Sephora VIB Sale

What’s in My Cart? Sephora VIB Sale

Ahh… Fall! Cool weather, pumpkin spice lattes, football and the Sephora Semi Annual VIB Sale. I live for this stuff. Not that I don’t buy makeup and other beauty products year round, but I’m saving 20% during this time of year.

Ok. Let’s pause for a second. I will be the first to admit that Sephora has literally bewitched us all with this “sale”. Under no other circumstances would I ever get excited about saving 20%. In fact, I wouldn’t even typically buy anything if they were only offering me 20%. I’d be like, “No thanks, bitches! Call me when these shoes are at least 40% off!”

And if I’m really going to be honest, we typically can get better sales or more consistent savings at the very least if we buy our beauty products from the brand vs. Sephora. For example, in October

  • Too Faced had 30% off plus free shipping.
  • Becca was offering 50% off their poured creme highlighters
  • Boscia was offering 15-20% off select products.

In fact, they offer these types of promotions multiple times throughout the year (if I causally look at my inbox, I would even say it’s monthly) and I hardly ever take advantage. I always say to myself that I will wait for the Sephora VIB Sale. Why?

Brainwashed and bewitched. That’s why. That little striped black and white bag is like crack cocaine. I can’t say no!

Anyways, this year, I’m actually taking advantage and will stock up on some favorites, like Anastasia’s DipBrow Pomade, Boscia’s Charcoal Makeup Melter Cleansing Oil Balm and the Sake Brightening Hydrogel Mask. I’m pretty much scrapping the bottom of the jars on those.

I’m also taking advantage of the whopping 20% off to try out some new stuff, so I’m getting the Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment and Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Cream Mini. Both of these are top rated, so I want to see if the hype of real.

I will also pick up a Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Cocoa and Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Aquaconcealer in Fair Light. These are my splurges as I don’t need a new eyeliner or concealer, but they were calling me.

I’m such a sucker!!!

I know this is not a very interesting cart, but I’m pretty happy. It can’t always be eyeshadow palettes and lipsticks!!

Who am I kidding? If I am going to be honest, I am 99% sure I will also add the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette to the cart. Not that I need it, but I want it!!

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

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Maybelline

Maybelline City Chic Mini Palette – Smokey Eye Look

Anyone out there a little hesitant to work with dark colors?

(Raises hand sheepishly)

I’m going to admit that I tend to stay away from dark colors. You see, I’m not a make up artist and I believe it takes a certain amount of talent and hand eye coordination Wait! Scratch that. It’s not like we are playing volleyball. Or are we? Regardless, I possess neither to create a good smokey eye. Every time I attempt to create a dark eye it ends looking really muddy and kind of like I just didn’t get a good nights sleep.

That doesn’t mean I don’t like to try, so when I saw that the Maybelline City Mini palettes were on sale this week at Target for $7.99, I decided to give these puppies a try. I could have opted for a warm neutral one, but I was feeling adventurous! So when I saw this tiny palette with rich blue, purple and silver shades, I was like “Why not?”

I am going to admit that I decided to give this palette a whirl on a really random Wednesday when I had nothing planned and wasn’t actually leaving the house just so I wouldn’t have to commit to this look when I actually had to socialize with people, but don’t hold that against me. I’m working on my confidence.

I decided to start with the taupe-y color in the middle and apply that on the crease and just a little above. After blending that in, I dipped into that royal purple shade and added that to the crease and the outer V. It’s not particularly dark upon application, but it is buildable. My one concern was that after building it, the purple looked more black than purple.

I then picked up the silver glittery shade and tapped that onto the center of the lid with my finger and worked it to the inner corner. It was lovely and vibrant, but Holy Fallout, Batman! I looked like I cried glitter! It’s ok, nothing that a little swipe (or two) of a powder brush couldn’t fix.

I did decide that the outer V needed just a tad bit of definition, so I got a pencil brush and applied a bit of the black shade and blended it up to get a slight cat eye. I then dipped into the blue and smoked the lower lash and then with the same pencil brush I used with the black, deepened the outer lower lash a bit and dragged that up a bit to connect help shape the “ cat eye” a bit.

Overall I was pleased with my work and I didn’t look like Edward Scissorhands!

Score!!

Also, what do you guys think of my natural hair? Trying to learn to love my curls, but there is an insane amount of mousse up in that birds nest to tame the frizz.

Thank goodness we have been having cooler days and humidity has been low. I need all the help from Mother Nature I can get.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

BH Cosmetics

BH Cosmetics Super Nova Palette- Get Ready With Me

Today was one of those days where I had zero desire to get wake up. I just came back from a weekend road trip. I’m exhausted and achy from walking and in no mood to adult, so it’s days like these that I go for my go to Stress Less Look.

It’s all about making comfort look chic and effortless and my favorite colors to work with are browns and golds for the eyes because it’s really hard to mess that up in my opinion and they compliment my green eyes.

I love using my BH Cosmetics Super Nova palette for this look as not only do they have those easy to use warm colors, but also a nice selection of cool colors which makes this palette quite versatile.

Even though the colors are baked and give off a nice shimmer, I create a quick look with just 2 colors: Celestial and Phoenix.

First I blend Celestial with a fluffy brush into the crease and dip into it a bit more to deepen the outer V. I then drag it down to the lower lash to smoke it out a bit. Once everything is nice and buffed in, I gently tap on Phoenix with my finger on the center of the lid and move toward the inner eye.

Just add mascara and you are done!

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No time to mess with hair today, so it goes in a Not So Messy Bun. Top it off with a cute head band like this one I got on Amazon and you are set.

I was working from home today, so I could have stayed in PJ’s all day, but I took as advantage of the cool weather and threw on my favorite pair of Old Navy light blue jeggings (no longer on their website) and my new grey and white plaid shirt, also from Old Navy.

Till next time, my friends!

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

First Impressions · Glossier

Glossier – First Impressions

Disclaimer: please excuse any typos you may find in this post. Due to Hurricane Irma cutting my power, I am writing this post on my phone. Damn! That’s dedication, right?

You ever get sucked into buying something just because it is so hyped on Instagram? If so, don’t worry. We’ve all been there and some stuff is complete crap and other times you are pleasantly surprised. That’s what happened with me and Glossier.

Every time I go through my Instagram feed, I see at least one post showcasing that cute pink see through pouch and always wondered what all the hype was. I go to their website and everything seems very clinical. Like as if I was buying hydrocortisone instead of lip balm, but still, I was sucked in.

I went on twitter and asked my whopping 46 followers (I know you are all like “She got 46 followers, ya’ll! She’s a star!”) what products they recommend I try out and I was kind of disappointed that all I got were a bunch of people just sending me their affiliate codes. However, a few people actually sent me some good recommendations. It seems, that a lot of you like the Boy Brow and the Milky Gel Cleanser. I decided to go with the Boy Brow seeing as I am almost out of my precious Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow, but passed on the Milky Gel Cleanser. I’m too loyal to my Boscia Charcoal Makeup Melter. That’s the shiznet, right there!

However, seeing that I am lip balm junkie, I did throw the Balm Dotcom in Birthday in the cart at the last minute. How can you not with a name like that? I swear I could create imaginary reasons to whip that out just to say the name.

Stranger: I love starfish!

Me: you want some of my Balm Dotcom. It shimmers like the blue sea the starfish comes from.

When the package arrived, I do have to admit that I was girlishly happy to see that pink see through pouch with its bubble wrap interior. I was also doubly pleased to see that they came with stickers! What is it about school like stationary items that turn me into a giddy mess?

I first attacked the lip balm. Upon inspection, it does resemble a tube of hydrocortisone. It’s medicinal resemblance stops there as it smells just like vanilla cupcakes and although it’s clear, it has a sheen of shimmer that immediately makes me double up on the application. It’s not sticky and it glides on easily. My one complaint would be that you have to apply it with your finger as it’s not stick balm, but a squeeze one.

I then address the eyebrows. I have practically clear eyebrows, so any brow products needs to be able to not only tame these beasts, but also fill and color them in. The ABH Dip Brow allows me to use an angled edge brush to carve out and practically paint my brows. The Boy Brow is just a small wand used to just groom the brows.

I apply my first layer and I’m not really seeing the results I like. My right Brow looks like it got a light wash of color. It needs more power! I dip into the tube once more and go for a second coat and with much determination finally get my brows tamed and to the exact medium brown shade that I like. The only problem now is that they have this wet, sticky consistency that I am not digging.

After about 10 minutes, the brows are dry and although not stiff to the touch, they have a textured look to them. I’m thinking that this product is not necessarily built for colorless brows like mine. Would definitely need to fill them in with using a pencil and then tame them with the Boy Brow.

Is that a problem? No. I know plenty of people who already do this, but I’m inherently lazy and prefer to use one product that can do both jobs instead of two. Why reinvent the wheel, right?

So we are at 50/50 here. Loving the Balm Dotcom and just liking the Boy Brow. Seeing as we are at an impasse, I’m thinking I will give Glossier another try and check out some of their other products.

Cloud Paint looks very intriguing. So may hit that up next.

Send me some recommendation if you can. I like to see what everyone else thinks.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

Beauty Review · Burberry Beauty

Burberry Beauty Bite Sized Review

Disclaimer: this post was written on my phone as I have no power due to Hurricane Irma. Please excuse any typos.

I don’t really know too much about Burberry Beauty. In fact, the only things I know about the brand is that they are known for their trench coats and beautiful patterned and plaid scarves. Also, once when I went to New York with one of my friends she was prepared to pay $900 for a Burberry clutch in a gorgeous plum color until she saw the look of horror on my face and then told the salesperson she would think about it.

Don’t worry. I’m sure she ended up buying it without me present.

So when I was surfing the Sephora site and came upon a special promo for a Burberry Beauty Box, I decided to hit purchase. Luckily, it was only $35 and the hit to my wallet was negligible.

When I first got the box, I was surprised by how tiny it was. It was bite sized!! Maybe I am delusional, but somehow I thought it would be bigger (that’s was she said..ha, ha!!!).

Nonetheless, it came with 4 items:

  • Burberry Kisses Lipstick in Russet No. 93
  • Light Glow Dark Earthy Blush No. 11
  • Fresh Glow Nude Radiance Luminous Fluid Base
  • Burberry Cat Lashes in Jet Black No. 1

I’ve been playing around with these items for a few weeks, off and on, and I must say that the verdict is still out on Burberry Beauty for me.

Let’s start off with the item I most liked, the mascara. Those of you who have seen my older posts, know that I love feathery curled lashes. When I first saw this wand, I was a bit skeptical. It’s flexible, which means that the slightest pressure with your hand can jab the wand into your eye. However, the mascara is lovely. It lifts and separates your lashes. Gives them a nice bouncy curl and no visible clumps anywhere. My only gripe would be the bristles. They are made of spikey rubber and if you are not careful, they can sting.

My next favorite is the “blush”. Honestly, I’m not sure what the hell this is. It says it’s a blush. Looks like contour or maybe bronzer. However, I use it as eyeshadow. It’s a beautiful tan shade, similar to their traditional trench coat, that I’ve used as a transition shade with other palettes, but also on its own. I particularly love using it to smoke out the lower lid. It makes my green eyes pop!

Falling short on the love list is the lipstick. The shade is a lovely terra-cotta color, but it’s just too damn sheer. It just gives you this wash of color that does nothing for me. I mean, if I am personally going to wear anything red, you better see me from space. Know what I mean?

Last, and for good reason, is the Luminous Base. As a girl with oily skin, I tend to stay away from primers that make me glow, because genetically I’m like a greasy lit Christmas tree, so this stuff just made my foundation slip and slide all over the place. No thank you! I’ll stick to my Benefit Porefessional.

I must say that overall, the price tag for all these full sized items individually is not that bad. Ranging anywhere from $30 – $48, I’ve paid more for less and I do have to admit that the packaging is absolutely gorgeous. All the items have the signature Burberry plaid woven through the packaging and even stamped into the actual side of the lipstick. Nothing can look fancier than touching up your lipstick after dinner with one of those tubes.

However, it’s the actual colors and products that failed to impress me. I suppose Burberry can be categorized as a brand that sells that posh, minimalist look, but if that’s not your thing, then I say skip.

Till next time, my friends.

Maritza

tarte

Tarte Clay Play Face Shaping Palette – Welcome to Neutral City

Guess who’s back? Back again. It’s me!!!

Took a little hiatus from the site in order to move homes and I learned the first day that black winged liner in 90+ degree weather while carrying box after box up and down stairs is not a good idea. So haven’t worn much makeup since then, which is fine because now I get to put to the test some goodies I have in the back burner, beginning with this beauty from tarte.

I know from the outside the Clay Play Face Shaping Palette looks like the most boring palette in the world. Just a bunch of neutrals sitting there waiting to be asked to the party. Like me in high school. But trust me, this palette is a hidden gem. Once again, like me in high school.

First off, it smells like chocolate, so everytime I dip into it, I feel like I am digging into a box of square bonbons. The colors are pigmented and rich and only require a slight tap to obtain maximum color payoff. This is way better than the last palette I picked up from tarte, the Eye Love You Mothers Day set, was pressed so hard it made it almost impossible to get any color.

The shades are compartmentalized from light to dark, with each quad containing a mix of brown matte shades and a corresponding light vanilla shade, which can be used as contour, bronzer, eyeshadow and brow color.

Can we say multitasker?

Of course, you and I know there are no rules when it comes to makeup, so use any shade your little heart pleases for whatever you like.

For example, I like this combo:

  • Desert for contour
  • Terracotta as bronzer
  • Solstice under brow bone
  • Sand as a transition shade on the lids
  • Journey on the crease
  • Ember in the outer V and lower lid
  • Dunes for the brows

Voila! Just add mascara, blush and your favorite lipstick and your out the door.

The one downside is the price and also that name- Clay Play Face Shaping Palette? Am I the only one who thinks that is way too long? But the price kind of sucks more. $46 for a bunch of browns isn’t something that a lot of people might be into, but if you are looking for a one stop shop for neutral colors, then I would definitely consider this a good investment.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

Influenster · Subscription Boxes

My First Influenster VoxBox – Thoughts and Opinions

It’s no secret that companies use the power of social media to get people to buy their stuff. They send out products to Influencers all the time in order to promote them via Instagram, Twitter, Youtube and Facebook. So, if you ever do the rounds on any platform, you have probably seen at least one or two posts with  #gotitfree #complimentary #contest, etc.

I go on Instagram every day and I always intrigued by how all these people, who for all intents and purpose were just like me, just a lover of makeup, but by no means an Influencer. Yet, they got to try out these fabulous beauty products for free. I’m not talking about crap stuff either. I mean the really good, high-end products that cost a lot of money, like YSL, Lancôme, Becca, Bite Beauty, Hourglass just to name a few. So I did what any red-blooded beauty addict on a budget would do and downloaded the Influenster app.

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Influenster, in a nutshell, is an app that relies on their users to provide products reviews on their site, while also using your influence in various social media platforms to promote certain products. Depending on how much power you carry across ALL platforms, they rate you on a scale of low to high, which when combined with how active you are on the app answering Snaps (products reviews across many categories) and your participation on their online campaigns, can get you the opportunity to receive a box to test out a product first hand.

These products are not exclusive to beauty either. You can be asked to test food, baby, pet, household or practically anything as long as you qualify. There is one catch though, once you do qualify to test a product, you are basically agreeing to give an honest and unbiased review of it on their app as well as on your social media platforms. So if you are one of those people who like your Instagram to have particular theme (i.e. only beauty related pics), if you are chosen to participate in a campaign that goes against your theme, then you have to suck it up and do it or quite possibly forfeit the ability to participate in any other future campaign.

Whatever, I like free stuff, so I am not picky.

Also, I don’t know how long it takes most people to qualify for a campaign, but I was on Influester roughly for about 4 months before I got my first VoxBox. I don’t have a very high social media presence. As it stands today, I rank at a medium, but I am very active on the app and do all my snaps and participate in any contest I qualify for. I’m fairly certain that increased my chances. Most of the time, I get an email with a survey letting me know I am on the short list for a box, but never actually qualify. I was beginning to feel slightly rejected and was having flashback to high school. So when I received notification that I was going to one of the lucky recipients of the Oasis VoxBox, I was stoked.

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It took a little less than a week to receive my box and was surprised to find a variety of food and beauty products. Some of them where new to me, others I knew about. I did do my due diligence and tested each product out, sometimes with the help of my kids, and I completed each one of the “contests” (I don’t particular feel that it’s a contest, if you have to do it in order to finish your campaign, but potato/po-ta-toe) so that I could earn my badges and hopefully stay in the running to join another campaign.

In my Oasis Vox Box, I got the following:

Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation – HUGE fan of this foundation. It’s actually been my go to foundation this summer and I was totally excited to add a full-size back up to my collection. It leaves the skin glowy and looking like actual skin. I don’t believe its full coverage, more like medium, but that works for me.

Eva NYC 10 in 1 Mane Magic Primer  – This was a “MEH” for me. I like that it’s an oil and that you can use it on wet or dry hair and even though it’s supposed to detangle, soften, nourish, control frizz, add shine, strengthen, protect your hair from heat, file your taxes and clean your toilet, I determined that it was really best as a heat protector more than anything else. It did in no way control the frizz. Huge props to EVA NYC though, they actually left a comment on Instagram post with suggestions on using it dry vs wet in an effort to control frizz. Love it when companies interact with their consumers

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Vera Wang Embrace Perfume in Rose Buds and Vanilla and Periwinkle and Iris – I don’t know if you can tell the difference from drugstore perfume and department store perfume, but I can and this totally smelled like drugstore perfume. It totally lacked any undertones and the scent lasted a total of 2.5 seconds on me before it dissipated into thin air. Not to say that it didn’t initially smell pleasant, but it was short-lived. I would rather ask for free samples at Macy’s than pay $24 for this at CVS. Sorry, Vera Wang.

Aloha Peanut Butter and Jelly Protein Bar – Another full size treat in the Oasis box. I happen to have already tried Aloha bars and like them, but hadn’t tried the peanut butter and jelly version. It was ok. More peanut butter than jelly flavor, which was slightly disappointing, but nothing to complain about. I still prefer my Think Thin Bars, though.

Welch’s Fruit Rolls in Strawberry, Berry and Tropical Bunch – OMG, these were a hit with the kids! They love fruit roll ups, so were so excited to have these as a snack. I find that they are less chewier than regular fruit roll ups and actually tasted like flattened down Welch’s Fruit Snacks, which is A-OK with me. Tropical Punch was hands down my favorite flavor and I had to wrestle that one from the kids. Definitely a re-purchase for me… I mean the kids.

Evolution Fresh Cold Pressed Juice – No bottle was actually sent, but you did get a coupon which afforded you one free full-sized juice bottle. I was already familiar with this brand as they sell them at Starbucks, but I got mine at Target. I chose the Organic Sweet Greens and Ginger, which is tasty because it has apple juice in it, otherwise, I don’t think it would be quite as bearable to me. I’m not really a juice kinda gal. I hate drinking my calories.

Since I am pretty active in Instagram, I didn’t really feel like it was a chore to post my reviews and pictures, but my husband did comment that maybe it wasn’t worth the trouble to do all this work for a fruit roll up. I guess I can see his perspective, so this where you have to decide if it’s worth it for you. You do get about 2 months to complete all the tasks and document all your posts. Oh yes, my friends, Influenster doesn’t just take your word that you actually did you reviews. They verify all your posts and at anytime can disqualify you from the current campaign and any future ones, so let’s say you actually have a life, unlike me, then this might be a bit time-consuming and tedious.

Once again, no biggie for me. The most exciting thing I did today was take some excercise equipment to storage, so writing a review was actually refreshing.

Oh geez…LOSER!

So anyone else get a VoxBox. Did they get something really exciting or high-end. I hope that one day I can qualify for a Dior foundation or YSL lipstick because that’s shit’s expensive!!!!

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

 

 

 

 

Besame Cosmetics

Besame Cosmetics – It’s Vintage, Not Old. Just Like Me.

I am officially 40 years old today! Not sure why I added an exclamation point there, to be honest, but positivity, my friends. Positivity.

In honor of me entering the 4th decade of my life, I’d thought it would only be appropriate to talk about vintage makeup. Ok. Not the kind you buy in eBay or find in grandma’s closet, but the new kind sold by Besame Cosmetics, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite brands.

A little back story on how I came across this brand…

A while back I was reading, Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella. It’s a quirky, but extremely charming novel about a modern girl, Lara, who finds herself haunted by the spirit of her deceased aunt, Sadie. Back in the 1920’s, Sadie epitomized the modern woman. She dressed in short dresses, wore makeup, smoked, drank and dated men her parents did not approve. However, she died all alone in a nursing home with no family or friends around, and decided that her niece, who is in her 20’s, was going to help her with some unfinished business solving the mystery of a cherished piece of jewelry and artwork. Of course, along the way, Sadie ends up helping Lara, a practical person by nature, to let loose a bit and enjoy life. It’s a fabulous story.

Anyways, there is a part of the book where Sadie convinces Lara to dress up in typical flapper girl garb for a date with a hunky American businessman. They end up in a second hand store, where Sadie, invisible to everyone except Lara, begins pointing out all the items she would have worn back in the 1920’s, including makeup. Sophie Kinsella went into such great detail describing how the lipsticks, powder and mascara not only looked, but how it was used and applied, that it stuck with me. So when actually doing some research on vintage makeup,  I came across Besame Cosmetics.

I was immediately hooked on the brand. Not only did it look like something out of Twenties Girl, the whole website had this vintage, old Hollywood vibe that I dig. Their lipsticks are all replicas of shades used from 1910 -1960’s and their cake mascara is also supposed to mimic the type used by women of that time. Just check out some of the Instagram pictures posted by their fans and you will get an idea of how totally cool these vintage looks are.

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I swear, they could be selling puppy poop in a tube and I would have bought it simply for the presentation.

That’s kind of gross, actually, but you get my drift.

I have a long list of items that I want to buy from Besame, including everything from the upcoming Marvel Agent Carter line — sight unseen — but I decided, shortly before the eve of my 40th birthday, that the most appropriate item would be a lipstick, aptly named 1941 Victory Red.

I know that something named 1940 You’re Old would be better, but Besame skipped that year, so when deciding between 1939 Tango Red or 1941 Victory Red, I went with the second one. Which works for me because 1941 is a gorgeous, vibrant, highly pigmented, true red. It’s not stiff, which allows for the color to glide on easily on to your lips. I wish I could do a live demo to show you how much color goes on with one swipe. I am in love!

Besame 1941 swatch

Also, I need to take a moment to discuss how gorgeous the tube is. I would totally take it out in the middle of a dinner date with the hubs or right before a big meeting and reapply my lipstick just to show it off. Now, I know that this may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I am totally swooning right now.

Typically, I don’t wear colors this vibrant on a day to day and reserve them for special occasions like my birthday, but, like Lara, I’ve decided that life’s too short to sit around and wait for the right moment to wear a cute dress, take a day off to go to the beach, or in this case, put on red lipstick. So, I decided, just before the BIG 40 on a random Thursday, to get all glammed up and wear Victory Red. I didn’t do much. I worked from home, packed up some old (vintage?) kitchen stuff in boxes to take to the Goodwill and attempted to build a Minecraft Lego set with Logan. It was, for all intents and purpose, a totally boring day. But every time I looked in the mirror, I was like…Damn Girl! You look FABULOUS!

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Maybe 40 won’t be so bad, after all.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

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Say Yes To Coconut Lip Kit

I’m really not one to get very hung up on my facial attributes. I’ve learned that when it comes to beauty, most people always take the “life is always better on the side” perspective, instead of being grateful for what you have, as imperfect as it may seem. You always think that you would be so much happier if you had bigger boobs, a smaller nose or thicker hair.

With that being said, I’m not averse to trying new things out to see if there is a way to improve my perception of those facial and body parts I’m not too keen on. So, when perusing the beauty aisle at Target a few weeks back, I came upon the Yes To Coconut 2 Step Lip Kit. I don’t necessarily hate my lips, but I definitely would categorize them on the thin side, and for someone who spends a great deal of her time applying lipstick, I do know that those with plump lips have the definitive advantage in rocking certain colors.

Let’s just throw this little puppy into the cart, why not?

I use lip balm daily, so I consider my lips pretty well hydrated, however,  I had about a million calls at work today, so not only was I thirsty from all the talking, but also noticed that my lips were a bit parched. The lip kit claims that it will hydrate, restore and plump your lips, so no time like the present, right?

The kit is separated into two parts. Step 1, is to use the exfoliating lip scrub. It’s a gel like sugar scrub that smells like coconuts, which is like THE scent of the moment. I found it to be gritty enough to scrub off the dry patches, but I think the real winner is the gel as it provides a nice cooling effect after you finish. When I wiped off the excess, I found my lips to be soft and smooth. There is definitely enough product left over to use a few more times, but once you tear into the bag, you will need to put the remainder into a little jar or sandwich bag because it is not resealable.

Yes To peeps? Can we work on that part? This is good stuff that is going to waste without a resealable container!

Step 2 is the fun part. It a lip plumping mask containing sodium hyaluronate, which is supposed to help your skin retain moisture, thus making them look fuller. The mask sticks to your lips pretty well and it’s just the cutest thing. You are supposed to wait 15 minutes before you take it off, which gives you just enough time to take your selfies…cause why would you NOT take a selfie looking like this?

Don’t mind the hair and no makeup look…it was a long day

 

There is a slight tingling feeling while wearing the mask. Since the mask is so oversized, my one concern is that if you happen to have a small cut or zit in the vicinity, whatever is making it tingle, exacerbates that area. So don’t be like me and decide to try on the mask when you have a zit right on the side of the mouth. OUCH!!

After 15 minutes, the mask does dry out a bit and you know it’s time to take it off. Do I have plumper lips? I don’t think so. However, my lips feel super soft and taste like pina colada. If I were going out tonight, it would be the right time to try out a new liquid lipstick or lip tint, but I am just staying home and eating pizza in my yoga pants and Captain America tee.

Whatever. No regrets.

While checking out Target online, I also found that Yes To has a coconut lip balm, which I think will be the perfect follow-up. I think I may pick it up next time I am at Target along with a few other of the coconut lip kit.

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We can’t all have lips like Sofia, but don’t mine look smooth?

Have you guys tried any other Yes To products? If so, let me know so that I can give them a shot.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza