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FOTD

Hey,hey! Why not come back with a “face of the day” like the good ol’ days? I used to do these all the time. Being back at home on break, I have been extremely lazy… so I haven’t been wearing makeup much but today I felt like having fun with it. Here’s what I came up with.

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For the eyes, I mainly used my (super old) Coastal Scents palette and a little bit of the Tartelette palette in the crease.

On my lips I’m wearing the Ofra Long Lasting liquid lipstick in “Pasadena”

Hope you enjoyed this look!

Thanks for reading. Big love,

Briana x

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February Boxycharm

Hey everyone! Hope you’re all well. I am so excited to share this month’s Boxycharm with you. This theme is “Rush to Relax”. Let’s get started.

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First up are these two:

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First of all the Shray Ms. Amazing Facial Mask has the cutest packaging. I was really excited to try a mask like this one but I wound up having a little trouble with it. Clumsy me broke it in the process of trying to separate it open. The mask was extremely wet and slimy, which made it hard to peel off. But whatever I had left to scavenge I tried to carefully just lay on my face haha. My skin actually felt really nice afterwards! This retails for $12.00

 

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Next is the Spongellé You Have My Heart On A String. I wasn’t too sure about what this product was at first; but its basically just a body wash. The sponge is infused with olive oil and “energizing and toning extracts”. I don’t see myself trying this to be completely honest, but I think its still cool to receive something different like this in a box! (Retails for $15.00)

Moving on to some makeup!

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This is the Beauty For Real Glow Stick in “Coral Crush” and “Hi Beam” ($24.00). As you can tell, this is a blush and highlight stick. I think these shades would be especially amazing for medium-darker skin tones; however I still use it and I absolutely love it!

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Lastly, we have these three:

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On the left is the Realtree For Her 10ml Travel Size perfume ($12.99). This is perfect to throw in my purse. It has a nice soft and fresh smell which is what I love in perfumes.

In the middle is the Ofra Banana Powder Godet ($12.00). I was super excited to see an Ofra product in the box!! I love their liquid lipsticks but I’ve never tried anything else from them. I haven’t used much of this powder yet but I am so looking forward to it! I have high hopes.

Lastly is the Freeze 24/7 Anti-Aging Eye Serum ($58.00 -and this is full sized! Insane!) For the price, I hope this stuff works! haha. I haven’t tried it yet but I definitely will. I can definitely use a little help with some dark circles so I’ll let you know if this is any good!

That’s everything this month! It hasn’t been my favorite box so far, but still either way Boxycharm always seems to please. Overall everything adds up to about $134.00! If you’re interested in subscribing to Boxycharm, you can learn more about it here.

Sorry I haven’t been able to post as much content lately. I’ve had a family emergency  but I will be trying my best to get up more of a variety of posts and more frequently! Thank you for sticking with me (:

Thanks for reading. Big love,

Briana x

 

 

 

 

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January Boxycharm

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Hey, hey! Oh how I love getting my Boxycharm in the mail. First box of the new year! This month’s theme is “Eyes on 2016”. Let’s get into it.

 

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First off are these Royal & Langnickel [R]evolution eyeshadow brushes. In my opinion you can never have enough brushes, so I was excited to see these in the box. The long brush in the middle isn’t the best quality. The bristles are a little rough but other than that they’re decent! I’m sure I’ll be using these often. The brushes retail for $23.97

 

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I was really excited about these next two!

First is the Blinc Mascara Amplified . This retails for $26. This mascara actually tubes your lashes, meant to provide buildable volume. It applies just like a normal mascara, however I found it was a little harder to remove. It’s not my favorite but I did like it!

Next is the Starlooks Luxe Longwear Eye Liner Pen. As some of you know I don’t wear liquid or gel eyeliner on my lid because I absolutely suck at it haha. So I was excited to get this so I can practice on my skills. I’ll let you know how I like it when I become a pro (;.

 

And finally, last but not least…

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the Coastal Scents Revealed Smoky palette! This palette has beautiful shades! To be completely honest, Coastal Scents do not have the greatest quality in shadows. Some of these colors do not have good pigmentation BUT some actually are great. For what it’s worth, I think its a great palette for beginners and I’m glad to have it to add to my collection. I know I’ll be using this quite often in my everyday and even more dramatic looks. (retails for $39.95 but is always on sale for about $19.00)

That’s everything. There were only 4 products this month, but that’s because we got a full sized eyeshadow palette so I’m not complaining! Overall I’m happy with everything! The combined worth of this box totals to about $109!!

If you’re interested in subscribing to Boxycharm or want to know more about how it works, you can check them out here.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know if you liked this month’s box- and also if you got the black eyeliner pen or the blue eye pencil!

Hope you’re all well.

Thanks for reading. Big love,

Briana x

 

 

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December Boxycharm

Hi guys! I’m so excited about this month’s Boxycharm! So let’s get right into it.

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This month’s theme is “Pop Fizz Clink”- 1920’s inspired.

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First are these face products.

I absolutely love the packaging of these Tatcha Aburatorigami Japanese Beauty Papers. They’re great to just throw in your purse and keep for when you need to get rid of some excess oil throughout the day. These retail for $12.

Next is the Mullein & Sparrow Mini Facial Mask. I was a bit confused because inside is a powder, but fear not, all you have to do is add water and you’re good to go. I’ve been super into the idea of face masks lately so I am really excited to try this out! I believe I linked the full size one, but the mini retails for $15.

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How cute is this little Jelly Pong Pong All Over Glow highlighter? I’m basically obsessed with all the packaging in this month’s box haha. This is a really pretty and light cream highlight. Surprisingly enough, this is my first ever highligher so I was pretty happy to see this in the box.

On the right is the Nelson J Beverly Hills Moisture Healing Mask. Again, super excited to try this out as well! Not only is this a hair mask, but it can also protect your hair against Chlorine and salt water damage! How cool is that? Maybe I’ll try and save some of this to last until the summer haha.

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Last but not least are the lip products.

I freaked out when I saw an Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick was included in this month’s box!!! This is in the shade “Americano” and I absolutely love it! I’ve tried Ofra’s liquid lipsticks before and they are such good quality. They retail at $19.90.

 And lastly, the Bellapierre Waterproof Gel Lip Liner in “Cinnamon” -which pairs nicely with “Americano”. Not much to say other than all around this is a great lip liner! This retails for $17.99

Alright, that is everything! I’d say this box has been one of my favorites, however I am always pleasantly surprised with Boxycharm. By the way, if you don’t know, Boxycharm is a monthly subscription service that costs $21 a month. If you’re interested, you can subscribe here. Overall this month’s box was worth about $104.00!

Hope you enjoyed this post! Did you like this month’s box? Did I get something different than you? Let me know! Hope you have a great week.

Thanks for reading. Big love,

Briana x

 

 

 

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Current Favorites

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Hey guys, welcome back. I’ve been loving a lot of new stuff lately and wanted to share with you some of my current favorites. So, let’s get into it!

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It’s only fitting that I start with the makeup. These are two lip products. The first is a Manna Kadar lip gloss stain in the shade “Lucky”. This was actually in last month’s Boxycharm! I seriously love this color. Its perfect for everyday.

The next is a Palladio Velvet Matte cream lip color in “Angora”. For the price ($7.00) this product is pretty good! It dries matte of course, which I love and is such a nice shade of red. I love this color for this time of year.

Next up are all about m’ curly locks!

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I never used a diffuser on my hair. I would always just air dry but I HATE going out in public with my hair wet. So a few weeks ago I just decided to go ahead and buy one and man, am I loving it! It has made my life so much easier. This diffuser actually came with a blow dryer I purchased at a beauty supply store by the brand Hot Shot Tools.

Next is the Anti-Breaking Strengthening Masque by Shea Moisture. So far I have only used this once but I already really like it! It made my hair feel so soft and took away a lot of frizz. I also have the shampoo and conditioner from their Yucca and Plantain line. I am so happy with these products. Let me know if you’re interested in a more in depth post about these hair products or just an in-general update on my curls.

Movin’ on to some accessories!

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First are the pearl stud earrings. I got these from Old Navy (which has a bangin’ jewelry selection btw!). I am SO into this style with the big pearl in the back, YAS.

Another earring trend I have been obsessing over are cuffs! This ear cuff is from Forever 21. This is my first but definitely not my last purchase of an ear cuff because I am officially in love! I can’t find the exact one but if you go on their website and search “ear cuff”, they have a bunch of ’em!

Not much to say about this phone case other than the fact that I love it so much haha. I got it from Amazon and to be honest I would link it but there’s no way I can find it again- sorry!

And of course I had to include a nail polish. This is from OPI’s Infinite Shine collection in “You Can Count On It”. Its the perfect pinky-nude color. I always get compliments when I wear it.

Last but not least,

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If you’ve been keeping up with my blog, then you know I love Mindy Kaling. I usually don’t buy celebrity books, but I had to support my girl and get her book Why Not Me -and I’m so glad I did! I haven’t finished it yet but so far, so good! So freakin’ good. And funny.

Who doesn’t love candles?! I’m new to the candle game but I am fully addicted. This is in the scent Sugar Blossom from Signature Soy at Target. Smells heavenly and gives my room a nice relaxing vibe.

Quick side note before I wrap this up. I wanted to give an honorable mention to the CW show Jane The Virgin. I binge watched the first season on Netflix, then caught up on season 2 on Hulu. I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS SHOW! Being Latina myself, this show just makes me extra happy. And I am in love with the cast, especially the lovely and incredible Gina Rodriguez. But I will stop myself here, as I can go on forever.

Alright, you’ve made it to the end! That’s everything I’ve been lovin’ this past month. What are some of your favorites? Are you also a fan of Jane The Virgin? Hope you have an awesome week.

Thanks for reading. Big love,

Briana x

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Face of the Day: Thanksgiving

Hi! So, let’s just start this by saying I suck. I’m so sorry I haven’t been posting very often. I feel like I’ve become a bit of a broken record but life happens. So again, I’m truly sorry. But alas, I am back with a “fotd”. Its been a while since I posted one of these! They’re my favorite. Let’s get into it!

I haven’t been wearing much makeup lately so for Thanksgiving I wanted to go all out. (and by “all out” I mean my usual neutrals). I actually really loved how this look turned out!

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(ear cuff from Forever 21)

On my lips I have the Maybelline creamy matte lipstick in “Touch of Spice” which I mentioned in my last Target haul.

Hope you enjoyed this look (: As its Thanksgiving, just wanted to say a big thanks to anyone who takes the time to read my posts. Thank you for sticking around and being patient. I hope you’ve had an amazing holiday!

Big love,

Briana x

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Vincent Longo Trio Eyeshadow

Hey,hey! I got a few comments on my last post about the Vincent Longo Original Trio Eyeshadow from this month’s Boxycharm. Apparently, not everyone got the shadows in their box and the sweet Everythingandnothin requested I do a review! So let’s get started!

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I created a look to show you what the shadows actually look like on- but just to put it out there, I personally wouldn’t use this particular color combination (haha). So I didn’t get fancy or anything.

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On to the review. Okay, so overall I’m not too impressed with the shadows. The colors on their own are beautiful, however I found they weren’t very pigmented. (Mind you I did add a filter/edit the photos (not the swatches, though) because girl I am not that confident to go completely unedited haha). I had to really pack on some layers and even wet the shadows to achieve some intensity. I probably won’t be using these shadows too often, unfortunately. Like I said, the colors are beautiful, and they aren’t completely unusable but for sure are not worth their retail price of $30.00.

I hope you found this somewhat helpful! I sort of stink at explaining/reviewing products, haha- but you ask and I shall deliver! Have an awesome weekend!

Thanks for reading. Big love,

Briana x