A Few Random Pictures

Hello Loves!
I hope you all had a great weekend and that Monday took it easy on you. Here are some random recent pics that I couldn’t figure out where to post:

My final project in makeup school :). I had to turn my friend into an Anime doll:
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Here it is in full cartoon effect:
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The bride I glammed up in November:
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Mod eyes I created:
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My makeup for ISSE in Long Beach:
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What have you all been up to?

<3V

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Makeup Homework Pt. 1

Hello Beauties!
I hope you’ve all had a great weekend :). Mine has been pretty relaxing, thankfully. I have a girls trip to Vegas next weekend, so I’m saving my energy and money for then lol. Makeup school is coming along beautifully, I really love the classes and my instructor, Susie. We’ve covered basic foundation, transitioned into contouring, learned about eyebrows, and we’ve just started working on eyeshadow technique/styles.
One of the hardest things about this class is learning new ways to apply makeup. After years and years of playing with cosmetics and more recent freelance work, I’ve developed my own way of doing everything, so I’ve had a though time trying to relearn what I thought I already knew. I want to get the most out of this experience and Susie’s has asked that we try doing things her way; she taught MAC makeup artists for 10 years and has a lot of experience in the industry, so I know I have a lot to learn from her and feel really thankful to have gotten her as my instructor. I’ve been feeling like a righty trying to write with their left hand, but it’s coming along, and it’s also opened my eyes to new ways of looking at light and color. I’ll be posting some of my homework and practice looks to track my progress throughout the course. Here’s a quick look I put together yesterday using her basic eyeshadow placement/application technique.

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What have you all been up to this weekend?

The Sycamore Inn

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Happy Sunday Beauties!
The bf took me on a lovely date yesterday to a historic restaurant called The Sycamore Inn located in Rancho Cucamonga, California, along Route 66. We spent 3 hours there enjoying the amazing food, drinks, and atmosphere. I highly recommend visiting this place if you’re nearby, it’s beautiful, and the inside reminds me of a place that Don Draper from Mad Men would have a cocktail in after work :-).

We started off with drinks and appetizers on their porch area:
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Photobucket The Sycamore Bellini made with vodka, peach schnapps, and champagne. This was my favorite drink of the night and will be my wedding drink someday lol.

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House flat bread with creme fraiche, wood smoked bacon, gruyere, and caramelized onion. I can’t even properly express how delicious this was. I want to eat this all day, every day.

 

PhotobucketThe bf and I :-).

Then we moved into the lounge/bar area for dinner. I forgot to take a picture, but it’s dimly lit, with dark furniture, and they have Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and big band music playing. It feels really cozy and romantic.
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Green tea martini. Sooo good, but sooo strong lol.

PhotobucketWe thought the lounge looked so Mad Men-esque, that the bf ordered an Old Fashioned. If you haven’t had one before, let me tell you, it will put hair on your chest lol.

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Danny had the prime rib french dip.

 

Photobucket I had the steak burger. OMG, best burger of my life! Do you see the tiny ketchup bottle? Hilariously cute.

This was one of the best dinner dates I’ve ever had, and wouldn’t change anything about it. Thank you for taking me, BF! Xoxo!

If you would like to visit, here’s the direct link to their site: http://www.thesycamoreinn.com/

Here are some pics of the eye makeup I wore out :-):
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Products used: Original UDPP, Urban Decay Strip e/s all over lid and along lower lashes, MAC Black Tied e/s along outer corners, MAC Mylar e/s as a highlight, Ulta mineral e/s in snow as an inner corner highlight, Revlon Colorstay liquid liner, Revlon Colorstay pencil liner, and Covergirl LashBlast Mascara.

I hope you’re all having a lovely weekend!

<3V

Thankful Friday!

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Happy Friday!
We made it :-D. The past week at work almost broke me, it was so stressful! I found myself on the verge of one of those at my desk meltdowns a few times, but it’s all over and I’m feeling fabulous on this beautiful Friday. Instead of listing all of the things that went wrong this week, I’m going to focus on the great stuff that’s in my life. Here’s a little list of things that make me happy right now:

-Drop Dead Diva. This show has cracked me up and I couldn’t get through the first two seasons fast enough. At the end of my stressful days, I was able to come home and relax/laugh while watching the show.
-Bright nail polish. Seems silly, right? Well, it might be, but a bright mani always makes me feel better. Check out the color I’m wearing today: Turned Up Turquoise by China Glaze. GORGEOUS!
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-Worn in jeans. You know, the ones that have molded to all of your curves and feel like home when you put them on? Wearing a pair today :-).
-Sunny days.
-Best friend to email/text about anything. I would go insane without Shannon.
-Good music! I’m in a country mood right now. All over fun and upbeat songs right now.
-Limon Lays chips. If you haven’t had them, do so, asap! They’re tangy/savory little bits of heaven.
-Random acts of kindness.
-Complements from strangers. Especially in the morning.
-My lovely readers. I look forward to all of your comments and emails, they make my day ;-).

What are you thankful for today?

Have a beautiful weekend dolls!
<3V

Wine Tasting, Take Two!

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Hello Beauties,
I hope you’ve all been doing well! Thank you for the kind comments and emails regarding my last post. It’s been a tough week, but I’m hoping for the best. I can’t really explain what happened, but I can say that one of my family members reached out for help and we had to get together to offer them support. Although this week took a lot of of me and the rest of my family, we’re hoping that this is the start of a recovery and a better future for all of us.
My bff, Shan, invited me to go wine tasting with her mom and her mom’s friends this past Saturday and I welcomed the opportunity to get away for a day. We went to wine country in Temecula, California, and had a wonderful day! If you’re in the area, I highly recommend taking the drive and spending the day out there. Most of the wineries charge anywhere from $10-$15 for 6 tastings and you get to take home the glasses as souvenirs. Check out the pics:

Starting off the day: Shan’s cat, Jewel, “posed” for pictures and fell in love with my shoes lol.
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Hope you enjoyed the pictures! If you want more info on Temecula’s Wine Country, check out http://www.temeculawines.org/.

I’m hoping that this week is easier to handle and I will get back into the beauty blogging rhythm. Thank you again for the sweet comments and emails!

<3V

What’s in my Makeup Bag? + Everyday Makeup

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Happy Tuesday Babes :-),
Is it just me, or is this week already dragging on? I think I need to win the lotto and be on permanent luxurious vacation accompanied by my bff…cute cabana boys included somewhere in there.

If you’ve been reading my blog, you know that I love smokey eyes with dramatic liner and lots of mascara. Although I love dramatic makeup, I don’t quite have it in me to get up extra early and put all that effort in Monday-Friday. I have to be up at 6 am to get ready for work and would rather sleep in an extra 20 minutes (or sneak a Starbucks run) than figure out an eyeshadow color combo for the day.

Over the years, I’ve mastered a simple makeup look that I can do in ten minutes flat with only the products in the makeup bag I carry in my purse. I thought I’d share what I carry with me and what my makeup looks like normally. Check it out and let me know what you think!

Photobucket This is a makeup bag that one of my aunts gave me. I remember the day she got the bag because we got to the Chanel counter and she told the sales woman, “Stop me when I get to $500.” I just about died of jealousy. Someday…someday I will do that too lol.

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  1. MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium. Best powder I’ve ever used and has never broken me out.
  2. MAC Well Dressed blush. My favorite blush ever, it gives a pretty pink glow.
  3. MAC eyeshadow in Espresso to fill in my brows (I forgot to take a picture of the Urban Decay angled brush I use with it, sorry!).
  4. Korres Lip Butter in Jasmine. A perfect balm that tastes like marshmallow-y chocolate and heals chapped lips in no time.
  5. A Fluff compact mirror, my bff has the mermaid one :-).
  6. Clean&Clear oil absorbing sheets. Save me from people being able to look at their reflection on my face lol.
  7. Revlon tweezers. You know, for those times that you get in the car and realize that your eyebrows look like Bert’s from Sesame Street. Don’t act like it’s never happened to you.
  8. Small scissors. You never know when they’re going to come in handy.
  9. Time Balm concealer. AMAZING product, never breaks me out, and covers everything.
  10. A clean Q-tip for cleaning up any makeup booboos.
  11. MAC Plushglass in Ample Pink. It goes with everything.
  12. MAC lipstick in Equality; it’s a perfect nude that never washes me out.
  13. Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner in Blackest Black. I haven’t been without it in 6 years.
  14. Covergirl Lashblast in Blackest Black.
  15. E.l.f. powder brush for applying the MSFN and blush.
  16. Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Yeyo. This is an awesome way to brighten up your eyes when you’re looking tired.
  17. Stila Eye Kajal in Onyx.
  18. Bobby pins. You always need them :-).

Here’s how my makeup looks every day:

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Products Used:

-Timebalm concealer, MSFN, Well Dressed, Espresso, Revlon liner, Lashblash mascara, and Ample Pink Gloss.

What’s in your makeup bag?

<3V

Wine Tasting and an EOTD

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Hi Lovelies :-),
I hope you’re all having an amazing week! Happy Friday! I’ve been relaxing so much during my week off, it’s amazing and much needed. Yesterday I had the pleasure of joining my best friend, her mom, and a few friends for wine tasting in Temecula (located in Southern California). We went to four wineries and had about 25 different kinds of wines, it was a good day lol. Here’s the eye of the day from yesterday along with some pics of the trip:

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Products Used:
UDPP in Sin all over the lid.
MAC Mulch on lid just past the crease.
MAC Teddy eye pencil along lower lashes and set with Mulch; also used on wanterline.
Revlon Colorstay Liquid liner along upper lashes.
Covergirl Lashblast mascara.

Photobucket The view from the first Winery we went to. The day was beautiful, but sooo cold!

Photobucket Loved my polish, it’s China Glaze’s Peace on Earth.

Photobucket Our view during the first tasting.

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Photobucket The view from the driveway of the second winery, it was on a hill.

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Photobucket LOL! I took too long with pictures and Shan needed to find the little girls room.

Photobucket Happy Bff’s :-).

What are you all up to tonight?

<3V