Friday, June 20, 2014

May Kay True Dimensions Lipstick Giveaway

As a young girl, I would watch as my mom expertly applied lipstick to the contours of her mouth and I remember looking forward to the day when I would do the same. The six-year-old me didn’t know a thing about womanhood or make-up, but she knew that there was something oh-so alluring and feminine about a colorful lip.

Alluring and feminine are just a few of the qualities that make lipstick a woman’s best friend. It’s my go-to beauty accessory and I’ll tell you why. In addition to lending out two of the previously used adjectives, it can also be transformative.

Just a quick swipe of the stuff can go a long way. Lipstick can polish up a messy bun, it can add a pop of color to an all-black ensemble, it can add sophistication to nerdy glasses, it can compliment a personality and it even has the ability to make a woman feel more confident and beautiful.

So when I came across Mary Kay® True Dimensions™ Lipstick collection, I just knew I needed to share all of their transformative properties with my readers. 

I'm wearing True Dimensions™ lipstick in First Blush
The collection includes 20 different moisturizing lip shades to play up your pout. As you can see from the photos, I already love the ten that I've tried out. To spread the love, I’ve partnered up with Mary Kay to share ten lipsticks (valued at $180) from the collection with one lucky reader! 

To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment below.

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This giveaway ends Thursday, June 26 at 11:59 p.m. EST and is open to everyone with a U.S. mailing address over 18 years of age. Check out the Giveaway Rules.

Good luck!

To read today's entry in Spanish, click here.

Disclaimer: The blog received product for review, but the comments and opinions are my own.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Barnyard Bodycon

There's this abandoned barn nearby that I pass on a regular basis. I love the look of the weather trodden paint and thought it'd be a great backdrop for today's style post.

For today's post I decided on a midi length bodycon dress with a tribal print. I truly believe that anyone can pull off a figure hugging dress. For curvy ladies hesitant of flaunting their body, I recommend layering on a blazer, leather jacket, sweater or vest. I would ideally layer this dress with a long, masculine blazer in a punchy color, but the heat wouldn't allow for it. This denim vest is from Zara, but I think a leather vest would look great too.

Coming to you straight from the heartland of America.

The chevron and midi rings are from Forever 21.

The back cut-outs allow flirty flashes of skin.

This magenta colored bag broke up the dress' neutral colors and matched my lipstick perfectly.

These strappy leather heels from Ann Taylor can be mixed into tons of outfits. The detail on the straps adds interest and the short heel makes them easy to wear for extended periods of time.

Heels: Ann Taylor | Denim vest: Zara | Bag: Aïta | Lipstick: Kiko Milano | Rings: Forever 21

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

ItWorks Body Contouring Wrap

Sure, I survived Chiberia 2013-2014 but my body ended up storing a little extra cushion during the harsh winter. Now that it's bikini season, I could use all the help I can get before baring it all in a two-piecer.

I've noticed body wrap commercials popping up more frequently on TV, so when the ItWorks body contouring system was brought to my attention I decided to try it out. 

My start-up pack included:
                                           • 1 contouring body wrap
                                           • 2 drink powders 
                                           • 3 soft chews (these tasted like candy!)    

After taking a shower, I carefully applied the wrap to my torso. To ensure that the wrap wouldn't slip and slide out of place, I wore a body hugging tank top over it (some wrappers opt to use plastic wrap). I was told that staying hydrated maximized the benefits, so I kept liquids within arms reach.

As soon as I put the wrap around my waist, I sipped one of the packets of the alkalizing drink powders. I was surprised how the pre-moistened wrap sent a warm and tingly sensation over the covered area. I wore the wrap for approximately 45 minutes and rubbed in the lotion after removing it.

I didn't notice any pronounced changes to my body shape, but my skin felt smoother and softer than it has in years. Many of the success stories that I found had used more than just one wrap over a longer period of time. I might just have to call my local supplier to continue working on a flatter tummy with the ItWorks system.

For more detailed information, contact Cherie Smith.

Click here to read this post in Spanish.

I received a complimentary ItWorks products for the post, but all opinions and comments are my own.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Farnsworth House

It took two friends visiting from Spain to check out this architectural gem in my back yard. The Farnsworth House -located in Plano, IL- is one of the most famous examples of modernist domestic architecture and was considered unprecedented in its day. It was designed and constructed by iconic 20th century architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe between 1945-1951.

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Its name derives from Dr. Edith Farnsworth, a prominent Chicago nephrologist who commissioned Ludwig Mies van der Rohe to design the house during a dinner party in 1945. The steel and glass one-room house was meant to be a weekend retreat by rural riverfront property.

Photo by Carlos Grima Matzner
The architecture of the house represents the ultimate refinement of Mies van der Rohe’s minimalist expression of structure and space. It is composed of three strong, horizontal steel forms - the terrace, the floor of the house, and the roof.

Source: Carlos Grima Matzner
To mimic the simplicity of the three horizontal planes, I wore this color blocked dress from Zara (with a color representing each one of the steel forms) during the guided tour.

Dress: Zara | Shoes: Topshop | Purse: Anne Klein | Watch: Michael Kors

Photo by Carlos Grima Matzner 
The visit was an unforgettable experience and I would recommend it to everyone, regardless of their design or architectural knowledge. I should admit that I didn't know much about the home or its story before the visit and now I'm left wanting more.

Photo by Carlos Grima Matzner
One of the things that caught my attention was that Mies van der Rohe's philosophy (like many of today's fashion designers) was, "less is more." 

To continue learning about the history of the house, I've included a snippet of a PBS video.

For more photos of the Farnsworth House, click here.

P.S. Shout out to the lovely friends that inspired today's post.

Click here to read this post in Spanish.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Frozen Grapes

Before the start of another week, I like to unwind with a glass of wine. During these hot summer months, I usually opt for chilled white wine. To keep my wine cool until the last drop, I like to add a handful of frozen grapes.

The best part...eating the wine soaked grapes.

Happy Sunday!

Click here to read today's entry in Spanish.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Liquid Liner Corrector

Liquid eye liner is a great touch to a smoky eye and also looks fantastic on a bare lid, but boy can it be tricky to apply. 

I like love how black liquid eye liner makes eyes pop, but nothing looks sloppier than a smudged or crooked line. On the occasion when I've overloaded on caffeine and can't calm a jittery hand, I turn to shimmery eye shadows to camouflage application imperfections.

I use a brush with a firm, slanted tip to apply the shimmery eye shadow over the line. Not only does this trick help conceal an uneven line, it can also help soften the color if you're complexion is as fair as mine.

I snagged this brown shimmery shadow from Kiko Make Up Milano for under 5€!


Click here to read today's entry in Spanish.
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