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It’s safe to say I have officially entered summer. FINALLY! After final projects, presentations and exams, I completed my first year of college and was drained. I barely slept and was at the point that my caffeine needed caffeine. Safe to say, I was a mess. So when I was done, I spent the entire day at the spa and got some much needed beauty sleep. I know I’m not the only one that needs some pampering and relaxing, so below I’ve listed several ways to get into that stress-free, summer mode.

Have a safe, fun & relaxed summer!

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Summer Beauty 2015

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Photography by Salome Arango

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It’s cliche, but time is flying by. I can’t believe its been a year since my high school prom. Seeing all my younger friends getting their “promprosals” makes me so happy yet feel kinda old (lol). Prom is the “night of nights” (yes, High School Musical) so here are some tips to make the night unforgettable.

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Confidence & Comfort. There must be a perfect marriage between confidence and comfort. When you radiate confidence, there’s no stopping you and when you’re comfortable you can dance all night.So bring out your inner Beyoncé and #work. Your prom dress comes in second after your wedding dress. However, that doesn’t mean that you need to spend a fortune.

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Plan Ahead. If you haven’t started looking for your prom dress, start NOW!! Get your nails, wax/shave, and appointments out of the way a day or two before just to make room for any inconveniences. Test your makeup in advance so you’re not experimenting the day of and run out of time. Below I’ve listed some of my favorite YouTube tutorials and my trusted make-up artist, for those of you in the South Florida area, who is amazingly talented and affordable!!

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Make Memories. Have your parents, siblings, or friends take tons of pictures of you. You definitely want to have pictures to look back at and post. Clear your phone’s camera roll and make sure it is 100% charged. You can never have enough selfies.

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Be safe. Hire a driver for the night with several friend, Über, etc. For a $20 Über credit use the invite code vgtec when downloading. (Click Here to Redeem)

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Have fun. Surround yourself with the people that make you laugh and smile. It’s a night to remember, so spend it with those who make you happy.

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Dress to kill and if you have any questions comment below and I’ll be more than happy to answer.

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Dress (Similar & Affordable) | Shoes Bebe | Makeup Bobbi Brown Dee (786-348-5681 | Tell her I referred you)

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Photography by Salome Arango

January 2015 Favorites

This is a new section in my blog where I share products I’ve used and abused each month. These are beauty products, clothes, and miscellaneous items that I personally own and used mostly throughout the month of January. You can shop any of my favorites by the clicking links in the titles.

Ripped Skinny Jeans 

They are perfect for night or day and hot or cold. This is an easy D.I.Y. anyone can do.

Selfie Stick

It is easy to carry in your purse when traveling and is the best way to make sure you get everyone in the shot. #Selfie

Coconut Oil

I have not tested it out for cooking, but I’ve been using this twice a month as a mask for my hair and I’ve noticed a huge difference. My hair looks and feels healthier. I leave it in for a couple hours and then shampoo several times to rinse it out.

Essie Nail Polish in “Mink Muffs”

A neutral nail color perfect for the fall and winter seasons.

Backpacks

I just purchased a faux leather backpack for school and I couldn’t be happier. It’s much more practical and comfortable for carrying my books and items on campus. Plus, it’s stylish.

Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lipstick in the color “Latte”

I own several of these lipsticks and I’m obsessed with the creamy formula. Many matte lipsticks tend to dry out the lips but these moisturize and hydrate. “Latte” is the perfect warm, neutral brown color for the winter and I can’t take it off my lips.

L’Oreal Telescopic Carbon Black Mascara

This is my holy grail mascara. If you love long, spidery lashes like me, this is the mascara for you. It nearly doubles the length of my lashes and looks natural. Test it out on your bottom lashes and see how much brighter and open it makes your eye appear.

Acrylic Boxes 

I love how they keep my vanity/desk organized. They are an easy and stylish way to keep your make-up visible and in reach.

Duster Coats

Channel your inner New Yorker and style them up or down on a chilly, winter day.

Sneakers

 These New Balance sneakers are perfect for running errands and a day of classes. They prove you can be comfortable and stylish too.

Beauty Blender

I gave into the hype and I’m obsessed! Not only is the Beauty Blender adorable, but it gives you a perfect completion with an even coverage and airbrush finish.

Bobbi’s Limited Edition Highlight Powder in Bronze Glow  

This highlighter is very pigmented so a little goes a long way. I like to dust a bit on the top of my cheek bones, tear duct, brow bones, and nose bridge to add a subtle glow. (Sold Out) Similar

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Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and whether you are spending it with your boyfriend, girlfriend, best friend, or mother, you don’t want to show up empty handed. So I’ve created a gift guide that satisfies all budgets and women.

On Valentine’s day it’s really the little details that count. Flowers are a must, but recently I’ve found an alternative bouquet that is cute and yummy from Edible Arrangements. There’s also the typical teddy bear and chocolates. My favorite chocolates happen to be the Signature Truffles from Godiva.

I’ve recently become a makeup junkie and I love the YSL Rouge Volupte lipsticks in the colors Sensual Silk (#2), Spicy Pink (#20), and Praline Delight (#24). Lastly, you can never go wrong with a simple pair of earrings, necklace or perfume.

You can shop all my favorites by browsing the thumbnails below.

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P.S. Use the code “VDAY 2254” to get $10 off your Edible Arrangement’s order.

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So my vacation has sadly come to an end. I’ve had an amazing time here in Colombia and I’m finally tan, but I am excited to go home.

Since I was at the beach and on the boat for the majority of the days in Cartagena, taming my wild, curly hair wasn’t easy. If you’re like me, you probably wish you could have a glam squad with you at all times; however, I enjoyed the natural look. I allowed my skin and hair to breathe and take a vacation of their own. I made sure to protect my skin with SPF and load my hair up with coconut oil. The coconut oil increased the health and shine of my hair dramatically. I recommend using it once or twice a month for all hair types, but make sure wash it out with shampoo after.

Now, I love this beach cover up from Forever 21. It’s easy to throw on after getting out of the water. It is minimal coverage; however, it is chic, comfortable and far from vulgar. I am not such a fan of flip-flops, so these nude, plastic flats are a stylish alternative. Since they are plastic, they can get wet and are easy to wash; perfect for any beach, pool or boating event. Lastly, you can’t forget a good pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes and avoid squinting.

 

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Dress Forever 21 (Sold Out) Similar Forever 21 Jen’s Pirate Booty
Flats Steve Madden 
Sunglasses Ray Ban
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Photography by Salome Arango