I don’t fuss around with my nails too much, as I can never stick to a schedule for manicures. And I’m at the computer most of the day so it just doesn’t occur to me to get them done professionally. I tend to do my own manicures and pedicures at home. But it’s Spring so I treated myself to a ME day at the salon courtesy of Domain.me.
If you follow me on Snapchat, then you’re very aware of my obsession with L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Cushion Buildable Luminous Foundation. It’s pretty much liquid foundation in a sponge, but it gives me life every time I apply it. It kind of reminds me of the Mac 2-in-1 foundation I wore many, many moons ago except that the finish is a lot more luminous and non-drying. I used to be addicted to Studio Fix before finding True Match.
I love this natural makeup look so much, I just had to share. Neutrogena was the title sponsor for #WeAllGrow Summit, and had the most amazing beauty suite set up at Hotel Maya (pictures coming soon!). I wasn’t able to spend too much time there, as I was working and pretty much all over the place, but I was able to squeeze in 10 minutes before my presentation – How Collaborations Build Your Brand with Cara Paige of Blogalicious, Sara Urqhart of Altitude Summit and Laurie White of Mom 2.0 (more on that coming soon!).
If you google New Year’s makeup, you will likely find looks that makes mine look mild in comparison. So many beautiful options to choose from, but I really do not like to look overly made up. And as someone who is “older”, I have to be more mindful of the colors and trends that I choose. For example, gluing gems on my lids doesn’t work for me nor do strong metallics, as they can accentuate eye wrinkles. Add impatient to the mix, and I just want a ‘wow’ look without it taking too much time. Am I asking for too much?
As far as I’m concerned, a smokey eye is always a win no matter what. Add some sparkle, and you got yourself a delicate yet smouldering glam look for New Year’s Eve or any time, really. Oh, and carry a cat for even more dramatic effect. That’s a must!
I’ve always been on top of my skincare, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve had to adapt to the changes in my skin. At 42, my goal is to keep my skin hydrated, protected from the sun and moisturized. I work from home most of the time and am on mom mode all of the time so applying makeup is not something I can always indulge in (nor do I feel it’s really necessary during the day) unless there is an event I want to glam up for. I want my skin to look nice all on its own so I can get ready quickly and effortlessly. When I do need to run out, I like to keep my makeup very light and very convenient. The less I clog my pores with makeup, the better.
In my last post about my Transitions® Lenses, I talk about the reasons why I had to get my eyes examined immediately and the process of picking out lenses for my face. Well, it wasn’t much of a huge process. I knew that I wanted a bit of color and a cat eye. I was a lot more concerned about the way they would look with different outfits and that forced myself into getting in the habit of wearing them. I go from jeans to dresses all the time, and needed frames that could play chameleon with me in the spur of a moment. I tried many different frames, and went with a combo of everything I liked – A bit of red, a slight cat eye and a frame on top only. The latter comes from constantly being aware that that there’s a frame on my face. I know that sounds weird if you wear glasses all the time. I hope to get over that because I love all of the glasses Irma Martinez wears in her Transitions® Lenses videos. I’ve got my eye on her red ones.
Can you believe Fall is around the corner? Summer flew by! The last few months have been a whirlwind of work, events, family visits and teen life. Our home was literally filled with my son’s friends pretty much on rotation. He would leave with one kid and come back with another. Or they were just coming in and out on their own, and not leave until the next day. It was crazy. But it was the kind crazy that’s fun, lively and everything that makes high school years a time to remember. Nothing makes me happier than having that home the kids love to visit for some good food, an outing or a night of family games. My 14 year old cousin was also visiting from NYC, which was a whole other adventure for me as I’m not used to figuring out ways to keep a teen girl entertained – for the exception of my 12 year old sister’s visit last year, in which perfect timing brought about BeautyCon and Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s tour. My cousin was given the full beauty treatment and blogger life, which included a curvy girl beach gathering hosted by my lovely friend Monique, a Clinique cake decorating event (more to come), an evening with TRESemmé (more to come on that too) and lots of eating. Lots.
A few weeks ago, I attended a lovely dinner with Urban Decay Cosmetics at Asa Meza in Hollywood and was given the opportunity to try a variety of their products. They have so many beautiful colors I honestly didn’t even know which one to play with first. The blushes and eye shadows range from earthy tones to shocking pops of color … Decisions, decisions.
Natural Summer Makeup Look
After much contemplating, I decided to go with a natural look for this post. It’s how I usually wear my makeup during the day so why not start with the more everyday me.
Baby kale, quinoa, shaved fennel, avocado, red grapefruit, grilled treviso, poppy seed vinaigrette
I was recently invited to an intimate dinner with Urban Decay at Asa Meza. It’s a very chill restaurant with a tranquil and communal feel right in the heart of Hollywood. They have a great selection dishes focusing on Asian and Latina American cuisine … I mean, who doesn’t love a cocktail with empanadas underneath Japanese lanterns? Add every color of lipstick and eyeshadow Urban Decay has to offer for Summer and Fall, and it was kind of dreamy evening.
It was a really hot and humid day. My bangs started doing a handlebar mustache thing, and I could feel my water proof mascara fight for its life. However, my Latina Bloggers and Youtuber amigas, were so on point you’d never know.
It has been sizzling here in Los Angeles, but as tempted as I am to bake in the sun to add some color to my white/yellow legs, I know that it’s not the smart thing to do. I’ve been pretty good about applying sunscreen and using makeup with SPF now for several years. I never wanted premature wrinkles. I’m going to get them anyway so I don’t see the rush in making them happen any sooner, do you? Second, I don’t want skin cancer.
Alright. I know what you’re thinking. Shouldn’t my list be the other way around? How vain am I? Wrinkles over cancer? Well, let me explain.
Like many Latinas and women of color, the belief was that we won’t suffer the consequences of sunbathing because we had good ole melanin to protect us from the sun’s evil rays. Having that myth nicely embedded into my brain, my only reason for applying sunscreen was for anti-aging purposes … Because somehow I did not make the connection that if the sun can wrinkle my skin, it can harm it as well (??).
Whatever the reason, I will say that I’m thankful for the younger, vainer me because – no matter what – I still used that sunscreen daily. According to the Melanoma Research Alliance, Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, which is really enough reason to avoid tanning beds and sunbathing as far as I’ concerned. Once you’re in your 40s, your life-long self-care habits come back to either haunt or embrace you. That’s why it is so important to take care of your skin at an early age. If you didn’t do that, don’t fret. You can start now. And while you’re at it, you should definitely see a dermatologist to get more insight on the current condition of your skin.
In the meantime, here 5 simple sun protection tips:
- Wear Sunscreen – Do it daily and carry a bottle in the car – At least 30 SPF. It doesn’t matter if it’s cloudy or rainy either. UV radiation can damage your skin any time of the year. Reapply and reapply some more.
- Cover your skin – My mom goes a little over board with scarves. Granted her neck has not aged at all, you don’t have to go as far. You can grab yourself a few sun-protective stylish tops for surf shops. They have really nice tees and options for travel that have nothing to do with surfing and everything to do with skin protection. You can also just throw on a fabulous sun hat and a pair sunglasses. And wear gloves. Kidding.
- Avoid that noon sun – If you have to be out during the day, stay in the shade. It’s great for Vitamin D but really bad for your skin.
- Say no to tanning beds. The 80s are over. Indoor tanning beds increase the risk of melanoma for 75% and the number 1 new cancer diagnosed in women in their 20s. So-not-worth-it.
- Say yes to sunless tanners. These guys have come a long way. No more Chef-Boyardee glows. It’s how I’ve been curing my banana color leg syndrome.
L’Oreal Paris has been on top of their melanoma prevention game by teaming up with the Melanoma Research Alliance to help raise awareness. If you love a good drug store product, I suggest starting with them. You guys know how much I love L’Oreal Paris as it is. Their covers all basis from skin cancer prevention to the vanity needs of women (ahem, like me) who love a bronze glow. Give their Sublime Bronze Self Tanning Serum and Sublime Bronze Self Tanning Mist a try, and let me know what you think!
I get asked a lot questions, but the big one has to be about my hair. I’m typically asked about my routine as well tips for hair care, growth and shine – From both men and women.
Many are usually surprised by my very uneventful treatment for it, as I don’t have a magical one-stop-shop answer. It’s a combination of life-long grooming habits that I’ve picked up along the way, and genes passed down from my parents. My answer is usually vague because, really, who wants to hear a whole cultural and biological explanation to hair care?
If you do, you’re in luck. I share all of that here along with a few links and several products that I love to help you get started on your hair care journey.