Simple 101 Beauty Tips

Sometimes with so much information out there about health and beauty we get overwhelmed and don’t really know what is the correct way to approach everything with so many different products. I want to first share that I don’t have a degree in cosmetology nor have I gone to school for any of this information. I state these opinions based on personal preference, as a consumer, experiences through trial and error, feedback from others, as well as previous readings. I want to share with you some basic beauty knowledge that I think are important when stepping in to proper skin care products and beauty routines.

First, Know Your Skin

Everyone should be aware of knowing their body. Find out if you have oily skin, dry skin, or combination skin. Notice the difference in what changes your skin through out the day. Be aware of how the skin reacts to certain stimulations of certain products and even objects that touch the skin (objects hold many influential chemicals and materials that can give skin many reactions). Also be aware what time of the month it is (especially for women). Knowing the time of the month can help determine if the skin is breaking out from hormonal reactions or because seasons are changing. Lastly, know what the body is taking in. Certain foods, drinks, and even drugs (pharmaceutical or illegal) can cause many reactions from the excretions of the nutrients contained in them and expose it outside our bodies.

Stick To A Skincare Regimen That Works For You

Finding the right skincare product can some times be a hassle. It takes trial and error to figure out which type and brands work for your skin. It’s definitely okay if you can’t find something the first go around. Test products out depending on where you buy them some may give you time to try and return if you’re not satisfied. With that, keep in mind nothing happens over night. Try the product everyday for at least a week or two (or as said in the product instructions) to see if the results you want are what you are getting. When you do find that cleanser, toner, or foundation that has been beneficial; STICK TO IT. Try not to jump around certain makeup products (such as cleanser, foundation, moisturizers, toners, etc)  when it’s worked for you (eyeshadow, lipstick, etc are an exception).

Follow A Routine 

When you’ve found that skincare line that’s worked for you, get a routine down. Like most things in our life, routine is key to gain the results we want. Make the time to properly take care of your skin by cleansing, toning, moisturizing, and priming before putting makeup products on. Even if you don’t use makeup everyday. It’s still important to cleanse, tone and moisturizing for the day. I believe this is one of the hardest parts of realizing others need to do to get that healthy skin. It is mostly because it is task oriented. Some of us are in a hurry and think it takes too much time, or are too “lazy” to start a routine. My biggest advice is to find a time where you are already prepping for the day. For example, immediately after taking a shower is a perfect time to apply all the correct products need to get started. You can also applying right before bed. I’m sure many of us have some sort of bed time routine, so before that final slip under the covers. Why not add a few minutes after (or before) brushing your teeth to cleanse the face. Remember that when we are resting through the night. That is when our bodies are taking the time to heal and repair our skin. 

Less Is More

This applies to many things. For instance, when we buy food we often look at the labels to see what the calories are or what ingredients it has. Do the same for makeup and skincare products. I’ve always believed that the less and simple ingredients the better. {Try to aim for products that contain more natural ingredients as well. Avoid products that contain harsh alcohols and other chemicals not meant for the skin. Lastly, try to avoid skincare that have a fragrance (unnatural).} Second, when applying product you only usually need just a dime full at a time. That way there is no wasted product and you can always add more as needed. 

It’s Time To Upgrade 

Some of us like to stick to store brand products because it’s what we all started out with and are used to. It’s conveniently available at almost any store you walk into, and let’s be honest, it’s cheapest. But remember cheapest doesn’t always mean the best or the most healthy. Most of the cheaper brand products contain many unhealthy ingredients and harsh chemicals that can do harm in the long run. Some of the products are okay to use once in a while and even as back up when your main product has run out. As we get older, we need to take proper care in what we use. At a certain age its time to set a side some of those unhealthy skin routines and treat yourself to some luxury glow.  It’s the same concept as, “When we get older we need to eat healthier more often.”

The Head To The Neck

When applying skincare products such as: moisturizers, toners, cleansers, and foundations; it’s important to bring those products down to the neck. Do what you do to your face to your neck. It provides an even tone and keeps the face/neck balanced. {You wouldn’t want to have a clean smooth face with a dry wrinkled neck.}

Take It Off

I know it might be redundant and we all hear it, but it is very important. PLEASE TAKE YOUR MAKEUP OFF! Sometimes we might get lazy and or are too tired at the end of the day, but it’s very simple to just take a makeup removal wipe and take it off (do it while you are sitting in the bathroom one last time before bed if you have too). Once in a while is fine. For example, coming in really late at night or just one of those really long days that you are too exhausted and just go straight to bed. However, if you have time to get food or walk around when you get home, you can certainly take a couple seconds to take your makeup off. 

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Another New Year’s Resolution

Another year has passed and another list of resolutions are being made by all. What is a “resolution” anyway, are they not just a list of goals for the new year…? Does anyone else get in a little intimidated by that thought of another year and trying to make “resolutions” happen? I feel a lot better when I just make goals for myself and maybe adding a little time frame so there’s no pressure to finish by the end of the year or feel guilty if I didn’t. A time frame seems appropriate because you still want to give yourself that push to do them. If there’s no expected date it can easily be pushed aside. So friends and strangers I welcome you to join me in new GOALS for the year!!

Last year I wrote 5 goals that I felt I would be able to achieve within 2016. I think its safe to say that I proudly accomplished most of it, if not tweaked here and there as the year went. Since last year I have written more. Even though most of it was school related. We definitely went on more family adventures. Finally exploring our area more and getting to know more wonderful people along the way. I know fitness is always everyone’s new year resolution or goal, but most would deteriorate after just 2 or 3 months. I would like to say that I’ve kept up since we started our new family gym at American Sled Dogs. I’ve definitely gone through ups and downs with health this year (I’m still trying to get back on track). After all I’m not perfect health is a struggle for me and maintaining consistency is a challenge (more story to come). I do want to say, that I feel over all my nutrition intake and activity level have improved since post pregnancy and even before then. I did also make a reading challenge list from last year. Though I didn’t accomplish all of it, I did get some reading done. The list will be one of the goals that I roll over to this year and hopefully finish it!

A new year means new adventures, new challenges, and experiences. Things to look forward to: our son’s 2nd birthday, a year left of school until graduating, my mom’s wedding (and everything that comes with wedding occasions/activities), and another year with my little family. I honestly do not have any new major goals for this year. Which for some people there wouldn’t be. Some years if there are no new or big changes in life, it is just another year of unknown adventures. I still have the same goals as last year (being fit, going on more new adventures, reading…etc). Fitness is a high concentration of mine since I’m still not where I want to be. I also have a goal to achieve before my mother’s wedding. {You gotta look good, gurl!} Luckily her wedding is all the way in December, so I have the whole year to better myself with no excuses!! For those new to my blog, I am also a Younique Product Presenter. Since I’ve always been obsessed with all things makeup and love to give reviews here and there. I finally found a product that has been worth sticking around for and even sharing the world about. I really cannot get over how better my skin has been using these products. Now even though I do sell these products as a makeup lover I still use some store brand products here and there. Mostly eye shadows, because I am obsessed with palettes and different colors! Aside from that, I am also doing personal makeup sessions for events in my area (outside area is negotiable/price varies). {Link to book} I’m hoping that this year my little business can pick up a little more! Last year I was able to do my friends wedding event! That was a lot of fun. She and her bridesmaids trusted me with whatever idea I had for their look. If I do say so myself they all looked B E A U T I F U L!! {Pictures} I do also hope to finish school soon, finally getting my bachelors. In hopes to finding the career of my passion.

This year friends, I hope you all achieve those short term goals. Get the good and bad experiences out of them, and hope it gets you to dream even B I G G E R!!

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Splash Liquid Lipstick

Fall of last year Younique launched their first ever one of liquid lipsticks called Splash.

BUT did you know there are other ways to use liquid lipsticks…for instance they make great pigmented EYESHADOWS! Apply the usual eye primer before applying the liquid lipstick (color of your choice). I recommend dabbing a sample on the back of  your hand and applying gradually on your eyes with a brush or finger. The key here is BLENDING (as you always should with makeup). You can leave that color as is OR add other colors to heighten the lip color. As Example below…I used Younique’s Splash Liquid Lipstick in STOIC (a rusty-brown with hits for red). To marry the colors together I used a combination Younique’s Moonstruck Mineral Pigment Powders in GLAMOROUS (matte plum) and PRECOCIOUS (matte navy blue).

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Younique Presenter’s Kit *New*

Younique has reorganized their presenter’s kit!! Can you imagine that you get all these when you join our awesome family! They also added a tablet on the bag!!! I’m so FREAKING JEALOUS for you new presenters!

What’s great about joining Younique is there is no pressure to do anything you don’t want too. If you just want to join and earn some money back while buying your own products for yourself, you can totally do that. If you want to make a challenge for yourself and build up confidence to put yourself out there you can do what I do or even be more successful then me.  If you would like to make some money on the side, this is a another great way. It’s all in the effort you put. If the presenters kit is all you want then you can just purchase it as well. Manage this in your own pace and own style. Putting your personal work into it is what makes business a success. 👍🏼

This is nearly $300 worth of products, but here you can get it for $99!! 😱😱🙌🏼 Message me if you’re interested.  Here is a link for more product info.

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  • Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes+
  • Moodstruck Addiction Shadow Palette 4
  • Angled Shadow/Sponge Brush
  • Splurge Cream Shadow – Extravagant
  • Cream Shadow Brush
  • Splash Liquid Lipstick – Sentimental
  • Moodstruck Lip Exfoliator
  • Royalty Time Correcting Night Cream
  • Royalty Detoxifying Mask Sample Sachet (3)
  • Royalty Instant Lifting Serum Samples 2 tubes/each with 3ml
  • Royalty Shine Cleansing Cloths
  • Moodstruck Precision Lip Liner Pencil – Peachy
  • Moodstruck Precision Eyeliner Pencil – Proper
  • Younique branded, purple faux-leather make-up organizer bag
  • White Status Presenter Charm
  • Touch Foundation Sample Card
  • Presenter Guide
  • Younique Catalog
  • Zen Print Promotion Card
  • Presenter Tablet

Hello…It’s me…

It has really been a long time. I always feel so overwhelmed during the school season, that I never feel like doing much else (from the stress). I have so much to share. New journey’s I’ve taken since last time. New experiences. Even new struggles that have come between my path.

Stay tuned for the individual posts I will be sharing on my different pages. {Topics: Food Recipes, Fitness Log, Relationships/Love and Life.}

Pork Chop Crunch

This recipe I made up, by ‘made up’ I mean I didn’t look up a recipe. I’m sure someone has already made it somewhere out there, its fast and easy. One of the many quick dinner’s I make. I will also show some basic sides to make to go with the meat.

Ingredients:

  1. Thin Cut Pork Chops (honestly can use any cut of pork chops)
  2. Veggies: Green Beans & Broccoli
  3. Starch: Tater tots (frozen)
  4. Panko
  5. Vegetable Oil
  6. Coconut Oil/Olive Oil
  7. Salt & Pepper
  8. Thyme
  9. Rosemary
  10. Parsley
  11. 2 large eggs (for 5 thin cut pork chops, add more if required) 

Prep/Cooking Time: Approximately 30-45mins

  1. Take 2 pans, put vegetable oil in one and coconut oil in the other, (I don’t really use measure to scale when I cook. I use what I believe is enough and add as I go) I would say to cover the whole pan. {You can also substitute the coconut oil with olive oil or even vegetable oil, we are using it for the veggies, so it’s a matter of health and taste.} Heat the oils on the pan as you prep the meal. {At this time, preheat the oven for the tots to whatever the instructions say on the bag}IMG_6643
  2. Rinse the veggies and cut them. Add the veggies with the coconut oil. Mix for consistency. Then set aside to settle.
  3. Rinse the pork chops (I always rinse my meats). Add salt, pepper, thyme, rosemary on the pork (front and back).
  4. Get a 2 separate containers. One for the 2 eggs (mix) lightly add salt & pepper. One to put Panko crumbs in (preferably these containers should fit the size of your pork chops).
  5. {Add the tots in the oven whenever preheat is finished.}

  6. Go back to your veggies and add: salt, pepper, parsley, & thyme. Mix for consistency. Let it settle and cook. {Make sure to always go back and mix to prevent from burning}
  7. Take the mixed eggs dip pork chops in front and back. Then to the next container with the Panko crumbs, dip front and back. Place directly into the hot vegetable oil pan. {Repeat for each pork chop} 
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    I find it easy to have it as a station to prevent spilling

    8. Cook until Panko’s are brown and meat is cook (145ºF). Veggies until mid texture (not too soft and still has a crunch). {Take tots out when finished}

    You have your dinner, “Pork Chop Crunch meal!”

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ENJOY!!!

Until Next Time,

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Update: A New Page

My best friends recommended to me that I should make a page about all the food I make. Since I’m always posting some of the process on Snapchat and people say my food taste good, so here goes…

I will be making a page about some recipes I make up or have gotten and are things that I find useful. I like to cook but I also don’t like a long process, or a lot of dirty dishes for that matter. Being a mom means things that are fast and easy. A one income family also means saving money and being frugal with groceries, but still finding them to be healthy. I hope you all enjoy this new page and follow me on my journey. My first post will be tomorrow so stay tuned!

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Starting The New Year Right

I hope all of you have decided on your new year goals. If not, it’s never too late to start any time. If you have not read my previous blog about some new year goals to add to your list, click here: Be The Best You This New Year

As for me, I just wanted to share an update of one of my goals (being healthier and fit). I’ve been keeping my schedule on for about 3 weeks now. I still have a bit more to go, but I’ve already seen some changes.

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The key is finding a routine to fit your daily life. For example, I find it more effective if I workout as soon as I get up or a couple hours before I go to bed (If you have sleeping problems I wouldn’t recommend working out before bed. I have sleeping issues but either way I still don’t sleep right away at night). Then I eat a little something. Then go on with my day. If  I feel that my work out wasn’t intense enough that day I work out twice. I still use the same work out program: Melissa Bender First Bikini Competition Prep. Now I’m on the 3rd month of her program. I will be recycling this because it’s worked for me and it has a great amount of intensity (that I like at least). Sometimes I don’t follow it day by day. Most days I will and other days I will make up a few other workouts depending on what I feel like I really want to work on. If you’re wondering, I either use a mix of what I got from Melissa’s previous workout days or get routines off Pinterest/Instagram.

Another way to keep off that little weight is substituting some bad foods you eat. I’m not saying get ride of it completely. I know I could never get ride of sweets to save my life. I eat something healthy if I know I ate something bad that day, or schedule a cheat day. I also stopped eating in big portions. I eat a little at a time to see how much of it is my mind saying I need more food or my body saying thats enough. Always important to keep hydrated! I’ve always been a water drinker. It’s my go to drink. Once or twice a week I’ll treat myself to a Sprite or something with sugar. I’ve never really been a soda drinker, unless was the easier/faster option. I also drink teas and once in a while I’ll drink coffee, but takes me almost the whole day to drink a cup.

Some of you may ask if I use any supplements or tricks to make it go by a little faster. I do not use anything at the moment. I was hoping to get back on what I was using before I was pregnant as my pre-work out supplement, which was Oxyshred. I liked it! It worked for me, curved my appetite and gave me energy through out the day. I also bought a waist trainer right after I gave birth. I bought this at Amazon, which wasn’t too pricey but it wasn’t what you would see celebs use as their waist trainer. I would say it helps a little bit. I’m definitely more a boxy person, but it helped curve me up and prevented some major muffin tops to form (I never had one to begin with, but it helped). It does nothing to flatten your stomach, if that’s what you’re all wondering. At least the one I bought didn’t work that way. I stopped using it about 2/3 months ago. I’m strictly just working out and eating smarter. It is possible. This coming from a person that just likes to sit around read, play video games, play with my son, or watch tv and eat all day. My motivation is, one little step at a time. It doesn’t happen over night, though we may wish it. It may work faster for some others and some not. If this is a path you really want to change or do. Just don’t give up on it!

Good Luck! Comment below and share your routines or what has worked best for your body.

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Finding The Right Program

Something I obsess over on a daily bases and that most of us worry about too, is our weight. I’ve been up and down on my weight since around middle school (that’s when I really started to notice and care about my weight). I used to be the kid that ate and ate and never gained growing up. Then around 8th grade and going into high school, I started to notice that I would gain the weight but not lose it anymore. Since then, I’ve always just gained weight and not really done anything to be more healthly. My mom would be the type of person that would tell me that I’m gaining more weight and that I’m fat. {Culture Fact: Filipino’s, especially women, are very in tune with self image. They will do pretty much anything to look good and be especially skinny} My mom would always say that an outfit would look fat on me or if I got my hair cut short that it didn’t look good on me because my face is round which would make me look fatter. I’m not going to tell you that it didn’t hurt, because it really made me self conscious. Even worse to add, was during my 7th grade summer my mom and I went back to the Philippines to visit our family and friends. I had an old childhood friend/crush saw me again after many years and told me I was F A T and U G L Y. Having someone I liked for so many years tell me I was fat and ugly hit me so hard. Since then, I’ve been so self conscious about how I look. I know my husband is tired of me putting myself down. I know that it could always be worse and I could really be overweight, but the look I want for myself isn’t where I want it to be. During my senior year of high school my mom signed both of us to our local gym and since then I’ve worked out so I can eat things I want.

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Left: Junior Year High School Dance Right: First Year of College

A lot of my weight problem back then was “baby fat.” People often told me that it would go away when I got older, but I felt like it just wasn’t happening to me. After a couple of months at the gym I already saw a lot of my body toning. Since then, it has definitely been a roller coaster with weight. Some times I would look great one year than the next year I gained a few pounds. That first year I started going the gym I would work out 5 times a week without changing my diet. I actually ate a lot of fast foods during my freshmen year of college because it was fast, easy and next to my school. That year of my life was really one of my highest peak of my body.

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Freshmen year of college Halloween!

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One of my head shoots photo shoot

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Us on our wedding day! ❤

When I got married I made sure that I would look the way I felt about my special day. I was again back to gym mode 5 times a week. I wasn’t completely the way I wanted to be, but I did’t look like I did in high school (that’s all that mattered). Then this past year I got pregnant and of course gained some weight. The shocking thing was, a lot of it was pregnancy weight. I gained about 12lbs-14lbs most of was the baby. On my post pregnancy doctor’s check up, I had actually lost weight from my pre-pregnancy weight (thanks to breastfeeding). Right now, I am trying to workout every day since I stay at home. It’s hard because I relied a lot on being at the gym. It helps not only with letting me be around the right equipments, but it was also motivation. If I was there, I was there to workout. Being at home, even though I found a great workout program to do at home. There are too many distractions, I always have an excuse. I just have to get my rhythm back. Even though, I’ve still managed to do some here and there. Going along with my workout regimen, I’ve actually been getting some progress. It’s going by on a slow pace, especially when I love food and don’t plan on changing my diet to restricting certain things. I believe progress is progress.

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35 weeks pregnant

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Couple weeks ago

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Last week

Here are some key tips:

  1. Know Your Body. I know that I can keep my diet of eating whatever I want. As long as, I put in the work a few times in the week. Everybody’s body is different. Know what your limits and restrictions are. If you have to cut back on things to make the process fast, then do. I personally don’t drink soda. I only drink it if I have to at parties or once in a blue moon when I eat out.
  2. Find The Right Program. Find what workouts are best for you. At the gym, my routine was, running on the treadmill for 15 mins or so (depending how I felt), stretch really quick, then worked legs or arms (depending what day it was), then abs and stretching one more time. Now that I can’t afford or have the means to go to the gym (having a baby at home) I found a workout regimen on Pinterest I liked. Right now I am following: Melissa Bender First Bikini Competition Prep. I like her program because she has everything lined up very detailed and yet simple to follow. Her website has other workout programs to follow and a dietary blog.
  3. Portions. Whether it’s portioning food out or your workouts. It’s always a nice step to ease into. I’ve been dialing down on food portions a little less. Though I already don’t eat much because I usually forget. Also, know how much activity you do that day. I say, if you don’t workout that day eat less or eat less carbs/calories. If you’re working out more, especially doing cardio, I would eat a little more that day. Balance out your body’s energy. Also, portion out your workouts. You don’t have to workout everyday. There are days called ‘rest days’ to give your muscles time to heal and refuel. If you don’t like to workout too long, exercise at least 30mins a day and have one rest day a week. If you like to workout on a longer period of time and/or are intense with your workouts, I would say have 2-3 rest days.
  4. NO EXCUSES. This is still something I need to work on as well. It takes a lot of mind power to fight off that little part of your brain that always finds an excuses not to exercise. This past week I haven’t worked out because I’ve been sick (whether that’s an excuse I don’t know). {Then there are those fateful one time a month for a couple day “womanly trails” I go through that is too painful to do anything but curl into a fettle position (these days are no joke).} I find it helpful to just start, you can keep telling yourself ‘you will do it the next day,’ but will you really? Any day is a good day to start and it is never too late for anything. I realized that once I got back into a rhythm of workouts on a daily bases it starts being a habit. Once your body gets into a routine it makes it so much easier. It’s the initial push that’s needed. Find something that motivates you. Some times fitness women on Instagram inspire me to be better. Maybe it’s finding a workout buddy (I for one don’t feel comfortable working out with other people except my husband. I just feel like I have my own pace and I don’t want to slow or push someone too hard). There are always ways to get started!

Share your fitness journey or how you get motivated to workout on my comment box below. I would love to hear from you!

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