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!




Hello, ladies! I am back for another beauty review!

Since last summer, I have been using several different facial masks that I am going to share with you throughout this month.

A great mask, can help you reduce the effects of aging.  Like many of you, I love makeup, but sometimes I feel like even my favorite cleanser might not be enough to thoroughly clean my skin before bedtime.

So, there are days when I just set my favorite cleanser aside and let my mask do the job. I believe there is something magical about a mask. It is winter and, for various reasons, whether we are fighting a cold or simply having a long day, our skin can be left looking blah and dull.  Also, be sure to drink up! I mean water.  There are many great reasons to drink water. It is refreshing, it helps my complexion, it keeps me hydrated, and it helps me maintain my energy level on those heavy cardiovascular days.
A water bottle is always with me!
I always find it very flattering when people ask questions about my skincare routine. When I was younger, in the summer, I would spend endless hours lying on the beach at Santo Janni Formia. Those days are gone forever, because now, when I go to the beach, sunscreen is the first thing I pack in my beach bag. Nowadays, I tend to pay more attention to my daily skin routine.
 This is Santo Janni Formia. I was just there last summer!
Great memories of my childhood!

Let’s face it. Who has the time to go to the spa?! For me, one of the many benefits I enjoy from a face mask is the great opportunity for some major mental downtime, which is so important for staying “zen.”

As we already know, there are many different products out there on the market. So, if you are not sure which one you would benefit from the most, I hear ya!

I have been using a few different facial masks. Today, I am going to do a review on Wake Up Beautiful from Pacifica. This is an overnight mask that I am in love with. This product is wonderful! It works through the night to deeply hydrate and nourish my skin, leaving it revived and beautiful in the morning. It also evens out my skin tone, and keeps my super dry skin looking healthy and hydrated. I will give this product a 5 out of 5 stars.

This product is also available at Target. It comes in the mail monthly for me. It is one less thing to do if you do not feel like going shopping on weekends.

Please take very good care of yourselves! We moms have a tendency to put ourselves at the bottom of the list. Be sure to always schedule some “me” time.

Enjoy the rest of the week!  I will see you on my next update &  for another beauty review!


I hope everyone had a great weekend. It was a very cozy one for us, with lots of rain on Saturday. Well, here I am with another beauty review of my Ipsy bag.

1. Let’s start with the Charcoal Wash Off Mask from Global Beauty. You have my blessing with this one.
Finding the right type of mask can do wonders for our skin, especially during the winter months when our skin seems to look dull and dry.
Just yesterday, I applied a light layer on my face and neck. The results were amazing. My skin looked plump, incredibly soft, with less wrinkles.
I will give this mask 4 out of 5 stars.

2. Now, let’s talk about this nail polish made in Heaven. Why am I so excited about this product? I’ve been doing my own manicures for a very long time.
That means I’ve tested just about every nail polish formula on the market. For this one, I ended up applying three layers to get the dark shade that I wanted.
However, the results were impressive. It lasted about a week without chipping. I will give this product 5 out of 5 stars.

3. As we get older, exfoliating daily is a must. Finding the right product on the market can be difficult because many of them seem to be very harsh for your skin.
This one from Befine leaves my skin looking beautiful and soft, like I had a great night of sleep. I highly recommend this product. I will give it 4 out of 5 stars

4. Sorry, ladies, but I’m not a huge fan of this liquid lipstick. So, I will not be dwelling on this as much. I dislike when lipstick leaves your lips super dry, making you
look like you spent the whole day in a dry desert. I will give this product 1 out of 5 stars.

5. This beautiful highlighter goes on wonderfully and easily on your cheekbones, brow bones, and all the places you’d apply highlighter. I will give this product 5 out of 5 stars.

I will see you on my next update! Have a great Monday!!!