Holidays · Uncategorized

Pinch Me! Favorite Green (Colored)Beauty Products

Story Time: Many years ago when I was in my 20’s, I went on vacation to Paris, France with one of my friends. We actually landed in Paris on March 17 and, despite our jet lag, were so excited when we found out that right next to our hotel was an Irish Pub. We were totally planning on celebrating St. Patty’s Day abroad, only to get to the pub and see like 3 people sitting at the bar and they were most definitely NOT drinking green beer.

That was the day we found out that St. Patrick’s Day, at least the way we celebrate here in the U.S., is not really done anywhere else.

Oh well. You live and learn.

I’m not sure why I get so excited to celebrate St . Patrick’s Day. I’m not Irish and don’t live in a city with a predominantly large population of Irish folks, but I love any excuse to go out and drink some beer. I get even more excited about the opportunity to wear some green colored makeup, particularly eyeshadow. So, with that being said, I have compiled a brief list of my favorite greens:


“I’ll Get You My Pretty” by Devinah Cosmetics– If you read my last post, you know that I am in LOVE with this eyeshadow single. It’s this fabulous shimmery metallic green, that pays homage to the Wicked Witch of the West, however, brings forth mental images of Leprechauns as well. Either way, wet a brush with some setting spray and go to town on your eye lids with this magically delicious shade.

Mermaid Boy and Water Bearer in Dream Street Palette by ColourPop – This a two-for-one recommendation because alone they are great, but together it’s even better. Found in the latest Kathleen Lights collaboration with Colourpop, these are deep blue green shades that once again, can be applied all over the lid (Mermaid Boy) or to deepen the crease and outer V (Water Bearer).

Helia in Aurora Glow Kit by Anastasia Beverly Hills – Also a two-for-one shade as you can use this cool lime green as a highlighter for your cheekbones or, do what I like, and pat this on my eye lids over a black matte shade for a out of this world iridescent green effect.


Sheer Envy Color Correct Cushion Wonder in Green by Hard Candy – I don’t always color correct, but if I have a zit or am going to go all out glam, I like to cover all my bases, so I apply a dot or two of this color in green to counteract any redness I may have. I blend it in, apply some foundation and concealer and Voila! I’m no longer tomato red.


Frog Prince by Lipstick Queen – Ok, so some of you may consider this cheating as, technically, this is not a green lipstick shade, but I had to include it. This is one of my favorite lipsticks for two reasons: it’s actually goes on a lovely berry shade despite it’s toad like color AND it’s literally one of the silkiest lipsticks I own. I could space out to the feeling of applying this on my lips. It glides on beautifully and leaves a really nice sheen. Also, when you rub your lips together, it feels a bit like a balm, which I like.

Anyone else all pumped to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. How do you get all dolled up? Let me know in the comments below.

Till next time, my friends!



Project Pan – 2018 – Better Late Than Never

I know, I know. Everyone starts Project Pans in the beginning of the year, but much like dieting, there is no better time to begin than the present.

As I mentioned in my Palette of the Month post, I am beginning to feel a little overwhelmed by all the products coming out and feeling like I always need to get the next big thing. Why? I don’t know, but quite suddenly it all felt so wasteful. Like, why do I buy all this beautiful stuff to just use it once or twice and then stuff it in a drawer?

I actually declutter quite frequently, so whatever I currently have in my collection is stuff that I intentionally kept and like, so I decided to make a conscious effort to use the following products all the way to the very end. I also intentionally chose products that I would not typically go through quickly and use daily, like foundation and mascara, but rather products that will give me a challenge to finish. If I can finish these, I can finish anything!

The Balm’s Mary Lou Manizer Highligher. The OG highlighter. I think everyone has this in their collection and for a very good reason, it’s gorgeous! It’s a beautiful, golden shimmering shade that blends into your cheekbones, without giving you that weird strip of glow that some highlighters give off. It’s also the only product I currently own with a considerable dip in the middle. I use this sucker a lot and I feel like this will be the one I will hit pan on first.

Nars Liquid Blush in Torrid. This one is going to be a toughie. I can feel it, but I did say I wanted a challenge.  It’s a gorgeous deep coral that will be perfect for summer and in fact, I did use it last year quite a bit. The problem is that a little goes a long way so getting through this bottle might take me all the way to December, but I’m a tenacious woman, so I’m up for the challenge.

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow in Kitten Karma. Now this one I picked because I just did not use it enough since I bought it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s beautiful, but I always seemed to skip it when I was going for a glam look. I don’t think it will be too difficult to get through it, but it will certainly be interesting creating so many looks. I’m going to be sporting glitter to work meetings and, I’m sure, getting loads of side eye.

Too Faced Creamy Peach Oil Lip Gloss in Papa Don’t Peach. I was so into this lip gloss last year when it first came out and then it fell off my radar. I recently got into it again when I dug it out from the bottom of one of my purses and decided that I was going to pan it. I do not anticipate this will be difficult at all as I love the muted peachy color and find the formula to be lovely, glossy and moisturizing.

Hard Candy Cushion Wonder Color Corrector in Peach. I don’t have a lot of color correcting products, but I find this one to be quite nice and use it often, or at least when I remember. I have dark under eye circles, and this not only corrects it, but in a pinch, is a great substitute for concealer, if you are going for a natural look. I just apply some of this before my foundation and find that once I powder, I’m good to go. There is quite a bit of product left, because a little goes a long way, but if I use it more often than I have in the past, then I think I can squeeze the very last from the tube before the end of the year.

I’m been really into Project Panning lately, so feel free to drop your blog post in the comments below so that I can see what you are panning and maybe we can all motivate each other and keep our goals in check throughout the year.

Till next time, my friends!


PS – Amazon links above are affiliated, so if you choose to purchase some of the products above, I will make a slight commission.

Lip Balm · Smith's Rosebud Salve · Uncategorized

Bah Humbag! Sick for the Holidays- Rosebud Salve to the Rescue

I have been sick since Saturday and I just can’t shake this cold. My head is pounding. My nose is running and I have a fever. Needless to say I have not worn any makeup, except for yesterday when I had to go into the office and I slapped on some mascara and lipstick so that I can look presentable and not like a Walking Dead cast member

For the record, my Hard Candy Velvet Mousse Lipstick in Cherry Blossom actually held strong through all the sneezing and nose blowing at the office. I really don’t know why more people don’t talk about them. Hands down one of my favorite liquid lipstick formulas because they are matte, but comfortable and not drying. The only drawback is that they leave a slight stain to your lips.

Today I find myself at home and I made the HUGE mistake of taking a peek in the mirror and was like “YOWZA! You look beat up, Maritza” To be honest, I feel so bad that I don’t care. My husband and kids will just need to deal with my red nose and under eye circles. However, all the nose blowing and coughing has really chapped my lips, nose and that space in between. When that happens, I turn to my savior. Smith’s Rosebud Salve.


I have been using this balm for about 15 years. I bought my first tin when I was in my 20’s and back then, I liked the natural, ever so pinky, glossy sheen it gave my lips. Now, I still use it as a lip balm when my lips are chapped or dry, but I find that it works wonders on my cuticles, rough patches on my elbows and, yes, even the redness that occurs around my nose and upper lips when I blow my nose too much.

According to their website, this little handy-dandy product has been around since 1895 and has multiple uses. For example, I never thought to use it as a frizz fighter for your hair or to tame your eyebrows.  Also, they state you can use it as blush or even as eye shadow base to create a glossy wet look with your favorite eye shadow. I may just give that a try when I feel a bit better.

It has a slight rose scent, which now that I am all stuffed up, I can’t even enjoy. I know that some people don’t like that rosey smell because it’s a little grandma-ish, but I happen to like it. Funny enough, it reminds me more of my 20’s (single, clubbing with no kids) than it does of the Roaring 20’s when grandma was young,

I always stock up on these when I am at the checkout line at Sephora and trust me, a little goes a long way, so this tin will last you from one VIB sale to another. However, if you are a LBA (Lip Balm Addict), it only costs $6, so you are not breaking the bank if you find yourself hitting pan in between.

I hope all of you are enjoying the holidays so far. I am about to curl up in bed, fetal position style, close the blinds, swab some Smith’s Rosebud on my lips and on my nose and go to bed. Hoping that I feel much better before Christmas Day.

Till next time, my friends!


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!


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!


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.


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!!


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.
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.


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!


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.


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!


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!