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:

Here it is in full cartoon effect:

The bride I glammed up in November:
PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket(my favorite, lol!)

Mod eyes I created:

My makeup for ISSE in Long Beach:

What have you all been up to?


Just for Fun!

Happy Thursday Lovelies :),
Can you believe December is already here? This year has flown by! I’ve only got three makeup class sessions to go and I’ll be a certified MUA! I’ve loved every minute of this course and I’m super bummed that it’s almost over. I was blessed to get an amazing instructor and a great group of girls to have as classmates. Seriously, I should have done this years ago. As part of the course, we have a final project on the last class day. My instructor has informed us that we’ll be creating an anime/Japanese animation/Harajuku inspired look. Last night, we got to play with paints as a way of getting familiar with the colors and textures. I didn’t quite get to finish my look, but it’s more of a rough draft. I just thought it was cool to share with you guys and dolls :). Pardon the crappy picture quality, all I had was my Blackberry and it is no good for detailed shots.

Thanks for being my model, Geneva! 🙂

What do you think?


June Favorites

PhotobucketThis is how the bestie and I spent last Friday night, along with watching Mermaids. Therapy at its best!

Okay. I think I have my makeup mojo back. I’m finally feeling inspired, creative, and colorful again :). I think it may have been the new lipstick I bought that kick started my brain up again lol. Here’s to new makeup and the power it can have! Check out some of my favorites from the past couple of weeks:

PhotobucketPhotobucket Crosswires lipstick from MAC. I’m CRAZY about this color right now, it’s the most perfect/flattering coral I’ve ever seen. I can dab it on for a light stain or apply it from the tube for a bold pop of wearable color. My tan younger sister tried it on and it looked great on her too. Try it the next time you’re at a MAC counter :).

Photobucket Can’t get enough Zoya polish in my life. This is the best nail polish I’ve ever used; not only are the colors beautiful, but the wear time on these babies is amazing. I’ve had the same shade of hot pink on my nails since Sunday with hardly a chip. Worth the $8 price tag.

PhotobucketPhotobucket Personal Style blush from MAC. This is from the All Ages, All Races, All Sexes collection from last year. It had been sitting in my makeup drawers for almost a year and I decided to give it a go two weeks ago. It’s a beautiful rosy brown that gives me a little bit of a flushed/tan look that glows. I’m really pale, and very happy that doesn’t get ruddy/orange on me. Perfect for contouring too. I’ve been wearing this every day.

PhotobucketSmashbox Fusion Eye & Cheek in On in 5. Awesome bronzer that looks really natural and blends like a dream. I haven’t tried it as eyeshadow yet, but I’m sure the colors would pop beautifully.

PhotobucketIvory soap. So simple, so affordable (3 bars for $1), and so effective at removing makeup without irritating my sensitive skin. It’s the only soap that removes every stitch of makeup from my face without having to scrub hard or go over it twice. Can’t see myself not using it, ever.

What are some of your favorite products right now?


The Sycamore Inn


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:
PhotobucketPhotobucket A classic Cosmo and a Creamsickle.


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.

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.
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.

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 :-):

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!


Thankful Friday!


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!
Photobucket (Pardon the blurry pic, I had to take it with my phone.)
-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!

Orange Crush

Orange Rose

Hello Beauties!
Happy Saturday :D. I hope you’re all having a beautiful weekend. It’s kind of rainy and cold here in SoCal, but I’m making the best of it by staying home in my pajamas watching Drop Dead Diva. I had nothing to watch last weekend so I started surfing Netflix and found the series and now I’m hooked. It’s kinda cheesy, but so cute, and it makes me actually LOL. I recommend it if you’re a fan of chick flicks :P.
On to the important stuff! I’ve recently developed a serious color crush (infatuation) with the color orange. I’m my 23 years, I’ve NEVER been a fan of the color so I surprised myself. I’ve been very drawn to citrus-y colors recently because they are cheery, bright, and remind me of summer. I’ve picked up nail polishes, eye shadows, lip glosses, and a few accessories in the color because I can’t get enough of it. I have to note that I’m drawn to the color for accessories and makeup, I don’t know that I can pull of an entire top or dress in it with how pale I am, so little pops of color will have to do. I created a little idea collage on Polyvore this morning:

What’s your color crush right now?


Friday Randoms

Happy Friday Beauties!
I hope you’re all having an amazing day and that you get out of work on time to start enjoying your days off :-). Today’s post consists random videos that make me smile, enjoy! Hope you all have a beautiful weekend!

Can you tell that I love Despicable Me?

I don’t know if I’ve shared this, but I have a major…enormous…huge crush on Brandon Boyd. He’s just so…YUM. Oh, and Incubus’ music is pretty amazing as well :-).

For Shannon, because anything having to do with the ocean reminds me you! And it’s an awesome song :-).

I shouldn’t laugh. I really shouldn’t. But I’m going to anyway!

So fun! I love her makeup :-).

I ❤ her! The song is so fun to sing along to.


What’s in my Makeup Bag? + Everyday Makeup


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.


  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:


Products Used:

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

What’s in your makeup bag?


In Case You Forgot…

Hey Dolls,

I just wanted to remind you that you’re beautiful. Every one of you. Embrace everything that makes you unique and love all of your “imperfections.” Remember that beauty comes from within, and the light of happiness and confidence does more than any makeup ever will. There is only one of you in this whole wide world so live it up and believe in your unique beauty :-).


Makeup Storage


Hi Dolls :-),
How are all of you starting off the year? I’ve been on a cleaning/organizing rampage that has consumed so much of my time and I’m not even halfway through! At the top of my list was my makeup organization. I have sooo much stuff that I don’t use because it’s been put away in dark train cases that weren’t easily accessible. I really really want acrylic storage drawers like the one’s the Kardashians have, but I found out that they cost anywhere from $200-$300…I just don’t have that kind of money right now lol. Instead, I worked with my much smaller budget and created a little makeup area on my dresser that makes it easy for me to see everything I have without digging or moving cases around. Check it out:

Photobucket The large container is from Target and I paid about $18 for it. The two small glass containers are also from Target and I paid about $4 for each.

Photobucket The top drawer has my face makeup including primer, concealer, foundation, and all of my blushes.

Photobucket The second drawer contains all of my department store/prestige brand eyeshadows, primers, and liners.

Photobucket The third drawer contains drugstore/miscellaneous eye products.

Photobucket The fourth drawer contains all of my lip products. I’m going to be switching the lip stuff with the last drawer when I find the right lipstick organizer so I can keep all of the products upright.

Photobucket The last drawer has all of my random products that didn’t fit in the first drawers lol.

Photobucket I stored all of my polishes in a dresser drawer.

Photobucket The glass vases are holding brushes/cleaner in one and random hair things and tea (I don’t even know lol…) in the other. I’m looking for the glass beads that Sephora uses in their brush displays to fill these with, anyone know where I can find them?

There it is! I spent about $30 on storage that will work until I can save up for the acrylic organizers I really want.

How do you store your makeup?