Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Years Nail Combination: Pale Glitters

I wanted something really simple to wear on my nails for New Years. I decided to combine this Essie nail polish i have (i dont know the name because it doesn't say on it and i forgot). The shade is a pale pink, almost white but not white. It's very simple and matches my skin tone very nicely. Over it i added Opal Glitter by Sinful Colors. It's just a clear nail polish with multi colored glitters. I really like this spontaneous combination lol Simple, yet festive and appropriate for the occasion with lots of sparkle!
(Please excuse my nails for being so weird looking im trying to grow them and they're growing very not lucky with pretty nails lol)

(The sparkles are a lot prettier in person, my lighting is super bad)

What nail polishes are you wearing?

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Resolutions: Out with the old...In with the new!

Am i the only one that is in utter disbelief that the year is already over?!?! Where the heck has it gone seriously!.. My year has been full of happenings that i hope stay in 2009 and don't follow me in 2010 lol But let's not focus on the past.. I like focusing on what is about to come. I've been collecting thoughts in my head, making a list, of a few resolutions i'd like to see happen, unlike last year, where i dont even remember a thing about my goals lol So with that said let's focus on the future!

1) Since im going back to school (thank God!), i would like to be able to focus on studying hard and get super good grades. I'd like to graduate in a year or two and good grades are necesarry at the moment lol (in case you ask: im a junior at a university here in Chicago)
2) I would love to be able to eat a lot healthier, be active and loose a few of the holiday lbs... I've been eating junk here and there and it's no good for me and my screwed up good at all lol
3) I want to buy more makeup! And i feel this is a goal because wherever i go and see makeup i have to get it without thinking if i'll need it, use it or even like it at all. Instead of doing that, i'll have a "wish list" and focus on getting good high end brand makeup (i.e. Nars and Mac) =)
4) I have to learn that communication is a two-way street. I haven't been in touch with the people that matter most thinking that they should be the one talking to me. It shouldnt always be the case. I don't want to loose moments i will never get back because of my disfunctional thinking.
5) I need a job! In order to make my #3 come true i have to have a job lol it's been such a difficult time for me and i haven't had any luck finding work at all. I've worked for my dad for a while but i would love to cut that cord and find a job on my own. So i will try harder.
6) Re-new my wardrobe... this one is like an emergency. I recently cleaned out my closet and threw out so many old clothes, so many weird ones which made me question my sense of judgement when i shop, and a lot of shirts and dont match with anything in my life lol Soooooo i want to start building a nice wardrobe for myself.
7) I want to try to remember to have my camera with me wherever i go. I want to take pictures all the time or everything i see, of anything i find interesting. I'd like to have that power to stop the time in every photo i snap. I've done that this year too but i would like to do it more this up coming year.
8) I want to learn something new. I dont really care what it is. I think all the time i had off from school made me long for learning lol Whethere it's a new dish, a three-layered cake or simply how to french-braid my hair...something new must be learned lol
9) I want to use my creative side and create a lot of things. I want to go back to drawing things, making things, inventing things and just have a part of me, something that's mine, out there for the people to see
10) Lastly i want to enjoy life a lot more. Talk to old friends, make new ones, spend time with my family, and just make simple moment in life count. I'm hoping for a great year =)
Thanks for reading my blabbing
Thanks for being a reader and a follower
Happy New Year!!!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

My top 10 highlights of 2009!

I think the title says it all =)
Of course i have more things that i could talk about that happened this year because it has been one long year but these are the ones that stand out to me AND i have pictures for each, so i thought i'd make it more fun! =)

Got a new fish... He's a betta... Named him Jude
Went to see Britney Spears in concert!
and the Pussycat Dolls!
Dyed eggs for Easter... they came out hot pink instead of red
Went to my first Indian party...wearing Indian clothes
Developed a close relationship with Red Bull
Went to the lake... found a new friend...
a seagull...named him Guppy

Smoking grape flavored hookah became my pastime
Built a tent in my backyard with my brothers...
came inside after it got dark because we heard loud crickets

Came up with the best Halloween costume...
on the night of Halloween
(Beetlejuice. Beetlejuice. Beetlejuice!)
Made my first batch of blueberry muffins... great success
Farewell 2009 =)

Sunday, December 27, 2009

My Christmas! (Picture Heavy)

Hello my gorgeous readers! I hope you all had a great Christmas!
Mine was very simple and amazing. I spent it with my family and enjoyed every minute of it. We all decided to make this year more about family time and less about a whole bunch of presents. So we played games, watched movies, ate an amazing dinner and celebrated my moms birthday. It was great.
Just wanted to share with you the little meaningful presents i got that i love.
First i got this box with Audrey Hepburn movies! It's like a special 80 year old anniversary collection box. Can i point out how gorgeous that box is! It's so vintage i love it. Inside there's the box with 7 movies and a small envelope with 10 pictures of Audrey Hepburn. Super pretty i loved this gift the best. The movies include My Fair Lady, Paris when it Sizzles, War and Peace, Sabrina, Roman Holiday, Funny Face and of course Breakfast at Tiffanys =)
Next i got a pair of pajama pants. We all got some sort of sleep wear this year and this is what i got =). Pink with leopard print hearts here and there. Can it get more girly than that haha!
This next mini present is all samples! I love samples because i can just stick them in my purse and have them handy. Plus it helps a lot when i want to try out new products and eventually decide to buy the full size. This little bag is from Dior. The samples include a small Dior mascara Diorshow Black Out, a Miss Dior Cherie perfume and a tiny Dior Addict Ultra-gloss reflect (which i'm in love with!). The mascara is really good. I'm still testing it out so i can't say much about it. The perfume smells amazing! It's a Fruity Floral Elegance. Here's a list of the scents used so you get an idea of the smell: Sicilian Mandarin Essence, Calabrian Bergamot Essence, Egyptian Jasmine Absolute, Indian Tuberose Absolute, Patchouli Essence. I'm considering getting a full size lol. The lip gloss is one of the best i've tried. It glides on so smoothly on the lips and the best part... It's not sticky! I think i can speak for a lot of us when i say sticky lip glosses aren't our bestest friend. But i really love this. I'm looking to buy the full size of either the same one or a different shade. This one is number 257 (Organdi Pink). It's gorgeous.
And that's about it for my presents =)
Moving on....
Revlon ColorStay in Golden Beige
NYC Translucent powder
Sephora sculpting disk

Mac paint in Bare Canvas
120 palette- Silver (inner half of my lid)
Ulta e/s in Gunmetal (rest of the lid)
Urban Decay - Oil Slick (crease)
NYX - Black (outer V)
L'oreal intense linear eyeliner (waterline and bottom outer corner)
120 palette - White (highlight and outer corner near tear duct)
Diorshow Black out Mascara
Ardel #150

MAC Creme D'Nude
Dior Addict ultra-gloss reflect 257

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Goin' gaga for Lady Gaga - The Fame Monster

Just wanted to share with you one of my presents i got for Christmas! The new Lady Gaga CD - The Fame Monster. I absolutely LOVE it!!! I've been constantly playing her songs they're all amazing. If you haven't had the chance to hear it yet please do so. Here's a list of the tracks...

1. Bad Romance
2. Alejandro
3. Monster
4. So Happy I Could Die
5. Speechless
6. Dance In The Dark
7. Telephone
8. Teeth

There's only 8 songs and i so wish there were more because i absolutely love her. She's the only artist that sounds as good live as she does on the CD. She's unique, she's entertaining and a new fashion star. Love it!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Happy Holidays to everyone!!!

Our tree 2009 =)

Just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a blessed season to you and yours. I want to thank my beautiful subbies for reading, commenting and following my blog. It's so great to meet each and every one of you that i get to hear from. Hopefully i will have the chance to re-pay you for reading my blog. I will work on having a giveaway in the new coming year for all those who follow me. Just a little thank you from me =)
I might not be posting too much because ill be with my family enjoying Christmas and my moms birthday today (Happy Birthday to my gorgeous mom!), and whatever is left of 2009.
I hope you all have a great holiday and also look forward to the new year like i do!
Be safe and God bless!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

My top 10 favorites of 2009

I've been meaning to do this for a while now but i had a hard time picking just 10 items that i love. I decided to pick the ones i wouldn't be able to go without and here's what i came up with =)

(this is in no particular order)

1) Nars Turkish Delight Lip gloss - so i've had this for quite some time now but haven't really used it since maybe the beginning of summer. I fell in love! It's the most perfect subtle pale pink that i can either wear over lipstick or by itself. I use it all the time; i hate to think of the day when its empty =( ..but of course ill be repurchasing it =)

2) Revlon Colorstay Foundation - even though i jump from one color to the other when it comes to this brand, it is my HG when it comes to foundations in general. I've tried many and they all make me look washed out or it just fades by the end of the day. This one lasts me all day and it feels great on my skin.

3) Mac Smoke&Diamonds eyeshadow - i got this when it came out with Love that Look collection and i've been in love with it ever since. It's my everyday color. It's easy to blend and i can mix it with pretty much any color i want or wear it by itself with some eyeliner. Love it

4) St. Ives Apricot Scrub - i'm sure we're all familiar with this product. Very affordable and amazing. I use it every other day, usually in the morning, and it just wakes me up and makes my skin feel soft and clean. I think im on my 3rd tube this year haha since my mom go into it too, it finishes pretty quickly lol

5) Mac Pain in Bare Canvas - i got this over the summer and i still have sooooo much left. I use it a lot. This is my primer and it works amazing for me. I wasn't sure at the time if i should spend $16.50 on this little tube but it was well worth the money. It's last me this long and it will for a while so im very happy with it.

6) Mac Honey Salve - i had this product as my monthly favorite last month. I love it. It works so good on my lips and dry spots on my hands that i get because of the cold. It smells and tastes like honey and i love that. I have a lot of product left because i only use a little so it was worth it.

7) Maybelline Define-a-Brow - this is the only thing i use for my eyebrows. I've tried shadows, other pencils and this is the only one that makes me happy and looks good. It's thin enough to control the shape of your eyebrow and the color goes on smoothly and light and it allows you to build up the color if you want a darker shade. Most importantly - it lasts all day =)

8) 120 palette - im going to keep this simple and say... 120 COLORS!!!... smooth, easy to blend, pigmented and a great variety of colors and shades. I use this a lot of various looks i come up with and don't have the individual colors otherwise. Worth having in your collection.

9) L'oreal Extra-Intense eyeliner - i've seen this pencil on various blogs and was curious to try it out. It's the best drugstore eyeliner you can get your hands on. It's intense enough and doesn't run if my eyes get watery. I would say the quality is somewhere between Stila kajol liner and Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner.

10) Urban Decay Foreshadow eyeshadow palette - i got this on sale from Ulta (i dont remember how much exactly). I used this a lot over the summer, especially Stray Dog eyeshadow. Now i've been using Oil Slick a lot and sometimes Midnight Cowboy. I love this palette im glad i have it.

Top 6: My favorite Christmas movies!

Christmas is just around the corner ladies!!! I love Christmas. I realized it when i put up my tree with my family that this time of the year is very exciting! What i really enjoy doing is make some hot chocolate and get all cozy to watch Christmas movies. It puts me in a great mood and gives you that fuzzy warm feeling (cheezy rite!lol). Anyway!... Just wanted to share with you my top 6 holiday movies that i cannot get sick of watching every year around the holiday times. My family and i have different favorites and we love to take turns in picking out one to watch together. Here's the list of my faves =)

Is your favorite in my top 6? If not, what are some of your favorites?

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

REVIEW - Sephora Sculpting Disk

I've been wanting to try this for like ever! I finally had the chance to get it for my birthday and i was beyond excited. I got it, obviously, at Sephora for $24. I've been reading a few reviews online and a lot of people were very happy with it so i said why not. First let me mention the size of this thing! As you can tell by the pictures below it really is about the size of a DVD movie. It consists of what i call a trio powder power haha! It's basically a Matifying powder, a Blush Bronzer and a Highlighting powder. Now on to the details!...

I love the packaging. Its a round black compact disc with the Sephora logo on the front. I always have a bit a trouble getting it open because it seems stuck (lol) but once i open it im happy with what i see. You have the three powders and a large mirror makes everything very handy if you carry it in your purse.
The powders are very smooth. At first they seemed a little too powdery but you get used to it if you don't press too hard. The color itself shows up very smoothly on the face and its very easy to blend. I use the bronzer powder to contour, the matte powder to smooth out the harsh lines and the highlighting powder as a highlight. The bronzer and highlight look a bit shimmery but once you blend it on your face it gives such a nice fresh look. It's very subtle so you don't have to worry about glitter or looking too shinny.
The bronzer is just the right shade for my face to give it a bit of color. It's why i use it as a contour. The matte powder seems a bit too light but once i put it on it somehow blends in with everything else on my face. It's not a white powder, it's a yellow shade so it's perfect. The higlight powder is the nicest pink shade. It works great as a highlight and even a blush.
I am not at all bothered by the smell. It remind of baby powder lol It somehow feels very fresh, clean and feminine.
I am very happy with the product. It cuts a lot of my time getting ready by having three powders handy in this disc. After i apply my foundation i contour with the bronzer, use the middle powder to blend harsh lines, use loose powder to set the rest of my face and finally add the highlight above my cheeckbones, on the bridge of my nose and lightly on my forehead and im good to go. If i didn't have this i would have to use three different products but for the price of $24 you get a lot of product that will last you a while. =)

Monday, December 14, 2009

REVIEW - Kirkland Signature by Borghese Brush Set

I got this brush set for my birthday and i absolutely love it! I got it from Costco for $19.99. The collection box includes these things: (8) Professional-Quality Cosmetic Brushes with Soft-touch handles, premium eyelash curler, (4) Premium travel-sized cosmetic brushes and pouch, anti-microbial and Synthetic Cruelty-free bristles, designer cosmetic brush case and a brush collection brochure found inside brush case. ALL this for just $19.99 seemed like the best deal ever! The (8) brushes are: Powder Brush, Flat-top Bronzer Brush, Angled Foundation Brush, Eyeshadow brush, Eye Blending brush, Flat eyeliner brush, Eye smudger, Angled brow brush and a Brow spoolie.

These are all the full-sized brushes (8) that are made of synthetic fibers plus their cruelty free. The brushes are white at the top and black going down the handle. The brushes also come with a full size brush roll which can hold all of the full size brushes that comes in this set. It looks like leather but its just soft black material that doesn't look cheap at all.

The set also comes with an eyelash curler, which also included a plastic replacement when the old one breaks or becomes too old.

In addition to that, the set includes a travel size set of (4) brushes with a small pouch that fits perfectly in your purse. Mini powder brush, mini blending brush, mini eyeshadow brush and a mini flat eyeliner brush. They're the essential basic brushes that are the same quality as the full sized ones.
Now let's talk quality. My first question was of course "are they worth it?". After having some time to try them out i am very confident to recommend them to others. They are full length brushes, the size of Mac brushes, except the handles are a bit thicker. They look nothing like cheap brushes. The brushes are very soft and do the job perfectly. My favorite out of all is the big powder brush. It's sooooo soft and it feels so good on the face. I was a little worried about the angle and flat eyeliner brush being to harsh for my eyes because i've had that problem before with a drugstore brush, but these are extremely soft. They're not harsh at all so it doesn't hurt or "scratch" my eye when i put shadow liner on. I can easily work with the brush to blend the color on the lid. I use the flat top brush to blend in blush or highlight. It's the perfect size for it. The foundation brush works great. Being an angled brush, you can get in various places on the face that would be hard to reach, so that's what i use it for and it works great for me. Each brush basically works perfectly for what it's meant to work for. Love it!

All in all i am sooooo happy i got this set. The full size brushes are all i use everyday. The travel size brushes are in my purse of course. And i love the fact that it came with a little brochure describing everything that was included in the set. Highly recommend this set if you can get your hands on it from Costco please do it.

That's about it =)

Holiday Makeup Series: Natural Smokey Holiday

So i thought i would tone it down a bit with the colors and try out a smoked out natural look for the holiday. Not everyone likes wearing too much color so this would be perfect. You can pair it up with some gorgeous red lips and spice it up a bit. Hope you like it! =)
Revlon ColorStay in Golden Beige
NYC translucent powder
Sephora sculpting disk

Mac pain in Bare Canvas
Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy (all over lid)
Urban Decay Stray Dog (crease and half the lid in and bellow waterline)
Urban Decay Oil Slick (crease and below waterline)
L'oreal intense pencil liner
Bourjois Dose de Nacres (inner corner by tear duct)
Zoom Lash mascara
Ardell Lashes 105

MAC Creme D'Nude
NARS Turkish Delight