June Beauty Favorites

Holy crap, half of 2017 is gone! Time flies when you're having fun and having an eventful year. 

Hannah and Cecilio's Wedding Video

As I was planning my wedding, I learned that one thing most brides regretted was not budgeting for a videographer.

June 2017 Boxycharm: Downtown Charm

June 2017 Boxycharm: Downtown Charm

This is the 3rd time I have resubscribed to Boxycharm. When I found out that they letting go of the waitlist to have more people sign up, I immediately jumped on it. I've had wonderful items from them and I wanted to give them a try. But because I signed up recently, I got my box later than others.

Summer 2017 Beautycon Box

Since I subscribed to Beautycon, I've been looking forward to a box full of goodies at the turn of each season. Beautycon is a quarterly beauty box that gives you at least 10 full-sized products such as makeup, skincare, hair care, and beauty tools.

Testing the Smashbox Be Legendary Liquid Lipsticks

Smashbox Be Legendary Liquid Lipsticks

I love liquid lipsticks but my dry lips don't. Thankfully, Smashbox released a new line of liquid lipsticks that are comfortable to wear!

My Summer 2017 Bucket List

Happy Summer Solstice, I say after I whine about how hot it is every summer in my crabby tone of voice.

Thank you ColourPop for this beautiful haul.

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Every beauty blogger and their mother knows about ColourPop, and now I'm hearing more and more about them now that they ship internationally. I have a love-hate relationship with their Ultra Matte liquid lipsticks: although they have beautiful shades, they are the most drying lipsticks I have ever tried (along with the Tarte quick dry matte lip paints and the CT Matte Revolution lipsticks). However, I saw that they had a sale going on and I wanted to take advantage of getting some of the products before they discontinued: let's just say I was not disappointed!

Essentials for a Sweet Beauty Sleep*

I admit that I am horrible about getting a good night's rest. Old habits die hard, and I can recall endless nights of sleeping until past midnight to play video games when I was 8 (and waiting for my dad to come home from work to play with me). Fast forward a few years later turned into staying up late to chat with friends on AIM or the phone (oh, there was texting, but these were the days when you had to worry about using up data and this was way before IG, Facebook messaging, or Snapchat). Then came the all-nighter hours of studying, projects, and homework for my years of community college and university.

Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette

Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette, Zoeva

There are so many amazing beauty brands outside the US I want to try, and some of which are arriving at our local Sephora and Ulta. Rumor has it that German beauty brand Zoeva will make its way in Sephora soon. Before I found out about the news, I purchased the Cocoa Blend Palette through their website which was only $26.50. However, I had to pay an extra $9 for international shipping. It's still a lot cheaper than the average Sephora palette! If they hit the shelves and (hopefully) don't raise their prices, I will buy the Caramel Melange Palette. I've been wanting to get my hands on that and not have to deal with international fees, along with being able to get my Sephora rewards points!

BECCA x Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette

BECCA x Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette, BECCA x Chrissy Teigen, BECCA x Chrissy, BECCA Rose Gold

I'm not someone who goes crazy for makeup collab products with celebrities or Youtubers. Ok sure, I've got a couple: Champagne Pop, Kylie Cosmetics or MAC's Viva Glam with Miley Cyrus. But I'm not first at the checkout line waiting to buy something just because it has someone's name plastered on it.

I'm not the biggest fan of Chrissy Teigen either. All I know is that she is a model, a cook, and John Legend's wife. Every time her face palette (collaborated with BECCA) popped up, I couldn't look away. I tried to put it in the back of my mind, but the colors were just too gorgeous. It made its way in the Ulta shopping chart. I waited about a week before it came in my mailbox, and I was just too excited!

Sunday's Best & Summer Vibes with a Pink Tulle Skirt

95% of the week, I dress up really casually. Shirts and yoga pants or shorts, but when it comes to going somewhere nice, I want to primp up. 

Our Wedding Reception Playlist

I fondly look back on our wedding day with bliss and giddiness, and I would relive it over and over again. Throughout my engagement, I was worried sick about having to invite so many people (family obligations) and being the center of attention. During the day though, I was just surrounded by SO much love and support from family and friends that I actually wish we invited more people. I just felt so much joy when my cousins from Chicago raved about how much fun they had! My uncle who came all the way from the Philippines told me he was in tears with how much love that surrounded Cecilio and I. One of my dad's best friends, John (whose wedding was 20 years ago and my dad was the best man for) told my sister that he could feel my dad's presence. My best friend said this was the most fun wedding she has ever been to.

Sephora VIB Rouge Fall 2017 Event (+ a haul)

Sephora VIB Rouge Fall 2017 Event

I've been a card carrying Sephora VIB member for 2 years (the Beauty insiders who spend $350), and this is the first year I've donned the VIB Rouge status (the shamelessly I-spent-$1000 club). What's the difference? The Rouge members get first dibs on the Spring and Fall sales, free shipping without having to spend $50 (this to me is the biggest perk), a private concierge that will help you with any beauty concerns, and invitations to exclusive events, such as the Fall 2017 Event.

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks

Who the hell is Charlotte Tilbury and why are people so crazy about her? I used to wonder.