#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

 

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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.

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

How I Keep My Hair Healthy

Hi babes!

How I Keep My Hair Healthy

How I Keep My Hair Healthy

How I Keep My Hair Healthy

How I Keep My Hair Healthy

How I Keep My Hair Healthy

How I Keep My Hair Healthy

How I Keep My Hair Healthy

How I Keep My Hair Healthy

How I Keep My Hair Healthy

So we all want that Serena van der Woodsen hair, right? I know I do! I get asked a lot about my hair – how do you keep it healthy? What products do you use? etc. The truth is, I don’t do much. Yes, I like to use certain brands and products, but I also try to stay away from heating it everyday. I try to keep my mane in its natural wavy style as much as possible.

Oh yeah, I’ve also NEVER colored my hair. Seriously. I have virgin hair, and so I think that my locks are healthy because I’ve never added chemicals to it. However, if you have colored your hair, I’m hoping that the products I mention will help your hair feel soft and smooth, too!

Hair Secrets:

How I keep my hair healthy

Shampoo Conditioner: First off, most people (and hairstylists) will say that you don’t need to wash your hair everyday, but personally I just can’t do that. I’ve tried in the past, and my hair just feels gross and greasy. I also don’t like the idea of putting dry shampoo on as a substitute for actual shampoo. Again, that’s just me.

I like to switch up my shampoo/conditioner because you never want your hair to get used to one product. Right now, I’m using the Pantene Pro-V Moisture Renewal Shampoo/Conditioner. Before, I was using the Herbal Essence Body Envy Volumizing Shampoo that gave my hair fuller waves. Right now, I’m more focused on giving my hair moisture and hydration. That’s why I love switching up my products because I can give my mane tender, love, and care in so many ways. I usually like to buy the same brand conditioner as my shampoo. I just like having the same products going on my hair as opposed to having it all mixed up.

I do deep condition my hair every 3 days, so I’ll skip Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, then I’ll deep condition on Tuesday. Make sense? I love the Schwarzkopf Essence Ultimate Repair Moisture Treatment. My hair feels 100x softer and smoother after using this. My mane is also shiny, and it looks soooooo healthy.

(*Disclaimer* – I was sent a few Schwarzkopf products, and I absolutely fell in love with their hair treatment product! I wasn’t asked to include their products in a post but I wanted to share them with you because it has truly helped my hair).

Styling: When I’ve styled my hair too much, I like to add argan oil only on the ends of my locks. Since I get split ends and it’s more damaged in that area, I like to give it a little extra love and care. I’ve been loving the Josie Maran argan oil, which is actually a body oil, but I like to use it for my hair too! This one is currently sold out, but there are similar oils sold at Sephora and Ulta.

I’m obsessed with Garnier Fructis Styling Sleek and Shine Flat Iron Perfector Mist for those days when my hair just needs protection from my curling wand or straightener. I love the smell and how weightless the product is. Most heating sprays make my hair stiff and I love that this drugstore product makes my hair feel like I’ve added a light layer of protection.

Once I’m done styling my hair, I like adding either Garnier Fructis Texture Tease spray or the Not Your Mother’s She’s a Tease Volume spray. Not only do these products give my hair life, but they help my waves and curls last throughout the day! I just feel like Selena Gomez when I spray these products. It adds volume and it gives me the tousled hair look.

After I apply the texture spray, I’ll add the OGX Argan Oil or OGX Keratin Oil to give my hair shine. It also tames the fly-aways. I try not to apply too much or else my mane will look greasy. I’m beyond obsessed with these sprays because they truly give my hair life! I love the smell too!

I hope these tips help you!

xoxo,

Alyssa!

Beauty Review: Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick

Hi beauty babes,

I’m putting a new product (Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundations Stick) to the test, and let me tell you – if you have dry skin this might be your new best friend, but if you have oily skin then you might want to save your money. Check out my review and video below!

Beauty Review: Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick

Beauty Review: Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick

Beauty Review: Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick

You can find the foundation stick and brush at Sephora and the Hourglass website. I’ve linked the Sephora site below that way you can get your beauty points if you want  to try this product out!
Foundation Stick: $46

Foundation Brush: $46

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 get money for shopping.

While I wish I loved this new foundation more, I am going to use it to contour and highlight my under eyes since the triangle design is perfect for creating sharp lines on your face. I’m hoping that this makeup will work better for me in the wintertime when my skin is more dry and I’m less sweaty. It’s TOO HOT in Cali!

The product claims that you’ll instantly have full coverage in one application. It also claims it’s long-wearing, waterproof, and the formula adjusts to your body temperature. It says it lasts 12 hours – and I’ve put it to the test! Hint: it wasn’t waterproof and it didn’t last me 12 hours. BUT, again, I’m oily and I think if you have dry skin this might work for you. While I didn’t fall in love with the foundation, I did like the foundation brush. It’s so soft and it’s a perfect size to take with you when you’re traveling! I love that the brush has an angle, which makes it so much easier to apply around the eyes and cheeks.

*Disclaimer*

I just wanted to say that I received all of the items shown (yes, including the brush). 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.