Prepping For A Special Family Event With St Ives

Whenever there is a special event, I go in full prep mode and this includes proper body care head to toe, usually a day ahead. Today, I want to share what I did for the days leading up to my son Daniel’s first communion – a huge milestone in our family, a celebration and a chance to get dressed up. As you can see from the photo, I wore a blue dress to match my son’s suit, I bought this well in advance when it was still snowing here in NJ (the event took place in early May). We invited friends and family and had a small gathering in our house. For the church ceremony, our entire family got dressed up. This was a very happy moment for me as a mom, seeing my son have his first communion because it is a big tradition in both our faith and cultures.

To prepare for this day, I used St. Ives® Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub, perfect for deeply exfoliating and gentle enough for my skin. St. Ives® offers a range of sulfate-free, paraben free products which are lovely and leave your skin feeling ready for hair removal, shaving or waxing. Naturally, I took care of this process a few days before and by the day of my son’s communion, all set for my blue dress, shoes, hair, etc. Part of my body care includes hydration and using products that won’t make my skin feel dry, this is particularly tough because I have to select moisturizing washing products very carefully. I found the St. Ives® Oatmeal and Shea Butter wash ideal for using it everyday, it is 100% moisturizing, soothing and dermatologist tested.

What’s your special going out prep mode ritual? Let me know in the comments section.

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T3 Micro T3 Twirl 360 Styling Iron Review

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If you follow my blog and Instagram account, you probably know that I am a big T3 fan and use it a lot for both personal and my hair grooming work. While I do have a couple of personal favorites, what I also like is the fact that T3 is always coming up with new, innovative technology and products that are of professional level quality. This new T3 Micro T3 Twirl 360 Styling Iron is definitely is what I’d call a hair tool on steroids.

Some of the key features of the T3 Twirl 360 Styling Iron

T3 Gyroscopic Technology
Senses wrist motion and automatically rotates to curl hair fast, while eliminating awkward manual motion and increasing control

2 Speeds For Different Skill Levels
Slow for beginners or shorter hair, fast for experts and long locks

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Makes it easy to safely and quickly maneuver it

Digital SinglePass™ Technology
Constantly measures and adjusts the temperature across the entire barrel for accurate, consistent heating while styling

Here is the skinny, I feel this is a curler that adjusts to your level of expertise but it does take some practice to get used to the movement of the barrel. Unlike most curlers, you don’t need to twist the barrel, this does it automatically for you! Another bonus, all T3 products heat up fast and have the single pass technology, meaning that the heat level is a constant one and will not fluctuate which is super important when you are styling your hair. This particular T3 Micro T3 Twirl 360 Styling Iron has four heating speeds and even comes with a wide enough stand for the curler to sit on while it is hot.

Gotta be honest here, not the biggest fan of too much wave so for myself as I tend to wear my hair very straight most days. To give an idea of what this curler is capable of though, all I did was curl about four pieces of hair in the ends (this took less than five minutes), sprayed some beach wave spray for the messy effect and voila! The Twirl 360 senses the movement of the hands and automatically rotates in the desired direction with a very tight grip, forming polished, defined curls every time. This is an awesome styling tool for curls that is ceramic and ionic, it will seal the cuticle for smooth waves to last. My advice, give it a try! The warranty is two years and I’ve had a real positive experience with all my T3 tools and I have been a user for a few years.

Below is an opportunity to win a brand new T3 Micro T3 Twirl 360 Styling Iron, so be sure to enter the sweepstakes!
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Spring Favorites Makeup, Skincare And Hair

Before/ After Cover FX DropsIt’s spring time favorites edition! Today, I want to talk a bit about some makeup, skincare and hair spring edition new likes and finds, makeup artist approved. Spring is my darling season because it is warm without excess, the air is still dry and this calls for fabulous hair and skin. I love being outdoors, eating al fresco, more daylight and simply just watching the trees fill up again and flowers blooming in color. Here are some of the items that are getting lots of use in my daily routine and a little explanation as to why.

Cover FX Custom Cover Drops – Totally genius concept in foundation. With Cover FX Custom drops you can create your own foundation by using your favorite base product to leverage your desired coverage. How does this work? By mixing a small amount of your Cover FX Custom Cover and your moisturizer/ oil/ primer or SPF. I got matched to Cover FX Custom drop Gold 50, a yellow/ gold skin undertone. Since my skin is dry, first I moisturize then I mix my MyChelle SPF for a sheer finish (see before/ after using no filter, all natural light). You can also mix an illuminator around your eyes or your favorite bronzer cream. In a nutshell it is creating your own customized foundation day or night. In summer time, if you sweat or get more oily, you can matte your foundation by using an oil free primer or a moisturizer. I love the drops and seeing them in action at the Cover Fx event in New York city was a treat.

Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo – A few months ago, I started a search for a new dry shampoo, tried several formulas and was not happy with any. Amika was a recommendation from a hairstylist friend, she insisted I try Amika. SOLD. Amika definitely lived up to the expectation! First, this formula does not leave a sheet of residue which is the number problem with most dry shampoos, leaving your precious blowout very crunchy and lifeless. I have gone as long as five days post home blowout with Amika Perk Up dry shampoo. Also, I must note that Amika is enhanced with Sea Buckthorn Berry which conditions the hair, hence the bounce and softness that gives new life to the old blowout. Price is reasonable because to me paying $22 to extend a blowout, has TONS of value.

MyChelle Sun Shield Unscented Broad Spectrum SPF 28 – For sensitive skin, this is a perfect formula, it is light, unscented and is gentle enough, it can also be used on babies as young as six months old. What I like about MyChelle is that it also blends nicely into my skin and does not leave it feeling scaly or like I am wearing a mask (which tends to happen with some of the heavier sunscreens). **See I used it to mix with Cover Fx drops.

Living Proof Prime Style Extender – Here is your DYI home blow out life saver! I like a bit of texture while keeping my mane tidy, sounds like a unicorn? Well, Living Proof Prime Style Extender is the answers to my prayers, texture, smooth but not too heavy on the hair. This is why my blowouts are lasting longer than 2-3 days, it is the base to styling my otherwise frizzy, unruly hair. I squeeze a quarter size from the tube and apply it through most of my hair, concentrating in the areas I want a little texture. PS. It really helps if you use heat and you need damp hair for this to work its magic, I wouldn’t recommend dry styling.

Beecology Original Hand and Body Cream – A heavenly blend of Cupuacu, Shea Butter and Olive Oil Cream for a non scented formula, perfect for dry skin types like me and babies (my daughter Eva like her mama has inherited KP and has dry spots). We love this formula for several reasons, it is mild and made for sensitive skin and it absorbs so fast it will leave a soft, smooth like surface. This is a paraben free product.

DISCLOSURE – Some of these were my own purchase and some items were sent to me for editorial consideration. All views and opinions are my own.

Working Outdoors With #SaveTheUndies + Free Samples


Today’s post is sponsored by U by Kotex, but my love for their pads and tampons are all my own
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This is a very important girl PSA topic, please bear with me. After being stuck working indoors during the winter, being outdoors doing makeup is my most favorite thing in the world, I really love spending time among nature doing what I love. But what happens when it is that “time of the month” and you are working outside long hours? Sometimes the inevitable can happen and this turns into a messy situation (insert sad face). Today, I am excited to share with you how I joined the #SaveTheUndies campaign with U By Kotex®.

About U by Kotex®
U by Kotex® offers a full line of feminine care products for periods including pads, liners and tampons. Outstanding protection that keeps you one step ahead.

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U by Kotex® Ultra Thin Pads have 3D Capture Core*, a one-of-a-kind center that locks away wetness to help stop leaks. Available in our Cleanwear® pads, AllNighter® pads and Security* pads.
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I am sharing some recent behind the scenes images from my adventures working outside. When I mean working outside, it literally means going with a photographer, a model plus myself trying to capture a mood or scene for a model’s portfolio or comp card. There are times when I can be out for a while, with no chance for me to use the restroom so naturally, it is a challenge! U by Kotex® gives me reassurance that all will be A-OK if I am outdoors working during my time of the month. My top choice to keep everything under control is U by Kotex® Ultra Thin Pads have 3D Capture Core.

Want to join the #UnderWarrior ranks? It is easy, head over to UbyKotex.com to get your free sample of U by Kotex® pads with 3D Capture Core*. Let’s spread the good word about U by Kotex® helping us ladies to stop leaks and Save the Undies!

Today’s post is sponsored by U by Kotex, but my love for their pads and tampons are all my own

The Makeup Show Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary

TMS NYCThe Makeup Show NYC is just around the corner! It is the most exciting time of the year for me as a makeup artist and a beauty blogger. During this weekend there is education, networking, seeing friends visiting from different parts of the country/ internationally and SHOPPING for my makeup artist kit. The blogger presentation is always super fun, MUA and Director of Education and Artist Relations James Vincent presenting all the new and exciting products, full enthusiasm and passion for the craft! Today, I also wanted to let my readers know about the 10th Anniversary of the Makeup Show.

To celebrate 10 years, the Makeup Show is partnering with ten beauty brands, including: Auraline Beauty, INGLOT, Crown Brush, I Make You Beautiful, Glamcor Tec, London Brush Company, Pinnacle Cosmetics, MAKE UP FOR EVER, Mehron and TEMPTU. In my own work, I use Glamcor, INGLOT, Make Up Forever, Mehron and a few of the pro Crown Brush line. Having all these lines housed under one roof at the Makeup Show is fantastic, plus a host of other names like Embryolisse, Viseart, Face Atelier, Smashbox, Alcone, Frens Beauty, NARS, etc. Each year, I carefully make a list of what I need to replenish and look at new releases to identify how I might be able to use them in my work. Usually, I buy foundations, disposables, eyeshadow singles and most of my skincare for both summer/ winter.

Crown Brush – Brush Set
The FORM AND FUSE 10 Year Anniversary five brush set allows for shading, contouring and blending. The combination of firm, dense brushes to add shape and soft, full brushes are a perfect pairing. The coveted Studio Pro Contour Brush partners beautifully with the Duo Fibre Blush Brush for buffing, blending and finishing hard lines. The three shadow brushes (Small Sable Shadow for perfect placement and blending, Precision Detail for lining, shaping and defining and Deluxe Pointed Crease for soft shadow application and seamless blending) allow you to add depth and dimension without sacrificing structure for a smooth finish.
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I Make You Beautiful – Magic Touch Sponge
The Magic Touch Sponge is an amazing reusable tool that utilizes the magic of air compression to evenly apply complexion products extremely close to the skin promoting even, maximum, flawless coverage with the most natural finish. The close application of product to skin covers visible pores evenly, and prevents settling into fine lines and wrinkles.

Glamcor Tec – The Makeup Show Custom Branded Light Kit
Glamcor is a kit staple for me, I have been using these lights for the last two years. The 50,000 hour lamps are LED technology and are color balanced not to distort the color of the skin/hair or color being applied to it. It can be the darkest hotel room or set, and I feel totally comfortable knowing that my lights will help me out.

London Brush Company – Limited Edition 5-Piece Set
London Brush Company is creating a Limited Edition 5 Piece set which consist of four of James Vincent’s favorite LBC Detail Brushes, and one which the brands founder Sian Richards, has created specially to complete the 10 year anniversary set. All the brushes are hand made from premium grade materials in the USA.

Pinnacle Cosmetics – Vinyl Lipgloss
Vinyl Lipgloss…..The A-list look of the moment. A high wattage lip lacquer. Total full coverage and insane shine.

MAKE UP FOR EVER – Artist Eye Shadow Palette
Artists from The Makeup Show partnered with MAKE UP FOR EVER to curate a palette of their Artist Shadows in honor of the shows 10th anniversary. The palette is limited edition and only available at The Makeup Show NYC. Make Up Forever is a huge part of my career, as I trained and learned from this line when I started doing makeup back in Singapore.
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Mehron – Cream and Powder Blush Set
The Makeup Show and Mehron celebrate ten years of education and inspiration with their collaboration on a blush palette that fits the needs of any artist. This palette of Mehron’s Celebre Professional Pressed Powder Blush and Cheek Creme contains 8 shades that are certain to add color, contour and warmth to any skin tone. This palette perfectly combines James Vincent’s love of applying both creme and powder blush to sculpt and shape the face without hard lines or aggressive contours. Add light and life to any complexion with this limited edition palette perfect for the professional kit.

TEMPTU – Limited Shade Bronzer
TEMPTU is introducing a limited shade of S/B Bronzer in Terra Gold. Taking influence from celebrity looks at red-carpet events to hi-def productions, Terra Gold Bronzer was inspired by TEMPTU’s professional heritage in custom mixing shades backstage to get that perfect camera-ready glow for legs, shoulders, décolleté, arms, and abs.

Beating Allergy Season With ZYRTEC®

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I’ve documented my journey with allergies in this blog. It’s been an uphill battle, going from skin reactions to full blast allergies to certain climates after living in Singapore, London and now NYC metro. Some of the symptoms I experience when it happens is itchy eyes, dry throat and nasal congestion. Mold and dust are some of my own triggers for allergies. Whenever I need relief from these nasty symptoms I use ZYRTEC®. Once I take allergy relief, I am able to function better and go about my day, I do love the outdoors and beauty of my surrounding area (New Jersey and NYC).

ZYRTEC® has secured the expertise of celebrity makeup artist Jamie Greenberg and she has created a series of makeup looks to help women look their best despite having to deal with allergies. There is nothing worse than ALLERGY FACE® and being able to have relief that lasts is essential, this is what ZYRTEC® does best. I would love to share with you some of the contents of celebrity makeup artist Jamie Greenberg’s makeup bag, see below.
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Spring time is about being outdoors and finally getting to enjoy the fabulous warmer temperatures, longer daylight, the parks in our neighborhood, activities on the weekends and taking my son to soccer practice. As a Latina mom, I am aware that I need to look my best AND must function during allergy season, no matter what since I have two kids. Without relief from ZYRTEC®, I would not be able to go to my son’s practice and weekly games. Here is a look that celebrity makeup artist Jamie Greenberg created inspired by ALLERGY FACE® beauty challenges, I love that she includes ideas and suggestions against redness and watery eyes product suggestions. It is a really useful makeup look, suitable for day and night.
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On Being My Son’s Sideline Hero With POWERADE® + Fruit

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Finally! Soccer season is here. We had the longest winter ever in NJ and my little guy was so excited when spring soccer training started. This year we are trying out for travel soccer league, we will know by early summer if Daniel makes this very competitive team (fingers crossed). Soccer practice is every Tuesday and it lasts one and a half hour. Soccer or futbol as we call it in Spanish, is a big deal in this house. My husband is from the UK and I am from Peru; we both grew up with soccer culture, games, leagues and weekly matches. And guess who is at every training session ready with snacks? This #SidelineHero and number one fan, ready with the goods. In order to get all our snacks/ beverages, I go to Walmart. I need a variety of snacks both which are great for little athletes, good in flavor, hydrating and easy to bring to the field.

My son Daniel loves snacking on green apples, trail mix and POWERADE®. This beverage helps replenish electrolytes lost through sweat. What is great about POWERADE® is the array of flavors and small bottles, all which fit into a small handbag. I like to travel light with my snacks so I bring essentials and pack them in small plastic zip bags, easy to reach and recyclable after. What I do typically is I get my apples ready, slice them and bring them out during practice break. Also, I make a small batch of trail mix which basically is made of peanuts, raisins, almonds and chocolate bite size pieces. The best part? There is a coupon on the 12-pack 12 oz POWERADE® packages which gets $1 off Walmart fresh produce when you buy two 12-pack 12 oz POWERADE®. Hurry, this deal is only available while supplies lasts!

Since we are at practice every week (plus games on Sunday), it is essentials that keep our soccer heroes ready to endure a 90 minute game. I was able to find POWERADE® at the beverages aisle in our local Walmart in Kearny, NJ. POWERADE® is formulated with Vitamins B3, B6, & B12 to support energy metabolism, and a 6% carbohydrate solution to help provide energy to working muscles. For those of you who are sports parents, I would love to hear on how you prepare for game days? Tell me in the comments section.

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Beauty At Any Age When You Are 40

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It’s been a couple of weeks off blogging (I went to Peru on vacation YAY). Although my busiest season has kicked off finally, I wanted to add my two cents with this topic, I have so much to share! There is no makeup look except for the selfies with makeup vs the no-makeup face. With beauty, I feel this is all skincare and looking after our faces first. No amount of makeup will look good, if your skin is not on point. I see faces from all age groups and ethnic groups when I get hired to do their makeup, to be honest my most favorite looks are largely clean, no-makeup makeup applications (see my IG account). My job as a professional makeup artist gives me insight on what works and how different age groups have different needs as far as makeup and skincare go.

I want to talk about my age. I am 41. So, how do I achieve beauty at my age? All starts with daily rituals, the maintenance and the no-no’s. My skin is mostly dry combination and a little on the sensitive side. When I reached mid 30’s is when I made some drastic changes because I started to notice dullness, sun damage, dry spots plus the monthly breakouts more prominent and this really bothered me. In my 20’s it was the 1990s and makeup/ beauty was very different then, burgundy lips, thin brows, all very grunge music inspired, nothing like the last 15 years I’d say. In my mid 30’s, I stopped going in the sun and started wearing more spf, (at the time I was in Singapore in hot/ humid weather, lots of UV rays). Living in the tropics and in Asia really influenced my views on sun tanning.

DAILY RITUAL MUST HAVE’S

TONE – For toners, I have been a faithful Dermalogica Ultra Calming Mist user since my mid 30s. This toner helps my skin tremendously, it is gentle enough for the occasional redness and sensitivity and adds that extra cleanliness step post makeup and dirt. Toning is an extremely important step if your skin has issues and most especially if you wear makeup/ sunscreen or other products during the day. To give you an idea how much I value toning, I carry toner in my makeup kit and will use it when I notice uneven texture on a client.

CLEANSE – My skin is dry so I have to use cleansers that are gentle and non foaming, mostly soap free and creamy in texture. With cleansers, I rotate a few, I love CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser, Cetaphil and also Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel. If I am tired and literally on my deathbed, I use Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water to remove my makeup and spray myself with toner and moisturize. (Note, that this is not an every day occurrence but I do not ever not cleanse at night).

EXFOLIATE – A very important habit in your skincare game, exfoliating really gets rid of potential blackheads, whiteheads and generally creates a smooth skin texture that glows. I exfoliate at least three times a week and I’ve been using Glam Glow Youth Mud, it is amazing and leaves my skin softer than ever and any other product in the market.

MOISTURE TONS – At 40+ we lose a lot of elasticity, and this starts to happen after 30 years plus. I am saying this with 100% realness, this is when you have to do your homework and go anti-aging full blast based on your skin type EARLY on, ideally with good habits in your 20’s. Our skin loses its tone with age as collagen wears down, resulting in fine lines, for some this happens sooner depending on your genes and ethnic group. Because I have dry skin, I use oils like the Josie Maran Argan Milk and organic oils as well as moisturizers like Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate, Dr Haushcka Day Rose cream (aka the J.Lo cream), these last two are my absolutely most favorite hands down. Whenever I do my makeup, I really don’t do primer unless it is hot/ humid, 80’s degree summer, I do moisture, lots of it. At night, I also do serums and usually I apply my serum before moisturizer and I concentrate in my dry areas so that my skin soaks it up. When I look for a serum, anything with Vitamin C, grape seed oil, Hyalorunic Acid will grab my attention faster than a designer bag on sale. Also, I do overnight treatments at least once a week maybe twice, sheet masks and deep moisture treatments like the Glam Glow Thirsty Mud, in the winter these are musts.

MAINTENANCE
FACIALS/ PEELS – This may come as a shock but am a total believer in both a peel and a regular every two months facial. If you ask me, a peel is probably my favorite thing after a facial. In Asia, I started doing both and this where I learned and gained a wealth of knowledge on the skincare and beauty anti-aging process. I developed an amazing friendship with my esthetician Chris in Singapore, she took care of my skin for six years and taught me everything I know. When you do a facial, think of a car going for its much need fine tuning/ tire rotation/ oil change, lots of long term benefits for ultimate performance. Chemical peels are my favorite because I feel the results are incredible and the pain is minimal, a good and experienced aesthetician would be able to diagnose and best advise you. After a peel, the new skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin that slowly peeled off. I usually break out a lot after my peels, all the dirt and gunk does come up in my case, by the 5th day after a peel I start noticing the glow of new skin. My last peel was at SKN Lab in Madison NJ this past March and Beth the owner of this salon and esthetician, did a fabulous job on giving me the right peel.

BOTOX – Yes, I do Botox. This little injection has been my buddy since my late 30’s and I get it done every six months. Usually, I do my forehead and frown line. I am happy to share that my experience has been positive, it is a personal decision and I feel it helps. Injectables soften the lines and if you see my photos, I don’t look frozen. I feel that if you start younger say late to early 40’s, the lines won’t be as deep.

SPF 30 OR MORE – Sun damage is real. This is part of the reason why I started doing peels and avoid the sun like the plague. I love that now there is an awareness of the dangers of sun tanning and sun beds with some states banning the use of tanning beds. In the 1990’s and even the 80’s, nobody talked about Melanoma and how this obsession here in the West has made things worse. For me MyChelle Sun Shield Unscented SPF 28 is my latest rave and also Dermalogica has some outstanding sun care products as well as Juice Beauty CC cream SPF 30, these are my go to products as well as an SPF 50 hat, sunglasses and umbrellas.

SUPPLEMENTS, H20 + WATER BASED FRUITS/ VEGETABLES – This may be unimportant to some but diet and our daily intakes do matter. I have blogged and talked about my love for oral supplements like Hyaluronic acid, love anything with this word in a sentence. Also, since about two months ago, I am all about the Neo Cell Collagen + C tablets, I take a couple of these a day and so far I feel it adds to my overall health. As far as foods go, I will not eat fried foods or fast food, I don’t drink soda or anything fizzy, and for every alcoholic drink I may indulge in, I make sure I drink one full glass of water. There is nothing worse than hungover skin, I have had clients showing up hungover and miracles need to be performed but sometimes it is impossible. I love avocado, tomatoes, strawberries, and Vitamin C and Vitamin A – if you want good skin, these need to be part of your diet and gallons of plain water.

NO-NOs – This is a list of things I avoid, #1 is cigarettes or anything that requires lighting up, I hate it and can’t stress how bad and horrendous it is for the skin/ overall health. Add to that list of no-nos is sleeping less than 8 hours a day, especially now that I reached the big 4-0, mama gets tired and lack of sleep really makes my skin look like sh***. I drink alcohol very moderately and favor wine over hard liquor most of the time. A glass of red wine or a rose in the summer? Yes but I pace myself. I do have a sweet tooth and love my coffee so don’t think I am an absolute bore. I have weaknesses, what I listed re the biggest no-nos and ones every dermatologist or aesthetician will advice you about (no cigarettes, slow down on the alcohol, no sun and get your beauty rest).

Feel free to ask me questions, ANYTHING.
Hope you enjoyed my very real talk, this is how I am embracing my youth these days :)
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DISCLOSURE ***Some products in this post have been given to me as press samples, some were my own purchases AND all the treatments I talked about I paid for with my own money***

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How I Am Saving This Spring With Walmart Family Mobile

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Spring time is finally slowly arriving here in the North East. I am excited as the weather gets warmer and family trips are planned ahead. March also marks the beginning of soccer season for my son, art classes once a week and the usual weekly juggling of texting/ calling for work updates and bridal season. March is a time when we can put some savings into place so that we can enjoy the rest of the warmer season. I really like my current smart phone but needed to make some room for savings ASAP as we have plans to go away in April. One of the ways I decided to save money for my family is by changing my monthly mobile plan spending. I looked around for an affordable Unlimited Talk Text and Data/Web plan that would allow me to keep my unlocked phone and found the best deal with Walmart Family Mobile. When I went to my local Walmart, I was advised to pick up the Nano starter kit for just $25 and this worked with my unlocked phone without any issues. The total cost of my new mobile plan is $29.88/month with Unlimited Talk, Text & Data service, including up to 500MB of 4G LTE data. I was done looking.

One of the reasons why I like this new plan by Walmart Family Mobile is the fact that there is no annual contract and it is a postpaid plan, it is simple and easy to set up. With the new 4G LTE the network spans to cover more than 280 million people nationwide, this is fantastic for a pre-paid plan. With my former mobile plan, I was averaging between $90 monthly for the same exact service and coverage! Let’s do the math here, it is a $60.12 savings every month which a year would amount to $721.44! The numbers don’t lie, it is an exceptional savings which for a family of four, is one plane ticket to Europe to see our family there and or a trip to Peru.

If you are a parent with teenagers and kids in college, this is a perfect idea to get an unlocked phone set up for them using Walmart Family Mobile. Adding an extra line gives you a savings of $5 less per line. You may also choose to do Unlimited Talk & Text or Unlimited Talk, Text & Data, or mix & match on the same plan to fit your needs. I highly recommend going this route to start saving money, it is a great options for families and simple to set up.

For me the benefits of this savings on my mobile service, allow for a much needed family vacation. We are headed down to Peru in a couple of weeks and couldn’t be more excited as this is a trip long overdue for me (it’s only been seven years since I haven’t travelled to see my relatives in Lima). What are you excited for this spring season?

My Body Care Routine Featuring Softsoap Fresh & Glow Body Wash

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If there is one thing I love for sure is a good body care routine. Good body skin texture is refreshing and makes me feel better no matter what season we are in. After long hours of work on set doing makeup and riding the subway home, I always look forward to my shower time. Like my face skincare routine, I take great pride in making sure I also do the same with the rest of my body. I tend to favor heavy hydrating body washes because it works well with my skin type (mostly dry). The new Softsoap Fresh & Glow body hydrating body wash is just what the doctor recommended, it is made with Milk Protein Almond and Coconut 100% Real Extracts. Having a hydrating element in my daily shower is key to having supple body skin year round. What I love about Softsoap Fresh & Glow body hydrating body wash is the subtle scent of coconut, it is like the scent of a vacation, invigorating and sweet. The knowledge that my body skin feels radiant, hydrated and soft as it can, makes me a happy camper.

The next step to my body care is exfoliation. I exfoliate religiously 3-5 times a week, it is the second most important step to making sure my skin does not feel dry or scaly. Exfoliation is crucial during the winter months when the air is dry and we are indoors with heating on, we get rid of extra skin and impurities through exfoliation. I use a loofah with Softsoap Fresh & Glow Exfoliating Fruit Polish, it works especially well and leaves me ready for deep hydration after. The formula has Apricot Seeds, Orange & Kiwi 100% Real Extracts, and it also smells like fresh fruit.

After exfoliation, it is good practice to apply a heavier body cream. Since Softsoap Fresh & Glow Exfoliating Fruit Polish takes care of getting rid of dead cells, using a good moisturizer (or body cream if your skin is dry like mine) is like the finishing step to comfort and protect our skin all over, focusing in the drier parts like elbows and knees. Once all this is done, I am ready to and relax after a long day, pure bliss. Both Softsoap Fresh & Glow body washes are available at all Walmart locations!