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As a way to take you back to one of my favorite memories ever, I decided to dedicate this article to a specific moment of time. In the summer of my early teenage years, I was gifted this cute little iridescence by bareMinerals. At the time I did not know much about makeup, but I did own a few Barbie makeup kits and Claire’s lip glosses. However, this time, I remember unscrewing the cap slowly so I would not accidentally drop any of the loose powder out. Fast forward to today, and the only bit that's left is sparkly residue of joy.
There I was, 13 years old with my very first "Big Girl" makeup product. Staring back into the mirror with my long ashy blonde hair, unplucked brows, and the biggest smile I could manage. Little did I know that this was just the start of a lifelong passion for makeup, and a semi-empty wallet for years to come.
I love this company for the quality, minerals, and colors. Here’s a little photo shoot of my first real makeup in a twig basket, with seashells and black stones. I felt a little beachy/mermaid vibes. ;)
There's not much left at all to this little makeup holder, but the memories will last a lifetime. ♡
Pink was my first favorite color, so that's why my mom bought me this beautiful, sparkly pink mineral.
I remember rummaging through her makeup box, trying on all different colors and even foundation. She is much darker than I am, but I used her powder and CC cream anyway. It was very noticeable, so she eventually gave me a powder foundation that was my tone. My guess is that she rather I looked my natural tone than walk around looking silly. (love you mom!)
Growing up, I was always fascinated with art. It was not until my late teens though that I decided to take makeup to a whole new level in my life. I started wearing mascara, eyeliner, powder foundation, lipstick, and fixed my brows. Contouring did not introduce itself to me however, until just last year. Trust me, it takes a lot... a lot... a... LOT of practice. Blending should be an Olympic sport!
A lot has changed in the bareMinerals world since the first time I received this life changer, in fact they have so many different products I wish I could try them all! Well it's a bit out of reach right now for me, but a girl can dream, am I right?
Dream on sweet makeup lovers, and never forget your humble beginnings.
In my case, it all started with a little round pink eyeshadow and matching brush that I somehow managed to lose over the years.
Note to self: buy a better makeup organizer... and start using post-its. Scratch that, you'll forget the darn notes. Just go to the store right now.
Faith Ann Fuentes.
As of now, if I don’t have a product mean’t for: tight curly, dry, thick, and colored hair then that thing won’t work. My biggest needs are moisture, curl hold, detangling, and color protecting. With that being said, I have found a few great companies thus far that cater to my needs: Shea Moisture and Giovanni. However, not everything is 100% perfect for my hair! That’s when I branch off into different waters, with some amazing products from different companies.
My hair care products are a literal blessing to me. Which is very hard to say by the way when you’re discussing products of any kind. There’s like a million different ones on the market! One thing I’ve learned when it comes to hair care, is that my texture has drastically changed over the years. I once upon a time had straight blonde hair as a child, which then turned into thick wavy sandy blonde hair, then into thick curly taupe/ashen blonde all naturally. It’s all genetic, but definitely gets tough when it’s time to decide what products I should use.
When it comes to shampoo + conditioner, Shea Moisture has it going on. I also adore their Curling Gel Soufflé as a pair with the Brighten & Restore Leave In Conditioner every time after a shower.
Shampoo and condition with Shea Moisture products/and Giovanni Soothing Hair Mask in shower. Slightly towel dry hair after shower. When i’m finished applying the conditioner and soufflé, I brush my hair out. Next, apply a small amount of the Unite Boing curling cream through the hair and squeeze all the hair to the scalp for extra “boing”. Finally, blow/diffuser dry hair, then apply some Eco Professional Styling gel into the hair for protected curls, and comb baby hairs with the Edge Gel. Set with some Giovanni hair spritz, or Chi Helmet Head hair spray and you’re done!
I did a Chris Appleton inspired wet hair look the other day! This was so much fun to do.
Details: IRONIC matte lipstick by Kylie Cosmetics, Too Faced foundation in Sand, Morphe Eyeshadow palette, and Too Faced prime spray.
Below is a picture taken a month or so ago, with a fully diffused/after semi braids, style, and all the products above except Boing by Unite.
This hair mask below I will recommend to anyone and everyone. If you have any form of dry or frizzy hair, this is the one for you! Giovanni products are awesome and if you haven’t tried them yet you need to now.
That’s my hair care 101! Any other products I use will be mentioned in future articles, but these products I use on a daily/weekly basis.
*this article is not an ad, just an honest review! All products/companies featured are a personal preference of Faith Fuentes, not a paid endorsement.