The Hottest Trends in One Outfit

mq_trends7mq_trends3mq_trends5mq_trends4mq_trends2mq_trends1mq_trends6Bodysuit: Target – Skirt: Topshop – Boots: Steve Madden – Choker: Vanessa Mooney – Sunglasses: Nordstrom BP – Lipstick: MAC Matte Liquid Lipcolour

Hey guys! I’m finally back to blogging after being MIA for a week! I’ve been busy all last week getting all the last minute details for the Winter Showcase I produced at work. This is the outfit that I wore (the same one I danced in as well, I just swapped the boots for jazz shoes haha). Since I’m in workout clothes 24/7 for work, I totally take advantage of the days I can dress up.

That lace bodysuit is from Target. I just love the lace detail and the lace up! Bodysuits are always key when wearing high waisted bottoms. Speaking of bottoms, this gorgeous velvet skirt is Topshop which I got from Nordstrom. Believe it or not, it’s only $35 and comes in a few different colors. I LOVE IT! I got so many compliments on this skirt. It’s stunning. The maroon color is perfect for the holiday season.

Ok, now let’s talk about those over the knee boots. I. am. obsessed. I think I found the perfect pair of OTK boots. It was love at first sight when I saw them at the store haha. My only problem is that they do slide down a lot and I constantly find myself pulling them up. Does any one know of anything to solve that issue?!?! Please share!

Have a wonderful week everyone!

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Gift Sets for Under $30

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  1. Fresh Sugar Lip Crush Set – $30
  2. Dermalogica Breakout Clearing Trio – $12
  3. Stila Bright & Bold Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Set – $20
  4. Dior DiorShow Iconic Overcurl Mascara & Eyeshadow Palette – $29.50
  5. Philosophy March of the Sweets Set – $20
  6. Kiehl’s ‘Jeremyville – Dry Relief’ Duo – $16
  7. Lulu 18-pack Nail Polish Set – $18
  8. Smashbox Light It Up Lipstick & Mattifier Set – $29
  9. Clinique A Little Happiness Set – $19.50
  10. NYX Loves L.A. Library Set – $24.99
  11. Glamglow Sexy POUTMUD Set – $29
  12. Leaders Cosmetics 7 Wonders 6-Pack Sheet Masks – $30

Wow, these are such great (and affordable) finds that make the perfect gifts!! You know, I already stocked up on these beauty sets to give out as gifts! You’re welcome🙂 Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and holiday weekend!

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Ipsy “November 2016 Glam Bag” Review

mq_ipsynov1What’s in the November 2016 “Rockstarlet” Glam Bag?

  1. Bonvivant Botanical Pure Masks
  2. Elizabeth Mott Color is Bae Lip Lacquer in Red Chili
  3. Luxie Beauty Luxie Gold Small Duo Fiber Brush 524T
  4. theBalm Cosmetics Mad Lash Mascara
  5. NUXE Nuxellence DETOX

mq_ipsynov5Bonvivant Botanical Pure Masks

Yay I love face masks so I was so excited to get this Mask Pack that came with 3 masks🙂 It came with the Chamomile + Tea Tree Mask (cools and tightens pores while deeply moisturizing), Sodium Hyaluronate + Lotus Mask (restores tired dry skin, giving us a dewy glow) and Collagen + Olive Mask (delivers Vitamin E-boosting elasticity and youthfulness). I decided to try the latter because I feel like my crazy schedule takes its toll on my skin. I loved it! It felt so soothing on my skin and left my skin feeling so soft and refreshed.

NUXE Nuxellence DETOX

I’ve been using this for a few days and it totally does make my skin feel silky smooth and awesome after each use. I’ll definitely have to keep using it for awhile to see if it really helps with anti-aging. I sure hope so!

mq_ipsynov2Elizabeth Mott Color is Bae Lip Lacquer in Red Chili

The formula is great! So pigmented and so smooth but the color isn’t for me! Hopefully I’ll get to try some of their other colors that are more my style because everything about this lip product is awesome.

mq_ipsynov4Luxie Beauty Luxie Gold Small Duo Fiber Brush 524T

Not only does this brush serve its purpose of blending, it’s also a beauty! I mean, I love the colors. The bristles are so soft. I’ve used it to blend my bronzer and blush together once I’ve applied them.

mq_ipsynov3theBalm Cosmetics Mad Lash Mascara

TheBalm is one of my top fave brands from Ipsy! I seriously have fell in love with all their products that I’ve received in past glam bags… liquid lipsticks, blush and eyeliner. I was thrilled to get their mascara! And guess what guys?! They did it again, the Mad Lash mascara is perfection. It’s as black as it can get which I love and it totally gave my lashes more volume.

Overall, it was a pretty good bag of goodies this month. My favorite though? The Mad Lash Mascara… duh! Ipsy makes it feel like Christmas each month. If you want to try it out, click here🙂 So worth it! All these products for only $10. Oh and that Luxie brush sells for $18! What a steal!

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My Everyday Make-Up

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  1. MAKE UP FOREVER Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation
  2. NYX Dark Circle Concealer
  3. Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Dipbrow Pomade’ Waterproof Brow Color
  4. Maybelline Volum’Express The Rocket Mascara
  5. It Cosmetics No-Tug Waterproof Gel Liner
  6. MAC Cosmetics Lipstick in “Whirl”
  7. theBalm Cabana Boy Blush

Being a full-time Musical Production Coordinator, mommy to 2 under 2, a wife AND a blogger can really take it’s toll on me. I seriously live off of coffee and I mask my exhaustion with make-up! Haha. I’m so busy but honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way🙂

Powder

Okay, now back to the make-up! I have been using MAKE UP FOREVER Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation for YEARS. It’s just so amazing that I never had the itch to try another brand. The coverage is awesome and I always get so many people asking me what I use for my face. Well, this is it! Trust me, once you try this, you’ll be hooked.

Concealer

The NYX Dark Circle Concealer works wonders! I just started using this a few months ago. Before that I was using a MAC concealer that wasn’t specifically for the under eye area. Scarlett was playing with my make-up bag one day and misplaced my concealer so I went to Target (cause the Mall was closed) and picked this one up. I immediately fell in love with it! At first, I was like why is it orangey?! Then I read the box and the orange color actually balances out the dark color underneath the eyes. It works! So thank you Scarlett for losing my MAC concealer which led me to this gem! Btw, I found it later on but still continued to use the NYX one.

Eyebrows

Since I dance and sweat throughout the day, the Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade is key because it’s waterproof! I sure would hate to go to work with eyebrows then leave without any… LOL. This stuff is a pot of gold! Pricey, yes but a little goes a long way.

Mascara

When it comes to mascara, the drug store brands really work for me! Why pay more when the less works right? I used to buy Dior mascara which is AMAZING but realistically, it’s not cost efficient since each one was $25 and I go through mascara tubes so often. I love Maybelline’s The Rocket mascara because it’s super pigmented and adds a lot of volume to my lashes.

Eyeliner

I first found out about the It Cosmetics Gel Liner when I got the sample size in one of my Ipsy bags. I fell in love with it the first time I used it and have been using it ever since. It’s so pigmented and lasts for hours. I normally wear eyeliner only on the bottom because I don’t have much time in the morning to get ready and I’d rather spend that time on my brows lol.

Lipstick

“Whirl” by MAC is my absolute go-to lipstick! It’s so pretty and is perfect for any time of the year and for the “everyday look.” I believe it will go with any skin tone so you need to get it! Trust.

Blush

To brighten up my face a bit, I use theBalm Cabana Boy Blush on my cheeks. It’s just the right amount of pink. Again, I discovered this brand and this product through Ipsy. Thank you Ipsy!!

I completely recommend all these products. You’re welcome!😛

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Kokie Cosmetics Matte Lipsticks

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All the heart eyes right?! First of all, the packaging is super cute… I’m obsessed with the black and white. These Kokie Cosmetics Matte Lipsticks are amazing! These are seriously 3 colors I would wear on a regular basis so you can only imagine the excitement on my face when I got them in the mail. Plus, they are “so fall,” am I right?! 

They are super moisturizing which usually isn’t the case with lipsticks. I love that they’re highly pigmented and long-lasting as well. Oh and guess what?! They’re only 6 BUCKS a pop! You can get 2 lipsticks (they have 24 colors to choose from) for the price of one MAC lipstick. Yes please!!

You should totally check them out!They also have nail polishes that I love. I first heard of this brand when I got one of their polishes in my ipsy bag. Click here for the review🙂

*This post was in collaboration with Kokie Cosmetics. As always, all opinions are my own.

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Binge and Splurge Eyelashes Giveaway

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You guys, in case you didn’t know… I am obsessed with falsies!! I literally find opportunities where I can wear the dramatic ones that just make my eyes pop lol. Being a dancer all throughout high school and college, I always looked forward to performances so I can wear some lol. Nowadays, I wear them for my blog photos and special occasions. I usually get the ones they sell at Target, which I love, but they only last a couple of wears before I have to buy new ones.

I just got these Binge and Splurge mink lashes which you can wear up to 30 times! Say what?! That’s so awesome. Yes, they are a bit more of a “splurge” but honestly, if you do the math right… each wear costs less than the cheaper ones that only last a few times. Plus, you can just feel the amazing quality.

Great news! I’ve teamed up with Binge and Splurge and we are giving away a full bundle (3 pairs of falsies) like the picture above. Here’s how to enter:

  1. “Like” the giveaway photo on my Instagram.
  2. Tag a friend in the comments. Multiple tags will be extra entries.
  3. Follow me on Instagram.
  4. Follow @bingeandsplurge.
  5. Must do ALL of the above to be entered.
  6. Giveaway closes on Friday, Nov. 4th at 8:00 p.m. PST.

Good luck!

*This post was in collaboration with Binge and Splurge. As always, all opinions are my own.

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A Splash of Pink

mq_sheinsweater7mq_sheinsweater2mq_sheinsweater3mq_sheinsweater6Sweater: SheIn – Pants: Topshop – Shoes (old): Steve Madden – Choker (sold out): Nordstrom B.P.

Oh the things bloggers will do to get “that shot” right?! Lol. I was always on the look out for cars haha. Any way, can we just talk about that color block sweater from SheIn?! I am obsessed! I’m all about my black and white but I just love the added pink stripes on the sides. You know what else I love? …It’s only $20!

I paired them with my TopShop black jeans. If you don’t have any black skinny jeans with the knee slits, get them now! Honestly, they’re such a closet staple and I find myself wearing them all the time. Best part is that you can dress it up or down. Gotta love versatile pieces!

Happy FriYAY everyone!

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Taking Family Pictures with 2 Under 2

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That picture above  is the best out of like a hundred that we took during our impromptu photo shoot we had the other day. We literally drove by this location on the way to the pumpkin patch and thank goodness, we had my little brother-in-law (who takes a lot of my blog photos btw) with us. That pic was the only one where both kids look somewhat ready for the picture. It’s also within seconds of Scarlett yelling to go down so she can run around like the crazy toddler that she is. Here are a few personal tips I came up with for taking family pictures with littles:

One: Don’t have any expectations. There are so many shots that I want to do but let’s be real with 2 kids under 2, that’s most likely not going to happen. LOL.

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Two: As much as possible, make sure all the adults are ready and smiling so that once the kids look at the camera at the same time for a split second then you could get “that shot.”

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Three: Have whoever is taking your pictures (in my case, my 10 year old brother-in-law) just click click click away! You are bound to get one shot (out of a million) that you will like🙂 So make sure you have a memory card that can hold a ton of pictures.

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Four: If possible, have another person come that isn’t taking the pictures to get your kids’ attention and try to make them smile/laugh. Since this shoot was random, we didn’t have any one to do that so it was a bit challenging… ok not gonna lie, very challenging. Haha.

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Five: Have fun!! As crazy as family photo shoots can get and as stressful as they can be sometimes to get that “one picture,” just remember that you have adorable kids that will make any picture memorable! Some times the candid ones are the best pictures any way.

Here are some behind the scenes pictures:

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For my outfit details, click here. For Landon’s, click here. Thanks for reading🙂 Happy Hump Day!

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