The Coral Experience

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Travel Diary: Ensenada, Mexico


I have been traveling so much in the past month and its been a blast! If you need to catch up - follow me on Instagram. I am not proud to admit that I have fallen off my fitness routine and ate like it my job for weeks haha. Luckily my last stop was a 4 Day Wellness Program in beautiful Ensenada, Mexico. If you are looking to kickstart a new healthy lifestyle - this program is perfect!

I read the news often and my family is from Mexico, so the first concern I had was safety. I can't stress enough how safe, confident and comfortable I was traveling into Mexico thanks to the shuttle service offered at the hotel. We went straight through the boarder, through the tolls without an issue or delay IN BOTH DIRECTIONS (in and out).  I have so many horror stories of hotels NOT looking like they appeared online, Hotel Coral & Marina was the exact opposite! It looked like a private oasis located right on the Marina and it was beautiful! (BELOW) The deep terra-cotta colored structure stands out among the surrounding hotels. 



I enjoyed the walk through and around the hotel which was full of beautiful art. This particular piece reminds me and when I nursed my son...TMI? Isn't it amazing what a woman's body is capable of?



When we checked into our suite, we went straight to the private patio connected to our room and soaked up the view. The property was clean, tropical, and welcoming.




We had the best gift waiting for us - food! We also received folders that included our schedules for the next few days starting with dinner. I am a foodie so I can't wait for you to see how beautiful the food was! My first outfit change was into a little black dress. 


The food was prepared in the cleanest way possible. Nothing fried, oily, salty, but never lacking flavor. Although this is healthier than I eat on a normal basis...I left the table full and feeling amazing! I can't tell you how many times I felt like I needed to rent a forklift to get me out of a restaurant haha - this was not one of them! Each meal came with a few courses. Here are a few plates I had along the way - including a banana pudding and a popular Mexican cocktail:







Now that I have made you all hungry, lets talk about fitness! As part of the program we were provided with private classes like ocean front yoga, circuit training and new to my life: FeldenkraisHopefully this is an accurate description, but from my understanding, through the Feldenkrais Method you can increase your ease and range of motion, flexibility, and coordination. It is said to enhance functioning in other aspects of your life as well. I am a damn mess so Ill take all the help I can get haha. We took this class at the end of the day and it changed the way I slept - like I not one care in the world! The instructor, Logan Fisher, who also leads yoga for the program was knowledgeable and made everyone feel comfortable and excited about fitness. Didn't hurt he was good looking too ;)

There was a private conference room for health and wellness educational talks. This room also doubled as their Feldenkrais studio. 



Our off site trip was to a local vineyard. We went on a morning hike to one of the largest Persian cucumber farms, wine tasting, and a beautiful breakfast followed by yoga right there in the vineyard. To be honest it was so hot and uncomfortable outside I didn't eat. I was a little disappointed there was only one wine to taste - I, like the next, love a good flight of wine and a cheese board when I go wine tasting. Also due to the others in our group being senior citizen who were not able to walk for long, we had to return to the hotel before we planed. 





We ate, worked out, and it would not be a vacation without a little pampering! We were scheduled for facials, massages, and a hair treatment. The C Spa was beautiful, clean and very luxurious. 



The massage I had was unforgettable. I have had many massages before but this one took the cake! I almost feel asleep! When it was over I was so sad, by far the massage was the best service out of the three. Next was a blowout. The products they used in the salon could have been better, also the guy who did my hair was so nervous (because he was new), was shaking and sprayed me in the face and in my ears with water haha. I am happy to report I was not wearing makeup. 




I could have done without this service, but how cool did the dryer look?? I also received a facial which was out of my comfort zone. I am used to being told what products are going to be put on my face and she did not explain anything - that made me very uneasy. Aside from that little hiccup - the rash on my face cleared up! THANK YOU! 

Since leaving the Hotel Coral & Marina's Wellness Program I am still eating clean, working out and incorporating a few Feldenkrais positions to help relieve minor body pains before sleeping! I would love to go back for the summer #coralexperience and to stay on track with my new lifestyle. Thank you so much for reading! Until my next post...

*Latina Kisses*

URBAN DECAY | GWEN STEFANI LIPSTICK COLLECTION SWATCHES

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Gwen Stefani for Urban Decay

I was so excited about this collection for two reasons: Urban Decay...duh, and No Doubts front woman, Gwen Stefani...no duh! I have been a huge fan of her well before my makeup wearing years so this was too much fun for me. I have been really getting my Youtube groove back and the best way to recover from any tragedy is dive into something positive. The only negative thing about makeup is dropping a palette on the floor haha. 

You can snag these lippies on the UD website for:
Retail $18 USD each


I swatched all of these lipsticks and matching lip pencils in my latest video, CLICK HERE, but decided to share some stills here. I loved that the collection has matte, satin, and high gloss finishes. 
 My favorite of the bunch...hands down is "714". As I shared on My Instagram, 714 is the area code for Anaheim Ca where Gwen is from! Firebird and Wonderland must be new references because I didn't get it haha...if you know leave it in the comments!

My face started like this (below) and ended with me looking like I had my mustache waxed haha. Its the price you pay for beauty...swatching! 

 (NOTHING BUT A PAT OF FOUNDATION TO EVEN OUT THE COLOR ON MY LIPS)
 ROCKSTEADY
 SPIDERWEB
PHONE CALL
 714
FIREBIRD
WONDERLAND

I have been working with these products all night I know the shades by heart!
 These lipsticks are super pigmented and when I woke up this morning my lips were still pink. So if you don't mind looking like you had a Popsicle for breakfast...you have nothing to worry about!

Thanks for stopping by!

*Latina Kisses*







#MAKEUPMONDAY : L'OREAL PARIS TRUE MATCH LUMI CUSHION FOUNDATION REVIEW / DEMO

Monday, February 22, 2016

Hey Locas! I am back with another quick post to speak about the :
NEW L'Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation. 
It took a few trips to find this little baby because they were either flying off the shelf or have yet to hit stores when I was on the hunt.
I am a sucker for packaging and I had to get it. Lucky for me I grabbed the right shade and its a True Match. Pun intended. Its light weight and felt like I was doing something good for my skin unlike most foundations. 

This foundation came with an thin sponge applicator I was not too impressed with it at first look. But when I shut my thoughts down and gave it a chance - it was amazing. I tried the technique I found online and it didn't do that will in my video. I liked the swiping or dragging method better. As far as it being advertised as sheer to medium coverage - I could maybe see this being possible if you let the layers dry and you did pat. If you do not have problematic skin, one layer is enough and it looks beautiful.
CLICK HERE to watch this foundation in action! I was so relived to find a product that was not only from the drugstore, but one that improved the way my skin looked, matched and went on effortlessly. If you have tried it...let me know in the comments below and share your thoughts! I was so impressed with this foundation that it amazed me. Im sure you will be seeing it a lot in drugstore tutorials to come. Thanks for reading!

*Latina Kisses*