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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So-called “modesty” at the Miss America 2017 pageant

My focus should have been on the dozens of intelligent, talented women who had the courage to walk across the stage in swimsuits and the spirit to contribute a year of their lives to community service. Instead, I found my attention captured by an oxymoron: a top 15 Miss America contestant proclaimed modesty, while she simultaneously walked across stage in a plunging, not-so-modest evening gown.

Miss South Carolina Rachel Wyatt, moments after she proclaimed modesty is lacking these days

During the evening gown competition, Miss South Carolina Rachel Wyatt’s pre-recorded sound bite said this as she walked across the stage: “Something we’ve lost sight of as a culture is how important it is to be modest, and I think Miss America is a role model for so many young girls, and they need to know that you don’t have to wear revealing clothing or be sexy to be beautiful. You just need to be you.” All this, as she modeled a daring, albeit stunning, evening gown that was recklessly revealing of her *ahem* assets.

I 100% agree with her message, but I couldn’t believe she chose to wear that dress. If she knew she was going to talk about being demure (and I assume she meant modesty in clothing), didn’t she realize it could backfire?

Apparently I wasn’t the only one who noticed this inconsistency, because the Twitterverse had a lot to say about it:

Twitter Miss South Carolina 1  Twitter Miss South Carolina 2  Twitter Miss South Carolina 3

Who am I to judge, you ask? Well, I’m actually a bona fide Miss America preliminary pageant judge. Not only did I compete in a pageant or two (or forty) back in the day — I judged for several years in the Miss America local circuits in Louisiana and Arkansas. I blogged previously about how much I learned from competition, and why I think it’s valuable to compete. I was the first Asian-American to compete in Miss Louisiana, and I was proud to see this year’s Miss Louisiana Justine Ker make the top 15 in the Miss America 2017 pageant. I can claim a teeny, tiny bit of credit in her success — I coached her in interview once! But just once. 😉


I competed in Miss Louisiana with a couple of different titles. I was also my high school’s beauty queen! #pageantdays

Even though I never took home the Miss Louisiana crown, I’m still to this day grateful for the life skills I gained from competition — and how two full years of undergrad and one year of grad school college tuition were completely funded because of beauty pageants.

I also use my title of “former beauty queen” to gain extra credibility on my “Beauty News with Angela Cruz” YouTube channel, in which I focus upon the beauty industry. I truly believe the public speaking skills I gained through pageant competition gave me a boost to eventually become a news anchor, and then ultimately to launch this channel. Inadvertently, the channel helped me achieve a dream-come-true, when I won the Today Show’s Social Star contest for YouTube! Just think — none of that would have happened if I didn’t have the confidence that came from competing in beauty pageants.

Speaking of public speaking, South Carolina as a pageant state had already risen to national attention when Miss Teen USA South Carolina fumbled her on-stage question, bless her heart. Thankfully, there was nothing like that in this year’s Miss America 2017 pageant — and there were moments in the competition when I was very impressed with what I saw (Miss Mississippi Laura Lee Lewis can SING, y’all!). If you’re a former Miss America local competitor like I am, the Miss America pageant is your Super Bowl. Each year, I watch it with great interest. But I was shocked, and more than a little distracted, by the walking contradiction that was Rachel Wyatt’s evening gown choice. I was reminded that it’s not what you SAY– it’s what you DO that counts.

However, Wyatt’s gamble paid off. She can laugh all the way to the bank, since she won first runner-up. All I can say to that is: you go, girl!

Wyatt after she is named first runner-up to Miss America 2017 -- cleavage is still there, but maybe the flowers will help to conceal any potential wardrobe malfunctions

Wyatt after she is named first runner-up to Miss America 2017 — cleavage is still there, but maybe the flowers will help to conceal any potential wardrobe malfunctions

I have to wrap this up with a congratulations to the newly-crowned Miss America 2017, Savvy Shields, who represented the state of Arkansas.


“There she is… Miss Americaaaaaa!”

What are your thoughts? Comment below on whether or not you agree with the judges’ decision to reward Rachel’s risky reveal by voting her first runner-up!

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90’s beauty products are making a comeback

Were the 90’s as good to you as they were to me? That’s when I went through junior high and high school, and I was defining my style. Honestly, looking back, I really didn’t have much of a style at all, haha! My makeup was pretty slap-dash!

But there were some products that really stood out to me, and I was honored to be quoted talking about them in this Styleblazer article. Check it out! CLICK HERE to read the Styleblazer article.

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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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Empties March 2016 ★ Products I’ve used up! Urban Decay, Tarte, bareMinerals, Makeup Forever, Jason

This video is a requested one from a subbie who paid me the nicest compliment about my channel. April, thank you for being so sweet! Hope all of you enjoy this video.

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Empty products I have used up

Empty products I have used up

Buy each product:

Urban Decay De-Slick Oil Control Makeup Setting Spray –

Jason Smoothing Coconut Foaming Shower Oil –

bareMinerals concealer (summer bisque shade) –

Makeup Forever Professional Ultra HD Foundation —

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush (celebrated shade) —

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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

Click HERE to watch my latest video!

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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