Ulta Beauty Haul: ALL NEW

Hello lovely friends! Isn’t shopping the most therapeutic activity of them all? I swear I could spend hours at Ulta Beauty without even noticing. You know when you’re there for so long they offer you a bag, it was one of those days.

This week I’m sharing my latest spree at Ulta. Everything managed to a total of $57 so talk about budgeting. Nothing too extravagant or prestige, the catch is I’ve never used these products. I decided to branch out from my regular brands of consistent products. Let’s get to it. 

MAKEUP – 

Two products I knew I needed to refill was my mascara and lip gloss. They run out so quickly on me because I use them like everyday. Usually these products I stick to drugstore because it’s so much easier to drive over to your local Giant or Walmart and pick them up.

L’OREAL Voluminous False Fiber Lashes is a beautiful gold-packaged mascara promising full lashes and a durable wand. I chose the shade “Blackest Black” because that’s what flatters my eyes the most!

I’ve had the NYX Lingerie Matte Lipstick once and I wasn’t happy with it because the formula was too drying for me. So I decided to try the NYX Lingerie Shimmer Lipgloss for a poutier look. This is in the shade “Spirit” and it’s a light, shimmery pink gloss. You know I can’t stay away from my pinks!

FACE APPLICATOR –

Who’s just as excited Morphe is at Ulta Beauty now?! WOW ME TOO. Funny story, I was walking around the store looking for a diffused brush for a softer application on my bronzer, the first brush I walked by was IT Cosmetics and it was priced at $18. I kept walking around thinking this IT brush was going to be the best candidate, fair enough it has great reviews!

PLOT TWIST. I stumbled onto Morphe’s aisle and hunched down to the brushes row to see their brushes are like $10! I was over the moon! This diffused brush was $8 and much needed since bronzer has become such a key component in my makeup. I’ve actually never used Morphe’s brushes. Hollllla BH Cosmetics! But, I’m excited to see how they perform.

My other random face applicator is a short blade for peach fuzz and eyebrow detailing! I honestly don’t know where I’d be without it. It makes those small details on your face just disappear. Dermaplaning smoothes the skin and fine lines while also being able to exfoliate pores/hair. This is a perfect trick before applying moisturizer or foundation for achieving that smooth finish!

The last brand I used for this was Sally Beauty. It was okay, nothing special. I’m hoping to see more improvements in my skin like a cleaner finish as a result of the exfoliation. The packaging also looks a bit more professional and directed towards dermaplaning, it was priced at $9.99.

HAIR CARE –

What I’m excited for the most. I recently decided to get side bangs inspired by early 2000’s JLo. At first my hair was long…just long. Now it’s long with side bangs! I want to keep the fullness it brings to my face and add tousled waves. Hello Spring hair phase!

For this tousled control, I bought OGX Locking + Coconut Curls Mousse with a strong hold of 3 out of 5. Crunchy curls do not look good on me so being at a 3 is a perfect balance. I love OGX’s Coconut Shampoo and Conditioner so I’m not that worried over the quality and smell of this Mousse.

Grand finale, I wanted to keep the softness of my waves alive so I bought this OGX Hydrating Oil! I’ve been told to go an extremely soft hand with this because too much and it’ll look like you haven’t washed your hair in 5 days! My plan is to keep this strictly below at the ends of my hair with a peasize amount.

Why do I feel like talking about the reasons for your purchases is always so detailed and exciting? Just me? What products would you like to see a review on?

I hope your weekly reading here was inspiring and makes you think about your next Ulta haul πŸ˜‰

XO Paulina

 

 

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The Miracle of Mascara

Welcome back my beautiful friends. How’s everyone organizing their time to get their business handled?! While you’re on break from being a boss, let’s admire the power of MASCARA. You know you couldn’t live without it.

I admit, I usually say eyebrows frame the face and contouring is life but talk about framing THE EYES. Masacara takes the crown. I look like a boy without masacara!

Three reasons why I believe mascara does this miracle of enhancement.

1. Length – This was definitely the goal we all first wished for when we were little gals trying out mascara. It wasn’t even about the eyes at this point if i’m being honest. It was about how long I can make these dang eye lashes. SO FUTURISTIC, SUCH SORCERY. Brands like Covergirl and Too Faced claim their mascaras do just the trick.

Long lashes barely touching your eyebrows is such a feminine charm. The best way to lengthen your lashes is to find a wand that offers alot of bristles instead of those big, foamy ones. Skinny wands as well so you can see easier as you work your way up the lashes!

2. Volume – Now that I’m in a different stage, volume matters alot to me. I love the fullness it brings all the way down to the root. I’m not a fan of huge gaps in between each lash, volume makes your rims look thick! It fills in the perimeter of your eyes giving off a complete look. That being said, I love clumpy/thick lashes!

I know most people call clumpy lashes “tree branches”, yes I’ve heard this before. But I refuse to wear mascara if I’m not going to make it obvious, if that makes sense. Either way I have to remove it with a wipe at the end of the night so make both products worthwhile!

3. Pigment – My most recent obsession is the absolute intensity change it has on your eyes but also the face. Brands create different colored mascaras, like NYX Cosmetics with shades purple, green, pink and blue.

NYX Color Mascaras at $7.99

Even with dark lashes naturally, the mascara color “Blackest Black” is a common drugstore shade thrown in. LET ME SAY IT WORKS. It’s better for a dark-lash girl like me! My friends with light lashes go through such a change, it’s beautiful! For a softer look, look for mascaras in the shade “Brown”.

SO, WHAT HAVE I BEEN USING LATELY? I use more than one because the more, the better! Honestly I don’t know why, but all you need is a long-lasting one for the layers. I also use a waterproof mascara for special events and even just as a final coat so I know these lashes are going to stay on! Universal use, right?

I also scout for the formula of mascara. I prefer a thick base than thin formula because of my obsession with stand-out lashes. It’s all preference and trial there! Some say high-end mascara is undoubtedly better than drugstore but if the formula is right, I don’t see a problem!

What’s your favorite mascara? Any tips to volumize lashes? Comment below ❀

XO Paulina

ABH Amrezy Highlighter did THAT

Happy, Happy Tuesday to everyone! Let’s talk makeup.

I’m sure you know about the famous and most sparkling highlight of probably 2018, the ABH Amrezy Highlighter. What a glow! You saw it everywhere on Instagram, Twitter and  even pinterest.

At a first glance, it’s that soft and effortless glow you get from the BEACH. It’s a light champagne that makes you smile, I would even say it reminds me of BECCA Champagne Pop x Jaclyn Hill. We all know how hard that product hit the sales floor across the country! So safe to assume, ABH and their continuing trends followed the wave and made one for us.

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BECCA Champagne Pop & ABH Amrezy Highlighter

So, who doesn’t know Amrezy? I mean, she only has the best Instagram layout EVER. With a breaking 5.6 million followers and counting, she’s found a special place in our beauty-lover hearts. I’m kind of upset she doesn’t make Youtube videos, but I find it impressive having a huge audience even without an important outlet like Youtube. YOU GO GIRL!

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Let’s talk about the actual product. On the front side is covered with gold stars surrounding the ABH x Amrezy mark. I think the stars represent the effect this highlight will have, STUNNING SUNSHINE.

This compact highlight weighs .31 ounces which is pretty average in the world of compact highlights. To compare, MAC Soft & Gentle Highlighter weighs .35 ounces. And to make our lives a little easier, ABH blessed us with a mirror. Thank you for all those trips you’ve saved me while doing my makeup in the car!

Fast forward to now, I bought the highlighter super late in the game and you guys are probably so annoyed I’m sharing this review now. SORRY! I knew since when it first launched it was going to be stellar, I mean just look at that glow. But I’m here now in 2019 confirming that this product is still BOMB. If you haven’t purchased it yet, do yourself a favor and treat your indulgences.

It hasn’t left me with textured skin and I’ve been wearing it for about two weeks now. How a product sits on my skin is really important to me because I struggle with occasional acne and it absolutely sucks to have those weird bumps underneath. So it also gets an A+ for sensitive skin Pauly!

I hope it lasts me a few months, we shall see. Maybe I should talk about which products run out too soon, EXPOSE THEM!

Have a blessed day, xo Paulina

Waking Up In 2019

Only a couple days away until the new year! Thankfully when the holidays treat you well, you slide into the new year eager for a new mindset. Maybe for a new goal or continuing tradition that completes your peace.

WHO’S READY?!

This upcoming year, my resolution is to wake up earlier than I did in 2018. This will take LOTS of discipline and maybe some tears, but it’s honestly for the best.

I have the worst habit of sleeping in and just not being able to get up from bed. It’s very upsetting and mentally exhausting. There could be a lot of theories as to why this is happening and how it’s affected me, but I’m ready for the change. It’s crazy how a year will pass by of just fatigue. I don’t want to think about the time I’ve wasted on sleep…..

Waking up around noon is not the life I want anymore! Lately I’ve been watching YouTube videos on how to wake up earlier and the one thing they can’t stress enough is YOU NEED TO HAVE A PURPOSE FOR GETTING UP.

Something needs to excite you enough to get up like coffee, the gym or even the morning news. You need the intention!

My reason would definitely be the gym. I made such a commitment to my physical health this year, knowing I can mold it into my 2019 goal gives me a lot more motivation to get it done!

Hopefully if this was your New Years resolution too, you feel less alone and developed a new strategy to do this.

My more intimate resolution was to become more involved in my church. More involved in my spirituality and relationship with the Lord. That’s for a later post though πŸ™‚

I’m off to New York tomorrow to celebrate the new year and I didn’t want to leave without this wishful thinking.

What’s your new year resolution? Have you thought about your strategy?

Xoxo PAULINA

Drybar gave me major hair inspiration again

Hello my beautiful friends ❀ I wish nothing but love and peace in your day and a wonderful holiday season thus far. I’m grateful for everyone who’s kept up with my life and letting my words make a impact on your lives.

May the word of love be shared and positive affirmations be reciprocated everyday.

– Your fav Sagittarius

Maybe it’s just me, but does anyone with long hair notice they don’t do anything to it anymore? Just air dry after the shower and hope the frizzes stay under control.

What about those days I used to obsessively straighten my hair and slick it back to a sleek ponytail? Or curl my hair and part it in the middle for a bouncy, 70’s effect?

So this wasn’t something I was randomly reminded of. But life has weird ways of reintroducing GOOD, FULFILLING care habits in our lives!

The end of November, I traveled to Las Vegas to celebrate my 21st birthday with my amazing mom basically funding the whole trip. Woot woot!

She booked an appointment to get my hair with Drybar! Working at Ulta Beauty a few years back, I know this brand is a huge seller in dry shampoos and treatments. I was so excited!

My stylist was the cutest! I didn’t know if she wanted to be in the picture aka that’s why you won’t see her face. She was so soft with my scalp and gentle brushing through my hair. I was sad my pineapple mojito was finishing so quickly!

I told her I envisioned loose Hollywood waves so she busted out her curler and went to work after my blow dry. So much talent goes into hair care and styling. Why is this so amazing to share with you all!?

One product that stood out to me the most was the first product she used right before blow drying my hair. It left my hair drying so soft to the touch and my curls came out so shiny! This prep step product is something I have to shop for this week.

After this total hair transformation for the day, I realized how much I’ve been LACKING in styling it. I need to get back into it! What a boost to my spirit and drive to my step.

What hair styles have you all been loving? Should I gather some cute ones and share them?

Xoxo PAULINA

Spooky Season Thoughts

Hello my beautiful friends! The days are getting longer and the nights a little more chilly but I haven’t let this seasonal mood get to me just yet!

This week, I can’t shake the feeling of turning 21. It’s like my life is coming together but not really, when does it start?!

Turning 21 next month, I look back at my life and realize I’ve never really stood still and took life for the way it was. I just kept moving forward, thinking about the next step or next goal. ANXIETY MUCH?

My life has changed SO much since then. I feel energized with happiness and genuine thoughts. Maybe it’s the concept of maturing and taking responsibility for more things in your life, but nowadays I just feel so grown and enlightened.

Maybe it’s the gym. I’ve never felt lighter and more toned in my life. All this energy I’m getting from here keeps me awake and I rarely take naps anymore!

I’ve also been thinking about investing in protein shakes. Aside from keeping track of my calorie intake, they’re just such an easier way to fill up that meal in my day. It’s frustrating not eating and then realizing you’re starving yourself at the end of a long day. What have you guys experienced with shakes?

Or maybe it’s my new set of nails I just spoiled myself to, it’s a treatment called SNS that’s loaded with Vitamin E and hardens your nails! Having my nails done makes me feel like an angelic fairy. Heck yeah!

I’ve also been super into accessorizing my fingers with RINGS. It gives me that flare when I talk and unconsciously move my hands around. Does anyone else relate? LOL. My current rings aren’t featured here but Charlotte Russe has a large selection and deals like 2 for $10. That’s where I’ve been heading to!

Or the thrilling satisfaction of starting a new book, CRAZY RICH ASIANS! I saw the movie and was blown away by the amount of story and slight divide between Asians and Asian-Americans. A concept I never thought about but things like this intrigue me more!

One weird thing, I find myself reading more when I’m reading 2-3 books at the same time. Maybe not read all the same day, but just take turns on which days I read what. By the time I finish, I feel way more accomplished finishing with 3 and it gives me more of a push because I have a lot to read!

And how could I forget my brand new baby girl, Venom. I proudly bought this car a few weeks ago and am still getting used to all the new high tech-ness! She’s a dream and I’m so lucky to spend the next maybe 10 years of my life with her. She’s a beauty, ain’t she?

I’ve had this dream since I was 16 of adding a pink steering wheel cover. This cover was purchased at a local repair shop for $12, Amazon would be a good place to look too! Now I drive around with high spirits, it’s honestly the little things in life. I spend a lot of time in my car driving to work, school, the mall, might as well invest in the interior!

This week, the thought of life flying past by scared me. But it’s sort of like the wine glass half empty or half full, it’s just how you choose to look at it.

I chose to sit back and think of things I’ve done this week that make me genuinely HAPPY and plant my feet on the ground. This way, I’m READY to take on my 21st birthday next month with open arms and an open mind.

Can someone tell me, does turning 22 feel this way too?!

HAPPY SPOOOOOKY SEASON!

– Pauly ❀

Happiness is a Ritual

The definition of the word, Ritual claimed by Google.

“A solemn ceremony consisting of a series of actions performed according to a prescribed order.”

Has anyone wondered the key to happiness? Those days when you ask yourself when will the good days EVER start?

I can’t help but sit in bed and wonder why I led myself to those questions. I should be cherishing life everyday!! Waking up at 7 a.m!! Going on a jog!! Buying some groceries!!

Shaving my legs!! And being the best student, daughter, friend, grandchild, mentor, leader and feminist ever possible for the sake of my sanity and approval of those I love.

Wow that sounds like a lot, right? But this is a pretty average list of the small but BIG roles we maintain everyday. And for that reason, I think it’s easy to lose track of that genuine feeling of life (happiness) everyday in our lives.

Happiness is a ritual. Not a group ritual necessarily either, you’ll be happy for that later. It’s a commitment you make amongst yourself to keep light inside you. Literally a set of actions you need to establish in your life to keep balance or to restore it when insanity breaks loose.

For a prescribed order. No one knows this correct order and every order is different. But whichever destiny you have faith in, this order is meant to stay as an order and keep us from evil versions of ourselves.

Billions of people going through this complex journey, no wonder the answer only resides in you. It’s you, it really depends on you and the actions being taken to keep a stable relationship within yourself (happiness) !!

Ever heard of self-care? Lately the things that have kept my spirit running are the purchase of my new car (BMW gang!), a new gym I’ve just subscribed to, and the sense of getting my money together (heck yeah for new credit card!).

It feels new, gives me motivation and it stops me in my track once in awhile and reminds me of the good things coming my way in life. That’s key. I know I’m never getting today back or reliving the moment I stepped in my new car, so this sensation has got to last. Not for those glam moments, but for the sake of my mind.

These actions I give myself is a recipe for happiness. I give full effort in these tasks because that’s what I deserve. Neglect your actions and you’ll neglect your happiness. Sounds familiar right?

Stop what you’re doing. Think about your past few days and remember what’s been keeping that smile alive. Now keep doing what you’re doing because you’re about to ride a happy wave. I’ll be riding this wave with a glass of wine in my hand.

comment below your successes this month ❀ -Pauly