really keeps it hydrated. I don't just use oil on my face, but also my body and nails and hair. It has truly been a life saver. It not only keeps my skin hydrated but also plump and soft. I have normal skin so oil doesn't make me shiny or break me out. My skin literally drinks it all in. If your skin is on the oily side I probably wouldn't recommend oil.



Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream

Cetaphil is the first drug store product that cleared up my acne and kept my skin clear. I always keep the body moisturizer handy because it has worked really well for a drug store moisturizer. I definitely don't use it as much as I use to, but I still really like it. I know it says "for body" but I use it on my face only, and I haven't had any issues with it. My favorite thing about it, is it keeps my face soft and hydrated and its fragrance free. And I love that.



Do you guys have any moisturizers you live by, I definitely would like to know. Let me know in the comments and if you want to stay connected Subscribe to my blog and lets be friends!!


Until Next Time XOXO














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Maybelline Dream Velvet Product Review


So I was shopping at target, WHAT'S NEW?And I came across this Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation. I first I thought it was a BB Cream. It definitely has the same consistency. I've been using this foundation daily for the past month, especially for work and I'm in love. I get so many compliments on how smooth my skin looks. Of course I did start a new skin care routine (which I will be sharing later) but this foundation really has made a difference. I mean who doesn't love affordable drug store products, that work, am I right?. 



Packaging
The packaging is very simple The product comes in a squeeze bottle, perfect size for traveling or taking with you on the go. It has a twist top which I like because I'm not a fan of flip caps, they tend to break and leak easily in my opinion.

Application
The application is smooth and creamy. I live for products that are easy to put on and blend and gives a nice smooth finish. I usually use a firm stipple brush to apply. I've even used my fingers and I glides on seamlessly. I follow up with rose water because it sets my foundation and keeps my skin hydrated, or use my Maybelline Powder. 

Color Selection
They had so many different shades. From very fair to darker skin tones. I ended up getting the number 95 Coconut and it matches my skin perfectly!(which is very rare I might add)


Overall, This has been one of my favorite drug store foundations. I've been using it over a month now and no break outs and It keeps my skin smooth and radiant all day. Let me know if you've tried this foundation and how it works for you.

Here are a few pictures of me with the foundation on







XOXO



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May Favorites 2017


Beauty

Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Mascara 
I have to have mascara even if I'm not wearing any any makeup. A good mascara is definitely my staple. My Favorite mascara is the Maybelline Big Shot Mascara. I gives my eyes that bold look, and really wakes me face up. If you like a more dramatic eye lash you'll love this one and it totally affordable.



Maybelline Lip Shine
I love a good lip gloss but this Maybelline Lip Shine leaves my lips shiny for so long and it keeps them moisturized believe it or not. Definitely my favorite, It goes everywhere with me



Maybelline Fit Me Powder
I guess you can say I'm loving Maybelline products right now. This powder is affordable and works. It gives my skin a smooth finish. I take this with me to work and I'm currently loving it.




Nivea
I prefer coconut oil or sweet almond oil over lotion, but my favorite lotion that I've been using for a while now is this Nivea Essentially Enriched one. It leaves me so moisturized and gives my skin a radiant glow. This is the only lotion I use and It is amazing!! I also love how thick it is. I buy the dry to very dry skin.
I also use the Nivea Cream for my feet as a nightly moisturizer.


At The Beach Body Spray and Lotion 
 I got these when bath and body works was having a sale, and I got them for only 7.00$ dollars. On top of that they smell sweet and perfect for summer and the beach. Hence the name At the beach.


Music


Sampha

I heard Sampha a few times on other artist albums as a feat, (Solange, Drake etc,) before I actually listened to his album titled "Process". And he is so incredibly talented. He plays the piano and his beats and harmonies and lyrics are amazing. I absolutely love his music and I play his album on repeat on my way to work everyday hahaa P.S My favorite song is INCOMPLETE KISSES and PLASTIC 100



Entertainment


The Show Power 

Okay so, I am not a TV person, AT ALL. But of course my mother, of all people tells me about this show. and I watched one episode and I was hooked. Its definitely an adult show for mature audiences but it has so much suspense I have to see what happens in the next season. And the leading actor, he does an amazing Job and he is incredibly good looking!

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My Top 5 Shea Moisture Products

Hey Hey There!
I love my curly hair and I don't know what I would do without my hair products. Today I'm sharing with you my top 5 Shea moisture products. I love Shea moisture they are very reasonable and give my hair so much life and bounce. All of my Shea moisture products I buy from Sally's Beauty Supply because they have the best deals. They are currently running a sale 25% off a single item from 5/15-5/31 Link Is below. Happy Shopping Friends!




1. Deep Treatment Masque
I use this deep treatment mask about once a week. I like that it gives my hair strength and helps with me with shedding. 

2. Co-Wash Conditioning Cleaner
I love a good co-wash and this one is by far one of my favorites. The smell is amazing and on top of that It leaves my hair very moisturized.

3. Curl Enhancing Smoothie
I Use this basically every single day! Its my favorite curly hair product ever. It defines my curls and leaves them bouncy and hydrated.

4. Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Shampoo
5. Manuka Honey & Mufura Oil Conditioner 
This shampoo conditioner combo is amazing!! I love anything with honey in it. It adds so much moisture and it gives my curls great definition. Lets not forget the smell is amazing as well. 







3 Day weekends are made for shopping! No But Really, Use the link below to shop sally beauty supplies and get your own set of shea moisture products!

Hope you enjoyed! Share with me some of your favorite hair products below
Until Next Time
XOXO






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Favorite Affordable Natural Shower Products


Hey Guys! Welcome

Recently I've been trying to steer towards the healthy/ no toxic options when I look for personal care items. And I've settled on a few that I just really love right now at the moment and I'm sure in the near future I will have more to share. I do think body care products are something that should be invested in, but lets face it spending 70 dollars on a body wash or scrub is not in everyone's price range. So If your looking for something a little more reasonable and still very natural, here are some options that I hope work for you.


My first favorite, most wonderful, product I use is my Castile Soap by Dr Bronner's. This product is just pure joy, I pretty much use it all the time for everything, even on my face. I like using the unscented one because I do use it on my face and I don't want any scents on my face, that could maybe irritate it. This Soap comes in so many different scents Lavender, Almond (Another personal Favorite), the list goes on.

The next Product I use frequently is from Trader Joe's and it is the Tea Tree Tingle Body Wash. I also have the shampoo and conditioner that's in the same line. I love the peppermint scent and it leaves your body feeling very tingly and fresh and its totally affordable (Around 3 Dollars) You Can't Beat That


I've tried so many body scrubs in the past and I wasn't always a fan of them. But I have came across a body scrub that I love. I love having smooth, buttery skin and one product I am in love with is this Shea Moisture Hand & Body Scrub and this product adds so much moisture to my skin on top of making is extra smooth. I use it about every other day, but that's my personal preference. It has so many Oils and Shea Butter and let me add the smell is just wonderful. I am a Shea Moisture product fan, so now that they have body scrubs I am in heaven.


Last but definitely not least, I have no idea where I'd be in life without this product. Okay okay I'm exaggerating a little but COCONUT OIL is my Love. This is the best moisturizer ever. I use this day and night and every time I get out the shower. Now please remember coconut oil is an oil so it does solidify if it gets to cold. But in the spring summer and fall months in Arizona its Amazing!


I hope you guys enjoyed this post and let me know of any affordable body care products that you want to share in the comments below. Thanks!!

XOXO







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DIY Peppermint Lip Scrub



Hello There! I know winter time is here and during the winter we tend to be a bit more dry. Our skin needs a little bit more care. But don't worry, today I'm going to show you a simple recipe for peppermint lip scrub. I love using lip scrubs and I never thought to just make my own using the ingredients in my Kitchen. Its really a very simple process and the scrub lasts about a week or 2 depending on how long you want to keep it. This is a great idea for giving a gift or just as a treat for yourself.
What you will need is?

INGREDIENTS
1. Sugar (Raw)
2. Olive Oil or Coconut Oil (or any oil you like)
3. Peppermint Essential Oil
4. Vegetable Glycerine
5. Small Jars 
6. Candy Canes (Optional)
7. Food Coloring (Optional)
8. Twine or Jar Labels


I found these really small jars at The Container Store and they come in many different sizes. They are great for DIY Projects or storing small goods.



First you want to gather all of your ingredients and mix them in a small bowl together.






For the next step you are going to finely crush up your candy cane





For an added bonus you can add some pretty food coloring, of any color you like to spice up your scrub.



 Now Pack them up and enjoy! I hope you enjoyed this easy fun DIY. It will have your house smelling like peppermint (which is a great thing)
ps. Thank you to my wonderful niece for helping me with this DIY

Until Next Time XOXO




















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This or That Tag! (Free Spirit Friday)

I saw this really cute tag on Beauty Book Blog and thought it was just a fun tag to do for Free spirit Friday. 
So here it is :) Happy Friday!


Makeup
Blush Or Bronzer?
I would have to say Blush! I like the look a nice soft peach or rose can change a persons look.

Lip Gloss or Lip Stick?
 Depends on the occasion, but on most days I would say lip gloss. When its time to go out lip stick! 

Eye Liner Or Mascara?
 Mascara!!

Foundation or Concealer?
Concealer, sometimes foundation can be a bit much for my taste.

Neutral Or Color Eye Shadow?
Neutral

Pressed Or Loosed Eye Shadow?
 Pressed! It's a lot easier to handle

Nails
 OPI Or China Glaze?
OPI

Long Or Short?
Short, I like working with my hands and doing crafts so having long nails really gets in the way of that.

Acrylic Or Natural?
Natural,

Bright Or Dark?
Bright 

Flower Or No Flower?
No Flower, I like simple nails with just color. 

Body 
Perfume Or Body Spray?
 Perfume! Juicy Couture (My Favorite)

Lotion Or Body Butter?
 Body Butter is definitely my favorite to use.

Body Wash Or Soap?
 Body Wash (with added moisture)
LUSH Or Other Bath Companies?   
I like Lush for certain things, but I also like other bath companies as well. So I'm going to go with LUSH overall :)


Fashion
 Jeans or Sweat Pants?
I love Jeans! 

Long or short sleeves?
I prefer long sleeves.

Dresses or skirts?
Dresses, they have so many styles and you can dress them so many ways.

Stripes or Plaid?
Plaid

Flip Flops or Sandals?
Sandals!! So many styles and they are so cute and versatile.

Scarves or hats?
Scarves, I have an obsession with scarves especially the scarves from World Market

Studs or dangle earrings?
I go through cycles with earrings, but for the past year I have been loving STUDS!

Necklaces or Bracelets?
Bracelets, I do love my necklaces though

Jackets or Hoodies?
Jackets!

Hair
Curly or Straight?
This is a hard one but I'm going to say Curly

Bun or ponytail?
#Bunlife

Bobby Pins or Butterfly Clips?
Bobby Pins of course!

Hair Spray or Hair Gel?
Hair Gel Works better for me

Long or Short hair?
Long.

Light or dark?
Dark.

Side sweep or Full on bangs (fringe)?
Side sweep.

Up or Down?
Down.

Random
Rain or Shine?
I love the rain!

Summer or Winter?
Summer. Even though it gets extremely hot in Arizona

Autumn or Spring?
Autumn for sure!!:)

Chocolate or Vanilla?
Vanilla 


I hope you guys enjoyed today's free spirit Friday! I like doing tags :) Let me know in the comments some of your this or that's!


Until Next Time XOXO<3
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Last Minute Gift Ideas! (for her)

Hello! I hope everyone is having an amazing productive week! With the holiday season just around the corner shopping for gifts can be a hassle. Sometimes we don't always know what to get our family and friends. Then its the last minute and we are scrambling for gifts. No Worries! I have a few Gift Ideas for her that will make your holiday season run a lot smoother.

 DIY Beauty in a Jar
 This ideas is perfect for someone who loves beauty items. All you need is a mason jar and a few of your favorite beauty products! I like doing DIY gifts like this because you can personalize what the person likes.


 What's in my jar??
Nail Buffer
Nail File
Hair Ties
3 Candy Canes


The Spa Pamper Box
 This next gift idea is for the person who loves being pampered or taking baths and relaxing. I like to give gifts that I would want to receive my self.
 What's in my box??
Shower Loofah
Razors
Small Comb
Body/Foot brush
Large Bear Claw Back Scratcher
Ballet Slippers
Toe Nail Clippers 
 I put everything in this really cute shoe box!

Cozy Gloves
Everyone needs a nice pair of cozy gloves. It doesn't get freezing cold in Arizona, but it gets cold enough for me. Gloves are also a really great gift if your on a budget!


Stylish Wallet

 
Clutch & Flats

 A simple clutch and a pair of matching shoes, can be a really great essential gift for a sister, cousin or friend!


                       

Jewelry

Hope this last minute gift guide helps!
until next time xoxo<3

 
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