Monday, August 18, 2014

Mood Monday: Big Fat Loser

Guys I'm such a horrible person...






Long story short: I have a huge project I'm working on, and it's taken up all of my time and energy (Details coming soon...be on the look out).  I know I keep saying, "I'm back to blogging!" and then I disappear. So I can't make any promises, because my life is so hectic right now. But I'm trying! I have ideas, I have posts started, I have photos taken, I have unedited videos...I just haven't had the time to put it all together in a way that I am happy with. So thanks for being patient with me and sticking around. It means a lot to me that I do have support from a lot of you out there. I just really feel like a neglectful turd lately. I cannot apologize enough!!

One bit of good news: Last weekend, we went to visit some family in L.A., and I got to take my dad to see Paul McCartney. This is probably the only item that has ever been on my dad's bucket list. So treating him to the concert was a huge blessing, and I feel so lucky to have shared that experience with him. My dad is a HUGE Beatles fan, and has been since they first hit the scene. He grew up in Chile, where he collected all the Beatles records (all the liner notes are in Spanish...he still has them). He dressed like the Beatles. My dad was Beatlemania. When we were kids, we listened to a radio show with him every week called "Breakfast  with the Beatles." On my wedding day, I danced with my dad to a Beatles song called "In My Life." We didn't have the best seats in the house, but neither of us cared. Listening to all of our favorite songs together was one of the highlights of my life. I'll never forget that night!




Sunday, August 3, 2014

EOTD

I've told you guys before about my great friend Angela (@BeautyNtheGym on Instagram). Not only is she a great friend, but she's an amazing makeup artist. I love seeing her work, and recently, I've been wanting to do a look inspired by her. So when I saw her beautiful orange and yellow look on Instagram, I knew it was my duty to recreate it! The color placement is what most intrigued me, and the fact that I was really into yellow shadow that week. Her under-brow yellow was more of a stripe, and I went for more of a blob. But I was super happy with the end result. I know it's not for everyone, but I was in love & I hope y'all like it too!




  • Crease: Anastasia Beverly Hills Orange Soda and MAC Goldenrod.
  • Lid: Sugarpill Butter Cupcake (yellow) and Flamepoint (orange)
  • Brow Blob (yes, that's a technical term): Butter Cupcake
  • Inner Corner: Butter Cupcake mixed with My Pretty Zombie Miasma.
  • Waterline:  Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner in Blackest Black.
  • Lower Lash Line: Butter Cupcake (inner half) Anastasia Beverly Hills Sienna (outer half).
  • Liner: Benefit They're Real Push Up Liner.
  • Mascara: Too Faced Better Than Sex & Tarte Lights Camera Lashes.
  • Brow:  Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Ebony.
  • Lips: MAC Haute Altitude (LE) & Lime Crime Babette.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Buy/Bye: Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Matte Liquid Foundation

I've been in full-out USE UP EVERYTHING I HAVE mode lately. There are a couple of things I want to purchase/repurchase from Lush, but to justify buying more stuff, I need to use up what I have. That includes samples. So I started this series, in which I try a sample, and then let you know whether I will be buying it in the future, or waving good-bye forever.

It's been really hard for me to find a foundation I'm 100% happy with. My skin actually seems to repel most foundations, and there are only two I've found that I mostly like: MAC's Studio Fix Fluid, and Kat Von D's Lock-It Fluid.  With both foundations, I've had trouble finding the perfect shade, which is my main complaint. The KVD one lasts longer than MAC, but it's too heavy for every day in my opinion.

I've gotten other foundation samples before, but none of them was worth writing home about. So when I received this Dolce & Gabbana sample, I really didn't even want to try it. BUT I did. For the sake of blog research ;)



The Pros:
  • The coverage: Perfection. It looks like my skin, but better. Full, non-cakey coverage.
  • Lasting power: Looked great all day, even in the heat.
  • The perfect shade: I've never found a foundation that is so close to my own skin tone.

Not too thick, not too thin.


The Cons: 
  • The Price: $67.  Holy crap.
The Verdict:
I would like to say I would never spend that kind of money on foundation. However, it's absolutely THE perfect foundation. I'm really torn on this one. If I happen to receive Sephora gift cards for my birthday (right around the corner, thankfully), or for Christmas...I will probably cave and purchase it. UNLESS, by some miracle, my brain allows me to forget how amazing and perfect and beautiful this foundation is. So I can't say I'll run out and buy this right now...but I definitely can't say bye, either!

This is me wearing the foundation. I was much happier than I look.


Monday, July 28, 2014

Mood Mondays: Refreshed and Ready to Rock!

Hey everyone! I'm so sorry I went missing last week. I've mentioned this before, but I do get migraines now and then.  Last weekend, one hit me hard. I get frequent headaches, but this was the mother of them all. I've tried it all...cold packs, hot compresses, aromatherapy, herbs, prescriptions... The only thing that really fixes it is a few days of good sleep and staying very hydrated (which sometimes interferes with sleeping through the night, but whatever). So that's where I've been the past few days. I really can't skip work, so I've been just saving all my energy for the day time. Now, I'm feeling a TON better, so I'm getting back into the swing of things.



This past week, I focused on my health. After day 2 of Giant Headache, I laid off the caffeine - I've learned that if a little caffeine doesn't take care of my headaches within a couple of days, it will actually make them worse. Since I needed to drink a ton of water, but didn't want to drink plain boring water all week, I picked up some lemon sparkling water with my groceries. Sadly, I think they used Pledge to achieve the lemon flavor. It was nasty!

I also picked up some healthy lunch options for work. I don't ever talk about this on my blog, but I've been trying to eat a lot healthier since I started my new job. In fact, since February, I've lost almost 10 pounds, and most of that is food choices. I really don't work out as much as I would like, because honestly I'd rather spend that time with my husband - it's not very often I'm home alone. 

Saturday, I woke up feeling pretty good. I took care of some housework, and filmed a new video. Plus, I finally had a latte. Annnnd, I made the best fajitas EVER! So Saturday was a good day :)

Sunday, my husband and I took a quick road trip to Lake Las Vegas. We had a great time despite the ridiculous heat. The place was nearly completely empty. We saw very few people walking around, so it was nice and quiet. It was such a relaxing day. We hadn't been up there yet, so it was good to get out and explore a new place. Plus, we had a great lunch! I rarely eat pasta, so when I do, it always tastes like the best pasta I ever had. Since I've been feeling so icky, I decided to make it a pasta day. And it was delicious! When we got home, we each picked a couch and knocked out for a couple of hours. I love Sundays, because they're our only day off together. And this Sunday was great!

After a relaxing and semi-productive weekend, I'm ready to take on the week and get back to normal! Don't forget to visit Vero's blog if you'd like to participate in Mood Monday! 

Friday, July 18, 2014

From Beach Bum to Boardwalk Babe

Hey everyone! I'm super excited to bring you this post, because it's a huge collaboration with several amazing bloggers. Thanks so much to Tanya at Leopard Lace and Cheesecake for setting this up!



I grew up in California, so I'm no stranger to trying to look presentable after a day at the beach. Plus, my husband and I love going to beachy destinations on vacation. We don't live near any beaches now, but there are  plenty of pools to satisfy my beach bum needs ;)

After the beach (or pool, in my case), we usually go somewhere local for snacks and drinks. Since I don't like to look like a bum (never not glamorous, duh!), I always bring along a few items to touch up a little before heading out. Here is what I usually bring along to get myself looking more like a mermaid than something the ocean spit up:


  • Tarte BB Cream in Medium: This provides a really nice coverage without looking like you have heavy makeup on. I wear this any time I go to the pool, so I just touch up a little when we head out. 
  • Lime Crime Velvetine in Pink Velvet: This is a liquid lipstick, which is perfect for throwing in a beach bag because you don't have to worry about it melting. Plus, it provides excellent and long-lasting coverage. I love makeup I don't have to worry about!
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Ebony: I used to never fill in my brows. Now that I do, I look weird to myself with them. This stuff is pretty resilient, but I like to have it in case I wipe half a brow off. Can't go to dinner with a brow and a half!
  • Systane lid wipes: Not a makeup item, but an essential none the less. I use this to clean up any smudged eye shadow. And since it's one little wipe, I don't have to carry a whole pack of wipes with me (Find these at your pharmacy/drugstore next to the contact lens solution).
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil in Rockstar: This is what I wear in my waterline and to tight-line whenever I go to the pool. So I bring it along to touch up just in case. It's a pretty dark brown shade, so it's not overly dramatic for daytime.
  • Bobby Pins & a Hair Tie: I hate wearing my hair up, but sometimes, it leaves me no other choice. I always have these just in case!

The finished product!
Please take a minute to visit all the girls who participated in this collab:

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Swatch Fest: My Pretty Zombie Cosmetics

My Pretty Zombie is a newish-to-me brand. I tried one of their shadows for the first time a couple of months ago. Recently, they had a big sale, so I took the opportunity to purchase a couple more shades. If you guys aren't familiar with this brand, check out Tori/Biohazardous Beauty on YouTube. She uses their shadows pretty frequently, AND her eye is used for all the swatches on myprettyzombie.com. I just wanted to share the swatches of my current stash, I really love them all and can't wait to start putting my new shadows to use!

Natural light, no flash.



TOP ROW:
  • Epistaxis eye shadow: Described on the website as a "matte fresh nosebleed red." I know...sounds a little strange. But you'll start to see a theme with their product names. 
  • Moist eye shadow: "A shimmery creamsicle orange." Y'all know I love orange eye shadow, and this one definitely does not disappoint! It's sooooo pretty!!
  • Miasma eye shadow: "Buttercup yellow with a sweet pink shift." This one is really unique. It's a must have! There is another picture showing the yellow tones further down.

MIDDLE ROW:
  • Celery and Bile eye shadow: "Celery with an orange-y gold shift." Lucky me, I got a sample of this one in each order. I actually love it, and I'm surprised I didn't remember to buy it when I placed my second order. I was overwhelmed...lol.  
  • Mary Jane eye shadow: "Mid tone grey green with a red shift." I also received this as a sample. It's actually quite gorgeous. It's not something I would've chosen for myself, because the photo on the website doesn't do it justice. But in person, it's stunning.
  • Ojo de Gato eye shadow: No description available on the website, since this was an LE shade. This was my first MPZ purchase, and I love it! It's what I'm wearing in my Beach Waves tutorial. It's a dark greenish brown with a copper shift. I absolutely love it! Plus, all proceeds from this shadow went to Blind Cat Rescue...so I had to get it!

BOTTOM ROW:
  • Propoxyphene Blush: "Matte bubble gum pink." I received this as a sample. It looks like a soft cotton-candy pink in the baggie, but swatches more like a Barbie pink. It's very pretty, I would just apply it with a very light hand and build it up if I had to.
  • Benzodiazepine Blush: "red, red, red." That pretty much sums it up! This was a sample as well. Again, I would apply it very lightly to start, but it's super pretty. It does have somewhere between a satin and shimmer finish but it's not glittery at all. 
A different angle...tried to capture some of the color shifts.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Mood Mondays: Coffee, and Other Amazing Things



I spent a good part of this weekend getting myself caffeinated. Sounds fun, right? It totally was. I love my morning coffee. On week days, my husband spoils me rotten and brings me a cup every morning when I'm getting ready for work.  I usually manage to drink half a cup before I have to run out the door. On weekends, I put my big girl pants on and make my own coffee! Haha. Weekends are my time to catch up on all the half-cups I didn't have time to drink during the week. 

Saturdays are my favorite day of the week. It's the one day I have to stay home and relax. I usually kick back with a latte, find new hair and face masks on Pinterest, and succeed in getting coconut oil all over the bathroom. This past weekend was no exception. And here's proof:


You can't tell from the photo, but my hair was absorbing a ridiculous amount of coconut and avocado oil at the time. And I had a sample of Glam Glow Youth Mud to use, so I didn't have to come up with my own concoction this time.

Saturday afternoons, I do my filming for YouTube. This week, only one of the two videos I filmed was completely out of focus, so I consider that a success! I recently got a new camera, and I'm still trying to get the hang of it. I've been scrapping videos left and right lately. But I found a new trick to get myself focused, so hopefully it'll be smooth sailing from now on. I've been so thrilled with my camera!! Here are a couple test shots:

I love to have flowers in my kitchen.

Our neighbors gave us a free show for the 4th!
Sundays are the only day my husband and I are both off work. Some days, we head to brunch or to a pool. Some Sundays are more lazy, and we stay home. When I'm home, I try to get ready for the week. That usually includes packing lunches for work, doing laundry or dishes, and getting some blog posts started (does anyone else have an endless lists of drafts?!) The past couple of months, I've really had so much going on, and haven't gotten to blog quite as much as I used to. But things have started to settle down lately, so I have more things closer to being finished than before.

This Sunday, I woke up to probably the best surprise on Earth:


I can't tell you how many times I'm doing my makeup like, "Wayne Goss does this..." He's such a HUGE inspiration. I love his videos, his honesty, and his personality. So this was a special Sunday for me. Now that the week is off to such an amazing start...I'm ready to take on the world!

Wishing you all an amazing week! Don't forget to check out Vero Says to see more Mood Monday posts and link up!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Favorites & Unfavorites (With Video): June 2014

Once upon a time, circa six weeks ago, I was saying, "My no-buy is going so well, I might extend it into June!" Then I remembered Makeup Geek. And everything fell apart. It's so funny, because my first purchase after each of my no-buys this year has been from Makeup Geek. I didn't do it on purpose...they just called to me! That got the ball rolling, but I didn't do tooooo bad. Swathes of everything will be at the end of the post. Here's what I enjoyed most this month:



  • Makeup Geek  Eye Shadow in Razzleberry: This is such a gorgeous shade! I've already used it a few times and it's just so beautiful. Like with other MUG shadows, it's super pigmented and blends beautifully.
  • Makeup Geek  Pigment in Utopia: I was so excited when this pigment was restocked! I've been wanting it for sooooo long!! And it came just in time for a night out, so I got to use it right away. It's absolutely beautiful...a must-have!!
  • Makeup Geek  Blushes in Infatuation and Smitten: Since I love MUG shadows so much, I jumped for joy when they released blushes! I only got two, but I already want more. Infatuation is a deeper shade, perfect for bronzing. Smitten is a beautiful apricot shade...so great for Summer! Like the shadows, they are very pigmented yet blend out to the perfect mix of coverage and not-look-like-a-clown-ness. Highly recommend.
  • MAC Cosmetics Lipstick in Dodgy Girl: Part of the Kelly Osbourne for MAC collection, this shade is Kelly's signature lavender. It pulls a little pink on me, but I LOVE it! The girls at my job are very low-key when it comes to makeup. The only time any of them has complimented me in my over four months there was when I wore this lipstick. So that says something! If you saw my latest Empties video on YouTube, this is what I was wearing.
  • MAC Cosmetics Mineralized Skin Finish in Refresh: This was part of Sharon Osbourne's half of the collection. I've never had an MSF before, and holy cow I think I need more! This looks gorgeous on my skin. I've used an obscene amount of this product since it landed in my hot little hands. I'm in love!
  • MAC Cosmetics Lipstick in Flat Out Fabulous: I saw this on YouTube, featured by NitraaB on her favorites from last month. I immediately paused the video so I could purchase it. I have problems...I know. But this lipstick is so gorgeous! I'm definitely glad for this impulse buy :)
  • Stila Magnificent Metal Eye Shadow in Kitten: I got this as part of a try-it Summer Set from Sephora. There were a variety of goodies in there, and shadow was one of the reasons I purchased it. I'd been wanting to try it, but I was borderline scared to. I used it with Razzleberry and it looked killer!! I've used it for all-over lid sparkle, inner corner highlight, and blown out on the lower lash line. I just love it.
  • Urban Decay All-Nighter setting spray: Another goodie from the try-it Summer Set from Sephora (I don't remember the name of the set, so I made up my own, by the way). Since UD and I don't really get along too well, I was surprised that I liked this. My only gripe is that the spray doesn't travel far. You have to spray it really close to your face to get any product, but too close, and you get a blast of wetness.
  • Benefit They're Real Push-Up Liner: I wasn't going to buy this. Then Sephora released it for 24 hours only. A normal person would say..."they'll release it again soon, don't worry." My brain said, "BUYITBUYITBUYITBUYIT." I listened to my own unreasonable brain. But I'm so glad I did! This liner has gotten pretty blah reviews, but I really like it. I've had ZERO issues with caking, flaking, or drying before finishing my wing. I'm hoping the formula stays consistent until the tube is empty...we shall see.
  • Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara: OMG. I already posted my First Impression on this, so I won't say too much except that you need this mascara in your life!
  • Essence of Beauty Fine Crease Brush: This came as part of a set of two crease brushes. It was around $2.50 from CVS. I had been wanting a pencil brush to use for smudging out eye shadow under my lower lash line. The one I wanted was always sold out online, so I'd like to thank Sigma for saving me a lot of money by never having it in stock. I love this little brush! It's really changed my lower lash line forever!!



  • MAC Cosmetics Lipstick in Strip Poker: Also part of the Kelly Osbourne collection. This one is really light, and I have to work with it a little to make it work for me. Plus the formula is very strange. It feels creamy when applied but looks super dry. It's not a total disaster, but it's not a favorite.
  • Be A Bombshell Lash Out mascara: If you guys saw my latest Empties video, you already know the issue I had with this mascara. In case you missed it, it smells like death, rotten eggs, and socks that have been worn for a year straight without being washed. All rolled into one tube. Disgusting. Plus there was some speculation that it was contaminated. So I tossed it, which is why it's not pictured.
With Flash
Top: Push Up Liner, Utopia, Razzleberry, Kitten
Middle: Infatuation, Smitten, Refresh
Bottom: Dodgy Girl, Strip Poker, Flat Out Fabulous


Without Flash



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