Monday, July 28, 2014

4 Simple Steps To Minimize Pores with Neurtogena #NoMasPoros

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with NEUTROGENA® and Latina Bloggers Connect. 
All thoughts and opinions expressed our my own.

Let's talk skincare, mainly how to deal with enlarged pores.  Sad fact of life is getting older for some of us means our pores become more visible.  Visible pores also means our skin doesn't appear as smooth and flawless. Pores get stretched out and will make your skin dull.  Don't even get me started on all the gunk that can get into your pores once they are enlarged...can we say disgusting blackheads!  Ugh!!  Seems like a loosing battle at times, but since I'm not one to give up hope and usually open to try new things.  Like Neutrogena Pore Refining Line, a simple 4 step skin care system which can help minimize the appearence of pores in just 2 weeks.  Thanks to Neutrogena and Latina Bloggers Connect, I have been using the entire Pore Refining Line for a few days.

What does the Neutrogena Pore Refining Line consist of?

  • Pore Refining Daily Cleanser
  • Pore Refining Exfoliating Cleanser
  • Pore Refining Toner
  • Pore Refining Moisturizer
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In 4 easy steps you can be on your way to a flawless and younger looking complexion. 

Start off with cleansing your skin using the Neurtogena Pore Refining Cleanser which contains alpha and beta hydroxyl to sweep away all the dead skin on your face. 

Next step is to exfoliate with a scrub like Pore Refining Exfoliating Cleanser to help with rough or uneven patches. Also addressing the darker areas and blemishes. Remember to rinse face with warm water after cleansing.

Third step is to use a toner, which I don't often do. Using the Pore Refining Toner helps remove any traces of dirt and oil that may be left behind from cleansing. Also makes your skin feel fresh and tingly (which I like).  Toner is also Non-comedogenic, which is just a fancy word for won't clog your pores!

Finally step is to moisturize, can't forget to always moisturize. Apply the New Neutrogena Pore Refining Moisturizer (available in August) to help hydrate your skin making plump it and healthy. 

Quick and easy steps to follow for less visible pores and healthy skin.

My results after using the Neutrogena Pore Refining Line

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My results from Day 1 to Day 5 of using Neutrogena Pore Refining Line

Although its only been a few days since I started using the Neutorgena Pore Refining Line, I already see results...smaller pores. My skin is usually clear and I don't suffer from breakouts often, but I do have uneven skin tone and large pores.  My skin feels very clean and smooth after each use. One thing I really like about the Pore Refining Line is it doesn't dry out my skin. My skin does not feel tight or dry after using the cleansers and toner.  I haven't used a toner as part of my skin routine in years.  I really see a difference using the toner after cleansing. The toner helps remove any dirt, oils and makeup, which can be left behind even after cleansing. I also really enjoyed using the Pore Refining Moisturizer, which you only need a pearl size amount. The moisturizer doesn't feel greasy or oily when applied and absorbs quickly. I also like the price point, with each item retailing for about $7 each. Its very affordable and reasonably price, you can buy the entire line of all 4 products for about $30.  Its also available almost every where, most big box retailers like Target and Walmart will carry this as well as your local pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens. 

As of publishing this post I've been using the entire Pore Refining Line for only 5 days.  Neutrogena claims you'll see results in 2 weeks, I will continue to use the line and update on instagram, so make sure to follow me there. 

Overall the Neutrogena Pore Refining Line seems to be working well and I'm looking forward to even better results with further use.  For the price and ease of use I really think its worth a try. As with any product results may vary, but from my experience with most Neutrogena products seem to work well and do not damage my skin.  Give it a try and see how it works on your skin.  I am definitely happy to see "No Mas Poros" (no more pores) in my future. 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

#UntamedStyle Challenge: My Style Icon

So one day in a Facebook group for style bloggers over 35, we started chatting about the lack of older style bloggers.  There is plenty of young, pretty style bloggers of all size, but where are the older style bloggers? In their 30's, 40's, 50' they exist? Sure they do.  Does our age make us invisible?  Are we not as stylish and relevant in the blogging world as bloggers under 30? We didn't think so, and one day the #UntamedStyle challenge was created.  We don't let our size or age determine our style and wanted to share our stories with the blogging world. Society can't tame our style and we wear what we like!  Myself along with 4 other style bloggers came up with this challenge, every month we will select a theme and create a outfit based on the theme. This month we are debuting our #UntamedStyle challenge with our style icon.  Can you guess who my style icon is?

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Yup! Betsey Johnson...not only is she my favorite fashion designer, I also love her style.  I've had pleasure to actually meet and chat with Betsey Johnson twice in my lifetime. This was a total dream come true, who gets to meet their style icon 2 times....ME!!   So why do I love Betsey Johson - because she is awesome! OK there is more reason, even before meeting her, I knew she had a great spirit. After meeting her it was confirmed.  Betsey Johnson was so sweet, as you can see in the picture.  She gave all her fans a big hug and always had a big smile. 

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Betsey is full of passion for what she does, design funky, feminine and whimsical fashions. No one but Betsey can pull off wearing a tutu and cartwheel down the runway at the age of 70.  Even after battling breast cancer and going bankrupt, she is still kicking butt.  Now that is the type of woman I admire and consider an icon.  Betsey Johnson is the only runway show where I see the models smile, dance and have fun.  Her brand is about empowering woman and having fun with your style. She wears funky color combos, dresses with pants, tons of accessories and always looks happy in what she wears.  No apologies from Betsey for who she is and her style.

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My outfit is not about trying to look like Betsey Johnson, but more so about embodying her spirit.  To me Betsey's style is a mix of rocker chick meets hippie.  Her style is fun, flirty and with a little edginess thrown in.  She mixes prints, wears lots of funky accessories and ALWAYS wears her signature NYC belt. You will also always see Betsey with her red lipstick!

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OK I will admit this isn't exactly the outfit I wanted to wear for this challenge.  A few of the items I couldn't find or were in the laundry basket...Oopsie!  So like my other fave person Tim Gunn would say "Make It Work...I live by this motto.  

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After a few outfit changes I ended up with this number. It's actually a body con dress used a shirt. Added the floral lacy kimono with fringe and my fave black skinny jeans.  I like mixing prints, stripes and floral are my faves. The fringe on the kimono makes its fun and flirty and the stripes adds a little edge.  Wore my go to booties, that I wear with everything and threw on tons of jewelry with some Betsey Johnson accessories...of course.  In the end I really like this outfit, made me feel a little sassy.  It's comfortable which is key for me, but also shows my style and personality. As you can see from the pictures, I had tons of fun taking these pictures. Thanks to for being my photog.

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Outfit Details
Stripe Dress: G Stage
Floral Fringe Kimono: WetSeal Plus
Black Skinny Jeans: Levi's via Ross
Booties: c/o Naturalizer
Wristlet: XOX by Betsey Johnson
Leopard Print Sunnies: Betsey Johnson via Marshalls
Jewelry: Various random pieces
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So there you have it my outfit inspired by my style icon Betsey Johnson. Now go click over to my #UntamedStyle buddies and check out their style icon post.  I promise you won't be disappointed and will love their outfits.

Michelle from Zaftig Times

Aarti from Curves Becomes Her

Margot from Margot Meanie

Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed collaborating with these awesome ladies.  Stay tuned for next months #UntamedStyle challenge.

Who is your Style Icon?

Are you a blogger over 35? Would like to join and participate in this style challenge...then send me over an email and I will give you more details. Contact me at or on twitter @CidStyleFile

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Beach Day with Total Sun Block Umbrella

I enjoyed a beach day with all my nieces, two of them are home from college, so we wanted to spend a fun day at the beach and soak up the California sun.  Nothing beats a day at the beach and ending it with a bonfire and S'mores!  I packed up my gear along with my new Total Sun Block umbrella sent to me by *Rio Brands.  I really don't go to the beach as often, even though I live fairly close to the Pacific Ocean. One main reason is my skin is very sensitive to the sun.  I burn easily and never ever tan, my skin will just burn and turn red.  No fun in burning with out having a tan afterwards.  Most summers I usually avoid the beach and spend minimal time in the sun.  The Total Sun Block Umbrella claims to protect you from the 99% UVA and UVB rays which are basically the bad rays from the sun.

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Enjoying the last minutes of sun under the Total Sun Block Umbrella

The umbrella is easy to assemble with handy handles and cork screw to anchor to the sand or any other soft surface. It also has a tilt feature to help with coverage where needed. Having an umbrella was nice to get some relief from the sun when it got too hot.  We also liked having it as point of reference on the beach, no matter how far we wandered we knew where our spot was with this umbrella.  The Total Sun Block Umbrella lived up to its claims and protected us from the sun burns to report. The umbrella also came with a storage bag and strap making it easy to carry around.  Now I am ready for more beach days or summer picnics with the Total Sun Block Umbrella.

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Splashing in the waves, wearing Maxine of Hollywood swimsuit and H&M Kimono as cover up. 

I had a great day at the beach with my nieces, splashed around in the waves, took plenty of pics and ended our night around a bonfire making S'mores. It was a much needed day of relaxation and fun.  Days like these are always great when you have the right equipment to make it easy and fun.  Between the sunscreen and umbrella we had plenty of protection and were able to enjoy longer periods out in the sun.

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#CidGirls enjoying the warmth from the bonfire and yummy S'mores

I love making memories with these girls, and we'll always remember the summer of 2014. Hope your having a great summer too!

What kind of sun protection do you use at the beach?
Have you ever used a beach umbrella?

*Disclaimer: I received a Total Sun Block Umbrella from Rio Brands for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.