FYI, Makeup Expires

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Hello beauties! We see makeup or beauty products & we just have to have it! Did you know that makeup expires? Think about that before you spend tons of money growing your collection.

Just like food, our makeup can spoil. Unlike food, cosmetics aren’t required to have a printed expiration date, but what they DO have is a symbol that tells you how long it’s good for once opened. Inside the symbol is a number, and that number represents the number of months it is good for after being opened.

Skin is the largest organ in our body, remember that. What you put on your skin will be absorbed into your body. Your skin “eats” what you put on it. And, lets not forget that eye makeup and lip makeup are applied very closely to open orifices of our body, which means direct access to your bloodstream. This is so important to me right now, because I’m now sharing my body with my most prized possession, & the last thing I want is to harm them in anyway.

What happens to makeup when it expires? For sure, its consistency will change. The efficiency of active ingredients also becomes compromised over time. For example, after a foundation with SPF has expired, the sun protection may not be as strong as it was when fresh. This also applies to products that include salicylic acid for acne prevention or retinol to prevent fine lines. They can also start to harbor bacteria, causing infections, acne, pink eye, etc…

Here’s a list of how long you should keep your makeup once opened:

Now that I’ve scared the crap out of you! LOL! I have a few small tips:

  • Always keep a small spray bottle of alcohol & lightly spray your makeup once or twice a month. Good way to disinfect, just in case.
  • Tightly screw the caps back on to avoid products from drying out or contamination.
  • Watch where you store your makeup, make sure it’s not in a room where the temperature gets too hot.
  • Try not to let your brushes dry on a towel. Created mildew. Hang them, if possible! Sigma has a great Dry’n Shape Tower!
  • Keep track of when you opened the makeup by writing the date it’ll expire on it with a sharpie.

Got you thinking about that extra contour kit you didn’t need, huh? One thing I do, since my mentality is always “baller on a budget,” is ask myself if I really need it. Usually, if I buy something close to something I already have, the other gets donated or discarded. Plus, it’s better for keeping an organized, less cluttered vanity.

Yours Truly, Yaniris

Pregnancy After Miscarriage

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This post is near & dear to my heart, & is quite long, but I’m quite proud of it. If miscarriage is hardly talked about, how one feels after suffering such loss, while currently being pregnant, is even more rarely talked about. “One of the least understood things about loss of any kind: that it seeps in to every corner of a person’s life, that it changes them, and that their life after their loss is a different life than before.” This couldn’t be more true, I am a different person now.

Take it back to this time last year, one of my main goals was to make 2016 my year to travel tons, before we settled down & started making some babies. I called it “last fling(s) before babies.” & that I did!  In July, right after I got back from a week in Vegas, my husband & I had an unplanned “oopsie.” Unplanned, because we were waiting until after our 1 year wedding anniversary to actually begin the baby making process. We wanted a summer baby badly; however, that oopsie resulted in one of our greatest blessings, we were going to be parents in early Spring!!! 

Sadly, that baby didn’t make it past 8 weeks. & it was the most painful loss I’ve ever experienced. We not only lost an “embryo” (like people like to call it), we lost our hopes & dreams for our baby. Their first birthday party, their first day of school, their first loose tooth, the pins on Pinterest were ready to be executed…need I go on? I lost a beautiful, magical time my husband & I had transitioned into; our best kept secret. I felt extremely misunderstood after my miscarriage, especially by people I knew that hadn’t experienced a pregnancy loss themselves. I got a lot of “reminders” that I would “have another baby”, that “it just wasn’t meant to be”, or reassurances that I would “eventually” have the family that I wanted. Then there were the ones I’m so grateful to, the ones that without having to, chose to share their own stories of their miscarriages. The ones that gave me hope! Some had a few healthy children already, some were pregnant again…those people really helped me get through a lot of the bad times. 

Thankfully, I guess you can say I got the “lighter” end of a miscarriage. It was all natural, I didn’t need to get a D&C, & the bleeding stopped a week later. By the end of that month my doctor gave me the ok to go ahead & try again, preferably, after I had gotten my period…2 months passed & still no period. Not only was I dealing with the hurt of having lost my baby, I kept getting my hopes up that maybe I had ovulated & gotten pregnant, but each negative test determined that wasn’t the case. I had anxiety because I wasn’t getting my period, & anxiety because I wasn’t getting pregnant… I had stopped drinking, started taking vitamins, but was too scared to go full-out at the gym, same for my husband; so many things, so many factors, there were times I had cramping, weird discharges; it was the toughest, most confusing time of my life. I literally spent 2 months on Baby Center’s forums just researching & asking questions. 

Fast forward to the morning of Sat, Nov 5th, after taking a pregnancy test at least once a week for about 6 weeks & getting negatives, my nipples started feeling weird, so we were excited that it was a sign I was finally having my period & that a few days after I would be ovulating! We were so ready to take on that week of ovulating like champs! LOL! Something told me to take one more pregnancy test, just in case. Imagine this (sorry for the TMI), I peed on the stick & watched that pee move into the stick & over a positive sign almost immediately! The positive sign showed right away, I didn’t even have to wait the 3 min’s. I almost passed out! LOL! I ran into the bedroom, jumped on the bed & woke my husband with the news. His response, “but how?!” LOL! Later on that day we went out & bought another, more expensive test & that confirmed the pregnancy as well.

I wish I can say it was happily ever after from there…our excitement lasted just min’s before the fear came in. First, remember that small detail that I had never gotten a period? Well, thats how doctors determine how far along you are, so we had no clue how far along into the pregnancy we were. Thankfully, I literally wrote everything down, so we were able to pin it to two possible dates of conception, until we were able to see the doctor & get confirmation. Second, we didn’t want to get too “attached” because as much as we wanted this baby, we knew miscarriage was a possibility again. For weeks I would work, then come home to lay down. I was taking it super easy, I was even afraid to fart! LOL! I would pray that everyday when I woke up to pee there would be no blood. That every pain, cramp, or weird thing that happened in there was just normal & my baby was just fine. I would tell my baby “keep growing strong & healthy for mama!” I still do! 

Finally it was our 1st doctors appointment. First thing the doctor wanted to make sure was that it wasn’t “left over pregnancy,” my heart dropped when she said that. Right away they took us into the ultrasound room. The first thing I noticed was the beautiful, strong, beating heart. My heart immediately filled with joy, & there was no denying that I had gotten way to attached to this baby! That had put this worried mama-to-be at complete ease. Oh, & we were almost  7 weeks pregnant, we were getting our summer baby! Putting our conception date at Sat, Oct 15th. A day oh so very special, because it also happened to be “Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Day,” & that day my husband & I celebrated by lighting lanterns in honor of our angel baby. Crazy how things fall into place. Our angel baby sent us our rainbow baby!

Weeks later we got to hear the heartbeat & that’s when the tears came, I’m so in love with this baby & I don’t even know its sex yet! LOL! Now, we’re a week away from the 2nd trimester. I realized suddenly that pregnancy, like life, is never guaranteed.  There is no “Safe Zone,” there is only hope or fear. I have hope that I will get to meet this baby & it’s going to give me a run for my money; after all, just at just 4 weeks I found out the news, & usually it takes people longer. Oh, & did I mention the terrible nausea, vomiting, back pain, lack of sleep, constipation? But that’s a topic for another day! Hehe! Every passing milestone is a celebration, every moment is cherished! 

Beauties, don’t ever feel ashamed to talk openly about such horrors. Social media has a way of making people only paint pretty pictures, & life is not always pretty. Everyone’s blessings are different! You never know who needs words of wisdom, & a little bit of hope. Women have it hard enough! 

Yours Truly- Yaniris 


NYE Glam | Makeup Tutorial

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Hello Beauties! Happy Holidays & an almost new year! The secret is out, I’m with child! ? For a good while I couldn’t do a thing with the terrible nausea & exhaustion that comes with pregnancy. So, forgive me for having to take some time off! 

With out further ado, today I bring you a cute, easy NYE glam. Check out the vid, hit the thumbs up, subscribe if you haven’t, & give a gal a share! 

Brushes used:

Sigma E35

Sigma E45

Sigma E20

Beauty Blender

Sigma F20

Sigma F05

Sephora Fan Brush

Sigma F15

Makeup used:

Mac Paint Pot “Soft Ochre”

Master Palette by Mario (Sold Out Limited Edition) “Isabel,” “Violeta,” “Bronx,” “5th Avenue,””NYC”

Eye Kandy Glitter Set “Kandy Cane”

Ardell “Demi Wispies”

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Tarte Timeless Smoothing Primer

Cover FX Radiant Primer

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer “Bisque”

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

Tarte Shape Tape

Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder

NYX Skinny Mascara

Tarteist Pro Glow

Tarte Blush “Entertain”

ABH Brow Definer “Chocolate”

ABH Brow Gel

Lime Crime “Teddy Bear”

Tatcha Dewy Mist

As always, thanks for all of the love and support. Any questions or comments, leave them below! Have anything in particular you want to see? Feel free to let me know! See you on the next tut!

Yours Truly, Yaniris