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

How I Get Ready For The Red Carpet

Hi babes,

As some of you know, I’m an entertainment reporter by day and a beauty/fashion fangirl by night. When I’m not gushing about the latest skincare products or talking about how much coffee I desperately need, I’m interviewing celebrities or writing about them.

I get a lot of questions about what it’s like to meet celebrities and what I do to prepare questions. A lot of people also ask me how I get ready – it’s no walk in the park, let me tell you. I want to share a few behind-the-scenes moments and the hustle that goes into it!

Red Carpet Interviews

When I know that I need to cover an event, I always try to get a good night’s sleep. It’s so important – have you not heard of the term beauty sleep? But seriously, I need my rest or else I’m stressed and panicked the entire day.  If I have time, I’ll hit the gym in the morning.

Also, what they say is true – the camera really does add 10lbs. Sometimes, the camera is so evil it will add more. I always start the day with coffee and I do extra research on the celebs attending the event. I make sure I’m up-to-date with everything happening in the world/trending topics on social media.

Red Carpet Interviews

People seem to forget this, and I don’t blame them since it’s the most boring part of the job, but I have to do my research. I can’t just show up to a red carpet and not know anything about the celebrities walking the red carpet. I need to know what projects they’re working on, what shows they’re binging, who they’re dating, etc. Celebrities like to show up unannounced – go figure! – so I have to make sure my phone is charged that way I can do research on the spot. Thank goodness for Smartphones!

Having a journal filled with questions and information is what keeps me sane. I always have notebooks lying around, even small ones, that way they fit easily into my purse when a question pops up while I’m out.

Red Carpet Interviews

Now to the fun stuff! The night before, I like to give myself outfit ideas. During the summer months, it’s HOT and I don’t play around. I usually opt for a dress. Okay, to be fair I always go with a dress. I’ll pick something that not only flatters me but that is comfortable to wear for a couple of hours. Most of these carpets are chaotic, so I need something that looks great and that I can easily move around in. Thank you Spanx for sucking everything in while making me stay comfortable!

Red Carpet Interviews

My boyfriend probably wishes I only had 3 heels because I’m taking up all of the closet space. For this post, I have 3 go-to shoes that are my ride or die. They are comfortable, cute, and worthy to meet celebrities. I’m a petite chica, so heels are always a must, especially when most celebs are amazons. I also hate getting blisters and sore feet. These shoes keep me from falling, cursing, and hating my shoe choices. LOL

Red Carpet Interviews

I love wearing my hair in waves or big curls. It just makes me feel glamorous and sexy, like Sofia Vergara. The reason I love wearing my hair in waves is because the heat (and unsexy sweat that happens when it’s 100 degrees in Cali) makes my hair frizz. When it’s straight, frizzy hair is not a cute look. I can’t have crazy hair when I’m meeting my celebrity man crush can I? HELL NO! With waves, frizzy hair just makes it look more tousled and I feel like a true Cali girl at the beach.

Red Carpet Interviews

I usually get a lot of questions about my makeup and how I make it last all day during an event. The truth is, nothing lasts 24 hours even if it claims to be. I always keep a small makeup bag in my purse and do touch ups when I have a break. However, I’ve picked up a few tricks along the way. I used to love wearing bold lip colors, like bright pinks and dramatic reds. I’ve learned that having lipstick smeared on your teeth while chatting with Mr. McDreamy is not cute and it’s totally embarrassing. Again, those red carpets are chaotic, so I don’t have time to keep applying lipstick.

Most of the time it dries up and gets crusty. That’s also not a cute look and it’s VERY embarrassing. Instead, I focus on my eyes. I love a dramatic eye look. Not only are the eyes the window to your soul but you don’t have to worry as much about it smudging everywhere. I rather a celebrity focus their attention on my eyes instead of my crusty lips. I keep mascara on hand and I always, always wear false lashes. Again, I love the drama!

Red Carpet Interviews

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I would love to hear your thoughts on this post! Share your favorite red carpet moments with me and leave any other questions you have for me down below! xoxo

Selena Gomez Inspired Makeup Look

Hi dolls!

We all know that Selena Gomez is a babe. She can make sweat pants and a tee look dazzling. She isn’t the most followed person on Instagram for nothing! I hate to say this, but ever since she dumped Justin Bieber, I’ve started liking her a lot more. Now, this might be a coincidence because my last post was a makeup inspired look from Jojo Fletcher from The Bachelorette, and not only is she a Texas girl like me and Selena BUT she’s from Dallas. We all know Selena is from the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area (well, maybe most Texans do!). Maybe I’m just in  a weird mood where Texas gals are giving me major boss babe vibes!

Selena Gomez Inspired Makeup Look

Let’s get to the good stuff! I stumbled across one of Selena’s older Insta posts, and couldn’t help but fall in love with her makeup look. It was glamor meets effortless. Her sun-kissed glow and smokey eye really inspired me to recreate the beautiful look. I think it’s perfect for the summer time, and it’s especially great for a fun night out!

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Because Selena is a tad bit more morenita (darker) than me, mama had to bronze it up! I can’t complain. I love a great bronzer in the Spring/Summer time. I tried something completely different with my eyes, and used very little eyeliner. I mostly lined my bottom lids with eyeshadow and mascara. I really wanted to let my cheekbones steal the show.

Give this post a “like” if enjoyed this look, babes! xoxo

Selena Gomez Inspired Makeup Look

 

Selena Gomez Inspired Makeup Look

Selena Gomez Inspired Makeup Look

Selena Gomez Inspired Makeup Look

Selena Gomez Inspired Makeup Look

*I tried recreating Selena’s Insta post… didn’t work out that well.*

Selena Gomez Inspired Makeup Look

Selena Gomez Inspired Makeup Look

Selena Gomez Inspired Makeup Look

Constance Zimmer (From ‘UnReal’) Makeup Inspired Look

Hi dolls!

Lifetime’s UnReal season 2 airs tonight and I am beyond excited! Can you tell? I mean, I even created a makeup inspired look by one of the boss babes on the show – Constance Zimmer. She is one chingona (badass!) that you don’t want to mess with. She is the definition of a #girlboss and with perfect black hair like hers, it’s no wonder she’s a badass. She did do some messed up stuff in the first season of UnReal, but her Blair Waldorf attitude is what I LOVE about her.

Constance Zimmer Makeup Look

I decided to take one of her more edgier red carpet looks and recreate my own makeup look. If one thing rings true, it’s that I feel like a boss babe when I’m wearing red lipstick. Pucker up!

Constance Zimmer Makeup Look

I really love that she made her eyeliner dark and messy. It added more of an edge to her bold lip color. I also like that she used a gold shadow because it created a softness around her eyes. The shadow is very subtle, but it’s just enough to bring the look together. This makeup look made me feel like a true boss babe! I dare anyone to mess with you while your rock a red pout.

I hope you enjoy this post! Besitos!

Constance Zimmer Makeup Look

Constance Zimmer Makeup Look

Constance Zimmer Makeup Look

Constance Zimmer Makeup Look

Constance Zimmer Makeup Look

Constance Zimmer Makeup Look

Constance Zimmer Makeup Look

Constance Zimmer Makeup Look

Constance Zimmer Makeup Look

 

California Dreaming: Living in Los Angeles

Exactly one year ago today, during Easter weekend, I packed my bags and drove halfway across the country. I was following a dream and taking one of the biggest risks of my life. Would I make it in LA? Or would I come crawling back to Texas? I chose to leave my home, my family, and friends to pursue a career in entertainment journalism. I wanted to be the girl who interviewed celebrities at movie premieres. I knew that I needed to be in Hollywood.

It hasn’t been easy. AT ALL.

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The first day moving into our apartment.

James Cameron, the director of Avatar, lived out of his car when he moved to Los Angeles. Even though I haven’t had to rough it out like James, it’s still been tough. I don’t really like talking about it because I hate being a stereotype. I also don’t want anyone feeling sorry for me. However, if my year in review gives you the inspiration to follow your dreams, then I want to share my experience.

About two weeks before making the big move, my boyfriend and I didn’t know where we were going to live. I’m serious. We were almost homeless. No one in LA wanted to rent us a place because we hadn’t seen the apartment beforehand or because the landlords hadn’t met us. It was extremely stressful and I had so many breakouts (and breakdowns) during those two weeks. Luckily, we found an affordable apartment that was in a great area (by affordable I mean $1600 for a one bedroom/one bath. WELCOME TO LA!!!).

The night I interviewed Gina Rodriguez at the Chateau Marmont.

The night I interviewed Gina Rodriguez at the Chateau Marmont.

When I first arrived, I was really nervous. I don’t have any family in California. I only knew a handful of people, and most of them had already made their own friends and connections. It was a weird couple of months. Even after a year, I’m still not used to LA. To be honest, there are times when I don’t think I made the right decision. Sometimes I feel like I came to LA too early in my career. There are moments when I feel incompetent. Even worse, I still get insecure. However, I’ve learned that you can’t compare yourself to others. You just can’t. The more you focus on other people, the more you set yourself back.

The worst feeling in the world is thinking that you’re so great at what you do, and then you meet about 1,000 people who are just as great. I feel like Homer Simpson when he tells Bart, “No matter how good you are at something, there’s always about a million people better than you.” It can definitely feel like that when you live here. I have to remind myself that I’m just as good, if not better, as anyone else. My motto is – “Why not me?” If I don’t believe in myself, what makes me think someone else will? This is a tough business, so you have to give people a reason to take a chance on you.

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California Dreamin’

I’m not gonna lie, until Feb. 2016, money was tight. Thank the Lord for blessing me with an incredible job!!! But for a whole year, I was pretty much broke. I felt like a loser most of the time. I didn’t have the money to go out for brunch or hit up clubs with friends. If anything, when I did do those things, it was considered a luxury. People asked if I saw any “cool” places in LA, but the truth is I didn’t have the money to explore. Thank God my parents helped me. I don’t think I would’ve survived without their support. Money was so tight I had to prioritize my spending – Did I want to spend money on $8 drinks or did I need to use that money for tampons? I know people have it way worse, and again, I feel blessed that my parents helped me, but I definitely had to limit my spending. I wasn’t living a glamorous life AT ALL.

I learned so much about myself this past year. I appreciate the little things, and feel so blessed to have a job where I don’t have to worry as much. I’m not banking, but I’m definitely not penny pinching.

I’ll never forget that I was able to meet and interview Gina Rodriguez. I ran into Jamie Chung at my grocery store, and saw Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis at my UPS store. I also attended the same event as Kim Kardashian, and worked at several star-studded parties. I even got hit on by Jeremy Piven. Those are just a few cool experiences I’ve had, and I can’t wait to make more memories.

A year later, I’m feeling so blessed to work with incredibly talented and fearless people. My bosses seriously inspire me everyday. I’m proud to say that I’m actually an entertainment writer. I’m doing what I love and it makes me so happy. I couldn’t have done it without the support of my boyfriend, parents, best friend, and every person who kept encouraging me. I truly appreciate everything y’all have done for me.

At Pump Restaurant!

At Pump Restaurant!

Things I’ve Learned (and I’m still working on):

  1. Don’t compare yourself to anyone!
  2. Be confident in whatever you do.
  3. Help others because you will need help.
  4. Follow your dreams, no matter how challenging it can be.
  5. It’s okay to cry – but crying isn’t productive, so you have to make up for lost time.
  6. Always be kind.
  7. Keep challenging yourself.
  8. Keep working on your craft.
  9. Never stop looking for the perfect tacos.
  10. Dream big!

Despite facing several challenges my first year in LA, I wouldn’t change it for the world.

xoxo

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Hi dolls!

I want to dedicate this post to one of my idols – Selena Quintanilla.

No one rocked red lips like she did. I channeled my inner Selena in this post with four of my favorite looks.

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

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She was the definition of glamor and yet she humbly shopped at Wal-Mart just like everyone else. Her style was effortless and it’s still influential in today’s fashion. Her bustiers are iconic. Selena was definitely ahead of her time.

Selena was the ultimate star. Not many performers today can sing better live. If you look back at old videos, Selena’s voice sounded incredible while she was on stage and you could feel her passion with every single note she hit. It’s honestly so amazing.

Selena was the most down-to-earth celebrity. She connected with all of her fans, and wasn’t afraid to be real with them. 

I know I sound like I met her or like I actually saw her in concert, but that’s what is so great about her. Selena’s music, fashion, and impact on the Latin community still lives on. It’s almost as if she never passed away.

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

I was about 2-years-old when Selena tragically died on March 31st. Even then, I still knew about her music because that’s all my family played. I’m born and bred from Texas, so best believe Selena was a big deal to me. Not to mention, I’m also a Mexican-American just like her.

When the movie came out, that’s when I really understood what happened to her. After the film, I fell even more in love with her music. It’s crazy to think she passed away when she was only 23. I’m 23 and still feel like a teenager sometimes. It’s insane to think she was already so successful in her career and creating music that would live on forever. Gone too soon.

Here are my favorite looks:

Selena Quintanilla Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Selena Quintanilla Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Selena Quintanilla Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Selena Quintanilla Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

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Hope you enjoyed this post! Share your favorite Selena looks with me in the comments below! xoxo

 

Glam Look for Your Oscars Viewing Party

Hi dolls!

I’ve been so busy this awards season that I haven’t had any time to create content for y’all. Sorry!!! However, I thought it would be fun to share an easy, totally simple glam look for your Oscars viewing party. We all want to look like A-listers on that red carpet (at least I do), so why not vamp up your makeup while watching the star-studded event? I just wanted to share a fun look for you guys that way when Leo DiCaprio wins, you’ll applaud in style. 😉 This look can also be worn during date night or a girl’s night out!

Enjoy! Xoxo

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Dress up your look with glitter, red lipstick, and long lashes! Seriously, so simple yet sooooo glam!

Eyeshadow: L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow (Iced Latte): $7.99

Eyelashes: Younique 3D Fiber Lashes: $29 – I mentioned these fiber lashes in my previous post and absolutely love them! It almost looks like you have fake lashes on!

Lips: Maybelline Color Sensational (Siren in Scarlett): $7.99 – I mentioned this lipstick in my previous post and it’s such a gorgeous shade!

Besitos! xoxo

 

Glam look for your Oscars viewing party.

Glam look for your Oscars viewing party.

Glam look for your Oscars viewing party.

Glam look for your Oscars viewing party.

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Glam look for your Oscars viewing party.

Glam look for your Oscars viewing party.

Glam look for your Oscars viewing party.

Glam look for your Oscars viewing party.

Glam look for your Oscars viewing party.

Glam look for your Oscars viewing party.

Glam look for your Oscars viewing party.

Glam look for your Oscars viewing party.

Glam look for your Oscars viewing party.

 

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What do you guys think about this look? Share in the comments below! xoxo