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June Favorites | 2016

Beauty, LifestyleMaría Elena RodríguezComment

This has been quite an interesting month. I got a brand new Filofax, discovered some awesome makeup products, got a tattoo, got into the best gym in Puerto Rico and booked a ticket to another place I’ve never been before. Oh, yeah, I totally made the tattoo thing a super normal thing but I’m still freaking out a little bit over that one.

So here you go! My monthly favorites:

Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation

Bought this on a whim by the time it was released with a sale on tartecosmetics.com. I hadn’t read that many reviews about it yet so I really had no big hopes, but after a month wearing it every day to work I can say that it is the best foundation I’ve ever tried. Why? Because it’s build-able, lightweight and it comes in super fancy packaging.

Josie Maran’s Argan Dailu Mousturizer with SPF 47

Bought this as a replacement to my Tarte Sunscreen which I was loving but hating that the bottle was always spitting out and it made my vanity look ugly AF. Please tell me that’s not crazy?! The guy at Sephora told me he loves it and that he uses it for morning runs so I gave it a try. I’m loving it. It smells so good and it doesn’t break me out.

Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea Marin Boosting Mist

I got this as a 500 points perk during my trip to California at the Sephora in Malibu, which makes me love it even more. Again, I didn’t really have high hopes for this one but I ended up really liking it. I kept it on my desk drawer at the office for afternoon refreshes and I found myself really sad when it ended. That’s when I knew, I wanted it full size. So I’m waiting for another of those Tarte sales. Ha!

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée

After almost making it into my Overrated Beauty Products list, I decided to give this one a last chance and throw it in my makeup bag. I decided to use it with one of my Sonia Kashuk stippling brush and it is working wonders. I am not a huge fan of blush, so I love how this one just gives me a natural flush. Like I just came back from a lazy workout session. :)

Chantecaille Le Camouflage Stylo

I purchased this at the Chantecaille counter in Nordstrom at the Mall of San Juan after being swept off my feet with the brand and their products (especially their Just Skin Mousturizer which I’m dying to buy full size!). This is basically the perfect concealer for after the gym since it works as an eye cream and concealer! #WinWin.

Josie Maran Black Oil Mascara

I was recommended to this one by Eimy from The Golden Fig a while back. I finally had the chance to try it out with a 100 points perk in Sephora and I am already planning on buying it full size! It is all I want in a mascara: volumizing, lengthening, natural and cruelty free!

Filofax in Patent Nude

You guys know I love agendas! And I’ve been wanting this “grown up” agenda for years now. I don’t only love its quality and color, I love how I can keep all the necessary paper work in it categorized. It’s making my life a whole lot simpler.

LIV Fitness Clubs Membership

I started at LIV Fitness Clubs in Guaynabo and I am not only in love with all of its hard core classes at any time of the day, I am in love with its location, decor and hospitality! The minute you walk in, the staff welcomes you with a smile and a fresh towel. Plus, you get free filtered water to refill your bottle!

To everyone who thinks it is too much money, go and visit them and you will know it is totally worth it. No other gym in Puerto Rico has that amount of classes, great trainers and luxuries completely included in their membership. 100% recommended!


So, yeah, I got a tattoo, one of the most random and thrilling experiences I've ever had. Shoutout to my bff for sticking with me the whole time! I haven't posted any pictures yet and I was wondering if you would you be interested in knowing about my experience? Would you like to see pictures? Let me know and I'll do a whole blog post about it! ;)

Now I want to know about you! What were your monthly favorites? :)

Until next time! 

María Elena


March Favorites | 2015

BeautyMaría ElenaComment

March has finally come down to an end and I can't be happier about it! It has been a very hectic and stressful month in which I've clearly had to indulge in some retail/ girlfriends therapy. And that is the perfect excuse to give you some of my monthly favorites:

  • Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray - Ever since I got this a while back, I decided I was going to use it for special occasions. But as my work days have been getting longer and longer, I've found this is the best investment for my face. My makeup stays put all day, even in hot/ humid sweaty environments. That my friends, is worth the $30 price tag. 
  • Josie Maran Argan Infinity Intensive Creamy Oil - I started using this after I gave my mom the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream I got recently. So I hijacked her creamy oil that she used to use for her super dry hands at night, only to find out this the best thing for your cuticles before and after a manicure. Plus, it works wonder as night lipbalm! 
  • Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Patina- This is not a shocker! You guys know I love me some long wearing dark lipsticks. This formulation is perfect for your lips and is the perfect transition from winter to spring. 
  • Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara - Before I say anything, can someone explain to me why nobody hypes about this mascara?! I swear it has the same potential as Benefit's They're Real. Seriously, try it for yourself
  • Anastasia Brow Wiz- This is so worth the hype. One use, and you'll be asking yourself how you ever did your makeup without. 
  • Time With Friends- After being sent this article, I realized that even though obviously being with friends is an ongoing favorite of mine, I have to admit they kept me sane during this past month. No matter how little time our friends and I have, we always find the time to have our "cheap sushi/ cheap wine nights" to listen to our hopes, dreams and struggles. Even having those crazy Whatsapp groups makes my day a little brighter. :)

What are your monthly favorites?