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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

current beauty favorites.




Lets face it! We are girls and we love makeup. I have been experimenting a lot with makeup lately (I wasn't lying when I said I'm a makeup hoarder). My first makeup product purchase was in my senior year of high school (yes, that's when I first started wearing makeup) and guess what it was? Mac foundation! After years and years of using mac, I realized that it wasn't working out for me and so I stopped using it. Ever since then I have been hunting for a good foundation and after some trial and error, I think I may have found it. But before I rant and rave about my favorite foundation, I will talk about my other beauty faves. 

1. L'Oreal Gel Liner- y'all, I'm seriously OBSESSED with this stuff. I'm usually switching eye liners left and right but ever since I discovered this (which by the way, was a long time ago), that's all I have been using.

2. Beauty Blender- if you don't have one, do yourself a favor and get one ASAP. It makes applying your foundation 10x easier. It's a bit pricey for a makeup sponge but seriously, it's worth every penny (buy it here)

3. MAC blush in coppertone- okay I won't consider this my "holy grail product" but I've been using this blush for years and I keep repurchasing it when I run out. I don't know why but it's almost like I'm afraid to try a new blush (weird, I know).

4. L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara- I am blessed with long lashes already but this mascara makes my lashes extra long. This is the best drug store mascara, IMO. I have a couple high end mascaras that I use but lately, I have been reaching out for this mascara while getting ready.

5. Makeup Forever (Mat Velvet +)- so I mentioned earlier that I had been on a hunt for a good foundation ever since I stopped using MAC. Well, this is it. I have been using this for quite some time now and I am loving it. One problem I had with MAC was the fact that my makeup would oxidize shortly after applying it. It was extremely annoying to constantly have to blot but thanks to this foundation, I don't have to do that anymore! This foundation stays put for as long as I wear it. With that said, I know everyone's skin is different and what works for one person may not work for another. So, in that case, the best thing to do is to get a sample first.

6. MAC Lipstick (Lovelorn)- lastly, I'm really enjoying using this lipstick. I don't usually wear lipstick until it's for a special occasion but this is the perfect pink for every day use. 

So, this is it for my current beauty favorites. What are some of your beauty faves?
Thursday, September 12, 2013

Destination: Happiness

ARUBA

Whether it's a romantic getaway or a family vacation, Aruba is the place to be! My husband booked a trip to Aruba for our honeymoon last October and I must admit, it was nothing short of beautiful. White sandy beaches and crystal clear water is all it took to make up for a relaxing vacation. We stayed at the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino- the most BEAUTIFUL resort on the beach! 
There is a ton of stuff to do on the island from trying out great eateries to amazing tax free shopping and much more! We had already mapped out what we were going to do each day we were there in advance. The best part about our trip was the fact that we were never bored. There was ALWAYS something to do! During the day we would walk around the beach, do some water sports, explore the island or go shopping and after dinner, we would usually grab some dessert, enjoy the Aruban night life or sometimes even go catch a movie.

Attached below are some of the pictures from our trip!


{Aruba, October 2012}
                                                

{left: famous tourist spot // right: breathtaking view from our room}
                               
 We made so many sweet memories there and I can't wait to go back there again one day :) 

(More information about the island here )

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Monday, September 9, 2013

somethin' sweet

Hiya friends :)

So as I mentioned in my previous post, my love for desserts is endless! I love baking- especially when there is a minimal amount of effort required. Today I will be sharing a very easy and a fun way of making a candy cake.





You will need: 

  • Cake mix of your choice
  • Lots of Kit Kat bars
  • Bag of m&m's
  • Cake icing of your choice
  • Ribbon
  • Round baking pan (for the base of the cake)
  • Small sized disposable round foil pan for the top tier
After you have gathered all the supplies, follow the instructions on the cake mix and bake the cake. Once you are done baking the cake, wait for it to cool down completely (this is important so your cake doesn't break when you transfer it onto the cake plate). Once you transfer your cake onto a cake plate, ice the cake. You will then transfer the mini cake and place it on top of the cake base (and ice it). After the icing process is over, you will start attaching Kit Kat's (in sets of two) around the cake. You will then take a ribbon and tie it around both tiers to keep the cake from falling apart. The last step is to pour m&m's and voila, there you have it!


I had so much fun making this cake and hope you guys do too!

Happy baking :)
Saturday, September 7, 2013

Who am I?

I am a twenty-somethin' wife, University of Houston graduate and a lover of anything pink.

Random facts about me:
  •  I love traveling
  •  I love trying out new recipes 
  •  I love collecting books 
  •  I take pictures of just about anything and everything (thanks to my iphone)
  •  I think it's safe to say that I'm a makeup hoarder (ask hubs)
  •  My love for desserts is endless 
  •  I like painting
  •  I like to keep things organized
  •  Currently residing in Chicago but my heart's still in Texas
  •  Did I mention that I LOVE the color pink? 
 
{married my best friend October of 2012}

So now that I have semi introduced myself, thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoy reading about my random life, thoughts and adventures :)