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!

Let me start off saying I absolutely love Starbuck’s green tea frappuccino, so much that I wanted to learn how to make them at home. This recipe is a more healthier version. I thought this would be the perfect way to start my days before heading to class. When I found green tea matcha powder in Marshalls I was so inspired, hopefully I can create even more delicious snacks with it! Green tea is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients. I have found some interesting things about the effects green tea has on your body.

  1. Skincare. Green tea can apparently help with signs of aging! The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities is the reason for this. Studies have demonstrated that green tea applied topically can also reduce sun damage.
  2. Weight Loss. Studies have shown, people who drink green tea, burn up to an extra 100 calories per day due to the antioxidants called catechins (ECGC and polyphenols) in the tea.
  3. Diabetes. Green tea apparently helps regulate glucose levels slowing the rise of blood sugar after eating. This can prevent high insulin spikes for diabetics which could potentially cause fat storage.

RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of ice cubes
  • 1 cup of milk (I used almond milk as a healthier alternative, feel free to try whichever milk you prefer!)
  • 3 TBSP of organic cane sugar
  • 3 TSP of green tea matcha powder
  • 1/4 TSP of vanilla extract

Instructions: Simply put all ingredients into the blender and blend well.  Pour into a glass and enjoy! You could even add some whip cream on top.

 

I cannot remember the last time I did not use most (if not all) of these products in my daily makeup routine. I love incorporating new products in my routine but I always come back to these few!

I always find myself coming back to the neutral colors of this Too Faced chocolate bar palette. If I had to pick one color to use on my eyes for the rest of my life it would be a brown shade, no doubt about it. Which pretty much goes to show why I love this palette so much. The color shades, pigmentation, and formula is by far my favorite. The palette also smells like chocolate, which just might be my favorite part.

Speaking of eyeshadow, these brushes from Sephora are my favorite brushes to apply eyeshadow. I could do my entire eyeshadow look with just these 3 brushes.

If I need my eyeshadow to stay on all night, I would recommend the Urban Decay eyeshadow potion. I have been using this for years and cannot seem to find anything I like better. Not only does it keep your makeup on all night but it makes applying eyeshadow easier. The formula under your eyeshadow gives the shades so much pigmentation!

Now if you have heard anyone say the best drugstore eyeliner is the NYC black liquid eyeliner, they were not lying! This eyeliner is so black and glides on so perfectly with the brush it comes with. Even better, it is less than 3 bucks! If you come across it you have to try it.

As for my favorite drugstore foundation Maybelline Fit Me foundation is my go-to. Something about it just leaves my skin looking flawless!

I use the Elf daily hydrating moisturizer to skin prep. It gives my face this hydrated glow before I apply my foundation. Finding a moisturizer to use under your foundation is the key to having your skin look flawless, it’s the little things!

Whenever I want the false lash look without actually putting on lashes I use Better Than Sex Mascara from Too Faced. This mascara does magic to your lashes, literally.

I always get so many compliments when I wear this Laura Geller Baked Blush. I have the color pink grapefruit. It can be hard to find a blush that looks good with my skin complexion but this color makes me glow!

 

When I decided to spend the summer in Puerto Rico I promised myself to take advantage of opportunity that comes along with living on a island. Growing up in a city has made it hard for me to go on the adventures that make my heart full. Today I headed for the mountains, finding a beautiful river and swimming pool. Todays adventure was full of swimming, dominoes, and food from the island. A day well spent.