Protect Your Skin

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Each summer, I find myself more surprised at the lack of skincare my friends and colleges provide for their skin. I thought wearing sun protection was the first thing one thought about when planning an outdoor venture.I guess I was wrong.

Look, the sun kills. Sure, we need some good ol’ vitamin D that doesn’t come from the latest multi-vitamin that we heard Gisele or some other perfect celeb was taking. But the sun KILLS.

Let’s not get all depressed with the C word. Let’s talk about what happens to most of us: the sun makes your face look old. OLD!

Yes, we’re all going to get old, and old can be sexy, but I don’t want to be 30 and LOOK like I’m 55 and been through several divorces.

THAT is what the sun will do to your face.

Maybe I’m being dramatic. Maybe I’m not. Who knows. What I DO know is once the sun jacks your face up, it’s irreversible (unless you like paying for lasers to peel your face).

All of this is to say, WEAR SUN PROTECTION!Beauty_Sunscreen-1a

The products shown above are products that I’ve actually tried AND liked. Right now, the Clinique is what I wear daily (my car windows aren’t tinted, so I need to protect from my long drive to class).

If you plan on being outdoors this holiday weekend, but don’t want to go barefaced, I recommend the Smashbox BB Cream. I’ve worn it to several pool parties (I knew I’d be photographed, and I’m vain, okay?!) and it didn’t run or smudge. I did wear the Clinique underneath, and it didn’t feel heavy at all.

Whatever product you choose, make an effort to wear something with an SPF.

ALSO

If you plan on drinking this weekend, remember that alcohol dries out your skin. Try to alternate your cocktails with water. If possible, drink some coconut water once you get home for the night.

 

Quick and Dirty Mother’s Day Gifts

In case it has slipped your mind, Mother’s Day in the U.S. is this Sunday.

If you have a mother in your life (read: everyone woman you know that has a kid, not just your own mom) then you need to go out and get a gift.

For me, my mom’s birthday is close to Mother’s Day, so I tend to get her a so-so Mother’s Day gift, and an awesome birthday gift.

No matter  your budget or the specific mother you’re buying for, here are a few of my few go-to items that you can give with little to no effort:

Candles

Such an easy gift. You can buy a few larger ($$$) candles for your own mother/mother-in-law/grandmother/favorite aunt, and buy smaller ones ($) for you girlfriends and other moms.

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FYI: Bath & Body currently has the 3-wick candles on sale 2 for $22.

 

 

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Get some tissue paper left over from previous purchases (I’m a pack rat with a purpose) and buy cheap gift bags from Target. Done.

 

Fragrances

The great default gift. Gift mom a fragrance. This is easy if you know what the recipient’s favorite scent is, or the type of scents they tend to like.

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If not, I highly suggest Sephora’s fragrance sampler. It is nearly impossible for the recipient to NOT like ANY of the scents within. I bought one for my mother a while back, and she LOVED it.

You go through all of the samples and pick your favorite one. Then you take the certificate inside the box back to Sephora to get the full size version.

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Knife Set

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I don’t want any of my feminist readers to get hyped, but bare with me.

What grinds your gears more than having a set a dull kitchen knives? If your mom is into cooking beyond its necessary function (to get her hungry family to pipe down) she’s bound to love it.

This particular set is rather pricey, but you can swing by Target (apparently my favorite store) and get a set for about $30.

 

Sibling Photos!

Moms always love a picture of their babies! Always.

Adult siblings, even if they’re close, tend not to be THAT close because they have their careers, families, pets, etc. that take precedent. One year, I surprised my mother with a picture of my older brother and I. I don’t think he and I took a photo since we were kids, so this was a very pleasant surprise for my mom.AdultSiblings-1a

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If you don’t have siblings, that’s okay. Take a pic with your pet, your new family, or serious boyfriend/girlfriend. Slap it in a Target frame. Put it in a cute gift bag with tissue paper. Done.

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Whatever you end up getting, just remember that it’s the thought that counts. Most moms don’t care about the actual gift. If you live close enough to be with your mom on Mother’s Day,  simply spending time with her will be enough.

For those of you who don’t have your mother for the holiday, spend the day thinking about the positive impact she made while she was on the planet. Share memories with other relatives or your own children, if you have any.

Happy shopping, and Happy Mother’s Day!

 

 

¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

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I grew up in Los Angeles. While you find all sorts of people from all over the world in LA, my biggest cultural influence was of Mexican origin.

I’ve lived in various states that bordered Mexico, yet the intensity of the culture was nothing like my experience in California.

Mariachi-Los-Camperos-de-Nati-Cano(Yes, I know Chicanos and Tejanos do things differently)

In my current neighborhood, 2 different [presumably] Mexican families like close by. I was deep into studying for finals, when the family who lives adjacent from me started playing Banda. This family is normally quiet, but it was Easter. Remember how I said in a previous post how Easter is super important to us Catholics?Mariachi Idol

Since I live in the suburbs, I don’t hear much of anything, let alone ethnic music. While everything else easily irritated me, the Banda (followed by a mariachi set) was soothing. It reminded me of home (California).

There’s nothing more to this story. I just wanted to share.Companeras

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Stay safe!

Happy Easter

Happy Easter to all my fellow bloggers in Christ!

Easter is the most important holiday in the catholic faith.

It’s more than Easter egg hunts, and finding a cute outfit to wear.

In a nutshell, Easter is the source and summit of our faith (not just for Catholics, but all Christians).

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Note: I’m not pushing religion on anyone, but I’m also not going to hide my faith because others choose to not believe, or believe in something else. Everyone is welcome.

Except for jerks. Jerks aren’t welcome.