Lately there has been so many commercials for different live products that are not actual lipsticks.
Lately there has been so many commercials for different live products that are not actual lipsticks.
Dust is probably made of dust. Wow the fall out patchiness! You have to use a primer and wet brush and you’re going to have to layer it on like crazy.
Burnout is a light warm pinky color it’s really nice on and could probably double as a cheek highlight.
Limit is really smooth, easily blend all but is basically the same color as me so it doesn’t show up on me. Look at this watch you can’t even see it that’s the space it’s actually a color.
Buzz is probably the main reason why this pallet is described as the Rosegold palette. This is a very buttery, good pay off, and really metallic. It is beautiful!
Trick is pretty much a copper eyeshadow with a hint of pink in it. This would not blend or even come out of the pallet. Not kidding. Had to rub my finger in it and then on my arm to even show it. Pretty color but not a really good formulation.
Nooner is A brown no shimmer or satin at all perfect crease color with just a hint of pink in it. It’s great. Better then buck in the original pallet or MacSoft Brown. Amazing and would have bought it on it’s own
Liar is warm pewter or gray that has a lot of brown in it and is very metallic. It is very wonderful and the payoff is amazing. It looks almost like a cream shadow.
Factory is A dark brown that has a very reddish undertone and reminds me a lot of Darkhorse in the original naked palette. A really dark warm bronze. It’s really pretty but it’s so similar to something they already made.
Mugshot is also very metallic. But it’s a taupe. So it’s a little on the cool side but I don’t mind it so much. It is really creamy and has a good color payoff if you look good in taupe.
Darkside is a pearlized mauve purpleish kind of color. It’s really pretty not too metallic or shimmery but not flat. It would be great alone or as a crease for a dramatic look.
Blackheart is a matte black shadow with red flecks of glitter in it. It looks like it would be really cool but you can barely see the red flecks once it’s on. I’m not counting it as a bad mark because who can’t use a black eyeshadow but it really would’ve been fun if it looks on your skin how it does in the pallete.
This is way better than the second eyeshadow palette urban decay made however it’s nowhere near as great as the first.
Back in 2006 I couldn’t take it anymore and had an epiphany that this isn’t some ridiculous telenovela fastidious service or like some chonga who sharpie paints her eyebrows daily. You know what I mean, big, overdrawn and dramatic.
It was for everyone who was sick of doing this every morning just to look like a normal person or so that everyone you have to speak to isn’t staring at your mismatched brows or the fact that you have no brows. I bit the bullet and went in for a free consultation for my eyebrows with all of the products I used daily on my brows to recreate in front of them what I was looking for. I explained I am not into fake, I don’t highlight my hair, wear makeup daily or try to change what is really there I am only looking to enhance.
It took about 30 minutes for the consultation, to show me the portfolio and all the color options. She let me know right there and then if I wanted to do the service right now or schedule and appointment. I decided on right there and then. Don’t get me wrong this is still a tattoo, you will be red, itchy, swollen and might even bleed. It’s going to look really dark for about 3 days and it’s not going to tickle. The numbing cream only takes the edge off and it is about an hour long process, so if you have never had a tattoo or a semi painful dental visit – THIS IS NOT FOR YOU.
Thankfully my hair grew back anyway and I didn’t need the permanent makeup as badly as I once did. However, I loved the look of it. Nicely defined and polished brows were such a perk especially since I am too lazy to wear make up daily.
You cannot wear make up after this, you cannot go in the sun, the pool etc. IT’S A TATTOO. Don’t forget this is A TATTOO. You have to take care of it like one. You will need it to be touched up because it will fade and if you don’t go to a reputable place it might turn a weird color over time. Yep, that’s what happened to me. After two years I had orange pink brows. This was then
I went back to my Anastasia brow wiz pencil and brow gels until I could get an artist who has good ink and a good hand. everyone assured me it was all in my head and it’s not noticeable etc. lol yea okay.
If you are in the south Florida area this girl will come to you and is extremely talented. I liked her work so much I had top eyeliner done just to enhance the thickness of my lashes.
When I came back from having my brows done the difference was instant and amazing. It itches, it wasn’t painless (like a 4 from 1 – 10) but it was worth it. This is right after.
This is 3 days after.
It’s an investment in myself I will never regret because I love how it looks and how I can go without makeup and not be self conscious of my face.
I truly believe in permanent makeup and I have a totally different outlook on it. If you have even considered it go to as many consultations as possible. Ask them if you can sit in with them or see their portfolio, if you have a good artist you will have a good experience.
So I have my tried and true recipe that feeds 20 people or feeds 8 people with left overs for a killer sandwich. My mom’s parents were super old school Hispanics and I had lived with them for most of my childhood. This wasn’t something we only ate on Christmas, it was something we ate every two months. As my grandma got older, I became more in charge of this, until she wasn’t around anymore. I’m now the only female left in my family that knows how to make this. With my eyes closed might I add.
I promise it’s easy. It’s a little time consuming but not worse than turkey is. You will be eating something amazing and be able to make one hell of a Cuban sandwich the next day that will also make you locally famous. Or at least something your family begs you to make for all the next social gatherings!
Keep in mind you will need two days to do this. The first day is for prep and marinade where it will stay all day in it’s roasting pan covered. The next day is for cooking. You will need to cook it 30-45 minutes per pound. So a 6lb pork should will take 4.5 hours.
So here we go, pernil aka pork roast a lo caribbeño.
Garlic (whole cloves or pre-minced is okay)
Sour Orange Marinade
You want to combine these 7 ingredients in a bowl to make the marinade:
minced up garlic about 3 tablespoons ,
salt 3 tablespoons ,
olive oil 1/3 cup,
black pepper 1 tablespoon ,
oregano 3 tablespoons,
sour orange marinade 1/4 cup
white vinegar 1/4 cup
*yes you can also buy adobo/mojo but you will need to separately purchase the sour orange marinade, onions, garlic and sofrito*
Set aside some of garlic, all the onions and sofrito.
Take your pork shoulder and run it under cold water, then pat it try. Put it in the roasting pan (disposable is fine). Now you want to take a pretty decent sized knife and make slits all over it. About 1 inch wide and 2 inches deep should be good. There is no rhyme or reason to the pattern of the slits, just go. Make 20 -30.
Cut up your onion into thin round slices. This will go on the pork later on.
Now we are going to put plastic wrap over the top and let it sit in the refrigerator until tomorrow. Make sure you have enough room in the fridge before any of this.
The next day, take it out of the fridge one hour before cooking. Make sure you do not need the over for the next 4 – 8 hours depending on how big your shoulder is. Put two cups of water in the roasting pan. Cover it with foil or the top of the roasting pan.
After two hours of cooking, uncover it and baste it with the juices. KEEP IT UNCOVERED AND ADD THE SLICED ONIONS ON TOP. I just take a big spoon and pour it over the shoulder. Then every 30 minutes go back and baste it until the cooking time is over.
When the cooking time is done take your thermometer and place it deep in the shoulder without touching the bone. The juices should run clear and it should say 185 – 195 degrees. Let it rest at least 15 minutes before cutting it up and serving.
If you have left over marinade you can leave some in a little gravy dish with your roasted onions for those who might like a wetter textured pernil.
For me its about being picky. I like looking at things and altering them to fit my style or my lifestyle more. I use blogger, you tube, pinterest and google. I am infinitely curious aside from picky which makes this experience almost unstoppable once the launch sequence starts. I will be in a store, like Target for example, and see something I sort of like but not completely. I wonder to myself, can I spray paint it? Dye it? Add something to it? I’d read how others had gone before me, I was inspired, and had the desire to learn how to dye shoes, make terrariums, refinish furniture, try beauty treatments.
In the process believe it or not I came to find out things about myself that I never really knew until now. I came to realize how much I don’t like certain shades of red but that there are other ones I adore. That I can tweak things I find or inherit and make them my own and really enjoy myself while I am working on my little project big or small. The sense of accomplishment and productivity I feel just really does it for me. I know I can go buy lavender jeans, but it was way more fun to do it myself and the color was specific to what I was after. Perfect for me.
When I read about other creatives using their hands to build something amazing, I can’t help but feel admiration. Not everyone has the time, inclination, or skill to take on major DIY projects, and that’s totally understandable. However, I truly believe it can be learned because I do not consider myself an artist or a carpenter or anything like that, I only consider myself to be determined and confident in myself.
Let’s talk about what else this accomplishes. Remember, it all started with beauty (hair, nails, treatments, makeup) and how I would like things but wish I could change them just a little bit so I was never 100% satisfied with most things I would buy or have done. So it has satisfied my being a pain in the ass and if I don’t like something I only have myself to blame plus it keeps me entertained and brain function healthy. Awesome. But it has save a TON of money. No. I’m not kidding. And I’m not really all that high maintenance mostly because things would cost more than what I thought they were worth.
The break down by hair, nails, skin on a monthly scale.
Cut $25 + tip every 4 – 6 weeks = $30
Glossing Treatment/ Deep conditioning $ 15 + tip every 4 – 6 weeks or more = $ 17
Color/ Highlights/ Ombre/ Retouch $35 – 55 + tip every 6 – 8 weeks = $ 45+
$92 – 102 month
Manicure every two weeks: $10 + tip = $12
Pedicure every two weeks: $22 + tip = $26
If you have French add $5 per
Gel Manicure every two weeks if you prefer $25 + tip = 28
$86 – 96 month
Eyebrow wax every two weeks: $10 + tip= $12
Upper lip wax every two weeks: $10 + tip= $12
Facial treatments every month: $75 + tip= $80
$128 month or $ 48 month if no facial
$226 a month on the low end = $2,712 a year
$326 a month on the high end = $3,912 a year
This is WITHOUT things like eyelash extensions which is another $100 a month or LED photofacial treatments or acrylic nails. No extra special trimmings
That’s insane. I know what it’s like to be looking at an LED manicure machine that is $70 for the kit and you think to yourself well what if I suck at this or is that too much? No, no its not. You will learn how to use it and it will be fun and I have had mine for almost two years and still haven’t ran out. I spent $70 instead of $1,152. The second year the machine didn’t cost me anything. I figured out a way to still use all my old nail polish and watch you tube for new design ideas. I get compliments on my nails every week from strangers. It’s become a pampering experience for me to DIY.
I bought a wax kit at Sally’s beauty. Watched a lot of you tube read a lot of blogs on it. I even wax my arms (not under arm) now instead of shave. That’s definitely a luxury I never could have afforded before.
DIY hair cuts I understand are not for everyone but a trim can be. If I wanted a major change I don’t know that I would tackle it myself. But highlights, a trim or a deep conditioning yes I would and I do. And I do it more often than I used to get it done because it is not nearly as expensive as it once was.
I know that DIY beauty can seem just as intimidating a reupholstering a couch but I promise you it really isn’t and that with enough instruction you really can do it too. It will be worth your while .
I have fed into the hype. I have tried all there is to try. There are pros and cons with everything so its up to what you think is best for you. Here we go.
“Lash growing” serums and potions are from low to high end. The only one that works is Latisse and yes it works. It gives you more lashes and longer lashes, but not thicker and if they don’t curl now they wont with Latisse. You may have itchy eyes the entire time, I did.
Pros: long lashes, more lashes, works within a week, works on eyebrows
Cons: makes your eyes itch, not thicker lashes, makes your eye color darker (browner even if you have blue eyes), lashes fall out if you stop using it, its $100 a tiny bottle.
Fiber mascaras, whether its Too Faced Better Than False Lashes or Loreal Voluminous Fiber Mascara they flake off. Essentially, a sandwich of mascara lint and mascara. The lint eventually flakes off and not all of it so you have random black hairs on your face. It looks really nice for a few hours or in photos. It’s just not an all day thing and only works for top lashes.
Pros: really dark and thicker lashes, cheaper than Latisse, washes off
Cons: flakes off, doesn’t last all day, not sold separately so you will always have more of one than the other.
Lash extensions (silk, mink, novalash) look amazing 24/7. They look real, full, fluffy and no need for mascara. I go back to them constantly because of convenience, honestly. It really does things mascara cannot do. The kardashian girl’s don’t have better eye makeup than everyone else, it’s lash extensions. Glycol an ingredient in many face washes, makeup and makeup removers will easily start breaking down the glue.
Pros: looks natural, stays on for weeks, makes eyes look done constantly
Cons: it’s not cheap, you have to be careful how you sleep and wash your face, finding a good lash technician is trial and error.
My hair is naturally straight and untreated but extremely long. This is what takes so long plus the feeling of something heavy and damp on you is just annoying.
I have tried all the drug store products to “help cut down blow dry time”. No. Awful, sticky, smells chemically or plain doesn’t work. The only thing that works at my local CVS for this dilemma is a turbie towel. I know it sounds gimmicky but I swear this helps take a lot of the moisture out of my hair!
“The original. Stays in place! Microfiber. Twist and loop. Less blow drying! Better than a bath towel! Turbie Twist is the original super absorbent hair towel. Its unique twist and loop systems makes it the hair towel that stays in place. The Turbie Twist features a tapered design which allows for a perfect fit for all head sizes. Made with 100% Microfiber, the Turbie Twist is functional, comfortable and lightweight! Features of the Turbie Twist: Super absorbent microfiber. One size fits all. Twist and loop system. Lightweight. Machine washable. Tapered design fits all head sizes. Elastic loop stays in place. Unique pocket holds extra long hair. Great for kids and adults! Easy as 1, 2, 3. Place. Twist. Loop.” Yep, it’s all true I hate to admit because infomercials annoy me to no end.
This cut the drying time to 40 minutes. Better than 2 hours but still could be better. On to higher end products. I tried the 3 supposedly best known KMS free shape, Kenra Platinum blow dry mist, and Paul Mitchell Express Style quick slip.
Okay, lets start with KMS Free Shape. Almost 7 oz for $17.00 and its a spray form.
Pros: smells is good not chemically or anything. It’s easy to use and it doesn’t leave my hair feeling greasy or anything.
Cons: almost no difference in the amount of blow dry time. possibly shaved off 5 minutes at best. meh
It could have been worse, but for $17.00 I was hoping to have my socks rocked. Not so much.
Onto, Kenra Platinum Blow Dry Mist which came highly recommended by the chicks at Ulta. It is 3.4oz for $22.00. Holy! This better be amazing.
Last, Paul Mitchell Express Style Quick Slip. It is 5.1 oz and $13.00 also got this at Ulta after returning the Kenra disaster. Cheaper, but not cheap.