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.

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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

 

** Photos provided by http://www.TeamiBlends.com and http://www.WoundedWorrierProject.org **

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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 http://www.TeamiBlends.com 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 😉

 

**images of bundles used are from www.Teamiblends.com used with permission**

Tips for Brides- Countdown to the big day!

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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!!

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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).

IBS New York

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International Beauty Show is on it’s way to a convention center near you!

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wp_ss_20150307_0008That’s exactly right, for those of you beauty professionals who are hell bent on making it in the industry, building your careers and your income,  You will learn from artists from around the world as they provide tips and tricks you can put in your tool belt for future use on your clients. You’ll get in-booth education from the masters in the industry that will help your income soar!! Of course we can’t forget the fact that hundreds of suppliers offer super special show pricing (read cheap and bulk buyable) on THOUSANDS of products and tools. I’ll pause to give you a chance to compose yourself…. It’s ok I’ll wait…. You good? Ok, lets proceed 😉

wp_ss_20150307_0001  wp_ss_20150307_0006I’m sure by now you’re wondering what the price for this little gem will be. If you buy your ticket Mar 8- Mar 10 it’s just $95.00. Now if you’re anything like me you’re thinking to yourself “whyyyyy would I only go for one day when I could go for longer??” so pricing for more days in heaven are as follows:

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Two Days:    $170 (Jan 6-Mar 7)                           $190 (at the show)

Three Days: $255 (Jan 6- Mar 7)                          $285 (at the Show)

This is not all they’re offering, you have the option of not just attending but you can also attend the HANDS ON WORKSHOP!! Yep, you can get in there and practice what you’re being taught. I learn by doing so this is some kind of special to be able to roll your sleeves up and DO as wp_ss_20150307_0009opposed to watching.. This is definitely on my “Big Deal Alert”, cuz it’s kind of a big deal. Pricing for your HANDS ON WORKSHOP is $250/$265/$290 again depending on when you buy your ticket. Are you seeing the savings here?

How ‘bout as though that wasn’t enough, you can also attend a MASTER CLASS where you will be able to hone your skills and gain insight and tricks for you to bring back to your salon/business. Master classes are $250/$265/$290 depending on the dates you buy your tickets.

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Please note, her highness, the one and only Eve Pearl will be at the show! Could you just DIE?!

Registering is easy as 123 or in this case 1-877-6938 or you can email them ibsny@xpressreg.net.

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Keeping it Simple

In a world where everything needs to have been done yesterday, adjusted last week and perfected since it’s inception it can be hard on a bride to slow down and “keep things simple” when planning her big day. Sometimes, with as many check lists as one may have, ideas pinned on Pinterest, samples of everything you’ve ever dreamed of tucked neatly away in your wedding binder, you can become overwhelmed and unwittingly turn into a bridezilla. What most people don’t understand is that you are not only planning a celebration of love for you and your significant other, you are also planning a “show” for your guests. Some may not want to think of it as a show but what other kind of production takes as much planning as a movie? The answer is none. A wedding is as big a production as there is next to Hollywood.

I’m not a wedding planner and I’m not a Zen-ologist (it is now a word, you’re welcome) but I am a mom and a makeup artist and organization is part of just about everything one can do in life. The trick is keeping your wits about you so that others can’t get into your head and turn you into something you’re not. In an effort to keep your day one of joy, laughter and feeling like your flying with the love of your life, lets take some time to help you focus. What if there was one thing that can catch the other shoe if/when it drops? What if you didn’t have to worry about vendors cancelling, losing deposits, etc… Well you don’t. Why? Wedding insurance!!

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Seems kind of silly to think that some people might not know what this is but on the other hand, who would think to insure their wedding?! Wedding insurance, is just that. It’s an insurance that you can purchase to cover you in the event that something goes drastically wrong with say your honeymoon plans, fire, vendors who don’t follow through, stolen gifts etc.

So with these horrible things in mind (sorry ladies) there is an option that can leave your mind at ease, wedding insurance. This type of insurance prices vary and can cost anywhere from $150 to about $500 (give or take). Now if you’re vendors have insurance, just ask for a copy of it and you won’t have to worry about overlapping the coverage.

You’re going to want to get the insurance as soon as you can. This way you will be covered from the planning on out in case you lose your venue for whatever reason or something horrible like that so that you can get your deposit back.

Just think, one less thing to worry about can actually turn into multiple things not to worry about.