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What A Pear

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Let’s talk about pears.

The most underrated fruit. Ever.

I mean… how often do you see somebody bite into a juicy apple… on the daily. But a pear? Never.

I don’t get it. I’ll admit… Pears didn’t used to cross my mind all that often until they were falling off of my sister’s pear tree by the bucket full ( who knew ) and I started eating them like cray.

Now I incorporate pears into my daily green juice… and when i start to chop that baby up I no longer want to juice it… I want to eat it. This got me thinking a lot about pears ( #deepthoughts ). Why are they so delish… and why do they do a body good?

So here’s the deal… pears are high in anti-oxidants and full of anti-inflammatory nutrients such as Vitamin E and Omega 3 Fatty Acids. They are also the second highest source of flavanols among ALL fruits and veggies.

An increased consumption of pears has been linked to a decrease in many chronic illnesses including heart disease and type II Diabetes. Furthermore, pears have been linked to a decreased cancer risk! Pears are also high in fiber, great for digestion, and contain lutein and beta-carotene with are stellar for your eye health.

That being said… a-pear-ently , pears are like, really, really good for you! Woohoo!

What’s your fav underrated fruit?

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♥ Ode to Lucho ♥

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For those of you who don’t already know… I am the proud new auntie to the most amazing little man… Lucho! Today is his one month birthday so it seems like the perfect time to sing his praises! Where do I begin…?

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Luis Joaquin was born May 9th, 2013 at 3:47 am and at that exact moment… the world suddenly became a more beautiful place. Lucho has already experienced more love than many will know in a lifetime. There is no better feeling than holding him in my arms and knowing that I will be a part of his beautiful journey. I love this little man more than life!

20130609-134517.jpg[my first time holding the little man]

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20130609-134456.jpg[Frida loves her baby cousin]

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[Lucho’s first walk in the park]

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[the magic man]

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My New Makeup Obsession

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As a former employee of the fabulous company I am obviously a fan of Benefit Cosmetics, however, they have really outdone themselves this time around! I had heard a lot of hype about their newest product, Fakeup, and had to pick one up as soon as they hit the shelves to see what all the fuss was about.

OH-EM-GEEEE! This stuff is ridiculous {in the best way possible}!! It is super hydrating, has the perfect amount of coverage, and is literally undetectable to the naked eye. I am really weird about concealer and often skip that step all together. I don’t want to look cakey or too makeup-y… and I especially don’t want my skin to look dry. Dry skin is the number one way to make yourself look older and who on earth wants that?!? I’m all about the dewy, fresh faced look.

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Anyway… back to the fakeup… It contains vitamin E and apple seed extract, making it super hydrating. It’s lightweight, yet perfectly covers under eye circles or any other little imperfections and contains light diffusers, giving you a little bit of a glow. This product is especially perfect for spring and summer when you want to keep your makeup to a minimum and keep your skin quenched. Oh yeah, did I mention it’s totally crease-proof? HTH is that possible? Talk about a tripple threat! Long story short… I’m totally sold and I’m pretty sure you will be too!

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Big Announcement!!

We did it!! My girl Erica of Fashionlushhxx fame and myself have joined forces to bring you our brand new YouTube channel!! We will be sharing everything from fashion advice and hair & beauty tutorials to gluten free recipes and shopping hauls!! We hope you enjoy watching our videos as much as we enjoy making them. Most importantly… we want to hear from YOU!! What do you want to see more of, less of, lots of, none of… just let us know. This is your channel too! Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show [[and don’t forget to subscribe!!]]

Must-Have-Mondays: The Eyes Have It.

“The most beautiful makeup on a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.”
― Yves Saint-Laurent

Today’s Must-Have item is truly a Must-Have! This one little gem may actually change your life {or at least the way you feel about your makeup}. If I were stranded on a desert island and could only bring 3 things, this would probably absolutely be one of them. I’m talking about MAC’s paint pot in Painterly. Now don’t get me wrong, I love all of the paint pots… their consistency, workability, and staying power are unparalleled, but Painterly takes the cake. Why you ask? This one product will honestly increase the performance of so many of your other products it’s not even funny. It is the perfect eyeshadow base {your shadow will honestly stay put all day}, it brightens the entire eye area to make you look alive {I use it on my upper lids, lower lids, and especially the epicanthic fold [[that’s fancy talk for the inner corner of your eye]] }. I also use it as an occasional concealer when I need to cover something up and make sure it stays hidden all day {it’s as if it creates some sort of cloak of invisibility}. In short, this is one product every girl must have in their beauty bags at all times… I promise, you’ll thank me later!

Must-Have-Mondays: just wing it.

When I think of a perfectly winged eye one lovely lady immediately comes to mind. I mean seriously, Ms. Bardot had that whole smoldering eye + pouty lip thing down to a science! I love winged liner and in my opinion if you are gonna wing it… it’s gotta be black! Don’t mess around with crazy colors that you may look back and regret… anybody remember a little thing called the 80’s?!? As you can see, black is classic, timeless, and always on trend. My absolute favorite liner of all time is {shocker} Bobbi Brown’s Long -wear Gel Eyeliner in “Black Ink.” It’s jet-black, goes on so smoothly, and once in place it will not budge. It’s much easier to work with than a liquid liner and it’s consistency can’t be beat. As you know, using the right tool is extremely important and I highly recommend Bobbi Brown’s Ultra Fine Eyeliner brush. These two go together like PB & J. This brush makes it stupid easy to get the perfect application every time! I promise, once you add these bad boys to your beauty arsenal you’ll always be ready to wing it!

Must-Have-Mondays: Tinted Love

By now you should all know about my obsession with beauty products. What you may not know is that my collection of lip products in particular is almost embarassing. I have always gravitated towards anything and everything “lips”… lipstick, lipgloss, lipstains and tints, you name it… I love it! Maybe that’s because by simply changing your lip color you can change your entire look, persona, attitude, and more!! One of my absolute FAV lip products is Tarte’s Lipsurgence lip tint. They are super sheer, go on smoothly, and leave a nice natural stain on your lips. I have a nice little variety almost all of their colors. Eeek! They come in three finishes: the basic lip tint, matte lip tint, and lip luster. Needless to say, I love them all. One of the great things about this product is that it is formulated without parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, and a number of other nasty little things. Asking me to choose my favorite color is a bit like “Sophie’s Choice,” but if forced I would have to go with ‘Enchanted.’ It’s a natural, rosy hue that leaves just the right amount of color on my lips. These little beauties have been featured in Lucky magazine, People, InStyle, W and many more. They have also been awarded the InStyle Best Beauty Buys, Redbook’s MVP: Most Valuable Product, and I think they’re totally worthy of the title “Must-Have“!

introducing… must-have-mondays!!

This post started out as a makeup must-have list that I had been wanting to write for AGES, yet narrowing down my favorite products seemed like a daunting task and felt like mission impossible! I didn’t want my must-have list to read like a novel, but after thinking long and hard I finally came to the realization that there may be no way around this issue… then a light went off! Rather than bombard you with a mile long list of my beauty essentials, I decided to break it up, and break it down to you every Monday. I am sooo excited about Must-Have-Mondays! I am constantly trying new products and though there are a few favorites in rotation, I am always finding new treasures that tickle my fancy. Must-Have-Mondays will be the perfect way for me to share my favorite new finds with all of you! I would also love to hear about your favorite products… so feel free to comment!

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To kick off Must-Have-Mondays I would like to share with you one of my all time favorite products… Bobbi Brown’s blush in Pale Pink. This color is absolutely GORGEOUS and somehow seems to compliment every skin tone and color combination imaginable. Everyone in my family (well… the ladies at least) can throw on this blush and look stunning. I don’t know how Bobbi does it and I probably never will… all that matters is that she has created the world’s most perfect blush and I want to see it in everyone’s makeup bags [and on everyone’s cheeks!]

 

Blush can be so under appreciated, but it is so necessary! All you need is a tiny pop of color right on the apples of your cheeks to wake up your entire face and make you look alive. Be sure to use a blush brush that is only used for your blush! [do not use the same brush for your blush, bronzer, powder, etc… your color won’t stay true and you may end up looking “muddy”] On a side note: brush and bronzer are like MK&A… though fabulous on their own, when they join forces they create quite the dynamic duo! So use your bronzer to sculpt, your blush to make it pop, throw on a smile and you’ll be turning heads all over town!

Fun fact: Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge herself wore Bobbi Brown’s Pale Pink blush on her wedding day!

Everybody’s workin’ for the weekend..

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”
-Confucius

Today was my first day at my new job and i loved it! I am working for a Cosmetic Surgeon which perfectly blends my backgrounds in both the beauty industry and in healthcare. I am learning a lot and am excited for what is to come. It was beautiful outside today and I spent my lunch hour getting lost [not literally] on the beautiful nature trails throughout Balboa Park. Here are some photo highlights..

a trail of ♥s.

xx kt

You’re never fully dressed without a smile.

While out to lunch with my dear friend and fellow fashion blogger, FASHIONLUSHxx, she asked me how my teeth were so white! My answer…? One of my new fav products, the Go Smile pen! I am a product junkie and love to spread the word about my favorite things. I love a white smile, yet hate having sensitive teeth! The Go Smile pen really seems to do the trick for me… a bright white smile minus the sensitivity [yay]!! I usually brush it on my teeth before bed and while I’m doing my makeup in the morning. It’s super easy and super effective! What more could a girl ask for?

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Here it is… the GO SMILE on the Go Teeth Whitening Pen!  I got mine at ULTA ☺

… and if you’re curious, I’m wearing essie nail polish in ‘sexy divide‘  [two coats] topped off with essie’s  ‘set in stones‘.

♥ kt xx