Neon Desert Checklist

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   This weekend Neon Desert Music Festival returns to El Paso and its guaranteed to be another fun experience for attendees and artists alike. Whether you’re traveling to the city or live here, there’s a few things you don’t want to forget when preparing for the festival. I’ve compiled a list of a few of the things I like for this particular festival. Let me know what you think and if you’ll be attending!

 

  1. El Paso Pride: Show some love for the city! This line of t-shirts by Estylow Junktion are a cool fun way to illustrate local support. There are a handful of different designs and styles with the popular tagline embedded into each shirt. I love these shirts and have seen people wearing them in Las Vegas, California and Austin! A must for a festival in our own backyard! Contact SilverIsReal on Facebook or search theirInstagram: @estylowjunktion to place an order and see more designs.Estylow Junktion EPFT Tee $20

2. Bold Lips: I’ve always loved a good lip color! Never one to shy away from shades out of the ordinary like purple, this festival offers the perfect opportunity to play with different lip colors and have fun with them! Lately I’ve been obsessed with lip pencils, which offer a combination of a balm, lipstick and liner all in one. You don’t have to splurge to find a good lip pencil either. Revlon has a new line of Matte Lip Balms and they give some of the brands at Sephora some major comp! What I really like is that there is absolutely no need to apply anything before applying to color. It moisturizes and adds a cool pop of color to your pout! I found mine at Target for under $10.  Since this festival starts during the day I would definitely keep the eye’s simple and leave the focus on your lips. Though, I’ve seen some women pull it off with a dramatic eye and lip! Hey, more power to ya, but I enjoy the idea of a fresh look for festivals.

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3. Sunnies: If you’ve been to El Paso live here than you already understand why it’s called the “Sun City.” I am not joking when I say the heat is real and it has the potential to tire you out faster than usual, not to mention get you drunk way sooner. Hats are always cute but whenever I wear them to an event that lasts as long as this one, I end up taking them off and holding them in my hand. Sometimes I ask my boyfriend to hold them and needless to say, he ain’t too fond of the idea of me wearing a hat either. So sunnies are the obvious choice and lately I’ve been obsessing over the Crystal Cult line. Popularity grew for their Swarovski crystal embellished vape pens but its they’re sunnies that caught my eye. The fun designs make these sunglasses perfect for summer parties and will assure that you standout in a crowd. I personally love the cat eye look but the website offers a convenient tool that allows you to see sunglass options based on the shape of your face. There’s a ton of different styles and none are priced over $100.

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4. Drank in your cup: Drinking at a concert environment can get pricey. I want to say that last time I attended NDMF each beer was between $6-$8. It can add up, especially if you plan on throwing them back! My friend gave me this exact flask as a gift a few years back and I love it! ITs come in handy for so many occasions where I just order water and sip on my flask throughout the night. You can find it at Urban Outfitters, just try to not get caught! The people who put the event together do not appreciate when attendee’s sneak in alcohol but hey! Sometimes you just have to try to cut corners where you can. Please drink responsibly! The Camino Real downtown has some good promotions going on for people who are attending the festival this weekend so driving won’t have to be an issue. BTW, this year the festival will be offering free water to all attendee’s which is awesome! No room for thirsty peeps stay hydrated!img-thing5. Trusty, handy, wipes: I’ve included wipes in several of my posts before but they’re just one of those products that everyone should carry. Like I said, the festival can get hot so the wipes come in handy when you need a little cool down. Not to mention the restroom. The one thing I hate about these types of events is using the restroom. I try to avoid it at all costs because I hate port-a-potties, but eventually you reach a point where you have to go. So having wipes makes you feel a little bit cleaner when you walk out of one of those dreaded things. I love the Summers Eve wipes but I chose to include the Burts Bee’s because they’re more versatile in their uses. All natural means that it doesn’t matter what part of your body you use the wipes for, you will still reap the benefits.

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6. Wristbands: Finally, the infamous wristband makes the list. I mean how could they not? Wristbands are like little souvenirs that remind you of all the good times you had at the festival and they complete the festival fashion vibe in a cool bohemian way. If you already purchased tickets you can exchange them for the wristbands before the festival and receive a faster entrance on the day of. Just one rule: take it off the next day! There is absolutely no reason to leave that wristband on past the festival’s conclusion. Save it, scrapbook it, throw it away, whatever, just don’t leave it on longer than needed it’s not cute!

 

photo courtesy neondesermusicfestival.com

photo courtesy neondesermusicfestival.com

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Too Faced Primed & Poreless Dupe

Too Faced’s Primed and Poreless has been one of my favorites from Sephora for a few years now. I’ve tried other brands as well but nothing compares to the silky smooth texture and base that primer leaves. That is until I tried Maybelline’s new Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser. To me, it was like I was using the exact same product.  It glides smoothly onto the skin in a clear texture, whereas the Too Faced comes in a clear and colored option. My makeup application also goes smoothly with this product, leaving no pores or uneven areas visible, and yes it did stay on throughout the day. Even better is the price tag. I paid, I want to say about $7.99 for this at Target. I’m sure its sold even cheaper at other drugstores but Primed and Poreless will set you back at least $30. Though the tube is slightly smaller at .67 oz vs. 1fl oz, I think its a definite steal for beauty lovers.Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser

Whether you’re in an established relationship or still getting to know someone, having and maintaining a good relationship with their family members is important. Unfortunately for some, it’s now always that easy. I’ve been the one trying to impress an in law, and I’ve also seen people trying to impress me as they begin dating my family members. It can get awkward but theses are a few things I picked up along my own experiences.

Keep the PDA to a minimum. When you’re in love its easy to get lost in the moment. You’re so happy that you want everyone to know. The only thing is, everyone does not need to know. There comes a time in life where you realize that you are a grown ass human being and you can control yourself physically in public. Kisses should stay at a peck and never go into a full on make out session. Just. No.
Control your alcohol. If you watch the Millionaire Matchmaker, Patti has a rule that while on a date you agree to a 2 drink minimum. Its really ideal but I don’t know of many people that could commit to that. Depending on the situation I may. Whatever your limit is, its important to know it. When intoxicated, we do/say things that we’ll always regret. Its the ugliest feeling to wake up in the morning and know you must apologize to for stupid behavior the night before. Even if you’re a self proclaimed “happy drunk” its better to just play it safe when around the in-laws.
Don’t try too hard. If you are madly in love that’s cool. You don’t need to prove it to everyone, because when its the real deal, people will notice on their own time. What matters most is that they see you make their brother/sister/father whoeverrrr, happy. That will ultimately make them happy in return.
Be true to yourself. Oldest strategy for life and for good reason. Be yourself, love yourself, and the rest will follow.

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Influenster: Crest 3D White Brilliance

The last time Influenster sent me a product it was a couple of men’s deodorants, which I passed along to my boyfriend. Needless to say, I was excited to receive the Target box because I love Target and knew it had to be something I could use.

Seriously, I go to Target all the time because they have everything and it’s always a nice cleanly environment. I opened my box to find a new toothpaste from Crest’s 3D line, the Crest 3D White Brilliance Mesmerizing Toothpaste in a mint flavor. It came just in time as our last tube of paste was running out. I’m going to opt out of before/after photos of my teeth because its just weird and kind of gross, but I did notice a difference.

Being a smoker and a Starbuck’s addict, I really need to take good care of my teeth and in addition to oil pulling and washing twice a week with hydrogen peroxide, I have seen a big improvement on the color of my teeth. This tube will run you a steeper price for a small tube of paste; $5.99, but I think its worth it. After trying it I’m more interested in seeing how the other products in the line work. Below is the product description along with a link to the complete Crest 3D line.

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Official website product description from Crest: Making brushing more brilliant. It’s HERE! Crest’s latest advanced whitening formula available! Designed exclusively by 3D White, Brilliance toothpaste works to enhance your smile’s beauty, using micro-cleansing whiteners to gently polish away surface stains with a freshness that provides a lasting, cooling sensation. 3D White Brilliance toothpaste uses its Illuminating Complex to leave your smile dazzlingly white and brilliantly clean by reaching areas between teeth with its gentle foaming action. It whitens by unlocking trapped surface stains and adds luster and shine after just one use, introducing you to a whitening and freshening experience like never before.

Complete line of products can be found here.

 

Sun Kissed Swimwear

 If you’re lucky enough to be far from all the cold weather that’s been hitting the country, swimsuits are a topic that should have crossed your mind by now.  In 3 weeks I’ll be visiting Las Vegas with my girlfriends! Vegas has the best pool parties so its a perfect excuse for us to get half naked and shake it. I’ve been saving money so I can shop while I’m in Vegas, but I feel like there’s one thing I should have before my trip and that’s a bikini!  I found these pieces at online boutique, Sol Kissed, and let me tell you, it was love at first sight!. In case you don’t know Spanish, sol means sun, and these swimsuits are just that! Sun kissed, feminine, sexy but not slutty. Below are some of my favorites from the shop, in no particular order. Which one do you think I should get? Or should I wait till I’m in Vegas to look for a swimsuit? There’s no doubt Vegas will have a lot of options but these are just gorgeous and perfect for spring!

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all photos courtesy of solkissed.com

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Short Hair, Don’t Care!

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Long hair is beautiful, especially if its healthy, but it takes a lot of hard work to maintain a beautiful head of hair, and to those women I commend you. Whatever your reason may be for wanting to cut your hair, I say go for it! When you’ve had long hair as long as I did sometimes you’re just craving a change when you look in the mirror. I was a bit apprehensive about going so short but I decided to stop thinking so much and just go for it. I was pleased with the outcome as were most of my friends, or at least that’s what they said.

It was the men, however, who seemed to have a problem with it. I had a few different guys, all share the same reaction. “Why did you cut it so short? What did you do to your hair? I like women with long hair, that’s just me!” What is it with men and long hair? I get that they think its sexy or whatever, but what gives them the right to dictate how we as women wear our hair?

NEWSFLASH: I did not cut my hair to please you nor anyone else. I cut my hair because I wanted to.

To be honest, I love my new hairstyle. In the last few years I’ve gone through some major changes and growth and I feel like cutting my hair, as cliché as it sounds, was a sort of physical representation of that. I’m still me, but I’m not that same person you’ve always known me as. Sure, there will be days when I miss my long hair but in the end I know it’s just hair and it will grow back. It takes confidence to rock a short do and mine isn’t even as drastically short as some women I’ve seen. On another note, it seems that mostly all the young women I see nowadays have long hair. Its become what my generation calls “BASIC” and I think a big part of it has to do with women wanting to please men and look more attractive. Women are so competitive and in the world of social networking your image is everything. Looking ahead to the rest of the year, specifically spring and summer, I think short hair will prove to be a trend in Hollywood and sooner or later the fans will follow. We’ve already seen some of the most beautiful and successful young women in the industry ditch their long locks for a shorter style. Think Miley Cyrus, Rihanna and Jennifer Lawrence. Last night on  Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, guests Yolanda and Stassi from the Bravo network shows Real Housewive’s of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules were both rocking noticeably shorter hair do’s. I couldn’t help but feel some sort of excitement.

photo courtesy bravotv.com

photo courtesy bravotv.com