Tuesday, April 29, 2014

#ExtremeBeautyTour with Jeffree Star & Lipstick Nick

Hi everyone! ☺

I know a lot of people have been anxiously expecting a review/recap of the #ExtremeBeautyTour, so I decided to do that for you guys since I was fortunate enough to be able to attend to the 1st one ever!

I've been a fan of Jeffree Star since the days when MySpace was popular (Am I really that old? Geez...). I was working at the mall and would see his clothing line at Hot Topic printed with his name and the ever classic eyelash curler. And, of course, of Nick's since her original Instagram account where she would showcase her amazing body painting skills of football team jerseys painted onto the bodies of beautiful ladies. So, when Jeffree Star (@jeffreestar) & Nicole Faulkner (@lipsticknick_) announced they were doing a demonstration class at Morphé Brushes, I seriously just about died of happiness.

Extreme Beauty Tour
with Jeffree Star & Lipstick Nick
(Image courtesy of @lipsticknick_'s Instagram)

Friday, April 25, 2014

Review :: Wet n Wild ColorIcon Eyeshadow Collection in "Walking The Red Carpet" [Limited Edition]

Hi everyone!

A few weeks back, while I was roaming around the aisles of my local pharmacy waiting to have my walking pneumonia antibiotic prescription filled, I encountered this beautiful palette and just had to buy it! You guys know I am always on the hunt for a great neutral palette that's easy to travel with. I need something compact, with wide color selection, texture variety, and hue diversity. Well, I found this & had to share it with you because I thought it was a wonderful buy. Ladies & gents, I present to you the Wet n  Wild ColorIcon Eyeshadow Collection in Walking The Red Carpet  [Limited Edition].

There is also a 2nd palette called Flirting At The Afterparty,  which is actually a purple/pink palette somewhat similar to Petal Pusher.  If you want to get a good look at this palette, I highly recommend you check out Musings of a Muse's blog post by clicking HERE.

W W's Walking The Red Carpet
ColorIcon Eyeshadow Collection

Company claims, "A stunning collection of 8 silky, ultra-pigmented day-to-night colors. Mix-and-match for a variety of looks from sweet to wild!"

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

FAMILY LOS ANGELES EASTER ADVENTURE!

This past Saturday we had a visit from Andres' cousin/my friend, Gracie, and one of her daughters, Clarissa. They came into town to do some shopping & hang out. We rarely venture out into the unknown without a plan but, this time, we decided to do so. Fortunately, we ended up with a super fun Easter weekend full of adventure! ☺

We started the day by going to Bru's Wiffle - A Waffle Joint in Santa Monica. We are big  fans of chicken & waffles, but this place is by far the BEST we have ever been to. The chicken is crispy, the waffles are soft, and all the topings & sauces are incredibly delicious! I ordered the Chicken On Fire - Two pieces of boneless skinless crispy fried chicken with a soft Belgian waffle topped with grilled onions, grilled jalapeños, Oaxacan Cheese & Blazing Sauce. It was un-freakin'-believable!

Bru's Wiffle Menus

Oh-mah-Gehrd... ♥

Monday, April 21, 2014

FOTD :: Easter 2014

Hi everyone!

Hope every single one of you had a very lovely Easter in the company of your loved ones! ♥

We had a pretty fun weekend with family. On Saturday, we hung out with Andres' cousin/my close friend Gracie & her daughter. I'll post about that later to share with you all the fun stuff we did... For now, let me share with you the makeup I wore on Easter Sunday: I kept things pretty neutral with a small pop of color on the lower lashline by adding a bright purple. It made the look very wearable for everyday but also super fun!

If you want to see what products I used for this makeup look, just keep reading! ☺

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Inspiration :: Dreams Come True!

Before I start, I need to warn you: This particular post might end up being all over the place. That is usually what happens when I write stuff like this. Not only that, but the way things are coming back into memory need to be recorded by the date they happened so that it all makes sense in the end for you... Thank you ☺


A few months back, I talked a bit about my internal struggles with depression and some things that I simply could not get over (if you want to watch that video before continuing this read, click HERE). I didn't get into too much detail because it's a very personal matter. Some time in the future I'll talk about it more openly. I am just not ready yet. I am still working on myself every day...

This blog post is not just  about those struggles. It's actually about how I have (slowly) overcome my demons and how a single person (completely unbeknownst to him) has single-handedly helped me get out of the mud to (again, slowly) finally come to terms with my past and look forward to a future with dreams. It sounds very  weird, I know, but I promise you'll have an "a-ha!" moment in the end ☺ Here comes the timeline...

2001 -  On my birthday, I was roaming around the aisles of Barnes & Noble with my then roomate, Brian. I encountered Kevyn Aucoin's Making Faces and my little world turned upside down. I had never  seen anyone create such transformations! That's the day I fell deeply in love with makeup.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Review :: NARS The NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette

Hi everyone! 

On rare occasion do I splurge on myself anymore. Usually, if I buy high-end makeup, it's because it's going to go into my makeup kit to be used on other  people (I'm a part-time makeup artist, just in case you didn't already know). Sure, I'll spend on drugstore makeup for myself trying to find what works; however, when I fall in love with luxury makeup, I try my best to avoid it. It's kind of a survival thing...for my pocket, that is... This time around, I couldn't help myself. I fell in love fast, deep & hard...and not for my boyfriend *gasp!* It was all for an eyeshadow palette: The NARS NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette, to be exact.


NARS NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette

Friday, April 11, 2014

Review :: Smashbox Full Exposure Palette

Hi everyone!

The neutral color palettes craze is still here! Everyone from high end to drugstore is taking advantage of this & coming out with lots of new neutral palettes. Some of them are shimmery, some of them are matte, some of them are a combination of both. Well, today, I come to you with a review of Smashbox's Full Exposure Palette.

As some of you know, I am a makeup artist and although I am not swimming in neutral palettes myself, I do try to find palettes that are convenient for me to use on clients. Not only do I look for pretty colors, I also look for versatility and the Full Exposure Palette was perfect for my kit! Just like the LORAC Pro Palette, it contains a well-rounded mixture of shimmers and mattes and comes in a pretty sleek palette.

But enough blabber...Let's get into the nitty gritty of this review! ☺

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

MOTD :: #LALLBLOG14 [Part 3]

Hi everyone!

While I wrote the longest post in the history of blog posts about #LALLBLOG14, I wanted to keep this one post pretty short & sweet. I am listing all of the products I used on my face to create the makeup look I have here. Enjoy! ♥


BASE
Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Face Cream
Jurlique Purely Age-Defying Eye Cream 
Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer
Benefit Cosmetics Stay Don't Stray Eye Primer in Light/Medium
Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation in 160 Fresh Beige

EYES
Sacha Cosmetics Single Eyeshadow in Skin all over the lid & up to the browbone.
Smashbox Full Exposure Palette - Apply a wash of M4 all over the lid. Mix M2 & M5 together and apply to the crease with a blending brush as a transition color. Then, apply M1 & M6 with a smaller blending brush to deepen the outer crease area. With a flat shader brush, apply S3 onto the lid, then reapply foiled.
Wet n Wild Beauty ColorIcon Eyeshadow Collection in Walking The Red Carpet [Limited Edition]. Apply the glittery gold named Eyelid onto the lid, then reapply foiled for additional sparkle. Apply the matte warm medium brown named Crease under the lower lashline. (I do not have a link to provide. Check your local drugstore or wherever they sell Wet n Wild for availability. If you want to buy it online, search eBay.)
Rich On Cosmetics Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Starry Night on the upper lashline only. (I wasn't able to find a link where to buy it, check out your local 99¢ store).
Rimmel London Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Nude on the lower waterline.
Revlon Lash Curler to curl my top lashes.
L'Oreal Voluminous Power Volume 24 Hour Waterproof Mascara in Blackest Black on top lashes only.
Red Cherry False Eye Lashes in DW (Demi Wispies) or Wispies  are perfect for this look!

BROWS
Jordana Cosmetics Fabubrow Eyebrow Pencil in Taupe then blended it into my brow hairs and removed any excess with a spoolie.


FACE
Physicians Formula Nude Wear Touch of Glow in Nude Glow to conceal under my eyes & around my nose, and highlight anywhere I will apply MAC's Carefree (see below).
Ben Nye Bella Luxury Powder in Banana all over the face, especially on the t-zone and above the eyebrows.
Purely Cosmetics Diamond Perfect Finish Finishing Powder. I used the most minimal amount under the eyes to set the concealer.
NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder in Sunny to contour cheekbones, temples, jawline, hairline, and nose.
ELF Studio Blush in Pink Passion on the apples of my cheeks.
MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Eye Shadow in Carefree as highlight on top of cheekbones, bridge of the nose, chin, cupid's bow & inner corner of the eye.

LIPS
NYX Slim Lip Pencil in Soft Brown.
Whitening Lightening Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Nude.


Thank you all for stopping by. I send you lots of love & light!


Monday, April 7, 2014

#LALLBLOG14 Lifestyle Bloggers National Conference {Long Post} [Part 2]

Hi everyone!

A little over a week ago, I was fortunate enough to attend #LALLBLOG14. Originally, I intended to attend both days; however, as some of you know, I have been incredibly sick with walking pneumonia that has made me practically useless for the past 3 weeks (don't worry, it's not contagious unless I lick you LOL). So, I was unable to attend Day 1 due to some serious complications because of the infection. Luckily, I was able to shake it off for the day thanks to some pretty strong meds and (yay!) I made it to Day 2 of #LALLBLOG14.

The event was held at THE REEF, formerly known as LA Mart, in Downtown Los Angeles. If you are ever on the lookout for this particular building, just look for the massive  chair they have up for display in the front. This classic-looking kitchen-style wooden straight-back chair outside of THE REEF was installed in October 2003 and it is America's largest chair! THE REEF got it from a consortium of Italian furniture makers by pure luck (it was originally supposed to be installed in Chicago). You get to drive under the chair as you enter the parking lot. It's really cool! ☺

THE REEF's parking lot giant chair

This give you an idea of how large it is!