Review: Maybelline The Elixers

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Its review time! Today I have a quick little review of Maybelline’s The Elixers. Ive seen quite a few people rave about these little guys, so when I purchased them I went in with some pretty high hopes. Fortunately, they didn’t disappoint. Honestly though, Maybelline very rarely lets me down. Anybody else feel that way?

I picked up the colors Caramel Infused and Mauve Mystique. In the packaging, they do look quite similar. At the time, they were the only two colors that were left on the display at my local drugstore so I went ahead and got both. They may look similar in their tubes, but they are totally different when you wear them.

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Caramel Infused is a nice, flattering mix of a pinkish and almost coral tone. I would really describe this as a very muted coral, at least thats how it looks to me. I absolutely love how this color looks on me. I can wear it with virtually any makeup look. Mauve Mystique is a beautiful light plum/mauve color that really adds a nice purple tone to my makeup, without going too crazy. Both colors are super versatile and work well at any time, for any look. I find them creamy and delicious and most importantly, hydrating. My lips feel soft and luxurious every time I wear these.

I don’t find that their staying power is awful, but not super long lasting either. And obviously, this wouldnt be a true Tiny T review without talking about the smell. The scent of these reminds me of a flowery musky smell, although its not very potent. I almost wish it was a perfume. It reminds me of something that maybe Philosophy would make. Is that weird? Probably.

For those of you who don’t like scented glosses, worry not! The smell goes away fairly quickly (much to my dismay).

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I love the applicators, the pointed tips make it super easy to be precise and leave clean lines. They also pick up a decent amount of product. I find that these guys don’t bleed at all either, which is a HUGE plus! Sometimes I worry that really thick formulas will bleed, but these don’t have a problem.

As far as packaging goes, they are small and super compact. Easy to throw in your bag and go. Its cute that the inside is shaped like a lipstick, but it also makes for a waste of packaging. It feels like maybe you are getting less product because you aren’t actually getting the WHOLE tube full of product, just the lipstick shaped part. Its not a deal breaker for me, as these are not incredibly expensive, and its a great quality lip product. :)

Thats all for now friends! I hope you all enjoy your weekend. Stay tuned for more reviews coming up!

ChromaMeSilly Colors: Purple

Hello my pretties! Its been a minute since I did a color appreciation post, so here goes! I really miss my purple hair, so this weeks color is of course: purple! (click photos for source!)

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Thanks for reading folks! What color picks would you like to see next?

Much love,
Tiny T

 

Me Gusta Monthly: July 2014

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Hey there everyone!

I know these favorites are pretty late (as usual) but its the thought that counts…right? I don’t have a ton of things to share, but what I do have i’m super excited about :) Im also happy that this particular Me Gusta Monthly is coming to you in video form. I know I have a lot to work on, and unfortunately, I made the same noob mistake and forgot to re-adjust my ISO before I started filming. *facepalm* Anyway, im still learning and have to a lot to perfect. But hopefully I can get better with each video! I hope you enjoy..and now, on to my favorites!

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Products mentioned:

Maybelline Baby Skin Primer (my full review for this can be found HERE)

Rimmel Show Off/Apocalips in Stellar  (my full review for this can be found HERE)

Twilash Mascara

Two Faced Naked Eyes Palette 

St. Ives Pink Lemonade + Mandarin Facial Scrub

method Pure Naked Moisturizing Body Wash Magnolia with Aloe Vera

Bath & Body Works Vineyard Cabernet hand soap
Slatkin & Co Ocean Driftwood Candle

** I couldn’t find the bath & body works stuff on their website, but you can find them on Amazon if you are interested in purchasing them :)**

 

As always, thank you for watching. What products have you been loving lately? Let me know!

Much love,
Tiny Thalia

 

Vlog: Yellow Box Blogger Event + Grand Opening in Miami!

Hello my friends!

Today I want to share with you my first “vlog” type of video. I was lucky enough to be invited to a blogger event hosted by Yellow Box, an amazing website that just opened up a store right here in beautiful Miami. If you didnt know (which you totally should!) Yellow Box sells a great selection of shoes…from beach wear sandals to drool-worthy boots. The store looks absolutely fabulous! It was a casual happy hour type of event, complete with drinks, hors d’oeuvres and a DJ. I was so happy to meet other bloggers as well. Its always nice to get to talk to other people who love doing the same thing! I was completely ecstatic to be there to say the least. Big thanks to Yellow Box for taking the time to reach out to local bloggers, and for the super cute goodie bags! :)

Please enjoy the video (and the gratuitous art wave music included lol)! I hope to make more of these type of videos in the future. Its quite a learning curve, but I really think Im getting the hang of it ;)

 

As always, thank you for watching and I hope you all have a great day!

Much love,
Tiny T

Things That Make Me Happy

Good morning everyone! I hope you all are having a great Saturday so far. Me? Well, I’m just relaxing in bed, with the kitties and the boyfriend all snuggled up. Its times like these that I remember the little things that make happy. It doesn’t take a lot to make me smile, and maybe you share a few of these with me.

1. Warm sheets straight out of the dryer.
2. Good morning kisses from my fur babies.
3. The smell of old crayons.
4. New makeup
5. Taking off my bra after a long day.
6. Fluffy socks
7. Grandmas cooking
8. Warm tea…at any time.
9. Packing for a trip
10. Looking at old photos
11. The smell of the ocean.
12. Puppy breath
13. Cold pillows.
14. Cuddling
15. Taking a beautiful photo.
16. Sending my little brother stupid reddit links.
17. Making my best friends laugh.
18. Wrapping gifts
19. The renaissance fair
20. Quirky love movies
21. Good morning/night texts
22. Getting a package in the mail
23. Freshly dyed hair
24. A cold beer on a hot day
25. Cold mornings
26. Naps
27. Netflix marathons
28. Sriracha
29. My bike
30. Yoga

Feel free to share a few things that make you happy :)

Have a great day folks!
Much love,
Tiny T

Summer Stuff #4: Maxi OOTD

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So I know its already August, and its technically autumn…but I live in Florida. Its gonna continue to be summer for a hot minute. No pun intended. I figure I should keep the Summer Stuff series going until it cools down around here a bit. I was back at my favorite beach joint in the Keys, Gilberts Tiki Bar. Really, its no surprise. Im practically part of the furniture already. You know you go somewhere a lot when the waiters know you by name and know your favorite table. :P 

Anyway, heres a breakdown of what I wore:

- light grey maxi dress from Ross
- Hat from Forever 21
- Sandals from Generation Girl
- necklace from Forever 21
- black and gold cuff from Love Culture
- Rose gold Michael Kors watch
- rose gold midi/knuckle rings from Ebay (they come in a pack of 5 for like $4!!) 
- my sunnies are crazy old, and I don’t remember where they’re from :( 
- Hair: Pravana Violet
- face: Julep facial sunscreen and EOS lip balm :)  

Thanks for reading!! Love you guys :) 

 

 

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My Month in Photos: July

Hello everyone! Tiny T here!

Today I wanted to share with you a somewhat lifestyle related post. As a photographer, I end up with a lot of “graveyard” photos. Photos that either dont fit into any albums, sets or posts. So I just leave them in my hard drive and forget about them. Its a shame really, so to keep them from being forgotten I thought I would share them with you here, in a monthly post. This way, you can see what I have been up to during that month. Like little stories and snapshots of my life. Some are edited, some are raw right from the camera and others you may have seen on my FB photo page. I really hope you enjoy this, and I hope I can continue to post these. :) Enjoy!

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Nails of the week: Julep’s Fina

I was in the mood for something super shiny and super flashy. That’s where this baby comes in. This week I’m wearing Julep’s Fina. Its a wonderful silver polish. Its opaque, and all it took was one good coat. It dries pretty quickly as well. Julep polishes are hit or miss with me, formula wise. But I like the consistency and color pay off of this one. :)

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Perfect mix of summer and edge. :)

How to Get Your Blog Started: Tips & Tricks + Overcoming Your Fears

Hello my beautiful friends!

I wanted to share with you today a few tips and tricks that have helped me in the blogging world. Ive noticed on twitter so many new bloggers joining the community. It makes me so happy to see our world growing and opening up to so many different types of people and blogs. Blogging has become such an important and fruitful part of my life, and I hope that if you are reading this and just starting out, it becomes the same for you. I wanted to write this post today because along with growth, Ive also noticed a lot of the same fears and questions floating around. Things like “how do I grow my audience?” or “what if no one reads my blog?” among many other things. I know the hive mind is real, because I had asked all those questions and then some. If I am honest, sometimes I still ask them. 

Im not famous in the blogging world, granted. But I have been blogging for over 2 years and have received so many amazing opportunities throughout my time here. Everything from sponsorships, new friends, even money. My blog has helped me grow, learn and has turned me into a “go getter” type of person. 

200 posts later, here are a few tips that worked for me…that may also work for you:

1. Decide what you want to blog about.

I know this may seem silly, almost stupid…but deciding what you want to blog about is the first step. Before starting Chroma Me Silly, I had jumped through a million personal blogs that were just jumbled posts of things that had no connection to each other. If you travel a lot, make a travel blog and share your journeys, travel advice and photography. If you love fashion, blog about daily outfits, designers you love and trends you’re digging at the moment. If you’re an artist, share your works whether it be writing or photography or music. Other than this blog, I also have a photography blog. If you want to share your daily adventures, DIY and such, make a lifestyle blog. It may seem like a no brainer, but deciding on what I really wanted to blog about made for a very consistent blog. It became easier to grow my audience, because they knew the type of posts to expect from me. This may not work for everyone granted, and everyone is different…but this made a huge difference for me when I started.

2. Post consistently.

I know you have all probably heard this one before, for sure. You’ve heard it everywhere because its absolutely, positively true. Ive had moments in the lifetime of my blog where months have gone by without a post, sometimes life just gets in the way. Thats understandable. But the key to a growing, loyal audience (and also to a great blog) is to post consistently. Make a schedule if that works for you. If mondays and thursdays are good days for you, post on those days. Readers are more likely to come back if they know you post often. This is especially true for sites like Bloglovin’ where all your favorite blogs are shown in a timeline. To stay relevant in your readers mind, consistency is everything. For me personally, I try to post once or twice a week. Sometimes Im lucky and can post more. Set a posting goal for yourself and stick to it. Make your goal realistic, and it will become a part of your routine. 

3. Social media is king.

One of the best ways to grow your audience and meet other bloggers along the way is to get on twitter and Facebook. Twitter has been an amazing tool for me to connect with other bloggers, brands and my readers. Other than your posts, social media gives you a chance to connect with everyone else. Its perfect to network and promote your blog/brand. I personally love when my readers tweet me about a post they loved, or a DIY they want to try. Its an amazing way to stay in touch. and on that note…

4. CONNECT, CONNECT, CONNECT

TALK TO OTHER BLOGGERS WHO HAVE SIMILAR BLOGS!!! Follow their social media, comment, talk and connect with them. Our community is HUGE and chances are you are likely to find many bloggers with similar tastes. I love commenting on my fellow bloggers posts, having discussions on twitter and such. Get to know them, do a guest blog post. Connecting with other bloggers opens you to their audience and vice versa. 

5. …But I’m not a good writer. 

Ive heard this one quite a bit. I understand how this can be a worry for some people. Sometimes it can be frightening or even difficult to sit down and get your point across in a post. What I learned along the way is that when I go to sit down and write, I use my “inner” voice. I let my inner monologue do the writing. I don’t try to sound different than who I really am. You may not realize it, but most people can tell when you’re bullshitting, even in writing. Its easy to pick up on fake excitement. So be you. Write the way you would talk to your best friend. Be open. If you’re a funny person, include that. If you’re a more serious type, include that. Theres no right or wrong way to do it, its YOUR blog. Give it your own flair and absolutely don’t compare your style of writing to anyone else’s. If you’re unsure, you could always have a friend proofread for you before you publish a post. But I can promise you, simply writing the way you would talk to your best friend really does the trick. :) 

6. Spell check.

`nuff said. I cant count the times I have forgotten to do this and have sounded like a complete, utter idiot. Just do it. To be honest, I’ll probably forget right now. 

7. Keep it interesting.

Sometimes, it pays to keep things short and sweet. No one wants to read a wall of text for a simple review. I like to include photography in my posts to cut up the text and keep it easy and simple to follow. I get my point across quickly without being longwinded. If a lot needs to be said, keep it light and fun. Ive noticed that my longer posts with heavier text don’t get as many views as the others. It helps also to stay in the loop. If your blog is about tech stuff and gadgets, stay up to date on all the fun stuff coming up. If you’re a fashion blogger, keep up with trends and such and post about new things that have caught your eye. Staying relevant is incredibly important, especially in the digital/blogging world. 

8. Don’t be afraid.

This is a big one. When I first started, I swear to the lord of unicorns that my palms would sweat right when I went to click “publish”. It was this anxious, nerve-racking feeling. Will they like me? Will they like my post? Do I sound stupid? The list of doubts and questions can go on and on and on. Im here to tell you today to cut that crap out. It does no good. Trust me. Don’t worry about whether you’ll be liked or not. If you are blogging because you love it and you are passionate about it, people will read your blog. It may seem scary at first, lord knows it was for me, but that fear subsides and turns into excitement. Excitement to share new things with your audience. Don’t let the fear of not being liked, or not being good enough scare you away from what could potentially be something so incredibly rewarding. 

9. Tags & Titles are kind of important.

Well, like super important. Tagging your posts correctly is how people will find you and your blog. So make sure to always use proper and associated tags, as they can be super important to direct traffic to your blog! Same goes for titles. I cant stress this enough! Seriously! 

10. HAVE FUN!!

Honestly, have fun. Enjoy yourself while you do it. I enjoy every part of blogging. The writing, the photographing, the research, the people. All of it. It can be a lot of work sometimes, but I’m always having fun and thats what keeps me coming back. If I wasn’t enjoying myself doing this, I wouldn’t be here right now and I most definitely wouldn’t be encouraging you to do the same. 

I hope this works for someone, anyone. Im definitely not a pro, but I have learned a few things along the way. Im still growing, and still learning. I work hard to make my blog better than it was, and I hope that whatever I learn next I can share it with all of you again. 

If you are a new blogger (or a veteran!) comment below and lets talk about whats been easy for you so far, and whats been difficult. :)

Much love,
Tiny T

Summer Stuff #3: How To Make Refreshing Cucumber-Mint Green Tea

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Hello my friends! I hope this post finds you well.

I know its been a while since the last time I posted a video. I worked pretty hard on this one, to be honest. Im still on a learning curve, ya know?! Anyway, today’s video is a super simple, yet super refreshing recipe that I’ve already made quite a few times this summer. Its Cucumber-Mint Green Tea! Its so delicious, with the added health benefits of green tea and cucumber. This drink has all of my favorite things: tea, cucumbers and mint! The best part is that this is super customizable, if you don’t like mint substitute with more green tea. You can add or take away as many cucumbers or mint as you like, and really make it to YOUR liking. Since this is an iced tea, I like it really sweet and really minty. This is totally my new favorite thing…seriously, I don’t know how I spent so much time without trying it.

Some health benefits:

- Cucumbers are a good source of B vitamins.
– Cucumbers are 95% water, so its an excellent and easy way to stay hydrated. Plus, they help your body eliminate toxins!
– Cucumbers are rich in antioxidants and have great anti-inflammitory benefits.
– Green tea contains the highest amount of antioxidants of any tea.
– Green tea has been shown to improve blood flow and lower cholesterol (more information on this HERE)
– Mint helps with digestion and helps to soothes tummy aches and inflammation. (TMI time! I love drinking hot mint tea during that time of the month, helps soothe all the aches and pains).

Recipe: (makes about 3-4 glasses)

What you’ll need:
– Sliced Cucumbers. I used about half of a large cucumber.
– 2 Green tea bags. My favorite is Tazo Zen Tea.
– 2 mint tea bags. My favorite is Numi Tea Moroccan Mint. 
– ice
– sugar or honey to sweeten, whichever you prefer
– kettle, tea pot and a pitcher.
– Optional: extra cucumber slices and mint leaves for garnish.

Bring some water to a boil in your kettle. Add your hot water to your tea pot and brew all your tea bags together for about 2-3 minutes or until desired strength (I personally like mine pretty strong, so I left mine for a slightly longer time). After steeping, remove tea bags and sweeten to your liking with sugar or honey. Fill a pitcher with ice and your cucumber slices and pour your steeped tea into your pitcher. Let the cucumbers steep in the tea while it cools in the fridge for a few hours. Once its cooled, remove the cucumbers and serve over a tall glass of ice! You can garnish this drink with a few extra slices of cucumbers and a couple of sprigs of mint for some extra goodness. And thats it! It really is as easy as that. :)