This will be the first year that I spend the holiday season away from my familia. Mami and my sister will be in Charlotte along with my adorable and witty niece, Nila. I will remain in Los Angeles, the city of dreams, creating my own holiday traditions as an Angelina and a newly single woman.
It was my choice. Mami and my sister wanted to purchase my flight to Charlotte. But I decided against it. As a 35-year-old woman, I realize that I need to live my life on my terms. I can’t keep running to the east coast. I can’t keep doing things for my family and ignore my needs. I must build a foundation and set roots in my new home. That, my loves, is Los Angeles.
So, this holiday season I am calling on my mother’s DNA. I am hosting a Christmas Day get together at my place. For the first time ever, I am decorating my own tree, making my own coquito,and cooking a meal for friends to enjoy.
I feel like such an adult.
But I’m going to do it my way. Though I am harnessing my momma’s ama de casa prowess, I will entertain with my own style and beauty. I don’t ever leave my apartment without color on my lips. Sometimes I apply makeup and stay at home. What can I say? I like to beautify myself for myself as much as I do for the world. Luckily, I have amazing Neutrogena products to help.
Here are the Neutrogena products I’ll be rocking this holiday season:
NEUTROGENA® Crease Proof Eye Shadow: This creamy stick shadow is rich with antioxidants, instantly brightening the eyes. It has a built-in primer, which I love. That means the eye shadow won’t fade when I’m slaving over a hot oven. NEUTROGENA® guarantees that it will last about 12 hours. That’s enough time for me to put the lasagna in the oven, eat, drink and dance the holiday away.
NEUTROGENA® Healthy Lengths Mascara: I recently began using mascara regularly. It really opens up my eyes dramatically, especially the NEUTROGENA® Healthy Lengths Mascara. The lash lengthening formula makes lashes look 100% longer while conditioning and strengthening them to grow. How is that possible? Vitamins, baby. The formula is infused with Vitamin E and olive oil.
NEUTROGENA® MoistureSmooth Color Stick: I love lipstick and this color stick is sheer, beautiful and moisturizing. Apply this and NEUTROGENA® assures you will have softer and smoother lips in just 3 days due to its balm-like formula.
NEUTROGENA HEALTHY SKIN® Liquid Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 20 You can’t start your holiday beauty regimen without foundation! This bad boy does not cause dryness while leaving face matte and moisturized, which is essential. The only greasy thing during the holidays should be the pernil!
And lastly, I’ll wipe my face clean before bed. The NEUTROGENA® Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes are perfect to wash away my makeup so I can get a great nights rest. Because this newly single adult woman is paving her own way with responsibility, happiness and a great holiday face.
Lead Photo Credit: Sujeiry Gonzalez.