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Autumn-Inspired Makeup Tutorial

18 Nov
Happy pre-Thanksgiving guys!
While the holiday season is about to start come later next week, I decided to create an autumn inspired makeup look tutorial for you guys. When I think of autumn, I think of warm rustic oranges, and golds, along with deep brown or gray smokey eyes. This tutorial has a bit of those qualities, while keeping it glammed up during a festive holiday night as well.
Best part about this tutorial? The items I’ve used are all affordable. I’ve got a few more tutorials coming up for you guys next month, so be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel to see when those go live!
Hope you all have an awesome Thanksgiving and rest of autumn season!

 

Halloween Makeup: Glam Cleopatra

24 Oct
Happy almost Halloween!
I can’t believe the end of October is also near! As for my videos for the next two months, they will be less and less because of the busy holidays, and well, sometimes a gal needs a break. But before the end of the year, I promise some more awesome videos, and blog posts to come!
Hardly ever going out on Halloween, I never really dress up anymore. Yet, if I had to use creativity for a last minute idea, why not use makeup items I already have to create it?
It’s less money spent, but the same dress up effect can be achieved. With this version of a Glam Cleopatra look, you can pull together your last minute Halloween idea, and wear it however you please!
I hope you all enjoy this video, and have a safe and Happy Halloween!

How To: Weekly Protein Shake Prep

7 Oct

Hey there!

Every week on my meal prep days (usually between Saturday and Sunday), I also prepare my weekly protein shakes. Even if you aren’t into working out much, choosing a protein powder to indulge in during the middle of the day, could help boost your mental focus, while keeping you full, avoiding any mid-day binges. I like to pack these shakes with me, and have them towards late afternoon to keep me going strong.

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To get enough protein in your day, you want to first choose a good protein powder. My preference is Purely Inspired Organic Protein, which is perfect for anyone that leads a vegan lifestyle as well. I personally am not vegan, but since this protein is plant based, I’m able to receive all of the nutrients I wouldn’t have on a daily basis. If you’d like a full review on this protein powder, visit my past post on it.

You’ll also want to invest in at least 5-7 travel-friendly shaker bottles. I’ve invested in a few more blender bottles myself, and they make all the difference. You want to be able to place them inside your lunchbox, and not worry if they spill all over the place. A secure lid is always a must when you decide to shake up your mixture before you drink it as well. So make sure you have enough blender bottles for the week, and then you’ll be ready to create your blend!

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Next, you’ll want to choose some fruits or veggies to blend inside of a blender, and measure them to last throughout the week. In this picture, I chose to cut up a dragon fruit along with a banana in order to get some “meat” in my shakes. I portioned them into five groups, so I could place them in my 5 shakes for the week. The next step is optional, but I’ve been doing it since I realized it makes my shakes taste so yummy!

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I then like to put some fruits that I know produce an abundant of juice, inside my juicer. Sometimes I switch it up between mangos, tangerines, apples, and even adding some greens such as spinach into the mix. I also divide the juice up from a cup, into those 5 shaker bottles.

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The rest of the liquid is pure water, which dilutes any harsh sugary tastes. This not only provides you with extra nutrients, but you’ll also have a delicious tasting protein shake in the end. Not all protein powders taste great, and this is a good way of masking that taste.

After you’ve mixed your blended fruits, juice, and protein powder together, you’re all set to pack your shakes and get ready for your week ahead! I hope you’ve found this helpful, and are able to incorporate more healthy snacks like these into your routine. Your body will be happy!

Top 3 Favorite 2016 Drugstore Mascaras

3 Oct

Hey everyone!

In the next few months starting with this post, you’ll see a lot of posts pertaining to what products I’ve enjoyed during the year of 2016. Today’s post is all about my favorite drugstores mascaras that I know I will be using well into 2017. They each have unique qualities about them, and I rate them from three to one as far as my scale goes in this video.

I explain what I like, and dislike about each mascara, and why I feel they’ve made it into my top three of this year. If you guys want to keep up with my YouTube channel, all you have to do is subscribe!

Thanks so much for watching, and I hope you’ve all found your favorite mascaras of this year as well!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Self-Made Palette Makeup Tutorial

16 Sep
Hey guys!
You might be asking yourselves, why is she making a video about a sold out palette? Turns out, about two months ago, ULTA exclusively brought back to life this limited edition palette from the fall of 2015, for around two weeks or so. The Self-Made palette is no longer on the market, so I made sure to grab a chance at purchasing this one.
I decided not to get the new Modern Renaissance Palette, because I already have so many shades similar to that one. So here’s a look I created using just the Self-Made Palette shadows!
I hope you enjoy this makeup tutorial, and if you subscribe to my channel, you’ll see many more looks coming up in the future!

Honey Mustard Chicken Recipe

12 Sep

Hey there!

Lately I’ve been cooking this recipe during my meal prep routine week. I haven’t posted one of these healthy recipes in a while, so I figured I’d give you all a yummy treat!

Cooking chicken in a crock pot can save you time, all while being able to stomach plain chicken breast, due to an Asian cuisine inspired sauce that I create. I freeze these meals once I finish cooking them, unless I plan on eating them that very same day, so please keep that in mind.

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What You’ll Need

  • Crock pot
  • Defrosted chicken breast (however many you want)
  • Chicken broth
  • Seasoned salt
  • Dijon mustard
  • Honey
  • Sesame oil (Optional)
  • Hoisin sauce
  • Soy sauce (Optional)

First, you’re going to want to create your sauce. Take a small bowl and fill it up half with Dijon mustard, and the other half with honey. Then you add a spoonful of hoisin sauce, and just a capful of soy sauce, and sesame sauce. Take your spoon, and mix well.

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Once your mixture has been created, you can fill the crock pot with some chicken broth, but make sure it isn’t too much. You can always go back once the chicken has been placed inside of it, and measure that way. I like to do it beforehand, because after I place the chicken (salted lightly), into the crock pot with the chicken broth already in, I also pour my sauce all over on top of the chicken. I mix slightly, so that the flavors are nice and spread out evenly on the chicken.

Unlike myself, you’re going to want to use a crock pot with a timer. If you’re home and have no timer on yours, then we’re on the same boat. If you don’t want the chicken to fall apart easily, then I suggest putting it on HIGH for just two hours.

I set my own timer at around 4.5 hours on HIGH, only because I want my chicken to shred easily. Shredded chicken is so much more delicious left over that one intact, because the juices stay on each strand much easier once frozen.

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After time is up, you’re then able to enjoy your deliciously flavored chicken. Check out this healthy combination I created, with some sweet potato fries as a side. This recipe is extremely simple, but can benefit both the same day cooker, along with the week-long meal prepper.

Have any of you guys found tricks to make your chicken taste better, longer? I hope you’ve enjoyed this recipe post!

My Everyday Makeup Routine

9 Sep
Hey everyone!
Although I love filming fun and colorful makeup routines that take much time and effort, I also don’t do these looks every day of the week. I have certain products I gravitate to on a daily basis. Whether I am going out during the day time, or want to have a fresh face without neglecting my concealer at least, I have a signature look I like to recreate.
Here’s a tutorial on how I achieve my everyday look, along with information on the products I use. Many of these items are affordable, and easy to find in stores. I’ve also talked about a few in my Holy Grail Product blog post. So make sure you check the description box in the video, and don’t forget to subscribe!
Thank you for watching!

Miami Spice Review: La Mar

5 Sep

Hey everyone!

Living in South Florida has many perks, but it can get pricey when dining out in the city. Luckily, I was able to experience a Miami Spice 3 course meal priced at just $23 per person, at La Mar at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Downtown Miami. Miami Spice is a once a year dining experience, in which top restaurants in Miami participate in from August 1st – September 30th.

It’s around this time of the year, that tourists (and locals like myself), take advantage of ordering from a curated discounted menu at these restaurants. The Mandarin is a very popular hotel down here, and being able to enjoy this lovely view, was also a real treat for me!

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La Mar is a Peruvian cuisine restaurant, and is ran by the famous chef, Gaston Acurio. I grew up eating Peruvian food all of my life, so anywhere I go to eat it, I always judge a little bit harder. My family members are able to cook the most exquisite Peruvian cuisine right from their homes, so that’s where my biases kick in.

Taking a look at the Miami Spice menu at La Mar, it’s hard to pass up the opportunity to enjoy not one, but three appetizers brought out to you automatically, along with a main course, dessert, and the choice of a bottle of wine. My only complaint on the beverage selection, was that you weren’t allowed to order just one glass of wine. That would be a bummer for someone dining out for a quick lunch, but not so much so for a couple or group of people.

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The appetizers included small bites of a causa salad, cebiche chifa, and chicken anticucho in separate bowls. The causa salad consisted of sunchokes, crushed beets and asparagus, topped with a bit of avocado and huancaina sauce. Causa can be eaten warm or cold, and this causa was warm. I thought it was just right, and the flavors were a nice cleanser between the other two appetizers, which packed a punch in taste.

The cebiche chifa included a mixture of ginger-sesame sauce along with a soft piece of salmon, wonton strips and leche de tigre (lime juice) with cilantro to top it off. This was by far my favorite appetizer that I got to try. I was left intrigued with mystery, as to how the chefs cooked the salmon, where it literally melted in your mouth, and felt like jelly at the same time. It was absolutely delicious, and the citrus sauces brought out the flavors so much more! The appetizer I felt was just okay in my book, was the chicken anticucho.

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Containing chicken thigh, confit potatoes, choclo (giant corn), and ocopa sauce, I felt the chicken was a bit on the burnt side. I think this was meant to add diversity to the flavors, but I just didn’t see the point of it to be honest. It felt like the “odd man out”. If it was cooked to a more medium level, then I probably wouldn’t have noticed how it didn’t fit in for me.

With not having ordered a $50 bottle of wine, I decided to have a non-Miami Spice drink, which was the Pisco Sour for $15. Pisco Sour is Peru’s national drink, and the one at La Mar consisted of a blend of barsol quebranta pisco, lime, egg white, and angostura bitters. I thought the drink was amazing. Not many restaurants make their pisco “easy to swallow”, as most are made to be bitter tasting. If you like a lighter tasting cocktail, that easily packs a punch at the end of one glass, this is the drink to order at La Mar. The fact that one glass is $15 was kind of lame, but it also left me not needing to order another one at the same time.

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For the main course, you’re only allowed to choose one, and I chose the carapulcra. Carapulcra is technically a dry potato stew, with a side of white rice, red beans, and pork belly made to a crisp. This was such an amazing meal, and I feel that if you like the stew type of dishes, picking the carapulcra (anywhere you go) is your safest bet. I do want to comment, that the crispy pork belly was crispy on the outside, but once you tore into it, was completely soft on the inside.

This is something you find rarely with hispanic dishes, as pork chunks are usually crispy from the inside and out. I thought the way it was cooked, was very impressive. My only critique was that it could have used a little more salt. Nothing major, and none the less I would order this dish again, and again!

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To top the experience off, I chose to eat the Peruvian dark chocolate cake. This savory pastry bite was made of lucuma mousse and orange caramel. It was so yummy, and for the first time I realized how well citrus fruits such as orange or tangerines, go well with dark chocolate. It truly brings out the flavors of each combination, and every bite was like heaven in your mouth.

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All in all, this Miami Spice dining experience at La Mar was a success! If I had to rate everything from 1-5, I’d give it a good 4.8. I was impressed by the curated cuisines, but not impressed with the lack of deals on the drinks.

I’m happy I was able to go, and if you’re ever at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Miami, this is one restaurant you do not want to pass up! Until next time, have a great week!

My Blow Dry Routine

2 Sep
Hey there!
This will be my third hair tutorial video on my channel and blog! I always get asked what products I use to style my hair once it’s blow dried, so I’ve featured an in-depth description on what each does for my hair, and why it works so well!
The tools I also use, as well as the techniques featured in this video, will only help you achieve a blow out within a shorter time span, and give you beautiful voluminous hair for around two days or so after your blow dry session!
Make sure you subscribe to my channel, and let me know what you want to see next!

August Monthly Favorites

29 Aug

Hey everyone!

August has come and gone, but I’m excited for this month’s favorites because they’re all new, and I’ve been obsessed with them! Starting with some awesome new skincare products I’ve been testing out, I was able to get my hands on the Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick. It’s purposely made to help concentrate on specific target blemish areas, in a roll on liquid formula.

The blemish stick contains 10 natural herbal ingredients, such as calendula, Tea tree and juniper oils along with willow bark. So far, whenever I had a blemish, I apply this stick on it, and the next day it’s calmed down or completely disappeared. I find this has worked out better for me than any tooth paste trick, or market pimple cream I’ve tried before.

Burts Herbal Stick Garnier Micellar

I received the Garnier Micellar Water from an order purchase at ULTA for free, so I figured I’d give it a go. I find that this product works best to use AFTER a makeup wipe application to the face, because the micellar water isn’t as potent as its water-proof version is. I love how gentle it is on my face, and it does remove any residue that the wipes didn’t pick up. Then I continue with my regular cleansing routine after that. If I had known about this product beforehand, I would have used it in my skincare routine video. Yet with the way it performs, I must say this is the micellar water I’ve been in search of for a long time now.

L'Oreal Blow Dry It Quick Dry Primer Spray September

A product I’m extremely impressed by, but was not expecting to be, was the new L’Oreal Blow Dry It Quick Dry Primer Spray. Blow drying my hair is such a pain because I have so much of it. It usually takes me around 30 minutes to brow dry my hair fully, but with this spray, it took me about 10 minutes. If you’re ever in the drugstore section of any store, please do yourself a favor and pick this gem up. I got this product at ULTA on sale for around $4, but I know at Walmart is only around $3. I’ll will repurchase after my first trial of it. I only wish it came in a bigger bottle!

I got an Essence Lip Liner in #11 In The Nude, which was super affordable, and glides on the lips easily, unlike many cheap lip liners. The Volumizing Lip Booster by Catrice does feel tingly, as it’s supposed to plump the lips up, but I feel it only plumps your lips slightly, and that’s not always a bad thing. The shade #010 is a beautiful sheer pink, which I feel would go great with any skin tone, as it accentuates your natural lip color with a tint. It was on sale for only $3, and I’ve been swapping my liquid lipsticks for lip gloss as of late any ways.

Volumizing Lip Booster Lipliner in Nude

Finally, I accumulated enough points that had been sitting in my ULTA account for some time. Then suddenly, Anastasia Beverly Hills temporarily restocks their Self Made Palette (only available last fall), at ULTA and I immediately jumped the gun to own it. While this palette is no longer available after it sold out, I do plan on doing a tutorial on my channel by creating a look with it. So those of you who own this palette, you’re in for a treat. The Modern Renaissance Palette just had too many shades I already own. I have no regrets about getting the Self Made Palette, and that’s why it’s on this month’s favorite’s list!

Self Made Palette

That’s it for my August favorites. Have you guys made any recent product discoveries yourselves that you’re adoring? Let me know, and until next month’s favorite’s, I hope you all have a wonderful beginning of September!

Products Mentioned

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water & Makeup Remover

Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick

ABH Self Made Palette (Limited Edition)

L’Oreal Blow Dry It Quick Dry Primer Spray

Catrice Volumizing Lip Booster in #010

Essence Lip Liner in #11 In The Nude

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