Saturday, April 12, 2014

Chutney Is Marvelous! O.P.I Black Cherry Chutney Nail Lacquer

Although we're in Spring, I just can't bear to part with my dark nail polishes. Besides, I like the contrast of "Spring" makeup looks paired with a dark manicure.

Black Cherry Chutney is a captivating blackened eggplant with red, magenta, and purple micro-shimmers. I love this color, but I'm a pushover for vampy, almost black nail lacquers.

What are some of your favorite blackened purple polishes?

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Google+, I Won't Argue with You Anymore!

Domo at laptop belongs to

Disclosure: when it comes to computers, gadgets and gizmos, I'm the absolute worst! Honestly, I'm not the brightest highlighter in the palette. And, as much as I'm repelled by technology, I believe the feeling is mutual. Amongst my inner circle, I'm infamous for my lack of technological know-how; so much so, that my closet friends were surprised (then laughed) when I told them I had a blog...they're so supportive...

Domo playing (I like to think he's screaming at it, I know I was) on the laptop. Image from

Okay, now that I've sat down, taken my stress pill, and recovered from my mini "trouble uploading images, not being technologically savvy and having no idea how to fix it" meltdown, I can calmly explain the issue. Apparently, I have Google+ (never signed up for it, don't know what it is or does, etc). In the Settings column of this evil Google+, under Photos and Videos, there is a feature called Auto Enhance, which automatically enhances photos and videos. This (insert curse-word of your choosing) feature was distorting the color of all the images I was trying to upload for the last three days. Yes, I'm not ashamed to admit that it took me three days to figure what the problem was (which for me, is quite an accomplishment); I rewarded myself with some online beauty purchases :)

Hopefully, this anxiety filled and panic attack-driven experience can help those who may encounter the same problem.

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Who Said Size Doesn't Matter?

My best friend back in Miami just sent me this pic of one of my Nordstrom orders he received. Such a vulgar sized box for (although precious) a single Chanel nail polish.

I remember Nordstrom once (maybe twice) sent my 3 complimentary samples in their own box, similar in size to the one in the photo above...such a waste!

Btw, Can't wait to paint my nails with Chanel's Coup De Coeur.

Have you ever experienced the same thing with over-sized packages?

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

When I Was Just A Little Girl...

 My mother had a thing for keeping me in pigtails. 

I thought it would be fun to get together with some of the bloggers that I love and show you what we looked like when we were younger.

Lucky for me,  I had some of my childhood pictures here that were used for my wedding video from a few years back.

I was born and raised in Chicago, I grew up during the 80's, and, I must say, I had an awesome childhood; we had the best cartoons and toys!

Those cursed pigtails again! 

I was in no way, shape, or form shy growing up; I was very talkative and sociable. I would love performing for whomever I could get to watch. Singing duet with my sister (who is fifteen months older) to Grease or Little Shop of Horrors, and the highlight of the evenings performance was me recreating the dancing sequence to Michael Jackson's Thriller...Not much has changed :P 

A makeup virtuoso.

As far back as I can remember, I've always been into makeup. And, as with most girls, my introduction into the world of beauty was my mother. I remember watching in awe, as my mom would get ready for evenings out with my dad, or other events. I would emulate what I saw in my coloring books by shading in eye shadow, blush and lipstick on all the characters. Wanting another form of media, I moved onto my dolls. Using my markers, I would alter eyebrows, change the color of the lids and lips, and for blush, I'd smudge whatever color I used with my index finger. Finally, I made a kamikaze drive into my mother's vanity. Needless to say, there were many casualties amongst her Estee Lauder lipsticks and palettes. 

My kindergarten graduation.  

I believe this was taken at my friend Eddie's Apartment. 

With rosaries in hand, the photo above is me at 17, getting ready to paint the town black at the Kitchen club. A Gothic night club that was located at the Coconut grove, but has since hopped around to several different locations. Here's a fun fact: I used to design and make my Gothic dresses. At the high school I went to, there were only 5 of us into Gothic, Industrial, and Punk Rock music. To this day, I have a soft spot for messy, smoked-out eye shadow, dark lips and the smell of clove cigarettes (btw, I don't smoke).

Why did this picture upload all blurred...anyway, here's a picture of my sister and I, when she came to visit me three years ago. 

Please check out the ever-so-amazing Mrs.BellyHead's post here. Mrs.Belly is one of my blogger crushes, and everyone should subscribe to her! Lipstick Boulevards I'm waiting for your link, and hopefully Ms. Drivel will join in :)

This post is open to anyone who wants to do it. If you do, and you please post the link in the comments :)

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Frozen Cherry Blossoms...Tasty Related, Not Beauty Related

OH MY GOD! Haagen-Dazs has outdone themselves with their 30th anniversary Sakura Flavored ice cream. Another flavor released for the commemoration was Rose, but I'm not keen on rose flavors or scents.

There's a thin, sakura-flavored jelly on top that is also swirled throughout the sakura-flavored ice cream. By the way, unless you shop at Costco (which only offers vanilla, chocolate and, I think, cookies & cream), this "modest" sized ice cream cup is the biggest size of Haagen-Dazs you can get in Japan. Anyway, back to the ice cream, it's so, so DELICIOUS! I'm going to have to stock my freezer like the husband did in Sleeping with the Enemy with this divine frozen treat that's "made like no other."

Do you have Seasonal limited edition Haagen-dazs Flavors in your country?

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Scent of Spring Looms in the Shower...The Body Shop Sakura Shower Gel

I've said this numerous times, but, Spring really is the best time to visit Japan (especially Kyoto). Bath & Body Works' Japanese Cherry Blossom is my favorite shower gel to use in April. Unfortunately, we don't have BBW in Japan. So, being a lover of all things Sakura, I'm eager to try The Body Shop's Sakura Shower Gel.

In the bottle, the shower gel has a genuine Sakura scent. However, when bathing, it turns into this perfumy, glassy-sakura hybrid. It's not bad, but I would have preferred if the shower gel had smelled more like it did in the bottle.

The Sakura Shower Gel has a nice, light fragrance, lathers nicely, and leaves my skin feeling clean.

The other day I went to a Hanami (Cherry Blossom Viewing) party and here are some photos from that day :)

What Sakura Products (fragrances, food, etc) do you enjoy?

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Let's Talk About Atmospheric Lighting...Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

For some time now (even before starting So Lonely in Gorgeous), I've been on a personal "no foundation, concealer and face powder" buy. I was very proud of myself for never deviating once (my willpower for beauty products is nil...btw, gifts don't count :P). That is, until Hourglass released their Ambient Lighting Palette. I've been wanting (and by wanting, I mean dying) to try the Ambient Lighting Powders ever since they came out. So, I was excited (and by excited, I mean besides myself) to get my hands on this palette, which was part of a mega ever-going beauty swap with Justine. Also, to further justify this purchase, the Ambient Lighting Palette is a great introduction into the Ambient Powders, especially since the travel-sized trio offers an exclusive shade.

I'm sure you've read from here to Timbuktu about this palette, so, I'll skip the monotonous product description and, just say, these powders are fantastic! I will be purchasing the remaining four shades. In experimenting with the powders, I found certain products worked better than others. For example, FACE atelier's Ultra Foundation just soaked up the powder, doing nothing to radiate the complexion, it worked beautifully over Nars's Sheer Glow Foundation, and my absolute favorite pairing of all, over Dior's Hydraction Skin Tint (half-way through my last backup...sad).

From left to right: Dim Light, Incandescent Light, Radiant Light.

These ambient powders can be used every which way; as a highlighter, face powder, eye shadow, and depending on your coloring, the darker shades can be used as a bronzer, the possibilities are endless! My favorite way to use the Ambient Lighting Palette is to swipe a large fluffy brush up and down all three shades a few times, tap, tap, taparoo off the excess, and starting at the center, dust the powder all over my face. The end effect is a subtle, yet spellbinding Hitchcockian, soft-focused, leading-lady luminous glow.

Have you tried Hourglass's Ambient Lighting Powders?

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.