Saturday, October 25, 2014

30-Minute Makeup {FOTD}

Hello, my pretties!

I can't tell you how many times I've heard women say "Oh, I just don't have time to put makeup on..." Well, you know what I say to that? BULLSH*T! Yup, I said it. Anyone can go from drab to fab in exactly 30 minutes!

If you have read my About section here on the blog, you know I am mom to 2 delicious toddler boys. They are constantly tugging at me or pulling my fingers to take me somewhere for some reason. Their needs, of course, always come first and are taken care of before any makeup application. Once they're settled, my cellphone timer gets set for exactly 30 mins to do makeup, a simple hairdo, and throw on whatever clothes I am going to wear.

Don't get me wrong. Sometimes, I don't even have 30 minutes and I'll look like this instead. And when I do have those 30 minutes, there are constant interruptions and I have to stop whatever I am doing; however, there's a goal to achieve and I try my best to do it. It doesn't always happen perfectly but, over time, I have gotten a lot faster at taking care of my makeup business in 30 minutes.

Bare face before & polished face 30 mins after

My whole point is: Take time for YOU to try to look presentable and polished. You will feel 100% better about yourself and your husband/boyfriend/partner will appreciate the effort you have put into putting yourself together and will feel proud to show you off and stand by your side. Now, your partner should feel proud of you regardless of whether you're wearing makeup or not. If he (or she) doesn't, it's time to throw his (or her) a$$ out to the curb! #JustSayin' You should be loved for you, not your makeup application skills anyway...

Learn what looks best on you and what you like to emphasize the most out of your face. Practice makes perfect and over time you will get faster at applying makeup on. One quick tip: Make sure you have all  your makeup, tools & clothing ready, so you don't have to waste precious time looking for stuff #AintNobodyGotTimeForThat!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Perfect Palette Tag!


Hello, my pretties! ♥

This is a tag that has been going around in the makeup world. I have been thinking of doing it for a while, but it wasn't until now that I had a chance to really sit down and do it. October tends to be a pretty busy month for us and this year is no exception. Even with that, I still found time to fully compare these palettes up against each other and give you guys an idea of what I think about them. I have already done reviews on some of them, but my opinions may have changed over time as I have used them more. I took into consideration every possible aspect - pigmentation, color selection, formula, versatility, and range of mattes vs. shimmers. Which is the perfect palette? Let's find out! ☺

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Burgundy Smokey Eye Makeup Look for Fall {FOTD}

Hello, my pretties! ♥

It seems like forever since the last time I posted a FOTD. The reality is that I haven't really gotten too much time to wear a full face of makeup in the past couple months. We have been so busy! This, of course, explains the excess reviews in the past few weeks too... But it's time to spice things up a bit again! A lot of you wanted a product breakdown of this look when I posted it on my Instagram. It's the perfect balance of color and smokeyness (is that a word?) for the fall season. So here you have it: A Burgundy Smokey Eye Makeup Look. Enjoy! ☺

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BASE

• Dermadeli Invigorating Vitamin C Serum all over my face & neck.
• Perlier Honey Royal Gold Elixir all over my face & neck too.
• NYX Cosmetics Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Face Primer. Applied onto the areas where I get oily the most + wherever I have any acne scarring.
• Benefit Cosmetics Some Kind-a Gorgeous Cream to Powder Foundation. Applied with my Beauty Blender all over the areas where I applied my face primer. I did 2 coats because this is a very light foundation, but it's totally buildable for light-medium/medium coverage that still looks like your skin.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Brazen Cosmetics {Review}

***Disclaimer: I received these free samples, courtesy of Brazen Cosmetics
for use in conjunction with this blog post. All opinions are my own.


Brazen Cosmetics Care Package

Hello, my pretties!

When we think makeup, we tend to think of all the big names we are familiar with (L'Oreal, Revlon, LORAC, Too Faced, etc.) and associate those companies with "quality". It's hard to believe that indie makeup companies - those that don't have huge labs or massive advertisement companies at their disposal - can be just as wonderful or even better  (yep, I said it). This is where Brazen Cosmetics comes in!

A few months back, I was introduced to this company through one of my close friends, Kat (+IndieGoKat), who said great things about them. Me, being the cynical person that I am, thought "Yeah, right..."  because I just couldn't believe that such a company could exist. I mean, it was like talking about mythical creatures...except this one does exist!

All samples open.

And why is Brazen Cosmetics so special? Well, first off, the creator & owner is Sandria Marie - a girl who has been working in the makeup industry and formulating cosmetics for the past 15 years. She is very passionate about her brand and the quality of the makeup that comes out of her shop. She guarantees every single item  because Brazen is formulated with long-wearing professional-grade formulas packed with ingredients that are actually good  for your face! Who doesn't want that kind of security when applying makeup on their skin? I know I do!

*** Special Note:  Not all the products listed below are currently for sale on their website. Whatever products are currently available will have a link and the regular  price listed. Please note that some of the items may be on sale at the time of this post. I am unsure at this point whether the products unavailable on the website are new or discontinued. Please contact the manufacturer for additional information.

Below are images that showcase several makeup samples from their line, so let's move on to the swatches!!! Get yourself a snack. We have a lot  to talk about... ☺

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Gorgeous Cosmetics {Review}

***Disclaimer: I received these samples, courtesy of Gorgeous Cosmetics
for use in conjunction with this blog post. All opinions are my own.

Hello, my pretties!

Because I always want to give back all the love and support you guys give me, last month I had a giveaway of some Gorgeous Cosmetics falsies. Not only did I want to share with you all the goodness that Gorgeous Cosmetics is, I also wanted to physically spread it. Generally, I do a review and then a giveaway. This time around, I had some schedule complications and wasn't able to test all the products out until after the giveaway was done. It's a long  story, which I'll be sharing more about in (cross your fingers) the next couple of weeks. I didn't want to give you a half-done post, so I waited until everything was tested. I hope you guys understand...

Before I get started with this review, however, I would like to share with you a bit about Gorgeous Cosmetics and what they are all about. Are you guys ready? Let's do this! ☺

Gorgeous Cosmetics Care Package ♥

Gorgeous Cosmetics was founded in Melbourne, Australia by award-winning makeup artist, David McConnell. The brand's philosophy is all about embracing your own natural beauty and use makeup to give you simple yet glamorous looks that make you stand out. These are professional-grade products that come in gorgeous  (pun intended) and classy packaging.

Where can you find these products?
You can buy directly from their website by clicking HERE or you can purchase from one of their authorized retailers. To see the list of authorized retailers, click HERE.

Now, it's time for my review of every single product I received as part of their care package (pictured above):

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Billion Dollar Brows Best Sellers Kit {Review}


***Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this product, courtesy of Billion Dollar Brows
for review & use in conjunction with this blog post. Powered by BrandBacker.
All opinions are my own.

Hello, my pretties! ♥

Ahhh...I am a brows girl through and through. If the eyes are the windows to the soul, the brows are the frames to those windows. And my frames better be on fleek everytime I wear makeup! I've tried several pencils, gels, and powders to accomplish brow perfection. Lately, what has been on my rotation non-stop is the Billion Dollar Brows Best Sellers Kit. If you want to learn more about this product and why I love it so much, keep on reading! ☺


Company claims, "Transform your brows with these essential brow products. This kit contains BDB's Best Selling products in one incredible kit!"

Monday, September 29, 2014

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future Powered by Ceramide Caplet Serum {Review}

*** Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this product, courtesy of Influenster & Elizabeth Arden
for review/use in conjunction with this blog post. All opinions are my own.

Hello, my pretties!

Before I start this particular blog post, I would like to point out my absolute obsession with The Wizard of Oz &  Wicked.  Since I have been playing around with different greetings, I thought this would be appropriate for every time I greet you here on the blog. Plus, calling you "beauties" or "dolls" is kind of played out. Don't you think? ☺ Anyway...

In this particular post, I'll be talking about the Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future Powered by Ceramide Caplet Serum (Yeah, I know. It's a mouthful!). I brought this product with me during our Sin City visit about a month ago to test out and I wanted to give you guys a full review of it. So, buckle up & get ready to read on!


Company claims, "First signs of aging? Keep calm. Reclaim your flawless skin. This unique liquid serum with caplet mini-beads activates when dispensed, providing a refreshing burst that initially clings to skin then dries to a smooth weightless finish. Use to help reinforce skin's essential moisture barrier, even skin tone, retexturize, and reduce the appearance of early signs of wrinkles. Rejuvenates the look of tired skin for a more energized complexion."



Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Gorgeous Cosmetics Luxury Faux Lashes Giveaway! [CLOSED]

*** Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by Gorgeous Cosmetics.
All opinions mentioned in this post are my own.

THIS CONTEST IS NOW
CLOSED!


Hi, my pretties!
I'm very excited to announce this giveaway because last month I received a Gorgeous Cosmetics care package directly from the company & I've been playing with their products a lot  lately. I have posted a couple of images on my Instagram using some of their lashes & I can't even begin to tell you how pleased  I am with them! ☺


Glamazon
Daytime & Nighttime looks from our trip to Las Vegas back in August.
I used Gorgeous Cosmetics False Lashes in Glamazon

Angelique
Recreation of RuPaul's Makeup directly from Mama Ru's Twitter account profile picture!
I used Gorgeous Cosmetics False Lashes in Angelique and Lipstick in Quinn.


I also used Gorgeous Cosmetics False Lashes in Jane,  but I'm reserving that picture for the blog post (coming soon!) where I will actually talk about Gorgeous Cosmetics in full depth and what I think about the products they sent me.

But, guess what? It's my birthday month & I'm feeling festive! So, I've decided to spread the love by giving away a couple of Gorgeous Cosmetics Luxury Faux Lashes (a k.a. Madam Lash False Lashes)!!! All you have to do is follow all the steps in the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win this awesome prize.

I really appreciate everyone's love & support with my blog & social media and I want to reciprocate all the love you give me... *gives virtual hug*

GOOD LUCK!!! ♥



a Rafflecopter giveaway
***Special Note: Please refer to the widget above to see all the Terms & Conditions for this giveaway.


Monday, September 22, 2014

Valentia Ever Glow Serum 20% Vitamin C Antioxidant Treatment {Review}


***Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this product, courtesy of Valentia
for review/use in conjunction with this blog post. All opinions are my own.
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As much as I love makeup, I love skincare. It's super important to always maintain your skin in the best possible shape. Because of this, I am constantly testing new products. Just this past week, I was sent Valentia Even Glow Serum to try out and give my thoughts on. If you have seen this product and are interested in trying it out, maybe my thoughts on it will help you make an educated decision. So, just keep on reading...



Company claims, " Our Even Glow Serum will repair, refresh, and renew your skin; restoring evenness to your complexion, giving you an extra boost of confidence each time you look in the mirror. Even Glow Serum evens skin tone, increases glow and radiance, absorbs rapidly, boosts collagen production, and reduces wrinkles & fine lines."


  

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Top 10 Gym Things

***Disclaimer:  These blog posts are merely to showcase what helps me stay on track with my personal  fitness journey.
I am not a nutritionist, a personal trainer, a fitness specialist or a physician. For any advice, consult with an expert.
Thank you.


Well, I have seen people at the gym (mainly bodybuilders and the like) carrying around duffel bags (yes, plural). And they are not the small portable kind either. They are huge!  The must carry their entire closet & a litter of puppies in there...I can kind of understand to take a few things that go above & beyond than just the basics to help your workout be a little more effective; however, there is no need to carry a full-blown suitcase to the gym. We go to the gym to make our minds and bodies feel and look good, both inside and out. So, I decided to share with you the Top 10 Things I Bring With Me To The Gym that help ease me into my fitness sessions and make them a little more fun and comfortable. Enjoy!

1. Gym Membership Card -  This goes without saying, but I thought I'd note it. I'm notorious for forgetting stuff, so I thought I'd add it here for all of you fellow scatter-brained beauties. Unless, of course, you go to one of those fancy gyms that require your fingerprint instead. In that case, you won't need the membership card & I'm pretty sure you won't forget your fingers on regular basis. Just sayin'...

2. Water - Drinking water & remaining hydrated is essential  while working out. Did you know that only losing 2% of your body weight in fluid can decrease your performance by up to 25%?! Yup, ladies. Staying hydrated is super  important. There's plenty of debate on whether water should be cold or room-temperature. The tests have been marginal by comparison, so I won't even go there...Water helps lubricate your body when you work out because it's the main component in many of the chemical reactions that happen inside, plus your heart won't have to work as hard to pump blood and its easier to transport oxygen an nutrients to your muscles during exercise. So, if you get thirsty, drink up me hearties!

3. Towel(s) - I normally just bring a small towel with me to wipe my sweat and/or put on the machines or the floor whenever I work out. It's also common courtesy to wipe the machines after using them, so I'll use the other side of my towel to wipe them down (the side that isn't touching your face, of course). It doesn't have to be fancy, it doesn't have to a certain color...it just has to do the job. You're gonna sweat anyway. That's what you're there for! ☺

4. Sport Bra - Make sure it's a good sport bra. I can't emphasize the word good  enough! You need full back and boob support. I don't care what size your tatas are, they must be reinforced so gravity doesn't mess up their shape. I recently did a full review on the Victoria's Secret "Incredible" Sport Bra, which is my sport bra of choice. I recently bought a 2nd one & planning on buying a 3rd one. They are that  good & they provide all the support I need. I promise you will fall in love with them, if you buy one.

5. Tennis Shoes - A comfortable sneaker is crucial for working out. I currently own a pair of Asics that are on their last leg (perfect excuse to go shopping!). You will need shoes that provide full support, are flexible, are very light, and provide wonderful shock absorption. The brand doesn't matter as much as how your foot feels inside while you exercise. If they are cute & in your favorite color, well...that's always a plus!

6. Music & Earphones - If you have a gym buddy, you may skip on music since you'll be talking to someone. On the days I work with my trainer, I don't put them on until I am doing my cardio afterwards. But on the regular, I go to the gym alone and don't socialize, so music is a must  for me. It's a good kind of distraction because it helps me forget how tired I am getting. I also work harder and get maximum effect while listening to fun music. Also, a good beat helps me keep the pace, especially while on the treadmill. Plus, it elevates my mood and makes me want to move. So, thank you Iggy Azalea for helping me reach my cardio goals with "Black Widow".

7. Lip Balm - There's no real scientific basis behind this one. Simply put - my lips chap very easily and, if I'm dehydrated, they get worse quickly. So, I keep lip balm handy to assist with this discomfort. Lately, I have been using Softlips Cube 5-in-1 Lip Care and I'm pretty happy with it because it takes care of business without adding any shine to my lips.

8. Mints - I really dislike the taste of bottled water. All I taste is the plastic. So, I make it a point to have mints with me to help with that. Not only do the mints disguise the water flavor, but also help my water feel colder and quench my thirst a lot easier.

9. Lifting Gloves - Another thing I have to replace, now that I think about it. Anyway...I know a lot of people are not into wearing them but I am. They give better grip, prevent calluses and blisters (who wants those!), relieve pressure while lifting, and provide wrist support. If it helps me with my workout, why not?

10. Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer - Gyms are infested  with bacteria, fungus & all kinds of gross things I rather not mention (or know they exist). Because of that, it's important to carry hand sanitizer with you at all times! You don't want to catch something. Ew!

I carry all of these things (except my attire and water bottle) in a small makeup bag similar to this one. I found it at Target and it fits everything I need to bring with me, so I am hands-free and can concentrate on my workouts rather than all the crap I have to carry.

I hope you found this blog post helpful. Until next time...