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Illuminating Our Perfection, or Purposeful Deception?

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I got an email the other day that had me thinking about the significance of makeup, especially in my life. She asked how I felt about the accusations that using makeup is a deceptive way that women represent themselves. I figured I’d respond to this publicly because I feel that it is essential to my readers to understand why I write what I write and the role that makeup plays for me personally.

Let’s start with a little personal history! I’ve gotten on a beauty kick lately more so than ever. I’m really loving experimenting with makeup and different products ever since I visited Ulta and later got an Ipsy subscription, which delivers new, varying beauty products every month for only $10, making it pretty much impossible for a girl like me to refuse. My love for using makeup has been a consistent love. I remember, as a young child, I used to carry around one of those caboodle carrying cases full of makeup and sit around with my friends and create “makeovers”. Sure, they probably weren’t as aesthetically pleasing then as they’d be now (I’ve learned at least some skills since those days), but even then I understood what makeup meant to me. I loved using it because makeup is artistic as well as purposeful.

I see so many comments on the pages, videos, and posts of beauty bloggers by men (and some women) saying that makeup is deceptive and that it hides one’s natural flaws, making the individual more attractive than they actually are, attracting individuals who apparently think they naturally look flawless. Ahh. Let’s get this straight here. Makeup enhances one’s beauty and gives the individual the ability to exemplify certain physical traits while toning down traits they see as less desirable or bothersome. That’s not deceptive. It’s something that we, as humans, do similarly with many things. We always want to put our best traits forward, whether it’s for a job interview, a first date, whichever. Makeup is something that allows women to accentuate their best physical features.

Some women, like myself, also use makeup as a way to conceal acne scars in order to be more comfortable and confident in their own skin and especially in face to face social situations. For me, I focus immensely on the base of the makeup look: the foundation. I have had severe acne for the majority of my young adult to adult life and it has left me with unsightly, discolored scars that I don’t always like to leave bare. It’s a sensitive thing for me, having others ask about the permanent marks that were left on my face from these years, so I find that knowing how to apply my makeup effectively gives me a major confidence boost. Others aren’t looking for scars, but rather social queues on my face, which is a nice change of pace. I could imagine many others apply makeup for the same reasons. They would rather reduce the distraction of little flaws and feel comfortable and confident in their own skin than go out, barefaced, knowing that the uncomfortableness will ultimately hinder them. I remember feeling like I was going to cry every time I’d look in the mirror and see how badly my skin had gotten. Makeup gives the individual the freedom to look glamorous and to feel beautiful, acne scars or not. It’s more so for the individual’s sake than for any outside force, meaning that the use of makeup isn’t as much for “deception” as many like to call it, but for the expression of illuminating one’s perceived best features in vibrant, inspired new ways, neutralizing the flaws we have that chip at our confidence.

Makeup is enjoyable for me. I love to be able to have a clean canvas to create new looks every day and to experiment with different color palettes. I can change my look to fit my outfit, my mood, anything I desire. I honestly think using makeup is as “deceptive” as a woman looking beautiful in nice clothes. Is that deception too, because she’s not spotlighting the bumps and rolls that are just a natural part of her figure, but finding pieces that illuminate her best assets?
Realistically speaking, how is makeup any more deceiving?
Why should I not feel comfortable in my own skin?

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Ipsy First Impressions: A “Fresh Start” to 2015!

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The first thing I noticed when I opened the package was the weird plastic texture of the bag and the unsightly colors. Don’t get me wrong! I usually love the bags the makeup comes in, but this time around was a different story….The orange, blue, and white combination on the bag is a little tacky in my opinion but I’m not generally paying for the makeup bag as much as I am paying for the actual products. I was expecting something a little cuter though. Maybe something a little more wintery?

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The first product I received was the Malin + Goetz Mojito Lip Balm tube, which I originally thought was a cream (which would’ve really pissed me off. I am not a huge fan of creams, but Ipsy hasn’t seemed to take the hint in the past!). I thought it would be colored or scented (hence the name), but it is clear. No smell that I can detect, no color. It says it is used for “daily protection, soothing treatment, fatty acid absorption technology” so I guess….there’s……that. On the back it says it’s for the treatment and prevention of dry, irritated lips. I have never in a million years had this issue, but I guess I’ll find a use for it one of these days. I mean, I did pay for it. I will find a use for it.

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And then, needless to say, I was frustrated again by another tube, that was in fact a cream this time around (Smh). I thought I made it crystal clear in my survey that I did not want creams of any sort, but……oh well. The one I received in this bag was the Nourish Organic Renewing Eye Cream, which is also for people with dry skin. Again, I am the exact opposite of a dry skin sufferer. My skin is actually pretty oily as is, hence the apparent distaste for skin creams in general. I will, however, use these products and let you guys know what I think of them regardless of my preference! When I went in to smelling this product, I was horrified when it ended up on my nose and actually smelled uncannily like play dough. Yes, that stuff you used to play with and sometimes eat as a kid. It smells awful to me, but if you’re one of the people that enjoys that peculiar smell, then you might actually really enjoy this product. Around your eyes. Unlike me, who unwillingly was marked with this scent on the last place I’d want it to be on my face!

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Next, I got this gorgeous pink Elizabeth Mott All Over Shadow brush and it is the cutest thing ever. I love the color of the brush and the bristles already (pink is one of my top 5 favorite colors, so this was an immediately positive reaction!). I haven’t used the brush yet, but I am always in need of new brushes, especially for eye shadow, so I have a hunch that I’m gonna like this one.

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Then I got a Bellapierre Cosmetics pigment in “Exite”, which seems an awful lot like a spelling error. Is that a spelling error? Are you sure? No?…Okay moving on. This color is a shimmery white powder which I could imagine is going to look phenomenal when used to highlight and blend my eyeshadow. I’ve never had a pigment this glittery before, only glittered eyeliners, so I’m really looking forward to trying out this product. Most of the time, when I get pigments from Ipsy, they’re generally pretty fun sized but this one seems to be full-sized, which is a huge relief.

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Lastly, I got a Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow in “Treasure”. The color is stunning and seems like it will be very neutral on my olive skin tone. It also has a little bit of shimmer to add that extra glam and has a pretty blue packaging box with whimsical white waves on the front. It looks expensive. When I looked it up, I came to realize that it is fairly expensive for an eye shadow and it’s actually vegan and cruelty free, which is totally awesome! Kudos to Ipsy for choosing brands that believe in causes like animal rights. I could see myself purchasing more from this brand if I end up enjoying the product.

If you’d like me to make a video of the final impressions of these products on my Youtube channel, let me know in the comments below! Same goes for if you have any questions 🙂

I’m going to restart my youtube channel so I’ll make sure to post a link to the new one as well!

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(Belated) Sassy Saturdays!: BYOD (Bring Your Own Drama!)

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Welcome back, ladies, to another Sassy Saturday (posted on Monday, oops) and today it’s all about bringing your own drama, and by drama, I don’t mean the stuff you’re trying to avoid. I’m talking about dressing to impress! It’s the Winter season and we’re getting in the swing of the holiday madness that is December. I’d like to think that Winter gives quite a lot of wiggle room for fashion as you can finally bring out those knee highs and cozy sweaters, despite Florida’s seasonal mood swings. During Winter, I like to transition my closet, which contains clothes meant for all types of weather, into a creative, stylish holiday wardrobe. If you’re in college, like me, it can be difficult to spend money, especially on new clothes, and because the season is so short-lived here, there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t work around your Summer wardrobe! Plus, Winter gives you a chance to create dramatic, fantastic looks from old favorites, just by switching up a few pieces here and there!

During this time, I’m especially keen on bringing out my boot collection. Although I wear them throughout the year (for style purposes rather than comfort), this is the only time when they’re particularly comfortable to wear, as the heat is dying down to let reign a cool, dry breeze.

My absolute favorite pair of boots are my all black “AirWair” Doctor Martens combat boots (pretty sure that link is the correct model of the boots I own, and if not, check out these awesome boots that could be my boots’ doppelganger!), with bouncy soles. They’re a bit on the expensive side, but they’re quality leather boots and it takes actual, purposeful effort to destroy them, as they are resistant to oil among many other potential messes! Also, if you ever decide to dish out some moolah to purchase a pair of Doctor Martens boots, make sure that you give them some time to be broken into. The leather is hard and they may be pretty uncomfortable at first. I bought mine “used” (I use quotations because they were bought, although they had never actually been worn), and it took me several months (yes, MONTHS) and lots of fuzzy socks to get these bad boys NOT to hurt. So if you’re planning to buy them for that awesome Ugly Sweater Party you’re hosting next week, think again or plan for next year’s holiday fiesta. They’re quite beautiful though and I find the combat boot look to be a sexy twist on the boot trend. I like to wear mine with dresses and tights to balance out the masculinity and femininity of my look! And yes, below are my actual boots! I’ve had them for about 4 or 5 years now, give or take, and they’re still looking and feeling great, besides a few minor scratches. A few scratches never hurt anyone!

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Another trend I’m really digging is the use of the peacoat, a trend that has existed for quite some time now but awakens more prominently during the colder months! I bought one at a thrift store a while back for $10 thinking that I would use it on a “needed basis” and immediately became obsessed with its versatility. Despite the nasty weather in my college city, I’ve managed to wear my peacoat from Fall all the way to the beginning of Winter, pairing it with colorful tights, girly booties, and frilly dresses! The one that I purchased is actually very similar to the one below, and I’m not quite sure of the brand of my actual peacoat due to being home for the Winter Break! But take my word for it, though, it’s the most beautiful, comfortable coat I’ve had thus far! What I like best about it is the fact that it’s such a structured coat and looks quite formal, but when it’s used, it feels as soft and movable as a hoodie! It’s deceiving in all the right ways.

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I think my next peacoat purchase will be a lot more like the one below, but definitely without the fuzz. Not a big fan of hair on my coats, other than maybe faux fur on a hooded jacket. The structure of the coat is pretty and cheetah print, when worn tastefully, can look truly amazing. I’d probably wear this with an all black get up to bring up the drama factor and to let the coat do all the talking.

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During these months (and any months when I’m at home really!), I also love to break in my heels, which I happen to have many of. These heels are Madden Girl Karlla Polka Dot Pumps and they are one of the sassiest pairs of heels I own. I know they weren’t made like this with the intention to look like holiday shoes, but they remind me very much of a combination of Christmas and the ’50s style (I dig the polka dots)! I was trying to find a link for you guys to check out the shoes, but for some odd reason, these shoes are sold out and out of stock everywhere. They were, however, sold at DSW for some time, and may come back at some point. I also thrifted these shoes, which makes them a million times better, as I paid barely anything for practically new heels. I enjoy wearing my Karlla pumps with black skinny jeans (or my basic skinny jean leggings) and dresses with similar color palettes. They’re so incredibly comfortable for being heels (if you’re trying heels for the first time or are a little iffy about getting heels, check out Steve Madden’s shoes) and I love that these shoes speak volumes all on their own, let alone with other pieces. They are beautiful, great quality heels, but then again, they are Steve Madden.

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And finally, we have the trend of the infinity scarf which I have yet to buy but am tempted to purchase. I’m all for simple on the days when I’m dressed down and I find that infinity scarves can easily give a casual look a more put together, dressed up feel. They can be purchased at practically any clothing store at this time of year and are usually not more than $20, which makes them a cheap and efficient buy. Forever 21 has infinity scarves of all patterns and colors for fairly cheap, so if you’d like to check that out and potentially get one for yourself or someone you love this holiday season, here you go. You’ve hit the motherload of infinity scarves. Go nuts.

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If I were to go through with my infinity scarf purchase, I’d probably get something geometric and dramatic like the one below! Black and white pieces are so versatile and the patterns is incredibly eye catching. I could imagine wearing this piece within countless of my own looks.

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I hope you guys enjoyed my Sassy Saturday BYOD post, and I hope to do this for you guys every Saturday again (not Monday like this time around!).

If you have any questions or comments, leave them below. If you have any particular prompts, topics, or categories you’d like me to post about, contact me at Mandirito@gmail.com.

Have a fabulous day, my darlings, and stay chic this holiday season.

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Girls Meets Glitter? Girl has Already MET Glitter, and She Loves It!: Review of Ipsy’s November Beauty Bag

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I know you guys have been long awaiting my review for my beauty bag I received for the month of November from my Ipsy subscription. It’s been a hectic couple of days with the looming Thanksgiving Break and the current wrap up of all of my group projects and assignments I need to complete for my classes. I feel like my head’s going to explode! But on the brighter side, after using the products I received, I am now able to give you guys an honest, first-hand review!

In this gorgeous, glittery bag, I received a ton of products. Sometimes they only give you a couple, but I was pleasantly surprised by what my makeup bag had in store! I got 5 different beauty products total: An eye base by Be a Bombshell Cosmetics in “Submissive”, a J.Cat wonder lip paint in “Mad Splatter”, a S/B highlighter by Temptu in “Pink Pearl”, a Star Looks gem pencil in “Ultra Olive”, and finally, the oil of Morocco argan oil hairspray by Marc Anthony.

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The image above shows a few swatches of the products. From top to bottom, the picture shows the “Ultra Olive” gem pencil, the wonder lip paint in “Mad Splatter”, and the “Submissive” eye base. I wanted to swatch the highlighter as well for you guys, but unfortunately it doesn’t show up as well as the other products because it’s meant to be more of a subtle pearly glow.

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I’m gonna start us off with one of my top products from the beauty bag that I received: the eye base in “Submissive”. At first glance, I didn’t think it would be anything special, and I was completely wrong. When I opened the container, the color was a gorgeous brassy gold. I could imagine that this would look incredible on darker skin as well. I have a more medium/olive tone (aside from during Winter, when I begin to lighten up), and this shade surprisingly looks outstanding on my skin. I used it in combination with a gold shadow this week and I can honestly say that it helps tremendously to keep the shadow from crumbling and falling off, and maintained the shadow look that I had created for an entire school day. I like the creamy texture of the product and that it applies evenly without clumping. It’s difficult to find a color that would probably look equally as good on differentiating skin tones, but I believe that this color could do justice to any skin shade, so if you’re darker or fairer than me, you should give this product a chance as well. You may be pleasantly surprised!

This product is only $14 on the Be a Bombshell Cosmetics website, which isn’t really all that bad for something that I imagine would last a while. You don’t really need all that much product to apply this effectively.

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Next, I’d like to go to my absolute favorite, must-have product from this bag: the wonder lip paint. Above is a picture of the lip paint in action! I was not expecting the color to be so vibrant at first glance, because many of the lip glosses and lip colors I’ve purchased prior to receiving this bag seemed like they’d be solid, thick colors, but later proved to be a bit transparent. This lip paint, however, applies as the exact same shade as the tube. Not even kidding. There’s no false advertising in this product, and probably for this entire line of lip paint. What you see is exactly what you get. The texture of the lip paint is a little on the weird side if you’re used to smooth color, but I’ve come to realize that if you squeeze the tube a couple of times with the cap on before you start to actually use the product, the sandy texture won’t be as prominent. I think the product just separates in the tube after a while. Once it’s mixed, however, it’s definitely not as noticeable. The color lasts for hours, and when I say hours, I mean hours. It endured eating, drinking coffee, and wiping my face. This lip paint is long lasting which I think is a wonderful change. Just make sure that when you apply the color that your lips are dry (don’t lick your lips beforehand) and try to stay within the lines of your lips. Once it dries, it’s done, so it’s important to get your lips exactly how you want them before it seals. It’s a gorgeous color that maintains its shade throughout the day! What’s not to love?

Try it out! It’s amazing! It’s only $4.99 at Ulta!

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Now we’re onto the highlighter. I think it has a pretty glow, but I was disappointed that I couldn’t capture it in a photograph, which leads me to believe that it doesn’t show up all that much. It has subtle glitter, but with my skin tone, it fades quite a bit. I do have to say, though, that it has a very pretty, pleasant smell to it. However, I don’t think that this product is going to do much for me. I will try to work it into my beauty routine, but I’m somewhere in the middle on this one. I’m not really sure if it’s going to make much of a difference in the long run, as my WINTER skin overwhelms the color. I guess we will see.

It’s $27.50 on the website, which I think is a bit much, but if you’d like to try it out for yourself, go ahead and click here.

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The “Ultra Olive” eye pencil is pretty on my blue eyes. It doesn’t smudge all that much, which is always good, and the pencil has subtle glitter which helps transition between day and night looks. I don’t generally deviate from the eyeliners that I use, so I thought it was pretty neat that I received a new eyeliner in my beauty bag this time around. I think Ipsy’s trying to tell me that I need to be more experimental with more neutral, toned-down eyeliners. I certainly wouldn’t buy a new neutral eyeliner on my own, unless the color was a must-have. I’m more of a jet black or crazy bright eyeliner user, never really in between, so I didn’t know exactly how to feel about the olive just yet. This olive pencil is nice, though. It looks great on me so far, and I don’t think it’s all that crazy to try out, so if you’re a little nervous about trying an olive tone eyeliner, I would definitely suggest giving this pencil a go. I’ll probably use it from time to time. It’d probably look great on a grey-eyed gal.

If you want to check out this pencil, click here. It’s $17, so it’s really your call if you have the money and would like to give it a chance.

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Finally, we have the Marc Anthony hairspray that I’ve increasingly grown to love. I was disappointed at first because I don’t like receiving hair products from Ipsy, but when I tried this product out, I was much happier than I thought I’d be. I think it’s quite functional for many different hairstyles and doesn’t harden your hair to the point where it’s uncomfortable. I used this to seal my hairstyle on Friday, and when it came time to take my hair down, it actually ended up looking amazing. This hairspray is great for teasing and styling hair and is useful if you’re like me and sometimes just want to get your hair out of your face for a few hours. It has an amazing smell, completely intoxicating, and keeps my hair shiny and sleek. Love, love, love this hairspray! And the even better part? It’s only $8.99 at Ulta!

Go check it out here! Let me know what you think!

I hope you enjoyed my review, and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! Leave a comment below!

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Feast Your Eyes on Ipsy’s October “Beauty Candy” Makeup Bag: A Beauty Product Review

I don’t know about you but as a busy college student living hours away from the people I have grown close with, I’m taken aback by receiving mail, even summaries from my bank, because receiving mail regularly has always escaped me. A day that I receive anything in that little mailbox of mine is a thrill ride. So when I received my nail jewels that I had ordered what feels like years ago (traveling from China takes longer than I could ever imagine for something so small!) and my Ipsy makeup bag package for October, I was at a loss for words. Pure, radiating joy! Not only was I feeling the love (from myself, as I was the one that had ordered these fabulous things, for myself obviously!), but there’s a feeling of satisfaction knowing that I’m going to have some new colors and products to show off in the coming week. I’ve gotten significantly more interested in exploring makeup, hair treatments, and nail art this year, so my Ipsy subscription allows me to explore my beauty tool options without having to shell out every last dollar in my wallet. It’s actually pretty affordable when you realize how much each product is when you buy them separately. It gives me the chance to essentially try new looks and products “guilt free”, and I have a subscription for a whole year paid off, so I have ten more months of pretty things just itching to get to my mailbox next!

This month, I received 5 products! Yes, 5! I love when they load up my bag like they did this month. My initial thought was to not get too excited because on Instagram, quite a few people were complaining about getting hair and skin products when they had explicitly requested not to. I am one of those people that generally sticks to my ways when it comes to lotions and cleansers, so I agree with not wanting to waste a sample on either one of these categories. When I opened to metallic pink shipping package, there was my beautiful new makeup bag. This makeup bag was much less “cheap looking” than the one from last month (I wasn’t impressed with the bag the products came in last month, but that didn’t hold me back from loving what I received regardless!), and had this really pretty texturized, quilted blue print. I love the color and I love the way the bag feels! I was immediately drawn to the whole look and feel of it.

When I opened the bag, like I said, I had 5 different products to check out. I received a Doll 10 Highlighter, a VolumEyes Mascara Sample, a City Color Be Matte Lipstick, a Figs & Rouge Hand Cream in Mango Mandarin, and a sample package of Skyn Glacial Cleansing Cloths. In order to give you a full idea of what I received this month, I will review each product individually.

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I was extremely excited about this product. I’ve just recently taken up the art of face contouring and am continuing to research it and advance my skills (it’s definitely a process, especially for someone like me who, until recently, knew very little about how to use makeup to its fullest potential). When I opened this, however, I was a bit disheartened by the subtlety of it at first swab. When I brushed my finger across the surface, the pigment was practically invisible. When I contour, I like to be able to see how the makeup changes the look, especially when I highlight. If I’m going to highlight my cheek bones, I want there to be a difference when I apply the makeup or there’s no reason to apply it. When I applied it, although it took several strokes of the palette, it did end up having a pretty, dewey finish. The finished product wasn’t as monumentally great as I thought it would be, but I could see this product coming to good use at some point. It still has a good amount of usage potential. What I also noticed, too, which others may or may not mind, was that the highlighter wasn’t as creamy as I thought it would be. I usually use fairly creamy highlighters but this one is reminiscent of the texture of cream eyeshadow. It’s going to take some getting used to.

This product is a bit on the pricier side (it’s $30 on the website), but if you’d like to try it out for yourself, CLICK HERE.

VolumEyes Mascara Sample

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I don’t have a fight to pick with this one. It does its job well. The volume of my eyelashes is much, much brighter and more defined than I thought it would be. I wish this product wasn’t a sample, but regardless, once I run out, I’ll be heading out to the store to give it another go. I’m not as picky about mascaras because as long as they don’t make my eyes feel like they’ve caught on fire every time the crumbs tumble into my eyes, I feel like they’re serving their purpose. That is, if they make me look like minnie mouse. Having a nice pair of thick eyelashes has been a long-time dream of mine, so I don’t protest to trying new products that will give me this effect. VolumEyes is a keeper!

If you’d like to check out this product (DO IT.), CLICK HERE.

City Color Be Matte Lipstick in Cappuccino

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Gosh, I wish I loved this lipstick more than I do. Lipstick is my thing. I love trying out new colors, bold shades that contrast with my clothes…A great lipstick can tie together any outfit perfectly. But this lipstick…This shade in particular has become really popular recently, as my sister had mentioned that Kylie Jenner had set off a coffee/nude lip craze. This color is just that. It’s very pretty in the tube, but I’m not sure of how I feel about it when it’s actually on my mouth. The problem is that, when I put my bronzer on, this lipstick makes me look like I legitimately have a nonexistent pucker. Like someone carved a hole where my mouth is supposed to be and left the lips unfinished. My lips are really thin as is…I’m trying to stay open to the idea of wearing a somewhat nude lip, and I will give this one another chance, but part of me wishes that they’d throw in a berry shade instead. Berry is more my scene, or actually red. Red would be exquisite.

If you’d like to try this lipstick, CLICK HERE.

Figs & Rouge Hand Cream in Mango Mandarin

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Ah, I did not want skin products. At all. On a scale from one to ten on how much I desire to smother myself in new skin creams, 1 being a firm “no” and 10 being a “grabby-handed” yes, I’d be a -5. NEGATIVE. FIVE. I didn’t want skin cream!

Despite my initial disappointment, however, the bottle of this lotion caught my eye immediately. It’s really cute and colorful. I wanted to give it a shot anyway. The smell is airy and light, which I love, and I have to say that it will suffice. If I were guaranteed to get a hand cream, I wouldn’t mind getting this one. I just have too many lotions, scrubs, and creams at home to even bother buying more. Berry lipstick, I still want you in my life.

If you’d like to try this hand cream, CLICK HERE.

Skyn Iceland Glacial Cleansing Cloths

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Recently I had come to the conclusion that I was tired of using a scrub and astringent nightly to manage my skin and remove the makeup aftermath of the day. It burns (because of the condition of my acne), it gets dry, and it’s uncomfortable for at least a few minutes afterwards. I was on the verge of going to Target that afternoon when I received this package. I think it might’ve actually been destiny when I received the Skyn Cloths. They remove 90% of the makeup on their own, which says a lot because when I do makeup, it tends to stick to my skin like cement. These cleansing cloths do a beautiful job of cleaning up my skin and leaving the skin feeling fresh and actually clean. Granted I do still wash my skin with water afterwards because I am paranoid, but this sample was very impressive. It was only a sample, too, but came with a total of 10 cloths, which is a great deal for a sample! Samples, if you’re lucky, have just enough to get the job done once, but I think I’m equipped for the rest of the week! It’ll actually give me enough time to buy some on my own, now that I know what I’m looking for.

If you’d like to try these out, because they’re awesome, CLICK HERE.

I hope you guys enjoyed my review on the Ipsy bag I received for the month of October! If you can, I’d really appreciate if you give me a moment of your time and respond to the poll below.

If you have any other comments, feel more than welcome to comment on this post!

Have a beautiful day, lovelies! xo

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Whatcha Wearing, Mandirito?: My Super Sweet Saturday Style! (MOTD!)

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My sweet Saturday look consists of a very girly ensemble (especially for me!). I managed to take some time out of my relaxing weekend morning to create the perfect curl with only one burn to endure (which is an extreme success, as I am often burning myself at least 5 times due to the fact that I find curling wands awkward to hold). To get this curl, I used my wonderful Conair Infiniti Pro You Curl Curling Wand, which has proved its worth time and time again! It only took around 30 minutes or so to finish and perfect my hair in this look, but it would take much less time if you’re not a wookie like me. Hair to style is something that I don’t have a shortage of. I would suggest this curling wand to anyone that is a styling noob like me that is looking to gain some experience styling their own hair or wants a pretty sick burn that they can talk about at parties.

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If you’re interested in purchasing this wand for any of the stated and possible reasons, Target sells it for only $20.99, which is a steal for the results you get from this wand! I would recommend it for anyone who’s budget conscious but still wants to look like a million bucks!

I always do my hair first because I don’t like the feeling of my hair sticking to the foundation on my face while I’m styling. It makes me crazy. With that being said, I finished my curling job and used one of my all-time favorite hair sprays, one that I fairly recently reviewed, the Guardian Angel Frizz Protect Studio Size Hairspray by Got2B, which is sold at Ulta quite affordably.

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The next step is always to put on sunscreen, because I live in Florida where it is hot even on overcast days. I prefer to use Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer with SPF 15 or SPF 30 (both work well!) because it’s not super greasy and still gets the job done. However, recently I ran out of Olay and have been using regular sunscreen (Coppertone Sport), which makes the foundation look a little more greasy than normal, but still protects my skin. I wouldn’t go a day without putting on some sort of skin protection. It’s important to realize that even when we are indoors, if we’re sitting next to a window, we can experience skin damage. Plus, it only takes an extra minute or two to apply some sunscreen, and ultimately who doesn’t want to look good when they’re 40 and up?

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When the sunscreen has dried, I use Maybelline’s Fit Me Foundation, #235. I’ve been using this same foundation for a while now and it “fits me” like a charm! I use my Sonia Kashuk brush set to perfect this layer before I go on to a light powder that sets the foundation. After my skin routine has been completed, I advance to the best part: adding color!

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I find that eyeshadows, bronzers, lipsticks, and blushes make for a brighter, more vibrant face. I used my favorite bronzer, Wet n Wild Color Icon Bronzer with SPF 15 in #739 (“Ticket to Brazil”). For under $5, you can get the look of a two-week vacation on the beach without all the sun damage, which is a win-win for beauty product lovers everywhere. I try to keep the bronzer to a minimal color to ensure that the color still looks natural and I don’t look like I suffered an unsuccessful spray tan.

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I used my e.l.f. Endless Pro Eyeshadow Palette to give my eyes a bit of faded blue shimmer, creating an ombre effect from the lid to the brow. This palette has been an amazing purchase. I’ve had it for about a year now and haven’t even gotten to use all of the colors in it. It comes with 100 colors and only costs a mere $10. Yes, ONLY $10. That’s insanely good value for all of the color options you get. I bought mine at Target at the time, but I’m not sure if they still have it. Regardless, it is the same price when you purchase it directly from E.l.f.!

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Last but not least, I used the new lipstick I recently purchased, Maybelline ColorSensational Lipcolor in Plum Perfect, #435. This color is the perfect transitioning shade between Summer and Fall and is equal parts plum and red. I’ve always been a red lipstick kind of gal (I’m addicted to the pop of color!), but have recently been turned on to the color of plum. I think it looks fabulous in contrast with olive/tan skin.

I hope you guys enjoyed my Makeup of the Day for this beautiful Saturday, and remember to be experimental in your look! Trying something new with makeup every time you apply it can give you a world of inspiration to define and redefine your look.

If you have any questions about the products or would like to leave a comment, please do so! 

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Mandirito’s Beauty Testimonials: An Ulta Haul for the Ulta-mate Hair! – Product Review

Recently, I’ve rediscovered the dangerous territory that is the Ulta clearance section, but also Ulta itself. It’s like the world decided to take all the beauty supplies I love and desperately need and jam them into one crisp, cute, not-so-little beauty emporium, with a clearance section better than the entire Walmart when it comes to beauty savings. I used to be a Walmart shopper for my essentials, and I’m not promising that I’ve completely sworn off Wally, but the products that I find myself looking at longingly always end up in the back corner clearance section of Ulta for me to scavenge. And so I did. I scavenged, spent an ungodly amount of cash on some beauty tools that I am certain I’ll be using for years to come, and if it weren’t for the cashier going b*tch mode on the customer that followed me about her “poor preference in hair setting spray”, my trip to Ulta would’ve been picture perfect. Aesthetic puns, hah. But seriously.

Without further ado, I’d like to tell you a little bit about the products that I purchased! This trip was basically all about the maintenance of my hair. Coming back to the university, I was more prepared than ever to battle the everyday Florida heat, and the suffering that would occur from walking back and forth across campus. I wanted to test out a few different styling products as well as products that would allow my hair to maintain its composure throughout the day, and I ended up purchasing three new products to take for a joy ride: Got 2b 2Sexy Voluptuous Volume Studio Size Hairspray, Got 2b Guardian Angel 90% Humidity Defense Hairspray, and Bed Head Totally Baked Hair Meringue.

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Got 2b 2Sexy Voluptuous Volume Studio Size Hairspray:

Pros:

  • The first time I wore it was during my very first week back at school, last week, during a high-ninety-degree streak. I had put my hair up in a calculated messy bun for a class that I walked quite a distance to get to from the bus stop. I realized how hardy this hairspray is when I managed to keep my hair intact with only minor flyaways from wind exposure for a good 3-4 hour period.

Cons:

  • I’m not a fan of my hair getting crunchy with hairsprays, so obviously it bothered me that it got more rough when I utilized this product, but once you wash your hair, the rough texture goes away. It’s not permanent, but it bugs me, even when I have my hair out of my face.

Verdict:

  • 9/10.
  • Would you buy it again? It’s highly likely. I am always looking for deals and the first time I bought this was during a Got 2b buy-one-get-one-free sale at Ulta, which ended with me getting this volume hairspray as well as the anti-humidity hairspray. It’s not unaffordable when it’s not on sale, though, so if I were to get it again, it wouldn’t break the bank.

You can check it out and buy it here: http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod6470156

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Got 2b Guardian Angel 90% Humidity Defense Hairspray

Pros:

  • My hair is smooth and sexy! Yes, both! I would recommend this for all you lion-maned girls out there. We need to stick together, and this product was made for us. It’s practically begging to be used!

Cons:

  • Reference the brittleness comment above. This one makes your hair less brittle, but I still don’t like the plastic-y feel that accompanies the use of hairspray. It’s just a personal preference, really. If that doesn’t bother you, then the subtle aftermath of this product will not deter you. You will simply only reap the benefits of smooth tresses! Congratulations!

Verdict:

  • 9/10.
  • Would you buy it again? Yes! I have pretty decently long hair so this was an absolute must try! Often I find that my hair gets poofy and frizzy when I’m in the sun too long, so I’ve been generally looking for something to tone it down when the heat rises. I liked that this product kept my hair as “under control” as I’ve ever gotten it for an extended period of time. It works well!

You can check it out and buy it here: http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod6470158

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Bed Head Totally Baked Hair Meringue

Pros:

  • My hair is accepting of styling products, and I had never used a meringue before this product. With that being said, I don’t have much prior experience with similar products. However, I thought this product gave my hair natural, pretty waves. I used this with a little bit of the anti-humidity hairspray and they work together like a charm, but it works wonderfully on its own too.

Cons:

  • I particularly enjoy the beachy smell of this product, but if you don’t like strong-smelling products, this might not be the one for you. I don’t usually like to smell really strongly (I leave the scents to my perfumes!) but this one didn’t bother my nose as much as I thought it would. It does have a very strong smell, and if you’re not into that, I could imagine that this product wouldn’t be worth the price because then you’d have to smell it on yourself all day long. It’s your call, really. If you don’t like smelling like a beach, maybe give another one of Ulta’s meringues a go!

Verdict:

  • 8/10.
  • Would you buy it again? Maybe. It’s somewhat affordable ($15.95 at Target), it smells nice in my opinion, and it provides a subtle, pretty wave to my hair on days that I don’t have time to show before class. I would recommend this one to anyone who has hair, like mine, that sometimes just needs a little push to gain some volume.

This one I could no longer find on the Ulta website, but they sell it at Target at the following link:

http://www.target.com/p/tigi-bed-head-totally-baked-volumizing-prepping-8-5-fl-oz/-/A-14721340?ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001&AFID=google_pla_df&LNM=14721340&CPNG=Unassigned&kpid=14721340&LID=13pgs&ci_src=17588969&ci_sku=14721340&kpid=14721340&gclid=Cj0KEQjwveufBRDlsNb3kb-twMIBEiQASNH0xofSHTeJdsU_nYTUW5TxOEgQ5lo23eZK-EpGE1W8dlYaApwO8P8HAQ

Any questions, comments, or concerns?

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