It’s the Most Wonderful Time // Giveaway Day 1

It’s the Most Wonderful Time // Giveaway Day 1

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The snow is falling outside my window and I couldn’t be happier my holiday vacation has begun to spend time with my family and friends. I am so happy to announce that in the next few days leading up to Christmas I will be giving away some great prizes to thank you for all of your support this year and helping This Season’s Gold grow! Are you still shopping for those ‘hard to get’ people on your list? Don’t miss out on our first ever Holiday Gift Guide  (click here!) with over 10 lists just to help you decide! 

On this first day of our Most Wonderful Time Giveaway, we are giving away a Reina Rebelde makeup collection package valued at over $100! Not only does the packaging look beautiful and the color palettes simply stunning, the concept behind the brand really speaks to what I love about being a Latina and supporting other women. Reina Rebelde is both queen and rebel. She has the ability to embrace the duality of her being in that way and knows that speaking English and Spanish, being Latina and American, being humble but also fierce, can all be embodied in one spirit. I love that about the Reina Rebelde brand and I believe you will too!

By entering in the Rafflecopter below, you will win a Reina Rebelde Makeup Collection valued at $108 that includes all of the following products in the gallery below!

How to Enter and Rules

1) You’ll enter via the Rafflecopter image box below. Found it? Good! You’ll have to login using your email address or Facebook account.

2) This giveaway will run for 24 hours from December 17th at 9:30am and end by December 18th at 9:30am.

3) The winner will be contacted by email within 48 hours about their win and their name will appear in the Rafflecopter below! 

4) If for any reason the winner cannot be contacted or does not respond within 5 days, an alternate prize winner will be chosen at random.

5) The giveaway is open to US entrants only. No purchase of any kind is necessary to enter or win. Must be 18 years or older to enter.

6) This Season’s Gold is hosting this giveaway and Reina Rebelde is delivering the package to our winner.

6) Prize will be mailed to winner upon receipt of delivery name and address.

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Thank you so much for entering! Good luck! Be sure to keep checking back for more giveaways until Christmas! Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones!

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2016 Holiday Season Gift Guide

2016 Holiday Season Gift Guide

Happy 12 days before Christmas! This is such an exciting time of the year as we prepare to celebrate the holiday season and spend time with all of the people we love! I am so happy to share my first Holiday Gift Guide! We put a great deal of thought into what we believe the most important people in your life would enjoy as a gift this season. It’s a comprehensive list of goodies even the most challenging of people to buy for will enjoy! I hope you enjoy looking around each of the curated picks! Let us know what you think! Shopping for yourself? Feel free to visit some of my favorite things here

Who is on your list?

Click below to visit each uniquely curated list! Happy Shopping!

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Be on the lookout over the next few days as we prepare to celebrate these 12 days leading up to Christmas, with our version of 12 Days of Christmas and a series of giveaways! Our first giveaway is in collaboration with Maggy LondonOur winner has been announced in our previous post! Happy Holidays from our family to yours! 

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Five Finds // 5 Ways to Care for Winter Hair

Five Finds // 5 Ways to Care for Winter Hair

Happy Sunday! This week is filled with so much emotion, and honestly I am happy to have a little break mid-week to just collect my thoughts about many things. You can get more on that through my Instagram and Snapchat. But right now I want to talk about hair! Since I was little, I often heard “you have such beautiful hair” or “you have so much thick hair”. However, for me it always seemed more of a stress to style and it always took so long to get it done at the hair salon! Since I have long curly hair but like the ease of having it blown out (especially in the winter), it’s important for me to keep it as healthy as possible.

care for winter hair

Every winter my hair reacts to the change to cold weather from scalp to root and it can take a toll on its texture. I almost never color my hair – highlights mainly – more than once a year, and yet it’s so important for me to do everything I can to care for my winter hair more than in the summer. Of course staying hydrated is paramount (and wearing a hat!), but here are a few goodies that I’ve started to use that I really enjoy and have been keeping my hair full of life!

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Before getting a blow out, using Kerastase’s L’incroyable Blowdry makes my hair significantly smoother and softer. I love the light scene it gives my hair and on occasion I even use a little bit a day or two after to refresh my hair.

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I’ve never been one to use dry shampoo until I came across this product. Amika’s Perk Up Dry Shampoo not only smells great, but it instantly bring my roots to life after second day hair. And while it’s important to brush out the product after applying to the roots only, I love that it doesn’t leave any powered residue on my hair. I also love their travel gift set with flatiron, products and decorative pouch – a perfect for a holiday gift for a friend!

care for winter hair

Now I have used several hair conditioning masks through the years, and some have been better than others. Briogeo’s is definitely one I like better! It has a great scent, it doesn’t get sticky when you apply it and dries, and most importantly, it leaves my hair silky smooth. I like to apply it on my hair after washing with shampoo, then wrapping my hair in plastic wrap with a towel on top. On occasion, I add heat for a few minutes with my blow-dryer for added moisturizing. Using this once a week is perfect for the winter and in the summer after a day at the pool. I might also start to try their curly hair products.

care for winter hair

I have tried many of Aveda’s products and these are some standouts for sure! Because I blow-dry my hair quite a bit and the cold winter can be brutal to my ends, I’ve been using the Split End Repair before I retouch my hair with a flat iron or blowdryer. It softens the ends and also protects them from splitting. And one of my favorites is their Aircontrol light hair spray. I use it to add volume to my hair without feeling like I’ve added a ton of product. This allows me to have an extra day or two before I wash out my hair without product buildup! 

Shop // Kerastase L’incroyable Blowdry | Amika Dry Shampoo (under $10) | Briogeo Conditioning Mask | Aveda Split End Repair | Aveda Aircontrol hair spray 

Thank you so much for stopping by! What are some of the products you use more in the winter to care for your hair? Leave me a comment below, and I’ll be happy to check them out too!

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Five Finds // Fresh Face Favorites for Fall

Five Finds // Fresh Face Favorites for Fall

It’s Sunday night and I’ve had a hell of a week! I haven’t slept much, and stress has gotten to me a bit more than usual. My skin is the one area that is the first to show signs of stress and sleepless nights, and if it weren’t for a few favorite finds for my face, I wouldn’t look as refreshed as I have been. Over the last few months, I’ve been trying several products for my combination skin. And if there is one thing I have learned about taking care of your skin well it is that just like the season’s change and your wardrobe reflects that change, so should your skin care routine. Aside from drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated and eating a well-balanced diet, having four or five favorite products for your face are the perfect way to stay above the fray of wrinkles, dark or patchy skin and the occasional breakout.

As we start to experience cooler days this fall and head into winter (it’s coming!), here are my favorite five finds for my face that I simply cannot do without!

Fresh Face // Caudalie Micellar Water

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I had no idea about micellar water until I did a little more digging into skin care routines and found that this is probably one of the best ways to really get your face clean for both your day and nighttime cleansing. I use it right after washing my face with an oil-based cleanser or using a Neutrogena cleansing cloth. Using a cotton round, I wipe any excess make-up all over my face and eyes-which is great because it doesn’t irritate my contacts. You’d be surprised how much one cleansing really isn’t enough, which is why I love using this after I wash my face. I happen to love the entire line of Caudalie, so this is a definite favorite find for me! 

Fresh Faced with Kiehl's

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Kiehl’s has been a favorite brand of mine for as long as I can remember! This alcohol-free toner has probably been my favorite for the last 15 years! Before I began to use this toner, I did some research on the calendula flower learning that it had healing properties which is exactly what I needed at a time when my skin’s texture began to change. It isn’t a product where you will experience immediate results overnight, but it will benefit you long term and I’ve never look back since using it. It is refreshing on the skin (sometimes I refrigerate it and use to it on an  impending breakout), and does not leave you with any sticky residue after use. 

Fresh Face with AromaticaFresh Face with Aromitica

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I have never used a serum before, then I discovered Aromatica and it changed my skin care life! This is one bottle I have almost emptied! I am already purchasing another soon! I use it nightly without fail and it has not only smoothed my finer lines and my skin overall, but also brightened those subtle dark spots that have begun to show up as the season changes. I put this serum on after I use the micellar water and toner as my third step to a fresh face at night. I use my hands and lightly pat it throughout my face avoiding my eye area. Rose is one of those products that you can find in many skincare lines, and it works well in this serum! A definite new found favorite this fall season!

Fresh Face with Josie Maran Argan Oil

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So I’m going to be totally honest here and say that when I first heard of Josie Maran cosmetics, all I could think about was David Blaine. Partly because I invited him to come and perform for my students once and he was brilliant, but also because he used to date Josie Maran (long ago!). Yet, that has nothing to do with the brilliance of this cosmetic line – luxury with a conscience! I am absolutely in love with the argan oil. I used to think an oil and your face did not mix. And boy, Was I wrong! My hairstylist convinced me to try it and after days of research I decided to give it a try. Now I cannot live without it. This bottle has lasted me 2 months and it is worth every penny. I pat 2-3 drops of the oil throughout my face after the Aromatica serum, and suddenly my face feels like it’s taken drink of water (ironic, I know!) after a day out in the sun.

Fresh Face with Glossier

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Glossier is one of those brands that seemed trendy, and so I thought it really wouldn’t live up to my expectations in skincare because it hasn’t been around long enough to prove it’s worth. Yet, I’m here to tell you that many of their products not only deliver their promise, but are affordable and luxurious at the same time! One of the many products I’m currently obsessed with is their soothing facial mist; and when they say soothing, they mean it. This is my third bottle in 3 months, and it’s because I take it with me everywhere. I use it in the morning to set my make-up, in the middle of the day to freshen my face, and in the evening after using the argan oil before heading to bed. It has a light rose scene, but nothing overbearing or drying in the least. And if you have seen other facial mists out there, this by far is an affordable bottle for the size you receive. Definite favorite find for my face this fall!

Shop the Feature // Caudalie Micellar Water | Kiehl’s Calendula Toner | Aromatica Rose First Serum | Josie Maran Argan Oil (20% 0ff w/ code VIP20) | Glossier Face Soothing Mist

Some of these products can be found online, but if you are a Sephora VIB member (it took me two purchases to become one!), your entire purchase is now 20% off until tomorrow, so be sure to prepare to stock up on your fresh face finds before the holidays and winter weather!

If you get a chance to try or already have tried any of these products, I’d love to know! Leave a comment below sharing your experience. Love this post? Share it and let me know if you’d like to see more in skincare and beauty from me!  Thank you for reading and stopping by!

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#PielSanaEsBella // Healthy Skin with Neutrogena

#PielSanaEsBella // Healthy Skin with Neutrogena

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of NEUTROGENA® and #WeAllGrow Latina Network. The opinions and text are all mine.

Happy Thursday! Who doesn’t want to have healthy skin? I just celebrated a birthday (thank you for all of your lovely messages on my social media!), and one of the keys to growing older and still feeling youthful is how I care for my skin. When I was younger, I was obsessed with finding the best products that would help me take care of my skin because as a Latina, my mother always stressed the importance of taking care of my skin. When I discovered Neutrogena®, my favorite product was a little tube of magic (I really believed it!) of an overnight cream that worked perfectly for my unexpected breakouts. And now, I am so excited to work with Neutrogena to try their Rapid Repair® line of products to discover ways to keep my skin looking healthy and youthful.

I’m definitely one who knows it’s what you put inside your body that is just as important as what you put on it, so I recommend drinking all the water you can in a day. Water alone for me is sometimes  a challenge, so I like adding a few lime or orange slices to make it easier to drink in large quantities throughout the day.
This Season's Gold // Healthy Skin and Neutrogena

However, having those few key products that improve the quality of my skin are important to me as well. Using Neutrogena’s Rapid Wrinkle Repair® for only a few days, I have actually started to notice some of my finer lines smooth out. I used a small amount in the morning to add sun protection before applying my foundation. I loved being in the sun as a teen and tanning my face for that extra glow, but now I know that’s the least healthy way to healthy skin. Finding a product that not only smooths my fine lines but protects against UVA/UVB rays actually makes me excited to get ready in the morning. (Don’t forget you need sun protection year round!)

This Season's Gold // Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair

This Season's Gold // Neutrogena and Healthy Skin

This Season's Gold // Neutrogena Hyalluronic skin creamWhile I always washed my make-up off before going to bed, I never did too much more to take advantage of the benefits of a night-time skincare routine. One ingredient I’ve begun to learn more about has been hyalluronic acid. And while it sounds pretty scary (trust me, I thought so too!), it actually is great in helping hydrate your skin. I began using Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost cream before going to sleep, and let me just say I am in love! It has changed my night-time skin care game! The gel cream is smooth and absorbed quickly into my skin without feeling sticky. In the morning, I notice my skin is significantly softer and my foundation easier to apply after the sunscreen. While the Tone Repair is also a great way to add sun protection to your skin care routine and provides the much needed vitamin C we all need to keep our skin youthful and radiant, I prefer using the Rapid Wrinkle Repair. I could easily use both, but I am particular happy to address smoothing out those fine lines.

This Season's Gold // Smoothing fine lines

This Season's Gold // Neutrogena Gel cream

Neutrogena® Rapid Tone Repair and Rapid Wrinkle Repair® are formulated with Retinol, which is the number one dermatologist recommended nonprescription anti-aging ingredient. And that also means no tanning my face anymore in the sun! I’ve learned my lesson! 

This Season's Gold // PielSanaesbella with Neutrogena

Thank you so much for reading! What products do you use to smooth fine lines and keep your skin hydrated? Comment below! I’d love to know!

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Something to Love: Evian Facial Spray

Something to Love: Evian Facial Spray

Happy Tuesday! Okay, so here’s the thing. In one of my very first Sunday Favorites I shared a product that I absolutely love! And it just so happened that when I saw the opportunity to share more about evian Facial Spray, I was more than happy to do so because I really do love using it. The origins of my obsession with facial spray began when I was traveling much more often (almost weekly!) than I do now. I received this great little compliemntary bag from the airline as I sat in first class from Brazil to New York. And let me just say what was supposed to be roughly a 9 hour direct flight turned into a 22 hour flight (emergency landing twice!), and facial spray saved my dry face!

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More than ten years later, and I began to see evian facial spray at my local drugstore and I just had to have it. Whether I use the travel size (perfect for your gym bag!) or larger, I use the facial spray for just about anything: Setting make-up, refresher after hot yoga, spraying it on after swimming in the pool or beach (you know when your skin is salty and dry?) or oddly using it to cool myself off this past summer when I found myself on a long line and had nothing but my spray (and lipgloss!) in my purse. Of course, having this stuff on hand when you are traveling really goes a long way. You know how your skin feels all tight or oily (or dry, in my case)? Well, I’m here to tell you that evian’s facial spray really does make you feel refreshed.  My one complaint: I wish they had “scented” spray, like cucumber! I can easily see it now…facials and a selfie en route to Paris! Here’s to wishful thinking!

You can find out more about the many uses for evian Facial Spray at www.evianspray.com and www.facebook.com/evianspray.

Evian is giving away 5oz. facial sprays to two of my lucky readers. Enter here and good luck! *Sponsored Post*

Thanks so much for reading!

xoxo, Jessica
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Extra! Sunday Favorite :: Zakia’s Moroccan Mask

Extra! Sunday Favorite :: Zakia’s Moroccan Mask


This is a sponsored post. However, all opinions expressed are my own for a true account of my experience using the product.

My Sunday nights are usually reserved for all the fun beauty regimen’s I like to either try that are new or are tried and true to my weekly schedule. This week I was happy to receive a Moroccan Ghassoul Clay mask from Zakia’s Morocco to try out. The ghassoul clay powder (that you mix with water to create the mask) can be used as a face, body or hair mask. It doesn’t contain any PETs, mineral oils, or parabens, which I particularly like because it means less chemicals in my beauty routine. (I try to really keep that in mind when using face and hair products, but I’m not always the best at it!)

Now I’m not always so keen at trying new products for my face often, so I decided to try the hair mask option which comes with the instructions for use. The mask is meant to treat split ends and improve the health of your scalp, which I could use considering I’m still going through hair changes after giving birth. (Things no one ever tells you when you’re pregnant!)

Warning: This mask is not the most “good looking” product when you use it, but I can’t imagine any clay mask would look good. No one looks good in the process of trying to look good! Rollers, foil, plastic wrap. I could go on and on…

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To create the mask using the powder, I simply added a few tablespoons of water to one tablespoon of powder which made a rather thick consistency. I wet my hair, applied the mask and waited about 5 minutes before jumping in the shower to rinse using my regular shampoo and conditioner. There wasn’t an immediate change to my scalp, but I will say that my hair did seem a bit shinier. I’m sure adding this to my Sunday night regimen over a week or two would really start to show a difference.

For my loyal readers (that’s you!), Zakia’s Morocco is offering a 20% discount until July 15 for you to use for any products from their natural beauty product line. Use code: ZMBLOG-110

Visit Zakia’s Morocco for more information and other great products! I particularly am interested in trying the 100% Pure Argan Oil.

Bonus! In addition to the discount, Zakia’s Morocco is giving away 10 Gifts Ceritficates of $50.00 each. Be sure to enter here to win! (Powered by Brandbacker)

Thanks as always for reading! Have a great start to your week!

xoxo, Jessica
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