5 Eyeliners and a Gloss

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Summer Beauty Made Easy

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

One of the best parts about summer is the fun styles and looks we can put together. You know me, I love shopping and have recently done a few very budget friendly clothing hauls, now it's time to share a summer beauty look that you can achieve on a budget as well. For this look and many of my summer looks, I head to Walgreens which is the place to shop when you want to score the best deals because they have so many ways to save. I love being a Walgreens Rewards Member because I can use in store coupons, my own coupons, the Walgreens app and combine them with store points to buy all the new beauty items everyone is talking about, at a very affordable price. Who doesn't want to buy all the new beauty products? I know I do, and Walgreens lets me buy without breaking my monthly beauty budget.

Today's look is a very bronzy, beachy waves look that is perfect for the summer heat. I don't really do that no makeup look ever, this look is for those girls that love a full face even in summer. I love this look for heading out to a day at the fair, a day at the pier or for a summer shopping with the family. For my hair I use two of my favorite products, Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Texturizing Spray and the Mark Hill Fabulous Finish Hairspray which has the best design. My hair is very long at this point so I need a hairspray that is going to hold my wave, and this one works very well during the summer heat.

Once you've gone through the process of getting the perfect wave, the last thing you want to do is lose it as soon as you step outside.

One of my current favorites for a bright pop of color on my lips is the Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain. This shade is India Intrigue and I love how it's a beautiful wash of color without being overly bright. These stains stay on for about 4-5 hours and then you are left with a beautiful stain on your lips that wears a few more hours. I really love these and between mom and I, we are collection quite a few of them.

In my house we don't collect figurines, we collect lippies!

I've paired this look with a cute little top I got at Styles for Less over the weekend. Another summer staple perfect for the heat in the Inland Empire and very cute. 

With my Walgreens Summer Beauty Essentials I am now ready to head out to enjoy a beautiful summer evening knowing my hair is going to stay in place and so is my lip color. 

If you're like me, you love a Free Gift With Purchase! Between 6/29 - 8/30 Walgreens consumers can get a coupon by texting a code or visiting for a FREE travel-size make-up brush set, with any $20 beauty and personal care purchase. My store has been out so I can not show it to you, but definitely stop by your Walgreens and see if they have them in stock! 

Happy summer ladies!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Show Us What Makes You Sparkle

This post has been sponsored by Dasani, all opinions are my own.
You know that thing that people always say about your life totally changing once have kids? It's all true. Before I had my son, life was pretty much all about me. I've always been selfishly in love with myself, and when I would wake up every morning, my goal was to do things that would make me happy. As soon as Julius came into my life, he became the most important thing and now everything I do is around him and his schedule. Now we do what makes Julius happy, and that's it. Children don't just change your life though, they make it a million times better, and that is why Julius is what makes me sparkle.
With the launch of DASANI Sparkling, Dasani has launched a very fun and cute contest called #SparkleWithDASANI. To enter the contest the only thing you have to do is share a picture of what makes you sparkle on Instagram and/or Twitter using the tag #SparkleWithDASANI.
The Grand Prize is a Sparkling Getaway to the Westin Diplomat in Ft. Lauderdale, and includes airfare, hotel and spa treatments for 4. Winner will be selected in early August.

You have plenty of time to enter the #SparkleWithDASANI contest. I'm sharing my little guy and maybe a few other pictures of some of my favorite summer must-haves, like DASANI Sparkling!


Thursday, July 17, 2014

#OOTD : Daisy

White Halter Top: Styles For Less // Skinny Jeans: Styles For Less //Daisy Sandals: Styles For Less

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Easy Summer Meals With Instant Savings

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

Summer is a great time to enjoy family and friends without all those school year stresses. That's why I try to simplify my life as much as possible. One of the tricks to surviving summer is stocking up on basics so that I don't find myself running to the store more than once a week or last minute, even though we are packing a full house. With so many kids running around and three to four meals having to be prepared a day, it's not easy to keep food in stock for long. But when you are a Sam's Club member, it is easy to stock up on family favorites with their bulk packaging on the items we use the most. Shopping in club for these items goes a long way to stretching out the food budget, and because I am the C.E.O. of the Lazy Cooks Association, I can find so many quick meal ideas.

 For the next few days you can visit Sam's Club and score on Instant Savings on KRAFT items. I went this weekend to grab my deals and now I am sharing with you so you can get down there and stock up before the extra savings are gone.

KRAFT Easy Mac Cups:  Currently featured in the Sam’s Club Instant Savings Booklet at $2 off for a value of $7.68. I love these easy-to-make cups for enjoying a hot meal on the go or for when I want something warm and comforting, but don't have the time to cook. This 12 cup box will last a lot longer than the one from the grocery store.

KRAFT American Singles: Currently featured in the Sam’s Club Instant Savings Booklet at $1.75 off for a value of $5.03. Always made with real milk, Individually wrapped, No artificial preservatives or flavors, Excellent source of calcium. These are a staple in our fridge because you can throw a slice of cheese on anything and that immediately just makes it better! Cheese is a pretty big deal at my house. I like buying this 72 slice package and sending half to my sisters house, this saves us a lot versus buying the small packs.

Most exciting to me because I am a bit kid at heart are the Kool Aid Jammers: Currently featured in the Sam’s Club Instant Savings Booklet at $1.50 off for a value of $5.03. Made with real fruit juice, 100% daily value of Vitamin C. Both China and I still drink these type of juices and when the kids come over it is so much easier to give them a juice pouch than to serve a million little cups. These are so convenient for gatherings at home and especially for taking on-the-go. This Instant Savings Deal at Sam's Club gives you 4-10 packs for $5.03! Huge savings!

These special INSTANT SAVINGS are only available at Sam's Club through July 20th


I told you what a bad couponer I am, so instant savings are my kind of savings because you don't need to clip any coupons. With your Sam's Club membership, the savings are instant.

I enjoy shopping in club at Sam's Club. It's not so crazy packed, there is food to eat before or after shopping and those deals go a long way for a big family like mine. You can't see it in the picture but I also purchased three rotisserie chickens!

 The rest of this week has been crazy busy with lots of fun outings and not a lot of cooking time. Summer meals happen to be my specialty though and this is one of the recipes that I can create within a matter of minutes to feed me and the little guy. We love cheese (who doesn't) and we love taking the KRAFT Easy Mac Cups and making all kinds of little creations with them. Today I made a Three Cheese Mac & Cheese Cup. My abuelita finished the cotija cheese, so I substituted it with Parmesan, and it was almost as good. See how easy I made a plate of yummy comfort food for us after spending all day out.

Tres Quesos Mac & Cheese: 1 cup

KRAFT Easy Mac Cups
1 slice of cut up KRAFT American Singles
A few dashes of Cotija cheese or Parmesan Cheese

Prep: Add water to the KRAFT Easy Mac Cup and microwave for 2 minutes. Carefully pull out and add the KRAFT American Single slice and parmesan. Microwave for another minute and a half and then allow to cool for a few minutes. I don't enjoy eating in the cup as much as Julius so I prefer to let it mold a bit in the cup and then carefully place it on a nice plate. Sprinkle extra parmesan and enjoy.

Making quick meals like this one, gives me more time to spend with this handsome fella. Dinner for two is now served.

Don't forget to visit Sam's Club to get your Instant Savings, you have until July 20th!