#Momstuff

Mila’s Bow Haul

 

Hey Mamas! P.s. Don’t mind the baby hand, this is the best pic I could get lol! Since lately my posts have been more about beauty, I wanted to talk more about #Momstuff! As you may or may not know I am a mama to my beautiful daughter Mila. She’s 1 about 15 months old, since she’s been born I’ve always loved putting bows on her, right now she’s at that stage where she does take them off occasionally but there are so many Etsy shops that make the cutest bows ever and I just can’t resist. If any mamas have girls you know how fun it is to dress your girl in cute clothes and bows,I’ve been buying bows for Mila over the past few months so I wanted to share the bows I picked out for her.

Most of her bows I do buy on Etsy, I used to shop for bows at Babies r us and Buy Buy Baby but I feel like now that Mila is bigger they just don’t fit her, those bows are more for infants. I love that I can support a small business by shopping on Etsy, and find one of a kind bows that are handmade. My tip is to follow an Etsy shop on Instagram and especially around holidays they offer discounts or even free shipping to get the best deal when shopping for bows. Another tip I have is if you have a boy, you can turn bows into bowties for your little boy, and it’s such a cute idea. My fav shops and sites to shop for baby bows are:

 

My biggest reason why I love these bows from my fav shops are because of the stretch, they all carry bows that either come on or are made of nylon which has an amazing stretch, which not only will last a long time but it doesn’t leave marks or indents on my daughter’s head like some other bows do, the plus side is that they have really cute prints and are one of a kind.All my mamas out there or even if you know someone who has a baby be sure to check out these sites and Etsy shops, check them out on Instagram, you’ll be pleased with the quality and the cuteness of these bows.I’m so excited that fall is right around the corner, can’t wait to put these gorgeous bows on my babe!

Talk to you soon my loves!

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Beauty

Fenty Beauty-Take or Toss?

Hey Babes!

Today I want to talk about the newly launched Fenty Beauty. I think we all new Rihanna was about to drop something big with all the hints but no one knew when and what. She recently like a few days ago launched a whole beauty line which is now available in Sephora stores and online. There is so much hype right now about this brand, every blogger and youtube right now are all talking about Fenty Beauty. What is Fenty Beauty?

Fenty beauty is Rihanna’s newly launched makeup line, her focus was to launch a line sir that women everywhere would be included, focusing on a wide range of traditionally hard to match skin tones, creating formulas that work for all skin types, and pinpointing universal shades. Fenty beauty products are designed to feel lightweight, even as they deliver buildable coverage that effortlessly layers to make skin look like skin.She says she wants to create makeup to inspire,”Makeup is there for you to play.It’s there for you to have fun with.It should never feel like pressure, and it should never feel like a uniform”-Rihanna. I may not be Rihanna’s biggest fan however, I wanted to see what all the hype was about.

My first impression was that the price range wasn’t too bad especially compared tot he rest of the high end brands in Sephora.The prices ranged from about $25-$52 which isn’t too shabby at all, I do really like the packaging, it’s simple and sleek, I love that the compacts are all white yet if you look closely it’s covered in iridescent shimmer which was so cute I love it! There isn’t a wide range of different products, I believe there’s a face primer, foundation, highlighter and highlighter duos,blotting powder, contour and highlight sticks,few brushes and a lip gloss. Hopefully she adds more products in the near future to the line, but that’s not a bad start. I decided to try out a highlighter and the lipgloss:

  • Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo in the shade Mean Money and Hu$tla Baby -$34 (It’s a champagne gold shade)
  • Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer in the shade Fently Glow-$18

Fenty Beauty can be found at Sephora and Fentybeauty.com

My first impressions of the products,I really like the lipgloss it’s a pretty rosy nude shade, perfect for everyday or paired with a nude lip. I really like the highlighter as well, it’s nothing too special however I love a to glow so I love a good highlighter,I really like the shade I picked so I will definitely get some use out of it. Since I love to watch youtube and seen many reviews from my fav youtubers, I really want to try the foundation and the Trophy wife highlight which is a yellow gold 3D highlight. Hopefully soon I’ll make my way back to Sephora to pick up those items. Overall I give Fenty Beauty two thumbs up! I think Rihanna did a great job with this line and for the price I think it’s worth the money, so if you’re thinking about it or on the fence I say try a few things out and give it a try. Also, Sephora does offer samples all you have to do is ask so you could try a sample of the primer for foundation before you commit and buy it.  Let me know your thoughts about Fenty Beauty and if you’ve tried any of her products. I say you better Take it girl!

Talk to you soon!

Beauty

Serums: Are they worth it?

Hey my loves!

Today I want to talk about serums, do they really work? Is it worth the money? I’m here to tell you that Yes! They are worth it and I’ll explain why. We all know by now how important the skin is and that we must make sure to take care of our skin first either to have young and beautiful skin or for makeup lovers out there like myself to help your makeup look flawless, it simply all comes down to the skin. I feel like serums have been a trending topic lately as they should be, there are so many benefits to a good serum, and there’s so many different serums to target your specific skin concern.

  • Serums have the highest concentration of active ingredients, they can contain up to 70% of active ingredients compared to cleansers and moisturizers which contain about 5-10% of active ingredients.
  • They actually show results! Since they have such a high concentration of active ingredients they penetrate deep into the skin, releasing those amazing ingredients, vitamins and minerals that are good for your skin.Whether you use a serum for anti aging, hydration, dark spots, you will see results over time since it seeps into your skin and doesn’t just sit on the skin.
  • Serums contain zero fillers, which means serums contain pure natural ingredients and are better for your skin than any other skin care product. They don’t contain mineral oils or parabens, only vitamins, peptides and good minerals that your skin needs. Serums are delivery systems that are meant to deliver those active ingredients deep into the skin.
  • Most serums are water based which means that they are also noncomedogenic and won’t clog your pores or cause breakouts, making them great for any skin types especially acne prone skin. Since they are water based they absorb right into the skin.

Yes, most serums can be pretty pricey, at least compared to moisturizers and cleansers, however investing in a good serum will go a long way. Since they are highly concentrated a little will go a long way, you won’t have to worry about them causing breakouts, and you will actually see benefits and improvements in your skin. Not only that if you have a good serum you really don’t need a ton of different moisturizers, no need to go out and spend even more money. I’ve been using serums in my skin care routine for about 2 years now and since I have dry skin, my skin has been nice and hydrated and my makeup just looks so much better. I used to just wash my face and maybe a moisturizer but now I know how to care for my skin and what works for me and I don’t suffer from dry patches or irritation on my face and I used to use so many different moisturizers and they really didn’t do much for my skin until I started using serums and now my skin feels amazing!

Along as you have a good serum that works for you, you really don’t even need to use a moisturizer it will hydrate your skin and more, which it’s basically a 2 in 1 product. My favorite serum right now is the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum $36, you can find it at Ulta and Sephora. I hope this inspires you to go out a try a serum and see how it works for yourself. Serums have worked for me to keep my skin hydrated and they’ve worked for many others. Thank you for reading my post!

 

Talk to you soon

#Momstuff

Life Update

Hey all!

So I’ve totally been slacking on my posting. I’m still getting used to a routine and trying to find time to post. I wish there were more hours in a day but since thats not the case, I’m trying to figure out ways to make time for my posts. As some maybe not all of you may know I am a full time working mama,I’ve been focusing on growing in my position at work as well as being a mom, taking care of my 1 year old daughter and trying to focus on my blog and posting more. I’ve also been sick I guess you can say for about a week, well I’ve been trying to fight either a cold or virus not too sure what it is, still not feeling well but trying to recover.

Even with body aches and tiredness I have the urge to make a few posts and to clean and organize the house, I guess I’m short of feeling better. I just want my followers or anyone who reads or even just looks at my blog, thank you so much for taking the time too read and/or like my blog. It’s been a dream of mine to start this blog and share things with all of you. I love that I have this blog to talk about anything,I do have specific topics that I do talk about but I don’t want this to be a traditional blog, I want to be able to share more than those topics with you all whether its about life or anything else.

I’m so grateful that I have some of you that follow my blogs, it doesn’t matter how many followers I have along as I’m able to post for you that’s what matters to me. Hopefully I’ll have energy later to post more for you but in the mean time I’ll be resting trying to get better. I do apologize that I don’t post too often or have a schedule as blogging is still new to me and I will figure out what works best for me to continue to produce lots of posts. I know my photos and posts aren’t perfect like you see on other blogs or Instagram but I’m learning and researching new ways to improve my photos, but so far I’m so glad and thankful you all enjoy it. Thank you!

 

Talk to you soon!

#Momstuff

Traveling with Baby PT.2

Heyyy all!

Sorry I’ve been MIA for a few days, Mila and I went on a mini vacation over the weekend, and we just wanted to relax and take time off.  We went to Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo for a few days, it was so nice to get out of the heat. Check out my Instagram to see how beautiful it was by the ocean, info is on my homepage.

Now lets talk about how I traveled with baby and what I packed for her. First off, it was a 5 hour drive to get there, she did ok of course she was fussy plus she’s been teething so I’m sure you moms know how that is. I made sure for the car ride she had a few toys to entertain her, plus her favorite blankie to make sure she was as comfortable as possible. Here are my top items that were a must to bring with us traveling:

  1. Stroller– We use the Baby Trend jogging stroller, it makes it so easy to get around.
  2. Sippy cups– Yassss! Sippy cups arte a must when traveling, we use the Nuby 12m+ with the flexible straw. I also, brought a pack of disposable sippys just in case which worked out great! I purchased both at my local Target.
  3. Portable Place mat– It’s perfect for going out to eat and putting baby’s food on their instead of on top of the table or a plate (which can easily be thrown) its portable and perfect for traveling and take sup no space in her diaper bag.
  4. Backpack diaper bag– It was perfect and big enough to store everything she needs from diapers and wipes to extra clothes even my stuff. The brand we have is from carters and I bought it at Buy Buy Baby. FYI love that place!
  5. Lots of Snacks– I made sure to bring lots of snacks from her Happy Tot puffs, granola bars, cereal to fruit pouches and water. Us moms have to make sure to always have snacks on deck especially when out and about with baby.
  6. Sippy cup holder strap– I know it sounds weird but it’s a strap that attaches to the stroller on one end and grips the sappy cup on the other end. Mila loves to constantly throw things especially her sippy cup, I found it at Buy Buy Baby for like $7 but its totally worth it, I don’t have to worry about mile throwing her sip cup and getting it dirty.

I wasn’t sure what the weather would be like but it was pretty nice a little chilly, so I packed her bomber jacket and some sweaters and sweat pants, as well as a few onesies and rompers just in case and it worked out perfectly. Also, since Mila loves to walk around I brought her moccasins and they are so easy and convenient and super cute too. I really love having moccs for her, they’re so easy to slip on and go, they’re a must for babies, I get mine online from Monkey Feet.

Those were my baby travel must haves, let me know if you have any suggestions or products that make it easier to travel with baby, I love trying new products for Mila so I would love to hear your suggestions.

Talk to you soon!

Beauty

Mini Ulta Beauty Haul

Heyyyy!

I’ve been away too long why must I be so busy?! #Momlife. So recently I decided to do some online shopping, I’ve really been into shopping online especially now that I’m a mom, it’s so nice to be able to shop while at home with my baby girl. One of my favorites to shop is at Ulta, you can find all of your beauty needs especially online as they just keeping expanding their brands they carry, plus I’m a platinum member so why not? I personally love reading blogs or watching youtube vids on hauls, idk why but I like to see what others are buying and if I should try it so I figured I’d share may haul with you.There’s a few items I’ve been really wanting to try, so I decided to share with you what I got from Ulta!

  1. Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-tox Hydra-gel eye patches $48– It’s a cooling contour eye patch gel that helps reduce the look of puffins,dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles. They contain cucumber extract,Aloe, Chamomile, Hyaluronic acid, and Caffeine, which leaves your under eyes visibly brighter, revitalized and more youthful looking. (This mama definitely needs some help with those dark circles)
  2. Juice Beauty Brightening Essence $35– It soothes skin and reduces redness, leaves a thin veil of moisture on the skin, reduces appearance of pores, dark spots, and discoloration, preps skin to absorb serum and moisturizer. I’m so excited to try this product since I have dry skin I need all the hydration I can get. My goal is to have flawless skin, so hydration, and smooth supple skin sounds good to me!
  3. Smashbox Spotlight Palette(collar with Casey Holmes) $35-I have the pearl palette which is the lightest shade and I love that it gives you such a pretty glow without emphasizing texture, but it looks slightly too light for me so I decided to try the gold palette. I don’t know about you but I love highlighter! I cannot live without or wear makeup without glowing to the gods, it’s probably my favorite part when doing my makeup, I’m just obsessed with a good highlight,I love to glow sorry not sorry.
  4. Smashbox Photo Finish Radiance Primer(travel size) $16– It instantly primes and evens skin tone, packed with Hyaluronic acid and Shea butter for all day moisture, 4k high def spheres blur imperfections, micro fine bronze pearls create a warm glow. I already love the original photo finish primer, I love that it smooths out my skin, and blurs my imperfections, it’s such a great primer. As Smashbox is well known for their primers I decided to give it a try to see what it does for my dry skin, all of the claims drew me in, can’t wait to try it out.
  5. Dose Of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick in Truffle $18– I absolutely love a good liquid lipstick, I know it’s a popular trend but I love a good matte lip and lately I’ve been obsessed with nude shades. I am on the hunt for my perfect nude so I’ve been trying out lots of beautiful nude shades. This shade is a light brown with a pink undertone, it looks like such a pretty shade especially for fall. My fav makeup look on myself is a simple look with radiant skin, mascara and a matte lip, I seriously can’t get enough, plus it’s a fast and easy look perfect for us moms.I’ve headed so many amazing things about dose of colors and now there at Ulta I decided to give it a try. Side note: I’m so sad I missed the launch of the Desi X Katy collection, it is so beautiful and totally up my alleys sad!

Anyway, thats my mini ulta haul, let me know if you’ve tried any of these products what you think or I’d love to hear your fav products because I’m all for trying new beauty products.

Talk to you soon!

Food

#Coffeegoals

Lately I’ve been on the hunt for new coffee shops to go to, I do drink Starbucks quite often but I don’t know if it’s just me but I get a kind of tired of Starbucks just a tad. Don’t get me wrong it’s convenient and I’ll still continue to go there however, not sure why but most often than not their coffee gives me headaches and makes me feel sick which kinda defeats the purpose of coffee. Coffee is life especially having a 1 year old who likes to wake up early, I definitely need some energy to keep up with her thought the day. This morning I decided to go on yelp and look for new coffee shops in my area. I found Pachamama Coffee Cooperative and figured I’d check it out.It’s a nice cute place, they offer a simple menu of pour overs, espresso and coffee drinks.

All of their coffee and espresso is all organic which I love, who wouldn’t? Today was a “treat yo self” kind of day so I went with an iced mocha which whip, yum! It was a little pricey $5 for a 16oz mocha but can easily justified as it’s a local coffee shop using organic espresso and only a few cents more than Starbucks. I really enjoyed my mocha, it was so tasty! What I loved was that it had a perfect balance of sweetness and espresso, I’m not a black coffee kinda girl,I like flavor and sweetness in my coffee but it wasn’t crazy strong and not overly sweet, it was perfect. Overall, I had a great experience the employees were friendly, coffee was great and organic. The only downfall is the parking isn’t great the parking lot only has 4 spaces, I had to park down the street which wasn’t too bad thank goodness I had the stroller with me so I didn’t have to carry my sleepy girl, but other than that I give it 2 thumbs up! If your’e in the Sacramento area be sure to give Pachamama coffee a try!

Have a great day loves, talk to you soon!

#Momstuff

Traveling with Baby

Good morning!

So next weekend my daughter and I are going on a family girl’s trip with my mom and sis to SLO. I have traveled with her in the past when she was like 4 months old but I’m sure it’ll be different this time now that’s she’s 1. I’ve already started to think about what I need to take, how much I should pack, what the weather will be like. It can definitely be a little overwhelming.Once I start packing next week, I will post a packing guide for traveling with baby. As of right now I’m doing some research to see what she really needs so I don’t go crazy and pack up our house for a 3 day trip.

I seriously can’t wait for our upcoming trip, of course it will be a lot of work being out all day with a 1 year old, but it’s so much needed, since my life consists of working full time, and coming home to take care of my family and the house. Especially since I don’t travel much or take much time off for family stuff. If any moms out there have an suggestions for traveling with your babes or any recommendations on places to see or things to do in SLO, please let me know!

 

Talk to you later!

Beauty

Mask Monday!

Hey Loveys!

Last night I did my night time masking routine for hydrated and glowing skin. So I thought I would share the products I use and my night time process. My goal is to mask consistently at least a few times a week between detoxifying masks and hydrating sheets masks. I truly love skin care and believe that it’s so important to take care of our skin especially for a flawless makeup application. Lately I have been so off my skin care game, just dealing with working and busy being a mom, by the end of the night I’m so done and ready to pass out. I’m sure moms out there can relate with everything on our plates we just don’t have time for all that. Back to skin, I have dry skin and I do tend to breakout here and there especially if I don’t care of my skin like I should.

So last night I decided to have a mask Monday. I started with washing my face I currently use Purity cleanser by Philosophy (which I love), next I use the Pixi glow tonic toner, this toner is amazing it exfoliates your face to real smooth, soft glowing skin I highly highly recommend it. After my basic skin care I used a total of 3 different masks. First off, using face masks is so beneficial for your skin, what I love about masking is that there are so many great masks on the market that are made to specifically target certain skin concerns to help achieve beautiful skin. Whether you have oily, combo,dry,normal skin or need hydration or detoxifying or to get rid of breakouts, there are so many masks out there for your needs. 

(BTW don’t mind my mom do) I started with a detoxifying mask to help trap and rid my face of all impurities stuck in my pores and that are trapped deep below the surface. My favorite mask for that is the Indian Healing clay mask, the benefits of this mask is it gets rid of all this toxins, oil and dirt trapped underneath the skin, once applied to the skin it will get tight and you will feel a pulsating sensation which helps with blood circulation,it helps get rid of acne or blemishes on the face and gets deep into the pores. Not only is this mask so affordable, it works so well and the one mask I trust to help detox my skin, you also get a ton of product which is a huge plus! Next I used a hydrating sheet mask to help bring back the moisture into my skin, I used the TonyMoly master lab intensive hydrating sheet mask with hyaluronic acid. 

Since I have such dry skin I love using products with hyaluronic acid, it helps the skin retain moisture, it helps with anti aging, overall it helps hydrate the skin creating smooth, soft,supple and radiant skin. Ummm who wouldn’t love that?! What I love about sheet masks is that it deeply hydrates the skin in as little as 20 minutes and you massage the remaining product into the skin, no rinsing needed. Lastly, I used the H20+ beauty water bright color correcting mask. I used this mask as an overnight mask,itys’ supercharged with Vitamin C, designed to help fade the appearance of dark spots, improves uneven skin toned dullness and reveals radiant skin. I have redness and uneven skin tone so I love that I can leave this on overnight and not only will it help revitalize and moisturize the skin it will help improve my skin tone.

Yes, this may sound like a lot of work but it’s truly beneficial to help give you flawless, beautiful skin.I love using all different types of masks, and for all the mamas out there or even if you’re not a mom its a great way to unwind and relax, try it with a glass of wine too! Sometimes you just need some me time. Hope you enjoy my tid bit about skincare and the products I love. I would love any recommendations or suggestions regarding skin care, feel free to leave in the comments.

Talk to you soon!

Food

Cold Pressed Juice Anyone?

When my hubs and I moved into our neighborhood last fall we stumbled upon a hidden gem called Liquidology. After our first visit we immediately fell in love with is place. Why you may ask? Well just a little quick background, my hubs has always been all about staying healthy and fit, whether it’s going to the gym 5 days a week or eating clean, he’s always on the hunt for new ways to continue to stay healthy. Now for me, it’s definitely been a challenge after having a baby, and being a full time working mama to follow his path and keeping a healthy lifestyle.

As much as I want to be fit, as of right now it’s tough to get a ton of workouts in. I’ve come to the conclusion is along as I’m healthy and eat right that’s all that matters. Anyway, what I love about Liquidology is that you’re able to to get a serving ,if not more of fruits and veggies retaining all of those amazing vitamins and nutrients that our bodies need to keep us healthy, ,perfect for on the go,all in a delicious juice form. I love that their juices are in their raw form, they don’t taste overly sweet and they have a wide variety of different juices, and juice cleanses to choose from.

Not only do they offer amazing juices, they also have acai bowls, smoothies,avocado toast and so much more. If you’re in the Sacramento area I highly recommend you go check out Liquidology, it’s our fav healthy spot and I know you’ll enjoy it too! The cool part is if you’re not in the area, if you go on their website you can order fresh juices and they will ship it to your door, how awesome is that?

Liquidology- liquidologybar.com