Wednesday, February 24, 2016

My Makeup Holy Grails


If I had to pick a few makeup products i couldn't live without it would be these babies! My skin is mostly dry so some of these products are aim towards dry skin. These are my must have products that everyone should have in their makeup collection. I love trying new beauty products, but what i love even more is finding the perfect product!

❤ Mac's Fix+ Spray // This spray is perfect for refreshing your face before applying to your makeup. I also love spraying this on my beauty blender before blending out my concealer so it'll blend smoother. Also, if your face feels a little caked up, spray some of this and it'll lessen and look more smoother and settled.

❤ Mac's Lipstick "Velvet Teddy" // My go-to lipstick! Perfect with any makeup look.

❤ Laura Mercier "Secret Brightening Powder" // I love this setting powder after apply my concealer, not only does it help not crease but it also brightens the under eye to make you look more awake. Win-win!

❤ First Aid Beauty "Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration"  // If you have dry skin then you need this in your life! I cant stress this enough, this is the best moisturizer ever and keep your face hydrated all day.

❤ Make Up Forever HD Foundation  // My favorite foundation ever. This foundation leaves your skin looking flawless all day long especially in pictures. Its very full coverage but it feels very light and gives a natural look.

❤ Too Faced "Hangover Replenishing Face Primer" // This primer is infused with coconut water which keeps your face very hydrated (perfect for dry skin!) + makes your makeup last all day. You can also use this primer as a moisturizer as well.

❤ Beautyblender Pro // After using a beauty blender, i can never go back to using a brush to blend out my foundation. Using this beauty blender makes applying my foundation more faster and doesn't make your foundation look cakey but more natural kind of look.

❤ Aquaphor Lip Repair  // If you have dry lips this lip repair will change your life. It keeps my lips very smooth and hydrated.

❤ Jaclyn Hill "Champagne Pop"  // My favorite highlighter ever! A little goes a long way and i love how this formula is very buildable. Its gives you a smooth and glowy look. You go Jaclyn Hill!

Leave a comment below and let me know what are some of your holy grails that you cannot live without!

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Tips To Get Through a Bad Day


*image from pinterest

I can usually describe myself as a pretty bubbly positive person with an obnoxious laugh. But not everyday is going to be filled with sunshine and daisy's, just like everyone else we all have those bad days. Some days i feel like everything is going wrong and everyone just wants to annoy me as if it was "annoy Sheena day" that i did not get the memo of. Other times i just feel very emotional for no reason to the point were i just want to cry.

Every time i have a bad day and i do the things i do try and overcome it. I wanted to write this blog because i wanted to share my tips on overcoming a bad day and help you guys in any way. I just want to disclaim that none of these tips are guaranteed to make you feel better. But i truly believe that at least one of these tips can make you feel even a little better. A little better is better than not feeling better at all. You obviously do not have to do all of these things, just pick the one that appeals to you and give them a try! Remember slow motion is better than no motion.

 So here are my tips on overcoming a bad day:

❤ Mentally tell yourself that your happiness is your own choice
You have to believe that this feeling is only temporary. You have to know that you are the only person that will determine if you want to continue having a bad day or make a change. Just Fake it till you make it, by smiling and telling yourself you will have a good day even though your mindset, just by telling yourself you will have a good day then you will have a good day. If you keep thinking positive then you will soon believe it!

❤ Exercise
One thing that I learned from my dad is that he would go on walks every day because it clears his mind especially with the fresh air and nature all around him. I personally feel like whenever I run like to run at the gym and blast music through my earphones, it gives me a excuse to get my anger out - at the same time sweating calories so its a win-win. You can also just go outside your house and walk around the neighborhood or park. Just getting that blood going and fresh air in your system can clear your mind. Plus, after you can be lazy on the couch and watch some Youtube or Netflix and be lazy all day. I mean who doesn't enjoy being a couch potato? You deserve it after a bad day + exercising!

❤ Cleaning it up, toss it out and organize 
Something about having a clean room or being in a clean enviroment just gives me some piece of mind. Like me, I am a big believer of feng shui in a room. I truly believe your physical surroundings influence your spiritual happiness. Whenever i'm having a bad day, i always find cleaning up very satisfying and boosts my energy up. Just simply putting clothes away, cleaning my vanity area, organizing my shelves de-stresses me. 

❤ Have a mini spa at home
Whenever i'm feeling really stressed out, i can feel my face very stiff and body very tensed. I love taking hot showers and lighting some candles on. I wish I had a Mariah Carey bathtub... one day i will have one. Something about the hot water and steam really relaxes my body. Once you're out of the shower, i like putting on my favorite mask and lay in bed while listening to my favorite music or meditation music.  

❤ Food and plenty of desserts
If there's one thing that makes me happy is some good food. I do not recommend the fattiest food to eat because that's going to make you feel gross. Instead, get some food that you love that you know you wouldn't regret afterwards. One of my favorite go to comfort food is either thai food or chicken noodle soup. Yumm. Okay if there's one thing about me is that I LOVE desserts. After eating, treat yourself to a yummy dessert like a cupcake or a cookie. I truly believe that a satisfying meal is not satisfying without dessert at the end. Plus, desserts spelled backward is stressed. 

❤ Be thankful
One bad days we tend to forget about how grateful we are. It is so simple, yet very effective when it comes to positive thinking. Whenever i'm having a bad day, I tend to write down everything that I'm thankful of. Just by seeing all the good things I have in my life and all the things im thankful of gives me some kind of reality check that there are better things and that this feeling will pass. 

❤ Have a good night sleep
We all deserve a good night sleep after a bad day so we are able to have a better day tomorrow. One thing to have a good night sleep is staying away from any bright screen an hour before sleeping. Yes, that means no instagram, snapchat or netflix! Something about being in a dark room and having your eyes focused on a bright screen can cause us to stay up more later than expected. Grab a cup of tea and read a book is one of my favorite things to do before bed. Something about reading just really relaxed my mind. Another alternative is listening to your favorite music or listening to a audible book. 

I really hope that some of these tips inspire you guys to turn your bad days into a wonderful day. No one deserves to have a bad day, but sometimes we just can't help it and that completely normal. Just remember some days you have to create your own sunshine and that tomorrow will be a better day. 
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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Book Club: Saint Anything


With the weather being so cold lately, I feel that cuddled up with a good book and and a warm cup of tea is pretty heavenly to me. If only my place had a fire place then everything would feel so perfect, but i can settle with the heater on.*sigh. With that being said, I decided to pick up a book at Target. After being very indecisive, i finally settled on a book that had me hooked from reading the first couple of pages. I recommend clearing all your plans for the weekend and grab the most coziest blanket because this book will get you hooked and you will have a hard time putting the book down!

❤ Book: Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

This book covers serious dark topics, but also i found it in a way were it can be relatable to our personal lives. This book is about a girl name Sydney who feels like she has been living her life in her brother Peyton's shadow. Peyton is a troublemaker and got him self to the point where he ends up in jail. His family and especially his sister feel that it is their responsibility to make things right and deal with his consequences.

This book was very raw and emotional. Dessen tackled the topic how sometimes we suffer from other peoples mistakes.

To lighten up the mood, Saint Anything also has some funny quirky cherished people. Layla, who is the most funniest girl will have you craving for fries every time you read the book. In addition, while so much is going wrong in a person's life, Dessen writes about how for some reason w tend to find comfort from strangers because we don't need to feel judged by explaining to them our problems.

Overall, i loved this book! hence, i finished this book in three days. (I know... book nerd at its finest) Dessen was able to bring the pain and joy out of the book with all the emotions and relatable issues. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who's going through a tough time or just to anyone who wants to read a book!


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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Brownies


     Hi loves! If there's one thing about me is that i have a major sweet tooth! Especially at night when i'm in bed scrolling down pinterest (bad idea but i cant help it!). I also love whipping things up that are easy and less of a mess to clean up. Who else doesn't enjoy cleaning up? I know i don't enjoy it... not at all. I'm not the best at baking but when i do find easy recipes that almost anyone can make... i have to try it!

     While on pinterest i stumbled upon this red velvet cream cheese brownie recipe. First of all a red velvet brownie?? I couldn't help but drool over this amazing recipe plus it's super easy to make + the best part? it's a store bought cake mix recipe that's combined with other ingredients that you can already find in your own kitchen. So here it is... I decided to share with all of you my red velvet cream cheese brownies!

Are you ready?

Ingredients:

For brownies: 

       1 box of extra moist red velvet cake mix
     ❤  ½ a cup of melted butter
       1 large egg  
       1 table spoon of water

For cream cheese frosting:

       8 ounces of cream cheese, softened 
       1 large egg
       ¼ cup of sugar
       ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

1. Preheat over to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Use a 9x13 baking dish and place a long sheet of parchment paper over the baking dish so its easier to take out the brownies once cooled.

2. Add the cake mix in a bowl and slowly add the melted butter, egg and water while beating it together. Once the batter is thick is sticky... add batter evenly into the baking dish.

3.  For the cream cheese, beat together the cream cheese, egg, sugar and vanilla until everything turns into a smooth texture. Then slowly add the cream cheese frosting with a spoon by making a few dots on the batter.

4. Bake the brownies for 5 minutes and then remove from the oven and a run a knife through the dough to make swirls. Return the brownies to the oven and continue to bake for 20 minutes or until set.

5. Cool brownies completely before taking it out of the pan and cutting.


     




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