Wednesday, July 29, 2015

How I Stay Organized With My Lilly Pulitzer Pocket Size Planner

Happy Wednesday my loves. I had a busy weekend and my week has been busy too, but then again that's how my days have been since I got back from vacation. My eyes were opened up by my hubby, I won’t go into details about it but I realized I want things in life that won’t just fall off the sky. I have to work hard to make them happen. So little by little I have started a new journey. In which I will talk about later on when things are ready to come out and be spoken about. For now I leave you with this, fight for your dreams and don’t let fear and self-doubt get in the way of your dreams and it is never too late. If you don’t try you will never know your true potential.

Today, I really wanted to talk about my planner. It is what has kept me sane this year and these past few weeks that I have been super busy. My life has been made so much easier and I have Belinda Selene to thank for. If you don’t follow her already you should (click here). I am a visual person and I love to write things down, so getting a planner made things so easy because I get to keep all my lists, to do’s, events, birthdays, gym, blog ideas, social media and work stuff all in one place as oppose to a million sticky notes which sometimes I loose or forget about. My life is so much more organized now that I have my planner and what makes me more motivated to use it all the time is decorating it. It’s just plain fun and so relaxing to add washi tape and cute stickers, just making it look cuter so you’ll come back to look at it all the time. I also have a color code system using different color pilot frixion pens. I love these because you can actually erase something if you make a mistake as oppose to using whiteout. Here is how I use them: black is for personal stuff, blue is for work, red is for social media, pink is for blog related things, & green is for special events, birthdays, or anniversaries; although sometimes I use flag stickers to mark special occasions and events.
The planner I use is a pocket size Lilly Pulitzer and I am happy with it. Although there are so many different planners out there from Erin Condren, Fruitful Planner, Day Designer, Inkwell planner and so many more. It’s hard to keep up with all of them. I tried having more than one planner but that didn’t work out no matter how cute the planner was, one worked out fine for me. Some people can handle multiple planners but I like to see everything together like that I can make sure tasks won’t overlap. My planner is not big which I love because I can fit it anywhere, as I already carry a million things in my bag. So a small size planner was perfect and I can fit tons of stuff in it, due to my small handwriting. I am not sure yet if I will stick with Lilly Pulitzer for next year, as planner options is so wide but I am definitely in the lookout for any fun cute small planners.

Decorating wise, I mostly shop at Michael's since is the only craft store around where I live. I tend to buy washi tape and sometimes stickers books when they have really cute ones. I also shop a lot on etsy; mainly for stickers and flag stickers. Here is a list of my favorite sticker shops on etsy and other places I get planner supplies from:

Favorite Etsy Shops in no specific preference. They just have so many cute stickers:

1. SweetKawaiiDesign

2. StationStickers

3. ThePaperlyBowtique

4. GirlIsCrafti

5. JuJuAllOver

Pens I use for my planner: I got these pens at a Blick Art Store.

Washi tape and other craft supplies; I usually get these at Michael's as I mentioned above but you can also find cute planner supplies and décor at Target.

How do you stay organized? Do you use a paper planner or you phone?

Any questions please leave a comment down below. Thank you and have a nice week ahead.

Leslie xoxo

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Current Night Time Routine

This post is so long overdue, but here it goes. I have mentioned before that skin care is a very important part of my daily routine, ideally I try not to skip it. I would have to be extremely tired or in a hurry. Even tired or in a hurry I have to have some sort of protection on my face and body. I previously wrote about my morning skin care routine (click here for morning routine).

So today, I will talk about my night time routine of the products I use and how I use them. I believe the night time routine is more important than the morning, that’s why I take longer. Here is my reason to believe that because first of all you have had makeup on your face all day, along with all the dirt, germs, and pollution in the outside world, not to mention the sun exposure which can all cause your skin to go bananas lol… So cleaning your face thoroughly at night is very important. Even if you don’t wear makeup you still need a good night time routine to protect your skin.

I wear makeup pretty much every day, when I don’t wear makeup I have some sort of BB cream with SPF and concealer. I don’t have a perfect skin, If I did I wouldn’t wear makeup that often. Unfortunately, for me my under eye circles are hereditary; thanks mom and dad. So concealer is a must for me. I also tend to wear mascara, I don’t leave the house without some because it just makes me look awake when I'm sleepy lol… So you see my night time routine is more important, to me at least.

So here are some of the products I have been using for the past few months. My routine does change from time to time because I am a blogger and I do try out new products. But I tend to stick with what works for my skin and I will mention below what I have been using lately:

1. SEPHORA COLLECTION Precision Pore Cleansing Pad- I mentioned this in my morning routine and I also use it at night because it removes makeup better than using my hands. I actually did an experiment; I washed my full face of makeup with my hands and then used a wipe and you could still see the makeup right on the wipe, bad. After washing my full face of makeup the next day with the cleansing pad I did the same thing and used a wipe to see if the makeup was gone and it was yay, lol… So I think it's good to use a cleansing tool whether it’s a clarisonic, foreo or any other tool is better than using your hands.

2. Wipes: I go through these like crazy and I tend to stick with two brands because I like how effectively they remove eye makeup, which is what I mostly use wipes for and to remove any excess makeup. The wipes I tend to use often are Tarte Wipes, which I did a review on a while ago (Click Here). I love these because they remove even the toughest eye makeup, even lip stains come off with these. Yes to Carrots are also good and do a good job removing eye makeup too.

3. Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser: I have been using Neutrogena since I was a really young and I have always stuck with it even if I am testing a product I always come back to Neutrogena. It works for my skin especially the cleansers. I have to admit some of their cleansers irritate my skin so the Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser has been really good for my skin and I always keep coming back to it.

4. Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop: This is a pure Vitamin C and other vitamins oil that I recently included in my routine and will do a full review within the next two weeks, still testing it out. I use it before my serum and moisturizer. I let it sink in and then apply the serum and moisturizer.

5. Borghese Curaforte Moisture Intensifier: I mentioned this in my morning routine and I am still using it (click here for more info on it)

6. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream: Like I mentioned before I always tend to go back to what I know works for me and this is one of those creams I could say has kept my wrinkles away because I don’t have any yet. I have been using retinol since I was younger. You’re never too young to use a retinol treatment that has multivitamin to protect your skin from aging to quickly, hey I have to look fabulous for as long as I can right lol…

7. Borghese Fluido Protettivo Advanced Spa Lift for Eyes: I also mentioned this in my morning routine click here for more info.

8. Lush Mint Julips Lip Scrub: Some lipsticks make my lips dry so, I use this every night just to buffer and keep my lips smooth and looking healthy. I love this and really recommend it. I love that it’s made with natural ingredients. Its even safe to lick any excess from your lips.

9. EOS Lip Balm after exfoliating my lips I use this lip balm simply because I love them and they make my lips smooth and keep them moisturizes all night. I always wake up with smooth lips. Although I have tons of different lip balms, I have been using this one at the moment and its one of my favorites. Did I mention I can't go to sleep without some moisture on my lips story of my life lol…

10. Masks/Peeling Gel Exfoliant: Twice or three times a week, I do a mask or use an Exfoliant as part of my night time routine. I do this after I wash my face and before applying any oils, serum, and moisturizers. Mask I use is Borghese Fango Active Mud for Face and Body Mask.I am obsessed with this mask (click here for review). Exfoliant I use is Peter Thomas Roth Firmx Peeling Gel Exfoliant. I will do a review on it shortly so stay tuned.

So this is my night time routine. I tend to do it every day or at least I try too. I’ll be honest I do skip some steps sometimes if I’m too tired, so I do the most important things which is fully cleanse and apply some moisturizer and go straight to bed just when I am too tired. Always cleanse your face though before going to bed that's very important.

What is your night time routine like?

Leslie xoxo

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Ipsy Bags for June and July 2015

So I gave in and signed up for Ipsy late last month. For those who may not know what Ipsy is, it’s a subscription started by popular YouTube guru Michelle Phan. Each month those subscribed get a beautiful makeup bag with five deluxe samples and sometimes you do get full sized products which is really cool for only $10 a month. All you have to do is go to their site (click here) and sign up, take a quiz and they use that quiz to personalize your monthly makeup bags.

So on to my Ipsy bags; here is what I got in my June 2015 Ipsy bag:

1. tre'StiQue Mini Shadow Crayon: “This is a 12 hour eye shadow, it has customizable color that you can build from a subtle wash to intense vibrancy. It’s also super blendable with a crease free, smooth finish.” “This product is free of d5, parabens, talc, synthetic fragrances, petro chemicals and also cruelty free.”

2. Keratherapy Daily Smoothing Cream: According to the website this cream is supposed to “help bring your dull, dry hair back to brilliant, shiny life, Heat-activated Keratin-Infused Daily Smoothing Cream is like a mini-keratin treatment in a bottle – which anyone can use. Packed with the smoothing power of amino acids and the hair-repairing action of pure keratin, your hair will immediately become hydrated and shiny – hair women will envy and men will long to touch”.

3. Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Foundation Primer: I have used this face primer before and it’s good to create a great base before applying makeup on your face. It’s very light weight infused with vitamins to protect your skin and can be worn alone to cover any wrinkles or large pores leaving your skin looking flawless.

4. J. Cat Beauty Liptitude Hydrating Lip Stain: According to the ipsy website this is a “highly pigmented, hydrating, semi-matte lip stain. A delightfully creamy and lightweight stain for any occasion. Silky, smooth and packed with Vitamin E and plants extract, this stain is your go-to glam tool for sexy. Liptitude will last 24/7 and give you some serious ATTITUDE.”

5. Dr. Brandt® Skincare pores no more vacuum cleaner: “This gentle exfoliating mask helps loosen and extract blackheads without painful extraction tools while absorbing oil and tightening pores. Dr. Brandt’s exclusive formula combines Salicylic and Glycolic Acid to assist in the release of blackheads while Eijitsu Rose helps tighten pores.”

Here is what I got in my Ipsy bag for the month of July:

1. Tarte deluxe Amazonian clay waterproof bronzer: I love this bronzer! I actually ran out of the one I had so this came just in time lol… This is one of my favorite bronzers and it looks beautifully when applied leaving your skin with a nice healthy glow. This is one of Tarte’s best-selling, multi-tasking bronzer and I love that it’s waterproof for those hot summer days and for beach days as well.

2. Be A Bombshell Cosmetics Lip Balm: “Hydrating formula to leave lips feeling silky smooth with a hint of color.”

3. Coolway Beachy Salt Spray: “Perfect for creating beachy waves and natural styles with a non-sticky, matte finished look. Formulated with Dead Sea salts for additional mineral nourishment.”

4. New York HQ Quad Eyeshadow: “Experience radiant color and exceptional wear with the new HQ Quad Eyeshadows. Available in expertly curated, complementary color combinations, each quad features shades optimal for highlighting, contouring, and defining the eyes. They boast an incredible formula with buttery smooth pigmentation that seamlessly applies and blends.”

5. Eau Thermale Avène Cleanance Gel Soapless Cleanser: According to the website this is supposed to be a deep-penetrating, soap-free cleanser that eliminates impurities and excess sebum without stripping the skin. With this triple action formula, including the patented active ingredient Glyceryl Laurate, sebum and oil production are inhibited and the bacteria responsible for blemishes is diminished, resulting in healthy, blemish-free skin.

What did you get in your Ipsy bag this month?

Leslie xoxo

Monday, July 20, 2015

Borghese MakeUp

Was sitting here thinking about how I should start this post and all I ended up doing was think about my blogging journey and where I was two years ago and although my blog doesn't have a huge following I have to say I am proud of myself because I have come a long way and I haven’t given up, although I have felt like quitting few times, but thanks to the support of fellow bloggers who push me each day and to the support of my followers, because of all of you I have continued with this journey. I love blogging simply because I love writing, fashion, beauty & art but I still have a lot to learn and I am working on it and I do my best to post as much as I can. There is so much I want to do with this blog that I wish I had more time to do, it does get a little hard because I do work full time so I try to do my best with the little time I do have. Blogging helps me express myself and my love of life, fashion, makeup, art and just the art of beauty and colors.

I have to admit when brands send you gifts It makes me feel like I must be doing something right with my blog, like my work is reaching people, and that’s a great feeling. I have worked with a few brands along my blogging journey but there is one brand in particular that has really spoiled me during the past few months and I am really grateful for their generosity.  I wrote about Borghese a few months ago and I also did a giveaway on some of their products (click here to view Gifts from Borghese & Giveaway).

Within the last few months they have sent me some more products and I was totally in awe because I wasn't expecting it. It took me a little while to write about them because I wanted to try them out first. I also gave some away so that other people have the same opportunity as me to try out something new.

Here is a list of the products that I have tried and have been using since I received (not including skin care products), below is a small overview with pictures and my honest opinion and thoughts about each product mentioned.
Bottom Picture was taken from Borghese website, due to my tan I wasn't able to get good swatches on my arm.
Shades from left to right: Bask, Afterglow, Pulse, Veil, Muse, Ascend, Wane, Impact, Downfall, Out There, Shroud & Immortal

1.       Eclissare Color Eclipse Shadow and Light Luminous Eye Palette: When I first saw this palette it reminded me of Urban Decay Naked Palette (the first palate) the colors are very similar. It includes 12 beautiful neutral shades along with a dual ended eye shadow brush. I started using it as soon as I got it, I couldn’t resist and its perfect for everyday wear, even to take it on the go or if you’re traveling. The colors are very pigmented and they all look very pretty on. There are some eyeshadows that ate matte and some that have shimmer in them. Some of the shimmery eyeshadows do have a little fall out when applying them, but that doesn’t bother me. The eyeshadows smell like baby powder, yes they have a scent but it goes away once applied on your eyes. Over all this is a great palette to have for your everyday wear or even a night out with the girls. I love this palette and do recommend it.  

Left to right: Simmer, Darkling & Chaos

2.       Eclissare Color Eclipse ColorGlass Lip Gloss: Ok you guys know my obsession with lip products when I saw these I fell in love with their packaging gold and black it just looked so classy. I got a few shades, but only use these three on top of lipsticks here is the downside they are supper shimmery for me and don’t really like how they look on me by themselves, they are also a bit too sticky for me that’s why I prefer using it on top of lipsticks because it help the lipstick last longer also makes the gloss less sticky. If you don’t like sticky and shimmer in your glosses them this might not be for you on the other hand if you so like it then go for it they do look pretty with lipstick underneath.

3.       Eclissare ColorStruck Lipstick: Ok the lipsticks I am in love with the packaging is a metal black and gold tube and the colors are all so beautiful. There are smooth shades but there are also glittery shades not shimmery, I mean glittery. I love the smooth shades they go on so smooth and they are all very pigmented. The glitter shades are pretty and also go on nicely, but taking it off can leave your mouth area pretty glittery I suggest using a wipe and carefully removing it. Over all I love the lipstick better than the glosses and do recommend these lipsticks.

4.       Perfetta Radiante Perfecting Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 20: I recently received a package that contained this foundation and it came at a perfect timing because I while on vacation to Lake Gorge I acquired a huge tan, so my face does not match my body lol… so I have been using this foundation in the shade Café and I love it. It has SPF 20 I am huge on SPF on my skin especially my face, I won’t stay young forever but if I can slow down the process by protecting my skin then a girls got to do just that. I also love that its formulated to improve your skin tone and clarity, full of antioxidants and vitamin A, C & E. The formula itself it’s not heavy or supper thick like some foundations I have tried it goes on smoothly and looks natural, it is also buildable when I wear it I feel like I don’t have anything on and it gives my skin a nice glow. My holy grail of foundations has always been L’Oréal True Match in W7 because they have such a huge variety of color and really match my skin tone perfectly as oppose to other foundations. I think this is another great one I will be using going forward although I think I will be a shade lighter since this one won’t match me when my tan is gone.  It’s a little on the pricy side $49 but for its quality and ingredients I think it’s well worth it and I would probably order the lighter shade for when my tan fades during the fall and winter months.
Wearing Perfetta Radiante Perfecting Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 20 in the shade Cafe
Eclissare ColorRise Blush in the shade stunner.
5.       Eclissare ColorRise Blush in the shade stunner: This is a pretty shade adds a nice glow to your cheeks and it’s very pigmented and it smells like baby powder just like their eyeshadows but it does fades off once applied on cheeks. I do recommend these blushes are very pretty and they are also great quality.

6.        Professional Select - The Essential Double-Ended Cosmetic Brush Collection: I didn’t own a brush collection so I was very excited when I received this set of brushes. I started using them right away so the picture you see above is a washed set of brushes; they don’t shed and are very smooth on your skin.  I really love and recommend this set.

To learn more about Borghese you are welcome to visit their website at

Leslie xoxo

*Disclaimer: all products mentioned above were gifts from Borghese they are not paying me to write a review, this post contains my honest opinion about the products mentioned and my gratitude to Borghese for gifting these to me.*