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Happy Labor Day & Remembering My Dear Grandmother

Hello Monday and happy Labor Day everyone. I hope you’re all enjoying your day off.

With Labor Day, we mark the first of September.. Can y’all believe we are three months til the end of the year? Time has seriously been flying by too quickly. This past year has been a huge blur, maybe just to me. But let’s live life each day, appreciating even the littlest things in life.

I woke up this morning, happy as usual. Because why? Why not I say! I’m lucky to be alive, I’m luck to be laying on a comfy bed, under a roof to keep my dry and plentiful of food for breakfast. I walk out of my room only to be informed that my Grandmother has passed away. I kid you not, I almost fell to the ground if I had not fell backwards to the wall. Those words circled my head and I felt dizzy. I thought I was still sleeping, dreaming those words. But unfortunately… I wasn’t. I was awake, alert.

That brings me to today’s post…it is Monday, and my normal post would have been about my manicure. But that’s not the case today. I apologize everyone. I just cannot gather myself to do anything like that today. To begin, we still don’t know where my Grandmother is.

Although I call her Grandmother, she and I aren’t biologically related in anyway. She was the one who took my Daddy in when he first set foot on America. She  took him under her wings like her own son and he was grateful he called her Mom. She is the only Grandmother I ever knew of. (I only have a surviving paternal Grandmother that resides in Vietnam.) But this Grandma, the one and only I ever knew was there when I first came into this world, she watched after me when my parents were at work. She was there for my brother and I throughout out whole childhood.

But for her last moments in this world, no one was able to spend it by her side. Actually, as of now, no one knows of her whereabouts. Her biological granddaughter took her in and has been tucking her away since. We only found out of my grandmother’s passing through a Facebook post her daughter posted.  Even her own sister wasn’t notified of the death until she say the post.

I’ve been busy all day trying to figure everything out. But there’s nothing I can really do with her documents and not knowing her whereabouts. Everyone is panicking, calling everywhere to locate her and seeing when the funeral is. It’s just been a very stressful day…


Again, I’d like to apologize  that today’s post isn’t beauty related and there isn’t a manicure post. I just can’t deal with that today. I APOLOGIZE. Regular posts will be back up tomorrow, Wednesday the latest. Please understand.

I’d like to thank for reading. I will meet you all back on a happier note. <3


Today’s Make Up: Labor Day Weekend BBQ

Hello Sunday everyone! How are y’all enjoying your weekend? Although it is Sunday, thanks to the three-day weekend, it is technically Saturday for me.

Yesterday was just a dinner with some of the fish we caught Friday, today is the continuation? Whatever it is, Annual Labor Day weekend BBQ, commence!

Today's Make Up: Labor Day Weekend BBQ

L’Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB in Fair
Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder in Fair
Physicians Formula Bronze Gems Healthy Glow Bronzer
City Color Baked Blush in Peach

Urban Decay Primer Potion
Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo in Duo #1 Celestial & Opal
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion
Wet N Wild Idol Eyes Creme Shadow Pencil in Pixie
Maybelline The Mega Plush Volume Express Mascara (waterproof)

Pixi Succulent Lip Twin in Pink Peony

True to a BBQ, we are having it outside by the pool despite the hot weather. I don’t mind it honestly, as long as I’m in the shade and the ceiling fan is on. I’ll be sweating bullets, but it’s all fun.

My kept my face makeup to the simplest. Only a medium coverage BB Cream, powder to set, light bronzer and highlight and peachy blush.

As for the eyes, I used a duo that is brightening to bring light to my eyes for freshness. I used a a pencil liner to line my eyes because unlike liquid liner, pencil liner will not sweat off.

Alrighty, although it is still early, there are lots to do before the BBQ. I’m going to my Uncle’s now to help out. My Dad needs to be up there to help my Uncle maintenance his boat anyways. So yeah, I am off now. Hope you’re all enjoying your weekend!

Thank you for visiting and thanks for reading. Please come back soon, tomorrow is yet another Manicure Monday! :)

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Make Up Special: Back To School – 3 Makeup Looks

Saturday greetings friends! My three-day weekend has “officially” started and it feels so good… although I got up a tad late today because we got in super late last night. Oh wells. :)

We caught loads of fish last night, we hardly know what to do with all of them. Thank goodness for my Mommy and her skills in the kitchen. Oh yeah, I almost had a heart attack last night, out in the dark waters, a rattle snake swam towards the boat and wanted to launch itself at us. Luckily, my Daddy and Uncle was quick and killed it before anything.

So it is back to school season, I know, I am a little late about it because most schools already resumed weeks ago. I decided to do a makeup special for back to school looks. This is not to say that this is exactly what you should wear, this makeup special is just suggestions to make school life more manageable.

Here I composed three makeup looks for different time spans, 5 to 10 minutes, 15 to 30 minutes and full makeup for those with more time to spend. Are you ready?


Make Up Special: Back To School 5-10 Mins Makeup

Sonia Kashuk Concealer Palette in Hidden Agenda

Urban Decay Primer Potion
Milani Brow & Eye Highlighters in Matte Cream/Luminous Lift
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Sin
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Strawberry Milk
Almay Get Up & Grow Mascara (waterproof)

Benefit Posietint
Maybelline Baby Lips Crystal in Pink Quartz

With only 5 or 10 minutes to spare, this makeup is quick and simple whose main aim is to look awake, not so much glamorous.

When I am limited to such little time, I usually opt to go bare faced, that is if my skin is behaving. If that’s the case, a little concealer will do the trick. Try using a concealer palette with different shades, like this Sonia Kashuk that includes two different concealer and one neutralizer. Of course you can use any concealers you wish, a palette just takes less time to fish around for multiple concealers.

The eyes play a BIG role in looking awake but with only so much time, there’s not much to do. I recommend using a single shadow, a shade that is neutral yet brightening with subtle glow. Too dark a shadow can make you appear more tired than you already look, too light a shadow will make it seem too fake. Apply a pinkish shadow to the lower lash line also to further open up the eyes.

Stick with a pencil eyeliner if you’re quick on time. Unless you have a 100% rate of success using gel or liquid liner than you can go ahead and use those. I, myself need time when it comes to liquid and gel so… Also, find a pencil liner that glides on easily and one that will last long like the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencil Liner.

Nothing, and I mean nothing will budge these Benefit tints. To keep your lips looking as natural as possible, I chose a Posietint, a pinkish shade and topped it with Baby Lips to keep the lips from drying out. Baby Lips Crystal is just a plus, you can use any lip balm you please.

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Make Up Special: Back To School 15-30 Mins Makeup

L’Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB in Fair
Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder in Fair
NYX Stick Blush in Tulip

Urban Decay Primer Potion
Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Shadow in Nude
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion
Covergirl Lash Blast Fusion Mascara in Very Black

Neutrogena Moisture Smooth Color Stick in Fresh Papaya

This makeup look is for those who has about 15 to 30 minutes to spare on beautifying yourself.

A medium coverage BB Cream can be worn in place of a concealer like this L’Oreal one. The reason why I chose this specific BB Cream is because of its formula and how I never use a brush with it. I only use fingers with this BB Cream, which in turns take less than 3 minutes all together. For those who have dry skin, you can probably get away with not setting, but since I have oily skin, setting with a powder is a must.

No time for brushes calls for stick blushes. NYX has a large shade range of stick blushes and will last you all day, guaranteed.

With 15 minutes on hand, a quick eye look is possible. Again, try going for neutral shades, only this time, you can use more than one shade. Just try not to use too dark a shade or you’ll spend a good chunk of your time blending. Here, I chose the Nude palette by Physicians Formula. There are nine shadows within close shade range so it takes less effort to apply and blend.

Again, I opted for a pencil liner again; however, depending on how much time I have left, I can also go with liquid liner. Say I have 10 minutes left, I can try and go for liquid versus if I am down to 3 minutes, I will definitely use pencil.

When I wear a lip product for a long time, I will go with something that provides color not only when applied, but long lasting power, hydrating and will keep my lips moisturize all day and last but not least, low maintenance. This Color Stick by Neutrogena has some serious staining power that will not dry out your lips. Other great balm stains include Jordana and Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains and Balm Stain Matte and Lacquer.

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Make Up Special: Back To School Full Makeup

Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation in Buff Beige
IPKN NY Moist & Firm BB in Light
L’Oreal True Match Powder in W3 Nude Beige
NYC Smooth Skin Bronzer in Sunny
Hard Candy Baked Bronzer in Tiki
Wet N Wild Color Icon Blusher in Heather Silk

Urban Decay Primer Potion
Sonia Kashuk Eye Couture Eye On Neutral Shimmer 3
the Balm Overshadow The Sexpots in No Money, No Honey
Wet N Wild Mega Liner Liquid Eyeliner in Black
Etude House Tear Eyeliner in Pearl Tear
Elizabeth Mott It’s So Big Volumizing Mascara

Benefit Benetint
NYX Butter Gloss in Apple Strudel

And here we have our full on makeup for those, who are like me, who wakes up super early for school and have endless amount of time to get ready.

I mix 50% of foundation and 50% BB Cream to get a light, full coverage product. Schools tend to blast the AC which can cause the skin to dry out, the BB Cream will keep the skin hydrated. Again, I cannot skip setting with powder because I have really oily skin. This is a full makeup look, so I went ahead and used bronzer and highlight as well as blush. You can substitute any product or any shades to your liking her, this is just a suggestion.

With more time means I can utilize any eye look, however, when it comes to school, I like to keep things more natural. I went with a neutral palette again, but this time, a smokey type neutral. I take my time applying the shadows and blending to my heart’s desire. The last step is to apply an Overshadow to the lids to make it super glisteny.

This is when I am confident I can use liquid liner. When I use liquid liner, I tend to do super wings. But that can be a little too top heavy, so to balance it out, I usually will apply a glitter liner to the inner corner of my lower ash line.

Nothing beats a red tint lip with a smokey natural eye. Especially ones topped with a nude gloss. If the gloss is too high maintenance for you for school, just use a lip balm instead.

Annnnd that’s a wrap guys. Hope this becomes helpful to some of you. And if this doesn’t apply to you, hope you enjoyed it anyways.

Thank you for visiting and thank you for reading. Come back soon. :)

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