Thursday, July 30, 2015

Soft Summer Glam Makeup Ft. Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Palette

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As promised I have today's Soft Summer Glam Makeup using Maybelline's The Blushed Nudes Palette that I just reviewed in my last post. To read that review, CLICK HERE




Eye Products Used


- NYX Eyeshadow Base in White
- Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Palette



1. As a transition color in crease
2. On tear duct and half of  the lid
3. On other half of the lid and Outer V
4. On top of the lid, blend
- Covergirl Bombshell Volume By LashBlast
  Mascara
- Maybelline Great Lash Mascara


Lip Product Used

- MAC Crème Cup 


My face products are the same products I used in last week's FOTD/Makeup posts. If you have any questions, let me know in comments section :)


Here's the link again for my thoughts on the  


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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Palette Review

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Now that I finally got my hands on Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Palette (thanks to my wonderful mama) I can share my thoughts about the palette. I think it's kind of funny that everyone else was able to find these palettes except me! If it's a beauty product out there I can usually find it! Now on the review!

 
 
Swatches with Flash
 
 
 

Swatches without Flash

 


Pros
- Small and convenient 
- Decent Pigmentation (for the darker shades and a  
  few of the light shades)
- Budget Friendly 
- Easy to blend
- Gorgeous shimmer and matte shades
- 2 sponge application brushes in this palette that 
   work well
- Minor Fallout

 Cons
- Lacks Pigmentation (for some of the light shades) 
- No Mirror



My Thoughts

This palette also has a small amount of fallout and the colors are so easy to blend. That is a major plus because I hate eyeshadow palettes that have a lot of fallout. I really have a love for this palette, but the pigmentation could be better quality. The darker shades show up well. Some of the lighter shades show up, but just like the other three Maybelline palettes I reviewed, you should use a really good eyeshadow primer. So far the only eyeshadow primers I find that works well with these palettes are the NYX Eyeshadow Base in White, and the NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Milk. Using white eyeshadow bases helps bring these colors out well. The color fading isn't too much of an issue for me, it's primarily the some of light shades that can have some fading after about three hours.  I really love the colors in this palette and they're so shimmery with the exception for a few matte shades which I also like. I definitely can see the resemblance between this palette and the Naked 3 palette, some of the colors are similar. I think Maybelline did an excellent job with color selection for The Blushed Nudes Palette and even if you don't like this palette, it only runs about $10.00. This palette has a few cons, but overall I was really pleased with this palette. I didn't get a chance to write the details for my makeup look using this palette for this post, but I will have that up for my next post!


Now that I have all four palettes, you can check out my other reviews in the links below

Maybelline The Nudes Palette Review

Maybelline The Smokes and The Brights Palettes Review Ft. Makeup Looks


Do you own this palette? If so what are your thoughts?

Palmer's Products First Impression Review

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* This post is sponsored by Palmer's. All opinions are 100 % my own
 
I was recently contacted by Palmer's to write a few reviews for some of their products. I want to thank Palmer's for sending me all these goodies! I also collaborated with Palmer's last year to write a few reviews. You can check out last year's reviews on the links below:
Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Deep Conditioning Protein Pack Review

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Eventone Dark Spot Correcting Cleanser and Skin Therapy Oil Face

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Rapid Mositure Spray

Canvas Tote Bag


 

Hair Care Products




 
Skincare Products

 


I will be writing reviews for majority of the items except for the Protein Pack Conditioner and the Cocoa Butter Formula since I've already written reviews or discussed both products in previous posts. I look forward to trying out all the products, especially the hair pudding and the dry shampoo. I've never tried adry shampoo before! Stay tuned for the reviews!


Have you tried any of these products I have displayed from Palmer's? What are your favorite Palmer's products?



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Monday, July 27, 2015

Happy 2nd Birthday to my Blog!!!

 Hello Everyone!



Today's Post is special to me because today my blog turns 2 years old!! I thought last year was surreal, but this year is just as surreal that I've been blogging for 2 years! In these past 2 years, I feel that I have come a long way with sharing my posts and interacting in the blogging community! To read my post from last year, CLICK HERE

Thank You!

I want to thank my mom and best friend for always supporting and encouraging me to blog! I want to thank my two other friends as well!

I have such a wonderful mama! She got me an early blog gift last week! Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Palette


My best friend got me some crafting materials that I wanted! He's so awesome!! I thank him for listening to my love of beauty products and everything else girly over the years lol


Next, I want to thank the companies that sponsor my blog and send me items to review. I appreciate the opportunity working and collaborating with you!

Last, but certainly not least I want to thank all my followers and readers, and blogger friends! I appreciate you reading, commenting, and supporting my blog! I know I haven't met my blogger friends in person, but you ladies are so kind, and some of you have been visitors of my blog since I first started blogging! 


I decided to treat myself to a mini Victoria's Secret haul since I had a rewards card.






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Friday, July 24, 2015

All In Packaging: Perfume To Go Tutorial and Review

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* These products were sent to me by All in Packaging for testing and review purposes. All opinions are 100 % my own


 

I was recently contacted again by All In Packaging test out a few more of their products. For today's feature, I'm going to show a tutorial and review for this Perfume To Go Dispenser.


Perfume To Go Tutorial

 
Remove small silicone stopper (my apologies for the blurred close up picture)
 
 
 
Choose a perfume bottle. I chose Victoria's Secret Hevenly
 
 
 
 
Remove  sprayer top off of the perfume bottle
 
 
 
 
Place Perfume To Go underneath perfume and pump perfume inside the dispenser.
 

 
All finished! I placed the silicone stopper underneath the dispenser once I was done.


My Thoughts

When companies started coming out with  these travel sized perfume dispensers, I was curious about how well these products would work. The Perfume To Go is okay. I was pleased that my perfume didn't leak, and I kept this dispenser in my purse all day.. The name says it all Perfume To Go, but I think the dispenser could have been a little bigger to hold more perfume. I noticed that the Perfume to Go appears to only fit standard sized perfumes. I think that other sized dispensers should be available since all perfumes tubes are different in size.  If you like the convenience of having a quick go to perfume with you, then you'll probably like this product. For my international readers in the United Kingdom you can check out their website at http://www.allinpackaging.co.uk. Even though this company doesn't ship to United States you can still browse the site.



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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Mermaid Smokey Eye Makeup

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You may remember that I did a regular Mermaid Eye Makeup and review look last year (to view, CLICK HERE) Today I wanted to recreate a similar look from that post. Also, thanks for all your kind words on my colorful makeup looks from this week! Bright eyeshadows can be so much fun for creating colorful makeup looks!

 

 




 Product Used 

 

* Eyes *

- NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Milk

- BH Cosmetics Eyes on the 70's Eyeshadow Palette


 
 

1. Sparkly Green in tear duct and part of the lid
2. Sea Green in the middle of the lid
3. Light Green on the end of lid and Outer V. Blend
4. Sparkly Black on top of the lid (My apologies, I    
    didn't number it on the palette. It's the shade next
    to the 1. Sparkly Green

- Maybelline Great Lash Mascara (clear)

Covergirl Bombshell Volume By Lashblast Mascara


* Face *

- Cetaphil DermaControl Oil  Moisturizer (for preparation)
 

- Fashion Fair Oil Controlled Pressed Powder (Fawn)
  
- Fashion Fair Fast Finish. Foundation Stick (Butterscotch/Caramel)



* Lips *

- NYX Lip Pencil Sand Pink

- MAC Lipstick Snob 


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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Tropical Fantasy FOTD

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Since it's Summer, I thought that I would try creating a colorful tropical FOTD. There are so many different colors that can be considered tropical, but here is the look I came up with.

 

 


Products Used

 
 
* Eyes *

- NYX Eyeshadow Base in White

- BH Cosmetics Eyes on the 80's Eyeshadow Palette

 


 
 
   1. Light Brown transition color (3rd shade on the bottom, in first palette tray)
   2. Fuschia in tear duct and part of the lid
   3. Yellow Orange in the middle of the lid
   4. Green on the end of the lid and Outer V. Blend


 - Covergirl Bombshell Volume by Lashblast.  
   Mascara

- Maybelline Great Lash Mascara (for brows)

 * Face *

- Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Moisturizer (for primer)

- VS Baked Mineral Bronzing Powder (Goddess) 

- Fashion Fair Fast Finish Foundation Stick (Topaz)


* Lips *

- MAC Lipstick Faux




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Monday, July 20, 2015

I Love Pink FOTD

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It's no secret that pink is my favorite color so today I wanted to do an I Love Pink FOTD to show my fondness of the color with a touch of purple. I'm so proud of myself for keeping up with my FOTD posts!


 
 





Product Used

 
* Eyes *

- NYX Eyeshadow Base in White

- Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette and BH Cosmetics Eyes on the 80's Palette

Urban Decay Naked Basics
 
1.  Faint as a transition color in crease

BH Cosmetics Eyes on the 80's Palette 
2. Hot Pink all over the lid
3. Purple on Outer V and on top of the lid
4. Blend Purple into Hot Pink 

- Maybelline Great Lash Mascara (clear)


* Face *

- Cetaphil DermaControl Oil  Moisturizer (for primer)

- Fashion Fair Loose Powder (Amber)
  
- Fashion Fair Fast Finish. Foundation Stick (Butterscotch/Caramel)


* Lips *

- Nivea Lip Balm 

- NYX Lip Pencil Purple Rain

- MAC Pink Nouveau (Satin) 


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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Sunset Paradise FOTD

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Has anyone ever watched the sunset? I feel that looking outside and see the sunset is one of the most beautiful things to see. Today I wanted to create a Sunset Paradise themed FOTD of all the colors that I've seen in a sunset.

 

Products Used
 


* Eyes *

- NYX Eyeshadow Base in White

- BH Cosmetics Eyes on the 80's Eyeshadow Palette

 
   1. Beige as a transition color
   2. Yellow in the tear duct and part of the lid
   3. Orange in the middle of the lid
   4. Purple on the end of the lid and Outer V. Blend


 - Covergirl Bombshell Volume by Lashblast Mascara

- Maybelline Great Lash Mascara (for brows)

 

 * Face *

- Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Moisturizer (for primer)

- VS Baked Mineral Bronzing Powder (Goddess) 

- Fashion Fair Fast Finish Foundation Stick (Topaz)



* Lips *

 - NYX Lip Pencil Nude Truffle

- MAC Lipstick Blankety




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Thursday, July 16, 2015

How to Wear a Matte Lip

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Me wearing MAC's All Fired Lipstick

To wear a matte lip or not to wear a matte lip? I think anyone who loves lipstick has asked themselves this question at some point or another. As for those who haven't, the first thought that may have come to your mind is that matte lipstick is so drying. Well today, I wanted to share a few tips I have for wearing matte lipstick. Side Note: Yes, I recycled pictures I've used in my previous posts lol
 
Disclaimer:
 My apologies for the missing pictures. My pictures were accidentally deleted off my blog. Please Refer to my Instagram account miss_pilar to view the pictures that were deleted.

What is a matte lipstick?

A matte lipstick is a type of lipstick that usually last all day, has a dry texture, and lacks shine.

1. Prepare your lips (exfoliate)

You can prepare a lip scrub at home: Mix sugar, coconut oil, lemon, and honey. Gently massage your lips with it for couple of minutes, then rinse; you lips will feel soft and smooth. See my Beauty DIY : Homemade Sugar Lip Scrub HERE

2.  Moisturize your lips

A good lip balm is your best friend when wearing a matte lip. Using a lip balm will help create a smooth surface for your matte lipstick. I like to use Nivea Lip Balm especially for MAC's Retro Matte Lipsticks. MAC's Prep+Prime for Lips also works well for moisturizing your lips.

3. Use a lip pencil

I like to wear lip pencils with some of my matte lips. I find by wearing lip liner helps keep my lipstick neat and it helps make my matte lipstick wear even longer during the day. Side note, if you choose to wear a lip pencil with your matte lipstick, you can apply it before or after using a lip balm. I apply my lip pencil before I use a lip balm. Then I add the lip balm on top.

4. Blot your lips

To avoid overly dry looking lips that look caked, blot your lips!

5. Don't rub your lips together!

Sure you can blot your lips, but rubbing them together is a NO NO! I think that is the worst feeling ever is to rub my lips together when I'm using a matte lipstick. Ouch!

6. Add a lip gloss

There are days that I want to wear my lip gloss on top of my matte lipstick. If you can't live without some shine to your lipstick, try a lip gloss on top.


How do you wear your matte lipstick?



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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

My Summer Essentials 2015

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Summer is here again, and with a new season, I wanted to share with you some of products that I will be using.


Makeup 

- BH Cosmetics Missy Lynn Eyeshadow & Baked
  Highlighter Palette
- Victoria's Secret Bronzer in Goddess
Real Techniques Bronzer Brush
- Maybelline The Brights Palette
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Artist Palette 
- MAC Impassioned
- MAC Candy Yum Yum
- NYX Butter Lipstick Hot Tamale


Skin Care

- Palmers Eventone Dark Spot Correcter Cleanser
- Dial Coconut Water Body Wash
- PINK Sweet & Flirty 2 in 1 Wash & Scrub
- Dove Deep Moisture Nourishing Body Wash
- Loofahs
- Shick Xtreme 3 Sensitive Razors 
 
- Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula
- Cetaphil DermaControl Moisturizer with SPF 15



What are some of your Summer Essentials?


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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Electric Blue Smokey Eye

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Today's I have a Electric Blue Smokey Eye look for you. I really liked creating this look and I think this electric blue is a very pretty color. This was a simple look to create and all products are drugstore-budget friendly (except the foundation).





Products Used


* Eyes *

- NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk 

- BH Cosmetics 120 Color Palette 1st Edition

1. Brown shade as a transition color in the crease

2. Electric Blue shade all over the lid

3. Black shade on top of lid and Outer V. Blend slightly into Electric Blue Shade

- Covergirl Bombshell Volume by  
Lashblast Mascara

- Maybelline Great Lash Mascara (for brows)


* Face *

- Cetaphil DermaControl Oil  
Moisturizer (for preparation)

- Fashion Fair Fast Finish. Foundation Stick (Butterscotch/Caramel)


* Lips *

- NYX Butter Lipstick Pops


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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Finding Your Way In Life

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Have you ever felt lost? Well if you have, then you may relate to today's post.

Sometimes life can throw curveballs that make us question which direction in life we are going. I know that's how I've felt at times. I learned a long time ago that you can't map out your life. I have a list of goals I set for myself, but I try not make a detailed itinerary for my life because things won't always go as planned.

Every morning that I wake up is a blessing because we all know tomorrow isn't promised. With that being said, everyday you wake up you have a purpose to do something great in life even if you may not know what it is right now. 


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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Flaws and All

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For today's inspirational post, I want to discuss flaws. We all have them. If we didn't have flaws we all would be perfect and we know that a perfect human being is non existent.

Flaws are apart of what makes us human. I also think flaws play a major role in self acceptance. I think we all have something that we would like to change about ourselves. For the things we can't change it's important to learn to accept them.

I also think that it's important to have people in your life that accept you for who you are. I know there have been times that I've probably been difficult to love, but people that I'm close to have shown me unconditional love anyway. I guess it's true that people who are truly there for you will still love you tomorrow even if you're acting unfavorably. However, you shouldn't take people's love and kindness for granted. Always remember that you're one of a kind flaws and all.

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Monday, July 6, 2015

10 Years Later

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Today post is a bit personal. 10 years ago I lost my granddaddy on July 6, 2005. It still seems so surreal that he's been gone for 10 whole years. This is not meant to be a sad post because when I think back on the life my granddaddy had, he was a truly incredible man during his 86 years of life. I remember his stories about WWII and how he was supposed to go to Pearl Harbor, but due to a injury to his side he wasn't unable to go. He used to say that if he would've went, there would be no family because the plane he was supposed to be on got shot down and everyone aboard was killed.

When I think of my Granddaddy I have so many happy memories. One in particular I remember when I was a little girl he used to take me to Mc Donalds and buy me a Happy Meal. Years later when we would reminisce, I reminded him of that and he would jokingly say I spent all his happy dollars lol. I also remember when I was in 5th grade he and my step grandmother surprised me and came to my school to eat lunch with me for Grandparents day. Like I said there so many wonderful memories.


Fast forward 10 years later I still miss my Granddaddy, but when I think about the 19 years he was a part of my life, I'm at peace with knowing that he is no longer here. I can only hope that he would be proud of the woman I turned out to be.


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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Why I Write Inspirational Posts

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Today's post is all about why I write inspirational posts. I write them because I think at some point everyone can benefit from some sort of inspiration. I know that I like to read posts that are uplifting, inspirational, and motivational. You never know what someone is going through, and reading something inspirational may help brighten a person's day. You don't have to go through something to want to feel inspired, and sometimes you can read something to maintain a good mood and positive attitude. 


What are your thoughts about inspiration posts in general? 


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