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Skincare Product Review

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links, meaning I receive a small commission if you decide to make a purchase through my links, at no cost to you.

This post is going to be broken up into things I love, things I don’t love and things I’m still “eh” about. Regardless of what it is, I still spent a whole bunch of money mis amores and I’m here to tell you all about it!

I’m not going to lie, some things I jumped on because of the hype that we see on social media and some stuff I did my research on because I was just trying to solve a specific problem or issue with my skin. So let’s get started!

Let’s start with the products I love:

  1. I have horrible bags under my eyes. Like the puffiness and darkness is real. It could have easily happened when I became a mom and started losing a significant amount of sleep. Whatever the root cause of my dilemma, it brought me to this product:
24k undereye collagen patches

I owe all of you a before and after picture, but I put one of these babies on while I’m making breakfast or binge watching Netflix y pareco gente (I look like a decent human being)! I normally put them on for about 30-45 minutes and then take it off and massage the excess product into my skin. The one annoying thing I hate is that it moves out of place if I’m moving too much, but that’s minor to how it looks when all is said and done.

Purchase yours here.

2. There is nothing more annoying than having dry, crusty lips. NOTHING. So, I invested in a Laneige lip sleeping mask. I know it says that it’s for night use, pero, I definitely put this on throughout the day. Don’t judge. Keeps my lips soft, smooth and plump. Purchase here.

Lip Sleeping Mask

3. It’s so hard to find a good moisturizer and I’ve been pretty loyal to Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream. I just love the consistency – it’s light weight, fast absorbing, not greasy. The formula, overall, is great and has not disappointed. Honestly, it’s one of those products that if I ever forget while I’m on vacation or a work trip, I get super upset about. lol

Facial Cream

Purchase yours here.

4. I don’t get horrible blackheads, but when I do, I really love the Biore blackhead strips. I probably use them once a month or even once every other month, but I like to keep them on hand either way. It’s quick, semi-painless, and instant results for a smooth nose. Purchase yours here.

Hype Products that I’m not really a fan of (maybe I got the wrong ones or I have the wrong routine in place, but I definitely don’t love at the moment:

We’re all aging, so I wanted to have a day and night routine that could start reducing the wrinkles, fine lines and loose skin.

I tried the following products: CeraVe Skin Renewing Vitamin C Serum (Day), CeraVe Skin Renewing Retinol Serum (Night) and the CeraVe Eye Repair Cream (twice a day).

CeraVe

Maybe I’m not being patient, but after 30+ days of use, I have yet to see results with these products. They are lightweight and smooth on the skin, but the results are just not there for me. The Vitamin C serum also irritated my skin, where it felt like I was sun burnt – very strange. I’m going to keep going with the eye repair cream to see if I notice a difference, but I am definitely taking a break from the other two.

“Eh” products that I want to love:

  1. I love night creams because I truly feel like I wake up refreshed with smoother skin than my toddler (lol), but I just can’t get jiggy with the Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Dream Face Cream. Needless to say, I want it to work because it’s pricey and I do enjoy the results, but I just can’t, but I will… confusing (I’m going to use it because I paid for it, but I’m going to whine about it)? Purchase here.
Night Cream

2. Is there a sun screen that isn’t thick, strong smelling and greasy? Is there? Huh? Huh? I want to love the Neutrogena Age Shield Face sunscreen because I know all the benefits, but something about it just doesn’t sit right.

Sunscreen

Purchase here if you would like to try it. I’m of course going to keep using it; therefore, I will update you guys soon!

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My In-Home Nail Salon

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Do you ever get so excited about something that you have to shout it from the rooftops? Yes? Me too! They always say that negative experiences travel faster than positive ones and I’m really trying to change that unwritten rule in the world, because hey… why not? We have to do better!

I’ve been getting my nails done at a nail salon for as long as I can remember. I would schedule these nail dates with my cousins, and it kind of became a part of my routine and schedule. Recently, I started thinking about all the money I spent on getting regular manicures, gel manicures, dipping powder, tips, and pedicures over the years and if I do some simple computation (with a calculator of course, but I’m horrible at adding things up), I think I’ve spent a good $25,000 on just that. It sounds like a crazy number, right? But, when you really sit down and think about the times you get paid (for me its 26 times a year) and the average cost of my services, which is about $75 ($75 * 26 because I would normally schedule my appointments around pay day) and multiple that puppy by 17, which is the amount of years I’ve been getting my nails done and then subtracting a few lazy years or weeks then now I know were the hell all my money went. May sound hella’ confusing, but I promise you, it made sense in my head.

Don’t get me wrong, I love getting pampered and having someone do it for me. I also love supporting local businesses, but I can’t sit here and justify someone taking all my money for something I can do myself. If it was a random one-off situation, okay, cool, but this is literally every 2-3 weeks. Not happening! It ends here.

So what did I buy this time? Well to start, it’s an investment. I bought a Gel UV Nail Lamp (the ones they use at the nail salon and a whole bunch of gel polishes. I spent about $40 and then hear this…ok, read this…$160 on nail polish! Has nail polish always been this expensive? Where have I been? After having a small heart attack, I pulled myself together and honestly have been super happy so far! Although, I may take longer than a professional, I’m still a perfectionist, so my nails were looking nail salon good! Probably one of my top purchases this year. Here’s the one I purchased:

Sunuv Gel UV Nail Lamp

Purchase the Gel UV Nail Lamp here.

I also found a a website that sold all of my polish faves. I can’t live without Funny Bunny, You’re such a Budapest and Rich Girl and Po’Boys (OPI)! The website offers tools, gel and regular versions of the polish and some amazing combos to save money! The website is http://www.beyondpolish.com. I’ve also noticed they do a reward system, so my $160 were not in vain – I guess I get something out of it.

If you decide to buy this and get the same amazing experience as I did, please tag me on IG when you take a picture of your results. I would love to see!

xoxo,

Enid

Baby, family, Mom life, New Mom, Pregnancy, Uncategorized

Writing to my Son

Being able to create and capture memories was a priority for me from the very beginning of my pregnancy. Specifically, it was important that I took lots of pictures, printed them in an actual album like my mother used to do and triple save them on a hard drive somewhere because you just never know. I wanted to do something more, I wanted to write to him and tell him about his firsts, our family, and the world, so, I thought to myself…”what better way to do that than to create an e-mail address?” and so I did just that.

There are so many things I wanted to say to my son before he was even born, but my partner and I hadn’t agreed on a name and if we had, I would have absolutely started then, but I wanted to create an e-mail address that he can take over when he gets older (firstnamelastname@gmail.com), something simple, professional and to the point. I wasn’t going to play my own son with something embarrassing like mamisbaby2019@gmail.com, or elprimerhijodeEnid@gmail.com (I thought about it tho). I opened up his gmail when he was born and wrote my first e-mail to him on his one month (February 2nd). I shared how much his dad and I loved him, I shared dates of his first bath, his first laugh, and how loving and cute he is. I also told him about this grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles and how my pregnancy went. After that first e-mail, I made sure to write to him 1-2 times a month with his firsts or some of our amazing family memories. I also gave my close family and friends his e-mail address so they can also share their stories and memories with him.

At this point, he probably has enough stories to create a book, but I will continue to write to him until he’s old enough to take over. Initially, I thought about this because of the unknown. What if I die before he grows into adulthood and then I would never have the opportunity to share our memories like my parents did with me? I want to make sure he knows he was loved from the very beginning and in my own words.These are positive reminders for when he’s feeling down, needs to be uplifted or just curious about his early years – when he was an infant, toddler and small child. It’s saved safely (hopefully), where only my partner and I have access.

There are so many different ways to capture memories and this one I just had to do to “stay with the times”.

xoxo,

Enid

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Juggling Mom Life, Family, Work & School

To truly understand how I juggle my life, it’s important to first provide a quick snapshot of some of my roles, tasks and struggles:

  • I am a mom to a very active toddler
  • I am a Senior Sales Trainer for a telecommunication company – I’ve been here for 11 years and work full-time
  • I am a student working on my second Master’s degree (MBA) – I currently have a BS in Business and a MS in Project Management (I love school, I can’t help it)
  • I have a partner (father to my child)
  • I somewhat have a life outside of all of this – I guess this would be the fun part of my life
  • I blog here and there
  • I try to eat healthy

So how do I juggle my life you ask? Well, I am a huge planner. I’m here for the white board combined with a physical planner and of course the support of my family. It’s not easy and some days are stressful, but it can be done. So, I’m going to show you a few of my favorite tips to remain on track and still get enough sleep so you don’t look like Felicia from Next Friday every morning. Eeeek.

1. The support of my family, whether it’s the babysitting help, my partner taking our son to another room or just the positive words of encouragement is super helpful. I fully understand that not everyone has this kind of support and honestly, I don’t know what I would do without my parents, partner, siblings, cousins and close friends. Shout out to the moms who do everything I do and more being a single mom or not having a great relationship with your family. I look up to you.

2. Physical Planner and Calendar

I should add that I am not a virtual person in terms of having everything on my phone or laptop. This does not work for me because I get instant satisfaction when I complete a task and take a pen to check it off. Call me crazy, but I know other folks in the planner community who are the same. I should also say that many moons ago, I tried the whole phone thing, but I was less productive – so actually using a pen and planner is my absolute jam.

As you can see from my planner (every week is like this), I make sure to hit on everyday tasks like school, work, health, hair, groceries, blogging, meetings/ calls and financials. I even sprinkle key tasks for my son, like reading (I am getting in the habit of making sure I read at least every other night) and deep conditioning his dry hair. Yes, I have stickers and these are truly visually appealing, but also help me focus on specific areas of my planner. I also draw in my own little check boxes so I again, I can get the feeling of accomplishment. Actually, the more I write about this, the more crazy I’m making myself seem, but trust me this works. lol!

Planning DOES NOT start the week of! Read that again. To ensure full productivity as a planner, I look at my calendar 2-3 weeks in advance to ensure I have everything in place and can even leave room for spontaneous things or one-off situations. For example, I know that I have to deep condition every Sunday so why not add it? I know certain bills are due at a specific point in time and again, why not add it? The whole point of a planner is to plan, not just write things down for the fun of it.

3. Have a Routine

I have a pretty regular routine that not only helps me stay on track, but it also helps my son stay on track. My Monday – Friday schedule is basically the same and I’m a little more spontaneous on weekends (again, I sound like a boring, old lady, but it works).

A Typical Day (working from home schedule due to quarantine life)

  • 7:15AM – Work out if scheduled
  • 8AM – Get up when not working out (I’m getting smacked in the face by my son around this time)
  • Make breakfast
  • 9AM – Start working and look at all calendars to make sure there were no changes and that it aligns with my planner
  • 1PM – Lunch time with my son and also do some of my homework
  • 5-30PM-6PM – Stop working
  • 6PM – 1.5 hours of homework if I have any that week, if not, go play with my son
  • 7PM – Make dinner and have dinner
  • 8PM – Fun: Draft a blog for my readers (but not post until edited), read, watch crime shows, Netflix, spend time with parents or siblings, whatever comes up.
  • 9PM – Give my son a bath and put him to bed (I know this is late, but it’s what works right now) I also normally lay down at this time as well, but because I’m a slave to social media, I probably end up going to sleep around 11PM.

Note: As mentioned in my Covid-19 story, my partner is currently quarantined in another home (he got it bad and it’s been about 2 months); however, we will be reunited in a week or so, so this routine will change a bit, but not too much, because I’m crazy like that and a creature of habit. lol

Also, throughout the entire day, I participate in group texting, check in on my family, friends, coworkers, and social media. I find time.

Hope this helps!