Saturday, November 26, 2016


I adore glitter. I think as humans, when we see something shiny, we gravitate towards it. Lately the newest trend I have been noticing is glitter. However, it is being used in some really unique ways as of late and has a little more of a disheveled look to it. Today's post will be all about the history of glitter, glitter throughout the ages, and the latest trends in glitter makeup!

Evolution of Glitter
Time: 1934
Place: Bernardsville,NEW JERSEY (i am from NJ so the pride is through the roof rn)
Evolution: A machinist by the name of Henry Ruschmann invented the process of grinding plastic. This resulted in large quantities of glitter and his company is still a large producer of it to this day!

Glitter Through the Ages 

1930s/40s/50s: This was the era of costume in film! From flapper dresses to beautiful gowns, glitter and sparkle was seen as a the stuff of Hollywood magic.

1960's/70's: Although used in makeup, much of the glitter from this time was used to adorn everyday items from platform shoes, to drums, and especially clothes (think Diana Ross, Cher, Bowie, Elton John), glitter was a lifestyle.

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1980s: Glitter use was definitely at an all time high during this time. From 80's hair metal bands to valley girls, glitter was used anywhere and everywhere (anyone else wish they were a teen in the 80s? no? just me? okay moving on......). I also commend the 80's hair metal bands for their overall use of makeup in general!

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1990's: Having been an actual 90's kid myself, I can say glitter was POPPIN in the 90s. Brands like Bonne Bell and Lipsmackers made a variety of glitter infused lipglosses during this time. Once again Gwen Stefani was at the forefront of the glitter trend! The trendy store the Limited Too also put out a line of glitter makeup, glitter infused body sprays, and lotions just in case you didn't have enough glitter on yourself already.

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Early 2000's: Who could forget the era of Pop Princesses? Britney, Christina, Ashanti, Pink, and Destiny's Child were all about glitter. However, I should mention the glitter of this time was a lot more frosty! Frosty hues of baby blue and silver were extremely popular during this time.

serendipitous sweets: The best beauty looks to wear to holiday parties this year, here::

Today: Glitter had a brief hiatus for a while. I felt as though I was only seeing it among the makeup artist world. My former coworkers at Sephora rocked glitter, but glitter was a part of our everyday life because we practically lived in a makeup store. How about every day people? Well now its back and seen as tres chic among fashion elite.

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How to Wear Glitter: The latest trends for glitter is a bare face coupled with a subtle smattering of glitter. I enjoy the bare face with glitter because glitter is already a bold choice, and beating your face along with it can have a Miss Piggy effect (although I do enjoy a full face of makeup). This light touch of glitter has a youthful feel because of the effortless application and carefree attitude that comes along with it. Below are a few great choices if looking to embark on a glitter journey.

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Friday, November 18, 2016

The Chola

When you hear the word chola, what do you think of? For me it is the makeup first, and the bad ass attitude second. I am not sure what order was intended but for me it's the signature brown lined lips, matte eye shadow, and cat eye that come to mind right away. As a kid, I devoured documentaries and shows about all walks of life. Growing up in the 90's, gang culture was at an all time high. As a result, television capitalized on this by featuring lots of shows on the subject matter. My favorite tv special was when they featured the chola aka homegirl. Their style fascinated me. So where did this aesthetic come from? We are gunna break it down in a good old history lesson..............


Where: Los Angeles,CA

When: Early 1940's, WWII era

The chola, originally called a "pachuca", movement was a direct result of the Mexican Repatriation, which was the illegal deportation of Mexican Americans, many of whom were already US born citizens, (the US has so many stains on its hands, its embarrassing). It was during this time that Mexican Americans began to rebel against forced assimilation. The men donned zoot suits, while the women embraced exaggerated teased hair, red lipstick, and tight sweaters and shorter skirts (at the time these looks were seen as controversial, nowadays not so much).

1960's, 70's and beyond:
This is where the gang attire began to appear. Gangs emerged as a way to promote family, pride, and a sense of identity. This served as a way to preserve the culture that they were told to abandon. Eventually the Chola attire changed to dickies pants, door knocker earrings, and converses. This practical style was adapted from the low-budget lifestyle of the community, which mainly consisted of blue collar workers.

Present day:
In some ways, this style has faded for many but it still serves as a great sense of pride in the power of womanhood. Chola women were seen as powerful, tough, and equal counterparts to the cholos. These women did not just sit around looking stylish, they were an integral part of the community and could fight their own battles.

In Pop Culture:
Chola style has been glamorized in Hollywood, from Gwen Stefani to Fergie to major fashion brands, Hollywood elite has grabbed from these iconic looks for inspiration. Although inspiring, it is so so important to understand the history behind this look! This is not just a style choice, it is also a reflection of their everyday life which was and is not always so glamorous. A good pop culture reference would be the film Mi Vida Loca from 1994, which follows two best friends Sadgirl and Mousie and how their friendship is formed through the chola/homegirl lifestyle and the trials and tribulations of ganglife in Echo Park.

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Final Thoughts:
I would like to mention that although beautiful to look at, many were or are members of gangs and I am not trying to glamorize this lifestyle. This is merely a look at this beauty ritual, which I find to be fascinating. I read an article about cholas and it compared the makeup stylings of a chola woman with their male counterparts relationship with graffiti. This was and still is a way to represent their community, heritage, and creative aesthetic. Long live the chola. Check out the links below for more on cholas, educate yaselves puhleaze.

Mi Vida Loca

Real Cholas Rate Celebrity Chola Inspired Looks

Homegirl Initiation

xoxo gogogabz

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Braids: A History Lesson

Ahhh braids, so pretty to look at aren't they? On a real tip though, who the hell sat there one day and realized they could do this with hair? I have not done my research yet, but I think it most likely has to do with weaving. If you can weave material, you can certainly apply the same concept to hair right? When did this all start though? Who takes credit? We are going to break it down right now, in a history lesson.......

  • Defintion: Interlacing of 3 or more strands of hair
  • Origin: Africa, 30,000 b.c
  • Purpose: For many tribes this was done to help display their role in a tribe, marital status, or wealth, a quick means of communication. Due to the length of time some braid styles took, it became a social gathering among people as well, where people of a particular tribe could meet and talk among one another


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French Braids
  • Defintion: Three stranded braid style, where all the hair is interlaced near the scalp and cascades down towards the nape of the neck
  • Origin: NOT FRANCE! hahah surprising huh? First depictions of this style were seen thousands of years ago in Greek paintings.

featuring my buddy Amy 

Corn Rows
  • Defintion: Several rows of braids close to the scalp 
  • Origin: Earliest findings are from 3000 b.c


Box Braids
  • Definition: Individual sections or plaits, divided by small squared off boxes, tapering off with a braid.
  • Origin: Dates back as far as 3500 bc Egypt, but became popularized in pop culture with Janet Jackson (think Poetic Justice) 

Final Thoughts: 
There has been so much hype and lets face it, controversy about braids. I am not a scholar on the issues of cultural appropriation but I do understand it and respect that it shouldn't happen, although sadly it does. Soooo WTF is cultural appropriation? Simply put, it is the exploitation of something from a culture that is often deemed inferior. The "superior" culture takes over whatever trend there is, this could be anything, and exploits it for their own, without crediting the culture from which it came from. So where the hell do braids come along in all of this? Kylie Jenner comes to mind when thinking about this. She often has been accused of adopting many things from African American culture and seen as "edgy" for doing it. However, when someone from the African American community does the same thing they have been doing for years, it is either disregarded completely or has a negative stigma attached to it. I do not think this is necessarily Kylie's fault, but rather society's. I do, however, think Kylie should speak out more about the many issues the African American community faces. I say this because when you embrace an entire culture, you can not just embrace the good, you have to embrace the hardships too. That goes for anyone interested in another culture! You can not just adopt the cute things from a culture without seeing what it represents to someone else. It is disrespectful and totally ignorant. There is no harm in picking up a book and reading about a culture before you decide to represent it, even if you think its a subtle representation, its meaning is often not so subtle at all. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Foundation Nation

I kept hearing about Tarte's new foundation and HAD TO try it for myself. I have been an avid user of Tarte for years and was excited to see a new liquid foundation in their line. Usually their foundations tend to be mattifying, but their new collection is focused on moisturizing, which is right up my alley. Let's take a look at my new fave shall we?

Beauty Breakdown

  • What it is: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation
  • What it does: Hydrating foundation 
  • Coverage: Medium-Full
  • Why I love it: It is buildable, meaning I can add more to my face without it getting cakey! It is also non pore clogging, a major plus
  • Background: Tarte is known for using unique ingredients in their products, from amazonian clay, to maracuja oil, they have all natural and vegan down to a science. The Rainforest of the Sea foundation uses 20% water, Vitamin E, and a blend of algae and marine flower extract that all help your skin appear healthy and hydrated. 
  • Price: $39

Thursday, March 3, 2016

February Favorites

Another month down and more beauty favorites have been added to the list. No time to waste, I want to get down to business!...............

Beauty Breakdown..................

  • What it is: MAC blush in Melba 
  • What it does: Matte blush, Soft coral peach 
  • Why I love it: It's subtle but build-able, best of both worlds.
  • How I use it: I like to use it for work, since it has no shine it doesn't come across as over bearing, heavy makeup is not necessary when you work at a preschool! 
  • Price: $22

  • What it is: Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizing Veil
  • What it does: Highlighting Powder for the face
  • Why I love it: Although a powder, it is has a wonderfully smooth and creamy texture to it. All of Josie's products are made with Argan Oil, so it is no surprise here that argan oil is used in her powders too. It gives a radiant glow to the skin, making me appear refreshed, gotta love that. 
  • When I use it: I like using this to set my makeup as opposed to a regular setting powder. I have dry skin and never realized I should probably be using a hydrating powder, rather than a mattifying one. I can use a matte primer, but a mattifying powder on top of that is just asking for trouble. 
  • Price: $30, I did receive this as a deluxe sample, but I will definitely be buying the full size once my sample is done!! 

  • What it is: Trader Joe's Tea Tree Oil Face Pads
  • What it does: Facial pads infused with tea tree oil to remove oil, dirt, and prevent breakouts on the face and body
  • Why I love it: Tea Tree Oil is salicylic acid's gentle cousin. I decided to go with this natural anti-bacterial after some awful break outs post Costa Rica. It is effective without irritating my skin and I saw results immediately
  • When I use it: I have been using this every other day, post face wash. Unlike other facial pads, this one does need to be washed off with cold water afterwards. I use this in "target areas" that need some extra love, like my nose and cheek area
  • Price: $3.99 (gotta love TJ's prices)

  • What it is: Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation in Nude 40
  • What it does: Soft Matte foundation with a hydrating finish (miracles do happen)
  • Why I love it: There are so many amazing things about this foundation. 1. the coverage is incredible, truly is both matte AND hydrating, how you ask? Two all star ingredients: dimethicone and glycerine. Dimethicone is found in most primers, due to its smoothing properties. In this case, the dimethicone helps smooth lines but also mattifies. The glycerine, which is found in most skin care, gives it the moisturizing boost it needs. I tend to be dry, so I do not prime with this product, but for you oily gals, you may need to use a primer too or a strong setting powder. 
  • When I use it: It is full coverage so I have been using it only for nights out with friends, and also because I want to save every last drop of this gem. However, I have worn it to work before and didn't feel like it was too much. 
  • Price: $10.99 (incredible price point) 

Final Thoughts.....As I get older, I have noticed my skin changing quite a bit.It is a lot more dry than it ever used to be and it can no longer handle the beating it once endured from late nights out and a lack of a skin care regime once I got home. That being said, I have realized that it's OKAY. It is all about taking a deep breathe and finding a new balance. Just tweak your routine and slowly implement new things into it. I am so happy I tried the Josie Maran face powder, because now I know what my skin agrees to, same goes for the facial wipes! Listen to your skin ladies. Also, with school rearing its ugly head again, my posts will be down to one a week. As much as I would love to do this as my full time job, it does not pay the bills and school has to come first! I hope you visit regardless and keep up with me on IG and Pinterest, since I am very active on both. :)

With Love,


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Microbangs: A History Lesson

I have had bangs on and off for a few years. One year, I was cutting them on my own and they turned into microbangs. Before ManRepeller was branded, I simply equated man repellent with the micro bang. Why you ask? Well, they are quite unconventional but you also can't look away from them. I decided to pay tribute to this alternative style because I feel a huge part of myself lies within it. Even when my bangs are longer, I still love all that it stands for. So here it goes, without further a-do I bring you the history of the MICROBANG.

Beauty Breakdown
What are microbangs? Also known as "baby bangs", they are bangs typically cut several inches above the eyebrows
Origin? There isn't much info about these bangs, but from my research I can say with confidence this look is a refined version of the Bettie Page bangs. Although silent actress Louise Brooks began this trend, it really didn't revive itself until Bettie came along. Funnily enough, Page only cut her bangs this way at the request of a photographer who thought her forehead was reflecting too much light during a photo shoot. 
Media Exposure: Over time, the ongoing theme with this type of look was that it was typically affiliated with the alternative scene. Whether it was Kathleen Hanna singing with Bikini Kill, Winona Ryder as Lydia Deetz, or Shannyn Sossamon in pretty much every movie she has ever been in, this look was often shared by the strong, misunderstood heroine. 
Model Behavior: Now I can not mention these bangs without mentioning fashion shows. From Alexander Wang to Marc Jacobs, many designers have featured this type of style in their shows. These designers are also typically the less conservative of fashion labels, further driving the idea that this style of hair is reserved for the alternative.
Honorable Mention: Drew Barrymore, who is the unspoken pixie flower queen of the 90's, Krysten Ritter, who has been rocking these bangs on television for quite some time, Hayley Williams, for having thee shortest microbangs I have ever seen, and Grimes, everyone's favorite new it gal.

90's Microbangs 

Modern Microbangs in Hollywood

Microbangs in Fashion

Final Thoughts: This style isn't for many, but if you want to try something new and feel up to it, I would say try these bangs out. No, it is not a conventional beauty look, but do you really want to look a certain way only because it's what others are comfortable with? Make them all uncomfortable and cut em off! Tell your hairdresser Gabby sent ya ;) 

Here is a video on how to do these bangs yourself, cut at your own risk.

With Love,

Monday, February 22, 2016

Beauty on a Budget

It's that time again...Beauty Budget Buys, because who doesn't like saving money? It's no shock that matte liquid lips are a huge trend that isn't going away anytime soon. Many companies have quickly been pushing out their versions of the matte trend, so I decided to give a few a try. When I began working in makeup, Stila, was really the only brand around that was marketing the matte lip trend. Their most popular color at the time was Fiery, a bright fire engine red color. However, nudes and browns have really made headway and are now the colors at the forefront of this trend.

So why matte? Matte lips are appealing because of their longevity, especially when you want to wear bold colors. Bold colors have a tendency to "bleed" if of a creamy consistency, so it is no surprise that a matte finish seems like a better idea.

Trend Watching
A notable mention would be Kylie Jenner, who for whatever reason, helped catapult this trend into almost border line matte lip obsession. I am older, so the Kylie craze isn't really all that appealing to me, but I do think her makeup artists do a fantastic job and should be praised for quality beauty work! 

So what liquid lip did I try? The Nyx Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick  (say that 10x's fast), full breakdown below.......

Beauty Breakdown
What it is: Nyx Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick 
Colors: Corset and Teddy
What it does: Lipstick that applies like a lip gloss and finishes matte
Why I love it: Love is a strong word, currently I like these lipsticks, as far as color pay off goes, but they are not as long wear as I thought they would be. However, they are really soft and do not dry out the lips which is a huge plus. No flaking here! Corset is a grey, almost purple color and Teddy is a chocolate brown.  

Final Thoughts: Although not as long wear as I'd like, I am going to try using a lip liner with these lipsticks, to maybe give it the extra long wear push it needs. Also, I know these trends are fun but do not feel obligated to try them. If you simply want to experiment, cool, but do not feel like you need to look like everyone on the internet. As of late, there has been this bizarre explosion of girls who frankly, look like carbon copies of one another. Try beauty trends out for fun but maintain some originality, please? We need more chicks out there like that. I know I tend to sound like I preach a bit, but I just understand how overwhelming content on IG can seem. I think makeup should be fun, not a rat race to get followers and achieve a false sense of self. Be yourself and the rest will come naturally, I swear.

Below I have also listed other matte lip options from affordable brands just like Nyx, enjoy! 

With Love,

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