Friday, September 30, 2016

The Girl Behind The Blog

Over the last 10 months, my little space on the internet has grown quite a bit and I couldn't be more thrilled! I enjoy seeing new faces stop by and I get the warm fuzzies when I see my sweet, loyal blogger friends comment on every post. I truly love and appreciate every single one of you for taking time out of your busy days to read what I have to share. 

So with that said, I thought it was time to share a little bit more about me. Some of these things you may or may not know...I tried to keep it as interesting as possible. Please bear with me, as I am not too fond of talking about myself. Thank you all for your love and support. 


My name actually isn't Lily...it's Liliana, but so many people don't know how to say it, so I've gone by Lily for as long as I can remember. I have been married to my best friend for over 5 years...funny story, he sat behind me in our Eco/Government class in High School and he would pull my hair or do anything to annoy me. Had you told me back then that we would end up married, I would have laughed in your face. But I'm lucky to such an amazing husband and the best in-laws a girl could have asked for. 

We have the cutest pup ever, Charlie aka Charles, Little Buddy, Mr. Whiskers, Fatty, okay...you get the picture, he has tons of nicknames! We are huge animal lovers, if we could we would have a million fur babies and love on them everyday. One of my dreams is to open a no-kill shelter. 

I am a nurse, currently working as a school nurse and going to school to be a real estate agent as well...heck, if I could be a nurse/real estate agent/wedding planner/blogger/interior decorator I totally would! You could hire me to plan your wedding, sell you a home, decorate it for you and in case something happened I could save your life...and blog all about it! LOL! 

One of the things I miss most about working at a hospital is getting to bathe and cuddle with the newborn babies. All of my co-workers knew how much I loved taking care of post-partum mamas, so I would always get assigned to them. If I was your nurse, you were guaranteed a FULL night's sleep while I cuddled with your baby. 


Spanish was my first language. I didn't learn how to speak English until I was in grade school, but somehow people don't realize I'm Hispanic. Just the other day, I had some parents in my office who talked about me and my co-worker in Spanish! Uhm, hello...I can understand everything! #palegirlproblems 

My idea of a perfect Friday night consists of pizza, comfy pj's, chocolate ice cream and FOOTBALL...lots of football! 

I wish I had the confidence to post outfit of the day pictures, but growing up as "the fat girl" really ruined my self-esteem. A little backstory...my dad and I loved playing basketball together, so when our town started the first little dribblers team for girls, my parents signed me up. I was thrilled that I had made it and was on one of the teams that was actually really good. Unfortunately, my teammates were so mean and ruined my love for the sport. I was the tallest girl on the team, definitely not the skinniest...so shopping for clothes was hard. I remember so vividly of them asking me "where the flood was" because my pants were never long enough for my long legs. Anyway, I definitely didn't have it as bad as other kids...but their comments lowered my self-esteem...


When I was a little girl and would get mad at my parents, I would throw my underwear, my doll and pj's (you know, just the essentials, haha) in a grocery bag and "runaway." The furthest I ever made was the sidewalk! My mom laughs every time she tells someone. Oh to be 6 again! 

While we are on the subject of being a kid, I remember wanting to be a grocery cashier when I grew up! #wtf 

I wish I was more outgoing. The only times I feel comfortable enough to be my silly, outgoing self is around my family and husband. I am extremely shy around people I don't know and I think it all goes back to being bullied by the mean basketball girls. 

I HATE being surprised, and the last 2 years my husband has planned surprise birthday parties and I actually had NO clue. 

I worked the night-shift for years at a hospital and our hospital was said to be haunted by a little boy. Although we were all super scared of anything and everything, we always managed to prank/scare someone at least once every night. We would have so much fun...and of course, our patients were always well taken care of. It's hard working 12+ hour night shifts, so we had to do something to stay awake. ;) 

 
I hope you guys enjoyed getting to me a little bit more. This is definitely a different post than what I normally write, but a "get to know me" post was long-overdue. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

September 2016 Beauty Favorites

Can you believe October is a just a couple of days away? I sure can't! But I'm definitely looking forward to it. October just so happens to be one of my favorite months and it's also my birthday month! I'll be honest though...over the last couple of years I have NOT looked forward to getting older. As soon as I turned 21, the years just flew by! Being in my mid-twenties scares me and I'm not looking forward to turning 30. For reasons that I won't get into right now...that's an entire post itself! Let's get into the favorites! 
Top 5 Most Reached for Makeup Products
Since I recently cut my hair (I know, super bad blogger, but I have yet to share a picture with you guys) it's much shorter and more manageable so I can go longer without washing it, so this dry shampoo has been a must have. This brush has made foundation application a dream! I think my love for this pore minimizing primer has taken over my favorite Dr. Brandt primer...and it's cheaper! This blush has been my current go-to and this creamy nude eyeliner wakes up your eyes perfectly. 

Find out why I've been reaching for these products SO much, by watching my video below. And get a sneak peek of my shorter hair. I promise to have more pictures soon. 

 
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Monday, September 26, 2016

Blogging Mistakes I Used To Make

When I first started blogging, I had absolutely NO idea what I was doing. I didn't know a think about SEO, heck...I didn't even know how to edit a simple picture. Slowly but surely, I started learning more and more. But I think we can all agree on one thing, we've all made a few mistakes along the way. Today I'm sharing a few blogging mistakes I used to make, and if you happen to be a newbie...lucky you, maybe you can avoid making these mistakes. 

7 Common Blogging Mistakes To Avoid
Mistake #1: Bad Images 

Let's face it, people like to see pretty things...I know I do. And what's one of the first things people see when they go to read your post? Pictures. When I first started I would snap a picture without thinking twice about it. I've said this time and time again, you don't need a fancy DSLR camera to take good pictures. Spoiler Alert: I'm working on a blog post where I'll be sharing some tips on how to take good quality pictures with your cell phone & I'm also going to include a freebie that you DON'T want to miss! 

Mistake #2: No Branding 

Before my blog got a little makeover, the design elements weren't consistent. Nothing was cohesive, I didn't have a color template, and it just wasn't attractive. Making a few changes, like purchasing a template makes a big difference. And then you can slowly make other changes. I'll be honest, I feel like my blog is ready for another makeover...

Mistake #3: Not Being Fully Committed 

Something clicked one day and I had that "aha" moment where I realized that I truly loved blogging and wanted to make it work for me. I just wasn't fully committed into putting in the extra work that is required to have a successful blog. Now, my blog still has a LONG way to go, but the difference between then and now, is that I am 100% committed to putting in the work! Sometimes all it takes is a little motivation

Mistake #4: Taking Free Product As Payment

This is a huge no-no for me now! I've watched plenty of webinars, read tons of posts and have even done some research on this topic. Bloggers who take free samples as payment, are not only hurting themselves...but other bloggers as well. Now, I'm not saying that every blog post should be sponsored or that you shouldn't accept the free products. I actually have several options that I send to brands when they reach out to me...just keep in mind that every blogger has different rates -- traffic, social media statistics, content, along with so many other things are contributing factors to rates. 

Mistake #5: Not Monitoring Traffic 

Can you believe I never kept up with my traffic, much less my following! Now I try to keep a close eye on my traffic...where it's coming from, what posts are getting more engagement than other posts, and all of my social media statistics as well. A great way to keep track is by updating your media kit often. Or you can also keep a spreadsheet saved on your desktop for easy access. All in all, knowing what posts bring in more traffic help YOU! For instance, my blogging tips, affordable makeup and infertility posts bring in the most traffic...I now know what my readers like, helping me create more content that they want to read. It's a win, win! 

Mistake #6: Not Planning Ahead 

I've always been a planner, but for some reason when it came to my blog I totally slacked! Which was a big fail. I would find myself out of ideas, rushed to get content up or I would just not get anything up at all. Therefore, I would either have bad posts that didn't bring any traffic in. It was a mess! So now, I PLAN! And I plan ahead of time, my planner has helped so much

Mistake #7: Comparing My Blog To Others 

It's bound to happen...at one point or another, I think we all begin to compare our blog with another blog. Nothing good comes out of it...we end up down in the dumps with unrealistic expectations. One thing to keep in mind...everyone started at 0. We all started at the same place and it's up to US to get where we want to go. It's up to us to make things happen.  

I could honestly go on and on...but these are just 7 mistakes I think are more common, and quite frankly easy fixes. Don't beat yourself up about it, we all learn from our mistakes. 
Are you guilty of any of these mistakes? What are some that you have done? 
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Truth About Infertility

One night I was catching up on social media like I normally do every night, when suddenly I scrolled into a picture I have longed to one day be able to share with my husband and family. A perfect little sonogram. I smiled because it truly warms my heart to see friends grow their families. It makes me so happy to see their happiness radiate. 


But not even 5 minutes later, I rolled over and cried...silently, because I didn't want to wake my husband who was peacefully sleeping. 

In the dark, I cried silently...until I fell asleep. 

You see, I wasn't crying because of the pregnancy announcement. I wasn't crying because I was mad, sad or frustrated at our friends. 

I was crying because I was sad for me...sad for my husband. It was a reminder of our painful journey. Flashbacks of seeing our sweet babies on the ultrasound monitor flooded my mind. The pain of going through a terrible miscarriage. It was a reminder of something my husband and I have prayed for for many years. 

It's an indescribable pain. It's physical, emotional, exhausting pain. 

It is a pain that I wish nobody had to suffer. 

Today, I want to share with you what life with infertility is really like...at least for me. 

I am truly happy for pregnant women. 

I share your happiness and joy. It makes me happy to see YOU so happy. I don't want people to avoid sharing the news with me because I'm suffering. Which brings me to my next point...

It hurts when people avoid sharing their news. 

If you are my friend, I want to hear the good news from you, I don't want to hear about it from others. It makes me feel like you were nervous or scared to tell me. The longer you avoid me or keep it a secret, the more it hurts. 

It's hard to make/keep friends as a childless couple.

It may sound strange, but making and keeping friends as a childless couple is hard. It isn't as difficult for the male, I'll admit. But most women bond over their children, they have play dates, they share stories and experiences with each other. What do I have to offer? A story about my dog?! It's not the same. All of my friends have children, I've shared many moments with them, but overtime things begin to change and they slowly drift away. 

Sometimes, jealousy takes over. 

It's not something I can control...but sometimes I wish that the gift I am buying for a baby shower, was for my baby. I can't help but feel slightly jealous when I see a young couple happily shopping for a crib. I can't help it. But I can pray about it and not let it overpower my life. 

I'm afraid of never having a biological child. 

It may sound selfish, but I want a baby that is made up of mine and my husband's DNA. We haven't ruled out adoption by any means, we are completely open to it. But the cost is outrageous. It's not easy to "just adopt." 

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I hope I don't come off as a terrible person. But these are just my honest feelings. And I know I'm not alone, especially after talking to several women who are going through the same thing. 

And if you know anything about me...you know that this is not written to gain attention, have a pity party, or have anyone feeling sorry for me. This is simply written straight from my heart, to show others a glimpse of how infertility makes us feel. 


Opening up and sharing a glimpse at what infertility is really like...


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Monday, September 19, 2016

Fall Decor Inspiration

Most of you probably know that we sold our first home and moved a couple of years ago, and we have decided to wait and really weigh our options. We now live in a MUCH bigger city, so we have a lot of options that we didn't have before, what school district do we want to be in, how close do we want to be to our jobs, how big of a house do we want...what about building, we can build! I mean...there's SO much that goes into buying a house, it was so hectic buying our first home and right now, with how busy I am with school, it just isn't the time for us to dive head first. So we are giving it some time, praying about it, and in the mean time saving some money. 


But, one thing I really miss about owning a home....decorating for the holidays! Currently all of our belongings are in a storage unit and it would be impossible to get things out just to decorate. Instead, I decided to hit up the internet and share my personal style Fall decorating style. Personally, I don't like decorating for Halloween...I like to go for a more Autumn vibe, and you can leave it up longer! 









Notice a trend? I definitely like to go the non-traditional route and go with a mix of both gold and silver, with tons of white! I feel like my style has changed so much since we moved and quite honestly, I want to open my storage unit, have a huge sale and start over fresh! My previous home decor style was much more traditional, but I'm so into the grays, creams and pops of gold and silver. 


How are you decorating this Fall season? What is your style like? 



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Friday, September 16, 2016

Best Booties For Fall

I'm almost positive everyone is sick of hearing almost every blogger talk about Fall...but just in case you aren't, I'm talking shoes today. To be specific...booties! I love everything about booties and they are perfect to transition you into Fall and well on after Fall as well. 



Back in June I shared some of my favorite wedges for Summer-time, so I thought it was only fitting to share my favorite booties for Fall-time! Some of these work well year-round...so that's always a bonus. Speaking of bonuses, all of these are UNDER $100! 



1. Not only is the color of these Vince Camuto 'Federa' Booties gorgeous but they are under $100 (okay, all of these booties are) and they also come in 3 different colors! I love the unique curved topline and the not-too chunky  heel. 

2. These Sole Society 'Ferris' Open Toe Booties are a beautiful army green suede color and also come in 3 colors. This is the perfect bootie to transition you from Summer to Fall. 

3. One of the main reasons I fell in love with the Dolce Vita 'Noa' Booties was because of the beautiful rosy color. These are such a unique mule style bootie AND they are currently 45% OFF! Snatch these up if you like them, they will be a great transition staple. 

4. Aren't these Sam Edelman 'Ennette' Lace Up Booties so pretty? The color above is nice but the greige option is so much better in my opinion. PS - These are 50% OFF! 

5. When I first saw Andrea from Living On Cloud Nine wear the Lucky Brand Perforated Booties I fell in LOVE...but they are over $100. Guys, I found these Steven Madden 'Danese' Perforated Booties for $70 and they are really similar. 

6. Sometimes you want a pop of color in your shoes and the Jessica Simpson 'Tandra' Booties are perfect for that...they come in 5 colors! I'm really diggin' the Midnight Suede booties! 

7. I obviously couldn't leave out fringe! I thought these Sam Edelman 'Paige' Booties were the perfect pair! Also available in 5 colors, including a Rose Suede pair! 

8. These Sole Society 'River' Booties are the perfect olive color (which is SO in right now) but if you aren't a fan, they come in 2 other colors. 

9. Kohl's is an amazing place to score great deals, and these Lauren Conrad Exposed Ankle Boots are a steal, at under $50! 

Find a pair that you're adding to your list? I have a never-ending running list of shoes, clothes, makeup...you name it! 

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Summer To Fall Orange Bronze Look

It seems like we are all getting into the Fall spirit and I, for one, can't wait for the darker makeup looks. I'm sure you guys might have noticed that by now, especially since I shared 10 berry-toned lipsticks that will be perfect for Fall. 


This makeup look is much warmer than what I normally do and a little different too. When I sat down to film this look (almost 2 months ago) I had no idea what I was going for and somehow I ended up with this orange-y, rusty, bronze makeup look...and I loved it instantly. This look can definitely be worn with a much more nude color, in case you aren't into darker shades and will be perfect for the upcoming transitional days. 


PS - I recently cut 7 inches OFF of my hair! Since this was pre-filmed so long ago, I still have long hair here. I have 1 more pre-filmed video with long hair and then I'll FINALLY make an appearance with my long bob. Perhaps I'll share a picture on Instagram, so make sure you're following me there & I usually pop in on Snapchat (@lilyg07) 


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Monday, September 12, 2016

10 Lipsticks Perfect For Fall

The official first day of Autumn is next week and I couldn't be more excited. Fall time brings pumpkin spice everything, FOOTBALL, cozy sweaters and so many beautiful warm, bold colors. With that said, not only is it my favorite time of the year, it's also the time of year that I like to swipe vampy lipsticks on. However, that's not everyone's cup of tea. So I have 10 of the best shades (in my collection) that I think anyone can wear during this time of year. Starting with everyday nudes and working our way up to some vampy shades, trust me, there's a shade for everyone here. So let's get started. 



ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip in Echo Park 
  • A warm, peachy nude that looks good on so many skin tones. Great year-round, but also perfect for ladies who tend to wear pinkier-nudes over the summer. And this lipstick formula has to be one of my ALL time favorites. 
Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Pepper 
  • Still a nude, but on the rosey side. Perfect for everyday looks and formulated to keep your lips hydrated all day long. 
ColourPop Lippie Stix in Lumiere 
  • One of my favorite dusty mauve colors! It's in a matte finish, so it will wear for hours and it's good change-up from a regular nude. 
Wet N Wild Velvet Matte Lip Crayon in Charred Cherry 
  • If you are left craving some brighter summery-shades, this is a wonderful mixture of bright and dark. 
MAC Lipstick in Captive 
  • Believe it or not, I was afraid of wearing darker shades but MAC's Captive opened a whole new world for me. A nice mid-tone berry shade that isn't overly dark, just dark enough. 
NYX Lip Lustre in Liquid Plum 
  • It may look a tad bit scary, but it can definitely be worn on the sheer side. This lip product has the shine of a lip gloss but stains like a tint, so it will be on your lips for hours. 
Tarte Tarteist Glossy Lip Paint in Snap 
  • A gray-ish-mauve lip gloss, perfect for so many. It can be sheered out or built up to get color payoff, either way...it's a beautiful, unique shade. 
ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip in TooLips 
  • This deep plum brown may not be for everyone, but if you're in the mood for a darker lipstick that is incredibly comfortable, give this a try. I find this color quite unique, it looks so different on different skin tones, but in a good way. 
Too Faced Melted Liquified Lipstick in Melted Berry 
  • If you prefer shades with a little more red to them, Melted Berry is a beautiful deep berry shade. These liquid lipsticks have a unique applicator and stain the lips without drying them out. 
Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick in Burgundy Blush 
  • May not be for everyone, but if you're willing to dive in to vampy shades, this inexpensive matte lipstick is amazing! I wore this shade non-stop last season and received so many compliments every time I wore it. 
shades in order as mentioned

That wraps it up for my 10 perfect fall lipstick colors for this year! Honestly, I could go on and on, but we would be here forever! I'm excited to add a few vampy shades to my collection and create some fall looks. I'm already brainstorming! Thank you all so much for reading and don't be shy, leave me some requests down below! 

Later this week, I'll be sharing more lipsticks with my newsletter family! 5 lipsticks perfect for year-round, so make sure to subscribe below so you don't miss out. 


What shades will you be wearing this fall? What's your go-to fall color?

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Friday, September 9, 2016

Must Have Skincare Products For Oily Skin

Skin care is not my strong suit, but in order to have good makeup application, you must have a good canvas to start with. So I try my best to take good care of my skin. Growing up, I never went through an acne phase, I had really good skin and only wore powder foundation. As I've gotten older, my skin had changed. It's always been super sensitive, but I now consider my skin to be oily and acne prone, gosh I miss my normal skin years! 



The products I'll be sharing today are good for normal skin, but geared towards oily skin for sure. I am looking to add a few products into my routine that are more suitable for acne prone skin as well, so if you have any recommendations, definitely let me know in the comments section. 


Facial Cleansers / Makeup Removers

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water - This is a newer product to me, but I have really enjoyed it so far. I don't like using this on it's own, it DOESN'T wash of ALL makeup, I mainly use this to remove my makeup before working out. 
Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes - My all time favorite makeup removing wipes, I've tried several but I always come back to these. 
Philosophy Purity Made Simple - If you want to remove every trace of makeup from your face, yes...even stubborn mascara, use this! 
Pixi Skintreats Glow Mud Cleanser - I recently started using this and I really like it, I'm not sure if this is what helped clear my skin, a few days into using it my breakouts started to diminish. 
Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser - I've used this for years, it's a perfect daily cleanser!


Moisturizers

St. Ives Timeless Skin - I've used different moisturizers but I just haven't found one that I'm in love with, so I always seem to re-purchase this one. It's lightweight and scent free, and it has anti-aging properties, which is a plus!
Origins GinZing Eye Cream - I LOVE this eye cream! I use it every morning without fail, it hasn't helped diminish my undereye darkness, but it's cooling and super hydrating. 
Derma-e Firming DMAE Eye Lift - I recently started using this eye cream at night, and I'm liking it. Since it's a newer product, it's not necessarily my "favorite" but I figured I would throw this in the mix. 


Masks

Micheal Todd Kaolin Clay Detoxifying Mask - Another oldie but a goodie! I've been using this mask for years and it's never failed me. 
Formula 10.06 Pores Be Pure - I use this mask about once a month and concentrate it on my pores, really good and affordable. 
Pixi Skintreats Glow Mud Mask - This mask is amazing...as it's drying you can see all of the oil coming up to the surface! 


Scrubs

Michael Todd Jojoba Charcoal Scrub - When it comes to scrubs my skin is extra sensitive, I can't use many, so I've used this one for years and I'm obsessed with it. It's sensitive enough for my skin but it still does it's job. 


Toners

Pixi Skintreats Glow Tonic - I've used several toners but this by far, is my all time favorite. I used to have textured skin and I no longer have this problem, thanks to this toner. I can't see myself using anything else, anytime soon. 


Lip Treatments 

Borghese Conditioning Lip Polish - Unfortunately, I have really dry lips, so I have to scrub them often and keep them hydrating. This is a really nice and gentle scrub that gets rid of the dead skin and but doesn't dry out your lips. 
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Lip Therapy - I HAVE gone through a million tubes of this balm for sure! I'm super picky when it comes to lip balms and this is my absolute favorite and staple in my bag! 
Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm - I mainly use this balm at night time, it's cooling and I wake up with super moisturized lips. 


What are some of YOUR must have skincare products? 

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