September 16, 2017

First Impression: #FentyBeauty by Rihanna

Late last week, during New York Fashion Week, Rihanna launched her makeup line - Fenty Beauty. It was a secret passion project for Ri who spent 2 years carefully curating a collection. Fenty Beauty is available at Sephora unlike some other "exclusive" celeb makeup brands *side eye*. The collection includes 12 products from matte foundation, lip gloss to blinding highlighters. Most ground-breaking was the 40 shades of foundation that sent the beauty industry into a tizzy. Had to buy some products to support so here are my first impressions:

September 14, 2017

My September Birchbox

This month's Birchbox theme was all about customer appreciations since it is Birchbox's 7th anniversary. "It's all about you - and making your routine, easier, faster, and more fun." I received a lot of duplicate brands/products, which was kind of a bummer. Here's what I received:

September 5, 2017

My September Julep Maven Box

This month's Julep Maven box theme was Flawless Without the Fuss. "Get ready to face the fall. With our September collection’s effortless essentials, it’s easy-breezy to lean into the new season and all of the change it brings. Back to school, back from vacation, or just back at it, say hello to life after summer with your fresh face forward." Fall shades are here so I opted for some new polishes. Here's what I received:

September 3, 2017

My August Beauty Product Favorites (And Not So Favorite)

Didn't get around to trying a lot of new products this month so not much to report on but just as an FYI. Here are the few products that I've been enjoying using and not so much:

August 22, 2017

My August Birchbox

This month's Birchbox theme was Easy Does It. "As you savor every last minute of sunshine, effortless days call for an effortless routine. Ease into the end of summer feeling refreshed and recharged." Loved the sunset packaging. Here's what I received:

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:

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!
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