Let’s talk makeup trends that aren’t going anywhere: MAC makeup, poppin’ highlights and smokey eyes. Let’s review the ever-popular MAC highlight and new MAC exclusive smokey eyeshadow palette.
Generation Beauty was a blast this weekend. It was held in a large white tent atop the L.A. Live parking structure in downtown Los Angeles and featured many top names in beauty and beauty blogging. It was the best place to chat with fellow makeup lovers and, of course, attain more makeup. There was makeup there for sale, but there were even more freebies.
Come on, you’ve seen them worn in many cute ways. Or just worn. AND in many cute forms! BUT have you considered making your own to save some money or to create them in your size? (more…)
Our Beauty writer Ashley has convinced me that it would be a great idea to connect That LA Writer to Blog Lovin’. She said it would be an easy way to get more traffic to the website. Before our talk I had never even heard of Blog Lovin’. Of course, before I signed us up last night I did some research. (more…)
I meant to have this ready last week and I completely forgot. My apologies. A few weeks ago I started this series and finished it within the same week. When I’m really into the story I can not put the book down- or in this case, my phone.
Now, I definitely wouldn’t call this a romance. There is a little bit in this series but I would say there is more teenage drama and definitely a whole lot of revenge. If you can get past the high school drama, the story is quite interesting.
Set on a true island (one without bridges, only way on and off is through ferry), three girls ban together to get revenge on those who have wronged them. Each girl has a person in mind but all three work together to enjoy the satisfaction. However, consequences have actions.
The last book threw me. The biggest shocker about one of the characters was… it just blew my mind! It definitely makes you rethink the whole story.
Burn For Burn
Postcard-perfect Jar Island is home to charming tourist shops, pristine beaches, amazing oceanfront homes—and three girls secretly plotting revenge.
KAT is sick and tired of being bullied by her former best friend.
LILLIA has always looked out for her little sister, so when she discovers that one of her guy friends has been secretly hooking up with her, she’s going to put a stop to it.
MARY is perpetually haunted by a traumatic event from years past, and the boy who’s responsible has yet to get what’s coming to him.
None of the girls can act on their revenge fantasies alone without being suspected. But together…anything is possible.
With an alliance in place, there will be no more “I wish I’d said…” or “If I could go back and do things differently…” These girls will show Jar Island that revenge is a dish best enjoyed together.
Fire With Fire
Lillia, Kat, and Mary had the perfect plan. Work together in secret to take down the people who wronged them. But things didn’t exactly go the way they’d hoped at the Homecoming Dance.
Not even close.
For now, it looks like they got away with it. All they have to do is move on and pick up the pieces, forget there was ever a pact.
But there is something seriously wrong with sweet, little Mary. If she can’t control her anger, she’s sure someone will get hurt. Mary understands now that it’s not just that Reeve bullied her—it’s that he made her love him.
It seems once a fire is lit, the only thing you can do is let it burn…
Ashes To Ashes
They only meant to right the wrongs. It was about getting even. Burn for burn.
But the fire they lit kept raging…Reeve ended up hurt, then Rennie ended up dead.
Everything will turn to ash if they don’t stop what they started. But now that Mary knows the truth about what happened to her, will she want to?
Secrets drew Lillia, Kat, and Mary together. The truth might tear them apart.
Thank you for tuning in for Fiction Friday. Eventually you’ll notice that I have an obsession for romance and book series. You know those people who say ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’? Well, I do. If it looks interesting I’ll buy it and I’m usually never wrong with my decision making (on books.)
Last month I read a lot. Like a lot, a lot. I haven’t started a new book in two weeks because I’ve been working a lot.
How many times can I type A LOT in one paragraph? Which, if you haven’t noticed has taken a toll here. I haven’t written much. Nor have I written much on my own website.
This review is on To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and it’s sequel P.S I Still Love You. Technically, it’s not a review. I don’t know how to review a book or movie without spoiling it all for you. These are pretty much going to be book suggestions for my readers.
I found this series to be super cute. It’s a drama filled tale of young love. Lara Jean is shy and naive when it comes to boys so when all her love letters get sent out, she panics and I’m sure has a mini heart attack. I know I would!
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once?
Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.
P.S I Still Love You
Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?
Be sure to come back next week for my analysis on Jenny Han’s Burn For Burn Trilogy.
As some of you may know, NYX Cosmetics opened up their first ever store in Arcadia, California on Friday (October 2nd).
My boyfriend teased me, asking why I was so excited when I could buy NYX products at Target, Ulta, CVS, etc. In the back of my mind, I questioned myself as well, but I’m here to assure you that dropping into the NYX store is totally worth it!
Cute booths like this one were set up around the Westfield Santa Anita Mall where NYX girls handed out flyers for the store and offered free lipstick applications. At around 3 p.m. on Saturday, the store had a small line and an employee guarded the door.
The best thing about the NYX store is that the majority of products have samples that you can swatch in store. There were also tons of employees ready to answer any questions and help you find the perfect product. In addition, they have every NYX product (of course).
This three-tier mini traincase with lock and key was also free with any $75 purchase. The case sells at $35 regularly.
If you missed this grand opening, don’t worry. The NYX Del Amo Fashion Center location’s grand opening is Friday (October 9th) in Torrance, California. Find all of the details here– it’s a Facebook event list with complete details: opening, meet & greets, and prize options. Hint, Desi Perkins and ChrisspyMakeup will be there on Saturday! Eek!!!
Here’s my mini NYX Haul if you’re interested in seeing what I got. Everything totaled to $100, which isn’t bad considering I purchased 11 items!
NYX Avant Pop Palette- Noveau Chic $17
NYX Rocker Chic Palette- Tainted Love $18
I bought this palette for two reasons. I love the studded case and the light blue-white eyeshadow in the bottom left corner is SO pretty. It’s like a matte milky blue color.
NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick $7
Of course I had to increase my liquid lipstick collection because I love the brush applicator, pigmented colors and formula. The bluish gray, Stone Fox, is a very popular Liquid Suede Lipstick, but I opted out because I know I won’t wear it.
Instead I chose Soft-Spoken (above) and Vintage (below). Soft-spoken is actually lighter than it looks in the picture. I can best describe it as a warm brown with a very slight orange tint. Vintage is darker, but not as dark as the NYX Soft Lip Cream Copenhagen. It’s a warm purple/maroon berry color. These are both great lipstick stables that can easily work for day or night looks.
NYX Crystal Liner $4.50
(Right) Crystal Gold and (Left) Crystal Silk. I loved both of these gold sparkly liners, the right is more of a bright yellow gold while the left is more metallic with a slight silver hint.
I love the packaging on this shadow, how cute is that silver bow? “Frostbite” is the perfect name for this shadow- it’s a translucent whitish silver base with tiny light blue sparkles. I bought this to put in the corner of my eyes with the baby blue toned shadow (Rocker Chic palette) on my lids.
NYX Baked Blush in Journey $7
This is a nice color to use as a highlighter, it’s very sheer and sparkly. So far, my biggest peeve with this product is that it doesn’t transfer onto my makeup brush well. I will try another brush to see if that’s the problem.
NYX Round Lipstick in Power (629) $4
This is one color I can honestly say I don’t have at home, so it was a good investment. It’s a beautiful lavender purple tone that doesn’t have too much shine.
NYX Pore Filler $14
I was unsure whether I should buy this, until a sales associate had me try it. It’s smooth and soft texture is sure to fill unwanted lines/pores. Definitely recommend.
NYX Finishing Powder in Translucent $10
When I tried this product in the store, it seems to reduce shine and not give off any color. At home, I felt like it made me look ghostly. So be sure to apply it with a light hand or steer clear.
Welcome to my new -column, I don’t know what to call it- called Fiction Friday. I am a super big fan of romance which is what many of these posts will be about. I will be sharing with you my latest reads. I am also a big fan of physical copy of books but I have been a little too poor to buy them so I have been downloading them online to my phone. It is pretty convenient but then I get stuck reading books super fast.
Last month I picked up After by Anna Todd at Target. I read through the book within a few days and was eager to buy the rest of the series. I downloaded the rest of the series to my phone and finished each one within a few days of each other.
I read fast. This is your typical good girl meets bad boy but with a Fifty Shades of Grey twist. Now, I haven’t read the Grey series (however, I am considering it!) These books are for a young audience but definitely must be over eighteen.
Definitely a 10/10!
Image found on Google. Credit to GROWNUPFANGIRL.COM
There was the time before Tessa met Hardin, and then there’s everything AFTER… Life will never be the same. #Hessa
Tessa is a good girl with a sweet, reliable boyfriend back home. She’s got direction, ambition, and a mother who’s intent on keeping her that way.
But she’s barely moved into her freshman dorm when she runs into Hardin. With his tousled brown hair, cocky British accent, tattoos, and lip ring, Hardin is cute and different from what she’s used to.
But he’s also rude—to the point of cruelty, even. For all his attitude, Tessa should hate Hardin. And she does—until she finds herself alone with him in his room. Something about his dark mood grabs her, and when they kiss it ignites within her a passion she’s never known before.
He’ll call her beautiful, then insist he isn’t the one for her and disappear again and again. Despite the reckless way he treats her, Tessa is compelled to dig deeper and find the real Hardin beneath all his lies. He pushes her away again and again, yet every time she pushes back, he only pulls her in deeper.
Tessa already has the perfect boyfriend. So why is she trying so hard to overcome her own hurt pride and Hardin’s prejudice about nice girls like her?
Unless…could this be love?
To those who are graduating within the month or two, congratulations!
If you’re like me, you’ve already started the hunt for the best graduation dress over a month ago. If you haven’t here are my top 5 favorite dresses from Forever 21. Don’t forget to pick out some cute shoes, too! The shoes are going to be the first thing people see (because you’ll have your gown on.)
*Click on the images to be taken to Forever 21