Fun and EASY DIY Face masks from Five Below

Fun and EASY DIY Face masks from Five Below

For Christmas I went a little overboard in Five Below (is that even possible?), I bought my kids every little DIY kit I could find, since it is winter and what the heck else is there to do? If for some reason you don’t know what Five Below is, it is a magical store where everything is – that’s right, $5 or less! They have some pretty awesome stuff for kids there! Anyhow, I totally hate crafts mostly because I am a disaster… and I also try to avoid these little bullshit kits because they never come out right, OR after you open it you realize you need some random ingredients and supplies so then you have to bundle up the kids and run out to Rite Aid and….STOP. FUCK THAT. Please stop the madness.

I am VERY pleasantly surprised with this little DIY Face Mask Kit. Where shall I begin? First of all, there are three masks to make, which was perf since it’s me and my two girls, so we each got to make one. I love anything skin care related so it wasn’t a total snooze fest for me, and I didn’t have to pretend to enjoy the activity. I also really like the fact that it is paraben and dye free, and hypoallergenic… no junk or chemicals! There is no real mess, and the instructions are super simple, AND – everything you need is included!

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You basically put a tablet, water, and scent (peppermint, rose or lavender) in a little bowl and add a sheet mask, then you add the mask to whichever packaging you like and seal it shut! Super cute, and smells divine. You can even have your kids give them as gifts to their friends, or just have a little relaxing spa day at home. My only complaint is that the sheet mask is adult sized, and clearly this product is for children (right?! lol), it would be nice if the masks fit them better.

As far as any skin benefits, there definitely is NOT, but it is a fun, quick and easy little thing to do at home, we also did mani’s and pedi’s and had a full on spa day.

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xo, Fbombbeautymom

Travel Favorites

Travel Favorites

I’m back bitches! I seriously hate January and I’m happy I got to get out of cold NYC for a week and enjoy some fun in the sun! Even though my littlest one decided not to sleep every night- it still beat the hell out of being cold. Did I mention I hate to be cold?

I’ve linked up my favorite items that I brought with me on my Florida getaway. Feel free to ask me any questions you may have! And def leave an F Bomb! Fuck Winter!

L’Oreal Self-Tanning Towelettes

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L’Oreal True Match Lumi Glotion

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Bikini from Cabana Del Sol

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Sunblock from Elta MD

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Personalized Sun Hat from My Everyday Party

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The Lazy Mom’s Guide to Looking Put Together- EvenWhen You’re Falling Apart.

The Lazy Mom’s Guide to Looking Put Together- EvenWhen You’re Falling Apart.

Whether it’s pick up, drop off, or coffee with the ladies let’s face it, us moms let hair & makeup take a backseat. Here’s my guide to a quick 5 minute face to make you look alive, and completely natural. This is the most basic makeup look and it will definitely have you feeling a little more confident. Mascara goes a long way baby! We have to remember that we are still people, and it’s nice to look nice! My outfit is super casual and i feel like my earrings give it a cute pop that say “hi, I’m still fucking cool”. Earring purchased at Just Peachie Boutique.

I scored my little coach bag from the COACH factory store and it’s super versatile and matches pretty much everything. I love the gray jeans made by Democracy Clothing, which I picked up in Nordstrom because, they have a built-in panel with ab technology and if you’re a mom you need all the help you can get. I paired with a cute little burgundy sweatshirt and grey vest that I scored for under $20 at TJMaxx, and of course my Sorel Booties from DSW.

To get this fresh-faced look start off by using SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel, it is a must have winter staple and the bottle will last you 4-6 months. The main ingredient is hyaluronic acid, which is firming, hydrating, and plumping. Next, apply the Physical Fusion sunblock from SkinCeuticals. Yes! You have to wear sunblock, even in the winter. It’s great because it has a universal tint and gives you a light iridescent look, so it kind of acts like a bb cream too. Fake it till you make it with this totally awesome and blendable Neutrogena Healthy Skin Brightening Eye Perfector with SPF 25, you can find it at CVS in every shade, do one eye and see the difference, people will think you got a full 8 hours of sleep.  I totally love this lip and cheek stick from MILK, which you can purchase at Sephora. It kind of melts into your skin and is easy to build. I used it on my eyelids too. Rule #1 in makeup: there are no rules. Dior Show mascara, is hands down THE BEST MASCARA EVER. I’ve been using it for a decade. LOVE. Lashes for days.

This is a look for the mom who just doesn’t have it in her anymore. It’s for the mom who just cleaned shit up off the carpet for the last damn time. It’s for the mom who has a pile of dishes in the sink and wet laundry in the wash that’s been there for 5 days and smells like a sewer in Bangkok. I got you sister. This is the first step. More cute outfits (with heels) to come, and tons more skincare advice and tips!

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-Elena

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Cozy Winter Essentials

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Another Freezing day in NYC! I’m counting down the days until I’m off to sunny Florida for a week- but for now It’s snowmen, warm drinks, and lazy Sundays in at home.

Two weeks before Christmas I did some shopping—for myself! I needed some super cozy items to get me through this long winter, especially because my children’s holiday break lasted almost 2 weeks! WTF

My new go to bootie is the Sorel Out N About Bootie Slipper AND it’s on sale at DSW! I can’t tell you how many times I have almost left the house wearing my old slippers! I wanted something cozy, comfy, and stylish! These definitely deliver! They have a great rubber sole that grips, so it’s perfect to go run errands even if the ground is a little icy.

I’m also totally IN LOVE with my new cashmere mittens ( A thoughtful gift from the hubs), they are from Hannah Rose and purchased at TJMaxx and are 100% cashmere, and they keep my hands nice and toasty. Good for going around town without the kids- i need my hands for them! LOL.

If you’re lucky enough to get some peace and quiet, and you’re a mom— then this book is for you! Bunmi Laditan is such down to earth woman, mother and author, and truly hilarious! And of course you can Amazon Prime this book! You will give zero fucks once you’re a few pages and glasses of wine in.

Have your partner get the kids out and cozy up to this book: Confessions of a Domestic Failure, with wine of course.

Last but not least, you must must must purchase this beautiful jar of all things moisture! Purchased at every moms favorite store- Target! S.W. Basics Cream is my salvation this winter- and i literally use it from head to toe! It is hydrating, moisturizing, creamy and rich. Why else do I love it? It’s free of parabens, synthetic fragrances, and gmo’s. Plus it’s cruelty free and organic. Check, check, check. Winter must have! And you get a $5 gift card with any $15 skincare purchase at target if you buy NOW!

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xxoo

Break 5 Bad Beauty Habits, Without Breaking the Bank.

FullSizeRender (10)I’ve been thinking about this concept a lot, and there’s no better time than AFTER the holidays to DIY and save a little money!

Using simple household ingredients you can change some of the bad habits you have (I’m an Esthetician and I’m guilty of at least 1 of these).

One of the things I tried to do was implement ingredients most people have in their pantry, and a couple of the ingredients are used more than once!

Follow these super easy steps and you will have a clear, glowing complexion! From head to toe! Bump up the at home pampering by adding a bath and some wine- just sayin!

TONER TONER TONER HAS DONE IT AGAIN! I personally feel like toner is underrated and not talked about much. Toners restore the skin to its natural Ph. Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is antiseptic, antibacterial, not to mention apples are chock full of pectin, malic acid, calcium and potassium. BONUS- it may help with acne and eczema. 

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How to make it: Mix 1 part ACV with 1 part filtered water. It can be stored in a glass jar, or a spray bottle.

How to use it: After cleansing the skin apply to a cotton round or cotton ball, then apply to face. Do not wipe/rinse off. Use daily.

STOP USING HARSH EXFOLIATORS! I’ve been making my own body scrubs for many years. When I was very young I would visit my father in Colombia. My best friend and neighbor had a nanny who would sit outside at night scrubbing her bare arms. I was intrigued. One day I finally asked her what she was doing, and why she was doing it. She explained to me that she used sugar and oil to slough off dead skin and that all the women in her family have been doing it for decades. It stuck with me. When I was a teenager I decided to actually try it and I loved it! I’ve been doing it ever since. This is better than any exfoliator you will find in the store, feel free to experiment with salts and oils too! If you are currently using store bought exfoliators that are made with beads or shells that are aggressive and leaving your skin red and raw- STOP! All it’s doing is causing wrinkles and skin breakage. This formula is going to leave you with bright, smooth, healthy skin!

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How to make it: Combine 1/4 to 1/2 cups granulated sugar to 1/2 cup coconut oil (do not heat). Can be stored in a glass jar. Add essential oil drops (optional).

How to use it: For use on face and body, massage gently in circular motions, rinse and pat dry. Use 1x per week. CAUTION- Will be extremely slippery, do not use in tub.

DON’T BE A SKANK- CLEAN YOUR MAKEUP BRUSHES! I actually get a weird satisfaction from cleaning my makeup brushes and seeing all the nasty junk wipe off onto a paper towel.  I do it about 3x per week! Cleaning your brushes regularly makes them last longer, keeps them soft, and prevents bacteria which in turn causes break outs! Check out two cleaning solutions to combat the yuck on your brush!

Easy Every Day Brush Cleaner

How to make it: Combine 3 parts filtered water, 1 part isopropyl alcohol, 3 pinches of essential oils of choice. Add to spray bottle.

How to use it: Spray directly on paper towel and blot brushes until clean. You can do this daily, and use brushes within minutes of cleaning them.

Deep Cleansing Brush Cleaner

How to make it: 1 Tablespoon ACV, 1 Teaspoon coconut oil, 1 teaspoon of dish soap, 1 cup of hot water.

How to use it: Place brushes in mix for about 10-15 minutes, rinse, pat dry on paper towel, and air dry overnight. This can be done once a month or as needed.

YOU CAN PICK YOUR NOSE, BUT PLEASE DON’T PICK YOUR FACE OK, so don’t hate me butttttttt…… I can probably count the number of times I’ve had a pimple on my hands. That being said, those few times I was determined to pick at it and get rid of it- BIG MISTAKE! All this does is lead to the spreading of bacteria, dark spots, and acne scarring. In my Med Spa BodyBrite Bayside, we treat a high number of clients who have acne scarring from picking. This oatmeal facial mask is soothing, the oatmeal aids in absorbing oil while soothing dry itchy irritated skin. Baking soda has a mild anti inflammatory property that helps reduce redness and swelling, and truly helps to exfoliate and refresh the skin.

How to make it: Grind 2 Tablespoons of oatmeal, add 1 Teaspoon of baking soda, and just enough water to make it a paste.

How to use it: Apply to clean dry skin and leave on for 10-15 minutes, rinse off with cool water.

GO HOME MAKEUP, YOU’RE DRUNK! WELL, WELL, WELL… This is my bad habit! I’m a lazy bitchacho and my 2018 goal is to practice what I preach. Take off my damn makeup before I go to sleep! No recipe needed- put some coconut oil on a cotton round, cotton ball, damp washcloth, dirty diaper, old sock, wee wee pad…whatever the fuck you have closest to you when you get home and you’re 5 margaritas in… DO IT! Your skin and your pillowcase will thank you!

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The best sun protection for your kids, and why you need to have it.

I’m an Esthetician, so naturally I’m skin obsessed, and when it comes to my kids and their skin safety… I’m straight up psycho. Both my girls go to summer camp, and swim 5 times a week, so you KNOW I must have a butt load of sunblock stocked in my home. I don’t want just any sunscreen, I want something INEXPENSIVE and SAFE. And I found it with Hang Ten Kids Spray Banana Scented Broad Spectrum 50+.FullSizeRender (5)

When I was a kid, I would spend my summers in Colombia. My grandparents lived in a gated community with a pool, and I would spend the entire day swimming with friends. No lifeguards, no supervision. No sunblock. It was the 80’s, They put it on you before you left the house, and that was it. Nobody knew yet just how damaging the suns rays were. I remember being burnt so bad that it would blister and peel. I vowed never to let that happen to my children, so far so good.

We all know about the toxic chemicals they put in sunscreens, which are actually more harmful than 1000 sunburns. There have been actual studies that prove that the ingredients in some sunscreen actually cause skin cancer! What in the actual fuck. When I found out I was livid! So I went out and bought a $40 bottle of sunscreen for my kids, because, I kinda like them and don’t want them to die. But seriously, WHY do we have to pay that much? I think it’s really shitty that the companies that make “safe” sunscreens have the balls to charge that much BECAUSE THEY CAN. Not cool, man. Which leads me to this: Hang Ten Kids Spray Banana Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ which I purchased through walmart.com is so amazing, and about $10 a bottle, which for me is great! Like I said, I probably go through a bottle a week, but I also drink a $10 bottle of wine a week, so I have to put things in perspective. It’s all about perspective people.

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It’s also water-resistant for 80 minutes, Oxybenzone free, paraben free, retinyl palmitate free, non-nano, and synthetic fragrance free. So basically It’s awesome! And, unlike with other sunscreens, my kids don’t get any rashes, break outs, or blotchy sunburnt spots. It distributes evenly, and works like a charm. Be sure to have this as one of your beach bag essentials this summer, and one more thing- sunblock should be worn all year round,  not just for swimming, but for ALL outdoor activities! Thanks for reading, let me know if you buy it and what you think! Don’t forget to leave a comment or FBomb!

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The New Ingestible Beauty Trend

Lately, I keep stumbling upon articles about collagen supplements and ingestible beauty powders. So naturally, I was intrigued! Normally I treat my skin topically, but the thought of taking supplements? I’m in.

I took two supplements for 4 weeks, and I saw a noticeable difference, AND so did the rest of the world! Keep reading to find out what I used, ingredient descriptions, and where to buy it.

I went on my weekly Target trip and browsed the vitamin isle, and I came across Olly supplements. I’m a sucker for cute packaging, and I love their “look”, everything is clean and easy to understand. The whole line of vitamins looks interesting, and I’m looking forward to testing out others down the road.

The Olly Vitamins I tried are called Olly Vibrant Skin Plump Berry.

They’re gummies, and that makes me a happy girl! The main ingredients are:

Hyaluronic Acid, which is a molecule that helps plump smooth and moisturize the skin. Hyaluronic Acid is a very popular ingredient in most skincare products, and now we can eat it! Fuck yeah!

Next awesome ingredient is Marine Collagen, this is a naturally occurring protein that promotes skin structure and strength, leaving you with a more radiant look.

Last but not least we have Sea Buckthorn, which is a unique super food. Sea Buckthorn has been used for centuries to revitalize and nourish the skin.

 

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If you already take vitamins, it will be easy to add these yummy gummies to your regimen, and trust me you want to. I definitely see a difference in brightness, and dullness. Everyone at work keeps telling me that I look like I’m glowing more than usual! Yay!

In my quest for super gorgeous skin, I came across Beauty Dust by Moon Juice. The packaging is super pretty, and you mix the powder with either water, juice, coffee, or a smoothie. I tried to mix it with water,  I really tried guys, but NO THANK YOU. It’s just way to earthy and herby for me. Throw it into a smoothie, you’ll never know it’s there! Beauty Dust is an herbal supplement of powdered organic herbs, plants, and minerals, including:

Goji Berry- this fruit is considered anti-aging, and the berries are antioxidant powerhouses that are full of amino acids, carotenoids, and polysaccharides.

Rehmannia- this Chinese herb is known to help severe PMS, this has nothing to do with skin, but when I found this out I was very excited, and I’m sure my family was too. Besides fixing my attitude, this herb helps to revitalize the kidneys and nourishment of the liver, and helps with inflammatory skin conditions.

Schisandra- is a plant that helps with energy levels, better digestion, and aids in skin resilience to aging!

Pearl- this powder aids in the reduction of blemishes and wrinkles, while also calming the mind.

Basically, Moon Juice Beauty Dust is the Shit and you need to try it. Just don’t smell it or drink it with water. TRUST.

Every morning I took both the Beauty Dust and Olly Gummies, and after about two weeks is when I noticed a difference, and so did my family and friends. I did not have any other side effects, which is a plus, because when you eat or drink herbs and supplements you aren’t used to, you do run the risk of potential allergies or stomach issues, so please consult with your physician before taking these, and don’t blame me if you have gas.

I was not paid to review these products, I just really wanted to try them out and share with all of you!

If you love this cute romper it’s tory burch and so comfortable! I got if from rtr, with my unlimited membership. I’m obsessed!

 

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The perfect summer accessories! Plus my favorite RTR maxi dress.

The perfect summer accessories! Plus my favorite RTR maxi dress.

I’m totally a sucker for a good Maxi dress, because it’s a one and done situation. No matching tops and bottoms, no muffin top. Just a nice flowy dress to hide any lumps, bumps, and imperfections I have. I love this dress in particular from Lilly Pulitzer. The Caridee Popover Maxi from Lilly Pulitzer brings style and comfort together. I can run around after my kids, and still look stylish! Win win! I especially love the large floral print, its super fun and makes me want to have a tropical cocktail! In this photo I am trying to avoid stepping on dog poop in my yard. Who has time to pick that shit up?

 

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For those of you who have big boobs, this dress is for you! I have DD’s, and it’s really hard to find dresses that fit. This dress is stretchy and can be worn with a strapless bra, and it somehow minimizes my bust….. You have no fucking idea how happy this makes me. I’m currently a member of Rent the Runway, and that’s how I was able to try the dress. You can rent this dress from Rent The Runway for only $40!

 

I’ve recently discovered the best new fashion jewelry line on the market. This line is made here in NYC, it’s called Chloe and Isabel and the pieces are a mix of trendy and timeless. I absolutely love the Limoncello Convertible Statement Earrings, they go with so many outfits, or even just a plain white t-shirt and jeans. Plus the stylish little earrings convert, so two for the price of one!

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The Portico Cuff Bracelet is one of the newest pieces I have added to my collection, and I’m so glad that I did. It features semi-precious marbled pale blue stone + sparkling clear crystal. The setting is in antique gold….. It’s the perfect mix of boho chic, mixed with vintage and modern, I just love how they are able to do that! I wear this bracelet all the time and it’s under $50! You can’t beat that. And guess what, if you shop now, they are having a buy 2, get 1 free sale. So, treat yo self!

 

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Remember to Color Outside the Lines

Remember to Color Outside the Lines

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As I took a shower this morning ( I know, I know, lucky me), I cursed my kids. I was so freaking tired that I squirted a huge handful of shampoo into my hand, and proceeded to wash my face. Yup, that happened! I am sleep deprived, I am over worked, I am fucking tired.

I’m always trying to get everything done, keep it all together, and not FAIL. Failing is scary. Failing is failure.

Sometimes while I’m changing my little ones diaper (poop diaper) and she

wiggles and cries and sticks her hand in it, I repeat to myself – this will pass, she’s not going to be little forever…ENJOY this moment.

But It’s hard.

It’s hard to remove yourself from the very shitty moment you are in.

When I do have a day “off”, I usually spend it vacuuming, wiping down the counters, cleaning up the endless amount of crappy toys that basically get moved from room to room… I pretty much try to make it look like human beings live here. And then. And then they come home from school. It begins the second they walk through the door…spilling drinks, dumping food on the floor, and they play with markers on the couch. And I have to remember, one day, in the years to come, I’ll come home from work and they won’t be there. I will have very expensive, very CLEAN furniture. I will have a neat and tidy house. I will have peace and quiet.

I will have nothing.

I’m often too uptight with my girls, and I expect way too much from them. So – I’m making a conscious effort to let things roll off my back. I need to let my kids BE KIDS. To let them make a mess, and to make one with them. I want to play and color with them, and we will color outside the lines together.

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