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

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

Shoulder Openers for International Yoga Day

I may be a day late for International Yoga Day, but if you practice a bit of yoga #everydamnday, does it really matter?

Sometimes people like to think yoga isn’t a “real workout”. Well, I’ll take you to a hot vinyasa flow anytime, any day and you just let me know how you’re feeling the next day. It’s a beautiful practice that involves both body and mind, spirit and flesh. After wringing your body out of toxins and negativity, along with the endorphin high from the cardiovascular activity, you feel absolutely recharged, rejuvenated, and… peaceful. We could learn a lot from the practice, and for me, it was addicting from the moment I sent my hips up into downward facing dog. There is literally a pose or a sequence of poses for EVERY single body part and any sort of pain or ailment you may have. Some can even be done – In. Bed. There’s also a flow for every age and every level.

Majority of Americans, and much of the developed world, spend over 40% of their lives hunched over a keyboard and in front of a screen. Rounded shoulders are the perfect ingredient to looking like the Hunchback of Notre Dame before anyone should even be calling you madame. My favorite yoga sequence after a particularly long week or end of month madness at the workplace, involves lots of shoulder stretching and opening. We tend to carry a lot of tension in our backs and our shoulders when we have a lot on our mind or when we feel the weight of the world bearing down on us, so these poses are some of my personal favorite to do when I’m feeling stressed, overwhelmed, tense, tight, or even just when I need a pick me up.

The Glam Greek’s Favorite Shoulder Poses

  • Wide Legged Forward Bend with Clasped Hands
    • I love beginning a practice with this pose (as always, after a couple of Sun Salutations) because it helps to engage everything. The shoulder opening part is getting your arms behind you and clasping the hands together to stretch out the front of your delts.

  • Eagle Pose
    • This pose can appear a little daunting at first, and maybe your hip flexors wont allow you to wrap one leg around the other, and that’s okay. The arm part of this pose can also, very easily, be done in a seated position. Take both your arms out wide, start by bringing your right arm across to your left side, cross your left arm on top of your right, bend at the elbows – if you’re a beginner or very tight, you can stay here – or continue twisting for an amazing rear deltoid stretch; then switch sides!

 

  • Thread the Needle Pose
    • This is probably my FAVORITE of the shoulder poses because I think it’s the first that I learned and mastered of these. Bringing it down onto the mat, I’d suggest to start on all fours, bring your right arm up, bend at the elbow and start reaching under and across through to your left side. Stay here or extend your left arm in front of you and shift your hips over your feet to stretch both your outer & inner delts respectively.

  • Marichi’s Pose
    • I LIVE for this pose. If you sit at a desk all day, stretching your shoulders, back AND hips out is MAJOR key to living a healthy life – take care of your joints man. You only get one set! Any twisting pose helps to wring out the inner organs and detoxify!

  • Bow Pose
    • From two rear deltoid stretching poses to a front deltoid stretch, and everything in between – I’m obsessed with boat pose. This calls for a lot of back flexibility, so take baby steps. This works back, glutes, and stretches quads and front deltoids!

  • Reverse Prayer
    • A typical yoga sequence will end in some sort of variation of lotus pose and the usual prayer arms, but to end your practice with an amazing last front deltoid shoulder¬†hoorah, send your arms behind you to reverse prayer. This one is particular I feel is GREAT for posture as your hands will come into the middle of your back and encourage a straight sitting position. Sometimes I even do this mid-morning to ensure my posture is straight (my co-workers think I’m strange I’m sure…)

 

There are SO many poses that can stretch out the shoulders, these are just my favorite that I come to time and time again.

If there are any questions, please feel free to contact me!

 

Namaste,

The Glam Greek