A Lettuce and almond scrubbing mask from Lush. These are amazing!
"...Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, And that enables you to laugh at life's realities."
A Lettuce and almond scrubbing mask from Lush. These are amazing!
Adore my new gigantic mug. That’s how I like my coffee… Extra large venti grande humungo, please.
Alright, I know I’m super late on this trend but I’m still going to rave about it!
Oh mylanta. This foundation is amazing. So I still deeply adore my Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme foundation and is still my go-to foundation when I want flawless skin, but the L’Oreal True Match Lumi is the absolute best foundation for the winter and also as a tinted moisturizer.
I don’t get super dry in the winter but I do turn into Casper. The difference between my winter skintone and summer skintone is 6 SHADES. I don’t tan in the winter (as much as I want to… gone are the days I used to tan my buns in that human easy-bake oven) to give my skin a rest so I end up looking pale and sickly. I wish I could rock that beautiful porcelain white skin but unfortunately the olive tones in me make an appearance and I look jaundiced.
Here is the product description:
“40% pure water for all day hydration. Antioxidants Vitamins C and E for improved clarity and skin tone. And Liquid Light Technology for an instant, luminous glow. Isn’t it time you met your match?”
So that explains the hydrating effect of this foundation.
Back to my point… L’Oreal Lumi is amazing because it gives you a hydrated, healthy glow without being greasy whatsoever and finishes with a great coverage. I was expecting light to medium coverage but it definitely has the versatility to go from light to full as well.
Light coverage: For my regular work days during the week, after toning, I’ll mix one pump of my moisturizer and one pump of the Lumi and apply as the perfect tinted moisturizer. It covers just enough and the reflective traits in it make your skin look beautiful. When I say reflective, I do not mean shimmery or sparkly at all. It’s a nice modest sheen.
Medium coverage: Going out in the day time, I will apply with my damp Sephora Precision Sponge for a great, natural coverage. It’s enough so my skin looks flawless but not overly done in the daytime. I dot the foundation all over my face and then pounce the sponge all over to blend.
Full coverage: Going out at night allows you to be a bit more “draggy”. Ha! I apply with my Sigma F80 flat top kabuki for a perfect, full coverage that makes me look like a glowy porcelain doll. With a tan. I pump some on the back of my hand to warm it up, push it into my brush and stipple and buff into my skin.
I love that this foundation applies well with fingers, sponges and brushes and it is extremely easy to blend and layer.
(Note: For medium to full coverage applications, I always apply a primer underneath and a setting powder on top.)
The packaging is a glass bottle with a pump and top. I can’t stand the open tops (cough, cough… MAC) that make you dump out product or the scooping of my beloved Revlon Whipped foundation. And although it does look like a drugstore foundation from all the labeling, it’s a pretty bottle!
L’Oreal Lumi foundation is available in 15 shades which is a great variety and an impressive three tones as well: cool, warm, and neutral, much like the MAC setup. I love that because sometimes I really like the formula of a foundation but they only have their color variety in a cool tone with the exception of one warm tone which is usually way too dark… racist much?!?! And as usual, the darkest shade isn’t very dark at all so my deep chocolate toned ladies won’t be able to find a match.
Consistency and lasting power
The consistency is very lightweight and runny but also very creamy. Because of the thin texture, it’s very easy to blend and doesn’t cake or dry on the skin before you’re finished blending the whole face. And you really, really don’t feel it. It feels like a second skin.
The lasting power for me is actually much longer than the company states. L’Oreal states it has a lasting power of 8 hours but I go about 10 hours during the day with it on and it still looks great at the end of the day. Of course, I apply a setting powder directly on top and a setting spray when I’m finished all my makeup, so I’m sure that helps a ton. I have not used it by itself; I feel like my face would slide off because I’m so used to setting my makeup! Haha!
I bought it at CVS (thieves) for $13.79, although the standard price at most places is $12.95. Both prices are still on the higher end for a drugstore foundation but well worth it. I’ve only been using it for a couple weeks but I have a feeling this one will last a lot longer than most.
Go out and try it! I can’t wait to try this one in the summer when I’m tan. JLo glow!
Holy moly… November was insane. Between my boyfriend’s birthday, Thanksgiving, my birthday, Christmas shopping and work, I have no had a second.
With these insane days, I have found myself cooking less and less because I’m exhausted. But the one thing I keep pulling out pans to cook for myself is probably my favorite breakfast in the whole wide world…
Spinach and tomato frittata!
I LOVE frittatas in general. I grew up with my mom’s Spanish potato frittata. We would eat it for dinner often. A combination of how delicious it was and my mom’s extremely limited recipes :)
This is a super easy and quick recipe if you want a REAL breakfast but want to be in and out of the kitchen. I use a teeny frying pan made for eggs I bought at the supermarket a long time ago. It comes in handy and has surprisingly lasted a long time!
Happy Halloween! In celebration of this spooky holiday, I went out with friends last night and dressed up as a vampire. I had the coolest fangs! I wish I had gotten better pictures of them.
Sofia Vergara dress: $18
Nine West boots: $120 (old)
Coach clutch: too much to admit. I was an idiot when I was younger.
Fake blood: $1.99
I had ordered white out contacts and I didn’t get them in time! BUMMER!
My friend Traci (in the middle) did half a face of sugar skull (Dia De Los Muertos) on her own and it came out amazing. The cute kitty on the right is my friend Nancy and she was a cat complete with ears and tail :) Meow.
(without the filter!)
Muwahaha! Happy Halloweeeeeeeeen!
Chopped it off. All of it.
Goodbye ombré hair!
I felt like I was carrying 50 lbs on my head, I don’t know why. Plus the weather is cooling down and I’m gravitating towards warmer shades and more sophisticated looks. I wanted to go shoulder length and dye my hair dark brown/soft black again.
I got to my hairdresser and told her to chop it all off. My hair was past my mid-back! She didn’t believe me until I showed her a picture of what I wanted. She wanted to give me some lemonade and some time to decide but she didn’t realize that I really don’t have any emotional attachment to my hair whatsoever. It grows back! Who cares!
She put my hair in a pony tail and started snipping away. Half way through, I said, “Wait, wait… I change my mind!” And the look on her face was awesome. I quickly told her I was just kidding :)
I wanted to keep it but then I realized that it was gross so in the trash it went. Thinking back… that would have been the perfect weave for my chihuahua. Damn.
As she cut, I kept going shorter and shorter. I didn’t want it to grow out too fast so I cut it a little more than I had planned so I’d have my hair cut longer. I ended up cutting off almost 10 inches! :)
Styled by my hairdresser. It was super cute and bouncy! I looked really young though.
Styled a bit further by moi! I needed to flat iron the lowest layer a bit so it didn’t look so round. I ended up LOVING the leftover ombré so I didn’t dye it dark.
I’m still learning how to style my hair right but I loooooooove how easy and quick it is. It also looks like I have twice the amount of hair and all those fried ends are gone!
Goodbye summer! Hello fall!
I’m not one to brag. But I’m going to be doing some serious bragging, ending with a “na na na na naaaaa na!”
I have been learning about couponing and collecting some goods one to use here or there. I finally grabbed a CVS weekly flyer, made a plan and bravely took my stacks of coupons to the store. This was either going to be genius and I’d be paying $48.00 for $145 worth of stuff or I would fail miserably and stick my head into the conveyer belt. And then go put everything back in shame.
Thankfully, I kicked butt, even with a few things out of stock.
Here is how I did it…
My plan was to pay for all my things in 2 transactions. I would pay for all the items that rewarded me with ECB (extra care bucks) first and then use those ECB for my second transaction. This combined with a ton of manufacturers coupons I cut out of the Sunday newspaper (P&G, Red Plum, Smart Source) that I matched up to items on sale in the flyer.
The trick is not to buy things when you need them. You’ll end up buying them because you can’t wait, for full price. Buy the products you love and often use when they’re on sale for a penny on the dollar and keep them stocked for when you run out. You will save a ton in the end.
Two 12 packs of Charmin Basic toilet paper
$8.39, regular price, total $16.78
$5.88, CVS sale price, total $11.76
- $1.00 (manufacturers coupon)
One 40 oz bottle of Tide detergent
$9.39, regular price
$5.94, CVS sale price
- $1.00 (manufacturers coupon)
One 27 oz bottle of Febreeze
$6.49, regular price
$4.99 CVS sale price
- $1.00 (manufacturers coupon)
One 9 oz bottle of Dawn dish soap
$1.29, regular price
$0.96 CVS sale price
Two 20 pack boxes of Tampax Pearl tampons
$5.79, regular price, total $11.58
- $2.50 (manufacturers coupon)
Spending $30.00 on P&G products earns you $10.00 extra care bucks!
1 Physicians Formula felt tip liquid liner $11.29
Spend $10.00, receive $7.00 extra care bucks
Total of items at regular price: $62.12 (including tax)
Total of items at sale price - coupons: $43.58 (including tax)
I used two $5 extra care bucks I had and paid a total of:
$32.56 out of pocket (including tax)
One 33 oz bottle of Crest Pro-Health mouth wash
$6.89, regular price
$4.49 CVS sale price
- $1.50 (manufacturers coupon)
Savings: $3.90 plus $1.00 extra care buck! (This should have been in my first transaction so I could put the $1.00 towards my second. Rookie mistake!)
One 33 count box of Olay 2-in-1 facial cloths
$6.29, regular price
$4.99 CVS sale price
- $2.00 (manufacturers coupon)
Two 32 oz TRESemme products (shampoo & conditioner) and one Thermal creations heat protectant spray
$5.49 each, regular price, total $16.47
2/$7.00 CVS sale price
- free styling product (manufacturers coupon)
- $2.00 off TRESemme product (CVS coupon)
Two 4 packs of Starbucks Doubleshot Espressos
$6.99, regular price, total $13.98
2/$10 CVS sale price
One NYC Matte Bronzer in “Sunny”
$3.99, regular price
- $1.00 (manufacturers coupon)
- $1.00 off (CVS coupon)
Three packages of CVS Cotton ovals (80 count)
$4.69, regular price, total $14.07
Buy 2 get 1 free, CVS sale price
One milk chocolate Lindt bar $3.59
No savings. Chocolate is worth every penny.
Total of items at regular price: $69.36 (including tax)
Total of items at sale price - coupons: $35.53 (including tax)
I used the $17 in extra care bucks from the first transaction and paid a total of:
$15.74 out of pocket (including tax)
This brings us to a grand total of $48.30 that I paid out of my cute little purse for $131.48 worth of products! I found my new obsession.
Na na na na naaaa na!!!!!!
Yes, that’s exactly what you think it is. Golden Graham version of rice crispies treats that taste exactly like s’mores!
*Cue heavenly trumpets*
Of course, I didn’t get a picture of them once they were cut into square because I was too busy shoving them in my face before taking them to a friend’s house. But this looks delicious enough.
So go make them. Now.
I am finally a grownup!
No, I am not basing my status as a grownup on my credit score, house payment, or any other fun grownup things. I am basing it on the fact that I am being a responsible and smart cosmetics shopper. Frugal shopping is so much funner than car payments, come on.
For so many years, I was a total snob and turned my nose at anything that wasn’t MAC, Dior, LORAC and many other capital lettered, high end brands. Even when I wasn’t making much money, I would put eye drops in my Diorshow mascara to get me to my next paycheck so I could spend a ridiculous amount of money on my every day mascara.
Don’t get me wrong… I still love these brands and still use and buy them… but for special occasions. I have changed my mentality this year and stopped being a snotty brat and I have found so many incredible brands and other not so incredible brands that have that one awesome product. I have expanded my collection and found dupes that are just as amazing for a penny on the dollar for my every day!
My absolute favorite discovery has been Sigma brushes. Not only because they are absolutely amazing, but because some of them are better than MAC brushes.
Let’s go from smallest to largest…
I honestly don’t know how I’ve lived without this brush. It’s the softest, most gentle blending brush I’ve ever owned. This is definitely one that is 100 times better than any of the MAC blending brushes. I used to actually burn my eyelids a little bit from blending so much because they were so harsh. The Sigma E40 lets me blend to no end and it never irritate my lids. It blends out harsh lines in seconds and the tapered end actually lets you push color into your crease to concentrate while blending. ADORE. Natural bristles so use only with powders.
This is a synthetic brush good for both powders and liquids. I thought I was going to love this brush a lot more than I do. I just can’t seem to really find a good use for it. I am not a fan of using my fingers to apply makeup so I initially bought it to stipple and apply my concealer. I found that it’s just tedious for me and my fingers work better than anything else for concealer. I used it once in a while to pack on concealer on one little spot, like a blemish.
Then I decided to stop using liquid foundation during the week and I purchased Laura Geller’s Brighten N Balance pressed powder (which is amazing by the way) and I realized I needed something to apply my MAC Studio Finish concealer since it was too heavy to use with my finger. That’s when I finally found a great use for this brush! I would buff the concealer in with this P82 brush before applying the powder foundation and it would look really sheer and natural! The description also says it’s used for applying shadow base or primer onto the lids.
I loooooooooove thisssssss brushhhhhhhhhhh. Sigma brushes are so damn soft. This brush is small and tapered with a precise tip that is absolutely made for setting your under eye area and applying highlight to your cheekbones. The F35 can lightly highlight wherever your want or really pack on a sheen. That tip fits perfectly into the inner corners of your under eyes to really set all your concealer. This brush is extremely comfortable. Natural bristle for applying powders!
I’ve seen a few people use the tapered highlighting brush for contouring but I think it’s too fluffy and soft. This F05 small contouring brush is great. It is small enough to fit in the hollows under your cheek bones and just dense enough to buff in the color, yet fluffy enough to blend it out. It’s an all-in-one brush for contouring! I have a heavy hand when I do my makeup and I found that the smaller head looks so much neater and lets me be more precise. I will be ordering a second one of these for blush!
And finally!… the belle of the ball! Again, I’m not sure how I was able to live without this brush. I must have been applying makeup like a caveman. This F80 brush is part of the Sigmax line from Sigma which is a dense, hand-made, high quality line of brushes. These brushes are designed to work well with both cream/liquid and powder products.
The F80 is a foundation brush on steroids. I can’t even begin to compare it to foundation brushes I’ve used in the past, including MAC ones. It is very, very soft and extremely dense which just proves how well it is made. I use it to buff in lighter foundation for an almost invisible, natural airbrushed finish or “push” my Revlon Colorstay Whipped Crème foundation into my skin for a high coverage, flawless finish. I also “push” or stipple MAC’s Studio Fix Fluid foundation into my skin and it blends out perfectly.
Overall.. I’ll never go back! I love these brushes so much and I’m excited to try out some other ones. MAC, I love you and you’ll always have a place in my heart.. but I’m done paying the price of a pair of shoes for 1 brush. I’m saving my pennies.
Where did I get this, you ask?
RIP my middle school basketball t-shirt.
I was fighting a serious case of insomnia the other night and decided to give in, open up Pinterest and chop some sh*t up.
I looked through my t-shirt drawers for a pretty color and I grabbed this turquoise tee. Thankfully it was a size medium in kids and didn’t fit me anymore! This was my middle school basketball team t-shirt. (Yeah, I’m 5’2. WHAT?)
It was 4:30 AM and I honestly didn’t have very high hopes on what this would look like so I didn’t take pictures of the process. BUT… it is so ridiculously easy and all you need is a pair of scissors. NO SEWING! If there’s one thing that not only can I not do, but I have absolutely no interest in learning… it’s sewing.
Here is how to make your own:
Let’s do this.
1. Lay your t-shirt flat on a smooth surface and cut right across, horizontally, front armpit to armpit (just underneath like the pictures of what I had left above).
2. Now start cutting strips 1-2 inches thick straight across. I cut mine 2 inches thick. Cut thinner or thicker depending on how thick you want each strand to be but remember that you’re going to stretch each one to death. Leave the bottom seam to the side.
3. Grab each strip and start pulling! If you have a size small shirt, you can slightly stretch it and you can wear it as one layer. If you have a larger shirt, you can stretch it a ton and be able to loop it and double it up on your neck.
5. Cut the bottom seam open so it’s one long strip. I put my legs inside the loops and placed them at my knees so I could keep them straight, together and tight for wrapping. Start wrapping at one spot and neatly keep wrapping until wherever you like. I wrapped for like 4 1/2 inches.
6. Tie a really tight knot and tuck under the material. Done!
I had scraps so I made a bracelet to go with my necklace!
All I did was use 2 extra pieces and cut them open into strips. Tie them together at one end and secure something sturdy. Then start twisting the pieces in the same direction. The pieces will start to twist into each other. Every few seconds, I’d pull to tighten and make it really tight and small and kept twisting.
It’s exactly how you would create a twist braid! Just tighter and a lot more violent.
Recipe: Quick and Easy Greek Pasta Salad
I wish I had taken a prettier picture of this pasta salad because it looked beautiful and colorful! I made it for my friend’s house warming party and of course, I was running on Latino time and rushed out of the house. And it went so fast once we got there, I didn’t get to take a picture.
But if you’ve read my other recipe blogs, you should understand by now that my food may not be the prettiest, but it’s delicious!
IT’S WHAT’S INSIDE THAT COUNTS! :’(
Quick and Easy Greek Pasta Salad Recipe
I’ve received a phone cover in a small box in a sea of bubble wrap from Haute Look but they sent my most recent purchased of the Laura Geller Balance N Brighten Powder foundation in a padded envelope.
I did think it was weird when I first saw it but I excitedly opened it and found…
COME ON! I was so bummed out. I called them and thankfully they were super nice about it, apologized, reimbursed my account with the full amount and put a $10 credit on my Haute Look account.
Then I hung up and stared at it. I felt like I was throwing away a puppy. You just don’t do it. Then I remembered having seen something about repairing a blush on Pinterest. I googled it and found that it was really, really easy to repair broken pressed powders!
I realize that this is a powder foundation so I was a little nervous but hey, I was about to throw it out anyways so what’s to lose?
Opened it to see the damage…
Freakin a! Alright lets do this. I realized this was about to be super messy because this was a powder foundation that was shaped like a bump and not flat and recessed like a blush. So I grabbed a sterilized bowl from my appendectomy that was unopened and dumped the product in there.
Things you are going to need:
Place paper towel on the surface you’re using to keep your mess in one area. You can throw it away when you’re done so it is easy clean up!
Open your container of makeup and break up the powder into fine pieces using your cuticle stick so there are no large chunks. Push all the pieces into the center of the container, trying to get everything off the lid and edges, if possible.
Here is when you want to start adding your rubbing alcohol. Fill the cap of the alcohol bottle with rubbing alcohol. Pour rubbing alcohol from the cap into the powder. Add rubbing alcohol slowly and mix as you go; do not make large pools of alcohol. Less tends to be more in these situations; you can always add more alcohol but cannot take it away as easily so use sparingly. If there is too much alcohol you are going to have to wait for the product to dry and alcohol to evaporate before trying again.
Use the cuticle stick to mix the powder and rubbing alcohol around until it is an even consistency. It should look creamy, with no chucks or bumps when finished. Lightly tap the container on a hard surface counter to even out the product to achieve a smooth finish. Let it sit to dry; do not close container cap when drying!
Check back in a few hours!
The product should be starting to look like normal pressed makeup because the rubbing alcohol is evaporating. Lightly touch surface of your product with your finger. It should feel slightly damp to touch but your finger should not sink, and only a little makeup should come off on your finger. If it is too damp let it dry longer; if it is ready then proceed to next step.
Using a tissue, cover your fingers and gently press down on the powder to pack it into the container. This will fix any cracks you may have.
Once you’re done pressing, clean up the container of excess makeup and allow it to dry overnight before trying to use it.
And BAM! Fixed.