Makeup

Shopping My Makeup Collection #1

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Welcome back to the blog. During this time of social distancing, I haven’t left the house in 6 weeks. I haven’t been working either, so I’ve been using the makeup I already own instead of buying more.

Tried for the first time:

  • Covergirl Lid Lock Up Eyeshadow Primer

Trying to use up:

  • Wet ‘n Wild Water Drop Primer in Cucumber
  • L’oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Concealer
  • Maybelline Fit Me! Matte+Poreless Setting Powder
  • Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara
  • Maybelline Lasting Drama Matte Eyeliner

All time favorites:

  • L’oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation
  • Milani Silky Matte Bronzer
  • Maybelline Fit Me! Blush
  • Covergirl TruBlend Super Stunner Highlighter
  • L’oreal Rouge Signature Matte Lip Stain

Still trying out:

  • L’oreal Micro Ink Pen by Brow Stylist
  • Maybelline Cheek Heat Blush
Life, Makeup

Keeping myself busy

Hi guys! Hope you’re staying safe, healthy and indoors. Don’t forget to follow me on social media:

Puerto Rico has been under a 2-week quarantine/curfew for the past week and half. Because I work in a clothing store, I’ve been home doing nothing. But this week I’m trying to have some kind of routine to keep me sane.

How’s your city/country dealing with COVID-19? What have you been up to? Let me know in the comment section.

I always wake-up early, so I decided that I would get out of bed and apply makeup. Having my makeup done helps me feel better and motivates me to get stuff done.

On Monday, I did my makeup using the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics and Rimmel Magnif’eyes Thunderstorm Edition eyeshadow palettes. Used Maybelline the Falsies Lash Lift mascara in Very Black. Lip combo was Jordana Easyliner for lips in Rock N’ Rose, NYX Lingerie Push-Up long-lasting lipstick in Lace Detail, and Colourpop Lux Gloss in Come Thru. Still trying out the Maybelline Cheek Heat Creme Blush in Nude Burn. Then worked on the blog post that’s going up on Saturday.

For Tuesday’s makeup I used Colourpop x Kathleen Lights So Jaded eyeshadow palette with Maybelline the Falsies Lash Lift mascara and a light coat of L’oreal Bambie Eyes mascara on top. For lips, used NYX butter gloss in Praline. Then went to work with beads and made some cute chicks.

On Wednesday, I used the So Jaded eyeshadow palette again and Covergirl Lash Blast Active mascara. Used a new brow product, so don’t judge them too harshly. I used L’oreal Micro Ink Pen in Dark Brunette. Continue working on more beaded chicks and tried to finish a puzzle.

Today (Thursday), I woke up early as always, got my activewear on and walked/jogged for 30 minutes on the treadmill. Did laundry, washed almost all my makeup brushes and took a shower. Put my makeup on and continued doing laundry. Used Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Shiny and an Ipsy sample of tarte lights, camera, lashes mascara. I think that today my brows look a bit better than yesterday, as I used the Micro Ink Pen from L’oreal again. On the lips, I applied a small amount of another Ipsy sample of theBalmJour Creamy Lip Stain in Salut!

Those are the highlights of this week so far. Officially the quarantine/curfew has been extended for 2 more weeks here in Puerto Rico. I kinda liked doing this, although I wanted to write less days (one or two). Let me know your thoughts on this life-related post, in addition to the weekly beauty/skincare posts.

Makeup, Review

Review-Maybelline Brow Fast Sculpt

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Today’s post is about a brow gel. Yes, you’ve read right: a brow gel. After years of using L’oreal Brow Stylist-Boost & Set brow mascara, I thought it was time to try something new.

So, I got the new brow gel from Maybelline called Brow Fast Sculpt. I’ve been trying it for a week so far and I must say I fell in love immediately. This brow mascara has an amazing pigment but can feel heavy if you apply too much product in one spot. Which can happen depending which way you use the wand and the fact that it carries a lot of product.

Product applied on left brow.

As you can see in the picture above, I don’t have thick or bushy brows. But with Maybelline’s Brow Fast Sculpt brow gel, my brows look full and pigmented. I’m thinking it’s a shade a bit too dark but for the most part it looks good. The only thingI don’t quite like is that it fades from the front of my brows when I frown (which I tend to do a lot).

Overall, it’s a great product for my sparse and sad brows. Especially for everyday makeup.

What are your favorite brow products? Let me know in the comment section.

Makeup, Skincare

Compras recientes

¡Hola! Regresé con una entrada sobre las compras que he realizado en las pasadas semanas. Primero, quisiera compartir con ustedes la nueva aventura (si se le puede llamar así) en la que me embarco. Tengo un canal en YouTube (va a ser en español con subtítulos en inglés) donde estaré hablando sobre maquillaje, joyería en cuentas y un poco de mi vida. Así que si no pueden esperar a que escriba lo que pienso sobre los productos aquí presentados, pueden ir a YouTube el viernes y verme probar algunos de estos productos. Ahora volvemos a la entrada de hoy.

Compré maquillaje y herramientas para maquillaje. Como ya dije, sólo estaré contándoles lo que compre y luego los pondré al día sobre mis opiniones. ¡Comencémos!

Fui a Charlotte Russe, compré una sombra en lápiz llamada Lid Love Eyeshadow Stick en el color Violet Smoke y un labial líquido mate Velvet Lip Dip en el color Fearless (ambos son tonos violetas).

Luego hice un orden en Colourpop porque quería probar algunos productos. Compré un Creme Gel Liner enel color Show Me, el lápiz Brow Boss en Dark Brown, y un Super Shock Highlighter en Flexitarian.  El propósito de esta compra era obtener las nuevas BFF Mascaras, así que compré dos: Black on Black y Blue Ya Mind.  Con la compra de estos rímels, me enviaron una muestra del Come Clean Cleansing Duo de la marca Fourth Ray.

Fui a un “beauty supply” y compré tres productos que no puedo enlazar aquí porque no los encontré en el internet (me disculpo). Una esponja para aplicar maquillaje de la marca Lukasi, la cual se rompió al lavarla. De la marca FakeFace Cosmetics compré una brocha para ojos, y una paleta de sombras de s.f.r. color con 6 colores.

Me disculpo por la brocha sucia y la esponja manchada.

Luego fui a Walgreens porque necesitaba una crema hidratante, pero cada vez que entro a ese sitio salgo con productos adicionales a lo que iba a comprar y esta vez no fue la excepción. Compré la crema hidratante Moisture Bomb Antioxidant Moisturizer, así como dos mascarillas de Neutrogena: Hydro Boost Hydrating Hydrogel mask (mascarilla de papel) y Deep Clean Purifying wash-off clay mask.  También compré la base de NYX Can’t Stop Won’t Stop en el color Medium Buff y una esponja para aplicar maquillaje de la marca Walgreens Beauty Charcoal Infused.  Por fin pude encontrar el nuevo rímel de Maybelline Snapscara en Pitch Black, pero también compré dos rímel de Wet ‘n Wild: Mega Volume waterproof en Very Black y MegaSlim Skinny waterproof en Black.

Así que eso es todo lo que compré en las pasadas semanas, definitivamente los mantendré al tanto de lo que opino de los productos en las próximas entradas. No olviden comentar y compartir con sus amistades, aprecio mucho el apoyo.

Ipsy

Ipsy Glam Bag-December 2018

Hi guys! Welcome to a new Ipsy Glam Bag review (better late than never). For those of you who don’t know what Ipsy is. It’s a $10 monthly subscription with 5 sample products (makeup, hair & skin care) inside a cute makeup bag. December’s bag arrived a bit later than usual. The bag is black leather with gold sequin fabric and a black leather tassel. Also, this bag came with 6 products instead of 5! Well, let’s get started!

Using the Sugar brow pencil, Nomad highlighter, and the Ciaté lip product.

The first product is the Ultra Violet Brightening Purple Clay Mask from Generation Clay. Love the purple color, not so much the scent. Bit I’ve used it and it left my face feeling soft and a bit tight. It’s nice and I’ll continue to use it.

Next we have a Scalp & Body Scrub from OUAI Haircare. It has a clean scent and the sugar crystals feel amazing on the skin. It’s not a harsh scrub, so my skin felt really soft after using it.

Also got a F. A. R. A. H tapered blending brush 35E. It’s super fluffy, soft and lightweight. I have 3 uses for it: setting my eye primer, applying my transition/crease color, and overall blending.

Now let’s get into the makeup products. I have the Sugar Arch Arrival Brow Definer in 02 Taupe Tom. The tip is in a triangle shape, the formula is a bit waxy and hard. It doesn’t glide on super easy, you have to work a little to get it on the skin. The spoolie works great, helps to blend the brow product.

Next I have a Nomad Cosmetics Around-the-World Light Infusion Powder in Ko Phai Ngan Moonlight. Which is a beautiful “holographic illuminator in duo-chrome glow with multi-dimensional, prismatic sapphire pearl finish.” It has a nice purple-blue sheen, soft formula and it blends like a dream.

The last product is a Transforming Glitter Liquid Lipstick from Ciaté London in the shade Infamous. It’s a fun concept but for everyday use, is not my cup of tea. Love the color, the glitter throws me off but I think I can make it work somehow (will let you know if any progress occurs).

Overall, it was a great bag and I liked basically everything. I’m currently waiting for January’s bag (think it’s getting here today or tomorrow).

Anyway, how were your bags in December and January? I love reading your comments, so let’s talk in the comment section.

Ipsy

Ipsy Glam Bag Review-November 2018

Welcome back!  Today I’ll be reviewing November’s Ipsy Bag.  Ipsy is a $10/month subscription that consists of 5 beauty sample products (makeup, hair & skin care).  Which cater to your needs and likes according to a quiz you fill out when subscribing.  Every month the makeup bag changes, November’s bag was made from a plastic material in a dark purple with small black hearts and gold zipper.  Now, let’s talk about the products.

We have once again 2 sheet masks, this time from timeless beauty bar.  As I’ve said before, I didn’t notice any change in my face after using them.  Smell is alright, and they have a lot of serum, so you’re left with an extremely wet face that feels sticky after drying.

Next, a Brow Wand (eyebrow pencil) from the brand Skone in the shade chocolate. I must say I’m impressed by this product.  I’ve been using it for the past 2 to 3 weeks and it’s good.  The formula is just right, it glides enough so it won’t pluck my brows but is not so creamy that it fades easily.  Great color match and duration.  Eyebrows look quite natural.

The Lottie London blush crush in zac (a magenta-like shade) is a great product. It’s incredibly pigmented, with just a tap it covers both cheeks.  And it doesn’t fade during the day, I apply it early in the morning and remove it at the end of my day at night.

Got a foiled eyeshadow from the Balm in the shade Cahoots (silver color).  Has great  pigmentation, when wet it looks even prettier.  Doesn’t fade and it applies smoothly with either a brush or your fingers.

Lastly, we have a mini Smudge Me Not liquid lipstick from Sugar in the shade 28 Trusty Rusty.  It’s a very Christmas-y color.  It goes smoothly on the lips, very thin formula so it doesn’t even feel like you’re wearing lipstick.

Loved this bag, almost every product was amazingly good for me.  Exceeded my expectations and I just hope it keeps getting better.

What did you get in your Ipsy bag?

Makeup, Skincare

Ipsy Glam Bag-July

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Hi guys!  I know I’m super late with this post (I’m pissed at myself about it) but I think is better to be late than to never arrive (even though I hate being late).  So, before my August bag arrives, I wanted to get this up and kind of compare it with the June bag.

Let’s start!  So Ipsy is a monthly subscription where you get 5 samples based on a profile (quiz) you fill out stating your skin & eye color, what you like (lots of makeup, lots of skincare, colors you prefer, etc.)  I’ve been trying out what came in my bag for quite some time now and I’m going to let you know what worked and what didn’t.

In June’s bag I got 2 sheet masks, guess what?!  I got 2 sheet masks in the July bag too!  They’re from the brand Frecipe (different from last month).  One is a Pomegranate firming mask and the other is an Acai Berry calming mask.  Retails for $18 (Ipsy’s website) but it comes with 10 sheet masks.  I’ve only used the Acai Berry sheet mask and I don’t know if I liked it.  When I first took it out of the package, the sheet mask felt slimy and was soaked with product.  It has a scent (can’t pinpoint what exactly) that isn’t overpowering but could still smell it through the 20 minutes.  It has a cooling feel on the face.  When I took it off it left my face soaking wet and my face felt extremely sticky once it absorbed everything.

When I opened the actual bag, loved the color this month, I saw the brow pencil Peak Performance from POP and it retails for $8.  Mine is in the shade Natural Brunette which I think is my perfect shade.  It has a waxy feeling that makes it somehow difficult to apply (in my case of almost non-existent eyebrows).  Also, it plucks one or two hairs during application.

Brow pencil

The next item in my bag was a Banana Setting Powder from Bellápierre Cosmetics in Medium.  It retails for $35 and it was a little dark for me, every time I applied it my undereye ended up looking too yellow.

Banana setting powder

Then I saw the eyeshadow from Ittsé Cosmetics in the shade Changing to Flats which retails for $7.20.  love the color, is matte and longwearing but the application is hit or miss.  Sometimes it covers perfectly, other times it doesn’t apply well in the crease area.  It could be because of how I’m priming/setting the lid.

Eyeshadow swatch

Last but not least, it’s the Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in the shade Stepping Out.  This shade is perfect for me because is basically my go-to everyday color.  It dries down matter, is not hydrating but doesn’t feel uncomfortable and is longwearing (not difficult to take off).

Smashbox liq lipstick

Overall, I like almost everything in July’s bag except for the sheet mask and the banana setting powder.  The rest of the products were really nice but the only one I would probably use every day would be the liquid lipstick.

Again, sorry for the delay but I wanted to put it up anyway.  Talk later!

PS. August’s Ipsy Glam Bag arrived today 😀

Makeup, Skincare

Ipsy Glam Bag-Julio

¡Hola!  Ya sé que estoy extremadamente tarde con esta entrada (estoy molesta conmigo misma por eso) pero creo que es mejor llegar tarde que nunca llegar (aunque detesto llegar tarde).  Por tanto, antes de que llegue mi paquete del mes de agosto, quiero publicar esta entrada y compararla un poco con el paquete del mes de junio.

¡Comencemos!  Ipsy es una suscripción mensual donde te envían 5 muestras basadas en un perfil (quiz) que llenas indicando tu color de piel y ojos, qué te gusta (mucho maquillaje, mucho cuidado de piel, los colores que prefieres, etc.).  He estado probando los productos que llegaron en mi paquete por algún tiempo y les dejaré saber lo que funcionó y lo que no.

En la bolsa de junio me enviaron 2 mascarillas de papel y ¡¿Adivinen qué?!  ¡En la bolsa de julio también me enviaron 2 mascarillas de papel!  Son de la marca Frecipe (no es la misma del mes pasado).  Una de las mascarillas es de granada para reafirmar la piel y la otra es de baya de acai para calmar la piel.  Tiene un precio de $18 (en la página de Ipsy) pero trae 10 mascarillas.  Solamente he utilizado la mascarilla de baya de acai y no sé si me gustó.  Cuando la saqué del empaque, la mascarilla de papel se sentía babosa y esta empapada con el producto.  Tiene un aroma (no sé exactamente a qué) que no es demasiado fuerte, pero podía olerlo durante los 20 minutos que la tuve puesta.  Cuando me la quité mi cara estaba empapada completamente y al secarse por completo se sentía extremadamente pegajosa.

Cuando abrí la bolsa como tal, cuyo color me encanta, vi un lápiz para cejas Peak Performance de la marca POP y cuesta $8.  La mía es en el tono Natural Brunette, el cual creo es el tono perfecto para mí.  Se siente con un poco de cera lo que hace que la aplicación sea un poco difícil (en el caso de mis cejas casi inexistentes).  Otra cosa es que me arranca uno o dos pelos durante la aplicación.

Brow pencil

El próximo producto en la bolsa es el “Banana Setting Powder” de Bellápierre Cosmetics en el tono medio (Medium).  Tiene un costo de $35 y es algo oscuro para mi, cada vez que lo aplico termino luciendo demasiado amarilla.

Banana setting powder

Entonces vi una sombra de Ittsé Cosmetics en el color Changing to Flats que tiene un costo de 7 dólares.  Me encanta el color, es mate y tiene una larga duración, pero la aplicación es regular.  Hay veces que aplica perfectamente, pero otras veces la aplicación en el pliegue (crease) del ojo.  Esto se puede deber a los productos que utilizo y su aplicación antes de la sombra.

Eyeshadow swatch

Por último, si bien no menos importante está el lápiz labial líquido Always In de Smashbox en el color Stepping Out.  Este es el color perfecto para mí porque es básicamente el tipo de tono que utilizo en el día a día.  Cuando seca es mate, no es hidratante pero no se siente incómodo y es de larga duración (no es difícil de remover).

Smashbox liq lipstick

En general, me gustó casi todo de la bolsa de julio excepto por la mascarilla y el polvo banana.  El resto de los productos fueron buenos pero lo único que probablemente utilizaré todos los días sería el lápiz labial líquido.

Nuevamente lamento la tardanza, pero quería subir esta entrada comoquiera.  ¡Hablamos luego!

PS. El paquete de Ipsy para el mes de agosto llegó hoy 😀

Makeup

Review-Soap & Glory Archery 2-in-1 brow

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Recently I’ve noticed that the Walgreens in Puerto Rico started carrying Soap & Glory makeup products.  So, I decided to pick up the Archery 2-in-1 brow pencil in the shade Brown & out.  This is a dual-ended retractable brow pencil that has a clear setting gel on the other end.  It comes in three shades and I paid $14 at my local Walgreens.

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I’ve been using it since and I can say that my brows have a more natural look (as pointed out by my boyfriend).  But the pencil tends to be somewhat hard, reminding me of the L’oreal Brow Stylist Definer pencil reviewed previously.  As it drags on my eyebrow hairs it even plucks some out (not that I have many).  Even though it takes my eyebrow hairs with it sometimes, the L’oreal Brow Stylist Definer plucks more hair than this Soap & Glory product.  As for the clear brow gel, I don’t really like using it because it feels too wet and kind of heavy on my brows leaving them feeling like they’ve been glued to my skin.

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Brows done using Soap & Glory Archery 2-in-1 brow pencil.

As always, I hope you find this post helpful and don’t forget to tell me your thoughts and review ideas in the comment section.  Thank you so much for the support I’ve received so far, you guys are truly amazing.

Makeup

Reseña-Soap & Glory Archery 2-in-1 brow

Recientemente he notado que las tiendas Walgreens en Puerto Rico comenzaron a traer productos de maquillaje marca Soap & Glory.  Por lo que decidí comprar un producto para las cejas llamado Archery 2-in-1 brow en el color Brown & out.  Este producto es un lápiz retractable que tiene un gel transparente para fijar las cejas.  Hay tres tonos diferentes, pagué $14 por este lápiz en Walgreens.

Lo he estado utilizando desde entonces y puedo decir que mis cejas se ven un poco más naturales (dicho también por mi novio).  Pero el lápiz tiende a ser algo duro, lo que me recuerda al Brow Stylist Definer pencil de L’oreal reseñado anteriormente.  Cuando lo utilizo he notado que me arranca algunos pelos (de los pocos que tengo en las cejas).  Aunque me arranca los pelos en ocasiones, el Brow Stylist Definer pencil de L’oreal me arranca mayor cantidad que este producto de Soap & Glory.  En cuanto al gel transparente, no me gusta utilizarlo porque siento mis cejas húmedas y como si estuvieran pegadas a mi piel.

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Cejas hechas utilizando el producto de Soap & Glory.

Como siempre, espero que esta entrada les sea útil y no olviden compartir sus pensamientos e ideas para reseñas en la sección de comentarios.  Muchas gracias por el apoyo que he recibido hasta el momento, ustedes son verdaderamente increíbles.