11 January, 2015

Warm Glitter Makeup Look

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Today's makeup includes a few oversights that are things that usually (hopefully) other people don't notice unless you point them out. I was traveling that day and had a 3 a.m. flight. I usually don't wear any makeup on planes but did put on mascara and brows that time (it was my birthday). I got to my destination very early and took a nap. I didn't take my makeup off because I was tired and lazy. Then I proceeded to wash my face and apply a full face of makeup. Yes, mascara on top of old mascara, hence the spidery lashes, and recycled brows. We've all done it, right?

09 January, 2015

Spotlight: Dark Lipstick

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For some reason I found several old posts in my drafts this past week. I've been slowly publishing some of them and I realize that this one was more appropriate in between autumn and winter but better late than never, right? I'm still wearing my dark lipsticks! Anyway, here are a few of my vampy shades (yep, I have more) ranging from $2 all the way up to $25.

07 January, 2015

Best of 2014: Makeup Looks

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05 January, 2015

14 Favorite Beauty Products of 2014

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My previous Best Products of 2013 post was divided into categories (lips, face, blush, palettes, brushes, etc.) but I decided to only pick fourteen favorite products for 2014 this time. Honestly, if I were to make this post by categories again I would pick a lot of the same products from last year. Some of the items in this list were featured previously (it couldn't be helped) but there are also a few very recent acquisitions.

03 January, 2015

Frosty Blue Makeup Look: FOTD with Coastal Scents

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I feel like I keep talking about an upcoming roundup post of all my Coastal Scents eyeshadows but am nowhere nearer to actually posting it. I do apologize. There have been a few technical difficulties surrounding that post. First of all, some of the eyeshadows came with their old numbering instead of their new names. Secondly, I accidentally knocked over one of my eyeshadow palettes causing a few shades to shatter. I had already photographed and swatched them so it all turned into an inventorial clusterfuck. Regardless, here's a frosty blue makeup look I created.

02 January, 2015

NYX Macaron Lippie in Earl Grey

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Remember when the NYX Macaron Lippies ($5) came out? The hype surrounding these was insane. There were many colors that caught my eye but until I knew firsthand what the formula was like, I opted for only getting my favorite one. The shade I found most unique was Earl Grey, a muted cornflower blue. I haven't found many occasions where I've considered this lip color to be an appropriate one, specially since the formula isn't quite as good as I'd like it to be. Regardless, once I wore it out the color wasn't as intimidating as I thought it would be. 

30 December, 2014

Review: Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet+ Foundation

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I had been meaning to try the Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet+ Foundation ($36) for years. It comes highly recommended by fellow bloggers. Plus, it claimed to meet all the characteristics I usually look for in a foundation-- matte or satin finish, long-wearing, and contains no SPF. A few months ago, my adoptive sister (hey, girl) got a sample from Sephora and that just completely sealed the deal. It worked amazingly well on her so I used my $25 Sephora gift card towards purchasing one for myself. Here are my full thoughts on it...

17 December, 2014

Normal/Oily Skin Routine + Review with Pond's

Disclaimer: This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with PONDS® and Latina Bloggers Connect. 

The original Pond's Cold Cream is a product that I am sure most people are familiar with and have used at some point in their lives. When I was contacted to collaborate with Pond's, I had no idea how much their skin care range had expanded. They now offer several facial moisturizers that suit a variety of skin types. I chose to try the Bio-Hydratante Hydration Cream because it is targeted towards oily skin.