My Top 5 Matte Liquid Lipsticks

If you know me, you know I have a slight matte liquid lipstick obsession. By obsession I mean I’ve tried countless brands and own a little over 65 lippies. After all the brands I’ve gone through I’ve started to have some favorites. I’m rounding up my top 5 brands below.


#5 Colourpop: For the price, these liquid lippies take the cake. Their formula and feel is very very VERY similar to a Kylie lip kit & they have so many colors to pick from. These are a bit drying though and sometimes the formula can go on uneven which is why they are last on my list. ($6)

#4 Stila: This was the first liquid lipstick I tried and thus started my obsession. These smell good and look good on. They have a range of colors and have decent staying power. If you don’t eat anything oily or greasy, they can last 8+ hours on. They are a bit on the drying side though. ($24)

#3 MAC RetroMatte: These are the bomb.com! The formula is SO GOOD. Easy to apply, long lasting (food and kiss proof) and your lips feel good while you have it on, not dry and cracking. Their nude colors are my top picks hands down! ($21)

#2 SmashBox: I was so surprised when I tried these out and saw how good they are! They are great on price and look AMAZING on. Almost every color I’ve tried looks good. The applicator can be tricky, but this formula feels so soft on and stays on 10+ hours. Even through a greasy burger my lipstick stays fleeky. ($24)

#1 Kat Von D: My top pick for every reason you can think of. It’s applicator makes applying without a lip liner a breeze. The formula is amazing and moisturizing and your lips never crack while wearing it. It won’t feather or bleed after hours of eating and drinking and it doesn’t fade off. The colors are all vibrant and eye catching. All around an amazing liquid lipstick and worth every penny. ($20)

What are your favorite brands? Comment below ! Till next time my fabulous readers!

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Good Gift Box is the Answer to Your Gift Giving Problems

If you’re anything like me you love to give gifts but hate the stress that comes along with finding the perfect gift for everyone. I always end up waiting till the last minute then panic because nothing I found had been quite good enough. I’m the gift giver that loves to give gifts that make my loved ones’ faces light up. Good Gift Box is the perfect solution to all your gift giving woes and they even wrap and ship it for you! YAS.

Good Gift Box was created as an answer to too many hours spent worrying about the perfect gift: what to give, where and how to get it and how best to present it. They bring you the best, relevant gifts made by artisans in the USA. So no matter who is on your list, they have something for them!

GGB offers two types of boxes: pre-packaged and custom. This holiday season I picked two boxes to send out; a limited edition pre-packaged holiday box for my best friend & a custom made box for my brother.

The Holiday edition includes a wine glass, drink mixers, cocktail recipe coasters and a special holiday card.

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For my brother’s custom box I included some socks, a leather wallet, tie clip and grooming essentials.

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Pre-packaged boxes cost $55 while custom boxes items start at $5.

Anything that makes gift giving easier I’m a fan of! Make sure to give them a look and gift someone a gift they’re sure to love.

Happy Holidays loves! xx 

 

 

December Beauty Must Haves

I can’t believe this is my last round up for the year! 6 month of beauty favorites are coming to an end. This month I saved the best for last. Some of these products have become staples in my beauty stash and I promise you that you’ll love them just as much. Most items on this month’s list are skin care related and there’s no better time to ramp up your skin care regime than the New Year. Let’s start shall we?!

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  1. Sesderma Sensyses Lightening Cleanser – I was recently introduced to this brand and have fallen in love with almost everything they have. This cleanser is something like a micellar water but better. This serves as a makeup remover and cleanser in one and also helps your skin up the brightness with vitamin C. I’ve run out of this twice already and restocked. There are also 4 other types to help with different skin issues such as aging and acne. ($19.90)
  1. Masqueology Cream Sheet Masks – So straight up, these are messy but so good. First off, they’re Korean facial masks and if you know your beauty, Korean products are the shit. These sheet masks come in 4 types, my fav being the Vita Clarifying Cream Mask. You put it on your face, sit back for 20 minutes and then massage the rest of the cream in. It’s a mini spa treatment and your skin will thank you. ($2.50 each)
  1. FragranceLock – I love perfume but I always hate that it doesn’t last long, especially on days I’m running around. This finishing spray sets out to solve that problem but locking in your fragrance for 12 whole hours! I tested this out and it really did keep me smelling like Flowerbomb for the whole day. You just spray your favorite perfume, wait a few minutes and then spray this on top. So easy to use ! ($30)
  1. Chella Anti-Fatigue Eye Mask – This time of year for me is insane and my under eye circles come out to play due to lack of sleep. This little treatment has helped me so much. You put it on while getting ready in the morning and it helps to relieve the puffiness and darkness under your eyes so you can look awake even though you slept at most 3 hours. ($9)
  1. Vitamin E Oil – I added this my skincare regime about a month ago after reading all its benefits and I can truly say it’s helped my skin so much. I use retinol and one of its side effects is peeling skin. Vitamin E helps keep my skin healthy and hydrated and stops it from flaking. It also helps my fine lines and makes my skin look glowy and plump. Make sure you use pure Vitamin E oil to get all the benefits and then just apply a bit before bed and allow it to do it’s magic. ($7.99)
  1. Golden Peel-a-Way Masque – This mask is GOLD literally and figuratively. It is pricey but honestly I love this thing! It was so fun to apply to leave on, if you follow me on snap & IG, you saw my obnoxious posts with it on messing around. This mask feels so good on the skin and works to refresh skin and penetrate deeply to life impurities and dead skin cells. When you peel it off, peel upwards and then reveal flowing skin! Make sure to tone and moisturize after! ($68)
  1. Dermalogica® Best-Selling Brightening Duo – These are two of the brand’s best sellers and when used together your face will thank you. I cannot stress enough how important exfoliating is for healthy skin. You wash you face with the cleanser and then exfoliate. It helps to take away built up skin and also helps lighten any uneven skin pigmentation and calm redness. I felt like it helped my texture over time and it gave my skin a nice glow. ($65)
  1. The Beachwaver Co. Beachwaver S1.25 Ceramic Rotating Curling Iron – VICTORIA SECRET MODEL HAIR. That is what this magical rotating curling iron does. It gives you the prettiest waves with tons of va va voom! Key benefits include a heat range of 290° – 490°, lighter 5.5” ceramic barrel length, 1.25 barrel width, arrow button for rotation control, 8 foot swivel cord, ergonomic handle, beveled no-kink clamp, fast/slow speed switch and a home button. ($129)
  1. Face The Day – This is sooooo great for us ladies living in Miami. A SPF 30 cream with primer!! It protects you from the sun and its damage and preps your skin for makeup. I love that it helps me cut one part of my skin routine in the morning. Anything for 5 min extra of sleep. ($14.62)
  1. Daily Exfoliating Serum – Another product from Golden Door is on this list because honestly their products are so damn good. SOOOOOO GOOOD. You apply this serum at night and over time it helps to exfoliate your skin to reduce fine lines and pore size. I can say this has helped my pore size significantly! You have to moisturize though or it will leave you with flaky skin! ($88)

 

 

 

 

Geneva Naturals #BloggersWhoBrunch

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Happy Monday babes! Hoping you all had a fantastic weekend. Recently I got together with some of my blogger boos for the first ever #BloggerWhoBrunch with Geneva Naturals and let me say it was such a fun brunch! Our kind host, Geneva Naturals, is a new skincare line that just stepped on the market that’s made with rare ingredients such as Edelweiss, which is found in the beautiful Swiss Alps. Geneva Naturals is for the woman who never takes a break — whether that be in motherhood, her career, or anything that she endeavors. A line to help get your skin in check and reveal its true beauty all while keeping their products at an affordable price point. It’s luxury skin care without the luxury price tag.

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While brunching at the delicious DÔA  on South Beach, we were able to try out their first three products, which include:

Advanced Vitamin C+E Oil – features 20% Vitamin C and Edelweiss combined with Hyaluronic Acid, Coconut Oil, Moringa Oil & Vitamin E, this serum is specifically formulated to restore firmness and reduce the appearance of fine lines and deep wrinkles, restoring your skin to its natural state of beauty.

 Advanced Anti-Aging Moisturizer with SPF (both scented and unscented) – Moisturizer Cream with SPF 20 features Edelweiss combined with Hyaluronic Acid, Coconut Oil, Moringa Oil and Vitamin E this day cream is specifically formulated to restore firmness and provide and every day protection from the sun for a more youthful and vibrant skin.

 Advanced Anti-Aging Retinol Cream – features Retinol and Edelweiss combined with Hyaluronic Acid, Coconut Oil, Moringa Oil & Vitamin E, this night cream is specifically formulated to restore firmness and reduce the appearance of fine lines and deep wrinkles.

So far my favorite of the bunch has been the Vitamin C+E Oil. It smells so good and goes on the skin smoothly without leaving any type of residue behind. I see my skin brighter and more hydrated after using it for a week! Must try if you ask me.Lucky for you I’m giving all my readers 20% off with code TG20 so you can try these bad boys out for yourself.

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After testing out the products we were treated to multiple LatAsian fusion dishes that were down right mouth watering and I made sure to wash them down with cognac cocktails and Whispering Angels Rose wine. Best part of the entire experience was the ladies I was able to spend some quality time with. Thank you to Geneva Naturals for bringing such a great group of ladies together for a fun afternoon! Till next time loves. xx

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Geneva Naturals and The bLink Marketing Network. The opinions and text are all mine.

November Beauty Must-Haves

Hello my beautiful readers! I cannot believe I am on my NOVEMBER round -up. Where in the world has this year gone?! This round up has some of my favorite products yet including some Korean BB creams and face masks that are life and my new favorite eye shadow palette that I don’t know how I lived without for so long. Let’s get started shall we?

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  1. MORPHE 350 Palette – GUYS. Morphe palettes are life, done…review over. Seriously though, I love this palette. It’s affordable and the color payoff is so good! The colors are all blend-able as well. They have so many to choose from but the 350 is the perfect starting point full of neutral colors that allow you to create tons of fierce eye looks.  ($22.99)

2. SUDZZfx Cashmere Shampoo –  I review A LOT of shampoos and while in the beginning  I love most, after a few uses I realize they are making my hair fade faster and dry out. This shampoo has been a god sent. Its’s pricey but so worth it. It  tames my unruly frizzball hair and keeps my red looking brighter longer. I like that it hydrates my hair  without being to heavy and greasy. ($24)

3. BASQNYC Intensive Stretch Mark Butter – This yummy cream is so great to help with anyone dealing with their tiger stripes. I  have strech marks around my hips and booty from working out and growing my baby muscles and this has helped with preventing new ones from forming while reducing my old ones. It’s active ingredients have helped smooth them out and  makes this cream perfect for expecting mommies! ($38)

4. Laneige BB Cushion- This is one of my favorites on this month’a round up! I am a forever user of Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer but this has become my new go to product for days I don’t need a full face of make-up. It’s light and covers pretty well and feels so nice on your skin. It looks like I have nothing on my face and the bet part is that it protects you from the harmful rays of the sun and makes you look refreshed. Bonus, it comes with a refill when you  buy it! ($34)

5.  Amore Mattallics Lip Crèmes – These metallic matte lipsticks put Kylie’s lip kits to shame. First off the price is so good, it’s under $10! Next is the pigmentation and staying power. These metallics are beautifully bright and have great staying power. They are so vibrant and come in the most beautiful colors. Favorites are Chromattic Addict and Pretty Problematic. ($8.99)

6. Curiosity Long Wear Top Coat – I’m a die hard gel polish lover but once in awhile I like to let my nails breathe. Yet they chip within two days and I find myself crying over my ugly nails. This topcoat has stopped my ugly crying woes because it keeps my nails look like a gel finish for 10-11 days! No chips, game changer people. ($5.95)

7. MAC Liptensity –  To add to my never ending lipstick collection are these badboys. MAC’s newest line and man oh man are they great. SUPER pigmented with great staying power and in soooooo many beautiful shades, all the colors in the spectrum. They go on easy but I prefer to apply with a brush for precision and they last through a night or drinking and eating without bleeding or fading too bad. ($21)

8. Laneige Water Sleeping Mask – Another product from this brand made the list and this mask is UH MA ZING. I used this on a long flight to Rome recently and I woke up looking refreshed with bright and plump skin. TBH I looked like a million bucks compared to my usual post flight skin. You apply this before bed and let it do it’s magic overnight and wake up with model worth skin. It draws in serious moisture and yo look all glow-y after you wake up, it’s my go to when my skin needs a boost from lack of sleep ! ($24)

9. Dermorganic Leave in Treatment – Being a long time abuser of dying my hair, this is a great treatment to bring my thick hair back to life. I love that it’s organic and it smells so good. I put in a small amount and run it through my hair and then a little more on my ends. After using for a few weeks I noticed my hair felt lighter and was less dry. ($10)

10. Magic Pads – These are similar to my favorite detox pads but help more with my acne then with my pore size and skin texture. They can dry out your skin so make sure to use a good moisturizer after and use every other day! They’ve helped fight my blackheads and occasional breakout! ($20)

*all opinions expressed here are my own. Some product was received for review purposes*

September Beauty Must Haves

A little late on this one, but hey better late than never right? This month includes my HOLY GRAIL of a primer for oily skin, a frizz-fighting lotion and a mascara that makes my lashes look fake. Let’s get started, shall we?

  1. Sephora Collection Sleeping Masks – I love these little masks! I mostly like them for travel purposes, stick a few in my beauty bag and I can still treat my skin while on the go. There’s about 12 to choose from, each focusing on a specific skin problem. I personally like the Pearl and Green Tea ones best. Just cleanse your face throughly, apply toner and then one of the pods before bed and let it get to work. If you’re careful, you can get about 3 uses out of each pod. ($4 each)

2. Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer – THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER INVENTED. I’m sorry to yell, but seriously guys this shit is awesome. I have super oily skin and this has saved my face from looking a mess. This is pricey, but a little goes a long way. It glides on like silk and leave your skin ready for your makeup. Pores? GONE. Oil? GONE. I put this to the test in the Miami humidity and my face was shine free after about 5 hours, and after that only a slight shine popped through. I cannot recommend this enough. If you get one thing from the round up, this needs to be it. (1.0 oz for $54)

3. Estée Lauder Pure Color EnvyLiquid Lip Potion – These are great for my lipstick loving gals. This innovative liquid lipstick hybrid plumps with continuous moisture. It saturates with high-intensity color without sticky shine so lips look pretty much perfect. Color lasts close to 8 hours (tested it!) and the finish is a satin-matte look. I loved how my lips felt good wearing these, not dry and gross like my matte lipsticks. I also loved the applicator. It’s shaped perfectly for your lips and makes application a breeze. ($32)

4. Ouidad Climate Control Heat and Humidity Gel – Second favorite thing in this round up is this bad boy. I have thick and wavy hair that frizzes as soon as I walk out the door and this worked great to control that. I put this to the test both in Disneyworld and Key West humidity and it kept my natural beach waves looking perfect and frizz free. It does feel strange on your hair if you put too much so make sure to apply only a little bit to sectioned off hair and then style as usual. Your hair will not expand in the heat and stay all pretty and perfect. Must have! ($26)

5. Morgan Taylor Fall Nail Collection – I’m a gel girl but these colors had me swooning. They are super pigmented and go on great. My nails stayed chip free for about 8 days which is amazing for me considering my hands are always put to the test on a weekly basis. My favorite from the collection was Looking For A Wingman, a berry red color perfect for fall. ($9 each)

6. Giorgio Armani Eccentrico Mascara – I never stick to one mascara for too long, but this mascara seems like it will be my new go-to for quite some time. It is uh ma zing. First off, I love the mascara wand! It grips your lashes and fans them out. Secondly, the color is black as night , A+ for that! Then lastly the way it makes my lashes look is beyond perfect. My lashes look almost fake! Separated with some volume and curl that would rival even the best falsies. It also doesn’t flake off during the day and doesn’t get clumpy, thank jesus! ($32)

7. Drybar Prep Rally – If you’ve ever visited a Drybar, you know how awesome they are and their products are no different. I love their dry shampoo & conditioner, but their Prep Rally is a favorite. It smells great and has lots of hair loving vitamins to help keep hair shiny and healthy. It also detangles your hair prior to brushing and helps cut down on dry time which is a major plus! ($23)

8. Giorgio Armani Eye Tint – It took me awhile to grow to love these but in the end, they ended up being great. The thing I love about these eye tints are they stay on all day long and never ever crease. I like to use the lighter side (#24) as a base for my shadow on a daily basis. My absolute favorite was #12, Gold Ashes. It’s shimmery and oh so beautiful on. I’ve worn it alone with some liner and it looks gorgeous. The only thing about these is that you have to work fast as they dry from liquid to powder and once dry, it’s on forever. ($39)

9. Bella Aura Antioxidant Serum Booster – I cannot stress to you enough how important taking care of your skin is. This tiny but powerful bottle helps you do just that. The serum helps your skin detox from daily impurities that can cause your skin to age and lose its glow. It’s packed with vitamins, minerals and fatty acids to help smooth out skin, fight blotchiness and boost your radiance. I love how light it felt on my skin and how after a few days of consistent use, my face looked smoother and had a subtle glow to it. I put this on in the AM and PM after cleansing and before my sunscreen. ($125)

10. Level Shower Bombs – I’m sure you’ve all heard of bath bombs, but have you ever tried a shower bomb? It’s like a mini spa experience while you shower. What this little bomb lacks in size it makes up for in airway-clearing, spa-steaming, aromatherapy goodness. Menthol and lavender oils help to open your sinuses and relax the mind, surrounding you with a cooling and calming fog as you shower. Just place on the floor of your shower beneath the stream of water, but away from the drain,breathe deeply and enjoy! I love it for a mid-week treat or whenever I’m feeling extra stressed out! ($8 for a 4pack)

*Some items were received as gifts or in exchange for review. All opinions expressed here are my own*

August Beauty Must Haves

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Hello beauties! In this edition of the beauty round-up we have a powder foundation that sticks to your face no matter how hard you workout, my new favorite body cream and brush guards which have changed my makeup brush game! Check this month’s 10 picks below !

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  1. Trilipiderm All-Body Moisture Retention Creme – THIS SMELLS SO GOOD. No really, it does. Besides that it quickly became my favorite cream due to its non-greasy feel and ability to absorb into my skin so quickly. It has fatty acids and vitamin E which kept my skin feeling great. I love it for my hands and feet more than anything since that’s where I lose the most moisture. After a month of using I noticed my skin’s texture and tone has improved quite a bit which is why it made this list! ($14.95)

      2.Farmhouse Fresh Pudding Apeel Mask – If I told you I didn’t have an obsession with face masks, I’d be lying. This mask smells like pudding, delicious pudding. I apply an even layer to my face and let sit for 20 min. It gives this warm, tingly feeling that lets you know it’s working. Glycolic and fruit extract Alpha Hydroxy Acids combine with hydrating honey and coconut milk to infuse skin with moisture as you renew. The mask left my skin glowing and so soft. After continued use it helped control my breakouts, even my skin texture and kept my skin glowing. ($22)

3. Nassif MD Detox Pads– My skin has never looked better and it’s thanks to these bad boys. I struggle with oily skin and large pores around my nose and these have significantly reduced those pesky pores. These pads are an exfoliating and firming treatment in one that slough away dead skin cells while fighting big pores and fine lines. My skin looks smooth and pore-free after daily use of these pads, if there’s one thing you get from the list, make it this. ($45) 

4. The Brush Guard – If you’re like me, you probably throw your makeup brushes in your makeup bag and hope they don’t get ruined. Well these little gems have saved my makeup brushes from being tossed in the bin. The brush guard come in different styles and sizes and go around your brush to help keep it’s shape and protect it in your makeup bag! I never knew I needed these things until I started using them and now I can’t imagine my makeup bag without them. Best part is they are super affordable! ($12+ a pack)

5. ShampYOU Conditioner – This conditioner left my hair soft, frizz free and smelling like a flower. Pair it with the customizable shampoo (I did a red color booster and curl enhancer) and it’s a pair that can’t be beat. ($10, currently Buy Two,Get One)

6. Enhance Brow and Lash Oil – I’ve been using this for months now and thought it’s time to share it with you all. I love this oil beyond words! It has helped my spotty brows grow in thick and full. It’s also helped keep my lashes healthy. I apply it nightly to my brows and lash line. If you have brows you are trying to grow and fill in, TRY THIS. ($12+)

7. Exuviance Intensive Eye Treatment Pads – If you read my last post about my issues with aging, you know I’m on the hunt to prevent wrinkles so I’ll try anything once. I like to use these whenever I feel like my eye area is looking dull or if I have had a long week where sleep was optional…which happens to often tbh. I put them under each eye and relax for 30 min then remove and massage the remaining serum into the area. Looking back at me in the mirror are brighter and firmer eye areas instantly. They have also helped my tiny crows feet over time become smoother, so yay no wrinkles! ($49)

8. Sweat Stick Mineral Foundation – Active girls rejoice! A brush on foundation with SPF 30 that lasts up to 80 minutes no matter how bad you’re sweating. You brush on this bad boy and it promises to not clog pores and not drip down your face when sweating your booty off in spinning or walking down the street if you live in Miami like I do. It stayed put and provided me with SPF which is VERY IMPORTANT! It comes in a range of shades and they also launced a sweat proof illuminator, yassss ($42)

9. Monat Restyle Instant Sculpting Taffy – I have naturally wavy hair and love products that help me achieve tamed beach waves with minimal effort. This is one of those products. This taffy is full of ingredients that protect my hair from sun damage, pre mature thinning and scalp inflammation. It also has oils to help thicken hair naturally and keep it strong as can be! You just rub some between your palms and apply to sections. I usually apply some then scrunch my hair and define my waves with my fingers. ($34)

10. All That Shimmers Dry Shimmer Oil– A perfect pick me up for my tan when it starts to fade. this light oil give you a gorgeous glow with a tad of shimmer. I like to use it for special nights out or events where I feel a little on the pale side. it makes my skin glow and is super easy to apply. All you do is rub it in to your skin and viola, glowing goddess like skin. ($32)

**All opinions expressed are my own, some products were received in exchange for honest reviews**