Makeup, Non-beauty

Repurchase or Not??

Hi guys! Let’s talk about those products we use up, whether we like them or not. Mine include makeup, skin related and beading materials. I’ll tell you what I like of them, what I don’t and if I had purchased them again or not. Let’s begin.

Starting with skin related products, the first one is my moisturizer. I used up the L’oreal Hydra Genius Moisturizer for oily skin, I enjoyed this product because it help with hydration but wasn’t oily/greasy feeling. It’s a gel formula, which I prefer for my oily skin, that absorbs quickly and leaves my face feeling fresh. I didn’t repurchase this product because I noticed some dry skin on my face, so I decided to try another moisturizer.

Another product was the cleanser I use to take off my makeup before washing my face. The Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser (with the green cap), I massage it all over my face and take it off with a cotton round. After that I go in with a cleanser to finish taking off the makeup and the greasy feeling the Pond’s cleanser leaves. Always repurchase this one, I love how easy it takes the makeup off even when I have to wash my face afterwards.

Next, we have the category with more products: MAKEUP. A product I buy over and over again is the Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation from L’oreal. That must say how much I love it, but if you want to know more about it just click here to read the post I wrote. I have two concealers to talk about, both affordable and with great coverage. The first one is the Colourpop No Filter Concealer for which you can read what I think of it by clicking here. The other one is the Clean Matte Concealer from Covergirl, it has a little less coverage than the Colourpop one but is good. I’ve repurchased the Colourpop concealer a few times already, but not the Covegirl one.

I have two products from Maybelline, Fit Me! Blush in Buff and Master Fix Loose Setting Powder in Translucent. These products have been favorites for quite some time now, and they never dissapoint. The blush is a pinky-nude that needs to be build up and goes with every look you want to rock. The loose powder sets my makeup nicely without making me look cakey.

Another loose setting powder I enjoyed using was the L’oreal Infallibe Pro-Sweep & Lock in translucent. Same as the Maybelline one, it sets the makeup nicely. The last makeup product is also from L’oreal, but this time is the Brow Stylist Plumper Mascara. I don’t even remember when I started using this product, all I know is that I love setting my brows in place with this after filling them up.

Now, my favorite beading thread and seed beads (size 11/0 & 15/0) are from Artbeads. As always, I try to buy when there’s a sale to stock up on materials I’m need or new colors.

Those are all the products that I’ve loved enough to keep buying them. Let me know about yours.

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Jewelry

New Handmade Jewelry!

Hi guys! I started this blog with the purpose of sharing my love for makeup but also handmade jewelry. Today, I want to share with you my new collection, which is small but made with love, nonetheless.

I’ve been playing with beads since I was a little girl. Started the idea of turning this love for beading into a business about three years ago. Haven’t had much success, which gets me very frustrated lately. But, I’m not willing to let this dream go, so here goes nothing.

I decided to use some patterns I own and make a few pieces of jewelry. This time I used the “Zip It Up” pattern by Fusion Beads for the bracelets, and the “Tara” pattern from AdivaJewels on Etsy for the earrings. I used TOHO seed beads (11/0 and 15/0), fire-polished beads, SuperDuos, round pearls, and WildFire 6lb thread to make every piece.

Earrings and bracelets retail for $20 each, but you can get them as a set for only $30. Other color combinations are available.

Hope you enjoy today’s post, even though is not makeup related.

What would you like me to talk about next?

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Ipsy, Jewelry, Makeup, Non-beauty

Current Favorites

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Hello there and welcome back!  Today’s post is going to be about my favorites.  For some of these products, there might already be a post about it with more details, so I’ll make sure to link them.  As well as linking the products.  Let’s begin!

Can you guess what is my first favorite?  If you said L’oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation, you’re right!  This is my go-to foundation because it keeps me matte, has great coverage and looks great on the skin (details/wear-test here).  Next products are from Colourpop, they are the primer and setting spray from the All Star collection (review here).  The combined use of these two products help my makeup stay in place looking good for more time.  Also, Colourpop’s No filter concealer is AMAZING!  Is the only concealer I’ve been using for months now (review here).

 

Now let’s talk about eyeshadow palettes because if I have makeup on I NEED eyeshadow.  For this topic, I only have two participants, the Dream St. palette from Kathleen Lights (Youtube channel here) collaboration with Colourpop and the Persona Identity palette.  Whether I use them alone or in conjunction, these palettes have great pigmentation and are easy to use for me (who sucks at making cohesive makeup looks).  Oh well, these are (basically) my life-savers when I don’t know what to do with my makeup.

Okay, those are my all-time favorite makeup products but there’s more.  Now I want to tell you about more recent discoveries that have turn into favorites.  The first is a combination of two mascaras that make my eyelashes look really good.  These are the Covergirl Peacock Flare mascara and the Maybelline Lash Sensational Curvitude.  Both in the waterproof formula, as I can’t do non-waterproof formula because Puerto Rico’s weather (sigh).  One coat of each and my sad little lashes stop looking sad & little.  As these combined lengthen, give volume and separate my lashes (not making them look all clumpy).

The next product is a bronzer, fact: I’ve never liked using bronzer (shocking, I know).  But is just I didn’t get why use bronzer to give color to the face when you have blush.  Anyway, I’ve recently discovered this Bettina Sun Splash Bronzing Powder in Light to Medium and my thoughts on the usage of bronzer have changed.  I mean, it still isn’t a necessity in my makeup world, but I guess it helps things to look better.  Although, I still think that if you’re a beginner in makeup, just start slow either with blush or bronzer because is easier and simple.

Lastly in the makeup category is a Smashbox Liquid Lipstick, thanks to Ipsy.  In my July’s Ipsy bag (review here), I got a liquid lipstick in the shade Stepping Out.  You should know that I’m up for that matte look, but I have never tried this formula before.  The ones I’ve used, and love are Wet ‘n Wild Catsuits and the L’oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Lipstick.  That’s another story (LOL), back to Smashbox.  Since getting the liquid lipstick last month I’ve been using it nonstop, it has quickly become one of my favorite lip products.  Not only because of the shade, but the formula feels good on the lips, not drying and lasts for a long time.  Although I love it I consider that paying twenty-something dollars for a lip product is not a good price for me, is expensive.  I just can’t justify it and for the time being I’ll stay with more affordable options.

Now that we’re done with the makeup (that was almost a full-face, LOL).  I want to talk about my absolute favorite nail polish shades from KL polish.  This actually is my favorite brand for nail polish and is the only one I’ve been using since it launched.  KL polish is a cruelty-free, 12-free of toxic ingredients and has a creamy, long-wearing formula with amazing shades.  The ones I love are Charmed, Mozart, Chloe, and That’s What She Said.

I’ve been obsessed with making beaded earrings and doing Sudoku (who else likes Sudoku?).  Making beaded jewelry has always been a hobby but for the last few years I’ve been trying to create a business out of it.  I’ll add a photo of my newest creations and link my Instagram, in case you want to check them out.  As for doing Sudoku, I got into it like four years ago when I downloaded an app on my phone to stay entertained when waiting for my next class.  Now I have the app and two books with 100 pages of Sudoku games with four difficulty levels (easy, medium, hard, and very hard).

Well, those are my current favorites and that’s all for today.  Tell me about your favorites!  Have you tried any of what I’ve been loving?  Do I need to try any of your favorites?  Let’s talk in the comment section *wink*.

Have a great day!

Ipsy, Jewelry, Jewlery Making, Makeup, Non-beauty

Favoritos Actuales

Saludos y bienvenidos.  Hoy les estaré contando sobre mis productos de belleza favoritos y otras cositas.  Para algunos de estos productos puede que haya una entrada en este blog con más detalles, por lo que me aseguraré de dejarles el enlace para que puedan encontrarlo fácilmente.  También les dejaré un enlace de los productos (que pueda encontrar en línea) para que los compren si desean probarlos.  Bueno, ¡Comencemos!

¿Pueden adivinar cuál es el primer producto?  Si pensaron en la base Infallible Pro-Matte de L’oreal, están en lo correcto.  Esta es la base que prefiero utilizar todo el tiempo porque me mantiene matificada, tiene gran cobertura y luce genial en la piel (detalles/prueba de duración aquí).  Los siguientes productos son el primer y setting spray de la colección All Star de Colourpop (reseña aquí).  El uso de ambos productos ayuda que mi maquillaje no se mueva y luzca bien por más tiempo.  También me encanta el corrector No filter de Colourpop.  Es el único corrector que he estado utilizado desde hace meses (reseña aquí).

Ahora hablemos sobre paletas de sombra para ojos porque cuando utilizo maquillaje NECESITO tener sombra.  En este caso tengo dos paletas que son mis preferidas para el día a día.  Dream St. de la colaboración de Kathleen Lights (canal de Youtube aquí) con Colourpop, y la paleta Identity de la marca Pérsona.  Las utilizo ya sea solas o juntas, tienen una pigmentación excelente y son fáciles de utilizar (ya que mis habilidades de crear un maquillaje cohesivo son escasas).  Bueno, básicamente estas son mi salvavidas cuando no sé qué hacer con mi maquillaje.

De acuerdo, esos son los productos de belleza que han sido mis favoritos por un largo tiempo, pero aún hay más.  Ahora les hablaré sobre unos descubrimientos recientes que se han convertido en favoritos.  Lo primero es la combinación de dos rímeles que hacen que mis pestañas luzcan fabulosas.  El rímel Peacock Flare de Covergirl y Lash Sensational Curvitude de Maybelline.  Ambos en la fórmula a prueba de agua, porque no puedo utilizar la fórmula regular debido al hermoso clima de Puerto Rico (*suspiro*).  Una capa de cada uno de estos rímeles hace que mis tristes y pequeñas pestañas dejen de lucir tristes y pequeñas.  Ya que alargan, dan volumen y separan mis pestañas (sin hacerlas lucir grumosas).

El siguiente producto es un bronceador, de hecho nunca me ha gustado este tipo de producto hasta ahora (increíble, ya sé).  Pero es que nunca entendía porqué utilizar un bronceador para “darle color” a la cara si existe el rubor.  De todas formas, recientemente he descubierto el bronceador en polvo Sun Splash de Bettina en el tono Light to Medium y mi opinión sobre su uso han cambiado.  O sea, aún no es una necesidad en mi mundo de maquillaje pero supongo que ayuda a lucir mejor.  Aunque creo que si eres alguien que está comenzando a adentrarse en el mundo del maquillaje, deberías ir lento con uno de los dos (rubor o bronceador) porque es más simple y fácil de esta manera.

Por último en la categoría de maquillaje se encuentra un labial líquido de Smashboxk, gracias a Ipsy.  En la carterita de Ipsy para el mes de julio (reseña aquí), se encontraba el labial en el tono Stepping Out (no pude encontrar enlace en el web de Smashbox).  Deben saber que me encanta ese look mate pero nunca había probado esta fórmula.  Los que he utilizado y me encantan son los labiales líquidos Catsuits de Wet ‘n Wild y la línea Infallible Pro-Matte de L’oreal.  Desde que me llegó ese labial en julio, lo he estado utilizando todo el tiempo y se ha convertido rápidamente en uno de mis preferidos.  No solo por el tono, pero la fórmula se siente increíble en los labios ya que no lucen deshidratados y duran un largo tiempo.  Aunque me encanta este producto de Smashbox, considero que para veinte-tantos dólares por un producto para los labios no es un buen precio para mí, lo encuentro caro.  Simplemente no puedo justificarlo y por ahora me quedaré con mis opciones más económicas.

Ahora que terminamos con el maquillaje, quiero decirles cuáles son los colores preferidos de esmaltes de la marca KL polish.  De hecho, esta marca es la única que utilizo desde que se lanzó.  Los esmaltes de KL polish son libres de crueldad contra animales, veganos, están libres de 12 ingredientes tóxicos (que otras marcas tienen) y su cremosa fórmula es de larga duración con colores increíbles.  Los colores que adoro son Charmed, Mozart, Chloe, and That’s What She Said.

En los últimos meses que estado obsesionada con crear pantallas y hacer Sudoku (¿A quién más le gustan los Sudokus?).  Crear joyería con cuentas siempre ha sido un pasatiempo para mí pero en los últimos años he tratado de convertirlo en un negocio.  Agregaré una foto de mis creaciones más recientes y un enlace para mi cuenta de Instagram, en caso de que quieran ver más.  En cuanto al Sudoku, comencé hace unos cuatro años cuando descargué una aplicación en mi teléfono para entretenerme mientras esperaba para mi próxima clase.  Ahora tengo la aplicación y dos libros con 100 páginas que tienen cuatro niveles de dificultad (fácil, medio, difícil, muy difícil).

Bueno, esos son mis productos favoritos en este momento y eso es todo por hoy.  ¡Cuénteme acerca de sus productos favoritos!  ¿Han probado algo de lo que me encanta?  ¿Qué otras cosas debería probar?  Hablemos en la sección de comentarios *guiño*.

¡Que tengan un excelente día!

Jewlery Making

Fusion Beads & Artbeads Review

Para leer esta reseña en Español, haz click aquí: Reseña de Fusion Beads y Artbeads

What my first post should be about?  After giving this question a lot of thought (got a headache out of it) my brain clicked.  I was kind of irritated with myself for taking so long to figure out what to write about.  I concluded that my first post should be about my passion since I was like 8 or 9 years old…Making jewelry!  This blog is intended for reviews, so I’m going to be giving you my thoughts on beads from two websites.

The websites are Fusion Beads and Artbeads, these are online stores for jewelry making stuff.  They sell basically everything you would need for any kind of technique you use or want to get into.  As well as kits with beads, thread, and instructions so you can get the finished project done.  I tend to buy a lot of 11/0 seed beads because that’s basically all I use for my beading projects.

11 0 seed beads (Artbeads & FusionBeads)

As you can see, I have some experience with their 11/0 seed beads.  I’ve been a customer of them for 2 or 3 years now and I don’t regret the investment in the beads.  Both sites have a great variety of colors, although Fusion Beads 11/0 seed beads are rounder than Artbeads.  I guess it all depends on the project, for charms or beaded loom bracelets I tend to use Artbeads, so the finished product has a squarer shape.  But for necklaces, earrings or other types of bracelets I can get away with using Fusion Beads.  Also, the colors don’t fade or transfer, so you don’t have to worry about having colorful marks on your skin or clothes and the jewelry would last looking as if it were new.

In conclusion, if you want great quality beads, amazing prices (products often go on sale! *wink wink*), reasonable shipping prices, and excellent customer service.  Fusion Beads and Artbeads have all those characteristics and a great variety in beads, findings, charms, etc.  So next time you need some materials, or you became interested in making jewelry, don’t doubt visiting the Fusion Beads or Artbeads website.

If you have any question or want to share your experience, please don’t hesitate to share it in the comments section.  Also, if you want me to review other website for jewelry making material, or anything makeup/skincare related; please feel free to share it in the comments section.