Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Acne Care: The Battle for a Clear Complexion

Hey Chicas,

Happy Tuesday! I hope you all had a relaxing week. This past week I was lucky enough to enjoy an impromptu vacation while my store got a face-lift!  I spent the week getting lots done in my personal life, but also enjoyed some much needed R&R. Not only did that include keeping up with my daily yoga practice, but also making time to do some reading! I have spent the last few days chillin' in bed with Dulce Candy's book, The Sweet Life and becoming more of a fan of her with each chapter! If you need an inspirational read, I definitely suggest picking it up!

Along side The Sweet Life, as I wrote about in my recent post Spring Cleaning: The Skin Care Cleanse, I recently borrowed a bunch of books from my local library pertaining to natural skincare treatments and remedies. Over the past week, I have been pouring over these books, trying to learn as much as I can about DIY beauty, and natural skin care. These books are proving to have lots of secrets to reveal, and I feel that I am learning more in-depth detail about the variety of oils and extracts used in natural facial products along with the variety of uses for each individual ingredient. Along side ingredient knowledge, I am picking up information about the best holistic skin care practices for maintaining a youthful, glowing complexion without the use of makeup. 

As a young woman, acne care is one of my most pressing concerns when it comes to my skin. Although it is never too early to start with preventative age related skin care, as of now, preventing breakouts is high up on the list for me in terms of my daily routine. As a makeup lover, it is all the more important that I stick to a thorough cleansing regimen each day, to ensure that I my pores don't get clogged with foundation (even if it is just 100% Pure's Radiant BB Cream!) As promised in Spring Cleaning: The Skin Care Cleanse, I wanted to share with you some tips and tricks I have learned for natural acne care, as well as some DIY recipes for you guys to check out! Enjoy!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Meet and Great with Dulce Candy

Hey Ladies,

How are you guys? Two weekends ago, I had the opportunity to attend an event I would like to share with you guys. As a blogger, I have a few blogger idols, and I am happy to say had the chance to meet one of them!

Dulce and I!
I have been following Youtuber Dulce Candy for many years now and continue to be a huge fan of her. Not only is she a fellow Latina and gorgeous at that, but her beauty blog is fun, interactive, and she is so easy to relate to. Dulce was one of the first beauty bloggers I started religiously following and I have not stopped. At this point I watch her YouTube channel not only for her makeup tips, but also to see how she is growing and changing in other parts of her life. I always feel that I can relate to her videos and I love her beauty advice because we have similar complexions.

This past Saturday, Benefit did a collaboration with Sephora in San Francisco that featured a meet and greet with Dulce! For a few hours during the day, you could visit the downtown San Francisco Sephora location, and if you purchased two products from Benefit, you got to take a picture with Dulce and get a free autographed tote. I have never been to an event like this, and I was ecstatic to meet Dulce. Although I feel like I know her because I have been following her for so long, it was great to actually get to talk to her in person. The Benefit girls were all very sweet and hooked me up with a fabulous brow job as well. I left the event with this super cute tote, a free deluxe sample of they're Real!, and a brow duo of Benefit's High-Brow and their Brow-Zings in Dark.



Meeting Dulce was the highlight of my weekend. Not only was the event super cute, and I didn't have to wait in line, but I got to talk to her personally for at least five minutes. Dulce is as sweet and friendly in person as she is on camera, and I felt as if I was speaking to one of my old friends. To top it off, she asked me were I got my purse, and has started following me back on snapchat. I left the event on cloud nine!

My full look for the event! (Purse: Kukul Boutik in Merida, Mexico, Scarf: Aldo)

Ok guys well thanks for readying and also, thanks Dulce for being so true to your name!
Xoxo, Corazon

Monday, April 4, 2016

Spring Cleaning: The Skin Care Cleanse

Hey Ladies,

Here we are, first week of April and Spring is finally here. I thought I might just die in a burgundy colored haze of food comas and too many closed toed shoes if Spring didn't just hurry up and come already. Luckily for me, we officially now have an extra hour of daylight, cherry blossoms, and Rose Quartz to replace the dull Winter color palette. Amen.

OK enough with the drama, but I am beyond excited for this new season. Spring is so refreshing and always makes me feel all the more blessed to be able to enjoy the sunshine. As you all know, another reason for my love of Spring is that it is a clean season. I love Spring cleaning. No forreal. I do. The excuse to get rid of clutter and revitalize yourself both inside and out is fabulous. All winter I sit inside trying to forget my cold toes while eating just a little too much comfort food. Then comes Spring and I am ready to put my running shoes on and start juicing away.

As much as I love fitness and clean- eating cleanses, this year I am coupling those with a skin care purge. As you guys know, I have been working in the field of natural cosmetics and skin care for almost a year now, and loving it (by the way)! Of course, being the makeup addict that I am, although I have gladly tried and experimented with all the products I sell on a daily basis, I have not been able to stick to using only those products or really taken into consideration the idea of switching my skin care and makeup products to completely natural options. There are just so many goodies on the market in the cosmetics world to limit myself to. Or so I thought.

Recently though, as I have been experiencing the dreaded dry winter skin, combined with some nasty breakouts from various chemical based products, I have really started taking to heart the need to switch over my skin care products to natural, plant based options. I have started by getting rid of quite a bit of chemical based product, and taking the time to learn as much as I can about the skin care properties of natural ingredients. Although I am familiar with much of the information from my work, it is great to learn as much as possible in order to tailor my own routine to be as effective as possible.

Welcome to the world of DIY skin care! As much as I love to DIY, I have not done much DIY skin care past a few simple mask and scrubs. As I have begun to research ingredients, I have found multiple books packed with DIY recipes that can be made mainly with ingredients from the kitchen that are showing results just as positive as those that can be attained from expensive products. You save money, and get to be creative, it's a win win!

Of course DIY is great when you have time, but what about all those  products that can be bought? Because I work in natural skin care, I luckily already have quite the collection of plant based beauty products. Yay for gratis! As my skin care purge has begun, I am slowly eliminating chemical products from my beauty collection, aside from the unattainable like hairspray- something I doubt I will ever be able to give up both for nostalgic and curl enhancing reasons. I have started by focusing on my facial care products and makeup. I have found that chemical products on my face are the ticket to more dry patches and breakouts on my face. Luckily, I have long been a devotee of mineral makeup (hello bareMinerals) and my 100% Pure wardrobe is hefty based on my employment with the company so I don't have to start from square one. I am focusing mainly on making sure my base (primer, foundation, concealer) are natural first before moving on to the eye and lip products. Because I already use quite a few natural products (or at least more natural than not) this has not been too hard for me. It's actually kind of fun to put more effort into finding makeup that not only looks great, but does more benefit than damage to the skin.

Anyhow, I will be sharing more about my natural cosmetics switch from here forward. If you guys have any specific questions regarding my process let me know! I am happy to answer! As for now, oil cleansing, Vitamin E oil Serum, Tea Tree for Acne, and Rose Hydrosol for the win. Look it up!

Love&Such,
Corazón

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Radiant BB Cream- My Latest 100% Pure Obsession

Good Morning Ladies,
How are you all doing? I personally am ready for Spring to fully arrive, but meanwhile I am making the most of my rainy days to blog!

Today I am going to talk about my latest obsession in makeup land- 100% Pure's latest release, BB Cream! Now let's be honest, 100% Pure is a little behind the ball in terms of trending products, but for a company that promotes skin care so completely, it is better late than never.


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

IMATS LA 2016- First Timer Comments and Haul


Outfit Details: Jacket- Forever 21, Jeggings/ Top - Heavenly Couture, Shades: Aldo, Shoes: Italian Leather (Crossroads Trading Co.), Pink Wrist Band: IMATS Official ;)

Hey Ladies,

Happy belated Valentines day! Hopefully everyone had a day full of love! As you may know, I was lucky enough to attend IMATS LA in January and have been hoping to share my experience with you guys! For those of you that are unfamiliar with the event, IMATS LA is a three-day international makeup artistry convention that takes place in LA each year. It is open both to industry professionals and the public and hold a variety of makeup related events.

This years show was held at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, CA. As a budding makeup artist and long time beauty addict, IMATS was overwhelmingly fun, but definitely something to plan and research before hopping on board in order to really get your moneys worth. I attended the event Saturday only, which is the most popular day, but definitely enough to get a taste of the makeup madness!

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!