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Thursday, November 9, 2017

BH Cosmetics GRWMs And Favorites

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I really feel this post is long overdue. If you have been following me from the beginning, you will know BH Cosmetics was one of the first brands to notice me on Instagram. It was with their simple "like" that I was able to hit 500 followers on Instagram. I remember that day perfectly. It's almost embarrassing lol. But hey, it's a moment to be proud of.

I can honestly say BH Cosmetics is a brand you do not want to sleep on. It's affordable, it's high quality, and you know what? IT KEEPS GETTING BETTER.

Since starting my blogging/ IG/ YouTube journey I've been able to try new things here and there from BH Cosmetics, but of course I can't afford it all! I was very fortunate to have a package sent to me of amazing goodies. I remember opening the box, my heart was RACING with excitement. Even my male coworkers were impressed with such a generous package. Take a peak,



I wasted NO time digging into this box of goodies. I recorded a GRWM with the Bronze Paradise palette and immediately fell in LOVE. Such a gorgeous summer palette. The look I came up with is below.



Want to know how I go this look? I recorded it! Using mostly BH Cosmetics products, I was able to put together one of my favorite summer looks. I just love a good pop of color and the Bronze Paradise Palette is perfect for that. Check out how to get the look below.




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Need the one minute breakdown? I gotchu.




Next, they released the Solar Flare palette which was the sister to the Galaxy Palette which is one of my favvvvvvorite palettes from BH Cosmetics. I LOVE this palette. Seriously, it's a must have. Anyway, the sister palette, Solar Flare consisted of a bunch of metallic and baked shadows. Its one of those palettes that you get a little fix plus happy trying to see just how metallicy you can make your look look. Here's a look at it.




I quickly paired this look with the BH Cosmetics Modern Mattes palette I was sent and came  up with this look.



I loved this look SO much. The glitter blew my mind. I was not expecting it to be so amazing. It looks white in the container and applied almost teal. It's STUNNING. Full video below.



Another too long video? Here's the one minute breakdown. Also, Yes, my foundation was wayyyyy too light, but it was mostly my lighting at the end. FFFFF it. Ya know? ;)


So that's my quick recap. You can shop BH Cosmetics by clicking on the BH link* below! What's your favorite BH products?

XoXo

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Let's Get Personal | Life Updates and Goals

So let's get personal real quick. I am actually pretty embarrassed by it, but I've gained quite a bit of weight over the last few months. It started with depression and then progressed when I got a new job and schedule and it's just been on a steady incline [of weight] since.

But that stops now. I told myself I wanted to lose ten pounds by the end of the year. That gives me 8 weeks. I can do this! So, in addition to my beauty posts I will be sharing some of my workouts, food diaries, and progress. Don't expect progress pics though! I'm not about that life right now. I've done that before and it adds too much pressure. So instead I am setting mini goals. This month my goal is 5 POUNDS. In addition to the five pound weight loss, I'd really like to work my way back up to a minimum of 100 miles a month. I know I've blogged about this before. I mean, how can I be THE RUNNING LIPSTICK QUEEN if I don't even run anymore...

So since it's the beginning of the month, I'd really like to commit to 50 miles this month. It's a start! Easily two miles a day. Currently my average is a whopping 3 miles a run. What even is that. My friends are constantly giving me a hard time for not thinking that's a lot (they're not runners). In my head all I can think is 'I used to average 7 miles a run...'

Today is the second. Yesterday, my food intake was not great. Mostly because I was eating so much leftover candy! But as far as breakfast, lunch, and dinner, I wasn't terrible. And yes, I did workout. I went straight to the gym after work. It wasn't the best workout, but it was a workout. To be fair, I JUST started a new Nike training program and it only called for a mile and a half run.



This is what the rest of this week's schedule looks like. It's pretty upsetting to start from the beginning. To be honest, I very much enjoy Benchmark runs. They involve you running at a moderate pace for seven minutes, nothing crazy, but then you run really really fast for 3 minutes. The final 5 minutes are your cool down and to be walked or jogged. Piece of cake. I kinda want to see if I can get three miles in total. That means after my benchmark another 1.5-2 miles. 

My ultimate goal is to run a half marathon in the Spring. Up until now, I've only ever ran Fall half marathons. I think this is why I slack off somewhere in between Winter and Spring... So it's official. I'm on the hunt and training to do my first Spring (or early Summer) half marathon. 

As for my IG and YouTube goals, I hit my 1k YT goal and I could not be more proud. Now I'd like to hit 1200 by the end of November. Unrealistically, it would be a dream to hit 1.5k on YouTube by the end of the year. I'm laughing because I don't think that's possible for me. Instagram is trickier. If I can just hit 18k by the end of the year, I'll be happy. The unrealistic IG goal for the end of the year would be 20k. Do you follow my social networks yet? 

In a nutshell, I need to run more and find balance in everything I do. I know I can be very successful with my running AND blogging individually, but together? At the same time? That's asking a little too much for this little Gemini. I am pretty determined though. I love a good challenge!

XoXo

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Derma E x SunKissAlba Whole Foods Favorites Box!

Hello everyone!

Today's post is dedicated to an amazing box of goodies! Derma E partnered with SunKissAlba, a lifestyle and natural beauty YouTuber, to curate a box for a good cause. I was very generously gifted one of these boxes for review and I could not be more excited!

This box included all of SunKissAlba's favorites and the proceeds went to an amazing cause. More specifically, the Special Olympics! I think that is beyond amazing and makes my heart so full and this box 1000% worth it. You can watch the original SunKissAlba video here.


First of all, when you open the box you will be whisked away by it's amazing smell. I'm not kidding! Every post I saw about this box confirms this. You are more than welcome to search the #SunKissAlba tag to see all the beautiful posts related. Anyway, moving on! This box was filled with so many amazing goodies I had no idea where to start.


The one thing that stood out to me most was the Radiant Glow Face Oil. I had already heard so many amazing things about it and it was created in collaboration with Derma E by SunKissAlba herself!

Okay, so if you know me, you KNOW I love Derma E oils. They're so light and don't clog my pores and I genuinely feel like my skin looks its best when I'm using them. This SunKissAlba oil was no exception. It was INCREDIBLE. It's a face and body and has the perfect amount of shimmer. I mean, I love shimmer so much that when I say I'm OBSESSED, you know I'm actually obsessed. 


So this oil sells for $22.50 alone and can be purchased here. It's usually sold out, but as I type this, it is available and in stock! To be honest, this oil alone sells the box for me. But let's show you the rest.

I wanted to do something different for this unboxing. I wanted to share everything in it, by actually USING it all. So I created a little video to break it down for you. Watch the video below. 


Love love love!!! Everything in the Whole Foods @dermae x @sunkissalba Box is amazing. It was all perfect for a night time routine. The @pachasoap smells like absolute HEAVEN. The second I opened this box I was in heaven. 😍🀀 Everything included from start to finish was the Derma E headband (which I've used in so many videos already πŸ˜…), Derma E Purifying Daily Detox Scrub (it was so light on the face!), Derma E Nourishing Rose Cleansing Oil, Derma E Radiant Glow Face Oil (which I am LIVING FOR!!! Y'all need it!!), @ecotools Dry Brush (to exfoliate and detoxify the skin), @pacificabeauty Waikiki Pikaki Roll On, @juicebeauty Organic Solution Lip gloss, @mineralfusionnaturalbrands Nail Polish!! This nail polish dried SO quickly I was beyond impressed. And last but not least mini Derma E hair ties. Process from this box were donated to the Special Olympics. If you can find it still, you need it! #dermae #dermaeambassador #sunkissalba #wholefoods #naturalmakeup #favorites #pachasoap #radiantglow #pacificbeauty #juicebeauty #mineralsinfusion #ecotools #naturalbeauty #selflove #skincare #latinablogger #makeupdolls #makeupfanatic1 #instaglam
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The only item I couldn't exactly use on camera was the PACHA soap, but I've been using it everyday since and LOVE it! It smells like heaven, leaves my skin feeling smooth and clean. ($6.00)

The headband and hair ties came in the box but I didn't see them online. I always get them at Gen Beauty and they're the best!

The Derma E Purifying Detox Scrub was so gentle on the skin. It's no wonder you can use it every day. Charcoal is SO good for the skin and this scrub helps you remove impurities and reap benefits. ($15.50) 

Okay, so the Nourishing Rose Cleansing Oil could have been used before the Scrub, or alone, but I like the added oil to my face after I scrub. Because I am prone to breakouts, the more oils left on my face, the better! This was something I picked up on from blogs and forums and recommendations. I am most definitely not a dermatologist though so do your research! ($17.99)

Now let's talk about this Eco Tools Dry Brush because I. LOVE. IT. It gently exfoliates the skin before you jump in the shower or even before you oil up like I did. I've read some people have used it in the shower too! To each their own, but it's definitely worth the $6.

The Pacifica Beauty Waikiki Pikake Roll On was the perfect addition to my backpack. I'm a sucker for easy to apply perfumes. This scent was so light and faded to a lovely scent. I'm the kind of girl that likes to roll a dab of perfume behind my ear before bed to give myself the sweetest of dreams! ($12.00) 

I was pleased the Juice Beauty Organic Lip Gloss was NOT sticky and full of unwanted scent. It was light on the lips and even left a slight tint. ($22.00)

The last thing in the box was something that blew my mind. It was a simple ol' nail polish. This wasn't just any nail polish though, this was the Mineral Fusion Nail Care Polish. This was the fastest drying nail polish I've used in a very long time! That made me so happy. I am the queen of making nail polish only last three days so when it comes to doing my nails before recording, timing is everything! I found it hard to believe when I painted my nails and realized they were dry only a few minutes later. This nail polish is magical! I go through nail polish changes quite often so it was refreshing to come across this polish. ($8.00)

And that's it! That's the box breakdown. I had no complaints. There isn't anything I won't use again. And as I mentioned before, the proceeds went to the Special Olympics which is an amazing benefit. The box contents total way more than the price of the box. The box sold for $30 and is currently no longer available, but I would keep an eye out. JUST IN CASE!!


What do you think? Amazing box for an amazing cause? YES!! As I mentioned above, watch the original SunKissAlba video here.

XoXo

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Atomic Makeup NYC | Formerly Lonely Planet Swatch and Review

It's Friday so a Flashback Friday (okay maybe it's a day late) is acceptable, right?

Okay well here's one anyway. So as y'all know, I am a huge Indie brand supporter. The Indier the better. Well, last year I did a review on the Lonely Planet Cosmetics liquid lipsticks and people loved it! I mean, how could they not? They quickly became one of my absolute favorite indie brands for liquid lipstick. Read the review and why here.

Now let's fast forward to 2017. The former Lonely Planet Cosmetics is now Atomic Makeup NYC!! They have been rebranded and repackaged and moved on from Etsy to bigger and better things. And by that, of course I mean THEIR OWN WEBSITE! They can now be found here. They're still VERY affordable and sell for $13!! This is truly a unique formula with an amazing range of shades.

I was very generously sent 9 shades to test, swatch and review. To be honest, I was so excited to share swatches I ended up posting to my snap and IG story immediately. BUT, I did get high res swatches and posted to my IG feed that night. Check them out below.



Stunning and PERFECT for fall, amirite? Honestly not a shade I wouldn't wear in the fall. They're all SO. DANG. PRETTY!! So I went ahead and swatched them all. For reference, in this video I am wearing N50 foundation from Cover FX. ♥



Would you wear these shades? Don't forget to show the little brands love! They are always the one to surprise me most.

XoXo

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Jeffree Star Cosmetics| Star Family Swatch Comparisons, First Impression...

Because we need it!

This last Saturday we welcomed the Jeffree Star Family Collection to their line. It was an exciting launch, to say the least. I know there was some disappointment that the "collab" wasn't with a well known YouTuber, but the over collection's packaging and contents made it worth it!

So this launch included six new lip shades, one skin frost, and two lip scrubs. I was lucky enough to receive it the day of the launch for PR purposes. Everything about this collection was TOO CUTE FOR WORDS. Don't believe me? Check it out below.




Is it not the cutest?? I think yes. I immediately got to swatching for everyone. And although these shades appeared similar to others in the collection, boy were we wrong. As you can see, Diamond from the collection was quite the unique shade. I'm an absolute fan!




I immediately knew I had to put a plan into action for recording so it would help as many people as possible determine whether or not they wanted [needed] this collection. Unfortunately, I had work until 8 pm that day. I went to work bare faced, but dressed ready to go and record! If we are being honest, I got home and sat down and thought "wtf am I going to do with my face?" and immediately started winging it. I ended up loving my makeup even though, sadly, I didn't record it. I originally intended to record while I was getting ready but I was pressed for time. PRIORITIES.

So first and foremost, I wanted to give a quick look on what the Skin Frost looked like on my skin tone. I was in Cover FX foundation N50 and I thought it would help anyone close to me! I quickly did my first impression and comparison swatches and posted it to my social networks. Check it out below.



I definitely made it a priority to swatch the shade side by side with the highly requested Princess Cut and even Lavender Snow. I personally love it soooo much. It blew my mind. I really love purple highlights and this one had the perfect touch of purple. Check it out swatched next to the others below.




So in my video I swatch all the shades I saw commented on post such as Trendmood and Jeffree Swatch. The video was a long one and I am so happy it helped most viewers. Did you watch it? Full video below.



Okay okay. I know it's a long one and not a lot of people want to sit through 19 minutes of swatches so here is the one minute breakdown.


Shine bright like a πŸ’ŽDiamond! I lovvvvvve this collection!! You can bury me in any of these shades and I would be happy. I know I've mentioned it before, but this collection has tied for my favorite @jeffreestarcosmetics lipstick collection ever. And once AGAIN, THANK YOU! From the bottom of my heart I am beyond thankful for all my new subscribers and followers that helped me reach 1k on YouTube. These videos are some of my favorites to create and I love that it helped some of you. πŸ–€ For reference, I am wearing @coverfx N50 Natural Finish foundation. Full video and comparison swatches up on my channel! #jeffreestar #jeffreestarcosmetics #familycollectionv#swatchvideo #starfamilycollection #starfamily #diamond #nathan #wifey #delicious #lipstickaddict #lipstickgoals #makeupgoals #collectiongoals #latinablogger
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Would you rock all 6 shades? You can purchase the collection here.

XoXo

Thursday, October 19, 2017

First Impression| Nudestix Swatch and All Day Review Test!

It's been awhile since I did one of these videos! Last Monday I had the chance to do a [mostly] all day test of the Nudestix Magnetic lip colors that I received at Gen Beauty. I had three shades, Rose, Sonoran, and Burgundy. I started recording shortly after my Facetime meeting with my Artis rep and began the test around noon.

In my video I check in twice. Want to find out how long they lasted? Watch my video below! ♥




XoXo