Monday, March 9, 2015
CANCUN, MEXICO VACATION - 2015 Blog update! posted at 9:16 PM
Long time no blog! (As I always say...) It's 2015 and I haven't updated or blogged in a while. I've been occupied with life, great life things lately that's why. Well, big news, my parents and I are opening up our own Nail Salon very extremely soon! I'm excited because we hope to change the way Nail Salon industries are running by inputting good habits in nail technician's routines in caring for client's nails and health as well as the management in Nail Salons in general using our experiences and soon-to-be expert knowledge from masters already in the industry.
I've learned so much and feel so educated in it I can't stop doing my own personal researching in the topic! It makes me appreciate the knowledge that current nail professionals have as well as the scientist behind it all.
But anyways! More about that later :)
This years first trip was to Cancun, Mexico! My two friends were engaged New years eve of 2014 and had planned this trip since then. It was such a wonderful experience and vacation that I've never had before. My first out of the country trip was in 2013, a 3 1/2 weeks in Japan which was wonderfully amazing on its own, but Cancun was definitely more chill and relaxing. I learned a bit more about myself after this trip: That I'm a dare devil and love doing thrilling and exciting new things!
We went scuba diving and zip lining and gosh it was so fun and amazing! I swam with an adult SEA TURTLE! How cool can that get?!
This is the wedding party! I tried my best to take photos for the lovely couple lol One of my favorite photos of the group hue hue! Wedding on the BEACH!
And of course, me and my love during a fancy dinner evening ♥
Living in the midwest, this type of vacation makes the winter goes by a lot faster....to me at least :P
Definitely fun and it makes me want to do more! I swear traveling becomes addicting. Speaking of, sometime this year the boyfriend and I are planning a trip to Las Vegas!!! Mostly because I have the NEED to see my favorite gal, BRITNEY SPEARS. Plus, my 21st birthday was a total fail. Ha. Ha. In a weird and memorable way, lol. Updates on that trip soon hopefully!
Thanks for reading! I'll do my best to blog this year as a goal of it's own ^_^ ♥
Monday, August 11, 2014
Purple Ombre Wig Review! Sponsored post* ABHAIR.COM! posted at 12:42 PM
I received an awesome wig sponsored by: www.abhair.com
to review for you guys!
I was going to go for a natural wig but I thought it'd be more fun to try something you can't do everyday. My hair currently is really short so I wanted something long. I decided to go with a purple ombre wig that goes pass my boobs. I LOVE IT!
It's more grey-purple at the top and fades into a light purple into a deeper purple at the tips.
Here is the photo as advertised on their website:
And here is the link for the actual wig that I got: http://www.abhair.com/product/long-straight-costume-ombre-wig-with-swept-bang-light-purple
Some selfies of the wig on me:
Here is a side view of it:
The wig is decently long on me:
SO yea! Overall, I really love how unique the wig is. I love how purple it is on the bottom and it flows really nice on the bottom too. I usually have a difficult time with wigs because I don't know how to fit them right, but this one fit pretty well and all I had to do was adjust the bangs.
Inside of the wig where you place it on your head, there is also a clip to keep it tucked and in place on your head. They also give you a free fish net to keep your hair in place and flat for the wig.
I also have a 15% off code for friends and family: ChuyA15.
Just type the code down before checking out! <3
Thanks for reading! :D
- Chuy xoxo
Sunday, August 3, 2014
Something different - A new way of ART posted at 7:19 PM
Many of you that have followed me for a while now know that I enjoy doing makeup and capturing them through photography. It has been a while now hasn't it?
I realized, as I was trying to get back into the groove, that the motivation I had for it was different this time.
It was about 3 years ago, almost 4, that I started this makeup/photography deal. I never noticed until now that my motivation for my makeup/photography, were expressions of my loneliness. Those were the times I didn't really know who i was yet, didn't know who I could trust yet, didn't have real responsibilities for I was still very young, so I look it up as a hobby. Many of my work were usually expressed in dark ways. I usually felt sad, hurt, extremely angry...and so I would try to release it in some form of art.
NOW, I have responsibilities of my own and I really don't mind them, I actually enjoy them because I get so much more out of my responsibilities. I feel, happier! I'm opening my own doors for opportunities, I can travel, I can schedule things my own time, and just everything belongs to me because I own them from working hard for it all. Going back into the groove of things however, is very different now because I can't rely on sadness anymore and I DO NOT want to. As beautiful as I was back then and what I was capable of when I was sad, it was not a pleasant place. NOW, I need to open a new door, a new path, a new way to get back into the groove but with rainbows, unicorns n' shiet this time.
Observing myself was always a 'thing' I had with myself. I enjoy seeing myself grow, seeing myself in pain, and blossoming from it. I enjoy indulging myself in my humanity and being puzzled with my reactions when faced with a certain good or bad situation.
Here I am today.
I want to start back on videos! Realizing that I am this way now and accepting who I was back then will guide me to create the future of who I will be and the type of videos I will be able to create NOW. Things always change, and I only want better for myself. I'm going to let happiness be my guide on creating new things for you all! I want to be happy when creating something beautiful this time. I hope you all will too <3
Love Always, Chuy <3
Monday, May 26, 2014
EOS Dark Ice Violet 2 Tones Circle Lens REVIEW ~ LensVillage Sponsor Post* posted at 6:21 PM
Today I'm doing a circle lens review on the Brand EOS, the dark ice violet, with 2 tones! I got these lenses from Lens Village! They have a large selection of brands, colors, and designs to choose from!
I love the purple shades because they automatically give you an anime look :3
When I received the package, these are the things that came with it: Two vials of circle lenses safely wrapped, a contact lens case and their business cards!
So the designs of these lenses are mostly on the outer part of the lenses like a ring. Lenses like these are my favs because they show up really well. The enlargement shows more since the diameter extends from your natural eyes, with these being 14.8mm in diameter. These lenses, specifically, are awesome because they create what I call the 'halo' affect!
Here's a photo of my eyes looking away to show the affect:
Here are some more selfies lol These I took these photos in natural lighting near a window!
In terms of comfort, the brand EOS is usually my to go. I never had a problem with EOS, until I have it for a while and its time for a new pair. But other than that, I never get irritation right away wearing these as long as I take care and disinfect them each time I wear them!
Comfort: Best comfort for me
Size: 14.8 is the largest I'd go before I look like an alien so perfect size if we were to speak of enlargement
Design and Color: Great design. Love the effect and look it gives me!
Take care~ Chuy <3
Monday, May 12, 2014
Mink makeup Printer by Grace Choi, my thoughts! posted at 4:52 PM
There has recently been a storm across the internet about a girl name Grace Choi and her invention, Mink.
Currently, Mink is a 3D prototype that's going to evolve into a printer, the size of a MAC mini, that will literally print out, makeup! In her video, she shows her concept of how the Mink will work using her earliest prototype and demonstrating through a photoshop program on the process of how you will print your makeup using Mink.
This link will take you to her video demonstration of the prototype Mink: http://www.harpersbazaar.com/beauty/makeup-articles/harvard-student-invents-3D-makeup-printer?ha=1&src=soc_twtr
This link will take you to the interview with grace choi: http://techcrunch.com/2014/05/08/an-interview-with-mink-ceo-grace-choi-whos-taking-on-the-55-billion-beauty-industry-with-a-3d-makeup-printer/
The idea is truly dreamy and I'd love to try it. I'm not incredibly moved by it though, at least so far after watching this video and digging up more research on the product and her inspiration.
Her demo video is incredibly vague about the details of how the final product is created. She does say 'ink' and that scared me a bit lol she briefly explain more in her interview video that the machine has the general makeup ingredients and then the ink (however it will do it in the machine) will add the color, according to the number of a color you choose, after. For example: #000000 represents black and the higher the number the lighter or change of color gets etc (Photoshop/html/CSS language)
Mica is one of the main ingredients for most, if not all, makeup. So I'm assuming that's what the plain power in the makeup pan would be before the color dye is mixed in it. So the color itself is it's own ingredient. She says it's a FDA approved cosmetic grade dye, but if it's going to be able to copy any color, there will be some high intensity colors that aren't meant for certain parts of the face. Unless the Mink has to use some different ingredient that will be made differently or it would just be a lower quality of makeup where the pigment won't be as high. Certain products are not meant for certain parts of the face due too the intensity of some colors that may need more of a certain ingredient to create a more intense colored color, but because of that, the color may cause irritation, red is one example of the colors. Some products do label their packaging with a warning and to use with caution. For example, the urban decay electric palette. The packaging states "“Warning: Slowburn, Savage, Jilted, and Urban are not intended for the immediate eye area."
Not to mention, I wonder if the raw material from the Mink is vegan or if it's all chemicals. Those are things consumers need to know as well because vegan products is also a concern for many makeup consumers. Makeup is such a raw and complex material that it's hard for me to condense the idea into a small at home equipment for me lol Questions like how the textures (matte, sheer, satin, shimmer, glitter finishes) will be made is what makes makeup a wonderful discovery for me. It's not JUST the color. To create certain textures you would need specific ingredients. You can't forget that for some people, makeup is a luxury! Yet again, the prototype IS at it's earliest stage. 'Color' is what she is pushing with this product in terms of her marketing strategy, so far. And she did say the products will be similiar to drugstore cosmetics, meaning they won't be of great/unique quality like Nars, MAC, urban decay, etc. If you think about it, there are so many neutral palettes out there, the difference is how they are made, how they feel, and who distributes them. Many of those colors are similar, yet we still collect them all or some that we deem good quality do we not?
$300 for the final for sale product is pretty cheap in my opinion for something this unique and futuristic. Her goal is to eventually lower it even more if it becomes successful. However I'm sure there will be a lot of re-fills for the cosmetic pans you will need each time you run out after 'printing' pans or Re-fils on the 'ink' etc. She also states her target audience are from ages 13-21. Would they really have the money to afford such an investment? I know I didn't lol but I suppose the Mink would make a fun birthday or Christmas gift!! Cant forget there are many different skin 'TYPES'. Maybe people won't have to be concerned too much with skin 'TONES' since the point of the product is 'color' (I assume) and as I said before, makeup isn't all about just color, it's about the finish as well. Will the substance give everyone with different skin types the same finish? What type of finish? Full or sheer coverage? Would all the makeup needs be in Mink? I obviously don't know how that tiny machine could work inside to create all this. Again, the idea is fantastic and I truly hope it can be made with great consideration of what makeup truly is. I'd love to get great makeup at the palms of my hand if possible lol
If anything, I assume the Mink will be its own makeup line, only cool feature is that it will print out right at your home with duplicated colors through the computer. Sounds like it's going to be an at home drugstore cosmetic line.
So far, would the Mink be for me?!?!?
Probably not. I'm the type to buy makeup for luxury as well and I enjoy having a bigger option of cosmetics with different textures and finishes. Makeup is completely art to me, limitless, and variety. If Mink is to only exist and dominate all of the makeup world and only offer drugstore leveled cosmetics, with limited access to textures, pigments etc, I'd be sad lol
I find her idea intriguing and in no way am I saying it's a bad concept, just not really practical.... Yet! So Yes, as a makeup consumer, I have many questions and concerns since I'm all about makeup. These are my initial thoughts when thinking about purchasing the Mink product. I probably will purchase it to see for myself how it works and the quality!
Best of luck to her!
I'd love to here your thoughts as well! Feel free to post a comment below!!!!
If you want, you could sign up with your email for mink updates and release dates on this website:
Labels: grace choi, makeup cosmetics, makeup printer, Mink
Friday, March 28, 2014
Anastasia Beverly Hills Review!! (Contour kit, Brow Dip, Brow Powder
Duo) posted at 12:38 PM
There are SO many ways of doing eyebrows now. Its crazy how eyebrows are now totally in! (I meant in as in not just for celebrities, but for everyone of all professions are becoming aware of this!) Its fun seeing the progression of girls and their eyebrows, and I'm talking about myself as well! Ive never been super aware about my brows til recently when everything is about brows. I finally decided to put some investment into having brow products, good ones of course!
Instagram helped me to discover Anastasia Beverly Hills cosmetics and all they would really post pics of are brows and tutorials! It took me a while until I really considered buying from them just because I usually just use normal eyeshadow to fill in my brows and it worked relatively well.
Find their website here: <a href="http://www.anastasia.net">www.anastasia.net</a>
Shortly after their many products, they came out with their contour kit which was sold out right away! But I managed to snatch one the next batch :3
In side the contour kit it comes with a panel that shows step by step how to use the contour palette. Pretty handy for first timers!
The Contour palette comes with 6 shades. 3 which you use to contour, and 3 for highlighting. They are all powder.
Left to right: Vanilla, Banana, Sand, Java, Fawn, Havana.
Both vanilla and banana are satin with banana being a little bit more yellow than pale. Banana is comparable to the Banana Powder by Ben Nye Cosmetics.
Sand is a shimmery pink tone highlighter, and pretty pigmented. I use it often actually.
Java is my favorite contouring color in the palette.
ALLLL of the colors are pigmented and not powdery.
Here is a photo of me using the contour kit and brow products:
These are the two brow products that I used for my brows:
The Dip Brow Gel and the Duo powder compact.
I usually use only the Duo Powder one for my daily...face lol But if I want a stronger shape or a more sharper look, I use the gel to first draw the brow first then fill it in with powder.
I dont think the powder is super extraordinary compare to regular brow powders, but the dip brow to me was pretty impressive! The two products makes a good duo.
* For my concealer to give my eyebrows a cleaner or sharper look, I use MAC's studip finish concealer in NC15. Its a lot lighter than my whole face for sure but it aids in creating that pre-highlight for me. I would simply set the concealer with a similiar color highlighter or something shimmery.
I have really light eyebrows and they grow weird unfortunately. Both of my eyebrows dont grow the same way so I have to work differently with both brows to force them to look even lol
That concludes my review for Anastasia Beverly Hills cosmetics! I hope you found it helpful ^__^
- Chuy xoxo
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Naked Palettes Comparison (Naked 3 REVIEW) posted at 12:08 PM
Hey makeup junkies :)
So I finally have the complete Naked Palettes yay! I have the Naked one and two and after that I felt like I had to get the third one just to complete the collection lol I think each of these palettes are very unique and a different style in each palette.
Starting off with the Naked 3 palette, the first time I saw it online it reminded me of Valentines day! The colors comes in warm pinks and soft chocolate browns like in Valentines Day chocolate boxes <3 Very sweet and romantic colors for innocent and youthful looks!
Here is a closer look at some of the colors in the palette:
Strange: Satin cream color
Dust: Dusty Shimmery Pale Pink Color
Burnout: Lightly shimmer pink peach color
Limit: Matte light taupe color
Buzz: Shimmery pink brown
Trick: Shimmery gold
Nooner: Taupe brown gray
Liar: Light flat shimmer taupe
Factory: Light flat shimmer dirty brown
Mugshot: Light flat Shimmery light gray hint of brown
Darkside: Dark brown hint of gray
Blackheart: Dark brown with hints of purple sparkles
My personal favorite palette out of these three is the Naked 2. It has darker shades that I would use to define my eyes personally lol I also think the naked 2 has warmer shades that compliment my skin better. I appreciate the different palettes I think theyre all very unique.
Naked 2 Palette:
The brush in this palette is really nice. Its probably one of my favorites out of the three brushes.
The blending brush (first photo of brush bristle) is great! Its a flat sided blending brush meaning its not a round fluffy blending brush. I love these kind of blending brushes because it really does a great job for concentrated blending. I use that side of the brush often.
The other side of the brush is a more of a flat eyeshadow application for eye lids etc. Naked one, two and three all have it.
The Naked One palette was the one that started it all! I think the colors are cooler than the other two naked palettes. I havent used the palette as much ever since I got my Naked 2. But occasionally I come back to it because I have it :p Excuse the mirror I cracked it a bit when I went to Japan D;
I didnt get the Naked Basics because I think its TOO basic for me. I like playing with colors so this palette would end up sitting in the corner lol
So yea! I hope you guys found this review handy! Love Urban Decay and I think Im going to try their new lipstick and lipgloss too! Til then, Thanks for reading <333