Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Julep Swatches Pt. 1


Hey Girls!

I wanted to show you some swatches of 
Julep Maven's Nail Polish,
I have six different nail polishes
So I will divide up the posts into 4, 
The first 3 will be just swatches,
and the last one will be a review of them.

Also, 
I only paid for 2 of the polishes 
and the rest of them were won in giveaways.

ENJOY!


Julep's Anne
Described as:
Ultra Deep Violet

Julep's Stefani
Described as:
Glittery Deep Olive
xoxo
marla

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Top 5 Beauty Blogging Tips



Hey Girls!
I recently read a blogpost at Bamboozle Beauty Blog 
on her top five blogging tips...
and it gave me the idea to do a post on my tips!

Tip Numero Uno! 
Honesty is key... as a beauty blogger your readers
depend on you for the truth about products you
love or hate, when you lie and recommend products that
you honestly don't like it hurts your reputation as much as
it hurts your readers pocket... Now don't get me wrong,
bashing a company is not the way to go! 
Companies rely on feedback to make their products better :)
Constructive criticism is good!

Tip Numero Dos!
Make friends, the beauty blogging community is
filled with amazing people that are willing to share
opinions, stories, and even a little piece of their life,
I assure you that becoming someones TRUE friend will
open a lot of doors. Do not just do it to get their follow, do it 
because you feel you share something in common.


Tip Numero Tres!
Don't forget your friends & family...
I know a lot of bloggers that get burnt out and begin
to hate blogging because they spent too much time 
doing it. Invest as much time as you can without
it interfering in your normal/daily life. 
Don't forget to get some fresh air and breathe!


Tip Numero Cuatro!
Do it for the right reasons. We all have things
we are passionate about, but some people think that
blogging is a easy way to get "free" things or to become
a web celebrity... True colors shine through!
Please do not stain bloggers reputation because of 
plain greediness. 


Tip Numero Cinco!
Personally a blog's layout or pictures have a lot
to do with whether or not I want to follow them...
I know it sounds a bit odd but if a blog page is too
cluttered or if the picture quality sucks I get easily 
distracted and I can't appreciate what they are writing.
Take this into consideration when forming your blog. 

Hope this post was helpful!

XOXO
Marla

ps: pictures borrowed from Google!







Friday, January 27, 2012

Long Awaited Thank You Giveaway!

Hello Girls!
This is a very special post for me...
I have yet to do a giveaway, 
and I felt that I owe it to you all for so much 
support, love, and loyalty.

This giveaway is meant to 
you. 

I get inspired from so many things,
people, bloggers, magazines, and even natural things...
So I want to give the gift of inspiration to one lucky reader.

I am giving you the choice of a year subscription to 
3 different magazines:




I am subscribed to all of them and 
personally I love each and every one! 
Elle: because of its high fashion editorial prints
Marie Claire: because it covers fashion, love, and beauty
Seventeen: because it is young, fresh, and simple

Rules & Regulations:
You MUST follow all the rules in the
Rafflecopter widget when clicking on any of the entries.
Failure to follow rules will disqualify your entry.
If you are under 18 please ask parents for permission.
This is only open to U.S Residents... 
I have something special planned for all the 
international subscribers!
Winner will be chosen through Rafflecopter
and I will announce the winner on my blog.
I will aslo email the winner, and she has
a week to reply or another winner will be chosen.


Smoked Gold and Pink

Hey Girls!
I have been loving the combination of
Gold + Light Pink 

I think it looks so beautiful when paired together :)

I wore this look on Thursday and got so 
many compliments from strangers :)
Even a couple of guys told me my eyes 
look beautiful ! ha ha

Products Used:
Revlon ColorStay in Buff
Mary Kay Powder in 1 Beige
Jordana in Blushing Rose
MAC MSF in Soft & Gentle
MAC Espresso for Eye brows
MAC Swiss Chocolate in Crease
Coastal Scents 88 Palette light cream shadow as highlight
Mark Cosmetics On the Dot Palette (the gold color) on lid
Stila's Lionish Smudgestick on upper lid smudged out
MAC Lipstick in MYTH
Clinique Lipgloss in Air Kiss
Clinique Lash Doubling Mascara






enjoy!

Marla

Heart Kristel's Giveaway Alert !

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Hydroxatone for my Momma :)

Hey girls!

I recently won a giveaway throughCrazy Beautiful Makeup...
I won 4 products from the Hydroxatone Skincare Line!
I was super excited to win this because I 
wanted to give it to my momma as a gift...
She has been trying to find a good anti-aging skin care line
and this might be the one for her!

At the moment she is trying some of Strivectin's products
but they are super expensive!
This might be a more affordable alternative
although I have not checked prices yet :s
If you have tried it please let me know 
your thoughts & if you want me to let you know 
the results that she gets let me know !

I received the 
AM/PM Anti Wrinkle Complex
Intensive Youth Serum
Instant Lift Pads
Liftalyze-Eye-Lifting Serum








xoxo.
marla

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

NOTD :)


Super Quick post on my belated NOTD :)

This is actually from last year!

I had forgotten about these pictures!

The pink is Zoya's Izzy.

The Crackle is the black by O.P.I

and the beige is one I borrowed from a friend

so I do not know the name :(

SORRY !




Hope you liked :)
Let me know if you want more 
NOTD in the future...
I am not that nail polish obsessed in
comparison to makeup but I do like it :)

-Marla

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Open Sky... Designer Brands.. Discount Prices!

Hey Girls!

I have recently discovered another 
discount designer brand site, called 
Open Sky... <- click to check it out!

They are offer brands like 
Veronica Webb
Cynthia Rowley
& Kristina Cavallari
And the discount ranges from 
40%-75% !

They have 4 different 
types of stores 
to shop from:
STYLE
HEALTH
DESIGN
and FOOD!

Here are some things that caught my eye:

Inside Our Heart Teacups & Saucers
Original $50
Sale $30
Designer: The Judds
Cory-Leopard Print Satchel By Lodis
Original $298
Sale $179
Designer: Nancy O'dell
Restricted Sparkle Peep Toe Pumps
Original $70
Sale $29
Designer Nancy O'dell
Rosena Sammi Rosecut Gemstone Bracelets
Original $199
Sale $140
Donna D'Cruz
Seneca Rising Abigail Dress
Original $205
Sale $69
Kristina Cavallari

Here's how OpenSky works:Build a team of experts from the world's greatest
 chefs, stylists, personal trainers, celebrities and tastemakers
to do your shopping for you.
You can follow as many as you'd like.


Enjoy unique insight and firsthand knowledge
from your team of experts as they recommend
 for you the products they know and love.

Sit back and relax while your team gets you access
to new exclusive offers on the products they find every week.

Shop stress-free with our easy 90 day return policy.

So far I am loving this site!
:)

Let me know your thoughts on it!
Also, you get 10 dollars in credit
when you first sign up.

- Marla

Monday, January 23, 2012

Top 10 Beauty Blogger Award!

Hey Girls!

I love getting awards! The Lovely OlgiePolgie 
awarded me this awarded I feel honored :)
Picking my top 10 is a tough job considering 
I have so much makeup, but I made it happen! 

The rules of the award are as follows:
1. Thank the person who tagged you and link their blog within the post.
2. Put the award logo in your blog.
3. List your top 10 products in cosmetics/beauty/health.
4. Choose 5 bloggers to do the same.



Hand & body cream:
Sweet Pea from B&BW

Foundation:
Revlon ColorStay Foundation in Buff
(this was super easy to pick)

Mascara:
Clinique Lash Doubling Mascara

Makeup remover: 
Equate Face Cleansing Wipes (only $4 at WalMart!)

Makeup primer:
ELF Eyelid Primer ($1)
Still haven't found my favorite face primer.

Nail polish brand:
O.P.I 

Lipstick:
MAC Lipstick in Amplified finish

Body Wash:
Sweet Pea Body Wash

Perfume:
Juicy Couture Viva la Juicy

Lip balm:
EOS Lip Balm :)

Let me know your favorites!

My Favorite 5 Bloggers Are:

XOXO
MARLA

Smokey Blue & Terracotta Brown

Hey Girls!

Here is another LOTD!
Sorry it is soooo picture heavy...
I couldn't pick my favorites!
With my new camera there is not
one ugly picture ha ha !

Products Used:
Revlon Colorstay in Buff (center of face)
Jordana Foundation in Toasty (outside of face)
MAC Studio Fix Concealer in NC20
Translucent Powder
Rimmel Sun Bronze (contour)
Orange Blush from the Victoria Jackson Palette
MAC MSF Soft & Gentle
Victoria Jackson Get Addicted Face Color Kit
(The navy shadow,  light blue shadow, warm brown shadow)
NYX Jumbo Pencil in Black Bean 
LA Colors Lipstick in Satin
MAC Espresso Eyeshadow for brows
ps: no mascara!
















xoxo, 
Marla

Sunday, January 22, 2012

BirchBox January 2012

**check out my PEN PAL post** 
** and the look I am wearing**

Hey Girls!
This is my first video with my new camera, 
make sure you click the 1080p quality !
I am going to work on my lighting and such
so please let me know any tips on how
to make it better :) 

This BirchBox was really awesome!
I was excited to get a lot of these products!

-Origins Checks & Balances Cleanser
-Juicy Couture Perfume
-Stila Smudgestick in Lionish
-LaraBar
-Archipelago Pomegranate Soap



xoxo,
Marla

GaGa Series Look #3

**wanna be PENPALS? CLICK HERE**

gaga look #1
gaga look #2

Hey Girls! 

I am back with yet another GaGa look, 
this was inspired by a picture of GaGa at an interview.
Her makeup was a lot more toned down then her usual makeup...
The picture was kind of blurry and I could not find any more angles so I tried 
my best. I hope all of you guys enjoy these looks. 

Tutorials will be coming up soon so 
email me your look requests:
marlaandmakeup@gmail.com

Enjoy this GaGa series!

Products Used:
Revlon ColorStay in Buff
Studio Fix NC25
NYC Brow Pencil in Taupe
Coastal Scents 88 Palette 
(warm peachy beige all over lid, warm brown on crease, 
and golden brown as transition color)
Jordana Blush in Sandalwood
Mary Kay Foundation in 1.5 Beige as contour
ELF Liquid Liner in Black (on top)
NYX Jumbo Pencil in Black Bean (bottom)
NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk (waterline)
Wispy Lashes with extra wisp added on the end by me ;)
Beautique Lipliner in Natural
MAC Myth Lipstick








** New camera, let me know your thoughts **


xoxo,
Marla