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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Would you rather tag!

Hi everyone!

So I was going through my usual morning reads and I saw someone post this tag and I thought this would be something fun to do on my blog and tag some of my fav bloggers as well. So here we go...



1. Would you rather lose all of your mascaras, eyeliners, lip sticks, and lip glosses or lose all of your palettes and eye shadows? I rather lose my palettes and shadows because without mascaras, liners and glosses my face just doesn't look right. lol

2. Would you rather chop off all of your hair or never be able to cut it again? My hair is super thick and grows back pretty quickly, so I rather chop it off and not have to deal with it anymore.

3. Would you rather have a coral cheek or a pink cheek? Ugh this is hard because I love both. But I suppose I usually gravitate towards a pink cheek.

4. If you had $1,000 to spend, would you rather buy clothes or makeup? Why can't I buy both? lol I guess I would rather buy clothes because at this moment I have truck loads of makeup. lol

5. Would you rather apply lip stick as eyeliner or eyeliner as lip stick? I guess with all of the eyeliner colors available now a days I'd probably prefer to apply eyeliner as lip stick.

6. Would you rather only shop at MAC or SEPHORA? Well I do have some all time favs from MAC but I rather only shop at Sephora because they have so many different brands and products that I could pick from. I prefer having a variety of products.

7. Would you rather only use one eyeshadow color or one lip color for the rest of your life? I'd probably prefer to only use one eyeshadow for the rest of my life due to the fact that my lips are naturally lightly pigmented so I can make do with only wearing a lip balm.

8. Would you rather wear winter clothes in the summer or summer clothes in the winter? Being that I come from a desert town and I now live in a humid climate I rather wear summer clothes in the winter. I rather be freezing than melting.. lol

9. Would you rather have dark nails or bright nails all year long? I usually enjoy wearing bright pinks and coral colors so I guess I rather wear bright nails all year long.

10. Would you rather give up your favorite lip product or your favorite eye product? This goes back to question # 7 my lips are naturally a light pink color so I rather give up my favorite lip product.

11. Would you rather only be able to wear your hair in a ponytail or a messy bun? I rather wear a messy bun because I can dress it up with  hair accessories.

12. Would you rather never be able to paint your nails again or never use lip gloss? I am pretty attached to my makeup so I rather never paint my nails again.

13. Would you rather shave your eyebrows and have none at all or sharpie them in every day? Ewe sharpie them in are you serious? lol I rather shave them off..

14. Would you rather live without makeup or nail polish? I'm not a huge nail polish fanatic so I rather live without nail polish. I'm pretty attached to my makeup so that is definitely something I refuse to give up.


Well guys there are my questions and answers. I hope they give you a little more insight into the woman behind the blog. I'd like to tag any one that would like to repost this on their blog or anyone that would just like to answer the questions as a comment to this blog post. I would love to see your answers especially that eye brow one. lol

I hope you're all having a wonderful week so far and don't forget to say WOO HOOOOOO because we're nearly to the end of the week....

XoXo,
Alex

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Sunday Funday At The Riverwalk (Downtown San Antonio)

Hey guys,

We decided to spend our Sunday at the River walk. For those of you that are not familiar with the area The River walk  is a network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River, one story beneath the streets of Downtown San Antonio, Texas, USA. Lined by bars, shops and restaurants.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Antonio_River_Walk












Being that we are still fairly new to the area we often enjoy heading downtown for the day to walk around and do a little shopping, see the sights, enjoy a boat ride, and grab a delicious lunch or dinner in one of many delicious restaurants that are available on the river walk. We have ventured out to the river walk several times and every time we purchase our river boat tour tickets which is located inside the Aztec theater we always pass by a little shop that is located right in front of the ticket booth. We are always intrigued but for some reason never go in. Luckily on Sunday the boat tours were having a bit of time delays due to construction being done on the river and after purchasing our tickets we were told it would be about a 35 minute wait for the next boat ride so we decided to finally take a chance and try it out this shop that always catches our eye.

The shop itself is as charming as its name. " Rio De Gelato."



 Let me start off by saying that If you live in the San Antonio area or are planning to visit you MUST take a stroll down to the river walk and  visit "Rio De Gelato." The shop offers an array of food, drinks, gelato, pies, canollis and more. Everything is made from scratch and fresh ingredients. Being that we are big coffee drinkers we just had to try their coffee with steamed milk and it was amazing. They have their coffee sent to them directly from Italy.




 While we were there we all tried the Gelato which is to die for. Every single flavor was amazing we couldn't even decide on which one we wanted because they were all just so delectably delicious.







 After trying the gelatto and coffee we felt as if we had instantly been transported to Italy and we just could not leave without trying a slice of pie and a canolli.





Their pie "oh My!"



 I don't even know what words I can use to describe how delicious the berry pie is. Aside from it being so delightful they also serve you a very generous portion. While we were there the manager "Alfredo" was telling us how everything is made from scratch and with fresh ingredients. From the pie crust to the filling to the whipped cream to the fresh eggs straight from the hatchery. We also tried the canolli which the only way I can describe the taste to that would be heaven in your mouth. The cream inside was so light and not too sweet. It didn't leave a greasy feeling at all like the store bought ones do. All in all my family and I were completely blown away by the flavors, the textures and the exquisite tastes that came out of every thing that we tried. Aside from all the delightful food the manager of this establishment was as amazing as the shop. He was so pleasant and friendly and informative. He made us feel as if we were there visiting an uncle. We will definitely be going back to "Rio De Gelato" every time we go to the river walk. I absolutely recommend this place to anyone visiting or living in San Antonio.

I hope you all enjoyed my blog post for today. I will be adding the link to the official river walk website for those of you that are interested in a little more information about it. Now im off to dream about this little slice of heaven called berry pie from "Rio De Gelato."

Wishing you all an awesome week!

XoXo,
Alex

http://www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com/

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Makeup finds from Norstrom Rack!

Hello everyone,

So I went to my local Nordstrom Rack a few days ago and found some awesome high-end goodies at very affordable prices. Urban Decay has to be one of my all time favorite high-end makeup brands so when I saw an Urban Decay palette for only $12 bucks I just had to snatch that up and put it into my shopping cart. I also found a fabulous duo bronzer/highlight product by NYX that has definitely become an awesome part of my collection. I can't believe I hadn't gotten this product before. I also got an Urban Decay primer potion because even though it is in the old packaging this product works amazingly by helping your eye shadows stay on longer and without creasing.


 
Here are some swatches for you to see the colors a little bit better..

These colors are all shimmery but so easy to work with. They are so smooth and easy to blend.
 
 
I hope you all like this mini review that I shared with you. If you have any questions or comments please don't hesitate to contact me. Please don't forget to subscribe and connect with me through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
 
Happy Thursday Everyone!
XoXo,
Alex
 
 

Gunmetal Smokey eye makeup look...

Hey Lovelies,

As requested by the very lovely "Nicoles2LilRams" from the Splendiferous group on CafeMom.com  I created this Gunmetal Smokey eye look using all drugstore products. The lighting in the picture doesn't do the gunmetal color justice.




I personally prefer to keep my lips pretty neutral when I have a dark smokey eye but its totally up to your preference. So let's get the ball rolling with what I used to achieve this look.

Products used:

FACE:

Before I applied any makeup I made to sure to start off with a clean and moisturized face. I used my usual Neutrogena Oil-free Moisture (Combination Skin) Moisturizer and I also prepped my lips and got them ready by using my favorite EOS Lip Balm in Passion Fruit.

Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Makeup in: #240 Natural beige - I love this foundation it's very long-lasting and works really well with my oily complexion. I've tried applying it with sponges, and several different brushes but so far my favorite method for applying this product is by using my clean little fingers. It's a little too thick to apply with my beauty sponges and when I try using brushes I feel as if it thins out the consistency of the makeup. Therefore I use my finger and I feel it leave an even and flawless application.

Covergirl & Olay Simply ageless eye concealer in #210 Light (under the eyes) I love the creaminess of the Covergirl concealer. It's very moisturizing and has great coverage for my under eye darkness.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind dark circle eraser in:#20 Light pale (on top of covergirl concealer for added brightness under the eyes.)The maybelline concealer also works well to conceal dark circles but it has a lighter feel to it and I like the brightening effect it leaves which is why I applied this over my Covergirl concealer.


Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder in:#004 Sandstorm (used to set foundation and concealer.) Honestly I've been using this powder for over 10 years. It's just an awesome mattifying powder and adds a hint of extra coverage.

Covergirl Clean Glow Blusher in: Peaches (Matte blush)
This blusher is a pretty new product for me and I gotta say if you're looking for a natural hint of color then this would be a nice addition to your collection. It's not incredibly pigmented but its leave a clean natural looking peachy glow.



WetnWild Color Icon Blusher in:Heather Silk (Used on top of Peach blush lighty for a slight hint of pink.) After I applied the Covergirl blush I felt like I need a little more color to my cheekers so I very lightly added a swipe of the WetnWild blush with a duo fiber brush. (duo-fiber brushes give a little lighter application and help blend out colors.) The WetnWild blush is extremely pigmented so I suggest you apply this with a very light hand and add more as needed. Its always best to be able to add more than to add too much and have to remove all your makeup again.

Nyx Highlight & Contour powder (used bronzer side to contour and highlight side under my eyes and t-zone area) I love love love this product and I cant believe I hadn't added this to my collection sooner. The bronzing color is completely matte and its not too orange, not too light, its just perfectly bronzy. Ugh and the highlighting powder is to die for. It's not chalky or too white. Love it!

Essence I heart Stage Eyeshadow Base (amazing coverage and long wearing.) OMG! Yes this product deserves an OMG! It's AMAZING! Super long lasting, didn't crease on my oily lids at all. Neutralizes any discoloration I may have on my lids. It leave the perfect matte skin color. This has actually replaced my Too Faced Shadow Insurance eye primer. Another amazing quality about it is the price. At under $3 dollar WOW!


Now I know that its seems like a lot of products used just for the face but I was going for a very full coverage look but this look can be adjusted to a more lighter application depending on your personal preferences.

Moving onto the eyes I used a lot of my favorite drugstore eye products.

Revlon Colorstay Quad in #545 Attitude (I used both browns from the quad in my crease. The lighter one as a transition color & the darker brown for definition.) This quad is also great for every day natural looks. I love the fact that I can use this product and create a look for the day and use the same colors and transition it to an evening look.


Maybelline Chic Naturals eye shadow single in Earthly taupe (used it as my blending color & for adding a little peachy warmth to my eye look.)

To achieve the gunmetal color I used the ELF Cream Eyeshadow in Smoked on my lid as a base and topped it off with the gunmetal shadow out of the WetnWild Lust Palette to set that base.


The key to any smokey eye is blend, blend, blend....

I also used the WetnWild cream black liner and smudged just a bit of it on my lash line for a little more smokiness and finished it off with a thin line using the MILANI Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Liner in Blackest Black and for the upper and lower waterline I used the Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner in Black. on the inner corners I added a little sparkle by applying the NYX Liquid Crystal Liner in Crystal Pewter.


For mascara I personally always use more than one to achieve the darkness and volume that I like. Unfortunately without using massive amounts of mascara my eyelashes would be pretty much non-existent. With this look if you want some added glamour you can definitely add some false lashes, but personally I prefer to just load up the mascara because I have very sensitive eyes that are constantly tearing up therefore I usually just skip the falsies. Two of my current favorite mascaras are the L'oreal Voluminous Carbon Black and the Maybelline The Rocket Volum' Express (Waterproof)


For the lips as I said I kept it pretty neutral by applying a thin coat of the ELF Matte Lip Color in Natural and topped it off with a light layer of the Revlon lip gloss in Coral Reef.
 
 
After I applied the 50 million products that are pictured above this was my end result. I hope you all enjoy this look. It's the perfect look for a night out, party or special event, or for those of you that love to rock a smokey eye at any time of the day. Be yourself and no one else, if you wanna rock a bold makeup look then go for it.
 




 
If you decide to rock this look or something similar please don't hesitate to post it on here or tag me on instagram, twitter or via email. I would love to see your take on this look.
 
XoXo,
Alex














Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about any of the products used..