5 Eyeliners and a Gloss

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Starting The Year With a New Skincare Routine

I was compensated for this shop by Collective Bias, Inc. on behalf of Neutrogena for this #NewNeutrogena campaign #AD #Collectivebias. All opinions are mine alone.

Now that the new year and winter have officially arrived in southern California, I have had to make a few changes to my skin care routine. Even though California winters are relatively tame, we live near the mountains and it does get pretty chilly, which means very dry and flaky skin. Along with the dryness problems my skin also becomes very sensitive during the winter. It's like my skin decides to go postal during the winter and I am having to deal with dry, sensitive skin and my regular breakouts. How do I care for my skin gently, while still treating breakouts and give it the extra moisture it needs? One word: Neutrogena.  

My holy grail makeup wipes are the blue Neutrogena Makeup Remover wipes, but when my skin is this sensitive Neutrogena makes a very nice alternative. I love the Naturals Purifying Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes for these months and they really are more gentle on my skin but still do a great job of removing my makeup. This is the first step I take every night to cleanse my skin. 

Next, I use the Neutrogena Rapid Clear Cleanser & Oil Free Pink Grapefuit Moisturizer. These are a great combo and take care of my two problem areas, breakouts and dry, sensitive skin. I believe the Rapid Clear line is new to Neutrogena and for someone who is always suffering with acne, it's a great addition. 

Now I can take care of my breakouts at the same time as I am doing the rest of my skin care routine.

Once I'm done cleaning and washing my skin gets pampered with Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Moisturizer which is part of the Pink Grapefruit line.

This is another defense against breakouts and still gives my skin the lightweight moisture it needs during the night. 

This skin care routine will get me through the rest of winter and hopefully I can have cleared skin by the time spring arrives.

I purchased these Neutrogena items at Target and took advantage of some Cartwheel promotions. And I also stacked a $2 off coupon for even more savings. You know that I am always on a budget, but skin care is a biggie for me and at Target I can always get a good price. You too can take advantage of 10% off Neutrogena Cosmetics and Neutrogena facial skin care on the Cartwheel app.

With my skin issues taken care of, I can concentrate on everything going on during the beginning of 2015. I have so much in the works including a potential part time job and a lot of fun posts planned. I can't wait to start sharing some of my new wardrobe with you and put together some fun looks. How is the new year treating you?

#TBT Hat Shopping

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Huge Collective Fashion Haul: Forever 21,Charlotte Russe and More!!

This past holiday season ,which so happens to be my favorite time of the year, I went a little crazy doing what I do best ...shopping!! If you know me you know that shopping is my biggest addiction and I can never have enough. But when it comes to shopping I am always smart with my money , I refuse to spend more than $20 on one item (unless my mom is buying it). Today I'm sharing the recent additions to my wardrobe ,which I couldn't be more excited for!! Since this is a collective haul I do not have the prices for every item I have, since I bought everything over the past month or so. But I do know that everything I'm sharing was under $20 a piece, because it is possible to look good on a budget.

These beauties were a Christmas gift from my mother ,which I did pick out myself of course. I have always loved everything fringe, and have been wanting a pair of  fringe boots for as long as I can remember. When I saw these it was love at first sight!! I was lucky enough to get them on sale for $25 which was a great deal, they're no longer on sale but for those who arent poor like me, you can find them here

SNICKERS® Candy Apples

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.#BigGameTreats #CollectiveBias

The big game is around the corner and all over the U.S. people are coming up with new recipes and dishes to share on that day. See football isn't just about the game, especially for those of us who don't really get it. For many of us, sporting events are all about the food. Football game snacking, now that's my game! This week I did a sample run of something I have been wanting to try to make for a long time now, something I tried once and totally failed at, caramel apples with candy (SNICKERS®) toppings. 

Along with many other game day snacks, I want to have something for the kids to really look forward to eating. There's going to be so much spicy and grownup food that the kids deserve to have a special treat to enjoy. I think a caramel apple that they can top themselves is going to be a fun and delicious way to give the kids something special to do and to eat. Children love to create and getting to top their very own caramel apple is going to be something that really appeals to them.

Candy Apples (8-10 apples)

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cups melted butter
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 8 washed apples w/ stick inserted in stem
  • 1 cup Snickers® bite size pieces
In a medium saucepan over high heat cook the corn syrup, butter, sugar and condensed milk to 246 degrees. Important: you will need to stir steadily the entire time that the caramel is on stovetop. Once you have reached 246 degrees, remove caramel from heat and immediately dip and roll your washed apples into the sauce. If you will be topping them yourself just quickly roll apples into the bowl and set aside to cool. For game day I will be setting the caramel apples on small individual plates surrounded by bowls of chopped SNICKERS® and Skittles®.

Making your own candy apples at home isn't as scary as it sounds, though I do think it's a good idea to do a trial run just like I did. My first experience making caramel a few years ago was so disastrous that it's taken me a long time to step up to the plate again, but this time I had much better results. 

I am really excited for game day to arrive, there's going to be so much food and so much good company. These are the moments that really make life special and this year they will be even sweeter once we bring out the SNICKERS® and Skittles® plus a big plate of caramel apples just waiting to be topped.

Walmart promotion: from January 20-31, enter to win by purchasing 1 qualifying MARS Chocolate product and 1 qualifying Wrigley product at Walmart. All you have to do is snap a photo of the receipt to show proof of purchase and text or email to biggame@drvsusa.com14 winners will be drawn randomly at the end of the contest period (1 for each day of the contest), and will receive a $250 Walmart gift card! For more information on the contest, visit drvsusa.com/biggame.

I purchased all of the ingredients for my candy apples at Walmart. There are always plenty of SNICKERS® and Skittles® sizes and packages to pick from, at the lowest prices. I can't wait to see the happy faces of the children once they spot the apples and candy. It's going to be a great game day!