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This is my “Why I am Loved” story

This post is sponsored by Helzberg Diamonds but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

When Barnett Helzberg Jr. proposed to Shirley Bush in 1967, he thought that the love he sparked should be shared. He felt that everyone should be able to feel the same kind of love. This event is what sparked the idea of the “I Am Loved” pins that Helzberg until this day provides for free. You can pick up these pins at your nearest Helzberg location and give them to your loved ones. I will share my own “Why I am Loved” story today, and also tell you how you have the chance to win a $250 gift card by sharing your story.

Love can be defined in many ways. To me, love can be family, friends, a significant other, or simply just finding joy in the small things. But, love can be found in different forms. Since moving away from my home country at 18, I’ve had my ups and downs. The hardest part was finding a place to belong in a city as big as Los Angeles.

I have finally found a place where I feel loved by the people I surround myself with. They fil me with happiness, joy, excitement, and passion. They support me for everything I do, and I support them. There is nothing better than being surrounded by people who will do anything for you, no matter what. I am loved because I have a family. And family is the most important thing. Even though I am across the globe from my biological family, I have found and created my own Los Angeles family with my friends.

You can win a $250 gif card by sharing your own story. Follow this link to participate in the Helzberg Diamond “I Am Loved” contest and get the chance of winning a gift card. Share a photo with #IAmLovedContest and finish the sentence “I know I am loved because…” for a chance to win. See your submission and the official rules here: bit.ly/IAmLovedContest

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goop GOOPGLOW Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator Review

One thing I have learned about goop is that they have revolutionized expensive skincare. I received the goop GOOPGLOW Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator in the mail and had no idea what the price of this jar was before I did a quick google search. For the high expense of $125 plus taxes, this exfoliator can be yours. The question is, is it worth the price? Well, I will tell you if it is without you having to spend the money to find out!

goop GOOPGLOW Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator

My first impression when I opened the jar was “Oh my god, I need to use this.” When you open it up, it looks like a whipped mousse, and you just want to touch it. For an exfoliator, this is a rare thing since it would usually look a bit more coarse. The smell is similar to other GOOPGLOW products. A subtle citrus smell resembling Vitamin C without being overpowering.

goop describes the goop GOOPGLOW Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator as “a dual-action microdermabrasion exfoliator that delivers the benefits of both physical and chemical exfoliation, instantly polishing away roughness, smoothing uneven texture, and revealing a healthy-looking, glowing complexion”. Some of the key ingredients are micro-exfoliating minerals, glycolic acids, and Australian Kakadu plum.

I only exfoliate my skin when I feel like it’s dull and really needs it. I have used the goop GOOPGLOW Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator for about a month now and think I have a pretty good experience with the product. My first impression of the product was, of course, the texture. I had never felt an exfoliator that was whipped and so soft. You also need the tiniest amount for your entire face, which may in some ways, make up for the steep price.

goop GOOPGLOW Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator

There is no doubt that the product works, and that it works really well. The end results have always been a soft, fresh face without redness or irritation. I do feel sometimes that exfoliators do not work the way that I want them too. But, the goop GOOPGLOW Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator did work exactly the way I wanted to without excessive use. I’ve used it about 2 times per week and my skin has had a great past month. Breakouts have been minimal even during my period, and I have felt like Ive had more glow.

Personally, I think the price is absolutely outrageous, and I would probably not spend the money. Unless absolutely nothing else worked for me. But, I would buy this product as a staple and use only this one product because it is that good. If you have an exfoliator that works wonder for you, stay with it. If you feel like your skin is dull and nothing else works, save up the money and try it out. goop does not offer returns on any time that has been opened or used, so you really need to commit if you decide to purchase. Shop the GOOPGLOW line below.

Four reasons why the Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet will be your best travel buddy this summer

Thank you Amazon for sponsoring this post. Be sure to pick up your own Fire HD 8 tablet for your next adventure!

Whether it is a short trip to the beach or a road trip cross country, there is definitely one thing that you cannot forget to bring with you, and that is the new Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet. I received it about 2 weeks ago and have been using it nonstop for basically everything. With a battery life of up to 10 hours, you can do all of your favorite things, like watch movies or TV shows, read your favorite books, play games, or just surf the web. Let me tell you just why the Fire HD 8 tablet is the perfect companion for your next trip.

It is an all-in-one entertainment device.

The Fire HD 8 tablet offers all kinds of entertainment. Besides being able to read books and watch videos on the 8” high definition display with over 1 million pixels, you can also download a ton of different apps and games. If you are traveling for a longer period,  it has 16GB of internal storage and an additional slot for a microSD card that can add an additional 400GB of storage for all of your movies and TV shows, pictures, games and more.

It is light and the size makes it easy to bring with you everywhere. 

The 8” screen is big enough to comfortably watch movies or read a book, and it is also just the right size to fit into smaller bags and pockets for when you’re traveling or just on-the-go between meetings. And best of all, it’s very light, so it is easy to bring with you everywhere. I think that the size is just right and it is extremely comfortable to hold.

It has a front and back camera, and you can store all your photos for free on the cloud.

The Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet has an HD 720p front-facing camera for taking selfies or video chatting with friends and family. And, it also has a 2MP rear-facing camera to take pictures of your favorite moments. Best of all, you also have access to unlimited cloud storage for free so you can share your images across devices and send them to friends and family as well.

You get a ton of Amazon exclusive benefits.

If you forget to download a TV series or movie before a trip, On Deck makes sure you already have a selection shows downloaded and ready to watch while offline. Amazon’s Whispersync also remembers how much you’ve watched, read or listened to so you can pick up right where you left off. And of course, if you’re a Prime member, you have access to award-winning movies and TV shows on Prime Video, unlimited access to one thousand books and magazines with Prime Reading, and more than 2 million songs and over one thousand hand-curated playlists with Prime Music. I love that I can have the Kindle and Audible apps on my Fire HD 8 to read or listen to books.

These are my four absolute favorite things about the Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet and I will definitely continue to use mine all of the time. I feel like I’m always finding new fun things to do with it. My latest obsession is drawing on the tablet! You can find the Fire HD 8 tablet here on Amazon for only $79.99 (ARV) and it comes in Black, Marine Blue, Punch Red and Canary Yellow.

The best Memorial Day clothing and accessories sales of 2019

Hey guys! One thing I think we all love is sales, and saving money on some new summer items! It is the time of the year again where mid-year sales are starting. So, in this post I have gathered some of the best Memorial Day/Memorial Weekend sales of this year and also did slideshows of some of my favorite items from each website/brand. You can go to the items directly by just clicking on them in the slideshows! Happy Memorial Day Weekend and Happy Shopping!

INTERMIX – Up to 60% off ! – WEBSITE LINK HERE

Shop some of my favorite Intermix sale items in the above slideshow

GOOD AMERICAN – Up to 60% off! – WEBSITE LINK HERE

Shop some of my favorite Good American sale items in the above slideshow

BODEN – 30% off sitewide! – WEBSITE LINK HERE

Shop some of my favorite Boden sale items in the above slideshow. Use code C7R2 at checkout. Exclusions apply.*

MAVI – Up to 25% off sitewide! – WEBSITE LINK HERE

Shop some of my favorite Mavi sale items in the above slideshow. Use code MAY25 for 25% off sitewide (ends 5/27).

NET-A-PORTER- Up to 50% off new sale items! – WEBSITE LINK HERE

Shop some of my favorite net-a-porter sale items in the above slideshow

I have also added some other sites that are having a sale this weekend. Click trough and you might find your favorite store on here!

MY THERESA – up to 50% off designer items! – WEBSITE LINK HERE

BARNEYS NEW YORK – up to 50% off designer items! – WEBSITE LINK HERE

GYMSHARK – up to 70% off everything! – WEBSITE LINK (Starts on 6/3)

MACY’S – 20% off with code MEMDAY! – WEBSITE LINK 

UNIQLO – Memorial Day Deals! – WEBSITE LINK 

TED BAKER – 40% off select lines! – WEBSITE LINK 

EXPRESS – 40% off everything! – WEBSITE LINK 

TOPSHOP – 50% off sale items! – WEBSITE LINK 

FOREVER 21 – 50% off sale items with code EXTRA50! – WEBSITE LINK 

URBAN OUTFITTERS – 50% off! – WEBSITE LINK 

BANDIER – 25% extra off sale items! – WEBSITE LINK 

Spring Cleaning for a peace of mind, and how to keep it that way

This post is sponsored by Bona but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

It’s around the time of year where we look at our homes and kind of go. Hmm, do I really need this sweater that I haven’t worn in two years? At least that is how it is for me. This year has been an especially clustered one, considering I moved into a smaller place. In celebration of a new year and spring, here is how I have been cleaning and organizing my house. And some of my best tips to make sure it stays clean and organized.

Clean out the kitchen cabinets

One of the most satisfying things I’ve done is cleaning out the kitchen cabinets and organizing all of our dry food. I like organizing them into mason jars and we have extremely little conserved food at home. I also cleared out on items that we never use like extra jars, glasses, food containers that are missing lids etc. By clearing out the items we don’t use we instantly had way less clutter and a more organized cupboard.

Make sure everything has its place.

One of the most important things when it comes to being organized is making sure everything you have has its own place. That way you will always know where it is and it will also be organized. Imagine putting your glasses with your mugs and then looking for a specific glass in the glass cabinet – but you put it in the mug cabinet. Yikes. This also helps me with space because I know what and how much will fit somewhere.

Do the dishes before you go to bed.

I know that a lot of people probably load up their dishwashers and let it run over night. but that also means that in the morning you have to empty it. Rather than having to do dishes the next day as well, run the dishwasher and empty it before bed. Then you’ll also not be left with dishes in the sink the next morning because the dishwasher is clean and full.

Cleaning out the closet, and color coordinating.

Cleaning out and organizing my closet has bene the biggest project. I am still working on how to organize smaller things like swim and accessories. But removing any item, no matter what they are, if I haven’t worn them was crucial. I have clothes that Ive had for 5 or more years that I still wear, but I also have ones that I don’t wear at all. And it was about time for me to get rid of them. After that I decided to color coordinate my closet rather than sectioning it by item. This has also let me have more space to store things like linens, towels and other extra stuff I have.

Do a deep cleaning of your house, then do a routine clean at least once a week.

After you have organized and gotten rid of items that you no longer want, it is time to get down to the nitty gritty. Doing a deep clean of kitchen, bathroom and of course floors! I have been loving my Bona Spray Mop to easily keep my laminate floors clean.When you have a little dog running around it can easily get more messy. But the bona has been so easy to use and made our floors so much cleaner.

The Bona Spray Mop comes in two variants, for either Hardwood Floors, or  Stone, Tile, & Laminate Floors. It comes with a removable and washable microfiber pad. I love that the bigger base plate moves flexible around furniture and corners! And, it also comes with a full cartridge that is easy to refill.

Learn more about Bona Spray Mop

The products you need if you have combination skin

This post is sponsored by Bioré but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Living in the city can be a real problem for your skin. Especially when you live in a big dense city with a lot of pollution like Los Angeles. I have definitely noticed how my skin has suffered from moving here. I am always trying to find great products to help my skin looking fresh, young and glowing. As the season change, my skin changes as well. But, it will always be a combination of an oily t-zone and dry to normal.

I got the opportunity to try the new Bioré Blue Agave Baking Soda Whipped Nourishing Detox Mask and the Bioré Blue Agave Baking Soda Balancing Pore Cleanser. Please note that the Detox Mask is not suited for people with sensitive skin as it contains menthol.

Bioré Blue Agave Baking Soda Balancing Pore Cleanser

As mentioned, this cleanser is well suited for anyone with combination skin. The cleanser exfoliates dry skin and helps deep clean your skin. It also removes dirt, oil and clean out your pores. The cleanser is oil free and has a pH balanced-formula which will leave your skin smooth and refreshed. I personally saw instant results the morning after using the Cleanser. My pores are visibly less noticeable, and my skin feels soft and clean. The product was not harsh on my skin and I feel like I had a more balanced skin tone all over my face with less redness than usual. Blue Agave is known for soothing and nourishing the skin, so it makes sense that my skin looks and feel so good.

Bioré Blue Agave Baking Soda Whipped Nourishing Detox Mask

So besides for cleansing out the dirt and pollution. Why not use a mask to go even deeper and replenish your skin? All you need is 3-5 minutes (do not leave the mask on for longer than 5 minutes). The menthol in the detox mask creates an intense pore-tingly clean. The mask is whipped so it has a creamy texture and is very easy to apply onto skin. Once applied it has a cooling sensation and a small tingle. The menthol did not affect my skin in a negative way at all and now my skin feels so clean and smooth!

*Please note: Not for sensitive skin consumers or those with sensitives to menthol as it may cause short term flushing of the skin.*

If you’re interested in learning more, you can find further information about these products on biore.com. These products are also available at Walmart, ULTA, Target and Amazon.

Beautiful simplicity

Finding inspiration from old me

Honestly, I used to be such a good blogger. I kind of understand why people stopped following along. I just don’t share anything anymore. It all became so shallow when my motivation disappeared. Life has changed so much in the past couple of years. Like, adulthood started to hit me and I kind of lost myself in the journey.

I used to just post about everything, take pretty pictures and literally share all my thoughts. Now I just think of them, do something else and forget about it. I don’t want it to be that way. My blog is my journal, that was the whole purpose of it. That is what it should be.

I am gonna hit my 6 year mark in Los Angeles this July. It’s crazy to think that it has been that long. 18 year old me landed here in July of 2013 expecting a 2 year stay and then move home and get a job. But that didn’t happen. This fall I’ll have my BS in Marketing and who knows what will happen after that.