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May 26, 2016


Besides jokingly calling myself the wannabe black Lauren Conrad you might not know that I basically love her. In her perfectly themed pastel instagram she snuck in this little hint.She Tagged her two brands and... MTV.
Y'all my life is complete. Its a 3 day weekend so I'm just going to have to binge Laguna Beach and the Hills.
Fitting in with her pastel theme is this new Clarins lip moisturizer that I need in my life. Its $20 and not available until June. Oh florals and pastels. Excuse me while I get my LC on.


May 25, 2016

INFLUENSTER REVEAL: CoverGirl Supersizer Fibers

CoverGirl Supersizer Fibers promises 400% longer and more voluminous lashes. I think I always buy drugstore mascara so when I saw that I was getting this influenster box I got very excited! I'll post what my eyes look like on snapchat! Im @malibumara there too. 
Isn't Zendaya the perfect CoverGirl? She slayed at the BBMAs. I loved her looks.

Do you use drugstore mascara?

This mascara was given to me by influenster and CoverGirl. All opinions are my own so back up off me.

May 23, 2016


51Fifteen was turned into a Carnaval last Thursday thanks to Contour Interior Design, the design firm responsible for the amazing new redesign of 51fifteen in Saks. 51Fifteen was their first restaurant project and you would never have known. Everything looks amazing, designer Nina Magon has an amazing eye. Nina might sound familiar, she has been on American Dream Builders and is notably one of the best designers in the US.
LD Dance Company, Nina Magon in center, photo by Quy Tran
The LD dance company performed for a crowd in attendance for support of Dec My Room as well. Tickets and the Silent Auction Proceeds went to this cause. Many people came out to this event including David Peck, and Chita Johnson. Live music was also a staple and I can't get enough of the dancers.
Contour Design Team, Photo by Quy Tran
All photos in this post are by Quy Tran

Quote from Nina Magon: “We were hired to conceptualize and complete the interior design and interior architecture for the new restaurant, lounge & bar. Since Saks Fifth Avenue is an iconic store, we wanted to exemplify that iconic behavior in the design of the new restaurant. No other restaurant in Houston uses the combination of the classic color palette of white, gray, black, brass and white stone, nor uses mid-century modern pieces such as the Saarnien chairs by Knoll or the famous Serge Mouille Light Fixtures in one cohesively designed space. Therefore, with this design, we truly wanted to create a space that would make a design statement in Houston, as well as represent classic design with a modern twist.”

This space is so beautiful, major design inspiration to be had. Can we also mention the food at 51/fifteen is also great? If you haven't made it out yet you are seriously missing out!


May 21, 2016


This week I attended the Charm Bar Launch for Elaine Turner! Four Elaine Turner locations had a launch party at the same time.  Lucky for me, I work right by BLVD place location because that is the one Elaine Turner herself chose to attend!
Elaine Turner pictured in the middle!

The event at BLVD has hosted by fellow blogger Elly Brown. There were cupcakes, shrimp cocktail, and of course the new Charm Bar. You can build a cute charm necklace with all of the cute options in the bar. The event also benefit Autism Rescue Angels. Elly is such a sweetheart and her husband (who is frequently featured on her IG) was also there to support! Her family is so cute,  generally don't follow mom bloggers but Elly really is the cool mom out of all of them!
Fellow bloggers Cori and Elly
My current pick from her store is this Layover tote! I saw it in this cute red color and I am kind of in love. Elaine has such cute style and we had a funny convo for a few minutes. She has such a bubbly spirit and her style is on point. 

I also got a cute beach tote from here C/O Tidbits Front row and it is so cute. I can't wait to style it!

May 16, 2016


Now that it is spring it's time to update my makeup palate. I can get nervous about trying new colors or products so drugstore brands are an affordable to experiment with new looks. Did you know that HEB has a full aisle filled with all of the drugstore makeup brands we know and love? In stores and online is how you can shop this, I have linked a lot of the items I used incase you want to try them yourself.

One stop shopping, huge selection online and in store, HEB has slowly become one of those stores I can walk around aimlessly on Sunday while I am grabbing my weekly grocery list. This is awesome, I tried out two drugstore looks that you can easily recreate. If you don't have an HEB by you, I feel sorry for you, AND you can order HEB Beauty from I created two looks below that are super easy to do yourself.

First up is a natural day look,  a fresh spring face.

After my typical tinted moisturizer and sunscreen routine I started by lining my waterline with NYX Eye and Eyebrow pencil in Taupe and used the same pencil from NYX in Brown for my brows. I applied Ardell Whispies in Black to give some pop to my eye. On my Lids I dusted the lighter gold tones on my eyes from the Revlon shadow palette. I didn't realize they were cream but they lasted a while on my lids!
*My trick for applying falsies is to cut half a centimeter from both ends so they can fit my eye and blend better. You can cut them into smaller pieces from there to apply them but cutting the ends is always manageable for me.
I lightly brushed my cheeks with NYX Blush in HDB10 Double Dare. It is very pigmented so when I say light, I mean LIGHT. I went over the top of my cheeks with NYX Liquid Illuminator to get a little glow.
Lips are Maybelline Matte Liquid. As a drugstore brand I am so obsessed with this liquid matte color's quality.  I need to come back to HEB to try all of the colors. This looks is incorporating NUDE THRILL. Its a great nude for my skintone.
To set it all since Houston is humid and hot, even in the spring, I used NYX Finishing Powder.

I put together a fun going out look as well! Nothing says spring better than a hot pink lip! You can take the natural look from Day to Night in 3 easy steps!

For a brighter look I swapped my lips for the Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color. This color is 605-Obsession. This is another one that I would want to try every color in.
I lined my eyes with Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner to make them pop more and layered on a bit more of my NYX HD Blush in Double Dare. To ad even more volume to these lashes I layered in Milani Length in Seconds Lash Extension Fibers to create a more dramatic eye. This look I set with NYX Setting Spray.

Both looks are simple and a fun update for Spring! What makeup are you going to pick up the next time you go to HEB?

This post was sponsored by HEB, I was given compensation and compensation to purchase product for this campaign. All opinions are my own so back up off me. Sponsors make my blog possible and I thank you for supporting my blog and sponsors. 
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