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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

Stocking Stuffers for Her 2014

Stuck on what to give the ladies in your life this holiday season? I’ve got you covered! I’ve compiled items for all ages and kinds of women.

  • For the beauty gurus, makeup is a must! No questions asked.
  • For the girlie girls, accessories are the way to go.
  • For the tech obsessed, headphones, a phone case, and/or polaroid camera are simple and memorable.
  • For more generalized presents, I recommend a wallet, scented candle, perfume, and/or box of chocolates.

My personal favorite would have to be the selfie stick! What’s yours? Comment below and let people know!

Click on the items below to start shopping!

 

Perdidos en qué regalar a las mujeres especiales de su vida esta temporada? Creo qué los puedo ayudar! Estos son regalos para todas las edades y tipos de mujeres.

  • Para las fanáticas de la belleza, nunca quedarás mal regalando maquillaje.
  • Para las mujeres femeninas, regala accesorios: un reloj, aretes o collar son detalles sencillos q les fascinarán.
  • Para las que aman la tecnología, unos auriculares (audífonos), estuche de teléfono o teléfono, y cámara son esenciales q se pueden usar día a día.
  • Para regalos más generalizados, recomiendo una billetera ,vela, perfume o chocolate.

Mi favorito tendría que ser el palillo para selfies! ¿Cuál es el tuyo? Comenten abajo y déjenme saber!

Haga clic en los artículos debajo para empezar a comprar.

Berry Kissable

I feel that one should always be comfortable when it comes to fashion. However, there are exceptions. Especially when you love stilettoes; tall stilettoes (like me). Every once in a while it’s good to experience and experiment something new. Take a step out of your comfort zone for a day and/or night and try something bold. Even if it is a little step; something as simple as your makeup. This trend can help you do just that.

Personally, I’ve always been a fan of dark lip colors. I think their sexy and fierce. This Fall, both on the runway and streets, woman everywhere are picking their jam and sporting berry colored lips.

Halloween is around the corner, but you probably don’t want to look like a Vampire. If you are lost on which berry to pick, your skin tone is the best way to determine which shade looks best on you.

If you have fair skin, I would go with a raspberry color: dark but sheer. Medium skin tones can pull of a richer berry color and dark skin tones should wear a deep blackberry color that will contrast against your skin.Berry Kissable

Here’s some of my advise for when applying dark, rich colored lipsticks.

1. Exfoliate and moisturize your lips. Use a toothbrush and scrub your lips to leave a smooth surface for application. After, apply clear lip balm to avoid chapped lips.

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2.Prime the lips. Apply some foundation before applying any color . This will make your lips nude and show the lipstick or liner’s true color.

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3. For a lip that will last you longer, line and fill the lips with lip liner before.

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4. You want to avoid looking gothic. So apply a complimentary color blush to even out the tones.

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5. Dark lips, light lids. If you’re going for a bold lip, make the eyes simple. Do a simple cat eye or light shadow. Less is more.

So step out of you comfort zone and try it out!

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Photography by Salome Arango

Shop the Cause

With many cosmetic products to choose from it can be easy to become overwhelmed with options, 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.

“The greatest wealth is health.”  -Virgil

This is extremely true! When you’re healthy you can conquer the world. Living a healthy life is a blessing and if you are struggling with health issues, continue to fight every day. Never forget to help and support those around you because you never know what tomorrow brings.

I’ve experienced the affect of breast cancer to two people very close to me. Join the fight against breast cancer and think a little more pink.

Lips for Love: Bobbi Brown offers a limited-edition lip-gloss set featuring Pretty Pink Sheer Lip Gloss, Pink Tulle High Shimmer Lip Gloss, Bright Lilac Lip Gloss and Soiree Pink Shimmer Lip Gloss. Bobbi Brown will donate $12 from this $60 sale benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Exclusively at Bobbi Brown counters nationwide and on www.bobbibrown.com while supplies last.

Paint for Pink: Theses three pink polishes by Essie (Pinking About You, I Pink I Can, and Pink Happy) will give your nails a classy, natural look for only $8.50. In addition to creating a color that looks elegant year-round, Essie will donate a portion of the profit to Living Beyond Breast Cancer. Available online at nordstom.com or at Target.

Curl for a Cure: This month Conair released the Conair Curl Secret Infiniti Pro in a new bright pink color. In exchange for shiny, bouncy curls, Conair will donate $110,000 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, regardless of sales. It can be purchased online at conair-store.com.

Ralph for Research: Ralph Lauren Corporation’s Pink Pony Collection is an initiative to reduce and treat Breast Cancer. 25% of  Pink Pony product sales are contributed to an international network of charities. Buy a piece or donate online here, or write down how you will support the fight against cancer, snap a picture with your promise and post your photo on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #PinkPonyPromise and the Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation will donate $10 to cancer-related causes. Read more here.

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