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April Monthly Favorites

When I was going through my beauty cart earlier today to pick out my April favorites, I came to the stunning realization that I bought a lot of makeup last month. Between the Ulta and Sephora sales and some launches that I was waiting for, a lot of packages arrived at my doorstep. Now that’s great because in the coming months, I’m hoping that my monthly faves post is chock full of great stuff. The downside is that this month, with so much stuff for me to try, I never really got down and dirty on many products. I was just moving from one thing to the next.

That’s ok. My list may be short for April, but these products were definitely some that I reached for multiple times.

Face

Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer. Now this stuff is DAMN EXPENSIVE and I realize that I was using it very sparingly for that reason. However, I committed to use it last month because what’s the point in buying something if you never actually use it, right? Now, admittedly, I only use one or two pumps, but that’s all you need! The product is so smooth that a few pumps is all it takes to cover your entire face. I primarily use it on my T-zone, but whatever is left on my fingers, I apply everywhere else. This sinks into all my pores and fine lines and just creates this illusion of smoothness. It basically guarantees me a good makeup day.

Eyes

It Cosmetics Brow Power in Universal Taupe. I got this product in one of my Boxycharms and I actually gave it to Sofia one day. However, having run out of my Almay Brow Pencil, I was desperate and requested it back (temporarily) until my Amazon order came in. Even though I got my Almay Brow Pencil in, I still haven’t given the Brow Power back. I know, I’m horrible. The formula is not too creamy, but not too stiff and the point is the perfect shape to fill in my brows. Also, don’t be too afraid of the color. It looked a bit dark for my light brown hair at first, but if you use a light hand and not too much pressure, it miraculously matches perfectly.

The BrowGal Tinted Brow Gel with Microfibers. Another Boxycharm item that made it to the fave list. I really don’t tend to fuss too much with my brows. I just like to fill them in to add color and shape and that’s it. Brow gel is one of those things that I just kind of forget to use, mostly because I’m in a rush. However, having received this item in my last box, I was intrigued by the fact that it was tinted and as a blonde browed girl, anything to help give color or dimension immediately gets my attention. This stuff not only keeps your brows in place and reigns in your stray hairs, but it also helps the brow pencil along and fills in those gaps that you may have missed. It’s definitely on the top shelf of my cart.

Lips

Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss Balm in Berry Light Medium. I picked this little beauty up in Walgreens one day when I was on my way to the movies with the kids and it’s never left my purse ever since. This is what I like to call a pinch hitter product. On those days when you are rushing out the door and forget your lipstick or have not been drinking as much water as you should and your lips are dry, then dig this one from the bottom of the purse and apply. The color is supposed to work with your skin tone to give you the perfect shade in that color (i.e. berry) and the balm nourishes your chapped lips. It also has the loveliest sheen to it. I’ve applied this right before a client meeting and also on those days when you are running errands and realize that you have not a lick of color on your face. In either scenario, it was a life saver.

What were your go to beauty products this month? Any suggestions for May? If so, leave them in the comments below.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

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What’s in My Makeup Makeup Bag? – Business Travel Edition

From time to time, I am forced invited to attend meetings outside the comfort of my home office. I do happen to work for your typical Corporate America Conglomerate, so these business meetings actually require me to fit a certain mold.

Now all you non-comformists out there are probably saying “Screw Corporate America! You can’t tell me what to wear on my face!” And although that is true, sometimes pink and purple eyeshadow will make you stand out amongst a bunch of suits and, quite frankly, I need my job, so I’m not about to rock any boats over eyeshadow.

With that being said, business casual does not necessarily mean boring. When pressured to rock the neutral look, I always incorporate a slight pop of champagne shimmer on the eyes and cheekbones and a nude, yet fresh lipstick.

It’s not about conforming, it’s about contouring.

Damn, I crack myself up!!

Anyways, below are my tried and true business travel/meeting essentials. These are no fails and I always get compliments on my look from my clients and or colleagues.

Eyes:

Burt’s Bees Eyeshadow Trio In Shimmering Nudes. Not only is this small and lightweight, but the colors are business basics, with a touch of glam. I usually amp it up and apply a touch more shimmer from my highlighter in the center and inner corner for that BANG! effect.

Colourpop Creme Gel Eyeliner In Mr. Bing. The perfect brown. I’ve raved about this eyeliner before, so won’t go too much into it, but everyone needs a nice brown to travel and this one never leaves my side. It’s creamy and long lasting and I use it on the water line and smudge it a bit on the lower lash to create a slightly smoky effect.

Burt’s Bees Nourishing Mascara. Another favorite and really any mascara will do, but make sure it’s long lasting and flake free. Meetings can sometimes run for hours and the last thing you want are raccoon eyes halfway through your PowerPoint presentation.

Face

Tartiest Pro Glow Contour and Highlight Palette. This is a two-fer. You can use this palette for countouring and highlight, but in lieu of an eyeshadow, it also works as eyeshadow. Seriously! This palette is a miracle worker.

Antonym Cosmetics Blush in Peach. A perfect peach shade to give you a healthy glow after a long flight or a night spent going over your notes and presentation is all you need. I like this blush from Antonym because it has just a touch of shimmer to make your look soft and glowy.

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer. This is a MUST. Meetings stress me out and make me lose sleep, so a good concealer will be your best friend. Trust me!!!

Covergirl Vitalist Pressed Powder. Another must have to set the above mentioned concealer and to control the stress induced shine. Forgot to somehow include a pic of this, but don’t forget to powder, folks!

Farsali Rose Gold Elixir. I use this stuff as moisturizer (day and night) and as primer, so it’s the perfect travel companion. No need to haul your entire skincare collection when this one can pull triple duty in a pinch.

Lips

Real Her Women Rule the World Lip Liner. A cute and fun pink that takes a neutral lip up a notch. Also it’s creamy and pigmented and in a pinch can work as a lip color with a touch of gloss.

Huda Beauty Liquid Matte In Bombshell. Seriously, this color is a lifesaver and perfect for any occasion. I love that it’s a neutral, but also pinky peach and can lighten any look. I would buy the entire stock in Sephora if Huda ever announces she was discontinuing it.

What are your travel essentials? Any good recommendations? If so, drop them in the comments below.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

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March Beauty Favorites

March was such a great month! It was busy, but it filled with lot’s of new and exciting things for me that I didn’t mind the all the commotion. It was so busy, in fact, that I don’t think I dedicated a whole lot of time in trying out new beauty stuff, which means that my Monthly Favorites list is quite small and there may definitely be a few products that you have already heard me talk about, so I will try to not talk your ears off about those.

For once, right? 🙂

Eyes

Burts Bees Nourishing Mascara in Classic Black. This is an example of something that I really had to use multiple times to come to a conclusion. When I first used this mascara, I was quite ambivalent about it. I liked it, but I didn’t think it was anything special. That is until I got tired of using the Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara because it was too damn hard to wash off at night and I felt like I was seeing one too many lashes fall off from all the scrubbing (and yes, I was being gentle). So on a whim, I picked this one from mascara jar. The wand is a tad bit prickly and bendy, so don’t be shoving it up in your eye or anything, but it really does give you soft looking and touching lashes. I personally like using this mascara on my natural make up days because it makes your lashes look like lashes, but better.

Maybelline Lasting Drama Light Liner in Moonlight Purple. I love colorful eyeliners. I think they add just the perfect kick of color to any eye look in a jiffy, so when I saw a METALLIC purple eyeliner, I didn’t even Add to Cart, I hit 1-Click Buy on Amazon (the link above is to Ulta, as I couldn’t find a link to Moonlight Purple on Amazon). This is such a gorgeous lavender shade to add to the waterline to lighten your eye look or smudge a bit on the lower lash and it amps up any smoky eye look without making it look heavy. It has the tiniest amount of glitter to it, but it’s nothing that will run down your cheeks and it really is long lasting. I haven’t heard too many people talk about this liner, but if you haven’t had a chance to check it out, please do so. I don’t think you will be disappointed.

Face

Ittse Illuminator in Barbados. If you didn’t check out my post on the Ittse Marcel Starter Kit, which included Barbados, then check it out here. You will get more details on the kit, however, don’t fret, you can totally pick this highlighter up on it’s own for $10 and add it to your singles collection without having to spend $49 on a set. Either way, I highly recommend. It’s a gorgeous light golden highlighter. It’s not going to give you a “wet looking” shine, but you will definitely be glowing and when the light catches it, it’s so pretty and natural. If I was going to compare it, I would say that it resembles, The Balm’s Mary-Loumanizer, except a tad bit lighter in color.

Garnier SkinActive Soothing Facial Mist.  I’m not much into setting sprays, mostly because I’m always rushing out the door and “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”, but I love anything with Rose Water. Yeah, it’s a little grandmotherly of a scent, but I dig it and it came in perfect when I got a slight sunburn from being outside one day with the kids. I spritzed this on my face and immediately became addicted.  I use it to freshen up, to wet my beauty sponge, to foil my shadows and, yes, to set my makeup. It’s not that big of a bottle, so be prepared to go through it fairly quick, but for $7, it’s a steal.

That’s it, folks! I told you it was a small list this time around. Drop your link to your March Favorites and let me know what I should try out this month.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

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Monthly Faves – February 2018

Where did February go? I can’t say that I am sad to see it gone as it was a particularly hectic month for me, however, I blinked and now it’s March.

That’s ok because now I get talk to you fine folks about what products really made me smile this month and had me reaching for them time and time again.

Face

Baked Foundation in Light from Antonym Cosmetics. It’s funny because when I first reviewed this powder foundation, I liked it, but not necessarily as a foundation, but more as a face powder. I didn’t think it provided enough coverage, but I realized that I was using it incorrectly. When I first tried it, I was just picking it up with the brush and sweeping it across my face. All that did was thin the powder out and really just control the oils, but not really cover anything. However, when I used a denser brush, swirled it against the pan and pressed and buffed in circles into the skin, this made a world of difference. I then spritzed my face with some setting spray, allowing the foundation to sink in and, although didn’t give me anywhere near full coverage, I was totally comfortable with the look. Somewhere between light and medium and just right for a natural everyday look.

Baked Blush in Peach from Antomym Cosmetics. Another product from Antonym that I underestimated. The peach color looks deceivingly light on the pan and I got the impression that I was going to have use lot’s of it to make it show up against my fair skin. However, the first time I used it, I went balls to the wall with this color on my cheeks and immediately regretted it. Do not be deceived. This color is definitely not a light weight. A simple swish with a brush and some light blending and you got yourself some perfectly peach cheeks with just a hint of shimmer.

Ofra Blush Gadot Refill (BoxyCharm).  Now this is what I call a multitasker. I have used this as a blush, in my crease, on my lids and smudged on the lower lid. I find this earthy peachy tan color to be absolute perfection. It blends beautifully and gives you just the healthiest glow. I feel like this is the perfect color to get me in the mood for spring and summer, but let’s face it, I’ll probably use it year round. There are perks to living in Florida, ya’ll!

Eyes

Colourpop Crème Gel Liner in Mr. Bing. I have put this eyeliner in and out of my Colourpop cart like 10 times in the last year, however, it wasn’t until January, when there was a 20% off sale, that I finally bought it. I heard Kathleen Lights recommend it in one of her videos saying that it was the perfect brown for her green eyes, so decided to just hit submit. Oh My Gosh! This really is the nicest brown eyeliner I own. It’s rich, but definitely not too dark and has the slightest tinge of burgundy, which really does make my blue/green eyes pop. I’ve always been a fan of the Coloupop Crème Gel formula, so nothing to new to say about that, but the color…WOW!

Lips

Colourpop Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick in Dreamy. Another Kathleen Lights recommendation that comes straight from her latest collaboration and, technically, shouldn’t be anywhere near this list because it has a slight cheesy like smell to it. Seriously, I wonder if I got a bad one or if all of them have the same scent to them, however, I am willing to excuse the cheesy feet smell because this really is my Dream color. It’s literally the same color as the Ofra blush, but in liquid form and it applies evenly, almost in one swipe and lasts all day. I kid you not. I applied this the other day before a meeting at 8am. Had breakfast, 2 cups of coffee, talked, ate lunch, drank a coke, talked some more and this color was still going strong. I then went to have drinks with my co-workers at 5pm and only around 7:30pm, did I see some dramatic fade. I never once re-applied my lipstick. But you want to know the BIG KICKER? It’s not uncomfortable or particularly drying. I didn’t find myself licking my lips or reaching for some lip balm. Can’t wait to see if all the Ultra Satin formula’s are the same.

Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Moisturizing Lipstick in Blush Basin. I know, I know. You must be sick of all the peach in this list, but I can’t help it. I love me that juicy fruit and it’s gorgeous pinky orange color. This lipstick has more of a pinky nude color that is good on it’s own or even layered over a lip liner. In fact, if I didn’t find the above mentioned Colourpop liquid lipstick so comfortable and long lasting, I would layer it over that one to revive the color. Needless to say, the formula is also super moisturizing and lightweight. However, I feel that you need 2 layers to make the color pop and, since it is a cream lipstick, you will need to reapply. That doesn’t bother me at all, but just letting you all know.

Whew! I feel like I had a lot to say this month and I didn’t even include any eyeshadows!

I hope you all enjoyed my picks and see you next month.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

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Something Old, Something New….

Something Blue?

I was chatting with my friend Karla the other day about makeup. She is that friend who totally gets your obsession with makeup and would never, EVER, make you feel bad for having too many nude lipsticks. In fact, she would try to convince you that you do indeed need both MAC X Nicki Minaj nude lipsticks because one is a pinky nude, while the other clearly has a peach based undertone.

Like…DUH! They are obviously two very different colors.

As we were talking, I found myself hardcore selling her on two of my favorite products:  my beloved Boscia Charcoal Makeup Melter and the newest edition to my ever growing eyeshadow collection, the Too Faced Just Peachy Matte palette. Both products are top shelf for me, although I will admit that if I had to pick just one, Boscia would win. However, we would then have a Chicken vs. Egg situation because technically would I even need the Makeup Melter if I didn’t have any makeup in the first place?

I think this would even keep Aristotle up at night.

Something Old

Boscia Charcoal Makeup Melter is the BOMB! I cannot put it any other way. I got a sample from Sephora a while back and the first time I used it I was so completely blown away, I immediately purchased a full size jar.

You apply it to your dry face and massage it in for a bit. Then just when you have worked up a bit of a sweat, you wash it away with some water. I kid you not, this stuff washes away waterproof mascara. It’s more of a balm than a cleanser, so it leaves your skin soft and supple. If I had one complaint, it would be that it does leave a slightly filmy residue on your bathroom sink, so I recommend wiping it down with a towel when you are done.

Something New

I am going to admit that I initially purchased Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes palette out of loyalty. I am a huge fan of the Sweet Peach palette. The colors are playful, yet earthy and bring out my green eyes like no tomorrow, so when I heard that Too Faced was going to add an all Matte palette to their Peach line, I was all in. However, as we started getting sneak peeks, I started thinking I was just going to waste my money. I’m sure there were going to be dupes of the same colors from the Sweet Peach palette. In fact, when I first got an in person glimpse and swatched Peach Sangria, the one color I was most intrigued by, I was slightly disappointed. It was patchy and not quite as vibrant as expected.

But as it happened, I came a across a Sephora gift card I got from Ebates a while back and seeing that nothing else was calling my name at the store, I decided to purchase the Just Peachy mattes as a partner to my Sweet Peach.

Truth be told, I was quite judgmental at first. It was smaller and not made of that same tin material the SP is made of. I didn’t even use for a few days, but when I finally caved, I have to admit I became a convert. There is such a lovely range of light to dark mattes, that I was able to easily create an eye look without dipping into the SP palette. The colors blended really well with a brush and even though Peach Sangria is still not all that to me, it works well enough. Hey, 1 mediocre color out of 12? Not too shabby in my book.

Something Blue

Ok. I will admit I don’t have anything blue. I’ve never been able to master blue eyeshadow and blue lipstick is just not my thing. I can’t even get into blue nail polish seeing as I have been a straight up French manicure girl since I was a teen.

However, I hate to disappoint, so I leave you with this.

That always cracks me up!!

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

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June Hot Picks

Did anyone blink and suddenly it was July? I know that this is something that we all say, but I am really getting concerned about how quickly time is flying. It’s time to stop and smell the roses, people!!
With that being said, it’s also time to showcase June’s Hot Picks. These products were the ones that made me say “Damn, Girl! You look good” when I checked myself out in the mirror last month.

June Faves

Hot Damn Pick # 1
Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil. I will start off by saying this product is EXPENSIVE!!! I don’t know about you, but shelling out hundreds of dollars all willy-nilly on skin care isn’t in my monthly budget. I’ve got kids to feed! But this stuff is good. I mean really good. It’s a retinol oil blended with crap loads of botanicals and essential oils. It’s does smell somewhat grassy and it’s blue straight out of the bottle, however, it sinks in clear. The morning after I first used it, my skin was glowing and I haven’t stopped using since then. A little goes a long way, so I recommend buying the 0.5 fl oz., which will cost about $55 at Sephora and you should get a good 3-4 months use out of it.

Muy Caliente Pick #2
Cover Girl Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation. This product was all over Instagram and YouTube in June. Some loved it, others hated it and the beauty world was divided. It was Civil War. I was in the love category. The formula is creamy and, although it says that it’s full coverage, I don’t particularly believe that claim as my freckles peek through. Not a problem because what I love about this foundation is that it looks like skin. It’s glowy, long lasting and a perfect base for your make up. It comes in a variety of shades and runs you about $10 or less at the drugstore.

It’s Getting Hot in Here Pick #3
Benefit’s Galifornia Blush. I’ve never been a fan of Benefits blushes. I know for the past few years, they have come out with their cheek palettes and they were very hyped, but I always found their blushes to be quite dusty and either too shimmery, too pale or too matte. In walks in this Beachy Babe of a blush. It’s a gorgeous golden peachy pink that flatters multiple skin tones. It’s perfect for summer as it gives you that “I just came back from the beach” look. It does have a slight shimmer, but it doesn’t look like you accidently picked up the highlighter instead of blush. Did I mention it smells like coconuts? Benefit also has a travel size version, which is just so darn cute and perfect to throw in your beach bag or tote.

Smoking Hot Pick #4
Hard Candy Velvet Mousse Matte Lip Color. Back in the 90’s, I lived and breathed for Hard Candy and it’s like going back in time every time I peruse their display in Walmart. I ended up purchasing one of these lippie beauties this month and was completely blown away. First off, it smells like cupcakes. The formula is gorgeous. It’s went on even and the pigmentation was excellent. It’s long lasting, but surprisingly comfortable and they cost $6! I vowed to throw one in the cart anytime I was in Walmart because these are a great buy. I don’t know why I don’t see more people talk about them.

Jal -a -peno Business Hot Pick #5
Boscia Charcoal Makeup Melter Cleansing Oil Balm. I got a sample of this in one of my Sephora orders and kind of ignored it for a while. I was generally pleased with my nighttime routine and figured why change things. Of course, as is always the case, you run out of one of your regulars and shop the sample pile you have thrown in a drawer for a quick replacement to do the job at that moment. Boscia is one of my favorite skin care lines as their Sake Brightening Hydrogel Mask is one of my favorites, so I figured they would not let me down. Let me tell you, the people at Boscia must have made some deal with the devil, because this stuff wipes every speck of makeup from your face. I don’t know how they do it, but all I can say is that my face is not only clean, but it doesn’t feel tight, which sometimes with products that have that kind of cleaning power, have a tendency of doing. I know they also came out with a Charcoal Jelly Ball Cleanser, but I like the product in a pot simply for storage and traveling reasons.

I know there were a lot of new beauty releases in June and I am excited to see what you all think should be added to the list above. Share and leave your comments below.

Have a wonderful Sunday, my friends.

Maritza