Sunday, August 19, 2012

MyGlam August Bag

Every month, I found myself anxiously waiting to receive my monthly MyGlam bag! My August's bag has finally arrived, and it has very fabulous products that I want to show to you.

First, look at this beautiful baby pink lip gloss. It is an exclusive product for MyGlam members and it is lovely. I am more of a lipstick lover, but this gloss is such a beautiful color, that it is hard to resist.  It has a good pigmentation and it smells like strawberries and cream. So yummy! It can be wear alone or on top of your favorite lip color.

I also received this orange nail polish named Spectacle. This color is so summery and so perfect to wear for these last weeks of summer! I do think that the color is beautiful, but it is a little opaque. But, nothing that cannot be fixed with a coat of clear nail polish on top.

Another of the products in this month's bag was this mineral eye shadow in Glama-Zoid by Salty Cosmetics. This is a very pigmented and shimmery eye shadow. I will wear this on the inner corner of my eyes  and on my brow bone as a highlighter.  This eye shadow has a duochrome color with pink undertones. So lovely!

Glammies are always looking for products to help their members to take care of their skin, and therefore I received these samples skin care products from eclos plant-based beauty. Both are anti-aging with natural ingredients that provide hydration and cell regeneration for the skin. They claim to reduce winkles and to smooth the skin. It is too bad that these are just samples sizes because I would love to try them for a longer time and to see their results. 

Anti-Aging Moisture Therapy Regenerative Cream 

Anti-Aging Cellular Activator Face Serum
 Finally, I received this roll on perfume oil in clean skin. It smells so good. I love the sophisticated and subtle aroma of this perfume and it reminds me of when I was a teenager, and I used to wear the roll on perfumes from AVON. Those were my favorites back in the days.

And this is it! These are the products that I received on MyGlam bag this month.  I am very impressed with my bag and I love all its products.
I cannot wait to get my next bag and to share with you what I receive.

Hasta Pronto!!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

bareMinerals Original Foundation=The best foundation

The last time I shopped at Sephoras, I received a sample size of the bareMinerals Original Foundation with SPF 15. Oh my God.....this foundation is the best foundation ever.....!

I never used mineral foundations before, so I don't know how this works in comparison to others, but I can tell you that this is a winner for me.
It is amazing how much coverage it provides with such a little amount of product. And what it's more amazing to me is how it truly last all day without feeling heavy on the skin and without changing color during the day. This is the best foundation for people with combination/oily skin, (like me) specially during the summer.

I purchased a full size at QVC, in a kit value for $35.00 (plus shipping), containing the foundation and a flawless face brush, for a better application. I bought it in medium shade, and I think it is a little light for me, but I just balance it out with some matte bronzer. Next time I repurchase this, I will ask for professional advise to choose the right shade for me. 

It is important to take your time blending this foundation since this is key for a flawless application. In my opinion, this foundation has no cons, and I highly recommend to give it a try.

Have you tried this bareMirerals foundation? Please, share!

Hasta pronto!!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Cape Cod Vacation

Hello everyone. I hope you are enjoying your day. I want to share with you some pictures from my awesome time off at the Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Oh boy, I had an incredible time there and I want to thanks my boyfriend and his beautiful family for the invitation and for the wonderful time that we all had together. I certainly had an awesome time and I didn't want to come back (yeah, it was that much fun)

Cape Cod Landscape

Cape Cod or just the Cape, is a cape located at the eastern part of Massachusetts. A fun fact about Cape Cod, is that in the map it looks like an human arm. So funny!! 

We stayed at "The Buoy House" Bed and Breakfast , which offers continental breakfast and a nice bed to sleep. This house was like a little cottage, very nice and cozy. Another fun fact, is the name of the roads in Cape Cod. For instance, this house was located in a road called "Cottontail Road" Isn't a cute name for a road?                                                          
     The Buoy House                                                    

After having breakfast, sitting outside in the porch,  we will get ready to meet with the rest of the family to start the day of adventures. We did many things together. One night we went to Provincetown. This is a small beautiful town located at the very tip of Cape Code. The main street is a very narrow, one way street. And at each side of the street there are art galleries, restaurants, clothing stores, ice cream shops and house guest. It couldn't be more charming. I was told that a lot of the population are Portuguese descendants and that young artist could live for free at house guest, so they could focus on their art.
This town is so festive and a favorite vacation spot for the gay community.  We saw a few guys dressed with exotic outfits, big wigs and high heels walking down the street.  I heard that they have a parade every evening and have fun dressing up for it. This town is so much fun and so beautiful and you can breath the history of it. We also went to the beach and had a great day playing with the waves and relaxing. And of course we had a good lunch (I am a foodie, and it is one of my guilty pleasures).

The Pilgrim Monument

 On our last night, we all had dinner at Terra Luna. A very nice, small restaurant with delicious food. The outside of the place looks very small and like nothing out of the ordinary, but the food is incredible and inside the place is very cozy and family orientated. We all had a great meal and a great time.

But my very favorite was the dessert. Oh myGod, the blackberry polenta custard was to die for....Yummy!
Once again, thanks so much Barb, Scotty and Julesy for inviting me to come and for having a wonderful time with you!!

Now, jumping to another subject. I have been asked about these sandals. 
I bought them from last year at the end of the summer, so I didn't wear them until now. This are form Boutique 9 and are the most comfortable sandals that I've ever owned. You can find them here and they have them in black, too. The stripe wedge top that I am wearing on the picture at the top, I got it from It has a nice detail in the back that is not shown on the pics on the website. So, I was surprised when I got it.  I know what is said about wearing tops with vertical stripes: that it makes you look fat. But whatever, I love it! 

I keep my beauty routine very, very simple for this vacation.
I got a sample side of this Green Apple SPF 15 moisturizer on my July MyGlam bag. Not a big deal. I don't like SPFs that are so thick that are difficult to apply onto the skin. (Unfortunately, this is one of them, in my opinion). I also worn Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup. You can see my review on it here. I also applied concealer under my eyes and lip balm. I kept it very simple. 
I had problems styling my hair while I am on vacation, therefore I don't like the pictures that I take of myself. Can anybody please, give me some advice on how to style my fine, but abundant frizzy hair without styling tools while on vacation? I will greatly appreciate it.

Anyway, if you got to this part: thank you very much for reading. I hope you find this post helpful if you are planning on going on vacation locally. There are so many amazing places to visit in Massachusetts and the Cape is one of them.

Hasta pronto!!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Monthly favorite products and reviews

Monthly favorite products

Last month was, for most part, very hot and humid. It is well known that during the summer months less is more. So, I kept my makeup routine very simple and easy.

For foundation I used Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup. This product claims to be ultra light, ultra breathable and oil free. The description also says that it won't clog pores and that it evens out skin tone. I have to confess that I am in the "trying " process with this product. Even though I bought it on March, I was waiting for the hotter months to try it on, so I will have a better review of it.
I agree that this foundation is ultra light, ultra breathable and oil free. It does not feel heavy on the skin and it does not clog your pores. I have oily/combination skin and I am still on the fence about how well this product controls oil. A funny fact for me is that before you apply this product, you have to shake it 10 times, in order to get a "perfectly blended make up" The formula does have a subtle distinctive smell, but it is not offensive at all. It applies easy and also it blends easy onto the skin and a little of product goes a long way. I found that I prefer to apply it with my fingers than with a foundation brush. 
Now, this is a lite formula, so it won't cover major imperfections, like redness, dark spots or dark circles. I don't think that this formula does a good job with even out skin tone. I would like it to have more coverage power. Also, it is really liquid (pay attention to the word "Fluid" on its name) so, be careful when taking the product out before applying. Also, I don't like that it does not have SPF, a major deal for me. 
Overall, if you are like me, that you have to wear foundation no matter what, this is a good product to use and if you are blessed with a flawless skin, this will look perfect on you.

I have always found it difficult to apply bronzer. I remember once a co-worker asked me what had happened to me because my face looked like if I had sleep on a  tan machine the night before. I was so mortify that I swear to not to wear bronzer ever again. Why for? I have a medium complexion so I have a natural tan.
Well, last year when I saw my best friend, she told me that I looked really pale. So, I realized that living in New York and being exposed to the winter months has made me lose some of my natural tan. Then, watching at so many YouTube videos, where every single makeup guru apply bronzer to their faces convinced me of giving it a second change. But, this time I took baby steps and prepared myself f with the right tools. I got a Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Soft Matte Bronzer. This is a non-shimmery bronzer that I apply lightly with an angle brush on the hollows of my cheeks, on my temples and in my jaw line to contour my face. I follow the tips offer by  Lisa Eldridge on her beauty videos. She is so amazing and so gorgeous. And so far, I haven't gotten any questions about my "tanning"

This product started to grow on me recently and  I haven't stop wearing it. I like the glow and brightness that it gives to my face. Every time I look at myself in the mirror I love how youthful and happy my face looks. The shimmer is subtle and I wear it during the day at the office and it looks natural (well, nobody has asked me why my face looks like a disco ball, so....) I'd like to apply it on top of my cheek bones, on my cupid's bow, on the inner corners of my eyes and on my brow bones. I love it. I have forgotten that this product is reportedly "infused with natural plant extracts which have been shown to promote a feeling of happiness by mimicking the effect of Endorphins and helping protect the skin from environmental stress"  I don't know if this is true or not, but I do know that it makes me happy to see my face with this nice shimmer.

I have thin lashes and I need a good coat of mascara to look awake. Mascara is something that I cannot live without and when I don't wear mascara I feel incomplete.  My mom bought me this Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara which I have to say is not the greatest, but I've been wearing it anyways. The formula of this mascara is a little wet, meaning that building it into the lashes can be a challenge. I usually curl my lashes and then apply mascara. But, this mascara makes the lashes to stick together, creating that horrible look of spider lashes. Another problem with this  product is that the brush is too big. I have to apply three coats of mascara to give a full, lifted look to my lashes. But I also have a secret: I do the business card trick. First, I curl my lashes and then I place a business card on top of my eyelids and very close to my lash line, pressing my lashes against the card before applying the first coat of mascara. This helps the brush to work the roots of the lashes and to get every single eyelash. I let the first coat dry and then I apply the second one repeating the same process with the business card,  until I get the length and separation that I want on my lashes. This trick helps to avoid getting wet mascara on your eyelids and to build and separate the lashes while applying it. This mascara removes easily with eye makeup remover and it does help to grow your lashes. I have seen a little improvement on my lashes, they look longer and fuller, but not too long or too full to skip wearing mascara.

Finally, I have kept my little pout moisturized with Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm. I love how hydrated my lips feels while wearing this balm and I also like that it is tinted so I don't need to apply lipstick. 

These are the products that I reached out the most last month. Some of them I really like, and some of them not so much. And the debate continues.
Have you try any of these products recently or in the past and what do you think about them? What were your favorites of July? Please do share ;)

Hasta pronto.