Fashion Dupes: 3 Shoes That Are Just as Gorgeous as the More Expensive Ones

Hi chicas,

Nothing makes me happier than shoes. With shoes, you don’ have to stress about your size – like, my size has remained the same since jr. high. Awesome, right?

Whether I’m rocking chunky block heels, sparkly sneakers or classic black flats, shoes put me in a great mood. I get so giddy when I add a new pair to my collection.

While I believe you should invest in shoes and purses, I don’t think all of your kicks need to be expensive.

Let me explain:

The way I see it, when you invest in closet staples like black flats or knee-high boots, they are more likely to last you a long time. It makes sense to spend more money on comfort, quality material for shoes that will go with pretty much anything for a few years.

However, when it comes to trendy items I think it’s better to buy less expensive shoes. Why? Because they’re more likely to go “out of style” within a couple of months (even though you should always wear whatever the hell you want whenever the hell you want).

So with that in mind, I want to share some of the cutest dupes I’ve purchased/am coveting.

Steve Madden strappy heel: $79.95

3 Shoes that are dupes

Target slide sandals: $24.99

3 Shoes that are dupes

Chiara Feragani sneakers: $179

3 Shoes that are dupes

 

Windsor eyes on you sneakers: $22.90

3 Shoes that are dupes

Miu Miu studded ballet flat: $890

3 Shoes that are dupes

Zara ballet flat with straps: $69.90

3 Shoes that are dupes

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#MACSelena Lipstick and Powder Blush Duo Review

 

Hola chicas!

I’m beyond excited to share this post! First off, how amazing is it that Selena’s fans made this MAC collection one of the fastest selling makeup lines EVER?! In fact, the Selena collection is the company’s most successful launch. The Tejana’s fans were “muy excited” to say the least.

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I snagged the 3 lipsticks – Amor Prohibido, Como La Flor, and Dreaming of You. I also have the bronzer/blush duo with Selena’s name engraved.

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True story:

My fiancé actually stood in line for me (he’s a total keeper!). He stood in line for 2 HOURS and bought me the lipsticks and compact. He said, “You’re going to look like Selena if I have anything to say about it.” I told him, “Anything for Selenassss and he replied, “Anything for Alyssasssss.” He might think he just bought me a couple of lipsticks, but it means the world to me that he made sure I had my idol’s collection.

The packaging is incredibly gorgeous. The purple hue is so vibrant and representative of Selena’s most iconic outfit. I wish MAC would’ve included a white rose to give it something a little extra. It’s pretty basic and we all know that Selena was NOT #basic.

 

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Como La Flor:

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I love this shade so much! It’s a beautiful vivid red that adds flair and effortlessness to any look. I feel like I can rule the world with this lipstick. I love that it has a smooth finish and nice glaze. It very much feels like you’re wearing lipstick with a bit of moisturizer. It is not a matte finish at all, and I personally like that. My lips feel hydrated and soft, which I love. Don’t expect this product to last all day though because it will definitely come off after a few sips of your Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. And if you love pizza just as much as Selena did, then you’ll need to keep reapplying throughout the day.

Amor Prohibido:

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This is probably my favorite shade because it’s a nice neutral color that is perfect for any makeup look. It adds a bit of color to your lips without trying too hard to show off that you’ve just applied lipstick. The color finish is similar to Como La Flor’s in a sense that it’s smooth and makes your lips feel moisturized. There’s also a nice tint of shimmer in the product which makes your lips look a little more glam.

Dreaming of You:

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This is a color that is definitely outside of my comfort zone. I felt like a vampire or something because it really made my skin look super white. I felt weird applying it at first because I’m not used to seeing myself wear such “bold” colors, but I love that it’s pushing me outside of my comfort zone. I think it’s a great shade for fall! This deep red/purple hue has a matte finish, meaning that it is very hard to scrub off. I love that it lasts throughout the day, but it also leaves my lips feeling very dry and it sort of puts my creases and chapped lips front and center.

Techno Cumbia:

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I’m trying my hardest not to use the compact so much because I don’t want Selena’s name to fade away, but for this post I applied the bronzer and blush just for you chicas/chicos! The bronzer is such a great shade. It’s not too dark or too light or too glittery for that matter. It’s one of those staple products that you just need in order to give your skin some color (or at least my skin!). It’s very pigmented, so go in light handed. The blush is beyond beautiful. It’s the perfect shade of pink. It’s a subtle blush that adds a little touch of life to your cheeks. It’s not crazy pink or peachy, but a mixture of the two. I think I’ll be using the blush a lot more than the bronzer since Selena’s name is only engraved in the bronzer.

Share your Selena inspired makeup looks with me and the products you were able to snag from the collection!

xoxo,

Alyssa

 

Selena Quintanilla: Dreaming of You

Y’all I could cry writing this post.

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Selena touched so many lives and hearts and that’s why I still get emotional just thinking about her. Her music is legendary, her style continues to be seen in trends today and her talent was truly one of a kind.

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I love celebrity culture so much that I’m making a career out of it but I’ve never felt so passionate or connected to a celebrity as much as I have with Selena. Her personality was infectious and she made her fans feel like they were part of her family.

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I didn’t cry when David Bowie died and I didn’t shed a tear when we lost Prince. It wasn’t because I never listened to their music, but I just never felt connected to them. With Selena, I cry just watching old interviews. I need a box of tissues when I listen to her music and hear the way fans talk about her.

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Selena was my first real role model (well, first celebrity role model). I was 3-years-old when she passed away, but you better believe that this little sassy Latina was rocking bedazzled skirts and vests sown by my grandma and I was already singing her songs with my grandma’s tortilla roller.

I’m from Southwest Texas, so Selena was OUR jam.

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She was the person who gave Latinos hope that we could aspire to be anything. She paved the way and put us on the map. In fact, she was so beloved that People Magazine discovered the Spanish market was a profitable one after completely selling out their Selena tribute issue.

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I really wish Selena was still alive today. I know she would’ve had a successful fashion line, makeup collection and movie career. I’m just glad her impact has been so powerful that one of her dreams came true.

Mac cosmetics learned that when Latinos are passionate and excited about something, we put our heart and soul into it. They made the Mac x Selena collection after her fans urged the company to create the makeup line. Now that the line is out, I can’t even get my hands on it!

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If it weren’t for Selena, I’m not sure we would have Eva Mendes, Eva Longoria, Sofia Vergara or all of the great Latinas dominating Hollywood right now. She broke the mold and inspired us to embrace our heritage, curves and passions.

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She put Latinos in the spotlight and she gave us hope that we think big and turn our dreams into a reality with hard work, strong values, and courage. She was such a magnetic force that I know she would still be more popular than ever – I mean, she still is after all of these years.

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This is my little tribute to Selena, and I hope that I can get my fingers on her makeup collection. Stay tuned for more Selena tributes and tutorials.

P.S: While these images are not new, I did want to compile all of my Selena inspired makeup looks/outfits for this post. She has seriously meant so much to me. ❤

This is my all time favorite Selena song:

besitos,

Alyssa

Space Buns Hair Tutorial

Hi babes!

I wanted to bring a new, fun hairstyle trend that I’m absolutely gushing over. Check out this extraterrestrial hair look below.

Space Buns Hair Tutorial

Note: This post was originally posted on Hello Giggles, by yours truly.

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With ’90s trends still in full effect, it’s easy to understand why we’re stumbling upon the space buns hairstyle on Pinterest. The iconic do – worn on the big screen by Carrie Fisher and then recreated in the 1990’s by Gwen Stefani and the Spice Girls – is seriously out of this world.

This extraterrestrial hairdo has us singing “my anaconda don’t want none unless you’ve got buns, hun!”

Whether you’re feeling pumped up about Star Wars: Rogue One and having major Princess Leia vibes, or just looking for a music festival inspired hairstyle, the double bun trend is the way to go. It’s effortless, easy and crazy cute.

Here’s an easy space bun tutorial that will help you achieve this magical hair look. But before we get started, turn on “Spiderwebs” by No Doubt and unleash your inner ’90s Gwen Stefani.

What you’ll need:

Space Buns Hair Tutorial

Hairbrush
Comb
Bobby pins
4 Hairband
Hairspray

Step 1: Brush out all of your tangles

Space Buns Hair Tutorial

Don’t worry about your hair being full of volume! My hair tends to get frizzy after I brush it out but, this will work in your favor in the end.

Step 2: Part your hair

Space Buns Hair Tutorial

Because this is such a playful look, you can create any kind of part that you desire. I parted my hair in a zig zag style in the front and went with a simple middle part in the back. Basically, party in the front and business in the back.

Step 3: Separating your hair and creating pigtails

Space Buns Hair Tutorial

For this step, try keeping your parts separate. I used my brush to help me create a side ponytail. I made sure to keep my pigtails high up towards the front part of my head that way the buns are the main attraction! Repeat this step on the other side.

Step 4: Tease your hair

Space Buns Hair Tutorial

To add volume to my double buns, I teased my hair after I put them in pigtails. The more teased your hair is, the more full your buns will look. Repeat this step for the other part.

Step 5: Twist your hair and roll it up in a bun

Space Buns Hair Tutorial

After you’ve teased your mane to your heart’s desire, twist your hair and roll it up to create a bun. Again, have fun with this look. I decided the messier the bun, the cuter it would be. Repeat this step for the other part.

Step 6: Almost done!

Space Buns Hair Tutorial

Once you’ve twisted your hair and rolled it up into a bun, add your second set of ponytail holders. Because I have thick hair I need extra hairbands but if you’d like, you can just add bobby pins to hold your buns in place.

Step 7: Finishing touches

Space Buns Hair Tutorial

Add your favorite hairspray or texture spray to keep your out–of–this world space buns in place all day.

Step 8: The finished look

Space Buns Hair Tutorial

Now you’re ready to conquer the world with this adorable hairdo.

Heels and Roses

Hi babes!

I’m sharing one of my favorite dresses on the blog today.

Heels and Roses

Heels and Roses

Heels and Roses

Heels and Roses

Heels and Roses

Heels and Roses

Heels and Roses

Heels and Roses

Heels and Roses

I love a little black dress with a touch of personality. This cute outfit can easily be timeless with the right accessories. I wanted to keep things minimal that way my dress and the beautiful red roses were the main focus of my outfit. I added the red lips for a more daring look. I love that my dark hair complements my scarlet lips.

The best thing about this dress is that I snagged it for less than $20 on Amiclubwear. Their dresses sell out fast because of how affordable and adorable their items are. Keep an eye out for their shoe section, too because they have some of the cuties booties.

Products:

Dress: Amiclubwear (no longer in stock)

Shoes: Steve Madden ‘Carrson’

Purse: Chloe ‘Drew’ Leather CrossBody Bag

 

*Disclaimer*

I just wanted to say that I received this red floral dress courtesy of Amiclubwear. All opinions and reviews are my own. I will never lie or collaborate with a brand that I don’t believe in. And I will always disclose if a brand sent me products to review or if they compensated me to talk about their products.

The above links are not affiliate links; some have just been added so you can save money and look up the products if you wish to purchase them.

Booties, Booties, Booties, Rocking Everywhere

Hi lovelies!

I found you, Ms. new booty! Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

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Like the Nancy Sinatra song goes – these boots were made for walking and that’s just what they’ll do!

With Fall right around the corner, I thought this would be the perfect time to share all of the goodies I found online. I love buying trendy items before the prices go up, and right now is the best time to stock up on your favorite fall clothes and shoes! Whether you’re looking for classic black booties, or ankle boots that add a little edge and country sass, I have you covered. If you’re loving the items I have above, get yours before they’re gone. A few of these shoes are running low on stock.

My Western Chunky Faux Nubuck: $32.50 Similar HERE and HERE!

Change Me Faux Suede Booties: $23.33 (On sale!) Similar HERE and HERE!

Round Toe Suede Ankle Boots: $31.30 Similar HERE and HERE!

Pointed Triple Strap Western Boots: $34.20 (Only a few left!) Similar HERE and HERE!

Amiclubwear Booties: No longer available! (Sorry babes!) Similar HERE and HERE!

Gone Western Clay Grey Suede Booties: $34 Similar HERE and HERE!

xoxo,

Alyssa

Everyday Back to School Makeup Look

Hi lovlies!

Everyday Back to School Makeup Look

Everyday Back to School Makeup Look

Everyday Back to School Makeup Look

Everyday Back to School Makeup Look

Everyday Back to School Makeup Look

Everyday Back to School Makeup Look

Can you believe school is already starting? I thought it was New Year’s just yesterday! It blows my mind that we are a few months away from Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. I wanted to do a fun and easy everyday back to school look! I wanted to keep it simple, fresh, and feminine. I can’t believe I’m saying this… but there really weren’t YouTube makeup tutorials while I was in high school. I’M SO OLD! While I didn’t have YouTube back in the day, I’ve learned a little tips and tricks. I remember waking up super early and not wanting to get out of bed, so I created an easy makeup look that won’t take long to do! I mostly used drugstore items so this look is super affordable, too!

On my face:

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick: $46 (I mentioned this product before right hurrrr)

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer: $6.99 (I mentioned this product before right hurrr)

NYX “Set it & Don’t Fret It” Setting Powder: $9.99

Milani Baked Bronzer: $8.49 (I mentioned this product before right hurrr)

NYX Powder Blush: $2.50 (on sale and but the shade I used is currently sold out)

L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara: $8.49

NYC Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil: $5.62 (I mentioned this product before right hurrr)

Wet ‘n’ Wild MegaGlo Illuminating Pallette: $4.68

Covergirl Colorlicious Lipstick: $7.99

As I’ve mentioned before, if you shop online use my Ebates referral code to get discounts and cash back. All you have to do is sign-up (which is free) and start saving! Seriously.

I hope you enjoyed this post babes!

xoxo,

Alyssa