There is nothing like a good cross-body; super easy to wear almost anywhere! When it comes to big bags, I hoard and become Mary Poppins, but when I switch over to a tinier purse on the weekends, I take along my essentials ONLY! So to see what I carry 99% of the time, continue reading!

You can shop everything in this bag at the end of the post!

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An easy transition into fall is by changing up your usual nail and/or lip color. Here are some of my favorites that are essential for the fall season.

Lips: I find it essential to have a dark, berry colored lip as well as a mauvy, nude. Finding the perfect fall lip varies on your complexion so head over to your nearest beauty department store to test out different shades for yourself. Both of my favorite fall lipsticks happen to be from Bobbi Brown. Below are swatches of the two.

Click here for some tips on mastering the berry lip.


From left to right. Rich Lip Color in Crimson (#16) and Creamy Matte Lip Color in Latte (#6)

Nails: The easiest way to get into the fall atmosphere is through your manicure. Here are some polishes that suit almost every skin tone and are perfect for the autumn months.


From left to right. (All from Essie) Wicked, Topless and Barefoot, Berry Naughty, and Master Plan.


October Wishlist

October is the month where I truly feel a transition into fall. I pull out my boots, paint my nails dark colors, and light fall scented candles. Here are some items I’m obsessing over this fall.

Breast Cancer

 One may feel guilty when shopping, but when a portion of your money can go to a worthy cause, why hesitate? The brands below empower women to feel pretty and powerful.


Bobbi Brown will donate $12 of every Peony Set sold to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Exclusively at Bobbi Brown counters nationwide and on http://www.bobbibrown.com while supplies last. ($60)

s1659242-main-LheroStock up on one of Clinique‘s best sellers while giving back. This special-edition of the reformulated moisturizer, Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+, creates smooth, healthy-looking skin and will donate $10 to the The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®. This $47 product is available online for $38.


Purity Made Simple is Philosophy‘s award-winning cleanser. It’s special charity pink ribbon edition, available at Ulta and online, supports the women’s cancer research fund. ($28)



Pinkberry will make a donation to Fashion Targets Breast Cancer for every swirl sold in October.


pink_lokai_final-edit_2__1_9Lokai will donate $1 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for ever limited-edtion pink bracelet sold in the month of October. Available online for $18.


Diane Von Furstenberg will donate 100% of proceeds from this light, colorful scarf going to the Bright Pink organization that supports breast cancer research. Available online and in select stores for $98.

pink-polo-hat-ictcrop_galShop Ralph Lauren‘s Pink Pony collection and at least 25% of the purchase price will go to the Pink Pony Fund of The Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation, which supports programs for education, research, treatment, patient navigation and prevention. Available online, in-stores, Macy’s and Bloomingdales.



Highlighting: my favorite part of makeup. Highlighting helps shape the face by enhancing the highest features of your face and adds a healthy glow to the skin. Below I share with you some of my tips and favorite highlighters.

Iluminador es mi parte favorita del maquillaje. Me ayuda a darle forma resaltado las facciones  de mi cara y me da ese brillo glamoroso en la piel que todas queremos. A continuación comparto con ustedes mis consejos y iluminadores favoritos.

Highlight Zones

Application Tips

  • Apply highlight to the top of the cheek bones to enhance your bone structure.
  • Dab some highlight to the tear-duct/inner corner of the eye to brighten the eyes and make them look more open.
  • Draw attention to the face and make your nose look slimmer by dusting highlight on the bridge of your nose and emphasis on the tip.
  • Dust some highlight on your cupid’s bow to give the appearance of fuller lips.


  • Aplique iluminador a la parte superior de los pómulos para mejorar su estructura ósea.
  • Aplique un poco de iluminador en las esquinas internas/conductos lagrimales para iluminar los ojos y que se vean más abiertos.
  • Pon atención a tu cara y haz tu nariz lucir pequeña poniendo iluminador en el puente de tu nariz especíalmente en la punta. 
  • Pon iluminador en la parte superior de los labios para dar la apariencia de labios grandes. 




Powder highlights are probably the most used formulas because it suits all skin types, mainly those with oily skin. For people with dry skin, a cream or liquid highlighter works best because it doesn’t enhance dryness. However, the area where you plan to apply the highlighter affects which formula you choose. Liquids and creams are very concentrated, so a dot on the top of your cheekbones and cupids bows is enough. When highlighting larger areas, powder illuminators are easier to apply and more diffused.


El iluminadores en polvo es la fórmula más utilizada porque se adapta a todos tipos de piel, sobre todo los que tienen la piel grasosa. Para las personas con piel seca, un iluminador en crema o líquido funciona mejor, ya que mejora la resequedad. Sin embargo, el área donde vas a aplicar el iluminador también determina que tipo de iluminador usar. Los líquidos y cremas son muy concentrados, por lo que un punto en la parte superior de los pómulos y la parte superior del labio es suficiente. Al resaltar áreas más grandes, iluminadores en polvo son más fáciles de aplicar y difuminar.

Shop My Favorites

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick

 Mary-Lou Manizer

L’Oreal Liquid Illuminator in Golden 

MAC Mineralize Skin Finish

Benefit Watt’s Up!

Benefit Sun Beam

Photography by Salome Arango