Skin Care round-up part 1: Cleanse & Exfoliate



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Hi Guys, It’s been a while since we talked about skin care here.  I’ve been working on this post for a few months now because I spent a lot of time carefully choosing each product to make sure I’m only showing you my absolute favorites.

 At first I was going to do a huge roundup with a few different options for each step but after asking for your opinion on Instagram, I’ve found out that multiple smaller post would make things easier and less overwhelming for you. So here we are, your wish is my command! Let’s start with my less favorite steps on my skin care routine: Cleanse & Exfoliate .

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The very first and most important step in your skin care routine should be removing your makeup.  But let’s be real, is also the most tedious thing in the world, that’s why I like to use products that are effective and easy to use.

 I’m very into the double cleansing method so when it comes to makeup removers, I prefer creams, oils and such. This cold cream from Kate Somerville, the peony oil from L’occitane and this new one from Lancôme are my top three.  However, I still keep this in my nightstand for those nights when I’m too tired and I just want a quick fix before going to bed. 

I use the cold cream on those days when my skin needs some extra hydration. It leaves my skin super smooth and it does a great job removing stubborn mascara. The Peony petal cleansing oil from L’occitane is another super moisturizing makeup remover, I think it’s no different than any other cleansing oils out there but I really like the peony fragrance. It adds some fun to the experience, if you prefer fragrance free products this may not be for you (It’s quite strong!).

 Last but not least, this Lancôme miel-en-mousse cleanser which I have to admit I hated the first time I use it. It is supposed to have a honey-like texture but I find it thicker than that and not easy to move around, so I often found myself rubbing my facer harder than I’d like. After some days of trial and error I found out that if you use it when your face is a little bit wet, the cleanser is easier to use. 

It has become one of my favorites because it dissolves layers of makeup to nothing. It retails for $26 and I’ve been using it pretty much every day for the past year and I still have a quarter of a bottle left!

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These two were the easiest one to pick, probably because they are the only products I’ve been using for the past two years.

I discovered PCAskin after my first session microdermabrasion at George the salon. After my appointment I was sent home with a mini kit to use during my recovery.  Out of the entire set, I liked the face wash, so I ordered this one specifically design for oily and breakout-prone skin. This is a scent-free gentle cleanser that contains ingredients (lactic acid & aloe vera) that moisturize and soothe the skin. My skin feels clean and tight after I use it, but not dry at all. Although this is described on the website a gentle cleanser (and it is, in my opinion) I need to mention that it has gluconolactone which is an exfoliant very similar to lactic acid and it can be irritating for some.

I use the PCAskin cleanser mostly during summer, when my skin tends to be oilier. The rest of the time the Malin Goetz grapefruit cleanser is my go to. This a hydrating cleanser that works for every skin type, especially sensitive. It was the very first product created by Mathew Malin to personally address his rosacea problem. It has amynoacids and glycerin that hydrates the skin, and grapefruit extract which is a natural cleanser but also smells delicious. It reminds me a lot of this other product.

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I have to admit, I’m not the biggest fan of physical exfoliants, aka facial scrubs, because they typically are harsh on the skin and stripe the natural oils from your skin, which can cause breakouts or more oiliness. But I still think they are necessary for those days when you have some death skin or texture you want to quickly get rid off. Those days I use Kate Somerville Exfolikate , I love it but it really stings and can be very irritating for some. If you have really sensitive skin I'd try this sample kit first before jump on the full size version. 

My number 1 exfoliant is this lotion from Pixi beauty that I use every other night. It's not in the picture because I have a HUGE bottle and it didn't photograph well, but you can fin it HERE. I love that it's super inexpensive.

Another chemical exfoliant I've been using recently is this from Maelle Beauty. It is gentle enough for sensitive skin and it's made from natural ingredients and antioxidants. I'm currently working with them and I've tried all of the products even before they were released and this polish was a YES since the first application. It's $24 when you use my code abril10.

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Despite popular beliefs, property moisturize your skin from step 1 is what keeps your skin oil-free. So if you have oily skin stay away from drying cleansers and lotions and go for a gentle and moisturizer cleansers instead. Most of these retail for over $20 but in  they worth every penny these bottles are huge and you only need a tiny amount per use.

Have you use any of these? Also leave me your skin care reccos in a comment below!


Discovering Street art in Pilsen with Toyota

Thanks to Toyota for sponsoring this post, and thank you for supporting the brands that make The Color Palette possible.

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What a weekend!!! First I attended J Balvin's #vibrastour concert in Chicago courtesy of Toyota, who also let me borrow their Toyota Camry for the week. The next day I had a delicious dinner date with the fiance and to finish Strong we decided to explore Pilsen on sunday. 

During the 3 years I've been in Chicago I've visited Pilsen probably 2 or 3 times, but I've never taken the time to actually explore this popular Chicago Neighborhood and appreciate the street art and murals that distinguish the neighborhood as a center of Mexican culture, creativity and self-expression. Being content creation the best excuse to explore any city to find the most insta-worthy spots, we jumped on  our brand new borrowed  car and took it for a ride.

We definitely had a lot of fun driving this car around and stopping along the way to take pictures of the murals,  in front of the murals and even people painting murals! If you're visiting Chicago or even if you live here but (like me) never had the chance to explore Pilsen before, I definitely recommend you to do it! If Pilsen is old news for you and you know of a place I HAVE TO GO, let your girl know! I'm already planing my next visit.

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Que fin de semana! Primero fui al concierto de J.Balvin cortesia de Toyota que tambien me dejo tomar prestado uno de sus carros por toda la semana. Al siguiente dia tuve una cena deliciosa con Eric y por ultimo decidimos explorar Pilsen en Domngo.

Ya tenia tiempo que queria visitar este popular Barrio de Chicago conocido mas que nada por su arte callejero y murales que representan la cultura mexicana , creatividad y expresion artistica de los que ahi residen. Asi que aproveche mi nuevo carro y me lo lleve a pasear a pilsen para tratar de encontrar los espacios mas fotogenicos (todo sea por el instagram!).

La verdad que me diverti mucho conduciendo este carro y parando en cada lugar a tomar fotos de los murales, y hasta de gente pintando murales! Ya estoy planeando mi siguiente visita asi que si saben de algun lugar que tengo que visitar o probar dejeme saber !

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photography: Eric Alanis

Fall embroidery


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What I'm wearing : embroidered skirt (only $16) | ribbed long sleeve - similar - similar | steve madden sock boots - under $40 | under $60

I got this skirt last year when it was all over the place. But by the time I got it it was already too cold to wear it. I totally forgot about it until I found it when cleaning my closet. I'm determined to make this skirt IT again. It's giving me all the fall vibes, and its super cute!
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Compre esta falda el anio pasado cuando estaba por todas las redes sociales, pero para cuando me llego ya hacia demasiado frio como para poder usarla. Ha estado escondida en mi closet hasta hace unos dias que lo limpie. Creo que la voy a estar usando muchisimo en estos meses, la combinacion de colores me encanta para esta temporada!


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Hairstyling 101: How do I make my lose waves + 2 super easy half-updos

This post is sponsored by Bed Head Styling and Her Campus Media. All opinions are my own. 

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Let's talk about my most frequently asked question. How do I curl my hair?

I use different type of curling wands depending on the style I'm going for, but the truth is that most of the time no matter what styling tool or products I use, after a few hours (sometimes minutes) my hair pretty much does whatever it wants and I just roll with it ... 

The only time I'm 100% sure my hair will end up looking exactly how I expect it and holding the style for days, is when I make my lose waves using a 3/4 curling iron.  Today I'm teaming up with Bed Head by Tigi to share with you my infalible "technique" using the Curlipops ¾” Styling Iron. As a bonus you'll also find at the end of this post two mini hair tutorials with easy half-updos that you can make in 5 minutes or less. Perfect for back to school!

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The Bed Head Curlipops™ ¾” Wand is one of the newest additions to the Bed Head by Tigi Family, Technically barrels smaller than 1in are meant to create natural-looking curls on short hair or bouncy curls in general. However one of the tricks I learned from the stylists at the Bed Head Hotel is that these smaller barrels are also really helpful to make waves and curls that last for longer when you have long abundant and heavy hair ... like me!

To create my lose waves I curl random sections of hair with the Curlipops™ ¾” Wand. If you have lots of hair like me, It's super important to do it sparsely, and NOT TO curl your entire head. Otherwise you'll end with A LOT of volume. Once the hair cools down, I run my fingers through my hair to make the tiny curls loser. Then I spray Bed Head by Tigi Hard Head to set everything in place.

I tipically do this when I know I'll have a busy week and no time to retouch my hair every morning. I wish I knew this trick when I was in college, this would have save me tons of time!

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Talking about hair hacks. I want to show you two of my favorite half-updos perfect for those days when you need to put your hair up (AKA you haven't wash your hair for 4 days) but don't feel like throwing your hair in bun . These hairstyles look much more elaborated than they are and look super cute too.

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 1. Start by texurizing your roots with  Bed Head by Tigi Superstar Queen for a day  to add some volume at the top.

2. Take sections of hair from each side into a pony.  Flip the pony over and through

3. Repeat this step on a lower section of hair!

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1. Start by texurizing your roots with  Bed Head by Tigi Superstar Queen for a day  to add some volume at the top.

2. Take sections of hair from each side and make a mini bun. Make sure to leave small section of hair out. You'll use it later.

3. Divide the mini bun in two sections, and use the piece of hair that you left out to wrap over the middle of the bun you divided. Secure it with pins.

4.  Spray Bed Head by Tigi get twisted to hold the hair bow for longer.

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What are your favorite back-to-school hairstyles ? Or your time-saving hair hacks for busy mornings?




Goodbye Summer!

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I'm wearing: cargo vest - similar and less than $30 - THIS ONE comes in pink! - LOVE this one | HM top (old) - similar ($5) - similar  - similar| High waisted shorts - similar |

Oficialmente el verano ha acabado, y es ahora mismo que vamos pasando por esta etapa de transicion entre estaciones que es super rara. Los dias siguen largos y soleados pero ya se empiezan a ver las hojas de lo arboles caer. Al mismo tiempo, no esta lo suficientemente fresco para salir con sweater pero si se necesita una tercer capa ligera. Y el dilema diario es si ya debemos desempacar la ropa de invierno o seguir sacandole provecho a nuestras prendas favoritas de verano por unos dias mas.

Yo en lo personal pienso seguir en shorts, faldas y vestidos hasta que este lo suficiente frio que sea imposible no congelarse las piernas. Tu que opinas? ya estas lista para sacar tus outfits de otono, o tienes la nostalgia de verano como yo?

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Summer is officially over but we're right at this weird transition period where still feels like summer and all out your favorite patio bars are still open but starbuscks is already serving pumpking spice latte. Temperatures are starting to drop, but not enough to wear your favorite jacket. And the daily dilemma is if it's still to soon start unpacking our winter clothes.

I plan to keep wearing shorts, skirts and dresses until my legs freeze as soon as I step out of the door. What do you think? Are  you ready for fall fashion or you're having summer blues like me?


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