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.

vanity 3

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.

vanity 1

overview of acrylic containers

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top display of second organizer

vanity 6

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.

vanity 2

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

Love, Mariel

Palette Organizer:

Acrylic Set #1:

Acrylic Set #2:

Brush Cup:

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

Beauty Wishlist

Hi everyone!!

It’s been a while since I last posted on here. I’m not going to lie, the main reason is that I was lacking inspiration and interest. Finals also took up my free time. But, hopefully the summer will provide many opportunities for blogging!

Today I just wanted to get back in the swing of things and share what I have been lusting after lately. These products are all items I am dying to get my hands on. If only life wasn’t so expensive!! Pictures and links will be provided for everything I share below. I hope my beauty wishlist will enable your shopping addiction and make your day a little more exciting!

1. Violet Voss Holy Grail Eyeshadow Palette – $42

The Laura Lee palette also looks fabulous, and it is always a good idea to support a fellow blogger! However, the Holy Grail palette just appeals more to me. The Holy Grail palette has stunning colors, but it is limited edition, expensive, and extremely difficult to get ahold of.

2. BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Palette –¬†$14.50


3. NYX Lip Lingerie Collection Р$7


4. Nars Limited Edition Orgasm Blush ¬†–¬†$39


5. Becca x Jaclyn Hill Poured Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector – $38


6. beauty.blusher by¬†beautyblender –¬†$16


What products are on your beauty wishlist? Have you tried any of these items?

Love, Mariel

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. The above links are non-affiliate, and I do not own any of the photos used. 

Kate Spade Surprise Sale Picks

Hi everyone!!

As you may or may not know, Kate Spade is holding a massive surprise sale right now for its email followers! I get email notifications from the brand and I am huge fan of Kate Spade products, so I figured you would enjoy hearing the news as well. I believe the sale ends tonight at 11:59 p.m. PT. I love deals so much, and the items in this sale are up to 75% off! ¬†I created a list of my favorite items below. I hope you enjoy and have fun shopping ūüôā

  1. Hello Sunshine Phone Case – $20
  2. 2016 Agendamultiple sizes/patterns $25-30
  3. Grant Street Grainy Vinyl Neda Wallet – $59
  4. Kennywood Harmony Baby Bag – $139
  5. Primrose Hill Medium Harmony Bow Bag – $159
  6. Grand Street Calico Bag – $129
  7. Elsie Street Exotic Small Meriwether Bag – $159
  8. Sawyer Street Colorblock Maxi Bagmultiple sizes $99-149

To find my picks and so many more deals, head over to!

Love, Mariel

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored, nor am I receiving any sort of compensation for providing  links to these items. 














Sephora VIB Sale Event

Hi everyone!!

The Sephora Holiday VIB Sale event is rapidly approaching, so I thought I would share my favorite Sephora products with you guys! I will also include the holiday gift sets that look fantastic – especially with this extra deal. This particular 20% sale is only for VIB Rouge and VIB members of Sephora’s Beauty Insider Program, so if you are eligible to receive the discount you will be sent a coupon code in the mail. ¬†The dates for the sale can be found on Sephora’s website, but I believe they are:

VIB Rouge sale dates: Nov 6-Nov 9 (20% off)

VIB sale dates:  Nov 13 РNov 16  (20% off)

Listed below are a few of my favorite beauty products. If you are a VIB member, now’s a great time to check them out or splurge on something you’ve been dying to try because you will receive 20%¬† off¬†your whole purchase!

  1. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Palette $34
  2. Too Faced La Grand Chateau $49
  3. Urban Decay Naked Smoky (or any of the other Naked palettes) $54
  4. Diorshow Overcurl Mascara $28.50
  5. Benefit Gimme Brow $24
  6. Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer $12-$29
  7. Pink Sugar Perfume $20-$60

Hope you all have a great weekend. Happy Shopping!


Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored and I am not receiving compensation for mentioning any of these products.