Friday, May 30, 2014

Filofax - my new creative obsession to organization

I have always been a lover of arts and crafts since I was a little kid.  My school projects always consisted of glitter, scented markers, stickers, and whatever I could glue on poster board.   Many of you don't know that my hobby is making things - cards, photo books, home decor items, etc.  I can spend hours at Michael's or at JoAnn's, browsing through all the aisles of crafty things.  With makeup taking a majority of my time I usually don't have time or space (half of our 800sq ft. condo is already filled with makeup and a few storage bins of scrapbook paper and crafty "stuff) until I found this picture (the picture is from her blog but I first saw it on Instagram) from my new friend Candi aka FILOEYECANDI's Filofax.  It literally was love at first sight - creativity, cute crafty things, paper, washi tape .. I was in heaven.  This was my calling ... it was time to get organized and at the same time use my creative skills that I always have deep down inside me.

What is a Filofax? Well it's a personal organization planner/binder from a company in the UK. Very similar to a At-A-Glance planner or a Daytimer that most of us in the US are accustomed to. You can customize it your lifestyle with a monthly calendar or if you prefer a weekly calendar, add a shopping or check list, email address of your friends from high school.. practically everything and anything you can include.  But the fun part is decorating your pages to your liking - add washi tape as a border, stamp days of the week on your calendars, support your lists with cute little paperclips or use scrapbook paper to create inspirational add one note cards.  Possibilities are endless!

I knew I had to stock up on supplies and it was perfect timing because it was Memorial Day.  The first thing I ordered was the Filofax Domino A5 Organiser in Hot Pink! I first saw it on Candi's IG and I knew I had to have one in this color. The title picture above is the organiser open and below is it closed. The bright pink reminds me of MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick.

Next I went all over the internet looking for Filofax goodies to grace my pages.  Instagram is very good source to get inspiration for your pages but also to see where everyone in the Filofax community gets there cute little supplies.  I kept seeing washi tape from the dollar section at Target hauls.... would I be able to get my hands on this? I guess we will see.

I'll post my hauls in the next couple of days so you can follow me on my journey.  Every week I will post my layout of my weekly calendar and share what's in my Filofax! I can't wait to add a creative side to VILLABEAUTIFFUL.

Do you decorate your planner? I would love to see how use your planner as a creative outlet... tweet me - VILLABEAUTIFFUL

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Review/Swatches Colour Pop Cosmetics Super Shock Shadow

Colour Pop Cosmetics is seriously bad ass, seriously.  If you LOVE  glittery, creamy and pigmented shadows I just found your new soul mate!  I usually find all my beauty finds on Instagram. C'mon don't tell me you don't sit in bed browsing through your feed because you can't sleep.  For some reason I feel like it's happening to me more and more every night.  I am such a sucker for glittery/mettalic things that when I first saw these white pots I just had to have them (and I know after this post you will too!).

 The shadow is just not your average powder shadow it's like a hybrid of a cream and powder put together in one for a super shimmery pot of goodness. The pigmentation and color pay-off is top notch!  The design imprinted on the shadow goes away but the shimmer/glitter/metallic  does not! Oh and did I mention they are only $5!!! YES! I went crazy and bought a few and then bought a few more.  I'm typing away and I feel like I need to finish my collection.

If you are like me - loves to shop online but hate to wait for the package to get in your hands don't you worry! The shipping was super quick and get this ... free shipping over $30 ... let me break it down that's 6 little Colour Pop Super Shock Shadows!! Let me give you a tour of my Colour Pop Cosmetics collection.

When you open your box you will find your shadows packed away nicely.  
Don't you just love the box?

I really felt special when I saw the handwritten note from the Colour Pop team. Such a great touch to acknowledge their customers. Bonus points to them!

Here are swatches from my first purchase mostly neutral tones, my 2nd purchase has the brighter colors. I just want to collect all of them, I know you will want to too! Take a look at my swatches you won't be disappointed.  The descriptions of the shades are taken directly from the Colour Pop website.  All pictures are taken outdoors with natural light.

Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow DARE- bright neon purple with hot pink and violet glitter
This color is gorgeous, I wish you can see the iridescent glitter and how it changes different shades of blue/purple. 

Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow  EYE KANDY - lavender drizzled with tons of silver and pink glitter.
Such a sweet lil pink tone shadow with little flecks of glitter.  You can really see the silver in this one. 

Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow  FRINGE - shimmering champagne with gold and silver glitter.
This is one of my favorite shades... look how gorgeous it looks against my medium/dark skin tone!
Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow  GET LUCKY - intense ultra- metallic, liquid- like true gold.
Another one of my favs! It literally looks like liquid gold.  If you are on the hunt a super metallic gold shadow, I just fount it for you!

Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow  GIRLY - creamy vanilla with a flash of pink and gold duo chrome finish.
I've been using this shade as a highlighter and a little bit as a highlighter on my cheekbones.  Try it, you will like it too! 

Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow AMAZE -  metallic rose gold with multi-colored multi-dimensional glitter. 
You can find the color rose gold everything now a days... now you can have it on your eyes!

Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow  3 - cool toned bronze with a flash of silvery and multi-coloured glitter. 
I am going to use this for a smokey eye... you just wait and see

Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow IBIZA- Bright turquoise with a silver and gold duo chrome finish. 
This color reminds me of tropical paradise, swimming in turquoise waters... ahhhhhhhh

Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow  I HEART THIS - cool toned silvery taupe with multi-coloured glitter, this. 
I literally heart this shadow.. it's perfect in every way... one of my favs .. never going to let this one go it's me new BFF. 

Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow KIMONO -  bright cobalt blue with silver, blue and violet glitter.
If you love to wear bright colored shadows you better add this to your list of blues!
Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow  LIBERTY - intense ultra-metallic true silver.
I have never seen a true metallic silver like this one!
Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow  SOUR - light neon lime with satin finish. 
Bright and light perfect for summer

Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow CHIPPER - mid-tone minty green with multi-coloured glitter. 
A minty sea green that is drop dead gorg!

Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow SUGAR -  metallic silvery blue with small shimmering flecks of silver and 
tons of champagne and gold glitter. 
A beautiful magical shade that will make you feel like a mermaid.

 I wanted to show you the before and and after once the pretty top layer goes away.  You are still left with the shimmery/metallic/glittery goodness.

**APPLICATION TIP! I took their tip and I used my fingers to apply the shadows, it works perfectly! Don't forget to screw the cap tightly when you are not using them so they don't dry out. 

I really hope you enjoy my post and swatches on the Colour Pop Cosmetics Super Shock Shadows.  Click here to go to their website to order yours! Please tag me on Instagram #villabeautifful with the looks that you create! Who knows, I might just feature you! 

Oh and stayed tuned for some looks that I will be creating with these.
Leave me a comment down below to let me know what type of look or colour you would like to see for a MOTD!

Saturday, May 24, 2014 Is Getting A Makeover

I am so happy to announce that will be getting a makeover! YAY! I have been thinking about rebranding for such a long time that I felt it was the right time to finally do it. I am so blessed with amazing followers, thank you for your patience and putting up with my laziness! I am currently working with Emma Burton from Inspire and InStyle for a whole new look to Villabeautifful!  She's a makeup lover so I knew right away she was my gal, plus I like her style a lot. I am beyond excited and I totally feel like it is the right time. With this new look means more content including tutorials, reviews / swatches of popular brands and of course lots of MOTDS.  Plus I am excited to take you inside my personal life as a newlywed wife.

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Review: Vera Mona Color Switch Duo

I am always on the hunt for new makeup inventions that will make my life as a pro makeup artist and as a makeup addict so much easier. I have been a huge fan of Vera Mona Color Switch Duo  since I saw it on IG.  It literally is one of the best makeup inventions ever that I have come across.  If you only have a few makeup brushes and need to quickly clean your brush to move on to your next color, this product makes it so simple! Keep in mind that it does NOT sanitize your brushes but rubs away the pigment left from your previous shadow to move on to the next one.  This is should only be used for quick color changes if you do not have a spare brush on hand. For instance using a black shadow first and then using a white... if you don't clean the brush you will get a gray color instead of pure white.

Here are the steps:
1. Take your pigmented brush (I find that flat brushes work better MAC #252 or #242 brushes) and swipe it back and forth against the black sponge. The friction of you rubbing the hairs against the black sponge pulls the eye shadow pigment from the brush. Do this for both sides until it looks clear.
 2.  For the middle white sponge all you need to do it soak it with water and press your eye shadow brush to use it for wet makeup applications like pigments. 

 If you are a makeup addict you really need this product in your life! I've seen some other makeup enthusiast make their own. Try it and see if it works for you.  My husband was even amazed and couldn't stop playing with it. lol 

Check out the video to see it in action! 


Thursday, May 22, 2014

MOTD: Full Airbrush Look w/ Belletto Studio

I am addicted to airbrushing!   I created this look with the Belletto Studio Airbrush System from the face, eyes and lips. Yes, can you believe it?! The only thing I added was a pencil for my waterline, mascara, false  eyelashes and of course my brows (but you can also airbrush your brows too!). I personally love it because it feels super light and does not look cakey because of its natural finish it creates.  You literally can do any makeup with your airbrush, and it will last all day. YES, no need for touch-ups and it's super easy to do apply on yourself. More airbrush looks to come and a review of the system including the colors.
Here is the recipe to create this look. 

Foundation: F6Yellow Dune
Contour: F7Yellow Nutmeg
Highlight|: F3Yellow Latte, H2 Bling It On
**little short insight** I've used a lot of airbrush makeup formulas 
but I am really loving yellow toned foundation colors my skin tone (MAC NC40-42). Will go into more detail about the medium kit in a later post. Stay tuned!

Eyes Lid: S3 White Diamonds
Highlight:F3 Latte w/ H2 Bling It On
Bottom liner: blended out S4 Stardust with H2 Bling It On 
crease: S4 Stardust in the crease and Hawaiian F4 for all over 
@houseoflashes Pixie Luxe (top) Precious (bottom) 
Blush:1 drop Pinkalicious/ 1 drop Coralleia
Lips: Bare Blossom

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

MOTD: Sugarpill Heartbreaker Palette blue/purple eye

Over the weekend I was able to play with my friend's Sugarpill Heartbreaker Palette and this was the result! I've never tried Sugarpill I was very impressed with the intense pigment of the shadows  LOVE!  Can't wait to try some of their other products.  What are your favorites?

I also used Violet Voss glitter in Fairy Dust for added touch of glitter to the lower lash line and Alter Ego Lashes Stop & Stare and Final Touch stacked.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Review: Want super straight hair? Agave Smoothing Trio to the rescue!

I have finally found a hair product that helps me achieve super straight hair.  You may not know this but I have thick naturally curly hair, it's been like this since I was a child.  I remember when I was in 2nd grade my classmates would ask me why my hair was so big for a short kid.  Hair straighteners were not popular back then or else I would be totally doing it in the 2nd grade.  Because of my unruly hair I always had short hair because I didn't know how to take care of it until high school.  Everything changes in high school and during this time hair straighteners were as popular as curling irons.

Now it's 2014 and there are so many hair products that help you get that super straight sleek hair,  I've always wanted. I was very fortunate to find Agave Oil on Instagram.  Many of my Instagram friends have been using their products and I knew that I need to give it a try and hope it works for me.  I was sent their Smoothing Trio for review and I am so happy to share it with all of you who suffer from the same hair troubles as me!

The Agave Healing Oil Smoothing Trio features three products:  - 2 oz Oil Treatment, 4 oz Smoothing Shampoo and 4 oz Smoothing Conditioner. This is a great set to try the products first to see how they work for you before committing to the larger sizes. My hair straightner is HSI and I bought it off Amazon, it's a pretty powerful little hair straightener that heats up to 400 degrees.  I do have a Chi, but it broke last week. All that hair straighteners that I've had in the past don't last very long.. probably at most 3 months.  :(  Agave Oil does have their own Healing Vapour Iron that I am dying to try now since I have had great results from their products. 

 My favorite product in the kit and I find that really helps get the super sleep straight hair is the oil treatment.  Ladies, a little goes a long way trust me!!! I know the scent and the super silky feeling of your hair after you apply it will make you want more, but no don't even try.  This is the best stuff!
Here is the exact write up from regarding the oil treatment:

What it is:
A non-greasy, lightweight hair oil that instantly smooths, seals, and adds shine to all hair types.

What it does:
Restore and rejuvenate unmanageable, frizzy hair with the hydrating and color-restoring sugars of the agave plant. Unlike heavy nut oils, this plant extract conditions hair with a light touch, building strength and resiliency, while helping boost vibrancy and color. Other natural botanicals like coconut, vanilla, sunflower, and safflower are blended with Madagascar baobab seed oil to nourish and transform hair’s outer layer.

 I really do not need to argue about these statements because they are all TRUE! Look at my before and afters....
 This is how my hair looks right after I blow dry it once I get out of the shower. Look how dull and frizzy my hair is especially in the front where I have naturally curly hair.  If you are wondering about my lip color it is Aromi Beauty Forbidden Fuchsia Liquid Matte Lipstick.

A couple of minutes later look how shiny and straight my hair is! YAY! I just add a small amount of the Agave Oil Treatment to my hands and run my hands through my hair focusing  near the front.  I usually have to do 3-4 passes with my hair straightener but with the oil I only did 1-2.  Love how the oil made the purple in my hair bright and glossy.

I hope you guys enjoyed my little review about my new must have hair product! Do you suffer from frizzy hair like I do?