Celebrating Special Moments with Faustino Wine

This post is sponsored by Faustino but the content and opinions expressed are my own. #DiscoverFaustino


When it comes to having real and lasting friendships, I hit the jackpot! Not a day goes by where I don’t feel genuine love and support from them. From small wins to major accomplishments, I know I can always count on my girlfriends to cheer me on. 

I once read a quote that said, “When all is said and done, if you can count all your true friends on one hand, consider yourself lucky.” 

I couldn’t agree more.

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One of my favorite activities to do is to get together with my best friends and catch up. With so many things going on in our lives, it’s always nice to take the time from our crazy schedules to hang out, especially when there is something exciting to celebrate!

And what better way to celebrate special moments than with a nice glass of wine!

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I recently met up with my friend to congratulate her for landing a new job at an amazing sales company and to raise a glass to me for moving into my new apartment. It always feels nice to have a friend experience the same joy as you would when something great happens in your life. No jealousy or competition, just pure excitement for one another.

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We decided to celebrate at our neighborhood beach with some Faustino White and Rosé wine- my favorites, and an epic sunset!

Up until recently, I wasn’t a big wine drinker, but now, I love discovering different types of wines. If you haven’t heard or tried Faustino selections, check them out! The taste of both the Rosé and White wines are clean, bright and with a hint of fruity flavors. They’re sweet but not overpowering. The perfect blend!

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Faustino has more than 150 years of experience in the production and aging of premium wines. They own about 650 hectares of vineyards in the best areas of the DOCa Rioja, in the municipalities of Laguardia and Oyon, and it is one of the largest owners of vineyards in Rioja, Spain.

Love and respect for nature are two of the pillars on which the philosophy of the winery is based.

In recent years, Faustino has incorporated new, environmentally-friendly grape growing practices to make their vineyards increasingly sustainable.

Love supporting these type of companies and brands.

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Being able to share special moments with friends is priceless! And having a glass (or two) of wine makes the moment even sweeter!

To learn more about Faustino, check out their website and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Posted on July 4, 2018 and filed under Life.

Little Black Dressed Approved

This post is sponsored by Degree Women but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.


This past week I attended Feeding Children Everywhere's 2nd Annual Hunger Awards Gala at the Dr. Phillip's Center. It was such an honor being in a room full of real life heroes who have made or are making a difference in people's lives, especially young children.

By donating their time and resources, they are impacting and helping out families that struggle to put food in their table. Such a wonderful organization and cause.  

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When it comes to dressing up for events, 99% of the time, I opt for a little black dress. As much as my grandma tells me to add color into my wardrobe and venture out with new patterns, I always gravitate towards anything black.

I purchased this Gianna Bini dress two years ago, and since then, I've worn it to two weddings and to another event- so I definitely got my money's worth with this number.

I love how elegant and comfortable it is and appropriate for any occasion. 

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Attending events such as this one can sometimes be a bit nerve wrecking. You are mingling with important people and always want to make a great first impression. That means looking and feeling your best.

Before putting on my black dress I made sure to put on Degree’s UltraClear Black+White Dry Spray Deodorant. It helped me stay fresh and dry during and after the event, for up to 48 hours! And the best part? This deodorant prevents white or yellow stains on my black dress, which is something I always worry about with other brands.

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Degree’s UltraClear Black+White Dry Spray Deodorant is Dermatologist-tested and alcohol-free and has MOTIONSENSE technology, which is scientifically proven to help with excessive sweating. This unique body heat-activated formula keeps you dry and fresh all day - and then some. It instantly responds to changes in your body temperature to help you stay dry.

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Two great benefits all packed into this little spray!

I love how it goes on instantly dry. No need to wait a super long time to put on my dress. I can just spray and go.

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For your next black dress event, make sure to pick up the Little Black Dress approved Degree’s UltraClear Black+White Dry Spray Deodorant! It's conveniently located in the Antiperspirants & Deodorant aisle at Walmart.  

Posted on June 28, 2018 and filed under Beauty.

How the LivingWith™ Mobile App Helps Manage Life With Cancer

Thank you Pfizer for sponsoring this post. Join Pfizer’s This Is Living With Cancer™ initiative by sharing your story with #InspirationLives on Facebook and Instagram to support and inspire those who have been affected by cancer, and be sure to check out the LivingWith™ mobile app available via iTunes and Google Play.mobile app available via iTunes and Google Play.


Cancer was something I never thought would play a role in my life. We all know about it, hear about it and, for some of us, we know someone who has lost their battle with it. But never did I think cancer would take someone I love from me. I can now include myself in that group.

When my aunt was diagnosed with stomach cancer last year, it didn’t seem real. Especially during the first few months. My aunt was her happy, positive self and continued with her daily routine as if nothing was happening to her body. Her cancer didn’t become “real” until her last three months. I could see how this debilitating disease was taking over her body. Everything from her physical appearance to her personality changed drastically. 

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Naturally, people worry about the patient, but they often forget about the family or people around them. I saw firsthand how my cousin and uncle rose to the challenge of taking care of my aunt. It’s not an easy task being a caretaker—it’s much harder when you’re family because your heart is so heavily invested.

There are so many things to keep track of and most of the time it’s difficult to keep them all in order.

Luckily, there is an app to help make life easier during this difficult time.

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Pfizer launched This Is Living With Cancer™, a national awareness program that includes a free mobile app called LivingWith™. It is designed to help manage some of the daily challenges faced by people living with cancer.

Unfortunately, my aunt passed away before I could use this app. With so many things juggling through your mind, it’s nice to have an app with several features designed to help you manage your life with cancer.

One of the challenges my cousin faced was keeping track of all the appointments and medications my aunt was taking. With just one app, you can access recorded notes from doctor visits and view important documents, such as medication details and test results.

Another helpful feature is that you can send requests to family and friends for help with meals, rides and other support. Something as small as having a nice cooked meal delivered to the home makes a huge difference and is something I know my cousin greatly appreciated. It was one less thing to worry about, and her full focus could be on my aunt—not cooking.

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Although my heart is broken that my aunt is no longer with us, I can honestly say I’m a better person for having gone through this experience. I appreciate life so much more and value the relationships in my life. Life is so precious and can be taken when you least expect it.

I wish I could turn back time and have taken more pictures with my aunt or visited her more, but at least I was with her every single day leading up to her last breath.

I’ve learned so much from seeing my cousin take care of her, and I’m prepared if cancer should strike again in my family. With anything in life, being prepared and knowledgeable will help you navigate through these hard times. 


The LivingWith™ mobile app is a great resource for anyone going through cancer. With so many fears, questions or concerns racing through your mind, it’s great to have something that will help you through it all.

For more information and to download the LivingWith™ mobile app, please visit www.ThisIsLivingWithCancer.com. Patients and their loved ones also can find the initiative on Facebook and Instagram

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Posted on June 20, 2018 and filed under Life.

Staying Confident and Fresh with Summer's Eve®

This post is sponsored by Summer’s Eve® but the content and opinions expressed are my own.

Dating can be scary and nerve-wracking, no matter how much of an expert you think you are. But dating doesn't have to be stressful. Dates are meant to be fun and enjoyable and if you're lucky, an opportunity to meet someone who you're compatible with and want to spend more time getting to know.

Here are 4 tips to help you get through your big day!



First dates are always frightening because you don't know what to expect. Just as much as you want to impress your date- they're on the same mission to impress you and are probably just as nervous as you are. Take a deep breath and visualize the date being a total success.



Always be authentic! From the way you look to the way you carry yourself, it's important to never pretend to be someone you're not. Many women feel the need to dress a certain way or layer on a pound of makeup in hopes the man will find them attractive. If you're into makeup, then it's totally fine to doll yourself up just a bit more for the date, but if that's not you, then there is no need for all that production. Keep it simple and classy.

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The number one quality most people find attractive is confidence. The way you present/express yourself can either make you seem interesting and appealing or cocky and boring. Most of the time the latter won't yield another date. People want to be around good energy and someone that can hold a conversation. A pretty face and a nice meal can only go so far. There is only one of you in this world, so make sure you showcase your best qualities.

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Besides being present and making sure to say your please and thank yous, having good hygiene is crucial before, during and after your date. People who have poor hygiene or body odor are perceived negatively. You only get one chance at a first impression. Using the right products, such as Summer’s Eve® Blissful Escape™ before your date can help you stay confident and fresh all night long.

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Using Summer’s Eve® Blissful Escape™ Cleansing Wash in your shower can help you feel more refreshed and ready for your date. The gentle formula removes odor-causing bacteria and is pH balanced.

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The Summer’s Eve® Blissful Escape™ Cleansing Cloths are great because they are individually wrapped in a secure soft pack. You can use them anytime you want to freshen up- whether, on your date or everyday life, they're the perfect little companion!

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All Summer’s Eve® products are clinically tested with Safe Scents™ quality standards, which ensures their products gentle enough for your most delicate skin.

Head to your local Target and purchase the new Summer’s Eve® scent, Blissful Escape™, available in a 15oz Feminine Cleansing Wash and a 16-count Cloth pack, for your everyday moments like crossing your legs, working out, getting your period, or even getting up close and personal. Save 20% with Cartwheel through June 30, 2018!

Stay confident and fresh with Summer's Eve®!

Posted on June 7, 2018 and filed under Beauty.

This is Living with Cancer™ – My Story + Words of Encouragement

Thank you Pfizer for sponsoring this post. Join Pfizer’s #InspirationLives initiative by sharing your story with the hashtag on Facebook and Instagram to support and inspire those who have been affected by cancer, and be sure to check out the LivingWith™ mobile app available via iTunes and Google Play!

At the beginning of last year, my whole world changed. My aunt was diagnosed with stomach cancer. The news came as a complete shock. Although cancer is now a common word we’ve all had to familiarize ourselves with, I never imagined it would ever hit so close to home for me.

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We live in a time where we probably know someone who’s gone through cancer, survived it or passed away from it. I’ve never had a personal connection to cancer until now. Finding out my aunt had stage 4 stomach cancer affected me tremendously because not only was she my favorite aunt, but she’s the one I was the closest with.

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From celebrations to family get-togethers or random visits, my aunt never missed the opportunity to be around her loved ones. Her personality could light up a room! She was never shy about starting up a conversation with anyone she came in contact with. She had a heart of gold and was so generous with her time and love. No matter how busy or tired she was, she always made it a point to shower us with her affection. And food! She loved to cook. Her way of expressing her love was through her cooking. One of the many reasons why I loved her!

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Sadly, eight months after she was diagnosed, my aunt lost her battle last November. I was devastated. I’ve never felt heartbreak like that before. Seeing her through the physical changes and pain was traumatic. Although it’s been three months since her passing, I still find myself sad and angry that she had to go through such a terrible disease. Sometimes life isn’t fair. I try not to question her timing, but I can’t help but wonder, why her? She was so full of life and had so much to live for.

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I have to remind myself that feeling sad is not what she would’ve wanted for us. Instead, she’d want us to live as she did. Always positive and grateful. No matter what she was going through, she always had faith. I believe we should all strive to maintain that same attitude. I miss her every day, but I know she’s watching over my family and her life lessons will always be instilled in me.

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Pfizer has created This is Living with Cancer™, an initiative designed to help people manage their lives with cancer and stay connected to their communities. As part of This is Living with Cancer, Pfizer has launched LivingWith™, a free mobile app designed to help patients and caregivers manage life with cancer and organize important information in one place. People can download LivingWith™  for free on any Apple or Android device.


For more information and to download the LivingWith™ mobile app, please visit www.ThisIsLivingWithCancer.com. Patients and their loved ones also can find the initiative on Facebook and Instagram.

Remember, you’re not alone. Together we can get through it.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Posted on May 30, 2018 and filed under Life.

Game Time with Michelob Ultra Cactus Lime

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. This content is intended for readers who are 21 and over. #CollectiveBias #MiCervezaPremium

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When my sister got married, well long before that, I gained a brother- Gio! Besides our names rhyming (Gio-Fio) we have many traits in common which allows us to get along great!

One of the many things I love about him is that he accepted me from the beginning. He never came between my sister and I and the special bond we share. I'm always welcomed in their home and genuinely love hanging out with them.

Besides being my best friends, Dani (my sister) and Gio are amazing hosts! There is never a dull moment with them or at their house. We love having fun and enjoying our family time together.

One of the many activities we love is doing is game night... it gets pretty serious! From cornhole, board games to cards, we are a competitive bunch! If you haven’t played corhole, I highly recommend it. Not only is it fun but you can burn almost 200 calories playing it!

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Another favorite of ours is playing dominoes.

Gio is from Puerto Rico and grew up playing dominoes with this family when he was younger. Naturally, he taught us how to play.

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I never knew playing dominoes could be that much fun and entertaining! You could play for hours and not even notice the time passing by.

Last weekend, Gio and I decided to treat ourselves to a nice cold beer and a friendly game of dominoes.

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Michelob ULTRA is a staple in our home. But this time we wanted to try the Michelob ULTRA Lime Cactus flavor with only 95 calories and 5.5 carbs.

I'm usually not a Lime-flavored type of person but with this beer, the flavors worked well, and the lime wasn't overpowering.

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I enjoy Michelob ULTRA for its light crisp and refreshing taste and how well it compliments an active lifestyle.
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Have you tried the new Michelob ULTRA Lime Cactus yet?

Also, what your favorite outdoor games are- always looking for fun suggestions!

Posted on May 1, 2018 and filed under Life.

Spring Snacking with My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream

This post is sponsored by My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

The past couple of weeks have been crazy busy with work deadlines and apartment hunting. Add a two week trip to Italy that I recently took, and my schedule has been non-stop. I was either behind a computer or running around doing errands and taking pictures. Despite sometimes being chaotic, I love being busy and productive!

You all know how much of a fan I am of snacking. It's pretty much what keeps me sane and moving forward on busy days. I love going outside in between my breaks for some Vitamin D and something to munch on.

My latest craving? My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream!

I had seen these small balls of ice cream at my local supermarket before but never purchased them until now. So what makes this snack so special?

My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream is luscious premium ice cream, wrapped in a sweat soft mochi dough. It's like nothing I've had before. It’s sweet, cool and gooey all at the same time. It’s creamy meets chewy, silky meets soft, delightful meets delectable. They're the perfect size companion for running around town or enjoying at home. 

With 8 flavors to choose from, there is something for everyone. (Salted Caramel, Vanilla, Mint Chocolate Chip, Sweet Mango, Ripe Strawbery, Cookies and Cream, Green Tea and Double Chocolate)

I got the Sweet Mango and devoured it until the last bite! So refreshing during these hot sunny days.

I love finding new snacks and sharing them with you guys. Snacks don't have to be boring. Check out My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream's Instagram page for some more colorful Springtime snack inspiration!

Have you tried My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream before? What flavor should I try next??

Posted on April 26, 2018 and filed under Food + Drinks.

At Home Light Therapy With Neutrogena®

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


It's safe to say I've grown to be a skincare junkie. I wasn't blessed with beautiful smooth skin and even though I'm in my early 30's, I still suffer from acne, which can sometimes be frustrating. This is why I'm always researching and trying out new products or services to help my problematic skin.

I recently discovered a new way to treat acne- with Light Therapy! Sometimes going to a med spa can be expensive and not most people have the resources or knowledge to get those type of services. Thankfully, brands like Neutrogena® are changing the skincare game with their at home skincare solutions!

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Once only available in Dermatologists’ offices, clinically proven light therapy is now available at home with this patented mask.




The NEW Neutrogena® Light Therapy Acne Mask uses red and blue light therapy to target and treat acne without flaking.

Its patent-pending design allows light to surround the pimple for effective, targeted treatment: blue light penetrates just beneath the surface to target acne causing bacteria, while red light goes deeper into the skin to reduce inflammation. The easy-to-use, portable design is ideal for on-the-go or multi-tasking acne treatment, and leaves behind no mess or residue.

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The New Neutrogena® Light Therapy Acne Mask is not only is affordable but effective as well!

Costing only .50¢ a day (compared to the $500 price it could cost in a dermatologist office), this UV free treatment goes deeper than ordinary acne products and 98% of people tested showed results.

I have combination skin but mostly oily, especially in my t-zone area. It's great when it comes to preventing wrinkles but unfortunately, that also means I'm more prone to acne. Thanks to the New Neutrogena® Light Therapy Acne Mask , I can finally have the skin I've always dreamed of!
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I've been using the mask for over 3 weeks now and I've already seen a huge improvement in my overall skin complexion. At first I was intimidated but after putting on the mask, I loved how lightweight and comfortable it was and how easy it was to use- no complicated instructions. You just put on the mask (like putting on sunglasses), turn on the switch and let the mask do it's magic.

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Duration of the treatment is only 10 mins and the lights turn off when the time is up. The mask is good for 30 uses- which the remaining number will be indicated in the activator.

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If you're like me and want an inexpensive way to treat acne, I highly recommend purchasing the New Neutrogena® Light Therapy Acne Mask (everyday price of $30 at Walmart) or the Neutrogena® Light Therapy Acne Spot Treatment .

Both are chemical-free, FDA cleared, UVA/UVB-free and offer visible results in as little as 1 week with results improving over time.

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Finally, a breakthrough in acne treatment that works! The New Neutrogena® Light Therapy Acne Mask powerfully treats your acne and allows skin to heal itself, for skin so clear and healthy, it glows.

Don't forget about Neutrogena®'s other amazing products, such as Deep Clean Daily Facial Cleanser and my favorite the Cleansing Makeup Remover Cleansing Towlettes! 

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Posted on April 18, 2018 and filed under Beauty.

Brunchin' In Style

Thank you Foster Grant for sponsoring this post. Visit FosterGrant.com for all the latest sunglasses styles at amazing prices – for the many shades of you!

Spending time with my girlfriends is my favorite way to spend my weekends. We all get pretty busy throughout the week, which can sometimes make it difficult to coordinate our schedules. Luckily, no matter the number of commitments we may have, we find a way to make time for each other. Even if it’s only once every three months, a girls day is planned out.

Typically good food is always involved.

This past weekend, my girls and I met up at a new restaurant we found on Instagram. Their atmosphere and food looked so inviting that we just had to go check it out for brunch. Luckily, they had outdoor seating because the day was too pretty to stay inside.

Click the image above to shop!

Luke's Kitchen and Bar- Maitland, Florida

Whenever I go out to eat, I love ordering a bunch of small dishes and sharing it with everyone. This way, we all get to sample more items on the menu without getting stuffed on just one plate.

My drink of choice was the restaurant's signature sage mint lemonade. So refreshing and a delicious way to cool down from the warm weather.

Seeing as the day was super sunny, it was the perfect excuse to show off my new Foster Grant sunglasses from their Pre-Summer collection.

The oversized cat eye and sophisticated smoke lens make these sunglasses go with pretty much everything. Whether you’re dressed up or down, you’ll look glam in these chunky shiny black frames.

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I like to carry at least two pairs of sunglasses in my car, just in case I want to change up my look throughout the day. I brought my other Foster Grant glasses with me to brunch so my friend Christine could try them on.

When it comes to sunglasses, I tend to play it safe with either black or brown frames. For this pair, I wanted to try something different but a shade that would still compliment my style.

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These round 70’s inspired purple and yellow ombre lenses caught my attention the moment I saw them on the Foster Grant website.  They add a nice variety to my collection and have motivated me to step out of my comfort zone and try out more styles.

Look how good they look on Christine!

Christine wearing Foster Grant

With more than 85 years of eyewear expertise, Foster Grant creates every pair of glasses with real quality you can see and feel every time you wear them. All of their sunglasses feature 100% UVA/UVB protection, superior clarity, and scratch-resistant lenses, and are carefully constructed to give you the most comfortable fit.

Best part? They are affordably priced!

Foster Grant sunglasses

Foster Grant makes it easy to update your look and accessorize every outfit with a pair of sunglasses – for the many shades of you™!

Get 20% OFF all Sunglasses when you use code YAY20 at checkout for a limited time only.

Next time you go out for brunch with your friends, you’ll be brunchin’ in style thanks to Foster Grant!


I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Posted on April 13, 2018 and filed under Style.

Fresco Y Más Grand Opening

There's a new store coming to town, and it's called Fresco y Más!

If you're not from South Florida, then you're probably not familiar with this grocery store chain. The first Fresco y Más location opened its doors on June 15, 2016, in Hialeah, Fla., providing customers an authentic Hispanic shopping experience.

On April 18th, Orlando will be home to a new Fresco y Más location! With two additional locations opening up in Tampa on April 11th!

Fresco Y Mas

The new Fresco y Más location will include a brand new Latin Butcher, in-store café, an expanded selection of tropical fruits and a wide array of Hispanic baked goods. 

A new “Cocina” (kitchen) with chefs offering a range of freshly prepared, delicious dishes from scratch and daily specials, including arroz congris (rice dish), Pan con Bistec (steak), garbanzo (beans) and mojo pork.

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Refreshed produce department featuring a farmer’s market with a wider selection of tropical fruits and customer favorites like malanga root, green plantains, and salad tomatoes.

Southeastern Grocers, the parent company of Fresco y Más, works with more than 200 Florida and regional growers to source fresh produce.

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An all-new, full-service Latin butcher shop (Carniceria) will offer an expanded selection of fresh, custom cut meats including t-bone steak, roast beef, whole or half top round, and pork loin.

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The renovated bakery department will offer an expanded selection of Hispanic pastries and local baked goods, including flan, tres leches, croquettes, and custom tres leches cakes, made fresh daily, as well as a wider selection of local favorites.

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Fresco y Más stores will also feature new saving programs such as “Low Price Every Day,” offering savings on more than 800 popular products, an all-new Dollar Zone, that features over 600 everyday essentials for just $1 and an all-new Wall of Value! 

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The new Fresco y Más store will feature bilingual signs through their store, offer residents an authentic Hispanic shopping experience that truly reflects the desires of the local Hispanic community.

The grand opening will be held at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18th, and the first 500 customers to arrive at the grand opening event will receive a free mystery gift card valued between $5-$500! 

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Each new Fresco y Más will also be holding a competition among local schools where customers will have the opportunity to vote for the school that will win a $5,000 donation! 

Orlando Location:
April 18th
7382 E. Curry Ford Road
Orlando, FL 32822

Tampa Locations:
April 11th
8424 Sheldon Road
Tampa, FL 33615

4056 N. Armenia Ave. 
Tampa, FL 33607

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Will you be attending the grand opening?


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fresco y MásAll opinions are 100% my own.

Posted on April 9, 2018 and filed under Around Orlando.

My Favorite Way To Work Out

If there is one thing I haven't learned to love yet is working out.

There are some weeks where I'm on it! Going to the gym at least 3x/week- doing my Body Pump Class and high-intensity cardio workout. Other days, I want to lay on my couch and do nothing.

For the days I'm feeling extra lazy, I for a walk instead. I find this way of burning calories much more enjoyable than going to the gym. 

My favorite place to walk? Cranes Roost!

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Cranes Roost Park is at the heart of Uptown Altamonte surrounding Cranes Roost Lake. The lake is encircled by one mile of continuous walkway with benches and covered seating areas.

I love taking in the fresh air and being alone with my thoughts. I go around the lake about 2-3 times at a nice relaxing pace, which usually takes about an hour.

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I don't like to carry anything with me when I go for my walk. It weighs me down and most likely I'll lose it.

Thankfully there are a couple of water fountains around the lake, so not having my water bottle is not an issue and I still keep hydrated.

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After my workout, I head back to my car and immediately wipe off the sweat with the Kleenex Wet Wipes that I carry in my purse. 

I live about 20 minutes from Cranes Roost so by the time I get home and shower, the sweat would already have seeped into my pores.  Everytime I work out, I clean my face and neck with the Wet Wipes and automatically feel refreshed! 

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Kleenex Wet Wipes lack the harsh chemicals that current wipes carry so it is safe to use on hands and face but is also thick and soft enough to clean with.

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Whether I'm running errands or after working out, Kleenex Wet Wipes come in handy and are super convenient for easy cleanup.

Click here to save $1 with the Ibotta Rebate at your local Walgreens store.

What are your favorite ways to work out? And have you tried the Wet Wipes yet?

Posted on April 6, 2018 and filed under Life.

Springtime Drinks ft. Welch's Refrigerated Cocktails!

No matter the season, a fruity cocktail is always a great idea!

Whenever I go out with my friends, you can always bet on me ordering a sweet drink- no matter the day or time.

Although girls nights out are always fun, they can get pretty expensive. For a fraction of the price, you can make delicious cocktails right at home! 

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When I used to live in Costa Rica, passion fruit was a staple in my household. We would always have it as a snack or part of our breakfast. Drinking Welch's Passion Fruit Refrigerated Cocktails takes me back with both the smell and taste!

Passion Fruit and a clear Rum make a delicious combination for a grown-up cocktail.

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Welch's Passion Fruit Refrigerated Cocktails has a blend of grape, apple and passion fruit!

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Watch the video to see how easy it is to make this drink!

Add a kiwi for garnish, and you have yourself a colorful Spring cocktail!

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If you're not in the drinking mood, mocktails are always a great way to still enjoy Welch's Refrigerated Cocktails.

You can never go wrong with anything Strawberry flavored. I picked out the Welch's Strawberry Breeze Refrigerated Cocktails for my next drink.

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Start off by muddling pineapple and strawberries. Then add ice, Welch's Strawberry Breeze Refrigerated Cocktails and a splash of ginger ale soda. Garnish and you're done.

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The Welch's Strawberry Breeze Refrigerated Cocktails is a blend of orange juice, pineapple, grape, and strawberries. 

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It takes less than a minute to make this delicious treat. Watch the video below to recreate your own! 

Garnish with mint to add a pop of color!

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Click here to see what store carries Welch's Refrigerated Cocktails near you. I purchased the two varieties at my local Publix. 

What are your favorite Springtime drinks?

Posted on April 5, 2018 and filed under Food + Drinks.

Outdoor Fun with the New Michelob Ultra Pure Gold!

Lately, the weather here in Florida has been absolutely perfect! No rain and only sunshine throughout the week. Days like these you can't stay inside. Being outdoor is almost mandatory! 

My brother-in-law Gio loves cornhole, and we play it regularly when we have friends over. I love how everyone gets so competitive playing it! It's one of those games that are equally as fun to play it as it is to watch!

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Another activity that is always present when the day is gorgeous is drinking beer!

I don't drink beer often, but when I do, I like Michelob Ultra since it has a light, refreshing taste. Gio always has a 6-pack ready in his fridge. He's actually the one who introduced me to it years ago.

Cornhole + Michelob Ultra Pure Gold

This time, our beer of choice was the NEW Michelob Ultra Pure Gold!

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The NEW Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold is made with organic grains from the country's finest field and has sustainable packaging in partnership with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. Inspired by nature and best enjoyed outside!

With only 2.5 carbs and 85 calories, Pure Gold is the perfect ice-cold beer that you won't feel guilty about drinking.

Cornhole with Michelob Ultra Pure Gold
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Pure Gold is a light lager that is triple filtered and brewed free of artificial colors and flavors.

The taste is lighter than the original- which helps in not leaving you feeling bloated and ready for another round of cornhole!

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Click here to see where Michelob Ultra Pure Gold is available in your area. 

What are your favorite activities to play outside when the weather is just right?

Posted on April 4, 2018 and filed under Life.

Airplane Must Have Items For Traveling

Traveling is something I could never grow tired of doing.  I always look forward to boarding the plane and exploring a new country or city!

This year my mom is turning the big 6-0, and we're celebrating this milestone in Italy!!

I'm returning to this beautiful country after seven years! Last time I was there was back in 2011, and I didn't get the opportunity to explore the Coast. For this trip, my family is renting a car and we’ee driving from Rome all the way to Positano! Excited doesn't even come close to describing my emotions!

Since I'm no stranger to traveling, I've narrowed down the top must-have items I take with me on a plane.

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Airplanes and airports are notoriously known for being extremely cold, no matter your destination.

I like to dress comfortably. Which means flats, hair up and no makeup.

I typically wear either jeans or leggings, and I never board without a jacket or sweater. I made the mistake one time and nearly froze to death! 

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Now to my backpack items and my airplane must haves for traveling.

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Book: My flights are generally over 2 hrs, so it's the perfect opportunity to catch up on some reading.

Snack: Airplane snacks are never healthy, mostly chips and soda. I like to bring an energy bar that will keep me full throughout the flight and will avoid me from falling into temptation. 

Earphones: If I’m not in the mood to read, watching a movie in-flight is the best way to pass the time. Unless you want to purchase earphones, I suggest you bring your own.

Glasses: I never wear my contacts when flying. I tend to sleep on the plane, so contacts become uncomfortable and dry up easily. 

Facemask: Airplanes are harsh on your skin. A 15 mins mask will leave your face feeling refreshed and hydrated. Plus you’ll be in your seat so no one will see you. 

Journal: I like to document my traveling journey whenever I can. Taking 5 mins to write down three things you’re grateful for will start your trip on a positive note. 

Cleaning Wipes: Let’s face it, planes are filled with germs. I like to wipe my pull-down tray before I use it and when I finish eating I like to clean my face and hands. Luckily, I carry the Kleenex Germ Removal wipes with me on my trips. 

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The wipes are free from dyes, alcohol, parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.

No harsh chemicals means they are gentle enough for your hands and face.

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There are 3 types of Kleenex Wet Wipes - and Target sells them each for only $1.49!

* Gentle Clean (blue pack, 24-ct)

* Germ Removal (orange pack, 20-ct)

* Sensitive (green pack, 20-ct)

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Now you can clean your hands, face or body on demand, no sink required. This on-the-go germ removal is perfect for traveling!

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What are your travel must haves?

Posted on April 3, 2018 and filed under Travel.

Blinker App: Buy and Sell a Car Through Your Smartphone!

Technology, especially smartphones have completely changed the way we purchase services or products. Through online shopping or even apps, we no longer have to leave the comfort of our homes.

I recently purchased my car and went to the dealership. Although it was a pleasant experience, the dealership didn’t give me a good deal on my trade-in, something I already knew going in, so I was prepared to negotiate in the new car price instead.

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Each year, 28 million people in the US sell their car to the dealership and lose thousands of dollars. For that reason, Blinker, the first-ever mobile app that puts people in control of buying, selling and financing cars themselves with their smartphone, was created.

Using patented image-recognition technology, they make everything from selling a car with a lien to getting a loan to refinancing as easy as snapping a photo. Plus, because there’s no middleman, so sellers earn more and buyers save more.




All you have to do is snap a photo of your car and Blinker will instantly display all the details about it, including estimated Black Book™ value, mileage and more.

Blinker App



With the tap of one button, you can list your car for sale in the Blinker marketplace, other major marketplaces, and your own social networks.

Blinker App




For the first time ever, you don’t have to feel tied down by car payments. Blinker releases you from your current loan by paying off the remaining balance and completing all the paperwork when you sell through the app.



By simply snapping a photo of your driver’s license, you can instantly pre-qualify for a loan directly through the app, without affecting your credit score. When it’s time to close, Blinker helps with all the paperwork too.

Blinker App



To lower your monthly car payment, just snap a photo of your car and answer a few questions. Blinker pays off your existing loan and gives you a better loan right through the app.

Blinker App



Blinker verifies the identity of every buyer, checks ownership records of every seller, and offers a free CARFAX Report™ for every car in the marketplace.

Blinker App



When you sell your car yourself with Blinker, there are no fees and no middlemen taking a cut – which means you can earn thousands more per sale. That’s no chump change.



When you complete a transaction within the app, Blinker helps you complete the paperwork, transfer the title and ensures secure payment in as little as one business day - all for free. Plus, our customer support team is available by phone or email to help make the process smoother than ever.

Blinker App

Since launching last year, Blinker has saved buyers and sellers an average of $3,000 every transaction, serviced millions of dollars in auto loans and won a 2017 SXSW Interactive Innovation Award. 

The free app is currently available in California, Colorado, Texas and just launched in Florida. 

Interested in selling and making thousands more than trading it in while at the same time earning some extra cash? Download Blinker here.

For a limited time, when you download Blinker, enter my code FIORELLA and list your car for sale, you’ll earn $200 when it sells!!


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Blinker. All opinions are 100% mine

Posted on April 2, 2018 and filed under Life.

I Got A New Car! Tips For Making Your Next Purchase!

Thank you GEICO for sponsoring this post.

Besides owning a home, your car purchase will probably be the most significant expense you’ll make in your life.

There is no greater feeling than driving off the lot with your new car. A sense of pride and accomplishment always seems to be the two words that come to mind. Whether the vehicle is new or old, it’s still a great feeling!

But with a new car purchase, always comes a new set of responsibilities that you need to be prepared to take on. Here are a few tips for making your next purchase. These can apply to anyone making their first purchase or their fifth. Being smart and responsible always makes sense!

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Being honest with your finances is the first and most important step to take. You need to analyze what you can realistically afford. Let’s face it, “adulting” is hard and it comes with a lot of responsibility, bills and unexpected expenses. Spending the majority of your paycheck on a car payment is not wise.

I recently purchased a brand new 2018 car, but before making this big purchase, I set down and went through all my monthly bills and made sure if a new car – and all the expenses that go with it- was something I could add on my plate. Luckily it was, and I feel comfortable with my new monthly payments. 



Research, research, research!! Before purchasing my new car, I knew exactly the features, body style and brand I wanted. The internet is a great tool to use and will help you out in obtaining reviews, ratings and even virtual tours of the car you’re interested in purchasing.

Knowing what you want and what you’ll settle for, regarding pricing or features, is a great foundation to have when entering a dealership. Being prepared will help you get the best the deal and save you and the salesperson time- because car buying can be a nightmare if you’re not knowledgeable.



When I purchased my car, I got lucky and got a fantastic salesperson. I never once felt pressured and obligated to buy anything. I was informed every step of the way and felt like he cared about providing me with the best service. Unfortunately, not all car salespeople are the same.

Never feel pressured into buying a car. Acquiring debt and monthly payments is something you need be 100% sure about and ready to take on. At the same time, please don’t waste a salesperson’s time if you’re not genuinely prepared to purchase a car. When I signed all my paperwork, I knew I was making the right decision and was happy with everything. That’s the feeling you should have when driving off with a new car.

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A simple color choice may not seem that important, but in the long run, it makes a big difference. For me, there is nothing more beautiful and sexier than a black car! Unfortunately, when it comes to vehicles, black is synonymous with high maintenance!

When I was at the dealership, I was going back and forth with deciding between the gunmetal grey or black color. I must’ve driven the poor salesman crazy from my indecisiveness. I asked five random guys at the dealership what they would get (customers and salespeople), and they all unanimously said: avoid black- unless I was committed to washing my car at least once a week, maybe more.

A shiny freshly clean black car is gorgeous, but add pollen, dust and even fingerprints, and it’s a different story. As much as I want to fool myself into thinking I’m going to keep up with the cleaning, I know I won’t. In the end, I chose the gunmetal color- which turned out to be the best decision. I don’t need the added stress or car wash expense. 



All cars require maintenance, whether it’s an oil change, pumping the right gas, keeping it clean or fixing any issues as soon as they arise, keeping up and taking care of your car is extremely important. Luckily, the car I purchased let’s me know if anything is wrong with my car. For example, last week, the low tire pressure light came on. I got the problem fixed as soon as it happened. Sometimes addressing the issue immediately will not only avoid major headaches but also save you money.

I get my car washed every two weeks and make sure I keep it clutter free. There is nothing better than getting in a nice clean car every morning. I also try to be smart with my gas and can sometimes make it last for two weeks! 

Here are a few tips on how to save on gas.



Being mindful of your driving can not only save your life but the lives of others on the road.

We’ve all been guilty of speeding or sometimes reckless driving. We sometimes forget that driving is a privilege and we need to be careful when operating a car. So many things can go wrong in a blink of an eye. One of the worst things you can do is use your phone while driving.

A big issue our generation struggles with is the ability to put our phones down. When I purchased my car, one of the selling features was the hands-free phone option. Which is something I use often! I talk on the phone, text and even use my map app without having to touch my phone. I no longer text and drive, and the maps app syncs and displays on my car dashboard. Not everyone has these features, so we need to learn to put our phones away and pay full attention to the road and be mindful of others.

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You’ve purchased your new car, now what? Insurance! 

Every state in the United States has minimum auto insurance laws. Most states require at least some type of liability insurance to protect other drivers on the road. In my lifetime, I’ve been in three car accidents. Only one was my fault

Being protected not only brings you peace of mind but also prevents an awful situation from becoming worse! Choosing the right car insurance company can seem overwhelming since there are so many factors involved when making that decision. 

Here is an excellent article all about insuring your first car.

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GEICO is known primarily for low rates offered directly to consumers online and over the phone. When it comes to car insurance, GEICO is the real deal. In 2015, GEICO became the second largest auto insurance company in the United States! But did you know that GEICO is more than car insurance? They insure from homeowners to travel and even pet insurance.

Take a look at everything they insure here

Are you thinking of purchasing a new car soon?

Some discounts, coverages, payment plans and features are not available in all states, in all GEICO companies, or in all situations. Homeowners, renters and condo coverages are written through non-affiliated insurance companies and are secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Inc. GEICO is a registered service mark of Government Employees Insurance Company, Washington, D.C. 20076; a Berkshire Hathaway Inc. subsidiary.

Hopefully, these tips will make your next car purchase a fun and memorable experience, as it was for me!


I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Posted on March 23, 2018 and filed under Life.

Need A Last-Minute Appetizer Idea? Create A Cheese Board!

Whenever I have friends over or need a last-minute appetizer idea, I always resort to making a cheese board.

Everyone loves cheese and pairing it with crackers or bread is always a crowd pleaser. For the ingredients, I typically just use whatever I have available that day in my kitchen. Making a cheese board is pretty straightforward and there is no right or wrong way to create them. The ingredients are based on your taste and what you would like to serve to your guests.

Cheese Board

I love olives and often eat them alone as a snack. Pearls® Specialties offers a variety of stuffed olives that would add refined touch to any cheese board without spending too much.

Pearls® Specialties
Pearls® Specialties

The possibilities are endless when it comes to creating a cheese board. There are so many different kinds of cheeses to choose from, but I would recommend including both a soft and hard cheese.

My favorites for soft are Brie and Goat cheese. I found a cranberry goat cheese that is the most delicious cheese I've ever had! Every time I serve it for my guests, they rave about it! Try to find it at your local grocery store and serve it to your friends at your next get together. Trust me; you'll thank me! 

Cheese Board

I normally like to add some fruit as well- typically either strawberries or grapes but I've seen figs on cheese boards. Figs look nice and would probably taste delicious with the cheese since it's sweet.  

Cheese Board with Grapes

I love adding multigrain crackers because they're a perfect size and go great with any type of cheese. You can also add tortilla chips or bread- depending on the different ingredients and flavors on the board. 

Nuts and meats are always a great addition as well. 

When it comes to olives, I would include both green and dark olives to add a nice contrast in flavors and color. The three Pearls® Specialties I used for my board were the Pitted Kalamata, Garlic Stuffed Olives and Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives.

Accompany with your favorite wine with these delectable olives will add a fancy touch to your next get-together or Spring celebration!

Cheese Board

You can purchase Pearls® Specialties on Amazon or at your local supermarket.

Have you made a cheese board before? Let me know your favorite ingredients so I can add them to my next board!

Posted on March 19, 2018 and filed under Food + Drinks.

Say Goodbye to Blackheads with Bioré

When it comes to having a skincare regimen, I've come a long way! I never thought I would enjoy and actually love taking care of my skin as much as I do now, but I do! Such a big difference from a year ago- where the extent of my skincare routine was going to bed without makeup on- which sadly, didn't happen often. 

By consistently keeping up with my skin care, I've already seen dramatic changes in my texture and appearance. 

One of my favorite brands is Bioré®. I've been using their pore strips for years!

Bioré Self Heating One Minute Mask and Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips

Now you can say goodbye blackheads with Bioré's two new products: Self Heating One Minute Mask and Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips!

Infused with natural charcoal, the Self Heating Mask heats on contact to open pores and draw out pore-clogging dirt and oil, then cools leaving skin tingly smooth and refreshed. And it's achieved in only one minute!

Perfect for when you're in a hurry or just want a quick treatment. The small packets makes it convenient for traveling as well!

Bioré Self Heating One Minute Mask



WET FACE: Leave face wet – the Bioré® Self Heating One Minute Mask is activated by water.

APPLY MASK: Dry hands, open single-use packet, dispense contents into hand and apply mask to face. You can add a little water to your fingers to help spread the mask and activate warming.

MASSAGE: for about 1 minute. As you massage, the mask will heat up. For more heating action or for your preferred consistency, massage in a little water. The mask does not dry/harden.

RINSE: After one minute has passed, thoroughly rinse with water to remove the mask.

Bioré Self Heating One Minute Mask
Bioré® Self Heating One Minute Mask

This was my first time trying out a self-heated mask and wasn't expecting for it to get as warm as it did. But this actually helps with removing oil from clogged pores and can be used 2-3x/week.

My face felt super smooth afterwards!

Bioré® Self Heating One Minute Mask

One of the most satisfying things you can do for your face is removing nasty blackheads with a single pore strip! I love the feeling of seeing all skin impurities come out. 

The innovative Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips works like a magnet and removes weeks (yes- weeks!) worth of pore gunk in just 10 minutes and leaves your skin 3x less oily. When used regularly, they actually diminish the appearance of pores!




1. Wet nose

2. Peel strip off plastic & apply to nose smooth side down

3. Wait 10-15 min

4. Peel off strip starting at edges 

5. Check out all the dirt and oil

Bioré Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips

Not all pore strips are created equal! Only Biore Pore Strips are the trusted, and dermatologist-tested way to purify pores.

You can purchase both products at your local Target store or on Amazon!

Posted on March 15, 2018 and filed under Beauty.

Style Without Stiffness with TRESemmé Compressed Micro-Mist Hair Spray

When it comes to hair care, using the right products is essential. Not only to maintain your locks stronger and healthier but to help keep your style lasting longer!

It seems like every day I'm learning about a new hair care product I didn't know I needed. For me, finding the right hairspray has been a game changer. I wanted the perfect hold for my hairstyle yet still be able to move and have a bounce to it.

Now I can have both thanks to NEW TRESemmé Compressed Micro-Mist Hair Spray, the newest innovation in styling from TRESemmé!

I'm picky when choosing the right harispary because I've tried quite a few brands and there is nothing worse than a hairspray leaving your hair sticky and stiff!

Some traditional hairsprays are formulated with clunky particles that sit on top of the hair which creates build-up. The whole purpose of hairspray is to help maintain your look without weighing you down.

Luckily, TRESemmé got it right with their new line!

TRESemmé Compressed Micro-Mist Hair Spray

The way these hairsprays work is by coating the hair fibers in a layer of various polymers that form bonds between the fibers to hold the hair in place. Micro-Mist blends two types of polymers in hair sprays: “tough” and “durable”. Too much of the “tough” polymers and hair feels stiff. Too much of the “durable” polymers and hair has flexibility but no hold. 

The breakthrough NEW TRESemmé Compressed Micro-Mist Hair Spray has the perfect formula that gives you style without stiffness for a natural, lasting hold that will move with you.

My kind of hairspray! 

Besides being a great product, the new hairsprays are packaged in a smaller can which contributes to an overall reduction in CO2 and are ergonomically optimized and easy to hold, yet still, contain the same number of sprays in the 11 oz. can.

The new technology result in a more targeted, efficient spray that comes out softer for a truly lightweight, flexible hold and fast-drying coverage including adjusted valves, inserts, and actuators that are specially designed to cut the spray in half and narrow the cone angle of the traditional hairspray.

The hairstyle that looks good on me and the easiest to create, are loose effortless waves. Beleive it or not, I can only use my straightener to get the waves to come out nicely. I've tried curling irons and wands before but I just can't seem to get the curl to stay. 

A rounded straightener, detangler brush, and TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hairspray is all I use to achieve my loose wave look.

Whether you are looking for a date night look or everyday style, the NEW TRESemmé Compressed Micro-Mist Hair Spray keeps your style intact without the stiffness.

The hairspray I've been using has been the Texture Hold, but there is also the Extend, Smooth and Boost

Head to the hair aisle at your local Walmart and pick up a can. Let me know what you think of this new hairspray formula!

Posted on February 16, 2018 and filed under Beauty.