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.


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


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”


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


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!


The Glam Greek


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?


The Glam Greek

Let me tell you what sparked my “The Glam Greek Reports” – I spent literally TWO days obsessed over finding Dusty Rose by Anastasia Beverly Hills from their Fall collection of liquid lipsticks. And I was so determined to find it that I traveled to two different malls and then called literally- and I mean literally in it’s literal sense – called ALL the malls within the “Houston” area that had a Macy’s with an Impulse Beauty department. That’s about 10 malls, y’all.

And then I was reading about the refugees and realized I was obsessing over something so small and trivial.. but that’s neither here nor there for this post, please read the previous for my thoughts on that.

I called TEN different malls, and if the mall in Pasadena had it, I was willing to drive ALL THE WAY OUT TO PASADENA from Cypress to pick up Dusty Rose. I’m telling you, once I get something in my head that I have to have, I won’t rest until I have it.

ABH Dusty Rose

Unfortunately I was not able to find it anywhere! So I started stalking the Anastasia Beverly Hills Instagram page, as well as Norvina’s (ABH daughter) and this one called Trend Mood 1 that always posts updates for launches and restocks, to see if they would post any information! I can’t lie, I was also harassing a bit too, posting on almost all the new uploads, “Hey! when is Dusty Rose coming back in stock!?” But then I would sit and read through comments and apparently it never launched on their site, which started to make sense because I did buy all of their fall collection, but never saw a Dusty Rose. So I started to get a little angry!

It must’ve been a Labor Day miracle though, because this morning, during my morning Instagram scroll, Trend Mood announced that Dusty Rose and the illuminators were in stock! So naturally, I made my order. Dusty Rose has found a new home and can now join the rest of her brothers and sisters in the ABH Fall Collection <3

Did anyone else have such a hard time finding this lipstick in particular?


Stratigista, the Glam Greek

I had really hoped on not spending any… ok, let be real here – much… I had hoped on not spending much money on makeup this summer. My mind was telling me no.. but my BODY, MY BODYYYY…

It all (probably) started on a week day morning early on in the summer; as my alarm went off, after I hit snooze a few times, I decided to open up and look at Instagram like it was the morning paper, like I normally do. I (sort of unfortunately) follow this page that often posts new makeup collections, upcoming restocks and product launches and the like. Most of the time I see them and feel lukewarm about what I see, but something, SOMETHING about this post had me checking my bank account to see how much I could drop the moment the collection launched early this summer.

ABH Summer 2015ABH Summer 2015 SwatchesIt was the Anastasia Beverly Hills Summer 2015 collection. Now, after I finally collected ALL the liquid lipsticks in the line and love them all as if they were my own actual children; I knew that this was a rare “Pokemon” and yet again, I had to catch them all. Although it’s September, I remember the day it launched (though now, I don’t know an exact date). I remember sitting at my computer, with an alarm on my phone and email calendar to alert me when the items went up for sale. But! As I checked Instagram, Macy’s had already launched part of the collection! Better for me, I thought, that way I can use my Macy’s Card… muahaha. But by the time I had learned of the Macy’s early bird launch, lots of the products were already SOLD. OUT! Wtf?

I was only able to get my hands on the two liquid lipsticks (after refreshing the page only about 5-8 times), the two shadows in Amber and Peach Sorbet (OMG – amazinnnnngggg! *insert heart eye emoji here*) and the gel liners in Ice Blue, Ocean, Coral Reef and Yellow… So I thought. And then I’d just get the rest of the liners on the Anastasia Beverly Hills website, which I did – Barbie Pink and Sunset. In the Cart. Purchase. Confirmation. Wait for shipping info.

But then about a week later, I get an email from Macy’s saying that the gel liners in Ocean, Coral Reef and Yellow were actually not in stock and wouldn’t be restocked so it would be pulled from my order, and I would be reimbursed that money. I must admit I did feel a bit frantic- omg! What am I going to do?! I need those liners! Then I was like, come on Maria, let’s be rational here, you don’t NEED those liners.  So I was like, yeah, no big deal, I don’t need ’em!

Fast forward a month, I’m at the Galleria, and as always, I park at Macy’s. I successfully pass by the ABH display while on my way to the stores within the mall, while not checking if they have the liners I’m missing from my Summer 2015 collection- because remember, I don’t need them! But on my way back through Macy’s to get to my car, I had to stop and pick up some Clarisonic brush heads because I needed my replacements! And I was in the Impulse section of the store anyway, where they have the ABH display and Oh My Lanta! They had Ocean, Coral Reef and Yellow – IN. STOCK! So I grabbed them.


But at least that part of my collection’s complete!


Not pictured: shadows in Amber & Peach Sorbet


The Glam Greek