My Experience at BeautyCon Los Angeles 2018

When my best friend asked me to go with her to BeautyCon in Dallas last year, I was totally up for it, but when we checked it was sold out because we waited too long to get our tickets. Then she texted me again to try to attend in New York this past April, but I had already purchased my tickets to go to Tampa for my sister’s graduation, so I couldn’t. Then she said, “Let’s go to Los Angeles”, and I thought, “Girl, you’re crazy!” She made a really compelling argument how we had never gone on a Girl’s Trip, that we’ve travelled together but never on a super girly convention, etc., etc. Somehow she convinced me and 1 month before the trip we got everything. I made reservations to stay at The Standard in Downtown L.A. (THE place to stay as other bloggers and influencers have raved about it). I found an insane deal, btw, which could have easily gone awry, but it worked out. 
The night we arrived, we decided to have a nice dinner at a local Mexican restaurant, recommended by the Hotel staff and on our walk back we stumbled upon a nail salon so we decided to get pedis. Of course, we weren’t prepared for pedicures since we were wearing closed shoes, so I convinced by BFF to walk back in those flimsy sandals, though she urged me to get an Uber, but I was like, “That’s silly! We’re a BLOCK away!” Of course, my luck, mid way back, my sandal got stuck to something gross on the street and ripped apart on me, rendering it completely useless! So, I decided to put on my boots, no socks, and walk very carefully the rest of the way. My toes, were just fine, lol. 

The next 2 days of BeautyCon were a whirlwind! It was so packed and kind of overwhelming for me. Visually stimulating, full of celebrities, fashion & beauty influencers, and all the brands we love, plus new brands, some indy, that we were introduced to. The Convention Center was filled with booths from health & wellness, to skincare, to nails and of course makeup. Stages were set up for panels and fireside chats with beauty gurus, celebrities, content creators and influencers. Makeup and hair demos, plus nail stations were everywhere. It was quite the experience! We had the Hauler Package, where we received VIP + Early entry and a HUGE bag filled with products from every vendor from sample to full sized valued in of $400. It was so heavy, we had to check the bag just so we wouldn’t be weighed down and walk around. We saw our favorite Youtubers and content creators like Bretman Rock, Nikita Dragun, Manny MUA, Lo Bosworth and celebrities like Drew Barrymore, Kim Kardashian West and even Snoop Dogg! It was fun, but honestly, so exhausting! The line for the Kylie Cosmetics truck was insane and she wasn’t even there! People were just trying to buy product!

My BFF had made an appointment with the most amazing nail artist in West Hollywood for after Day 1 and we were there for THREE hours! It did turn out beautiful, though. Come to find out it was THE Yoko Sakakura, nail artist to the STARS, house in the Kimble Hair Studio, which was featured on an episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians where Kim wanted to learn how to manage her daughter’s curly hair. I wanted to hang out at the rooftop of the hotel in the evening, which is the hottest spot in LA, but we just couldn’t muster the energy. So, on the last night, I wore my high waist jeans, a crop top with a jacket and just went upstairs to see what all the fuss was about. It was gorgeous, the people were beautiful and the music was bumpin’, but 15 minutes later I was ready to call it a night a get ready to go home to attend an emergency family matter. I don’t know if I’ll go to another BeautyCon, but I can say that I went. I think the next thing I’ll consider attending is a Content Creator or Latina Blogger event, but a convention is a lot, especially having to make those endless lines to get a picture or enter a MAC experience or whatever. SO, that was my experience! Check out the video below for highlights!

Nails by Yoko

Priscilla with Yoko

Rooftop at The Standard

Vlog

Palm Print Jumper in Puerto Rico

I was looking through my blog posts for this year, and noticed that this post was NEVER published, and I was in shock because it’s one of my favorite impromptu shoots! My hair was blue and purple, we had spent a lovely vacation in Puerto Rico only 4 months after the devastating Hurricane Maria. Now that hurricane season has started up again, my friends & family back home have been low key anxious about this season, which is set to be even worse than last year, yet the island is not even close to recovered from the previous devastation which was less than a year ago. This location where we shot is the Market Square in the city we live in before moving to Texas. We used to get our fresh veggies here, always dined at an amazing local restaurant, shopped hats, and even picked up the best typical candies in town. We make it a point to always visit this place, it’s our place in town! And now that the island is trying to recover, we are even more focused on supporting local businesses, especially if we love the place! Anyway, I love this romper because of the tropical palm print. Even though it’s gloomy and rainy this week, I want a little sunshine in my feed. Have a great week, everybody!
Estuve mirando mis entradas del blog de este año y me di cuenta de que esta nunca fue publicada y me sorprendió porque fue una de mis sesiones de foto sin planificar que me encantó! Mi cabello estaba azul-violeta, y estábamos pasando unas vacaciones muy bonitas en Puerto Rico, solo 4 meses después de la devastación del Huracán Maria. Ahora que ha vuelto la temporada de huracán mis amistades y familiares están de punta, ya que se estima que este año va a ser peor que el pasado y la isla aún no se ha recuperado de la destrucción que ocurrió menos de un año atrás. Estas fotos se tomaron en la Plaza del Mercado de Bayamón, cerca de donde vivíamos antes de mudarnos a Texas. Aquí yo compraba vegetales y frutas frescas, comíamos en un restaurante criollo riquísimo, conseguíamos sombreros y dulces artesanales. Cuando visitamos a Puerto Rico, siempre tenemos que parar aquí, es nuestro lugar favorito en el pueblo! Y ahora que la isla se intenta recuperar, nos enfocamos mas en tratar de apoyar el comercio local, lo cual es fácil si amamos el lugar. De todos modos, me encanta este romper por el estampado tropical. Aunque esta semana esté nublado y lluvioso, les quiero compartir un poco de diversión! Que tengan una linda semana!

4th of July & Your Pets

Happy Fourth of July, friends! I hope you’re all having a wonderful and safe holiday. With that said, I wanted to share some tips to keep your pets safe during this week. I know we all love to pop  or go watch fireworks, but we should definitely keep in mind that our pets can get extremely anxious during these celebrations. This anxiety can cause your pets to run away, looking for a safer haven and they might lose their way back home. If you’re planning to play with fireworks at home or go out to celebrate, there are certain precautions you can take to keep your pets safe. More information is available at the American Veterinary Medical Association.

1. Make sure your pets ID’s are up to date and is not easily removed.
2. If your pets are microchipped, make sure the contact information is up to date.
3. Take a current photo of your pet, just in case.
4. If your pet already shows signs of high anxiety, you might want to consult with your Veterinarian or Veterinary Behavorist for possible medical advice to minimize the anxiety during the Fireworks going off.
5. When you leave home, if they are indoor pets leave lights on and you can leave TV or Radio on for them. If they are outdoor pets, make sure your fence and perimeter are secure. Consider other options, like a pet sitter or pet hotel.
6. After the festivities, check your yard for any fireworks debris or anything they can ingest, (including foods) that might be harmful for them.
 
Also sharing a fun, comfy outfit for your Fourth of July Festivities! I’m wearing a one-piece bathing suit and high waisted shorts. I absolutely HAD to pull up my hair because of the intense heat so a fun head wrap is the perfect accessory. A pair of statement earrings with retro red sunnies to complete the look, giving those classic Americana vibes with a touch of glam. I’m eating super clean these days so the perfect summer drink is fruit and berry infused water. I’ve been loving this one with strawberries, raspberries, and mint. Well, I hope you have a fabulous and safe Independence Day, everybody!