How To Not Have a Monday That Sucks

Have you ever had the most stereotypical Monday in time? Me too. If you live in the US., tomorrow will be your “Monday” in some cases, like mine, and all I can say is thank God for that, as I’m so into maximizing threw day weekends. 

Do Mondays give you toxic memories of your first day back at school after an enjoyable summer break and the anxiety that went along with that? (or just waking up for school in general?)

Me too. I used to go to bed with a stomach ache and tossed and turned all night before the first day of school without fail. 

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Do you watch beauty gurus’ vlogs where they get to literally wake up any time they want and play with makeup all day as long as they keep making awesome videos and think when can I just start working for myself? Just me? Wait– you too? I knew it. (Admittedly, beauty gurus hustle as much as the rest of us, except they’re on their own schedules, which is awesome.) 

My own boss tee from Fashion Nova. $12.98.

Here are 5 things I do most Monday mornings to avoid rolling out of bed like a zombie and taking a half hour nap on the toilet and to cope with the anxiety surrounding the week ahead and work in and of itself.
1. Wake up a little earlier than usual.

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I might sound crazy right now and I bet you’re thinking after my crazy fun long weekend and that last glass of wine, are you freaking kidding me?


Hear me out. Waking up even 10 minutes earlier will do wonders for your morning routine and mood in general. There’s nothing I hate more about getting ready for work,  and Mondays in particular, than scrambling around like a crazy marble in a pinball machine aimless and barely on time.
 Sit down, have a cup of coffee or tea and truly enjoy it. Say a positive thing about yourself in the mirror. Do your no makeup makeup routine. Whatever you normally do will be ten times more enjoyable with no rush.

2. Have a healthy but dessert like yummy treat or something else you like ready to go

Pumpkin spice protein recipe and image from Vitacost.

Are you the type to wait until Monday morning to find breakfast and end up eating any random protein bar you can find at 7 Eleven? I’ve done that so many times so no judgment. You don’t have to make a three course breakfast to feel good. If you have the cooking chops, awesome. 

These cute puddings by the Wellness Mama seem super doable yet super tempting.

Meal prepping yummy chia puddings or smoothies is not too complicated and produces delicious results.

These cuties double as a dessert too. By Wellness Mama.

Buying a delicious box of healthy muffins has worked for me. I like Zen Bakery’s and Trader Joe’s muffins sweetened with grape juice. Some have bran in the ingredients and they’re berry, mango, pumpkin, and apple spice flavored. My favorite is pumpkin. 

If you live in the LA area, check out Zen Bakery. Their healthy desserts are also sold at Sprouts.

They’re all packed with nutrients, keep you full to the fiber, and make it so easy to have a decent breakfast without feeling obligated to meal prep or spend have of your paycheck on fancy ingredients. Yogurt and nuts and honey is another easy and affordable option. I wake up and look forward to actually doing so instead of stumbling around miserably lamenting everything. 

3. Have Your Outfit and Skincare & Makeup Staples Ready to Go 

Source: Pinterest. I may have more scarves than this.

I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve spent half of my time getting ready in the morning looking for a pair of matching socks, a particular scarf, my phone, etc. This is one of the worst morning habits you can acquire. Cut it off! It’s not that hard to have your outfit neatly folded and ready to go on your bed and it makes a world of difference. Spend like 20 mins Sunday night organizing your makeup staples and morning skincare essentials in a little bin in your bathroom. 

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If you’re a scarf hoarder like me, and tend to top off every outfit with one, it may be worth your while to spend fifteen minutes assembling them with an organizer or other system that works for you. 

Getting organized will actually make you feel happy. I’m not lying to you. It will even make going out to dinner or a night out even more enjoyable. If you hate even the idea of organizing, play music while doing so!

4. Read your goal journal/planner

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Once you make it to work, school, or wherever your destination is, go over a goal journal to remind yourself of why you’re even there and of the good things ahead. If you don’t have one, start one. I have a planner and goal journal / notebook at the moment.

Source: Pinterest

Both work for me. Write down one goal for the day, a positive thing to be grateful for, and one goal for for the week. 
5. Ask yourself one question

In 2005 Steve Jobs mentioned at an address at Stanford that he asked himself one simple question to put everything in perspective:

For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: β€œIf today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?”

And whenever the answer has been no for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

Good point Steve. You know thinking like his can’t be a bad thing to include on your morning routine.

Love you guys!! What is one thing you can’t leave out of your morning routine? It goes without saying that I can’t live without a strong cup of coffee or three as well. πŸ˜‰β˜•

Have a beautiful week! 


NYFW Trend To Try: Alluring Plaid

NYFW Trend To Try: Alluring Plaid

Calvin Klein 205W39NYC woolen dress
$2,880 –

ChloΓ© real leather handbag
$820 –

Andrea Fohrman 14 karat ring
$4,750 –

Le Specs acetate sunglasses
$96 –


Palette eyeshadow
$57 –

Marc Jacobs paraben free lipstick
$35 –

Ouai styling product

NYFW: Trend to Try (Hot Pink)

NYFW: Trend to Try (Hot Pink)

Alexander McQueen mini dress
$2,505 –

Burberry trench coat

Givenchy pink sandals
$1,190 –

Pink handbag

CLUSE boho jewellery
$120 –

Chantecaille makeup


Henri Bendel fragrance

February Ipsy Glam Bag Review

Hey beauties! Once again, I received a mixed bag when it came to my Glam Bag this month, but most of it was awesome. I’ll start of with the most outstanding product of the bunch:

 The Luxie Blending and Shading Eye Brush 249

Hands down this is probably in the top five products I’ve received from Ipsy. It was love at first blend. I’m so happy I came across its path as blending any eyeshadow is effortless. I was an instant fan. It’s obvious to see why so many beauty gurus rave about Luxie.

Bye Bye Under Eye by It Cosmetics

This product is another one of those you always hear about people raving about and wonder if that praise is warranted, which in this case it is. I hadn’t gotten around to trying it before now probably because I’m a drugstore makeup hoarder as I refuse to pay high end prices most of the time. 

Being able to try amazing products like this without having to shell out that kind of coin is why I’m such a such a subscription box proponent. The product truly makes any under eye issues you may have say goodbye for the day. Since I have oily lids I love using concealer as an eyeshadow base and this works wonders as one. The coverage is fantastic and it lasts all day, especially when set.

Pacifica Beach Crystals Palette

I came across the brand Pacifica recently while shopping at Sprouts, a local health food grocery store, in case you’re unfamiliar. I love this store for their yummy grape juice sweetened muffins, sugar free pies, and salad bar. In addition, they have a vast vegan and cruelty free makeup and beauty section, which is awesome. I tested a BB Cream type foundation with moisturizers and SPF by Pacifica and loved it.

All of Pacifica’s packaging is very pretty and hippie-ish. Love it. This is their Pacifica Dreamy Cover Bare-Faced Foundation Serum SPF 20. 14.99 at Target.

It’s great for an everyday easy look. I also thought their blushes and lipsticks seemed enticing, as was the fact that they are all natural, cruelty free, etc. as I’d like to switch to using mainly these types of products. The packaging and the concept of the beach crystals mini palette is totally adorable but unfortunately I was underwhelmed by the pigmentation. The shades are pretty though not extremely shimmery. This may be suitable as an everyday work makeup palette in the end so I will continue to give it a shot. 

Bang Beauty’s Blush in Smoked Peach

The name of this blush was enough to draw me in. I love a good peachy sheen to the cheeks. I feel like apricots, corals, peaches, and warm tones in general complement my skin tone and I just love these tones in general so I’m a sucker for these products. The blush gave me a nice natural flush that you could totally build up if you wanted to. It’s got a subtle glow that’s just peachy. πŸ˜‰πŸ‘

Marc Anthony’s Strengthening Grow Long Leave-in Conditioner

I love strengthening conditioners in general so I was excited to see this in my bag. The product has been working really well for me and I love how soft and nourished it made my hair feel.

I’ve been debating whether or to get Boxycharm or Birchbox. What do you think about these boxes?

Love you all and hope you’re having a fabulous weekend!


Chocolate Covered Strawberry Romantic Valentine’s Day Look + Love Yourself No Matter Who You’re With

I know I already did a Valentine’s Day look but it never hurts to have options right? This look ended up reminding me of chocolate covered strawberries, which I love any day of the year, regardless of whether or not it’s Valentine’s Day, if they were gifted to me, or if I bought them for myself.  By the way, this post is dedicated to all my single ladies and people in situationships. 


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It’d be nice if our love lives could neatly organize themselves into cozy perfect arrangements in time for all the major holidays but I’m here to say that if that doesn’t happen, so what?

Sometimes life is weird and that doesn’t suddenly stop on Valentine’s Day. The days of yore when people would meet in cute coffee shops and hit it off swimmingly with complete strangers who were both sexy yet totally approachable seem to be relegated to romantic comedies and sitcoms of the past. Today’s singles virtually traverse through Tinder. Some hope for the elusive DM on other social media. Maybe you swiped left and he swiped right or vise versa. Romance is as buried in cyber code as our social media personas. I choose not to drown in selfies and hashtags this year.

Source: Vogue France found in article, ‘We found the sexiest Valentine’s Day jewelry’

Though I wish I could always have a hot date and look like the model above as much as the next girl on most days, I choose to not be bogged down by what ifs or measure myself by the health of my relationship. If I feel like going on a date and it just so happens to be Valentine’s Day, great but it doesn’t make it better or more meaningful than any other date. Will I obsess over my outfit if I do? Probably; I’m still human. 


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Relationships should not be the measurement by which we rate our worth…so I decided to vow to always do something special for myself on holidays and sometimes just because. If something else happens with someone else… Awesome!  It becomes more of a surprise that way. On to the look!

I know I always say this, but this look was surprisingly easy to do. As always, one eye gave me more trouble than the other, but it’s nothing blending can’t solve. Blending can solve almost anything it seems at times.

Source: 14.99

I began by priming my lids as usual with concealer. Use your favorite, and I always recommend a full coverage one so that shadows will pop and last all day. Then I dusted my lids with the first neutral color in the Wet n’ Wild Au Naturel Palette in Nude Awakening.

I then used Shooting Star in the Dream St Palette by Kathleen Lights x ColourPop in my crease. I used the light pink shade in the Avant Pop NYX palette, in Art Throb, above, all over my lid. 

Dream St. Palette. Kathleen Lights x ColourPop. $16.

I used the burgundy shade in the Au Naturel palette to deepen my crease. I then used Spark in Dream St., the matte neon red, on the outer half of my eye leading into the crease.

Lastly, I used Elfish, a Matte deep brown, in the outer corner of the eye to wing it out. I then used Ciate London’s Fierce Flicks liner to line my lids and do a cat eye. If you like to tight line, do it up, but I can’t ever master that technique without creating a teary mess.

Ciate’s Fierce Flicks liner. $19. Sephora.

I then used They’re Real mascara by Benefit, but go ahead and use whichever you like. For lips I used Too Faced’s Melted Latex Liquefied High Shine Lipstick in Strange Love, a fitting title for many Valentine’s Days of my past. I love this deep chocolaty brown shade and though this formula is sticky and had mixed reviews, I actually like it a lot.

Melted Latex Liquefied High Shine Lipstick in Strange Love. $10. Ulta. 

Promise me you’ll do something for yourself this Valentine’s Day for no reason at all other than because you love yourself. Buy yourself a bottle of wine or those ridiculously cozy slippers you’ve been eyeing. 

Source: pinterest.

Remember, I love you date or no date. It’s just another day, but I’m glad it’s an excuse to buy myself stuff. πŸ˜™πŸ˜πŸ˜‰πŸ’•

What are you doing tomorrow? Netflix? Work? Don’t get bogged down no matter what by manufactured ideals about love! 

Love & light


Does At Home Teeth Whitening Work? Review; I Whitened My Teeth with Smile Brilliant + Giveaway

If you ingest as much coffee, wine, and chocolate as I do, you probably will want to begin whitening your teeth sooner or later. 

After recently noticing how stained my teeth have become from my aforementioned vices, I was thrilled when I was contacted by Smile Brilliant to try their teeth whitening system

As noted on the company’s website:

“Our teeth absorb the colors of our food through microscopic pores every day. Removing years of staining results in dramatically whiter teeth and improved confidence. A beautifully whitened smile is a symbol of health and youthfulness. The challenge is getting the professional results you want without wasting time or money on over-the-counter gimmicks.” 

I couldn’t agree more with how much an improved smile boosts your confidence. Here is an image that shows the extent of the staining on my teeth before starting the process:

Here’s some background info/side note on my teeth: I have been drinking coffee since childhood occasionally. (Hispanic families approve of coffee for kids in small quantities; at least my mom did, especially with tamales). 

I began drinking coffee heavily when I began college and what began as a survival method turned into a love affair. 

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I have been drinking 2-3 cups if mostly black coffee per day for about eight years. I don’t feel like I’m capable of a life without coffee, as I truly love it, so I’m happy to have begun the teeth whitening process!

The type of lollipop that I chipped my tooth on. (The vanilla one on the far left, not that it matters).

I also have a chip in my front tooth that you can’t really see unless you look really closely. It’s from biting into a See’s Candies lollipop. Don’t do it.
Here are the results after four months of whitening them:

Before beginning the process, I created my own molds with the tools provided by Smile Brilliant. I thought this was awesome, fun, and so different from any other teeth whitening product I had ever tried or heard of. 

One main reason Smile Brilliant is an effective way to whiten your teeth is because it so personalized. Since your trays are molded to your mouth and teeth, positive results are practically guaranteed. I also loved that there are tons of great reviews and photos on the product on their website and elsewhere.

Though I was initially worried I would mess up the process, my first few applications were easy due to the detailed step by step instructions provided with the kit. I did apply a bit too much of the whitening gel however onto the trays, which caused some irritation on my gums. I made sure to apply a thin line, as suggested in the instructions after that, as noted in the instructions.

The Smile Brilliant website and the instructions clearly note that whitening your teeth can likely lead to sensitivity in teeth and gums. I did experience this to some extent. To counteract this, they highly suggest using the desensitizing gel after whitening. 

I notice this honestly helped a lot so I recommend not skipping this step ever if you can help it. As you can see, the product did whiten my teeth a great deal and I truly loved it. Since I have a crazy schedule, the only obstacle was keeping up with the regimen since all I want to do when I get home is watch Netflix and hide in my bed until someone comes and finds me with a rescue team.

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Other than that, I highly recommend this product if you’re looking to get into teeth whitening! Here are my teeth before and after whitening:

How do you guys feel about at home teeth whitening? 

Thanks so much for reading my review! 

Do you want me to try Smile Brilliant? The people at Smile Brilliant were kind enough to create a giveaway just for my readers so go ahead and enter! 


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Good luck! Love you all! 

Coffee Dates Are My Favorite Dates

Coffee Dates Are My Favorite Dates

Helmut Lang white collar shirt
$440 –

Prada button skirt
$390 –

Heeled boots
$730 –

Sparkly earrings

MAKE UP FOR EVER cheek bronzer
$40 –

Kevyn Aucoin blush

Gel eye liner

BΓ©same blush

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