With my blogging bringing on new opportunities & in order to simplify things for friends, blog fans and clients, I’m combining the Shine Beautifully and Lil Spa Room brands to: “Shine Beautifully with The Lil Spa Room & April Monterrosa”. My website will have a few changes, starting with the address; will make its home on I will be posting new articles/blogs and the address will redirect visitors to my newly combined website. The new site will have easy access to The Lil Spa Room’s menu of services, a downloadable brochure & button to guide you to order skin care products. (Yes, that easy) I’ll still be posting all the great beauty & lifestyle information you’ve come to enjoy but only on the one newly combined website and Facebook Page. If you aren’t subscribed to the new website, please visit  and subscribe there. Thanks for your cooperation & if you are due for your facial, waxing service, or have a beauty question, contact me soon!~April

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Avocado Skin Benefits

The amazing healthy components present in avocado make it a great choice in skin care. Some of the benefits for the skin are:

Hydrates & Lightens The Skin Tone:

The fruit effectively hydrates dry skin and reduces fine lines on the skin. It also offers instant radiance to the skin. This fruit is used in various cosmetics products, such as moisturizers and cleansers. It also controls itchiness caused by dry skin to a good extent.

Reduces & Prevents Wrinkles:

Avocados protect the skin from toxins, which cause premature ageing on the skin. It also helps in reducing age spots on the skin, when applied directly on skin.

Best Sunscreen:

It helps in protecting your skin from the UVA and UVB harmful rays of the sun. It is also a remedy for removing sun burns and eczema from the skin. It protects the skin from future damage.

Antioxidants for Healthy Skin:

Avocado contains antioxidants, which help in protecting your skin from damage. It improves your skins complexion and density. It’s also a great natural remedy to relieve dry skin.

Clears Skin:

They also remove dead skin cells effectively from the skin. It deeply penetrates into the skin to restore the nutrients. It also helps in increasing blood circulation in the skin, which is essential for the skin. The glutamine amino acid present in avocados cleanses your skin and offers it enough protection against harsh environmental factors.

Prevents Breakouts:

Regular intake of avocados effectively controls acne or breakouts in the skin. It therefore keeps the skin supple and glowing.

Fats & Vitamins:

Avocado protects the skin from the bad effect of pollution. It also supplies fats to the skin, which keeps the skin healthy. It helps in maintaining water in the skin, which helps in making the skin radiant and glowing.

Nourishes Skin:

Avocado oil is easily absorbable and thus penetrates deep into your skin, leaving it nourished and baby-soft. This helps accelerates the new cell generation and also helps promotes circulation in the body and skin…so eat those avocados up!

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Smudge Proof Your Mascara

Mascara is a great addition to your eye makeup, but using it runs the risk of smudging. The following tips will help you to stop mascara from smudging. Mascara is a great way to define your eyes and to finish the look that your eyeliner and eye shadow have already achieved. However, smudging mascara can really ruin the effect. Flaking and smearing mascara are common complaints among many women. Luckily, there are some useful suggestions on how to stop mascara from smudging.

The first thing to consider is the age of your mascara. The older your mascara the less effective it is in shaping and defining your lashes. However, older mascara also tends to dry out faster and to flake, leaving black specks around your eyes and on your cheeks. To stop mascara from smudging from flaking, try to avoid using old mascara. This shouldn’t be a problem if you use mascara regularly, as you will probably finish a tube before it starts to age.

Another tip to stop mascara from smudging is to invest in quality products. This doesn’t necessarily mean very expensive products; when you find a brand that works well for you, stick to it! However, sometimes spending a little bit more is worth the savings on hasty removal of specks and smudges.

When you think of how to stop mascara from smudging, it is also important to consider the other makeup and facial products you use. If you use eye cream and also experience regular smudging of your mascara, it could be because the cream is causing the mascara to ‘melt’ onto your skin. The same is true of foundations and concealer. To stop mascara from smudging, wait for your eye cream or foundation to dry before applying the mascara.

Of course, the easiest way to stop mascara from smudging is to use waterproof mascara. This is more resistant to flaking and running, and you will notice that you do have fewer problems when your mascara is waterproof. Keep all these tips in mind and you should have fewer problems to stop mascara from smudging.

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Shallow People, Bullying, & the Overweight

Why do people like to insult those that are overweight? Especially women; women like to put down other women. You go to the store, the spa, the gym, or even a restaurant and get an ugly look or two from other women in the room. Is it your hair, makeup, outfit, the way you walk, your body type, your race, that you’re too friendly or not friendly enough? Who knows…all I know is women make other women feel insecure when it should be the other way around. Women should always support each other in all they do, complement one another, empower one another, and offer a simple gesture such as letting them know if their slip is showing from under their dress. I believe most women are natural born leaders, teachers, and full of strength and grace in their own unique way. But it’s those few women that make us all seem like we are all a bunch of judgmental shallow bitches. 292

5a5243eefe2f75387a7e4b90a2e26458Example:  I saw a post on Facebook a while back that was disturbing to me; it still is till this day. Now if you post something on your social media walls for the world to see, you should always be prepared for the opinionated comments of others, right? I guess my bluntness and opinion hit a nerve because it wasn’t pretty after I gave it.  But I have to admit, I felt it had to be addressed and I couldn’t help but comment on it. In my newsfeed, I see a picture of a heavy set woman wearing some really short white shorts walking on a track at a nearby park in my community and the same area I went to high school at. At this particular park, there are many people in the neighbor that walk and jog the track with their children, so chances are; everyone knows one another in some way. Now I’m not the fashion police by all means, but they were not very flattering on her and may be just a tad too short for her figure, I will admit that. What bugged me was why on earth would someone stoop that low and take a picture to post it? To think this a person that other women admire and look up to, loves quoting the bible, etc. posted this. You’re on the track walking just like the woman in the white shorts was. What was the point in taking a picture of her and posting it on facebook other than to make fun of her? Why not keep your ugly opinions to yourself instead of looking like some mean high school bully. Are you really that shallow? I guess so. The social media world is just as small as our world, you never know who knows who and would recognize the person in the picture, so always think about that when you decide you want to post pictures of other people that are in your community . 557144_428322070549078_1615213241_n

Next time you see a woman that you feel shouldn’t be wearing something, think of this: First off, this woman may be someone’s mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, best friend. She may be a doctor that has saved many lives or may have even been deployed and fought for our country. Would you like it if someone posted a picture of a family member or close friend to make fun of them…Probably not?  Who knows what that woman is going through in her personal life, she may have medical issues, lost 200 lbs and felt great about herself, lost a loved one, was able to walk again after a car accident, a cancer survivor, be an angel from heaven, or just had the guts to wear what she wanted because she’s just that confident or felt that way that day.  Didn’t matter what she was wearing, the point was, she was out there walking to make a change in her life or to enjoy the nice weather. Seeing this was a reminder how people can be so cruel and why our children today turn into bullies. Kids nowadays are mean and bully other kids…why? Because they learn how to be mean shallow pricks from their parents and do not know any better since that was the behavior displayed at home. 1342455262125_1992860Teach the children in your life to love and appreciate all shapes, sizes, colors, & genders. Teach them kindness, positivity, acceptance, and most of all be that example for them. The world cannot become a better place if these simple things are not taught at home. What kind of example are you setting for your peers and more so your own children being that cruel making fun of others? There are many single people that act this way and wonder why they can’t meet Mr. or Ms. Right, maybe it’s because the shallowness scares people off. I’ve never had self esteem issues, not even as a young girl. Unfortunately, there are many girls and women today that do and it’s mainly because other women bully them and put them down. I hear clients speak of things like this all the time. How the constant criticism from other women really affects them. And it happens everywhere where they go. One thing I’m grateful for is my mother raised me well. She taught me that you have to always accept everyone for who they are and what they look like. That god made us all different and special in our own ways, and making fun of people is cruel. For women to flourish, we have to appreciate the beauty and uniqueness that we all individually carry. I don’t care what Vogue or any other beauty magazines insist we look like; we are all beautiful in our own way. Let’s be better women by not putting our own gender down; inspire other women around us to do the same thing, especially those younger than you. Remember, as women, individually we are strong and together we are powerful. beautiful-marilyn-marilyn-monroe-monroe-quote-favim-com-450330

Sticky Buns! (with BACON!)

February 21, 2014 is
National Sticky Bun Day! Sticky buns, also known as cinnamon rolls, are a delicious breakfast pastry made with leavened dough. Traditional recipes call for a glazed topping with pecans, maple syrup or honey, cinnamon, and butter.

The first people to add honey and nuts to their bread were the Ancient Egyptians. Glazed pastries have been popular ever since! German settlers in Pennsylvania created our modern-day sticky buns. The pastries were originally called “Schnecken” and are still considered a Philadelphia specialty. Celebrate National Sticky Bun Day by baking some fresh sticky buns to share with friends and family!


Prep time: 20 MIN
Cook time: 40 MIN


For the sticky buns:
5 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
12 Tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/3 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 cup pecans, roughly chopped
1 (17.3-ounce; 2 sheets) package frozen puff pastry, defrosted

For the filling:
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2/3 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
3 teaspoons cinnamon


Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
Cook the bacon in a large saucepan over medium heat until a majority of the fat has rendered. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the cooked bacon to a paper towel-lined plate.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) butter with 1/3 cup light brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

Divide the butter mixture between the cups of a nonstick 12-cup muffin pan. Divide the chopped pecans and cooked bacon between the cups, sprinkling them on top of the butter. (See Notes.)

Lightly flour your work surface. Unfold one sheet of puff pastry onto the surface with the folds opening left to right. Brush the whole sheet of pastry with half of the melted butter then sprinkle it with half of the light brown sugar and half of the cinnamon. Starting at the bottom edge (closest to you), tightly roll up the pastry ending with the seam side down. Trim and discard the two ends then cut the roll into 6 equal pieces, about 1 1/2 inches wide. Place each piece, spiral facing up, in each of six muffin cups. Repeat the filling, rolling and slicing process with the second sheet of puff pastry to make 12 sticky buns.

Place the muffin pan on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (to catch any overflow) and bake the sticky buns on the center rack for 25 to 30 minutes until the buns are golden brown and firm to the touch. Remove the sticky buns from the oven and allow them to cool in the pan for 5 minutes only, then invert the pan onto the parchment paper-lined baking sheet, scraping out any topping from the cups. Let the buns cool slightly then serve.

Notes: It’s important that you sprinkle the chopped pecans and bacon on top of the butter mixture in each muffin pan so that they do not burn while baking.
Do not let the sticky buns cool for longer than 5 minutes in the pan or the topping will become too hard and not release along with the buns when you invert the muffin pan onto the baking sheet.