Friday, August 27, 2010

The fun has just begun...

Summer comes and it goes, leaving us with aspirations of the next year's summer.  It leaves us with the kiss of the sun, the breath of the fresh warm air, and the good mood to enjoy the blooms of the Earth.  Although it's not yet over, once the season for school begins, we know our fate with fall, and then the following chill of winter.

For many, the fun is over,
but for me, it's just begun. 

Summer has left me with gorgeous bronzed auburn highlights in my brown hair.  I showed them off by  curling my locks (1in. barrel) and scrunching up with hair spray to get big voluminous Victoria's Secret curls.  No doubt it's a hairstyle most aim for, the sexy curls and relaxed waves bring an edge of fashion forward, and classic all rolled into one.




I curled my hair using a 1" Conair curling iron...bought from Wal-Mart, nothing fancy.  Then froze it with Schwarzkopf Professional Osis+ hair spray in Glamour Queen sent to me by a dear friend, Robyn, at www.fashionista514.com.   


This stuff is incredible.  It's especially made for those voluminous and sexy styles.  The water-free formula gives your hair flexibility but still keeps a tight hold, and dries fast.  I owe Robyn a big one for this.  

Miss me, miss me,
Now you gotta kiss me.


Famous Footwear sent me these cute Fergalicious booties courtesy of their PR.   I paired it up with a Miss Me embellished shoulder tunic which I had picked up from "The Shop" on South Beach and relaxed fit black Hudson jeans. 


You can find these booties and many more trendy shoes on the Famous Footwear website at www.famousfootwear.com or head out to a store near you.  I think these are around $50 bucks. 



Sunlight dancing in my hair...


xoxo,

Disclaimer: Fergalicous booties sent courtesy of Famous Footwear for consideration.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Project - Glitter Palette

Bored of looking at some dusty bland palette? I was.  Sedona Lace, Coastal Scents, MAC, all of these bland black palettes, which would fit into any occasion, and satisfy any taste, but also leave you plenty of room to customize and puke creativity all over!


This project is an easy way to add a bit of personality to your eyeshadow, blush, or any other palette of your choice.  Here I have my Coastal Scents 88 eyeshadow palette, and I will Mod Podge MAC reflects glitter on it.  You can use any glitter that you wish, be it cosmetic glitter or craft glitter.  I recently purchased MAC's 3D glitter in silver from my local CCO, and since you don't need a lot to get beautiful array of reflected spectrum, I will be using it for my palette.

What you need:

  • Garbage bag or newspaper to lay on a table, to keep your table top clean. 
  • Tape - painters tape or regular scotch tape, to seal edges and leave a neat edge line. 
  • A paint brush, any size will do.
  • Mod Podge - puzzle saver which can be found at Wal-Mart or any craft store. 
  • Glitter - any glitter of your choice!
  • A small bowl to mix the Mod Podge and glitter into. 
  • A fun attitude!

First, align strips of tape to the edges of the palette to ensure that you get a nice clean line and no running Mod Podge that can possible seal the palette shut.


Leave little strips of tape running off the edge so that you have an easily accessible tab to pull the tape off when the Mod Podge has dried.


Continue to line tape up with edges all the way around the entire palette. 


Next, pour a small amount of Mod Podge into the bowl.


Pour an adequate amount of glitter into the bowl with the Mod Podge.  A little goes a long way, so try not to waste too much glitter.



Mix the Mod Podge and glitter concoction with your paint brush until the glitter is mixed in well. 


Start to apply the mixture using your paintbrush to the palette. Keep in mind, the Mod Podge will dry clear, so any stripes of streaks you see in the Mod Podge will fade and all that will be left visible is the glitter. 


I was being goofy and painted in some waves, again, these will not be visible.  They will dry clear.



One palette is drying, and one has already dried.

Give the palette at least 20 minutes before the Mod Podge will be completely dry.  


When the Mod Podge has dried, remove the tape, starting with the small tab that you have left in a corner.


Voila!

Glitter palette!


Have fun and be creative!

xoxo,

Smile!


I can still remember, as clear as day, when JJ was still in my belly kicking like a World Cup star.  Now my baby soars high on the swing set. It's incredible how much time has gone by, and with each passing day, I learn more and more, what love really is. 


It was scorching hot outside, this was the week before the storms set in.  This past week it's been gloomy with a few showers here and there but still uninviting, so we've stayed in.  The last time we did go somewhere, it was to enjoy a nice stroll and dinner at Bal Harbour shops, a high end shopping center a bit North of South Beach. 


Time means nothing...unless you make it something.

A Dali' "Persistance of Memory" inspired statue stood in the square, and JJ ran around it like a track star.   Fuse in retail with the notion that time has no meaning, especially at Bal Harbour, where the designer goods and pish posh flow like water, the formula to a good time, if that's your thing...and you might need someone to help you carry your bags to the car. 



We left empty handed, but added some goodies to our wishlists.  We had a nice dinner...JJ ate the most, and then we headed home right before the clouds settled in.  

xoxo,

Sunday, August 22, 2010

L'Oreal Studio Secrets Perfecting Base


It's a known fact that drug stores carry affordable gems that can quickly become staple items in any makeup stash.  We love the hype behind designer brands, but when all is said and done, saving a few bucks and still leaving with an A+ item in tow is worth even more of a hype. 

After my glam session at Glam Hair Miami, my mind was set on getting my hands on L'Oreal's Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting Base.  The makeup artist used it to prime my skin prior to applying the airbrushed foundation, and the canvas that my skin had become was immaculate.  

In comparison to Smashbox brand primers in the Photo finish line, L'Oreal Studio Secrets Perfecting Base is a bit thicker and is a whipped mousse-like consistency.  It does do a better job at filling in any wrinkles, or scars, which is a problem that I deal with, since I have a tiny scratch mark on my cheek.  The perfecting base, when layered and stippled into the scar, almost diminishes it to a nonexistence, at least for those who aren't taking extra precaution to find it.  Both brands are recommended by me. I used to live and swear by Smashbox Photofinish primers, but the hefty $40 price tag had always kept me looking elsewhere, in case I could find something similar, and I finally have!


L'Oreal's perfecting base is a tad greasy to the touch, but its a tricky effect they add to these primers that make them work.  Even though they feel greasy, they're not.  In fact they completely remove any shine your face may have had, and leave your face a perfect canvas for foundation.  Your foundation will glide on much smoother and look more even.  The concentration of foundation will be evenly distributed so you won't be left with spots that have smeared clean or lines that give it all away. L'Oreal's primer fits perfectly into the description, and whereas you will most likely find a primer in Sephora that you may fall in love with and swear by, as I had before, if you're looking for a cheaper alternative, you would probably be very happy with L'Oreal's creation. 

One con I have about the product is the packaging.  When the jar top is unscrewed you are left with a small opening where your finger may not have enough room to lay flat on the surface of the product to get enough of it out.  Scooping your finger inside the jar get some product under your nail, which is just annoying.  I would recommend using a sponge for this primer, which is another couple of dollars to spend, but if you're picky about using your hands on your face, or get annoyed with the small opening of the jar, it is always an option. 

Product - 5 out of 5
Packaging - 3 out of 5
Price - $12
Where to buy - Any major drug store (Walgreens, CVS, Wal-Mart)
Overall - 4 out of 5
xoxo,

Disclaimer:  This is not a paid or sponsored review. Product has been purchased by me. All opinions are my own. 

Friday, August 20, 2010

Caress - Girls Night Out - Video

Here's some media footage of Debi Nova's performance during the Caress "Girls Night Out" event I had the pleasure of attending.  Debi's performance was exciting and enticing.  Check out the video to watch her perform her hit "Drummer Boy" and you can catch a glimpse of me towards the end!
xoxo,

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Looking Up

The pieces are finally starting to settle into their correct place, like a puzzle, but much more complicated.  We all have our moments, and we try to surround ourselves with those who make us smile.  I've recently witnessed the courage and strength of man, and when its displayed to you through your own family member, it hits you like a brick wall, and teaches you so much in an instant.   If you have been following my tweets you would have know that my dad was recently taken to the hospital.  He is doing very well, but it was a bumpy road, bumpier for us than it was for him.  Positivity and prayer helped him through, and helped us just as much.  In my family, we like to freak out about things...thats just the way we are.  

Life is lived moment by moment, and what you make of these moments is what it remains.  

"life is only what you make it"

You can have it all, but if you have no craving to smile, it's a tease all in itself.  Happiness and security within ourselves makes us who we are.  Never to be guided by another one's success into the path of sin, but rather to look at your own fortunes and blessings, many of which can come in disguise, and thrive with pride in our hearts for what matters to us. 

Along the way, never forget to smile. 


With things looking up, the household has returned to it's normal go-round. 


Last week, before all of this happened, Jerrid and I heard about the scrimmage game being held by the local university football team, and we popped over to enjoy some pigskin and get some sun. 







It was hot, all up until it started to rain, in which instance we headed over to the mall to grab some food. 


Earlier today, I felt a bit inspired to do a look to go along with my new beige suede fringe vest that I purchased from Asos.  The big sale that was going on has lured me in numerous times, in fact, I'm anticipating another package from them any day now.  The shipping does get to you quite tardy, but what comes inside the box is all worth the wait.  I would say you're in for a 10 day wait...speaking from my previous experience. 

The store is located in the UK, so of course, you should be prepared for a wait if you're located here in the states, but with their new $6 shipping charge to the US, I have no complaints.  The site is jam packed with adorable pieces that come along with equally adorable price tags, extra adorable prices in the clearance section! The sizing is a bit tricky, but there is a helpful size chart.  Make sure you check out the chart and choose your size confidently.  The jeans and leggings do run a tiny bit bigger, so you may want to go down a size. 



Perfectly paired up with my Michael Kors heels along with Asos denim leggings.


I wore another one of my Asos purchases to the Caress event which you can check out HERE and HERE.  It was a white denim dress with lacing through the straps that tied at the back.  I also bought an inspired version of Rihanna's black Funktional cage shoulder mini dress.  I wish the dress was available from the Funktional website, but it's a goner. Asos's version cost me only $26 in the clearance section.  WIN!  I'm awaiting a long sleeve mesh mini dress and a scoop neck/bottom white tank...should be here by tomorrow.


My makeup:

Face:
L'Oreal Facial Primer
CoverGirl whipped foundation in "Classic Tan"

Cheeks:
MAC blush in "Springsheen" applied lightly on apples of cheeks

Eyes:
MAC eyeshadow in "Samoa Silk" on the entire lid
MAC eyeshadow in "Embark" in outer V and crease
Stila kajal eyeliner in "Onyx"
CoverGirl Colossal Lash mascara. 

Lips:
MAC lipliner in "Subculture"
MAC lipstick in "Creme Cup"

Photo taken with 50mm F1.8 lens

Now for some silly photos...

No comment...


Smiling from cheek to cheek at this great thing called LIFE!

*I love you*


Stay strong, and stay smiling!

I love you all!

xoxo,