August 10, 2017

My August Julep Maven Box

This month's Julep Maven box was Lavish Strokes. "Dare to channel your artsy side with lush, saturated hues in a textural chrome finish that exudes end-of-summer decadence." They also debuted a new product that I was excited to try. Here's what I received:

- 2 nail polishes $14/ea
- Cushion Complexion 5-in-1 Skin Perfector with Turmeric - 110 Porcelain $30
- Bonus: 1 nail polish

I added on these items as they're classic faves and needed to re-up.

Jaydra is described as a "Tuscan rose sheer holographic." This is a sheer polish but thankfully layers nicely.

Ange is described "tidepool blue crème." This was my bonus item since I added 3 items. It dries kind of matte but seems like a great fall color.

Wilma surprised as "mojave sunrise gold chrome" which is a bit elaborate lol. It's like a rose gold looking polish in certain lighting. My favorite of all the three that I decided to wear it for the week. Unfortunately it chipped in a day.

Top: Before // Bottom: After (in case you couldn't tell)
Full makeup look

"Our multitasking Cushion Complexion makes it easy with a seamless, semi-matte finish that looks like your skin, but better. Available in 18 true-to-you shades, this versatile formula conceals, corrects, illuminates, blurs, and brightens (a long-term benefit of Turmeric Extract)." Didn't know turmeric was a trend in beauty items. I like taking it in pill form lol. It's great that it comes in 18 different shades. I chose the 2nd to palest shade so that was a first. It ended up being a little too yellowish for my skintone. It glides on really smooth and I like the applicator. It does have a bit of a smell. I also felt it was a bit on the sheer side. I have dark circles so I need a heavy duty concealer. I'll keep playing with it as it shows promise.

What did you receive in your Julep Maven box this month?

August 8, 2017

Movie Review: Atomic Blonde

This weekend among my birthday celebrations I went with Laura to see Atomic Blonde. Was super excited to see some female ass kicking especially after seeing Wonder Woman. Was even more excited when I found out Charlize did a lot of her own stunts in the movie. So the basic premise is that Charlize is a stylishly dressed spy who appears set up by the CIA so she has to kick a lot of ass. I saw someone likened it to a 2 hour Dior ad. No complaints there. Plus it's set to an '80s soundtrack since it is set in 1989.

August 2, 2017

Travel Photo Diary: San Francisco

Last week in my Cali trip I squeezed in a day trip to San Francisco. My brother just moved up there and I haven't been there in many, many years. San Fran is one of my favorite cities (granted I haven't been to too many). Definitely has it's charms (minus the hills) and each neighborhood has a little personality of it's own. Here's what I squeezed in for just a few hours:

August 1, 2017

My July Beauty Product Favorites (And Not So Favorite)

July Beauty Product Favorites
This month I've been dealing with a cold and itchy skin which has led to some interesting beauty quests. Didn't have as much fun with beauty products as I usually do but do have some favorites that are worth pointing out.

July 26, 2017

Cali Travels

It's that time of year again! Time to head to Cali to celebrate some birthdays. First, I'm making a stop in San Francisco because my brother has moved up there and San Fran is one of my fave cities. Haven't been there in many, many years so excited to see how it looks now and to have an excuse to visit. Then it is on to southern California to celebrate my nephews' Liam & Jacob's birthdays (and a mix of mine). Leo season in full effect!

July 19, 2017

Macy's Beauty Box Review

There's a new beauty box in town and it's from Macy's! For $15 a month you'll receive "five deluxe beauty samples, one bonus item, a collectible cosmetics bag and a $5 coupon available for use in-store and online at" The samples are selected by their beauty experts. "This month's box is all about best-in-class beauty essentials, sample cult-classic skin care, get a perfect eye look & finish with a sexy designer fragrance." Here's what's inside:

July 17, 2017

Weekend Recap: Bodegas & Rooftops

I actually did some fun things this weekend (Thursday counts, right?) so thought I'd recap. The long awaited Desus & Mero Live was Thursday! Tickets went on sale in May and sold out literally in 2 minutes. I was shocked I was able to lock down a pair but felt the blessings. If you don't know, Desus Nice & The Kid Mero (a personal fave) have a nightly show on Viceland (previously were on Complex & MTV2) as well as a podcast, The Bodega Boys. They're two friends from the Bronx who rip off the cuff on all things pop culture. Nicole and I headed to Williamsburg for a night of laughs. The crowd was so hype and they gave the energy back. My face hurt from laughing. Brand is strong! Bodega Hive for life!

July 12, 2017

My July Birchbox

This month's Birchbox theme was One-Two-Punch. "Sundresses and flip-flops, a pop of color on lips and cheeks - during the dog days of summer all it takes are those ultra easy one-two-and-done combos to get you out the door." Loved the packaging! Here's what I received:

July 5, 2017

Movie Reviews: Okja & Baby Driver

Recently I watched a few indie movies - one on Netflix and one in limited release - so thought I'd share some mini reviews in case you were looking to check them out.

July 3, 2017

My July Julep Maven Box

This month's Julep Maven theme was Neon Lights. "The days are long, the air is thick, and the mood is electric. This month’s collection was inspired by vibrant summer nights, where bright, vivid hues take the spotlight. Get ready, because this July collection is sure to bring the party wherever the summer takes you." I was in a desperate need of some summer neons so this was up my alley! Here's what I selected:
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