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Friday, December 19, 2014

My Skin Care Routine #PondsBackstage

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with PONDS® and Latina Bloggers Connect. However, all opinions are my own.

The world famous Rockettes are known for their precision dance routines where every step is the same. But when they’re off stage, their beauty routines are choreographed to their individual needs.  Different skin types have different needs, and today I want to share the routine that I use to keep my skin healthy and blemish free.

My skin has always been difficult, which sucks when you come from a family full of women who have acne free, clean skin. How was I the only one that got a face full of acne? After years of taking care to wash my face both morning and night and following a skin care routine, I don't break out as much as I used to. But now that Julius is two I don't have a lot of free time, which means my skin care routine has to be an easy one. It can'g get any easier than PONDS®.

My evening routine entails:

Using POND'S® Makeup Removing Towelettes to remove my makeup. The towel is ridged so it works itself into your skin getting rid of every trace of makeup while leaving a fresh, clean scent. I follow this by washing my face using my face brush and rinsing thoroughly. I softly towel dry my face gently and leave it for a few minutes before adding my night cream. Right now I am using POND'S® Clarant B3 Dark Spot Correcting Cream to get rid of some sun spots I got during the summer. Dark Spot Correcting Cream Formulated with a complex of Vitamins B3 and C, this daily moisturizer fights discoloration to visibly diminish dark spots in 4 weeks, so skin looks more even toned and radiant. I have the entire POND'S® creams, so that I can switch them out according to my skincare needs. The Clarant B3 is especially formulated for my oily skin so I don't get greasy and break out even more when using it. The last thing I do right before bed is applying hand lotion and lip balm. Then it is off to bed with my skin cleansed and ready to rest from the days impurities.

You can find both POND'S® Makeup Removing Towelettes POND'S® Clarant B3 Dark Spot Correcting Cream Walmart. I like that POND'S® is an affordable way for me to care for my troubled skin. It doesn't take a lot of steps, money or time for me to get my skin ready for life's performances. How do you use  POND'S® in your skin care routine?

Monday, December 15, 2014

Getting Ready for Date Night On-the-Go

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

For my boyfriend and I, Date Night is something of a unicorn. It's something magical and beautiful that you only really hear about, but never get to actually experience. Having a 2 year old child, especially one as needy as mine, doesn't exactly leave much room for romance. Instead we work, go to school and end our day out at the mall finishing our holiday shopping lists. The holidays really make things a lot more hectic than they already are, so by the time we get home all we want to do is relax and take care of the baby. Our evenings consist of a lot of Frozen on the television while eating cereal on the couch. Most days we are lucky to even get to bed at the same time, usually someone has to stay up with the grumpy boy who refuses to go to bed. That's why if a date night happens to magically appear out of nowhere, you can bet your socks that I will be ready even if it means getting ready while on-the-go. 

This is how my magical date night happened. I got a call after leaving the house to take Julius to the park. An unexpected schedule change would be freeing up my boyfriend for the evening, would I like to go out? Could I scurry up a babysitter so that we could get a few free hours to ourselves? You bet! But now to get ready while on-the-go with my son. Lucky for me, I am a good multi tasker and while my son enjoyed his trip to the park, I took out my bag and gave myself a little makeover. Starting with a great scent, which is something I always try to do. Guys love it when a girl smells good and I never leave home without a perfume or body spray on me. Now that I have refreshed my scent, I needed to find a reddish lipstick for added drama since I hadn't thought to pack any other makeup.

Red is always my go-to when it comes to a lip color for date night or any special event. During the fall I love to mix it with a more burgundy shade for a very vampy lip. 

For my wardrobe change I would be revealing more of my skin, thankfully I also carry a lotion with me at all times. I suffer from very dry skin and like to moisturize throughout the day, especially during the cooler weather. A Thousand Wishes Body Cream is one of my current obsessions and leaves my skin all soft and ready to be shown off. 

Now, how bout that babysitter? I've got all my sisters and mom on speed dial, time to see who wants to watch the little man tonight. Of course Jackie steps up to the plate and Julius loves getting to go play with the kids, I am all set to go. With some powder, lipstick, lotion and a red lip, I was transformed from little miss frumpy into someone now ready to go out for date night. It didn't end up taking a lot for me to change up my look, and all with things I happened to have in my bag. I know that when life is busy and with the holiday season here, it's not always easy to look your best, but our guys deserve it. After seeing me with a naked face and bun all last week, I owed it to mine to make myself up a bit, at least for a few hours.

For an even more special date night, I like to bring out K-Y Yours+Mine. This is a product that helps couples to feel more connected and enjoy their intimate moments. In any committed relationship there has to be that closeness with your other half. I found K-Y Yours+Mine in the feminine isle at Walmart.

No extra money for a date night on-the-town? K-Y Date Night (shipping to store in Jan 2015): $50 value 1 free meal for two people from PEACHDISH.com delivered to your door for an intimate night of cooking together, a $5 VUDU movie credit for you to stream right at home. Perfect for a date night in! Check out the Date Night pack at Walmart.com for discreet purchasing.

Keeping the spark of romance alive with the holidays here and everything else on our plates is not easy. That's why you have to make time for it, or jump on an unexpected chance like I did. For more great ways to spice up your relationship during the holiday season, visit K-Y.com.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

#OOTD Rainy Plaid

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10 Minute Makeover Cleaning Tips with Pledge® and Windex®.

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

As you know, I recently moved to my first apartment. With this move have come many lessons, and one of those lessons is that there is no one else to keep the place clean but me. Now that I do live alone and that I am in charge of my own place, I had to choose to live in a messy place, or to clean it up and live much happier. I've decided that living in a clean apartment is much better than a filthy one and in order to keep in nice and tidy I have gone to some of my mamas holy grail cleaning products, which includes Pledge® and Windex®.

I grew up with the scent of Pledge® and Windex®. Every weekend my mom used to clean up our house and those scents always brought a sense of cleanliness and comfort. We knew that by the time my mom finished cleaning in the afternoon, the whole house would be spotless and that we would then be able to go for a round of ice cream. Once we were big enough to help her clean, we each got a small allowance as well. 

These days I am very busy during the weekends spending time with my little boy and instead I make time to clean my apartment every morning before leaving. When we get home we can then relax and enjoy our short evenings, instead of having to clean. Here are a few tips that I would like to share with you so you can get your place in shape in only ten minutes. Everyone has at least 10 minutes right? 

My mom always taught me that you get what you pay for when it comes to your cleaning products. Sure, you can find products that are cheap, but how many times will you have to do the job before it's done right? Instead I stick to the same products she has been using for years and I head over to my local Ralph's to get a great price too. Right now you can take advantage of the Buy 4 Save $4 Mega Event for Pledge®. Sale valid 11/10-12/27 at Kroger stores:  *Kroger Affiliates Include Baker’s Supermarkets, City Market, Dillons Food Stores, Fry’s Food And Drug, Gerbes Super Markets, Harris Teeter, Jay C, King Soopers, Owen’s, Pay Less Super Markets, QFC, Ralphs, Scott’s, Smith’s, Fred Meyer, and Food 4 Less.

Now that I have my cleaning products, I begin by giving all the glass in my apartment a quick wipedown with Windex®. No other glass cleaner cuts through water stains as fast and easy as Windex®.

Then I take my favorite lemon Pledge® (there are now new scent available) and I go through and clean all my wooden surfaces of grime and dust. I love the scent of Lemon Pledge®. 

A newer Pledge® that was not around when I was growing up is the multitasking Pledge® Multi Surface Cleaner. This one takes care of just about every other surface in the house including delicate electronics. This also has a clean, fresh scent that lingers and makes my whole apartment smell clean. 

Once I have cleaned every surface in my apartment, I give it a quick vacuum and on the way out the door I take the trash with me. When my son and I come home at night, even if it's at 9:00p.m., I know that a clean apartment is waiting for me and that I can spend my night relaxing and getting ready for the next day. Taking those ten minutes each morning to clean up, make keeping my apartment clean easy, so does having the right products. What is your holy grail cleaning product?