Friday, May 31, 2013


Last weekend, my old coworker and her fiance got married at the Catalina Country Club on Catalina Island (Avalon).  It was my first time on a boat and my first time to Catalina.  The weather, the wedding, and the weekend was absolutely perfect.

Here are a few pictures from my weekend on Catalina.

Shrimp and Chips from El Galleon!

I got my dress from Forever 21 the day before!  Talk about last minute! 

The view from the Catalina Country Club

My other two coworkers!

The simple, but gorgeous bouquets

The beautiful centerpieces...succulents! 
The courtyard where the wedding and reception took place!


Here's the aftermath of doing my makeup this morning.

I went for the REVLON Colorstay Whipped Foundation as my base.....that is definitely my go-to everyday makeup foundation.  

For concealer, I mixed both the Loreal Tru Match Concealer and the Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer for under my eyes. I used my MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light Plus to set my concealer and the foundation. 

To prime my eyelids, I used the Too Faced Shadow Insurance...a staple that should be in everyone's makeup collection.  I went for a neutral eye, using the Urban Decay NAKED 2 Palette and the NAKED Basics Palette.  You can never go wrong with those neutral shadows.  I went for a cat eye, using my e.l.f. Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner.  The eyeliner is only $3, and it is a hidden gem.

For mascara, I went with Maybelline Volum' Express The Colossal....and curled my lashes of course.  Curling your lashes makes such a huge difference -- it really opens up your eyes!

For my brows, I tried out my new N.Y.X. Eyebrow Pencil and Brush -- I normally stick to a powder for my eyebrows, and after using the pencil, I was a bit disappointed.  I think I just got too dark of a shade, so I'm not ruling out eyebrow pencils all together.  

For blush, I mixed my MAC Mineralize Blush in Gentle with my e.l.f. Baked Blush in (I forgot the name!) a light pink/coral shade.  I applied the blush with my new MAC Duo Fiber Brush....and I love the soft effect!  I used my Pixi highlighter to add some brightness to my face as well....and I set my makeup with my MAC Fix+.  

I would highly recommend MAC Fix+ to set your makeup, and even for underneath your makeup.  It is useful, and the large bottle is about $22.

And finally for my lips: I used my new Rimmel London Lipstick in Pink Chic, and topped it with a NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in Beige (my favorite).

I hope everyone's having a great day!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013


I am addicted to taking pictures on my iPhone..probably because I don't have a fancy DSLR Camera on my own.  Yep -- I'm the one that's crouched on the ground trying to get a weird angle of the flowers on the sidewalk, or the one that's taking super close-up pictures of my food.  That one.  

Anyways, my Instagram name is @mynameispatch 

Saturday, May 25, 2013


I can never leave Target empty-handed.  And this time, I left heavy-handed.  I picked up a pair of heels,  a pair of ankle boots, and four lipsticks!!

From Left to Right......
Rimmel London Pink Chic 220
Maybelline Vivids Vivid Rose 875
Maybelline Vivids Hot Plum 900
Milani Uptown Mauve 20

I can't wait to try them all!  Do you have any of these shades?

Tuesday, May 21, 2013


I turned 24 yesterday....aka I'm old now!  I also made a quick trip to Target and picked up a couple of makeup items.

I picked up a Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick in Rossetto 103, which is a rose pink, but the finish is matte.

I was all about Rimmel London yesterday, since I also picked up their  Moisture Renew Lipstick in Nude Delight 642, and the ScandalEyes Eye Shadow Stick in Blackmail.  I chose the Nude Delight lipstick after seeing Nicole Guerriero use it in a YouTube video recently...and it is divine! It is a great nude that doesn't make your lips look dead!

The last item I bought was the Wet n' Wild Walking on Eggshells Eyeshadow Palette.  I have heard so much about that palette and it was FINALLY in stock at my Target.  I used it this morning and the shadows are extremely pigmented, but quite shimmery.  Great for such a cheap product (About $3 at Target).

Then from my birthday, I got my VERY FIRST MAC MAKEUP BRUSH!!! I know, I know -- it took me about 10 years to finally get a MAC brush...and it was a gift at that!  I got the MAC 187 Duo Fibre Face Brush, the MAC Eyeshadow in Swiss Chocolate, an EOS Balm in Summer Fruit, as well as the Vera Wang Princess Roll-on Perfume.  Lastly, I got a Bath & Body Works candle in the scent First is so floral and gives off such a great scent that can transform a room.  I also got the hand cream in the scent First Bloom.

Swiss Chocolate is the perfect soft brown matte eyeshadow, and is great for the crease/outer corner to add some definition to your eyes.

My sisters know what I, and floral scents!

Friday, May 17, 2013


Like almost any makeup-obsessed girl, I have two monthly beauty box/bag subscriptions...the IPSY Glam Bag and the Birchbox.  Both subscriptions cost about $10 per month, which is a steal when you hit the jackpot with great products.  A few days ago, both of the May packages arrived in the mail.  It was like Christmas!  

The May Glam Bag came with a tribal zig-zag aqua/orange bag -- nice and light and perfect for your purse. 

The Glam Bag also came with a full-sized darker pink/red MIRABELLA lipstick, a honey concealer, a bottle of NUME Finishing Serum, and a HUGE Pacifica Island Vanilla Roll-On perfume.  I have seen a lot of review of NUME hair styling tools, so I'm excited to try the finishing serum!  Also, I'm really satisfied with the size of the perfume sample...that would cost about $20 at Sephora.

The last product in the Glam Bag was a full-size nail polish from ZOYA.  The color I received was a light beige/champagne color.  I tried this nail polish yesterday, and was sadly disappointed.  I was glad that the color was more opaque than transparent, but the nail polish formula is not up to par.  The finish left streaks!  I painted another nail with an Essie polish, and another with a NYX polish, and both were smooth and shiny.  This ZOYA nail polish was very disappointing.

Next up was the BIRCHBOX!  In my May Birchbox, I received a bottle of Kerastase Shampoo for color-treated hair, which applies to me, so I'm excited about that product.  The box also came with a cute teal Pilot pen,  a waterproof CARGO blush (last pic), a VERY small sample of Coola sunscreen, and an even smaller sample bottle of Folle de Joie eau de parfum.

Overall, I was very disappointed in the Birchbox products.  The samples were extremely small compared to the Glam Bag.  Although - I do prefer the scent of the perfume in the Birchbox over the large perfume from the Glam Bag, the size really does make a difference.  The Glam Bag had the perfect mix of makeup and hair products.

If I had to choose one....I'd choose the IPSY Glam Bag!!

Do you subscribe to any monthly beauty boxes?

Wednesday, May 1, 2013


I made a quick trip to the beauty aisle tonight..and I picked up a couple of goodies.

The first thing I bought was the Maybelline New York Color Whisper in the shade A Plum Prospect. I already have a few of the Color Whispers (my favorite is Cherry on Top) and I wanted to try a shade that was a bit more pigmented, as opposed to just a very light shimmer/almost transparent like a couple of the other shades are (Coral Ambition).

I absolutely love the pink/purple/rose shade of A Plum Prospect. It is the perfect color to bring in your purse and reapply all day. It gives off a nice stain on your lips as well!

The second product I picked up was the REVLON COLORSTAY WHIPPED Creme Makeup. I have seen this next product in a lot of my favorite YouTube guru's monthly favorites videos lately, so I have been intrigued. It is so creamy and VERY all foundations should be!

The last thing I bought was the Silver Linings Playbook DVD! I saw this movie in the theaters, and I've been waiting for it to come on to DVD because I liked it south. Bradley Cooper, and Jennifer Lawrence especially, are such great actors in this movie. It is unreal! The perfect romantic comedy drama collaboration!