Wednesday, December 25, 2013

My Holiday Beauty with Neutorgena

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Neutrogena and Latina Bloggers Connect.

A few days before Christmas I head off for a weekend road trip. My destination was Las Vegas to spend some time with my boyfriend's family. Holidays can be stressful, so adding traveling and in-laws....that can be a disaster. No one has time to worry about things like make up, so I am relying on Neutorgena to help me have a worry free holiday. My trip will be short and I want to travel light, but I want to look my best as well. Neutrogena sent me some products to create some easy holiday looks. I will be using them on my trip and sharing my looks on Instagram (so make sure you follow me!)

This is what I received from Neutorgena:

  • Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes
  • Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup 
  • Crease Proof Eye Shadow
  • Healthy Lengths Mascara 
  • MoistureSmooth Color Stick

The Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes are great for traveling, they make it easy to remove all the days gunk from you face when you had a long day. I'm not gonna lie I get lazy to remove my makeup sometimes. When I am traveling my make needs to be easy and quick. I don't want to spend hours applying make up and miss out on all the fun. Hello I am in Vegas so every second is fun-filled! A little Healthy Skin Liquid Foundation, some Crease Proof eye shadow and mascara and I'm out the door. For a finishing touch I 'll apply some MoistureSoomth Color on my lips.

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During the holidays I mostly spend time just catching up on movies and hanging out with my family and friends.  I am not really into getting all dressed up in fancy dresses, so my holiday looks are usually more tone down.  I like to add just a bit of shimmer or sparkle in my eye shadow or lips.  Since I am in Vegas, my make needs to be simple and natural.  I added just a bit of gold shimmer in my eye with the Neutrogena CreaseProof Shadow in Stay Golden a nude lip to with MoistureSmooth Color in Warm Caramel.

What's your favorite holiday beauty look? Are you glam, natural or go all out with you makeup during the holidays?

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Celebrating New Year's Eve With Snoopy & Friends

Are you ready for 2013 to be over? I kinda am, ready to start a new year and bring in 2014 with open arms. I am normally not they type to have crazy party plans for New Years Eve, but this year I do! This year I am heading to Knott's Berry Farm for New Years Eve.  Totally excited, as I have never spent a holiday at any theme party.  I hear Knott's has a totally awesome family friendly party planned for New Year's Eve.  What a great way to spend the last day of 2013 celebrating with Snoopy and Friends. Bring your whole family, as they will have stuff for the kids and adults to enjoy.  OK here is what I am looking forward to besides all the cool rides of course!!

  • Midnight Party on the Midway (Count down the New Year with music, stilt walkers, party hats, and noisemakers for everyone 
  • Knott's Sky Cabin adorned with special lighting effects, will dramatically rise to the top of the “K” tower to count down the final moments of 2013. The cabin will reach the top at the stroke of midnight and the skies above Knott’s will be ablaze with colorful fireworks! 
  • Krazy Kirk & The Hillbillies! From the deep country hills of Anaheim, these boys will have toes tappin’ hands clappin’ and guts bustin’ during the best darn musical comedy show ever performed on the Wilderness Dance Hall stage. 
  • The Reflexx, the ultimate 80’s party band, headlines the Calico Square Stage with a blast to the past of radical music from Depeche Mode, Flock of Seagulls, A-Ha, and more. And before The Reflexx take the stage, DJ REESSO spins popular high energy music in the Calico Square
  • Salsa Dancing with Louie Angon, DJ JC & Snoopy invite you to show off your dance moves at Fiesta Plaza and groove to the beat of this spicy music scene that’s Hot Hot Hot!
  • It’s Christmas, Snoopy will present encore performances into the evening. Join Snoopy and his pals as they skate their way through the joys of the Holiday season. 
  • Snoopy’s Magical Nights of Lights features thousands of sparkling lights and holiday music throughout Camp Snoopy all night long, beginning at dusk.

Now you know where to find me on New Year's Eve.  Want to join in on the fun?  You and your family can also spend the last day of the year at Knott's enjoying all the special activities for the regular one day admission.  You can even continue the fun all year in 2014 with a Knott's Season Pass for a limited time with as low as six easy payments of $13!  Go to for all the details and to purchase your #KNOTTSNYE tickets as low as $37.99 online!! 

Hope to see you there, I be the one dancing with Snoopy!! ;)

*Disclaimer: I am receiving complimentary tickets to attend Knott's New Year's Eve.  

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Gift Guide For The Last Minute Shopper

Only about one week left before Christmas and I haven't even started my shopping.  I know what your thinking, what is wrong with me?  Well you know how it is, you get busy working and with life.  I am not worried, usually do my shopping last minute anyway. So decided to do a little gift guide with some ideas for last minute gifts.  All gifts are under $50 and can easily be purchased online or in-store.  Your friends and family will think you spent lots of time and thought into their gifts. Best of all these gifts are one size fits all and no one needs to know it was a last minute gift! 

  • Monogram Mug: Make it personal with out spending too much money.  Everyone needs a cute mug with their initial. (I use mine everyday!)
  • Designer iPhone Case: Mara Hoffman iPhone case from Incase, great for the social media obsessed fashionista in your life. 
  • Bluetooth Speaker: It's small, cute and the music lover will be impressed with this gift.  
  • Makeup Brush Set: Get the new year started with a new set of brushes, the makeup diva will thank you.
  • Alice + Olivia Gift Set: This bearista and tumbler from Starbucks in collaboration with designer Alice + Olivia is too cute and the coffee stylish girl (like me) is gonna flip over it! 
  • Coach Key-chain: This is one would be great for the shoe lover and you don't even need to know her size. 
  • Fancy Macarons: Not sure what to get, a box of fancy macarons can be a delightful and delicious surprise. 
  • Everyday Tote: This tote is cute and great for everyday use, give a designer bag without the designer price. 

P.S.  I would love any of these gifts underneath my Christmas tree. :)

Monday, December 9, 2013

Style Report: Classic Plaid Shirt

My college days were spent wearng jeans, docs and plaid shirts. It was the mid 90's and grunge was the music all the cool kids were listening too. The fashion was simple yet the message was powerful. A plaid flannel shirt was a must for all the guys and girls closets.  I may have even borrowd my brothers plaid shirts once in a while.  Back then plus size clothes for a young college girl were not esay to find. I have always loved plaid, and been wearing it since I was a young girl. I even wore plaid skirts with out ever being in private school.  I actuall got teased for wearing plaid, in my neigherborhood, only the catholic school girls or cholos wore plaid shirts.  Then the grunge era came along and it was ok for eveyone to wear plaid.  Needless to say my love of plaid has never faded and now this trend seems to be resurfacing in fashion.  Happily now I don't have to sneek into my brothers or boyfriends closet for a good plaid shirt....but may I will just for fun!  There are many good plus size options in fashion today. 

A plaid shirt is one of those items who can outlive any fad in fashion.  It's a classic, no matter what era it may be you can style it to fit with the current trend.   Currently I don't have a plaid shirt in my wardrobe and need to get one ASAP!   Maybe I'll dig out my Dr. Martens and Nirvana CD to go along with my new plaid shirt! 

Here a few button down plaid shirts I found, that are classic but also on trend.  I am sucker for a classic red tartan plaid.

1. Wet Seal $24.90  ~ 2. Torrid $44.50  ~ 3. Avenue $34.99 
4. Forever21 $22.80 ~ 5. Target $22.99 ~ 6. Ralph Lauren $41.99

Friday, December 6, 2013

Getting To Know Bobbi Brown Cosmetics

I am no make up artist or beauty expert, but I do love to play with new make up. I've known about Bobbi Brown for many years, but just never had the opportunity to try it out, until this year. I received some preview samples from Bobbi Brown, below are some of the items I've gotten to play with and test out. Recently Bobbi Brown has released a few new collections. The Rich Chocolate collection for Fall and the Holiday Collection for 2013. 

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I'm wearing the Rich Chocolate Collection
lip gloss in Tea Berry, blush in Berry
Black Chocolate mascara.
The Rich Chocolate Collection, which was introduced in fall 2013, is a richer, deeper and denser than most browns.  The collection takes a modern twist on classic colors.  I previewed the lip gloss in Tea Berry, blush in Berry and the Extreme Party Mascara in Black Chocolate.  I really love the lip gloss, which has a smooth finish with out being too sticky. The lip gloss goes on nicely with a tapered applicator and the Tea Berry color goes well with many skin tones. The blush in Berry is a silky formula with no shimmer. The Berry hue is very pigmented and little dab will do when applying to your cheeks.  I didn't love this shade for my skin tone, it was too reddish.  Since I have red undertones in my skin this color just made me looked flushed and didn't flatter me at all.  I think it would look lovely on someone with a more tan/olive skin. My skin is too fair for this Berry blush.  The mascara was great, although this was not fully black, it still looked great.  The rich dark brown color complimented my brown eyes nicely. The applicator is great, as it did not pick up to much mascara, which avoided clumping.  I also previewed the new Smokey Eye Kajal Liner, which comes in several great colors.  The liner comes with a smudger on opposite end.  For me the liner is great, since I am clumsy when it comes to applying it.  The eye liner is a soft smooth formula which makes it easy to glide on with out pulling and tugging at your eyes.  The smudger sponge also works well for the smokey eye effect, which I am still trying to master. 

Saved my favorite for last, the Holiday Collection Smokey Cool Eye Palette.  Every year Bobbi Brown releases a fabulous Holiday Collection.  This year I previewed the eye palette, which contains 6 shades in a mirrored case.  The shades included in the palette contain both matte and shimmery hues.  I especially love the dual applicator brush.  The flat end of brush works great for applying color along the lash line, which I prefer to do instead of liner for my daily makeup. Looking forward to creating some fun looks for the holidays with the shimmer shades from this palette.   Overall I am very pleased with all the Bobbi Brown makeup I've used.  The quality is great and I especially loved the lip gloss texture and look on my lips. 

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Are you a fan of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics?  Which are your favorite items from these collections? Please share in the comments. I love to read what you have to say about makeup!! 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Baking Instead of Shopping on Black Friday with Nestle (GIVEAWAY)

*This post is in collaboration with All You Magazine and El Mejor Nido Nestle*

It's December 1st and that means Christmas is only a few weeks away, the holidays are going by too fast.  The holiday season is always my favorite, from spending time with family, baking and eating all the delicious treats. OK truth be told I'm better at eating the treats than I am at making them...ha ha.  My sister is the baker in the family, I usually assist her in baking and obviously in eating her delicious creations.  Well this time it's my turn to bake and create some yummy treats.  

Thanks to All You magazine, they sent me a lovely basket filled with Nestle products and recipe to make coffee flan cupcakes and a festive beverage bar.  As I read the recipe it all sounded great with all my favorite things, chocolate, coffee and flan!!   Well thank goodness the recipe was easy to follow and make. Flan to me always seemed like something really difficult to make and only my abuelita made. Well after making this easy coffee flan cupcake recipe I am more confident in my flan baking abilities.  

I enlisted the help of my sister and niece, instead of black friday shopping we decided to bake.

Here is what you need to make this recipe 
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 12 foil cupcake liners 
  • 1 can (14 oz) NESTLÉ LA LECHERA Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 can (12 fluid oz) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 1 tablespoon NESCAFÉ CLÁSICO Pure Instant Coffee Granules
Start to finish, my niece assisting me in baking the flan.

Just a few products needed to make this recipe, it actually was really easy.  Just 35 mins in the oven and our flan cupcakes were done. After a few hours in the fridge they were ready to eat.  I made some Nestle Abuelita Mexican hot chocolate to go along with our treat.  On the back of package was another recipe to make Mokalita,  just add some Nescafe instant coffee to your hot chocolate and your done. You have a mocha hot chocolate or Mokalita.  My sister, niece and I enjoyed our coffee flan cupcakes and hot chocolate watching movies.  It was a great way to spend a chilly Friday evening. 

Final product, my coffee flan cupcakes, they taste better than they look! 

Do you want to try making coffee flan cupcakes?  You can find the entire recipe and instructions here (link) on the El Mejor Nido Nestle website.   The website also has other flan recipes and many more holiday treats to enjoy with your familia. You can sign up for El Mejor Nido site and get tons of recipes, rate and review, as well a receive a monthly newsletter with recipes and offers, its free so you have nothing to lose! Oh and its all in English or Spanish, you choose the language you want view.  I can share recipes with my mother in Spanish, so she can try them out too. 

Since it's the holiday season of giving, All You Magazine wants me to give 3 readers a basket with all the items to make your own coffee flan cupcakes and beverage bar.   You can enter below for a chance to win a basket of your own.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, but was given products to recreate recipe. 
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