It has been way over a year since I have blogged! Life has been so crazy to be honest and I just took a long break. A small life recap, in 2017 I had an unfortunate accident that caused me to tear my ACL and my meniscus. I have had to undergo two knee surgeries and I still have a torn ACL. I am in a slightly better place with my knee even though I now suffer from chronic knee pain. I am also PREGNANT!!!! So exciting for our family. Our oldest daughter is now seven years old and we feel so blessed to be able to give her a sibling. We are having a baby boy this August. For the most part this pregnancy has been much easier than my last. It has been so long since we have had a baby so I definitely feel like a new mom at times. Can’t wait to share this new stage of my life with you. I plan on sharing more mom content along with beauty and fashion. I also plan on incorporating my fitness journey on here. Having a second baby and all these health issues in the past few years has made me put my health into perspective and I want to be the best version of myself for my family and for myself. Can’t wait to start posting more and sharing more of my life here.
As a huge beauty junkie but I will be honest summer is my least favorite time of the year to do my makeup. I have tried many things to make my makeup last during the summer heat and I feel like I have finally found a combination that works for me. To start off I have combination skin my t-zone tends to get very oily. In order for any makeup to look good on the skin you have to make sure you have a good skin care routine that way your skin looks it’s best. These items have been tested out thoroughly so far this summer.
I am currently obsessed with the Dior Diorskin Forever Undercover 24-Hour Full Coverage Water-Based Foundation. This foundation is so good and full coverage. It truly lasts all day and I swear the longer you have it on the better it looks. I make sure I always prime my face I am currently using this Estee Lauder The Mattifier Shine Control Perfecting Primer + Finish –. A very important step for your foundation to last is to set your face with a powder. I am currently loving PEACH PERFECT MATTIFYING SETTING POWDER. This powder makes you look flawless. This powder is amazing especially for the under eye area it doesn’t make the concealer crease. The PEACH MIST MATTIFYING SETTING SPRAY is a must! I have been completely obsessed with this setting spray you just have to make sure you really shake it very well. This setting spray makes you truly matte. It makes your makeup last a lot longer. The last picture is of me after having my makeup on for a solid 10 hours. This has truly been my must haves this summer especially if I want to stay matte in this Southern California heat.
Other makeup products used:
I was so curious to see how this It Cosmetics CC Cream Foundation and the Your Skin But Better™ CC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder™ with SPF 50+ would look on my skin that of course I had to buy it. I will say I am very impressed with this foundation. This foundation has a very moisturizing feel to it. I don’t think this is completely matte but it has a silky finish. This is a full coverage foundation but it still has that natural look to it. The powder is amazing. It makes your face look flawless on top of the liquid foundation. Below are some picture of my before and after. I apologize about my eyebrows they are currently trying to regrow lol.
My after picture is with nothing on my face except the foundation and powder. I feel like this foundation is ideal for someone who is looking to look put together in a quick amount of time. This will definitely be my go to foundation for days that I am in a hurry and don’t have a lot of time on my hands to get ready. I give this foundation a 10/10. If you have any foundations you would like for me to review let me know!
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I get so excited every single year when this sale comes every year. Nordstrom brings out all their upcoming fall clothing and accessories and they put it on major sale after the sale is over the prices go back up to regular price. I want to round up some of my favorite things from this sale that I purchased. I was going to do a try on haul but I am currently recovering from knee surgery so that would of been a little difficult.
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Such a great price for these popular leggings I have been wanting to try these and I finally purchased them on sale.
I picked this up with full intentions of hating this mirror but this mirror is a game changer when applying makeup!
Such a great deal these items are both full size.
I love Lucky Brand shoes such a great deal!
Women’s Halogen Sadie Genuine Calf Hair Slingback Flat, Size 5 M – Brown
These shoes are so comfortable. I purchased them because I needed comfy shoes for my bad knee but these are just amazing for anyone.
Clinique Big Genius Little Genius Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ Duo
Such a great deal considering the size of the big bottle and you still get a considerable sized travel lotion.
There is so much more I still hope to shop. Some of the items I have been eyeing have sold out unfortunately so I only linked items that are available. I think this is such a great chance to shop items that are brand new and on sale. Enjoy the shopping!
I wanted to share what I wear in a typical workweek. I have a desk job and I can’t deny the fact that sometimes I struggle with putting things together. I want to share week outfits with y’all. I like very neutral colors and being comfortable is truly my main goal. I will be linking either the same items I am wearing or similar ones if I can’t find them for you. Nothing is too expensive because let’s be real I am on a budget. I also realized after doing this post that I only wear black pants.
My Blazer: Calvin Klein One-Button Blazer $89.98 The Cheaper Alternative: Women’s Bi-Stretch Twill Blazer – A New Day™ $34.99 Pants: High Waisted Skinny Pant $79.99 The Cheaper Alternative: Women’s Skinny Chino Pants – A New Day™ $19.99 Shoes:Qupid Women’s Regent-02 Loafer Flat, Black, 7 M US
Pants: Worthington Luxe Stretch Slim Leg Pants Blazer: TuiFallen Women’s Cotton Rolled Up Sleeve No-Buckle Blazer Jacket Suits Brown Medium HEO CLOTHING Women’s Regular and Plus Size Solid, Printed Open Blazer Cardigan Jacket Made In USA (3XL, Z3-Ebo-BKP)(My blazer is old I will be linking similar ones.) Shoes:CLARKS Women’s Candra Light Flat, Black Patent, 7 M US (Shoes are also old they are Clark’s and I linked similar ones. These are just the best work shoes ever.)
Similar Style Top: Cold Shoulder Tie Sleeve Top (Major Sale!!)
This is my casual day at work and I completely love this dress and these shoes they are so comfortable. Dress: Women’s Tie Back Dress – Universal Thread™ Blue $27.99 Shoes: Women’s Ava Shield Espadrille Flatform Sandals – Universal Thread™ $32.99 Jacket: Women’s Freeborn Denim Jacket – Universal Thread™ Light Wash
High Waisted Skinny Pant I own these they are amazing!
I tend to keep it very simple and I like neutrals. I have invested in pieces that are a bit more expensive but in general my wardrobe consists with affordable pieces because let’s be real I am on a budget.
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I have been on the search for a pair of comfortable and natural looking hair extensions. I have very thin hair and I have zero volume. I consider my hair a huge wreck to be completely honest. My hair is naturally curly so I needed something that wouldn’t add more steps to my hair routine. I found the Bellami Bell-Air hair extensions on QVC and I decided to give them a try since they offered easy pay and a good return policy. These extensions run at $199. I will be reviewing the hair extensions and sharing how my hair looks without hair extensions. These extensions have the halo like application and they come in a very luxurious package. The package includes the three piece hair extensions, a hair wand that doubles as a hair straightener, a hair brush, hair clips and a bag to store them in. I purchased them in the color off black.
Like I said these hair extensions come in a very fancy packaging. I chose the 12 inch ones because I was hoping that my extensions looked somewhat natural. They do come in different lengths.
When you get the package you have the Step 1 option where they include one of the side pieces so that you can test out the color and make sure it matches before you open the rest of the hair extensions.
This is me with natural hair as you can see it is very short and very thin. I will apologize in advanced for my hair part. I did curl my hair with the wand that came with the package.
Before putting in my hair extensions I parted my hair as the instructions said. I left a good amount of hair in the front to make sure that my extensions blended correctly.
This is the main piece. It is super thick but at the same time lightweight. It has the string and has three clips to attach it to your head.
This is how my hair looks with just my main piece in. If I wanted I think I could pull off just wearing the main piece. I feel like the length looks natural.
These are the side pieces. They have a seamless application. They are very light and the clips are so small and discreet especially since these are the pieces that go in the front of your head.
This is how they look with all the pieces in my head. I completely love them. I personally think they look very natural. They are so comfortable and lightweight I honestly didn’t feel them all day. I highly recommend them. I will include some additional pictures with my hair straightened out.
My final opinion on these hair extensions is that I love them and the application of them. They are amazing. I have used hair extensions my whole life and have purchased many brands and I will say the quality is good on these. The hair wand works best as a hair wand and not so much as a hair straightener. love all the products that are included in this package I do think you get a lot for your money.
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I had previously reviewed the Morphe Vegan Brushes and while I completely loved those brushes the sculpt and define makeup brushes are probably my favorite. My husband purchased two sets for me for my birthday. I have had these for a solid 6 months now so I feel like I can give an honest review.
This set comes in a 11 piece and they are very good quality they run at $59. They are made with synthetic bristles and it does include a travel bag. The brushes are super soft and they feel so luxurious. I can honestly say that I love all the brushes and I use them constantly. The only cons to this set is that it does not come with a foundation brush, on the website there is no description on the brushes individually and I personally don’t think this is the brush set for a beginner. This is a great addition to someone who already has basic brushes and wants to add more high quality ones to their connection.
I highly recommend these brushes they are so nice and high quality. As you can tell I have been using them non stop.
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I have lived my entire life in Southern California and I sadly have never been to Lake Arrowhead or Big Bear Lake. The funny part about this is that they are only about 45 minutes from my home! This year we decided that we wanted to go on more adventures even if we only traveled to local places because lets be honest, we are on a budget. We decided that we wanted to rent a cabin for three days and go to Lake Arrowhead for the weekend with our best friends.
We decided to go through Airbnb to rent out our cabin, and I highly recommend them for your cabin rentals. We wanted to be close to the Lake Arrowhead Village but stay within our budget. We found the cutest little cottage that situated 4 adults. We decided not to bring our daughter along with us that weekend, so this house worked out perfectly for us. We do plan on coming back with our daughter, so I will be including some child friendly activities and local suggestions below. I will say that the cabin we rented was amazing, but the owner of the cabin was somewhat “special” . The good thing about Airbnb is that they took care of that issue. Needless to say, we enjoyed our time together on our little weekend getaway in beautiful Lake Arrowhead.
We got to Lake Arrowhead on a Thursday afternoon and luckily the weather was amazing, something we have all been looking forward to for weeks since Southern California has not really had a winter, until recently. The first stop we made was to Lou Eddies. They have some amazing pizza and it is such a cute little restaurant. They have a small sitting area inside but they have a huge outside sitting area on the upper level and a nice bar on the middle level. But since the weather was so amazing we were able to sit outside! My husband and I ordered an antipasto salad and the yard sale pizza. It was delicious. Definitely a place you must check out.
On Friday we decided to stay in the cabin for the most part we BBQ’d, we had deep fried night , had the fire pit going outside and played board games, it was such a great time. For your convenience they have a Stater Bros in the village if you want to do grocery shopping, so we were frequent guest to Stater Brothers Markets that weekend.
On Saturday we had breakfast at Hortencia’s Mexican Food. The food was authentic and very delicious. The service was quick and the restaurant was really clean.
We then headed out to the village to explore and do some shopping! I fell in love with the small town it had so much character and such a nice atmosphere. They have a couple of outlets, some of the cutest antique stores. The best part for me was the view of the lake. The lake seems to mostly be private, by that I mean that it’s surrounded by homes and condos. The village is very family friendly and has a cute park named “Lollipop Park”.
After exploring Lake Arrowhead village we decided to make the trip to Big Bear Lake. It was about a 45 minute drive from Lake Arrowhead and the road was extremely windy so if you get motion sickness highly recommend you to take medication before heading that way. The views to get to Big Bear Lake are just beautiful. The town in itself was not my favorite to be completely honest. But they do have a lot more shopping options and the town is a lot bigger than Lake Arrowhead, but Lake Arrowhead was just more my style.
I can say I truly enjoyed my weekend with my best friends and husband. Lake Arrowhead was such a cute town where you can get away and have some quiet time. I loved enjoying bonfires, beautiful sunsets and cute antique shopping. I can’t wait to bring my daughter up during the holidays for Santa Claus Village and for her to explore the quaint little town. Highly recommend you to check it out!
I am currently on the search for more affordable makeup options and I picked up a few items that I will be reviewing over the next few weeks for you. The new Physicians Formula Healthy Foundation caught my eye mostly because of the packaging.
This foundation comes in 12 shades which is decent but I do think that area could use some improvement because I had a rough time finding my correct shade. This foundation states that it’s supposed to brighten, hydrate, and even out your skin tone while maintaining a natural look. I have combination skin and currently during winter I tend to be a little on the dry side. I will say that I love the packaging on this foundation! It looks just like the packaging Dior uses on some of their foundations. Love the applicator it is easy to use. I think that at $12.99 it is pretty affordable drug store option. I will say immediately I noticed a weird smell with the foundation it kind of reminded me of the smell of paint. I know that sounds odd but that is just my honest opinion. The smell did not bother me at all because it wasn’t an overpowering smell.
Here I am with absolutely no makeup just my regular skin care. I like to truly share what my skin looks like with no makeup on because you can really tell if the foundation makes a difference. I have a very uneven skin tone, I have freckles and I have the occasional breakout.
This is how the foundation looks with no other makeup products on my face. It provides a very natural look but at the same time it is full coverage. The foundation is very matte.
I chose a very natural makeup look with the foundation. I think I did struggle a little with the shade of the foundation I don’t particularly feel like any of the shades really matched me. I like the coverage and I liked how lightweight it was on my skin. The foundation did not feel moisturizing but it did brighten up my skin tone and evened it up. My makeup lasted all day for the most part. After a long day I did notice that the foundation did start to get a little cakey around my nose. I think that if you are very dry I wouldn’t recommend this foundation due to how matte it is. Overall this is a good foundation for the price. If you look below at the closeup it looks very natural and the rest of my makeup lays nicely on top of the foundation. If you would like for me to review any products leave your suggestions below!
Foundation- Physicians Formula The Healthy Foundation SPF 20
Highlight- MAC Mineralize Skinfinish – Soft & Gentle
Eyelashes- L’Oréal® Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise
Concealer- BENEFIT COSMETICS Boi-ing Airbrush Concealer (I use this on my lids)
Lip Balm- BITE BEAUTY Agave Lip Mask
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