Hello, everyone!

Last week, I was on my Instagram page when I noticed that Jessica Alba was doing a live makeup tutorial before attending a birthday party. Thanks to Jessica, I learned about this amazing product that I already cannot live without: the Everything Cream Foundation.

The Search

Many of you who have been following my blog are well aware that I have been searching for that perfect foundation. I could write a thesis on how difficult it is to find your perfect brand and shade. I hear
you clearly. Finding that perfect foundation can be daunting for your skin and your wallet. Needless to say, after searching for almost two years, that precious and unforgettable moment has finally arrived.

Yes, many of my readers know that I get overly excited if I find a great beauty product for a great price. I am always on the lookout for a product that really works.

How it Feels on your Skin

I know it sounds too good to be true! This mess-free, travel-friendly foundation provides exactly what I need: even coverage and a youthful, refreshing look. It has become a part of my daily makeup routine. 

This soft, comfy, creamy formula comes in 14 flattering shades. The Honest Beauty company did a super job creating a product formulated to deliver coverage that stays on all day long. The creamy texture blends like a dream. 

What really sold me is the flawless look that lasts all day. It goes on smoothly, and you do not look like your are wearing a thick vale or mask over your face.

How to Apply

1. Moisture is the key! Wait 2-3 minutes after applying moisturizer, until it is absorbed well into the skin

2. Use a primer that will help blur the dry fine lines

3. Starting at the center of your cheeks, apply the creamy foundation. Buff well with a brush in circular motions. I use a large brush, like the one Jessica used during her live makeup tutorial

With this product, the circular and buff techniques are very important to achieve that perfect/impeccable finished look. Please don’t hesitate to build it up. Trust me on this one, because I have already tested this repeatedly on my skin, and I am very pleased with the results.

I give this product 5 out of 5 stars.

On my next update, we will be chatting about my new anti wrinkle energized mask. This product was also suggested my Jessica!

XO,

Nunzia

Hello, friends! As many of you already know, I love to take great care of myself. I often wonder: when did I become this psychotically obsessed with health and beauty

Okay, some of us are naturally blessed with beautiful skin. So, why not take a few steps to keep that beautiful skin glowing as long as possible? After all, it is the largest organ in our body, so let’s keep in mind that it is important to pay attention to all the skin products that we apply.
I have severe food allergies. Therefore, I need to pay extra attention when I read labels to ensure that the products do not have any ingredients that can cause an allergic reaction. Just in the past month, an Ipsy bag I received had almonds in it. That can be dangerous for someone like me who suffers from tree nut allergies. We need to always read the labels to identify those not-so-great ingredients that can make us sick.

Keep in mind, even if a facial cream says “organic,” that does not mean that you will not get a reaction. Back in 2017, I was using this organic line. Right before I left for Italy that summer, I ended up having red skin patches under my eyes and cheekbones. My skin was screaming desperately for help. Thankfully, my allergist was able to identify what was causing the reaction and treat it.
Since that reaction, typically, before I shop for a skin product, I like to do research to learn as much as possible about the product. Within the past couple of months, I have been super focused on the ingredients of products that I choose for my beauty routine. 

Please understand that I am not affiliated with any of the products that I share with you on my blog. I do reviews, and talk about my latest treasures, simply because I love to share all this with you.
Today, I will be reviewing my new hydrating mask. Thanks to Ipsy, it was one of the goodies that I received in the last bag. This mask is called Trissola Hydrate.


I have been using Trissola Hydrate just about every day and, thanks to the powerful ingredients packed into this amazing facial mask, enriched with vitamins and natural extracts to perfectly remove large pores and dark spots. It also brightens the skin. Also, masking frequently with this new product in my beauty routine has brought my skin to the next level of hydration. 

Now, it requires less time and maintenance to keep my skin soft with less appearances of those annoying, dry, fine lines. Immediately after you remove it from your face, you feel as if you had a professional facial. 

Share your favorite beauty mask by commenting below!
Best,
Nunzia

Shall I remind you that spring has sprung, and summer time is almost here? Now that the warm months are getting closer, and some of us travel a lot during the summer, it is the perfect time for me to be more casual.

We don’t have to worry about those heavy, long coats hiding our pretty clothing. We can hang our lovely winter jackets in the closet, and say arrivederci/goodbye to them until next year. One of my favorite things about spring is that we can throw on a cute casual dress without much effort and call it a day.

Every spring, I get this urge to clean my closet. I like to remove things that I have not worn in awhile. If you do not wear it, remove it!
If you do clean your closet for spring, please take the time to give all your old clothing items to Goodwill or a charity of your choice. There are so many people who are in need. 

Finally, this week, try to fit some “me” time into your schedule. We get so busy taking care of our families that we get lost, feeling overwhelmed and stressed out. You can prevent that from happening. Also, don’t forget to do your Yoga. It can bring us peace in a stressful world. 🙌

Namaste,

Nunzia

Hello, my friends! It has been a while since my last update. As you know, I have multiple projects that I’m currently working on for Thrive Global, but I have honestly missed blogging. 

On that note, I would like to ask you a question: what would you like to see more of on my blog? Feel free to share your thoughts and ideas. 

Winter is still here. Why? Where is the sun?

In many areas of the country, we are still tackling Old Man Winter. In South Texas, the sun has disappeared, making us feel nostalgic for summer and tired of the clouds. Last year, right around this time, while I was recovering from a knee surgery, I wrote an article called “What is SAD?” I had the honor of having my dear friend and psychologist, Dennis Ramos, to share his thoughts on this type of depression that affects many people during the winter months.

Make time to shop! 


A girl needs to shop, especially on the weekend. It does not matter if we are shopping at the mall or online, shopping makes us happy. When I feel down or stressed out, retail therapy works the best. Our brain adapts, and my brain has adapted to shopping to feel happy and relaxed.Studies show that shopping reduces stress and, besides practicing yoga and exercising, shopping remains the best and most effective way for me to minimize sadness and beat the winter blues. I just scroll and scroll through the pages on Chiara Ferragni’s website, Ulta, and Sephora, until I find that product that I need and love!

Does shopping make you feel better? Share you thoughts, ladies. 

As for me, I will be logging off. I will chat with all of you soon. Please remember to let me know what you would like to see on my blog.

Xo Xo,

Nunzia

Here is my new article!

Published on January 28, 2019 on Thrive Global.

Yes, why you should keep your New Year’s Resolution!

The year 2019 is well underway and, as we nostalgically scroll through the month of January on our smartphones, we once again feel the need for a “fresh start.” The deep desire to feel whole again, to not surround ourselves with things that make us feel lesser, is such a powerful force. That great, peaceful sensation that touches us in the deepest places of our hearts manifests itself every January.

Once again, through the power of self-reflection and silence, we are given self awareness, a spiritual radiance and mental clarity, that inspires us to filter through and lock away those mistakes that we made throughout the previous year. Our doubts, anxiety, and that need to feel less fragmented and validated, to be more connected with our hearts, bodies, and minds is here. Implementing a change is never a waste of time. To keep that from happening, we need to set our minds on realistic and attainable goals. According to Dr.John Norcross, psychology professor at Scranton University, “Changeology helps you understand, implement, and continue goals on your own.”

Eight years ago, a simple new year’s resolution helped me become a long-distance runner. It took me to a happy place where I was able to discover a new and positive world. When I first started my training, I dealt with many challenges, not the least of which was physical pain. Regardless, I was drawn to train the very next day. This new beginning brought me better health, with physical and mental strength. It provided me with the key to strengthening my self-confidence. 

We might want to change things up, but have no idea where to start. Most Americans will unsurprisingly set optimistic goals for this new year, with hopes for a happier and healthier “us.” Big goals can feel overwhelming, especially if they require a huge change in our lifestyles. We are creatures of habit. We love routine and procedure. Everything seems like an option. We fear stumbling through our first steps toward a new goal and, if we are not careful, quietly retreating back into old habits.

Start making changes in small increments.

As we start working on our resolutions, we cannot seem to ignore that inner voice reminding us that more than half of all resolutions fail. Changing behavior is not an easy task, but let us not give up so easily. As we all know, motivation is short-lived, and staying on track can be one hell of a struggle. It is critical that we take one step at a time. After all, a year is 365 days. Over time, it is human nature for our daily habits to evolve and shift, but having a strong will helps us work hard and keep us moving forward. One step at a time.

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Setting goals

As always, each time we start a new project, we tend to have the best intentions, but it is easy to fall off the wagon if our hearts are not in it, or if our family and friends are breaking their own resolutions. When setting goals, be sure that they are very specific. Focus, get organized, and think about the steps you will need to take to reach the finish line. If we try to do everything all at once, if we try to go from point A straight to point Z, we will fail. We need to have a map, with checkpoints along the way.

It is better to set our minds on the nearest checkpoint, a smaller victory on the road to our goal, rather than just focusing on the end result the whole time. Nobody thinks about the finish line of a marathon when they are just starting the race. They focus on finishing the first mile, then the second, the fifth, and so on. One mile at a time. One step at a time. Some people can finish the race without slowing down or taking a break, but others need to slow down and catch their breath before moving on. This is not only okay, but encouraged.

Regroup

Relax! Take a deep breath! We all need to take a break sometimes. If you slip, do not get stressed and beat yourself up. Pick up where you left off as soon as you can. Giving up takes energy. So, let us instead put that energy to better use. We can inspire ourselves and others with our determination.

Ultimately, perseverance is the key to success. Your friends and family do not want you to give up on your resolution. Neither do I. Does anyone ask a runner who just finished a huge endurance race whether they stopped to take a break? No! There is not a special category for runners who finished the race without stopping and those who did. All that matters is that they finished the race. So, be patient, and keep on pushing towards the things that you want most in life. You got this!— Published on January 28, 2019

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