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Autumn-Inspired Makeup Tutorial

18 Nov
Happy pre-Thanksgiving guys!
While the holiday season is about to start come later next week, I decided to create an autumn inspired makeup look tutorial for you guys. When I think of autumn, I think of warm rustic oranges, and golds, along with deep brown or gray smokey eyes. This tutorial has a bit of those qualities, while keeping it glammed up during a festive holiday night as well.
Best part about this tutorial? The items I’ve used are all affordable. I’ve got a few more tutorials coming up for you guys next month, so be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel to see when those go live!
Hope you all have an awesome Thanksgiving and rest of autumn season!



Halloween Makeup: Glam Cleopatra

24 Oct
Happy almost Halloween!
I can’t believe the end of October is also near! As for my videos for the next two months, they will be less and less because of the busy holidays, and well, sometimes a gal needs a break. But before the end of the year, I promise some more awesome videos, and blog posts to come!
Hardly ever going out on Halloween, I never really dress up anymore. Yet, if I had to use creativity for a last minute idea, why not use makeup items I already have to create it?
It’s less money spent, but the same dress up effect can be achieved. With this version of a Glam Cleopatra look, you can pull together your last minute Halloween idea, and wear it however you please!
I hope you all enjoy this video, and have a safe and Happy Halloween!

Top 3 Favorite 2016 Drugstore Mascaras

3 Oct

Hey everyone!

In the next few months starting with this post, you’ll see a lot of posts pertaining to what products I’ve enjoyed during the year of 2016. Today’s post is all about my favorite drugstores mascaras that I know I will be using well into 2017. They each have unique qualities about them, and I rate them from three to one as far as my scale goes in this video.

I explain what I like, and dislike about each mascara, and why I feel they’ve made it into my top three of this year. If you guys want to keep up with my YouTube channel, all you have to do is subscribe!

Thanks so much for watching, and I hope you’ve all found your favorite mascaras of this year as well!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Self-Made Palette Makeup Tutorial

16 Sep
Hey guys!
You might be asking yourselves, why is she making a video about a sold out palette? Turns out, about two months ago, ULTA exclusively brought back to life this limited edition palette from the fall of 2015, for around two weeks or so. The Self-Made palette is no longer on the market, so I made sure to grab a chance at purchasing this one.
I decided not to get the new Modern Renaissance Palette, because I already have so many shades similar to that one. So here’s a look I created using just the Self-Made Palette shadows!
I hope you enjoy this makeup tutorial, and if you subscribe to my channel, you’ll see many more looks coming up in the future!

My Everyday Makeup Routine

9 Sep
Hey everyone!
Although I love filming fun and colorful makeup routines that take much time and effort, I also don’t do these looks every day of the week. I have certain products I gravitate to on a daily basis. Whether I am going out during the day time, or want to have a fresh face without neglecting my concealer at least, I have a signature look I like to recreate.
Here’s a tutorial on how I achieve my everyday look, along with information on the products I use. Many of these items are affordable, and easy to find in stores. I’ve also talked about a few in my Holy Grail Product blog post. So make sure you check the description box in the video, and don’t forget to subscribe!
Thank you for watching!

August Monthly Favorites

29 Aug

Hey everyone!

August has come and gone, but I’m excited for this month’s favorites because they’re all new, and I’ve been obsessed with them! Starting with some awesome new skincare products I’ve been testing out, I was able to get my hands on the Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick. It’s purposely made to help concentrate on specific target blemish areas, in a roll on liquid formula.

The blemish stick contains 10 natural herbal ingredients, such as calendula, Tea tree and juniper oils along with willow bark. So far, whenever I had a blemish, I apply this stick on it, and the next day it’s calmed down or completely disappeared. I find this has worked out better for me than any tooth paste trick, or market pimple cream I’ve tried before.

Burts Herbal Stick Garnier Micellar

I received the Garnier Micellar Water from an order purchase at ULTA for free, so I figured I’d give it a go. I find that this product works best to use AFTER a makeup wipe application to the face, because the micellar water isn’t as potent as its water-proof version is. I love how gentle it is on my face, and it does remove any residue that the wipes didn’t pick up. Then I continue with my regular cleansing routine after that. If I had known about this product beforehand, I would have used it in my skincare routine video. Yet with the way it performs, I must say this is the micellar water I’ve been in search of for a long time now.

L'Oreal Blow Dry It Quick Dry Primer Spray September

A product I’m extremely impressed by, but was not expecting to be, was the new L’Oreal Blow Dry It Quick Dry Primer Spray. Blow drying my hair is such a pain because I have so much of it. It usually takes me around 30 minutes to brow dry my hair fully, but with this spray, it took me about 10 minutes. If you’re ever in the drugstore section of any store, please do yourself a favor and pick this gem up. I got this product at ULTA on sale for around $4, but I know at Walmart is only around $3. I’ll will repurchase after my first trial of it. I only wish it came in a bigger bottle!

I got an Essence Lip Liner in #11 In The Nude, which was super affordable, and glides on the lips easily, unlike many cheap lip liners. The Volumizing Lip Booster by Catrice does feel tingly, as it’s supposed to plump the lips up, but I feel it only plumps your lips slightly, and that’s not always a bad thing. The shade #010 is a beautiful sheer pink, which I feel would go great with any skin tone, as it accentuates your natural lip color with a tint. It was on sale for only $3, and I’ve been swapping my liquid lipsticks for lip gloss as of late any ways.

Volumizing Lip Booster Lipliner in Nude

Finally, I accumulated enough points that had been sitting in my ULTA account for some time. Then suddenly, Anastasia Beverly Hills temporarily restocks their Self Made Palette (only available last fall), at ULTA and I immediately jumped the gun to own it. While this palette is no longer available after it sold out, I do plan on doing a tutorial on my channel by creating a look with it. So those of you who own this palette, you’re in for a treat. The Modern Renaissance Palette just had too many shades I already own. I have no regrets about getting the Self Made Palette, and that’s why it’s on this month’s favorite’s list!

Self Made Palette

That’s it for my August favorites. Have you guys made any recent product discoveries yourselves that you’re adoring? Let me know, and until next month’s favorite’s, I hope you all have a wonderful beginning of September!

Products Mentioned

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water & Makeup Remover

Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick

ABH Self Made Palette (Limited Edition)

L’Oreal Blow Dry It Quick Dry Primer Spray

Catrice Volumizing Lip Booster in #010

Essence Lip Liner in #11 In The Nude

August Ipsy Glam Bag Review

26 Aug

Hey guys!

The August Ipsy Glam Bag was quite different this month, although I haven’t tried most of these items as of yet. I have a new busy schedule, but I still wanted to let you guys know what I got, along with personal thoughts on these items, as I will be reviewing some.

The theme was “Sugar Highness”, which shows all of the Ipsy girls in colorful wigs, and dreamy settings. The bag was illustrated by Michelle Phan herself, and I absolutely love it. It’s one of my favorite bags in a long time, because it’s so original!


I haven’t received a hair care product in a long time from Ipsy, not since my Garnier Primer spray which was such a generous full-size, and I quite enjoyed it while it lasted. This time, I received a product that I thought would be a dupe for It’s A 10 Leave-In Treatment Spray. Even the brand/product name were closely similar. The It Haircare 12-in-one Amazing Leave-In Treatment, claims to achieve 12 tasks while it does work on your hair.

The description promises to: Get rid of Frizz; De-tangle; Treats brittle ends; Adds body; Leaves hair shiny; Maintains hair health; Repairs dry hair; Repairs damaged hair; Protects hair; Works on color-treated hair; Protects against heat; Protects against split-ends; Protects against breakage. Whew, that was a mouthful. If a product claims to do so much, I expect a lot from it once I test it out. I have yet to see any results indicating that this treatment is anything spectacular. Though I can say, it made my hair feel soft, and it smells delicious. As a leave-in conditioning treatment, it’s actually decent.


I got to try a primer, mask, and moisturizer all in one for the first time as well. This Works in-transit camera close-up is pricey in regular size, at $60 a bottle. It’s raved about by magazine brands such like Elle, and celebrities such as a Victoria Beckham. It’s supposed to give your skin a lively look, as it contains caffeine. It also claims to erase signs of fatigue, and it has an SPF of 30. I haven’t used this one yet, but seeing as I easily break out into skin allergies, I might be passing this one along in the end.

OFRA Cosmetics came out with highlighters this year, and I’ve wondered when I should purchase one to try out. Luckily, I received a sample size of the OFRA and @DupeThat collaboration product, “You Glow Girl”! Their highlighters go for around $25, so I was pleased that I didn’t have to spend that much for a full-size. The highlighter is a rosy pink, and claims to be long-lasting. I’m a sucker for highlighters, and this one is gorgeous!


I always like receiving nail polishes from Ipsy, because they’ve all been of good quality so far. This month, I got to try my first Ciate London Gelology nail polish in Spinning Teacups. Ciate London carries an expensive line, starting at $15 per polish. That’s more than OPI or Essie, so I told myself I wouldn’t invest in a bottle unless it came in a sample. The gel formula is made to last long, but I’ve had my hopes crushed by polishes that claimed the same thing this year (you’ll read about it in an upcoming post).


You can read the descriptions of polishes all you want, but you’ll never know how it performs, unless you try it out for a few days on yourself. This color, is a bright lilac, and I loved it so much. The brush on this nail polish make for a very easy application. Just check out the result!

Finally, Ipsy sent me a $17 palette sample in my $10 bag, which had me intrigued to try it. I discovered Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics, and their Neapolitan Palette. This is a limited edition palette, that includes hues to enhance the eyes, with a base, highlight, and contour shade included. Check out the pigmentation on these babies. I will probably be grabbing for these colors more often than not during the Fall season.IMG_0523

With everything I was sent this month, quality and price wise, I was pleasantly content. This is why I love Ipsy so much, because you get to try items that might have been costlier on their own, but yet only pay a minimum fee for a few more items included as well. Make sure to check Ipsy out, if you like to save on money, while receiving all new products each month to try out.

Thanks so much for reading, and enjoy the rest of your August!

Products Listed

Ipsy Bag Subscription

It Haircare 12-In-One Amazing Leave-In Treatment

This Works in-transit camera close-up

OFRA Cosmetics x @DupeThat “You Glow Girl” Highlighter

Ciate London Paint Pot in Dangerous Affair/Spinning Teacups

Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics Neapolitan Palette

L’Oreal Voluminous Voxbox Review + Demo

15 Aug
Hey everyone!
Today’s blog post is all about my L’Oreal Voxbox that I received for FREE thanks to Influenster. I could go in depth about Influenster on this post, but if you’re truly curious to find out how you too can earn a chance to receive your own Voxbox, then check this post out.
I was able to try not just one, but SIX different products by L’Oreal Paris, and was fortunate enough to create a look using all of them for you guys on my YouTube channel! I love when I’m able to demonstrate any product for the first time on my channel, because my audience gets to see how the products perform for themselves before making any type of purchase.
So if you want to know which ones are worth it, and which ones you can skip out on, make sure you watch my demo below. Also subscribe to my YouTube channel for more product demos coming up in the near future. Thanks so much for reading and watching!

Products Mentioned

L’Oreal Brow Stylist Prep & Shape Pro Kit

L’Oreal Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Paris Beach

L’Oreal Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Pain Au Chocolat

L’Oreal Infallible Eye Liner

L’Oreal Voluminous Primer

L’Oreal Voluminous Volume Building Mascara

July Monthly Favorites

29 Jul

Hey everyone!

The summer months are quickly fleeing us, as we enter the last full month of summer with August. I’m much more of a fall girl (I was born on the first day of fall), but that’s because summer is technically here all year long in South Florida. I was able to test out a few products in July that I’m quite pleased with!

If you haven’t already watched on my channel, I did a huge Bath & Body Works Candle Haul. I highly recommend you sign up for their emails, because they will always let you know when it’s time to buy your favorite scents. I personally never buy anything full priced there, so when I found my beloved White Tea & Ginger 3 Wick Candle for only $11.25, I grabbed it in a heartbeat. Though I have many favorites from my haul, I find myself lighting this one the most. This candle’s blend of white tea leaves, citrus and a bit of spicy ginger, is surprisingly so soothing to me. I feel very relaxed once it’s on.

White Tea & Ginger 3 Wick Candle

I’ve always wanted to try any products from BECCA Cosmetics, and with my saved ULTA points, I was able to try the Best of BECCA Blushed Radiance makeup set, which I feel is the perfect way to try out new makeup brands you haven’t before. You don’t want to spend $60 on a single full-sized product if you’ve never tried a smaller sample before, but that’s just my opinion.

The set comes with two compacts of their Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal and their Mineral Blush in Flower Child. I couldn’t believe the pigmentation on Flower Child, as it packs a nice bright pink on your face if you aren’t light handed with it. Opal is a beautiful highlighter, and you can either create a natural and minimal highlight effect, or a dramatic glow as well. It’s a wonderful highlighter for the day and night time!

Best of Becca Blushed Radiance Set

The other two products in the BECCA set were the Shimmering Skin Perfector Spotlight Wand in Moonstone, along with the Backlight Priming Filter. These I could live without to be honest. The Spotlight Wand dries way too quickly for my taste on the skin, and cannot be blended in with a sponge no matter how hard you try to.

I would apply it quickly upon the cheek bones and then spread it evenly with a stippling brush, but even then I felt the product looked like more of a stain. The Backlight Priming Filter is just as good as my Magic Lumi Primer which costs less than $10. In retrospect, getting this set helped me find what products I like versus can live without, and that’s why it’s on this month’s favorites list!

NYX Lingerie July Fav

I was able to get my hands on two shades I’ve been wanting from the NYX Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick line. I made a trip to my local ULTA a while back, and the only shades they had were the ones that wouldn’t look good on my skin tone. I never wanted to buy them online, because the shade selection accuracy looked tricky.

There are a lot cooler tones than there are warm. Luckily, there are YouTubers out there like the wonderful Emily Fox with her swatch video, who make choosing a shade online a lot less scary. I decided that Push Up and Lace Detail were for me, and so far I’ve been loving these two. The formula can be a bit drying, but the durability of these lippies is unlike anything NYX has come up with in the past. I keep wearing both non-stop!


Finally, my last favorite of the month is a skincare product I’ve been loving. I have been testing out the Body Shop’s Tea Tree Squeaky Clean Scrub since I saw it on sale at ULTA, and it was recommended for blemished skin. I suffer from allergies, along with redness of the face, and I’ve heard of the many benefits that tea tree oil could provide for someone like myself.

I’m SO happy I invested in this bottle, and plan to repurchase! I only use it three times a week, as it is meant to exfoliate, but I’ve read some reviews of people using it as their regular cleanser. It’s truly a wonderful product, and the fresh tingly feeling it gives once it’s on your face, makes it ideal to wake you up in the mornings!

Thank you guys for reading my July favorites, and don’t forget to subscribe to The Gift of Gab for more monthly favorite posts like these!

Products Mentioned

Bath & Body Works White Tea & Ginger 3 Wick Candle

NYX Cosmetics Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick in Lace Detail/Push Up

BECCA Cosmetics Best of BECCA Blushed Radiance Set (Only at ULTA)

The Body Shop Tea Tree Squeaky Clean Scrub

July Ipsy Glam Bag Review

25 Jul

Hey there!

July’s Glam Bag was lovely! The theme was “Hot Summer Nights” and I didn’t really get why the bag went with the theme. It’s silver, with small prints of asterisk stars and a half moon around it. I guess the retro silver background, added a party feel to it. The items in my bag just keep getting better and better, and this month, I got to try some new products that just hit the market as well!

Recently, BareMinerals came out with a matte liquid lipstick line, and I received a mini size one in the shade Swag. The formula is very mousey, and light weight. Swag is a very cool-toned pink, and goes great with almost every look. If you can see the comparison, I also received my first eyeshadow by TheBalm Cosmetics from their Meet Matt(e) Trimoney line in Matt Kumar.


Matt Kumar is completely matte, and extremely rich, so it’s very easy to apply more than you would like to. I suggest building this color up, because of its extreme pigmentation. I think the maroon tone to it is beautiful, and makes it ideal for everyday wear in the day time, as well as create a dramatic brick colored smokey eye in the night time.

Jumping into the skincare items I received, I will be passing one on, as I don’t like to use trial moisturizers too much because I never know how my skin is going to react. You can expect to see the Skyn Iceland The ANTIDOTE Cooling Daily Lotion listed on my Poshmark and Mercari boutiques! The Palmetto Derma Rejuvenating Antioxidant Mask was actually nice.

Though the beads never melt completely, the mask is relatively scentless, and soft on the skin. It is recommended for night time use, because it claims to cause redness. I didn’t notice much redness, then again I’ve only had it on for 10 minutes at a time. I will continue to use it, and see how much I end up liking it. I do love the tube it comes in, making it the perfect trial mask for travel!


The most surprising item I received, that I thought wouldn’t be my favorite but is, is the Sedona Lace EB 13 Blender brush. Wow, this brush completely blends like the magic wand it is. I would say it’s the best blending brush I own now. I love how big it is, and even how it looks aesthetically. The bristles are synthetic, and the black and purple gradient is gorgeous. I hope to one day own more Sedona Lace brushes, because from the brush that I received, I can tell they’re amazing quality!

Guys, I can’t stress enough that each month Ipsy keeps getting better and better as far as the items they send me. If you’d like to sign up to receive quality brand samples/full sized items, for just $10, be sure to use my link. Thanks so much for reading, and hope you’ve all enjoyed your own bags this month!

Products Listed

Ipsy Bag Subscription

TheBalm Cosmetics Meet Matt(e) Trimony Eyeshadow in Matt Kumar

BareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Swag

Sedona Lace Synthetic Blender EB 13

Palmetto Derma Rejuvenating Antioxidant Mask

Skyn Iceland The ANTIDOTE Cooling Daily Lotion

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