Thursday, February 11, 2016

La Buena Vida- Mexico Style Diary

The view of the water from the ruins at Tulum
If you are a veteran blog reader, you know that Latin America has my heart. Every opportunity I get, I run off to see a new corner that I have yet to explore. I feel very blessed to have had many chances to travel in my short years, and truly enjoy sharing my experiences with you all.

If you have been following my Instagram, you most likely already know about my recent trip to Mexico! I was lucky enough to spend two wonderful weeks in the Mayan Riviera with my family this past January, and I took every opportunity to snap photos. The Yucatan peninsula proved to be perfect for colorful travel style as well showcase perfectly the wide range of beauty the Mexico possesses as a country. From ornate tile floors, to pristine beaches, and sprawling markets, there seems to be a photo op around each corner, and I took full advantage of my family's photo journalism skills to capture as many moments as possible.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Sephora VIB Rouge- Beauty Loyalty Gets Real

I've always been a beauty junkie, but things got real in 2015, at least according to my VIP Sephora status! As I started to delve into the world of high-end skin care and hair care products, I definitely managed to tip the cart into a completely new spending bracket, something I'm not so sure I am proud of! Either way, if I'm going to call myself a beauty blogger, I do believe I owe it to you girls to rate newly acquired status as a premium Sephora member.

Sephora VIB Rouge status, is for the serious makeup addicts out there (a exclusive club of crazies that I claim full membership to). To qualify for Sephora VIB Rouge status, you must spend...wait for it... one-thousand dollars in one calendar year on beauty products at Sephora. Don't hold your breath! After qualification, you get a snazzy red card, free 2-day shipping on all online purchases at Sephora, and free makeovers whenever you like for one full year (read more here). There are also exclusive shopping parties for Rouge members, products released specifically for you, and VIP flash deals. You also get a bright red, Marc Jacobs lipstick (which is creamy and wonderful) as your welcome gift. Although it is only a deluxe sample size, if you are a VIB Rouge member like I am, it is rare you ever hit pan on full size products anyways. Bring on the deluxe samples!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Mermaid Skin: DIY Seaweed Mask for Winter Skin

As Korean beauty products have taken the mainstream beauty market full force, skin care continues to trend in the beauty industry. Continuing with last years beauty ideals, luminous, age defying natural skin is the sought after result of most beauty treatments in 2016.

As the beauty and health junkie I am, the field of skin care is right up my ally. This winter has been brutal for my skin as I am adjusting to living in a new windy and dry climate. Luckily I had a loveley two week break in Mexico, where the humidity worked wonders for my skin and hair. Now that I am back in the Bay Area, and I am back to experimenting with hydrating masks, oil serums, and moisturizers to try to keep up my Mexico glow.

Based on my job in cosmetics, I am constantly doing my research on the latest skin care products. Although there are millions of options for purchase, I have to say I am partial to DIY masks that have simple ingredient lists. There is something about DIY masks that are just more fun in my opinion. I love the creativity of creating my own product and I enjoy the process almost as much as the results!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Back to Blogging

Hey Chicas,

Happy 2016! Hope you all are well! As for me, I've run out of excuses - I am an inconsistent blogger and once again you will have to forgive me for falling off the blogsphere. Life has a way of getting overwhelming.

As per usual, it is a new year, so therefore I have resolved to put my best foot forward in 2016 and try to accomplish what I set out to do. This year, I have resolved to try to stick to my blogging.  I never stop thinking about my blog, but I have difficulty posting consistently. This year though, I have decided that if I am going to refer to myself as a blogger, I better start writing!

Here is a little life update on myself. After graduation in May, I relocated back to the Bay Area and am currently working retail in the beauty industry. Up until December, I was also working in clothing, but currently I have down sized to one job. Makeup artistry is lots of fun and I am really enjoying being able to work for a company I am passionate about as well as have a creative outlet on the job. Aside from work, I am still regularly practicing yoga, and sticking to my sugar- free and partially vegan lifestyle. Fitness, coffee, and high-heels continue to be main parts of my daily existence.

2015 was quite the year for me. I graduated from college, got my first real world jobs, and moved back to the Bay Area which proved to be a difficult transition. Although the year was mentally draining, 2015 ended with a bang when my family and I traveled to México for the New Year. We spent two weeks exploring and relaxing in the Yucatán and then I went to LA to visit friends and attend IMATS LA. Three weeks of vacation time, gave me the chance to refocus and readjust my mental state, which was much needed. I now feel ready to take on some new challenges, go back to work, and of course, blog!

Well, there you have it. I hope everyone had a festive holiday season and a happy new year.  I feel blessed to continue to have so many opportunities, and I am looking forward to sharing them with you all!

See you soon! 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Naturally Naked

Up until a few months ago, if someone had asked me my opinion on natural makeup, I would have sneered at the possibility of effective products. Before beginning my job at 100% Pure, I was under the impression that natural cosmetics were overpriced and under preforming. When it comes to fashion and beauty (as you ladies may know), aesthetics have always been my #1 priority. That is, I have been much more concerned about the effectiveness of the product to make me look a certain way, than the ingredients used to produce it. Since I have started working at 100% Pure, I have been learning a huge amount about skin care and natural cosmetics. As opposed to viewing makeup as a transformation process, I am starting to look at it from the perspective of beauty enhancement- to be used in combination with a healthy skincare regimen and finish an already luminous face. Sound good?

Now, although enhancing a natural glow is much more subtle than a complete 180 degree transformation, effectiveness of the products is still top of the list in my book. Luckily for me, the majority of the 100% Pure products I have tried are both healthy for the skin, but also deliver in the aesthetic department. They have proven to be long lasting, pigmented, and provide the skin with a smooth and even texture. Lovely all around! Most exciting for me, is the ability to create a variety of subtle-to-dramatic eye looks that give me the same glam factor as I would get with some of the leading synthetic cosmetics I have used. Due to the sensitivity of the eye area, the more naturally I can do this, the better!

Eye Shadow Cream Sticks- 100% Pure

Pretty Naked Palette- 100% Pure

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A Whole New World- Natural Skin Care

Good Morning Beauties,
Happy Tuesday!

If you have been following me on Pinterest recently, you may know, that I have jumped on the skin
care train. It is clear how much I love beauty, vegetables, and fitness, but up until recently, I hadn't put much thought into my skin care routine aside from makeup aesthetic. Well, if you didn't think I could get more high-maintenance, guess what, I did and I'm loving it! Hello skin care, hello DIY, hello healthy makeup!

As you may know, if you have been keeping up with me "real word edition" ;) I recently landed a job at a natural makeup and skincare boutique. 100% Pure, has opened my eyes to a fabulous line of natural products, making me think twice about my skin care routine and expand my knowledge on ingredients, skin care properties available in the world of natural makeup, and of course a while new line of products to experiment with! Basically, I have struck gold, Corazón style. As you may be able to tell, I have been beauty binging ever since!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Blogging Light - Healthy Carrot Apple Breakfast Muffins

Hola señoritas,

How are you guys! Long time no talk. Clearly I am struggling to keep up with my blog here, but thought I better do an update before I completely fall off the face of the blogsphere. I am quickly discovering that working two jobs, trying to stay fit, and have a social life is overwhelming and I haven't managed to do anything extra recently. I promise I have been thinking about you ladies though, and meaning to write.

For a quick update about me, I am currently still working on my #summertoneitup challenge. I've been doing my best to stick with the program, but I have lost all hope in the Insta feed that was meant to accompany my journey. I apologize to those who are following. I have been keeping up with my goals though, and sticking to my sugar-free and clean eating, although there is little to zero social media evidence ;)

Most recently, I made the most delicious muffins that I just had to share with you guys. These are not only yummy but they are also healthy, full of fiber options for an on-the-go breakfast! I stole the recipe from my fellow blogger (found on pinterest) and tweaked it to my own taste. For those of you trying to stick to a healthy lifestyle but short on time, you will love these muffins. They are quick and easy to make, perfect for breakfast, and delicious as a snack with your afternoon coffee.  Enjoy!

New York, New York: Travel Diaries, Fitness Challenge Revamp, and Photos

Hey ladies,
How are you all doing! I have been MIA for the past few weeks (1 spent in NYC, and the other recovering from NYC)! Though I would just give you all a little recap of my trip and a fitness challenge update! I will keep in short and sweet.

This was my second trip to NYC (if you remember I went 2 summers ago as well and fell madly in love with the city). This time was a bit more low-key, I spent the majority of the time with friends in the city and trying to avoid the major tourist attractions and shop at the same time. It was semi- successful. As the fashionista that I am, I visited both Parsons and FIT, doing fashion school research, saw a design exhibit at the Met, browsed the garment district and was wildly disappointed by MOOD, and visited almost all of the Sephora's in Manhattan. A new beauty post is scheduled to document my latest Sephora discoveries!

Over all, I had a blast in NYC, although I was very overwhelmed this time around and not so sucked in by the glitz and glam as I had been before. I have to say though, the food in the city is stellar, but the prices are also completely unrealistic, so there are a few up sides and downsides. That being said, if you are planning on hitting up NYC anytime soon, Aladdin on Broadway is a must, you will learn to praise the Starbucks lords for creating bathrooms, free water, and Iced Coffee - or your drink of choice ;), and in my humble donut obsessed opinion, Dunkin' can be skipped but the Fro-Yo is a necessity. Don't judge me for my basic.

My mom and I discovered soon great finds while in New York. Nitty City for those crafty chicas has an amazing selection of yarn, the best buys in SoHo are from the street vendors, and for high-line is an incredible tourist attraction not to be missed, especially on a warm night in NYC!

Summer Fitness Challenge 2015 - Update #1:
If you all remember correctly a week before leaving for NYC I started a 8 week DIY summer fitness program. Sound familiar? I vowed to be fabulous and fit in New York and keep up my clean eating and even exercise. Guess how that went? Lol! Well as you might guess, that was just not realistic or fun so I took a break, and revamped the fitness challenge this weekend. Back at square one, but prepared to complete my goals. This time I am sticking with Karina and Katrina's 8 Week Bikini Series exercise routine (free on their blog) and eating as clean as I can, with a few cheat meals mixed in here and there. We will see how it goes. I chose not to purchase the nutrition plan, but am back in the gym and excited about it! I will continue with weekly updates and progress marks, but feel free to follow my journey @100dayzfresh on Instagram for more regular posts!

Anywho that's all for now,
Love and fitness, Corazón