Wednesday, October 6, 2010



Maleficent is the villian in Disney's Sleeping Beauty. In honor of MAC's Villains Collection, I decided to have some fun... Certainly had some fun with it, but it was NOT easy. Mostly, it sucked washing off... I was also paranoid all day at work that I had green leftover somewhere on my face. More Halloween looks to come...

I doctored the first one up because my little fake head-dress prop had smeared... Second one is no flash, undoctored. :) Enjoy. Give me suggestions for more Halloween fun makeup!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

EOS Lip Balm

The first step of recovering from an addiction is admitting you have a problem...

Well, I'm addicted to lip products - mostly lip balm. At any time, you can ask me to dump my purse, and you'll be sure to find at least 8 lip products. My friends actually used to make fun of me because when I'd get nervous, I'd pull out Carmex and apply it excessively... I then read an article how your lips would quit making their own moisture if you were 'addicted' to lip balms. I got extremely worried because I couldn't stand to not have something on my lips, and when I attempted to go without anything, they felt so dry. So, of course, I asked my doc about it, and he said that wasn't true and that he thought I was perfectly fine with applying my lip products like I was, and so my addiction continues... Mwahahaha.

So, when I heard about EOS lip balm, I couldn't wait to try it! I've been using Burt's Bee's on my lips for about two years now, and loved the slight tingle it gave(which is one of my favorite things about lip products) when applied. Well, I ran out of the tube I always kept on my night stand so I figured it was time to search for this EOS stuff.

In my area, it was extremely hard to find. I kept checking their website, and it said that it was available at CVS and Walgreens, but every time I went, they never had it and none of their employees had ever heard of it. I'm pretty sure they thought I was crazy because, as one young man said, "Well, we have about a million different Chap Stick flavors though...." SIGH. Like I didn't know that and like I haven't tried every single flavor before...

Anyways, so I went in to Walgreens about a week ago to get my Rx filled (Hi. I'm an allergy sufferer, what's your name?) and they told me it was going to be 15 min. Well, that turned into about 45 min. Don't even ask. All they had to do was put a sticker on a darn box! While I was aimlessly wandering around filling my little cart with select clearance items, I just thought I'd check ONCE more to see if they had my EOS lip balm ... AND GUESS WHAT?! They DID.

So, I got the "Honeysuckle and Honeydew" flavor because the only other kind they had was "Summer Fruit" and I HATE fruity smells, so I picked the LEAST fruity one that they had.

It's so freaking cute! It's in the cutest little egg shaped bubble and I love that. It just makes me smile. You screw off the top, and it clicks into place when you screw it back on. It's extremely moisturizing and it really does make my lips super soft. It has a nice creamy texture on your lips and lasts fairly long. The only bad thing I have to say about this is that I miss the tingle feeling. :( There's no tingle at all. It smells nice, but doesn't taste like anything at all. I must also mention the following:

*It is USDA organic. 95% organic, 100% natural.
*Has Shea Butter, Jojoba oil, and Vitamin E
*Goes on clear
*Petrolatum and paraben free

I think it's pretty good for a few bucks and it looks like it'll last a SUPER long time. It's HUGE. I love the cute packaging, it's original and futuristic. The only complaint I have is that it does NOT tingle at all, and personally, I miss that. But, this probably wouldn't be that big of a deal to others, so if you don't mind that, you should pick this up if you can find it. :)

Happy Lip Balm Addictions to All!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil and Candlelight Duo

I know summer is ending entirely too fast but I thought for my first product review, I would review Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder and Candlelight Softly Illuminating Translucent Powder duo. I received this for a gift for my birthday (Thanks Mary!) and I've been in love with it ever since.

First of all, even though I'm Latina, I'm pretty white. Actually, vampire white. So white that in the winter, I wear the same exact shade of MAC powder they use on the vampires in Twilight. Nevertheless, in summer, I TRY to look a little tanner, without fake baking (I'm a recovering fake baker). I have four bronzers, but this is by far my favorite. Why?...

First of all, the smell is A-MAZ-ING. It's made with real cocoa powder, so it smells like chocolate milk. In fact, it smelled so good that I decided to taste it. It tastes exactly like sweet cocoa powder. Not only is the smell amazing, but the powder is so pigmented - which can be scary for some, but if you apply it lightly and with a fluffy brush, it's not a big deal. I actually like to use this to contour right under my cheek bones, and it automatically makes me look glowy and as if I went to the beach. It's the perfect shade for me, and isn't too dramatic. Not only that, but it doesn't have any shimmer or glitter in it (hence MATTE), so it gives more of a natural tan look than a sparkly tan look.

I'm not really big on shimmer on my face, but the highlighting powder that comes with it is beautiful, especially on your cheek bones and right under your brows for a nice shimmery highlight. It's actually a nice creamy color, instead of bright white, which really complements a natural-tan look.

The packaging is also super cute. It comes with a BIG mirror that says "Why be pretty when you can be gorgeous?" :) I'd buy this for the bronzing powder alone! I'd much rather use this than any orangey-based sparkley bronzer. With just the right amount, it makes you look like the sun-kissed goddess you always wanted to be. :)

Sunday, July 11, 2010


Hello! Thank you for visiting my blog. I decided to make a blog because I'm sure not all my facebook friends enjoy seeing my makeup photos. So, for those of you that want to see more photos and know more about my makeup tips, reviews, and obsessions - here is the spot.

A lot of people have asked me when or why I became obsessed with makeup. Most of you knew nothing of my obsession or fascination until recently. I guess I've hidden it for fear of being chastised about being superficial or conceited. It's nothing like that though, and if you can't see past my makeup or understand where I'm coming from, then obviously, you won't be reading this blog anyways. =)

There are two memories that I have that I believe help explain all of this business.

It all started when I was a little girl. I was your typical girly girl, but didn't have any girly friends really. In fact, I used to play with my brother and his friends more than I did with girls. I used to beg my mom for a sister, but that never happened, obviously. I didn't have much girly influence around me. However, I've always been intrigued by beauty and fashion. On a particular shopping trip with my mom, I was sitting in the basket waiting for my mom while watching other people and I remember I heard the familiar CLIK-CLAK of high heels. For some reason, I still remember associating that CLIK-CLAK with power and confidence. I wanted to be that woman someday, wearing heels, letting everyone know of my presence. Silly, I know, but those were my thoughts and I can't deny that I still don't have those thoughts when I wear a pair of heels.

Another memory that I have is when my mom used to take me and my brother to the library and allowed us to explore and check out whatever we wanted. I'd pile up twenty books or more and take them all home with me to read. My mom once checked out a book called, "The Art of Makeup" by Kevyn Aucoin. I remember sitting on my mom's bed, flipping through the book and being mesmerized by how different people could look with makeup. I was fascinated by how it was more than just lipstick and eyeliner; It was art.

I've always been creative and makeup has been an outlet for me to express that. I begged my mom to start letting me wear makeup in 6th grade and she agreed. She let me buy THREE things - a gold-bronze eyeshadow (it was Covergirl's Mink), a peach blush, and brown mascara. Later on, I talked her into eyeliner. I was always shy and quiet in school, being somewhat "nerdy" and just plain invisible most of the time. I wasn't really concerned with makeup or fashion much but rather with getting all A's. It's never been a priority or a necessity. I don't wear crazy makeup during the day. In fact, I don't wear much at all, which is probably why a lot of people had no idea I dabbled in this hobby. I don't think you HAVE to wear it every day either. It only becomes superficial when you feel like you CAN'T be seen without it. And, I'm a true believer in INNER beauty. Regardless if I wear makeup or not, I hope others will see THAT before they see anything else. That's how I was raised, so no makeup look will ever be a substitute for that. But, nevertheless, makeup is a passion for me - a creative outlet...

Combining all that power, confidence, and creativity is where all of this came from. Now, it's a hobby, just like people paint or fix up cars - I do makeup. When I get bored or want to be creative, I put makeup on. I only recently started sharing my hobby with others because I believe that everyone should share their talents with the world, just as Marianne Williamson says:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Why shouldn't I share my art and creativity with others? I've found that many are interested. What's so wrong with making others feel beautiful or confident - making them feel like they can shine? Bobbi Brown's "Pretty Powerful" campaign pretty much sums up what I believe. Most girls can feel pretty, but with a few makeup tweaks here and there, their confidence skyrockets and then you feel 'pretty powerful.'

Makeup is a way to express myself, something that fascinates me. Why conceal (no pun intended-hehe) a talent that ought to be shared with the world? It makes me happy because it's fun. It makes me happy because I like to make others feel good. It makes me happy because I like the feeling of having sisters - girls to talk to that enjoy just being girls. This is my creativity, my passion, a simple hobby...

So, if you're interested, come along for the ride. :)