Monday, August 24, 2015

Velvet 59 - Vintage Glamour Makeup

If you made it to this page, you more than likely appreciate vintage and retro looks. 

Well today I want to talk to you about this new pinup inspired makeup brand...It is brand spanking new, and a 22 year old gal by the name of Paris is behind it. Though, I don't know Paris personally, I am extremely proud of her and the brand she has created. All of the Velvet 59 products are Cruelty Free, Vegan, Gluten Free, and Paraben Free. She deserves a round of applause.

Let me give you a little glimpse of the makeup goodies that showed up on my doorstep courtesy of Velvet 59.

Contour Is A Girl's Best Friend contour palette

The Contour Is A Girl's Best Friend contour palette includes  matte and shimmer shades that are cream to powder. What I find impressive in this palette of only 6 shades is the color range.  You'll get a fair ivory to a deep rich chocolate brown to four other shades in between. Makes me happy, because a lot of the contour palettes that we see nowadays lack deeper shades of brown. So thanks Velvet 59. :)


Matte to the Max liquid lipsticks

Confession. This was my first time trying out a liquid lipstick. And I'm happy that Velvet 59 was the one to pop my cherry lovin' heart. 
It was really fun seeing how this liquid lipstick went from liquid to matte in just a few seconds. I imagined it to be a very messy application and thought it would bleed, especially the Gigi color.
But I am extremely pleased with Gigi! Gigi is a brick red, so like a redish orange and slightly rusty. 
(here I am wearing Gigi, if you follow me on Snapchat then you've seen me rockin' it a lot lately.)

It's beautiful and think it will compliment many skintones, from Maryilyn Monroe to Etta James. 

The longevity in wear, I can't really say because I haven't kept track of how long it lasts on my lips. A couple of hours? I don't know. And I honestly don't mind because it's fun to apply. :)

Pictured above is the liquid lipstick in the shade Pink Cadillac, I would describe it as an uber mod Barbie pink. It goes on lighter than what it looks like in the photo.
Very pretty, but too light for my complexion. I'll probably mix it with another shade . :)


Fun fact: Matte to the Max liquid lipsticks are made with Sacha Inchi Oil from the Amazonian Forest. Sacha Inchi Oil is a powerful virgin seed oil

Creamy Lipsticks

All of the Velvet 59 creamy lipsticks pay tribute to the Malibu Sunsets here in Los Angeles, California with cute names like Coral Canyon and PCH. Adorable. Pigmented. 
And I adore the packaging. well done.


There are also some other cute Velvet 59 products you guys should check out.
The mascara! I can dig it!

 I think Paris is on to something with Velvet 59. 
But what do you think of this makeup line so far? Will you be shopping this vintage glamour cuteness?
If you do, let me know if you get the mascara and how it works for you. 


Monday, August 10, 2015

Navy Blue & Black - Modern Pinup Outfit

What I wore:
Blue V-neck T-shirt - Old Navy, Vintage Scarf -thrifted, Vintage Silver Necklace - Goodwill, Shawl - Ross, black knee-length skirt - New York & CompanyPunk Glam sunglasses with Swarovski crystal accents - c/o Chilli Beans, Gold sandals - c/o 34 Minutes Shoes, The Amazing Interweb retro print clutch - c/o Redbubble

On the Lips - Urban Decay Revolution High Color Lipglosses in Assassin and Vice

Snapped some quick shots before I went on to see my mom in PHX. This outfit was stylish and comfortable enough to wear on my roadtrip (a nice change from pajama pants). Plus my mom likes seeing me dressed up...
and GASP, you can wear navy blue and black together! :) I do it all the time.

Some little details:

This black skirt from New York & Company, I have had for about 12 or so years...probably longer. I've almost parted with it a few times just because it's old. But then I realize, that it has saved me so many times and it really doesn't even look that old. I dress it down and up all the time with t-shirts or gaudy vintage jewelry.

Notice my cute new clutch that says The Amazing Interweb? Redbubble carries a bunch of visually striking products like t-shirts, laptop sleeves, backpacks and more that are designed by independent and talented artists. Redbubble was kind enough to send me a pouch that was to my liking. It was pretty hard to narrow it down, but I went with this cute The Amazing Interweb pouch because I think it suits my lifestyle - it has a retro play on today's technical/social media crazy shenanigans. As a gal that loves all things retro and blogs and works online, my eyes turned to hearts. ♥ ♥

Also, my Old Navy t-shirt and shawl/wrap thingy from Ross are so easy to throw on. The shawl covers any dribbles and crumbs I may or may not have acquired from snacks during the car ride. :)

Another key element in this outfit are my 34 Minutes Shoes Venice sandals in gold. I have mentioned them before (see this modern pinup post), but they are seriously the most comfortable heels ever. I can run in,really. I can. If you care about comfort, and perhaps have issues with your back and/or should take a peek at this brand. 

What do you babes wear on roadtrips? Do you sometimes dress up a little bit on roadtrips? How do you manage to stay stylish and comfortable?

Monday, August 3, 2015

Dusty Girls Natural Mineral Makeup

Dusty Girls Natural Mineral Makeup
c/o of Dusty Girls

Dusty Girls Natural Mineral Makeup is a brand that is new on my radar. The Australian brand created products for people with sensitive and/or acne prone skin. They also created this line for those who are looking for a healthy alternative to the current makeup brands out there.
The line is free of parabens, silicone, and chemicals.

Dusty Girls sent me a few items. So let me give you a little run down of each one.

Natural Mineral Blush in Pink Ladies

The blush is a soft dusty rose shade with a hint of sparkle, (but not glittery). It's very smooth and velvety. Not chalky whatsoever. This is a good option for those that are allergic to Talc. because it is free of if.
I've been wearing this blush for the last two days and am stuck on it! So far this is my favorite of the all the Dusty Girls products I am currently trying out.

(I'll try to update this later with a swatch or something.)
.52 oz of product

Natural Mineral Bronzer in Sunshine

This bronzer in the shade Sunshine is lovely and golden. Gives a nice glow. For a sunkissed look, I prefer to dust this shimmery bronzer here and there,  as opposed to using it for contouring
It's made of macadamia and jojoba oils.

.52 oz of product

Natural Mineral Mascara in Night Fall

I haven't tried the mascara as of yet, but I plan to because it's supposed to be great for those of us with sensitive eyes. It's made with non-irritating natural ingredients like Jojoba Oil, and a food-grade alternative called Acacia (replacing tar used in other brands of mascara).

.35 oz

Natural Mineral Lipshine in Argyle Pink

Too be completely honest, I wasn't too sure I would like this product because most lip products promise so much.  But when I received my Dusty Girls package this was the first product I reached for because I am obsessed with lip balms and am forever in search of THE one. Well I'll tell you this one is awesome. It really smoothed and soothed my lips, while adding shine. It does have a sort of sleekness because of the Watermelon Seed Oil, Almond Oil, and Apricot Seed Oil used, but I don't mind it if I am wearing this product alone, plus it gives a hint of color!

.07 oz

At the moment you can order these Australian beauty products on the Dusty Girls website, but I hope that someday they'll have them at Whole Foods or cute little boutiques here in the U.S...hmm. Maybe they already do. Either way, I think this makeup line is great for those looking for natural makeup - both in how it wears and what it's made of.

So what do you think so far of Dusty Girls?


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Sexy Summertime Floral Dress - Pinup Style

Sexy Summertime Floral Dress - Pinup Style

Nineties floral dress - Out of The Closet, Cynthia Rowley bag - thrifted, black platform heels (similar here) - Seychelle's, Betsey Johnson leopard print earrings - Betsey Johnson, black cateye sunglasses - Express, bracelet - yard sale find and DIY

So without realizing it, most of this outfit is thrifted!

Thrift stores are great places to find true vintage items but also vintage replicas / retro inspired pieces. One of my favorite thrift store chains that I frequent here in LA and San Francisco is Out of The Closet. I scored this dress for about $5, it's no a no-namer, probably from the '90s but it fits like a glove! It's plunging neckline gives it a little bit of sexiness sexy that's alowed me to wear it in the winter for evening looks with stockings. And it's also great because during the summer I dress it down with sandals or flats. (I wore it to Hello Kitty Con last year too! see here.) 

My Cynthia Rowley bag was a find at some little thrift store in Phoenix. Brand new! Someone's trash is my treasure. :) 

And if you're wondering about my bracelet, I bought it at a yard sale and then did a little DIY by decoupaging Loteria cards on both sides.
Though this outfit has more modern pieces (even nineties is still modern to me!), I still like to think that I gave it my own pinup twist. :) 

I love love love thrift store shopping. Sure, sometimes (often)  I may wonder about germs - but that's why you can clean, wash, and disinfect your thrifted and vintage items! And ta-da! MAGIC.
Do you thrift? Share with me your most awesome finds! Or your favorite thrift stores - sharing is caring!



Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Living doll

Living Doll 

black Spense dress - Ross, vintage jewlery - gifts and thrifted,  vintage/deco pearl fly ring - c/o Chloe & Isabel, flannel - c/o Living Doll, embroidered Mary Janes - small boutique shop, black pinup handbag - c/o LuxdevilleHarrod's green velvet scarf - thrifted, Punk Glam sunglasses with Swarovski crystal accents - c/o Chilli Beans, gold leaf bobby pins - c/o HaneeLove via Instyler

Ok, confession. I wear this outfit more than I care to admit. Actually, let's be's really not that embarrassing for me. I wear this probably about once a week, hence the lint balls on the top portion of my dress. :) I don't know how I first came up with this whole ensemble, I guess I sort of threw it together when I wasn't feeling well and needed to wear something cute and comfortable to an event. This black jersey dress is extremely comfortable, I can't believe I almost left it behind at Ross. The whole mesh thing at the bottom kept throwing me off because of the whole trend thing, but something about the fit just did me in. So happy with this dress!
selfie from my instagram

photo of me and my friend Leti at the #InstylerSummer event a few weeks ago. 

And I love wearing my little chola-like mary janes mostly because they remind me of when I lived in San Francisco. But also because they go with just about everything! I can't remember the name of the little boutique where I purchased them. I do know it was some place in Whittier.But, don't worry because if you must absolutely have them, you can find them at little shops at Chinatown in most big cities for only $5 or $10. Urban Outfitters even used to sell them, of course for like twice the price.
The flannel bolero type thing is from Living Doll Clothing. I think it's meant to be worn drapey and in a grungey/hipster style, but I like wearing it tied up and cropped, sort of like a little bolero or shrug. :) 
I've also been wearing this little green turban quite often, it's a little change from my big blue bow but still makes a statement. I just feel naked without stuff in my hair or on my head. :) 

You ever feel like that? Like if you don't wear a certain item you feel naked? 


Friday, July 24, 2015

Pinup Beauty Favorites - July

beauty products

Eau de Gaga
c/o Eau de Gaga

You may not have realized that Lady Gaga has a new fragrance. No, not FAME, which I completely went gaga over - I honestly love that sweet and flirty perfume so much I even have the purse-friendly roller ball. But Lady Gaga's newest fragrance Eau de Gaga is a completely different kind of scent. It is unisex. And honestly, I didn't realized that at first when I was being sent the bottle - I just figured, her previous fragrance was lovely, so this one would be as well. 

When I first spritzed Eau de Gaga from the simple yet elegant bottle, my jaw dropped. Really, it smells that delicious. It embodies all the musky qualities I enjoy in men's fragrances but also adding a subtle sweet and soft powdery elegance of women's fragrances (but not fruity or candy-like).
I was so excited because sometimes unisex fragrances are more of a daytime, let's-go-splash-around-on-the-beach type of scents. Not this one! It's sensual and I know it will captivate so many hearts both on the feminine and masculine sides. How do I know this? Well, Roni (my girlfriend) heard me shriek in delight and walked over to experience the scent for herself. I said to her, "You have to try this." She spritzed Eau de Gaga, and her eyes opened wide with amazement and she gasped in sheer pleasure. Now, Roni is very particular about things she wears. They must be masculine. She and I both love Eau de Gaga, sometimes I wear it, sometimes she wears it. :)  

Though it is a modern fragrance, I'll go ahead and say it is Dapper and Pinup approved! ♥

Notes - sparkling lime. bergamot, white violet, leather, and woody.

Actually surprised it's not carried at Bloomingdale's or similar stores.
But, you can find it at Target, Kohl's, and Amazon.


Luminess AirSupremacy Airbrush Blush
c/o Luminess

A few weeks ago, I made my way over to Beauty Con. It was insanely crowded, somehow I managed to check out a few brands, Luminess being one of them. Now, if you aren't familiar with Luminess, they are best known for their user-friendly airbrush makeup system. Oh, now you remember! - yes, the ones you've seen on T.V.!
Well, they were at Beauty Con promoting their AirSupremacy Airbrush Blush.
I'll be honest, I'm usually skeptical of beauty products that promise an airbrush finish from a can. Why? Because most of the time they don't spray out evenly or they spray too much and it's a gunky mess. Or you have to spray on a sponge or brush first, then it's like...what's the point? You, know what I mean? I'm not alone here, am I?

While chatting with Luminess, I sprayed it on my hand and it seemed to distribute evenly. I even witnessed the Luminess rep apply it directly to my friend's cheeks...and still I was unsure, but of course kept it to myself.
Thankfully Luminess was kind enough to give me a sample of the Air Supremacy Airbrush Blush in Soft Rose to try out at home.

And so I did, I shook the can and sprayed it directly onto my cheeks, a few inches away of course. :)
Verdict: I'm pleased. It distributes evenly and with a light flow, and opacity is subtle and buildable.
Looks like a natural flush to the cheeks.

Coming soon!

Schwarzkopf styliste ULTIME Collection

c/o Schwarzkopf

You know what I love about professional haircare line Schwarzkopf?
I love that they tend to create collections that are easily available to the general public, meaning they are affordable and without skimping out on quality and performance. So even though, you can purchase Schwarzkopf at the drugstore and mass retailers, you still get a stellar product.
Schwarzkopf's latest collection is a collaboration with supermodel and beauty icon Claudia Schiffer. Together they designed styliste ULTIME with high-performing micro-flex technology so you can achieve iconic looks. (I'd like to think Brigitte Bardot, Marilyn Monroe, and Bettie Page! ha!) 

There are four lines to choose from:

  • Biotin + Volume & Vitality
  • Satin Frizz Control & Protect
  • Crystal Shine & Hold
  • Elastin Curls & Moisture

The three products I am currently playing around with are the Crystal Shine & Hold Heat Protection Spray, Biotin Volume & Vitality Root Lift Spray, and the Diamond Color & Radiance Boost Tonic
I am enjoying all of them so much. 
But my number one is the Biotin Volume & Vitality Root Lift Spray because I can use all the hair vitamins I can get! And runner up is the Diamond Color & Radiance Boost Tonic because it leaves my hair shiny and smelling yummy. But don't feel bad for the Crystal Shine & Hold Heat Protection Spray I love it too because it is currently protecting my hair from the abuse I put it through when curling my hair. :)

If you want to give the new Schwarzkopf styliste ULTIME Collection a whirl, it is sold exclusively at Wal-Mart.

Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizing Veil

Have you tried Josie Maran's natural and eco-friendly skincare and cosmetics line?
I have always wanted to, but just now getting around to it. She takes great pride in being a luxury cosmetics line, "Luxury with a conscience." All of the Josie Maran products are made with 100% Argan Oil, which is a multi-tasking oil rich in vitamins and antioxidants.

For my very first dance with Josie Maran I am trying out the Argan Enlightenment Illuminizing Powder Veil. If you're like me, you hear "powder" and think, "well how creamy can it be? And will it leave a cakey and powdery finish?"
How quickly we forget  it's infused with Argan Oil! It's actually a bit of a mindbender as to how it actually works so well. So, you swatch it and think, "wow, this is one creamy and velvety highlighter." And because of the Argan Oil, you might think your face is going to be all greaseball. But, no. I tried it on several areas of my face and it actually performed like magic on my oily skin, minimized my shine! This product is amazing and gives a nice, healthy glow to your skin. Creamy enough to wear without makeup. The radiance it gives is perfect for everyday wear and I find it to go well with my pinup look.

I'm a fan!



Whish Soda Fountain Collection - body butters
c/o Whish

Whish has become one of my favorite beauty/brands. They use all natural and organic products.(I've mentioned them before here and here.)
Recently launched the Whish Soda Fountain Collection of Body Butters. They come in 4 scents.
Key Lime, Ginger Melon, Black Cherry, and Orange Cream. 
These indulgent creams are made with organic shea butter, organic raspberry butter, organic aloe which soften and replenish the skin.
My current favorite is Key Lime, it really does smell like key lime but a little more on the refreshing side. Love these indulgent creams. They make me want to go sit at a soda fountain and sip some sweets with my sweets. :)

Now these body butters come in glorious 16 oz bottles for $15 at the Nordstrom Anniversary SaleNormally, Whish's body butters come in 5 oz. and are $24.

Have you tried any of the Whish products before? If so tell me your favorites! Or which ones you are dying to try!

c/o L'oreal

How many of you are vampires out there? By vampire I mean, you sort of hate the sun and avoid it as much as possible. If so, we have something in common. I would describe myself as a vampire who loves to hang at the beach but worries about sunburns, skin cancer, wrinkles, dry skin and the list goes on and on. 
Even when it's just out to walk our little Frenchie, I slather myself in SPF, face, neck, hands, any skin that is exposed. I've tried several brands of SPF. However, L'OREAL has become my ride or die chick. I can honestly say in my experience that I do NOT burn when I wear it.

A couple of months ago I attended the #ItsThatWorthIt L'OREAL event where several women (including Diane Keaton) shared their personal experiences with Melanoma (the deadliest form of skin cancer). They stressed the importance of wearing Broad Spectrum SPF. Though I have considered myself obsessed with protecting my skin from the sun, I now try to carry a bottle of sunscreen in my purse and reapply as often as I can remember! (L'OREAL recommends reapplying SPF every 80 minutes.)
Since I usually wear L'OREAL SPF products, I decide I might as well try the face creams / moisturizers. So these last two months I've been wearing L'OREAL Youth Code which is a Dark Spot Corrector with Broad Spectrum SPF 30, and the Age Perfect Cell Renewal with Broad Spectrum SPF 30. Both are rich and creamy yet they don't leave my face greasy. I've mostly been using Age Perfect for day use. So far so good.
Ok, I know I rambled on about SPF, but I hope that you are protecting your skin and your health by wearing some! 

♥ ♥ ♥

Please let me know if you have tried or are currently using any of the products I mentioned in this post. I would love to hear about your experiences. :) 

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a great weekend! 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Top Beauty Picks

It's that time again! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is going on now through August 2nd!

They always have such great deals going on...You can easily find me in the shoe department or the beauty department...duh.

Here are my top beauty picks or wishlist items this time around.

Blame it on NARS cheek palette

The 'Blame It On Nars' cheek palette is contains four of Nars' shades and paired travel size kabuki brush.
Colors are:
Satellite of Love for highlighting
Blush in Day Dream
Blush in New Altitude
Bronzing powder in Casino

Beautiful colors for that summer glow. 

$59 ($160 value)


Because you can never have enough Beauty Blenders. I adore the beauty blender sponges so much and am truly amazed at how well the cleanser works! This set comes with a pink beauty blender, a black beauty blender, and the amazing blendercleanser.
If you are using the beauty blender, you need to start...NOW! Helps you achieve a flawless finish when applying makeup.

$37 ($56 value)


I probably need this. Because LORAC eyeshadows are incredible. They are one of my go to brands for eyeshadows. The color payoff / pigment is stellar and this palette has a marvelous array of seven matte and shimmer shades.

Wait a minute...I just realized this is only $15.

($133 value)

MAC Shade and Sculpt Set

Impressed by the sophisticated all black handles in this MAC brush set. The convenient travel size is great for quick little weekend getaways. Plus don't you love this image?

Makeup Brush Set includes:
 129SE Powder/Blush Brush
190SE Foundation Brush
195SE Concealer Brush
239SE Eyeshadow Brush
211SE Pointed Liner Brush
224SE Tapered Blending Brush
Neoprene Cosmetics Bag

$52.50 ($170 value)

Nuface Pinktini
This has actually been on my wishlist ever since I had the best facial of my life at Ko'An Med spa. (Thank you!) So what does the Nu Face actually do? This handy little device trains/massages your face to prevent aging and sagging skin. It lifts and tones facial muscles with microcurrent technology. I didn't even know it came in pink! how cute. :) The Trinity Pinktini set comes with a gel primer. 

$275 (a $325 value)

T3 Compact Styling Set

Kinda digging this T3 blowdryer and flatiron set, mainly because I broke my flatiron! - I think I dropped it while seriously will not turn on. :(
I've used T3 brushes and I am pretty happy with the results. And everyone always raves about T3 styling tools. This blowdryer is lightweight and compact which essentially means it folds and won't take up too much space in your kit or luggage. The flatiron promises you smooth and sleek hair with one pass. 

$150 for the set ($229 value)

Seriously guys, no joke, I can get lost for hours in the beauty department at Nordstrom...but also thank goodness for being able to shop the Anniversary Sale online with free shipping!
Do you see anything you are thinking of getting for yourself or someone else?

Monday, July 20, 2015



What I wore:
Pinup nautical theme dress (Jodi style) - c/o Voodoo Vixen, Steve Madden sandals - c/o Lulu*s, Bamboo bag - Cult Gaia, black shawl - Marshall's, Oversized cateye sunglasses - Express,  vintage/deco pearl fly ring - c/o Chloe & Isabel, gold floral earrings - c/o Ilaments, black vintage bangle - thrifted

Major heatwave here in Southern California. It's been wacky. 90 degrees and then it rains and then it's hot again and raining again. I wore this cute pinup dress before it started pouring! It is perfect though because the fabric is not too thin and not too thick. And major brownie points - this dress not only has cap sleeves, but it also has pockets!!! hooray. Probably the cutest nautical themed dress I've ever worn or seen. And wouldn't you say the sweetheart neckline adds just the right touch of romance?
If you've been following me on snapchat (@marlitacupcake) or instagram, then you  might have seen me talking about converting the belt that came with the dress into a headband. No special tricks, just wrapped it around my noggin and tucked in the ends. I couldn't bare to wear my hair down another minute so I threw my hair up and stuck bobby pins anywhere they would fit! And for extra flair/ functional fashion, I decided to wear a lightweight shawl in case it rained and turns out that was a pretty smart idea! 

How are you staying cool in your neck of the woods? Do you have a pool? If so, I'm jealous.