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Monday, August 27, 2018

Stila Liquid Eyeshadow Review: Glitter On The Go Set

Sephora has a Stila gift set on their website called Glitter On The Go Set for ($25) and Sephora claims it is a $36 value. It comes with 3 Stila Liquid Eyeshadows in the following shades:

  • Rose Gold Retro
  • Smoldering Satin
  • Kitten Karma
L - R (Rose Gold Retro, Smoldering Satin, Kitten Karma)

Shades in the Set
Rose Gold Retro - This shade to me has like a burnt reddish undertone with rose gold
Smoldering Satin - This shade is so hard to describe, it reminds me of metal but has like reflects of different almost purple shades. It reminds me of an edgy smoky eye.
Kitten Karma - This one is my favorite. It's like a light gold, champagne shade. Their original kitten eye shadow was very popular when I first started - for obvious reasons - it's stunning, so I'm glad they made this shade into one of their liquid eyeshadows.

Packaging & Product Review
These are all less than 1 oz each, (0.07 oz) to be exact. The packaging is very modern with a rectangular clear plastic tube and a matte gold twist off cap. When you twist off the cap, it is connected to a wand with a dual sided doe-foot applicator. There is very little fall out, but it definitely has some fall out. So I can't state that it has no fallout what-so-ever. But the colors are so pigmented and stunning. As the name states, they are Glitter Liquid Eyeshadows, so of course there is glitter.

The set is a great way to try them out and test out the colors to see which ones are your favorite but 0.07 oz isn't really much. I've used the Kitten Karma twice, maybe, three times and I can already see the product emptying. Overall on a scale of 5 stars, I would give this set a 4. I'd deduct half a point for the minor fallout and half a point for the amount of product.

How to Apply & When to Wear
After twisting off the cap and pulling out the wand with the applicator, you want to set it on the location you want the product to apply to using swiping motions inward to outward. For example, if you want it on your lid - start at the inner corner and swipe towards your outer corner. This is definitely a product where once you place it, it's not coming off so you'll need to be careful and really only place the product where you want it. I've learned the hard way it's not really something you can blend away without getting glitter all over the rest of your lid. But once it's on where you want it, it's STUNNING.

These are perfect for a night out or a special occasion to make your eyes really stand out. Or heck - even if you want to rock it on a regular day for no reason at all. When I wear these I've gotten multiple compliments on my eyes. Personally, I would only wear these if I were going out or on a special occasion because they're very pigmented. On my normal day-to-day I like to keep a minimal makeup look. But more power to you if you like to rock the bold on a daily.

Other Products Like This
If you're wanting to try other colors, they also have 2 other sets similar to this that had different shades in the sets: Oh My Stars and All That Shimmers & Glows

Friday, August 24, 2018

VIB Rouge Sale: Top 10 Picks

If you shop at Sephora, you know that they have their annual sales twice a year - once in the Winter and once in the Spring. This year, they decided to throw a gift our way with a surprise Summer sale too! Try saying that 5 times fast lol.

They are having a sale which starts TODAY for Rouge members!
For VIB and Beauty Insiders, it starts on the 30th.
Below are the coupon codes for each level.

Coupon Codes:
Rouge - YESROUGE (8/24-9/3)
VIB - YESVIB (8/30-9/3)
Beauty Insider - YESINSIDER (8/30-9/3)

Honestly, there's 3 things you can go for during these sales - either take the opportunity to splurge on the pricier items, try out newer products that you've been wanting to try, or use it to restock on items you're running low on or completely out of.

With that being said, here are the items on my list for recommendations the sale:

HUDA Beauty FauxFilter Foundation($40) / Becca Skin Love Weightless Blur Foundation($44)
I have really dry skin so either of these would be really good since they are not matte. I try to stay away from matte as much as possible. I would choose HUDA if I want full coverage and Becca if I want medium coverage.
Too Faced Born This Way Concealer ($29) / Tarte Creaseless Undereye Concealer ($26)
I know you're probably sick of seeing both of these concealers at this point. But I haven't jumped on the bandwagon yet to try them out myself so now would be the time I would get at least one of them to test my opinions. If I had to choose just one, I think I would go for Born This Way just because of how much product you get. It's literally like a foundation size.
Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Sheet Mask ($12) / Sephora Sheet Mask in Rose ($6)
I've wanted to try the Tatcha one for awhile just never purchased it because I usually go with what I know. I've used the Sephora sheet masks plenty of times and like them but I'd want to try something new too. I know Yoli uses the Tatcha ones on Desi Perkins all the time. Definitely want to try because if this will transform my skin into Desi's skin... girrrrrrrrrrrrrllllll!
Tarte Pack Your Bags Under Eye Patches ($22)
This would be a restock. I've used them before and love them. The consistency is a jelly like feeling and they're just really cooling and hydrating on the skin.

Hourglass Veil Setting Powder ($46)
A lot of places seem to be stepping up their setting powder game and honestly, I may be getting a little over my Laura Mercier setting powder. Maybe it's time to try something new!

NAR Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm ($28)
What I'm about to say may shock you, so prepare yourself - but I'm really not a huge fan of the Orgasm blush. It's pretty don't get me wrong, just not something I gravitate towards. I actually much rather their discontinued blush in Douceur; however, this lip balm right here looks bommmbbb. Sign me up.

Watermelon Pink Glow Moisturizer Mini ($21)
I can't remember which YouTuber it was, but I saw them raving about this and the packaging and color is just so cute and reminds me of a watermelon (obviously). But they have a mini size now which I love when I'm trying out new products to see if I like them or not.

I'd love to hear what you're planning on getting or what you've already purchased! Leave it in the comments below :)

*photos not my own

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

My Bridal Shower!: Where I Got My Dress & Decor

Since I mentioned my bridal shower in my last post, I wanted to share with you photos from the actual bridal shower day. I always love seeing the decorations that everyone has for their celebrations now-a-days. They always come out so pretty. Below are photos of the getting ready process. The first photo is pre-pre-getting ready haha. No makeup, hence the cropped face and a "Future Mrs." t-shirt. The second photo is an after-hair photo. The third is an after-hair-and-makeup photo and the fourth is a photo of the tumbler I got from Etsy that has my name and says Bride on it with a bow.

 Below are after photos once I put on my dress. I want to know your honest opinion on how my hair turned out? I had it professionally done. I was just going to leave it down and curly but last minute decided to get it done. Let me know in the comments below! 

The dress is from Bebe. Funny story about the dress actually. My husband and I were bowling one night and I saw a girl wearing this dress, I thought it was super cute and had to have it for the bridal shower! But I didn't want to be weird and ask her where she got it - so I made him do it lol. So he asked her where she got it and I bought it right then and there. The sash I got online from Etsy which was a legit life saver. Between Etsy and Pinterest, I swear I used both of these websites daily and spent soooo much money on Etsy for both the bridal shower and the wedding decorations.

In the first photo, you can see I had a backdrop that was just a white fabric with the "future mrs" banner to take photos in front of.

No joke, I probably spend more time planning my bridal shower than I did our wedding as crazy as that sounds. I just had such a vision for what I wanted and really wanted the majority of things to be personalized. Below are photos of all the decorations. Hope you enjoy :)

Below are photos from the outside of the venue walking in. I had a chalkboard that said "This Way for the BRIDE to be" and my name. I bought the chalkboard from Kirklands and wrote on it myself. Then the large floral letters (S and A) on the doors I got from Etsy.

Then, walking into the venue, they had stairs to walk up and double doors to walk through. When you walked through the double doors, there was a welcome sign and a glass round table (pictured below) which we decorated. 

The welcome sign I got from Etsy, printed it at Office Depot and glued it to a poster board. Below that, the R with REYES down the side I got the wooden letters from Michael's Craft Store, painted and glued the little letters on. The count down blocks were ordered from Etsy. Our engagement photo was just a print out I think from Walmart. The guestbook sign I got from Etsy and the frame from Walmart. I honestly don't remember where I got the gold "xoxo" from - possibly TJ Maxx or Marshalls. The blushing bride mug I think I got from Anthropologie and the "hooray" sign from Etsy. Lastly the actual guestbook and the confetti from Etsy also - are you surprised? Lol.


Then, you walk down a short hallway and walked into the room through a door that had a gold "I Do" with bows hanging from it.


When you walked through the door, to your left was the gift/card table. There was a cards & gifts sign similar to the guestbook one from the same place. The gift bags for the winners of the games spelled out my new last name - good thing I wasn't marrying into like a 12 letter last name lol that would be a lot of gifts. I got the bags from Michael's and wrote the letters on it myself. Then standing up against the wall is actually an old window with the glass taken out of it and strings with mini gold clothespins holding our engagement photos. Then the card cage I got from Etsy and the 2 bottles of pink and gold champagne from Walmart.

Right next to the gift/card table was a fireplace which we decorated also. My mother-in-law made the gold glitter R on the left, then we had tassels from Etsy hanging from the fireplace, an engagement photo in the middle, and gold and white mugs from Anthropologie that spell out LOVE with faux flowers in them. On the right is a canvas that I painted with a pink background and spray painted buttons gold and glued them in an R.

Some of the favors included the following (all from Etsy): Hershey bars that had a HERSHOWER wrapper, Tic-Tacs that had a wrapper that on one side says Mint To Be, our names on the top, and on the back a Save The Date, and matches in a pink velvet box that say Perfect Match on one side and our names with the date on the other side.

It was a brunch, but I like sweets too so I went with ring shaped cookies, chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate covered pretzel rods, and the cake. I also got some sugar hearts for coffee. Below is the cake topper, sugar, and cookies - also from Etsy and the strawberries and pretzel rods I made with my mother in law and sister in laws.

The picture hanging is a pink heart with our date in gold and the light up S & A we got I think from Michael's.

I didn't take a picture of it, but there was a brunch buffet - pretty much eggs, pancakes, crepes, etc. And we had a Mimosa Bar. There were 5 different juices, mimosa champagne flutes, and personalized mini champagne bottle. I got the champagne bottle labels from Etsy and the Mimosa bar sign from there also.

 Lastly was seating , I'm sure there's way more decorations that I'm missing because literally I had like every little detail planned out but I'm sure at this point you're already bored haha. But for my seating, there was draping with a "the Future Mrs" sign, from - you guessed it! Etsy. Then I had a Mrs stemless flute and gold utensils. I didn't get a really good picture, but the center pieces were just faux flowers in a circle around 3 candles, I kept it super simple with those.

I'd love to hear and see photos about your bridal shower or even any other celebration you've had!

Monday, August 20, 2018

Dermaplaning & HydraFacial Review

After seeing Nicole Guerriero and all of the other famous YouTubers going to get HydraFacials, I really wanted to check it out myself and what perfect time than right before my bridal shower? Last August was my bridal shower and I decided to pamper myself right before to make my skin glowy with dermaplaning and a hydrafacial. Go big or go home right?

I'm sure you've heard of these terms before, but just in case you've been living under a rock -

Dermaplaning can be described as "A gentle form of manual exfoliation of the skin that resurfaces sun-damaged, dull and dehydrated skin"  per the Jon Ric Medical Spa website

HydraFacial also according to their website is, "an advanced synergistic system that provides continuous exfoliation and infuses high-concentrated serums deep into skin to provide vital nutrients that help with fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, sun spots, acne, dehydrated skin, and texture issues. "

In human terms, dermaplaning is where they take a razor and gently scrape the dead skin away. and a hydrafacial is a hydrating facial. (WARNING!: scroll quickly if you have a weak stomach!). You can see a photo of my peach fuzz and dead skin below and a photo of the gross junk and debris that the hydrafacial sucked out that was built up in my skin!

As you can see above, I chose to go to the Jon Ric Medical Spa (this is not a sponsored post - just sharing my experience with all of you!). To be quite frank, there was only one other place in my area that offered this service and they were a little more pricey. If I'm not mistaken, Jon Ric MedSpa was running a special. Don't quote me on it, but I believe it was initially supposed to be around $230 and it came out to being I believe around $180 for both services combined, which yes can be pricey for some, but it was a special occasion for me so I bit the bullet.

Dermaplaning Review:
If your fear is that this will hurt because there's a big blade that's scraping against your skin, I understand your fear, but it's actually quite relaxing in my opinion. There was no pain at all and I have little to no tolerance for pain. It was also really satisfying seeing all of the peach fuzz and dead skin afterwards. The lady I had did short gentle strokes. The only part I didn't enjoy was when she got to my upper lip, I was weirded out for some reason, I think it made a scraping noise that I didn't like, but still didn't hurt. But, my face literally has never felt smoother or softer ever, even til this day. I also feel like my makeup went on a lot smoother too because of it - no more dry patches, no more peach fuzz. I wouldn't recommend doing this yourself at home though, I would leave it to the professionals and though it may be costly, I'm sure it would be worth it to leave it to them versus potentially damaging your skin.

HydraFacial Review:
This was everything I expected it to be, maybe that's because I watched a bunch of YouTube videos about it, but WOW! If I could have one facial for the rest of my life, I truly think this would be it. Any of you out there that can't stand to see black heads or white heads and have to pick at your face every chance you get? *raises hand* I know I am! This facial is perfect for you. Anyone that has dry skin? I'd definitely recommend it because of its hydrating qualities (hence the HYDRA facial - duh!) So let me break this down, pretty much it's a marker like tool that has a blue cap at the end. My understanding is this cap has a hole in it to allow the vacuum like feature to suck out any impurities in your skin - dirt, sebum, etc. While it is vacuuming out all of the gunk, it is also applying a serum to your skin. I have never, ever, ever been so glowy in my life. After getting this facial, my skin was 100% the best it has ever looked and I'm kind of upset I haven't gotten one since, but as you can see - the price tag is slightly steep - but obviously well worth it!


Have you had Dermaplaning or a HydraFacial before? Did you have a similar experience? I'd love to hear the feedback!

*Note I am not a doctor or dermatologist, these are all based on my recommendations and experiences. Please consult a doctor/dermatologist for your own specific needs.