Category: Maybelline

Natural makeup routine for teens!

I just finished uploading the last in a series of videos I did featuring my cousins, Mary Anne and Leanna. Mary Anne is my “Ate,” which in the Philippines is a term used to address an older female relative as a sign of respect.  ๐Ÿ™‚  Leanna is Mary Anne’s 15-year-old daughter, and I wanted to feature her as a guest face on my channel because she’s so beautiful– and she loves makeup! 
I went with a natural look for Leanna, since she’s so young. Hopefully you like her final look!
Products used: 

Throwbacks to Mary Anne’s videos: contouring and highlighting with the Anastasia Contour Palette, and an easy daytime glam makeup look, featuring The Nudes eyeshadow palette by Maybelline.

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Contour/highlight, smokey eye, easy glam daytime makeup– all in two new beauty videos, featuring my Filipina cousin!

Do you want to learn some face contouring tricks, a simple smokey eye, plus an easy daytime glam makeup look? This is for you! I posted a couple of new videos on my CruzTube channel, and I would love for you to check them out! They feature my Filipina cousin, Mary Anne, who visited me last week from San Francisco. She is naturally beautiful, and it was so much fun to get to feature her “guest face.”

She requested a video doing an easy daytime glam look, as well as a smokey eye look for evening.

Watch the smokey eye look, featuring the Naked 2 palette by Urban Decay and contouring using the Anastasia contour/highlight kit:

Watch the easy daytime glam makeup look, featuring The Nudes eyeshadow palette by Maybelline:

I’ll be coming out soon with a video featuring her teenage daughter, Leanna, who also happens to be my goddaughter! Stay tuned and subscribe to my channel so you don’t miss it.  ๐Ÿ™‚  Thanks for watching, see you in the next video!

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Dupe or Dud? Maybelline The Blushed Nudes vs. Urban Decay Naked 3 – swatches/comparison/review/demo

Just how much does Maybelline’s new eyeshadow palette, The Blushed Nudes, compare to Urban Decay’s Naked 3 palette? Watch my comparison review to find out!

I did my right eye with Naked 3 and my left eye with The Blushed Nudes, so you be the judge of how well they compare. I show swatches of both palettes near the end.

The Blushed Nudes:

Pros–
*Super-affordable!!!
*Pretty range of colors
*Pinks and rose-toned shadows are stylish right now

Cons–
*Way more powdery, so there was more fallout than the Naked 3 palette
*You have to use more pressure when digging in to these shadows and applying them to achieve a similar look as Naked 3

Naked 3:

Pros–
*Legendary for the texture and consistency of the shadows– creamy and highly blendable
*Excellent color payoff
*Will last a long time (I suspect, based on my experience with my Naked 2 palette– still haven’t hit pan although I use it regularly)

Cons–
*High-end price tag may not be worth it for some people
*Many of the shades are remarkably similar, like, why even bother having two of these shadows? I would have preferred a wider range of colors

Wrap-up:
My preference is for Naked 3 for the quality, but The Blushed Nudes for the price. My wallet just can’t justify the higher price tag, even for the better Naked 3 shadows. I personally think my eyes looked nearly identical at the end, so what’s the point of paying more?! Save the extra $44, people!!! Just go with The Blushed Nudes, LOL. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Pretty NEW Maybelline The Blushed Nudes eyeshadow palette

Check out my latest CruzTube video by CLICKING HERE! It showcases the latest eyeshadow palette from Maybelline.

New Eyeshadow Palette Review/Demo/First Impressions/Tutorial

Pros:
–Unbeatable price! 
–Small, slim, lightweight size is good for traveling
–Shades in this palette seem to be universally flattering
–Rose-toned shadows are very trendy and on-point for Spring!
Cons:
–Low color payoff (I had to apply over and over to get some of the shades to even show up)
–A bit chalky texture
–Some of the shades had a lot of fallout
Final assessment: Worth the low cost if you are looking for a trendy palette that’s pretty fool-proof. This is a great beginner palette because the shadows are so easily blended and non-intimidating.
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CruzTube video: Review & swatches of Maybelline’s “The Nudes” eyeshadow palette


Hey there, beauty junkies! I review and swatch Maybelline’s The Nudes palette in this new CruzTube video. The website dares you to go nude, with this reason:

Why You’ll Love It

Our first 12 shade collection curated to create infinite looks with bold beiges, sultry sands, brazen bronzes, and over the top taupes.

I purchased my palette for only $9.98 (not including tax) at Walmart, and I think that’s a STEAL! Watch the video for my full review.

PROS:
I heart this palette for the price and compact size! The shades are buttery smooth, buildable and blendable. ๐Ÿ™‚ There’s also brilliance in the way the back of the packaging lists ways you can combine the shadows, so it’s great for beginners who are looking for easy eye combos and simple methods (the back also shows where to place the shadows on your eye).

CONS:
It lacks a good champage-colored inner-eye highlighter color, in my opinion. The two lightest shimmery shades don’t show up enough on their own in my inner eye corner. That’s a minor flaw, one that I’m willing to give it a freebie pass on, since this palette gives you so much bang for your buck, it can’t be beat!

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New Baby Lips, and Goodwill awesome finds

Sooo… yesterday, I bought FOUR new shades from Maybelline’s Baby Lips line, over which so many women rave. I have one from the Electro Shock line in Pink Shock, and I don’t really like it that much. It’s just too neon for me (hello, the 80’s called and want their lipstick back!).
Unfortunately, purchasing all of those Baby Lips was a FAIL for the most part because now four out of the five Baby Lips I have– I don’t like. The silver lining is that one, the Pink Punch shade shown on my lips above, is fine and smells good. I like how it’s a pinky shade that is flattering for my skin tone. Not like classy-pale pink, like Mac’s Angel or what you typically see Kim Kardashian sporting, but a fun, rich and creamy pink.
(CruzTube video coming reviewing/swatching all of the Baby Lips shades!)
I do admit that I plan to return the other Baby Lips. I know, I know, I used to always keep the makeup that I don’t like– but I am over that now. Maybelline will NOT be hurting from my four lip products returned, and I have given them so much of my money over the years that I figure I’m due some back from products that really don’t work for me. 
Ulta Bathrobe, only $6 at Goodwill!
In other news, I did an amazing Goodwill shopping spree yesterday! For less than $50, I bought a rain coat, long black nightgown (that I wanted to turn into a Harry Potter robe for my husband to wear but it HILARIOUSLY did not work! way too feminine and I was cracking up laughing at how dumb he looked), the Ulta bathrobe shown above (so warm and fuzzy), an amazing white lace strapless Banana Republic dress in SIZE 4 (hello, I am a size 12! What was I thinking? Maybe one day and it was only $7!), an awesome brown flattering polka dot dress in the correct size for me, some brown Steve Madden metallic wedges and — DRUMROLL — a puppy purse for Mogwai, my white Pekingese! 
Mogwai, AKA “Mugsy Bogues”

Mogwai has his own Facebook page (click HERE to go to his fan page). You will see a video of him climbing in the purse, which originally was $65, still had the brand-new tags on it, and is EXACTLY what I would have picked out and paid full price for at a store, down to the fabric, color, style and everything! So happy. ๐Ÿ™‚

PUPPY PURSE!

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New Old Navy clothes/jewelry, new shadow style, new lipstick! Plus SNORKELING adventures :)

Today and yesterday I’ve been rocking some new clothes I bought online for sale at Old Navy. They did take about 9-10 days to get to me, unfortunately, but I was just glad to get them finally.

My “look” today
Today I’m wearing this crepe shift dress which I bought for only $11.97 PLUS 20% off! The necklace and earrings are what I blogged about in a past post at the Old Navy outlet in the Sawgrass Mills mall. So far one co-worker has complimented me on it. ๐Ÿ™‚ 
My eyeshadow look lately has been naturally contoured, with just a hint of orange-y shadow as a transition color just above the brown-taupe crease color. I think with my skin tone it works! 
Yesterday I wore this embellished collar shirt recently featured in “O” magazine. It was $19.97 with 20% off, and I was so happy with the jewels at the collar. Three co-workers complimented me on it!! That’s a win, LOL. 
Also notice the lipstick, it’s a dupe for Mac’s “Angel,” which is a pink shade made famous by Kim Kardashian. It’s Maybelline’s Color Whisper in “Lust for Blush,” and I think it gives a nice neutral, not-too-made-up look to my makeup. A little on the paler side than I typically go for, but hey, it’s good to shake things up a bit every now and then!
Now, I know it’s not fashion/beauty/health, but I absolutely have to share a SNORKELING video after my husband and my adventures on Sunday at the Riviera Beach snorkeling trail. It is my absolute favorite place to snorkel/free-dive, and it never disappoints. I’ve seen an octopus, tons of exotic fish, eels and more there– and this Sunday, we swam by a MANATEE!!! It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It’s prohibited to touch them, but I was the first to spot it and I’m so glad the divers right behind us captured it on tape so I can share it with you on this video. 
This is the manatee I was swimming 5 feet above! DO NOT DISTURB, LOL
Also, the spotted eagle ray (stingray) you see at the beginning hung around all afternoon, I kept swimming after it and it was a fast little thing. Looks like they’re flying the way they flap their “wings.” ๐Ÿ™‚ 
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