Create Beauty 

This month has come and gone so quickly. My favorite part of this month was designing and decorating the Christmas tree for my church’s bookstore sale. I was so excited and still can’t get over how my design came out! I walked into the room and they gave me two materials of fabric and a bag of decorations and this is what I came up with.

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Sushi Lounge 

After a long morning and a happy nail appointment me and my best friend Karolyn went out to have lunch at a restaurant called Manu’s Kitchen Bar & Sushi Lounge in Newark, New Jersey. The food was so good I was so sad the leave after finishing my delicious manu’s rolls, coconut shrimp and frozen margarita. We will be back!!

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Top hyped palettes

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This summer I fell in love with eyeshadows and all I wanted to do was browse Sephora, creative looks and watch tutorials on youtube. Yes, I am a late bloomer and I have always loved buying foundations, lipsticks, highlighters, blushes and makeup tools but I never invested into eyeshadows until now. I was extremely happy that I was able to snag the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette on the first day it launched online. You will notice that the formula and texture are different from her regular single eyeshadows. This palette can be used for so many special and casual occasions all year around. I wish the packaging did not have the velvet texture because it gets dirty very easily.

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Mario Palette can give you the perfect everyday look. For both lunch and dinner dates. I usually gravitate towards this palette because of the variety of looks I can make with the colors. If you’re in high school, grad school, work from home or  in a corporate environment you can definitely get away with wearing your soft smokey day look at night. All of the colors are universal to all eye colors so you glue eyes and green girls were not left out. I always use the Urban Decay’s eyeshadow primer to help my eyeshadow makeup last longer and it has never let me down.  Don’t panic if you can’t afford it at the moment or the stores are completely sold out. Brands are launching palettes as the holidays get closure and the color choices are seem to fall into the same warm colors like oranges, burgundy, browns, and reds.

I was a little scared that the pigmentation from the Mater Palette by Mario was not going to show up on my deeper skin tone. The colors appear great and blend very easily. I actually like the Mario palette a little more than the Modern Renaissance. Yes, the burnt oranges, burgundies, and shimmers from the M.R palette are freaking gorgeous but the looks you can create from it becomes too similar. The Maro palette is perfect for someone who is new and want to learn how to create many looks and create a soft smokey eye. Unfortunate the Mario palette is limited edition so try to get your pretty little hands on it before it is gone forever!

My favorite three colors from Modern Renaissance Palette is Realgar, Primavera, and Red Ochre.

My favorite three colors from Mater Palette by Mario is Bronx, Claudia, and Muse.

Summer Sips

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My great friend Soraya was away in Portugal all summer visiting relatives and enjoying her beach house. Now that she is back and we can hit the streets of New York City!  We thought it would be nice to try something new and take a trip to the Upper West side of Manhattan. The UW area is filled with mostly stroller moms, nannies,and boutiques. You definitely won’t hear a lot of hipsters and college students wanting to hang out on the upper west side especially in the summer.

It did take us a long time to actually find a cool spot that had the perfect music, diverse crowd, and a cool scenery. After so much time had passed we stumbled across this California style restaurant called Playa Betty’s.  The beach theme and sounding surfboards were a lot more inviting compared to some other places nearby. It was a Friday night and this place was packed and very busy! The menu had a variety of servings that included chicken, steak and fish style tacos. After trying Soraya steak taco I had to order that too! I did enjoy my chicken taco but the steak won me over. Our waiter was great and really took care of us. He was working two tables next to us and he never got any of our orders wrong or mixed up. With the great food, service, and location I will be coming back.