Aug 29, 2014

“Desafio Fashionista” Challenge

This is part of a compensated campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Discovery Familia. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

For years I dressed like a business woman, always in trousers with heels and really nice tops from my favorite mall boutique. Since having Sammy my style has changed so drastically, sometimes I can't even tell it's me. But things change and our styles never quite stay the same, especially when you go from working in an office environment  to working from home. My style now I would say is very casual and can sometimes border on boring. But I am seriously working on finding some new pieces to fit into my wardrobe that will make it a little less boring and a lot more colorful. As moms who are always so busy taking care of others, we can tend to forget to take care of ourselves and that includes the perfect wardrobe for every occasion! My boyfriend is coming back next week and we are planning a date night for the day after he comes home. I have put together an outfit that will be great for dinner a movie and then a walk on the pier. My faux leather jacket is one of my favorite pieces and I love that I will be able to finally wear it for an evening walk on the beach. 

Speaking of fashion and maybe needing some help in that department, DESAFIO FASHIONISTA is a brand new and exclusive show that pits four fashionistas latinas head-to-head in a series of style-based challenges to be judged by a discerning and stylish panel of experts. From crafting the perfect look for a first date to donning just the right outfit for a second job interview, the contestants—and their style—will be judged on their chic creativity and personal style with the winner taking home the entire wardrobe. What an amazing prize right? I would love to win an entire wardrobe picked out by the fashion savvy. 

DESAF√ćO FASHIONISTA will air Fridays at 9PM EST/9PM PST starting August 15, in Discovery Familia. Watch so you can see how the four ladies competing will face each fashion challenge!!

Do you dream about handbags? Are shoes your best friends? Are you a true fashionista? Discovery Familia offers younthe opportunity to have thenwardrobe of your dreams. Don't miss the new series, Desafio Fashionista, Fridays at 9pm EST/PST, and then log on to Facebook and join the contest. Show that you're the "best-dressed" and you could win one of the weekly $250 prizes and a grand prize of $1,000 and the luxury of having a personal stylist. That wardrobe of your dreams is closer than ever with Desafio Fashionista and Discovery Familia. 

To get you in the mood for Desafio Fashionista and the contest, today I am giving away a $25 Sephora card! Giveaway ends next Tuesday so enter today! Good luck!

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Aug 27, 2014

Summer Beauty: Polka Dot Mani

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WalgreensBeauty #CollectiveBias

You know that I love doing my nails, it is perhaps my favorite of all beauty rituals. I also love sharing any makeup tips or products with all of you, especially when I find something really good. But as much as I love nail polish and sharing all the new polishes and colors, I have never shared a nail art tutorial because I am just not talented enough for it. Have you seen the nail art that is shared on Instagram? Some of that stuff is so amazing and I always wonder how these girls find the time or talent to do such major works of art on their nails.

Well today I decided that it was time to step out of my comfort zone and come up with a cute and very simple nail art look that even those of us who are "nail art" challenged can master. I went back to look at my two Walgreens hauls from this past weekend where I scored Revlon for 40% off and Maybelline ColorShow polishes for $1.99 a piece and then I hit YouTube to find something I could do with NO nail art tools.

Using the Studio35 Beauty Nail Polish Remover and two of three of the polishes that I purchased at Walgreens, I set about to trying out a simple tutorial I found online.

Products Needed
two polishes
1 clear topcoat
1 toothpick with the tip cut off

I am using Maybelline Color Show polishes in Coral Crush and Hibiscus Haven. I love coral polish and the hibiscus made a great match to create a perfect summer look.

Step 1: paint your nail in whatever solid color you have picked out. I used two coats for my solid base. 
Step 2: Using the toothpick with the tip cut off add a nice dollop of your polka dot color to the tip and starting in the middle, place a dot on your nail. Then add two more on the bottom and the top. 

Step 3: Now you can carefully dot the sides placing them in the spaces in between the other dots. As you can see my dots are not all perfectly round or even. 

These are things that can be perfect with time and by purchasing an actual dotting tool. I also added too much polish to some of the dots and those took extra time drying, but again that is something that you perfect with practice. 

What do you think? Personally, I think it's super cute and even though it is incredibly simple, it is still so different from my every day solid color. There you have it my friends, a summer nail art look for dummies! 

Don't forget that to you can pick up Maybelline Color Show polishes for $1.99 this week at Walgreens and if you need more incentive to go, check out the gift With Purchase offer which runs between 6/29 - 8/30 and allows consumers to get a coupon by texting a code or visiting for a FREE travel-size make-up brush set, their gift with any $20 beauty and personal care purchase (excluding baby category).

Love polish? Run to Walgreens and go get you some!
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Aug 26, 2014

Back to School Shopping #NordstromRack

Thanks to Nordstrom Rack for sponsoring today's post. All opinions are my own. 

Back to school shopping is now easier with the all-new website. This is a big deal when you don't happen to have a Nordstrom Rack anywhere in your area, like me. And you already know that I love online shopping, now I can finally get my shop on at one of my favorite places. Tonight I went on to pick out two outfits that would be perfect for back to school night at Sammy's school next week. I am so happy with how many choices and styles I found that fit into my casual style. I never really dress up but I don't like to messy either and a lot of times it can be hard to find an outfit that is super casual yet classic and in style. I loved this outfit and I love how each piece is so versatile. 

Simple and casual and yet very put together. For Sammy I went looking for something that is totally different from the uniform only look that she has to wear during the day. I love that she goes to a uniform only school but I admit that it can get pretty dull after awhile. It's always nice when she can wear something that is more her personal style and this outfit is very much Sammy. 

Marlie Boot $24.97 // Max & Bean Peachy Lace Dress $29.97 

How about those prices? At The Rack you don't have to give up your favorite brands and style for "cheaper". Nordstrom Rack is your destination for brands you love at up to 70% off. The Rack carries fabulous finds from Nordstrom, including top brands and the latest trends at amazing prices so you never have to give up your style. I am going to be doing some shopping for Sammy and myself, whohoo! I can't wait to slowly go through the entire site and find more favorites!!

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CoverGirl Glosstinis in #GetGlowing

I've been trying out Covergirl polishes these last months and today I have a new review for you. To see a previous swatch post of Glowing Nights Glosstinis in #GlowingNights, please hit that link. #GlowingNights is actually one of my favorite nail colors now, definitely like it a lot more than the one I am sharing today. I grabbed this color #GetGlowing last week in an effort to bring some yellow polish into my life, I also picked up another yellow shade of Sally Hansen from Target. Unfortunately neither poish was a huge success. I loved the shade of yellow of the Sally Hansen but I got a very bad bottle with very lumpy polish. Then I tried this one and didn't really love the color, it is just too bright.

I picked up #GetGlowing with a dusty turquoise color called #AfterDark. With coupons I paid like $1.25 per bottle which is really cheap considering I have found this formula to be super decent.

#GetGlowing is a pretty sheer polish, I had to do three coats to get the color you see here. And even though I am not a huge fan of the shade, it's already on its 3rd day and there are no signs of chips at all. 

This is the 4th polish in my Covergil Glossy Days & Glowing Nights Collection. It's my least favorite of them all, but if you are looking for that perfect, bright, canary yellow color then this is it. 

The Glosstinis formula makes this polish worth while and I love these little bottles. I will be posting swatches of #AfterDark soon so you can see what that shade looks like. I would and will probably be getting more of these cute little guys. Are you a fan of Covergirl polishes?
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Aug 23, 2014

Bath & Body Works Haul

I got a new little Bath & Body Works haul today that made me very happy. I don't post all my hauls for B&BW because there are too many, but today's haul is a very neat little one I made last week.

I ended up spending very little on this haul (somewhere around $34) because I had a $10 off a purchase of $30 coupon and free shipping. 

I made a trip to Bath & Body Works one day specifically to check out the new Artisan Scents and I could not believe that I didn't really love any of them. Actually wait, maybe I can believe it because I also loved NONE of the summer scents that they had for $6 for so long. The only one of the Artisan Scents that caught my eye was the Lemon Pomegranate scent and not really in the spray which I found too lemony, instead I loved it in the cream version. When I found out these 8 fl oz bottles were on sale for $5 I had Jack pop in and get me two. Then when she got home and I smelled them again, I went online and placed this order and got two more! This scent is amazing, I kid you not, go smell it yourself and see just how incredible it is, plus how gorgeous is this presentation! The Lemon Pomegranate Cream smells like sugared lemons to me, I am obsessed with it!

Another thing I had to order asap that day was some Hawaii body lotions. I had one which I had gotten as a freebie and China asked me for it so I wanted to replace it, but when we had gone into the store we found out they were g.o.n.e! The only Hawaii scent which is permanent in the line is going to be Oahu so the other two scents had already been shipped back to the warehouse. The entire Hawaii line was a favorite at my house this summer so I was so happy to find that some were still available online.  I decided to get the three girls a travel duo of the scent versus the larger bottles and told them to enjoy it because it could be the last time we have access to it. 

Last fall I discovered Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin and it is one of my favorite scents of all time,  so I had to get these hand creams from the fall line. I got to cinnamon and one Crisp Morning Air which also smells just like fall in a very outdoorsy way. These were 3-$10 and are super moisturizing!

This was my little "waiting on fall" haul, I should be making another these next weeks, I want to get some of the fall candles and am just waiting on a good promo code or coupon. I am such a fan of Bath & Body Works I just can't help buying so much stuff, especially since my favorite season is on the horizon! Come on fall, we are waiting on you!

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