Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Makeup Collection Downsize: Blushes

I know it sounds rediculous. You're purging your makeup? How much do you have? 
Too much, that's how much! 

I don't mind having a large collection, however, there are so many products 
I don't get to use or products I'm using just to use them but there's no love there. 
So it was time!

I teamed up with my good friend Jen over at GlamMoms on YouTube 
to go through our collections and downsize. Really think about what we love and actually use 
versus don't use but just keep around because it's pretty, or we spent the money, or who 
knows what other excuses.

Can you believe that is how many blushes I had? I mean, come on! I only have one face!

After a torturous and painful hour, I was able to part with 26 blushes! I honestly thought
I had about 26 to begin with. Not closer to 50!

And this is what I'm left with. Still a whole lotta blush for these two cheeks but
definitely more manageable. These are all blushes I know I like and use.

Now I know this is still excessive, don't get me wrong! 
But I'm a makeup junkie and this is what I do ;)

Check out my decluttering process below and let me know if you've done anything
similar whether it be with your makeup, house, clothes, etc. 
I love all types of decluttering stories.

Check out my friends over at Back 2 Basic Health and Sew Crafty Angel for more great blog posts!



Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Review & Demo: Vera Mona Color Switch Duo

Hey guys, I'm back for another review and I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am...
or actually, I'm about to tell you how excited I am!

I recently reached out to Vera Mona after seeing several reviews on YouTube and
demos on InstaGram and I must say, I was intrigued. Vera Mona sent me their 
color switch duo and I was so excited to put it to the test for you.

Here's what Vera Mona has to say about the Color Switch Duo:

"Color Switch Duo by Vera Mona is the only product on the market of its kind!!! It removes the color from eyeshadow brushes helping the makeup artist switch to another color quickly and efficiently. The Duo's unparalleled design includes a centered mini sponge for wet make up application. Nothing else like this exists!! Stroke the eye shadow brush against the Duo sponge to completely remove the color being used and switch to the next. The Duo's uniquely designed centered sponge enhances the color of the eye shadow when applied wet, resulting in a more vibrant look that is true to the pallet, or color being used. Discard wet sponge after every use."

I have to say I am a full believer in this product. I've tested it out over several weeks and 
although it's not made to 'clean' your brushes, it removes makeup amazingly from your brushes.

With this sponge you're able to reuse the same brushes for several uses 
making it perfect for travel. I love how it cuts down on wash time also. Unlike most people, I love washing my brushes however, it always takes SO long for my brushes to dry. With the Color Switch Duo I don't have to wash my brushes after single use, although I do recommend 
washing at least once a week to prevent bacteria growth...ew.

Vera Mona has several options for you: 

I would highly recommend these products for any makeup artist or like me, 
makeup lover. You won't be disappointed!

And if you want to see some other great blog posts, 
hop on over to Sew Crafty Angel :)



Monday, November 10, 2014

Free Meal Plan & Shopping List for Your Planner

Hey guys! After endless online searches I just decided to go ahead and make some of my own planner printables. And as fun as it was, it's even more fun sharing with you...for FREE!

Below is why I have been using to plan out my weekly meals and grocery lists. 
This can be customized to you specific needs but I found it so helpful to plan as I go
and make sure I'm stocking up on all the ingredients I'll need for each meal. 

So convenient! 
Just click here to access and print on your home computer. 

This is only for your personal use. If you need
anything for your business or on a larger scale just email me directly or
comment down below! (All printables are 8.5 x 11 but can be easily resized)

And don't forget to follow my blog to be notified of more free printables!

While you're at it, hop on over to Stone Cottage Adventures and VMG206 for
some amazing blog posts and linky parties! Enjoy!



Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Free Daily Docket Printable

I'm back with another free printable for you all! I saw several daily dockets, daily layouts, day spreads...whatever you want to call it! And they all had bits and pieces of things I wanted. So I created one that fit everything from hour by hour scheduling, daily goals, quotes, routines and more.

I hope you guys are finding these useful! Let me know what you think!

Click here to get your free printable! 

This is only for your personal use. If you need
anything for your business or on a larger scale just email me directly or
comment down below! (All printables are 8.5 x 11 but can be easily resized)

And don't forget to follow my blog to be notified of more free printables!



Monday, October 27, 2014

NOTD: Falling in Love with Fall

Hey everyone, you guessed it! Today's nail of the day (NOTD)

Everyone's scurrying to make the most of these last few summer days with neion nails...everyone but me. I'm not one to limit my fashion choices too much by season. So even though I'm embracing the warm berry and gold hues of autumn, fear not, I'll still be rocking the crazy designs and bright colors of summer.

From left to right: L'Oreal 'The Mystics Muse', Essie 'For the Twill of It', Salon Perfect 'Dirty Martini'

                                      (with flash)                                                  (without flash)

Are you excited for Fall, because I am!!!
Do you have a cool, leaf color changing Fall where you live like I do?
What's your favorite Fall nail color? Comment down below and let me know! TTY!



Friday, October 24, 2014

Planner Junkie September 22 - 28: Design & Layout

Here is my layout for part of September in my Barnes&Noble Planner! I'll try to be better
about posting weekly or perhaps a pictorial of a full month week by week. Let mek now what
you all prefer! I gt this great washi tape set for Homegoods for $2.99! I love the jumbo
size with 'tags', it adds a bit of whimsy, right? And the gold accents are just stunning.
I absolutely love how fun and effortless this week was with no stickers and only decorate washi tape.
You can also check out my YouTube channel where I film how
I decorate an what I use specifically. I hope you enjoy!

Check out my Beauty & Planner Craft Haul!


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Farm Fresh Kitchen & Home Ideas

Hi there! If you follow my blog or my YouTube channel Adriana Pina then you'll know 
that I'm part of a CSA, Community Supported Agriculture. We support our local farms and pre-summer season we purchase a half share (justhubby and me!). Every weekend we stop by 
our farm and pick out whatever has been harvested. This early on we're gettings lots 
of greens, zucchinis, herbs, beets, carrots...we even got strawberries!

With all this fresh produce I have to get creative to make sure I use it all, 
I'm a child at heart that does NOT like most veggies. So last week, 
I enlisted the help of a friend to pickle cucumbers and make kale chips!

A pic within a pic! Pickled cucumbers (vinegar, dill, garlic, salt, pepper).
Seal for 4-5 days by a window then refridgerate once opened.

I added mint leaves to my ice cube tray. I got so many compliments
when people realized the mint was in the ice cubes! 

Kale chips: (garlic, evoo and sea salt, parmesan cheese optional)
Bake at 350 for 5 mins, mix with wooden spoon and bake another 10 mins.

Fresh cut lavender is making my kitchen smell heavenly!



Wednesday, August 27, 2014

10 Things I'm Thankful For

Recently, my husband had to have surgery for a severed tendon in his wrist. Thank God it went well but I’m not going to lie, it’s been a little rough on both of us. He’s so limited in what he can do and he really needs to take it easy so it can heal. I’m just so thankful that he’s okay and it wasn’t worse.

Life can throw you unexpected curve balls but it’s up to us if we swing or give up. I’m trying my best to stay positive and what better way than to post another 10 Things I’m Grateful For?!?!?

1. I’m SO grateful for the wonderful doctors that operated on my husband.

2. That his surgery went well and his recovery is optimistic.

3. That our insurance covers all of the appointments/physical therapy, amen!

4. For our families, their support and help during this trying time.

5. That my job/boss is understanding that we all have lives outside of work.

6. For my extended YouTube/blog/FB friends praying for us and their kind words that bring a smile to my face.

7. That the weather has been so nice lately!

8. VACATION! We went to Myrtle Beach for 5 days and it’s just what the doctor ordered, no pun intended!
9. My house. My home. Nothing better than coming home.

10. Coffee. Sometimes it’s the only thing getting me through the day…and I’m off to go make some!

What have you been grateful for? I know during trials it
can be difficult to stay positive but I challenge you to come
up with 5 things you’re grateful for and see if you don’t feel
at least a little lighter, a little brighter during the day!

And if you just need a little more help putting a smile on your
face check out some of the blogs on Stone Cottage Adventures!



Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Planner Junkie 101

And so it's begun....guys really? Another addiction?! 

I've always loved scrapbooking but haven't had much time since getting married. Between working full time, being a wife and dog mom my crafting hobbies have pretty much fallen by the waste side. 

Sad story. 

But recently I have found some amazing YouTube channels and FaceBook pages dedicated to planners/lists and organizing. This girl right here looooves her planners and lists. 

I mean, my lists have lists! I'm serious!

So here are just a few pretties and projects you may have seen on Instagram if you follow me!

Finding a planner I love has been easy, finding one that works for me has been nearly impossible. I buy planners and forget about them after a week. 

I recently start bullet journaling. If you want a post/video about how to bullet journal comment down below!

I'm using this journal gifted to me by my sister in law and really like it. I love mixing my planner organization with a form of scrapbooking with the decorations. A perfect mix for me!

Do you do donething similar? Let me know so I can further my addiction! And if you want more craft, recipe, diy inspiration check out 

Thank you all for spending some time with me and supporting my new obsession! 


Saturday, July 26, 2014

OOTD: Coral Crush

I'm having a love affair with all things coral this Summer!

Lipstick sample from My Beauty Addiction in A-List
IPSY samples from Coast Scents and Yaby, Earrings from Forever XXI

Purse and capris from Forever XXI, Top from Rainbow, Sandals from Target

Lia Sophia (discontinued)
Not sure of brand (treated on

What is your go to color this summer? Share in the comments below!

And if your loving corals and pinks check out How Sweet The Sound
for her Pink Saturdays link party where we bloggers come together
to celebrate all things pink!!!



Thursday, July 24, 2014

10 Things I'm Thankful For

1. We've booked our upcoming vacation to Myrtle Beach and I'm so excited!

2. The convenience of online shopping...let's be honest, I can't help myself.

3. Working for and with amazing, passionate people. My coworkers inspire me and push me to do even more and I'm so grateful for that.

4. Target sandals. The closest thing to flip flops I can wear to wrok, affordable and so fashionable.

5. My family, they make me laugh and feel safe.

6. That my husband and I are on the same work schedule. He used to work nights but the past year has been amazing having him home for dinner. It's the little, and not so little, things.

7. That I’m being given new tasks at work to expand my project works. This is putting me in line for bigger and better things!

8. My dog, he always makes my list!!!

9. For a supportive husband who forces me to take care of myself…not just everyone else!

10. Supportive bloggers like Katherine over at Katherine's Ccorner. She has helped me at various points in my blogging as a newbie and she's wonderful. Check out her linky party now to see some of the great blogs that have been inspiring me lately!

What're you thankful for? It can be so easy to complain about little things or to just not acknowledge all the great things we have around us. Comment below at least 1 thing you're grateful for!




Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Unboxing & Review: Influenster VowVoxBox

Welcome back! Today I wanted to share with you the most recent VowVoxBox sent to me from Influenster. Influenster is a great site that sends you free products to try and honestly review…emphasis on FREE. I love this site because I do love reviewing products to help you all in your decision on what to try and what may or may not work for you.

The VowVoxBox was really exciting for me because it's a mix of beauty, nails, skincare and handy little items like the TideToGo pen. I have a few of these hanging around my house and I love them. I have one in my purse at all times because it never fails, I will always spill something on my new shirt or get ink on my jeans (yes that happened just a few hours ago). Such is life. The TideToGo was a great addition to this box because it’s something I know I love and will continue to use and repurchase.

My last post was a review on the Pure Silk Shave Cream so I won’t bore you and repeat. Just check out the previous post!

I was excited to try the #EcoTools Pure Complexion Facial Sponge because I know there are several high end versions and drugstore ‘dupes’. I was mesmerized by the rough texture that becomes soft when moistened. The sponge serves as a great exfoliator for sensitive skin. 

I added different face cleansers from Mario Badescu cleansing gel to Neutrogena face wash and really enjoy it. It does take a little while for the sponge to soften with water however, not long enough to really get annoyed. I’d definitely recommend this product if you’re looking for a deeper cleanse than you can give with just your fingers.

The one item I was beyond eager to try was the Olay Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream. Full sized this cream is $30+ at the drugstore. The packaging is beautiful as you can see but lets get down to business. I won’t go into too much detail since I might do a separate blog post/YouTube review but let me tell you: I reallllllly like this face cream.

I’m a huge skin care nut and love trying new things. I don’t have to worry much since my skin isn’t sensitive, thumbs up for my face! Creamy, silky, moisturizing, I just love this stuff. Warning, you only need a little dab for your entire face. At over $30, you don’t want to waste this product. But I definitely think it’s worth it if you’re willing to shell out the money. It is pricey for drugstore but honestly better than anything I’ve tried from the drugstore. #BestBeautiful

The last item I received was the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Polish in Barracuda. Love love love! I got so many compliments when I wore this beautiful light sky blue! I always use a base and top coat but even then some polishes don’t last long. This line from Sally Hansen usually lasts 5-6 days on my nails. Again, love!

I hope this was helpful for you guys. It does take time to use, test, review, post etc. for each product and build points on Influenster but I think it’s totally worth it if you have the time (and energy). I was so excited to get these products and to have actually liked them all is an extra bonus! Comment your email address below if you want the link to join. 

Let me know if you have tried anything and if so what are your thoughts? Would you spend $30 on a drugstore face cream…or any face cream for that matter? Share with us! And while you're at it,
checkout my dear friend over at Sew Crafty Angel to see some amazing blog posts!

I hope you enjoyed these reviews. Don’t forget to comment below and…Stay Beautiful & Stay Blessed!



#Influenster #VowVoxBox