Nah, I don’t want to save money (said no one ever!)

wounded_warrior_project_carry_forwardMemorial Day is one of those holidays where we take the time to thank all of our soldiers and veterans for their dedication, sacrifice, loyalty and our freedom. In doing so, Teami Blends has promised to donate 10% of all proceeds from a special sale they have directly to The Wounded Worrier ProjectTeamiLogoPink

Starting on Monday May 21st, 2018 through Monday May 28th 2018 with a minimum order of $34.99 you will save 20% using code cristinaMDW24 and 30% off a minimum of $109.99 using code cristinaHERO24.


Now is your chance to score the coveted limited edition Gold and Rose Gold tumblers! These tumblers are great not only for their amazing teas but also for infused water on the go. Just keep refilling with ice cold water after you’ve stuffed it with fresh fruit and veggies!

Be sure to take a selfie with your new tumblers or teas and tag #Cristinariverabeauty and #TeamiBlends ! We’d love to see what you gifted yourself while helping out our worriers 🙂 See you on Insta! @Cristinariverabeauty


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Glow like you’re made of highlighter- Teami Blends


Springtime is here (believe it or not) and summer is right around the corner (or so we hope) and your skin will be showing more and more. Fresh, clean and healthy skin is on the forefront and I’ve got a little helper for you to get to those #skingoals you’ve got.

We all know that Teami Blends has great tea that help with your digestion, focus, sleep and even energy, but did you know that they also have the most amazing beauty helpers? Combined with the sweetest headband, Teami brings you the Green Tea Scrub and Detox Mask Combo! Sunday mornings are just waiting to be earmarked with this indulgent and affordable “spa-cation” (new word alert!). teamiglowpack7992097630.jpg

Using warm (not hot) water to open up your pores, gently cleans away impurities and buildup with the green tea facial scrub. You’ll feel the grainy yet gentle feel against your skin as you allow your face to breathe easy. Follow up with the Detox Mask to pull forward your glowing skin as it was always meant to be. Say bye-bye to the redness, ruddiness and blackheads you were struggling with and get ready to rock fresh smooth skin from now on!

Using code CRB10 for a discount, you’re basically LOSING money if you don’t take advantage of this deal! Stop back and let me know what you think!

Mothers Day and Teami= Surprize!

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It’s that time of year when we all take a day to honor our moms. For the giving of the life, for the putting up with our hormonal changes (reeeeallyyy sorry about that) and for the fact that no matter what we do in life Mom is always there to back us up and show support. May 13th will be a day where we all look inside our hearts and minds to try to outdo ourselves reminding our moms that everything she’s done for us is worth it and we’re grateful for it all.

What better way to say “I love you” than to help mom move to the healthier side of herself. Teami has created an amazing package deal just for moms! With yummy teas put together just for mom (and you) it’s sure to be a big hit!

Detox with your mom using the Limited Edition Mother Daughter Pack! Who better to keep you in check on your detox mother-daughter-tea-detox-packand health journey than mom?! No one that’s who! Your pack includes everything you need to complete a 30 day detox and start your journey to a healthier you along side mom.

Not looking to join mom on her detox journey just yet? Teami has you covered! Mom can still enjoy her journey with the Limited Edition Mothers Day Detox Pack. Bye-bye cravings, bye-bye tummy bloat, hello boosted metabolism and weight loss!!

Mothers-Day-Pack-2018That’s right, mom’s get a special discount for a special gift. Head over to because starting today through Sunday May 13th you can use code CRB10MOM for 20% off any order of $49.99 and up and code CRB10MD is good for 25% off any order $99.99 and up!

Dont forget your honey bear and pinkies up ladies! Thanks Teami 😉


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Tips for Brides- Countdown to the big day!


1) Determine your skin type. Here’s how:

Dry Skin: Tends to be clear and sometimes a little stiff and “too small” for your face after washing. Your pores are small and your skin may peel or get red when you’re out in bad weather.

Oily Skin: Usually looks shiny and has visible pores. Your makeup doesn’t usually last all day and you’re prone to breakouts/black heads.

Combination Skin: This is the most common skin type. It usually consists of an oily T-zone (nose, forehead and chin) and the cheeks are dry.

Normal Skin: The lucky ones have this kind of skin type. It’s smooth, soft and perfectly balanced.

2) 6-12 Months prior to your wedding day: Begin a skin care regimen. This should consist of:

  • A proper make up remover
  • Cleanser,
  • Toner
  • Exfoliator
  • Moisturizer

**All should be appropriate for your skin type. Keep in mind that as you age, your skin type will also change. The skin care regimen you had as a teenager, may not be appropriate for you now. Also, make sure your ingesting 8-12 glasses of water per day. It is so good for your skin and will help the overall look on your wedding day.**

3) 4-5 Months Prior: Get ideas on hair styles and make up looks you would consider for your wedding day. If possible, have pictures set aside to show the professionals you hire. This will help them provide you with just the right look.

4) 2-3 Months Prior: Book your make up artist. Keep in mind that artists are booked pretty far in advance so you shouldn’t wait until the last minute to book your artist. Be prepared to put a deposit down so that you can ensure your wedding day is secured. If your artist doesn’t offer a contract, be sure to ask for one. Safe guard your peace of mind by having things in writing and keeping a copy for yourself.

5) 3-4 Weeks Prior: Meet with your MUA (make up artist) to discuss and test the make up for your day. This is an essential process. The last thing you want is to have the MUA do your make up on your wedding day only to decide that you hate what they’ve done and have all of your pictures taken looking that way. If brides maids or mothers of the bride/groom are also having their make up done for the big day, it’s a good idea that they also have a pre-wedding consultation.

(Hint: some brides choose to have this consultation during the day with their brides maids, and they wear the make up out that night for a “night on the town”).

*some MUA’s have a discounted rate for Pre-Wedding Consultations, be sure to ask*

6) 1-2 Weeks Prior: Confirm your appointment. Be sure that time, place and # of women getting their make up done is discussed. Also, be sure that both of you has contact information so that you can reach each other if the need arises.

Soon your big day will arrive and you will be glowing and ready to walk down that isle. Wishing you well as you take the next step into your new life. Congratulations!

If you don’t have anything nice to say

Let me start out by saying, I don’t accept negativity. Personally, I feel that negativity is a depressant, a downer, a weakening and avoidable concept. I feel blue just thinking about it:( Boooo!


That being said, I’d like to also acknowledge the fact that I know there are MANY MANY people out there that will always see the glass as half empty. There will be more people out there that will tell you that you can’t do something before they tell you that you can. Man it must suck being that miserable, seriously.


There will come a time in your life when you’ll realize that even those that love you the most may spew negativity your way, not necessarily to hold you back but in an attempt to protect you from disappointment and pain. There will also be people who will counter you’re achievements with downfalls. You will share your next idea and they will shoot it up with negativity holes. You will smile at the completion of the task you’ve just finished up, and they will suggest other things that could be done or tell you how you could have done it better. Don’t you just looooove when people do that? ugh! Total parade rain-on-ers (ok it’s not a word but still).


For these reasons, you will also have to determine who you will share your hopes, dreams and goals with. You’ll have to teach yourself to keep things to yourself until you’ve done them and then, and only then, share them with select people. There will also be people that you will just have to let find out what you’ve done when word gets around.


Sometimes people just can’t help themselves. They ‘hate’ on other people when they see their successes. They compare their accomplishments to yours and if they feel they somehow have come up short, they feel they have to bring you down with them.


I don’t think I’ll ever understand why people have to bring others down. Why people have to humiliate, degrade or otherwise knock down other people?? I won’t even make an attempt at understanding the negative people, I’ll simply say, that I don’t and won’t accept it.


In that same vein, I put together a little bit of “ammo” for those of you who’s businesses are on the line. Being that some ‘negativity’ can hurt your business you should know what’s what…


1. Slander– To defame

2. Defamation of Character– to disgrace, to harm the reputation of by libel or slander

3. Libel – a written or oral defamatory statement or representation that conveys an unjustly unfavorable impression (1) : a statement or representation published without just cause and tending to expose another to public contempt (2) : defamation of a person by written or representational means (3) : the publication of blasphemous, treasonable, seditious, or obscene writings or pictures

4. Cease and Desist Order – an order from an administrative agency to refrain from a method of competition or a labor practice found by the agency to be unfair

5. Harassment – (1) : to annoy persistently (2) : to create an unpleasant or hostile situation for especially by uninvited and unwelcome verbal or physical conduct

6. Copyright – : the exclusive legal right to reproduce, publish, sell, or distribute the matter and form of something (as a literary, musical, or artistic work

7. Insinuate – : to introduce (as an idea) gradually or in a subtle, indirect, or covert way

8. Suggest – : to mention or imply as a possibility

9. Rumor – 1: talk or opinion widely disseminated with no discernible source2: a statement or report current without known authority for its truth.


Now, I don’t want to sound like a doomsday cloud. I simply want to make you all aware that such people do exist. No reason to be paranoid. No reason to second guess your judgment. I say hope for the best but be prepared for the worst. It’s really the only way you can be ready for anything.


If you’re anything like me, when someone hates on you, you say “bring it”. LOL.. Seriously.. I do.. But, still, there are some things that can’t be “unsaid”. There are some things that can affect your business negatively and this is when you need this arsenal of know-how to be able to assess the situation and react to it accordingly.


Not everyone can be as bubbily as those that know me know I am. I realize that when you’re in business for yourself there is always a chance that things can go wrong.


Keep your chins up:) (that’s not to say you have a double chin..LOL.. I’m just talking to more than one of you..LOL). Smile at people you see (what can it hurt really?lol), make eye contact, and be the best you that you can be!! Who’s gonna advertise your business and your personality better than you? In fact, positivity, humility, hard work, dedication and a solid work ethic will get you the job over the next person every time.


xoxo- Cristina


Bouncing my way to happiness

So in my desperate search for nothing really, my impulse buying took me to my “always there for me” Amazon Prime account. Honestly they have EVERYTHING so browsing has become second only to Instagram. I stumbled across what looked to be a “beauty blender”. It wasn’t. BUT the fact that it was egg shaped, black and well, a makeup sponge, made me click to read more.

This particular sponge is by a company called Chic Republic. The seller is Motu Collective and it’s fulfilled by Amazon which is just another way of saying “relax and try it, cuz Amazon has your back”. It’s latex free and hypoallergenic! The description states they’re Vegan and Eco Friendly which is a plus in anyone’s book too.

The reviews on this little beauty are actually what made me try it. Well that and the price! I mean can you really beat $6.99 with free prime shipping? I think not!

So I put in my order and waited impatiently as two days went by and I received my little goodie. While I waited however, I did receive an email from the seller. THIS was a first! The seller, Motu Collective, took it upon themselves to reach out to me to not only thank me for my purchase, but to also let me know IN ADVANCE that if I have any issues with their product AT ALL to let them know at once and they will make sure they “fix it” so that I’m satisfied. Talk about customer service!!

chic republic sponge

Once I had my talons on it I noticed it felt to me like other “egg shaped” sponges I’ve tried in weight and contour. The material however, felt softer. Once I squeezed it a few times under water, it grew to about 2 times its own size!! It was so perfectly fit in my hand it almost felt ergonomic.

So here’s me, do I use liquid, do I use, cream, do I use powder… the answer of course was YES. So as I dabbed my foundation on my skin and started to bounce this little wonder on my face I noticed right away how much it felt like the beauty blender. It quickly, easily and seamlessly blended my foundations, my contours and even my highlights. I used it for my banana powder and for my translucent powder. Everything, flawless. The point fit beautifully into the grooves and hollows of my face, and never once did I see streaking or sponge marks.

As I stood back and took my selfie, I felt satisfied that my little bargain definitely proved to be my new money saving little beauty tool. After I received my sponge, the company reached out again asking how my experience was with their product and welcomed feedback. That’s just not something you see now-a-days. I’ll be purchasing these in large quantities for my kit! (and a few more for myself too).