Sunday, January 1, 2012

What's Your Beauty New Year's Resolution?

     Do you have any beauty habits that you want to break? I know I have some! I've gotten into a really good routine of washing my make up brushes now but there are some other areas that I feel like I still need some help on; my skin! I really want to work on taking care of my skin better. In general I am pretty consistent with taking off my make up and washing my face but I have to admit that I do have those really lazy nights and then I wake up with make up from the night before smeared all over my face and it's so bad for my skin! I use to have such clean, blemish free skin but I have noticed it acting up more because I was getting a little lazy. So that is my new year's beauty resolution and I know once I get my beautiful glowing skin back to the way it was it shouldn't be such a burden to keep it up. Maybe I will but the Olay Pro X face scrubber that I have been looking at every time I go to Target!

What's you beauty new year's resolution?

Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Evolution of Makeup and Beauty

     Well, well, it's been quite a long time and so much has changed. Not only things in my personal life but also in makeup and beauty. I took a very long break from YouTube, and obviously my blog, and did a lot of self reflecting. I'm back on YouTube and will try my best to get back into blogging.
     So the other day I was just looking around my own makeup collection to attempt to rediscover some items and I noticed just how much my makeup collections, items and brands have evolved. I blame it a little bit on the beauty community of YouTube cause when you think about it; gurus are perhaps the best marketing tool for any company. In the beginning of my channel, I was a serious ELF Cosmetics lover and spoke in one of my videos that I didn't understand how people could spend $14 on an eyeshadow. Now looking at my collection: I have 2 MAC eyeshadow palettes which I love. So clearly I spoke too soon and now I use a lot of fairly expensive products. I do however see the benefits of now using 'higher end' products though. My day usually begins at 8:30 am and ends at about 11:00 pm. I need my make up to last! My swear by makeup items now consist of Urban Decay Primer Potion, MAC eye shadows and MAC's Fix Plus which I must say they stand the test of long lasting products! 
     YouTube has been a great adventure for me and my evolution of makeup and beauty products. I would have never discovered Lush Cosmetics had it now been for YouTube! Now basically every bath and body item I use is by Lush and I have seen such an improvement of my skin. I plan on doing a video soon of my top favorite beauty and makeup products for 2011 but this will also be a re-cap of my first year on YouTube as my one year anniversary is in January. I have loved doing YouTube and this blog and keeping up with it better will be my 2012 New Year's resolution. 
     Hope everyone is having a great holiday season! 

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Elf (Eyes Lips Face) Blush Swatches

Natural Radiance Blushers: Glow, Bronze, Coy, Shy, Flushed and Innocence

*No Flash* In order below: Flushed, Glow, Bronze, Coy, Shy, Innocence

*With Flash*

Studio Blushes: Blushing Rose, Peachy Keen, Tickled Pink, Candid Coral

Swatches in same order

*With flash*


Monday, July 18, 2011

Mint Nail Polish Leads to Nail Polish Challange?

So I caved....... I ended up buying the Essie nail polish in turquoise and caicos after all and I have to admit that I ended up really liking it BUT as a result of this nail polish I have decided to do a new video on my channel in the future. For my lovely blog followers, you will all know what I am planning.
     I have an older sister who LOVES nail polish more than I do. I'd say my make up passion is the same if not more than her nail polish passion and she has built up quite a few nail polishes these past couple of months which would be great for me to borrow from her but we unfortunately don't like the same colors. There have been a few I have been able to try however. She's been buying Orly but her favorite is China Glaze which I have also tried. The turquoise and caicos polish was my second Essie polish I purchased and I have to admit that I loved the color but did not like the polish formula. I don't know why. It took a few coats and was streaky. On top of that it chipped in 3 days! I've had cheaper nail polishes last longer than that. Well, in this month's Birchbox, I was happy to see that I received my very first Zora nail polish to try out. I will be painting my nails in the color Pandora this week and in the mean time, may purchase the ever so famous For Audrey by China Glaze.
     Here's what I am going to do: I am going to do a follow up video on my channel about all the major nail polish brands commonly seen on YouTube and compare their formula and durability. I also want to throw in some drug store brands however such as Sinful Colors, Elf and LA Colors cause let's face it: who's doesn't want to find good nail polish for $1 or $2. I know I do! I'm already over half way done with this challenge so I hope to have this video up in a few weeks. Meanwhile, I took a photo of the Essie nail polish while at a stoplight. I think everyday at work, I must have said "I think this color is growing on me." It did.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Beauty and Make up Trends: Do you Follow?

    So, the other day my 3 girl friends and I were relaxing by the pool, just reading magazines, having a drink and a good time. My friend Nat then showed me her toe nails which were a bright pink crackle nail polish over white. She had sent me a photo by text the day before, and I cringed. I did not hesitate to let her know that I do not like the crackle nail polish trend currently going on. Then the conversation went into every one's opinion on the trend and I stood my ground. I remember back when I was in middle and first getting into make up, I was also into nail polish and what trend was very popular back then? Crackle nail polish of course! I feel like certain trends keep coming back every 10 or 15 years and this was one I did not care to see. I have seen it all over YouTube as well as other nail polish trends like mint colors.
    My friends then said to me that I was the trendiest person out of the bunch! I wondered about this statement for a while. Is it because I have a YouTube channel? Is it because I love buying make up and get a rush when I see a new product hit the shelves? Is it because my make up collection is most likely larger than all three of them combined? Maybe it was the fact that my 3 other girl friends were reading gossip magazines yet I was the only one with Allure which clearly is about beauty.
     What trends have I fallen for? I then looked down at my own nails and noticed that I was wearing coral and I thought about how many coral items I was currently using now that it's summer. Ok ok, so maybe I do follow some trends. I have to admit that I love the summer coral trend. It's just such a natural classic color that I think can suit many people. I have coral lipstick, blush, lip gloss and will even sport an eye shadow look every now and then that has a very small pop of coral. I also have to admit that I have been wanting to get into the mint nail polish. I think it looks so beautiful on other people but I am not sure how it would look on me. I bought a nail polish by Sinful Colors in Mint Apple cause it's affordable and I thought it would be the best way for me to try out the color. I haven't even used it yet! I was in Walgreens just tonight and found myself about to purchase the famous Turquoise and Caicos by Essie but I left it.
    I can't honestly think of other trends I have really gone after but I like to think of it them "hypes" lol. For example: the Urban Decay Naked Palette. This is such a famous eye shadow palette and after I had seen it in so many YouTube videos, I bought it myself. But neutral eye shadows really aren't trends, right? A new black cream eyeliner isn't as well, right? I guess it's up for everyone to decide but despite of what is a trend or what isn't, there are no rules in make up and beauty and that's what I love about this beauty world!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Golden Coral Makeup Tutorial

Products used on eyes:  
Mac Paint Pot in Rubenesque all over lid and up to crease
Mac Trip Warm eyeshadow palette colors in Bagatelle (lid), Expensive Pink (crease), Embark (outer V) and Shroom (highlight)
Eyes Lips Face (elf) Waterproof eyeliner pen in Black
Almay One Coat Dial up Mascara in Black

Products used on face:
Eyes Lips Face (elf) Tinted Moisturizer in Apricot Beige and Spice (mixed)
Eyes Lips Face (elf) Studio Concealer Pencil and Brush
Jordana Blush in Coral Sandy Beach

Products Used on lips:
NYX round lipstick in Indian Pink
NYX Mega Shine Lip gloss in Perfect

UpStage eye shadow brush
Eyes Lips Face (elf) blending brush
Eyes Lips Face (elf) studio contour brush
Eyes Lips Face (elf) eyelash curler
Eyes Lips Face (elf) studio blush brush

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Organic Beauty Giveaway!!! Ends 6/25

I've reached 100 videos! Thanks to everyone for your support.
1. Must be a subscriber on YouTube or blog follower
2. Must be 18 or have permission
3. Open to International
4. Ends June 25, 2011 at 12 midnight Eastern Time (2 weeks)
5. Only one entry please
6. YouTube Entry: What is your most favorite organic  beauty product?
Blog Entry: What is the best deal you found on an organic beauty product?

Good  luck everyone!