Forever 21 Premium Cosmetic Review & First Impression

Forever 21 just recently launched their new Premium Cosmetic line, which includes 30 different products ranging from skin care to brushes. Today I wanted to give you guys a brief overview of all the prices and shades available to go along with my new video of my “first” impression of this line. In the video I did a full face makeup application testing out all of the products that were sent to me to see how well they held up, the pigmentation, and a lot more initial thoughts. Watch below and see what products where hits and which one you should stay away from.

Face Makeup and Skin Care
- Matte Foundation $14.80 (Light, Medium, Tan)
- Luminizer $10.80 (24 Karat, Rose Gold)
- Blotting Powder $12.80
- Smoothing Face Balm $10.80
- Face Moisturizer $10.80
- Face Primer $10.80
- Liquid Foundation $14.80 (Light, Medium, Tan)
- Concealer Stick $10.80 (Light, Medium, Tan)
- Pressed Powder $12.80 (Light, Medium, Tan)

*Poor color selection when it comes to foundation, pressed powder and concealer. The shades are limited to three unrealistic skin tones. Even though I’m considered medium complexion, the “medium” is too light and the tan is too dark. For a foundation that’s worth $14.80, I would expect a higher quality formula and a larger variety of shades.

Highlighters and Blushes
- Highlighter Lotion $10.80
- Luminizer $10.80 (24 K, Rose Gold)
- Classic Blush $9.80 (Rose Petal, Coral Glow, Date Night)
- Shimmer Stick $10.80 (Champagne Pear, Rose Gold)
- Lip and Cheek Stain $10.80 (Peachy Cheeks, Country Club Pink, Flushed)

* From this section I would recommend the Luminizer in 24K. It gave my skin a healthy, dewy look and it’s not over the top shimmery. For lighter complexions I would go with Rose Gold. You can mix a 1 or 2 pumps of this product with your favorite foundation.

Eye Makeup
- Eyebrow Kit $10.80
- 2-in-1 Priming Mascara $9.80
- Volume and Length Mascara $9.80
- Gel Eyeliner $8.80
- Liquid Eyeliner $8.80
- Cream Eye Shadow $7.80
- Shimmer Eye Shadow $7.80

The mascaras is what I was the most disappointed in because it didn’t provide my lashes with any length or volume. The wands from both the Volume and Length mascara and the 2-in-1 priming mascaras are nicely shaped but I believe the formula is to blame. I am excited to test out the cream eye shadows though. I’m a huge fan of cream products because they are so easy to use and can be very forgivable. Great for beginners. I also love the wide range of colors provided. The gel eyeliner is great! Creamy, pigmented, and you get a good amount to last you 6-12 months.

Lipstick and Lipgloss
- Creamy Lipstick $8.80
- High Shine Lip Gloss $6.80
- Shimmer Lip Gloss $7.80
(All shades are available to view on their website)

I’m a fan of the lip products for sure. And if there’s anything you want to test and try from this line I think it should be the lipsticks and lip-glosses. They go on smoothly with a velvety finish. They are also very pigmented and true to color. There’s a larger variety of flattering shades from nudes to bolds in both the lipsticks and glosses.

Makeup Brushes
- Foundation Cosmetic Brush $7.80
- Eyeliner Cosmetic Brush $4.80
- Powder Cosmetic Brush $7.80
- Blush Cosmetic Face Brush $7.80
- Brow Cosmetic Brush $4.80
- Eye Shadow Cosmetic Brush $4.80

A ‘Spring’ In My Step

Top:: Windsor or similar// Jeans:: Old Navy// Handbag::Tory Burch// Shoes:: Steve Madden Stretche nude or here in black// Necklace:: H&M or similar// Earrings:: Walmart or similar

Spring Floral Sweaters:

Dreamy Nude Caged Sandals:

Aspen Colorado Last Look

Hello there sugar plumps! Today I wanted to share with you the last cold weather look from our trip in Aspen. I’m finally back in sunny Southern California after a week long work vacation. I’m missing the snow already. Just being up in a cabin tucked away in the mountains everyday is what I’m yearning the most. Even though it was only 1 HR and 30 minutes on plane, it still felt like we were in a different world. Makes me want to travel to other states that we have yet to discover. Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming maybe? What beauty does your state carry?

Aspen dulce candy

(items remixed)

The Beauty of Growing Up

The time is getting near and we have to depart this place which seems like only a dream. I make traveling one of my priorities because I love creating memories and capturing them in pictures and video.

If you’ve seen this VLOG, then you know I’ve had some pretty mild hoarding tendencies because I use to have a hard time detaching my emotions from objects. I felt that if I lost and gave away certain things that had sentimental value, then the memory would be gone with it too, but it’s not true. Memories are forever in your heart and with technology now days, it’s easy to capture moments so they can last forever. I’m talking about this because I wanted to share with you how much it means to me to travel to different places. It can be anywhere from the next city over, to across the world in a new country.

Maturity can do wonders to your soul when you start to realize how miniscule the things you thought where important actually aren’t. A lot of things use to stress me out and it wasn’t until I turned 26 that I became more aware with life and just enjoying every moment you are blessed with. I’ve always been good at dealing with change, especially because in the military that’s something that comes quite often. When I had Izek and I started to see him grow up so fast, I started to get scared. And to think that I’m now in my late 20′s…man, that sent me into a full-blown panic attack. That’s the beauty of life though, we grow old. We live. We just have to make sure that every moment is well spent with the people you love, doing the things that truly make your soul happy, like painting. It’s actually one of my hidden talents. I mean, I’m no Picasso by any means, but I think I’m good enough to where I can call it a hidden talent.

Painting, or just art in general brings so much joy to my heart. I like to paint spontaneously because I don’t like having “schedules”. When I paint instead of doing something I’m obligated to do, that’s when the real happiness comes out. I end of having a better day. And at the end of the day, happiness is a choice. How can we not choose to be happy and do things that bring that emotion out.

Anyway, this post is longer than I expect, but I’m sitting in my cabin, back from dog sledding, and I felt like letting my feelings out. I can’t tell you how many time’s I’ve done this and almost always end up deleting it and just writing my outfit details. I hope some of you can appreciate this. Take care and see you tomorrow!

Beanie: NANA Earflap// Jacket:: Michael Kors// Sweater:: J.Crew// Boots:: Khumbu or similar

Aspen Colorado Look #2

Today is our 4th day in Aspen and we are so excited that it’s been snowing all day long! Lots of tiny snowflakes falling everywhere and it’s just a magical view to witness. I know I sound overly excited about snow, but it’s my first time in my 26 years of life that I’ve been around such a wonderful snow flurry! I woke up this morning to see everything white outside and I’ve really enjoyed sitting in our front porch, in the middle of nowhere, watching the snowflakes fall so peacefully in such a quite place. This trip has been so good to my soul and has re energized me in ways I can’t even share with you because of my lack of words. Making memories and spending time with the people I love is what I love to do.

P.S. Here’s my new video! Picked up lots of new products and I can’t wait to start filming tutorials with them!
Is there any items from the haul that you would like a review on? Let me know in the comment section here!

Flower Beauty & Hard Candy HAUL + Swatches

Jacket:: Fera // Boots: Khombu or similar // Scarf:: Target or similar