Make Beauty review (with special discount code!)

Happy Spring everyone! After taking a short break from blogging, I’m back today with my review of Make Beauty. I was one of the lucky bloggers selected to review two of their products. Before I get into my review, I’d like to share  some information about the brand.

Make Beauty is a hypoallergenic beauty and skincare brand  and all their products are made in NYC. Here is a description of what this beauty company does:
“We develop products to spark your own irresistible desire to create. Professionally formulated but user friendly, every product is designed for personal experimentation –wear wet or dry, alone or layered, subtle or super-pigmented. The collections for lips,eyes, cheeks and skin offer rich formulations and rare palettes for an unconstrained range of colors, finishes and textures. Whether the look is a perfect no-makeup makeup or modern minimal alongside a more pigmented finish is entirely up to you.”

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Valentia Eye Cream and Hydration Mask. Indulge your skin.

Disclaimer: all opinions are 100% my own

Hi there! While we are only a couple of weeks away from Spring, it’s still  cold here on the East Coast -well, some days anyway, it’s been a  crazy Winter! With the cold comes dry skin, which means I’m in desperate need for hydrating skincare products. I was one of the lucky  people selected to try a hydrating skincare line by a new company called Valentia. The timing could not have been more perfect!

Valentia was the Roman Goddess of healing and she relied on what nature provided to heel the citizens of Umbria.  She would help farmers heel their damaged skin from the sun with natural ingredients, such as berries and herbs. Similarly to the goddess that inspired it, the Valentia skincare company uses natural ingredients that can help repair sun  and wind damage, and prevent wrinkles and dark spots (paraphrased from http://www.valentia.com/pages/about-us).

I received two products for testing: the Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask and the True Glow Eye Cream. I tested both of them for about 2-3 weeks. I’m going to review the hydrating mask first.

Valentia

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Couture Fashion Week New York, Spring 2016

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This September I had the pleasure of attending Couture Fashion Week New York , in New York City. The show was fantastic, I really enjoyed the experience (and front row seats!). The show featured two prominent international couture designers, whose gowns have been worn by beauty pageant contestants around the world. The first collection was designed by renowned Dominican designer Lourdes Atencio. Overall, her Spring 2016 collection was fun and romantic. While the first few looks did not impress me, the collection improved for me as the show went on. Many of her pieces had a vintage vibe, and some evoked the 60s and 70s. I would have liked to see more of that since I love those eras. Some gowns also had a metallic fabric that looked like “liquid satin”,  which captured the light on the runway in an interesting way. While I liked many of the designs individually, I thought the collection could have been more cohesive.

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This was the opening design. I love crop top and skirt sets, and I like green, however I did not love this combination.

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Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

Hello everyone! So it’s been a few days since my last post. Today I’m actually going to take a little break from my usual beauty & fashion posts, since I’ve been nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award! Thank you so much to Claire from  My Life in Words for the nomination! I am honored to be included in such a wonderful international community of bloggers!  I listed to rules below, followed by my answers,  my questions and my nominations

Rules:

1. Thank and link the blogger who nominated you.
2. Answer the 10 questions your nominator has provided.
3. Nominate 10 other bloggers.
4. Create 10 questions for your nominees and notify them of their nomination.

My Answers

1. If you could travel to any country where would you go?

I’d like to travel through Asia since I’ve never been and see some of the major cities (Seoul, Hong-Kong and Tokyo).

2. What is your all time favorite beauty product?

Without a doubt, black liquid eye liner. I’ve been wearing it since I was 16 years old.

3. Which clothes shops do you enjoy shopping at most?

For work/everyday apparel, I like Ann Taylor and Banana Republic because they have petite sizes. I also like to shop at H&M and Express. For formal and evening wear, Lord & Taylor and Bloomingdales have a nice selection. Online, I love Asos and Lulus.

4. What made you start a blog?

I’d been thinking about starting a fashion/beauty blog for many years. I finally decided this summer I should just go ahead and give it a try instead of just talking about it. In Shakespeare’s words, “Action is eloquence”.

5. Lipstick or eyeshadow?

Definitely eyeshadow. My favorite evening look is a smokey eye with a neutral lip

6. What’s the last makeup item you purchased?

NYC Cityproof lip crayon

7. Name something you love and something you hate.

I’m gonna stick to beauty & fashion here.  I love earrings and statement necklaces, I hate Crocs clogs.

8. Favorite skincare brand.

At the moment, I really like Burt’s Bees for skincare because it’s a more natural brand and also pretty affordable.

9. Favorite makeup brushes.

Lately I’ve been using Sonia Kashuk brushes and some e.l.f. ones, but I’d like to invest in more expensive brushes eventually.

10. What’s the eyeshadow palette you always reach for?

I don’t have an all time favorite. RIght now, I’m using either the Stila In the Moment palette, which has a variety of mauve/purple eye shadows or the Physician’s Formula Natural Nude palette. I really want to try the Urban Decay Naked palette, but I’m going to wait since I have so much eyeshadow right now!

My Questions to You:

  1. If you could be a character from a book or movie, who would you be?
  2. What’s the beauty item you can’t live without?
  3. What’s your favorite foundation and/or BB/CC cream?
  4. Who do you think is the most stylish actress (or other celebrity) of all time?
  5. Favorite liquid liner.
  6. Do you wear any makeup when you exercise? If yes, what?
  7. Do you have a wardrobe staple? What is it?
  8. What’s your impulse purchase, new shoes or a new handbag?
  9. Favorite bronzer.
  10. What’s the most expensive makeup you’ve ever splurged on?

My Nominations:

I nominate:

  1.  A Brash attitude
  2. Online Beauty Finds
  3. The Pretty Pomegranate
  4. A Beautiful Whim
  5. Polished by Amy
  6. The Girl in the Little Black Dress
  7. With All My Affection
  8. The Radiant Cherie
  9. Beauty and a Little Extra
  10. Amiable Charm
  11. Mjacks1225
  12. Beauty and A Little Extra

Thanks for reading, I enjoyed being nominated for this Award! Congratulations to the bloggers I nominated! Can’t wait to read their answers to my questions!  (p.s. I decided to break the rules and nominate 12 bloggers instead of 10!!!)

Stay tuned for my next post!

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