Too-Faced for Sephora: The Peaches and Cream Haul

As someone whose nickname is Peach, this collection couldn’t have been a better fit for me! Too-Faced Cosmetics is one of my favorite brands when it comes to makeup, and I couldn’t have been more thrilled for this sweet collection! 

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Once again, during my lunch break I went into Sephora to get my hands on the first day release of this collection. I only purchased three items from the line today, but after playing around with them I just might have to head back for more! 😛

Peach Kiss Matte Lipstick In the Shade Doll Face

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At first glance I was already head over heels with the packaging. It is by far the cutest lipstick that I’ve ever purchased from Too-Faced.  The color has a nude-ish hue (I know, I know, another nude colored lipstick?! Yes! I am obsessed with nude lips what can I say?) The lipstick smells absolutely amazing, the matte formula is supposed to be long-lasting and hydrating, and of course it is infused with refreshing peaches and sweet fig cream. Heck, everything from the peaches and cream collection smells devine. I also love how it has little peach patterns inside the lipstick. It is almost too cute to use!

Too-Faced Peach Perfect Mattifying Loose Setting Powder

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Again, I don’t think I need to clarify how adorable the packaging is, but I am obsessed! I am currently using the translucent setting powder from Laura Mercier which I use only under my eyes to set my concealer. I find it quite heavy, so I was in search of another one and happened upon this one. Of course, having only purchased this earlier this afternoon I cannot say how I like it. But this refreshing peach loose setting powder has “universal peach tint” that is supposed to set your foundation and brighten the skin, and I am looking forward to using this tomorrow! 

Peach Mist Mattifying Setting Spray

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I am currently using my All Nighter setting spray from Urban Decay. I was running low and badly wanted the coconut infused setting spray when MAC cosmetics had their Fruity and Juicy collection this summer. I wasn’t able to get it because it was sold out the very first day that it had launched! I wasn’t surprised, but I was a bit bummed out. But this makes up for it! Well, they say good things come to those who wait! 😉 I sprayed a sample of this setting spray while I was shopping on my lunch break, and I knew that I needed to purchase it. The spray smelled amazing, and my makeup that I was wearing from this morning was still on even during this heat wave we have going on in California, so I knew this peach mist was a winner! 

I would love to know your thoughts and see your Peaches and Cream haul from this collection! I know that I haven’t posted in awhile, but thank you to those that stuck around are still following. It is much appreciated; have a peachy day! 

Hair, Skin, and Makeup Haul

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Over the weekend I decided to indulge in one of my favorite wellness past times: retail therapy (yay!). I took full advantage of  Ulta’s hair sale, and I purchased two large sized shampoo and conditioners from Joico. I love their K-Pak line because it restored my hair, and this is one line I  don’t think I will ever stop using.

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I also purchased a shampoo from the Not Your Mother’s line from Ulta, the Way to Grow Long and Strong shampoo which focuses on helping you reach your hair goals for longer and faster growing hair. The shampoo contains biotin, horse chestnut seed extract, and a multi-vitamin complex. I have tried their products in the past and I was a fan, so why not take advantage of the sale now? The line strives to emphasize natural ingredients, and it is paraben, dye, and sulfate free; which is great, but it doesn’t lather as much as I usually prefer. This causes me to use more of the product, so I tend to go through a bottle fairly quickly. Overall it is affordable and a great product.

Let’s Talk About Skin:

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Mario Badescu Seaweed Cleansing Soap: I don’t know why I have never tried anything from this line before, but I am glad I decided to give it a try! I was in Urban Outfitters and I decided to pick this product up, and I am beyond happy with the results! When I got home the first thing I did was remove my makeup and wash my face with this new soap. It was amazing.  I liked how it is a combination of cleanser and light exfoliater at the same time. My skin felt soft and clean, and the formula worked great for my sensitive-combination type skin. I also like that this cleaner was reasonably priced. I am looking forward to trying other product’s from the Mario Badescu line!

Kiehl’s Cranberry and Turmeric Face Mask:

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With the summer season having arrived and all of us finding ourselves outdoors more often, it is quite crucial to stay hydrated. I picked up a Cranberry and Turmeric Mask from the Kiehl’s store. I have not tried this mask prior to purchasing, but I was looking for something with more long term moisturizing ability. I have been using my sheet masks from Tony and Molly, but I was ready to try something different. The cranberry seeds work as an exfoliater in the Kiehl mask, and after using it my skin looked and felt more radiant and moisturized. I love all of Kiehl’s products in general, and I’m fairly certain that I will be purchasing this again in the future!

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Speaking of moisturizers, I also needed a moisturizer that was lightweight enough for summer and wouldn’t irritate my sensitive skin, so I purchased the small Ultra facial cream from Kiehl’s as well. I have been using this lotion on and off for many years. It is one that I contantly return to. I love that the lids on this cream and mask says Kiehl’s loves LA for part of their promotion.

Micellar Water by Garnier:

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There are three different kinds of Micellar Waters from Garnier. This time I picked up the blue one, which happens to be my favorite. It removes all traces of makeup and leaves skin feeling fresh and clean. I love how inexpensive and great this product is!

Makeup:

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Kat Von D EverlastingLiquid Lipstick in Bow and Arrow: I don’t know why I have never purchased any products from her line before!? I have had friends rave on and on about her line but I never got around to purchasing anything. Since the theme of this retail therapy session was trying new products I gave it a try, and like the other pleasant surprises from the haul I am absolutely glad that I did! This matte liquid lipstick is non-drying and long lasting unlike other matte lipsticks I have tried. The price is for this product is surprisingly affordable, too. I am hooked! My next shade will definitely be Lolita which is also a nudish hue.

Agave Lip Balm by Bite:

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I think this is the most expensive lip balm that I have ever purchased! I was browsing Sephora on my lunch break, and I kept telling myself I am only here to see what’s new since last week (haha, shopaholic problems!). My lips were feeling dry, and I took a sample of the tester to try and I was smitten! I love how this lip balm smells and feels. Do I think $18 plus tax is a ridiculous price for a lip balm? Absolutely! Will I purchase this again in the future? We shall see..

Coverfix Custom Enhancer drops in Moonlight :

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I have used a primer from Coverfix in the past, but was not a huge fan. I was looking for something to make me more glowy for the summer, and I happened to chance upon this product. I dripped a drop of the serum and mixed it into my Chanel foundation that I am currently using, and it completely transformed my foundation from sheer to golden while giving more coverage. The price is a bit steep, but I am in love with this product and I think a little goes a long way!

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Flawless on Social Media

Image result for beauty quotes coco chanelSometimes I scroll through Instagram’s popular feed before I doze off to bed, and I often see all of these beautiful women with designer shoes, bodies, bags, lips, lifestyles, etc. and I wonder if they’re truly happy.

Sure their life looks perfect and flawless, their makeup and hair are on point, their bodies look like they never skipped a day at the gym! Hell, their life might even be perfect! I don’t know them, and I am not judging them. But once again it is social media.

What a lot of young women or people in general do not realize, or forget to realize, is that people post what they want you to see. What you put out there is what you want people to see. So it may look like one’s life is perfect, but in reality it probably is not.

Everyone has bad days, but they might not choose to put it out there. I just want to remind you guys that no one is as flawless or perfect as you might think they are. And you don’t have to strive for perfection for social media. It is ok to be imperfect and flawed. After all, that is what makes us human right?

Don’t judge someone solely by their online presence. People seem to forget that behind the screens there are real people. You will never fully know what someone’s life is like in the 140 characters they tweet, the 10 seconds they snap, or in the photo they posted on Instagram.

Sometimes I think that social media can have a negative effect on one’s self image, especially for women. The standards for women are so high it is ridiculous! When I browse through the popular feed, it seems like there is no originality anymore. I understand that trends are trends, and there is nothing wrong with trying out a new trend or two, but when it consumes you, and you want to look like that person with the k at the end of their followers list that is just being delusional.  It’s quite scary that this is the future and reality of it all.

Thanks for listening and always remember to “be humble and be kind.” – Cinderlla

Retail Therapy is Real!

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I don’t know about you guys, but whenever I ‘m feeling down and out and need a little pick-me-up, I do some retail therapy!

We all have a small vice that is a teensy bit unhealthy that we turn to when things go south, and for me that vice is shopping! I’ve been pretty stressed out lately so you know what that means. Here are my little pick me ups:

Victoria’s Secret Undies from the PINK collection: I didn’t post any pics because that is a little weird and TMI. 

Victoria’s Secret Body Splash in Tropic Beach: I love this scent because summer is my favorite season and it smells like tropical paradise, and I love the packaging from this collection. 

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A PINK cotton top with gold sequins: I can never own too many of these. They are so soft and comfortable! Anything that is remotely glittery and shiny I like, haha!

Small black clutch from Ted Baker: I love everything about Ted Baker. I love how affordable the line is; the fact that their designs are very girly and suit my personal style; and I love that it has a T in the middle of the bow that’s just perfect for me because of my initials! A nice added perk was receiving 25% off from Bloomingdale’s Main Event Sale! It’s always extra nice to get a little discount on your retail therapy sessions!

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What are some things that you turn to when you are feeling down or having a bad day? 

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Romance is Dying

I am definitely not an expert when it comes to love, but I just thought I would share my thoughts on a growing trend.

We all want to be loved some way, some how but do not want to put in the effort. It seems like everything these days is just instant gratification, and there is no such thing as love or even romance anymore. How did romance suddenly die? Some say social media and apps like Tinder are to blame, and I believe there is some truth to that.

With social media you see everything in that instant. You like the girl, she sends you a risque selfie of some sort, you exchange a few flirty messages, and there you go: that is what constitutes romance today. I feel that we need to go back to a time where men would take the time and actually plan a date, pick up the girl, and actually share an experience; not just “let’s get drinks.” That is not romance! Make an effort, communicate, go places, do things, get to know each other, and fall in love…

Maybe this is just what I hear and see from my friends here in LA. Is romance dying everywhere else? Is what they say true, that there really is no love in the big cities? ❤

 

Summer Goals

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Finally my favorite season is here! I like to set mini goals or to-do lists for myself this time of year. These are some of my mini goals/to do for this summer:

-Drink more water: I can never remember to drink water throughout the year, but with temperatures rising it is extremely crucial to stay hydrated! I also like to collect new reusable water bottles to make remembering to drink water easier (haha). Here are a few cute ones I’ve had my eyes on:

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My latest one for this summer!

Berry Stainless Steel Cold Cup

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-Wear sunscreen! I am guilty of only wearing sunscreen when I go to the beach or theme parks, which is terrible, because I live in sunny California!  Skin cancer can happen at any age with any race, so let’s all try to remember those SPFs! The sunblock I am currently using is Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen in SPF 100. I love how light weight this feels and it doesn’t have a strong sunblock odor. The packaging is also sleek and small, so it fits in my purse! 

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-Visit someplace new: I’d like to travel or go to a new place that I haven’t gone to before: Whether it is a new beach or new hiking location, I would love to experience something new. Even something as simple as a new restaurant!

-Cleaning: Every summer I always like to clean out my closet and donate clothes to the local charity. It is a great way to give back and clean out my closet to make room for that new summer wardrobe! 

What are some of your goals and to-do list for this summer? 🙂

Mini MAC Haul

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I cannot believe we are quickly approaching my favorite season already! Summer! I was so exited for this years summer fruity juicy collection from MAC cosmetics. I headed to the MAC counter the second day the collection launched, and boy was I too late! The only item I was able to score was the Pearlmatte Face Powder. Since I was already there I picked up some more items along the way 

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MAC Pearlmatte Face Powder: I only had the chance to use this product once. However, based on the packaging alone I am already obsessed with it! 

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I can never get enough MAC lippies. They are affordable, and  I always go back to MAC after all the years of experimenting with high end and drug store lipsticks. MAC lipsticks are worth the buy! This shade is a nude brown from the Liptensity collection. It is pretty moisturizing as well.  I tend to stick to nude lip hues because they compliment any makeup look. This shade that I recently purchased is called “Doe.”

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I purchased these MAC lashes for an event I had to go to. However, I don’t feel that it is worth the heavy price tag of $18.  I’ve worn the Lashes once already in this photo. I will try to get more usages out of them for this price! 😉

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MAC Mini False Lashes mascara in black. This is my all time favorite mascara from MAC. 

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Another MAC Lippie. This shade is called “Velvet Teddy” It looks orange in the photo, but it is more on the neutral side. Because this lipstick is a matte one, it tends to dry out my lips very quickly, so I make sure to always use a lip balm before applying. Love the look of this matte lipstick but not the way it feels. 

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(Makeup look done by my talented hair dresser, makeup artist, and friend Angelica!) 

Thank you guys for taking the time to read and comment on my blog. I apologize I haven’t been as consistent as I hoped to be. I’d love to know what are some of your favorite products from MAC!

 

 

Stuck in the 90’s

IMG_20170306_084743_668Is it just me or were the 90’s the absolute best decade ever?! When I hear people talk about the 90’s I feel like it was only ten years ago! My favorite thing about the 90’s? Everything. Music, cheesy movies, and the awesome fashion. Nostalgia at it’s finest. Some things never change. So glad that the 90’s are making a comeback! As for me, I never left! 😉

Here is a list of some of my 90’s favorites from each category. 

Music:

Mariah Carey

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Backstreet Boys

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TLC

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98 Degrees

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Spice Girls

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Britney Spears

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Fashion:

Crop Tops

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Tattoo Choker Necklaces

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Velvet and fur are acceptable again yay! 

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Crimped hair (Yes I was totally addicted to crimping my hair)

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Films:

Cruel Intensions

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The Sandlot

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Clueless

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Home Alone

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Can’t forget how awesome the toys were back then too! For those of you with children, you’re welcome.  I would like to know what are some of your favorite things from the 90’s? 🙂 

May Beauty Haul

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Hello lovelies,

I just wanted to share some of my favorite beauty products from May.  For this month’s shopping haul, I picked up a bit of everything from makeup and skincare to hair products; I needed to restock for my beauty pantry!

The Hair:

Joico K-Pak Reconstruct Conditioner: I’ve tried this shampoo and conditioner once before, and it’s helped my hair on its journey to recovery. I tend to run out of conditioner first, which is why I didn’t pick up the shampoo as well. Joico’s K-Pak is supposed to repair damaged hair and is safe to use on color treated hair. I picked mine up at Ulta when they had a sale.

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OGX Quick Drying Thermal Spray: I also picked up this heat protecting spray from Ulta. I have never tried this brand before, so I am pretty excited. I do love the way this product smells!

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So hurry to Ulta now for their gorgeous hair event (I am not sponsored, haha!) Going on now until the the beginning  of June!

Makeup:

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Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Trio: Highlight and strobe your cheekbones with these three beautiful shades: Pyrite, Oasis, and Twilight. I tend to love everything from Urban Decay, and I have been wanting it for awhile so I had to purchase this!

Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray Mini: I have the large size that I use quite often, but I wanted one to be able to put in my makeup bag and have with me on the go!

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Skincare:

Kiehl’s Cucumber Herbal Alcohol-Free Toner: I purchased the large size of the toner because I tend to go through them rather quickly, so this would save me time and money in the long run. I love all of the toners from Kiehl’s.

 

 

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Micellar Cleansing Water by Jean Pierre Travel Size: This was my first time purchasing this product. What caught my attention was the cute packaging! I purchased this at Ulta beauty, and I had brought this with me on my road trip. I gotta say, I love it! I will definitely be picking up the full-size soon! It was gentle on my skin and removed all of my makeup!

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Road Trippin: My Travel Diary

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I recently just got back from an amazing road trip from Los Angeles to Utah and then Colorado. The drive there was extremely long, but the scenery was so breathtakingly beautiful it made up for it.

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The first place I went to in Utah was Moab to hike in Arches National Park. It was very hot and sunny (which I love), so I decided to take the easy trail and just enjoy the view. After Moab and the hike, I went to have dinner at Sunset Grill, which was a cute place that sat over a hill with amazing views all around. Another nice feature about this restaurant was the free shuttle service that can pick you up at your hotel and drop you off after your meal.

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Yummy tuna steak

The next morning after the hike I was feeling dehydrated (I never drink water, so bad I know). It was extremely crucial to stay hydrated, especially being so high up in the hills! I needed some TLC and pampering, so I went into town and found a cute little nail shop: Lee Nails. I got my gel nails filled, and the staff was extremely sweet. We talked about the latest nail trends and what restaurants were worth trying and where to find good coffee. I had a wonderful time, and for a minute I felt like I was home in LA again. After a little pampering and feeding my belly, I headed to see the Moab Giants.  It was really interesting to see all of the dinosaur replicas throughout the park and learn about the different type of fossils that were discovered here. They also had a cool 5D guided tour that was fun and informative. I would highly recommend checking out the Peleo Aquarium!

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The next day was Norwood Colorado. The drive from Utah to Colorado by far was the most beautiful yet scariest drive ever! The mountain roads were winding, and it was important to obey all the traffic signs since there was construction work. Being in the Rocky Mountains made me feel so small, but it gave me a sense of calm – there is so much beauty in the world that has yet to been explored.

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My hair is the same color as the cow (must be the sun, hehe)

When I arrived in Norwood I was so shocked to see that the population was only 500. There were no neighbors within miles! Norwood had a lot of wild life. I was so happy to see the wild elk, deer, blue jays, and Canadian geese. After Norwood I went to Telluride to check out the cool little ski town. It was off season while I was there so not many shops were open, but it was still very interesting to learn about how Telluride became the town it is today from its early days as a mining town… and to see all of the snow of course!

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This was my first road trip, and I don’t know why I never went sooner! Looking forward to my next vacation already. Until next time…