GOING ON A DATE!!!

Hey guys! I’M BACK!! ❤

..AAnd going on a date. Tonight. At 6.

Gahhhd!!!!!!!!

Seriously..this is the first real date I’ve ever been on. I’m going to dinner with a guy I really like and I’m so so so nervous I could die and I don’t know what to talk about or how to act and I’m nervous I’ll make a fool of myself and now I’m just rambling.!!!!

Omgomgomgomgomgomgomgomg. I can hardly type as fast as I’m talking. It’s just such an awesome, scary moment.

MY TOP FIVE WORRIES: 

  1. I’ll forget how to use social skills and just sit there.
  2. I’ll create unnecessary awkward silences.
  3. I’ll say something stupid.
  4. I’ll not know WHAT to say.
  5. I’ll mess up everything.

We’re going out to eat delicious sushi, which I am quite excited for.

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Still….I’M SO NERVOUS I FEEL LIKE I’M GONNA DIE.

Wish me luck? I missed you guys!

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Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream

Hey my Curly-Fries! ❤

So, I bought this yesterday on a total impulse.

Ever since this came into stores, I’ve watched (and read) a million reviews on this stuff! I read every qualm, claim, complaint, and opinion. And I bought a tube of this stuff anyways, being same old ignorant Isabella.

So, anyway, it’s a cute product, right? You can’t deny the packaging.

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The packaging is a simple tube with pink bubble lettering, but I was a total sucker for it. It looks so fresh and pretty, right?

It reads exactly: “8-in-1 Beauty Balm Skin Perfecter.

1. Blurs imperfections

2. Enhances

3. Brightens

4. Adjusts to skin-tone

5. Smooths

6. Hydrates

7. SPF 30 protects

8. 0% oils and other heavy ingredients”

Okay, first off, I will address every single one of these claims.

When I put it on, it felt super light and…kinda like a balm on my skin. Creamy and a bit tacky. Ugh. Well that’s not something I like, right off the bat.

So, the claims are pretty exaggerated, I mean, Maybelline makes it sound like the holy grail of the drugstore. It does make my skin look pretty fresh, but before I put on powder I looked QUITE dewy. And I’m not a fan of dewy.

Plus, I had to put on a few layers before it actually looked like there was anything on my skin.

I have to admit…I’m on the fence, guys! Have any of you tried this BB Cream? I’d love to hear in the comments!

TTFN. Ta-ta for now!

x

How-To: Boosting Up Your Glam Factor

Hey Curly-Fries. ❤ ❤

Sorry I’ve been gone for so long…I’ve missed you all so much, but there’s a million things going on right now.

Let’s get started with this How-To!

Is it prom? A night for clubbing? A wild-cool party? Do you just want to look your best, but amplified? Sparkly? Sexy? Edgy?

Well, here’s some ways to boost your “Glam Factor”, which can mean so many things. Image

FIRST: What is a “Glam Factor”??

Your Glam Factor is something that you don’t have on your own. If you’re bored of your brown eyeshadows and nude lipsticks, this look is for you!! It’s fun, pretty, daring, and at times a little weird. It can be anything from a sparkly eyeshadow, to fun hair clips, to your tallest heels, or a slash of pink lipstick…and it’s totally YOU.

Customizable. Ever-changing. Beautiful. Imperfect. YOU.

Here’s what you need to take your inner diva into the spotlight:

  • Fun makeup
  • Accessories
  • Courage

I know you may look at these three things and think… “Mmm gurrl, ya know I need more than dat!” Well, hunnybun, like I said, this look is totally customizable!

Here’s some of my FAVORITE tips for upping the glam:

Gloss it up, sugar. Gloss. It. UP.!!! In my opinion, nothing is sexier on the lips than the perfect shade of gloss. For nights out, I love a nicely opaque, gloss with a diamond shine, something that will stay put.

Buttttt, if you’re not a glossy-girl, go for your favorite dramatic lipstick. I love reds. They’re so classic, and that slash of crimson is sometimes all it takes to feel sexy! best-high-fashion-makeup--large-msg-13432493965

P.S: Some more great things include SHIMMER and GLITTER. (The two are very different :} ). You could play around with some shimmery eyeshadows, dust glitter on your shoulders, mix some in your lipgloss… Just DO NOT over-do it. A little shimmer is subtle, cute, and fun. A lot of shimmer screams “hot mess”. Foto01

Other ideas include:

Hair up, colorful eyeliner, statement jewelry, fun nails, sequins, spikes, ice bling, a wrap, wristlet gloves, whatever you want!!!

You get it ;}

Got your bling-bling? Your keys? Your powder for touch-ups?

You’re ready to hit the town.

x

Palladio Desert Rose Blush/Bronzer

I recently bought this at Sally Beauty Supply and thought I should review it, because, hey, if you’re like me, (always looking for awesome products), then you should know about this! ❤

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So, for starters, it has five shades, two of which are more satin, the other three are slightly shimmery.

I wear this on my cheek bones, on my nose, on my eyes, and a little on my chin and forehead. It makes me glow like a natural beauty, not look obviously fake. You can mix the colors together (like I do), or wear them separate, but I honestly prefer them together. It creates a “beach peach” color: not light and cool, just slightly warm and bronzed.

PROS: 

Multitasking

Pigmented colors

Silky

Easy to blend

Good variety

Makes the face look WONDERFUL

CONS: 

Sometimes you have to make touch-ups! :{

The packaging is a simple, plastic case with a clear top with NO brand name on the front (that’s all on the back), and looks very sleek.515t_YessEL._SL1000___37915.1355886395.1280.1280

Personally, I think it looks very cute and high-end, so I, Isabella, give YOU the permission to tell ANY lie with this.

“Oh, this stuff? I bought it for 21 bucks at Sephora.”

“It was limited addition.”

“Michelle Phan HERSELF gave this to me at a meet-and-greet!”

But whatever, it’ll be our little secret. ;}

Love you all!

x

“Tagged In” Blog Award

I was tagged in this by the super-sweet, beautiful Popette. ❤ Love her!

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^Aww poo the image didn’t work.. NEVERMIND, guys!

Okay, so the rules for this award are as follows:

* Enusre to post these following rules
* Share eleven facts about yourself, including an image to go along with it
* Answer the eleven questions allocated to you
* Decide on eleven new questions and ensure your nominees answer them
* Make sure you notify your nominees of their award nomination 

But before anything else, I’d like to say how much I’m thankful! I’m honestly flustered..I don’t even have a speech prepared!!

Ahem, ahem.

I’d like to thank my mommy and daddy for encouraging me, my friends for supporting me in tough times, and my followers (you, there!) for commenting, liking, chatting, and creating this happy, bubbly community on my blog! ❤ I love you all!

Here’s some facts about me: Image

1. When I have a secret, I practically have to super-glue my mouth closed to keep it.

2. I’m FAR TOO TRUSTING OF PEOPLE OKAY. I think everyone’s super-dependable and warm up to others fairly quickly. :/

3. I love all girly things! Unicorns, ruffles and lace, pink, cute decor, puffy, fluffy stuff, ect.

4. My least favorite food is meatloaf. THINK about it..mushy animal flesh in a bread-loaf shape. It probably doesn’t help that I’m a vegetarian! Bleckkkkk.

5. I adore the words “cream” and “delicate”.

6. One of my most narcissic dreams is to be a model. A MODEL. A super-model. But I’d also love to be a fashion-designer or an artist. And a professional dancer.

7. I LOVE SCIENCE.

8. I think bubblegum is one of the strangest flavors. It’s not honey-ish, or vanilla-ish, or anything-ish…it’s just NOT a natural flavor! It’s weird.

9. I hate bronzers that fade away quickly and leave orange splotches on your face! Ughh it makes me mad.

10. My favorite eyeshadow is Urban Decay’s “Maui Wowie”.

11. AND MY SIGNATURE LIPSTICK IS MAC’S “HOT GOSSIP.” Mwah. Done.

And before I announce the nominees, Popette left me some questions to answer! Here goes.

1. What is your favourite hobby? Dancing! I’ve been on a dance team for four years.

2. If you could choose a favourite piece of attire, what would it be? My leather jacket paired with my girliest dress!


3. What is your favourite scent? 
Freshly cut grass, warm vanilla, the smell of pumpkin pie being baked at Halloween, or that sweet smell after it rains, laced with woodsmoke. Woodsmoke, to me, smells like home!

4. Do you know what true love is? True love isn’t always romantic, and it’s never perfect. It’s just that click, that “right” feeling when you love someone who loves you.


5. What is your favourite piece of advice? 
In middle school, keep your legs closed, your face clean, and your mouth open to say what’s on your mind.


6. Do you enjoy chocolate too? 
WITH MY HEART.


7. A place you dream of living at? 
Italy, or in a adorable, vintage house in Corvallis, Oregon.


8. What is you fear? 
People hating me.


9. Do you want to learn any new things? 
Yes! All the time!


10. What is your favourite meal? 
Salad or pasta!


11. What is your favourite colour? 
Blue! Or pink! Or mint! Or purple!

NOW, HERE’S MY 11 QUESTIONS FOR YOU.

  1. What makes you feel beautiful? 
  2. If you could pick your own name, what would it be?
  3. What’s your favorite makeup item and brand?
  4. Cake or pie?
  5. Who ya gonna call? 
  6. In a fashion battle between Emma Watson and Anne Hathaway, who would win? 
  7. What’s your worst makeup moment?
  8. If you could be an animal, which would you choose? 
  9. What’s your least-favorite song of 2012-2013?
  10. If you had to bring ONLY ONE makeup product with you to a deserted island, what would it be? 
  11. Do you have any constructive criticism for my blog? :}  

FINALLY…..I PRESENT TO YOU, THE NOMINEES! (The rules didn’t say how many, so I chose seven!)

  1. The Painted Lady!
  2. Classy Girl With Curls!
  3. Pink Astronaut!
  4. Pearls and Paris!
  5. Frock!
  6. Subtle Dancer!
  7. Belleza Kisses!

Thanks guys! Love you all.

x

How To Avoid The Cakeface

The Cakeface. No other makeup mishap has ever been as legendary. And gross.

In case you’re wondering: “What in the world is ‘The Cakeface’?”

Here’s some examples:

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As you can see, The Cakeface is not attractive. It’s either dry and flaky, or slick and shiny (like Snooki displays above). But sometimes The Cakeface is completely unavoidable. In one flash of powder, your face goes from flawless to frosting-face. Or maybe you got a little too generous with foundation. Either way, you aren’t happy with your look.

Here’s some tips and tricks on how to avoid the dreaded Cakeface.

  • FOR ONE: You need the right tools. Without good supplies, avoiding makeup mishaps is going to be a lot more difficult. You can use your pick of sponges, stippling brushes, kabukis, mineral powder brushes…anything that works for you! Got those? Great.
  • Also, you want to pick the right foundation, concealer, and powder for your skin type. Purchasing a primer or moisturizer to use under the makeup will be awesome as well, because then the product can melt into your skin much easier.
  • NEVER put concealer all over your face. This makeup is thick for a reason, for covering blemishes, dark circles, or scars. You DO NOT need to put it all over, that’s what a full-coverage foundation is for.
  • And last but not least, if you fear all is lost once you’ve ALREADY APPLIED your makeup, a spritz of MAC’s Fix+ will be your savior. Then, I like to take a piece of toilet paper and smooth it gently across the skin to remove any excess makeup.

Good luck, everyone! What makeup disaster do YOU hate?

x

Drugstore Haul

Hey everybody!

I recently went to my local drugstore to do a bit of shopping. Hehe. For cosmetics, yo.

And so here is what I bought! If you want a full review of a certain product, you can put that down in the comments and I’ll definitely get back to you.

So let’s gooooo!

1. Milani Baked Blush in “Dolce Pink”

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Oh my god. This totally screams Valentine’s Day, doesn’t it?

It’s the most beautiful light, rosy flush you could ask for. It’s a beautiful shade, that makes you look bashful and TOTALLY, ADORABLY IRRESISTIBLE. I put it on this morning at 4 AM before dance practice, and even after the Valentine’s Day Formal at school, it stayed put. It’s has a slight shimmer, no glitter, and makes you look like a total cutie-pie.

2. L’Oreal Infallible Gel Laquer Liner in “Blackest Black”

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Guys, I have super bad luck with liners. All of the ones I’ve bought in my life weren’t that black, and smeared, smudged, and dripped. Terrible. Icky.

THIS ONE is creamy, pigmented, and comes with a pretty nice brush. The bristles are small and precise, and get a good amount of product on them to make straight, even lines.

3. Wet ‘N’ Wild Bronzer in “Reserve Your Cabana” Image

ONE THING: This does not, any under circumstances, is considered a “bronzer”. It’s a light, shimmery, luminous cream-colored powder in a large disc compact, that will not make the palest complexion bronze.

But  DAAAMN it does make a good highlight and brightener. I put it on my collarbone, my brow bone, my shoulders, my cheekbones, and anywhere else I need a subtle glow. You get a ton of product for the money!

4. Ecotools 5-Piece Brush SetImage

These brushes are amazing. Period. They’re soft, eco-friendly, travel-friendly, and really great for applying makeup. Plus, their pretty cheap considering the quality.

I ESPECIALLY love the mineral powder brush and the kabuki. They give such a natural finish.

5. Bonne Bell (Lip Smackers) Sponge-On Sparkler in “Vanilla Frosting” Image

I wonder if you’re thinking “LOL Gurrrrrl you still in kindergarden? We don’t use dat no mo’ cuz we gotz Dior and Bobbi Brown an’ shit.”

I knoooow but it’s almost Valentine’s day! And everyone loves a yummy clear lip gloss that tastes like it smells. It makes my pout taste like a cupcake! ;}

6. Wet ‘N’ Wild Color Icon Blusher in “Mellow Wine” Image

This feels like silk, blends like butter, and applies like a dream. The color is perfect, but hun, use a light hand, mmkay?

This is like..um, syrup and pancakes. If you use too much SYRUP, your pancake is overloaded and ruined. Unless you like your flappity-jackies saturated. Then just ignore all of what I just said.

PLUS, it’s cheap. And better than some high-end blushes! Pick up a color, I dare ya.

7. Femme Couture Lip Luster in “Smooth Coral”

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This is my dupe for the MAC Lipglasses. It smells like vanilla cookies, stays on forever, and has phenomenal color and shine! I’ve NEVER heard ANYONE talk about these before, guys.

I bought this one at Sally Beauty Supply, and I love it. A looooot.

Anyway…this was a pretty short haul but whatevs. I missed you guys.

x

Valentine’s Day

Hi my sweethearts!

So.

Valentine’s Day.

A holiday full of mushy couples, chocolate hearts, icky chick-flicks, and romantic dates. A really stupid, pointless, adorable holiday.

I am personally single. So, on this holiday, in the place of romantic dates, I just sit home and eat food. Forever alone. *sniffle sniffle* 

Haaaah totally kidding. I’m not one for mushiness and gushiness, candlelit dinners and whatever ickiness couples do on Valentine’s Day. But, even with all the cheesy chocolate boxes and corny paper hearts floating all over the place, Valentine’s Day is a nice inspiration for clothing!

NO, I don’t mean that you should dress up like a giant chocolate box, or get decked out in lace and ribbons. I always thought of Valentine’s Day as a feminine, sweet, holiday, where you can dress more romantically than usual. Flowing dresses, light lace and tulle, loose curls over bare shoulders, delicate jewelry and a blushing complexion, with sweet, pink, kissable lips. ROMANTIC and ELEGANT!6a00d8341c683453ef00e5505095de8833-800wi

None of the whole “sweater embroidered with hearts, red shoes with white socks, pink skirt, everything matching and coordinating to Valentine’s Day colors” thing. That’s tacky and…weird. Not cute at all.

Not saying you have to look like a Vogue model or anything, but play around! Fun hair pieces, long skirts, and light fabrics scream effortlessly beautiful.

TIP: If you’re going to be doing a little kissing (or a lot), stay away from the super-sticky lipgloss!

ANOTHER TIP: Breath-mints are your BFFL! And so is lipbalm, hun! ;}

ONE MORE: If you’re not going out anywhere, invite all yo single ladies over!

♫ ♫ If you like it then you shoulda put a ring on it, if you like it you shoulda put a ring on it! ♫

xoxo

MAC Face and Body Foundation Review

Hey gorgeous human beings!

Because one lovely follower suggested this, I decided to do it, so here’s a review I tried reaaallly hard to not draw out. So let’s go and take a looksie at what this foundation is REALLY like.

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I recently went to the MAC counter and bought my very first MAC foundation, like, ever. The Face and Body, babyy!

CultBeautyBuys9_EL_25sep12_pr_bt It comes with 50 ml of product, which is a pretty good deal.

 The bottle is the kind you squeeze, and it comes with a rounded tip that makes it easier to disperse product without it smearing on the cap. It’s totally liquidy, which isn’t a bad thing, but still….liquidy. I put this stuff to the test over the last four days, wearing it with BB Cream, without BB Cream, with powder, without powder, with primer, without primer, ect. Let’s get started!

DAY 1: WITH BB CREAM AND PRESSED POWDER

I used Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm with SPF 45 underneath my foundation to act like a base. The pressed powder I used was Clinique’s Stay-Matte Pressed Powder in “Stay Buff”, which set it really nicely.

To be honest, I wasn’t too crazy about the way it looked with the BB Cream underneath. My BB Cream was matte-ish, and it took away from the healthy, glowing look this foundation gives.

DAY 2: WITH BB CREAM AND MINERAL POWDER 

I used Bare Minerals Matte Foundation in “Fairly Light” to set it. I thought it would add to the healthy look the Face and Body created, but I was WRONG. Where my combo skin was more dry, the mineral powder totally made the foundation look thicker and caky.

DAY 3: WITH PRIMER AND PRESSED POWDER 

The primer (Mirabella from the December Ipsy Glam-bag) and powder definitely made the foundation wear much, much longer. The foundation looked wayyyy more natural than when I wore the BB Cream under it, and I’m sure no one could really tell that I was wearing…well, anything!

DAY FOUR: WITH NOTHING EXCEPT MOISTURIZER

I felt pretty confident about how long it would wear, and it did go for a long time on it’s own. Just because it’s a water-based product doesn’t mean it will sweat off faster or slip and slide; THAT’S foundation-racist. Face-ist.

Of course, I do not recommend this for oily skin. But, on my lightly combo skin, it looked really, really nice, and lasted all day. I only had to blot my nose ONCE!

                   Anyways, to be honest, I’m not really sure how I feel about this yet. I love it on me, but it takes me a while to warm up to certain products.

I put it on with my fingers, but you can wear it however you like. The greatest thing is, you can build it up to medium coverage in the spots you need it. There’s no noticeable shimmer or glitter, and has such a natural, glowing finish! The packaging isn’t that portable, but I like it anyhow. :}

Hope this was helpful!

x

Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner

Oohhh the UD liners. So promising.

The way the ads make them sound is so creamy, so luxurious, a color that won’t budge.

Truthfully, they’re not all they’ve cracked out to be, at least for me, which is a bummer!!

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I’ve never sugar-coated things, and this eyeliner is not an exception (regardless of how much I love the brand!). I got it in the color “Perversion”, described as the blackest black, like, ever.

For one: it’s TOTALLY not worth the hype! It’s creamy, sure, but it hardly stayed put on the eye and wasn’t as black as I expected. I’ve never had oily lids, but this eyeliner smeared all around my crease and even on my brow bone, making me look just like a panda.

I got it in the December ipsy glambag a while back, but it wasn’t really working out for me. There’s even some drugstore eyeliners I prefer better than this!!

(If you guys know any really good eyeliners, by the way, let me know in the comments! I’m always open to new products.)

But, anyways, back on topic. This wasn’t terrible, but it definitely wasn’t worth the price.

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