$20 makeup challenge: a collab with Kira

Hi loves! I hope everyone is doing well and that not too many of you are suffering from bad winter weather. I wouldn’t know, as I’m still in Chile enjoying the nice summer weather (not overwhelmingly hot like in Florida) and I’m missing all the cool weather in Florida (as well as that nasty winter storm).

Today’s post is in collaboration with my beautiful best friend Kira! We decided to collab on something a while back and had the idea of doing something along the lines of the $20 makeup challenge. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a bit of an oldie but a goodie, but the gist of it is that you create a makeup look using products you bought with a $20 budget. Silly but super fun!

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Check me out browsing products so focused and all in Walgreens! We did this before I left for Chile (obviously) and brought my adorable little sister with us. We didn’t photograph her look or anything (I barely remembered to photograph my own, whoops!) but she did go home with a bunch of new goodies!

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Ah, the lovely luminescent lights of a Walgreens beauty aisle…

But anyway, let’s go on to what you’re all here to read about, right?

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With my 20 dollars, I decided to do a simple, effortless look that wouldn’t require too much product. Most of the products I got were from Wet n Wild, which is actually one of my favorite drugstore brands! Here’s a list of the products I got:

  • Wet n Wild Mega Glow Illuminating Palette
  • Wet n Wild Coverall Concealer
  • Wet n Wild Eyeshadow in Nutty
  • Wet n Wild Mega Protein Mascara
  • Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Uptown Mauve
  • Rimmel 1000 Kisses Stay On Lip Liner in Cherry Kiss

Now, because I’m a doofus, I forgot to take a selfie with the look I created before I left the house and effectively sweated it all off. Thankfully, I did take a few (a lot) when I was hanging out with my friends that day, so I have something to show for my work at least!

Behold us looking super cute when we went to see Grace sing at SeaWorld for the holidays! Also, isn’t my shirt amazing?

So I know it’s not ideal, but it was a very very simple look, so you’re really not missing out on much here. (And honestly, Grace’s makeup looks ten times better than mine, we should all be fawning over her instead.)

I will say though that the Milani lipstick I got was extremely alike a MAC lipstick I wanted to get but found out is limited edition (it’s called Fashion Revival and it’s beautiful) so I’m really glad I got the Milani one, it’s such a beautiful color!

Alright, my friends, that’s all we have for today. Check out Kira’s post on the challenge and don’t forget to follow them! Hope you guys enjoyed the post and I’ll be seeing you again next week!

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Makeup storage and collection!

Hi friends! So I’ve been meaning to write this post for AGES now but I’m just now getting around to it because I had to organize everything and that took longer than expected.

Let’s jump right into it, shall we?

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This is what my vanity looks like when you’re standing in front of it (please ignore my mess in the background and my sloppy finals week look). The vanity is from IKEA and was a gift from my parents when I moved into my new apartment with my little sister, it just took some time to get it in there and put it together! I absolutely love it and I love the bay windows in my room where it fits perfectly.

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This is what’s on the right, behind the mirror that usually sits on this side. The lipstick holder I won in a giveaway and it holds 24 lipsticks. I have 14 Wet N Wild MegaLast lipsticks and nine MAC lipsticks (although I took these pictures before I bought Whirl, so it’s now 10 MAC lipsticks). Then I have the Ben Nye Final Seal and the UD oil control setting spray, along with some eye makeup remover (I’m like 95% sure it’s Boots).

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Then we have what’s arguably my favorite part AKA lipstick! From left to right, we have lip liners, ColourPop Lippie Stix, and two things of liquid lipstick. The pots are actually from IKEA and I believe are technically flower pots but they’re just so cute!

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Then we have one more container with liquid lipstick (lol can you tell I have a problem), this one with all the minis I have! They’re mostly Stila with two KVD and one theBalm lipstick. I keep my knock off beauty blender on my vanity, but I barely ever use it since I started using a Real Techniques brush for foundation! The brush holders are actually from BH Cosmetics and I loooooove them, the brushes are great and they fit every brush in my collection!

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Then we have the two little drawers on the side. On the one on the left, under my MAC lipsticks, I keep all the extra lip products that don’t fit in the lipstick holders on my dresser, plus stuff that doesn’t fit in the cups where I have my lip liners and liquid lipsticks.

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On the other drawer, I keep all my go to face stuff. It’s all kind of stacked right now so you can’t really tell what’s there, but I have my Ben Nye powder, my OFRA setting powder, the elf under eye setting powder, Mary and Cindy Lou Manizer, Champagne Pop, the dupethat highlighter collab with OFRA, a BECCA primer, and all my concealers (Rimmel, NARS and UD).

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Then we have the drawer that’s under my vanity, where I keep all my eyeshadow palettes, my blog planner and notebook, and my makeup wipes!

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On the first little separation, I keep the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette and underneath is the Stila In the Light palette, and next to it are all three Naked palettes!

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In the middle separation, I keep both of theBalm’s Nude Dude palettes, my MUA palettes, and the Lorac Love, Lust and Lace palette.

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And lastly, some oh so glamorous makeup wipes and my blog planner and notebook!

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Then on one of my dresses, we have these four drawers along with three lipstick holders with 12 spots each. Next to these, I keep my Too Faced BB Creme because the packaging is so cute! I need something else that looks this cute to display next to it though.

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Bear with me here because these are a bit outdated, but most of the stuff is the same. In the top one, we have my Too Faced melted lipsticks, my LA Girl lip paints, and my LA Girl Matte Flat lipsticks. In the middle one, we have some NYX lipsticks and a bunch of random brands: Maybelline, Lip Bar, Clinique, Bésame Cosmetics, Stila, bareMinerals, Manna and Lancome. And in the first one, we have NARS, Sephora, bareMinerals, Little Mix by Collection, and J.Cat Beauty! Whew, that was a lot.

The only difference between these pictures and what it is now is that I gave away that Stila lipstick, I put the Manna and Lancome glosses (and the mini bareMinerals lipstick)  on my vanity in one of the drawers and I used those spots for the lipsticks that Lucie gave me in our exchange!

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Then we have the drawer set on the other side of my vanity. First let me give a shoutout to my friend Hayley, who makes these beautiful bows and gave me Black Widow, Winter Soldier, and Captain America bows recently! You should totally order some of her amazing and beautifully crafted bows on her website, linked above.

But anyway, I digress. The top drawer has all my mascara, eyeliner and eyebrow products, along with some eyeshadow primers and an OFRA eyeshadow, which I’m not sure why I put there anyway.

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The next drawer has all my ColourPop shadows, along with my Maybelline Color Tattoos and some other random eyeshadow products.

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Then we have the hot mess drawer, which is a lot of primer, cream highlighters and samples of various things I couldn’t fit in one of the other drawers!

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And lastly, we have my ColourPop highlighters, a setting powder I received in a Boxycharm, some foundation and some powder that I just don’t use as much as other ones.

So that’s my makeup storage and collection! I hope you guys enjoyed it and let me know if there are any products you’re curious about so I can write a review or post about them! Thanks for reading!!

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Reflecting on life: changes for 2016

This post is very spur-of-the-moment and also a lot more personal than other topics I’ve touched upon here before, but I really wanted to get this out of my head and into a blog, especially because I’m sure I’m not alone in this.

I’ve always struggled with my weight, even as a kid. I was never worryingly overweight when I was a kid, but I was chubby and aware from too young of an age. I remember being in third and fourth grade and feeling self-conscious, because I wasn’t as pretty, thin or athletic as my cousins or classmates. People in my family told me I was fat and that I needed to lose weight from a very, very young age, and it triggered a lifetime of issues that follow me to this day.

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Have a gratuitous picture of me from graduation.

Truth is, I’m fat. There’s no other way to put it and I don’t want to shy away from using that word by calling myself some nicer terms, like curvy or plus size. Nope, I’m fat. My weight has wavered back and forth for as long as I can remember, but I can’t remember ever not feeling fat, because even at my skinniest points, I always felt like the fat girl.

I managed to lose weight by eating healthy and working out around five years ago, and I kept it off for the better part of the next two years. But a combination of too much eating out and a more sedentary job led to a steady weight gain and now I’m back where I was before I lost all that weight in 2011.

The difference between 2010 and 2016 is that I’m much more confident, happier and self-assured than I was six years ago, but my self-confidence isn’t necessarily proportional to my weight, and so no matter how confident I feel, the problem is that I’m still way overweight and it’s starting to be a health concern.

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My love of food clearly started at a young age.

My mom has told me this countless times, but I didn’t listen and wrote her concerns off, but as you guys might know, I’m back home in Chile now, and got some tests done at the encouragement of a very loving and supportive aunt, and the tests came back with some slightly worrying results.

I won’t dive into the gory details because I don’t even fully understand them, but I understood when one of my cousins who’s currently studying to be a doctor told me that I’m on my way to Type 2 diabetes if I don’t change something about my current diet and exercise more.

Damn. That’s a lot, right?

So that’s my 2016 change. I want to eat healthier, I want to exercise more, I want to keep being confident and happy with my body but I want it to be its healthiest, happiest self. I don’t want to lose weight for societal pressures or cosmetic reasons, I don’t want to lose weight so other people like me. I want to get healthy and take care of my body, because it’s the only one I’ve got and I haven’t been too good to it so far.

On that note, what’s your 2016 change?

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Giveaway! Charlotte Tilbury + Mac!

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Hi everyone!! I’ve been so busy lately but have finally gotten around to hosting my giveaway to celebrate 500 followers – I’m so excited!! Thank you so, so much to everyone who has followed this blog, I can’t believe that Beauty by Gigi has hit this amazing milestone! To celebrate, I decided I had to host a giveaway – I did this to celebrate my 250 followers too and it was so fun, so I thought why not do it again! The giveaway is open internationally, too!

Now for what you could win! One winner will receive the limited edition Charlotte Tilbury Nocturnal Cat Eyes to Hypnotise set in ‘The Huntress’, which includes a stunning single eyeshadow and a mini Rock’n’Kohl liner in the shade Amber Moon – I reviewed this recently on my blog which you can read here. The post includes swatches and a demo of the products…

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Shop My Stash: Stila Stay All Day liquid lipsticks

Hello loves! In today’s blog, we’ll be talking about some of my FAVORITE liquid lipsticks ever! These are way up there on my list of lipsticks, probably tied with the OFRA liquid lipsticks… hmm, maybe I should do a post about all my favorite liquid lipsticks! Is that something you guys would like to see? Let me know!

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My love affair with these lipsticks began this summer when I received one of these in my Birchbox. Once I tried it, I knew it was true love! I remember being amazed at the formula and in love with the color, and as you can see, my collection expanded quite rapidly after that!

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The thing I love about these lipsticks is that they are amazing quality, dry to fully matte, they’re almost completely transfer proof, and they really stay all day, but they’re not horribly drying like some of the other formulas I’ve found. They aren’t moisturizing per se, but they’re definitely better than the driest matte lipstick you’ve tried (which one comes to mind?), so they’re really quite good! And just look at that range of colors!

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So let’s start with the swatches, shall we? From top to bottom, we have Fiore, Bella, Amalfi, Caramello, Baci, and Patina.

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And here we have Venezia, Beso, Fiery, Ricco, Chianti, Aria and Como!

You may remember having seen in my makeup storage post I gave away Como because I won’t wear it so I’d rather give it to someone who will, but I took these pictures before that and I figured I might as well include it in the post anyway!

The first one of these I ever owned was Venezia, which came in a Birchbox over the summer. I got Amalfi in a Sephora haul a few months ago, Bella and Fiore with Birchbox points, and the rest were all from the Eternal Love and Eternally Yours holiday sets that my sister gave me for my birthday!

I definitely have a very strong and passionate love for these lipsticks and couldn’t live without them. Do you own any of these? Which ones? And if not, which ones would you want to try?

Thanks for reading!

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Birchbox, Boxycharm, and ipsy: December 2015

Hello my loves! This post is super late because between my Boxycharm being late and the holidays, it just kept getting pushed back so I decided to just schedule it for my “I’m out of the country” queue.

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Let’s start with Birchbox, shall we? This month, I got an eye shadow sampler from Coastal Scents, a hand cream from Soap & Paper Factory, a liquid liner from Eyeko, a sample of a Harvey Prince perfume, and a hair mask from Amika. I wasn’t too crazy about any of these, but I did like the box overall!

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From ipsy, I got an eye shadow primer from Elizabeth Mott, a face mask from Acure, an eye makeup remover from Klorane, a lipstick from Pacifica, a setting powder from Tarte, and a Buxom lipstick I redeemed with my points. I liked my ipsy better than my Birchbox this month, but I still wasn’t too crazy about it.

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Buxom on the left and Pacifica on the right.

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Lastly, from Boxycharm I got a hair mask from Nelson J, a liquid lipstick in Americano from OFRA, a highlighter from Jelly Pong Pong, cuticle oil from NCLA, a  gel liner from Bellapierre in Cinnamon and blotting papers from Tatcha. I definitely liked my Boxycharm best this month, if anything just for the lipstick and lip liner!

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Americano is on the left and Cinnamon on the right (the other two are my ipsy swatches).

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And I was lucky enough to get some goodies from Jodi because I entered her giveaway and was the winner of the second place surprise prize! She sent me two NYX lipsticks, a lip balm, and this adorable card, and I loved all of it! Thank you so much Jodi!

What did you guys get in your beauty boxes in December?

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High-end Lipstick Review Series Finale & Giveaway!!!

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I’m back with the 17th and final review in my High-end Lipstick Review series! I have been testing out and comparing high-end lipsticks for just over a year now. You can check out my original post for a full explanation. As promised, I will be giving away a lipstick from the brand that scores the highest number of “Duchess Points” to a subscriber in a shade of their choice. Keep reading to see which brand will be deemed most splurge-worthy and for details about how to enter the giveaway.

The last high-end lipstick I’m reviewing is from Charlotte Tilbury. When British celebrity makeup artist and YouTube star, Charlotte Tilbury, launched her own makeup line in 2013, makeup fans everywhere seemed to freak out. Charlotte Tilbury became available to order in Canada from their Canadian website this year. I was really pumped to…

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