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

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

MAKKEEUUPP

Nothing like coming home to this box on your doorstep

I haven’t done a Sephora haul since their VIB Rouge sale back at the end of April. APRIL, y’all! I’m trying to be less of a spender these days. Granted, I’m still picking up a few pieces here and there. But it’s much less like before where I’d dump large sums of money on paints and powders that I put on my face only to wash off a few hours later.

I tried to avoid the VIB Rouge sale, but seeing as it only comes twice a year, I had to take a gander on their website – you know, just to see if they had anything that I might need… or want? Then one thing led to another..

…I really need to work on my self control…

It all started after I read about this RMS Beauty Champagne Rosé Luminizer – I like Champagne, I like Rosé, and I like cream highlighters. That, and it’s positive as well as credible review from Popsugar Beauty, I added it to cart.

Next I needed a good powder for my kit. I swear by this powder – it’s great for the humid, Houston heat; it’s lightweight yet it sets creams very well; and it’s a decent price (compared to my other FAVORITE – Chanel translucent powder). When I clicked on this product on the site, I learned that Laura Mercier added a Translucent Medium Deep powder recently for my rich complexion ladies. So of course I got both for my kit. Seeing as this was for business reasons, I felt it was pretty justified.

The whole point of a sale, especially the VIB Rouge sale, is to take that discount and use that towards new products you haven’t tried before! I’d been eyeing the KVD Tattoo Liner in Trooper for ages, but with mixed reviews I had always neglected to try it out. But this was my chance! *add to cart* I’ve been obsessing over the Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paints. They have an amazing formula that isn’t too terribly dry, but stays really well, and with their large array of nude/neutral colors, I had to try a couple more. *add to cart*

Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paints in Delish & Low Key; Kat Von D liquid liner pen in Trooper

Another point to the whole VIB Rouge sale is to try purchasing products that maybe you didn’t like before but could like now?? This time last year, I finally decided to try the cult favorite MUFE HD Foundation. At that time, I had terrible acne still. Seeing as this foundation is a light to medium coverage with a natural/almost dewy finish, this did nothing for my acne prone, acne scarred & oily skin. But after having used the amazing Rodan + Fields Unblemish regimen for about 8 months, my skin had improved dramatically and since this guy was on sale – *add to cart*. (update – I LOVE it!)

Last but definitely not least – I’d been eyeing these Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors since last year but just never got it. For the price – $44, I wasn’t quite sure how ready I was to commit to yet another cream highlighter. But it was the VIB Rouge sale!!! You can never have too many cream highlighters! *add to cart*

 

I’m working on my willpower!! When was your last large haul? Are you guys loving the products from your Spring Sephora VIB Rouge Sale hauls?

xoxo

The Glam Greek

“Their courage nerves a thousand living men”

– Minot J. Savage

People get the call to do many incredible things in life that are bigger than them; teachers, priests/preachers, doctors, those in monastic life, and soldiers, just to name a few. There are those that despite imminent sacrifices, know they will heal the sick, will spread His word, will help to mold the minds of our next generations, and will possibly lose their life for their country. When someone decides to leave the comforts of civilian life and become property of their government, they chose to serve others in a way we could never imagine. They are choosing possible aftereffects of being in and seeing war, they are choosing to remove themselves from milestones in their own family’s lives to put themselves on the front lines so that others can enjoy being a free civilian, so that others will not have to suffer as they do, so that their families can enjoy important milestones.

There are a handful of holidays on our calendar that seem a little frivolous to me – used as a tool by the greeting card or beer companies so that we throw parties and spend senseless amounts of money. But the reason behind the holidays can’t be ignored. Take Mother’s Day for example, we all come from the womb of our mothers, she raises us despite any hardship and we give her only one day of thanks on the calendar. Same goes to the fallen heroes of our country. I don’t know how to say thank you enough to the men and women who decide to take that path, and often times give everything they have, right to their very last breath, to a much larger purpose in life – to serve others and their country.

We spend this long weekend, usually the kick-off to the summer season, barbecuing, sun-bathing, enjoying time with our families – which is exactly what I was blessed to do this weekend, without spending too much longer than a moment of silence for those that have lost their lives preserving this very right for celebration. On our way home from the beach, I had ample amount of time to reflect and became very inspired…

FACE
BASE || UD Naked Foundation (7.0), MAC Prolongwear Concealer (NC42), MUFE Duo Mat Powder (207)
HIGHLIGHT || Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer (Neutralizer), Kat Von D Shade + Light Palette (Lucio & Lyrie)
CONTOUR || KVD Shade + Light (sombre, shadowplay & subconscious)
CHEEK || MAC MSF (cheeky bronze) for blush, Milani Runway Eyeshadow (golden touch) on cheekbones

LIPS
Dose of Colors “Scarlet Lace”

EYES
BROWS || ABH Dipbrow (chocolate)
BROW BONE || MAC “Blanc Type”
CREASE || MUG “Peach Smoothie”, “Neptune” & “Nautica” + Juvia’s Place “Chi” + Colourpop “Too Shy” + MAC “Contrast”
LID || MAC “Amber Lights” + “All that Glitters”
INNER CORNER || MAC “Gesso”
STARS & WHITE STRIPES || Limecrime “Lunar Sea” [d/c] RED STRIPES || Dose of Colors “Scarlet Lace”
LASHES || Lashes in a Box “E1”

Thank you to the brave everyday, for preserving the land of the free.

xoxo
The Glam Greek

“You can never be overdressed or over-educated”

– Oscar Wilde

During the week, I normally don’t wear any makeup; so the weekend I’m finding any sort of reason to dress up. And pasxa had 3 good reasons. Sometimes though, I feel I can get a little extra. But when I get new makeup and a good reason to wear it, sometimes the brush takes a mind of its own!

Face : Urban Decay Naked Foundation 7
Concealer : Urban Decay Naked in Light Warm
Powders : Laura Mercier Brightening || Laura Mercier Transluscent
Contour : Kat Von D Shade + Light palette
Blush : Nars Sin
Highlight : Stila Heaven’s Hue Highlighter in Kitten

Brows : ABH Dipbrow
Lid : Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter Liquid Shadow in Kitten Karma (OMG!! I LOVE)
Crease : MUG Cupcake + ABH Dusty Rose, MUFE M928 to deepen crease
Inner Corner : ABH Blushing + Pink Champagne
Lashes : Lashes in a Box No. 19
Waterline : MAC Coffee eye kohl
Under Eye : MUFE M928 smudged with ABH Dusty Rose

Lips : Tarte Tarteist Quick Dry Matte liquid lipstick “Festival”

xoxo

The Glam Greek