Ulta Beauty Haul: ALL NEW

Hello lovely friends! Isn’t shopping the most therapeutic activity of them all? I swear I could spend hours at Ulta Beauty without even noticing. You know when you’re there for so long they offer you a bag, it was one of those days.

This week I’m sharing my latest spree at Ulta. Everything managed to a total of $57 so talk about budgeting. Nothing too extravagant or prestige, the catch is I’ve never used these products. I decided to branch out from my regular brands of consistent products. Let’s get to it. 

MAKEUP – 

Two products I knew I needed to refill was my mascara and lip gloss. They run out so quickly on me because I use them like everyday. Usually these products I stick to drugstore because it’s so much easier to drive over to your local Giant or Walmart and pick them up.

L’OREAL Voluminous False Fiber Lashes is a beautiful gold-packaged mascara promising full lashes and a durable wand. I chose the shade “Blackest Black” because that’s what flatters my eyes the most!

I’ve had the NYX Lingerie Matte Lipstick once and I wasn’t happy with it because the formula was too drying for me. So I decided to try the NYX Lingerie Shimmer Lipgloss for a poutier look. This is in the shade “Spirit” and it’s a light, shimmery pink gloss. You know I can’t stay away from my pinks!

FACE APPLICATOR –

Who’s just as excited Morphe is at Ulta Beauty now?! WOW ME TOO. Funny story, I was walking around the store looking for a diffused brush for a softer application on my bronzer, the first brush I walked by was IT Cosmetics and it was priced at $18. I kept walking around thinking this IT brush was going to be the best candidate, fair enough it has great reviews!

PLOT TWIST. I stumbled onto Morphe’s aisle and hunched down to the brushes row to see their brushes are like $10! I was over the moon! This diffused brush was $8 and much needed since bronzer has become such a key component in my makeup. I’ve actually never used Morphe’s brushes. Hollllla BH Cosmetics! But, I’m excited to see how they perform.

My other random face applicator is a short blade for peach fuzz and eyebrow detailing! I honestly don’t know where I’d be without it. It makes those small details on your face just disappear. Dermaplaning smoothes the skin and fine lines while also being able to exfoliate pores/hair. This is a perfect trick before applying moisturizer or foundation for achieving that smooth finish!

The last brand I used for this was Sally Beauty. It was okay, nothing special. I’m hoping to see more improvements in my skin like a cleaner finish as a result of the exfoliation. The packaging also looks a bit more professional and directed towards dermaplaning, it was priced at $9.99.

HAIR CARE –

What I’m excited for the most. I recently decided to get side bangs inspired by early 2000’s JLo. At first my hair was long…just long. Now it’s long with side bangs! I want to keep the fullness it brings to my face and add tousled waves. Hello Spring hair phase!

For this tousled control, I bought OGX Locking + Coconut Curls Mousse with a strong hold of 3 out of 5. Crunchy curls do not look good on me so being at a 3 is a perfect balance. I love OGX’s Coconut Shampoo and Conditioner so I’m not that worried over the quality and smell of this Mousse.

Grand finale, I wanted to keep the softness of my waves alive so I bought this OGX Hydrating Oil! I’ve been told to go an extremely soft hand with this because too much and it’ll look like you haven’t washed your hair in 5 days! My plan is to keep this strictly below at the ends of my hair with a peasize amount.

Why do I feel like talking about the reasons for your purchases is always so detailed and exciting? Just me? What products would you like to see a review on?

I hope your weekly reading here was inspiring and makes you think about your next Ulta haul 😉

XO Paulina

 

 

The Miracle of Mascara

Welcome back my beautiful friends. How’s everyone organizing their time to get their business handled?! While you’re on break from being a boss, let’s admire the power of MASCARA. You know you couldn’t live without it.

I admit, I usually say eyebrows frame the face and contouring is life but talk about framing THE EYES. Masacara takes the crown. I look like a boy without masacara!

Three reasons why I believe mascara does this miracle of enhancement.

1. Length – This was definitely the goal we all first wished for when we were little gals trying out mascara. It wasn’t even about the eyes at this point if i’m being honest. It was about how long I can make these dang eye lashes. SO FUTURISTIC, SUCH SORCERY. Brands like Covergirl and Too Faced claim their mascaras do just the trick.

Long lashes barely touching your eyebrows is such a feminine charm. The best way to lengthen your lashes is to find a wand that offers alot of bristles instead of those big, foamy ones. Skinny wands as well so you can see easier as you work your way up the lashes!

2. Volume – Now that I’m in a different stage, volume matters alot to me. I love the fullness it brings all the way down to the root. I’m not a fan of huge gaps in between each lash, volume makes your rims look thick! It fills in the perimeter of your eyes giving off a complete look. That being said, I love clumpy/thick lashes!

I know most people call clumpy lashes “tree branches”, yes I’ve heard this before. But I refuse to wear mascara if I’m not going to make it obvious, if that makes sense. Either way I have to remove it with a wipe at the end of the night so make both products worthwhile!

3. Pigment – My most recent obsession is the absolute intensity change it has on your eyes but also the face. Brands create different colored mascaras, like NYX Cosmetics with shades purple, green, pink and blue.

NYX Color Mascaras at $7.99

Even with dark lashes naturally, the mascara color “Blackest Black” is a common drugstore shade thrown in. LET ME SAY IT WORKS. It’s better for a dark-lash girl like me! My friends with light lashes go through such a change, it’s beautiful! For a softer look, look for mascaras in the shade “Brown”.

SO, WHAT HAVE I BEEN USING LATELY? I use more than one because the more, the better! Honestly I don’t know why, but all you need is a long-lasting one for the layers. I also use a waterproof mascara for special events and even just as a final coat so I know these lashes are going to stay on! Universal use, right?

I also scout for the formula of mascara. I prefer a thick base than thin formula because of my obsession with stand-out lashes. It’s all preference and trial there! Some say high-end mascara is undoubtedly better than drugstore but if the formula is right, I don’t see a problem!

What’s your favorite mascara? Any tips to volumize lashes? Comment below ❤

XO Paulina

ABH Amrezy Highlighter did THAT

Happy, Happy Tuesday to everyone! Let’s talk makeup.

I’m sure you know about the famous and most sparkling highlight of probably 2018, the ABH Amrezy Highlighter. What a glow! You saw it everywhere on Instagram, Twitter and  even pinterest.

At a first glance, it’s that soft and effortless glow you get from the BEACH. It’s a light champagne that makes you smile, I would even say it reminds me of BECCA Champagne Pop x Jaclyn Hill. We all know how hard that product hit the sales floor across the country! So safe to assume, ABH and their continuing trends followed the wave and made one for us.

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BECCA Champagne Pop & ABH Amrezy Highlighter

So, who doesn’t know Amrezy? I mean, she only has the best Instagram layout EVER. With a breaking 5.6 million followers and counting, she’s found a special place in our beauty-lover hearts. I’m kind of upset she doesn’t make Youtube videos, but I find it impressive having a huge audience even without an important outlet like Youtube. YOU GO GIRL!

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Let’s talk about the actual product. On the front side is covered with gold stars surrounding the ABH x Amrezy mark. I think the stars represent the effect this highlight will have, STUNNING SUNSHINE.

This compact highlight weighs .31 ounces which is pretty average in the world of compact highlights. To compare, MAC Soft & Gentle Highlighter weighs .35 ounces. And to make our lives a little easier, ABH blessed us with a mirror. Thank you for all those trips you’ve saved me while doing my makeup in the car!

Fast forward to now, I bought the highlighter super late in the game and you guys are probably so annoyed I’m sharing this review now. SORRY! I knew since when it first launched it was going to be stellar, I mean just look at that glow. But I’m here now in 2019 confirming that this product is still BOMB. If you haven’t purchased it yet, do yourself a favor and treat your indulgences.

It hasn’t left me with textured skin and I’ve been wearing it for about two weeks now. How a product sits on my skin is really important to me because I struggle with occasional acne and it absolutely sucks to have those weird bumps underneath. So it also gets an A+ for sensitive skin Pauly!

I hope it lasts me a few months, we shall see. Maybe I should talk about which products run out too soon, EXPOSE THEM!

Have a blessed day, xo Paulina

Waking Up In 2019

Only a couple days away until the new year! Thankfully when the holidays treat you well, you slide into the new year eager for a new mindset. Maybe for a new goal or continuing tradition that completes your peace.

WHO’S READY?!

This upcoming year, my resolution is to wake up earlier than I did in 2018. This will take LOTS of discipline and maybe some tears, but it’s honestly for the best.

I have the worst habit of sleeping in and just not being able to get up from bed. It’s very upsetting and mentally exhausting. There could be a lot of theories as to why this is happening and how it’s affected me, but I’m ready for the change. It’s crazy how a year will pass by of just fatigue. I don’t want to think about the time I’ve wasted on sleep…..

Waking up around noon is not the life I want anymore! Lately I’ve been watching YouTube videos on how to wake up earlier and the one thing they can’t stress enough is YOU NEED TO HAVE A PURPOSE FOR GETTING UP.

Something needs to excite you enough to get up like coffee, the gym or even the morning news. You need the intention!

My reason would definitely be the gym. I made such a commitment to my physical health this year, knowing I can mold it into my 2019 goal gives me a lot more motivation to get it done!

Hopefully if this was your New Years resolution too, you feel less alone and developed a new strategy to do this.

My more intimate resolution was to become more involved in my church. More involved in my spirituality and relationship with the Lord. That’s for a later post though 🙂

I’m off to New York tomorrow to celebrate the new year and I didn’t want to leave without this wishful thinking.

What’s your new year resolution? Have you thought about your strategy?

Xoxo PAULINA

Drybar gave me major hair inspiration again

Hello my beautiful friends ❤ I wish nothing but love and peace in your day and a wonderful holiday season thus far. I’m grateful for everyone who’s kept up with my life and letting my words make a impact on your lives.

May the word of love be shared and positive affirmations be reciprocated everyday.

– Your fav Sagittarius

Maybe it’s just me, but does anyone with long hair notice they don’t do anything to it anymore? Just air dry after the shower and hope the frizzes stay under control.

What about those days I used to obsessively straighten my hair and slick it back to a sleek ponytail? Or curl my hair and part it in the middle for a bouncy, 70’s effect?

So this wasn’t something I was randomly reminded of. But life has weird ways of reintroducing GOOD, FULFILLING care habits in our lives!

The end of November, I traveled to Las Vegas to celebrate my 21st birthday with my amazing mom basically funding the whole trip. Woot woot!

She booked an appointment to get my hair with Drybar! Working at Ulta Beauty a few years back, I know this brand is a huge seller in dry shampoos and treatments. I was so excited!

My stylist was the cutest! I didn’t know if she wanted to be in the picture aka that’s why you won’t see her face. She was so soft with my scalp and gentle brushing through my hair. I was sad my pineapple mojito was finishing so quickly!

I told her I envisioned loose Hollywood waves so she busted out her curler and went to work after my blow dry. So much talent goes into hair care and styling. Why is this so amazing to share with you all!?

One product that stood out to me the most was the first product she used right before blow drying my hair. It left my hair drying so soft to the touch and my curls came out so shiny! This prep step product is something I have to shop for this week.

After this total hair transformation for the day, I realized how much I’ve been LACKING in styling it. I need to get back into it! What a boost to my spirit and drive to my step.

What hair styles have you all been loving? Should I gather some cute ones and share them?

Xoxo PAULINA

Happiness is a Ritual

The definition of the word, Ritual claimed by Google.

“A solemn ceremony consisting of a series of actions performed according to a prescribed order.”

Has anyone wondered the key to happiness? Those days when you ask yourself when will the good days EVER start?

I can’t help but sit in bed and wonder why I led myself to those questions. I should be cherishing life everyday!! Waking up at 7 a.m!! Going on a jog!! Buying some groceries!!

Shaving my legs!! And being the best student, daughter, friend, grandchild, mentor, leader and feminist ever possible for the sake of my sanity and approval of those I love.

Wow that sounds like a lot, right? But this is a pretty average list of the small but BIG roles we maintain everyday. And for that reason, I think it’s easy to lose track of that genuine feeling of life (happiness) everyday in our lives.

Happiness is a ritual. Not a group ritual necessarily either, you’ll be happy for that later. It’s a commitment you make amongst yourself to keep light inside you. Literally a set of actions you need to establish in your life to keep balance or to restore it when insanity breaks loose.

For a prescribed order. No one knows this correct order and every order is different. But whichever destiny you have faith in, this order is meant to stay as an order and keep us from evil versions of ourselves.

Billions of people going through this complex journey, no wonder the answer only resides in you. It’s you, it really depends on you and the actions being taken to keep a stable relationship within yourself (happiness) !!

Ever heard of self-care? Lately the things that have kept my spirit running are the purchase of my new car (BMW gang!), a new gym I’ve just subscribed to, and the sense of getting my money together (heck yeah for new credit card!).

It feels new, gives me motivation and it stops me in my track once in awhile and reminds me of the good things coming my way in life. That’s key. I know I’m never getting today back or reliving the moment I stepped in my new car, so this sensation has got to last. Not for those glam moments, but for the sake of my mind.

These actions I give myself is a recipe for happiness. I give full effort in these tasks because that’s what I deserve. Neglect your actions and you’ll neglect your happiness. Sounds familiar right?

Stop what you’re doing. Think about your past few days and remember what’s been keeping that smile alive. Now keep doing what you’re doing because you’re about to ride a happy wave. I’ll be riding this wave with a glass of wine in my hand.

comment below your successes this month ❤ -Pauly

Back to Black

Hi everyone!

I hope your Tuesday has been wonderful and get your butt off the couch! Today was a life changing day as I walk around now in my new hair, back to Black!

I originally dyed it in 8th grade and continually kept up with it throughout high school but leaving for college, taking care of it just wasn’t in the picture for me. UGH SO WRONG!

So bottom line, it’s been two years! My amazing stylist hooked me up with Redken Demi Permanent in Onyx Black & Espresso Brown to find a happy medium between the two.

I also trimmed the ends and got that nice, sharp V in the back so I regained that structure for some hair flipping lol.

Gosh, I literally forgot how rewarding and satisfying it feels to pamper yourself this way. I feel rejuvenated? Definitely not going to forget this feeling, self care is such a huge discipline I need to get into!

I also had an interview at a retail store followed by some business emails and preparations for my cell bio class. In the midst of my busy schedule, changing up my hair even if just a little bit really did vamp me up! I feel lighter and like a fresh new Pauly walked right in. 🙂

So for YOU reading this, get that color or cut you’ve been dying for! lol get it?

Enjoy your week xo

Rant with Pauly: Shade range consistency

Hi everyone!

How’s everyone celebrating their Friday tonight? Another week has flown by and for some reason I always have this irritating, lingering thought of some palettes I’ve been seeing launched.

I’m sure they’re of great quality! Morphe and Kylie Cosmetics have had amazing reviews globally and their profits seem in good shape.

But let’s talk about color scheme, shall we. Has anyone ever seen eye looks and they detail in their caption how many colors they used and you just can’t believe it? Warm, bronzey tones have a lot of shade ranges in common so it’s easy for them to look opaque and just too similar..

Duh, these colors are so effortless for a casual and even sultry look. But the idea that they’re so general and easy to use, makes you even question if it’s worth buying. Here are some pics of Morphe’s and Kylie Cosmetic’s palettes.

I could give atleast 3 pans that literally look the same! The idea of placing your brush on your eyes and expecting pigmented, unique shades just doesn’t come across these. Is it even worth the purchase or effort into launching?

Morphe Oh Boy Eyeshadow Palette


Morphe 25B Bronzed Eyeshadow Palette


Kylie Cosmetics The Bronze Extended Palette


I was so excited for the Gigi Hadid x Maybelline series but the range was so shockingly sad! And similarly, they’re very warm, dull/opaque tones. The shades just seem the same and it doesn’t makes my eyes pop at first glance. It’s hard, I get it.


Maybe some creativity will inspire a new wave of warm, bronzer tones. I just want to see some different scheme brought to the table.

While we’re here, let me show you some palettes I’ve definitely been eyeing this week. Or maybe obsessing over!

Violet Voss HG Eyeshadow Palette


Continue reading Rant with Pauly: Shade range consistency

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters has been crowned!

Watching Miss Universe pageants since I was practically 5 years old is a HUGE reason why I dedicated so much love into this article. Miss Universe celebrates the power of femininity in so many ways – in ways that I think make us powerful human beings. Being an intellectual, a self-less friend, peace giver and a health advocate are only a few things a Miss Universe contestant must enlighten their voters and the judges.

Sunday night, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters from South Africa was reigned Miss Universe. After Steve Harvey, this year’s host had announced South Africa would be crowned, Demi-Leigh raised her hands in disbelief and I could only imagine the emotions she was going through! What a magical moment to be sharing the stage with 91 other women from all over the world and wear the crown being placed by last years Miss Universe 2016 from France, Iris Mittenaere.

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At the young age of 22, Demi-Leigh has been advocating for self defense. During the pageant, she shared her story of being robbed at gun point and how it ultimately changed her life. With the title of Miss Universe, Demi-Leigh wishes to start ‘Unbreakable’, a campaign consisting of experts teaching self defense and confidence-boosting for women around South Africa. Knowing your value and how no one can walk all over you was the premise of her motto on stage.

“It’s okay not to have a perfect life, and it’s okay to have emotions, and have feelings. If we are able to express our feelings more and share them with others, it’s so much easier to work through when you know there are people holding your hands and walking through this with you,” Demi-Leigh reassures.

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Back home in South Africa, this is MAJOR news. Demi-Leigh is the second Miss South Africa to win the Miss Universe crown since 1978. Aside from taking her modeling to the next level, she recently earned her degree from South Africa’s North Western University in Business Management. She urges women to understand how life is filled with hills and obstacles to overcome, but the humbling moment to look back and see all that you’ve done makes everything worth while.

During the question portion of the pageant, Demi-Leigh expressed her passion for equality and her hopes for a better future all around the world. “I want woman to be treated as equals in every part of the world. We are making great strides but there is still so much to be done.” She speaks on the wage gap in South Africa, women empowerment and self-defense.

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Can we talk about her gown for the final round?! A sleek, fitting tan dress with accents of sparkles to illuminate her olive skin. This dress was killer when she strutted down the walkway with some classic, ankle-wrapping silver heels. She let her curves take control as she wrapped her hair in a braided bun to extenuate her highlights – the color scheme fit to a 10!

You know we can’t skip the bathing suit round – a bright, yellow bikini to bring a smile on everyones’ face. Working hard for your body isn’t something to be ashamed of and we should all be proud and welcomed to show it off; A few contestants stated prior as a result for the backlash on the ‘bikini round’. This certain round in the pageant isn’t for men to critique their bodies or for anyone else really, it’s to celebrate the female body and all the healthy measurements we take to stay beautiful and fit. But would you look at those heels? Any girl who can strut in those is a winner to me!

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So what exactly does a Miss Universe win for her time wearing the crown? According to their contest rules if a contestant is able to fulfill her duties, she will be given a year-long salary to spread advocacy of her choice, a luxury apartment in New York City, client representation in management agency WME IMG and my favorite part, access to all the premieres, fashion shows and even some opportunities to apply for acting roles.

Currently, Demi-Leigh is undergoing her ‘media week’ as the newly crowned Miss Universe. She will be attending conferences and press releases to unveil her plans for the upcoming year and what she hopes to accomplish back at home and all around the world for women.

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A true princess! I can’t wait to see where she’ll take her platform and the advocacy she has in store for empowerment. xo

Comment below if you’d like updates of her work during her time as Miss Universe!

Red heart, Red lips

Hi my beauties! Today I’m going to go step by step on how I achieved my vanity look. I was inspired by Fall, red bold lips and some shimmy-shimmy red on the eyes to pull everything together. Enjoy!

I spend a lot of my time working on my skin because I love a flawless, full-coverage face. I skipped the primer and drenched my skin with Tarte’s Marine Boosting Mist in their ‘Rainforest of the Sea’ collection. It’s not my favorite (sometimes it leaves my skin feeling greasy) but moisturizing your skin is KEY to a smooth canvas.

For foundation I used one of my holy grail, Maybelline Fit Me in the shade 122 (creamy beige). It feels super lightweight on my skin and gives me that medium coverage..trust me, its pigmented! I have super oily skin and although it claims it gives a matte finish, I start getting a shine within an hour. But no complaints here, I’m used to it!

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Because of acne scars, I use LA Girl PRO Conceal in the shade ‘Light Ivory’ over top my cheeks to fade away any scarring that my foundation couldn’t cover. While we’re concealing, I use LA Girl PRO Conceal in the shade ‘Peach Corrector’ to cancel out my dark under bags, it works like a dream; just make sure you blend! Over the peach corrector, I use my ‘Light Ivory’ to neutralize the peach shade and bring some brightness back!

While all my creams/liquids are settling in, I start to fleek out my eyebrows with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Pomade in ‘Granite’ with an angled brush. Granite is the darkest shade ABH provides and it works in my favor because ‘Ebony’ was beginning to be too soft for my brows. I have extremely dark, black eyebrows! I carve out my brows with some concealer and a small-tapered brush to give that sleek, polished look. To lock my brows in, I use my Urban Decay Brow Tamer in ‘clear’, it’s not my go-to because it doesn’t add texture but at least it holds my brows in place!

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Before I set my face with powder, I use this time to contour out my cheekbones with the Sephora Contour Palette in the lightest version. The reason I powder contour over my creams is because I don’t like the cakey, powdery finish if I were to contour over my face powder. In my opinion, after I set my face with my Bare Minerals Bare Pro in the shade ‘Light Natural (09)’, it diminishes the harsh contour shade and blends seamlessly once I apply my face shade; it just looks more natural!

I use my Milani Baked Bronzer in the shade ‘Dolce (09)’, I find myself applying more than 2 layers to bring that bronzy look to my face. It’s build-able if you have the time to layer it on. I skipped the blush and moved on to my Laura Geller Highlighter in the shade ‘Gilded Honey’, this stuff is AMAZING. With or without spritzing some mist, you WILL get that gold reflex.

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For my eyes, I used two of my favorite palettes, ABH Modern Renaissance and Morphe 350. I start with some light browns in the crease and build it up so my red shades won’t start so abruptly over my eyes. I bring the red shades into the outer corners of my eyes and blend up so it’ll meet with the light brown in my crease.

I decided to cut my crease and use a light gold to compliment the red transition in the outer corner. Finally, I love darkening the very outer corners because it elongates my eyes with some dimension. I use a dark brown so it’s not that intense and only blend in that area – not up!

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One of my favorite eyeliners is the NYX Matte liquid liner in the shade ‘black’, the pigment is super dark and glides perfectly with the brush. I applied it to the outer half of my eyes so the cut crease is dominant while giving that almond-shaped effect. For mascara, I used the Maybelline Lash Stiletto in the shade ‘very black’ to really bring my lashes to life without falsies.

Now, the grand finale. Bold, red lips! With such an intense color, I like to map out my lips with a liner so I don’t go crazy and draw outside of the lines. I used the Wet N Wild Gel Lip Liner in the shade ‘Plum Together’, it’s creamy and stays on for hours. I focus a lot on my cupids bow because I love defining my top lip for that heart-shaped pout.

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My red lips are all thanks to the NYX Liquid Suede in ‘Kitten Heels’. It’s a red-blue undertone which compliments my pale skin and brings vibrance. I was totally getting that Selena vibe and I was NOT disappointed!

That’s it for today! Please comment below if you enjoyed this mini step by step vanity look. I can start going into depth and add more engagements if you’d like. Also, comment below what look you’d like to see next!

xoxo