Legit worked pretty much my entire summer.

I started a new job, and unfortunately in America, taking anything longer than a straight week vacation is looked at as shocking, unless there’s “tenure” involved. Which, is understandable, however, we gotta take truly unplugged breaks every once in a while, even if you’re the new kid on the block.

The highlight of my summer was shopping for makeup at the beginning – picking out products that I try to see if they stand the test of time : the hot and humid Houston summers. Brutal.

Starting from the Top, clockwise : Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch setting powder, Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Gel and Brow Wiz, MorrocanOil Treatment, Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera palette, Huda Beauty Liquid Lipstick
  • Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Powder – that Caribbean honey, Rihanna, knows what it’s like to deal with those sweaty, humid days and nights. This powder is worth the try if you’re worried about your face melting off the moment you walk out the door.
  • ABH Dipbrow Gel – On the fence about this product! Did I love it? No, But would I buy it again? For sure. I like it better than regular brow gel because of the small, tapered applicator and thicker, darker product, but it was kinda gloppy (is this a word?) and doesn’t feel like it brushes as evenly through my brows as the regular ol’ gel. But, boy does it stay ON! Through sweat and… yeah, that’s all I did this summer, but brows never rubbed off.
  • ABH Brow Wiz – Love this product. Will re-buy again and again. I just happened to include it in this early summer’s haul!
  • Moroccan Oil Treatment – The Original Moroccan oil treatment, the brand’s name is literally Moroccanoil. I love this stuff! I use this about every 3 times I wash my hair, and it tames the curls and combats the frizz that I love so much…
  • ABH Riviera Palette – I’m going to be completely honest, I haven’t actually used this palette yet. This is tragic… I know, but maybe I’ll do a post separately for this beautiful summery palette??
  • Huda Beauty Liquid Lipstick – I tried out Sugar Mama and Trophy Wife a while back and Trophy Wife has to be ONE OF MY TIP TOP VERY FAVORITE LIP COLORS EVERRRRRR!!! But it’s dark, reddish mauve makes Trophy Wife perfect for fall, and left me wanting something similar for Spring/Summer. Gossip Girl is described as the perfect everyday pink, and I have to agree with that! It’s got a hint of Barbie while also being normal enough to wear to the office. Cheerleader, “a delicately muted red”?? It was a deep red like lots of other lipsticks in my repertoire, BUT the formula SUCKED! It was watery, slippery and bled once it finally dried. I returned it immediately.

In all, I hardly did ANY painting of the sort this summer. I spent it perfecting my craft of the “quick, looked really pulled together” makeup look. Which I now rock some sort of variation of on the daily for my werkin-woman boss-babe vibes! No complaints there, but I’m ready to get my hands on the Riviera palette and get some COLOR in my life!

PSA : I just got Sephora’s 20% Summer VIB Sale in my emails! Going on from 8/19 – 8/23! Feel free to leave any suggestions for what to get in my upcoming haul!

xoxo,

Maria

Happy March! Kali Sarakosti!

Took a drive down Kirby Drive the other day on the way to the Rodeo, and all the lawns along the way were completely in bloom! Pinks, whites, purple. Lent has started, the sun sets later… Spring is here!

I actually did these looks for Valentine’s Day, but when you think about it, the color scheme associated with that holiday are popular amongst floral choices. Pinks roses, purple violets, just like the flower tour down Kirby!

Last week, the weather dipped into the 30’s and the next couple of days will be only up to the 50’s, not uncommon, but definitely not the norm for this time of year. I love those late spring cool fronts, gives me one last chance to wear a darkish lip and actually feel the color goes with the weather. Not to mention the dark clouds, ayee… I’m ready for some sun!

Products

EYES
Huda Beauty Nude Eyeshadow Palette
Wanderlust Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow on the lid
Lilly Lashes in Miami
FACE
Mixed Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless foundation & Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Foundation
LIPS
Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Veronica

This next look was so fun to do because it reminds me of my MAC days – fierce, fun & bossy. I decided to do a wing and add a pop of fun pink on the lips, an oldie but a goodie. It said Valentine’s Day, but also, “Hey Spring, where ya at though?”

Products

EYES
Dolly Pink MAC blush (d/c) in the crease, Sugarpill Dollipop (bright pink – d/c) to deepen the crease, MUFE M928 in the outer crease (discontinued, but similar color here), Nylon eyeshadow by MAC in the inner corner. NYX Cosmetics Matte Liquid Liner) & faux mink lashes from Amazon (5 pairs, $14 and good quality!)
FACE
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Foundation (linked above) + Chanel Le Teint Ultra Tenue for an extra matte look
I used the same Dolly Pink Blush from the crease for the cheeks
Gold loose pigment highlight by MAC Pro + L/E Amrezy Highlighter Anastasia Beverly Hills
LIPS
MAC products : Magenta lip liner + Candy Yum Yum & Pink Nouveau lipsticks

Ready for the flowers and sunshine, but stuck not wanting the hot, hot weather to return, and let’s not even think about the allergies and pollen that’s already covering the cars.

Happy Spring, babes!

xoxo,

La Glam Greek

There’s a lot of mess in this world. We pray for love and peace, but really, it starts from within.

Same goes for when someone feels like they cant find someone for them, or they attract the same dead-end type of relationships.

As Rupaul said it, “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna somebody else?”

I’ve often thought about my own love-hate relationship with Valentine’s Day. I hate that people who don’t have a Valentine date feel more “aware‘ of their single status. But I love the colors, and I just love the L O V E !

And then I thought, for so long, Valentine’s Day is about telling your crush you like them, or hoping to have that cute guy you keep bumping into at the deli to notice you and finally ask you out! If Valentine’s Day is all about love, why can’t you be your own date? Why can’t it be about loving yourself first?

It’s not about being selfish, because self care and self love, makes you a better person. It makes you a better friend, sister, daughter, companion, mother, aunt, cousin. When you can love yourself, you create the vibe in which you surround yourself.

There are SO many ways that you can treat yourself like the partner you deserve :

  • Take yourself shopping
  • Treat yourself to a glass of bubbly at a swanky downtown bar
  • Draw yourself a bath, add bubbles or milk, honey and rose petals
  • Light some aromatic candles and take a hot, steamy shower
  • Find some really smell-good lotions and serums to apply after your bath
  • Clean Linens
  • WORK OUT! Yoga or a quick meditation. I know it may sound weird, but try it
  • Journal – write down 10 things you like about yourself. Can be as simple and random as, “I like my earlobes” but write 10 things you like about yourself.
  • Put on some makeup, do your hair, and take some selfies. Take at least 20 and find a few that make you feel like a boss babe

So many ways to show yourself love, I don’t even know if I touched the tip of the iceberg.

I cleaned ALL my linens. From my mattress pads, to my sheets, to my quilt, to my throw blankets and sham covers. I got a pretty good work out in. I fed my body well today. I shaved, because I don’t have laser yet :(, exfoliated all over in a hot shower today, used my deep conditioner in my hair, used extra serums and I used my extra moisturizing lotion. I made sure to light some candles and I jotted down a couple things I love about myself. One of which read, “I love that you get so obsessed with memes that you can watch them over and over and still laugh after watching it 18 times.”

Love yourself down to the simplest thing!

This Valentine’s Day, I hope you find some ways to show love to the temple that you live your life in every day.

January felt like one big “Transition Tuesday” across all my social media feeds.

…Which I guess makes sense considering January is kind of like a transition month…

I chuckled at the photos, gasped at the changes, but most of all I liked to see everyone’s GLOW UPs! Or perhaps the person in the picture from now just looked more confident and happier than they were in the picture from 10 years prior. A lot of times, that’s what comes with age. It’s a great side-effect!

The 10 year challenge for me, and for most of the people on my social media feed, piggy backs a few short months after 10 year reunions for the class of 2008.

I didn’t go to my high school reunion. For various reasons, top of which was a scheduling conflict. And besides, it’s 2018! Everyone was on Facebook by the time we graduated, so needless to say, I’ve pretty much “kept up” with everyone from the day we graduated.

Funniest thing about not even going to my high school reunion was that I ran into more people from Cy-Falls Class of 2008 during 2018 than I have in YEARS! I remember one time in particular when I went couch shopping. I went in the morning to browse one place, fell in love with one that was comfy and well within my budget. I checked out a few more places, didn’t see anything I liked, so I went home to change & glam up for Father’s Day Dinner, and then to swing back by the store to order my living room furniture.

I remember events based on my makeup & what I wear

While waiting, I hear someone call my name. It was a friend of mine from high school, who I probably hadn’t seen since the summer after we graduated. We chatted for a bit, catching up on life. That evening after dinner, I went out with some friends and ran into a couple of other people while out at some bars that I literally hadn’t seen since probably AP English.. From that point, I had a NUMBER of blasts from the past.

The funniest part of it all, I was told numerous times from those interactions that I haven’t changed a bit.

HAHA!

I think back on 18/19 year old me and where I was at in my life – just finishing high school, dating a horrible boy who guised himself as someone worth of my love, so much to learn, my whole life ahead of me, adventures waiting…

She was such a precious young lady. Thinking about her makes me want to tell her a few things :

  • All your “friends” went out of town for college. So what? Make new friends. If they were really your friends, they would’ve done everything they could to stay in touch with you, encouraged you to go and visit them, or they would come back to Houston to visit you more often.
  • Do NOT feel bad about not getting into your “dream school”. Everything is in God’s will, if you didn’t get in, He probably has a different route for you. So enjoy the school you did get into & enjoy really getting to live in and explore your home town
  • Do NOT feel bad about not getting into your “dream school”. Everything is in God’s will, if you didn’t get in, He probably has a different route for you. So enjoy the school you did get into & enjoy really getting to live in and explore your home town
  • So what your school doesn’t have a “football” team or a strong organized sports team. Would you really care anyway? I know you might feel like you’re missing out on “real school spirit” or a more conventional way of making friends, but that means you can get creative or make friends from genuine common interests versus feigning interest in sports.
  • Commuting isn’t fun, but commuting from the ‘burbs to school each day will give you a head start on “Real Life” more than living on campus will
  • Don’t worry about not having partied “enough” in high school. There will be plenty of time for that. The cool kids who did all that in high school really will look worn down & out before their time. It gets old fast (and it makes you look old fast too! It kind of is like the movies – the cute guy from the “cool crowd” that you had a crush on all throughout high school will have a beer guy by Sophomore year from all the years of beers, trust me!) College parties are more fun anyway 
  • Dump Him! Don’t be afraid of hurting him, sure he’s a nice guy, but y’all are young. Both parties will move on. And sure as h*ll don’t be afraid, whatever happens, happens and you will get through it. You’ve got a lot of time and there are plenty of fish. Never forget this.
  • Study harder, get to know your professors better, join different “societies” & groups & stop thinking about that MRS degree or what’s going to happen after college. Boys & jobs WILL come…
  • NETWORKING IS EVERYTHING. Luckily, the first job you have out of college is rarely the one you’ll be at for the long haul, and having strong networking groups available for when you need to change careers will be critical
  • Save more!!! 
  • Dare I say it, Mom & Dad are right. About almost everything, and mostly Mom.
  • Keep working those makeup skills, baby doll. It’s a great hobby and you’ll get better at it. But with anything, keep at it!
  • Know what you deserve, and never settle for less than that. It will take some time to learn what that is, but you will figure it out. I promise.
  • ENJOY EVERY MINUTE! Right now it feels like you have a lifetime ahead of you, and you do! But then 10 years go by and you realize as life has gotten a little shorter, you will lose a few people between now and now… little, frivolous things that used to grind your gears no longer will, you’ll start to realize the fake friends, and your need and want to constantly try and impress people will diminish. You’ll grow more into who you truly are. The hard times will come, but you’ll make it through and it will reveal a part of your character you didn’t know you had. Or maybe you did, but you needed that experience to jolt it out of you. Never forget to keep on loving NUMBER ONE – YOU! – show the world how you should be loved and treated by demonstrating that same love and comfort to yourself and those around you. You will go so far.

Wow! I didn’t realize I had so much to say to 2008/2009 Maria. Writing to an 18/19 year old me feels a little like writing to a naïve little best friend J I’m not gonna lie, I got a little emotional on that last part. But it’s the best advice I could give myself – love yourself and you’ll find yourself. 

I’m so glad I didn’t know the things that I know now, I don’t know if I would’ve come out the way I did had I known it all. It’s been such a great journey. Cheers to the next 10 years. And Thank God for anti-aging skin care products!

xoxo

the Glam Greek

My obsession with makeup has it’s perks. I’ve gotten quite good at the art, and if I can’t think of or find anything to wear for a special occasion, I can wear all black and make my makeup the center of attention.

Luxe items like sequins, sparkles, fur and velvet have been widely in trend as of late, but with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I didn’t even think to find something to wear when the clock strikes 12 on December 31st. So when I finally went on the hunt for the perfect New Year’s Eve outfit this past weekend, I was straight out of luck. Lots of things were picked over and I just couldn’t convince myself to buy something I only had lukewarm feelings about just to have an outfit worthy of one night. (is that called adulting??)

So it was time to get creative with the pieces I already have in my closet and bust out the beauty products to turn me into a disco ball! Glitter is my favorite color, but loose glitter is hard to work with, even for a professional like myself! It takes a lot of time and patience, and I unfortunately have to work on December 31st, so time is of the essence to ensure I make it to my party before the ball drops.

Stila launched a product around 2014, a semi-solid glitter product called Foil Finish eyeshadow, and as it’s name suggests, had more of a foil finish than glitter, but was very glittery. But you had to mix it with a mixing medium or apply with your fingers to get the best results which could get a little complicated and messy. Then they got smart and launched their Glitter and Glow eyeshadows in 2017 (which I first tried & featured in this haul here) which is MUCH MORE USER FRIENDLY! And have since launched a much wider array of colors. They retail for $24.00 at Sephora, Ulta and the Stila website.

NYX recently launched their own line of a similar product called Glitter Goals. The NYX version retails for $8 and can be found at most beauty supply stores, NYX store fronts & website, Ulta, and even Target. Both have a doe foot applicator that make it easy to apply straight from the applicator, by using a flat eyeshadow brush (you’ll get optimum results by using a synthetic brush vs natural hair), or with your finger. If you can tell from the photo above, the Stila Glitter and Glow has more of chunky glitter property to the product while the NYX version is more of a foil with a subtle, shimmery glitter.

Both products are very good, if you have the funds to splurge, I highly recommend Stila. But if you’re on a budget, you’ll be just as happy with the NYX version. I find that both products fare better layered on top of another color or base shadow vs on their own as the swatch above shows.

Some of my favorite Glitter and Glow Goal looks of 2018:

NYX Glitter Goals Polished Pin Up

If you’re strapped for time and don’t have any idea of where you’ll find something sparkly to wear in time to ring in the new year, my advice would be to run to your nearest Ulta and grab either of the 2 products from this post. (Ulta always has coupons for “non-prestige” brands like NYX, fyi).

Wishing you all a sparkly, glittery, glamorous and fabulous New Year!

xoxo,

La Glam Greek