My Pretty Obsessions | Lifestyle Blog: 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Review: Celsus Bio-Intelligence Scar Cream*

"CELSUS Scar Cream significantly reduces the appearance of scars caused by surgery, stretch marks, injury, burns, acne, and aging. We’ve combined the latest in scientific innovation with the best that nature has to offer to create a potent, safe, and nourishing cream that helps your scars and wrinkles fade into memory. Scar treatment with a difference."

Monday, December 16, 2013

Review: Urban Decay | Naked 3 Palette

Urban Decay released the highly anticipated Naked 3 palette on the interweb on November 21st, 2013. Prior to the release, tons of sneak peeks were circulating around all the social media platforms online. People were super excited and as exciting as it was for some, I for one, was not.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Review: NARS | Guy Bourdin "One Night Stand" Cheek Palette

Image of the box my palette came in. PHOTOGRAPHY © ESTATE OF GUY BOURDIN, DECEMBER 1976
NARS released an exclusive limited holiday collection featuring a famous French fashion photographer, Guy Bourdin.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

#FOTD: Christmas Makeup Look

My contribution to this glamorous collaboration is a Christmas FOTD with an emphasis on dramatic lashes and a bold lip.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Review: Studio Gear Cosmetics Holiday Palette*

Today I want to share with you all a cute little palette by Studio Gear Cosmetics that I received from Brandbacker

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Giving Thanks (Giveaway!!!) [CLOSED]

In the spirit of the holidays, I just want to thank each and every one of you who have given me and my blog love and support! Without you, My Pretty Obsessions wouldn't exist!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Review: Marc Jacobs Beauty | "The Lolita" Palette

I want to share with you my thoughts on "The Lolita" Style Eye-Con No.7 palette I won from a Twitter contest hosted by the Marc Jacobs Beauty team.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Review: Too Faced | "A Few of My Favorite Things" Set

 I was on a spending frenzy and after this splurge on the Too Faced "A Few of My Favorites" set, I decided no more spending for a while, thus the No Buy challenge came up.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Beauty Subscription: Ipsy Glam Bag November 2013

I am excited (as always lol) to share with you my Glam Bag for this month! I got it on Wednesday and haven't got a chance to play around with the items, however I am happy with what I go. The theme for this month's bag is "Glam It Up." Overall the whole theme and products are very appropriate with the Holidays coming up. 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Review: Maybelline Baby Lips Dr. Rescue Medicated Lip Balms

 I'm still trying out some new makeup goods I've purchased BEFORE my No Buy November Challenge (lol) and today I feel it's time to give my thoughts on the Maybelline Baby Lips Dr. Rescue Medicated Lip Balms (oh my goodness that was a mouthful!).

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Review: Mally Beauty 24/7 Professional Full Coverage Concealer System

The answer to last-minute touch-ups or late-breaking dramas.

24/7 Instant Erase concealer is a two-step system that combines the complete coverage of a cream with the flawless, no-budge finish of a powder. The high-performance system looks beautiful, and lasts and lasts.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Review: NARS Eye Paint Collection

Line, highlight, shade and define with modern artistic versatility.  Introducing new NARS Eye Paint—a brilliant pot of high-impact pigment in an innovative silky, weightless gel formula. Rich, hyper-saturated shades that glide smoothly and dry down quickly in long-lasting finishes from icy metallics to modern mattes.  Elevated artistry that boldly strays from the straight and narrow. 
  • Multi-use application.
  • 18-hour wear.
  • Highly-saturated.
  • Weightless gel texture dries smoothly and quickly.
  • Replace cap securely after use.
  • Remove using a dual phase eye makeup remover such as NARS Gentle Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Beauty Subscription: Ipsy Glam Bag October 2013

The theme for this month's bag is "The Art of Beauty." The Glam Bag is a cute little bag with a nice quote on it. The design of the bag itself reminds me of Valentines Day. I wish Ipsy did a Halloween theme for this month!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

#FOTD: Maybelline Vivids "Hot Plum" Lips

Today I want to share with you my FOTD look! Lately, I've been experiencing with bolder and even brighter lipsticks for this season. Bright lips can definitely brighten up a dull, cloudy, and cold day here in Texas =)

Friday, October 11, 2013

Review: Olay Pro-X Advanced System

Today I want to share with you all my thoughts on the Olay Pro-X Advanced System. I got this from Target in June and didn't think to write a review about it until friend Jackie at FiveTwo Certified asked me to do one because she was shopping around the many wonderful cleansing systems out there and I told her I have the Olay Pro-X!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013


*This is a sponsored giveaway by Merlot Grape Seed Skin Care.

I'm so excited about my first ever giveaway on my blog!

Merlot Skin Care and I have teamed up to give one of you, my beautiful readers any product of your choice from the Merlot Skin Care line!

  • Must be 18 years and older to enter.
  • Giveaway is for U.S. residents only (I'm so sorry to my international friends!)
  • You must complete the tasks in the submission gadget below which also earn you more entry points!
Enter your name and email address in the entry form below! Follow the tasks within the entry form to complete your entry submission. You can tweet once a day about the giveaway so come back and let me know you tweeted more than once if you do, in the generator below to earn more points!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
This contest will be running for two weeks starting today and ends at 12 midnight CST on Tuesday, October 22nd. 

A winner will be chosen randomly (via Rafflecopter). Once selected and verified that all requirements (the tasks in the submissions form) have been met, I will email you within 48 hours after the contest has ended. If I have not heard from you within 2 days from the day I notified you, prize has been forfeited another winner will be selected.

Winner gets to choose a product that they want on the Merlot Skin Care website. Once notified, the winner will email me back to tell me which product they want and I will notify Merlot Skin Care, who will ship the product to the winner. 

*Please Note: I am not responsible for the shipment of the prize because it is the manufacturer who will be sending the product directly to you. If any issues arise, the winner will have to coordinate with the Merlot Skin Care customer service help which can be found on their website.

Good luck!!!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Review: Merlot Grape Seed Eye Cream*

"The eyes have it! This moisturizing formula helps to reduce puffiness and eliminate dark shadows, while also relieving dry skin in the delicate eye area. Red grape seed polyphenols provide antioxidants to keep a youthful appearance.

This eye cream helps improve skin’s look by boosting collagen production and increasing circulation. Suitable for all skin types."
  • Reduces puffiness
  • Eliminates dark circles
  • Relieves dry skin
  • Helps boost collagen production
  • Anti-wrinkle
  • Anti-shadow
  • Grape seed antioxidants

Monday, October 7, 2013

Review: Merlot Grape Seed Moisturizer*

*This is a sponsored post by Merlot Natural Grape Seed Skin Care. All content is based on my sole honesty. Please see the Disclosures for further information.

"In 2001 Beckley launched Merlot Skin Care, utilizing the power of the grape seed in each unique formulation. Harnessing nature’s most powerful antioxidants, Merlot products work to fight free radicals – molecules caused by smoke, smog, pollution, stress, and UV rays – and protect skin against the signs of aging. "

Friday, October 4, 2013

#FOTD: "Antique Gold" Autumn Look

Today I want to share with you all my #FOTD which was inspired by my dear friend Liz at The Beauty Inside.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Review: Elizabeth Mott It's so B!G Mascara

  • "A unique formula that lengthens and curls your lashes without smudging.
  • Maintains mega volume for the whole day, and is easily removed.
  • Hourglass brush shape (long and short bristle pattern)."

Monday, September 30, 2013

Makeup 101: Highlighting & Contouring Part 2

Here's the second installment to my Highlighting & Contouring post! Check that out if you missed it!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Makeup 101: Highlighting & Contouring

I don't have anything to review today (still testing out products before I can make my final verdict!) but wanted to share with you ladies about what products I use to highlight and contour (h&c) when I am putting on a full face to take on the day! 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Review: Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation


I want to share with you my thoughts on my new found favorite drugstore foundation! I purchased this back in my Labor Day holiday haul which you can check out here!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Review: Rimmel London | Wake Me Up Concealer & Instant Radiance Shimmer Touch

Today I want to give you lovely ladies (and fellas!) my two cents on the Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer and Instant Radiance Shimmer Touch!

I had picked these two items up two weeks ago in my #LaborDayWeekend haul. You can check that post out here!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Beauty Subscription: Ipsy Glam Bag September 2013

My Glam Bag was delivered this past Saturday. After a long weekend of me and the husband's home rehab project, I finally get some peace and quiet this morning to swoon over all of my new goodies!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Beauty Review: EcoTools Six Piece Day-to-Night Clutch Set

09/11/01 - We will never forget this day.

Hi beautifuls!

Today I want to share with you my thoughts on this lovely brush set by EcoTools! I purchased this a while ago from Target, you can check out my Target haul post here! Prior to purchasing this set, I already own the Mineral Set by EcoTools and so I knew I would just love more of their brushes!

EcoTools brushes have amazing craftsmanship and quality! I absolutely love all of my EcoTools brushes. They have never shed or fallen apart on me. The brushes are super soft and grabs product well. I can even vouch this as one of the best drugstore makeup brushes to buy!

Monday, September 9, 2013

This Week's Nails 9/9/13

I hope you all had a great weekend! Today I want to share with you what my nails look like for this week! I've noticed that it's been a while since I've done a post on my nails and the reason why is because since my last home manicure, I've been rocking just my natural nails. The husband and I are still busy with home renovations so there's been no point in me trying to make my nails look pretty when they're just going to get ruin (that's a waste of nail polish! lol).

Friday, September 6, 2013

Makeup 101: Makeup Storage

I hope you are having a great Friday so far! Today I want to ask and talk to you about makeup storage. How do you store your makeup collection? I'm curious to know how everyone stores their precious jewels (only makeup junkies can understand how precious our beauty products are lol).

Thursday, September 5, 2013

#FOTD (Face of the Day): Bold Lips

It's been a while since I've done a #FOTD post, many apologies! Here's a new look I'm trying out... BOLD LIPS!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

#LaborDayWeekend Beauty Haul!

I'm so excited to share with you what all I had purchased over the Labor Day holiday weekend! There were sales left and right that my head was spinning! Too Faced and Sephora had amazing sales going on and so of course I jumped on it! I also purchased a few items at my local Walmart!

So I know this is a little bit past the holiday already but two of my purchases were online so I had to be patient (patience is a virtue my lovelies!) and now that all of my orders are in, I now get to show you the goods! =D

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

August 2013 Favorites!

Sorry for this late post! However, better late than never right? And since it's day 3 of September, I figured it would be okay to share with you the items I find myself reaching for the most this past month.

Before I begin, I just wanted to say that I hope you all had a great #LaborDay holiday!!! What did you do? Did you catch any of the holiday sales? Mine was crazy busy, working on home renovations with my husband. However, before the weekend madness began, I finished my #LaborDay shopping before the weekend even started! Stay tune for a beauty haul post! I'm super excited to share with you what all I got =)

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Beauty Review: Rimmel London Fix & Perfect Pro Primer

Today I want to go over with you my thoughts on the Rimmel London Fix & Perfect Pro Primer in #002. I had purchased this from Target a while back and have been wearing it for a few weeks now. I think it's time for me to put in my final verdict on this dear little thing!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Beauty Review: Michael Todd True Organics Jojoba Charcoal Facial Scrub

Ipsy August 2013 Glam Bag - "Glamour Academy"

*Please note: Referral link is included in post.

Today I am going to share with you my thoughts on this Jojoba Charcoal Facial Scrub by Michael Todd True Organics

Here is a detailed description from the Michael Todd website on what exactly is this product is used for:

"Unique facial scrub formulated using the powers of Jojoba Wax Beads and Activated Charcoal to effectively remove dead skin, impurities and toxins. Gentle enough for sensitive and acne prone skin types. Jojoba Wax Beads provide gentle exfoliation without leaving microlacerations on delicate skin. Highly absorbent Activated Charcoal penetrates deeply into pores to draw out impurities and toxins. Refines texture and encourages skin renewal, leaving skin smooth and refreshed."

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Beauty Review: Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Dark Spot Corrector

Light/Medium Shade
A CC cream is a color correcting cream that fades imperfections, evens complexions, and prevents future discoloration. 

Monday, August 26, 2013

Influesnter #GoodVoxBox*

#GoodVoxBox by Influenster
* I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Today I am going to share with you my first impressions and thoughts on my very FIRST Influenster VoxBox!!!

Friday, August 16, 2013

#FOTD (Face of the Day): Blue Eyeliner

I'm not posting a Friday favorites today because I barely used any beauty products frequently this week. So I'm going to show you today's makeup that I just finished putting on =)

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Beauty Review: Ipsy Glam Bag August 2013

*Referral link is included in post.

Wow, I must applaud Ipsy for busting their humps to have these beautiful Glam Bags delivered to us subscribers so quickly this month! I received my "Christmas present" two days early than last month!

Even though I applaud Ipsy for trying to speed up their service to meet their high demand, I am disappointed in the QC (quality control) of them packing their bags. This is my forth Glam Bag and here's my first blooper from Ipsy:

I am suppose to have gotten five beauty items and was so excited when I opened my bag, but only to find that I was short of a product. I contacted Ipsy right after I discovered this and so I hope to hear from them soon. I will definitely have to review how their customer service is... (*dun dun dun*) *Please see my updates below!

#FOTD: Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream

#FOTD in natural light
I haven't been wearing any makeup lately, but I think I'm going to try to incorporate more #FOTD posts on my blog whenever I wear makeup (like today! lol).

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Beauty Review: Loreal Revitalift Miracle Blur

Hi beautifuls!

Today I want to share with you my thoughts on the Loreal Revitalift Miracle Blur.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Beauty Review: Sonia Kashuk Super Sheer Liquid Tint Blush

Today I'm going to share with you my thoughts on this cute little liquid tint blush I snagged on clearance from Target a while back! 

I am aware that this blush has been out for quite some time now (since 2009?) but please don't judge me! I can't afford to buy new lines every time they just hit the shelves lol! I write my beauty reviews on items I just recently purchased and have tried out.

This blush is so sheer and pretty. I think that this is the perfect product to use for a natural look!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Friday Beauty Favorites

Today I'm going to share with you my Friday favorites! Beauty products that I reach for the most during the week makes the cut to my Friday favorites list =)

Thursday, August 8, 2013 Haul

Today I just wanted to share with you an order I placed for the very first time on Dermstore. I was very impressed with the quality of their service. Shipping was super fast (but my local post office was lagging and so I received my order a day late). I placed my order on Friday and it was suppose to be delivered on Monday (but because of my local post office) I didn't receive it til Tuesday.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Beauty Review: Smashbox Master Class Palette 2

I am so excited to finally get to share my two cents on this palette with you! There was a lot to swatch but I manage to successfully swatch this whole palette (28 eyeshadows, 4 gel liners, 5 blushes, 1 bronzer, and 2 highlighters) in one day (had to break it into two sessions lol!).

Monday, August 5, 2013

This Week's Nails 8/5/13

I've been MIA these past few days. My little boy had fallen ill (doctor said he has croupe) and I've been super busy taking care of him and giving him all the TLC he needs. He's been on antibiotics and is getting better now =)

I just finished polishing my nails for this week so here it is! It's been a while since I've done any dotting or put any glitter to jazz up my nails so I'm pretty happy to be able to have some time to do this. (YES I am STILL coral color obsessed lol!)

Essie "Tart Deco", Wet n Wild "French White Creme", and Pure Ice "Spit Fire"

I hope you all had a great weekend and will have a superb week ahead!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

July 2013 Beauty Favorites

Oh my how summer is flying by! Before this month ends, here's a post to honor my favorite beauty and skincare products for this month!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Beauty Review: philosophy take a deep breath

For the longest time now, I've been on a hunt for my HG facial moisturizer and so far no luck =( For a long time, I switched between Clinique 'Moisture Surge' (summer time) and Clinique 'Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion' (winter time). Unfortunately, it was getting too expensive to keep up with and so I had to say goodbye to those two lovely moisturizers. 

Since then, I've been going through trial and errors with different moisturizers but I haven't been too open to trying too many because I don't want to break out. After Clinique, I've been looking into drugstore moisturizers. I've gone through tinted moisturizers by Avon's Mark line and Maybelline BB Cream, and regular moisturizers such as Cetaphil and Garnier Moisture Rescue... Nothing has worked well for me. 

Today I want to share with you my thoughts on the philosophy 'take a deep breath' gel cream moisturizer. 

Monday, July 29, 2013

Weekend Beauty Haul

Today I was able to get my pictures together of a few beauty items I purchased this past weekend.

I am so excited and can't wait to play around with the Smashbox Master Class Palette 2 and test the Loreal Miracle Blur!

This Week's Nails 7/29/13

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I woke up quite early this morning and decided to go ahead and get my nails done and out of the way before my little boy wakes up and we get ready to go run some errands today.

This week's nail polish is my most favorite blue polish by Essie. The shade is called 'Avenue Maintain.' It's been a while since I've worn it and so I decided to bring it out this week =)

Did you make any beauty purchases this past weekend? I bought a few items that I am super excited to test out and swatch as well as write to share with you what all I bought! Stay tune for a first impressions post!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Friday Beauty Favorites

Here is a snapshot of products I find myself reaching for the most this week.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Beauty Review: Sonia Kashuk Perfecting Luminous Foundation

Today I will be writing a full review on the Sonia Kashuk Perfecting Luminous Foundation.

Monday, July 22, 2013

This Week's Nails 7/22/13

This week's nail polish is inspired my obsession with the coral color. I think it's safe to say that coral is my summer color this year! It's just so bright and pretty!