Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Update: I'm Still Here!

Hi everyone, 
I know it's been months since I posted on here and even though I've been super busy with things that really is no excuse and I apologize. Honestly aside of me being completely busy I have also found that I'm lacking some motivation/inspiration to create post. I try really hard to make sure that my posts are meaningful and are something that I as a reader would want to read and in the past couple of months I haven been able to conjure up anything worthy enough. I don't want to just make posts for the sake of throwing something up on the site, I want to put effort into them and give you the most informative and hopefully fun information I can deliver. 
With that being said I am in the process of completely changing my website as well as the blog to better reflect myself, my style and my lifestyle at the moment. I am currently working in the beauty industry as well as my new adventure into the plus size fashion industry and I want tho blog to now reflect that. I have been putting more time and effort into my outfits and would love to share those with you along with my usually beauty tips and tricks. 
Like I said I am still really busy so I am doing what I can to make some great summer posts for everyone so please stay tuned! I am still very happy and surprised at all the hits my blog continues to receive even with my absence and this is just more motivation to deliver more great posts. If you have any comments or suggestions I would love to hear them! Thanks for reading for continuing to subscribe :) ttys 

Fresh hair, makeup and necklace ;) 

Some style inspiration. More looks with better photography skills to come! 

Monday, April 28, 2014

Monday Rave: Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation


Good Evening! I promise at some point I'm going to start writing these in advance so they get posted in the morning, but until then you get evening raves ;)

I haven't mentioned this yet but I recently got a job in cosmetics at a department store, because of this I'm now able to test out a lot more products and most importantly products I probably would not have tested out otherwise. Being around brands I don't really gravitate toward has introduced me to some really awesome products, one of those being Chanel's Vitalumiere Aqua foundation.
I think because Chanel has all this prestige I just assumed that the products were more about the brand name than the quality so I never really gave them a chance. However, I recently I tried the Vitalumiere Aqua foundation and I'm kind of obsessed with it. So reasons why it's amazing, first off it has that dewy finish that I love as someone with normal/dry skin. Second, it gives amazing coverage for being so luminous, I feel like sometimes with that finish you really have to layer the foundation, but with one application of this it covered really well and really even. It has an SPF of 15 and the formula is super light. It is also worth noting that even though it is "aqua" which makes it dewy, I didn't need to set it too much. I just put some MAC studio finish powder on my T-zone and I was good for the day. I blotted with a napkin a couple of times for my oiliness but no need to retouch. Overall I feel like this is an awesome foundation with a nice finish and great coverage. My only issues with it would have to be the smell. ALL of Chanel's products are extremely fragrant, and I wish they didn't add such a strong perfume smell to the foundation. Also of course the price point is kind of high, $48.00 for 1 oz. But if you compare some other high end brands, that's barely above the average price.

Left: I found that the B20 Beige color matched me the best. I'm also pretty sure there is also just a 20 Beige option, so if anyone knows the difference feel free to comment. 

Above: Me wearing the foundation with chapped lips, enjoy! 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Monday Rave: Philosophy Hope in a Jar A-Z Cream

Monday Rave: Philosophy Hope in a Jar A-Z Cream

Happy Monday Everyone! 
Well it has only taken me a week to recover from Coachella and now I'm ready to get back to blogging. If anyone is wondering, I had the most amazing time while I was there! I'm thinking of doing a personal blog post about it, but I don't want to venture too far away from beauty. So if you are at all interested in that, please let me know in a comment. 

Now onto the rave and also tying right back into Coachella, I wanted to talk about Philosophy's Hope in a Jar A-Z Cream which is their version of a BB cream. I used this product all through Coachella and have continued to use it everyday since I got back and I have to say I really love it. As I mentioned in my previous post, I wanted something that had the SPF plus a foundation so I didn't have to worry about adding an extra step to my routine. After applying it once in the morning, I had no need to retouch it throughout the day and the SPF covered very well, I spent a lot of time in the sun and did not get a sunburn. 

I also really like the coverage, I would say it's in between light and medium coverage, but definitely the best coverage of a BB cream I've seen. The only thing I've had to do it spot conceal my really pronounced blemishes with a cream foundation (I've been using Cinema Secrets cream foundation). Aside from that, I've gotten a really even coverage with this BB cream and I love how moisturizing and lightweight it is. It gives you a dewy finish plus coverage so it's perfect for summer, I'm positive this will be my go-to foundation in the hotter months. I'm using it in shade Medium, and from what I've seen that is the shade that matches most. The only downside to this is that it does only come in 3 shades that don't vary too much in pigmentation, so their deep skin tone option is not very deep. If you wanted to add a darker tint foundation to it to match you better I'm sure that would work, but I haven't tried it. 

I bought mine at Nordstrom for $38.00, I know you can get it online, at Ulta, Macys, Sephora, a ton of places carry philosophy and I'm pretty sure the price is the same everywhere. I did initially think this was a bit pricey for a BB cream, because that's about what I pay for a full coverage foundation. But so far I'm only using 2 pumps a day and I think the tube will last me for a good while. I can update you guys on how long it lasts me so you can get a better idea of that. 

Conclusion, I love it! The proof is in the photo below, if you have any questions about it, please leave a comment below :) 

Above: Me with the A-Z cream on, I spot concealed with Cinema Secrets cream foundation and I used a light dust of Ben Nye powder to set it. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Coachella: What I'm Packing


I can't believe it's been a year since I blindly bought my Coachella 2014 tickets on presale having no idea who was going to be performing and whether or not I was going to camp or stay at a hotel. All I knew was that I wanted to experience this festival at least once in my life and I was not going to BS on craigslist hoping to score a ticket last minute. So needless to say when the line up came out I was super pumped and ready for the adventure. Now here I am the night before, having spent the past two days running around like a mad woman getting my supplies together (because you know I didn't have a year to do all this shit) and now I'm exhausted, excited, and ready to go (we decided on camping!).

Since this is my first trip I asked my brother for advice on packing since he's gone the past 4 years now, but as an over prepared and paranoid woman I googled some check lists from other veteran festival goers just to be sure. After reading a couple lists I felt like there were a few themes with what was being packed and what could stay behind. So I'm letting you in a few "essentials" that seemed necessary and my makeup bag that I concluded on my own considering the elements and possible lack of a bathroom.

 Here's a list of a few odds and end essentials that made sense to me. 

1. Sunblock/tanning oil/aloe Vera - it's going to be an average of 95 degrees while I'm out there and my skin is as white as can be. My sunblock is SPF 110 because I'm dramatic. The aloe Vera is here because I know that not matter how much I put on I know I will still burn. And honestly I have no idea why I'm taking tanning oil, I don't tan and if I use it alone I will definitely burn. But I have it so it's going. 
2. Baby wipes - I know I can't function without a shower but I've read a few horror stories about the lines being 3 hours long. I have no shame in using these guys to keep the funk off. 
3. Deodorant - secret to me really makes the best one and I wanna make sure I have something powerful for the sun and the dancing. 
4. Aleve - I'm praying to the gods above that I don't get my period, but it's looking like a serious possibility (why, why?!). Aleve is the only thing that cures all my symptoms. I would be the worst person to be around without it. 
5. Tissues - I found these slim packs of 10 on sale at walmart. I read that sometimes toilet paper isn't always handy, so these are going in my bag. 
6. Hand sanitizer - for obvious reasons 
7. Burt's bees - I knew I needed a balm and to me Burt's peppermint is the holy grail so I sprung for the good stuff. 
8. Dry shampoo and boar bristle comb - I'm not bringing any kind of flat iron or blow dryer so there's a real possibility that I won't be washing my hair. This stuff is going to save my life. 
9. Gum - duh 
10. Allergy medication - dust storms are not unheard of and I don't want a sinus headache ruining my time. Plus this knock off Zurtec was only $.88! 

Now on to makeup! I'm really keeping it as simple as can be. I know I want SPF, an even skin tone, a brow, and some glow so my options were simple. 

1. Neutragena Clear Face Moisturizer with SPF - just in case I don't wanna mess with my BB cream, I wanna make sure I'm protecting my face. 
2. philosophy A-Z cream in Medium. This BB Cream has SPF, gives a really good coverage and helps fight the signs of aging. So I'm down with it. 
3. MAC prep + prime highlighter pen - to give me that glow 
4. MAC dip down fluid line and omega eye shadow - for my brows
5. NARS Santa Fe Powder and Orgasm Blush - to tone down shine and give me a glow that goes with any outfit. 
6. MAC pro longwear bronzed in nude on board - obvious reasons. 
7. MAC zoom lash 
8. Maybelline Fit Me concealer in light - I chose to bring this one along because it's got a wand on it for easy application and the texture is super creamy. It'll keep my skin looking dewy and not over done. 
9. I forgot to picture this but makeup wipes! I have no idea if I'll have the means to wash my face (I hope I do!) but if I can't I wanna make sure I can get it clean with a wipe. 
10. Urban Decay all nighter makeup setting spray - to help my face stay out for as long as possible. 
Lastly, we have clothing. I'm not going to go into too much detail about this. But what I will say is that I wanted to go for bohemian but also comfortable. I have 2 closed toe shoe options, Steve Madden boots and Toms in case the ground is too muddy and a sandal in case it isn't. I tried to stick with like colors except the daisy dress because I had to have it! But that's why it's paired with a hat to keep me cool. I'm hoping I can get some good outfit posts while I'm there, so look out for that :) 

Well that's basically what I'm packing! There were a few things I didn't photograph that I'm also bringing like a sleep mask, ear plugs, condoms (you never know!), bug spray, toilet paper and  other necessary toiletries like a toothbrush but that's pretty much it! It's almost 1:00am the night before I'm leaving so I need to get my ass to sleep. If you're going or have any other festival suggestions please leave them in a comment and maybe I will see you there! 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Monday Rave: NYX Studio Liquid Liner in Extreme Gold

Monday Rave: NYX Studio Liquid Liner in Extreme Gold

So I did it, I found a way to look like I tried really hard with my makeup but really I didn't. It's with a colorful liquid liner! I know this concept isn't new to anyone, especially since I recently blogged about turning my Wet N Wild shadows into a liner, but I have been on the hunt for a pigmented liner that isn't outrageously expensive. I have officially found that in NYX's line of Studio Liquid Liners. I went to Ulta to see what was on sale and NYX was priced at Buy One Get One 50% off. I picked up a few lip pencils and I had been eyeing these liquid liners for a while and finally decided to try them. I grabbed 2, one in the color Extreme Purple, and my favorite, Extreme Gold. Surprisingly they are super pigmented and do not require a ton of coats to get the color to transfer. I definitely didn't give a thick color on the first swipe, but I would say after 3 coats of the color I was satisfied with how it looked. They we about $5.99 a piece, so I got 2 of them for around $10.00 which I'm really happy with. The next time they go on sale I will definitely be picking up a few more colors. I've received more compliments on my makeup since I've been using color liners than I did when I just went bare lids with a lip color, so to me it's worth putting in a little bit more time. 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Monday Rave: Sedona Lace Zip Up Brush Belt


Happy Monday! Today I'm celebrating my brothers 27th birthday and it is also the day I received my Sedona Lace shipment! I've been eyeing this zip up brush belt for a while and have seen plenty of good reviews so I decided to try it myself. Currently I have a MAC brush belt and it works fine aside from my brushes slipping out if I put the belt in my makeup case. I'm also using the Makeup Forever brush holder that's shaped like a cup and I like that one but now I have too many brushes and they don't all fit in the cup. Now I feel like I'm perfectly happy with the zipper belt and the cup. The zipper belt holds a majority of my brushes except for the real techniques ones because the handles are so thick, so those go in the cup. 
The belt is leather and it zips up nicely without catching and brush bristles when I close it up. It also has a spot to hold business cards which Is super convenient! It holds the brushes nice and snug and I don't see any signs of them coming loose. So as a first impression I'm super happy with it. It's also nice that I bought it while they had a 25% off coupon code. If you're looking into a brush belt you really can't go wrong with this one. It's sturdy, has the zipper and at $19.99 the price is perfect. 

Zipper open, lots of room! 

Zipper closed, brushes aren't going anywhere. 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Monday Rave: L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara

Monday Rave: L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara

Mascara has always been one of those things that I really refuse to spend a ridiculous amount of money on. It has to be replaced about every 3 months so I want to make sure that I'm purchasing a product that is great but also has a great price point. I have tried many, many, MANY different brands and I always find myself reaching for my L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara. If you look this product up you will see that this is no secret. Celebrity artist and Youtube Gurus have have raving about this mascara for years and it still reins supreme. It adds plenty of drama, it's long lasting, and it just gives the perfect full lash without flaking all over the place or looking too clumpy. I also really love the wand, I have not been a fan of the new wands that are coming out that are rubbery and have tiny little prongs on them. I like that this wand is heavy duty and fully coats my lashes. On days when I do not feel like wearing a ton of makeup, I just use this mascara with some concealer and blush and my face is done. It's really a staple and I see no reason in purchasing any other brand if you don't want to.

Friday, March 14, 2014

MOTD: Blue Winged Liner


For yesterday's MOTD I really wanted to go with a pop of color for my liner but I don't have too many electric colors to choose from. This is exactly why I purchased a mixing medium so I can turn any of my powders into a liner if I wanted to. My go to product for this as of late has been Cinema Secrets Eyeliner sealer, I purchased this for $8.00 at Nigels Beauty in LA but you can get it on their website. I mixed the sealer with the blue shade in the Wet N Wild 'Drinking a Glass of Shine' palette and the color turned out amazing! I have how I mixed the product in pictorials below and my preference is to use a small, stiff angled brush like the MAC 233, but you can also use a thin eyeliner brush if you prefer that.

Primer: Lorac Shadow Primer (not pictured)
Shadows: Orange and Tan colors from Wet N Wild Palette blended in crease, MAC Naked Pigment on the center of my lid
Liner: Cinema Secrets Eyeliner Sealer with Blue shade from Wet N Wild Palette
Under Eye: Clinique Eyeliner in Intense Chocolate with the brown color from the WNW palette.
Mascara: MAC Zoom Fast Black Lash

When you add a drop of the mixing medium, I like to let it sit for a minute so the liquid can settle in the powder and make it easier to mix. 

Then I transfered the liquid/powder mixture to my paw palette, or you can use the back of your hand but I didn't do that because this blue color will stain your skin a bit. 

Fill: MAC Espresso shadow mixed with Cinema Secrets Eyeliner Sealer
Concealer: Hard Candy Glamoflauge in Fair

Foundation: MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC25
Concealer: Hard Candy Glamoflauge in Fair
Blush: Lancome Blushing Tresor
Contour: MAC Pro Longwear Bronzing Powder in Nude on Board

NARS Lipgloss in Stolen Kisses (Not Pictured)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Let's Talk About: Matte Lip Stains

Let's Talk About: Matte Lip Stains

If I'm being completely honest I did not know that so many companies were getting in on the matte finish lip stain. I was under the impression that this was some new invention created by Lime Crime that I so happily stumbled upon a year or so ago. It could be that other brands took notice after the explosion of underground lippy companies, but either way there are now a ton of different options if you are looking to purchase a matte lip color.
First, what is it? A matte lip stain is is exactly what it sounds like. They typically come in a tube with a wand just like a normal lipgloss, but after the product glides on your lips as a liquid, it then dries to a matte finish that in most cases does not budge throughout the day. My first experience with matte gloss was with Lime Crime's Red Velvet Velvetine Lip product and from then on I was hooked. It was very pigmented, easy to apply and lasted all day. Through work, through meals, drinks, all of it. I might have to re-apply a bit on the inside of my mouth but that was about it. Since purchasing this product I've used a couple other brands that offer a similar finish and I am now happy to say that I can find a matte lippy at a few locations with a wide range of price points that offer a very similar product. I'm going to give a list of the ones that I've used as well as the pros and cons of each with the price point. If you've used any other brands please feel free to share. I've heard that hourglass and Stila make ones that I would love to try...

1. Lime Crime Velvetine, $20.00 for 0.088 ounces of product. I would still have to say that this is my favorite product even though you get WAY less in a bottle to the rest that I'm comparing. It is so pigmented and long lasting and the finish is very smooth. It doesn't feel sticky at all. The only con would be that it can be a bit drying, but compared to others this really isn't bad. If you don't mind the price, I would make this your first choice when purchasing a matte lippy.

Above: Lime Crime Velvetine in Pink Velvet

2. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream, $5.99 for 0.27 ounces of product. The best thing about this product besides the great price is that NYX has expanded their color selection and you can get this matte finish in almost every color ranging from nude to a very deep burgundy. It's not as pigmented as the Velvetine so when I use this product I have to apply a few coats, you can see in the photo that the look is very soft. I would recommend using a lipliner with this product because on its own it isn't pigmented enough for me. But for the price and the color range this is still worth it.

Above: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Amsterdam

3. Sephora Cream Lip Stain, $13.00, for 0.169 ounces of product. This would really be the second best to the Lime Crime product, their "Always Red" shade is very comparable, just a bit brighter and the pigmentation is just as good. The only think I don't like it about it is it can feel a bit sticky as a finish. It doesn't feel totally matte on your skin, you can kind of feel that it's there and it makes me want to put a balm over it but I can't because that will ruin the finish. I still really like it though, and it's worth noting that when I was trying all these products together this one was the one that dried the fastest.

Above: Sephora Cream Lip Stain in 01

4. Kat Von D, Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick, $19.00 for 0.18 ounces of product. This one is also really good, very pigmented. But it does have the similar issue as the Sephora brand one is that it is really heavy on the lips and can feel a tiny bit sticky. I also found that it dried pretty quickly and if I didn't get even coverage on my lips before that happened you could see where some parts were more pigmented than others. When I was testing this one with the others I found that it was the most difficult to take off. I used a makeup remover wipe and really had to wipe hard to get all the color off, so it is very long lasting.

Above: Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Vampira

Above: Here's a comparison of the lipsticks after I did one hard swipe of a makeup wipe (Kirkland Brand). The Kat Von D lipstain barely budged. 

Again, these are the only 4 I have tried out of the many different ones offered so if you have any feedback on others don't be afraid to share! All I know is that I have at least one of these in my purse at all times and make rocking a bold lip much easier.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

MOTD On The Go: A Quick, Natural Face

This morning I really didn't feel like putting on a full face, mainly because it was about 85 degrees outside in Southern California, it was my day off and because I didn't have the patience. For this process I have a few go to items that give me a natural look so I grabbed a few of those and got my makeup done in around 15 Minutes.

1. I used Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Beige (in the photo I have the primer because the Tinted moisturizer I have is a sample but I'm really liking it so far).
2. Next I added some Hard Candy Glamoflauge concealer in Light underneath my eye and blended it out. This is by far my FAVORITE concealer of all time. I'll be doing a more in depth review of it soon.
3. I lightly dust MAC's Studio Fix Powder in C4 over my T-Zone and chin because that's where I get the oiliest. I've also been trying the technique of not setting my concealer with a powder so I don't add any under my eye. I've found that if my concealer creases I just pat it into my skin and that's a better fix than dealing with the powder.
4. For blush I used Hervana by Benefit, I love this blush because it's matte and it has a nice mix of pink and slightly purple tones. It gives a nice touch of color without being overbearing. Also, I don't usually do any sort of contour when I'm having a natural face day, I just put a little bit of blush on the apples of my cheeks.
5. On natural days my brows are extremely simple. I just take an angled brush that isn't super stiff and I apply MAC's Omego eyeshadow very lightly. Just to fill in the spaces between my hairs because my brows aren't thick at all.
6. For mascara I use my all time favorite, Voluminous by L'Oreal. This is literally the only mascara you need in your life, just a couple coats to keep them looking natural.
7. Final step before lips is to mist my face with MAC's Fix+ spray. Lately I've been using a setting spray like Urban Decay's All Nighters so my makeup lasts longer. But in this case I'm using MAC because I want my skin to look dewy, not just be set in place.
8. For lips I first applied a red lipstain by theBalm called Stainiac and topped it with a Laura Mercier lipgloss in Blush.

Finished Product! 

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