I have been dying to get my hands on the Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation. I finally happened to be in Walgreens and picked it up! The foundation comes in 20 different shades and was tested in 7 different lighting conditions. This foundation claims to not have flashback no matter what lighting you are in. I personally think the shade range covers a quality number of skin complexions. I am the color caramel, and I applied the foundation with my miracle complexion sponge from Real Techniques. My first impression of the packaging is that I LOVE the spatula applicator. It is way better than using my finger and applying the product right to my skin. The foundation does dry quick so I would suggest to start blending right away! After applying I did think the foundation had a dewy finish but after setting it, it looked so much better. I will admit that I do not suffer from much acne so my opinion might be different from someone who does. I do not own many full coverage foundations because I enjoy more natural finish foundations. This one definitely is one I can see myself using on a daily basis because of its beautiful natural finish. This foundation is very inexpensive and with the low price tag, I am impressed overall. I loved the way it looked on my skin after I finished my entire look.

Along with the photo focus foundation by Wet n Wild I have been hearing people rave about their Mega Glow Highlighting Powders. The color I purchased was Precious Petals, which looks like a peachy gold in the packaging. I went with this color because I love natural looks and shades. Wet n Wild recently came out with new shades, 2 of which are purple and pink. With my tan skin the precious petals highlighter looks so pretty on my cheeks and it is very reflective. I cannot believe this highlighter is so inexpensive. It does look like a natural highlight, but I also I think if you put layers it has potential to be a heavy glow.

If you want to purchase any of the items I mentioned above just click the links in the passage!

Ponce is a city in the southern part of Puerto Rico. I have to warn you, Ponce seems to be the hottest place I have ever been in Puerto Rico. I always dress in light comfortable clothes and shoes, prepared to walk. Downtown of the city has some things you might enjoy! First stop was Ponce Cathedral, the cathedral lies in the middle of Ponce’s town square also known as Plaza Las Delicias. The cathedral has over 300 years of history. The most interesting thing to me is that the original structure was destroyed and rebuilt several times over the years by earthquakes and fires yet it is still remarkable. Next stop was Parque de Bombas, directly in back of the cathedral. This is a historical firehouse in downtown Ponce. The building housed the city’s main fire station for many years, and it is now a museum. It was Puerto Rico’s very first fire station. I would also take advantage of the beautiful art, venders, and food around the town. Here is a photoset of my walk through the town!

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Living a positive life first starts with loving yourself. Waking up in the mornings and going about your day with a positive attitude makes a huge difference in your life, but I think the first step is learning how to appreciate and love the person you are. At 21 years old, I am still trying to figure out how to love myself completely. I have grown so much in the past 3 years of college being away from family and relationships. I learned a lot about what I want and who I want to be. I had to figure out that in order to be the woman I want to become I have to first learn to love myself in the process. There are 5 things I think are essential to learning to love yourself.

  1. Self Care: It is okay to be sad sometimes but do not neglect yourself. Take care of your body, mind and soul. This has been the key to my happiness when I am stressed. Going to the gym after a rough day relieves my stress. There is nothing like putting on some headphones and tuning out the world. Devote some time everyday to yourself! Whether it is putting a face mask on, going for a run, or painting. Do what YOU love to do for a short time everyday.

  2. Being optimistic about life: I always believed that the energy you put out into the world will eventually come back to you. Be hopeful and confident about your future. Think less about the negative things going on in your life and more about the positives, which leads me to my next point.

  3. Cut out the negative thoughts: I think this is the hardest part. We all have thoughts about self-doubt, thinking we are not good enough. I think the hardest part of being in this generation is self comparison. Looking at everyone around you, the same age, whose doing better than you. Comparison is THE thief of joy. If you find yourself comparing, immediately try to stop thinking about the negative thoughts.

  4. Forgive yourself for your mistakes: Every single person you know is human. We all make mistakes big or small. We all have regrets. Holding on to the past will only keep you there. No one knows or understands YOUR story, so forget them!

  5. Have a purpose: I think this is the most important. I try to wake up every morning and remind myself of my purpose in life, the end ultimate goal. Remind yourself what you want out of life, and wake up every morning with a short-term goal to work towards. I have found this so helpful in changing my attitude towards my day no matter what mood I wake up in.

    Overall, it is important to learn to love yourself then everything else will fall into place. 

I cannot tell you how many times I have sat on the edge of my bed thinking about my life, all the missed opportunities and what if’s. When the idea of spending my summer in Puerto Rico first came up I thought it was crazy. There was no way I was leaving home for an entire summer. The thoughts of missing out on summer nights with my friends was killing me. I didn’t want to miss out on all the memories. I eventually realized from friends drilling it into my head, that I couldn’t miss an opportunity to live on an island for a summer. There was so much to do like learn to speak better Spanish, see the island, surround myself with culture, maybe even learn how to make some flan! After many long nights of thinking I made the decision, I was going to Puerto Rico for a summer and I was going to make the best of it. The scariest part of it all was being out of my comfort zone. Leaving a city to an island is a big difference.

Today makes a month of being here and I cannot tell you how many beautiful sites I have got to see and people I have gotten to meet. In all, I am here to tell you the rest of your life is being shaped right now. By the dreams you chase. The choices you make. And the person you decide to be. You will never be as young as you are right now, so please please please take every opportunity. It may not always be the best, but you might end up with more than you expected. By the way, Puerto Rico is better than I imagined. Grateful to not have one more missed opportunity.

Here’s a photoset from my walk through La Guancha Boardwalk in Ponce, Puerto Rico. This boardwalk is such a fun place to take your family. You can walk the boardwalk listening to live music, stop and see the local vendors, grab a bite of some authentic spanish food, and taste some of the most refreshing drinks.  There is also a boat tour available on weekends that offer full-day trips to Isla Caja del Muertos. And let’s not forget about the Pelicans.  The pelicans also take advantage of the lively atmosphere, and will sit on the railings, waiting for people to feed them. If you’re ever in Puerto Rico and want to feel a strong sense of culture, this is a great day trip!