Saturday, July 30, 2016

My first ever Influenster VoxBox!!!!

Hello everyone! I am so excited to share with you that a few days ago I got my first VoxBox from influenster, and it was the #ZzzQuil voxbox!
In case you don't know, Influenster is a site where you can sing up (here's my referral link if you want to use it) and test and review products, and if you are active enough you can get promotional boxes for free to try out. So anyway, that's what this voxbox was, and it could not have come at a better time!
I've been under so much stress lately that it had been keeping me up at night! and that's where this baby boy come in:

It is the new #ZzzQuil sleep aid liquid caps. They claim to help you fall asleep in under 20 minutes, and THAT THEY DO! They are not addictive or dependence forming, so I feel like they are safer to use than other sleep aids out there.

I tried these out on 2 non-consecutive nights and it worked wonders both times, so I immediately went out to purchase a full size (with a $2 off coupon that came included in my voxbox) and have had pretty much the same results in the couple of weeks I've been using them.
I don't always get their recommended 7-8 hours of sleep because of my work schedule, but other than that I still feel more rested than usual.

(Disclaimer: I got these for free for review purposes, but all opinions are 100% my own)

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Use it or lose it project Intro. (Project make a dent)

I´m taking this idea that I saw on various blogs I follow, and they actually got me quite excited to start a use it up project of my own!
I was inspired because over the years I collected quite a sizable amount of makeup, and there are some items that are getting really old by now, that I think I should really finish up before they go bad and I start feeling like I wasted my money, which is the last thing I need to be doing, and specially now that everything is so hard to get for me down here.
I feel like sometimes I get too wrapped up in the excitement of new shiny things (which don't come by that often anyway) and all my faithful and loyal makeup gets forgotten. But not anymore! In the next 6 months I will try to really make a dent on this 10 products, and I´m confident that I´ll even be able to finish up a few of them!
I will give monthly updates on my progress, and let you know how this project is going, and by the end of 2016 I hope to be rid of at least 75% of these!
So, the products:
Maybelline Fit Me Bronzer in 002 Medium: this is such a blah product. This was one of the first bronzers I ever purchased (actually the second one, the first one was a Dream Sun bronzer, also from Maybelline) and I got it because I had heard so many good things about how pretty and natural looking it was, but in reality this thing is invisible! no matter how much I pack on I can´t get this to do anything on my skin! I have medium to light skin with a warm undertone. After I got this I also swatched the 003 Deep one, thinking that maybe I just picked the wrong color for me, but the darkest one in the line didn't show up on my skin either, so now I just want this out of my collection! I will keep using it as a bronzer for my face and maybe even on the decolletage just to use up faster
Rimmel matte BB cream in Medium: I love this BB cream, this is the first BB cream I´ve ever tried, though I have an unopened one from Garnier, but I´m just more of a foundation person. However I like this product a lot! I like the light coverage, that can be built up a little, I like how I can feel and see that this does give some hydration to my skin, I like that it has SPF, I don´t find it that it helps keep my skin matte at all! but it´s nothing that can't be helped with a little setting powder. I just want to finish it up because this tube has been with me since December, so I though this would be perfect to get me through summer, but then I will be more than ready to get back to using a foundation! I think this is about 1/2 way used up (impressive because I use this almost every day!) 

Victoria´s Secret Party Perfect Makeup Kit (Blush): This is one of my most loved and used palettes. I reach for this almost every day because I love the eyeshadows! Specially the browns and taupes. But I´m including this here specifically for the blush. This is a pretty pigmented rosy-pink blush, a little goes a long way, but it doesn't really last very long. Maybe 3-4 hours. I´ve had this kit for over 6 years now, and I´m pretty sure I will continue to reach for it as long as the powders don't go bad on me, but I feel like I will be wasting the blush if I don't reach for it more often. This has 3,4 grs of product (0,11 oz) which is a lot for such a pigmented blush! So by making it a part of my project I want to make sure I'm using it over all my other blushes so that I can eventually pan the whole palette (except for the bronzer which is too orange and sparkly, but I sometimes layer it with the blush to get a warmer tone when I´m not feeling like wearing such a true pink)

Valmy Perfect Finish eyeshadow in Brown 06: This is from a local brand, and it´s a really good eyeshadow, a little powdery, but very pigmented and easy to blend. This is a warm matte brown with little bits of microglitter in it, but it performs pretty much matte. I like to use it for my outer V, or sometimes in the crease when I'm going for a more dramatic look. This isn't even an old product, I've had it for 7 or 8 months, but I'm including it because is one of the few brown singles I own, and I have similar shades in some palettes, so I this will be faster to use up and declutter.
Almay intense i-color in Brown topaz: That little nub you see there is all I have left of this eyeliner, but it´s been that way for months! (shame on me, but I mostly reach for black) so I really want to focus and finally use it up so I can move on to another one, because who doesn't have a least 3-4 brown eyeliner pencils at once right?
Mon-Reve eyeshadow iluminator cream: This is also from a local brand, and it´s a really good eyeshadow base, It really makes eyeshadows pop and last a lot longer! (and it´s super cheap too!) The reason I want to use this up is because I tend to apply this with my fingers, and I´ve had it for over 6 months, so I´m worried about it growing bacteria or going bad soon.
Personi Jumbo Pencil in Midas: this is a cream eyeshadow pencil in true gold. I really like the color, and I specially like pairing it with the brown eyeshadow from Valmy, but it doesn't ever set on the skin, so it doesn't last almost at all unless you set it with a powder shadow, but the true reason I want to get rid of it is because this pencil is huge! it doesn't fit into any of the regular makeup pencil sharpeners, not even the ones with the wider end, and since it's the only jumbo pencil from them that I own, and there's only like one Personi store in the city, I don't feel like going through the hassle of going to buy the proper sharpener because the product is not that good to begin with; so once I use up whatever I can this will be going to the trash can.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Rendezvous: I´m so sorry for the crappy picture,  but I promise I will get better with time! ;) As you can kinda see there's still a lot of product in this, there is a little black dot to where the balm comes up to on the cap. I like that this is a shade you can build from peach to a very true orange if you want to, and it's a really comfortable balm, so it will be perfect for the summer!
Almay lipliner in 201: this is so old I couldn't even find the proper name on Google! This is a sort of nude-cinnamon color that's very natural on the lips. This isn't too drying for a lipliner, and the lasting power is amazing! But sadly this puppy must be like 7-8 years old, so yeah... time to say our good-byes
Revlon Colorburst lipgloss in Rose Pearl: I don't think there's anything I can say about this gloss that hasn't been said already. It is loved by many and with good reason! The shade is lovely on every skin tone, and it lasts really well for a gloss without being uncomfortable, but again we've had our time in the sun and it's time to say good-bye. I should be able to finish it within the first month if I really put my mind to it! you can see from the black mark there that it's more than 3/4 gone!

and that's it! those are the products that I will try to get out of my collection by 2017!
Thanks for reading!

Monday, July 11, 2016

in a nutshell: ME

- I´m from Venezuela, but I have been to many places all over the World

- I've been a makeup lover for as long as I can remember

- I wanted to be a surgeon since I was 6-7 years old, and because both my parents are drs too, I knew from that age where I wanted to go to Med School and where I wanted to do my surgery residency and both those dreams came true!

- I'm an animal lover, I'm involved in a couple of non-profit foundations that help to home and take care of animals on the street

- I love sleeping more than anything in the world!

- I cry very easily

- I feel fortunate to be able to do what I love in life (surgery) in this present times when we are living through a hell in my country

- I started this blog just to have something fun to do, as a little project to help me keep focused on the things I enjoy in life for a change, and not having to be always focused on the disgraces going on around me...

- My two cats were adopted from the street, actually I may share that story some time, one of them is missing a front leg, and they are my sunshine!

- I was inspired to start this project by another blogger/youtuber and I would love to be able to meet her some day, and thank her! (Hellokaily)

- I love trying new recipes but I hate cooking, does that even make sense??

- If I could have super power I would chose to be able to control time, freeze it, or go back and forth in it.  ;)

- My favorite color is purple

that´s it! quick and easy!
Thanks for reading!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

25 Facts About Me Tag

I thought I´d start off this blog doing a get-to-know-me kind of tag, and this one seems to be one of the most populars out there! - I know, I know, I tagged myself, but just go with it! ;)

What is your middle name?

Emperatriz. Yup, how´s that for a mouthful?

What was your favorite subject in school?
Biology and Chemistry. Which makes a lot of sense because I ended up becoming a Physician.
What is your favorite drink?
Iced tea! all day, every day! and it´s sooo bad for you, I know! but this is a hard habit to break!
What is your favorite song at the moment?
My all-times favorite song is Flying without wings
What are your favorite kids names?
I don´t have any kids yet, but I love Adriana, Addyson and Emily for girls, and Ian, Gabriel and Logan for a boy
Do you participate in any sports?
I run from my problems a lot (LOL! j.k.)
What is your favorite book?
I read A LOT, but I don´t think I´ve found my favorite book yet. I really enjoy historic fiction.
What is your favorite animal?
Tigers! So beautiful!
What is your favorite perfume?
Don´t really have one, but I used to like almost anything by Givenchy
Favorite holiday?
My birthday! (Jan 12th) hehe. Actually Xmas, I try to make last from November until the end of Jan.
Have you graduated from high school?
Have you ever been out of the country?
Yes, I was lucky enough to travel some when I was younger, I´ve been to the U.S., Curacao, South Africa, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, and Aruba (Though I have a feeling I´m forgetting one)
Do you know any other languages?
Spanish, and little bit of French
Do you have any siblings?
A younger sister that I adore!
Favorite store?
The ice cream shop! :p
Favorite restaurant?
Brazilian Grill
Did you like school?
not really... I couldn´t wait for it to be over, little did I know life didn´t stop sucking after school either
Who are your favorite YouTubers?
I´m obsessed with Beauty Broadcast, Stephanie Lange, and Hello Kaily
What is your favorite movie?
La vita e bella (Life is beautiful)
What are your favorite TV shows?
Right now I´m loving The walking dead, The Originals and Once upon a time. But some all times favorites are Girlmore Girls, Friends, Lost, Heroes, and Charmed.
PC or Mac?
PC. Period
What kind of phone do you use?
I have a Samsumg S4
What is your height?
I´m 1.60 mts (roughly 5´4")
Do you have any pets?
I have 2 cats that I adore and they drive me crazy, but I wouldn´t change them for anything! They always bring the highlight of my day!

That´s it! I hope you enjoyed getting to know a little more about me than what´s on my profile, and feel free to ask any questions if you want!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Try post.

My first blog post!
I wonder if I'll be able to find this again later...