Glow with the Flow!

My summer motto now has a tutorial!

My favorite part about warm weather is the warm sun that comes with it. I love to pack on the highlight on my face during the warmer months because I want to be able to shine from the ground all the way to heaven. Lately, I’ve been really loving having a light face and just a lot of highlighting products on my face. It’s not great to go overboard, but you just have to know when and where.

Watch my video above to see my glowy skin care routine!

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xo

Cha

Wing Queen

And by wing, I wish I meant chicken wing.

Before I even started doing my makeup on camera, I would constantly get asked, “How do you do your winged liner?” or I always get compliments on my winged liner. Many people don’t believe me but it really took me a lot of practice to get my winged liner skills up there, man! AND I’M SO FREAKING PROUD OF IT.

In this tutorial, I break down in the easiest way possible on how to achieve a perfect winged liner look. Winged liner doesn’t have to be a hard thing! Just follow my simple, easy steps in 1, 2, 3.

xo

Cha

Get to Know Me!

 

It might be a little too early to do a Q & A but IDC!

I thought I would make my everyday makeup routine video fun for the both of us by telling you guys a little bit about myself. I want to share as much as I can with you guys, but first I wanted to share some basic things about me with you.

Check out my video to see what products I use in my everyday routine and see me answer my own questions LMAO!

xoxo

Cha

My Very First YouTube Video!!

Hey guys! Long time no talk. I know I’ve abandoned my blog, but I’ve been trying to dedicated time to my YouTube. Here’s my very first video that I uploaded back in March. It’s a very easy and simple review/tutorial using the ABH Soft glam palette and the ABH X Amrezy Highlight. I really hope you guys enjoy it! I

I will continue to post my videos here, but don’t forget to like an subscribe to my channel!

 

xoxo

Cha

True Life: I want to be a YouTube Star

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Okay. So maybe I don’t exactly aspire to be a YouTube star, but I wouldn’t be mad if was either! I know that I haven’t been blogging as much as I want to or like to. There’s no excuse for it really. I’ve been using my blogging time to binge watch makeup tutorials and product reviews on YouTube. After spending countless hours doing that, I knew that I wanted to be the one other people were watching.

Now, let’s make one thing clear: I don’t like to be the center of attention. I don’t like thousands of eyes staring at me at the same time. I get nervous speaking in public and starting a conversation with a random person terrifies me. But for some reason I feel comfortable when it’s just me and the camera. (Being an only child and talking to myself in the mirror makes for good practice).

That being said, I started my own YouTube Channel! I will be focusing on makeup tutorials, keeping up with makeup trends and posting reviews on newly released products. I hope that those of you who follow my blog and follow me on social media will support me on YouTube. I’m looking forward to creating relationships with my subscribers and creating fun and exciting content for me and everyone watching. I’ll be posting a link to my video below. Let me know your thoughts and of course – don’t forget to subscribe!

Watch my YouTube Video Here!

xo,

Chandra

Lighten Up Your Holiday

Holiday time is a time for family, friends and travel. During this season, people all over the world are trying to make it home to their loved ones as easy as possible. But with that comes your luggage. For some – like myself – it’s hard to pack light, especially for a makeup junkie. This post is specifically for the girl that wants to do her makeup during the holidays while carrying as little as possible in her luggage.

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My very first tip is to pack ONLY your must have items. The items you absolutely cannot live without. Trust me. By doing this you can avoid overpacking times ten. The following is my holiday travel must haves for whether I’m going for a nighttime or daytime look. My second tip is for those who subscribe to Ipsy, something similar to Ipsy. Most of the items that are sent are sample sizes and take up very little space. Plus, you get to test out new product on your spare time.

Starting with the face, my current must-have/go-to foundation is CoverGirl’s Vitalist Healthy Elixr Foundation. I never thought that I would have a drug store foundation that I love so much until I tried this one. It has a buildable coverage, makes my skin look absolutely flawless and gives me no flashback, which is perfect for taking pictures with flash. This foundation also doesn’t crease on my face and lasts over 12 hours. I can really depend on this foundation from morning all the way till the night time.

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Now to set my face, I use nothing other than Laura Mercier’s Translucent Loose Setting Powder. With this powder and my CoverGirl foundation, I know everything is going to stay in place. Just like the foundation, there is no flashback and even with a light dusting, this powder is going to lock your makeup into place for sure!

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I usually don’t like to spend a lot of time on my eyes when I’m away but I do like to pack a small eyeshadow palette with me just in case I get the sudden urge to be creative. A perfect sized palette to bring on any trip would be any City Mini eyeshadow palette by Maybelline. My favorite one that has shadows for daytime and nighttime looks is the MakeupShayla x Maybelline City Mini Palette. There a perfect balance of warm and dark tones which makes for an easy transition if you’re going to be out all day. The best part? It fits in the palm of your hand! (Here’s a picture of the palette with and without flash.)

Speaking of the eyes, one thing that I cannot go without is mascara. Even if I’m not wearing a full face of makeup, I’ll never leave my house without mascara. With just a coat, you look awake and refreshed. Currently, I have a favorite mascara which is Lights, Camera, Lashes by tarte, but on my trip I always bring back ups. Usually every month in my Ipsy bag I’ll get a mascara sample, which is why I decided to pack two more with me for the holidays. Coming along with me are Excessive Lash by Makeup Forever and They’re Real by benefit cosmetics.

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For highlight, a go-to of mine is Maybeline’s Master Chrome in the shade Molten Gold. The Maybelline highlight is one of my favorites because the more you apply, the more intense it gets. It’s easy to go from daytime to nighttime with this one single highlight. Even with this one shade, this is one that I’ve seen looks great on all skin tones. My favorite way to apply this highlight is to first brush it over my cheekbones with a rounded blush brush, then blend it in with a thick fan brush. Every time I’ve applied this particular highlight this way, it comes or looking more natural.

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Last, but definitely not least, are the lips. Lately, I’ve been loving lip glosses because they don’t make my lips look super dry in the cold weather. My fave at the moment is the Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer by Fenty Beauty. I had no idea that I would love this gloss so much and now I pretty much don’t go anywhere without it. It leaves my lips glossy for hours, doesn’t have a sticky consistency and goes great with any makeup look that I do. Oh. And did I mention it smells (and tastes) fantastic? Yum.

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With just under 10 makeup products, I feel pretty confident that I’ll look my best over the holidays – cause you know there’ll be plenty of picture taking. Not only that. I don’t have to care a luggage full of makeup I probably won’t use and I’ve saved a ton of space in my luggage for all the presents I’m bringing home! 😉

Happy Holidays!

What’s your must have items you travel with? Leave them in the comments below!

Everything Tastes Better in New Orleans

To whoever I spoke to before my trip to New Orleans and said to eat everything out there- YOU WAS RIGHT! I kept hearing nothing but good things about the food in NOLA so I made sure to prepare for my trip. I stayed in the gym and ate healthy so I can binge on beignets and red beans and rice for my entire trip. This post is going to highlight some of the restaurants I’ve visited and the delicious food I got to try on my trip.

 

Luke

On our very first night, we ate at Luke, located in the Hilton Hotel towards the Central Business District. It is a French & German Creole restaurant and walking into the restaurant it had a simple, yet elegant Southern feel to it. The menu is small, but there is still a variety of things to choose from. I ordered the Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail and the Crab and Corn Bisque. The bisque (pictured below) is a cream based soup, which filled me up pretty quickly. I had the 6 oz size and thought it was just the perfect portion. Once I was done with my soup, the shrimp cocktail came out and I noticed the shells were still on them. I didn’t mind that it was served that way, but I wish my waiter would have told me in advanced so I can mentally prepare myself to get my hands dirty. Besides that, the shrimp had a cajun seasoning that had a spicy kick to it and even though my order only came to 6, it turned out to be more than enough for me.

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Brunch at Broussard’s 

As native New Yorkers, it was only right that we brunch on a Sunday… even in NOLA! From the outside, Broussard’s looks like your typical fancy-schmancy, pinkies up, pay-ninety-dollars-for-a-teeny-tiny-plate-of-nothing restaurant. Boy. I couldn’t be any more wrong. Okay, so the place is still “fancy-schmancy” in the indoor dining area. But they have a courtyard that’s pretty open so you’re not sitting on top of everyone, with a nice little fountain, cobblestone floor and a live jazz band playing any song you’d like. Brunch was $12 bottomless mimosa or rosé with a purchase of any entrée. SOLD. For $12, they sure didn’t hesitate to fill our glasses to the top with liquor. Okay, now the food, was totally worth it! My boyfriend had the steak and eggs with potatoes, which was all cooked perfectly. The steak cut like soft butter, yum! I ordered the chicken and waffles and with my first bite, I never thought something so simple could send my taste buds into a frenzy. It was honestly the best chicken and waffle, topped with pecans, I’ve ever had. I would definitely say this place is a MUST for anyone wanting to brunch in NOLA. The ambiance, the service, the food, the liquor… Perfect tens across the board.

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Beignets at Café DuMonde

Now, what kind of tourist would I be if I didn’t stop by the world famous Café Du Monde? Obviously, one thing that NOLA is known for are the beignets and when you think of beignets, you think of Café Du Monde. This probably isn’t a place where you would find locals, but it is always packed! Once you sit down, a waiter will come over and take your order of beignets. It’s usually 3 per order and is perfect with a cup of coffee. The beignets are big square pieces of freshly fried dough covered with powdered sugar. They are warm when they are served to you and just melts in your mouth. There are also beignet mixes that you can make at home. For 2 orders of beignets, a coffee and 3 boxes of beignet mix, it all came to about $15.

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The Ruby Slipper Café

If you’re looking for a quick, hearty breakfast, the Ruby Slipper Café is the place to go. We constantly passed this place on Canal Street, (it was just 2 blocks away from our AirBnb) and it was always packed. On the morning before our swamp tour, we decided to have breakfast here. We were seated at a family-style table, where our waitress was completely honest about what she disliked on the menu. Both of our breakfast dishes were similar – I had the Chicken St. Charles, while he enjoyed the Eggs Cochon. The Chicken St. Charles was 2 buttermilk biscuits, topped with a fried chicken breast, 2 poached eggs and a cream sauce. The Eggs Cochon was also 2 buttermilk biscuits, topped with slow-cooked pork, 2 poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. Both dishes were cooked to perfection and was definitely the breakfast I needed to start our adventure day.

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Eggs Cochon

 

Wow. Writing this post really made me miss all this food! Even though I ate at more restaurants, these were my top picks from NOLA. I would definitely visit again and tell anyone that wants to go to eat EVERYTHING!