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Monday, December 24, 2012

Quick Vlog! My NEW 12 week weight loss journey has begun!

Hi Everyone! this challenge couldn't have happened at a better time! :) 

When I entered the last transformation challenge (back in april - ended in July) my 3rd baby was 3 months old and i guess that's also why I didn't lose as much fat as I had wanted.. but I'm hoping now that she's 9 months, all those extra hormones etc that was holding onto fat for my baby (while i was breastfeeding at the time).. is gone and my body is now ready for some serious transformation.

so with that said, today i started off my workout (since this past week been going hard at the gym)

Decided to shoulders and some cardio..


Shoulders:
Barbell Shoulder Press
45lbs x 8 (warm up)
45lbs x 5
45lbs x 5
45lbs x 5
65lbs x 5
65lbs x 5

Rear Delt Raise:
7.5lbs x 10
7.5lbs x 10
7.5lbs x 10
7.5lbs x 10

Side Lateral Raise:
7.5lbs x 12
7.5lbs x 12
7.5lbs x 12

Front Dumbbell Raise:
7.5lbs x 12
7.5lbs x 12
7.5lbs x 12

Superset:
Upright Dumbbell Rows:
15lbs x 10
15lbs x 10
15lbs x 10
Standing Dumbbell Military Press:
15lbs x 10
15lbs x 10
15lbs x 10


Incline Bench Front Dumbbell Delt Raises:
7.5lbs x 10
7.5lbs x 10
7.5lbs x 10


Then after that did 30 mins of HIIT..
30 sec sprints on and off for a whole 30 mins.. i was dunzo!

That concluded my workout for this morning.. might come back later tonight! who knows :P

Merry Xmas Eve everyone! Happy Holidays!

Don't forget to check out my YouTube channel for ALL my video updates/vlogs etc etc etc! lol

Friday, December 21, 2012

The 411 Mommas Collab - Holiday Inspired Beauty/Fashion


Hi Everyone! can you believe it? a new video!

My very first collaboration video with some amazing Mommas from another channel that I do videos on, please check it out!
http://www.youtube.com/The411Mommas


In this video, I did a simple smokey eye using golds and browns for a subtle holiday look :) Hope you enjoy! Don't forget to check out the other Mommas and subscribe :)






Please check out these amazing mommas videos:

TheZeeLee (Chrissie)

JustMeRache (Rachelle)

MommytipsbyCole (Nicole)

xogoxo (Grace)

JustJoanne (Joanne)
http://youtu.be/M9qHUzKaenM

Khristine (ME!) BeautyAndTheBrute

http://youtu.be/WmCawkgzGdY

The411Mommas Links:
You Tube - http://www.youtube.com/the411mommas
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/the411mommas
Blog - http://www.the411mommas.com
Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/the411mommas
Pinterest - http://www.pinterest.com/the411mommas
Instagram - http://www.instagram.com/the411mommas

Where to find me!
blog: http://www.beautyandthebrute.com
twitter: http://www.twitter.com/beautyandbrute
instagram: http://www.instagram.com/beautyandbrute
facebook: http://www.facebook.com/beautyandthebrute
Mommy Forums: http://www.WorldForMoms.com
email: Khristine@BeautyandTheBrute.com

Products Used in Video:
Face:
Revlon Photoready concealer in Light/Pale (For undereyes)
Revlon ColorStay concealer in Light/Medium (for blemishes/redness)
Laura Geller Balance & Brighten in Medium (Powder foundation)
MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW25 (for highlighting eyebrows and eye base)
MAC Dainty Mineralized Blush (Apples of cheeks)
MAC Give Me Sun! MSFN (For Bronzer/Contouring)

EYES:
MAC Goldmine (wet w/ MAC Fix + Spray) - On Lid
MAC Brownscript - Crease
MAC Handwritten - outter corner
MAC Dipdown - Outter corner
MAC Carbon - deepen the outter corner
Inglot AMC #77 Black Eyeliner Gel
Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner pencil in Perversion
L'Oreal Power Volume Collagen Mascara in Blackest Black (waterproof)

Eyebrows:
MAC Dipdown fluidline
MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW25
Sonia Kashuk Eyebrow pencil in Haze

Lips:
MAC Soar Lipliner
MAC Myth Lipstick

Brushes Used:
Elf Kabuki Brush
Beauty Blender
MAC 242
MAC 224
MAC 263
MAC 116
Sonia Kashuk Bent Eyeliner brush
Real techniques base shadow brush
Crown C200 Deluxe Crease brush
Sigma E55
Sigma E21

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Friday, December 7, 2012

Xtian made it to Semi-Finals!

I just would like to take the time to thank everyone who voted for Xtian continuously throughout the month of November. It truly paid off because He made it to Semi-Finals!

There are 20 Men & 20 Women Semi-Finalists.. which next they are to do a 3-5 minute video about themselves (for everyone to get to know them better kind of deal).. and then pictures of course to see how their body is (to see how close they are for competition in January) From there, they will choose top 5 men and top 5 females to go to finals in January! We will find out on December 14th if he made it! please cross your fingers for us!

I'm so excited and of course proud of my Husband who has worked endlessly for his dreams!



Thank you all again for the support!

Wish us luck!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

House of Lashes :: Noir Fairy

A few days ago I had posted a picture of me using House of Lashes :: Noir Fairy lashes. I purchased them a few weeks ago because of my favorite MUA Julie - Pala foxxia on Youtube always uses them in her pictures.. so NO I'm not sponsored by them (i wish!) I just really like these particular lashes! and NO I was not sent these products to review etc.. I purchased with my own money!

So many people have asked me what lashes they are and where did I get it from etc etc.. so I promised I'd post about it!

Me using "Noir Fairy" Lashes from HouseofLashes!

And a closer look without the filters:






Noir Fairy Lashes :: Limited edition:
This amazing multi layered and multi tiered lash style is packed with as much density as the eye can hold. Noir Fairy makes your lashes the focal point and draws attention so much to your eyes, that you might be remembered as unearthly, supernatural and awesomely sublime!
100% guaranteed thickness, length and smoulder. Hand made from 100% cruelty-free synthetic hair. Retails for $18.00, they do have a 3 pack available for $50 (shipping is free on all orders over $25)


credit to thehouseoflashes.com

I Love how these lashes are really dense and can make your look ultra dramatic.. and it truly does draw attention to your eyes. My husband, when he saw me wearing these said my eyes looked super sexy and my eyelashes looked extra batty haha :D 

I'm not used to such thick eyelashes (i usually just wear the thin/natural ones) but these were great, easy to use and didn't bother me (lol and I did wear these with my glasses cause I was too lazy to put on contact lenses)..

Let me know if you get these and what you think of them! :)





Tuesday, December 4, 2012

First Impressions :: UD Naked Basics Palette

Hi Everyone! So I'm pretty sure most of you are aware that Urban Decay came out with their newest "matte" palette called the Naked Basics Palette. 

Their first MATTE palette, featuring six gorgeously Naked neutrals to build on or wear alone—including four never-before-seen shades.


picture I had posted on our Instagram Page

Retails: $27.00 
Description from the UrbanDecay.com Website:
Naked Basics is more than just the long-awaited, multipurpose MATTE companion to Naked. It’s the palette EVERY woman needs in her beauty arsenal. With six stripped-down, Nakedly neutral shadows, it has everything you need for the perfect neutral matte eye—including four totally new and exclusive shades.

Use these shadows to contour, line and highlight to create the right amount of definition for any occasion. Or for the days when you’re craving more color, pair them with your fiercest, boldest shadows. Richer than other mattes, the color goes on with a smooth, luxe finish (never chalky or powdery). There’s even one demi-matte shade, Venus, which has the tiniest touch of satin—perfect for highlighting and adding dimension. 

While this palette is small, we loaded it with full-size shadow pans, just like our other Naked palettes. Every shade features our Pigment Infusion System™, a vehicle for color that holds tightly to pigment and gives the formula its glide. The proprietary blend of ingredients allows color to weave itself through the Eyeshadow formula. What does all that mean? Insane color payout. Color that stays on your lids. Sparkle that doesn’t fall. And velvety, suede-like smoothness and blendability. 

It all comes in a sleek compact (embossed with a pretty, metallic “NAKED” on the front) that has a slight sheen and a suede-like feel that practically begs to be touched. (Hello…how gorgeous will THAT look coming out of your bag?!) Best of all, the slim design is perfect for travel—so you’ll never have to be without these must-have shades.

What you see is what you get: Venus (soft, off-white demi-matte), Foxy (cream bisque matte), Walk of Shame (very light nude matte), Naked2 (taupe matte), Faint (warm, dusty brown matte) and Crave (deepest, darkest brown/black matte). 

Fill Weight: 6 x 1.3g e 6 x 0.05 US oz

And here are pictures & swatches:


This was their secret sample they gave out as well:
New Beauty Balm

I think this is a great palette. The size is awesome and very travel friendly. The packaging is quite sturdy which I love.. and as you can see from the photo above, it's tiny enough to fit in your purse. But don't let it's small size fool you! The pigmentation for such a tiny palette packs a punch. The shadows feel buttery and smooth like all of Urban Decay's eye shadows. This is a great palette to have because even though there are only 6 shades, you can still do quite a variety of looks.. from neutral/natural to downright smokey. 

I'll be posting some looks soon so you can see how versatile this small palette is. I know some people are like ehh, whatever with this palette.. but you can compare this palette to the other two (which I did a review & comparison HERE)

I really like this palette so far! so I'm really glad I got my grubby little hands on this.. it's perfect for me because I like doing neutral/natural looks, but I like how you can go into the darker colors to spice up your look. 

Did you get this palette? Are you going to? What are your thoughts? 


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Just a quick update! :D black friday, Sophie bear..

Hi Everyone! I can't believe November came and went.. just like most of this year!

Tomorrow is the last day to vote for Xtian, so please do if you haven't already! (you can vote everyday) Here is the LINK:
http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/2013-bodyspace-spokesmodel-search-voting.html#data

Like previous post, been super busy with School, Kids, Work and just life! trying to find time for myself has been hard, but been managing to go to the gym at least 2-3 times a week when I can.

I'm not going to lie, I Slipped from my strict diet after the Elite Ambition transformation challenge.. and After Thankgiving - that didn't help either.. can you believe I gained 10lbs! LOL.. so It's time to get back on track before Xmas comes! so I'm going to be back on my healthy eating regimen.. I'm tired of eating like crap these past couple months and it really shows in the gym (and of course physically) I mean i'm still a size 3, but i've gained the weight mostly in my abdominal area..

On a brighter note, Sophia Turned 8 months on November 16th.. and she's just a joy to have around! Her big sisters love her to pieces and love her company as we all do.



Also before I forget, I quickly wanted to mention I'm going to be selling Authentic MAC Makeup at discounted prices! I have just a few Holiday Sets left.. so if you're interested, please e-mail me! (BeautyAndTheBrute@gmail.com - for pricing and information) 

I have just a couple of these left & am offering other bundles too!

As for Black Friday - Did you all order anything? I wasn't going to buy anything (because of being broke, BUT! Thanks to me selling my other items on Poshmark  - I was able to get what I wanted!) 
Check out my PoshMark Closets
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Sedona Lace Vortex Brush Set
it was on sale for like 40 w/ brush belt (retails 70+)
Unfortunately mine is backordered until 1/1/2013 LOL.. it's okay i'll still get it!

Sugar Pill Heart Breaker Palette
Was on sale for 23 - retails for 35

I got some other stuff too from BH Cosmetics.. I'll do a haul video when I receive my items.. as well as Hubby & I got some stuff from BodyBuilding.com (woot woot cute gym clothes for me! lol) and we'll either do a separate video for that or do a fitness faves video together..

I also was going to do a haul video on items I got in the beginning of the month, but I think i'll just add that to the collective Black Friday/Cyber Monday Haul.. yes? no? (comment below!)


Since I posted that picture above on Instagram, people said they wanted to see a Lorac Pro Palette tutorial, so I'm going to be doing that soon! I actually sold my Urban Decay Naked 2 palette and replaced it with this.. and I love, love, LOVE it! 

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Video :: My Squat Progress

Hi all!

My Goodness! it's so hard to keep up nowadays, now that school is full swing for myself and my kids.. not to mention i've been working graveyard shifts now so i'm always tired! 

but I wanted to share my video with you (because I said I was going to).. of my squat progress! From when I first started lifting (2010) until now.. there are a lot of videos that I did not add, only the ones worth showing! (including my 185lb squats that i'm very proud of!) 

Sometimes I get a lot of questions - why do I squat?! well I want a nice perky round booty! :) 

anywho here it is! don't forget to comment, rate & subscribe!

thanks a lot! more videos coming soon!

Did you vote for Xtian Today? (if not, please do! it literally takes 5 seconds and you don't need to be registered!)

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/2013-bodyspace-spokesmodel-search-voting.html#data

His name on there is "Xtian"
> Scroll down and find "Xtian"
> Click "Click to view profile" (Under his name & picture)
> Click "Vote Now"

Share this information with anyone and everyone! and PLEASE try your best to vote everyday! It only takes a second and you don't have to be a registered member of bodybuilding.com!

We appreciate all the support! :) Thank you so much!


Friday, November 2, 2012

Update! And Vote for Xtian!

Hey Everyone! I know it's been so long since my last "fitness" post - but a lot has been going on! (school, kids, fitness, life.. you know the usual!)

But I wanted to update you on the latest videos that have been up on our channel if you aren't subscribed yet - please check them out below (and don't forget to subscribe!)

320 lbs squats while on a cut

Pendlay 1 arm landmine Row

5/3/1 Method Strength Training - While cutting weight (week 2)

And if you didn't know, Xtian has entered the 2013 BodySpace SpokesModel Search (on Bodybuilding.com) It would mean the world to us if you'd vote for him and share!  

It's really easy! To vote, go HERE

Tips: To find a specific person, press "CTRL+F" in your browser, then start typing the first few letters of their BodySpace username. 

---- His Username is "Xtian"

- Click "Click to view profile" link under my username & picture
- Click "Vote Now" 
** You can vote everyday! **


If you vote, please let us know so we can thank you! :) And PLEASE feel free to share with your friends! <3 nbsp="nbsp" span="span">

Next video, from me will be my squat progress! Yes I finally hit my goal of squatting 185lbs :) I'm very proud of myself to be able to squat that while also cutting weight! so stay tuned & Stay motivated!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

8 New Limited Edition Maybelline 24Hr Color Tattoos Review & Swatches

So this post is SOO long overdue (talking about september lol) but any who , I stumbled upon these at target (the brighter colored ones) and then another 4 shades at Rite Aid... I already am a big fan of the original color tattoos (See review HERE) and so I knew I had to have these when I came across them.  Luckily I had a gift card to both places (and I believe Rite Aid is BOGO 1/2 off on Maybelline right now).. Maybelline's new Fall 2012 collection is beautiful (new palettes, but I didn't pick any up this time).. 

So Here are some pictures..

The Display at Target - these bright colored ones have a matching colored mascara.  These color tattoos were priced at $5.84.

The Display at Rite Aid - These beautiful fall shades were priced at $6.69 and were accompanied by a variety of new products (from palettes to lipsticks, blushes etc).. 

From the 2012 Jewel Tone (bright colors) Collection:
- Ready, Set, Green
- Blue on By
- Fuschia Fever
- Test My Teal

From the 2012 Fall Fashion Week (neutral colors) Collection:
- Barely Beige
- Gold Shimmer
- Mossy Green
- Rich Mahogany


And bring on the swatches:













Pros:
- inexpensive
- last long 
- can use as a base or wear alone as an eyeshadow
- a lot of product


Cons:
- some colors don't perform as well (some can be splotchy, the really glittery ones)
- some people have complained they crease (not that I have experienced that)
- Hard to find (displays only have a few in stock) - luckily i was literally the first person to grab these at both stores when the sales associate barely just put them up.


Overall, I definitely would recommend these. They are fairly inexpensive and get the job done and last for a long time. These did not make my eyelids feel dry at all despite the long wear.  I did not experience any creasing with these whatsoever (as some people have experienced, and i myself have somewhat oily lids, especially in hot weather).. These are great to wear alone or as a base and they are great to wear together (the bright colors together and the fall shades go beautifully and accompany each other very well)



See how much I LOVE the color tattoos? My Collection! 



Do you have any? if you do what are some of your favorites?


FTC: All products mentioned in this post were purchased by myself. I was not paid to do this review, nor does it alter my view on the product. As always, my reviews are with my HONEST thoughts and opinions.

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