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

Pretty sure we’ve all been there – you’re getting ready for a dinner or a night out and you don’t know what to do with your makeup. You don’t want to do just your regular concealer, mascara and light powder because that’s M-F, 8-5 stuff.

You want to elevate your look but pulling out all your palettes is a hassle and you don’t exactly have all the time in the world to figure out which colors to use… should you do something more vibrant or keep it neutral… what lip color am I wearing… what outfit am I wearing!? WHAT DO YOU DO?!

If you don’t have a go-to smokey, shame on you! Just kidding 🙂 But you should!

This look is one that I learned back in my MAC days because it’s easy, you probably (or probably should) have these colors in your collection, it goes with any lip color (especially nudes/neutrals) and goes with any hair look or outfit; best part is if you mess up a little, the colors are all pretty close and neutral that it can hide most mishhaps. Also – it’s a smokey eye. It’s supposed to be a little messy, and a little sultry.

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Shadows You’ll Need (all from MAC Cosmetics, & in the order of application):

  1. Texture
  2. Brown Script
  3. Folie
  4. Vanilla loose Pigment
  5. Vanilla (eyeshadow)
  6. Nylon

Steps

  • Do brows & prep lids
  • Using a fluffy brush like the 224 from MAC, apply Texture all through the crease
  • Using a dense fluffy brush like the 217 from MAC, apply Brown Script to the lower portion of your crease, careful not to go TOO high up on the brow bone
  • Still using the 217 brush, apply Folie to the outer crease
  • Using a flat shader brush like the MAC 239, apply Vanilla loose pigment by pressing the color onto the lid, and creating a subtle cut crease under Texture+BrownScript+Folie
  • Using a fluffier flat shader brush like the ELF eyeshadow brush, apply Vanilla (eyeshadow) to the brow bone, directly under the arch of the brow
  • Using a flat definer brush like the MAC 212, stamp Folie directly under the lower lashes and bring down as far as you’re comfortable
  • Going back with your 217 brush, still “dirty” with Brown Script, diffuse the darkness of Folie by swiping the brush back and forth under the lash line – this is KEY for accomplishing the smokey effect
  • Using a stiff blending brush, I really like the ELF blending brush for this particular step, apply Nylon in the inner corner.
  • Apply a dark reddish brown pencil eye liner like Costa Riche by MAC to the water line
  • Optional Apply liquid liner
  • Optional Apply false lashes
  • Apply mascara

And done!

These eyeshadows can be used in many different ways, so if these aren’t ones that you have yet… YOU NEED THESE IN YOUR LIFE!!

Happy Humpday

xoxo

The Glam Greek

I think the best way to complete your All-American look, is to reach for a fire engine red lipstick.

I know that the search for one is pretty daunting on your own, so here are a few of my favorites:

Clockwise from the top || MAC “Feel So Grand”; Anastasia Beverly Hills “American Doll”; Coloured Raine “Cherry Blossom”; Two Faced “Lady Balls”; MAC “Ruby Woo”

  • MAC “Feel So Grand” – liquid lipsticks are my jam and when MAC came out with their own, I had to give them a try. MAC was one of the first companies to come out with stand-out, stellar reds, so I knew this one would be good. It’s a bright red, not too blue not too orange, and very long wearing. Be sure to exfoliate and moisturize before hand because this formula is pretty drying. Find it here
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills “American Doll” – the name alone could be why I picked this color – but this truly is one of my favorite red lipsticks and I think the Anastasia Beverly Hills formula and their applicator make her line of liquid lipsticks my ultimate liquid lipstick crack. It’s a deep, but bright blue-red with a smooth even formula that’s long-wearing. Find it here
  • Coloured Raine “Cherry Blossom” – THIS RED Y’ALL!!! It’s a beautiful deep cherry red color that’s perfect for any skin type, which is exactly what the founder of this company wanted, and she hit the blue-based red color and the longwearing, non-drying formula right on the head. Find it here
  • Two Faced “Lady Balls” – It’s always a little scary when one of your favorite makeup brands jumps on a makeup trend bandwagon, because you hope that their formula doesn’t suck and make you regret your purchase. But Two Faced did a GREAT job on their liquid lipsticks, and their red is a classic true matte red. This formula is a smidge drying, so remember to exfoliate and lightly moisturize before applying. Find Lady Balls here
  • MAC “Ruby Woo” – Last but not least, an oldie but a goodie – the OG CLASSIC RED LIPSTICK – Ruby Woo by MAC. This isn’t a liquid lipstick, this is your classic retro matte MAC formula, it’s pretty drying and I highly recommend a lip pencil to line your lips first (like Brick or Cherry by MAC) to enhance the shape and give the color a nice outline of where to go, but this color is highly universal and looks beautiful on every skin tone I’ve seen it on. Find it here

Not everyone is comfortable with a red lip, but I say push past your comfort zones and never give up on finding the right red shade for you, because nothing can make you feel like a boss a$$ b!tch like beautifully painted red lips.

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

While I’m not much of the casino-gamble-all-my-money-away-kinda-girl, Las Vegas entices me to lose money in other ways. The Forum Shops at Caesars are MY personal favorite place to be on the Strip. They have everything for every price range. Wanna throw a G on a Louis Vuitton bag after too many cocktails? The Palace gotchu. Wanna throw down a few hunnits on some makeup because you’re addicted and admitting you have a problem is the first step but you don’t want to admit it yet? The Palace where it’s at. Only have a few bucks and want a cute choker to go with your outfit for Tao tonight? The Palace got that too, boo.

Makeup shopping in the western United States is so much better than here in Texas. Nothing beats L.A. (next on my bucket list), but Las Vegas has a MAC Pro, free standing Nars, a large Sephora (you can never go wrong with the mothership), Inglot, and probably a couple of others that I’m missing, regardless, I can lose my way into the abyss of makeup shopping.

The mothership calls me wherever I go…

Even though I practically own all of the pro store, I needed to stock up on a Light Boost and a Radiant Rose. I can’t remember the last time I purchased a MAC collection… but when I arrived at MAC Pro LV, MAC’s Work it Out collection had just come out. And as per usual (sorry, MAC) I walked right on by. But since I had been having a little drinkies, the MAC artist that had greeted me, quickly talked me into the lavnder and rose scented Fix +’s.

Even though I didn’t like the fact that they only have travel sizes (which I’m assuming was the idea behind Work it Out – sweat proof makeup essentials to throw in your gym bag to enhance your post work out glow..) I still snagged a couple for my collection. **note – travel size MAC containers are NOT eligible for B2m**

I controlled myself fairly well considering I had the candy shop at my finger tips. And being early Sunday afternoon, there weren’t a ton of people there.. but I had my eye on the prize.

I already own a ridiculous amount of MAC products, Sephora has brands on brands on brands, on products on products on products; and I need to expand my horizons.

After the Stila Metallic Foil eye shadows came out a few summers ago, they’re pretty much all I need and use to add the PERFECT pop of glitz I need in a look. So naturally, when Stila came out with their new Metallic Glitter liquid eyeshadows, I had to snag a few for myself.

I actually restrained myself and ONLY picked up 4…

L – R : Kitten Karma, Gold Goddess, Smoky Storm, Retro Rose Gold

Then I made my way around and grabbed a couple of powder products. A Sephora Collection blush in “Sweet on You” I received as a sample last year, the perfect summer cheek color, so I finally picked it up in full size. A new bake powder from Kat Von D, a powder foundation from Sephora collection, for science. And of course… a highlighter.

Stila Heaven’s Hue Highlighter – Transcendence

Applied with finger – subtle. Spray Fix + to hear angels sing

Being a Libra, I’m all about balance. With powder products and eye products already in my bag, I had to pick up some face and liquid products to try out. I’m obsessed with lightweight, natural finish foundations lately because, I can be! I’d had acne for such a long time, nothing besides medium to heavy coverage would cut it for me. I’ve been loving the UD Naked concealer for a while, so I went ahead and picked up the foundation. Seeing that I was on vacation, I also picked up 2 travel sizes of my favorite primer and setting sprays OF ALL TIME! And a lip creme from Marc Jacobs to try… again, for science!

Le Marc Liquid Lip Creme – Fawn Over Me

After this HUGE haul, Bae and I grabbed a taxi and headed to the airport very makeup and cocktail drunk! 🙁 Anytime a vacation involves having enough leftover coins to spend on some new makeup goodies, is a dream vacation for me.

Until next haul…

xoxo
The Glam Greek