Category: beauty

7 Holiday Gift Ideas for Beauty Lovers

Confession: when I’m shopping for beauty gifts for Christmas, I’ve been known to pick up a little something (or two or three) for myself. It’s hard to resist the holiday glitz and glam of festive packaging! To help you in your quest for the perfect present for your loved ones, I’ve narrowed down my top beauty gift suggestions – so spoil them with a gift you know they’ll enjoy.

Affordable Stocking Stuffers

Moroccanoil® Treatment Ornament and Flutterby Mascara Shields

Moroccanoil® Treatment Ornament and Flutterby Mascara Shields

The limited-edition Moroccanoil® Treatment Ornament is a beauty bauble that will add a sparkle to your tree and shine to your hair. You can even hang the little box on your Christmas tree, since it actually is an ornament! The special 25 ml bottle of treatment nourishes and conditions hair for silky, smooth tresses for just $15.

Does mascara get all over your eyelids after you curl your lashes? Use Flutterby Mascara Shields between your lids and lashes to prevent smudging. I even use mine to apply a cut-crease eyeshadow. At only $14.99, this gift is practical, and it won’t break the bank.

Love your Lips

Kissy Missy Lip Set and Tiny Temptations

Kissy Missy Lip Set and Tiny Temptations

Looking to pucker up this holiday season? Two value-priced gift sets, both packaged in attractive metal tins, will see you through any mistletoe-induced challenges. Benefit Cosmetics’ Kissy Missy Lip Set includes the new they’re real double the lip products, plus the company’s famous tints. All of them promise you a fuller-looking pout and lip color that will last eight hours, and the entire set is $26.

Clinique’s Tiny Temptations is a pretty pink smorgasbord of super-nourishing minis of the popular Chubby Stick for lips. The $49.50 set features 20 shades, and the lip balms are beautifully sheer.

Treat Yo’ Self

Since this is the time of year to splurge on luxury items, you won’t feel any guilt over the price tags. Normally I’m an advocate for affordable beauty… but these products are so high quality, I just had to share them as gift ideas.

For runway-worthy hair, just look at the Victoria Secret models who showed off their tresses in the recent Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show – their hair was styled with The Beachwaver Co. Limited Edition BEACHWAVER Pro 1.25, which is a limited edition that is adorned with Swarovski crystals.

BEACHWAVER Pro 1.25 with Swavorski Crystals (limited edition)

BEACHWAVER Pro 1.25 with Swavorski Crystals (limited edition)

I love shiny things! This professional curling iron does the work for you, with a heat range of 290° – 490°, a 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.

If you ask me what is my top makeup tip, I would tell you without hesitation that you need to invest in good quality makeup brushes. Sure, I’ve been known to do videos on affordable makeup brushes, but if I had to pick, I would tell you not to go cheap. Artis is a company that’s been called the “Rolls Royce of makeup brushes,” and after trying their products, I’m inclined to agree.


Gold Palm brush

The revolutionary CosmeFibers were engineered to glide over your skin, and they blend like a dream. Try the limited edition $75 Gold Palm brush, which is a powerful multi-tasker that fits perfectly in the palm of your hand (and it looks holiday-worthy, too).

For the ultimate indulgence, ask for the Digit Collection 10 Set brushes, which are ergonomically shaped like fingers so you can be your own makeup artist when you’re applying cosmetics on yourself. Brilliant! This ultra-luxury set will run Santa $375 – just make sure you’re on the NICE list!

10 Digit Collection brush set

10 Digit Collection brush set


10 Digit Collection brush set

What’s on your beauty wish list this year? Comment below with what you’re hoping to get—or what you plan to purchase for your loved ones.

XO ~Angela~

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Think you’re too busy for beauty? Think again!

Now that school is back in session, you may think they’re too busy to do a full face of makeup. It’s one thing to get your kids ready by the time the school day starts at 8 a.m., but what about yourself?

With a smart beauty routine, you can look like you spent an hour on your appearance—after less than ten minutes. The trick is to use products that cut down on the time it takes you to get ready.

These products help you look polished in a flash

The right products help you look polished in a flash


For your face, you can create a full face makeup look in just a few minutes. Check out my YouTube video that shows how I do a four-minute makeup routine.

If you have six minutes, you can use even more products, like how I showed NBC 6 In The Mix’s Roxanne Vargas.

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Photo by @mediamavenandmore

Photos by @mediamavenandmore

For hair, try using a humidity-defying styling spritzer that helps lock in your style, like White Sands’ Liquid Texture Firm Hold. This product is all you need, because it helps your style last longer. It creates shine, and also gives you hold like a hairspray.

Stash a cordless hair tool in your car, like CHI’s Escape 1″ Professional Cordless Styling Iron, for quick touch-ups. I keep mine in my glovebox in its heat-protective casing. It’s the most convenient way to straighten and curl your hair, with professional-looking results.

Prime with an oil-control product with SPF, like the Hourglass Cosmetics Veil Mineral Primer, which features SPF 15. A primer will help your makeup last, and protect your skin from sun damage. Follow the primer with the Hourglass Cosmetics Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick for quick coverage that’s both a foundation and concealer in one.

Eyes are important to define, and it’s simple to make them look flawless in a flash. Be sure to fill in your eyebrows, since they frame your face. I recommend Benefit Cosmetics Goof Proof Brow Pencil, which lives up to its name and is waterproof for up to twelve hours.

A shadow stick is the easiest way to apply eyeshadow. The new Mally Beauty Evercolor Shadow Stick Extra is a primer and shadow all in one, and is smudge-proof, transfer-proof and crease-proof. Apply the shadow stick to your lids, then gently blend with your clean fingertips. When in a rush, use the darker shade on your lower lash line, and smudge it out for a smoky eyeliner effect.

Skip the eyelash curler, and use a curling mascara to save time. The Rimmel 24HR SuperCurler Mascara is buildable, and creates instant curl.

A one-stop-shop for the rest of your face is the NYX Cosmetics Whipped Cheek & Lip Souffle, which can double as both a lipstick and a blush. You can throw this product in your purse for on-the-go touchups on your cheeks and lips throughout the day.

For more beauty tips as well as product reviews, be sure you’re subscribed to my YouTube channel, “Beauty News with Angela Cruz,” at

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Open giveaways for August 2016!

If you’re reading this blog post, you may be a future winner! Here are all the giveaways that are currently running for the month of August 2016:

CLICK HERE to see: $400 value GIVEAWAY: Makeup, skin care & hair care! Laura Geller, Nerd Skincare, ColorProof

$400 value GIVEAWAY

$400 value GIVEAWAY

CLICK HERE TO SEE: HUGE GIVEAWAY – Color Me Happy! $300 value celebrating 3,000 subscribers!

Color Me Happy Giveaway in Celebration of 3,000 Subscribers

Color Me Happy Giveaway in Celebration of 3,000 Subscribers

CLICK HERE TO SEE: Win Kylie’s Birthday Collection: Mini Matte Liquid Lipstick Kit, Gloss, Creme Gel Shadows

Kylie's Birthday Collection Giveaway

Kylie’s Birthday Collection Giveaway

Click HERE to watch my giveaway video explaining how you can win a KyShadows palette and 3 Kylie Lip Kits in Maliboo, Ginger & Kristen

GIVEAWAY: KyShadows palette & 3 Kylie Lip Kits in Maliboo, Kristen & Ginger

GIVEAWAY: KyShadows palette & 3 Kylie Lip Kits in Maliboo, Kristen & Ginger

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Get Heatless Curls for the Summer Using BALLOONS!

As summer temperatures rise, you might cringe to think of breaking out the hot styling tools. What’s a gal to do when she needs easy-breezy curls—ones that don’t involve sweating with a flat iron?

Click HERE to watch a tutorial on how to use BALLOONS to achieve heatless summer curls!

Balloons aren't just for parties-- you can use them to achieve party-worthy heatless curls!

Balloons aren’t just for parties– you can use them to achieve party-worthy heatless curls!

“You can completely skip hot tools when styling your hair, and use alternative curling methods,” said Kevin Mai, a Georgia-based hair stylist at High Maintenance Salon Suites. “Many of my clients prefer easier looks during the summer when it’s so hot outside.

Stylists say going without heat can also give your hair a break, since hot tools zap hair moisture and leads to dryness and damage. You can have gorgeous, runway curls without any damage, that you can even achieve while you sleep!

“Remember when women used to sleep in those pink sponge rollers?” Mai said. “Hitting the hay with balloons or a tank top on your head is the same premise.”

Mai recommends the following styling tips when attempting to achieve heatless curls:

  1. Start with damp hair, not soaking wet, then apply an appropriate styling product.

“Whether it’s firm-hold mousse or a frizz cream, you’ll want something to give the curls staying power,” he said. “If you try curling hair that is too wet, it will still be damp eight hours later—and your curls won’t be set.”

  1. Take your time when wrapping hair around a curling object.

“This is the most important part, because it’s harder to fix a bad bend in your hair if you don’t pay attention to the direction the hair is wrapping,” Mai warned. “Heatless curls tend to set harder than curls created with a hot tool.”

  1. Finish with hairspray.

“Immediately after you remove the curlers, spritz all over your hair with a firm-hold hairspray,” said Mai. “As the hairspray sets, you can manipulate the style into the look you prefer.”

What’s your favorite way to achieve heatless curls? Comment below!

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Best mascara EVER?! Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Mascara – Review and demo

It’s a hot, much-hyped product– Charlotte Tilbury’s new Legendary Lashes Mascara. I wanted to give it a go, after I saw Wayne Goss post this video about how it’s the best mascara he’s ever used.

The mascara plumped up my natural lashes - it's a great volumizing product!

The mascara plumped up my natural lashes – it’s a great volumizing product!

So… is this really the best mascara ever? I’ll let you be the judge for yourself, but I am definitely loving it. It gives my lashes more thickness and volume! The price isn’t the cheapest, but it’s worth it.

Click HERE to watch my review/demo of the product!

Charlotte Tilbury's new Legendary Lashes Mascara

Charlotte Tilbury’s new Legendary Lashes Mascara

Info about the mascara from the website: Inspired by starlets and supermodels, born on the red carpet, this revolutionary new lash-enhancing elastic formula extends out the lashes like a piece of elastic and holds them there for the longest, most luscious lashes of your life with 13x more volume in just three coats! It doesn’t clump, doesn’t crack and doesn’t drop! Whenever I do red carpet work I will choose to dial up either the eyes or lips, but one thing that is always FULL VOLUME are the lashes. A thick, lush Hollywood false lash effect will enhance the shape of your eye, bring out the eye colour and frame the entire face. This is really important as the longer the lashes, the more flattering the look – whether you are creating a wing, doll, or false-lash look, it is ALL about the lashes!

The unique mix of waxes and genius ingredients include:

Marine Glycogen: a new, exciting hair tonic that is known to stimulate the growth of the hair follicle and the proliferation of keratin cells.
Tamanu Oil has regenerating properties in order to protect, nourish and strengthen the lashes.
A special blend of waxes gives the mascara its elastic texture..
Carbon Black for extreme stand-out lashes & a deep colour intensity.
The innovative, multi-bristle flutter brush has a collection of bristles of differing sizes, ensuring that every lash is caught and coated.





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New video: February 2016 beauty product favorites!

Check out my latest video featuring my February 2016 favorites! Products featured are from Stila, Garnier, Hourglass, bareMinerals, Tarte, Revlon and Mally Beauty.

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February 2016 beauty product favorites

Purchase each product:

Stila The Eyes are the Window eyeshadow palette (in “Mind”) —



bareMinerals bareSkin® Perfecting Veil–

Beauty blender —

Tarte Greatest Glitz Collector’s Palettes (rose gold shadows) —

Revlon PhotoReady Kajal Eye Pencil —

“Love, Lashes, and Lipstick” book by Mally Roncal of Mally Beauty —

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$5 Eyeshadow Palettes! NEW Wet n Wild Products ★ Contour Palette★ Illuminating Palette ★ MegaGlo

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Check out my latest video!

Check out my latest video!

Wet n Wild has some amazing products, and they’re SO affordable. Find out what I think of these new products for Spring 2016 in this video!

Buy the products:
Wet n Wild MegaGlo Contouring Palette —
Wet n Wild MegaGlo Illuminating Palette —
Wet n Wild Au Naturel eyeshadow palette in Bare Necessities – Walmart exclusive IN STORES ONLY
Wet n Wild Au Naturel eyeshadow palette in Nude Awakenings – Walmart exclusive IN STORES ONLY
Wet n Wild Silk Finish Lipstick —
What’s up Doc
Just Garnet
Blind Date

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NEW Maybelline Products★The Rock Nudes Palette★Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick★FaceStudio Master Contour

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New Maybelline products!

New Maybelline products!

Maybelline has quickly become one of my favorite drugstore brands, because the company is bringing their “A game” in new products! Check out my reviews, first impressions and demos of some of their newest beauty hits.

Products featured:

Maybelline The Rock Nudes Palette —

Maybelline Master Prime Long-Lasting Shadow Base in Prime + Smooth —

Maybelline Eyestudio ColorTattoo – Cream Eyeshadow Crayon in Pink Parfait —

Maybelline FaceStudio Master Contour palette (in Medium) —

Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick (in Pink Charge)–

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NEW Drugstore PINK Makeup ♡ FULL FACE Valentine’s Day Tutorial ♡ Beauty News with Angela Cruz

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This makeup look, perfect for Valentine’s Day, features new pink drugstore products that flatter most complexions. Let me know in the comments below what your Valentine’s Day plans are, and if you like pink makeup!

Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick (in Pink Charge)–

Covergirl TruNaked Eyeshadow Palette (in Roses) —

Maybelline FaceStudio Master Contour palette (in Medium) —

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Living Proof Dry Shampoo ★ Perfect hair Day (PhD) ★ REVIEW/DEMO video

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