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Maritza

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Beauty Review · Maybelline · Uncategorized

Maybelline – Python Metallic Lip Kit Review

I was perusing Amazon a few weeks back, looking for some new mascara’s to try out, and as I am scrolling, happily adding stuff to my cart that eventually will sit there for a few days until it gets downgraded to Saved for Later and then eventually Removed (we all do that, right?), I come across this Maybelline Python Metallic Lip Kit. I stop scrolling as I have never heard of this product and my first thought is that it must be something either that has not yet hit the drugstore shelves or maybe is an older product.

There are 6 color combinations to choose from, ranging from pinky nude to an edgy blue. Seeing as I am a red lip kind of girl, I begin eyeing the color Passionate and, of course, add it to my cart. Low and behold, it passes muster and I actually end up purchasing it.

I don’t know what I was expecting, but when it arrived 2 days later, I was immediately disappointed for the following reasons:

  1. It’s freaking tiny! The kit is about the size of a single eyeshadow compact, and contains .06 oz of lip color and .04 oz of metallic powder (More on that later).
  2. It came broken! The metallic powder crumbled and when I opened the Amazon box, it was all over the place. The good news is that I was able to press some of it back, but still, that’s a bummer. Amazon did give me a full refund for it AND I didn’t have to return it, which was freaking AWESOME!!

So, based on the above, I am going to preface the rest of this post by saying that the best thing about this product is that I basically got it for free. As I mentioned above, the kit is tiny. I initially paid $9.99 for this and I truly don’t know if it’s worth the price. Mostly, because I am little confused on what it’s true purpose is, but also because the products execution is kind of crappy.

The lip color, although very pigmented, actually feels more like a balm when you put it on, which I don’t have any general  objections to, but I was expecting something slightly creamier. It doesn’t necessarily glide on effortlessly.

The metallic powder actually feels mousse-like, so when I was pressing the product back in it actually melded quite nicely into place. When you apply it on top of the balm and rub your lips together, it does have a powdery feel to it. The problem with the metallic powder is that it takes quite a bit of product to make your lips shimmer. I feel like you will go through it quite faster than the balm, which really does not require a lot of product to show up.

I actually really like the balm. I like to go into it with a light hand and it gives me a nice wash of lip color that looks like you have naturally berry tinted lips. Since it is a balm and not a lip tint, the downside is that it’s not a very lasting look, which means you have to reapply throughout the day. Which leads me to my CHIEF complaint, the fact that the easiest and least troublesome method of applying this for me is with my fingers and that SUCKS BALLS because then you have to constantly carry around makeup wipes to remove the product from your hands. You could technically apply it with a lip brush, but I just don’t want to.

I mean, I’m a mom. A HOT MESS MOM to be exact. I carry so much crap with me already, I really don’t want to carry something else that is going to get lost at the bottom of my purse and I’ll pick it out like 3 months later when I am looking for a receipt or something.

(Reaches for glass of wine to calm down)

The metallic powder is quite forgettable, in my opinion. I don’t like the powdery feel on my lips and I really don’t think it’s revolutionary in any way. If I was going to go for a metallic lip, I would prefer to use  Tattoo Junkee’s Metallic Lip Paint because the formula is already metallic, long-lasting and virtually transfer proof. In addition, it comes with a small pot of glitter to make it pop even more if you want, although I don’t find it to be necessary.

So am I missing something here, friends? Did anyone else try this and not end up as confused as to what they hell it’s supposed to be? Why the heck is it even called Python? Am I even using this product correctly? If so, please enlighten me in the comments below.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

Holidays · Uncategorized

Happy San-Giving (AKA: Thanksgiving)

My parents and grandparents, who immigrated from Cuba in the 1960’s, never quite grasped the English language very well, however, they sure LOVED American holidays and traditions and Thanksgiving was one of their favorites.

One small problem, as Spanish speakers, they had a tough time pronouncing the “Th” sound, so it always kind of came out as “Sss“, so Thanksgiving was always “San-Giving” in my house.

It still is to be honest. Old habits die hard.

However, regardless of how you pronounce it, I want to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving/San-Giving!

PS – if you want to know what my life was growing up in the 80’s and 90’s as a Cuban American family living in Miami, check out one of my favorite shows “Que Pasa, USA?” It was actually made in the 70’s, but still resonated then and still does today. You can catch clips of it on YouTube and I’m sure that any First Generation American family can identify.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

Bestope Hairbrush Straightener · Hair · Uncategorized

Bestope Straightening Hair Brush – The Taming of the Frizz

One of the most asked questions that I got the most from my What’s in Travel Bag post was actually something that didn’t go in my make up bag. My pink hairbrush straightener from Bestope. I kind of threw it in the picture last minute, when I noticed it off in the corner of the bed, not thinking that some of you would zero in on it, but you sure did! There must be a whole lot more frizzy haired femmes out there than I originally thought.

I don’t feel so alone anymore.

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Most of you asked the following questions:

  • Does it really straighten your hair? Yes. Not the kind of straight you get from a flat iron, but it leaves it smooth and silky feeling.
  • How long does it take to straighten your hair? I guess that would depend on how much hair you have, but I have A LOT of hair and if I where to blow dry and then use the flat iron, we are talking about a solid hour or more. With the hairbrush straighter, I would say it takes about 30 minutes. Maybe 45 if the kids are out of school. Moms, you feel me, right?
  • How much does it cost? I bought mine about a year ago on Amazon and I paid about $29.99 for it. I couldn’t find the exact one on there anymore, but I found a similar one from Bestope and it’s even cheaper….$24.99!!

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I know sometime last year, Dafni came out with a straightening hair brush that cost like $300 (for the record it’s like $66 dollars now) Everyone went crazy buying it and there was a huge waitlist. Of course, it didn’t take long for a bunch of dups to come out in the market and seeing as I how I am A) not very patient and B) didn’t have $300 to drop on hair tool, I decided to purchase a copy cat.

I really didn’t have high hopes, to be honest. I have been fighting the frizz since I was a teen and although I know my way around a blow dryer and flat iron, I always hated the time it took to get my hair straight. Fast forward a few years, a couple of keratin treatments that seriously stunted the growth of my hair, and giving birth to my little Time Suckers, it seemed like having straight hair was turning into the equivalent of a full nights sleep – a dream only achieved once or twice a year when I visited that magical place called a Hair Salon (queue the angels choir).

However, the Bestope Hair Straightener exceeded my expectations. Not only did it cut my time in half in front of the mirror, but it also made my hair look really smooth. It’s also a breeze to use. All you need is:

  • Dry hair (not be used with wet hair)
  • Make sure to spritz on some heat protectant. I use the It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-in Spray because ain’t nobody got time use so many products when this one does it all.
  • Adjust the heat to your desired degree. With my hair type and thickness I do the max, 425 F, which I know is not recommended and is probably contributing to the frizziness, but it’s like once you go 425F, you can never go back!
  • Portion off your hair in pieces and basically brush your hair, but comb it through slowly. Repeat until you get the desired smoothness.
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left side: au natural / right side: smoothed out

There are a few cons I have to point out. First off,  it’s hard to get those little hairs around your temple and forehead because its hard to run the brush that close to your skin without burning it. Same thing goes for the underside of your hair around your neck. I’ve given myself more than a few hickey looking burns by being careless. It’s also a little hard to reach the roots on the top of the head. When I am done, I usually go in with a round brush and blow dryer and smooth out the roots and wispy hairs around the side and forehead.

In order to maintain the look until I wash my hair, I usually go in every morning and give my hair a quick once over with the hairbrush straightener and I’m out the door. Ok. Not really because I am always running back into the house to get something that I forgot, like keys, phones, my kids.

Don’t judge, ok? We’ve all been there.

Anyways, shoot over any frizz fighting tips. I’m always on the hunt for any recommendations on how to tame the beast.

Till next time, my friends.

Maritza

Drugstore Finds · NYX · Uncategorized

Sale What?? Nyx Butter Gloss Mini Haul

I was in Walgreens last week and, as usual, began to peruse the beauty aisle. Not that I was planning on buying makeup, as to be honest, I was just there for cat litter, but there is no harm in looking, right?

However, as I get to the Nyx display, all thoughts of cat litter go away because I see that they have some of the Butter Glosses on clearance. I love the Nyx Butter Glosses. Not only do they smell like vanilla cupcakes, but they are glossy without being goopy and are long wear. They are fairly pigmented enough to wear alone, but if your not into a semi-sheer glossy look, you can layer them over a matte or cream lipstick for that punch of color.

Sidenote: if you want a really pigmented glossy lipstick that’s under $10, try the Hard Candy WetEver line. You will not be disappointed!

It seemed like all the red and wine colored Butter Glosses were on clearance and I was like, “Umm….is this a mistake?” because I think red lips are  the quintessential holiday look and if I was Walgreen’s, I’d be putting all of them on the top of the display instead of all the way on the bottom where no one looks. Whatever, their loss is my gain. For $2.49 a piece, I snagged three winter ready colors:

Strawberry Jam – a orange reddish glossy shade that makes you want to believe that it’s a summer color with a name like that, but it’s actually the perfect red to wear with a dramatic wing liner and a cocktail dress to a holiday party.

Cranberry Biscotti – a berry toned beauty that you can wear day or night. I personally like a dramatic lip with a light eye look and this color is would look great with a pop of cheek color, mascara and bold eyebrows.

Red Wine Truffle – the big sister to Cranberry Biscotti. Just a tad bit deeper and not so pink. This is what I would pair with a smokey eye and a black pencil skirt. Add a fitted turtleneck and you have a perfect workday outfit

The link to Walgreen’s has all these listed for $3.99 each, but try to hit up your local Walgreens and you might be able to get them cheaper.

I was so excited about my sale finds, I almost forgot the cat litter, but I happened to pass the Covergirl display with all of Katy Perry’s lipsticks, which were not on sale, and I was like “Oh Snap! Cat litter!”

I’ll let you decide if it’s Katy’s love of felines or her actual lipstick line that made me remember cat poop.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

Fashion Hauls · Uncategorized

Tween Fashion with Sofia

Fall is one of our favorite months in the Rodriguez household. Pumpkins, both the real and fake ones, are being picked and strategically placed around the house. We are prepping the house for Halloween and picking out costumes online. Something new is always popping up and now that Sofia is fully entrenched in middle school, we have lots more extra curricular activities to attend.

If it’s not a school function, like a dance or school movie night, it’s some outing with friends that requires a special outfit. I’ve realized that my little girl has entered that stage where things like “the perfect top to wear to the Haunted House” or ” I want something cranberry colored to wear to school on No Uniform Day” are examples of things I hear more and more each day. I suppose that’s normal with 12 year old girls, but it still shocks me how in less than 6 months she went from asking me to take her to the American Girl Store to Forever 21.

With that being said, our struggles have evolved. I find myself increasingly vetoing outfits that I deem too mature at these stores targeted to high schoolers and college aged girls, which leads to loads of huffing and puffing about how ” she is not a baby anymore!” But, ultimately it’s my credit card that takes the beating, so too bad. As my mom once told me, when you make your own money, you can buy whatever you want!

I knew that was eventually going to come back and bite me in the butt!!

Although, Sofia is not yet a teen, she is definitely a young lady. She’s tall for her age and not only has she physically outgrown stores like Justice and The Children’s Place, but her style has also matured. She likes stores like H&M, Forever21 and Garage.

For the upcoming Fall Dance at her school, we put together this mish mosh of brands. The top is from Garage. Bottoms are H&M. Shoes from Target.

The back is laced up, which we will probably wear over a cami.

Another recent purchase for an upcoming birthday party, is this top from Forever 21. She loves flowy, bohemian style tops and this was an instant love. We paired it up with the same jeans and booties. I did have to stitch up the straps a bit as they where a tad bit too long and exposed a little more than I was comfortable with.

She also loves makeup (I wonder where she gets that from?) and often goes with me to Sephora and helps me pick out makeup. As a matter of fact, a lot of my makeup gets handed down to her. These are a few items that I lets her wear for special occasions. Now don’t go hating on me for letting my 12 year old wear makeup. As I like to say… You do you and I do me.

Makeup:

Elf Brushes

Tartelette in Bloom Palette

Hard Candy Lap of Luxury Top 10 Satins

Maybelline Voluminous Butterfly Mascara

Covergirl Clean Matte Pressed Powder

Elf Lip Balm Tint

Burts Bees Lip Crayon

Benefit Precisely My Brow Eye Pencil

Hope you all enjoyed this tween edition fashion show. If you want to see more, let me know in the comments below.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

Fashion Hauls · Uncategorized

Fall ModCloth Fashion Show – October

I was perusing the ModCloth app a few weeks back and was pleasantly surprised to see so many Fall and Halloween pieces. I love everything about Halloween. The pumpkins, costumes, trick or treating with my kids and eating their candy under the premise that I have to “check for razor blades”. Yeah, that’s definitely a ruse in case anyone was wondering.

They were also having a 40% off sale so I took advantage and threw in some pieces to make October a particular festive one.

For reference, I’m 5’10 and all the pieces are XL. Also, Sofia took the pictures so props to her for all the lighting and suggestion on how to pose.

I saw these two pieces and knew I had to buy them. First off, anyone who knows anything about me know I have a love of cats and purple, so this outfit pretty much sums up my life.

Oh My Gosh A Line Dress in Bats – $59.99. The dress is a little shorter than I typically go for. On me it’s about mid-thigh, so I will avoid bending over too much while wearing, however I must say that it’s quite comfy. I wouldn’t say the material is stretchy but the fit it true to size and the skirt is lined.

I paired it with this adorable Cropped Cardigan with Peter Pan Collar ($49). I also consider this cardigan to be true to size and it’s so cute! It also doesn’t have to be strictly for Halloween. I paired it with a black tank and my white jeans for work and got loads of compliments.

Did I mention it had spooked out cats embroidered on the collar? Meow!

I feel like I am channeling Wednesday Adams slightly more extroverted cousin with this look? Anyone else feel it?

My last purchase isn’t necessarily Halloweenie, but I still dig it. It’s fit my main criteria when it comes to fashion. It’s black and it has cute stuff on it. In this case, dinosaurs and a Peter Pan collar. Meet the Doubly Delightful Sleeveless Top in Black Dino’s $44.99.

I love everything about this top. It’s lightweight, whimsical and comfy. You can dress it up with a pair of slacks and a blazer or down with a pair of white or blue jeans. Throw on some red lipstick and you are all set.

I wasn’t actually looking at anything in particular, but isn’t this what the models on catalogs do? Look distractedly at something off camera?

I hope you liked my first fashion show. If so, shoot me a comment below.

Have a great day!

Maritza

Beauty Favorites · Uncategorized

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

MAC · Uncategorized

MAC Girls – Basic Bitch Palette

I feel so naughty owning a palette called Basic Bitch. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t oppose profanity. In fact, I think that dropping the F- Bomb every now and then can be extremely therapeutic. Also, shit and bitch, specifically “That Bitch!” are token phrases in my day to day life.  Admittedly, I am usually referring to my dog, who does happens to be female, and feels compelled to pee all over the floors 2.5 seconds after a walk.

That Bitch!!!

But, you get my point. It’s not that the word Bitch makes me uncomfortable or that MAC has decided to identify certain colors or looks as bitchy. I mean, who the hell cares? It’s just semantics. In the end, no one is going to call you a Bitch just because you used that palette and if they do, then kudos to them for being able to identify a palette on face value. That’s pretty damn impressive.

So now that we are all over the name, let’s talk about the palette. MAC came out with 6 Personality Palettes. I guess the goal is to pick the one that best suits your personality, but ultimately, it comes down to color preference as I, for one, am not Power Hungry, a Rockin’ Rebel, Pretty Princess, Fashion Fanatic, Mischievous Minx or a Basic Bitch.

Did anyone else think of the end of the Breakfast Club movie when reading all the labels?

Anyways, I’m more of a Yoga Pant Mom and, quite frankly, MAC, that was a lost opportunity on your end.  Why do they always forget the moms? Mom’s are the ones who make the most money and can spend more at your counter. Maybe jot that down for next time?

Out of all the selections, the colors I was most drawn to were the smoky silvers, grays and plums of the Basic Bitch palette. I thought it would be a great palette for fall and I could honestly see myself wearing them to work, date with the hubs or drinks with friends. There are a total of 9 shades:

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I love almost all the colors. Sly Girl is absolutely gorgeous! It’s a glittery, purple metallic BOMB and it’s my absolute favorite quickly followed by Ms. Personality and Text Me Later. However, Tattle-Tale, Game Player and Love this Bitch (highlighter) left me a bit underwhelmed. I couldn’t even get Love this Bitch to show up under any lightening, so I am thinking I may just be too pale for it, which is odd as it is an icy pink shade and those usually suit me quite well.

The palette itself cost $39.50, which at first I was like “MAC, you crazy!”, but then when I broke down the price, it basically adds up to $4.38/pan, which is very reasonable. All the pans are not exactly the same size, so there may some price discrepancy, but overall, not too bad for MAC.

Would I rush and buy the remaining palettes? Definitely, not. I would recommend you head on over to the MAC counter and choose one that suits your color tastes instead of personality.

Till next time, my friends.

Maritza