Aug 31, 2014

Essence Long Lasting Lipstick Wear Berries

Last week I received an Ulta order (haul post coming soon) and I was so excited to finally have some of the Essence Long Lasting Lipsticks. I picked up three in this order after doing some swatch searching online. While this line has been available at the few Walgreens that carry Essence, they just arrived at Ulta. I don't really have access to those remote Walgreens, so I am excited to finally have these in my hands! Yesterday I tried out of the first of the three shades- Wear Berries. Here are my thoughts on this lipstick.

Lets talk about price which is only $3 per lipstick, this is ELF cosmetics type pricing, which makes Essence one of the lowest priced drugstore brands available. I have now tried quite a few Essence products and so far I love more of them than not. Essence truly is a great brand that is super affordable and I can't wait till they bring the U.S. even more of their fantastic products. Wear Berries is a purple shade that has enough of the purple that is really in style right now, but it's super wearable and not overly dramatic. 

This is for all the ladies that are loving that purple lip, but would like a toned down version of it. 

LA Girl Glazed Lip Paint in Coy

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Gloss in Wild Orchid

This is Wear Berries which you can see is a lot more wearable and still gives you that same purple color which is going to be so popular for the coming fall season. 

I love how smooth this goes on. I totally was prepared for it to be as drying as Wet N Wild lipsticks because I have Ravin Raisin (another purple color) and I like it but it really tugs your lips and needs some type of moisture added to it. So when I applied this I was so happy to feel how smooth it went on. The formula is creamy and the color is really buildable, you can definitely go much lighter than this if you want a sheerer shade. 

Wear time was about 4 hours before I felt I needed to refresh it. It doesn't moisturize your lips after the initial first half hour but it is not drying at all and feels very comfortable and it's not one of those colors that transfers like crazy. It also doesn't get on your teeth, which makes this finish even better. Overall I am very happy with Wear Berries and I can't wait to try the other two shades! Are you a fan of purple lip colors?
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Aug 29, 2014

Maybelline ColorShow Coral Crush Swatches

This week I found Maybelline Color Show Polish for only $1.99 at Walgreens so I took advantage and purchased three to add to the other three I own already. The color that I had been eyeing for a while now is Coral Crush and it is just as amazing as I knew it would be. I love coral lips, coral nails and just the color coral, I even had some coral Toms for a while. So when I find a coral polish that has a good formula, I tend to get super excited.

There is not much to say about this polish besides that the color is amazing, leaning a little towards a pinky coral. I did three coats and I did notice the formula was a tad bit lumpy, meaning the bottle is probably older. I am planning to buy a polish thinner for this type of issue since I now have a few lumpy polishes. But once you get the 2-3 coats on it such a pretty shade that I could not help but take a ton of pics. I love how these outdoor ones allow you to really appreciate the color. 

This formula has plenty of shine and seems to stay on pretty well too. 

I am a huge fan of Coral Crush and I have two more polishes to swatch for you next week. I love that Maybelline Color Show polishes are pretty affordable, especially if you find a sale like I did and I love the color selection. I'll see you soon with another swatch post. Have an amazing Labor Day weekend!
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“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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