1st Impressions Makeup Review

Every girl needs these staple makeup products in their collection: primer, brow products, blush, concealer and color corrector.Well, I been in need of replenishing these products in my makeup collection. However, I never buy makeup full-priced so I waited for a good deal. I do this so I don’t fill guilty if it doesn’t work out for me.

Well, that day came when I found Maybelline at the 99 cents store. Tons of Maybelline products were there and they had a Walgreens Label, so you know that it legit. Ulta.com had 20% off your entire purchase where I brought NYX and Elf, which NXY was already on sale for Buy 1 Get 50%.


These are the products I purchase at the 99 cents store:

Maybelline New York Face Studio Master Hi-Light Blush, Nude, 0.31 Ounce

Maybelline New York Face Studio Master Hi-Light Blush Mauve

Maybelline New York Face Studio Master Hi-Light Bronzer Light Bronze

Each of the blush products cost $8.99 on Amazon.com, and I got them at 99 cents each, that is a savings of $16. The bronzer cost $11.33 and I also got this for 99 cents, which is a saving of $10.34. In total I saved $26.34 which is the half the price of a Too Faced Chocolate Bar, so that is get way to save for the semi-sweet bar.

These are the products I got at Ulta.com:

NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Brunette ($9.99 regular price, $3.99 final price)

NYX Color Correcting Concealer ($11.99 regular price,$9.59 final price)

Elf Lock On Liner and Brow Cream ($4 regular price, $3.20 final price )

Elf Aqua Beauty Aqua Primer Mist ($8 regular price, $6.40 final price  )

Now that you know the prices, now to my first thoughts on the products I got.

My friend, Sylvita Handmade gave me the Pacifica Transcendent Concentrated Concealer and the Pacifica Dream Big Volumizing Mascara. Thank you for these Vegan friendly products. Check out her youtube channel for more vegan products.

I also mention tons of other products while getting ready. These are the products I mentioned in the video, but I didn’t recently purchased:

Nuance Salma Hayek ** Flawless Finish Liquid Foundation ** 282 Medium Cool **

Too Faced Cosmetics Primed and Poreless Powder, 0.16 Ounce

ELF Studio Kabuki Face Brush

Maybelline New York Fit Me! Powder, 310 Sun Beige, 0.3 Ounce

Too Faced The Chocolate Bar Eye Palette

ELF Long Lasting Lustrous Eyeshadow in Confetti

Essence Eyebrow Fixing Pencil 

Real Techniques Core Collection Hand Cut Hair Design Makeup Brush Set

NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder/sunny 720/0.33 Oz (9.4 g)

Physicians Formula Super BB Insta Ready Contour Stick, Bronze Trio, 0.37 Ounce

L’Oreal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Makeup, Deep Cool, 1 fl. oz.

Shishiedo Eyelash Curler

Elf Lip Exfoliator

Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner

Stila All Over Liquid Shimmer Luminizer in Rose Gold

Marc Jacobs BeautyLe Marc Lip Crème Lipstick

Elf Matte Lip Natural

Elf Baked Blush in Peachy Cheeky

ELF Makeup Mist & Set

I hope you enjoyed my tips on how to get inexpensive makeup and my first impressions on the makeup I purchased.

Till the next time, stay curious and you will discover a world beyond yours.


Disclaimer: I (Maria Renteria) am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com

VALENTINE’S DAY DIY: Bucket list Book

It is the time again to show your loved one that you care. The day of love, as many know it as Valentine’s Day is coming up in a couple of days. Alongside Valentine’s Day is a far less celebrated day in the United States: day of friendships. This holiday, dia de la amistad, is popularly celebrated in Latin America and in Latino communities in the US.

Both holidays celebrate love, and what perfect way to celebrate your loved ones by creating a  perfect easy DIY. It is so easy that in the end, you will want to celebrate occasions just to make an excuse to do this DIY multiple times.

DIY Bucketlist Book 

You will need:

  • A small 3 ring small Binder*
  • Project Life Page Protectors (I used 6×8″ size)
    • You can find these at (Michael’s***, Joann’s*** and Amazon)
  • Project Life Cards**
    • You can find these at (Michael’s***, Joann’s*** and Amazon)
  • Cardstock
  • Various of decorative paper
  • Bucketlist

Optional Recommend Items:

  • Stickers
  • Washi tape
  • Ticket Stubs or Memoriabla
  • Becky Higgins Round Corner
  • Permanent Glue Runner
  • Decorative Scissors
  • Felt Color Pens

Items Mentioned:

I hope you enjoy this DIY gift and comment below if you have a bucket list and one thing on your bucket list. I need more ideas to add to my bucket list.

Till the next time, stay curious and you will discover a world beyond yours.


Disclaimer: I (Maria Renteria) am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com
However, not all links are associated with Amazon Associates Program. I chose to use the link with the best cheap price of the items. I often buy my items in clearance are hard to come by. When this is the case, I use the Amazon link. You can choose to use my links or google the item.

* In my video I stated that it was a Smash Book. Unfortunately, I mess up the details of the binder. It is a Simple Stories Snap Binder, 4 by 6″, Red. However, Smashbooks are similar and I recommend it K&Company 30-685949 SMASH Kraft Paper Cover with Black Binder. I also recommend Project Life Small 3-ring binder or the Target binders at the dollar spot.
** I collected different ones. I highly recommend the smaller packets of Project Life cards like this one Project Life Themed Card, Travel because you will have multiples of the same one and this theme is common in the bucket list. If you like your bucket list to have a theme than the ultimate packs are the best, but they usually cost $29.99.
*** Tip: Do not forget to use your coupons. You can use your Joann’s coupon at Michael and vice verse. If you shop online, earn money on your purchases at these stores online by using Ebates, where you can get a percentage back in cash.

 2 Weeks into 2017

2017 hit and I did not feel it. It might have been because I did not celebrate it how I intend it after poorly bad planning on my behalf. Or it is the year that I feel might be tremendous because of society outlook of future events and didn’t look forward to it.

Nonetheless, I took my time to reflect how 2016 went and what I look forward in 2017.

In 2016, I wrote a blog post “Reflecting on 2015,” where I write my goals of 2016. In this blog, I  am going to reflect on these goals and create a checklist of the things I didn’t do, things I did, and things I will carry on to 2017. Lastly, I will add new projects, hopes, plans for 2017.  Now, time to look into the past.

Goals I Did Not Cross Off in 2016 

  1. Get a Step Closer to my dream job

    I set out 2016 with the goal to get closer to my dream job. I was working in a museum when I set the goal, however it was not an ideal museum job position that I wanted . I felt I had to leave the museum job I had because it ran it course and I was not going growing at all. It was a hard decision because I made so many friendships and bonds there. I still visit the museum whenever I am in LA and I am still in touch with many of co-workers.

  2. Make my Blog More Consistent

    I have to say that tried my hardest for consistence, but life happened. I had posted consistently for quite a while, for 2016 I posted 75% of the year consistently, but I stop posting when I move out of LA . You can learn more about my current life update in this post.


Goals I Did Cross Off in 2016

  1. Expanding My Art

    I made various pieces of jewelry per request, gifts for individuals or to sell on my shop. On that note, I started a Instagram shop called Petite Curiosities Shop, where I sell adorable handmade jewelry, crafts, and cute girly accessories.  I started this shop to motivate me to cross off my goal of expanding my art, which it really work. Little by little I am exploring new forms of artwork to see what I can fill my shop with. I am also exploring new forms of expanding my art because of my current job in which I really do tons of crafting and creating things with limited resources. This goal was not hard because I set my mind in the beginning of the year to give at least one handmade item as a gift to my love ones, which lead to me opening my shop and then me really continuing this goal for my own pleasure.

  2. Start a Project Life Album

    I achieve this goal with the above as the same motivation, by giving someone a handmade gift. For Valentine’s Day I made a bucket-list for my significant other, of things we should do as a couple. It was filled with tons of project life cards, stickers, and I used a Smash binder. It was great. Since it suppose to last forever, we continue to add more on the bucketlist. So,  I will do a feature post about it, the progress of it and how to.

  3. Made More Youtube Videos

    I definitely can cross off this on my list. I feel more comfortable with YouTube than blogging. However, I find it more of a challenge to blog, so I continue it to really help me to treat my dyslexia. YouTube has been more successful in getting people more involve with my content. It might be because you do not see written errors or YouTube platform is more forgiving in the mistakes. Whatever the reason, it has given me the confidence to talk to the camera, be more creative, and explore my passions of gaming, crafting, food and daily life. My most successful video is about food, which I overly passionate about it as you can tell with my La Boquisabrosa section of my blog.  Nonetheless, I will continue to publish more Youtube videos to continue learning about editing and publishing videos.

  4. Attaining a New Skill

    Attained a new skillIn 2016, I felt in order to get closer to my dream job in the museum I had to acquire a new skill. I decided to go back to community college to take a class in Construction, in which I took 3 classes. I learned alot about woodworking, construction tools and how weak I am. I couldn’t lift some heavy tools, lol. But, the course paid off. I currently use it at my work and hopefully can apply it to future job positions in the museums.

Goals to Continue in 2017

  1. Get a Step Closer to My Dream Job

    I am taking a step closer to finding my dream job by taking an AmeriCorps Vista position and devoting a year, which ends in August 2017, of volunteering service to the US. Hopefully this will reflect good on my resume and job experience. Wish me luck and I promise to work hard at this goal

  2. Expanding my Artwork

    This year I plan to conquer this goal by setting a list of at least 50 ways I want to do artwork. Hopefully I can cross-off half of the list. The major artwork I want to do is an art journal, which encompasses mix-media art, and do watercoloring prints.

  3. Start a new Project Life Album

    I have a few more albums to fill up with project life cards and photos.

  4.  Continue Loading More Youtube Videos

    I want to load more YouTube Videos than I did last year and get more diverse content in my videos.

  5. Post One Blog Post per a Month

    Since last year I was so close to posting consistently. I am going to set a smaller goal of at least one post per month and hopefully that will be easier to accomplish.

New Goals 2017

  1. I will like to get involve in an extra-curricular activity that has to do with a group so I can make friends where I am currently living.
  2. Travel
  3. Make time for my myself

These are just some of my goals, as 2017 continues it will probably change. However, I think these are goals for a lifetime I want to set for me.


Till the next time, stay curious and you will discover a world beyond yours.