Bridging the gap between natural and salon quality with Giovanni

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

I first discovered Giovanni five years ago when I was researching clean hair products, particularly shampoos and conditioners. Back then, I was on a journey of eating healthy, exercising, and being mindful of the things I was consuming, both physically and mentally. Naturally, my beauty routine had to be changed, as well.

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Over the years, I've tried many hair care brands, from the cheapest to the more on the expensive side and one of the brands that has impressed me and remains on my rotation is Giovanni.

Besides being Vegan-Friendly, Cruelty-Free, Paraben-Free, and Color Safe, the feeling I get when I wash my hair with the Tea Tree Triple Treat shampoo is unlike anything I've experienced! I get a refreshing tingling feeling on my scalp when I use the product - but in the most invigorating and relaxing way. Every time I have guests spend the night at my house, they always mention how much they love my shampoo and end up purchasing it for themselves.

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The Tea Tree Triple Treat line is excellent for all hair types and contains botanical oils of cooling Peppermint, conditioning rosemary, and clarifying Eucalyptus. It's one of my favorite products in the Giovanni Eco Chic Hair Care.

Since 1979, Arthur Guidotti's mission has been to make each product of his company as pure and as natural as possible without sacrificing exceptional product performance. Giovanni has been bridging the gap between natural and salon-quality since day one, and today they are the #1 selling Hair Care line in the United States Natural Products Industry!

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You can feel safe knowing that not only is their packaging eco-friendly, but their products contain no harsh chemicals and toxic ingredients in any of their products.

Besides the shampoo and conditioner, I'm obsessed with the hot oil hair treatment and leave in conditioner. They both leave my hair silky smooth and more manageable to style. For after styling, I always add the frizz be gone serum to the ends. It's lightweight and doesn't leave my hair feeling or looking oily, and it helps tame my hair, especially with the Florida humidity

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I love supporting and using brands that offer high-quality products while at the same time, innovating. Giovanni offers a world of sophistication never before seen in the natural channel. It's one of the many reasons they are one of the best hair care brands out there and have stayed on top throughout all these years.

Here’s to celebrating their 40th anniversary and to trying out more of their amazing products!

Starting My Mornings with Bioré

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

We’re already into the second month of the new year and I’m so happy with how consistent I’ve been with my morning routine. With anything in life, being disciplined and dedicated are the keys to success. No matter how lazy or tired I am, I make sure to complete my routine before I can start my day.

I always begin by stretching for 30 seconds. You’re in bed for so many hours, it’s good for the body to warm up and stretch. Afterwards I make my bed. This is very important. If all else fails, make sure you never leave your house without your bed being made. It sounds silly but it really does set the tone for the day.

I’ve been trying to meditate daily but some days are harder than others. Keeping your mind still is not easy but practice makes perfect and I believe that more I meditate, the more I’ll be able to control my negative thoughts throughout the day.

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I then make myself some warm lemon water and journal. I’ve been journaling for the past four years and it has honestly been a game changer. Starting your day with gratitude makes me feel at peace and like I can take on anything the day throws at me.

Something that is also very high on my list is skincare. Having healthy skin not only makes you look good but also makes you feel good. Confident and beautiful. Using quality products is also a must.

One of the brands I trust and use is Bioré.

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My main skin issues are breakouts and large pores. And who knows more about pores than Bioré?

Everything they do revolves around deep cleaning all 20,000 pores because they know that clear skin starts with clean pores.

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been using their Witch Hazel Pore Clarifying Toner and Ultra Deep Cleansing Pore Strips.

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Their toner has one of the best formulas out there. Formulated to help treat and prevent blemishes, this astringent will keep your face smooth and clear. Salicylic acid penetrates pores to help treat blemishes and reduce breakouts and Witch Hazel is a natural ingredient known for pore and complexion benefits: Tighten pores, naturally purify, fortify skin barrier, refresh and heal.

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What is hiding in your pores can be downright scary and these extra-strength pore strips are work like a super-magnet and lift out even the most stubborn blackheads and deep down dirt & oil that can lead to complexion problems.

After using Bioré I can confidently put on my makeup and start my day!

What are some of your must do’s in your morning routine?

Be Gentle to Your Skin with Dove Body Wash

This post is sponsored by Dove but the content and opinions expressed are my own.

For the past couple of years, I’ve become somewhat obsessed with taking care of my skin. I never knew the importance of implementing a good skincare routine until I started having one consistently. It made a huge difference in my skin’s appearance and texture. Since then, I’ve been hooked and always am on the search for products that care for my skin.

Whenever I think of skincare routine, I think of taking care of my face. As do many people. But in reality, skincare involves every inch of your body - did you know skin is your largest organ?

Crazy to think we often neglect something so big!

Finding the right products is equally as important. That is why I’m so excited to be partnering with Dove to share their line of Body Wash.


A few years ago, I had laser hair removal for my entire body. Since I don’t shave anymore, my body never gets exfoliated, which is needed to remove dead skin cells and allow moisture to penetrate better.

Whenever the weather gets cold, my skin tends to get dry. A few weeks ago, I thought I needed to incorporate shaving back into my weekly routine in order to remove a layer of dry skin. However, it didn’t make sense to have spent thousands of dollars in hair removal if I was going to be wasting time shaving again.

I decided to use Dove Gentle Exfoliating Body Wash to see if it would help with my dry skin. After the first time using it, I noticed such a huge difference in my skin and its microbiome.

Dove Bodywash

The microbiome is the skin’s living protective layer, and a balanced, diverse skin microbiome serves an important role in keeping skin healthy, moisturized, and resilient. To maintain a balanced skin microbiome, you need to be gentle on your skin. Using gentle products, such as Dove Body Wash, can help!

With a profile as mild as water, Dove Body Wash is microbiome gentle. Dove is also the #1 dermatologist recommended bodywash, made with 100% gentle cleansers, free of sulfates and pH balanced.

Dove Bodywash

To care for your skin, you can use Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash, Dove Gentle Exfoliating Body Wash, or Dove Sensitive Skin Body Wash. All three products are microbiome gentle and make a great addition to your shower routine.

Dove Bodywash

Whichever you choose, you can be assured you’re using a good quality product on your body - which is a top priority when taking care of your skin.

You can find Dove Body Wash sold in mass, food and drug retailers nationwide with a suggested retail price of $6 for a 22 fl. oz bottle. Great product at a great price. You can’t beat that!

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.  

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®!

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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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!

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!

Is Microblading Worth It? My Review and Results

The recent trend right now is all about the perfect brows. Thick, beautiful well-shaped brows. I never realized how important they were until I started getting into makeup. Brows frame your face and can make or break any beauty look.

Growing up, I had nice thick eyebrows. But then high school came around and like every teenage girl, I over-plucked mine. Back then, thin eyebrows were in. Unfortunately, I can't grow them out because when I got laser hair removal, I made the mistake of lasering the hair of my already thin brows.

Luckily, there is a solution! Microblading.



Microblading is a form of semi-permanent makeup technique that creates hairlike strokes to fill in sparse or thinning brows using fine deposits of cosmetic tattoo pigments. The strokes are drawn to perfectly blend with your own eyebrows.

Before you make the investment, make sure you do your research and go to a reputable establishment. When it comes to beauty, never go cheap!

I got my eyebrows done at Magda's Skincare Clinic and can't say enough good things about my experience! From start to finish, I felt comfortable and appreciate the attention to detail.

Magda's Skincare Clinic

My aesthetician, Marina holds a certificate in eyebrow Microblading and specializes in PhiBrows technique. Two important distinctions to look for when choosing the person to perform microblading on your eyebrows.

My first appointment took about 2 hours. In the first 15 minutes, we discussed the desired look I wanted to achieve- which were natural looking brows and an arch to them. My eyebrows were too thin and straight.

After the mini consultation, she numbed my eyebrows and stenciled in what my future eyebrow would look like. 


When it comes to eyebrows and her craft, Marina is a perfectionist! Which I greatly appreciated because the process can be scary. After we reached the desired shape and took "before" pictures, it was time to get the microblading!

Since I don't have any tattoos and have ever done anything like this before, I was a bit nervous. But after the first stroke, I felt at ease and confident of the process and Marina.


Tiny incisions are made then the eyebrow is covered with more pigment.


The whole process took about an hour.

For my eyebrows, we did both microblading and shading to give it a more natural look. 


Before and After Microblading

Marina cautioned me that my eyebrows would become darker within the next few days and to not be alarmed because they would gradually fade into a lighter shade.

After the 4-week healing process, this is what my eyebrows look like.

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It's important to follow instructions regarding the aftercare of your brows. This will help in achieving the best results and prevent scabbing. 

Here are a few questions you might have regarding Microblading:



Some skin types can retain ink better than others. Very oily skin types will probably have the most difficult time achieving lasting results because the oils will fade the ink. On average, microblading can last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years.


On average, most people need two sessions. One first session then a touch-up session four weeks later. The reason for the touch-up is because depending on your skin type, the skin may push out a bit of ink and in some places, the hair strokes won’t be as saturated. Also, so you can see if there are any minor changes needed after the first session that need to be filled in.


Everyone's pain tolerance is different. For me, it didn't hurt but I definitely felt a bit of discomfort towards the end when the numbing cream started to wear off. Nothing I couldn't handle though. 


Prices vary depending on the salon, location and aesthetician's experience. Check out Magda's Skincare Clinic's website to view their latest specials.


I recommend doing your research before getting microblading to see if it's right for you. Magda has a great section on their website that answers any questions you may have. Click here for more information.

So is Microblading worth it? For me, it was 100% worth it! I feel like my face looks more put together now-even when I'm not wearing any makeup. I've gotten so many compliments about my eyebrows and how natural they look. So happy with the results!

If you’re interested in other skincare services, Magda’s Skincare Clinic offers additional services including customized facial treatments, chemical peels, LED light therapy, microdermabrasion, Non-Surgical Facelift,  permanent makeup and microneedling treatments.

Have you considered getting microblading done?


This was a collaboration with Magda’s Skin Care Clinic for their microblading services. All opinions are my own.

"Neu" Makeup Essentials with Neutrogena® Hydro Boost Cosmetics

The New Year is here and what better way to start the New Year right than with a new everyday makeup routine? 

The first brand I ever purchased when I started wearing makeup was Neutrogena®. Growing up, I had acne prone skin and Neutrogena was the only brand that didn't cause me to break out. Fast forward 15 years later and I'm still using Neutrogena! I love it because with their makeup products, I get quality ingredients and formulas at a great price.

My skin is normally a combination of oily and dry, but during the Winter time, my skin needs a little more hydration and love. Lately, I've been using Neutrogena's new Hydro Boost Cosmetics - which is their new line of makeup with hydrating hyaluronic acid that boasts lip-quenching conditioning and a hydrating foundation that's better for your skin than wearing no makeup at all!

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Cosmetics

Last year I started being more consistent with my skincare routine and taking better care of my skin. I've already seen a huge improvement! I try to not wear too much makeup during the week. Something minimal that won't clog my pores.

With the four new products in Neutrogena's Hydro Boost Cosmetics, I've found my "Neu" makeup routine!

I use the Hydrating Tint in the color Natural Beige 60 for a lightweight coverage. It hydrates my skin for 24 hours and has me looking fresh all day long!

I also use the natural looking Hydrating Concealer that has a hydrating core to mask any imperfections. Bye-bye under eyes dark circles!

Before applying any type of lipstick, I always make sure to add a lip balm to prevent my lips from chapping. Neutrogena's Hydrating Lip Treatment helps soothe and instantly conditions my lips. I've also incorporated it to my nighttime routine. 

After my lips are nice and hydrated, I use the Hydrating Lip Shine in the color Almond Nude 27. It's the perfect shade for a natural look.

There are currently 9 shades available for the Lip Shines. Check them all out along with the full collection of Neutrogena Hydro Boost, that also includes cleansers and moisturizers, at your local Walmart!

Neutrogena at Walmart

Have you tried the new Hydro Boost Cosmetics or Skin Clearing line yet? 

Adding Hair Volume with Rootie

I'm always on the hunt for products that will make my hair feel and look fabulous! Whenever I style my hair the ends always looks nice but the top (in the root area) always falls flat.

This is where Rootie the Rootlifter comes in.

Rootie the Rootlifeter by Voloom

Rootie is a volumizing iron designed to give your hair instant lift and lasting volume. It does this by creating natural looking, subtle texture in the under layers of your hair, lifting the top layers of your hair up and away from your scalp.

Rootie the Rootlifter
Rootie the Rootlifter by Voloom

After you're done drying or styling your hair, use the Rootie as the last step to achieve the desired volume. This tool is designed to replace messy hair teasing, which I've attempted to do and have failed many times, or ineffective hair volume products that can sometimes cause product buildup. No thank you!

Take a look at the video below to see how easy it is to use the Rootie!

Rootie enhances any hair style including ponytails, short, curly or straight hair, you know name it, this tool will work for you and is perfect for days when you need a little oomph!

Rootie the Rootlifter

Thank you Voloom for gifting me Rootie the Rootlifter! For more information or to purchase, click here.

In collaboration with Voloom

9 Tips for Healthier and Younger Looking Skin

We're always at a constant battle to keep our skin looking and feeling our best. From the latest beauty product to the newest (and sometimes crazy) anti-aging fad- we all want beautiful youthful skin.

Proper skincare and healthy lifestyle choices can help delay the natural aging process and prevent various skin problems.

Here are 9 tips you can easily incorporate to that will help you in achieving glowing skin:


Drink Water:

We all know the benefits of drinking water. Yet most of us struggle with drinking the required minimum 8 glasses a day. I know I do. Water intake is extremely important for our overall health. It aids in digestion, circulation, and absorption of nutrients. Staying hydrated is essential for maintaining the optimum skin moisture and essential nutrients to the skin cells. The best way for me to remember to drink water, is to carry my water bottle at all times. If I see it, I’m prone to drink it.

Tip: Try adding fruit to flavor your water


Use Sunscreen

The sun is a great source for vitamin D. However, the ideal time for catching some rays is only between 7am to 9am. After that time, the UV rays are too strong and can damage the texture of your skin and may cause skin cancer. Using sunscreen is a must! That is the one product that you can't afford to leave the house without.


Daily Dose of Vitamin C and Biotin: 

As an antioxidant, Vitamin C helps neutralize harmful free radicals in cells. Biotin, as most of us have probably read before, supports beautiful healthy hair, skin and nails. You can take these supplements in either pill or gummy form. 



Dullness of the skin, pimples and acne are often caused by excessive accumulation of toxins and waste products in the body. It is important to flush out these impurities from our bodies and keep our digestive system regular.


Remove Makeup:

I’ve been guilty of being too tired to take my make up off before going to sleep. But going to bed without removing your makeup is one of the worst things you can do for the complexion of your skin.  At night, the skin’s most important function is to renew itself. Wearing makeup and foundation at night disrupts and prevents the renewal process, causing damage and negative effects to your skin, such as clogged pores, wrinkles, and breakouts. Also, just as bad: Not properly cleaning your make-up brushes. Make sure you clean your brushes at least every two weeks. The last thing your face needs is oil, dirt or bacteria from your dirty brushes. No thank you!

Tip: Give your skin some rest! According to skincare experts, going completely make-up free for two days a week can result in younger, healthier looking skin in under a month.



Regular cleanings and exfoliation are an integral part of fighting the war on aging.  Exfoliating removes dead surface skin cells and allows the natural repair process to occur. The increase of cell turnover helps reveal newer and healthier skin cells. Added bonus: it decreases blackheads, minimizes hyperpigmentation and fine lines, and adds an all-over healthy glow. I use the Clarisonic Mia 2  twice a week and avoid washing my face with hot water. The heat and over exfoliating can strip your skin form it’s essential oils.  


Skincare Routine:

Being now in my 30's, I realize how important taking care of your skin truly is. Prevention is better than a cure and this couldn't be more true when it comes to an anti-aging skincare routine. I was recently gifted and started using Shaklee YOUTH®. This product line was formulated specifically to target and address aging at the cellular level of your skin. Shaklee YOUTH® products are all 100% vegan and cruelty free. 

 * Youth Activating Serum: If there is one product you need to be using, is this one. It helps renew and regenerate your skin for a more youthful appearance.

* Youth Radiance C+E: Perfectly measured in gold drops, this product plumps, brightens and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  

* BB Cream SPF 30: BB creams are great for makeup free days. They help even, correct and hydrate your skin. Added bonus, it's chemical free and has SPF30 sunscreen. 

Shaklee YOUTH

Beauty Sleep: 

Getting a good night’s rest can do wonders for your skin. When you’re not getting enough sleep, your skin will definitely show it. During deep sleep, the rise in growth hormones allows damaged cells to become repaired. Without the deeper phases of sleep, this process won't occur, allowing daily small breakdowns to accumulate instead of being reversed overnight. This results in more noticeable signs of aging. I try and go to bed at 10:30pm every night. Key word is try. It’s something I know I need to improve on- especially since I’m not in my 20’s anymore. Best way to catch some zzz is to turn off your T.V and phone. It really does help in shutting off your mind and resting your body.


Professional Skincare Services:

This is one thing I wish I would've started sooner. At home skincare is important for the overall health of your skin but going to a professional med spa or a licensed Esthetician will take your skin appearance to another level. Getting these services doesn't have to break your bank either. You can start off with facials, microdermabrasion and peels and see how well your skin responds. I didn't start taking my skincare seriously until a few month ago when I started getting SkinPen treatments as well as Sensi and Jessner Peels at resouLuna Advanced Aesthetic Therapy. So far, I've received three sessions of each treatment and have seen a huge difference in my skin appearance and texture, especially with my acne scars. I will be sharing my collaboration with them as well as my results on another more detailed post. If you're in the Central Florida area, I highly recommend visiting them. You'll fall in love with the staff, beautiful location and amazing services. Check out their website for more information. If you're not in my area, then I suggest doing the proper research on finding a good and reputable establishment. 

resouLuna Orlando

What is your skincare routine and what are your favorite tips for achieving beautiful and radiant skin?

How To Get Smooth Skin with Dry Brushing and Dove

Thank you Dove for sponsoring this post.

Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash

Up until recently, I never had a consistent skincare routine. I normally would just wash my face in the morning and night and only shower with soap.

I always say, becoming a blogger has been the best job ever. Thanks to blogging, I've been introduced and have worked with so many amazing brands, including my personal favorite, Dove. Expanding my beauty knowledge has taught me to take better care of my body, especially my skin- which is our biggest organ.

Here are two easy ways to achieve and maintain smooth and nourished skin.



Dry Brushing

I first discovered dry brushing a couple of years ago. I did it a few times then completely forgot about it. It wasn't until I did a spring cleaning in my bathroom that I found my body brush. I immediately started incorporating dry brushing again before my showers. Not only do I enjoy the feeling of the brush against my skin, I love all the great benefits it offers.

Increasing the circulation by dry brushing the skin may reduce the appearance of cellulite. Cellulite is toxic material accumulated in your body’s fat cells so by using a dry skin brushing technique can help break down unwanted toxins.

Dry body brushing also helps shed dead skin cells and encourages new cell renewal, which results in smoother and brighter skin. Best time to dry brush is before your shower because it helps your skin to absorb nutrients by eliminating clogged pores and get you ready for moisturizing.

 How To Dry Brush: 

•Start on dry skin before bathing.

•Work in gentle circular, upward motions, then longer, smoother strokes.

•Always begin at the ankles in upwards movements towards the heart - the lymphatic fluid flows through the body towards the heart, so it's important that you brush in the same direction.

•Your back is the only exception to the preceding rule; brush from the neck down to the lower back. 

•After you've finished with the ankles, move up to the lower legs, thighs, stomach, back and arms. Be cautious of softer and sensitive skin around the chest and breasts, and never brush over inflamed skin, sores, or sun-burnt skin.

•Ensure you shower to wash away the dead skin cells and impurities.

•Tip: alternating temperatures in the shower from hot to cold will further invigorate the skin and stimulate blood circulation, bring more blood to the outer layers of the skin. 

•Then follow it up with Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash to nourish the skin.



Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash

After dry brushing I'm ready to shower.

Ever since I was young, I remember my mom always buying Dove products. It's a brand we love and trust and one that I continue using as an adult. Did you know that 3 in 4 dermatologists say that women often damage their skin in the shower, thinking they are caring for it?

When it comes to cleansing, all skin deserves gentleness. And the use of the right products is key. Since educating myself on proper skincare, I've seen a dramatic difference and improvement with my skin. There is no need for fancy cleansers. They can sometimes be too harsh on your skin.  88% of dermatologists advise women to use a gentle cleanser when showering.

Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash

I normally use the Dove beauty bar but a few months ago I started using Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash and love it! It's made with 100% gentle cleansers, is sulfate-free and is the #1 dermatologist recommended body wash. After I shower my skin feels nourished and ready for the day.

Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash

Purchase Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash at food, drug, mass, value, club and online retailers nationwide.

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

Summer Hair With John Frieda

I partnered with John Frieda® Hair Care to bring you this sponsored post.The John Frieda® Hair Care Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Brighter and Visibly Deepercollections can be found at Walmart.

After 5 years of not doing anything to my hair, I decided it was time to experiment and change up my look for the Summer. It was long overdue- no more boring hair! 

I recently chopped off 4 inches and got a balayage. Since my hair is dark brown, almost black, it tends to have red undertones. Sometimes resulting in orange and brassy hues when dying it lighter. It's always a difficult process trying to get the color just right.


Now, instead of spending a crazy amount of time and money on frequent trips to the salon, I teamed up with John Frieda® Hair Care to try out try out their Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Brighter™ Subtle Lightening Shampoo, Conditioner and In-Shower Lightening Treatment for a natural-looking summer sun-kissed glow, right in the shower!


John Frieda® Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Brighter™ Shampoo and Conditioner will gradually brighten without brassiness and take brunette hair in a warmer, more golden direction. The effects are subtle and work with your shade so no need to be nervous; you won’t go orange or brassy. To see the benefit, you need to use the duo between 3-5 times.

For something instant—there’s also the Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Brighter™ Treatment which will lighten you up to one shade after one quick 5 minute use!

These products work on natural, highlighted and color-treated hair so they’re great for everyone.

John Frieda

If you’re a brunette who wants to go a shade deeper, John Frieda® Hair Care also has another trio of products called Visibly Deeper™ Formulated with cocoa and evening primrose oil, Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Deeper™ Color Deepening shampoo and conditioner infuses rich, dark tones so you can deepen the spectrum of your brunette color.

Besides my new lighter hair color, I'm loving the hairstyle of the moment- the effortless half up top knot bun. It's quick to create and perfect for the hot summer days.

half up top knot

Step 1: Part your hair, dividing it top from bottom. I like to part it a bit lower, close to my ears.

Step 2: Hold the hair in a pony tail and start wrapping it loosely around your index and middle finger, making a bun. 

Step 3: Once all the hair is tightly in one place, use a hair tie to wrap around the entire bun until secure. Use bobby pins if needed.

That's it! Super easy and fun.

John Frieda

"I partnered with John Frieda® Hair Care to bring you this sponsored post. All opinions are my own."