LoveMyssa Handmade Jewelry


So I received these two pieces of jewelry from LoveMyssa on Etsy last week and they instantly became my new faves! And what makes them even more awesome than they already are is that they’re handmade 🙂 I don’t know about you but I have so much respect for small business owners that make super cute stuff by hand and sell them on Etsy. I know firsthand all the hard work it takes because I, too, had an Etsy shop once and sold handmade baby headbands.

The quality of these pieces are amazing. I love the the simplicity of the choker with the added gold beads for detail. I could wear it with just about any outfit. And that gemstone necklace?! Obsessed. I literally want everything from this shop. Check it out for yourself and use code “XOXORaina” for 15% off your entire purchase… you’re welcome!

*This post was in collaboration with LoveMyssa. As always, all opinions are my own.


Ipsy “January 2017 Glam Bag” Review

mq_ipsyjan1What’s in the January 2017 “Metropolis” bag?

  1. Ciate London GELOLOGY Top Coat
  2. Manna Kadar Cosmetics Paradise Blush
  3. Naked Cosmetics Mica Pigment in Desert Sunset #02
  4. pur~lisse Blue Lotus Seed 5-in-1 mud mask + exfoliator
  5. theBalm Cosmetics Bahama Mama

mq_ipsyjan2Ciate London GELOLOGY Top Coat

I received a nail polish from this brand in my ipsy bag in the past and just loved it! The packaging, brush, application, formula… everything was point. When I saw that I got their top coat, I was so excited! I have a top coat that I’ve been using for years so it was hard to part with it for one manicure but I had to try it out for you guys. Let me just say that I love it!! This is definitely a good alternative to the one I normally use. Oh, and this is the full size bottle that retails for $19! Ipsy is only $9.99 so I already got more than my money’s worth with this top coat 🙂

mq_ipsyjan4Manna Kadar Cosmetics Paradise Blush

When it comes to blush, I’m open to trying out new brands since I’m not really set on a certain brand or color. This one is a beautiful shade! It’s very pigmented so you don’t need to put so much product on the brush for it to show on your cheeks. Love!

mq_ipsyjan6Naked Cosmetics Mica Pigment in Desert Sunset #02

Another product that I can’t get enough of are eyeshadows! I mean, the more the merrier right? I love having options when I actually do my eyeshadow. I am obsessed with this color. It’s similar to a lot of shades I wear on my lids and has the right amount of shimmer!

mq_ipsyjan3pur~lisse Blue Lotus Seed 5-in-1 mud mask + exfoliant

Yay, a mud mask! I sure love me some face masks, especially with exfoliant. I enjoyed putting this one on and definitely felt some results as soon as I washed it off. It totally lives up to its description. Can’t wait to use it again!

mq_ipsyjan5theBalm Cosmetics Bahama Mama

This is one of my favorite brands that I’ve discovered from ipsy! I actually bought full size products of their liquid lipsticks when I got a sample size in a glam bag. I don’t usually wear bronzer but if you do, I recommend this one! It’s very pretty and sheer.

Guys, this bag was a HIT for me this month! I am so happy with all of the products. My favorite? It’s a tie between the top coat and the eyeshadow because those are the products that I would use the most. If you loved this glam bag as much as I did and want to try ipsy for only $9.99 per month, click here!



Live Lokai


Ok, am I like the last person to ever hear about these bracelets?! I got them from my super trendy cousin for Christmas and when I unwrapped it, I was like oh… what is it? It looks cool but I have no idea what it is besides the obvious, a bracelet haha. She said it’s a Lokai bracelet that’s “really in right now.” I was like ok great! Anything to keep this 30-year-old in with the trends sounds great lol. I looked it up and the meaning behind it is actually pretty interesting. This is what it says on their website:

“Each Lokai is infused with elements from the highest and lowest points on Earth. The white bead carries water from Mt. Everest, and the black bead contains mud from the Dead Sea. These extreme elements are a reminder to the wearer to find balance – staying humble during life’s peaks and hopeful during its lows.”

Sounds pretty awesome. Don’t ya think? As a full-time working mom, balance is something I continue to struggle with. I love wearing this bracelet which serves as a reminder. It is pretty pricey though, $18… but Lokai does give 10% of proceeds to charities! Check them out! They even have a pack of different colors! My cousin gave me the classic one which is clear with black and white. It’s so me, love it.


Happy 2nd Birthday, Scarlett Rae!


It’s crazy to think that my baby girl is now 2 years old! I mean, she has been in the “terrible twos” phase since before she turned one. Lol. Last year, I threw her a huge Under the Sea themed birthday party but this year we will be celebrating with close friends and family on her actual birthday. At the end of the month, we’re taking her to… wait for it… Disneyland!!! I cannot wait to see the joy in her face 🙂 I wanted to dedicate this blog post to the one who made me mommy. I want to look back on this post in the future and just remember how she was at this fun (and super sassy) age.

  1. She knows her colors: purple, green, blue, orange, red, yellow, pink, teal, black and white.
  2. She can act out the Trolls movie and name some of the characters.
  3. She loves to grab our hands and say “come on” to take us where she wants us to go.
  4. She’s starting to call me “Mommy.”
  5. She says “guy” when she doesn’t want to do something… for example “don’t want to, guy!” So random but we think it’s hilarious.
  6. She is obsessed with watching unboxing of toys on YouTube, specifically Elmo toys.
  7. She loves her baby brother Landon more than anything. She’ll let him climb on her, pull her hair, and yell by her face.
  8. She likes to take baths only when there’s bath toys and bathtub paint involved.
  9. She loves to say “aww” and put her hands on her face.
  10. She loves to pretend that she’s the Fox from the movie Zootopia and pretend to hit me while saying “Bunny!”
  11. She loves to draw… all over our walls.
  12. She loves to be put to sleep by either mommy or daddy kissing her arms or scratching her back.
  13. She finally switched to the sippy cup.
  14. She still sucks her thumb and needs a blankie to go to sleep.
  15. She loves to get her nails painted (with Piggy Paint nail polish).
  16. Her favorite things to eat are cheese, bananas, blueberries and strawberries.
  17. She loves to tickle while saying “teeckle, teeckle.”
  18. She is fearless and will climb anything.
  19. She likes to give “tight” hugs.
  20. She can say I love you but it sounds more like “Abu” and it’s the sweetest thing.

I can probably go on and on and on but thankfully I have a ton of videos and pictures to help remember this sweet age. Scarlett is such a joy and a blessing. We are so thankful for her! Check back for pictures from her birthday celebration(s)!


All Under $50? Yes Please!


Can you believe all of these are under $50?! I seriously want them all for my wardrobe! I do have black OTK boots BUT they were $100 from Steve Madden… please don’t tell my hubby! Lol. Those ( #3) are only $45. So awesome. What’s great about all of these pieces is that you can wear each one in so many different looks.

TGIF! Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend!


Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale

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Seriously Nordstrom has THEE BEST sales! Am I right?! Here are 13 items I literally just “added to cart” LOL. Any one else just keep adding to the cart then when you check out, you’re like… ok, which ones do I need to delete? Haha. I got the Topshop jeans earlier today when I went to the mall. Such a steal!


Christmas 2016 Family Pictures


Alright guys, here are our family Christmas pictures this year! Even though plans didn’t go through of going to a nice location, not having our doggies in the pictures, and ending up having to use a tripod right outside our condo… I felt incredibly blessed to have Landon here with us this holiday season. Last year, he was in my belly!

For Christmas Eve, we went to my parents’ house in Temecula. My family has always celebrated Christmas Eve. At midnight (when it’s officially Christmas), I pass out all the gifts (been doing this since I was 5 years old) then we open them all up together. On Christmas Day, we came back to San Diego to spend time with my hubby’s side of the family. We did Secret Santa, ate all day and watched home videos. I am STILL having food coma from this weekend’s festivities, haha!


I hope you all had a great holiday weekend!! Hope you have a wonderful last week of 2016 🙂

P.S. Our Christmas PJs were from Target!


Crossbody Bags From Target



When it comes to crossbody bags, I like to have a lot of options to go with different outfits so I try to purchase inexpensive ones… keyword: TRY. Lol. The place I can always rely on for affordable, quality things is Target. Duh. I’ve rounded up 7 bags that caught my eye! If you still have some Christmas presents to buy… these are perfect 🙂

Happy Thursday!


Blooming Bath Lotus


One of the many things that I look forward to as a mom is bath time in the evenings. Both Scarlett and Landon enjoy taking baths and I love spending that quality time with them  🙂 Plus I just love snuggling with them after. Fellow mamas, you know you like that “fresh out of the bath” smell right?! It’s the best.

I was lucky enough to be sent a Blooming Bath Lotus and I absolutely love it… and as you can see in the pictures, Landon does too! I just wish I discovered this product sooner. It’s made for sinks but none of the sinks in my condo are big enough to hold my growing 6-month-old so I put it in his 4moms bath tub. It just made his whole bath time experience more comfortable because that lotus is just SO incredibly soft! The four wide petals make it easy to fit into any space.

Scarlett even got to use it during her bath too! She obviously doesn’t like to be contained in a small space anymore so a little baby tub is useless. I used the Blooming Bath Lotus as a tub seat for her and she was shocked at first because she wasn’t used to sitting on something so soft in the tub lol. I literally had to bribe her with a Trolls toy to get her out haha.

Mamas, you guys have to check this out for your little one(s)! They even make the perfect gift. Thanks for stopping by!

*This post was in collaboration with Blooming Bath. As always, all opinions are my own. 70cfd7f3-ec3d-4077-9edd-89286686667a.png

Ipsy “December 2016 Glam Bag” Review

mq_ipsydec6What’s in the December 2016 “Carpe p.m.” Bag?

  1. NYX Professional Makeup Prismatic Shadow in “Jaded”
  2. REN Clean Skincare Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask
  3. CLEARISTA Retexturizing Gel
  4. Ciate London Liquid Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick in “Pin Up”
  5. tarte cosmetics deluxe maracuja oil

Ok guys, before I start the review I just want to let you know that I’m SO happy about this month’s bag… the actual bag! It’s simple and girly. Love!

mq_ipsydec2NYX Professional Makeup Prismatic Shadow in “Jaded”

You know I love me some NYX buuuut this is just not my type of eyeshadow color. I was bummed to see that Ipsy gave out 3 other colors and I wish I got any of the other 3. If I were just reviewing the actual eyeshadow, minus the color, it’s awesome! It’s super pigmented and glides on smoothly. I’ll have to get the other colors!

mq_ipsydec5REN Clean Skincare Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask

This product made my skin feel smoother and firmer after a single use. I typically like masks that have exfoliation beads but the gel was a nice change. Thank goodness I don’t have sensitive skin because it does say not to use if you have sensitive skin.

mq_ipsydec4CLEARISTA Retexturizing Gel

First of all, this company is from San Diego so I was so excited to try something that was made locally! This is a great scrub and it did feel like all my dead skin cells were scrubbed off after using it. Pretty awesome.

mq_ipsydec3Ciate London Liquid Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick in “Pin Up”

Seriously you can never have too many liquid lipsticks! I am always a happy camper when I get one in my glam bags. This one is wonderful! It’s so creamy and goes on perfectly. I’ve received other products from this brand before which I loved so I kind of expected that I would become a fan of their liquid lipstick. They nailed it with this color too!

mq_ipsydec1tarte cosmetics deluxe maracuja oil

I’m sure everyone has heard of the brand tarte before so I was thrilled to get a product from them this month! Of course, the packaging is super cute right? Any way, at first I thought this was oil for your hair but I read the box and it’s actually for your face. Say what?! I’ve never used oil on my face, ever. I mean I would just assume that it would make your face… oily. I’ve always been skeptical so I was excited to try this. It was so light and made my face feel super hydrated which is much needed during Winter season. I’m obsessed.

I loved this month’s bag! My favorite product? Well, it’s tie between the face oil and the liquid lipstick! If you want to try Ipsy out, click here🙂