Saturday, November 27, 2021

5 Holiday Photo Makeup Tips to Help You Looking Stunning in This Year's Photos

 As the holiday season is upon us, I wanted to share my holiday photo makeup tips so that you can look your best in your family photos.

1. Use a light hand for all products. It's better to under utilize products like foundation instead of caking them on. Use a light hand with products that have shimmer/glitter and highlighting products as these products can quickly get out of hand and cause the wearer to look like a glitter bomb or an oil slick.

2. Do not make today the first time you try a new product. Stick with the classic products you know and love. 

3. Use setting powder/finishing powder to cut down on unwanted shine. If you have oily skin, it can look extra oily in photos because the camera picks up on all the excess shine. Use a blotting sheet to blot off the excess oil throughout the day if this remains a problem.

4. Mix your concealer in with your foundation. This helps prevent super white under eye areas from just placing concealer under your eye or spot-concealing. By mixing your concealer in with your foundation, you get the best of both world since dark circles and blemishes are concealed, and the foundation helps even skintone for a flawless complexion. 

5. Take a quick bathroom selfie after you put on your makeup. If anything looks weird on camera such as white under eye areas from too light concealer, you can fix it before you head out the door. Remember to try flash and no flash! 

Do you have any tips and tricks that I forgot to include in this post?

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Huda Beauty Review: Kayali Deja Vu Perfume and Interview Lipstick Shade

 Sharing a quick mini review of two products I picked up during the Sephora VIB sale: the Huda Beauty Kayali Deja Vu perfume and the Huda Beauty lipstick shade in Interview.

The Kayali Deja Vu perfume is a warm scent that is very strong. A few spritzes will last all day on your body. It's a warm, floral scent with notes of jasmine, gardenia and sandalwood. Despite being labelled a floral, I find I love this perfume for winter due to the warmth of the sandalwood.

Interview is a pink-toned nude that lasts all day on the lips. It's a matte formula that can be a tiny bit drying on the lips.

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Lighting Palette Volume III

 Today I wanted to pop onto the blog and do a quick review of the new Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Lighting Volume 3 palette which is the newest and darkest shade range available for this palette collection.  This palette has three new shades (L to R): Eternal Light (finishing powder), Transcendent Light (finishing powder), and Prismatic Strobe Light (strobe powder). In basic makeup terms, the first two are setting powders and the last one is a highlighter. 

This palette has generated a lot of controversy in the melanated makeup community for not being deep/dark enough, and I think it's true. As a Fenty 370 founation shade, I think I am definitely on the edge of the spectrum of people who can use all the shades included in the palette which means there is a LARGE portion of the melanated community that cannot use this product. Hourglass isn't winning any awards for inclusivity. 

As for how the product actually functions, it is the same amazing formula that everyone loves about Hourglass. Each shade lasts for at least 8-9 hours on the skin. If you have to wear a mask for work, I think it's important to note that this product does last under a mask, but does tend to fade a little.

My  thoughts on each of the shades:

Eternal Light- I really don't know what to do with this shade on me right now to be completely honest. I can't use it as a setting powder because I feel like there is too much subtle glitter in this shade for setting purposes and just makes the wearer look like a glitter bomb.
Transcendent Light- This is my go-to contour shade right now. It's perfect for my Fenty 370 skintone and blends flawlessly. I look naturally chiseled with this product on my jawline.
Prismatic Strobe Light-As a highlight, this is very subtle on my skintone. It produces that natural glow on film or camera so it's perfect for holiday pictures.

Will you be purchasing this product in the future? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below!


Monday, November 22, 2021

Chorizo Potato Egg Scramble

If you are looking for a quick and easy breakfast for your holiday guests, this is IT! It's a fairly straight-forward egg scramble with a Tex-Mex twist. Personally, as a Texas girl, I love it because of the Mexican twist. Chorizo makes everything delish!

Chorizo Potato Egg Scramble

Serves: 3

1/2 lb ground chorizo
1/2 cup mix of corn, diced peppers, red onion 
4 eggs, mix yolk and white in a bowl
1 to 2 yellow gold potatoes, diced
handful of cilantro leaves
1/2 teaspoon cumin
a dash of pepper (add to bowl of eggs)
garlic powder
onion powder
handful of Mexican shredded cheese (optional)

1. In a large non-stick skillet, cook the chorizo and potato over medium-high heat, breaking up the chorizo with a spoon, until it is browned and the potatoes are tender, 12-15 mins. While it's cooking, add all the spices/seasonings listed above.

2. Add the mix of corn, diced peppers, and red onion and cook for 3 more minutes.

3. Add in the egg mixture and let cook for 3 minutes. Then break up the egg "omlette" into bits and mix the entire skillet. Check if the seasoning is adequate and adjust as necessary. Mix in the cilantro leaves and cook for 1 more minute. Add cheese (optional), let sit until the cheese has melted and serve.

4. Sit back and enjoy the compliments! :)


Sunday, November 21, 2021

Too Faced Christmas in the City Holiday 2021 Set

Hi, everyone! Hope you are doing well and the holiday season isn't too crazy!

I picked up the Too Faced Christmas in the City Holiday set during the Sephora VIB sale and wanted to post a quick review of the palette so the makeup community could decide if this was worth the money for gifting/hoarding/etc.

The gift set comes with two eyeshadow palettes, a blush palette, and a mini Better Than Sex Mascara. It's a great set that can be broken into smaller pieces for stocking stuffers or as a small gift for a few friends. For a more in-depth review, I've broken down the review by each palette below.

The Christmas in Los Angeles Palette:

This palette has great wear time and lasts from 9-12 hrs for all the looks that I tried (the shorter time scale is because I had to wash the makeup off at the end of the night and not because the makeup didn't last). However, the "punch" or brightness of the eyeshadows does tend to fade after about 8 hours. This palette is supposed to smell like pina colada (all the palettes are scented), but I couldn't detect anything. However, I did spend the day with my MIL and she is allergic to a lot of scented products; she did start sneezing when I walked in the door with only this palette on (I don't wear scented products around her), so it might not be ideal to gift for a friend or family member in the same situation. Below I have listed my breakdown of the shades and how they performed on my eyes (keep in mind that I use shadow brushes for the matte shades and my fingers for any of the shimmer or glitter shades):

Selfies with Santa-very pigmented and easy to blend
Touch Your Elf-pigmented and easy to blend
Christmas in Bels-pigmented and blends nicely
Santa Monica-not as dark and pigmented as I want it to be personally (more of a brown-black), but it blends nicely
Here for the Hos-This shade is very buttery and pigmented.

Overall, I would have to say that this palette is just as good quality-wise as any of Too Faced's tin packaged eyeshadow products that are holiday releases (aka the Gingerbread palette and the spicy Gingerbread palette).

The Christmas in Italy Blush Palette:

This entire palette has a strong scent that smells vaguely orange-ish. The shade reviews are as follows:

Jingle Bellini-This shade barely shows up on my Fenty 370 skintone, but it does last on the skin for up to 8 hours and is very pigmented.

I will update this page with my latest thoughts and the last palette over the new few weeks. In the meantime, what are your thoughts? Is this a palette set you are interested in purchasing?