Cuteness Alert:Juicy Couture Off the Shoulder Tee

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Juicy Couture "Baby Loves Her Couture" Off-Shoulder Tee

Orig $78.00
Was $62.40
Now $49.92
Speak your mind about your Juicy Couture in this effortless tee. Pair with an electrifying skirt to complete the look.
  • Bateau neckline, short sleeves
  • Asymmetric hem
  • Pima cotton/modal. Machine wash. Imported

Cute Shoe Alert - Steve Madden Rebecka Pumps

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Yesterday , my niece Lavonia came over to visit and to show me the shoes that she brought for her upcoming trip to Miami. The shoes that she purchased were these hot babies from Steve Madden called Rebecka. Lavonia and I shop together all the time and our tastes in fashion and shoes are very similar. So when she showed me the shoes I couldnt resist ordering me a pair also. She purchased her shoes from Macy for $80, but you know I did my research and found the exact same shoes on Amazon for $60. I was to excited and ordered them immediately, we just have to make sure that we dont wear them at the same time but who really cares!!!!

Laced and heeled, these shoes are sultry yet pulled together. Wear the "Rebecka" heel to work with slacks and a blazer or wear it out with a minidress! From Steve Madden, this pump features:
  • leather upper
  • peekaboo toe
  • lace-up styling
  • synthetic outsole
  • 4.5" heel

Face of the Day

This morning when I got up I first decided that I wanted to do a smokey eye look with my grey and black eyeshadows. But once I started applying my makeup I wanted to spice it up a little bit so instead of grey I used a deep dark purple. I must say myself that I love how it turned out. The colors arent too overwhelming but still looks sexy. Take a look at the pics below and let me know what you think.

Products used to create this look:
 - Loreal Studio Secrets Face Primer.
- MAC Studio Fix Foundation in NW50.
-MAC Espresso Eyeshadow and MAC Stud Eyebrow Pencil to fill in my brows.
-Urban Decay Primer Potion on my eyelid before applying shadow.
-NYX Black Bean Jumbo eyeshadow pencil on my lid and blended out to my crease area.
-I then placed MAC Carbon on my lid over top of the Black Bean eyeshadow pencil to make it darker.
-MAC Fig.1 in my crease area.
-MAC Studio Finish Concealer NW45 to highlight my browbone area.
-Maybelline Falsies Mascara in Black.
- MAC Sweet as Cocoa blush on my cheeks.
-MAC Plushglass in Nice Buzz.
-MAC Chestnut Lipliner.

Orange is the New Red: Lip Color for Spring

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Ladies, now that Spring is here its time to start looking for a hot lippie to rock. The new trend for Spring is Orange believe it or not. I know some of you are saying "Im not wearing orange lipstick its too bright". But dont knock it until you try it. MAC Cosmetics has two very nice orange lipsticks that are sure to be all the rage. Take a look at Morange and Neon Orange and let me know what you think. Do you think you could pull this off or look like a clown?

The model on the left is wearing Morange.

Rihanna is wearing Neon Orange.

Shelf Life of Cosmetics

Friday, March 25, 2011

It's very important to know the self life of the cosmetics that you are using because it will decrease your chances of infecting with bacteria. Here's a helpful list to help you keep track:

What is the Shelf-Life Cosmetics:

Shelf Life: Three-six months
Mascaras should always be used fairly quickly once they're opened because they're easily contaminated by the pumping action of the brush. This can force bacteria further into the container where the moist, wet environment is ideal for bacteria to thrive.

Shelf Life: Three-12 months
Moisturizers should be used up quickly, especially ones that contain essential oils and botanicals (check ingredients on the label). The best idea is to buy one moisturizer at a time and use it everyday. This is more important with natural ingredients such as plant extracts that can quickly lose their efficacy after a certain time and go off. Check the use-by date if you're not sure when yours should be chucked.

Shelf Life: Oil-Free Foundation (12 months); Moisturizing, Cream or Compact Foundation (18 months)
Again, it's a good idea to use foundation quickly. Oil-free ones have the shortest shelf life because they tend to dry out quicker than other types.

Shelf Life: Two years
Although powder will actually last longer, two years is the longest you should really keep it. After that, it can start to get a bit dry and, in the case of pressed powder, it may not go on as smoothly. This is unavoidable, as powder mixes with natural skin oils left on the sponge. As a general rule, loose powder can last up to three years in the right conditions.

Shelf Life: 12-18 months
Stick concealer lasts the longest of any type. You can tell it's had its day when it starts to get dry and no longer goes on smoothly. Liquid based concealers may start to separate or go lumpy when they're going off.

Shelf Life: Powder Blush (two years);
Cream Blush (12-18 months)
After two years, powder blushers may start to get a bit dry or develop a 'slippery' texture, caused by mixing with natural oils from skin. Also, once the colour changes it's no longer in its prime. Cream blushes have a shorter shelf life because they contain more emulsions, which are less stable and break down over time. However, you'll find you use these more quickly anyway.

Shelf Life: Powder Eyeshadow (two years); Cream Eyeshadow (12-18 months) Powder eyeshadows can last for ages because they are mainly pigmented pressed powder. Cream eyeshadows have a shorter shelf life because, like cream blushes, they use emulsions that break down over time.

Eyeliner and lipliner
Shelf Life: two years
Eyeliner and lipliners are the workhorses of cosmetics. They last for ages because sharpening them regularly goes a long way in preventing bacterial growth.

Shelf Life: two years
Lipsticks are generally quite long lasting because of the way the pigment and fat are formulated together. Don't be put off if tiny bubbles appear on the surface - these are just moisture drops and can be wiped off. Lipgloss Shelf life: 18 months because it is formulated differently.

Shelf Life: 18 months-two years
Fragrances carry little risk of becoming contaminated because they usually contain alcohol, which is a natural preservative. (NOTE: I find that the higher quality perfumes last much longer than 2 years if stored properly out of sunlight and with the cap on)

Makeup will last longer safely if you clean your tools (brushes, applicators, sponges). And never share makeup. Dirty tools and sharing will contaminate your makeup with bacteria.

Makeup Tips

It's Friday and I'm feeling fabulous so I decided to share some makeup tips.

  1. Line lips after applying lipstick, not before. That way you won’t end up with a dark circle of lip liner after your lipstick has worn off. Avoid combining very dark lip liner and pale lipstick.
  2. Smile to find the apples of your cheeks, and apply blush to the apples or below, whichever you prefer. If you have to blend in blush, it’s too bright.
  3. Choose three colors of eye shadow: light, medium and dark. Use the dark only to line your upper eyelid, in a fairly thin line along the upper lashes. Use the medium shade for the crease and the lightest shade for the area under the eyebrow.
  4. Clean makeup brushes by gently washing them in warm water and Dawn dishwashing liquid. Let them dry overnight, I learned that from Sam Fine.
  5. If you decide to curl your eyelashes, do this just before applying mascara, never after. Insert your eyelashes into the curler, squeeze just once, and hold for a few seconds.
  6. Always use a light hand. Remember you can always add more makeup if you need it.
  7. Always blend! There should be no "stripes" on your face. You're a lady, not a quarterback.
  8. Always practice and try new things. That’s how you get better!
  9. You cant have a bold lips and eyes. Choose one or the other. If you are wearing bright colors on your eyes downplay your lips with a neutral color.
  10. Moisturize your skin and your lips before applying makeup.

Sally Hansen Salon Effects

Thursday, March 24, 2011

So I've decided today when I get home Im going to experiment with Sally Hansen Saon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips in Leopard (Kitty Kat) or Laced Up. I've been interested in trying them out for awhile now but I was waiting for my nails to grow longer. According to the website the strips are supposed to last for up to 10 days and can be easily removed with nail polish remover. The strips come in 24 fashion forward shades, some of them I love and some of them me no likey at all. They are sold at CVS Pharmacy for $10 which isnt that bad but I hope that they're worth it. I will post pics this evening after I'm done. Well, I finally sat down last night and applied the nail strips and I most say that I'm impressed.  I brought the Misbehaved nail strips which a fishnet pattern in black over a gold polish. I cant wait to see if they're going to last for 10 days like they claim. Take a look and let me know what you think.

Sugarpill Cosmetics (Updated)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Front of palette

Back of the palette

Swatches on my skin

Burning Heart Palette

I'm very excited about this quad! I just received the Burning Heart Quad from Sugarpill Cosmetics . First of all, look at the colors, are you not entertained lol? I mean the colors are so bright and vibrant how can you not love it? This eyeshadow quad is only $34 and it get a nice amount of shadow more than you get with MAC. You can find these products at  Definitely check out the site.  It's very bright, fun and easy to navigate.  There are even real swatches for the shades.  Each delivery comes in a special SugarPill box which also contains some of their nifty logo stickers.

They have an amazing shipping offer which is only $5 flat rate on U.S. Orders.  Free worldwide shipping on orders over $75.

Sigma Brushes

Are you looking for a decent set of brushes to apply your eye makeup without going broke? Well, look no more check out these beauties. In this set, you have all of the brushes needed to execute a fly eyeshadow application. Best of all, you get all 7 brushes for $45 (YES!!!!!!!!! $45 DOLLARS). Thats a sweet deal because we all know that you can spend that much money on one brush from MAC.  You can click on the banner on my page or visit them online.

7 professional quality brushes for the eye. Perfect to apply, shade, blend, and dust the eye with color and texture.

Brushes in this kit:

Eyeliner - E05 - An extra-fine tipped synthetic fiber brush that delivers a precise, firm, even stroke to line the eyes.

Pencil - E30
- Precise application of color on the crease, outer corner, and upper and lower lash line. Also ideal to smudge out pencil liner. Natural bristles.

Tapered Blending - E40
- Rounded and tapered top. Specially designed to apply and blend color on the crease. Natural bristles.

Eye Shading - E55 - Soft and dense with a rounded finish. Can be used to apply pressed or loose eye shadows and pigments. Ideal to build intense color on the eyelid. Natural bristles.

Large Shader - E60
- Flat shape is ideal for application of cream formulas and eye shadow primers. It also works great with loose eye shadows or pigments. Can be used to apply color all over the lid or precisely on the lash line. Natural bristles.

Small Angle - E65 - Essential for the application of gel or cream eyeliner on the upper and lower lash line. This brush is also excellent for filling out the eyebrows. Synthetic bristles.

Medium Angled Shading - E70 - Angled, tapered, flat top. Ideal to apply highlight shades underneath the eyebrow and on the inner corners. It can also be used for a precise application of darker shades on the crease area. Natural bristles.

Cute Shoe Alert

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Feast your eyes on these sexy sandals, OMG I love them. This geometric sandal has bands of parallel elastic straps, adorned with metal rings at the sides and a zip-up back. We love how they look magnificent with both skinny jeans and a little black dress. 4.7 inch heel, 1.6 inch platform. As you can see them come in grey suede or black patent leather. Price tag $89

Jessica Simpson 'Kale' Sandal

Cute Shoe Alert

Friday, March 18, 2011

Now that the weather is breaking ladies its time to start looking for the cute sandals to rock. I love ALDO shoes so I was just browsing the website when I found these cute sandals. Anyone that knows me will tell you that I'm a shoe freak. I will be adding these to my sandal collection, I love them in Black and Beige (the hot color that you can rock just about anything with) and they're only $75.00 for your budgetnistas out here. This shoe isn't for someone that's new to wearing heels or wedges you have to being able to strut in these.


High Heel (4 in. and +)
The tall vamp design and asymmetrical openings give this shoe the right style and attitude. Also with wedge platform sole and back zip.
- Heel Height 4.75 unches.

The Importance of Cleansers and Moisturizers

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Cleansing and Skin Care Tips:

Those with dry and sensitive skin need to choose a cleanser that protects the oil content of their skin since the extra foaming variety suited for oily skin will only strip the skin of natural moisture and dry it. Such persons need to pick a cleanser that has oil-balance properties to re-hydrate and moisturize the skin after the ritual.
  • The best way to begin cleansing your face is by washing your hands thoroughly to prevent transfer of bacteria to your face.
  • Begin with the hairline and work your way down with gentle sweeping movements over the face, lips and down the neck.
  • Massage the cleanser gently onto the face with light movements of the fingertips and leave on for absorption and deep cleansing for about a minute
  • Next, with the help of a clean cotton makeup pad, wipe away the visible dirt and pollution with your hands and if there is any cosmetic residue, wipe it downwards towards the neck.
  • Rinse your face using cool water to splash it. The temperature of the water is very important, as too hot or too cold water can cause flushing and increase broken capillaries, if such exist on your skin.
*I highly recommend Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Bar

Why should I moisturize?

Think of it this way. In order to have a healthy body, we drink 8 to 10 glasses of water each day. This is necessary to keep you hydrated, which will in turn keep your organs functioning properly. Moisturizers work in a similar way. They keep your skin hydrated, which helps it to function properly.

When your skin gets dry, it cracks and peels and becomes more prone to damage. Ladies, please remember to moisturize your sexy, its nothing cute about dry, ashy skin.

* I highly recommend Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream - it comes in different varieties to suit your skin type.

Sephora Collection - Kohl Waterproof Eyeliner in Keep Black

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

This is by far one of the best eyeliners I have ever used! It really is waterproof - and does not have to be re-applied several times a day. Totally worth the money, since one application takes you through the entire day!. I love my MAC Smolder eyeliner to death but this is definitely giving it some competition. It only costs $8 dollars, it really shows up well on my dark skin and I love the smudge brush on the end. I use this eyeliner to line the top of my lids and on my waterline. It makes my smokey eye looks so fierce!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Coastal Scents - 88 Color Palette

Monday, March 14, 2011

I'm obsessed with this 88 Color Palette!!! OMG I've been using it every single day since I brought it from Amazon. These shadows have amazing pigmentation and minimal fallout and 88 shadows for...$20 you really cant beat that. . This is truly a winner in terms of performance, quality and affordability. All of the colors in this palette are matte. I know youre asking what does matte mean. Matte eyeshadows are just as described - no shine, no glitter, no frost. This palette comes in a nice black case with a mirror and two eyeshadow applicators. It stores easily for travel and you should be able to achieve any looks using this. You can apply the shadows wet or dry also.

Eyeshadow Base and Primer

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Its so important to prime and base your eyelids before you apply eyeshadow. It helps the eyeshadow stay on longer without creasing and it also helps bring the colors to life. Have you ever wondered why your eyeshadow doesn't show when you apply it without using anything on your lids? I did too for the longest time before I found out that you have to prep your lids. That little bit of knowledge that I gained helped me out alot because now I was able to wear the shadows and get the look that I was desiring. My daily routine is prepping my lid with Urban Decay Primer Potion. I apply a little and spread it all over my lid and let it dry. Some people just use the primer alone but I don't, its definitely your preference. After it dries I apply NYX Eyeshadow base in Tan or White depending on the eyeshadow that I'm wearing on that day. NYX eyeshadow bases are very reasonable for the budget divas, they cost $5.00. If you prefer to use name brand cosmetics, MAC Paint Pots are very good also. I used the MAC Paint Pot in Groundwork for years before discovering a more pocket friendly dupe in NYX.

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara

I really love this mascara, its like the Makeup God heard my prayers. I have struggled for a long time trying to put mascara on my bottom lashes without looking like a raccoon. Now I dont have to do that because of the greatest thing ever came along. Exclusive to Clinique, NEW Bottom Lash Mascara micro-mini brush is one of the smallest on the market with the biggest job of enhancing smaller, more delicate lower lashes. The unique precision applicator is designed to perfectly define the bottom lashes to create a naturally wide-eyed, lash look. This product is available at Sephora for $10, its comes in Black and Black-Brown. I definitely give this mascara two thumbs up.

Olive Denim Cargo Jacket

Friday, March 11, 2011

This jacket is a must have for me and the price is nice. It's only $32.80 at one of my favorite stores Forever 21. I love the color and the military styled studs. Not to mention I have the perfect pair of boots to rock with this jacket.

IMATS New York 2011

This is great news for all makeup lovers, this is your chance to attend the International Makeup Artist Trade Show. It's all going down in NY on April 9-10th, 2011. I will be there to purchase makeup at discounted prices. The great thing about this show is that you dont have to be a licensed makeup artist to attend. It's open to the public which means the lines are going to be long so be prepared to wait. Also, wear comfortable shoes and bring your camera. Some of the major and upcoming makeup brands will be there offering up to 40% discount of their makeup.

I love this picture.

My first post!!!!!!!!!!!

This my official first post as a blogger and Im super excited about it. I'm a lover of fashion, shoes, perfume and makeup. On my blog I will try to keep you updated on what's new and how to find things for a cheaper price. I'm so glad to start this new journey, so sit back and enjoy the ride.
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