Just for Fun

Just for Fun: 2009 vs 2019 (ish)

I’ve been seeing these Instagram and Facebook posts popping up for a bit where people post their profile pics from 2009 and then the one they are currently using, which let’s be honest, with some people I know, still is from 2009. So I decided to take a trip down memory lane show you my 2009 vs 2019 (ish) pics.

I’ll admit. Some of these are from 2018, but I’m still going to throw them in.

So back in 2009, I had just had a baby, Logan was born in February, so pretty much every pic of me is going to look exhausted and with zero makeup.

Also, apparently I didn’t own any eyebrow products:

Nowadays, I want to say that I glowed up, because I post pictures like this that you have seen peppered across my previous posts:

But most of the time, I still look like 2009 me:

Maybe with a little better eyebrows.

Show me your 2009 vs 2019.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

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Halo Beauty

Halo Kiwi Seed Booster- Review Time

I don’t know what Tati has put in these little(ish) pills, but I’m sure it involves some form of witchcraft.

Seriously, people the Halo Kiwi Seed Booster is the real deal.

When Halo debuted their first beauty supplement, the Hair Skin Nails Booster, I did a review and I found it to be inconclusive because, although I saw pretty quick results on my skin, I couldn’t quite tell if it had any effect on my hair and nails because they naturally grow pretty strong and fast.

Well, I must not have been the only one to voice a similar complaint because she released Kiwi only to target the skin and I jumped on it because this stuff works. In less than a week, I was already feeling a difference in the texture of my skin. It was definitely softer than before and I didn’t really do anything different than normal.

Also, it’s designed to promote clear skin and minimize the look of wrinkles and I also think that after 2 months of using this, it does what it says.

I really don’t get too many zits these days, but the few that I do, are mostly hormonal, while in the past, those suckers popped up unexpectedly when I was too stressed or even just to say hi (bastards!). I know I still have wrinkles, but I really feel like they have blurred a bit too.

Day 6 vs Day 30

Is this going to replace my skin care routine? Nope. If anything, taking Kiwi and seeing the results have actually made me like my skin even more and want to add products that will make it look even better.

Are the new products I’m adding to my routine contributing to the change I see in my skin? Of course! But I wouldn’t be that into my skincare if I didn’t see results from Kiwi first.

Now, these magic beans do come with a price tag. At $29.99, they are $10 cheaper than the original, but still a nice chunk of change to spend monthly. I feel it’s worth the investment, but it’s up to you decide the same because, when all is said and done, that is about $360 a year on top of your usual products.

Have you tried Kiwi? What were your results?

Let me know in the comments below.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

Skincare

Daily Skincare Rountine

One of my New Years Resolutions was to lock down my skincare routine. I am certainly no spring chicken, so getting serious about preserving any elasticity left in my skin needs to be done like now.

I think I finally found a routine that I like and with products that I have noticed make a big difference, so I thought I would share my daily skincare routine.

I will be writing a review on all these products in the coming weeks, so hang tight to see my full thoughts, but for now this is what I do.

Each morning, I start off by washing off the muck from the night before, by using a little cleanser, such as the Acure Brightening Facial Cleanser. Then I apply a few drops of Vitamin C Serum from Eve Hansen and follow that up with a little hyaluronic and then once both sink in, then moisturizer. I have been using the Eve Hansen Vitamin C Daily Moisturizer, but this is new to my line up. So far so good, though.

In the evening, I take of the days grind by, once again, going into the Acure cleanser. I really don’t use any Micellar water unless I applied waterproof mascara, which is RARELY. I also don’t use any toner, but that’s because I haven’t really researched the benefits.

It’s on my to do list, though. 😀

After my face is squeaky clean, this is where the routine will change a bit depending on the day. Every other day, I go in with a scrub, such as the elf Exfoliating Facial Scrub, then follow it up with a little retinol (Eve Hansen again) before applying my hyaluronic and then my nightly moisturizer from elf.

In between those days, I just go from the face wash to the hyaluronic and moisturizer and I’m done!

Once a week, usually on Sundays, I will do a facial steam, using Kalmapure’s Herbal Detoxifying mix, after I washed and scrubbed my face and the do a mask, but that’s a fairly recent addition to my routine though. I like it though!

I have also been taking Halo Kiwi for about 2 months now and that review is coming very, very soon!!!

What do you guys do? Anyone want to teach me the benefits of toner? Anyone want to recommend toner?

Let me know in the comments below.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

Antonym Cosmetics

Antonym Cosmetics – Highlighting Blush in Lily – Review Time!

I could honestly just start and end this review by saying, “I love this blush. Go out and buy it”, but that probably would be weird.

I mean this is a blog post, not a tweet, right?

However, in a nutshell, that is how I feel. I kind of knew I might like the Antonym Highlighting Blush in Lily based on how I feel over my beloved Baked Blush in Peach, but you never know. It could be totally awful and patchy and make my cheeks looks like two giant disco balls.

Luckily, that was not the case. There is a sheen to this blush, such as the name suggests, but it’s not in any way shape or form overpowering. In fact, it’s very subtle. So if you were expecting a high beam, then you will be disappointed.

I, for one, like it subtle. I like a healthy glow, but not two beams of lights sitting on my cheeks, so this works for me. Also, the color is GORGEOUS! It’s a soft pink, with a touch of peach and it’s quite perfect for an everyday look. Seriously, a little light foundation, a swipe or two of this blush and some mascara and you are done!

Now, if there is one thing that makes me cringe a little is the price. $42 for blush is quite hefty. I managed to pick mine up during their Black Friday sale and “only” ended up paying $27, so I would probably recommend waiting for the next sale.

Unless, you have some money to burn.

Which, if that is the case…can we be friends?

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

Palette of the Month

Throwback Palette of the Month – Juvia’s Festival Palette – January 2019

I wanted to start a semi- new series this year. In an effort to show some love to my older palettes, I wanted to kick off a Palette of the Month post showcasing a palette that I love and want to use more often and, hopefully, entice you to use it too if you own it or if you are thinking about picking it up.

I started doing this last year, but it lost a little steam, but that’s it the past. No use dwelling on it, right?

New year, new me!

I wanted to kick off the month with a really fun palette. When looking at my collection, I was like, let’s go big for our first post. Immediately, my mind went to the Juvia’s Place Festival palette. This is a great palette for various reasons

It’s definitely a stand alone palette. Don’t let the bright colors fool you. Mmanwu (bright peach) and Oro (golden yellow) are wonderful crease colors. Just add a little shimmer from Uli (shimmery white) or Odogwu (champagne) and you are set.

Colors from top to bottom: Izafa, Uli, Ofala, Mmanwu, Iri Ji, Oro, Keleke, Aba, Odogwu
  • However, it’s also a FANTASTIC companion palette to any of your other more neutral palettes. All the shimmers here are beautiful and metallic. Just watch out for Uli, since it is right between a red and an orange, sometimes it picks up some fall out and tends to take on a pink or orange tint.
  • If you are looking for a bright matte shade, also consider using Iri Ji (hot pink) or Ofala (neon coral/orange). Both are buildable and blendable, which I prefer for a more blown out look. Izafa (Red) is GORGEOUS!! It’s like a bright strawberry shade on me. I love using it on my lower lash line.
  • Let me know in the comments below if you have the Festival Palette and how you use it. Show me looks!!!
  • Till next time, my friends!
  • Maritza
  • Project Pan

    Project Pan 2019

    This year is going to be THE year. I feel it, friends.

    Last year, I set for myself a really lofty goal of panning 5 products and failed miserably. So this year, I’m taking a more realistic approach and panning just two.

    Hey, if I manage to pan these two before the end of the year, I will add some more. It’s just that when I put too much on my plate, it begins to feel monotonous and boring using the same things over and over, so doing it two at a time, feels like a stepping stone rather than a plunge into an abyss.

    One of these products was in my Project Pan last year and it was probably the only one I made the biggest dent on and the one I actually didn’t mind using very often. The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer is probably one of my first highlighters and one of the ones I naturally reach for the most. Not going to lie, it also has a very sizable dent in it, so I feel like progress will be easily made.

    The second item is the Super Shock Shadow from Colourpop in Weenie. This is one of my favorite Super Shocks shadows and one of the ones I reach for the most because the color is really pretty and all I have to do is spread this coppery shade on my lids, apply some mascara, and go.

    Perfect for those days when you got way too much to do, but you have to look presentable.

    Are you in the midst of a Pan? If so, let me know in the comments below. We can be panning buddies. Kind of like workout buddies, but we keep each other motivated to use our products up, instead of moving on to something else.

    Till next time, my friends!

    Maritza

    Decluttering

    Makeup Declutter Time!

    It’s been ages since I decluttered my makeup cart. I think the last time I did was during the summer, but I was on a “break”, so I didn’t blog about it.

    Nevertheless, as I was looking through my stash, I realized I was long overdue and suddenly things went flying into either the friend/family pile or the trash pile.

    In the midst of all the sorting and what not, I learned a few things about myself:

    • A lot of what I was donating were from subscription boxes
    • I tend to overbuy certain things, like palettes, but strictly purchase other things only when needed, like foundation and mascara.

    So, I cancelled all my makeup subscription boxes, except for Deck of Scarlet, because why pay for something I end up donating? I mean, Boxycharm was not a total loss. I discovered my beloved Butter London Double Decker Mascara through one of the boxes, but other than that, it’s not worth it for me.

    Secondly, I decided to utilize the same buy only when I need methodology for all my makeup. It’s not that I won’t splurge on a new palette here and then, but I don’t need 20 palettes in my collection at one time.

    So below is everything I decluttered. Some of this stuff I liked, but never used and others, I never liked or used.

    Eyes

    • Too Faced Natural Love Palette: it was too big. I never reached for it because it was kind of clunky.
    • Karity Picante: I thought the colors and pigment were ok, but I have these colors in my collection already.
    • Juvia’s Place Magic Mini: I actually got sent this palette in error by Juvia’s and they let me keep it. The colors are just too bright for my taste.
    • BH Coametics Supernova: literally forgot I owned it. I thought I decluttered this last year.
    • Urban Decay Back Talk: I wrote a review on this palette. It’s 50/50. Blushes are nice, the shadows are ok.
    • Colourpop My Little Pony: I got this in a Boxycharm and is a good example of something I would never buy if I had the option. It’s a nice formula, but the colors are just not me.
    • Maybelline Lemonade: the mattes were weak and the shimmers wore off quickly. Didn’t like much.
    • Still Magnificent Metals in Kitten: I held on to this for dear life, but I just never used it. I just don’t have a need for so much glitter on my eyes.

    Face

    • Urban Decay Cherry Cheek and Highlight: if you read my review on this, you would know that the only saving grace for me was the peach highlighter. Better off with a friend.
    • Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow: beautiful formula and the two peachy shades are beautiful, but once again, it’s like I totally overlooked it all the time.
    • L’Oréal Lumi Cushion Foundation: this formula was just a little too glowy for my combo skin. I liked how light it was, but I was a greaseball half way through the day.

    Lips

    • Nyx Butter Glosses in Strawberry Jam and Cranberry Biscotti: these lip glosses I think just went bad on me. They have a really funky smell, so it was time to toss. The Butter Gloss formula is awesome though, so no complaints on that.
    • Milani Matte Lipstick in Red (forgot to write down the name before I donated it): I gave this one to my mom. I had a similar shade in a Besame lippie and didn’t have a need for another one.
  • Are any of you nodding in agreement with my decisions or shaking your heads going “why would she do that!?”.
  • Either way let me know in the comments below.
  • Till next time, my friends!
  • Maritza
  • Holidays

    Happy New Year! Beauty Resolutions for 2019

    Can I get a “Woot! Woot!” for 2019?

    I get so pumped for New Years. I like that no matter how bad things get in any given year, the Universe gives you an automatic reset every January 1.

    Technically, you can reset your life any day, but this is like THE day and nothing gives me a bigger high than putting your intentions and resolutions out there for the whole world (or my little blogging community 😉) to see and keep me honest.

    I did this last year, and I have to admit, I wasn’t very good at keeping them, but time to reset.

    So here goes:

    Wear what makes me feel comfortable. I mean this with everything: clothes, shoes, but especially makeup. As a beauty aficionado and blogger, I have tendency to get caught up with all the flashy colors and trends, which can be nice because otherwise I would have never learned how to do a cut crease or a halo eye, BUT, I also have to learn to stick to what I like and what fits my style and persona.

    I’m just not a rainbow palette kind of girl and, although I can appreciate all the beautiful looks, when I try to wear something like that, I just don’t feel like myself. So sorry, James Charles, I will have to pass on your palette for now.

    Eyebrows, eyebrows, eyebrows. I need to take better care of my eyebrows because that is what frames my face and especially my eyes the most and I get so freaking lazy about getting them waxed and tinted.

    Which you would think that would be a priority considering that my eyebrows are practically clear, but nope. Always half assing it with a brow pencil. Not this year!

    Skin care. Geez, how old do I have to be to get a skincare routine in place? I’m always jumping all over the place, but this 41 year old mama is going to lock that shit down for reals this time. I’m still feeling my way through some brands and products, but I think I have my steps in place and so far, I think my skin is definitely benefiting from it. Just got to keep it up.

    Last, but not least, enjoy my makeup. I am going to be the first to admit that I sometimes get caught up in the hype and find myself buying way more than I need, but this year, I am going to take it a little slow and really use my makeup. I will always be on the hunt for the next big thing, but if I don’t find it right away, I won’t panic and go crazy. Sometimes, it will come right to you if you are just patient.

    What are your New Years Resolutions? Leave them in the comments below and get the party started.

    Till next time, my friends!

    Maritza

    Holidays · Trippin

    Trippin’ Down My Camera Roll – Year in Review 2018

    Happy New Year!

    If you are reading this on the 31st, then thank you for stopping by on the last day of 2018. If you happen to stop by on January 1, then a big thanks for kicking off with me, what I think is going to be, a totally AWESOME year.

    I figure the best way to end the year (or begin, whatever!) is to do a ginormous Trippin’ Down My Camera Roll post that would highlight all my favorite pictures or events that took place.

    In life you have to be grateful for what you have and I feel so blessed for everything I received this year and that includes all of you. Yes, you. Those of you who stopped by and read and commented and liked whenever I posted something are part of what made 2018 so special.

    Thank you so much!!! You have no idea how much I value you love and support.

    With that being said, I hope you have a wonderful New Year.

    Enjoy!

    January- Museum of Ice Cream

    Me and my little man! 😍
    Sofia in Washington, DC with her school trip
    My beloved Besame Agent Carter Field Agent Lip Kit
    The Dade County Youth Fair with the kids
    The Bodyguard Broadway Show with my Mom
    Always a Cap Girl!
    My first ever collar with the talented Super Nova
    This was the first pic that I ever had reposted. Ittse is the bomb!
    My two loves just goofing around.
    Holly the House Cat
    The view from my balcony in Puerto Rico
    The view from my balcony in Monterrey, Mexico
    Family photo on my 41st Birthday
    When my coworkers surprised me with a birthday cake
    Driving to dinner in Toronto and finally got a pic of the CN Tower
    My babies 13th Birthday! 😩
    First Day of School
    Newest member of the family— Dobby!
    Halloween Decor!
    My pumpkin!
    My Halloween Get up
    The Lion and Scarecrow
    Thanksgiving Family Pic
    My favorite palette this year
    Hubby and I on a small getaway cruise
    The Abyss on RCCLs Symphony of the Seas
    Vacation Legs!
    I just happen to like this pic a lot!
    Family pic at Disney
    Tiger Time!
    Hogwarts at Universal Orlando
    My future boyfriend!
    My little Man!!! 😍😍
    My little girl!

    The Girls!

    Till next time, my friends!

    Maritza

    Beauty Favorites

    My Favorite Beauty Products of 2018

    Ahhh… another year come and gone. 2018 was awesome and I learned a lot about myself makeup wise. For example, don’t buy into the hype and be true to your aesthetic.

    I love color and I love pinning those really beautiful rainbow eye looks on Pinterest, but when push comes to shove, I am more of a neutral girl. It works for me and my skill level and you know what? That’s ok.

    With that being said, my favorite beauty products of 2018 all have a very common theme and I have featured them in my blog a million times before, but that’s because I really love them and I probably knew from the moment I applied them that I was going to love them because they just made me feel so beautiful. And isn’t that what matters?

    The most important thing about makeup is not what everyone else buys or wears, but what you like and what makes you feel the prettiest when wearing it and no other palette made me feel so pretty when I wear it than Dream St. from Colourpop x Kathleen Lights.

    I am big lover of metal shades, like gold and bronze, and also earthy colors, like browns and peaches. They compliment my green eyes and I know that Kathleen Lights, who also has green eyes, featured them in this palette for that very same reason. She literally said it was her dream palette and I can see why. It’s the perfect palette, in my opinion at least.

    This year, I made a conscious effort to buy from brands that weren’t exactly mainstream, at least not yet. I wanted to support smaller brands because I love me a good David and Goliath story. This year, I have to give it to Antonym Cosmetics. Based in my very own hometown, they are the full trifecta: organic, cruelty free and beautiful.

    From it’s sleek bamboo packaging to the glamorous, shimmery finish, my favorite blush this year was their Baked Blush in Peach. It melts so nicely into your skin, compliments my intrusive freckles and leaves my cheeks with just a small sliver of shimmer. Perfection!

    Speaking of shimmer, I have to give props to my favorite highlighter of 2018. I love a good dupe and when I got the Ittse Illuminator in Barbados, my first thought was that it was an doppelgänger for The Balm’s Mary-Lou Manizer. However, the more that I wore it, the more I realized that although there were similarities, there were differences as well and it was those differences that made this highlighter a stand out.

    For one, the formula is much more creamier and melts a bit more into your skin than Mary Lou. I like that because it gives me that lit from within glow that I prefer. Also, it’s just a tad bit more icier, as Mary Lou has a slightly more peachy undertone.

    Both are beautiful, but I would go for Barbados because quality it’s the same, but it’s also cheaper at $10. Score!!

    When I was thinking of lipsticks, I realized that it wasn’t just one lipstick or shade that I reached for the most this year, but rather a specific line. This year, I discovered Colourpops Ultra Satin Liquid Lip. Yeah, I know, I am late to the game (as always), but in my defense, I was never a fan of liquid lips, until I met this one.

    The Ultra Satins are both long wear and comfortable and you know Colourpop has like a million different shades to choose from. My favorites this year were Aquarius and Dreamy, which is not featured because I couldn’t find it when I was choosing colors, but I did find a runner up in Rever, which sadly is not for sale anymore on their site. I can thank Kathleen Lights for making me a believer in this formula.

    Last but not least…. lashes! I don’t wear falsies, which is why I have very specific demands from a mascara. I need my mascara to give me length and volume, but I don’t want clumps. I use to be a big fan of the Marcelle Xtension Plus, but after getting a full size tube of the Butter London Double Decker Lashes Mascara in a Boxycharm, I was converted.

    This mascara leaves my lashes full and feathery, without a clump in site. Also, the brush is thick and full of bristles, so it deposits just the right amount of product. Sadly, I had to throw away my last tube of it before I wrote this post, as it was way past it’s expiration, so I was unable to take a picture of it, but check it out in the Butter London site. It’s the best!!

    Let me know in the comments below what your favorite products of 2018 were. Maybe your old favorite, will become my 2019 favorite.

    Till next time, my friends!

    Maritza