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

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

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.

Beauty Review: Besame Cosmetics Brightening Setting Powder

Hi babes! 

Besame Cosmetics Brightening Setting Powder

I think I’ve just fallen in love with a new beauty brand – Besame Cosmetics. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to gush about such a unique and glamorous company.

**Disclaimer** The beauty babes at Besame Cosmetics kindly sent me products to test out so I could share their amazing brand with y’all! While I received these lovely items to review, all opinions are my own. Stay tuned, I will be showing off their lipsticks (which are amazingggggg!)

Besame Cosmetics Brightening Setting Powder

Note: All of the photos are of me wearing only foundation, concealer, and the setting powder. I did not wear anything else (other than eye makeup) for this review.

Brightening Setting Face Powder (Vanilla): $22

**You can also purchase Besame Cosmetics at Sephora. 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.

Let me start by saying that I’m beyond amazed with the packaging. The box itself is super cute and when you open it, it says, “Get ready to be admired.” SWOON! How freaking adorable? The entire brand has a 1920’s vibe and you will instantly feel glamorous. I know I did.

I love that the brightening powder comes in several shades, so if you’re morenita, there’s a shade for you! It also comes with a cute powder applicator that you can actually use. Most companies will include an applicator, but they’re so gimmicky and crappy that you have to use your own stuff. While the actual product is small (.21 oz), you can easily throw it in your purse for afternoon touch ups. It’s great for traveling, too!

Besame Cosmetics Brightening Setting Powder

It was hard to shake the product out, but I do love that there’s an extra cover that way the powder doesn’t spill out everywhere. After I applied my foundation and concealer, I noticed that once I applied a small amount near my eye, it immediately brightened that area. It really does brighten your skin! I looked more awake (who needs coffee when you have this magical product?), and my skin looked flawless.

Besame Cosmetics Brightening Setting Powder

The powder is weightless. I didn’t feel anything on my skin. My face was glowing and the powder didn’t make my skin look ashy or patchy like other powders do when you apply too much. I love that it lasted the entire day! Let me tell you, it is boiling hot in Cali, and this makeup stayed put. I didn’t sweat it off or anything.

I would definitely recommend purchasing this product if you’re looking for a higher quality setting powder or if you want something to give your face a natural glow.

Besame Cosmetics Brightening Setting Powder

I hope you enjoyed this post, lovelies!

Beauty Reviews: Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer

Hi babes!

With summer in full effect, I wanted to share my latest beauty secret … and it has SPF 30 in it! I used to be the girl who didn’t think moisturizer was necessary, but I was soooo wrong. It has changed my skin for the better! I have a nice little glow, better texture, and reduced redness. I recommend trying out the Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer ($13 -$17). It gives your skin the perfect amount of hydration without making your skin oily or greasy throughout the day.

Beauty Buys: Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer

See my video below for a detailed review!

Beauty Buys: Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer

Beauty Buys: Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer

Beauty Buys: Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer

Full Face Using Only Highlighters Challenge!

Hi dolls!

Grab your sunglasses because this post is going to be bright!

FULL FACE USING ONLY HIGHLIGHTERS

There’s this fun challenge happening – the Full Face Using Highlighter Challenge – and I couldn’t be more excited to share my makeup version with you lovelies. It all started with Mariya’s highlighter video. She used only highlighters to create a makeup look – and POOF – it’s turned into a viral makeup challenge.

FULL FACE USING ONLY HIGHLIGHTERS

Keep in mind, this look is solely meant to be fun! I mean, if you want to wear a full face of highlighter everyday, you go girl! You shine bright like a diamond! However, this is just a fun, viral makeup look happening. I honestly didn’t think I had enough highlighter products, but I whipped up a cute, golden goddess look for y’all! My powder, contour, eye shadow, gloss, EVERYTHING are highlighters/shimmery products. I seriously felt like Cleopatra, or a shiny trophy.

Hope you enjoy this post! Besitos! Share your looks with me. 🙂

FULL FACE USING ONLY HIGHLIGHTERS

FULL FACE USING ONLY HIGHLIGHTERS

FULL FACE USING ONLY HIGHLIGHTERS

FULL FACE USING ONLY HIGHLIGHTERS

FULL FACE USING ONLY HIGHLIGHTERS

FULL FACE USING ONLY HIGHLIGHTERS

FULL FACE USING ONLY HIGHLIGHTERS

FULL FACE USING ONLY HIGHLIGHTERS

FULL FACE USING ONLY HIGHLIGHTERS

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!

Selena Gomez

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