Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Sunset Walk on Leme Beach

Yes, it's been almost two months since our vacation in Rio de Janiero and I'm STILL posting photos. But, I couldn't NOT share these photos of one of the most mysterious & magical sunsets I have ever seen.

After spending the day soaking up the rays, the clouds rolled in and we decided to pack up our things and take a walk down the beach to Leme Rock. It was a Sunday evening, so we passed many locals enjoying the last moments of their weekend, whether that be playing some soccer or listening to live music. It was a beautiful night.

Leme Beach, Rio de Janiero

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain) || Rio de Janeiro

While we didn't want to do too many touristy things in Rio, we decided that there were some sights that we did have to see. I thought that we should choose in between going to see Christ the Redeemer or going up to Sugarloaf Mountain. We decided on Sugarloaf Mountain because it was much closer to where we were located and we heard it was the place to go to see the most beautiful sunset, not to mention the lines were not supposed to be as crazy as for Christ the Redeemer. I'm not a fan of long commutes nor am I a fan of waiting in long lines. Is anyone?

Sugarloaf Mountain was only about a 15 minute cab ride from our apartment, but we decided to walk because 1.) I LOVE walking anywhere and everywhere and 2.)We thought it would be a good way to get to see a little bit more of the city. We left our apartment in Copacabana around 4pm and arrived at Urca (the neighborhood where Sugarloaf Mountain is located) about 40 minutes later. Along the way I lost my bearings a bit, but didn't want to take my map out to check where we were because heaven forbid someone should think I'm a tourist (I never want to look like a tourist...I don't know if that's a "fear" or a "pet peeve", but I try really hard to fit in wherever I am). Tomas decided to ask someone at a newspaper stand for directions and they sent on us on a way I wasn't planning. The directions took us a little off the beaten path, through a quieter area at the base of the mountain. I insisted that we speed walk until we got to the next main road since I wasn't sure whether we were about to enter a favela or not (turns out we weren't even close). And then we came across something pretty exciting and unexpected...... MONKEYS! And quite a few of them! They were just chilling in the trees and running across the street, as if they were squirrels. I didn't take a photo because I was on a mission to get to Sugarloaf and I figured we'd see more monkeys during our trip, but as it turns out this was our only monkey encounter, and a pretty cool one at that!

Remember these guys from the movie, Rio?

Those were the monkeys we saw, up close and personal! They aren't nearly as scary in real life, and we continued on our way with all of our belongings. 

The Urca neighborhood is a pretty & quiet part of town, home to a military base, Morro da Urca (Urca Hill) and Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain).

There's a cute little beach at the base of Morro da Urca which I imagine is where the locals go. 

After checking out the vista, we headed to the cable car station. We only had to wait a few minutes for a cable car. The cable cars fit up to 65 people and departed every few minutes. 

The first stop is Morro da Urca (Urca Hill), the smaller of the two mountains. When you get to the top they have a few places to pick up something to drink and/or eat, a shop that sold a ton of Havaianas flip flops, as well as a a gift shop. There was also a somewhat fancy restaurant on Morro da Urca although I don't know how many people go there. Seems like it would be super touristy and overrated. 

There were a lot of views to see on top of Morra da Urca, and since there is quite a bit of space on top, you don't feel like people are on top of you (even there were quite a few people there when we were visiting).

Just whipping my hair back and forth, atop Morro da Urca.

Once you are done snapping all the pics your heart desires, you head on the next cable car to Pão de Açúcar. This time we had to wait a little to board the next cable car, but the line went pretty quickly. At this point the sun was setting and everyone seemed to have the same idea: Head up to Pão de Açúcar and wait for that million dollar Rio de Janeiro sunset shot (although I feel I didn't get that shot. My "million dollar shot" was taken on Morro da Urca on the way down).

Pão de Açúcar was pretty crowded with people, so I took the photos I wanted and we headed back down. We thought it would be a good idea to start the decent before everyone else did.

I got some pretty great shots with my phone, although I do wish that I had brought my camera with me. But, since we walked there, I thought it was best not to be carrying a huge camera around my neck.

All in all, it was a great sight to see and I would highly recommend it. We lucked out with the weather on the evening we went because the sky was clear. Many of the other days we were in Rio it started to get hazier later in the day, so I would recommend going on a clear day. As far as going to see the sun set, you have to go at exactly the right moment. We got there a little before sunset, so some of my photos just capture the blaring sun and not much else (as you've probably already noticed). It still made for cool photos, but it was also blinding at times......Good thing I remembered to bring my sunglasses!

And, here it favorite photo of the evening (which you can also find on my Instagram: @chrystingloria)!

Have you ever been to Rio de Janeiro? 

How do you feel about doing "touristy" things when you are on vacation?

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Rio de Janeiro || My first time in Brazil!

It had been a LONG time since I travelled somewhere new, and a LONG time since Tomas and I went on a vacation just the two of us, so why not use my birthday as an excuse to take a vacation together?!

It was kind of a last minute decision... Well, last minute according to someone who usually likes to prepare and plan for everything in advance. We booked our trip about a month before we were due to leave. We've discussed going on vacation quite often and have even tried to take little weekend escapes, but we almost always end up canceling for one reason or another (usually work related).

I still remember the day we booked the trip... It was a Sunday afternoon and we were checking flights to all different places in South America. We tossed around ideas of going to Peru, Colombia, Brazil, and Chile. We decided that a warm-weather location was the place to go, and somewhere that didn't require a super long flight since we knew that we'd be spending less than a week there. Tomas had spent a summer in Brazil when he was in his early 20s and always talks about how much he liked it, and how beautiful Brazil is. I had never been to Brazil and had kind of ruled it out of my travel bucket list because Brazil requires US citizens to obtain a tourist visa before traveling, and naturally, I thought of that as a hassle. I don't want to be inconvenienced just to go on vacation. But between the promise of warm weather, beautiful beaches and a 3 hour flight, I was sold on Rio de Janeiro and we booked our tickets and an Air BnB apartment. Shortly after, I booked my appointment at the Brazilian Consulate in Buenos Aires to get my tourist visa.

The Brazilian Tourist Visa really wasn't a hassle to obtain, although I do think that it's expensive. It cost around $2,000 Argentine Pesos which is about $200 US dollars. But, I can't really complain since the US requires Brazilians to obtain a tourist visa to enter the United States and I'm sure the visa costs them the same. Oh, reciprocity.

The day of our departure approached quickly and unfortunately Tomas got a nasty cold/flu a few days before we were supposed to leave. For a moment, I thought we were going to have to cancel another getaway. But, the day before we left Tomas made an almost complete recovery! While I was happy and excited about that, in the back of my head I knew that the virus was coming for me next, and sure enough I got sick while we were in Rio. Yes, that was kind of a downer. In my mind, I had imagined us exploring Rio and going out for dinner every night, but due to circumstances we had to alter our plans a bit, which basically just meant more relax time & more beach time. In the end, it was exactly what we needed!

Something I'd like to note about getting sick in a foreign country is.......You know that travel health insurance they offer you when you book your flight and don't think you need? Buy it anyway! I'm so thankful Tomas got the travel health insurance because if it were up to me, I may have passed on it!
The clinic I went to in Rio was very professional. The people working there were kind & helpful and most understood English and/or Spanish. (I did some research later on the clinic and found out they specialize in treating travelers). They were also quite contemporary...contemporary in the sense that the following day I received a "Happy Birthday" email from them, and when my x-ray results were in they emailed those to me as well (don't worry, it was just a cold or something, but they wanted to take x-rays to make sure everything was alright with my lungs). In case you ever decide to visit Rio de Janeiro, make sure to bookmark Clinica Galdino Campos in Copacabana, just in case you need a doctor!

Ok, well enough of all the serious stuff. Let's get to what everyone really cares about...THE PHOTOS! And my experiences and thoughts about Rio!

Our first full day in Rio we woke up super early, around 6am. At that point we could already feel the sun trying to peek through the curtains and heard the sounds of life down below. Our AirBnB apartment was located on the corner of two avenues so we did have some street noise, but that's to be expected from a big city. We headed to the beach around 8am and there were already quite a few people there, exercising or just soaking up some rays. I don't know if it's because the sun rises earlier or it's the warmer weather or it's the fact that Rio is a much bigger city than Buenos Aires, but the days in Rio seem to start earlier.

Early morning breakfast on our first day in Rio.
My first time eating maracuja in it's purest form.

Since we were visiting in off-season, the beach was quiet during the week, but packed with locals on the weekend. We were staying in the Copacabana neighborhood, on the border of the Leme neighborhood. The beaches in this area seemed to be frequented more by locals whereas if you walk further down the Copacabana beach towards Ipanema, you come across more tourists. I personally liked being surrounded by locals, and felt we got to experience more of what a beach day for the common Carioca (person from Rio) entails.

All along the beach there are "puestos" that rent you chairs and umbrellas for the day. They also sell beers, soda & water AND they make fresh juices and cocktails. You order what you want and they add it to your tab for the day. I found this to be incredibly convenient. You literally never have to get up unless you have to use the bathroom.

Fresh Mango-Maracuja Juice
Puesto 75, Copcacabana

On to bathrooms...I'm someone who needs to know where the nearest bathroom is at all times. All along the Copacabana promenade there are public bathrooms underground. You have to pay to use them ($2 Reales), but it's nice to have them there for your convenience if you plan on spending the entire day at the beach.

Another thing I loved was all of the beach vendors. I know most people probably find vendors to be annoying, but I didn't find the beach vendors in Rio to be intrusive or pushy at all. They just walk by with whatever they are selling and if something catches your eye you can call them over. I never felt pressured to buy anything.

Not only did the vendors sell food and drinks, but they also sold "cangas" (beach towels, but not made of your typical towel material, they resemble more of sarong, but people use them to lie on as well), cover-ups & tunics, jewelry, sunglasses and even bikinis!

Cangas for sale!
I went on a bit of a canga shopping spree in Rio, and I still left feeling like I didn't buy enough.
The bikini beach vendors were definitely the coolest. They walk around with umbrellas full of bikinis. Of course, I had to have one. I decided on a neon green one with a watermelon print because those were two things that I thought reminded me of Brazil: The color green and fresh fruit!

On our first day in Rio, we only spent a few hours at the beach as we were trying to reacquaint our pale skin with the blazing sun.

Before heading backing to the apartment to freshen up to go out for lunch, we stopped to have a little drink along the Copacabana promenade. Tomas opted for a Brazilian classic, Skol beer and I went with a fresh coconut water. All of the little bars along the promenade have stacks of coconuts just waiting to be cut open and served.

Really should have taken my hair down for this head resembles that coconut way too much.

For lunch, we decided to go out to a nearby restaurant, Cervantes, that is supposedly famous for their sandwiches with grilled pineapple. This was a recommendation by our Air BnB host, but there's also many reviews online. We decided to order a pork sandwich with pineapple, as well as some buñuelos de bacalao. The sandwich, which was enormous, we found to be quite dry. The buñuelos were yummy, though. We also ordered iced tea, a beverage of choice in Rio. The iced tea comes in what looks like a yogurt container. You can have it as it is, or order it with lime and they bring you nice big wedges of fresh lime.

Lunch @ Cervantes in Copacabana.

After lunch, I wanted to walk off our meal a bit and it was only after a few blocks that we stumbled upon a street market.

I didn't realize until later, but our AirBnB host had mentioned this in her tourist guide. Apparently this street market only happens on Thursdays and we were lucky to have come across it by chance! I don't think I've seen so much fresh fruit and fresh fresh in one place. The fruit blew me many fruits I had never seen or even heard of before!

See those orange fruits with the little nut sticking out of the top?
That's the cashew fruit!

The vendors are quite friendly, encouraging you to try the different fruits they have for sale. Some were a bit bizarre, definitely flavors you have to grow up with to be accustomed to.  I can't remember everything we tried, but the fruits I liked we ended up buying and bringing home with us for future breakfasts.

Above you can see caju, jabuticaba, and tamarinho.

Did you guys know that cashews come from a tree? And there's two parts to the cashew: the seed (the nut) and the apple (the fleshy part of the fruit). I found the fruit to be sweet at first, but with a bitter aftertaste. A little strange. I ate it sliced with a little bit of honey on top. Unfortunately, we made the mistake of putting the caju in the refrigerator which caused it to soften, shrivel and go bad within about two days. Lesson learned; leave your caju at room temperature.

Then, we have jabuticaba. These little fruits resemble a grape in their size, texture and even their taste. In color, they resemble more of a blueberry. Unlike a grape, you do not eat the skin of the jabuticaba (or at least that's what the fruit vendor told me). He told us to bite into the fruit, basically suck out the inside and discard the skin. While we did end up buying this, I never ended up eating this fruit back at our apartment. Once I got sick, I think I was just extra wary about trying new things?

And, finally my favorite of the bunch: Tamarinho.

Tamarinho comes in a pod which looks like it would contain some kind of bean or pea. Really what's on the inside is a fruit that seems to be somewhere in between a fresh fruit and a dried fruit. It has a chewy and a bit of jelly like texture which incases a seed. Right before I tried this at the market, the vendor told me that it was bitter. He wasn't wasn't just bitter, it was downright sour IN THE BEST WAY POSSIBLE. Immediately, it triggered a memory in my taste buds. What does tamarinho remind me of, you ask? SOUR PATCH KIDS. Literally, this fruit tastes just like a Sour Patch Kid. While I wouldn't eat this fruit fro breakfast, it was great for snacking.

After our street market adventure, Tomas took a nap, I showered and then we headed out on our next excursion...
Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain)! 
Stay tuned for my next post!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Current Beauty Favorites (September 2015)

It's been awhile since I talked about anything beauty related on the blog, and you know I love ANYTHING and EVERYTHING beauty related, so I'm not really sure how I went so long without raving about whatever I was loving at the moment. So, I come to you today ready to rave about everything I am loving now.

Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne

It's been a while since I wore a strong fragrance. I used to wear them all the time in college (in fact, I only wore strong fragrances then) but in more recent years I have gravitated towards lighter scents. I had heard people raving about this cologne and last year I smelt it at Bloomingdales and loved it. I wasn't in need of perfume at the time as I was trying to use up what I had (and not to toot my own horn, but I did a pretty good job withholding from purchasing fragrance for quite a while and really worked on using what I already had in my collection).  I took a whiff of this cologne once again, about a year later but had different feelings. Did I love it, did I hate it, was it too strong? I sprayed it on my wrist at Blue Mercury on a Saturday afternoon. Throughout the day the scent changes a bit which is quite interesting (I know perfumes always claim to have several different scent notes that are revealed at different times during wear, but I honestly never experienced that before. I feel like most perfumes smell the same on me from when I put them on to when the scent wears off.) What really sold me was when I woke up on Sunday morning when I realized I could still smell the perfume on my wrist and it smelled dreamy than ever! For someone that usually has to reapply perfume about 3 times a day, I could not believe that this last me almost 24 hours! It's rather incredible, isn't it?  My parents agreed to "celebrate" my birthday early as we won't be together on my actual birthday and this was one of my lovely gifts!

How I would describe this scent: A bit beachy, but at the same time sophisticated and slightly masculine.

Deep Steep Sugar Scrub in Grapefuit-Bergamot

Here we go again, another product I am extremely passionate about it. I wasn't kidding when I said I was going to be raving today. Every time I use this body scrub in the shower I am sent straight to heaven. The scent is super luxurious, super relaxing and leaves your skin with a balmy-like coating. That may sound weird to some, but I personally love it and it lets me skip the applying lotion part of my routine which I usually enjoy, but not in winter time. But beware, this scrub will leave your tub pretty slippery! Another reason I appreciate this scrub so much is that body scrubs in Buenos Aires are few and far between. Basically you've got your St. Ives Apricot Scrub, and maybe a few others from some "bath" stores. I put bath in quotes because one day I went to one of those "bath" stores looking for a body scrub and they only had one in stock. ONE.  And it wasn't even the scent I wanted. Actually they might not even have had may have been a tester. I can't remember. What I do remember is that I left empty-handed and pissed off (a bit dramatic? maybe so.)

Back to Deep Steep.... I went on the website to see what other scents they make, and they have a plethora of heavenly scented scrubs, so if you are not into the Grapefuit-Bergamot vibe, I suggest taking a look at the other scents because this product is so nice and I think everyone should use it. And no, this is not sponsored, but it should be. I feel like a Deep Steep cheerleader...actually I feel like a cheerleader for every brand I am talking about today.

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Velvet Body Oil 

You know how they say scents can remind you of different times or experiences in your life? This product is nothing new, but had been left untouched on my vanity for quite a while. This scent reminds me of my senior year in college (aka the glory days). One of my good friends and, at the time, housemate, used to where the Coco Mademoiselle perfume. That was her scent. I've always wanted to be the girl with a signature scent, but I've finally come to terms with the fact that I will never be. Anyway, my friend always wore this perfume, which is not something I would normally choose for myself, but since I smelled it so much I began to really like it, so I ended up buying the scent body oil (I think I probably chose the oil because it was cheaper and I wasn't sure if I was ready to commit 100%). As it turned out, I was not ready to fully commit at the time.  Now, a few years later, I'm currently experiencing a scent preference transformation, and have been using this oil quite frequently in place of regular lotion. My favorite time to use this is right before bed, so I can feel like a fancy French girl tucked away in my cozy bed.

Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask

This product is a sample size that I received in a Birchbox (I subscribed to Birchbox for two months when I knew I was going to be in the States. It was good while it lasted!). The fact that they label this product a mask is a bit confusing because it is nothing like what you expect a mask to me. When dispensed, it looks like a serum or cream-soap in texture. When it is applied to the face it starts to foam up, which is the reason why I think this is so cool. You leave it on for 5 minutes (which is probably the fastest acting face mask I have ever used). While the product is foaming on your face, it tingles a bit and feels like it is deep cleaning. I've been thoroughly enjoying this product, but I'm still unsure whether it really works wonders for my skin which is why I haven't decided if I would buy the full-size product yet. What I do know is that it's really fun to use and leaves my skin feeling squeaky-clean in the good, non-natural-oil-stripping way!

Juara Radiance Enzyme Mask

Another sample from Birchbox, and another "mask" that I'm not really sure is a mask. I tried this sample after the Bliss product and if I have to choose between the two "masks", this one wins. While these are both called masks, they are two completely different products. This product is a sandy facial scrub that is meant to be left on the face for 1-3 minutes after massaging into the skin. I've actually never used this the "proper" way. The way I use this is that I basically massage the product into my skin in circular motion for about 1 minute, and then I rinse off. This product claims to brighten & exfoliate while also minimizing pores. My face feel super soft after using this and I think it does seem to accomplish what it claims. I'm currently saving up my Birchbox points so I can buy the full-size of this product and get $5 off!

Korres Black Pine Firming, Lifting, & Antiwrinkle Eye Cream

I swear the skin around my eyes is aging faster than the rest of my body, and I am always on the hunt for the latest and greatest eye cream. I went into Sephora open-minded and let the sales associate guide me to what she thought was the best thing out now. At this point, I don't think any cream will really make my fine lines disappear, but if I can find a product that will make them less noticeable and delay the arrival of more wrinkles, I'm happy. That day I went home with the Korres Black Pine eye cream. This is considered to be a powerful & intensive eye cream that contains black pine extract as well as Hexapeptide 11 which is known to support collagen and elastin production. It is a bit on the pricey side, as most good eye creams are, but you only need the tiniest amount and the sales associate told me that one bottle would last six months. I have been using this eye cream for about 2 months, and I've noticed that the fine lines on the corners of my eyes are less noticeable, but I still have some darkness underneath my eyes.

In conclusion,  I am enjoying the product and have faith that at the end of six months the skin around my eyes will continue to improve.

On to makeup...

I thought I was over neons, but this neon is all kinds of special. Described as a "bright pink jelly creme", I would say Passion Fruit is closer to a neon pink with warm orange undertones. Incredibly glossy, eye-catching and somehow make my hands look healthier. You can see glimpses of this polish in our photos from the beach here and here, but to see this color in all it's glory, check it out here.

From the Summer 2015 Hawaii Collection, This Color's Making Waves is described as a "shimmery lagoon blue". This color is mesmerizing and takes on a different shade depending on the light you are in. While this shade was released as part of a summer collection, I think this color is appropriate for anytime of year due to the deepness of color and metallic aspect. I loved this color so much that I took SEVERAL photos on my phone. Of course, only one made it to Instagram. 

Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadows in Glitter Rock & Ether

Hi! My name is Chrystin, and I love glitter. The fact that Urban Decay came out with Moondust eyeshadows has affirmed (for me) that adults can wear glitter and that adults who do wear glitter are pretty damn cool. Is that your take on the Moondust eyeshadows, too?  I've actually just swatched them on the back of my hand so I can properly describe the colors to you guys and I just can't stop looking at my hand, shifting it back and forth so I can see the different colored glitters shimmer in all their glimmering glory. These shadows are totally eye-catching and you are sure to get compliments when you wear them. Glitter Rock is a pink/light mauve with silver, champagne and pink micro-glitter. You can blend this one out and it will give your eyelids a subtle glow, or you can pack it on for ultra-metallic madness. I went for the latter and concentrated the shadow just on the center of my eyelid. (I actually really want to apply these shadows now, but I'm wearing yoga pants and a fleece jacket...might just do it anyway.)
Ether is a a deeper, cool-toned purple (I detect grey undertones) with blue and pink micro-glitter. There's not much else to say...these are literally so pretty that they have left me speechless. I was hoping to add more Moondust shadows to my collection, but when I went to Ulta, the colors that I was interested in were sold out.  Instead, I ended up buying a regular, equally beautiful Urban Decay eyeshadow...

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Riff

In the Spring, Urban Decay added 8 new colors to their single eyeshadow collection. I remember seeing them swatched and reviewed online, liking them, but then completely forgetting about them.
When I was at Ulta searching for some more Moondust shadows and had no luck, I decided to swatch some of the regular UD shadows. There are some goodies in the new bunch, but the two that really caught my attention when I swatched them on my hand were Fireball and Riff. I knew there was going to be only one way to settle which shadow would go home with me that day...I had to apply them on my eyes. Just so you guys can get a mental picture, I had been mowing the lawn all morning and was wearing DIY cut-off jeans, a tank top and was probably covered in grass clippings and dirt. Applying two different colored eyeshadows to my eyes (a different color on each eye) only added to my incredibly chic look.

I applied Riff to the lid and immediately my blue eyes shone brighter and bluer than ever. SOLD.
Riff is described as a brown nude, but it is important to note that it is a WARM brown which makes it all that much more pretty. I would describe it as a caramel color with a tiny bit of very fine, subtle shimmer. Just GAWGEOUS!

Sephora Outrageous Curl Mascara

When I purchased the Lash Stash from Sephora, I didn't give this little guy much consideration. The wand was small, the bristles were super could this possibly work? Well, I finally got around to trying it and it works. In fact, it works wonders. I don't know how, I don't know why, but it's giving my previous favorite from the Stash, Perversion by Urban Decay, a run for it's money!

Wet n' Wild Thrift Store Chic Palette (from the Silver Lake Collection, Limited Edition)

I had my mom, my aunt and my brother's girlfriend all on the lookout for the eyeshadow palettes from the limited edition Silverlake Collection from Wet n' Wild and Carolyn had the best luck of them all picking up not one, but three of the palettes from that collection! I put the Thrift Store Chic palette to the test they day I went to take my Brazilian visa photo. It wasn't exactly good timing for a photo since it was raining that day. Well, my eyeshadow survived through the rain and looked good until nighttime when I went to remove my makeup. There was a bit of fallout from the more glittery shades, but I think that is to be expected when you are using eyeshadow with glitter in it. Nothing that wasn't unattractively noticeable probably because the glittery shades I used were different shades of light pink. These shadows are the kind of shadows you put on your eyes and can't stop looking at them all day long. I'm not sure how complimentary pink shadows are for every different eye color, but I know that these colors flattered my blue eyes.

Too Faced Love Flush Blush in I Will Always Love You

There's not a time I don't go to Ulta or Sephora where I don't leave with my hands full of swatches. It's really the only way to know how a product will look on your skin and to see if the color payoff is worth the money you are contemplating spending. I swatched several different blushes at Ulta one day, and the only ones that really blew me away were the new Love Flush blushes from Too Faced. Gorgeous colors with great pigmentation and beautiful sheen. In addition to "I will Always Love You", I also own "Justify My Love", but this glowy peach one is my current favorite.

Benefit Benetint

I'm more of a powder blush girl, but on those days when you don't want to put on a full face of makeup but still want to look alive, Benetint is your gal. It's easy to apply & blend and gives the perfect rosy flush to your cheeks. I wore this the entire weekend Tomas and I were at the beach and he told me I looked like a doll. Keeper.

Maybelline Baby Lips Dr. Rescue Lip Balm in Coral Crave

I don't think this gives any tint to my lips, but I love mint and/or medicated lip balms. This lip balm in particular makes my lips look super shiny and feel super smooth.

Wet n' Wild Megalast Lip Color in Mauve Outta Here

More of a medium cool-toned pink than a true mauve, one swipe of this instantly brightened my complexion and made my teeth look whiter! Pretty impressive lasting power and you cannot beat that Wet n' Wild price!

Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Sandwash Pink

Paired this with the Too Faced Love Flush Blush in "I Will Always Love You" and loved the result. Perfect lipstick to complete a soft and feminine makeup look.

NYX Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in Butter

On the hunt for a grey-ish brown lipstick and knowing that I did not want to spend the money on MAC Stone or order Ghoulish online from LA Splash (I prefer to shop for makeup products in-store, rather that online, but LA Splash is still on my radar), I found NYX Matte Lipstick in Butter. I couldn't swatch it in Ulta (ughhh) so I took my chances and also picked up NYX Lip Liner in Nude Truffle at the same time. Turns out Butter was JUST what I was looking for, and it looks amazing paired with Nude Truffle.


Well, I'm winded. I realize that was an incredibly long post and those who are not obsessed with beauty products will probably not find it interesting. You know what else I realized? Every time I sit down to put together a beauty-related post, I can't stop my fingers from typing! I think I can safely say that beauty is one of my passions. Now I just have to figure out how to make the most of this passion!