Hi babes. Thanks for your patience. My blog is currently under re-design. But don’t worry, you’ll soon be able to see all my pinup style and beauty posts! xoxo
Are you looking for beauty products that will steal your heart?
Here are some of my top beauty picks that are getting this year off to a great start.
Beauty & Pin-ups Fierce Firm Hold Finishing Spray
Thankful that I happened upon the haircare line Beauty & Pin-ups at the Voodoo Vixen sample sale here in LA last month. For a pinup loving gal, the packaging stole my heart. The artwork is so adorable and I love to display my bottle on the counter and sometimes my dresser. I currently own the Fierce Firm Hold and Finishing Spray. It protects and strengthens hair due to its Argan Oil and Vitamin B5 properties. It is a 24 hour hold spray that helps keep frizz at bay. (note, this product contains wheat.)
The Beauty & Pin=ups line consist of seven haircare products ranging from shampoo to thermal protecant.
I admire that they are partnered with and donate part of their proceeds to Best Buddies, an organization helping people with intellectual and development disabilities. 🙂
Shop Beauty & Pinups
The L’OREAL True Match LUMI Cushion foundation is getting a lot of attention lately. And I was finally able to experience why. It’s incredible! Picked it up at Target for about $13. And it’s so worth it. It’s a unique way of experiencing foundation – it’s packaged in a similar way that some BB creams are – it’s comes in a compact where the foundation lives in a sponge. I was a teeny bit skeptical that it would live up to the hype. To my pleasant surprise, I found that it gives such a flawless and naturally looking finish.
I don’t really use the sponge that it comes with, that’s not to say it doesn’t work – it’s just that I prefer to apply the foundation with a damp BeautyBlender…but that’s just me.
I highly recommend this foundation to anyone. Especially folks that want a natural looking finish with the coverage, or those who rarely wear makeup and are looking for a simple solution for evening out their skin tone.
Physicians Formula Argan Wear
3 So I had a pretty hard time narrowing it down as to which of the latest Physicians Formula products I would talk about in this post. You may have seen on my snapchat that I attended a private special event hosted by Physicians Formula about a week or so ago. Myself and my other fellow bloggers in attendance were sent home with all the latest goodies. Plenty of products to rave about – glittery and colorful stuff – but the Argan Wear collection stood out to me. Yes, the packaging is gorgeous. However, what I admire the most is that these products contain argan oil which is beneficial to the skin in so many ways. They are gluten-free, paraben-free, and cruelty free. I’ve personally been wearing the lip oil for a full day and am enjoying that my lips feel moisturized and flushed with a pinkish color. I’m also looking forward to wearing the Kajal eyeliner and BB Concealer. Physicians Formula also included an Argan Oil primer in this collection that comes in a spray formula that I think is pretty cool.
You can find the Physicians Formula Argan Wear collection at retailers like Target, Walgreen’s, and Rite-Aid. Hooray for cool drugstore makeup. 😉
Each product is under $20
Truss Mini Hydration Kit- c/o Truss
If your hair has been tormented by the weather, hot tools, haircolor, or it just feels dry, you might want to try this Mini Hydration Kit by Truss . It’s a 3 step process.
- Step 1 is the Bidemnsional Shampoo – to cleanse
- Step 2 is the Intensive Reconstructor – repairs and conditions damage
- Step 3 is the Extra Treatment – seals the cuticle and seals in the treatment benefits
They all smell fantastic.
For more info head over to the Truss Professional website
Disney x SOHO makeup brush set
Disney x SOHO brushes and beauty sponges – c/o London SOHO New York
Disney lovers! Makeup Lovers!
Disney x SOHO has done it again. London SOHO New York has recently released another collection of Disney makeup brush sets. This time the princesses featured are Mulan, Jasmine, Cinderella, Tiana, and Belle. Each set includes three tools. They’ve also brought back their quirky makeup sponges, with Aurora as their it girl.
My personal favorite in this current Disney x SOHO collection is the eyebrow brush with a spoolie on the other end. It’s featured in the Tiana and Mulan sets….But also loving the Aurora beauty sponge set as a runner up. (I love anything with the name Aurora, that’s my mommy’s name. 🙂 )
Each set is under 15 bucks and sold exclusively at Walgreens. February – December 2016.
$11.99 – $14.99
Tarte Tarteist Clay Paint Liner
You will not be disappointed with theTarte Tarteist Clay Paint Liner. It is the best version of a gel liner that ever lived. Who speaks so highly about an eyeliner? This girl I’ve tried various eyeliners in my lifetime from the chola style days- to raver days- to current pinup life, and none have delivered like this one. It comes in a little tube and is accompanied by an angled liner brush. It applies effortlessly and dries matte. Doesn’t get flaky like you might think, and it doesn’t budge when my eyes get watery (a.k.a crying). Thank you Tarte for making this waterproof!
Love that this eyeliner is ideal for personal and professional use.
I ordered this from Sephora.com. It’s also available on Tarte.com
EmerginC Scientific Organics Blue Poppy Enzyme Polish
EmerginC Scientific Organics Blue Poppy Enzyme Polish – c/o EmerginC Scientific Organics
Looking for a an exfoliating face scrub with organic ingredients that removes dead skin cells, evens out skin tone and texture, and brighten the complexion? EmerginC Scientific Organics Blue Poppy Enzyme Polish does just that with its harmonious blend of raspberry, mushroom, papaya, blue poppy, and earth and tea tree leaf powder.
For best results use 1-3 times a week.
It leans bit towards the high end side of your usual exfoliator. But if you can splurge, I strongly encourage you to do so.
EmerginC Scientific Organics are a part of a sustainability program that gives back to the environment by doing things like planting trees and saving bees.
Alba Hawaiian 3-in-1 Clean Towelettes
Marshall’s find for only $3.99
Also available at Target and Amazon
♥ ♥ ♥
That concludes February’s Must Have Beauty Products.
However, make sure you stay connected by following me on snapchat and instagram for more random beauty finds. 😉(username is marlitacupcake)
And let me know if you’ve tried any of the above products? Which ones are you eager to try? Or care to share any of your latest beauty finds?
Hope you had a Happy Valentine’s Day! oh, and Happy Hump Day to you!
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RethinkColour #CollectiveBias
I‘m excited to share about this product with you guys, because I know I am not alone in searching for solutions in between salon visits/dye jobs. Often times, I will have zero time to to do a touch up before an event, and I can’t tell you how much this drives me nuts, sometimes to the point that I am self-conscious about it.
I usually color my hair once or twice a month…but recently I’ve been contemplating changing up my hair color. This means growing out my current hair color, so now I have more grey!
luckily this new John Frieda Root Blur came up on my radar. Instantly erases roots and doesn’t wear off until you shampoo.
So speaking of last minute events and not having time. What happens when you want to get ready in a flash? Like Valentine’s Day?
Here’s a cute and quick little fix for date-night. With the help of the John Frieda Root Blur your roots won’t be as visible even when wearing your hair up in a flirty fifties pinup ponytail.
Separate hair in two sections.
Gather hair into a ponytail.
Twirl front section of hair into a roll/swirl and secure with bobby pins.
And don’t worry if it’s not perfect, play around with it a little bit. 😉
Add ribbon for extra flair
I hope that gives you inspiration for date-night or Valentine’s Day. 😉
And I know that the John Frieda Root Blur will make your life easier between salon visits.
You can pick up the John Frieda Root Blur™ Colour Blending Concealer Chestnut to Espresso For Medium to Dark Brunette like I did if you’re a brunette with medium to dark hair. But have no fear if you hair is blonde or medium brown, there are options!
You can easily spot the John Frieda Root Blur in the haircare aisle at Target! It’s available 12/27 -3/5.
And it’s pretty cool because if you purchase 3 John Frieda products, you’ll earn a $5 gift card. And who doesn’t want a $5 gift card to Target? 😉
Please let me know which color you end up picking up. I think you’ll love that each John Frieda Root Blur kit includes two shades that are so easily customizable to your own hair color, and appreciate the cute little compact that you can toss into your makeup bag. I found it to be a piece of cake and QUICK to work with. Time is everything! Right?!
Also, what do ya’ll think should I do more of these tutorials?
Sometimes you want to dress up but still be comfortable, and that’s how I felt on this particular day. I love my ankle pants from Express. They are perfect for sixties styles. But this time I decided to give them a modern edge, yet still keeping a little bit of the pinup vibe (though not sixties). 😉 I threw on this comfy oversized Volcom sweathshirt. I love wearing it because it has pockets!
Aren’t pockets the best?!
I want to wear trousers a little more often because they’re so cute. I’m currently on the hunt for more ankle pants and also high-waisted ’40s style trousers and jeans. If you rock these styles, please help a girl out and share where you shop. 😉
Hope you’re having a happy Wednesday!
OCC X MISERY ON BROADWAY
What I wore:
Sheer purple halter dress (old) – H&M, silver Steve Madden platforms (similar platforms)- c/o Lulus.com, sparkly clutch – via Grammy’s Gift Lounge, Mexican bracelet – gift, gaudy rings – mostly from the 99 cents store, sparkly hoops – The Alleys, vintage Valentino sunglasses – thrifted, fancy bobbypins – c/o Tarte, vintage fur coat – thrifted
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Doesn’t everybody dress like this to go to the DMV? No…probably not. The lady at the DMV gave me a little bit of side eye, but whatever. I didn’t let that put a damper on my mood, I had business to take care of. 🙂
Anyway back to the outfit.
I was gifted these shoes a loooong time ago via Lulu’s. Sure they are sky high, but surprisingly comfortable! I really wish I had a black pair…the ebay hunt is on!
And this seventies style halter dress was an H&M purchase from about 10 or so years ago when I lived in San Francisco. Even though this dress is lined, it is very sheer…makes for super sexy attire for the discotheque. haha! 😉 Now I just have to figure out how to dance like John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever. (goals!)
Hope you’ve enjoyed this random seventies glam look.
I’d love to know if you wear platforms, and if so – where do you shop???!!
p.s. – I am still getting rid of all my vintage furs. I mentioned it in the Retro ’40s post. 😉
’50s Waitress Dress – retro style
The weather here in Los Angeles has actually felt like winter over the last week or so. And on this particular day it was incredibly windy. Probably not the smartest move to wear victory rolls and the rest of my hair down. Looking back, a scarf would have kept the look a little more polished. But, whatcha gonna do, right? another fun fact – I thought I lost these sunglasses! Then on one of my last visits to Phoenix, I found them in my parents’ car. JOY!
On another happy note, I really enjoyed dressing up like this. I felt like I belonged at Disneyland. I think it’s the style of the dress. And perhaps the Disney Villain clutch brought on that feeling as well. 😉
I haven’t been to Disneyland in a really long time. Going to add that to my 2016 goals! yes!
Anyway, I hope you all are having a lovely holiday season wherever you are! If you’ve been to Disneyland lately, please tell me about your adventures so that I may live vicariously through you. 🙂
’40s Retro Holiday Look
In case you guys need some holiday outfit inspiration, I thought I would share this classic ’40s inspired look. One of my favorite eras.
You know, what’s funny? I always say that I am not a fan of matchy-matchy but this is the second time that I wear a Voodoo Vixen outfit and I make it super matchy-matchy. 🙂 Accenting it with tons black and green accessories, it just kind of worked out that way. haha! If you’re wondering if this ’40s style dress is comfortable, well, it is – so much that I could probably go swing dancing in it. Um, if I actually knew how – ok, that’s one of my goals! Another quality I admire about the dress, is that it’s lined which is always a nice touch. ♥
It’s also dressy enough that I was able to wear it to a daytime holiday party.
For another occasion, I wanted a touch more glamour and drama so I switched it up with this vintage fur coat I had sittin’ in the back of my closet. I know, I know…fur is kind of a touchy subject. And I don’t really purchase it anymore, but there was a point in my life where I was hooked on collecting vintage furs…but I ‘ve been thinking that after a few more outfit posts, I will donate them all to Out of The Closet, The Goodwill or a women’s shelter.
♥ ♥ ♥
Anyway, I love this dress and I hope you do too. 🙂 Voodoo Vixen was kind enough to provide me with a promo code to share with you all so that you may find your own party dress.
Just enter MARLITA20 to receive 20% off your online purchase.
Happy shopping! And please come back and tell me what you picked out!
December Beauty Picks and Holiday Gift Ideas
It’s mid-December…but if you’re like me, you’re wondering where the hell December went?!
So I’ll get right to it, because we don’t have time to waste, right?!
These are my beauty picks for the month. Who knows, you might like them for yourself, or for stocking stuffers and gifts!
Urban Decay NAKED Illuminated
Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder for Face and Body is a beautiful highlight that comes in three shimmery shades – Luminous, Aura, and Lit. A sweet selection of colors sure to suit every skintone. Highlight is used to accentuate features of your face and/or body – cheeks, collar bone, cupids bow, you know. Although highlight is popular in the summertime for achieving a beachy and healthy glow, it is also essential for some night-time glam in the winter.
I especially love LIT for medium to dark skintones for a warm and golden radiance.
Urban Decay Naked Illuminating Shimmering Powder is shimmery, smooth and silky and comes with a convenient little brush.
COVER FX Custom Infsuion Drops
A few months ago I went to a COVER FX event where they introduced the COVER FX Infusion Drops to myself and a few fellow bloggers. Perfect timing because essential oils are all the rage right now. Typically I don’t think about adding oil to my current beauty products, BUT – COVER FX changed my mind. Their vitamin enriched oils are meant to be mixed with all your beauty products. foundations, face creams, or even to use alone. They come in four fabulous formulas: A+ Jasmine for Anti-aging, C+ Lemongrass for Radiance, E+ Chamomile – with Calming benefits, and F+ Neroli for hydration needs.
I’ve been using them almost daily and even though my skin is oily, no complaints here. My favorites are the Jasmine and Lemongrass. I love incorporating them into my night-time skincare routine so my skin gets some extra TLC throughout the night.
COVER FX Custom Cover Drops
DOLL 10 BlendSmart Rotating Foundation Brush
Here’s something for your best friend who adores makeup and brushes.
This is an innovative way of applying makeup. The Doll 10 Rotating Foundation Brush helps to evenly apply your makeup by buffing it into the skin with its brush head rotating 360 degrees leaving a flawless finish. To use with cream, liquid, and powder foundations.
Synthetic hair is washable.
Currently only available on QVC
Hello Breath Spray
HELLO Breath Spray prides itself in saying its “naturally friendly.” And of course that’s cute….but, what I find even cuter is the packaging! It adds a little splash of happiness to my breath and my makeup bag.
HELLO Breath Spray comes in three flavors – Supermint, Mojito Mint, and Grapefruit Mint. Each under four bucks and you can pick them up at Walgreen’s, CVS, and I think even ULTA carries them. 😉
L’OREAL MAKEUP REMOVER WIPES
Are you obsessed with keeping makeup wipes everywhere? Do you keep them on the bathroom counter, the bedside, and even near the couch? I do! Because I feel that here should never be an excuse to fall asleep with makeup on. Even for those times when I am too tired to wash my face and go through my entire skincare routine, at least a makeup wipe will smack some sense into me!
At the moment, I have been alternating between the L’OREAL IDEAL CLEAN makeup removing towelettes and the L’OREAL REVITALIFT Radiant Smoothing Wet Cleansing Towelettes. The L’OREAL IDEAL CLEAN towelettes are for all skin types and free of alcohol. What I especially like about these is that they are safe to use around the eye area, pretty awesome if you’re a contact lens wearer like moi. 😉 As for the L’OREAL REVITALIFT towelettes, they are my preferred of the two, mostly because I feel like they do a better job at removing my makeup and making my skin feel fresh. The REVITALIFT towelettes contain Vitamin C and exfoliate dead skin cells – so maybe that’s why I feel like my skin feels a bit smoother and cleaner after I use ’em. 😉 I picked them up at Rite-Aid, but I’m sure you can pick them up at your local drugstore, Target, or the like.
GUESS GIRL fragrance is a playful and exciting fragrance with fruity notes of raspberry nectar and melon and floral mid notes of Brazilian Paradise Orchid and Lily. Though sweet and vibrant GUESS GIRL is a great daytime fragrance. Conveniently available in a rollerball.
Well here’s a neat idea, right-sized makeup. STOWAWAY makeup came up with the concept that we should have makeup products that we can use up before they expire. Because, well some of us are guilty of having way to many lipsticks FOREVER. But, also I appreciate the size of these products for traveling. I mean, how cute are these lipsticks and mascaras to gift to your globe-trotter friend? They don’t take up much space because you can just stow them away…haha. 😉
Anyway, you can choose from lipsticks, mascaras, concealers, eyeliners, rouge, and beauty balms. Order them individually, in kits, or check out their subscription service to receive treats at a frequency that is convenient to your lifestyle.
p.s. They’re gluten free.
$15 – $30
CIBU Ka Pow Dry Shampoo
I’m pretty picky with my dry shampoos. And I’ve tried quite a few…from low end to high end and everything in between. And trust me, they are not all the same.
So with that in mind, here’s what the CIBU Ka Pow Dry Shampoo does:
- It refreshes your hair by absorbing oil without leaving that white gunky stuff. (love this!)
- Increases volume where you want it. (love this!)
- Adds texture.
- Extends the life of your blowout.
Oh, also noteworthy is the scent. it’s quite pleasant and not overwhelming. Let me know if you splurge on this guy and how you end up liking it.
CLARINS Joli Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick
CLARINS lipstick in the shade Watermelon – c/o CLARINS
A medley of sheer color, shine of a lipgloss, with the texture of a lipstick is what CLARINS Joli Rouge Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick delivers. CLARINS delivers quality and class as always. A lipgloss/ lipstick for grown-up. You can wear your big-girl chonies with this one.
InStyler Tulip and Instyler Max 2
If you want to curl your hair in 3 seconds, you might want to try the InStyler Tulip. Soft curls, beachy waves, and tight curls all with its ceramic barrel. It has an anti-tangle technology, 3 heat settings, 3 rotation settings, and 3 timer settings.
The open design makes it a fun process.
Bed, Bath, & Beyond
The InStyler MAX 2-way Rotating Iron smoothes and polishes your hair while curling. You can control the direction of the barrel rotation so that your hair is curled in the desired direction without having to switch hands. It has 4 heat settings, tourmaline ceramic floating plates, and ionic bristles.
(Available in black or purple.)
I had my hair curled with this during an InStyler blogger even during the summer and I loved the way it turned out. 🙂 (instagram)
Bed, Bath, & Beyond
Twistband Hair Ties
This goes out to the gals who are ALWAYS losing their hair ties. Twistband.com offers a large selection of hairties and hairpins. They even offer an ethereal crown that I think is pretty. Twistband sells certain items in sets of three or more, “bundles”, and even a grand “tower.”This makes for a great gift for dancers, athletes, gym-rats…but basically anyone that wants to put their hair up and doesn’t want it creasing. And the packaging is a nice surprise…it’s like, HELLO! – your package has arrived.
$10 – $68
EMANI Vegan Lip Shine
yes! Something for the VEGAN makeup lovers. I KNOW Vegan beauty products aren’t on the mainstream radar. So let’s chat a bit about this one. EMANI is a line that brings to you long-lasting, clean, and natural products. 100% vegan certified and 100% cruelty free.
The EMANI lip shine contains vitamin E, organic fruit and essential oils. Several colors to explore.
They carry more than lipshine. Let’s just say pretty much everything – primers, lipstick, eyeshadow, lipcolors, concealers, brushes, and the list goes on.
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
Since we’re on a roll, talking about Vegan cosmetics…let’s talk about one of my favorite brands, OCC or Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. They are well-know for their vibrant lip tars, which of course I love. However, I love their creme colour concentrates and foundation and lip brushes as well. The creme colours kick ass because they are smooth and blendable – allowing for application on eyes, cheeks, and lips. You can sheer out the color as you wish or build it up for a bolder look. The finish is demi-matte. The color range, think – blue, gold, white, silver, red, terra cotta brown, and more.
Oh, and all the OCC brushes are custom blended with synthetic fibers, they’re so soft and like everything else – cruelty free.
If you’re running out of time to send a gift, or even pick it up – they have giftcards.
myamor Organic Rejuvenation Eye Gel
myamor is an all natural and organic skincare by Myrka Gallamos. And guess what? It’s vegan! Ok, that makes for three vegan products in this post. Hooray! 🙂
Often times, I enjoy eye products that are cooling, and this one is an eye gel that leaves a cool and soothing sensation around the eye area. It’s too soon for me to see any results, since I’ve only been using it for a few days.
Some of the ingredients include: Rose Hip Oil, Lemon peel extract, Aloe, Green Tea leaf extract, and lavender oil.
So if you’re into eye gels and/or organic skincare, voila!
♥ ♥ ♥
So that concludes this month’s beauty picks and hopefully you found this post useful to get some holiday shopping done. Please feel free to share your own personal beauty picks! Sharing is caring. 😉
Classy Sixties Outfit
Banana Republic black retro style dress – Out of The Closet, vintage necklace – gift, cateye sunglasses – The Goodwill, black tights – Marshall’s, vintage purse – thrifted, black Missoni x Target heels (old) – Target, rings are a mix of gifts, vintage, and Forever 21, white satin bolero jacket – Marshall’s
We actually shot this outfit about a week ago…but life happens. Attended We All Grow LA (Summit) which was tons of fun. Then shortly after, I took a trip to visit my mom and so all of my energy was focused on her. Now, I’m back in LA and so sick. But today I am finally having the energy to write a little bit.
And you know, I do admire styling others in a sixties fashion and especially LOVE shooting it. My own personal style has always had more of a ’40s, ’50s, and sometimes a little ’60s thrown in there just to spice things up.
I rarely rock a nude lip and my hair hasn’t been this big since the days of rocking victory rolls. But surprisingly, I’m kind of diggn’ this look. 😉
Anyway, pretty much everything I am wearing were spectacular finds. My sixties style Banana Republic dress I scored at Out of The Closet in immaculate condition for about five bucks! I was sold on the little bow at the empire waist. Also, I love my little vintage handbag, it’s kind of falling apart now but I can’t let go. My Missoni suede heels were a lucky find at a Target in Phoenix back when everyone was going bananas over that collection.
So what do you babes think? Should I rock the sixties vibe a little more often? And more importantly, do you ever wear styles like this? Where do you shop to piece together your outfits?