OOTD – Casual-Nice

Finally convinced my sister to give fashion tips yayyy!!!
This is my older sister Maria. She’s good with Fashion tips and hair. She has a crazy eye for design and you guys should see how she can turn a boring outfit to oooooh lala! Look! And she can make an old shirt look amazingly new or stylish with just the right accessories or the way it’s worn … Here’s a fun look:

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Here she’s wearing her brown Nine West booties that have a chunky heal, round in the front and it ties in the middle. These are perfect for any look.
Shiny Black pants from Dynamite. Its a black Denim that has a leather-like finish (please wash these by hand or else the shine will come off)
She’s wearing a taupe with some thin brown thread sweater-like shirt, very comfy and simple. It’s from Winners
Topped it with a cool leather jacket with a 3/4 sleeve and the colar has folds that gives it an edge. She got this from Dynamite.
Her necklace is a leather string with gold triangles that gives it kinda like spike look, wich made her outfit look slighty rocker-ish. This was from Forever 21.
The hair was the perfect combo to this look,  a messy side braid slightly undone and yes! Its her natural hair, no extensions!
Since she wore this at work, she kept her makeup very light and natural.
But if you want to go out with this kind of look, you can either do a green or black smokey eye or if you prefer the attention on your lips and good winged eyeliner and fire red lips would be perfect!
Hope you enjoyed this and comment below if you think she should show more of her looks.

Note: All these clothes were purchased in our area so you might not necessarily have these stores near you. Montreal in Canada!

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Beauty boxes: Products I considered

Hello Beauties!!!

I had said I was gonna let you know what products struck me as good ones from my beauty boxes. I have extremely dry skin but not any cream works for me. If the content of the cream is too rich my skin does not absorb it and some just simply don’t get rid of the flaky dry desert on my face hahaha!!
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Since I have a lot of products that I tried, I’m really putting the only ones that really stood out to me the most.
This one I actually purchased:
Benta Berry La Creme G-1: I had 2 different types of this brand of moisturizer and used both mostly to mix my foundation to make a daily tinted moisturizer. This Benta Berry is a water based moisturizer therefore did not decompose my foundation when mixing it on my hand. My regular foundation is a water base as well. If you mix oil base with water you’ll see the foundation decompose and doesn’t have great results. It’s a non comedogenic which means does not contain harsh chemicals that block pores and good for acne prone or sensitive skin.
Cyber Derm H2O Hydration and every morning: In general I love this brand and once again I got a few different samples of this brand. I loved all of them. I actually saw a difference in my skin. I used this for daily moisturizer, flakes and harsh dry skin was gone. All that was left was a clean and glowy skin. I even tried the night anti-age cream and really felt fresh and moisturized.  I will probably be purchasing some of these creams in the near future. I still have some left as samples because I fluctuate moisturizers for different results. So all of these can be part of my top 5.
360 Skincare Lavender mint firming serum: It didn’t DRAMATICALLY remove all wrinkles and fine lines around the eye area but the smell is soo soothing and it’s rich without being too rich. My skin fully absorbs the product even if I leave a thick layer under my eyes. I put this before I go to bed and find myself looking more rested than usual. It’s cruelty free, has a lot of natural ingredients and it really smells good.
Last but not least…
Villainess Dulces en fuego: OMGoodnes!! I LOVE the smelllllll, I can actually be obsessed  with this body cream. I dont find its the BEST moisturizing body cream in the world but the smellllllllll……… Its like a sweet cinnamon yummy smell. I can just put this on my hands all day long and never get sick of the smell. I was even putting this on my nose so I can just smell this. YES it was that good 😛 I didn’t buy the full size yet but I will very soon.
That’s it for now. There’s other products that I really enjoyed and worked but these so far are the ones that stood out the most like I said.

See you soon!!!

Side note: My sister is really good with fashion tips and accessorizing and putting outfits together (and not spending big bucks to look like a million bucks). I’m trying to convince her to start posting on my blog and putting up pictures and maybe making videos. She’s just shy but together we make a great team, “like” or comment on this post to support her to do it with me!! Yayyyyy, Thumbs up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
xoxoxoxoxox

Wedding plans

Hello Beauties!!!

I said I was going to post my wedding planning but I won’t be giving out locations or anything like that. It will be more like how I manage my things. So here we goooooooo!

We’ve been going out now for 2 years and 3 months, he proposed on our 2nd year anniversary. So later on that night, we took the time to call most of our close family members and good friends to announce the good news over the phone.
NOTE: Important people shouldn’t find out through social media, it’s really not classy.
We hadn’t discussed details that night, we actually took the time to enjoy  our happiest moment ever and our evening out!!
The only thing we discussed was approximately when and in how long we wanted the big day to occur. We decided we wanted to wait a year and a half for certain reasons. So all we had decided that night was probably around Spring-Summer 2014.

That very same week we got engaged we started getting down to business  right away :P. We told ourselves the more time and the faster we start planning, the less we’ll stress and be more in control of the planning, the ideas and the budget. We decided to do it in May 2014 and we made a budget (AND STICK TO IT). We even started our registry and told everyone for our next birthday gifts, christmas gifts or any other occassion that we’d prefer getting things for our house instead of random things 😉
The way we thought of planning things would be setting priorities so from the most important to the less urgent thing to book or decide on. According to our generation and the way couples are in our area; everyone books in advance when I say in advance I mean 8-14 months ahead for the reception at least. It’s important to book the reception early because they book really quickly. So we started to research which halls interest us.
Our main priorities (the 3 most important) to book were: Ceremony, reception (food included) and entertainment! 😀  So we researched all halls that interest us and what they were offering for our budget and we end up choosing the one that suited our needs the most. We also booked the Dj and our Church.
Our next step (we’re at this stage now) is researching photographer and videographer and start thinking of ideas for flowers, transportation, decor options…

The important thing is to have lots of visual ideas, print and save ALL your ideas. Email yourself if you have to, take notes and keep everything because it doesn’t take much to forget, lose or even misunderstand information between suppliers. Keep everything in one place so you know where to go for the information you need.

That’s it for now. I’ll be giving a little update in a few months!! Happy Planning xox

Optimus PRIME!!

Ok no transformers here, but if you think about it properly it does kinda seem like that. Face primers and eye primers DO transform. I’d like to share with you guys my favorite primers for eyes and face and for what skin types. This is my opinion and from my experience so far, it can be differ from person to person and may not necessarily work for you.

Eyes:
In general they pretty much all work but some have different texture and finishes therefore have a slightly different outcome. Personally I use all of them but depending on the look I want to acheive I alternate but these are my favorites.

The best so far is Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion. This is ideal for most type of eyes and looks, but I find it holds the color very well and easy to blend colors over it and layering. It goes on with a slightly oily feel but has a nice silky finish without being oily.
My second choice would be Raffael cosmetic Prime Time. This has a thick texture wich allows you to layer and put a nice amount of eyeshadows especially with black or vibrant colors. It holds it in place and  does not crease but it’s not ideal for people who have very oily lids.
My third choice is MAC’s paint pots in any shade. This too goes on very creamy and oily feel but dries as a powder, there is a variety of shades that can even be left alone with no worries of creasing. You can play with the eyeshadows to get different looks. This is good for anyone but idealy for people with very oily lids.

Face:
Here it’s tricky there are soooo many to choose from and the choices are tough…

Oily: Best bet is to go for MAC’s mattifying gel. Soaks up all excess oil leaving a matte clean look. If you don’t fully want the matte look you can always go for the next one.
Combination: Smashbox Photo finish primer. It evens out skin tone, leaves you with a perfect canvas for foundation or powder.
Dry: (smashbox would work as well) but my favorite is Cover FX Anti-aging primer. The reason why I like this one is because when your face is dry it tends to “crack” in some areas. This has a slight oily finish which slightly fills in those “cracks” and leaves a nice clean, dewy finish. Also good for people who have fine lines and wrinkles.

The importance of primers: it’s self-explanitory, it preps your face for a better finish. It creates a good base for your foundation or powder and holds it much longer than putting your foundation alone. Many people have spent so much money on products which thought they did not get the results they expected but that’s because they never put a base. That’s  why you hear people say they want a long lasting foundation cause the one they have doesn’t hold. Sometimes you don’t need all that crazy coverage foundation, all you need is a good base and a decent tinted moisturizer (please review my tinted moisturizer posted a few months ago to save money on this).

I hope this helps some of you with your daily routine and helps you save money on “disappointing” products when sometimes all you need is a good base.
Happy Valentine’s day to you all!!
xox

OOTD

Hello Girlies!

Here’s an outfit of the day. This look is a casual-nice :

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Boots: are from X2B (borrowed from my sister shhhh! 😛 ) They are buckled at the top near the calves, high heal. The buckle slighly adds edge and makes it look more casual.
Skinny jeans: from Forever 21 a few months ago. Dark blue, stretch. Super versatile. You can wear them with flats, heals, boots, sandals… I have 3-4 pairs I wear these all the time.
Black stretch tank top: from Forever 21, well its a tank top soooo ya, very useful
Blouse: from Dynamite. Black see-through, with black and gold trim buttons and sleeves tie with same black gold trim button. This too can be versatile. You can add a belt since its loose or just wear it as is. To make it more sexy at a night out, you dont HAVE to put a tank top under.
Makeup: lipstick speed dial from MAC, eyes: carbon, print, all that glitters and jest.
I took this pic before I wore accessories but all I added was a small metal-dark grey bracelet  that a very good friend made.

Hope you have a good day
xox