Hey, you guys! Am I dreaming?! Is Spring Break here? I have been waiting for Spring to be here for a very long time. Is it just me, or does it seem like this winter has lasted forever? After so many cloudy days, I’m ready to see the sun shine again. I’m ready to resume body surfing at the beach. I’m ready to play with my fur baby, Claudio, by the water. Only God knows how much I have been missing the sunshine and the warm weather.

Okay, now let’s switch gears! As many of you already know, last summer, while I was running, I injured my right knee. As a result, I ended up having a surgery. Before and while I was in the hospital, I had the pleasure of meeting so many wonderful doctors and nurses. In my opinion, doctors and nurses are some of the most hardworking professionals out there. They truly dedicate their lives to helping us, and heal those who are sick and injured.

Sadly, not everyone appreciates doctors and surgeons. We often take for granted what they do for us. When I was in the hospital, I felt compelled to write an article about my surgery
experience to stress once again that they truly are angels. I’m happy to report that my article has been published. I hope you enjoy it!



Running around Austin, Texas!

Shopping at Domain!

La mia Juve ha vinto le ultime 12 partite di campionato!  Un altro due a zero, dopo quello di pochi giorni fa contro l’Udinese. La Juve continua  la marcia in campionato. Ecco i ragazzi felicissimi a  correre in campo per festeggiare un’altra vittoria in Serie A! Spero che possiamo  vincere di nuovo un altro scudetto; poi si vedra’. Fino alla fine! Forza Juve! <3










Hey, hey – how are you?

As usual, I must ask: IS IT SPRING YET?! Sorry, but I’m just a total wimp when it comes to the cold. Give me a warm spring or summer day, and I will be happy!

Okay, let’s get down to business. This is the moment I have been waiting for! As I mentioned last week, I ordered my Fenty Beauty foundation. After wearing this product for a few days, I finally collected enough thoughts to share the results with you.

First, if you are shopping online, and you’re not sure which shade will match your skin tone, go to Sephora and have them apply some to your jawline. I also suggest going near a window to double check the shade in a well-lit area. You will need to do so with this foundation.

Flaky, dry skin is not flattering, nor is it a good base for foundation. Before applying this product, especially for those with dry skin, always be sure to prep. Use a primer and moisturizer. This product can be applied with a regular makeup brush or a beauty blender. Here are my favorite hydrating tools, as well as my the brushes that I use everyday, along with the primers and moisturizer.

As always,  when you are anxiously waiting for a package, it always seems to take forever for the mailman to deliver it. I was a bit skeptical about purchasing this product online. I’ve heard/read/seen all the hype about this foundation, but I have gone down this road before. Just recently, I was disappointed with Armani’s foundation.

My first impression of this foundation was that the coverage is medium to full, it feels very lightweight, thanks to its being water-based, and it doesn’t look “cakey” on my face. It doesn’t crease, it does not create wrinkles under my eyes or forehead, and it is easy to apply. It blends amazingly, is undetectable, and it will last most of the day on your face. That makes me happy.

You will notice a beautiful glow on your skin. You will feel like your skin is hydrated and breathing easily under the foundation. This product is definitely in my top five, which is impressive considering how new it is to the beauty industry.

What an unexpectedly great foundation! Kudos to Rihanna. Seriously, Rihanna has set the bar high for other companies. They all need to take notes and realize that a variety of colors really matters for us ladies.

In conclusion, I am truly in love with this product. I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to Rihanna. Clearly, she did her research and took her time formulating this amazing foundation. She also made it affordable for everyone. How wonderful is that?!

I’m wearing my new foundation on all these pictures!

If you purchased this product, feel free to share your thoughts and leave a comment on my blog. Also, my new cross-body bag just came in today!  On the blog next week, I will be sharing a picture, and I will post a review about this gorgeous bag.

Until then, be happy and grateful each day to be alive on this beautiful earth. Have a great week!









Hello hello, everyone!

Finally, we have some great weather! It feels great getting out and not wearing coats. Please, tell me, is it spring time yet?

Okay, here is the story: for the past few weeks, I have been thinking about purchasing a new foundation. Right now, I feel like my skin is screaming at me and begging me to change. Am I the only one on earth who has the urge to change makeup several times throughout the year?
Although I would rather not wear foundation all the time, I believe a look is not complete without the right foundation. This is not an easy decision, because it requires a lot of research.
We all know we shouldn’t judge people based on their looks, but I have a couple questions for my readers: do you feel more confident when you wear makeup, and do you suddenly get bored with your regular makeup? When you finally get to that point where you don’t even feel like applying it in the morning, well, it is time to change. Raise your hand if you feel like this happens to you.
As for me, and I will name just a few, I have tried endless foundations: Suzanne Somers, Giorgio Armani, Estée Lauder, and many other organic foundation
Remember, before investing in a new foundation, make time to go online and do your research. It is worth your time. Trust me on this. Try to read as many reviews as possible. You are going to notice that people are brutally honest when they review a product, and that is perfectly okay with me.

Finally, today, after struggling back and forth, I made the final decision. I decided to say goodbye to my old foundation. I’m looking for a product that is a little more lightweight than my Suzanne Somers foundation, something that will stay on all day and will not create so many lines on my forehead. I’m also looking for a product that covers up my uneven discoloration, and will not let my freckles peek through.

When I found out Rihanna was coming out with an entire cosmetic line, I was absolutely thrilled. So, I decided to jump on the Fenty wagon and purchase my very own Fenty
Foundation. Buckle your seat belts and stay tuned for my review! It will be on the blog next week.

Take care, everyone! Stay Zen!





Hello, ladies!

I hope all of you are having a great week! Are you ready for another Glam Bag review?

I have been absent for a few days. As many of my readers already know, I am a writer and contributor for Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global magazine.  I  have been super busy writing!  I submitted an article last week, and am now getting ready to submit one that I’m co-writing with a psychologist. I’m very excited! I will let you all know when it is published.

Now, raise your hand if you read my beauty tips and beauty product reviews! I am going to start sharing some of my favorite beauty secrets that I have learned over the years. As we all know, especially for those ladies after forty, making our skin look young, healthy, and gorgeous by just using our favorite anti-wrinkle cream is no longer enough. There are so many things that we need to implement in our diets and daily beauty routines. So, stay tuned!

Ok, it is time to switch gears and get started on our Glam Bag review!

The day after Valentine’s Day, I received this Mini Matte lip paint. As many of you already know, I love to try on new lipstick. What can I say? It’s just my thing. I have many lipsticks in my makeup bag.

However, I tend to be harsh when I review them. Why? Because I get very disappointed when some of them leave your lips looking and feeling as if you just stepped out of the desert. Who wants that feeling, especially when your lips are already super dry because of winter?

The pigmentation of this product is good. It stayed on for a few hours, was very hydrating, but settled a bit into lip lines. I give the product 3 out of 5 stars.

The next item is the Pacifica Beach Crystals eye shadow palette. I’m a huge fan of Pacifica’s products.

This eye shadow palette contains five different shades of natural base and darker tones for definition and lining. I applied the colors, and was pleasantly surprised by how creamy and super easy to blend they were. They had good pigmentation. I will not say that it is comparable to Sephora’s high-end brands, though. This palette is very tiny, so it will fit perfectly in your purse for touch-ups here and there. I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars.

This Marc Anthony Straightening Grow Leave-in Conditioner does a miracle on your hair. This is my all-time favorite conditioner.

I have dry, color-treated hair, and this conditioner makes my hair feel moisturized and smooth. It brought life to it. I noticed my hair is less frizzy and unbelievably soft. I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Now, we need to have a serious talk. Question: can I live without the Biobelle Perfecting Primer Facial Mask?! The answer is yes!

I did some reading on this mask, and I was very excited about its potential. However, I was disappointed. It is all about marketing with some products.

The mask comes out of the bag and goes onto your skin very easily. When I woke up Saturday morning, my allergies were acting up and taking over my body. I applied this product with the high hopes of noticing a huge difference, hoping it would minimize the puffiness under my eyes due to allergies. I was hoping to notice bright, hydrated, soft, and relaxed skin. Instead, I was left with dry, dull skin. I give this product 2.5 out of 5 stars.


Last, but not least, I love this Luxie Beauty blending brush. The rose gold handle is adorable.

 Having that great makeup brush will improve your beauty regimen. This brush is super soft and gentle on your eyes. It is ideal for packing colors onto your eyes, and you will be amazed how close it gets to your eyelids.

I highly recommend this product. Remember, a good quality makeup brush does not have to be expensive. I will share below one of my favorites you can purchase at any drugstore. I know you are going to love this product. So, I give it 5 out of 5 stars.


Before I go, here is my beauty tip for this week: unless you have oily skin, you only need to wash your face in the evening with lukewarm water. For those of you who are like me and have very dry skin, you are going to
notice amazing results. Thoroughly washing your face at night will remove all the dirt, oil, and other matter that has accumulated throughout the day.



Until my next update, try to find ways to be happy and Zen!