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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tampax Radiant at Walmart. The opinions and text are all mine.

Being a girl and always on the go has definitely taught me a thing or two about what I should carry with me in my bag. Over the years, I have learned that less is more. And I always opt for the small cross body bag. Which yes, sometimes makes bringing more things hard. And if you’re on your period, it makes it even harder. But I have also learned to only bring what I really need. So, let’s take a look into what I bring in my bag and why the new Tampax Pocket Radiant is so convenient.

I probably have some of the smallest bags you could ever imagine, and still I manage to fit all of my favorite to-go products and other must-have things like my phone, keys, sunglasses and wallet. I always carry with me my favorite lip oil, hand crème and sunscreen because the California sun is no joke!

The new Tampax Pocket Radiant comes in a pocket size. Convenient for any girl that is always on the go. It also comes in a super cute and unique resalable wrapper with a new floral design. So no matter how much stuff I have in my purse, I will always be able to fit a Tampax Pocket Radiant in it. The new Tampax Pocket Radiant can be purchased at Walmart and if you click this link it will take you right there.

June 18, 2018 0 comment
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Growing up I never really learned the importance of using sunscreen. I guess it’s the Nordic roots and the fact that we barely have any sun over there. It wasn’t until a year ago or so I really started using sunscreen properly. I still forget to put it on sometimes but I am definitely getting better on using it.

By using Olay Total Effects Whip Face Moisturizer SPF 25, a face moisturizer and SPF all in one, it makes it so much easier to remember putting on the sunscreen that I need daily. Living in California has definitely made me more aware of the sun and the possible future damages it can make if you don’t wear any SPF. Here are five reasons to why you need to use SPF.

  1. SPF protects you from various UV radiation and most of these are related to skin cancer. By using SPF you care blocking out these rays and have a much higher protection from getting or developing skin cancer.
  2. It prevents your skin form aging prematurely. UV rays can damage your skin and you can develop dark spots, wrinkles and more at a younger age.
  3. It prevents your skin from getting burnt in the sun. We all love to go on a sun vacation and getting a nice tan. But please don’t forget to wear SPF. You’ll still get a tan but it will be nicer and last longer if you do it the right way.
  4. Your skin will get healthier. SPF usually protects the natural collagen, keratin and elastin in your skin. So your skin will stay healthy and glowing.
  5. The risks of not wearing SPF is not wort that one tan on your vacation. So just wear it.

You can find Olay Total Effects Whip Face Moisturizer SPF 25 by following this link to CVS.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay. The opinions and text are all mine.

June 11, 2018 0 comment
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As I am now living in Downtown Los Angeles I have embraced the culture of Happy Hours. Both for food and drinks. I love going to new spots when the occasion lets us and my roommate Arielle is off work at 4. We decided to try out a new spot this time, testa. A modern small Italian restaurant in the middle of the South Park are of Downtown Los Angeles. We arrived around 6pm on a Friday night and the restaurant was surprisingly not busy at all. Only a few people were there enjoying the Happy Hour menu. I was only to assume that maybe many were ready to go home on a Friday night to prepare for a bigger evening later on.

The restaurant is small but the decor is everything I love. There is a mix of modern and industrial, art deco and retro. Some walls are just plain concrete, some has different shaped mirrors on them, and one is just a retro flower wallpaper. Its Instagram worthy in all the ways it can be. Seating varies from bar seats, to regular tables, outdoor tables and smaller boots. There is also a small section where there is a couch and coffee table for a more causal experience next to the bar.

As mentioned we were there just in time for happy hour, so that is what we decided to go with. We got three happy hour dishes to share as well as drinks form the Happy Hour menu. All beers are $2 off and the rest of the drinks ranges from $7-$10 including anything from craft cocktails to wine and sangria. I decided to go for a Paloma, a frisky but fresh tequila cocktail. We ordered in the Spring Salad ($10), the Chicken Sandwich ($10),  and the Grilled Burger ($10). The portions were perfect for sharing and the plating of everything was beautiful.

Spring salad $10 – Artichoke, Peas, Romaine, Pea tendrils, sweet pea dressing, goat cheese. 

The spring salad was fresh and light, the combination of the greens, the roots and then the sweet goat cheese was just perfectly blended. Would definitely come back just for this one. Its a light treat. 

Chicken Sandwich $10 – Chicken Tender, sourdough, coleslaw, jalapeños, cilantro. 

The chicken sandwich was OK. Not bad, but not something I would be craving at 9pm. The chicken itself was great, crispy but juicy. The slaw was overwhelming and I wish the chicken itself had more flavor to it. I did not taste any jalapeños or cilantro so I don’t know where they went. The sourdough was meh. I wish the bread for the chicken sandwich had been better. It tasted like it came on a slice of toast. Would probably not get again. 

 

Grilled Burger $10 – Beef patty, iceberg, tomato, onions, cheddar cheese and house sauce. 

We ordered the burger medium rare and the patty was perfectly cooked. the house sauce is delicious, a bit drippy, but delicious. I love that the birch bun it came on was grilled as well. It enhances the flavors and makes it taste a bi smokey. Would definitely recommend but also, get a side salad or some fries if you order this alone. 

We will definitely be back at testa for dinner some time, and I am excited to explore more of their menu. You can find the full happy hour menu by clicking here.

June 5, 2018 0 comment
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May 24, 2018 0 comment
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This post is sponsored by My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

If you know me you know that I love Japanese treats. Mochi Ice Cream is one of my absolute favorites as I love the combination of the rich cake and Ice Cream. If you guys haven’t checked out my past post with My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream you can check it out here. I just moved in to my new apartment and are still settling in. My new roommates love it when I bring home treats and My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream was no exception. I picked up a few of the original flavors – Vanilla, Ripe Strawberry, Sweet Mango and Green Tea.  If you’re not familiar, Mochi Ice Cream is a rice cake filled with ice cream. Besides from the flavors I brought home My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream is also available in Chocolate, Salted Caramel, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Cookies and Cream. It is the perfect snack for when your craving something but want something small for yourself or bite-sized to share. My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream is available at several stores. Follow My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream here on Instagram.

April 26, 2018 0 comment
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This post is sponsored by Olay, but all opinions are my own.

If you have followed me for the past few months, you know one of my biggest changes this year was to take the time to take better care of myself. That included eating better, working out more, and also creating a good skincare routine for myself. During these past 4 months, I have seen significant change in my skin and it has definitely been for the better. A lot of it thanks to Olay.I think that for many of you time is the biggest challenge. But making small changes doesn’t have to take up a lot of time of your day. That is why I love the Olay Total Effects Whip Facial Moisturizer so much. The Olay Whip Moisturizer is a lightweight, nourishing moisturizer rich of Vitamin C and E. Thanks to the transformation from cream to liquid, fast absorption, matte and shine-free finish you can start your makeup routine right after application.

I picked up the Olay Total Effects Whip Facial Moisturizer ($29.99) at CVS and I have been using the Whip Moisturizer for almost two weeks now. I am obsessed with using it at the start of my day as a base for everything else. I have been wearing minimal makeup as the Olay Total Effects Whip Facial Moisturizer have helped evening out my skin tone and also made it look brighter. Having good skin really boosts my confidence and while wearing makeup is fun, the key is always flawless skin.

Since I am still in my early 20s I would also love to try the Olay Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream to help with my pink tones and also some sun spots. The Olay Total Effects Whip Facial Moisturizer would be more recommended if you are in your 30s and if you are in your 40s or older I would recommend the Olay Regenerist Night Recovery Cream Face Moisturizer. These can all be found at CVS. I would love for you to try our Olay Whips and let me know what you think of it as well! 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay. The opinions and text are all mine.

April 6, 2018 0 comment
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Ever since I can remember enlarged pores has been one of my main skin concerns. I was blessed in my teens and never had acne problems. But, enlarged pores is something I have always had. Everyone has pores, but some of us just has larger, more visible pores. Did you know that we have around 200,000 pores on our face?

Bioré is one of my favorite go-to-brands when it comes to helping me with my pore problems. I am super excited to be teaming up with Bioré for this post. And try out some of their Charcoal products against pores. Pores is often the roots to a ll skin problems. And Bioré uses superior technology and unique ingredients to fight clogged pores. I had never tried any of this products before, so I was super eager to do so. 

Bioré One Minute Self Heating Mask

The Bioré Charcoal Self heating One Minute mask is just so cool. Starting with a wet face, you apply the mask and then massage for a minute. Once the mask touches the water it heats up. Its not an unpleasant heat. More so like the warm feeling of putting a warm towel on your face when you’re getting a facial. After massaging for a minute you leave in on for another minute and rinse. Leaving your skin clean and soft. You get 4 individual packages in one box and costs $5.82 on Amazon.

Bioré Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips

I have used pore strips forever. Its just one of those things that I love to do. And I enjoy seeing all the gunk on the strip when you take it off. To use this you just wet your nose and put on the pore strip. Leave it on for about 10 minutes or until it ha properly dried. While you’re waiting you can read a book, watch a YouTube video or just take silly photos like me. The pore strip is always my lazy go-to-solution for when my pores are feeling extra large. Sometimes nothing else makes it feel as clean. After the strip has dried you take it off and can enjoy seeing just how much gunk it has drawn out. Bioré Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips comes in a pack of 6 and is $5.99 on Amazon. 

When buying skincare. Make sure to do your research. Not all pore strips are created equal! Only Biore Pore Strips are the trusted, and dermatologist-tested way to purify pores. It is recommended to do this weekly to prevent any problems and in the long run minimize the appearance. you can purchase the Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleansing Pore Strips and the Bioré One Minute Self Heating Mask on Amazon or Target.

March 20, 2018 0 comment
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay. The opinions and text are all mine.

One of the most important things during these dry and cold winter months is to hydrate my skin from head to toe. That is why I have absolutely loved the new Cleansing Infusion line from Olay. This Olay line removes impurities and draws in hydration for a glowing, hydrated skin. The scents include Deep Sea Kelp with Aloe Extract as well as Crushed Ginger. The whole line is about taking better care of ourselves and glow up.

One problem that occurs for me during the winter months is that my skin gets dry causing a lot of dry spots. Both on my body and on my face. The Cleansing Infusion Hydrating Glow Facial Cleanser has really helped me maintain a hydrated and glowing skin. Without being harsh on my skin. Although The Cleansing Infusion Hydrating Glow Facial Cleanser has a microscrub formula, it is very gentle so it works for everyday usage.

Olay Cleansing Infusion Microscrubbing Crushed Ginger Hydrating Glow Body Wash and Microscrubbing Cleansing Infusion Deep Sea Kelp Hydrating Glow Body Wash are absolutely amazing. The wash has a smooth and creamy formula with a very gentle Microscrubbing. But after use it feels like it has drawn out dirt and impurities to replace it with smooth and hydrated skin.My favorite one is the lay Cleansing Infusion Microscrubbing Crushed Ginger Hydrating Glow Body Wash. I just love the light scent of ginger.

You can find the Olay Cleansing Infusion products at your local CVS or online here: spr.ly/Infusions-CVS02

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay. The opinions and text are all mine.

March 20, 2018 0 comment
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Thank you TRESemmé for sponsoring todays post. 

Ever gotten your hair curled, and an hour later your curls are gone? You’ve lost volume, or you have had to use so much hairspray that your hair looks like it could be a peace of a sculpture. These are just some problems that I have encountered when trying to style my hair. I was blessed with very fine and controllable hair. But with that I also got the flat not so voluminous treat. Volume and hold is two of the most important key features that I look for in my products. But I also don’t want my hair to look brassy or stiff.TREsemmé just launched their new Compressed Micro-Mist Hair Spray and I was beyond excited to try all of them out. In a new more compact bottle. But just as much product as their former design. I am loving the smaller compact. Makes it so much easier to take with me when I am on the go. The cans are specifically created to be easier to hold. TRESemmé launched 4 different Compressed Micro-Mist Hair Sprays which includes; TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hairspray Extend. TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hairspray Boost. TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hairspray Smooth and TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hairspray Texture.Because of my fine hair the Compressed Micro Mist Hairspray Texture with a hold level of 1 is my favorite. It gives me that small and very light hold that my hair needs. And it doesn’t matter how much of it I spray, it never gets stiff and keeps my hair light and bouncy. I will usually go for a flowing wavy hair and the Texture spray helped it last all day. The new Micro-Mist Hair Spray uses superfine micro-mist particles that penetrate through the top layer of hair to provide deeper coverage throughout your hair. Which means no funky clumps or unevenness when you spray. It also has humidity and frizz resistance all without the heavy weight.It is easy to say that I have fallen in love with the new TRESemmé Compressed Micro-Mist Hair Spray line and will definitely continue to use these products. Hair is more fun when you find the products that works for you. You can find the TRESemmé Compressed Micro-Mist Hair Spray  products at your local Walmart.

February 16, 2018 1 comment
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