Beauty That Works

It seems like the moment I started a new chapter with this blog, I had to put it on hold for something new. Since you’ve last heard from me, my whole life has been flipped upside down. I left my career in finance to work for Vivala, a lifestyle website for bold, real, and savvy Latinas, as a Writer, Editorial Assistant, and Founding Creator. It has been pretty much my whole life since I started in April and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Part of what I’ve been up to is a video series called “Beauty That Works” that has quick tutorials for the woman on the go. New episodes air every Wednesday and we just kicked off the second season last week. I’m super excited about what we have in store! You can add me on Facebook for updates.

Sephora VIB Sale 2015 Wish List

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The Sephora VIB Rouge sale starts tomorrow (4/16/15 for VIBs and 4/17/15 for Beauty Insiders) and of course my cart runneth over. I have put together my ultimate wish list, which includes the elusive Viseart eye shadow palette and a replacement for my shattered Becca highlighter in Opal. Now it’s time for the hard part…narrowing it down.

What’s on your list?

March Favorites 2015

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This month I’m sharing one of my holy grail hair products, a skincare update and some lippies I’ve been loving lately. Bonus: I also talk about my current favorite TV shows and what I’m looking forward to watching this spring. Click here to check out the video.

What are your current favorites?


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Four Picks

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I’ve been so excited about new beauty launches and accessories lately. Every time I vow to go on a “no-buy” there is always a collection that manages to break me down. Here is what is currently tempting me:

1. Make Up For Ever added another item to the bevy of contouring products hitting the market with their Pro Sculpting Duos. I already picked up Pink Beige, which is perfect for giving me a subtle glow while I’m really pale. Golden is on my wish list for when I get a little more tan this summer. The golden highlight is a pretty close dupe for the infamous MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Whisper of Gilt if you missed out on it.

2. I’ve been hearing mixed reviews about the NARS Dual-Intensity Blush but they look so good that I still want to try one (I wonder if this is showing up anywhere else in my life lol). I think I will start with Fervor, which has been on my radar for weeks.

3. It doesn’t seem like my obsession with BaubleBar is going away any time soon. I’m in the middle of making over my wardrobe (and life — more on that later) so new accessories are wholly justified. I’m on a gold kick and have been looking to add some more studs and bracelets to my stash.

4. I need to refresh my nail polish stash with some spring/summer colors and the new OPI Hawaii Collection has the required nude, pink and mint shades I can’t live without.

What’s on your wish list?

Makeup Tutorial: Jennifer Lopez | Oscars 2015

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Jennifer Lopez is always shutting it down during awards season. Things were no different at the 2015 Oscars. She wore a gorgeous nude Elie Saab gown and paired it with a colorful and fresh makeup look that had us all asking “is it spring yet?” Hopefully things start to warm up sooner rather than later. In the meantime, check out my recreation of J. Lo’s Oscar makeup.

Who had your favorite Oscars look?

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February Favorites 2015


My first monthly favorites of the year features what I have been loving from my recent hauls. Tarte’s tartelette palette is everything! Didn’t think I’d be into all matte looks until I tried its mix of neutrals and plums. The Charlotte Tilbury Bronze & Glow palette makes me feel red carpet worthy. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve spotted this on celebrity makeup artists Instagram accounts before I broke down and made one my own. Click here to check out more of my picks in this month’s video.  Continue reading

Haul: Kat Von D, Anastasia Beverly Hills, BECCA & More


My latest haul features enough contour products to make me unrecognizable; the goal of any respectable beauty routine. Just kidding! Lol. But seriously, it seems like everyday a different beauty company launches a new product to capitalize on the contouring trend. Click here to see the latest items I’ve added to my collection plus a few bonus goodies.  Continue reading

Makeup Tutorial: Beyonce | Why Don’t You Love Me


Face Atelier Ultra Foundation – #6
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer – NC20
Graftobian Hi-Def Glamour Creme – Warm Palette #3
Charlotte Tilbury – Filmstar Bronze & Glow
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder – Diffused Light
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish – Soft & Gentle
MAC Brow Finisher – Clear
MAC Eye Shadow – Espresso
Tarte Tartelette Palette
MAC Paint Pot – Soft Ochre
Inglot Eyeliner Gel – #77
Ardell Lashes – Wispies
MAC Eye Kohl – Fascinating
MAC Lipstick – Siss & Peachstock

This is what happens when a guy makes you mad and you start watching Beyonce videos on YouTube. I came across Why Don’t You Love Me and decided to channel my energy into recreating one of my favorite looks from the video. I did the tears and everything lol. Check out my video and let me know what you listen to when someone presses your buttons.  Continue reading

Makeup Tutorial: Kim Kardashian | Grammys 2015


I got my Kim K on and tried the look she wore to the Grammys this year. The eyes were completely shimmery, which is a totally different style from what I normally wear. It was a top pick when I asked who had your favorite look of the night on Instagram so I gave it a try. I loved the result and think this would be great for a date night. I can say that with confidence because it’s Kanye approved lol. Check out the tutorial here.
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Makeup Tutorial: Jennifer Lopez | Golden Globes 2015


This tutorial was inspired by the makeup Jennifer Lopez wore to the Golden Globes this year. Her signature golden glow was paired with smoldering grey and purple eyes. It was so striking that I just had to try it on myself. Click here to get the look.  Continue reading