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Beauty Review: Eucerin Smoothing Plus Essentials Lotion & Intensive Repair Plus Hand Crème

When Winter hits I know one thing is for sure, my hands will get dry and my skin will itch…it’s inevitable. I know I live in Southern California, but that doesn’t mean a thing. I load up on lotion like there’s no tomorrow. Dry is dry.

One of my pet peeves is dry cuticles, especially when the skin around the nail starts peeling! You can’t even imagine how happy I was when Eucerin sent me their Smoothing Plus Essentials Lotion and Intensive Repair Plus Hand Crème to try out.

Their Skin FIRST Movement is all about “helping protect your skin from the cold weather, and teaching you how to improve your skin’s health through total body healthcare.”

Product Info: Eucerin Plus Smoothing Essential Fast Absorbing Lotion $11.49 and Eucerin Plus Intensive Repair Hand Creme $5.49 at Drugstore.com.

Product claim: Eucerin Plus Smoothing Essentials with its gentle alpha hydroxy formula helps exfoliate and smooth skin, dramatically improving the condition of your skin over time. While it doesn’t compromise on long-lasting moisturization, it feels luxurious without a greasy feeling. Eucerin Plus Intensive Repair Hand Creme is a fast-absorbing moisturizer that leaves hands feeling noticeably smoother after just one use.

What I found out: After using the product for 2 months, I have noticed an overall difference in my skin and my hands. I used to have this dry patch on my elbow that is now gone and my cuticles haven’t given me any problems this winter. I am not a fan of overly scented lotions, so these two products were perfect being that they were fragrance free. And I honestly didn’t think having a product that “absorbs quickly” would make a difference, but I really like that I don’t have that greasy feeling after putting on lotion.


Would I buy it again? Definitely! Yes, especially if I had a coupon or it was on sale. Sorry Eucerin, but the bargainista in me wants it at a deal!

**Disclaimer: I was not financially compensated for this review, although the product was gifted. The above is my true and honest opinion.

Spring Trends: Floral Prints

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Floral prints for spring are a no brainer. I love a flowy skirt, billowy blouse, or flirty dress with this print. I know most of the country is STILL covered in snow, but let’s just close our eyes for a second. Imagine yourself taking a walk in the park wearing one of the skirts below with a tank top and sandals.

Now that I’ve got you dreaming of spring, would you wear any of these floral prints?

Yes, you can shop at Charlotte Russe

Most curvy gals can’t shop at the affordable mall favorite Charlotte Russe. They don’t make clothes for us. In fact, every time I walk in there I always head right over to the accessories. Here are a few necklaces, handbags, and shoes that would make my spring shopping list in an instant! And everything featured in this post is $40 and under.

Would any of these pieces make your shopping list?

Bootin’ Trend

I swore to myself that I would never wear combat boots again! I spent five years wearing them as I served in the United States Air Force. And when you wear them every single day, they lose any type of fashion appeal.

But, the more I see them around, the more I want a pair. In fact, I saw this pair of Rocket Dog Rideon Vintage Worn boots at Marshalls the other day and I can’t stop thinking about them. They aren’t the most feminine pair of shoes, but maybe that’s why I like them.

I would love to pair them with leggings, skinny jeans, or black opaque tights. Maybe after all these years I’m ready to move on and grab a pair.


How would you style these boots? And do you thing this trend will carry over into the spring/early summer?

Day 1 of my JAFRA Experience

Celebrating their 55th year anniversary, JAFRA is holding their annual conference in style at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas!

JAFRA, an international cosmetics company known for their popular Royal Jelly line, not only creates quality skin care products, but they also offer career opportunities.

Day 1 brought consultants from all over the United States together for a motivating, educational, and empowering session. I was lucky enough to experience it all. It was so inspiring to be around all of these women who whole-heartedly support each other in what could be a very competitive market.

JAFRA President Connie Tang was on hand to share her passion for what she does. She also spoke about the Accelerate Your Success program, which presents a brand new Mercedes Benz to successful managers. There were 32 winners for 2010!

They also introduced their reinvented “color” line. Developed with the help of  celebrity makeup artists Sergio Lopez Rivera and Aliesh Pierce, the colors are “for every woman, for every age, and every skin tone.” From natural to dramatic the looks are practically endless.

Day 1 ended with motivational speaker J.R. Martinez. While serving in the U.S. Army, he was severely burned after his humvee ran over a land mine during the Iraq war. Today, he travels the country sharing his story of resilience and optimism. It was a day to remember.

Day 2 will not only consist of live tweeting from the JAFRA workshops, but I’ll also be hosting a Twitter Party today from 2 p.m.-3 p.m. PST. Don’t forget to use the #JAFRA2011 hash tag, there will be a chance to win a JAFRA bag filled with products that were just launched valued at $250! Follow me on Twitter @BlogsbyLatinas to join in.

The Shopping Diaries: No Excuses Needed

Don’t you hate having to justify things you’ve purchased? I can’t help it that this pair of shoes (below) just had to be mine! They were literally saying my name as I walked past them. OK, maybe not, but once I picked them up I couldn’t put them down.

And since I was already returning a few items, I could use that money to buy the shoes. In fact, there was even some money left over from my returns. I mean, they were only $39.99!

What you’re reading now is what I told my husband as I plead my case on why I had to buy these shoes. Don’t worry, it worked out in my favor. I brought out the whole “Do you know how much you spend on your video games?” That always works when I try and reverse the guilt.

There should be no need to justify such beautiful pink peep-toe sling back platform pumps from Guess. If I really want to dig deep down inside and get all therapist on you; I could say I probably feel this way due to guilt. Guilt from not being employed full time? Whatever it is, I don’t like doing it.

From now on, if I like something I buy. At a reasonable price of course and there’s no more excuses. That’s it. The end. Finito.

Spring Trends: Color Block

Although half of the United States is experiencing chilly winter weather, we do have spring trends to look forward to. The first of many trends is the color block design. It’s a very Mod style and reminds me of the 1960’s.

I can see myself wearing #4 from Dorothy Perkins or #7 from Missphit. Which one is your favorite? Do you see yourself wearing this trend this spring?

  1. Lane Bryant Colorblock short sleeve sweater $59.95
  2. Wet Seal Color Block Tube Dress $29.50 
  3. Evans Black and Mink Drape Dress £45.00
  4. Dorothy Perkins Mocha Colourblock Ponte Dress £36.00
  5. Ashley Stewart Color Blocked Cowl Neck Knit Dress $49.00
  6.  Macy’s Ruby Rox Sequined Waist Color Block $26.99
  7. Missphit Block Sweater $40
  8. Wet Seal Colorblock Buckle Dress $19.99
  9. Fashionbug T-bar Colorblock Dress $11.99 via Sonsi
  10. Forever 21+ Colorblock Panels Top $17.80
  11. Avenue Colorblock Buttoned Cowl Neck Sweater $29.99 via OneStopPlus
  12. Ellos Colorblock Sweater $34.99 via OneStopPlus

 

Torrid has a Maternity Line?

Yes, like you, I had no idea Torrid carried maternity clothes. Most of the pieces are “internet exclusives” and very basic pieces. Have you actually seen any of these pieces in the store? And if or when you’re pregnant, can you see yourself shopping for your maternity clothes at Torrid?

What I Wore: Chinese Laundry Party

I am in a shoe obsessed mood right now, so bear with me. I can thank Chinese Laundry for that. Last night, I spent a few hours over at the Chinese Laundry Golden Globes after party held at the W hotel in Hollywood.

The night was filled with laughter and fun (wink wink) with a few gal pals. There were even a few interesting sightings. It was held in “The Living Room” inside the W, which was massive.

You can check out the photos on their Facebook page here. 

I wore this top by L8ter clothing via Macy’s, tights from Target, and jewelry, skirt, and shoes from Forever 21.

This F21 necklace is becoming one of my favorite pieces. So, you just might see it in a few of my upcoming outfits. 

Model Quinn Miles & Evans Picks for 2011

 Evans model, Quinn Miles picks her favorite pieces for 2011 (above). They are fun, flirty, and perfect for spring. Will harem pants make it on your spring list? My picks from the UK retailer are below, what do you think?

Curvaliscious Golden Globe Fave: Amber Riley

Glee star Amber Riley looks amazing on the red carpet as she arrives for the Golden Globes. She was my favorite curvaliscious star of the night! Actually, she was one of my favorite looks of the night period. Doesn’t she look flawless in her Oliver Tolentino creation?

Who was your favorite celeb of the night?
Photo Source: JustJared.com