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TESTING 1 – 2 – 3 ! – Starting up my blog in a new place (wordpress.com) is intimating! Its like I am starting from scratch! Sometimes I feel too old to learn new things, but I am always willing to try! I hope this is the start of something fun and freeing!

My family is experiencing a lot of new changes. Kris and I are growing closer after being separated for 6 years. Jude has suffered from anxiety and mood disorders for years and he is starting to experience healing! Work for me has been steady, and it keeps me grateful everyday! I am learning to love my body and all of imperfections. I don’t have cancer, I’m not disfigured…im just curvy. Okkkurrrr?!

I have big plans this summer! Traveling, Fitness, Volunteer Work and so much more! Make sure to check in with me or follow me on social media for updates! Also things are going to start changing over on my YouTube channel. My content is going to take a shift and I hope you guys like it! AHHHHHH! Im excited and want to throw up at the same time haha.

Ready? Set. GO!

HOW I SLOW DOWN DURING THE HOLIDAYS | SELF CARE + PAMPERING

WHEN THE GIFT GIVER GIVES TO HERSELF:

The holidays can be a little…well…VERY stressful! Packed malls and a long gift list can get a bit overwhelming so it’s important to take a step back and breathe. When I find a moment to myself, I go straight for spa treatments – at home! Shiseido masks, bubble baths, naps and catching up on my favorite REAL HOUSEWIVES shows are all on my personal agenda which is why I’m excited to partner with Shiseido on this post about how to #ShareBeauty with yourself this holiday season.
I know I am not the only one who enjoys a long PANDORA holiday music session while wrapping gifts. It might sound like a chore but it can be so enjoyable when you are not in a rush. Also I am a busy mom and I never have time to actually keep a nail appointment, so I keep my manicure together by doing my gels myself!

I know I am not the only one who enjoys a long PANDORA holiday music session while wrapping gifts. It might sound like a chore but it can be so enjoyable when you are not in a rush. Also I am a busy mom and I never have time to actually keep a nail appointment, so I keep my manicure together by doing my gels myself!


If you have never tried gel polish, it is worth the extra money. I did my research and checked online for coupons to make sure I was getting the best deal because these lamps are NOT cheap!


Stress can be seen on our faces so the next 3 Shiseido masks are a must-try!  


Watch my latest youtube video to see how I apply each mask to my face! 

Up first is the Shieseido Purifying Mask. This mask goes on like soft, rich mud and dries quickly. After about 10-20 mins (enough time to paint your nails) you can wash your face and you will see how soft and bright your skin looks after only one use!


Next, I used the Shiseido Benefiance Eye Masks. They are small strips that sit under your eyes. The active ingredient is retinol which will help smooth fine lines around your eyes. 

  
Lastly, because I wanted to try all three in one sitting, I applied the Shiseido Firming Massage Mask to my forehead. This mask works to relax the pores as you massage in the product. It also clears skin and promotes less breakouts – YAY!



When the lower half of my face was dry to the touch (that’s where the mud mask was applied), it was time to rinse and pat dry.


My skin was glowing! It wasnt the beautiful lighting shinning off the tree – my face was brighter, softer, and so hydrated! 


Before I get back to my everyday routine…
What do you do for YOURSELF to slow down during the holidays? Let me know in the comments below! Thank you so much for reading and I will see you in the next one!

MACYS BAKERSFIELD IMPULSE EVENT 11/12

Hey guys! Tomorrow is going to be exciting! I got asked to be apart of Macy’s Bakersfield Impulse Beauty Event! Its exciting to be working with a major department store – but to also hangout with some of you! I will be doing a LIVE makeup tutorial @1pm so make sure to drop by and say hi! 
The products I am using I am bringing with me! 
Here are just a few that I will be applying totally LIVE with no editing…bloobers and all haha:

Master Palette by Mario

Contour Cream Kit Light 


Smooth Operator Amazonian clay setting powder

Better Than Sex Mascara 

Vice Lipstick Vintage Capsule Collection 

Which ones are your favorites and which ones are on your list??
If you do stop by the event – please tag me!! Watch out I am a hugger and a kisser haha.
See you all soon and thank you so much for your love and support. I love you all! 
*Latina Kisses*

Day to Night Smoky Spiced Eye

The perfect Day to Night Smoky Spiced Eye 
…is one stop into Ulta Beauty away!


I have partnered with Ulta Beauty x Byrdie Beauty to walk you through a very iconic look
: The Smoky Eye – but with a bit of spice – just in time for Fall. I love when the weather starts to cool down and so do all of the makeup trends. Using too much black on these eyes can lead to a makeup nightmare – so I opted for a fall favorite that’s warm and beautiful: chestnut bronze. Sticking with warm tones on the eyes is the easiest to blend, and will look fantastic with every skin tone.


I have posted beauty tutorials to YouTube for years and this look is the most requested! Smoky eyes look amazing on everyone – it is classic – perfect for so many occasions from red carpet events to a selfie with your girlfriends at happy hour! 


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You would be pleasantly surprised to find this look is so easy to recreate, so beginners this one is for you! I am a mother of a 7 year old so when I have the chance to sit and do my makeup – its only for a few minutes! So many are intimidated by the look and assume it requires so many expensive products. I love shopping at Ulta Beauty because I can find products that you would find in both drugstores and department stores, plus some brands and products that are exclusive to their store as well


Now for the fun part – What you will need:
Many assume you need a huge makeup collection to achieve a smoky eye, but honestly, it only takes a handful of products and they all can fit in this small makeup bag! 


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Whats inside:


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One step at a time.


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 To start any look, you need a good eye shadow base. The Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow primer will not only make your shadows last longer, it will enhance the colors as well.


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If you have been following me on YouTube you might have seen me use this next product many times. The Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Eye Shadow Crayon in Bad Bronze is the perfect brown shadow for any skin tone. This pencil is a creamy product so I like to apply it directly to my lids and blend in with a brush


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The Ulta Gel Eye liner in Black Out is so smooth going onto your skin, there will me no pulling or tugging around the eyes. I add this deep shade to my water line and smudge out with a pencil brush


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This versatile palette from Tarte Cosmetics is called IN BLOOM. It has every shade you would need for classic to bombshell looks all in one compact case. I love the mix of shimmer and mattes. Today I am topping off the cream shadow stick with “Rebel” to soften up the edges and create that smoky effect we are after. 


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To finish off the eyes, apply 2 coats of mascara and a pair of dramatic lashes. I also popped in a bit of glitter from NYX in the shade Copper for fun! 


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At Ulta Beauty there are so many options I am sure you will go home with more than you went in for haha. Hopefully you found this post helpful! Make sure to tag me on social media when you rock your smoky spiced eyes (#sccastaneda)! If you have a few new items on your makeup list after reading this post – you’re welcome! Thank you so much for stopping in and until next time…


*Latina Kisses*
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#MAKEUPMONDAY : L’OREAL PARIS TRUE MATCH LUMI CUSHION FOUNDATION REVIEW / DEMO

Hey Locas! I am back with another quick post to speak about the :
NEW L’Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation. 
It took a few trips to find this little baby because they were either flying off the shelf or have yet to hit stores when I was on the hunt.
I am a sucker for packaging and I had to get it. Lucky for me I grabbed the right shade and its a True Match. Pun intended. Its light weight and felt like I was doing something good for my skin unlike most foundations. 
This foundation came with an thin sponge applicator I was not too impressed with it at first look. But when I shut my thoughts down and gave it a chance – it was amazing. I tried the technique I found online and it didn’t do that will in my video. I liked the swiping or dragging method better. As far as it being advertised as sheer to medium coverage – I could maybe see this being possible if you let the layers dry and you did pat. If you do not have problematic skin, one layer is enough and it looks beautiful.
CLICK HERE to watch this foundation in action! I was so relived to find a product that was not only from the drugstore, but one that improved the way my skin looked, matched and went on effortlessly. If you have tried it…let me know in the comments below and share your thoughts! I was so impressed with this foundation that it amazed me. Im sure you will be seeing it a lot in drugstore tutorials to come. Thanks for reading!
*Latina Kisses*