Friday, August 26, 2011


I've never bought any makeup from Tarte Cosmetics before, so when I found out about the 30% off sale going on, I thought it the perfect opportunity to try some Tarte! The first things I knew I was going to get were the Amazonian Clay 12-hour blushes. The pigmentation of these blushes is fantastic. I just tapped my brush and used it on both my cheeks. Amazing quality.

Left: Blushing bride, Right: natural beauty
My favorite one right now is blushing bride, a rosy color with gold iridescence . It actually does give you a natural "blushing" effect. I was afraid the shimmer would be too much but it is very subtle. Natural beauty is a reddish coral, perfect for summer. I don't know yet how long wearing they are, but I've heard good things!

Tarte emphasEYES eyeliner in plum: This was the one regret purchase. This eyeliner has let me down - it is so bad. You actually have to tug at your eye when applying. The formula is not creamy at all. It's very hard to work with.

Dark Circle Defense™ Natural Under Eye Corrector: AMAZING. A big huge problem I have with most under eye products is that they sink into my fine lines. This doesn't! It melts into my skin. I love how creamy and smooth it is. I have the Eve Pearl salmon concealer I bought at IMATS that compares to this product and while I do love it, this shade (light/medium) suits my skin tone better.

For $3.50 I couldn't pass up buying some blotting sheets. A must have for just about everyone. 

Hope you enjoyed!

MAC Pro Card: How I got mine

Let me just start off by saying that the MAC Pro card is heaven-sent. When I buy things from MAC, I don't feel guilty anymore! Some prices are even better than drugstore. Who wouldn't love that?! For makeup artists, this card is especially amazing because you can build your collection without going bankrupt. The following is how I got mine (I'm a freelance makeup artist): 

STEP ONE: Go on >> Download an application. Easy right? The direct link is: Print that out. *For people living in the UK, France, Australia, or Spain, find your application here:

STEP TWO: Fill out your information at the top. Under categories and available professions, check the one that applies to you. Since I'm a freelance MUA, I checked off 'makeup artist'. 

STEP THREE: 'Professional identification': for this I included a copy of my driver's license, my business card (I ordered mine from and a comp card (I got mine at A comp card is an 'oversized postcard' with about 4 pictures and the information that is on your business card. Those 4 pictures have to be pictures of people you've done makeup on. Take pictures of them wearing the looks. GOOD QUALITY ONLY (goes for everything). Borrow your friend's, mom's, or grandma's camera if you have to. Nobody likes grainy pictures. Anyways, the comp cards cost me about $16. The business cards about $20. I'm so glad I invested in these because they looked very professional! And in the end, that's what we want. This step took about a week for me because I ordered the comp cards and business cards online.

STEP FOUR: Under 'membership status,' check off 'new' since you have never had a Pro card before. 

STEP FIVE: 'Membership fee payment information': The fee if you live in the USA is $35. If you live in Canada, it is $45. You can pay with check, money order, American Express, Mastercard, or Visa. NO CASH. I paid with a money order that I bought at the USPS (United States Postal Service).

STEP SIX: Sign and date the bottom.

STEP SEVEN: Get a manila envelope and enclose your membership fee (if you paid with check or money order), your comp card, business card, copy of your driver's licence, and application. The MAC Pro website states: "You can drop everything off at any M·A·C store for forwarding or send it directly to the processing department at: M·A·C PRO MEMBERSHIP, PO Box 435, 3219 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario M4N 3S1. (FOR THOSE LIVING IN CANADA) OR MAC PRO MEMBERSHIP, 2316 Delaware Ave., PO Box 289, Buffalo, NY 14216-2687 (FOR PEOPLE LIVING IN THE USA).

1. Make-up artists receive a 40% discount. Aestheticians, Cosmetologists, Hairstylists, Fashion Stylists, Nail Technicians, Costume Designers, Models, On-Air Talent/Performers, and Photographers receive a 30% discount. 
2. Are you a freelance makeup artist? You can still apply. You don't need a fancy license or be registered at a beauty school. 
3. You cannot use the discount on limited edition packaged items or Viva Glam products. 
4. You can only use it in store or online, not at the MAC counter
5. You cannot use the discount on other people. 
6. You can receive discounts off such things like the Make-Up Artist Magazine, workshops, classes, events, or tuition at the Make-up Designory. 
7. I got my card in about 4 weeks

(I originally posted this on Luuux).

Monday, August 15, 2011

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Birthday look #2

Saturday, August 13, 2011

13 Personal Questions Tag

1. What do you order at Starbucks?
Summer drink: Iced passion tea lemonade. Winter: caramel macciato or vanilla latte.

2. What's one thing in your closet you can't live without?
I heart my nude pumps. They make your legs look longer and go well with almost every outfit. I definitely think every girl should own a pair. 

 3. What's one thing most people don't know about you?
 I can only watch soccer games in Spanish. English sportscasters are so boring.

4. One thing you want to do before you die?
Go to a shooting range. 

5. What's one food you can't live without?
I fricken love strawberries.  

6. What's one quote that you live your life by?
Don't tell me the sky is the limit, when I know there are footprints on the moon

7. What do you like and dislike about the YT beauty community?
Love: Learning from great makeup artists who I otherwise wouldn't know about. Dislike: Mean internet trolls.

8. #1 song on your iPod/iTunes?  
#1 Hasta abajo - Don Omar #2 Never tear us apart -Inxs

9. What kind of style would you describe yourself as having?
 I don't know, relaxed to elegant? I wear what I find is cute.

10. Favorite number?
Don't have one.

11. Two hobbies?
Makeup geek and Youtube.

12. Two pet peeves?
You're late for everything. & people who don't blend their eyeshadow.

13. Your guilty pleasure?

Say yes to the dress. You know those girls who have everything planned for their wedding 10 years before it actually happens? That wasn't me. Until I started watching this show.


Thursday, August 4, 2011

Birthday look #1

My 21st birthday is coming up on the 18th and I'm really excited! As usual, before a big event, I plan what makeup I''m going to wear (don't lie, you do it too). After buying Benefit's Tidal Wave creaseless cream shadow the other day, I knew I would want to incorporate it into my look. It's a GORGEOUS color & I'm a sucker for anything teal.

Birthday Look #1
(going to get my eyebrows threaded asap eek)
Products used:

  • Lancome teint idole ulta in buff 6
  • MAC select moisturecover concealer for undereyes
  • Benefit Hoola bronzer
  • Milani minerals blush in luminous
  • TFSI
  • NYX jumbo e/s pencil in milk on lid
  • Benefit creaseless cream shadow in tidal rave on lid
  • Urban decay e/s in gunmetal on lid and bottom lash line
  • MAC e/s in cork in crease using MAC 217 brush
  • Bit of UD e/s in creep in outer V
  • Milani baked e/s in medley in outer V
  • MAC e/s in electra in inner corner
  • MAC e/s in brule as highlight
  • Maybelline gel liner in black
  • MAC smolder eye kohl
  • Benefit they're real mascara
  • Clinique bottom lash mascara
  • Rimmel airy fairy l/s
  • MUFE lab shine lipgloss in M16
What do you guys think?