Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Since I love to sweat

I've decided to sweat every other blogger out there that has started this thingy. Sooooo have at it ladies, ask anything!! You can start by using the form below or on my sidebar =)


Trying out MAC's Show Orchid and MAC's Studio Fix Fluid NW30

Okay, I just completed 30 minutes of yoga and 15 min of Bootylicious Buns, I am exhausted, have acid reflux (due to turning head upside down) and smelly, so I'll make this quick. 
This is from way back in Nov when I decided to buy a different foundation b/c MAC Select SPF 15 made me a grease ball in less than two hours. I also decided to play around with Show Orchid (and I got my xmas gift I wanted to play with my camera) 

I also picked up Select Moisturecover Concealer in NW25 (Swatched)


Monday, January 25, 2010


I tried digging through my blog to see if I ever posted the comparison photos I took way back in November of MAC's Springsheen blush vs NARS' Orgasm blush. I never found it, so here you go!
MAC Springsheen Blush MAC Springsheen & NARS Orgasm

Also, took a pic of Orgasm and Deep Throat (along with Laguna Bronzer)
NARS Orgasm Blush/Laguna Bronzer & Deep Throat Blush

And some random pics
NARS Blush/Bronzer Duo NARS "Deep Throat" Blush


Saturday, January 23, 2010

Remembering warmer days - I have S.A.D.

That's Seasonal Affective Disorder - it's due to the lack of sunlight. I'm gaining weight, eating and sleeping a lot and I'm always sleepy and hungry =/ So to try to brighten up my day I am going to post some pics from my uncle's wedding last October.
I bet you all would like to see my plain jane outfit for the wedding...and I'll finally show you my nasty swollen elbow (I didn't take a pic of my purple knee) from the HUGE EMBARRASSING fall I took at the wedding as I was walking out...I stepped on a wet napkin with food on it and I was carrying 3 full plates of food in my left hand and my purse and a bottle of water in my right, I fell ON my left elbow and knee but the food was intact, I held onto it and when I finally hit the ground, I let it slide across the floor. I had so many people come up to me to help me get up, I couldn't talk for at least a minute... Supposedly I wasn't the only one to take a fall that day, slippery floor I suppose. I thought I was fine until I got to the car and realized the pain was quite agonizing and for 3 months I couldn't lean on my left elbow or workout with my left knee. To this day my left elbow is "fatter" than my right.
Anyways, here are a few collages (you can see them full size on my flickr account by clicking on the collage then clicking "All Sizes" then "Original"). Within the pics, you'll find my mom, uncle (he's the one who got married), my aunt, cousins and the hubby didn't have any photos of us taken, shame on me for not making sure to do that (he has to leave right after the ceremony to go to work...maybe that's why I forgot). I guess you'll see the resemblance and the HUGE smiles we all throw in my family, lol.
2009-10-04 Uncle's Wedding 2009-10-04 Uncle's Wedding 2009-10-04 Uncle's Wedding

Friday, January 22, 2010

NOTW - Flashy Fuchsia - Oh yeah baby, that's me, Flashy!

I really love nail polish, but I hate applying it =/ I own tons of polish (about 25 bottles...I think that's a lot, lol).  The main array of colors I own are pale/bright pinks, reds, navy blues, blacks, purples, white, clear, etc. I have yet to buy a forest green, yellow, orange, neon blue, silver, gold, etc etc, basically colors you don't expect to see at the job place. 
Let's talk about this week's polish, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Flashy Fuchsia.
**Disclaimer: I'm not so good with words or descriptions of colors, I'll do my best.**
Without flash, the polish looks like it's a hot pink with blue undertones and you don't see ANY sparkles from the micro glitter in the polish. I bet if you're out in the sun, it'll definitely look like a pure hot pink with sparkles (This is my first time using this color...). Sadly I leave to work when it's dark and leave work when it's dark so I don't have a shot in the sun :( 
So here's a few shots with flash and without.
With Flash Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Flashy Fuchsia
Without Flash Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Flashy Fuchsia
With Flash Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Flashy Fuchsia
Without Flash Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Flashy Fuchsia
With Flash Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Flashy Fuchsia Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Flashy Fuchsia Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Flashy Fuchsia
Let's discuss the brush, it feels like it was made for men (big fingers), the brush is super wide and quite stiff, to be honest, I don't have a big problem with that, I have very shaky hands so it helps me! I love how fast the polish dries and for an insta dry-kinda polish, it last pretty long. So ladies, always, always, always use a base and top coat and always do more than one coat, don't expect salon quality if you're not willing to do it right. I'm brutal with my nails so I'm not a good judge of how long these should last. I wash tons of dishes (don't use my's new too, lol) and I am... "brusca" is the word in spanish, in English, rough. If I remember correctly, these last about 5-7 days. One other recommendation, ladies, if your polish is more than 15% chipped off, please, I beg you, remove it! I'd rather see bare buffed nails than severely chipped polish. Anyways, that's all for today, I hope you enjoyed the pics, hasta luego!

Madam's Organ & My daily commute for many many years

Does anyone else love to reminisce on the past? I know I know, I should be looking to the future, but I don't think there's anything wrong with remembering your more innocent times or in some cases the times where we learn something. This is why I love to take photos, 30 years from now, God willing, I want to be able to look back and see what my life consisted of and where I made mistakes and how I loved my life too and many more things that my memory won't hold.
We must live life day by day and the day I took all these shots, I had found out my mom's boss's wife passed away. I felt so guilty b/c I meant to visit her during the short time she was sick in the hospital and I heard she was doing better, then she took a dive for the worst and I missed seeing her one more time by a few hours. She was such a sweet woman, she was a devoted stay at home mom and a wonderful wife. She is missed dearly and will forever be remembered.
Here you'll find a shot of Adam's Morgan on bustling Sunday afternoon. 

 2009-09-13 Day with mom, GW Hosp Dona Silvia Garzon
I was waiting for my mom to pick up some tacos for herself (which to be honest were not that great and the "postre" was disastrous, it was exchanged for something equally bad). In waiting, I decided to take some shots of the road and this is a road I grew up on (Columbia Road NW, Wash DC). It has changed so much, it changes every day, it's such a diverse area that is thankfully being developed (DC needs the tax money...but we wouldn't need it if it weren't all so corrupt and run by idiots...I won't get into that now). Since my mom worked nearby for over 22 years, I was here constantly (especially on the weekends). I will never forget my mom holding my hand walking down Columbia Road, it was so thrilling for me, when I would see a fashion store I would want to run and and never leave! Unfortunately it has taken decades for half way decent fashion stores to finally open up. If you ever plan to visit Adams Morgan at night, I highly recommend a cab, trust me, you won't find a parking spot at least 10-20 blocks away, I kid not, the bar scene in Adams Morgan is pretty sick (one of which is called Madam's Organ). I don't really frequent it much despite the large variety of places to go (hookah, bars, clubs, all night NY pizza), I just can't stand the millions of cops that are there and all the loud, rude, high, drunk, idiots on the road there. I was never into it and never will be. Plus, I refuse to pay for a cab form my place...I'd may as well hire a limo and I refuse to walk that far to go anywhere.
Here you'll find pics of my middle school and the road I walked to get there, this road has ben renovated and for good reason, I lost my best friend on this road to a drunk driver swerving off the road (14 years ago), I miss you Brooke.
The last and final collage is of where I grew up he longest (we moved alot) and it's where I played and behind the first pic on the top was my Elementary school the 2nd half of 3rd grade. 

2009-09-13 Day with mom, GW Hosp Dona Silvia Garzon2
I hope you enjoyed going down memory lane with me, even though there was and is a lot of pain in it, it's what keeps me appreciative of all I have and can give.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

My DVR is always 99% full

That means I love t.v. and watch a million and one shows, I have so many, my Dual DVR can't handle all my requests, I have to move recordings to 1 and 2 am b/c I'll have 5 shows on Weds and Thurs night go on at the same time. I've been addicted to t.v. since I was a young child. I loved reading, playing Nintendo, and watching lots of t.v. So all of this leads to me proudly announce G bought me a new t.v. for no apparent reason. Lay your eyes on this bad boy! 50 inch LG PlasmaDSC_0203
I can't sing her praises enough, she is what I am laying my eyes on when I am trying to read blogs, lol. Is anyone else as addicted as I am to t.v.?Signature4

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

I've never seen so many giveaway's!

The lovely and hilarious blogger, Kate Gene is hosting her "100 follower" giveaway and it's quite the fabulous giveaway!! It includes a Korres Lip Butter in Guava & Philosophy On A Clear Day Acne Skin Kit. 3/1/10 Deadline. Enter here.

She's also giving away a Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion! 2/1/10 Deadline. Enter the giveaway here. No need to have a blog, just wanted to share :)

*Dainty*Dollymix* is hosting a 300 follower give away (Goodies by Soap & Glory, Illamasqua, ELF & more!)! Go follow her and sign up here. 2/8/10 Deadline.
Gaby is hosting her first giveaway and is giving away a Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion. Sign up here. 2/1/10 Deadline.
Amber is hosting her "Housework Tuesday" Giveaway which includes a "Motivated moms Chore List", it's a chore calendar/meal planner. I am super duper interested in this item, it gives you chores to do everyday and you're done by Saturday and you have the whole weekend to yourself and loved ones! Enter for her awesome giveaway here. 1/24/10 Deadline.
Em is hosting a "Besame Cosmetics Giveaway", which includes a set to give you voluptuous lips, who doesn't want that?! I definitely do!! Enter here. 1/20/10 Deadline. No need to have a blog, I just wanted to share!
Makeup Mama is hosting a "Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion" giveaway. Sign up here. 1/29/10 Deadline. No need to have a blog, just wanted to share :)
Angel's Beauty World is giving away a gorgeous F21 makeup brush. Sign up here. 1/31/10 Deadline.
Juliana is giving away an Apple Nano iPod! Sign up here. 2/1/10 Deadline.
She's also giving away an InStyler!!! Sign up here. 1/25/10 Deadline.
Laura is giving away an Urban Decay Palette. Sign up here. 2/10/10 Deadline. 

Megan is giving away a couple MAC palettes. Sign up here. 2/17/10 Deadline. 

Yinnie is giving away tons of stuff including a MAC e/s of your choice and a LE Graphite Palette (Sold Out everywhere). Sign up here. 2/10/10 Deadline.
Pucca's Koala is giving away several ELF items, a Laura Mercier & NYX item and more! Sign up here. 2/14/10 Deadline.
Tammy is giving away a ton of stuff, including Miss Dior Cherie Body Lotion, face masks, etc. Sign up here. 2/12/10 Deadline.
Mischievous Mac is giving away a huge fabulous set, check out her site! Sign up here. 1/30/10 Deadline.


Lisa is giving away a really cute set including but not limited to, a set of Revlon falsies and nail polish and more! Check out her site and sign up here. 1/31/10 Deadline.

Project 365

I finally jumped on the bandwagon (or is it jumping off?) for Project 365. My husband bought me the D3000 b/c he's well aware of how much of a camera whore I am and he couldn't wait to give it to me on Xmas, so he gave it to me practically a month early :D 

I do wish I had it for my civil and religious weddings and my uncle's wedding (I was his only photog) :( Oh well, for Xmas I created a photobook for him via As always, I run on tangents and I did not make a resolution to cut them out, so you're out of luck !

Back to the point, I missed a few days of the project, but that won't stop me from here on out! You can check out my Project 365 set here

Here are a couple of the shots I've uploaded (I still have a few more to upload, I'll handle that's 1:30 am and I need to be at work in 7 hours...)

Yummy Arugula Salad from Cafe Milano in Georgetown DC (Did I mention Gabrielle Union walked in and I didn't take a pic when she was a few feet away from me?! I'll go into more detail when I post all my pics)

2010-01-15 Cafe Milano Arugula & Pear Salad
2010-01-07 Chi Cha Lounge in DC
Here's one of the pics I took while Laura went to the little girls room (Chi Cha Lounge for hookah and latin cuisine in DC) Here I am for my mother in laws bday dinner @ La Canela in Rockville, MD on January 1st.
2010-01-01 La Canela Restaurant
That's all I have time for now, I've been clearing out my google reader (like 5000 unread items...). I was forced to click "Read All" on tons of links, so if I didn't comment on your blog, I'm so sorry, I LOVE to comment on people's blogs so they know I was there and read it!). I'm down to approximately 500 unread posts, better than the 5000+. I will respond to all my comments tomorrow if I get a chance, I got a promotion, yay me, and it's been the biggest challenge I've ever faced, and I've done a lot of different types of work, one of which was Store Manager for an electronics store, I know, little ol me, go figure!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

NYE - Pic Heavy, don't read unless you're prepared! - OOTN/FOTN

G & I wanted to do something different this year, we've done the clubbing thing and frankly we're just over it, I'm almost 30! I also wasn't looking forward to driving anywhere near DC, the amount of drunkies on the road is unsafe! I was ecstatic the moment I received an invite from Rachel, my awesome buddy (also my weddings MUA!!), for NYE. I couldn't say no to her invite, hadn't seen her since her baby shower (about a whole year!)! 

My issues with NYE prep:

  • I got home a little late from work and didn't have much time to get ready, so excuse my application sloppiness.
  • I didn't get a chance to pull in the dress at the bust line so you'll find it doesn't look quite right.
  • I should've worn nude pantyhose, the dark was totally wrong!
  • Should've stretched the shoes a second time, the first time around didn't cut it! Thank goodness I was able to take the shoes off at the party.
  • Now I wasn't joking when I said this would be pic heavy, if this isn't your cup of tea, then don't read any further :P
  • Running late as always, but I found time to take a few pics (doesn't help hubby is so much taller than me, I look sooo tiny)

Bebe Dress
Spanx highwaisted pantyhose
Aldo "Franchette" pumps
Studio Fix Fluid in NW30
MAC Sheer Pressed Powder in NW30
MAC Blush in Margin
MAC MSF in Comfort (contour)
MAC MSF in By Candlelight (highlight)
MAC Lovelorn & Hue l/s
MAC Baby Sparks dazzleglass
ELF Dramatic lashes (which I didn't they don't look right...)
Maybelline Colossal Mascara in Black
When Rachel's husband brought out the YSL's, I think the room went silent for at least 5 seconds! I had to take shots of her HOT shoes!!!
Here we find Elyse and I taking pics of each other with our Nikons, love!
<--Lovely Ilana preparing for her Lemon Shot (I think that's what it was...I don't quite remember)
Aren't these two gals just lovely? Ilana & Rachel! <3 <3 <3 <3 -->DSC_0526 
Did I mention how funny they are too!
It's hard for both of us to look at the same camera! 
Isn't this couple just the cutest! They got married last weekend!!!! DSC_0537 
The gang!
She's soooooo cute!!!!
My baby & I
It's midnight!
Another adorable couple!
The ladies!
Well, as you can see it was a junk load of pics, I hope you enjoyed them!


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