SFB’s 2018 Holiday Gift Idea Edition

Posted on: December 12, 2018

Hi Loves,

I know it’s been sometime since I’ve posted, but I’m back with a holiday gift guide just for you.

Finding the perfect gift isn’t easy and can be stressful all together. Well, I’m hoping to make your holiday shopping painless and stress free and easy. Here’s my list of great gift ideas for every person in your life.

I can’t believe the holidays are basically here. Every year, I feel like it always sneaks up on me and BAM its here. As much as we try and prepare and get ready it can be overwhelming. Especially trying to find the perfect gift.

As craziness and stressful this season can be at times, we must remember its the season of giving yes as well as receiving. Sometimes we can get carried away and forget the true meaning of the holidays and what it’s all about. Just remember during this season, that it’s not about the amount of money you spend but the thought and gesture that matters the most. Along with spending time with your loved ones, and enjoy each and every moment. Not to mention to believing in the magic of the season. Never stop believing!

Also-stay tuned via my Instagram (@SocialFashionistaBeauty) because I’ll be doing some holiday giveaways because I’m all about giving the LOVE back to all of you who have followed me through my journey! So stick around and stay tuned, you won’t want to miss these gifts!!

Now let’s get shopping Loves!

Gift Ideas for ALL THE LADIES 

The Little Words Project Bracelet ( Use my CODE: LWP223NU for 10% OFF your Order)

C+I Designs By Emily DeSouza ( Use code: FFHOL18 for 25% OFF your Order)

Caudalie Gift Sets  $12-$79

Ecru New York Tinted Lipsticks  $24

Spa/Acupuncture/ Wellness Gift Card  (Favorite Spa/Wellness retreat of choice; Click for suggestion)

Sephora Gift Card 

West Elm Monogram Coasters $34 

FitBit  $99.95

Henri Bendel Handbag $250

Givenchy Mini Leather Satchel Bag $984

Vici Drape Back Sweater $54

Natori Robe $98

Voluspa Candle Set  $36

For The Men/Man in your Life


FitBit  $99.95

 

 

Charles Tyrwhitt Shirt $29.50-$69

 

POWR Wireless Car Mount Charger $39.95

Spa/Acupuncture/ Wellness Gift Card  (Favorite Spa/Wellness retreat of choice; Click for suggestion)

Whiskey Lovers Set $179.99

The Men’s Store at Bloomingdale’s Cashmere Scarf $64.80

Chanel Bleu De Chanel Eau De Parfum $154

Ralph Lauren Half-Zip Sweater $79.99

Art of Shaving Gift Sets/Gift Card  $60-$200

For the Sports lovers (For both Men+ Women) 

NFL Apparel (Use code: FOOTBALL25 for 25% OFF)

MLB Apparel  (Use Code: BAT1 for FREE SHIPPING)

NBA Apparel  (Use code: HOLIDAYS for 60% OFF and FREE SHIPPING)

Golfing Apparel and Gift Card

 

There you have it! I hope this Holiday Gift Guide is useful and helpful for you! Hopefully your holiday shopping is stress free and enjoyable. Don’t forget to watch my instastories and Instagram ( @SocialFashionistaBeauty) for the holiday giveaways. Follow @SocialFashionistaBeauty for more! Happy Holidays!!

As always thanks for reading, following along and supporting me on this journey!


Strength and Confidence in Style

Posted on: April 20, 2018


The most alluring thing a woman can have is confidence. I believe confidence and strength on a woman is beautiful. Even when its hard, when times get tough, find your light through the darkness and let it shine. Never let anyone dull your shine. Stay positive, have faith, never give up and never stop believing in yourself loves!

Shop my look

Top: TopShop; Similar  Pants: Nordstrom Halogen Handbag: Chanel

As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting the journey!


SFB Fashion: Flirty Chic Casual Fridays

Posted on: May 5, 2017

Happy Fri-Yay and Happy Cinco De Mayo Love!!

I love Fridays, I mean who doesn’t love FRIDAYS!

Well, for starters it’s the end of the work week and at my office we can dress down or casual. Not to mention, Fridays are the days when the hubs and I go out for Date night. So, even though it may be casual Fridays at the office, with it being date night, it makes Fridays even sweeter! Plus, it’s an excuse to get a little dressed up while still being a little office casual. For this look here, I mixed some high and low fashion to create this office casual/date night ready outfit. I’m getting a little flirty on this Cinco de Mayo TGIF not to mention this outfit screams flirty yet tasteful chic vibes. Another reason why I’m looking forward to this Friday, it’s my Husband’s birthday weekend. So, let the celebrations and festivities begin! Date nights are my fave time too, no matter what we do it’s always nice to enjoy that time with one another.  It’s the perfect way to unwind after the work week, reconnect, reflect and enjoy the evening. What’s not to love!!

For my outfit, although it’s a simple look, it works for both the office and for after work outings. No matter where you wear this look, you’ll be looking fierce and fly while turning heads wherever you go. One things for sure when it comes to shopping for me, I always look for pieces that make for great staples for my wardrobe. Pieces that are versatile and work well with styling for any particular season. For this look, I took a current favorite– this white lace-up top and created this fun, flirty office ready and after work outfit.

Here, I styled this super cute white lace-up top from Tobi.com with a blush leather jacket and denim jeans.  All of these pieces paired together make the perfect Spring outfit. I love this look so much I felt like Beyonce, and I was definitely feelin’ myself — very edgy, fashionable and flirty. Lucky for you shop Tobi is currently having a SALE site-wide, so shop Tobi now and receive 50% OFF your order. This Enjoy The Ride White Lace-Up top is lightweight and super comfortable. Not only is this top fun and cute, it’s super affordable too. The perfect transitional piece to style in various ways that will work for the Spring, Summer even early Fall months. I especially love the lace up detail at the neckline, different from your average white top. Very stylish and flirty. What are you waiting for, shop this top now at Tobi.com today! To complete my look I’m wearing some of my dainty jewels, Chanel purse, sunnies and a fun fedora.

 

Looking for more ways to style this top? Here are some style ideas for you to try: 

Pair it with a fun fringe denim skirt, knee-high boots or sandals. Take the look up a notch and dress it up with some black high waisted trousers and some chic heels. Since this top is so versatile, whether you decide to go casual or dressed up the possibilities are endless. Final step: Accessories always complete and bring the look together, in my opinion. So, no matter how you wear this top you’ll be looking chic, stylish and so fierce. Hurry, and purchase this FAB top today at Tobi.com . Shop their website for some great deals that can’t be missed!

Always remember to just have fun with your wardrobe and remember to work it ladies!! Always, be creative, be stylish, be glam, be You!

Enjoy your Friday and Cinco De Mayo! Cheers!

Thanks to Tobi.com for partnering up with me for this look. All thoughts and style ideas are my own. If you’d like to shop my look, see details below.

 

Shop my Look

Jacket: Paige |Top: Tobi| Jeans: Rag & Bone|Shoes: Hogan| Handbag: Chanel |Sunglasses: Quay Australia | Sunglasses: Fendi|Baguette Rings: Noellery | Necklaces: Noellery | Bracelet: Cartier Cartier| Wedding and Anniversary Band: Lorraine Schwartz | Watch: Rolex| Hat: Banana Republic | Earrings: Chloe and Isabel

What are you upto for Cinco De Mayo?

What are some of your staple pieces in your closet? Please do share by commenting below, writing to me ( I LOVE hearing from you) or by using the hashtag: #SFBFashion.

As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting my journey!


Spring is in the Air: SFB Spring Favorites

Posted on: March 10, 2017

Happy Fri-Yay! 

Here are a few things I’m loving at the moment that would be great for Spring! Even though the weather in NYC has been a little erratic and we get glimpses of Spring weather here and there, my mindset and wardrobe is already Spring Forward! These are my current favorites that I’m loving, and I wanted to share them with you. Enjoy my Spring favorites and have a wonderful weekend loves!! XO

              

Handbag: Chanel | Jumpsuit: Paige Denim

       

Dress: Three Floor | Slides: Kendall + Kylie | Sunglasses: Thierry Lasry | Top: Rebecca Taylor

                                                        

Parfum: Caudalie | Nail Polish: Smith & Cult 

   

Dress: Shoshanna | Bracelet: Chloe + Isabel | Shift Dress: Nicholas 

             

Slides: Fendi | Blouse: FindersKEEPERS  | Blouse: Equipment|Mules: Dear Frances Grey 

                         

Mules: Dear Frances Red | Bangles: Chloe + Isabel | Sandals: Birkenstocks 

Necklace: Chloe + Isabel 

Earrings: Chloe + Isabel | Blouse: A.L.C.  | Dress: Lover  Dress: STYLEKEEPER

What would be your Favorites or LOVEs for Spring?

What would you wear? Please do tell by commenting below, I love hearing from you!

As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting me in my journey!


Social Fashionista Beauty’s His and Her Luxury Gift Guide

Posted on: December 14, 2016

Looking for the perfect gift for her or him? Look no further, here’s a list of my favorite luxury items for the season that he or she will surely LOVE and will thank you for it!

 


His+ Hers Fragrances

Parfum De Marly 




Chanel

 

His + Her’s Skincare Gift Sets

Tom Ford 

Caudalie 

His + Her’s Fashion

Boss Hugo Boss

Calypso St. Barths

His + Her Velvets

Gianvito Rossi 

Boss Haimon Trim Fit Velvet Dinner Jacket

His + Her Wallets 

Givenchy Men’s Wallet 

YSL Large Monogram Wallet

His + Her Jewelry + Accessories

Nirav Modi

Salvatore Ferragamo Watch 

Cufflinks

Hope this luxury holiday guide is helpful for you.

Happy Holidays and Happy Shopping!

As always, thanks for reading, following and supporting me in my journey!


Beauty with SFB: All About Chanel and the Le Lift System

Posted on: December 6, 2016

 

I’m always on the search for new products that help with anti-aging, firming and lifting. Let’s face it, as much as I love make up, theres only so much make up can do.  I’m very in tune with my skin, and I listen to my skin and make sure I treat it well too. I’m always reading and researching ways to keep my skin clean, clear, hydrated, refreshed, rejuvenated, well the list goes on. Now that I’m in my 30’s I’ve been adding more products that contain ingredients that aid in anti-aging and firming. Although, I’m still considered young and my skin looks youthful and fresh, this is how I’d like to keep it looking for as long as I can. My philosophy is why not start early, and kick the aging process in the butt with the best skincare products known to man.  Your skin should age gracefully not prematurely. We all have beauty secret, some are worth telling and sharing. Here are mine and you’ll want to try these. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed!!!

I discovered these products when I watched one of my favorite Youtuber’s:  HudaBeauty’s beauty video. She talked about Chanel Le Lift products and she swore by them. She spoke very highly of Chanel and the  positive results she’s seen in her skin and they were quite noticeable. {How could you not LOVE chanel, I mean from their handbags, clothing, fragrances, make up and skincare you can’t go wrong, EVER!} After seeing the results on Huda and after hearing her speak so highly about the products I wanted to try these out for myself. And I did just that. Although, it was hard to get my hands on the massage tool. It was released overseas early last year but not many were released in the US. I searched high and low for this tool and had no luck anywhere. I was told that the US were suppose to get this hot new beauty tool back in April/May but that never happened. It wasn’t until I went to the UK where I found it and bought it. I’m so happy I did!

This unique massage tool was created to boost the effectiveness of the Le Lift cream. This simple tool helps the skin become more receptive to the benefits of moisturizers, serums even facial oils. It’s easy to use and  fits the contours of any face shape. The tool is suppose to help massage the product into your skin evenly while stimulating the skin and lifting the muscles. Reducing the signs of wrinkles and aging effects. Leaving your skin and face feeling firmer, looking youthful and lifted. It’s best to work from your chin to your jawbone and across your cheekbones. Here’s a great tip: Place the tool in the fridge so that when you apply the tool to your skin the cooling effect helps speed up drainage.

Purchase yours here: Chanel Le Lift Massage Tool 

 

The Le Lift Creme Yeux Firming Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream is the creme de la creme of eye creams. It’s so rich, luxurious and the results will amaze you. This silky-smooth not to mention a powerful eye cream. It  reduces the signs of dark circles, puffiness, firms, and lifts. After a few uses of this eye cream I noticed a huge difference and I love the results. It’s suggested to use both morning and night, but I use it for my night time routine so that the product and work its magic on my skin and eye area while I sleep. So, when I wake I look awake, fresh and ready to start the day. Try this product out and let me know your thoughts, trust me you’ll be thanking me after you use it!

Buy your own today: Chanel Le Lift Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream  

 

This cream has done wonders for my skin. It’s soft, creamy and smooth formula helps promote elasticity, firms, contours and refines the complexion of my skin and reduces the appearances of wrinkles. It’s lightweight and feels amazing on my skin. I love using this for my night time skincare regiment so it can work its magic on my skin while I sleep. When I wake in the morning my skin looks and feel incredible. This is one cream you’ll want to owe the results will astonish you!

Chanel Le Lift Creme

Would you try Chanel’s Le Lift Products?

If so, please do share your thoughts using the hashtag: #SFBBeauty

As always thanks for reading, following and supporting me in my journey. I hope you enjoyed this post!


It’s all about the Ruffles and the Off the Shoulder Dress

Posted on: October 15, 2016

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This was without a doubt my favorite outfit I wore during NYFW. The ruffles were a great added detail to the sleeves. The ruffles made the dress fun, playful and chic.  I know these photos may look familiar, you may have seen them in my “Shopstyle Social House Post.” I couldn’t help but share the look again in it’s own post. Because it was that good, at least in my opinion. 🙂

The off the shoulder look was one style that I rocked all summer long. It’s such a flattering style that suits everyone. What’s great about this dress, I can wear this look again this Fall. The dark denim color is perfect for the season. Great for the day time seen here or even for a night on the town. No matter what time of day you wear this number, you’ll be turning heads all over. Everyone will want to know where to buy this dress. One dress you’ll want to own. Shop my look by clicking the links below.

Shop my Look:

Dress: Tularosa (You can find the dress on this website as well)

Bag: Chanel 

Oxford Lace up Brogues: Kurt Geiger

Sunglasses: Quay Australia

Velvet Choker Necklace: Chloe and Isabel

A special thanks to Shopstyle and @altamiranyc for the mini photoshoot. It was such a pleasure shooting with him. Thankful to have been photographed by someone so talented and amazing. Check him out on Instagram: @altamiranyc

How would you style this dress? I love hearing from you, comment below or write to me.

As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting me in my journey.


Beauty+Skin Healthy: Update Skincare Routine

Posted on: October 11, 2016

It’s been some time since my last post on my skincare routine. Here is my updated routine with some of my beauty + skincare tips and tricks that are beneficial for your skin and overall health. Sit back, relax and grab a come of coffee or water. This will be a long post, but an honest account on all my beauty, healthy and skincare tips and tricks. Enjoy!

 I try to make it a daily routine to pamper my skin.  Over the years, I’ve used products that contained anti-aging components. But in the last few years, I’ve began to incorporate more anti-aging products to my skincare routine. Now that I’m in my 30’s, I want to keep my skin, youthful, glowing and radiant. I want to prevent early signs of aging and age gracefully through the years. Research has shown that it’s best to start preventative measures sooner rather than later. When you stick to a daily routines, a well-balanced diet, staying hydrated, getting a good nights rest and listening to your skin the results will amaze you.

Lately, I’ve learned a great deal about many anti-aging products and have been experimenting with products that best suit my skin. For this post, I’m sharing my updated skincare routine, along with my healthy + beauty secrets for anti-aging and much more.

First things first, in order for us to look healthy on the outside we need to be healthy on the inside as well. Leading a healthy lifestyle is vital and important in getting great skin. Fruits, Veggies and healthy proteins contain many health benefits along with acting skin solutions. Skincare products are great for our skin, but we can also find active ingredients within our foods that are beneficial to our health and skin. Below are a few staples in my diet that are also great for your skin too. Health is wealth in my opinion. We only have one body, so we need to make sure to treat it right in all aspects.

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Staples for me are:

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Green Juices:

  • Gives you Energy
  • Aids in weight loss
  • Great mix of both fruits and vegetables
  • Aids immunity
  • Aids in digestions
  • Regulates blood sugar levels
  • Keeps you fuller longer
  • Aids in giving you radiant, glowing skin

Fave Fruits: Apples, Pitaya, Strawberries, Mango, Lemons, Watermelon, Bananas, blueberries, Avocados, Tomatos, Pears and Tropical Fruits

  • Diets rich in fruit can help reduce your risks of: stroke, cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes
  • Helps maintain optimum health due to the phytochemical many fruits contain
  • 2-1/2 cups are recommended daily
  • Most fruits contain Vitamin C helps defend your skin from damaging free radicals
  • Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant
  • Eating tropical fruits and many others can help restore and replenish your skin stores and helps to give you glowing, radiant skin
  • Helps synthesize the Collagen Cells in your skin
  • Beauty Booster
  • Helps fight and Prevent Acne
  • Anti-aging components
  • Tightens Pores

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Veggies: Spinach, Brussel Sprouts, Carrots, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Sweet Potato, Beets, and Zucchini

  • Helps to give you glowing skin
  • Improves and fights wrinkles
  • You’ll have healthy Skin when you eat your veggies
  • Beauty Booster
  • Controls skin tone and oil control
  • Strengthens your skin tissue
  • Spinach contains anti-inflammatory agents that flush out toxins
  • Clears your skin of bacteria
  • Fights Acne (Both Fruits and Veggies)
  • Helps heals acne scars

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Healthy Protein: Lean Meats– Chicken, Beef and Turkey

Fish+Seafood: Salmon, Cod, Shrimp, Tuna, Flounder

  • Important nutrients like protein and vitamin D.
  • Best source for omega-3 fatty acids which is important for your body and brain health.
  • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Aid in increasing grey matter in the brain that protects in brain deterioration.
  • Studies show it helps and treats depression.
  • Linked to help reduce the risk of autoimmune diseases including type 1 diabetes.
  • Helps protect your vision in old age.
  • Signs show that if you eat a healthy amount of fish it helps the quality of your sleep.
  • Delicious and easy to prepare.
  • Aids in giving you firmer skin

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Healthy Snacks:

  • Almonds
  • Nuts
  • Frozen Grapes
  • Edamame
  • Apricots
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Plain Greek Yogurt
  • String Cheese
  • Protein Bars
  • Kale Chips
  • Smoothie drinks

First things first, always stay hydrated. Hydration is key. A great way to keep hydrated is drinking water, at least 11 cups daily. There was a time where I too, struggled with this but it’s become like second nature to me. It’s best to maintain the habit of drinking water. I like to make it a habit to start first thing in the morning, during the day at various intervals and before I go to bed. It’s so important to stay hydrated, great for your overall health and skin too. In addition to staying hydrated, it’s great to load up on good healthy snacks throughout the day. Almonds are a great go to snack for me. They contain the healthy fatty acids you need and want for healthy skin and body. They also help to slow down the aging process.

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Now, aside from a healthy diet is my skincare routine. I like to stick to a routine, and staying consistent. Consistency is key in maintaining healthy looking skin. Although, I’ve changed my products here and there I still stick to my routine for both day and night. For me, I like to keep my skincare routine pretty simple. Here’s what I do:

  1. Cleanse
  2. Toner
  3. Facial Oil (both day and night) 
  4. Serum
  5. Eye Cream 
  6. Moisturizer + SPF (Daytime) 

Morning Skincare Routine: 

Cleanse: Sephora Collections : Total Purify & Cleanse Gel or Dermalogica’s Special Cleansing Gel

Facial Oil: On days when my skin just needs extra hydration and moisture (Fall/Winter Months can be used both day and night) Sunday Riley’s Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil 

Toner: Dermalogica’s Multi-Active Toner Spray , Caudalie’s Grape Water and Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir (I also use Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir to set my makeup)

Serum:     Josie Maran’s Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment

Eye Cream:  Caudalie’s Premier Cru Eye Cream

Moisturizer: No 7 Early Defence Day Cream with SPF 30 Every now and then, I’ll use a tinted moisturizer with added SPF: Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Oil Free in the shade 3C1 Fawn

SPF: Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Gel With Sunscreen for extra protection

Night-Time Routine: 

For the night-time I use products that are richer and can absorb into my skin while I sleep. The majority of my products for the night-time have a lot of Anti-aging agents to help keep my skin youthful, hydrated, firm, and rejuvenated. So, while i’m sleeping they can work their magic. So that when I wake in the morning my skin feels nourished, youthful and well rested.

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Cleanse: (For the Fall/Winter Months when my skin needs extra hydration and moisture) No7 Beautiful Skin Age Defense Cleanser  or No7 Beautiful Skin Melting Gel Cleanser (Main Cleanser)

Elixir: Caudalie’s Premier Cru Elixir ( Can be used for the daytime as well)

Facial Oil: Boots No7 Youthful Replenishing Facial Oil, for an added boost I use: Sunday Riley’s Luna Sleeping Night Oil

Serum: No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advance Serum

Eye Cream: Chanel’s Le Lift Creme Yeux Firming Anti-Wrinkle/Aging Eye Cream

Moisturizer: Chanel’s Le Lift Creme Rich Firming Anti-Aging/Wrinkle Cream

For Extra TLC Skincare Needs: 

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For extra hydration and moisture,  I’ll often use various hydrating mask and sheet mask. My favorite hydrating sheet mask are:  Nature’s Republic Aqua Collagen Solution Ceramide Hydro Gel Mask, Nature’s Republic Real Green Tea Aqua Gel Mask , SKII Facial Treatment Mask , and Too Cool For School Egg Cream Mask Hydration.

If I didn’t get enough sleep the night before, and I wake up with puffy eyes and dark circles— I’ll use some under eye gel mask. They’re great for depuffing, replenishing and reducing the appearance of any dark circles for your tired eyes.  My favorite go to under eye masks are: Tarte’s Pack your Bags 911 Undereye Rescue Patches, Peter Thomas Roth’s 24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Hydra Gel Eye Patches and Que Bella Professional Moisturizing Gel Eye Mask.

In the event my skin is going thru either hormonal spells or the occasional flair up. A great mask that I’ve tried and recommend is Ballerina Botanicals Detox Mask to find out more about the product click here. Another favorite of mine is Glam Glow’s Supermud Clearing Treatment Mask. If my skin needs a little lift and brightening I use Glam Glow’s FlashMud Brightening treatment.

Be sure to exfoliate your skin at least twice a week. My favorite exfoliator at the moment is: First Aid Beauty’s Facial Radiance Polish. I also love : Dermalogica’s Skin Prep Scrub and Daily Microfoliant Powder Exfoliant.

Shop all my skincare products by clicking on the product listed.

If you missed my skincare routine and the products I used click here to read all about it. I hope you enjoyed this post and hopefully it will be beneficial for you. It’s best to always listen to your skin, and give it the TLC it deserves.  Please do share your beauty tips and tricks. I love learning, experimenting and hearing from you. Feel free to comment below and share your photos using the hashtag: #SFBBeauty.

What are some of your beauty tips?

What product(s) would you use?

As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting me in my journey.

 


ON WEDNESDAYS WE WEAR PINK: MY FAVES AND THE PERFECT SHADES OF PINK, CORAL AND NUDE FOR THE SUMMERTIME

Posted on: June 22, 2016

Looking for the perfect shade of Pink, Coral and Nude for the summer. Look no further, here are my fave shades of lippies for the summertime.

For me when it comes to purchasing a lipstick shade I look for:

* Killer colors and shades, something that goes well with my skin tone

* Something out of the ordinary, I LOVE to have fun with colors

* Something different from those in my collection

* Moisturizing and Hydrating products

* And if they are Matte shades, long- lasting products

* I love colors that POP

As for these beauties, these have been my go-tos for the summer months. The color Pink, blush, nude and corals has grown on me over the years and I just love how the colors look on me. Especially blush tones, they look great with my skin tone tone and I feel like the color can compliment just about anyone. Another reason to love these colors!! 🙂

 

TOM FORD SCANDOLA MOISTURECORE LIP COLOR

 

 I discovered this shade at an Exclusive VIB Rouge event for Tom Ford. And after trying out the color I just knew I had to purchase it. It’s the perfect nude with a hint of Pink and blush that adds a nice touch to your lips. Nothing to bright or overpowering. Just the right shade for something everyday or even for a night out . I would suggest wearing this lip if you want a hint of color and a pretty nude pink lip if your wearing a heavy eye make-up. It’s also a great color to wear on its own, the possibilities are endless.  This was mentioned in my favorites post, it’s a fave for a reason!! Check it out, tag me in a photo and let me know your thoughts on this perfect shade for the Summer.

 WHERE TO BUY IT: http://www.sephora.com/moisturecore-lip-color-P407305?skuId=1813583&icid2=D=c6:products%20grid:p407305

The perfect shade of nude with a hint of pink for the summer. Not only is it an amazing color, it’s also lightweight and super moisturizing. And it stays and last for HOURS.

PRICE: $ 55.00

NYX EXTRA CREAMY ROUND LIPSTICK IN SHADE 626 VITAMIN

 

I found this drugstore find at Target 2 maybe 3 years ago and it’s been a fave ever since. NYX is one of my favorite brands, not to mention it’s an affordable brand. I love how versatile NYX is and how innovative they are with their products. It’s the perfect shade of coral and pink mixed together in one. I call this my party lip. I love wearing this during the summer months, it just screams SUMMER and the perfect coral pink for a daytime look or even nighttime glam. I tend to do very minimal makeup during the Summer months because in NYC it’s steamy hot and I don’t want all my make up to melt off lol. So this gives me the right amount of POP and COLOR to  brighten up my face.

 WHERE TO BUY IT: http://www.nyxcosmetics.com/extra-creamy-round-lipstick/NYX_006.html?cgid=lipstick

 

PRICE: $4.00

CHANEL GLOSSIER GLOSS IN SHADE 297 SWEET BEIGE LEVRES SCINTILLANTES

 

I love this sheer moisturizing gloss. It’s an all time fave and I actually use it all year round. I don’t just limit it for the summer months. I love it so much I got through it fast that I’m buying it again and again. Sheer but gives you just enough color with a pop of shine if you want to try something that isn’t a lipstick. Super moisturizing and hydrating for the lips.

WHERE TO BUY IT: http://www.chanel.com/en_US/fragrance-beauty/makeup-lipgloss-levres-scintillantes-88721/sku/88755?WT.srch=1&WT.mc_id=FB_PLAMakeup424123889_en_US_&WT.mc_t=sea&gclid=CJGQxcqtvM0CFUxZhgod1tACNw

PRICE: $30.00

MAC’S LIPSTICK AA1 HALF AND HALF

 

This lipstick right here has been in my collection for YEARS! It’s the perfect nude for any occasion. I often use this in combination with the Chanel Glossier Gloss in shade 297 to give an added effect and shine to my lipS when I get all dolled up. I don’t think I could ever NOT love this shade. Some say its a nude but to me goes on like a nudey pink. It has hues of pink in it as well. But I HIGHLY recommend this shade to anyone and everyone.

WHERE TO BUY IT: 

http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/13854/310/Products/Makeup/Lips/Lipstick/Lipstick#/shade/Half_%27n_Half

 PRICE: $17.00

BOBBI BROWN LIP COLOR IN SHADE 31 COCOA

 

This lip shade may be outside of the “pink” color shade realm but it has a hint of it and it’s a fave so I thought to add to the list. This lipstick I feel you can get away wearing it all year round, and I admit I do wear it all year round. I found this shade years ago while shopping at Sak’s Fifth Avenue with my Mom while trying to find a new lip shade for her. But when I saw this color I immediately said YASSS!! It’s a bit deeper than your average nude or pink color, possible leaning towards a maeve or brown. A beige plum brown as described by Bobbi Brown herself. To me depending on what season it may be it’ll look like a deeper tone in the Fall/Winter months and in the Spring/Summer months it’s looks more like a plum, pink shade. But when I wear this lipstick sometimes I tend to use a lighter shade underneath using either a pencil or lip shade to line or fill in my lip first then use this on top. It gives my lips a fuller look while giving off the ombre effect. I just like being creative when using make-up. Make-up is so fun to play around with, experimenting with different colors is one of my favorite thing to do. I enjoy experimenting and working with colors and make-up and creating art on my face or clients faces for many to admire.

WHERE TO BUY IT:

 https://www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com/product/2342/7524/Makeup/Lips/Lip-Color/Lip-Color

PRICE: $27.00

NAR’S SATIN LIP PENCIL IN THE SHADE ISOLA BELLA

 

Now, I will admit I have a tendency to over line my lips sometimes… I have my Kylie Jenner moments.  But who doesn’t, i’m not afraid or ashamed to rock the look, and neither should you. This Satin Lip Pencil can give me the Kylie Jenner lip  giving me a pretty shade of blush pink. It compliments my skin tone and I’ve gotten a lot of compliments with this lip color. I either wear it alone or line and use one of my lipstick shades to add dimension and depth to my lip look for that particular day. But I  tend to use this on the days when I don’t wear a lot of eye make up and just want a pop of color to brighten up my face for the day. This is just great all on its own. It’s long lasting, moisturizing and hydrating for your lips.

WHERE TO BUY IT: http://www.narscosmetics.com/USA/isola-bella-satin-lip-pencil/0607845092025.html?cm_mmc=SEM-_-Google-_-NRE_G_USA_PLA_PLA_SHOPPING-_-PLA&gclid=CPihsvmxvM0CFcdehgodMLUFFQ

PRICE: $26.00

YSL ROUGE VOLUPTE SHINE IN SHADE 15 CORAIL INTUITIVE

 

I discovered this shade just last weekend while at the Sephora store with my Mom. Sometimes when you aren’t looking for something at that moment for yourself you tend to find something that you may actually like or even love. This is what happened when I was looking for a new lipstick shade for my Mom. I was telling her about the YSL Rouge Lip shades and I wanted to get her a new shade for the summer and just in general. In process, I too found this particular coral pink shade thats SUPER hydrating, moisturizing and so pretty. The color stay isn’t as long as I would like, but the hydrating and moisturizing benefits are two pluses in my book. But the color won me over, so I was definitely a keeper.

WHERE TO BUY IT: http://www.yslbeautyus.com/rouge-volupte-shine/3365440237612.html?gclid=CKDJr4ipvM0CFQxahgodklYM3A&cm_mmc=cpc-_-googleSearchBrand-_-YSL%20Make%20Up%20-%20Ph_Product%20-%20Rouge%20Volupte-_-kw%3A%20ysl%20rouge%20volupte%20shine

PRICE: $37.00


MOTIVATIONAL MONDAYS: WHAT I DO TO STAY MOTIVATED!

Posted on: April 4, 2016

 

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

– Winston Churchill

“When you take risk you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important. It’s failure that gives you the proper perspective on success.” – Ellen DeGeneres

 

                                                              “Tis a lesson you should heed:

Try, try, try again.

If at first you don’t succeed,

Try, Try, Try again.”

Proverb- William Edward Hickson

HAPPY MONDAY LOVES!!

 

” Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know what failure is inevitable.”

– Coco Chanel

I hope you’ll had a wonderful weekend, I had a great weekend. Catching up on some work, enjoying time with the hubs and catching up and enjoying good food and drinks with the bestie. Overall, it was a great weekend.

Recently, I’ve been asked by many co-workers, friends and family about how I constantly stay motivated in my work, career and  life. So I thought I’d write and post about it for my  “Motivational Monday’s” blog post.

Just like most of us, I’d like to think we all make goals for ourselves, and have dreams and aspirations. I try and make my goals realistic and attainable, whether it’s a weekly goal, or even life-long goals. Because I’ve made goals in the past that weren’t as easy at they seemed when I thought about it at first, and I didn’t stick to them. But I never want to discourage myself or others in the same respects too.  Just speaking from experience and being human. But I believe it’s important to dream and to set goals for ourselves. For myself, it helps me stay on track and keeps me in check.

Lately, many may think I run myself too thin and I may have too much on my plate. I’ve recently joined and began collaborating and partnering up with other companies and brands. And yes it may sound a lot, in addition to my two business, job and other stuff,  but I can truly say that I fully enjoy what I do and I have a passion for it. So, enjoying what I do, along with having a passion for it, keeps me focused, motivated and striving for more, for my businesses,  side projects and partnerships.

One of my girlfriends said,” Are you ever gonna give yourself a break?” Breaks are great and needed for sure. They are so we can stay on track and stay sane. And with balance, taking vacations when I can and taking breaks I’m still moving and grooving through life!! 🙂

I said, “I’m enjoying the ride and I’m still young.” So, my thought process is- I want to work hard now, so that later on, in a few years maybe , I could retire or not work as much and continue to live and enjoy life even more than I do now. Because I’ll know that all my hard work has paid off.

Ultimately, I said to her that I know in due time my hard work will all pay off. All those sleepless nights, long days/hours will all be worth it in the long run. My girlfriend replied, I appreciate her comment, kind words and sentiments. I’ve also taken notice over the years, how dedicated and hard-working my parents are, and how far they’ve come to get where they are now. Ultimately, I said to her that I know in due time my hard work will all pay off. All those sleepless nights, long days/hours will all be worth it in the long run. My girlfriend replied, ” That’s amazing and inspiring. Spoken like a true woman with much determination and ambition.” I appreciate her comment, kind words and sentiments.

Another things that has always kept me motivated is seeing how hard my parents have worked to get where they are today. My parents taught us to work hard at everything we do. There will be difficult times and times where sacrifices need to be made, but in the end it will all be worth it. I’ve always taken what my Dad has said to me and my siblings, all his talks and advice have stayed with me in all my 30 years. And I continue to believe in his words and work hard on the daily, and keep my eyes on the prize. Because I know in the end all of it will be worth it and it will all pay off in the long run. It also helps to have a husband whose as hard-working as I am if not more. With his love, support, advice and his work ethic, my husband continues to be my number one supporter, since the very beginning. So, it makes it that much easier for me to stay focused and motivated. I’m truly blessed, lucky and grateful to have a man like him by my side for life. He is truly an inspiration to me and a driving force in my life that keeps me grounded , and a positive force in my life. It makes a world of a difference when you have a huge support system and positive like-minded individuals like my Dad, Husband and brothers in my life.  My cheering squad for LIFE!

” Failure is so important. We speak about success all the time. It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success. I’ve met people who don’t want to try for fear of failing.”- J.K. Rowling

Here’s my list of things that have  helped  keeps me motivated in all aspects of life:

1. Set goals– Start off small and simple. Then as you progress and are moving forward, work your way to bigger ones

Make it fun. .. It’s important to always be passionate in all things that you do. I’m a firm believer in being passionate about what you do in life. It will reflect in your work, and your overall appearance and outlook on your work life/life. You’ll feel more confident about your work, and your overall performance.

Stay active3. — A healthy body goes a long way. Health is wealth, you only have one body so treat it RIGHT! Stay fit and be active, and you’ll be feeling great, rejuvenated, and have so much ENERGY! Which will fuel you and help you get through those long days.

4. Create a Dream Board or Vision Board– I’m a VERY visual person, so I like to make list and see my goals and aspirations all laid out on paper for me.  I find it inspiring and it helps me see why i’m working so hard. And I can see my dreams and goals in front of me. It’s a great constant reminder and a useful visual tool.

5. Strategy– Having a Business and PR mindset, I like to always be strategic in all the things I approach.  It helps me stay organized and keeps me thinking. Always thinking outside the box. Keep the ideas flowing– get the creative juices flowing.

6. Ask for Help when needed — I always thought before I was superwoman and I could tackle anything and everything all at once. I learned the hard way that isn’t necessarily the case. Asking help doesn’t mean you’ve failed or that you failed in reaching your goals. It just says your human. Sometimes we need help along the way. It’s perfectly ok to ask for it when needed. So don’t be afraid to say you need help. Two minds are sometimes better than one.

Try not to Stress7. — Stress happens, its natural, we are human. And no matter how hard we may fight it, it inevitably and can get to the best of us. But it’s always good to step away from whatever you’re doing and take a break. Come back refreshed, with an open-mind, and clear head. It’s always good to take a break, take vacations. To get clarity and relax. Work will always be there, regardless,  but you need to take care of yourself too. So, take breaks, take vacations, trust me you won’t feel burnt out, and overworked as much when you do.

8. Check in with yourself– Check in with yourself once in awhile. Refer back to your list of goals, dreams, and see where you’re at, at that point in time. See your progress, or lack of it and see where you need to be, or should be. See and evaluate what needs to be done to make it to where you want to be. Start to gain perspective of things and see how far you’ve come and where you’re going. It’s always good to re-assess, regroup, and either look deeper if need be. Or try to look further to see the bigger picture.

9. Stay positive, Surround yourself around Positive people– Staying positive is always good. I like to surround myself around positive minded individuals. Be optimistic, always look for the good rather than thinking the worse. When I surround myself around positive and like-minded people I feel amazing and they do too.  So, why not feel great ALL THE TIME!  Leave the drama and negativity for all the negative Nancys and naysayers. Don’t waste your time on situations or individuals who continue to bring you down or who are always negative and don’t lift you up. NO TIME FOR NEGATIVITY.

10. Balance– Try to lead a well balanced life. Leading a well balanced life is a work in process for all of us. Sometimes it’s hard to find balance, I struggle with this still. But I’m slowly but surely learning and getting there. But i’ve found when I do find balance, I”m so much happier and better because of it.  I’m more focused, energized, and all the good vibes are flowing. I’m find myself even more determined than I was before. I know it’s hard, we all fall victim to this, but when we learn to try and work at,  it truly helps in the long run.

11. Make your work space visually stimulating– If you’re able to, make your work space some thing you would want to look at on the daily. This will help and make you want to work in that space . It’s like training your mind to think that your work is like your “happy place” when you creative that kind of space. Whether your working with desk space or an office room, whatever it is, make it a space you feel comfortable in, something that’s inviting, and a place you feel you can create and do great things!

12.As the proverb goes, “At first you don’t succeed, Try, try, try again” –. Everything takes time, effort, hard work and dedication. Nothing ever happens overnight or poof just like that. So if ever you feel defeated or that you’ve failed, stop, breath, stay calm, and take a step back. And remember, there’s always tomorrow, it’s a new day and try again. Sometimes stepping away from a project and leaving it to the next day is best to attack with fresh eyes and a clear mind. We are all human, we all have our moments. As much as we would like to believe we can do it all and get it all done. Sometimes we just need to stop, reassess and try again. It’s ok to admit our failures and downfalls, it’s part of life, we weren’t created to be perfect, no one is perfect! Just remember, with hard work, determination, staying focused, know that all the tears and sweat will pay off in the end. So keep pushing, keep trying and moving forward! You can do it, it may take time, but it will get done.

 

What are things that help you stay motivated?

Try any or all of these things and let me know what works for you

Comment below and write to me, I LOVE hearing from you!

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