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Morning Dress Up Event: Makeup and Outfit.



Even though you will probably find me wearing comfy clothes like jeans (or pajamas haha), I think that, once in a while, getting the chance to dress up is fun. Not so long ago, I had a morning event which was a bit formal. To be honest, I tend to be clueless as to what to wear in  which occasion, but as my parents say, it’s best to be overdress than dress-down. Thus, I went for a more dressed up look. I took some photos to show you the complete makeup and outfit :) I hope you enjoy it!

Outfit:



The event took place in the morning, around 9 am. Since it was an early sort of cocktail party, I took it as a chance to wear a short dress. I chose this white dress with black feathers from H&M. The fabric is quite soft and sheer, which I think made it perfect for such event. It’s loose fitted, but stills gives you a nice body silhouette. Another way I thought you could wear this dress is with a belt. This way, since it isn’t skintight, it can help accentuate your curves. Also, a belt would be a nice touch to the look. The dress cost around $30, which I thought it was cheap for what it looked and felt like.

To add a pop of color and fun to the dress, I wore these pretty heels from DKNY. I love that they have bright fluorescent yellow and light blue straps combined with nude ones. A great thing about these heels is it’s height. Their medium height made it easy for me to walk in them without my feet hurting.

Makeup:




For this look, at first I thought on going for something more natural and discrete, but then changed my mind because why not try something out of the usual? In the photos, it looks like I’m wearing a purple eyeshadow, but the truth is that I wasn’t. I don’t know why it ended up looking like that in the picture, maybe the lighting haha.

Steps:

Eyes:



  1. Since this makeup was for a special occasion, I wanted it to stay put for a long time. Thus, I began by applying MAC Prep + Prime Eye Primer in the shade Light. I’ve been using this product for a long time and it hasn’t failed me once. It helps not only by preventing any fallouts, but also by enhancing the eyeshadows pigmentation.
  2. With a fluffy brush I applied eyeshadow #1 (matte light beige eyeshadow) from the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette all over the crease, sweeping the brush from side to side in windshield whipper motion. 
  3. Next, with a flat brush I mixed eyeshadows #2 (shimmery pink and shimmery light silver eyeshadows) and placed them onto the upper eyelid. Using a fluffy brush I blended these eyeshadow with the one on the crease to prevent harsh lines.
  4. To darken up this look a bit, I applied eyeshadow #3 (shimmery dark brown eyeshadow) onto the outer half of the lid. With a fluffy brush I blended everything well.
  5. With a small pencil brush, I applied eyeshadow #4 onto the innermost part of the crease to create depth. Again, with the same fluffy brush I blended it well to avoid harsh lines.
  6. I drew a small wing liner with Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Eyeliner in the color Blackest Black. It was nothing too dramatic because I was trying to make it daytime appropriate.
  7. Finally, to add volume to my eyelashes, I applied MAC Opulash Optimum Black Mascara.

Face:



  1. Before applying my foundation, I cleaned up any eyeshadow fallout.
  2. Next, I applied Maybelline Fit Me! Foundation in the shade 125. This foundation does match my neck’s skin tone, but I think in the photo it looks different.
  3. To tone down any redness, I used The Body Shop Tea Tree Concealer in the shade 02. Usually I place it under my eyes, the middle of my nose, forehead, and cupid’s bow.
  4. Powdering my face helps my makeup last longer, without getting my T zone greasy easily. I use Essence Cosmetics Mattifying Compact Powder in the color Soft Beige.
  5. To add some definition and color to my face, I used L’Oreal Glam Bronze in Blond Harmony under my cheek bones, sides of my nose, and outline of my forehead. This bronzer is very subtle and soft.
  6. Finally, I used Essence Cosmetics Silky Touch Blush in the shade Natural Beauty on the apples of my cheeks.

Lips:


  1. Last but not least, I used Buxom Two of A Kind Lipstick in the shade Hooligan, which is a nice rose pink color. I chose this color because it blended well with the whole makeup look, without overpowering the eyes.

Tell me, what is your go to look for a morning dress up event?? 


XO 

10 Things I Like and 10 Things I Don’t Like Tag



Hello everybody! How are you? This week I decided to post something different, not makeup, fashion, or food related. On Monday, the lovely Kat nominated me to the Love/Hate Tag. I’ve never done a tag before and I thought it would be a fun idea for you to get to know me a bit more. For this tag you have to write about 10 things you like and 10 things you don’t like, which at first I thought it would be easy, but I was wrong haha. Hopefully you enjoy this post!


The Things I Like:

  1. Spending time with my family: If there is something I truly enjoy is spending time with my family. I just feel relaxed and at home with them, if that makes any sense. One of my favorite thing to do with them is cook. Every Sunday, we gather in the kitchen and decide what to eat for lunch. Then, we start preparing the meal. My parents usually are the ones that cook (I would probably burn the house down haha), and I just chat with them or help out doing small things like peeling vegetables haha.
  2. Drinking coffee: My love for coffee started at a young age, when I was 7 years old. I remember my dad and I would go out and drink capuccinos. Both, my mom and my dad, love coffee, so I grew up with that, I guess you could say, habit or custom. I love the smell of recently brewed coffee. It just makes me feel happy haha. Also, coffee can be a great body scrub :P
  3. Traveling: If I could just travel for place to place for my whole life, that would be the perfect job for me. I love getting to know different places and trying new things. I think it’s interesting learning about different cultures and the reason why people are the way they are.
  4. Nature: I love being outside. From time to time I like to spend a little moment just sitting on the grass and staring at the sky. Nature can be so peaceful and relaxing. It reminds me of how much more there is out there, how much more there is to life.
  5. Makeup: Throughout this past year I’ve learnt so much about makeup and beauty, and still I feel there is a lot more to learn. Finding video tutorials and blogs about makeup have kind of ignited a creative spark within myself. I love doing my makeup and trying new products. It has helped me become a more confident person, like more comfortable in my own skin, even though in my day to day I don’t wear that much makeup.
  6. Going to the movies: I don’t know why, but I love going to the movies. It’s the feeling I get that I truly enjoy haha. I love getting popcorn or a hotdog and then just sitting there and having fun. I think it’s a way to forget about everything and just enjoy yourself.
  7. Swimming: Although I love going to the pool, lately I haven’t able to swim as much as I wish I could do so. While I’m at the pool I feel closer to nature and Earth (although that sounded a bit wired as I reread that sentence haha). Also, I love that while you swim, you do sweat because you are working out, but you don’t feel as sweaty, hot, and sticky as you would if you were running for example.
  8. Baking cakes: I love watching the Food Network. When I was little, I would spend hours just watching that channel. Then, I would get hungry and think to myself “I’m going to do this recipe that I’ve just watched”. I would get to the kitchen and attempt to do that mouthwatering cake, or any dessert, and it just wouldn’t be same as the recipe’s haha. Besides that small disappointing part, baking is really fun. It let’s you get creative while eating yummy food.
  9. Reading: While I do like watching tv shows, there is nothing like reading a good book. I love how you can get immerse in a book so much and just read and read without noticing that time has past by and it’s time to go to sleep again. I love that what you write may be interpreted differently by people (hopefully in a good way). Then, you realize that words can touch a person in so many ways.
  10. Singing in the shower/car: One of the things I would have liked to have is a good singing voice. If I had one, I think I would sing all day long. Well, I kind of do sing a lot, but only when no one is there to listen haha. I love singing in the shower or while driving :)

The Things I Don’t Like:

  1. Candy: If I had to choose between candy or chocolate, I would definitely go for the latter one. It’s not that I don’t like candy, I actually do, but I don’t get any candy cravings. If I want a little snack, I would go for a piece of chocolate rather than candy. I think it’s too sweet haha.
  2. Losing stuff: Sometimes while I do things, my mind is in another planet. I tend to forget where I place my stuff. It’s worse when I’m in a hurry so I go crazy trying to retrace my steps and finding the lost item haha.
  3. Coffee flavored chocolate: Although chocolate is one of my favorite food to eat and coffee is one of my favorite drinks, I don’t like coffee flavored chocolate. Have you tried those coffee beans covered with chocolate? Personally, I don’t like the combination because it has a bit of a bitter taste. However, I love mochaccinos!
  4. Walking in high heels: Amongst my group of friends, I’m one of the tallest girls. When we go out, I tend to avoid wearing super high heels, even though I love them, because I don’t want to look like a giant haha. Because of that, I’ve never really practiced walking in them :P Has that happen to you?
  5. Not mastering painting my own nails: I’m all about DIY when it comes to beauty. I love doing my makeup, my hair, I wax myself, and I do my own manicure and pedicure. However, I still haven’t gotten the hung of painting my nails really nice, specially when I’m doing my right hand nails. The first day my nails look messy because I have nail polish all over my fingers, but after I’ve clean them up, it looks descent enough. I guess practice makes perfect :P
  6. Not enough time: Sometimes I feel like 24 hours is not enough. There are so many things I would love to do, but so little time. Maybe it’s the excitement that makes me want to do them now, but I have other projects to finish before. Things will happen at the right time, don’t you think? :)
  7. Not doing enough exercise: I like working out, not because I want to have a super abs or something like that (although, I wouldn’t complain if I had them haha), but because it makes me feel great afterwards. Lately, I haven’t had time to do exercise so I miss that energy boost.
  8. Messing up my winged eyeliner: Sometimes when you feel like you have finally mastered the art of cat eyeliner, it comes the day that you realize that you actually haven’t master it at all haha. Some days I’m happy with my winged eyeline, other days it looks messy, but I guess it’s a matter of practice and practice.
  9. Finishing the Harry Potter books: Call me a geek, but I love the Harry Potter books. I remember a friend of mine and I would go to the midnight book launches to be the first ones to get the books. It was so much fun reading those books and they hold a special place in my heart haha. I wish those books had never ended.
  10. Spiders: I’m afraid of them :P

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and let me know if you want me to keep doing more of these. What are the things you like and don’t like??

The bloggers that I nominate are:
Miki 

Makeup Review: L’Oreal Paris La Lacque and Le Matte Lipsticks



Last post, I wrote about my first impression of two red lipsticks that I had recently gotten. This week, I’ve decided to talk about my experience using two pink lipsticks :P Can you see the color pattern? Next week will be orange lipsticks… Haha I’m kidding.

The pink lipsticks that I chose for this review are both from L’Oreal Paris, which is one of my favorite drugstore makeup brands. As each lipstick’s name states, one is matte, Le Matte, and the other one is shiny, La Lacque. I think that both are pretty shades of pink. Lacque and Roll is a darker fuchsia pink color, while She’s So Matte is a more neutral soft rose pink. Personally, I see myself wearing more often She’s So Matte because it’s a classic neutral shade, which is easier to combine with any makeup look, a darker and heavier makeup or a more discrete and soft one. Also, I think it’s perfect for an everyday wear. However, Lacque and Roll being a vibrant pink, would be perfect for party looks or just fun daytime makeup. 




Both products have an elongated, sort of pencil- like shape. At first I thought the shape of the tip wouldn’t be useful for applying the product on the lips, but, after trying it out, I felt it made the whole process a lot easier. The tip isn’t your typical lipstick shaped tip. It is smaller and rounder, which helps apply the lipstick evenly through the lips, allowing you to reach the corners and small areas. 

As I applied these products, I noticed how creamy they felt. I can only describe them as similar to butter haha, soft and creamy. My lips felt great! While Lacque and Roll maintains it’s creamy consistency, She’s So Matte tends to dry out, I guess because it has a matte finish. Besides their creaminess, these lipsticks are very pigmented. It was amazing to notice how strong their color was as I applied them. Moreover, their pigmentation lasts a long, long, long time. Even while drinking and eating food they didn’t fade out. To kind of let you have an idea of their long lasting quality, I wore Lacque and Roll the other night to the movies. Even after eating popcorn and then washing my face before going to sleep, the next day when I woke up I could still notice my lips slightly pink.




Well, that was my review :) Let me know what you think! Have you tried these lipsticks? Which L’Oreal lipstick is your favorite? Or, in general, which is your favorite lipstick?


XO