Sunday, December 24, 2017

Last Minute Gift Ideas For Christmas

Good Morning!
I know I have said this a lot of times, but there is no season like Christmas! I love planning gift ideas for my friends and family, to look forward what they will like for this special time. I definitely think that beauty products are one the best gift ideas when it comes to Christmas presents. 

I started using Darphin products, since one year now and I definitely feel the difference in my skin appeareance, the foundation looks better, my makeup last longer and my favorite thing I would say is how smooth my skin looks without no makeup at all.

Essential oils, beauty creams & serums are a must-have in a girls skincare routine, they repair your skin and they continuosly keep it hydrated through the day & night.

These 3 are basic products that every women from 20 years & ahead will approach no matter what, as women's we love taking care of ourselves with great products that will help us to look and feel better!

Shop for Darphin Products here

Happy Christmas Eve!
xx. Laura

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Breakfast Ideas For Christmas

Christmas is my favorite time of the year, I love playing and creating delicious and healthy breakfasts, not only for fun but to keep the feeling of Christmas around me and my family. 
The following recipes are very simple and delightful for all ages!

Extra Chocolate Pancakes
Believe it or not, this recipe is healthy! 
I made the pancakes with these ingredients:
1/3 whole wheat flour, 2 white eggs, 2 spoons of cacao, 1 little spoon of baking soda & stevia.
Making the chocolate topping sauce for two:
For this delicious topping you will only need: 
Peanut butter, dark chocolate, cacao, sugar-free syrup & stevia.
The first thing to add is 2 tsp of cacao, Then you will add 2 tsp of the sugar-free syrup, 1 spoon of peanut butter, stevia and dark chocolate (as you prefer) then I melt the sauce on the microwave and lastly I add a little bit of water to give the consistency of a sauce.

Brownie Margarita
This is a heavenly combination for those ones who love sweets, in just 5 minutes you can make a well-done breakfast for hosting people at your place or for yourself.
How to make it: you can use any cup or glass you have at home, the first thing I always do is to cut the strawberries and bananas to add them first with the candy canes mints (I chopped them into little pieces) , I wanted to make a Christmas breakfast, in case you don't like them you can replace them with marshmallows and chocolate chips. The second step is to chop the brownie into little squares and then add the yogurt, for this recipe I used greek yogurt. Lastly, is the decor, my favorite part because here is when you get creative, I added mini marshmallows, white sprinkles, bananas and the best thing: the dark chocolate spoons that are beyond good!

Rudolph Berry Oatmeal
This plate is perfect for kids!
The main ingredients are Oatmeal, Chia Seeds, Vanilla Extract, Stevia, Reese's Chips & Strawberries.
How to make it: For this bowl, I added 1/3 cup of oatmeal with 1 cup of water and I let it boiled for 10 minutes, while it was boiling I added 2 little spoons of Chia seeds, Vanilla Extract and 1 Spoon of Stevia.
After I saw it got the consistency I was looking for, I put it in the bowl and I mixed with Reese's chips and then the final touch was the strawberries.

Hot-Marsh Chocolate
This is one of my favorite drinks during fall & winter, you can't escape Christmas without having one.
There are thousands of recipes and ingredients to get the perfect hot chocolate, even though I love to make it myself rather than buying, just because they are loaded with tons of sugar!
How to make it: The two main ingredients here are the Hershey's cocoa powder and the mini marshmallows, I love to heat the milk and then adding the sugar or stevia (as you prefer). Adding a little bit of cinnamon and cutting little parts of the Christmas candy canes is a great recommendation you guys should try and lastly don't forget the marshmallows! They're the best thing!

Wishing you all a great Christmas!
xx. Laura

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Hair Products To Love: REDAVID Orchid Hair Challenge

Good Morning!
One of the most important things a girl should always take care of is her hair. Don't you agree? I have been trying out the REDAVID Oil Treatment Challenge for the past couple of weeks and I gotta say I'm so impressed of how healthy and shiny my hair is looking. While using these products, I honestly felt like I was in a hair salon but at the comfort of my own home. 

This line of product is made with Orchids, which gives it an incredible smell. I love when I get to do these type of reviews because I can tell you about my experience with the product since I can feel the quality first-hand.The Orchid Oil shampoo and conditioner are specially made for boosting shine and taming frizz...and after first use, my hair was so easy to manage! Before I tried these products I was a slave of using hair masks. Now, whenever my hair is dry, I apply the Orchid Oil Dual TherapyThis product is great to eliminate tangles, amplify shine and restore health back to your hair! (the second effect is my absolute favorite!) 

I've got to say my personal favorite and one of the best hair products I have ever tried has got to be the Orchid Oil Treatment which is basically an ultra-nourishing serum which serves to give you smooth curls and radiant shine. I love using it daily with my curls or even if I'm wearing my hair straight. Again, the smell is just surreal and after using the oil my hands get to smell good for the entire day.  

The Curl Defining Creme is great when you have finished doing your curls, waves or if you naturally have curly hair. I totally recommend to buy this product since It makes your waves manageable and less frizzy.
Enjoy your curls!

Since I always get asked to share how I take care of my hair, I strongly encourage you to check out REDAVID's products...That's my answer. Shop their products here, REDAVID Hair this is more than an ideal gift for Christmas!

xx. Laura


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Faux Fur Jacket & Statement Pants

Dressing during fall is definitely my favorite, it's that time of the year where you are able to wear sophisticated layers without looking like Michelin wheel like in winter. I got to say I went nuts when I went inside to H&M last week, their fall collection is amazing and totally affordable! I bought this Faux Fur Jacket because is so cozy and I'm sure I will use it for winter too, this made the outfit much chic and of course pairing this with the trousers it made a great combo all together, as the jacket was very cozy I paired it with a crop top sweater, a red mini bag to add a pop of color, leather boots which are my #1 favorite shoes for the season and finally the wide-leg trousers, I love wearing pants that have different and unique details as these ones, personally I love the pearls detail on the side and how comfy they were that I never change for the entire day. They are now sold out online, but here you can find some similar options: Flared Jersey Pants, Wide-Cut Pants, Wide-Leg Pants



Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Daily Ready With Pixie Products

Good Morning!
I started trying a couple of weeks ago Pixi Products, the first thing that got my attention was their amazing package. I began using the Glow Tonic before applying my makeup as it cleanses the skin, I feel it also helps my makeup to last longer. This product is ideal either for AM or PM use. I loved their makeup Shades as my favorite thing to do whenever I'm going out is the smokey eye. Additionally, their Contour Palette is also great for doing your eyes, I like giving multiple purposes to these type of shades and as they come in different brownish colors you can use them for this as well. 

I finalized my routine with the Double Cleanse by Caroline Hirons, I really loved when brands get innovative about their products and definitely this is one of them, I like to apply this one before going to bed,  this 2-in-1 cleanser contains a solid cleansing oil and a luxe cleansing cream especially for the ultimate PM cleansing, the good thing of this is that it leaves your skin clean and also hydrated!

Honestly, taking care of our skin is something we should embrace considering all these great & affordable options, skin care & makeup is a fun an easy topic to discover with all these amazing creations.

x. Laura
Thanks to Pixi Beauty for sponsoring this post

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Pleated Skirts for Fall

Good Morning!
I love using skirts no matter what season of the year is, playing with colors, textures, and trends in between is definitely fun. The thing I love the most about sunny days is being able of going out with a seasonal skirt, right now pleated skirts are available in many styles and colors, the movement and versatility they give to any outfit are great.

I styled it with this striped off-the-shoulder top, I love this top so much that I actually bought the same in two different colors, I love it so much because the sleeves are very unique and the baby blue paired with black is a great combination (down below you can check some options) this look is something you can use from morning to night, it all depends on what shoes, bag, and accessories you decide to use.

The Pleated Skirt Combo


Monday, October 23, 2017

How To Make An Acai Bowl From Home

Good Morning! 
This is one of my favorite recipes to make for breakfast or as a snack. I considered this bowl as a dessert honestly. Açai is a superfood, it's delicious and it mixes perfectly with granola, hemp seeds, cheerios, etc. 

The reason why I preferred making this bowl from home, is because commercial bowls, the ones we usually buy from local spots, they tend to add crazy amounts of sugar, they are not calorie-wise, the ingredients are not the best, and the worst thing is that they are overpriced.

My favorite part of the day is breakfast, making a bowl like this will not take you longer than 12 minutes if you know what you already want to add on it.

The Process
As first things go first, the Açai is the essential ingredient. I buy it at Whole Foods, it comes frozen in a pack of 7. The brand I buy it's called Sambazon. You can check these two options here: Freeze-Dried Acai Powder & Acai Berry Pure & Unsweetened

The second part is more optional, sometimes I wake up wanting cheerios or granola, it all depends on your taste. I always make my granola from home, if you have time I totally recommend it to make it only takes 30 minutes, if not they are tons of options in every supermarket so try to check the nutrition facts before your purchase any.

The third part and last one is to add the fruits you love the most, I usually put half of the banana, 3 chopped strawberries, blueberries and concord grapes. I also love to add a spoon of peanut butter, right now I'm obsessed with this chocolate hazelnut butter: Justin's, it tastes like Nutella. Lastly, I love putting shredded coconut and that's all! 

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Trousers Love

Pants have always been one of my favorite pieces to pick whenever I'm getting dressed. It feels great carrying colors that radiate happiness. This was such a nice sunny day out, I wanted to showcase an ideal look for a bright day, I'm trying to wear as many colors as I can because I feel neutral colors are great for the upcoming seasons like winter. I decided to pull this look with a classic white shirt, as fuchsia is a strong color I tried to neutralize it with the white and black touch to make it elegant too. 

A great point for wide boot pants is that they make your legs look longer. They are great for work, going for dinner and to party, my favorite thing of all is how comfortable they are, you barely feel them!

x. Laura


Monday, October 9, 2017

Bring Color To Your Outfits To The Next Level

First of all, Happy Thanksgiving!
Today, I wanted to bring up the importance of wearing colors in our daily life! I love colors, the energy and radiance they inspire it's fantastic! Red is a warm and strong color...We all know, but what many of us do not know is the psychology behind every color we wear every day. As an example, I love starting the week using happy colors, I  love black, but I always try to stay away from it when it comes to starting something new. The reason why I do this is because I feel renewed, motivated and radiant, wearing colors to boost your mood is a great way to start the week!

The fact is we have so many colors and for every season we have a new trend, we should embrace them in order to feel different, but furthermore to fuel up our energy.

Wearing bright and new tones we are not always using gives us vivacity and happiness. We can get a lot of fun by using colors.

As a tip, try of pairing them with neutrals as white or nude, it all depends on the tone and of course your style!
Thanks for reading
xx. Laura

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Why To Start Using Creams On Your 20's

My mom has always said to me that one of the best investments a women should do is to spend on good creams... I can tell why she is right. Establishing a skin care routine is very important as the skin is our body's largest organ and furthermore because our skin sheds itself daily! Personally, I think that is never too late to start getting conscious on your routine, prevention is a lot easier as it takes us less time and money than having to see a dermatologist or a surgeon. 

Since a couple of weeks ago, I began using Origins products. To be honest, I still feel happy about receiving this box especially now as it started to feel colder, it's essential to take care of our cutis during these times of the year as our skin tends to get very dry. The first product I unboxed was the Peppermint Spot Relief, I recommend using this one on the neck and forehead after having a long day, the sensation this product provides I got to say is very relaxing.

Now talking about a good moisturizer, I admit that I have tried many other creams before, but for this High-Potency Night-A-Mins, no kidding is totally different! I adore this renewal cream as it contains Vitamin C, E and H as also moisture-rich which is great when you are sleeping. To be sincere, the orange smell is great as it is calming but furthermore the soft texture of my skin in the morning after I wash my face is amazing!

For exfoliation, I started doing it weekly, I decided to choose Mondays as on weekends I expose my face to long hours using makeup. The Clear Improvement is a powder to clear pores as it's water active it turns into a creamy effervescent cleanser. I like to leave it for 2 minutes because is more like a mask-exfoliating product.

Thanks for reading!
xx. Laura
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