Smile Tag

My first tag! Thanks for the tag!

Here’s how it works…

Ciarralorren, creator of The SMILE Tag, wants to see your smiles! If you are nominated for this tag (which I hope all of you are), then simply post a photo of yourself smiling! There really are no rules for this tag. You can post as many pictures with as many people as you’d like, solely under the condition that you are smiling in the photo or looking back at the photo makes you smile! It’s really quite simple. If you’d like, also share the story or stories behind the photos you post to let your followers gain more of an insight of who you are and what makes you happy. Or don’t! It’s really up to you! Truthfully, it doesn’t matter how you interpret this tag, so long as you spread joy and happiness around the Internet and in doing so within your own life. Let’s all be happy and share our smiles! Thank you, Laura, for tagging me!

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This is by far one of my favorite moments that made me smile. Mariah Carey has always been my favorite singer and person on this planet (haha)! My sister (left) pulled some strings and took me to see Mariah receive her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It was amazing and I had such a wonderful time! Love you big sis!

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I wanted to share this picture because obviously I was smiling, but this picture was taken a few days before I started blogging again.  I had dinner at a cute Italian place in Brentwood with my friend and her son. Over Fritto Mistos and a glass of Prosecco I told her that I needed a creative outlet of some sort, and we then came to a conclusion that I should start blogging again. Thank you, Sandra! ❤

EverydaySachet, Victoria, and Sarah. I’m nominating you ladies!

My Skin Care Routine

Love the skin you’re in. As a little girl my mother often told me how important it was to take care of my skin. I’ve suffered from eczema and sensitive skin for most of my life, and thankfully as I grew up it slowly went away. My skin care routine is pretty simple and here it is!

To remove my makeup I often like to use baby oil because it is very moisturizing and gentle. It also helps remove any waterproof makeup or stubborn lash glue residue.

JOHNSON’S® baby Oil

My favorite thing to use for my facial cleanser in the morning and at night is Cetaphil. I pretty much love Cetaphil and have been using their products my whole life. Whether it is for face or body, I use this brand. I think this is what partially cured my eczema. I couldn’t live without it!

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, 16.0 FL OZ

After I wash my face, I love to tone my face with a toner from Kiehl’s. I’ve tried all of their toners, but my all time favorite from them would have to be the Ultra facial toner. It is mild and moisturizing.  It doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals, alcohol, or fragrance that will irritate my skin.

Ultra Facial Toner

For my moisturizer, which I am always switching up and trying different ones, I am currently using the Skin Signature Melting Rich Cream from SK-II.

Every once in awhile when I have some down time, I like to apply a face mask. A current favorite at the moment would be from an Asian skin care line called Tony and Molly, which I happen to have found at Urban Outfitters.

I would love to know what are some of your favorite skin care products as well! 🙂

Springtime Glam

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Doesn’t makeup always look better when someone else does it for you? Okay, not always. I just wanted to share an eye shadow look that my super-talented hair dresser and friend did for me the other day. I will insert her Youtube channel here whenever she decides to start filming again!

20170423_14140520170423_141357She created a cut-crease eye shadow look using her Too Faced Natural Love makeup palette.

Can we talk about how beautiful the packaging is?? I love Too Faced cosmetics for their amazing products and cute and girly packaging.

 

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Teddy Bear Toast

Happy Monday!

Nothing makes Monday mornings harder than realizing it’s only Monday! This morning before I left for work, I decided to whip up my normal breakfast with a twist. I turned my sunflower toast into a cute teddy bear toast. I like to make sunflower toast in the mornings for breakfast or as a snack because it is fairly healthy, quick, and easy. Did mention it’s really yummy? 20170424_081728

To make my simple teddy bear toast:

  • Slice of toasted wheat bread
  • Sunflower spread for the face
  • Slices of bananas for the nose and ears
  • Blueberries for the eyes
  • Hemp seeds for extra flair and flavor

Enjoy!

The 1940’s Look

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Hello, world, I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I spent my Saturday at my cousin’s Fabulous 40’s themed birthday party. When I got the invite I automatically knew what dress I always wanted to wear, but to me the 1940’s were not so glamorous since makeup was scarce and bright, bold red lips just isn’t me. Still I managed to pull through and had fun with it!

My 1940’s vintage dress:

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The Dress: My beautiful true, blue vintage 1940’s dress was given to me from an older friend. It belonged to someone in her family. Now here it is, I can finally wear it. At first I was hesitant to wear it because I was sure that most of the guests at the speakeasy were not going to be in the 1940’s theme. Or if they were, they weren’t going to be wearing a full on costume! It made me think of the scene from Mean Girls when it was time for the Halloween party and Lindsey Lohan shows up wearing a scary bridezilla costume and all the other girls were wearing sexy lingerie with some form of animal ears! Girl world Vs Real world. Well, I chose real world.

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The Hair: 1940’s were all about the victory rolls. Those Youtube girls really make them seem so easy! For me, they were anything but that; but I manged to somehow make a roll or two. They sure were anything but victory, haha! The girls back then didn’t seem to have long hair, but I curled all of my hair, brushed out the curls to create the waves, teased, and rolled it out the best I could!

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My victory rolls ended up looking like Maleficent as the night progressed (lol).

The Makeup:

Lips: For my red lips I used a matte lipstick from Smashbox cosmetics. It was the only red lip color I own that came in the Light It Up lipstick and mattifier set that given to me for my birthday. The shade is called “Be Legendary.”

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Eyes: For my eye shadow I used my Urban Decay Naked 3 palette. Although shimmer wasn’t the appropriate look at the times for eyes, I wanted to use something natural and smooth that popped (it is a party after all!), and the naked palette did just that. The shades I used were “Dust” and “Nooner.”

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Face: I primed my face with the Chanel primer and used my Chanel foundation that are in my Everyday Makeup post. For my cheeks I used the Hoola bronzer from Benefit cosmetics to contour my cheeks a bit, and I added a pop of color using the Mariah Carey blush collection for MAC in the shade “You Got Me Feeling.”

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Some pictures from my cousin’s party. Happy Birthday, Jaime! Love you!! I had a wonderful time.

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My sis and I – her victory rolls took the cake!

The beautiful cupcakes (the sprinkles were edible)!

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Left: Caught being anti-social at the party (thanks for the pic sis!).

My Everyday Makeup Products

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TGIF! It is almost the weekend! (Yay!)

I’m going to share with you the makeup products I use daily for work – no crazy smokey eye shadow, or winged liner though. I save the full glam for when I’m off duty! I always want to be sure my makeup is work appropriate, but most importantly still me. For those that know me, my makeup routine usually takes me 10-15 minutes false lashes included (really!)! Here it goes:

Brows: Anastasia of Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Ebony

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I can’t stress enough the importance of brows. They either make or break a look. I have a love and hate relationship with mine; I will explain in a later blog if anyone is interested (haha). The Anastasia Brow Wiz helps me fill in any gaps and makes my brows look more polished.

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Face: I prime my face with the primer from Chanel. I like the scent of this product; usually I can’t wear any scented products because I have sensitive skin, but I have no problem with this one. I also like that this primer has an SPF of 40.

The Chanel foundation is not a full coverage foundation, however the coverage is build-able. I like how light weight this feels. Doesn’t look or feel heavy, or like they’re clogging your pores!

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Eyes: Chanel Eye Liner pencil in Noir and Too Faced Roller Lash Mascara.  I am old school and love the regular eye liner pencil that you still have to sharpen. This one is long lasting and gets the job done! I wouldn’t know what to do if they discontinued it (ha, seriously!).  I’ve been using it for 10 years! Too Faced Mascara is awesome as well as waterproof.

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Lips: I always use my Hello Kitty for Soft Lips lip balm before applying any lipstick or lip gloss. I wear one of these everyday for work: Lippy Stix shade in Cookie by Colorpop Cosmetics (which is great quality, especially for the price!) or Mariah Carey collection for MAC shade in McIzzle. Love that these two lipsticks do not dry out my lips like most lipsticks tend to do. I tend to always stick to nude hues but sometimes if I have a day off and am feeling adventurous, I rock the brighter shades.

Unfortunately Mariah Carey for MAC is no longer available but I will suggest other dupes that I have tried that are similar:

  • Tom Ford Beauty Blush Nude $50
  • MAC Wood Rose $17
  • Urban Decay Earthling $17

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Blush and Bronzer: MAC Cosmetics blush in Style. Mariah Carey for MAC bronzer. I love that the bronzer has a cartoon picture of her face. Unfortunately it goes away after several usages.

Nourishing Smoothie Bowl

With warmer temperatures approaching this week in L.A. I decided to make a smoothie bowl. I love experimenting with different kinds of recipes in the summer. They are so versatile and easy to make, the possibilities are endless!  Today I made a green smoothie bowl that was super light, quick, and delicious!

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Dang you, sinking bananas! (I didn’t have enough ice…)

Things you will need for a green smoothie bowl:

  • Spinach
  • Coconut water
  • Honey
  • Half banana
  • Chia seeds
  • Hemp seeds

To make the smoothie, blend spinach, coconut water, half a banana, a little ice, and honey. The toppings are bananas, chia seeds, hemp seeds, and a drizzle of honey. Enjoy!