Etsy Beauty Haul + Swatches

This post is not sponsored. I purchased these products with my own money, all opinions are my own.

Hi everyone!

As you all know, Sephora is one of my favorite stores for makeup shopping. But you probably didn’t know that I also do enjoy purchasing items, not just makeup, from small businesses.

A few months back, I discovered Pretties for Your Face on Etsy! PFYF is a handmade, cruelty free makeup company, based in MA, that sells gorgeous eyeshadows, highlighters, pigments etc. I had the Aphrodite highlighter in my cart for a good 2 months, until I finally purchased it last week during the holiday sale. This sale is actually still going on for the rest of January – use code HOLIDAY40 for 40% your order and a free shadow with purchase.

I am not going to spend a lot of time reviewing the products I purchased (honey eyeshadow and aphrodite highlighter) because you will be able to tell how stunning they are from the swatches! Both products are under $15 and totally worth the money. I wore the highlighter today and it is so sparkly! I felt like a unicorn/goddess/some sort of magical creature despite the freezing temperatures outside.


If you can’t tell from the photos, the highlighter pan size is huge! I’m talking even bigger than a MUFE Artist shadow. And the eyeshadow is the perfect size to fit in a MAC palette. Both are super soft and pigmented.

Swatches below are not built up, only one swipe.

If you would like to see the live video swatches of these products, its up on my Instagram @marielelena_ 

What are your favorite makeup shops on Etsy? Let me know.

Love, Mariel

This post is not sponsored. I purchased these products with my own money, all opinions are my own.


Vanity Tour

The idea for this post came from a company called MakeSpace, an on-demand self-storage service that picks up, stores, and delivers all the items you need. I’m sharing my vanity and organization system with you. I will link my organizers and drawers below if you are interested in checking them out.

My makeup display consists of three acrylic containers, which are filled with various makeup products. Eyeshadow palettes are my weakness – I have way more than I will ever need. This palette box is from Amazon and fits all my palettes at the moment. It comes with a bunch of glass dividers that are used to line the box. Keep in mind that the more you put in, the less room you have for larger palettes. I only have  3 or 4 of the dividers in at the moment.

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To the right of the palette organizer, I have two acrylic makeup organizers. Each organizer has about 3 drawers and a top display to contain more products. These organizers are also from Amazon. I like these drawers because decent sized products can lay inside, while larger or more decorative items can sit on top.

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overview of acrylic containers

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top display of second organizer

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inside of first drawer

The last section of my vanity is the area for my brushes. I keep all my makeup brushes in a customized mug I purchased from Etsy. I’m not sure if this exact style is available anymore, but I will link the seller/shop below.

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Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at my vanity 🙂

Love, Mariel

Palette Organizer:

Acrylic Set #1:

Acrylic Set #2:

Brush Cup:

Links are non-affiliate, and all opinions are my own. 

How to Fuel Your Online Shopping Addiction

Let’s just get it out there: I love shopping. I especially enjoy shopping when I can purchase items online from the comfort of my home, with the simple click of a button. Online shops are some of my favorite places to browse. Having a blog myself, I think it is important to help other people achieve their dreams whenever possible. Not to mention, most independent online shops have unique products, amazing quality, and a great attention to detail. I find many online boutiques through Etsy, Instagram and Facebook. Due to my immense fondness of self-run shops, I thought I would share my favorite ones with you today! This post is not sponsored, I just absolutely adore these shops and hope you will too! Disclaimer: I do not own any of these pictures, all rights reserved to the shop owners.

1. Made With Love Jewelry – Massachusetts-based jewelry store with an affinity for unique necklaces, earrings, bracelets and so much more! This isn’t the first time I’ve talked about this shop in my blog, and most likely won’t be the last. Many Disney themed designs, all created by owner, Shana Cohen.

                                                 shop post 62. eff.Y.bee – A jewelry company based in New York that inspires and empowers women to “follow their bliss.” Many boho necklace, bracelet, and ring styles, as well as sorority design options.

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3.  Aritzia – This boutique is a more well known, as it has locations across the U.S and Canada. I just recently learned of Aritzia however, and I must say that I love their site! Aritzia has it all: from sweaters, to pants, to basics, and everything in between. I’m in love.

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4. Ivory Ella – Connecticut based; Offers preppy, adorable, and affordable elephant-themed clothing and accessories, plus a portion of proceeds goes to the Save the Elephants Organization.

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5. Planning Roses – After purchasing my own Lilly Pulitzer planner, I have become obsessed with all things planning/decorating related! It’s actually my new obsession, but I’m totally okay with that. The shop, Planning Roses, offers a wide variety of stylish stickers – perfect for embellishing a notebook, planner or journal. These nail polish stickers are my absolute favorites – I’ve never seen anything like them!

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I hope I’m not the only one addicted to online shopping! What are your favorite online boutiques?

Love, Mariel

P.S. Don’t forget to follow my Instagram @marielelena_ 😉

Etsy Must Buys

Hi everyone!!

Sorry for being inactive on here, I know I haven’t been posting a lot. Not to worry though, I have a long list of post ideas that should keep me occupied for quite some time 🙂

Today, I am going to be sharing some of my favorite items that are available on! I have over 340 favorites on my Etsy wish list, so I thought you would be interested to see what items I adore. There’s a ton to choose from, so I’m only going to be sharing a few of my top picks. Some of these items may be things I own, things I want, or things I bought as gifts for others. This post is not sponsored, I simply thought my followers would genuinely enjoy seeing what listings I’ve been loving. Maybe you’ll even get some gift ideas for a friend – or yourself!! To shop my picks, just hold your cursor over the photo to view a caption with the link for an easy purchase.

  1. I purchased this gorgeous crown ring as a present for my friend’s birthday! It’s absolutely stunning and is a perfect example of why I am in love with all the jewelry AOS DESIGN offers.

2. This next item is something I have been admiring for a few months. This makeup bag is so precious and has the trendiest print! Prepare to fall in love with this item and all the other makeup pouches, pillows, and posters over at Miss With-It on Etsy!

3.  I consider myself a major Gossip Girl fanatic, so naturally once I found these pencils I freaked out! Kudos to DottieRocks for bringing out my inner fangirl! I think I may just have to pick up a few of these pencils ASAP – xoxo Gossip Girl

4. While I’m definitely not getting married anytime soon, these magnets from CorkCountryCottage sure make me wish I was 🙂


There are so many more items I adore, but I don’t want this post to get too lengthy. Etsy is one of my favorite websites, and I check it on the daily. You can always find something new and exciting to purchase as well!

Hope you enjoyed! Comment below what item you love the most and share this post with your friends.




Holiday Gift Guide

Hi everyone!!

I hope you all had a fun and blessed Thanksgiving with your families and friends! Now that Thanksgiving is over, December is approaching quickly. We all know that Christmas shopping can be stressful task (especially for those “impossible to buy for” people!!), so I have put together a Christmas gift guide to help you purchase presents for everyone on your shopping list. I have created collages of gift ideas for the women, men and children in your life. These collages were created on Polyvore (my username is marielelena), so you can simply click on the item you like and it will open  in a new tab. This post is not sponsored and I did not receive any sort of compensation for sharing these products.

Gifts for Him and Her

Holiday Gift Guide: Children

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