My Pretty Obsessions | Lifestyle Blog: 2015

Friday, December 11, 2015

The Perfect Azazie Dress for a Black Tie Formal*

Azazie is an online bridal company that has unique services where you can pay a small fee to try dresses you like in the comfort of your own home and the dress you order can be custom tailored to your fit! Specializing in occasion dresses from bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, mother of the bride dresses - with such an array of dresses, there's something for everyone! The Azazie website is easy to navigate and shop around. Their customer service is excellent if you need any help!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Pores Be Gone! (My Favorite Pore Minimizing Products)

My pores are most noticeable around my nose area and I'm really self conscious about it! I have the biggest hopes that one day, there will be some kind of magic potion or zapper to instantly get rid of my pores.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

November Sephora Play! Box: The Exclusives

I received my Sephora Play! Box last week right before Thanksgiving and the holiday rush had put me in a daze of which I'm just now getting out of lol!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Winter Skincare Routine*

As the crisp fall air slowly fades out and into brisk cold winter air, we must change up our skincare routine to protect our skin from the harsh cold.

Friday, November 20, 2015

My First Visit & Experience to Drybar*

So I've been living under a rock you guys... I've never had a hair blowout before. Where have I been?!?! 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Drybar Grapevine Grand Opening*

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After much anticipation, Drybar opened in Grapevine, Texas on Wednesday, November 18th. Drybar’s refreshingly simple concept: “No cuts. No color. Just blowouts” has captivated a legion of loyal clients nationwide. Now Drybar is heading to The Towers of Grapevine, a new shopping center in the Dallas-­Fort Worth area. This 1,810 square foot location will consist of 12 styling chairs, and will feature all of the signature elements that define the unique Drybar experience. With additional openings on the horizon in NYC, DC and Chicago, the brand is on track to have over 50 locations nationwide by the end of 2015.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Review: Elizabeth Mott Natural Eye Shadow Palette*

I'm really excited to share with y'all this neutral eye shadow palette I've been using a LOT lately.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Holiday [Series] Party Look: Tweed with Me

I have to seriously pinch myself to wake up and realize how we are so close to ending 2015! I'm excited to start sharing with y'all a new style series focusing on holiday looks.

My first holiday look I'm sharing with you highlights these fab tweed joggers I bought from the Loft. I love joggers, they're so comfortable and you can dress them up or down. 

Friday, November 13, 2015

Review: Jouer Anti-Blemish Treatment Concealer (Light, Medium, Tan)*

I've mentioned the Jouer Anti-Blemish Treatment Concealer recently in last month's Beauty Favorites and as promised, here's a full review!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Review: DIY Oatmeal Cleanser

I was browsing on YouTube one morning and came across an interesting DIY cleansing treatment using oatmeal. Intrigued, I started to look specifically look into that and was surprised to see so many videos of many other girls using the same method!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Review: Emjoi Micro-Nail*

My manual nail buffer was ready to be tossed and the Emjoi Micro-Nail arrived just in time for me to work on a new manicure. This unique patent-pending device has been created to smooth and shine finger and toe nails. With its innovative roller spinning 360 degrees at an amazing 30 times per second, it gently buffs away ridges, imperfections and discoloration while adding shine.

Friday, November 6, 2015

#BTS (Behind the Scenes): My Feature in BEAUTY the Guide

I've been keeping this a secret as much as I could for TWO months now and am so happy to share it out loud here on my blog!

This is one of the most biggest and humble milestone in my blogging venture thus far and I can't help but be a bit emotional because I'm so proud. 

BEAUTY the Guide is my digital beauty bible and I owe this all to Dave Lackie, Senior Beauty Editor - the mastermind behind it all.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Fall Look Series: The World is Your Runway...

Every day is a fashion show and the world is your runway.

I wasn't planning on posting this outfit but personally I really love how the above photo exudes so much confidence that I actually surprised myself! 

Jaclyn Hill's Champagne Pop highlight was lookin pretty bomb on my face so it would be a shame not to share that too lol.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Fall Look Series: Date Night

I love drawing out a romantic dress for date nights. Date nights with the Husband is one of my most favorite times because we get to have that one on one time to reconnect. 

This beautiful navy dress was waiting eagerly for me to bring out and I love everything about it! It's lacy and flowy - super chic yet so comfy to wear that I can indulge in dinner AND dessert without feeling that my Husband has to roll me out of the restaurant, LOL!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

October Beauty Favorites

Happy Halloween!!! I had to squeeze in my monthly favorites on a weekend because next week, I've got a bunch of good stuff to share with you and also it's a great way to entertain you this weekend if you're chillin and wanted something light to read :)

So I've been obsessing and loving about a handful of things...

Friday, October 30, 2015

October Sephora Play! Box: Secrets to Dewy Skin

I can't believe that this is already the last Friday of October and tomorrow is Halloween! Time sure does fly!

I received my Sephora Play! box last week but haven't gotten around to sharing til now so let's get right into it!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Fall Look Series: 'You Can Stand Under My Umbrella'

It is finally starting to feel like Fall here in Fort Worth! Despite of the cold and rain this past weekend, my husband and I were able to do a fun photo-shoot at home :)

I've been wanting to share with you all more of my personal fashion style and so I'm kicking off with this post as the first episode in my Fall Look Series. I hope you enjoy!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Shorten Your Makeup Routine with Luminess Air - AirSupremacy!*

Luminess AirSupremacy is one of the latest tools in beauty! It is a full line of Spray-On Airbrush Cosmetics, bringing the effect and finish of airbrush, without the need for a compressor or stylus. The line includes Foundations, Blushes, Body Shimmers, and Tattoo & Blemish Cover-Up products.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Fab & Easy Manicure with Jamberry Nails! [GIVEAWAY CLOSED]

I love me a good manicure but when I'm on a tight budget (can't go to the salon) or don't have time (husband rushes me out the door) - I end up going out feeling less than fab with my plain nails.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Drybar Pairs with City of Hope*

I remember how fascinated I was to learn that it is not ideal to wash your hair with shampoo everyday because it strips away the natural oils in your hair thus making it weak and brittle. I would have an oily scalp if I didn't shampoo my hair every day and so when I was in the process of training my hair, I discovered my love for dry shampoo which kept my hair at bay in between washes.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Review: Irresistible Me Hair Extensions*

I wish I WOKE UP LIKE THIS everyday - lol!

I'm so excited to share with y'all something that I've been wanting to try for so long! I don't talk much about hair since I don't really do much besides using my awesome BEACHWAVER by Sarah Potempa (check out my review on that here).

Irresistable Me is a growing brand of 100% natural Remy clip-in hair extensions, hair accessories and hair tools. Irresistible Me specializes in high quality extensions at great prices. They are based in the Fashion District in New York.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Review: StriVectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner*

It seems that I can't stress enough about pores lately because today I'm going to share a new retinol moisturizer I've been using in my skincare routine.

Seriously, why stress about pores? Reducing the size of your pores really helps protect the skin and allows it to appear firmer and healthier. Retinol combats early signs of aging and also corrects existing damages. It is a beauty must have in your skincare routine for those who are cautious of aging complexions or dealing with complex skin issues.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Review: Dr. Brandt Skincare PoreDermabrasion™ Pore Perfecting Exfoliator*

One of my biggest skin concerns are with my pores. I have noticeable pores in the t-zone area of my face, especially on my face right next to the sides of my nose.

Why are pores so controversial? Okay, I'm exaggerating just a tad bit (lol) because it's not a controversy but seriously though -

Not only is it desirable to have clear and flawless skin but having minimal pores is essential for a healthy complexion. We don't want dirt and bacteria to get down and under our skin which can further cause complex skin issues.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

September Beauty Favorites

I can't believe that it's the first of October already! I don't have a whole lot to share because when I really like a product, I'm usually stuck on it until I'm done using it lol.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Review: Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Satin Radiance Lipstick (09 and 19)*

I received these products complimentary from Influenster.*


Lipstick is the ultimate gesture of beauty. For YSL Beauty, this gesture began in 1978, with the birth of a defining era in lip color, championed by Yves Saint Laurent who wanted to dress women’s lips in couture colors. It was then that the ROUGE PUR COUTURE legacy began; a wardrobe of iconic lipsticks able to deliver the promise of pure color, draped elegantly onto the lips. The lipstick of heroines. A product so luxurious, so subversive, that it became the ultimate weapon for uncompromising seduction. Almost 40 years later, ROUGE PUR COUTURE remains the manifesto of an audacious, free-spirited femininity that breaks the rules to reinvent them.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Fall Makeup Tips!

Happy Friday!

Who's already had their first #PSL of the season??? Sadly, I haven't yet but will soon! Fall is officially here and I'm so excited for the chilly days ahead! Dark berry/vamp lips, metallic brown eyeliner, and flushed cheeks are in and I'll be sharing my favorite products to achieve the trending fall look!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Beauty Subscription: Play! by Sephora Subscription

It's the first day of fall!!! Can y'all believe that the year will be over soon? Oh how time flies when you're having fun!

Enough chit chat because we know why you're here! You want the good deets on the Play! by Sephora subscription box and I'm here to share!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Blue Mercury Grand Opening in Southlake, TX

This past weekend, my sister-in-law and I went on an adventure! I love going on adventures with her because we almost have the same taste in just about everything!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Review: Luminess Legend Airbrush System*

I hope y'all had a great weekend! I'm really excited to kick off the week/last day of August with y'all on a review featuring my very first airbrush system by Luminess Air!

Beauty is in the Air! The finest application of makeup is made possible by the infinite brush stroke of air.

Friday, August 28, 2015

August Beauty Favorites

Happy Friyay! I can't believe that school is back in session and fall is around the corner! I'm excited for plaid button ups, black skinnies/leggings, booties, vamp lips, and dark smoky eyes!

I rarely share a monthly favorites simply because I use the same products (despite of the size of my beauty stash) for months at a time. I figured that it's time to shake things up a bit on my blog - will try my best to share more favorites with y'all more often and I'm actually sharing one right on time this month! Yay!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Review: HydraFacial® MD at Skinique Med Spa, Fort Worth, TX*

Picture from Skinique Med Spa
"Everyone should get a professional facial at least once in their life," - I would hear from those who have gotten facials and treat themselves to this luxury more times than I ever have gotten one just counting on my one hand. They would also tell me that at home DIY's just ain't cutting it any more...

Monday, August 17, 2015

Review: Spongellé Anti-Cellulite Infused Buffer*

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I hope y'all had a great weekend! Today's review is a new product by Spongellé. If you've been following me for some time, you might remember my previous Spongellé review here.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Pinrose Dallas Nordstrom Launch Dinner Party

I attended an exclusive blogger's dinner party to celebrate Pinrose's Nordstrom launch.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Review: Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Blur Primer & Blur Perfector*

I received these products complimentary from Influenster.*
Yves Saint Laurent reigns as one of the most influential and inspired designers in the world. From his early days in the studio of Christian Dior to his acclaimed haute couture collections of today, YSL's touch remains unmistakable. The YSL style is reflected in the realm of fashion, including accessories, jewelry, ready-to-wear, fragrance, and cosmetics.

Friday, July 24, 2015

What I Use to Highlight & Contour (Update)

I can't believe that it's been two years since I last shared my highlight and contouring products with y'all and from these last two years, a LOT has changed along the way for me. If you're curious to know what I used before, feel free to check out that post here.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

#PowerOfMakeup Challenge

I first heard of the #PowerOfMakeup challenge from a PopSugar Beauty article I found on Facebook. I was intrigued of this 'challenge' because of the strong and positive message it sends out to people.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Review: Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Close-Up Instant Wrinkle Reducer & Treatment*

Get camera ready in a flash! An instant treatment that tightens the look of skin while firming and smoothing the appearance of crow's feet, fine lines, and wrinkles. Use around eyes, mouth and on forehead to erase years from your appearance. Eliminates the appearance of wrinkles by visibly restoring skin to its natural, smooth state instantly! Just a touch to eye, frown and smile lines, and the formula helps eliminate the appearance of wrinkles, so you look years younger in minutes and it will last for hours! 

  • Immediate sensation of tighter and smoother-looking skin.
  • Potent formula maximizes anti-wrinkle effects.
  • Smooth under-eye bags and puffiness.
  • Tightens skin on contact and takes years off appearance.
  • Lasts for hours and can be reapplied throughout the day.
  • Will wash off easily with water and no make-up remover required.
  • Breakthrough discovery that tightens skin on contact to take years off appearance.
For those of you who's been following my blog for some time now, I'm sure you know how enthusiastic I've been over anti-aging products now that I'm getting older. 

I don't have any wrinkles (yet) but I do have some fine lines that needs to be acknowledge lol. What really grasp on to my curiosity about the Close-Up Instant Wrinkle Reducer & Treatment is that you can use this as a makeup primer!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

MAKE UP FOR EVER HD and Ultra HD Foundation Comparison*

As promised in my MUFE Ultra HD Foundation review, I'm going to share my thoughts and show y'all a comparison between the MUFE HD and Ultra HD Foundations!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Looking to buy a house in Dallas/Fort Worth?

Sunny Manivong, Ready Real Estate LLC.
Ladies and Gentlemen, meet the love of my life, Sunny!

I usually keep quiet about my personal life from social media/internet but now I am uber happy and very proud to be able to share my better half with you all!

Sunny and I have been together for a little over 11 years and have our 3 year old son <3 Sunny and our tot are my world and I wouldn't have it be any other way :)

The reason why I am finally introducing Sunny on my blog is to help and support his new career venture as a Professional Real Estate Agent!

If you are in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and are looking to sell or buy a home, Sunny can help!

I've listed all of his information below, so don't hesitate to reach out!

Thanks so much for your support! We greatly appreciate it!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Review: Spongellé | Boxed Daisy & Pedi Buffer*

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Spongelle® Beyond Cleansing® offers a completely new concept in bathing and showering. The Spongellé body buffer is infused with a silken, gentle shower gel and precisely formulated with premium ingredients to moisturize and rejuvenate the body complexion. Each buffer has its own one-of-a-kind fragrance blend created solely for Spongellé.

Spongellé products will always offer the most effective technology, the finest ingredients, and essential touch of luxury.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Review: Bioderma Sensibio H2O (Beautylish)

Bioderma is a French skincare brand whose products are known for being highly effective but gentle enough to use on even the most sensitive skin. Bioderma understands the importance of maintaining skin health. Their teams of biologists and dermatologists have conducted extensive research to create a line of products designed to protect the skin and boost its resistance to environmental factors. Their products are loved throughout the world and can be found in the kits of top makeup artists.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Review: MAKE UP FOR EVER | Ultra HD Foundation Shade #123

I'm so excited to share with y'all my thoughts on the latest and greatest product by MAKE UP FOR EVER, the brand new Ultra HD Foundation!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Review: Otavea Body Scrubs*

I love supporting local and small businesses as much as I can. Did you know that local and small businesses have a huge positive impact on our country's economy? I'd throw numbers out there but it's been a while since I've taken an Economics course lol! 

Putting schoolbooks aside...

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Skincare Part 2 | Update

Happy Wednesday! I meant to give an update post on my skin sooner but things have been quite busy in the house!

After my first post sharing my story of what's been going on with my skin, here's a follow up on what's been going on since and what I've been doing. I'll be continuing to share skin updates with y'all until my face clears completely.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Makeup Show - 10 Year Anniversary | Dallas Recap

Happy 10 Year Anniversary to The Makeup Show! It was an absolute honor to have The Makeup Show come down to Dallas for a second time. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Exclusive Dallas Preview | Chikuhodo x Beautylish Sakura Collection

May I proudly introduce to you the Sakura Collection by Chikuhodo x Beautylish. Ladies and gents, grab your wallets and have them handy because this exquisite limited edition set will only be available for a limited time later this month!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Interview | James Vincent, Makeup Artist

I am so happy to be able to share with y'all my interview with the one and only, James Vincent. He's a complete sweetheart, very laid back, and easy to talk to! (I kept telling my friends at The Makeup Show this past weekend about how much I wanted to squeeze him like a teddy bear when we hugged but I'm sure he wouldn't have appreciated that lol!) 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Interview | Lauren Napier of CLEANSE

Image provided by PR*
I was lucky to have an opportunity to interview Lauren Napier of CLEANSE. Lauren is an amazing makeup artist with over 15 years of professional experience and also a successful entrepreneur.

After a personal experiment which left her feeling delirious, Lauren created CLEANSE - a set of twelve individually wrapped facial cleansing wipes, perfect for when you're on the go.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Review: Lab2 Beauty | Makeup Brushes*

Makeup brushes are essential tools in everyone's makeup routine, no ifs, ands, or buts about it! I recently started putting together my client kit and am ecstatic to welcome LAB2 Beauty into my personal and professional collection.