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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Product spotlight: ColourPop Cosmetics


 So as many of you can tell from reading my blog I love to try out new products, especially if they are affordable and today's post is no different!!

I had heard and seen some stuff about colourpop for a few months and it was a line that I hadn't tried before, so a few weeks ago I decided to buy some stuff.

The products range from 5-20 dollars and if you sign up for their newsletter you will automatically get 5 dollars off your first purchase!!

I bought 3 of their lipsticks, an eyeliner and eyeshadow...
Lips

 Satin lipstick in the color Brooklyn ($6)

This is a hot pink tone with a satin finish






 A muted pinky/muave tone




They also came out with a new formula for their lippie sticks called Matte X ($5)


 Chateau which a deep red/wine color

Eyes





Super shock eyeshadow in envy ($5) 



Violet purple with cooper and purple sparkles





I rate each:

 Ultra satin- 7/10  
 Pros
-Super pigmented
-Not drying
-Glides on easy
-Long lasting
Cons
-Not smudge proof

Ultra Matte- 8.5/10
Pros
-Super pigmented
-Smudge proof
-Dries instantly
 Cons
-Can get flaky Tip: mosturize lips before applying
-can feather 

Lippie stick- 6/10

Pros
-Great color pay off 
-Not drying
 Cons
 -Not smudge proof
-Can feather over time

Eyeliner- 9/10

Pros 
-Glides on easily
 -Doesn't move
Cons
-Does need a few applications to get good color pay off



Super shock shadow- 9/10

Pros
-Very pigmented
-Lasts all day
Cons
-Glitter does scatter



The picture on the left is when I just put on the look (líp satin, eyeliner, eyeshadow) right- 5 hours after heat, food and drink

As you can tell the eyeliner and eyeshadow did stay on pretty well. There is still a faint stain on the lips so it needs reapplying (which is a little annoying because I love the color) 

Overall I was impressed with how pigmented these products were, especially for the price of the products!

I will definitely buy more of their eyeliner, eyeshadow and ultra matte lipsticks in the future!

If you have tried out any colourpop products tell me which ones are your favorite? Comment down below! 

I hope you guys liked this review or found it helpful! 

-Lupita ❤️

Friday, January 22, 2016

Product Spotlight: Tarte's Greatest Glitz Collection Set


Happy 2016! I hope you all had a wonderful time during the holidays and ate a lot of great food!

Now that it's a brand new year, it only means that there are new things in the world of beauty! 

For the first review of the year I bought this gift set from Tarte on the ulta website (Now unavailable) They were having a deal the day after Christmas and I thought I'd buy myself a little belated Christmas gift!

As you can see it's very glitzy and sparkly (hence the name).The top is made out of sequins and it looks like it would make a great clutch bag for a night out if it was a bit smaller.



Once you lift the top it reveals the three different palettes along with a mirror, which I thought was a nice plus. There is also a drawer that had a lip butter and  Tarte's bestselling mascara as well.


There are 8 shades and a blush in each a palette! 
The colors range from gold, dark and silver tones with mate and shimmer finishes


Here are some swatches from each one:
*Note: I realized the lighter shadows didn't show up as I expected on camera, sorry 

Gold Palette

1.Toasted Marshmallow *
2.Vixen
3.Dipped In Chocolate
Blush: Warmhearted



Rose Gold

1.Joy To The Pearl *
2.Glitzy Blitzen
3.Evening Affair 
Blush: Impress



 Silver

1.Jingle All The Grey
2.Bedazzled Spruce
3.Black The beauty
Blush: Bubbly
I have to say overall I was happy with how pigmented the eyeshadows were, especially the darker shades. The shimmering ones had the right amount of glitter, perfect for a night out! 
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Out of the eye shadows, I couldn't choose because they were all so pretty and I had literal heart eyes looking at them!

Out all the blushes, bubbly was my favorite because I could use it as a blush or a bronze highlighter.


 I hope you enjoyed this review and I will see you soon! 

-Lupita

Monday, December 21, 2015

My Go To Christmas Songs And Movies



Now is the time we all get into the holiday spirit and for me especially I like to get into the spirit by listening to Christmas music and  watching Christmas movies in a cozy sweater with a nice cup of chocolate Abuleita and some pan dulce or buenelos (if you grew up in a hispanic home you know exactly what in talking about)
Honestly, I like to listen to Christmas music all year round just because when you listen to it it brings out the feeling of holidays.

Mariah Carey- All I Want for Christmas 
 
Undoubtedly a Christmas classic of the 90's. I mean you can't tell me if you listen to those first notes, you don't immediately stop everything and when that piano solo drops you just belt it out.

Alivin and the Chipmunks- The Christmas Song

 
As a kid I used to love watching the old Chipmunks cartoons and obviously listening to this version brings back a lot of memories.

 *NSYNC-O Holy Night


 
The bands accapella cover of this classic never fails to give me goosebumps. 

Baby It's Cold Outside (Glee cover)


 
As a gleek this is probably one of my favorite covers the show had done #Klaine

Wham!-Last Christmas


 Can't go  wrong with this 80's classic!

Pentonix (feat. Tori Kelly)-Winter Wonderland/Don't Worry Be Happy

 Not only does this song have two of my favorite artist, but this mash up is laid back and happy all at the same time!

Darren Criss-Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (cover)

 
I mean who doesn't like a little Darren Criss during the holiday season?

Michael Buble-It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

It's not Christmas without  a little Michael Buble


Cant't forget these classics....

Bing Crosby-White Christmas

 

Frank Sinatera-Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas


Elvis Presley-Blue Christmas

 

Nat King Cole-The Christmas Song

 

Feliz Navidad-Jose Feliciano
 

Brenda Lee- Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree

 
Rodolph The Red Nose Reindeer

 

Frosty The Snowman




And for those blistering cold and snowy days where you just stay in and watch movies to get you in the festive spirit

Elf (2003)

This is by far the most quotable holiday movie in years! Will Farrel is hilarious as buddy the elf who discovers he isn't an elf and heads off to New York to find his biological father, while also discovering the real world.

Love Actually (2003)

I don't know about you, but I love a good rom-com and if it's a holiday based one, I'm there! Love Actually has a star studded cast portraying people falling in love in different perspectives during the holidays that will make you laugh and cry. From young love, to falling out of love, it's perfect for any rom-com lover to watch during the holidays!


The Holiday (2006)

Another one of my favorite rom-com's is this film about two woman from opposite ends of the world wanting to get away for the holidays after their break ups for a fresh new start. Jude Law also plays a widowed dad of two daughters because we all need a little Jude Law in our lives, amirite ladies?

Home Alone (1990)

I think all of us at one point dreamed of what we would do if we were left home alone for a week as kids. Eat what we wanted, watched what we wanted, staying up as late as we wanted, while doing what we want with no adults to yell at us. Kevin Mcallister was living the dream until it ended up in a pretty wild and hilarious goose chase.

There's a new web series based on Kevin as an adult in celebration of the 25 anniversary of the film CLICK HERE

The Santa Clause (1994)

Another classic holiday film for any 90's kid! Tim Allen (who was very big in the 90's FYI) plays a newly divorced dad who accidentally causes Santa to fall off the roof. His son convinces him to help deliver presents, but got more than he bargained for when he becomes the new Santa. Since then there have been 3 in the trilogy.


How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)



This is by far a must see holiday movie! Even though it has been made into a live action  movie, nothing beats the classic tale of Dr. Suess' holiday book!

A Muppets Christmas Carol (1992)



A spin on the classic story of "A Christmas Carol" with Kermit The Frog and the Muppets because who doesn't love the Muppets?


A Christmas Story (1983)

Another quotable and memorable movies during the holiday season! This movie is as big today than ever (some channels even play it on a loop on Christmas day). From the famous leg lamp to proving mom's can be a little too overprotective sometimes, it's a cult classic that will live on for generations. But most importantly, we learn never to put our tongues on a freezing post even on a triple dog dare.


Just Friends (2005)

This movie isn't technically a Christmas movie, but it's set during Christmas (it still counts, right?). It's basically about a guy who used to be a loser in high school and it fast forwards ten years later when he's lost weight, a big shot record producer and a ladies man. He ends up stranded in his home town with his over the top popstar client (played by Anna Faris) and reconnects with the girl of his dreams. It's hilarious and Ryan Reynolds is eye candy, even a fat suit.


Tell me what your favorite movies/songs get you into the holiday mood down in the comment section!!

Happy Holidays!

-Lupita

Monday, November 9, 2015

Book of the month: October

"Well hello everyone!" Is usually the greeting Tyler Oakley gives to his 7+ million subscribers since 2007!


In October the Internet sensation and all around OG of the YouTube world  released his memoir titled Binge.

 I've been a fan of Tyler for a while. He's not afraid to be himself and loves fangirling about one direction (something I love to do myself).

He's very entertaining in a no holds bar way and isn't apologetic about it.

It's the same way with this book. From chapters about his love for poop (yes, really), coming out, his past relationships, his struggles and family life to meeting people like Michelle Obama and one direction and finally gaining fame with YouTube.

As I was reading I actually could hear his voice in my mind. His charisma and flamboyancy in storytelling really showed in his writing and it kept me interested in keeping on reading.

But what struck me the most was that he wrote about his hardships:

Dealing with an eating disorder and body image
A lot of people can relate to and I can only imagine how hard it was for Tyler to talk about. He referred his overweight self as "fat Tyler" and discussed how he lost complete control of his relationship with food and the dangers of over excising. 

Dealing with his parents divorce
 In which he describes as stressful and full of messy custody battles.
  
 His estranged relationship with his very religious dad
He mentions that he never really got along with him as a child and when he came out they lost touch.

 A boyfriend who he calls "the one that got away"
In a chapter he recalls a on and off relationship that lasted two years. 

 Being in an abusive relationship 
He didn't give much detail, but he mentions how toxic it was being in relationship was and how he decided to leave it.

Between these heavy topics, there are fun and light chapters too:

Disney Princes
Tyler who is a huge fan he ranks each  Disney prince

20 Things I'd Do If I was Beyonce For A Day
The title is self explanatory (I mean who hasn't thought about this). Some of the things he'd do include: Going door to door surprising unsuspecting people, Call up the ex-members of Destiny's Child (There were three of them, who knew?) and give them pep talks and recreate "Lady Marmalade" (somebody make this happen)

Unnecessary Holiday Traditions 
 Basically a list of traditions that make no sense or unnecessary such as ground hog day, singing "Happy Birthday" to someone (I agree with this one. It's totally awkward) and leap day.

It is a very fun and interesting read for fans and people who are curious to know more about the Youtube Phenom that is Tyler Oakley!
 


Friday, August 7, 2015

Book of the month: July

This month I read "paper towns" by John Green in honor of the movie release on July 24th!



Like many people I had read Green's first best seller "The Fault In Our stars" which also got adapted into a movie in 2013 and loved both adaptions, which is rare because the books are always better.

Like TFIOS, "Paper Towns" is a profoundly moving story of love and the struggles of growing up. The story follows high school senior Quentin (who goes by Q), he's not the most popular or outgoing kid and like many are looking forward to graduation and moving on to the next chapter of life: going to college.

As graduation nears, he spends a night on a scavenger hunt with his popular, mysterious neighbor and crush Margo helping her prank  all over town.

For Quentin this is the most crazy thing he's done in his life, but this is probably the first time in a while Margo knows he exists so  he helps her out.

After their adventure Margo disappears which she's known to do often, but this time it goes on for far longer.  Quentin takes it upon himself to try to find her with cryptic clues that she's also known to leave behind. So with the help of his friends  they head on a road trip that they will never forget.


As I read the story I would think back to my high school years and like Quentin I was never the one to take too many chances. I stuck to what I knew and felt comfortable with, but I also do think we all have met a Margo at some point in our lives that has pushed us out of our comfort zone and be carefree  and go on adventures without a single hesitation. Like the book quotes: What's the point of being alive, if you don't at least try to do something remarkable?

The point of life is to try to do something you never thought you could do because it might lead to something amazing that you'll remember for the rest of your life!

In my opinion, I think reading YA stories as an adult leaves more of impact then the audience it's targeted to. The reason is, I feel that while your reading you'll associate more with what's going on because you've already lived it and you'll think of those memories or it'll make you look back and wish you did something in certain situation that's happening and relate to the character.

Tell me if you've read and what you think of "Paper Towns" and tell me your favorite John Green book down in the comments!



Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Continuous Journey to Redefining The Standards Of Beauty


Hi everyone!

So if you've been following this blog you may have read my posts on how the fashion industry has made a major change by incorporating more diverse people in their work such as people with disabilities.

See Previous posts:
 2014: Changing The View On Diversity
New York Fashion Week Open It's Arms To Diversity

Well this movement is becoming even bigger now with the addition of Madeline Stuart of Australia

According to her mother,Madeline or Maddy as her family calls her,a lifestyle change to become active and healthy helped her become more confident and reach her dreams of becoming a model. 

Like most girls, Maddy had struggled with her weight, but thanks to dance, swimming and cheer leading she has lost weight and is more confident with herself.

 Other than raising her confidence Maddy also hopes her new found career will change society's look on down syndrome and look past her disability and see the beautiful person outside and in.
“People need to see how she shines, how her personality just bursts out.” her mother says.

Side Note: That swimsuit is cute! Werk it girl!


Maddy is currently looking for an agent, but I have a feeling she will find one in no time!


 Site


Another trend I am seeing is the advertising of plus size models and as a plus size girl it makes me very happy!

I've always struggled with my weight and seeing ads with skinny models didn't help with my confidence as a teen, but as I grew up I learned to love my body and curves. I know I'll probably never be a size 0 because I love to eat, but sometimes going to the mall and trying to shop can be a bit of downer when everything I like is not in my size. I have boobs, a butt, hips, thighs and might be a bit wider than other girls. And even if a certain store says it's for a plus size women it might only cover a few of the problem areas you have and it's just like "Ugh do these manufactures actually think people are all the same size? Do they not know us curvy girls like to look cute too?" 

But as of recently the media has brought models who aren't a size 0 to light and it 's making me want to embrace my curves more!


 Meet the curvaceous  women who are changing the fashion game...

Nadia Aboulhosn



She has been called the Kim Kardshian of the blogging world and has thousands of followers on her social media accounts who love her edgy street fashion shots.  She has also been featured in Vogue and has her own plus size line called Nadia Plus for the fashion website Boohoo.
 
  "Don't listen to what other people think and say about you because ultimately the way you feel about yourself is what's important"

Instagram | Blog

 Tess Holiday


Tess has had a trailblazing year by becoming the first model of her size to be signed to a major modeling agency and  this past month, she made heads turn by becoming People Magazine's covergirl. Not only is she modeling, she is also founder of the #effyourbeautystandards movement that empowers women to love themselves as they are.    

"There is no such thing as a perfect body and the hardest barrier for women to overcome is themselves,"


 Instagram | Site


Gabi Fresh



Gabi not only is a fashion blogger/ model she also has her own swimsuit company called Swimsuits For All. She also came up with the campaign #everyBODYisflawless by posting a lip dub of Beyonce's hit ***Flawless with fellow plus size bloggers Nadia Aboulhosn and Tess Holiday encouraging women to love their bodies no matter what shape or size they are!

"You don't have to be a certain size to claim your confidence. Fat is not a flaw. This video is dedicated to the mainstream media, to the fashion industry, to internet bullies, and to anyone else who thinks it’s their right to try to make us feel less than because of their insecurities. #everyBODYisflawless"
- See more at: http://gabifresh.com/2014/05/everybodyisflawless/#sthash.H4luiARA.dpuf
you don’t have to be a certain size to claim your flawlessness. Fat is not a flaw. This video is dedicated to the mainstream media, to the fashion industry, to internet bullies, and to anyone else who thinks it’s their right to try to make us feel less than because of their insecurities. #everyBODYisflawless
- See more at: http://gabifresh.com/2014/05/everybodyisflawless/#sthash.H4luiARA.dpuf
you don’t have to be a certain size to claim your flawlessness. Fat is not a flaw. This video is dedicated to the mainstream media, to the fashion industry, to internet bullies, and to anyone else who thinks it’s their right to try to make us feel less than because of their insecurities. #everyBODYisflawless
- See more at: http://gabifresh.com/2014/05/everybodyisflawless/#sthash.H4luiARA.dpuf


Blog | Instagram

Ashley Graham 



Back in February she made headlines by being the first plus size model to be in sports illustrated as a part of the #curvesinbikinis campaign. Ashley's modeling career started at age 12 and is most notably known for modeling lingerie for the plus size clothing company Lane Bryant. She also recently gave a TED talk about her struggle with her body image and learning to embracing her body while working in the fashion industry.


“I felt free once I knew I wasn’t going to fit the narrow mould that society wanted me to fit in. I was never going to be perfect enough in an industry that defines perfection from the outside in and that's okay! Rolls, curves, cellulite, I love every part of me!”


Instagram | Site

Denise  Bidot


 Denise is the newest model to make waves in the media by being a part of the new campaign Beachbody Not Sorry for Gabi Fresh's company Swimsuitsforall  in which the sultry ads shows her in a bathing suit untouched which sadly is very rare in the media. The campaign aims for women to be confident with their "imperfections" and stop apologizing for them.

“I agreed to be part of this campaign because it’s about sharing your story with others and opening up the conversation about beauty,”

Instagram | Site

 I have to say is ladies keep doing what you're doing and keep flaunting it, us curvy girls appreciate!

And in the words of Beyonce herself...


-Lupita