Monday, April 13, 2015

March Favorites

Here are my March favorites that I have been loving.  I also have an empties basket that 
is overflowing and I need to get that up soon! I was thinking of doing a 
video for that so we'll see! 
First up is Philip B. Russian Amber Imperial Dry Shampoo.
Oh my goodness, this smells so heavenly, like perfume! I like it for volume and it 
gives life to hair that needs washing. I can't get enough of this, it's my 
favorite dry shampoo now.

Epielle Cucumber Cleansing Tissues
I've been using these forever and I realized I've never mentioned them in a favorites. 
I use them every single night and I can't live without them! 
I've tried all the other brands like Neutrogena etc.
 But I always prefer these. They are so gentle and I love the 
cucumber, grapefruit seed, aloe and glycerin. It is a Korean made product,
 but I usually find them at Big Lots. 

Aroma Actives Skincare Cleansing & Soothing Milk
This line uses aromatherapy as part of its technique as well as natural ingredients, which 
you know I love! This cleansing milk is very heavily scented with an earthy, herbal smell.
 At first it seemed overwhelming, but it was so smoothing and refreshing the more I used it.
Definitely aromatherapy!
I use it every time I take a bath. It has aloe vera, cucumber, milk thistle, and 
chamomile to name a few of long list of impressive ingredients. 

Arganesse Hair Treatment
This is such a luxurious argan oil hair treatment. A little goes a long way and it 
smells incredible!
It keeps my hair soft and shiny. I don't know what I did before argan oil!
 I use this everyday, especially on the ends of my hair.

Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray
I have been obsessed with this vitamin based primer. It helps keep the oil at bay 
and helps with
reducing pores. Makeup looks flawless and fresh. Love!

Ambi Even & Clear Daily Moisturizer
This moisturizer is a busy multi-tasker with spf 30, 
and it works to even out skin tone and texture with
soy extract and vitamins c & e.
 I love a product that packs a punch and this steps up to the plate.
I have noticed a more even complexion since using and I 
apply every morning after my serum. 

Revlon Top Speed in Jaded
A fun minty color for Spring. 
Dries quickly and looks shiny and pretty. 

Gucci Flora
My Spring scent is exactly as it sounds, a rich sultry floral.
 It's not to over powering but it lingers and smells so good!

Two lip pencils I've had in rotation are Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Pencil in 
Midnight Cowboy. It's a pretty nude liner. 
 And Mary Kay Lip Crayon in Toasted.
It's the perfect sun-kissed pretty lip combo. 

So that's March! Please tag me with your favorites! 
Xo- Taj

Friday, March 27, 2015

Becoming an Estrella Andrea (Andrea Star)

This is compensated collaboration between  ANDREA® and Latina Bloggers Connect.
However, all opinions expressed are my own.

If you are like many women today, there are not enough hours in the day to
get everything on our lists done. Between going to work, running the kids
here and there, housework, family, etc., there leaves little time left over!
I started my own business a little over a year ago, it was a little scary at first to
step out, but it has been nothing but the best decision I ever made for myself! 

I decided to start living the life I had always imagined, even with a
newborn by my side keeping me up all night! It definitely has been a lot of
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I had the opportunity to call into Andrea myself and learn about the
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Monday, March 23, 2015

First Impressions: Purminerals Start Now 5 Piece Beauty-to-go Collection

This is a quick first impression on the Purminerals Starter kit. If you would like a more
 in-depth review, please let me know.
This collection comes with five pieces: Correcting Primer, 4-in-1 Mineral Makeup, Mineral Glow,
Chisel Brush, & mascara.

I tried the color Golden Medium, I believe it comes in 8 shades.
First I applied the Correcting primer, which is supposed to reduce pores and brighten skin over time.
The primer went on smooth and a little goes a long way. It worked great to fill in pores. 
I have oily/ combination skin and my issues are dark circles, so I usually prefer a full coverage makeup. I was very curious to see how much coverage the makeup would provide. 
Next, I applied the 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup with the chisel brush. I did not like the brush at all.  There was way too much fallout everytime I applied product to my face. I ended up using one of my own better quality brushes. 
The makeup is supposed to be your foundation, powder, concealer and spf 15.  I applied it as directed in circular motions and buffed it into the skin. It feels very lightweight and doesn't feel like makeup at all. The coverage is buildable, but for me it gives more of a BB cream type coverage. Something that is nice for weekend wear, or running errands or gym, but it did't give the coverage I need for my dark circles. It definitely feels light and airy and the color was a perfect match.

The mineral glow is a bronzing powder with shea butter and antioxidants and gives a nice subtle gleam
to the overall look. I really like the bronzer, it's not shimmery or muddy. It gives such a pretty sun glow color.
The mascara was fine, but I have my favorites that I'll stick to!

Overall, it is a great starter kit minus the brush. I love that the makeup is made with minerals that 
benefit your skin. Coverage wise, I would definitely recommend it for someone who only needs light to medium coverage. After wearing all day, the foundation stayed in place and didn't migrate, but I did add my own concealer to feel like I didn't scare anyone! 

Have you tried mineral makeup?

Xo- Taj

Monday, March 16, 2015


The Director and I decided to do this HUM Cleanse to the Rescue together.  We've both been sick a lot  already this year so we wanted a fresh start. In addition to juicing daily we added these 21-daily packets.
Each packet contains 4 capsules that last one day.  2 with food and 2 between meals.  They contain organic chlorella and green algae that eliminate toxins and herbs that  help cleanse the liver, kidneys and blood for clear skin.  There's 18 digestive enzymes and ginger & peppermint which helps break down carbs and fats.

Within a week we both noticed clearer skin and the hubs felt more energized.  The pills are easy enough to take. So if you're looking for a healthy/easy cleanse system check this one out. I believe
it's available at Sephora exclusively. 
Have you tried any cleanses lately? You know I love your recommendations for healthy alternatives!


Friday, March 6, 2015

February Favorites

I am so glad March is here! February was a rough month for us, not to 
mention we were all sick! I'm just glad it's over and I'm looking forward to spring!! 
So I've rounded up some of my favorites for last month and even from January since I missed it!
So there are a lot of things this month and I'm excited to share them with you!

The weather has been all over the place here in L.A., rainy, windy, hot one day so 
my hair has needed a good hairspray and got2b 2 sexy body 10  Voluminous Hairspray 
has done a great job of keeping my hair looking good. I've been wearing my hair up 
a lot or curling soft waves and this gives lots of volume and stay power.
 I will say it isn't my favorite smell, but it is just fine. I got the studio size bottle so I 
can go to town spraying! 

I've got two BiorĂ© products here, the Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips & BiorĂ© Charcoal 
Minimizer face wash. Love these! The scrub feels like it is getting a really deep clean on my face. It doesn't feel dry or scratchy either. It is supposed to draw out impurities and be used 2-3 times a week.  The Pore Strips are just cool for removing clogged pores. Love how clean these two products make my face feel.

The Burt's Bees Moisturizing Lip Balms in coconut & pear and wild cherry are so amazing!
The coconut pear is my favorite, it smells so yummy and I love that these are 100% natural. The ingredients just make me happy like: coconut oil, sunflower oil, shea butter, etc. Just moisturizing and good for you too!

Capri Clear 100% Natural Coconut Oil Spray 
You can use this oil spray for so many things; moisturizing skin, cuticles, hair, stretchmarks and on and on. 
It's suitable for sensitive skin, as it doesn't smell at all. I love the coconut scent so I wouldn't mind if it
did smell,  but this formula has none, and is made of pure oil. I think I've sprayed this everywhere, it's not greasy or shiny just pure moisturizing.

PanOxyl Advanced Acne Treatment
I get the occasional blemish and this stuff works wonders to dry them up rapidly. A little
dab at night and by morning drastic changes have occurred!

L'Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation
I'm so in love. This stuff is just incredible for oily/combination skin types. It has great buildable
coverage and keeps oil at bay all day. I also use the powder and like it too. You must try!

Milani Brow Fix Brow Kit
This little kit is so fab! I love that it gives you 3 colors to work with. It even comes with little travel tweezers so it's perfect size for traveling. It has a brow highlight and two brow shades. It lasts all day
and is easy to apply and blend.

Another brow product I'm loving is It Cosmetics Brow Power Lift
It's an illuminating pencil with hydrolyzed collagen and vitamins A,C & E. Besides the great
ingredients, it just gives a beautiful glow and precision to the brows. It really gives a face-lift to the eyes in my opinion and helps make the eye area impeccable!

Mary Kay Gel Eyeliner in jet black has been in constant use for me. 
I love how creamy and easy it is to apply. Once it sets it stays put and lasts.
I have a few great brushes I use to create different looks, from a thicker line to
a very thin one, and they all turn out beautiful.

Palladio Herbal Eyeshadow Quad in Spellbound
This quad is so beautiful, I love purples for any time of the year! 
These are great for an everyday look, as they have a light shimmer and are nicely pigmented. 

Aviva Advanced Hair Nutrition Hydracreme Shampoo is great because it is
Paraben, sulfate and sodium chloride free! It's safe for color treated hair and is packed with
11 botanical extracts!! It helps remove buildup and leaves my hair soft. I use it a few times a week and I really love it's clean citrus smell. Definitely recommend!

Patchology Patch Treatment
These patches deliver a micro current technology straight to the eye area great for de-puffing with soothing cucumber extract, hydrating hyaluronic acid, skin smoothing peptides and Vitamin C to brighten eyes in just 20 minutes! One pair can be reused up to four times which is nice. I love how refreshed my eyes look after using them! These patches are available at Neiman Marcus.

As you may know I'm really into healthy, natural ingredients this year. I just want to find products 
that work and that are good for us. So when I tried Hello Mouthwash in pink grapefruit mint, 
I was really excited about it. They have no alcohol, dyes or sweeteners and
it is naturally made. I love the smell, taste and packaging! 
My mouth feels fresh after use and I definitely recommend! 

Hope you give some of these a try! Please link up your favorites too! Xo -Taj

Monday, March 2, 2015

Daylight Savings Is Coming! Plus Prize Pack Giveaway! #PampersSleepChat

This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

It's finally time to Spring forward! Yes! I am so excited to have more daylight this coming weekend (March 8). With that being said, it will be interesting to see how Alaia transitions in her sleep schedule. I'm really hoping that we won't be up before the chickens! I've got a few tricks up my sleeve though!

Through Pampers‘ extensive research on sleep, they’ve learned that babies are more vulnerable to waking up when they’re wet. And a dry night means baby is more likely to be more rested, less fussy and more content the next day.  Pampers diapers provide up to 12 hours of wetness control to help your baby sleep through the night. Now that is something a mom can rely on!  I don't want my chicky waking up because of a wet diaper!

The time transition of “springing forward” is so top-of-mind for parents that a recent survey conducted by Pampers found that 77% are concerned with Daylight Saving Time affecting their child’s sleep pattern. More than half of parents surveyed dread the anticipated disruption to their child’s sleep schedule more than tax season!

I'm hoping that by moving the bath time up, and getting into bed earlier we can have a smooth transition.   A dry diaper with Pampers and soothing sounds from her music/light player will help
keep things restful! 

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 Please join @Pampers on March 3rd from 9-10pmEST as they host a Twitter Party with renowned sleep expert, “The Sleep Lady,” Kim West! Kim will be sharing her tips for helping little ones through the Daylight Saving Time sleep transition and will also be answering your questions regarding baby sleep!

To help prepare you for the time change, Pampers is offering one reader a prize pack to help you get through the month!  To enter for your chance to win, simply fill out the Rafflecopter below:
Prize Pack contains:
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Friday, February 13, 2015


Love is in the air and I'm a big romantic at heart! I love little love notes left
In unexpected places and the intoxicating smell of beautiful flowers. 

Sweet bites ...

Pretty scents and a girly makeup bag

Lovely Emi Jay hair ties in the cutest hearts and red stripes!
Red lips!

Donut coffee cups!
Happy Hearts Day!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Valentine Nails

Pretty pink nails for the start of February! 
I painted my nails Lingerie Pink and then decided to add some
pretty designs for Valentine's Day.
I used nail art pens by Hot Designs to add some polka dots, flowers and hearts.
These pens have a polish on one side and a fine tip pen on the other which is pretty fun to make 
designs with. I'm thinking this would be cute on my toes too! 
This has gotten me in the mood to decorate for Love day as well. 
I think I will pull out the pink heart lights today. Xo-taj

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

January Baby Favorites

Here are a few things we've been loving this month and I wanted to share them!
First is the Highlights Hello monthly book.

Alaia gets so excited every month that she gets a piece of mail with her name on it and it's a book!
Her auntie got the subscription for her and it really has been one of her favorite things. It's just a little book with easy little short stories and "look and find" pages.  Hello is for ages 0-2, but I know they have other age groups as well. Here is their website if you want to check it out!

I love the smell of lavender, I have it growing all over my backyard! So I was excited 
about this calming scent for bath time before bed.  The formula is all natural ingredients with organic
and botanical ingredients. It's free of parabens, sulfates and synthetics. Yay!  You guys know I'm big on using more health conscious body products and I'm very happy how easy this is to find. My CVS drugstore carries it.  Check out their website for other eco-friendly products like toxic free dish soap! (I love that too!)

Last thing is Barbara's Snackimals Animal Cookies in Snickerdoodle.

These are so good! I like them too! They are perfect little pouches to throw in your purse and
have on hand for a snack when you're on the go and the little one is hungry or fussy. The animal shapes are cute and something fun for them. They are made with organic grain and no artificial ingredients, hydrogenated oils or preservatives.  Give them a try!

If you're a mom I would love to hear your favorites!  Let me know if you try any of these! 
Xo- Taj

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Pink Parade

(Earrings from my glam shop)

With Valentine's day coming up, pink is everywhere in the stores.
You won't hear me complaining one bit! Just wanted to share a few
Pretty pics I've taken lately and some pretty pink! Xo -Taj

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