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70 dollars for a palette! Amor y Mariposas by Melt cosmetics I got it so you don’t have to. Let’s talk ๐Ÿ‘€

As soon I saw the Campaign video for this Palette I was sold! A collection inspired per Melt’s words in the comforting love found after losing a loved one and the vibrancy of life. The packaging all of it I was excited! Once I got it my thoughts well let’s say I feel different about it ๐Ÿ˜‘

First of all my apologies for not posting yesterday…Girl! I found myself looking at my beauty collection and could not believe how many makeup palettes I have! So I went thru them to declutter nonexpired palettes and thought well I only used them once or twice could there be people interested in buying them? Would be sad to not get to be used. So I spend a lot of time listing them on Mercari by the end was so tired and still have many more to list lol I sold a lot of them which makes me so happy they can be put to good use ๐Ÿ˜Š then prepping them for shipping took some time, haha but happy I did this ๐Ÿ˜Š

So how are you my Sweets! How’s Life? Did you treat yourself for black Friday? I am overall good I did treat myself with some goodies. Next week I will not post due that I will take the week off I have some dear friends visiting from my Country and will spend time with them, it’s always good to pause and unwind for a bit ๐Ÿ˜Š So let’s jump into the episode.

Melt Cosmetics

The brand was founded in 2012 by two women Lora Arellano and Dana Bomar the brand is animal cruelty-free, not all Vegan but most of their products are. They ship internationally too.

Amor y Mariposas Palette ๐Ÿฆ‹

First of all, let’s talk about the packaging Girl! That alone needs a moment haha the packaging is beautiful is exquisite is gorgeous the art on the cover of the palette is raised and truly a delight to the eyes made by the Mexican artist Gustavo Ramada. The inside of the palette is beautiful as well the touch inside with the monarch butterflies is a nice one and the box where the palette comes from the inside has a velvet fabric you can see the love and effort put into this and I appreciate this so much as many beauties do.

There is the fallout a lot of it so keep that in mind I do always do my eyes first so that is no issue for me. The mattes are rich in color and pigmented the color story is beautiful I do think some colors are similar and no need to have more than one like Seรฑales y te adoro these two also need some building upon medium skin tone. I liked Nube is a beautiful purple ๐Ÿ˜Š and they do not stain the lid.

Now the shimmers oh boy I did not like the shimmers at all ๐Ÿ˜” they feel soft to the touch but when applying it does not layer up well is grainy. Once on the lid does stay but is not shiny or metallic the formula is not the best I tried.

You can indeed create beautiful looks but to me shimmers at very important so was not in love with the palette but a bit disappointed.

I also picked up two of their gel liners Estrella and Colibri now these are Chef kiss gorgeous and super Metalic when you dip the brush it feels beyond creamy is like a mousse! They dry matte and dry lighting fast not much room to blend you have to be quick! I did not like this because The first time I put one of them on I did not blend fast and well I could not fix it since had to leave to work so was a mess haha. But overall I love these liners they are pigmented and what I love the most is that are waterline safe but not only that they will show! You don’t have to build up it’s not sheer it’s opaque and pigmented ๐Ÿ™ƒ

taken from Melt cosmetics IG

To conclude I do not love the palette it is not worth the price for the not-so-good shimmers, in my opinion, is way too overpriced. If you love high shine shimmers and or super metallic eyeshadow then you will not be happy with this palette. The mattes are good and blendable. The packaging is A plus! Chef kiss the liners are worth getting ๐Ÿ™ƒ Overall I give it a 7 of 10! Below I leave you a link to their website

https://www.meltcosmetics.com/

Arm Swatches ๐Ÿฆ‹

Eye looks and tutorial

Golden Eye Mess ๐Ÿ˜‡

Final look and Fashion style

Since it dries fast and I did not blend quickly it creased not good for under the eye area.

Eye Planet ๐Ÿช and tutorial

Final look and fashion style

Nameless eye and tutorial

Final look and fashion style.

There you have it my beautiful friend I hope you liked this post if the case give it a like ๐Ÿ™ƒ I will not post next Monday since I will be off for the week taking care of my friends visiting from my Country but will be back the following Monday ๐Ÿ˜Š follow me on my Instagram let’s be friends! I am there as beauteeindistress

In case you are interested in buying makeup palettes from my beauty collection, these are pre-owned, treated with love and care you can check out my profile on Mercari. Since I blog about makeup products and I am always buying them, only used them once or twice so you can get them for a bargain they are negotiable too! is my pleasure they get a chance to get used and loved again! Some are very recent too! Meaning recently released by a beauty brand Like this palette from Amor y Mariposas, I listed it and was sold to a lady that is super excited for it ๐Ÿ˜Š I leave you here the link.

https://www.mercari.com/u/609723090

Have a fab rest of the week and days ahead, please be safe out there and enjoy life is a blessing to be breathing air. Sending much love to you my beauties ๐Ÿฅฐ Bye for now ๐Ÿ˜˜

I felt old and not happy with myself so I decided to do Botox and fillers for the very first time in my life not what I thought it would be ๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿชž๐Ÿ™Š

As I kept looking at my reflection in the mirror in my late thirties every morning I started to notice frown lines on my forehead! Gosh, I felt old and unhappy at the same time it hit me how life short is! I started contemplating the idea of botox as is so popular among not only celebrities but friends too.

Hello my sweets how are you! How life is going? I hope you are well and everything that you desire is working out for you ๐Ÿฅฐ I am well I cannot complain, grateful for breathing air, having a job, and having the opportunity of expressing myself thru here and social media ๐Ÿ˜ let’s jump in today’s episode. ๐Ÿ™ƒ

Since when I first saw those dreadful frown lines in my forehead and looking at them every day just getting more and more pronounced haha. I am 42 it took me a few years to decide to do botox. I read articles about it. Some celebrity’s experiences and friends. In the celebrities, the case is a mix of good and bad The friends I know to do it are very happy with it.

My friends recommended I go to a spa where the price is a bit less than a dr and also to not wait much longer since it would take more botox to make an effect in a more wrinkled face! ๐Ÿ˜ณ I felt a bit uneasy about where to go something I value a lot is my face! In spas, they have botox specialists that are not necessarily a doctor some do have a Doctor but you may not be seen by the dr but by a specialist if that makes sense. I decided was best to go to a place where I would get seen and treated by a Doctor I feel is the safest way to do this kind of procedure even if will cost much more. After looking only for 5 stars reviewed doctors I chose Dr. Gregory Lewen he is a double board-certified oculofacial plastic surgery Doctor.

The eentrance at the Doctor’s office

First of all, I liked his website he made emphasis in this paragraph extracted from his website:

“The cost of receiving injections of Botoxยฎ in Miami does not just include the cost of the actual product. Unfortunately, this is an error that is made by many people when considering the cost of this treatment, and it can be very dangerous to consider where to have cosmetic treatments such as Botoxยฎ injections performed based solely on the cost. The cost of Botoxยฎ most importantly incorporates the level of skill and expertise of the injector. Many people perform Botoxยฎ injections without ever receiving the proper training on the anatomy and physiology of the face. Some injectors will simply attend weekend courses before starting to inject patients with Botoxยฎ, while others may not even have the proper license, appropriate credentials, or required oversight to legally perform these treatments.

When a US specialist purchases Botoxยฎ through Allergan or a distributor authorized by Allergan, it is guaranteed quality. Unfortunately, some injectors purchase Botoxยฎ from other sources inside or outside of the country to save money on the cost of the product. Botoxยฎ that is purchased from non-reputable sources is not regulated by the FDA and is not always controlled for proper storage conditions or expiration. Such Botoxยฎ will typically be offered to patients much cheaper. Lastly, Botoxยฎ requires reconstitution before injection. Some injectors will intentionally dilute the product before treating patients to save money”

This sold me out is what I needed to hear. I called in made the appointment they charge $150 to book the appointment is nonrefundable but if you decide to do the treatment it can be used towards the payment so I booked the appointment and paid the fee. I leave here a link to his website.

https://www.lewencosmetic.com/

The day came to see the Dr. I was nervous but ready I thought it will be just an injection and that’s it no pain, no fuzz nothing just forget about it lol. Nothing like that.

Here are my impressions:

They have a nice office, they literally only see one patient at the time I was the only one there, prior I was waiting in my car to get called in.

The staff was friendly

Dr was attentive to questions, professional, patient, and friendly explained everything in detail felt in good hands.

These are the questions and answers given:

Botox is to relax the muscle

Filler is to give volume.

Botox what are the side effects or cons? Swelling, droopy, dry eyes, blindness.
What about fillers? Same as botox rare reactions. He uses a cannula to avoid blood vessels.
Type of filler that you will put on me? hyaluronic acid it’s dissolvable
When is a good time to stop? Dr will tell the patient but one has to watch oneself to avoid looking like a cartoon in the future.
Is there more than one type of filler? Many types 
What happens when filler fades away? Look back to normal

This is the first room you get in where you meet the Dr and responds your questions.

He said that he likes to apply botox and fillers in a way it looks natural and that feels comfortable for the patient. I loved this!

For example, in botox he wanted to relax my forehead in areas that will help give a natural look but not too much that would make the brows feel heavy he said if not done properly that is what happens you feel that heaviness, and the only way to fix it is to wait it out.

Fillers he explained my problem is the wrinkles around the mouth in my perspective that is, he said our faces one side is a little bigger than the other making having a good side for photos.

By applying the filler on my dimple area would smooth it out but not go completely.

He also mentioned that if I apply on the area on top of my cheekbones that would immediately lift a bit my laugh lines area and also would help to brighten up the eyes lifting it a little bit in the eye bag area opening the eyes.

I decided after he spoke to me to do the botox in the forehead area. He with his assistant took me to another room and started injecting it was not painful as I imagined he was gentle and the procedure was done in minutes I had small bumps where he injected that scared me but he said do not worry they will be gone in the next hour or so and gave me an Ice pad. He said I could go to work right after but I decided to take the day off. He also said I would start to see results by next Tuesday This was done on a Friday, by Sunday the frown lines were gone! I was beyond surprised! I was delighted No more blurring or smoothing my forehead on my pictures! ๐Ÿ˜† I felt well through the weekend, started to have mild headaches by Monday that could be easily treated with Advil.

The room where Botox was applied.
How I looked after botox

Tuesday came and oh my gosh the horror my right eye had some lid drop like there was a bit of excess of it best explained by this two little video I made of it.

I called the dr he saw me right away and he said not to worry that he did not want to put much botox in that area to avoid feeling a heavy brow and it should go away in the next week or so. Then I decided to talk a bit about fillers I said to him I don’t like the lines around my mouth he said to take it easy that we can do it little by little and that we could start with the area around the eyes cheek fillers this would brighten up my eye area, brighten up my face and give a youthful appearance he also told me he is against permanent fillers the one he offered would last one year and a half to two years…I was sold! He told me to think about it and when ready to do it but I am an impulsive person I confess and decided to do it then and there.

He prepped the area with a numbing what it looks to me soap and told me to close my eyes and not to worry about the popping sounds I will hear he used hyaluronic acid. So I closed my eyes I felt the popping sound is quite nerve-racking and felt he was molding that area. The procedure was done in what felt like 20 to 30 minutes he gave me some Ice told me I could go to work right after if I wanted to but again decided to take the day off he said no exercising in 24 hours that is normal to feel pain and see bruising.

Well, I felt well during the weekend I kept looking at the mirror but could not see anything meaning the fillers. To me, I looked the same haha had no pain and no bruising I did break out a bit of pimples but nothing alarming then Monday came I put on my makeup as always, and oh my gosh I saw the difference! I almost fell to the floor I was pleasantly surprised and delighted! I looked beautiful! I had cheeks! And had a contoured face! I was so so happy and I confess I wanted more done in my face this can be addicting people!

How I looked after fillers

The next weekend came I had to wait one more week for a follow-up a scheduled appointment with the dr where he checks all is ok which I do like about this doctor. And this particular weekend I felt terrible, headaches if I turned to the right side in my bed the whole room would spin I felt dizzy every time I did this. I could not get up from bed mostly due to the headaches that receded on Monday thank goodness. Went to my follow-up appointment he said that the dizziness he did not think was connected to it but most likely to my Vertigo I do suffer from vertigo once or twice a year and recommended I go see my primary dr. He said all looked well on my face. I asked about fillers around my mouth he explain what he could do and also said to wait on this. He set an appointment for botox in February since botox lasts approximately 4 months and that we could discuss that in that appointment that there is no rush.

After this visit I have not felt bad, no headaches I can sleep on my right side and don’t feel dizzy, my right eyelid does not look droopy the only thing I experience is when I get stressed I feel the tension in my forehead like around the eyebrows and goes away once I relax.

Overall it’s not peaches and cream to do this kind of procedure and we are all different and may react differently. It’s important to think this thing through and not be impulsive like I am haha ask as many questions as you want and understand the risks. If done incorrectly many things can go wrong like getting blind! if botox is not injected correctly or getting the filler gets injected in the blood vessels which may cause among many horrible things death so is important to not think about how much money you can save forget about that be ready to spend and look for a board-certified Doctor, not just a person that will offer you to do it for less money but will cause terrible effects in your face that may kill you. So keep this in mind I beg you ๐Ÿ™ this is a hard job if you ask me! Very delicate to be a plastic surgeon.

What I liked about this Doctor and his clinic well I liked they only see one person at a time to protect you and them of course from the virus. You are not rushed thru the visit, the dr is not cold and is patient when answering questions, and of course very professional has a soft hand when doing his procedures. His office is super clean and organized, his staff is nice and polite. I also loved he is not in the urge to sell you a service he tells you to think about it to take your time that is best to go little by little. I guess the only con I have is that I did not see hand sanitizers all over and available for the patients but if you ask them they will give you or tell you where to wash your hands.

The cost.

Botox the cost is $ 637 they deducted the $150 booking fee came to a total of $ 487

Cheek fillers: the cost for both cheeks is $ 2, 150

It is expensive the cost of Botox is very much the average price when done by a certified Dr. The cost of the fillers is high but if you put into account how long it lasts then seems less expensive if that makes sense.

I asked him what to look for in skincare products he told me to look for this so I leave it here to share with you beauties:

When using face cream for anti-aging 5 ingredients are important:

Retinol
Vitamin C in Serum
Peptide in growth
Suncream

I got all of these plus I bought myself an LED mask to help collagen and to prep face for skincare now the mask is expensive because the infrared led you can find cheaper alternatives without the infrared led that will do nothing hence why is expensive. I list here the products I bought.

  • Neutrogena Hydro Boost SPF 50
  • Rejuvenate advance multi-peptide youth cream
  • Skinception Kollagen Intensiv
  • Glow recipe Avocado melt Retinol
  • Skin Medica Eye repair
  • TruSkin vitamin C facial serum
  • Currentbody skin LED face mask

Overall I feel very happy with the results, happy in my skin. I confess I am terrified of getting old I don’t like it society associates it with ugliness but it’s not true! I was watching the other day Wayne Goss and he was talking about his skincare routine and he said these words of wisdom getting old is a privilege not all of us reach to grow old and is not about avoiding getting old but to age positively and gracefully which is what I am aiming for ๐Ÿ™ƒ I just pray to know when to stop doing injectables and live my old years embracing me. ๐Ÿฅฐ

Before Botox and fillers photos

Gosh I look so tired without make up ๐Ÿ˜ฑ taken by the Dr

After Botox and fillers photos

No makeup ๐Ÿ™ˆ taken by the Dr.
look at those cheeks! ๐Ÿ˜ธ

There you have it my loves. I hope you liked this episode ๐Ÿฅฐ if you did give it a like and I invite you to become my friend on Instagram I am there as beauteeindistress

I post every Monday and a revised Spanish version on Tuesdays. Be safe out there enjoy life and give it a thought about aging positively and gracefully ๐Ÿฅฐ Bye for now ๐Ÿ˜˜

Let’s review That time of year by Gourmande girls cosmetics let’s have some tea on it ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿซ–

I love and have so much admiration for the owner of this brand, she is down to earth and is there for her customers she builds friendships with them which is rare for a brand that does this. For this and other reasons is a pleasure to support this brand but this does not mean I will not be honest in my review and gurrl I have some thoughts on this palette ๐Ÿง

Hello my sweets how are you! ๐Ÿฅฐ How are things? How are you coping with this Pandemic? I hope you are well. Me I am well keeping the fam and myself as safe as possible and living life ๐Ÿคฉ without further ado, let’s jump into today’s episode

I did speak about this brand in a past episode the one I talk about their exquisite palette, its important to note that this brand is 100% Vegan and animal cruelty-free is owned by one Woman her name is Cristina under the Foxy Rose, LLC and she pretty much runs the show for the brand if you know what I mean.

That time of year Palette

The palette consists of a 15 eyeshadow pan palette, the color story is beautiful eye-catching she made this palette in collaboration with three you tubers: the adventures of Xinia, debutawn, and thebrutallyhonestbeauty I don’t watch their channels but by peeking in their IG I can tell they three are very talented I really liked thebrutallyhonestbeauty she makes some really nice makeup looks that are truly beautiful and watching her a little bit on Youtube she emits such a good vibe!

A collab with Aventures of Xinia, debutawn and the brutally honest beauty

The mattes are very nice to feel, they are pigmented except Fuzzy Socks this one is a little sheer on my Medium skin tone is good in my case to use as a transition shade but not alone. I liked that there is little fallout in the pan and on the eyes. I wish they included a black one to deepen things out but overall the selection of Mattes is very pretty my faves are frostbite, sugar plum, and joy ๐Ÿฅฐ these mattes blend with ease and the colors are fun indeed. And once on the lid last all day.

The shimmers well I am pleasantly surprised! I can tell the brand improved its formula! I feel so happy to report they are more shiny and sparkly! However, there was one shade that did not work for me and that is Twinkling lights it creased on my lids and was patchy I used white concealer and glue primer the other shimmers performed better were not patchy at all. Once on the lid, they last all day. My favorites: the feel and Icicle ๐Ÿฅฐ Nostalgia was not as shiny as the rest was more subtle. They all feel creamy to the touch.

The packaging is Cardboard which is good helps our planet, the cover is pretty simple I think the packaging is a very important thing to pay attention to. I have bought stuff just for the packaging alone! haha, I feel this packaging falls more on the safe side I know some beauties care a lot for the packaging and feel of a product.

Another thing I would love to see more releases from the brand and bring not only a palette but a collection with it for us to enjoy! I think this palette alone will cover the rest of the year. I understand is difficult for a beauty brand out there in a saturated fierce competition but would love to see the brand just grab the bull by the horns if that makes sense.

The cost of the palette was $ 36 with free shipping since I used a coupon otherwise the cost is $ 39.99 which is a really good price and the shipping time was super fast I got it delivered in no time and I do appreciate it this about the brand. Is in stock now and you can save too my beauty by using code: FEMENINE for 10% off this is not affiliated just for you and me to save some money ๐Ÿ™ƒ I give this palette a 9 out of 10! I recommend it to you I see with their improvement on their shimmer formula the brand is heading in the right direction and I look forward to seeing what they will create or evolve to next! I will continue to support this cute brand and I invite you to give it a try who knows you might just become a gourmande girl ๐Ÿฅฐ

Check out their website here:

https://gourmandegirls.com/

Arm swatches

  • Frostbite – sky blue matte
  • Sleigh Queen – dark purple matte
  • Icicle – Grey purple multichrome that shifts green gold and pink
  • Cherries Jubilee –  brick red
  • Warm and Toasty – medium brown matte
  • Snow Angel- white pearlescent shimmer
  • Silver Bells – silver foiled duochrome
  • Twinkling Lights –  white douchrome that shifts blue and green
  • Fuzzy Socks – nude peachy matte
  • Nostalgia – rich brown shimmer
  • Sugar Plum – medium purple matte with sparkles
  • Joy – vibrant peach matte
  • The Feels -white duochrome that shifts gold and pink
  • Evergreen – rich dark green
  • Cheer – cheerful bright green

Eye looks and Fashion style ๐Ÿ’ƒ

Green Izak Eye drink and Tutorial

Final Look and Fashion style

Eye dream and Tutorial

Final look and fashion style

Eye Candy and tutorial

Final look and fashion style

There you have it, my Queens! If you liked give this post a like and follow me on Instagram I am there as beauteeindistress I put photos daily 5 times a week. I hope to see you on my next episode next Monday where I will talk about botox and fillers aha that’s right!

  • Have you tried Gourmande girls cosmetics?
  • Is there a palette from an indie brand that has caught your eye for black Friday?
  • What is your favorite palette in your beauty collection?

Leave a comment down below

Have a great rest of your week lovies! Be safe out there, lots of hugs and kisses to you. Bye for now ๐Ÿ˜˜

Let’s talk about Meet me in the underworld from Lois cosmetics with 3 looks ๐Ÿ‘

I love indie brands! Love how fun, versatile, formulas that are jaw-dropping they have everything my little heart desires, today is no exception we will review another indie brand ๐Ÿ˜Š

Hola how are you my sweets! ๐Ÿฅฐ I hope you had a nice Halloween with your loved ones and if you don’t celebrate it that’s ok I hope you then had a nice weekend! My weekend was spent at home with my family ๐Ÿ‘ป Let’s begin with this episode review ๐Ÿ™ƒ

From Lois Cosmetics IG

So who are Lois cosmetics you may ask, well this is a very new brand. They started on March 2020 right alongside the Pandemic so they started as I can imagine facing some challenges. Is founded, owned, and operated by a female, her name is Lois and she is a makeup artist they are based in London, the UK they are cruelty-free and vegan which is so nice is important to be a brand that cares for animals, is an environmentally friendly brand they strive to offer recyclable packaging.  I feel happy to support them just for that ๐Ÿ˜Š

The packaging of the palette is cardboard the artwork is nicely inspired by the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice a tale of enduring love and loss. Is a 16 eyeshadow pan of mattes, shimmers, and metallic shades.  Is grungy in their words a grungy glam palette.

The shimmers and metallics are not buttery smooth they feel texturized but they apply nicely on the lids. The mattes are smooth and creamy.  A little fallout not too much. In my case I do my eyes first then my face just because of fallout it’s easier and less stressful this way for me ๐Ÿคญ but if you do your face first just put setting powder under the eye to catch the fallout. I found a little staining on the lid on some shades, keep in mind though that this is because is a vegan formula it’s not permanent will go away in a day and you can hide it with concealer. I’m okay with this is one small sacrifice to not harm animals ๐Ÿ™ƒ once put on the lids they will last all day and do not crease on the lids.

The shades all of them are pigmented just a few need builds up on my medium tone skin like Myth and footsteps. The shimmers and Metallic shades are not mind-blowing shiny however they don’t lack pigment and look nice on the lids. My favorite shades are Snakebite, lyre, and enchanted. I am not in love with the palette I just like it, the color story is nice but I found myself wanting in there an Orange, a yellow, and a blue haha but you can create some truly nice looks with this palette as it is. I give it a 7 of 10! I do recommend it to you ๐Ÿ™ƒ its very well-reviewed on their website.

Price point I paid $ 33.50 plus International shipping $ 14.79 and arrived fairly fast I think is a good price in total. I used Paypal since my debit card is restricted to be used in the USA. Through Paypal, I can use that very same card and pay either the whole amount, split it into two payments, or do 4 installments which are extremely convenient if you ask me ๐Ÿ˜Š

Here is the link to their website

https://loiscosmetics.com/

Arm Swatches

Per their website:

Poetry: Rose pink shimmer
Lyre: Copper foil shimmer
Enchanted: Yellow toned Green shimmer
Forest: Deep cool toned green shimmer
Eurydice: Soft Peachy Pink Shimmer
Hades: Deep cool toned brown matte
Muses: Cool Rose tone Taupe Foil Metallic
Orpheus: Green Tone Antique Gold Foil Metallic
Snakebite: Warm toned pink Matte
Footsteps: Cool Toned Mauve Matte
Nymph: Neutral Moss Green Matte
Myth: Terracotta Matte
Tragic Love: Deep Red-Brown Matte
Melody: Warm toned Brown Matte
Woodland: Cool-toned Khaki Matte
Underworld: Deep Black Matte

Looks ๐Ÿ‘

Cat eye in reverse…green mood ๐Ÿ• with tutorial

Final look

Dress is from New York and Co

Eye gift ๐ŸŽ with tutorial

Final look

Top and pants from New york and Co

Thaumatrope eye with tutorial

Final look

Top from New York and Co. Jeans from True religion

I hope if you have not tried indie brands that my reviews make you want to try them.. girl you will not look back once you do! Happiness is guaranteed haha. If you are already into indie brands then I’m so happy that is awesome!

Tell me did you pick up this palette? Or do you plan to pick it up? Let me know ๐Ÿ™ƒ

If you like this post do give it a like, follow me on my Instagram: beauteeindistress let’s be friends! I put there my everyday look and some short videos.

I wish you my lovies best wishes always, be safe out there, stay glam my friends, bye for now ๐Ÿ˜˜

Halloween/Spooky themed palettes review with 4 Created looks! ๐Ÿ‘ป

I love spooky season it’s so much fun! Many brands create fun quality palettes at an affordable price You can be whoever you want and express even more thru makeup I don’t have the skills to do a full face but that doesn’t mean I cannot enjoy the season on my way by chiming in with easy cute looks and so do you! ๐Ÿ‘ป

Hola how are you my sweets! I hope you have been enjoying the spooky season! I hope you and your loved ones are well and safe. Me I’m good I went to an oculofacial plastic surgeon. Yep, I did some treatments for my face! Did botox and fillers and I will share my experience with you all real soon let me tell ya I was not prepared on how the process is! So stay tuned for that. Let’s jump to today’s episode ๐Ÿ™ƒ

I bought a little too many Halloween themed palettes ๐Ÿคญ When you love makeup as I do is hard to resist new launches and oh my goodness they are new ones very often like every week so in this episode, I will talk about 4 Palettes ๐Ÿ‘ป

It’s freaking Bats! ๐Ÿฆ‡

This palette is from Shroud Cosmetics which is an Indie brand they are animal cruelty-free, 100% vegan, they don’t do business with companies that do animal testing is based in the USA, the founder is Chloe T who started the company at just 16 years old under another brand name now rebranded shroud cosmetics. This handmade palette is a collab with my favorite you tuber battybean so when I saw was a collab with her I jumped on it!

The palette is a 9 pan eyeshadow palette that contains shimmers, mattes, duo-chrome finish, and metallic finish. I love palettes this size is easier to figure out an eye look ๐Ÿ˜Š the palette is pigmented rich in its colors the mattes are creamy, with minimal fallout. The shimmers feel not as creamy they have texture to them but this does not make them less beautiful ๐Ÿฅฐ

Per their website: Handbook: A gorgeous chartreuse shimmer โ€ข Spooky: The most perfect creamy periwinkle matte โ€ข Apparition: A purple with an intense gold duochrome flash โ€ข Addams: A rich deep teal green matte โ€ข Sam: The most intense light sage green metallic โ€ข Trapa: The perfect grungy yellow matte โ€ข Zero: A super magical lavender with an intense green duochrome flash โ€ข Derry: A deep eggplant maroon purple matte โ€ข Grim: A deep aqua blue shimmer.

Arm swatches ๐Ÿฆ‡

I enjoy this palette very much my favorite shades are Handbook, spooky, and Zero. Trapa needs a little build-up on medium skin tones like I am. Overall a fun beautiful quality palette. Retails for $ 35 and is currently sold out hopefully they restock it. I give it a 10 of 10!

The lonely star eye look with its written tutorial ๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿ–ค

The Corpse Bride ๐Ÿฆด๐Ÿ’€

From Makeup revolution IG

From the Makeup revolution, the collection of the corpse bride is so cute, to say the least! I got this palette and the Newlyweds. The brand is UK-based, animal cruelty-free, vegan. The founder is Adam Minto and they pride themselves in making affordable products.  The palette is an 18 eyeshadow pan small palette in the form of a butterfly that has mattes and shimmers embossed with butterflies.

The mattes are creamy and pigmented, there is fallout which is not a problem for me since I always do eyes first but something to consider if you care about that. The shimmers are creamy to the touch they are not high shine they are soft and nice, my favorite shades are eternal love looks beautiful under lower lash gives that extra touch to a look also liked the darkness. The palette cost is $ 20 and including international shipping for two palettes came to $ 33.38 which is not bad at all. The Packaging feels like foam and cardboard is not luxurious I mention this since some beauties care a lot about packaging ๐Ÿ˜Š

Arm swatches ๐Ÿฆด๐Ÿฆด

Overall I did enjoy the palette the color story is colorful and beautiful, I wish the shimmers were more impactful but I do appreciate the shadows being pigmented and that once on the lid they last all day ๐Ÿ™ƒ It is currently in stock. I give it an 8 of 10!

Colorful eye hill loom with written tutorial ๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ–ค

The Newlyweds ๐ŸงŸโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ’€

Fron Makeup revolution IG ๐Ÿ’€

This Palette is also from the Makeup revolution this is a 9 eye shadow pan of Mattes and shimmers embossed with a Skull. The mattes are pigmented, the shimmers are ok not super high shine but are indeed nice. There is fallout in the pan to keep that in mind. My favorite shades are Hopscotch, not mine and love triangle this one looks so nice under the bottom eyelash almost holographic I love it ๐Ÿ™ƒ The packaging is sturdy, feels like plastic, and is nice so adorable.

Arm swatches ๐Ÿ’€

Blue Starry eye with tutorial ๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿฆด๐Ÿ–ค

A video mini tutorial is on my IG ๐Ÿ–ค

This palette is so cute! The price is $12 which is a great price is in stock they ship it fast and are not as expensive I give it an 8 out of 10!

Haunted Europe ๐ŸงŸโ€โ™‚๏ธ

From Nomad cosmetics IG

This palette is from Nomad Cosmetics an Indie brand the founders are a married couple Felicia and Antti Rintanen they are travelers and have been to more than 70 countries they create their palettes inspired in the countries they visit. This makes this brand fun and interesting indeed I perceive this couple as very down to earth they do comment if you tag them and they handwrite a thank you note with your purchase! Also, another thing to mention when you buy this palette part of the proceeds goes to bat conservation international which is awesome to me!

The brand is cruelty-free and vegan. The palette has 9 mattes and 9 shimmers. The eye shadows are creamy, there is minimal fallout, some shimmers like Houska Castle are super Metallic and so gorgeous! I’m in love with it! Now Bloody Mary I wish was more impactful more metallic but is still a nice shade. The shades I love besides Houska Castle are the Catacombs, Frankenstein, and Merry Cemetery. The mattes are pigmented. I do like this palette is fun. The color story has some redundant colors, like two golds for example only one should be good they could have put other colors instead like yellow and blue but is a good palette to add to your collection ๐Ÿ˜Š the packaging feels like cardboard but the cover is amazing it’s beautiful they put thought and care in the packaging I was attracted immediately just for the packaging.

From their website:

Shades:

  • MARY KINGโ€™S CLOSE – matte spiced pumpkin
  • HOUSKA CASTLE – shimmer yellow gold
  • HIGHGATE CEMETERY – shimmer ghostly green
  • HOIA-BACIU FOREST – shimmer foggy gray
  • GHOST RIVER – matte phantom mauve
  • BLOODY MARY – shimmer bloody crimson
  • BOOGEYMAN – shimmer autumn gold
  • FRANKENSTEIN – matte jack-o-lantern orange
  • GRENDEL – matte eerie forest green
  • BIG BAD WOLF- shimmer silver bullet blue
  • KRAMPUS – shimmer devilish purple
  • COUNT DRACULA – matte dried blood red
  • THE CATACOMBS – shimmer gravestone gray
  • DRAGSHOLM castle- matte bat brown
  • MERRY CEMETERY – shimmer gremlin green
  • BLACK FOREST – matte medieval blue
  • BRAN CASTLE – matte ghoulish violet
  • SPANDAU CITADEL – matte castle brick

Arm swatches ๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿ–ค

I would give a 9 of 10! This palette retails for $ 44 and currently is out of stock but the good news is that you can pre-order it! I most definitely recommend you try this brand and with this palette you support a noble cause ๐Ÿฆ‡

Eye cream pumpkin pie and tutorial ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿ–ค

There you have it my sweets! I hope you liked this episode was made with love ๐Ÿฅฐ leave me a comment down below if you got this palette or if planing on picking them up!

I wish you as always only good wishes, follow me on my Instagram: beauteeindistress I put there every day looks and weekly reels, I’m on tik too too ๐Ÿ™ˆ also as beauteeindistress I invite you to check them out. Have a fab week, be safe, and stay glam my friends. Bye for now ๐Ÿ˜˜

Trying out the Exquisite palette from Gourmande Girls Cosmetics ๐Ÿฅฐย  with looks created and swatches ๐Ÿ™ƒ lets talk โ˜•

Indie 100% vegan and animal cruelty-free. Gourmande girls cosmetics owned by a woman! an amazing human being that creates superb products this is indeed the kind of company I love to support not only for the great products the brand makes but also for the big heart behind the brand.

Holaaa hellooo beauty! oh my goodness we are in September! The year is going in a flash! Crazy right. How are you, my friend? How is it going? I hope you are alright ๐Ÿ™ƒ without further ado let’s  jump in in this week episode

Note: I am not affiliated or sponsored by the brand but I do have a code that you can use for a 10% off your purchase and save some money ๐Ÿ™ƒ The code is: FEMENINE and is for all of us to enjoy! This post is just my personal opinion.

Gourmande Girls Cosmetics. Chances are some reading this has not heard about this brand as happens with many Indie brands. I just discovered Indie brands myself last year! But I am so glad I did they are very necessary as they are truly in my opinion a worthy contender to Mainstream brands. Gourmande Girls Cosmetics is indeed an amazing brand.

I discovered this brand by browsing Youtube. An influencer mentioned some brand names I looked them up on Instagram and this one caught my eye I ended up buying their spectra palette which is colorful and beautiful and some glitter. When the package arrived came with a very nice handwritten note which is surprising to see from a brand I thanked the brand on Instagram and the owner replied! We became instant friends which I still cannot believe how approachable the owner is to its customers. Let me tell you a bit about the brand:

The brand is owned by one Woman her name is Cristina who has Mexican roots the brand is 100% Vegan, animal cruelty-free, and uses her brand to do some good for her community like making donations to places like Lizzy’s Hospice which is an animal rescue that cares for senior animals like dogs who may not have a long lifespan. Also created fundraising for her friend with Cancer to help with the bills and supports small you tubers and artists to help them grow. Most definitely a woman to admire for her Heart but she also shines through her super affordable products. I was very satisfied with my first purchase and knew I wanted more so bought their Vivacious Palette and some more glitter!

Cristina one day surprised me by gifting me the Exquisite Palette for me to give my honest review which was so nice of her I felt so happy she noticed me your humble blogger here ๐Ÿ™ˆ is so surreal so let’s talk about this palette, shall we?

The palette contain 12 Shades

  • Supernova – reddish shimmer 
  • Gaia – light orange-brown
  • Nebula – rich indigo 
  • Dark Rift –  super matte black
  • The Core – golden champagne shimmer
  • Red Planet – orange matte 
  • Andromeda – medium purple with iridescent gold reflects
  • Galactic-  medium gray with iridescent silver reflects
  • Milky Way – rich cream-colored shimmer
  • Sunshine – orange/yellow matte
  • Blue Moon – deep blue matte
  • Dead Planet – matte earth brown

I found the Palette to be pigmented which I look for when buying makeup sometimes I get disappointed when a purchase does not turn out to be pigmented but the palette is pigmented. Gaia and sunshine do need little building up but these types of colors do need that on medium toned skin I recommend putting a white base to make them pop more ๐Ÿ™ƒ The mattes blend effortlessly which I love and the shimmers are sublime, they are not high shine or super sparkly but they give a touch that lights up the look and makes it look ethereal! They do offer glitters that are sparkly and shiny offered in a variety of colors that are so pretty I love them they pair well with any look and what I love the most is that no glitter glue is needed you just apply it with your finger and they last all day I have not seen a glitter that you don’t need glitter glue in my experience.

I tested this palette for a week and tried all colors I can honestly say I love the palette created some fun looks and can add that the colors stay all day did not vanish or disappeared like sometimes happen with other brands haha. I love the palette and I recommend it wholeheartedly. You can create colorful looks but also neutral looks I always use an eye primer before putting eyeshadow is a personal preference but I tested the palette without it and looked as amazing as if an eye primer was used and is on sale now for just $10 and if you use my code femenine you save even more ๐Ÿ˜‰

Eye swatches

Supernova
Gaia
Nebula
Dark Rift
The Core
Red Planet
Andromeda
Galactic
Milky Way
Sunshine
Blue Moon
Dead Planet

Arm Swatches. Not the best done by your friend here haha my apologies is the first time doing arm swatches for a palette.

From left to right: dead planet, blue moon, sunshine, milky way, galactic, andromeda, red planet, the core, dark rift, nebula, gaia and supernova.

5 Looks created inspired by the palette ๐Ÿ˜‡

Reverse Cat eye Look.
Halo eye look.
Tic tac toe look paired with Christina’s love glitter.
Bardot eye look
No name for this look haha just a look that I paired with Stellar glitter.

I love this palette I invite you to try the brand it won’t disappoint that is for sure ๐Ÿ™ƒ and for all the beauties living outside the US no worries Gourmande Girls ships to all countries worldwide, excluding China, Turkey, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cote Dโ€™Ivoire, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, the Crimean region of Ukraine, Sudan and Syria. 

As a bonus, I leave you here two videos I made just for fun and your entertainment. ๐Ÿ˜†


There you have it my beauties my first review on a makeup palette that I am most definitely enjoying.

I hope to see you in my next post. If you liked, give this post a like and or follow me on my socials below I upload a new post on Mondays and a revised Spanish version on Tuesday that you can check out by clicking on the upper-middle button on my page that says translate/traducir or by clicking the link below ๐Ÿ‘‡

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I send you a big hug, thank you for reading me I appreciate you more than you know. Be safe and have a wonderful week ahead. Stay beautiful my friends. Bye for now ๐Ÿ˜˜

Trying 5 hacks to stop makeup transfer to the Mask ๐Ÿ˜ท

Sadly Covid seems to keep us on a roller coaster what a nightmare we are living as humanity just a few weeks ago Mask was optional for vaccinated people at work now they are back to Mandatory ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

Hello gorgeous! How are you? I’m good working the usual craziness I have seen how the company where I work had a 360-degree change due to Covid is crazy! As I imagine for all companies and each industry niche. I’m vaccinated and thank goodness has not got covid. I hope you and your loved ones are all well, sound, and safe. Let’s jump into this week’s episode.

So when mask became optional at work I embraced it and loved it being able to breathe haha of course with caution not touching my face and using hand sanitizer constantly as well avoiding crowded places in other words just work and home.

I live in Miami Florida where the epicenter of the coronavirus is as the high delta Variant increases the cases. Don’t take me wrong of course I am pro-Mask and also respect the ones that don’t. So I put to the test 5 no makeup transfer to the mask..was an interesting little journey haha here each of them ๐Ÿ˜‡

Monday: I tried the Foundation hack by Victoria Lynn. Well did not work for me, haha and this was my fault I realized this was not geared to stop makeup transfer but to make it last longer and not crease. It did transfer plus I used any regular lipstick and that transfer too ๐Ÿ˜…

The photo was taken around 1 pm luckily I was wearing a subtle color lipstick.

Tuesday: I tried the viral video from Jackie Aina. After realizing my mistake on Monday I tried this one and well did not do well for me haha I also did not have the setting spray mentioned in the video so I used a hydrating one from prep + prime MAC also putting concealer first is no for me but did it for the sake of trying this it moved around after putting foundation ๐Ÿ˜ฉ I could fix it but not fun. she puts matte products and I am dry skin so matte is not my friend haha I used Il Makiage after-party Matte foundation I like and don’t like this foundation I love its full coverage even my fine lines get smoothed out! But it makes my face dry. When done it felt like I had a mask on gripped to my face ๐Ÿ˜†

Taken also around 1 pm the heat in FL does not help haha this one looks worst than Monday.

Wednesday: I tried the hack from You Tuber Leyla Rose. She offers a new way as in each of the videos here I found that blotting your face with a tissue is a good idea. I felt pleased with this one I could see hope! My mask had little transfer ๐Ÿ™‚

Thursday: I tried Manny MUA mask hack. This one is a one a really like I spoke about this one on another episode I had some transfer but felt comfortable. I also saw that if you spray a matte setting spray to your mask is going to give extra help preventing the makeup transfer ๐Ÿ˜‰

Friday: I tried this Tik Tok Hack from a nurse that I also spoke about in another episode but could not remember her name well her username there is Angellynrodz and she just put makeup on the upper part of the face leaving the most part where the mask goes makeup-free. I put up to half of my nose and used a Matte lipstick I cannot be without a lippie haha. This idea is awesome you don’t use much of your products and your skin under the mask can breathe more easily. Only transferred a bit from my nose. ๐Ÿ˜‡

The hacks were fun to try for a week my photos were all taken around 1 pm and stayed like that until back from home after work. a few things to keep in mind you got to try and is okay if it doesn’t work that’s how you find what works doing some trial and error. Using all matte products is paramount to achieve the goal of no makeup transfer.

I liked the one from Manny MUA it goes more alongside my routine but I also really like the one from Leyla Rose and love the one from Angelly the nurse. You can mix their ideas to make them work better for you!

two products I recommend you can use any products you already love as long they are Matte ๐Ÿ™ƒ I like the Milk Hydrogrip this grasps your foundation to it. For the lips, I love the Matte Lip Whip from beauty bakery. This ones also grasps your lips does not budge for anything you can leave it at home and forget about it is going to look as fresh and crisp as when you put it on.

  1. Do you wear Makeup under your Mask or prefer not to until the Pandemic is over?
  2. Which video here do you find more interesting?

Leave me a comment down below.

well there you go, my beautiful people. I hope you find this episode useful. Please be safe out there to protect others. I wish you a great rest of your week and hope to see you in my next episode where I will talk about a makeup palette from a brand I like so much so if you love colorful looks. Color in your lids then stay tuned for that I’m a color kinda chica ๐Ÿ™ƒ

I post every Monday and a Spanish revised version on Tuesdays. You can click the button in the upper center part of my page to go to the Spanish version. If you like this episode give it a like and let’s be friends follow me on my socials below. Bye for now ๐Ÿ˜˜

Skin Care Pevention is easier than correction.

I went to Macy’s just a typical day to buy a foundation and the guy taking care of me asked do you moisturize? I’m like no I don’t very innocently his Jaw dropped to the floor he could not believe it! I was in my mid 30’s this day was a historical day in my life I will never forget it. It’s ingrained in my mind ๐Ÿ™ˆ

Hello gorgeous! How have you been? I hope you are doing great. I’m pretty good, taking one day at a time being grateful for having life in me, and grateful to have you here today reading my blog means the world to me ๐Ÿ™ƒ let’s begin!

As I started prevention is easier than correction this means taking care of the skin as early as possible to keep it in the best condition, slow the aging process, and avoid spending a lot of money to fix it. These are true words I wish someone when growing up told me the importance of this.

There are some easy things to do for your skin ๐Ÿ™ƒ wash your face daily even when not wearing makeup, exfoliate and moisturize.

You can find affordable skincare products as well as expensive ones the difference is in the ingredients, making the expensive ones better in working towards the results wanted.

The good news here since not all of us can afford expensive skincare is that you can find great inexpensive skincare products too! the key is in the ingredients so when buying them take a minute to read the label ๐Ÿ˜Š here are some important ingredients to look for:

  • Hyaluronic Acid: a humectant that helps the skin hold onto water, helps hydrate the outer layers of skin, thereby improving the skin’s appearance. Hydrated skin is touted as being more radiant and youthful-looking.
  • Ceramides: are made up of long-chain fatty acids that are linked with other important molecules to promote cellular function. It helps to create a barrier to prevent permeability This locks moisture into your skin, which helps prevent dryness and irritation.
  • Retinol: is a type of retinoid, a derivative of vitamin A. It can improve skin texture and tone and can also help combat conditions such as acne. Also has graceful aging effects by stimulating collagen production and cell turnover.
  • Niacinamide: works with your skin’s natural chemistry to improve overall skin texture by rebuilding a lipid layer. minimizing the appearance of pores, and preventing UV damage and inflammation as an antioxidant, Not only does it do numerous favors for the skin, but it also works for numerous skin types.
  • Glycerin: It’s a moisturizer that attracts more moisture. Is essentially like a sponge that pulls in water to the outer skin layer, It can attract water from the deeper skin layers or even the air in humid environments. It also helps slow the evaporation of water from your skin to help foil that chronic winter dryness.
  • Vitamin C: is an antioxidant, meaning it protects skin cells from damaging free radicals caused by UV exposure. It also inhibits melanin production in the skin, which helps to lighten hyperpigmentation and brown spots, even out skin tone, and enhance skin radiance.
  • Salicylic Acid: When applied to the skin may work by helping the skin to shed dead cells from the top layer and by decreasing redness and swelling and clearing pores. This decreases the number of pimples that form and speeds healing.

In my case as I stated earlier up to my mid 30’s I did not know the importance of skincare like face sunscreen protection the Gentleman at Macy’s was maybe just trying to do a sale but to me was a game-changer aha moment a day I started taking care of my skin. Better late than never right ๐Ÿ˜‡

Some Skin care products I use listed below.
  • Clean & Clear face wash morning and nighttime
  • Glow recipe fruit babies bestseller kit. I got this from Sephora I am not set on a brand always looking but is ok smells good.
  • Dr. Barbara Sturm lip balm. To combat or slow the appearance of mouth lines. I do like this one is a bit expensive but does help.
  • Nivea faces cream. It hydrates but leaves the face oily so I use it once a week.
  • Loreal collagen moisture filler.
  • Pore Blackhead one-shot pack. This one is a mask to help remove black beads is well-reviewed but I don’t like it much since has not fully removed the beads I think the stripes are better.
  • Equate SPF 30 wrinkle repair. I like it is not heavy to put under makeup.

My beautiful people just remember when shopping to look at the label for some of these ingredients there are a ton of products out there that the package may look amazing, smell amazing, and at a bargain! but may have none of the ingredients you need and do nothing for your skin so reading the labels are absolutely important.

Also, another thing that helps greatly to the skin is so simple yet not easy for all to do and that is water! I mean no easy because few drink a large amount of water but is so important to do so.

Water reduces Wrinkles, keeps your body hydrated and refreshed, helps maintain your skin elasticity. People who drink large amounts of water are less likely to suffer from scars, wrinkles, and soft lines and they won’t show as many signs of aging as those who drink little amounts of water.

I must confess my beauties that I’m considering botox I have frownies on my forehead that I don’t like at all, haha and I’m scared well terrified of mouth lines or as some call Monkey lips lol But I’m also concerned about Botox I have seen some terrible outcomes in celebrities. Where I live you have Spas that are affordable and Doctors like plastic surgeons or dermatologists I prefer a Doctor feels safer that way. I might go see one shortly if I do it I will blog about it, the experience, and feelings. encountered. Why are we so scared of aging huh!

  • How old were you since you realized the importance of skincare? Were you like me clueless on this haha
  • What is your favorite skincare product you swear by and why?
  • Have you considered botox?
  • Do you drink the recommended daily dosage of water?

Leave your comments down below

I wish you a great week ahead I hope it goes well for you. Be safe out there. Love life and help each other out. Drink lots of water!

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Stay beautiful my friends. Bye for now ๐Ÿ˜˜