Current Makeup Products I’m Loving

Greetings from my new home! in the last life update, I shared with you guys that I was moving. Let me just say that I love my new place. It’s very cozy and with a lot of work to get done. As I mentioned before one of my commitments was to blog more this month so I am sticking to it.  This week I am sharing the current makeup products that I am loving. Also, spring started yesterday and the warm tones and flowers are back in.

What girl doesn’t love makeup? once you enter any store that has beauty products that’s it, your money goes out of the window. Las week before moving I was trying to find some new makeup brushes. I noticed that my face was breaking out more than usual, and I remembered I hadn’t changed my brushes in a while. It’s important to clean them from time to time, due to the brushes collecting so much, that if they are not clean it all goes into your skin and can do damage. So I went on the Ulta app and found some really good brushes and specials, I got a 4 piece kit of brushes for $25.00, and with it a 12 piece gift bag. I also found a $3.00 coupon and I paid only 29.00 dollars!!

Nowadays we all have to be very smart how we invest our money. I had a budget and doing my research on various makeup items helped a lot. Products are getting expensive day by day, but there are ways to find good deals, by any means I’m not suggesting go buy makeup at the dollar store, noooooo but be smart on what you purchase, buy products that are made out of good quality.

I have been using the brushes for a week now and they are really good. I am not a makeup guru, but reading blogs and watching videos has helped. The additional bag of the 12 pcs that came with the order which was totally FREE since it was special, came with a lot of good items that I have been trying and currently giving them my thumbs up.

4 Brushes for a full face & eye look. Very soft, synthetic bristles and a travel case

The free 12 pc gift came with the following:

Full face highlighting stick

Full-size ultimate lashes black mascara

Full-size lip crayon

Travel size eyeshadow and brush highlighter palette

Travel size patent shine liquid lipstick

On the go makeup remover facial towelettes

Matte eye primer mini

Hydrating face primer

Cheek brush hair ties

Makeup sponge mini

Cosmetic bag

I have enjoyed using the mini make up palette, the crayon lipstick, and the brush. The other items I have not use them yet because I like to take my time to use the items little by little and not overwhelm my face.

I like to try new products and learn about beauty. Life gets really busy at times, we start leaving ourselves behind and it shouldn’t be like that. Women and men should always take care of themselves by doing small things like getting a facial, a pedicure, a massage and like, in this case, buying something that would benefit them. I needed these items especially the makeup brushes, I feel great doing my makeup bright early in the morning before going to work and feeling pretty. The small things we do for ourselves can make a great impact on others as well.  I hope you guys have a great week, share your thoughts on what you enjoyed the most on this post.

XOXO,

Here are some products I found in case you want to shop 🙂

 

 

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A Day Out with The New Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion Sunscreens

Happy October my dear friends! The weather is starting to change a little bit here in the sunshine state, but it is still sunny and very humid. Even though the weather is changing we all have to protect our skin. Years ago I didn’t really care about protecting my skin from the sun, but now that I am getting older I am seeing the effects of those careless decisions.

One of my latest faves is the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion Sunscreens! Today I am sharing a little review on how great this product is, and how is never too late to start caring for your skin.

Perfect for daily use

This past weekend I went on a little adventure to the Food & Wine Festival at Epcot. Before I applied my make up I grabbed the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion Sunscreen that contains SPF 30 with UVA/UVB protection. It’s water-light and makes your skin feel refreshed. I also used it around my neck, chest, shoulders, and arms. Places I knew that the sun would hit.

Usually, when wearing sunscreen the lotion feels a bit heavy and you have to spread it multiple times so you won’t have any white marks leftover. The Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel lotion feels smooth, you don’t feel like you are wearing it at all.

Keeps the skin hydrated

When I arrived at Epcot my makeup wasn’t melting and my face felt fresh. Of course, I packed the lotion to apply a couple of times later, but the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel lotion stayed on for a while and I didn’t feel like I had to re-apply multiple times. My face didn’t feel greasy, or dry at all. It kept it hydrated throughout the day. You can re-apply as much as you can, I did a little bit after I walked half of the park and when it randomly rained. Also, it’s oil free!sunscreens that are oil-free are hard to find so this is definitely a huge plus.

Easy to carry around

When I go to any kind of adventure I like to carry a simple bag. Nothing heavy, useful and of course chic. The Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel lotion sunscreen comes in a great size to carry around. I love how I just dropped it in my bag and it was easy to carry. I don’t like to carry anything that is heavy,  so you can definitely carry this in any kind of purse without taking a huge amount of space.

I also tried the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 50. It’s oil-free and non-comedogenic, which means it won’t clog pores. That is a huge plus ladies! I hate it when any kinda of sunscreen clogs my pores and makes my face feel heavy.

It’s never too late to take care of your skin. Weather is doing your daily routine or heading into a new adventure ALWAYS WEAR SUNSCREEN! Coming home after eating & drinking around the world at Epcot, and not having sunburn or marks on my face was a total success. So friends I highly recommend that you start taking care of your skin, and look for a product that will fit your lifestyle and most importantly that will benefit you. I am so happy I found the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion Sunscreens, I don’t longer have to worry about my skin suffering when I go outside. 

with love,

 

 

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Brandbacker. All opinions are 100% my own.

 

 

 

 

Getting Ready For The Makeup Show!

Getting Ready For The Makeup Show!

I am currently getting ready for the makeup show in Orlando. What girl doesn’t love make up? Throughout the years I have gotten more and more interested in the artistry of makeup. Growing up my mother taught me the basics. She wasn’t into wearing a lot of makeup, but I grew up as a dancer, so makeup was very important on stage.

I had my moments were my makeup was a mess, OMG if I showed you pictures! Thanks to youtube and other platforms I have been able to learn more about products & techniques. This upcoming weekend I will be attending the Makeup show in Orlando, FL. The Makeup Show is one of the biggest pro make up events in the USA. It brings people from all over the world, Many professionals in the field teach techniques and share great insights from the industry. Definitely check out The MakeUp show to learn more about this awesome event.

Here are some current trends from MakeUp artist James Vincent:

In Your Own Skin

Natural Skin is a must have for the summer months. Look to the Red Carpet, runway or your favorite fashion magazines and you will see models and celebrities wearing makeup that is barely there featuring a soft matte finish. A sheerer coverage complexion with strategic warmth and shine is flattering for any face. Chose a long wear or waterproof option for optimum summer wear. A few of our favorites are Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless Foundation and MAKE UP FOR EVER Waterblend. For additional hold and perspiration control, try Alcone or Mehron anti shine and sweat products as a primer. The pros swear by them to keep clients looking cool in the most intense heat.

Bright Eyed Wonder

Bold, beautiful pops of color were the perfect addition to summer and resort runways this season. As all over eyeshadow, a bold swipe of eyeliner or a bit of brightly colored mascara are a few ways to take the trend to your everyday. Try Danessa Myricks ColorFix for a long wear pro favorite that can be used as cream shadow, liner, mascara or lip. Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliners add a touch of bright color with a simple application. Colored Mascara from Kryolan is an excellent pro classic available in his from bright neons to bold jewel tones and take just a minimal amount of makeup skill.

Graphic Designs

Neo Graphic Liner is an easy summer choice. Pair a bold black liner with any lip from barely there to a daring red and it will always work. Traditional cat eyes are a bit blockier this season or try a sexy, smudgy cat eye for an unforgettable modern look. Stila Microtip Stay All Day Eyeliner allows you to create any shape effortlessly. Stillazzi Borderline Intense Gel Eyeliner is quickly becoming a pro favorite that’s easy to apply, featuring a super durable formula that looks fantastic from day to late night.

Glitterati

Glitter is never going away. This summer we are seeing easy glitter looks along the eyelid as liner or shadow. Try Mehron’s new Echo Pressed Glitter Palette for a no mess, easy option that works well on its own or overshadow. Stila Glitter and Glow Liquid Eyeshadow have a large variety of beautiful summer shades that apply with one swipe. For a more ethereal glitter experience, look to Danessa Myricks Beauty, Kryolan or MAKE UP FOR EVER for the most magnificent glitter makeup options.

Smoke Screen

The smoky eye never fails to make a return for fall. This season we see an eye that uses texture for impacts as well as color. Combine different formulas for off the runway, editorial looks that work well for every day. MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Pencils are the perfect base for smudgy, sexy lines. Layer on a gel liner like Stillazi or a cream product like Danessa Myricks Colorfix for added drama. Finish with your favorite shimmer shadow like Cozzette metallics in a rich, blue tone and you have an easy and unforgettable smoky eye that is seasonal as well as sensational.

I can’t wait to share more with you guys about The makeup show. I will definitely be creating a post about all the cool insights and the goodies I find on the post. Hope you guys enjoy these trends & if you have any trends that you would like to share please do.

with love,

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nail Care with Little Ondine

Hello Friends!

(This post is sponsored by Little Ondine)

A few weeks ago I went to get my nails done. I wanted to get a manicure, and just keep it simple. Before that visit I had gotten a manicure and the nail technician had recommended gel, she said it would last longer and of course it was a bit of more money. I always like to invest in quality and I went ahead and did gel. To be honest with you guys I didn’t know what gel was, it was honestly my first time getting gel on a manicure. To continue with my story and get to the point haha on my last visit the lady started to place each finger on aluminum paper. I am very sensitive to that paper, and I was honestly hating the whole process. So I asked what was she doing on my nails, why did she have to do that, and she went to explain the process of gel and how it hinders your nails. I was in awe to hear that yeah it is helpful that your gel nail polish will last longer, but it takes two layers of your natural nails, and makes them weak. Let’s not forget the UV (ultraviolet) light used to dry nails can increase the risk of skin cancer.

I also found out that you get charged extra for having the gel removed from your nails, if you don’t get them done again. I got the gel removed, got a simple nail polish and went home to do my research. Google will give you so many answers and information in regards to what is true and what is false, so you really have to find the true sources. I was in shock to find out so many things in regards to getting your nails done, of course it is nice but be aware of what you are putting on your nails, and where you are getting them done. It all starts in the facility where you get your nails done, is the place clean? organize? when they start working on your nails do they have gloves on? do they have new un-use tools? what kind of nail polish are they using? yes I know is a lot, but there are so many stories of people getting their nails done, and later on having issues like infections, or allergic reactions from the chemicals that are used. For more information check out this article: http://iuhealth.org/news-hub/detail/3-potential-health-dangers-of-using-gel-nail-polish-during-your-manicure/#.Wq2ZMZPwZPc.

Now if you do your own nails at home, you also have to be aware of how long have you had your nail polish and when to toss it. I found this great article on fitness magazine in regards to when it is time to throw away your nail polish. There are multiple chemicals on nail polish that none of us are aware of, and if you keep it for too long they go bad and can damage your nails and skin. If you have time check this article out, it will help you out. https://www.fitnessmagazine.com/health/germs/when-to-throw-out-everyday-household-products/

If you have nail polish that has been opened and about two years older, you gotta toss it out. You can see sometimes see how the nail polish translates on a nail and if it looks weird don’t keep it. Usually nail polish has a year of expiration date. If you go to the dollar store or any places where you can get nail polish for cheap, just be aware of the quality of the product, and just know that there are so many chemicals that can later on hinder your health. Try to invest in nail polish that is of good lasting quality and that won’t harm your nails. For me my hands are my work, I didn’t really think about it until I did this research and realized that this is my health, I should really care on what I put on and use.  After hours of reading up and learning, I found out that there are companies creating organic nail products. YAY!!!! and found Little Ondine.

A company that creates all natural water-based formula which doesn’t sacrifice your health. It’s eco-friendly, easy to peel off very easy and doesn’t leave your nails weak or anything. The first time I took off the nail polish, it didn’t hurt and it was very easy.  Just toss it in the trash and you are done. It is odor free, not funky smells which is hard to  believe, quick drying and very bold and pretty colors. They use natural ingredients free of toxins. 

Little Ondine provided all the colors for this post! they sent me the pinky mermaid, morning glory, blue danube (which I am wearing on these photos), admiration, red red wine, and secret which is a glossy top coat.

I recently traveled and the nail polish is easy to carry, also to put on specially if you are in a rush. It doesn’t take forever to dry which is helpful for us women on the go.

Each nail polish comes in a clear package with instructions inside about the brand and how to apply the product. I highly recommend to read it, and when applying do at least 2-3 layers specially for bright colors, that way you can see them more.

How pretty are the colors right?! I am so happy I got to collaborate with this brand. It’s so beneficial to use products that are eco friendly, toxic free and organic. I like to invest in products that will provide quality of course, but that won’t harm my health. I have been using these nail polishes for about three weeks since I received them, and they are so great. Even my mother has used some colors, and she loved them. I am very happy and I highly recommend them. I am also sharing with you guys a 15% off on any regular priced colors using my code: KATHY15  1 use per user. I hope you guys found this post helpful and remember to keep an eye on what you are putting on your body, have a great weekend friends!!

 

 

with love,

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Little Ondine, all opinions are a 100% my own.

Self Care Essentials

Hello Friends!

Can we talk about how time is flying? I cannot believe that October is here. September was definitely a crazy month, but we made it through. Even though it was a very challenging month, there were many blessings. I got my first two campaigns! also I was able to host a fall fashion event, and sketch live at Vera Bradley (Post coming soon)  I was on a roll and something unexpected happened, something that I was not ready for in any way. Unfortunately my fur baby/best friend and companion Echo died this past Wednesday October 4, 2017. My dog was a huge part of my life, I truly wish I would have posted more about her, but God knows how much I love her and gave her the best life. It has been a very rough couple of days for my family and I, but we are thankful for the time we were able to spend with her, the memories and the great dog that she was to us. If you have fur baby, a dog or any kind of pet; cherish it, love it, spend time and never take it for granted. As you can tell, time is flying and is very important to spend time with the ones that really matter.

For this month as much as I want to work and do so many things, I want to focus on taking care of myself. Taking care of yourself is very important. If you are not resting, eating healthy, exercising, and slowing down from your crazy schedule you can get sick and feel burned out. I have been there where I do way too much, and forget about myself. I want to share with you certain items that I have been using, and will continue to use throughout this month, to make sure that I feel and look healthy. Making sure my mind, soul and body are in a good standing place, so I can continue to work hard and do the things that I love.

For mind & Soul:  A Devotional from a really good friend of mine Carrie Lucarini.  She is a woman who has dedicated her life to God, and shares her heart on this devotional. It has been very helpful to me everyday because it helps me to get a scripture before I start my day. You can get a copy here:  http://www.xulonpress.com/bookstore/bookdetail.php?PB_ISBN=9781545611562

Another great item that has helped me to relax and enjoy “ME” time, is this Caramel Corn handmade soy candle from  Marcish Market. My friends Marc & Trish have started this awesome business, and they create this awesome soy candles. My house smells great, packaging is so cute and on the top of the lid, it has a scripture. They use man made synthetic oils, but their oils are non-toxic. I highly recommend it so check it out when you guys can.

Simple Skincare :  With all the craziness and stress that I have been under, I have been using Simple skincare products. I have used this products for almost a year now. My skin is very sensitive, and I have tried it all pretty much, but this products have been the only ones that have helped me. They don’t use harsh chemicals or artificial perfumes. I truly enjoy using the cleanser and the smoothing facial scrub.

 L’oreal pure face mask: I love love this mask! it’s such a good investment for your skin. It exfoliates, unclogs and tightens pores. It’s very smooth on the skin, and afterwards it feels refreshed and soft. They have three different kinds and the one i’m using currently is the red algae.

Olay regenerist micro-sculping cream face moisturizer: Great moisturizer! I was given one at the blogher 2017 conference that I attended this year. I really like it and it’s very soft on my skin.

La Vie Est Belle Fragrance body lotionBody lotion that smells amazing, and it last throughout the day. I use this after I get out of the shower and leaves my skin very soft.

OPI Fiji Collection: I was sent a small set to try it out from the ELLE Magazine inner circle that I am part of, and the colors are so rich and pretty. Even though they are spring/summer colors, they are great for any occasion during the year.

Skinn Cosmetics Lip 6X Balm: This lip balm I use it before going to bed, and it helps my lips to stay hydrated and moisturized. You can use it throughout the day too before putting on your day to day lipstick or lipgloss.

I hope you guys found this post helpful. I encourage you to take some time, rest, take care of yourself, eat healthy and exercise. Also invest in products that are good for you and will help you to stay in balance. I would like to thank  Marcish Market for my awesome candle, Simply Stylist for my Skinn Cosmetics Lip balm and Elle inner circle for the OPI Fiji collection. I have enjoyed using this products, and I am sharing my honest opinion on them. Thank you all for your love and support, don’t forget to subscribe to my blog so you won’t miss a thing.

Have a great week friends!

XOXO

Kreadiv Misfit