A little note…

I usually write about happy things like makeup and fashion but in the wake of yet more gun violence, I simply cannot post a blog about what I intended to write about tonight. Again, gun violence has occurred in the U.S. As of right now, all we know is the man, Esteban Santiago, checked his legal gun in his carry-on bag, went to the bathroom, then opened fire in Terminal 2 killing 5 people and injuring many others. Luckily, he stopped shooting and the police were able to arrest him and he is now being questioned so hopefully the public will be able to find out his potential motives. (All of my information is from WCVB Channel 5 and CNN).

Gun violence, terrorism (if applicable to this case), bombings, mass killings, they haven’t stopped! After every tragedy, we say the same thing “We need to do something!” “Things need to change!” When are we going to stop saying and start doing? The violence in our world isn’t stopping anytime soon unless we, human beings, do something about it. Obviously, security has been improved greatly since the 9/11/2001 attacks but if this man was able to carry on his legal, checked gun… How are we going to stop the madness? CNN reported that Mr. Santiago had been reported to the FBI because of his recent odd talk and behavior. They knew that he wasn’t okay and that he needed some extra watching. So why was he allowed to check his gun? Yes, it was legal and he had his permit, but if his name was in with the FBI, wouldn’t you think that security would say something? Potentially do something about it? Could this all have potentially been avoided?

The gun laws in America, in my opinion, need to change. There are too many innocent people dying due to illegal guns, or guns belonging to people who shouldn’t own them. All I can think of is, “How would I be feeling at this very moment if I knew my dad was in that terminal coming home from a business trip and finding out that a man opened fire?” It’s a scary, scary thought.

Tonight, 5 families have lost a loved one, many more families, within the next few days, could also experience loss, or in the better case scenario, have a seriously injured son, daughter, mother, father, aunt, uncle, cousin, grandmother or grandfather. We need to do something now to protect our people. We need to save lives and actually start to prevent incidents like this from happening again. It needs to end.

My thoughts, prayers, and love are with the families of the victims, and with all Americans, and Canadians who have lost a loved one or are currently fighting for their lives. Tonight, know you are not alone.

If you are fortunate enough not to have a family member or friend affected by this tragedy tonight, call your parents and tell them you love them, hug your kids and spouse/partner a little harder tonight. You never know when it will be the last time you will do that.

Godspeed and I will talk to you all next week with a cheerier post.

Love Always,

Luce E.

My Makeup Philosophy (& my exploration of myself and makeup)

Hi Beauty Babes (oooh I like that one a lot!)

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking over the past few days leading up to this post about what I was going to say tonight. As I was thinking, I knew I wanted to talk about my thoughts on makeup and my philosophy on it but I also knew I wanted to talk about how I started to get into makeup and how I’ve learned over the years to apply it (and ultimately learn to love it). This post is, I hate to say it, my makeup “journey”, and how through makeup, I have found myself.

As most little girls do, I started to explore makeup with the play kit that my godmother got me for Christmas one year. It had fake nails, lipstick, eyeshadow, blush. Anything that was either bright pink or purple that could go on my face, it had. That, along with dance started me off in the makeup world. When I was about 5or 6, every Sunday before church my mother allowed me to put on some of her blush and a little bit of lip gloss. Sunday’s were the only day of the week I was allowed to do this so they were always special days. I remember the brand too, Physicians Formula. It was a blush but it didn’t have much pigment to it but that’s beside the point. That, for the most part, was my first experience with makeup.

Besides dance recitals, I never really wore makeup unless it was a clear gloss of some sort. Up until 5th grade, no one in my school ever wore it and none of my friends’ parents or my parents thought it was appropriate for us to be wearing makeup at the time. Fifth grade was the year I started to wear makeup outside of school. I wore a hint of a pale eyeshadow that had shimmer in it and again, more gloss and that was it for my makeup look. Sixth grade was the year that I started to branch out more. I invested in eyelash curlers (which I still use today), a Wet-n-Wild mascara and an eyeliner pencil in black. (Please note that my mother didn’t wear makeup on a daily basis so I was copying one of my good friends at the time.) I used to take the black eyeliner and only put it in my water line, I curled my eyelashes, put one coat of mascara on and I was out the door. When I was in seventh grade, not much changed except I only wore mascara. By my eighth grade year, I ventured out and started to do winged eyeliner every day. I got pretty good at applying liquid eyeliner and I did this look through the middle of freshman year.

For the last year and a half, I’ve been experimenting with my look and finding looks that work best for me. I find that less is usually more. That’s my philosophy with makeup really, less is more and the point of makeup is to enhance your natural beauty, not hide it in a mask of foundation and concealer. I obviously love really intense highlight, a smokey eye, and a bold, red lip. But even that makeup should be enhancing what you already have, not masking it. Makeup is meant to not hide your flaws, although that is what is perceived, but it is meant to bring out the best features in a person. If a model has really beautiful blue eyes with long eyelashes, the makeup will compliment that. If the model has really full lips, the makeup artist will play up the lips and dull down the rest of the look.

I love to follow the trends but not all trends are meant for my skin, my eyes, my lips etc. Don’t let social media dictate what you should be doing with your makeup or how you apply it. Do what works best for you and the rest will come along naturally.

I hope this kind of gives you some insight on my philosophy on makeup and my beliefs on it. Feel free to leave comments below letting me know your thoughts on makeup and whether you like this post or not!

Also, I have some amazing news regarding my Saturday post! My beautiful friend, Livi, will be making an appearance on the blog for my “New Years Eve Glam Makeup, Hair and Outfit Look!” I hope you have a wonderful day or night!

Love Always,

Luce E.

Christmas & New Year’s 

Hi everyone!

I’m so sorry about my absence on my blog. Between school, dance, theatre and work, things have been pretty busy. I’m going to be posting a lot more over break and especially at the start of the New Year. Speaking of, this post is going to be pretty different from my usual posts so bare with me.

I’ve always loved the holiday season. Ever since I was a little girl, I always loved the lights, the spirit of giving and the love shared by everyone. (In case you were wondering, I celebrate Christmas.)  To me, Christmas isn’t just about the presents and the religiousness, rather, it’s a way to end the year in a solid note. Usually this time of the year is hectic for most with the Christmas shopping, decorating and traveling. For me, it’s a chance to reflect on the year. I can get caught up in the everyday hustle and bustle and I always seem to forget what life and this world is really about. The holiday season reminds me that I need to stop every once and a while and just enjoy what I have and experience life. This time of year is more than presents and traveling and craziness, it’s about giving and reflecting and ultimately, preparing for change. 

Now many are not as fortunate as me to be receiving the gifts I will receive and some may not have a family like mine, so this is also a big time of giving for me. At my school, we have this fundraiser called “The Christmas Project” where each home room adopts a family and buys them the items they need/asked for for Christmas. It’s such a beautiful and humbing experience and every year I make sure I contribute. I am especially blessed this year to have been able to go out and actually buy the things my family asked for for Christmas this year. Their needs were so basic and they were essentials to be quite frank. In a way, it made me feel even more bratty than I feel whenever I receive such expensive, unnecessary gifts. 

This time of the year is always wonderful and it’s even better to start off the year surrounded by my loved ones. New Year’s is a way for me to reset and refresh myself. It’s an opportunity for me to set myself on the right path for the rest of the year. Being my junior year, I have to really focus on school and looking for colleges and ultimately, by September, I’m going to be applying to schools. By this time next year, I will (hopefully) be getting college acceptance letters. I can’t wait to be surrounded by my friends and family as we welcome the new year with hope and ambition. 2017 is going to be a big big year for me and I feel that I need to start off on the right foot to get where I need to go for the upcoming months.

This year, I plan to write more on this blog, expand on my makeup and fashion knowledge/experience, possibly start a makeup YouTube channel, try and meditate/do yoga more often and overall better myself and my community. This holiday season, reflect on 2016. See what you did well and continue that through 2017, but also see what you did wrong in 2016 and try to improve upon it in 2017. 

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa and all the best at the start of the New Year.

Xo always,

Luce E

Obviously, I have a serious make-up addiction. It’s very bad. I, like many girls my age believe that make-up is essential to a young girls’ (and guys too!) confidence. I love how make-up can transform a person. So today, I went out to Target and treated myself to some new make-up! Everything in this little haul was under $15. So here are my thoughts on how the new products performed.

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This is the new Maybelline Better Skin Concealer. It says to be a full coverage concealer that will hide imperfections for a flawless look. It has salicytic acid in it to help acne and prevent it from coming back. For under the eyes, this is a fabulous concealer. it really brightens the under eyes and brings a lot of life to the skin. As for covering spots, if you have a huge pimple on your face like I do, it does an okay job. It’s not nearly as full coverage as I would like it to be. It’s a doughfoot applicator to apply HOWEVERNever ever never put a doughfoot applicator directly on a pimple. This causes the spread of bacteria and will lead to more breakouts. I should have purchased the darker shade for concealing pimples, this is a bit too fair for me. Overall rate: 8/10

 

Next, I purchased Rimmel London’s Stay Matte Powder in the Shade 020. I’ve had this product before and I adore it. It does exactly what I need it to do and it’s really lovely. I really don’t have much to say about it because it is such a nice powder. Overall rate: 9/10

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This is the NYX Dream Catcher Pallet. When I first saw this my first thought was, “Wow what a gorgeous neutral toned pallet” and it was 10% off too. When I got home all I wanted to do was play around with it and swatch it. I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t as impressed with it as much as I had hoped to be. All of the shadows are very powdery and there is a lot of fallout when I first started swatching them and testing them out. There is some consistency with the pigments, most of them are not as pigmented as I wished them to be. Below, I have all the swatches. img_4800

 

Overall, I think it’s a nice pallet for anyone wanting neutrals and shimmer. Overall rate: 7/10

Finally, the face mask. This mask is made by a company that uses at least 80% or more natural ingredients.It’s said to clear out the pours and leave your skin clear. When I first purchased this, I thought it was like a sheet mask that you applied. I was pleasantly surprised when I opened it and say a clay mask! As soon as I applied it, I could smell the witch hazel and tea tree. It gave a tingling sensation on the skin and dried rather quickly. My skin feels very clean, tight, lifted and renewed. I love this product. Overall rate: 10/10

 

I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope it was helpful for you to learn about some great drug store products. I’m not sponsored by any of these companies, they are my own personal reviews and thoughts. Have a great night.mstay beautiful.

Love always,

Luce E.

 

 

Feminism… What to Know

Being feminist doesn’t mean that you believe that women need to be babied or that women are better than men. That isn’t the least bit true at all. Being a feminist means that you believe that women should have the same social status, same pay, same  rights as men. In my state in the US, Men get paid annually a little over $61,000 a year, while women get paid $50,000 a year (AAUW table for 2015 reports). Why is this a problem you ask yourself? It is a problem because women are just as capable of doing the work men do. Women should not have this social and intellectual standard. They shouldn’t be expected to clean the house and take after the kids and not have a job. In this day in age, it’s almost impossible to do that with the amount of money needed to support a family. But why must there be a page gap? If women are doing the same amount of work as men, shouldn’t they be paid the same?

I believe also, that all women have the right to contraception and birth control pills. Being on birth control doesn’t mean that you don’t want to have kids period. It means that you’re smart enough to know that the possibility of pregnancy isn’t a risk you’re willing to take at that point in your life. It’s called being RESPONSIBLE. Yes, you can always not have sex and reduce the risk all together, but for some, birth control is a safe, preferred form of protection.

Feminism isn’t about making women look like they’re attention seekers (although some are #sorrynotsorry). Feminism is about empowering women and making women feel like they have a voice. Here are some links to great TedX Talks, commercials and books that discuss feminism and explain what it’s really about.

 

Probably my favorite: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ilSeJ6B5ro

Emma Watson at the UN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9SUAcNlVQ4

Fem Talk (she’s awesome and this is perfect for anyone wanting to know more) :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXW7viYI_ao

I really hope this helped you to understand feminism more and that you have a better understanding of it! If your opinions don’t match mine, that’s totally fine! Just be yourself and stay strong in your morals and that’s all that matters to me!

Love Always,

Luce E.