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Black Friday 2015



I always thought Black Friday was a sort of thing only done in the U.S, but little did I know that in many other countries it’s celebrated as well. A few years ago, where I live, the whole idea of Black Friday was adopted. I might be wrong, but I think this is the fourth year malls and stores around the country have been celebrating it. I’ve never been in the U.S for Black Friday, but friends that have been told me it’s pretty intense. This year I decided to go to the mall and take a look around with my main shopping partner, my mom :) I was planning on doing a big post about my shopping spree, but, due to various reasons, I decided to cut back a little and save up some money for Christmas. However, I did find a few bits and pieces :P

My mom and I woke up early to avoid the masses of people and to get a nice parking space. We arrived at 8:45 am (the mall opened at 8 o’clock) and to our surprise the parking lots were almost out of space! We managed to find a spot and off we went inside the mall. The first thing that we wanted to do, as coffee lovers as my mom and I are, was to get a coffee and something to eat. On our way, we stopped by Nine West because we saw a bunch of people in the store so we thought it must have had some pretty descent discounts. My mom was looking for comfortable heels and I was looking for any shoe style to wear to school. Although she didn’t find much, I found these cute ballerina flats. I don’t know if they are nude or yellow, either way I really liked them. They are quite simple, but comfortable to walk with and easy to match with other colors and outfits. I don’t know how much it costs in the U.S, but with the discount, it was $30. What do you think of them??




After many stops along the way, we finally reached the coffee stand. I ordered a cappuccino with some pastries to satisfy my sweet tooth and hungry stomach. I think this is the best part about shopping with my mom, the coffee break. We can spend hours talking and laughing, all while drinking my favorite drink, coffee. 




Nearby was the Express store and so we went to check it out once we finished eating. The whole store was with 50% off, which, if you think of it, was a great deal. Inside, everyone was so focused on getting their hands on each clothing item. Just like them, we scouted around the place grabbing what we liked. It’s like the idea of having something half the original price triggers some area in your brain to buy it, but sometimes even 50% off isn’t the best deal. I looked at the prices of the three clothing pieces I had gotten and, by my criteria, they still were a bit pricy. With doubt on my mind, I kept walking around and found the exact same green jacket from Express that I had gotten 3 years ago, but in a store in the U.S. What was it doing there? I’m not the kind of person that if it’s not “in”, I don’t wear it. I still have cloths from when I was in high school (5 years ago) and actually, I had worn that jacket the night before. I guess as a buyer, you are not expecting to spend money on a clothing item that was from 3 years ago, specially if it’s been sold at $100 (with the discount it would have been $50). With even more doubt on my mind, I kept walking only to find a huge line at the paying area. If the circumstance had been different, we would have stood in line and waited patiently, but we decided to leave our stuff and keep on walking around the mall.

A couple of hours later, we were getting ready to leave, but I wanted to go to the Makeup Store and see what they had. I was greeted at the entrance of the store and given a pen. Actually, I wasn’t sure if it was a gift or what, but I kept it :P The new collection of lipsticks were 10% off, the rest were 65% off. A lot of their lip products were either gone or only a couple left. The first one that I got was Sheer from their slim lipsticks range, which is a nice shimmery berry color lipstick, perfect for winter. The slim lipstick range differentiates from the normal lipstick range on it’s intensity. They are a bit less pigmented and more glossy. Next, I found Yarn, a metallic, shimmery, soft orange lipstick that I can see myself wearing on summer (…on any season actually). Both items were $10 each, which, for a high end makeup brand, it was a deal that could not be missed! 




After looking at the lipstick section, I went to check this big upside-down umbrella where all the eye products on sale were. Two eyeshadows caught my attention, Golden, which, as it’s name states, is a peachy, rusty, shimmery golden color, and Venice, a shimmery moss green color. Both eyeshadows cost around $10 each, as well. I haven’t tried any of their eye products, so I thought it was a great chance to see what they’re all about.





Finally, happy with having spent time with my mom and doing something different from the usual, we headed home.

I hope you enjoy this post!


Did you go to the mall for Black Friday? Which item that I got did you like the most?

My Top 3 Lipsticks for Winter Review

From left to right: Makeup Store Matt Lipstick in Vamp, Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain in Adore, Unkown Lipstick Rouge Lumiere

Something that I look forward to throughout the year is winter time, specially Christmas. Don’t you, too? What I love most about this time of the year is spending it with my family and eating all kinds of delicious food. Another of the many reasons why this season is so special to me, makeup-wise, is because I get to wear all my darker color lipsticks. Thus, I decided to share with you my top 3 lipsticks that I’ve been using so far for autumn and winter. 

These past three days I’ve been working on a new video for my channel and, at the same time, on this blogpost. Talk about multitasking and efficiency, right? :P Haha if you’d know me, you would be probably laughing because I can’t multitask. It’s been proven that women have the ability to do so, more than men, but I guess I’m one of the few that can’t. Anyway, for this week’s video, I filmed my first impression of L’Oreal True Match Lumi Highlighter. I tried out three ways you can use the product, according to the instructions on the back part of it’s package, and for each way I did a makeup look. I used the three lipsticks that I’m about to share with you. Therefore, in this post, I included photos of each of the looks that I did for the video, just so you can have a better idea of how they look like.


Makeup Store Matt Lipstick in Vamp:


Walking around the mall the other day, I decided to pop in the Makeup Store, “just to see” what new products they got. I think I was only kidding myself by believing I would just check out the store, because the minute I step in the mall I knew I was going to get myself a new lipstick. This was my second time trying out a lipstick from this brand, and with my previous experience, I was excited to try out another one. I went for Vamp, which I would describe this lipstick’s color as burgundy. I tried it on my arm and the color was just what I wanted, a dark red lipstick. However, once I placed it on my lips, it wasn’t as dark. I guess you can apply more of the product to get more intensity. Nonetheless, I still think it was a great purchase. The lipstick is from their matte range. Although matte lipsticks tend to have a dry finish, this one felt very creamy. The lady that helped me out in the store told me it was made from avocado oil and some other oil that I can’t remember, which helps moisturize your lips. Similar to my other Makeup Store lipsticks, this one is very easy to apply and blend. As for duration, it’s described as long lasting. When I tested it, I spent all afternoon without having to reapply some more. I think that if you are looking for a lipstick from a high end brand, this one is worth the try.





Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain in Adore:


Revlon is one of my favorite drugstore brands. I specially love their lip products because they are affordable and they are of a good quality. For my day to day or for a simple makeup look, I think their Colorburst Balm Stain range come in handy. As it’s name says, these are not lipsticks but lip balms. Thus, their color intensity and finish is not the same as a lipstick’s. These Balm Stains have a slight glossy finish which I think make the lips look really nice. Also, it can provide a pretty tint to your lips. Their intensity may not be as strong as a lipstick’s, but for a lip balm, I think they are quite pigmented. Although their shiny finish may fade out with time, their pigmentation lasts longer. A couple of things that I love about this balm stain is it’s minty scent and fresh sensation when applied. It feels as if my lips were getting moisturized due to it’s soft consistency.







Unknown Brand Rouge Lumiere Lipstick:


To end this blogpost with a touch of suspense and mystery, the last lipstick that I’ve been using for wintertime I don’t know of which brand it’s from. The story goes like this: the other day my mom was organizing her makeup and, as she was looking through her lipsticks, she decided to get rid of the ones that she no longer used. Like an older sibling passing down her toys, she gave them to me. I was quite happy with my new acquisitions and started to try them out right away. I found, among my new lipsticks, this raspberry/dark red, shimmery lipstick that had no box, nor it’s package contain any symbols or name of it’s brand. The only clue that I found was the words “Rouge Lumiere”, which I’m guessing it’s the color of the lipstick or the name of the product’s range. I’ve done some search on the internet but I’can find it’s identity and my mom doesn’t remember either, so if you recognize it, please let me know :) This lipstick is really pigmented and intense when applied. It last’s a long, long time. I used it for Halloween and not only it lasted throughout the whole party, but the next day I woke up with my lips still of a reddish color. Of course it was not as intense as when I had first applied it. Also, it has a nice creamy texture that makes your lips feel hydrated and soft. Would be nice to know it’s brand to test other products as I’ve been happy with this one :P



I hope you enjoy this review! Let me know what you think :) Which are the lipsticks that you’ve been using lately?

DIY: How To Get A Healthy Glow For Your Skin




When I was younger, my mom used to tell me that it is important to care for my skin. At first her words would not sink in, but when I got into my teenage years and became more aware of my physical appearance, I found that she was right. 

I like to think of my skin as a reflection of what’s going on with myself internally. When I’m stressed out, I get blemishes and break outs on my face. If I’m under the weather, my skin tends to get dull and dried out. With time, I noticed that, as I started to take more care of myself, my skin improved as well. A well nourished skin has an even color throughout, no blemishes, no redness, no under eye darkness. It’s smooth to the touch and it’s hydrated. Sometimes it seems that a healthy skin glows, which is something that most people want to achieve. So, today I wanted to share with you some of my easy tips and tricks that I use to try to maintain a healthy skin throughout all seasons.





Stay Hydrated

As you go through your day, water is lost from your body in various ways. For example, doing physical activity causes you to sweat and increase you breathing rate, making you lose some water in the process. Thus, it is important to replace the amount of water lost throughout the day. Drinking water can be a great form of hydration that can be beneficial not only for your skin, but other organs as well. It can be as simple as that, but not all of the people do it, myself included. Personally, I either end up misplacing my bottle of water or not drinking it at all. To get me to drink more water, I’ve come up with different juices and drinks that are easy to do and delicious to drink :P Here is one of my favorite, which is a refreshing lemonade recipe with a twist.

Lemonade with mint and honey:

The juice of 2 lemons
1 tablespoon of honey
1 tablespoon of fresh mint leaves
300 ml of water

Blend all of the ingredients together in a blender. Enjoy :D






Nourishing Your Skin

Taking your time to pamper your self is a great way to relax and have a little me-time, but also a great time to spend nourishing your skin. I like to start by exfoliating my face and body. This way I can do an in-depth cleanse and get rid of dead cells, improve my skin tone, and brighten up my skin. I usually use St. Ives Smoothing Apricot Body Wash, which is amazing and smells great! Sometimes, if I run out of this product, I like to make my own exfoliant. Here is my recipe:

Mix:
2 teaspoons of honey
1 teaspoon of sugar 
A few drops of either almond oil or coconut oil

After exfoliating my skin, I like to apply a facial cream. Most are rich with vitamins and minerals that help provide the essentials for your skin to absorbe and maintain it’s healthy complexion. During the daytime, I use Kiehl’s Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Cream that has an SPF of 30. This product has helped my skin feel softer and smoother. Also, because of both, it’s hydrating action and nutritional input, I think my skin has brighten up. At night, I use a little sample of Kiel’s Ultra Facial Cream that I got after one of my shopping trips. This cream is very soft and incredibly soothing. I think it’s light weight formula is perfect for applying it before going to sleep. I’ve been planing on getting the original size product after I’m done with the sample. 




Protecting Your Skin

Last, but not least, I think it’s very important to keep in mind that part of having a healthy skin means protecting it from the sun. Sun rays can be harmful to your skin if exposed for prolonged hours and unprotected. The damages may not even be noticeable at first, but with time you may experience accentuation of your wrinkles and facial lines, patches of different skin tones and colors, freckles, dryness, and can even lead to the formation of tumors.

Nowadays, most makeup products come with sunscreen included. It might range from an SPF of 15 to 30, even more. After applying my moisturizer, I use one of these two products, Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream with an SPF of 30 or Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Sunscreen with an SPF of 70. If you are like me and dislike sunscreens because of their thick consistency and heavy formula, Neutrogena’s sunscreen is for you. This product is very light, to the point of being liquid. It’s absorbed very fast by the skin, leaving it feeling soft as if you hadn’t applied anything. Maybelline’s BB cream is perfect for an everyday makeup look. It provides a light to medium coverage and allows you to have a uniform color throughout your face. It’s soft and easy to blend.


I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know what you think :) 



Bibliography:

Brannon, Heather. "How Healthy Is Your Skin?" About.com Health. N.p., 03 July 2014. Web. 29 Oct. 2015.