{Beauty} L.A. Girl Cosmetics NEW Glazed Lip Paint

Hello Beauties!

On Monday, affordable cosmetics brand L.A. Girl Cosmetics released 12 new shades of their popular and beloved Glazed Lip Paint. There are now a total of 18 shades, the six original shades plus the 12 new ones. I did not buy all 18 shades simply because I wanted shades I know I would wear. In total, I’m swatching 14 of the 18 shades, not too bad. To see the four swatches I’m missing, L.A. Girl just posted an Instagram post with all 18 here.

In case you have not hear of these, they have the pigmentation of lipstick, but the easy wear and shine of a lipgloss. Makeup artists and other bloggers say they’re dupes for Two Face’s Melted lipstick, but I disagree, they’re more of a dupe for OCC’s Lip Tar. But why are so many people loving these? One, because they are very similar to OCC’s Lip Tar ($18 at Sephora) and two, they’re only $4 on the L.A. Girl Cosmetics website. I agree, $4 for a lip product that gives this much pigmentation is a steal.

I do suggest using a lip liner with these because they do tend to feather. They have a wear of about four to six hours depending if you’re eating, drinking, etc. They do start to get a matte finish after about two hours, which I like. The applicator is very basic, expected for $4 and a little goes a long way, so careful when you’re squeezing the tube. I love all the purples’s and pink’s, even the nude’s. I don’t wear nudes too often as I love to wear color, but these I like. As a lipstick junkie and lover of everything lip related, I really love Glazed Lip Paint.

See my swatches below. I swatched all the new shades first, then the six original ones. You can buy the ones you like on the L.A. Girl website here.

My favorite at the moment? Seduce and Peony. ❤ Which one is your favorite?

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Disclaimer: I do work for L.A. Girl cosmetics however ALL opinions are honest and my own. That’s a promise.

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{News} Hello Again.

It’s been a little shy of a year since I’ve posted on the blog. A few things have happened which led to my lack of blogging. I started a new chapter in my career as a marketing coordinator + social media coordinator for a cosmetics company, I fell in love with an amazing person who I now live with and overall, I’ve been focusing more on meditating as a approached my late 20’s. Let me tell you, approaching my late 20’s, I’ve learn and realized a few things. One thing I realized was that for the first time, I wish I was younger and had “more time” to do things. Not SUPER young, but 24 specifically. It’s taking a lot for me to admit that, but in all, I can’t complain. I’ve learned friends come and go, but it’s the ones who are there those dark nights that you keep forever.

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Me and my boo thang

I’m in a happy place right now and I felt the one thing that was missing was making the time to blog. I miss taking photos, I miss writing about all my favorite things, but more than anything, I just missed writing. So, here I am, again in the blogging world sharing my plus size style and my love for beauty+cosmetics and decor. My readership and following is still growing and I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes and sharing my blog with new people. After all, blogging isn’t about how big you are, it’s about making quality content and that is what I missed.

Some of my favorite shots from the last few months. Make sure you’re following me on Instagram!

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Fun fact: My boyfriend is a chef!

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My growing succulents collection from the farmers market

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Work swatches

Eye Love Mascara

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If I could only live with two makeup components for the rest of the year, I would choose lipstick and mascara. Mascara as a crucial makeup tool, I can recall hundreds of moments when I looked crazy with my eye makeup before I put mascara on. As soon as add a few coats to each eye, everything else just seems to glamorously come together. A word to the wise, always carry mascara in your purse, makeup bag, pocket, wherever, because lets say you have a crazy night out and have to roll into work the next day, you’re going to be stoked you had some mascara and lipstick in your arsenal.  Keep some at your desk for emergencies, along with other ‘night after’ must haves.

I’ve tried every mascara in this post and no, I don’t always spend $20+ on mascara. I’ve found amazing ones for less than $10, but if I am going to splurge on mascara, I’ve found some that are worth every penny.

COVERGIRL Clump Crusher: This mascara is very buildable, a major plus. My favorite component is the brush, the curved brush and its  bristle spacing reduce clumping (hence the name)  and leaves lashes clean and separated. The brush is also the perfect size to coat bottom lashes too.

Bare Escentuals Lash Domination: This is one of my new favorite mascaras. I received a sample of  lash domination at BeautyCon and LOVED what it did to my lashes. Without using an eyelash curler, I got volume and definition, it was amazing. This mascara give you volume you can see.

L.A. Girl Super Mega Lash: What originally attracted me to this mascara was the packaging. After testing it out, I was really happy with the formula. It didn’t flake, the brush is perfect for your bottom lashes and was great at lengthening my lashes.

DiorShow: This mascara needs little words describing the intense, sultry look it gives lashes. This mascara has been in a number of magazines and ‘Best Mascara’ lists and is an award-winning mascara that has been a cult-favorite for over a decade. The formula is creamy and buildable and the brush also gives that XXL volume we lust for.

Prescriptives False Eyelashes Plush: I received a sample of this mascara when I ordered their foundation (more on that later!) and I was very happy with the fullness and thickness of this mascara. Its wear was great and easily buildable, I went out one night for drinks with the girls and it was easy to layer a couple coats  on top of what I had already put on that morning.

With so many options to choose from and so many great products on the market, at price points for everyone, there is no reason to let your lashes not look their best. After all, isn’t there a cheesy saying out there that the eyes the window to the soul? The bolder the eyes the bolder the soul. 🙂

Instadiary: H2O Music Festival + Becky G Meet & Greet

A few weeks ago, thanks to COVERGIRL, I attended Univisions H2O Music Festival in downtown LA with my fellow Latina beauty bloggers and had the BEST time! The line-up was a mix of English and Spanish artists that included Pitbull, A Tribe Called Quest and COVERGIRL’s newest face, Becky G. There were many more, but I was most excited to see those three. Although I’m a new Becky G fan, I can help but admire the 16-year-old Mexican-American from the Los Angeles area (Inglewood). I was able to meet her at the COVERGIRL tent and I was only able to exchange a few words with her, but she seems like a very humble down to earth girl. I think having her as the new COVERGIRL with really open up their demographic.

It was no surprise her makeup looks flawless (being a COVERGIRL and all, haha) and here I have how you can recreate her look! I loveed the light and natural festival look she was rocking. A great look for what left of summer.

Becky G’s look was inspired by the city of Los Angeles, where she grew up and calls home. The city inspires her lyrics and cool beats, but most of all her style. The young COVERGIRL is known for her urban and fun style, and that was the inspiration behind the GLAM makeup she rocked for her performance at the H20 Music Festival.  Her look consisted of bold gold eyes and soft pink lips that pop!

How to Recreate the look COVERGIRL Becky G, Rocked at Univision’s H20 Music Festival

Face

Start out by applying COVERGIRL Clean Whipped Crème Foundation. To accent the cheek bones apply COVERGIRL Clean Glow Blush in Roses #100.

Eyes

Apply the COVERGIRL Flamed Out Shadow Pots in Charcoal # 335 around the crest. Then use the Flamed Out Shadow Pencil in Gold Flame #330 to add gold shimmer to the look. Then apply the Ink It! in Black Ink # 230 by making a thick line that will make your eye pop! Finish this eye look by adding volume to your eyelashes for a bold look, with Flamed Out Mascara in Very Black

Lips

Finish the look with a soft nude, pinkish lip with first applying COVERGIRL Lip Perfection in Spellbound #325 and then the COVERGIRL Smoochies in Sweet Tweet # 255 on top.

For more beauty tips & looks check out COVERGIRL’s social media channels:

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Instadiary ❤

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QTip from the legendary R&B group A Tribe Called Quest

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Mr. Wordwide!

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Thanks to @makeupbycarlaperez  and @xavisostre (Instagram) for making looks like a novela star! I felt so glamourous!

Summer Beauty

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I’m very surprised how little makeup I’ve worn this summer. Between the heat and humidity, wearing foundation has been at the bottom of my makeup routine. I’ve kept my summer look to the bare essentials, a pinch of concealer, brows, mascara and a bold lipstick. If you keep up with my blog, it’s become very obvious I’m an avid lipstick junkie with shades mostly consisting of bright and dark shades. One of my favorite go-to concealer for under my eyes and parts of my t-zone is MAC’s select moisturecover. The applicator is a wand and it perfect for getting under the eyes, it has a matte finish and can also be layers without looking dry or cakey. Then I use Urban Decay’s brow box to fill in my brows. For brunettes or any dark hair I suggest the Brown Sugar combo, blondes go with Honey Pot. This brow box has been the most amazing beauty product to come into my life since red lipstick. Then I layer on mascara, add one of my favorite lipsticks, which at the moment (and almost all summer) is COVERGIRL’s Eternal and I’m done!

I thought it would be great to share my summer routine while there is still time to enjoy it. I’m a fan of mixing high end and drug store brands, I feel like you get the best of both world when you mix up your products.

What products have you been using is your summer beauty routine?

Topless with COVERGIRL Outlast Nailpolish {Giveaway}

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If there is something I look forward to and enjoy doing every week, it’s painting my nails. If you follow me on Instagram, I’m always sharing my nails and the fun things I do with them, it’s therapeutic. Sitting down, popping  in a DVD (most of time it’s Ever After, Almost Famous or Moulin Rouge) and taking 30-40 minutes to relax and make my nails pretty. Whenever my nails are done, I feel like I can concur the world.

I love it when beauty brands make an effort to make the process (yes, there is a process ;)) of painting my nails easier, like a built-in topcoat into the nail polish. Painting your nails without a topcoat is a big no-no and if you want your color to look it’s best and not chip as fast, a topcoat is a must. It’s this reason, I’m a huge fan of COVERGIRL’s Outlast Stay Brilliant polishes. Not only are the colors great, but application is easy and there is no need for a topcoat. If you’re an avid nail polish collector, you know what I mean when I say application. Some brushes are too big, too small, grab too much polish or not enough polish, it’s a crazy cycle, but the brushes in the Outlast Stay Brilliant polishes are perfect. And of course, not needing a topcoat is my favorite part, I can lay down my base coat, put on a COVERGIRL polish, then on to nail art.

I tried 155 in Peek a boo pink, 175 Ever Reddy, 215 Smokey Taupe and 290 Constant Caribbean. If you look at the graphic above you can pretty much tell which is which. My favorite, was Constant Caribbean. I’m usually not a fan of  blue hues as nail polish, but I stepped out of my box and went with this metallic option and it ended up being my favorite one.

Now on to the fun part, COVERGIRL want to give one of my lucky readers FIVE nail polishes from their Outlast Stay Brilliant collection! All you have to do is follow the steps below and you’re entered to win. The giveaway starts today and ENDS August 14th. The winner will be announced and you’ll receive five special COVERGIRL colors.

Content is open to U.S. Residents only. To enter:

Mandatory – (all in one entry, PLEASE LEAVE ONE COMMENT  below with how you’ve entered)

1) Follow COVERGIRL on Instagram HERE

2) Follow Glitter on the Ceiling on Instagram HERE

3) “Like” Glitter on the Ceiling on Facebook HERE

Bonus Entries:

1) Follow Glitter on the Ceiling on Twitter

2) Tweet this link and ADD #easybreezysummer to the tweet. Include your Twitter name (example:@MariaSue) in the comments.

Buena Suerte!!

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*Nail polishes were courtesy of COVERGIRL, opinions are my own.

Pucker Up

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When the heat of a California summer rolls around, the last thing any girls want to do is where foundation or her normal amount of makeup. The heat in the mid-west and east coast are not any easier with the humidity, so what’s a girl todo? Skip everything and stick to the basics and the basic are, mascara and a bold lipstick. You can never catch me without lipstick, I love all shades, but I mostly stick to bold brights and vampy dark hues. I’ve tried (and love) every one of the six lipsticks above and they all provide great pigment and matte finishes. I’m not a huge fan of frosty lips.

I’ve also include some highs and lows to fit every girl’s budget. I was recently blown away by the COVERGIRL lipsticks, their pigment and finish really surprised me. It had been ages since I tried drugstore lipstick and now, I feel like this whole time I was missing out. I was gifted these lipsticks from COVERGIRL, but I’m keeping it real with you when I say, the pigment in these lipsticks go toe-to-toe with the luxury brands.

Two of my favorite luxury lipsticks would  have to be Lime Crime and Makeup Forever. The coral color from Makeup Forever is the perfect coral for olive skin. It’s the right amount of red and orange for Latinas. Lime Crime colors are for makeup junkie who love bright and I mean bright colors, they’re the best.

I’ve known about Emani cosmetics for a little over a year and their lipsticks are one of my favorites. Their red (Promiscuous) is one of my top three favorite red lipsticks. Their red, is the highly desired fire engine red which is also a great choice for Latina’s with an olive skin tone.  Emani is natural skincare line whose products are vegan friendly, cruelty free and ecologically sound. To find out more about their ingredients, check them out here.

These are all must-have summer lipsticks because all you need is mascara and you’re good to go for any and every kind of summertime shenanigans. From pinks to reds to corals, even a plum, with these lip hues in your makeup bag, you’re ready to concur the heat.

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Lime Crime: Countessa Fluorescent

*Emani: Promiscuous

*COVERGIRL: Flame

*COVERGIRL: Eternal

Makeup Forever: 38 Satin Coral

Milani: Fuchsia Freeze

*I was gifted these lipsticks by the brand

Peacock Apothecary: A Made in L.A. Skincare Line

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How often do you read the ingredients on your favorite beauty products? It goes without saying, that knowledge is power and the more you know about what you’re putting on your skin, the better you can take care of it and find out what works for you. I’ve realized that I would like to use products with ingredients that don’t need a phonetic breakdown. I like products that aren’t heavy with chemicals, but that will still give me results and help my skin, which is far from perfect.

A few months ago, I attended an event where I was gifted a night creme from a made in Los Angeles, natural skincare line called Peacock Apothecary. The first thing I noticed was the creme smelled heavenly, the second was the expiration date. I was really attracted to Peacock Apothecary because they’re made in LA , their ingredients are all natural and they smell amazing!

Most beauty products have an expiration date, anywhere from six months to one year. The creme from Peacock Apothecary was only about two months. Just like the items in your fridge, Peacock Apothecary is proud of their junk-free skincare line that is free of harsh chemicals. The ingredients are all natural and I later found out, the creators Samantha Feld and Caitlyn Montgomery, make this night creme along with the rest of the Peacock Apothecary skincare line, in their very own kitchen.

All Peacock Apothecary products contain zero harsh chemicals and only natural occurring preservatives, such as citric acid and rosemary extract. They also use violet glass containers to help maintain the potency of our products and prevent degradation. On top of that, they source as many of their ingredients locally, sounds amazing, right?

The Peacock Apothecary line includes face serums, cleansers, lip lotion, body scrub, body butter and night creme (which I tried). For two months, I wore their night creme every evening and when I woke up the next day, my skin felt nourished and soft to the touch. I swear, even the smell of the creme helped relax me and put me to sleep at night.

Both Samantha and Caitlyn will be selling product from the line at the Renegade Craft Fair at the LA State Historic Park this weekend, July 20 and 21. If you’re not in Los Angeles, but want to check out their products, they have an online store.

I was able to ask one of the creators, Samantha Feld, a few beauty questions. If you have any questions about Peacock Apothecary or beauty leave a comment!

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What are some ingredients women with oily skin should be wary of?

Most women who battle oily skin often fear products with oil in them so they’ll stock up on products that are “oil-free”. When you deprive your skin of oil, your body actually produces more sebum (oil) to compensate. People with oily skin shouldn’t be afraid of moisturizing, especially with an oil to help balance sebum production.

I would recommend staying away from overly drying products, eating a balanced diet, using natural products, exfoliating and using products with anti-bacterial essential oils to combat breakouts.

What are some ingredients women with dry skin should be wary of?

Dry skin needs to be hydrated; rich oils and butters are definitely your friend if you tend to battle parched skin. Steer clear of products with alcohol in them or even face washes that have soap or any sort of agent that makes the product foam.

Both Caitlyn and I use oil based face washes (available for sale this month on The Peacock Apothecary) and I can’t tell people enough how this switch has changed our skin. I have dry skin and Caitlyn has oilier skin. The cleansers we were using (you know the kind, foaming, gel, soaping, fragranced washes) were just stripping our skin and now, our skin is much more balanced and soft with fewer break outs. Plus, it’s so much easier to really remove make up!

At what age should women start using anti-aging?

That’s a bit of a trick question. Keeping your skin moisturized is the best anti-aging method, so start early! Dry skin leads to wrinkles. Look out for products with hyaluronic acid, which is naturally produced by our skin. We love the plumping affects of this ingredient (to help fill in those lines) so much so that it’s in our night creme.

Also, you have to remember that your skin is your largest organ so the foods you eat and the amount of water you drink directly affects the appearance of your skin. Sunscreen should also always be used (and from a young age).

Why is it important for people to be aware of ingredients in their beauty products?

Your skin is your biggest organ and it absorbs the products that you put on top of it. Approach skincare the same way that you approach food. Would you want to drink milk that’s been sitting in the fridge for 2 years? We’re living in an age of cancer, be mindful about chemical exposure.

How many times a week should one exfoliate their skin?

2x a week

Jergens Crema {Para Las Latinas}

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One of the many things I’ve always loved and admire about my Latina culture is that Latina women come in different beauty combinations. Brown hair, dark skin and green eyes or blonde hair, blue eyes; curly hair, straight hair, you name it, it comes in a Latina form. Ever since I can remember, my mama has always stressed how important crema was, para que te quede el piel bonita, so your skin will remain pretty, she says. Skin care and beauty is a huge part of Latina culture. When fellow Latina blogger Monique from Curves and Chaos invited me to her Jergens Crema party and I was informed Jergens came out with a cream with the Latina woman in mind, I knew I had to try it and see what it did for my skin.

The Jergens Crema lines consists of three cremas, the first if the Deep-Conditioning Oatmeal, this one is specially formulated to nourish and hydrate extra-dry skin–leaving it smooth, soft, and visibly healthier. Jergens took advantage of the natural healing and soothing properties of oatmeal and add it to their crema to condition and replenish and moisturize skin. The second crema is Soothing Aloe Vera, this one relieves dry skin leaving it fresh and healthy. Aloe Vera is known for its skin-soothing properties–this luscious body moisturizer is specially formulated with Vitamin E and B5. The last (and my favorite) in the Jergens Crema collection is the Hydrating Coconut Milk body lotion. The one softens normal to dry skin leaving it silky. This lightweight formula with the essence of coconut milk is designed to nourish and moisturize normal to dry skin. Jergens Crema Hydrating Coconut Milk treat your skin to this antioxidant-rich coconut milk formula for soft skin.

My favorite was the Hydrating Coconut Milk Jergens Crema, it smells devine and left my skin feeling soft and smooth. The benefit of having three hermanas, is that each of us has different skin and they were able to try the other two since I only have so much skin to test products. They loved the other two cremas, my sister Christina has extremely dry skin and after a week of using the Deep-Conditioning Oatmeal crema, she said she could feel and see the difference in her skin and my sister Rocio tried the Aloe Vera one and she quickly became a fan.

The cremas can be bought here and for less then $8 for an 8oz container (which lasts forever) it’s a steal, what better way to start the summer than with beautiful skin.

Hollywood & Fine: Mitch Stone Volumizing Spray

In the last year and a half, I’ve  ventured into the world of texturizing sprays. Texture sprays or volumizing texture sprays are products you put in your hair to give it volume and to make it appear thicker. Although my hair is long, it’s not very thick and can sometimes lay a little flat. Volumizing spray gives my hair that extra movement and presence. My newest adventure with volumizing texture spray lead me to try a newer one from Mitch Stone.

Celebrity stylist Mitch Stone developed his volumizing texture spray as a solution for fine, limp hair in need of volume, texture and dimension.  What’s inside this volumizing texture spray is a unique formula of vitamins and fruit extract (called VCompS), which infuses locks with extra body and lightweight, flexible hold.

What’s also beneficial about this spray is that it contains vitamin E for color protection and split end prevention, vitamin C – a highly effective antioxidant that protects cells from environmental free radical damage, vitamin B3 for moisture and emollience, B5 for its reparative properties, B6 for stimulation of hair growth and papaya extract  – a powerful antioxidant that is rich in moisturizing essential fatty acids. It’s always good to know what you’re putting in your hair especially when its colored. It was this reason Mitch Stone developed his line of hair care products, to enhance the beauty of the hair by addressing its health first.

I tried Mitch Stone’s volumizing texture spray for two months and within the first few tries I could see and feel the difference in my hair. My hair felt fuller and was easy to style. While my hair was still wet, I sprayed the volumizing spray at my roots, then blew my hair out for a full finish. Spraying it at my roots gave my hair full volume, very va-va-voom if you will. For a more tousled style, I scrunched it into my wet hair and air-dry. What’s great about this volumizing texture spray is it can be used on wet or dry hair for a variety of looks.

For tips and trick from Mitch Stone himself, visit www.MitchStoneEssentials.com

Below are two occasions where I used Mitch Stone Volumizing Texture Spray, doesn’t my hair look fuller?!

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Myself with the lovely Monique Frausto from Curves and Chaos 

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Myself with Yeardly Smith, shoe designer behind Marchez Vous

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*Mitch Stone Volumizing Texture Spray courtesy of WildFire PR. This Beauty product was gifted for reviewing purposes.