Alessandra Gonzalez: Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle


Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas

This post is sponsored by Amazon in partnership with Forward Influence. All opinions expressed here are 100% my own.
We are days away from Christmas and even though some people prepare themselves ahead of time, I know that sometimes that is impossible. But, do not worry! Today I’m sharing with you some last minute holiday gift ideas that you can buy on Amazon from the comfort of your home, without standing in long check-out lines, and without having to make time to go holiday gift shopping for those last minute gifts.

Plus, during the holidays Amazon is offering free U.S. shipping on hundreds of items. So, take advantage! I personally love when my wallet benefits!

Let’s start with the holiday gift guide!

Protect Yourself and Those You Love: 3 Open Enrollment Tips

This post is sponsored by Dignity Health.
A few years ago, the Affordable Care Act reform passed, and it required all American citizens and legal permanent residents to have medical coverage. Honestly, for several years I thought that it was an unnecessary expense. My parents and I would always wait until the last minute to re-enroll, and when we did we conducted very little research on the plans we chose. However, that will never happen again. This year, we became harshly aware of how crucial it is to take time to do our due diligence to research and find the best insurance policy for us. 

When my mom– the most important person in my life– became ill this year, we understood that the decision we took at the beginning of year during Open Enrollment was highly important. We learned that we really do have to do our research and find a plan that covers us for what’s expected, but also for the unexpected challenges that life throws at us.  

Open Enrollment began October 15, 2018 and it ends on January 15, 2019. So, if you haven’t yet enrolled, here are three tips that I hope will help you make this process less stressful. 

How to Save Money Shopping at Las Americas Premium Outlets

This post is in collaboration with Las Americas Premium Outlets.

Las Americas Premium Outlets is one of the most visited shopping centers in San Diego, California. Throughout the year, thousands of people from all over the world come to visit due to its large selection of stores. At Las Americas Premium Outlets you can find over 125 outlets stores that offer designer brands at an amazing price. If you've ever visited an outlet center, then you know that it's common to find people carrying large suitcases while entering stores. This is because, both locals and tourists, visit these stores to take advantage of the great discounts they find. 

Now that Christmas is around the corner, I'm sure many of you are looking for ways to save money, and  Las Americas Premium Outlets is the perfect place to find gifts for every person on your list. I'm sure your family members will love their gifts, and your wallet will definitely thank you for the savings! 

Today I will be sharing with you some tips to save even more money this holiday season while shopping at Las Americas Premium Outlets. Plus, I'll also share some of the great find I got during my visit.

Wide Ankle Boots and Red Dress: Let the Holidays Begin!

The shoes were provided for review by JustFab; however, all opinions are my own!

If you from the #WideFeet club then you know how hard it can be to find boots, or even ankle boots, that fit! I'm sure many of you know that feeling of trying out a cute pair of boots only to find out they cannot zip up because they are not wide enough from the calf, or that they are not comfortable to wear because they are narrow from the bottom. I know that feeling and JustFab has us wide feet and wide calf girls covered!

Now that it's getting cold outside, I wanted to try something new, ankle boots! I have to confess that I have NEVER owned a pair of ankle boots. Can you believe it? I have tried them on in stores but sometimes (most times) I would be afraid to pull the zipper up because they may grab my skin lol. So, when I saw that JustFab had these ankle boots in wide, I knew I had to pick them. These are the Dolly Lace-Up Booties  and I love them. They are comfortable, they zip, and they are only 3" tall, which makes them easy to wear any day!

Here are some pictures of my recent outfit wearing these lovely boots!

Naked Cherry by Urban Decay: Swatches and Review

*Products sent by Urban Decay. All opinions are 100% my own!
Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette and Highlighter Palette Review and Swatches

Urban Decay has been on a roll lately, especially when it comes to eyeshadow palettes. In the last weeks, they released the Naked Cherry Collection inspired by cherries (obviously lol). I have to confess that when I first saw the promos for it, it looked cute, but I did not feel like it was a "must-have." It wasn't until I used it and played with it that I FELL IN LOVE with most of the products in this collection! Here's why...

Top Scary Movies on Netflix 2018

Here are my favorite horror movies found on Netflix. Perfect for Halloween.

Raise your hand if you are a horror movie fan! đź™‹ I' am. A few months ago I started a new Youtube channel in Spanish that focuses on mystery and horror stories. As part of my October repertoire I made a video on my top 5 scary movies on Netflix and I wanted to share my recommendations with you. 

Here are my top 5 scary movies on Netflix!

Green Lace Semi-Casual Outfit

This post is part of a sponsored collaboration with McDonald's.
Tienda Asiatica en Tallas Grandes

Can you believe 2018 is coming to an end very soon? This year, like the ones before, has gone by way too fast. These last couple of months have very difficult for me because I've had to make many difficult decisions, but I have slowly come to realize that, although difficult, they have been the best for me. One of the things that really helps me start my day (especially the difficult ones) is coffee. I love coffee! 

Today I was invited to McDonald's to try their two new McCafĂ© Cold Brew Coffee drinks. I tried the McCafĂ© Marble Cold Brew. To be honest, the name just called me. I love marble lol! The Marble Cold Brew is an enhanced McCafĂ©. It is prepared with sweet creamy syrup and swirls of light cream. It is DELICIOUS! 

If you do not like your coffee to be too sweet, then the regular McCafĂ© Cold Brew Coffee will be the best option for you as you can customize it to your liking. For now these beverages are only available in San Diego, but hopefully they will soon be found in other cities!