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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

"Cupcake Soiree" Look

A lot of people have asked if I did a YouTube video tutorial for this look and the answer is "no". Truth is, I didn't know what look I was going to do that day so I didn't want to do a video. This look is very similar to the "white, pink & purple" look that I did that is very similar to this look. Since I didn't do a video tutorial I've decided to list the products that I used.

Brows: NYX brown eye pencil
Foundation: Black Opal (nutmeg)
Concealer: MAC select cover up (nw40)
Finishing powder: Loreal True Match powder (c7)
Eye shadow base: NYX jumbo eye pencil (milk)
Lid colors: Inglot AMC 35 & AMC 05
Crease color: Inglot Matte 338
Cut crease: AMC 65
Milani liquid liner (black) - eyelid
Mary Kay Ultimate mascara (black)
Eyeliner (bottom) - Danessa Myrick pink gel liner topped with Inglot D.S. 495 eye shadow
Bottom smudge - Inglot Matte 326
Blush - Inglot AMC 51 & Blush 35
Lip liner - MAC (cork)
Lipgloss - Armour Beauty (Edie)

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Dior vs Maybelline...The battle of the Blue Mascara's

The Battle of the Blue Mascara's 

Last year I was watching a YouTube video where a girl used a blue mascara.  I had been searching high and low for a blue mascara that was actually visible on natural/false lashes without having to use the whole tube.  I have purchased a blue mascara from MAC cosmetics but it was a "seasonal" product and was a light blue.    Once I'd seen her video, I rushed over to Lord & Taylor to purchase Dior's "DiorShow" mascara in "Azure Blue".  I tested it out while I was there to make sure it was everything I had been looking for...and it was!  When I went to pay for it, my mouth dropped.  NEVER IN ALL OF MY LIFE had I spent $25 on mascara.  Even though I hesitated to give the salesperson my debit card, the makeup artist in me had to have this mascara. 

About a month or 2 went by before I popped the tube open and used it for the first time.  I was in love.  I wore it often and got compliments on it.  "DiorShow" had become my favorite mascara until......

One day (on my usual weekly run to target) I was browsing the makeup section to see what was on sale and to see what new products had come out.  I knew that I needed some black mascara for my kit when I ran across Maybelline's "Great Lash" washable mascara in "Royal Blue".  I loved my Dior mascara so there was no need to replace it but the price was something that I just didn't like.  Don't get me wrong, I'd purchase another one in a heart beat if there was no other choice.  Once I found Maybelline's mascara, I had to purchase it and weigh my options and here's where the battle ends: 

"DiorShow" in Azure Blue

What I liked:
The blue pigment was very vibrant 
The packaging is pretty snazzy 

What I didn't like:
The $25 price
The wand/brush was too big for my lashes (especially the bottom)
Dries quick so I am almost unable to get 2 coats of product on

"Great Lash" in Royal Blue

What I liked:
The blue pigment was vibrant
The price is reasonable ($6)
The wand/brush is small enough for my lashes (top and bottom)
This mascara is easier to find and purchase (Target, Walmart & Maybelline's website)
I'm able to get 2 coats of mascara on 

What I didn't like:
The packaging looks like the others so it can easily be mistaken for black or brown
The blue is not as vibrant as "DiorShow"

In the end Maybelline wins the battle!

Fabulously Fit w/Positive Vibes Fitness

{January 2011}

This was the year that I put all of my energy in to "education".  I wanted to take classes and teach classes.  What I didn't expect to take a class in was "fitness".  I use to HATE working out so what started out as sort of a joke, became a way of life.  In June I began the "21 day challenge" with fitness guru David Cox of Positive Vibes Fitness {Glen Burnie, MD}.  I wanted to see how much weight I could lose before my trip to Los Angeles for the annual IMATS show.  What turned out to be 21 days continued on to the present day.  

For 21 days I changed my eating habits, exercised, did personal training sessions with him (2 days/week) and in the end I lost weight and my bad eating habits.  Working out with David completely changed the way I thought about food, the juices/sodas I use to drink and even the types of snacks.  Once that challenge was over I started his 30 days for $39 challenge and went even further.  I incorporated a "Latin Caliente" dance class and 1-2 more days of exercise at the gym. 
{September 2011}

Now I go to the gym or get some type of exercise in at least 3-4 times a week because I "like" the gym.  My clothes are fitting better and I'm feeling better.  I try not to eat late at night.  I drink water throughout my day and make sure that I'm eating as healthy as I can without depriving myself of "goodies" every now and then.  If I go out to eat (most of the time) I get a "to go" box so that I'm not eating everything in one sitting.  I want to personally and publicly thank David for changing my life and helping feel better about myself and leading me on a path to healthy eating.  He's not only my personal trainer but also a great person and as hard at his business as I do.  I love you DAVID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!