Wet n Wild Max Volume Plus

Good morning! Last week I was invited to a party celebrating the launch of Wet n Wild’s newest mascara, Max Volume Plus.
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The party was at the beautiful Sunset Marquis hotel in West Hollywood.
There was wine, there were flowers, and there were bowls on the table filled with lippies!
Wet n Wild Max Volume Plus, Comfort Zone eye shadow palette, West Hollywood, Fergie highlighter

And that was just the outside…inside, inside was this.
Wet n Wild Max Volume Plus, Comfort Zone eye shadow palette, West Hollywood, Fergie highlighter
I may or may not have gasped when I saw this beautiful display.

Wet n Wild is having a bit of a comeback. I remember using their products in junior high, but I can assure you that the quality is much, much better than it was all those years ago. Warpaint and Unicorns sent me the Comfort Zone palette for Christmas a couple of years ago, and it was my constant when I was working in Mexico City. The eye  shadows are highly pigmented, and they don’t crease during my working day, even with my oily lids. I’m excited to try these new items, too. The Fergie Highlighter in particular seems to be a blogger favorite. Best of all, Wet n Wild is cruelty-free.

Thank you Wet n Wild for inviting me to this incredible event, and for such amazing generosity (I went home with a LOT of beautiful goodies).

Have you tried Wet n Wild products lately?


Wendy

Hashtag Humpday – The Grammar Edition

Nothing, nothing boils my blood like errant apostrophes.

You can must should read the rules for proper apostrophe usage here.

The important part of that article is Rule 2B: apostrophes do not belong in plurals. For some reason, the practice of apostrophes in plurals is called a “grocer’s apostrophe.” If I were a grocer, I’d be furious that such an abomination has been attributed to my entire profession.

Because this bothers me so very much, naturally I have to take photos and blog about it.

 

20140713-160854-58134090.jpgBody’s what? Body’s shape? Did the ad mean Bodies? I DON’T KNOW.

 

  20140713-160855-58135162.jpgWhy the inconsistency? If you’re going to make a mistake, own it!

 

20140713-160852-58132070.jpgWhy bother to look up the proper spelling of an irregular plural when you can just toss in an apostrophe?

 

20140713-160852-58132744.jpgOnly Apples get a compost hole. Oranges and Bananas are on their own.

 

 Unfortunately, our apostrophe misuse has travelled south of the border. I saw these in Mexico. 20140713-160857-58137134.jpgMaybe the bag belongs to a guy named Chip? Perhaps other bags are branded Skip’s and Buffy’s.

 

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 The BBC got it wrong, too! See Rule 8 on this list of proper apostrophe usage.
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Phew!  Time for a chill pill. Join me for the next installment in which I argue the merits of the Oxford comma. Just kidding!



#Hashtaghumpday @ Life with Lolo

Making Melissa


Wendy

Mexico City Trip Suggestions

A friend recently emailed me asking for recommendations when she’s in Mexico City for a conference in a couple of months, I’ve put together a blog post with my suggestions.

Hotels
Mexico City is vast and sprawling, so I think the best place to stay is in the Reforma area. That will put you within walking distance of both the Centro Historico and Chapultepec Park (where there are a lot of museums).

  • Hilton Reforma – I absolutely love this place. The rooms are small and a bit worn, but the staff there is incredible. The Hilton is just a couple of blocks from the Centro Historico and the zocalo. If you stay here, splash out for access to the Executive Lounge – the views are spectacular!

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  • Le Meridien – All rooms here are suites, so this is a good place to stay for a family or a bigger group. The bartender Marco makes quite possibly the best cocktails in the city. The gym and the wifi really let this place down, though.

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  • Marriott Reforma- I didn’t stay here, but my brother-in-law did when he was in DF for a couple of days on business. He said it was a nice place to stay.
  • Sheraton Maria Isabel Hotel – I didn’t stay here either, but some of my co-workers did. They liked the gym and the breakfast.

Some of these options might be kind of pricey, so check Groupon for deals. Anything outside of the Reforma, Centro Historico, Roma Norte, or Zona Rosa areas is probably too far from main touristy areas and you’ll spend a LOT of time travelling to and from places.

Museums
Mexico City has 150+ museums! I’ve not visited even a fraction, but here are some of my favorites.

  • Chapultepec Castle / National History Museum – This is in Chapultepec Park, down the Paseo de la Reforma. The museum displays art and culture from Mexican history. There are lovely views into the park.

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  • National Archeology Museum – The contents of this museum are jaw-dropping. Even if you know nothing about indigenous Mexican history and culture, it’s still an astounding place.

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  • National Art Museum – Lovely displays of Mexican art throughout the centuries.
  • Palacio de Iturbide – This used to be the home of Agustín de Iturbide, who was a revolutionary and later emperor of Mexico in the 1820s. Now the building is a museum that displays collections owned by Banamex, including Diego Rivera’s Flower Seller.
  • National Palace / Secretary of Public Education -this building borders the Zócalo. Inside is Diego Rivera’s mural depicting Mexican history. Bonus! There are kitties in the gardens.

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  • Frida Kahlo Museum (Casa Azul) – Frida Kahlo’s home turned into a museum. Unlike the other museums, it’s a bit far from the Reforma area.

 

Food

  • El Cardenal – There are a few locations of El Cardenal; one in the lobby of the Hilton, one next to the National Museum of Art, and another closer to the Zócalo in the Centro Historico. Food, service, and ambiance (in the locations in the Centro Historico) are all fantastic. Stop here for breakfast or lunch (Hours are 8am-6pm)

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  • Cielito Quierdo Cafe – This chain coffee shop brews a few varieties of Mexican-grown coffee. Starbucks is great and all…but stop by this place instead.
  • Panaderia Rosetta – The sandwiches and pastries at this place are ridiculous. Generous portions, great prices, and above all, absolutely delicious.
  • Rosetta -An Italian/Mexican restaurant with innovative dishes. Make a reservation a few days ahead of time!
  • Cafe Tacuba – this place is coasting on its reputation. I’m throwing it in as a negative review because it’s on every must-eat list. Skip it!!

Culture

  • Teotihuacan – This is probably the most famous landmark in Mexico.

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  • Basilica de Guadalupe – this is a must-see even if you’re not Catholic or religious. It’s such an important piece of Mexican culture that it would be a shame to miss it.

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I took an organized day tour to Teotihuacan and the Basilica when 유씨 came for a visit since it was efficient and (your hotel can arrange it for you, or you can google “day trip to Teotihuacan”). The day trip also made a stop at Plaza de Tres Culturas, which I think defines Mexico perfectly.

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  • Zócalo – the main plaza of Mexico City, it’s been used as a city center long before the Spaniards arrived and constructed their buildings here.

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  • Metropolitan Cathedral – also on the Zócalo. The views are stunning from here on a clear(ish) day.

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  • Ballet Folklórico – This traditional dance show is inside the beautiful Palacio de Bellas Artes. The music and costumes are breathtaking.

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  • Xochimilco – Mexico City was built on canals. Xochimilco is a throwback to pre-hispanic times, but with mariachi and booze and souvenir hawkers.

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  • Lucha Libre (wresting) – No, I’m not kidding.
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Day Trips

Depending on how much time you have in Mexico, there are a few day trips you can take.

  • Puebla- I wrote about it here.
  • Tula - I wrote about it here.

There are many other day trips you can take by yourself or with a tour company.

Safety

But… isn’t Mexico dangerous?!  Here is what I found hazardous:

  • Pollution – smog and second-hand smoke will aggravate your allergies and make your eyes water. If you’re there during the rainy season, though, the pollution is not nearly as bad.
  • Sidewalks are uneven with holes. A co-worker stepped on a nail that pierced her shoe; another tripped and scraped her hand against a rusty piece of metal. Make sure your tetanus shot is up-to-date.
  • Food-bourne illnesses – if you’re very adventurous, you can eat at any of the numerous food stalls on the street. It will probably be a good weight-loss opportunity, too!
  • Traffic – there is none of that yielding-to-pedestrians nonsense here in Mexico City. I would stand at a street corner until a Mexican approached, and then cross with him/her.
  • Altitude sickness – Mexico City is 7200+ feet above sea level, and when I first came here 10+ years ago, I suffered. All the beer I consumed didn’t help either. This time, I was in better shape (thanks Shaun T!) and prepared by drinking a gallon of water the day before I left. No problems with altitude sickness this time.

Mexico City is an amazing, dynamic, endlessly fascinating city! I love it and I’m sure you will, too.

Have you ever been to Mexico City? Would you like to go?

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Wendy

Lucy Minerals

Remember that Lucy Minerals sale I posted about a couple of weeks ago?
Here it is, prettily wrapped like the beautiful present it is.
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What I ordered:

  • Lucy Essentials 3D Fiber Lashes (that’s in the sleek black case; review coming soon)
  • Finishing Powder in the Oil Control with Silica formula (I got three of these; I am not ashamed to stockpile!)
  • Ambrosia Sweet Dreams Beauty Oil (HG product for sure)
  • Ambrosia Lip Balms in Sienna Shimmer

Crazy haul for only $50! If you missed the sale, don’t worry because Lucy Minerals runs specials all the time; just follow the company on Facebook.

 
Makeup Monday
 
Have you hauled recently?
 



Wendy

Friday at #VFSC

Friday was the last day I attended The Vanity Fair Social Club. What an incredible event!

I got my hair did by T’Nique Jones…
The Vanity Fair Social Club, T’Nique Jones, L'oreal, wine and cheese, WeWork in Hollywood

Picked up some goodies from L’oreal…
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Had some wine and cheese…
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Updated my blog at the co-working space WeWork in Hollywood…
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Have a great weekend!


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Wendy