Sunday, December 28, 2014

My Netflix Picks!

Winter is the perfect time for blankets and TV! 
Perfect excuse to start a new series! Or movie?
 Let me know if you would all like a blog post on some movie picks as well!

1. The Paradise
Wow. This series was so so well made! I already have a feeling this blog post will be lengthy because I can talk about shows and characters FOREVER. But I will get to it! So the main character Denise pictured below is seriously adorable but posses great courage as an employee/woman and does so with so much grace. Obviously there's a love interest and he's the store owner but I won't ruin anything else for you! There's drama in the show but nothing stupid or repetitive at all and most of the problems are solved by the time the episode has ended which I like! The name of the department store is called 'The Paradise' and the producers did such an excellent job at portraying it as the most extravagant store that I honestly wish I could go there and be lured in by the beautifully displayed products. Like this picture just speaks for itself, it captures a beautiful scene of the store and the  curious/witty face of the wonderful Denise.

An adaption of Émile Zola's novel Au Bonheur des Dames

2. North & South
This is basically Pride & Prejudice, only a century later. No but really, sometimes I debate on whether this one is better because not only does Mr. Thornton do an excellent job at portraying a strong but passionate character, you truly feel how Margaret Hale feels as she shifts her dislike into a genuine love for him. Sometimes I think he is the true Mr.Darcy. Sorry Matthew Macfadyen/Colin Firth. I also very much appreciate the social issue aspect that North & South addresses. That's the thing about some period dramas, they make them so romantic and beautiful that they forget how so many social issues enveloped the growing industrial world. That is why I love North and South, yes it has a surprising love story but also a very real and raw depiction of the working class and how they were effected by the political and economic idealogies of the time.LOL. If you haven't figured it out yet I'm kind of a history geek!

Based on Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South

3. Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
I was so excited to see this series because this was the 1920s! Things really began to change and the fashion was truly glamourous. This show really went beyond that! Miss Fisher (pictured on the bottom right) is so perfect at literally everything! She solves intricate crimes, captures bad guys, always know what to say and does so with fabulous style! Ya'll already know that guy on the bottom right is her love interest! But besides that, it really is an exciting show that captures the rustle and bustle of the Roaring 20's. I'm sure you'll be as excited as me when they come out with the third season next year!

4. Gran Hotel
Nope. NOT. EVEN. CLOSE. You guys it was so hard to find a picture that captured this super addicting show! I'd never watched a show thats kept me on the edge of my seat but DANG this show did just that. This show is originally from Spain so saludos to my fellow Spanish speakers, but it has English captions! This show really involves so many things: drama, crime, romance, mystery, comedy etc. etc. My family and I got really addicted to this show in the summer and we still talk about it to this day! I'd love to mention the plot but you just need to see it,it is so good we even got my cousins addicted as well! Also, the cinematography is just spot on! The producers seriously made everything so so so crisp and beautiful. Yes just like a chocolate wafer! 

Alicia confiesa a Julio que se ha acostado con Diego por miedo

5. Parks and Rec
(Chris Traeger voice) This is literally the best show I have ever see! You guys I am so sad to see that this show will be having its last season next month and I won't be able to handle it (insert crying emoji) but the main charcter Leslie Knope is seriously one of my role models. As I've mentioned in one of my blog posts, she's just so hilarious and funny and loving and caring and energetic I just wish I could meet the actress that plays her, Amy Poehler, because it looks like it doesn't take much for her to get into chararcter. If you loved the series The Office then you'll definitely love this series and honestly the picture below captures the show perfectly!

Keep in mind I didn't watch all these shows in one go! These are series I've watched since early Spring of this year! But I do enjoy some occasional netflix binges!

Let me know if you give any of these a try!:)
Happy New Year!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

My first VoxBox!

Goodmorning everyone! I just had my first week at University! 
And in perfect timing, I received my first #DLVoxBox for Uni!
So glad I did because I'm broke after buying those textbooks!:(


1. COVERGIRL Ready, Set Gorgeous Liquid Foundation: $6.99-$8.99
2. KISS Looks So Natural Lashes: $3.99
3. SinfulColors No Text Red: $1.99
4. Softlips Cube: $3.49
5. Airheads Bites: $0.87-$1.29
6. Playtex Sport Fresh Balance: $3.99
7. Pilot Frixion Clicker: $5.75 for a 2 pack

The Beauty Bits:

1. COVERGIRL Ready, Set Gorgeous Liquid Foundation: Shade 305
I'm going to be real honest here, when the Katy Perry ads and the seventeen magazine ads showed this foundation with the packaging and all the glamour, it really turned me off because the packaging looked cheap and seemed like it would be yet another oily/greasy foundation for a celebrity to sell. Am I the only one?! Since I never would have bought this on my own and I ran out of my other foundation, I'm glad that I got this sent! Since it's still 90-100 degrees in California and I walk around school all day, this came in handy because it actually didn't get shiny on me until after a few hours! I wish I would've chosen a shade lighter for the colder months but walking around so much, I might get darker/tanner. So it worked out well! Also, the foundation does oxidize and gives light- medium coverage, it's buildable!

2.KISS Looks So Natural Lashes: Sultry
Wow. These are beautiful! I've never had false lashes like these, they look so natural and elegant, it really makes my $1 lashes look so halloween/ fake and distasteful. I wish I could go back in time to prom so I could've bought some of these instead [insert a thousand crying emojis!!].I'm glad these come with their own glue too because I had to buy a thick glue for my cheap ones.I would definitely give these a try! 

3. SinfulColors: No Text Red
No no no. I wished I liked the color red but it just doesn't suit me :( My mom said it doesn't look that bad on my toes, perhaps a deeper wine color might do the trick but I'll have to give this to my cousin who is a red lipstick/nailpolish addict!:)

4. Softlips Cube: Pomegranate Blueberry
Am I the only one who thinks the packaging looks so cool? First, this product is true to its name, it leaves your lips feeling suuuper soft! Also, it smells like delicious fruitiness (Pomegranate Blueberry)! And as far as moisturizing and all its claims, it's pretty good - I wouldn't completely count on this to save your lips in the winter time though! :)

5. Airheads Bites
I find it weird reviewing a candy, I wonder if other bloggers felt the same lol! I hadn't eaten candy in a long time,so these took me back to eating candy in a movie theater and airheads have always been super saturated in flavor so I quite enjoyed that flashback!:)

6. Playtex Sport Fresh Balance: Regular
It's always wierd to talk about periods but it's ok! We are all girls here!:) I haven't had the chance to test these out because it's not my time yet, but it's always great to have these especially a full box when you don't have time to worry about your period or go out to buy some, 'cause girl I got exams to be studying for!

7. Pilot Frixion Clicker:Black/Blue Pens
These are actually erasable pens that came in handy when it was the first thing I saw before heading out to school, I just grabbed them and used them for my first day but I tend to write things on the palms of my hand to remember things...also the ink wasn't so pigmented. These also didn't erase the words of page so easily so I don't think I would repurchase these but they were great to use for my emergency and for doodling!

Thanks you so much for reading! Tell me what you think if you give these products a try!

Disclosure: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

My Fav Youtubers!

Hello! So I thought I'd change things up a bit and share with you all my current Youtuber favs! Everytime I look in my subscription box, they are the ones I get the most excited about!:)

1.Claire Ashley from Ultimakeover

My sis first introduced me to Claire Ashley because she really felt like a youtuber we'd be friends with in real life! She is so genuine, nice and has the best makeup tutorials! I feel like there are plenty of youtubers that go for dramatic makeup looks but Miss Claire offers wearable and beautiful looks that are so feminine,chic, and classy! She's also recently been doing some vlogs that are so entertaining and makes you feel like you're part of the vlog as well! 
Go Claire! :)

2. Anna from ViviannaDoesMakeup

I've been watching Anna grow so much within the past year! Her vlogs with Lily Pebbles are so entertaining! Although I don't live in the  UK, it's nice to have a glimpse of it through her and Lily's vlogs (their accents are a plus too)! I admire her hardwork and dedication to her blog, as she recently won a Bloglovin' award!
Go Ana!:)

3. Katherin from Kaaatherin

Katherin is actually from Chile and her videos are in Spanish but don't let that stop you from watching!For me,Youtube is a place to learn-even new languages and people. Although I grew up speaking Spanish, I still feel like I need to learn more and watch other youtubers to gain knowledge on their culture and language*! Of course Katherin is sweet, friendly and basiclly your best friend from another country! I love her editing skills and her accent so much! 
Saludos Katherin!:)

* Many people aren't aware that different Spanish-speaking countries have different accents and customs.It's a bit offensive if you squeeze them all into one category.*

4. Alexis from French Guy Cooking

Alexis is one of the few guy youtubers I watch, and for good reason! He's so entertaining! He's your classic French Chef, but more like you're cool French bestfriend! He shows you how to cook delicous and easy things, most are French inspired but he definitely mixes it up now and then! His videos are sure to keep you entertained and leave you with a good taste (pun intended)! 
Go Alex!

5. Pemberley Digital: Emma Approved

I don't even think I need to explain how much I loved this webseries! I've always loved Jane Austen's novels and when I came across The Lizzie Bennet Diaries webseries based on Pride & Prejudice, I was seriously addicted! I then began to watch Emma Approved based on Emma, that's when I was like, WHERE THE FLIP HAVE I BEEN?! They came out with new episodes every Monday and Thursday and I was so excited to see them, you should've seen me in June! Even on vacation, I hunted down wifi like no other just to watch them. Oh gosh, I sound like a crazy person! Anywho, if you like a good story or if you're a Jane Austen fan like me, you'll love this!

Tell me who you're watching! I'd love to hear!:)

Friday, September 19, 2014

The goldbrushes.

Happy Friday everyone! Can 10 brushes for $8 be real?! Is it worth it? 
Then keep on scrolling to find out!

As you can see I definitely have been 'testing' these to bits!:) Nevertheless, I wanted to review each brush individually starting with 

1. Angled stipple brush
I love using this to blend and contour with darker foundations on the temples, cheekbones and jawline but the brush had plenty of  fallout.

2. Flat top stipple brush
I thought this would be the best for foundations but it didn't blend well and it had plenty of fallout.

3. Contour brush
I have no complaints! It contoured beautifully and DID NOT have fallout!:)

4. Kabuki brush
I am so sad that this brush had the MOST fallout, it was the best at blending/ buffing foundations! 

5. Angled Kabuki brush
I use this with my shimmer cubes ( highlighter) on my cheek bonesand love how it does so perfectly!:) But this brush again has plenty of fallout.

Overall: Although these brushes are soft, dense, and cheap, only after the first few washes*did these began to have fallout (look closely at the picture below). Also, I had to glue 2 of them back together because they were poorly attached. These are NOT worth buying.

* I wash my brushes with a mix of olive oil/dishsoap and dry them upside down*
Brushes listed in order from Left to Right

Negative review aside, here's a more positive one on the

The Eye Set:
1. Small stipple brush
I love how beautifully it blends out even the harshest colors.

2. Crease blender brush
If I don't use brush #3, I opt for this one for a softer look.

3. Eye contour brush
This is dense enough but soft enough to work into the crease of the eyes and is literally my favourite!

4. Angled brush
This one is great for a smokey look.

5. Angled stipple brush
Again, great for blending.

Overall: These have little to no fallout and blend eyeshadows beautifully! I definitely recommend these and the price is just as amazing!:)
Brushes listed in order from Left to Right

The shipping:
I ordered these from Dresslink with free shipping and from China to California- this took about 3-4 weeks to arrive. You can definitely pay $5-10 more for faster service but I was just being cheap!:) Despite free shipping, the brushes still came in tact!:)

Thanks for reading everyone! Hope my in-depth review wasn't too long!:)
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Monday, September 8, 2014

The august favs.

A bit late on this one, but these products are worthy of my first monthly favorites! They are:

2.Neutrogena Healthy Skin Foundation (Natural Beige 60)

Keep in mind I don't have mature skin yet but I just wanted to decrease the visible laugh lines and creases under my eyes that make my face look older than it should.So I used this for about a month after I cleansed my face and before I applied my moisturizer.But come on lets get to it! Did it work? Would you repurchase?YES. I saw a dramatic change in the laugh lines and under eye creases! They're not 100% gone but I think that a good decrease in the visibilty of my lines for the cost of an affordable cream is ok with moi :)

Foundation left, Eyeshadow right
Could this really be a dupe for the Nars Sheer Glow Foundation?! Well I've never tried it but what I can say is that this foundation is definitely worthy of trying out! I love the satin finish! It's not too dewy and not too matte. I love that you can build this up to a medium-full coverage! I don't think you'll be disappointed with this product, in fact, this might just be for all skin types :)

3. Wet n' Wild Single Eyeshadow
This is such an affordable and all around necessary eyeshadow color that allows you to go from a natural to dramatic look.I use it as a base color on the lids and I love the color because it's a nice cream color that doesn't look or feel  chalky.It can also be used on the browbone as a highlighter!

4. Mark. Touch & Glow Shimmer Cream Cubes All Over Face Palette
This is basically the first highlighter I've ever tried and WOW.You can use this as a highlighter, eyeshadow,lipstick, haha joking on the last one!Unless your'e into that, then by all means! I love how you can swish your brush and combine all the colors to get a beautiful glow that isn't too IN YOUR FACE, instead its a natural glow, don't get me wrong, you can pack this thing but it looks great with a quick application on the cheekbones,browbones, and inner corner.Trust me,you'll get compliments and the best part? These are creamy and are not a glittery mess!

Thanks for reading beautifuls! 
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Monday, August 25, 2014

The wet n' wild megalast lipsticks.

Hello everyone! So I'm super behind on this lipstick hype, but I seriously cannot wait to share with you all why these lipsticks definitely deserved it! When I did my cousins makeup on Saturday, she tied it on and literally was like 

Mauve Outta Here and Bare It All

I've watched plenty of Youtube tutorials to narrow down which ones I wanted to try out and swatch. Unfortunately, I'm not a huge red lipstick fan because nudes, pinks, and mauves are my faves! Although they give a matte finish, they are actually creamy, non-drying and stay on your lips for quite a while! I absolutely love the shades I chose because they are so wearable and I think will definitely compliment any skin tone!They are sooo rich and pigmented, I love them. You seriously can't beat the price.

Pros: price, pigmented, creamy, long lasting, shade selection
Cons: cheap packaging

You can pick these up at your local drugstore for $2-3.
Fall in love with these lipsticks, because I know you will!
( pun intended because it's almost fall!) :)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I'm on bloglovin'!

Do you have a blog? Because I would looooooooooooove to follow yours back! :)

The FITme collection.

Goodmorning Beauties! :) I've been trying out this foundation for a few weeks now and am now ready to tell you if it's worth it!

Maybelline FITme foundation - 230
Maybelline FITme shine free foundation - 240

So I purchased the FITme foundation along with the foundation stick to use a concealer. I liked that this foundation matched more of my skin-tone than other foundations that I've tried and that it gave me a nice medium coverage providing a kind of  dewy look but it was a bit too heavy on my skin later causing my skin to break out and I noticed that it tended to fade throughout the day.The foundation stick is pretty thick and creamy but it blends well! The foundation stick had excellent coverage but I do wish there was more product! I would definitely use this for fuller coverage looks and even use a darker shade to contour.I would probably try this if you have dry to combination skin  but definitely not oily skin.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

The happy eye makeup remover.

I love makeup but sometimes you just want it to slide ride off without having raccoon eyes or damaging your skin from excess scrubbing and later causing wrinkles!

So here are my quick lifesavers:
Avon Moisture Effective Eye Makeup Remover lotion $1
Avon 3-in-1 Cleansing lotion $2

(1) I first like to use the cleansing lotion to break down all the makeup. Squeeze a good amount to both ring fingers and close your eyes to gently rub the eyelashes and eyelids of unruly makeup.

(2) In circular motions, remove the makeup and rinse with water.The formula is gentle enough to not sting your eyes too badly so really work it in.Rinse and repeat if necessary.

(3) For the extremely rebellious makeup, pour the lotion on a cotton swab or perhaps a cotton ball  and wipe away the makeup.

(4) Follow up with your regular face regime and make sure to moisturize moisturize moisturize!

Hope I helped out all the raccoon eyes out there! :)

Saturday, August 9, 2014

The hair essentials.

While in the summer I like to give my hair a break from heat, I tend to use more products that really refresh and repair my hair. I also just got a haircut so I definitely want to keep it as healthy as possible :)
Here are some of my essentials:

L'oreal Elnett Hairspray
I usually use this product year round but I absolutely love it when I do some heatless curls because it really allows them to stay in place!

Herbal Essences Naked Cleansing Conditioner
You remember that good old, " If you were stranded on an island what 3 things would you bring?", question? Well yes, you guessed it! This would be the 1/3 things I would bring!you really have to massage it into the scalp but your hair will thank you for it because it's free of sulfates/parabens! Btw the minty smell that lingers for 24+ hours is always amazing too!

Avon Moroccan Argan Oil 
When I had my long hair I used to absolutely drench my ends with this and it was so worth it! I used it after I took a shower. It smells great and now since I cut my hair, it really gives my ends some extra shine and moisture!

These clips that I got from Sally's Beauty supply are quite versatile.When using a curling iron I can use them to set the curls in place or in this case, I use it on 80% dry hair and pin the curls in place. If you leave them in longer and take smaller sections,you get tighter curls.  And if you take larger sections and keep them in for a shorter time you get this:

Hope you can give your natural locks a break and follow me for more heatless hairstyles :)

Friday, August 8, 2014

The summer craze.

So I just had to do this blog post because these are on sale for $3 and they are absolutely amazing! My mom first purchased one because it was on sale but once she wore the Metallic Sands one as a liner, we were both in shock at how well they performed!

They are crazy pigmented and don't even crease! And they have 2 colors so you are definitely getting your moneys worth! For only $3 each, my mom just had to buy all of them, I think these can easily be used as a liner, highlighter, base for eyeshadows, etc. Whether it's summer or winter, I would definitely use these year round!

Crayons Shown from Left to Right
Island Waters, Metallic Sands, Tropical Orchid, Coral Crush

Hope you give them a try and follow my blog for more reviews! :)

The foundation collection.

Goodmorning all! Today's blog post will feature just some of my AVON foundations, while not all are my favourite, they are truly meant for different skin types so you'll have try them out for yourself just in case!

Without further or do let's get to it!

Avon Ideal Flawless BB Cream SPF 15 - Medium Deep
Avon Ideal Flawless Invisible Coverage liquid foundation SPF 15 - Medium Beige
Avon Extra-lasting liquid foundation SPF 12 - Medium Beige
Avon Magix Cashmere Finish liquid foundation SPF 10 - Natural Beige 
Avon Magix Cashmere Finish liquid foundation SPF 15 - Medium Beige

Medium Deep, Medium Beige, Medium Beige, Natural Beige, Medium Beige

Avon Ideal Flawless BB Cream (SPF 15) - Medium Deep $10
This foundation is slightly sheer but buildable. It has a slight shimmer to the formula but it actually makes the skin look quite glowy and have a summery dewy look!It looks quite flattering but if you're out all day in the sun with sweaty oily skin, it might not look so great.This is very much an every day foundation but I would consider using a setting powder to really lock things in place. I do want to purchase one in a shade lighter for the colder months to see how it does!

Avon Ideal Flawless Invisible Coverage liquid foundation (SPF 15) - Medium Beige $8

This foundation reminds me of the BB cream,only it gives fuller coverage. Everyone seems to be a big fan of this foundation but for me,the formula made me break out. It also oxidized* so I my skin looked a bit orangey and more yellowish than when I did when I first applied it.I liked that the foundation was very buildable and in fact looked skin like but the foundation was somewhat heavy on my skin. Setting powder is also needed!

Avon Extra-lasting liquid foundation (SPF 12) - Medium Beige $10

This foundation was also a bit heavy but it was understandable because the formula is meant to last you all day. The coverage was great and it definitely didn't get shiny for at least 5+ hours! This has more of a matte-satin finish and it really sets in your skin.This is great for those long days at work or school. But I do have to say that the formula is a bit heavy so it might not suit some skin types. Especially if you don't want it setting in fine lines a beauty blender. I think this one would work great with

Avon Magix Cashmere Finish liquid foundation (SPF 10) - Natural Beige $8 

Avon Magix Cashmere Finish liquid foundation (SPF 15) - Medium Beige
I've used this one more often because it's REALLY natural looking! You may need to set this or use a primer to really make this one last but  I enjoyed this formula because it truly feels lightweight and is very buildable thus I can wear this everyday.! I love how natural it looks and how it gives just the right amount of radiance.I don't think I've ever broken out with this foundation!  

*Side note: Most Avon foundations tend to oxidize.

Hope that helped! Thank you for reading :)