Life in Mascara: 2014

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Goals Not Resolutions


nothing like the fresh start to a new year that makes me want to throw out everything and start over. realistically speaking that isn't possible. but there is nothing like the promise of new possibilities, uncharted territory waiting for me to discover it, a better you (me). every year i flock to my obscene amounts of stationary and select a pad on which to write my resolutions on (that alone is a task people). i carry them around with me everywhere i go in my planner so that if i need a little reminder of what they were they are right on hand.

this year though i want to really reevaluate the way that i look at them. i always get a sense of disappointment when i don't complete them and that is not what resolutions are all about. they are set points that you have predetermined for yourself to meet. they should bring you enjoyment and satisfaction not impending gloom and doom. i want to view them as goals, as a journey i have set forth on and these will be little (or big) stops in between.  

i am sure as the year goes on, i will add to my list of goals but i wanted to predefine where i am headed. i wish you all the very best in this new year and much success in your goals or resolutions. i also want to thank each and every one of you who has stopped by this blog. pretty much all of you are silent readers but you took a moment of your time and shared it with me and that is invaluable. 

Monday, December 29, 2014

Tarte Bon Voyage Collector's Set



while i was doing my makeup the other day, i noticed that pretty much all my eye shadows were nudes, nudes, and more nudes. and while this is my all time favorite look, it was a bit difficult to do a smokey eye with all ten shades of a soft brown. i wanted to add in a pallet that while yes had more nudes also had some rich, deep, and moody colors. enter Tarte's Bon Voyage. this set comes with a makeup bag, a gloss, a lip tint, a mini mascara, setting powder, maracuja oil, and a cheek stain. it makes the perfect addition to this winter season. the eye shadows are highly pigmented and so smooth and velvety. there is no fall out or fading. all the colors blend richly into each other. i am eager to try out all the other little goodies that come with this set as well! and can we talk about the beautiful gold and lavender makeup bag? swoon!

Friday, December 26, 2014

~Our Wedding~

on November 22, 2014 i married a wonderful man and committed my life to his. to making our house a home. to loving these two boys like they are mine. here are a few shots of the details of our special day.

~my mothers and my sister hand over mine. three generations of strong women~
~a little treat spread complete with some Mexican candy and Mexican wedding cookies~
~what husband told me once when i wondered why we didn't meet years before~
~Star Wars cake toppers and the most delectable cake you can imagine~
~Modcloth dress~
~ballet flats perfect for my hurt toe~
eager to start planning out church wedding in 2016!

if you live in the San Antonio, TX area, I highly recommend Bird Bakery for all your sweet needs. It is a small shop owned by the lovely Elizabeth Chambers, wife to Armie Hammer, and run by the nicest staff you will find. the store itself is darling. it is like eye candy walking in there. so many cute details and little trinkets you can purchase for the home as well. but lets focus on their treats people. one of a kind. you will not be disappointed. they have so many unique flavors as well as traditional of course and gluten free choices as well. they were my one and only choice for our wedding cake.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Snowflake Nails

as i was decorating our Christmas tree while my mom, dad, and husband sat and watched me i had a thought, "man my nails look rough!" deep, i know. having not visited a nail salon since they hurt my toe, which as we know led to surgery, i guess i have just let myself go. i do try and keep up but priorities (Netflix) and life get in the way. i have this cute snowflake ornament that one of my coworkers son gave me and i was inspired to create these snowflake nails. 



first i applied my tried and true Orly Bonder Rubberized Base Coat. can't live without this stuff! then i applied two coats of Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Nail Enamel in All or Nothing. the formula of this product is amazing guys! the polish lasts forever and goes on evenly. for glitter i had a bottle from the Forever 21 collection line but any glitter polish will do. i only did one coat and with a light hand. i wanted it to appear sparingly like the glitter had floated from above and landed on my nails. you want to ensure the creamy color of the Revlon polish shows through. finally i sealed the deal with a coat of Revlon ColorStay Dimond Top Coat. i really loved the way they turned out and a great alternative to my daily holiday red polish.   

Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas Decorations and DIY

last year on the day after Christmas, husband and i woke up early and hit all the shops for the day after Christmas sales. by mid morning we were done and felt pretty confidant that the following Christmas our decor would be awesome.

it is now that Christmas and when we pulled out our loot it was like Christmas morning having already forgotten what we had purchased. still there were a few DIY crafts that i couldn't part with so i kept them and i am glad i did. it makes the house look lived in. more homey. like we have a story to tell. 



after the great escape, one of my co-workers gave me a Christmas tree because she said i deserved to have a holiday after the year i had gone through. money was an issue so i hit up my trusted and true Dollar Tree and bought my ornaments. i instantly fell in love with these gold glitter reindeer (um who wouldn't?). i bought two packs of them and streamed them along some gold craft ribbon. at my old apartment they glistened spectacularly  from the light coming in through the giant window that it adorned. here, they help cover the eyesore that is this baby mauvey pink wall with the patches on it (the house is under construction people and eventually it will get done). honestly, i don't ever want to get rid of it and plan to give it a home at our house FOR. EV. ER.



i picked up this garland for $3 at Target Dollar Spot (the answer to slightly fancier dollar deals) and had a ball untangling it with my mom. once i showed it who was boss (my mom, not me) i layed it flat on our table and just inserted some tiny sphere ornaments along the route. i placed these tiny houses on here as well. they just look so cute peeking out through the garland and the windows actually light up. of course no dinner table would be complete without some cut crystal and perfectly trimmed candles. the "cut crystal" and the candles are from the dollar store.



finally if you remember my haunted houses DIY, take the same concept and spray paint them a glossy white until your heart is content. then i took spray glitter (Dollar Tree is the bomb) and did the roof tops and the trees. glitter snow is a real thing.

what is your favorite decor for the holidays? DIY or store perfection?

Friday, December 19, 2014

My Face in Brushes



i rounded up the brushes that i use on an every day basis. they are the brushes that i swear by and get me out the door at an ungodly hour to get to work.

Sigma F86 Tapered Kabuki- i use this brush to blend out my concealer. it blends it out beautifully and removes any excess product. even though it is a rather larger brush for such a small area, the tapered end fits nicely under the eye.

Sigma F80 Flat Top Kabuki- this brush is perfect for blending out liquid foundation. it distributes the foundation evenly and makes your skin appear even and flawless.

Sigma F82 Rounded Kabuki- the perfect brush to blend out mouse like foundations such as Maybelline Dream Matte Mouse. it doesn't steal product from you and just leaves your skin looking airbrushed.

Sigma F84 Angled Kabuki- i actually use this brush to apply highlighter on my cheekbones and the bridge of my nose. because of its rounded and angled shape, the brush tips gather the fine sheen of your highlighter and place it right on top of your skin beautifully. seriously glowing from within never happened so quickly.

e.l.f. Studio Angled Blush Brush- for contouring my cheekbones i pick up this soft and dense brush. works great for defining this area.

MAC Blush Brush 116- because this brush is rather small, it works well to keep my blush where it belongs during application, on my cheeks. i have tried other bigger blush brushes and i will find a way to apply blush all the way to my concealer. not cute. 

e.l.f. Studio Stipple Brush- i use this to blend out my bronzer and my blush. no makeup lines here!

here is a fun article by Alight Fashion Blog entitled Brushology: A Guide to Makeup Brushes that you guys may like. it gives a brief description of each brush and what they are made for. happy reading!


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

#housetohome

when husband first purchased this house about 3 years ago, it really needed some tender loving care. and a sledgehammer. and some paint. and a vacuum. surely you get the picture. but he has worked tirelessly to transform this house into a home. walls have been knocked out, walls have been put in. even the kitchen cabinets were hand made by his father. so much love has gone into this that i thought i would share with you the on-going process. 

now that i have moved in i have slowly started to incorporate some elements of decor into the house. for example, we finally have a bedspread (instead of one of those thick blankets with a giant rose on it). needless to say, this will be a process as rooms still need to be redone and walls still need to be painted. i thought that i would share with you the little things and the big things that will go into making a #housetohome. So follow along on Instagram and Twitter @lifeinmascara.





i found these great bottles and faux succulent planter at Michaels. all their fall seasonal items were on clearance for 80% off. the bottles came out to $1.80 and the planter was $4.00. now let's talk about the planter. i love me some succulents. i dislike intensely (we don't use the word hate in our house so the boys don't pick it up) fake plants. but this planter, oh this planter!!! game changer guys. i had to touch it to make sure it was fake. it was so life like i had to get it. i thought it would make a great addition to the house. 

we have no real decor going on right now but i thought these little things were a great way to start. i will share more of the process as projects get made. stay tuned to #housetohome.  

Monday, December 15, 2014

Call Me


let's face it. we are all pretty much surgically attached to our phones, and i am no exception. my current phone is on its last leg, which is a galaxy S3, which may as well be a dinosaur. i really do not like shopping for a new cell phone. it is equivalent to the pain of shopping for a new bra or new glasses (that too is coming up). so the life long question begins: apple or android? galaxy or iPhone? i have never had an iPhone and have always been somewhat reluctant to join the cult following behind it. but i can't help but wonder, is it really better? if i am going to spend money on purchasing a new phone, i want to get something that is worth it. so let me know your opinion on this guys. i really need some feedback on both phones. comment below or tweet me @lifeinmascara.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Birchbox for Men

husband (wow that was a change) washes his face with his body wash. notice i said body wash and not body soap and trust me that took forever to get him to change. i have tried so very hard to get him to use actual face products on that handsome face that i adore but nothing seems to really stick. he just forgets. i kept thinking maybe if he became excited about his skincare then he would remember to use it. but there is no excitement in it for him. 

ok, i thought. maybe if i get him some for Christmas he can slowly start to incorporate it into his routine. i started researching things and a side advertisement popped up for Birchbox for Men. first of all, i had no idea that they even made these beauty boxes for men. i thought it was just for women. i instantly got excited for it and thought who doesn't like to get packages in the mail? once i really started to look into it, i saw that he would not only get beauty products but other fun things like socks and earphones as well. they are obviously all different but still! i really wanted to get some personal feedback on it and reached out to my male friends to see if anyone had used it. here is what one of my besties had to say:


"I initially learned about Birchbox from one of my girlfriends who had this tiny package delivered to her apartment each month. The parcel consisted of a small box filled with awesome samples of skincare products, makeup and perfume.


Intrigued by the monthly surprise, I inquired if there was a male version available; and to my amazement, there was!

Upon signing up, you have the option to fill out a brief questionnaire to gauge your interests. Based on your responses, Birchbox will tailor a box for you.

I tend to think of myself as a trendy (yet nerdy), on-the-go, kinda guy; so my box is usually filled with awesome new products that I absolutely love!

Men receive four sample-sized items and one full-sized item.

Some of the items I’ve received include new socks, an iPhone charger, whiskey stones, t-shirts, boxer briefs, a candle and a variety of great samples of cologne, shampoo, skincare products and more!

Cost: $20 a month for the men’s box, $10 for women’s box.

Why the cost difference? Men get an awesome full-sized item each month. Sorry ladies!"

so with that in mind, i think this would make an excellent gift not just for the man in your life, but for your brother, father, or male bestie too. you can actually gift it to someone during the holidays as well. i think i might just give it a go...and maybe get one for me too? happy shopping!

*guys this is not a sponsored post. this is all my opinion and that of my friend. we received nothing from Birchbox. they do not know i even exist. i am not that cool. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Running a Half Marathon

this weekend i had the great experience of participating in another half marathon by Rock n Roll Marathon Series. i believe this is my 9th half marathon. honestly i have lost track. i have been running for about 3 years now but have only been participating in runs for 2 years. i started out by just walking around my neighborhood and adding a block to my routine after so many days. it was hard at first but walking at a fast pace really built up my endurance and till this day i can walk for hours without stopping.


the course took us all throughout downtown San Antonio which is beautiful. i haven't fully healed from my toe surgery so i couldn't really run. i was able to jog for a bit here and there and it felt wonderful to feel my body pick up where it left off. i didn't realize how much i missed it.



my runs normally go like this:
3 miles- fat sausage fingers appear
6 miles- getting pretty hungry
10 miles- things start getting a bit hairy. i get hangry and slightly violent.
11 miles- the anger has subsided. i am almost done.
12 miles- the longest mile of my life. may as well be its own 5k.
13.1 finish line- exhausted and crying and screeching 'can't wait to do this again!' as my running partner bestie and i hug.



i clearly don't take myself or my running seriously. i don't run to win. i run because i can and one day i won't be able to. i am blessed to have a great friend who is willing and crazy enough to do any run with me. she is petite and i clearly am not and we run at the same pace. after all, slow and steady wins the race. it is such a humbling experience to see runners pass you up in wheelchairs, full leg prosthetic's, or 'i survived cancer' shirts. they should pass me up. the road is theirs. my favorite is when little kids rush by me. God speed little one! 



finishing a half marathon is one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. i highly recommend any one to do it. men or woman. run or walk. who cares? at least you are out there doing it. trust me, you will never be the same after you complete one. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Stocking Stuffers for All

to me, stocking stuffer gifts are the best. you tend to get the little things that you forget you wanted or needed. plus, you generally get some treats. who doesn't love a little snack?


1. Emmet Keychain $4.99

2. Burt's Bees Balm $3.99

3. Gel Pens $9.99

4. Moleskin Pocket Journal $8.95

5. Neutrogena Hand Cream $5.29

6. Chocolate Candy Coins $2.99

7. The Body Shop Hand Cleanse Gel $5.00

8. Moleskin Book Light USB Chargeable $19.95

9. Kind Bars $2.00

grab any of these and go stuff those stockings!

Monday, December 8, 2014

~Giveaway Time~

you guys all heard me ramble on and on through every social media outlet i operate about the Sugar Paper for Target planners. i love them so much and just overall believe in their brand that i picked up an extra one to gift to one of you lovely readers! all you need to do is subscribe to this blog and my Twitter @lifeinmascara and comment or tweet me your favorite holiday tradition. as you all know i just recently got married and am eager to start our own traditions. i will announce the winner on Friday, November 12 via Twitter so technically it will close on Thursday, November 11 at midnight. Can't wait to read all your comments and tweets! 




actually my love for this brand is so BIG, that i am hoping to be able to buy this wedding planner as i start to plan our church wedding. we chose to do two separate events to save up for our wedding and be able to pay for everything upfront and not incur debt. therefore, the penny saving fund for this planner has begun! 

*this is not a sponsored post by Sugar Paper. i bought this planner with my own money because i believe in this company. the peeps down at Sugar Paper do not even know i exist. i am not that cool. 

Friday, December 5, 2014

Merry Techmas Gift Guide

special treat coming at you guys today. guest blogger Francisco Platt from INFO INNOVAMODE:

We are only 20 days away from Christmas!  Are you ready? Because if not, you still have time to shop, add to your wish list...and go tech.  Here are four holiday gift ideas that INFO INNOVAMODE recommends.



1. (TECH)
Microsoft enters the wearable tech community with the Band.  The Microsoft Band is a thin black bracelet with multiple functions and ten built-in sensors.  For example, it has a built-in GPS system, a personal fitness tracker and it monitors the duration and quality of your sleep.  The Band also has popular notification alerts regarding emails, calendar, weather and incoming calls. It retails for $199 and is available online and at Microsoft stores.
2. (ECONOMICAL)
Japanese apparel retailer Uniqlo refers to their products as “Lifewear. Clothes for a better life for everyone, every day.”  A regular in using innovate textiles, this season Uniqlo reissues their HEATTECH line with a new collection for men and women.   These staple items are able to retain body warmth and neutralize odor from perspiration.  The women’s line has an added bonus by having camellia oil woven into the fabric  to enhance softness against the skin.  The collection consists of basics such as long sleeve crew necks and tights and come in a variety of colors.  HEATTECH is priced competitively (i.e. $12.90 for a v-neck t-shirt) and is available for purchase either in store or online.
3.(FOR HIM)

American menswear designer, Michael Bastian, and Hewlett-Packard have taken a classic timepiece and updated it for today’s techno savvy market.  The MB Chronowing vibrates for incoming emails, text messages and other notifications connected to your favorite apps. The watch is controlled by three separate buttons as opposed to a touchscreen.  It is water-resistant and made out of stainless steel with a battery run of 7 days between charging.  MB Chronowing retails for $350 on Gilt.com and you can pick the color and material of its straps (black rubber, olive green nylon or brown leather).  A limited luxe tech edition (sapphire crystal with alligator straps) is priced at $650 with only 300 available.


4. (NOVELTY)

And last but not least:
Can designer headphones enRICH the music you listen to? That could easily be the case if what you are sporting is a pair of headphones by megabrand Chanel.  This year the French authority on luxury collaborated with California-based Monster Inc. to produce headphones like no other. Your $5,000 purchase at a Chanel boutique consists of a black quilted pair of headphones with an accompanying case…both with the double C monogram, natch.  The clout of a great luxury brand embracing technology is a sure sign that a seismic shift in fashion is on the horizon.
***if you don't already follow this amazing tech blog, go do so now here*** 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Gift Guide for the Kids

here are some fun gift ideas to get for the kids. all are geared towards developing their motor skills. 



1. Schwinn Balance Bike 12-inch $87.41

2. Jumbo Blocks $38.99

3. Melissa and Doug Farm Friends Puzzle $12.99

4. Easel Ikea $14.99

you see? education can be fun and cute! happy holidays!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Gift Guide for the Teenagers

quite possibly the hardest age group to shop for. how about these?



1. Chuck Taylor Classic $50.00

2. Harry Potter Boxed Set $51.74

3. Beats by Dre Solo $169.99

4. Kindle Fire HD 6 $99.99

stay tuned for tomorrows gift guide for the kids. 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Gift Guide For Him

wondering what to get for the man in your life? how about any of these?


1. Fairisle Beanie Target $10.39

2. Teroforma Whisky Stones $25.00

3. Explorer Swiss Army Knife $61.50

4. AAA 42 Piece Emergency Road Assistance Kit $23.66

5. Modern Gent's Shaving Kit The Body Shop $40.00

6. Nike for J.Crew Killshot $70.00

7. Kiehl's Cucumber Toner $16.00

8. Poker Dice Chip Set Target $39.99

9. Classic Zippo Lighter $19.95 

coming up...the teenager. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Gift Guide For Her

here are some fun things any woman in your life would love...i know i want them all!


1. Mini Brush Set Bobbi Brown $75.00

2. Travel Tumbler The Everygirl $18.00

3. Sugar Cravings Kissing Trio Fresh $28.00

4. The Happiness Project Journal $16.99

5. Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 $69.99

6. Capri Blue Jar Candle $28.00

7. Shea Hand Cream The Body Shop $6.00 

8. Bird Teapot World Market $19.99

9. Flip-top Gloves Target $10.39

next up...for him.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Berry Licious

while most people flock to oxblood lip colors at the first sign of cold weather, i do not. the color, other than red of course, that i jump into at this time is more berry. i rounded up 5 of my favorite berry shades that range from sheer to full on color.


Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer in Garnet- to be honest i was first drawn to this product because it has a giant rhinestone on the top. bedazzle anything and i want it. the color is very rich. it is more like a liquid lipstick than a gloss. it is not sticky and it lasts for a long time. i was very impressed by this product.

L'Oreal Colour Riche Balm in Heavenly Berry- an oldie but a goody. it is sheer but not so completely sheer. it is my favorite berry shade ever. this is my everyday lip color during this time. this shade makes all neutral brown eye shadows pop.

MAC Dazzleglass in Date Night- this shade leans towards the purple side with an iridescent sheen to it. plus it has bright purple glitter in it. it doesn't look cheap or childish though as it is very fine glitter. trust me, wear this and the shine of this gloss will get you noticed. 

L'Oreal Glossy Balm in Vintage Rose- this balm is so creamy and buttery. it goes on smooth with a good amount of color. not wild about the scent at all but i can over look that.

Flower Lip Service Lip Butter in Wispy Wisteria- seeing a trend in my favoring lip balms than a full on lipstick? this product doesn't disappoint. it is slightly thicker than the rest but regardless still goes on smooth. the color is vibrant and buildable since it is not so sheer to make it look more like a lipstick.

let me know what your favorite berry shade is in the comments below or tweet me @lifeinmascara.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

#tomsfortarget


very into the Toms for Target collection that just launched. here are some of my favs but really it is all very good. clean, crip, minimalist. all of these would make great gifts during the holidays as well. but the added bonus is that you get the satisfaction of knowing you are doing some good by shopping these items. for every #tomsfortarget gift you buy, Toms is giving away a pair of shoes, a blanket, or a meal to those in need. so think twice before shopping, and give the gift that keeps on giving. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Morning Skincare Routine


recently, i have become more aware of my skin. mainly it was because i turned 30 and i was waiting for gravity to take its toll the next day. i have crazy sensitive skin and have always battled with acne to top it off. up until that point, i had never been able to successfully wear lotion on my face because i would break out. i knew if i didn't find something that worked for me, i would end up looking like a shriveled prune by the time i reached 40 (gasp!). 

after trying different things and them not working i finally found what works for me. i cleanse my face with Lush Ultrabland. this is a beeswax based makeup remover and all purpose cleaner. i don't use it to remove my makeup, only to cleanse it. it was so weird for me to use a paste and not see any suds. it left my skin so soft and not dry which i associated with it being clean. it took some getting used to but i now love it. 


next step is beauty oil. i was told that the reason i had these hard pimples under my skin that wouldn't come to a head was because my skin needed moisture. in the morning i use this rose oil that i have previously mentioned (i use a different one at night). i use 5 pumps and i slather that all over my neck, front and back, my chest, and my boobies (they need to be moisturized too). what is left on my hands i press onto my face. it absorbs so quickly with no greasy mess. it also leaves a satin-like texture on my face. 

then i go for a few sprits of Tea Tree Water Toner which is a clearing toner for oily and spotty skin. if i have some spots on my skin i dab a bit of Grease Lightning on them. this stuff is ridiculously awesome. clears away acne for me literally in a day. its gentle enough to use on a daily basis and does not cause redness. so again, i only use when needed. perfectly ok to skip it.

now the eyes. the gateways to the soul. i put a generous amount of Enchanted Eye Cream under my eyes and on my eyelids. it helps with dark circles and tighten fine lines with lavender and honey. which is great because i have this wrinkle on my left eye that makes perfecting my eyeliner flick a nightmare. #beautyproblems

finally i go in with a dab of Celestial. a little goes a long way here. this cream is made for dry or sensitive faces and wouldn't you know it, i have both. immediately after you apply it, your face looks greasy. then you blink and it is gone. it really is fascinating to me. it smells so good too. it is my favorite Lush product.
 
 
as you can see i am a HUGE Lush fan. but i am always on the look out for new organic products to try. let me know what works for you and what products you suggest in the comments below or tweet me @lifeinmascara.       

Friday, November 21, 2014

Women Getting Things Done: Mindy Kaling


i first heard of Mindy Kaling when she began to appear on The Office. her character was hilarious and Kalings' acting was the best interpretation of this off the wall character. it wasn't until years later that i began to notice that she was also a writer and a producer on the show. i thought 'wow. multitasker here!' and was also quite amused that she was pushing those boundaries.

i recently picked up her book and plowed through it. i was so inspired by her story. i loved that she shared it all. her upbringing, her college experience, her struggles afterward, and her route to success. while i was reading the chapter about the roach infested apartment she shared with her girlfriends after college, i too was living in a roach motel and kept telling myself 'if she did it, you can too!' and tried to ignore the fact that i was at least 10 years older than Kaling at that time.

to me Kalings' humor resembles David Sedaris, who is my all time favorite author. queen of sarcasm, Kaling is one of those women who is downright real. she doesn't pretend. she just is. she makes references to her ethnicity and the stereotypes and actualities that come with it. something i can definitely relate to. being a woman isn't easy, and we are downright cheated at times in the corporate world. it is so refreshing to see Kalings' journey and feel that one day i can make this journey as well. and yes in my dreams, Kaling and i are friends. no it's not creepy. just go and buy this book. thank me later. here, i made it easy for you. click here.    

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Not Sorry | #ShineStrong Pantene



i am a massive YouTube junkie and let's face it, i am counting down those 5 seconds until i can click on the 'skip ads' feature. the other day, however, i came across this add by Pantene and somehow stayed listening to it. well done Pantene, well done. i was first drawn by the beautiful and stylish women coming across my screen and yes i did think 'oh cute skirt' but then i really started to listen to the message and i heard it loud and clear. it hit home, and while i speak only for me, i too learned how to say 'sorry' for everything. i was sorry he had a bad day and that was why he was taking it out on me. i was sorry he didn't like my tone of voice so i learned to stay quiet. i was sorry he didn't like my social circle, so they were gone. and while Pantene didn't mean it in that sense, i realized it was something that i still carried on today. it is the misuse of this word that i realized could possibly make me look weaker and submissive and i am done with that. i left that behind the moment i left. 

the commentary surrounding this video was swayed both ways but whether you are a man or a woman, you can't honestly tell me that in today's society we are viewed as equals. even though Pantene made this video to call attention to a different aspect, it spoke to me and to what i needed to hear, what i needed to realize, and what i needed to address.

*it goes without saying that this is not a sponsored post. please, the giants at Pantene don't even know i exist. i am not that cool.*

Monday, November 17, 2014

Ulta Haul

i like to go shopping as much as the next girl and had been saving my pretty pennies to buy some new makeup goodies to update my fall routine. i knew i wanted to replace my Maybelline Dream Matte Mouse which is the absolute perfect color match to my skin. it leaves your skin looking flawless and not cakey. it is definitely more of a medium to full coverage foundation but your skin doesn't look over made. i was down to the absolute bottom of mine and wanted to try out another foundation. i prefer a medium coverage and am actually a big fan of powder foundations. i had heard such great things about Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation that i went in to get color matched. now i must say i have never had anymore color match me perfectly and this time was no exception. the lady tried on two different shades and told me i had pink undertones. i told her no i have yellow undertones. i have a lot of redness in my face so if you put pink on it, i turn orange. of course she knew best and i walked out of there looking like a Umpa Lumpa rather than 'jaundiced' as she said i would with a different color. regardless, i bought the shade i thought was best for me.


they were running a promo on Maybelline products, buy one get another 50% off, and i was so pleased to finally find the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Concealer (wwhhheeewww say that 3 times fast!). all my drug stores are always sold out of this so clearly there must be something behind this cult classic. and let me tell you there is. a little goes a long way here. and it is yellow based and not pink based! can you hear the chorus of angels singing people? it does not crease. it blends effortlessly and has great coverage. 

i then picked up Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in the color Midnight. it is a great navy shade and lasts all day without flaking. the only problem i am having is with the tip. it seems rather dry and perfecting that 'flick' is a bit hard right now. i suspect it is only because it is new and the product needs to travel downwards.

to continue with my new found obsession of The Body Shop, i picked up this gift set for $6, actual price is $10 but i had a coupon. i couldn't resit this cute little pot of balm and the hand cream is the perfect size for my purse.


as of late i have been leaning towards more berry and rose colors than my normal red shades. i picked up this Lipstick Queen Jean Queen Lipstick which delivers a sheer glossy hint of berry to the lips. i found the perfect lip liner for it in Rimmel London Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner in Enchantment. i like to line my lips and fill them in a bit towards the center of my lips and then blend it with my finger. then i apply Jean Queen over it and it is now my absolute favorite combo. now if i want it a bit more glossy, a quick swipe of NYX Butter Gloss in Strawberry Parfait will do the trick. 

let me know what your favorite beauty product is for fall. comment below or tweet me @lifeinmascara.

Friday, November 14, 2014

David Sedaris Live in San Antonio


this weekend i was given a wonderful gift by boyfriend, tickets to see my favorite author David Sedaris. if you are not familiar with his work, you need to come out from the rock which you have been living under and run to get his books. all of them. i can't pick a favorite because they are all equally just freaking awesome. he writes about his travels with his husband, Hugh, and life with his family. i basically feel like i know them all personally and incorporate them into my conversations on a first name basis.

i first started reading his books about 5 years ago. i would read them during lunch in my car. he is the kind of author who evokes that gut wrenching laughter out of you that rivals the mating call of a goose. many times i looked up and noticed people walking by or in the car next to me staring. at which point i would lift up my book, point at it, and mouth the words 'so good' at them. they would then walk or drive off. 

if you follow me on twitter (@lifeinmascara) you will know that i had surgery on my right toe on Wednesday and it has been beyond painful. so painful in fact that it should win an award of you ultra freaking suck. walking has been so difficult and tiring. boyfriend even splurged for valet parking for me. i have never been more thankful. 

now i wouldn't say i am vein, but i like to look presentable when i go out, especially when i am going out to an event where i know the artful and cultured crowd will be. yes, i have been accused of overdressing at times, but it is my clothes. i pay for them. i choose how i want to dress. thanks. so off i go in my nice navy blue dress, with my new foundation (Ulta haul coming soon), and my flip flops. good Lord! but they are the only thing i can wear that doesn't hurt my toe.

being there and seeing him read live to me (well the entire auditorium but whatever) was so surreal. the way he writes, it is just so wrong, it is just so right. it is all the taboo things we are taught not to think, least say out loud. he thinks it. he writes it. he publishes it. we flock to it. we pay money to read it. i have never been to any event by myself and i must say it was rather liberating. i laughed like a dying hyena and i had no care in the world to embarrass anyone i was with because the people next to me were strangers never to be seen again. 

i limped out of there still laughing at his reading and walked over to the valet man and handed him my ticket. he apparently felt the need to make small talk with me as they brought my car. he then asks about my toe and was quick to judge 'oh, you have an ingrown toenail?'. i really wanted to tell him it wasn't my fault. that i bathe on a regular basis. that i am clean. you know there i was in my nice clothes, my nice purse, pretending to be this high class cultured woman, fancy if you will, at least for a few hours to feel better about my disgusting toe and this guy was calling my bluff. thankfully my car pulled up. with an air of dignity i stretched out my giraffe like neck, hiked up my dress as though it were a ball gown and not tea length at best, and limped towards my car. and that's when i saw it. the swifter. yes ladies and gentleman, during my move over 3 weeks ago i threw in my swifter in my back seat as an after thought and there it still way in all its green glory. i limped faster and took over my car. quickly i put it into drive only to realize i needed to do a u-turn in front of them and drive back towards the freeway. the swifter and i made it home. the swifter is still in my car. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Sugar Paper Planner and DIY

you guys have been hearing me go on and on about the Sugar Paper for Target line that came out October 28 since i started blogging again. and let me tell you once i heard that some stores had an early release it was on. i am not ashamed to say that i drove around one weekend until i finally got my greedy hands on them. and that moment ladies and gentlemen, was glorious. i felt like no one around could appreciate it and i just wanted to lift them up to the skies. instead, i grabbed about 6 of them and walked behind boyfriend as i meticulously looked through each one and explained to him why this one worked and why this one didn't. great man that he is he gave me occasional 'ahs' and 'i see'. it was enough for me.

then it came down to choosing. after writhing from the pain of having to choose just one i had an epiphany. 'choose two mayra' i heard a voice say(it was me saying it aloud but still). so i did. i decided to get one planner that i would use for my life and another for the blog. currently i am using the same one but run out of space all the time. once i came to grips with myself over this, life was easier and i felt as though i needed a reward in the form of a Starbucks for having come to this realization all on my own.


i decided to go with the beautiful large one with the kraft cover and gold details for my blog. the smaller navy blue one will be my everyday one and is a good size to fit in my purse. plus it has my two favorite colors, white and navy, left over from a lifetime of Catholic school.



Sugar Paper really hit it out of the park this year by adding month divider tabs. such a small detail makes a world of a difference.



since i like everything matchy matchy, i thought it would fun to have a little notebook in which i could sketch out layouts or quick notes for future blog posts. as luck would have it, i scored this little notepad at my trusty Dollar Tree that had the same cover as my planner. inspired by the cute cover page, i took my gold sharpie and got to work. here is the finished product. what do you think?


i love the way it came out. simple but cute. if you are in need of a planner i highly recommend these. but run to Target right now since they are flying off the shelves. run! go! go! go! and then tag me @lifeinmascara and let me know which one you got!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Haul: The Body Shop

on my continuous quest for clear skin i have been dying to try The Body Shop products. they are not overly pricey but can quickly add up and i just couldn't bring myself to commit. then something wonderful happened. enter Groupon. they were currently running a promotion in my city for buy $25 get $50. i clicked purchase now so quickly i am surprised i didn't dislocate my thumb. armed with my Groupon in hand i went over to this mystical store where i was greated by their in store promotion of buy 3 get 3. it. was. on.


their camomile line is what i was most excited over since i have heard rave reviews all over the internets about how amazing and gentle it is and how it really removes all of your makeup.

Camomile Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover- this cleanser gently melts away eye make-up while while conditioning the eyelashes and eye area. it also said it was safe for contact lens wearers. sold!

Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter- if the word 'sumptuous' wasn't enough for you this product melts away your entire face makeup. this can also be used on the eyes and works with waterproof eye make-up. you can remove it with a washcloth or rinse it off.

Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil- this oil is designed to melt away all of your make-up including eye make-up and waterproof based. it rinses off cleanly leaving no traces of make-up behind and leaving your face soft and refreshed.

now i realize all of these products are similar but i prefer to look at them as different versions of themselves.

i also picked up these lovelies from their body line:


as i have mentioned before i have crazy dry skin. i wanted to get a leg up on the colder months because i do not want a repeat of last year's dry cracked skin. it was so bad i would wake up and apparently be scratching my legs at night until i would make them bleed. it took forever to heal.

i chose the Wild Argan Oil collection because it is made with community fair trade products from Morocco and is deeply hydrating.

Wild Argan Oil Shower Gel- this product is soap free which guarantees to not dry your skin out.

Wild Argan Oil Body Butter- 24 hours of hydration guys! it skins into the skin quickly and is not greasy.

Wild Argan Oil The Radiant Oil for Body and Hair- multiuse product that leaves your skin feeling like satin and your hair soft and shiny. you apply to dry skin and either damp or dry hair.

let me know what other Body Shop products you swear by in the comments below. i can't wait to try them all out!