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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Mini beauty buys!


Took a trip to my local drugstore last night and picked up a few items that I have been really wanting to try. Some of the products I purchased are deluxe sample sized or travel sized. I refuse to pay full price for a product I've never tried. I always make sure to do my research and try samples or buy the travel sizes first. Therefore if I don't like it or have a reaction to it I have only spent a few dollars compared to the full ticket price. I will be doing a full review on each product once I've used them.

These are all the items I purchased!
 
 
 
 
 

For the past few months I've been thinking that it is time I change up my hair color. Several years ago I had my hair professionally dyed blonde which in my opinion actually looked pretty well on me due to my very light complexion. Although I don't think I would ever go that light again I do want a change from my usual dark brown hair color. However I am not really a fan of spending over $100 dollars just to get my hair done so I decided I would try something from the drugstore that I can do at home. So while I was shopping yesterday I stopped by the hair dye section and browsed through all of the different brands and colors and came across the L'oreal Sublime Mousse.
 
 
 
Honestly other than the color selection what caught my attention was the new Mousse formula application that it comes with. It is supposed to be as easy as applying shampoo. So We'll see how it works out and I will post a review.
 
Aside from hair color I've been in the market for a new mascara that will truly give me more length and volume and a brow grooming product for my freelance makeup kit. After doing some research and reading reviews I decided to try the new L'oreal Telescopic mascara and the Ardell brow wax pencil.
 
While in the beauty section I found a few other products that I felt were worth a try. Including the brow pencil from Essence and the Rimmel scandaleyes pencil in nude which I plan using in my lower waterline to give me the appearance of a more awake/ bright-eyed look.
 
I also picked up a new facial cleanser, some oil silk drops that can be used to add shine to your hair or used on the skin for a silky soft finish (I love multi-purpose products because you get more for your money). I've heard great things about the Curel daily moisture lotion for dry skin and the Secret clinical strength deodorant.
 
I will let you all know how the products worked out for me but always remember every person has a different skin type and different body chemistry so what may work or not work on me could possibly work better for you. If any of you have any questions about the products that I am mentioning or any other products that you would like me to try and review please do not hesitate to let me know.
 
 
 
 
 


Wishing you all a lovely day!
XoXo,
Alex
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Quality time with my son!


 

My husband and I strongly believe it is of vital importance to keep our family bond tight. Therefore we are all about spending quality time with each other and most importantly with our son. We are always trying to find new ways we can keep our bond strong. We love doing things together but we also find that spending quality time with our son on a one on one basis is equally as important.
 
 My husband likes having a father-son day. Not only does it give them time together but it also gives me the day to catch up on house shores, school work, projects etc.. I have different approaches to spending quality time with my son whether its coloring with him, helping him with his wooden puzzles or simply reading a book together. But our favorite activity to do together is not only a way for us to bond but it’s an easy way to introduce some physical activity into our daily routine , and expose him to all the genres of music.  We take 20 minutes out of our day and turn on the radio, iPod, or music channel on our television and we select a song and dance.
 
It can be a rock song, electronic, reggae whatever we’re in the mood for. But we make sure we keep dancing for the entire 20 minutes and never repeat a song. I feel if I make sure he listens to a wide range of music it will aid in him becoming a more cultured individual as he matures. Not only do we not want him to be limited to only liking one particular type of music but also to let him know that there are all types of things to experience out in the world such as different cuisines, books, occupations, movies, causes etc.. I have been doing this activity with my son since he was 15 months old and prior to that I would place headphones on my belly while I was pregnant and I would play all sorts of music every day. I’d like to believe that by doing that it has led him to develop a passion and love for music. Now I have to admit that even though my son is currently obsessed with the “gangnam style” song he is always willing to listen to anything from Mozart to Michael Jackson.  
We love being silly!
 
 
 


I hope that this in some way inspires you to find your own special or creative ways of bonding and spending quality time with your loved ones. Please don't hesitate to share what special ways you've created to spend quality time with your loved ones...


XoXo,
Alex


Saturday, February 23, 2013

Quick and easy sweet treat recipe!

This one is for all you milk lovers!

TRES LECHES (MILK CAKE)
Makes 1- 9x13 inch cake

Ingredients you will need for the cake and the topping:

-1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour      - 2 cups whole milk          
-1 teaspoon baking powder            - 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
-1/2 cup unsalted butter                 - 1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
-1 cup white sugar                         - 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
-5 eggs                                           - 1 cup white sugar
-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract         - 1 teaspoon vanilla extract




Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour one 9x13 inch baking pan.
  2. Sift flour and baking powder together and set aside.
  3. Cream butter or margarine and the 1 cup sugar together until fluffy. Add eggs and the 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract; beat well.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture 2 tablespoons at a time; mix until well blended. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes. Pierce cake several times with a fork.
  6. Combine the whole milk, condensed milk, and evaporated milk together. Pour over the top of the cooled cake.
  7. Whip whipping cream, the remaining 1 cup of the sugar, and the remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla together until thick. Spread over the top of cake. Be sure and keep cake refrigerated, enjoy!



Your end result should look something like this:




I hope you find this cake to be as delicious as I do!
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

XoXo,
Alex

Friday, February 22, 2013

Fashion on a budget! (Guest blog)




Who’s wearing what? It’s what’s in style! Everyone’s wearing it, and oh my gosh--I just GOT to have that, are some of the thoughts that go through many middle and high school age kids following the latest fashion trends these days. Keeping up-to-date on the most recent trends can certainly put a damper on one’s wallet because it entails shopping at high-end stores and purchasing designer brands, but what if you could keep up with the latest styles and create the same outfits for a significantly reduced cost?
Being a single mother of a 13-year-old fashionable girly girl, getting her fitted with a revolving stylish trending wardrobe can become quite a task especially when on a budget. The closer she approaches her teen years, the more in-style she wants to be so I decided I would figure out a way to buy her the stylish clothes she likes at a fraction of the cost. I realized that I had one thing to my advantage; she does not mind if the clothes are not designer brands as long as she can create her own version of the outfit or something close to it.
I have always told my daughter that it’s not how the outfit looks on her, it is how she makes it look that will make an impression. You can wear an $85 outfit but if you do not know how to accessorize (colors, jewelry, shoes, make-up, etc.) and wear it well it will not matter. On the contrary, you can put together a similar outfit for half the cost and accented with the right accessories it can look like you bought it at Macy’s. Pattern print skinny jeans such as large and small floral print, polka dots, safari, and light-washed denim are back in style. Fashion styles from the 80’s and 90’s are gradually coming back and it makes me wish I would have saved my collection of jeans for her.
I recently purchased a few outfits for her since the spring is just around the corner. One of her favorite stores to shop at is Forever 21 and while there she put together an outfit of floral print denim skinny jeans ($24.80)








with a white sheer tie front buttoned chiffon blouse ($22.80), and color undershirt ($8.90) totaling $56.50, tax not included. I found a similar outfit for a fraction of the cost by shopping in the clearance section of Target. Floral print colored denim skinny jeans (reg. price - $27.99, clearance price - $8.39). At 70% off the regular price, I bought her five more in assorted prints and colors and paid less than forty dollars.

 I also found her a fuchsia/purple sheer tie front buttoned chiffon blouse with undershirt at Wal-Mart for only $14.88 giving me a total of $23.27 not including tax, still well below half the cost of the Forever 21 outfit.

 In addition, I was able to get her a great deal at another of her favorite shops; Aeropostale’s online store. Five t-shirts, one over-the-shoulder sweatshirt, one hoodie, and two pairs of denim jeans totaling less than eighty dollars, tax included, and free shipping for orders over $50. Online shopping is also a great way to find good deals when on a budget because most stores offer promotional discounts and free shipping on certain items.
When you want fashion on a budget make sure to first visit stores such as TJ Maxx, Ross, Marshalls, Target, and Wal-Mart before you hit the higher-end stores. Chances are you will find exactly what you are looking for at a reasonable cost.

I'd like to thank my dear sister for taking the time to collaborate a useful article to my blog.
I hope you all find this article as informative as I have! Let me know what budget friendly fashion finds you have come across...

XoXo,
Alex



Thursday, February 21, 2013

Shopping your beauty stash!

Are you feeling like your daily makeup routine is in need of a change? Whether its a new lip color, eyeliner or shadow. But you don't want or can't make the extra expense at that very moment! Then maybe it's time to go shop your own beauty stash! By going through all of your makeup and/or beauty products you just might re-discover some awesome products you hadn't used in a while. This is a good way to save money,  update your makeup routine and also rotate your products and use them all up. Instead of leaving them there and having them go to waste and eventually get thrown out.

Personally I feel my daily makeup routine is in need of a new lip color so I decided to shop my own beauty stash and not only found a few new lip colors but also re-discovered a few other products that I haven't used in a while.

Here's what I found:

Wetnwild color icon eyeshadow palette in Petal pusher, Revlon colorstay liquid liner in Black, Maybelline color tattoo cream shadow in Tough as taupe, Rue beaute false lashes from rue21 and a Lancome color design eyeshadow quad.

I had forgotten how pigmented the wet n wild eyeshadows are.


 
Revlon colorstay whipped foundation in #240 Natural beige and elf blush in Pink passion.
 
 
Posie tint lip & cheek stain from Benefit, Mac lustre lip stick in Plumful, 2nd Love lip stick in Bliss and a Nyx lip liner pencil in Dolly pink.
 
 
 
 
 
 I will be storing my re-discovered gems along with my everyday makeup items to ensure that I use them. I hope this blog post inspires you to shop your own beauty stash and re-discover your hidden gems!
 
XoXo,
Alex






Creating space: How to depot your lip sticks and save money!

Are you having trouble keeping your makeup area organized? Is your makeup bag pouring out? If so keep reading!

I often have an over abundance of lips sticks in my makeup area that take up way too much space. When I start having this problem I know its time to make some space..
Have you ever heard anyone say "depotting lip sticks?" All it means is removing all of the lip stick contents from the actual stick and placing them elsewhere. You'd be amazed at how much product is in the actual tube. That is waisted once you throw it away thinking you have finished it. Next time you finish your favorite lip stick instead of simply throwing it away try depotting all the product that is left over, or using a lip brush to apply the leftover product. You can purchase some very nice containers or palettes made to store your depotted lip sticks. But I have a more affordable alternative. You can go to any walmart or dollar store and purchase a weekly or monthly pill organizer for under a dollar. Or you can go to any Michael's craft store or hobby lobby and purchase an empty container that is made to store jewelry beads for under $3 dollars. The container and size is really dependent on your preference and amount of lip products you have.

Here are some of the things you will need:

Isopropyl Alcohol to disinfect the containers. The higher the alcohol percentage the better.
 
 
 
 
A metal spatula or something smooth to help you remove the product and a lip brush to help you apply your product afterwards.
 
 
Lip sticks of course! :)
 

Weekly or monthly pill containers..
 
 
 
 
Self Sticking labels or a Permanent marker.
 
 
 

Begin this process by spraying your containers with the alcohol. This will ensure that your containers are clean and sterilized. You can label your container before, during or after you have depotted the lip sticks. Next you will grab your spatula or knife, the lip stick you wish to depot and first remove the bullet. At this point it should look something like this:
 

 
 
 
 
 
After you remove the lip stick bullet place it into one of the slots of the container you are using. After you have placed the bullet in the container take your spatula and remove (scrape) the rest of the product that is left over. 
 
 
 
Place whats left into the same slot you placed your bullet and then with the same spatula or knife smooth it out. Make sure to place a label on the slot with the name and brand of your lip stick for future reference. Once you have done this to all of  the lip sticks you selected your end result should look like this:
 


 
 
By depotting your lip sticks you're creating space in your makeup bag or drawer and also saving money by using and removing all of the product in the lip stick tube. Once you do this you'll see and be amazed at how much product is in the tube, and how much is wasted when you throw them away..
 
 
Hope this technique helps you whether its to save money or to create space in your makeup bag!
 
XoXo,
Alex
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Guest blog post: What insurance policies should you not be without!

I'd like to thank my dear friend Shantee for taking the time out of her already busy day to write a guest blog post. I hope you all find her post as informative as I have.







Hello Everyone,
My name is Shantee Fisher. I have known Alexandra for well over 19 years. We attended some elementary school together and reunited in our adult years and have been inseparable ever since. She would be the only person I would turn to for makeup and product advice as well as “mommy” advice and recipe tips (the potato salad I made could not have come out as great as it did without her! J) I am a wife of 9 years and we have two daughters. I have worked in the insurance industry for over 12 years and I love it. I have now made a career out of it. I work for the “Number 1” insurance company and the biggest insurance company in America: State Farm Insurance. Today I would like to touch on the topic of what I think is the most important insurance product that EVERY living person NEEDS: Life Insurance. Life insurance tends to be a touchy subject amongst people of all shapes and sizes. No one likes to think of when they will meet their demise, although it is inevitable. Vehicles come and go.. as do homes or other material possessions, your life can NEVER be replaced.
There are many different life policies that are tailored to meet the individual need of a person. You can get a fancy policy, a technical policy or a very simple one. There are 3 main key points to keep in mind when choosing the best policy for you. The first is “How much will my funeral cost, and does the person who will be in charge of my final expenses have the money NOW?” An average funeral can cost between $5,000 and $10,000. If the answer to this question is NO then life insurance is definitely needed. Life insurance is the only insurance product that is guaranteed to pay. It is also the most unselfish thing you can do for your family.
Second thing to keep in mind is “How much will my family need to live comfortably at the event of my death?” Does your family depend on the income that you bring into the household? If yes, how many years of that income do you need to have them live comfortably? My youngest daughter is 4 years old. I calculate that my income will be needed for at least another 10 years until she is old enough to take care of herself. Take the annual income you make and multiply it by how many years it will be expected (usually when your youngest child is in his/her teenage years) plus the funeral cost. And that is how much life insurance you need. Another way of calculating how much you may need is by the amount of property you owe. Is there a home you would like to pay off; a car or two? Calculating these totals together will also give you an idea of how much insurance you may need.
The third point is “How long do I expect to live and will I still be able to afford my insurance premiums at that age?” We all expect to live a long and happy life. Average life expectancy today is about 80 years of age. At age 80, will you still have a sufficient income to be able to afford the same (or higher) life insurance premiums? There are many policies out there that are permanent that you can lock in a lower price now and still pay the same regardless of how old (or young) you get. There are also policies that you can “pay off” or “pay up” and be done with the premiums a 10 or 20 years but still have an active policy until its time to go from this earth.
I can probably write a book on the many types of policies, on what I think is best to pick for you and your family and when it is a good time to start, stop, increase, decrease, change, adjust, etc. Hope this was helpful information to begin a successful journey of proper life insurance planning. J
~ Shantee Fisher (JPFG)
Agent’s Executive Assistant
Agent: Marianne Valenzuela 55/0767
( Phone 760.768.1400
7 Fax 760.768.50058 Email: shantee.fisher.jpfg@statefarm.com
*Address: 724 Emerson Ave Ste B, Calexico, CA 92231



 
 
 

Monday, February 18, 2013

Shaving sensitivity...

Over the years I have been in search for the best shaving products for my legs. I've tried everything!


















 Due to the fact that I suffer from extreme leg sensitivity I have tried hundreds of different products and techniques to no avail. I've tried shaving products, waxing, nairing and I just wasn't able to find the perfect product until my search led me to using a body and hair conditioner. I know it sounds a little odd but this has saved me not only from constant shaving nicks and cuts but it has also saved me a lot of money in the long run.



 
 
 
 
 
My shaving technique is simple: I apply the neutrogena moisturizing body oil all over my legs and then apply a thin layer of hair conditioner. I give it a minute or two to let the oil set into my skin and then I proceed with shaving, then I rinse and my legs are left hair free and amazingly soft. The oil protects my skin not only by moisturizing but by becoming a barrier between my skin and the razor. It helps the razor glide easily on the skin without tugging at it. and the hair conditioner smooths and softens the hair. By using this technique in conjunction with these products it has made my daily shaving experience so much easier, no more nicks, my legs are softer and smoother than ever and the best part it is budget friendly. A large bottle of body oil and hair conditioner will last me anywhere between 4-6 months if not more. Therefore I save money monthly by not having to buy shaving creams and after shave moisturizing lotions.

I hope this helps those of you who have shaving sensitivities or if you just want to try something new!

Let me know if any of you try this technique!

Have an awesome day!

XoXo,
Alex

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Awesome finds for only $1 dollar!

For those of you that enjoy being creative and do your own nails I have found some awesome nail polishes and nail art lacquers for only $1 dollar... Try taking a trip to your local Dollar tree and Sally's Beauty Supply store if you would like to purchase some of these items. At such a low price you can't go wrong. They usually offer a pretty good range in colors.











These items are so budget friendly you can be as creative or as simple as you'd like with your nail designs! Hope these finds are helpful! Let me know what are some of your awesome beauty or nail polish finds...


Wishing you all an awesome weekend!
XoXo,
Alex



Friday, February 15, 2013

A little help from the drugstore to get me through this cold...

With a little help from my trusty "go to" over the counter medications I am beginning to feel a little better today. So I thought I'd share with you the three things that have been helping me get through this crummy cold. 






My number one recommendation when you have a cold is to drink plenty of fluids to help you stay hydrated...

The Alka-Seltzer Plus effervescent tablets helps me minimize my cold symptoms to at least make them bearable. It by no means gets rid of the cold but they definitely helped me.

The VICK'S Vapoinhaler works like magic to help you relieve nasal congestion although its only temporary because the effect does not last long at all. But when I'm sick and completely congested and uncomfortable I'll take whatever relief I can get. LoL

Also don't forget to always take your multi-vitamins and supplements to help boost your immune system. Remember every ones body is completely different and some fights colds faster or slower than others. But by always taking vitamins or some kind of immune boosters it will definitely help fight off colds faster.


Hope these items and tips help you next time you get a cold! Please let me know in the comments below what are some of your "go-to" over the counter medications you can't battle a cold without.

Wishing you all an amazing weekend!

XoXo,
Alex

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day Everyone!!!




Remember today is not about the flowers, chocolates and jewelry its about expressing how you feel and letting all the special people in your life know how much you care and appreciate them.

I had intended to post a valentines day makeup look but unfortunately I am spending my valentines day with a bit of a cold.. But for those of you who are going out tonight and having a special date night or just want to spruce up your makeup today but don't want to put on load of makeup. Try adding some wispy false lashes, thin black liner, mascara and a nice bright pink or berry lipstick for a pop of color. Unless you want to go bold and wear a gorgeous red lip. Wearing a bright lip is a good way to not have to wear too much on the rest of your face.






 
 

Hope everyone has an amazing LOVE filled day!
XoXo,
Alex

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

My most used and/or repurchased beauty products of 2012...


The following will be a list of products that I absolutely loved this past year. They were my most used and repurchased products of 2012 and most of them have stayed in my daily makeup routine.




To kick off this list I want to start off with my most used FACE products:


Clinique dramatically different moisturizing gel: This was definitely a stand out product for me this past year. I'm constantly in search of a great moisturizer due to the fact that I have a very oily T-zone area. It gave amazing hydration to my skin without the greasy or heavy feeling. You can find this product at any major department store such as Macy's or Dillard's for about $24.00. However if you are in the market for a very similar product that is more budget friendly try using the Neutrogena oil-free moisturizer.

SKIN79 SUPER+ BB TRIPLE FUNCTIONS CREAM: This product can be used on its own or with other makeup products. I personally use this after I have already moisturized my face. I use this product as a primer/base for my foundation. I love the mattifying effect it has on my skin. As I said this product can be worn on its own but be warned this cream is extremely pale almost white in color as it does have a whitening agent. You can purchase this product at several different online sites. Such as Amazon, eBay or the Skin79 site for about $15.00

Revlon Colorstay Foundation: ( oily/combination skin formula) I chose to mix #200 Nude and #250 Fresh beige together in order to create the perfect shade of foundation that matched my skin.
Product sold at most drugstores for about $10.00

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer: I used this product for the first time last year and let me just say this concealer is really amazing. I use this to conceal darkness under my eyes and to highlight the bridge of my nose and chin area. Its very light and creamy. I haven't had any problems with it settling into any fine line or wrinkles. Awesome product that can be worn alone if you're in a rush in the morning.. Sold at most drugstores for about $7.00

Now moving on to brows and other face products I definitely have to mention the E.L.F BROW KIT in (medium) and the Maybelline define-a-brow pencil in (dark blonde) Both products are under $5.00 and well worth the money. Another product I discovered in 2012 that fit perfectly into my eyebrow routine was the NYX Push up bra for your eyebrow dual ended pencil one end is for filling in your brows which honestly I hardly used but the other end is to be used as a highlight. I used this end to help define my brows and also used it in the inner corners of my eyes to help brighten up my eyes and makeup look.  The NYX Collection Noir Black Liquid Liner and the Too Faced Shadow Insurance eyeshadow primer were also standout products of the year for me.
 
 
 
 
To finish off my list I of course have to mention a few lip products that were must haves in my makeup bag this past year. Starting off with the M.A.C cremesheen lipstick in Creme Cup. By far this has to be my all time favorite pink lipstick. In 2012 I finally decided to try more budget friendly drugstore lip products and I was pleasantly surprised when I tried the Covergirl Lipstick in #395 Darling and the L'Oreal Color Riche Lipstick in #800 Fairest Nude. Both lipsticks are must haves if you enjoy light pinks and nude colored lipsticks. I love the fact that no matter how dramatic or natural your eye makeup is these lipsticks are neutral enough to go with anything you're wearing.
If you're more of a natural lip balm or light tint type of person then you definitely need to try any of the e.o.s. lip balms they are amazingly hydrating and not greasy or sticky at all. If you love lip balms that have a bit of a tint to it then make sure to try the Maybelline Baby Lips lip balms in pink punch and yummy plummy. I make sure to always carry at least one of these lip balms in my purse at all times.
                      


 




I hope this little review of my 2012 favorites helps you find some new treasures for your makeup bag!

XoXo,
Alex



Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Allow me to introduce myself...

Hi! I'm Alex Kyle, I am an aspiring makeup artist and currently enrolled in an makeup artistry program. I am also a full-time wife and mother. I am new to the world of blogging but I am extremely excited to embark on this new journey and hopefully be able to share " MY EVERYDAY " life and beauty related issues, adventures and tips and tricks that I learn along the way.  Here you will also be able to find posts that pertain to makeup, skincare, product reviews, DIY's, and recipes. From time to time I will also be having guest blogs as I have many friends and family that are in a wide array of professions that can offer helpful and useful advise.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and I look forward to reading your questions, comments and any and all helpful advice of your own. Please feel free to contact me via email.


Sincerely,
Alex Kyle

lifebeautyblogger@gmail.com