Nail of the Week 12/20/11: Malaga Wine




















































I know I haven't done a nail of the week in a while and that's because I didn't really have time to paint my nails. I had the last color for over a week, which made my nails yellow and stuff. Bleh. Anyways, yesterday I got my nails done and I haven't gotten a mani/pedi in forever so it was really nice. This week's photo doesn't have the polish because I took the photo after I got the manicure. I thought it was a really pretty color for Christmastime. 



Shown above: OPI's Malaga Wine - 2 coats

Inspiring Christmas Decoration Videos

During this time of the year everyone seems to be decorating something. Whether it be Christmas trees, or just wrapping a gift(yes, that counts too!). We're all busy trying to make something else look especially cheerful. Since I live in a dorm I haven't really bothered decorating much in my room, especially because it has been a tad hectic back there(I'll blog about that later). However, when I go back to the dorms I want to decorate my side a bit nicer and make it homier. Until then, I keep getting ideas and a lot of them are from Christmas videos I've watched. This post is mainly to just show my favorite ones so far. I hope you guys get some ideas, and if you any videos you think I might like link them or send me a message with them! :)


Kandee Johnson,
or kandeejohnson as she is known in YouTube is a makeup artist and her house is just beautiful. She gives very detailed ways on how she makes her house look so jolly. She might post some videos later on showing how to make certain things, and if she does that I will share them with you guys! I'm sure everyone will get some ideas from this even if you don't like how she decorates.


Ingrid,
or missglamarozzi (or thegridmonster which is her vlog channel), is probably my favorite person on YouTube. She recently got an apartment and has been blogging all through Christmas about her journey with that. I specially enjoyed her video on how she decorated her Christmas tree, which is absolutely adorable!


Elle,
or allthatglitters21(or ellesglittergossip which is her vlog channel) is one of the first people i watched on YouTube back in 2009. Although she isn't my favorite anymore, she puts up good videos here and there. Her ways of decorating are a bit different from my taste, but I think some people would enjoy it!



4 DAYS TIL CHRISTMAS. WOO. :D

Sorry About That

Watching a movie
on the back of a
seat on the plane.
I'm a horrible person! Nah, haha. But I feel terrible that I haven't been putting up blogs like I have said I was going to and that's because I just needed some time to relax. Like I said on the last post, finals are done and I'm back in Miami. I got back on Sunday night. My flight was for that afternoon. The flight was great, and I really recommend flying with JetBlue. I honestly think that was the best flying experience I've had. The flight attendants were so nice and they went around asking everyone what they wanted to drink individually, wrote it down, and brought it to us. They had so many goodies to pick from to eat, and I have some Popcorners which I had never had before. I thought they were popcorn because that's what I heard on the speaker. But i didn't complain when I saw them. They are very unusual and have a great taste. Also, the plane had individual screens for the seats. Usually I've seen some placed on the ceiling of the plane and you can barely see the movie or show. I loved that each of us had one and it had Direct Tv and XM radio. I had planned on watching movies I had on my computer but since I had this I didn't find a need to get my laptop. It also helped that I sat next to a little girl(because I was on the aisle seat). I was just there to help her out since her mom wasn't sitting with her.

I honestly can't believe I'm home; it seems very surreal. It felt like I was in a strange land, but I'm slowly getting used to the lifestyle here. I'm sure I'll miss it when I leave, like I'm missing school right now. I'm planning on blogging everyday so look for all the posts I want to show you guys! :)

Song Series: End - Secondhand Serenade

If you ask any of my friends what my favorite music involves, they would answer that I probably like this week's singer. John Vesely, or better known as Secondhand Serenade, is one of my favorite singers/band for the past years of my life. I have personal reasons to like the music, but before I had these reasons I was a fan of his. It's always nice to see someone that wasn't so famous explode and become internationally known. I actually met him in the summer of 2010. It was one of the happiest experiences of my life. :)

Me & John on Aug
2010 in Boston, MA.
I can honestly say I haven't listened to any of his music recently until I had a dream with him a few days ago. My memory for dreams is incredible and the dream with him was so much fun! Everytime I think about it, it makes me so happy. So, for that reason I thought I should include a song of his this week. I had many other people I wanted to share for this week, but the dream made me want to his song instead.




End by Secondhand Serenade,
is a song that I have always loved. It's not my favorite from SS but I think this should be a very popular song. Although it doesn't have a lot of singing the actual music makes me get goosebumps. I wish more people knew about and that's why I'm sharing this one. His voice is so beautiful along with the music! Enjoy.

A Little Annoyed

On Sunday the 4th of December, I ordered some really cool stuff that I wanted to share with you guys from Sephora. Today is the 13th, 10 days later, and that package is still not here. This is the first time any package from Sephora has taken this long. Other purchases take less than a week to get to my school, but I think something might have gone wrong. This is what it's appearing on the USPS website when I check for the package:

C'mon.. how long does it take to sort? This hadn't bothered me before because some packages sometimes take a while to be delivered, but the fact that I have received a package from Sephora before in less than a week annoys me a little. I also leave from my college on Sunday so I want to have my stuff before I leave. It should not be this difficult to send something from Maryland to Massachusetts. Why does it need to go down to North Carolina? Based on Google, others have had this problem too, so maybe I will still get it.

Until I receive that package I won't be happy. :( You guys will love what I got for myself and I can't even share it yet! Lets hope it gets here in time so I can take the stuff with me during Winter Break, blog about it and do some cool stuff with it. Hint hint ;)

I hope everyone is having a great week, and good luck to anyone like me with finals! 

Birchbox: Great Gift Idea for a Friend

I know I haven't posted since Friday and that post didn't even count as anything interesting. But I haven't been too inspired lately with so much going on. I might not post that much this week since I have finals and other stuff going on. I'll try my best to squeeze a few posts here and there.

Today's post is inspired by an idea my best friend brought up. She said she wanted to subscribe to Birchbox, and the funny thing is that I do too. I have wanted to sign up for a while now and now I think would be a great time. I would share it will all of you and that should be fun!

For those of you who don't know what Birchbox is, it's a subscription service that you pay $10 for every month and they send you deluxe samples of products. They also have an online store on their website that you can buy the full size products if you like the samples they send you in the box.

I have heard about this for a year now and I have always wanted to try. Next year might be the year for this. My friend brought up the idea to get each other subscriptions to Birchbox. Technically you're paying for yourself, but not really. ;)

This is a cute idea to get you and your friends to try it out! They have affordable options for gifts. You can gift it for 3 months at $30, 6 months for $60, or a year for $110, which means you get one month for free! 

I'm definitely going to take this opportunity to start using Birchbox :D I hope everyone that hasn't tried it does, so we can share what we get!

Gift Birchbox today!


Favorite Video/Song Series - Build The Moon

Last week I started this series with You And I by Jason Mraz, today I bring you another song. I must share that I haven't had the best week so far. Yesterday was filled with so much happiness and sadness at the same time, but sometimes you have to look at the good things that you have right now and not worry so much on what already happened. So that's what I'm trying to do. It's another day and another chance to change things!

Build The Moon by Charlotte Sometimes,
was song a song I heard a while ago in either Pandora or Jango. I can't remember. I thought it was a very nice song and when I typed it in on YouTube this montage of the movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind which is one of my favorite movies. The montage is actually pretty cute so I decided to put this one for the song :)


My Christmas Wish list

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Yeah, that was cheesy. But it is, Christmas is in almost two weeks and you know what that means! Presents. Haha. Unfortunately this year I can't really ask for much because of college - money is tight. But that won't stop me from making a wish list. I have really wanted these things for a while. They are mostly makeup, so enjoy :)


All I want for Christmas is:
  • My number one thing on this wish list is definitely the Naked Palette from Urban Decay. Everyone has it and shares how wonderful the neutral colors are, and I really didn't care until recently. It would be great to have a good pallete with a nice mix of shimmery and matte shadows.
  • Benefit has probably been one of my favorite brands for a while and these days anything from this brand would make me happy. If I had to choose, I would want to try their They're Real Mascara. It seems like a brush I would like and reminds me of my current favorite mascara.
  • Revlon's Facet of Fuchsia is a nail polish I have been looking for a while. It is so pretty and unique and it would be a great addition to my collection.
  • Something a bit pricey but probably worth the money is Chanel's Vitalumiere Foundation which I've only heard good things from. 
  • I really don't need this because my other ones have lasted forever, but it would be nice to try some new colors from the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Pencils. The set that I want although a little expensive for eyeliners it's pretty good because only one pencil costs $18.
  • Finally something I really want is a new set of brushes. This is definitely the priciest thing on here. But I wouldn't need to re-buy it for a long time, or ever.


If any of you make a post about what you want for Christmas link below so I can go and check it out :)
Happy Holidays!

My Acne Story + Meet DiamondsAndHeels14 :)

A lot of you don't know, and mainly because I haven't spoken about skin or my skin in particular, that I've  had acne since probably mid elementary years. Like others, it starts with one and it slowly covers your face until there is not much you can do about it. For some, acne is caused because of bad hygiene and for others it is based on genetics. For me genetics has a big say in it. From my mom's side a lot of people suffer from this and as did I growing up. I tried so many medications and wasted so much money to get results that never made me happy.

It was in high school though, when great things happened to my face and I honestly can't really tell you what made it stop, but I can tell you what I changed during that time. In that time I was with my ex boyfriend and it was probably late sophomore year when I started having an interest in makeup. Having worn makeup before with the acne, I knew those things didn't mix. However, that summer going to my junior year, I found YouTube and its beauty community. I watched simple girls explaining how to do different looks and I immediately got sucked in. I started buying a few things here and there, and next thign you know I have my own mini collection of different types of makeup.




So, what does this have to with my acne? Well, I knew that if I wore makeup my face had to be really clean for it to look nice, and I began to find ways to make the skin clean. In combination with a clean face my makeup looked pretty okay for a while, and then as I started that junior year of high school I began to see a difference on my skin. I was very careful with what I used - mainly non-comodogenic products, so they won't clog up my pores. I wore makeup because I had always liked it but never thought I could pull it off. I use to paint when I was smaller and I was good at it, and makeup brought back that skill of mine and things just started getting from there.

Today, this whole story came to my mind as I watched something on Good Morning America's website, and I had to share this with you guys. About two weeks ago, I found a girl on the homepage of YouTube that caught my attention. The photo of the video was a before and after shot of a girl who had acne and by the end of the video her skin was flawless. I clicked on it because I never thought someone was so courageous as to put their acne on the internet. But she did. Cassandra, or DiamondsAndHeels14 is a model and suffers from acne. She learned that acne shouldn't stop her from doing what she loves and since makeup artists didn't know how to cover acne, she learned herself. Now, everyone praises her for putting herself online and showing other girls and boys that it's okay to have acne, and that it is not an obstacle.



Now, she is everywhere like in Good Morning America to share her tips, her beliefs that everyone is beautiful, and to say that everyone is beautiful. Now, back to the ex boyfriend thing I mentioned. If it wasn't for him I probably wouldn't have the guts to do a lot of things these days. He always found me beautiful even when I was really ashamed of my acne, and I think (just like Cass says)inner beautiful is more important than outer beauty. Yes, makeup hides these flaws but these days I'm confident enough to walk out in public without makeup and still feel beautiful. Makeup has become a part of me, but one that helps me express my creative side. This is probably something I haven't been able to explain to many people. Just because some days I want to wear makeup doesn't mean I'm not comfortable with myself. Because I know now outer beautiful isn't all in life.

This is mainly why I started this blog, I wanted to share my love for makeup and all things cute :) because I know there are so many people out there that feel like I did at one point in my life and I want to show them that people will love them with makeup or no makeup.


Wanna check out Cass? Here is her:

Nail of the Week 12/4/11: Chic Chocolate

This week's color was chosen because I wanted to wear something a little more dark now that it's pretty cold up here. I love wearing dark colors in the winter! This is one of my favorite colors. They might not sell it anymore in stores but I'm sure Amazon might have it. I might have a dupe for this one which I will post on a later NOTW. For now, enjoy this color and how beautiful it is :) Happy Fall!




Shown above: Maybelline's Chic Chocolate - 2 coats

Katy Perry Changed Her Hair!

Yep, once again Katy has changed her hair and guess what! I don't completely hate it! I must admit I haven't been a fan of her recent changes to her hair. At first it was fine. Sure, change your hair from black, which is what everyone knows you by, and sure, change it to pink because you can. But just because you can change your hair doesn't mean you have to. I am a huge fan of hers and I was also a fan of her dark hair, but she is a celebrity and what we know about celebrities is that they like attention and they like to cause craziness. She is no exception. She has caused so much attention with her different color changes since early summer, that actually haven't been so focused on her like I usually am.
Katy back in the day.

However, today when I saw her hair, my reaction this time was not a negative one and in fact a very pleased one. A lot of you might know this but this is actually a very similar look to what he use to have before she was a popstar. I have always loved her hair back then and in fact when she started changing her hair in the summer, I thought that was what she was going to do. But she didn't, and a whole mess of pink shades started appearing on her head. It really disappointed me, but I still loved her.

This is probably not the last of her changes, but I definitely am content right now. :)


(Photos were borrowed from the Katy Perry Fan Page)

Review: L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes

If any of you have been keeping up with my Book of Shadows series, then you have probably noticed that I have been using one mascara nonestop. That mascara is: L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes. I have been using this one since the summer and I haven't really wanted to try any others because I love this one so much! This is my second tube of it and works the same as the first one.

Its a very wet formula with a brush that has tiny plastic bristles which helps to get every single lash, hence the "Million" part. It really does a good job in separating the lashes and making them look good. Since I arrived at college i also noticed my lashes were longer probably due to the fact that they had a lot of time to breathe during the summer, but unlike in other occasions this mascara doesn't undo this. I barely have to waste time taking it off which helps in maintaing my lashes healthy and prevent them from falling.

The only bad thing I would say about this is that sometimes it scratches the skin and it always sounds like its brushing the lashes really hard. But it hasn't really hurt me, so that's good.

Aside from that little thing, this is the first time that I haven't felt the need to go running to try new mascaras which is what I usually do through the year. I really recommend this!

Review Time!

Okay, so a few weeks ago I posted that I had a haul from Urban Decay, but I never posted that I had a haul from Sephora also. Late October during the Friends and Family weekend sale from the Sephora, I ordered a little something just for me. About two years ago, I bought a travel size of Smashbox's Photo Finish Primer. I barely used it because it was such a small amount and it wasn't that cheap either. So, on that weekend I decided it was a nice to buy a full size amount of it since I was running out of my little one.

The to-go size costs $17 and the full size one ranges from $32-$42. I actually got the Light one so it was $36, but with the sale it came out a bit cheaper.

I can't say enough good things about this primer. I always feel the difference if I stop using it and switch to another primer. This one just dries faster and evens out the skin so you have a nice place to place your foundation. Also, it lasts a long time because all you need is a little of it so the price is worth it.

Now, on to the Urban Decay stuff. I waited a while to review this because I was a little upset. On one of my eye looks I mentioned that the Sin Primer was creasing. I was so disappointed because its so pretty, but it creased. I, however, have found the right way for it not to crease. Apparently I wasn't blending it out enough. You really have to apply a small amount and move it around a lot so it doesn't feel sticky. Since it is a cream product with shimmer and it needs to be blended out as best you can if not obviously it's going to crease on you. I mean it still creases by the end of the day, but during the day it seems fine. Overall I find it annoying to have to actually blend it out, because with the Original one I don't have to do that. But it's a nice product to even wear it alone if you want.

Urban Decay Book of Shadows Volume II: Look 9


Guess what?! I have officially used all the colors on my Book of Shadows. Yep, this mean this series has finished :( I will however, be posting looks I like from my everyday work/school. I love posting the looks so I won't stop them. I might just create one more look from this series to have a nice conclusion with a number 10 look as the final one.

I can't believe I actually have been posting almost everyday and I kept a promise on this blog for once. I really think I'm going to be posting regularly. It has definitely become a part of my daily routine as a fun outlet. 

Today's look was actually created to be a simple look since the outfit I was wearing was a bit colorful and overwhelming, so something neutral and pretty for the eyes was the way to go. 

  • YDK on the lids
  • Half Baked on the crease
  • Midnight Cowboy Rides Again on the middle of the lid to give some shine
  • Winged liner look with L'Oreal Lineur Intense liquid liner
  • Zero from UD to tightline 
  • Mascara: L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes
  • Primer: UD Sin Primer Potion

Favorite Video/Song Series - You And I

I thought this would be a good idea. Every week or every few days, I will post my favorite songs or videos of that moment. I listen to music all the time and I always want to share my taste in music with others, especially when I find cute songs.

You And I by Jason Mraz,
was one of my favorites songs by him years ago. I heard it on Tuesday night on Pandora, but a live version of it and I fell in love with it all over again. Jason is such a wonderful singer and what better way to start off this series than with such a beautiful voice.







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