MAC Lipsticks GALORE!!

Howdy-do, my precious cupcakes.

I got a suggestion from a few lovely followers to do some reviews. Specifically, on things that I got from a recent haul here.

The two lovely followers were beautiful Ashley and Olive, who were requesting lipstick and eyeshadow reviews. (Be expecting a lot of reviews in your future!) ;}

Soo, I took my three brand-spankin’-new MAC lipsticks and decided to swatch and describe them in detail.

First off, is sexy and red-hot Lady Danger.

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First, the color is gorgeous. It’s a lovely orange-red with a matte finish, very classic and vivid. You can get rich color in one swipe, so pigmentation is no problem. Neither is staying power…this stuff sticks. (AND stains!!!)

Now, guys, this is a matte lipstick. If you have dryer lips, this will cling to those icky bits of dead skin. So, I suggest exfoliating and putting on a lip conditioner before you use this!

The next time you’re at a MAC counter, try this baby on. You won’t regret it!

Second is flashy Girl About Town.

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This, in comparison to “Lady Danger”, is a thousand times more buttery. You can also build up the color, depending on if you want a sheer or opaque look.

Also, I loooove the color; it’s a medium fuchsia with blue undertones. On an olive-toned girl, it just makes my skin glow!  A cream/gloss finish isn’t half-bad either. It just looks so yummy on the lips!

LAST, but not least, angelic Creme Cup!

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To be honest, this doesn’t swatch too well, but it looks amazing on the lips! It’s not your average boring nude, it’s a milky, sweet pink that won’t wash you out.

I can totally understand the hype on this one. If you want a “My Lips But Better”, or MLBB shade, try this one! It’s light and buildable, perfect for everyday or to pair with a smokey eye.

Staying power could be better, but I don’t mind reapplying this one. It’s so moisturizing and creamyyy. :}

Anyway, that’s all the lippies! I hope these reviews were helpful, and I apologize for keeping it brief.

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments and I’d be glad to get back to you!

PEACE!!!!! <333

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Giving My Best Friend a MAKEOVER!!!

Hii Curly-Fries! ❤

Today I wanted to do something a bit different, so I texted my friend Katie like “Yo gurrrl, can I borrow yo facee?” She was like “Ahuh, ya whatevers.”

Sooo I dragged her out of her house and plunked her down in a chair, picking through my stash and looking for the perfect colors.

You don’t know how long I’ve been waiting….watching….anticipating this moment >:D

YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND…Katie doesn’t like makeup. Which is totally understandable..considering she’s 12 and FREAKING FLAWLESS. Literally, she’s got that awesome baby-skin, no splotch, bump, or pimple in sight. I’ve been dyyyyyiiing to get ahold of her face since, like, forever. Her face is like a canvas begging for a little enhancement…and that could finally happen!!!

This is Katie, my best friend ever since we were literally babies.

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She’s seriously one of the most beautiful people I’ve ever met, and one of the sweetest.

Plus, she’s got gorgeous hazel eyes, the perfect button nose, and adorable freckled cheeks!

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Anyway, I was just in the mood to play “Bobbi Brown”, and thankfully, Katie finally let me.

Here she is before the makeup! (Natural and gorgeous.)

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And after! (STUNNING!)

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There was literally nothing (except dark circles) to cover, so I put a tinted moisturizer all over her face, and a little concealer under her eyes. I set all of it with powder.

And of course, you can’t go wrong with a beautiful blush! I used my favorite, Milani’s “Dolce Pink”, brushed on the apples of her cheeks, along with some highlighter to give her skin a dewy glow.

Eyes were my favorite part. I used a lot of glittery gold, champagne, and pink hues to bring out the green in her eyes. The mascara made  HUGE difference. Seriously, her lashes stretched for miles!! I also defined her brows to make them appear more full. I loove full brows, and her gentle arch gives her a very sweet, pretty look.

Lips were simple. Balm first, then a sheer pink lipstick topped with gloss.

The end look was very natural, soft, and innocent. We let her gorgeous curls down, and she looked like a fairy princess!

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In the end, she didn’t love it.

In her words, “I don’t like it because it covers up who the person is; it’s fake and unreal. I don’t “respect ” it I guess…It was made to cover up, but I don’t believe people should cover up.” 

Afterwards, I showed her how to take it off (with Cold Cream, a washcloth, and a few Q-Tips), and assured her that she’s beautiful no matter what.

Still, I’m really disappointed because NONE of my friends like makeup as much as I do….not even my best friend. I guess that’s how it goes.

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Have a gorgeous day, my lovelies!!

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3 DIY Treats For Happy Skin!

Hii beautifuls!

Okay, so we all have our bad skin days. Flaky lips, greasy faces, you know what I’m talking about. Gross, icky stuff that most of us have to deal with.

Soo, I wanted to share three feel-good skin yummies…that you can whip up with ingredients straight from your kitchen!

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First is a lovely honey lip-scrub to cure your flakey lips:

HONEY LIP SCRUB

Supplies: 

Organic honey

Granulated sugar 

Small container

Mixing tool

 Directions: 

Okay, so this is a very, very easy recipe. Add the two ingredients into a small container, and combine then with your mixing tool (I used a chopstick). After it turns into a paste-like consistency, it’s finished! You have a super-sweet lip scrub that gets the job done.

Also..it lasts for almost ever. Even kept at room temperature!

Second is a oatmeal-yogurt hydrating mask to soften your skin.

OATS ‘N YOGURT MASK:

Supplies: 

Quaker Oats (preferably rolled oats)

Organic honey

Organic plain yogurt

Bowl

Large mixing spoon

Directions: 

Mix your honey and plain yogurt in the bowl, and then add the oats. It’s okay to estimate how much of each ingredient you want…you don’t have to be super precise.

This mask has a lot of amazing benefits. Oats are a natural exfoliator that is also very soothing, honey is great for acne, sun damage, and is full of antioxidants, and yogurt contains enzymes and lactic acid to hydrate and sooth the skin.

You can put this mask on a sunburn, use it as a scrub, or use it as a cleanser. Whatever suits you.

Last but not least is a delicious cucumber toner to be a great refresher.

CUCUMBER TONER:

Supplies:

1-2 organic cucumbers

Witch hazel or rose water

Grater

Colander 

Bowl

Sterilized glass jar or bottle 

Directions: 

First off, grate your cleaned cucumber into a colander set directly over a bowl. Once grated, squeeze the grated cucumber to collect the juice. Measure the amount of juice you have, and add an equal amount of witch hazel/rose water to finish off your toner.

As soon as your finished, pour it in the bottle and store it in your fridge. (In my opinion, it’s best used when chilled!)

It keeps for up to ten days, and is really a treat for your skin. Cucumber is a natural soother, and contains a bunch of antioxidants for beautiful skin.

Anyway, that’s all for skin treats!

Special thanks to beautybanter.com, thechalkboardmag.com, and Michelle Phan for inspiring me to make these concoctions. ;}

I’m going to go and sit on the couch, eat a Snickers and watch Dumbo or something. ❤

ILY.

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My Biggest Haul Ever!

Good evening, Curly-Fries out there in blogger-land!

I have returned with the results of my haul!! And let me tell you, I think I may have went a bit over the top, but I live quite far away from the nearest Macy’s and J.C Penny. Soo..that makes it all kind of okay, right??

In total, I got one palette, one bronzer/blush duo, one straightening/curling iron, four lipsticks, four eyeshadows, a face powder, and a……brush cleaner. *womp womp wooommmmp*

First let’s start off at the MAC counter (one of my favesss!).

Enjoy the goodies :3

First off is lipstick in Lady Danger: 

And isn’t it STUNNING? The color just pops on my skin. It’s the perfect, matte, popsicle-red, that has just the right amount of orange. Texture-wise, I think it’s pretty great and nearly effortless to apply. Though matte isn’t my favorite finish, it has extreme staying-power that really stays on your lips.

Honestly, when I first saw it, I thought trying it on would be just like that one time I tried on Viva Glam Nicki. “Ohh gahhd no get this off of my lips. I look like a Muppet.”

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If you’re looking for a dangerous, fun, pin-up girl shade, check this one out! You won’t regret it.

Next I picked out Girl About Town: 

This is a gorgeous shade of fuschia.

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It’s a super-creamy, opaque, saturated pink with a purple undertone. No sparkle, no shimmer, just a light glossy look that makes your lips look really juicy. Perfect for summer. It’s so yummy and daring…a color that would look good with ANY bikini.

And who could go wrong with the classic Creme Cup?

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It’s gorgeous, it’s delectable, and it’s creamy. The color is a sweet, milky pink that doesn’t wash you out, or look too boring, so in my words it’s a beautiful nude. An exceptional everyday shade! A MAC MASTERPIECE.

Next from MAC, I got two eyeshadows in “Naked Lunch” and “Satin Taupe”, two best-sellers.

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Over all, these eyeshadows are very easy to blend and last a long time.

Naked Lunch is a very soft, shimmery peach-beige, and Satin Taupe, is, well, a satin taupe. This is my first time using MAC eyeshadows, and I think they’re pretty good. (Requires further study.)

And finally from MAC, the Studio Fix + Powder Foundation.

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I honestly haven’t used this on my own yet. When they applied it on me in the store, I was in love. In total, dubious, wonderful love. It made my face look so soft and flawless, like I had velvet model skin. I walked out of the store looking like a million bucks.

With a new eye look, wicked lipstick, and my face blotted to perfection, I went straight to Chanel.

From Chanel, I only got one, precious item. A lipstick.

I ADMIT, I am a lip girl. And the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in “Rendez-Vous” was just beautiful to me.

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IT WAS TOTALLY WORTH 30 BUCKS. OMG. It’s sooooo, so, so creamy, it makes the MAC lipsticks feel thick.

The color I picked is a beautiful rose with the right amount of shine. I really feel like I got my money’s worth, because I’ve never tried a lipstick that’s so luxurious!!

From Bare Minerals, I purchased two lovely, shimmery eyeshadows in “Heart” and “In The Buff”.

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No photo could capture the complexity in each of these colors. Both of them are really shimmery, rich colors, and when swatched are nearly iridescent. The mineral colors are so pigmented, I have to get more in the future!

Pretty soon, I decided to surf over to Sephora, when all of a sudden, I was stopped by a woman at a mall kiosk.

“Hey girl. Come over here! Oh, noo don’t worry, it will only take a second.”

Well. It took about half an hour, and I ended up with a very fancy, European, ceramic-plated, steam hair iron/curler. The Bellezza Lumino, in the newest color, blue snakeskin.

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And I do not do ANYTHING with my hair, unless a ponytail counts. But when I saw how naturally glossy my hair looked after she straightened it, I almost cried. The steam brings out all the natural oil in your hair, and it looks just like in a shampoo commercial!

It has a life-time warranty, and there’s no damage. Loveee<333!

But after I finally escaped her grasp, and headed to Sephora, coming away with NARS and Two-Faced goodies!!

From Two-Faced, I got the Boudoir Palette. It’s sooo sexy, soft, and elegant..I adore the shades.

They’re all pretty muted, nothing too crazy and acidic, but have a special quality to each of them. The possibilities are endless.

PLUS, they come with a card of different looks to try!!

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My favorite shades are “Voulez-vous”, “Lap Dance”, “Fuzzy Handcuffs”, and “French Tickler”.

 The names make me giggle.

Next, I bought my first ever blush from NARS. It was a small duo of the famous “Orgasm” and “Laguna”. I wore it today, and Orgasm is sooo STUNNING!!

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The pigment was so silky and buttery, utter perfection. I totally understand the hype.

Anyway..that’s it for my haul.

If you would like me to review any of these products, please leave a request in the comments. :}

I’m due for dinner with the fam.

Have a wonderful evening!!

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JUST A GIRL ON A MISSION.

Aloha my loves.

Here I am, my hair in my signature ballerina bun with a fresh coat of lipstick, getting ready for a mission.

But then again, not really a mission. A luxurious splurge, more like.

Be prepared for a haul….a big one. I’m dying to treat myself, you know the feeling! And for the rest of the day, I’ll be exploring the MAC, Chanel, and Bare Minerals counters, finding what tickles my fancy. Image

What are you guys doing today?

KK I have to leave, my dad’s calling!!

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FIRST GIVEAWAY! [[CLOSED!]]

Here y’all go, fresh and hot out of the oven.!

My very first giveaway, celebrating my over 100 follower mark! Whoop whoop!

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I had a hard time picking the prizes because I wasn’t exactly sure how to do everything…people do giveaways differently.

But the prizes are as follows. Because this is my first giveaway, AND I’m, like, 13, I didn’t want to spend too much on prizes. I picked out things I really liked, and hope you will too!

Milani Baked Blush in “Dolce Pink”

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Wet ‘N’ Wild Trio in “Sweet As Candy”

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Femme Couture Lipgloss in “Smooth Coral”

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Anyway, here’s what you have to do:

  1. Follow my blog!
  2. Follow my Twitter. (@girlywithcurlz)
  3. Answer this question in the comments: “What makes you feel beautiful?” Get creative with it!

THAT’S IT! 

There will be one winner randomly picked, and I will contact you ASAP after the drawing.

My email’s in the “About Me” tab on my blog, and you can email me your mailing info, or any questions. :}

And thank you, thank you, thank you. For following me, for everything. tumblr_m4b049gr5P1qhy6c9o1_500

Buhbye, Curly-Fries. ❤

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Heads Up!

Aw, poo. :/

Just as I’m getting back into my blogging ZONE, I’m going to be racing off to dance camp for four days, TOMORROW morning!!

I’m just posting this short, sweet lil update to let all my followers know that I will be back. When I’m dancing from 6AM to 10PM, that leaves no room for me to post. Plus, I’ll be bonding with my team!

I leave you with a sleepy kitten waving goodbye..but don’t worry, I won’t be gone forever. Image

If you want to contact me and say hi, you can find all of my contact info in the “About Me” tab on my blog.

I’m sure I’ll have time to have a quick chat over the weekend. ;}

Mwah!

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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!

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How-To: The Hanna Marin Look

Aloha, my elegant ladies.

How many of you watch Pretty Little Liars? Well…if you are like me, totally absorbed in all the secrets, scandal, thrill, and mystery of the show, this is a look inspired off of one of my favorite liars..Hanna Marin.

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This is a look that should look great on everyone. Hanna sports a very sensual smokey-eye that is usually brown or black, paired with a pretty pink lip. With her wide blue eyes, golden curls, and flawless, alabaster skin, she looks very innocent, but the smokey eye gives her an unexpected edge.

Here’s what you need to achieve an air of mystery:

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  • A coverage of your choice, but stray from anything super-matte! (Think fresh-face, NOT cake-face!)
  • Highlighter
  • A pretty pink blush
  • Brow definer (This is one step you shouldn’t skip!)
  • Eye primer
  • Brown eyeshadows (chocolates, ambers, taupes, ect.)
  • Black or brown eyeliner
  • Mascara (the blacker, the better!)
  • Light pink lipstick
  • Lipgloss (Optional)

The first step is to erase all your flaws, which is basically EVERYTHING, from crinkles, to wrinkles, to dark circles! Hanna’s skin is perfect, smooth, and luminous, what I like to call “baby-skin”. Make sure to work in thin layers, and blend, blend, blend. You want your skin to look fresh and radiant!

And before you think twice, a highlighter is a must-have for this look. Like I said, Hanna has super-glowy skin. Make sure you don’t go over-board, a little on the high points on the face is enough. Adding a layer of blush will give that extra touch, but make sure you pick a cream, satin, or matte formula, NO glitter.

Before we move onto the eyes, let’s give our brows some looove.! My brows are kind of sparse, so I filled them in. Make sure you arch your brows, because your eyes need a good frame. ;}

When you get to the eyes, make sure your lids are prepped and primed. This look is all about playing up your eyes, so you better prepare yourself.

First off, start layering your shadows. I started with a taupe on my lids, which is a super-universal color. Then I dabbed a soft brown on the outer third of my eye, and ended with a darker color in the crease. You want to feather these colors into each other, so it has a natural gradience. With the darker colors, you can build them up to a certain intensity, but you don’t need to go super harsh.

When we get to eyeliner, THAT’S where things start getting totes cray-cray. In my mind, Hanna’s eyeliner is her signature. In a lot of her looks, it’s really thick and smudged…the epitome of sultry! Draw on your line and smudge it with a Q-Tip or a brush, but only a little bit! Then line your waterline too; it makes a huge difference. But don’t forget about mascara, that’s just as important!

The final step is the easiest: Lipstick and gloss. Hanna’s lips are never super-bold, so stick with your soft, pearly pinks.

Aand now you’re finished, lovely. ❤

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PRODUCTS I USED:

  • Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream in “Light/Medium”
  • Femme Couture Get Radiant Complexion Enhancer (review here)
  • Milani Baked Blush in “Dolce Pink” (review here)
  • Clinique Brow Shaper in “01”
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • We ‘N Wild Palette in “Comfort Zone” (review here)
  • Palladio Herbal Eye Liner in “Pure Black”
  • Covergirl Lip Perfection Lipstick in “Darling Chérie”
  • Femme Couture Super Juicies Sheer in “Clear”

Congrats, darling. You are now transformed into the sultry, sexy Hanna Marin. Just part your hair down the middle, curl it, and you’re ready to go find your Caleb.

I hope you guys enjoyed this inspired look…but I always thought I looked more like a Spencer. ;}

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As you can see, the eyes are very intense. I love how the colors blended!

The lips were the easiest part, and sooo awesome!

The pink looked perfect with a topping of gloss, and made my lips look super plump.

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Anyway, I hope you all enjoyed this post!

Who’s YOUR favorite liar?

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KISSES.

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