Current Drugstore Favorites January 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015

Garnier Clean Face Scrubs

  • Blackhead Eliminating Scrub (oily skin): The first one I tried was the Blackhead Eliminating Scrub with charcoal. I bought it because it smelled like a fresh scented men's cologne plus I knew my boyfriend would love using it too. It's oil-free and great for oily skin. If you tend to break out a lot, the charcoal one has salicylic acid for acne treatment. I used up every last bit of the product inside and it did last me a good long while. 

  • Invigorating Daily Scrub (normal skin): The second I tried (which is the current one I am using) is the Invigorating Daily Scrub with peppermint and jojoba beads. I haven't seen this one before, but I am soooo glad I saw it. It really does smell minty like peppermint and feels even more amazing on the skin. I love washing my face with this one because it leaves my skin smooth and tingly. An instant wake up. 

I havent' tried the other ones, but I did give them a sniff at the store and I'm already planning on buying the Balancing Daily Exfoliator with grapefruit and pomegranate for my next face wash.  Let me know if you've tried any of these face scrubs and which one is your favorite! 

Milani Color Statement Lipstick (SANGRIA)

Sangria is a beautiful deep purple berry color I am completely loving right now. I'm usually a nude lip kind of girl, but when I saw this color, I had to have it. It compliments my skin tone and I love it for the winter. It even matches a couple of my winter accessories. I wanted to try one Milani lipstick first before buying more and so far, I am going back to pick up more colors! 

If you have any Milani lipsticks you want to recommend me, leave a comment below! I can't wait to pick more up! 

Until next time!
Keep the good vibes!

LORAC The Royal Eye Shadow Collection

Monday, January 19, 2015

Guess what I got for Christmas?! Well…I'm sure you guessed it if you read the title of this post hahahah. I've actually been meaning to buy one of Lorac's palettes to try out their products. I've already used a few of the colors from each palette and I am really liking them so far. The Royal collection comes with 4 palettes: QUEEN, COUNTESS, DUCHESS, and PRINCESS. Each palette comes with 4 shadows. Most of the shadows are shimmery, but there is at least one matt color in each palette. Unfortunately, I do believe this collection was limited edition for the holidays :( 

ABOVE: QUEEN palette
BELOW: QUEEN palette swatches dry/wet

BELOW: DUCHESS palette swatches dry/wet

BELOW: COUNTESS palette swatch dry/wet

BELOW: PRINCESS palette swatches dry/wet

I did notice the cream white eyeshadows in the Princess/Countess palette chalked up when I used them with water. I could have just used too much water with those particular ones, but I did not have a problem with any of the other eyeshadows in this collection. My favorite so far has been the Queen palette with Princess being second runner up. Anyone else had a chance to snatch up this collection? Leave me a comment down below!

As always,
Keep the good vibes!

Review: Objects of Affection (Gold+Beige) collection

Saturday, January 17, 2015

I'm a really big fan of MAC shimmer pigments. My all time favorite one was Gold Mode, but unfortunately it's been discontinued. Gold mode gave me such a beautiful glow that complimented my skin tone. Anyways, when I saw the Objects of Affection collection, I was immediately drawn to the golds and I am absolutely in love with every color in the Gold+Beige collection. Here are the pigments it comes with (in order): 

  • GOLD

I know this is going to be one of my favorite collections of the year. I usually use them dry, but today I discovered how much more amazing they are when used wet. Check out my photo below showing each color (in order) swatch dry+wet. I even included a photo of them with and without flash. English Gilt is my favorite for my everyday look. It adds just the right amount of glow to my skin making my face appear healthy and pretty! It's so hard to say which of these would be my absolute favorite because  I love them all 100%. I'm a glitter and shimmer girl so this collection is right up my alley, but Deep Brown is a matt pigment perfect for a smokey brown eye. It is worth every penny of my $36. :)

Stay tuned for future posts with my favorite looks I use with these pigments! Let me know if this is also one of your favorites! 

Until next time,
Good vibes, drink your coffee…or wine, 
and be beautiful!

Too Faced CAT EYES Look #1

Monday, January 12, 2015

As promised, I used my Too Faced CAT EYES palette to create a look. You guys know I wasn't too fond of the palette, but I still wanted to show you how I use the few shadows I did like. The first look I wanted to show you guys is more on the neutral side. I only used Tiger's Eye, Leopard, and Panther along with one of my favorite Mac pigments from their holiday collection (Objects of Affection) for the inner corner of my eyes. 

Let's start out with a fresh, primed, and moisturized face, also known as…the scary face. 

Now that we got well acquainted with my baby face, I like to apply my foundation and brows before I apply my eye makeup like so….

Not bad, not bad at all. Before we go on, I'm going to finish one of my eyes. Here is where I cheat and use my favorite golden eye pigment from MAC's (gold+ beige) Objects of Affection collection on the inner corners of my eyes. The pigment I used is called English Gilt. I really love how it highlights and brings out the golden tones in my skin. I feel all extra tan ;) Now THIS pigment was made for us pancake colored Latinas!

I really love English Gilt by itself. I wear it by itself with my everyday makeup. Next up, I will be grabbing Tiger's eye with a blending brush and working it on the outer corner of my eye. I also apply some with a thin brush under my waterline.

Tiger's Eye blends nicely into English Gilt. This is where I darken the outer corner of my eye by grabbing Leopard with the same blending brush.

Next, I grab a tiny bit of Panther and apply that on the middle outer corner of my eye. I only use it to darken it up a little bit more. Nothing too drastic. Oh, and of course on the outer corner under my waterline too. This will add a smokey affect when I apply my eyeliner.

 Just a little more blending…then I can apply my favorite black eyeliner. I use MAC's eye pencil in SMOLDER. It's super black and out of all the eye pencils I've tried so far, this one is my favorite!

I have fairly long lashes so I'm not much of a false lash wearer. All I need is a good coat of mascara and wah-lah! I forgot to take a photo of my mascara, but I curled my lashes and then applied MAC's False Lashes Mascara in False Black. 

And there you have it! Look #1 from the Too Faced CAT EYES palette. I wish the Too Faced Palette had a more golden tone eyeshadow for the inner corner of my eyes like the MAC pigment. The light pink/white colors don't flatter my skin tone. :( Stay tuned for my next look with this palette! Any questions? Comment below! If you have this palette, show me how you use yours!

Until next time,
Good vibes!

Latina Review: Too Faced CAT EYES Palette $36

Saturday, January 10, 2015

I know it's been a really long time since I have paid any attention to my blog, but I've recently made some changes to it, and I almost have it to where I like it :). This past year, instead of blogging, I spent a lot of my time traveling and going to many many many music festivals and shows. Now that I feel like I have a better balance of my life, I want to start up my blog again, and maybe even pursue a youtube channel or two. We shall see!

Because I have been frequently sporting my cat eye look lately, one of the gifts I received for Christmas was the Too Faced CAT EYES palette, and I wanted to write a review on it. With so many palettes out there, it always helps to read reviews! Okay so here is my honest opinion on this…I don't think it's a palette every girl should have. There are a few eyeshadows I love about it, but as a Latina, I sit here and wonder when the heck I will use some of the colors in it. I think I even saw WhatWouldLizzyDo on youtube put hers in a box she was sending out to Glambot. I like to gravitate towards golden shimmer eyeshadows to put in the inner corners of my eyes because it will always brings out the golden color of your skin, especially if you're Latina! I couldn't get that with the 3 light colors in this palette. I even tried using Purr, Meow, and Kitten on my eyelids…and I wasn't really feeling the color. They're just too pink, white, and chalky for my skin tone. I can't work with chalky eyeshadows. :(!!! I even tried the looks on the pamphlet they give you, but they're not always for everyone. Okay, moving on...You get two matt shadows (Meow and Panther) and the rest are shimmery.  At this point, I only have 6 eyeshadows left that I can use because Purr, Meow, and Kitten are too light for me. Panther is a matt black and of all the black eyeshadows I own, I do not gravitate towards this one. Bummer…

Let's move on to the positive things I have to say about this palette! Tiger's Eye is a pretty bronzy brown that I love using in my crease for smokey eyes! It's gorgeous, I love it, I know this will be the first eyeshadow to hit pan on this palette! Leopard is a dark brown that I usually use on the outer corners of my eyes for a smokey eye with Tiger's Eye. Pussy Cat is a pinkish-lavendar more on the pink side that I do like lining the top of my cat eye with. It's a great color to apply on the eyelid too. I don't usually wear pinks, but I could do with this color. Jungle Love is a dark almost black purple with purple glitters in it. I do love this color for the outer corner of the eye for a smokey look or as a smoked out cat eye. Kitty Litter is a silver/blue metallic shadow with metallic glitter in it. I don't really use this color much, but when I do…I put it on my eyelids on a grey/black smokey eye look.

So what is my conclusion? I probably wouldn't buy this for myself. I don't really see this working for many Latina's like myself. However, if you are more fair-skinned, this could totally be a different story for you. I love too faced products, but this one is just not one of them :( Has anyone else swatched this palette or used it? Maybe even have a different outcome than I have? I'd love to hear it, comment below and stay tuned for looks I will create with this palette.

Until next time, 
Good vibes!

Review: NYX soft matte lip creams

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Hey guys! I'm so excited about these matt lip creams by NYX because I for one am not too big on glosses and rarely ware them. These were totally up my alley! I think the main reason why I love these so much has to do with them making my lips feel really moisturized. Bonus:They are cruelty free too! Oh, and if you're wondering about the smell, they do have a sort of....cotton candy smell. hahah I love cotton candy, so it doesn't bother me. I'm more of a pink/nude kind of girl, but lately I've been loving these reds. My favorite out of my current four I have would have to be Milan. I still haven't decided which of the reds I like best. And that's partly due to them being very similar in color except MC MC has maybe a deeper wine red color to it. Has anyone else tried these? What is your favorite color? Oh and I also noticed each one the the lip creams had different expiration dates, so keep a look out for that! Tokyo and Amsterdam have a 9 month life span. Milan has a 12 month, and Monte Carlo Monte Carlo has the longest with 18 months.

(In order from Left to Right: Monte Carlo Monte Carlo, Amsterdam, Milan, Tokyo)

After trying these lip creams, I think I am up for trying their lipsticks now. Hopefully, I love them as much as I love these! Remember to let me know if you have a favorite color you think I should try!

Love and Hugs

Maybelline Color Show Review (Pinkalicious + Orange Fix)

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Have I ever mentioned how impatient I am with dry time when painting my nails? I have a friend who tells me I need to do light coats and wait for them to dry and then keep applying coats...she's a nail polish addict. Ain't nobody got time fo' dat! lol Or at least, I don't. So I layer on thick coats and expect it to dry immediately. hahaha talk about high expectations. Well, I decided to give these Color Show lacquers a try because they look so pretty in both packaging and colors. I bought Pinkalicious #170 and Orange Fix #220 because they're really bright colors and I actually love these. I've used them so much they're practically down to half the bottle. I want to buy more colors now. I use two coats of this stuff and they dry fast enough for my expectations. They're also colors that look good on my skin tone especially when I use them together...they make my hands look tan. lol I'm pretty pale at the moment...and hopefully I get a tan in Florida. Anyways, I got bored and doodled with my nail polishes. lol Cute though, right? Anyone want to recommend colors from this line, let me know!

Love and Hugs


2013 May/June Favorites

Monday, June 17, 2013

Finally! I've managed to gather up some favorites to share. :) These were supposed to be my May favorites....but my internet went down towards the beginning of June and by the time it worked again, I thought it was too late to post. So, I'm posting it now as a May/June favorites. May was a very social month for me. It's been a great month for me to try out different products and see what works for me and my nights out.

The Body Shop's Bronze Shade in warm glow 02 $22
So, I flew to Philly for a quick spontaneous weekend trip. I met up with some childhood friends, had some drinks, and flew back home in time for work. I had so much fun visiting my home town. While I was waiting at the airport in Philly, I saw for the first time, The Body Shop. I've always been curious to see what all the buzz was about. I walked in and looked around for a good minute. I tried several products and even had the salesgirl show me some products. After trying so many different makeup products, I finally decided to buy one of their bronzers. It cost me $22 but I knew if I did not like it, I could return it to one of the stores in Atlanta. It has shimmer which is what I want for the summer. It's not overpowering on my face. It's really subtle which is perfect because I like to wear my nyx blush too. I Just bought it, but I had to throw it into my favorites because I wear it almost every day.

Beyonce Midnight Heat body lotion
Every time I go out and want to make sure I smell good, I don't rely on my perfumes because I've noticed whenever I wear the Midnight Heat lotion from Beyonce, it without fail, ALWAYS gets compliments. Everyone wants to know what it is I'm wearing. I would definitely describe it as a seductive scent.

Sally Hansen Extreme Wear in Lacey Lilac 270
Sally Hansen Extreme Wear in Coral Reef 405
I took these from my sister, shhh! I was drawn to the colors immediately. Lacey Lilac reminds me of Taro Bubble Tea. Mmmm speaking of...I could go for some right now. You can see it on my claws below. Coral Reef has the perfect mix of pink and orange. I'm very picky about the nail polishes I buy. I have very little patience when it comes to waiting for nail polish to dry. Am I the only one who gets impatient with dry time? I've even tried using dry shampoo to speed up the dry time...but it just left a weird residue on my nails. Anyways, these polishes don't take too long. So they are good in my book! At $3 I can't complain.

Elf Blush in Fushia Fusion $3
Elf Blush in Pink Passion $3
I've had these blushes for a while now and never bothered to open them because I stopped wearing blush for a while. One day I decided to use them again and I remembered how much I love blush. I think I'm becoming slightly...obsessed. And I'm trying really hard to hit the pan on these before I go buy more blush.  I like shimmer and glitter right now so I've been beginning to make a dent in Fushia Fusion. I feel like it makes me look like a more cheerful person at work with the glitter. bahahaha am I crazy? But for those days I don't want shimmer, I reach for Pink Passion. It doesn't come out like the hot pink it appears to be, but more of a light bubble gum baby pink. Does that make sense? Maybe I should have swatch'd it. haha it's still pretty. They're really affordable at around $3 each. 

MAC frost lipstick in Angel $15
I LOVE this lipstick. It has easily become my go to lipstick because I feel like it moisturizes my lips as I wear it. It's a beautiful mauve colored nudey pink. And as you can see from the photo's time for a new one.  

Loreal true match foundation in natural beige W4 $9
For the past year, I've been trying different types of drugstore foundations, but I finally came back to my Loreal true match. I feel like it gives more coverage than most of the other foundations I've tried. 

NYX Full coverage concealer in Beige $5
This is still my favorite affordable concealer. It's creamy, thick, and doesn't crease. As you can see in my photo, I already have an empty jar and my new jar next to it. My only downside to this is I wish the packaging was in a stick form instead of a jar. I've tried the new true match concealer stick, but still prefer this one to that -even if that one comes in a stick form. AND it cost a few dollars less. 

NYX eye/eyebrow pencil in black $3
I have been looking for a really good eyeliner pencil and have tried so many, but they come off too easily. I'm always open for recommendations, but I tried NYX's eye pencils and I'm liking it so far. A black eye liner is a must-have basic for me, but it's important I find a good one that goes on easily and stays on so, I will be sure to keep this one hand.

Okay well until my next post... 

Luv and Hugs

Sushi Niko Niko

Friday, February 22, 2013

MALL OF GEORGIA ROLL…'nuff said! lol I'm a huge sushi gal…and this sushi just hit the spot! I just had to share how delicious this food was!! What's going on with you guys?

Luv and Hugs