Review: Loreal Ever Pure Sulfate-Free Blonde Brass Banisher

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Before I went to Miami for Winter Music Conference, I decided to get my first Keratin treatment. My hair was pretty damaged from the amount of bleach I used on it over the past two years (mainly from when I was trying to figure out how to become a blonde at home). Well, if there's anything I learned about going to music events and festivals, it's that my hair will always go from looking cute to looking like a frizzy mop on my head. Getting the keratin treatment made my life soooo much easier, especially during my Miami trip. Of also helped that I wanted to get a low maintenance bob last minute. (Does anyone else ever get the urge to chop off your hair into a bob during the warmer months??) Well, my hair is so much more manageable now and I even had my boyfriend tell me it felt a lot healthier. When you get a keratin treatment, you also have to purchase sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner if you want to prolong the life of your gorgeous new hair. The sulfate in most regular shampoos will strip the keratin from your hair much faster than it would if you were to switch to a sulfate-free shampoo and because I have blonde hair, I also need a shampoo that will tone my hair  to get the brassiness out. Lucky for me, I found Loreal's Blonde Brass Banisher shampoo which turned out to be sulfate-free as well! I really fell in love with this shampoo and conditioner more than I originally thought. My previous purple shampoo was extremely harsh on my hair and I would rarely use it because it left my hair feeling dry and brittle, but this shampoo left my hair feeling super soft. Normally, with sulfate-free shampoos, I have to wash at least three times before I feel like my hair is clean. Not with this one. I only need one good wash and my hair feels clean. If you decide to use this shampoo, be sure to keep it in your hair for at least five minutes before washing it out. My friends could instantly tell my hair was more ash toned and less brassy. If you are a blondie who just got a keratin treatment, I highly recommend this line! Have any other products you think I should check out? Let me know!

Until next time, 
Good vibes, good hair, and good wine 

Let's make a lifestyle change...

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Summer is around the corner again and I'm feeling motivated to change my eating habits again. I'm really trying to eat healthier again…meaning I will be cooking at home more often and making fruit/veggie smoothies in the morning. I never let myself buy packaged snacks or frozen food. My shopping cart usually consists of fresh produce and chicken. I haven't really gone back to eating red meat on a constant after I did my vegetarian for a month challenge. I'll still eat it, but it's very limited to the weekends when I go out to eat with friends. 
Need some tips for eating slightly better than you are at the moment? Switch from eating white rice to brown rice, breads to wheat tortilla wraps, sugary juices to fresh smoothies or juice. Also, get creative with your salads! Stay away from iceberg lettuce, go for the Romaine, Spinach, or Spring Mix. If you still feel like a salad won't be filling, my tip to you is, add a bit of quinoa or brown rice! Some of my favorite add ins to a salad would be a nuts, cheese, carrots, feta cheese, raspberries, corn, rice, and egg. Not only does your food begin to look pretty, but you also start to feel good about the nutrients you are about to put into your body.

Have any particular salad recipes you love, I'd love to hear them! Want more tips, leave a comment below! Have fun creating your salad!

Until next time, 
Good vibes, salad, and wine ;)

What's in my closet? (March 2015)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

I love looking into the closets of bloggers. I also love seeing photos of what they eat. I don't think these photos will ever make it onto my instagram, but I still wanted to share them. :) 

 I might be a little bit MIA…for a week or two. I am heading out to Miami tomorrow for Miami Music Week/Winter Music Conference! I can't wait to tan and dance!! Hopefully, I return with awesome photos. ;) 

Until my next post!
Good vibes, 

Oh! And happy music festival season!!

Make Up For Ever Review: Smoky Extravagant mascara

Monday, March 9, 2015

I am a big lover of drugstore mascara, but over the past year I've been branching out to more high end mascaras. Why? I have extremely long lashes given to me by my mexican parents lol. And since I never use falsies, I have to rely on a really good mascara to dress up my lashes. Over the last 4 months, I've been using a few mascaras, one of which is Make Up For Ever's Smoky Extravagant. Let me start out by saying this…I believe the magic of a good mascara lies at least 85% in the wand. And because I have really long lashes, mascaras with plastic or comb applicators are a hassle and don't work with me. The only mascaras that have managed to give me big voluminous fluffy almost falsie like lashes were those with a big spiral brush. The Smoky Extravagant mascara by Make Up For Ever comes with exactly the type of brush my long lashes needed. At first, I wasn't too fond with the pointed tip, but eventually fell in love with it. The pointed end helps with precision and getting mascara on the very inner and outer corner lashes as well as the bottom lashes. It also helped me achieve more of a cat-eye like affect with my lashes.

Brushes are super important to me, but the formula does matter too! I never had any fallout from this mascara, but I wasn't a really big fan of their formula. I felt like it never completely dried. It always felt like it was still wet, which I did not like at all. Would I repurchase this mascara again for $24? Maybe, but there's a whole world of different mascaras out there and I'm looking for my soul mate <3 Hahahah Anyone else try this one? Have a favorite to share? Leave a comment below!

Until next time,
good vibes and good wine!

The app us wine lover's need!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

I'm not going to lie, I've only recently been into wines for no more than a year now. And like most, I started out with Moscato because it's sweet. The other day, a friend and I were browsing wines to try, when all of a sudden she pulled out her phone in excitement and showed me this app she downloaded called, Delectable! 

You can snap a photo of the wine you are looking to purchase and the app will tell you what other wine lovers have to say about it. You can also rate wines you've tried. I've been pretty happy with this app. I almost bought a wine that wasn't really a favorite to many, and so I kept looking until I found one with great reviews. There's also an option for purchasing the wine online, but I haven't tried that yet. I rather buy a wine at the store than wait for it to arrive. lol Let me know if you try this app, or if you have wine recommendations yourself! 

Happy sipping! 
Good vibes, Iced coffee, and mmm wine!!

Disclaimer: Please do not drink if under the legal age! I am 24 and totally of legal age :) 

This website helps you find your foundation color!!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY, LOVEBUGS!! :) Speaking of love...I have been in love with my L'oréal True Match (w3/w4) for the longest time, but I've recently decided to start trying different brands of foundation again. Only problem was…I didn't know my shade and didn't know where to start. I know I'm not the only one out there who doesn't look forward to matching my foundation color! It's such a long process and most of the time the lighting inside stores are terrible. I've always been told to walk outside into the natural daylight and look in a mirror to see if your new foundation matches your skin tone. How crazy can one look walking in and out of a store? lol This is why I was excited to try this website I recently heard about! helps you match your foundation color if you already know your foundation color in at least one brand. Even better, if you know more than one! It completely simplifies the process for you! Just don't forget, everyone is a different shade of foundation during the summer/winter months…unless you're a vampire… which in that case, you'd be really pale… 

Step 1: Type in the brand of foundation you already own
Step 2: Search for the type of foundation you use from that brand
Step 3: Select your shade in that foundation
Step 4: Add another foundation (optional, but suggested)
Step 5: Find your matches!

Violà!! How easy was that?! You should see a list of recommended foundations in your specific shade, now all you have to do is head on out to your local beauty store and try out your recommendations! And chances are, you will either be spot on or a shade off. Now, tell me that doesn't save you so much time! Let me know how this site worked for you. Was it spot on or a few shades off? I'm so happy I found this site! 

Until next time!
Good vibes, iced coffee, and wine!

Review: LUSH Sandstone soap

Sunday, February 1, 2015

I'm in need for some serious R&R. I spent my week and most of my weekend in bed. Although, I did manage to get in some gym time. I'm pretty proud of myself for that. I even managed to make myself a nutritious breakfast. We have to take care of ourselves, otherwise who else will do it? :) 

Well, with me being sick and all, bath time is such a huge relaxer. One of the products I've been using for my spa time is Lush's soap in Sandstone. Yup, sand. I just want to say this first, this soap smells sooooo good! It has a citrus scent and whenever I smell it, I feel like I'm a beach somewhere smelling this soap. I feel extremely stress-free and relaxed. It just sends me into vacation mode. Not sure why I associate it with a beach because it has a really strong citrus scent. Oh wait, the sand hahahaha HELLO, someone just had a blonde moment. 

According to the LUSH website, this soap was inspired by the Brazilian babes who mixed sand and tanning oil to get their backsides smooth…whoa, do they know something we don't? Is this how they get such glowing skin? Hmm…I almost want to try this for when I go to Miami… 

Sandstone is actually a really rough soap. I mean…it is sand! It's really hard for me to use this all over my body. My arms and legs can't really candle the scrubbing. I do like using it on my back and neck. If you have really sensitive skin and don't like rough scrubs, this soap is probably not for you. 

Here is the list of ingredients in this (vegan) soap:
Water (Aqua) , Sand , Glycerine , Rapeseed Oil ,Coconut Oil (Brassica napus; Cocos nucifera) , Sodium Hydroxide , Sodium Stearate , Fragrance , Litsea Cubeba Oil , Coriander Oil (Coriandrum sativum) ,Sodium Chloride , Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides) , EDTA , Tetrasodium Etidronate , *Citral ,*Geraniol , *Limonene , *Linalool , Hydroxycitronellol


So, I know I said I would have makeup looks coming up, but I've been so sick lately, the last thing I want on my face is makeup. iiick! lol Hopefully, I am feeling better by the end of this week. If anyone has a Lush recommendation based on my love for the scent of sandstone, let me know in the comments below! 

Good vibes, iced coffee, and wine
until next time!

Current Drugstore Favorites January 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015

Garnier Clean Face Scrubs

  • Blackhead Eliminating Scrub (oily skin): The first one I tried was the Blackhead Eliminating Scrub with charcoal. I bought it because it smelled like a fresh scented men's cologne plus I knew my boyfriend would love using it too. It's oil-free and great for oily skin. If you tend to break out a lot, the charcoal one has salicylic acid for acne treatment. I used up every last bit of the product inside and it did last me a good long while. 

  • Invigorating Daily Scrub (normal skin): The second I tried (which is the current one I am using) is the Invigorating Daily Scrub with peppermint and jojoba beads. I haven't seen this one before, but I am soooo glad I saw it. It really does smell minty like peppermint and feels even more amazing on the skin. I love washing my face with this one because it leaves my skin smooth and tingly. An instant wake up. 

I havent' tried the other ones, but I did give them a sniff at the store and I'm already planning on buying the Balancing Daily Exfoliator with grapefruit and pomegranate for my next face wash.  Let me know if you've tried any of these face scrubs and which one is your favorite! 

Milani Color Statement Lipstick (SANGRIA)

Sangria is a beautiful deep purple berry color I am completely loving right now. I'm usually a nude lip kind of girl, but when I saw this color, I had to have it. It compliments my skin tone and I love it for the winter. It even matches a couple of my winter accessories. I wanted to try one Milani lipstick first before buying more and so far, I am going back to pick up more colors! 

If you have any Milani lipsticks you want to recommend me, leave a comment below! I can't wait to pick more up! 

Until next time!
Keep the good vibes!

LORAC The Royal Eye Shadow Collection

Monday, January 19, 2015

Guess what I got for Christmas?! Well…I'm sure you guessed it if you read the title of this post hahahah. I've actually been meaning to buy one of Lorac's palettes to try out their products. I've already used a few of the colors from each palette and I am really liking them so far. The Royal collection comes with 4 palettes: QUEEN, COUNTESS, DUCHESS, and PRINCESS. Each palette comes with 4 shadows. Most of the shadows are shimmery, but there is at least one matt color in each palette. Unfortunately, I do believe this collection was limited edition for the holidays :( 

ABOVE: QUEEN palette
BELOW: QUEEN palette swatches dry/wet

BELOW: DUCHESS palette swatches dry/wet

BELOW: COUNTESS palette swatch dry/wet

BELOW: PRINCESS palette swatches dry/wet

I did notice the cream white eyeshadows in the Princess/Countess palette chalked up when I used them with water. I could have just used too much water with those particular ones, but I did not have a problem with any of the other eyeshadows in this collection. My favorite so far has been the Queen palette with Princess being second runner up. Anyone else had a chance to snatch up this collection? Leave me a comment down below!

As always,
Keep the good vibes!

Review: Objects of Affection (Gold+Beige) collection

Saturday, January 17, 2015

I'm a really big fan of MAC shimmer pigments. My all time favorite one was Gold Mode, but unfortunately it's been discontinued. Gold mode gave me such a beautiful glow that complimented my skin tone. Anyways, when I saw the Objects of Affection collection, I was immediately drawn to the golds and I am absolutely in love with every color in the Gold+Beige collection. Here are the pigments it comes with (in order): 

  • GOLD

I know this is going to be one of my favorite collections of the year. I usually use them dry, but today I discovered how much more amazing they are when used wet. Check out my photo below showing each color (in order) swatch dry+wet. I even included a photo of them with and without flash. English Gilt is my favorite for my everyday look. It adds just the right amount of glow to my skin making my face appear healthy and pretty! It's so hard to say which of these would be my absolute favorite because  I love them all 100%. I'm a glitter and shimmer girl so this collection is right up my alley, but Deep Brown is a matt pigment perfect for a smokey brown eye. It is worth every penny of my $36. :)

Stay tuned for future posts with my favorite looks I use with these pigments! Let me know if this is also one of your favorites! 

Until next time,
Good vibes, drink your coffee…or wine, 
and be beautiful!