Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Billion Dollar Brows Best Sellers Kit {Review}

***Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this product, courtesy of Billion Dollar Brows
for review & use in conjunction with this blog post. Powered by BrandBacker.
All opinions are my own.

Hello, my pretties! ♥

Ahhh...I am a brows girl through and through. If the eyes are the windows to the soul, the brows are the frames to those windows. And my frames better be on fleek everytime I wear makeup! I've tried several pencils, gels, and powders to accomplish brow perfection. Lately, what has been on my rotation non-stop is the Billion Dollar Brows Best Sellers Kit. If you want to learn more about this product and why I love it so much, keep on reading! ☺

Company claims, "Transform your brows with these essential brow products. This kit contains BDB's Best Selling products in one incredible kit!"

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Top 10 Gym Things

***Disclaimer:  These blog posts are merely to showcase what helps me stay on track with my personal  fitness journey.
I am not a nutritionist, a personal trainer, a fitness specialist or a physician. For any advice, consult with an expert.
Thank you.

Well, I have seen people at the gym (mainly bodybuilders and the like) carrying around duffel bags (yes, plural). And they are not the small portable kind either. They are huge!  The must carry their entire closet & a litter of puppies in there...I can kind of understand to take a few things that go above & beyond than just the basics to help your workout be a little more effective; however, there is no need to carry a full-blown suitcase to the gym. We go to the gym to make our minds and bodies feel and look good, both inside and out. So, I decided to share with you the Top 10 Things I Bring With Me To The Gym that help ease me into my fitness sessions and make them a little more fun and comfortable. Enjoy!

1. Gym Membership Card -  This goes without saying, but I thought I'd note it. I'm notorious for forgetting stuff, so I thought I'd add it here for all of you fellow scatter-brained beauties. Unless, of course, you go to one of those fancy gyms that require your fingerprint instead. In that case, you won't need the membership card & I'm pretty sure you won't forget your fingers on regular basis. Just sayin'...

2. Water - Drinking water & remaining hydrated is essential  while working out. Did you know that only losing 2% of your body weight in fluid can decrease your performance by up to 25%?! Yup, ladies. Staying hydrated is super  important. There's plenty of debate on whether water should be cold or room-temperature. The tests have been marginal by comparison, so I won't even go there...Water helps lubricate your body when you work out because it's the main component in many of the chemical reactions that happen inside, plus your heart won't have to work as hard to pump blood and its easier to transport oxygen an nutrients to your muscles during exercise. So, if you get thirsty, drink up me hearties!

3. Towel(s) - I normally just bring a small towel with me to wipe my sweat and/or put on the machines or the floor whenever I work out. It's also common courtesy to wipe the machines after using them, so I'll use the other side of my towel to wipe them down (the side that isn't touching your face, of course). It doesn't have to be fancy, it doesn't have to a certain color...it just has to do the job. You're gonna sweat anyway. That's what you're there for! ☺

4. Sport Bra - Make sure it's a good sport bra. I can't emphasize the word good  enough! You need full back and boob support. I don't care what size your tatas are, they must be reinforced so gravity doesn't mess up their shape. I recently did a full review on the Victoria's Secret "Incredible" Sport Bra, which is my sport bra of choice. I recently bought a 2nd one & planning on buying a 3rd one. They are that  good & they provide all the support I need. I promise you will fall in love with them, if you buy one.

5. Tennis Shoes - A comfortable sneaker is crucial for working out. I currently own a pair of Asics that are on their last leg (perfect excuse to go shopping!). You will need shoes that provide full support, are flexible, are very light, and provide wonderful shock absorption. The brand doesn't matter as much as how your foot feels inside while you exercise. If they are cute & in your favorite color, well...that's always a plus!

6. Music & Earphones - If you have a gym buddy, you may skip on music since you'll be talking to someone. On the days I work with my trainer, I don't put them on until I am doing my cardio afterwards. But on the regular, I go to the gym alone and don't socialize, so music is a must  for me. It's a good kind of distraction because it helps me forget how tired I am getting. I also work harder and get maximum effect while listening to fun music. Also, a good beat helps me keep the pace, especially while on the treadmill. Plus, it elevates my mood and makes me want to move. So, thank you Iggy Azalea for helping me reach my cardio goals with "Black Widow".

7. Lip Balm - There's no real scientific basis behind this one. Simply put - my lips chap very easily and, if I'm dehydrated, they get worse quickly. So, I keep lip balm handy to assist with this discomfort. Lately, I have been using Softlips Cube 5-in-1 Lip Care and I'm pretty happy with it because it takes care of business without adding any shine to my lips.

8. Mints - I really dislike the taste of bottled water. All I taste is the plastic. So, I make it a point to have mints with me to help with that. Not only do the mints disguise the water flavor, but also help my water feel colder and quench my thirst a lot easier.

9. Lifting Gloves - Another thing I have to replace, now that I think about it. Anyway...I know a lot of people are not into wearing them but I am. They give better grip, prevent calluses and blisters (who wants those!), relieve pressure while lifting, and provide wrist support. If it helps me with my workout, why not?

10. Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer - Gyms are infested  with bacteria, fungus & all kinds of gross things I rather not mention (or know they exist). Because of that, it's important to carry hand sanitizer with you at all times! You don't want to catch something. Ew!

I carry all of these things (except my attire and water bottle) in a small makeup bag similar to this one. I found it at Target and it fits everything I need to bring with me, so I am hands-free and can concentrate on my workouts rather than all the crap I have to carry.

I hope you found this blog post helpful. Until next time...

Monday, September 15, 2014

Selfie Tag!

1. What is your best physical feature?
I have the most perfect ears! LOL just kidding...I have no idea. You guys answer this one for me ☺

2. If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go & why?
I would love to visit Japan, Spain and Mexico in its entirety. I want to learn all about my roots and where my ancestors were from and grew up. I feel it's always good to know where you come from to know where you are going...

3. What do you need to do to feel better when you're sick?
Sleep and soup. I get very little sleep + I'm a natural insomniac. So when I get sick, I really  need to recharge and go back to basics.

4. What one piece of advice would you give to the youth of America & why?
Be yourself. Work hard. Be honest. Never give up. Be more worried about chasing your dreams than chasing love. Take care of yourself first and true love will fall on your lap without a doubt. ♥

5. What animal do you think you were in your past life?
I think I was a panda or a cat. Mainly, because of their behavioral tendencies. I'm kind of a loner too, in some sense.

6. If you could travel back in time, what would you change?
I would change the way I handled my life before. I was more worried about partying and having fun than actually building a future I could be proud of. Now, I am in my 30s trying to do what I should've in my 20s. I still had lots of fun, so I have no regrets. I just wish I had been smarter then.

7. What do you do for fun on the weekends?
I usually spend it with my family. We always try to have a small adventure or do something fun with our boys.

8. What's your biggest workplace pet peeve?
Favoritism. Work should be rewarded by the quality of your work, not who's liked best by the boss on a personal level.

9. I wouldn't be caught dead without _____?
My family! Oh & my cellphone.

10. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
The ability to be in several places at once so I could do it all!

Selfie  premiers Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 8 pm PST on ABC, so make sure to watch this funny show! It's loosely based on the movie My Fair Lady with Audrey Hepburn.

If you want to see the original video for this tag, just click the 'play' button! They tagged several vloggers, including Miss Maven's YouTube channel. I was watching her video and she tagged anyone watching. I thought it was kind of fun, so I decided to follow suit & do the tag. So, to pay it forward, I tag ALL of you who read this blog post!  (Make sure to leave a comment below if you do this tag, so I can head over to your blog or channel to check out your answers ☺).

Get a first look at Selfie  on social media by checking out the following links & using the hashtag #SelfieABC


Friday, September 12, 2014

Softlips Cube 5-in-1 Lip Care {Review}

*** Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this product, courtesy of Influenster & Softlips
for review/use in conjunction with this blog post. All opinions are my own.

Ok. I hate  the feeling of lip balm! Lipstick is fine, but lip balm...not so much. It's always something: either they have that horrible chemical smell to them or they feel like you just finished eating fried chicken. Then, I was sent the Softlips Cube 5-in-1 Lip Care and, now, it goes with me everywhere. If you are hesitant about lip balms, then I suggest your continue reading so you can see why I am so in love with this little guy ☺

Company claims, "Hydrates: Formulated with Shea Butter to restore moisture. Replenishes: With antioxidant Vitamins A, C & E. Smoothes: Rich emollients leave lips silky and soft. Protects: With SPF 15 sunscreen. Adds shine: For a perfect radiant finish."

Monday, September 8, 2014

Fun & Romantic Weekend in Las Vegas! {Photo Heavy}

*** Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored blog post.

Hi everyone!

The Summer of 2014 has been an insane  one for us as a family. So, Andres & I decided to spend a fun & romantic weekend in Las Vegas!

We were very excited because last time we were in The Entertainment Capital of the World  was about 4 years ago with friends for New Years 2011. We were also quite apprehensive because this was the 1st time traveling without our boys. We always take them everywhere we go, but we needed some time alone to hang out by ourselves without the pressures of parenting...

We have some major  changes coming to us in the next few weeks, so this trip to The City of Lights  was our way to close and celebrate this chapter of our lives and welcome the new bright future ahead of us! ☺

Join us in this mini adventure in Sin City...Enjoy!

* DAY 1 *

On our way to Las Vegas!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

PORTFOLIO 2014 -- Miss California Icon 2014

DISCLAIMER: This is not a sponsored post.



Photography: Shea Anne Portrait
Makeup: Elizabeth Diaz