I am finally back with my current beauty favorites! I don’t normally wear much makeup in the summer, but when I do I have really been loving these products, especially the lippies! Here are my thoughts on each.
One of my fav beauty vloggers Amanda Ensing influenced this purchase and I loveee it. The staying power is insane and I love the beautiful shimmery bronze color. The product is very buildable and it’s exactly what I needed for when I want to glam up my natural/brown makeup look.
NYX Pin-Up Tease Mascara, $5.99
I have super long and unruly lashes especially the ones at the outer corners of my eyelids and the wand on this mascara does exactly as it promises. It’s designed to separate and curl your lashes. The brush size is smaller than I am used to but it works so good. My only complaint is that it is hard to fully take off without the use of makeup remover.
Milani Lipstick- Nude Creme, $5.99
This shade is like my lips but BETTER! The color is a nude/pink shade that delivers true instant coverage with just one swipe and moisturizes with vitamins A & C. Its the perfect shade for me to wear on the daily and I feel like a grown up when I rock it.
This is probably the best $4 bucks I have spent on a beauty product. I can’t believe such an awesome lippie exists at such a great price. This lipstick is very pigmented, super creamy and has great staying power without bleeding. If you want a beautiful bright pink shade then I highly recommend this one!
Murad Oil-Control Mattifier, $39.50
I received a sample size of this product from my girl Kimberlee and I have been using it as a primer under my foundation for oil control and so far so good! It blends nicely even though it feels a bit thick and heavy and definitely keeps me shine free for hours.
This is another goodie from Kim and it just might be my favorite! It’s a matte bronzer that’s so perfect for contouring and to make it even better it smells like chocolate! It puts me in a good mood every time I use it. The medium/deep color shade is beautiful and perfect for my medium skin tone.
What’s new in your beauty bag?
My first official lookbook for MyTee B.A.D. Clothing is here and I am excited to share it with you all! The ‘Live Free Stay Young‘ lookbook is all about enjoying life, being fearless, being present and living in the moment. It’s so easy to get caught up in negativity and the everyday hustle, but we have to remember that life is good and it’s up to us to make the best of it.
I can’t tell you how many people and more specifically elderly people have commented on my “Live Free Stay Young” tee. They told me that I was spot on. That living life freely, meaning doing and being true to your authentic self is the best way to lead a happy and fulfilling life. So follow your dreams and do what makes you happy. It’s the secret to staying young. ;-)
How do you live free?
P.S. Thank you to the amazing team who helped make this lookbook a success!!
Models: Valery Chavez & Jacqueline Selesky
Photography & Styling: Nicole Colon
Photo Assist & Hair: Nina Colon
Makeup: Andrea Dominguez
View the Full Lookbook HERE.
Shop the Lookbook HERE.
So, who are you, really? I’m not talking about the persona who has been created via social media. I want to know who you are when the world isn’t watching. I am talking about the authentic you who was there before the experiences of life (and Instagram) started shifting things for you. It is our personal responsibility to find that person and open her up to the world so that she can be reconnected with who you present to the world everyday. That is when the magic happens and lasting success starts making its way into your life.
Here are my tips for living authentically:
Skip the social media feeds every once in a while. It will allow you to focus on yourself and not what everybody else is doing.
2. Alone Time.
Spend some quality time getting to know who you are at this time of your life. Are you happy?
3. Do More Happy.
Make an effort to do more things that genuinely make you feel good. Who cares if its not what the cool kids are doing. Do it anyway.
4. Be Fearless.
I truly believe life begins at the end of our comfort zone. If you find yourself in a rut its time to do something fearless. Book a trip and just GO.
How do you live authentically?
Share with me in the comments section!
Please excuse my absence while I have been on my hustle trying to get my mind right. I’ve been in a weird space the past few weeks and I am happy to be making some changes to help facilitate inspiration and positivity. Things have not been easy since I ventured out on my own, but I am determined to make it work. I am currently in the process of giving my office space a makeover and I FINALLY got a functioning laptop (thanks babe!). So I will have some new posts for you starting this week!
Hope you have all been doing amaze!
Hi loves! I just want to let you all know that I am hosting a huge BIRTHDAY SALE for my company MyTee B.A.D. Clothing as we celebrate 2 years in business! I am offering 40% off EVERYTHING plus giving a FREE gift, which is a super cute B.A.D. Girl drink koozie in neon pink!
Now is your chance to stock up on your favorite B.A.D. Girl pieces like this popular tee or our brand new jersey tee! I will also no longer be making jewelry so shop the last of my pieces to get one before they are gone for good!
Thank you so much for supporting me on this journey. I appreciate every little bit of love I have received over the past 2 years. This journey has not been easy and it is still not easy but it is most definitely worth it. I want to inspire and empower women so help me do that by repping the B.A.D. Girl Movement!
Thank YOU! HUGS!
If you’re still in school, or even if you’ve graduated, everyone remembers being motivated at the start of the summer to reinvent themselves by the time classes start up again. Even if school has long since passed for you, it’s never too late to set new goals towards bettering yourself.
A lot of people try to go for looks to make a more noticeable change. But this year, try something new. Instead of focusing on your appearance, dedicate the season to making yourself happy. Whether you’re in a relationship or you’re single, learning to be self-sufficient (and happy doing so!) is one of the best attributes you can gain.
One of the quickest ways to make yourself feel good is to help do good for others. You’ll feel proud of yourself for doing something to help your community, which can give you a more positive outlook on your life. The most important thing to consider when volunteering is that you’re putting your time towards something that you’re truly passionate about. That way, you’ll be more motivated to stick to the cause and have a greater sense of purpose from doing so.
Complete a Project
While volunteering will help you feel accomplished, it tends to be an ongoing activity. This summer, choose something that you can complete throughout the duration of the season. Psychology Today reports: “When people have goals to guide them, they are happier and achieve more than they would without having them. It’s a brain thing. Achieving a goal you’ve set produces dopamine, a neurotransmitter responsible for feelings of pleasure. Reciprocally, dopamine activates neural circuitry that makes you eager to pursue new challenges.”
Do you have the itch to learn how to paint? Take a local class in your area, or, if money is a little tight, there are plenty of videos on YouTube that give step-by-step guides on the right products and techniques. Have you been wanting to refinish that old bedroom set? Get your butt to the hardware store and get started! You’ll feel good having tangible evidence of your progress and a fine-looking furniture set to show for it!
Learn to Love Yourself
Being able to truly love yourself is the easiest way to achieve happiness. Think about what makes you YOU and spend some time this summer nurturing yourself. Accept and embrace the women that you are, flaws and all.
Get into a routine of doing something nice for yourself. Spend an afternoon a week giving yourself a mani/pedi, and while doing so, remind yourself that you’re an amazing person. You might feel silly, but a lot of people have success saying mantras, or meditating, to reflect and become more introspective. You learn to be more independent, and (hopefully) learn more about who you are as an individual.
While you might learn to emotionally love yourself, it’s not just the emotional lovin’ we like to have a guy for. But not to worry, there are plenty of toys out there that can fulfill all your sexual needs (some even better than a guy can!). Feeling a little embarrassed? Don’t be! Even if you have a guy, a toy can take your sex to the next level. As Adam & Eve points out, while these helpful toys were once bought under the sly category of “personal massagers,” they’re now a staple for modern women.
Go on an Adventure
There’s no better way to challenge yourself and discover new things than taking the leap and doing something you’ve never done before. While traveling might be a go-to adventure for someone people, not all of us have the disposable income to be able to do so.
The good news is that you don’t need a plane ticket to experience the unknown. Adventure can be as simple as doing something you’re afraid of, like singing karaoke in front of a crowded bar, or trying out for a play. The point is that you shouldn’t let what you’re afraid of limit you in any way. Most of the time, you’ll find there was no reason to be afraid in the first place.
Whether you’re returning to school in the fall or you’re working now, making yourself happy and healthy will help benefit every other aspect of your life. You won’t need someone else to make you feel special, but when that person comes along, they won’t be able to let you slip away.
What Makes you Happy?
I was really excited to try the NEW starter kit from Jane Iredale because her line focuses on creating makeup with actual skincare benefits. Products are made using high quality ingredients with no parabens, high testing standards and are always cruelty free. Here are my thoughts on the kit!
This primer helped even my skin tone to eliminate redness and the appearance of pores while also giving my skin a subtle glow, which I love!
Pure Pressed Base & Amazing Base SPF 20 Broad Spectrum -Medium
These multi-tasking foundations provide 4 functions in one: foundation, concealer, sunscreen and active skincare benefits. The Pure Pressed Base (my personal fave!) gave me amazing coverage with just one quick application. I also liked that it was very buildable so you can achieve the look you want and the product doesn’t look caked on.
The amazing base is a loose mineral powder, which works great but I am just personally not a fan of when it comes to foundations because it gets messy (no matter the brand). I also found that I got better coverage with less product with the Pure Pressed Base.
I really love this setting spray! It hydrates, conditions and protects your skin with the added benefit of pomegranate extract, a powerful antioxidant. It also contains white tea and rosemary extra and leaves a real clean and fresh fragrance.
Have you tried any Jane Iredale Products?
You can purchase the starter kit HERE.