Summer Must Haves: Makeup Edition

Welcome back to all of our lovely readers, we are here to  give you the inside scoop on this summer’s must have makeup. If you are anything like us and want to look fabulous without looking greasy then look no further, because we’ve got you covered.

 

First up is foundation! The base of any good face, one’s foundation during the summer must be able to stay on your face all day but not look like a cakey mess. Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea Water foundation does just that. It is our holy grail foundation, super lightweight on the face but extremely pigmented giving you a flawless makeup look without having to add five layers of foundation. Plus it also contains SPF 15 as an added touch so even if you forget to apply sunscreen, this foundation will still have you covered.

 

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$39 (US)

Drugstore alternative: L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation $9

 

Next up is the perfect highlight. No summer look is complete without one. This was the toughest choice to make as tons of new highlighters have just hit the market, but there can be only one who takes the cake. To us, this is the Becca Cosmetics Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop Highlighter.  This is the perfect highlighter to take with you on all your summer vacas. Plus with its blendable silky smooth formula and blinding color pay off, what’s not to love?

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$38 (US)

Drugstore Alternative: Wet n Wild Highlighting Powder in Precious Petals $5

 

Bronzer and a good highlighter to us is a better pairing than PB & J, which is why we took our time selecting this next makeup must have. Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Bronzer just can’t be beat. This cult classic gives you the perfect touch of color that leaves you looking perfectly sun kissed. Super blendable and buildable this bronzer is practically mistake proof.

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Drugstore Alternative: e.l.f. Bronzer Palette $6

 

While out enjoying the last few weeks of summer, the last thing on your mind while jumping into a pool, lake, ocean ,etc, should be your eyebrows. You should trust that from the moment you do them in the morning they’ll be fully intact until you wash off your makeup late in the night. Which is why we have selected Wunder2’s Wunderbrow. This eyebrow solution comes in 5 shades and is long lasting, budge-proof, transfer-proof, and waterproof. Meaning your eyebrows will stay looking FAB all day long!

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Drugstore Alternative: L’oreal Brow Stylist Definer $8

 

Finally, nothing finishes off a summer look like smooth plump lips which is why our finale makeup must have this summer is a lip balm! More specifically Rosebud Perfume Co.’s Rosebud Salve. This cult classic is a must have during the summer heat. It calms and heals irritation, and soothes the sting of minor burns because yes your lips can actually get sunburned too.

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Those are our top makeup must haves for summer ‘17! Comment below some of your summer must haves and share with friends so they too can know how to get the perfect summer look. 🙂

 

The FAB team,

Itzel & Edith

 

 

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A week of being Vegan

In the past few years, veganism has been steadily gaining more followers and supporters as people want to promote a lifestyle that not only is healthier but also prevents animal cruelty.  Netflix has even come out with an original movie this summer, Okja where the central message shows the general public that consuming animals is harmful and works to sway opinions on turning vegan.  Veganism is being vegetarian with the addition of avoiding all dairy products and any other animal by products such as honey, fur, leather, etc.  I started noticing that veganism was blowing up since more and more people were making the decision to become vegan and start a completely different lifestyle so I tried becoming vegan for a week.  

On day 1 I decided to kick off my vegan week by going to one of the most popular and well-known vegan restaurants in the LA area- By Chloe in Silver Lake.  I got a “guac burger” and fries with beet ketchup and the meal was so delicious.  Although the burger obviously didn’t taste like real meat (as some people try claiming vegan patties do), the patty made up of black beans, quinoa, and bread crumbs was equally as delicious as an In-N-Out burger!  The fries tasted normal and even better than non-vegan fries in my opinion so all in all, By Chloe was a great start to my vegan diet and I would definitely go there again.  

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After my meal I got an acai bowl for dessert at UbaTuba and it was a super tasty dessert that I always got anyways so it helped that it also happened to be vegan.

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On day 2 I decided to go grocery shopping so I could make my own vegan meals and I got bagels, avocados, tomatoes, cereal, rice, beans, and tofu.  For my first meal, I made a toasted bagel with avocado slices and lemon pepper for seasoning and it was super yummy and simple.  For dinner I made imitation scrambled eggs using the tofu and adding different seasonings that I found through YouTube tutorials and put that on toast.  

On day 3 I went to fast food places that I like and just modified my orders so that it would be vegan and I knew how to modify the food also through videos I found (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNeaf2m_vyA&t=222s).  Knowing how to modify my orders to make it vegan made it a lot easier because I would be able to eat my favorite foods still all while still sticking to the strict vegan diet. bagel.jpg

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 On day 4 I went to a korean tofu house and made sure the broth wasn’t meat based and didn’t get meat inside of my tofu soup.  The soup was still very rich and delicious and I was able to eat the traditional korean sides that were vegetables such as the kimchi, the pickled cucumber, and the bean sprouts.

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 On day 5 I started struggling more because I would crave chicken and beef since I’m so used to those being in my everyday diet.  It was harder to stick to the vegan diet because I couldn’t even eat eggs which I also really love.  However, I knew i needed to keep going so I looked up some recipes that could substitute veggies for meat and tried making imitation chicken fried rice.  The recipe didn’t end up really tasting like chicken so I went to Whole Foods and bought Daiya chicken and added rice and other veggies to make it more flavorful.  

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On day 6 I cooked a stir fry with yakisoba noodles, assorted veggies (broccoli, red and green peppers, spinach) and a homemade sauce of soy sauce, oil, and brown sugar.  The stir fry ended up tasting really good and was pretty filling as well.

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 For my last day I went out to eat again at By Chloe since it was so good and I wanted to end my vegan week at a true vegan restaurant just to wrap up the whole week.  

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After my week of being vegan I realized it was a lot harder to adjust to this lifestyle than it seems and that you have to be really dedicated in order to stay vegan.  At some points I wanted to cheat and have meat so you also need to keep a strong mindset and remember that you are changing your thoughts on meat.  The hardest part about being vegan was remembering that even if the food item isn’t meat, if it is associated with an animal (animal by product) then you can’t eat it as well.  I would forget that even Nutella isn’t vegan so I couldn’t eat that when I snacked and I couldn’t eat cereal with normal milk.  Although it is hard becoming vegan all of a sudden, I think it would be a lot easier if I watched more videos talking about the cons of consuming meat and if I eased into it more.  This week taught me a lot about the dedication people have for a cause that they are passionate about.  Comment below if you would try challenging yourself to a week of being vegan and seeing if this lifestyle is for you or not!

The Fab Team,

Edith, Itzel, & Sara

How to Create the Perfect 4th of July Party

What’s up ladies n gents!!  With the 4th of July quickly approaching, we thought we’d share tips on how to host the perfect Independence Day BBQ so bring out the flag aprons, red bandanas, and sundresses/tank tops!  Of course any party isn’t complete until you have lots and lots of delicious food and drinks for your guests so we got you covered!!  Here are two cute and easy DIY snacks and drinks you can make for your BBQ that are both patriotic and yummy.

Red, White, and Blue Rice Krispie Treats

What you’ll need:

4 popsicle sticks

2 oz white candy melts

8 pack rice krispie treats, unwrapped

4 oz red candy melts

4 oz blue candy melts

Red, white and blue sprinkles

Directions:

1. Melt the red, blue, and white candies in the microwave in three separate bowls.  

2.  Dip the unwrapped rice krispie treats in either the melted red, blue, or white bowls.  

3.  Put the rice krispie on a tray with parchment paper and put it in the fridge to harden for 30 mins-1 hr.  

4.  Once the rice krispies are dried, drizzle blue and white on the red rice krispie, red and white on the blue one, etc.  

5.  Add sprinkles on the treat and stick the popsicle stick with a little of the melted candy (to help it stick) on the bottom of the rice krispy treat and voilaaa we got ourselves the perfect bite sized snack!

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  Red, White, and Blueberry Sangria

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This fabulous recipe serves 10:

What you’ll need:

  • Produce:
  • 2 apples, sliced
  • 2 cups of blueberries
  • 1 lb of strawberries, sliced
  • Drinks:
  • 1 cup of grape juice, White
  • 1 bottle of champagne/sparkling wine or prosecco
  • 1 bottle white wine, dry

Directions: Place all ingredients in a pitcher of your liking, mix, and it’s ready to serve! Quick, simple, but very delicious!

Next up, the fourth of July fashion do’s and don’ts:

  1. DO– Wear patriotic colors that are subtle yet go well together.
  2. DON’T– Wear a tacky flag prints.
  3. DO– Add a cute accessory such as a red or blue bandana to your hair.
  4. DON’T– Put crazy colors in your hair such as spraying one side red and another blue.

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Moving right along from food and attire to decorations, we have a couple quick and easy ways to light up your 4th of july festivities!

DIY lanterns

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What you’ll need:

  • 3 little american flags
  • 3 mason jars
  • Sand
  • 3 LED tea lights

Directions:

Pour sand into each mason jar. Then place a flag along the inside wall of each jar, securing them with the sand. Finally, place a tea light in the center of each jar and just like that you have 3 cute decorative pieces for your celebration. These look especially good along the walkway to your house, as table centerpieces, and along the perimeter of a patio!

DIY Fourth of July Wreath

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What you’ll need:

  • Wreath form, any size
  • Red, White, and Blue stars, multiple sizes
  • Hot glue gun
  • Ribbon

Directions:

Glue paper stars onto a wreath form with a glue gun, and then glue three pieces of ribbon of different lengths onto one area of the wreath form. This portion will be the bottom. From there simply glue a star to the ends of each ribbon and it’s ready to hang! [optional] On the opposite side glue a piece of ribbon, gluing down both ends to form a loop for easy hanging.

Decorations aren’t just for the table, if you have a pool, be sure to put some really cute pool floaties in it so it makes the pool look more festive and your pictures will be completely Instagram ready.

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 Hope everyone tries out some of these DIY options for a successful and fun party.  If you have any cute ideas for spicing up a fourth of July get together, comment below!

The FAB team,

Edith & Itzel

Betrayal By Poetry

We love supporting local artists and this past weekend, we were SUPER excited to support our beloved Eric Byrd of Story Byrd Productions in the debut of his first stage play, Betrayal By Poetry.  Eric’s vibrant poems and the 6 member cast that brought his words to life took us on an AWESOME ride of highs and lows with laugh-out-loud comedy as well as tender moments that made us reflect and think.  Remember, you heard it from us first…we predict that not only will Eric Byrd and Story Byrd Productions produce many more FAB projects in the future, but we also predict that we’ll see a second round of Betrayal By Poetry coming to a theatre near you so DON’T MISS OUT.

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As a sponsor of the event, all ticket holders got to walk away with two thank you notes from our popular Thanks Shirt Notecard and Hey Thanks Notecard sets.  We appreciate all of the FAB feedback and LOVE we received for these sweet notes.  We were thrilled that we could share some FABULOSITY with guests in support of a great event.  #thankful #weknewhimwhen

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Coachella Recap

With weekend 2 of Coachella finally over, the post-festival blues are kicking in pretty hard. Thankfully, reminiscing and looking back on photos and videos is doing a good job at keeping our spirits alive. We hope our mini recap will keep you going throughout the week!

The Music:

The festival’s eight stages (can’t forget about the Do LaB) allows for such a diverse music experience. From the non-stop party at Sahara with EDM and hip hop talent to the cool and collective vibes from the Mojave tent, there’s something there for everyone. We spent some time enjoying the talents at each of the stages. Acts such as The XX and Bon Iver were extraordinary and allowed for you to either dance close to the stage or to take a seat in the grass and enjoy the show from a distance. Porter Robinson and Madeon had a very special show Sunday night. It was their last time ever performing together, and they made it a beautiful finale as their show was perfectly timed with the sunset. We got to learn a dance with Capital Cities and listen to a full orchestra with Hans Zimmer. Each show had a combination of lights and visuals that were mesmerizing and blew us away. We watched as many performances as we could, and could go on and on for hours about each one. The lineup this year did not disappoint at all. We’ll have to keep watching our videos to relive those beautiful moments.

 

The Art:

Each year tops the prior year when it comes to the art installations. This year was all about color. The giant party piñatas served multiple functions; they were both amazing blocks of colors to serve as photo backgrounds as well as the perfect provider of shade during the hot daytime hours. The other installation we loved looked like it had jumped straight out of Dr. Seuss’ world. Trees made of odd shapes, lumps, colors, and patterns formed a perfect forest of amazement. Each tree figure was unique and a great presentation of the diversity that Coachella brings. The mirror installation was quite the sight both during the day and at night. The one difference that separated it from the other works of art was that you weren’t able to see it up close and could only obverse from a distance. Although the balloons are there every year, they are always a hit and so much fun to photograph. However, did you know that if you followed the balloon train to the end of the line that you could actually get to hold the end of the rope? If you don’t mind waiting in a small line, you could get the perfect Coachella shot holding the infamous balloons.

  

We can’t forget about all the other aspects of Coachella either… there’s the yummy food, the sea of beautiful and thoughtfully planned out outfits, and the rose gardens, among others things. Coachella may be over until next year, but the summer festival season is just getting started. And to help style your festival outfits, we have hand selected our favorite bags, bottles, and flasks for you to bring with you to your next music festival! You can shop them all here!

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Sara & Aleksandra

the FAB Team

Spring on the Puns!

Spring has sprung! With this week being the first week of spring, I thought it may be fun to find some clever spring puns! Feel free to use one (or all) of these in your greeting

cards.

Spring it on!

Hoppy birthday! / Hope you have a very hoppy Saturday!

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall – and a pretty good spring and summer, too.

Is there a best month of spring? There May be.

Gardeners like to spring into action.

So, how’s the flower business going? Oh, it’s blossoming quite nicely.

His daughter grew flowers because her poppy liked to see them every daisy.

I saw gasoline selling for one dollar a gallon, but then I saw that March had just ended. It was an April fuel’s joke.

Admit it… you chuckled to yourself just a little reading these. If you have any other great spring-related puns, feel free to leave them in the comments below! Hoppy Spring from the FAB team!

Aleksandra & Sara

the FAB Team

*images taken by FAB team member Sara Rodriguez at Descanso Gardens. 

Step Up Your Instagram Game

If you’re anything like me, you’re always trying to find the coolest spots to take hip photos at. It’s so exciting to find a trendy location to shoot at… but unfortunately, most of the ones that we all go to are extremely over-Instagrammed. Everyone knows about the pink wall on Melrose and the Urban Lights at LACMA, but where are all those trendy, hidden, not-so-over-Instagrammed photo-op spots? I went out exploring our home of DTLA for a few months and compiled a small collection of some these hidden gems. Now’s the time to step up your Instagram game.

1) Weller Court Shopping Center

This spot is straight out of Drake’s “Hotline Bling” music video. It’s located in Little Tokyo in DTLA, off 1st Street and Main Street. It’s so hidden that you almost miss it as you’re walking directly past it. The lights change a the perfect gradual pace… slow enough to allow you to take plenty of shots at your favorite color but quick enough that you don’t have to wait too long if you miss the color you were waiting for.

 
2) OUE Skyspace LA
This 360-degree view of Los Angeles is unlike anything else. It’s beautiful during the day, at sunset, and at night. With nothing there to obstruct your view, you are free to take the most trendy photos with your wind-blown hair and jaw-dropping views. #goals
 
3) Arts District
I know what you’re thinking… everyone takes photos at the Arts District. This is half-true, though. Everyone takes pictures at the angel wings at the Arts District, but I have yet to see someone Instagram a photo at this specific wall. It’s on the side of the Angel City Brewery building and it is crazy cute. The bright pops of blue will make your feed stand out against everyone else’s pink wall pictures.
  
4) The Last Bookstore
This place is heaven for those who love to read, as well as for those who love to take pictures. The ground level is your typical hipster bookstore, but the second level is where all the fun begins. Books are transformed into pieces of art, windows, tunnels, and more.
 
5) Hanging Lights
This is one of my favorite places because it’s like having Christmas lights up year-round! It’s the perfect spot for lights-enthusiasts. The lights are located down 4th Street and Spring Street.
Aleksandra

the FAB Team