Summer Makeup – Favorites & Not So Favorites

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

“You look like the 4th of July!”

I feel like Independence Day is the pinnacle holiday of the summer. You see, Memorial Day kick starts the summer season at the end of May; and Labor Day concludes the festivities at the start of September… and in between it all is the very fun and patriotic themed 4th of July!!

Which.. have you ever gotten sort of tongue tied trying to wish someone a good holiday? “Have a good fourth of Indpenden… er… grool.”

Either way, as a kid, I didn’t particularly like the 4th of July – it was hot, no one got presents, and I didn’t like the color scheme… it’s not very flattering for my skin tone. But now that I’m older, when you are given a reason to celebrate and get a day off – you sure as hell get excited about it & find some trendy, chic ways to wear that red, white and blue, stars and stripes and anything and everything else that will make you look patriotic AF!

Easiest way – simply incorporate the colors, Red, White and Blue into your accessories. Meaning busting out a pretty red nail polish like Ruby Ruby by Sinful Colors (even better – it’s a steal at $1.99!) or Blanc by Essie like pictured above. Or even easier is popping on a bright, ruby red lipstick. I really feel like a red lipstick not only looks classic, but reminds me of Old Hollywood Glamour, which guys – Hollywood is SO Americana! Try this one by Anastasia Beverly Hills – American Doll. With the reflective lens trend still sticking around, a bright blue reflective lens like these by Quay  (similar ones linked) can complete your All American Girl look.

Next, hop on over to Old Navy or Target. GUARANTEED to find some nationalistic threads.

Hat from Old Navy, swimsuit top – reversible, by the way!! – from Target. Bought an oversized men’s cotton button up from a thrift store for $3 as a cover up. God Bless America!

If being over the top patriotic is not your thing, opt for the following things :

  • red stripes
  • blue stripes
  • red accents
  • blue accents
  • white accents
  • denim
  • white sneakers
  • nude, beige or even gold shoes, bags, jewelry, belts, etc

Earrings – Free People | Top – Zara | Skirt – Gap | Bag – Amazon Fashion | Shoes – Target

Dress – Stitch Fix | Bag – Amazon Fashion | Shoes – Steve Madden

I can’t wait to party like it’s 1776! Hope everyone has a safe and happy Independence Day!

 

xoxo

The Glam Greek

Don’t let the tame ones tell you how to live

I love Halloween! My favorite part is seeing everyone’s costumes. As I’ve gotten older, and with the ultra dependence on the internet + the birth of Pinterest – purchasing a polyester dress made with cheap materials, but you spend $70, only to wear one time just isn’t worth it. At least not in my opinion anymore. The more DIY, the better!!

This year for my birthday I took it easy on the actual weekend commemorating my birth, because the following weekend I wanted a Halloween rager where all my friends could come and dress up in awesome costumes and drink punch from a cauldron instead of waiting in line to go out to some bar that’s packed wall-to-wall people.

It was such a success and I had SO much fun.

Originally, I had a couple’s costume in mind for Bae & I, but when he sounded a little less than enthusiastic, I asked him what he wanted to be, and he says, “Well.. I think the hot dog filter from Snap Chat would be pretty cool…” First of all – CREATIVE AF! I was so proud of him, because – who even thinks of that!? And 2 – Bae is so silly, that sort of costume is right up his alley.

However, this left me figuring out what to be this Halloween. There were a couple things I had in mind, but I knew for sure I wanted to do something exciting with the makeup…

This year, the gypsy/fortune teller has been all the rage. I had originally intended on being a fortune teller, but without a crystal ball, I decided to err more on the side of a gypsy. With the off-the-shoulder trend SO popular this year, this costume is really easy for anyone!

Items needed for DIY Gypsy costume

  • Off-the-shoulder top
  • maxi skirt or harem/tapered pants
  • scarf – wrapped around head
  • Optional – chained head piece (I found mine at Claire’s!)
  • Hoop or dangle coin earrings
  • Optional – faux nose jewelry (found both the septum and hoop nose ring on Amazon)
  • Lots of large, statement rings & jewelry

FACE

Foundation || Too Faced Born This Way Foundation “Sand”
Under-eye Concealer/Highlight || MAC Prep & Prime “Radiant Rose”
Powder || Ben Nye Luxury Powder in “Cameo” to set highlight; MAC Studio Fix Powder in NC43 for rest of the face
Contour Powder || NYX Matte Bronzer in “Tan” + Too Faced “Chocolate” Soleil Bronzer
Blush || MAC “Prism”
Powder Highlight || Anastasia Beverly Hills “Pink Heart” + “Purple Horseshoe” from the MoonChild Glow Kit

EYES

Brows || Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow in “Dark Brown”; cut with MAC Prolongwear concealer in NC30
Primer || MAC “Soft Ochre” Paint Pot
Shadows || Jaclyn Hill Morphe Palette, Makeup Geek pigment in “Utopia” on the lid
Glitters || Inner Corner – Lit Cosmetics “Champagne Wishes”; undereye – MAC Cosmetics “3D Pink” + “Grey”
Liner || Tarte “Lights, Camera, Lashes Precision Longwear Liquid Eyeliner
Lashes || Lashes in a Box “E.1”
Lenses || Desio “Darker” from the Two Shades of Grey collection

 LIPS

Anastasia Beverly Hills “Potion” + “Sad Girl”

 

Wild is her style; in life, love and all things free.

  • J. Iron Word

 

xoxo

The Glam Greek

cumpleaños 2017

Birthday 2017 has been SUCH a blessing and I’m still basking in the high. I love birthdays because it’s like a New Year, but just for YOU!!! We tend to think back on our last year of life and think about all the moments that we’ve made in our journey. Making it another 365 days with so many successes, and honestly some challenges that turned out to be blessings, is a HUGE reason to celebrate. So naturally, when I celebrate things, I tend to go a little cray, and MY BIRTHDAY is quite the exaggeration – because you gotta be your own biggest cheerleader. (#bossbabeism).

The thing about your birthday not being your 21st or your 30th, and that the new age is closer to the latter vs the former, is that you have to learn to pace yourself. Or maybe that’s just because I’m getting old and doing relaxing things like brunch, cookies and shopping sounded more appealing to me, logically and economically vs getting a table somewhere in a crowded place, wearing a body con, music blaring too loudly into my eardrums… either way! The oldness is catching up to me, but I’m really embracing it.

Friday I chose to have a happy hour with my work family, which was GENIUS – drinking earlier in the evening left me time to drink plenty of water before bed and be asleep by midnight. That way the next morning I didn’t feel as bad as I probably would’ve felt had I not stayed hydrated. Saturday morning I didn’t quite feel like myself, but I knew that it was nothing a brunch couldn’t fix. And Bae had just the right idea. We’re big fans of Max’s Wine Dive, but I needed a good Bloody Mary and some rich, spicy foods to bring me back to life. Lucky enough for me,  La Cuchara, a Mexican bistro, sits right next door to Max’s. We checked out their menu online, and found that their Bloody Mary’s are called Bloody Maria – the name Maria just packs spice to it. And I knew I needed to check it out.

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Their food was amazing – it gave you mad, authentic Mexican breakfast vibes but with an inner-city Houston twist so that even the most Mexican person in town to the most indifferent Tex-Mex fan would fall in love. That coupled with the beautiful weather – I was in Heaven.

Next we needed dessert, not just any dessert – something hand-held, and a little bit chocolatey… like the Tiny Boxwoods chocolate chip cookies. Who knew the humble chocolate chip cookie could feel so luxurious as these? Next I needed some jewelry to go along with my boujee cookies – so we headed on over to Rice Village to hit up Kendra Scott for my 50% October baby discount and then over to Sephora to use my 20% Friends & Family. I thought shopping made me happy, but a sale + shopping puts me on a whole other level.

Tiny Boxwoods, Sephora & Kendra Scott

After having such a lovely, relaxing, slow paced day; the last thing I wanted to do was get ALL done up for dinner. But it was my birthday, I had to bring the glamour. Wearing a lightly fitted tee, longer seamed denim shorts and nude, low heeled sandals meant that I could dress up the outfit with a nicer hair style, accessories and a pretty glamorous makeup look.

Birthday Paint - Subculture + Pink Lips

I used the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture eye shadow palette for the first time for this look. I had bought it a couple weeks ago, after telling myself I wouldn’t. After hearing so many bad reviews, I didn’t think it was worth it, but seeing it at Ulta, I wanted to take my own home with me! Let me just say – my initial impression is VERY GOOD! This particular eye look is beautiful for fall and can make even a pink lip transition to feel a little more autumnal. I feel like this palette will be on a decent rotation this season.

Birthday Paint - Stila Liquid Glitters

EYES

Subculture palette
Dawn/Roxy in the crease; Fudge to deepen the outer corner
Electric on the lid with Stila Glitter Liquid Eye Shadow in “Gold Goddess”
Kat Von D tattoo liner in “Trooper”
Vegas Nay “Grand Glamour” false lashes
Brows | Benefit ka-BROW! Cream-gel brow color in #5, carved with MAC Prolongwear concealer in “NC30”

FACE

Diorskin Forever Perfect Foundation in “Almond Beige”, highlighted with Diorskin Forever Perfect Cushion foundation in “Cream”
Chanel translucent powder to set undereye highlight; Nars pressed powder in “Beach” to set entire face
Bobbi Brown eye shadow in “Camel” + MUFE Bronzer (I don’t see it on Sephora website anymore)
Kat Von D blush in “Wish”
“Mary Lou Manizer” to highlight cheekbones, nose & cupids bow

LIPS

Colour Pop “More Better” + Anastasia Beverly Hills “Party Pink”

Then, as if God were saying, “But wait, the blessings don’t end here at dinner surrounded by your loving family, I’m going to throw in the Houston Astros win that will put them in the World Series”. And here I sit, watching these home town boys putting up a good fight, with the blessings and celebrations to continue.

Thank you all to wished me a happy birthday!! Your love today and everyday mean everything to me!

xoxo

The Glam Greek

Magic Drogon

Y’all, it is TUESDAY and I’m still reeling over Sunday night’s episode of Game of Thrones. Like, WHAT?! My adrenaline pumps every time I think about it, we’ve watched the episode twice, and the battle scene three times because IT’S. JUST. THAT GOOD.

Before I begin bursting at the seams from the excitement of this episode – ever since Game of Thrones came back on, my thoughts are filled with (& my time is spent doing) little else besides GOT theories and discussion on where this show is heading based off prophecies and foreshadowing from previous episodes! So naturally if my thoughts are filled with much else than GOT, some of my makeup looks have been inspired by the show as well. Sooo geeky right? Whatever – je m’en fous!

I brought the Lit Cosmetics glitter in Magic Dragon into my arsenal quite a while ago, and though I’ve have had plenty of ideas on different looks to use it with, I’d just never actually got to it. Here’s the thing – glitter is my favorite color and all, but it’s messy and you have to really have patience to use it. And most days I’m trying my best to keep it quick. Perhaps because this was my last weekend in the States before leaving for Greece, and since I usually do most of my more elaborate painting on Saturday/Sunday but won’t be home for the next 2 – I felt really, REALLY compelled to pull out Magic Dragon for Game of Thrones day.

And BOOYYYYY, it was like I knew what this episode had in store! (and no, I was not aware of the HBO hack)

We are over half way through this abbreviated season (*tear*), and this season’s been all about the family reunions! Meera leaves an ungrateful and awkward Bran to return to her family before the frozen undead come, Arya returns to Winterfell to be with her siblings who’ve all had some EFFED up stuff happen to them over the years, shows off her AMAZING water dancing skills, Theon arrives back at Dragonstone and Jon greets him SO warmly, but my favorite had to have been when Tyrion reunites with his Lannister fam – from afar.

I’m not an action movie kind of girl. Battle scenes/violence gives me way too much more anxiety than I can really handle and I just want to know if my favorite people continue to live – which in the GOT world, is truly an emotional rollercoaster and quite the gamble. But hearing the terrifying war cry of the Dothraki horde over the horizon, the thundering gallop of all their horses, and then seeing a shrieking Drogon appear out of the clouds all while the Lannister army scurries around in feigned military courage – I. WAS. SHOOK.

FINALLY, the Mother of Dragons show off her babies! And them Dothraki jumping on top of their moving beasts… Y’all – can someone get me a fan.

FACE

Foundation/Concealer || 2 pumps Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk (6.5) + 1 pump Becca Ultimate Coverage (Fawn); Maybelline Age Rewind (neutralizer)
Powders || Chanel Transluscent (2o Clair -1) to highlight; Chanel Le Teint Ultra Tenue (60)
Blush || Milani Luminoso
Contour || Bobbi Brown Stick Foundation Stick (Walnut); MAC Blunt
Highlight || Ofra Cosmetics x NikkieTutorials (Everglow)

EYES

Brows || Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow (Chocolate)
Crease || Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca (fran + analogue)
Outer Crease || KVD Mi Vida Loca (xon + black metal)
Inner Corner & Brow Highlight || Ofra Cosmetics x NikkieTutorials (Everglow)
Lid || MAC Smolder eye pencil smudged + Lit Cosmetics (Magic Dragon) pressed on top w/ Fix + Spray
Water line || MAC Chromaline (Landscrape Green)
Under Eye || KVD Mi Vida Loca (vinyl + misfit, black metal + lemmy)
Liner || Kat Von D (trooper)
Lashes || Ardell Faux Mink (#810)
Mascara || MAC In Extreme Dimension

LIPS

Milani Liquid Lipstick (Pretty) + Kylie Metallic Lip (Heir)

Still figuring out how I got through 13 months without Game of Thrones because the 6 days between episodes tears me apart. Who else is a Game of Thrones fan out there??

 

xoxo
The Glam Greek