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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..

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

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!

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)

Khristine (ME!) BeautyAndTheBrute

The411Mommas Links:
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Where to find me!
Mommy Forums:

Products Used in Video:
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)

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)

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

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

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 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? 

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