I Got My Face Shaved!

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Yes, you read the title right… I got my face shaved! In other words, I got dermaplaning done for the first time! I’ve been hearing a lot about it lately and even seeing videos of people getting the procedure done and I was definitely interested. I reached out to my friend Lianna who is an esthetician and works at B Medical Spa & Wellness Center in San Diego to see if she does dermaplaning and she said yes so we booked me an appointment!

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I finally went this week… You’re probably wondering if it hurts since it is done with a 10 gauge scalpel? Not at all and there are no side effects! Dermaplaning gently scrapes the dead skin layer and tiny hairs (peach fuzz) off of your face which results in smoother, softer and brighter skin. The whole procedure took less than 30 minutes and I was so amazed with how my face felt and looked after! It’s basically like a super effective exfoliation.

Other benefits are it helps eliminate fine wrinkles and it’s long-lasting (the next time you’ll have to shave your face is like 3-4 weeks). Another plus, is that your make-up will go on much smoother. I was also thrilled to learn that my skin products will work better since the whole layer of dead skin is gone. So amazing! You gotta try it out for yourself!

P.S. If you’re in San Diego, reach out to my girl Lianna from B Medical Spa and let her know I sent you!

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Target Trip

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I seriously lost count of how many times I went to Target during my Maternity Leave! Lol. When I was pregnant, I used the excuse of going to “walk the baby out” and now it’s to get some “me time” even though I usually have a kid or 2 with me LOL.ย I’m sure we all are guilty of buying so much more stuff than what we came in to Target for and I have your solution… bring a carseat with you and place it in the cart! Seriously, you won’t have room for anything lol.

All jokes aside though, this Binxy Babyย shopping cart hammock has been a lifesaver! I tried it for the first time this week and it has been a game changer. I wish I had it with my first 2 babies!ย  It’s super portable and so easy to put on a cart. Liam felt like he was cradled and looked so comfortable. Not only was I able to see him at all times but I had room for everything on my grocery list… whew!

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They fit most shopping carts and they come in super cute prints too! It’s only $40 and totes worth it. What’s great too is if your baby is sound asleep in their car seat and you want them to stay asleep at the store… the hammock can actually hold your car seat too (up to 50 pounds)!! It’s a win-win, your baby stays asleep but you don’t lose cart space. Woohoo!

Get 10% off your order here! Not to mention, they make great gifts for mamas!

*This post was sponsored by Binxy Baby. As always, all opinions are my own.

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Fall Must-Haves

Fall Fashion 2017

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I think we all agree that Fall Fashion is cutest out of all the seasons right?! I just LOVE the sweaters and booties season, especially when there’s PSLs involved! Fall is also when my husband’s birthday is and of course, the holiday season which is my favorite time of the year ๐Ÿ™‚ Any way, I was doing something I shouldn’t be doing yesterday… online shopping! Haha. I spent a good amount of time “adding to cart” and decided to share what’s on my Wish List! Happy Tuesday!

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The Best Nail Polishes for Fall

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Ok ladies, these are my absolute fave nail polish colors for Fall!! I’m glad I have 11 because I will be rotating these polishes all season long! You’re welcome ๐Ÿ™‚ Lol. Here you go (in no specific order):

Click on them for a swatch!

  • OPI – My Private Jet: Ok, I know I said this is in no specific order but this is my FAVE one for Fall and it’s one that I wear any season. It’s like a really dark gray (almost black) with tiny sparkles. You need this!
  • OPI – Warm Me Up: Similar to My Private Jet but has more of a brownish tint and minus the sparkles.
  • OPI – Wooden Shoe Like to Know?: Such a pretty light brown with sparkles. This would look great on any skin tone.
  • OPI – Under the Mistletoe: My fave one to wear in December! It’s the perfect deep red with glitter but the glitter isn’t too in your face. Love this one!
  • Zoya – Payton: This one is like a disco ball on your nails. I love wearing this when I want more of a bold color on my nails. It’s a burgundy color with tons of colorful glitter. In the shade, the glitter is barely seen unless you look up close but in light, WOW!
  • Essie – Smokin’ Hot: My fave gray-ish polish! It has a hint of purple and it goes on super creamy and opaque!
  • OPI – Lincoln After Dark: This is my go-to black polish! Everyone needs a black polish in their collection and this formula is perf.
  • Sinful Colors – Navy I Do: Super dark navy blue… obsessed! Best part? Only $2!
  • OPI – Vampsterdam: This color is SO pretty and SO Fall. It’s a deep purply burgundy.
  • Ulta – Plum Street: The perfect burgundy polish!
  • Sinful Colors – Snow Me White: Just like a black polish, white can be worn all year round so you already know, I’ll have some white nails this season!

Alright, well there ya go! I’m always open to new nail polishes though. What are your fave ones for Fall?! Let me know in the comments then I’ll probably head over to a beauty supply store to grab them lol.

P.S. In case you missed it, click here to shop my nail polish organizer!

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11/17/2012

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First of all, isn’t this custom bar necklace from Speakable.co just so cute?! I love bar necklaces because they’re simple and are super cute additions to any outfit. What I love more are custom ones because they add some meaning to the piece of jewelry. What you see here is my wedding date in roman numerals, which is 11/17/2012. You can get your own custom bar necklace for 20% from Speakable.co by using code “raina20” at checkout! They come in different sizes and the holidays are right around the corner too ๐Ÿ˜‰ perfect time to stock up on presents!

Any way, I can’t believe Leo and I will be married for 5 years this coming November! And because that anniversary post will most likely be about our relationship… I thought why not share 10 random fun facts about our wedding! Here you go…

  1. I had an ugly cry/low-key panic attack before our wedding rehearsal the night before the wedding because I was so stressed! We had to push the rehearsal a whole hour back and Leo had to text everyone to let them know NOT to contact the bridezilla and to contact him instead.
  2. We had almost 400 guests expected to be at our wedding (Filipino families).
  3. Our dogs walked down the aisle BUT I forgot their outfits at home! I was so bummed but I’m just glad they got to be a part of our big day.
  4. We had 26 people in our wedding party. Nope, not a typo, you read that right… 26! Leo had 13 groomsmen and I had 13 bridesmaid. Out of that, I had 3 maids of honor and he had 3 best men. Yeah… we’re extra lol.
  5. We decided we wanted to say our own vows. My vows: 5 minutes. Leo’s: 20 minutes. Lol. If you know us personally, I am very straight to the point and Leo is quite the story teller. His vows were the sweetest though ๐Ÿ™‚
  6. Our entire wedding party learned a dance the night before at the hotel for our flash mob entrance to “Get Outta Your Mind” Haha.
  7. We had life size cardboard cutouts of us in our wedding outfits made for our guests to take pictures with.
  8. I forgot our cake topper at home! Before Leo and I made our grand entrance as husband and wife, my aunt runs out asking where the cake topper was so she can put it on the cake. I freaked out and realized I left it at home. I was bummed for about a minute especially because I searched high and wide for the perfect cake topper on Etsy haha. I’m over it now… kinda. ๐Ÿ˜›
  9. The First Dance was meaningful BUT also awkward because everyone was just watching us and we just kept talking about how awkward it was and giggling because we didn’t know what to do. We initially planned on a Samba routine but sadly we couldn’t get to it ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
  10. We ate at In-N-Out after our wedding with some of our wedding party …in our wedding attire! Lol. Good times.

TIPS for the bride-to-be’s: You can never be too prepared! Save yourself what I went through (#1 on the list lol) and plan as far in advance as possible and triple check (better year, quadruple check) everything. Be open to having at least ONE thing go wrong. And lastly, don’t forget the whole reason for the event… it’s easy to get caught in the actual wedding itself but remember, it’s to celebrate the love you have with your significant other โค

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If you want to see some of our wedding photos by our photographer, click here! Thanks for stopping by xo

*Thank you Speakable.co for my custom bar necklace!

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Ipsy September 2017 Glam Bag Review

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Ok so I LOVE the actual bag it came in this month! I haven’t loved an Ipsy make-up bag in awhile but this one is so me! My fave color combo is black and gold and I love classic, no design make-up bags so this is right up my alley. So chic!

What’s in the September 2017 “Like a Boss” glam bag?

  1. P.R.M.I.T. Beauty GELIusion in January
  2. Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Radiance Primer
  3. Eva NYC Zero Gravity Volume Powder
  4. NEOGEN Dermalogy White Truffle Serum in Oil Drop
  5. Ciate London Wonderwand Mascara in Black Magic

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Getting nail polishes in my glam bags are the best, especially full size bottles. This color is the perfect deep burgundy for Fall… obsessed. The formula is super thick and creamy and one coat is completely opaque but I still used 2 coats. I think the name of the polish “Gelusion” is on point because it totally does give the illusion of a gel polish especially with my super shiny top coat! Oh and guess what? This brand is also cruelty-free and vegan… major plus!

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Yay I love Smashbox! I actually used one of their primers before and loved it. This primer in particular adds a nice glow so it’s really pretty! It blended well with my powder foundation too and made it last longer.

 

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I have a product like this already to volumize my hair but I was happy to get one from this brand since I’ve heard good things about their products. I thought it worked just as good as the one I currently have. A little goes a long way so I like to start with a little and add more as needed. My hair is pretty flat at the top so this helps add more volume there.

 

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I’m not usually a fan of serums although I was excited to try this one out because I heard good reviews. A little of this goes a long way and with the small amount I put, my face definitely felt softer and more hydrated. Good product!

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I’m loving this mascara! First of all, I love this brand’s nail polishes so I was excited to try out their mascara. I didn’t even know they made other products aside from nail polish so it was a pleasant surprise. The formula of this mascara was very black and it applied smoothly.

Overall I’d say it’s a pretty good bag this month! Loved the brands and the products ๐Ÿ™‚ My favorite would have to be the nail polish though even though it’s a close call between that, the mascara and the volume powder. If you still haven’t tried Ipsy and want to for only $10/month…ย Clickย here! Btw, the nail polish alone is $11… just sayin’ ๐Ÿ˜‰

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