So I guess this is what happens when you walk into Sephora, Ulta and Target without any real reason. 

    Listen, I went into Sephora to buy a new beauty blender and the Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer. What I ended up walking with an entire different story. After that it just spiraled out of control 😁 A trip to Ulta and Target followed suit because, of course, they’re all in the same strip. It’s like they set people up for failure! 


    Ok that’s not much in the grand scheme of things.. But I’m still excited! Thank you everyone for taking an interest in what I consider to just be my journal. I hope ya’ll stick around!  

    Purple Haze

    I don’t venture into color when it comes to my eyeshadow quite often. To be honest, I find it a bit difficult considering my lack of a crease. In an attempt to break out of my shell, I tried a purple look.. and I loved it! Maybe I’ll venture into more bold eyeshadow looks instead of my typical neutral looks in the future 😊

    Details: MAC ProLongwear foundation, Mac Prep and Prime highlighter in Radiant Rose, Soleil Tan De Chanel bronzer, NYX matte bronzer in Medium, Milani baked blush in Berry Amore, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal, Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick in 1995, NYX Lipliner in Natural, Morphe 35w Palette, Tarteist Clay Liner

    I ❤️ Boracay Part 1 

    I’ve been to the Philippines several times now over the years, but have never been to Boracay until now. I’ve always been obsessed with the thought, but never figured it would be a reality. I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to visit!

    My family and I made it into Manila on May 17th very, very early in the morning and our flight to Boracay was supposed to be around 10AM. Wrong. After getting some rest at my Aunt’s house, we headed back to the airport to check-in for our flight, only to find out it had been delayed 4 hours. After getting all settled, grabbing a bite to eat, it’s almost time to board our flight so we head to our gate. And then our flight gets delayed another 2 hours. At this point, we had been traveling for pretty much 2 days straight and we were all just over it lol. Around 5, we finally get to take off and thankfully, it’s only an hour plane ride. We had made it just in time for our very first Boracay sunset.

    Waiting in line get back into the airport

    how cute is he 😍

    the boat ride to the island!

    my first Boracay sunset and it didn’t disappoint

    That first night, we just hung out around the hotel and got some much needed rest!

    The next morning, we got up early and headed down to breakfast and to take a morning swim.

        After relaxing at the beach and taking in our beautiful surroundings, we headed over to another part of the island to go “fly fishing” and no, I don’t mean catching fish.

    Fly fishing is when you get on one of these terrifying piece of shits pulled by a jet boat. Let’s just say miraculously, I never fell off, but everyone else did. I wish I got footage, but Uriel forgot the water proof casing for the GoPro. I’m sure it would’ve been hilarious! Afterwards, we grabbed some lunch and headed back to the hotel for, you guessed it, more rest haha.

    Later that night, we decided to head over to Spider Club and have a couple of drinks as the sun set.


    Beer of choice the entire trip lol

    golden hour selfies with hubby

    And that’s a wrap for the first 24 hours in Boracay! Successful if you don’t count the 2 delays for our flight lol. Stay tuned for the next post!

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    Hey y’all.

    I’m so sorry I’ve been slacking on this blog! I promise y’all I’ve got lots of blog content planned the next couple of weeks. I’ve hit a funk, but I think it’s almost over! I’m slowly getting more and more creative with what posts I want to make and so on. My trip to the Philippines is coming very soon, and by soon, I mean I leave Friday morning lol. I will be in the Philippines for 2 weeks and I am planning on vlogging as much as I can! It’ll be a jam packed two weeks as my boyfriend and my sister’s boyfriend are coming along for the trip and they both have never been. Normally, my family goes for a whole month, but now that my sister and I are both out of school and are working, it’s just not possible anymore so we’re fitting in a month’s worth of vacation into two weeks instead! We’re going to be staying in Boracay for three days while we’re there as well and we’ve never been before so I’m super excited! Boracay is THE destination in the Philippines, with its’ white sand beaches and great nightlife. I’m so hyped. Not only that, but one of my cousins is getting married and everyone is a part of the wedding party! We’ve had this vacation planned since pretty much November and it’s so mind-blowing to me that it begins in just a couple of days! So the past couple of days of preparing and packing and such has been nuts. I’m totally stressed about it, but I am so anxious to just hop on that plane and be all the way across the world in warm, sunny weather. In fact.. I should be getting some packing done right now, haha.

    Travel Skincare

    Travel Skincare
    In a couple of days, I will be on a very long flight (14 hours) to the Philippines and from past experiences, I know that the dry, recycled air on planes wrecks absolute havoc on my entire body. I get stuffy, I get fatigued, and my skin is just on a whole other level.
    My skin has gone through some major changes in the past almost 2 years and so for the past couple of months, I’ve been on a pretty strict skincare routine to try and gain some control over it and it’s been really working out for me. So the LAST thing I want is to send my skin back into a downward spiral! My goal was to find a skincare routine for the actual flight, that was minimal and allowed me to keep my skin fresh without actually having to use the water on the plane because let’s face it, airplane bathrooms get gross real quick on long flights and I’m trying to limit my time in them lol.
    I will be wearing light makeup for blogging and vlogging purposes between flights so it was important for me to find wipes that would be able to take off at least most of my makeup without leaving that gross oily/greasy feel on the face that some makeup wipes tend to give you. I’ve been using these Neutrogena Natural purifying makeup wipes for the past couple of weeks on a recommendation I get and I love them! They do exactly what I’m looking for, they smell great, and even better: they’re natural!
    Next up are sheet masks, I bought the antioxidant one from Karuna that’s meant to replenish and protect your skin. It also has hyaluronic acid which is SO moisturizing and as soon as I saw that as one of the ingredients, it was like yes, yes, yes, I’m buying this. The other one I picked up was by When and it’s their travelmate mask, I plan on using this one on the flight back, and it’s meant to restore your skin. I’m excited to use both of these!
    I’ve been meaning to pick up and try out the b6 complexion spray from Urban Decay since it first came out. It claims to reduce redness and minimize pores among other things. It’s also supposed to soothe your skin which is why I decided it could be handy on the flight.
    Next two items are the Sonia Kashuk Radiant Face oil and Ole Henriksen’s Truth Revealed super creme with SPF. I’ve been using both already and I think they’ve both been really amazing. I didn’t have super high expectations of the face oil because at the end of the day, it is a drugstore brand. I was super surprised to see how much my skin just loves this stuff! I have a bit of acne scarring on my cheeks and while my super creme has been helping with that because of the vitamin C, the face oil from SK has really been helping as well! The oil is a combination of oils that I don’t know off the top of my head right now, but whayever they are, they’re working wonders all together. Not only has it helped with scarring, but the overall appearance of my skin is looking better. It’s definitely less dull that’s for sure!
    I’m excited to see how these products all work together! Fingers crossed for my skin y’all.

    I AM BUSY 

    Sorry for not being around lately, life gets crazy sometimes, ya know?

    I do have a trip the Philippines coming up so I have lots of different posts planned! So stay tuned 😊