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



Friday, July 11, 2014

NOTD

Hey everyone! In my last Mood Mondays post, I talked about letting go of a toxic friendship situation. Part of the letting go was having to find a new nail lady. As luck would have it,  one of my co-workers always has amazing nails. She was nice enough to pass along her information, and just in time, because my previous mani had grown out like crazy and I found a really cute picture on Pinterest! This is what I ended up with:


Not only am I super happy with the result, but I loved the nail salon itself. Plus, it's less than five minutes from work. As opposed to my previous place, which was twenty minutes away. So I'm a happy camper!! As usual, this is a gel mani, so I don't know what colors were used. But if you're looking for a pretty pink, OPI's I Pink I Love You is pretty close to this. And the glitter is very close to Milani's Gold Glitz. 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Mood Mondays: A Little More Gratitude, A Little Less Attitude.

I'm loving these Mood Mondays posts! I started blogging as a way to chat about beauty products, but these posts are such a great way to share a different side of me too. This week, it's helping me vent a little. Key word...vent!! I've never had a rant session on my blog before, and I don't plan to again. I actually really debated on whether or not to blog about this situation, but I decided...this is what's going on in my life, and I'm going to just let it out and then move on! If you don't want to read my little rant, that's perfectly ok! This is a mini therapy session for me :)





I'm a big believer in the saying that goes, "you're judged by the company you keep." My mom used to tell me that, but the Spanish version is something like, "tell me who you know, and I'll tell you who you are." It all boils down to the same basic idea...surround yourself with people who have qualities you value, and would be proud of. As I get older, I'm more and more careful of who I let into "the circle." Especially being married, I feel like the people closest to me can only be people who respect my relationship, my values, and my home. At my last job, I became friends with a girl who appeared to be someone like that at first. The more time went on, the more it became evident that she was the opposite. She became very rude, making fun of everything I did - from the nail polish I chose, to what I ate, to more personal/moral beliefs. Everything I mentioned that I liked, she scoffed at. It was like she was trying to tear me down in an effort to make me possibly want to get her approval...? I don't even know. She's actually the reason I never talk about my blog or my YouTube on my Instagram...I just didn't want to hear her negative comments regarding something I love doing so much. Every time I talked to her, she was fighting with someone - friends, coworkers, relatives, the person at the McDonald's drive thru...no one was safe. Going out in public with her became increasingly more embarrassing due to the way she treated complete strangers. I found myself leaving extra-large tips for servers when we would go out to restaurants, because I felt bad for what they had to deal with.

After one particular comment she made regarding my relationship, I decided this was not a friendship I wanted to be a part of anymore. I began trying to distance myself. However, the more I pushed away, the more ... what's the word ... psychotic she became. Calling and texting at all hours. Calling several times in a row if I didn't answer my phone (even though it's common knowledge I don't answer my phone at work or after 10 p.m. - awake or no - texting numerous times in a row, paragraphs at a time. One friend of mine even compared her to a crazy controlling boyfriend! So I finally decided...instead of just attempting to distance myself, it was time to be straightforward and put it all out there. I don't need to invite that kind of attitude into my inner circle. Someone who is going to belittle the most important relationship I have has no right to be called a friend. Now that I've made the decision to cut ties with this person, I feel pure gratitude towards my mother, for instilling that saying in my little brain. 

It's always difficult to come to the decision to let someone go from your life. But you have to stop and think... 
  • Is this person looking out for my best interest?
  • Is this someone I'm comfortable hanging out with?
  • Is this someone that respects me, my decisions, and my beliefs?
Of course it's not logical to think that someone is going to like everything you like, and dislike everything you dislike. But there's a difference between stating an opinion and belittling others for not being exactly like you. Hopefully, none of you have to deal with making a similar decision. But just know that even though there are people out there who are not truly there for you...there are plenty of others who will stick by you and truly be supportive. Thanks for bearing with me through my rant :)

Sunday, July 6, 2014

First Impression: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Better than WHAT? Ok, ok....Unless you've been living under a rock, or you hate lashes, I'm sure you've already heard of this mascara. I think when I purchased it, the Sephora gods said, "finally!" I actually got a trial size of this mascara as part of Sephora's Lash Stash To Go set. I'd been wanting to find a trial size for a while. So when I found the Lash Stash set, which includes five trial sizes for $25 AND a voucher you can use to get a free full-size of your favorite mascara from the stash, I jumped on it. The reason I wanted a trial size was that I didn't believe any mascara could be THAT amazing...

Natural lashes. Just a little brown liner on the bottom water line & nothing else.

After one application, top & bottom.

Two applications, top & bottom.

Three applications, top & bottom.

Closer comparison of natural lashes vs final result.
The Pros:
  • Adds length, volume, and fullness.
  • Super black.
  • Even though the brush is rather thick, it's easy to apply on the lower lashes without making a mess.
The Cons:
  • The first use out of the tube was a little too wet. It looked pretty clumpy and I wasn't sure it would even work. But it's been smooth sailing since the first use.
The Verdict:
After trying this mascara, I've hardly even touched the other four mascaras in the set. I think it's absolutely amazing! It does everything!! It's not one you really have to pair with another mascara to get a great result. That being said, I'm a little psychotic about lashes and I do pair it with others. I would definitely purchase this mascara. I'll definitely try the rest of the Lash Stash mascaras before deciding on which one to trade my voucher for. But so far...I'd be surprised if anything beats this one!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Guest Post: PHAMExpo Product Purchase Review

I'm thrilled to bring you a new guest post from my good friend and fellow YouTuber, Eddie MC.  I've known Eddie for most of my life and have always seen her as part-sibling. So when she texted me one day telling me she was thinking of starting on YouTube, I was beyond excited. Especially because it was right when I was getting ready to start my channel as well.  She's been a major help in getting my channel started, she's been there when I needed to vent about not hitting RECORD, or when it took me over 48 hours go get a video uploaded...and I'm just super proud of her for taking the leap to start YouTube. You guys just have to check her out...she talks about everything from beauty, to DIY projects, to advice with major life decisions. And for a young'un, she gives excellent advice! Plus she posts very regularly. Here is her review on the products she got at PHAMExpo, and a link to her video will be down at the bottom. Definitely visit her...she's got some cool things coming up!!




Hello beautiful people! 
I’m so excited to be a guest blogger, no pressure! So let’s get started  =)
All of the products were purchased at PHAMExpo, so without further ado…

1. Miss Adoro Eyelash Curler. I LOVE IT! I honestly can’t remember the last time I bought an eyelash curler (no judgment) but now I don’t need to. It didn’t pinch the crap out of my lashes or pull them out, and it gave my lashes an amazing curl. 

2. Making You Cosmetics Lip Gloss. I think the color is Diva… but I’m not too sure. I was hesitant due to its brown shimmery hue. It appeared to make my lips dark which was expected but it wasn’t bad. It’s more of a winter color because of its darker shade and it has shimmers up the butt so if you’re into that then this is a product for you!

3. Sedona Eye Shadows. Now unfortunately because they are samples they don’t have names, so I made up my own. Up first we have Sedona Copper, which has great color payoff (I was pleasantly surprised). Cream Soda is meh. It looks like an orange Sweetie but I’m sure it doesn’t taste as good. It has an orange undertone but all I got was a white matte color. It could be used as a base and that’s exactly what I plan on using it for, maybe even a brow highlight. Cotton Candy, well the name says it all. It’s a bright pink but wearable when worn correctly. It has a hint of shimmer in the pan but I didn’t see much shimmer on my lid, which doesn’t bother me, in fact that’s what makes it wearable. Lastly, Eddie’s Room is a shimmery turquoise that sucks. It wasn’t very pigmented and there was TONS of fallout. If you don’t believe me check out the video.



4. Makeup Geek Eye Shadow in Razzleberry. I am so happy to finally own a Makeup Geek product. This shadow is beautiful! It is super pigmented and applies really well. I can’t wait to buy more.



5. Morphe B15 Eye Shadow Brush. This brush wasn’t bad. I needed a brush for an all purpose application to the lid so this works just fine. 



6. Bdellium 787 Crease Brush. I’ve never owned or worked with a crease brush before so I feel like I need practice lol but the brush is soft. 

7. Real Techniques Accent & Detailer Brush. Ok so these were freebies so I’m not even sure if they’re actual size or not but those little guys sure do work lol. I admit, I don’t know what an accent brush is used for but I’ll figure it out, and if not I’ll improvise.



8. China Glaze No-Chip Top Coat. You know those days when you spend an hour doing your nails and one chips the next day only to discover it while you’re driving, and suddenly all of your rage goes towards that one nail instead of the poop face that’s going 55 mph in the fast lane?!… How much does that suck? Well hopefully this won’t happen. I didn’t personally use this yet but I used it on my mom and this is what I noticed A) The brush is small, be prepared to spend another hour applying topcoat B) As you pull out the brush you swipe it against the bottle to remove excess polish, but as I was applying it to my mom’s nails a blob of it slowly made its way from who knows where and plopped right on the table. The verdict: It is not chlorine proof and acts as a secondary varnish for your table. DO NOT REMOVE WITH ACETONE.



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