Life in Mascara: December 2015

Thursday, December 31, 2015


Here we go! A new year. I really like this time of year. I get to look back at all the blessings of the previous year and still look forward at the brink of what is to come. Almost like time stands still for just one day. One day that holds momentous promise. 

It has been a great year for Life in Mascara. In just over a year of blogging, I was published in an online magazine, I created a YouTube channel, and our following has continued to grow. I am so thankful to each and every one of you for taking the time to visit this space, this community that we have become. I wish you all the best in this upcoming year.  Much love and blessings your way!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Plan With Me In The Happy Planner

I had a great time filling out my New Year's week. I never thought this would be a planner I would enjoy so much. It has opened my mind and my heart to creativity and I am embracing that. I even bought the fitness one to be able to track my year of training leading to San Francisco 2017. Eekk!!! These were all a mix of shops so I will do my best to tag them on my Instagram @lifeinmascara.

Oh! And since I was away for a bit, I though I would show you the previous two weeks. Christmas came and went with a bang, didn't it?

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

All Things New Years Eve

Who else has Auld Lang Syne playing non stop in their heads? I actually like New Year's. It gives me a sense of satisfaction to look back at the year and count my blessings. I am not one to party like it was 1999 on this day though (or ever for that matter) but I do like to have some fun things planned. Stumped on what to do? Let's see what we can come up with:

1. The Food: Crock pot is the way to go for me. I don't want to be messing with the food and not be able to enjoy the festivities. If you are having people over, why not set it and forget it. This year I will have this simmering in my crock pot. I can't wait!

2. To Watch: Netflix and chill. Why not binge watch that series you have been dying to catch up on? Or if a more traditional movie is more up your ally, then how about New Year's Eve (2011) or Love Actually?

3. To Listen: Instead of watching a movie, why not listen to the new season of Serial? Who's addicted already?

4. To Do: Break out your favorite board game (mine is Rummikub) and get your competitive vibes going. Creativity more your style? Then how about these adult coloring books? Been dying to give the Harry Potter one a go.

5. To Read: And if a more quiet night is what you prefer, then why not join our book club and get a leg up on reading our first book? Get it here

Whatever your plans are for this New Year's Eve, I pray that you are happy and safe. I wish all of you a blessed New Year and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for being a part of this community. Much love and blessings your way!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Kate Spade Wellesley Set Up Video

I'm baaaaaaccckkkk!!! Whew, December kicked my butt. I thought I just needed a few days of rest. Turns out I needed a few weeks. But I'm good, I'm here now, and with a new video for you guys. Thanks to everyone who still kept coming to the blog, my instagram @lifeinmascara, and my YouTube. It really meant a lot to me.

Now here is how I set up my Kate Spade Wellesley. I wanted to get this up for you guys prior to the new year for some inspiration. Cutting it a bit close, but most of us have more than one planner to sort so we are good!

Don't forget to subscribe to my channel. I will be hosting a giveaway for every 100 subs. We are close to the first one!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Plan With Me In The Happy Planner

Why are the weeks getting away from me? My to do list dribbles over onto multiple pages and all I want to do is lay on the floor, breathing. I am fussy and tired. The days are gloomy and lead to bad pictures (see image above) which frustrates me even more. I have only 6 more days left before going on Christmas break and I can tell you right now it can't come soon enough! Rant over. On to where I tell you where you can get the cute stickers.

Oh So Fawn: bulbs, holly garland, chocolate covered strawberry, stockings, reindeer head with ornaments, holiday mugs, tiny Christmas tree and Santa hat. 

Pookie Bear Cuties: mixer, take out box, dentist.

The Planner Junkie: page flag, blue flag with pencil.

Planner Bowtique: burger and fries. 

Heidi Swapp Christmas ephemera kit. 

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

2016 Book Club Announcement

I am BEYOND excited to share with you the start of Life in Mascara Book Club! Reading is something I am very passionate about and for years I have longed to belong to a group where we could all read together and discuss. For one reason or another, that never happened. 

When I started my blog, I began to share over the course of this year the Pop Sugar Reading Challenge I decided to do. More and more I began to get excited about reading and sharing my thoughts with this community. Finally one day I though 'We are our own book club'. Search no more!

I also want to share with you why I choose these particular books. As I have shared many times with you, I am working towards incorporating more positivity in my life. I want to be more productive, open hearted, and purposeful in what I do. In going over in my mind what my word for next year will be (this year was 'Present') the word 'Do' popped into my mind. I took it as a sign towards wanting to do more things that fill my heart and my mind. With that I decided that the books we would read would be along these lines and so I went in search of that.

The image above is set to the books we will read from left to right. I have sized them up for you according to MAMBI The Happy Planner boxes and can be downloaded here. Each month we will read the book of the month and then we can discuss it on the last Friday of the month on my YouTube channel

I hope you are as excited as I am to start on this journey. Let me know what you guys think! Oh, and here are the links to the books in case you want to place one order. 

1. Gandhi

Monday, December 7, 2015


Yesterday was an INCREDIBLE day after taking over a year off of competitive running, I hit the pavement once again and it was GLORIOUS! My body didn't give up and I was able to run more than I thought I could. I vlogged bits a pieces of it for you guys. I hope it inspires some of you to get out there!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Plan With Me In The Happy Planner

Who wants to hear a fun story? I was eating dinner on Tuesday night. It was amazing for all those who are food lovers by the way. My parents are in town and my Mami cooked for me. When I was finished, I felt something stuck in my molar. I used floss and a toothpick and I felt something move. Out came half of my wisdom tooth. I mean how!!! I immediately called my dentist and schedule to go in the next morning. Long story short, I am one molar less. I am so thankful that even though the removal process was a bit painful, it was more my nerves that made me cry and not the pain. But my dentist is so sweet she cooed at me like if I was a baby, covered me with a blankie, and fixed my hair. I appreciated that. 

Anyways the point to my story is that I wanted to get a video up today but for obvious reasons, I was unable to film (or pronounce anything without adding multiple 's' to it) for a couple of days. I thought I would still share my spread in my Happy Planner even though it is the end of the week. Did you catch my last planner video? You can watch it here. Do you like my paperclips? Let me show you how to make them here

Cookie plate and mug, Christmas light bulb, Reindeer head from Oh So Fawn

Bath & Body Works bag, Michaels logo from Planner Bowtique.

Taco banner, blue page flag, Theater marquee, and credit card from Stickeriffic.  

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Some Recent Makeup Bits

I thought I would share with you some recent makeup purchases both from the drugstore and Sephora. I haven't tried them all out yet so I can't give you a full review but aren't they just lovely to look at?

Having a recent lipstick moment and I bought two new reds (because they are seriously all different), Maybelline Rich Ruby and Siren in Scarlet. I also bought this deep plum, Rimmel 03. I just love the dramatic effect of this. And to go on the other side of the spectrum I went for another one of Marc Jacob's Nude Sheer Gel in Role Play. If you haven't had a look at this range of lipsticks, you really need to. There is a nude for everyone and the formula is so rich and creamy. A true delight!

For the eyes I wanted a dark smokey look but wanted to steer clear of my normal browns and golds. So I went for THIS deep forest green. All the colors I have tried in this range are very blendable and long lasting. The tiny bits of glitter in it aren't over powering and capture the light. Plus its the holidays. I say pound on the glitter! 

I also ran out of my Anastasia Eyebrow Wiz in Ebony. My eyebrows are black and I do not understand why they seem to be the only brand who does black eyebrow pencils. I went for the only drugstore option that also makes black eyebrow pencils and powders, NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder. I did give this a go and it matches my color perfectly. It is such a great and affordable alternative. Plus it comes in this dinky package with a equally dinky brush and eyebrow spooley which are really good.

The show stopper was Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation. I had been wanting to try it for so long and just never did. Why did I let so much time pass? The love affair is in full effect. It is such a light coverage but can be built up to a great medium coverage. I go in with one pump for my full face then go back in with a tiny blob to cover the redness in my cheeks. Then I oohh and aawww at my luminous skin. Because let me tell you, it makes your skin glow in a non sticky way. I then set my concealer, nose, and chin with Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light and then blend in a bit of Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone to my cheeckbones and I spend another few seconds admiring my skin. It's not vain to think you look FLAWLESS!!! Dare I say I finally found my luminous skin routine?